Venus and the Virtues of Negativity

Ladies and gents we are about to explore the mysterious functions of Venus, a.k.a Aphrodite.  Alchemically she is linked to the metal copper.  Her reputation revolves around love and beauty.

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All aboard!

First stop, the human body, specifically the circulatory system.

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Hmm.. strange first stop but okay.  In this picture of the human circulatory system we see that we are all red and blue inside.

In the last post we talked about how Mars, a.k.a iron is what makes the blood red when it combines with oxygen (iron as hemoglobin).  It is this oxygenated red blood that travels through the arteries and nourishes all of our organs.

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What is all the blue then?

Quite simply the blue blood is now WITHOUT oxygen because the organs have used it all up.  It now travels through the veins back to the heart where it will become oxygenated again through our breath (and that hemoglobin!)

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Ok but where does she fit in?  This is a post about Venus?

Let’s start with her name, Venus.  Quite similar to the word VEIN is it not?  And for that matter Mars sounds more like ARtery.

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In the same way, Adam uses Mars’ letters and Eve uses Venus’ letters

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Ram is practically the word Mars backwards (as well as it’s zodiac-associated symbol)  And EWE is Eve with a small middle letter adjustment!

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Eve, ewe and now ELE.  ELEctricity is conducted most often through Venus’ signature metal, copper.

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MAgnetism is found in MArs’ signature metal iron by means of the magnetized iron ore attracting to it more iron.

Back to the blood..  it seems to be an intuitive understanding that Mars and red blood go hand in hand.  Less intuitive is Venus’ blue blood, the blood that is WITHOUT oxygen.

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ELEctric lightning produces NEGATIVE ions in the air.  Negative ions are said to produce numerous health benefits mostly by relaxing the body and bringing it back into balance

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Ah.. back into balance.  This is beginning to sound like me.

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Water falls and infrared saunas are other places where negative ions are found.  Can you not feel the affects just by looking at this image?

Venus is introducing the principle of PASSIVITY and RESTORATION (negativity without it’s bad connotations).  It seeks balance by being passive.  It trusts in nature and knows there is an order more divine here than anything we could actively cook up ourselves (leave that to Mars!).

Let’s talk a little more about it’s signature metal, Copper.

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Here is our Lady of Liberty displaying copper in all it’s beauty when it oxidizes in salty air and turns green.  For the Ellis Island immigrants she looked shiny and bright copper-colored.

So some of Copper’s themes have to do with electricity, and this rather pretty light green tint.

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Therefore we can see her strange and mysterious signature here in the Northern Lights.  Mars’ lodestone will point towards this.  Mars being attracted to Venus.

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Here she is in a firefly

Venus points to the blue blood and the green color that copper turns.  Where else do we see blue and green?

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Everywhere on our home planet Earth!

Earth demonstrates magnificent beauty especially when it’s left alone (Venus).  National Parks are an excellent example of this.

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Venus doing what she does best: nothing.

Venus knows how to let nature BE her order.  She knows to listen, to notice, to meet and behold.

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She knows how to befriend by not imposing any will upon the other.  This photo is from Argentina’s extreme and controversial petting zoo.  In 2 decades there have been no reports of the animals lashing out to the humans.  The zoo owners claim that all they do for these animals is make sure they are comfortable and well-fed.

Our bodies are constantly sending electrical messages from our brain to various body parts.  Electricity is needed to make anything happen, from blinking our eyes to making ourselves a sandwich.  Electrical signals happen when the cells switch from a negative charge to a positive charge.

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The natural resting state of your cells is negativity, a.k.a Venus.  Leave the action to Mars (positivity)

Once again I will bring in the Wizard of Oz because I simply can’t help it.  The Emerald City looks a lot like the northern lights married the Statue of Liberty.  Not only that but like the North Pole, it serves as center of attraction of which our heroes and heroine are pulled towards.

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We’re off to see the Wizard!

But what happens when they get there?  What does the Wizard say?

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He tells them they already have what they are looking for.  They don’t need to do ANYTHING except realize it.  Venus has spoken.

In closing, Venus teaches us the virtues of negativity and how non-doing can restore and bring back balance.  It is a side of life that is often ignored, especially in our fast paced modern society.  We can consciously feel the blissful effects of negativity by sitting by running water and soaking up those negative ions, or noticing the peace that is felt after a rainstorm.  Another fun tip, beeswax candles also emit negative ions.

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To the bees, thank you for being a friend.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!

When we say the word genius, Einstein is easily one of the first people that enters most of our minds.  In this post we are going to examine the possible signatures of “genius” in Einstein’s chart as well as look deeper into what that word really means. In astrology, one of the first planets that jumps in to be associated with “genius” is Uranus.  Uranus is the lightning bolt that infuses us with electricity, intensifies what it touches and is considered the higher octave of Mercury (mind).

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What lightning bolt?

Basically, the planets that serve as higher octaves take PERSONAL drives (inner planets) and make them TRANSPERSONAL drives (outer planets).  Venus the planet of love finds it’s higher octave in Neptune, the planet of DIVINE love.  Mars the planet of the will finds it’s higher octave in Pluto, the planet of DIVINE will.  Mercury the planet of mind finds it’s higher octave in Uranus, our DIVINE mind.  The universal mind.  The vast reservoir of knowledge that we are all connected to as human beings.

Another planet that needs to be mentioned when we talk about a genius is Jupiter.  Jupiter is associated with learning, as is the 9th house.  Jupiter (and Sagittarius, which it rules) is built to take leaps of faith and connect different concepts together to find MEANING.  Einstein has a strong Jupiter because it is in the 9th house and it rules his Sagittarius Moon.  So Einstein’s driving need in life (Moon) is to connect certain dots and find meaning.  His Jupiter takes on a strong Uranian tone (genius) as it is in Aquarius (which is ruled by Uranus) AND opposed by Uranus.  Uranus is intensifying his planet of faith and broad leaps of understanding.

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“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or call it what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” Spoken like a true Uranian-Jupiterian!

Einstein’s Mercury (mind) is in forward moving Aries and conjunct Saturn, the planet of seriousness and hard work.  His mind is built to take on a lot.  It’s ready for hard work.

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His mind is up for the task with Saturn conjunct Mercury in fiery Aries.

His Sun (life energy) is in Pisces, the sign that is tuned like no other into SUBTLETIES.  Pisces energy feels and intuits.  It seeks to flow with the internal rhythm of nature and surrender to it.  To run effectively it seeks divine beauty.

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Pisces seeks to absorb vast beauty and grow from it.

Remember, Pisces is ruled by Neptune, DIVINE beauty, the higher octave of Venus, beauty.  Einstein is famous for playing the violin when he found himself stumped by his studies.  The immersion into the right brain of creativity (Venus and Neptune) by playing his music would lead to a breakthrough (Uranus) of understanding (Jupiter).  It’s interesting to note that the only aspect his understanding-seeking Sagittarius Moon makes is a trine (support) from his violin-playing Venus.

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin. What else does a man need to be happy?” -Einstein

Finally I would like to tie in a wonderful insight provided by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray Love” in her TED talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”. http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en

In it she talks about the fact that in ancient Greece and ancient Rome people believed that creativity came from a divine source and was not something wired into the individual themselves.  The relationships that you cultivated with this source led to your ability to express creativity.  People used to say I “have” a genius, and it wasn’t until the Renaissance came, where all of the attention was placed on the individual being the center of everything that people started saying I “am” a genius.  She speaks about the advantages of keeping that psychological distance between you and your “genius” when it comes to our own creative endeavors.  She explains that the myth of the genie in the lamp is representative of this truth.  Setting your genie (genius) free, as in not identifying with it leads to it working better.  I recommend watching the full TED talk, very interesting IMO..

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Free your genius from the captivity of yourself! Let it resume it’s rightful place OUTSIDE, where you can establish a relationship with it.

Einstein sure seemed to have this sacred distance established within himself.   Here are some more quotes:

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.”

“I have no special talent.  I am only passionately curious”

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

Happy Birthday to you Einstein, and your radiant genius!

The close relationship of the heart and mind (Sun and Mercury)

I have a simian crease on my dominant hand.  For those who don’t know, that is one line across the palm of the hand instead of two.  It’s a blending of the head and the heart line.  Every now and then I zone out on it and certain questions start to percolate.

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Does my mind blend well with my heart?  Do my feelings always match my words?  It’s a lovely idea that the head and the heart should be so entwined.  I would guess that life would feel like a waltz that you knew all of the steps to.  In astrology the Sun rules the heart and Mercury rules the mind.  It’s interesting that Mercury is never 28 degrees farther away from the Sun.  Therefore many people have their Mercuries in the same sign as their Sun.  Is it easier for these people to find that happy balance between mind and heart?

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Mercury, aka Hermes is the winged messenger in mythology. Does a healthy balance of mind and heart result in a genuine lightheartedness?

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Babies don’t have their minds working enough yet to struggle with that imbalance so they are naturally light-hearted.

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The challenge is to get from being a light-hearted baby to here, after all that life throws at you.

My Sun is in Leo but my Mercury is in Virgo and I definitely feel the little tug of war between these energies within me.  I have an early memory that echoes through my soul where I was so eager to show off (Leo) that I knew the word that the teacher was writing on the board.  “I know what that says!  I know what that says!”  and the teacher said “Tess, don’t—” because she wanted the other kids to sound it out, but I didn’t heed her warning and blurted out “JILL!”.  The teacher let out a sigh of frustration and that’s when my Mercury in Virgo took over.  In my head I was mortified at my know-it-all behavior.  Where’s my humility??  My Virgo mind needed that I maintain humility but my Leo heart wanted to go for the gold!  This is a theme that has repeated itself many times over in my life.

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These guys want peace not war!

Mercury also rules the lungs.  This ties mind into speech as well as connectivity with all living things.  The air we breath today is the same air that was breathed by Nostradamus and Shakespeare.  In the human body the lungs and the heart are VERY intimately connected just like the Sun and Mercury.  As I learned in my Medical Assistant training class,  the blood is blue when it enters the heart’s first chamber because it has no oxygen.  After it fills up the first two chambers of the heart it goes directly into the lungs where it becomes oxygenated and RED (!) then back into the heart’s last two chambers where it is sent through the aorta to deliver this oxygen to the rest of the body.  Pretty amazing…

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The veins bring the blue blood back into the heart, where the lung dance happens and the arteries deliver the red blood back through the body.

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A closer look at the blue and red heart. The pulmonary arteries and veins connect the heart and lungs. Major organ intimacy!

Is your natal Mercury in the same sign as your natal Sun or in a different one?  If understanding these relationships better can help facilitate a lighter heart, I think that is reflection well spent. YakYucks

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!