We had two significant planetary shifts at the end of last week. Mercury’s stream of thought had been scanning the broadest horizons of Libra, and then vortexed into Scorpio in search of deeper meanings. Venus had been preferring Sagittarian heights and big-picture orientations, but then switched her fancy to Capricorn’s goal-oriented, hard-working point of view. We have moved from broad and high to deep and narrow. There is a theme of focus, more specifically a narrowed focus, to unlock latent powers.
Teilhard de Chardin says that man evolved in such a way with narrowed eyes and freed up limbs so that he could bring his hands to his face in deep concentration. Thus reflective thought was born and the rest is a very interesting history.
But what if when Galileo brought his telescope to his face he saw, among the glittering stars, a pop-up ad for a Chevrolet. What if Thoreau brought an ipad to Walden pond, or Shakespeare concerned himself with a number of ‘follower’? What if candlelight never once bounced upon a word as its ink began to dry?
Modern devices come with a slew of distractions and a narrowed focus becomes ever the more challenging.
On the other hand, imagine if some of these ancient thinkers, scientists and artists had, at their fingertips, a whole library of the noosphere, like we do. Our virtual world is a skeleton key to all kinds of knowledge, ideas and inspiration.
The question becomes how can we use our tools without being used by them? We sure have become adept at bringing our hands to our face but how can we ensure that the original goal of doing this doesn’t get lost in the sauce? This planetary shift is an invitation to find a way back to an evolutionary drive. An awakening of latent powers through the phenomenon of focus.
Libra Season comes to an end this week, the colorful leaves just past their peak- The first half of the week, in a major key, sings a blissful autumn symphony. But by Thursday at the strike of dusk, a new seed emerges from it’s husk, hungering to become more free, the music shifts to a minor key.
Scorpio, the 8th and most enigmatic sign is not satisfied to be just the minor side of the piano- it will take all 88 keys. What more could a power-loving water sign want following Libra, the sign of duality. What has Scorpio learned? Surely not to settle for half of the piano!
Scorpio is hungry for power, it’s consciousness is a merging one, deep waters hold an emerging sun, providing more light from which to see, beyond the scope of just two keys.
Libra’s 7 is bound up in the objective world- in the 7 days of the week, the 7 notes of a scale, and its general airy feeling of luck and openness. Libra lets the scenery do the talking, what does the world speak to you, onlooker? And do you see it’s refreshing sense of order in it’s shapes and patterns?
Armed with the wide and refreshing perspective of Libra, Scorpio scuba dives down into the depths of the innermost life, with an intent, to merge two worlds.
During this Seasonal shift your Libra hot cider sip co-mingles with a glimpse of a giant spider plastered on a door- altering the sweetness to a place more sublime. We are entering the realm of all 88 keys, how might we navigate this terrain with ease, this terrain of infinite possibilities?
French Physiologist Claude Bernard said “Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.” The shift is from the 7 to the 8. From the everyday world of otherness, to an unknowable realm of possibility. The minor key signals the fear of the unknown, as does the eight-legged spider on the door. But we didn’t dive down to the depths to constrict the known- we dove down to expand it.
Relaxing into the abyss, the vision expands. Two worlds. The life of the imagination and the life of the world outside. How can they better serve each other, better enhance each other. What new life can emerge?
Mercury the planet of mind treads mysterious water in Scorpio’s realm of the unknown. Rene Magritte said “The mind loves the unknown.” The trickster is somewhat at home in the unknown. With stream of consciousness magnetized the energy gets galvanized!
Venus moves deeper into Virgo, that second brain called of the gut, the most regenerative place in the body. Her full body thinking is one of leisurely contemplation. She makes a friendly trine to a trio of Capricorn planets; Jupiter Saturn and Pluto. This trio has been hanging near each other for quite some time, perpetuating serious themes of hope, striving and transformation. With the bigger questions and concerns this upcoming week, don’t forget to consult the constantly refreshing oracle, of your gut!
Mars in Aries approaches that Cappy trio with tension instead of ease, making a square aspect, and in retrograde. The Will is likely frustrated and feeling blocked. Remember to train those eyes to synthesize your creative vision with the life your livin’! Build some imagination into your world. As architect Frank Gehry said “You’ve got to bumble forward into the unknown.”
Uranus in Taurus, reawakening to the flow of known to unknown to known
Neptune in Pisces- the churning Seas of what’s unseen
The Moon begins the week a waxing Crescent in spirited Sagittarius, who’s knowingness comes from the heights of enthusiasm. A growing Sagittarius Moon is an invitation to feel that spirited sensation of heights, whether in the moment, in the memory, or in the imagination, and become accustomed to it, as your faith-filled steed!
By Wednesday she matures into Capricorn, the planet of constriction, of focus and maturity. This Moon, at dusk will welcome in the New Scorpion King. Confront any troubles with the wisdom of all 88 keys. As Niels Bohr said, “Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.”
By Friday and through most of the weekend, an Aquarian Moon browns beyond its first quarter. The Aquarian Age upon us in the Season of infinite change, this Moonlight will highlight that full piano range. How can you get started, on expanding the known?
By Sunday evening, as Mercury closes in on the Sun, a Pisces Moon sets sail. The trickster of mind lit up with Neon Scorpio Sunshine, and the Pisces Moon is blissfully happy to make poetry of whatever it finds. Beyond the land of opposites, into the realm of something else. Do you know anything of this realm? Isn’t that you at the quantum sea ship’s helm?
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.
First stop, the human body, specifically the circulatory system.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
So some of Copper’s themes have to do with electricity, and this rather pretty light green tint.
Venus points to the blue blood and the green color that copper turns. Where else do we see blue and green?
Earth demonstrates magnificent beauty especially when it’s left alone (Venus). National Parks are an excellent example of this.
Venus knows how to let nature BE her order. She knows to listen, to notice, to meet and behold.
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.
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.
But what happens when they get there? What does the Wizard say?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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…
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.
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.
On to his chart!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
James Dean, the epitome of cool. Let’s have a look at some key components that carve out this coolness, shall we? #1. You never know what he’s going to do. Dean has Uranus tightly conjunct his Ascendant, fusing his identity (Ascendant) with a rebellious and contrarian spirit (Uranus). He’s just DIFFERENT (Uranus again) than the other actors of his time- or anytime! Watching him brings about an awareness of a wild unpredictability (Uranus). I remember seeing a scene from “East of Eden” (my favorite of his 3 movies) where James Dean and the other actor are in a locker room discussing the lucrative prospective of growing beans. The one actor is very focused on what he is saying, meanwhile Dean is kind of hopping all around the locker room, climbing up on benches and down again and at times zeroing in close on the other actor’s personal space. At one of these invasively close moments the other actor exclaims (in a very natural reactive way) “don’t get so close I’ll get all hot again!”. I would put good money down saying that that line is NOT in the script. I could be wrong but I doubt it. The point being that Dean doesn’t care. He doesn’t care if he is making the other actor uncomfortable, or jeopardizing the script, or coming across a little looney. He is being natural to his own whims, like a child, without being irritating (maybe a little bit to that actor).
#2. He knows his influences. Before Dean was famous he was writing letters upon letters to Marlon Brando. He was enchanted by Brando in every way. Brando rode a motorcycle so Dean rode a motorcycle. Brando dressed in jeans and white T-shirts so Dean dressed in jeans and white T-shirts. Brando played the bongos so Dean played the bongos. The emulating got to be so much that Brando wrote HIM a letter saying “You have to be YOU, not ME”. But Dean knew that what Brando was doing was starting a new wave in human culture (Brando is a double Aries, a pioneer). James Dean has an Aquarius Sun in the eleventh, which is the house naturally associated with Aquarius. Aquarius seeks to identify itself by challenging the status quo, and seeking other like-minded people. The eleventh is the field of life where those like-minded relationships take place. It’s interesting to wonder if there would have been a James Dean had there been no Brando.
#3. He shows his vulnerable side. As stated in a previous post “The Crying Game: Water planets and the comfortability in expressing emotion” James Dean has his Moon in deep and mysterious feeling-oriented Scorpio. When he cries, the audience FEELS it. It’s REAL. The beginning of “Rebel Without A Cause” features Dean falling down drunk on the street next to a wind-up toy monkey. As the credits roll, he plays around with the monkey and it quickly becomes a deep emotional connection between the two of them. The monkey amuses him with it’s wind-up talents and then Dean tucks him in with a ratty newspaper “blanket” and a party ribbon trash thing for a pillow. He makes sure the monkey is comfortable and then he snuggles up as close to it as he can get. The sweetness comes across SO genuine! It’s the first 5 seconds of the movie and he’s already won our hearts!! And yes, he improvised the whole bit, as the cast and crew stared on with admiration.
#4. He shows a strong sense of personal authority. Astrologer Caroline Casey, author of “Making the Gods Work for You” (get it get!!) talks about how the word “cool” is derived from the Yoruba word which originally meant “responsible”. “Cool-headed” meant that that person took care of what he should. Like Babe Ruth with his leaf of cabbage under his ball cap. Keeping cool-headed so he can hit the home runs. This is Saturn talk. Saturn is authority, which starts with inner authority. Self composure, steadiness, a sureness in what you say and do. James Dean has a very powerful Saturn in the 10th house of career (the house naturally associated with Saturn). It is in Capricorn (the SIGN naturally associated with Saturn) and it is opposed (bringing in a full awareness of) the powers of Pluto. Anything Pluto touches in empowered, or it is wounded UNTIL it is empowered.
Happy Birthday, James Dean. A true rebel with a deep and mysterious heart, forever cool.
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.
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.
Compare these Scorpio cry-looks to some Cancer cry-looks.
And finally some 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Next post we will explore exciting energy of fire!
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.
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.
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).