Friday, September 4, 2015

Munchies for Astro-Thought: Your Astrological Extremes

© 2015 by Joyce Mason

We all know the expression, food for thought. This feature is more like a snack. It’s a prompt for thinking about some astrological idea and how it works for you. 

If you’ve studied astrology for any length of time, you know that every planetary energy—planet, sign or aspect—has an expression along a continuum. Most of us tend to think of the road as one from negative to positive expression, according to our cultural context—but being as nonjudgmental as possible, it really boils down to which qualities of, say, the planets and signs are likely to bring us joy or painful melodrama. The more we grow, the more we know that’s our choice.

Today’s munchie is an invitation to experiment with the extremes of each of your planets in their sign.

I’ll model from my own chart, and you can take it from there. I’m going to call the polarities at each end of the continuum Best and Worst. I’m starting my chart with the ASC and going around the wheel, but not all the way—just enough to give you the idea. Here goes:

Ascendant in Taurus

Best – Love of the Earth and nature, sensuality, food and luxury

Worst – Too much food, luxury regardless of means, and during my youth – indiscriminate sensuality, too.

Uranus in Gemini

Best – Love of connection, the Internet, technology, brilliance and ideas from the leading edge, love of the unique
Worst – Live-wire energy, tamed only with saging; when younger, enjoying shocking people; again, earlier in life—saying whatever I felt regardless of how it alienated or shocked. Feeling different, like I don’t fit in.

Mars in Cancer

Best – Very nurturing, protective of family, doing for the world as One Family

Worst –All of the above to a fault (all others, no me), holding onto anger that’s hard to express when you’re such a nurturer.

Now that you’ve got the idea, why not give it a try with your own chart? What do you learn about yourself and your Astro-journey? If you’re willing, please share in the Comments.

I learned I’ve come a long way with rounding out the Worst to accentuate the Best. But then, I’ve had so many years to practice! :) I've also learned I can still slip into the worst side of my planet/sign combos, especially when stressed. Maybe I don't fall as far, but living on the upside of the zodiac takes constant vigilance.


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