New Moon in Pisces brought to you by Twisted Sister

A New Moon brings out an opportunity to start afresh with something.  It’s like a brand new baby, representing whatever process in your life is being highlighted (determined by the sign and house placement).

This New Moon is in the very late degrees of Pisces.  For everyone of us it is a chance to bring new life into places where we feel vulnerable, overwhelmed or even victimized.  I’ll give the floor now to Twisted Sister to best get this idea across.

Tomorrow, Friday the 20th, is the vernal equinox and the Sun will move heroically into Aries (much like that visual of the boy’s spinning transformation into Twisted Sister for those that watched the video above).  The opportunities to seize back any power that you’ve been giving away are RIPE.

If anyone wants to know what house (what area of life) this is happening for them just leave your birth data below (time, day and place) and I will tell you.

Happy New Moon.  And remember…  “No!  We’re not gonna take it!”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!

When we say the word genius, Einstein is easily one of the first people that enters most of our minds.  In this post we are going to examine the possible signatures of “genius” in Einstein’s chart as well as look deeper into what that word really means. In astrology, one of the first planets that jumps in to be associated with “genius” is Uranus.  Uranus is the lightning bolt that infuses us with electricity, intensifies what it touches and is considered the higher octave of Mercury (mind).

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What lightning bolt?

Basically, the planets that serve as higher octaves take PERSONAL drives (inner planets) and make them TRANSPERSONAL drives (outer planets).  Venus the planet of love finds it’s higher octave in Neptune, the planet of DIVINE love.  Mars the planet of the will finds it’s higher octave in Pluto, the planet of DIVINE will.  Mercury the planet of mind finds it’s higher octave in Uranus, our DIVINE mind.  The universal mind.  The vast reservoir of knowledge that we are all connected to as human beings.

Another planet that needs to be mentioned when we talk about a genius is Jupiter.  Jupiter is associated with learning, as is the 9th house.  Jupiter (and Sagittarius, which it rules) is built to take leaps of faith and connect different concepts together to find MEANING.  Einstein has a strong Jupiter because it is in the 9th house and it rules his Sagittarius Moon.  So Einstein’s driving need in life (Moon) is to connect certain dots and find meaning.  His Jupiter takes on a strong Uranian tone (genius) as it is in Aquarius (which is ruled by Uranus) AND opposed by Uranus.  Uranus is intensifying his planet of faith and broad leaps of understanding.

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“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or call it what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” Spoken like a true Uranian-Jupiterian!

Einstein’s Mercury (mind) is in forward moving Aries and conjunct Saturn, the planet of seriousness and hard work.  His mind is built to take on a lot.  It’s ready for hard work.

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His mind is up for the task with Saturn conjunct Mercury in fiery Aries.

His Sun (life energy) is in Pisces, the sign that is tuned like no other into SUBTLETIES.  Pisces energy feels and intuits.  It seeks to flow with the internal rhythm of nature and surrender to it.  To run effectively it seeks divine beauty.

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Pisces seeks to absorb vast beauty and grow from it.

Remember, Pisces is ruled by Neptune, DIVINE beauty, the higher octave of Venus, beauty.  Einstein is famous for playing the violin when he found himself stumped by his studies.  The immersion into the right brain of creativity (Venus and Neptune) by playing his music would lead to a breakthrough (Uranus) of understanding (Jupiter).  It’s interesting to note that the only aspect his understanding-seeking Sagittarius Moon makes is a trine (support) from his violin-playing Venus.

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin. What else does a man need to be happy?” -Einstein

Finally I would like to tie in a wonderful insight provided by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray Love” in her TED talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”. http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en

In it she talks about the fact that in ancient Greece and ancient Rome people believed that creativity came from a divine source and was not something wired into the individual themselves.  The relationships that you cultivated with this source led to your ability to express creativity.  People used to say I “have” a genius, and it wasn’t until the Renaissance came, where all of the attention was placed on the individual being the center of everything that people started saying I “am” a genius.  She speaks about the advantages of keeping that psychological distance between you and your “genius” when it comes to our own creative endeavors.  She explains that the myth of the genie in the lamp is representative of this truth.  Setting your genie (genius) free, as in not identifying with it leads to it working better.  I recommend watching the full TED talk, very interesting IMO..

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Free your genius from the captivity of yourself! Let it resume it’s rightful place OUTSIDE, where you can establish a relationship with it.

Einstein sure seemed to have this sacred distance established within himself.   Here are some more quotes:

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.”

“I have no special talent.  I am only passionately curious”

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

Happy Birthday to you Einstein, and your radiant genius!

Leonard Nimoy’s bold and futuristic mind

Today I indulged upon at least 8 straight episodes of Leonard Nimoy’s “In Search Of”.  To anyone who hasn’t seen this yet, I highly recommend it.  Very interesting subject matter with constant fun visuals and best of all, the man, the ultimate anchor to hold on to during these mysterious quests for meaning, Leonard Nimoy.  His narration is profound, his data precise, his style impeccable, and beneath it all is some warm and cuddly thing that is totally elusive.

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There are more than 130 episodes of this brilliant show on youtube.

This impression that I gained from these episodes are not unlike the impressions that endear us to the legendary Spock.  In fact, it’s often hard to separate this man from his infamous t.v. character on Star Trek.  When Nimoy wrote a memoir entitled “I Am Not Spock” fans reacted in such a disturbed manner that he responded with the sequel “I Am Spock” to ease their pain.

On to his chart!

Well– there is a problem with the chart.  The astro data bases, and a quote from his own mother in a magazine have him born at 8:30 am making him a GEMINI rising– and that gives him a Gemini Moon.  BUT– In the episode of “In Search Of” that covers Astrology, in the first few minutes he says “I am an Aries with Scorpio rising”….  This would put him born in the evening with most likely a CANCER Moon….

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Is this Nimoy’s chart? Gemini rising with a Gemini Moon?

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Or is he, like he says, a Scorpio Rising with a Cancer Moon??

Frustrating… well, at least we can look at some of the energies we KNOW are there..

Nimoy is MOST associated with MIND stuff.  Spock is MIND.  What is the energy of Nimoy’s Mercury?  It is INTENSIFIED by it’s conjunction with Uranus.  These planets are in fiery and assertive Aries along with his Sun (his life energy).  Aries is the pioneer of the zodiac, “boldly going where no man has gone before!”  Uranus is a lighting bolt.  His mind is lighting bolted into something more intense.  Uranus also brings in a sense of being DIFFERENT… of being… ALIEN?

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Intensely (Uranus) smart (Mercury) and brave (Aries).. Mr. Spock.

This Uranus/Mercury is also conjunct the North Node which brings in a theme of fulfilling his destiny.  Evolutionary Astrology views the nodes as a point of necessary tension: the South Node being the habit that by default you slip into, perhaps causing some life problems, and the North Node being the excellent idea to embrace and move beyond those old played out problems.  In psychological astrology the nodes often point to the mother.  I couldn’t find out too much about Nimoy’s mother in my research but I DID find a pretty interesting quote that tied his parents to these Uranian (alien) themes…

“My folks came to the U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens.  I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien.”

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His parents became citizens and he became an alien.

On Star Trek, Spock related to his peers in a non-emotional way.  Isn’t it apt for Nimoy to have his Venus in the emotionally detached sign of Aquarius, seamlessly pulling off such Spock quotes as “If I seem insensitive to what you’re going through Captain, understand- it’s the way I am”…

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A humorous depiction of the emotionless alien

But no amount of character development can fool the viewers that Spock has a soft spot somewhere, and is ultimately more emotional than his lineage permits.  It’s that elusive warm and cuddly quality of his!!  Where’s the water…?

Nimoy has Jupiter, Pluto and Mars (and maybe his Moon!) all in watery Cancer.  The cuddliest of all the Water signs.  Cancer also brings in a strong tie to the past and a tendency towards nostalgia.  It’s interesting to note that the infamous “live long and prosper” hand salute was initiated by Nimoy in recalling a childhood memory.  He was in church during a ceremony where everyone was told to shut their eyes.  He broke the rules and peeked, seeing the ministers holding their hands up in that WAY, is it stood for a hebrew letter that tied into the word for God.  He brought that memory impression (Cancer) way into the future (Uranian themes!!) and the rest is history!

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The future’s past!!! Live Long And Prosper!!

Thank you, Leonard Nimoy, for shining so bright during your stay here on planet Earth.  LLAP!!!!!