Capricorn ♑ Ingress – Material Mastery

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“…If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you…”

– Rudyard Kipling Sun in Capricorn

With just 10 days left of 2012, I am naturally reflective upon my phenomenal experiences this year. I scored two amazing paid internships, an all expense paid trip to Chicago, and ended up on a University of Houston billboard campaign! Believe me, things were not always this way, just as recently as 2011, but I’m proud to know that I’ve kept every single one of my resolutions this year through perseverance and tough but consistent work. What can I say? I was born with 6 of the 10 planets placed in earth signs into a lifetime of transformational experiences that now seem to be working to forcefully propel me towards my goals. Oftentimes our natal charts possess a semblance of whom we might grow into as we age, and what a wise and phenomenal individual the evolved Capricorn often is.

The winter solstice began yesterday, at 5:12 CDT which begins the yearly period of when the Sun enters the pragmatic, resourceful, disciplined, and ambitious sign of Capricorn ♑. Goals are the ultimate theme for the sign of the sea goat and as you might have guessed, it is one of my favorite signs as it vibes well with the abundance of planets in earth and water signs in my chart.

Previous sign, Sagittarius, and ruling planet Jupiter are associated with expansion and optimism. Capricorn is where we become a bit more realistic, maybe even a bit pessimistic. Yet, imagine the power that this fantastically grounded outlook upon might have! The sea goat is the last of the realistic and enduring earth signs, which also include Taurus ♉ and Virgo ♍. Depicted by the keywords “I Use”, Capricorns are often driven by a desire to be useful and productive while excelling in the realms of career, management and organization.

All of the cardinal signs [Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn] indicate seats of power and in a creature with the forelimbs of a goat attached to the tail of a fish, the abyss of the ocean is combined with mountainous terrain. This represents a ‘cross of matter’ between the psyche and its manifestation in the material, drawing the soul out of its collective stupor to confront the challenges of reality and individualism. The ocean, besides symbolising primordial roots, relates to instinctive wisdom, secrets, and knowledge that lies buried within the depths of consciousness. Capricorn, bearing only the tail of an aquatic creature, keeps a head that is free from impressionable thought – at a rational level Capricorns are affected only by what they can define through logic and reasoned assessment, but unconsciously, spiritually and emotionally they draw from the deep” [1].

Capricornus ♑ – The Sea Goat

Mountain Goat in ZooThere’s something about winter that tends to makes me a bit bluesy each year, albeit the most inspired. By now, many of us have encountered shortened days, the loss of daylight, and the biting chill of the upcoming winter season. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year. Sometimes, this frigid season can reflect our own state of isolation and loneliness. For some, winter can even be a bit melancholic. Nature’s beauty becomes seemingly barren and sparse as some animals begin to withdraw into their dens and hibernate. These events are indicative of the naturally introverted and self-contained nature of Capricorn. Some astrology books will tell you of the infamous loner of the zodiac. While it is often true that Capricorns are known for their reserved nature just as winter begins a phase of conservation, almost no one remains more committed when entering into a relationship. As a sensual earth sign, Capricorn is certainly no less sexual and beneath it’s cool exterior lies the great depth and warmth of a winter den.

The Capricorn temperament often tends towards seriousness and conservatism. However, looking to just that one factor would omit the lighter, often sarcastic and deadpan sense of humor that many Cappys possess. In my eyes, winter is a period of tremendous beauty as well. Yes, the trees begin to loose their vibrant appearance but as the New Year approaches we often recollect our experiences of the past year and set goals for our future. This is the magic of Capricorn. We become more organized so that we can maneuver the liveliness of the ensuing spring with a greater sense of ease.

Saturn ♄ – The Celestial Taskmaster

A stopwatch lying on top of a sports shoe, close-upSaturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn provides further understanding of this enigmatic sign. Traditional astrology deemed Saturn as The Greater Malefic due to its association with obstacles, limitation, and hardship. I’m not going to lie, Saturn can suck hard because it is equivalent to the hardest and most realistic lessons that we face in our lives. Not everyone navigates the blocks of Saturn with gracefulness, but when we truly embody its lessons the result is formidable mastery and power. If you really pay attention to your hardships, Saturn can also be your greatest ally.

The rigid, steely, and sometimes melancholy structure associated with Saturn is synonymous with the feelings that the winter season sometimes inspires in people. The 10th sign of the zodiac is associated with the bones, biological elements that remain long after the rest of one’s physical body. Some astrology books speak of the notion that Capricorns age well, reaching their prime as they become older and often have attractive bone structure.

 “Saturn is a planet of realism with a controlled release of energy which does mark the Capricorn as apparently lacking in creative sparkle and exuberant vivacity. As the Sun enters the sign associated with mid-winter, its power is low and the solar qualities of light, warmth, enthusiasm and brilliance struggle to emerge in recognisable ego traits and personality features. Yet the qualities exist, submerged deep within the character. The fire that animates the Capricorn’s spirits is gestating and self-contained, but not to be taken lightly” [1]

The serious, calculating and sobering influence of Saturn in a natal chart is often found in the charts of great businessmen or those that work in the field medicine. There is also the notion that Capricorns often possess a sense of maturity even at a young age. One of my very close friends throughout middle school was a Capricorn. Even in 6th grade, he always intensely spoke of his future and the things he needed to accomplish. Hayley Williams, vocalist of Paramore, was signed at just 16 years of age.

 “You often see Capricorn’s entering a kind of voluntary bondage in the early part of life, as though they actually wanted to experience this term of frustration.  It might be taking care of ill or ageing parents, or working at a job they dislike intensely, or embroiling themselves in a restrictive marriage.  Whatever the nature is of the restriction, there is a curious kind of psychological hair shirt which Capricorn dons for a time.  In medieval mysticism, the hair shirt symbolized the individual’s way of purifying himself of his carnal sins in order to prepare him for the experience of God.  Capricorn’s symbolic hair shirt is a kind of perpetual self-punishment or self-imposed labour.  Try to get him to enjoy himself and he’ll give you a thousand excuses why his responsibilities won’t permit it” [3].

Portrait of young US military officers in uniform over gray backgroundI’ve also examined a certain affinity for structure that is held by several of my Capricorn friends. This is indicative of a sign associated with governmental institutions, career, and even the military. Whatever responsibility or belief Capricorn takes on, you’d best believe that they take it very seriously.

A few nights ago, I met a Capricorn friend of a friend. The three of us were huddled around a table in a bar late at night as the conversation turned toward the military. Long story short, the Capricorn confessed that she’d thought about joining the military. There it was again, that fascination with rules and structure! There is something about this long lasting earth sign that relishes structure, responsibility, and being a pretty damn valid source of strength in society. Of course not all Cappy’s are emotionally concealed authoritarians made for the military, but it is a very solid expression of the sign’s energy that I have continually noticed. The influence of Saturn creates hard working, competent and mature individuals with fascinating powers of productivity. A Capricorn without goals and achievement is oftentimes truly unfulfilled! Then, the innate urge  to manage situations and people can spill over into other unwanted areas of life.

“Capricorn’s real place is out on the world’s stage, moving things in the environment – little or small – so that he leaves the place a little more organized than it was when he found it.  His gifts lie in the realm of organization and control, discipline and initiation of changes within already existing structures.  He’s often more of an idealist than you’d expect, in that he may have a vision of how to improve the world, or the small corner of the world he inhabits” [3].

House X – The Natal Summit

Businesswoman smilingIn addition, the 10th house in a natal chart is linked to the sign of Capricorn. Another name for the 10th house is known as the Midheaven. It is the last of the four Angles that I discussed in my blog posts this year that includes the 1st (Ascendant-Aries-Sunrise), 4th (Nadir-Cancer-Midnight), and 7th (Descendant-Libra-Sunset) houses. The Midheaven represents the highest point of a planet and the point of noon. In this house, the Sun is at its highest position and was archaically thought to be at a point of prominence and glory. Despite the older interpretations, it can be said that the 10th house is certainly what an individual makes of it.

“Planets in (or ruling) the natal 10th don’t assure us of anything. They will be prominent, but for what reason, and how widely they’ll be seen, is much less clear. The Moon in the 10th could make you famous. Or notorious. Your face could be on the cover of People magazine. Or the neighbors could discover you sleeping in the hedges as they drive off to work.” [2]

The Midheaven represents themes of career, public reputation, and societal status. As the northern point of the birth chart when a planet is directly overhead, it is often reflective of the potential rise of an individual in society or the public realm. This house also in indicative of how the general public might perceive a person. People with powerhouse planets placed in their Midheaven often find themselves in the limelight at some point whether they like it or not. If you’ve been close to a lot of Capricorns, you may have noticed their fierce protectiveness of their public persona. While they often possess a tremendous sense of ambition and desire for worldly status, these are still very private people.

 Teen rock climbing at Hueco TanksEvery astrological house has its secret anguish. In the 10th house it’s failure, the discovery that we didn’t make good on our dreams. I’ll never forget the chilling confession of one of my high school English teachers, the one with the impressive Jesuit education and the faint smell of alcohol always on his breath. He stared at his folded hands one day and quietly told me that his life was second rate: “I settled for a second rate job, a second rate wife, a second rate home, and second rate kids” [2].

“Even when it’s happening at a deep, unconscious level, Capricorn is planning his ultimate destiny.  He may be a nobody, someone who has to take orders from others, or work at things he detests which offer no challenge to his real capabilities.  But watch him when that term has passed and he’s released from his self-imposed prison.  All the while a powerful determination and ambition have been breeding in him, and an immense strength of will.  It might be a worldly goal of envisions – to run his own business, to make enough money to buy a piece of land, or whatever.  It might be ambition in a creative sense – to develop a formidable skill as a painter, a writer, a musician.  It might be an inner ambition – self-understanding, or something more occult” [3].

Mom holding two year old son at family reunion.Furthermore, the 10th house is linked to the influence of one or both parents. Traditional astrology saw the 10th as the house of the father and the sign of Capricorn in many ways is strongly linked to the paternal archetype. Of course, not all Capricorn women are automatically masculine but the typical ambitious and authoritative qualities can be found within them as well.

“She’s also smart enough to know that you don’t confront power directly; therefore, if she wants something from you, you usually end up thinking that you came up with the idea yourself, and she’s managed to twist you around with such finesse that you’re convinced she’s fragile and helpless and you begin to feel such a hero that your biceps begin to visibly swell.  Ah, poor soul.  No Capricorn is fragile or helpless.  All Capricorn women are born with stainless steel spines” [3].

Also in certain charts, Saturn provides insights into an individual’s relationship with their father as well as other authority figures.The Midheaven is a powerful house, profoundly linked with some of the most common and pressing questions that people face concerning their place in the world. Here is where a person can learn to claim his or her own unique sense of authority in life.

Capricorn  vs. Cancer 

Business man with hands over his faceThe self-contained nature of both Capricorn and Cancer is very evident. However, where Cancer is associated with family life and emotional hearth, Capricorn is linked to one’s public status and professional life. Since the 4th house lies opposite the 10th in a birth chart, it is indicated by midnight and the sign of Cancer which lies opposite of Capricorn. The 4th house or Nadir represents the foundation we establish for ourselves to fall back on in contrast to our endeavors into the public world.

Opposite the 10th is the 4th house, that midnight place which whispers to us in the dark, echoing with old, remembered voices that tell us who we really are. It’s these voices we need to examine and confront on the way to claiming our authority” [2].

Oftentimes, Cancer/Capricorn relationships result in a sort of parent-child dynamic. Being Moon-ruled, Cancer represents maternal, nurturing energy, memories and childhood. As we have visited, Capricorn is generally not comfortable with open displays of emotion and tends to embody the role of the stern and structured father or adulthood. In extreme cases, Capricorn can withdraw from emotionally charged situations while  Cancer can tend to become increasingly emotional.

Saturn , Uranus , Neptune , and Descendant in Capricorn  

Seedling in a dollar bill planterI’ve always strongly identified with the traditional melancholic temperament (I don’t exactly mean this in a depressive sort of way).  My Sun is in Taurus, Moon in Virgo, and Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in Capricorn. These planets form an aspect known as a Grand Trine as I have planets tightly placed in all three earth signs. Although it is not always evident (because people meet jovial Jupiter in my first house upon first impression) I take realistic matters such as responsibility and material security very seriously. With my descendant (point of relationship) in Capricorn, I possess an affinity for people with placements in Capricorn that are often older and more mature.

As the last of the earth signs, Capricorn’s reputation is centered upon it’s preference for caution, material worth, and sustainability. Yet, the sea goat is far from a sign with a one track mind. People often mistakenly view the trio of earth signs as unimaginative, but this would neglect the creative gifts of many of history’s most constructive individuals. While it is sometimes easy for this group of innate realists to become caught in the routines of tangible existence, some of the most transpersonal, spiritual, and universally enlightened people have been born under the signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

“But in his heart he’s a builder, and often a selfless one, building for others with his immense skills and power of will.  It may take you a while to get to know him.  But beneath the often overly conventional garb he’s seen a lot of life, and hopefully a lot of the funnier side of it too.  In kabbalistic thought the symbol of Saturn was equated with understanding – profound, rich wisdom based on real experience rather than theories and philosophies.  It’s worth a little time and effort to be able to tap that vein of gold” [3]

Famous Capricorns via CafeAstrology

Dido Armstrong (Sun in Capricorn), David Bowie (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Capricorn), Nicolas Cage (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Capricorn), Jim Carrey (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Capricorn), Kevin Costner, Marlene Dietrich (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Capricorn), Mel Gibson (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), James Earl Jones (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Capricorn), Annie Lennox (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Capricorn), Moliere (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), Michelle Obama (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), Jimmy Page (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), Howard Stern (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Capricorn), Tiger Woods (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams of Paramore was born on December 27 1988 under the Cardinal Earth sign of Capricorn ♑

Notes

  1. Capricorn The Goatfish
  2. The 10th House
  3. Astrology For Lovers – Capricorn
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Scorpio ♏ Ingress – Profundity and Perception

“I have to re-create the universe every morning when I wake up. And kill it in the evening, which is a bit outrageous, but there you go. Heee! Well, maybe not every morning, but maybe twice a year I have to destroy everything.

  — Bjork (Sun , Moon ,  Neptune , and Ascendant in Scorpio )

As the Sun glides towards a sobering conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio, things might seem a bit more serious for some as the realities of our deepest self are called into focus. Unlike preceding sign, Libra, Scorpio is acutely aware that life isn’t always so beautiful. Yet, could this actually be advantageous? The evolved Scorpio has knowledge that having the courage to face and let go of life’s darkest issues is a path to healing and transformation. And those who ignore the call for change? Well, that’s a very different story.

On October 22 at 7:14pm, our Sun transitions from aesthetic, romantic, and diplomatic Libra into transformational, penetrating, and intimate Scorpio. If Libra represents compromise and the initial romantic stages of a relationship, Scorpio is where the relationship deepens through intimacy and shared resources. Sometimes this increase in depth equates to struggles of power or positive and permanent new levels of understanding. Furthermore, realistic Saturn’s recent shift into Scorpio emphasizes the key lessons of the eighth sign of the zodiac: transformation, sexuality, death, rebirth, and power summarized by the keywords of “I Desire”.

Traditional astrology possesses strong words for Scorpio as a fixed water sign, often depicting it as dark, possessive, vengeful, and controlling. Like Cancer, its watery crustacean counterpart, Scorpio is also modeled after a creature with an exoskeleton indicating that the watery emotional nature of those with strong Scorpio energy is oftentimes concealed, yet fully present.

“This means that Scorpio, regardless of his habitual smokescreens – and make no mistake about it, Scorpio has the best smokescreens of any of the signs – is a sign of profound feeling and sensitivity, easily affected by the emotional currents inside him and around him, susceptible to the feelings of others, easily hurt, sympathetic, compassionate, often intensely lonely, and driven by an almost voracious need for relationship.  [1]

However, Scorpio is secretly one of my favorite signs as it holds several of the most difficult yet valuable lessons I’ve learned in my life of all twelve signs. Learn the lessons of Scorpio and you have the courage to transform and heal yourself and others. The truth is that all signs have a dark side. Scorpio is just typically more aware of this within everyone and its ability to see deeply into other people and situations is a unique gift which translates well into the realm of depth psychology, research, and detective work. Therefore, I think that the set of keywords “I Perceive” is most fitting for Scorpio.

“In order to penetrate it must first draw towards it: Scorpio doesn’t walk into your territory, it doesn’t flirt and cajole, it merely let’s its own energy attract, and when penetrating your secrets it does so having lured you to a place where resistance is low. Like Virgo, Scorpio has an analytical gift: it probes the depths, breaks apart, identifies the dross and eliminates the wasteful or insincere.” [1]

Scorpio , Mars , and Pluto , and House VIII – Passion and Power

The most widely referenced myth of Scorpio stems from the inflated ego of Orion, who once bragged that he could hunt and kill every wild beast on earth. Normally Artemis, goddess of hunting, would take a stand against this but was a bit inhibited by her crush on Orion. Therefore, it was Apollo God of the herds who conspired with Gaia to send a giant scorpion after Orion. Different versions of the story state that is was either the scorpion who killed Orion or Artemis who accidentally shot him in the head while aiming for the Scorpion.

In ancient astrology, Mars was the ruler of Scorpio and Aries indicative of the sign’s tremendous drive and determination. Where fiery Aries represents the more extroverted and outwardly combative side of Mars, Scorpio highlights the receptive facets of the water sign associated with strategy and defense.

“It’s worth remembering that, as much as it may seem a contradiction, Scorpios strongest line of attack is always in defence, where their fixidity brings enduring patience and determination, and their natural resilience makes them seem practically impassable. Consider the role of scorpion gods in ancient symbolism and myth; invariably their function is to act as guardians, custodians and protectors; oblivious to external distraction but ferocious in the cruel retribution unleashed on those who break their sentinel.” [2]

The red planet is also known for its sexual nature, representing desire and libido. Similarly, it’s not uncommon to recognize a Scorpio through their highly sexual nature although it is not always apparent. Most people will not initially the grasp the depth and passion that exists within these human beings. Overall, Scorpio is a sign that prefers to appear unassuming, away from the center of attention. However, maintaining a sense of control over life events is certainly a motivating factor for many scorpions. There are many legends about how scorpions, when tightly surrounded by a ring of fire, have been known to sting themselves to death. Astrologer Liz Greene claims to have witnessed a similar scenario.

“Once in the south of France I watched a group of children surround a small brown scorpion with sticks, so that it was completely trapped.  It committed suicide.” The message here is that Scorpio would rather destroy himself, and go down in flames by his own hand – literally or psychologically – than submit to another’s ultimatum or control.  It’s that damnable pride again.  [1]

The more recent discovery of Pluto led to the assignment of Scorpio as its ruler. Pluto is known as the god of the underworld and similarly, transits involving Pluto are concerned with subconscious psychological issues that may be brought into the light from beneath the surface of our psyches. Although in modern astronomy Pluto is known as a dwarf planet, the influence of Pluto in astrology is undeniable with themes such as the transformation, power, destruction, and renewal.

“By house, the position of Pluto shows where individuals search for truths and deeper meaning. This area of life may be associated with change, upheaval, power struggles, and issues of control. Pluto in aspect to other planets in the chart colors those energies with obsessive qualities, power struggles, the need to find deeper meanings, and willingness to explore and examine. Where we find Pluto in the chart is where we either seek change and transformation, or have it thrust upon us if we refuse to accept our deepest needs.” [5]

 Scorpio is also associated with the eighth house in astrology, a division of a natal chart that deals with subconscious psychological themes, crisis, sexuality, death, and shared resources. These issues sound particularly heated and painful, but they serve a crucial function which allows an individual to transform themselves in order to reach a heightened perspective. Therefore, one could say that the ultimate goal of Scorpio is transcendence.

 “If the 7th house describes relationships forged through equality, in the 8th house we suffer (or profit from) relationships based on inequality. When others enter the intimate waters of this house, they get some power over us. Whether it’s the bank, our parents, the IRS, our sexual partners, even a stranger who happens to push our buttons, and let’s not forget the scythe-master Death—through the 8th we become painfully aware of forces beyond our manipulation and control.” [3]

Scorpio Vs. Taurus – Intensity Vs. Tranquility

It’s often said that is polarity that Taurus and Scorpio create is the most intense of all of the signs of the zodiac. As the product to two fixed signs and from personal experience, there seems to be truth in this statement. Students of astrology know all about the tranquil, easygoing, and preserving nature of Taurus. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the themes of Scorpio are well matched in opposition to those of Taurus. A key symbolization of the functions of Scorpio originate from the area of the body that it rules; the groins. Here, processes of attraction, creation, destruction, and regeneration all occur. Taureans are known for exuding a solid, grounded, and stabilizing influence, while Scorpio is known for undergoing periods of deep change and transformation.

Scorpio is the only zodiac sign represented by multiple creatures. In ancient astrology, Scorpio was represented by the serpent, a creature that sheds its skin and was once believed to possess regenerative powers. Next is the phoenix, a powerful creature which represents the crucial Scorpionic themes of death and rebirth. Lastly, the eighth sign has been known to be related to the piercing stare and ability of the Eagle to soar above circumstance.

“Transcendence from the crawling scorpion to the soaring eagle, still predatory, still conveying the essence of patience and penetration, but capable of flight and height, brings together the theme of destruction and renewal as a story of evolution. …All Scorpios feel themselves to be on this spiritual quest of transformation and it should be remembered that their depth of mind is as equally attracted to higher philosophy as it is to depth psychology.” [2]

Saturn in House VIII – Death is a Transference of Energy

From when I was much younger, I have vivid memories of how uncomfortable the prospect of death made me feel. Any talk of life after death would bring me and my Cancerian ascendant to tears. Today, it’s quite the opposite. Three of my immediate family members have passed in the last ten years beginning at the age of twelve and the fact that I remain here on earth, advancing my life is a testament to the reserves of empowerment that I discovered during such trying times. Traditional astrology has some very strong and negative words about my natal placement of Saturn in the eighth house, but as I’ve always said there are no inherently negative placements in my opinion. I like to think that I’ve absorbed the lessons of Saturn in this house well. Some of the astrology books say that individuals born with Saturn in eighth do great in occupations that relate with Scorpionic themes such as death or psychology. As my progessed Sun moves into Gemini, I want to do many things (hence the problem) but I’ve always relished the idea of being a therapist in some way.

Death has been an important theme in my life in so many ways, and the eighth house has served as a reflection of my evolving attitude concerning it. In this way, it also becomes important to think of eighth house decay literally and figuratively is it can oftentimes mean the death of an idea, a process, or an attitude and not just a person. When we let go and allow the things we’ve been holding onto to die, they are then able to transform into something greater that we may have never imagined.

As a Taurus I uphold the typically unusual value that it’s important to reinvent myself, and I owe this belief to the lessons of Scorpio. It’s no secret that Taureans are usually deeply unsettled by change, but with natal Pluto opposite my natal Sun, I almost have no choice but to relent to events that occur outside of my control. There are tremendous reserves of strength and mobilization that await every Taurus who actively face the resistance to change that lies within themselves. I think that what most mattered for me is that I’ve had so many defining events in my life occur outside of the jurisdiction of my control.

Lastly, I want to part ways with this wonderful reference to the nature of Scorpio from Liz Greene. It stems from a reference of Hercules’s battle with the hydra, a creature with nine heads.

“Scorpio is a sign of intense desire; and the hydra’s many heads can mean the many desires of the uncivilized human heart.  Left to grow in the darkness, they can become poisonous, and begin to destroy others.  But they cannot be dealt with by repression.  They must be understood, held up to the light, respected as part of oneself.  And although vanquished, it is a good idea to remember that one immortal head.  For Scorpio, all human beings carry within them the seeds of good and evil.  Evil is not an abstract thing, or somebody else’s fault; it is in everyone.  Human brutality cannot be blamed on society, but ultimately only on oneself.  It is relevant to realize that Freud, the great founder of modern depth psychology, had Scorpio rising.  Therein lies the deepest meaning of Scorpio’s myth:  come to terms with the hydra in yourself, and you redeem the world.”  [6]

Famous Scorpios via CafeAstrology

Ed Asner (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Ascendant in Scorpio), Lauren Bessette (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), Bjork (Sun and Moon in Scorpio), Lisa Bonet (Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), John Cleese (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito, Leonardo DiCaprio (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio), Richard Dreyfuss (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Sally Field, Bill Gates, Calista Flockhart, Jodie Foster (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Whoopi Goldberg (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), John Gotti (organized crime boss – Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), Harry Hamlin (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), Ethan Hawke (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio, Shere Hite (who published the Hite Report on Sexuality – Sun, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio),Rock Hudson, Demi Moore (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Pablo Picasso, Prince Charles, Puff Daddy (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Julia Roberts (Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), Meg Ryan (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), David Schwimmer (Sun, Moon, and Venus in Scorpio), Nicolette Sheridan, Maria Shriver

Andy Hull of Machester Orchestra was born on November 7, 1986 under the fixed water sign of Scorpio

Notes

  1. Astrology for Lovers – Scorpio
  2. Skyscript: Scorpio the Scorpion
  3. The 8th House
  4. Scorpio
  5. Pluto
  6. The Scorpio Myth

Libra ♎ Ingress – Self Reflection

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald (Sun ☉, Mercury ☿, and Venus ♀ in Libra ♎)

I’ve officially reached the halfway point of my quest to blog about all twelve signs of the zodiac in accordance to the yearly passage of the Sun along the ecliptic, meaning that we have reached the Autumnal Equinox! Naturally, the Sun entered the cardinal air sign of Libra ♎ on October 22 at 9:49 am simultaneously marking the beginning of Fall 2012.

If the Sun’s passage through all twelve signs represent various facets of personality, The autumnal equinox marks a pivotal shift into temporary equilibrium (as night and day become equal in length) while awareness of others comes into sharp focus. In Virgo, we learn the value of self-sufficiency while Libra introduces the fascinating concept of self-projection; the process of defining ourselves through our relationships with others.

There are a couple of interesting myths surrounding the sign of the scales. The most popular Grecian myth surrounds Astraea, a virgin goddess of justice and law who wielded a sword and scales. Astraea was believed to be one of the last immortals who roamed the earth during the bronze age, determining the fates of men based on their degrees of good and evil with her scales. Eventually, the darkness in the hearts of man became so overwhelming that Astraea fled from earth into the sky as the constellation of Virgo. Her scales remained nearby to form the constellation of Libra.

Another more secondary myth is highlighted by Liz Green in Astrology for Lovers and gives great insight into the dualistic nature of Libra. One day, Tiberias, observes two coupled serpents and asks Hera which of them experiences the greater pleasure. Because Hera cannot answer, she grants him the experience of living part of his life as a woman. In the end, when asked which sex experienced the greater pleasure, Tiberias attempts an act of Libran diplomacy in order to avoid offending either sex. The bold act of Tiberias alludes to the trademark objectivity that Librans often possess as an air sign, allowing them to effectively weigh both sides of an issue. However, coming to a conclusion is a different story!Frederick Woodruff beautifully articulates the nature of Libra in his blog post.

“The symbol of the scales is neither human nor animal. Librans are a Platonic concept made flesh; guardians of ideals, upholders of truth, that engage in the circle of life but are not part of it; they are here to remind the rest of us that we’re more than animals with a neocortex (or worse sub-animals and an embarrassment to the species). We’ve higher callings, like beauty. Like truth. Like eventually learning to think like Librans do.”

Libra , Venus , and House VII – Reflection and Projection

Ancient astrology deemed Venus as the “lesser benefic” describing it as a planet of fortunate influence. However, modern astrology has moved away from the notion of planets with benefic and malefic influences. Personally, I like to think that the position of the planets in a person’s natal chart are not inherently good or bad. Each planet has many different expressions of its energy which people might perceive to be easy or difficult depending on the makeup of the chart and the individual’s level of consciousness.

Astrological Venus represents the process of relationships, pleasure, and our aesthetic tastes; all components that most relate to Libra. Many Librans excel in professions concerning law, strategy, and art. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to encounter cliché charming, attractive, highly artistic Libran individuals who may often identify themselves through the relationships in their lives. After all, we’ve all probably possessed the need to be wanted or approved by others at some point.

“Many Librans are all too eager to live in superficial harmony and can be exasperating in their avoidance of uncomfortable issues. Like the betrayed wife who has good reason to suspect her husband is having an affair but would rather not think about it, or the philandering lover who assures you of total commitment before disappearing off the scene – so long as it looks good”

Furthermore, Libra is linked with the descendant or 7th house in astrology which is the house of relationships. Oftentimes individuals with strong 7th placements strongly identify through their relationships or may continually meet the qualities of a particular planet in that house through others. For example, a woman born with Mars in her 7th house ♂ might find it difficult to assert herself in relationships and consequently attract a quick tempered or domineering partner as a result. Once we begin to understand that positive relationships involve successful awareness and integration of the parts of ourselves that we encounter through others, we are able to take invaluable steps towards self actualization or wholeness. Dana Gerhardt writes the following about the 7th house.

“Left to my own devices, I see nothing Pisces-like in me. I’m Virgo–analytical, organized, efficient. But through my partner’s sundry imperfections, I gain a mirror into the parts of myself I hide. Imagine this: I’ve discovered I can be forgetful, deceitful, and escapist too! Accepting my partner now gets a little easier. What’s more, embracing my darker Pisces side allows the positive one to emerge. I become more relaxed, more present, more at peace. Perhaps my partner, Robert, is my soul mate after all—if by “soul mate” we mean those people who patiently provoke us… into mating with the forgotten fullness of our souls.”

Gerhardt describes the concept of polarities that I always advocate because as Libra knows, it’s important to know each side to every argument. Each pair of opposite signs is deeply connected. Look further and you might find much more common ground than expected. Opposites really do attract, and you can oftentimes identify this trend through one’s 7th house. April Elliot Kent also illuminates the complex issues of “self” and “other” that Aries (1st house) and Libra (7th house) represent.

“Once someone enters our 7th house (whether as spouse, business partner, or mortal foe), they experience a side of us which is often very different from the initial, welcome-mat Ascendant version of our personality. In sifting with us through the rubble of our rejected dreams, impulses, and personality traits, and mirroring us back to ourselves through our own 7th house, our partners are like Peter Pan’s Wendy, sewing Peter’s shadow back on: they “sew” the shadow (7th house) self back onto our personality (Ascendant) and make us whole again.”

Of course there is tons of literature on love and relationships. Is love a projection of our own desires? Are we truly selfish or selfless creatures? The archetypes of opposite signs Libra and Aries shed valuable insight into these questions.

Libra vs. Aries – Harmony and Discord

Popular astrology often depicts Librans as harmonious peace lovers. There are certainly Librans who prefer to keep the peace and strive to avoid conflict, yet this is certainly not always the case. By remembering that Libra is connected to Aries, it becomes much easier to recognize the pioneering, controversial, and argumentative qualities of many famous Librans. Obviously, harmony cannot be constantly perpetuated in a world full of so many disharmonies and Libra is acutely aware of this. Yet, there comes a point when one must state their case!

“…If they hold fast to the deeper spiritual principles of their sign, they will not feel obliged to offer concessions in order to avoid confrontation, but will be happy to take up a position of polarisation, to stand with equal force against whatever they are opposed to. In this sense they become the true ‘equalisers’, the children of the scales who, using the weapons of tact, grace, fairness and reason, are unafraid to meet the challenge of negating oppressive forces. Libra is a cardinal sign, underlain with a strong will that inclines towards initiating changes. Yet of all the cardinal signs Libra is the most underrated force; for their non-intimidating personas can often fool us into thinking that they will give up on their goals far easier than they will.”

One of my astrology teachers is fascinated by the mythology of Eris, one of the more recently discovered dwarf planets named after an ancient goddess of discord and believes that the myth of Eris has strong ties to the sign of Libra. In short, Eris aided in bringing about the Trojan War indirectly by throwing an apple labeled “To the fairest” in the midst of Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena which they battled over. Despite her twisted motivations, Eris actually executed a strategic move which stemmed from ill feelings she possessed from not being invited to a wedding. Here, we can see the strength of Libra’s strategic ability and tendency to stir up conflict indirectly when not aware of their inner self.

“The sooner he climbs down from the ivory tower which is his protection against emotional pain and disillusionment, the sooner he can begin his real work, which is first to marry the conflicting opposites within himself. Whether it’s his intellect and his emotions, his maleness and his femaleness, his spirituality and his materialism, Libra will always find deep conflicts in himself which represent the deep conflicts in life. And as he gradually carves for himself the thin road in the middle, he can truly become the bringer of the Good, the True and the Beautiful – because they no longer exist only in his mind.”

Pluto Conjunct Descendant in Capricorn – Authentic Relationships

Not long ago, I had Pluto cross over my descendant at 2° Capricorn. Plutonian energy is intense, profound, and penetrating while often characterized by themes of transformation, authenticity, destruction, and renewal. Next month, I’ll go into more detail about Pluto (ruler of Scorpio ♏). However by combining the basic meanings of Pluto and the descendant one can imagine that this tends to be a pretty impactful transit in astrology.

Eventually, I went through a crucial and initially painful separation and purging of inauthentic relationships in my life that wasn’t exactly by choice (the nature off Pluto). As I look back on it now, I clearly see how letting go of toxic relationships was immensely beneficial and it led to a greater awareness of the positive and negative Plutonian aspects of my personality that I tend to project onto others. It helped me to better embrace change and to see the benefit of relenting to the necessary transformational impulses that so often simmer inside ourselves.

“Through 7th house people we become more whole. That sounds nice, but it’s often painful in practice, for the 7th isn’t just a dance floor. It’s a razor too, scraping the rough edges off our personalities. This is in the horoscope’s design: our 7th house partners stand opposite our 1st house self. That is why the 7th rules “open enemies” as well as our “true loves.” (And isn’t it unfortunate how many true loves become open enemies in the end.)”

So here’s an interesting little exercise for you to do over the next month, if you please. Examine the close relationships in your lives and ask yourself about the reoccurring qualities that these relationships might have in common? How can you better integrate these qualities into yourself? If you have knowledge of your natal chart, examine your 7th house and its planetary ruler. Chances are you are meeting the unexpressed qualities of yourself in several of your relationships.

“A good rule of thumb is that any individual who provokes us into a strong emotional response, who affects us, has unwittingly invited a shadow dance with our 7th house. Keep your wits. Hold your complaints at arm’s length and study them. Let them send you on a scavenger hunt for those very qualities inside yourself. Of course this spoils the fun of righteous indignation. But it’s worth the effort.”

Famous Librans via CafeAstrology

e.e. Cummings (Sun and Venus in Libra), Matt Damon (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Zac Efron (Sun and Mars in Libra), Eminem (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Libra), Sarah Ferguson (Sun and Mars in Libra), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Libra), Angela Lansbury (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Libra), Avril Lavigne, John Lennon (Sun and Mars in Libra), Heather Locklear (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Libra), Emily Post (Authority on etiquette – Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Libra), Kelly Preston (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Christopher Reeve (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Susan Sarandon (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Alicia Silverstone (Sun and Mars in Libra), Bruce Springsteen (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Libra), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Sun and Ascendant in Libra), Kate Winslet (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Libra), Yo Yo Ma (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Libra), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Mohandas Gandhi, Oscar Wilde


Tina Dico
was born on October 14, 1977 under the cardinal air sign of Libra

Notes

  1. The Libra Myth
  2. Skyscript: Libra the Scales
  3. The 7th House
  4. Libra
  5. Gore Vidal: The Best Man

Gemini ♊ Ingress – Fine-Tuning The Lower Mind

A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.”

– James Madison

This year, our Sun ☉ enters the mutable air sign of Gemini  at 10:16am CDT on May 20, 2012  which is also accompanied by a solar eclipse later in the day occurring at 0° Gemini at 6:46pm CDT. The sign directly before Gemini is Taurus, where energy is focused, steady, grounded, and productive. Consequently, Gemini is where we learn to lighten up, explore, and harness the power of flexibility, and multitasking when it comes to our burdens. Gemini is the first of the intellectually oriented air signs of the zodiac, preceding the signs of Libra and Aquarius and is therefore associated with the keywords, “I Think”.  As a Mutable sign (along with Sagittarius, Virgo, and Pisces), Gemini is highly analytical, versatile, and factual, yet this can also sometimes manifest as scattered, contradictory, and superficial energy as well.

The dual nature of Gemini derives from the Roman tale of Castor and Pollux, brothers who agreed to remain immortal by living alternate lives on heaven and earth instead of dying. Similarly Gemini natives are often the embodiment of a state of mental flux and flexibility. Therefore, mental stimulation is oftentimes somewhat of a necessity for these intellectual beings.

Gemini , Mercury ☿, and House III – Learning and Communicating

There’s a youthful, curious, communicative, verbal, and witty quality to many native Gemini’s and Mercury, planet of communication is directly linked to this quality.  Certain ancient cultures considered language to be a mystical and supernatural gift, only worthy of certain people.

Skyscript tells us that Hermes is known as the Greek counterpart to Mercury.

“Hermes acts as a a holy personification of the Mind and Intelligence of the Creator. He is the inventor of language, written words, arithmetic and geometry, and his skill in communication is a direct demonstration of his Divine and Sacred powers –

” Words, and the way they were constructed, were perceived as magical symbols, mirrors of the Divine Mind. Spoken with proper intonation and with the correct spiritual approach, they were the means to summon the gods, heal the sick and command obedience.”

Because of Gemini’s association with Mercury and the mind, the sign is linked to the nervous system, hands, and lungs. This rulership speaks to the tendency for Gemini to experience nervous tension under stress, similar to the sign of Virgo which is also ruled by Mercury. I can oftentimes discern someone with Gemini energy if they speak or write eloquently, are knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects, or are crafty and tech-oriented.

Also, Gemini is connected with House III of a natal chart, representing language, learning, siblings, short trips, and neighbors. Dana Gerhardt  writes:

“The 3rd house rules siblings, neighbors, short trips, grammar school, the acquisition and use of language. But underneath these keywords lies a profound mystery: our fundamentally human dance of development–of curiosity, imitation and communication, of adapting to and connecting with our immediate world. It is not so much a house of “things” as it is a zone of activity. The way a plant reaches for light, in our 3rd house, we reach for the world with our minds. The essence of all 3rd house nouns might be collected in a single verb: in this house we learn.”

Therefore, I propose an alternate set of keywords for Gemini, “I Learn“.

Gemini ♊ and Sagittarius ♐ – Lower Mind Vs. Higher Mind

 It seems that Gemini and Sagittarius have more in common than other pairs of opposite signs. In Mapping the Psyche, Claire Martin calls Gemini and Sagittarius the Axis of Exploration. However, the issue with this polarity is that it seems to lack a grounding element despite plenty of fun! Furthermore, these two signs represent different facets of mental activity; Gemini being associated with information (objective facts) and the lower mind, while Sagittarius represents meaning (philosophy or religion) and components of the higher mind.

“If we lose our objectivity, and ignore the actual facts, then we will find ourselves increasingly out of touch with, and alienated from, the very sense of vision and meaning which was so important to us, because we will not have any perspective or have learned to put our vision into words, or developed the ability to discuss it objectively with others, to compare it to other schools of thought or to teach it.”

Progressed Sun in Gemini – Mental Acquisition

There have been several times in my life when I felt completely overwhelmed by copious amounts of data. As a Taurus born with Mercury retrograde conjunct the Sun, it has oftentimes been important for me to properly absorb new information on my own terms. Yet, the current cycle of my life is prominently characterized by flexibility and a infinite and compulsive hunger to learn! Naturally, it seems that my passion for acquiring such knowledge has a lot to do with the fact that my progressed Sun is moving across 5° Gemini during this year.

Education is a very serious issue for me, and as my progressed Sun moved from Taurus in House XI to Gemini in House XII at age 16, I experienced an involuntary detour in my educational path that led me to take  alternative steps in order to further my education.

I am really enjoying The Zodiac by Degrees by Martin Goldsmith. The following is for the degree of my progressed Sun.

5° Gemini: An outrageously dressed artist bursts into a quiet museum and shocks the patrons by nailing up a painting and a printed manifesto

Descriptive Phases – Publicity; passionate desire to get one’s message across; putting one’s message in a catchy, original form (slipping important messages into humor, crazy wisdom); catalyzing social change by bringing fringe ideas to the attention of the public; throwing a complacent public off-balance through extremist tactics (attention-seekers, may cultivate notoriety if fame is not forthcoming, publicity stunts): presenting reality in a startling new light (visual arts), faith in direct perception, living with few assumptions (constantly amazing by life’s surprises); jauntily dancing  within a situation in spin, keeping one’s edge vs. relying on proven formulas; staying true to one’s viewpoint vs. selling out; developing a trademark style; self-advertising.”

Goldsmith’s imagery for 5° Gemini eerily describes my experiences of this past year. I began broadcasting my own astrology and music based college radio show on COOG Radio, and it was the beginning of an empowering phase of original self-promotion that I never really expected. I conceived The Ecliptic, with Garron Ballard from the depths of my own mind, and never thought it would grow into an international entity that so many people would come to support. I have also certainly taken huge leaps in learning new skills and developing my dormant talent in the visual arts such as photography, graphic design, and web design.

My progressed Sun will continue to move through the sign of Gemini for the next 25 years, and through this time I aspire to continue learning as much as I can. I didn’t always see it, but I can certainly see the incredible strength that exists in remaining flexible, communicative, and lighthearted now more than ever.

Famous Geminis via Cafe Astrology:

Michael J. Fox, Angelina Jolie, John F. Kennedy, Mel Blanc (Sun and Moon in Gemini), Drew Carey, Courteney Cox (Sun and Mercury in Gemini), Johnny Depp, Melissa Etheridge, John Goodman (Sun, Moon, and Venus in Gemini), Steffi Graf (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Gemini), Elizabeth Hurley (Sun and Mercury in Gemini), Nicole Kidman, Anna Kournikova (Sun and Mars in Gemini), Lenny Kravitz, Kylie Minogue (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Gemini), Marilyn Monroe (Sun and Mercury in Gemini),  Prince William (Sun and Mercury in Gemini), Brooke Shields (Sun, Moon, and Venus in Gemini), Pete Wentz (Sun and Mercury in Gemini).

Chino Moreno of Deftones was born on June 20, 1973 under the mutable air sign of Gemini  .

Solar Reflections – A Birthday Analysis

May 5th – Full Moon in Scorpio ♏

How fitting that the Moon ☽ (my chart ruler) is nearly full this year on my birthday this year (May 4th); a culmination of the abundance of valuable lessons that I’ve learned during my twenty first year of life! Many are calling tomorrow’s full moon in Scorpio ♏ a Supermoon due to its proximity to the earth.

Technically, the Sun ☉ returned to its position during my birth at 13° 51 Taurus ♉ at 5:28pm yesterday on May 3rd. Sometimes our Solar Return occurs a little before or after our birthday. This year, it’s an odd feeling that carries much reflection. However, I must say that May 4, 2012 feels incredible! Maybe it’s because of the hard work that I feel I’ve done this year (i.e. consolidating responsibilities through the constricting influence of Saturn ♄ square ☐ Saturn ♄, purging of inauthentic relationships through Pluto ♇ conjunct ☌ my descendant (DC), and learning the power of transcending my ego with the progressed Sun and Moon in the introspective twelfth house (XII). Regardless, I couldn’t feel any more fortunate to have amazing things going for me and amazing people in my life at this time!

Sabian Symbols – Intuitive Tools

I just received my copy of The Zodiac by Degrees by Martin Goldsmith. The book is basically a massive update to the existing 360 Sabian Symbols associated with each degree of the Zodiac (i.e. 0-30 of Aries-Pisces) which can be quite telling. In the introduction, Goldsmith writes:

“Symbols have the power to engage your intuitive faculties. They help you make a direct connection with a person’s basic spiritual energies and penetrate the private language of their own personal mythology.”

Goldsmith’s updated symbols for the position of Sun ☉ in my chart are the following:

13º Taurus A porter studies a pile of luggage and then deftly hoists the bags to his shou

lder

Descriptive Phases Assessment-seeing the basic problem underlying seemingly unrelated problems; getting a good handle on a situation; makeshift but serviceable solutions; calmly reassessing one’s balance of priorities and readjusting one’s use of time and energy accordingly (juggling acts); serving society by taking on it’s weightier problems, but only on one’s terms (bail out when personal freedom is threatened, ramblers, working class heroes); keeping one’s head and shoulders above one’s worldly problems; cheerfully accepting one’s lot in life (worriers); escaping a rut vs. being mired in problems; robust and competent handling of everyday problems vs. obstinately sticking with a method that isn’t working; putting in the requisite effort; taking the bull by the horns; resourcefulness.”

This imagery is known as the karmic condition (task to complete in this lifetime) for the placement of the Sun in my chart and certainly alludes to someone who has been called to handle heavy burdens. Naturally, I was exposed to very real issues at a very young age such as poverty, divorce, and death. Most of the time I felt as if the experiences of my friends were so much different than mine yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Shouldering such special ‘luggage’ has blessed me with an abundance of confidence and strength to face whatever awaits me in the future. Some descriptions describe 13º Taurus as a degree of extreme self-reliance and this could not be more true especially with my natal Venus in Aries as well. I tend to nurture my visions of practicality. However, I also have to remind myself to relax and open up to the subtle, lighter, and unseen influences of life.

14º Taurus: Crayfish are groping toward land, while high above the shore a modern city rises upon the ruins of an ancient civilization.


Descriptive Phases The slow, natural evolution of consciousness or social structures; the instinctive urge to press forward despite internal and ex

ternal resistance; small steps forward that eventually result in tidal shifts; learning from mistakes of the past; crawling out of the muck of ignorance and prejudice and rebuilding society among more humanitarian lines; shedding outlived social structures vs. getting stuck in a shell; crawling out from under an oppressive situation once one has seen the light of day (tentative fumbling while one is still “in the dark”); forming an underground brotherhood that shares breakthroughs in consciousness and tries to guide human evolution; refusing to be bullied or pushed back once one has seen where one is going.”

This second set of imagery also hits home for me and is known as my quest (the result of my efforts). I’ve always thought that one day, I will head my own personal creative and material empire. I like the fact that this degree speaks of modernist notions as I would certainly consider myself to be a progressive and socially conscious individual with an abundance of energy once I begin moving. Everything that I’ve endured in my life certainly fuels me to press forward. I’ve always harbored the Taurean instinct to build my life into something solid, but  also something innovative.

Solar Return – 2011

Yesterday I was analyzing my solar return charts for the past couple of years and I was certainly able to find the major lessons of each year within each chart. The Cancer ♋ Ascendant of my 2011 Solar Return chart on the left easily alludes to emotional and domestic issues. Indeed, I experienced a big security crisis of sorts and moved twice. Ironically, it was a Cancerian woman who was kind enough to aid me during this rough patch.

Naturally the chart ruler of the chart is the Moon at 29′ Taurus ♉ in House XI (groups and organizations). I joined COOG Radio this year and found myself a

s part of an amazing and budding organization.

In retrospect, 2011 was a considerably difficult and emotionally charged year for me, but also a year of immense accomplishment and responsibility which was totally indicated by the placement of the Sun ☉ in House X (career and public status). I spent part of the year feeling as if I had lost my personal effectiveness with my progressed Sun and Moon in House XII (ego dispersion) and working a job that I fell into where I felt highly unsettled. However, there is a happy ending. My domestic situation came full circle (Cancer Ascendant), I found a job that I love (House X) and I am about to begin a fantastic internship with a wonderful organization (House XI) next month!

Solar Return – 2012

My 2012 Solar Return chart on the right is an interesting one, boasting a Libran ♎ Ascendant. It appears to be a spectacular year for my creative pursuits and I am certainly much more creative now than ever before.

The Sun ☉ sits in the Scorpionic 8th House which indicates psychological insight and transformations. I did book an appointment with a therapist. Not really for any specific reason, but mainly for emotional well being. There are sure to be powerful emotional und

ercurrents this year and most likely more big changes so creative outlets and similar methods for emotional purging are essential.

Also, there’s the Moon ☽ again right on the Libran Ascendant!  Saturn ♄ in House I (self and physical manifestations) may help to keep me much more refined and task oriented in as well.

One specific part of  Goldsmith’s imagery for 14° Taurus resonates deeply for me this year:

“Small steps forward that eventually result in tidal shifts.”

All in all, I believe it’s going to be a great year. Keep an eye out for huge waves in 2012!

Photo by Garron Ballard / May 6, 2012 Supermoon / 3am Richmond, Texas




Tina Dico was born on October 14, 1977 in Aarhus, Denmark under the sign of Libra ♎

Taurus ♉ Ingress – The Value of Self-Worth

“Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.”

– Publius Vergilius Maro

This morning at 11:13am CDT our Sun entered the fixed earth sign of Taurus ♉ and I am about two weeks away from my Solar Return (Birthday). Each year when the Sun enters Taurus, it has passed over what the ancients called the sea consisting of an area of the sky from Capricorn ♑ to Aries ♈. Naturally, the sea derived its name from the prominent amount of constellations that related to the sea.

“As the Sun moves through Taurus when plants take root, our determination and security needs are strong. Taurus is loyal to all that is familiar, and values longevity.

“More than any other sign, this is one of hidden reserves of power and strength. Of solidity in form and character.”Skyscript

Taurus is the first of the earth signs in the zodiac including Virgo and Capricorn, so it is no wonder that many natives of this sign have an affinity for things of the earth such the outdoors, animals, natural science, or the environment. Despite an often inherent practicality and sometimes a lack of inertia, many born under the sign of Taurus are innately productive with a knack for bringing form to their creative concepts through activities such as music, art, and gardening.

Taurus ♉, Venus ♀, Self Worth, and Values

Taurus natives are oftentimes characterized loyalty to their commitments whether personal or professional. In certain aspects of astrology, Taurus is the only sign associated with permanence due to it’s fixed and enduring nature while closely linked with the keywords, “I Have”. Many popular horoscopes nowadays will tell you that this is a materialistic and stubborn sign that sticks to routines, opposes change, and likes to possess. Yet, it’s important to acknowledge the deeper aspects of a sign that is strongly linked to self-worth and inner values. Note that Taurus represents not only what one physically owns, but also what one owns intangibly and spiritually. The constant nature of this fixed earth sign is why it is known for it’s endurance and inclination to experience relative success later in life. Therefore, I want to introduce an alternate set of keywords for Taurus, “I Build“.

Renowned astrologer, Dane Rudhyar writes:

Possessions must be used. This means impressing them with the rhythm of our individuality–—whether that’s material possessions, our natural gifts, or the money we spend.”

“Nothing is more futile and spiritually empty than having without being, and this is true of all kinds of possessing.”

This means that the evolved Taurus is a being of sound values and an acute awareness of innate strength, talents, and self worth. Traditional Astrology reinforces this by relating the sign of Taurus to the planet, Venus ♀, reflective of the sign’s associations with sensuality, material possessions, self worth, and value systems. Evolving door astrology eloquently explains the relationship between Venus and Taurus.

“What we “have” reflects what we’re worth and what we value. But material worth is not the same as self-worth, even though we often equate the two.”

“It (Venus) is also what we “have not” ― the qualities, gifts and advantages that we lack or feel we don’t have enough of. At its worst, this can produce a kind of poverty mentality where we tend to assume that our heart’s desire will always be just out of reach.”

I can certainly say that I have experienced the aforementioned poverty mentality at certain points in my life. I think that sometimes as an earth sign in today’s world, we Taureans can become so materially conscious and concerned with routine that we lose sight of the deeper meaning behind our existence, including those valuable lessons of self-worth and and our connection with nature.

Taurus  and Scorpio ♏ – Stability vs. Transformation

When I was about six years old, I can easily recall the fact that I didn’t like to share. I know, selfish right? Of course, time and social conditioning helped me to realize that the act of sharing is somewhat of a social norm with a whole wealth of benefits. As a Taurus, it’s interesting that memories of sharing are some of my earliest. I think that my early aversion to the act of sharing may have been the first time I began to experience the opposite principals of Scorpio. Simply put, Taurus and Scorpio are opposite signs where Taurus stands for stability, permanence, personal resources and Scorpio stands for shared resources, transformation, and elimination.

The archetypes of Taurus and Scorpio can be seen through the Myth of Pluto and Persephone. The festival of Beltane occurs at the beginning of May each year, symbolic of Persephone’s return from the underworld as nature blooms. While, Samhain occurs at the start of November at the end of the harvest as nature’s vibrancy begins to wither.

Clare Martin states the following in Mapping the Psyche:

“Without the destructive aspect of the life-force that belongs to Scorpio, everything would become static, incapable of change or growth. The point is that Taurus begets Scorpio, retention leads to release, incorporation to elimination, to ensure that nature remains in balance and that the life force is constantly regenerated”

Those born under the sign of Taurus are often gifted with rare powers of reliability, resilience, fixity of purpose, creativity, and endurance with a typically unmatched strength of character. Yet, the Plutonian (Scorpionic) principal of change is not something that Taureans tend to naturally embrace. Despite this, I have found that life unfolds much more smoothly if I strive to create change and embrace it as opposed to waiting until it occurs on it’s own and often painful accord!

The Sun is in Taurus this year until May 20, 2012 when it will enter the sign of Gemini ♊. Happy Birthday to all of my Taurus friends!

Famous Taureans

Leonardo Da Vinci, Wiliam Lilly, David Boreanaz, Megan Fox, Kirsten Dunst,  Penelope Cruz, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson,  David Bekham, Robert Pattinson,  Cher, George Clooney,  George Lucas, Rene Zellweger, Jessica Alba, Pierce Brosnan, Bono, Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman, and Tom Welling.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was born on May 17, 1965 under the sign of Taurus.

Earth and Water – A Grand Trine Story

Earth and Water – Taurus ♉ and Pisces ♓

If you are familiar with the basic concepts of astrological compatibility, you might know that in general, Earth signs (Taurs, Virgo, Capricorn) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) signs relate well together. As a Taurus (earth) I’ve had quite a few friends born under the sign of Pisces (water). Most of my Piscean friends displayed otherworldly artistic talent to envy and each and every one of them that I can recall contained a distinct affinity for exercises of the imagination.

A beautifully articulated Article by Molly Hall on About.com states:

“Earth signs can help the emotional Water signs find tangible outlets for imaginative gifts. Like the banks to a flowing river, the Earth sign can guide the Water sign toward a goal. Water can help Earth by softening its rigid structure. If you think of how a potter uses water to soften, and then re-shape clay on the wheel, you get the picture. Water nourishes the ground of Earth with a feeling of being cared for, and this can add a dimension of meaning to their lives.”

I’ve studied the natal charts of many musicians for my radio show, and I have to say that Neptune is certainly a powerful artistic influence in the charts of an abundance of successful artists and Pisces is among the most creative signs.

Like most astrologers, I follow the yearly path of the Sun ☉ across all twelve signs of the zodiac as the location of the Sun in a natal chart at a person’s exact time of birth determines which sign of the zodiac they are. Our Sun spends about a month in each sign, traveling at an average rate of 1° per day. Currently, the Sun, is nearing the end of its travels through the sign of Pisces and preparing to enter the sign of Aries on March 20th.

Seeing as how my own natal chart is primarily composed of planets placed in Earth and Water signs, the  recent astrological weather and the abundance of Piscean energy has been quite nice for me. I have found myself naturally engaged in an abundance of wonderful creative and imaginative projects that I will be posting here on Aphelion Blog as well.

I wrote the following about the astrological sign of Pisces on February 19, 2012:

“Pisces represents gentility, peace, transcending the ego in favor of collective needs, and is often characterized by a boundless imagination, and spiritual resolve.”

Pisces is a water sign, along with Cancer and Scorpio meaning that it is somewhat ruled by the emotional realm. While Cancer and Scorpio tend towards being  more self-protective, Pisces is indeed the most receptive to an array of emotional and/or environmental influences and this is part of what makes them such great seers. Although innately sympathetic and compassionate, the dark side of the sign includes a go-with-the-flow attitude and martyr-like behavior. However, many of the world’s unparallelled artists, and insightful visionaries were born under this highly creative, versatile, receptive, and intuitive water sign including; Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and  Michelangelo.

Positively expressed Earth energy is materially conscious, grounded, productive and practical while the opposite extreme can entail rigidity, skepticism, and too much self control.

Grand Trine Earth – Mars ♂, Jupiter ♃, & Pluto ♇

Furthermore, we have a less common aspect called a Grand Trine in the sky between the Earth Signs: Mars in Virgo, Jupiter in Taurus, and Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect is indicated by the light blue triangle on the right in the center of the wheel.

Simply put, a Trine is formed when two planets are 120° degrees of each other and a grand Trine is when three planets all Trine each other. The Trine is thought to be an extremely fortunate aspect, although it is also indicative of complacency. I was born with a configuration of two Grand Trines in my natal chart in the elements of Earth and Water, also known as a Star of David and I can say that the general interpretations about Grand Trines are true.

The beginning of the Mars retrograde period this year in the sign of Virgo brought focus and determination as it formed a conjunction with my natal moon, and formed a Trine to my natal Sun, Moon, Neptune, and Uranus. Transiting Mars in my House VI (Home) also translated into a change of residence, however temporary. Despite the many fluctuations I have faced, I have managed to remain very grounded and focused.

Will Weisenfeld of Baths was born on April 16, 1989 under the sign of Aries in Los Angeles, CA.