8/11/73: The Night That Changed The World: The Birth Chart of Hip Hop

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One of the ideas surrounding Astrology is that everything has a birth.Whether it’s a person or an event, the placement of the planets at any given moment in time reflects the nature of that moment and whatever is born will embody the qualities of that particular time.

To say that August 11, 1973 changed the world would be a gross understatement.

What initially began as Cindy Campbell’s end of summer/back to school Jam for a few children in a rec room at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, turned into her brother, Clive Campbell, better known as Kool Herc, hot wiring the base of a street lamp to juice up his Herculoid speakers for three thousand people. The party eventually had to be moved from Sedgwick to Cedar Park. (Source: Joe Conzo)

Since this time, a large number of us have witnessed hip hop expand into a culture of mythic proportions.

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There are very few parts of the world or avenues of expression which hip hop hasn’t affected and we see it’s influence alive and well every day as we board the subway trains, listen to our radios, turn on our ipods, or flip the channels on the television remote.

All of this being said, the questions are: how has hip hop handled this massive growth and transition? What’s next for the culture?  Will the jam at Sedgwick ave always have a place in its heart?

Hip hop was born on August 11, 1973 at 9:00 pm in the Bronx, NY (the birth time came from a flyer advertising the party).

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With it’s charts’ hemispheric emphasis being in the westthere’s the necessity to interact with others.

Hip Hop culture is about participation. It’s subject to what individuals have to contribute to it via their unique style and flavor.

Also, with some planets in the east, the life of hip hop culture is conditioned by ego justification: not only is it about participation, but also who’s the baddest, freshest, dopest and illest.

 With the blend of the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Capricorn, hip hop’s life force is fueled by creative self-expression,  ego acknowledgement and validation of it’s identity.

It desires to be noticed as a shining and authoritative force in the world. This is reflected in a personality form which has a reigning need for status and recognition. It’s nourished by it’s influence over the masses, it’s ambition and the ability to make things happen. 

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The Pisces Ascendant suggest that it’s thrust into the world is a unitive one. Seeking to dissolve boundaries and barriers between individuals and link into the oneness of the collective.

However, in many instances, there is an element of camouflage and some of the energy surrounding the culture isn’t as it appears to be.

The Sun’s placement in the 6th house indicates that the self-expressive and stylistic renderings of Leo would be best served in a field of experience which promotes service to others. Furthermore, the pursuance of becoming master of one’s craft and offering that as one’s work is highly pronounced.

Mercury in Leo’s communication needs center around oratorical flamboyance and the unquestioning self-assurance which makes heroes and heroines.

Mercury is trine Neptune which suggests a free flowing infusion of idealism, creative visualization and lyrical flow. There’s a solid strength in the ability to paint pictures with words. 

However, this can easily escape into the world of fantasy, smokescreens and delusion. The direct opposite of the “keep it real” mentality that has pervaded the culture for so many years. Additionally, Mercury’s wide opposition to Jupiter further enhances the vibe of persuasive, yet grandiose and excessive verbal messages.

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Continuing along the lines of communication, Uranus, Pluto and Venus in the Mercury ruled 7th house suggests that the manner in which hip hop relates to the public has the potential to be highly artistic and creative with shockingly transformative overtones.

Venus in Virgo’s tight square to the Sagittarius Midheaven is indicitave of developmental tension between the purity of culture which hip hop seeks to preserve and the universal face it wishes to present to the world as it’s crowning achievement.

There are regular and sometimes volatile discussions about what staying true to “pure” hip hop culture actually means. So, this might result in the dynamic of large scale striving in the world with less thought of hip hop’s efficient functioning or competence when placed in a social and relational context.

Jupiter’s placement in Aquarius outlines that the rewards for hip hop come through it’s innovation and thinking outside the box.

The ability to push the envelope when it comes to convention and to assert it’s “voice” with courage and emotional fervor as the Moon square to Mars indicates.

However, the flip side of the coin is to strike the balance between it’s obvious business needs (Moon in Capricorn) and it’s desire to apply energy in the world aggressively and sometimes without caution (Mars in Aries).

Tying up the chart, the nodal axis in Capricorn/Cancer means that a balance must be achieved between the deep attunement to roots,culture and security (Cancer) and it’s potential to affect progress and span a broader base of influence (Capricorn).

The difficult questions continue to remain about how hip hop becoming more corporate and commercial has effected the familial environment it was birthed in on Sedgwick Avenue.

Again, as hip hop’s Pisces Ascendant suggests, it presents itself to the world in an inspirational fashion, but the actual reality appears to be much more nebulous and something which can’t be readily grasped at this time. Only time will tell which direction the culture is headed.

©2014 by Sagittarian Mind Consulting

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Capricorn Sun, Gemini Moon: “Mental Stamina”

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“Thoughts are things, so we find that different kinds of thoughts become different kinds of things. Thought is always creative; it must always create after its own type. It must always give form to something, and the something to which it gives form is not a thing of itself because the thought that creates the form is the product of the thinker. The thinker comes first, then the thought, and then the form.”

-Ernest Holmes 

To many of us, how the thought world operates is somewhat elusive. We may view the material manifestation of events and circumstances as purely “happenstance” or find some other type of rationalization as to why things are the way they are.

There are many alternate ways of considering how the world around us works, and this is one of the life tasks or missions of the Capricorn Sun, Gemini Moon individual:

to embrace a insatiable curiosity and multi-faceted inquiry regarding the manner in which your personal thought and concept selection influences your reality.

This Sun/Moon blend suggests that one has the potential for self-mastery and authority through diversifying life experiences and exposure to a multitude of viewpoints and perspectives. In addition to the contact with variety, one also needs to recognize, confront and navigate the duality that presents itself within ideas you choose to explore.

The fuel which Capricorn requires to function optimally is strategic and administrative. Devising a system of progressive steps to reach a desired goal or “bottom line.”  The solar light is reflected by a personality that has the need for choices and variation. The individual is fulfilled through variation and the absence of monotony.

The questions which come from this combination center around results; what’s visible as a demonstration of one’s mental abilities. The ultimate goal is to structure one’s life-force through the use of the intellect, adaptability and the capacity to build structures that last.

A dysfunctional expression of this combination is one who lacks discipline and focus.

There’s a distinct difference between having a variety of legitimate interests and only sticking with something until the euphoric newness wears off and then flitting to the next thing which captures your momentary attention.

In this case, “so many interests” may be used as a smokescreen for actually getting down to work; to facing the internal organization it takes to map out a successful game plan.

When operating effectively, there’s an establishment of a concentrative center  and stamina within the intellectual sphere. One is aware of their ability to select their thoughts, just like they do their meals or their clothes. There’s not only the realization that “garbage in equals garbage out”, but a self-appointed responsibility toward mental productivity, with the aspirations toward producing palpable success.

With this Sun/Moon blend, your theme song is : “Mental Stamina” by Jeru The Damaja featuring Afu Ra. You can listen here:

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Aries Sun, Gemini Moon

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Your blend suggests the vital life force of a warrior who’s nourished by mental stimulation.

Your life’s work of establishing impact  is actualized through the channels of intellectual diversity and the appreciation of your many facets.

Your Sun-Moon combination suggests a strong identity assertion. “Fighting” using your mind as the weapon, wielding words like a sword.

Placing yourself in situations which require the cultivation of courage and self-interest could serve to your advantage.

This is intrepid thought, which leads to action.

 

Venus in Gemini, Mars in Scorpio

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Although you’re the type to enjoy a lighthearted “good time” and may even express your deepest feelings in the form of anecdotes,  if someone were to delve into your interior just a little bit more, they would see that it’s not all adolescent giggles and midnight games of scrabble.

You value variety, but depth is pursued in a fervent, almost “do or die” fashion. Once you get your emotional energy swirling behind a cause (especially love or lust), all bets are off.

You have the potential to relate to others with a dexterity which disarms them, but you don’t stop there. In fact, this is only a means to explore the gloss of the surface before diving into deep waters. Once you’ve arrived you like to penetrate and be penetrated : spiritually, physically, psychologically and emotionally.

One may get the idea that you’re footloose and fancy free because you seem to navigate life with such aplomb, but what they may not see unless they get extremely close to you is your craving for intensity. What people fail to understand about you is that you view sex as just one of the many vehicles that can be used to explore and solidify a deeper connection with another human being. So, your true reasons for engaging in the throes of intimacy are often at variance with what others expect.

Your psychological makeup could be compared to a burner on a stove that doesn’t turn orange when it warms up, so people try to touch you and get scorched because they had NO IDEA you were so hot.

You need your privacy, but in order to remain true to yourself, it’s important that you cultivate the ability to make your deepest needs known to others. Learning the difference between strategic self-protection and deception is part of your life’s work.

Your sword can cut both ways through verbal confrontation and strategic precisely timed action.

 

 

 

Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon : “Aquemini”

 

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There are a multitude of ways to explore one’s uniqueness and part of your purpose for operating with this sun moon blend will be to place information you gather about how you function into a larger context to find out what really makes YOU the person that you are.

Your life’s mission isn’t supposed to be relegated to a static and cumbersome existence. You may find that you’ll have to “try on a number of hats” and embrace the continual transformation that’s taking place.

An insatiably inquiring mind, your ability to adjust to changing circumstances and a non-conformist bent are all resources which you need to tap into in order to maximize this solar/lunar connection. You’ll find that you will be able to display your capacity to awaken others most effectively when coming off of the heels of major insights about yourself and your multi-dimensionality.

With all of this “air” floating around, a concern is that you’ll concoct the most brilliant ideas, but will never use them. Or, you’ll get trapped into your head and rationalize that you’re so “ahead of your time” that others won’t understand you, or in some cases, don’t deserve to hear what you have to say.

Deep down, what you really want is appreciation for being an original thinker who doesn’t suffer from conceptual incarceration and is constantly open to a revolutionary stream of consciousness. However,  there needs to be a solid strategy for bringing form to your brilliance.

If you find yourself feeling stifled, it’s most likely because you haven’t truly allowed yourself the space which you need to circulate or made room for the truism that every second, you’re evolving into a different person.

Obsession about classifying every facet of your being can lead to stagnation of the highest order, so pull out all of the stops in figuring out what makes you tick and then compare what the various explorations are trying to tell you. Understand that this is a lifetime process and that you’re really seeking something that can’t be encompassed in the walls of hard-core definitions.

Your theme music is “Aquemini” by Outkast.

PS: this isn’t a horoscope or a lie!

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Taurus Sun, Gemini Moon

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Predictable variety.

Sounds convoluted, huh?

Never fear, because your Sun/Moon combination of Taurus/Gemini is designed to be adept in navigating ambiguous terrain.

What you aspire to do is create structures which have value to yourself and others, and you’re fueled by the use of practical methods. Additionally your blend suggests needs connected to variety and flexibility. Always having “one in the chamber” for good measure. After all, what’s life without choices?

One of the lessons you’re here to learn is that having a generally solid plan doesn’t have to limit your options any more than consideration of multiple avenues suggests indecision. However,  you must find the point where the common sense of life experience meets the youthful vigor contained in your curiosity.

Feeling the need to participate in everything that you think about throws you off-center as do  rigid claims that there’s only ONE best method of operation under ALL circumstances, without embracing the possibility of alterations at any time.

There’s no cookie cutter formula for success. Indeed, sometimes “slow and steady” wins the race and it’s better for you to have basic fundamentals in place before you consider any fancy maneuvering.  An integration of stability and agility can do wonders in your overall fulfillment.

In relationships, it’s vital that you recognize and honor the peace and tranquility which helps you to maintain sanity and the intellectual stimulation which nourishes your soul. With either dynamic at play, remember that there’s no crime in taking one’s time.

 

Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon

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A number of years back, a film was made by HBO on the infamous boxing promoter, Don King. Mr. King was played by Ving Rhames. One of the things I’ll always remember was the completely Sagittarian philosophy King was portrayed as displaying toward the contracts of his boxers when promoting his fights : “just sign by the X and we’ll fill in the details later !!!” He exclaimed.

This leads us into the land of the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Sagittarius, the core energy which provides stimulus to the individual consists of broadening the identity and worldview via physical and intellectual questing. It’s a necessity to view life from the widest frame of reference.

Psychologically, the archer is driven by the pursuit of an all encompassing truth and philosophy which provides clues to the grand cosmic design of which we’re all a part.

A thirst for knowledge and search for meaning which enlists the archetypes of the Wise Woman/Man, Visionary, Philosopher, Prophet and Teacher of High Wisdom pervades the heart of the centaur’s life force.

The Moon in Gemini uses the energy of the Sun to reflect forth an individual whose personality needs consist of the diversification of thought, social adaptability and a constant flow of mental discourse and the sharing of ideas.

This Sun-Moon blend illustrates the Sagittarian potential for synthesis of the whole along with Gemini’s possibilities in the adroit analysis of the parts. Where the energy of Gemini classifies, labels and categorizes, Sagittarius theorizes and creates more comprehensive systems of thought.

The dysfunctional expression of this Sun-Moon combination can manifest behaviorally as an individual who, amidst the excitement of their new enlightenment, proclaims that they’ve discovered the ONE and ONLY truth which applies to everything. 

Consequently a tremendous amount of time and energy is now spent trying to “convince and convert” others to their worldview while dismissing other findings of truth as being invalid and overlooking important details in the process.

Conversely, One can also become lost in the process of isolating selected pieces of information or the collection of data, never making the transition to a broader spectrum of knowledge and wisdom.

A constructive synthesis of this Sun-Moon combination consists of developing the capacity to grasp the magic of thinking big, while holding simultaneous awareness that “the devil is in the details”. Making room for youthful curiosity and wonderment to acknowledge the myriad of truths which exist within our vast universe.

Your theme song is “Whirlwind Thru Cities” by Afu Ra

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Pisces Sun, Gemini Moon

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Your Sun/Moon blend suggests that you feel most alive when immersing yourself in activities and environments which connect you to the whole of life.  Merging with spirit is what fuels you. Dissolving the barriers which keep humans separated  is an integral part of your life’s purpose and mission.

You can embark upon this journey by taking strides to satiate your natural sense of curiosity and making your life as interesting as possible. In this way, you’re able to fulfill your emotional need for diversity of experience and a multi-faceted existence.

A youthful sense of wonder can sustain your heart and the potential is there to skillfully ride the ebb and flow of life, adjusting to it’s changing circumstances. However, at some point, you’ll have to deal with the question:

“Where is my center?”

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Leo Sun, Gemini Moon

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Showmanship. The Gift of gab. Big talk- and the demonstration to back it up with action. Or, the king or queen of blowing “hot air”.

Your life energy is connected to being your own authority and ruling your own roost, and it connects with a need for mental stimulation and diversity of experience.

Also, you’re nourished by cleverness and adaptability to life’s changing situations. You know just what to say, and HOW to say it with flair to set the hearts of people on fire.

You possess the potential to be the “star of many shows” and can gain the ability to exude an air of confidence in a myriad of life directions.

if your ego is not regulated, it can result in a fragmented identity or lack of wholeness where you find yourself only being able to function within the narrow confines of very specific and “boxed” in contexts. If this is the case, chances are: you’ve been trapped in grandiosity.

Your potentials for personal charisma are reflected in a personality that’s at home with dexterity. When operating at optimum level, you can stir the masses with verbal panache and cutting witticisms.

However, your leadership must not simply point the way, or give glib lip service, it must also leave an imprint on every piece of ground, for all to see, so everyone will know you walked that way.

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Gemini Sun, Cancer Moon : “Love Language”

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In a birth chart of an individual, when a Gemini Sun is blended with a Cancer Moon, the type of fuel which contains diversity of thought, versatility and the navigation of duality meets the personality’s need for emotional and domestic security.
The essential stimulus which propels this person is one of constant mental stimulation and the rapid exchange of ideas.
This placement suggests that one needs to be kept “on their toes” and exposed to a consistently “fresh”, youthful and elastic outlook in their intellectual life. To be able to circulate freely as air does in open spaces is essential for the optimization of one’s life force.
The Cancer Moon, reflects the Gemini Sun’s light in the form of  a personality whose path to ultimate emotional fulfillment consists of forging intimate connections with others and solidifying bonds which will allow them the opportunity to nurture and be nurtured by others.
It’s a rare occasion that you find anything which feeds a Cancer Moon individual more than to be able to foster and support the growth of others. Not only does this warm and empathetic contribution towards sustaining development assist the person on the receiving end of the equation, it also provides a sense of security to the giver.

 

When combined, The Gemini Sun and Cancer Moon is a powerful blend of language and feeling. The potential with this combination is to fluently speak the language of the heart. To be an emotional wordsmith. Finding just the right thing to say at the appropriate time.To verbally illustrate depth of connection.

This suggests the type of individual who could be writing cards for hallmark. Someone who’s able to capitalize on their poetic expression of intimate sentiments.

The Moon in Cancer, with it’s qualities of absorption is highly attuned to the emotional stimuli contained within its environment while the Gemini Sun offers the analysis of such feelings through the clever wit and poignant observation via speech and writing. This synthesis allows one to feel a sense of relevance and importance in their own life as well as the lives of others.

When operating dysfunctionally, this sun-moon blend can suggest the scattering of emotional resources. Someone who is trying to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time; simultaneously desiring to move in one-hundred different directions and stay firmly implanted within a shell.
Astrologer Steven Arroyo writes:

“Those who are confidently centered in themselves and emotionally tranquil and content can be superbly attuned to others’ feelings and emotional needs. On the other hand, those who are at the mercy of their own moods and depressive feelings cannot rely on their intuition being accurate since often, they have lost a sense of “objective reality.”

When this sun-moon blend operates at an optimum level, the Gemini Sun assists in providing clarity for the emotional perceptions of the Cancer Moon. It could be compared to a faculty which translates the heart’s language into a dialect which can easily be comprehended.

For those who have this placement, your theme song is “Love Language” by Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek featuring Les Nubians. You can listen here:

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