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Moon in Leo

If you have your Moon in Leo, you have a sun for a heart.

Your inner emotional nature is uniquely your own. I always say this is the Moon sign that is most likely to be unapologetically honest about their feelings. The reason for this honesty stems from the fact their strong will power and sense of self is reflected in their emotional world.

If you have Moon in Leo, you might not be always comfortable with emotional displays of even the concept of intense feelings but you are very aware that in some ways you wear your heart on your sleeve. The Leo Moon can be shy at first but would learn to hold itself to a high standard of conduct and expression. The things you feel get projected into everything you do and can’t be hidden. There is a child-like quality of self-centered grandiosity to you that wins people over.

You are selfish in that you interpret things through your own self-centered emotional needs. This is true about all people but because the Moon here is ruled by the Sun you are especially prone to that. This is an amazing strength because you are usually able to stay so centered in your own heart that no matter what is going on with the people around you and how they feel- you stay true to yourself. In that regard, the Leo Moon is similar to its opposite Aquarius Moon. Both of these Moon placements are very good at staying their own individual even when they are emotionally blackmailed by family, friends or lovers. You really have little respect for people who get too swayed by feelings to the point of losing self-respect.

There is something about you that is very warm-blooded and self-sufficient. You know deep down love belongs to us all and you seem to radiate an energy of tremendous creativity, passion and a playful lust for life. This quality makes you very attractive to people who are in a dark place and to other energy vampires. The fact that you have a strong connection to your inner child seems to make you even more vulnerable to people who just want to feast off your energy. Thankfully, your self-centered perspective allows you to get away unscathed and with your head held high even in situations when someone tries to dampen your mood.

The most charming quality you hold is this strange balance between a selfish yet vulnerable child and an old wise king. As you grow older you will learn better how to express your own feelings in such a way that brings the best in other people. In fact, this is probably the highest quality of the Leo Moon. These are the people who know how to lead by example and who seem to really become popular when they take pride in your own emotional well-being. Learning to be able to take care of yourself is probably the most important lesson for you. You need to stop searching for the light of approval f other people and instead spread your own light and perspective to the world. The most common way a Leo Moon does that is through some sort of imaginative creative pursuit and dramatization of their own inner world.

The creative talent is very prominent and many actors, musicians and theater directors have this placement. Even if you are far from the art world you are still likely to be a prominent figure in your own circle of subjects.

You can be shy at first especially as a child because it might seem you really can’t hide how large your heart is, it can be a sense of embarrassment to have your selfish needs to so loudly spoken. You will hide this part of yourself and channel it into an expression of some sorts that is more acceptable. This search for a more “acceptable” expression of your own inner king or queen often leads to some mastery of a talent. Still, your loved ones know how generous and genuine you are even if they might find you don’t always understand them so well.

You take pride in your early family and upbringing. In fact, even if your childhood was nothing to write home about you would still carry around a sense of accomplishment at having grown up the way you did. As a teenager it would matter for you to belong to a group of friends and have a supportive network around you. It can be said you hold friendships to be more important than romantic relationships. For you dating and romance is often a sense of passion. drama and upheaval that you can enjoy but don’t always value. You hurt the most when someone you love doesn’t respect your individuality and right to accomplishment. You are at your best a very supportive partner who wants to see the person you love role the world and follow their dreams. If that person doesn’t offer you the same sense of respect and supportive encouragement you would become very wounded. For you, respect maters a lot more than acts of service or any gift a lover can give.

Life should never stop being excited and colorful and no one should ever tell you that what you want is “too much”. In fact, you are not likely to tolerate that for very long. You have a generous spirit that is abundant with desire for the best in life and settling for less makes you very depressed. Many Leo Moon’s love the romantic early stages of a relationship but struggle with the mundane and regular aspects of actually living with another person. By nature you can be emotional or even shy but there is a confidence within you because you know you have purpose. You have the wonderful ability to embrace life fully in all its shades and to allow other s o also feel like they can do so.

The courage you have to just accept your right to life and all it offers is exactly what makes you a good leader, artist, lover and friend. On the flip side, it can be hard for you to truly see life from the perspective of other people and their emotional needs. In is therefore really good for you to have people around you to advice or offer insights into situations. You can usually trust your own heart to show you where to go but sometimes you get too caught in your own vision of what you want. Your inner world is that colorful exciting dream that you want to impose on reality. You warm the heart of those around you when you gaze in wonder at life. The flare you have for the poetic, dramatic and romantic make you survive through the cold days of a more gray and sometimes hard reality.

The twinkle in your eye is warm and inviting to all those who seek a sense of mission and importance in the world. Ultimately, you lead other people towards their own true Self and that makes you a natural leader and psychologist. You never bend down or become a servant of others unless for artistic purposes and that keeps you safe from anyone who wants to just use you.

As long as you stay on the path and keep yourself open to criticism and the experiences of others that are different you would shine and gain a creative support from the universe. You are after all a real child of light even if you like a darker dramatic flare on top of it.

Famous Leo Moon’s

Lana Del Ray, Marina and the Diamonds, Megan Fox.

David Bowie, Tom Cruise, Marilyn Manson.

Pluto in the 7th house

Having Pluto in the 7th house means that you encounter your own power through other people. This is a bit similar to having Mars in the 7th house but less out in the open. 

You are a person that has been made to reject your own power and your own sense of control over you life. It can often feel growing up that other people are trying to tell you what to do or manage your life in some way. I imagine in my mind the image of a young child star who is being yelled at by their stage mom to go and preform. I also imagine someone who had to learn very young that people don’t always play fair. 

Relationships with other people are where you get to feel like you have something about you that is sort of like an invisible fighting spirit. You like to encounter people who challenge you in some psychological manner so that you allow your own muscles to flex and play.  

Usually, you go through different extremes in your relationships. Sometimes you get dominated, controlled and even abused in some cases while in other cases you are the one who is in control. 

Pluto in the 7th house is a great placement for investigative journalists, lawyers and anyone who works at uncovering the “dirt”  in other people’s lives. You know so very well that everyone has secrets and you can make them talk. 

There is an alluring sweet and seductive aura about you that makes you a magnet for all sorts of strange people and situations. You are attractive when you forget who you are and appear vulnerable. And yet! Anyone who dares underestimate you or think you are weak is in for a surprise. You are actually very powerful and capable and have an iron will that grows with age and allows you to do well in many areas. 

As with many Pluto placements, there is usually a betterment over time. Early years could be full of conflicts with other people and authority figures. It is not advisable for you to talk about your success in public because you naturally arouse jealousy without meaning. 

Pluto has been in scorpio for some time now and so we can assume you are a Taurus rising, at least for some of you readers. You are naturally physically pleasant and grounded in your body. You accept yourself as you are…Skin, fat, scars and all  and wish other people were equally comfortable with their physical self. There is a natural beauty to you that doesn’t need anything artificial. You are sensual in your acceptance of sexuality as one would accept rain and snow. It is magical but natural to you. 

In fact, you hate anything that is a lie or like plastic. You like things real, honest and natural and would not tolerate lying for anyone. You can be somewhat blunt and brutal for some types. 

If you are still in the hurt stage of your life it could be you would have a hard time trusting anyone. Hopefully, you would grow to reclaim your responsibility to show other people what it is like to live honestly and survive anything. There is something unapologetic about you that seems to be almost feral in nature. It is not seen with open eyes..But if you close your eyes and turn the lights off…You shine like a bright beacon of courage. 

Making commitments to another person like in a marriage can be a source of fear for you. You have learned people change and nothing stays the same and can’t imagine anyone being stable enough to accept your own changeable nature. You should probably give it a try and be surprised by the deep love you can have.

Don’t let anyone try and lower you into the gutter. Many people will try and make you cross a line and maybe even worse. Always stick by the laws and do what is right because you could fall from grace through other people, especially if you have an intimate relationship.

But you already know that, don’t you?

That is why you have a fear from getting to close and that is why you must know who is getting under your skin. Relationships change you and allow you to deal with al these feelings of being overpowered. Soon you will step into your own shadow and will see the Sun shine through at a part of you that you kept hidden even from yourself.

You can rule an empire so why are you letting another human rule you? 

I want to mention that the 7th house is ruled by Libra and therefore this placement tends to be a bit sweet and light looking on the outside. It is not 8th house dark energy but more sugary. It is not a heavy energy but more of a dark spicy essence that is emitted into the undercurrents and is captivating in its allure. 

The focus is about taking the trash out of society and shining light on certain aspects of human engagement, putting the dark dusty corners into the spotlight.

Love is a Battlefield is a Pluto in the 7th house song. I would like to think you would fight for love and the idea that love is something to be taken hold of. 

famous examples: Rihanna. Remember Chris Brown? Now all we talk about is her company Fenty. 

J. K. Rowling is another example. Writing about the dark side of things and bringing it into the light. She escaped an abusive relationship with her baby daughter and out of her depression wrote a book that changed the world forever.

Composite charts for true long-lasting love

I would like to share my own observations and thoughts on what makes a good composite chart. Many Astrologers don’t see it that way but this has been something I have learned over time and looking at many charts.

A composite chart is a chart of a relationship between two or more people. It is the magical chemistry that happens when two people become connected in a relationship. Personally, I found composite charts to be VERY important if people want to live together or marry.

Getting along or even falling in love with a person is not enough!

Both people are effected by the third entity- the relationship itself. Constant struggles in sex, finances, health, family relations and general quality of life is shown in the composite chart.

I want to say that a composite chart can work or not work depending on the people. The rules are very individual but what is important is that the relationship is significant, strong and long-lasting enough to grow into something. This post would show you examples of good composite charts.

So what do I like seeing in a composite chart of a couple?

Below is one of the best composite charts I have seen. It belongs to Paul and Linda MacCrtaney.

The composite they shared had a SUPER love-stellium of Sun-Venus-Mercury-Chiron and Pluto. That alone is an indicator of soulmates.

Additionally they have Jupiter AND Moon in easy aspect to this cluster of planets. To make this chart even more amazing (Maybe I’m amazed?) they have a second stellium of Saturn-Mars and Uranus. They really have a balance of something unique and creative and yet realistic. Moon conjunct Neptune show real soul mate connection and deep understanding of each other.

They did struggle from some tension between freedom and structure and maybe other people or strange situations trying to break them up. This is a perfect composite chart in every way. It shows hardships but very strong attachment and a bond based on love.

  1. I want to see that your relationship is SIGNIFICANT. This means that all planets form aspects to each other and most importantly that there is at least one conjunction of planets. I don’t want to see planets with only easy aspects and no conjunctions. The best thing for me to see is a three or four planets together or what we call a stellium in astrology. This means this relationship is important and will have effect on the people involved.
  2. I want to see the Sun conjunct Venus, Mercury, Mars or the Moon. The Sun is the life force of the relationship and shows what it is about. I want the sun to have a conjunction to at least Venus. This shows real love and getting-along ability within the relationship. The best relationships have Sun conjunct Venus, Mercury and another planet.
  3. I want a Pluto or Saturn in easy aspect to the stellium or in opposition to it. Yes oppositions are good!
  4. I want Jupiter to have easy aspects to it. This is very important because even if other things in the chart show arguing or other issues in the relationship, a well-placed Jupiter shows the couple can always share a common vision for what they want together. Jupiter also shows that at the end of the day these people are good for one another and this relationship would make them grow in a positive way.I want to see Saturn in a mix of easy and hard aspects. This show this relationship can take formal shape in reality and not just in the fantasy of the lovers. This is a good sign they will make a commitment even if the relationship gets hard. I am not too worried about hard Saturn aspects if there is enough to balance and an element ease to the relationship.I want the Moon to be in a good state. The best is if the Moon is making an easy aspect to the Sun. In some cases, a Moon in opposition to the Sun can also work well. Especially if the Sun is conjunct Venus as mentioned earlier.

What I don’t like seeing for a long-term relationship:

  1. Hard aspects to Neptune and Uranus. This can work great for a creative relationship in the art world but Isn’t good for daily family life. I see this a lot on composite charts of singers and actors. These relationships can feel amazing but are rarely long-lasting. Moon conjunct Uranus or Neptune on the other hand is brilliant in most cases.
  2. I don’t like a Moon that has only hard aspects. This means strong feelings and obsession but no ability to share same space when living together.
  3. I don’t like seeing a composite chart with a Pluto theme if one of the partners is not natally Plutonian.
  4.  I don’t like to see that the composite chart speaks to only one partner. One-sided love is painful.

Another famous couple with an amazing composite chart is Beyonce and Jay-Z.

They have their problems but the composite indicates it is indeed a powerful relationship. Beyonce and Jay-Z share the same thing I keep seeing again and again in long-married couples.

They have SUPER-BIG love stellium in opposition to Mars. Saturn is square the stellium so this one shows a less easy connection but it means they would stay together no matter how hard it gets. They have a less romantic or easy composite compared to McCartney and Linda but it is also more powerful and rare. They have a lot of social power as aa couple as indicated y the focus of planets in Libra and the first house. They have a lot of secret sexual issues creating anger in their psyche as indicated by Mars in the 8th house. This suggests they both act in ways that are unconscious and impulsive and therefore hurtful.

They are also both very independent as indicated by the Venus and Moon conjunction to Uranus. This suggests that together they have sparks of creative energy that is very dynamic. They will stay together a long time as indicated by Saturn that is squaring all this love. They might feel a lot of duty to stay together even if secrets and hardships come up through the mars in the 8th house. What this also means is that being active and making money is an outlet that helps them keep the relationship. The Sun conjunct Moon suggests a real marriage of two souls- male and female. They were meant to be together.

What is the best composite chart you have seen? Do you have any indicators of true love in your composite chart?

To really learn more about composite charts I recommend Robert Hand’s classic book Planets in Composite (1975) . Hand really helped bring the art of composite charts to life and the book is an easy and practical read. You could probably read on your own after reading it.

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Hard Venus-Saturn natal aspects: Love unbound

If you have the square, conjunction and opposition of Venus and Saturn in your natal chart this article is for you.

These aspects differ in flavor and outcome but have a common theme that is important to acknowledge. What actually happens is that if you have these aspects you are a person that is very affectionate and caring about other people and you take your relationships VERY seriously. The problem is that for whatever reason usually stemming from how you grew up and your early social experiences related to what you value and your self-esteem you tend to kind of have misplaced affection.

You tend to withdraw from the other person you love just when the relationship starts to open up and actually offer you intimacy and connection. When the relationship becomes intimate you experience a sense of fear that this relationship needs to follow the RULES or you can’t follow your heart.

You really desire solid, good, reliable and loyal relationships. You care a lot and have a strong sense of what is right and wrong in society. You have very good ethics and ideas about how relationships should be like to be considered “good”, anything that is below that standard you won’t commit to.

You can have many relationships in your life that don’t fit the rules but you will never marry or commit fully unless they fit your idea of what is “right”. The sad truth is it is really a way of thinking is something you cling to because it is masking and hiding your own sense of VULNERABILITY.

These ideas you hold about relationships having to follow steps, stages, rules, morals is really a mechanism you developed over time to protect yourself.

You just don’t like fully marching into something that in fact really be good for you. You learned as a child and as a teen from several probably shaking experiences that connection to other people is at times scarring. You wanted to connect but it was blocked or someone to said you had to be a certain way to receive it.

Maybe you had to act like a responsible adult or maybe you just had to follow the rules someone else made to deserve the love you wanted. The giving from other people was blocked and so you learned love and care is conditional. You started to believe only if you followed a certain path you would deserve love. As an adult you now believe you need to hold a high standard for yourself and other people. The exact reason or way this showed in your life would depend on the signs and houses of Saturn and Venus.

Generally speaking, you have this sense of “I’m not good enough”. You may believe that only when or if you reach some goal you can start having the relationship you dream of.

“I’m not good enough until I…Have a career”

“I’m not good enough until I…Look better”

“I’m not good enough until I…Prove my talents”

There is always a reason why you or the other person is not good enough to fully open up your heart. The tricky thing with this aspect is that often you can become just us blocking towards others who want to get closer to you. Secretly you are deeply hurt or angry about how you were treated. Often times, you have a great relationship with someone especially if other indicator in your natal chart point to that until that person wants to fully hug you, love you and care for you and suddenly you recoil because the hurt part of you wakes up. That fear makes you start thinking how that person might actually not be trustworthy or “up to the standard”. This is your mind trying to protect you from what it remembered caused it pain.

I am not saying you shouldn’t have standards and protect yourself but if a relationship has proved itself over time to be good and loyal don’t let those thoughts take over. If you start thinking that your partner needs to prove themselves to you or follow some formal behavior that is SATURN at work.

The truth is no one will ever find love safe because love needs vulnerability.

Is it worth the risk?

YES

I don’t think you should change who you are. I do think you should be aware of why patterns in your relationships repeat. The good side of hard Venus-Saturn aspects is that you are very capable of having high quality relationships that are long lasting and loyal.

I should also mention that often this can manifest in you choosing very irresponsible people who would eventually reject you or not want to commit. It is important to strike a balance between standards and an open heart.

Wrong person for a Venus-Saturn native: Irresponsible, childish, fearing commitment, lacking morals or goals.

If you find yourself choosing immature people who you need to treat like a parent or a boss this means you are trying to heal your own trauma and you still believe you are not good enough. Someone who can make you feel safe and you can rely on would help you make the best of this aspect.

I want to end this article by saying I don’t agree with Astrologers who say these aspects suggests you will always stay alone. It is true you can marry later in life or take time to do it. You may feel you need to wait or accomplish something in life first and that is okay. The important thing is to value yourself not for what you accomplish or only when other people say you are worthy.

YOU ARE WORTHY RIGHT NOW

Descendent in Aquarius

If your rising sign at birth is Leo, your 7th house ruler is the electric, royal and innovative Aquarius. The 7th house is not only who you attract but what people come into your life to help you grow. Relationships would teach you how to relate to the world from a perspective that is concerned with community, groups and government. You naturally have something about you that makes people listen to you. Your close relationships would show you how to make fair use of that power.

It could be that you don’t care a lot about certain issues or ideas until you meet a partner that challenges how you view the world. The partner you would commit to (not the lover or short relationship) is a person who probably has some social status, be it good or bad, they are someone people know and notice. You would want a partner you can respect and who has their own individual opinions and who is not afraid to be themselves. It is also likely they would be annoying to you at first or that you don’t even like them right away. This is sometimes a classic hate-love romance drama that ends with a relationship that is playful, fun and exciting.

Because you hold yourself with a certain integrity people who are confident tend to be attracted to you. The partner would notice you in that setting where you show a talent or an ability. If you are very shy and quit, there is still something about you that makes you stand out in some area. You could meet that partner through some group in which you “shine” or an organization in which you volunteer. I always suggest that single people with Leo rising join in a community where they can show something they are good at. This is where you have good chances meeting a new person who would change your life.

Aquarius on the Descendent can create relationships that are a little dramatic or on and off, but not always. Many times it simply creates a very rich relationship that is full of conversation, learning, work or some creative project. Leo rising people generally do well on working with their partner and even making it a life mission. I would suggest looking where Uranus and Saturn are located in your natal chart to find out more.

For example, my friend has Uranus in the 5th house conjunct Venus (in Capricorn). She and her partner have a business together, he is an architect and she a designer. Someone with a lot of hard aspects to Uranus would find that relationships start very fast and end just as suddenly. In extreme cases the partner could be a “mad genius” or “political figure” who is very hard to live with. I also see that the partner could have some fame and status that is very appealing to you but eventually could take away from the intimate connection you seek.

The trick for you is to become so interested and good at something that you can be self-sufficient and happy on your own. There is a danger you would rely on your partner for some social power that does not belong to you. This is because your relationship is here to show you how to care about wider issues. If you are having a current struggle with a partner I would suggest to get interested in something that relates to humanity at large.

The moment you put your attention in that space…The relationship would become more stable. In similar fashion to the Scorpio Descendent, you would transform a lot through your relationships. It won’t be a deep psychological transformation but the kind that allows fresh air into your reality. You could meet many new people, change careers or move as a result of the relationship. Even if you stay in the same house and job, the relationship would make you see how your life fits within society and what you could do to become more connected to those around you. Most importantly, relationships make you more connected to your own individuality, talents and uniqueness.

Celebrities with Aquarius DC you can look into:

Selena Gomez, on and off relationship and her finding her voice through it.

Kate Moss, dating genius rockers and royalty. Finding her own space without them.

Alfred Hitchcock and princess Grace Kelly.

Mary-Kate Olsen.

Pluto opposite Venus in Synastry: Beauty and the Beast

This aspect in Synastry tends to bind people together with an interesting effect. Because it is an opposition, it can often swing between different extremes; between enlightened love (Venus) and fear of vulnerability (Pluto). The emotional roller-coaster tends to bind the couple together because “we have been through so much and we are still here.” This is a typical syndrome for better and for worse.

This is a couple that together can learn a lot about being vulnerable and looking their biggest fears in the face. The Venus person learns that their love is valuable and can heal the pain and fear of the Pluto person. The Pluto person learns that love is not a weakness and over time becomes more protective, gentle and caring towards the Venus person. It is also true that the Venus person can act more Plutonian over time because they learn that the Pluto partner does not always respect “softness”. The real key lesson here for Venus is not to fall prey to this scenario and still stand by their values. If Venus allows the Pluto person to dominate them in the relationship, they will in effect only escalate the bad behavior of Pluto. Venus must stand strong in its conviction that is it lovable and beautiful no matter what.

Pluto who is secretly very deeply attracted and magnetized by this promise of true love will learn to open up and let go of controlling behaviors. Of course, a lot depends on the state of these planets in the natal charts of the individuals. Nevertheless, even in relationships that don’t last long, both partners transform on a deep level and learn a lot about what love means to them.

I should also add that these relationships tend to be very compulsive in the early stages. The couple knows that something unique and deep is at play but they can’t articulate it. They might feel that there is a potential for something powerful. Venus can feel that a great deal of protection, devotion and care is possible, while Pluto might feel that finally they can share their dark side with someone who won’t run away. This is also one of those aspects that like wine gets better with time. So if you are struggling I would suggest both partners take a step back and ask themselves what they value in the other person. Sometimes the intensity of this connection can be too overwhelming so being able to take time apart is important.

People with natal Pluto aspects would find it more familiar (not easier) to deal with this opposition. The Pluto person is going to struggle with their worst nature coming into play, even if normally they are the sweetest person around. Venus knows how to push the buttons of Pluto too! The magical charm of Venus is often very self-indulgent and not always willing to go into the deep dark waters of Pluto. Pluto mostly struggles with a lot of old baggage and fears that don’t relate to the actual relationship.

At the end of the day, this aspect requires a lot of self-honesty so that both partners don’t misuse the power they hold over each other. The reward is a truly intimate relationship that is strong like an armor. A couple that manages this aspect in a constructive way can withstand struggles and anything thrown at them and still stay together. I would note, that it is important that this couple doesn’t only stay together because of the difficulties they survived or the amazing sexual connection. The Synastry chart must have some additional aspects that allow space for fun, play and softness. We are all vulnerable and sometimes it is alright to not go into our pain and take a break. My last suggestion is that the couple openly talk about their fears so they don’t simmer under the surface and erupt into struggles later. Overall, this aspect is very passionate, intimate and healing.

Chiron in the Houses

Chiron in our chart is that painful itchy spot in our psyche. It is that place where we feel most vulnerable and least capable of dealing with rationally. I don’t think it ever stops hurting…But we learn to deal with it better.

We must remember we ALL have our pain to carry. I think Chiron calls for acceptance of that wound, allow it to scar and wear it to battle with pride. Sometimes it will have bad days, it will burn and hurt to the bottom of your soul. Some days you can look at it and be proud of how far you have come- regardless of the pain. You will only see the scar but it will be numb.

What about healing you ask? Well, Chiron is often our most “wise” aspect. It shows us great pain but also the reasons for it. The healing is made of acceptance and wisdom gained… At least in my experience, completely healing a Chiron wound never means not experiencing it again. Instead, I find the potential for healing has more to do with other people. Chiron shows the area where you can help other people heal. That has been my experience of it. I have Chiron in the 11th house, so friendships/bullying in groups are the areas of pain. I become like a small weak child it those areas when that wound is reopened. This is usually related to childhood conditioning and “triggers”.

My healing of Chiron is about wanting and knowing how to help those people in society that feel “different” and strange. Having known the feeling myself I know what they need and feel very passionate about protecting people who are bullied. So yes, Chiron is both that small scared child and wise old man.

In a natal chart, I would definitely pay attention if you have Chiron conjunct an angel or aspecting other planets. Transits too can show you how your Chiron story tends to play out.

Chiron in the first house: Your greatest wound is related to your sense of identity and importance. Early life experiences didn’t allow you to express your personality in a way that fits what you want to convey. You may have been bullied or ridiculed as a child. You appear vulnerable to other people.

Chiron in the second house: You have a lot of pain around feeling safe and secure. You may lack the structure of support to feel like you have a place to fall on a rainy day. You may hurt over matters of self-value and stability.

Chiron in the third house: You may have felt inadequate in school. Maybe had speech/learning hardships. Teachers and neighbors may have been too harsh. You have pain over being misunderstood.

Chiron in the fourth house: You have pain about your family roots and past. Maybe your relatives have big problems that effected you. The family may have been too weak to defend and take care of you.

Chiron in the 5th house: You may have received backlashes from people when expressing yourself. You have pain around your creative impulse and individuality. Something may have happened when you were letting your guard down and “having fun”. Romance may be an area where things got twisted.

Chiron in the 6th house: You have pain about being of service to other people. Maybe daily chores and things that seem mundane cause you a lot of anxiety. The pain is around getting things done and worrying about health.

Chiron in the 7th house: Your relationships may have caused a lot of painful conflicts. You seem to get uncalled for reactions from others. Long-term intimacy is you vulnerable area. You also really seek approval from other people when in a low place.

Chiron in the 8th house: You have pain around secrets/ family money and values. Sex is an area you understand well but can get lost in. Hidden forces cause you fear or trigger obsessive responses/addictions.

Chiron in the 9th house: You may have felt you are not smart enough. Your personal philosophy may not fit in. You may reject the idea of higher education. You have pain around feeling free to do and go where you want. You have views that make you an outsider.

Chiron in the 10th house: You may have pain around your status in society. You may feel no matter what you achieve you are still not deserving. You may take a hit to your image when you feel your strongest. You can’t join the “high” club (in your mind).

Chiron in the 11th house: You may have pain around friendships and groups. Groups may be a source of rejection or bullying. You are an underdog. Groups cause anxiety.

Chiron in the 12th house: You have deep pain that comes through in dreams and messages. You have pain about society and some unknown truth. Fears that come through the veil of existence. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

The 12th house: What is Wrong with the World

When a planet sits in the 12th house of a natal chart it can be both a beautiful and difficult experience, often at the same time. If you have a planet of even several planets in the 12th house learning as much as you can about it is crucial. This is because 12th house planets can be hard to ever fully know and own. Especially if the rest of your chart is much more accessible overall. for example, you have a lot of fire signs or planets in houses 1 to 7. 

The way I see it, one issue is that any planet in the 12th house is already passed on from this world. It is that part of you that is old, wise, evolved more than any other. It doesn’t mean it has not lessons to learn, but it may feel it does not want to fully be present in the here and now- it wants to escape into other realms of being beyond physical existence. It wants to go back to the other world, the womb and the infinite world of the divine.

Do you see the problem? Many parts of life do offer us illusory escape: We dream in our sleep, we watch movies and read books, listen to music and daydream.So whatever planet is in your 12th house is going to be somewhat prone to not wanting to deal with its mission in the classic sense.  For example, Mercury would not want to use rational thinking and prefer mystical thinking, Venus may not consider physical beauty and form, Saturn will feel like the ultimate victim of circumstance.

I’m painting what seems like a negative picture but really it is only one aspect of this. After all, I did say this planet is already living in the spirit world- it is your highest self. But can that part of you meet reality? Can it live in our current world?

The real issue is that we are living in a world that is not perfect. We see and feel a great deal of suffering. Today more than ever we are exposed to what is going on in the world through the news and online. It cannot be ignored. As a 12th house person you will not be able to shut off all that feels so very wrong to you. Growing up you probably were told to shut off your empathy because it didn’t fit in so well with daily life and tasks. You may have been made to feel you need to reject that part of yourself that felt something was not right. You see this with children who ask questions, who wonder why things are the way they are. Teachers and grown-ups tell them not to ask those questions, not to cry over the puppy or homeless man in the street. Instead you were told you need to be strong, too survive, to fight and do your homework. To do all these Virgo things of daily routine and living. On the one hand, it is very true that the 12ht house person needs to learn to go through life all the mundane tasks of work and routine. To learn to take hold of every day and not run away. The problem is that our current world is not yet built for true compassion- people ate focused on surviving and on being “strong”. You probably rejected those aspects of yourself. Try and think back on when and how it was happening. Try and remember who you used to be before you had to develop thicker skin. You might even discover some problems started taking up root in your mind and body when it happened. Just because you disowned those parts of yourself that could not handle the pain and emotional stimulation- those parts are still a part of you. A disowned 12ht house is like a palace full of treasures with a wide open door: anyone can come and steal its treasures and burn it down to the ground. An owned 12th house shines bright light for miles, it opens its door to those in need and closes it in front of those who wish to do evil.

The people who tell the 12ht house person to develop thicker skin and be strong are missing the point. Sure, you could use some tools to deal better with organizing your life and achieving some goals. But your strength is simply different. It is not the fighting kind that goes to war like Mars. Or the kind the develops ideas like Mercury. It is the elusive strength of Neptune: that only seems weak on the surface but in fact is more long standing then them all. You have behind you the power of spirit, and the entire light of creation. Can anything triumph that? You tell me.

You need to let the planet in the 12th house be who it is, stop wearing masks and acting. Playing a role is so common for you may have forgotten you are going through the motions of a written script.  There is always a powerful creative force behind the 12th house planets, they can unleash creations that do seem to come from out of this world. They can excess experiences that people only dream of and bring them into our reality. Transforming what is wrong by showing the gap between the way things are and the way things should be. The 8th house does this too but through death and transformation, the 12h house is already…Dead. It knows what stays infinite despite death:  What is true and good, that is love and actions that impact people. These stays and never die and form them it will fight.

What is your 12th house experience?

I hope to explore the 12th house in my next posts. Starting with planets and moving on to aspects and celebrity charts.