Virgo Wisdom from Virgoan People

In celebration of Virgo Season, it couldn’t hurt to hear a few words from those who were born under strong influence of the Virgin.

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Leonard Cohen’s Virgo Sun sits right on the Ascendant.  His Venus also in Virgo melds with Neptune in the ethereal 12th house.  Humility of character, and a willingness to be thorough is quintessential Virgoan wisdom.

 

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D.H. Lawrence’s Virgo Sun conjuncts Jupiter, the planet of philosophy and overall pattern-seeing.  His words here clue us into the wisdom of selectivity, a Virgo virtue.

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Ingrid Bergman has her Sun, Venus and Mercury in Virgo, with Leo Rising.  Virgo’s capacity to completely identify herself with her chosen skill is represented by her statement above.  Leo Rising would likely find much satisfaction in the skill of acting.

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Richard Gere’s Virgo Sun conjuncts Saturn, the planet of commitment.  His words here show the power of Virgo being made of mutable earth.  Tangible, actual change is available to anyone who chooses to seek it.  The Virgin is always in a state of self-refinement.

 

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Joan Jett’s Sun is saturated in the late degrees of Virgo.  Her words show a clear stamp of the Virgin’s delight in identifying whole-heartedly with her chosen craft.

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Murder mystery Queen Agatha Christie’s Sun sits bright in her first house, along with Saturn and a Virgo Ascendant.  She is dedicated (Saturn) to a simple and practical Virgoan approach of method and logic to make things happen for her.

Do you have Virgo planets in you chart?  Even if you don’t, this sign falls somewhere in your natal chart, and that somewhere is current path of the Sun.  Let the Virgin inspire and guide you this season.  You’re bound to encounter some humble, helpful, powerful new knowledge.

Happy Virgo Season!

Virgo Season is Here!

It is the month of September, where the roar of the summer lion begins to fade and the air becomes a bit crisper.  Students head back to school with sharpened pencils and fleshed out schedules.  It is the month of the Harvest, where in true Virgo-fashion, crops are gathered and sorted to be stored for the long winter ahead.

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The Virgin prepares for times ahead by organizing her resources.

Virgo paves the way for Libra to usher in the Autumnal Equinox later in the month, when for a brief moment, day and night are equal before night claims the upper hand.

Virgo season is here.  The question is, what does this mean for you?

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Virgo: what a difference a day makes

Each sign of the zodiac has it’s guideline-oriented gifts as well as it’s “watch outs”.  The gifts are often ignored in poor Virgo, so today we are going to explore them and give them there full dues!

Always smart to begin in the body.

Virgo is associated in the small intestine (the gut).  This is the central location of the MICROBIOME, a truly fascinating subject.

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Microbiota are the trillions of bacterial organisms that live within our body.  The whole community of these bacteria is called the microbiome.

These microbial cells even outnumber our human cells, so we might be MORE microbe than we are human!

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The weight of all of these microbes together weighs about 3 pounds, the same amount as our brain!

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The microbial genes in our body outnumber our own DNA genes by 100 to one!

We are covered head to toe with these microbes, but the vast majority of them are in the gut.  The gut-brain is truly a second brain as it’s many neurons that are embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal system are influenced by the same neurotransmitters of the brain itself.  The brain influences the gut-brain and vice versa.

For example a nervous though that arises in the brain can cause butterflies in the gut.  On the flip side the gut will majorly influence the brain’s mood as it’s microbes produce many neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA.

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So how is the archetype of Virgo so important with the human microbiome?

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For starters, Virgo is associated with diet.

The word “diet” is derived from the Greek word “diaita”, which means “way of living“.  It points more towards a daily way of life than a strict code of food groups.  Hence, Virgo is also associated with daily work and routine.

Here is what I find interesting:

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The average lifespan of a microbe is only 20 minutes.  Each day, each meal, each food we eat is an opportunity to nourish our humble microbes.

Most people are familiar with probiotic foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut that encourage gut health, but less familiar is the very important prebiotic food group.

Prebiotic foods, like bananas, onions, leeks and asparagus,  are a type of starch that doesn’t break down as quickly and thus survives further down the digestive track to nourish the beneficial bacteria.

Interestingly enough, wheat, the grain always depicted with the Virgin, is a prebiotic food.

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In North America, wheat makes up 70 percent of a person’s prebiotic food intake.

With wheat feeding the microbes and the microbes being what we mostly ARE, the phrase “staff of life” begins to take on a deeper resonance.

The Greeks and the Romans knew Virgo as the goddess of wheat, or the harvest.  This is a humble goddess who dutifully tends to the needs of the land.

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What needs to be tended in order to grow good crops?  The soil of course!  And what do we find in the soil?

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Our friends the microbes!!

There is a saying that real farmers grow soil and not crops.  The microbes in the soil help decompose organic plant matter and then recycle them to be used as plant energy with nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen.

Chemical fertilizers cause bacteria to die and supply the nitrogen and phosphorus directly.  Biofertilizers, as used in organic farming, do not supply chemicals in favor of using our live microbial friends to do natures work.

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With modern agriculture techniques such as chemical fertilizers and genetic engineering, the healthy microbes of our soil has taken a beating.  The soil of the earth is the same concept of the lining of our guts.  Both need healthy microbes to be honored as they truly do run the show.

The grains that used to be the staff of life are turning on some of us (myself included!) and causing all sorts of immune issues.

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No wonder gluten free diets are becoming so popular!

But we can still turn to the Virgin for guidance in these matters.

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Virgo is humble and would never seek to dominate her sacred soil with the use of chemicals or genetic engineering.

So for those of us who seem to react poorly to modern wheat we must strive a little harder to incorporate the dietary lessons of the Virgin.

Virgo needs us to respect and nourish our humble microbes!

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Incorporate prebiotic food everyday as a way of life!

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Get dirty as it improves our skin microbiome!

A little food each day that nourishes are microbes.  A little prebiotic food everyday goes a long way to improving our health.

Improving the gut improves our mood and improves our brain which improves our decisions which improve our lives!

Virgo takes small steps.

Until next time!

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The Virgoan Mind of Howard Hughes

Today we are going deep into the astrological makings of a very complex man.  Ladies and gentleman, I give you Howard Hughes!

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This man claims to have been born on Christmas Eve but his baptist records put him on the more mundane date of September 24.  With balanced features like his (not to mention all the women and the charm) it is no surprise that he is in truth, a Libra.

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Note: this is an equal house chart (where each house is an equal 30 degrees).  For anyone that is strictly Placidus or whatever else I say don’t worry!  The big themes of a chart always find a way of making themselves known no matter what system you use..  I am not insistent on this house-system I just find it the easiest to understand.

The first thing that really draws my eye into his chart is that Mercury at the very bottom of the chart.  It is in Virgo (the ever over-analyzing, perfecting and exacting scrutinizer) and it is under some serious pressure.

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DiCaprio gave a very compelling performance as Hughes in Scorceses’ “The Aviator”.  Here he gives us an excellent glimpse of Hughes’ Mercury in Virgo (extreme focus on precision).

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Howard Hughes seems to have acquired the brunt of his OCD from his mother, who used to scrub him clean all through his childhood and teach him to be afraid of germs.

His Mercury is found at the bottom of the chart right on the 4th house cusp.  This is the place in the chart that is associated with the Mother and early childhood (because it is the house that is connected to the sign of Cancer).

Mercury is the planet associated with our thinking.  It is always listening and responding to our environment (like DNA!)

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The caduceus (symbol associated with Mercury) look like the double-helix of DNA.  Information in and information out.

Hughes Mercury (thinking) is under pressure from both Mars and Pluto via the square aspect (an aspect of 90 degrees).  So let’s meet the personal “bullies” of Hughes’ mind!

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Hughes’ Mars is in the expanding and daring fiery sign of Sagittarius.  His masculinity and motivations (Mars) are tied to travel and spirited adventure (Sag).

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Like no other sign, Sagittarius says “Go big or go home!”.  This picture of his highly ambitious “Spruce Goose” sums that up pretty well.  It still remains the largest airplane made to date.

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Here he goes big again with a specialized bra for MAXIMUM exposure of Russell’s large bozooms!

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Hell’s Angels cost more money than any other movie made during that time. Going big baby! Mars in Sag!

Mars is energy!  It is motivation and stress.  The stuff that propels life along.  Hughe’s Mars is located in the 7th house of relationships.  It’s a common know fact that Hughes did “go (very) big” in the dating field.

Hughes was infamously entangled with a bevy of beautiful starlets.  The glitz and glamour would satisfy his Venus in Leo as well as his Moon in Leo.  Venus for a man will point to something he is drawn to in a woman.  The Moon points to an emotional hunger that we yearn to satiate. This is also connected to the mother and early life.

It’s interesting to think of all of that OCD doting that his mother did for him was still a form of constant attention.  Hughes was known to be a hypochondriac in childhood to secure the constant attention of his parents, both of whom died within his later teenage years.  Hughes went to court and bought out the rest of the family for the inheritance and became a billionaire.

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This side of him points to his Saturn in Aquarius near the top of the chart.  Ambitious (Saturn) eccentricity (Aquarius).

Ok, so back to the pressure on his Virgoan mind.

Let’s meet the next “bully”, the ever secretly-up-to-something Pluto.  And as a side note, these “bullies” are not inherently bad, they are just motivators.  The aspect of the square suggests that it’s a bit more challenging for Hughes.

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Hughes has Pluto in Gemini (the sign associated thinking) and it sits in his first house of personality right near the Ascendant (amplifying it’s noticeable presence).  His free-wheeling Mars is off gallivanting with women (in the 7th) and putting off a big public image (7th) but when we are looking at just Hughes (1st house), without the public, without the starlets, something else emerges.  Something we can see here in his eyes.

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Pluto is the deep water.  For Hughes the deep water is noticeable right off the bat because it is so close to his Ascendant (the way one “dawns” on others).

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His Pluto is in Gemini, the thinking sign.  The depth that comes forth from Hughes is very mental.

Pluto motivates in a very hidden way.  In Gemini this may take the form of always seeking mental stimulus, and variety of thought.  It lies opposite of the Mars in the 7th house of relationships so we can expect to find a lot of variety there too (and there sure was!).

Pluto is like a rabbit hole.  It’s job is to constantly renew us and purify us through emotional purging.  Hughes’ rabbit hole was so very mental, so full of variety and choices.  For a mind that is suited towards precision and order (Mercury in Virgo) this influx of variety might have been a bit overwhelming.

It would have been nice to see Hughes’ Virgo mind take the Virgoan modest approach to these heavy-weight bullies.  To humbly (Virgo) take things in stride and be aware of his own tendency to over-worry (Virgo pitfall).  We can bring so much peace back to our psyches with a bit of awareness.  This is the department where the horoscope truly shines as a tool.  It serves us to give ourselves a break and be on the lookout for unhealthy habits!

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Like saving our pee in glass bottles.

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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 1- Earth.

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 quick look at Earth energy.

Earth energy is practical and sensual.  It is naturally tuned into solid reality.  It is also more body conscious.  With Earth energy comes a likely ability to stay grounded in the face of chaos.  There is often a need to make things manifest on a physical level.  Like Water, Earth is Yin, so there is a natural inwardness to it.

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Earth is physical, tangible, and everywhere we look.

Breaking the Earth signs further down into their modes we get:

Cardinal Earth: Capricorn.  Cardinal INITIATES.  Think of the above description of Earth energy and add the concept of INITIATION to better understand Capricorn.

I will give examples with some “doubles” below (Sun and Moon in same sign).  Doubles are fun to study because the archetype of the sign is often made more visible.

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Double Capricorn James Earl Jones has both these planets in the first and Saturn on the ASC (Saturn is the planet associated with Capricorn). His identity (first) is composed of authoritative, self composed energy (Capricorn).

Fixed Earth: Taurus.  Fixed signs MAINTAIN.  With Earth energy now add the concept of MAINTAINING to better understand Taurus.

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Sex-kitten dancer/actress, Ann Margaret has everything in sensual, body oriented Taurus and in the 12th. She seeks an ideal (12th) in celebrating her body and her physicality (Taurus)

Mutable Earth: Virgo.  Mutable signs ADAPT, CHANGE and REFINE.  Add these concepts to Earth energy to better understand Virgo.

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Like Jones, Sean Connery also has Saturn on the ASC (authoritative identity) but his Sun and Moon are in Virgo and in the 8th. He has been very valued by others (8th) in playing the most iconic of all the James Bonds with his appealing and unassuming (Virgo) style that embraces neatness and precision (Virgo)

In the next post we will explore the Sun signs that run on Water energy.

Lauren Bacall’s sultry third house Virgo Sun

When you think of Lauren Bacall what is the first thing that comes to mind?  You might say Bogart, sure.  You might say extraordinary beauty of course.  But MIGHTN’T you say THAT VOICE?

Impossibly low and sultry, smooth as ice cream, when she says that famous line “You know how to whistle right?”, we KNOW it is sending Bogie’s stomach into knots because it is doing the exact same thing to ours.  And it’s all in that voice.

Bacall has her Virgo Sun (energy oriented towards exactness, humility and perfection) in the third house (the house of communication).  Not only that, but she also has her natal Mercury (communication needs/style) in Virgo as well and also in the third, further highlighting this anchoring in her voice.

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Bacall’s chart

They say that something around 90% of communication in nonverbal.  Putting that powerful voice aside for a moment let’s take a look at her one of her infamous mannerisms: her chin held down when she spoke.  Such a gesture truly embodies humility, letting her essence shine through (Virgo Sun).  The best part is- this mannerism was born because she had such a crush on Bogart that early on (while filming “To Have and Have Not”) when they shared dialogue her head would shake.  The director finally coached her to hold her head down.

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Bacall’s signature look with her head tilted down

But don’t be fooled, Bacall is not all humility.  This energy serves a 10th house Aries Moon.  Her emotional needs (Moon) are to be the best (Aries) in this big world of ours (10th house).  She embodies a much needed at the time new female archetype.  One that asserts, and is brave, and ready to jump into the danger (all Aries traits).

She was raised by a single mother to whom she credits a lot of this determination to (the mother is reflected in our Moon’s sign and placement).  “I grew up believing that women had the upper hand, got things done, and were listened to” she is quoted.  “It’s women I admire more for character, honesty, daring, courage.”  Aries Moon in the tenth.

It was hard to say goodbye to this humble ball of fire this year.  We were lucky to have her.

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Below are a few more examples of third house Suns and their powerful voices.

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Marley’s third house Sun shines bright in the very humanitarian sign of Aquarius

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Brilliant astrologer, Noel Tyl has rectified Cleopatra’s chart putting her Cancer Sun in the third. She is rumored to have the most seductive voice in history.

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Jim Carrey’s loaded third house includes his earthy and body oriented Capricorn Sun as well as his Mercury Jupiter conjunction (voluble speech) in strange Aquarius.

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Mick Jagger’s third house Sun is aflame in Leo and conjunct Jupiter and Pluto (making it bigger and more powerful)

The wonderful 8th house Scorpio Moon of Jimmy Fallon

Again and again when I tune into The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon I am struck by the magic that happens between him and his guests. There is a true sense of child’s play, like they are actually getting lost in the fun- something you just don’t see ordinarily.

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Fallon’s chart

With a Virgo Sun in the 7th, (as well as just about everything else) he is naturally tuned into the balance that takes place during social exchange.  This is highlighted by a very strong Venus on the 7th cusp.  The Virgo energy settles into an comfortable groove of humility and makes sure to not waste anyone’s time. Add in his Scorpio Moon and we have all of this precise social energy fueling the emotional need to merge with others, to get deep together.

His Scorpio Moon is in the 8th house which pretty much puts the word Scorpio in neon lights because it is the natural ruler of the 8th. Opposite the 2nd house (what I have) the 8th house is what WE have. With Fallon, it’s what he AND Jake Gyllenhaal have when they play a card game of war where the winner gets to dump a glass of water on the loser. It’s what he AND Blake Shelton have when they go face to face in a karaoke battle.

We are watching delightful social alchemy (another 8th house word). And it’s interesting to see such lightness in a moon sign/placement so commonly associated with dark and brooding characteristics.

His Sun/Moon blend is a double yin- earth and water. I see this reflected in his tendency to not have to LEAD his guests too much. He is more about REACTING to them, and RECEIVING their energy, not dominating it. There is a real natural relaxation that is brought forth this way.

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“Evolution of Hip-Hop Dance” with Will Smith

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Somersaulting with Heidi Klum

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He seems to truly love his guests. It’s a far reaching non judging open armed kind of love. Very fitting to his Jupiter in Pisces on the Ascendant. His own personal reward (Jupiter) being ignited in expressing (Ascendant) all-accepting love (Pisces).

Clearly I’m a fan of the show.