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 Sun as the king of the chart

The Sun is naturally associated with the sign Leo.  Leo is the lion, the king of the jungle.  Our Sun in our chart is the king of our own jungle (our psyche- which can be very jungle-like!)

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Someone needs to rule this place!

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He may be the ruler but he also knows how to chillax! Sun bathing is an absolute must. Likewise, when we are in touch with our Suns we tend to worry less, and enjoy ourselves more.

My favorite astrologer these days is the great Alice O. Howell.  In her book, “Jungian Symbolism in Astrology” she goes into great depth in describing the natural hierarchy of the natal chart, with the Sun as the rightful ruler.

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This book is top notch!

She explains that this is because the Sun is the only true STAR of the chart, therefore it is the natural “king” and it deserves to sit on the throne.  Problems can arise when another planet tries to usurp that throne.  A strongly placed Saturn or Uranus (or any planet) can run wild and attempt to be the king but it will never truly be the king because it is not a STAR.  Thus we have the many myths about the king in exile.  A look at the natal chart can attempt to find the guilty archetype.  Who is trying to steal the throne?  Venus (too much focus on pleasing)?  Mercury (the forever-child)?

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Here is an image of the king in exile. Symbolically, the lion is the heart, and the king of the psyche. He needs to break out of this cage and resume the throne.

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O’Howell also cites the cowardly lion as an archetype of a thwarted Sun.

Leo is the sign associated with hollywood and it is no wonder that we call famous people “stars”.  We tend to project these stars “out there” in hollywood as we do the Sun “out there” in the sky.  The beautiful reality is that we are ALL stars when we tune inward towards our hearts and let our spirits shine.  The Sun isn’t only “out there”, it is “in here”.  The heart is ruled by the Sun, and Leo.  It functions in our bodies as does the Sun in the sky.  It is central, life giving and constant.  Our hearts are “warmed” as the Sun warms us.

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The MGM lion looks a lot like a sun here. The archetype roars out the idea of man as star.

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Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell imprint their hands on Hollywood Boulevard. The hands are pentagrams (five pointed)

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Da Vinci’s Vituvian man shows the notion of man as a “star”. The pentagram.

O’Howell also talks about how children are much more aware of their inner Suns than adults.  Leo also rules children, and the child in all of us.  She says this fact is abundantly clear when we look at children’s drawings.  They seem to ALWAYS include the Sun somewhere.  They intuitively understand it’s true centrality.  Don’t you remember drawing in those Suns?  Maybe in the corner, or in the middle.  Long rays short rays.  Maybe a smiley face on it?

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Are you letting YOUR Sun shine?

Here comes the Sun: Knowing your life energy. Part 3- Fire

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 are taking a look at the energy of Fire.

Fire energy is excitable and motivating.  There is dramatic charge with Fire.  Fire energy needs inspiration and action to get moving.  It is the most outward (yang), it needs to express.

Cardinal Fire: Aries.  Cardinal energy as we have learned is all about INITIATION.  With initiative fire we arrive at the archetype of the pioneer.  Boldly going where no one has gone before.  One who embraces new beginnings with courage and gusto.

Double Aries Marlon Brando was wearing jeans and white t-shirts way before everyone else. He embodied a style of rock n roll before rock n roll was even happening! This is the spirit of Aries.

Fixed Fire: Leo.  Leo is naturally associated with the Sun.  The Sun is Fixed Fire, a.k.a Fire MAINTAINED and burning bright.  Leo energy basks in the limelight, exudes a natural confidence and celebrates it’s own radiance with play and spontaneity.

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Double Leo Halle Berry visibly exudes the Leonine confidence in the manner she carries herself and communicates. It’s no wonder that she often lands roles in which she is supposed to show this kind of energy, whether it’s as a Bond-girl or a sly and stealthy “Catwoman”.

Mutable Fire:  Sagittarius.  If inspirational and excitable Fire energy is constantly ADAPTING, REFINING and CHANGING itself we may be looking at a person with strong and impassioned beliefs and opinions, based on what they’ve learned along life’s path.  Sagittarius wants to learn, and identify itself with what it’s learned.  But in the Mutable spirit- always continue learning, changing and evolving- hence we get the archetype of the free-spirited traveller, the student, or one who seeks more and more knowledge/ life experience.

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Double Sagittarius, Jon Stewart’s fire burns strong as he explores all sorts of different structures of belief and opinion in response to current events. In the true spirit of Fire, he makes sure to always add a sparkling sense of humor to these thoughtful expeditions.

The next post will wrap up this Sun Sign series as we will explore the light and socially-inclined element of Air.