Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lana Del Rey - Astrological Profile

Lana Del Rey has captivated audiences ever since bursting on to the scene with her 2012 debut album Born to Die. After the subsequent release of the albums Ultraviolence in 2014 and Honeymoon last year, Lana has carved out a place for herself as a sort of Queen of the Non-Mainstream. She has a huge following, for sure, and I am a big fan of her myself. But, she doesn’t have the overexposed fame of Beyonce or Rihanna or Adele. In spite of being very popular, she is more of a cult icon than anything, remaining rather under-the-radar and quite a woman of mystery because of that. Just what is it about her astrologically that has gotten her to this point?

Lana - also known by her birth name of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Grant – was born on June 21, 1985 and, according to Astrotheme, at 2:46 AM. I always use my own judgment when it comes to Astrotheme’s charts because they can be a little iffy, at times, particularly in how they often change certain people’s charts around. But, everything about the chart they have for Lana feels accurate. First off, she definitely has her Sun in Gemini. This is a commonly debated thing about her. But, it’s just that her Sun is at the 29th degree and I’ll get into that more later. She also has her Moon in Leo and her Ascendant in Taurus, which is also conjunct her Venus and North Node in Taurus in the 1st.

Her Taurus Rising is so strong in so many ways. One of the easiest ways to distinguish a Taurus Ascendant is their voice. Taurus Rising folks with a planet conjunct their Ascendant, in particular, usually have remarkable, distinctive voices (think Cate Blanchett, who has the Sun rising in Taurus). Lana not only has that low, rich, seductive singing voice but she has a speaking voice that is just as melodic and striking. In fact, it’s pretty surprising to hear her speak, outside of her records and in interviews. In her music, she sounds like a husky-voiced siren. In interviews, her voice is girlish, calming, and sweet; so sweet that it’s surprising that she is the same person who writes such dark, haunting songs like “Ultraviolence” and “Gods and Monsters” (a big hint of her Gemini duality). 

Secondly, having Venus rising in Taurus and in the 1st gives her such a strong, noticeable aesthetic. This is a wonderful combination for an artist and Lana is most certainly an artist. Venus represents one’s creative sensibility, style, and taste and Venus is dignified in Taurus, as it rules this sign. With her dignified Venus in the 1st and conjunct the Ascendant, Lana has an outlook on and approach to life that is just very aesthetic and preoccupied with beauty. Venus in Taurus artists deliver work that appeal to our senses in such a powerful way, especially if they’re dealing with visuals of any kind. Lana’s music videos are vivid, cinematic, and just downright beautiful, like her music video for “Freak” which ends with an extended sequence of three women swimming in the ocean, with lush classical music playing in the background.

If the Ascendant/1st House is one’s vision and individual perspective, I feel like only someone with a Taurus Venus rising in the 1st could come up with the kind of creative output that Lana does; something so beautiful and elegant and pleasing to the senses. Also, what strengthens her Ascendant is its conjunction to her North Node. Having a 1st House North Node is powerful enough but having it also conjunct the Ascendant is really powerful. It means that this lifetime is about Lana doing whatever she wants to do and with the North Node in Taurus, this grounds her and brings her pleasure. Her Taurus North Node is challenging her to just be happy and feel secure with whatever pleases her and whatever she values. And with Venus conjunct the North Node, this inevitably ties into her creative work and her style as an artist.

In an industry where many performers jump on the bandwagon of trends just to win mass appeal and be popular, Lana has always done her own thing. She is expressing her North Node in Taurus in the 1st through cultivating such a singular and unapologetic creative style just because that’s what she likes and values. In an interview, she had this to say about her creative process: “I’m very selfish. I make everything for me, kind of. I mean, every little thing, down to the guitar and the drums. It’s just for me. I want to drive to it, I want to swim in the ocean to it. I want to think about it and then I want to write something new after it.”

It’s an apt expression of her North Node combination, complete with the sensory and pleasurable experience she gets from her work, and she’s not wrong for describing herself as creatively selfish. In the end, this is her path: to do what she likes and enjoys and to be secure in that. And really dedicating ourselves to our North Node’s path leads to great success. So, it’s what has allowed her to become the number-one downloaded female artist on Spotify last year. When you listen to a Lana record, you hear something so uniquely her: the operatic, orchestral song “Honeymoon”, the cool, jazzy vibe of “Shades of Cool”, and the hip-hop/nursery rhyme feel of “Off to the Races.” No one else can do what she does and that’s just how a 1st House North Node wants it.

Another indicator, I think, of her particular style as an artist is the fact that she has Venus in an opposition to her Saturn in Scorpio. Venus opposite Saturn is an aspect that she shares with Adele (in addition to the 1st House North Node) and even though their music is different, there is an elegance and classiness to both of these ladies’ work that sets them apart. Venus-Saturn artists have a style that is sophisticated and quite a throwback to a previous era, which is why it’s a common opinion that Lana Del Rey feels like an artist from the 1960’s. By her own admission, she is highly inspired by those of that era, frequently referencing Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe in her lyrics and videos.

That classy, old-soul vibe also comes from her Midheaven in Capricorn, which is ruled by her 7th House Saturn, further cementing this relationship between her and the public. Her Capricorn Midheaven is another reason why I’m so convinced this is the right chart for her. The Midheaven is one’s public self as well as how one’s career progresses. In addition to being seen as a “throwback”, which is quite a Capricorn term, Lana is also probably most famous for the sadness, loneliness, and darkness in her music. Even people who aren’t fans of her see her this way, as some of her most famous songs are “Summertime Sadness”, “Born to Die”, and “Pretty When You Cry.” So, the melancholy of her Capricorn Midheaven makes quite an impact, on fans and non-fans alike.

For the record, Lana’s music is not all dark or "depressing". Even the songs that are, to many fans, including myself, have a certain feel to them that actually make you feel less lonely or depressed. Yet, the “sadcore” element of her music is something that gets a lot of attention. Also, as a Capricorn Midheaven, her time in the public spotlight has been far from easy. Whatever house you have Capricorn in is how you will experience major struggles. With Capricorn in the 10th, these struggles play out before the world. Now, on one hand, she does have Jupiter in the 10th and in Aquarius. I can see this playing out through how she got famous: releasing her homemade music video for “Video Games” on the Internet in late 2011, which quickly became a viral sensation and led to a major-label record deal. Jupiter in Aquarius people can experience great benefits, in this day and age, through social media or the Internet and with it being in the 10th, that can really be great for one’s career, bringing a lot of luck the person’s way.

But, Lana’s Midheaven in Capricorn threw a major monkey wrench into that process when people immediately began criticizing her and very harshly. Her Born to Die album is one of those albums that’s become more appreciated in hindsight. When it first came out, it got polarizing, mixed reviews, with many questioning the authenticity of her persona. It’s a sad thing that happens to many Capricorn Midheaven people: they get big success and people instantly try to take it from them, in the earlier part of their career, often by doing what they can to tarnish their reputation. So, talk began to spread of Lana calculating her way to the top, as often happens with people with this placement, and using her family’s money for connections. Also, people began questioning why she changed her name, as she made a previous album under the Lizzy Grant name, what kind of cosmetic surgery she had done, and if she was even that talented, which was the result of a performance on SNL that had a lukewarm to scathing reception.

Ultimately, Midheaven in Capricorn people have to tough it out and persevere their way toward the public’s respect. Her Jupiter in the 10th also probably made it harder because with lucky Jupiter in this house, the world can perceive her as having had too many easy breaks on the way to fame. It’s why becoming successful is often not very fun for those with this Midheaven. Lana was quoted as saying, of her rise to stardom, “It doesn’t feel like success. Because with everything that could have felt like something really sweet, there’s always been something out of the periphery of my world, beyond my control, to kind of disrupt whatever was happening.” But, Lana Del Rey has indeed persevered throughout the years, overcoming her huge stage fright to develop a more confident live presence and vocal prowess as well as proving the critics wrong with increasingly well-reviewed, well-rounded albums. She has put in plenty of effort and yet still probably feels like she has a ton of more effort to do. Capricorn Midheaven people will never feel like they’ve “made it.” 

However, since Saturn rules her Midheaven, I feel like she reached a new place of public respect and recognition during her Saturn Return in Scorpio, which occurred around the time of Ultraviolence’s release. This is when she began to really cement her place in the industry and when the initial criticism began to die down significantly. Speaking of Saturn in Scorpio, the Pluto influence is huge in her chart. When she speaks of these tragic, heartbreaking, and often masochistic relationships in her music, I feel like it’s coming from very personal experience. Her 7th House Saturn in Scorpio is very striking, as it’s also conjunct her Scorpio South Node in the 7th. To top it off, she has a Scorpio Descendant, as well. So, her 1st House and 7th House are very powerful in these very concentrated Taurus and Scorpio expressions, showing a certain tension between peaceful self-reliance (Taurus in the 1st) and passionate connection (Scorpio in the 7th).

It shows that she has endured a ton of emotional drama in her partnerships and has had to push through a feeling of being held back by these turbulent relationships. This is all part of karma and patterns from the past (South Node), with her feeling like being close to someone has to be profound yet also highly dramatic and even upsetting. For Lana, commitment can come equipped with plenty of pain, possibly too much to bear. Also, it could lead to obsessive or destructive co-dependency, which is a part of her music that certain feminists have often criticized (“I would die for you/without you” is a recurring theme in her work). Hopefully, during her Saturn Return, she found a much healthier balance, particularly since Venus is opposite Saturn here and, in the end, what she really values is peace and stability in her personal relationships, becoming more independent (1st House) in the process. And by doing this, she’s achieving her North Node.

I think that having Saturn in the 7th in Scorpio is also what has led to such a deep bond with the public. I believe that the 7th House will represent a celebrity’s bond with their fans; the kind of loving relationship and mutual connection that’s established with this person, even if you don’t actually know them. To be a Lana Del Rey fan is to feel her pain and feel like she knows yours. She has an addictive (Scorpio) quality that appeals to those that love her work, as well as a real wisdom and substance (Saturn). Let’s also not forget to factor in her Leo Moon square Pluto, as well as Pluto’s trine to her Mars and Sun. This is a woman with a ton going on underneath the surface. It’s why Plutonians make such wonderful artists and performers. They have a lot of emotional depth and a strongly insightful understanding of human nature and life. (And with her having such a strong Pluto/Scorpio influence, her famous “trust no one” tattoo is not the least bit surprising)

Her Leo Moon is dignified in the 4th House, the Moon’s ruling house. With a 4th House Moon, Lana is very sensitive and emotionally aware, feeling really rooted in this understanding of her needs and feelings. Since her 4th House Moon is in Leo, she possess a natural creative skill and has built a foundation for herself through this emotional form of self-expression. I feel like her greatest strength could possibly be her songwriting. As a Gemini Sun, she identifies as a communicator in this life and writing music is the perfect vehicle for that. Like one of her heroes, Bob Dylan, also a Gemini, she uses her Gemini love of wordplay, irony, wit, intelligence, and even literature in such lyrics as “His Parliament’s on fire and his hands are up”, “Light of my life, fire of my loins” (a quote from Nabokov’s Lolita, which is also a song of Lana’s), “Elvis is my daddy, Marilyn’s my mother, Jesus is my bestest friend” and a certain part of her body tasting like Pepsi-Cola.

So, people who say she’s more like a Cancer Sun aren’t really getting it. Yes, her music can, at times, be quite sentimental. But, that’s more of her Mercury and Mars in Cancer, as well as the fact that she is a 4th House Moon (and the Moon always shows an artist's instincts and natural form of expression). With her Gemini Sun at the 29th degree, Lana has sharpened and honed her mind and tongue into an amazing artistic weapon. The fact that her Sun is also in an out-of-sign opposition to Neptune only makes her skills more enchanting and otherworldly. Sun opposite Neptune can give an artist an ethereal grace and when the Sun is in Gemini, that can definitely emerge through writing. I’m not a big “cusp” person. I don’t think in those terms. Instead, I look at the degree, which shows the evolution of the sign, and how being a very late or very early degree influences the sign’s expression.

Sun in Gemini at 29 degrees tells me that Lana is the highest, most evolved form of Gemini. She “gets it”, when it comes to this sign’s will for communication, in a way that many of her other Gemini Sun brothers and sisters do not. This allows her to be the songwriter she is and Gemini usually makes for an excellent songwriter, from Paul McCartney to Alanis Morrissette to Lenny Kravitz. But, Lana already understands all things Gemini, thanks to the feeling of completion that the 29th degree represents. Because of this, she is constantly taking in information all around her and she knows exactly what to do with it: turn it into a song or a video that will really cast a spell on everyone who listens or watches. She can communicate in a very evolved way and that’s another part of what makes her the artist that she is.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Taylor Swift and the Scorpio Midheaven: What Are You Hiding?

All of this recent drama surrounding Taylor Swift has really got me thinking about what’s going on with her astrologically. If you’re not up to date on the Kim and Kanye versus Taylor war (and you’re most likely living under a rock), you can just Google it to get up to speed, as I don’t feel like going into all the details. Basically, Kim Kardashian not only called out Taylor for being a liar, in terms of her ongoing beef with Kim’s husband Kanye West, but provided some proof to back it up via some videos on Snapchat of the two’s phone conversation. And it has turned into a full-on scandal, with many people saying that they’re glad that Taylor’s true colors are finally being exposed.

I’ll admit that, although I’m usually nonchalant about celebrity gossip, even I’ve followed this with some interest. There are certain people who scoff, who think it’s childish and petty, and who say that there are more important things to worry about. Certainly, it's not that big of a deal. This is nowhere near the most important news story that’s broke in the past week or two. Personally, for me, I think this whole scandal plays into something actually more complex and interesting: the whole construction of a star’s persona and how such a carefully crafted image can begin to unravel, exposing the true person behind it.

In terms of astrology, a celebrity’s public image – as well as anyone else’s public self – is represented by their Midheaven, any planet conjunct or in aspect to the Midheaven, and any planets in the 10th. Now, Taylor Swift is not only a Scorpio Midheaven but she has Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet, in the 10th House (like a lot of Scorpio Midheavens her age), which is going to double the effect of this placement. Whenever the ruler of an angle (or even of any of the other houses) is in that angle’s house, the life area becomes highly charged and the traits are expressed really strongly. Therefore, Taylor is like a super-Scorpio Midheaven and we can see that a lot of that power in the tremendous success that she’s accomplished at such an early age.

But, I believe that there are some dark elements at play with her Scorpio Midheaven that have been tightly controlled or thinly veiled. Taylor has maintained this girl-next-door, America’s Sweetheart image for many years and I do think that it all started when Kanye West infamously interrupted her acceptance speech at the VMA’s in 2009. Ever since then, there has been this running thread throughout Taylor’s narrative of being victimized and then fighting to overcome that and serving as an example. It continues today, with her Grammy acceptance speech this year alluding to Kanye and how she refuses to let anyone try to take credit for her achievements.

The interesting thing about Scorpio’s power is that it often feels like it needs to be earned through battling it out with other people or being wounded, hurt, or victimized, somehow. In spite of how formidable of a sign Scorpio is, it is a highly emotional Water sign and no stranger to playing the victim and the blame game. It can just do so in a different manner. While Cancer can brood and cry for comfort and Pisces may sink into despair, Scorpio can seek revenge. And so, the negative element of a Scorpio Midheaven, that’s played out in front of the world, is this feeling that you’ve been wronged so much throughout life that you need to cut someone else down to size to achieve a victory. This is something that can also be done very subtly and manipulatively.

It’s why certain people who may question Taylor’s chart and try to give her a Leo Rising are off-base. That hidden negativity of her Scorpio Midheaven is due to the fact that she is famous (Midheaven) for destroying her exes (Scorpio) by writing songs about them. And, sure, many artists write songs about their exes. But, there is a distinct feeling of resentment in Taylor’s that feels like a score being settled. There was also the infamous quote about being dumped via "a 27 second phone call" by Joe Jonas (who else keeps track of call logs like that?) and then the subsequent song “Better than Revenge” about actress Camilla Belle, who Jonas began dating afterward, in which she essentially calls her a whore. And, of course, there’s also “Bad Blood”, centered on the famous feud between her and Katy Perry. All over what? “Stolen” back-up dancers. And all the while Taylor has done this, she has managed to usually be very crafty about it, remaining quite indirect about who she’s speaking of, all while being able to, at the same time, directly bring attention to the drama and sullying someone else’s name, in the process. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to post an article about bashing or hating Taylor Swift. I don’t hate her. I’ve just never been a fan and I’ve always found something about her to be a little “off”, quite spiteful and insincere. I mean, this is the same person who said "there's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women" when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a harmless joke about her at the 2013 Golden Globes (no different than the jokes made about all the other big stars that night).

Essentially, the point I’m trying to make here is that success is not the best form of revenge for Midheaven in Scorpio people. Anytime Scorpio is focused on revenge, it is a boomerang that comes right back around. It’s only going to manifest more negativity for that person. This summer has been a very drama-filled one for Taylor. You can’t read a news story about her nowadays without it being negative. Not only has this feud with Kim and Kanye exploded everywhere but she has also butted heads with her ex, producer Calvin Harris, regarding songwriting credits and has received some backlash for her moving-very-fast relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston, widely perceived as a PR stunt, which began just two weeks after the break-up with Harris.

Trying to be “in control” is also how a Midheaven in Scorpio person is going to suffer on a public platform. This only creates patterns of obsession, secrecy, falsehoods, manipulation, and power struggles. If Taylor has spent so much time trying to control the public’s perception of herself and others, then she is only going to experience an inevitable backlash over everything she’s done in order to create this image and experiencing the high of that power. Being a Scorpio Midheaven is definitely about achieving power. But, how do you go after this power? What do you do to get it? This is a question everyone with this placement has to ask themselves. If it’s not pursued in a truly honest manner that is also going to empower other people, you will end up reaping what you sow.

Cultivating more transparency is the way to go for those with the Midheaven in Scorpio. If not, you’ll be brought down to your knees. The key of this placement is finding an outlet for one’s shadow side through a career that deals with those things. As an artist, this is invaluable. Taylor’s song “Blank Space”, besides “Bad Blood”, is probably her most Scorpio-like song. It was written as more of a joke but if she wrote more stuff like this – about having a psycho side, about not being one to cross, about being capable of scaring boyfriends off – and as more of a form of introspection, then maybe she wouldn’t get so much crap. Because, in the end, “Blank Space” was more about pointing the finger at her critics and playing innocent. Insisting that she is a total angel, taking the stance of the victim in her feuds with others, and then secretly indulging in all of that Scorpio stuff is where she gets it wrong. It sends mixed messages that the public is going to be compelled to figure out.

As I said in the Scorpio Midheaven article on here, those of us with this placement are a mystery for the world to solve. There’s always more to us than meets the eye. But, it is crucial how we express this. If we are honest about our depths and about our motivations, then this mystery will simply be something that people find fascinating. We will just be known for being complex people who you have to reflect on to really understand. It’s when we hide things, when we lie about things, when we harbor very secretive motives, that we end up in trouble. I don’t think that those with a Scorpio Midheaven can get away with being overly secretive and manipulative in the world, especially if they’re also a Capricorn Rising (which Taylor is). That means that there will be consequences.

With this being my placement, I’ve figured this out myself. I’m a very private person in my dealings with the public but I also try to be relatively open and honest about most things. The Midheaven works both ways. The more Scorpio Midheaven people hide things from the world, the more the world will suspect they have something to hide. Such a lack of trust, on the part of the person and their community, will only cause the individual to be exposed, to be caught up in scandal, sooner or later. If this is your placement, be a little more transparent with the world. Keep important things private but don’t keep too many secrets or play control games. It will definitely catch up to you. 

Also as a side note, Taylor is currently going through her Mars Return, as she has Mars in Scorpio right on the cusp of her 11th House at 27 degrees. One's Mars Return can put them in significant conflicts with other people. With her Mars in Scorpio in the 11th, the conflicts she has with others can get quite nasty and also can be highly unpredictable and unexpected. One could describe this conflict as just that and since Mars retrograded back into her 10th, it's gone very public. During the Mars Return, if there are any unresolved problems between you and others, these issues can seriously come to a head. 

Sun-Uranus Aspects: The Experiment

Thanks to having your Sun conjunct, square, opposite, sextile, or trine Uranus in your birth chart, you’re the experiment. Since the Sun represents one’s sense of self and personality while Uranus has a progressive bent to it, there is something about the way you are that is quite unusual and unconventional. I call you the experiment because your cultivation of your identity occurs in ways that are kind of like a science project. You see yourself (Sun) with a certain detachment (Uranus) that can allow for a free-spirited, broad-minded sense of self. But, it can also make you rather alienated from yourself, as a result, and quite alienated from other people, as well.

The Sun and Uranus are naturally at odds here because their ruling signs, Leo and Aquarius, are opposites. So, it is quite a contradictory thing to have a Sun-Uranus aspect. I often describe Uranus as “on the outside, looking in.” When this planet touches the planet of self-expression – the Sun – in your chart, that means that you have a curious way of being on the outside, looking in, when it comes to yourself. You can observe your personality in motion, with an attitude of detachment and with an objective sense of how you fit into or don’t fit into the whole. The big-picture element of Uranus means that your self-expression cannot be purely selfish, even if the Sun is in Aries or in the 1st House. There would still be some selfishness involved, in that case. But, you are developing a self-image that is more so based on what you have to offer other people.

In many ways, you have to be a person who can benefit humanity. This can be on a major scale, like through any sort of political or social work, community efforts, or intellectual studies that can really help other people. Astrology could also fall into that category! Many Sun-Uranus people get quite a kick out of being devoted astrology students and possibly even becoming astrologers, developing their identity via this unique field of study that can benefit others. But, helping other people can also be on a smaller scale, just through your sheer example. Individuals with a Sun-Uranus aspect can really excel at being the change they want to see in the world. They can express themselves in ways that will spread greater acceptance, tolerance, love, and freedom for all. 

This is another reason why you’re the experiment. It’s like you’re the light bulb, the cell phone, or some social movement. Through being yourself, you are capable of advancing the lives of others. Yet, this is a reason why, in spite of being so in touch with humanity and its progress, you might not feel entirely human. I think the people with the square, opposition, and often the conjunction from the Sun to Uranus will feel this struggle the most. But, those with the sextile or trine are not necessarily immune, either. There’s this feeling within that you are here to serve humanity or spark the brainwaves of others, in some sense. Because of this, you can feel this dislocation from yourself on a more personal level. Sun-Uranus people can feel as if they’ve been “invented” in a way and usually by themselves. After all, Uranus is so independent. Yet, through being this invention, it’s hard to feel like everyone else, who are often leading self-focused lives. This is the alienating aspect of having this placement and those with the harder aspects can see themselves as outright freaks.

You might identify too much with being a freak, to a point where your provocative, progressive message does more harm than good. I think, more than most people with Uranus aspects, those with their Sun in aspect to Uranus could potentially be the most addicted to creating shocks, controversies, or sheer chaos. Mars-Uranus people can give them a run for their money. Yet, Sun-Uranus folks feel this compulsion ingrained within their very personality. And in the case of the square or the opposition, there can be a sense of creating all of this confusion and then suddenly wanting everything to go back to normal. Either that or you may provoke people, often by playing Devil’s Advocate, then pretending like nothing’s wrong. It’s important for you to embrace the fact that you’ll never be “normal” but to do so in a way that doesn’t make you try hard to be outlandish.

Another potential outcome of this placement is a lot of emphasis on playing it cool. And for a lot of Sun-Uranus individuals, being “cool” will mean not being concerned with what’s cool. Often times, it comes from shunning what is seen as cool, popular, or normal. Therefore, you get the typical hipster or the defiant free-spirit who is insistent on not playing by anyone else’s rules or by not being into what everyone else is into. Your self-expression can be quite nonchalant and detached, to the point of aloofness. This is because you’re often times not expressing yourself in a strictly self-focused way. You’re, instead, expressing yourself in a more universal or global fashion. The ego, in many ways, takes quite a backseat with this combination. Because your self-image is of that person who is contributing to the world on a greater scale, you often don’t get too concerned with making a lot of personal attachments or indulging too much in exclusive passions.

That’s not to say that you’re not passionate and that you don’t have any passion. Other placements in your chart can definitely indicate that. But, those passions often aren’t going to be felt in a personal way. With the Sun-Uranus aspect, you truly come alive when you are engaged with other people in an effort that is going to result in good things for everyone. Therefore, you are a real collaborator and will make sure everyone’s being a team player. At the same time, this doesn’t mean that you will be completely easy to work with in any sort of group. In fact, you will see yourself as the person who can bring dissent to the situation just as much as cooperation. But, this will only happen when you have ideas that are being challenged by someone else. You really enjoy a healthy exchange of ideas, even when there’s disagreement, as you never take it personally. The fact that others do is laughable to you. So, because of that, you can bruise a few egos along the way.

Unless you have a Leo Sun, your ego is not easily bruised (and even if you do have the Sun in Leo, you still brush criticism or humiliation off rather quickly). People’s judgments of you really don’t affect you and you have a special knack for deflecting the majority of praise you receive. Being so unaffected by people’s opinions of you, good or bad, is what keeps your ego from gaining the upper hand. Besides, when you believe the good stuff, you have to believe the bad. Few people understand the truth behind that phrase like you. This makes you quite nonchalant in the face of flattery or ass-kissing. It all goes back to being the experiment. You care what people think only when it’s in terms of what’s going to affect others on a wider, more important scale. This is when you will tinker around with your self-expression until it works. But, when it solely involves you? You really don’t care because you don’t see why it would make that much of a difference. Now, of course, you might not entirely be there yet. We have to grow into our Sun. It comes with self-awareness. The more self-aware you are, the more detached you’ll be from others’ opinions of you.

You’re quite a wild thing, as well, since Uranus is such an unpredictable, uncontrolled energy. Although there is actually a part of you that is quite calculated in your personality, there is another part of you that is always making unexpected moves. The thing is that you surprise yourself just as much as you surprise others, if not more. If the Sun is about self-discovery and self-awareness, being a Sun-Uranus person means that you are, more than most, discovering all sorts of surprising and unusual things about yourself throughout life. You can get hit with many random insights about yourself that end up totally changing your life. Uranus can speed up progress and, often times, this aspect means growing into your identity in a very advanced or very unexpected manner. 

It also indicates that finding an identity for yourself is something that you’ll actually be quite distanced from and not entirely invested in. Since Uranus is detachment, there can be more of an impetus for you to help other people find their identity and sense of self. But, when it comes to yourself? That can just be a big, old mess. Again, we can see how the energies of the Sun and Uranus can be at odds. You might end up not caring about being in touch with your sense of self or finding out who you are. The result can be that you become an absolute whirlwind of odd, inconsistent, and erratic personality traits, to a degree that just makes everything around you very chaotic. You may indulge in such weirdness and wildness that you finally, one day, step back and realize that, in the midst of all of this experimenting, you’ve turned yourself into Frankenstein.

Since the Sun shows how one’s personality developed in response to the father figure, your paternal parent could’ve been viewed in a very distant light. There might have been this sense that they were busy with other things and didn’t have time to give you much approval or recognition. This could’ve been a very absent-minded, eccentric, or remote parent who was wrapped up a lot in bigger things. The Sun-Uranus father figure gives love and recognition in a more detached manner. While this made you feel free, it’s also something that instilled within you this sense of self of not exactly being recognized. Not like with Sun-Neptune where you feel ignored, abandoned, neglected, or projected onto. You just might not have felt like that “big of a deal”. Those with the softer aspects often take this much easier than those with the harder aspects, who can suffer from this feeling of wanting to be mavericks or rebels yet also somehow needing people’s seal of approval. Essentially, that yearning for acceptance must be discarded. If you can cultivate your own inner acceptance, regardless of your peers’ ideas, while seeing the actions of your father figure as highly tolerant and liberating, then you will be on the path toward true self-confidence.

In the end, you are going to figure out who you are when you’re willing to be different. Those with a Sun-Uranus aspect shine as individuals when they let their unique brilliance come to the forefront. With the father figure, there was a sense of having plenty of room to think freely and be independent, whether it was through freedom that was directly given or indirectly taken. Either way, your true personality is that of someone who does their own thing. In spite of your allegiance to certain causes, collaborations, or movements, your true sense of self comes from knowing how you stand out amongst the masses. You must be “one of the people” while also totally being your own person. This is another essential dichotomy of having your Sun touching Uranus. You shine the most when you don’t care about shining yet when you know exactly what makes you unique, even if no one else is that interested in it. In the process, the ego (Sun) is both tamed and strengthened. It gives you the power to experiment with all of these modes of self-expression while also not getting that personally invested in the outcome, whether that’s success or what people say about it.

Sun conjunct Uranus: You are the biggest eccentric of the group and are going to make no bones about it. Thanks to the conjunction, your sheer sense of self is tied up with being unconventional and difficult to put in a box. But, out of all the aspects, you may be guiltiest of thriving too much on the chaos you can create. So, it is important to channel all of that brilliant energy into something worthwhile that will help people and that won’t get you into too much trouble.

Sun square or opposite Uranus: With the square or the opposition, you can have a difficult time accepting your quirky, unpredictable nature. Sometimes, you try to fight it and then the inner pressure gets too intense that you explode in erratic, bizarre ways. It helps for you to first find the tolerance within for yourself that you may or may not get from others. Then, you will be able to express yourself with true originality, intellect, and also humane concern for other people.

Sun sextile or trine Uranus: You’re also an oddball but since you have the sextile or the trine, you don’t stick out like a complete sore thumb. You are just weird enough to shake up whatever social scene you’re in without alienating people too much. Though you know you’re unique, you don’t have to rub it in their faces. Still, you can also become quite unmanageable, at times, if you’re not careful, especially if you like someone is giving you some sort of “rule” to break.