Tuesday, December 27, 2005

your sun and ascendant signs

I've noticed that there is some confusion about what the ascendant sign means in a chart, especially in relation to the sun sign. The sun sign is sometimes said to be the sign that describes how you interact with the world, your outer self, and the ascendant sign represents the part of you that you only reveal to those closest to you, or your inner self. At other times, the sun sign is described as your inner self, and the ascendant represents your personality and appearance. I think the confusion comes from trying to simplify the explanation so it's easier for people to understand that they play different, but integrated, roles in a chart.

The sun sign really represents your known, conscious, core self. It represents what you know about yourself for sure and what you most easily connect with. If you were asked to define your self, you would end up describing your sun sign.

The ascendant sign represents what you are discovering about yourself, what is literally rising up within you. The ascendant is the point where what is unconscious (12th house) is becoming conscious (1st house). It represents what you are learning about what is possible for yourself in this life, what you are capable of, what holds you back etc. Chances are whenever a planet transits your ascendant sign you will experience a realization that will help you to create the life you really want.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Mars Retrograde Ends

Today, Mars moves forward in Taurus. There will be a feeling of renewed energy. It will feel easier to take action towards your goals now as the sense of running through jello will be gone.

On Dec. 28th, Mars in Taurus will square Saturn in Leo for the third time this year. The first square took place on July 31st, revealing the areas of our lives where we most needed to take responsibility for our actions and create necessary change. The second square took place on Nov. 19th, during Mars' retrograde motion, creating frustration and a feeling of powerlessness as our attempts to change were met with resistance and unexpected obstacles. On the 28th, the themes and issues these squares raised will be resolved in some way. The lesson of these squares between Mars and Saturn, I think, is that we are not always responsible for what happens to us, but we are responsible for what we allow to stop us.

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