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Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Shaman, the Snake, and the Witchdoctor

April 6th, 2013 3 comments

Pair the protective nature of a Cancer Sun with the clandestine instincts of a Scorpio Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is private and instinctual, mysterious and intriguing, dramatic and passionate, extremely cunning and nearly impossible to read. Other Cancers stay close to the seashore, this one swims with the sharks. To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth, the 1981 cult classic film Escape from New York is a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Astrologer Jefferson Andersen refers to Cancer/Scorpio as the pairing of “The Cobra” who is “not the timid, insecure, and introverted Cancer one so often reads about”. (Source) Amazingly, the name of Kurt Russell’s anti-hero protagonist in Escape from New York is “Snake Plissken”. He even has a tattoo of a cobra on his stomach:

This pairing is profoundly tuned in to deeply hidden undercurrents and is thus rarely wrong about the true direction of any human endeavor, whether on the political stage or in one’s private life. Cancer/Scorpio may not be psychic but it’s certainly prescient. The plot for Escape from New York is a great, if disturbing example of just how well-calibrated Cancer/Scorpio prescience can be. Written by director John Carpenter nearly 30 years before the events of 9/11, the film’s opening scene depicts terrorists hijacking an airliner and then flying it into a New York City skyscraper. In the film’s 1996 sequel a right wing Christian fanatic seizes the U.S. presidency, launches a global war against Muslims, outlaws gay marriage, and turns the homeland into a police state. (Sound familiar?) Astrologer Jacqueline Bigar says this pairing often “knows what is coming before it does”. (Source) Yeah, I’d say so:

Escape

Cancer is the sign most attuned to family, klan, and country while Scorpio is the sign most attuned to sex, death, and the scary-scary. The combination is one of the few which is willing to probe those family (Cancer) secrets (Scorpio) that one simply does not talk about. In Escape, Mr. Plissken is tasked with retrieving the U.S. nuclear launch codes, which are the national version of unspeakable family secrets.

Astrologers Charles and Suzi Harvey describe the Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon pairing as resonating with souls trapped within “psychotic underworlds”. (Source) You’ll be hard pressed to find a better example of people trapped in a “psychotic underworld” than this scene from Escape from New York:

According to Kurt Russell’s commentary on a special edition DVD version of Escape from New York, that scene set the emotional tone for the entire film. I’d say it gives you an extreme but fundamentally accurate idea of the type of situations that a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon person tends to find themselves in.

This is arguably the Sun/Moon pairing par-excelleance for emotional courage. According to the Harveys, its fearless pursuit of what lays in the shadows makes it an excellent psychologist, shaman, or (financial) witchdoctor:

You are brooding emotion incarnate . . .

You love suspense and mystery, and are drawn to understanding and grappling with the dark side of life . . . you have something of the detective and the psychoanalyst in you . . . You truly come alive when you have been given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind (or bank account.) (Source)

That’s a pretty good approximation of the Snake Plissken character. His disposition is certainly of the “brooding” persuasion and he definitely grapples with the dark side of life, both the dark side that is the police state government and the dark side that is life on the island of New York. He isn’t given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind but he does get marching orders to go inside the deeply troubled recesses of a society gone mad.

Being so tuned to the darker dimensions of life, Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon often possesses a darkly wry if under-appreciated sense of humor:

Both signs are also masters at navigating (subtly manipulating?) the unspoken currents of human psychology. It’s thus fitting that we’re left in the dark over how Kurt Russell’s character lost his left eye. Allowing the viewer’s imagination to conjure up what the back story of that eye patch might be results in a malevolently heroic shadow around Russell’s character that no amount of special effects could have generated.

Speaking of “malevolently heroic” types . . . Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange is a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon whose real life biography bears an uncanny resemblance to the fictional biography of the Snake Plissken character. (Chart) Plissken’s mission in Escape entails the procurement of “leaked” state secrets not unlike what Assange’s job with Wikileaks entails. Assange’s icy disdain for the establishment is a close cousin of Plissken’s snarlingly contempt for it. Plissken is wanted for “moral crimes against the United States” while Assange may become one of the most wanted men in U.S. history should the Department of Justice get its way. Swap Plissken’s eye patch and gun-slinging prowess for Assange’s laptop and computer hacking skills and the two are near mirror images of each other.

Using its establishment date as its date of birth, the United States Secret Service is also a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Cancer is the homebody of the zodiac known for their attachment to home, family, klan, and country while Scorpio Moons are emotionally nourished by situations where the line between life and death is a thin one. The Secret Service is essentially an agency of highly protective homebodies (Cancer) tasked with going on secret operations (Scorpio). Like the Snake Plissken character we meet in the Escape films, two of their primary missions include protecting the president and securing the U.S. nuclear launch codes.

Secret Service agents just after the assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan

Secret Service agents just after the assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan

Unknown to most of the public, the Service is tasked with far more than just their protective duties. Originally organized under the Department of the Treasury, the bulk of the work the Service does involves the suppression of counterfeiting, money laundering, identity theft, and other financial crimes. (Source) Recall that the Harveys write of the Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon individual, “You truly come alive when you have been given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind (or bank account).” (Source) That’s about as good a one-sentence summary of the Service’s law enforcement duties as is reasonably possible. It’s also a good summary of Assange’s duties at Wikileaks as he didn’t “truly came alive” until he begun taking on the “troubled minds” running some of the world’s most powerful banks. Even the Snake Plissken character got his start in psychological underworld that is the banking industry as the opening scene in original, uncut version of Escape has him robbing the Atlanta branch of the Federal Reserve, an institution that is almost certainly run by some very “troubled minds”.

While they’re obviously on opposite sides of the law, Assange and the Secret Service both spend a lot of time navigating the darkest geographies of the human experience. Strangely enough, Assange’s first high-profile target at Wikileaks was the dark geography that is the Church of Scientology while the Secret Service’s first high profile target back in the 1860s was the dark geography of the Ku Klux Klan. (Source) Both organizations have been characterized by former members as psychotic underworlds loaded with unspeakable family secrets. Other Sun/Moon pairings may “go where no man has ever gone before” but, as the trailer for Escape from New York so aptly puts it, only Cancer/Scorpio has the emotional courage to “go in where nobody has ever gotten out”.

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Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon: the Romantic Hero and the Hitman with a Heart ("I’ve soared with the eagles and slithered with the snakes and been everywhere in between.")

November 10th, 2012 1 comment

Scorpio is sign of the Shaman and the Spy, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Emotional Cryptographer and the Clandestine Encounter, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. The sign most associated with intense passion and ice-cold resolve, Scorpio can go from red-hot to cold-blooded as fast as the temperature can change in the desert. Actor Charles Bronson, best known for portraying freelance hitmen and vigilante cowboys, is representative of a Scorpio Sun’s penchant for intrigue, conspiracies, and matters of life-and-death intensity:

It’s within relationships that Scorpio’s emotional intensity is expressed in its purest, most potent form. According to astrologer Sonya Magett, “Scorpio can be intensely possessive and struggle with jealousy throughout their lives.” (Source)

Scorpio’s next door neighbor is Libra, the sign of the Lover, the Artist, the Peacemaker, the Diplomat, the Statesmen, the Counselor, and the Art Collector. This is the sign most directly associated with elegance, social harmony, and an innate awareness of the other. All Moon signs have some type of need for romantic relationships but for a Libra Moon romance is as much a necessity as food, water, and air. Playwright William Shakespeare – best known for writing the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet – is a representative Libra Moon. (Chart)

The innate sense of “the other” is also what endows Libra Moons with an instinctual understanding of aesthetics. People with their Moon in this graceful sign know how to harmonize clothing and color schemes in much the same way a diplomat knows how to harmonize agendas and interpersonal dynamics. Louis Vuitton, founder of the high end clothing empire which bears his name, is a Libra Moon. (Chart)

Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon: Acts Like Charles Bronson, Dresses Like Louis Vuitton

Combine the psychological intensity of a Scorpio Sun ala Charles Bronson with the romantic instincts of a Libra Moon ala William Shakespeare and you get a Sun/Moon pairing which will be extremely oriented towards one-to-one relationships. Astrologer Carolyn Reynolds describes this pairing’s capacity for romance:

This is one of the most charming men of the Sun/Moon combination, and the romantic par excellence. He is magnetic, persuasive, ardent and loyal. In one hypnotic nod he gestures he understands you, both physically and emotionally. He lives to understand you. He will calm and reassure you in the midst of his own inner turmoil that you are totally oblivious to.

What does he need to accomplish to balance out his life? To find the right partner. His every emotional fiber calls out for a mate. He needs to share his dreams, his goals, and every waking moment with someone. He looks for beauty in a woman, and for style as well as elegance. Scorpio or Capricorn hangs in there for years with this pairing.(Source)

Professional wrestling legend Randy “Macho Man” Savage, is a Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon. (Chart) Savage’s most compelling performances coincided with his real life marriage to Elizabeth Hulette (aka “Miss Elizabeth”), a woman known for her beauty, style, and elegance who happened to be a Scorpio with a Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn. (Source) That Savage’s career peak came during his marriage is no surprise as Scorpio/Libra individuals only feel themselves when in a compelling partnership.

Savage and Hewlett had actually been married for eight years when the above storyline was developed. Although wedding was staged reports were that both took it as an opportunity to renew their relationship in real life.

Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon is not only one of the most romantic of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings, it’s also one of the most psychologically potent and intensely self-expressive. During his career Savage was renown for his ability to project as psychologically unhinged as Charles Bronson (Scorpio Sun) even as he was dressed as stylishly as Louis Vuitton (Libra Moon). In their book Sun Sign, Moon Sign, astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey emphasize the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual’s instinctual understanding of madness and capacity for intensely dramatic forms of self-expression:

You are pretty tough cookie, and if you cannot charm your way to the prize, you can certainly turn on the pressure. Although you optimistically hope for the best, you can be shrewdly understanding of the mad, the bad, and the ugly. . . . you need to have access to the dark and terrible to be able to put the boot in, so to speak.

You have a vivid imagination, a keen sense of drama, and probably rhythm, too, and if you take off in an artistic direction you can develop a very subtle yet eloquent manner of self-expression. You can be a charismatic showman with a dramatic delivery. (Source)

Take a look at any circa 1980s clip of Savage for a high volume but fundamentally accurate example of this pairing’s capacity for “eloquent self-expression”, “charismatic showmanship”, and willingness to access the “dark and terrible” parts of the psyche in order to “put the boot in”. All of this was done in pursuit of “the prize”, which for Savage was main-event billing at big time pay-per-views such as Wrestlemania. Given this pairing’s intensely (Scorpio) romantic (Libra) orientation, it’s probably no coincidence that Savage’s most “vividly imaginative” interviews and “keenly dramatic” in-ring performances were those where his beloved was at his side.

Astrologer Jefferson Anderson emphasizes this pairing’s skill at balancing color schemes and ability to succeed in “visually oriented fields such as photography, film, fashion, or interior design.” (Source) If Savage’s wildly colorful ensembles make one thing clear, it’s that the ability to expertly balance color schemes and accessories while projecting as “mad, bad, and ugly” is one of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon native’s most clearly delineated strengths.

The combination of a Scorpio Sun’s psychological x-ray vision and a Libra Moon’s instincts for reciprocity endows this pairing with a real aptitude for coaxing the best out of “the other”. This applies in professional relationships as much as in romantic ones. During his wrestling career Savage was greatly admired by colleagues for his ability to make even the most brutish of performers look like polished superstars in the ring. Had he not gone into wrestling he probably could have achieved fame in partner dancing, or at least done very well on a show like “Dancing With the Stars”. Rapper Rob Van Winkle, best known as “Vanilla Ice”, is a Scorpio/Libra whose experienced something of a career resurgence as a result of his superb performances on such shows in Europe:

Each of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings has its own dark side. A pairing as intensely dramatic as Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon is going to have a dark side as intensely dramatic as its light side. The “dark and terrible” side of this pairing is most likely to express itself when the native feels injustices have occurred within the context of a one-to-one partnership, whether romantic or professional. In his book All Around the Zodiac, astrologer Bill Tierney describes the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual’s modus operandi of “first the velvet glove, then the iron fist”:

[This pairing] will negotiate first before resorting to hardball tactics to crush the opposition . . . others better not take advantage of our kindness and patience – which have their limits – since after bending over backwards enough times we’ll simply explode and do a lot of damage to those who have provoked us. Underneath the cultivated, polished way we handle ourselves in the world is more volatile temperament . . . There is much emotional power lurking beneath our surface charm. (Source)

Randy Savage’s ability to project an intensely “volatile temperament” and willingness to engage in “hardball tactics” was the lynchpin of his circa 1989 on-screen feud with Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea). The feud the most financially successful storyline in professional wrestling (soap opera?) history in large part due to Savage’s capacity to come off as so intensely and authentically fed up with Hogan. The fighting in this clip is, of course, staged but Savage’s unhinged tirade touches on what was a real-world truth: that for years he had been bending over backwards to make his more ballyhooed colleague look his best without getting the same in return. Whether in the imaginal world or the real world, a Scorpio/Libra is only going to tolerate such an unbalanced state of affairs for so long before finally exploding:

Years later we would find out that in real life Savage actually did suspect Hogan was responsible for the dissolution of his marriage, a perception that would send a Sun/Moon pairing as commitment minded as Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon completely over the edge. When asked during a circa 1992 out-of-character interview if he ever cries, Savage responded:

It’s okay to show every emotion available, I’ve cried 1,000 times before and I’ll cry some more. I’ve soared with the eagles and slithered with the snakes and been everywhere in between.” (Source)

That’s about a good summary of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual’s emotional life as you’ll find: emotional powerful and intensely passionate, a seeker of balance but one prone to the occasional revenge fantasy or bout with fanaticism.

According to the Harveys, a metaphoric image for the highest expression of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon pairing is “A passionate poet leads a mass demonstration.” (Source) That’s a pretty good approximation of Randy Savage. He wasn’t a passionate poet who led mass demonstrations but he was a passionate performer who evoked the most compelling of emotions from masses of wrestling fans.

Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon Astro-Twins: Wrestler Randy Savage, Actor Leonardo Dicaprio

Actor Leonard Dicaprio is also a Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon. (Chart) A number of Dicaprio’s most famous roles have involved romantic partnerships, most notably Romeo in the 1996 remake of Romeo and Juliet and Jack Dawson in James Cameron’s epic 1997 film Titanic:

Not unlike some of the deeply romantic characters Leonardo Dicaprio has portrayed on stage and screen, the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual can spend his or her entire life searching for their true love. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson writes of this pairing’s capacity for commitment:

Devotion is one of your favorite words, and you may search the globe trying to find someone worthy of your attention and fidelity. Once you do become attached, you will be a model of loyalty. (Source)

Randy Savage, for instance, married his second wife Lynn Payne in May of 2010 on the same beach they had originally fallen in love as teenagers. Savage was quoted at the time as saying, “Thirty-six years ago, Lynn and I met on Lido Beach. I feel so fortunate that I had a second chance to marry my first love, here where it all began.” (Source)

Many astrologers believe that if you scratch a sign you will find its opposite. Other metaphysical modalities have similar beliefs, that one’s external appearance is the opposite of what they are on the inside. It thus makes sense that somebody known as the “Macho Man” would actually be deeply romantic. As astrologer Hazel Dixon Cooper says of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual:

This combination wants a romance novel affair complete with happy ending. If you can be faithful, nurturing, and attentive, you’ll have hit one of the Universe’s jackpots. (Source)

Sadly, Savage died of a heart attack almost one year to the day after the above photo was taken.

Two weeks after his passing, Savage’s old colleague Hulk Hogan recalled a fortuitous encounter they had just a few months earlier in the middle of a hospital after not having spoken to each other in over 10 years:

I’m sitting there in the doctor’s office on the little chair and the door swings opens . . . I look up and it’s Randy! He was glowing, his eyes were bright, his spirit was up, he had a new wedding ring on! I just want to tell you guys he was up, he was really, really happy. He was in a really good place . . . we all love and miss him very much. (Source)

It makes sense that Savage’s spirit was in such a glowing state during the last months of his time on the earthly plane. For a Sun/Moon pairing as deeply romantic as Scorpio/Libra there’s no better way to spend the final year of their life then by the side of their beloved.

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Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon: The Go Getter, the Show Stopper, and The Number One Stunner

November 5th, 2012 1 comment

Scorpio is the sign of the Shamaness and the Spy, the Sorceress and the Spell-Caster, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Emotional Assassin and the Clandestine Lover, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop, the Countess in Chief of Mind Bending and the Professor Emeritus of Freak Nasty. When a person’s Sun (identity) is in Scorpio (depth) their identity will be intertwined with the hidden, the mysterious, and the psycho-sexual. Actress Famke Janssen is a representative Scorpio Sun. (Chart) Her big breakthrough came in the 1995 film Goldeneye in which she portrayed “Xenia Onatopp”, a ruthlessly intelligent James Bond super-villainess who kills men between her legs:

Leo, sitting 90 degrees from Scorpio, is the sign of the King and the Queen, the Entertainer and the Performer, the Actor and the Actress, the Mistress of Ceremonies and the Professor of High Theatrics. When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Leo (theatrics), they will derive emotional nourishment from being the center of attention. Hollywood golden era actress Marlene Dietrich is a Leo Moon who fits the profile of her lunar placement down to a “t”: bright lights and big hair, a sense of the dramatic and a stage presence larger than life:

Ecologically, Leo is associated with the middle of summer – a time when the Sun is at its brightest, plants are at their fullest bloom, and even the most solitary of animals are likely to be seen out strutting their stuff. A Leo Moon who feels emotionally appreciated will thus take on the persona of a lioness strutting across the savannah or a movie star strutting down the red carpet.

Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon: “I’m the Number One Stunna”

Combine the sexual magnetism of a Scorpio Sun with the stunning stage presence of a Leo Moon and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing that will have jaws dropping, heads turning, and pulses racing. Dramatic and magnetic, determined and ambitious, this pairing is both impossible to resist and impossible to ignore. If this pairing has a theme song it’s either “Number One Stunna” by Birdman or “This is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS. Actress Veronica Lake, Hollywood’s original smokin’ hot femme fatale show-stopper, is a Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart)

As the arc of Mrs. Lake’s career makes clear, astrologer Carolyn Reynolds is stunningly correct when she writes of the Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon female, “She uses her sexuality in the most constructive ways. There have been some top models and beauty contestants in this Sun-Moon position. They project both sexuality and drama.” (Source) It should be noted that Scorpio/Leo natives manage to do this regardless of their actual physical stature. Mrs. Lake, for instance, stood only 4’11”. (Source)

Scorpio Sun represents the darkest of the dark while Leo Moon represents the brightest of the bright. According to astrologer Jefferson Anderson, the collision of late autumn darkness with mid-summer sunshine produces the “Magnificent Obsession” who will be anything but pedestrian as they walk through life:

You stand apart from the crowd. A rugged individualist, you have tremendous confidence and self-sustaining vitality, which make it unnecessary for you to rely on others for encouragement. People sense you are a leader for your presence alone is compelling.

With a strong sense of the dramatic, you rarely do things halfway, and your actions and behavior are usually designed to attract attention. (Source)

Actress Julia Roberts, who has been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list eleven times, is a Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart) Like many Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon natives Roberts has major workaholic tendencies, having starred in a total of 42 films in the last 22 years.

One of the most intensely romantic of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings, relationships are of extraordinary importance to this pairing. Actors do best in roles that match their Sun/Moon pairing so it’s no coincidence that Roberts is best known for roles in films with distinctly romantic themes such as Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Eat Pray Love.

Actress Gabrielle Union is also a Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon who has carved out a successful acting career in romantic themed films such as Two Can Play That Game, Deliver Us from Eva and The Honeymooners. (Chart) Like many Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon natives Union is known for her compelling presence, attention getting style, and near total immunity to would be haters:

This pairing can be more than a handful in relationships. Union, for instance, has been banned from sitting court side at Miami Heat basketball games for her intense trash talking of players, fans, referees, and even her own boyfriend NBA superstar Dwayne Wade. (Source)

Although her curriculum vitae is not yet as lengthy as that of her astro-twin Julia Roberts, Union is a legit “Number One Stunner” whose show-stopping hair style has been known to, quite literally, set off the body scanner security alarms at airports.

Actress Lauren Hutton, a former Vogue cover model and Revlon spokeswoman, is also a Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart) At age 61 she is still a “number one stunner”, having recently posed naked and guest starred on the television show Nip, Tuck. (Source) Her Scorpio/Leo astrological pedigree comes through quite clearly in the 1984 film Once Bitten where she plays a centuries old vampire who keeps herself going by seducing much younger men, including the then 22 year old Jim Carrey.

In light of Mrs. Hutton’s staying power it should be mentioned that Gabrielle Union’s current boyfriend, Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade, is 10 years her junior. If the arc of Hutton’s career is any indicator, Mrs. Union will be stopping traffic and setting off body scanner alarms for at least another 20 years.

Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon: The Show Stopper and the Good Samaritan

Don’t be fooled by the fact that Julia Roberts, Gabrielle Union and other Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon natives such as Veronica Lake and Lauren Hutton are known for stopping traffic, setting off body scanner alarms and stunning the daylights out of scandalously younger men. There’s much more to this pairing than just bright lights, big hair, and show-stopping style. Scorpio Sun, at its most profound, has an deep understanding of others’ emotional pain. Leo Moon, at its most generous, will give of its time, energy, and money as freely as the Sun gives its light and warmth. The combination make for a Sun/Moon pairing that will bring sunshine (Leo) to those trapped within even the most subterranean of emotional situations (Scorpio). Gabrielle Union, for instance, has donated generously to rape crisis centers. Commenting on why she has chosen to be public on the matter:

This is why I now lobby for state legislatures across the country and the federal government to help raise funds and awareness for rape crisis centers, and I speak to all different kinds of people across the country about what happened to me. My goal is to never hear the words ‘me too’ from someone after I say ‘I was raped.’ (Source)

Union’s Sun (identity) is closely conjunct her Black Moon Lilith, a point which in astrological canon represents the female survivor archetype. (Source) Her identity (Sun) is thus closely connected to being a survivor (Black Moon Lilith) of the darker experiences that people with Scorpio emphasized in their charts often endure.

According to the Harveys, two metaphoric images that capture the highest expression of the Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon combination are:

A Samaritan mirrors sunshine into the depths of a dark pit bringing hope to those who live there . . . A sexy superstar creates a new charity. (Source)

Both images happen to be an excellent approximation of Mrs. Union. A sexy superstar, she has mirrored sunshine into the depths of the dark emotional pit that survivors of sexual assault so often fall into.

Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon Astro-Twins: Actress Gabrielle Union, CEO George Zimmer

The Harveys’ images also happen to be excellent approximations of one of Union’s Scorpio/Leo astro-twins, Men’s Warehouse CEO George Zimmer. (Chart) If Zimmer’s name doesn’t ring a bell his commercials for Men’s Warehouse probably will. They’re the ones that end with Zimmer delivering his signature line, “You’re gonna look great, I guarantee it.”

A go-getter in the business world and a superstar of men’s clothing who specializes in helping others look like number one stunners, Zimmer has donated generously to marijuana legalization efforts. (Source) He’s also helped finance research into the use of MDMA, commonly called “Ecstasy”, as a therapy for those suffering from PTSD. A study he donated money for in 2005 included a rape victim who had suffered from nightmares for twenty five years. (Source)

People with the same Sun/Moon pairing often bear an impossible to dismiss resemblance to each other even if they’re obviously not related by blood. For instance, take a look at these photos of Gabrielle Union and George Zimmer and notice how the camera picks up on a vibe of charismatic self-confidence and magnetic vitality in both of them:

Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon: The Showstopper, The Number One Stunner (Photo copyrights Nick Stepowyj, Thomas Hawk)

That Gabrielle Union and George Zimmer would both be legit number one stunners who also help those trapped in darkness is no surprise given their astrological pedigree. At its highest expression Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon is both the showstopper who slows traffic with their superstar style and the Good Samaritan who renders assistance to those in desperate need.

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Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The Freelance Hitwoman, the Cowboy Vigilante, and the Enemy of the State ("On a quest through the valley of death")

October 22nd, 2012 No comments

Scorpio is Shaman and the Spy, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. Co-ruled by Mars (the Lord of War) and Pluto (the Lord of the Underworld), Scorpio is the sign least likely to fear death. Astrologer Frances Sakoian warns, “In battle they will give no quarter and expect none. If one takes up cudgels against a Scorpio, he should be well fortified.” (Source) Claus Von Stauffenberg, the German military officer who was executed for attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler, is a Scorpio who neither feared death or gave quarter. (Chart) If you’re not familiar with Von Stauffenberg’s story he was portrayed by Tom Cruise in the 2011 film Valkryie:

Sagittarius, the sign immediately after Scorpio, is the Spiritual Seeker, the Evangelical Gangster, the Philosopher-Prophet, the Professor of High Adventure, and the Super Crusader of Quests and Faith. People with their Moon (emotional needs) in this wildly adventuresome sign need to be involved in wide-ranging religious, spiritual, or philosophical pursuits if they are to feel emotionally nourished. Actor Jesse Ventura is a Sagittarius Moon currently known as much for his powerfully held philosophical positions as he was once known for his arsenal of power wrestling moves. In one particularly noteworthy instance, Ventura articulated his fierce philosophical opposition to torture by telling talk show host Larry King, “Give me a water board, Dick Cheney, and one hour and I’ll have him confessing to the Sharon Tate murders.”

As you can see from Ventura’s bluntly truthful demeanor there is good reason why astrologer Austin Coppock refers to Sagittarius as the “Doom Super Soldier” who will stop at nothing once possessed by the spirit of a righteous cause. (Source)

Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The Wild Hair Centaur Meets the Death Dealing Scorpion

Combine the Sun in the sign of extremes (Scorpio) with the Moon in the sign of high adventure (Sagittarius) and the result can feel like a heart pounding run through hell. This n is one of the most action oriented of the 144 Sun/Moon pairing as both signs have the theme of “attack” symbolized within their glyphs. Scorpio is symbolized by the Scorpion, the Snake, and the Eagle – all deadly predators who thrive within extremely hostile environments. Sagittarius is symbolized as a wild haired centaur-archer armed with a quiver full of flaming arrows. To illustrate just how well-armed this pairing can be, consider this: using its premier date as its date of birth, the film Terminator is Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) If you’ve never seen the film it’s a high volume but fundamentally accurate projection of what might be the Zodiac’s most courageous, committed, and socially concerned Sun/Moon pairing:

The emotional intensity in the film is a good, if exaggerated, approximation of the impassioned zeal this combination is capable of once it’s committed to a cause of life-and-death proportions. Scorpio can be tenacious to the point of being obsessive while Sagittarius can be zealous to the point of being fanatical. Pair the two together and you get somebody who can be absolutely unwavering once they’ve set their mind on a particular path. Astrologer Bill Tierney explains:

Scorpio/Sagittarius types have a touch of crusader with militant undertones in them. This combination needs something vast and all-consuming at which to aim their forces in order to keep their energies from being destructive . . . Scorpio provides the drive and endurance to succeed against all odds, while Sagittarius keeps vision alive, even during the most grueling of times. (Source)

In the fictional world of Terminator, Kyle Reese’s all-consuming quest is saving the mother of the future. In the real world this combination is attracted to similarly all-consuming quests that involve epic battles between good and evil. The AIDS epidemic in Africa, the brutality of Iphone factories in China, or human-trafficking in Eastern Europe are the type of causes a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individual will often be found crusading against . . . or on behalf of should they turn to the darker possibilities of this Sun/Moon pairing.

Even those Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individuals who go on all-consuming crusades for non-violence will often find themselves engaged in legal, social, or political confrontations as ferocious as a gun-battle with the Terminator.

The natal chart of a film will describe both the film’s hero and its villain. The hero typically corresponds to the highest expression of the chart while the villain corresponds to the darkest expression. In Terminator, both Kyle Reese and the T-101 are covert agents (Scorpio) on far-ranging quests (Sagittarius) but one is there to save lives while the other is there to destroy them. Reese is intensely courageous (high-Scorpio) and totally committed (high-Sagittarius) while the Terminator is coldly murderous (low-Scorpio) and unthinkingly fanatical (low-Sagittarius).

If Reese comes off as a paranoid fanatic in the above scenes (or in this violently passionate one) that’s because paranoia, fanaticism, and phobias, are some of the liabilities of this Sun/Moon pairing. Of course, as the saying goes, “It’s not paranoia if they really are after you”.

Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The Enemy of the State

Speaking of paranoia, using its premier date as its date of birth the 1998 film Enemy of the Sate – is also a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) Like Terminator, the film is essentially a quest (Sagittarius) through the valley of death (Scorpio). In Enemy of the State, it’s the valley of death formed by the world’s most powerful intelligence agency the National Security Agency that the protagonist must crusade through in order to survive:

“Surely the film is at least a bit of a paranoid (Scorpio) exaggeration (Sagittarius), right?” Probably not. According to a 2007 article in the UK Register, intelligence agencies can now perform real time Enemy of the State style surveillance on *all seven billion people* on the planet. (Source) That the film would be so prescient in its depiction of the police state is no surprise given the shrewd, sophisticated, and truth-seeking nature of its Sun/Moon pairing. This pairing makes a good investigator, one that’s excellent at quickly grasping the big picture (Sagittarius) no matter how deep and dark (Scorpio) it might be.

Calling this pairing as the “enemy of the state combination” might seem a bit of an exaggeration but a number of high profile enemies of the state are Sagittarius/Scorpios. Edwin Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) So too is former Bloomberg corporate finace reporter Mark Pittman, the journalist who mysteriously died after successfully suing the U.S. Federal Reserve, the central banking catel that is at the center of more conspiracies than the JFK assassination, the October Surprise, and the 9/11 attacks combined times ten. (Chart) Prior to his passing, Pittman had discovered that “the amount going to prop up the financial system dwarfed the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) [issued in 2008]. It added up to $12.8 trillion and it wasn’t clear in all cases where the money was going” according to his Wikipedia entry.

Obviously few if any Scorpio/Sagittarius individuals will ever go to such extremes let alone be considered actual “enemies of the state”. This pairing does, however, possesses a major “Cowboy Vigilante” streak that lands it in pitched battles with the powers that be. To illustrate: Paula Broadwell, the Lt. Colonel turned author who was having an affair with David Petraeus (director of the CIA) is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) She’s not an actual “enemy of the state” but is now being treated as one. Among other things, her security clearance has been pulled which means her career as a counterintelligence officer is about as DOA as Will Smith’s career as an attorney was in Enemy of the State.

Creepy coincidence: Broadwell’s extramarital affair with Petaeus was uncovered by a rogue FBI agent using methods uncomfortably similar to those used by the rogue NSA agents to track Will Smith’s extramarital “liason” with Lisa Bonet’s character in Enemy of the State.

Astrologer Carolyn Reynolds writes of the Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon female, “. . . she fares well whatever the climate because she can survive. This one will hunt and fish with you. You can take her to Africa and she’ll out shoot you and the rest of the hunters.” (Source) No kidding. In addition to having served as a special operations command officer, Broadwell has (or had) a side gig working as a firearms demonstrator for the high-end automatic weapons manufacturer KRISS. Here’s a screenshot of her literally “out shooting the boys” taken from one of the company’s promotional videos:

Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon women will often “outshoot the boys” to quote Carolyn Reynolds. Photo: KRISS

As Broadwell’s curriculum vitae testifies to, Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon is one of the most action oriented of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings. the two together and you have a Sun/Moon pairing that’s predisposed to a life of high speed adventure and high stakes confrontation. Actor Charles Bronson, best known for portraying freelance hitmen, vigilante cowboys, and other battled-hardened characters is also a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart)

Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey tell us this pairing has a “probing, questing, analytical mind”. (Source) To illustrate: astronomer Carl Sagan is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon known for having such a mind. (Sagan’s Chart) Sagan obviously never traveled through literal time or survived a literal nuclear holocaust like his fictional astro-twin Kyle Reese. His work did, however, take him on wide ranging quests through the concepts of space and time. He also spent several years studying the horrors that a large scale nuclear disaster or environmental collapse can bring. (Source)

According to the Harveys, a metaphoric image for the Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individual is, “A child gazes up at the night sky, captivated by the mystery of deep space. An alien appears, and reveals a glimpse of the child’s future as a famous astro-physicist.” (Source) That image is an almost literal approximation of Sagan’s life story: he was captivated by the mystery of deep science beginning in his childhood, was very interested in the possibility of making contact with extra-terrestrial life, and he did grow up to become a famous astronomer who was well-versed in physics.

Despite being a staunch skeptic of astrology, Sagan would probably be pleased to know that the International Space Station, launched (born) November 20th, 1998 is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon just like him. (Chart)

Like many of its Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon astro-twins, the ISS is on a quest (Sagittarius) though an environment (outer space) so fraught with dangers that it is, in a manner of speaking, a valley of death (Scorpio).

Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: “The Forerunner”

Pablo Picasso is also a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) His best known painting is Guernica, which he created in response to the valley of death that Guernica became when it was the target of a Nazi blitzkrieg campaign in April 1937. The painting become an international icon for the suffering that war inflicts on both physical and psychological landscapes:

Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: Guernica as painted by Pablo Picasso

It’s hard not to notice that Picasso’s Guernica bears a number of thematic similarities to the future we’re given glimpse of in Terminator. Take a look at this video of Reese’s flashbacks or at this screenshot of them and compare it to Picasso’s image of Guernica:

Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The future as envisioned in Terminator

While Terminator may not occupy quite the same revered level of art that Guernica does, there are clearly some pretty significant parallels between the two works. The silent horror invoked by Guernica was an all-too-accurate approximation of the highly-mechanized world war just over the horizon for much of Europe. Similarly, the high-tech warfare waged by heartless cyborgs in Terminator has turned out to be an all-too-accurate approximation of the high tech warfare waged for heartless corporations in the year 2012.

That Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon works such as Terminator and Enemy of the State and Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individuals like Carl Sagan and Pablo Picasso were able to grasp certain truths years before others makes sense given the ecological niche of their Sun/Moon pairing. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson tells us that Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon is the Sun/Moon pairing of “the Forerunner” who “can believe truths that others find hard to fathom, perhaps because it is so far ahead of everybody else.” (Source) This includes truths so terrifying that one must first crusade through a valley of death, either physical or emotional, in order to grasp them.

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Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Smooth Talking Spy and the Deep Cover Diplomat

October 16th, 2012 No comments

Libra is the Lover, the Artist, the Peacemaker, the Diplomat, the Statesmen, the Lawyer, and the Counselor. It is the sign most directly associated with elegance, social harmony, justice, and an innate awareness of “the other”. According to astrologer Sonya Magett, people with their Suns (conscious identity) in this dapper sign are the “Finesse Pimps” of the zodiac who keep their thread counts high and their drama quotients low. (Source) Don Cornelius, the founder and producer of the television show Soul Train, is a Libra Sun who represented well the stylish ways, smooth sociability, and sense of social justice that this sign is renown for. (Chart)

Scorpio, the sign immediately after Libra, is is the sign of the Shaman and the Spy, Sorceress and the Spell-Caster, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. This is the sign most associated with depth and darkness, shadows and underworlds, covert operations and subterranean dealings. People with their Moons (emotional needs) in this secretive sign thus instinctually wired up for work in the clandestine services. To illustrate: using its establishment date of July 5th, 1865 as its date of birth, the United States Secret Service is a Scorpio Moon. (Source) The Central Intelligence Agency is also a Scorpio Moon. (Source)

Combine the smoothly diplomatic ways of a Libra Sun ala Don Cornelius with the covert instincts of a Scorpio Moon ala the Secret Service and you get a person who can thrive in artistic or social ventures (Libra) that require the native to walk through the valley of death (Scorpio). According to astrologers Charles and Suzi Harvey this is the combination of “. . . the blonde bombshell whose self-possession and sanguine smile says ‘don’t mess with me'”. (Source) Astrologer Jefferson Anderson observes that this pairing “possesses the style of the dove and the intensity of the hawk.” (Source) To illustrate: rapper Calvin Broadus Jr, best known as Snoop Dogg, is a Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon (Chart) Snoop’s combination of smooth, dove-like lyricism (Libra) and clandestine, hawk-like intensity (Scorpio) comes through with extreme clarity in the music video for the 1991 film Deep Cover, the video that launched his career. He’s obviously not an actual “blonde bombshell” but his self-possessed demeanor definitely communicates that he is not one to be messed with:

Using its television premier of 9/28/84 as its date of birth the hit 1980s television series Miami Vice is also a Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Source) Not unlike Snoop Dog, Miami Vice displayed a Libra Sun’s sense of the suave spliced around a Scorpio Moon’s instincts for the deadly. The combination of the fashionable (Libra) and the clandestine (Scorpio) comes through quite clearly in the show’s now-iconic imagery:

Ecologically, Scorpio is the energy of the composting process in which old death is transmuted into new life. Libra, the sign of social justice, is at its best when reconciling divisions between people. Given the epidemic levels of death, decay, and social division now plaguing America, a Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon such as Snoop could be quite effective at navigating the current political landscape. Snoop as a political leader may sound a bit outlandish if you’ve seen some of his more irreverent performances – such as his brownie-baking appearance on Martha Stewart’s show – but here is a video of him discussing politics with Larry King and doing so with both smooth aplomb and a tangible air of gravitas:

Even if Snoop has no desire to get into political leadership, he would likely excel in film roles of a much more intensely political nature than those he’s taken to date. Actors do best when their roles match the traits found in their astrological charts and Snoop happens to have the same Sun/Moon pairing as the Black Panther Party, the revolutionary African American social movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Using their establishment date of 10/15/66 as their date of birth, the Black Panthers are also a Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Black Panthers’ Chart)

Jimmy Carter, the only U.S. president who has had the intestinal fortitude to tell Americans the truth about their oil predicament, is a Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Source) Despite their radically different external appearances, Carter and Snoop actually have quite a few things in common. Carter got his start in government as a young naval officer navigating the clandestine underworld of the 1940s submarine wars. Snoop got his start in music as a young rapper navigating the clandestine underworld of the 1990s gangster rap wars. The two ecosystems aren’t as different as one might think. Both involve deadly underworlds where deciphering friend from foe and up from down requires deftly honed sensitivities – which is exactly what the Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon person is in possession of.

People remember Carter as the kindly peanut farmer president but the reality is he was as tough a customer as they come. Take a look at the calm (Libra) intensity (Scorpio) emanating from his eyes during his days as a young submarine warfare officer. Then compare that to the look emanating from Snoop’s eyes as a young artist navigating an ecosystem every bit as opaquely threatening as the depths of the North Atlantic sea during World War II:

Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon: This pairing excels at deftly navigating even the most deadly of ecosystems

In both men what you see is “the blonde bombshell whose self possession says don’t mess with me”, even though neither man is literally a “blonde bombshell”.

Carter told it like it was in regards to the geopolitics of U.S. oil dependency, the Black Panthers told it like it was in regards to econo-politics of the prison industrial complex, and Snoop has a reputation for telling it like it is in regards to the socio-politics of the music industry. (Source) That all three would share a reputation for unflinching honesty regarding issues of life-and-death is no surprise given their Sun/Moon pairing. At its most effective expression, the Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon individual can remain calm and diplomatic (Libra) during times of intense crisis and change (Scorpio).

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Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Soul Bender, the Sorceress, and the Super Villainess ("Sometimes love – and even life itself – really is a battlefield")

September 23rd, 2012 13 comments

On Tuesday I posted an astrological analysis of NBC’s groundbreaking 1983 miniseries V. The chart for V’s premier happened to have the same Sun/Moon pairing as Adolf Hitler, which is a bit amazing as the series was intended as a Nazi allegory. (Source)

In 2009, ABC produced a re-imagining of the original V. Probably the highlight of the show’s two seasons was the return of actress Jane Badler who is best known for playing Diana, the man-eating, mind-bending, mega-maniacal chief science officer in the original 1983 series. Badler, who is also an accomplished singer, is a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon – the Sun/Moon pairing most likely to be “oh so good at being oh so bad.” (Badler’s Chart)

But there’s much more to the Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon native then simply looking good and acting bad(ler). Capricorn is the Lord of Order and Strategy while Scorpio is the Sorceress of Sex & Soul. Put the two together and get a Sun/Moon pairing oriented towards emotional self-possession, power through stealth, and being impossible to resist. This combination of intensely potent traits makes for a terrifying supervillain if cast for evil or an anti-hero of tremendous psychological depth if cast for good. Of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings this is arguably the one most able to survive the crushing pressures of life’s more subterranean realms. Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey write of its stainless steel psychological backbone:

Compassion and the courage to undergo suffering for the sake of regeneration is your greatest strength. You have a resonance with suffering and the darker side of human experience, and want to do something about it. (Source)

At least that is what happens when this Sun/Moon pairing is operating at its highest expression. What happens when it’s coming from a less spiritually evolved place? For the answer to that we turn to Badler’s 1983 portrayal of Diana. Her original interpretation of that character approximates what happens when the ambitious nature of a Capricorn Sun and the psycho-sexual prowess of a Scorpio Moon both simultaneously turn to their dark sides. When possessed by its shadow, this Sun/Moon pairing goes from tenacious to ruthless, from authentically compassionate to deeply sinister, from refusing to tolerate fools to stopping at nothing in the pursuit of power:

Now take at look at this aggregation of Badler’s scenes from the 2009 series. In the re-imagined series, we find out that Diana suffered something akin to a nervous breakdown after being overwhelmed by human emotions. She has spent the last 15 years in a subterranean prison locked away and left for dead “like a dirty little secret”. During her time in solitary confinement she has come to understand the soul as something not to be enslaved by technology but to be felt deep inside the heart. “Heartache, pain, sorrow . . . I felt it all”, the new version of Diana responds when her daughter demands to know the secret to the human soul.

Want your mind blown? According to the Harveys, the metaphoric image for Badler’s Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon combination is, “A prisoner in solitary confinement undergoes a spiritual transformation . . .” (Source) That’s a nearly exact description of the 2009 version of Badler’s alter-ego Diana.

Let’s examine how a Capricorn Sun and Scorpio Moon operate independently before exploring why they form such an ambitious, sexually powerful, and potentially soulful combination when paired together.

Moon in Scorpio: The Shaman and the Spy, the Sorceress and the Psychologist

The Moon represents a person’s emotional body, their instinctual nature, their unconscious, their true motivations, the most fundamental part of one’s psyche. It tells us what a person’s needs are, what type of emotional food the person needs in order to feel nourished. It is loosely analogous to the female or “yin” part of a person’s psyche and is considered indicative of what a person is bringing in through their matriarchal line.

Badler’s Moon is in Scorpio, the sign most associated with depth and darkness, shadows and underworlds, covert operations and subterranean dealings. Comfortable with all matters cryptic or clandestine, Scorpio is the sign of the Shaman and the Spy, the Sorceress and the Spell-Caster, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist. Social roles or artistic expression that involve secrets, souls, or intense sex appeal are what a Scorpio Moon needs in order to emotionally “switch on”, as this interview with Badler makes clear:

Did you catch the line, “All the power comes from your eyes, you must have ability to reveal everything with your eyes.” Take a look at what AstroRoom.com has to say about the power of Scorpio’s eyes:

There is one thing one must remember when probing a person for Scorpio energy – look again. It’s like gazing into a placid lake – first you see only stillness and surface, and then slowly things unfold, one after another. You are compelled to look closer but you cannot quite get a grip on what you really see. After a while you may get the feeling you’re gazing within yourself too. The key is almost always the Scorpio eyes. The depth is always there . . . (Source)

A google search for “Scorpio Eyes” will return numerous articles about the power of this sign’s eyes. The silent but powerful (even deadly) gaze is one of Scorpio Moon’s trademarks.

The Moon also tells us what type of domestic environments a person thrives in. Steven and Jodie Forrest describe the ideal home for a Scorpio Moon as follows:

Domestically, it’s easy to visualize [this person] living in a haunted house or perhaps in a mysterious, moss encrusted cave. Encoded in those silly images is a serious point: the [Scorpio Moon’s] soul-intentions are best supported by a home environment that triggers reactions of depth and seriousness . . . (Source)

That Diana’s spiritual conversion takes place during her confinement to a mysterious, moss-encrusted cave prison is thus no surprise given that Badler, Diana’s real-life alter ego, is a Scorpio Moon.

Scorpio Moon: At Home with Darkness and Light, Sex and Death, Secrets and Souls

Ecologically, Scorpio is associated with the composting process that begins in mid-fall when dead plant matter is recycled into new life. On the instinctive level, this is where Scorpio gets its psychological prowess from. Similar to the composting process, a good psychologist (or shaman) can assist a patient in turning the emotionally dead places within their psyche into sources of new life. Something similar can be said for a good sex partner, which is why Scorpio’s public reputation is so intertwined with the generation of powerfully emotional sexual experiences.

The reason “The Scene” from the original V was so memorable is because Badler’s character managed to simultaneously combine the death instinct (eating the hamster) with the sex instinct (her orgasmic like reaction).

Pair the two most powerful of primal instincts together in the same scene and you get the psychological equivalent of a heat-seeking missile straight into the most atavistic recesses of viewers’ psyches. As the sign of sex and death, it’s the type of audience reaction a Scorpio Moon could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Scorpio Moon: The Symbol of Emotions in the Sign of Psychological Firepower

A person’s Moon sign tells us what causes them to “switch on” emotionally. When the Moon is in Scorpio, the person switches on during times of extreme emotional intensity. Death itself, astrologer Rowan Davis tells us, is no stranger to the Scorpio woman:

She tends to be surrounded be death and discord . . . She has an accidental occupation of helping people through major changes, including preparing them to accept their own death or that of a loved one. (Source)

It’s not just physical death that the Scorpio woman tends to be surrounded by. Death of the psyche is squarely within Scorpio’s domain as well. Commenting on Scorpio’s role as the Psychologist of the Zodiac, astrologer Steven Forrest explains:

No sign is so mercilessly introspective [as Scorpio]. Just as Scorpio penetrates so deeply into his own mind, she turns the same piercing gaze on the world around her. Instinctively suspicious, she mentally delves into the minds of those who surround her, grasping for understanding, for a knowledge of each person’s innermost motivations and darkest secrets. And typically she succeeds in finding them. (Source)

Talk about a dead on accurate assessment of Badler’s Scorpio Moon alter-ego in V. It turns out that Diana has developed a psychological “conversion” process which allowed her to delve into a subject’s mind, find their darkest secrets, and then use those traumas against them:

Diana was intended as a super-villain uber-bitch so of course Badler’s piercing Scorpionic gaze was calibrated to serve the forces of evil. One can easily imagine the same “conversion” methodologies developed by Diana being cast with more noble intentions: helping abuse survivors resolve childhood traumas, assisting soldiers or domestic abuse survivors in recovering from PTSD, understanding what pushes people to madness or into depression, etc. As Liz Green explains in her book Astrology for Lovers, “People with Scorpio [emphasized in their chart] may be found in the helping professions, both medicine and psychology, because they are so keyed in to people’s pain and the struggle of those trapped in their own darkness.” (Source)

Sun in Capricorn: Stainless Steal Spine, Sure-Footed Climb to the Top

The Sun represents a person’s identity, their mission in life, and what about them naturally “shines” out into the world. If the natal chart can be likened to the map of an ecosystem, the Moon is akin the underground roots of the trees while the Sun is akin to the visible parts. It is loosely analogous to the male or “yang” part of a person’s psyche and is considered indicative of the energies a person is bringing in through their father’s lineage.

Badler’s Sun is at 9 degrees Capricorn, the sign of the Prime Minister, the Authority Figure, the Strategist, the CEO, the Tycoon. Like it’s animal totem the Mountain Goat, Capricorn ensures its survival in even the most austere environments through taking a strategic, sure-footed, and step-by-step approach to climbing life’s mountains. (See Article) If you want to viscerally understand the psychology of the Capricorn woman, watch how this herd of Mountain Goats scale a near-vertical dam wall:

Ecologically, Capricorn is the sign of the winter solstice, a time of the year when supplies may be getting short and members of the tribe may be in danger of succumbing to the elements both physical and emotional. In order to make it through the winter, the remaining provisions must be utilized judiciously while movements of survivors must be managed strategically. This is where Capricorn gets its famous executive abilities from.

A textbook Capricorn man may desire to be at the very top of the mountain where his executive abilities can be recognized in full but the female of the species typically prefers a bit more subtlety. Astrologer Liz Greene explains:

. . . playing the unseen power behind the throne suits the Capricorn woman very well. She’s realistic enough about herself to know that being the obvious power is much more dangerous – you earn enmity of society that way.” (Source)

In the original V series, for instance, Badler’s alter ego Diana was the Visitors’ chief science officer, not their actual leader. That role was assigned to “John”, played by actor Richard Herd, but it was very clear to anybody watching that Diana was the one truly calling the shots. Running the show powerfully and strategically but from behind the scenes is textbook Capricorn woman modus operandi for you.

The Capricorn Woman: Business, Respect, and a Sense of Responsibility

Scorpio may thrive in dungeons, haunted houses, moss-encrusted caves, and other venues of subterranean repute but Capricorn thrives best in one of two places: at work or out working *it*. According to astrologer Suzan Miller, “The Capricorn woman is the one with the good gold jewelry, neutral tweed or classic Brooks Brothers suits and silk shirts. She always looks highly successful, or like she comes from old money even if she doesn’t.” (Source) Not coincidentally, Badler brings a sense of Capricornian authenticity to her current role as an extremely ambitious – and very well dressed – businesswoman in the popular Australian soap opera “Neighbors”:

Capricorn’s renown business sense and reputation for material achievement gives people the impression this is the sign of “Big Money” but that isn’t quite accurate. In Capricorn land it’s achievement, status, and most of all respect with a capital “R” that are currencies of the realm more so than just money. (Although no self-respecting Capricorn has ever tossed money out of bed mind you.) A textbook Capricorn woman, for instance, would prefer to marry the president of a local bank earning $250,000/year than an internet porn mogul earning $1,000,000/year because the bank president commands respect while the porn mogul evokes revulsion.

As far as marriage goes, Capricorn women are known to be very selective in their choice of long-term partners. Linda Goodman explains in her book Love Signs:

Although Goats quite understandably resent the astrological implication that many of them “marry up the financial ladder” is, it’s nevertheless often true [than of less practical signs]. It’s not that Capricorns are cold and calculating. After all they’re just thinking of those yet to be born youngsters. Not only are they going to wear shoes, they’re going to wear good shoes because a podiatrist is frightfully expensive. And they’re certainly not going to suffer (the children, not the podiatrist) in the future for any romantic flings of the present. Is a sense of responsibility so bad? (Source)

Badler may not have married a bank president (or podiatrist) but, according to her Wikipedia page, she did marry “a successful Australian businessman” with whom she has two children. (Source) Not much else is written about her personal life, which is no surprise as Capricorn and Scorpio are both deeply private signs.

Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon: Emotional Mastery, Reverse Aging, Dark Humor

Capricorn and Scorpio may be the two “tough muthas” of the zodiac but don’t think it’s all suffering, survival, and gnashing of teeth with this combo. Tuned as it is to the less pleasant dimensions of human existence, Capricorn/Scorpio natives posses potent yet greatly underrated senses of humor. It’s not the roll on the floor and laugh out loud brand of humor of Cancer is famous or the physical hi-jinks of slapstick loving Sagittarius. Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon humor is more the dark sort of satire that subtly communicates a deeper reality while making you feel a good deal more uncomfortable than you were prepared to feel. Take a look, for instance, at this video of Badler meeting with one of the executive producers of the 2009 version of V:

(Don’t worry, she didn’t actually eat the rat.) Here’s the kicker about that video: the producers of the new V actually made her audition for the role of Diana. Given the iconic nature of her original performance, making Jane Badler re-audition for the role of Diana is about as much a “WTF?” move as making Arnold Schwarzenegger re-audition for the role of the Terminator. What Badler managed to communicate in between the lines of that video is “I can’t believe you guys are actually making me audition for this role. Are you seriously thinking anybody else can do it like me? I guess I just have to show you amateurs how it’s done.” Of course being a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon she’s shrewd enough to make the point subtly and within the boundaries of a humorous YouTube skit.

The Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon pairing ages quite well, as you may have noticed watching the above video. Speaking astrologically, here’s why: each sign correlates to a certain age range. Scorpio correlates to years 49-56, the age at which a person is just coming into full command of their personal power. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet associated with the alchemical processes that keep vampires and other creatures of the night looking eternally youthful. Capricorn correlates to years 63-70, the age at which a person begins to be seen as a source of wisdom. It’s ruled by Saturn, the planet associated with anything built for the long haul and is considered the “sign of reverse aging”. (Source) Put the two signs together and you get a Sun/Moon pairing for whom the first 55 or so years of life are what’s known as “the warm up period”.

Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon Astro-Twins: Jane Badler, Pat Benatar, Henry Miller

Badler’s Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon astro-twin is singer Pat Benatar, best known for songs such as “Love as a Battlefield”, “Hit me With Your Best Shot”, “Sex as a Weapon”, and “You Better Run”. (Benatar’s Chart)

As Mrs. Benatar’s songs tend to suggest, the Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon pairing is one of the most deeply passionate of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings. It has the capacity to feel feelings so deep they can push the person into the most intense forms of emotional catharsis. Maybe then it’s no coincidence that Benatar’s 1982 album containing her signature song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” was entitled Crimes of Passion. A “crime of passion” is essentially an act one only performs while caught in the throes of an uncontrollable emotional catharsis. Only an artist with one of the most emotionally passionate Sun/Moon pairings would be able to create art that captures the most emotionally intense aspects of the human experience.

Like Mrs. Benatar, Mrs. Badler is a singer whose songs are filled with themes any self-respecting Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon woman is likely to be familiar with: “Men Who Lie”, “I Want a Lot of Boys to Cry at My Funeral”, “The Devil Has My Double”, and “Four Corners to My Bed” are a few of her recent singles that give you the impression she and Pat Benatar would have some pretty interesting conversations if they ever sat down for lunch.

People with the same Sun/Moon pairing often bear an impossible to dismiss resemblance to each other even if they’re obviously not related by blood. In the case of Benatar and Badler, the camera picks up on both the angular jawline (Capricorn’s toughness) and the alluring eyes (Scorpio’s magnetism):

Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon Astro-Twins: Singer Pat Benatar, Actress Jane Badler

Another Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon astro-twin of Badler’s worth noting is Cynthia Payne, the British party host famously busted under indecency laws for running a high-class BDSM parlour out of her suburban home back in 1978. (Payne’s Chart) A 1987 film Personal Services starring Julia Waters was inspired by Payne’s reputation for wielding a whip on both the home and business fronts. (Source) Curiously enough, Kenneth Johnson – the original writer/director of V – stated in a recent interview that he cast Badler as “basically, a space dominatrix”.

Author Henry Miller is also a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) As is often the case for this pairing, Miller’s artistic expressions regarding psycho-sexual matters were considered extremely dangerous. In fact, much of Miller’s work was considered so dangerous it was outlawed in the United States. Fortunately, in 1964 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the obscenity laws that had been used to ban Miller’s books. In the process the Court declared them works of literature not pornography which is what they had been classified as up to that point. According to the Wikipedia entry for Miller, “this was one of the notable events in what has come to be known as the sexual revolution.” (Source)

Like many Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon natives, Miller aged quite well. In fact, he aged so well that he managed to carry on an affair with Playboy Playmate Brenda Venus (visible in the above video) until he passed away at age 90. (Source) In other words, not unlike his super-villainess astro-twin Mrs. Badler, Miller managed to look good and act bad deep into his wise elder years.

Speaking of acting bad well into one’s wise elder years, singer Rod Stewart – best known for his song “Do You Think I’m Sexy?” – is also a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon. A 2010 Huffington Post article about Stewart’s appearance on the Piers Morgan show summarized the Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon zeitgeist of emotional intensity and psychological catharsis quite well:

His second wife, model Rachel Hunter, divorced the singer in 2006 after 16 years of marriage–a heartbreak that took time and therapy to get over.

“Bl**dy hell did it [hurt]. Karma gets you! It was a good six months of laying upstairs, looking at the ceiling in bed, couldn’t get out of bed, didn’t drink for six months. That’s how bad it was.” Stewart said. (Source)

According to Wikipedia, “Stewart was born at home during World War II, half an hour after a German V-2 missile warhead fell on the local police station.” (Source) For the Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon native sometimes love – and even life itself – really is a battlefield.

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Moon in Scorpio: Symbol of Emotional Needs in the Sign of Dark Secrets, Deviant Sins, and Deadly Sex Appeal

July 7th, 2012 4 comments

The Moon represents a person’s emotional body, their instinctual nature, their unconscious, their true motivations, the most fundamental part of their psyche. It tells us what a person’s needs are, what type of emotional food the person must have on a regular basis in order to feel themselves. It is loosely analogous to the female or “yin” part of a person’s emotional ecosystem and is considered indicative of what they’re bringing in through the matriarchal line.

Scorpio is associated with emotional depth and psychological darkness, sexual intrigue and shadowy underworlds, covert operations and subterranean dealings. It is ruled by Pluto, the planet of terror, extremes, and regenerative potency. This the sign of the Shaman and the Spy, the Sorceress and the Spell-Caster, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert-Op and the Deep Cover Cop, the Countess-in-Chief of Mind Bending and the Professor Emeritus of Freak Nasty. When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Scorpio (intensity) they are nourished by anything that involves secrets, souls, or intense sex appeal. To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth, the film Basic Instinct starring Sharon Stone is a Scorpio Moon film. (Chart) The film’s famous “interrogation” scene is an extreme but not all together inaccurate summary of the Scorpio Moon’s psycho-sexual prowess:

Any entity – be it a film or a flesh-and-blood human being – with the Moon in Scorpio will spend much of their time contemplating sex, death, and revenge, or obsessing over sex/death/revenge. Other preoccupations of the Scorpio Moon include, according to astrologer Hazel Dixon Cooper, “compulsions, ulterior motives . . . multiple relationships, divorces . . . wild abandon with an adored lover or sadistic head games designed to destroy . . .” (Source) The film Indecent Proposal starring Robert Redford as a wealthy financier who offers Demi Moore a million dollars for one night of sex is, like Basic Instinct, also a Scorpio Moon film that touches on all of the above themes. (Chart)

Speaking of money for sex, this is the Moon sign most likely to find success in adult themed arenas whether as a practitioner, consultant, health care professional, actor or writer. Some examples should help illustrate this. Adult film star Jenna Jameson and writer Xaviera Hollander (author of The Happy Hooker) are both Scorpio Moons. So too is actor Mark Wahlberg who got his big Hollywood break portraying porn star Dirk Diggler in the 1995 film Boogie Nights. Using its premier date as its date of birth, the hit HBO show Sex and the City is also a Scorpio Moon. (Chart)

Astrologer Austin Coppock has associated Scorpio with the energy of the praying mantis, a creature for whom mating and killing are indistinguishable. (Source) When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Scorpio the urge to mate and kill – be it on the physical or, more likely, psychological level – thus rises to the level of an emotional need. Novelist Bram Stroker is a male Scorpio Moon whose character Dracula is best known for his need to mate and kill. Actress Famke Janssen is a female Scorpio Moon who scored the ultimate mate and kill role when she portrayed “Xenia Onatopp”, a ruthlessly intelligent James Bond super-villainess who kills men between her legs in the 1995 film Goldeneye.

When not trafficking in sexual undercurrents, Scorpio Moons can be found trafficking in secrets or encounters with life-and-death. This is the best Moon sign bar none for working in the clandestine services, as a private investigator, or for a Fortune 500 company’s internal affairs department. By the time they reach 30 or so, most Scorpio Moon natives have on their own initiative already become well-versed in what the intelligence agencies refer to as “trade-craft”. Astrologer Stella Hyde explains:

. . . if you suspect they may be cheating on you, you morph into the CSI team on triple time, sniffing their clothes, reading their diaries, going over their vehicle with that special flashlight that shows up sexual activity traces, rerouting their cellphone via yours, planting homing devices in the heels of their shoes, etc. (Source)

Given the Scorpio’s penchant for the clandestine it should be no surprise that a number of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies and financial institutions have their Moons (instincts) in this secretive sign. Using their establishment dates as their dates of birth, the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Secret Service, and the U.S. Federal Reserve are all Scorpio Moons. Using its premier date as its date of birth, the television show Mission Impossible is also a Scorpio Moon. (Chart) So too are seer-spies Nostradamus and Julian Assange.

The intensely sexual nature of a Scorpio Moon applies even to the internal cultures of corporations or government agencies with this placement. The recent Secret Service sex scandals are illustrative of this tendency. In addition to the scandal involving agents and Columbian hookers that broke a few months ago, a new one has now emerged. According to the Russia Times, it’s “alleged” that during one of Bill Clinton’s trips to Moscow a group of Secret Service agents visited a notoriously raucous night club known for its “mass strip teases involving up to 900 women at once”. (Scorpio isn’t considered the sign of extremes for no reason.)

Speaking of “extremes”, the 1992 crime thriller Deep Cover starring Laurence Fishburne, best known for its theme song “187 on an Undercover Cop”, is a Scorpio Moon. (Chart) The film includes an array of themes close to the heart of any Scorpio Moon native: shadowy underworlds, double crossing double agents, and an atmosphere of diffuse paranoia. If you want a preview of what it’s like to hang out with a Scorpio Moon native on a Friday night just listen to the first line of the film’s theme song, “Tonight’s the night I get in some shit, going deep cover on the incognito tip.”

A person’s Moon sign will also tell us a lot about the home environments they feel most comfortable in. Astrologer Raven Kaldera associates the Scorpio Moon with the myth of Hecate. The domestic environment a textbook Scorpio Moon typically occupies will thus resemble those environments Hecate occupies:

Hecate may be a lunar goddess, but she is also an underworld goddess, passing back and forth between the depths and the night fields like a creature of caves who only comes out after dark.

The places Hecate haunted most frequently were crossroads, which symbolize choice, or places where crimes of passion had been committed, or criminals executed.

Hecate, the intense and mysterious witch-goddess, rules the night and cannot be cast as a creature of the light . . . (Source)

The 1981 cult film Escape from New York, released (born) July 10th, 1981, has its Moon in Scorpio. (Chart) The film is a fictional work but its intensely subterranean atmosphere is an accurate projection of the environments a Scorpio Moon (Hecate Moon) tends to find themselves in. In it actor Kurt Russel portrays “Snake Plissken”, a former special operations soldier who must journey into the underworld of American society. Once there he must retrieve state (family?) secrets so horrific they remain unspeakable until the film’s final moments. Like the dark parts of the human psyche that Hecate frequents, all roads into and out of this underworld are mined with explosives. Like Hecate herself, Russel’s character is considered a criminal, is very much a creature of the night, and is widely assumed to be dead. He doesn’t fly around on a silent broomstick like the witches associated with Hecate but he does arrive in the underworld by way of a silent glider, which can be thought of as the modern day equivalent of a witch’s broom:

In true Scorpio Moon fashion, Russel’s character alternates between “silent introversion and snarling rage”, to quote Kaldera’s description of this lunar placement’s emotional tendencies. In one scene an associate of Russell’s character is abducted by a gang of night raiders who burst through the floor of a burnt out cafe, a good metaphor for the swarms of free floating fears and other inconvenient eruptions from deeper parts of the unconscious that self-respecting Scorpio Moon is likely familiar with.

Those unspeakable state secrets Russell’s character must retrieve? Turns out they’re the U.S. nuclear launch codes. Upon obtaining them Russell’s character destroys them, thereby preventing the American president from plunging the world into a suicidal nuclear war. Substitute “suicidal launch codes” with “suicidal ideation complex” and the film makes for an excellent metaphor as to why Scorpio Moons make such great counselors, particularly for those who are intent are doing themselves tremendous harm. No other Moon sign is so adept at infiltrating other people’s psychological underworlds, retrieving their most radioactive emotional material, and then disposing, recycling, or repurposing it as necessary.

Nor is any other Moon sign so good at keeping its own secrets off limits from prying minds. In the case of Mr. Plissken, we never do find out the backstory to that eye-patch.

There’s a great moment in the film’s sequel where a Homeland Security official says of Plissken, “We ran a psychological profile on him using a database of five million sociopathic personalities, he hit the bottom of the curve”. That’s *exactly* the sort of evaluation a good number of Scorpio Moons have received at some point in their academic or professional careers. Keep in mind, however, that being on the receiving end of such an appraisal by a sanctioned “expert” is not necessarily a bad thing. In a world as sociopathic as ours it’s entirely possible that those persons classified as “sane” are actually crazy while those thought to be insane are simply emotionally courageous to sense reality for what it is, something the Scorpio Moon excels at.

That’s not to say the Scorpio Moon lacks the capacity for sociopathic behavior. Any placement as adept at navigating darkness as the Scorpio Moon is going to come with some pretty intense challenges. Astrologer Hazel Dixon Cooper tells us the Scorpio Moon has the potential to be the “Monster in the Closet” Moon. (Source) When its Plutonic energies are not channeled into something life-affirming, the Scorpio Moon goes tenacious to ruthless, from authentically compassionate to deeply sinister, from emotionally masterful to coldly manipulative. Actress Jane “oh-so-good-at-being oh-so” Badler is best known for portraying the terrifyingly sinister “Diana” character in the original V series. She has a Moon/Saturn/Mars conjunction in Scorpio in her natal chart. (Chart) Actors and actresses do their most compelling work in roles that line up with either the most noble or the most villainous expressions of their charts. It thus makes sense a Scorpio Moon actress such as Badler was so spot on when portraying a character that has “Scorpio Moon gone bad” written all over it:

The “attitude adjustment” Badler’s character mentions in the above scene is a reference to a psychological “conversion” process she has developed. The process allows her to delve into a subject’s mind, find their darkest secrets, and then use those traumas against them. (Video) That a character portrayed by Scorpio Moon actress would develop such a process is fitting. Commenting on Scorpio’s role as the psychologist of the zodiac, astrologer Steven Forrest explains:

No sign is so mercilessly introspective [as Scorpio]. Just as Scorpio penetrates so deeply into his own mind, she turns the same piercing gaze on the world around her. Instinctively suspicious, she mentally delves into the minds of those who surround her, grasping for understanding, for a knowledge of each person’s innermost motivations and darkest secrets. And typically she succeeds in finding them. (Source)

Diana was intended as a super-villain uber-bitch so of course Badler’s piercing Scorpionic gaze was calibrated to serve the forces of evil. One can easily imagine the same “conversion” methodologies developed by Diana being cast with more noble intentions: helping abuse survivors resolve childhood traumas, assisting soldiers or domestic abuse survivors in recovering from PTSD, understanding what pushes people to madness or into depression, etc. As Liz Green explains in her book Astrology for Lovers, “People with Scorpio [emphasized in their chart] may be found in the helping professions, both medicine and psychology, because they are so keyed in to people’s pain and the struggle of those trapped in their own darkness.” (Source)

V originally aired in 1983, almost 30 years ago. That’s long enough in television years for a character such as Diana to be thoroughly forgotten. But Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of ultimate regenerative potential that is compelled to unearth matters long buried. With such a significant Plutonic influence in her chart you just knew we were going to hear from Badler’s Scorpionic alter-ego again at some point. As a number of critics have pointed out, the highlight of ABC’s 2009 re-imagining of V was the return of Mrs. Badler as the man-eating, mind-bending, mega-maniacal Diana. Except that this time around Diana isn’t quite as maniacal as before. Turns out she’s had something akin to a spiritual awakening after spending the last 15 years in a subterranean cave-prison locked away and left for dead “like a dirty little secret”, as she explains it:

Scorpio Moons, by the way, are known to extremely resourceful. You might have noticed that, despite being locked away in a subterranean cave-prison for 15 years, Diana managed to get herself a great looking perm and even scored a gorgeous set of spiked high heals to go with her designer dress. (It does help that her real life alter ego is also a Capricorn Sun.)

So who put our favorite intergalactic Scorpio Moon in that subterranean prison? It was her own daughter, which is so fitting as mother/daughter intrigue is another hallmark of the Scorpio Moon. Astrologer Sue Tompkins writes of the Scorpio Moon’s parenting experience:

In many cases, a sophisticated understanding of the concept of emotional blackmail will have been learned around the family hearth. Not infrequently there will be jealousy issues surrounding the mother. (Source)

Diana was placed in prison by her daughter after suffering a complete nervous breakdown when she was overwhelmed by sorrow during “an inter-species breeding experiment”. (Video) Scorpio Moon is the lunar placement most likely to experience a cathartic emotional breakdown following such an experiment. According to astrologer Shirley Soffer, Scorpio is the sign associated with “post-coital tristesse, a deep sadness often occurring after orgasm, a kind of near-death experience.” (Source)

Unfortunately for Diana her new-found spiritual maturity doesn’t impress her daughter, who kills her in the show’s final episode. But don’t count Diana out just yet. Most likely we’ll be hearing from her again as you can’t keep a true Scorpio Moon supervillainess down for too long. Whether in the real world or the imaginal realm the Scorpio Moon’s association with Pluto means they always find a way of regenerating themselves no matter how badly they’ve been emotionally eviscerated.

Singer Pat Benatar is a contemporary of Badler’s and a fellow Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Best known for Scorpio Moon themed songs such as “Sex as a Weapon”, “Crimes of Passion”, “You Better Run”, and “Love is a Battlefield”, there is only one song she has performed at every concert since 1981. That’s “Hell is for Children”, her most controversial song, which she wrote after reading a series of articles in the New York Times about the epidemic of child abuse in America. She recounted the profound effect those articles had on her for an interview that appeared in Portfolio Weekly, “I was moved by the articles. I said to Neil, ‘I want you to do something to the music that it sounds like pain. I want the intense pain that’s happening to these children in the notes . . .” (Source)

Like each species in nature, each Moon sign has its own niche without which the entire human psycho-social ecosystem collapses. The role of the Scorpio Moon is to become deeply familiar with as many roads into and out of the underworld as is humanly possible. That way when other individuals, families, or entire societies fall into their own underworlds there are people around who can go in and bring them back into the world of the living.

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Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Scorpion King and the Public Enemy, the Black Swan and the Solar Eclipse ("Now the story I'm kickin' is gory . . . ")

May 28th, 2012 1 comment

Combine the stage presence of a Leo Sun with the psychological depth of a Scorpio Moon and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing that is magnetic yet defiant, deeply principled yet incredibly determined, and capable of leading others through even the most soul-crushing of environments. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson writes of this pairing, “purposeful and bold, you usually have a master plan for living and you follow it carefully. You enjoy the battlefield of life.” (Source) Astrologer Jeremy Neal makes a similar point, that at its finest the Leo/Scorpio square produces the “Scorpion King” who stands his or her ground as effectively as Leonidas at Thermopylae. (Source) Rapper Chuck D, head of the pioneering rap group Public Enemy, is a Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon and probably about as close to a modern day version of Leonidas at Thermopylae as you’re going to find. (Chart)

Astrologer Sue Tompkins observes that historically, the Leo/Scorpio square has been associated with success in opera:

The classic zodiac combination associated with opera is Leo and Scorpio. Most people with an emphasis in these two signs really love opera if they are exposed to it. Leo suggests drama and color, and Scorpio indicates passion, tragedy, and revenge (favorite storylines of many operatic scores). (Source)

Chuck D is a rapper, not an opera singer, but a huge proportion of his work is characterized by drama, color, passion, tragedy, and revenge every bit as much as the most compelling classical operas. In fact, some have been so compelling that they were banned from the airwaves. The same goes for a good deal of his political and social commentary, which is often as creatively forthright (Leo Sun) and psychologically intense (Scorpio Moon) as any Public Enemy album.

Carolyn Reynolds says this is the Sun/Moon pairing of “The Ruthless Animal” whose intense energies must be channeled into something creative and productive. (Source) If not he or she could very well turn into something akin to a werewolf. I don’t know if Chuck D has any werewolf tendencies but there’s no doubt you need at least a little bit of a “ruthless animal” in you to survive in the increasingly corporate dominated world of music. This is doubly the case when you’re unwilling to compromise your truth for the all-mighty dollar.

The line about one-third of the way through the above song, “Now the story I’m kickin’ is gory . . .” could be a motto for this Sun/Moon pairing. Leo Sun loves to tell stories while Scorpio Moon has an instinctual understanding of the most gory aspects of the human experience. Author Alex Haley is also a Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) You could make a case that he did with his book Roots: The Saga of an American Family what Chuck D has done with his music: tell the gory truth, the whole gory truth, and nothing but the gory truth. Alfred Hitchcock, world famous for his capacity to kick stories that are gory, is also a Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart)

Due to the fixed (stubborn) nature of both signs, this pairing has a tendency to go to extremes. Actress Mila Kunis, best known for her role as a ballerina who takes a number of things to extremes in the 2010 films Black Swan, is a Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Kunis is also quite capable of going “Scorpion Queen” on an adversary as this video of her confrontation with a Russian reporter demonstrates.

This combination’s tendency to go to extremes also endows it with the capacity to take an unflinchingly honest look at psychopathic behavior, including those forms of psychopathic behavior that a society comes to accept as normal. Director Stanley Kubrick is a Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) He is best known for films such as Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket, each of which takes a disturbingly lucid look at the psychopathic criminality of the military-industrial complex. Something similar can be said of Public Enemy’s portrayal of the psychopathic criminality that is slavery, both the brand that existed during the days of the plantation-agricultural complex and the brand that exists currently under the prison-industrial complex.

This is probably the most street-smart of all Leo pairings. Being secretive and strategic is a survival skill for Leo/Scorpio as its capacity to produce unflinchingly honest art inevitably gets them in battles with the censors. This includes corp-gov censors and people’s internalized censors, both of which prefer keeping the most horrible truths hidden from conscious awareness. Chuck D’s battles with corp-gov censors are well documented enough that they need not be rehashed here other than to say his career could be an astrology textbook’s case-study in the Leo/Scorpio square.

Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon natives often possess star power but it’s not the type of star power associated with the red carpet of a big movie premier. It’s more akin to the star power of a solar eclipse than the star power of the academy awards. Astrologer Suzanne Miller describes the powerful if potentially disturbing effects of a solar eclipse as follows:

They are almost always positive, although their effects can be jarring and difficult. They shake us up so that we can move from one level of maturity to another, very rapidly. If we have become complacent or took someone or something for granted, chances are that we won’t after an eclipse has delivered its message. (Source)

The same can be said for the effects of and the messages delivered by Leo Sun, Scorpio Moon natives such as Chuck D, Alex Haley, and Stanley Kubrick. At its most effective this pairing will shock or shake people’s consciousness by wielding their capacity for creative self-expression (Leo Sun) regarding the most unspeakable, taboo (Scorpio Moon) subject matter.

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How do you compliment a Scorpio Moon without getting the daylights stung out of you by their Scorpion stinger?

April 4th, 2012 No comments

The Sun represents the conscious while the Moon represents the unconscious. Just as with an iceberg and its tip, what lays below (unconscious) is far more powerful than what lays above (conscious). Paying somebody a compliment based on their Sun sign is nice but if you really want them to feel good, compliment them based on their Moon sign.

Consider, for instance, how you might compliment a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon individual. If you’re only using Sun sign astrology, you might think to mention various traits Capricorn is known for: how classy their outfit looks, how their model of automobile has a peerless reputation, how hard they must have worked to be featured in the business section of the local paper, or how they’re looking younger as they get older. (Capricorn is known the sign of reverse aging.) Any of those compliments will have a nice effect on the person by way of their Sun sign but if you really wanted to connect you need to reach their Moon. When the Moon is in the Scorpio, the person will emotionally “switch on” when they feel profoundly soulful, powerful, potent, or intimidating.

To illustrate: Watch how this interviewer at the 2009 Comic Con manages to compliment actress Jane Badler by mentioning how intimidated he is by her. She lights up, albeit in stealthily Scorpionic fashion, and from there the interview unfolds fabulously. Badler, who is best known for portraying soul-bending super-villainess Diana in the V franchise, is a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart)

Did you catch the line, “All the power comes from your eyes, you must have ability to reveal everything with your eyes.” A google search for “Scorpio Eyes” will return numerous articles about the power of this sign’s eyes. The silent but powerful (even deadly) gaze is one of Scorpio’s trademarks.

While some Scorpios will kill you with the potency of their deadly gaze, others will use the potency of sex itself, in some cases quite literally. Actress Famke Janssen, for instance, is a both a Scorpio Sun and a Scorpio Moon. (Chart) She is best known for portraying “Xenia Onatopp”, a James Bond villainess who killed men between her legs:

Each of the twelve signs has its own sexual modus operandi but it’s Scorpio that is most associated with the actual sexual principal itself. This is why, according to astrologer Phyllis Mitz, “A strong sexual vibe between you and Scorpio is by far the best way to capture their attention.” (Source) Consider, for instance, how well talk show host Conan O’Brien’s interview with Mrs. Janssen went once she had him locked between her legs on the top of his desk. (No joke) Fast forward to 1:12:

A bit extreme but that’s the double Scorpio for you. According to astrologer Jefferson Anderson this is the pairing of “The Extremist”. (Source)

A person’s Moon sign also tells us what they would like to be known for. Actor Mark Wahlberg, whose first major role was 1970s porn star “Dirk Diggler”, is a Gemini Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) In the dedication of his book Marky Mark, Wahlberg writes in the preface that “I wanna dedicate this book to my dick”. (Source) That he would make such a dedication is no coincidence given his Scorpio Moon. In medical astrology, Scorpio rules the genitals.

However you choose to compliment your Scorpio Moon above all else make sure you are genuine. This sign has a built in bullshit detector that makes the CIA’s latest surveillance gadgetry look like a pile of pez dispensers.

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Should Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon Beyonce Knowles star in the next Mission Impossible movie?

March 31st, 2012 No comments

Virgo likes to remain anonymous, working quietly in the background while Scorpio is the sign of all matters stealth, slipping though the shadows and sliding under the radar. Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon is one of the best Sun/Moon pairings for secret agents as it combines the analytical abilities of a Virgo Sun with the clandestine instincts of a Scorpio Moon. It’s no coincidence that the Central Intelligence Agency, the world’s most renown spy outfit, is a Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Source) Nor is it a coincidence that the original incarnation of the Mission Impossible franchise, arguably the best spy series in television history, is also a Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Source)

Actress and singer Beyonce Knowles is a Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon and thus probably quite capable of authentically handling a Mission Impossible type role. (Chart) Consider, for example, her screen presence in Obsessed, a 2009 film inspired by Alfred Hitchcock the master of suspense himself. (Source)

Actors project as most authentic when cast in roles that line up with their Sun/Moon pairing. Tom Cruise, who has starred in the Mission Impossible series of movies, is a Cancer Sun, Leo Moon – a major drama queen combo. Cancer Sun, Leo Moon peeps are great at drawing attention to themselves, which is exactly what you want for a character like Maverick in Top Gun, but exactly what you don’t want when doing covert operative type work. A Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon like Beyonce Knowles, on the other hand, has the capacity to project as equal parts precise (Virgo) and stealthy (Scorpio) which is what’s called for when a mission is so dangerous it can be described as “impossible”.

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