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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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!

Sail into the Mystic: Mars Enters Pisces

The holiday season this year comes with some stirred up cosmological waters.  After a prolonged stay in Aquarius, Mars, the planet that energizes is entering the vast territory of the collective unconscious, the endless and unfathomable ocean of Pisces, the sign of the Fishes.

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The waters above and the waters below.  Pisces sails into the mystic.

Pisces is a sign that is most associated with passive, female principle of the the universe that is Yin energy.  It is the type of love that is all-encompassing, it is pure forgiveness, gentleness, ethereal beauty, subtlety, deep imagination, psychic phenomenon.  People who are born under the influence of this sign have a natural ability to tap into this realm, often to the astonishment and wonder of others.

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Edgar Cayce, famously known as the “sleeping prophet” astounded the public with his knack for clairvoyance.  He has more planets in Pisces than any other sign in his chart. 

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Einstein’s driver said that one of his habitual routines was to play the violin in nature, with the birds.  He said as he did this he would have tears streaming down his face.  Pisces feels it’s way into the secrets of the cosmos.  

Back to Mars.  Mars motivates in many ways.  Sometimes it can just feel like a straightforward burst of energy.  A new focal point in which you are ready to place your time and energy.  Other times it comes in the form of agitation, unrest, a feeling like you just can’t take it anymore and something needs to change.  This is the boiling, roiling, stirring and churning way of the warrior planet.

In Pisces, it is the the ethereal waters of other-worldliness that are being agitated, motivated, energized.  In short, the Mystic within is being summoned.

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Bob Dylan was born when Mars was in Pisces.  A Gemini, he is a rue Trickster/ Mystic.  A master of words who can tap into other-worldly realms through the potency of poetry. 

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Yuri Gagarin was also born when Mars was in Pisces.  His motivation for other-worldliness took on a more literal tone as he was the first man to ever journey into outer space.

Mars will stay in Pisces until New Years Eve, flavoring the holiday stretch with a sizzle of Yin energy.

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Liz Taylor, A Pisces was born under the influence of Mars in Pisces.  A Yin energy that is sizzling.  A peak into the other-worldly realm is a glance into her deeply reflective eyes, a beautiful hint of eternity.

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Marilyn Monroe also has Mars in Pisces.

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So does Ava Gardner.

There is definitely a je-ne-sais-qoi quality to the next couple of months.  Things may pop up that make you open your eyes wider to the greater mysteries of life.  The wonder that comes about from the many holiday lights may be of extra sparkle.

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It is the receptivity of our subjective state of mind that permits the wonder and the beauty to enter and influence our reality.

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“Starry Night” is an example of the celebration of the artist’s subjectivity.  Van Gogh also had Mars in Pisces.

Subjective reality is the home of our feelings.  With Mars traveling through Pisces, emotions that come with this time of year may feel more overwhelming.  One of Pisces biggest challenges is to keep the rivers and tides of emotions flowing healthily.

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Keep the waters of strong feelings flowing by means of acknowledging them, so they can be processed and moved into new states of being.  This is the mutable quality of Pisces, a promise of healing through the willingness to change shape. 

Pay attention to what is nagging at you or what is merely calling you in the next few months.  It is likely tied into a deeper personal connection to the waters above and the waters below.  That is, a deeper connection to all that is unknowable, yet worthy of reflection.  A grander reality, that is based on a willingness to feel.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

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”.

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

To say he is an enigma is quite the understatement when it comes to Johnny Cash.  “The Man in Black” without a doubt lives up to his mysterious nickname.  His words come out straight, with no extraneous descriptive poetics, yet they hit us deep within our soul by way of emotional accuracy.  This man knows pain and suffering, and he strides through that dark territory like the outlaw that he is.

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On to his chart!

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The fist theme that jumps off the page here (always a good place to start) is the EXTREME Neptune/ Pisces energy.  He has his Sun (life energy) conjunct his Mercury (speech and mind) and Mars not far behind (what makes him tick) ALL in sensitive Pisces and all in Pisces’ natural house, the 12th.  The 12th house brings Pisces types of issues into your world- issues like times when you feel vulnerable, overwhelmed, or weak.

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The 12th house can be your own personal prison. A place where you are stuck until you learn that you hold the key to your freedom. Here stands Johnny outside of San Quentin prison, one of the two prisons he famously performed in.

On the higher end this could be times/places that bring feelings of rapture or interconnectedness with all of life.  But suffering is no stranger to the 12th house, and Pisces energy feels everything more sensitively.  Let’s add the very important detail that Neptune itself is EXACTLY opposite his Sun/Mercury- adding one more POWERFUL thrust of vulnerability to this equation.  It’s really unbelievable this set up.  This man is either walking with God or walking with his demons.

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Here at Folsom Prison the climate is one more of rapture than isolation. He’s the man for the job.

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Pisces seeks the rapture. Cash sought this through drug and alcohol addiction as well as religious experiences. Here he is with his good friend the Reverend Billy Graham. He valued this friendship so much that his house in Jamaica featured a “Billy Graham room” with a bed only for Billy.

Instead of cowering in a corner in the face of pain and suffering, Cash puts on a headlamp and marches straight in to the dark trenches of sorrow in search of something true.  This is the spirit of an 8th house Scorpio Moon.  Scorpio is emotional energy that goes deep and craves REALNESS.  The 8th house is the place in life where those things happen, like intimate relationships or offering values (like the messages in his songs) that can be truly SHARED by others.

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Cash faces emotional trouble dead on and transforms (Scorpio) pain into wisdom.

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Another Uranus/Venus Aries example is his spontaneous (Uranus) proposal (Venus) to June Carter in 1968. She tried to deflect his question, as he was a bit high at the time, but he made sure he got an answer (Aries). His unrequited love for June helped him “walk the line”, instead of floating off into obscurity. (Aries verse Pisces).

But there’s more to Cash’s approach.  He’s an outlaw.  Which brings us to his guns-blazing Venus Uranus conjunction.  Venus (personal charm) is fused with Uranus (the rule breaker/ outlaw!) and they are in fiery courageous Aries in the first house (personal style/identity).  This piece of dynamite is squared by Pluto, which blows it up even bigger with empowerment from the 5th house (the house of self expression).

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Cash the outlaw. This picture is worth a thousand words to describe Uranus/Venus in Aries square Pluto.

His Jupiter is in Leo, bringing a restoration of faith through play and spontaneous fun (Leo).  Humor wedges it’s way into the tumultuous terrain of emotional bullets with songs like “A Boy Named Sue”.

So Happy Birthday to The Man in Black!  Hello, he’s Johnny Cash!  Thank you a million times over you beautiful man!

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Cash in his element (Water) outside his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

High skies and deep waters: Frank Sinatra.

Data Deluxe Let’s begin with his Sun, which is in Sagittarius.  His solar energy runs on inspiration, bigness, and optimism.  “If I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere” packs an extreme punch coming from the mouth of this man.  It seeps into our souls and makes us BELIEVE in ourselves and our potentials.  His Mercury is conjunct the Sun, so his words carry forth this uplifting energy.  This conjunction is in the 2nd house of his own values and talents.

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Life is a barrel of laughs when your in the rat pack. Sinatra pictured here with Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. Typical Sagittarius gleefully indulging in a lifestyle of excess (booze and smokes) and living like there’s no tomorrow.

Now let’s look at his Moon.  It’s in dreamy Pisces.  His reigning need is to merge with the mysteries of life.  In this quest he emits a dreaminess.  It’s hard not to immediately call up the Looney Tunes version of him, where he is depicted rail-thin on a stage with all sorts of animals swooning “Frankie!!” and falling to the ground.  They are under his spell.  His Moon is in the 5th house of creative self expression.

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From Looney Tunes, “Swooner Crooner”, this hen is under his spell…. “oh Frankie!”

To emphasize this dreamy component, there is Neptune at the Midheaven.  His public role wrapped up in an ethereal “je ne sais quoi”.  And then there is Jupiter (always highlighted for a Sagittarius) squaring (giving structure to) his Sun, in what sign?  Pisces!  His own optimism and faith (Jupiter) restored by feelings of divine beauty and mystery.

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“Old Blue Eyes” putting forth a look of reverie

Don’t we want to know about his Venus?  With all that charm he displays?  Well let’s talk about it.  It’s in Capricorn AND opposed Saturn, which basically just amps up that Capricorn.  His charm is CLASSIC (Capricorn).  He is threaded into society (Capricorn), as reflected by his MANY connections to politicians (also a Sagittarius theme), mobsters, and hollywood stars.  This Venus is in the third house of communications, putting that charm right where it’s needed, on that golden voice of his.

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Ava Gardner was Sinatra’s second wife, followed by Mia Farrow.

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At Peter Lawford’s house with Marilyn Monroe.

Pisces Moon’s can be very sensitive people.  This may explain him converting to be a republican overnight when JFK snubbed him by choosing Bing Crosby’s house to stay at during a convention instead of his.  He had built a helipad and everything!!  Turns out Bobby Kennedy insisted that John not stay there because of all of Sinatra’s ties to the mob.  Sinatra ended up tearing apart the helipad with a sledgehammer.

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Before the helipad incident these two were chums

On an ending note, Sinatra displays such a gorgeous balance of his Sun and Moon energies, which is something we all strive to do.  There’s a reason why the apparent size of the Sun and Moon are the same from where we stand on Earth.  He has this balance.  His Sagittarius larger than life, filled with inspiration, his Pisces dreamy as the day is long.  That’s why I would like to dub him Frank Sinatra, Piscittariun .

The Crying Game. Water planets and comfortability in expressing emotion.

I was thinking about scenes in movies when I didn’t quite feel the emotion that was being portrayed.  The big one that came to mind was the ending of “Seven” when Brad Pitt is in the cornfield asking Kevin Spacey “what’s in the box??” knowing full well that it is Gwyneth Paltrow’s severed head.

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A bit of a misfire of relatable emotions (IMO)

Believe me, I am not knocking Brad Pitt.  I think he is a tour de force of an actor.  But this scene got me thinking about how some actors seem very natural and easy with expressing vulnerable emotions while others maybe not as much.

Brad Pitt’s chart shows no Water planets (except Neptune).  He is runs mostly on Earth and Fire.  My latest favorite movie with him was “World War Z”, and you better believe he was (in my opinion) EXTREMELY effective at displaying a courageous (Fire) hero who gets the job done (Earth).

I also think Brad Pitt is very effective conveying deep emotions BUT, usually this is done by an UNDERSTATED approach.  A subtle look, or a quick tear up, but NOT a prolonged cry-fest.  A prolonged cry-fest is hard to make look authentic, UNLESS you have some Water planets to help you out.

Everyone has emotions, just like everyone has a Moon their natal chart.  Water planets don’t give people more emotion but they DO (ideally) make EXPRESSING emotion a bit more comfortable and natural.  This is especially true with Scorpio, because Scorpio is all about emotional power and control.

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James Dean let’s the feelings fly with Mars squaring his Scorpio Moon. He is completely comfortable in showing vulnerability which works to set him in a league of his own and pave the way for future actors.

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Leonardo Di Caprio’s 2nd house Scorpio Sun and Scorpio Mars allows him to rely on his resources (2nd house) of emotional power and control (Scorpio). His life energy and driving force (Sun and Mars) dedicated to harnessing this emotional strength.

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Matthew McConaughey has both his Sun and Mercury in Scorpio. Not only does he emote with wild abandon when needed, he also has the habit of taking up character role that talk (Mercury) about the endless mysterious of life (Scorpio)

Compare these Scorpio cry-looks to some Cancer cry-looks.

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Tom Hanks’ Cancer Moon makes us want to hug him and tell him everything will be alright. Cancer emotions being expressed can bring out the “awww” in most of us.

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Even Tom Cruise, with all of his macho roles is a bit of a Teddy Bear when sad thanks to his Cancer Sun.

And finally some Pisces…

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Bruce Willis captures the perfect “Savior-Martyr” emotional look with his thoughtful teary expressions. Sun and Mercury in Pisces.

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On the other end of the Pisces emotional spectrum is that of the “victim” which Jon Hamm displays here (Sun and Mercury in Pisces)

Actors who do not have Water planets, when faced with a role that needs to display emotion will often naturally take a SUBDUED approach.

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George Clooney has no Water planets (except Neptune) but he gets the emotion across with stillness (Taurus Sun) and a perceived stoic groundedness (double Earth).

Or restort to other methods…

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No-Water planeted Al Pacino expresses anger with ease thanks to the Fire in his chart. When it comes to expressing vulnerability a tactic like covering the face can help the awkward process.

Here comes the Sun: Knowing your life energy. Part 2- Water

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 looking at Water energy.

Water energy is emotional and feeling oriented.  This energy is tuned into subtleties like no other.  Water runs the deepest of the four- it is the most inward.  It needs privacy at times to refuel.  Like Earth, it is Yin therefore it is geared more towards receiving than projecting outward.  Water reminds us how much takes place below the surface.

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Water energy runs deep, bringing in elements of the subconscious.

Breaking Water down further into the Modes we get:

Cardinal Water: Cancer.  Cardinal energy INITIATES.  Think about this inward emotional energy and add that concept of initiation and that can bring us naturally to family and early home- where most of our emotional energy was INITIATED.  Cancer energy yearns to attain emotional security.

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Double Cancer, Henry David Thoreau built a home on Emerson’s land where he stayed and wrote “Walden Pond”. He spent his days tuning into a quieter and more simple way of life to better understand society and human development.

Fixed Water: Scorpio.  Fixed energy MAINTAINS.  Now this inward feeling oriented energy is being maintained and we can be brought to the idea sacred emotional unions.  “I like this feeling- I want to keep it.  I want to STAY here and explore”.

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Georgia O’Keefe has Scorpio stellium (cluster of planets) including her Sun and Moon, all on the Ascendant. Her identity (ASC) is very much consumed with deep emotional power, often integrating symbols of death into vivid color schemes. This stellium is opposed by Pluto and Neptune adding a profound (Pluto) transcendental tone (Neptune).

Mutable Water: Pisces.  Mutable energy ADAPTS, CHANGES, and REFINES.  The subtle feeling energy now is ready to adjust and improve hence we are brought to such concepts as compassion and forgiveness.  The sensitivity is refined and reaching always to attain new heights.

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Alexander McQueen has his Sun and Moon in Pisces in the self expressive 5th house. His fashion designs reflect Pisces’ ever evolving rich imagination in search of the sublimely beautiful. His Sun is opposite Pluto bringing in that sense of the profound.

Next post we will explore exciting energy of fire!