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mercury in domicile (Gemini/Virgo mercury); restless, anxious & active minds.
Gemini mercury; why waste time sleeping when you can use it to learn, so many things to do at 3am
Virgo mercury; why waste time sleeping when there’s so much work to do, so many worries to worry about

mercury in debilitation (Pisces/Sagittarius); unfocused, directionless, chaotic minds
Sagittarius mercury; *existential thoughts past midnight* but? what is life exactly?
Pisces mercury; filled with unexplained emotional pains, disorderly mind

mercury-uranus aspects; uranus fills the mind with electricity jolts, unexpected inspirations and the sudden urge to have a conversation during unusual hours
mars-uranus aspects; too much energy to sleep, irritated nerves, physical activity during unusual hours

3rd house/gemini stellium; lots of activity in the mental faculties

Pluto in the 8th/12th, moon-pluto aspects; the subconscious activity and realms of sleep and dreams are disturbed and interrupted with nightmares of phobias and trauma
moon/mercury in the 8th; stays up late thinking about emotional toxicity and demons of the past, vivid nightmares

sun/moon/mercury in the 12th; house of dreams. dreams even when they are awake. could lose sleep to maladaptive daydreaming
sun/moon/mercury in the 4th; subconscious house, also governs sleep and dreams. midnight is their hour
a moon-ruled chart, sleepy and nocturnal by nature, sensitive to the moon phases

Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius emphasis: trouble sleeping due to active minds, always alert. insomniacs
Taurus, Cancer, Pisces emphasis: lethargic and drowsy, need sleep more than the average person


Aesthetic and Creative Connections in the Natal Chart


Venus rules over aesthetic sense and these include matters like song & melody, beauty and anything to do with the arts… signs affiliated with Venus can posses artistic gifts; Taurus, Libra and Pisces (exalt) have the vision of Venus and thus an “eye for beauty.” They are very in-tune with music, fashion, art and dance. They may enjoy and appreciate things like participating in art museums, fashion displays, orchestras, music studios, or stage productions of plays.

Neptune and moon are fantasy dreams and mystical imagination, Cancer and Pisces are drawn to things like film, photography, illustration, painting, captivating performances and magical writing themes where these mediums become outlets to their vivid concepts.

The sun and Leo have ascendancy over the broad idea of creativity as a whole, through self expression, Leo is the Performer and can flourish in any kind of performing arts such as music, dancing, acting and singing. Any planet in the 5th house (ruled by Leo/sun) can show different ways one expresses themselves, this is the house of creative self-expression through what you, the maker, brings to existence.

Creations in the 5th house are not limited to artistic perception, for instance mercury in the 5th could make for someone with writing as a personal interest pertaining to the sign it is found in. e.g mercury in Leo in the 5th could like theatrical script writing perhaps, or mercury in Scorpio in the 5th could like dark, mysterious and soulful writing content perhaps in the form of poetry. Expressions are flexible and vary per combination.

When these expressive planets aspect each other the creative essence is powerful and enthralling, like moon contacting Neptune becomes the magician alchemist where their dreams are solidified and brought to life, or Venus contacting sun causes the identity to revolve around such matters and the solar flares flow through Venusian mist, creating heavenly works and spectacular images directly from the spirit.

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What Are Interceptions?

I will be defining interceptions and showing what interceptions look like with a natal wheel from astro.com.

Interceptions are areas in your chart that are “hidden.” They are sometimes referred to as our “hidden powers” because once we unlock them, we are well on our way to becoming more aware of ourselves, achieving karmic balance and becoming better as a person in general. It’s where we have difficulty expressing energy and characteristics of the intercepted signs/planets. It happens when a house is larger than 30 degrees and therefore “engulfs” a sign in a house. As a result, the signs that it consumes, so to speak, aren’t found on a house cusp and they don’t rule any house. The lessons that are supposed to be learned during your development from these signs are not learned. Sometimes these intercepted signs (and planets if they are in that intercepted house) are what you missed out on during childhood, or in other words, the time you were developing. Due to this, the imbalance must be restored later in life in adulthood when you are no longer developing and you are independent. If you have intercepted signs, you have duplicated signs too; they are basically two other signs that are duplicated to take on the extra work that was meant for your intercepted signs. For example, the chart below has both Leo and Aquarius duplicated. You can see this because there are two house cusps in Leo (12th house cusp is 1° in Leo and the ascendant is 29° in Leo) as well as two house cusps in Aquarius (6th house cusp is 1° in Aquarius and the descendant is 29° in Aquarius).

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