Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Scorpio (rated seX)

I started this blog series a year ago when the sun was last in Scorpio with the theme of Death. I didn’t invoke death to be bleak or morose, but because of the way that it puts us into dynamic relationship with life.

This month I want to come full circle, honor the sign of Scorpio, and close this series, again with the theme of death, only this time with the little death or la petite mort of orgasm, and it’s companions – sex, eroticism, pleasure, arousal, and genital anatomy.

Because, and thank goodness, Scorpio is a deep, provocative, taboo-probing sign, and sex is a complex, layered, often hidden, shamed and marginalized, though endlessly compelling topic.

Like death, sex has a way of stirring us up and putting us into dynamic relationship with our aliveness. Astrologer Caroline Casey says that Scorpio energy, and the 8th house it rules, wants to take everything once sacred that has since been distorted, denigrated and demeaned and restore it back to sacred.

So I have decided to share a few articles, videos and blog posts by sex-perts and educators of erotic intelligence who are unapologetically sex-positive, and unwaveringly clear about the generative, restorative and healing power of sex. They talk about it openly, using science, poetry, and humor, liberating it from the shame and taboo our society has put around it.

This post (and the ones I reference below) may trigger you, or excite you, or they may do both. You might find that you are compelled AND repelled, aroused AND averse, which can feel challenging to navigate, since most of us prefer to have a clear stance on one side of the fence, or the other.

Luckily, Scorpio knows how to be with both/and, and sit in that edgy, complex place, which is the true seat of wholeness. This includes the places where our early conditioning exists alongside of and often conflicts with the full range of our sexual urges and desires, and where any of our personal history of sexual wounding, or religious indoctrination, rubs up against our most natural erotic impulses and inclinations.

So I invite you to check out these resources, ideally in a spirit of open-ended curiosity, contemplation and consideration.

The Intelligence In Our Full Pleasure

Orgasm: The Cure for Hunger in the Western Woman

THE INTERNAL CLITORIS

The Sacred Power Of Your Yoni {Full Body Orgasm, Cervical- & Multiple Orgasm}

The Sex Prayer

The Epidemic of Sexually Unfulfilled Females

Walk Of No Shame

May each of us find increasing freedom, vitality and ecstasy in this most beautiful realm of our Nature, blessing and restoring to sacred that which has been shamed, shadowed and made sinful.

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Libra

Libra’s (and Libra Risings) have a certain magnetic appeal. They are physically attractive and beautiful to look at, or compellingly stylish and well put together. Libra can walk into a room where there is dissonance and disjointedness and quite naturally unify and harmonize the space. They have a deep sense of fairness, equality and justice. Libra’s are relational, cooperative and collaborative. They are great at creating the perfect ambiance, and have an easy sociability that makes you want them at your dinner party.

Libra’s can also be painfully codependent and lose touch with their most basic sense of self as their reference point becomes “the other”. So attuned are they to what others want, that they bend and acquiesce to keep things peaceful and harmonious, and often lose touch with their own needs and preferences.

Sometimes Libra’s decision to yield and accommodate is a conscious one – she knows what she wants, but chooses to defer to others in order to avoid conflict, and keep things even-keeled and harmonious. Other times she is so lost in pleasing and appeasing that she doesn’t even know she wanted something different. The result can be a backlog of resentment and lash-out, for when Libra realizes she wanted something else, she can get retroactively pissed!

A more evolved Libra will take ownership of the way her people-pleasing tendencies colluded with the situation, while a less evolved Libra might stay in blame and resentment, unable to own her inability to express preferences or take a stand for her needs.

Libra’s have an uncanny ability to see all sides of things. This is one of their superpowers, but it can also be their kryptonite.

Seeing from every angle allows them to be great mediators, diplomats and negotiators, since they can stay neutral and maintain equanimity when things heat up or get skewed in any one direction. But because they can see all sides of things, they can hang out in ambivalence, ambiguity and indecision, paralyzed by what feel like impossible choices.

Mainstream astro-knowledge tells us that Libra represents balance, but what most people don’t know is that we’re not born effortlessly embodying our sign’s wisest and most evolved expression, we have to learn it. Often Libra’s growth edge is to become more balanced. In fact, many of my Libra heavy clients (i.e. those with multiple planets in Libra) struggle with significant imbalances, including bi-polar disorder, and intense turmoil about sexual orientation, fluctuating between opposite spectrums until they find healthy middle ground.

In my writings on wholeness, I often talk about the powerful territory of both/and versus either/or. This is a truly Libran consideration, and one of the big poison/medicine arcs of this sign. If Libra can learn to not become polarized in duality but to hold it all equally, she has mastered something quite profound. Then she can choicefully tip the scales in the direction of what is most just, beautiful, equal and peaceful.

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One of my favorite prayers is the Navajo Beauty Way Prayer, a truly Libran invocation. Through the language of beauty it calls us to re-establish balance in our lives and come into harmony with all of creation. It reminds us that we can make our life our art, and our walk through life an act of beauty – a beauty way walk.

One way to honor this sun-sign-cycle would be to recite this prayer for a period of time. But do so with care, because sometimes in order for things to come into real balance, they need to get pretty lopsided first!

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Virgo

“Perfection is self abuse of the highest order.”

This quote is a great illustration of the Virgoian conundrum. Truly, perfection is what motivates this sign. Virgo has high standards of excellence and a high love of high order. Her territory is precision, distillation, discernment and refinement. Both earthy and ethereal, she has a profound sense of sacred symmetry, and carries important and mysterious medicine for the community.

But all too often these impulses and inclinations (and the distorted sense of responsibility that comes with them) cause her to turn in on herself and become self-abusive, especially when whatever project or objective falls short of her own perfectionist ideals. Her attention to detail can manifest as endlessly critical, irrationally fixated, and, when highly stressed, downright obsessive.

Virgo books

I chanced on this image the other day while searching for something on Amazon.com. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, pictured next to The Gifts of Imperfection. I haven’t read either of these books, but their titles represent a good illustration of key Virgoan themes. Hence honoring Virgo might include some dedication to both.

Attending to the organizing and sorting impulse ~ discerning and distilling between what stays and what goes, what is useful and what is not. Deleting Facebook friends you’ve never met, throwing out expired spices from your kitchen, reorganizing your bookshelves or sock drawer, cutting foods out of your diet that make you sick, and tossing toiletries you never use. Then reveling in the beauty and satisfaction that comes when order is present.

Next, the willingness to see the gifts in your perceived imperfections, questioning what perfection even means, and what is compelling you towards it, and acknowledging how your sense of wholeness gets disrupted when your less-than-perfect parts are excluded. Additionally, the willingness to consider the ways that you might actually become more perfect (skilled, masterful, adept) when you explore and experiment, starting right here and now, with wherever it is you are, rather than waiting for some unattainable moment when you finally have your shit fully together.

As mistress of the harvest, Virgo empowers you to use your discernment about which practices and lines of inquiry work for you and which don’t. So take it or leave it, the choice is yours!

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Leo

As an incarnation of the Sun, Leos are bright, warm, shiny, and magnetic, and when they’re around, they can blot out all the other stars in the room.

Leos want to be seen, heard, acknowledged, and applauded. They love to take center stage. But – to paraphrase one of my favorite astrologers – if Leos aren’t channeling their generative juices into some creative endeavor, they’re creating art of another kind. DRAMA!!!

Leos love to have fun, to play, to party it up. Their exuberant zest for life is contagious, and they truly do bring life to the party. But they can also steal your thunder, and pout like a child when the focus isn’t on them.

Here are a few snapshots about some Leo people I know:

One of my best friends has a Leo moon. She has a big, dynamic personality. She’s wildly stylish, and loves to dress up, go out, have fun, and spread joy. She is constantly tortured about her artistry – plagued equally by her desire to create, and her doubt about whether her creations are truly viable. She takes up a lot of energetic space when she’s in a room, but then… she can make you feel like you’re the only person in the room with her.

A Leo Sun I know fully embodies the King archetype. There is a lion-hearted nobility about him, and people are consistently magnetized towards him. He is a natural community leader, energizing all those he meets. Even if he is a bit insensitive regarding the fact that not everyone possesses his kind of effortless magnetism.

Another friend with a Leo moon is ambivalent about shining too bright or taking up too much space. However, she is willing to come into the spotlight when it’s for something noble – to be a vessel in service to something larger – versus standing out for the sake of self-aggrandizement. This is part of the high evolutionary impulse of Leo – to show up as a conduit, not in ego-driven ownership of her energy, gifts or craft, but in service to it, and to those who receive it

Typically, individuals who have a strong leonine influence have to work with their energy – toning it down in some moments, amplifying it in others. They can be alternately touchy and bold – bedazzling us with their charisma and charm, or sulky and sour if the feedback from those around them isn’t lavish enough or the kind they want.

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I want to encourage you to get creative about ways to honor this sun-sign-cycle. But here are a few ideas…

  • Go solar! Implementing and/or investing in solar technology is a wonderful way to honor this Sun-ruled sign.
  • Increase your vitamin D intake – whether by swallowing a capsule or lounging in the sun, invite that vital energy in!
  • Ask to be seen and acknowledged for something you’re longing to be recognized or validated for. Literally ask for it.
  • Join your community theater or local choir, and insist on getting the solo! Take that pottery workshop or swing dance class you’ve been wanting to, or read The Artists Way or Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

…maybe you make a new fashion statement, or decorate your patio with colorful lights and bright fabrics. No matter! The world is your canvas, and the sky’s the limit. So make like a Leo, and go BIG!

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Cancer

The Dalai Lama is a double Cancer.  Can you feel it?  The embodiment of compassion, His Holiness models the essential goodness of this Moon-ruled sign.  Capable of dolloping out unconditional love, and usually some comfort food while they’re at it, Cancers serve from the heart, and nurture us in the ways we need it most.

I have a dear friend who has her Sun in Cancer. She has a designated “womb room” in the basement of her home, and regularly spends time in a womb-like floatation tank. Tracking and tending the lunar rhythms and menstrual mysteries, and sustaining her home and family are what she’s about.  Her natural dedication to the moon, the womb, the hearth and the family is quintessentially Cancerian.

Everything is warm and fuzzy until Cancer’s tending becomes need-denying, long-suffering, moody, and resentful.  Like every sign, this one has a dark side. Think of an overbearing mother who forms her her identity around being a care-giver, and lacks a solid sense of self if not constantly validated and acknowledged for all of her sacrificing and over-extending.

Cancer’s are highly sensitive to the ebb and flow of life, and have a particular attunement to suffering. This can be really painful, so they often hide out or build up crab-like armor to protect themselves from feeling too vulnerable and exposed. If you’ve ever been in an intimate relationship with a Cancer you know that it can feel like you’re negotiating emotional land-mine territory in which sensitivities abound, and you can set off their triggers left and right without even knowing it.

The idea is to find a sweet spot between sensitivity and shut-down, between giving generously and guilting, between extending and exploding in resentment.

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Cancer, and the 4th house it rules, address themes of family, lineage, ancestry, and roots. One way you might honor this sun-sign-cycle is to do some genealogical mapping or family tree type of project.  You might record facts about your family history, collect stories and anecdotes from aging relatives, or get curious about your religious and cultural heritage.

Here’s a little story about my own family…

My maternal grandfather was a chazan (cantor).  After immigrating to the United States from Poland, he was hired to travel to synagogues around the east coast and operatically chant the Hebrew liturgy, especially during the High Holy Holidays.  I recently learned that he was listed as a reverend in the yellow pages.  It touched me to discover this overlap between us, even though our outward expression of reverence has manifested quite differently.

One of my Cancerian brothers is a professional chazan who is carrying on the linage in a way that is more traditional, much like the way our grandfather did it. My mother on the other hand can’t sing to save her life.  I think they say it skips a generation…  I remember my youngest brother – also a Cancer – at the age of three covering his ears when my mom would sing to him!

I share this with you in the hopes that it will inspire you to collect your own family stories and anecdotes, and I invite you to share one of them in the comments section below.

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Gemini

Eminently distractible, fickle and ungrounded, imbalanced Geminis can be all over the place – speedy, spinny, zippy and frenetic. They can be hopelessly noncommittal, and avert, avoid, defer and deflect like the best of ‘em. They epitomize the puers and the archetypal fools of the zodiac. They bore easily, shift gears without warning, and change plans often. They struggle with indecision, and can be of two minds about almost anything. They can be loquacious, wordy, talkative, garrulous and … redundant!

On the flip side, Geminis make great conversationalists and captivated listeners. Articulate, eloquent and deeply curious, they are quick-witted, whimsical, cunning linguists. They’re fun at parties, great at networking and making connections, effective multi-tasters, and magnificent storytellers. Oh, and they have a flair for lightening things up when the mood might otherwise be too heavy.

Sometimes Gemini people catch things on the current of the wind and vocalize them unfiltered.  They can say some really stupid shit, but they can also be keenly preceptive and offer us a spontaneous burst of insight.  So don’t shoot the Mercury ruled messenger!

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Honor this versatile sun-sign-cycle by becoming re-enchanted with the power of stories. Bite into a juicy best-seller, or return to a book that you loved as a child.  Read The Arabian Nights or The Secret Garden or The Mists of Avalon.  You may even decide to write your own story, or cultivate the high art of oral transmission and story-tell-it to someone in your life! Ask friends and family to share their stories with you too. Your curiosity and interest will surely draw them out and enliven them.

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Taurus

Taureans are the master space holders of the zodiac. Like buddhas or redwood trees, they can hold steady ground through the most tumultuous and chaotic moments. They make excellent body workers, embodied dancers and sensual lovers, and can create beautiful and sacred spaces. Taureans are deeply incarnate creatures who know how to be fully here on earth.

Until they get stuck…and they do get stuck!

Then it’s inertia, stagnation and painful habituation. Stubborn, sluggish and stifled, oh my! They can be couch potatoes, overly attached to material possessions, married to routine, and utterly risk averse. And they can procrastinate. Like forever.

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There are lots of ways to align with and honor the energy of Taurus.

If you’re feeling a lot of density you might decide to do a gentle cleanse to create some lightness. Think raw, vegan food, green juice and coconut water. The more weightless your food, the lighter you’ll feel.

If you’re feeling stagnation, meet it with movement, it’s opposite. (This will take some discipline and willpower because stagnation doesn’t like to move.)

If you’re feeling airy, anxious and all over the place, Taurus has good medicine for you! Lay down on the earth. Sit with you back against a tree. Get a deep tissue massage. Start an embodiment practice or try somatic psychotherapy.

If you’re feeling balanced then simply revel in the sensual delights and creature comforts Taurus so loves. Wear fabrics and materials that feel amazing on your skin. Fill your house with flowers and music. Make love outdoors. Take time to cuddle, snuggle and hug. Buy a crock pot and do some slow cooking. Or go out for dinner and savor every mouthful of a delicious, decadent dessert.

No matter what you’re feeling, bless this precious mama earth. All of this goodness comes from her. So bless her as if your life depends on it, because it does!

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Aries

Despite what felt like an endless winter in many parts of the country, Spring has, once again, sprung. Bird song and blossoms abound, and people are beginning to shake off the contraction and internal freeze of winter.

Aries initiates the shift as guardian of the cross quarterly threshold of the Spring Equinox. To do this, it utilizes it’s qualities of tenacity, raw life force, and relentless determination. Without it’s fundamental attributes of impulse, instinct and ignition, nothing would happen. Certainly flowers, roots and grasses would not grow through concrete without it. That’s because Aries insists on life.

The flip side – and there always is one – is that this same raw archetypal energy can be expressed as impatient, impetuous, instigating and insensitive. Aries wants it when it wants it. It charges ahead. Keep up or get left behind. It needs constant movement or it goes painfully stagnant or aggressively explosive.

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I created this blog series to help you align with the Sun Sign of the month through devotional practices and mindfulness exercises. So here are a few to consider this month:

Cultivate courage (have that difficult conversation you’ve been putting off)
Push the edge (that’s what it’s there for)
Generate more life force (think sex marathons and high impact exercise)
Pursue what you want (it’s okay to lead with desire)
Celebrate life (it’s a miracle after all)

Small and sustainable is perfectly acceptable, just as long as you harness the energy of the sign, and show some gumption while you’re at it!

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Pisces

Pisces love to merge. They have a refined attunement, sensitivity and aesthetic. At their best Pisces are here to remind us to go with the flow, and of a Oneness so abiding it makes our hearts break open. They also remind us to dream. Pisces are the filmmakers, shape-shifters, shaman and mystics of the zodiac. They give us access to non-ordinary states, fantasy realms, and the spiritual and esoteric dimensions of existence.

Less evolved Pisces can feel murky, nebulous, evasive and diffuse. Think coyote tricksters and snake-oil salesmen. Lost in shadow, Pisces might become a meth addict, or any other kind of addict for that matter. They can be aimless, overly-impressionable, confused and disassociated.

However, real life is never so neat or liner. Most Pisces live somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, as most of us do.

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This month I invite you to “feed holy” by honoring your intuition and sensitivity, connecting deeply with Source, and allowing yourself to dream big. Pay attention to subtlety and nuance. Go with the flow. Appreciate beauty and refinement in art, music and film. Consciously invite what is hidden and nebulous to reveal itself to you. Read mystical poetry or study the Kabbalah. Suspend your disbelief.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~Walt Disney
“Reality is for people who can’t handle imagination” ~Abraham Hicks
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ~John Lennon

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Celestial Soundbites ~ Sun in Aquarius

If Capricorn preserves the social order, Aquarius disrupts it. It’s motivation is humanitarian, it’s purview is visionary and futuristic, it’s method is to shake things up, stir the pot, and interrupt the status quo, and it’s purpose is to create radical change. Aquarians can seem weird, contrary and aloof, but if their energy is conscious and well-directed, they can lead us towards a more utopian world.

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Should is one of the most insidious words in the English language. Whenever you hear yourself saying it, I encourage you to drop it like a hot potato. Shoulds keep us imprisoned in our lives. They are relentless dictators that rob us of our free will, and generally run counter to our natural impulses. Should is a creativity killer, life-force diminisher, and self-expression stifler. Instead favor authenticity and cast off the things you do as a matter of course, and not as a matter of choice.

As a detached air sign, Aquarius allows us to take a step back, make inquiries, be objective and cultivate equanimity. This month, in holy devotional feeding of the Aquarian energy, I encourage you to do the same when confronted with some of those randomly imposed shoulds that dampen your spirit and dull your experience of life.

Try marching to the beat of your own heart, letting your freaky, idiosyncratic flag fly, and being your unique self.

This may mean stepping outside of your comfort zone, but it isn’t about going against your true nature. In fact, it’s about going more radically towards it.

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