Testing Beauty Standards w Rell Rushin

Really enjoyed my conversation with Rell during this New moon in Taurus 🌙♉ on how prevailing beauty standards affect black women, brown women and diaspora in America.

View the full presentation at https://www.patreon.com/posts/51152675

You are more than your Sun sign

from Natural Awakenings magazine SWPA: https://issuu.com/…/na-pitt-0521_folder_na…/s/12216599

“Popular astrology often consists of knowing your Sun sign with many people stating ‘I’m an Aries’ or ‘I’m a Scorpio’ when a discussion about astrology begins. But many don’t know that they also have a Moon sign and other planetary signs. Reading your Sun sign horoscope or understanding your personality traits based on Sun sign astrology definitely has validity but this is just the very tip of the iceberg in the world of astrology.

When you were born, all of the planets including the Sun and the Moon were passing through certain signs, which are different than but related to constellations, relative to the human eye’s position on earth. Aries corresponds to the Aries constellation, Taurus to the Taurus constellation and so on. For example, if you were born in May, then maybe you have the Sun in Aries, the Moon in Gemini, Mercury in Aries, Venus in Taurus, Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter and Saturn in Scorpio and so on with Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These planetary signs will equally indicate your personality and aspects of your life just as much as your Sun sign.

The planets represent aspects of your psyche and activate the signs, or our needs and qualities. The Sun represents our well-being and what we come back to to feel whole again. The Moon represents our emotional and feeling body while Mercury shows our thinking and communicating nature. Venus shows how we can achieve balance and the nature of our relationships and Mars shows how we activate our conscious desires and ego. Knowing your planetary signs gives you a much more complete and accurate view of who you are and your life path. You will achieve a more holistic and integrated understanding.”

Dancing towards Uranus: Lessons in Freedom and Harmony

A Uranus and Venus conjunction happens once almost every year. What a conjunction manifests depends on the nature of the sign the planets conjunct in, or the degree of the zodiac they both ‘collide’ at. On April 22, 2021, they both collided at 10° Taurus. Traditionally ruled by Venus, Taurus energy is determined, devoted and materially creative and resourceful, often the sign of fashion, design, gardening and singing given that it rules the throat chakra and neck. Its’ Venus rulership merges it with Libra territory, giving it artistic ability, such as in dance, and skill in creating harmony, as art is an expression of harmony, symmetry and agreement.

Uranus still has another five years to complete its transit through Taurus. Uranus is an outer planet that guides part of your spiritual journey in evolutionary journey. Its’ mandate is to liberate yourself from the existing structures in your life and to innovate with a spirit of rebellion as you find freedom and new ways of expression. But Uranus’ lightening, electric energy often fulfills its mandate erratically, forcing radical and instantaneous changes and tipping you off your balance and routine.

I felt this transit more intensely because my Moon is in Taurus, it was inconjunct my natal Venus and I have a bunch of planets in Libra. I felt lots of creativity wanting to express itself but was having trouble getting it to flow. It felt as if something new and exciting was coming but hadn’t come yet and the friction kept brewing underneath the surface.

Classical dance is my Libran expression, specifically Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, and now classical Flamenco. Libra is also cooperation and collaboration and there’s nothing more I love than collaborating with others, artists and non-artists, in creating new works and ideas. This is really my life’s breath, and recently I had a chance to get back to my classical Indian dance roots as a couple dance colleagues and I were commissioned to do a video performance for an upcoming virtual convention this summer.

At first my colleagues and I thought we had a couple months to work on our performance but a couple weeks before the Uranus-Venus conjunction, a very early deadline was unexpectedly thrust into our faces and we found ourselves working day and night planning, choreographing, rehearsing and editing video. Having to coordinate the video recording of our performance during a continuing pandemic while a couple of us were still waiting to get our second vaccination shots was an additional challenge. There was venting and complaining along the way while feeling shock as we needed to complete everything with electric speed. I realized that the sudden nature of this whole event was Uranus at play and its conjunction with Venus in Taurus played out in my artwork.

Interestingly, after joyously dancing for two whole days outside amidst alternating shades of light and dark in the sky turned out be an otherworldly experience and we found ourselves feeling light and beautifully fulfilled afterwards. Professional and amateur dancers got a chance to work their artistic muscles and create together after a long time. Longstanding ideas were being exercised and inventions for the future were stirring. Friendship felt stronger and initial planning around creating with different resources such as film and media was occurring. Most importantly, we felt free.

Such is the nature of Uranus – this awesome planet wants you to do something unique and stand out in your authenticity as you experience liberation. It forces you into new experiences, painful and joyous, to experience the different. I had never worked with a drone before and was as happy as a delighted little kid when holding dance poses for a flying, buzzing camera above my head even though I couldn’t feel my legs and arms afterwards! Amidst the craziness of these unforeseen circumstances, I was gleeful with a newfound self. The lesson of Uranus is to attain your freedom with some fun. And with like-minded people.

Instead of focusing on the stress of something unexpected, we can focus on how the experience might lead us to a newfound self. Can we use it to manifest a different part of our selves and even dissolve an outmoded way of functioning? Can we evolve spiritually from it and step into our authenticity? If you can, then you’ve fulfilled a spiritual teaching of Uranus and that’s an accomplishment worth (Taurus) creating for.

Happy Dancing!


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