Fire excites. Water makes you feel. Here are two examples of those energies in action taken from the Oscars this past Sunday.
Patricia Arquette stoked the flames in the audiences hearts when she used her acceptance speech to command attention to the need for equal wages and equal rights for women. Meryl Streep was so excited that she stood up and pointed “Yes!”. Patricia is a double fire sign, with her Sun in Aries and her Moon in Leo. Not to mention that at the time of her speech transiting Venus and Mars were in Aries (fiery passion) and stimulating her natal Aries Mercury in the 9th house (her fiery mind naturally tuned into 9th house matters, like politics).
Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory” stirred up a lot of emotion in the audience. Tears continued to flow as they took turns with the acceptance speech after winning the award moments later. Common is a double Water, with both his Sun and Moon in compassionate all-embracing Pisces. The last line of the speech, in reference to the “spirit of the bridge” at Selma couldn’t sum up the Pisces energy any better: “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings”.
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!