Sagittarius Sun, Libra Moon

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In Dale Carnegie’s ground breaking best seller “How to Win Friends & Influence People”, the first chapter is entitled ” If You Want To Gather Honey, Don’t Kick Over the Beehive”. I think this phrase is a perfect segue into the discussion of the Sagittarius Sun, Libra Moon combination.

Sagittarian fuel is comprised of the assertion, or thrust of perceived truth into the world with the expectation of having impact on others’ ways of thinking. To influence, and to ‘educate’, which is derived from the Latin root educo, meaning to educe or draw out.

The Archer gains stimulus from drawing knowledge out of others to lead them from the stifling constraints of small thinking into an expanded, more comprehensive perspective. Sagittarius’ life energy is comprised of a holistic mentality, which consists of the weaving together of broad based philosophies which function as wholes and not disconnected pieces of data. The Centaur is further motivated by the challenge of expanding and advancing these systems of thought through it’s ability to synthesize facts.

With the Moon in Libra, the core needs of the personality revolve around connectivity with others based on the principles of equality, objectivity and goodwill. This lunar placement also wishes to draw others out, but more for the purpose of  discourse in hopes they may discover common ground, even in the midst of potential conflicts. A Libra Moon suggests a personality which is nourished by tact, diplomacy and compliance with the rules of social etiquette.

Because of the Sagittarian Sun’s desire to affect thought and have its opinion respected, it would seem more than reasonable for them to abide by these rules to increase the chances of their wisdom being received in a favorable manner. What the Archer needs to keep in mind is that consideration for the sensibilities of others rarely diffuses the potency of the truth which they’re so adept at conveying.

When this Sun-Moon combination is operating in a dysfunctional manner the commitment to “truth” over extends itself and manifests behaviorally as self-righteous zealotry which intrudes on others’ freedom to experience and convey their personal reality, and the willingness to recognize another side of an issue is diminished.

Used constructively, this solar-lunar blend encourages and promotes an educative process which emphasizes inclusion and equal participation as opposed to dogmatic proselytizing based on heavy handed directives. The remembrance that EVERYONE has a perspective.

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Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon

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Realization of your purpose as a healer at the most profound levels of existence is found through the fulfillment of internal harmony. A balanced relationship with yourself serves as support to plumb the depths of your psyche.

You have the potential to use your social and relationship building skills as a means to build bridges and suit your aspirations of transforming whatever dynamic you come into contact with.

In the case of this Sun/Moon blend, personal power can be achieved through what’s referred to in ancient Egyptian or Kemetic philosophy, as Ma’at: a moral ideal which is comprised of, but not limited to: harmony, truth, justice and right order.

“Thinking the truth, speaking the truth and living the truth.”

Making an effort to transform and perfect yourself by embodying Ma’at in thoughts, words and actions. Balancing emotion with reason, intellect and intuition, and the masculine and feminine. Synthesizing “heavenly” thought and earthly behavior.

“Ma’at is more than just a principle in which the universe is ordered.  It is also an ideology and code of social conduct.”

“A peculiar aspect of Ma’at is that it is both a moral and physical principle which applies as much to the morality of human behavior and moral justice, balance and truth as it does to physical justice, balance and truth. ”

“Ma’at  is a principle of reciprocation. In other words every action causes its like.  In the moral sense, whatever deed a person does returns to him in some form. In the physical sense, every event is the result of some other event which is in its likeness.”

The words to live by are: “Be generous as long as you live. What goes into the storehouse should come out.”

The potential lessons gained on this journey can place you in the position to  “dig for the gold.” However, you must not be afraid of the dark. To define, I’m referring to the dark as:

“That part of the personality which has been repressed for the sake of ego ideal.”

Ultimately, it’s part of your mission to live in this territory as a gateway to mending your own wounds as well as the wounds of others.

The idea of becoming a healer sounds impressive to most, but the work you’re called to do is psychologically intricate and complex. Intimate feelings are at stake and privacy must be honored. You’ll be dealing with an emotionally charged exposure of hidden and buried truth. Through your own self-disclosure, a light will be shined on you. That same light will reveal what’s trapped in others, via your piercing and penetrative insight.

You require internal equilibrium in order to manage emotional extremes. One of your reigning strengths is a shrewd sociability which allows you to see both the nice and the nasty in life situations, and if you so choose, to proceed with refined grace.

References:  “The Symbolic Quest” by Edward Whitmont.

“Person, Divinity and Nature: A Modern View Of The Person & The Cosmos In African Thought” by Chukwunyere Kamalu.

“Return To The African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality” by Oba T’Shaka.

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Taurus Sun, Libra Moon

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In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Taurus and the Moon is in Libra, a double dose of Venusian energy permeates the atmosphere.

The core life energy of the individual is directed toward  stability, comfort and consistency.

Building, slowly but surely, towards a future which enhances material and spiritual value is the “fuel” which stimulates. The Libra Moon borrows the suns light to reflect a personality who needs to balance their need for self approval and societal acceptance.

There’s a sense of being emotionally nourished by being seen as a fair, just and kind person. Someone who’s able to build bridges and negotiate seemingly polarized energies.

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Astrology & Compatibility: Eliminating the Myth of the “Perfect Match”

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“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

Where intimate relationships are concerned, there seems to be an ongoing debate regarding the significance of zodiac signs and astrology in general.

Some think astrology is quite helpful as a tool for self knowledge and it’s ability to highlight the themes and tendencies which may be present in their personal relationships, while others cast astrology as containing minimal merit and even playing  on the naivete and desperation of individuals who are searching for answers as to why they cannot find their dream partner or soulmate.

In true Sagittarian fashion, I’m going to give it to you straight.

Astrology is a strikingly profound art. When used constructively, practically, and with honorable intentions, it can reveal a great deal of valuable information regarding our compatibility with another individual.

 

However, what it doesn’t reveal is the level of consciousness at which we, or the partners we are comparing ourselves with are living out in our birth charts. Astrology does not tell us how mature we are or how accountable we are for our behavior.

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In synastry,(a.k.a. relationship astrology) having a “good” chart does not let you off the hook in maintaining the relationship any more than having a beautiful front lawn excuses you from mowing and caring for it.

Conversely, while a “difficult” chart may indicate challenges, if addressed earnestly, the two individuals may produce an inseperable union built on integrity, trust and mutual respect.

If we truly plan on using astrology for guidance in dating and relationships the way it was intended, the best method of operation is for us to know ourselves first.

Let’s have our charts interpreted by a competent professional astrologer. Or, at the minimum, explore a reliable free website to obtain a copy of our birth charts.

Through active participation we will be vastly more equipped to delve into, and evaluate, with discrimination, the wealth of information available in books and cyberspace. It is a requirement that we develop a thorough understanding of our own astrological dynamics, or we will find ourselves forever uttering the dreaded sentences:

“I’ll never date a (insert zodiac sign) again” or 
“I don’t date (insert zodiac sign)”

For example, let’s say that you are now praising the celestial gods because you’ve found your “ideal” Pisces Man/Woman, and it appears that you’ll never have to deal with the cold, remote and impersonal Aquarian energies that give you the heebie- jeebies.

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However, you never looked deeply enough into the totality of astrology to find out that he/she’s an Aquarius rising with a stellium of the moon, mercury and venus in aquarius in the 11th house. True, the individual may have a Pisces sun, but a major portion of their chart reflects the same Aquarian flavoring that you were so intent upon escaping from.

We may need to participate in some serious self-examination and ask ourselves honest questions regarding whether we’ve discovered another convenient scapegoat on which to pin our anxieties, insecurities and frustrations.

Or, we sincerely want to incorporate astrology as a viable system of assistance and insight, into our relationships.

Another point worth considering is: through astrological research,  we may  discover that what’s holding us back is US.

OUR fears, phobias, baggage, complexes, etc… which we have conveniently projected upon the Scorpios, Sagittarians and Libra’s of the world. Maybe we’re not personifying the highest energies of our individual planetary placements and relationships. Difficult to read? Yes. Worth considering? Also yes.

 

When we reduce or remove accountability from the equationand minimize the power of our own efforts at self-improvement, we have not only failed astrology, but more importantly failed ourselves.

Working in our best interest, we allow astrology to serve us as a tool, we don’t serve IT, coupled with the self-deception that some irreversible cosmic fate awaits us.

So, who is your astrological dream match?

The answer is YOU.

The better YOU that you’re becoming. The YOU that you’re sincerely and consistently working to improve. YOU, with all of your strengths, talentsgifts, flaws and challenges. The wiser YOU, who, through experience has become more enlightened, liberated from past hurts, and more loving.

The life-affirming and positive YOU, who is ready to embark on the journey of becoming fully engaged in relating to another human being in an honest, intimate and heartfelt manner. Respecting and honoring your individual destinies, while sharing a collective quest.

Know and become yourself, and watch your world expand.         

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Pisces Sun, Libra Moon :”Everything Man”

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Within this combination, the need for personal refinement and gentility is wed with aspirations of merging with an entity greater than oneself through artistic endeavors.

Your energy for self-expression is collected in a private space. The inner life is of utmost importance. You’re constantly engaged in your lifetime homework of discovering the unifying cords which permeate our existence.

You have an emotional need to bring beauty into the world, but may struggle because of questioning whether your sense of aesthetic appreciation is acceptable to others. After all, establishing harmony and win-win situations is your forte.

Visionary ideals that are all inclusive inspire you. Personal relationships are viewed in the context of everyone’s membership in the human family. Quality associations with progressive, creative souls can provide invaluable assistance in connecting to your own spiritual power source.

To maintain your vitality, it’s essential that you look at your life as a blank canvas, painting lines and contours which reflect your unique worldview. Your highly developed sense of intuition can serve you as a guide.

Allowing yourself to become immersed in the “flow” of life while avoiding the trap of using your head or heart exclusively, promotes your equilibrium.

What you’re really trying to accomplish is to paint a clear portrait of whatever your inner landscape is at the time and offer it as a gift to the world.

It’s important to keep in mind that exploring your connection to life not only consists of cohesive factors, but also how you’re distinctly and decidedly YOURSELF.

Lack of concrete boundaries and an overfunctioning need for approval can emerge as your achilles heel if sufficient effort isn’t expended in cultivating a solid sense of identity.

There’s a difference between displaying fluidity, which helps you adapt to others, and neglecting your need for personal autonomy.

With this Sun/Moon combination, your theme song is Talib Kweli’s “Everything Man”. You can listen here:

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Aries Sun, Libra Moon

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The blending of the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Libra is fundamentally illustrative of the need to integrate the dynamics of the assertion of individuality and harmonious social relations. The natural opposition, or complimentary force between the signs calls for awareness of ourselves and the other.

With an Aries Sun, the person’s essential life energy and stimulus consists of thrusting the identity into the world with force and distinguishing the self as an individual, distinct from the herd,asserting and claiming themselves as number one in their chosen field of endeavor.

This solar placement suggests an initiating quality which can manifest behaviorally in the form of dynamic, courageous and empowering leadership when operating on a functional level. The Sun in Aries potential centers around the drive to leap forward into action and using their strength to defeat any impediments which may be present.

 

When operating dysfunctionally, the Aries Sun can manifest as someone who’s so vitally “alive” that they think they’re the ONLY one’s alive. The overfunctioning of the ego serves to alienate those who might otherwise be allies.

The Libra Moon uses the Sun’s light to reflect a personality whose nourishment depends on balancing self-approval with social appreciation. Where the Aries Sun is focused on self, the Libra Moon’s orientation is toward others, with a tendency to evaluate themselves from the observer’s point of view. Cooperation, social relatedness and the joining of forces toward a common goal are some of the emotional needs suggested by a Libra Moon.

 

When  the Moon’s placement in Libra is operating dysfunctionally, the individual OVER relates to others. He or she becomes confused about who they are outside of their relationships. There may be a ‘peace at all costs” philosophy at work where the person suppresses their identity in favor of amicable relations. However, this set up ultimately leaves the door open for animosity to creep in causing an eruption of epic proportions. The very dynamic which was trying to be avoided through accommodating behavior has now been created because the individual wanted to be seen as “fair” and “good”.

 Navigating the balance point between the assertion of self as a separate entity and the recognition of how that impacts our relations with other people is the key to constructively integrating this Sun-Moon blendTo have confidence that we can simultaneously claim our individual selfhood and relate as equals to our fellow human beings is essential.

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Developmental Lessons For Libra: “The Other Side of The Game”

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From the onset, it needs to be said that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, so when I write about sun signs, there are factors in the entire chart which are capable of heightening, suppressing or refining this energy.

As we proceed to look at the Libra archetype, the focus is now on the meaning of the scales’ function. After all, what exactly do scales do? They balance and they weigh.

Webster’s dictionary defines both a scale and a balance as:
“A beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends.”

Next, let’s examine the definition of weigh:
” To consider carefully, especially by balancing opposing factors or aspects in order to reach a choice or conclusion.”

This is the essence of the core life energy of Libra.

A large portion of Libra’s stimulus contains the balancing of their own ego recognition with the social acceptance of others. There is a continual weighing of what pleases others and the recognition of their own identity.

The process is lived out through the archetypal characters of the “nice” woman/man, the diplomat, the peacemaker, the smooth operator and the negotiator.

With this sign, the psychological need rests in being seen as attractive, fair, kind, and popular, and what better way to do that than to hold a continuous interest in what makes other people tick? To present yourself as charming and engaging, which in turn, puts others at ease and helps them feel important. An insightful quote from Alfred Adler, the Viennese psychologist, illustrates this point:

“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.”

Taking a look at all of the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, I would cast them all as possessing their own unique type of intelligence quotient:

Aries energy is inclined toward kinesthetic and leadership intelligence, Cancer is solidly rooted in emotional IQ. While Capricorn’s practical and managerial IQ is stellar,

Libra excels in social intelligence.

Libra energy is neatly attuned to seeing the “other side of the game” and opposing viewpoints seem to take on a particular fascination as a means to see “how the other half lives.” Libran’s are even inclined, to an extent, to take on the observer’s role when viewing themselves.

Like anything else, when this orientation is taken to the extreme, it tends to over function, which then presents itself as a dysfunctional display of behavior.

Consequently, an individual’s healthy social awareness has now denigrated to a stifling straitjacket because he/she is afraid to make a move or decision out of fear that someone will disapprove. Or, the “other’s” point of view has been under consideration so long, that they’ve completely forgotten about their own wants, needs and identity.

This is the time where the words of Albert Camus call for heavy consideration:

“To give oneself has no meaning unless one possesses oneself. You can give only what you have.”

After all, Libra: for you to be FREELY supported in your CENTER, you must BALANCE the weight on both ends: yourself, and the other side.

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Libra Sun, Pisces Moon : “Beautiful”

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Within this combination, social and creative intelligence form an iron clad coalition. Merging oneself with the intangible realms of life via artistic channels of self-reflection is the gateway to balancing one’s identity. This sun-moon blend suggests that to feel “alive” and maintain vitality, one’s concerns should be directed toward the development of intuition and interpersonal savvy.

You shine in the realm of being interested in others and it reflects through a personality which holds peace and idealism in high esteem.

With aesthetic sensitivity and creative imagination as your handmaidens, people feel understood intellectually as well as emotionally in your presence. It’s as if you’ve slid right under your skin and started gently peeling away at the inner layers.

As a result of your tremendous fluency in the languages of the head and heart, your challenge will be to maintain who you are without becoming submerged in the “skin” of others.

Objectivity and empathy can serve you consistently as strengths if you can listen with an open heart and seek to understand, resisting the inclination to provide unsolicited evaluations.

Seek to sincerely connect in order to open the pathway to deeper. more meaningful dialogue with others.

In the sphere of intimate relationships, there’s an emphasis on granting wishes and fulfilling fantasies.

To have your love feeling “full” in mind, heart and spirit is the goal, along with idealistic hopes that an unspoken reciprocation will be soon to follow.

You will no doubt be faced with the dilemma of how to keep your union “polished” when the luster inevitably fades; of stoking the fire when the heat dissipates. Have confidence in your enormous charm, mammoth imagination and your capacity to meet one halfway and they will not fail you.

With this Sun/Moon combo, your theme music is “Beautiful” by DJ Premier. You can listen right here:

 

Libra Sun, Aquarius Moon : “Bridging The Gap”

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With the Sun in Libra and the Moon in Aquarius, your life is infused by aspirations of maintaining harmonious relationships with others, but this isn’t to come at the expense of your own individuality.  To sacrifice who you are, at your essential core, in order to please or placate is working backward.

You may find yourself with the need to find an avenue of expression for your many eccentricities.  One of your tasks is figuring out how to give “life” to your quirks and have meaningful encounters with others in the process.

Your core energy centers around maintaining equilibrium, and one of the most effective ways in which this is achieved is to pursue your own individuation, as that fulfills the needs of your personality.  While you may want to feel part of a “group” to feel sane, or even thought of as a “nice”, kind and just person, your ability to distinguish yourself FROM any group is also of paramount importance.

Issues of social consciousness and the welfare of humanity pique your interest and you can be suited to delve into them and serve as one who provides a contribution which is both diplomatic and organizationally effective.

In intimacy, it’s important to realize that differences between people can be celebrated rather than used as “bait” for discord.

Your Theme song is : “Bridging the Gap” by Nas featuring Olu Dara

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Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon

The blend of social harmony and purposeful, ambitious undertakings.

To be viewed by society as a “good” person,i.e. someone who is generally fair, kind and humane is what fuels your life force. You want to be well-liked and structure communication with others on the basis of building bridges of understanding rather than raising points of contention.

What makes you feel alive is knowing that you’re continually refining the art of human interaction and you improve upon this through a sincere interest in people. Being in your presence makes others feel understood and listened to.

Life structure is one of your primary emotional needs. You need to know that no matter what you’re “going somewhere”. An organized plan of action and personal development has the potential to nourish your desire to achieve in a tangible way. Having something to show for your discipline and efforts is a must.

What needs to be understood is that in the midst of life  “business”, everyone may not walk away from the table happy. You will find yourself in situations where practical decisions may have to trump social relationships.

Your cordiality and diplomacy is in no way designed to offset your need to deal with the bottom line or bare bones of a situation. In fact, it’s purpose is to smooth out what may otherwise be rough terrain when you’re the bearer of unpleasant news.

On the flip side, with your potential to lead and manage you’re being called to display a “personal impersonality”. Never losing the human touch, yet distancing yourself enough as to not allow relationships to hold you hostage.

You are being challenged to remain resolute in your decision making. Holding fast to your logic and integrity while avoiding the traps of flailing in the whirlwind of the social approval scale. Often, you may feel like you have to decide between being true to your principles or being “liked”.

Remember that those who are genuine will respect your firmness and you only had the illusory approval of people who would want to revoke it because of decisions they happen to disagree with.

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