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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Leo Sun, Taurus Moon : “Stay Shinin'”

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Earth and radiance.

Your “shine” is created through the recognition and harnessing of your inner value. Until you’re able to explore in all of its facets, what you’re worth, your personal projection ceases to generate the heat and light you aspire to.

Recognition, admiration and attention as a regal being ignites your spirit. Ideally this status is for the purposes of illuminating the potential in others as well as yourself, and allowing your expression to be a gift which emits rays of creativity than one that blinds with an inflated ego.

Building yourself up is essential, but the question remains as to how you’ll share what you’ve gathered with the larger collective.  Delving deeper into your feelings and curbing the impulse to accept them at face value is something which can benefit you.

The ability to burn away any material which causes inertia, rigidity or an one dimensional outlook is your friend. Understand that you can simultaneously maintain fixity of purpose and accept your ever changing, unfolding nature of becoming.

Your theme song is “Stay Shinin’ by Dynasty featuring Talib Kweli

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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, Taurus Moon : “Far Away From Here”

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is in Pisces and the Moon in Taurus, the fuel which provides stimulus for this person is that of spiritual liberation. Essentially, what motivates this individual is the desire to transcend the earthly plane and do creative work in the intangible and ethereal worlds. In fact, the human body can be viewed as a “prison” or trapping of sorts.

The Piscean potential for intuitive flow may allow them to just “know” that there’s more than meets the eye than this “gross and heavy reality” that’s being presented to us. This placement also suggests a capacity for highly developed empathy. When a person with a Pisces Sun says: “I feel you”, chances are: they really do. One of the best things about this is that it’s usually in a non-judgemental manner, seeking only to listen and understand.

The Taurus Moon uses the light of the Pisces Sun to form a personality whose emotional needs center around stability and security. Basically, this equals keeping things as they are and holding life’s surprises to a bare minimum. The Moon, when placed in Taurus suggests a capacity for sensual enjoyment of everyday, routine things. The lunar Taurean is nourished by what’s familiar to them.

For those with the solar/lunar blend of Pisces/Taurus, it certainly raises a few challenging questions: How can I do creative work that’s “otherworldly”, spiritual and transcendent and stay rooted to a semblance of familiarity? How can I enjoy the sensual pleasures of the body as my emotional needs require without becoming a slave to its importance?

On the underdeveloped side, the Pisces Sun’s fuel to move “far away from here” can resonate so strongly that the dangers of cloudy judgment exist. There may be an inclination to get “high” by any means, and in the boundless world of Pisces, nothing is off limits: drugs, alcohol, sex, fantasy, incessant television and anything which will provide an escape hatch.

Meanwhile, a potential downfall of the Taurus Moon has it’s roots in inertia. When unchecked, a natural gravitation toward the known has potential to morph into an extremely static and conservative approach to life. The line of thinking here is that life itself will somehow freeze if you do nothing differently in your individual world. However, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll see that day when you get up off the couch, look out the window and realize the world is passing you by.

A productive use of this Sun/Moon blend is grounded spirituality. Embracing the sense of awe and the creativity which comes with the recognition of life’s unity. This goes for ALL creatures great and small. To show gratitude in everyday mundane experiences.

While it may be nice to float off to the fifth dimension, you must know that rich and varied spiritual experiences can be had right here on the ground. Furthermore, your physical body is a vehicle and vessel to assist you in your earthly work- not your enemy. In order to maximize its use, it’s advised that you remove the prison bars from your mind. You can still get “far away from here” ON EARTH.

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Taurus Sun, Leo Moon

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“Any real change implies the break up of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or thought one knew; to what one possessed or dreamed that one possessed. Yet it is only when man is able, without bitterness or self pity to surrender a dream he has long cherished, or a privilege he has long possessed,that he is set free-that he has set himself free- for higher dreams, for greater privileges.”

-James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

The word change is defined in Webster’s dictionary as [1] To make different in some particular. [2] To make radically different: transform and [3] To give a position, course or direction to. It’s my contention  that in order to embrace our authenticity, we must become acquainted with change in some form and hone our ability to navigate those waters. This undoubtedly requires risk.

To truly be who we are and validate ourselves sans outside approval requires a tremendous amount of patience and intestinal fortitude. The combination of a Taurus Sun and Leo Moon serves as an accurate illustrator of the path of internal certification. On a general level, the combination of these two signs implies a relationship of dynamic or developmental tension. 

This means when they’re synthesized the most significant growth can  emerge via periods of crisis, upheaval or intense circumstances which demand that we make very clear progression or regression choices. In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Taurus and the Moon in Leo, the core life energy is geared toward safety and security; the maintenance of stability. Keeping things as they are with relatively few surprises is the prevailing order of the day.

The Venus ruled Taurean energy is also stimulated by pleasure and the enjoyment of creature comforts which awaken and stir the senses. As an earth sign, the bull wants something they can “grab a hold of”  to point to as a symbol of certainty, whether it’s a career, relationship or money in the bank. The Leo Moon uses the Taurus Sun’s light to reflect an individual whose personality needs consist of identity validation, approval,  and the recognition and fundamental appreciation of their uniqueness. All of these emotional needs are ingredients to the puzzle of self esteem:

“Self esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as worthy of happiness.”

In order to be emotionally fulfilled, the Moon in Leo person must feel as if they have the necessary tools to not only “cope” as an individual,  but to flourish. With Leo’s sense of self-importance, there’s no “just getting by”. If that were to be the case, they might be viewed as “ordinary”, and in their book, that’s something too be avoided at all costs:

Needing to live up to a big and rather dramatized image of themselves, the Leo Moon person can be rather a show off. But they do it with such innocence and high expectations that they are often forgiven for their tendency toward self absorption and dramatization.”

When these Sun/Moon energies are blended, the tension which exists vacillates from wanting to keep conditions the same to desiring a growth and advance in the personality. A balance is required to maximize this placement. Stability of the most basic sort is required in our lives. However, part of acquiring self-esteem is the ability to successfully adjust to changes. To drop the script, act or image of this “big” person that you’ve convinced yourself that you need to embody and get on with the business of being yourself. If this path of authenticity is sought with great effort, the individual has the potential to be warmly inspiring and supportive to others who are also on their quest for self-actualization. In Nathaniel Branden’s book “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”, there’s a rundown of some basic ways self-esteem manifests in ourselves and others, many of which I deem applicable to the optimum use of the Taurus Sun/Leo Moon combination:

“Self-esteem expresses itself in a face, manner and way of talking and moving that projects the pleasure one takes in being alive. It expresses itself in an ease in talking of accomplishments or shortcomings with directness and honesty, since one is in friendly relationship to facts. It expresses itself in the comfort one experiences in giving and receiving compliments, expressions of affection, appreciation and the like. It expresses itself in an openness to criticism and a comfort about acknowledging mistakes because one’s self esteem is not tied to an image of “being perfect.”

“It expresses itself in one’s comfort with assertive (not belligerent) behavior in oneself and others. It expresses itself in an ability to preserve a quality of harmony and dignity under conditions of stress.”

Stability does not have to be synonymous with sameness or inertia. The highest compliment the Sun-Moon blend of Taurus and Leo can bestow upon the universe is to embrace taking the risks which come with the pursuit of authenticity and to implement personal changes over time which will allow them to meet the demands of genuine self-esteem.

References: “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” by Nathaniel Branden; “Person To Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex and Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo

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Taurus Sun, Cancer Moon

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All is peaceful in the safe haven. There’s no threat to security and risk is minimal.

In this Sun/Moon blend, mix the sweet, Venusian urge for connecting with Lunar sustenance and nutrition.

A reigning consistency in mostly all things allows you to feel sane, and “like yourself”. This is reflected in a personality which needs to nurture; to give and receive tender loving care in a private shell of human warmth.

You “take care” through emotional responsiveness. The touch of your hands and the extension of your heart is the conduit of  affection. “Build it so it will grow” may very well be your motto,

In the midst of life’s serenity, you’re going to faced with the question:

Is my “safe haven” TOO safe?

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Cancer Sun, Taurus Moon : “Home”

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Cancer and the Moon in Taurus, the core life energy which stimulates the person is tied to emotional intimacy and security.

The Sun placed in Cancer suggests the importance of connecting and influencing others on an emotional level as well as establishing or belonging to a “tribe” or “clan” of sorts. While “family” is also another term which can be used, it must be made clear that family can be biological or ideological in nature. Much of Cancerian energy is oriented toward nurturing. In other words, assisting in the growth and development of people or things.

The Sun’s placement in Cancer suggests a highly developed intuition and “EQ” or emotional intelligence which helps them to foster bonds of intimacy with others.

The Taurus Moon uses the Sun’s light to reflect a personality whose needs are to maintain things are in hopes of building more stability. There’s a reigning emotional need to remain “solid as a rock” The Taurus Moon’s placement suggests that the individual may be nourished by hopes of creating a structure of lasting value.

When an individual with this Sun-Moon blend is operating dysfunctionally, emotional and operational inertia are at center stage. There’s major difficulty with freeing oneself from obsolete patterns of sentiment and mind numbing daily routines.

It’s as if they’re going in circles, choosing to consistently FEEL and DO the same things over and over again. A constructive use of this blend is using the fuel of emotional depth and a rich feeling life as a tool for inner exploration to curb patterns of personal rigidity.

If you have a this combination, your theme song is “Home” by Illa J. You can listen 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

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Capricorn Sun, Taurus Moon

When I think about the Capricorn Sun, Taurus Moon combination, both the image and idea of blue chip stocks comes to mind.

The reason why people to choose to invest in these stocks and the energy which provides stimulus to earth signs are very similar: a reputation for quality, stability, maturity and a steadiness which can withstand dips between high and low in both the economy and life in general. Essentially, this Sun-Moon blend is stationed on solid ground.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Capricorn and the Moon in Taurus, the individual is fueled by making things happen in an authoritative capacity. Managing, directing and controlling. Straight up running the show,whether this is from an external point of view as a CEO or an internal focus of self-mastery.

In this placement, the life energy is geared toward leading by example and bearing the standard of integrity and responsibility, which means aligning thoughts, words and actions consistently as well as responding to the life conditions that one has created in a constructive manner. There’s also a motivation to achieve and receive status and recognition for one’s accomplishments which have come as a result of hard work,discipline and perseverance.

Capricorn energy lends itself toward having the patience in order to climb even the highest mountain to the pinnacle of success. They don’t just want to show up to the party, they want to be the best. In their mind, if they were going to be average, they could’ve just stayed at home.

As reflected by the Taurus Moon, this individuals emotional and personality needs are to uphold the status quo. To infuse a familiarity into the state of affairs. This is because once they’ve found a “formula” for certain ways of doing and being, they prefer to stick with what works.

As a matter of fact, the bull finds a certain beauty in this simplicity. Nothing fancy, just the appreciation of the sensual pleasures of life, building and maintaining financial and spiritual wealth.

The desire for Taurean comfort also stems from it’s correlation to safety. if one stays in the realm of the known, then there’s a greater likelihood that the more unfamiliar elements of life which disturb predictability can be kept at arms length. Unfortunately, more value is often placed on having the situation remain the same rather than if it’s actually favorable or unfavorable.

It may help individuals with this Sun-Moon blend to possibly reframe their ideas about what constitutes true security. To consider that the process of change holds just as much potential to transform and enrich life as it does to harm or disturb it. 

Also, just because we may have committed to a particular plan or focus in the past doesn’t mean that we’re hopelessly bound to traveling in that direction. We have the freedom to shift as situational and environmental factors reveal themselves.

Strategies can be elastic. You’re capable diversify your portfolio of life options.

Just because a certain system “works” doesn’t mean that it’s going to continue to. After all, people and times have a way of changing, and too much riding on the waves of the familiar can certainly create the element of inertia, which is formally defined as:

” A property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted on by some external force.”

This Sun-Moon combination can work most optimally by taking calculated risks and employing flexible strategies for living.  By periodic assessments of their operational methods. Evaluating based on their effectiveness rather than their familiarity.

I’ve been a fan of Hip Hop Artist A.Z. ever since he made his debut on Nas’ “Illmatic” album. Right here, he’s collaborated with the eclectic producer Rodney Hazard on the track “Vintage”, which captures the spirit of this Sun/Moon blend. Please enjoy:

Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon

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When the Sun in Scorpio meets the Moon in Taurus in a natal chart, there’s immense potential for self-transformation and the healing of others, as well as a solid, satisfying sense of inner stability. There’s a natural polarity between these signs, which means that successful navigation of this sun-moon combination depends on the ability to synthesize the solar drives and lunar needs.

The Scorpio Sun’s life force is stimulated by a propensity for plumbing the depths.

There’s a hankering to penetrate situations and people to the core in order to ignite the vitality of the solar scorpion. Gaining control through the knowledge of psychological dynamics is the realm in which the 8th sign of the zodiac operates.

In order to continuously thrive in this sphere, an allowance must be made for considerable (and probably frequent) life changes. Consistent transformation implies the periodic shedding of a symbolic skin, which contains the contents of things outworn and obsolete. This ritual insinuates that Scorpio Sun’s have moved on to another level of development which now promises more challenges.

The Sun’s placement in Scorpio suggests that your intensity and depth of feeling, which sometimes manifests as internal turmoil, can be used, in it’s most constructive sense, as a healing agent.

You’ve walked the emotional tightrope and been scalded by the fires on life only to emerge from a symbolic “death” (or deaths) as a stronger person who has survived, and now vowed to LIVE. Through these experiences, you’re now certified by the cosmos to show others how to navigate the heat of the blaze if you will risk vulnerability and divulge your secrets.

Your Taurus Moon utilizes the Scorpio Sun’s energy to form a personality whose emotional needs center around steadiness, preserving the status quo, material stability and taking your time to enjoy all of the sensual pleasures life has to offer.

When we consider this sun-moon blend, we only need to think about the interaction between a scorpion and a bull.  The bull, symbolized by the Taurus Moon has an emotional investment in staying in it’s place. It’s comfortable and really sees no need to move. After all, it’s physical needs are being met and in most aspects, it FEELS good.

The Scorpion is small in size, but potent in power. It will not be ignored.

On a symbolic level, if the Bull is grazing and the scorpion appears,with it’s intent on changing the material conditions, the bull has the following choices : (a) re-vamp it’s options and consider a new locale to fulfill it’s needs or (b) become aggressively protective defending it’s territory and possibly suffer the fatal, paralyzing sting of the scorpion.

Sure, it might get lucky and step on it, but why take the risk, right?

One of the ultimate lessons of this sun-moon blend is that the only constant in life is change. Physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual change. By surrendering to this maxim, we’re able to gain inner peace because we can begin to take our time to “smell the roses” enjoy the sensual and material pleasures of living without feeling like we absolutely must POSSESS them.

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