Uranus moves into Taurus: a revolution in VALUE

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Prometheus stole fire from the Gods to better humanity.  This rebellious humanistic archetype is synonymous with the planet Uranus

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Taurus is associated with money but more directly with VALUE.   

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The freedom wave is one of knowing your own worth.  Your true value.  

Here is a 5 minute video I made exploring these themes.  Especially worth watching if money ever negatively effects your self-esteem!

 

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Zodiacal shades of Marilyn

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Where to start with such an enigmatic woman!  How about the Sun?

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At her heart-center, she is a Gemini!  Her solar purpose infused with mental stimulation.  She thrives when in a state of curiosity and wonder.

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With Leo rising and Neptune near her Ascendant, she identifies with feline power, symbolically seen in her confident look and the solar-gold color of the dress.  Neptune exudes mystical and intangible vibes through the power of yin energy.

 

Her Aquarian Moon in the 7th links her subconscious to a larger network of people (Aquarius) through socializing (7th).  Without even trying (Moon) she becomes a social icon, threaded through many different networks (the mob, the presidency,  baseball, hollywood, Warhol art..).  If the Aquarian subconscious stays unaware of it’s associations, she is likely to feel isolated at times.  Feeling isolated in the house of relationships can be particularly difficult.

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Aquarian moons also like to push boundaries.  Her moon is near Jupiter, tying a larger social role (Jupiter) into one of a rule-breaker, a freedom-seeker.  She inspires others to become more free.

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Venus in Aries is a go-getter in matters of the heart.  There is much motivation to put on the charm and get involved with other people, often A-lister (Aries) types.

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Mars in Pisces sizzles with the yin energy.  Absolute passivity ramps up her drive.  Located in the 8th and near the unpredictable Uranus, it is even more electric and sexual in it’s nature.  This can be problematic when healthy boundaries need to be set.

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With her mother, Gladys

With the planet of obstacles, Saturn in deep psychological Scorpio and in the 4th house of home, much of Marilyn’s mountains (Saturn) will pertain to transcending early home emotions.  Her mother was mentally unstable and her father absent.  She spent her childhood moving from many foster homes and orphanages.

Finding a renewed sense of home would be of enormous healing to her.

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Social life is so big that alone time would likely serve to balance a lot of chaos.  Pluto in Cancer in the 12th shows renewed power (Pluto) that is restorative (Cancer) in places of seclusion (12th).  Aligned with her solar purpose (Gemini sun), a book stimulates her beautiful thoughts.

Of course, there are so many more lovely shades to this gal.  XO Marilyn.

The Moon is a matrix of silver and salt

Did you know that the subconscious controls 95 percent of your behavior and only 5 percent is under conscious control?

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Better get to know those woods!  The dark forest is your subconscious.  Plenty of fertile ground, so plant mindfully.

The Moon represents the subconscious.  It’s symbolism provides clues as to how to best navigate this terrain.

The first clue is: the subconscious can only operate in the present moment.

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NOW is where the moonlight lives

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Children are better at living in the present moment.

The Greek goddess most associated with the Moon is Artemis, twin sister of the sun god, Apollo.

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She is a huntress who lives alone in the woods and runs along the hillsides at night.  She loves and protects the forest (the subconscious).

 

Listen to the full podcast episode here —->     MOON PODCAST

Pluto: the hidden physics of power

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Minoan serpent goddess.

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Latest podcast is all about reclaiming lost power.  The planet pluto, the 8th house, or scorpio in the chart points to where we assess our relationship to our own sense of power.  The serpent wisdom is a healing, renewing and all-pervading one.  Join me in a jaunt to hell, to learn what we can from myth, a dash of science, cultural icons and of course, astrology.

PODCAST —  then scroll down to find “Pluto, the hidden physics of power”

 

Neptune podcast: the song and the memories of the sea

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Back! Back beguiling sirens!

The latest podcast is all about the seductive beguile of the planet Neptune.  Wherever Neptune is found in the birth chart is a place where the beauty and the spell of the sirens live within.

The collective unconscious is the ocean that lives within each one of us.  During dreamtime, Poseidon’s chariot is literally navigating us through an ancient world of memories, connecting to more memories.

Tune out and tune in!

PODCAST    –then scroll down to find the episode “Neptune, the song and the memories of the sea”.

Uranus: the primordial wave within

Are waves older than time?

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Ouranos (Uranus) was the original sky-god, associated with the primal creative urge.  Here is is son, Saturn (god of time) castrating him, and putting a stop to wild and unbounded creation.    Ouranos is the the wave of creation, Saturn is the law of time.  So, yes!  Waves are older than time! 

What is your own personal definition of freedom?

Uranus is the planet that confronts this question.  Sometimes it makes big waves to get us back to a comfortable vibration that truly resonates with our own sense of freedom.

Join me by the oceanside in this episode.  We ponder the BIG WAVE of Uranus, and it’s place in the psyche.

PODCAST  scroll down to find the episode: “Uranus, the primordial wave within”

Virgo: what a difference a day makes

Each sign of the zodiac has it’s guideline-oriented gifts as well as it’s “watch outs”.  The gifts are often ignored in poor Virgo, so today we are going to explore them and give them there full dues!

Always smart to begin in the body.

Virgo is associated in the small intestine (the gut).  This is the central location of the MICROBIOME, a truly fascinating subject.

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Microbiota are the trillions of bacterial organisms that live within our body.  The whole community of these bacteria is called the microbiome.

These microbial cells even outnumber our human cells, so we might be MORE microbe than we are human!

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The weight of all of these microbes together weighs about 3 pounds, the same amount as our brain!

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The microbial genes in our body outnumber our own DNA genes by 100 to one!

We are covered head to toe with these microbes, but the vast majority of them are in the gut.  The gut-brain is truly a second brain as it’s many neurons that are embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal system are influenced by the same neurotransmitters of the brain itself.  The brain influences the gut-brain and vice versa.

For example a nervous though that arises in the brain can cause butterflies in the gut.  On the flip side the gut will majorly influence the brain’s mood as it’s microbes produce many neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA.

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So how is the archetype of Virgo so important with the human microbiome?

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For starters, Virgo is associated with diet.

The word “diet” is derived from the Greek word “diaita”, which means “way of living“.  It points more towards a daily way of life than a strict code of food groups.  Hence, Virgo is also associated with daily work and routine.

Here is what I find interesting:

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The average lifespan of a microbe is only 20 minutes.  Each day, each meal, each food we eat is an opportunity to nourish our humble microbes.

Most people are familiar with probiotic foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut that encourage gut health, but less familiar is the very important prebiotic food group.

Prebiotic foods, like bananas, onions, leeks and asparagus,  are a type of starch that doesn’t break down as quickly and thus survives further down the digestive track to nourish the beneficial bacteria.

Interestingly enough, wheat, the grain always depicted with the Virgin, is a prebiotic food.

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In North America, wheat makes up 70 percent of a person’s prebiotic food intake.

With wheat feeding the microbes and the microbes being what we mostly ARE, the phrase “staff of life” begins to take on a deeper resonance.

The Greeks and the Romans knew Virgo as the goddess of wheat, or the harvest.  This is a humble goddess who dutifully tends to the needs of the land.

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What needs to be tended in order to grow good crops?  The soil of course!  And what do we find in the soil?

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Our friends the microbes!!

There is a saying that real farmers grow soil and not crops.  The microbes in the soil help decompose organic plant matter and then recycle them to be used as plant energy with nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen.

Chemical fertilizers cause bacteria to die and supply the nitrogen and phosphorus directly.  Biofertilizers, as used in organic farming, do not supply chemicals in favor of using our live microbial friends to do natures work.

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With modern agriculture techniques such as chemical fertilizers and genetic engineering, the healthy microbes of our soil has taken a beating.  The soil of the earth is the same concept of the lining of our guts.  Both need healthy microbes to be honored as they truly do run the show.

The grains that used to be the staff of life are turning on some of us (myself included!) and causing all sorts of immune issues.

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No wonder gluten free diets are becoming so popular!

But we can still turn to the Virgin for guidance in these matters.

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Virgo is humble and would never seek to dominate her sacred soil with the use of chemicals or genetic engineering.

So for those of us who seem to react poorly to modern wheat we must strive a little harder to incorporate the dietary lessons of the Virgin.

Virgo needs us to respect and nourish our humble microbes!

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Incorporate prebiotic food everyday as a way of life!

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Get dirty as it improves our skin microbiome!

A little food each day that nourishes are microbes.  A little prebiotic food everyday goes a long way to improving our health.

Improving the gut improves our mood and improves our brain which improves our decisions which improve our lives!

Virgo takes small steps.

Until next time!

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The Virgoan Mind of Howard Hughes

Today we are going deep into the astrological makings of a very complex man.  Ladies and gentleman, I give you Howard Hughes!

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This man claims to have been born on Christmas Eve but his baptist records put him on the more mundane date of September 24.  With balanced features like his (not to mention all the women and the charm) it is no surprise that he is in truth, a Libra.

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Note: this is an equal house chart (where each house is an equal 30 degrees).  For anyone that is strictly Placidus or whatever else I say don’t worry!  The big themes of a chart always find a way of making themselves known no matter what system you use..  I am not insistent on this house-system I just find it the easiest to understand.

The first thing that really draws my eye into his chart is that Mercury at the very bottom of the chart.  It is in Virgo (the ever over-analyzing, perfecting and exacting scrutinizer) and it is under some serious pressure.

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DiCaprio gave a very compelling performance as Hughes in Scorceses’ “The Aviator”.  Here he gives us an excellent glimpse of Hughes’ Mercury in Virgo (extreme focus on precision).

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But uh oh.  Here it is again :/

Howard Hughes seems to have acquired the brunt of his OCD from his mother, who used to scrub him clean all through his childhood and teach him to be afraid of germs.

His Mercury is found at the bottom of the chart right on the 4th house cusp.  This is the place in the chart that is associated with the Mother and early childhood (because it is the house that is connected to the sign of Cancer).

Mercury is the planet associated with our thinking.  It is always listening and responding to our environment (like DNA!)

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The caduceus (symbol associated with Mercury) look like the double-helix of DNA.  Information in and information out.

Hughes Mercury (thinking) is under pressure from both Mars and Pluto via the square aspect (an aspect of 90 degrees).  So let’s meet the personal “bullies” of Hughes’ mind!

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Hughes’ Mars is in the expanding and daring fiery sign of Sagittarius.  His masculinity and motivations (Mars) are tied to travel and spirited adventure (Sag).

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Like no other sign, Sagittarius says “Go big or go home!”.  This picture of his highly ambitious “Spruce Goose” sums that up pretty well.  It still remains the largest airplane made to date.

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Here he goes big again with a specialized bra for MAXIMUM exposure of Russell’s large bozooms!

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Hell’s Angels cost more money than any other movie made during that time. Going big baby! Mars in Sag!

Mars is energy!  It is motivation and stress.  The stuff that propels life along.  Hughe’s Mars is located in the 7th house of relationships.  It’s a common know fact that Hughes did “go (very) big” in the dating field.

Hughes was infamously entangled with a bevy of beautiful starlets.  The glitz and glamour would satisfy his Venus in Leo as well as his Moon in Leo.  Venus for a man will point to something he is drawn to in a woman.  The Moon points to an emotional hunger that we yearn to satiate. This is also connected to the mother and early life.

It’s interesting to think of all of that OCD doting that his mother did for him was still a form of constant attention.  Hughes was known to be a hypochondriac in childhood to secure the constant attention of his parents, both of whom died within his later teenage years.  Hughes went to court and bought out the rest of the family for the inheritance and became a billionaire.

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This side of him points to his Saturn in Aquarius near the top of the chart.  Ambitious (Saturn) eccentricity (Aquarius).

Ok, so back to the pressure on his Virgoan mind.

Let’s meet the next “bully”, the ever secretly-up-to-something Pluto.  And as a side note, these “bullies” are not inherently bad, they are just motivators.  The aspect of the square suggests that it’s a bit more challenging for Hughes.

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Hughes has Pluto in Gemini (the sign associated thinking) and it sits in his first house of personality right near the Ascendant (amplifying it’s noticeable presence).  His free-wheeling Mars is off gallivanting with women (in the 7th) and putting off a big public image (7th) but when we are looking at just Hughes (1st house), without the public, without the starlets, something else emerges.  Something we can see here in his eyes.

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Pluto is the deep water.  For Hughes the deep water is noticeable right off the bat because it is so close to his Ascendant (the way one “dawns” on others).

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His Pluto is in Gemini, the thinking sign.  The depth that comes forth from Hughes is very mental.

Pluto motivates in a very hidden way.  In Gemini this may take the form of always seeking mental stimulus, and variety of thought.  It lies opposite of the Mars in the 7th house of relationships so we can expect to find a lot of variety there too (and there sure was!).

Pluto is like a rabbit hole.  It’s job is to constantly renew us and purify us through emotional purging.  Hughes’ rabbit hole was so very mental, so full of variety and choices.  For a mind that is suited towards precision and order (Mercury in Virgo) this influx of variety might have been a bit overwhelming.

It would have been nice to see Hughes’ Virgo mind take the Virgoan modest approach to these heavy-weight bullies.  To humbly (Virgo) take things in stride and be aware of his own tendency to over-worry (Virgo pitfall).  We can bring so much peace back to our psyches with a bit of awareness.  This is the department where the horoscope truly shines as a tool.  It serves us to give ourselves a break and be on the lookout for unhealthy habits!

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Like saving our pee in glass bottles.

Until next time!

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Pluto: Your Own Private Underworld

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Picture something innocent.  A child for example, enjoying an ice cream cone, sitting on the front steps to his house in the early evening.  All that is happening is the sounds and sights around him and the wonderful taste of the ice cream.

Then he hears his mother scream so he runs into the house and finds her crying hysterically on the floor holding the telephone.  His older brother was killed overseas.

Now I want you to picture what became of the ice cream, the sounds and sights outside.  30 years later are they still there?  We wouldn’t think twice in agreeing that this event changed this little boy’s life forever.  But what we might not think about quite as readily is HOW.

The planet in focus is Pluto, the lord of the underworld.  In the natal chart he is lord of your own private underworld.  It’s the moment you lost your childlike innocence and descended into a darker place.

 

 

Persephone is a young innocent maiden gathering flowers in a field until the ground opens up and Pluto (aka Hades) abducts her, sending her mother Demeter into unspeakable grief.

What is interesting about Persephone’s character is that she eventually became “pardoned” from hell.  Demeter’s grief was rendering all agriculture dead so Zeus finally caved and insisted that Pluto release her.  But she ends up only being able to live 6 months of the year above the ground.  Why?

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Because while in hell, she ate a few pomegranate seeds.  In other words, she got a “taste” of “hell”.

Of course there can be many ways of interpreting this.  The direction that I like to take it in starts by taking a closer look at a pomegranate.

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This bold and beautiful fruit is so densely packed with seeds, in fact it is ONLY seeds.  The seed IS the fruit.  And what does a seed do?  It regenerates life.

Persephone only lives above ground half of the year to signify the fact that she is no longer only an innocent maiden.  She is also a new and regenerated person because of these seeds from hell (new motivations birthed from the deep subconscious).

In your own private underworld a transformation inevitably takes place.  Something is reborn.  And that reborn something continues to grow.  It is a new motivation.  It is driving you in your newfound desires and directions.  But since it is born from such a deep place you may not be aware of it.

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Citizen Kane is a good example of the power of these hidden motivations.  In the outward world he is a grand success of achievement and wealth.

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But his last words “rosebud” reveal that his deepest motivations (which were tragically unmet) were to get back to a place of emotional wealth that he had as a happy kid with a loving family (even though they had no money).

Back to the example of the little kid eating ice cream.  The traumatic event (aka the ground opening up) is where he meets Pluto.  The seeds that he will eat is the implantation of a new motivation.  This will likely remain unconscious but will still be in the driver seat of many of his future choices.

Pluto is where we look in the birth chart to attempt to shed light on our hidden motivations.

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John Lennon has Pluto in Leo opposed his Moon in Aquarius.

One of the most significant tragedies of his life was the death of his mother, Julia, that occurred when he was 17.  She was hit by a car while crossing the street.  The death of his mother ended up being a powerful common ground he shared with Paul McCartney, who’s mother died when he was 14.

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Innocence lost and a deeper bond.

The car that hit his mother was driven by an off-duty police officer which contributed to Lennon’s distrust in people in authority (Aquarius Moon).  Also the fact that Lennon was not raised by his mother but by her sister Mimi instead further illustrates this Aquarius (themes of abandonment) Moon (mother).

The Leo pomegranate seeds so to speak, eaten from the time Lennon spent in hell continued to grow and motivate him from the depths.  The boys’ friendship turned into the Beatles (Leo 5th house Pluto).

Not to mention that both Pluto and his Moon square his Mercury (thinking processes) in Scorpio (always transforming and evolving).  Lennon could never just be a Beatle, no matter how successful they were.

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To summarize, Pluto is the planet that shows us where we lost our innocence.  This is a repeated process in life so it is not always just one defining event.

Pluto is the underworld where we ate the seeds that started new and hidden motivations within ourselves.  They are likely to be very powerful and it is worthwhile to ponder them.  After all they are  very much in the driver’s seat as we careen down the long and winding road!

Where is your Pluto?

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Venus, with love from Italy

I recently was in the mood for a chic flic type of evening so I settled on Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts.  While I wasn’t wild about the movie as a whole, it did leave me with one eye-opening lesson.  A Venus lesson as it turns out.  Seek Venus (even through a chic flic!) and ye shall find!

So here is a question:  Do you have enough sweetness in your life?  And here is another: Do you do enough of nothing?

Introducing an amazing Italian phrase..

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Translation:  the sweetness of doing nothing

Maybe this is something that already comes naturally to you and if so, great!  But for other people, myself included, doing nothing usually is accompanied by some sense of stress, like I should be DOING something more productive.  If I am on vacation I might let myself “do nothing” but in daily life?  Not without that subliminal stress.

Venus is here to say:  there’s a new kind of sherif in town!

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And he looks like this!

The next thing I know is I am getting SO much more out of my down time.  What used to feel like procrastination now feels like Italian savviness.

Venus in the natal chart can give us clues into personalized ways in which we prefer to “do nothing.”

Not everyone wants to just lay on a hammock.  Some people might to read (Venus in Gemini?) or play sports (Venus in Aries?) or watch old movies (Venus in Cancer?).

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Jane Fonda’s highly enviable motivation might really be more like leisure to her with Venus in fiery and sporty Sagittarius.

I have Venus in Virgo, which might tend toward healthy-minded routines and analytical studying.  I also have Mars in Virgo almost conjunct my Venus.  I realize that I am often trying to relax by reading and contemplating a book, but all too soon my Mars tries to turn the time into something productive.  And the next thing I know I feel like I am not studying/ cleaning/ doing enough.

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My Venus wants this..

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But my Mars turns it into this!

 

Sabotage!  What is nice is that if I let my Venus do it’s thing, like read and highlight a book for fun, my Mars becomes gently coaxed.  The next thing I know is that I am feeling very naturally motivated without force.  “I think I will start that writing piece!” instead of “I should really be writing”.

What sign is your Venus in?  How does it relate to your Mars?  When was the last time you enjoyed IL DOLCE FAR NIENTE? 

 

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