Pisces is the internal reflective nature from Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and growth and through Pisces, we expand and grow internally in a psychological way. This makes for a very mystical and creative mind set. Pisces is the 12th sign of the Zodiac, which shows the need to let go of our attachment to the world. In this sign, we have a sense that no matter what we do, everything is going to work out the way it is supposed to. This gives us a great potential to just relax and go with the flow.
However, it may also create a lot of complacency and make the person feel at the mercy of life, rather than in the drivers seat. Many times the Pisces person can feel like a victim as they are just sort of floating through their own existence. This is the dangerous quality Pisces must overcome. They must integrate the qualities of Virgo, which is opposite Pisces. This sign has a lot of responsibility for itself. So, through the sign of Virgo, we take responsibility for ourselves. Pisces needs to integrate those qualities in its life, rather than just floating and hoping that some great miracle is going to save them.
Within that however, the Pisces person is a great humanitarian, especially as it relates to those who have spiritual crisis, those who would be like a lost sole. Pisces feels the need to serve, especially those who have no voice and those who are victimized and their society has abandoned them. In general, the Pisces person must do good work in life and they must be oriented towards an important purpose because their ruling planet Jupiter is the planet of growth and teaching and high minded values and purposes. If a Pisces person simply tries to live a life of worldly happiness and personal pleasure, they will often just escape into complacency. So, making a firm commitment to something of the world is the best thing a Pisces person can do, because this orients their naturally mystical mind with something tangible of the world. In that way, they are able to actually do the work to complete the cycle of karma rather than thinking and hoping that somehow, someway God or the universe will just sort of take care of it all and take care of them. The fish can be swimming directionless if they are not careful.
Aquarius is ruled by Saturn, expressing himself in an external way, in a masculine way. The external nature of Saturn brings the awareness of time into existence. Once we become aware of the enormity of time, boundaries, structures and limitations – when they become externalized – we see how all of the qualities of smaller self must be let go of. We must concentrate on something bigger in order to grow something bigger in our lives. Culture, politics, the sciences and other things that are much larger than our individual needs and much longer than our individual lifetime are all related to Aquarius. This is why Aquarius has a humanitarian bent to it.
Saturn brings humility and a connection to humanitarian causes here, as it’s his energy that pushes down the glory of the individual in order to show our larger context. Through Aquarius, Saturn rules the 1st and the 12th, which literally shows a loss of confidence, a loss of self. This is why the Aquarius person naturally has a weak self-image. But Aquarius needs to be careful mistaking “humility” for a lack of confidence. May times, an Aquarius seems to be humble, but actually, it’s just a lack of confidence in disguise. This kind of Aquarius energy leads to bitterness and resentment in old age because they never expressed themselves powerfully.
Aquarius needs to aspire to express traits more associated with the sign of Leo, which is a healthy connection for confidence and individual personal power. There’s nothing glorious or dignified about a subservience disguising or masquerading as humility. But in general, an Aquarius person will have an innate sense of the enormity of time and the willingness to let go of all of our ups and downs, gains and losses, victories and defeats. An Aquarius person sees how everything fits into the larger scheme on Earth and how ultimately, we are not of this Earth, so we must make peace with the laws of karma and the march of time.
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, expressing his feminine nature. So, the reflective quality of Saturn is what Capricorn refers to. Saturn is a planet of time in our determined efforts over time. The awareness that we need to be safe and protected into the future comes from Saturn. We not only need to eat food today, or need a place to sleep today. We need a place to sleep and food to eat tomorrow and for the rest of our life. This awareness comes from Saturn. It’s also the awareness of the past and what has happened to us, and how we may hang onto the past and have it dominate our thinking in the present.
The enormity of time keeping us stuck or keeping us moving forward is the nature of Saturn and through Capricorn, we reflect upon this. We seal it in our mind and heart. The Capricorn is always a little bit scared of making mistakes, yet they are very calculating and rational about where they’re going and where that they must build something of importance. Capricorn is an earth sign which is related to structure and materiality. Saturn also rules the second house of wealth and resources from Capricorn. So, a Capricorn person may be a little bit greedy at times. They may also tend to see others through this material bent. They want everything to be useful and practical and Rational, and may also look at people in their lives as Commodities. So, a Capricorn person must be careful about now looking at others in a materialistic way, once they say “your my partner”, or “you are my child” or “you are my employee”, then, they have a stake in your outcome and this can create a certain amount of domination, fear and control.
Capricorn needs to be less rational and more connected to their feelings and emotions. Capricorn inherently is afraid of these emotions, because if we start acting emotionally, rather than rationally, we could lose everything. Because, when we start acting emotionally, we are not in control anymore. We’re not in control of time, we’re not in control of structure. The emotions are ruled by water and water dissolves earth.
Capricorn needs to balance this rational approach with a more emotional approach. Things related to the sign of cancer, which has to do with selfless love and nurturing. But in general, Capricorn is a hard working sign that is good with their family, they’re good providers with a strong ethical foundation. They must be careful about clinging to those principals and values out of fear, and learn to be more in flow with their heart.
Sagittarius is the Sign expressing the masculine nature of Jupiter, the planet of expansion, hope, wealth and all sort of growth. Through Sagittarius, Jupiter expresses himself into the world. You will notice a Sagittarius person because they’re often optimistic, perhaps even cheerful, in spite of difficulty. They tend to focus on the larger picture, on the larger meaning and on things that are bigger than just what makes them happy (or sad) in the moment. However, many times a Sagittarius person will miss the moment entirely because they are preoccupied with some big idea or big hope that is disconnected from the moment.
Many times, due to the nature of Jupiter, they try to rise above a situation, in their heart and mind, as a way to avoid facing it. Sometimes years after a difficult situation has existed, a Sagittarius gets a rude awakening when someone leaves them or some situation that has been in disrepair suddenly fails. Even though the Sagittarius may have known this the entire time, they choose to look at the bigger picture, look at the bright side, and explain the difficulty away with some philosophy. Of course, they may also do this with people in real time. Rather than deal with the unpleasant emotions and the drudgery of working through difficulties with people, a Sagittarian will often explain it away with their big philosophy, a sort of laissez faire attitude that dismisses the other person as “just not understanding” the real picture or the bigger picture.
But this is also the greatness of Sagittarius: in spite of all setbacks they are great at moving forward with hope and optimism. It’s literally the sign of religion and the unshakable faith that there’s something bigger than just our worldly life, something higher is guiding our sense of purpose. This comes from Jupiter and becomes activated through the fiery quality of Sagittarius. Their sense of meaning and principal is admirable; this makes them excellent teachers and guides and parents and advocates for truth, such as lawyers or public defenders or any other type of activity that seeks to bring righteousness into the world. But they need to balance that righteousness / high-mindedness with a practical down-to-earth nature. Rather than rising above people and situations, they also need to get down and process things on a micro level.
Scorpio is ruled by Mars reflecting upon himself. The nature of Mars is to bring strength and for Scorpio, Mars brings strength to the emotions. Scorpio is a water sign which is related to the emotions and it’s also a fixed sign which wants to stabilize. Somehow Mars tries to stabilize the watery emotions through Scorpio. Of course, this is very difficult because the emotions are always changing and those who we have invested in emotionally are also always changing. So Scorpio tends to worry about those things they are emotionally involved in and try to control those situations and people. They are notorious for being able to penetrate deeply into the emotions of others and know exactly how to reach into their psyche and keep them under control, but of course this only lasts for so long.
Eventually others may get tired of the emotional power struggle and Scorpio can lose the war. When this happens, the dreaded emotional loss feels like a loss of self entirely, so Scorpio needs to learn how to manage their emotions rather than try to control them or the emotions of others. Learning to truly be strong emotionally means not being afraid of their change and their fluidity. Through the nature of Scorpio, we all learn how to concentrate our emotional power on something more than just feeling good and that’s the real genius of Scorpio.
Once Scorpio makes an emotional commitment to something, they are tenacious and will not let go until they feel they’ve exhausted that. Scorpio needs to learn a more calm and easy approach to life and learn to find contentment in the things they’ve done. These are traits associated with the sign of Taurus. Scorpio tends to mistake emotional intensity and difficulty for growth. They need to learn that sometimes growth can happen in a very easy way. It is not necessarily something that’s full of upheaval and drama with everyone’s guts on the floor.
Once Scorpio matures, they can be a great advocate for personal evolution for others and themselves. You will often see Scorpio people helping others strengthen their emotional responses. This is a sign that is excellent for counselors and doing deep transformational work where others are afraid to enter.
Libra is ruled by Venus, expressing herself in a masculine way. The external nature of Venus is related to the element of air, and show us initiating contact with others and initiating harmonious communications and connections. Through the sign of Libra, Venus wants to initiate beauty as well. The nature of Libra puts a high importance on partnerships and all sort of intellectual connections. This includes social contacts, work contact, business contacts, and global connections as well.
A Libra person will inherently want to make everyone happy. This is why they are notorious for hesitation. The hesitation of a Libra person comes from the fear that if they make a decision, someone might be disappointed, and they would like everyone to feel taken care of. They don’t want to disappoint anyone, but of course that’s not possible. In life, we must do our best with the information we have and then make a decision and live with it. But many times, a Libra person will hesitate, if they’re not sure how everyone can get their needs met. This hesitation tends to make the situation even worse, especially if they’re in the position of authority.
Libras often will then become frustrated with the situation and act in a very impulsive way, as a way to bring in the opposite qualities of the sign of Aries, which is also impulsive. Libra is very good at diplomacy and jobs that require this kind of interpersonal skill because they’re so aware of everyone’s needs and everyone’s values. So Libra’s are often very good negotiators, able to find the most important needs and qualities of each person in a negotiation, and then satisfy them.
But the nature of Venus makes Libra a sign of high desires, and learning to manage their desires, as well as accommodate the desires of others is the big growth process for them in this lifetime. Venus shows our desire for happiness and through Libra, we activate that by interactions with others, interactions with the world of beauty and form and culture, but we must also balance that need to compromise and interact harmoniously with honoring our own individual strength and power.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury, reflecting upon the details. Mercury is the planet that makes us aware of the many details in life. The internal quality — the psychological reflective quality of Mercury — is expressed through the sign of Virgo. This means we internalize and ponder all the many things in life that we must organize. At times, this makes a Virgo person worried about the many things that must be managed, including themselves. Virgo must be careful about not feeling like it’s totally up to them. And they must learn to trust the bigger picture and that things will work out, and things are working out, in a larger sense, in spite of their efforts. A Virgo person tends to feel excessively responsible for themselves and their own sense of growth. This makes them very responsible and accountable, but also, a bit anal in their approach. They have a hard time delegating tasks to others, as they feel like they are the experts in all sorts of task-oriented duties.
The ruling planet, Mercury, is also the ruler of the tenth house of career and responsibility. This is another indicator of how responsible the Virgo person is. They need to learn to develop more of the traits of Pisces, which has a sort of let-it-all-hang-out attitude. The other good quality of Virgo as it relates to Mercury, is Virgo is serious, what’s called a Tamasic sign, which means it’s oriented towards managing difficulty and trouble. So the playful nature of Mercury becomes much more serious in this sign, because it’s a bit worried about all the many details. What if one of the details gets by us? That may be the one that really does us in. So Virgo needs to lighten up a little bit, not worry so much about all the things that need to be done and all the details that need to be managed, and all the things that need to be put in their place.
They often have a weak physical constitution that requires they pay attention to all of the details in life, such as their diet and their health routines. This is why they’re a little bit worried. They often have this weak constitution. So learning how to relax into larger themes and trusting that things will work out, is a big life lesson for Virgo.
The reflective nature of Mercury brings about an integration of the details in the world and a desire to manage them and organize them in the best, most efficient possible manner. Mercury is actually exalted in this sign because it slows down his speed and also makes him concentrate on things that are important and serious, rather than just enjoyable and fun.
Like the sun, a Leo expresses a radiant and powerful personality. They’re very aware of their individual strengths and wants, to express that in everything they do. They are also very aware of other people’s strengths and power and would like to help them feel strong as well. Unfortunately, Leo often, in their enthusiasm, will start advising others about how they could be more powerful. Many times, this will make the Leo person appear boastful or conceited, when in fact, they’re usually just trying to be helpful. A Leo person must be careful about overstepping their boundaries in this way.
Leo is the sign of the king and they must remember to be generous, like a good king. A bad king will take all of the wealth of the kingdom for himself, and may even invade other people’s kingdoms. This is the way Leo can be at times also. They must not invade other people’s kingdoms by giving unwanted advice and criticism, and they also must make sure to share the wealth of their power with others, rather than seek the power of others in the form of approval and admiration. This is the lower Leo nature which mistakes their personality for their true strengths.
Leo rules the stomach, which is the place of satisfaction and contentment when we feel full of life in a healthy way. A sense of dignity pervades the sign as well, as the sun is very dignified, as a king would be. The sun and Leo is not usually prone to a lot of anger and hostility, rather, the nature of the sun, as it expresses itself through Leo, is to be more of a tyrant and dictator when in anger. The king will just dismiss you, whereas Mars would fight with you. Leo must learn to use the power they have to be generous, rather than to exploit others and to dominate them. Power struggles are the downfall of Leo, so they must learn to empower others, rather than to compete with them in useless power struggles.
Cancer is ruled by the moon. It’s the sign of the zodiac which is related to the breasts and the feeling and emotions in our hearts. Cancer is in many ways, the most sensitive and vulnerable sign in the zodiac. They feel very deeply, but they’re not sure of what to do about their feelings.
The moon is a part of us that is just innocent and wants to feel good. We don’t really know what to do when we don’t feel good. What we should “do” is “nothing”. We should just sit with what is. Instead we reach out from a place of confusion, usually involving others in our drama – in an attempt to feel better ..
The Crab – Kataka
We reach out into the world to try to feel some sort of peace and connection. And usually, we just create some sort of stress, clinging, longing and emotion. At best we may satisfy our desire in the moment to feel more peaceful, but we are often creating a lot of attachments that are painful. The sign of Cancer exhibits a lot of these traits. The person will feel others emotions very powerfully, and their emotions overwhelm them pretty much all the time. Every day they feel a little different, and they’re not sure how they’re going to feel one day to the next. They would like to merge and flow with everything, but when they try to do that they realize others do not want to merge and flow with them. And in fact, there’s a lot of illusions around this. They tend to feel like they love everything and everyone, but it’s impossible to maintain because love of adults is reciprocal. It must be reciprocated.
The love of Cancer is actually the selfless love of the mother, and that’s the only correct expression. Cancer love is that selfless love that a mother has for a child, that love that is not based on any kind of reciprocation. So, Cancer people are excellent mothers.
They’re excellent with nurturing others and wanting to feed others and give selfless love, but they are often very emotional, difficult to understand and even emotionally demanding. Once they become attached to an idea or feeling toward a person, they want it to be reciprocated, and when it’s not, they can be very emotionally passive-aggressive and play emotional games to try to get attention, validation etc.
Cancer must learn to base decisions on things other than just their emotions. There are very few things in life where we need to make emotional decisions, and the Cancer person needs to learn to be more practical and rational about situations and realistic about themselves and others.
Gemini is the masculine of a nature of Mercury. This is where Mercury expresses himself externally in the world. Mercury is the planet of communication, ideas, flexibility, variety, and through the sign of Gemini Mercury acts with a lot of skill and initiates these attributes into the world. Gemini is a very communicative sign. They like to speak, but not only words, they’re very creative and self expressive in many ways.
Mercury is a very creative planet. He is the one who likes to put things together and play with them and build them and try anything, as anything is possible, and so a Gemini person will try many things because they enjoy them and this is a big issue with the Gemini is the sense of enjoyment that comes from just exploring their interests.
The Gemini may have many interests but not really develop any of them very well and wind up being that sort of jack of all trades, master of none that is often attributed to them. This is not always the case though because a Gemini person, once they find something important, will bring enormous amount of skill and creativity to it.
Gemini’s do very well in careers and situations where managing a lot of details and especially speaking skills are favored: such as lecturers and teachers and other professions where the power of words become important. This also includes sales and other kinds of detail oriented work. The problem with Gemini is they may just play around and not take things seriously. They enjoy learning and trying new things a lot more then they enjoy making a commitment to doing something important with them.
The ruling planet, Mercury is debilitated in the 10th house. This shows a sort of aversion to responsibility and pressure that can make the Gemini person just want to stay immature and foolish and not step up and be powerful and accounted for. Gemini rules the area of the body that is related to the neck, shoulders, hands, and arms. It is where we turn our head from side to side and consider many options rather than just the things in front of us. Also, when we see these options we want to reach out and grab a hold of something and start playing with it and figuring out what it means to us. So this curious playful approach to life comes from Gemini. It has a lot to do with children and their curious nature.
Taurus is ruled by Venus expressing her feminine side. It’s the earth quality of Venus which shows a very strong sensual nature and a nature that is interested in gathering and holding on to pleasure and happiness. Venus is the planet of happiness and pleasure, and through the sign of Taurus, she reflects upon these ideas and creates an inner environment of duty and order. Venus also rules the sixth house from Taurus which shows they can be very hard-working, loyal, dependable people willing to take on difficult tasks as long as there’s a sense of purpose and potential to create beauty and harmony in process.
But Venus ruling the sixth house also shows where Taurus can be their own worst enemy by having a lot of sensual weakness. Taurus must overcome their desire to experience pleasure just for themselves, they must learn to share. It is a sign that can be greedy and not necessarily able to see beyond their own needs and desires and the things that they’ve made a commitment to emotionally. It’s very much a sign of comfort and peace and family and it can be quite possessive as a fixed Earth sign, it can be one of the most possessive signs in the whole zodiac.
This is also the sign where the moon is exalted so it shows the fixed Earth quality, it’s very good for the moon which is our emotional state. The nature of Taurus to rule the mouth and face and sensual organs is very profound because Taurus shows where we want to take in enjoyment and experience pleasure, it also shows a quality of respect and values that we want to extend to others.
A Taurus person will go into situations and want to create stability and structure and order but they must be careful not to cling too much to form and the things they’ve made an emotional commitment to. Many times a Taurus person is very resistant to change and they can cling to situations that they would better be let go of. They can often place more importance on stability more than growth and they must learn to let go of things once their time is done.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. It shows the masculine nature of Mars – expressing himself in an external, aggressive way. By aggressive, it doesn’t mean that they are always aggressive personally or emotionally, but their way of life is very assertive and initiating. As being the masculine expression of Mars, an Aries person will like to take on a lot of external challenges, they can be quite competitive, not just in sports and in activities but in conversation and just in life in general. This enthusiasm for life and lust for life is very important to their growth process.
The real power of Aries is that childlike enthusiasm that no matter what happens, they can bounce back and pick it up again with a lot of zest and enthusiasm, quite incredible. Their ruling planet, Mars, also rules the eighth house of ups and downs, breaks and changes, sudden catastrophes and the Aries person is conditioned to see life this way and realize their enthusiasm is going to create some stress but that’s just the way it goes.
The motto of the Aries may be if you want to make an omelette, you got to break some eggs and they are always looking to make omelettes of some sort and breaking a lot of eggs in the process. Aries must learn to cultivate more patience, learn to deal with people a little bit better and integrate things that are related to the sign of Libra, which has to do with a little more manners and paying attention to others as well. All of the goals that Aries wants to achieve and all the enthusiasm that they are bringing into the world meets with resistance when they act with autonomy and act like a dictator so integrating the qualities of Libra is very important for an Aries person. Once they do this, then they are naturally enthusiastic and passionate nature will become blended with a sense of appreciation for others and the bigger picture, rather than just winning all the time.
Aries rules the head, the body part of the head, which shows they are always following their inspiration that they can be a little bit stuck in their head, however. It is hard for them to feel into situations. They can be disconnected from their heart for this reason. So instead of the Aries always following their head, they need to drop into a more sensitive approach to life and combine that with their naturally enthusiastic and powerful nature.