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It’s Sagittarius Season Again

The Sun makes its annual move into Sagittarius today and the sky will have more fire in it than it has had in months, and combined with the planets in air signs, we have the potential for plenty of “hot air.”

The transition from Scorpio to Sagittarius for me is the difference between living in the twelfth house and the first, so this is a pretty big change for me too and probably the reason Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m always thankful for the feeling of having escaping into light and warmth once again! Don’t get me wrong, I like Scorpio and am comfortable with the depth and intensity of this often misunderstood sign. It’s just a case of Libra wanting to balance that with some fizzy fire energy once more.

Over on Real Astrologers, I dug out a post on Jupiter written a couple of years ago, polished it up some and published it again in honor of Jupiter’s rulership of Sagittarius. It explains some of my mixed feelings about the big guy likely due to a natal Jupiter-Saturn square.

Along with ElsaElsa, I feel the need to point out just because we may feel more like partying than we have in awhile, it won’t make the serious issues go away – like Saturn squaring Pluto. Jupiter is headed for another conjunction with Neptune in late December and we need to remember to keep one foot on the ground. Do your computer backups, check to make sure all your bills are paid, pay strict attention to your budget before heading out to do Christmas shopping and generally tether that camel! As someone with no earth in my natal chart, I have had to learn to do things by the book rather than instinct. Those hard earned lessons tend to stick with one . .

Here’s wishing everyone a happy Sagittarius season! Have fun!

Image: This photo of a winter rainbow taken a couple of years ago seems fitting for the renewed sense of optimism Sagittarius brings.

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Ask Real Astrologers: Pluto on Progressed Ascendant

This week’s question comes from Fumi in the UK:

My Progressed Ascendant is going to be conjunct the full moon in Sagittarius in June, and transiting Pluto is going to retrograde back to and station on my Progressed Ascendant. My Progressed AC will also trine my progressed Uranus. I would like to know your opinion of what this is all likely to mean.

I also have my progressed Jupiter conjunct my progressed 2nd house cusp, as well as transiting Pluto trining my natal and progressed Uranus. After Pluto’s intense 12-year period in Sagittarius, I am seriously meditating on bringing about a major positive breakthrough in my affairs in total.

Libra ponders . . .

Neith’s answer:

Fumi, the experience of Pluto conjunct the Ascendant, whether progressed or natal, often has to do with becoming aware of how we express power and control over our environment and the people in it. Pluto transited your natal Ascendant from 1994 to 1995, during which you went through the first phase of learning these lessons.

Now, as Pluto is finishing his stay in Sagittarius, I suspect that you are in the final stages of assimilating what he has to teach. As one who has been down this road (I also have Scorpio Rising), I found the key is staying neutral and not diving into the nearest power struggle, because it’s very easy to become lost in the obsessions that way.

Since Jupiter rules your Sun, the progressed Ascendant, and Pluto in Sagittarius, I can see why you are paying attention to these transits! You are right in feeling that you are on the verge of a major breakthrough. The key may be doing your best to avoid placing specific expectations on what that will be. With Uranus forming trines, it will be easier to find the path of least resistance to your destination.

If I may make a suggestion on how to maintain a sense of centeredness, it would be to practice some type of moving meditation like Tai Chi. Sagittarius folk do better in motion than sitting still.

Aquarius expounds . . .

Pat’s Answer:

Fumi, I tend to look at transits to the natal chart first – just as I rely on the 10 planets (yes, Pluto is one) before exploring Chiron, the asteroids, lunar nodes, and other factors that I consider as supplemental information. If the basics don’t reveal what we need to know, then I start exploring beyond them. Put another way, I don’t use the progressed chart to explain things that are readily apparent in transits to the natal chart.

Since Pluto already has crossed your natal Ascendant, my take is that you’ve already been there, done that (as Neith suggests) and that you’re moving on to new lessons. These lessons have to do with what you value. Material assets are one component of your resources, so changing how you go about managing your resources is part of this transformation.

I also see that Pluto is squaring your natal Moon. He got close earlier this year but went retrograde before making a direct connection. That will happen early next year. All the power struggle issues that Neith describes will be evident in your life, and then some…

As for Jupiter, he has been in your natal second house since late November 2007, and Jupiter and Pluto conjoined in this important financial sector of your chart on December 11. Many people I know, myself included, experienced a breakthrough related to this transit, but it didn’t happen until months later, due to all the complicating planetary aspects that were happening at the time (Mars out of bounds and retrograde, for one).

With Jupiter in practical Capricorn, it makes all the more sense that you are building a strong material foundation. The Big Guy currently is retrograde but turns direct with Pluto on September 8. Major breakthroughs are possible after this date, so use this energy well. 

Thanks for writing, and best of luck to you!

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Ask Real Astrologers: Sun Signs in Synastry

 This week’s question comes from Angelica in Samoa:

Virgo is compatible with Taurus and least compatible with Sagittarius, right? Well, I’ve been in a two-year relationship with a Sag, but have been having feelings for a Taurus man. I know that the stars say I would do better with this Taurus, but my Sag boyfriend just won’t let me go. And I am also finding it hard to let go. He’s been more than faithful and I truly feel he is the one. One of my fears is that later on, the predicted bachelor side will eventually kick in and he’ll have the urge to explore love elsewhere. My other fear is that my Taurus friend won’t wait much longer. Who should I go for: my faithful Sagittarian or my dearest Taurean?

Libra ponders . . .

Neith’s answer:

If we go just by the Sun sign, then Virgo would be more compatible with Taurus, as both are earth signs. However, there is a wealth of other information to help determine compatibility between individuals using the whole natal chart based on time, place, and date of birth.

When we find ourselves connecting to someone who Sun sign astrology says is not a good match, it’s often because we our Moon, Venus, or Ascendant is in the same sign as our significant other’s Sun. For example, your Sagittarius sweetheart may have the Moon in Virgo or some other earth sign, giving him a means to relate to your Virgo Sun.

Traditionally, Sagittarius is the sign associated with unwillingness to commit, and Taurus is seen as stable and predictable. But other factors in the natal chart can cause them to behave just the opposite.

Right now, Saturn is transiting through Virgo, causing many of these somewhat solitary types to take a long look at the idea of committing and settling down. If you were born early in Virgo (birthday in late August) then this may be happening to you!

In this instance, you would benefit more from having one of us do a paid report for you going into more detail.

Aquarius expounds . . .

Pat’s Answer:

Angelica, a decision as important as choosing a partner merits deeper exploration into their character than looking at stereotypical Sun sign traits. I would go so far as to say that Sun sign compatibility is almost meaningless. If we accomplish anything here on Real Astrologers, I hope it will be putting this common astrological misconception to rest.

I couldn’t agree more with Neith about the need to have a complete compatibility report. I’m not just saying this because we want your money. Astrological compatibility is truly complex and intricate, and I wouldn’t dream of giving you incomplete information when you’re about to make a decision that will affect the rest of your life.

Along those lines, I agree with Neith that we just can’t answer your question in enough depth in this column. We can answer general questions here, but questions about overall compatibility with a specific person need to be addressed in an individual report. We’re working on putting up sample reports so that our readers can see what you’ll get with each of our compatibility options. I also do telephone readings and am working on getting up to speed with Skype to extend this service internationally.

If we can be of further help, please contact us. Meanwhile, best of luck to you in finding the true love that you deserve.

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David Cook, Sagittarius Extraordinaire

David Cook, American Idol winner While I was listening to the TV this morning, I caught a performance by David Cook, the latest American Idol winner. I will be the first to admit I know very little about the show and have yet to watch an episode, so there was no special reason for me to walk into the room and watch him sing.

He is good and comes across as genuine, with an appealing personality. Naturally, as an astrologer, I immediately wanted to see his birth chart.

He was born December 20, 1982, in Houston, TX, with Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Aquarius. The defining aspect in his chart is arguably the close conjunction of his Sun and Neptune sextile Pluto in Libra and semi-sextile Jupiter in Scorpio.

The strong outer planet influence marks him as one who speaks for his generation, and there is no more obvious sign of that than to be voted in as the new American Idol. Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter combine to give him a quiet charisma and charm as well as the ability to project and be projected on. It does not pay to underestimate the power of Neptune . . . ever. Pluto and Jupiter give him presence and self-confidence.

His Mars in Aquarius is square Saturn in Scorpio, so he has the potential to be his own worst enemy or best friend. Another aspect to his Mars is a sextile to Uranus in Sagittarius, giving him a creative push as well as itchy feet. It will be sometime before this man settles down, if ever. Don’t be surprised if you see his name linked with many lovely women in the months to come!

Venus conjunct Mercury in Capricorn gives him a generous dose of well-grounded charm and the ability to think on his feet and come across as pleasant and kind. David is blessed in many ways and it will be interesting to see if he can use Pluto’s transit over his Venus and Mercury in to make the most of his Idol fame.

Pluto returns to Sagittarius briefly this year and will conjoin David’s Sun one last time. My guess is this transit will complete his transformation as a singer and performer. It is possible that Saturn in Virgo, now sextile his natal Saturn in Scorpio, will help keep him focused, too. He needs this support, because this is not the chart of a driven personality but rather a very blessed one.

Libra hereposted by Neith . . .

David Cook natal chart (birth time unknown, chart set for noon)

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Metamorphosis of a Sagittarian Artist, tseka

Among the first to befriend me in blog land was tseka (Ellen Hill), a Sagittarius who is an excellent painter. She is going to have the upcoming Jupiter/Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius right on her Sun and we are all awaiting her report on that experience! She decided to do another series of small paintings making her work more accessible to us regular folks. Most of her paintings have been in the 4’X6′ size range or larger . . . suitable for large spaces and art museums. As with all of us who have undergone Pluto transits to personal planets, particularly the Sun, she has learned Pluto grinds away all that is not authentic . . . Here is what she had to say about Pluto’s transits:

“If you asked me what I think is the meaning in my life of the Sun at GC(Galactic Center) and MC(Midheaven) on GA(Great Attractor) plus the transit of Pluto between these points which circumscribe my 10th house this would be pretty close to the best answer I can come up with. The realization that the paintings are not mine but are little portals for other’s hearts – gifts from the universe to release us from our constraints and open us to the sensation of soul through the doorway of the heart.”

She has Mercury trine Pluto natally and you can see this in how she adds brief, poetic statements about her paintings to the delight of those who love her work. Pluto is all about the distillation of the experience. If you know how most Scorpio types love to say the most with the fewest words, then you get the idea!

Towards the end of November, the North Node in Pisces conjuncted tseka’s N Node in Pisces in her 1st House. This transit serves as a reminder of how we are all part of the whole and it is that recognition she wishes to express through her art. For her, the painting is not complete until someone else, seeing the painting, connects with it on the heart level. December 10th the North Node will be moving into Aquarius to conjunct her Ascendant strengthening her awareness of the collective and how we are all moving into a new way of being.

As someone with their Sun conjunct the Galactic Center natally, she has brought to my attention the importance of reaching out to our kindred spirits around the world through this amazing medium that is the Internet. I know I have gained beyond measure through people like tseka I have found here in the astro-blogosphere. The future is here and the way we exchange goods and services is shifting to this new collective.

Tseka is also a healer and counts among her friends numerous four footed and winged ones. It’s worth a visit to her website just to see the photos of her bobcat neighbors and her beloved Zamma. Here is a link to her website to view her latest paintings: Winter Poems by tseka Be sure to visit her home page and wander around this lovely website.

I chose my favorite for this post . . . well, my favorite at the moment. Here’s to tseka’s continued success and producing many more paintings and hopefully, more writings for us lucky people to enjoy!!

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Curious aside: 14° Sagittarius is the galactic point known as “The Great Attractor”. I don’t know much about this point but it does fall exactly on tseka’s Mid heaven and is within one degree of squaring my MC/IC axis from my 1st House (within 2 degrees of my South Node). Does this suggest that we who forge ahead have a knack for drawing others to our vision and path? I do know she and I were among the first to move to Pisces Chronicles and she was the first to comment on my blog . . . Here is a link to an article by Eric Francis on “The Great Attractor”: The Centaur’s Arrow, The Great Attractor

This painting is displayed with the permission of the artist, Ellen Hill. It is called “Winter Poem V”.

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