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Next World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Leo 2009

IT’S ALWAYS interesting how your life seems to turn like a pivot on the service that you offer to the world. Or is it owe to the world? This is always a fine line. But for you, service happens. Now, it may be with renewed intensity and passion, as well as the deepest questioning in your life.

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I’m going to propose it comes from the prominence of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces in your chart. These signs, which cover the true topics and subjects that are too large to actually understand, comprise most of what is called your zone of projection: your relationship area.

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Second, I’m going to propose that it’s because your ruling planet, The Sun, is not really a planet but rather the center of our solar system. The Sun provides most of the energy that we use in our world (and a tiny fraction of what is emitted, in all directions, all the time). You could call this dharma, acting as if to hold the world together.

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Remember how many people are around you, and make sure that you depend on them just as much as they depend on you. Remember, there are more of them.

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Your relationship life has definitely been interesting; if it has gone well — that is, if you are having the stable relationship that you want — this has been a function more of your skill and devotion rather than of fair and favorable weather. It has been your unwavering devotion to truth. If you ask me, long transits of Chiron and Neptune through one’s relationship house, as you are having, are not usually beneficial for stability, on their face. But if we learn to navigate their elements, and if we refuse to allow ourselves to be deluded, they can be truly beneficial.

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Though I don’t usually add a section on “if this astrology sucks for you,” Leo is the one sign where this is necessary. If you are struggling, take it as a wake-up call. If your relationship is on the rocks, caught in addiction patterns, or in a state of constant crisis, consider how you would respond if you were actually awake; if you were doing what my therapist Joe put so simply into four words: use what you know.

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One of the problems with Neptune is that its effects are often invisible. You can get involved in a situation and not know for years that you were going through something, and then suddenly you’re in a situation that you don’t understand. When you trace the roots, they go back years before you were aware.

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One of the usually-perceived problems with Chiron is that it can make us aware of what we’ve been concealing from ourselves for years; then suddenly we become aware of something and we realize it was there all along. This is why so many people think that Chiron is a destructive force. In truth, Chiron is the master of the crisis point; and when that point comes, we get ourselves together as if our lives really do depend on it.

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The two, Neptune and Chiron, are about to form a conjunction in your most sensitive house, your relationship house. I see this as less about a crisis and more as one of the most awesome moments in your life to grow up and participate in the world as an actual adult, not the pseudo adults that our culture spits out like so many MP3 players. It’s a chance to find out who you are, in truth, among your peers. It’s a moment to encounter, meet and form relationships with those peers.

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This is a lot of what you’re here for: that’s the heart of the dharma. If you set the example of holding the world together, not only will your part of the world probably stay together a lot better than it otherwise might have; your example will radiate out like kinetic energy and teach everyone around you to hold their bit of the world together. If you pay attention, others will have to. If you refuse to compromise the truth, or your truth, it will become safer for others to do so and then we can have a real conversation with real compromise possible.

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And if this makes some sense, now you see why your sign is the one associated with gold, with the king, with the Sun and while I’m making a list, with you.

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You are in one of those moments of reaching in deeply and turning over the earth beneath your feet. What you are going to find is that it’s fertile ground, capable of supporting far more than you ever thought possible.

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We live in a world of people most of whom walk around with their half-baked dreams and half-formed visions of what should be. Your ability to combine practicality and a vision is what is going to burn off any such remaining baby fat in your life, and encourage (by example and to some degree necessity) the people around you to do the same.

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A work revolution about doing what is worth doing. Taking action on this front requires courage and determination. This is due to the overwhelming pressure that social groups put on individuals; the difficulty asserting individuality within them; and mainly because the most difficult patterns are the ones we carry around inside us. But clearly you have the power to make the changes that you need to make. You have that power from Pluto, but also because you will decide that what you are doing is worth doing, or you won’t do it and you will do something else.

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One implication here is that you make a discovery about yourself that you absolutely were not expecting. Yet at the same time, it has the feeling of a secret that you were keeping from yourself. It has the flavor of “discovering how you really feel about something, which you already knew, but the recognition of which compels you to come to terms with who you are.”

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This eclipse is about seeing what you’ve been missing about your own emotional nature. I trust that this will deepen your insight into yourself during a time when this can only help the many processes that you have underway, and help you relate to the many people who are counting on your example of mental balance, emotional composure and most of all, honesty with yourself.

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Because you have Virgo in this solar house, the suggestion is that your wealth is intellectual: the value of what you know. I believe that you are aware of this. You are a kind of brain trust. Therefore, as other portions of this reading have advised, you are not a beast of burden. You are a person of ideas.

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And Saturn is here to help you clarify what you know, and give you the strength to use it. I would say that this applies to what you think you know about money; and you may discover that it applies to certain priorities whose time has come, and others whose time has gone.

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Something is coming into focus. I said coming into focus — not entirely in focus. You still may not be seeing the details, but you can definitely see the shapes and you’re starting to see in perspective. This is the important thing, as are certain key details that are more a matter of observation than they are actual vision. And there is one last bit: looking closely at color.

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This is precisely what is being corrected: your ability to see wide perspectives, long distances and the special qualities in your relationships. This would be true in both personal and professional relationships, and the many places in your life where the two intersect.

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It’s about witnessing the way that you negotiate your boundaries, and the way that other people negotiate them with you. In some ways you do this excellently, balancing your own needs against the constant necessity of a group agenda. It is clear that certain key people in your personal life will need to make concessions and pick up some of the slack when it comes to your rapidly-evolving role in the world outside those relationships.

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Dharma is the dance of participation. You want to participate with the world, and it with you: and the doors are opening fast. And as they do, to the extent you are willing, conscious and maintain your dedication to service, you will witness a kind of miracle in the world around you.

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Small World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Leo 2008

As the king of the fire signs, the children of the Sun and the heart of the zodiac, Leos are among the most grounded and hardest-working people around.

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More than needing your “moment in the Sun,” you need to recognize that you are the representative of the Sun on Earth.

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For as open, glamorous and self-centered as Leos can have a reputation for being, inside that blazing personality is someone who barely allows herself a moment’s rest, and who knows more doubts than certainty.

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It is little wonder then that the homeopathic remedy most closely associated with Leo — aurum metallicum, that is, pure gold — is given to people who feel they must work all the time, push their limits, and in any situation where they are given the role of leader, be the one who sets the example by taking on the most responsibility or burden.

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It is little wonder then that the homeopathic remedy most closely associated with Leo — aurum metallicum, that is, pure gold — is given to people who feel they must work all the time, push their limits, and in any situation where they are given the role of leader, be the one who sets the example by taking on the most responsibility or burden.

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You have experienced tests of your vitality, perhaps some threatening situation or two involving the wellbeing of your father, and probably a geographic move or two.

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Leo, associated with gold, does indeed represent a gold standard, which can be impossible to meet. I suggest you make it possible by being realistic. Like anything you succeed at, I also suggest you make this a project. Define its parameters and goals, and make a work plan for yourself. Do what few people do and take on the issue of self-worth intellectually. And do what even fewer people do: remember that the deepest measure of your self-worth is emotional, and that all other forms of worth emerge from there.

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You need to make more of an impact on your place of work than it makes on you. And you are in some very intense relationship situations that are calling on your full awareness and, in truth, demand your utmost self-respect.

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You are one of those people who exemplifies this quality, and luckily for us, you often choose to put ethics before anything else.

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You tend to walk around humming the tune “People are People,” and tend to accept the human race for who and what it is. Still, you are being invited to look at the world through three open eyes: your left, your right, and your third eye or intuition.

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I am calling the Chiron-Neptune conjunction The Great Clarification, and it occurs in your house of relationships. This will resemble a gradual — indeed, already begun — process of seeing people for who they are, and acting accordingly. In other words, your discernment is coming into focus, and you will need it.

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The angle of your chart where you are more inclined to dive into experiences, take exciting risks and stretch your personality using art and sex is still lit up like a phosphorous sunrise.

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Pholus is like a sudden release of pressure. You do something seemingly small, and then something enormous results.

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In other words, once you decide you need to feel alive, you may decide that that’s all that matters. That would be a big step for someone in the Western world, where we don’t see the ways that our life energy is sucked out of us by marketing culture, by jobs we don’t really love and by the freedom to choose between Staples and Office Max. Suffice it to say, you need more, and one way or another you are going to find it. But remember that more usually means something that is creative, passionate or erotic — hopefully all three. Alive means something real, not just an idea or a fantasy. Alive means you get to have the experience, not just hope for it.

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In truth, that contrast that you perceive between light and dark is a good sign; it’s a sign that you can see contrasts and experience them as meaningful.

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That shuts down creative energy, on the one hand, and requires us to be extremely creative about getting our needs met, on the other. Or, we have to be creative about subverting those needs.

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You may not see it; few people may see it or admit it; but it is getting extremely difficult to be human as the technosphere gradually encases us. Some of your choices may, therefore, be seen as part of an effort to preserve your humanity. And I would propose that one of the reasons that we might refuse to take human risks, is because if we feel our humanity, we might not be able to stand it.

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Do you plan to be human, or an android? What then would you need to do, in order to be human? The question changes as fast as the world changes, but you have a tendency to be the same person you always were.

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Part of being alive and doing what you came here to do means existing outside of fixed patterns, routines and expectations. It means understanding yourself as part of your environment, and apart from it; as one with the people you embrace, and as apart from them.

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Any contract needs to be in harmony with your values, not just your financial needs. People tend to compromise their values, and they do so when times are thin (under the excuse that you don’t have enough to bother with) or lavish times (under the excuse that you have so much you don’t need to worry about organizing it).

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Most of your emphasis is below the horizon, in other words, you are under no obligation to move up in the world — only deeper into it, and yourself.

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The creative force — not ambition — is the driving factor in your life….Remember to infuse it with the energy of art and passion, not duty or labor.

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Mulling over what I’ve just spun out here, I see the need to maintain a four-way balance. The four points are resources, relationships, work and creativity.

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Obsessed means that there is a lot of energy being channeled down natural contours in your psyche and ending up where you create ideas (and kids), and where you push yourself to get the job done….In your ideal life, I see you walking the line between what most call work and art. The imaginary line that separates the two is one of the hottest spots in your astrology.

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The wall between the office and the art studio needs to come down and that space opened up so that you can flourish not merely as an artist or worker but as a creative human being reaching for, and getting a grip on, your full potential.

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The Spiral Door — excerpts from annual horoscope for Leo 2007

Leo is not an ordinary sign, and because of its central place in the astrological system, it plays a vital role in everyone’s life. Where we have Leo is a power source in our charts. Where we have Leo people in our lives is an anchor point.
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Saturn, the planet sometimes associated with the opposite metal, lead (and your opposite sign, Aquarius), is compelling Leo to come to terms with its fundamentally creative nature, rather than just being it in potential. Saturn is always about recognizing necessity, and the teaching mission of Saturn in this placement is working toward sustainability and economy. Saturn has a dependable way of liberating us from excess, including from the sense of excess talent that is not being utilized; hence, it will be put to use. But Saturn in Leo is very good at focusing the inventive property normally associated with Aquarius, and helping humanity create ideas, things and conditions that focus energy for the long run. Saturn can point out exactly what you need to do to work more effectively, and I would reckon this is a big piece of the Saturn in Leo puzzle.
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Part of this is based on coming to terms with just how much responsibility you have, then becoming realistic about it — and therefore, practical. This transit is about making adjustments and balancing out the accounts of talent and responsibility.
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Saturn in your sign is pushing the creativity factor as a matter of long-term necessity, focused now. The game at this point in your life is about being creative enough to organize your energy so you have enough left for what you want, without sacrificing what may be a far mightier priority — being part of the world, and in some crucial way, being at the center of your world.
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Living the center implies being the center of something; that something implies others, a mission, an active purpose. It’s a good exchange.
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It’s as if, whenever necessary, you and anyone close to you can switch places and align your points of view. And because Saturn is the planet telling this story for you personally, there is a structure involved; everything is happening (or must happen) within reason, in line with a reasoning process, though the challenges of life may push you right to the edge.
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One aspect of that was allowing yourself to be idealistic; another was taking some of the ‘self’ aspect of Leo and, perhaps uncomfortably, making it ‘selfless’. As many have noticed, to really be someone special, you have to be a bit of a nobody as well.
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As Saturn has gradually moved into opposition with Neptune, a sobering quality has entered your life; ideals are important, and so, too, is clarity with people. You have likely taken on the role of Mr. or Ms. Boundaries, even helping people understand what’s important to them from the space of knowing what is best. This has, at times, felt like herding cats, but the thing about cats is, they have to eat, so mealtime is a good place to have discussions that don’t happen at other times.
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The effect on you has been one of gradually teaching you to relax and to notice how people and things so different than you can have potent effects on you — ones you may not have noticed, or which are slowly dawning.
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Indeed, you’re living through a long phase of people working their way into your life, into the cells of your mind and patterns of your existence. You have always been attracted to intelligent people; unlike many of our worldly comrades who either dumb themselves down or get shaky knees when they encounter someone with educated opinions, hyper intelligence is one of your fetishes.
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So, let’s assemble some of the pieces. Neptune in your relationship house starting in the late 1990s began an irrevocable process of change that helped you deepen your relationships and drop many of your prejudices, and was also associated with a new kind of idealism and perhaps faith in humanity.
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Then in 2005, Chiron crossed your solar 7th house, joining Neptune in your relationship house, throwing a spotlight on whatever you were willing to look at and some things you were not so willing to look at. It remains there today.
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Then a few months later, Saturn showed up in your sign, which suddenly gave you the strength to deal with whatever you needed to deal with: the patience, the boundaries, the sense of fortitude and also the willingness to make the personal changes you’ve needed to make.
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The ongoing meeting between Saturn and Neptune is a long reckoning of ideas and reality; of fantasy and necessity; of idealism and practical realities, that in the end will have moved a mountain.
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Moreover, Nessus reveals the underlying psychological dynamics of relationships, so that we can actually see them, give them names, and if we need to, be free of them.
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Nessus also addresses what is potentially inappropriate, and helps us decide whether it was (or is) in fact, inappropriate. This is often a truly helpful sorting-out process that can help us clarify our values, and then act on them.
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What is interesting is the extent to which your astrology is calling you into group relationships, of many kinds, or revealing group dynamics.
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There may be a heck of a lot of people who feel that you are the right person for them, whatever your situation may be. Partly this is occurring because you are actually someone who understands others, partly bestowed by Chiron in your 7th house.
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Beyond the fact that we almost always relate in the context of a group dynamic is the underlying truth that every relationship is indeed one-on-one. Beneath the presumptions and the social dramas, the expectations and the unquestioned values, we have these layers of dynamics: the idealized or unquestioned level; the level where we can look at what we choose to see; and the level where all the nuts and bolts of the damage that was done to us are shown to us, and which we have the ability to change, mostly because we have agreed and have chosen to be conscious.
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Indeed, the potential is awesome at the moment for you to be one of the clearest people within your relationships, and on the whole subject, to become a kind of lightbulb among your friends — if you haven’t already noticed this, and if not, well, that’s what’s happening.
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As for The Spiral Door aspect. Pluto’s movement through your 5th solar house, Sagittarius, has encouraged you to create a brilliant fusion of art, sex and your spiritual experiences. This has felt risky, but it’s really been a matter of learning that all the things you love the most are one thing; and that you can bring passion into whatever you do, and there is little point in living any other way.
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What Pluto’s conjunction to the Galactic Core does is melt away any possible remaining barriers between work and play; between love and supposed responsibility outside of love — because nothing exists outside of love.
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Leo, as the sign of the Sun and the sign ruled by the Sun, is the sign of what is called vital force: the life force, prana, chi, orgone, kundalini — the energy of life. It is symbolized by a cat. The cat appears in the tarot card Strength or La Force, the Leo card, which depicts a woman spreading the jowls of a lion, symbolically spreading her vulva.
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The ancient esoteric masters drew a connection between the female genitals (the gateway to life), a cat and the vital force. Thus the reference to vulva as “pussy,” whether visually or in language, is extremely old. But not as old as the oldest thing on Earth, which is a representation of a lion morphing into a human being or vice versa, called the Great Sphinx.
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Saturn (the structure and lord of time) in your sign is making you aware of this fact: of the experience, strength and wisdom you possess — and counseling you to take your time, because as long as you take care of your heart, you do have time. The opposition of Saturn to Neptune is a cool image of that structure experiencing an ebb and flow and changes of climate, emerging perhaps in some ways different, but still very much recognizably yourself — though everyone stands around and wonders.

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