Thursday, October 8, 2015

Munchies for Astro-Thought: Chart Tinkering

 Munchies © 2015 by Joyce Mason

There used to be a cartoon feature in The Mountain Astrologer where a doctor performed surgery on charts to take out a temperamental Mars for a hothead or a mushy Ascendant for people who tended to get walked all over, as examples. Have you ever wished for a do-over on parts of your chart?

Today’s munchie invites you to create your dream chart. Draw a circle, divide it into 12 houses and get creative. Don’t worry about how well you draw glyphs or straight lines. Use equal houses to make it easy. Unless you like complexity; then do your thing!

It doesn’t matter if you draw a configuration that’s impossible in your lifetime, such as outer planets that won’t be in that position for another 200 years. As John Lennon sang, imagine. This exercise is purely to get you thinking about your astrological challenges and whether they’re worth wading through or tossing for a different set of ups-and-downs.

Once you’ve drawn this ideal chart, make some notes for your journal about why you want this particular line-up. After that, rethink it. Is it still better than what you’ve got?

This time, I can’t give you a personal example, because my answer to that last question is no. I actually went through a period of time where I did not want to be a Virgo, radical or otherwise. I thought I would have liked to move my chart up 7 hours to have Libra Sun. I even went so far as to calculate the chart for the Sun’s first moment in Libra after my birth. It left me shuddering as I saw a new set of headaches.

For me, I think it amounted to the old saying, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. I saw as many new problems as fixes. But who knows? You might feel otherwise.

And if it’s true that we get to be part of a committee process on The Other Side for determining our lessons and the precise moment of incarnation for working them out, you might be preparing in advance for your next lifetime. Better to do it now while the experience of being human is still alive and fresh! Just one caution: All trines and sextiles would actually make a dull life. To gain pearls of wisdom or to become one the sages that share them, it takes a little grit for polishing.

As always, I’d love to hear your experiences or reactions to this Munchie in the Comments.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Signs – Comparative

Libra loves to weigh and compare.

Earlier this year, we took a look at past articles on The Radical Virgo that featured specific signs. Now it’s time to reprise the huge cache of posts that feature them all. Many of them are part of the Quotes for the Signs series. They were posted previously during April’s Humor Month. For example, Radical Reposts: Humor - Wiseacres of Astro-Wisdom has these topics:

  •          Auntie Joyce’s Astro-Aphorisms
  •          Quotes for the Signs
  •          Quotes for the Seasons and Other Reasons

Rather than repeat them all here, I’m cross-referencing for the most part. I’m relisting here only when a topic would seem naked without some of the reposts that have appeared earlier. Radical Reposts: Astrology and Humor—and Humor about Astrology contains several articles comparing Sun and Mercury signs. All of these articles are tongue in cheek, not to say that some of the others aren’t, too.  Here are some more annotated comparisons for diving in and getting to know the Tribe of Twelve better.

Upside of the Zodiac Series

 This series is meant not just to show you the best expression of a specific sign, but also to give you a sense of how the signs are evolutionary and how they relate to one another.

Aries through Cancer
Learning the potentials of the 12 prototypes is a life-long quest—a conversation we can never have too often or stop exploring in depth—because the zodiac signs are the foundation of the astrological alphabet and our sky-to-earth understanding.

To recap, the initial third of the zodiac wheel represents the following aspects of inner growth process:

  • Conception in Aries
  • Rooting in Taurus
  • Growing conditions in Gemini
  • Protection of seedlings in Cancer

Now we move onto the next third of the cycle from Leo through Scorpio—into the blooming, harvesting, and sharing phases of our growth process.

Sagittarius to Pisces
In Part 1 and Part 2 of High Signs, we covered Aries through Cancer, then Leo through Scorpio. The purpose of this three-part article series is to identify some of the most optimal ways to express each of the twelve signs. A natural process of inner evolution reveals itself in the 12-stage cycle of the signs, as well as hints on how to break through core issues to resolution. This third of the zodiac covers teaching others how to garden and share seeds, agriculture or how to profit and continue to feed ourselves from our personal growth, feeding the world and eliminating world hunger. Finally,
we address the return to seed or dormancy in preparation for a new cycle

Signs by the Seasons and Holidays

Looks like I’ve never covered Autumn specifically, so it’s now on my Round Tuit List! (Too busy enjoying my favorite season to write about it.)

While this article spoke specifically to the retrogrades and Cardinal Grand Cross in early 2014, it has general application to how each sign handles retros and big changes. As the opening graphic suggests, it invites you, take a look at how you do at the crossroads of Same Old Street and Change Boulevard. My alter ego, Auntie Joyce, could not resist putting in her two cents about how each sign fares when they’re far from Easy Street.

The Quotes for the Signs feature seems to have taken on a life of its own. It's out of control, like H.A.L. the computer in "2001, A Space Odyssey." Quotes insist on celebrating everything!

Here's a little combined wisdom and blarney for the whole Tribe of Twelve! This time, Pisces gets a pair from my Mercury in Libra that can't choose between equal goodies.

Here's what I've observed on how the various zodiac signs "do" spring. Aries: Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead. MY season! MINE! Taurus: (Drunk on perfume) So many flowers to stop and smell. Gemini: Birthday time!

The Summer Signs  (06-Jun-14)
In late 2012, I wrote about the Winter Signs. The winter triplets Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are associated with the most contemplative, quiet time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, ushered in by the Winter Solstice. Revisiting the trio of signs that make up any season helps understand the quarter of the year we’re entering and how to make the most of it. This third of the zodiac is concerned with how we shine (Sun), what we reflect (Moon) and how we reflect in another way—how we think and process information (Mercury).

Not long ago, we looked at How the Signs “Do” Spring. Here are the visuals of the Tribe of 12 tanning and otherwise doing their summer thing.

Boo-ware of angry or cranky zodiacal creatures this Halloween season! They may be dressed as your husband, wife, lover, friend or children, but during this celebration of the dark side, be watchful of what goes bump in the night.

The Winter Signs (20-Dec-12)
A Quiet Contemplation of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces
Winter asks us to slow down, regardless of whether we’re Innies (introverts) or Outies (extroverts). It’s a time everyone needs to recharge, even if society doesn’t support it—and even if you’re an extrovert with little experience directing energy inward. It occurred to me that the winter signs would have some hints about ways we can do that in an optimal way, complementing the Sun's movement through each sign during the dark months of the year.

Happy Yule and Merry Whatever You Celebrate! Here are some winter holiday season quotes for the each of the signs with a few inspirations for all of us, sprinkled in-between.

For Holiday Gifts by Chiron sign, see Chiron Signs, below.

Aries ~ New Year's Day is every man's birthday. ~ Charles Lamb Taurus ~ Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~ Oscar Wilde … and 10 more!

That’s Entertainment!

Whether you want to tickle your Jupiter sign, your Sun sign, or a sign where you have a number of planets, this Zodiac Movie Guide is guaranteed to bring signs of laughter.

I got together with my wiseacre alter ego, Auntie Joyce, and we envisioned the favorite books of each zodiac sign. Feel free to disagree—or add to your sign's fave—in the Comments. Who could have just one?

Chiron Signs

What list on The Radical Virgo would be complete without mention of Chiron? This post is an announcement about my eBook, Healing Poems for the Chiron Signs, with sample lines from Scorpio and Gemini. While this is a purchase item (see sidebar), it’s a classic for learning more about your Chiron placement compared to the other eleven. It pairs well with the best-selling Chiron and Wholeness: A Primer.)

These dozen poems in full color, PDF format can read on screen or printed out individually and framed or put on your bulletin board to inspire you. They make great gifts, too. Framing the poem for your Chiron sign it is a nice way to keep your journey to wholeness in mind and in perspective.

Shop their Chiron signs! Give gifts that tame the wild beast of family drama, heal their core boo-boos, and keep giving them soothing benefits all year through. Who knows? You might just shift the energy and feel the love ...


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Munchies for Astro-Thought: The Dual Signs

Munchies © 2015 by Joyce Mason

When we think of dual signs, Gemini comes to mind, the Twins. Not far behind are the two fish of Pisces.

The other two dual signs are a little more subtle and take a bit of extra thought to recognize. Sagittarius has the dual centaur as its symbol, part man and part horse.

Virgo, on the other hand, is a sleeper when it comes to recognition of its duality. That’s in large part because its original depiction is not seen as often anymore. The Maiden in early art has wings, a commentary on her combined earthy and heavenly natures. The mental earth sign receives transmissions through her mind and uses them for practical purposes. She is a cosmic bridge and earthly builder.

Today’s Munchie asks you to examine the dual signs in your chart. If you don’t have Gemini, Virgo, Sag or Pisces planets, work with your dual houses, the ones they would “rule” in a natural, Aries-rising chart (3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th).

Isn’t it metaphorical perfection that the dual signs are mutable?

Your question to munch on: How does the duality of these signs and/or houses express itself in your life? Quick personal model:

Uranus in Gemini (2nd house): My inspirations come as a package deal bearing both sides of the story or a continuum on which a principle travels. For example, early in my Astro-writing career, I suggested we quit talking about polarities and start talking about continuums. I saw that opposites have a smidge of each other, like the yin-yang symbol.

Sun in Virgo (5th house): This one’s easy. I’ve spent my whole astrological career studying and sharing what I’ve found out about Chiron. Chiron is the epitome of assimilating a dual nature and how humans are also divine, represented by Chiron’s horse and human halves.

Your dualities might come in much different ways, but the principle is the same. On the downside of my Uranus in Gemini, for instance, sometimes I see both sides so well; it’s hard to discern where and how I need integration along the road from one to another. My dual Sun in Virgo sometimes has difficulty with staying too long in the heady and heavenly side of the split instead of heading back home, down to earth, fast enough. Ironically, that’s a Pisces characteristic—accenting my point about the bit of the opposite in every duality.

Let us know what you discover in the Comments!


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