The Stirring up of the Far Out (Mars is back in Aquarius).

Mars has been traveling through Aquarius through much of the summer.  It began in May, retrograded back into Capricorn for most of August, and now it’s back.  Back in the sign of the Water Bearer.  Making more waves.

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Cowabunga!  Uranus, the totem planet of Aquarius and wave-making made it’s big transition into Taurus back in May as well.  Taurus is the sign of the Bull, and relates to how we feel secure in our bodies and our livelihood.  The stirred up waves are likely linked to these types of issues in our human lives right now.  

Mars at it’s root is potent energy.  Energy that needs to be born, so it can become something.  It doesn’t just stir things up because it’s some kind of joker, it has destiny, hopes, purpose!  The problem is we are often blind to what the energy is after, and acting out it’s commands on a subconscious level.

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I know what I’m.. doing? 

Mars at it’s very core is the power of the will.  The dictionary defines the word, will as the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.  Right away the complexity of the will is apparent.  What is the faculty we use to decide something and initiate action?  Sometimes it’s logic, more often it’s driven by emotion, namely subconscious ones.

The will, is the spark of the complex matter of mind and emotion.  It’s like a newborn subatomic comet seeking it’s destiny somewhere.  Energy arises, we are motivated by it, decisions are made and actions taken.  Mars was the start of it, the eager little spark.

In Aquarius, the spark is under the influence of the far-out realm of what it means to even exist.  The Waters that the Water Bearer bears are complex streams of consciousness, intermingling, stretching over boundaries of time and space.  Aquarius, like no other sign, centers around the somewhat abstract concept of existence.

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Existence, what IS it? 

Is existence a phenomenon of material, mental or emotional substance?  What lies outside of existence?  More existence?  Is there an outside?  How small or big can it stretch?  How long has existence been around?  Is there anything that doesn’t exist if we include the mental reality of things?  What is our relationship to our own existence on a daily, meaningful level?

Welcome to the far side.  Aquarian town.  Matters that involve life’s abstractions which are so often mysteriously tied to the very root of humanity.

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When concepts of existence get stirred up (Mars influence), we may not be the slightest bit aware of it consciously, but a type of existential angst is likely to set in.  The next thing we know is we are agitated (Mars) by this abstract feeling that life, and our existence is without meaning.  The “what is it all about?  What is it all for?” type of angst.  We may feel like a hamster in a wheel, going round and round the motions of meaningless work and routine, with all sense of solar purpose lost, all sense of Solar Essence obscured.

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What am I???

The key to making Mars transiting Aquarius your friend and not your foe is to acknowledge your relationship with your daily existence in relation to your Solar Essence.  For example, if at your solar core (look to your Sun sign and it’s aspects), you are a true people person who gets a lot out of conversations and social interactions, yet your day to day existence is working the night shift alone stocking groceries, and then home to sleep all day with no contact with other people, this transit might seek to bust up your reality.  It has to!  Your daily existence is totally off balance with your Solar Essence!  Something’s got to give, even if it means you simply make sure to hang out with friends once every few days, brighten that inner Sun back up.  Often it’s the minor adjustments made that really take root and help grow your life back into better balance.

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Leo, the sign opposite Aquarius is ruled by the Sun.  This reflects the dual axis of Solar Essence balancing with Existence.  

Also under the rulership of Aquarius is the future.  Equally abstract and intrinsically tied to our deepest human nature is the concept of the future.  We can never know it, but we know of it.

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The future, like existence, is abstract! 

We can choose to think we have no say in our own future, or we can choose to commit to the future that we want.  Even though such a commitment could never guarantee it’s reality, it can still position us to live in the now, as a person becoming, as a person always being born, in direction that we have chosen.

This is true freedom!  Free-will if you will.  The will loves freedom, and the trick is to understand that freedom is not divorced from responsibility.  You are responsible for the commitment towards your future, and towards your commitment on who you are and who you are becoming.

In the meantime, happy astro-pondering!

 

 

 

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.

Cultivating Your Inner Cary Grant: Natural Order and Integration

The word “integrity” sure has  a good vibe to it doesn’t it?  If someone were to compliment you on your integrity would you not feel fantastic?  It feels to me that it’s one of the best things to compliment a person on.

When I think of a famous archetype of a person with a lot of integrity my mind migrates towards Cary Grant, or at least his screen persona.  His feathers just refuse to be ruffled and his moral standing seems very difficult to become compromised.

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He himself recognized the enviable attributes of his on-screen persona.

His characters embody that of charm and effortless problem solving.  Being socially graceful is of utmost importance, even when it would seem out of the ordinary.  In this way he comes across as more alive then the other characters, more awake.

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He seamlessly embraces paradox (Venus) which heightens his romantic (Venus again) disposition.

 

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Even in times of panic the look on his face is focused, even somewhat serene.  Not to mention his clothes and hair are perfect.

Venus is very apparent here.  Calm cool and collected.  Let’s examine the word “integrity”.  It comes from the notion of integration which is another very Venusian concept.  Increasing the strength of something by bringing things together.

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Like the dude’s rug that “really tied the room together” integration puts us in tune with vital energies, and strengthen our sense of self

There is a longing for us all to find order in ourselves.  Chaos happens when our energies are attuned to disintegrating qualities such as jealousy, anger, hatred etc.  The solution is assuredly not to suppress these natural forces within us but to gently get back towards SOME kind of natural and integrative mode of conduct.

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This is a famous alchemical sign pointing out that a shift in perspective can  transmute chaos into order

Instead of letting these disintegrating emotions and thoughts become deconstructive to us we must gently put ourselves back in line with CONSTRUCTIVE tendencies.  Con-(with) structure (structure) puts order back in our lives, and order is naturally in tune with INTEGRATIVE energies.

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Robbie Hart, the wedding singer, was wise to CONSTRUCT a song to channel his DECONSTRUCTIVE feelings of anger that had been brewing ever since Linda left him at the alter

Back to Cary Grant for a moment.  Social grace, integrity, personal order, how might these look symbolically in a natal chart?

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 Without knowing a thing about astrology one can see the clump of planets at the bottom of the chart.  What is the feeling that conveys?  Perhaps the feeling of anchoring?

These planets are in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius which are both affiliated with Saturn.  Saturn itself is at the very bottom of the chart.  What planet in astrology best signifies ORDER?

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SATURN!!!

Now keep in mind, Aquarius, although co-ruled by Saturn welcomes in the bizarre.  Could this be saying that order in the natural world IS bizarre yet still orderly?

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No argument here..

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Nor here!

And what about that social grace?  The wit, the charm?  In other words, what is happening with Venus?  Well, it is in the sign of Sagittarius which embraces larger than life essences and enthusiasm.  It is squared by Jupiter which only EXPANDS it further and is opposite Pluto which serves to EMPOWER it.  OF course this is if he is working well with his own energies, and he sure seems to do that.

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The virtues Cary Grant embodies on screen speak so loud to people because they are resonant with natural laws.  Social harmony and order are birds of the same feather.

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They flock together

Personal order can be cultivated by practicing and making room for these things within ourselves.  By doing so we unite with nature and our fellow humans.

Was Archie Leach this schooled in the craft?  Archie Leach was Cary Grant’s birth name.  In a bizarre (Aquarius!) moment in the film “His Girl Friday” Grant says this.  Talk about embodying his new persona!  Watch it- it’s only 7 seconds.

That’s pretty wild right?  He isn’t who he was, he’s who he is becoming.

On a final note I want to celebrate the fact that we can all learn to tap into our inner Cary Grant in times of trouble and chaos.  With a little cool-headed grace can come a little more order and vice versa.  Constructive choices bring put us in better reception to INTEGRATING energies which keep us more settled in nature’s natural order.  Letting deconstructive choices block integration, working more to dis-integrate ourselves.  It is always possible to balance it a bit more in the natural direction.

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Happy Birthday Leslie Nielsen!

What is it about Leslie Nielsen that can render a person so powerless against any efforts to not laugh?  How does he destroy us so, with gags that often in and of themselves, aren’t that funny.  What does he do?  What is happening to us in the process?  Why are we rolling around on the floor gasping for breath with our sister?  Okay- maybe that last part is more just me…

Where did I first see Leslie Nielsen?  It was “Airplane!” – where he played Dr. Shirley Rumack — “Surely you can’t be serious!”  “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!”.  This is where many of us first saw Nielsen because this was his pivotal role that launched his career in comedy.

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Nielsen in “Airplane!”, the turning point in his career

 His deadpan delivery is what sent him soaring into popularity as a comedic actor.  And he had over 30 years of experience as a serious actor beforehand, starring in such films as “The Forbidden Planet” and “The Poseidon Adventure” along with lots and lots of television performances.

But it’s his straight face, his deadpan look in the midst of total absurdity that gets us.  With “Airplane!” his niche was made and many hilarious spoofs followed, like “Police Squad” and “The Naked Gun” series.

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Recognize this poker face? Nielsen uses it in a non-comedic way with his work in the 60s television series “The Fugitive”

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Same poker-face but now it’s HILARIOUS….

So let’s look at his chart.

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Can we see anything at play here?  We are looking for an energy that can best express DEADPAN humor.  In other words, EMOTIONLESS in it’s delivery.  What sign is the most detached from emotion?  That would be AQUARIUS.  Aquarius needs to be detached from the murky weight of emotion.  It doesn’t have time to dwell in peoples moods and feelings because it seeks a larger framework in which to be effective. It can’t afford to have intensely hurt feelings when he doesn’t fit into a certain crowd because it is NOT SUPPOSED TO FIT IN.  It wants to embrace it’s uniqueness and the freedom that brings so it can find it’s rightful, true place in society.  This is AIR, light, detached, and maybe a little strange…

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A little strange? He is a master of “a little strange”..

Nielsen has just about everything in Aquarius and mostly all in the first house of self-projection.  These roles come naturally to him because he literally has great ease in turning off the emotional switch, much to our delight.   With out the emotion some lines are much funnier, like,  “Well, we shot a lot of people together.  It’s been great.  But today I retire, so if I do any shooting now, it will have to be within the confines of my own home.  Hopefully an intruder and not an in-law, like at my bachelor party” 

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It’s funny to note that Nielsen also has Mars in Capricorn on his Ascendant, fusing his identity (ASC) with authoritative (Capricorn) command (Mars). He’s always playing these cops and pilots who are supposed to be in control of everything. The problem is he’s OUT TO LUNCH. (Aquarius, sometimes).. ; )

I love Leslie.  It was sad to say goodbye to him a couple years ago.  But then it was pretty funny to see what he did with his tombstone…

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You’re the best, Leslie…

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My personal favorite Leslie Nielsen scene ever. If you feel like laughing watch the video below. Buzzn Frog… enjoy!

Happy Birthday James Dean!

James Dean, the epitome of cool.  Let’s have a look at some key components that carve out this coolness, shall we?
Data Deluxe #1.  You never know what he’s going to do. Dean has Uranus tightly conjunct his Ascendant, fusing his identity (Ascendant) with a rebellious and contrarian spirit (Uranus).  He’s just DIFFERENT (Uranus again) than the other actors of his time- or anytime!  Watching him brings about an awareness of a wild unpredictability (Uranus).  I remember seeing a scene from “East of Eden” (my favorite of his 3 movies) where James Dean and the other actor are in a locker room discussing the lucrative prospective of growing beans.  The one actor is very focused on what he is saying, meanwhile Dean is kind of hopping all around the locker room, climbing up on benches and down again and at times zeroing in close on the other actor’s personal space.  At one of these invasively close moments the other actor exclaims (in a very natural reactive way) “don’t get so close I’ll get all hot again!”.  I would put good money down saying that that line is NOT in the script.  I could be wrong but I doubt it. The point being that Dean doesn’t care.  He doesn’t care if he is making the other actor uncomfortable, or jeopardizing the script, or coming across a little looney.  He is being natural to his own whims, like a child, without being irritating (maybe a little bit to that actor).

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Dean does things his own way

#2.  He knows his influences. Before Dean was famous he was writing letters upon letters to Marlon Brando.  He was enchanted by Brando in every way.  Brando rode a motorcycle so Dean rode a motorcycle.  Brando dressed in jeans and white T-shirts so Dean dressed in jeans and white T-shirts.  Brando played the bongos so Dean played the bongos.  The emulating got to be so much that Brando wrote HIM a letter saying “You have to be YOU, not ME”. But Dean knew that what Brando was doing was starting a new wave in human culture (Brando is a double Aries, a pioneer).  James Dean has an Aquarius Sun in the eleventh, which is the house naturally associated with Aquarius.  Aquarius seeks to identify itself by challenging the status quo, and seeking other like-minded people.  The eleventh is the field of life where those like-minded relationships take place.  It’s interesting to wonder if there would have been a James Dean had there been no Brando.

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Hailing in the new wave of cool, Brando and Dean.

#3.  He shows his vulnerable side. As stated in a previous post “The Crying Game: Water planets and the comfortability in expressing emotion” James Dean has his Moon in deep and mysterious feeling-oriented Scorpio.  When he cries, the audience FEELS it.  It’s REAL. The beginning of “Rebel Without A Cause” features Dean falling down drunk on the street next to a wind-up toy monkey.  As the credits roll, he plays around with the monkey and it quickly becomes a deep emotional connection between the two of them.  The monkey amuses him with it’s wind-up talents and then Dean tucks him in with a ratty newspaper “blanket” and a party ribbon trash thing for a pillow.  He makes sure the monkey is comfortable and then he snuggles up as close to it as he can get.  The sweetness comes across SO genuine!  It’s the first 5 seconds of the movie and he’s already won our hearts!!  And yes, he improvised the whole bit, as the cast and crew stared on with admiration.

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Opening moments of “Rebel Without a Cause”

#4.  He shows a strong sense of personal authority. Astrologer Caroline Casey, author of “Making the Gods Work for You” (get it get!!) talks about how the word “cool” is derived from the Yoruba word which originally meant “responsible”.  “Cool-headed” meant that that person took care of what he should.  Like Babe Ruth with his leaf of cabbage under his ball cap.  Keeping cool-headed so he can hit the home runs.  This is Saturn talk. Saturn is authority, which starts with inner authority.  Self composure, steadiness, a sureness in what you say and do.  James Dean has a very powerful Saturn in the 10th house of career (the house naturally associated with Saturn).  It is in Capricorn (the SIGN naturally associated with Saturn) and it is opposed (bringing in a full awareness of) the powers of Pluto.  Anything Pluto touches in empowered, or it is wounded UNTIL it is empowered.

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Sureness. Self-composer. In tune with his own rhythm.

Happy Birthday, James Dean.  A true rebel with a deep and mysterious heart, forever cool.

Sophia Loren’s Uranian depth

Planets at the very bottom of the chart symbolize who you are on a deep deep deep down level, and this is inevitably tied to early life experiences.  This is also true for the sign that is at the bottom of the chart (even if there is no planet).

Let’s take a look at the chart of Sophia Loren.

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Sophia has Uranus at the bottom of the chart, in Taurus.  Uranus is intense.  It’s like a bolt of lightning.   Just a glance at this chart brings about the question:  what is the intensity absorbed from early childhood that is so at the root of who she is deep down?

Sophia grew up in extreme poverty and violence during World War 2 in the little Italian town of Puzzuoli.  Her father was married to another woman when Sophia was born and even though he fathered a second daughter with her, still refused to marry.  He was an aristocrat and ignored them and the fact that they often had to beg for food.  Her mother, a beauty herself who looked like Greta Garbo, raised them at their grandparents house where Sophia often had to share a bed with 8 people.  They lived on rationed bread and hid from air raids in rat-infested tunnels.

About her difficult childhood she says “You learn the facts of life fast.  You are street-wise, people-wise, self-wise.  The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.  As a result, I appreciate life more.”

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These pretty eyes have seen a lot of horror

This is Saturn wisdom.  It comes from learning through struggle.  It installs a sense of self-reliance.  It is also connected to the father’s influence.  Sophia has her Saturn conjunct her Aquarian Moon.  The need to be unique is tied into this kind of difficult learning.  Uranus rules Aquarius, and her second house (where her Moon is).  The second house is all about values.  There is a direct connection here to her traumatic early life and the values that she lives by.  These values will be of the utmost emotional importance to her (Moon in the second).

Humble perfectionist solar energy (Virgo Sun) fueling a need to be unique and special (Aquarian Moon).  Exquisite and ethereal beauty (Neptune conjunct Venus) that is valued and cherished by others (in the 8th).  Marriage being a powerful link to international success (Pluto in the 7th square Jupiter in the 9th)..  These are just a few other astrological shades of this enigmatic woman.

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With her Sun and Venus in modest Virgo, Sophia is not approving Jayne Mansfield’s dishy look here (which was a publicity stunt intended to upstage Sophia).

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She married film producer Carlo Ponti whom she saw as a father figure. She desperately craved a “legitimate husband, children, a family, like anyone else”. The root of that which she says is “the experience with my father”.

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Loren turned down Cary Grant’s marriage proposal.

What is the sign at the bottom of your chart?  Is there a planet there?  If not where is the planet that rules that sign at the bottom?  All of these answers can help to get you in touch with some deep truths about yourself that are inevitably linked to your upbringing.

Happy astro-pondering!

Here comes the Sun: Knowing your life energy. Part 4- Air

Your Sun sign keys you into understanding the fundamental energy that you run on.  There are four basic different categories of this energy: Earth, Water, Air and Fire.  Start with understanding your element and then move on to understand it’s specific qualities within your sign.

Today we take a look at the energy of Air.

Air energy is detached, mental and social.  Detached in the way that it doesn’t take things so personally.  Mental in the quickness of it’s associations.  Social in the need to reach out and relate what you know with others.  Air connects us.  The air we breath now was once breathed by Shakespeare (or anyone you can think of!)

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A radio tower’s airwaves demonstrate this element’s ability to connect people

Cardinal Air: Libra.  Cardinal energy does what?  It INITIATES.  Mental and social initiative energy brings up the image of a conversation starter.  It’s one person seeking a balance with another.  We may achieve this balance not only with another person but also with our own reactions to what we find beautiful, such as art and culture.

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Sting is a double Libra with his Moon conjunct Neptune in the 4th. He credits his mother (Moon and 4th house) for teaching him that the mark of maturity in a man is to accept that a part of yourself is woman (Libra balance). Yoga also compliments his very open spiritual (Neptune) approach to achieving balance.

Fixed Air: Aquarius.  If we apply the concept of MAINTAINING to this connective and social energy an image that comes up is one of protecting social rights and uniting together in groups that identify with the same ideas.  It can also conjure up the character of the non-conformist, who stays put with his own ideas amidst the pressures of society and it’s status quo.

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Rosa Parks is a powerful example of Aquarius energy with her Moon in the social service 6th house, and her Sun right on the Descendant which represents equal partnerships. Her defiant words inspired millions to unite, giving rise to an enormous civil rights movement.

Mutable Air: Gemini.  What happens when this light and communicative energy seeks to CHANGE, REFINE and ADAPT itself?  There is a ton of curiosity, and versatility as information is constantly turning into something else.  The hunger is for diversity and mental stimulus.

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Who could represent this element better than double-Gemini Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices” (literally!!). Interestingly enough, when in a coma after a horrendous car accident, after two weeks of no response one of his neurosurgeons tried a different approach and asked, “how are you feeling today Bugs Bunny?”. Bugs answered, and Mel came out of the coma.