Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Lunar Return and month-to-month Activity cycles of the Moon

The lunar return is one method of tuning in oneself to the trends of psychological astrology as well as "what's up for me?"  Similar in nature to the solar return but in a 27.5 day phase, the lunar return offers us the chance to see what the month(s) ahead will bring, each with a new "social/public/business scene" from the Moon's energies.  And since the Moon is part of our subconscious nature, it represents what we have asked to learn and have drawn to ourselves in the process.  What better way to see "What have I asked to experience next?" in the month(s) ahead? 

I use lunar returns to keep clients (especially the ladies) aware of timing phases that are manageable in small scale: "What's going on with me for next/this month?" The other planets can also be identified within a lunar return; they may have a cooperative or limited flow of energy with the Moon, depending on placements for the specified time.  

The lunar return is yet ANOTHER reason that I encourage my clients to follow the potential flows of Life Activity during the course of a year--and they say the advantages are dramatically in their favor. Note: "lunar types" (4th house Moon or Asc. or Cancer Asc or 4th house stellium) should ESPECIALLY follow the lunar returns throughout the year!
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Barbara Hand-Clow: the Uranus-Pluto square & the Future of Humanity

This is something different than I normally post or write--and Barbara Hand-Clow is the author. The timeliness and importance of this message is why I am sharing it here. We MUST take action and responsibility NOW for our choices and thoughts--or we will suffer far more greater consequences than people prefer--including those in denial who say "Not in MY lifetime!" (OH yes it is so--or we will all face the end of humanity and worse. This is part of the destructive patterns of human psychological behavior--or perhaps the beauty of our potential for making a difference, ESPECIALLY as Saturn is now retrograde and will return to the Transformational Life-and-death and Rebirth Energies of Scorpio this year.)

"We can change the world." We have heard these words from great leaders, musicians, poets, avatars, and others who see the beauty of the planet Herself (Gaia) and our presence. The future is ours NOW to decide. Please choose wisely. (Additional thanks and blessings to Susanna Ashworth at driftwoodastrology.com for providing me a copy of this article, changed from PDF to Word on my part for easier publication and sharing.)
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 This Too Shall Pass
The Seventh Uranus/Pluto Square March 16, 2015

© 2015 Barbara Hand Clow
Graphics by Marianne Carroll

Finally we have come to the end of seven exact squares between Uranus and Pluto that have taken place twice a year since February 2012. The events that astrology predicted for this periodthe virulent return of the strident socio-political issues of the 1960s when Uranus and Pluto came together in the sky in Virgohave occurred: Racial tension, political chaos, environmental degradation, allopathic medical abuse, excessive militarism, police abuse, and American foreign interference have returned with a vengeance. Astrology shows we are making progress, yet we have a long way to go to resolution, since the meaning and outcome of these 1960s issues will not be known until Uranus and Pluto come together again in 2104!

According to astrology, these conflicts will attain their ultimate magnitude when Uranus opposes Pluto in 2046-48; some kind of resolution will come in 2073-04 when the final square occurs; and a new cycle of radical deep change will begin at the beginning of the twenty- second century. When Uranus and Pluto conjunct in Taurus in 2104, if we are still here on Earth, humankind will have chosen kinder and more Earth-friendly ways of life after this macabre dance on the edge of ecocide. If you wonder why you are so deeply upset right now, it is because the Earth herself is being strangled by human destruction. The popular media has drawn many comparisons between 2012-2015 and the revolutionary Sixties. For example, regarding racism and police fascism, the LA Times noted at the end of 2014 that "The U.S. is ending 2014 with a collective "I can't breathe,'" the last words spoken by Eric Garner, a black man brutally strangled by New York Police.

Since this Uranus/Pluto Square is the last of the seven, seeking clues for how to use its powers rather than be used by the squares does not seem to work. I've studied the chart four or five times, and I find little direction in it. Meanwhile, I feel called to do an overview of the progress we've made since 2012 based on the first six readings, since we have made tremendous progress. Yet, we don't feel like we're getting anywhere because we still have to experience the remainder of this Uranus/Pluto cycle through 2104. In other words, the primary issues that ignited in the Sixties will be plaguing our planet for a long time before we can resolve them. One might ask why this Uranus/Pluto cycle is so potent, since the cycle occurs around every 150 years? The answer is, this cycle is always very formative when it plays out at the end of a Great Age, in this case the Age of Pisces.

In my discussion of the first Uranus/Pluto Square, entitled Welcome to the Truth and still posted to this website, I noted the key issue for 2012-2015 is sustainability because the problems we face stem from environmental degradation, which includes overpopulating our beautiful home and creating wars as a result. So, now that Earth is too crowded, war will cease only when society recognizes that war causes the greatest waste, material destruction, and pain to all living things. In the first reading I said, "No matter how much anyone tries to hide from it, Earth's people must adopt sustainable living, or the slated renaissance [the Age of Aquarius] will abort. As this new emergent reality formulates pushed by the intense Uranus/Pluto squares, we struggle to co-create with it. Many people have been confused by the failure of the 1960s alternative-cultural revolution, yet now we can see that sustainability was birthed by the flower children. The seeming failure of the Sixties revolution occurred because it wasn't time yet. With Uranus attaining its first square to Pluto, sustainability will be the fruition of the Uranus/Pluto conjunctions of the 1960s." Ecological balance is now deeply desired by many serious individuals, although it is rarely discussed in mass media.

We will achieve sustainability by assuming total responsibility for our actions. The second Uranus/Pluto Square showed we must choose to live in harmony with Earth. There is no way out of this truth, yet also many porcine people obscenely consume everything in sight. You will not hear criticism of this selfishness in the mass media, since it exists to champion consumerism, war, economic fascism, allopathic drugs, and mind control, yet there is a growing wave of disgust over consuming Earth. When the third square occurred May 20, 2013, the world was falling into extreme difficulty amidst constant war, drugging, climate change, economic shrinkage, and heart-breaking mental and physical sickness. Remember, when people are forced to change in deep ways, chaos comes first. The third square emphasized the incredible importance of human choice and will. The chart mapped out the universal truthclear intentions create good choices that can transform our world. When the fourth square came in November of that year, chaos expanded because more and more people were being thrown into the wild field of "quantum choice," a consciousness location that forces everybody to see how much we all affect each other as individual parts of the whole. We need holistic thinking to flow into oneness, end racism, environmental degradation, war, and physical and psychological abuse. Pushed by the Uranus/Pluto cycle since the 1960s, we are being prodded to act fairly in relation to others as we move into the Age of Aquarius during this Uranus/Pluto cycle.

As each one makes personal progress, the general chaos builds and builds, and amidst the craziness (Uranus in Aries) we are seeing the root causes of human breakdown, yet few have any idea how to resolve things. I believe nothing will be resolved without identifying the causes of the current chaos, and this is happening. For example, some major media commentators, such as Fareed Zakaria and some of his guests are finally saying George W. Bush destabilized the whole Middle East when he invaded Iraq in 2003 and removed Sunni leader Saddam Hussein from power. Subsequently, Iraqi prisoners who were tortured by CIA techniques connected in prison and created ISIS. [Intelligence Chairwoman Diane Feinsten in the CIA Torture Report, made public just before the sixth Uranus/Pluto Square in December 2014, traced this progression.] Then as soon as US troops pulled out of Iraq, ISIS seized US military weapons and hoards of black budget cash. James Mann noted "the war [Iraq] will go down as a strategic blunder of epic proportions, among the most serious in American history." (February 6, 2015, Los Angeles Times) Well, it has already.

In my reading for the very recent sixth square, I noted, "We are becoming conscious of the unconscious." As erupting dark forces such as ISIS got more power mostly because of the grievous errors of the arrogant game masters, many people could see they'd been manipulated into false divisions. When a person realizes they've been duped, everything seems relative, so now many individuals are switching sides, a great stress to fear-obsessed Western countries. Regardless, the big truth is out: Western interference in the internal affairs of the East has spawned the nasty backlash in Iraq and Syria that is spreading throughout the world; no one will be left untouched. When ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christian Egyptian men in Tripoli close to the February 18 New Moon in Aquarius, some news commentators noted that the assassination of Moammar Kadafi destabilized Libya and opened it to deeper radicalism. The dangerous results of American actions in the Middle East are clear now, and only a total turn-around in strategy will stop this murderous firestorm. People in the Middle East complain that Western powers are murdering many women and children in villages with drone attacks and aerial bombings. For them this is as hideous as the brutal murders by ISIS; this inhumane murder is spreading all over the world.

During the seventh and final Uranus/Pluto Square, the world is locked into an intense struggle between East and West that cannot escalate further without torching the Earth. As the unconscious becomes conscious, the tendency for people on both sides to support this insane escalation is diminishing in the face of the greater instinctsurvival. When faced with the destruction of all we hold dear, more people see that the belief systems of the major religions are strangling our world. The seven Uranus/Pluto squares have exposed the dark forces (Pluto in Capricorn), and the people (Uranus in Aries) are demanding change and transformation in a new way. We are in the midst of a death crisis that is igniting the human will to survive. Surveillance, adoration of snipers, drone attacks, beheadings, and kidnappings kill ad nauseum; humankind must consciously refuse the death path now and adore life. In such a crisis as this, openness is favored over control, kindness comes forth against killing, and cruelty shrivels when exposed to compassion. Let's look at the astrology.

Uranus and Pluto have never been more than one degree apart between the sixth and seventh squaresDecember 15, 2014 to March 16, 2015. In effect, we've been in a constant square getting pummeled each time a planet or the Moon aspects the Grand Square, once a week when the Moon is in Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. Amidst this continual tension, the chart for the exact square does no tell us as much as the previous ones did. However, New and Full Moons since December telescoped the great square casting beams of light into our unconscious complexes when world events clearly revealed the meaning of the lunar phases. For example, during the Leo Full Moon on Feb 3, 2015, ISIS burned a Jordanian pilot alive in an iron cage, a disgusting display of human barbarity that further destabilized the tense Sunni/ Shia balance in Jordan. Right after the Full Moon, Jordan retaliated by hanging two ISIS prisoners, one of them a woman, a cruelty that Islam attempts to avoid. During the Aquarius New Moon on February 18, ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christian men right on the Planetary Midline in Tripoli. [See my 2011 release, Awakening the Planetary Mind, for the significance of the Midline]. ISIS warned they would move up north (on the Midline) to Rome, an ominous threat against the Vatican. Clearly ISIS is using astrology to influence the collective mind, and they may have ideas for how to harvest the natural structural powers of Earth by moving the spilling of blood up the Midline. After all, Hitler already showed the world how to do it. So, have Western powers learned anything from their interventions in cultures they do not understand? The West must undertake a thorough appraisal of what it has spawned in the Middle Eastan insanely cruel enemy that is successfully fighting back.

The Virgo Full Moon on March 5, 2015 will set up a formative energy field for the exact Uranus/Pluto Square to come March 16, and the Pisces Solar Eclipse on March 20 four days after the great square hints at an entirely new and compelling ball game. First, let's we look at the Virgo Full Moon to examine the field that will surround the exact square. Stephanie Austin, in her analysis of the March 5 Virgo Full Moon in the February/March 2015 Mountain Astrologer, says this Full Moon sheds light on the great challenge "to integrate matter and spirit, head and heart, judgment and compassion." She notes that even though science has proven that "everything in the Universe is made up of energy and that everything is interconnected," . . . yet "most of our political, social, and economic institutions are still based on materialism" rather than the quantum and multidimensional reality supported by science. [In my analysis for the fourth Uranus/Pluto Square, I said it threw us into "quantum choice," the ability to experience interconnectivity.] In my personal realm the synchronicities have been astonishing while the world throbs with a collective horror of war and mayhem. When snipers are praised, many feel deep unease. When world religions push for the apocalypse, many see the consequences of this madnesskilling in the name of God.

On March 5, Venus in 16 Aries activates the transformative powers of Uranus in 15 Aries, and Mars in 11 Aries approaching Uranus in 15 Aries is in a close square to Pluto in 15 Capricorn. The Arian powers of Venus and Mars are pushed to the max by being in the Uranus/Pluto Square, so the desire to end war is played out at home in each Mars/Venus relationship. Given the potency of the 15 Virgo Full Moon opposite the 15 Pisces Sun (the middle degrees are always the most intense), this aggressive dance between Mars and Venus in Aries setting off the square will tend to enhance our ability to utilize quantum consciousness and activate our innate ability to see both sides of a question. We must cease being tricked into fighting the "enemy" by the elite arms manufacturers, the only winners in this global game. This level of seeing is a necessity now because elite science is destroying Earth. During the Full Moon, the Sun in 15 Pisces is conjunct Chiron in 17 Pisces, which means each person will be inspired to heal the deep divisions plaguing the modern world.

The seventh Uranus/Pluto square occurs March 16, 2015. Uranus in 15 Aries square Pluto in 15 Capricorn while Jupiter in 13 Leo trines Uranus in Aries, which give us courage and unusual creativity to make big leaps in awareness. Mercury and Neptune conjunct in early Pisces will spark many deep insights about the Age of Pisces, the last two thousand years of developing compassion and cosmic insight, however also an age of profound duality. With Mercury, Neptune, Chiron and the Sun in Pisces, we are called to consciously let go of the negative patterns of this passing Great Age. The symbol for Pisces is two fishes swimming in opposite directions because duality inspires deep feelings, yet these deep feelings also have caused mankind to go to war in the name of God. The current explosion of hideous torture and abuse signals the end of this arrogant experiment that threatens life itself. Lastly, the Moon in Aquarius suggests this final Uranus/Pluto square will remind us of the long-awaited dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The musical "Hair" called the masses to wait for the coming Age of Aquarius during the 1960s, and now we can see the time is coming to adopt the Aquarian ideals of peace and oneness.

On March 20, the Pisces Solar Eclipse occurs just four days after the exact Uranus/Pluto Square. This will unleash the ability to integrate the radical changes brought by the seven great squares and make personal choices for serious change. The Spring Equinox 13 hours after the eclipse will celebrate this great turning. The New Moon is in 29 Pisces, the degree that opened the Age of Pisces two thousand years ago (precession causes the Great Ages to move in reverse). That is, when the Age of Aries completed itself around 200 BCE, the Sun precessed from 0 Aries back into 29 Pisces, the same degree as this eclipse. This Pisces Solar Eclipse signals something will happen that will eventually end perpetual Piscean duality because the dark and the light, the yin and the yang, god or no god, have been sufficiently explored. The time has come for the high ideals of Aquariusunity and equalityto be reinstated by the human species. Anything else is counterrevolutionary. Uranus and Pluto will be close in square for a few more years, and we still have to complete the Virgo Uranus/Pluto cycle1960 through 2104to abandon Piscean duality, but the tide is already turning. The Waterbearer, Aquarius, is already soothing humans who are taking a stand to live in Unity and Oneness and reaching out to those in pain at the end of the Age of Pisces. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Gene Roddenberry meets a Vulcan (revisited): farewell, Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Astrology breaks ground in the study of the psyche by taking us figuratively beyond where no man has gone before, to add as an introduction with tongue-in-cheek.  It’s also due in part to the advances in technology (i.e., movies and television) that this is possible for us to see the role of “life beyond Earth” through the eyes of astrological analyses and chart interpretation. 

The modern era came during the mid-'60s when astrology was championed during the rise of television and movies starting with Gene Roddenberry’s gift of Star Trek.  At last:  humans and other beings living together and working too.  Mr. Spock, as portrayed by the calm aloofness of Leonard Nimoy’s Vulcan-human first officer, really opened so many people to honor their natural awareness of astrological identifications within the framework of one single character.  Not only was he cool because he knew nerve pinches that disarmed and disabled potential enemies, he possessed a mind that was lightning fast and always with the most effective answer.  He appealed to something special:  the need to be of and in service to a higher authority in command as well as a singular focus on the most direct way to gauge the odds for success or failure—and why.  I believe that we will indeed see and identify a trans-Mercurian planet close to the sun which will be named for the Roman god of the forge and Spock’s paternal home planet.  

Interestingly enough, astrology has spoken about Vulcan for some time, going back to the late 1800s.  Isabel Hickey also mentioned it in her book Astrology: A Cosmic Science, but it's my view that Roddenberry took the identity of an Advanced Virgo ascendant and made it into the logical, analytical image of the pointed-ear alien—a “Vulcan-Virgo” or "2V."  The qualities are obvious (or "logical"):  an over-fascination with accuracy and fact, and a detached insistence on maintaining a poker face because emotions show a lack of control—and reason. In an evolved storyline that may have been unintentional, the “next generation” series brought Mr. Data as an android with the same rigid structure of facts-as-law.
  
What is interesting here is that both men in their roles clearly represent the mental acuity and skillful cause-and-response capacities of a very adept Mercurian.  The Vulcan-Virgo is also very proud of the capacity to perform a role as a waking data base (hence Data’s name).  “Human Library” is a term I assign both personally and astrologically to the 2V.  (This does not necessarily have any impact on rulership by Mercury; that’s another topic.)

 This is of personal interest to me as well:  at my first-ever astrological reading by my future teacher, I was told that I was a 2V with the chart indicating a Virgo ascendant—and it’s been a family joke that I have pointed ears.  

(This was pushed to the test when I stretched a 1-hour astrological consultation meeting into eight hours, and then departed with two textbooks to study after being told a flat “no”—by a Scorpio!--to my insistence that I borrow them.)

(c) MDLOP8 2010

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Psychological Astrology in the 21st Century


(From the back cover):
The 21st Century is the Time for Psychology and Astrology

The doors astrology can open are based in a psychological frame:  that we possess a natural system of looking within and seeing ourselves in an organized structure of behaviors, responses, growth, and sequential outcomes.

We have available a 12-way mirror of the soul with multiple levels of potential views and choices to make to take us further on the pathway that we call Life.  We can become the artist who creates the living painting of our decisions and their results.  These are ideas to help the working, thinking, considerate practical healer of body, mind, and soul, whether or not the person is a professional physician, holistic healer, or just someone interested in understanding the vast range of experiences that come with a lifetime (especially those who are blessed as parents). 
It is also the 21st century. The collective awareness of our global brethren and the huge array of networking that the Internet has ignited is one way that we can integrate psychology with astrology because it is an internationally recognized concept in psychological fields. The response since the 1950s and the definitive statistical research by the Gauquelins from Switzerland is that astrology has a proven and significantly accurate rate of clarity in identifying psychological potential behaviors and actions.

Astrology is also being applied in the work field; it is a human resources tool. It’s just not openly admitted! It offers a direct no-nonsense approach to defining the parameters of behavior, and has little tolerance for the human trait of denial. It does not need a one-on-one encounter either; astrological analyses can be done without a direct meeting.

Key points are clearly visible, among them, work habits, ability to handle authority figures, day-to-day schedules, motivation, fears and avoidance/acceptance of responsibility, routines, entrepreneurship, and management potential.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Psychological astrology and psychiatry unite


Astrology and psychology--and psychiatry*--are bonded together from the centuries of observing human behavior, whether or not it has been clinical or otherwise.  

I have stated on this blog before and insist that the 21st century WILL see the inception of astrological principles in the field of counseling support.  However, I foresee this MORE in the light of POSITIVE counseling rather than "there is something wrong with you."

Astrology can strengthen and encourage; it can provide guidance and uplifting goals; it can give structure and motivation.

The "scientific community" still needs to be convinced. I have no doubt of that--so Dr. Mitchell Gibson is here to present his perspective for anyone in the following fields:

M.S.W.
Ph.D.
CDAC
Ed.D.
M.A.T.
Psy.D.
M.D.

This is from Amazon.com's synopsis.  The book is available at Barnes & Noble as well as Llewellyn Publications.
"Designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, astrologers, and lay people alike, Signs of Mental Illness by Dr. Mitchell E. Gibson, M.D., is a breakthrough in the sciences of psychiatry and astrology that will help people with their mental health for this new millennium.
"The author is one of the most well known and highly respected medical doctors in the state of Arizona, where he maintains a successful private practice in psychiatry. Dr. Gibson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Formerly, he was chief of staff at East Valley Camelback Hospital, as well as chief resident in psychiatry at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia."
With such an illustrious career, why has he written a book that uses astrology, a science that some people severely question? Because it can help people—and because it's the truth.
Numerous cases of famous people are highlighted in this book. All of the patients were diagnosed according to the DSM-IV, the gold standard of psychiatric diagnostic criteria. The diagnostic groups represented include major depression, anxiety, addictive disorder, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
But just in case "the scientific community" needs more credentials:  may I provide the following roster of mental health practitioners, physicians, and clinical counselors, and their respective schools:

Michael Mclay, M.A. (University of Iowa)
 
Bradley Kochunas, Ph.D., Ohio Department of Mental Health
 
Donna Cunningham, M.S.W., Columbia University
 
Maritha Pottenger, M.A., California School of Professional Psychology (Clinical)
 
Stephen Arroyo, M.A., California State University
 
Zipporah Dobyns, Ph.D., University of Chicago (Clinical)
 
Bernard Rosenblum, M.D. (Psychiatry), New York City
 
Gisele Terry, M.A., (Clinical), New York City/Los Angeles
 
Laurie A. Baum, M.S.W., C.S.W, Yeshiva University
 
Glenn Perry, Ph.D., Saybrook Institute (Clinical) and his accredited masters degree course:
http://astropsychology.org/index.asp?pgid=1

*(Carl Jung, father of modern psychiatry)

Psychological astrology is both holistic and clinical:  within it can be found opportunities for identifying needs by traditional schools:  Erickson, Piaget, Jung, and Maslow, by using intuition and gut feelings & analysis, and inter/intrapersonal skills & counseling as the foundation.

(c) MDLOP8 2010

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Astrological Arsonist: Setting Fire to their lifestyle for Excitement & Control

Meet the astrological Arsonist. They seem to self-destruct and ask for help on a continuous basis by which they use, either openly or through means, passive-resistance refusal, child-like behavior, manipulation, or pure willfulness. An Arsonist is a master of creating Controlled Chaos, and most likely a psychopath. This is the first of three articles that I am postulating on this subject.
   An Arsonist in my astrological-psychological view is someone who deliberately creates circumstances or behaviors where someone must come and literally put out a fire: an event or condition that has dead-end results and misjudged expectations without consideration. The Arsonist enjoys the thrill of power-control: he/she has reinforcement of ego and importance as a new obstacle-hurdle has been put in the way of a daily routine, a long-term plan, or just spontaneous action. I would imagine those of us who are now experiencing the role of caregiver for friends and elderly parents are noticing this identity. Also, consider the Arsonist in relationship patterns: a continued sense of "My life is not exciting enough--I must do something to see others jump at my command!" A romantic involvement is often a playground for an Arsonist.
      Arsonists are often bored--they seek excitement and adventure. I would therefore categorize the Fire signs (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius) as the primary candidates, but that is too obvious. Instead, consider that the other 11 signs also have tendencies, each with its own quality.
     For example, it's obvious that an Aries would easily trigger patterns of disruption for sheer initiation and "something new," but Taurus can delay, refuse, resist, and be unwilling to yield to even the most reasonable offer or request. The delaying tactic is one that creates a whirlpool of potential resolution. Gemini, in a search for endless information, may surely continue to be involved in so many commercially-driven promotions and solicitations from media sources who are sales-driven and based on self-promotion and exploitation of the consumer. Financial management problems would likely follow: "I can't get enough ideas!" Crabs surely know how to make the best of worries and fears, especially over personal safety or that of family members, in order to maintain and keep close ties. Fear and smothering demands for love and nurturance to/from others can be like quicksand to those involved. Leo, again as Fire, can be bombastic and pompous to the point of distress: "How dare you defy me?" is a phrase I heard from my own mother, who had a Leo ascendant. The sense of royal obligation by underlings is not only expected, but held as a sense of status and entitlement.
     Virgos can micro-manage even themselves into a state of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, let alone unhinge the person who has to manage or care for someone with organization-is-life needs. Libra can be caught in the net of Co-Dependency so tightly that they can not bear to be alone for 24 hours, and may use social media formats and electronics as a tool of continuous contact. Scorpio surely knows how to be in control: paranoia and suspicion of ANYTHING or ANYONE who dares threaten must be kept at arm's length and under careful observation.
    Sagittarius can potentially be an Arsonist in both speech and action. Words can cause huge battles, especially with family members, colleagues, and social outlets of beliefs and values. Also, don't put it past an Archer to be a hoarder: "more is better." Try and manage a house where "don't throw that out!" is a mandate, and Time is left sitting in cabinets and closets, later to be discarded when it should have been avoided in the first place.
      Capricorns don't usually find a spot as an Arsonist, but there are surely those who take advantage of others for personal advantage--and usually financial gain. Aquarius in search of Freedom can be an Arsonist in style: "I'll follow my own path and disregard any action or result that doesn't give it my way." Anyone in partnership with this type knows this likely means associating with a lack of constraints on social structures: living from day-to-day in group units (shelters, collective gatherings). Pisces offers a never-ending potential of Arsonist qualities, but it's emotional-sensitive in nature and not aggressive-dynamic. A Pisces soul caught in an Arsonist pattern can be caught in a maelstrom of confusion followed up with sensitively good intentions and terrible judgment.
     What to do about the Arsonist in your life? It's clearly a matter of Power & Control--and personal boundaries. The Arsonist has no qualms about encroachment on other peoples' lives--this is a very self-centered character flaw, and may likely be hiding a Narcissistic Personality. The key factor to remember is simple: "No." An Arsonist will rise into whatever level of insistence their sign carries with a likely demonstration of unhealthy tendencies, but it is essential for anyone involved in a relationship or caregiver role to recognize the need to put out the Arsonist's ability to ignite intention and spark an inappropriate or unwise response. 
(C) MDLOP8 2014    

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Venus in Scorpio: "I've Love You to Death or Die Trying."


Warning: Venus has entered Scorpio. Do NOT under-estimate the emotional danger and risks that may arise in relationships during this time, ESPECIALLY if you're a Fixed sign (Taurus-Leo-Scorpio-Aquarius). 

Venus is in Her detriment (lacking awareness of the higher qualities of the planet's energy) in Scorpio: jealousy, intensity of ownership toward objects of affection and property, and desires for sexual fulfillment which may be violent if not agreeable to the selected "victim" of choice. (Also, think of a female praying mantis: if you know what she does to her mate, you'll get the idea.) Emotions and passions run extremely strong during this time--and revenge can be a bitter result in love-hate partnerships, especially if trust has been betrayed. In Greek mythology, Medea was outraged that Jason had cast her aside for another woman--and in her rage, she killed her own children. The old saying "Hell knows no fury like a scorned woman" is VERY true and possible during the transit of Venus in Scorpio! 

However, it's not all for worry with the goddess of Love in this sign: a dramatic personality may find new outlets for attention and display (with a touch of "come closer if you dare"), and occult studies and mysteries (such as an enjoyment of solving mysteries or an appreciation of forensic sciences) may be heightened. Just be sure you're not Dr. Frankenstein building a bride for your latest creation--he or she may be intent on love with a painfully dangerous twist!

Monday, September 29, 2014

"All in Love is Fair and Equal," says Venus in Libra


There is refinement, sharing, appreciation, union, and cooperation to bring to a loved one, family, friends, and more when Venus slips into Libra. Most of all, this is a time for identifying, validating, and pledging oneself in a committed relationship. Of special note: Libra being the sign of Balance, there is every reason to expect more achievement and success in the same-sex marriage vote here in the U.S.
   Even though Venus in Libra is traditionally about benevolence and willingness between lovers, it can be tricky too: a strong desire to please and not be challenging; to be accepting and even yielding more than ever or before; manipulation can also be a factor if it means a victory or achieved result. 
   And it's also a time be lazy, wanting to take the easy way out or the line of least resistance. You can also be very indecisive. You may need people and find it difficult to feel comfortable in your own company.
    So what should you do? Remember that you have boundaries; you may compromise your own in a willingness of bliss, desire, or desperation. At least know that this is a time to find peace within and with each other. You may go back and fix up an old matter, or at least be more cooperative with your Significant Other. Honor that person--be aware that they are sharing their life with you--and that this is a gift. Thank your partner; spend some time showing your appreciation--and be willing to accept it from them.
   And enjoy. Venus rules Libra, so it's also about pleasure and fun with someone else.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Venus in Virgo: "There is a Time and Place for Love--and it's Qualified by Specifics"

     "She/he loves me, she/he loves me not--because of the following reasons," says Venus in Virgo, and you're either on the receiving end or handing down the hard facts. This is the Goddess of Pleasure & Enjoyment in a cool, distant state of affection, with emphasis on personal boundaries and conditions: "What do you mean when {you} say 'I love you, baby'. Be more specific!"
     Venus in Virgo says,"I'll believe it when you show me--and actions speak louder than words" will make or break your romantic mood. Doubt, discernment, critiquing and second-guessing: these are some of Virgo's traits, and Venus would rather say "No thanks" rather than have to tell you that you're not meeting Her standards as a partner. Venus in Virgo will love sincerely and with earnestness, but you've got to pass a lengthy interview of qualifications. And no: sweet talk and charm doesn't make it work: there's a mental notebook of "must-have" conditions.
     On a positive note, Venus in Virgo is quite willing to do something for a social project that serves the community: helping decorate or improve a food kitchen that feeds those in need, or making sure the area of work is spotless, organized, and kept functional. A fun date for a Venus in Virgo would be at the gym--but don't expect to share the shower unless your nails are trimmed and you've brought your own soap.