Every Zodiac sign has a central set of mythic motifs and karmic patterns that tend to define the dreams of the people who are strongly influenced by that sign in their birth-chart. (Look to the Ascendant, Sun Sign placement, major planetary aspects and the Moon for clues).
I have recently been doing extensive work with a client who is both a Cancer Sun and a Cancer Ascendant as well as having Mercury and Mars in Cancer. By looking deeply at her dreams I have been able to pick out several common themes that dominate her life and which have been tremendously helpful for her in helping make more sense of her "purpose" in her current incarnation.
Cancer has long been called “the Gateway of Men” and, generally speaking, it is known as the sign that rules birth and motherhood.
The astral emblem for the sign, was originally imaged as a scarab beetle by the Ancient Egyptians rather than a crab. The scarab was seen rolling a giant dung ball across the sky while the potential for all life fecundated in its “nest.” The scarab’s dung ball contains both womb and seed and represents birth, creative potential, dreams and unformed images that spring from the collective unconscious.
Cancer is the Zodiac sign that represents a threshold crossing from the uterine waters of mother’s womb to the big, bad scary world “out there.”
Although it is typically known as the sign of Motherhood, Cancer is actually the sign of Parenthood for its ancient symbolism likens it with that which contains and nourishes the potential for all life –the seed and the womb. In this sense it contains both masculine and feminine polarities.
All new births -both literal and symbolic -need both masculine and feminine energies to help make their potential manifest. Cancer tends to struggle with actualising its masculine qualities (assertion, independence, action etc) and often has an overdeveloped feminine side that is receptive, fluid, changeable and nourishing yet finds it hard to push past the barrier of inertia into action.
It is the karmic life mission of the Cancerian individual to balance this overdeveloped feminine side by giving equal voice to their masculine side (but without dissociating from the feminine principle and all the fecundity and richness that it has to offer).
The Cancerian individual often tries to seek their under-developed masculine side in the world “out there” -either through a dominant partner, mother, child, friend or colleague. Cancerians tend to run into problems and face difficulties in these relationships if they fail to realise that they will not provide them with the lost wholeness that they are seeking.
They must learn to develop the qualities they seek within themselves and until they do, they will continue to be denied the “perfect” relationship, child, mother, job, whatever…
Ultimately, the problem that Cancer encounters is separation from the Primordial Mother -the oceanic source of life.
The reason Cancer is typically described as a pie-baking, mama loving homebody is because many Cancer-types will project the Primordial Mother onto the personal mother and will face recurring issues surrounding home/tribe/clan/roots/childhood/nostalgia/Mother/mother/motherhood. Whether or not these people have literal "issues" surrounding separation from the personal mother will differ from person to person. The point is that there will be a lifetime theme of separating from the Primordial Mother aka the Universal Source that contains no opposites, no separateness, no aloneness and no pain.
The Cancer type is terrified of cutting the umbilical cord off from Source, from Universal Oneness where all life is unformed and undifferentiated.
Cancer types long for the fusion and blissful oneness of the womb but life often does not permit Cancer to stay in these undifferentiated waters forever.
Eventually, they will be called out into the world to “incarnate” and although they may continue to return to the primal waters of life for sustenance, they will need to keep coming back to shore so they can offer the power of their creative insights to humanity.
It is easy for Cancer to stay lost in an archetypal dream-world of fantasies and illusions, refusing to make their own way in the world and finding it easier to remain submissive and reclusive –like a fetus still being replenished by universal embryonic fluid.
But Cancer cannot remain unborn forever. Sooner or later there will be a call to life, to birth, and it is often with much kicking and screaming that Cancer will be forced to make an entry into “the world of men.”
Birth and maturity must often (but not always) be achieved through some kind of deep emotional loss.
This heart-wrenching passage into real life may come to the Cancerian in many different forms but the underlying cause will be one of deep emotional loss/pain.
For example, it could be through an inability to have children, the early death of the Mother, being denied a home (or other outer trappings of “security”) or an inability to make romantic relationships work (as with the example of Katy). These painful patterns will continue to repeat themselves until the Cancer-type learns that they must be their own Mother, Father, Home, psychic container etc. They must learn that security and nourishment comes from within. If they continue to chase these “security blankets” in the outside world then the outer trappings of security will continue elude or disappoint them.
They are learning an important karmic lesson: that security, love, emotional food and nurturing must be cultivated from within.
There is tremendous creative power and potential available for people who are able to access the world of the Universal Unconscious with such ease and it is precisely this numinous gift that furnishes Cancer with its deep, endlessly fertile, restless and chaotic inner life. However, for these gifts to benefit others, they must be bought out into outer expression otherwise they are nothing more than untapped potential.
It is by awakening the unexpressed masculine principle that these gifts may finally be bought into fruition. Divine gifts can only be utilised if a conscious effort is made to “give birth” to the poetic, creative impressions that will allow Cancers to fulfill their unique potential.
Cancerian Dream Themes Seem to Revolve Around:
-Birth (not only literal births but births on a symbolic level as well)
-Houses, homes, buildings, structures (symbols of the Self, and of our own psychic structures)
-Young, tender, fragile things that need nurturing and sustenance
-Fear of moving forward: feeling stuck
-Fears around conscious self-expression
-Undervalued and unexpressed masculine side
-Overdeveloped and crippling feminine side that results in inaction, excessive fluidity (no structure/action), receptivity (without acting on received insights and sharing/expressing these impressions with the outside world)
-It is often through the feminine principle that Cancerians can achieve great things in life for it is through the feminine acts of nurturing and birth that the formlessness of the feminine principle can be given masculine structure and conscious expression
-Being both the womb and the seed: Mother and Father, caretaker and invalid, nurturer and nurtured one
-Allowing their powerful creative impressions and insights to be expressed consciously rather than remaining “stuck in the birth canal”
Below are a few of the dreams that Katy, my Cancerian client shared with me over the course of our work together. Feel free to either skim through them, read them in depth or skip them all together. Either way, enjoy!
An In-depth Interpretation of One of Katy's Dreams as part of an Investigation into Dream Themes Common for Cancers: A Case Study
By shedding light on Katy's dreams, I am hoping that our work together may help people come to a better understanding of the art of dream interpretation.
For a step-by-step approach on how to interpret your dreams using an easy three-step method, click here.
In early March 2017 Katy shared a dream with me that featured the number 3 in it.
Sun sign: Cancer
Rising sign: Cancer
I am home at my parents house and have just received the unsettling news that my ex-boyfriend is on his way over (we are still together in the dream but our relationship is contentious and I do NOT want to see him). I go and look through my closet and find some of his clothes in there. Strangely, they are hanging up on the same hanger as my clothes so there are layers of his shirts and layers of my shirts hanging there together. I take one of his cardigans and wear it and pace around the house anxiously awaiting his arrival. My parents are anxious as well. When he arrives he doesn’t say anything. He has a sad, knowing look in his eyes and he hands me a piece of cardboard with three stars drawn on it in the shape of a triangle. He then hands me a box of coloured pencils. I open the tin and the colours are all beautiful and bright, some of them have been used and are now blunt and there is a sharpener in there with pencil shavings everywhere. He walks away looking behind him and gazing at me with the same anxious/sad/knowing look in his eyes. He smiles at me one last time and is gone.
Katy had come to me for a combined tarot and astrology reading. She had broken up with her controlling, abusive, emotionally demanding boyfriend about 3 and a half months before having this dream.
She had initially been extremely heartbroken about the break up and was coping with it by shutting herself off from other men and comfort eating.
By the time she had the dream she was slowly starting to come to terms with the break up and was starting to get on with her life.
Although she was the one who instigated the break up, she had initially pinned a lot of hope onto the relationship (she is a self-confessed “hopeless romantic” with delusional ideals about relationships and love in general).
She and her boyfriend had recently moved in together and there was even talk of marriage and kids. She claimed that he had once been her knight in shining armour, and she felt like their relationship was saving her from all the hurts and disappointments in the world –saving her, in other words, from becoming an individual in her own right, on her own terms.
She told me there had been a long past of martyrdom and idealisation in her relationships –where she played second fiddle to the men she adored, forgetting totally about her own self-development and her own individual needs.
Right before having this dream, Katy had recently returned from a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka where an imbalance between her masculine/feminine side was pointed out to her by one of her yoga teachers.
He told her that her feminine side (left side, yin, ida nadi) was overdeveloped and that she needed to keep up a regular yoga practice to help bring more balance to her personality by developing her masculine side (right side, yang, pingala nadi).
The yoga teacher also pointed out that the fingers on her left hand were probably larger than her right hand. Katy had never noticed this before and when she compared both hands she noticed, to her abject shock and horror, that her teacher was right and that her left hand was markedly bigger than her right hand!
She also noticed that the left side of her body was a lot more flexible than her right side.
Here was literal physical evidence that Katy had an overdeveloped feminine side and a completely undervalued, undeveloped masculine side. When she next looked at a photo of herself she noticed that the left side of her face was more pronounced than her right and that all her features slanted up towards the left side of her face.
The Interpretation of Katy’s Dream
Step One: Time Frame:
Katy dreamed of a house that she had lived in until she was 15 and so the program she is running is one from the past.
Step Two: How the Problem is Manifesting in Katy’s Life:
Katy is deeply unbalanced and has lived her life almost exclusively from her feminine side (this pattern is deeply entrenched, which is suggested by the dream’s location in an old house).
The reason we know that this dream pertains to Katy’s masculine/feminine imbalance is because both her mother and father were there. Mothers/fathers, men/women in dreams are almost always an indication that our masculine/feminine polarity is being called into question rather than representing literal people or our actual mother and father.
Katy has tended to give all her power away to her boyfriends thereby suppressing her own masculine side (i.e. the development of her individuality/spirit/willpower).
This pattern came to a head in her last relationship and the underlying reason that it ended was because it was the only way she could learn that she was giving away her power (and short-changing herself in the process).
It is only in solitude that the inner voice can be heard and it is only by being single that Katy can finally learn that it is only she who can act as both mother and father to herself. This dream seems to be giving Katy a very encouraging message: she is finally in balance and looking after her own needs (although there is still work to be done).
Katy’s inner balance is also represented by the layers of male and female clothes (clothes =the roles we play in life) hanging on top of one another in her closet and by her choice to put on her ex-boyfriend’s cardigan (donning masculine clothing= embodying masculine principles).
This shows that she is now starting to balance her masculine and feminine sides (i.e. assertion and receptivity). She is starting to blend these two polarities in a harmonious way, paying homage to both of them.
The fear she displays at the impending arrival of her ex-boyfriend shows that she is still a little uncomfortable with expressing her masculine side and that she fears allowing it to shine fourth –she still feels she must suppress it or hide from it, although she has come a long way and she’s doing a good job at integrating rather than polarising these two opposing forces.
She still has the tendency to see masculinity as something outside of herself rather than something within. Fearing her ex-boyfriend shows that she feels that her own masculinity is something to be feared, rather than something that should be encouraged to flourish in her psyche.
The good news is that she is improving (wearing masculine clothing).
Step Three: How to resolve the problem:
Katy told me that although she is still upset about the break up of this relationship, the dream seems to be offering her some promising news.
The cardboard with the drawing of the three stars on it suggests that now she is single she is free to get on with her own development (which the relationship was hindering and suppressing).
This is represented by the number 3, which always suggests a process of integration, a birth, new beginnings.
She has moved beyond the stasis of the 2 (opposition, balance) to create something new (3). She is now in the process of integrating her masculine and feminine sides, which will ultimately lead towards new beginnings, a new reality.
This is what the gift of the colouring pencils shows: now that she is successfully integrating her masculine and feminine sides (which is the “gift” or lesson of her broken relationship) she is free to express herself creatively.
The break up has taught (and is teaching) Katy about realising her own needs. If she’d stayed in the relationship she would have been curtailing and suppressing her own spiritual growth and she would have continued to live out her unlived masculine side via projection.
Now that she does not have the crutch of the relationship anymore she is developing her masculine side in her own right. This is a spiritual dream with a spiritual message (the number 3 always represents a spiritual message in dreams) and the colouring pencils suggest the potential for improved creative self-expression now that the relationship has run its course.
The triangle is considered the first perfect form because it is the first shape that can be constructed with straight lines. It is also a religious symbol of the trinity, the three parts of the Divinity that are the moving creative forces behind manifestation.
The triangle also represents a gathering of universal creative energies and the colouring pencils provide her the tools with which to actualise her creative potential.
Masculine, active self-expression (colouring pencils) now lies solely in her hands. Her break-up, in other words, has provided her with all the tools she needs to actualise her creative potential.
Pyramids (triangles) generate awesome amounts of creative energy and are considered to be giant electrical conductors, accumulators of creative energy awaiting release.
This dream represents Katy’s spiritual, creative emancipation.
In esoteric doctrine, the Great Pyramid of Giza is considered to be an initiation temple rather than pharaoh’s tomb, which suggests that Katy is being initiated into a new level of awareness.
The appearance of stars in the dream suggests that Katy is going through profound changes in her life (stars = changes) and, that her senses are being elevated as she moves into a higher level of awareness (reinforced by the number three).
Stars also suggest that things are changing for the better and that Katy is heading in the right direction.
If you would like to read more about the work I did with Katy, you can do so by clicking here.
“Her antiquity in preceding and surviving succeeding tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation: her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power to enamour, to mortify, to invest with beauty, to render insane, to incite to and aid delinquency: the tranquil inscrutability of her visage: the terribility of her isolated dominant resplendent propinquity: her omens of tempest and of calm: the stimulation of her light, her motion and her presence: the admonition of her craters, her arid seas, her silence: her splendour, when visible: her attraction, when invisible.”
Venus Through the Signs
A few years ago I wrote an article about Venus in Aries and how that particular planet-sign combination seems to have produced many of the world’s major style icons.
Continuing my research on Venus in the signs (and particularly how the planet-sign combination is manifested in popular culture through the women we deify on screens and in magazines), I have unearthed many startling synchronicities and similarities in how Venus expresses itself in Cancer.
Venus in Cancer Clients: Common Themes
Before I dive in, I’d like to add my 2 cents on what I’ve noticed about the Venus in Cancer natives that have come to me for chart readings.
Based on my own client-based work, I have found that women with Venus in Cancer (when not making any major aspects that alter or distort its expression) tend to have an exceptional ability at interior decorating. Even if they are otherwise “un-artistic” there seems to be an affinity with Venus in Cancer and beautifying (Venus) the home (Cancer).
Other similarities have included lovely, watery eyes with a mysterious opaque quality to them -almost like marbled paper -and a tendency to veer towards dowdy and unfashionable clothing.
I’m not saying that these ladies don’t have the ability to “turn it on” in the wardrobe department if they have to (say, for a wedding or an event) but for the most part, Venus in Cancer natives are not notably electrifying in their style choices (that’s more the domain of Venus in Aries). This is because they have a habit to cling to old and/or comfortable, worn- out clothing that has been in their closets for years (Cancer = familiarity and nostalgia), playing it safe with classic and/or tried-and-trusted styles that don’t necessarily break new ground.
Venus in Cancer: Manifestations in the Cultural Lexicon
Why would I choose to study the effects of Venus on celebrities? Why not regular everyday people instead?
In simplistic terms, Venus is the goddess of beauty and the astrological significator of what we find beautiful. As long as we are not blind or visually impaired, we are born seeing and perceiving before we are born speaking. We naturally admire a beautiful stranger before we admire a not-so-beautiful stranger and, it goes without saying that the beautiful stranger is much more likely to be plucked from obscurity and exalted or deified than his/her plainer counterpart. Countless studies have demonstrated that babies are attracted to symmetrical, “attractive” faces. Why? Because, as Oscar Wilde said, beauty needs no explanation.
“Beauty is a form of Genius--is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.”
Venus-Shakti’s Magic Girdle
The reason I have chosen to focus this study on women is because Venus, the Goddess, represents a function of the anima, of Shakti, the divine feminine energy and Venus’ famous magic girdle was able to render gods and mortals crazy with desire.
Astrologers have likened Venus’ magic girdle with the sign placement of Venus in a native’s chart. So if you are a woman with Venus in Sagittarius, you are likely to impress and entice others with your sense of fun, encyclopedic knowledge, your free-spirited nature and/or the impressive list of destinations you’ve travelled to.
So Venus’ natal placement tells us something about how we try and impress others (men tend to use their Mars placement to impress others).
Venus in Cancer: Bridging Two (or More!) Worlds
It took a while for a theme to emerge for Venus in Cancer (which somehow seems appropriate for this reticent sign). When I first started compiling birth information on various female celebrities there was no shortage of Venus in Aries, Gemini, Aquarius and Leo but Venus in Cancer ladies were relatively thin on the ground. As I gradually started finding more and more women with Venus in Cancer, one thing struck me immediately.
Many of these women were (are) either bi-cultural, bi-racial, half one ethnicity and half another ethnicity or born in a foreign country away from their ancestral origins. Some are “third culture” kids and born at a time before that term was even coined and before third culture childhoods became more commonplace. Many of the women in the study are also of African heritage, which again conjures up images of our origins as a species since we all emerged from Africa (“everything started with Mother Africa.”)
It is notoriously hard (especially historically) for women of African heritage to find an equal place in the limelight with their Caucasian counterparts because of racial prejudices and negative stereotyping however, with Venus in Cancer these women seem to have been the “exceptions” that prove the rule.
Cancer is a cardinal sign and cardinal signs always represent something new emerging into conscious awareness since they fall on solstices and equinoxes, marking the beginning of a new season. Esoterically speaking, all cardinal signs deal with wholes, and, therefore, with mass experience. Venus, as the planetary archetype of unity and harmony, is also concerned with creatively uniting opposites. In fact, one of Venus-Aphrodite’s sacred animals was the dove, which, as you know is the international symbol of peace.
Besides being of full or part African heritage, many of the women I found with Venus in Cancer were also multi-ethnic, multi-racial and/or born in a foreign country. As cultural barriers breakdown and new hybrids emerge we can start redefining beauty in broader, more harmonious and all-inclusive terms.
Venus in Cancer: All Life Begins in Water
The Koran tells us that all life begins in water as, indeed, do many other oral, cultural and religious traditions. That all life first emerged from water is an ancient mythic motif, old as time itself and is valid both literally and symbolically. Water is mysterious and enchanting because it contains every conceivable opposite and paradox. It is the first and final repository of memory, birth, rebirth and death and is a symbol for the Great Mother.
The elusive nature of water is much like the elusive nature of Venus in Cancer natives. For example, have you ever noticed how a bi-racial person can look completely different depending on the day? Someone with a Chinese mother and a Caucasian father can sometimes look Chinese and sometimes look white and other times look neither Chinese nor Caucasian.
The multi-racial Brazilian model Adriana Lima has Venus in Cancer and can look black, white or Native Brazilian depending on her make-up/the angle of the photo/the ambient light and sometimes (mostly actually) she looks totally and utterly indefinable.
As Walt Whitman said “we contain multitudes” and this couldn’t be truer for any other sign-planet placement than Venus in Cancer.
Venus in Cancer: The Art of Camouflage
Cancer is associated with camouflage because its totem animal is the crab who is so adept at camouflaging itself in the sand and in the ocean. It has multiple habitats in which it feels comfortable. Cancer is a sign that has long been associated with chameleons and shape-shifting.
With multiculturalism comes two languages, two homes, two cuisines, two homelands, two oral and cultural traditions and (sometimes) two religions. No matter where you go, you are always of two worlds; as in the mythology associated with Cancer, you have one foot in the primordial ocean, channeling Source and the other foot in the World, bringing fourth the inspiration into new, imaginative forms.
Multiculturalism can, of course, create confusion in many, especially as there seems to be so much emphasis placed on patriotism, national identity and “being from somewhere.”
Where are you from if the world insists that you are from nowhere?
Someone who’s half-Mexican, half-German might never be “Mexican” enough or “German” enough to have the “right” or the “privilege” to say that they are from there. They might speak one or both languages “with a funny accent” and so wherever they go they are always a foreigner, an outsider. With these feelings, naturally, comes a desire to find somewhere that doesfeel like home (all human beings have a basic need to belong). This is often a thinly veiled desire to “go home,” back to Source where everything is undifferentiated and unformed. There, you have no rejection, no striving, no painful and limiting categories to be shoved into; just fusion and oneness and bliss.
This theme of “wanting to go home” is one that is traditionally associated with Cancer and the search for a surrogate caretaker or shelter can take on many guises although, as mentioned above, it usually masks a deeper issue: an unwillingness to be “born” as a distinct individual. With planets in Cancer we may try and live our lives vicariously through our spouses, children, parents (i.e. an external source of security) only to have to learn the deeper meaning of “Cancer energy” the hard way -that the world is calling for you to be born an individual and, as such, you can’t define yourself by propping yourself up against an external source of security. This is why Cancer is referred to as “the Gateway of Men” in esoteric astrology -it is the birthplace of the Soul as an individual.
Venus in Cancer: Birthing a New Identity
Despite every effort to cling to the familiar, Cancer’s path is one that doesn’t allow it to become fixed to an external source of security (homeland, house, job, children, parents etc). That is not the Soul’s mission for planets in Cancer as security must always come from within.
So many of us fix our sense of security on a national identity but that’s not really an option when we are the product of a mixed marriage. Others may say “I am Sabine, I come from Germany or “I am Thanh I come from Vietnam” but when you are, say born in Scotland to a Senegalese mother and Finnish father, things become a little bit harder to define. If you were to ask a crab where it lives it wouldn’t be able to just say “on land” or “in the sea” because it lives in both and therefore partakes of the magic of both.
Venus in Cancer: Breaking Down Barriers
When you’re talking to someone who is a melting pot of different races and/or nationalities and ethnicities, it is almost always impossible to “place” them and stuff them into a conveniently labelled pigeonhole. For many parochially-minded people, this can be confusing, annoying and downright disturbing.
Take model Devon Aoki who is half-German/English and half-Japanese. I can’t even begin to imagine how many times she’s had to endure the question “wait, but where are you from?”
Looking at her doesn’t make it any easier to pin her down (like water itself her essence cannot be contained) because she is neither Japanese nor German but her own hybrid of both.
It’s as though Venus in Cancer seeks to dissolve the barriers of what the rational mind finds “digestible” and “acceptable” through the breaking down of outdated notions and fixed standards of beauty.
Cancer is traditionally associated with the depths of the imagination and when people from different ethnic or racial backgrounds have a child there’s no telling what new “imaginative” way their genes will be expressed in their offspring.
Venus in Cancer: Restructuring Mass Consciousness
The esoteric astrologer Alice Bailey associates Cancer’s lunar qualities with “the form of nature, the substance of the flame which lights the way” suggesting that Venus in Cancer natives, with regard to what we have discussed above, can usher in new forms of nature which then light the way to greater acceptance and tolerance. In esoteric astrology, Cancer is also associated with harmony through conflict and in psychological astrology Venus is the planetary significator par excellencefor harmony through conflict.
Cancer’s traditional associations with mass-consciousness become a visceral, biological reality for multicultural ladies with Venus in Cancer because they actually carry and sow the seeds of multiculturalism within the fabric of their own being.
In her highest expression, Venus is the embodiment of love and the Divine Feminine energy which has the ability to empower the Universe. Venus energy is what Plato called “passion aroused by beauty” and being in touch with her ignites the essential creative live-force within which can then ignite profound personal and trans-personal transformation.
At its deepest level, I believe that the “karma” and duty of Venus (love and beauty) in Cancer (mass-consciousness) is to aid in the collective transformation of humanity through redefining concepts related to beauty, heredity and racial/ancestral origins etc.
Venus in Cancer is Proteus, the Elusive God(ddess) of Sea Change
One of the gods associated with the sign of Cancer is Proteus where we get the word protean from (protean means ever-changing, variable, changeable etc). Etymologically, the name “Proteus” comes from the Greek “first,” “primordial” and “firstborn.”
In Greek Myth, Proteus was a prophetic sea-god or god of the rivers and oceans. Homer gave him the moniker the “Old Man of the Sea.” He is also known as “the elusive god of sea change.”
Proteus was a speaker of oracles and could foretell the future but would change shapes to avoid having to. If someone was able to capture the beast he would then have no choice but to divine the future for them.
The beauty of Venus and Cancer natives, as we shall soon see in the examples below, is protean -ever-changing and hard to pin down.
The cosomobiologist Ebertin associated Cancer with “heredity qualities or traits as a whole.” Venus in Cancer is about transforming notions that define beauty along specific racial and cultural lines and as such, our heredity, racial and cultural qualities are beginning to morph via undefinable parameters.
Venus in Cancer: Model-Actress-Singer-Mogul-Dancer
Multiculturalism isn’t the only way that many of these ladies straddle two different worlds -I also noted a high incidence of model-actresses, singer-actresses etc -so Venus in Cancer natives tend to be of two different places at once not just biologically but professionally as well.
On a symbolic and mythic level, Cancer is associated with differentiating ourselves from Source, while not dissociatingfrom it. From the chaotic primordial waters all manifest life emerges and it their proximity to these primordial waters -with one foot in the ocean and one foot on land -that allows Venus in Cancer ladies to bring new worlds to life and bridge seemingly disparate worlds together.
Cancer is traditionally associated with our earliest origins: racial and biological as well as mythic and allegorical. Folk tales for example, fall under the domain of Cancer because they describe and unfold the origins of the soul and tribal memory, delineating the origins of mankind through mythic patterns of representation.
Venus the artist and aesthete starts to tell new tales when she is in Cancer. Or maybe she knows twice as many tales (from different oral traditions, naturally) and has twice as many dreams and memories as those who do not share her vast and unlimited cultural legacy.
Venus in Cancer: Heart-Shaped Faces
Cancer, traditionally ruled by the Moon, is associated with roundness, softness and femininity. I found there to be a high incidence of cherubin, doll-like features (a wide-eyed cherub look), heart-shaped faces, widows peaks (which give the illusion of a heart-shape even on faces that aren’t technically heart-shaped) and round faces conjuring up images of the Moon when it is full and at the height of its power.
Interestingly, in Teutonic tribes, the heart (as in the standard drawing of a heart -pictured below) was also used as a pictorial representation for a woman’s genitals. Highly appropriate given that Cancer is the sign of birth and emergence and rules the womb.
The womb itself is an alembic, an alchemical container -who knows what’s going to come fourth, what’s going to be watered down, what’s going to be carved out and given structure and what’s going to be washed away altogether.
Without further ado, here is a look at some cultural icons (all female) who were born with Venus in Cancer.
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
Born in Salvador, Brazil in 1980, Adriana Lima is best known as being Victoria’s Secret’s longest standing Angel and, is often cited as being the heart and soul of the brand by many of her fans. What sets Lima apart from many other models of her caliber is her sultry, “exotic” look and a kind of beauty that defies racial classification. She is not “white” but she isn’t “black” or Asian either. She is a hybrid of so many different castes and colours that she has taken on her own unique identity, her own “race.” With her burnished skin and aqua-blue eyes (or are they green?), it’s hard to tell where one race ends and the other begins. She has stated that she is of African, Native Brazilian, European and Japanese descent and it is precisely this heady cocktail of ethnicities that became her calling card when her star was on the rise. Also, considering her svelte frame and the fact that she’s a model, Lima has a beautifully round, cherub-like face.
(Sun in Virgo, Venus in Cancer)
Born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois to a Bolivian father and an American mother of English descent. Raquel Welch is partly credited with ending the blonde bombshell look, which was so vigorously promoted by Hollywood in the 50s and 60s. When Welch burst onto the scene in the mid-1960s, she often had to fight for her right to simply be who she was. She was constantly being told to lighten her skin and hair and producers wanted her to change her name from Raquel to something more Anglo sounding. Her refusal to comply with Hollywood whitewashing procedures paved the way for countless other “exotic” looking actresses after her. Welch is also often credited with changing America’s feminine ideal into one that was more accepting of “different” kinds of beauty. She is perhaps most famous for her role in the 1966 movie One Million Years B.C.Despite only having three lines in the movie, photos of her clad in a doe-skin bikini were turned into posters, which quickly became bestsellers and catapulted her into the denizens of celebrity sex symbols. Note her role as a cave-woman (i.e. Cancer = origins of the human species).
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
With Venus rising in Cancer, Angelina Jolie seems to exemplify all of the Venus in Cancer traits outlined above. Marbled aquatic eyes, cherubin face (when she was younger at least -she has lost too much weight now) and born to an American father and a French-Canadian mother (who may or may not have had Iroquois roots). As a prolific child-rearer herself, she has adopted children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam and gave birth to her biological children in Namibia and France respectively thus breaking down cultural barriers in the walls of her own home. Her myriad roles encompass actress, humanitarian, filmmaker and mother.
(Sun in Cancer, Venus in Cancer)
While Meryl Streep isn’t from a culturally diverse background like many of her other Venus in Cancer sisters, she DOES have a Venus in Cancer trait that I have seen over and over again: watery eyes. Despite being dark, they have a luminous almost aquatic quality to them that reveals a deep sensitivity and tenderness. Her emotional intelligence is what makes her such a phenomenal actress and her ability to morph into countless different characters with such ease is one of the gifts of her Venus in Cancer (not to mention her Sun in Cancer). Like Proteus, the prophetic sea-god of Greek myth, she has the ability to fluidly shape-shift into limitless different forms. She only needs to be “captured” in order to give the performance of a lifetime.
(Sun in Leo, Venus in Cancer)
Aoki is another model whose “exotic” and “indefinable” look became her calling card when she was at the peak of her career in the late 90s. Aoki was born in New York City to a Japanese father and a German-English mother and, like Lima, it is hard to tell where one race ends and the other begins suggesting the constantly changing nature of the sea (or liquid in general). Her perfectly formed heart-shaped face, not to mention her hybrid beauty, makes hers a truly memorable physical presence. She went on to act in a few movies in the early 2000s and now has three biological children with equally captivating and indefinable looks.
(Sun in Cancer, Venus in Cancer)
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bérénice Bejo emigrated to France with her parents when she was just 3 years old. She is listed as a French-Argentine actress on IMDb and Wikipedia and holds dual citizenship. She was raised straddling two cultures and two languages as well as adding a third language to her repertoire (English) and acting in Hollywood movies. She rose to prominence in 2011 when she starred as Peppy Miller in the critically acclaimed silent film The Artist. Silent movies rely on the power of visual imagery and since images are preverbal, they have the power to enchant an audience at the most basic and primordial level. In this sense they appeal to our most immediate aesthetic longings and emotional sensibilities because of their ability to bypass the intellect.
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
Born in Paris, France to a French mother and an American father, Lily-Rose Depp straddles two worlds as well as two professions (acting and modelling). The cherub-shaped face is also another classic Venus in Cancer trait as well as the wistful eyes that have a liquid quality despite being brown. Depp has stated that she falls somewhere on the LGBT spectrum (fluid sexual orientation).
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
Baker was one of the first African American women to move to Paris in the 1920s when cabarets and burlesque dancing were all the rage. Baker soon became the toast of the town and was at the height of her career in the 1920s as her star grew to main-stream prominence. Baker was a singer, a stage performer, an erotic dancer and acted in three films, which were only successful in Europe. Despite their lack of mass appeal on a global level, Baker broke new ground yet again by being the first black woman to act in a feature film. Interestingly, her first film, Siren of the Tropics, was set in a fictional colony called Monte Puebla and incorporated a jumble of multiple multicultural references. Baker was a true cultural phenomenon, spitting in the face of her native country where was told she had little to no value simply due to the colour of her skin (she was often booed off the stage in New York simply for being black). Baker, who also had Native American roots, eventually adopted 12 children from all around the world in order to create “a Rainbow Tribe” which was her way of bringing about racial tolerance and harmony to a deeply divided world.
(Sun in Leo, Venus in Cancer)
Best known for playing Mini McGuinness on the popular UK TV drama Skins, Mavor is from Glasgow, Scotland but her mother is Irish and Danish. Like Depp, she is also an actress-model and thus straddles two worlds not just culturally but professionally as well. The opaque sea-like eyes and heart-shaped face also betray her Venus in Cancer placement. She is also the only Skins character to have given birth on the show (Cancer = birth and motherhood), highlighting the social issue of teenage pregnancy.
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
Maïga was born in Senegal to a Senegalese-Gambian mother and a Malian father and moved to France with her mother when she was 4 years old. The vast cultural stew that helped form the bedrock of her personality (Senegal, the Gambia, Mali and France) was also influenced by her father’s Muslim roots as well as a “fervently Catholic” grandmother. She’s also stated that she has an adoptive Vietnamese grandmother who raised her with Vietnamese mores and traditions. Note the beautiful cherubin features, too.
(Sun in Leo, Venus in Cancer)
Canadian-born and New Zealand raised, Paquin is the daughter of a Canadian father and a Kiwi mother. One of her earliest roles was as Amy Alden in the movie Fly Away Homewhere, as in real life, she plays the role of a half Kiwi-half Canadian girl whose mother dies in a car accident in New Zealand and is then sent to live in Canada with her father. The true story is based on Canadian inventor Bill Lishman who started training Canada Geese to follow his ultralight aircraft in 1986. Interestingly, geese are symbolic of childhood and child-rearing (Cancer themes) and the goose training experiment was called “Operation Migration,” and migration, as we have seen, is a common theme for Venus in Cancer. Paquin was also the youngest actress to ever win an Oscar for her role in The Piano (childhood = Cancer) and more recently is known for playing Sookie Stackhouse on the popular vampire show True Blood. Vampires represent unconscious contents breaking out into consciousness as well as repressed desires and fantasies wanting to make themselves known. Cancer, sign of the personal unconscious and emergence, is a fitting one for the host of mythic images that we attach to vampires.
(Sun in Leo, Venus in Cancer)
It seems that you don’t have to dig very far back to find at least one “foreign” ancestor when you have Venus in Cancer. Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell isn’t just English -her mother is from Spain and her father is of part Swedish descent. She also wrote and published a book called If Only, a memoir of her time as a Spice Girl (Cancer = sign of memory and nostalgia). Note the heart-shaped face and the sparkling azure eyes.
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
The “mixed race” Spice Girl is the second Spice Girl on this list with “foreign” genes. Straddling north and south, black and white, a melting pot of races exists within the very boundaries of her own skin. Not just that, but Mel B has also been in relationships with both men and women and has said “people call me lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, but I know who’s in my bed and that’s it.” Even her sexual orientation is indefinable and fluid.
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
She straddles two worlds professionally (actress-model) and is half-Irish, half-English. Wide, brimming sea-like eyes as well. Interestingly, in the year 2000, Hurley starred in the remake of the 1967 film Bedazzledwhich originally starred fellow Venus in Cancer beauty, Raquel Welch.
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
Evcen was born in Germany to a Circassian mother and a Greek-born Turkish father. She is always cited as being German-Turkish but, as with many other Venus in Cancer natives, you don’t have to dig very far to find even more “foreign” antecedents lurking around in the gene pool. Her cultural background is therefore so much more varied than simply being “Turkish” and “German”. Also, note the opaque mint-coloured eyes, especially unusual for an ethnic mix that usually produces brown-eyed people (yes I know there is a high incidence of blue eyes in Circassian populations).
(Sun in Leo, Venus in Cancer)
Half-Syrian, half-Egyptian actress Yosra El-Lozy is one of the most celebrated actress in Egypt and the Middle East. Notice the marbled, opaque green eyes despite being from two countries with a high majority of brown-eyed natives. The cherub-shaped face is also quintessentially Venus in Cancer. EL-Lozy was born and raised in Cairo where she went to a French-language school and an American university and speaks three languages fluently.
(Sun in Cancer, Venus in Cancer)
Galletti was born to Italian parents in Bangkok, Thailand in 1916. Notice the widow’s peak that frames her face giving her a classic heart shape despite having what would otherwise be an angular face.
Olivia de Havilland
(Sun in Cancer, Venus in Cancer)
Classic Hollywood enchantress Olivia De Havilland is an American actress born in Japan to British parents. Although not a classic heart shape, her face has a high forehead and a pointed chin and is therefore almost heart-shaped.
(Sun in Virgo, Venus in Cancer)
Round face? Check. Aqueous eyes? Check. Recent “foreign” ancestry? Yes, Diaz’ father originally hails from Cuba, one of the most “Otherized” nations in the US thanks to the 1962 embargo that was placed on the island nation. According to online sources her mother is of German and English descent. Some of her film roles for this actress-model include a part in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, based on the pregnancy guide of the same name (Cancer = motherhood) and as Tina Carlyle in The Mask. She is also regularly speaks as an advocate for military families (Cancer = family).
The Olsen Twins
(Sun in Gemini, Venus in Cancer)
.Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen began acting in the US sitcom Full Housewhen they were just a year old, highly appropriate for these Venus in Cancer sisters (home, family and heredity = Cancer). In 2004, the twins took to designing their own line clothing for girls aged 4-14 (Cancer =childhood) which was sold at Walmart stores all across the US. In 2004 they made the news by signing a pledge that allowed full maternity leave (motherhood = Cancer) to all the workers that sew clothing for their line in Bangladesh. Mary Kate is also credited with inventing and popularising the “homeless look” which is characterised by long flowy skirts, boots, oversized sunglasses and loose sweaters. As we have seen above, Cancer is about finding a home “within” rather than trying to anchor oneself to an external source of security to feel safe. The homeless look that she developed is an interesting manifestation of her Venus in Cancer placement since Cancer is likely to feel a literal or symbolic sense of homelessness until strength and power are harnessed from within. Check out the round, cherubin faces and wide, brimming aqueous eyes.
(Sun in Virgo, Venus in Cancer)
Actress-singer-model and millennial icon Zendaya has a classic heart-shaped face, sad, soulful eyes as well as being mixed race (her father is African American and her mother is of Scottish and German descent).
(Sun in Leo, Venus in Cancer)
Cattrall was born in England, immigrated to Canada when she was 3 months old and now works and lives in the USA. She also lived in Frankfurt, Germany from 1982-1989 because her husband at the time was German and she even learned to speak fluent German. In 2009, Cattrall took part in a BBC1 documentary called “Who Do You Think You Are?” where she discovered some facts about her maternal grandfather who disappeared in 1938 after abandoning his family. Turns out that he bigamously married a new wife, had four children and emigrated to Australia in the early 60s. Her mother and aunts had known nothing about him growing up and hadn’t even seen a picture of him until the documentary was made. Cancer = the mysteries of our origins. Check out the heart-shaped face, too.
Other Famous Women with Venus in Cancer
Judy Garland (American actress)
Mae West (American actress)
Halle Berry (American actress)
Gracie Carvalho (Brazilian model)
Iman (Somalian model)
Stevie Nicks (American singer)
Romee Strijd (Dutch model)
Grace Jones (Jamaican-American model-actress) *maybe* as her birth year is disputed, alternative Venus placement is Venus in Taurus.
Hilary Swank (American actress)
Karen Mulder (Dutch model)
Courtney Cox (American actress)
Lisa Kudrow (American actress)
Anna Friel (English actress)
Rose Byrne (Australian actress)
Jill St John (American actress)
Souad Massi (Algerian singer)
Kayla Itsines (Australian fitness guru)
Larisa Oleynik (American actress)
Barbara Stanwyck (American-Canadian actress)
Susan Hayward (American model-actress)
Norma Shearer (Canadian-American actress)
Lisa Fonssagrives (Swedish model)
Queen Mum (British royalty)
Princess Beatrice (British royalty)
Helena Christensen: A Brief History
Born to a Danish father and Peruvian mother in Copenhagen on December 25th 1968, supermodel Helena Christensen was at the height of her fame in the 1990s and was one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels as well as being a spokesmodel for Revlon with campaigns for Prada, Chanel, Hermes and Versace amongst others.
Besides gracing countless magazine covers and trotting up the catwalks of Paris, New York and Milan, you may remember her as that girl in Chris Isaak’s music video for Wicked Game.
It is not Christensen’s varied modelling career that concerns me today, however, but the placement of the Centaur Pholus in her birth chart.
As I was reading about Christensen’s life a few weeks ago, I noticed that the men she’s dated are all very similar to each other: unkempt, bearded, wild-looking (mostly rock stars), with a sort of rough-around-the-edges grunginess that immediately called to mind the “natural” and earthy qualities of the Centaurs.
“She’s either got Mars (the animus image in a woman’s chart) or Venus (image of the beloved, what we find beautiful) closely aspecting one of the Centaurs,” I thought to myself.
After researching her birth data, I quickly drew up her chart and found that I was right. She’s got a Venus-Pholus conjunction in Aquarius in the 3rd house, which in turn, trines Mars in Libra in the 11th house. (See chart below).
The Pholus Myth
Pholus was a wise centaur and a friend of Hercules’ who lived in a cave near Mount Pelion where he was trusted with guarding Dionysus’ sacred jar of wine.
He was under strict instructions not to open it and he took his role as guardian of the holy cask of wine very seriously as it did not belong to him alone but to the whole tribe of Centaurs.
In one version of the myth, the cask of wine was given to him as a gift by Dionysus. Pholus was asked to resolve an argument between Dionysus (god of drunkenness and ecstasy) and Hephaestus (god of metallurgy and volcanoes). He sided with Dionysus and was given charge of the wine as a thank you.
Hercules was visiting the cave sometime before or after completing his fourth labour (the capture of the Erymanthian Boar).
When Hercules drank from the jar of wine that was in Pholus’ possession, the neighbouring centaurs’ caught a whiff of its intoxicating scent, which turned them mad. They charged into the cave and were subsequently slain by Hercules.
In the upheaval, Pholus picked up one of Hercules’ poisoned arrows, fascinated that such a tiny thing could cause so much ruckus. The arrow pierced him in the foot and he died immediately.
Pholus in the Birth Chart
The function of Pholus in the birth chart has been the subject of much debate in the astrological community. Pholus was discovered in 1992 and due to his relatively recent discovery and long orbital period of about 90 years, astrologers have been putting fourth various theories as to what it is that astrological Pholus might symbolise.
It is only after astrologers have spent years observing the movement of a new planet that they can say definitively what qualities it might embody in our own souls. Naturally, astrologers have looked to the Pholus myth for clues about his meaning as well as studying his behaviour by progression and transit.
Information surrounding the astrological function of Pholus is still fairly thin on the ground when compared to other planetary archetypes, however, thanks to the efforts of astrologers Zane Stein and Melanie Reinhart, who have taken an especial interest in the Centaurs, information on Pholus’ astrological function is slowly starting to emerge.
Astrological Pholus: Key Concepts
- Here is a list of the different qualities that are embodied by Pholus in the astrological chart as compiled by various astrologers.
- “In Greek mythology Centaurs were described as wild goat-men, who often took the role of the orgiastic interloper at weddings, where the bride was carried off. In other words, they carried the projection of the negative expression of male instincts.” –Melanie Reinhart
- “In Greek mythology, Pholus was the keeper of the sacred jar of wine of Dionysus, the god of ecstasy, whose rites were often characterised by drunkenness and chaos, sometimes culminating in violence.” –Melanie Reinhart
- “The jar [of sacred wine] was not supposed to be opened for four generations, and astrological Pholus often highlights the releasing of ancestral processes, known or unknown to us…” –Melanie Reinhart
- “Pholus may involve a cascade of events which get out of control and often the way to deal with this is to take only essential actions until the flood subsides.” –Melanie Reinhart
- Resolution of addiction patterns
- Soul-mate connections, ‘lost twin’ syndromes
- Prenatal trauma
- Releasing of pent-up energy
- Storytelling and poetry (Pholus’ father was Silenus, drunkard and storyteller to the gods)
- Folktales, bards, minstrels, myths, sagas, raconteurs, orators, town-criers
- Addictions (the so-called “addictive personality”)/ Addict/Hedonist archetype
- Ritual intoxication (rites, plant ceremonies)
- Loosening of physical boundaries through ritual intoxication as a means of contacting the Divine
- Religious ecstasy/Ecstatic dance
- Ancestral healing, tribal healing
- Toxins, intoxication, euphoria
Pholus in the Chart of Helena Christensen
Looking at Christensen’s chart vis a vis her dating history has given me some important clues into the nature of the Centaur Pholus.
By looking at the kind of men Christensen is attracted to (Venus has been described as “passion aroused by beauty” and its placement in the birth chart shows us what turns us on), I have been able to glean more information on the nature of astrological Pholus.
Furthermore, astrological Mars gives us information into what ideals colour Christensen’s image of the animus.
Christensen’s Little Black Book of Men
By looking at the pictures of Christensen’s past (and present) flames, it is obvious that the Danish-Peruvian model clearly has a “type”. She likes her men to be men –hairy, gruff, Heathcliffe types who look a little uncouth and a little wild –like ruffians with poet’s souls and artistic temperaments.
Despite having Venus and Mars in air signs, she has consistently ended up with men that defy the “civilised,” “refined” and “idealised” face of the air element. This speaks volumes about the function of Pholus as an image of wild, untamed nature that is refined through the process of art, poetry and music.
Christensen dated INXS singer-songwriter Michael Hutchence for a period of four years in the early 90s. Hutchence died of a heroin overdose –a suspected suicide –in November 1997.
According to rock-music historian Ian McFarlane:
"Hutchence was the archetypal rock showman. He exuded an overtly sexual, macho cool with his flowing locks, and lithe and exuberant stage movements."
He co-founded the rock group INXS in 1977 and was their lead singer and chief lyricist, having shown an early interest in poetry as a young boy.
Pholus’ connection with Dionysus, god of wine, is evident in the particular persona that Hutchence embodied.
After her break-up from Hutchence, Christensen began dating actor-artist-sculptor-photographer-model-video artist Norman Reedus with whom she had one son in 1999. They dated for five years and still remain friends to this day, sharing joint custody of their son Mingus.
Christensen is currently dating Interpol singer-songwriter Paul Banks who was inspired to become a musician by the 90s band Nirvana. Although Interpol’s sound is smooth and melancholy, Banks has described himself as a hip-hop fan and works as a hip-hop DJ under the pseudonym DJ Fancypants. His good luck talisman is a bug trapped in amber, which he carries around in his pocket.
Tying it all Together
Banks and Hutchence are both singer-songwriters and Reedus is a sculptor and actor. Pholus’ orbit between Saturn (planetary archetype of borders and structure) and Neptune (planetary archetype of poetry, boundlessness and mysticism) tells us a little bit more about his astrological function.
I equate Pholus with a mystical collective (Neptune) power that is crytallised (Saturn) in the individual –since the wine belongs to all the Centaurs it is impersonal, collective, of the group. This seems to be constellated in the men that Christensen is attracted to because they channel collective energies (Neptune) and anchor it into form (Saturn).
No Fixed Abode: Free Spirits
Another thing the three men have in common is that they all lived abroad when they were younger. Hutchence moved with his family to Hong Kong when he was very young (and is where he discovered his love of poetry), Reedus lived in Ireland, Spain and Japan and Banks partly grew up in Mexico and speaks fluent Spanish. It was while he was living in Mexico that he became interested in the performing arts.
Since Pholus “lives” between the orbit of Neptune and Saturn, he is not of a place for long and can thus take on the identity of the location in which he resides (much like a shape-shifter or alchemist).
All this suggests that Pholus in the astrological chart represents a wild, natural and untamed aspect of the collective unconscious (Neptune) that seeks to incarnate (Saturn) through the magical medium of art and music. Pholus represents an ecstatic, orgiastic, drunken celebration of universal oneness that can then be anchored and given expression through the arts and/or spiritual communion with the Divine.
According to the cosmobiologist Ebertin, Saturn-Neptune signatures correlate to “suffering, renunciation and asceticism” as well as “readiness for sacrifice, taking care of others…” In myth, Pholus embodies all of these principles and despite his wild, cave-dwelling ways is a kind and humble soul who suffers at the hands of a cruel twist of fate.
Another way of framing this is by seeing Pholus as a face-off between the densest and most “material” of energies (Saturn) and the most amorphous and nebulous of energies (Neptune) and seeking to develop a common language between them while simultaneously accepting tension and dis-ease as one of the most potent by-products of the pairing. Pholus’ “wildness” and “naturalness” is where his power lies and it is therefore of utmost importance not to “educate” or “civilise” it out of him.
I have the conjunction in Sagittarius. When I was younger I was obsessed with Hans Christian Andersen tales and tragic folk songs (particularly those sung by Joan Baez in the early 60s). Turns out both Baez and Andersen have strong Neptune-Venus aspects in their charts.
In high school and middle school we had creative writing classes once a week and all my stories were about tragic love affairs, unfulfilled longing and yearning...
I wrote poetry like I breathed and loved (love) films like Ryan's Daughter and Swan Lake... I lived in a fantasy world until I was 26, refusing to date anyone because I was so caught up with beautiful, diaphanous visions of perfection that I didn't want to shatter them by confronting "reality"...
I eventually started to date and, well, my dating history reads like a who's who of Greek tragedy. I've been single for 3 years now and have filled my life with yoga, ayahuasca, shamanism and sea/boat-adventures... Now that my looks have faded I am no longer the “femme fatale film star” embodiment of this aspect that I was in my youth (not to toot my own trumpet but...).. In fact, all through my youth I was the unattainable, otherworldly "goddess" figure. A Melusine, never to be reached or understood by any man who fell in love with me (and fell in love with me they did).
I had paintings of fairies and selkies and all other types of ethereal beings tacked to my walls and I championed visual artists like Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac who illustrated myths and fairy tales with an exquisiteness that made me weep.
My clothes were often gauzy, white and floaty, hemmed with shimmer and sequins and romantic little details like flowers, foam, seashells and lace.
Looking back on these childish embodiments of the Neptune-Venus aspect I smile and shake my head a little...
What's left of it now?
Bitter disillusionment, lack of faith in love and men, disbelief in romance and relationships and eyerolling cynicism when anyone talks of bonds that stand the test of time…
Has anything worthwhile replaced this strong sense of disillusionment?
I now have a stronger faith in the Divine and a longing to "lose" myself in activities that foster a deeper connection with all life. I still dress in shades of pearl and seafoam and plump for any jewelry or clothing that hints at the sea: shells, glitter, sequins, gauze, mermaid motifs.
I still find it hard to say no to people’s romantic overtures, finding hurt feelings and wounded egos far too upsetting to deal with. It’s easier just to go with the flow, say yes and then simultaneously disengage and but also somehow take on all of their sadness at the same time. They then become part of me somehow, like I am them. I take on all their problems as if they were my own. A most sad, exhausting and curious predicament.
Love must somehow be muted, mottled, enhanced and elevated. Candles, dimmed lighting, wine, inebriation. Anything that takes me as far away from the other person’s reality as possible.
But then run I must. Usually the end of any tryst must take place in the form of a text message (I can’t bear confrontations) when really I should never have fallen prey to their come-ons to begin with. It’s a much more honest way and the end result is always separation and hurt feelings anyway…
Love somehow always must encompass an element of pity, sadness and feeling what the person feels before they even give themselves the chance to feel it.
So yes, certain elements of this aspect have shifted but I still listen to the otherworldly vocal stylings of Ms. Baez when the mood strikes me and I still read Hans Christian Andersen fairy stories and react to them like they were written about my life.
If the Moon within us is not getting Her needs, she becomes full of tension and anxiety. Without serving our Moons, our worlds feel colder, smaller and fraught with danger and strife.
Taking some simple steps to ensure that we are mothering and nurturing ourselves can go a long way in making us feel like the best version of ourselves.
These suggestions are based on my hands-on, client-based research as well as from personal experience and feedback from friends and family.
Moon in Aries
There is no feistier, more explosive Moon than the Moon in Aries. Think of the explosive passion of the Maenads or the fierce combats of the Samurai Warriors and you’ll know what the Moon in Aries is all about.
Anxiety is stirred up in a Moon in Aries native if they feel like the special and unique world of their imagination is not being taken seriously. The unbridled realm of unlimited human potential provides the greatest comfort and nourishment and so it is important to express the imaginal realm in some fashion particularly if it makes them feel like they are blazing a new trail or setting a new trend.
Aries represents the boundlessness of the human spirit and the rosy visions for a bright, new world. This unquenchable romanticism means that the mind is alive with dungeons and dragons and damsels in distress and so the Moon in Aries needs a battleground –either literal or symbolic –so that the visionary world of their inner genius can shine forth and take the people in their immediate environments into unchartered territory.
Daniel Craig and Angelina Jolie both have the Moon in Aries.
Moon in Taurus
This sensuous, tactile earth sign can alleviate a lot of tension by making sure that the needs of the body are being met. Body-centering is vital in balancing off-kilter Taurus energy because Moon in Taurus likes to be in control of its environment and there is no “environment” more immediate than that of the body. Naturally, this extends to sports and yoga (dynamic physical self-care) as well as to spa treatments and face masks (passive physical self-care).
Cooking, a well-stocked pantry, eating something hearty and nourishing, exercising, getting a massage, taking a long, hot bubble bath, a cupboard full of clothes and a bathroom full of lotions, creams and potions –these are all things that sing to the Moon in Taurus native.
The Moon in Taurus likes to be surrounded by physical tokens of comfort and can derive immense satisfaction in “life’s simple pleasures.” Indulge your innate tactility with silks, satins, duck down duvets, creamy hot chocolate, vases full of flowers and lots of cuddles.
Prince Charles and Meryl Streep both have the Moon in Taurus.
Moon in Gemini
This fidgety air sign can ensure that it’s getting its needs met by surrounding itself with good friends and stimulating debates and conversations. Isolation and long periods spent alone are not good at keeping Gemini Moon energy in balance so make sure that you’ve got plenty to keep you busy. Projects, people and parties can do wonders at making you feel more like yourself.
If you must spend time alone, nourish your innate curiosity with radio shows, podcasts and/or magazines/blogs. If you have things to do, sitting in a coffee shop and getting them done there is also a good idea because it will help you feel more “connected” thereby nourishing your inner networker.
Journaling and writing are also wonderful ways at making your needs “heard” and processing complicated emotions through the sieve of the intellect and the rational mind. It’s important for air signs to be able to “think” their feelings rather than being overrun by them thereby turning insight into a weapon that brings about needed change (change/variety being of the utmost importance to a Gemini Moon native).
Barack Obama and Amelia Earhart both have the Moon in Gemini.
Moon in Cancer
When the Moon is in its domicile, natives express their sensitive emotional natures through a desire to feel included and at one with those who are near and dear to their hearts.
Watery Moons feel a constant yearning to merge with Source and to be at one with all humanity and Cancer Moon natives can feel that individual boundaries are a harsh reminder of reality and its limitations. This means that close emotional contact and intimately expressing and flowing with their oh-so-many feelings are an important element in their emotional well-being.
Cancer is the sign of birth and incarnation, of stepping out into the world/womb, and a need to anchor their fertile imaginations into their creations. This can help them express the divine in their daily lives while helping them process the constant stream of inspiration that wells up from a profound connection to source and universal consciousness. Caring for and nurturing nascent life forms can help them heal their own vulnerability and assuage any feelings that make them feel like they are unprepared to face reality.
Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin both have the Moon in Cancer.
Moon in Leo
Feeling invisible can feel like physical extinction for a Leo Moon native (remember the Moon shows us what our physical needs are). The showy extrovert of the Zodiac needs constant external validation from others. A lack of acknowledgement can lead to anxiety and temper tantrums and they’re not afraid of amping up the drama to get the desired reaction from others.
Theatrical and grandiose, Moon in Leo natives need a place where people can hold space for them, allowing them to radiate their presence and warmth. Any kind of creative project will help them channel all their “ME” energy into something that mitigates all that intense self-focus while potentially also helping and healing others.
Moon in Leo needs a lot of attention and can often forget about the needs of others through a constant need to radiate outwards. Engaging in activities that can help focus the attention on themselves while also giving voice to a concern that they care deeply about can help transmute their innate self-focus into something more positive and life-affirming.
Winston Churchill and YouTube sensation FullyRawKristina both have the Moon in Leo.
Moon in Virgo
Despite being pegged as a serious and regimented sign, Virgo is an earth sign and it is therefore of vital importance to have tactility, touch and body-centering as a tool for self-care and self-healing. As the earth sign related to alchemy, it is important for Virgo Moons to feel into their routines and maybe use the word “ritual” or “rite” instead to help reframe what the word “routine” actually means.
Instead of seeing routine and work as a duty, it is important for Virgo Moons to prioritise the importance of being dutiful to their own unique nature and being of service to their own natures. By honouring the body and accepting that it needs what it needs when it needs it, Virgo Moons needn’t feel weird about needing a bath at 3am or a 3 hour massage when they feel like they “ought” to be working.
We are cyclical beings, not Energizer Bunnies and Virgo Moons need to learn not to impose “shoulda woulda coulda” onto their daily practices by balancing Dionysian chaos and revelry with Saturnian structure and order.
J.K Rowling and Dustin Hoffman both have the Moon in Virgo.
Moon in Libra
The diplomats and networkers of the Zodiac are outgoing and sociable by nature and need to keep their fingers on the pulse of their own social whirl. Moon in Libra natives are intensely likeable and accommodating and are talented at forging and maintaining contacts with people from all walks of life.
Feeling out of touch with people can awaken great anxiety in the Moon in Libra individual, as can anything that they perceive as being coarse or ugly. Being surrounded by order and beauty is deeply healing to Moon in Libra natives as are meaningful social engagements and the civilising arts –things that help give meaning to the existential questions concerning the human condition and its fundamental unfairness.
Turning everyday dross and drivel into Art can be a deeply moving and beautiful experience for the Moon in Libra native and channeling their refined aesthetic sense into their environment and into their one-on-one relationships can help lift their awareness up to the lofty and sublime facets of human existence.
Being an air sign, Moon in Libra is concerned with human potential and progress as expressed through mediating heaven and earth. Whether this mediation is expressed through human interaction, Art, the sifting/sieving of values or moral standards will depend on what the individual attaches the most value to.
Walt Disney and Julia Child both have the Moon in Libra.
Moon in Scorpio
Wild, unbridled emotions and a complicated inner life are the hallmarks of Moon in Scorpio natives. The love of intensity and drama need to be honoured in the lives of these people, allowing them to always somehow be touching the depths of the intangible world.
There is a depth and profundity to the Moon in Scorpio that needs to be acknowledged and harnessed if they wish to feel nourished and secure. This sense of drama is very much at home in deep, intimate exchanges, sexual activity and plumbing the depths through the activation of their sensuality. Life and its mysteries as expressed in the occult sciences and esoteric doctrines may also provide the soul with the food that it needs.
There is a strong spiritual and mystical component to the Moon in all watery signs and so a need to feel in touch with the Divine through the breaking down of individual barriers may provide the Moon in Scorpio native with much solace and comfort.
Adriana Lima and Eric Clapton both have the Moon in Scorpio.
Moon in Sagittarius
The teachers and gypsies of the Zodiac need space and freedom in order to truly come alive and feel nourished. Spending time outdoors and in Nature has a grounding and healing effect on the Sagittarius Moon native as do hiking and sports. Any activity or cause that allows them to feel like they are in touch with the endless possibilities that life has to offer are good, as are abstract ways of piecing together the meaning of life. Travel refreshes and revitalises as does anything that is rich in symbolic meaning as this accentuates their natural buoyancy and the desire to feel at one with the cosmos.
Restlessness and inquisitiveness are best channeled into activities that bring meaning to life’s bigger questions. The desire to integrate knowledge and transmute it into wisdom can help touch other peoples’ lives through personal interaction or by aiding in humanitarian concerns that can bring healing and wholeness on a larger, more transpersonal scale.
Friedriech Nietszche and Yoko Ono have the Moon in Sagittarius.
Moon in Capricorn
Gloomy and taciturn yet deeply ironic and darkly humorous, Moon in Capricorn natives function best when they are caring for and succouring others, turning any potential self-focus outwards onto the people and things in their immediate environments.
Moon in Capricorn’s noble sense of responsibility and indebtedness to others can be a blessing as much as it can be a curse. On the one hand it forges strong connections through personal integrity and cementing social bonds but on the other hand they can be out of touch with their own personal needs, which can eventually lead to resentment and burnout.
Because it is an earth sign, Moon in Capricorn is deeply tactile and sensual and a need for daily rituals and body-centering are imperative in maintaining a sense of well-being and nourishment.
Since a sense of worldly achievement is important in bolstering Capricorn’s sense of self-esteem, a need for financial security and vocational structure can help the native shine and thrive.
Amy Winehouse and Abraham Lincoln both have the Moon in Capricorn.
Moon in Aquarius
Detached and unemotional, Moon in Aquarius types champion reason, progress and uncomplicated human relationships above all else. There is a strong desire not to feel tied down to anything or anyone, Moon in Aquarius natives do better when they are espousing a political ideal or philosophical cause that can help mankind rise above its chthonic origins thereby giving meaning and order to life’s meaninglessness.
This socially astute sign may find physical imperfection and bodily needs difficult to acknowledge and there is often a need to stuff uncomfortable emotions into the safe and reliable world of the mind. Seeing patterns of meaning in life and in its processes may be a valuable asset in learning to untangle confusing emotions from a web of chaos thereby imparting Aquarian perfectionism onto the imperfect world of feelings.
Aquarius’ innate idealism needs to believe that it can rise above the tug of war that results from too much emotionality. This means that harnessing the power inherent in emotional distancing and pouring it out into activities and causes that are designed to serve mankind can help put the Moon in Aquarius’ life into greater perspective.
Britney Spears and Denzel Washington both have the Moon in Aquarius.
Moon in Pisces
The need for the dissolution of physical boundaries may express itself in troubling ways such as through a need for alcohol or other mind-altering substances. The feeling of not being at home in the world of form needn’t be resisted or experienced as a liability. Any activities that attune their empathic emotional natures to the love and benediction of the divine must be a daily facet of existence for Moon in Pisces natives.
Walking the tightrope between dissolution and incarnation is a tricky cross to bear but it is one that awakens compassion for mankind and its suffering. This boundless oceanic energy that swirls in and around them may be channeled into creative works such as dance or poetry. Allowing the chaos of the unfathomable, irrational world to be expressed through them needn’t be destructive or dangerous and can provide a healing balm to others through the inchoate expression of sad, sweet longing.
Their highly refined and delicate emotional natures are best channeled into healing others. The trick is to not let these interchanges turn into vampiric energy exchanges whereby the person being healed sucks the Pisces Moon native of all their energy. Introspection and time spent alone are key.
Audrey Hepburn and Alesteir Crowley both have the Moon in Pisces.
With International Yoga day just around the corner (tomorrow -21/06/18 –to be precise) I decided to do a yoga-themed astrology article for you all.
Vedic doctrine states that you should choose a yoga practice that complements your basic constitution (your “dosha”), which will be either Kapha, Pitta or Vata depending on your own unique make up.
Ideally, this means that you should choose the type of yoga that doesn’t aggravate your dominant elements, which will be a combination of the following:
Fire+water = Pitta
Often people are a combination of two doshas (like, say Vata, Pitta or Kapha Pitta), with the ultimate aim of becoming tridoshic, that is, becoming a perfect balance of Kapha, Pitta, Vata.
I have oversimplified things greatly, but bear with me…
Each dosha encapsulates a variety of physical, emotional and psychological characteristics.
In a nutshell:
Vata Types are slight and slender with protruding bones and small eyes. They are erratic and flighty, have poor digestion, a racing mind and dry skin and hair.
Kapha Types are heavy-set and put on weight easily. They have thick lustrous hair and large, sympathetic eyes. Emotionally they are empathic, maudlin and cry easily.
Pitta Types are somewhere in between Vata and Kapha. They are of average build and have greasy skin and hair. They are feisty and quick to anger and prone to diarrhea and acne.
You can read more about the three doshas here.
What Type of Yoga Should you do According to your Dominant Sign and Element?
Gentle, feminine, yin signs (earth and water signs) should choose a dynamic style of yoga to balance their gentle, introverted personalities while an extroverted, masculine, yang sign (fire and air) should choose a more gentle style of yoga to balance their open, expressive personality.
It is important to note that the type of yoga that is best suited to your physiological make up isn’t necessarily determined by your Sun sign.
For example you may have your Sun in Pisces but have a Gemini Ascendant, an Aquarius Moon and you inner planets in Aries. This will likely make you a more extroverted, yang-style Pisces and you may find that choosing a more gentle form of yoga will help balance your personality.
Although your dominant element is usually the element that your Sun sign falls in, this is not always the case as we have seen with the example above. I know someone who is a Sagittarius with a Virgo Ascendant and a Capricorn Moon with his Venus and Mercury in Capricorn, and his dominant element is earth rather than fire.
Take a look below to see what type of yoga will help balance your personality.
Happy International Yoga Day!
Do Yin Yoga if you have a lot of Aries in your chart
You know you have a powerful Aries signature in your chart if:
- You have abundant energy
- You’re easily excitable
- You like new challenges
- You are passionate about the things you believe in
- You’re a pioneer and a natural leader
- You get a lot of inspired, revolutionary ideas
-You can be forceful, persuasive and argumentative
Balance your fiery masculine energy with Yin yoga. Yin yoga harnesses gentle, feminine energy and helps stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system that is likely overshadowed by your dominant sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is what prepares us for action and mental activity while the parasympathetic nervous system functions in order to conserve our energy and is associated with reticence and submissiveness –qualities that Aries could definitely benefit from cultivating!
Do Ashtanga Yoga if you have a lot of Taurus in your chart
You know you have a powerful Taurus signature in your chart if:
- You’re a natural procrastinator
- You’re a bit (or a lot) on the lazy side
- You need a kick in the pants to get you going but once you start, there’s no stopping you
- You’re obsessed with material comfort
- You need a lot of physical affection to help keep you grounded and reassured
- You love cosmetics and body care products and are obsessed with your physical appearance
Balance your inertia with stimulating-yet-meditative Ashtanga yoga. Vedic sages claimed that regularly practicing ashtanga yoga “boils your blood” and gets your inner fire stoked and burning bright –the perfect antidote to your innate sluggishness.
Do Hatha Yoga if you have a lot of Gemini in your chart
You know you have a powerful Gemini signature in your chart if:
- You thrive on gossip columns, tabloids and “locker room banter”
- You’re a social butterfly
- You oscillate between the highest highs and the lowest lows
- Your well-being is highly dependent on large doses of social media and news reels
- You are charismatic, witty and a natural “people person”
- You suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome (i.e. you are youthful and ageless)
- You are more curious than the proverbial cat
Balance your natural buoyancy and excitability with soothing Hatha yoga. Not only does it calm the mind and nip racing thoughts in the bud, it stretches, lengthens, and elongates your muscles, ensuring you look like the best version of yourself… In other words you’ll have a rockin’ body, which is the perfect foil for all your whirlwind social engagements.
Do Bikram Yoga if you have a lot of Cancer in your chart
You know you have a powerful Cancer signature in your chart if:
- Visiting the kitchen and homeware department in a mall literally gets you off
- You spend a large portion of your life daydreaming
- You love anything sappy, weepy, cuddly and nostalgic
- You have a strong love of the sea, beach, seashells… basically anything to do with the ocean
- You waste a lot of time posting cute, cuddly cat memes on social media
- You have a love-love relationship with carbohydrates, cream and boxes of chocolate
- You have never been able to wean yourself off children’s books and stuffed animals
Also known as hot yoga, Bikram yoga will temper your excessive sensitivity and reticence by turning these qualities into a weapon rather than a liability. It will take you from floating in an undifferentiated sea of dreams to Being. Here. Now… Bikram yoga helps you be present with yourself and the world around you rather than hiding in your shell, which seems to be the answer to all your problems.
Do Iyengar if you have a lot of Leo in your chart
You know you have a powerful Leo signature in your chart if:
- You are always the life and soul of the party
- Your knockout physical presence enters and permeates a room before you even set foot in it
- You consider fun and play a birthright
- Your burning desire to be noticed has augmented your social circle as much as it’s diminished it
- You believe that your specialness grants you certain privileges that aren't necessarily bestowed on "mere mortals"
- You have a loud, booming voice to go with your larger-than-life personality
- If you’re not burning the candle at both ends then you believe that you’re wasting precious time
Let’s face it: Leo tends to lean towards boorishness in its attempts to be bigger, louder and brighter than everyone else. Iyengar yoga, which focuses on exactness, precision and technique, will help mitigate some of Leo’s natural effusiveness resulting in blinding charisma that is tempered with Iyengar yoga’s grace.
Do Yoga Nidra if you have a lot of Virgo in your chart
You know you have a powerful Virgo signature in your chart if:
- You don’t think; you worry
- You have a label, compartment and shelf for everything you own
- If it’s not antibacterial, it’s no good as far as you’re concerned
- You have a profoundly developed sensual side that is usually masked by a shrewd and practical realist
- Insomnia and restlessness are frequent visitors in your world
- You know about the latest health fad before it’s even hit the headlines
-Hand-sanitiser would be your go-to creature comfort if you were stuck on a desert island
While technically not an asana practice, Yoga Nidra is a fundamental part of the yogic lifestyle that helps still the mind and bring deep relaxation to the body. It is a meditative art where you put the body to sleep through the rotation of consciousness while making sure the mind stays alert and focused. Practitioners claim that just 30 minutes of the practice helps melt away tension and helps them feel like they’ve gotten a sound and refreshing 3-hour sleep.
You can read more about Yoga Nidra here.
Do Sivananda Yoga if you have a lot of Libra in your chart
You know you have a powerful Libra signature in your chart if:
- The art of making up your mind feels like a lifetime achievement
- You are a natural-born diplomat and mitigator
- You bring grace, charm, style and pizzazz to anything you put your mind to
- You seem to be eternally pre-occupied with what’s “right” and what’s “fair”
- You put your phone on airplane mode to avoid dealing with people and making a decision on what to do
- Your calendar is filled to the brim with double-bookings
- Ugliness literally makes you feel sick and sad
Sivananda yoga is a form of Hatha yoga where you repeat the same 12 asanas (poses) in the exact same sequence every time you practice. This will help you get on with your yoga practice rather than dithering about which asanas to do. They’ve already been chosen for you so no excuses, Libra!
Do Kundalini Yoga if you have a lot of Scorpio in your chart
You know you have a powerful Scorpio signature in your chart if:
- You are the shine that comes from the shit
- Learning that “things need darkness to grow” is a life theme and a personal mission for you
- You have major mummy issues
- You put the “Y” in “sexy”
- You repel and entice people in equal measure thanks to your brooding, sultry demeanour
- Behind all that fathomless intensity, you’re really as soft and chewy as a caramel
- Your life has had more change and upheaval than most people have had hot dinners
Kundalini yoga is often cited as the “king of all yogas” because it is the most powerful and also the most simple of yogic practices. Kundalini yoga involves practicing mudras (specific hand gestures), mantras, asanas and pranayama (breath work) to help raise our vibrational frequency and clear out old karmas, disease and emotional and psychological blockages. In short, Kundalini yoga will help you stop sabotaging and stinging yourself to death so you can grow towards the light, Scorpio.
Do Runic Yoga if you have a lot of Sagittarius in your chart
You know you have a powerful Sagittarius signature in your chart if:
- You are bright, buoyant and radiant but can also suffer from verbal diarrhea and upset your nearest and dearest with the “truths” you speak
- You own so many books you often joke that you need to rent them their own apartment
- You get fidgety and restless if you are in one place for too long
- You change lifestyles, philosophies, languages, religions and faiths with the same frequency that other people change their socks
- “Variety is the spice of life” isn’t just a clichéd saying –it’s a way of life for you
- The phrase “the more the merrier” sums up just about every facet of your existence
- You’re still trying to figure out how you can get paid to travel for the rest of your life
Rune yoga, or Runic yoga, is an ancient Germanic practice that involves contorting your body to make the shapes of the Runic alphabet. Each letter contains its own unique energy so that when you use your body to make these sacred shapes, you are inviting these powerful frequencies into the very core of your being. This makes it an obvious choice for Saggitarians who can combine their love of learning with a physical practice that will help stoke and direct their inner fire.
Do Laughter Yoga if you have a lot of Capricorn in your chart
You know you have a powerful Capricorn signature in your chart if:
-You’re always the one to spot the fly in the ointment
- You always insist on doing everything the hard way
- You believe that life is about showing up, logging on and grinding down
- You have a keen nose for bargains and hate paying full retail price for anything
- Your friends think that you’re a boo-hooer but really, it’s just that you enjoy playing devil’s advocate
- You are an intoxicating fusion of rebel-without-a-cause, straight-laced, driven and ambitious
- If you had a dollar for every time someone told you to “lighten up,” you’d be a millionaire (which would be great because wealth, status and material comfort is something you aspire to)
Laughter yoga does what it says on the tin. It makes you laugh and helps you release facial tension (especially in the jaw area) and allows you to appreciate the joy and merriment in life. You often take life and yourself so seriously that a healthy dose of laughter yoga is the perfect antidote to your taciturn, melancholy ways.
Do Yantra Yoga if you have a lot of Aquarius in your chart
You know you have a powerful Aquarius signature in your chart if:
- You fizz, crackle and pop with electrical energy
- You have a weirdly unique (and hard to understand) sense of humour
- You have your finger on the pulse of all things gadgety, electronic and “now”
- You’re so trendy that you can sniff out a new fad well before it goes viral
- Other people are both put off and intrigued by your way-out vibe
- If there’s anyone that “marches to the beat of their own drum” it’s you
- You often feel lonely but you don’t to like to spend time with people unless they “get” you
Yantra yoga is believed to be one of the oldest forms of yoga that exists in the world. Each asana sequence performed in Yantra yoga is done with the aim of guiding the breath into a natural rhythm with the mind and body. Since Aquarius is a sign that is uncomfortable with all that is corporeal and the bestial, Yantra yoga will help them align their biggest ally (the mind) with their biggest enemy (the body).
Do Vinyasa Flow if you have a lot of Pisces in your chart
You know you have a powerful Pisces signature in your chart if:
- You often find yourself bursting into tears for no reason and believe that tears are a healing balm and cure-all
- There is something elusive and otherworldly about you, making it hard for other people to pin you down
- You like all things gauzy, floaty and ethereal (glitter, sparkles and sequins don’t hurt either)
- You love to lose your sense of personal boundaries with the help of drugs (both legal and illegal varieties), alcohol and all other consciousness-altering brews, potions and elixirs
- You’d be quite happy to sleep and dream your life away
- You carry the weight of the world on your shoulders
- Behind your soft, dreamy exterior others may be surprised to discover that therein resides: (in no particular order) a sadist, an artist, an empath, a masochist, a martyr, a redeemer, a victim and a saviour
Vinyasa flow is a modern adaptation of Ashtanga yoga, making it a dynamic practice that allows you to “flow” from one posture to the next without breaks. The difference is that while Asthanga yoga always follows a specific set of asanas, Vinyasa yoga allows you to combine whatever asanas you like making it perfect for your imaginative ways. This is “blood boiling” practice, perfect for the cold fish of the Zodiac who need to temper their soft and dreamy personalities with a type of yoga that will kick their butts to kingdom come.
If you've already read the first three parts in this series on inconjuncts (quincunxes) then you can continue reading otherwise you can click here for a general introduction to inconjuncts.
Scorpio and Gemini: Key Concepts
The most illuminating quote I found that could help decipher the Gemini-Scorpio inconjunct is:
“The Diabolical is the Underside of the Divine.”
However, if you would like more to sink your teeth into then read on…
Darkness and light. Light twin/dark twin. Seeds need darkness to grow. Seeds also need light to grow. Joy/despair. Dark Mother. Dark Twin. Death by Ego (Scorpio). Death of Troublesome Twin (Gemini). Tight rope walking between heaven and hell, joy and despair, sensuality and spirituality, love and hate. Selling your soul to the Devil (Faust/Scorpio). Invulnerability and vulnerability. Pluto/Hades (traditional ruler of Scorpio) lives in the Underworld and is invisible while Hermes aka Mercury (traditional ruler of Gemini) is the only god allowed to venture into Hades’ realm. He can fly between Mount Olympus where the gods live and down to the Underworld where the secrets of death and darkness lie. Gemini = knowledge, conceptualizing and compartmentalizing data while Scorpio is beyond the grasp of knowledge/conceptualization/compartmentalization.
Gemini = unconscious mind playing tricks on us. Scorpio = failure (or success?) at relinquishing control and how our ties to a past more ancient than ourselves can sabotage the soul’s efforts to move forward. The power of the reptilian brain to keep us tied to old worn-out ways (Scorpio/Root Chakra).
Demons/enemies in the world “out there” = Dark Twin/Dark Mother. Since ego doesn’t like ambivalence it refuses to see its own part in setting up scenarios with Dark Mothers and Dark Twins. Must accept these shadows as part of the fabric of our own being. Both deeply ambiguous signs that need to learn how to straddle darkness and light without precluding one or the other. Subtlety, psychology, mining, navel gazing, depth. Nuances, hints, inferences. Detectives. Sleuths (human nature detectives).
Scorpio is a feminine, yin sign ruled by the water element and related to Ida nadi in yogic physiology (one of the body’s three main energy channels). Gemini is a masculine, yang sign ruled by the air element and related to Pingala nadi in yogic physiology.
The idea is that Kundalini, the spiritual-sexual life force travels up the central channel, Shushumna nadi, in the awakened being. Ida and pingala nadi wrap around Shushumna nadi like two coiled serpents, likened to Hermes’ Caduceus in Western symbolic thought.
Feminine signs are related to Nature and Nature’s laws and the mystery of creation while masculine signs are related to the intellect, the spirit and the advance of civilisation (the civilizing face of the mind and spirit).
Quincunxes are a way in which these two opposing principles can be worked through in the individual’s life.
On the surface Gemini and Scorpio may seem like they have nothing in common. Gemini is usually pegged as being witty, light-hearted, superficial and flighty while Scorpio is associated with death, darkness and the mysterious depths of the unconscious.
By highlighting these “obvious” differences, however, we can already see the secret links that these two signs share.
This is because darkness cannot be understood (or exist) without light.
Shadow vs. light, darkness vs. brightness, good vs. evil, wrong vs. right –all these binary oppositions infer that there is an inbuilt duality in our earthbound experience of “reality,” which explains why themes of light vs. dark and good vs. evil have kept mankind in thrall since the dawn of time.
By experiencing a world of opposites we move away from harmonious alignment, which only brings us back into connection with the Divine Source. Part of our experience here on earth is to learn about ourselves via our own contrariness and oppositeness and, with Gemini-Scorpio quincunxes, harmonising the light and the dark within becomes crucial.
The Significance of “Good” and “Evil” in the Scorpio-Gemini Quincunx
The constellation of Gemini, sign of the twins, is often thought to be the celestial representation of twins Castor and Polydeuces (Pollux) who were the sons of Leda and Zeus and Leda and her husband King Tyndareus of Sparta.
Leda became pregnant by both men and lays two eggs, one containing Castor and Klytaemnestra (both mortal) and the other egg containing Pollux and Helen (both divine).
One day Castor and Pollux were quarrelling with another set of twins and Castor was slain. Pollux appealed to Zeus to restore his brother’s life or to die and join him in the Underworld. As a compromise, Zeus granted them access to the underworld (Hades realm) on one day and Mount Olympus on the other.
The constellation is also associated with another set of twins, Zethus and Amphion, who were constantly at odds with one another. While x preferred sparring, hunting and sports (aka “masculine” activities), Amphion preferred poetry, dance and art (aka “feminine” activities) and was consequently teased by his brother for being “girly.”
In Gemini, there is often a battle between two disparate sides of oneself: masculine/feminine, spiritual/corporeal, negative/positive, emotional/ intellectual and although the tension between these two opposites may never go away, it is Gemini’s task to try and handle them more gracefully.
In his book The Dark Twin Ivor Morrish stated:
Whilst we have used the term “twins” in relation to the opposition of Good and Evil, it should be noted at the outset that many of the “doubles” in mythology relate simply to siblings, usually brothers, one of whom is “good” or does acceptable things and the other of whom is “bad” or a performer of actions regarded as “evil” or unacceptable in his society. Twins, however, have always been regarded as something special and, if not related directly to divinity, yet as possessing some unusual power or mana which works in opposition, rather like the positive or negative forces of electricity or the north and south poles of a magnet. There is, thus, in the concept of the twin a certain balance or equilibrium implied, a closeness and similarity without a complete identity; and ultimately, at least in mythology, a certain opposition is indicated which may lead through increasing hostility to an attempt by one twin to destroy the other.”
The constellation of Scorpio is imaged as a giant scorpion, believed to be the scorpion that Artemis (the virgin huntress) sent from the depths of the underworld to destroy the hunter Orion because he had offended her.
Besides Artemis, there is a whole host of offended female deities associated with the fixed water sign of Scorpio.
In one version of the myth, Medusa offends the goddess Athene and is turned into a hideous winged monster with gnashing teeth and serpent hair. Her gaze could turn men into stone.
Perseus is given the task of slaying the Medusa if he is to rescue his mother from marrying King Polydectes and so he sets off on a quest to slay the Medusa.
“Perseus is redeeming one feminine figure by conquering another darker one but both, in essence, are Mother and the personal mother can only be redeemed if the archetypal one is confronted.”
Scorpio is about freeing oneself from the darker face of Nature, or, “the reptilian face of instinctual life and feminine anger and hatred.”
Perseus is helped on his quest by several other deities. He is given a shield by Athene (which reflects the capacity for detached/symbolic thinking and how this is an integral part in learning to cope with rage). This also ties in nicely to Gemini (an air sign) and Gemini’s capacity for logical, analytical thinking in learning how to cope with the “poison” of Scorpio.
Besides Athene’s shield he is also given a sickle, winged sandals and a wallet to put in the severed head of the Medusa. Hades even gives him a helmet of invisibility.
When the Medusa is slain, the winged horse Pegasus springs forth from the Medusa’s slain body. She was unable to give birth to him because of her seething bitterness and hatred and so in killing the Medusa, Perseus frees her and, in doing so, he frees himself.
Gemini + Scorpio: Unleashing the Power of Horses and Swords: Civilisation vs. Nature
The sword is an ancient symbol for the power of the mind and the intellect (Gemini) and points to the mind’s ability to alleviate the poison of festering negative emotions. Emotions mustn’t seethe but rather, channeled outwards and used against injustice and “the monsters in society.”
The mental faculties of air give the Scorpio-Gemini quincunx individual the opportunity to witness events and process powerful emotions with more understanding and objectivity. The danger, however, is that instead of seizing the opportunity inherent in this quincunx, they try and stifle it. It is important that they do not suppress these emotions out of fear or, on the other end of the spectrum, allow their emotions to control them.
Horses and swords both share similar symbolic traits: they are objects/creatures that represent will and energy but, in the story of Perseus and the Medusa, the horse was trapped in the darkness of the unconscious and needed to be released by the power of consciousness (the sword).
Horses, though firmly rooted in nature, have aided in the progress of civilisation like no other creature. When man learned to tame horses, society advanced in leaps and bounds, which shows that when we can marry yang Gemini energy (civilisation, logic, reason) and yin Scorpio energy (Nature, unconsciousness) we can take enormous leaps forward, helping both society and ourselves.
After Perseus has slain the Medusa he is able to use her head against his enemies,
“for having conquered the creature himself, he was in a position to utilise its powerful properties on behalf of more consciousness-directed goals.”
“The light of insight and consciousness are needed to fight the monster as she cannot be conquered by brute force alone. The Medusa cannot be completely destroyed because She is divine but she can be transformed and thus drives Scorpio out into the world and drives him into collision with all that is terrifying, dark and destructive in life.”
Calamity, Charisma and Complexity
Scorpio’s associations with sensuality, sex appeal and feminine mystique spring from its kinship with Pluto and its rulership over the attraction-repulsion phenomenon, taboos and what lies beyond the rational, physical world.
In my astrological work I have found that Gemini (particularly those with Venus in Gemini) are bestowed with the same scintillating sex appeal thanks to what Ivor Morrish calls the twins’ gift of “mana.” This “mana” is “something special and, if not related directly to divinity […] possessing some unusual power […] which works in opposition, rather like the positive or negative forces of electricity or the north and south poles of a magnet […] thus, in the concept of the twin a certain balance or equilibrium implied, a closeness and similarity without a complete identity.”
Twins form such an integral part of our patterning of the world that they have been deified by every culture on the planet. They have held our fascination since the dawn of time and this is probably because it can be downright creepy-fascinating looking at two separate people who look exactly the same. The novelty and uncommonness of twins makes Geminis particularly alluring and bestows them with the kind of seductive pull (“like the north and south poles of a magnet”) that very few people posses naturally.
The inability and reluctance of most people to face their own shadows and darkness makes Scorpios a mirror in which many people see their own unconscious depths reflected back to them. Even if you don’t like what you see, even if you find it downright disturbing, there’s some sort of moreish intrigue in the secrecy and complexity of it all… and so you can’t bring yourself to look away.
The dark calamity that hints at a complex inner life is the natural by-product of the Gemini-Scorpio quincunx and bestows its natives with the sort of charisma that most people would give up their first born for.
Where there is mystery, there is no mastery and knowing that we are unable to possess something makes it all the more irresistible (“what you can’t have you can’t resist”) as well as being a fundamental ingredient in attraction and seduction.
The Gift of Psychological Insight: Hermes-Mercury and Hades-Pluto
The archetypal themes surrounding twins are not dissimilar to the mythic inheritance of Mercury (Hermes), the traditional ruler of Gemini. He was the only god in Zeus’ pantheon who was able to travel between Mount Olympus and Hades’ (Pluto’s) Underworld because he had no fixed abode. His role as psychopomp and messenger to the gods made him privy to the riddles of both mortal and immortal life.
Scorpio’s modern ruler is Pluto (Hades), which gives us another secret link between these two signs because, as mentioned above, it is only Mercury who can enter into Hades’ realm. Mercury, though seemingly inimical with Pluto, is therefore the only god who can glean firsthand accounts of the mysteries of death and the decay of the mortal body.
This makes both signs astute people-readers and naturally adept psychologists. The fears and secrets that people keep hidden from themselves cannot escape the natives of these two signs.
This is why Gemini is traditionally associated with journalism, speech, writing, radio announcers and newsreaders while Scorpio is associated with the police force, spy agencies, espionage, detectives (FBI, CIA, MI5 etc) and the criminal underworld. Paparazzi reporters unite the energies of the two signs with curiosity and underhanded/insider reportage being at the heart of the profession.
The aforementioned professions are all about “getting to the bottom” of something (bottom= underworld) and typical Gemini professions are about airing grievances, opinions and facts to the world at large.
When we sit down in a psychologist’s chair we are in a secret, private space where we are able to explore the conflicts that are tearing us apart. The confidentiality and sensitive nature of what is discussed with a psychologist takes us to hidden places within and a good psychologist will know what to say and what buttons to press to get us talking.
Scorpio is known as a secretive sign and, when viewing Gemini from this perspective, we can see that Gemini is also a sign that deals with making sense of the secret stirrings of the unconscious. In the same way, the Underworld is “private” and “off limits” and these are the only two signs, along with Pisces (which is esoterically ruled by Pluto), that can gain access to it, which makes Gemini-Scorpio privy to other worlds –to people’s thoughts, secrets and unconscious motivations.
The intrigue and scandal that is the natural outcome of exposing secrets makes both signs particularly attuned to drama as well as giving us a richer, deeper and more subtle appreciation of life and its endless ambiguity. A quincunx formed by planets in Gemini-Scorpio shows us an area of life where we are being asked to appreciate the subtleties and nuances of life.
“O heavy lightness, serious vanity/ Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,/ Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health…”
In myth, Mercury’s mother is Maia, a nymph whose name translates to “night,” which means that he is conceived by Zeus, a bright, life-affirming father-god and a mother who is the fertile darkness of the night itself.
The archetypal make-up of Gemini’s exoteric ruler therefore points to an inheritance of extremes: extreme highs, extreme lows, blackest night, brightest day, elation, despair etc.
All these archetypal images give us a good idea about the dualistic nature of Gemini –high on the summit of Mount Olympus on one day and then down into the cold, dark caverns of the underworld the next. This cyclical experience of opposites is Gemini’s karmic liability and from this we can glean that Gemini must experience the world through the extremes of this binary lens as this is what will ultimately help bring them closer to the truth of who they are.
In myth, Hades is the brother of Zeus and his name means “unseen one.” According to mythological sources, Poseidon, Zeus and Hades drew lots to see what kingdom they would inherit. Zeus inherited the sky, Poseidon inherited the oceans and Hades inherited the Underworld. Although some sources suggest that he was unpleased with his lot, he had no choice but to take up residence there and descended underground.
Though he is associated with death and evil, Hades was more passive than truly wicked or vengeful and all his subjects were held equally accountable to his laws. This means that in the Underworld, everything that makes us unique, special or different is wiped clean. The Underworld is not a place where we can experience duality and yet, the very fact that anyone gains entrance to the Underworld at all is due to the fact that they were once mortal (and thus experienced duality).
This can be where some of the deepest tensions of the quincunx lie. Scorpio’s propensity to fester in darkness vs. Gemini’s restlessness and need for constant stimulation and excitement can make awkward bedfellows indeed.
The balance lies in learning that periods of stillness are vital to growth and that everything needs darkness to grow (although too much darkness is like anathema to the soul) and our more playful and creative sides should be allowed to break through a “negative spell” when we are in danger of falling too far down the rabbit hole.
Flitting from one thing to the other and we fail to integrate the lessons... but festering in one place for too long means we miss out on opportunities to implement the lessons. So it can be said that Gemini = implementation and Scorpio = integration.
Here's a cartoon I found that better explains this:
If you superficially dabble in many things you have essentially done "nothing" -that is nothing you do or have done has any "heart and soul." On the other end of the spectrum, if you are too depressed and apathetic to do anything and choose to ruminate on all your complicated feelings and emotions instead then you also do "nothing."
This means that if you don't unite your experiences and your feelings in a way that allows your soul to integrate them properly, you are missing the point of the Gemini-Scorpio quincunx.
Black Swan/White Swan/Black Sheep/White Sheep: Confronting our Shadow Sides
Our shadows include all those aspects of ourselves, positive and negative, which we do not acknowledge as our own.
Confronting our own shadows and demons takes courage, hard work and honesty, which is probably why the Gemini of pop astrology is depicted as superficial and flighty. They are too afraid to put in the work required of them to become more “whole” and authentic, preferring to skim the surface of life with parties and worldly distractions all the while projecting their disowned half onto something external (think Natalie Portman in Black Swan, who, interestingly enough is a Gemini with a Scorpio Rising... It seems her Oscar-winning performance wasn’t just down to good acting –she was likely drawing on a wellspring of personal experience as well!)
The “Good/White” Swan is a technically excellent ballerina while the “Black/Dark” Swan lacks some of the technical expertise of her rival but dances with the kind of gusto and passion that cannot be “learned.”
Sterility/fertility are another set of opposites bought into question in the Gemini-Scorpio quincunx with fertility encompassing the feminine qualities of moistness, darkness, earth and water and sterility encompassing the masculine qualities of heat, dryness, fire and air.
Each Swan can learn valuable lessons form her “rival.”
Shadows and demons are thus related to Scorpio and Gemini astrologically with all that is dark, repulsive and shadowy as key factors uniting the two signs.
While Gemini disowns one aspect of itself at the expense of the other (good twin vs. evil twin), Scorpio does this by getting caught up in a battle between the spiritual and the sensual and a repudiation of life vs. intense materialism and eroticism. Such an uncomfortable contradiction means that Scorpios may also find it easier to side with one and project the other.
This game of smoke and mirrors takes on new layers of meaning when the two signs are united by a quincunx. Unchartered emotional/intellectual territory is thus projected onto something in the world out there since it is “all too complicated” for a single individual to bear alone.
All these warring aspects are, in fact, the property of the individual and the split is really a representation of the war going on within.
Esoteric Astrology and Paths to Integration
Exoteric astrological rulers govern the personality while esoteric astrological rulers govern the soul needs of the sign.
Esoterically, Venus is the ruler of Gemini and in ancient alchemical texts Venus was often referred to as the Evil Twin of the Earth (the evil twin theme again).
Even modern scientists refer to Venus as the Earth’s twin sister since both planets are roughly the same size (the Earth is only slightly larger), they are both relatively young (geologically speaking) and both closely orbit the Sun.
Astrological Venus represents the experience of making something whole and binding the integrated personality together through the creative fusion of opposites.
Or, as Howard Sasportas said:
“Venus takes the conflicts of duality and transforms them into a higher octave of expression through the creative expression of the mind.”
Mars, as esoteric ruler of Scorpio, shows us that when anger is used in a conscious way it can actually trigger compassion and give us the energy to fight for what is right.
The balanced Scorpio energy allows a person to feel anger and then intuitively know what the next appropriate action should be and, used in this way, any emotion can be taken to “the next level” instead of being repressed until finally compassion is attained.
After overcoming collisions with darkness, disappointments in love etc, Scorpio can unleash the transpersonal powers of Pluto and thus release the powers of the root chakra, which is linked to our physical survival (Mars). This chakra easily becomes toxic and, unless it is purified, the corresponding part of the brain becomes tamasic (i.e. pessimistic, negative, foul, lazy etc).
Gemini, which is a sign of the mind and intellect, can help balance the raw animalism of Scorpio with the light, hope and promise of civilisation. Mars and Venus were lovers in myth, with Mars’ bestial and brutish emotionality being seduced and subdued by Venus’ ideal beauty and eroticism thus helping unlock the key to successfully handling the Scorpio-Gemini quincunx.
If you've already read the first three parts in this series on inconjuncts (quincunxes) then you can continue reading otherwise you can click here for a general introduction to inconjuncts.
Taurus and Sagittarius: Key Concepts
Slow, plodding, methodical Taurus is akin to Venus/Vulcan/Earth and exalted in Cancer’s ruling planet (Moon). Sagittarius is brash, larger-than-life, fast, effervescent and quick-witted. Many astrologers suggest that it is actually the Earth that rules Taurus in traditional astrology, which, interestingly, is the Esoteric ruler of Sagittarius. So these signs have a lot more common “ground” (no pun intended) than it seems and this means that, spiritually and karmically speaking at least, Sag’s “power” and effectiveness is found in Taurus’ natural domain/habitat (the Earth) .
Sag’s famous carefree and freewheeling attitude must eventually give way to a conscious adaptation to reality. “Reality” (whatever that really means) is the domain of Taurus, the earthiest of all the Zodiac signs, while abstraction and “unreality” is a comfortable place for Sag, however, Sag must eventually learn that dreams, schemes and “unreal” abstractions are only useful if they are applied to the here and now, that is, to life on Earth. Sag likes allegory and symbolism, Taurus likes something meatier –something it can sink its teeth into.
Pain and Suffering: Vulcan and Chiron
Chiron is the Centaur who forms the astral emblem for Sagittarius. In Greek myth he was wounded in his thigh (his animal side) by one of Hercules’ poisoned arrows and despite having an encyclopedic knowledge of medicine, magick and herbs, he could not cure his own wound despite being a celebrated wise-man who was constantly sought out as a great diviner and healer who could cure others of their ills.
Besides being a herbalist and doctor he was also an expert astrologer and fighter and trained legions of heroes and gods to become masters at their crafts. He eventually gave up his own immortality to free Prometheus from being chained to a rock in the Caucus mountains and was thus rewarded with a constellation in the heavens –the constellation of Sagittarius.
The story of Chiron reminds us why Earth is such an apt esoteric ruler for Sagittarius for it is his leg that is wounded, i.e. the part of him that takes a stand here on earth and in material reality.
It also reminds us that Sag is often wounded in its relationship with physical reality and it is because (rather than in spite of) Sag’s suffering that compassion and empathy is awakened. Chiron is trapped by his wound and his physical body in the same way that the grand and lofty vision that Sag has of life must often be scaled down to meet the laws and realities of Nature. (Interestingly, Sagittarius rules the thighs in medical astrology).
Vulcan (Hephaestus) is the son of Hera and Zeus and is flung out of Olympus for being born ugly. He lands in the sea, badly hurting his leg and becomes crippled. He is fortunate enough to be taken in by the sea-nymph Thetis and, after finding a fire on the beach one day, teaches himself the art of metallurgy and learns how to fashion the most beautiful artifacts and showers Thetis with fine gifts. Besides making gifts her his adoptive mother, he also makes jewelry, chariots and many other ingeniously beautiful things.
When his mother Hera (Juno) sees what fine things Thetis owns she asks Vulcan back up to Olympus and gives him an even nicer smithy than the one Thetis had given him. Hee is eventually thrown out of Olympus again by his father for taking Hera’s side in one of their arguments.
Taurus, along with the other earth signs (Capricorn and Virgo), are about learning about different facets of self-sufficiency. Nothing is simply handed to us and we must work hard for what we want.
When Vulcan is lifted up to Olympus to rejoin his god-parents he is thrown back to earth with a bang and breaks his other leg. This shows us that it is Earth Magick that is Taurus’ specialty and he mustn’t get to close to the fire of the gods lest he burn himself and forget where his true value lies.
Poor Vulcan is cast out of Olympus by Zeus/Jupiter not once but twice, suggesting that it is only through relating to mundane and earth-bound tasks that Taurus can find their glory and god-like status.
The Bright Fire of Sagittarius and the Green Earth of Taurus
Olympus is Zeus/Jupiter’s realm and Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Sagittarius (a sign that feels right at home in this glamorous, lofty world of the Gods). Vulcan (a metal smith) is only granted an audience with the gods through a steely dedication to earth-directed goals and aspirations and, although Sag may initially try and dissociate from his animal side (the horse), his attention and focus will eventually need to be redirected towards Earth so he can learn to accommodate and align both the bestial and divine within his own being.
Similarly Vulcan only steps into his true power and potential by “playing with fire.” If he hadn’t found that fire on the beach he would never have been able to teach himself the art of metallurgy.
Vulcan thus became known as "the smith-god" and "the god of fire and volcanoes" (hence the name Vulcan as Vulcan has the same etymological root as the word volcano). Chiron, on the other hand, is known for his superior knowledge of roots and herbs (things that grow in the dark, moist soil of the earth) and the name etymologically stems from the Greek word "hand" or "to be handy."
So, by finding strength and glory in each other’s natural elements, each sign can gain its true power and glory for too much fire can burn us to a crisp and too much earth can suffocate the life and the spark out of us.
Temperance is the Tarot card that rules Sagittarius and is the key to learning how to live in moderation as well as learning the art of alchemy.
Temperance is something that all good metal smiths must learn in order to become adept at their craft and so a little bit of Sagittarian fire goes a long way in learning self-mastery (and in igniting Taurus’ innate potential).
The Temperance card highlights the importance of alchemy and moderation and shows us another undiscovered link between Taurus and Sagittarius.
The Hierophant is the Tarot card that rules Taurus and is sometimes depicted as a Centaur in more modern decks. The Hierophant is a priest-like figure that bridges the gap between the mundane with the divine (as with the figure of the Centaur).
Taurus is about adapting to material reality and making the best of what life throws at us, even if it seems “unfair.” It is about learning to control and redirect primal life energy (the Kundalini), which is elegantly symbolised by the Vulcan myth and the small fire that Vulcan finds on the beach, which he eventually learns to “temper” and control so that he can make objects of lasting practicality (and beauty).
Sagittarius is also about learning to adapt its fiery vision to material reality, however, the difference is that Sagittarius’ element is fire; the fire and passion of the spirit -but what good is a bright and fiery spirit if it isn’t shining its path to guide and inspire others here on the Earth plane?
Earth and Ether
Taurus is a fixed Earth sign and Sagittarius is a mutable Fire sign. Mutable signs are about learning to navigate and fuse two different levels of experience. (Sag’s astral emblem is a Centaur after all), while fixed signs are about consolidating and enshrining core beliefs and values into day-to-day living.
Myth and folklore are full of beings that are half-man, half-animal who must learn to unite and acknowledge seemingly disparate needs while not denigrating and devaluing their less favourable attributes and glorifying their more “acceptable” and “glamorous” sides.
Sagittarius usually expends a lot of energy trying to cover up its foibles and “humanness” and spends a considerable amount of time living in the rich world of imagination, possibility and adventure. It revels in the life of the spirit yet recoils from too much “reality” and earthiness.
Since our Higher Selves do not usually tolerate such “splitting” for very long, there comes a time in every Sag’s life when their "special luck" runs out and they are forced to focus on reintegrating their “lowly” animal side that has been disowned for too long.
Taurus on the other hand is given the astral emblem of the bull –a solid, headstrong animal that is the quintessence of strength and perseverance as well as abundance and sacrifice.
Abundance is the gift of sacrifice for a bull must first be slain in order to give its nourishing and life-giving properties to others. This means that Taurus’ gift of Earth Magick, of accruing material wealth and abundance, should never be for selfish reasons. It should be shared with others for it is the divine inheritance of the All rather than the One.
Taurus and the Vulcan myth also show that we don’t necessarily need famous god-parents or “luck” or a life of privilege to make something of ourselves; we must create our own luck. We can use our own inner fire to light the way and that fire needn’t exclusively be found in the heavens. It can –and should- be found here on Earth, too. The bull, after all, is also synonymous with passion and desire and passion and desire are, elementally speaking, synonymous with fire.
Please Sir, can I have some… More?
Both signs can lean towards selfishness if the individual isn’t careful. Taurus has powerful security needs that can lead to acquisitiveness and a “more is more”/ hoarding mentality while Sagittarius can collect thousands of “interesting” and unique experiences and insights without sharing them with others or without seeing each one through to the end.
Sag can become so obsessed with “collecting” new experiences that it doesn’t stop to reflect on the meaning and extract the lessons and wisdom from said experiences. This can lead to a provisional life where “more” is never enough and where there’s always a new experience or philosophy (or whatever) just round the corner waiting to be experienced but never fully digested or assimilated.
Taurus can become obsessed with material acquisition and it can lead to a hunger where, again, more is never enough and there’s always some beautiful new object that can take its place or pile up in a corner collecting dust. The true meaning of “possession” is not understood and they lose the true core behind the lesson –that real power doesn’t come from owning things, it comes from self-possession, which is at the very heart of Taurus’ karma.
Again, this is where moderation (temperance) steps in and when the Hierophant, the Priest, must build a bridge between the mundane and the divine. Note that the word "priest" literally means “builder of bridges” and so it is important for the Sag-Taurus native to actively and consciously build bridges between divinely inspired ideas and earthy reality.
"The Fuzzy End of the Lollipop"
While there is a feeling that Sag is simply “given” one lucky break after the next (especially in early years), Taurus, in sharp contrast, isn’t “given” anything and must work hard for what it wants. As in the Vulcan myth, there is a feeling with Taurus that one has been short-changed and not given the same opportunities that others have. Vulcan, after all, is cast out of Olympus by his parents for being ugly and he becomes crippled when he lands on earth. So he must literally build up his life from scratch. Nothing is handed to him “on a silver platter” so to speak. Life may swing between "lucky breaks" and "dry spells" (i.e. times when one is forced to consciously adapt their skills and insights to reality) and it is important for the Sag-Taurus native to use both luck and hard work so that one can augment and compliment the other.
The Scope of Focus
Taurus and Sagittarius both have a completely different focus and a different way of approaching and grasping life situations.
The symbolic, all-encompassing focus of Sag vis a vis a narrower more concentrated focus in Taurus can lead to a certain amount of tension in how to address certain problems as well as what archetypal issue Taurus-Sagittarius should concentrate on and tackle first.
Taurus needs to disassemble things piece by piece while Sag is a top-down thinker that tends to tackle things in a more sweeping, haphazard way. Taurus is about consolidating and defining in tangible and practical terms while Sag is about spinning new worlds out of concepts and ideas that are not necessarily rooted in nature and/or “reality.”
Abstraction and philosophies that bridge the gap between non-tangible reality and physical reality -or that attempt to “make sense of it all” -may illicit a certain amount of anxiety in Taurus who is more at home in the nuts-and-bolts of life. The nuts-and-bolts of life, on the other hand, will bore Sagittarius and be deemed too "of this world", conventional and mundane to hold their interest or to generate any real solutions.
As with all inconjuncts, each sign has something the other one doesn't and so with Sag-Taurus, the native needs to form a working relationship between practicality and abstraction.
Oil and Water/ Earth and Fire
Earth and Fire are known not to mix well but as we’ve seen, the Taurus-Sagittarius quincunx can be a tremendously powerful celestial ally if we find it in someone’s chart for it can imbue the individual with a tremendous imagination, tenacity and fighting spirit
Conflict stimulates the imagination (or “necessity is the mother of invention” as the saying goes) and there is certainly no shortage of conflict or spirit of ingenuity and inventiveness in this powerful and stimulating inconjunct.
Quincunxes: An Overview
It’s useful to think of this line when working with inconjuncts (quincunxes):
“When she was good she was very, very good but when she was bad she was horrid.”
So how do you interpret such ambivalent aspects and, more importantly, how do you make them work for you?
Quincunxes (also called inconjuncts) are hard to define because, while they are considered to work “erratically,” they also provide us with all the abundance and “ease” of trines.
This is because they work somewhere between a trine (luck and ease) and an opposition (tension and discord).
In this 12-part series on inconjuncts I’ll take you through each of the 12 possible inconjunct combinations, starting with the Aries-Virgo inconjunct.
Before I get started, here is a list of all the possible inconjunct combinations:
Aries and Virgo
Aries and Scorpio
Taurus and Libra
Taurus and Sagittarius
Gemini and Scorpio
Gemini and Capricorn
Cancer and Sagittarius
Cancer and Aquarius
Leo and Capricorn
Leo and Pisces
Virgo and Aquarius
Libra and Pisces
Taurus and Libra: Key Concepts
Both signs are traditionally ruled by Venus. The beauty of love and the love of beauty. Aestheticism (both earthy beauty –Taurus- and abstract beauty -Libra). Venus is about fashioning raw material into something greater than it once was. Astrological Venus is “passion aroused by beauty.” Venus deals with an alchemical process whereby abstract (Libra) and earthy (Taurus) forms transmute and transform. That which we find beautiful clearly defines our values (morally, symbolically, abstractly –Libra) and (physically, tangibly, materially –Taurus). Translating fantasy and imagination into beautiful forms is the hallmark of Venus’ domain.
“Venus needs to ornament, to civilize, to transform something instinctual into something symbolic and psychic –that is, of the psyche, of the soul.” Liz Greene.
Good Cop/Bad Cop
So we can see that when this quincunx is behaving more like a trine it lends itself to beauty, grace and effortless style, sophistication and the appreciation/execution of exalted forms of beauty. If well handled, this quincunx can give polish and panache to any area of life (art, work, politics, creative aspirations etc).
When this quincunx is behaving badly there can be profound discord between the “loftier” more abstract portrayals of beauty (law, philosophy, ethics, morality) and the sensual more tactile forms of beauty (sex, food, money).
Because Libra is a masculine, yang sign it recoils from too much earthiness and sensuality (the life of the body and instincts), which is Taurus’ natural domain.
Because Taurus is a feminine, yin sign (and an earth sign to boot) it is deeply rooted in instinct. It is in the realm of food, money, material objects, plants, flowers, insects, trees and the secret (and not-so-secret) life of the body that Taurus finds its hearts pleasures.
Libra finds this all rather crass and would rather offer a more “civilized” version of reality, a reality far removed from the “unpleasantness” of human instinct and “vulgar” interests like money, material possessions and sex. Taurus, on the other hand finds Libra’s airy aestheticism far too cold and chillingly removed from the warmth of instinctual life.
Cold Stone and Human Warmth
Libra is the cold stone, Taurus the human warmth.
Libra is abstract, Taurus is matter-of-fact. Libra is subtle, Taurus is gross.
How can these two get on when they meet and form a quincunx?
How does one reconcile the airy and the earthy facets of this quincunx so that they can form a good working relationship?
By tempering the tactile earthiness with the airy “castles in the sky” of Libra and bringing Libra’s “castles” down to earth where they can be put to practical use in the here and now.
A Complex Refining Process
Both signs are about offering us a more beautiful and polished reality but with each version of “reality” so dramatically different to the other, how do the two signs agree on a middle ground?
Taurus offers us a more beautiful version of reality by accruing and/or creating the physical resources one needs to weather the trials and tribulations that life throws at us. It is about building up physical and material security and enshrining and concretizing our values through the continuous act of living and “being”.
Libra does this by carefully weighing up (and sifting through) opposites and ultimately choosing one reality over the other.
Libra, so gifted with seeing “both sides of the story,” often sits on the fence for fear of making a decision and upsetting the status quo. The gift of being able to “walk in someone else’s shoes”, however, does come at a price. For peaceful and peace-loving Libra must ultimately make a choice and it will be forced “choose” that which it values and desires most (what it finds most beautiful).
By carefully weighing up opposites and seeing both sides of the story it can, hopefully, make the world a more beautiful place.
In short, both signs deal with different facets of desire. Taurus is the primal life urge, it is life in the moment, while Libra is about choosing and refining what one desires through a process of selection.
Movement and Timing
Movement is another key concept in understanding the Taurus-Libra quincunx.
Taurus is the slow, gradual movement of nascent life, while Libra is known as a sign that tends to dither/fence-sit and is also slow, (but for totally different reasons). Libra tends to freeze and seize up because it doesn’t like to upset the status quo.
Libra fears the consequence of choice and the chain reactions that are an inevitable result of finally making a choice. This peaceful sign doesn’t like to upset things/situations/people is but it is precisely Libra’s capacity for deep reflection that makes it such an adept harmonizer.
In short, Libra might take a while to get going but the consequences of his/her choices will always get things moving whether he/she likes it or not.
Taurus takes the ideas and impressions in Aries and makes them solid and real. But haste makes waste and Taurus uses its gift of carefully intuiting and working with the lifespan inherent in every living organism to make the most of what it has to offer according to its pre-prescribed “nature.”
“Nature never hurries yet everything is accomplished” as the saying goes.
There is an innate, inbuilt wisdom at work within each living thing and Taurus’ ability to work with these natural cycles and rhythms can sometimes lend itself to laziness and sluggishness.
While Taurus is concerned with organic time (as it exists in nature) and with nature’s cycles, Libra imposes “manmade time” onto life. By finally making a choice and sticking to it, Libra alters the course of reality and thus imposes a time/timeframe onto an event or natural phenomena that might drag on and on and become stagnant. So Libra is about what man can bring to nature and Her cycles.
Therefore Taurus and Libra are about natural vs artificial timing and movement.
Desire and Value Systems
So Taurus is about creating the structures and possessions whereby we experience life as secure, safe etc while Libra takes subjective experience and passes judgment on them through a process of refinement. Therefore Libra’s judgment is based on what one values (finds the most beautiful).
When the quincunx is “behaving badly” it can feel destructive and perverse. The Taurus planet needs to build up and fortify security and inner strength and self-value while Libra brings it all under question. What do I want, really want? What do I need? How can I choose what is best for me and all parties involved?
As we have seen above, Taurus is also slow and doesn’t want to upset status quo because it is seen as a violation of Nature. Taurus likes luxury and comfort and values things that provide it with solidity and security. That strong “stubborn” (read: unchangeable) streak that Taurus is so famous for is really about wanting lasting contentment and security that it has worked so hard for.
Taurus deals with objective experience, while Libra is the first sign that moves away from objective experience to explore the realms of subjectivity. Taurus’ stubbornness and Libra’s flakiness are therefore at odds with on another and can be made to get along and co-exist when we understand more about our desire nature.
Desire and Rivalry
Because Venus is the astrological significator of desire, she naturally extends herself to rivalry and envy. Whatever we desire most is charged with emotional fervour and passionate attachment, which means if someone or something stands in the way of our object of desire, issues surrounding rivalry and envy are likely to ensue.
Venus isn’t all about passive enjoyment and frivolity (though, she can, of course be quite comfortable expressing herself in these ways). However, vain, self-indulgent Venus doesn’t like being ignored or unappreciated for too long and if she feels she’s not getting the attention she requires she will kick up a fuss.
Remember, she is “passion aroused by beauty” and if she feels she is not being given the attention she deserves, she is quite capable of unleashing the hounds of hell from their fiery cage.
Our Taurus-Libra quincunxes are about getting us to the heart and soul of what we want, need and desire and have a tendency to “act up” and cause havoc in the native’s life when key needs are not being given the respect and attention they deserve. Once a happy medium is achieved there is no other quincunx that can achieve such a profound and lasting world of beauty, grace and refinement.
This is “Venus’ quincunx” after all!
Following my piece on the Aries-Virgo quincunx, comes the next aspect in line: the Aries-Scorpio quincunx.
It’s useful to think of this line when working with quincunxes (also known as inconjuncts):
“When she was good she was very, very good but when she was bad she was horrid.”
So how do you interpret such ambivalent aspects and, more importantly, how do you make them work for you?
Inconjuncts (also called quincunxes) are hard to define because, while they are considered to work “erratically,” they also provide us with all the abundance and “ease” of trines.
This is because they work somewhere between a trine (luck and ease) and an opposition (tension and discord).
In this 12-part series on inconjuncts I’ll take you through each of the 12 possible inconjunct combinations, starting with the Aries-Virgo inconjunct.
Before I get started, here is a list of all the possible inconjunct combinations:
Aries and Scorpio: Key Concepts:
Mars links both these signs (traditional ruler of both Aries and Scorpio). Mars =the personal will. Stamina, force, ego, “fuck it or kill it,” rage. Mars blasts your butt out of a rut. Aries =”killing” your Father, a new spiritual vision, dynamo, bravado. “Conquest tests the warrior.” Scorpio =”killing” the Mother. Patriarchy and Matriarchy. Archetypal Mother and Father energies (may be superimposed on personal Mother/Father). “Making your way in the world.” Both immensely passionate signs. Hot headed (Aries rules the head and is associated with the Oedipus myth, which is ultimately a story about a red-head with a hot temper, not to mention killing the father/Father!)
Ego death (Scorpio)/ Ego formation (Aries)
Aries= rebellion. Scorpio = perversion. Aries = upstarts, movers and shakers. Scorpio =detectives, occultists, physicians. Destroying that which threatens its survival. Scorpio =associated with the “dark night of the soul” and depression –has the choice to use darkness and dark energy for either good or for ill. Aries =associated with being a “birthplace” for divine ideas and higher consciousness. An inspiring sign. Must try and avoid becoming like the “terrible father” it seeks to destroy. Both signs are about learning to be strong (becoming individuals) and reinventing the overriding Father/Mother principle. Aries =a strong father or father figure tests the native’s mettle. Scorpio = an emotionally demanding, powerful mother figure is used to test the native –will he/she become embroiled in this overpowering Mother energy or will they “kill” Her and thus bring about their own psychological birth and transformation?
Death of the Parent
Both signs are involved with the death of the personal/archetypal Mother/Father. But how is their new power used? For good or for ill? A new spiritual vision (Aries) and a new emotional paradigm (Scorpio) must divorce itself completely from past models. The trick is not to become like that which it has destroyed but to rise above.
From Aries-Virgo the native is learning how to master subjectivity and from Libra-Pisces the individual moves away from subjectivity to master the realm of objective experience.
This means that there is extra tension built into the Scorpio-Aries quincunx. While Aries is the first sign of subjective experience, Scorpio is about mastering objective experience.
For example, say an individual is born with the Moon in Aries quincunx Mercury in Scorpio.
Moon =the conditioned self. Automatic responses. Emotional and security needs. The unconscious mind.
Mercury =logos, nomenclature, speech, communication. The conscious mind.
This native would have two very different ways of “processing” and “filtering” their experiences.
The Moon in Aries is emotionally reactive, egotistical. Mercury in Scorpio is a subtle “still waters run deep” type, likely focused on the “inner life” and the “inner workings” of things.
The conscious mind and the unconscious mind therefore sometimes work together and sometimes work at cross-purposes. When working at odds with one another the child-self (Moon) is yang-oriented and may be prone to temper tantrums and/or other childish outbursts if it feels its needs are not being met while the conscious, logical self is subtle, inwardly oriented and aligned with the yin principle.
Working together Mercury in Scorpio and Moon in Aries is passionate, explosive and a charter of new emotional and spiritual territories.
Transformation and Transmutation: Birth, Death and New Beginnings
Other images and symbols to consider with the Aries and Scorpio archetypes are Death/new beginnings, psychological birth, psychological death, conscious awareness, unconscious programming.
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and therefore concerned with birth and new beginnings while Scorpio is the sign associated with death and endings.
Since birth and death are two sides of the same coin they embody a single archetypal energy. Birth cannot be understood without death and vice versa.
Things come to a head in Aries and Scorpio. Some sort of poison is released (like when you pop a pimple or drain a cyst).
Life is not the opposite of death it is birth that is the opposite of death because life is continuous. This means that Aries and Scorpio are profoundly linked with change (transformation) and the duty of instigating fresh new cycles.
Mother Queen, Father King: The Cup Runneth Over
Marie Louise von Franz uses the analogy of wine to talk about a tribe’s need for a new ruling system (both Aries and Scorpio are about usurping outdated ruling systems).
When a bottle of wine is first opened it is rich and full-bodied and causes elation and drunkenness in the person imbibing the brew. Likewise, when a King and Queen first start to rule over their tribe, it creates feelings of giddiness and euphoria. The “wine” still contains its promising life-giving and life-renewing properties and provides the people with much needed spiritual, emotional and psychic nourishment.
But what happens to wine when it is left open for too long? It no longer has the same abilities of renewing and revitalizing the public because there is no longer any alcohol in it.
This means that after a generation of rulership a new King and Queen must be sworn in because they no longer provides the same psychic, emotional and spiritual nourishment for their people.
If a King and Queen are in charge for too long the entire system becomes corrupt, tired and uninspiring. There is rot, decay, waste, petrification and stagnation. A new bottle of wine needs to be opened so that the public may be filled with the same euphoric, life-giving properties that a new rulership promises.
If an old King and/or Queen rule by force nothing can grow, nothing can change and there is no creative renewal of life. Hope, faith are dashed and there is emotional apathy, stagnation and rot.
If a new King and Queen step in to reign supreme, the balance of power does not rest in the hands of an entitled Mother (Queen) and Father (King). It changes hands and therefore fresh changes can be bought to our inner and outer landscapes.
Aries and Scorpio both embody the Crusader Archetype. Once our inner Mothers (Scorpio)/ Fathers (Aries) have been appeased we can use the energy and excitement of a new rulership for more consciously directed goals.
Consciousness and Unconsciousness
Aries is male/yang and therefore related to conscious expression. Scorpio is female/yin and related to unconscious expression. The power of the conscious mind and the power of the unconscious mind can join forces and create a holistic One Mind. This can be an aspect of Unity and Merging.
Both signs are being held back by something destructive and powerful (Mother/Father) and a lot of energy can be unleashed to destroy these forces, however, such tremendous energy reserves must be used wisely and handled with caution lest they turn self-destructive.
In primitive societies the Queen was said to contain/reflect the secret inner life and emotional needs of her subjects while the King was said to express the spiritual and creative needs of the tribe. They were therefore the allegorical Mother and Father figures of a kingdom.
Aries and Scorpio are concerned with gathering experiences/sloughing off old experiences (reprogramming for more positive/consciousness directed goals). The weight of the past (Scorpio) and the liberty and expansiveness of new beginnings (Aries) can merge together to create exciting new forms charged with inner purpose and rich, symbolic meaning.
Waxing Moon/Waning Moon
While Aries can be likened to the waxing Moon phase (new beginnings, gathering new experiences, excitement, adventure, setting off on a brand new journey), Scorpio is more like the waning Moon phase (endings, sloughing off/processing old experiences, despair, cynicism, dejection, a longing to go home after it has experienced many grand adventures).
As you can see both lunar phases represent very different things and may seem antithetical to one another, however, as we have seen above, all experiences are like coins that contain two faces of the same experience.
To use the power contained in the Aries-Scorpio quincunx, we must first understand the ancestral past from which we have sprung and use it to rectify our experience (both inner and outer) of the Feminine/Masculine forces within.
By doing this we can pave the way to renewed self- possession and self-authority, not to mention becoming more fitting containers for ruling the vast kingdoms within/without.
Individuating: Mars, Iron and the Key to Successfully Handling your Aries-Scorpio Quincunx
Since Mars is the traditional ruler of both Scorpio and Aries (not to mention the esoteric ruler of Scorpio), it is important to understand how "the red planet" can inform our understanding of this tricky quincunx.
In my article on Mars, I talk about how Mars (the traditional symbol of masculinity) is a by-product of feminine rage. This is vital for understanding the Scorpio-Aries inconjunct and the core archetypal energies of these two signs, which contain the themes of rage and anger as part of their symbolic make-up. Rage, anger and aggression all protect (and form) individual ego awareness and using the power contained in Scorpio and Aries, we can rise above conflict and adversity to become better vehicles for our budding masculine/feminine energies. Mars, after all, is about learning how to rule (but not suffocate) our vital energies (uniting the head and the loins since Scorpio rules the genitals and Aries rules the head in medical Astrology).
The archetypal images of queens, kings, mothers and fathers has been discussed in detail and it seems that Mars is the planetary container par excellence for both the feminine and masculine within us.
The traditional metal of Mars is iron, which is hard and durable though malleable enough to fashion into weaponry. The Iron Age, which started in 1200 BC, augurs a period of the advancement of mankind and the human race and, in such periods of transition, it is important to stay focused yet flexible, "relying on our own mettle,." while still allowing ourselves to be sensitive to the needs of others.
It’s useful to think of this line when working with quincunxes:
“When she was good she was very, very good but when she was bad she was horrid.”
So how do you interpret such ambivalent aspects and, more importantly, how do you make them work for you?
Quincunxes (also called inconjuncts) are hard to define because, while they are considered to work “erratically,” they also provide us with all the abundance and “ease” of trines.
This is because they work somewhere between a trine (luck and ease) and an opposition (tension and discord).
In this 12-part series on inconjuncts I’ll take you through each of the 12 possible inconjunct combinations, starting with the Aries-Virgo inconjunct.
Before I get started, here is a list of all the possible inconjunct combinations:
Aries and Virgo
Key concepts that link Aries and Virgo Archetypal Energy:
Timing and laws (Virgo and Aries), Fathers (Aries) and Mothers (Virgo), implementation, “doers”, hard work, heart chakra (Virgo) and solar plexus chakra (Aries). Overthrowing an old regime (Aries), obeying Nature and Her laws (Virgo), Male procreative power (Aries), the secrets of our inner life (Virgo), acting according to the dictates of our own Nature (Virgo), the interconnectedness of life –everything has a time and a place and its own intrinsic logic (Virgo), inheritance (Aries), transgression (Aries), mental impulses and grand ideas (Aries), sparks (Aries), equilibrium (Virgo), alchemical marriage between what’s inside and what’s outside (Virgo), subjective experience (both signs).
Walking to the Beat of Your Own Drum
The “karma” that unites these two signs is learning how to “walk to the beat of their own drums.” In Aries, the individual is learning how to implement a new spiritual vision to replace the antiquated mores of its predecessors while in Virgo, the individual is learning about the laws of their own nature.
In Aries, the individual must fight (and destroy) an old ruling system that no longer provides spiritual nourishment to its people, while implementing a new vision and a fresh start.
In Virgo, the individual must learn to listen to the dictates of its own, unique nature, without borrowing “acceptable” modes of behaviour from the surrounding collective.
Aries and Virgo = subjective rather than objective experience.
From Aries-Virgo the individual is learning how to master the world of subjective experience in all its different guises.
Since Aries and Libra form the first opposition in the Zodiac, the signs that go from Libra-Pisces indicate a move away from subjective experience to objective experience starting with Libra and the weighing of opposites.
Aries and Virgo in Medical and Esoteric Astrology
In Medical Astrology Aries rules the head, brain and eyes. The esoteric ruler of Aries is Mercury, god of speech and communication.
Aries is known as “the birthplace of divine ideas,” in esoteric astrology because, as the kick-starter of the Zodiac, it is responsible for breaksing away from the regressive pull of the past.
Ideas and inspirations must always precede action and the horns of the ram (Aries’ astral emblem) link it to higher levels of awareness and higher consciousness.
In Medical Astrology Virgo rules the digestive system, spleen and intestines. The esoteric ruler of Virgo is the Moon, which governs our physical bodies and emotional and security needs.
(Side note: our physical well-being is intimately connected with our emotional natures and if we try and “trick” ourselves into doing something that is fundamentally opposed to who we are, the body and/or mind becomes sick).
This is why Virgo is traditionally known as the sign of health, sickness and healing.
“The mind thinks, the body knows,” as the saying goes.
Its astral emblem, the virginal goddess of the grain, link Virgo to Nature and Goddess worship and Mother Nature can be even more of a hell-raiser than fiery, head-strong Aries. If She feels like she is being disrespected and that Her laws are being ignored, Mother Nature is capable of destroying everything in its wake.
Therefore the Virgo archetype is connected with finding out who we are and working with the laws of our natures rather than trying to “trick it” and pretending that we are something we’re not.
Think about the saying:
“Mother knows best” (Moon = Mother)
The intestines sift through and remove that which is not useful for the well-being of the organism –it removes that which does not serve our physical (and therefore mental, spiritual and emotional well-being).
It “separates the wheat from the chaff,” so to speak. (Virgo= grain (wheat), harvest etc).
Virgo is known as “the sign of service” because in serving our own unique natures we ultimately benefit the Whole. One diseased cell has a way of infecting surrounding healthy cells.
Living in accordance to your own nature has a knock on effect for every facet of experience –including the experience of others.
So if we look at the sign of Virgo in this new light we realise that it is not “others” we serve but rather, our own natures and our own emotional truths. Another way of looking at this is by saying that our natures enslave us. You can’t teach a mermaid the splits and you don’t get blueberry juice by squeezing an orange.
This is why Virgo is known as a sign of thrift, caution and constraint.
Virgo is the sign of holistic health and uniting the two brains (the brain in our guts and the brain in our heads). Having two “team players” leads to optimal functioning.
The Aries-Virgo quincunx is about getting the rational mind in our heads “on board” with the visceral reality of the “mind” in our guts. This is so the two may form a cohesive whole rather than two opposing forces that work at cross-purposes.
Therefore uniting the head (brain) with the gut can be seen as the primary objective for those of you who have any inconjuncts between Aries and Virgo in your natal charts.
We have a choice: either we can think dependently, borrowing outdated mores and ideas from the collective OR we can be brave and use the dynamic force and bravado of Aries with the prudent, self-contained qualities of Virgo to blaze new creative trails.
Technical excellence (Virgo) and originality and panache (Aries) can take your creative endeavours from drab to fabulous.
Issues with Timing
Timing is another important factor in the Virgo-Aries quincunx. While Aries may find it hard to quell its “rebel without a cause” enthusiasm, Virgo is almost obsessive in its methodical, ritualistic approach to life. This is because, to Virgo, there is an intrinsic orderliness in Nature and those who encroach upon this are breakers of Nature’s laws.
To Aries, the time is “now” and this impatience can ultimately cause more setbacks than those they are seeking to eradicate (the tortoise and the hare phenomenon).
Virgo’s dithering tendencies, however, may stifle the original spark, the divinely inspired idea, because of its utopian desire for “perfection.”
Learning to temper Virgo’s precision with Aries’ breadth of scope and vision is key.
The Significance of Astrological Mercury in the Aries-Virgo Quincunx
Mercury is the traditional ruler of Virgo and the esoteric ruler of Aries and is the key that unlocks the successful management of the Aries-Virgo quincunx.
Aries (head, brain, eyes) is the original vision, the ingenious idea. Virgo is the the force that translates this idea into tangible results.
Mercury doesn't just rule the way our mind works and what we think about, it also rules physical dexterity and the way we communicate with others. In the Greek myth, Mercury was a restless,inventive youth who was often bored and would create mischief wherever he went as a way to alleviate his boredom.
He invented musical instruments and was a master communicator, flatterer and thief. To make the most of your Aries-Virgo quincunx, it is important to feed rather than stifle your restless, roguish Aries spirit.
Just make sure that all your ingenious ideas and inventions get translated into physical form lest you incur the wrath of the Virgin Goddess!
What is a Midpoint?
To paraphrase Robert Hand, midpoints are points in the Zodiac located halfway between any other two points.
Midpoints between all possible combinations of planets, the North Node, the Midheaven, the Ascendant and 0 Aries Point are commonly used when interpreting the horoscope. Midpoints are like planets but with a more concentrated focus and should not be ignored when interpreting a horoscope.
It is generally believed that a midpoint combines the qualities of the two points whose arc of separation it divides. Thus the point halfway between Mars and Jupiter would combine the qualities of Mars and Jupiter and so on.
For example if you have your Sun at 16° Leo and your Moon at 16°Aquarius the midpoint between your Sun and Moon would sit at 16° Taurus. If your midpoint at 16° Taurus is occupied by another factor then that would give us a combination of three symbols. So say you have Jupiter at 17° Taurus that would give you a Sun/Moon midpoint conjunct Jupiter.
How to use Midpoints in Cosmobiology
The basic midpoint pattern employed by Cosmobiologists is a two-planet configuration that makes a third point sensitive, and the sensitive point is the midpoint itself. So in the above example the third “sensitive point” would be 16° Taurus. The cosmobiologists use only aspects to midpoints based on multiples of 45 and so trines between a midpoint and another factor would not be considered.
The early writings of the Cosmobiologists implied that trines, sextiles and other three-series aspects are not effective when analysing midpoints. The midpoints tied to a planet by conjunction or hard aspect (square, opposition) will tell a great deal about the condition of a planet in a chart.
The rule of thumb for Cosmobioligists has been to use no more than a 1.5° orb, however, I have found that you can stretch that to 2° if it seems to fit the analysis and overall theme of the chart. As Stephen Arroyo said:
“if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it probably is a duck!”
The Importance of the Sun/Moon Midpoint
The most important midpoint in our charts is unarguably the midpoint between the Sun and Moon for it represents the marriage between our masculine and feminine sides. The Sun/Moon midpoint represents the point in our charts that helps to reconcile our lost wholeness so that we can merge with the Divine.= Source.
The relationship between the Sun and Moon refers to our literal, personal journey towards wholeness. It represents the interplay between spirit and soul, the conscious and the unconscious, vitality and feeling.
The relationship between the Sun and Moon in our charts represents how we should seek to find inner balance as well as pointing to where there is inner discord. Sun/Moon can therefore manifest as inner/outer conflicts as described by the signs they occupy in our charts. The key to reconciling these two planets lies in the resolution point between them, that is, at their midpoint.
Cosmobiologist Ebertin wrote that Sun/Moon = marriage.
We project a lot of our unconscious garbage onto spouses, lovers and partners as a way of sorting through our own inner tensions and psychic conflicts. The ego doesn’t like ambivalence and often struggles to understand that both “A” and “B” are part of “me.” It would much rather say that “I” am “A” and “you” are “B” and so the “projected garbage” of that which the ego disowns is usually hooked onto any planets we have conjunct, square or opposite the Sun/Moon midpoint. This means that our relationships will often take on the theme of the sign of the Sun/Moon midpoint as well as any planets closely aspecting it.
Simon: A Case Study
Simon (chart pictured above) was born with the Sun at 10° Taurus and the Moon at 20° Leo, which makes his Sun/Moon midpoint fall at 0° Cancer. His biggest relationship “theme” has been co-pendency with mother-lovers and trying to break free from this pattern as it undermines his growth and self-development.
As I mentioned earlier, our relationship “problems” always have in-built solutions to help us overcome them. This is because problems and solutions form part of the same mythic unity: like the snake venom that cures the snakebite. With the midpoint at 0° Cancer closely square Mars at 1° Libra, Simon tends to alternate between smothering his lovers and then lashing out at them with hostile outbursts that break-up the cherished oneness and fusion. It is important to note that midpoints don’t exist in a vacuum and must be tied in to the rest of the chart. Issues surrounding co-dependency are also mirrored by the Moon in the 7th house, Venus square Neptune and a stellium in the 8th house.
Simon is unconsciously searching for mother figures rather than lovers and longs for someone who will provide him with unconditional love and support. As humans we have a basic, inborn drive to individuate and separate from our mothers (this drive is represented by the Sun as well as astrological Mars), however, this can be at odds with an equally potent desire to merge with a divine caretaker.
When Simon came to see me he was not at all conscious that he was harbouring this inner tension between independence/fusion. He was also unaware that he had been looking for a woman to replace his mother although when I mentioned this to him he agreed that he tends to date mother figures and finds that after a few weeks the relationship spirals into vicious arguments and petty quarrels. Note that this theme is also picked up by the Mars and Moon in the 7th house of relationships.
The solution to this recurring relationship theme is for Simon to foster an atmosphere of love and companionship in his own being. Cancer is the sign of birth and symbolises the process by which we break away from over-dependence with the personal mother/Primordial Mother. Cancer needs to learn to become both the womb and the seed, mother and father, without seeking one or both of these things in the outer world.
The feeling of safety and containment that Cancer so desires need to be found within before they can be sought in the outside world.
Once a feeling of containment is found within, Simon can bring this energy into his relationships while also making room to exercise his independence by pursuing activities and interests outside the relationship (Mars). This way he won’t build up an unconscious resentment towards his lovers for carrying the projection of mother-devourer. With Mars in airy Libra there is a basic drive to engage with others, to socialise and share ideas but in a way that respects the boundaries of the individual.
Get Ready for Swimsuit Season by Harnessing the Power of your Natal Mercury: What Sport to do According to your Mercury Sign
In his extensive astrological research Michel Gauquelin found Mercury to be the dominant planet in the charts of many major athletes. Most people think of Mars when they think of sports and sportsmanship, however, Mercury is the planet that rules movement and co-ordination.
Mercury governs both physical and mental dexterity as well as representing the way we think and how our minds work so....
Consult the list below for the best way to make the most of your Mercury placement…
Mercury in Aries –Kickboxing
"Conquest tests the warrior," as the saying goes. If you’re not locked in battle with a partner how else will you truly get to test your mettle, sharpen your spirit and flex those fighting muscles? Make like your totem ram: find a boxing ring, grab a partner… and may the best man win!
Mercury in Taurus –Channel Surfing
Let’s face it, Taurus, you often struggle to get out of bed in the mornings so, rather than beating yourself up about it, why not just sit back, relax and spend your day pumping those fingers instead…
Mercury in Gemini –Fencing
Anything that requires careful strategy, quick reflexes and a skillful combination of brain and brawns is a sure way to get your blood pumping and your mind working efficiently, Gemini. Grab your twin and go, go, go!
Mercury in Cancer –Aqua Aerobics
You’re not really at home on land, although you like to come up for air sometimes… Aqua aerobics is perfect for you, Cancer. You get to thrash about in your favourite element while still being able to come up for air when you want…
Mercury in Leo –Trampolining
Jump up: “LOOK AT ME!” Jump down. Breathe. Jump up: “LOOK AT ME!” Jump down. Breathe. Jump up. “LOOK AT MEEEEEE!”
Mercury in Virgo –Ashtanga Yoga
Yours is an extremely multi-faceted sign, Virgo, a sign that rules spiritual discipline and the body-mind connection. Ashtanga Yoga is just the ticket for helping you cultivate mind-body awareness.
Mercury in Libra –Ballet
Your innate elegance loves physical disciplines that combine beauty and form. Get your perfectly manicured toes twinkling with a spot of ballet. Best enjoyed with some beautiful music playing in the background.
Mercury in Scorpio –Tango
Tango is the sexiest dance out there and yours is the sexiest sign under the Sun, Scorpio. Rouge those lips, hike up that skirt, grab a partner and GO!
Mercury in Sagittarius –Long distance running
You need a sport that allows you to experience as much as possible, Sagittarius. With long distance running you can cover as much ground as humanly possible, allowing you to combine your workouts with a spot of sightseeing.
Mercury in Capricorn –Rock climbing
As the businessmen of the Zodiac you will love scaling new heights of success as you climb the rungs of adversity. In a bid to prove that nothing’s impossible rock climbing will challenge you to go farther, faster, stronger…
Mercury in Aquarius –Figure Skating
The Ice Queens of the Zodiac will feel right at home twirling about on the ice but will still be able to partake in their love of human contact. Icy conditions + the warmth of human contact = the perfect sport for satisfying all your strange complexities…
Mercury in Pisces –Deep Sea Diving
While Cancers still need to come up for breath every now and then you’re not comfortable venturing anywhere above sea level. You’re the deep divers of the Zodiac Pisces, so no need to ever come up for air…
What do Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston and Audrey Hepburn all have in common (besides being fashion icons, obviously)?
They were all born with Venus in Aries.
And yet we don’t typically associate the sign Aries, or, more specifically, Venus in Aries, with kick-ass fashion sense.
After all, Venus, as the traditional ruler of Libra, is said to be in its detriment in Aries and Aries is known as being the most “macho” and masculine of signs…
It is related to mythic warrior-rebels Zeus, Ammon and Marduk after all...
Venus in Aries: Fashion Influencers and Style Goddesses
Call them fashion-forward, call them trend-setters, style goddesses or fashion influencers, the women on this list seem to exemplify the visionary, forward-thinking spirit of these ancient gods and provide us with a fresh look at what it means to have Venus in Aries.
Although it may be hard to imagine what the fragile, doe-eyed Audrey Hepburn could have in common with the bombastic, freewheeling Zeus, she provides us with a surprising dimension and unlooked at connection between the cardinal fire sign Aries and impeccable style.
Aries: Rams’ Horns and New Style Beginnings
Venus rules style and adornment and Aries rules new ideas and objective manifestation and what better way to manifest one’s vision than with beautiful, envy-inducing clothing and trendsetting styles?
The Greeks associated Aries’ ram with Zeus, the god who reigned supreme in the heavens. His name means the “light of heaven” and his countless love affairs (and the children engendered by these loves affairs) speaks of his boundless fertility and procreative power.
Zeus was the “one god” in the heavens, and Venus in Aries, enjoys being the “one god” (or goddess!) in the heavens, responsible for ushering in new styles and trends…
As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries embodies the energy of new beginnings. It denotes the beginning of springtime (the spring equinox) and a new spiritual vision. The ram, which is Aries’ astral emblem, represents the Egyptian god Ammon whose soul was said to be the animating principle behind all earthly phenomena. He was known as “the god who abides in all things” and was said to be the force behind the invisible wind.
Ancient man believed that the horns of the ram were capable of stimulating great mental activity and so rams were associated with accessing higher schools of knowledge. This is why Aries is typically associated with curiosity and an active imagination –an imagination that must constantly be fueled and refueled.
The horns of a ram never stop growing and get larger and stronger with each passing year, which is what eventually causes them to curl under. Rams “lock heads” because it is important for them to test their strength with an equally valiant opponent.
Rams must constantly be challenged and stimulated which is why Aries is known as a competitive sign that wants to vanquish and quash any competition that stands in its way. As we shall see, Venus in Aries likes to exercise this innate power and potency through its fierce aestheticism and killer dress sense.
Venus in Aries: “The Birthplace of Divine Ideas”
Aries is known as the “birthplace of divine Ideas” and initiates the cycle of manifestation. The “first impulse” is said to be awakened in Aries, where an old order must die so that a new one can take its place. This is why Aries is associated with dominance, phallic power and potency.
A new spiritual vision needs strength and valor in order to replace old, outmoded visions and when Venus is in Aries the impulse is to be a trendsetter: to boldly go where no one else has gone.
According to Alice Bailey:
“Aries is connected with soul intention, the vibratory activity of which initiates successive involutionary periods which produce appearance upon the physical plane,”
And so it is no surprise that people born with Venus in Aries take adornment so seriously: in them lies the seed that paves the way to new style beginnings.
“Style is saying who you are without having to speak,” as the saying goes and Aries leads by example.
Marilyn Monroe: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
When Coco Chanel said “fashion changes but style endures,” she may as well have been talking about Marilyn Monroe.
Although it has been 55 years since Monroe’s death she is still the poster child par excellence for glamour, femininity and allure, and, like Zeus ruling from his invisible mantle in the heavens, her style continues to cast an impressive shadow.
Countless coffee table books have been made deifying her indefinable style. There have also been: biographies, photographic exhibitions, knock-off Halloween costumes and, of course, the classic Andy Warhol pop-art painting made of her face repeated in garish neon colours.
Andy Warhol was obsessed with portraying consumer objects and his classic painting of Marilyn Monroe suggests that by the time he made the painting she had become a commodity, something people consume and devour for its replenishing and life-giving properties.
But can Marilyn Monroe’s essence really be distilled and distributed to the hungry masses, all desperate to get a piece of her inimitable style and charisma? Never! She owned each and every one of her outfits. That white dress. That black sequin frock she had to be sewn into in Some Like it Hot. Then there was also the Happy Birthday Mr. President dress (which recently sold for $4.8 at auction). And the wool skirt-suit in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. And, and, and…
The list is endless...
Audrey Hepburn: Fair Lady of the Screen
Her classic clothing, refined elfin features and otherworldly charm are the stuff of legends.
It may have been Helen of Troy’s face that launched a thousand ships but it was Hepburn’s face that launched a thousand knock-off capris, elfin crops, ballet pumps, LBDs and oversized sunglasses. Not to mention sex-kitten black eyeliner, Breakfast at Tiffany’s fancy dress costumes and “Sabrina’s” hats, luggage boxes, ball gowns and skirt suits.
When Roman Holiday was released in 1953, Audrey Hepburn’s avant-garde threads caused a sensation. From her pedal pushers and ballet slippers to her waifish hairdo and elaborate hoop skirts, she embodied the “new look” revolution of the 40s and 50s and helped usher in a new aesthetic with 1000s of women hoping to emulate her style.
The black Givenchy dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been credited with single-handedly making the LBD a “staple” in every woman’s wardrobe and in 2010 LOVEFILM voted it the best dress ever worn by a woman in film, while the white outfit she wore in My Fair Lady was voted sixth.
Helen Cowley stated:
"Audrey Hepburn has truly made the little black dress a fashion staple which has stood the test of time despite competition from some of the most stylish females around,”
showing again Venus in Aries’ ability to stamp out potential fashion competition years after the trend first erupted.
Polished, groomed and demure, the gamine Audrey Hepburn continues to peer out at us from the glossy pages of coffee table books, coasters, t-shirts, keyrings, postcards, posters and tea mugs.
Elizabeth Taylor: "Delightful Vulgarity"
Venus in Aries has a reputation for being a little gaudy and a little flashy... maybe even a little tacky, with a penchant for designer names, garish bling and statement jewelry –anything that highlights its potency.
Violet-eyed, raven-haired Taylor sure loved highlighting her wealth and status through her fashion choices, which was wonderfully documented in Simon Doonan’s article “The Bawdy and the Beautiful: Elizabeth Taylor’s Delightful Vulgarity.”
She plumped for large, flashy gemstones, ultra-tanned skin, low-cut dresses and was often described as being show-offy and vulgar:
“like a peasant woman suckling her young in Peru,” as Cecil Beaton so pertinently remarked.
The horns of the ram are a form of defense as well as a status symbol and Liz loved to flaunt her goddess-like power through her clothes and jewels.
Rams symbolise bringing forth the power of the mind and imagination as well as the ability to seek out new heights and new adventures.
Liz was constantly upping the style ante with her fashion choices: bigger, brighter bijoux, gaudier bracelets, flashier diamonds.
She won the CFDA award in 1998, which honoured her influence on fashion and is constantly credited for being a fashion muse, icon and all-round poster-child for espousing la dolce vita.
Katharine Hepburn: “Elegance is Refusal” –Coco Chanel
As a child Hepburn confessed to shaving her head, climbing trees and wearing men’s clothing... And it was precisely this defiant, boyishness that led her to become one of the most influential fashion icons of all time.
In the early 30s people dressed according to their sex: men wore trousers, women wore dresses and it was considered perverse for women to wear trousers. In fact, it could easily land them in jail as it was illegal for women to “impersonate men.”
Hepburn stubbornly and defiantly stood up to these outworn collective mores which stated that women must dress to reflect their gender. She famously showed up to a film set wearing blue jeans, which were then confiscated from her after she’d put on her costume. Instead of being persuaded to put on a skirt she paraded around set in her underwear until her jeans were returned.
A 1934 article for Hollywood magazine read:
“Revolution has hit the Hollywood ranks! Revolution of a startling new order. And Katy Hepburn did it with her little overalls and hatchet.”
Like the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, which so faithfully underpins the Aries archetype, Hepburn had to usurp the “Terrible Fathers” of gender-prescribed fashion by taking a defiant stand against them. Just like Jason had to stand up to his uncle Pelias to remove the kingdom from its deadlock, so did Hepburn have to stubbornly fight for her rights to wear “men’s” clothing.
As Marcie Bianco and Merryn Johns note:
“it’s remarkable how much that decision to wear pants continues to set her apart—not just from her Old Hollywood peers, but from modern stars who still aren’t nearly as daring.”
Jennifer Aniston: Everyone’s Best “Friend”
True style isn’t just about the clothes that we wear. It’s also about the way we present ourselves, a certain allure or je ne sais quoi that defies any rational explanation when we try to put it into words.
According to Coco Chanel:
“fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
People with Venus in Aries seem to be able to tune into “what is happening” and channel new trends with very little effort.
Back in the 90s everyone and their grandmother was sporting “the Rachel” do (myself included!) but it wasn’t just Rachel’s hair that had (and still has) us hooked. Aniston continues to appear at the top of “best dressed” lists and “best dressed” polls for her flawless fashion sense, age-defying beauty and envy-inducing figure.
The word charisma is derived from the Greek “gift from the gods” and it is hard to deny that Aniston possess it in spades. She is the perfect blend of approachable girl-next-door and untouchable screen goddess who has effortlessly been channeling (and wearing) what the public finds beautiful, sexy and desirable since she first sashayed onto our screens in the 90s.
Conclusion: Venus in Aries and the “One God(dess)” Principle
There is only room for one god in the heavens: Zeus’ sovereignty would mean nothing if there were other gods ruling on equal footing with him.
From this we can deduce that people with Venus in Aries like to be noticed.
“Style is saying who you are without having to speak,” as the saying goes, and no one knows this better than the Venus in Aries native who represents “the force behind the invisible wind” in their clothing, allure and general style chops.
Venus in the birth chart is our magic girdle: our source of beauty, grace, magic and charisma. The sheer power and beauty of Venus' magic girdle could render even the most button-lipped, straight-laced man totally helpless and wherever there is passion and beauty there is bound to be envy and intrigue.
Venus in Aries wants to shine, to be the best, to stamp out competition and, as we have seen in this article, Venus in Aries has a knack for doing this through its iconic style, which is a “silent” manifestation of its power and potency.
Other Famous Women with Venus in Aries
Sarah Jessica Parker (American actress)
Lady Gaga (American singer)
Jean Harlow (American actress)
Liza Minnelli (American singer/actress)
Jayne Mansfield (American actress)
Taylor Hill (American model)
Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazilian model)
Rihanna (Barbadian singer)
Cate Blanchett (Australian actress)
Sofia Coppola (American director)
Lily Allen (British singer)
Gigi Hadid (American model)
Shakira (Colombian singer)
Doris Day (American singer/ actress)
Mia Farrow (American actress)
Rooney Mara (American actress)
Tara Emad (Egyptian- Montenegrin model/ actress)
Anna Ewers (German model)
Bebel Gilberto (Brazilian singer)
Judy Collins (American folksinger)
Maud Adams (Swedish actress)
Mimi Baez Fariña (American singer/ activist)
Emily DiDonato (American model)
Andrea Corr (Irish singer)
Ashley Judd (American actress)
Emily Blunt (British actress)
Giulietta Masina (Italian actress)
Alida Valli (Austrian- Italian actress/ singer)
Leona Lewis (British singer)
Keira Knightley (British actress)
Ana Beatriz Barros (Brazilian model)
Renee Zellweger (American actress)
Mariah Carey (American singer)
Gizele Oliveira (Brazilian model)
Lily James (British actress)
Josephine Skriver (Danish model)
Joan Crawford (American actress)
Eva Longoria (American actress)
Laura Pausini (Italian singer)
Sharon Corr (Irish singer)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (American actress)
Julia Stiles (American actress)
Christina Ricci (American actress)
Carey Mulligan (British actress)
Lana Turner (American actress)
Rosario Dawson (American actress)
Anna Magnani (Italian actress)
Jewel Kilcher (American singer/songwriter)
Paulina Porizkova (Czech model)
Jill Goodacre (American model)
Donatella Versace (Italian fashion designer)
Stella Maxwell (New Zealander model)
Kelly Gale (Swedish model)
Gal Gadot (Israeli actress)
Lupita Nyong’o (Kenyan actress)
Alek Wek (Sudanese model)
Helena Bonham Carter (British actress)
Carrie Underwood (American singer)
Fairuza Balk (American actress)
Bridget Moynahan (American actress/model)
Esther Cañadas (Spanish model)
Jaime King (American actress/model)
Tonia Sotiropoulou (Cypriot actress)
Kenza Fourati (Tunisian model)
Georgina Chapman (British actress/ fashion designer)
Niki Taylor (American model)
Renée Zellweger (American actress)
Melissa Joan Hart (American actress)
The Emergence of New Astrological Archetypes for the New Millennium
Whenever a new planetary body is discovered it heralds a new archetypal energy emerging in our collective psyche which must somehow be integrated into our ever-evolving consciousness.
There is a mysterious process by which the naming of the planet coincides with its meaning on both mundane and personal levels and when Uranus was discovered in 1781 it challenged all the existing knowledge we had about our solar system, rendering it antiquated and incomplete. We had to stretch our minds to accommodate new truths about the nature of our solar system and to this day Uranus is still the astrological significator of paradigm shifts, upheavals and (r)evolution.
Sedna’s discovery ushered in a new category of planetary object as well as challenging all previously held notions about the nature of our solar system. Sedna exists in a realm of the solar system that is 11,400 years beyond the orbit of the Sun and her discovery has challenged our ideas about the nature of our reality on both a physical and metaphysical level. Like Uranus and Neptune before her, she has forced us to stretch our minds as to what we deem possible.
The discovery of other trans-Neptunian objects and fellow “paradigm shifters” such as MakeMake, Haumea, Eris and Quaoar mean that we must re-examine what we know about our universe, and by extension, ourselves, for we are merely reflections of universal energy. The universe is in us and not the other way round.
Sedna and the Yugas
Until Sedna’s discovery we had two known categories of planets. In the first category we have the seven inner planets which relate to man’s ego-awareness. In the second category we have the three transpersonal planets which relate to the collective awareness of man. The third category of planets, known as trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), relate to Great Year Cycles (precession cycles), or Yugas, as they are known in the Vedic Scriptures.
A Yuga lasts approximately 24000 years and Sedna’s orbit lasts roughly at the midway point of a Yuga. Her cycle therefore represents critical points in our evolution over tens of thousands of years and heralds a reemerging awareness in major planetary-evolutionary cycles that formed an integral part of the ancient astrological systems of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Mayans and Indians.
Quarter and halfway cycles in the precession cycle have always indicated major evolutionary shifts and signify turning points where civilisations either collapse or flourish. TNOs therefore represent human civilisation evolving over tens of thousands of years.
This shift in the way we understand evolutionary cycles signifies a change in the way we relate to the planet and our survival as a species lies on whether or not we are able to “appease” Sedna and abide by her rules.
Sedna, MakeMake and Haumea: the Emerging Popularity of Traditional Shamanic Culture and Matriarchal Wisdom
Interestingly, three of the other major TNOs, Haumea, Quaoar and MakeMake, mark a shift away from a Eurocentric, patriarchal worldview, signified by a departure from naming planets after Greco-Roman gods and goddesses to those belonging to traditional, matriarchal cultures.
Haumea was a Hawaiian creation goddess, and a symbol of fertility and childbirth responsible for birthing the entire race of gods and goddesses as well as all the creatures of the plant and animal kingdoms. With each new birth she would die and subsequently recreate herself again. She also had the power of eternal youth. She possessed a magic stick that could conjure up a never-ending supply of food ensuring the sustenance and continuity of mankind.
MakeMake was a creation god from the mythological pantheon of Easter Island who was imaged as a birdman (another birdman!). Every year a tribe elder would elect a member of the tribe to represent MakeMake. “Makemake” would then elect a warrior from the tribe who had to undergo a dangerous journey by dressing up in bird feathers and swimming across to an island and bring back the first bird egg of the season. If he returned victorious he would give the bird egg to the birdman who would then sit in a hut and meditate for a year waiting to receive wisdom from the otherworld that would ensure the survival of his tribe.
Here again we have the common themes of the importance of shamanism (a balanced relationship with the Otherworld), retrieving lost wisdom through a dangerous shamanic journey and appeasing a creation goddess through ritual offerings. The overarching belief in traditional, matriarchal societies is that the fertility of the land and the wellbeing of its people are inextricably linked. One cannot exist without the other. Our survival is ensured by making frequent contact with the spirit world by way of shamanic journeys and magic rituals. A healthy relationship with the Otherworld ensures that we are not overstepping our boundaries and can continue to thrive alongside one another.
The growing popularity of traditional shamanism and earth-based religions in recent years heralds an increased awareness of the Divine nature of our planet and of ourselves. Add to this the advent of organic food, veganism, crystal therapy, herbalism, permaculture and eco-friendly communities and it is clear that Sedna’s discovery has offered us a planetary model for living sustainably through a return to traditional values.
Sedna and the Mayan Calendar
Other events that signaled the arrival of the TNOs into collective awareness was a growing worldwide obsession with “the end of the world in 2012”, supposedly documented in the Mayan calendar. The global phenomena that was "the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar" marks an increased awareness in and understanding of large-scale cycles even though this understanding is extremely superficial. Hey, we have to start somewhere!
Eris, Dark Moon Lilith and The Emergence of the Dark Feminine Archetype
Eris, named after the Roman goddess of strife and discord also belongs to this third category of planets and reiterates another common theme amongst the TNOs: that of an enraged feminine deity who has been repressed and cast out from society and who must be appeased and reintegrated back into collective consciousness.
Dark Moon Lilith (another important symbol of the Dark Feminine archetype) has recently been included on astrodienst chart calculations and represents a gradual shift in the awareness of the Divine Feminine and a return to matriarchal wisdom.
It seems that we are at a critical juncture in our evolving humanity. If we start to adopt matriarchal ways (which the discovery of TNOs and the inclusion of Dark Moon Lilith on astrodienst suggests) we can avoid cataclysmic disaster, however, if we continue to dissociate from the "dark" Divine Feminine, then it is only a matter of time before humanity is extinguished. Remember quarter and midway points in the precession cycle represent critical turning points: “this could be heaven or this could be hell,” as the saying goes.
Restructuring the Way We Think as a Collective & Changes in How we Relate to Mother Earth
The discovery of these TNOs has heralded a restructuring in the way we understand the universe and suggests that our salvation lies in returning to traditional ways of living, which starts off by honouring our relationship with Mother Earth and acknowledging that She must be treated with sanctity and respect. No matter how rational, civilised, “evolved”, well read or learned we become we must always answer to the Great Mother. Hers is the first and the last word. It is through the body of a woman that we are born and it is to the Primordial Mother who we must return to when we die.
In trying to become gods, we have transgressed Nature’s Laws and sooner or later we will pay the price for our ignorance and greed unless we start making changes. Now.
Although there has definitely been a shift in environmental awareness with many of us becoming more conscious of how badly we are polluting our oceans and pillaging our natural resources, there are still many people who carry on without care of or thought for the health of the planet. The reemergence of the Divine Feminine in all her different guises is fundamental to the survival and continuation of our planet. It has become important to understand the development of human consciousness not only in terms of 7,29, 58 or 84 year cycles but in 12000 and 24000 cycles, too.
Sedna, TNOs and the Mythic Continuation of Humanity
The mythic continuation of Inuit tribes was reliant on a healthy relationship with Sedna, Primordial Mother and creator of All.
With her recent emergence as a new planetary archetype, it seems that our survival as a species has become increasingly important in recent times as we slowly but surely run out of resources and both anecdotal and scientific evidence suggest that ensuring the survival of the planet/the human race must be redeemed not through warfare or scientific advancement but through a balanced relationship with the earth itself.
Mars is “Knowing What We Want and Doing What We Have To Get It”
Jung defined masculinity as “knowing what we want and doing what we have to get it” and Mars is the planetary symbol par excellence of the active, yang male principle.
In the horoscope Mars describes our desire nature, self-gratification and how we go about getting what we want. It is the planet that acts as the fighting principle for the Sun (the ego-Self).
As Liz Greene so succinctly put it:
“Mars must offer the Sun its fighting power and the Sun must provide meaning for Mars’ battles. If the Sun repudiates Mars (in other words if we disown our aggression because it challenges our self-image and our conscious goals), then we have vision without any capacity to put it into action.”
Mars describes our physical drive, anger, aggression and assertion of the Self. It represents the physical drive that in Sikh Holy Scriptures is called “the life urge.” It symbolises raw power, sexuality and desire. In psychological terms it represents the process by which we define and assert ourselves as individuals, separating ourselves from the helpless, umbilical fusion of childhood.
Martian qualities may not sound very pleasant to our more refined, civilised sensibilities but we cannot survive and thrive in the world without a healthy dose of Mars. It gives the Sun its driving force and power, without which, we might never get what we want in life. To be in touch with Mars is to be in touch with our fighting spirit. Like the Moon, it describes a primal, instinctual-physical energy but, unlike the Moon, it is proactive and assertive (yang) while the Moon is receptive and security-oriented (yin).
Mars Serves the Sun
Mars functions as the Sun’s wing-man, furnishing its quest for meaning and spiritual fulfillment with the raw force and power to go about accomplishing these things. The Sun represents our place in the cosmic womb (symbolised by the astrological glyph for the Sun which is a circle –symbolising eternity –with a single dot in the middle representing the ego-Self). The Sun also represents the unfolding of our individual consciousness, however, without the help of Mars, the Sun’s life goals cannot be accomplished.
The astrological glyph for Mars shows an arrow breaking away from a circle, which symbolises our psychological birth, our emergence from the cosmic womb of oneness into the world of individual self-autonomy.
Liz Greene says:
“on a psychological level, anger, aggression and assertion of self are the primary implements of separation from the mother and formation of individual ego”
The Sun is said to be exalted in Aries, which is ruled by Mars. This may be a roundabout way of saying that the instinctive energy of Mars must be channeled towards consciously directed goals.
Mars: Impotence and Depression
Without the fighting spirit of Mars to help carve out our nascent individuality we are impotent. Aggression is really a statement of separateness and if we have a healthy relationship with Mars (“the primitive, animal form of the Sun”) then we are not afraid to go after what we want in life. This is the reason why being out of touch with our Mars is linked with depression.
As Liz Greene posits:
“a blocked Mars results in a feeling of impotence and vicitmisation, and great unconscious rage… a profound sense of impotence, frustration and rage generated by the feeling that one has no capacity for choice, nor power over one’s own life. Depression is usually not experienced as overt misery; it is more usually a state of apathy and deadness, where nothing is worth bothering with, not even anger.”
If you are prone to depression then it is worth examining the state of Mars in your chart and making a conscious effort to bring its expression out into manifestation. Depression and apathy come about when we are not “using” our Mars to make positive changes in our lives. Mars is about effectiveness and getting what we want.
Pluto as the Higher Octave of Mars
Mars represents the individual will while Pluto represents the transpersonal will, the will of the deeper Self, which operates from the superconscious level of the psyche. Pluto represents death and transformation on all levels. It represents all major biological turning points in our lives such as puberty where we “die” as children and are reborn as adolescents.
We can’t fight off the inevitable; puberty is a natural part of the maturation process and, in essence, is part of “God’s plan” for us as humans. The key is to actively try to align our personal will with God’s will, that is, the transpersonal will, so that we can achieve “God’s work.” This is often easier said than done as Martian energy is essentially selfish and self-serving. It is concerned with self-gratification and the satiation of desire. Spiritual seekers actively try and align their will with the will of their deeper self (their God-self) through practices such as meditation, yoga and prayer while the uninitiated may have their deeper will forced upon them through repeated frustrations, unfortunate circumstances etc.
As the Jungian analyst Edward Edinger said:
“man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”
Mars and the Ares-Aphrodite Myth
Ares is the mythic representation for the astrological Mars. In myth, Ares has an overwhelming attraction and desire for the beautiful Aphrodite, goddess of love. There is a famous painting of Aphrodite and Ares lying in bed together after a passionate sexual episode.
Ares can be seen lying down in a state of post-coital bliss, satiated and satisfied. This suggests that Mars can be tamed through the fulfillment of pleasure, erotic feeling, beauty and passion.
The satiation Ares experiences in the pursuit, and subsequent possession, of the desired object (Aphrodite) can bring lasting satisfaction. This suggests that being in touch with our Mars is a vital ingredient for ongoing happiness, contentment and a feeling of achievement. This acts as a potent reminder for how Mars functions. When we are overwhelmingly attracted to something (a person, an object, a goal), we become consumed by our desire to possess that thing which ignites our desire. We feel compelled to go after it –our interest is piqued and we stop at nothing until we get it.
Mars can therefore be seen as a symbol for something that moves us into action –something that triggers us to move out of resigned complacency and headlong into adventure and change. As Howard Sasportas points out:
“We are born with the basic urge to use our Mars to acquire new skills and realise new potentials; if we are not doing this, we will feel frustrated, angry and unfulfilled.”
The purpose of Aphrodite in this story is her ability to awaken Ares’ desire and erotic longing, which is ultimately what is responsible for turning Ares away from destruction. Anger can turn in on itself (self-hatred, alcoholism) or it can be directed outwards (arguments, fights, warfare). By turning our aggressive instinct onto “capturing” an object of desire, we can channel the Mars energy more creatively. The fact that we can never truly “possess” another person is what keeps relationships interesting, active and vital. In short, it keeps us on our toes, always looking to “up our game” so that we can keep the object of our desires interested in us. Mars can therefore be seen as a vital ingredient in self-improvement and self-maintenance.
Fuck it or Kill it: Rage and Desire are Closely Linked
The thousands of disenchanted, underprivileged youths who live in slums, favelas, inner cities/on council estates are a universal example of a chronically thwarted Mars. These people are not given outlets to channel their aggressive urges so they turn to violence, crime and vandalism instead. Or the anger is turned in on itself through drug and alcohol abuse (violence to the body). They feel impotent, enraged and victimised by their circumstances and so they express their aggressive urges destructively.
Thwarted desire often leads to destruction. If these people had other arenas like sports, art (or Aphrodite!) through which to express these urges, their misused Mars energy could be used in a more constructive way. As Lynn Bell points out: “the circle goes round and rage and desire come together over and over again.”
Lynn Bell uses an example of a study on the effects of testosterone (the male hormone) conducted by Ken Wilbur. He states that when women took a significant quantity of it they complained that they couldn’t stop thinking about sex.
“The researchers found that testosterone has two basic functions –fuck it or kill it. We can see that conflict and desire are very closely linked.”
Ares –Mythic Significator for Mars
The birth of Ares (the Greek name for Mars) is a telling symbol for the function of astrological Mars. The myth states that Zeus swallows Metis because he receives an oracle that states that a child of hers will surpass Zeus in wisdom and knowledge. Zeus then gets a terrible headache and a fully-armed Athena springs forth from his head, relieving his headache but fulfilling the much-feared prophesy for she soon becomes the symbol of wisdom, strategic thought and divine knowledge.
Hera is jealous that her husband, Zeus has given birth to the goddess Athena for, as a staunch matriarch, she is furious that Zeus is able to create life without a woman. She vows revenge and, in one version of the story, she enlists the help of Flora who helps her to conceive Ares on her own. Ares is born and described as “a three-hundred pound hairy brute with no table manners, who inspires dislike in both gods and mortals”.
It is interesting to note that Ares-Mars, the quintessential symbol of masculinity, is a product of feminine rage. Mars, after all, is an instinctual planet and instinctual life is a function of physical existence (earth) and the earth element belongs to the feminine polarity, to the Goddess.
Teiwaz: The Mars Rune
The Runes are an ancient alphabet and divination system that originated with the Germanic tribes of northern Europe.
The Runic alphabet is made up of 24 symbols used in magic rituals that invoke the protective powers of the Norse gods as well as being a tool that fortunetellers use to divine the future.
The Rune Teiwaz (pictured) bears an uncanny resemblance with the astrological glyph for Mars.
When Teiwaz appears in a reading it indicates conflict, confrontation, courage and honourable conduct in warfare. It is said to embody the values of the spiritual warrior and also has associations with death (particularly death in battle). It also represents active, impregnating male fertility.
Other divinatory meanings include legal conflicts, court action and indicates that there are assertive energies available for the individual to tap into and, on a spiritual level, it embodies the values of the spiritual warrior.
Teiwaz is invoked to encourage bravery and provides the initial impetus to set out and tackle a difficult or challenging situation. It is also invoked to gain justice or win victory in a conflict.
The deity that presides over Teiwaz is the Norse god Tyr who is the traditional god of war in the Northern pantheon. His associations with war and battle bear an obvious resemblance with Mars, although Tyr is also a warrior motivated by social justice and reform and presided over law and order, governing social values, legal contracts and oaths. Perhaps this points to a natural affinity with Mars when it is placed in the altruistic signs of Aquarius, Sagittarius and Libra.
Teiwaz is said to be shaped like a spear, or, more specifically, a spear that is used on the battlefield as a dedication to Odin, supreme god of the Northern pantheon.
-Key Concepts for Mars
-"Survival of the fittest"
-How we defend ourselves in life-threatening situations
-Provides an impetus for moving forward in life (often through anger, desire, frustration)
-Mars comes into its own in dangerous situations
-Kundalini (spiritual awakening)
-Our needs, demands: the “Terrible twos” planet
-Sports, dance, movement
-Battles, taking a stand
-Potency, virility, sexuality
-Survival instinct, self-defense
-Interface between the individual and the world outside: moves us out into action
-Active and passive defence
-Our ability to go out and get what we want
-Animal instinct (root chakra)
-Primal force, raw power
-Confrontation with life
-How much do you want it?
-The fight for survival
-The active energy in our life: gives us the strength to respond
-Defends the psychological integrity of the individual
-Instinctive, animal urges (protective instinct)
Are you in touch with your own Mars?
Find your Mars placement below to find out if you are really making the most of your fighting spirit.
Mars in Aries – A strong desire to be assertive and proactive. Direct. A kick-starter, a fire-starter. Need for autonomy, independence. Willful, centre of their own universe. Mars in Aries likes to generate new ideas, get new projects off the ground. Potent, virile, attractive. Likes to be in charge. Strong sex drive, potent desire nature. Needs regular doses of energy and revels in the spirit of conquest. Needs constant stimulation, excitement. Vital, libidinous, sparring, dueling: imagine two rams locked in battle. Likes to rescue damsels in distress. Prone to love triangles, infidelity. As the ruler of Aries, Mars is well-placed here and fulfills the archetypal function of Mars. Energy is best channeled through mediums such as sport, martial arts and dance. Battle lust. Faces obstacles directly. Can be impulsive, brash, rash. Can be overly-confident. Pioneering spirit. Flair for starting new businesses. Competitive, impatient, “macho.” Can be reckless, impetuous. Temper tantrums, rage, violence. Abundant physical energy. A crusader. Adrenaline junkies. Champions. Fighting a noble cause.
Famous people with Mars in Aries: Angelina Jolie, Oliver Cromwell
Mars in Taurus –A strong desire for physical and material security. Potent sex drive and strong desire for power and mastery/control of physical plane. Accruement of power, wealth, money resources. Mars is in its fall in Taurus so be careful not to be a “hoarder of the general benefit” if you were born under this Mars sign. Deeply sensual. Sensuous appreciation of physical life. Tactile, materialistic, love of beautiful objects. Can be bone-idle and tends to procrastinate but tremendous power unleashed when they finally get going. Achievement of desires delayed due to complacent, lazy nature. Love/hate relationship with the body, obsessed with physical maintenance. Physical prowess. Slow, steady release of Mars energy. Purposeful, stubborn, Asserts will retentively. Enjoys life’s simple pleasures can make it hard to get off their sofas and onward to new adventures. Complacent unless forced to change. Faces obstacles directly, practically. Creative and artistic flair. Initiatives are concerned with material gain/preservation. Can be highly possessive and jealous. Attuned to natural rhythms of life –preservation of physical body/material possessions.
Famous people with Mars in Taurus: Amy Schumer, Madonna
Mars in Gemini –A strong desire for mental stimulation and ongoing social engagements. Likes to collect facts and figures. Social butterfly, good at handling people. Can be argumentative, verbally abusive and prone to headaches. Strong on the mental plane and feels a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction from being learned, “clever”, witty, well-read, smart etc. Important to win debates. Mental, verbal sparring. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Fantasy-prone, worriers. Negative thinking can turn in on itself. Paranoia, fearful. Mind mastery is essential and can get you very far in life. Flexible, duplicitous, open-minded. Strong urge to make connections with people from all walks of life. Natural politicians, writers, journalists. Mentally stimulating conversations. Desires change, movement. Entrepreneurial, clever, quick, inventive. Asserts self verbally, wittily. Word games. Power of thought, love of discussion. Prone to exaggerate, nervous energy, nervous tension. Quick, agile.
Famous people with Mars in Gemini: Antonio Banderas, Tony Blair
Mars in Cancer –A strong desire to feel protected and at home in its surroundings. Needs solid inner container. Mars is in its detriment in Cancer –needs to be coaxed out of its shell. Approaches things sideways, obliquely, like a crab. Moody, changeable. Tends not to be straightforward in dealings because it fears direct, open warfare. Intensely vulnerable. Fiercely protective. A protector of that which is young and vulnerable. Defends mother and mother figures. Extremely protective of oneself. Highly imaginative –can get lost in imagination, failing to act on that which is divinely inspired. Creative genius, imaginative flair. Highly volatile and emotional. Needs to be coaxed out of hiding. Can be extremely vicious when provoked/attacked but generally peaceable placement for Mars. Excitable, expresses intense emotions. Actions are often directed by unconscious motivations. Like Mars in all water signs Mars in Cancer is subtle. Strong will when motivations are feeling-based. Energy levels tend to fluctuate. Dance, creativity are good outlets for powerful emotional and feeling nature. Hesitates before acting. Tribal concerns. Can be impulsive. Sensitivity to self and others. Feelings dictate actions.
Famous people with Mars in Cancer: Dolly Parton, Audrey Hepburn
Mars in Leo –A strong desire to express yourself, to be noticed, applauded and admired. A strong desire to feel special. Creative, divinely inspired. Procreative tour de force. Warm, flamboyant, expressive, effusive. Hot-blooded. Obstinate. Likes to be in leadership positions. Craves recognition, notoriety. Staunchly individualistic. Can tend to feel that they are above rules that bind all other mortals to worldly laws. Strong imaginative abilities, dramatic flair, hot temper, ardent lovers. Can be boorish, insensitive and unreceptive to the needs of others. Constant; loyalty of inner vision. Insightful, inspired ideas, inspired thinking. Radiant, likeable –centre of attention. (The majority of the famous people I looked up when I was researching this article had Mars in Leo!) Strong desire to receive compliments, love of the limelight. Abundant physical vitality. Ebertin mentions “the will to live, vitality, vigour, activity. Energy, virility, determination, power of attainment, courage to fight, endeavour, ambition, desire to exercise power.” Need to put their heart and soul into things. Need to act from place deep within themselves.
Famous people with Mars in Leo: Frank Sinatra, Al Gore
Mars in Virgo –A strong desire for perfection. Has extremely (almost impossibly) high standards that it will work hard to fulfill. A modest, humble placement for Mars; seeks fulfillment through service to others. Impeccability, dexterity, strong mind-body connection. Strong desire to feel competent, skilled and “useful.” Hates wasting time and likes to keep busy. Good with their hands. Critical, judgmental. Scrutinises every detail –skilled at detailed work: embroidery, DIY, route-planning, managerial skills. Systems analyst. Good at attending to the details that other people often ignore. Clearing out the Augean stables. “Separating the wheat from the chaff.” OCD. Compulsive. Fixation. Gets wrapped up in small details. Irritated by “little things.” Easily frustrated. Subtlety, skill. A good strategist. Ability to work hard. Conscientious. Desire for perfection on material plane. If the body and mind are not aligned, if the native is not "whole" then Mars in Virgo can lead to illness in an attempt to realign the native with their lost wholeness.
Famous people with Mars in Virgo: Friedrich Nietzsche, Michael Caine
Mars in Libra –A strong desire to form meaningful relationships. Mars is in its detriment in Libra and may have a hard time making final decisions on what one truly wants. Chronic indecisiveness. Likes to weigh out all options. Tactful, balanced, fair. Natural diplomats and peace-makers. An urge for peaceful, harmonious surroundings that appeal to a refined aesthetic sense. A drive for beauty, peace, justice and fairness. A desire to redress imbalances in the environment. A highly “civilised” Mars that recoils from too much selfishness and is subtle in the way it goes about getting what it wants. Gentle, sits-on-the-fence. Desires social interaction and close relationships. Self-assertion is graceful, social, charming, carried off with direct relatedness and concern for others. Artistic creativity. Prone to love triangles, infidelity.
Famous people with Mars in Libra: Abraham Lincoln, Karen Carpenter
Mars in Scorpio –A strong desire for transformation. Deeply passionate, obsessive, secretive, jealous. Can have a tremendous sex drive. Magnetic, strong sensual appetites, often accompanied by a deep, underlying spirituality. Natural fighters, doesn’t forgive a slight, doesn’t forgive and forget easily. Highly adept at protecting that which is young and vulnerable. Can be vengeful, controlling, vicious. Love of power, the occult. Deep desire to delve beneath the surface and plumb the mysteries of life. Lives and loves passionately. Prone to jealousy. Manipulative, possessive. Mars is the traditional and esoteric ruler of Scorpio so Mars is well-placed here. Sensitivity to the darkness in life: can use same darkness to fight the monsters in society (curing like with like). Rises to battle after being temporarily overpowered. Vicious reprisals. Kicks you when you’re down. Can sniff out other peoples’ weak points with much subtlety and use them as weapons. A fierce opponent. Can transform tremendous emotional power to achieve aims. “Still waters run deep.” Profound sexual intensity –longs to be close with others.
Famous people with Mars in Scorpio: Kurt Cobain, Gandhi
Mars in Sagittarius –A strong desire to be free, to roam, to travel, to wander. Mars in Sagittarius is a seeker, a lover of freedom. Wants to rise above mirth and mire of manifest life. Philosophical concerns, abstract worldview. Fun-loving. Wants to expand beyond known limits of reality. Can be taken away on flights of fantasy. Delusions of grandeur. Staunchly idealistic. Dreamers. Capacity for symbolic thought though can be divorced from reality. Actions inspired by motivations, ideals, beliefs, morality. Strong urge for improvement of self and others. Love of high-adrenaline situations. Hasty, tactless, blunt. Urge for activity. Acts before thinking, can sometimes lack strategy in spirit of excitement. Strong powers of concentration when there is a particular aim to focus on. Can be wasteful, restless, impetuous, easily bored. Settlement of conflicts, clearing the air after disputes. Rebellious, joy of living/loving. Funny –strong sense of humour. Active, proactive, sporty, energetic. Inspired mental pursuits.
Famous people with Mars in Sagittarius: Joan Baez, Carl Jung
Mars in Capricorn –A strong desire to create stability and accrue wealth, power and status. Mars is exalted in Capricorn because Mars without limits can turn destructive. It chases the object of its affection slowly, patiently, surely. Tremendous will and fighting power. Wants to reach the top but does so deftly, gracefully, without fanfare. Imagine a mountain goat scaling a mountain and that is Mars in Capricorn. Quiet, unassuming, but deeply ambitious with a tremendous desire to be in control. Controlled use of Martian energy. Ability to channel powerful energy currents with extreme subtlety and restraint. Can err on the side of caution, afraid of moving onwards and upwards. Slow to get started on projects but once they start, there is no stopping them. Disciplined, cautious, determined, ambitious. Ruthlessness, self-willed, obstinate. Endurance, power, resistant. Controlled vitality.
Calculated risks. Organised, patient, desire for long-term achievement, mastery of physical plane.
Famous people with Mars in Capricorn: Albert Einstein, Jim Carrey
Mars in Aquarius –A strong desire to be involved with humanitarian concerns. A deep desire for fairness, equality, freedom. Unusual and varied interests. A good Samaritan with altruistic concerns. A desire to partake in the advancement of mankind. Scientific, rational, strong aesthetic values. Dislikes strong displays of egocentricity or selfishness. Goals that benefits the everyman. Wants to help man rise above his animal origins. Accruement of power and popularity to serve selfless aims. Charity, humanitarian rights, revolution, evolution of common goals. Protests, demonstrations, marches. Revolutionaries. Intensely idealistic. Moved by images, ideas, ideals. Action must be linked to meaning. Inventive, unorthodox. “Extraordinary and unusual amount of energy made available quite suddenly,” says Ebertin. Courageous, argumentative, contradicts others. Can be obstinate, willful, clumsy, prone to injuries. Intolerant. Eccentric, ethical, social responsibility. Unusual sexual preferences.
Famous people with Mars in Aquarius: Adele, Hugh Hefner
Mars in Pisces –A strong desire to merge with Source. Subtle, changeable, shape shifting, compassionate. Subtle, psychic. Desire to be of service to God. Can easily slip into chaos, dissolution, confusion. “An iron fist in a velvet glove.” Graceful –fond of dance, martial arts, yoga. Deeply emotional. Can be highly manipulative. Subtlety in dealings with people, fluid, hard to pin down. Ambivalent, ambiguous, evasive, prone to martyrdom. Mars in Pisces is also prone to self-sabotage, masochism, guilt. Alcohol and drug abuse (dissolution of self), poetic, sly, can be vicious. Subtle manipulation of energy as in shamanism, Qi Gong etc. Natural healers. Devoutly spiritual: servers of the collective. Inspired thinking. Lots of plans but can fail to follow through on them. Duplicitous, moody, irritable. Divine discontent. Lacks energy, easily tired and run down. Inferiority complexes, dissatisfaction. Underwater warfare. Picks up the feelings of others. Self-destructive, misuse of procreative power. Fertile, feminine wiles, sneaky. Fuelled by faith –the warrior poet. Guilt accompanies feelings of selfishness and self-advancement. Goals must serve humanity.
Famous people with Mars in Pisces: Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe
Interpretation of Mars in the 12 Astrological Houses
The house position of Mars reveals to us an area of life where we have “work” to do relating to Martian themes such as assertion, willpower, drive, aggression etc. It shows an area of life where we must learn to be assertive and claim our power as individuals.
Mars in the 1st House –Must learn to assert themselves forcefully and willfully. Mars is strong in its own house and individuals with this placement may have a reputation for being forward, blunt, aggressive. Must learn to channel tremendous reserves of energy into consciously directed goals when it is placed in the 1st house. Can be an extremely effective and persuasive leader/mentor/speaker. A natural born fighter with inspired ideas, tenacity and forthrightness. Can be seen as rude and short-tempered. May be demanding, exhibit diva-like behviour and throw tantrums if things don’t go their way. Mars in the fiery houses is blessed with abundant energy, which they can choose to channel into any goal or initiative that merits their attention.
Famous people with Mars in the 1st house: Donald Trump is arguably the most controversial president the US has ever known. He was born with Mars in the 1st house. His boorish, outlandish behaviour, off-colour remarks and general enfant terrible outbursts have garnered more headlines, tweets and hashtags than most people have had hot dinners.
Mars in the 2nd House –Must learn to use talents and resources powerfully and effectively so that they can bring about solid new structures into manifestation. Must be careful not to identify self-worth with material objects and possessions. 2nd house planets represent talents we can tap into to bring structure into our lives that will lead to bolstering our self-worth and self-value. May be preoccupied with the body (the body is a temple) and actively seek comfort and security. May pour tremendous reserves of energy into creating and maintaining those structures so that they can continue to provide the individual with a feeling of well-being, endurance and security throughout their lives.
Famous people with Mars in the 2nd house: Harvey Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He used his innate courage, tenacity and determination to change the way an entire nation viewed human rights.
Mars in the 3rd House –“The pen is mightier than the sword” when Mars is placed in the 3rd house. Mars in this house may demonstrate considerable skill at writing, speaking and debating. May indicate that they are prone to arguments and may have siblings that they engaged in mental warfare with when they were growing up. People with Mars in the 3rd house may come from large families where they had to speak up if they wanted their voice to be heard. Had to learn to stick up for themselves at an early age. Must learn to sharpen mental powers and exercise mental prowess with ease, facility and grace. Words are boundary makers and the individual with Mars here must learn to defend their honour. They need to feel like they are fighting for a cause and can be highly persuasive, elegantly forceful and enigmatic communicators.
Famous people with Mars in the 3rd house: Bob Dylan has been dubbed “the voice of a generation” for his impassioned ballads that highlight social change and global upheaval. He was someone who, in his own words, “prophesised with [his] pen” and whose topical songs are still as relevant today as they were some 50+ years ago when they were first written. Bob Dylan would famously sit up all night typing away on his typewriter churning out song after song after song.
Mars in the 4th House –May indicate an early home life fraught with tension, arguments, power struggles. The parents may not have gotten on or one of the parents (usually the father) may have wielded considerable control and power over the family. Family dynamics may have been fraught with tension. Could indicate a violent or aggressive father or an abusive early home environment. May find it difficult to express Mars energy because it is associated with painful memories, unpleasantness and so can sometimes be disowned and pushed “underground” into the unconscious. The person with Mars in this house may go to extremes to protect their own vulnerability and may sidestep issues that need to be aired openly and directly. A lot of festering below the surface with this placement of Mars; may unconsciously be holding onto a lot of unexpressed anger. Defender of the young, weak and vulnerable. Often a strong identification with the mother who they may feel they need to protect against a violent and unpredictable father. Mars issues may not have been dealt with openly and they may have grown up in a house with a lot of unexpressed anger.
Famous people with Mars in the 4th house: Henrik Ibsen’s plays simmer with tension and with the unspoken feelings, thoughts, moods and desires of people in their everyday environments. He is considered one of the greatest dramatists of all time with his uncanny ability to “air” people’s dirty laundry, dramatising seemingly banal domestic situations with great depth of feeling.
Mars in the 5th House –May indicate a strong desire or need to be creative and to express oneself imaginatively and individualistically. Fierce pride in own uniqueness and creative abilities. Must pour powerful creative urges into activities which express their unique abilities. Energy can be used to tap enormous potential for self-expression. Natural expressiveness and charisma can make these individuals popular with the opposite sex. They are natural flirts and find it easy to turn on the charm. The 5th house is the house of play, love affairs and gambling. Can be reckless when they are in pursuit of a good time. Can be promiscuous and insensitive as their own goals come before the needs of others. They love to have fun and have abundant fiery energy that, when used constructively, can be used to achieve amazing feats in a creative arena that is close to their heart. Can be predisposed to burning the candle at both ends and often make passionate, ardent lovers.
Famous people with Mars in the 5th house: Good time Beatle Ringo Starr is known for his easygoing personality, string of beautiful lovers and reckless drinking habits. Besides the notoriety he achieved for his extravagant lifestyle, he is an imaginative and consummate artist who expresses his musical gifts passionately and sensitively.
Mars in the 6th House –Tremendous drive to become effective workers, to be useful and influential in the workplace or in their chosen field of expertise. Must learn to assert themselves with colleagues so that they do not become whipping boys and scapegoats for office mishaps. The 6th house rules unequal relationships and Mars here must learn to assert/understand and respect its place in the pecking order. Might need to learn humility and come to an awareness that they are but humble instruments for God’s power and quiet strength. Can become extremely deft and skilled workers, especially in areas that require attention to detail and precision. Often tenacious. Hard-working and service-oriented. Mars in the 6th house will come to full fruition when individuals feel like they are serving something greater than themselves.
Famous people with Mars in the 6th house: Audrey Hepburn was a hard and diligent worker and used her position as a famous actress to help people in need through her humanitarian work with UNICEF.
Mars in the 7th House –Must learn to assert rights and independence in personal relationships. Mars is often disowned and projected onto partners and the individual may find that they are attracted to controlling/willful individuals, which may eventually lead to arguments and break-ups. The lesson for the 7th house Mars person may be to learn how to assert themselves respectfully but firmly, not allowing other people to use them as doormats. Must learn to speak up for their own needs and defend their rights. These people are learning to get in touch with their own aggressive urges and discovering that selfishness and harmonious relationships don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. Self-respect is key for people with this placement.
Famous people with Mars in the 7th house: If Mars in the 7th house is disowned it is projected onto others and the native may meet its nastier manifestations in the form of lawsuits, enemies and opponents. This was certainly the case for the soft-spoken singer Michael Jackson.
Mars in the 8th House –People with an 8th house Mars often find themselves embroiled in passionate relationships, steamy affairs or vicious legal battles. People with an 8th house Mars are often the recipients of the disowned anger and frustration of their parents, which they then unconsciously act out with the people with whom they share deep, intimate bonds. The 8th house is the house of death, shared resources, transformation and sexuality and Mars may need to seek expression through deeply transformative sexual relationships that alter their limited understanding of reality. May indicate coming to terms with death at an early age. Physical and psychological deaths are constants in life. People with Mars in the 8th house can easily overwhelm others or they may be easily overwhelmed and manipulated by others. Mars here demands that we wrestle with others and with those who we feel dependent on (this can sometimes manifest in covert and underground ways). May attract anger from others as a way to open themselves up to their own submerged anger and to test their hidden strength. Need to learn to own their power. If self-possessed can be highly magnetic, seductive and alluring. Usually indicates power struggles.
Famous people with Mars in the 8th house: Marilyn Monroe became romantically enmeshed with JFK, which allegedly lead to her murder in 1962. Her highly-publicised life provides a sad example of how Mars in the 8th house can express itself both positively and negatively.
Mars in the 9th House –Must learn to view situations symbolically, philosophically, with detached zeal and passion. Abstract thinkers who can intuitively grasp the bigger picture and learn to apply their own will to the transpersonal will of All. A champion for humanitarian ideals and causes –a lover and crusader for truth and justice. Humanitarian concerns will move and inspire these people “to do good by” this feisty Mars placement. Mars in the fiery houses is abundantly energetic and people with Mars in the 9th house are advised to put their tremendous reserves of energy to serve collective needs in some way.
Famous people with Mars in the 9th house: 60s songbird Joan Baez used her fame as a folk singer to bring attention to the plight of people living in warzones and has always used her position as a prominent public figure to serve as a mouthpiece for the importance of human rights and nonviolence.
Mars in the 10th House –This placement of Mars must be used wisely. Any planet at the zenith of the birth chart will be highly visible to others and people with Mars here can use their power to be influential, powerful, charismatic –the movers and shakers of the world or they can use their Mars for personal gain and may get a reputation for being autocratic, selfish, aggressive etc. Mars in the 10th house wants to be at "the top of their game" and will stop at nothing until they get there. The mother may have an unlived Mars, which is seeking expression through the native with this chart placement or she may have been overtly Martian (individualistic, proactive, pioneering, aggressive etc) causing the child to project Mars onto authority figures or people in the public eye.
Famous people with Mars in the 10th house: Elvis Presley achieved fame and notoriety as a singer and actor in the 50s and 60s and established himself as an authority on a new style of entertainment that took the entire Western world by storm. He is considered one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century.
Mars in the 11th House –With this placement of Mars is it is important “to fight the good fight,” to champion noble causes and make the voices of those people who would otherwise remain unheard ring loud and clear. There is a revolutionary and eccentric streak with this placement of Mars and it is important to share your strong beliefs with others who feel the same way. Feels powerful and purposeful when surrounded by many friends. May attract eccentrics, scientists, oddballs, computer geeks and seek to include them in their circle of friends. Passions and drives are ahead of their time. Gains strength and inspiration from contact with like-minded individuals.
Famous people with Mars in the 11th house: Carl Jung’s capacity for symbolic thought and inspired wisdom changed the way an entire generation of psychologists understood the nature of the psyche. Our entire understanding of human nature changed as a result of his radically brilliant, subversive findings. His emphasis on transpersonal development in the context of individual enlightenment continues to help millions of people around the world come to a better understanding of themselves.
Mars in the 12th House –Mars in the house of karma and unfinished business may feel thwarted in the 12th house, only coming up for air when the pressure of containing its tremendously destructive energy becomes too much to bear. Operates on an unconscious level –this is a transpersonal Mars burning with the unmet needs and desires of those that came before them. Can be hard to satisfy their otherworldly desires. Must appease Mars for the sake of "the ancestors." This Mars is out of touch with the conscious awareness of the individual and operates in a twilight zone that is hard to reach consciously -it is an otherworldly Mars. May see menacing figures in dreams, nightmares, visions and fantasies. Something from the past needs to be put to rest.
Famous people with Mars in the 12th house: Pablo Picasso’s Mars is submerged in the waters of the 12th house, where he was able to draw on the reservoir of the collective unconscious to inspire his paintings, which often featured startlingly dark, emotive, strange and moving images of women, masks and general abstractions. A victim of dark moods and a sufferer of depression, Picasso channeled his intense feelings into his artwork.
As well as showing how we think and communicate, Mercury also points to the things that interest us and what we notice in our environments. Take a look below to see how to bring out the best that your Mercury placement has to offer...
Aries –Comics like Beano and Dandy for the baby of the Zodiac
Taurus –Gardening magazines for the ol’ green thumb in you
Gemini –Gossip magazines like Hello, National Enquirer et al are best to satisfy your sign’s insatiable curiosity
Cancer –Home making and/or cooking magazines will help fuel your love of hearth and home
Leo –Women’s glossies like Cosmo, Glamour and Marie Claire for hours of pure, unadultered self-indulgence
Virgo –Craft and hobby magazines will help bring out the industrious hobbyist in you, Virgo
Libra –Fashion magazines like Instyle or Vogue to satisfy your love of adornment, form and beauty
Scorpio –Psychology magazines such as Psychologies to help you plumb the mysteries of human nature
Sagittarius –Travel magazines of course… Or in-flight magazines… Armchair travel at its finest
Capricorn –Business magazines such as The Economist, Marketing Week or Business Today…
Aquarius –You’re so eclectic, Aquarius, that anything from computer and electronic magazines, astrology periodicals, niche interest magazines, astronomy and new age living will satisfy your forward-thinking ways
Pisces –Anything about spirituality and mysticism like Spirit and Destiny or Kindred Spirit so that you can cultivate your inner messiah
As one of the most popular TV shows of all time, it is hardly surprising that the scriptwriters of Friends employed the archetypal energies of certain astrological signs –whether knowingly or unknowingly –in their portrayals of the six famous amigos.
The instantly recognisable, relatable and ultimately loveable personality traits distilled in each of the six main characters largely contributed to the mass appeal of the show.
Some argue that the humour became corny and self-referential towards the end but few can deny that the success of the show lay partly in the strong characterisation of the hugely likeable characters.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S and The Hero's Journey
As the show unfolds each of the six friends seems to undergo a solar journey that is unique to their Zodiac sign. The idea behind solar journeys in astrology is that we are not born automatically displaying all the telltale “textbook” qualities of our sun sign –we must grow into them instead.
The work of growing into and becoming our sun sign is a popular motif in psychological astrology and is derived from the concept of “the hero’s journey” as posited by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero with A Thousand Faces.
The idea, in a nutshell, is that each of us must undergo a series of initiations (life experiences) that modify and alter our prima materia so that we can be reborn as something greater than we once were.
The hero’s journey is an alchemical process that represents the work of a lifetime, a process of claiming our divine inheritance that must be gained through trials and tribulations, but, once captured, can never be destroyed.
Monica Geller is a Virgo
Monica Gellar, aka “the neat freak,” is working as a chef when the show begins.
Virgo, sign of the specialist, must often go through many trials and tribulations to find its raison d’etre, and once it does, it is not easily deterred.
Monica lives by the maxim “cleanliness is near godliness” and her obsessive preoccupation with cleanliness and neatness is referenced throughout the show.
Virgo, the sign of health, healing and service is finicky and seeks perfection and order in its environment.
Monica enjoys cleaning, tidying and organising so much that she owns a plethora of cleaning supplies –from stain-removers and Windex, to wonder mops and bleach.
Monica's “I am always the hostess” mantra aligns her with Virgo’s emphasis on duty and service.
Perfecting a skillset and being of service to mankind is Virgo’s rite of passage and Monica offers this to the world through her exquisite cooking.
Virgo is a sign of alchemy and the premise of alchemy is that various substances are cooked together so that their original forms can be altered to become something new.
Monica’s cooking and cleaning are testament to this inner-alchemist who always wants to make improvements: giving Nature a helping hand by perfecting Her work.
Monica slowly climbs the ladder of gastronomic success, going from working in a cheesy 50s diner to being hired as head chef at a fancy Italian restaurant.
Virgo rules unequal relationships and Monica finds herself on different rungs of the restaurant-world’s pecking order as the show advances.
Rachel Green is a Libra
In the pilot episode, Rachel bursts onto the scene wearing a wedding dress, joining the Central Perk gang as the sixth “friend.”
Rachel is constantly alluded to as a “pushover” by the other characters and gets made fun of for being a flake and a doormat.
Besides being a people-pleaser (Libra), she is also a self-confessed fashionista and aesthete who hasn’t yet found her calling when the show begins.
She starts her journey as a spoiled daddy’s girl but is then forced to cut up her dad’s credit cards, find a job and join the "real world."
Rachel starts off working as a waitress but the pull of her true passion –fashion –eventually lands her a job in the fashion industry.
Rachel is constantly mocked for being superficial and shallow (Venus rules appearances) but she is eventually able to make a career out of her love of beauty.
Fashion is a Venus-ruled domain, as are relationships, and there was certainly no shortage of Rachel’s relationship dramas throughout the show.
At its essence, Libra is the astrological sign that rules self-love (as well as the discovery of one’s own inner worth through the process of making choices).
Self-worth, and indeed, self-love, (the astrological glyph of Venus depicts a hand-mirror) form the archetypal core of this sign and Rachel initially struggles to recognise her innate value as a human being going from (almost) trophy wife, to underpaid waitress, to bona fide business woman in her own right, motivated by her love of fashion.
Rachel’s solar journey sees her start off as completely ill-equipped at dealing with the harsh realties of life, to slowly growing in confidence and maturing as she discovers her own value, thereby embodying the archetypal journey of this Cardinal air sign.
Phoebe Buffay is an Aquarius
The kooky New Agey massage therapist Phoebe Buffay is a typical Aquarius: she despises extravagance and is suspicious of dazzling displays of wealth.
When she finds a human thumb in a can of soda she is offered $5000 as compensation but she is so mistrustful of the money that she gives it all to a homeless lady instead.
Aquarius is famous for its preoccupation with being “right” and “fair” and “just” and believes that what benefits one should benefit all.
Besides being staunchly unmaterialistic, Phoebe also embodies the zanier qualities of the sign, evidenced in her bizarre interests and quirky hobbies, which include gluing mannequins to canvases, completing 1 mile on a hopping ball and, of course, penning her highly original songs.
She is often dressed in floaty hippy-dippy dresses, crazy colours and way-out patterns that fly in the face of cookie-cutter fashion trends (oddball Aquarius likes to shock us with its style choices).
As a massage therapist, Phoebe is not concerned with making bucket loads of money; she’s a socially-minded Aquarius and likes helping others feel good about themselves through massage. Massage stimulates the body’s meridians –that is, the electric currents of the body (Uranus, rules electricity).
Ruled by both Uranus and Saturn who are enemies in myth, Aquarius presents us with a profound paradox: it is a socially minded sign that thrives on cultivating relationships, while also feeling painfully “different” and misunderstood because of its way-out (and often alienating) worldview that is light-years ahead its time.
Phoebe is able to bridge this deep divide when the show raps up by marrying equally kooky Mike Hannigan, thereby striking a balance between her fiercely independent nature and her desire to bask in the warmth of human contact.
Joey Tribbiani is a Taurus
Joey is the sensuous gourmand of the group: the fiercely loyal, oversexed, slow-witted actor who struggles to break into his chosen career field.
Joey the skirt chaser, sex fiend, luxuriant foodie and glutton, manages to get his head stuck inside a turkey in one episode yet despite his dunderheaded ways he is a loyal friend as well as a lazybones and a lover of comfort food, pajama pants and TV marathons.
The Venusian values of Taurus are more earthy and tactile than the more aesthetic ideals of Venus’ Libran face.
Physical comfort, food, tactility and sex fall under the domain of this most earthy of earth signs and Joey’s ardent love of physical pleasure –be it through food or through sex –is well documented throughout the show.
The materialism that Taurus is famous for clearly reveals itself when Joey “makes it big” by starring as recurring character Dr. Drake Ramuray in Days of Our Lives.
He moves into his own apartment, which he lavishly decorates with over-the-top statues and other ostentatious home accents that allows him to revel in the physical delights of his newly acquired wealth.
Joey initially struggles to make enough money to live (money, a symbol of value, is ruled by Venus and is symbolic on an outer level of how we value ourselves on an inner level).
Part of the solar journey of a Taurus is to actualise their self-worth through carving out a secure job for themselves and by the end of the show, Joey has done just that.
Chandler Bing is a Gemini
Mercury-ruled Chandler is the witty prankster of the group; the eternal youth who fears commitment and plods away at an unsatisfactory job before finding his niche in advertising where he gets to use his love of humour and his facility with words to “come into his own.”
With witty comebacks and dazzling one-liners, Chandler was clearly born under the sign of the twins.
He starts off the show as a commitment-phobe (Gemini likes to keep its options open) who works in an office inputting numbers into spreadsheets (Mercury rules facts, figures and communication).
Before Chandler starts dating –and eventually marrying – Monica, he tends to keep his relationships light and uncomplicated as a way to experience life’s never-ending variety (like the god Mercury in myth).
While Joey’s appreciation of women tends to be more earthy and sensual and Ross’ (a Scorpio) tends to border on obsessive, Chandler shies away from messy emotional conflicts.
Chandler’s tongue-in-cheek humour is regularly used at the expense of his friends who often find themselves at the butt of his jokes but he’s also not afraid to make fun of himself, often turning his pain into comedy.
One of Gemini’s talents is that they are gifted communicators, deeply attuned to both the dark and the light side of life and able to use their nuanced observations in very subtle –and sometimes not so subtle –ways.
It is also interesting to note that at the end of the show Chandler becomes a father of twins (Gemini)!
Ross Geller is a Scorpio
Ross is a sensitive, still-waters-run-deep paleontologist with a rock-hard brilliantine hair-do. He takes love and life very seriously and tends to obsess about the things he is passionate about (namely women and paleontology).
In true Scorpio style, Ross protects his vulnerability fiercely, showing his buttoned-up, “respectable” face to more casual acquaintances and only allowing those nearest and dearest to him to see his more emotional, vulnerable side.
Ross may appear cool, calm and collected but don’t try to cross him otherwise his more ruthless, willful side will come out (remember the episode when his sandwich was stolen?)
This combustible side of Ross doesn’t show itself often but when it does… watch out! His friends even have a name for this aspect of his character: “Red Ross”… So you’re advised to stay in his good books otherwise all hell may break loose!
Ross is also obsessively passionate about the women he loves and he doesn’t commit himself lightly in matters of the heart.
Pluto rules the underworld and hidden treasures (like dinosaur bones!) and so what could be a more suitable career for Ross than paleontology? Through paleontology, Ross can advance on his solar quest for meaning by discovering the mysteries of what lie beneath the surface of life (both literally and metaphorically).
Shy, passionate, obsessive, the dark horse of the show, Ross embodies brooding Scorpionic qualities perfectly.
I have found out a lot about the nature of transits by looking at how they affect my day-to-day activities.
If you engage in an activity frequently then you may learn about the nature of transits through closely monitoring the effects it has on the particular activity you engage in.
As a freelance writer I spend a lot of my time writing so it's natural that I can monitor (and understand) the nature of different transits by seeing how they affect my writing.
When transiting Jupiter in Libra squared my natal Jupiter in Capricorn I could barely get a word onto the page.
Not because I was suffering from writer’s block –quite the opposite in fact. I could barely keep one thought in my head for long enough before it had been replaced by another one. And then another one. And then another one.
Ideas came fast and furious when transiting Jupiter formed a square to my natal Jupiter and all I could do was sit back in a bewildered stupor, jot down ideas, and wait for the transit to pass.
Jupiter Square Jupiter: Learning Mind Mastery
In the Zen Buddhism tradition there is a series of ten short poems known as The Ten Bulls which are accompanied by illustrations depicting the Buddha taming a wild ox, or bull, depending on the source of the story.
In the Buddhist worldview the bull is used as a metaphor for mastery over the mind which is achieved through meditation.
In Asia, taming the bull became synonymous with mind-mastery and the practitioner’s progress towards purification and enlightenment.
The ten illustrations (above) depict the Buddha wrestling with the bull and in the final image they are revealed as part of the same mythic unity.
Learning how to Harness the Power of the Mind
The Ten Bulls is a beautiful metaphor for the power of the mind and our capacity to “make friends” with it or to be blindly at its mercy. Our minds (“man’s double edged sword”) can be used as a powerful force for good or evil as our thoughts have the power to shape our reality.
Many of us suffer from what is commonly referred to as “monkey mind.” We all know the symptoms: racing thoughts, incessant mental chatter, an inability to follow through on ideas, an addiction to mental stimuli, and an inability to sit still and simply “be.”
The aim of meditation is to still the mind so that we are able to control it and use it to our evolutionary advantage rather than vice versa.
Learning how to Tame the Wild Bull
Transiting Jupiter square Jupiter gives us the opportunity to tame the bull, to use our powerful minds to channel higher insights and inspiration rather than being overrun by them. When Jupiter squares Jupiter you will instantly become aware of who it is that runs the show, the bull or the man.
When I experienced transiting Jupiter square natal Jupiter just recently, it was painfully obvious who ran the show. The bull ran rampant, it owned me, I had zero control. I sat cowering in the corner unable to tame and channel the powerful mental energy that was coursing through me.
I did the best I could given the circumstances and merely jotted down any bright ideas that came my way. But I had to wait for the transit to ebb before putting anything down on paper because when I tried to write during this transit I just couldn’t do it (at least not properly) because my mind was all over the map.
Excessiveness: More is not More
Instead of summarising things in one or two pages I was going completely overboard and belabouring very simple points and turning 1-2 page essays into 9 page steamrollers that I had no control over (Jupiter does tend to exaggerate things!)
Jupiter is the ruler of the higher mind, ideals and philosophy and so any transit involving Jupiter will naturally bring these areas of life into focus. You can have too much of a good thing, however, as Jupiter square Jupiter tends to highlight.
Robert Hand points out in his book Planets in Transit:
With this transit it is very important that you keep your affairs from getting out of hand. There is a strong tendency to excess, which may make it impossible to keep up with whatever you are involved in, simply because it is more than you can handle […] You may be overcommitted to projects that demand more time than you really have […] What this transit does is test your sense of proportion. You have to know what you really can and cannot do and who you really are. Insofar as you fulfill those conditions, this transit will give you apparent luck and greater power to achieve. Insofar as you do not know about yourself, you will experience the negative effects of the transit.
Your level of mind-mastery will greatly affect the outcome of this transit. Remember: meditation is everything. If you are undisciplined and your mind is undisciplined then this transit will highlight that, however, if you are highly disciplined then you will enjoy the upsurge of energy and confidence that this transit will spark.
The Sky's the Limit
Imagine someone who is in complete control of themselves, in complete control of "the wild ox," so to speak. Now imagine said person with transiting Jupiter coming into a square with their natal Jupiter. The effect could be likened to a highly charged surge of energy coursing through their veins: the sky’s the limit with what they can create and think up under the influence of this transit.
The moral of the story? Meditate, discipline your mind, get your energy up and then look forward to the time when transiting Jupiter squares your natal Jupiter for you will be able to harness enormous reserves of power and energy and then put them to use for your spiritual unfoldment and creative development.
It is universally acknowledged that when transiting planets form hard angles to natal planets (conjunctions, oppositions, squares, quincunxes) the effects are usually felt on an external, tangible level whereas when they form soft aspects (trine, sextile) the effects are usually felt on an inner level. This formula is not foolproof and sometimes you’ll find that a trine or sextile to one of your natal planets from a hard-hitter like Saturn or Pluto may, indeed, materialise on an outer level.
This summer transiting Pluto in Capricorn hit both my natal Sun (16°31’47” Scorpio) and my natal Moon (16°49’09” Taurus), going from forming an exact sextile with my Sun, to an exact trine with my Moon in a very short amount of time.
I kept my eyes open, looking out for every little telltale sign that Pluto was making its presence known in my life.
Below is a list of all the things that happened to me on the days that Pluto formed an exact sextile with my Sun, followed by an exact trine with my Moon.
Continuing my investigation of trines and sextiles (and particularly how they effect us by transit), here is a personal account of what happened to me when transiting Uranus came into a trine with my natal Venus.
I own a significant amount of glass-blown jewelry made to resemble various sea animals –a turtle ring, mermaids in all shapes and forms, octopus pendants, starfish, jellyfish and seahorses.
One day, one by one, my glass-blown jewelry started to break.
First it was my prized octopus pendant –which seemed to shatter by merely glancing at it. Then it was my turtle ring, which flew off my finger when I was changing, and then suddenly my mermaid earrings started to break, silver chains were snapping in two… and so it went on until all (yes, all, my jewelry –even the non-glass variety –was broken).
What was happening?
The sheer number of these incidences could not be written off as mere coincidence –or could they?
consulted my birth chart to find out…
Transiting Uranus in Aries trine Venus in Sagittarius
Transiting Uranus in Aries had been moving towards a trine with my natal Venus in Sagittarius for a while now but I was so preoccupied at dissecting and overthinking hard-aspect transits that I completely overlooked the soft aspects.
A few years earlier I had experienced transiting Uranus trine natal Uranus and the result was that almost every electronic device I owned either blew up or short-circuited for no apparent reason.
This is because Uranus trine Uranus famously ushers in a time when many people experience malfunctioning electronic equipment.
The explosive energy of Uranus was now channeling itself into my jewelry because it was coming into a trine with Venus (Venus rules adornment and ornamentation).
Transits involving Uranus are known to bring sudden, unexpected changes that alter the nature of reality forever.
Uranian energy disrupts the status quo, tearing down outworn structures and replacing them with new ones.
Anything that has become too humdrum, too conventional or too rigid is swept away in the spirit of (r)evolution.
Astrological Venus, on the other hand, symbolises our values, self-worth and individual tastes. She also symbolises that which brings us lasting satisfaction, pleasure and joy.
Astrologically, Venus defines what we love and what we find beautiful (our aesthetic choices). She also shows how we adorn and ornament ourselves and therefore reflects our dress sense and our personal style.
The trine from transiting Uranus (changing the structure of reality) to Venus (adornment) was clearly what was responsible for permanently alerting the structure of my jewelry.
But it wasn’t just my jewelry that was affected.
Other things were starting to shift too…
Bra-Burning in the New Millennium
I was once a faithful devotee of the almighty push-up bra –the kind that hug and tug at your breasts until they look like giant Christmas ornaments. There was nothing I loved more than wearing a beautiful, well-structured bra even if it meant that my shoulder blades hurt, I was uncomfortable and I struggled to breathe.
Around the time that transiting Uranus in Aries was moving into a trine with my natal Venus in Sagittarius, it was becoming clear to me that having breasts that looked like pimped up water balloons was no longer working for me –in fact, it was making me plain miserable.
Being a victim of colossal straps and pain-inducing underwiring had quickly reached its sell by date and it was clear that reactionary, bra-burning Uranus was cajoling fashion-conscious Venus into an entirely new and liberated style direction.
A few days after the Uranus-Venus trine became exact, off came the bra.
Overnight I’d swapped my harness-bras for silicone nipple covers and I let my breasts go free for the first time in my life.
It was so liberating.
What’s more is that just after I’d made the decision to go braless I happened to find an article written about a study conducted by Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports medicine specialist, that concluded, after 15 years of research, that bras do not actually prevent breasts from sagging and may actually increase it over time.
Bras were merely invented for modesty and became a “false necessity” that no one had thought to question until the study came out.
Although we are a long way away from all going braless, things look like they are slowly heading in that direction with more and more celebrities speaking out against bras and annual bra sales gradually decreasing.
So here I was, rejecting cultural standards of fashion for a progressive “breathe-easy” new look that is slowly gaining momentum on a collective level (Uranian energy, after all, deals with collective issues).
Although going braless is still considered a little too “far out” (Uranus) to be adopted on a mass scale, my Uranus-Venus wouldn’t have it any other way!
Uranus trine Venus: Internet Friendships
Amidst the debris of broken jewelry and the ashes of old bras I started to receive very bizarre yet beautifully written love letters from an acquaintance I’d made at a shamanic healing centre many years earlier.
We’d barely spoken at the time and hadn’t kept in touch and yet here he was, years later, blowing up my inbox with confessions of his all-consuming love for me while also detailing the various experiments he conducted in his parents’ basement (fermenting mushrooms and building flying machines being amongst the more “normal” of his pursuits).
The content of these love letters (Venus) was bizarre (Uranus) to say the least, written in a completely way-out, oddball style that would put any surrealist to shame.
What’s more is, Uranus-Venus rules Internet friendships and the transit bought me my first ever Internet pen pal who I now enjoy receiving e-mails from on a regular basis.
Even more amazing is that my not-so-secret admirer is a true Uranian –an eccentric, misunderstood “mad scientist” type with ideas and interests that are totally out of sync with cultural “norms.”
Pay Attention to ANY Transiting Planet (even if it's only making a So-called "soft aspect"
When a transiting planet forms a soft aspect (trine or sextile) to a natal planet the subtle changes taking place in our inner landscape are often overlooked because many astrologers tend only to concentrate on meatier transits (conjunctions etc). However, if you look beyond the obvious and gaze into the minutiae of everyday life and into the recesses of your soul –you may be surprised by how soft-aspect transits are expressing themselves in the fabric of your life.
Uranus trine Venus Transit: A Style Revolution
With Uranus trining Venus, a personal style revolution was clearly in the air. I no longer accepted the culturally appropriate “Saturnine” standards of fashion for the sake of modesty and socially conditioned normality.
I was setting my own standards –ones that were more aligned with who I had become.
My fashion choices (Venus) reflected a freer, lighter, unrestricted version of myself that no longer cared about what others thought (Uranus).
Uranus trine Venus: Heart of Glass
The Uranus-Venus trine came a few months after a horrible break-up –a break-up to end all break-ups.
After an initial period of Bridget Jones-inspired overeating and crying, I snapped out of my gloom and have since found myself completely repelled by the idea of relationships –I just want everything to be bright, clear and uncomplicated –preferably avoiding anything that involves any sort of “serious” commitment or lots of messy emotions.
As a result of my shifting values I have come into contact with many Uranians during this Uranus-Venus period: conspiracy theorists, scientists, idealists, polygamists, you name it.
Because my understanding of relationships has completely changed, my social circle has become a lot more varied and eccentric and my values and ideals have really broadened and shifted as a result.
Venus represents our values and what Uranus values is freedom, which means I’ve made lots of new friends while keeping well away from any potential romantic encounters. While I’d happily have a fling or two, commitment has become a scary word indeed.
Ebertin said of Uranus-Venus:
“Tendency to be particular and fastidious in the choice of a partner or lover, passing love bonds” and “urge for independence in love.”
Uranus recoils from too many emotions –it is a planet of the mind and spirit, dissociating from the messy world of human interactions and personal feelings.
Uranus-Venus has taught me that it is possible to have friends and dalliances without getting bogged down by too much seriousness.
Final Thoughts of Soft Aspect Transits
If you take the time to study your chart you will notice that a lot of the subtle shifts and changes taking place in your life can be attributed to transiting planets making soft-aspects to your natal planets.
It’s not just the obvious things (conjunctions, oppositions and squares) that transform our lives –the little things count, too!
It is generally acknowledged that when transiting planets form hard angles (conjunctions, squares, oppositions) to natal planets their effects are immediately apparent in the external world and often manifest as actual events or people.
By contrast, when a transiting planet forms a soft aspect to a natal planet (trines, sextiles), its effects are said to be more subtle and often manifest on a subtle, inner level that may not be immediately apparent.
This is not always the case, however, and sometimes transiting planets forming a trine or sextile to a natal planet may manifest as literal, concrete events.
As a general rule, however, I have more or less found that hard angles equal concrete events and soft angles manifest as inner revelations.
Transiting Soft Aspects form your Celestial Support Team
If you take a look at your current transits, you will probably immediately recognise the effects of say, transiting Saturn conjuncting natal Venus, or transiting Pluto squaring your Moon, however, a sextile from Neptune to Mercury may be less apparent. If you are going through a rough time because you’ve got Saturn transiting your Sun or Pluto opposing your Moon, for example, look to the “soft” transits (aka your celestial support team) as keys to help integrate the lessons the hard-angle transits are putting you through.
For example, if you’re having a rough time as transiting Saturn conjuncts your natal Sun then look to your transiting Neptune trine your natal Jupiter to help give you spiritual sustenance and meaning during this time.
Transiting Planets are our Inter-Galactic Messengers
It is helpful to think of transiting planets as messengers providing natal planets with new insights and lessons that will help deepen and improve their overall function. Transiting planets do this by adding different archetypal dimensions to the natal planet's ordinary expression.
“They represent the next step to be taken on the foundation of earlier phases which have already occurred,” says Dane Rudyhar.
Example: Transiting Saturn conjunct Natal Mercury
For example, when transiting Saturn was going over my natal Mercury, my entire mode of thinking was being restructured. My concentration improved as my interest in meditation deepened and my dislike of being bogged down by technical details was called into question.
I was being forced to consider mundane, “boring” practicalities rather than diving straight into things without thinking them through (I have natal Mercury in Sagittarius conjunct Uranus).
In short, transiting Saturn was showing me where my natal Mercury had “homework” to do.
Celestial Homework: Transits show us where there needs to be a "Refining" Process
The nature of the transiting planet will show us where our natal planet has work to do – something in us wants to grow and change and reach beyond its "normal" functioning or default setting.
It’s as if the natal planet being called into question has been operating in an immature way that is now limiting our overall growth and so one of the slow moving planets comes along by transit to help "shake things up."
Transits Represent a Celestial Rewiring Process
The transiting planet is there to help us “work through” issues regarding the natal planet and helps us to rewire some ingrained, outmoded behavioural patterns that no longer serve us. This way they can be transformed into something more conducive to our development.
When a transiting planet forms a soft aspect to a natal planet we often fail to notice its effects because we are so caught up in the action surrounding hard aspect transits. Even natally, our trines and sextiles require conscious effort to yield their full benefits.
The Integrating and Harmonising Nature of Trines
It is said that trines (“ease”) fall into our laps and come so easily to us that we often don’t even realise that we have considerable talent in the area that they govern. Trines harmonise and integrate the natures of the planets involved but we are often markedly lazy or passive in actualizing their potentials.
As Dane Rudhyar pointed out:
“the equilateral triangle symbolises in most religions perfection of being i.e., God as the supreme foundation of all existence. In that sense, it is the symbol of both a static and transcendent condition. It contains no opposition aspect; therefore, it is essentially subjective. It simply is, without conflicts, what it is.”
Opportunity Knocks: The Creative Potential of Sextiles
Sextiles (“opportunity”) take a bit more work to actualise, but once activated, can be used to our creative and evolutionary advantage.
Dane Rudhyar says of sextiles:
“both ‘action’ and ‘reaction’ must be integrated with a wider, more inclusive field of activity… and begin to take advantage of environmental opportunities for their growth and development… and opportunities for development will present themselves.”
Final Thoughts on Trines and Sextiles
Take a look at your current transits and see what transiting planets are forming soft aspects to your natal planets. This will show you where there is work to be done on refining and manifesting the nature of the natal planet.
As Rudhyar says, soft aspects “need to be actualised through a process of development and do not “magically” manifest by themselves.”
Greater spiritual awareness is bestowed upon us as we begin to work with our planets, helping us usher in their highest expression through consciously developing the qualities they represent.
Rudhyar felt that transiting trines “exemplif[y] for us the meeting of a challenge and the taking of some ‘next step’… the... partial fulfillment of the need the aspect symbolis[es].”
So, what are you waiting for?
Why not take that ‘next step’ in your evolutionary development by helping to ignite the latent power contained in your transiting sextiles and trines?
Peru will always be my spiritual home.
There’s just something about it that's always deeply touched my spiritual sensibilities.
It isn’t rational, and no matter where I happen to be in the world, Peru will always haunt me.
I spent two years living in this amazingly diverse country learning about the healing plants and shamanic culture of the Amazon, and had many profound spiritual epiphanies and healings take place there.
I’m not only talking about my experiences with plant medicines like Ayahuasca and San Pedro; there’s just something in the air there that deeply nourishes my spiritual yearnings. OK, so I am starting to repeat myself… But I think you get the point: I love Peru and have always considered it my spiritual home.
When I was perusing the list of minor asteroids at www.serennu.com, I discovered that there is an asteroid called Peru (#10866). I immediately looked up its natal placement in my chart and found that it is at 1° Capricorn 54'44" conjunct my natal Neptune at 29° Sagittarius 35'52".
Mysticism and Delusion
Despite having profound mystical experiences in Peru that ranged from encountering inter-dimensional beings to "burning" old karma, I also experienced a lot of delusion there. Nothing was ever clear; people were never quite as they seemed and I always had the sense that everything I ever heard or saw was a lie, a trap, an illusion…
The skin between the worlds felt very thin and flimsy in Peru and I would often discover that a lot of the people who presented themselves to me with such honour and integrity were often deceptive and hypocritical…
Any permanent commitments I made during my time there would get washed away in an amorphous sea of fantastical illusions.
Ego Porousness and Leaky Aura Syndrome
My ego was rendered completely ineffectual so it was the perfect place for me to surrender to higher realities. My body felt more porous than it usually does –not just on an etheric level but on a physical one, too (I have Neptune conjunct Peru #10866 in the 6th house). I would often succumb to parasitic infections such as dysentery and giardia, and got strange illnesses and rashes that conventional medicine could not explain or treat.
On more than one occasion I became possessed by otherworldly entities that I needed a shaman to help exorcise. (Neptune in the 6th is known for having a leaky aura).
Neptune and Idealism
Strange that I should still love Peru so much considering all the delusion and hardship I experienced there…
That’s because Neptune idealises whatever planet it touches. No matter what loss or suffering I experienced in Peru it was always somehow intertwined with a sense of spiritual longing, otherworldly beauty and a deep feeling of being connected to the big, boundless universe.
Neptune is the planet that dissolves our sense of reality. It rules mysticism, illusion and loss of ego boundaries.
Wherever we find Neptune in our charts is where we seek salvation and loss of self so that we can merge with the divine source and feel that we are at one with all of life.
Peru conjunct Neptune
Discovering that asteroid Peru (#10866) is in a close conjunction with Neptune in my chart has made much of what I experienced in Peru make more sense to me. I am so grateful that astrology has, once again, been able to shed some new understanding on something that would otherwise have certainly remained hidden from my consciousness.
I have asteroid Cuba #11094 in 22° Taurus 34'14" in my natal chart. Because I have been taking especial interest in the minor asteroids recently, (you can find them all at www.serennu.com) I have been looking for synchronicities that link natal and transiting asteroids to both major and minor life events. as well as looking at the significance of minor asteroids forming aspects with other planets in the birth chart.
At the end of May 2012 I travelled to Cuba for the first time with a friend of mine. I didn’t know it at the time, but transiting Jupiter in Taurus was conjuncting my natal Cuba. Jupiter, as the planet of long distance travel and expansion, had taken me from my home (Canada at the time) to the sunny shores of Cuba.
When you first start to learn how to interpret a chart you are always taught that the house shows the “where” and the planet shows the “what.” I find that interpreting charts in this way works some of the time, however, like life itself, interpretations are often a lot more nuanced than that and you have to keep your mind open to anything. In this instance, however, this method seemed to show exactly what was happening in my chart: transiting Jupiter was pointing to what I was doing (travelling) while Cuba showed where I was travelling to.
I've been thinking about the signs and planets in a very offbeat way recently. Maybe it's because I'm approaching my Mercury Return, which is a time when we find our mental energies being renewed, refreshed and revitalised. Either way, it's always nice to put astrology into language that everyone can relate to!
Aries –Mars. The "first candy bar” and your sign’s ruling planet.
Taurus –Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate. Good old salt-of-the-earth, no-frills chocolaty goodness. Can always be relied on in a crisis.
Gemini –Twix. Always comes in pairs.
Cancer –Double Decker. The chocolate bar that carries its home on its back.
Leo –Curlywurly. Named after your big, fabulous look-at-me hairdo.
Virgo –Raw organic cacao nibs. Because your sign always has its finger on the pulse of the latest health fad.
Libra –Flake. Does this one really need an explanation?
Scorpio –Green & Black's 70% Cocoa. Rich, dark and deep –just like you.
Sagittarius –Bounty. Because coconuts come from far-flung exotic shores.
Capricorn –Cadbury’s Bournville. Classic dark chocolate.
Aquarius –Milky Way. Because, like you, it comes from a galaxy far, far away...
Pisces –Maltesers. For the elusive “teasers” of the Zodiac.
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