By Jade Emory
If we are to take full responsibility
for who we are and for who we will become, we must make careful, conscious
choices. Working with our astrological chart is an excellent way to
Every sun sign, and the planets
ruling the signs have higher and lower options. Regardless of your sun
sign, do you recognize any of the qualities below? Maybe it's your moon
sign, your rising, or where one of your planets are placed.
ARIES, ruled by Mars, has
the positive attributes of courage, initiative, creativity, charisma,
athleticism and playfulness. Negative qualities include anger, aggressiveness,
lack of follow-through, and selfishness.
TAURUS, ruled by Venus, has
the positive qualities of trustworthiness, endurance, artistic and musical
sensitivity, financial responsibility, and perseverence. Negative potentials
include materialism, possessiveness and inflexibility.
GEMINI, under Mercury, has
flexibility, wit, and the capacity to communicate, teach and learn.
Negative attributes are inconsistency, superficiality, and emotional
CANCER, under the moon, is
the caring nurturer, emotionally sensitive and responsive. Lower potentials
include emotional dependency, eating disorders, being controlling of
LEO, under the sun, has charisma,
confidence, warmth, passion and loyalty. Less enlightened potentials
include egotism, pride, lack of humility and self-centeredness.
VIRGO, under Mercury, is
the healer of both people and animals, the server, the analyst who pays
attention to details, who values cleanliness, purity and order. Negatively,
Virgo can be judgemental, a perfectionist, withdrawn and limited in
LIBRA, ruled by Venus, values
harmony, aesthetics, balance, ethics, partnership and fairness. Less
evolved potentials include co-dependency, and indecisiveness.
SCORPIO, ruled by both Mars
and Pluto, has strength of will, intense commitment, strong creative
and destructive energy. Its lessons to learn include gentleness and
sharing without exploitation.
SAGITTARIUS, ruled by Jupiter,
is the optimist drawn to religion or philosophy. But it can be dogmatic,
invalidating differing viewpoints, or avoiding emotional intimacy.
CAPRICORN, ruled by Saturn,
values conservative traditions, discipline, maturity, responsibility
and ambition. But it can be a social climber, using others to further
itself, or be closed-minded about progress.
AQUARIUS, governed by Uranus,
is the "growing tip on the tree of life", the original inventor,
the most unselfish humanitarian, so progressive that it can become the
consummate eccentric, sometimes loving causes more easily than people.
PISCES, jointly ruled by
Jupiter and Neptune, is the mystic, compassionate and tolerant. Lower
qualities include drug and alcohol addiction, lack of boundaries, and
inability to prioritize.
Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.