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Oct. 3rd, 2010 02:47 am Detailed Natal Chart

After the C&P party tonight, I decided to check my Natal Chart. Here's what I found out:

The Luminaries: Sun and Moon
The state of the solar system at the time of your birth points to self-similar (fractal) qualities within you. But of all the planets, the "lights" - the Sun and Moon - are thought to indicate the main polarity of your being. In psychology, this has been articulated in the concept of complementarity between the conscious and unconscious contents of the mind. The Sun and Moon act as positive and negative poles - an intentional, directing element (Sun), and a suggestible, receptive one (Moon). In a beneficial relationship, the emotional conditioning of the Moon is given a purposive and positive expression by the astrological Sun. This has been called 'intentional living'. Wherever we allow our consciousness (attention) to rest, that we vitalize.

The Astrological Sun
There is only one center to our solar system, and there is only one center to your psyche. The Sun is the great central powerhouse which illuminates us and shows us where we can get the most from life by radiating all that our sun represents. In Jyotish, the astrology of the Hindus, the Sun is known as 'atma karaka', or soul indicator, signifying a person's confidence, authority and power - the ego center of the horoscope. The Sun is our central identity and 'true self', in that it is toward this more than anything that we should be moving and developing. Thus, it represents that which we wish to become and those we look up to. It is also our essence, our bliss, and that which we do for the sheer fun of it. The Sun is creativity, original flair, celebration and glory - the quality of output we tend to expect from heros and celebrities. But we are each capable of giving out more than we do - and I don't mean money. The Sun is about having a purpose large enough to animate the whole of your life and going about it with a tone of appreciation and joie de vivre. Your Sun shows how and where you can shine. Light your fire!

Sun in Scorpio
Intense and passionate, Scorpio is the sign of delving into the great mysteries of life. You know how to recognise your own depths and have a deep awareness into the thresholds of passage - the tests, steps and initiations we must all go through. You also know how to go without, if need be. You are driven from within and are able to cut through to the heart of things, sometimes sacrificing too much of yourself to an idea or cause. But it is through this process that you are able to reveal to yourself what is going on and make the inner adjustments necessary for the transformations you are constantly going through. You can be very magnetic, even wild at times, and have a sense of power and an instinct for survival. Moody, you often draw on the power of the emotions as a hidden resource and release. Scorpio is intense, passionate and very personal. It rushes past superficialities right to the heart of any matter. A loyal friend but a fanatic foe, this sign does well in politics and all areas where those who dare are rewarded. Associated with sexual energy, Scorpio loves to get involved, going down deeper and coming up dirtier, thereby laying bare that which is hidden.

Sun Trine Jupiter
Generosity of spirit. Outlook is mainly philosophical, optimistic and content. Indicative of ease of effort, but may also be too complacent. A visionary nature with high ideals. Excels in publishing and consciousness-raising work of all kinds. Knows above all that we are here to learn. Person functions from a sense of abundance and therefore satisfies hopes easily. Good intuition and humor.
Sun Square Mars
A born doer and person of action. The ego is strong, energetic, assertive and extroverted. There is an incredible drive to accomplish and achieve in life which pushes straight-on toward whatever goals are in mind. Ambitions are backed-up by the will to get things done, but can be very driven to the point of being too aggressive. There is a strong need for physical outlet. This aspect fosters heroism and valor with much activity being directed toward self-expression.
Sun Conjunct Mercury
Mentally active. Intellectual expression comes easily, but is often restless and lacking patience because the mind operates so quickly. Ablility to excel in speaking, writing and all types of communication, but can lack objectivity. Witty and humorous with a dramatic mind, will benefit by being in a teaching or lecturing occupation. Mind wants to capture as much new information as possible, so travel when you can.
Sun Sextile Saturn
Responsibilities are easy and tasks are taken on one after another. Can accomplish much. Down to earth. A strong willingness to help out. Purposeful, focussed and efficient, the organizational skills are good and a career in one of the physical sciences is probable. Willingness to take advice, so It is helpful to work with those in authority or those who are more experienced.
Sun Opposite Moon
Torn between different directions in life with feelings going one way and willpower another. A sense of being caught in the middle - forced to choose between surroundings that are emotionally supportive (but not progressive) and new directions that bring advancement but may be at the expense of comfort. Getting these opposing energies to work together requires real compromising skill. It is helpful to see life not as 'black-white' or 'all-or-nothing', but as a complex sliding-scale of varying shades and subtleties.
Sun Conjunct Uranus
Unconventional, independent and drawn to whatever is different and original in life. Hates being tied down with the drudgery of routine, preferring instead to keep options open. Gets involved in causes that go against tradition, revolutions of one kind or another - social or political. Men in particular are eccentric or nonconformist. Computers, electronics and everything 'new-wave' appeals.

The Astrological Moon
The astrological Moon symbolises memory, memes and conditioning - the habitual, instinctive, unconscious side of our nature, and therefore the most predictible. Our interface with the environment - how we react to it - is best indicated by the Moon's position and the planets it aspects. Because it represents our upbringing and emotional background, the Moon denotes our sense of belonging and well-being (or not) and what we need in order to feel comfortable and content. But all too often the tendency is for the Moon to reflect back the frayed impressions of old hurts and vendettas, thereby wasting precious energy on painful and unproductive distractions of the past. Clearly what is needed is a more aspiring attitude; one in which we are continually banging our cup and demanding that our needs be satisfied! What is your special hunger? What kind of stimulation do you need in order to feel good about yourself? True gratification can be had only by feeding your Moon. The Feast of the Present is spread out around you!

Moon in Taurus
You have stable emotions and tend to form strong attachments to the past, perhaps to the extent of making you resistant to change. You value constancy and material security in all things and possess a good business sense. You are, by nature, very domestic and enjoy comfortable surroundings. Being able to feel in harmony with your environment is very important, as is having a safe and solid base from which to operate.

Moon Opposite Uranus
Independence above all. Very much involved with all that is non-traditional and revolutionary, especially when it comes to the domestic scene and ideas of home and family. Original, different and unpredictable when it comes to emotional reactions. The approach to feelings, moods and the whole psychological gambit is novel. Tends to show emotions suddenly or in unusual ways. Prefers being unconventional and nonconformist. Gets pleasure out of engaging in forbidden or unauthorized behaviour.
Moon Opposite Mercury
Speaks from the heart and feelings color reason. Mental processes are very open to the environment, so makes for strong perceptions and a creative imagination. There is a strong connection with 'the public' and takes an active interest in psychology and cultural studies. Gains support when it comes to writing, speaking and teaching. Women especially tend to be very communicative. Restless. Good memory and strong powers of recall.
Moon Sextile Jupiter
A knack for finding assistance. Emotional growth is easy. The ability to rally support makes a public career of one kind or another quite probable. Innately knows how to go about solving problems. Success is indicated in teaching, counselling or foreign travel. Finds it easy to balance security needs and freedom. There is an inner harmony, peace of mind and philosophical nature which finds it difficult to take life too seriously.

The Planets: Agents of the Cosmos
The planets of astrology are not just giant balls of rock and gas, but fractal reflections of the different facets of reality - whole self-consistent categories of meaning. They reveal tendencies which are in a continual state of 'becoming'. But each individual is responsible for developing his or her attributes and actively integrating the planets' detailed messages. Having had the broad qualities pointed out, you are free to work with or against the cosmic current. But you will only benefit from the universal self-organising process by intentionally and planfully improving on those features as depicted in your birth chart. We only get where we're going by moving in the right direction. Destiny is a matter of Destination.

The Astrological Mercury
Mercury is the articulate messenger - Hermes - master of the networks, change and complexity. He represents mentality: words, thoughts, ideas, communications. But more generally, this is the planet of connections - everything that links and conveys - synchronicity - the magical crossroads at which the observer stands to see the 'similarity of meaning' in the converging strands of various causes and effects. This is the meeting place of mind and matter, where logic, wit and reason are brought into play. The power of thought. The power of words. The ancestor of every action is a thought, and how we say something is often more important than what we say. Words trigger attitudes and set up resonances of their own, continuing to do their work even when the attention is elsewhere. Guided by your Mercury, you begin to construct a bridge between yourself and the world, bringing together all the unique circumstances needed to trigger results that none of them could have produced on their own. Mercury shows how you can 'hijack' people, places and situations to your best advantage - the way you can go about getting your way.

Mercury in Scorpio
The original Sherlock Holmes, you are able to ferret out information and all kinds of secrets. You are research-oriented and security minded. A shrewd and penetrating mind, you have great psychological instincts and are able to get at the causes beneath the surface of life.

Mercury Conjunct Uranus
You do a lot to fulfill the popular stereotype of the "genius," so obviously brilliant are some of the things you think and say. You have such an outpouring of insights that having a conversation with you can be a real experience. Your mind works like lightning. Words and thoughts sort of shoot out, illuminating whatever subject is at hand. You really do have very different ideas and ways of expressing them. There may also be a sustained interest in communication, computers, electronics, and all that is electrical.
Mercury Trine Jupiter
You enjoy working with your mind and can usually find a solution to even the worst problems. You like to solve puzzles and dilemmas, yours or others'. Your skills in this regard make you expert at counseling and guiding others. Fine verbal skills and a n atural sense of justice makes legal work a distinct possibility. Working with laws, natural or man-made, amounts to a real talent. You also have a great interest in ideas, the more true and lasting the better. Philosophical concepts will be a lifelong concern for you.

The Astrological Venus
Venus is harmony. She symbolises our relationship with all that we meet in the world. When we appraise or appreciate something, whether that be another person or a possession, this is Venus - the sense of love or appreciation we feel. Venus is reciprocity, interaction with others, compromise, reconciliation and balance. She is also our need for approval, and how we seek it - 'we' consciousness and union. This ability to get-it-together is also tested by our talent (or lack of) for developing a sense of wealth and affluence. Venus is what we love, feel comfortable with and what appeals to us. And she has much to do with desires, luxuries and their enjoyment. She is also about making oneself enjoyable. Thus her energy is what has been called the 'courtier spirit', which means being agreeable and smoothing the path. In many ways she shows us how we can get the most, both relationship-wise and financially, out of life. As the planet of balance and resources, Venus speaks to us about the ways one influences the other; for as any successful businessperson will tell you, you must be willing to spend money in order to make it. This is the lifeblood of commerce - there must be an out-going as well as an in-coming flow of energy. Good relationships require give-and-take, as do all successful enterprises.

Venus in Libra
A socialite, you love decorum and etiquette, and relationships are for you the true test of the art of give and take. A peacemaker, preferring to 'break-even' rather than gain ground, you avoid harsh and crude actions, people or things. Reconciling, you truly appreciate care, concern, equality, gentleness, and acceptance. Having the approval of your partner is important to you, as you like to bounce ideas off others to gain a more balanced perspective. Tactical response and counter-support are your harmonising agents.

Venus Conjunct Pluto
When you love, you love with energy and passion. You value personal contact, cutting through all the externals and getting to the heart of things. You understand and appreciate vulnerability and have no compunction about presenting your own sensitive spots to others. You enjoy working behind the scenes, getting at secret and hidden areas of the mind and psyche. Changes and transformative experiences are where you like to be most.
Venus Sextile Neptune
You have the gift of working with others, helping them to sense and feel the unity of life. Your love of the spiritual and the eternal is clear to all who meet you. You love to solve the problems of the world, at least in words and images, and when you tell it, all are enchanted. Dreams and images are your stock and trade.
Venus Semisquare Saturn
You value the simple life and have little use for pomp and circumstance. Your appreciation for hard work and discipline is natural and lifelong. You actually love responsibility and tend to pile on the work. Others may find you frugal or unnecessarily spartan, but you love simplicity as much as they love opulence. You can discriminate the wheat from the chaff and put great value on organization.

The Astrological Mars
Mars is the planet of motivation and drive. It is the self-starting impetus, initiative and energy we need to get moving. When we search for the meaning of something, life or whatever, it is Mars that urges us on and keeps us searching. Mars also drives us against things too, as when it sends us into war and combat. Mars looks for the challenge, takes charge and pushes forward with a pioneering spirit. Mars is purposeful, direct and courageous; where our passion is, there we find the planet Mars. Thus it also has to do with ardor and impulses, and often signifies the sex-drive, especially in a man's chart. Martian energy enjoys becoming involved in the thrust of life - acting promptly on an urge and, within that conviction, creating more trust in its own actions. This is a circular process: The more we trust and act, the more we receive impulses that can be trusted.

Mars in Leo
You are always center-stage and entertaining others. You have an almost fierce sense of pride and are very dramatic and expressive, sometimes forceful. You are a natural at sports, games, anything that "gets it out." Very emotional, you have strong likes and dislikes. You are good with kids, animals -- a teacher or coach. You act it out.

Mars Sesquiquadrate Neptune
A desire for unity and atonement. You have an urge to put out to sea and to somehow get past what separates and into that which unites or ties things together. Your drive to make dreams real keeps you working for your vision. The ideal should be made real. You put your whole heart into making your dreams and ideals a reality.

The Astrological Jupiter
When it comes to an astrology of success and empowerment, some planets are more important than others simply because of their nature. As the planet of outreach and exploration, Jupiter plays a very important role here. The Hindu word for Jupiter is 'Guru' (Teacher), and Jupiter is about having an outlook or belief system - something we can identify with or look forward to. It shows how we search for meaning in our lives, and therefore has much to tell us about our 'ideal' vocation. Jupiter is the guiding philosophy which provides us with our sense of direction and shows us how to approach life's problems. Jupiter is 'conscience', ethics, as well as our opinions and how we form them. It represents our speculations about the world and can tell us much about the process of self-discovery. As the 'lord of opportunity', prosperity, affluence, and all the benefits we earn through our outgoing-ness and out-giving to others, Jupiter's position in your chart is instrumental in determining your capacity for optimism and attracting luck. To enhance Jupiter's benefit in your life, follow the indications of his placement in your chart. In general, by adopting a spread of effort rather than a concentration - by accepting Life's invitations and maximising what they have to offer - by saying 'yes' to the exotic and unfamiliar - we deliberately extend our range of contacts and interests whereby luck can reach us. There is an organic connection between this attitude and the arrival of the good things in life. A note of warning though, you can have too much of a good thing.

Jupiter in Cancer
A career in big business is possible, for you like broad, secure foundations. It is important for you to feel safe, and you are good at creating a climate in which ideas can grow and flourish; the matrix or womb. Supportive and nurturing, you use your intuition and gut instinct in combination with thought and deliberation. Fiercely loyal, you protect your own interests and of those you love. Your luck comes from putting yourself in situations that 'feed' you emotionally, for example, by surrounding yourself with people you can trust - family, friends etc.

Jupiter Trine Uranus
You are independent and value freedom and nonconformity. A great problem-solver, you enjoy working out new solutions, trying new things. Your career will be anything but ordinary, and leave it to you to find unusual ways of supporting yourself. You bring a lot of mental skill and understanding to whatever you do, and could teach or help others to take a more independent approach to their life or career. You pursue electronics, computers, and the like.

The Astrological Saturn
Saturn is the prince of the material world - the planet of materialisation and incarnation, self-containment and personal distinction. Saturn rules the limitations of the world we live in and so indicates where we are bound to learn self-discipline and duty - whether we like it or not! It is the boundaries around us that make identity possible. As time passes, you slowly but surely crystallise a personal identity, distinct and unique from the others around you, by excluding whatever does not seem compatible with your purpose. Each new day adds to this evolutionary sense of 'I', with the object being an increased sense of responsibility. Saturn is said to be the hard taskmaster, the planet that keeps us from getting carried away in one direction or another. And although it seems to limit and undermine, it also defines and clarifies. For it is the process of sedimentation - building layer upon layer with structure and control - whereby we see our ambitions realised. Nothing worthwhile can be accomplished without determination, concentration, persistence, commitment and patience.

Saturn in Leo
You could be afraid to follow your own heart and to express yourself. Instead, you try to always keep your emotions in control. Children and animals are important in your life. You need to act out and express feelings -- let go, learn to be the center of attention, to be loved. Let it flow.

Saturn Semisquare Pluto
You may have a tendency to avoid sensitive subjects and to take refuge in duties and responsibilities rather than face issues that might disturb you or put you through some changes. You are a stern pragmatist in all that is psychological -- whatever wells up from inside us. Your need for psychological security and absolute truth in all matters cuts through most chit-chat and settles on core material. You concentrate on deep, inner changes in you and in others - depth psychology.

The Astrological Uranus
To live a full and satisfying life, you must be vividly yourself. Many of us are afraid to be different, and the pressure to conform can be stifling. But to live creatively is to find your own way, even if this means going against the grain. This urge to free-will and self-authorisation is Uranus, the planet of fierce independence. Surprise can be stimulating - the jab that gets you out of the rut. And if you want to ride the wave of chaos instead of being swallowed by it - if you want to liberate yourself from the disruptions and shocks around you - you must voluntarily keep out of the groove. Realise that change is the only constant phenomenon. In randomness is all potential. Disorder increases possibilties. Chance! Uranus is the reverse of the status quo and always unconventional and heretical: If life is accidental, we are free to give it any point we like. Become Yourself!

Uranus in Scorpio
You are innovative in sexual matters (anything taboo) and have insights into what makes our darker side tick. All things mystical and occult hold your interest. Drugs too. You have new thoughts on desires and possessions. You enjoy sex and respect cravings of all kinds.


The Astrological Neptune
Neptune is the desire and ablility to transcend normal consciousness and everyday waking life - to dream the impossible dream. This 'divine discontent' can be the cause of much mischief in itself, for to pursue the Ideal is often to avoid the reality of how things are. But, when it comes to many of the apparently insolvable problems, the Neptunian approach is often the most sensible and practical: Rise above it and get over it! The healthy tendencies of Neptune lie in its ability to see the cosmic humor in almost anything; to laugh at life's absurdities. And sometimes laughter is the only genuine response - the last great act of defiance! This is the art of 'sitting loose to life', which means developing a less resisting, more surrendered attitude in which we expect the best of all unfulfilled possibilities and potentials - and never stop dreaming!

Neptune in Sagittarius
Idealism is an innate talent, and you are in love with grand gestures and long thoughts. Religion, politics and philosophy are natural interest. The world traveler, you enjoy fair, just, frank and broad-minded persons. You are gregarious and sports-minded. You dare to dream big. You like new philosophies and long novels.

Neptune Sextile Pluto
You work with real imagination and understanding in areas of the mind that are the most personal or private -- depth psychology. You are like a midwife of the spirit, assisting at the birth of each individual going through a spiritual or re-birth process. You accept the natural process of birth, spiritual and physical, and have dedicated yourself to helping it along. You would make a great teacher in these areas.

The Astrological Pluto
Pluto is the planet of profound change, starting deep within you and moving toward the surface, often touching upon the most sensitive areas. It's about waking up to the 'hidden things', and doing so by reaching an intensity of awareness whereby, once touched, you have no choice but to change and grow. Pluto is the process of becoming fully conscious of (revealing) what has been happening all around you, even though you may not have been aware of it. Like sex and death - you get to a certain stage in your development and suddenly you realise what's going on. Pluto is first-hand sensitive experiences and times of complete identification with a person, feeling or idea. This is very intense stuff, and to touch upon this material is to go through permanent change and transformation - inner alchemy.

Pluto in Libra
Change and inner growth tend to come through relationships, both friends and lovers. Marriage or union (yoga) will be very intense and not at all superficial. You get to the heart of a relationship each and every time.


House Activity and Emphasis
Astrologers agree that astrology is first of all the study of the angular relationships between the planets themselves. But this planetary framework is seen to shift and modify itself as the planets slowly move across the backdrop of the signs, the so-called 'fixed stars' which make up the zodiac. As the earth turns daily on its axis, the planets and signs appear to move across our field of vision through what astrologers have termed 'houses'. The sun rises at dawn and can be seen on the eastern horizon, or first house cusp, or ascendant. It reaches 'midheaven' at noon, and sinks below the western horizon at the descendant.

Like the twelve signs of the zodiac, the twelve houses of the horoscope can be viewed as stages in a complete cycle: From the initial thrust of Aries and the first house, to the maximum entropy symbolised in Pisces and the 12th house. They provide clues as to which areas of your life can be given special attention and used depending on the signs and planets residing there. Here is an analysis of the house activity in your chart based on sign and planet emphasis. As you read along, keep in mind that each house represents a department of life, and the sign falling on each house cusp indicates the mode of action applied to the affairs of that house. In other words, the sign on each house cusp, along with any planet(s) contained therein, shows how one deals with the conditions of that house.

The First House
The first house, also called the ascendant or rising sign, is a dharma house and connected with motivation and our approach to life. It also has to do with how we come across to others, thus our appearance and how we make a first impression. The ascendant is the essential stuff that bubbles up in us spontaneously - what is obvious to others as our trademark look or approach. The first house shows our ability to be recognised, how we make a directed effort, and how we exert our will. Cultivate the strategies of this part of your chart to move forward in life.

Scorpio on the 1st House Cusp
Scorpio is intense, passionate, and very personal. It rushes past superficialities and right to the heart of any matter. A loyal friend but a fanatic foe, this sign does well in politics and all areas where someone who dares is rewarded. Associated with sexual energy, Scorpio loves to get involved, going down deeper, coming up dirtier, and laying bare anything that lies hidden there.

Neptune in the 1st House
You are a real charmer -- able to enchant others and bring them under your spell. You manage to communicate an almost mystical sense to a group. Your ideals and ability to see the whole picture are obvious to all who come to know you.

The Second House
The second house is connected with matters of wealth; how we respond to, enjoy and get in harmony with our surroundings. This is how we hold or acquire things (possessions, material goods, money, and other resources), and how we gain material support and sustenance. The second house refers to how we secure ourselves, how we make a firm foundation, as well as the kind of response we get from life and those around us. Therefore it has much to say about our material rewards.

Capricorn on the 2nd House Cusp
Capricorn is the business head of the zodiac, for it is the very opposite of the emotional Cancer. Given to clear ambition and practical insight and vision, this sign always takes a distanced perspective and a cool appraisal. Deliberate and painstaking, sometimes to the point of austerity, Capricorn loves work and the hard-earned results. Status and material reward are very important.


The Third House
The third house shows how we make connections and communicate with the world. This is where we draw parallels, make comparisons, and sort through it all. A very mental house, it is concerned with finding, gathering, all manner of questioning, articulation and conversation. In short, it symbolises the functions of the rational mind - linking observations and ideas, and using them to our advantage.

Aquarius on the 3rd House Cusp
Aquarius, the sign of humanitarian goals and altruism. Always impartial and nonsectarian, Aquarian energy is communal (even global). The focus is on the goal, and the goal is always one that is for the many and not the few. Thus this sign is connected to far-seeing visions, world views and group work of all kinds. This sign tends towards coolness, independence.


The Fourth House
The fourth house is a very emotional house, concerned with matters of comfort and security. Here is how we create the right conditions, the matrix or womb, in which our desires can flourish; the climate necessary for things to grow. It's about receptivity, nurturing and all the self-protective measures we take to ensure a secure base of operations. This is why the fourth house is related to the mothers, all 'mothering' functions, domestic issues and feeling 'at home'.

Pisces on the 4th House Cusp
Pisces energy runs deep and toward the mystical -- whatever transcends the everyday world. This sign is understanding, patient and compassionate. Super-sensitive, it tends to absorb it's surroundings like a sponge. The sign is very trusting, accepting and giving of itself for the sake of more important issues. It loves free-ranging activities which allow for some imaginative scope.


The Fifth House
The fifth house, another dharma or 'life purpose' house, has to do with creativity and warm out-going self-expression. Here is where we find our originality and flair, enthusiasm, and even pride in ourselves, building confidence and self-esteem. This is the life area of personal sovereignty, where we begin to recognise and appreciate our own dynamic and playful nature. All forms of creative expression (including love affairs and offspring) are connected with this house.

Aries on the 5th House Cusp
Aries is the sign of pioneers, leaders and 'firsts'. It is impulsive, assertive and spontaneous. It tends to act first, only thinking about what it may have done later. Rushing in where others fear to tread, Aries energy is attention-getting and always provokes a response from the surroundings and from others. It takes decisive action and loves self-reliance.


The Sixth House
The sixth house is the house of physical efficiency. Here we separate the wheat from the chaff; get a sense for what is useful, what is not, and make the best of it. This is the life stage of 'apprenticeship', where we make a connection between mind and matter, adapt ourselves to a situation and then seek to improve upon it. Hence the connection of the sixth house with routine; 'practice makes perfect'. The sixth house shows how well we handle the details of life - our ability to solve problems and get our way.

Taurus on the 6th House Cusp
Taurus is about drawing on the bounty of the earth, and seeking material security and physical safety there. It is the on-going, enduring, unchanging and preserving element. Hightened sensory input is also important, for it is the mission of this sign to not only find a sense of place within the material realm, but to enjoy it to the fullest, becoming physically aware of, and bonding with the environment.

Moon in the 6th House
You always find support from others when you turn your attention to health, food, nutrition, and areas where service or attention to detail are in high focus. You may enjoy working with a group of others where you can exercise your discrimination.

The Seventh House
The seventh house, the descendant - opposite of the ascendant - is connected with partnerships, relationships and 'significant others'. Here is where we learn to strike a balance - the art of give and take. All that carries us beyond our personal self (and into an awareness of contradictory or complementary points of view) is symbolised by the seventh house. This is where we respond to the personal needs of others. Therefore marriage and union (yoga) are indicated by this house, as well as one's ability to respond to a marriage partner.

Taurus on the 7th House Cusp
Taurus is about drawing on the bounty of the earth, and seeking material security and physical safety there. It is the on-going, enduring, unchanging and preserving element. Hightened sensory input is also important, for it is the mission of this sign to not only find a sense of place within the material realm, but to enjoy it to the fullest, becoming physically aware of, and bonding with the environment.


The Eighth House
The eighth house is the house of first-hand transformative experiences and situations - those areas of life that we may not care to face, but we must face sooner or later... the so-called 'inevitables' of life, such as death and taxes. The eighth is also concerned with catharsis; the getting rid of excess parts of ourselves that we no longer need. This house covers initiations of all kinds, as well as activities where we find ourselves transformed toward a more integral position. Thus it also covers any jointly held resources, their problems and their benefits.

Cancer on the 8th House Cusp
Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, always making a home, protecting and providing a foundation for others. A sensitive sign where feelings and real experience count more than cold logic, it doesn't get any more physical and emotional than this. Cancer energy is always nurturing, sensitive, tender and moody. It feeds on emotional comforts, and often has a strong attachment to the past and ancestry.

Mars in the 8th House
Not content with appearances, you are driven to reduce everything to the bare essentials, the nitty-gritty. This compelling urge for integrity and contempt for the superficial may offend some.
Jupiter in the 8th House
Career moves may depend upon your cutting through some of the fluff and really taking care of business, getting down to your most practical. First-hand sensitive issues and matters of 'life and death' may develop and become important in your life at this time. Ridding yourself of excess (what is nonessential) may be a key move. .

The Ninth House
The ninth house shows where we are willing to go beyond our everyday experience in search of meaning. Traditionally the house of 'long journeys', the ninth house is where we take journeys both of the body and the mind. Philosophy, beliefs, speculation, opinions and how we form them all belong to this house. Any time we reach out, explore new territory, or align our activities with something bigger, we are operating in the realm of the ninth house. Along with Jupiter's position, here is where we can attract luck by keeping open and receptive to opportunities.

Leo on the 9th House Cusp
Leo energy is expressive, vital and exuberant. Often very artistic, and always theatrical and dramatic, this is the sign of creativity and the arts. Warm and big-hearted, Leo lives in full appreciation and celebration of the finer elements of life, bringing a dynamism and enthusiasm to everything it touches. This is the fearless 'becoming' stage, where things are done for their own sake, playfully and with pleasure.

Saturn in the 9th House
Religion, philosophy, and truth are essential to your life. You are painstaking and deliberate when it comes to sorting through ideas and values for what is lasting and solid. You may appear to others as too sober or religious.

The Tenth House
The tenth house, commonly called the midheaven, is the house of success and glory, practical vision and achieving a public distinction. Therefore one's reputation and career are often connected with this house. The sign on the tenth house cusp, as well as any planets located therein, show how we can strive to be a benefit to - as well as how we can benefit from - society. The tenth house is about having a goal in life and the self-determination to reach it. Here is how we can 'live our calling' and become self-piloting individuals.

Virgo on the 10th House Cusp
Virgo energy is analytical and precise, always separating out what is worthwhile and worth supporting from that which is outmoded and of no further use. A mental earth sign, here the mind takes control over matter. This is the sign of 'ways and means', implementation, instrumentation, physical effectiveness and efficiency. Virgo energy is always facilitating, often caring more for others than for itself.

Venus in the 10th House
You love large-scale organization, and career or business will always be close to your heart. Your sense of discrimination when it comes to practical issues is excellent, and you value clearheadedness in others. You like to work.

The Eleventh House
The eleventh house is where we put our visions and dreams to work for others. The most future-oriented of the houses, the eleventh shows our hopes and dreams, and the opportunities we may have to reach them; how we can turn our dreams into reality. Therefore this house has always been connected with altruistic and humanitarian goals, as well as having the self-authorisation to set them in motion. Inventive and unusual, eleventh house activities often break from conformity, establishing new and unprecedented states of being.

Libra on the 11th House Cusp
Libra energy is always responsive and conciliating, assuming the appropriate reaction or delicately-weighted strategic response to any question or statement. What is sometimes seen as two-faced is only Libra's facility at responding to each in kind, giving both sides equal consideration. This is certainly the social sign, par excellence. Impersonal and impartial, this sign doles out only what is demanded - nothing overdone, but nothing neglected.

Sun in the 11th House
Perfect as a group leader, where your innate idealism and love for humanity can blossom. Group or community work -- anything that is altruistic or serves the common good -- is where you can be found. You strive to make your dreams and ideals real.
Pluto in the 11th House
Your burning zeal for the ideal world and your need to be part of a group of like-minded souls are major factors in your makeup. You learn and grow through your efforts to help others and to make your inner vision into a reality.

The Twelfth House
The twelfth house is where consciousness dawns - the house of the rising Sun. This is the indeterminate state - the chaos before the new impulse - where all is yet unfulfilled potentialities. Traditionally this is the house of 'sacrifice', and is often connected with prisons, betrayal and self-undoing. Although we can choose to become trapped and frustrated by the many obstructions to attaining our dreams, we can also choose to reach outward and upward to a more fulfilled state, transcending the usual down-dragging conditions and rising above difficulties - thus establishing a life nearer our ideal. Here in the twelfth house we have the capacity to attain liberation by using our visionary scope and working creatively with life's intangibles - the power of imagination!

Scorpio on the 12th House Cusp
Scorpio is intense, passionate, and very personal. It rushes past superficialities and right to the heart of any matter. A loyal friend but a fanatic foe, this sign does well in politics and all areas where someone who dares is rewarded. Associated with sexual energy, Scorpio loves to get involved, going down deeper, coming up dirtier, and laying bare anything that lies hidden there.

Mercury in the 12th House
Your mind is naturally interested in all that is psychological and beneath the surface of things. Ideas of self-sacrifice and compassion -- how to serve and help others -- are what you tend to think about.

Uranus in the 12th House
You could be unconventional in matters of psychology, the psyche, and all that is mystical or spiritual. Unusual ways to help or care for others -- insight into accepting life and self-sacrifice -- are yours.

So uh, anyone want to explain this to me? LOL

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Feb. 19th, 2009 08:18 pm My other journal

For those of you who would like to follow my dissertation journey, you should check out my OTHER blog. I've been jotting notes as I have them at http://www.acquiringexcellence.com/blog.html

Thanks!

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Feb. 19th, 2009 08:13 pm I'm going to LA!

I'm so excited!!! On March 1, I'll be heading to LA to see a Jimmy Kimmel's mini concert of the New Kids. I'm not sure if I'll get into the show's recording, but I have tickets to the concert. They were free tickets, so I nabbed them before talking to Phil about it. I figured if he didn't like the idea, I wouldn't have lost anything. And, as it turns out, after I talked to Phil, there were no tickets left!

Anyway, Phil is fine with it. I just need to find some place to crash once I get to LA, and then the next day I'll see the New Kids!!!! While I have flown to their concerts before, I've never gone to a show's recording. For that matter, I don't think I've been to an outdoor concert before. At least when I flew to Boston, I was meeting up with people I had met online. This time, going to LA, I'm going all by myself!

Anyway, I just wanted to share my excitement! I promise pictures and a full recap when I return.

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Feb. 8th, 2009 09:04 pm Too good not to post

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Nov. 24th, 2008 11:55 am Shamelessly Showing my love for the NKOTB

So, this year, I attended four New Kids on the Block concerts, purchased 4 copies of their new CD, The Block PLUS 1 copy of their newly released Greatest Hits album and 1 copy of their re-released Christmas album. When I first heard of their reunion in May, I swore I would never be that crazy fan I was back in the early 90's. But, when I saw these five sexy guys all grown up, I just couldn't help myself.

I didn't blog about my first two concerts in Boston. Yes, I flew all the way to Boston just to see a New Kids on the Block. Call me what you will -- crazy, superfan, groupie. I'm not offended!

But, for me, out of the four New Kids' concerts I have attended, Tacoma topped them all. But, I'm moving forward way too quickly! Let me tell you about Vancouver first! And, be aware, this will be a VERY LONG post!

First of all it took about an hour longer than we had originally anticipated to get to Vancouver. My friend, Kerri (who I only knew from online!) picked me up at 3:45p, and we were on the road. We blasted the Block CD and often had the windows down to help with the defrost. When we got to the border, we had to wait about a half hour to get through. No worries, there. We had the windows rolled down then, and a woman walked by us. She didn't even acknowledge us. As if on queue, Kerri and I looked at each other and said, "she must not be a fan!".

We got a little turned around after we got to Vancouver but eventually found the venue, parked and got inside. I was amazed at how good my seats were. They were lower level right by the stage, row three, seats 101 and 102. We had a perfect view of the stage, perfect angle for pictures. Hubby had bought me two disposable cameras, so you'll have to wait for the hopefully amazing pics I took that night. They do this pose at the end of their song, "Click Click Click" and then talk about their poses. Well, in Vancouver, the pose off wasn't exactly wonderful. Jon didn't pose at all. Jordan is looking down at Donnie. Danny did a one handed hand-stand, but the picture clicked after he landed on his feet, and he looked like he was having a seizure. Joe explained to us that his pose was a Janet Jackson/Paula Abdul move? Anyway, I guess you can't have perfection every night. I was actually glad the pose-off was bad because I had run out of film by then!

I kept trying to get Danny to see my sign (it said, "Wood, do my body good, and Take off the Shirt!!!), but he didn't see it till the very end, when they were saying their good-byes to the crowd. He was over on my side and finally read it, smiled and pointed at me. I was so giddy! Of course, he didn't take off his shirt, but at least he saw my sign!

The encore seemed to take forever; it was obvious to me that they guys were realizing that this was coming to an end, and they wanted to stretch it out as long as they could. After the Hangin' Tough/We will Rock You. They sang "a little bit louder now". Donnie was all ready to sing some verses, but I saw Jon whispering to Jordan, and Jordan shook his head. I'm guessing Jon was asking Jordan if he knew the lines, and Jordan was saying that he didn't!

After the concert ended, we were determined to follow the buses back to Tacoma. Well, we kinda needed to because I hadn't printed out any reverse directions. We waited till almost 3am when we finally saw some movement. We actually got behind two buses. We were in no way chasing them. Kerri was following at a reasonable distance and wasn't tailing them at all. Regardless, at one point the buses tried to run a red light to lose us, and then they decided to pull over behind a cop that had pulled another person over. Thankfully, we were already on the highway and continued on the freeway. At some point, we hoped to find the buses again before we reached Tacoma, but it didn't happen. We pulled into a La Quinta hotel where two girls were offering to let us take a nap. I left Kerri and drove to the Tacoma Dome. There were two buses in the parking lot and one truck. I raced back to tell Kerri and then left again to see if any of the guys were at the Best Western. This trip required me to pass the Tacoma Dome again, and as I did, two more buses showed up. I was in shock and returned to La Quinta.

I told the girls why don't we get over there around 10am, and they agreed. It was around 830 then, and I left again to get my hair done and grab breakfast. When I returned around 945, they weren't ready. Wendi (another online friend) had texted me a few times by that point, so I decided, well, I'd go by myself and meet up with everyone later. So, Wendi and I stood out there and waited and waited and waited. Around 1:30, we were told that the guys wouldn't be showing up till 4pm. Actually, the first story I was told was that the guys were still in Vancouver, that they were flying in and landing at 4pm, soundcheck was at 5, meet and greet at 6:30. Well, then I was told that the guys had to arrive before then because the soundcheck was at 4pm. It was so confusing. Finally, I learned the truth. Jon Knight had done an interview with a local radio station on Friday night, saying that they were driving down to Tacoma and then flying to LA on Saturday. They were already in Tacoma; though no one really knew where. Becky (yet another online friend) showed up just before 4pm with hot chocolate for Wendi and me. She's so sweet! When 4pm finally showed up, so did their buses. We learned at that point that the buses we had been following the night before were crew buses. But, it didn't matter. At least we found our way to Tacoma.

Every single guy got out of their bus, waved and walked inside. Donnie was the last to emerge. Around 4:20, I had to leave to meet up with my VIP group, so I never got to see him. What I was told was that when he did emerge, he charged the fence and jumped up on it. I guess some other fans ran at the fence from the other side. Donnie jumped down, told them to be careful and then walked inside. No facetime for anyone.

It took forever to get everyone inside for the VIP event. What was funny was that KISS FM, the radio station that refused to play New Kids' music, was set up outside the arena, playing the entire Block CD, giving away front row tickets. They were the ones who interviewed Jon the night before. They came through our line giving out window clings, but I declined. I wanted to say something, but I held myself back.

Right before we went up to meet the guys, they told us we couldn't bring anything with us. We could either leave our things at our table, or put them on this table outside the curtained off area. Of course, I still needed to get Donnie his custom-made boxers and t-shirt. So, I folded them up and tucked one side inside my jeans. Danny's present, I wasn't sure what to do with, so I left it on my table.

To impress the guys, our group was going to do the "hey hey I feel all right" thrusting thing and then do Sookie Sookie Sookie. It sounded great, but no one had really discussed the timing. When it came our turn, they walked in doing it. I was at the end of our line, so I didn't get to do anything. They had finished before I got behind the curtain.

Well, as predicted, I wanted to go straight to Danny, but there was another girl there first giving him a hug. Jon was just standing there, and no one in our group had claimed him, so I decided to give him a hug and say hi while I was waiting. Then, I got to give Danny a hug, which he readily accepted. I stood back and said, did you see my shirt (It said, "Forget about Facetime. I need some Wood time")? He paused for a moment, read, and then said, "Awww, thank you so much!" And, he hugged me again. I gave him his letter and the pic of me and his brother, told him about meeting Brett in Boston. He loved the picture and said thank you again. I told him I had a present for him too but I wasn't sure how to get it to him. He said do you have it here? I said yes, he said well, go get it, I'll wait for you. I told him okay, but I want to hug Donnie first. I'm such a dummy!!! Ok, so then it was time for the photo. Danny wrapped his arm around me for both photos. There was another Danny girl in our group, but I think I hogged Danny the entire time! Well, then I ran to Donnie gave him a quick hug. He really seemed disinterested in everything. I told him I had some presents from the Donnie Wahlberg Thrustbunnies, and he said, oh really? so I grabbed both the boxers and the t-shirt and handed it to him. I told him he should like both of them. He smiled and said thanks and said he would look at them later. They were shoving everyone out at that point, and I still wanted to see Joey, so I ran to him.

I pulled his letter out of my pocket and said, this is for you and Barrett. He smiled and said thank you. I gave him the rest of the letters then and asked if he would distribute them and he said yes. Then, I just stood there. Oh yeah, how bout a hug? I asked if I could have a hug, and he said yes.

Then, it was time to go. I never got to see or say anything to Jordan. Danny stopped me before I walked out and said, go get your gift! So, I ran to my table, grabbed it, and ran back. He said thank you again and gave me another hug.

Let me tell you, I was in complete euphoria. I can't even explain it. It was just this feeling that came over me that was complete and utter happiness. And, I hadn't been nervous at all. Right before we went up, the girls at my table were talking about their kids, and I had to get up and leave for a minute to calm down, but there was never any fear or nerves about meeting the guys.

Then it was out to the arena. The arena is a very strange set up. Almost seems like it's a very old place when I compare it to Boston or Vancouver. They ushered us out the door and pointed to another door on the other side of the hallway. I walked through that, and I was in the Tacoma Dome seating area. Everyone walked into the floor area and then climbed the risers to find their seats. I got in there after Lady Gaga's first song, and I could have cared less to hear the rest of her set. I went to the merchandise stand and bought myself a t-shirt and a key chain. Oh, I forgot, I bought a program and the breast cancer tank top during the meet and greet party. Then, I went to find my seat. I thought it was one of the best seats there at first. Section one, row 6, seat one. I was on the aisle on the right hand side directly facing the right-side platform. However, throughout the concert, girls were running up and standing directly in front of me so I couldn't see. There was a very large aisle separating the floor seats from the lower level, so it would seem I would have plenty of room to move out from my seat, but security kept telling me to go back to my seat and making the girls leave. So, it was very disruptive. Many times I was told that the seat I was sitting in must not be mine because people were spreading out in my row basically standing in front of my seat. That part wasn't fun. But everything else was.

So let's see. Joey found me first during "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", and he pointed at me and smiled.

Then, for "Games": at every previous concert I had attended, I remembered that Danny did the break dancing immediately after Donnie's rap, but he didn't this time. Instead, they did the competing sides where Donnie and Jon are on one side and Danny, Joe, and Jordan are on the other trying to see which part of the audience could do which part of the chorus louder. After that, Danny did his break dancing, but he was still as amazing as ever.

During "If You Go Away", Danny spotted me and mouthed the words "thank you" to me. I just about cried on the spot. Actually, I had to sit down to compose myself. I wasn't sure if he was saying thank you again for the shirt, or if he had the chance to read my letter, or if he was saying thank you for the book. But, it didn't matter. There was some more "Wood time" just for me!

Now, I hadn't talked about my sign during the meet and greet, and because I had gotten my hair cut and was wearing a different shirt, I wasn't sure if Danny would have put it together. During "Click Click Click", I held up my sign, and he saw it. He smiled at me again and winked. The pose off in Tacoma was really cute. Jon did a superman pose. Jordan lay on his stomach and put his elbows down, his hands under his chin. Donnie stood there looking all smug with his arms crossed. Danny did this flip and landed in the crab, and Joe had his hands on his chest as if he were showing off suspenders? But, this time, the band also got involved. Fish and Ethan posed. And the discussion about the Pose-off centered around those two band members. Fish said that the guys had inspired him to reach higher, and Joey said that's a bunch of bullshit! Then Danny said the reason why they got involved was that they had too much to drink before the show.

The encore wasn't as long as Vancouver. They introduced the band and the dancers, and then they left. They promised that they would be returning to Tacoma next year. They said it was one of the louder concerts, and of the four I attended, I would have to agree. People were stomping on the risers and screaming just about as loud as Boston, but with less people. The balcony was closed, so people were just sitting in the lower level or on the floor. So, with fewer people than Boston, it was still just as loud. According to the Tacoma Dome blog, there were about 12,000 people at an arena that could hold 23,000. Boston TD Banknorth Garden can hold approximately 18,000, and I'm pretty sure both concerts there were sold out!

Here are my youtube videos. None are complete songs because my camera can't manage that big of a file. Pictures will probably be by the end of this week. Oh, and all the videos are from Saturday night. Pictures will be from Friday night:

Grown Man:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZF7L9Q6nYw

Games Rap:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C3KLiy81BM

Dirty Dancing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WGKmjaobu8

Didn't I Blow Your Mind:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3f-YYO9R4A

Click and Pose-Off
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTcVypc6i80

Transition from Didn't I Blow Your Mind to Valentine Girl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_9PFF6GGFc

The noise of the crowd in Tacoma prevents Danny from speaking:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFO4WwHFcIU

Tonight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHBnyVrazKI

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Aug. 12th, 2008 01:14 am Celebrity Morph by MyHeritage

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Apr. 14th, 2008 09:55 pm Octopus Sex

Because everyone needs a study break..

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2008/03/31_octo.shtml

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Apr. 1st, 2008 11:52 am My Personality Meme


My Personality

Neuroticism
96
Extraversion
60
Openness to Experience
75
Agreeableness
35
Conscientiousness
5
You are not generally self conscious about yourself, however you feel strong cravings and urges that you have difficulty resisting. You tend to prefer short-term pleasures and rewards over long-term consequences. You tend not to talk much and prefer to let others control the activities of groups. You are reasonably interested in the arts but are not totally absorbed by them. You are tenderhearted and compassionate, feeling the pain of others vicariously and are easily moved to pity, however you are not adverse to confrontation and will sometimes even intimidate others to get your own way. You find yourself procrastinating and show poor follow-through on tasks. Often you fail to complete tasks - even tasks that you want very much to complete.

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Mar. 28th, 2008 04:10 pm GoldenWolfen Art


The Wind Tree
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Now, I wish I would have waited for this picture for my back tattoo. I think it's much more vivid than what I have.


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