Sun Signs & the Differences Between Us!

Hi, Everyone!  I will not be writing a post for this week.  I am moving this weekend, I am headed out to the country.  I apologize for the lack of a post.  Over at Astrolore’s Facebook, I will be posting the daily transits.

 

The following post is from the Archives!  It’s a short breakdown of Sun signs and my family, including old candid photos.  I hope you like it!  Thank you for all your support!

 

 

Sun Signs, Family, and the Differences Between Us.

What is it that makes it so difficult to understand the deep level of diversity that exists in humanity? Diversity is certainly what makes life interesting. It also makes life confusing and complicated. We grow up in these little bodies, we look around and see others who look a great deal like we do. They have a face with two eyes, a mouth, two legs, and walk upright… they must be like we are.

 

 

So, we wonder: why don’t others act the way we think they should act? Why don’t they think the way we think? Why don’t they take the advice we give them? It worked for us, didn’t it? Perhaps, we finally conclude, they just are not that smart!

 

Astrology opened my eyes to the shockingly huge diversity of humanity! It is what has brought me back again and again to this incredible, symbolic language with its layers upon layers of meaning. Within these layers, we see how different we are from others. We see why they do not behave as we do!

 

We learn to understand and appreciate how different they all are! Being able to allow your eyes to open to the true depth of human diversity is truly a gift. Before I began this study, I had deep judgments of the other humans around me. I just could not understand how they could be the way they were.

 

At approximately age 12, I discovered Sun Sign astrology. Even with just that one piece of astrological information, I was able to develop some understanding of the different members of my family.   Their Sun Signs are as follows:

 

 

Father – Virgo

Mother – Pisces

Brother Michael – Sagittarius

Sister Jo – Scorpio                    (Originally, we thought she was a Libra!)

Sister Gail – Leo

Brother Mark – Aquarius

Myself, the youngest – Leo.

 

 

Well, okay that understanding did help! It eased my impatience within this crazy family that I grew up in, my family of origin.

 

I learned to be more tolerant of Dad’s insistence that our bedrooms be precise and orderly every Saturday morning. It seemed he was running the family as a small military camp. We literally stood at attention as he inspected our rooms those Saturday mornings. I am grateful today for the amazing work ethic that he taught us in those years.

 

I developed a bit more compassion for my Mom’s dreamy, passive nature. Watching her feed the chickadees from her hand, as she stood motionless for hours in the snow, suddenly seemed less crazy and more surreal, whimsical, and even poetic.

 

Michael, the oldest sibling was certainly careless, boisterous, and opinionated! To this day, I do not know what more to say about Michael! Think about the Sun & Jupiter conjunct the Sagittarius Ascendent! This is a person with a personality so large it is hard to imagine it being contained in the body of a small child!

 

Jo never seemed to fit what I read about Libra, I chocked that up to her many years of serious illness as a child. She was born moments after the Sun moved into Scorpio with Pluto conjunct the Ascendent as well. It is no surprise that what I read about Libra didn’t fit her. When I discovered,years later, that her Sun was not in Libra but in Scorpio, it made so much more sense. Her years of illness as an infant had given her much power and control within the family. There was always a mysterious, private depth to her.

 

Gail had such vitality. She was so exuberant and expressive! There was no question that the Leo archetype fits her well. Her waist length, bright, red hair along with her natural generosity and charisma kept her at the center of all social situations. In many ways, we all revolved around the sincerity and warmth of that Leo Sun.

 

My brother, Mark, certainly was aloof and independent. He followed no one’s rules and refused to engage in drama. The detachment of Aquarius was clearly strong in his personality. I will never forget the day Dad forced him to throw away his patched, hippy, bell-bottom blue jeans! No matter what, Mark would never cry when provoked and would never give in. He got the pants out of the trash the next day and boldly wore them. No word about it was mentioned. I think ultimately our father knew what he was up against in Mark was not a battle that could be won.

As for myself, it was hard for me to show up with the amount of Leo energy that I was blessed with (6 Leo planets, Aries Moon). It seemed that brother Michael and sister Gail had as much fire as the family could handle. As the youngest in the family, I had the opportunity to observe the family, to see what worked and what didn’t work.

 

I was able to see how the family responded to Michael and Gail’s expression of Fire and I chose to keep the extent of my Leo/Aries nature under wraps. My Virgo Ascendent allowed me to keep it hidden fairly well. As an adult, I still struggle to find healthy ways to express all that Fire. The entire family, my siblings and my own adult life would have been very different had the dramatic beauty of Fire been celebrated and encouraged rather than restrained and controlled.

 

That amount of understanding came with the just the simplest understanding of the Sun signs. As I read and began to see that there was so much more involved in this study of Astrology I became hooked! I saw that this was a tool, a symbolic language that could open a window of understanding that would enable me to love and appreciate people in all the infinite variety that human beings come in.

 

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