Category: Astrology


The fifth of May is always a nice time of year- if you are not allergic to pollen. This year the moon is in inquisitive Gemini, Mercury and Venus are arm in arm in Aries and Neptune is newly in dreamy Pisces. It all sounds rather light and pleasant.

Mercury and Venus will be “walking” together for quite some time. In fact they won’t be more than two degrees apart until May 24th. The two inner planets are certainly no strangers to one another but the duration of this aspect is unusually long. A fine time to get to know someone as Prince William and Kate Middleton (I’m not sure what her new name is) will see.

While Venus is said to be in Detriment in passionate Aries, I have found this placement to express itself as an outgoing self-confident energy that people respond well too. Mercury in Aries can be a bit of a chatterbox and may blurt things or simply say too much too soon. Overall there is a serious dialog  happening right now and I think we will all be learning a lot about each other over the next three weeks. This is a time to say what we are feeling and to feel what we are saying. Aries is never one to beat around the bush so lets try not to be too blunt when we are expressing our needs. Sometimes the way to get what we want is to simply – and politely- ask.

I’ll go over some of the outer planets tomorrow.  -Cheers

The Quality of the New

I like the Fire, Earth, Air and Water designations. They’re easy to understand and they’re clearly defined.

I don’t like the qualities. They’re confusing and vague. So I renamed them. Instead of Cardinal, I use Hierarchical. Instead of Fixed, I use Planar. Instead of Mutable, I use Matrix.

Oh, yeah, that’s much less confusing and vague. So what the hell do those mean?

Back off, now, and I’ll break it down.

Imagine a tower, like maybe Stephen King’s Dark Tower.

Hierarchical and Planar signs are both at home in this tower. The hierarchical signs like the linear or pyramidal nature of it. They like things to be put in order and they like someone in charge at the top. They built the elevators and the stairs. Planar signs will ride or climb to their favorite level and stay there, like your cat that climbs to the top of your refrigerator to plot your death from above – like certain Leos, the Planar Fire sign. My wife’s a Leo and she has a great Cheshire Cat face.

Matrix signs don’t care what level they’re on, how to get, or even that they’re in a tower at all. They flit about – Level 12, West! Level 29, South!

BASEMENT!

Next: The New Combos

The Quality of the Qualities

Traditional astrologers name three sign qualities (triplicities): Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable, and four elements (quadriplicities): Fire, Air, Earth, Water. Why these? The simple answer is these two groups in permutation describe all twelve signs:

Cardinal Fire = Aries

Cardinal Earth = Capricorn

Cardinal Air = Libra

Cardinal Water = Cancer

Fixed Fire = Leo

Fixed Earth = Taurus

Fixed Air = Aquarius

Fixed Water = Scorpio

Mutable Fire = Sagittarius

Mutable Earth = Virgo

Mutable Air = Gemini

Mutable Water = Pisces

I bet you can easily see how just knowing this makes it easy to get a handle on any sign. What’s a Virgo like? The mutable (changeable) earth. What kind of earth (land) is mutable? Shifting sands, dust, dirt, mud, cooled lava rock perhaps. What’s a Virgo like? Hard to pin down (shifting sands), into cleanliness (dirt and mud), and picky as hell, down to earth but fickle. I should know. Having the Moon and Pluto in Virgo makes me at least as strong in Virgo as in Pisces.

What’s a Scorpio like? Fixed water: stagnant pools, ponds, lakes, etc. And aren’t they just? Tell a Scorpio a secret and they will drown it in one their deep ponds. Think of the scorpion, and other arachnids – like spiders and ticks, and other arthropods like centipedes and insects. The scorpion is just the representative of the form, but a Scorpio person may manifest the characteristics of any of these or similar creatures – night-dwelling, corner-loving types. The Pluto in Scorpio generation (born 1984 – 1996) exemplifies this with their maxed-out piercings, tattoos and even the occasional branding. And like most arthropods, these fierce-looking Scorpios are all soft and gooey on the inside.

Understanding these simple concepts will help you sound like a professional astrologer just by linking a few key words together.

Next: New Qualities

Both my family and my wife’s family have some similar dynamics. We both come from devout religious backgrounds, we both come from families of five. In both families, there’s a male first born child who is significantly order than two younger sisters much closer in age. Also similar is the relationship dynamic between each of us and our siblings. The youngest sister has a good relationship with her sister and her brother. Her sister and her brother, however, do not get along. To be fair, both middle sisters are a bit exasperating.

The Leo/Virgo/Libra thing is similar. Little sister Libra gets on well with big brother Leo. They both like things bright and flashy and a little glam – like the 80s (note the return of the 80s for the Libra generation). Libra gets on well with persnickety Virgo as well. Libra understands Virgos need for care and skepticism. After all, Libra can’t be an effective judge without considering Leo’s big ideas in light of the details that Virgo looks after.

So Virgo gets pulled between her more confident siblings. But that’s okay, Virgo’s kind of happy that way. They prefer to stay in the background, doing the work, and leaving credit-taking for people who give a crap.

In order to get along, Virgo must praise the Leo. There’s nothing Leo likes more than to hear “Good kitty!”

Virgo’s a pleaser – as long as Leo is being a good kiity this isn’t too much of a problem. And Leo – Leo must do something harder. He must learn to allow Virgo the freedom to be as she is.

How to Tame A Lion

In our last episode, overbearing, insensitive [Pluto in] Leo finally aroused the ire of patient and compassionate [Pluto in] Virgo.

Boomer: You’re mean! I’m going to claw you! Rraow!

Virgo: Yes, well, violence is the last resort of the weak. Why do you feel such violence is appropriate?

Boomer [sniveling like a child]: Because you don’t like me!!!!!

Virgo: [sigh.] I never said that. You just confuse the gifts you give with our relationship. They have nothing to do with each other. I like you – when you’re not being overbearing, insensitive, aggressive and pushy. You can’t make me like this crappy “gift” you want to give me. You don’t need to buy me.

This Week: Taming the Lion

Boomer [faking hurt, since he just got found out]: I’m not trying to buy you! But say, how come you never help me?

Virgo: You never ask.

Boomer: You should offer.

Virgo: Why?

Boomer: It’s the nice thing to do. It shows you care.

Virgo [exasperated]: And how am I to know when you want my help?

Boomer: That’s why you offer. To find out.

Virgo: Waste of time. If you need help, ask for it.

Boomer: I’m not gonna ask, you have to offer!

Virgo [slowly and patiently]: I guess I have to make this really plain. I’m not going to offer. That’s what you want me to do, but I’m not going to do something just because you want me to. If you’re not gonna ask, you’re not gonna get.

Boomer: I’ll never ask! I’ll never ask.

Virgo: Then you’re gonna have a long wait.

Leo: But I got you this!

Virgo: Which I didn’t ask you to get – get it?

Leo: ….Ummm…. . . . . . . no.

Virgo [repressed sigh]: We’re back where we started. First, you shower with me unasked-for gifts and you can’t figure why I refuse to be grateful. Then, you try to push your way ahead of me and do what I’m perfectly capable of doing for myself, and you still can’t figure out why I refuse to be grateful. Your gifts come with strings. You expect me to read your mind and randomly offer help when I think you want me to. I don’t do that. The problem is not that I’m ungrateful, the problem is that you don’t understand for what I will be grateful.

Leo scratches his head: oh…..well, how do I do that?

Virgo [trying not to yell but not succeeding]: You have to ask!

At this point, if the argument gets this far, someone usually hangs up or storms out. Frankly, I’m surprised you’re still reading.

Only Virgo Can Sooth the Savage Beast

Next: Libra Brings Harmony

A Virgo’s Ire Aroused

One of the biggest issues between the generations is the issue of help and generosity. I have had this very argument with my Mom many times. It goes something like this.

Boomer (Leo): Look at this fantastic thing I got/did for you!

GenX (Virgo) [shrugs]: Ummm…yeah, it’s great…..

Boomer: Aren’t you going to thank me?

Virgo: For what?

Boomer: ….For that great thing I just did/got for you!

Virgo: Okay, I give up. Thanks.

Boomer: You don’t really seem very grateful…I’m kind of hurt.

Virgo: [sigh.] I’m trying to be polite…it’s just that I didn’t ask you for it.

Boomer: What does that have to do with anything?

Virgo: The joy of generosity comes in finding out what the recipient really wants and giving that to them. You didn’t really do that.

Boomer: I don’t understand that. All giving is fantastic! [A religious Boomer might add: “Says so in the {insert religious text of choice}!”]

Virgo: To you, maybe.

Boomer: You’re so ungrateful!

Virgo: Your thing is awful. It sucks. Why would anyone want it all, let alone be grateful it was pushed upon them.

Boomer: I don’t understand you. I give and I give and you just criticize.

Virgo [patiently]: You give to control. You give what you want. You make no attempt to find out if I want anything at all, let alone a piece of crap like this! Why can’t you wait until I ask you for help?

Boomer [quickly]: You don’t have to do that! I already helped you! Here! I’ll help some more! Here’s another gift!

Virgo: You don’t get it, and I’m starting to think you are willfully ignorant. Stop trying to buy me off. Bribes disgust me. Your “help” and “generosity” are misplaced. In fact, I don’t see what you’re doing as helpful or generous at all, only as interference and meddling. Please … [with all the compassion she can muster] … take it to someone who cares.

Boomer: You’re mean! I’m going to claw you! Rraow!

Virgo: Yes, well, violence is the last resort of the weak. Why do you feel such violence is appropriate?

Boomer [sniveling like a child]: Because you don’t like me!!!!!

Virgo: [sigh.] I never said that. You just confuse the gifts you give with our relationship. They have nothing to do with each other. I like you – when you’re not being overbearing, insensitive, aggressive and pushy. You can’t make me like this crappy “gift” you want to give me. You don’t need to buy me.

Things really heat up in Round 2.

Leo & Virgo Continued

Because the mythological Virgo represents the virgin sacrifice – and she knows this – Virgo’s passion can turn to anger – flight attendant Stephen Slater’s famous tantrum is a good example of Pluto in Virgo anger. Virgos will keep it to themselves for a long time – some think of them as doormats – but eventually, they will get fed up and they will whip out the beast.

But it is also this sacrificial nature (Jesus represents the classic Virgo) that allows Virgo to understand better than any other sign the importance of rolling up your sleeves and doing the wetwork.

She knows full well that sometimes the someone who just has to stick her hands in a big pile of shit in order to pull out the diamond at the bottom will probably be a Virgo.

So Leo blazes a trail, and Virgo comes along behind, cleaning up the mess and making the trail walkable. Virgo-types like coming in behind someone and fixing everything up so it’s efficient. Efficiency is a hallmark of Virgo, and they will often make decisions based upon what’s most efficient. Pluto in Virgo types are even now transforming the idea of efficiency and work, to the point of redefining them so far that previous generations don’t recognize them.

Boomers tend to think GenXers are lazy, unmotivated and focused on minutiae. GenXers think Boomers are overbearing, unrealistic, and manipulative.

Virgo are not unmotivated, but they aren’t very ambitious. Leo likes to be the king lion, build an empire, run the show and get all the credit. Virgo cares about none of this. Virgo wants to take care of only what they can personally supervise, and the concept of taking credit is both meaningless and useless to them. Virgos measure success in other ways.

Next: Virgo argues with Leo

The Pluto in Virgo Generation (GenX) – so misunderstood. Often portrayed as overly critical, nerdy, childish control freaks, it’s rankled us as a generation for a long time. Virgos, being mutable (matrix) can also be very passionate when aroused. It’s just that they are often aroused by things that most people don’t even think about at all, let alone let themselves get passionate about. Virgos are also compassionate and they love to work – as long as it’s efficiently. Many Virgos live by a strict code known only to themselves.

So while it’s true that a Virgo’s negative reputation for a childish need to be right and certain amount of intellectual arrogance often precedes her, it’s just that she’s so into the process and the efficiency that it never occurs to her that this mode may alienate others. And frankly, my dear, as a generation, they don’t care. Because they know, in the end, they will be vindicated.

Continued

Virgo and Libra in Harmony

Generationally speaking, GenX (Pluto in Virgo) and GenY (Pluto in Libra) share some traits not found in their parents or grandparents (Pluto in Leo/Cancer).

Previously I riffed on the differences between Virgo and Leo. I might have been a touch harsh on the Me generation, but, hell, they deserve it. Fear not, vain lions, I will harsh on my own Virgo generation in a future post. And of course, as my Leo wife pointed out, Leos crave praise. So I will also write a post on how fabulous Leos are.

Virgo and Libra both crave modesty, though the approach it from different angles. Virgos, being Virgos, are naturally modest. Think not so much of the young girl, as of the untested initiate, cautiously dipping his foot in the waters of something much bigger than himself. This mentality describes both Virgoan modesty and Virgoan humility. Libras come more from a sense of fairness or justice – perhaps I’m splitting a fine hair between modesty (Virgo) and moderation (Libra).

Note the Scales of Balance and Terrible Swift Sword

See this and some other fine examples of everyone’s favorite Libra on Wikipedia.

While there are surely major differences between the GenX and the GenY attitude, they share a surprising number of traits. I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, I ran across this entry at Raph Koster’s blog:

Recently I had a discussion with a management and leadership consultant, and we were discussing the generational characteristics of Millenials versus Gen X in the workforce, and we were talking about how a gamer mentality may have affected the way Gen Y behaves in the workplace: more likely to follow the rules, more likely to work in teams, more needful of reassurance, less creative and risk-taking, less likely to see the full scope of irreversible consequences of a choice, and less likely to see things in shades of gray. In a way, these sound like thinking trained by games.

I don’t know Raph, and I have no idea what he does or doesn’t know about astrology, but his observation is a spot-on description of Pluto in Libra. Libra values fairness and structure, hence the teamwork and rule-abiding. Pluto in Virgo is too fickle and independent to work well in teams. Virgo types can follow rules, but they have a tendency to create their own elaborate set of rules that probably only applies to them individually (if you pardon the ham-grammared sentence).

The gaming, too is very Libran. Like all air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), Libra types like games and puzzles. They like intellectual challenges.

As Raph points out, they can be insecure – wishy-washiness is a classic Libra trait. Of course, neither Pluto in Virgo nor Pluto in Libra is particularly inventive or risk-taking. That’s the Pluto in Leo generation – the Boomers, the Me generation. But what Virgo is good at that Libra isn’t is taking something existent and making it more efficient. Efficiency is a hallmark of Virgo. Leo trailblazes, Virgo cleans up the mess and Libra evaluates the results.

Coming soon: Virgo and Libra in Harmony

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