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.

 

 

 

 

Freud and Jung. A chart comparison.

Today we are looking at a comparison between the chart of Carl Jung and that of Sigmund Freud.  I felt compelled to look further into their similarities and differences when I noticed that they both had 7th house Suns.  The 7th house stands for “the other”, and it often gets it’s reputation on the “marriage house”.  But “the other” is also so entirely bound up in our projections, which both of these men spent much of their lives studying.  Does having a seventh house Sun put you in an easier position to accept this concept of projection because you are less bound up in your own identity (1st house)?  Perhaps there is more wiggle room in the seventh, and you can see through the facade of your own illusions when it comes to how you perceive another person.

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Jung’s Leo Sun is exactly conjunct the descendant. It may look like it’s in the 6th but it is in the 7th, and how.

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Freud’s Taurus Sun is in the 7th, also conjunct the descendant (heightening the 7th house themes)

It stands to reason that such a comfortability in this could bring about much curiosity.  Curiosity would be no stranger to Freud’s Gemini Moon, and again no stranger to Jung’s third house Moon (the house naturally associated with Gemini).  These men have questions that seek answers.

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Freud was very focused on sex, seeing it as the ultimate reason why anybody does anything.  He has Scorpio rising (the sign most associated with sex) and an eight house Moon (the house most associated with sex, and death, and psychotherapy!).  His Moon is in Gemini, so he seeks a lot of stimulus, and wants facts.  His Taurus energy will stand behind these facts like a Sumo wrestler.  Just look at the expression on his face!

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Every picture I came across of Freud had a similar expression to this one. His words (Gemini) are firm (Taurus).

Jung saw the libido as not just a means for sexual gratification (as Freud saw it) but rather as a well of psychic energy that could be used in a variety of ways, including the creative drive.  Jung’s Mercury (mind) is in inward Cancer and conjunct Venus (creativity).  This is a quieter mind, a mind that is naturally more in touch with the feminine (Venus) and therefore more attuned to mystery and things hidden (feminine).  His Leo energy vitalizes this standpoint, blazing a well lit path into the unknown.  This mission seems to fill him with visible delight.  His ultimate emotional drive is a sense of solid ground (Taurus) in matters of the mind (third house).

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Nearly every picture of Jung features this held back grin. His work infusing his Leo spirit to bask in his own radiance.

In the natal chart, the libido is represented by the planet Mars.  Both of these men have Mars in the eleventh house, which is a Succedent (security seeking) house that is naturally associated with the sign Aquarius (the most intellectual of the air signs).  Thus, the eleventh house represents where we seek intellectual security.  For both of these men, the libido is very involved in their intellectual pursuits.

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Jung has his Mars in far reaching ever-philosophizing Sagittarius.  It is naturally associated with his Jupiter which is in Libra (balance and beauty-seeking) and in the 8th house (in places hidden, the occult).  Sagittarius is a mutable sign, and it will seek to change and reinvent itself again and again.  Jung famously studied alchemy, and astrology to a lesser extent, incorporating the metaphors of these occult practices into his therapeutic work.   He also commonly had patients make their own personal mandalas, a practice used by many ancient cultures including Buddhism, Hinduism and Native American, to better understand their emotional disorders and put them on a path towards inner wholeness.

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A mandala painting by Jung. He saw mandalas as a means to meditate back to your natural center, where the Self can be found. The Self is our true nature, beyond what is conscious in our egos.

 Freud’s libido is another story.  It is in the sign of balance-seeking Libra, which is associated with the planet Venus.  Here is where it gets interesting.  Freud has QUITE a lot of Venusian themes in his chart.  He has all that Taurus (ruled by Venus) in the 7th house (also associated with Venus) and now we see that he has a Libra Mars.  Taurus is related to Venus in a visceral, carnal way, as in “this cake tastes good” or “nice legs!”.  Libra is related to Venus in a more social and graceful way, as in “shall we have some cake?” or “thank you for that compliment”.   Ok, so what we want to know now is WHO is Freud’s Venus???

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Freud is famous for introducing the Oedipus complex, where a patient has sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex.  His Venus is conjunct the North Node and in the service-oriented 6th house.  The North Node is connected to our dharma, the things that we do in life that feel like we are traveling on our rightful higher path.  However, the Nodes are ALSO highly connected to the concept of MOTHER.  Freud’s Venus (projections of women) is naturally bound up in the concept of mother!  The Oedipus complex likely has an exceptional resonance with this man.  His Venus is in Aries, which ties it right back to his libido (Mars)!

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Jung has Aquarius rising, which is associated with strong intellect as well as breaking rules.  His dabbling with esoteric teachings made him somewhat of an outcast (Aquarius) amongst his peers.  He has Saturn (the planet of inner authority) in the first house (identity) in Aquarius.  His intellectual inner authority is blown up with empowerment as it is squared with Pluto.  It is also very connected to the 12th house (because Capricorn is on it’s cusp), which is the house of mystical realms.  The collective unconscious, a concept introduced by Jung, represents a vast well of psychic material that connects us to all of humanity.  The 12th house is that very deep oceanic territory of the collective unconscious.

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The deeper we get the less we know. That is the feeling of the 12th house. It is a place of surrendering to the ever enduring mysteries of life.

Hope this was a fun little jaunt into the behind the scenes of some very mysterious men!  ‘Til next time!

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

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.