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Uranus is the co ruler of Aquarius along with Saturn, and this electrifying planet takes us into the higher mind, and gives us a clear perspective and capacity for seeing the future in a blinding flash of clarity.

Uranus is a great awakener, who brings visions and revelations. This planet also symbolizes the urge for rebellion and for instigating a new order that reflects a more progressive way of thinking. We all have the spirit of rebellion within us like returning 5 minutes late back from lunch, not wearing our seat belt in the car, eating sweets before dinner. We never completely suppress our tendency in the Uranian sphere of life to test our limits. Some rebels break-away from every rule and expectation violently going against or ignoring society's boundaries.

Uranus seems to personify the need within the psyche to break free of identification with the material reality and to experience the world of archetypal mind. As Edgar Cayce says in his readings, "Mind is the builder." We become what our mind dwells upon. if we attain a higher consciousness, and live by our ideals we may achieve liberation. Uranus has been called the Awakener, and the urge he symbolizes, like all unconscious contents, is projected. It appears to come back to the individual as a sudden event which rips away the fabric of a previous reality, revealing the light of truth, but also doing and it a highly painful way.

Uranus has come to be associated with things such as invention, space, science, technology, electricity computing, aviation, exploration and the social sciences. Science has bee described as a dangerous toy in the hands if children who do not understand it, but it has also brought us out of exhaustive labours, and has advanced us in many ways, but it doesn't always make a comfortable bedfellow with human nature.

Uranus governs the realm of great upheavals of ideas and ideologies which have so often created disruption and transformation in the structures of society. Whenever there is a major breakthrough it seems to appear around the globe at the same time. The theory is that when an idea is ready to progress - the seeds of the idea is released to us, and usually those with Uranus prominent begin to receive this mental download, new enlightenment, or a progressive vision and that is why we often see people with the same idea at the same time. The planet is a flash of inspiration seeing something before it has been created, often we also need Saturn as it represents the part of us that works to make that creation materialize.

In times of revolution when Uranus is breaking down an old social order, and a new vision is emerging, often events happen that send shock waves across the nation. Maintaining this remarkably strong practical link with revolutionary change, modern astrology associates Uranus with radical idealism. Uranus symbolizes the power of the human mind to reach the realm of “universal ideas” and apply them to everyday lives. This is not the realm of the rational mind which belongs with Mercury, but that part of the intuitive mind that is capable of grasping whole concepts in a single blinding flash of insight.

Uranus also correlates to all information that pertains to your larger future. In other words, it contains, in a blueprint way, abstract information that relates to your larger future, or the life-print involving the future. So if we go through a Uranus transit, guess what information is going to be released? All of it -information pertaining to the past, the releasing of that which has been suppressed, and information pertaining to the larger future...Jeffrey Wolf Green Evolutionary Astrology: Uranus: Freedom from the Known

Uranus is concerned with the truth and the kind of realizations that cut through everything. Uranus challenges all that has become stuck, sterile and predictable. It’s message is fiercely anti-establishment and unconventional. Planets touched by Uranus seek excitement, freedom and independence. In early life, strong Uranian contacts in the chart signify that there was probably not too much in the way predictability and anchorage, instead some kind of sudden disruption, shock or at least some inconsistency is indicated. Uranus rules those events that shake us to our very foundations, and astrological studies have shown Uranus to be close to the epicenter at the time of an earthquake.

Individuals with such contacts seem habitually to recreate disruption in adulthood, rejection, alienation, estrangement and feelings of isolation are major emotional experiences to be associated with this planet. The notion of rejection is the insistence on independence. Uranus is the enemy of the tried and tested path and seeks to break free of things that tie us to the past, or limits us in some way. Uranus is also known as the 'heavenly man' or the creative mind of God.

Venus in Pisces: Heart of the Ocean

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Venus in Pisces is the place of her exaltation, most astrologers find the falls and exaltations to be a little out-dated. The senses are really heightened when Venus is in Pisces and particularly to beauty. We often see a love where no boundaries exist, and dreamlike and unrealistic relationships are also ruled by Neptune, giving the dreamer, idealist, and believer in love.

Venus in Pisces gives us the most beautiful fantasy that art has ever penned, and we lose ourselves in make-believe. It also reminds us of far-away, elusive and slippery images of love and beauty. The Piscean energy feels connected to places and people no matter how far apart. Venus in Pisces describes someone with the capacity for unconditional love, and Pisces loves the magic and mystery of the ocean.

In Venus in Pisces mode a love story crosses social boundaries and the couple will swim oceans to be with one another. This is a romantic love story of epic proportions, stirring emotions and seeing beyond. In the Greek myth Aphrodite (Venus) and her son Eros are escaping the monster Typhon and find themselves in need of escape. To escape the monster, Venus and Cupid leaped into the River and assumed the form of two fishes, and because they don’t want to lose each other, they hold onto the end of a silver cord.

Alan Watts described falling in love as a "divine madness" that is akin to a mystical vision. Perhaps he was thinking of Venus exalted in Pisces, with others describing love as blind and irrational. It is thought that there is a narrow band that separates madness and hysteria from the psychic and mystical. Neptune ruled signs will always feel a sense of pining, separation and emptiness, wanting to sleep, dream and create and reconnect to the infinite source of spiritual light.

All good mystics believe in the oneness of life of the universe, there is also a profound lesson to learn with Pisces, Neptune and the 12th house of going with the ebb and flow of universal life.

Astrologically, Venus is said to be exalted in Pisces. Venus' traits of compassion, sensitivity and devotion are magnified in the spiritual sign of Pisces...lives for love and acceptance..dependent in relationships..illusion rules her beauty style too...fashion style is romantic...silky, semi sheer fabrics, sequined tops and velvet skirts. Friends on a Rotten Day: The Astrology of Friendships

Illusion is the rose coloured glasses of the Piscean, and psychologist Susan Blackmore makes the point that the word 'illusion' does mean that it does not exist - rather, an illusion is not what it seems...a powerful deception generated for our own benefit. The problem with seeing beauty in everything for Venus in Pisces, Venus-Neptune and Venus in 12th house types is:

"What's the black eye you got there?" "Well they did lose it last night, but they're a beautiful person." Astrology 101: A Journey Through the Signs, Planets and Houses of the Horoscope

Though it must also be remembered that falling in love is determined by both  conscious and unconscious choices. Venus in Pisces is the kind of love poets write about with talk of "soulmates" or "twin souls" finding and reconnecting with the other. However, it might be more about nurturing one's own and another's spiritual growth.

Venus Conjunct, Square, Opposite Pluto

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A person with Venus conjunct, square, or opposite Pluto is attracted to relationships full of depth, and the undercurrents of love are always bubbling underneath. Venus-Pluto can be drawn into tortuous, messy and often painful relationships, demanding a great deal of emotional energy.

The heady perfume of Venus-Pluto aspects attract the lethal cocktail of love involving a mix of romance, highly erotic passion, hate and resentment, and these are potent relationships changing the life forever. Venus in astrology rules erotically charged love affairs combined with Pluto’s underworld, and the secret forces of nature and the cycles of death and renewal will see relationship follow the same route.

Venus sees beauty in the darkness, hideous, menacing and threatening. Involvement in deep and sometimes dangerous relationships and the attraction of the strong, dark power of love is common. The individual is all too familiar with the themes in the tale of Beauty and the Beast. The Venus-Pluto type is urged to see beyond the surface, to the soul underneath and to what really matters; these elements within a union are also reflected in taboo relationships those that are forbidden. Venus-Pluto is drawn to the dangerous attraction of a monstrous lover, an animal magnetism. Pluto is where we carry all of the unconscious, undealt with shadow material, and the deepest elements of this combination involve the transformation of the beast and a metamorphous. Though, there has been disappointment with the story of the change into the handsome prince, as the beast with all his complexity held a far more fascinating and stronger attraction for the (honest) Pluto woman. In McKinley’s novel he says, “I am a beast, and I can’t always behave prettily, even for you.”  The feeling of being cursed under some terrible love spell, also means the possibility of a magical transformation in love which can happen when real love is revealed.

Pluto’s aspects in the chart depict an area where there will be the greatest feeling of force encountered as a powerful drive in the psyche towards a specific goal, or a series of events that the individual has no control over. The deeper aspects of relating have more importance than its surface contents, choosing to express itself through powerful passions, all-consuming involvements, and violent confrontations. Pluto in relationships can scale the highs and lows of romance feeling intoxicated and ecstatic, but also sliding down into darker depths of relating. Despite the efforts of others in the relationship the individual can be emotionally difficult to satisfy owing to their insatiable quality.

If the partnership only lives on the surface there are likely to be dramatic shifts in this area until Venus-Pluto senses what is going on beneath, forcing them to examine and confront elements inside of the self. This confrontation usually involves descents into the underworld that are necessary for any bond to grow and mature, and there is something of an unseen influence running through all relationships. For many years the relationship may run smoothly, but there is a subconscious fear of powerlessness woven into the fabric of the bond, and something from the past that demands recognition. On the psychological level, this leads to an eruption of some kind, emotional turmoil and rupture in the bond creating the need to reevaluate in order to deepen and strengthen the love.

Venus-Pluto contacts on the birth chart are prone to jealous interactions, and there is the need to love intensely and completely. The admiration, adoration and desire for romantic, passionate, psychological closeness and intimacy in the union is sought. Furthermore there is also the need for exclusivity of the individual’s time and energy poured into the desired relationship mixing elements of fate, merging, trespassing, and mutually destructive cycles.

Sobel characterizes romantic union as a mystical breakdown of “the psychological even existential, boundaries between two separate identities.” “There are no wholly X and Y” because the “categories of the self and other” have been transcended." The relationship may reflect a power imbalance, power-struggles, demanding greater commitment and love and if the relationship no longer provides the depth needed or the potential for change then the individual will be attracted to others that provide a deeper relationship. Unknowingly the individual arouses deep responses in others finding their charms magnetic, sexual and irresistible

Those with Venus aspecting Pluto often possess dramatic, artistic expression, intensifying the appreciation of art, and transformation. The symbols of love and power are combined and no force in life will be more powerful than love. In the arena of relationship Pluto will push for the maximum emotional and physical release and push the person to the limit taking them into those dark emotions and feelings of unlovabilty from the past. In turn, the feeling of being so overcome by emotion and such intense feeling often seems to dictate behaviour, controlling the fate of the relationship, and the breaking down in order to rebuild elements of the bond is an important process. “

However, it should be remembered that Pluto, like any astrological factor has polarities; what may at one time be extremely negative may in a short time become transformed into an extremely positive mode of expression. And, specifically in relation to Pluto, it is impossible for us to know the ultimate outcome of various types of behaviour or experience which may seem at first glance to be quite negative. For Pluto always wants to penetrate into the depths of experience, to delve into the core of meaning underlying surface appearances, and to confront all manner of experience ruthless and intensely. Astrology, Karma & Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart

The things one values concern the most fated elements in life for the individual, a crisis occurs in love forcing change, especially around areas containing their fears about loneliness, separation, financial insecurity or some kind of psychological investment being threatened. The Venus-Pluto type may stay in destructive relationships for these reasons, and throughout the relationship the Pluto factor can take the individual into vicious cycles that feel like they will never be broken. The person may feel ashamed of the situation in the relationship, and it can seem as if there are times when emotions spiral out of control.

Frequently there are many unresolved conflicts happening under the surface and the relationship may endure all the pain. The person can both love and hate the other deeply, love dies and may never be return, or it can resurface one again in a brand new way. Love and hate are central parts of Pluto's extreme relationships being at the mercy of uncontrollable passions. Enormous heartache could come through a partner in the form of death, violence, painful separation or betrayal leaving the person questioning desirability and lovability and the struggle for survival. In the same way enormous growth can come through the partner finding their greatest power and hidden strengths. On the growth level the partnership experiences a whole new level of relating and transforms old patterns.

With Venus-Pluto the individual can at times feel overwhelmed by all the emotions it dredges up, it can be long held values about self-esteem and volatility acting out all of those uncomfortable feelings that have not been faced that have been buried deep. The person has to heal emotionally the inner conflicts disturbing the sense of inner security. Unless one heals the inner pain the individual will keep meeting with a déjà vu feeling of all too familiar cycle of relating. The conflict could be an unresolved emotional trauma, insecurities and feeling of loss or an early abandonment and so the compulsive nature in relationships reflects this urgent need for rejuvenation and transformation.

Some Venus-Pluto relationships may involve some element of torture and the person must learn when it is time to let go and move on. It can reflect painful endings, but if relationships are stuck in unhealthy patterns it will be ready for an overhaul. Venus-Pluto can cling too possessively over others or a partner may smother the individual with love, and some relationships may feel like the abduction of the soul into the underworld, especially when faced with taboos, mental illness, violence, emotional abuse, manipulation of feelings, dominating, and lustful attractions. The total feeling of being overwhelmed, powerless, experiencing the savage emotions of love enter the picture. However, often it involves all of this as a necessity in order to deepen values, face one’s own depths through the act of love.

One's values are tested to ultimately find real value, and the real resources within. Relationships that are sought may be used for power, resources, security and to feed an emotional hunger. The individual may feel violated in love, experiencing tremendous pain and there is a desire to probe the areas of sex and relationships in a psychological manner to unearth the root causes of conflict. In relationships the flow of life is blocked, something needs to give in this area. Perhaps values need to change and the individual has to relinquish old attitudes, it is the greatest challenge of emotional growth.

Venus-Pluto is the powerful intoxication of being loved, and every relationship is imbued with an intelligent purposefulness. Pluto’s energy of transformation will be at work changing relationships, values, and everything that one places their worth upon. The person could get involved in consuming partnerships, dangerous love affairs, and the way one loves has some deeper undertones. Those with this contact often unconsciously choosing a psychologically troubled partner with problems to work out, and are confronted with consuming passions, compulsions and needs forcing them into an uncomfortable reality.

As always, especially with hard aspects, the problem is usually to do with ‘letting go’. The Venus-Pluto individual needs to trust that another person will really love them – and all of them, not just their beauty, their sex-appeal, their power or their money. The lesson for the type is often to learn to risk going the other person enough space to find out if they really do care, enough space to discover if they really will hang around even if they don’t have to. Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope


How Does Astrology Work?

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How does astrology work? It’s a difficult question to answer how the planets control our physical bodies and lives on Earth. We know that astrology works, but we are not certain of the mechanisms behind it. Astrology still has a lot of mystique that veils us from really knowing why it influences human lives. No matter how rational or even hard headed we are in explaining it, there is no conclusive answer.

I don't think astrology can give a concise answer to this question, and even if we accept the Moon’s effect on us, how do the planets also each influence our sense of purpose (Sun), emotional patterns (Moon) and fate and evolution (Pluto). We can’t really describe how these mythic symbols or archetypal models of the personality came into existence, or who  the architect is behind it all? Even when Science has flirted with astrology briefly it has quickly been labelled a pseudo science and the two have parted company.

Many a scientist stays in the closet about astrology in fear of the contemptuous and dismissive attitudes of the scientific community. Although there are lots of scientists studying things that do not exist, as probably more in the realm of physics. As as reviewer for an Arthur Koestler book on The Roots of Coincidence says, "Extra-sensory perception -telepathy, pre-cognition, clairvoyance, hypnosis - has for generations been dismissed as illusion, coincidence, spookery, fakery or near insanity. But now physics cheerfully breaks all the 'laws of nature' with such concepts as black holes and time flowing backwards."

According to Alice Bailey astrology is not an exact science. It is based on illusion on the imaginary path of the Sun through the heavens. The zodiac resting on the Great Illusion, but also stating that astrology is essentially the purest presentation of occult truth in the world at this time,

Here are some more theories of why astrology works by astrologers:

In itself astrology is not magical, religious, or psychic even though people who study astrology may exhibit those qualities. So your study of astrology won’t take you into magical rituals, devil worshipping or mystical understandings about the universe…One of the theories (why astrology works) suggests that the gravitational pull and magnetic forces that affect the Earth also have an effect on us. Scientists have discovered that the Moon affects the tides and that sunspots and eclipses correspond with geological tension. Expanding on these theories, it makes sense to hypothesise that animals and humans might also feel the influence of the “heavenly” bodies: the Sun, Moon, and planets. From his point of view, depending on where and when you were living, you’d experience different “cosmic” influences which would trigger biological and emotional responses in you. The planets might actually compel you to act and react. Choice Centered Astrology: The Basics

Finally, astrology also operates based on the Law of Beginnings, which states that the beginning point of a thing contains the potential that will be fulfilled during the life cycle and beyond. Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart

My particular view is that the answer may be found one day when we have the technology to study magnetic fields and solar activity in much greater depth. The specifics of magnetism are far more complex than those of gravity. The Earth’s magnetic field is very weak when compared with gravity, but it could be supremely important. In astrology, each individual person represents his place of birth on Earth in geometric relations to our solar system at the particular time of birth. It may be dependent on conception, but we have no know method of measuring that – yet! Predictive Astrology: A Practical Guide

Though astrology is often seen as implausible because the cause behind it cannot be explained, other unseen forces know only by their results (e.g., electricity and magnetism) have long been accepted by science. If one accepts the commonly held belief that the Moon’s cycle affects the tides on Earth, it is not a huge leap to suggest that other planetary influences – undiscovered or unmeasured – are operating. Regardless, astrology’s results speak loudly to those who appreciate symbols and archetypes. Conscious Footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters

Astrology’s roots lie in an ancient world view which perceived the universe as a single living organism, animated by divine order and intelligence. This world-view is currently finding renewed credibility through the researches of quantum physics and depth psychology, which have found new terms to define ancient truths. The precision and geometry of celestial movements seemed, to the minds of antiquity, to reflect the hidden nature and intentions of deity…The study of astrology is the study of the qualities of time. Put another way, it describes archetypal principles and the ways in which these are expressed in everyday life. Mythic Astrology

Enchanting Pisces

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Pisces is ruled by the element of water and is feminine, mutable, governed by Jupiter and Neptune. Pisces is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions and can be found drifting upstream or falling downstream into its darker depths.

Here, Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac is known for self-undoing and is often found circling this endless dilemma. The two images of the fish bound together symbolize the eternal cycle of birth, death and rebirth and the duality of the body and spirit. Pisces is more than an image of the mysterious, alluring, and feminine, on a deeper level, we meet the introverted depths of water -an inner world of private feeling.  The inherent shy nature of the fishes causes them to withdraw and the emotions can be difficult to understand. When in love, their intoxicating desires fueled by their imagination can make love enchanting on a quest for a soulmate.

Slips into the unconscious world and the oceanic realm of the human imagination, dreams, anesthetics, momentary lapses, spacing out and also suddenly realizing we have no memory of the last few minutes are associated with the River Lethe (also know as the River of Oblivion) connected to Pisces, when one is consumed in the mythical poetic river that encourages forgetfulness. Pisces is mysterious, sensitive, deep and profound and has the ability to sway the emotions of others. The siren holds many secrets, longings, possessing a dreamy-like quality alternating between reality and non-reality. The Ocean of the inner-world of Neptune types rule both beautiful creatures and terrifying monsters, and such powerful emotions lurking underneath flood consciousness and the tidal wave can create its own destruction in life.

The water signs are in touch with their feelings, in tune with nuances and subtleties that many others don't even notice. The Water element realm of deep emotion and feeling responses, ranging from compulsive passions to overwhelming fears to an all-encompassing acceptance and love of creation. The Water signs  know instinctively that to realize their soul's deepest yearnings, they must protect themselves from outside influences in order to assure themselves the inner calm necessary for deep reflection and subtlety of perception.
Characteristics and keywords: Sensitivity. Realizes the reality of the unconscious/or reality of intuition.Purification and purgation. Psychic sensitivity. Deep reflection. Habitual secrecy and need for privacy. Ability for compassionate service. Need for emotional involvement with others.Chart Interpretation Handbook: Guidelines for Understanding the Essentials of the Birth Chart

Pisces is connected with the savior, martyr, and redemptive image, showing us that we are not all separate but are all connected as one. Many water signs have tides of feelings washing over like waves in a cycle of cleansing and purifying, and there are always shifting moods and alteration is expected. A Pisces is often described as a watercolor picture not defined and each colour blending into the next, and there are also artistic sensibilities connected to the wonderful world of art, music and dance. The higher type of the sign is a true mystic possessing a rich inner world. Within the sacred waters the Piscean is elusive, slipping away into seclusion, secret places and into mild altering states, and is at times impossible to reach tending to be closer to the transpersonal world. On an inner level, Pisces creates their own inner universe, knitting together psychic images, dreams, and fantasies. Pisces is the channeling of information altering the state of consciousness where the human conscious moves to a larger, more inclusive reality.

The transpersonal is a term used by different schools of philosophy and psychology in order to describe experiences and worldviews that extend beyond the personal level of the psyche, and beyond mundane worldly events. It has been defined as experiences "in which the sense of identity or self extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche or cosmos". The field of Transpersonal Psychiatry has defined the term as "development beyond conventional, personal or individual levels." It is related to the terminology of peak experience, altered states of consciousness, and spiritual experiences. Wikipedia

The Moon Tarot card is astrologically related to Pisces symbolizing its emotional energy and intuition and imaginative qualities, mediumistic abilities and the ebb and flow of tidal feelings. However, we also really need to look at the Hanged Man card for this goes deeper into the depths of the symbolism of the fish and also reflecting the surrendering, withdrawal and time-out evident in this Neptune ruled zodiacal sign. The Moon side of Pisces is reflected in the mysterious feminine figure with magic and enchantment along with the watery depths of the unconscious and the elusive realm of the nighttime wandering of the soul across many haunted places, summoning the power of heaven.

On a broader level, we come to a point in Pisces when we reach a sense of finality and move into themes of spiritual evolvement. The Hanged man card is the sacrifice for the greater good, involving an acceptance and surrendering process, within its symbols is the fear that everything will be lost, come to nothing, and fall apart. It can also mean everything, so holding on to faith in the suspended time frame is likened to the fetus waiting in the womb. It is a time of gestation a transitional period of turning inward. Much of Pisces life involves such sensitive attuning to the world, and the individual soaks up the feelings and vibration from the everyday world.

Beyond all its symbolism the Hanged Man affects us because it shows a direct image of peace and understanding. The calm shows strongly in the card  because the Hanged Man has surrendered to the rhythms of life...For many modern people it involves releasing emotions they have locked up for years...the Hanged Man bears a connection to water. Most Tarot Kabbalists assign the letter Mem to trump 12. Mem stood for 'seas' and thus the element of water...The crossed legs represent the number 4 upside down. 4 symbolizes earth with its 4 directions. By reversing his own sense of values the Hanged Man has turned the world on its head. The arms and head together form a downward pointing water triangle. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot

Those born under the sign of Pisces can lack a strong identity and unless they find anchorage can be found drifting through life aimlessly, lost and without a goal.  The Piscean is a mass of paradoxes of duality encompassing the constant movement of mind expansion through areas of dreaming, art, and music taking consciousness beyond its normal perceptions to a place where feeling is believing, and intuiting the meaning of all existence.

When Pisces falls down, they turn to drugs, alcohol, or anything that offers a strong stimulant taking them away from reality. They have strong escapist tendencies, and can be vague and dreamy. Pisces greatest gifts are their imagination, creativity, and open-mindedness and many artists are born under this sign. With a deep love of drama, music and film and life itself is like a canvas where they paint their own dreams and nightmares. Pisces is idealistic and so can at times feel dissatisfied with reality, and feel the pain of disillusionment.

A Pisces may save others or long to be rescued themselves. Being extremely sensitive and one of the most compassionate and understanding, identifying with every shade of emotion. The large encompassing side to their nature drowns in the human kaleidoscope of feelings having difficulty keeping boundaries and defending their personal space. In the end, Pisces express the highs and lows of the human heart, and closes the zodiacal circle taking us into the great unknown.



Leo in the Horoscope

Those with Leo in the horoscope are ruled by the most important planet in the chart -the Sun. The brilliant luminary, colouring the sign with its creative aspect, and ‘the power to create’. Charles Carter The Principles of Astrology calls this the sign of the zodiac that possesses the greatest amount of power, but uses the word in the widest sense. “There is usually some degree of ambition and a firm will, with considerable persistence, and, since these are usually united to a naturally effective personality, we seldom find the native of Leo occupying an obscure position.”

Leo is the act of ‘selfness’ and the importance of being in touch with the experience of “I” and in the written word it is always capitalized when by itself in a sentence. The same thing happens to Jungian astrology when talking about the Self the first letter is always capitalized emphasizing the importance of the individual. The Leo mantra is “I create” and the individual comes alive through the pure inner-joy that is obvious in the child at play who is involved in the act of creativity. This act of making something in the world could be artistic, intellectual, or emotional, and there is a strong sense of individual destiny.

In the broader aspects of astrology the Sun is especially strong in its own sign, strengthening the individuality, and also indicating the power through the light of consciousness to cast away the shadows. The fire element is at is most focused here, and there is willpower, personal magnetism, with those born under the sign possessing a glowing radiance holding the extraordinary fixed power of the eternal light. The permanence which comes from a solid sense of one’s individual centre, with a strong heart and fixed affection, as here we find one of the most loyal signs.

When a sign falls into a fixed mode, it means that that the energy is sustained, stabilized, and in command. Leo is touched by the golden, aiming for excellence and the art of living with Leo in the chart is all about illumination, shining, and cultivating the inner-confidence it takes to fulfill ones purpose in the world. The individual must express themselves and the divinity within and set alight the inner stage, be the creative flame in life. This is a good expression for the individual as there is a natural self-expressive quality and the ability to stay in touch with the inner child, often involving themselves in amusements, pleasure, play, love affairs and the act of creating. Studies have generally found that one of the common features of creating is uniqueness, it represents individual effort. The word create comes from the Latin word creatus, it means “to do, to make." and in Greek it means “to fulfill’.

Aquarius pours its efforts into groups, community and others, offering itself to the larger collective. However, Leo which is opposite the Waterbearer in the astrological horoscope, pours its energy into its own individual essence into acts that define the self, understanding one’s own significance, and living a more meaningful life. Three words that play out in Leo are creator, creative and creativity many consider the creator aspect to be linked with God and there is a strong sense and need to be recognised for their individual efforts, feeling lovable, and a deeper connection to the source. Leo is realizing the splendour of existence, and representing the light that shines in everyone, it is the divinity given to us at birth by the creator the individual centre and the higher self. Dr R Steiner says:

By that which preceded the misunderstanding that occult science asserts that the I is God, but that it is of the same nature and the essence of God. Does anybody assert that a drop of water taken from the sea is the sea, when we say that the drop is of the same substance as the sea? If one likes to use a comparison, one can say that I is related to God, as the drop is to the sea. Man can find something divine in himself, because his inner substance is derived from that which is divine.

Apollo the sun god is related to Leo, ruling over artistic contests, being the golden child in ancient mythology and also related to divination and the oracle. The foretelling ability is more of a vision of the future giving the individual the ability to gain insight into the purpose for experience and immortality extending over the fate of the individual. In the solar sense, everybody is the star of their own story in life and with the right will-power one can make something out of life. Apollo’s nickname was phoebus which means ‘the brilliant’.

The strength card in the tarot is also symbolic of Leo, the Golden Lion, king of the beasts, that has always been associated with royalty, possessing their own special hierarchy, and it’s about gaining self-mastery, willpower, and examining where our real strength lies, both spiritual and physical. According to the Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot:

The Lion signifies all the feelings, fears, desires, and confusions suppressed by the ego…on a deeper level the lion symbolizes the whole force of the personality. Strength opens up the personality like Pandora opening her box. It does so, however, with a sense of peace, a love of life itself, and a great confidence in the final result. Unless we truly believe that the process of self-discovery is a joyous one we will never follow it through…but the lion also stood for Christ the radiant power of God. The card indicates the ability to face life…with hope and eagerness. It shows a person strong from within, experiencing life passionately…without being controlled or carried away by those passions. 

Above all, Leos must live from the heart, the inner-centre; they are the born actors and entertainers bringing on stage the art of living dramatically, holding the audience’s attention through song, play, dance and art. Leo has dignity, pride, and possesses a spirit of generosity. For it is in Leo where we meet the heart of the zodiacal signs, enjoying a glowing radiance, filled with passion, and ardour the person adores, loves and worships and is especially romantic, warm and makes the other person feel special, and needs the same in return.

Leo feels the divine spark, a song in their heart, and the beauty of the illuminate, and also a sense of being alive especially when in love or creating something. In fact, the act of love is extraordinary in the way in which we glimpse all our the partner’s potentials and inner-light, loving one another like two oversized children at play, fully reflecting the playful side of love and also spoiling one another.

On the negative side, Leo has to watch out for vanity, merciless pride and an inflated sense of self-importance for the light can get too bright, demanding everyone revolve around it and can’t bear to be ignored as it signifies the burning desire for recognition.

The zodiacal sign of Leo in the horoscope doesn’t want to be like anyone else and there has to be a feeling of uniqueness, bringing all its potentials into being. Leo is linked to the trine in astrology and these are often indications of our special talents and abilities, and with Leo it is about the self-actualization of the Self in the Jungian sense, along with expressing their talents and gifts, and realizing there is a special destiny to fulfill and one true identity to be realized.


Nebulous Neptune

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The planet Neptune has always emanated a nebulous energy and is therefore connected to matters which are unclear, vague, hazy and indefinable. These are only some of astrology’s favourite keywords, other common ones are “deception” and “illusion”. These illusions tend to distort reality and there may also be a tendency to see through rose coloured glasses.

Neptune is the ruler of dreams, visions and imaginings. Movies integrate the function of Neptune in our lives. A film is not based on reality, and even though we know movies are not real, there is a side in everyone that needs to escape from reality at times. Neptune signifies our ability to lose ourselves in a story, an imagery world, and make-believe. Neptune rules all forms of film, and photography, glamour and illusion. On the downside, it’s Neptune’s need to escape that can take the form of denial, and we refuse to see what is really wrong in our lives. We ignore problems and pretend they don’t exist – or it may take the form of over-fantasying, drug taking and drinking which debases and destroys an individual life.

The house which Neptune falls represents an area of life that we do not see clearly. We may see situations as better or worse than they really are. This is the nebulous energy of Neptune functioning in our chart. The fog becomes thicker, and the way out harder to find. Different people react to Neptune in various ways, and while some feel the nebulous side of Neptune, others feel uplifted, and open to the belief that there is more to this life than what we see with our eyes. Either way, we may feel that something is not right, and illusions are sold as truth. Neptune seems to symbolise extremes of psychic and physical disintegration, and it is also light-revealing, opening us up some inner truth that we have always known, but could never articulate.

Neptune is one of the channels through which we tune into the collective unconscious, picking up all sorts of feelings out of the air, such as feelings of psychic pain, angst and fear - emotional states that we can't quite label or which come from God knows where. Through the Looking Glass

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Neptune symbolises the highest exaltation of love and in those moments we recognise the unity of love and compassion. Still, Neptune’s cloudy side is something which needs to be explored. Neptune will always hold the greatest mystery of all the planets, and makes the real seem unreal. As an outer planet it unlocks a super realm which may be a positive or negative experience. When we experience a transit of Neptune we are heightened to experiences of misunderstandings, delusion, or illusion for a few years. We can’t function properly in the real world in the way we once did. Neptune casts a large net over our lives and we may feel a tidal wave of emotions heading our way, and there is nothing much we can do to stop the deluge of the flood.

Neptune has a deep resistance to anything less than ideal. A Neptune transit often begins with a creeping dissatisfaction with reality. The first sign may be a sense of loss, despair, hopelessness or confusion. Neptune weakens our sense of boundaries, and it may feel as if our whole world is dissolving, and we feel completely lost at sea. We have probably read stories in the newspapers about people being easily deceived by con men, and we have also told ourselves that we could never be so gullible. However, when Neptune is around we need to believe in the dream at all costs.

Neptune seeks perfection and yearns for the unobtainable. Neptune also lacks discrimination and is too accepting of others and will naively overlook faults and flaws. Neptune distorts our reality by our own imaginings, we remember things strangely, and talk about conversations that never took place. We can easily be misled and mislead others. Neptune rules the slide into addiction, drugs and alcohol once the drink takes control the raw feeling of pain is drowned in the alcohol as it floods the system, slowly taking us into a quiet numbness, submerged, muted, unconscious, and oblivion starts to have an effect.

Neptune is a wonderful fountain and those that drink from its waters will never feel pain for long. Though one must be careful not to be fall too deep in its embrace for the dark world of delusion and self-deception and the magical realm that gets us high, can also go low taking us deep into the abyss, often leaving us feeling exploited. The sea cast its spell of enchantment pulling us down into the depths, and being near water physically is thought to increase insight and also healing, to mend what is broken in the soul.

In astrology Neptune connects us to art, poetry, myth and magic, and behind it is a mystical force that needs to reunite the soul with what has been lost. Art itself is related to symbols, inspiration, transcending the ordinary, and all of these pursuits will unlock the doors of our imagination, provoking mysteries, and challenging our sense of reality.

Everything Changes

astrology, transits,Let’s look at some possible ways to view change, passages of time and transitions in the natal chart. Throughout our lives we experience some significant ups and downs. Transitions in life sometimes represent a time of letting go of the past and crossing from the old and familiar into new and unfamiliar territory.

Transitions and the disruptions they bring force us to re-examine our values, beliefs and lifestyle. They enable us to make fundamental changes to how we see the world and give us the opportunity to respond creatively to our new reality, good or bad. If navigated correctly, all transitions can lead to personal growth. It is estimated that there are ten to twenty major events in a person’s lifetime. Some are voluntary such as marriage, relocation, or planned birth. Others may be thrust upon us like unexpected job loss, death, divorce and illness.

In Gail Sheehy's Passages she correlated some fascinating life events through crisis that occurred and how one could negotiate life's rapids. All of this was fully researched when the author witnessed during Northern Ireland's conflict a boy's face blown away by a bullet.

Returning to America, she took stock of her life. At 35, suddenly her lifestyle of journalistic travel did not seem enough. She felt she had been a 'performer' in life, not really participating in it, even though she had had a child and been married and divorced. Her 'whole jerry built world' as she describes it, threatened to come apart. She had seen herself as the optimistic, fearless, loving an ambitious 'good' girl - but now she seemed to be looking at the dark side. Half her life had been lived. With this terrifying thought, she wondered: what do other people do when this happens to them? Some seemed to push themselves harder with their careers, others began playing dangerous sports, or giving bigger parties or taking younger people to bed. But she knew none of these things would fill the gaping hole in her psyche. Passages was one of the publishing phenomenons of the 1970s.
The subject of adult life crises was not an obviously 'hot' one, but with its groovy cover, serialization in popular magazines and the author's talent for publicity, Passages became a bestseller. The writing style is what you would expect of a classy magazine feature writer, pulling the reader in from the first page. Gail Sheechy Passages;
The website linked above is filled with all of his books where he sums up the classics concisely and if jump to the home page, you will most definitely enjoy exploring this site all the way through especially if you are interested in spirituality, psychology and self-help classics.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Life transitions can involve both losses and gains, we can see this when a woman has her first baby along with experiencing happy feelings of something new growing inside, the time also represents a new chapter in life that has just begun, but also signifying another chapter in her life story is closing and making way for new developments. Also having a baby can sometimes bring sacrifices, and she might give up her job and stay at home.

Here are some of the life changes listed by Gail Sheehy:

Sheehy realized that the terrible event she had witnessed was simply a trigger for deeper changes going on within her – some kind of midlife crisis. The experience sparked her interest in other people's turning points, and to her surprise she discovered that these 'passages' happened with predictable regularity at roughly the same ages. People tried to blame external events for how they were feeling, but as with herself often the outer events were not the answer. Dissatisfaction with lives that had seemed fulfilling only a couple of years before indicated there was something going on at another level.
As astrologers this comes as no surprise as there are planets, specifically the trans-personal, Jupiter outwards that coincide with the ages given explaining astrologically many of these junctures of life.

I will quote some from the website, and you really must visit the page to read the full text, but here underneath each decade I will list some of the corresponding transits.

In our 20s, we have to work out our path in life, whatever ways of being or doing give us a sense of aliveness and hope. We are likely to go one of two ways: do what we 'should' in terms of family and peer expectations; or pursue adventure and 'find ourselves'. We either seek security and commitments, or avoid commitment altogether. 
At around age 21 we experience our Saturn square Saturn also Uranus square Uranus and up to 28-29 and beginning to move into our 30's we experience the Saturn Return.

Saturn has a rotational cycle of 29.458 years; it spends about two and a half years in each sign of the zodiac. The late 20’s is when it returns to its own position at birth. Saturn is connected with the structure of life, worldly success and the crystallization of the individual. The Saturn return coincides with the return of the progressed Moon and often marks the individual’s transition into maturity. The Cycle of Saturn
The thirties are the 'deadline decade' .We suddenly realize, as Sheehy herself did, that there will be an end somewhere. "Time starts to squeeze", which refines our priorities. While the twenties are the 'anything is possible' decade, the thirties let us know that we may not have all the answers, and this can be a shock. We demand authenticity of ourselves and begin to see that we can't blame anything on anyone else. For women, who may have bet everything on their marriage and family, there may begin a rising assertiveness, as they realize that their life is not simply about pleasing others or living up to cultural norms. 
In our thirties there is another Saturn square Saturn transition at around age 35. Also, and since your resident astrologer is moving towards her 37th birthday (next February), there is a particular interest in Sheehy's idea of this being a crisis year. "For both sexes, the conclusion is arrived at that life is a lot more serious and difficult than they understood it to be in their twenties. The ages between 37 and 42 are peak years of anxiety for most people. In Sheehy’s research, the age of 37 in particular came up again and again as a crisis year." We are at the bracket on the astrological side up to 42 years of age and entering the famous Uranus opposition Uranus transit (read more below) and Saturn opposes natal Saturn explaining these crisis years.

A sense of stagnation or disequilibrium is felt entering midlife. Those who have seemed to climb upwards through life effortlessly find that life catches up with them. Having intensely pursued a career, a person may think, was it really worth it, why don't I have children? Many a man turning 40 will feel underappreciated and burdened, with the sentiment, 'Is this all there is?'
You can read more about the mid-life Uranus crisis here Uranus Opposite Uranus.

Uranus rules liberation, freedom, expression and new mental perspectives forcing their way into the life of the individual. Jung describes this as a period when the unlived potential of the person comes crashing through and bangs loudly on the door.
Each one of us contains a past, present and future and all of time includes ourselves. Transits carry the past as well as influencing the present and a lot depends on how much emotional understanding we have achieved, and if a similar transit has occurred in the past we can often see the memories of such planetary movements re-activated.

Pluto transits often represent an impending death, physical and non-physical. Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross found in her studies of the dying that “denial”, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance were the common feelings of someone faced with a terminal condition. In a figurative sense we can feel a lot of of the same emotional losses under Pluto’s influence, and may feel this same sense of anger when something in our life is removed, or we suffer a significant loss of some kind. According to evolutionary astrology the natal chart reflects what one has been and can become, and transits and progressions correlate to the developmental timing of our life events.

Jeff Green Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, Volume 1 (Llewellyn Modern Astrology Library) describes Pluto’s transitional process from old and familiar patterns to new to be very difficult for many people. The degree of resistance to such periods will determine the level of intensity associated with the events themselves. Pluto represents the inevitable and regardless of any interventions or plans it wipes everything clean. Pluto is the planet of rebirth and transformation, and whatever happens we can never return to what existed before. Some astrologers believe that we need to find an obsession rather than let Pluto take over compulsively. One things for sure, Pluto is sweeping in its breadth and depth and nothing remains unchanged.

The transits at any given time can reveal what we really feel, and this may be somewhat different to what others might expect. Liz Greene gives a great example of this in The Horoscope in Manifestation: Psychology and Prediction, and offers examples of what a person may feel about a separation, dependent on the transits present and offers an enlightening view of the transits in our natal chart.

If a separation occurs during a transit of Uranus trine Venus, it will have a completely differently feeling from the one which occurs under a transit of Pluto opposition Venus. In the eyes of others, the event may look the same. Joe Bloggs leaves his wife and runs off with his eighteen-year-old secretary. But if Joe’s wife has Uranus trine Venus at the time, she will probably have a great sigh of relief to be rid of him and be free at last. If she has Pluto opposition Venus, the most bitter thing about the whole situation is the betrayal. If progressed Venus opposes Neptune, she may feel victimised. If transiting Saturn squares Venus, she may be preoccupied with material survival and a gnawing sense of inferiority in the face of humiliating rejection.


Angular Venus

Venusians can be charming, physically attractive and seductive. Venus conjunct the Asc, IC, DC, or MC, signifies a powerful urge to express this planet in life. Angular planets refer to the four corners of the chart, and planets that are conjunct these points are said to exercise a particularly strong influence over the horoscope.

In Mythology, Venus represents the Goddess of Love, named Aphrodite. The Venusian energy in the chart is not the maternal side of femininity, which nurtures and needs to belong with others. On the contrary, Venus seeks pleasure, self-satisfaction and a sense of self-value. Aphrodite doesn’t share herself with anyone and only partners with the gods that she desires. Venus has the power to make anyone, god, or mortal fall in love with her.

Aphrodite can become consumed with erotic longing and desires and she will enchant and seduce a lover with her power of attraction. Venus in a man’s chart signifies his own anima and describes the type of females that he is attracted to and who have that magic ‘pulling power’. It is believed that when a man "projects" the feminine in his psyche (Moon and Venus) onto an actual woman, that woman takes on magnified importance. The archetypal energy makes itself known through infatuation desire, or fascination with the woman that matches his astrological type. Sometimes the loss of a relationship is devastating when he loses this vital aspect that has been projected, so whenever we are involved in an extreme love, a fantasy or entanglement, the anima is at work.

Psychologically, Venus represents the need for emotional or material security and the need to feel desired and popular. One of Aphrodite’s extreme characteristics is her vanity, and this makes her highly competitive with other females, she can display jealousy and a certain callousness in her nature. The Goddess named Psyche was condemned to death by Aphrodite, when mortals began to speak of a beauty that rivaled that of the goddess herself.

The Greek philosophers hypothesized that there were among six styles of love: The love between best friends, unselfish love, possessive love, practical love, playful love, and romantic love (called eros). In fact, scientist conducted large scale studies  for the existence of these types of love and found evidence that confirmed it.

Venus rules Taurus and Libra and represents the social aspects of her nature and sensuality. Libra is concerned with harmony, grace and the interplay of opposites. Venus’ rulership of Taurus describes self-worth, beauty and the physical senses. It is often said that Venus signifies a woman’s self-image. The urge for love and relationship is personified by Venus, and the choices we make in love often represent what we value the most. The expression of Venus can be seen in the way that we adorn ourselves, our personal taste and response to beauty.

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Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie embodies Aphrodite, she has Venus in the 12th house conjunct the Ascendant. Angelina is attractive to others, but may also be unaware of her own beauty and hidden charms with Venus locked up inside the 12th house of her horoscope. Angelina seeks security (Cancer) in relationships (Venus) and needs a sense of emotional belonging, and she could be a gentle, elusive type of romantic, but may show possessiveness towards loved ones. Angelina is vulnerable to rejection and places deep importance on developing close and lasting bonds. With Venus in the 12th house there is the desire to care for and nurture (Cancer) people who feel rejected or shut-off from society. There is often confusion and uncertainty (12th) regarding the expression of love, self-worth and value. Angelina Jolie might be unsure of the power of her own desirability, beauty and self-worth.

Venus is square to Uranus and this signifies a need for freedom and excitement in relationships and there is often an openness about love with both sexes. A cool and liberated attitude, but if things get a little too boring, she can be a rebellious type of Aphrodite. Venus-Uranus in aspect often signifies sudden changes and disruptions in the love life which can be incredibly painful for this watery Venus. When Venus is in Cancer the needs to feel that one belongs (lunar expression) is powerful; whereas Uranus seeks more unusual relating patterns and values the highest of ideals in relationships. The dark anima that we see in Jolie is indicated by her Moon in Aries opposite Pluto and is obvious in her roles as Maleficent and the monstrous female in Beowolf.

Archetype: The Irresistible Queen and Sorcerer. Shadow: The Spooky Queen and Black Knight. An urge difficult to control, to seize power over other people's souls and make them dependent. Also one's own feelings of helplessness towards others who bear emotional power (mother). Extreme emotional states like all or nothing or: if your not with me your against me. Tremendous feelings of jealousy and manic need to control others. Enormous problems in giving the necessary freedom to people one is responsible for. Moon-Pluto By Key Words for Astrology

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Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson has Venus conjunct her I.C in the zodiacal sign of Leo. Anderson became famous for her part in Baywatch, and was chosen as playmate of the month, by Playboy magazine in 1990. Venus in Leo needs dramatic love affairs and often love is perceived as giving meaning to life. There can be a tendency to be in love with an ideal image. Venus in Leo can be generous and playful in romance. Pam’s Venus is square to Neptune, and this frequently archetypes the saviour/martyr complex in relationships and she can attract all types of relationships from criminals, alcoholics, drug-dealers and invalids. Aphrodite's square to Neptune loses the ability to see relationships clearly. Pamela’s ex husband Tommy Lee, has been accused of beating Pamela in their marriage.

The fantasy element of Neptune is powerful in her horoscope. Pamela is worshipped by millions of men worldwide and was one of their favourite pin-up's. Venus-Neptune relates to others compassionately, and on the positive side they are attracted to musicians, artists, dreamer, always searching for a soulmate.

This a combination to associate with romantic idealism and fairy tale romance withe capacity to seduce and be seduced. A longing for the unobtainable, and an ability to believe in the best of the other person, can lead to gullibility and difficulty facing the reality of the beloved's imperfections...or be attracted to the weak or vulnerable themselves; someone they can feel sorry for. By The Contemporary Astrologer's Handbook (Astrology Now)

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Glenn Close
Glenn Close has Venus conjunct the descendant in Aquarius opposite Pluto. Glenn is most famous for her role as Alex Forrest in Fatal (Pluto) Attraction (Venus). The story is about a successful editor who has an affair with a married man. However, Alex’s mental instability makes it extremely difficulty for her to end the relationship with her lover, and she becomes obsessed (Pluto) and even tries to kill her rival (his wife). It is interesting that Glenn Close was chosen to play the role of the stalking Aphrodite!

Venus-Pluto can represent a kind of intensity that tries to force love on others and the aspect can alternate between extremes and can be possessive, smothering, jealous and the relationship may have a ‘Till death do us part’ embodiment. Venus-Pluto also finds it difficult to forgive a lover when betrayed. And their intensity can often be overwhelming to more detached types. Venus in Aquarius is friendly in love and enjoys social connections.Glenn Close has also played evil lady villain, Cruella De Vil, and the revengeful Marquise de Merteuil, in Dangerous Liaisons.

Venus-Pluto, particularity the hard aspects, may engage in unconscious sabotage of a much valued relationship. But this usually occurs because this is a big chunk of primitive emotion knocking around in the basement, and therefore the conscious fear of losing control (which constitutes a threat to survival. By The Inner Planets: Building Blocks of Personal Reality (Seminars in Psychological Astrology)

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Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe has Venus in Taurus conjunct the M.C and this placement represents our vocation. It is often how the public ‘views us‘. Venus trines Neptune in the 1st house and she was the physical embodiment of men’s fantasies and was seen as highly desirable. The sensual (Taurus) beauty and idealism in relationships is a strong feature in her horoscope. You can see some of Aphrodite’s expression through these women's horoscopes.

Venus trine Neptune can “easily” forgive the flaws in a partner, and is prone to being gullible. Blinded by illusions, and possessing a boundless amount of tolerance along with the ability to infuse daily life with a gentle splendour. In addition, the individual is capable of illuminating the magic of romance, and effortlessly displays how to give and receive love completely. Venus Trine Neptune

The Librian aspect of Venus reveals not only aesthetic beauty, but Aphrodite is also intellectual and uses her strategic skills to get what she desires and this can be through self-adornment or the clever and articulate use of charm. Venus in her negative expression signifies vanity, self-absorption, laziness and so forth. However, to get away with it, she is often charming to a fault! An interesting observation is observing that three of these pin-ups have a Venus-Neptune-twelfth-house connection.

Virgo in the Horoscope

The purpose of Virgo in the horoscope is in detailing the details of life, everyday living and work. The sign often does exceptionally well in the areas of editing, ordering, and health the individual is particularly kind, mindful and attentive. Being of a health conscious nature, there are natural interests with the mind and body, along with insights and illuminations into the workings of the mind. Our knowledge of Virgo is that there is a connection with wholeness in this sign a sense of retreating to do the work. Typically the sign is attracted to the ordered rhythm of life and the inner processes and the deeper meaning and value given to daily work, service and routine. On matters involving the general Virgo traits the personality is focused on weeding out what is not needed, the person is productive and being an earth sign also practical. The image of Virgo is the virgin holding the sheaf, symbolizing the quest for purity of the mind and body and harvesting its energies.

Above everything Virgo needs to feel useful using their innate discernment, paying attention to the smallest details and their outlook is generally about improving the state of everyday life. The Virgo is adept at diagnosing and prescribing fixes seeing the problem clearly and usually offering advice and the individual is capable of seeing problems others refuse to see. The Vestal Virgo is the goddess of health and the individual finds their calling through assisting people in getting their life together, sorting out, picking everything apart and putting it all back together again. Perhaps this immense talent for sifting through and finding what works, adds to their powerful analytical ability and dutiful attention to the daily tasks that need attending, making their role in helping others more vital since the person is so readily equipped with the right qualities.

The major lesson is about pure altruistic service, doing whatever has to be done for the joy of performing the service. You learn about setting realistic, achievable goals for yourself and others. You also have to use excellent judgement, but without becoming critical and pedantic. Another task is to analyse, discriminate, and assimilate on all levels of being…You make the world turn more efficiently. By Judy Hall - Past Life Astrology: How Your Former Lives Influence Your Present

The earth signs usually get, the less inspirational or romantic interpretations because it involves the material world, working, drudgery, and the daily grind of life. It may perhaps reflect society’s attitude towards these things because there is enormous value in service. In astrology, it is Virgo and Pisces that represent the axis of service, but both are different in the way it is expressed. In Pisces it is the all giving all serving to every hungry mouth that needs feeding depleting its energy resources, whereas in Virgo the sign teaches the fundamental lesson of helping others to help themselves, as it is an earth sign and believing one should master the art of daily living first. In this way the kind of service Virgo can provide is to make sure the individual is well equipped with the right skills and can learn the craft of whatever skill they long to possess. With opposite signs in the astrological chart, both are opposed in nature, and both undermine each other, but also make the other more necessary.

Even though the earthy signs are prone to sameness, repetitiveness and routine, there is also security and a sense of peace and a vital sense of being productive. Such human efforts at self-improvement under the sign of Virgo are not to be undervalued and the sign is learning to serve from the heart often without reward or recognition. Gradually as one unfolds under the zodiac sign of Virgo there is a sense of a slimming process, one is removing unnecessary layers, eliminating, and getting things to function, and its most powerful gifts is the ability to craft, using all of its skills such as “sorting the wheat from the chaff,” organizing, sharpening its tools, using the best techniques, using what works, providing the best possible information that is usable, but also forsaking something, so that the utilization of the Virgoan energy can function in the best possible way.

Many new students to astrology commonly mix up the symbol for Scorpio and Virgo and they do share some similarities in nature. Virgo also has a need for privacy and withdrawal that must be respected, and is also involved in the internal work of self-analysis that is essential and the also the reestablishment of control. Virgo is the sign that loves to makes lists, are mentalists, usually honing their skills in preparation, and as part of their life-path there is usually some time spent alone working, training, practicing, developing and polishing their particular gifts into usefulness. Many of those born under this Mercurial sign choose this earthy quietness, and there is a powerful instinct, with the innate feeling inside that understands the part of their task that involves getting on with the job at hand.

The individual not always the most social of signs the inner work takes precedence, along with the attainment of knowledge, and the craft and the preparation is usually more important than socializing. In fact, personal desire, needs and wants are often sacrificed in Virgo. Insight is gained through isolation, and there is a quality of the introvert. In Latin Virgo means “unmarried” or “self-possessed “ it involves the necessary inner-work of the individual. Astrologer Liz Greene in the Astrology of Fate describes this as a “collision between the personal and professional life, between marriage and independence (a common theme), between spirituality and materialism, between morality and abandonment."

The Virgoan work and the sacred quality and sacrificial element along with its rituals, it is understandable that serving others has always carried a spiritual meaning, and there is a quiet attuning to the work that has to be done. A kind of humble acceptance, a necessity, and solitary, and this kind of self-mastery is the path that is often followed and it involves self-containment. The work is never rushed, it is more of a step by step process of breaking things down, refining, and integrating, a cultivation of self-knowledge. In the tarot cards the hermit represents Virgo and it carries the light of understanding in the lamp, gleaned from loneliness and patient waiting, deep introspection, a withdrawal from the extroverted activities of life so that the right knowledge and skills are acquired. The Hermit is harvesting the fruits of one’s own efforts. Usually the individual has to make this kind of sacrifice of the social side in order to gain such inner knowledge, eventually understanding the inner-workings of nature.

Everything involves the inner-purification, the inner synthesis, the inner-ordering. To repeat again, Virgo is the sign of duty, work and service and there is a sense of always preparing for something, a role of some kind, a special job a service that the Virgo individual can provide. This noble service, taking stock, and discriminating quality and finely tuned methods of working is teaching the person the best way to use their energy, and to take all of those individual qualities, focusing, paying close attention a careful fine tuning of the self-is being prepared for the outer world. Many of these types work as healers, and many are good with their hands and in fine point needlework, sketching, and knitting and there can be ease with puzzles and the enjoyment of working something out, with words scrabble and crosswords.

The sign is analytical, modest, and they don’t show off and there is often shyness with a feeling of being uncomfortable with the limelight. The individual needs to be noticed for its effectiveness, appreciated for their skills and intelligence. The sign of Virgo feels happiest when things are in order and in their proper place, and there can often be an innate fear of disorder and sometimes creating a lot of inner anxiety, often irritability. All of this worrying and nervous energy messes with their ability to digest experiences properly.

The first inconjunct sign is Virgo and the aspect has been associated with Mercury and the 6th house and with focusing energies. Francis Sakonian and Louis Acker Those Inconjunct Quincunx Transits describe it is as the lens that applies disciplined thinking. Other interpretations of the inconjunct also have Virgo shading with self-limitation and some kind of trade-off, also being described as “neurotic aspects”. Virgo is stuck between a trine (Leo) and opposition sign (Libra), so in some way the internal psyche work happens in Virgo. Howards Sasportas The inner planets calls this an alteration aspect between harmony and discord, so at times it may seem like certain skills are harmonized, working well together and then the challenging opposition-like aspect enters the picture and reminds the individual that there is still refining of those emerges to be done.

Astrologer Jeff Green Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, Volume 1 (Llewellyn Modern Astrology Library) describes the movement from reaching Leo and then climbing down into Virgo and rising up to Libra.

Leo learned how to identify the creative principle and purpose from within themselves. In order to do so, they necessarily had to unite with the creative principle in order to actualize their own purpose. This led to the creation of the “pyramid” reality effect in which the individual was on the very top of the pyramid, expecting all other factors in his or her life to revolve around and serve their needs. The Sixth House or in Virgo, the pyramid now becomes inverted. The individual is at the bottom in order to serve the needs of the whole through the work or service function that he or she has been assigned or chosen… 

Jeff Green calls Virgo the transitional archetype where one is leaving behind the self-centred sign of Leo and moving towards Libra to equality and relationships. Virgo also falls at the time everybody returns back to school or college and the womanly school teacher, prim, prudish or old fashioned is a fond image often used for the sign. A problem that happens with all this inner critical, study and meticulous focus is when it is turned inwards on the self and the individual then suffers from the sharpness of their own critical nature, self- depravation, self-doubting and the natural critic comes to the fore negatively. However, if the individual keeps the important tasks in mind, works on streamlining their life, fixing what needs attending to and doing all the necessary work on the inside, then the world is blessed with their divine essence of knowledge and effective working techniques.


Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements

Astrology divides up the 12 signs into Four elements - Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Each of the elements contains three signs and they are also referred to as the triplicities. According to the Kabbalah, the universe is divided. Each into four ideal worlds, or planes of existence corresponding to the four elements. The four elements are known in psychological astrology as the 'four functions' which govern the human psyche. Each element has a specific way of manifesting energy. Four ways of understanding the world, and four ways of perceiving life and they embody the concept of wholeness. In fact, it is believed that we have two selves one self wants to merge with others and things (Water and Earth) and one that seeks creative independence and freedom (Air and Fire).

The ancient Greeks divided people into the four temperaments of sanguine (air), choleric (fire), phlegmatic (water), and melancholy (earth). Beyond psychology's knack for typing people into groups, it was actually astrology that first put into play the idea of temperaments and that we each resonate strongly to one particular element. Consequently, anything which implies that we can be grouped, like Jung's typology or any other piece of empiric psychological observation, is maligned as being a rigid structure which does not allow for any individual differences. This is not at all the case; the very fact that we share common ground with another segment of humanity, based on certain similarities in psychological constitution, allows us that much more scope for the creative expression of our own unique potential as individuals. Moreover, no map is the country. Jung's typology, like any other, is merely a pointer which affords us a glimpse of those basic patterns of perception, evaluation and response which we draw from the same collective source. Relating: An Astrological Guide to Living With Others on a Small Planet
The elements in astrology correspond to the basic temperament or the "psychological makeup" of an individual. When a planet is in one of the elements (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water) the planet will express itself through that element. We form ourselves through EARTH, and we find our vitality, optimism, and aliveness through FIRE. The element of AIR represents how we socialize and 'circulate' and communicate. The emotional and spiritual connection to life is symbolized by WATER, and we can nourish and heal our souls from within. No person is 'wholly' one element we are all a mixture of the different elements. We will view the world from our own unique elemental makeup contained within the natal chart. The element of Fire is ‘intuitive’; it symbolizes the initial spark of inspiration, creativity, and future vision. While Earth rules the 'senses', and concerns itself with maintaining and organizing the material aspects of life. Air is the 'thinking' element, it can logically analyse information and develop a theoretical understanding. The Water element dominates 'feeling' and is the nurturing and caring component in life; it also refers to the spiritual aspect of living.

The fire signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius respond to life in active, outgoing, confident, spontaneous, energetic, and enthusiastic ways. A joy for life! Fire signs inspire others with optimism, they are also artists, and it can be the actor or the creative person. Thales believes fire to be eternal and as such could be identified with ideas and a deity, creator of the world. Fire is direct, honest, warm, and self-interested. The element  is volatile and unpredictable, embodying the strength of purpose or meaning in life and often repetitive actions and routine brings boredom. Planets placed in fire signs symbolize energy that is incautious and impels the individual to constant movement and action.

Aries is about identity and the focus is on the self, to go and do what has never been tried before. The flower that belongs to this fiery sign is the red poppy the symbolism of war and people wear them to honour the people who died on the front-line. 

Leo is the growth of the self as the process of individuation and ultimately letting one’s life pattern and self-development take place. The inner child of the universe is the one carrying the light of the Sun inside its heart, radiating life-giving rays and there is a call for the individual to embrace its sense of purpose, to be creative and self-expressive. Like an actor, there is a flair for the dramatic and entertaining, also living for love, romance and passion. Leo, ruled by the Sun is the individual centre “I” and in Jungian terms the self would relate to the mandala.

Sagittarius in on a journey, everything takes on greater significance and is more meaningful. The realm of the archer is where we ask the big questions, often so giant that it is difficult to answer, and the study of knowledge branches out in many directions. To Sagittarius discovery is beautiful, and the great Greek philosopher Plato wrote, “Philosophy begins in wonder.” It is the quest for enlightenment when human beings first began to try and understand their world. The eagle is associated with Saggy and was thought by the Ancient people to be associated with the gods, it was called King and was able to take flight to heaven and back

The Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn: The Earth signs respond to life in a practical, physical, and enduring ways; they are concerned with the material aspects of living. Earth signs provide the foundation needed to establish something tangible. These individuals are patient, responsible, working hard and planning carefully. Planets placed in this element will express themselves in a grounded way.  Earth gives form to the spirit,  and planets in this element take no risks and resist change. Earth also takes comfort in what is known and dependable they are the doers who go out and make money, the ones that achieve something practical in society.

Earth signs are systematic, repeating things, predictable, shunning the irrational and demanding physical proof, things have to make sense. On the birth chart the earth signs are psychologically opposite fire. These individuals can be so consumed by their daily affairs, attending to their career and the reality of life that one day there will be a powerful need to turn the inner-life of the spirit. Earth is the densest matter of all it is heaviest, most solid and thickest, one can actually feel its weight.

The sign of Taurus represents mother nature the source of all life, and one of the most fertile signs associated with fruitfulness and there are profound gifts in art and creativity, with a deep affinity for music and anything which pleases the senses. Usually critical issues involve self-value, and the individual is building security, sustaining what has been earned. The sign is a rock of strength, and these individuals possess tenacity, are loyal, patient, faithful, down to earth, committed, creating beautiful surroundings, and using their immense creative power.

Virgo is associated with earth, steadiness, and solid ground, but through its mutable nature is more versatile and flexible and is the goddess of the harvest. The sign hones skills and analyses as a way of life, and the daily concerns may preoccupy the mind. Virgo often seeks healing through plants, natural, herbal remedies and it is often through land, animals and the forest that is the source for knowledge. Virgo may opt for limited and specialized information, but it is immediately useable and fits neatly with everyday reality. The sign systematically studies and categorizes virtually everything, also turning the mind inwards and are self-analytical and self-critical and modest.

Capricorn is the full power of the state and the monarchy; the world, society, economic structures and ambitious enterprises enter the picture in a sign that rules the government. Typically the sign also doubts everything, but this only because they need something to be sure of. Capricorn people define themselves by how much they can accomplish, often plagued by a feeling of incompetency when failing to get something done.

The Air signs - Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius: The air signs respond to life by accumulating information, and appear detached because they are analytical rather than emotional in situations. Alongside this, the airy nature is graceful, light, and effervescent, and have a lot to do with choice, to choose the ideal. The problem is that the air signs, unlike animal nature, can conceive of states of perfection, and ones that may be impossible to achieve, through art, beauty, symmetry and abstraction. Anaximenes argued that it is air that can be conceived as extending infinity. The airy group can spend a lot of time chasing rainbows, but they are an intellectually orientated bunch, brilliant, articulate and social. The Air signs direct by interaction, circulation, socialization.

Planets in air relate intellectually, even the Moon (a water planet) in air will talk, read and verbalize the emotions. The element of Air represents the universal mind, facts, and observations, rationalizing, and making judgements and representing ideas. Idealism belongs here in the mind of us homo-sapiens, consciousness, our thoughts and perceptions.

Gemini represents the snapshots of facts, and can be a real gossip nymph, noisy, filled with self-interrupting conversation. The mind is clever, playful, and language is the bridge connecting us to one another, in a way that nothing else can. Gemini’s curiosity is to know to flit in a butterfly motion from one question to another, acquiring a little knowledge without ever allowing it to mature. The sign stores up snippets of information, but is also the most neutral and unbiased. Gemini is very reporter-like leaving out questions of morality, and helping others to focus on the situation.

The sign of Libra can find similarities between seemingly unrelated things. We find the goddess of justice in our modern courtroom, representing the scales, and  the feather is closely associated with Libra and can be used in a decorative fashion. The symbolism of the feather is truth. The dove is related to this zodiacal sign being a symbol of peace, and the colour is white representing the purity and goodness of the sign.

Aquarius understands advanced mathematical formulas, advanced aerodynamics and the mapping of the universe. The sign values reason, science, progress, and truth, pulling off the veil and revealing enlightened thought. In this area, humans take quantum leaps forward into new uncharted possibilities. The air and fire signs both encompassing all the possibilities and potentials of life. A great revolution begins in this forward thinking sign, a place where wondrous inventions dazzle the human race with the use of cutting edge research, and there is something of the fresh revolutionary spirit that Aquarius pours from his water jug on to mankind. Aquarius’ symbol is the wavy lines representing the universal wave function that extends everywhere.

The mind is like a chemistry lab, full of commotion with non-stop neural conversations happening. Aquarius is a great rationalist, filled with universal ideas, ones that could only be grasped by the power of the mind. The reasoning and conceptualizing ability, but can be difficult for the layman to comprehend such far off theories. Aquarius’ abstract language is often cloaked in mathematics, revealing deeper truths about the universe, and they also need a main-framework of reference and everything has a logical structure. The sign is science and the organization of knowledge; it is technological, astronomical, and mathematical.

In the book Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 the author says that without scientists there is no future. Air signs rely much on platonic ideals, building airy models, often tdivorced from reality. The sign is focused on human affairs and futuristic potential. Dane Rudhyar wrote, “Man’s advancement in technology…we may be light years ahead in our modern universe, but that doesn’t mean we are more harmonious and that life is happier than the one lived in the ancient past.

The Water signs -  Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. The water signs respond to life in an emotional, sensitive, and instinctive way. Water 'feels' and they are oversensitive, overprotective, and intimate, sharing secrets, longings and mysteries with one another. A planet in water is subdued, plunged into subjectivity, and the planet becomes more inwardly directed, and is emotional in expression, but it can also become manipulative. Water can form into ice, steam and liquid and take an infinity of other forms, crashing into rocks, forming puddles of water that disappear expressive of the elusive nature and then falling like rain from above giving us an understanding of the cycle of water.

The water people are the enchantresses, with psychic ability; they understand and forgive you when you can't forgive yourself. Water seeks the lowest level, it seeps in. Pisces is the stream of unconsciousness, the unfiltered mind, and the final mystery to be solved in the great zodiac round. Cancer is the first sign of feeling, easily bruised by life, and seeking security. The sign’s emotions are extremely vulnerable, but through all the waters signs sensitivity to living and vulnerability to life the psychic instincts come to the fore.

Cancer has powerful intuition, and is ruled by The Moon, which is indirect and perceives all things, but not in clarity, it senses in the dark shadows of the mysterious celestial light, and through dreams and premonitions, existing in a twilight state in the night time of the unconscious, feeling its ways through life and receptive to everything. Pisces understands that we all share a spiritual thread a mutual nature and common understanding and urges us to use our empathy. Pisces wades in the knowledge and the magnitude of everything we don’t know.

The water signs have often been cast into the role of disorder and chaos, and unreason. All of this never sits comfortable with the element of Air their psychological opposites as they need law and order, and the civic life. Emotions are primordial chaos siting in the unconscious and threatening the harmony that the air signs work to create. The emotions are savage and wear away at civilisation tearing down ideals and the law. We all know Scorpio is a law unto himself, he is kind of like the dark angel of justice, lurking in the shadows righting the wrongs.
But, besides this, we may with perfect correctness divided the four elements by placing air and earth together, and, on the other side, fire and water. The actuality of this division may be seen by reference to the rulers. Mercury, Venus and Saturn rule one earthy and airy sign apiece, and similarly the Sun-Moon, Mars, and Jupiter rule one fiery and one watery sign each. The practical value of this division lies in the connection of fire-water with the emotions, and air-earth with the mind.The Zodiac and the Soul



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