Shadow Moon is just so pure and unequivocally good, and I’m just in awe of him. He’s confused and unable to grasp what’s going on around him. He’s in denial. Sure, he’s seen all these ridiculous and illogical things but he’s still unwilling to believe what he’s seeing. He still wants to hold on to his long-held philosophy, and can we blame him? I know some people think it’s odd that he’s still unable to believe what he’s seeing, but it’s realistic. No one really wants to believe in something that challenges everything they already believe in, even if they’re seeing it with their own two eyes. Once you start believing in the impossible, you can’t go back and your entire life changes. That’s when it becomes real.
You’re more comfortable gravitating towards what you know, even if evidence says otherwise. The unknown is terrifying; no one wants to venture into the unknown because there’s a lack of predictability that comes with it.
When something’s familiar and predictable, it’s safe. When it’s not, it’s not. You know what to expect from the familiar, but you don’t know what to expect from the unknown and that makes some people hesitant to move forward. I’m just happy that we’re finally able to get this take on this strange new world from the perspective of a Black man. In Abbie Mills, we were able to get the perspective of a strange new world where weird things happened through the eyes of a Black woman. As short-lived as that win was, it was still a win. I wish we could have seen a world where Shadow Moon & Abbie Mills existed at the same time, because the possibilities would have been endless. It would have been amazing inspiration for some thought-provoking, abstract meta.The comparisons would have sparked quite a few things that we probably wouldn’t have thought about before. Abbie, just like Shadow, saw something impossible happen too but she refused to believe what she saw. Even though there was evidence of what happened to her, she blocked it out and refused to believe it. Abbie & Shadow are so much alike, and it’s a shame they couldn’t exist at the same time.
With all that being said, I think it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate how groundbreaking Shadow Moon is and how different he is from the other Black male characters we’ve been exposed to in the last few years. He’s so different, and I don’t think we give the writers & Ricky enough credit for bringing Shadow Moon to life and creating a character you genuinely want to see win.
So I commissioned the beautiful and talented @archiaart to draw my Man in the Moon OC, Manny, and @underwildwood ‘s Jack together, and I was not disappointed. Look at how amazing and lovely this is. Absolutely beautiful. I’m excited to commission her again.
mars-sun aspects = your male partners are in a lead position, partners who closely identify with being ‘masculine’, could have a competitive partner.
example(s): jennifer aniston, sun square mars, married to a director and was also involved with the notable brad pitt. tina turner, sun square mars, married ike turner, a bandleader & producer. fran drescher, sun conjunct mars, married both a director/producer and is currently with an inventor/entrepreneur
sun/mars-moon aspects = your partner will be in touch with his emotions or embraces his sensitive side, a man who is familial and nurturing.
example(s): evan rachel wood, moon opposite mars, was married to a male ballet dancer. heidi klum, moon square mars, was married to seal and has remarked, “when I first met seal he had a kindness and compassion that was so sincere I knew he’d be a good father”.
sun/mars-mercury aspects = men who are detail-oriented, a writer, men who embrace the sensorial nature of mercury.
example(s): meryl streep, mercury conjunct mars, long-time marriage to a sculptor. cate blanchett, mercury opposite mars, married to an australian playwright.
sun/mars-venus aspects = partners are charming, attractive men, partners are hopeless romantics, men that are ‘players’, affectionate lovers.
example(s): tyra banks, venus square mars, has dated aplenty male models. sally field, venus conjunct mars, dated self-admitted womanizer burt reynolds. demi lovato, venus square mars, dates wilmer valderrama, constantly boasts about his previous & excessive romantic endeavors.
sun/mars-jupiter aspects = partners from across the globe, partners interested in politics, philosophy, philanthropy. men who are ‘believers’, excessively expectant or simply excessive.
example(s): halle berry, mars conjunct jupiter, has dated several men of varying ethnic background. gwyneth paltrow, mars square jupiter, was married to england native chris martin, “declaring himself an “all-theist”, a word of his invention meaning that he believes in “everything”.
sun/mars-saturn aspects = partners who are paternal or reminiscent of their fathers, older men, men who are aloof, dedicated to their career.
example(s): natasha richardson, mars opposite saturn, was married to liam neeson, 11 years his junior. linda lovelace, mars quincunx saturn, infamously married to chuck traynor, 12 years his junior and horribly oppressive. rachel mcadams, mars square saturn, dated ryan gosling, one of the most reserved but firm celebs in hollywood who has remarked, “i’d like to be making babies, but I’m not, so I’m making movies”.
sun/mars-uranus aspects = partners engage in spontaneity often, appreciate a partner who is freedom-loving, unpredictable men, men who are a bit odd/quirky or have a superiority-complex stemming from their ‘loner’ ways.
example(s): meg ryan, mars square uranus, was married to dennis quaid, claims he was inconsistent & unreliable. kim basinger, was married to alec baldwin, known for his public & erratic outbursts. sarah jessica parker, mars conjunct uranus, married to matthew broderick, close friends have commented saying, “(they) call them `the wacky young Lunts'” and that they are “very irreverent”.
sun/mars-neptune aspects = male suitors may have an addictive-escapist personality (alcohol, drugs, partying, music, etc), men are spiritual or were raised as such, men that are a fantasy or creators of fantasy.
example(s): jean harlow, mars opposite neptune, married harold rosson, famous cinematographer for ‘the wizard of oz.’ ashlee simpson, mars conjunct neptune, was married to pete wentz, has bipolar disorder and has spoken out on his drug abuse.
sun/mars-pluto aspects = men who embraces pluto’s private/mysterious nature, potentially destructive fellas, men who are force to be reckoned with, exempt from superficiality
example(s): scarlett johansson, mars square pluto, married to a journalist, has been said, “mr dauriac, like his fiancee, takes privacy very seriously”. nancy reagan, mars conjunct pluto, known worldwide for her marriage to ronald reagan, “observers described the reagans’ relationship as close, authentic and intimate”.
***you will notice that all the examples are people with ‘harsh’ aspects (conjunctions, squares, oppositions, quincunx) and that’s because squares, oppositions, and inconjunctions give us the feeling of wanting what we can’t have which only makes us want it more. conjunctions work hand in hand with the planet indicator, in this case bc male partners so it’s sun & mars aspects, your ideal man exemplifies the planet that conjuncts either of those.
if you have a lot of aspects to your sun & mars, look to the harsher & tightest aspects (the lowest orb)
had to edit these posts because for some i put ‘attracted to’ instead of inferring that your partner WILL be like this because you will bring out these traits in them
also, this is not synastry. this deals with your own chart.
The Importance of Discussing Mental Health Through Hip Hop
Mental health is a touchy subject in the hip hop community. It’s treated almost as a don’t-ask-don’t-tell deal, so few artists have even touched the subject, but it might be one of the most important for these artists to touch.
So why is it a big deal? Suicide is the third highest killer for black youth. The rates for depression and attempted suicide are consistent (if not slightly higher than) the national rates. Suicide rates for young blacks has doubled between 1993 and 2013. Yet mental health is referred to as a “white people problem,” the black community tends to ignore the mental health issue so very little has been done to change that stigma.
There is not many people stepping up and speaking about mental health in the black community. However, there have been a few hip hop artists who have used their [highly shareable] medium and their platforms to speak up about their mental health in a powerful way.
The development of the Emo Rap subgenre has only recently taken place. Artists like Lil Peep and XXXTentacion are only just gaining more mainstream attention. However many artists have come before who have paved the way to the development of this genre.
It has taken a long time for hip hop to develop to the point of being able to discuss mental health. Most of the early days were more focus on messages about problems in the ghettos or about the luxury of their wealth. It wasn’t until the late 2000′s that “emo rap” began to plant its seeds into the hip hop community.
Kanye West’s 808′s and Heartbreak changed everything in 2008. It was also followed shortly after by Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon at the start of 2009. These two albums both put mental health at the forefront of their albums, these were the first big rap albums to have emotional lyrics about pain and loss at the forefront of the content. The production of these two albums utilized the elements of punk rock, 808s, synths, and auto tune that many modern artists like Lil Peep and XXX have been using in their songs.
In between Kanye and Kid Cudi other artists have sprouted up who have discussed the issues. The biggest ones being Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Tyler, the Creator. Kendrick has not been as up front as some of the previous artists have been, he brings it up a few times in several songs but it all culminates on u where he speaks about some of his darkest times in life. Tyler the Creator has been putting his mental health on display since his start even having a meeting with his psychologist Dr. TC (who if you couldn’t tell, is actually just Tyler himself) on his first mixtape and first big song Bastard. He continues to speak about his issues on all his albums too.
Why is it so important that songs about suicides like XO Tour Llif3 and Jocelyn Flores hit the mainstream and reach Billboard charts? Finally, people are beginning to discuss mental health in young blacks, and who better to do that than the young artists so many young people are listening to? X is only 19, Tyler is 26, and Lil Peep is 20, Kid Cudi was 25 when he released Man on the Moon, and Kanye was 31 when he dropped 808′s.
These people have a strong pull in the youth, and have been able to push the issues of mental health to the main stage of society through music. Be sure to also check out artists like Isaiah Rashad, A$AP Rocky, and Kevin Abstract (and Brockhampton) for more artists speaking up about mental health issues in their music.
Heavy Metal Astrology: The Feminine Man & The Masculine Woman
Every now and again, you come across people who transcend gender walls. This is especially so in the metal world where pretty much anything goes. You have everything from the ball-busting alpha man trying to prove his own bravado to the infinitely feminine woman trying her best to prove that she is just as tough as any man. So, this post is devoted to two of my favorite people whom I feel best personify the breaking down of the metal gender paradigm.
How does one determine this astrologically, you might ask? Well, it’s actually quite simple. Feminine energy is equal to introversion, and masculine energy is equal to extroversion. Depending upon the gender, there are certain planets which are more prominent. When looking at this technique, for a man, it’s his moon and Venus placements. These are the stereotypically feminine planets, and if they are placed in any of the feminine signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, or Pisces), it’s a very strong indicator that he will come across more like a female. For a woman, you should be looking at the placements of her sun and Mars. If they are positioned in any of the masculine signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius), it’s a strong indicator that she will come across more like a male, as they are the stereotypically masculine planets in the birth chart. You can also apply this technique to the chart as a whole. If a man’s feminine sign placements outweigh his masculine sign placements, and a woman’s masculine sign placements outweigh her feminine sign placements, then the above is also true. You can also count the ascendant if you like. Use only personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) for this technique, though, because the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) do not have a direct effect on our energies here on Earth.
OLIVER SYKES, BRING ME THE HORIZON: THE FEMININE MAN
A lot of what you’ll notice about Bring Me’s music is that there is a seething, dark and introverted undercurrent to everything. This all comes back to Oli’s abundance of feminine energy, which is very obviously Scorpionic. But on top of all of that introversion lies the very brash, bold, fun-loving, jovial, lively and unapologetically honest sign of Sagittarius, which is the total antithesis of Scorpio energy. The darkness and light come together in a very forthright manner. But ultimately, even though he comes across as confident and brazen on the outside, beneath it all lies a sweet, kind and gentle soul who enjoys the silence and doesn’t want to be the life of the party.
Total Number Of Feminine Personal Planets (Including Ascendant Point): 4 (Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Cancer, Mercury & Venus in Scorpio)
Total Number Of Masculine Personal Planets (Including Ascendant Point): 2 (Ascendant in Sagittarius & Mars in Aquarius)
MARIA BRINK, IN THIS MOMENT: THE MASCULINE WOMAN
There is a very obvious masculine undertone to the way that Maria expresses herself, and she makes it known in In This Moment’s music. This all comes back to her abundance of masculine energy, which is, for the most part, Sagittarian. But on top of all of that lies the very meek, feminine, gentle, kind and nurturing sign of Cancer, which is the total antithesis of her plethora of masculine placements. These energies come together in a very empowering manner, not just for her personally. She uses her combination of masculine and feminine energies to show women how to empower themselves. Although she may initially come across as very feminine and girly and introverted on the outside, beneath it all is a warrior goddess who knows her own power and would die before she let any man tell her what to do, what to be or who she is. She’s here to let everyone know that she is just as powerful as any man, if not moreso.
Total Number Of Masculine Personal Planets (Including Ascendant Point): 4 (Sun in Sagittarius, Moon in Aries, Venus in Sagittarius, Mars in Leo)
Total Number Of Feminine Personal Planets (Including Ascendant Point): 2 (Ascendant in Cancer & Mercury in Capricorn)