A Hunger for the Classic. Jupiter enters Capricorn.

Jupiter made it’s move into Capricorn on Monday, December 2nd, after a year in it’s natural sign of Sagittarius.  Quite the energetic shift.  The reins are being pulled back on the riled up horses.  A new enthusiasm has set in, just in time for Sagittarius Season.  A new enthusiasm for the restraint, cool-headedness, and everything classic.

Walking bass line please.

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Let’s let Jack host this intro.

My words would be so much better here if you picture it being spoken by Jack Nicholson (He has a strongly place Jupiter in Capricorn).

Jupiter in Capricorn is a wild enthusiasm that is cool, calm and under control.  Just beneath that surface is an unbridled gaiety that is just waiting to break out into dance.  But that surface is cool, calm, still and pristine.  What really comes forth is the glimmer.  The glimmer that hints to the wild gaiety within.

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The glimmer of life through the pristine of winter.

What is classic?

What is classic is what is of lasting worth.  What is classic is timeless.  Capricorn is the most classic sign of the zodiac.  It may be bound of in rules and restraint, but it is precisely these rules and restraints that illustrate it’s timeless beauty.  The order of the planets is astounding, yet it is order.  Finding actual order in the life you lead can be of the same profound realization.

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Well me-ow.  Some things do make total sense.

When Jupiter is in Capricorn, finding order provides a healthy dose of spiritual zest.  Rising up to the task at hand to see that it gets done.  Restraining the emotions when they become overdone and vitality-depleting.  Capricorn is cool, calm, detached.  Jupiter in Capricorn is cool, calm, detached and in possession of a wild gaiety (Jack).  We all have an opportunity to tap into our inner Jack Nicholson and cultivate our cool and collected side to kindle the flame of the wild horse within.

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The wild horse within hungry for structure and rules that make sense.

To further see into the archetype of Jupiter in Capricorn here are some other famous people with this natal placement.

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Often described stylistically as bringing old hollywood back, Scarjo gives us look into the classic.

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Timeless beyond words, Charlie Chaplin.  Also a certain seriousness that really let his art of comedy sail high.

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Classic, and similar to Jack with his wild horses of gaiety under cool, calm restraint.

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Walt Disney had Jupiter in Capricorn conjunct Saturn.  His creations are classic and his dreams are on the actual map! 

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Classic Jupiter in Capricorn talk.

The take home message for this new year of Jupiter in Capricorn? 

You are classic, timeless, and joyously solitary (on one level).  Your solitariness puts you straight to your own source of inner-direction.  Find that place of wild gaiety, that crazy horse, and give it some well-structured rules.  Rules that are meant to see it grow responsibly and with a goal in sight.

Delight in the cold snap of reality.  Delight in your own autonomy.  Delight in places where you need to pull back the reigns and establish more order.  Delight in the order and the beauty of the order.

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“The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree.”       -Aristotle

Happy astro pondering!

 

 

 

 

3 Ways to Jumpstart your Sagittarius Season!

Sagittarius Season has commenced.  The smell of pine trees find their way into your local shopping mart.  Glimmering lights are beginning to sprout up in the neighborhood.  It’s cold outside, but the inner hearth is warming up.

Here are 3 things you can do to actively engage with the spirited archetype of the Archer!

1. Fire your arrow of attention at positive targets.

When you find yourself in a tailspin of repetitive negative thoughts, the happy horse is here to remind you of your superpower.  You can aim your arrow of attention at another target, one that provides you with a better emotional response.  This is not denial of feeling, this is true maturity.  This is choosing what feelings you would like to see recede into the distance, and what feelings you would like to see come forth.  This is your birthright as a conscious human being.

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The Centaur has immense strength and skillful aim.

2. Soak up the sights of a grand vista!

No other sign knows the importance of wide open spaces like the eager-to-run horse.  Grand open spaces are a release from the pesky details of the day to day that diminish the deeper meanings of life as a whole.  Standing out in an open field, or up on a mountain, or even just outside instead of inside refreshes the mind with an intuition of a greater meaning to life.  Don’t forget to soak up some vista sights!

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Where did those troubles go?

3.  Say yes to the zest!

Eat your food!  Your food for life, which is the zest of living.  If things are becoming too mechanical and meaningless- take a day off!  Your soul needs spiritual food just like your body!

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There you have it.  Onward with the Season of the Horse!

As always, Happy Astro Pondering!

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Claim Your Riches! Full Moon in Taurus on Tuesday, Nov 12th.

The Moon will be full on Tuesday, November 12th in Taurus, the sign in which the Moon is said to be..

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..exalted!

And why is the Moon known to be exalted in this sign?  The sign of earthy abundance?  The sign of storing, of keeping, of holding, of having?

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Taurus is the Torus field.  A self-regulating system of energy.

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Here is a Sunflower going about it’s toroidal flow.

Plants store the energy of the Sun for food.  In this way, it is the holding of the Sun that gives them life.

Taurus is the sign of riches and wealth as well as health and well-being.

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It is no wonder that the image of the Caduceus, seen in doctor’s offices and the dollar bill is none other than a nod too..

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..toroidal flow.

The Torus field of the body is the real wealth.  And who is it that holds the Caduceus again?

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Mercury!  The thinking mind.

And what does the Torus want to store?

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Gold for wealth.

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Gold for health.

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True Gold (joy) for wealth and health!

So on this Full Moon in Taurus- reclaim your riches.  Use your thinking mind to identify the joy in your life and then let yourself really feel it.  If you have to break out into a “yay” definitely do so!  Your Torus forcefield will surely strengthen, and there will be Mooney in your bank!

As always, happy astro pondering!

An Affinity for Lightning! Venus enters Sagittarius!

After a deeply saturated Scorpionic Venus graced our Halloween- she is now ready to hang up her witches hat in favor of untamed electricity!  In fond favor of the freedom to expand this way and that in a flash of brilliance.  The Goddess.. is getting giddy!

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Giddy– up!

Venus is that part within us that says “I prefer this instead of that”.  It is the aesthetic preference always at work, largely operating on a subconscious basis.  The judgement that takes place in our minds at any given moment of the day.  Venus is part sensual (Taurus) and part mental (Libra).  She is not a slave to her preferences because she can think about what is truly best for her, even when it is not the sensual winner.

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“Mmm yes, very nice.. but maybe not for breakfast” -Venus.    *note or maybe YES if she finds good reason!  The scales are always balancing out the rationale!   

When aesthetic preferences inhabit the domain of the Archer, you can expect a leaning towards things of an enthused, optimistic and morally aware nature.  The aesthetics that are looking extra good right now are ones that promise the soul a LIFT.

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It feels good to feel good!

Sagittarius is definitely the high-flying spirited archetype.  The bubbling nature that begins somewhere inside and breaks out into laughter, catching on to others in a wildfire of contagion.  The fire of Sagittarius is a fire that lifts the spirit, as well as gently encouraging it to rise, as with a good spiritual and moral awareness.  To be in tune with the Sagittarian vibe is is to be in tune with a spiritual appetite.  An appetite that is hungry for meaning and real knowledge.

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Sagittarian enthusiasm and learning have always gone hand in hand.

The zest that comes about with Sagittarius joy is a zest that wants more zest.  The fire of the Centaur is the fire of the visionary.  The power of the visionary is to increase an understanding of what is truly vital.  At it’s most central teaching, the visionary understanding is an understanding of life itself.  Something that will never be uninteresting!

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This kind of education can strike in a flash- like lightning!

So pay attention to where your preferences are leaning this next month!  Can you help steer your faithful steed into places of spirited learning?

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The sky is the limit!          (Rene Magritte has Venus in Sagittarius).

Happy astro pondering!

 

 

 

 

 

Mars in Cancer: The Will to Home

To associate Mars with hotheadedness, anger, combat, etc. is really to sell short the psychic usefulness of the red planet.

At it’s most crucial level, Mars is the Will.  Everyone possesses this, and some are far more in touch with it than others.  It’s only when one’s Will is being thwarted or ignored that hotheadedness, anger and all of these pressure-cooker emotions bubble up.  Let’s try to go to the root of things rather than obsessing over symptoms, shall we?

What is the Will?

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Other words for the Will include striving, urging, wanting, desire, effort, you get the idea!

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Arthur Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Will sees Will as a slave to the world of ideas, therefore we are not free, and life is a sorry affair.

Schopenhauer saw the Will as an omnipresent force, not particular to the individual, but controlling us all, and so he was quite the pessimist.

The only thing that could kind of help us in this sorry world, was in experiencing something beautiful like art.  In the midst of a great painting or an exquisite piece of music, the Will was transformed into ‘representation of the Will’ – the better the art, the better the representation- and in that moment, the person ceases to even exist!

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Ah!  At last I am nothing and no longer a slave to the Will!  Courtesy of Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night.

Another famous thinker who gave considerable amount of attention to the Will (and was incredibly influenced by Schopenhauer) was Frederich Nietzsche.  But Nietzsche ended up being a total optimist about it!

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Nietzsche claimed that “The world itself is the will to power and nothing else!  And you yourself are the will to power- and nothing else!”

But where Schopenhauer used the Will as an ultimate negation of life, Nietzsche used it as an ultimate affirming of life.  He proclaimed himself a yea-sayer- and likened this Will to seeing life as positive as similar to that of  the ecstasy-loving Dionysus.

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Dionysus- the original “Life is Good” sayer.

So let’s just be happy to be clear on the notion that Mars as the Will is a powerful force that has been pondered for centuries.  It is no small thing.  It might be everything.  So what is it up to now in the sign of Cancer?

Cancer is the sign of home and family but, as the first of the Water signs, it begs us to feel this truth, not just to think about it.

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This is Chip (or Dale) inside of a Christmas tree from the Disney 1952 Classic “Pluto’s Christmas”.

I remember seeing this cartoon as a kid and being utterly enchanted by the sheer twinkling magic and coziness of these two chipmunks wandering around on the actual inside of a Christmas tree.

It’s not enough to convey the feelings of Cancer by referring to Christmas alone because you may not even celebrate it, or it may bring up family strife instead of warmth and sparkle.

But the inside of a Christmas tree, with your good pal Dale, now that is magical coziness.  That is a recipe to feel great.

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The Will to Home is an urging towards a place of magical coziness.  Magical in that it is dynamic, not stagnant.  Cozy in that it offers total restoration to the spirit.  The destination may still be unknown to you, but you can follow the clues of what it is by tuning in to your true feelings.

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Cancer is the stillness of the North Star.  The sureness of that great feeling.

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Mars is the Will to get there.

Until next time, Happy Astro Pondering!

-Tess

The Convivial in the Trivial: Treasures of Gemini.

Happy Gemini Season to all.  I hope it is a nice bouncy time of curiosity and conversation.  In this post I plan to share some of the glimmering shimmering secrets of the Trickster, in hopes that this Spring Season can be extra intriguing.

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Yes, where to begin…

This is the sign most associated with the intellect, words, straightforward logic etc.  Often the archetype of Gemini summons up a smartness, incredible word-craft abilities, cleverness…

Opposite Gemini is the Archer, Sagittarius, the sign that breathes the fire of meaning into things.

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Behold the flame of meaning!

But it is Gemini that not only puts this meaning into words, thoughts and expressions, it is also Gemini whose air fans the flames of meaning!

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Who.. little old me?

Yes Bugs!  Through thought, speculation, musings, and curiosity- lots of meaning gets stirred up and fortified.  These two signs are on opposite sides of a very interesting spectrum.

The MYTHIC MEANING of Sagittarius and the MENTAL TRIVIALITY of Gemini.

But wait- it sounds as though I am insulting the sign of the Twins!

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Who are you calling Trivial??

But it’s true!  The intellect alone will only get a person so far.  Without meaning, thoughts can turn in on themselves and stifle.

The wisdom lies in knowing this to be true:  hence the Trickster is born!

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Little old ME!!

Geminis are at heart, Tricksters.  Beings who delight in thought and words, yet with a knowing of the paradoxical limits of thought and words.

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The most brilliant of the Geminis have a zen tongue-in-cheek vibe to what they say and do.

And these are the souls that breath air into MEANING itself!  The  two things- triviality and meaning co-creating.  No hierarchy, just discovery.

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Perhaps this is some of the meaning behind the Fool Card.

If every where you looked MEANING was staring you in the face you would likely get burned out- fast.

There would be no AIR of LIGHTNESS.  No reprieve.  No jokes, no riddles, no lighthearted smiling or giggling.

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Why is it that the characters most devoid of meaning are the ones that make us laugh the hardest?

It’s an interesting paradox, that intelligence and delightful stupidity are tied up in the same archetype.  But that’s Gemini- if it weren’t interesting and paradoxical, it would cease to be- the Trickster.

So, this Season, share in the delight of the enigma of levity, thought, intelligence and triviality.

The convivial trivial!  Long live it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Value of Existence and the Existence of Value:  Uranus in Taurus

It’s an interesting time both above and below.  Three slow moving planets are in their natural signs: Jupiter in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn.

Jupiter is Sagittarius hails in a new thirst for meaning.

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Give me more meaning!  I need fuel to move forward!!

Neptune in Pisces gleams a hint at divinity here on earth in the day to day.

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The All in the Many, the divine in the day to day.

And Saturn in Capricorn says “If it isn’t useful, what good is it?”.

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Let’s get pragmatic, yo!

All of these planets in their homegrown signs-  the mythic actors speaking “on the nose” (no subtext).  The grand plot with metaphors that children can grasp.

Uranus is the Great Awakener.  When it touches a sign, the revelation that comes about may be an: “Oh…OH… yes of course” type of thing.  You view something from a fresh angle, and all at once it becomes something NEW.

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For the next 7 years, the awakening has everything to do with Taurus- our VALUES.

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Basic assumptions come into question with Uranus.

Uranus is the planet that deals with the concept of Existence.  Philosophers have been exploring this concept for ages.  The mid 50s brought about Existentialism, a philosophy entirely devoted to what it means to exist.

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Life and Existence seem to be the same thing at first glance- but they certainly are not.  For instance how could T.S. Eliot’s phrase “Where is the Life we have lost in living?” make sense?  And it does seem to make a whole lot of sense.

Enter a new literary voice in my life: Colin Wilson, a man who deems himself an Existentialist, yet with a much more cheery outlook than most of his contemporaries.  In fact he calls his Existentialism a “New Existentialism”, one that acknowledges a need for objective meaning in life.  Meaning to fuel our Will, and find purpose.

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Colin Wilson became famous overnight when his first book, “The Outsider” was published in 1956.  He went on to write over 150 books, all the while contemplating and crafting an incredible life philosophy that celebrates optimism.

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The Outsider is a non-fiction book exploring a character who isn’t sucked into the values of the world around him, such as creature comforts and career status.  Therefore he is an Outsider.  “He sees too much and too deep”.  He explores the writings of famous Outsiders such as Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Hemingway and many others.  He sees the Outsider as a kind of “evolutionary throw-forward”.  Very Uranian.

Here is a fantastic interview with Wilson from the 80s television show, “Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove”.

 

Uranus speaks to existence and Taurus speaks to values.  Both of these concepts are very worthy of contemplation (or meditation if that is your preferred way!)

What is the value of your existence?

Hard to pinpoint as you sit here and read this I bet.

But what if the situation were a bit more.. terrifying?

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You might feel the value of your existence pounding in your throat.

And it is likely that, once the bear decided you weren’t worth the trouble and receded into the distance, your world may appear brighter.  More beautiful.  More dear.

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LIFE!!!!!  The WORLD!!!!

Wilson says that crisis (like the bear) has a way of lowering one’s “indifference threshold”, and thereby revealing all of the beauty and meaning that surrounds us.

This meaning is vital to our well-being as it fuels our will (no small thing!).

And now what about the reverse: what is the existence of value?

What are the values that exist in the world around you?

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Voila The Joneses!

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And the rat race.

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And the latest iphone.

So these are some values that exist in the world, but here is the question: do they accurately reflect your values?

In some ways maybe they do.  But odds are if you have been reading this astrology post all the way up until this point there are other values that might not be so reflected here.

Again let’s look to the current sky (and simultaneously within ourselves):

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Jupiter in Sagittarius:  the value of MEANING as suggested here by Michelangelo’s The David.  (Meaning=food for the will!)

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Neptune in Pisces: the value of magical BEAUTY as displayed by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

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Saturn in Capricorn: finding these values in the here and now of REALITY.

With that, enjoy your cup of Uranian java and nurture the instinct to WAKE UP to new VALUES!

Happy Astro Pondering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it Sublime? Venus Moves into Pisces.

The goddess of love and beauty is setting out to sea.  She has danced to the offbeat drum of Aquarius long enough and now craves a deep serenity.

She wants to be moved in an all-encompassing way.  She wants now to dance to the harmonies of the spheres and to feel the most exalted sensations.

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Mermaids are at home in the deep peace of the ocean.  But the ocean also holds some scary stuff!

Entering the realm of the sublime.

Sublime: of such excellence, grandeur or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. -Webster’s Dictionary

Edmund Burke was a statesman, political theorist and philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment.  He saw beauty and the sublime both as things that move us, the difference being that the sublime moved us more profoundly.

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Edmund Burke

The Sublime, maintained Burke, moves us more profoundly because it is tied to the vast, the overwhelming, even the terrifying!  He says that the possibility of pain triggers basic feelings of self-preservation, exercising nerves that could save our lives.

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Maybe Venus will visit me for a cup of coffee..  or a fresh kill.

The totality of the ocean, or the whole of the universe for that matter, is not without these scary creatures, places and concepts.  Venus is moving gently into the sign that looks at the totality of everything and sweetly says “yes, I am still love”.

And then, lo and behold, beauty becomes even more beautiful.

Because, as everyone knows, the sweet ain’t so sweet without the bitter.

The sublime is the intoxicating marriage of the bitter and the sweet.

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Most would agree that chocolate cake can fall into the taste category of sublime.

Chocolate is one of the few foods that is both bitter and sweet.  Other examples include coffee, wines, and teas.  They have an extra hold on the public, with their intoxicating effects.

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Here they are, the seduction brigade!

Fruit flies are discouraged from eating fruit when there is a bitter taste because it alerts them to toxins.  These foods pictured above seem to say “oh hey, just a little bit of danger here.. but go ahead.. it’s so good!”

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Just a wee little bit of the secret sauce!

Poison is remarkably similar to the french word for fish, “poisson”, and of course, Pisces is the sign of the fishes.

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Les Poissons! Intoxicating, dreamlike, forever mystical.

The world of the sublime is one that balances sweetness with a taste of the bitter.  Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces because this is love’s highest task.  In Pisces, love acknowledges the whole picture; the vast, serene, majestical, and sometimes terrifying.. and she still comes out on top.

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Lenny Kravitz can best close out this post.

 

Until next time, happy astro pondering!