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Venus in Pisces

A sparkling fountain of dreams…Some of them broken others taking wing.

This is a truly enchanting natal placement if somewhat elusive. Venus strives to own beauty as it sees it, co-ruled by Taurus and Libra, the beauty of Venus is that of the sensual kind or the esthetic abstract ideal. 

Think…The scent of rich perfume (Taurus) or the glossy bottle holding it (Libra).

What would a Pisces Venus do with the bottle? It will hold the perfume bottle and admire it and then drop int on the ground and watch the shards of glass sparkle in the sun, musing about the brokenness of all beauty…You get the picture. 

Pisces is not about ownership but about letting go. Venus in Pisces appreciates what can not be captured or owned by regular means. It enjoys the elusive ideal that can’t be defined.

More than anything it enjoys atmosphere of enchantment and fantasy, This can be captured through artistic means like photography, music, poetry…Often something slightly dreamy and sad about it. Venus in Pisces enjoys the process of making the sensual and factual into something more- by elevating it into realms beyond the mundane. 

Because Pisces Venus is ruled by Neptune, the love life of these natives is often wrought with misunderstandings and broken hearts. If Neptune makes hard aspect to personal planets it can create a yearning for soul union that is too strong to be realized with any mortal human. 

Even if Neptune is well aspected in the chart, some elements of this story will sound familiar: Falling deeply in love, being disappointed, finding out it was all a lie…

On the other hand, this Venus is a true heart breaker itself. Why? Because the love it gives may at first be directed at one person but ultimately it is directed towards humanity, it is not a personal possessive kind of love. It doesn’t want to own another person or be owned in return. It may seek deep true love and connection, be generous and giving, but at some point it won’t feel right. 

If Venus in Pisces is not mature it can attempt to find all that “humanity” in one person. They may elevate the person they love to a godly status. Imagine living up to that! 

If it is mature, it will instead give love to the person they care about well still keeping some of their heart for their ideals and dreams. They may learn to balance soul-union with a healthy detachment. 

This Venus thrives in its ability to be somewhat detached. No matter how difficult things get it can find true joy and beauty in something higher.

The ability to elevate anything into a fantasy makes them talented artists and creators. They can make great filmmakers of example (Neptune rules filming) or even actors. Certainty, they are very compassionate and care a lot about people ( as long as it is not one person) so various professions that involve caring for the sick and needy suite them.

This Venus is a better placement for females- at least in current society. Venus in Pisces Males tend to want to rescue a female that has fallen from grace (have you seen Pretty Woman?) or they can stay bachelors for a long time as no woman fits their ideal of love. In a female chart it will give grace to the expression of affection.

I hope I managed to paint a picture of this Venus: It may create an enchanted forest- a true a dream of beauty but it always has its darkness. It is the kind of darkness like a siren: Enchanting but leading to a bottomless nowhere…

This charm works wonderfully in the realms of art and in it’s ability to inspire compassion in humankind. Yet, it stands somewhat alone and lonely within our world. The enchanted forrest can’t always stand the light of day. 

This is at the core of all Pisces Venus  needs – finding a concrete structure to support it. It can be done through embracing a spiritual path or joining in with something larger. For example, with a group of people working towards a common ideal. It will depend on the placement of Venus in the chart to see what path is best. 

The support is crucial as the dualism of Pisces can make it flow somewhere…but get to nowhere every time. 

This Venus is sensitive but can always move on to brighter waters. It is flexible like that…And always hopeful. In this sense, it is a very powerful placement and can survive emotional wounds time and again. 

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Mercury in the 8th house: Cutting Edge

If you have Mercury located in your 8th house you know words and ideas hold great power.

You are highly sensitive and aware of the importance of thoughts in shaping our world. Most probably, you are hyper-aware of what other people are thinking around you. Depending on the sign, this awareness can be focused on people close to you (water), society at large (air) or those in close proximity physically (Earth).

The 8th house is an intuitive house (ruled by Scorpio) therefore, although you may become fascinated with theories that explain why and how people think: Psychology, religion, criminology, science, spirituality and even Astrology- this is all a tool for you to try and understand what you simply already know. Your thinking is not rational and almost supernatural. Whatever rational tool you use to explain and create order- don’t forget that. After all, real healing can’t take place when not facing what is really there.

Growing up, you just knew more than was said or explained to you. You knew what members of the family were concerned about, their worries and fears. Being young, you didn’t have the words or full understanding necessary to express what you found out. This may have created patterns of repressing your thoughts as they caused anxiety. You were also exposed to secrets and topics that you couldn’t fully digest and had to repress. It is possible adults could sense your mature grasp of their situation. Some adults use children with this Mercury as their therapists: telling them all their problems. While others, fear and punish these children for knowing their secrets.

Which one was it? For whatever pattern played out, you still learned that your thoughts are…Dangerous. You didn’t know why, but you knew you had to start hiding them from others or someone will get hurt. You may have experienced, that your words can deeply hurt others and have shied away from expressing your ideas.

As you grew older, you started to learn how to put your intuitive knowing into words, images or some other form that others could grasp. That is why fields that study human behavior are very appealing to you personally, they help you make sense and order inside the turmoil and chaos in your mind. Remember, this is an emotional space for Mercury to be, therefore a search for order and healing is such a large part of your journey.

It is important for you to not get too tied to old ways of thinking. Just because in the past, something you said or though created a painful situation doesn’t mean it will always be so. Try new ways of thinking and learn to detach from thoughts that create fear.

On some deep level, you believe there is something flawed or even crazy about your mind. Again, this is simply a misunderstanding from the past.

I believe, the problem is not only those past situations where you hurt others or they hurt you. Rather, the problem is that you know within that you hold great power. This power scares you as they are afraid unleashing it will create destruction.  This is the typical Plutonian problem. In the case of mercury, it can be dealt with through expression. Look at the sign and aspects of your Mercury to find where you can let out steam in a positive way.

Because you repress thoughts that bother you, eventually they must come out. In that, your Mercury is highly creative. It has a lot of energy to unleash into this world. This energy can be used to create something new. Usually, I find Mercury in the 8th house people, do best when they express what they need to in order to feel good and cleanse the toxic waste of years of painful words and ideas. So once you work in a selfish manner, you become a canvas for new creations that others can appreciate.

Your mind tends to work in cycles and patterns. Once you have an idea of experience you never forget it and simply keep adding more to it during life. This goes for both positive happy memories and some difficult ones. You are good at analyzing almost anything and can make a great researcher. The key is…What you research must have “meat” to it. The Virgo can analyze dry number sand figures, but you?

You need to be fascinated and engaged. Naturally, human emotions are attractive. But what you might find it, you can be just as engaged with anything else if you find how. I mention this because it might prove helpful for you to find a positive focus- instead of the unsteady ocean of humanity.

If you find yourself overwhelmed, just engage with something harmless. Your mind is like an engine in need of fuel and you can’t go for long periods of time without intense probing.

The other extreme is also likely; you might find that after periods of “detoxing” your ways of thinking you need something new to be interested in. You might jump into whatever presents itself…You are always on the hunt.

Again, if you forget you are driven by intuition (it is very easy to do so), you might end up drowning in your new subject of obsession.

Many 8th house Mercury people, end up making themselves their prime subject of research…working on healing their mind and transforming their way of expression. In part, because of bad experiences in childhood and in part, because they are motivated to seek the root of everything. Subjects that are endless are the most attractive: the occult, spirituality, god, science and anything that can’t be fully understood.

You enjoy the process of understanding and searching for answers more than the answers. It a real thrill for you! And so careers that allow you to exercise your detective mind are a possibility. You probably dislike small talk and concert answers…You know things are always more complicated then they seem.  That attitude combined with your great listening skills can make you a valued friend and lover. You take your own promises seriously and treat others with a level of non-judgment. Perhaps, because you know where they are coming from and not because you think they are good.

Your way of communicating can be interesting and elusive. You probably heard the phrase: “what do you mean?” many time. You can learn to deliver your voice and create a mysterious atmosphere.

Some current examples of this Mercury are Mark Zuckerberg who influences the world through communication with Facebook and Eddie Murphy: who is unafraid to bring the taboo subject to light using comedy. In general, once the power of communication is unleashed you can become well known for your brand of communicating and have other people really drawn to you.

You can be ruthless with your words when deeply hurt. Although the knowledge of the effect words have, will over time help you avoid this. Still, it is a good idea to have relationships based on real trust, intimacy and shared interests. Relationships based just on social roles and mutual pleasures can’t hold your interest for very long.

Ultimately, your journey is all about learning how to act on the power you have and not fearing it. Balancing the need for dramatic intensity with the need for spiritual clarity and finding meaningful ways of self-expression. You will keep transforming all your life until you reach a point that feels true for you. Meanwhile, you are highly flexible and curious about all the possibilities. You are fearless about getting dirty in the process of your search. That is where the famous connection to the taboo comes from regarding this placement.

You will seek anywhere and find beauty in dark places. One day, shaping the world when you communicate what you find…Something others are too afraid to look into but can be valuable for healing us all.

Keys:

Knowing your own darkness, accepting the darkness of others.

Embracing your power to influence other people.

Looking your own fears in the eye. 

Finding a subject of interest that can have a positive impact.

Letting go of old patterns of thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun-Neptune Aspects : Who am I?

 

What happens when the Sun touches Neptune in your natal chart? Well, what you get is very interesting. 

Sun is your true self, it is who you are on the most basic energy level. Most people grow into their Sun identity with age because it takes time for us to really mature and figure out our identity. The sun is your life force, vitality and will power. Neptune unlike the Sun is not a personal planet. People forget that but Neptune is a collective “far away” planet. Neptune is far away in more ways than one: It is tied to the realm of the other world, the other dimension which is ruled by spiritual forces. It is a very unusual symbol- it is both like a child: intuitive, emotional, creative and like a wise old man impacting you with it’s wisdom and power.

Neptune can be tricky for this reason- you never know if it is giving you insights about the world or tricking you into escapism. It is very elusive and hard to grasp Neptune unless you are working within its power- making art, music or falling in love.

So imagine that you have this poetic force touching the core of your self- infusing your vitality, soul body and will power with its dreamy energy. 

People with aspects between Sun and Neptune tend to have a true romantic streak to their nature. When I say romantic, I don’t mean they are soft people, not at all! But that they are able to experience the beauty of the world on another level. They can feel on an intuitive level that the world is an illusion. They also tend towards some form of idealism, that’s where they are far from soft in their core beliefs and values. 

Still, what is amazing about these people is their ability to be in touch with the collective experience of humanity. That experience can very beautiful and positive but also destructive and negative. Many of them make great poets, artists and marketing people because they can feel what other people are about. They just have some special knowledge of what is going on in the world – that can seem like magic. 

Aside from the inner experience, on the outward level these people are also masters of illusion. Because the Sun (identity) is clouded by the elusive Neptune force. They don’t really know who there are because that changes and shifts depending on where and with who they are. They are strongly affected especially in youth by people and the atmosphere.

Walking into a room that is full of bad thoughts and feelings really touches their core. 

Their identity is not a stable thing and if can be very hard to figure out what is their wants and needs and what is really the people around them. That is why it is very important they grow up in a home that allows them to explore their desires and creativity. Sadly, most Neptune-Sun people grow up with people who overpower and dominate them. As children, usually one of the parents is prone to not be there fully. This can mean they are a parent who is escaping- by drugs, spirituality or not being at home. Maybe the parent is  a very loving person but they have a fragile element to them. This person can’t show the child how to have a strong identity.

The child learns to be many things to different people- and is very good at it. But the true self stays under a fog- not completely explored or visible.

That is why when growing up this person would “try on” different identities. They will be Buddhist for a year and then a hippie and then an animal rights activist.  These are all easily discarded the second a better philosophy comes along.

What can help a Neptune-Sun person is too get in touch with themselves through creativity. They are by nature very creative and have a lot to offer the world. Finding out what is unique and to express it will allow them to figure out where they stand.

Still, they might always feel a bit like they don’t belong. That is fine because the truth is they just have a much more delicate knowledge of the world and they do see the how it works. On an intuitive level they know they are right and that love and beauty would overcome all the horrors of the world.

I’ve mentioned escapism before- it is true that the downfall Neptune presents is escaping, not dealing with reality or being really hurt by it. It is important that Neptune-Sun people learn to care about the “boring” day to day things and to deal with the world. Avoiding cultish groups, drugs and alcohol is also a good idea. They can be swept within the group and effected strongly by substances. 

Another thing that can happen is that they lose their dreamy idealism and become hardened by life. They stop believing in love and goodness, they are too hurt. This si a shame because it is society that is wrong- not them. They have love and so much insight to offer the world and by shutting down they are only slowly killing their growth. 

It can take years to get there- to this place where you know who you are. Be as forgiving to yourself as you are to others and you will be able to keep going.

I should mention some more pitfalls of this placement in a chart. Among them is that Neptune-Sun people can sometimes “lie”. This one is better understood if you consider they are not really lying. For example, if their tastes and identity is so hard to pin down- it is no life for them to say one thing today and another tomorrow- it is true (for them). 

In a romantic relationship they also have a tendency to be very giving- so giving they will give you an illusion of what YOU want.

Again, the trick is knowing that and not getting angry about it. You should know it is their way to love you fully and give you heaven. Over time you will get to know them and they will trust you enough to stop trying to be that walking dream.

The Neptune-Sun person is always evolving and growing; they will need strong beliefs to overcome the hardships they face. Having a strong faith in themselves is what will allow them to shine.

Isn’t it amazing how they have at their disposal the entire spiritual realm- just waiting for them to bring a bit of it down to earth? Or how they can love so unconditionally any person – because they can love humanity?

I think it is. 

They simply must learn to ground their self in their actions. When the hard to pin down Neptune is expressed in practical things it stops messing with you.

This can mean so many things like: caring for other people, being of service through your art or by living your life in a true honest way.

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Every 14 years Neptune changes sign. It is best to also take into account the sign and house Neptune is in your natal chart as is aspects your Sun.

So if you were born between:

1970-1984 Neptune is in Saggittarius

1984-1998 Neptune is in Capricorn

1998-2012 it is in Aquarius

Next look at what king of aspect you have:

Trine or Sextile- the flow of energy between Sun and Neptune is easy here but you may not fully use its power or be aware of how it impacts you. You are a very loving person, open and caring with a creativity that expresses all things Neptune. You may need to work harder at building yourself. You have a lot of fun with all things Neptunian- try not to overindulge

Square and opposition- The flow is hard and it may be you sometimes need to choose or balance between your ego and your higher nature. You are very creative and tend to express Neptune in a stronger fashion then the trine. You are prone to escaping when things get hard and it’s probable that your care taker was in conflict with your true nature. Forgiving and moving on is best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirtuality Myths

I want to touch briefly on a very complicated subject,that of spirituality as seen in individual signs.

We tend to think the spiritual is apposed to the material world. Its that which is beyond the illusion of the body and the daily life,right? If so then the spiritual signs are the ones that transcend the illusion through intuition. Perhaps the ones that hold faith and devotion on a emotional and not rational level? I agree its true that some signs symbolize this type of ability. For example,water signs are considered to be more spiritual then others.

Pisces,Scorpio,Cancer are all more able to tap into the dream world. They are more emotional then the other signs and are ruled by feelings and passions. we will get back to the problem there later. Next,the earth signs are considered the most grounded in the “real world” so to speak. They see the world through the senses and the body and therefore they are seen as least spiritual. The fire signs come next-they are doers that want power. Air signs are somewhere in between for they are not ruled by the body or the heart,instead they have the mind to guide them. Of course this is all a very simplistic view but I’m sure many hold it without thought at times.

I would like to point out that this is all a complete myth! and ill explain why.

I believe no sign is better or worse but instead different. Everyone is spiritual,we all hold that spark inside but how we reach it in our lives is the difference. The water signs,those personalties that are “feelers” may indeed feel and receive daily little visions of something more.a world beyond even. But being so emotional they do not always even understand what they experience or feel. If anything such people are so sensitive that they become confused or agitated.

Sensitive people feel and know things but they are also get more easily unbalanced. So there is a strong tendency when young for sensitive people (symbolized by water signs) to shut themselves of. When this happens then all the spiritual or intuitive ability is asleep.

And that OK,it takes time to learn how to experience many feelings and deal with them in a healthy way. I would also like to point out that by closing themselves of,signs like Cancer tend to do less in the world. So no amount of wanting to make the world a better place is going to help. To make the world better-someone needs to do something and be out there to change it! And the dreamy Pisces isn’t going to do that. He would flow on into India or to the closest bar.

Air signs,though more rational and less inclined to be conservative and religious. Are at least more capable to holding on to morals and high ideals and doing something about them. The problem is they do tend to be skeptic and they like to argue too much. So the Gemini may argue about his ideals until he is bleeding but thats where it ends.   Another problem is that Air signs get bored very fast. What can be helpful is for them to have a community around them that holds their beliefs. In which case the Air signs will become great spiritual leaders of the group.

The fire signs,are surprisingly spiritual in a more conservative way. And they are more likely to do something even if their faith isn’t strong-they believe in a cause or a moral value. Their problem is they might not see the needs of others,in other words the ego is too strong. But that more then OK! they can channel that ego into action for the masses and leadership.

The earth signs are very practical and very sensual. They can experience spirituality through the material world and the body (think Tantra). They are also very loyal to their values to the point of stubborn. They have the ability to act but not burn out too fast and without needing a big audience. And through the senses they are connected to the real world and can channel the spiritual into the earthy reality around them!

I would like to finish this post with a song:

“Everyone is trying to get to the bar.
The name of the bar, the bar is called Heaven.
The band in Heaven plays my favorite song.
They play it once again, they play it all night long.

Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.
Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.”

-Talking Heads

Heaven isn’t a place with no sensuality,no earth or body-a place where nothing happens. Heaven is a struggle,an action and a dream. Its doing and building in the real world and making it a better place. And for that one has to use the tools:the body,mind and soul.