Venus On Leo 25: The Hindu Yogi Seeking Spiritual Enlightenment Degree


Yogi MeditatingThis Symbol can bring a strong sense of the need for a sense of ‘Inner Spiritual Attainment”. There can be a strong pull towards meditation, yoga, being still, wanting time alone or seeking a sense of transcendence from this world. The Yogi can be very still, or, perhaps there’s a need for stilling the mind against outside forces. The events of the world can intrude on one’s sense of peace and quiet and there may need to be a need of cutting off, shutting out or going on your own way, at least for a while.

This degree can see us sitting in peaceful contemplation, or, as in the photo below, sitting on a bed of nails.

This Symbol shows a ‘Hindu Yogi’ sitting in contemplation, totally concentrating on inner spiritual attainment. It implies a desire to contact spirit and to be in touch with one’s body, often through the practice of meditation or yoga. This is a wonderful degree of spiritual striving, however there could be a feeling of imbalance; it is as if some aspects of your life are put on hold in favor of some central issue. This can lead to a loss of holistic balance if you’re ‘totally concentrated upon inner spiritual attainment’. Being too committed to spiritual or Indian Yogi Sitting on Bed of Nails - Vintage Postcardemotional concerns can lead one to lose touch with more immediate, physical matters. However, a sense of focus on something that is very important can bring enormous rewards.

Health issues. Mind over body. Body over mind. Gymnasiums and fitness. Yoga and yogis. Extreme states of meditation. Physical fitness. Total concentration. Exercise.

The Caution: Not paying attention to the body or physical needs OR being bound up in physical fitness denying one’s emotional and spiritual needs. Obsessions.

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Mercury On Virgo 28: The Baldheaded Man In Uniform


Bald-Headed Man In Uniform Seizes PowerAre you taking control of your life? Are you in control of how things are working out for you, or, is someone else? Who holds the reins? Who wears the pants – the ‘uniform’? Is someone being a bully? Is bullying and taking advantage of others hanging in the air? Do you feel is in the news, that bully is on the rampage in society, if not in your own life?

This pictures a time to seize power and push forward with decisions that need to be grounded now. It is by force of will that the solution will be found, but one must be careful to temper the situation as displays of masculine will can get out of hand very quickly.

Dominating others’ mental space in order to be in control. Male hormones run rampant. The story of Samson and his hair. Uniforms.

The Caution: Pushing too hard or fast. Ramming one’s convictions. Being demanding and bossy. Power tripping.

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The Sun On Virgo 9: An Expressionist Painter Drawing Up Plans


Expressionist Painter Dali ClocksWhat are your plans? How do you see your future? Who or what is in the make-up of your future? Do you see things clearly – they way they are or the way they could be?

This Symbol shows a talent or propensity to make drawings or plans for the future, or for being able to see what’s coming up in the future. Individuality and originality seem to be the uppermost requirements. Although a wonderful degree often showing talent, the trick can be that you can get drawn into what you’re doing, dreaming things up to the point where you exclude other priorities in life. Draw up your plans for the future with an eye to what you want or what’s desirable. How do they look? Have you considered everything? Even against the pressure for a traditional response, it is your individual creativity that is needed.

Creativity and plans projected into the future. Seeing things ahead of their time. Being unrestricted by reality. Artists, architects and engineers. Plans, schemes, blueprints.

The Caution: Focusing on tomorrow and not seeing the reality of the value of today. Plans that often come to nothing. Living in your mind. Getting lost in abstractions.

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Mars On The Going After the Innocent Degree: Scorpio 22


The Sabian Symbol for Mars is one of ‘warring’ between the classes. One can feel like they are a ‘sitting duck’, or, that there is a need to look out for those who might shatter your peaceful life. Mars on this degree can represent the call to war, the need to bring out the weapons, to head off to shoot and to kill, although it can definitely also show an equally strong desire to protect the defenseless and those who need help.

Duck HuntingThis Symbol implies the need for protection of those who are innocent or younger, smaller, or not able to protect themselves. Being an advocate for others, you can shield them from the more harmful elements of society. You may, at times, feel that you are the one that needs to be protected or given shelter or in need of people declaring a ceasefire and amnesty so people can come out into the open and not be afraid to show their true selves. Of course, there is a need for an outlet for aggressive emotions every now and then. Doing so in groups gives this outlet, such as “Shooting Wild Ducks” some sense of acceptability. However, picking on those that are undefended or smaller is really not right, no matter what the terms.

Satiating one’s aggressive desires. Being able to hit the mark. Terrorism in its many forms. Camouflage. The armed forces. Armaments. Hunting for meat or trophies.War far, ammunition and weapons.

The Caution: Taking unfair advantage of the innocent. Exploitation. Hormones running rampant. Bullying behavior. Polluting nature. Shooting people down. Nowhere to hide.

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The Sun Is On The Merry-Go-Round Degree: Virgo 6

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun is Virgo 6: A MERRY-GO-ROUND

MerryGoRoundDo you feel like you’re going around in circles? Doing the same thing day in and day out? Do you want to get off the cycle of habits that you find yourself doing? Thinking? 

There’s a need to see definite possibilities and the evidence of advancement in our life and to feel as though we are making progress towards a goal or a clear outcome. This image can relate to any situation where we feel stuck in repetitive or unprogressive ruts. Relationships, marriages, jobs and everyday chores or habits can have you running around in circles landing you right back in the same place. This can lead you to wonder if you should just hold on tight, wait to see if the thing will ever eventually stop or jump off. Jumping off whilst things are still in motion can actually feel life threatening. The desire, longing or even addiction to things, people, places, substances, etc., can put a hold on your life to the point where you can’t see a way out. Just when you may think you’ve seen a way to get off, or out, you’re back in the same situation, emotion or location. However, each time you return to what feels like the same place, if you’ve been watchful, you’ve had the opportunity to look at other alternatives, answers or possibilities. At some stage, though, there will need to be a decision made: do you want to keep going round and round, or do you want to stop repetitive situations or reactions and get off?

Keywords: Repeating circles of activity. Driving around and around. Motion sickness. Childhood fun and joy. Yo-yoing and oscillating backwards and forwards. Emotional polarization. Once you’re on it, you want to get off. The ups and downs and the ins and outs. Habits that are hard to break. Carnivals. Lights. Noise. Music.

The Caution: Repeating the same mistakes. Bouncing around from one thing to another and not getting anywhere. Feeling like there’s no end in sight. Addictive behavior. Feeling dizzy. Not being able to focus on one point. Manic depression. Getting nowhere. Seeking only pleasure.

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Mercury On The Lion Tamer Degree: Virgo 23


Lion TamerWith this degree around, there’s a need for self-discipline and mastery. Being prepared to take on things that are “unknown” or risky, may lead to excitement, but how much is being risked in order to accept the challenge? One has to be cautious with every move, as there’s the need to anticipate every type of outcome or eventuality. It is not that you need to extinguish powerful emotions and energies, but by skillfully manipulating things, these wild emotions and energies will perform in a way that will see you as the one in charge.

In order to survive or “win”, there may be the need to bite the bullet and to put fears behind you. As long as you’re aware of all the possible consequences, things should turn out okay. However, with this Symbol, there is a question as to what degree the risks are real and to what degree they are imagined. It is common for the lions to be well fed by the ‘Lion-Tamer’ before he ventures into the arena, reducing any real risk of danger. The audience, oblivious of the methods the ‘Lion-Tamer’ utilizes or undertakes, are gripped by their own fears or the way they believe they would act if they were in his place Hence, this Symbol can reflect that you are allowing others to think you are much braver, and taking more risks than you really are. This can give you an advantage over others for a while, but the ‘audience’ can easily become disillusioned if the truth becomes known. Whatever, how prepared are you for what may happen? Once you’re out there, in the ‘Circus Arena’ you’re committed to it, with no real turning back.

Keywords: Having faith and courage in your abilities. Sublimating animal instincts. Control. Fearlessness. Professionalism. Extremism. Adrenaline rushes. Dangerous spectacles. Training and conditioned responses. Restrained passion. Coordination and skill. Superheroes.

The Caution: Needing to be in control. Believing that things are dependent on your direction. Showing off and boasting. Plunging into situations, physically or emotionally, that are inherently dangerous without regard for the consequences. Overplaying one’s abilities. Dominant attitudes. Taking on anything and anyone.

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Venus On Leo 20: Ritual To The Sun

Venus is exactly square Mars (still) – leading to some interesting realisations and events, happening within ourselves as well as outside of ourselves. Venus Ritual to the Sun Indian Womanand Mars squaring like this with Saturn smack along for the ride can see us having moments of decision, separating and confining, or, on the other hand, making commitments to people, places, jobs or whatever…. but, the underlying factor is whether you put yourself first, or do you succumb to what others want and feel the need to perform as Mars conjunct Saturn might have you do?

Polarising between people – “I’m good, they are bad” “I’m worthwhile and they’re not” “I’m entitled and they should just get out of the way as they are worthless” is obviously a very negative thing. I am hearing it all the time on social media and that kind of polarisation just leads to enmity and war. And, we wonder why people strike back… it’s terrible. The need for a ‘bogey-man’ brings us exactly that and we may feel like he’s under the bed = there when we might least expect or want it.


The ‘Sun’ in this ‘Ritual’ can relate to one’s sense of selfhood, identity and ego. A good, healthy sense of self and ego is wonderful and should be celebrated. There can be a feeling of belonging to a culture with shared visions, regardless of whether you actually come from it. However, it is possible that someone in this situation has been caught up in the glamour of ‘Ritual’ and has been ignoring the true purpose of it. Perhaps there is a need to draw the ego back into perspective, especially if it has become over-inflated. Traditional ‘Rituals’, or ceremonies, can inspire people to action. They often bring renewal and relief to people, and solutions to situations. Tools like affirmations and meditation are useful to clarify goals and ambitions. It is important, however, not to merely rely on ‘Rituals’ to magically produce what we want. Use these methods to enhance and contribute meaning to your life. Take a moment to remember your relationships with the earth and her people.

Keywords: Restoring spirit. Rituals and worship. The desire to return to nature. Shining through one’s life, not through social credentials. Sweat lodges. Drum-beating. Celebrating a unique heritage. Participation with nature’s cycles. Eclipses. Smudging. Reveling in the larger picture leading to belonging and oneness. Fire, passion, spontaneity, sacrifice. Restoring sacredness. American Indian traditions. Vision quests. Fasting. Courage. Conquering bad habits and attitudes. The truth of conviction. Prayer. Eagle feathers. Baptisms of fire.

The Caution: Egoistic responses to life situations leading to narrow responses. Relying on rituals to manifest magic. Losing sight of the meaning of ceremony. Holding onto tradition without intuiting new and modern truths. Living in the past. Cult worship. Losing identity in one’s own culture.

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Mars On The Drawing Aside The Curtains Degree: Scorpio 20


Woman Drawing Aside CurtainsThis degree Symbol is a very interesting one and it may be asking for a lot of commitment from us, especially as it is Mars that is sitting here – and soon, Saturn will head over this.

You may be pushed (or shoved) and you may sense the need to venture down new ‘Pathways’ or investigate new possibilities. You will have to muster intuitive faith and overcome any fears in order to enter into these new realms. Having or showing courage, being inquisitive and expressing strong desires may also be prerequisites for success in this new area of experience. Your sphere of action and operation is likely to become vastly enlarged with the new perspective that is opening up to you. All sorts of new possibilities and opportunities are before you. These can be felt on the physical level, on the more mystical planes, or in a sexual way. “Pulling back the curtains” to reveal what needs to be shown will lead to answers to this question.

Look at your situation, what exactly is this ‘Sacred Pathway’ and where is it leading you? Is it a place that has been dreamt about for some time, but until now there hasn’t been a guide or a traveling companion to show the way or to share the journey? Whatever the case may be, it appears that help will soon be at hand in sorting out the mystery that stands before you. Be receptive, be loving and take the step into the unknown.

Keywords: Mysteries revealed, sometimes after a long wait. Feminine mysteries laid out before you. Woman’s reproductive organs, especially the vagina. The mysteries of the Goddesses. Getting past things that are cloaked or shielded from entry or view. Sexual mysteries. Open Sesame. Clairvoyant readings that reveal the ‘Path’. Invitations to the unknown. Drawing aside inhibitions. Following through on things.

The Caution: Being seduced into dark and sinister things or being led astray. Not being shown the true picture or the truth. Frigidity and closing off sexual responses. Being, or feeling, shut out. Dark rooms with little sign of life.

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Mercury On Virgo 22: The Royal Coat Of Arms Degree


Royal Coat Alessandro Allori. Tapestry with the Medici-Lorena Coat of Arms.There is a strong connection to heritage. This can give rise to feelings of pride and honor. There are things to stand up for and to represent. Believing in yourself and your abilities will give you strength and stability. By tapping into your deepest self or your emotions, you can find a tap-root back to your ancestors or those who have gone before. They stood for something really wonderful and now it seems it is your turn to take on the mantle, at least in some measure. Having to live up to the ideals or aspirations of others can be a tiring and burdensome responsibility, unless, of course, you are wanting the same things. No matter what your personal history, there is a royalty inside that you can access with faith in yourself.

A long lineage standing behind. Nobility. ‘Coats of Arms’. Pure blood. Hereditary issues. Having rights and prestige. Pageantry. Knights jousting. Inheritances.

The Caution: Superficial judgment on one’s ancestry. Believing in privileges for the select few.

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The Sun On The Awareness Of Nature Spirits Degree: Virgo 5


Nature spirits and normally unseen spiritual energiesThis Symbol implies strong feelings of another level of awareness around you. Your rational mind is, at times, being overshadowed by intuitive thoughts and feelings. The imagination is showing a clearer path to understanding and knowledge. Equipped to see the invisible, you penetrate into the mystical levels of life. There may be messages to bring back into your waking consciousness. This can show a creative, attuned mind that can perceive subtle phenomena in the environment. Tap into your clairvoyance, but don’t be thrown off track by it

Creative fantasies. Fairy tales. Seeing things or just imagining them? Fantasizing about people or experiences. Attuned minds. Seeing entities. Fairies. Nature spirits.

The Caution: Confusion or a lack of true perspective. Time wasted. Being a space cadet. Losing the plot. Mental institutions. Not being taken seriously. Schizophrenia.

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