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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Venus in Sagittarius, Mars in Leo

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Your  Venus/Mars blend suggests an enjoyment of life that is nothing short of beaming.

Seeking to elevate your relationships, philosophical pondering with the one that you love is a requirement. This can take place thousands of miles away from home, or inside a studio apartment.

The freedom to learn and explore life in all of its facets connects to a healthy sense of self-esteem, along with a drive toward unique self-expression and creation through the force of your personality. There’s a genuine love for expansive ideas and lofty ideals, which when pursued, can help you gain attention from others.

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The Sagittarius Woman: “The World is Yours”

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” If you do not ask yourself what it is you know, you will go on listening to others and change will not come because you will not hear your own truth.” -Saint Bartholomew

“Whose world is this?
(The world is yours, the world is yours)
It’s mine, it’s mine, it’s mine
Whose world is this?” – From “The World is Yours” by Nas (Produced by Pete Rock)

The Sagittarius Woman

Who she is :
The mind expander. The eclectic visionary. The minister of whatever moves her spirit. The straight talker. The freedom seeker. The funny woman. The great debater. The experience hungry. The knowledge thirsty. Ms. or Mrs. International. The self-righteous hypocrite. The truth copyrighter. The flawed goody two shoes. The open-minded proselytizer.

Life tasks:
To craft the most enormous vision possible for her life. To educate. To Illuminate. To share ideas which provide others with a broader understanding of the world. To gain wisdom and understanding. To discover her personal “God” or “Gods” within.  To connect the dots of her life and create a workable life philosophy. To find meaning, significance and internal joy.

Where you can find her:
At the Cannes International Film Festival. Reading “Autobiography of a Yogi” or “Assata”. Obtaining a graduate degree in Education, Anthropology or African-American Studies. At the New York Knicks Game. At the Jay -Z and Kanye West show, watching Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover”. At a lecture on metaphysics. At a used bookstore. At church, mosque or temple. Shopping, adding to her eclectic wardrobe.

Her many faces:
The Professor. The Globetrotter. The Student. The Nomad. The Intellectual. The Preacher. The Prophet. The well-read Woman.

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Victor Status:

A tour guide through the mental and physical realmsThe woman that you want as a teammate in “taboo” , or as a traveling partner on any continent. A striking blend of intellect, insight and humor. Open to anything which will elevate her intuitive thought.

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Victim Status:
Hypocrisy, Intolerance. Forces her views on others. Dogmatic. Unyielding in the face of new information. Ignores facts and important details, exaggerates emotions for effect, “right at all costs” syndrome.

Wardrobe:
Comfortable, bright and multi-colored with exotic flair.

Sexual style:
Exploratory, adventurous, uninhibited.

Ideal Relationship:
Full of laughtermind blowing conversation, and international excursionsSimultaneously meeting her needs for intimacy and independenceHonest, straightforward communication.

Her Greatest Strength:
Enthusiasm

The moment you encounter a Sagittarius Woman, you will be catapulted into the wide open world of possibilities. In fact, if you converse with her long enough, you’ll discover just how vast the world really is. You’ll discuss places you’ve never been, but have always wanted to go: mentally, physically and spiritually.

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The Archer Woman will be so filled with enthusiasm when you meet her that it will be hard to tell whether spring water, mocha latte or ciroc is in that cup she’s carrying around. Whatever the case, you’ll appreciate her for being disarmingly honest and providing a wide lens view of life’s potential.

The word “enthusiasm” has it’s origins in Greece. It means “to be filled with God”. The roots being “en”(in) and “theos” (God). 

The interests and tastes of lady Sadge are so eclectic that you might find her in any number of places. Her philosophy centers around becoming involved in whatever is going to expand her horizons and provide her with a sense of meaning and significance.

One of the most impressive dimensions to the Sagittarian Woman’s personality is her versatility.  Even if she doesn’t have a crazily stamped out passport, her mind is traveling at 100 miles per hour and changing lanes. From music to art to politics to film to metaphysics to religion. Her Cerebral Cortex works out like an olympic champion, and if you’re even going to have the slightest chance at capturing her attention, she expects you to keep up.

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Ms. Sagittarius is confident, principled and filled with conviction. She’ll debate you over Illmatic vs. Reasonable Doubt, Plessy vs. Ferguson and Roe vs. Wade all in the same conversation. Unless you’re a listless deadbeat, there’s absolutely no way you can’t emerge from this Woman’s presence inspired, and much more knowledgeable.

We can all take lessons from the Sagittarius Woman about finding joy in life, keeping the faith and making the most of whatever situations we’ve created for ourselves. The Centaur’s world is filled with abundance. If you’re thinking about bringing a wet blanket to the party, you’ve got another thing coming. The Sadge woman will wash and dry it for you and send you on your way.

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What can cause this Jupiter-ruled Woman trouble is her desire to be right at all costs. 

In unevolved form, she’ll swear to you up and down that the “truth” is registered in her name at the patent and trademark office of whatever country she may reside in. What the Archer needs to learn in order to invoke the inner wise woman is that there’s no need to force your beliefs on othersEveryone is in a different place on their road to personal development, and when the time is appropriate, they will receive the knowledge that’s tailor made for them. Your words will not go unheard, but the actual listening and absorption may take place further down the line.

In closing, the last words to the Sagittarian Woman would be these: remember the symbolism which surrounds your sign.

Half Woman/half horse aiming your bow and arrow high up into the open universe.

 

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Find ways to honor both sides of your nature and it will help the arrows which you shoot be more effective.  Continue on your quest for your personal truth, travel fast and travel far.

Remember: the world is yours.

Take a listen to Nas’ track off of the “Illmatic” album, produced by the great Pete Rock

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Sagittarius Sun, Capricorn Moon

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I think it’s fair to say that many of us get enthusiastic over big ideas. We become excited at the grandeur of vision which comes with huge dreams and large scale enterprises. However, there always comes a day where we must begin to draw up the plans as to how we’re actually going to bring our visions to fruition in the material world. This undoubtedly requires work, structure, organization and strategy. When the Sagittarius Sun and Capricorn Moon combine. The marriage of the ideal and the real presents itself.

In an individual birth chart when the Sun is in Sagittarius and the Moon in Capricorn the life energy which stimulates this person consists of a fundamental need to find meaning in his or her experiences; to view the world from the widest possible vantage point while seeking to identify patterns which exist throughout our universe.

Sagittarius is associated with interrelationships; how one thing is connected to another to ultimately show that we’re all part of the magic thread and grand design of the cosmos. In the midst of all of this questing, the most important piece to the archer is that the answers reflect a significance which can be weaved into a dynamic and comprehensive life philosophy.

Plain and simple-Sagittarius requires MORE. The Archer’s eyes are WIDE. Their modus operandi is continuous expansion which leads to MORE knowledge and MORE experience, which leads to a wider scope and an enormously rich existence.

The Capricorn Moon uses the light of the Sagittarius Sun and reflects an individual whose personality needs structure. They need to control their environment and get things done. Also, the Moon placed in Capricorn has an extremely practical orientation so to say that “results” matter” would be an understatement.

Receiving the rewards and status that come as a result of hard work and a job well done is an emotional need for those with the Moon in Capricorn. If they’re not given their just due for their accomplishments, they won’t be fulfilled. This is a no nonsense “nose to the grindstone” placement which espouses the philosophy that there’s nothing worth having which comes easily. There’s tremendous potential to exert the discipline to delay short term gratification in favor of long term success.

Tension can often exist between this Sun/Moon combination because the expansive Sagittarian energy is met squarely by the restrictive limits and controls of Capricorn, or so this SEEMS to be the case.

When examined more closely, the Capricorn Moon is simply providing the organizational channels needed to structure the implementation of high-minded Sagittarian ideals; to bring the archer’s wisdom down to earth so it can be used in real time.

The Sagittarian Sun’s buoyancy also assists Capricorn in obtaining the levity which is sometimes absent because of the sense of isolation which comes with the mountain climbing expedition they’ve chosen for themselves. In fact, at their lowest point Capricorn can turn stiff as a board and begin to totally disregard the feelings of others. Astrologer-Psychologist Glenn Perry Writes:

“The tight controlled responses often lead to loneliness and despair as it prevents the individual from flowing and responding to the changing mood of others. Moon in Capricorn nurtures by taking charge and giving orders. This dry, mechanical approach to feelings is not sympathetic and tends to imply that the other is incompetent. Unable to respond directly to emotional needs, Moon in Capricorn gives the impression of being callous, hardened an unaffected by the tender side of life.”

Fortunately, the life energy of the Sagittarius Sun contains the prescription for the Capricorn Moon blues if the individual will allow for the integration of the cloud’s silver lining and make room for the distinct possibility that work and play can be synthesized.

THIS is grounded wisdom.

If you have this Sun/Moon blend, your theme song is “Doing Something” by Skyzoo. You can listen right here:

Reference: Glenn Perry article from “Aspects” Magazine, 1981

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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

You can listen right here:

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Sagittarius Sun, Taurus Moon : “Visionary Riches”

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When a Sagittarius Sun and a Taurus Moon come together in a birthchart, you have been afforded the opportunity to use the knowledge you’ve acquired from your travels of the mind and the globe in an astoundingly REAL way.

The fuel which activates the life force of Sagittarius consists of adventure in it’s purest form which contributes to an ever broadening worldview . There’s very little physical or mental terrain that’s considered off limits for a Sagittarian Sun. The Centaur’s mission is to explore and seek leaving no stone unturned in it’s canvassing of the vast ALL of life. To drink deeply from the cup of  “Joie de vivre”, or the other beverages of their choice, which probably sound just as exotic.

The Taurus Moon, borrows the light from the Sagittarian Sun and creates a personality whose reigning emotional need is solidity and consistency. Taurus is nourished by maintaining a calm equilibrium and preserving life as it is. After all, what feeds the lunar bull is sitting back, chillin’ and enjoying the simple, sensual pleasures of life. The feel of their favorite chair, the smell of flowers and a comfortable bank balance. In addition, the earth element of which Taurus is a part, is psychologically oriented toward the experiences of the physical world and processing them in a practical, common sense manner.

On the surface, this blend may appear as to be a conflict. However, with the constructive use and integration of the solar and lunar resources, Taurus learns the art of spontaneous adventure from Sagittarius. The Solar Archer helps the lunar bull snap out of deadening , inertia- infused routines. In turn, Taurus helps to ground Sagittarius and prevent the random, haphazard shooting of arrows toward fruitless targets. Taurus asks Sagittarius: what can we discover from our quest that can be used in a practical way and may provide material sustenance to ourselves and the world at large?

Your Theme Music is “Visionary Riches” by Skyzoo & Apollo Brown

You can listen here:

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Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon

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Freedom and passion.

Not at all an unlikely pairing of needs . However, one could easily see how there could be a challenge to integrate both when involved with another individual.

The two needs would definitely have to negotiate with one another and come to a reasonable agreement . At least for that moment, or day in time.

Let’s  explore for a moment how this blend of a Sagittarius Sun and Scorpio Moon could make a lifetime out of fusing the breadth and depth which is implied by these two requirements.

With the Sun in Sagittarius, the quest to unearth a truth which will highlight the vast cosmic order and provide you with an ever broadening life philosophy is what fuels you.

The adventures of intellectual influencehaving a profound effect on the way others thinkteaching, acquiring knowledge and wisdom and obtaining the foresight to predict outcomes based on what you’ve learned serves as a stimulus for your life energy.

Your Scorpio Moon borrows your shine and reflects it back creating a personality which needs to go deep.

Your reigning needs consist of a necessity to feel life’s experiences at their most profound levels. Piercing and penetrating the veils and leaving the surface levels of existence in the dust.

You’re nourished by immersing yourself in the transformative fires of conflict and intimacy so that you may emerge reborn, wiser and more powerful.

Once a Sagittarian has been bitten by the bug of truth, he or she can’t be stopped. In a style filled with missionary zeal, they aim their arrow at their targets straight and true hoping to capture what they need until their next quest.

This life thrust blends with the energy of the lunar Scorpion, who concentrates his/her emotional reserves in a very private and strategic way only to be released when it’s appropriate. So, whether you possess this planetary placement or you’re close to someone who does- know that the stakes are high and the goal is to live life as such.

Your theme song is : “Stakes is High” by De La Soul. You can listen here:

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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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Sagittarius Sun, Leo Moon

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A radiant, life-affirming enthusiasm permeates this combination, “firing up” the self-presentation.

Embracing your need for recognition, validation and attracting the attention of others leads the way to having your philosophies and opinions respected. An intellectually sophisticated approach to demanding “center stage” is necessary.

Your life energy is ignited through releasing exploratory thought arrows within the vastness of the universe. You’re fueled by the joys of guiding and instructing, using a panoramic, all inclusive approach to inquiries of the mind.

This is reflected in a personality which possesses a need to display their authority with regal luster. It’s imperative that you beam brightly, if only in your chosen corner of the world. The question which this sun-moon combination produces is:

How will you use your light?

Will you blaze a path of understanding for others which broadens horizons and opens up new vistas of awareness?

Or, will you fancy yourself a “celebrity preacher”, developing a God complex ?

Understand that a grandiose sense of self-importance is distinctly different than honest appreciation of one’s divinity.

Infectious enthusiasm is one of your reigning strengths; an ace in the hole.

It’s vital for you to realize that the fervor you express when relaying your convictions has the power to move mountains. It also has the capacity to lead people into the metaphoric “jaws of doom”.

If you want the world to listen to what you have to say, proudly personifying the noble and lofty ideals you espouse is one of the best things that you can do.

If you have a Sagittarius Sun and Leo moon, your theme song is :” Truth Be Told” by Guilty Simpson and Apollo Brown. You can listen here:

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Virgo Sun, Sagittarius Moon

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If the Virgo Sun/Sagittarius Moon combination could be broken down into items, Virgo would be a microscope, while Sagittarius would be a wide lens telescope.

Virgo would analyze the debris sitting within immediate reach, while the archer would have its gaze firmly set upon a distant horizon. The fusion of these two types of energies provides a narrative which speaks to our multivaried options of how we wish to experience our respective worlds.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Virgo and the Moon is in Sagittarius, the fundamental energy which stimulates this individual is one of improving life processes through constant analysis, refinement and correction. Make no mistake about it, Virgo wants to use its systematic wiles in service of being “right and exact”.

The propensity of this solar placement is to view the world in relation to how it can immediately be made better. One of the psychological needs of Virgo is to enrich whatever situation, relationship or process that they become a part of. The perfection of skill and technique to be offered as a valuable contribution to humanity is what’s ultimately sought. More than anything, Virgo wants to be useful.

The Sagittarius Moon utilizes the Virgo Sun’s light to reflect a personality which needs to grasp the most all-encompassing worldview possible. This placement suggests that the individual is nourished through physical and mental exploration. This activity can take the form of studying how the laws of the universe and cosmos operate to provide the cords that bind us all or trekking halfway across the globe to experience culture shock.

After some of these experiences have been digested and internalized, the Sagittarius Moon individual needs to have its observations and opinions respected on how they view the grand design that we call life:

“The distant horizon is always felt as more appealing than the here and now. They particularly need mentall freedom [including religious and spiritual room to improve themselves] since their aspirations are not just high, but boundless.”

“In fact, they want to say yes to every opportunity; they want to feel that life is unbounded by any limits , and so they tend to instinctively promise far more than they can ever deliver.” 

I’m a  firm believer that we can learn valuable and insightful lessons from every sign in the zodiac when the entire system is viewed as a continuum or a progression. I also think that the energies contained in our birth charts are begging for our utilization of them.

The Sun  in Virgo needs to use the Sagittarius Moon in order to highlight the large scale possibilities in this world. As not to get snared in the “overanalysis leads to paralysis” trap, better known as the obsessive-compulsive style of the overfunctioning Virgo.

Robert Shapiro states:

“When the obsessive-compulsive person is unable to reach a decision by formula or rule, (s)he may begin to stew. S(he) will struggle to find the “right” solution. S(he) will tax him (her)self to think about it.

But the obsessive-compulsive person’s stewing has very little in common with the normal person’s thinking over the relevant facts. In the course of his(her) stewing, the obsessive person will continue long after he(she) has worn out the relevant facts and exhausted any possibility of new understanding from them. (S)he will have combined them in alll of their possible combinations and done so many times.

(S)he has, in other words tried to deal with the problem of decision according to his(her) style. (S)he tries to deal with it as if it were the most taxing technical problem- the search for the “right” answer. But most of the time this search is bound to fail.

There is no “right” answer in this sense, in the sense that there is a right answer to a technical problem. The decision, as much as s(he) shrinks from the fact, comes to a choice, a preference.”

Conversely, the Sagittarius Moon stands to benefit from the Virgo Sun’s potential for attention to detail and pragmatic focus.

There can be significant gains in the area of practical application of knowledge and understanding. Bringing high-minded ideals down to everyday life so that they don’t just remain ivory tower theory, but rather subject themselves to be tested by reality.

In this manner, the lifetime journey is full of options. Both the forest and the trees are available as well as the long range view and the immediate details. The wide eyed wonder associated with the Sagittarian quest is grounded by Virgoan utility without the obsessive after taste that’s common as a result of attempting to compulsively control events and outcomes.

THIS is a win-win.

References: “Neurotic Styles” by Robert Shapiro; “Person To Person Astrology” by Stephen Arroyo

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