Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reader Questions for September

Alright, this is my second to last post here on Astrology Arena. I want to keep at it with the monthly Q & A’s. So, the one for September is just around the corner. Like always, you can leave your questions in the comment section. I will be choosing five questions to answer in my Q & A. And again, please keep it focused to just one placement in your chart, if you’re asking about yourself. You can also ask about me and my chart or anything astrology-related, in general. The comment section is now closed for questions.

I won’t be posting an article for this Q & A once I upload it. So, you’ll have to check my YouTube channel to check it out. As far as the last post on here, it will be telling you about my official website and giving you a link to it. I’m still trying to settle on a date in early to mid-September to finish the website because I need to wait a bit before I can add the finishing touches, like a professionally taken picture or two. But, as soon as I do, I will post an article for it. So, stay tuned.  As I’ve said before, my website will be another venue for me to sell my readings and e-books. I also am considering making a Facebook page. If I do, I will give you the link in the last article.

Anyways, looking forward to another round of answering your questions and reaching out. Thanks and bye!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Differences Between the Sun, Moon, and Rising in a Sign

I think a big question in astrology is how you tell the difference between the expression of the Sun, Moon, and Rising in a certain sign. It is an important distinction because even though you will have three people with the same influence, it will get expressed in (at least) three rather different ways. After all, astrology is really complex and you cannot lump everyone with the same sign influence into one category. So, this is how I see it:

Aries Risings are usually more offensive and aggressive. They are most likely to come on strong and not know when they’re doing it. Aries Suns are more about initiative and are always starting some new project or making a new resolution. It becomes clear how enterprising they are and how much they want to “win” at life. Aries Moons are the most self-involved and can be surprisingly childish. They are so wrapped up in their moment-to-moment emotions and desires that they easily forget about yours or push yours aside, even though they aren’t trying to be mean when they do so.

There is something about Taurus Risings that is really slow and measured. They seem to be always striving to take it easy and it’s obvious how much they enjoy the simple, sensual things in life. Taurus Suns have the strongest values and are the most stable. It’s much less about materialism for them and more about feeling okay in their own skin with a good head on their shoulders. Taurus Moons are the most obstinate and cautious because they react from a place of practicality and routine. They’re also the most patient and have the longest fuses, unbothered by most little things.

Out of the three, Gemini Risings are usually the best at making conversation and connecting intellectually with others. These folks can find common ground with virtually anyone and excel at easygoing small talk. Gemini Suns are the most dualistic, always switching from one personality to the next. It’s easy for them to get confused or confuse other people in terms of who they really are. Those with the Moon in Gemini get bored easiest, needing stimulation and excitement at every given second. Also, they can either be the most talkative or the quietest, as they will process their feelings by either not being able to shut up or thinking so hard they shut others out.

Cancer Risings can either have the hardest shell of the three or no shell at all. They wear their emotions so much on their sleeves that they either are gigantic softies or highly guarded. People with their Sun in Cancer are the most defined by family. Letting go of resentments toward loved ones or finally creating their own happy family has a massive impact on their sense of self, as they can identify too much with being wounded. The Moon in Cancer people are the moodiest and the most irrational of the three. They feel all of their feelings all of the time and if they become too needy or defensive, it can make them quite emotionally exhausting for others to deal with.

Those with Leo Rising have the most visible, noticeable pride. On a regular occasion, they will make decisions solely to maintain their dignity or because they cannot let go of their pride, which either invokes a lot of respect or exasperation in other people. Leo Sun individuals have very active leadership skills and can naturally expect to be at the helm or at the center. Their egos are also the largest of the three because they figure out who they are by assuming the throne. Leo Moons need the most attention and flattery, as it’s their way of feeling supported. Also, their flair for drama can be the most powerful because it’s coming from a purely emotional and sometimes irrational place.

People with Virgo Rising tend to be the neatest and most punctual of the group. Being organized, healthy, and efficient is their way of presenting themselves and putting themselves out there, so they are usually very intent on not appearing to be a mess. The Virgo Suns, however, constantly see themselves as a work in progress and can be the most self-critical. They are the ones who are most humbled by life because they are always becoming aware of the ways in which they can improve and learn. Virgo Moons are usually the most anxious or high-strung, as they have a deep need for things to go right or as planned. Since they process their emotions through problem solving, they are usually the most helpful, pulling you out of a jam without even thinking about it.

The Libra Risings have the most powerful charm and the best people-skills of the trio. They possess an automatic way of putting you at ease and making you feel liked and understood, which gives them a highly attractive aura and energy. Sun in Libra individuals are the most fixated on an equal give and take between people and can be most argumentative when they feel as if you aren’t playing fairly. At the same time, they put a lot of energy into offering up what they expect in partnerships. Libra Moons are the most averse to conflict, as it upsets on a deeply emotional level, which can also make them the most passive-aggressive. They really need to make you happy; something that can be co-dependent but also genuinely sweet and thoughtful.

Scorpio Rising people often have the most powerful and magnetic presence, as their intensity is put right out there for you to see. The famous love-hate response of this sign is most evident with them, as their extreme vibe as well as their obvious secrecy provoke really powerful reactions in others. Scorpio Suns transform themselves the most throughout life, as they develop a deeper sense of self through catharsis and empowerment. They gravitate toward intimacy the most and while they still have trust issues, they can be the most open about how they feel. Scorpio Moons are usually the most psychologically scarred and emotionally complicated. Because of this, they are actually the darkest and scariest of the three, especially since it’s so well-hidden, and have to spend a lot of conscious energy figuring out how to heal and work with that intensity without being destructive.

Sagittarius Risings usually have the strongest sense of adventure since life is an amazing journey and exploration for them. Their positive energy, buoyant humor, and good cheer are right there on the surface for everyone to see. Sagittarius Suns, however, tend to be the most honest about who they are and what they stand for. Building a strong identity, for them, relies on this process of self-discovery and living out their truth. Those with the Moon in Sagittarius can be the most self-righteous and dogmatic, as they are so irrationally and emotionally tied to their opinions. But, because of this, they usually have the deepest and most meaningful sense of faith and it keeps them feeling protected and comforted in bad times.

Capricorn Risings are the most image-conscious of this bunch, putting a lot of effort into presenting themselves in a way that will impress people or make people take them seriously. Their presence is also particularly intimidating or, at the least, dignified and strong. Those with their Sun in Capricorn have to work through the most self-doubt in order to figure out who they are, as their confidence is dependent on how well they overcome obstacles. This eventually allows them to develop the patience and sure-footed grace to handle whatever comes their way. Capricorn Moons are very sensitive to perceived disrespect, easily feeling like they are so reliable and work so hard and get little in return. It’s also the hardest for them to deal with their vulnerability or lean on other people yet this also probably gives them the most inner fortitude and strength. 

People with Aquarius Rising are usually the most free-spirited and nonconforming. Their weirdness is rather obvious, in some way or another, due to the fact that they see it as their place in life to be the one who is different and misunderstood. Aquarius Suns are more so like body-snatching aliens, seemingly “normal” on the outside but hiding something unusual on the inside, which you sooner or later discover. They are also the savviest in group settings, as they find their confidence in understanding how many different people interact with one another. Aquarius Moon folks are the most emotionally distant of the three, being very detached or cerebral about their emotions to the point where they may seem more like a robot. But, they’re also highly accepting and support you by allowing you to totally be yourself.

The Pisces Risings have a wonderfully mysterious and magnetic quality to them. Whether male or female, they are like sirens and can project one kind of energy and then, once they’ve reeled you in, reveal something else entirely, throwing you for a loop. Pisces Sun individuals feel the strongest urge to redeem themselves in some fashion, going through phases of being the saint and the sinner and everything in between. They get very confused about why they’re here on earth and usually have to live many different lives to find out. Pisces Moons are the most empathic and, therefore, the most overwhelmed. It’s easiest for them to isolate themselves in order to escape harsh realities and if they don’t have enough reality checks, they can become highly deluded about what’s going on.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Uranus in the 10th House

Alright, we are finally finished with the Uranus in the houses series. The final article is Uranus in the 10th House. What happens when you have this placement in your birth chart? If Uranus is the place where things do not unfold normally or predictably for you, it’s safe to say, then, that there is nothing “normal” or predictable about your public and professional life. The 10th House symbolizes our career, public image, and reputation. It’s how we “make it” in society, in one way or another. But, with Uranus in the 10th House, your way of becoming somebody is quite unorthodox, probably because you are rather detached from concerns of being somebody and impressing the world.

We are quite inconsistent regarding the concerns of the house that our Uranus falls in. Sometimes we care about these things and sometimes we don’t. Having a 10th House Uranus, then, means that you can be rather on and off in regards to your life goals. Your ambition is expressed in a low-key fashion that isn’t too attached to success. At times, you might not seem to care about success in the ways that most people do. This is the way that you will end up feeling differently than other people and possibly misunderstood. The truth is that there is no one definition of success. We are all on our own paths and we all have our own benchmarks of success. Uranus in the 10th indicates that your benchmark for success is outside of the norm and this is why it can be hard for you to adjust to the expectations and standards of society.

People with Uranus in the 10th have their own expectations of themselves in terms of their goals in life. Your attitude toward achievement can be far more nonchalant or liberated than other people’s. Maybe you just see no need to beat yourself up over perceived failures or to be a rigid perfectionist in pursuit of greatness. Maybe you just aren’t interested in accomplishing what everyone else is accomplishing, preventing yourself from getting caught up in comparisons between your career and someone else’s. It is also very likely that this placement has pushed you to develop certain “theories” that will help you get ahead in the world. These ideas will usually involve being aware of the big picture of what’s happening and remembering to take nothing personally on your path toward success. This will help you see your professional situations differently and in a way that actually brings you greater success than you originally expected.

The 10th House shows us the lessons that we learn on our way toward achievement. With Uranus in the 10th, you will inevitably learn to have no expectations. Situations will occur in your professional life that challenge you to take preconceived notions of “getting somewhere” and throw them out the window. The more that you do, the more you will succeed. But, the more you have certain expectations and work really hard to try and make them happen, the less you will succeed. It is a case of “less is more”, showing that if you don’t try so hard and don’t demand a specific vision of success, then you will get much further in life. The randomness and suddenness of Uranus will teach you that achieving something can be akin to lightning striking. You just never know when and how it will happen. 

Because of this, you will feel quite removed from the desperate rat race that most other people get wrapped up in with the intent of getting ahead. While they’re busy obsessing over what move to make next, you may feel like there are just much better things to concern yourself with. So, there is a casualness and a calm to Uranus in the 10th House people when it comes to what they do with their lives or want to do with their lives. It’s probably been that way for you since you were growing up, as that inevitable question of “what do you want to be when you grow up” was answered with either an attitude that showed that you happily did not care or that you already knew but it really wasn’t a big deal. That same mentality exists in adulthood, as the 10th House Uranus person would be just as content running a bank, being famous, or working in a restaurant.

Unless Mars or Pluto are in your 10th or in aspect to your Midheaven, you probably don’t care about finding your passion, in terms of career. You are more so about finding your experiment. You will feel most professionally fulfilled doing something that is like an ongoing project. In fact, you regard your career like an ongoing project, tinkering and toying with lots of different ideas. It’s why you can picture yourself doing lots of different things and aren’t rigidly attached to one career trajectory. The way you see it, you never know what’s going to happen and what one thing will lead to. Uranus in the 10th House individuals do have strikingly unpredictable professional lives because of it, whether that means changing your career overnight or randomly falling into an amazing business opportunity or becoming wildly successful and renowned out of nowhere.

This is a placement that can make a person seem like an overnight success. One day, things are going along one track in your professional life. Then, that one amazing breakthrough moment occurs and everything completely changes. Since the 10th House is more about image and public perception, it can just be the case that it seems like you became a huge deal overnight. Still, even if you spent years toiling away at it before you made it, you just have a way of rocketing toward a level or form of success that is quite extraordinary, especially since you never expected it. The general rule of Uranus in the 10th is that whatever you don’t expect whatsoever to happen in your career will certainly happen. And this can apply just as much to disastrous or chaotic situations in your professional life as it does with big breaks and major recognition.

In fact, your work life may feel as if it is constantly in this state of chaos and confusion. How you deal with this can depend on the rest of the chart. Some 10th House Uranus individuals find themselves truly exhausted by all of the unpredictable twists and turns that happen on the job, particularly if Uranus has any squares or oppositions to it. It’s a Murphy’s Law thing where whatever can go wrong at work does go wrong for you, leading you to not wait until you can go home and get a break from all of the insanity. The crazy thing is that it seems as if the insanity follows you. If you find yourself in a work environment that is just plain nuts and then you end up in a new job, hoping it’s different, and it’s also just as nuts there, the problem may be you. Not necessarily that you’re causing the commotion (although you definitely can) but that you just somehow need a topsy-turvy work life and put yourself in these situations.

The 10th House does test us and push us to rise to the occasion of whatever is in that house. With Uranus in the 10th, you have to step up to the plate in regards to thriving amidst chaos. So, you’ll find that your working environment will just get crazier and crazier until you can roll with the punches. For some, this can mean fatefully ending up with bosses or authority figures who are kind of maddening. You will probably have at least one boss throughout your professional life who can’t be pinned down easily and who is rather eccentric and inconsistent; definitely not a traditionally buttoned-up and predictable authority figure. Uranus in the 10th House actually shows that you have always been driven mad by authorities, regarding them as strange creatures who aren’t very reliable. If there are some difficult feelings tied up in that, you will probably have to come head-to-head with an authority who is all over the place in order to resolve that conflict.

In resolving it, you will be able to assume authority yourself in this unorthodox fashion. You inevitably make for a boss who is not the traditional boss. Uranus in the 10th puts you in professional situations where rules were meant to be broken. Usually, you have to find yourself working under a boss who doesn’t care that much about structure or the conventional chain of command. Once you thrive in such an environment and see that it’s not so bad and can actually be very motivating, you will take on this mentality when you become a boss yourself. Whether you are being the boss of yourself or over other people, this placement shows that you have a knack for turning the workplace on its head. You flip conventional expectations in one way or another, which does make you an unpredictable boss. But, there is a sense of democracy you insist on in the workplace and it’s something that will make your co-workers feel like equals and even friends.

There will be a certain brilliance to you that you become wildly recognized for. It doesn’t necessarily have to be intellectual brilliance, although it can be because Uranus in the 10th can cause the public to be impressed with your original, bright mind. But, it’s more so the fact that you go about what you do in such a unique, inventive, and smart way. Many with this placement become known for breaking away from the traditional manner of going about their profession. This can mean how you actually do your job but also how you handle or view the job title. You stand out as being quite an anomaly in your field, in some way or another, and could actually enjoy a rather unprecedented professional position or set of accomplishments. So, you gain respect from the world at large just because they will think that there is just something “different” about you and it gives you the originality required to go far. 

Actually, many 10th House Uranus individuals can become known as different to the degree where they have this image as someone from another planet. There is this element to your public persona that is rather out-of-this-world and it can come off as flat-out unusual and weird to some people. The thing that may annoy you, though, is that you don’t really see yourself as being that odd. The 10th House differs from the 1st in that the 1st does tell you what you actually think about yourself. But, since the 10th House represents your reputation, this influence shows what gets projected on to you by the world at large, regardless of it if you think this about yourself or not. As a result, the 10th/Midheaven can be tricky to relate to because while it is a genuine part of us, it’s a part of us that easily gets exaggerated or misconstrued. So, with Uranus in the 10th, you may think that people out in the world treat you as if you are some alien from outer space to be studied when you really don’t feel that remarkable. But, of course, that, in and of itself, is rather alienating.

This is one reason why Uranus in the 10th House individuals learn to just not care what society thinks about them. Again, you have your own unique benchmark for success and self-respect. So, you aren’t interested in begging the world for their approval. But, the irony is, of course, that the more you play it “too cool for school”, the more you will earn the support and acceptance from those in your public sphere. You can push this to the edge, though, because there are times when you just defiantly do not care about people’s opinions in situations where it’ll matter quite a bit. This can mean totally embarrassing yourself in a job interview or going out to a company event and disregarding the dress code. Sometimes, it feels like too much of a hassle to try and get on everyone’s good side all the time out in the world. So, you can do things in order to rebel. Even if you aren’t outrageous about it, your obvious lack of concern can be quite shocking.

But, in the end, this is what gets you ahead in life, just as long as you’re not too extreme or disrespectful about it. You aren’t about pretense and don’t need to try hard to create some persona that’s going to impress everyone. You never believe that career should be that important, which is why you sometimes couldn’t care less about your career. You need plenty of time off and a feeling of freedom from the demands of what you do. After all, as I’ve been saying ad nauseum, Uranus is your mental state of freedom. So, while you will need a place in society that liberates you, you will also need to feel liberated from that place in society. You don’t want work to control your life.