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A Tour of Your Astrological Solar System

You are the Earth, and the planets, stars, and satellites that float around you are necessary to your existence, as are you to theirs.  Although an understanding of astronomy isn’t exactly critical to an understanding of astrology, figuring out the way you relate to your own solar system can be helpful.

The sun is the largest body in the solar system.  It is that around which all other planets revolve, and it takes up the dramatic majority of the solar system.  Thusly, the sun is the most important “planet” (the sun and moon are technically luminaries, but for the sake of ease will be referred to as “planets”) in your birth chart.  The sun shines through in every other position, and it must be taken into account when interpreting any other part of the birth chart, as it is the planet that is most likely to change another planet’s expression (unless that planet is tightly aspected).  You are, however, not necessarily the sun.  Rather, it is the guiding body around which your life is centered.

Mercury is the planet that lies closest to the sun.  It is so close, in fact, that it is never farther than one constellation away from the sun, meaning that Mercury is always in the sign of the sun, or the signs before or after the sun.  Mercury, as the sun’s closest confidante, is related to how we communicate.  Self-expression is tied tightly to the ego, just as Mercury and the sun are basically inseparable.

Venus is the third planet, and it lies between the sun and Mercury (the ego and communication) and Earth (the effective self).  Venus relates the ideal to the real as both the planet of love and relationships and the planet of values and style.  Venus, the way we relate to others, is also closely related to our ego.  Predictably, that means that Venus is also never far from the sun; Venus can only be in the same sign as the sun, or within the two signs before or after.

Earth can be likened to the real self in astrology.  The best way to relate it to astrology is to call Earth the houses.  The first house cusp is, after all, determined by the constellation on the eastern horizon at birth, so counting the ascendant as the effective “Earth sign” works.  Although the other planets may disclose our traits and tendencies, the houses are where we express those traits, just as, although we’re affected by all planets, our lives take place on Earth.

The moon, in stark contrast to the rest of the astrological planets, does not revolve around the sun, but Earth.  The moon is the astronomical body that is closest to us, so it makes perfect sense that the moon, in astrology, is the inner self, the subconscious, passive personality.  The moon makes our existence as Earth possible, and it’s something we fiercely needed in order to support life.  Therefore, without tapping into the energies of our moon signs, we miss out on something truly vital.

After Earth is Mars.  Mars is the last rocky planet, and it is also the final fast-moving planet, so it rounds out the personalized part of the birth chart.  From what I seen, people actually act like their Mars signs, which makes a lot of sense given that it is the planet of action.  I have seldom met someone who didn’t actively use the traits of their Mars sign.  Mars is the least specific personal planet, and it plays a part in everything we do, driving us.

The first of the gas planets is Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.  Jupiter is often referred to in astrology as a “small sun” as it is the ruler of Sagittarius, a fire sign, the only fire sign that isn’t ruled by the sun itself somehow.  Jupiter shows us, quite literally, where we are large, where we may be excessive, as well as how we expand.

It is well-known that if there were an ocean large enough to carry it, that Saturn would be able to float.  How funny it is, then, that Saturn, in astrology, is the planet of heaviness.  If Jupiter is how we expand, Saturn is caged by her rings, and she restricts us.  Saturn is what challenges us, what we are meant to overcome.

The final three planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, are called generational planets because they move so slowly that the signs stay the same for entire generations.  These planets don’t necessarily strongly affect one person, but they can define time periods and generational ideas and transitions.  Just as these planets are very from the sun but still part of the solar system, they may not be immediately noticeable in the person but they can be tapped into during transits and with aspects with the personal planets.


“Shining Star” Earth, Wind and Fire, live and up tempo on the Midnight Special

Dedicated to everyone

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Amazing, this is a crinoid swimming (edited after comments)

three ways to keep the signs happy in a relationship

1. show excitement and enthusiasm for their interest, hobbies, ideas, and most importantly for them
2. let them think everything is their idea
3. change up your routine as much as possible to keep things feeling new and fresh

1. pamper them with massages and plenty of physical affection
2. make them feel safe, secure, and comfortable
3. allow them to maintain a level of independence within the relationship - don’t ever make them feel trapped!

1. keep the lines of communication flowing at all times
2. find a way to keep things light and playful in the relationship, even during tough times
3. love their friends and support their active social life

1. spend as much quality time with them as possible; they should be your, if possible, top priority!
2. master the art of snuggling
3. do your best to understand and accept the ebb and flow of their moods

1. shower them with love, affection, and praise on a daily basis
2. support and encourage their passions and creative ideas
3. let them take lead whenever possible

1. be honest and open with them - don’t try to hide anything
2. keep your house as clean as humanly possible
3. help them talk things out whenever they get worried and/or anxious

1. pamper them and, in turn, let them pamper you
2. be generous with compliments and praise
3. don’t rock the boat too much - learn how to keep things peaceful and harmonious

1. share emotional, physical, and spiritual intimacy
2. commit to them and ensure they know how deeply committed you are
3. be passionate about everything in life, especially the relationship

1. engage in intellectual conversations and listen intently to their ideas
2. give them freedom to live life on their terms
3. support their adventurous spirit - and join in as much as you can!

1. find ways to continually show your dedication to them and the relationship
2. deal with reality - don’t focus too much on “what ifs”
3. use your intelligence and humor to keep them engaged - and laughing

1. don’t be intimidated by or jealous of their active social life - learn how to be a part of it!
2. give them freedom to do what they want and think for themselves
3. be aware of your value system and always act accordingly

1. keep things romantic and sensual - don’t ever lose the “magic” of your connection
2. support and validate them when they feel insecure
3. appreciate their go-with-the-flow attitude and don’t question their intuitive decisions 


Airglow waves. Do you you think our night sky is pitch black ? Have a look at this timelapse video. I captured it at Carnegie Las Campamas observatory. Those red waves are not clouds (!) - this is pretty intense airglow, which takes place in upper atmosphere. It’s very interesting to see how the waves move. While camera pans you will notice on the foreground both 6.5-m Magellan telescopes, as well as nicely setting Milky Way. I hope you’ll enjoy the view ! :) Music: “Airglow” by © Club 220

Beautiful places on earth that the signs should visit

Aries: Zakyntos, Greece

Taurus: Huacachina Oasis, Peru

Gemini: Derweze Crater, “The Door to Hell”, Turkmenistan

Cancer: Lavender Route, France

Leo: Danxia Landform, China

 Virgo: Benagil Cave, Portugal

Libra: Pink Sand Beach, Eleuthera

Scorpio: Lake Salzkammergut, Austria

Sagittarius: Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

Capricorn: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Aquarius: Grand Prismatic Spring, United States

Pisces: Fairy Pools, Scottland

Finn does a lot of reading, when he wakes up. He burns through article after article of history, of linguistics, of culture. He may be strapped down to a bed and fresh from a bacta tank, but he wants to learn more about what it means to be human, and more about what it means to be this human. About the choices he’s made. 

In the first 48 hours, Finn comes to learn two particularly important things.

One: that surnames mean where you come from, mean legacy.

Two: that there was a man called Bodhi Rook, and that he was very, very brave.

Later, after he’s finally discharged from med bay, he has to fill out paperwork. Registration, medical history, next-of-kin sort of stuff. Most of it he has to leave blank. He hovers over one little box in particular. Family name. He hesitates. Poe has already offered him his. The admin assistant leans over the desk, nonplussed expression on their face, and suggests he just pick one at random. Neither feels quite right. Neither feels like a history, or like a legacy.

He takes a breath, puts pen to paper, and writes Finn Rook in a wobbly but determined script.


Waves in the sand and in the sky, White Sands National park, New Mexico