Saturday, April 27, 2013

Celebrity Karma: Lana Del Rey

View Lana's Chart here

Singer Lana Del Rey is a 29 Degree Gemini (the sabian symbol for which is "Bathing Beauties") born close to a Sagittarius Full Moon (creating an opposition between her Sun/Moon) reflecting a deep divide in her Nature, a 'split' revealing itself in a perpetual restlessness and an eternally seeking/questing/moving (Gemini/Sag) pull between asking questions (Gemini) and the unpredictable running off (Uranus conjunct Sag Moon) in search of answers, or just the rush, relief and release of Freedom. And a need to pass on what she knows.

I've always been intrigued by the 'karmic signature' in our chart and how it plays out again in our current lifetime, so here we'll explore Lana's life through its past-life patterns.

Lana's song's are heavily laced with the theme of karmic relationships (it's you, it's you it's all for you)  and love lost ("then they took you away, stole you out of my life"), which is so beautifully reflected in her chart's karmic back-story. Often we have no other outlet for voicing the unacknowledged parts of our psyche, than through symbols, through our artwork -

  a 12th house way of dealing with 
 (through fantasy, imagery, poetry, music) 
12th house issues 
(repressions, forgotten or buried memories, 
trapped energies, unresolved issues)

Her 12th House cusp (Cancer) represents old emotional wounds unresolved from prior lives. Its ruler (the Moon) is located in the 5th House of Love Affairs and Playful Games, in the sign of Sagittarius (freedom, adventure) conjunct Uranus (sudden splits, rebels). Just a glance at her videos and we spot one actor who tightly resembles someone from her past (in an interview she even said he reminded her of a special love in her life...). Lana's karmic signature seems to suggest a history of relationships that were either formed or lost on the road (Sag), that taught her a lot and opened up her experience of the world and was just plain fun (Sag/Uranus/5th) and that would end up forming the basis of her creative works (ruler of 12th in 5th). The Moon is also square Jupiter in the 8th in Pisces, a sign of her former loves inspired her to indulge heavily in reaching other states (Jupiter is overindulgence, the 8th is intense experiences like sex and Pisces notoriously connected with drugs/alcohol/escapism ("make me laugh let's go get high"). On the flip side this could have suggested an exploration of soul-bonding (Pisces), especially through difficult and intense times and transitions (8th).

Artists inevitably end up expressing unresolved parts of their Charts through their work, in this case Lana's choice of lyrics. her south node in Libra reflects a past life pattern of losing her personal identity in others: "Can you make it feel  like Home if I tell you you're Mine..."...."This is what makes us girls...we all look for heaven and we put our love first") putting relationship (Libra) before all else for the Other in our life ("Heaven is a place on earth where you, tell me all the things you want to do").

Even Saturn the Lord of karma is tightly conjunct Juno the asteroid of marriage revealing that part of her karmic this time around is to team up with those who are equally as invested in the union, not those who suddenly up and leave,  as it was in the past that left unresolved yearning and longing for security (Cancer on cusp of 12th house). The ruler of her karmic south node is Venus, found in the unresolved karmic 12th house, representing some issue still dragging over from the past: unrequited love? It is a Leo Venus, representing the grand love, the type you'd give everything for, that stirs up echoes of damsels in distress and passionate exchanges (let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain, you like your girls insane - rain/insane being two aspects of the Pisces-related 12th house.

"There has always been the melancholy in me called desire...
this feeling has been with me for a lifetime. 
But I do not suffer. 
I'd rather say I've learned to get used to my sadness"

The 12th house is also connected to places of rehabilitation, seclusion or imprisonment, where we're left to face and deal with our inner demons. Few know Lana "worked in a center for the homeless  and rehabilitation center for alcoholics and drug addicts since I was 18". And in February, she announced she was working on a "second spiritual album".

Squaring Pluto (the planet of core wounds, deep transformation and death: Lana said she thought death would be a paradise in a recent interview), her Venus truly is attracted to the dark side and relationships that will inevitably transform her idea and concept of love. Pain is all part of the package ("i know that love is mean and love hurts." Love lives on after death, she has no doubt about that: she's the living example of that ("I will love you til the end of time"..I'm scared that you won't be waiting on the other side"...But there also is that unrequited love again. Memories of former loves and the one that got away, serving as an inspiration to her work. With heavy-hitting Pluto in the deepest most personal part of her Chart (the 4th house of emotional foundations, home and family), there may have been karmic attractions within the family, secret or illicit love. Or family abuse of some kind ("Daddy" references are littered throughout her songs).  Deep, dark emotions are natural with such a dark planet dwelling in her foundational 4th and most of it will no doubt be kept secret. Lana's deepest private pains will likely remain private until she decides to do some soul-archaeology via that 4th House Pluto.

 Uranus, the unpredictable ruler of her 7th House of Relationship (found in erratic and rebellious Aquarius) is also tied up to the Moon (ruler of 12th) in her 5th house of Love Affairs, revealing her attraction to the outsider, the free-spirit and the rebel ("you were ahead of the trend get get it") is still alive and well in this lifetime.

Her North Node (karmic soul direction) in Aries suggests Lana will spend more periods of her lifetime on her own this time around, figuring out what her drives are as a unique individual, as a balance to pursuing relationship at the expense of her own personal development. When she is in a relationship, she'll be tested on whether it's fair - ie, whether she is putting more effort and energy in compared to her significant other (Saturn/Juno) and whether she is still pursuing her own interests outside the needs/demands of the partnership itself. Her Aries North Node is located in her 9th house of the Higher Mind, Belief Systems & Personal Philosophy (her south node in the 3rd reflected in her lyrics 'scared that I couldn't find all the answers, honey')The ruler of her north node is Mars and is found in her 6th house of Work/Health and in Capricorn (the business executive or manager) we see she has potential to channel her own ambitious drive and workaholic tendencies (and perfectionist ideals) into practical projects. In other words, this lifetime, Lana's mission is to channel all her love-angst and adventurous spirit into a committed focus on her work and health.

Coming from prior lives where love was exciting, full of adrenalin and dangerous, is addictive and our soul's continue to remember. So through her lyrics, we see the haunting love that remains from the shadows and debris of her past, now communicated (Gemini/Sagittarius) into her work as a form of personal identity reinforcement (North Node in Aries) as she carves her own path this time around.

It's you, it's you, it's all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you
Tell me all the things you want to do
I heard that you like the bad girls
Honey, is that true?
It's better than I ever even knew
They say that the world was built for two
Only worth living if somebody is loving you
Baby, now you do

(from Video Games)

"don't make me sad, don't make me cry
sometimes, love is not enough, and the road gets tough
I don't know why..."
(from Born to Die)
(Libra South Node, Venus in Leo in 12th square Pluto in Scorpio in 4th, 
North Node in Aries in 9th)

Neil D Paris

Friday, April 26, 2013

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Embracing the Dark Side: Scorpio Lunar Eclipse (April 25)

We all get antsy around Eclipses. Things become unsettled. We feel it in our core. Without realizing it, we all hunger for CHANGE about this time, but we may not be sure what that change is or how it should 'look'. One simple way to investigate its effects for you personally: The house our Scorpio Eclipse falls in (5 degrees Scorpio) is the area of our life Marked for a Major Metamorphosis.

The truth is, we need change or we'd die. Skin cells rejuvenate. We need to let go of the in breathe in order to take in more air.

But as creatures of habit (Taurus), 
we sometimes need to be forced to change (Scorpio).

Lunar Eclipses are great times to SHED. A time to shake loose any Emotional Cling-Ons (anxieties, fears, habits, patterns, wounds, grievances, resentments). Often we find life shakes everything up for us, so that we have no choice but to move through the changes being offered up to us on our individual life paths. Change doesn't necessarily have to be difficult.

This Scorpio Lunar Eclipse intensifies everything (especially our feelings) for one important reason: the stronger we feel something, the more likely we are to make a necessary change. In the weeks and months ahead you'll get to see just how strongly you feel about something and what you are willing to do (or have to do) to change/evolve.

The shadow-side of a Scorpio Lunar eclipse is just that: 
Emotional Reactions.

 As soon as we step into the arena of trying to control things or people or our own feelings, the more problems we create for ourselves. Projecting blame on others. Pointing the finger. Unleashing our inner rage at having no control or power. Sometimes people snap, under a Lunar Eclipse. Emotions reach a breaking point. This, then, becomes the Release Point. Many of us make major changes too quickly, as the celestial energy seems to inspire us to "Make a Change Now!" But that usually isn't the best course to take. Around Eclipse times I advise people to slow down and not to overreact. Old core wounds can be triggered. People decide to break up suddenly or walk out of a job. But that's just a symptom of feeling the need to "make any change at any cost" rather than Stay And Face The Root Cause of Any Emotional Darkness you may be feeling.

Cycle 8 in my book Surfing Your Solar Cycles will give you more information on the themes we'll be working through for the  next 3-6 months. And you can combine it with with Cycle the Lunar Eclipse falls in for you.

Darker emotions sabotage everything we have built to date (the Builder Taurus Sun opposing the Destroyer Scorpio Full Moon Lunar Eclipse). Deep down inside of every human lies the seeds of Darkness, and our inner demons love nothing more than to come out and create havoc just when we think we've gotten a handle on our human lives. This Eclipse is a time when meany-energies are out in force seeking to rob us of our Magic Dust and our connection to the Light.

Eclipses, remember, block the Light from us in a variety of ways (Lunar Eclipses see the reflected light of the Moon, blocked by the shadow of the Earth...Solar Eclipses see the Sun's light blocked by the Moon herself). At eclipse time, hold strong to your Light, knowing you'll be challenged in some form. Keeping a candle burning is a great idea, as  a symbolic act of navigating through this moment of darkness.

But the great thing about the light going out, 
is that you see that much clearer 
when it comes back on.

Sometimes we need these trigger points. And that's when the Eclipses arrive, like clockwork. And it's why our ancestors worked very hard at mapping out when the Eclipses fell.

The bright-side of a Scorpio Lunar Eclipse is that it helps cleanse you of that which you no longer need, that which ultimately is NOT you, thus revealing your true power again to yourself (a power you'd not see if it continued to be blocked and clouded by your emotional reactions and attachments to things or people (or feelings) that have given you a false sense of self or sense of security.

And Security is what it's all about right now, or so it seems. The Taurus-Scorpio axis, highlighted by the Lunar Eclipse, brings a bubbling-up of anxieties over money (especially in relationships), sex drives and desires/needs (again, within relationships we may find someone wants more, someone needs less, etc). Oppositions play out in our relationships with other people (even the cashier at the supermarket). Other themes triggered by this eclipse: what's YOURS versus what's MINE (can we share or should we keep it divided?), alimony (who gets what) and taxes (investigations, audits) inheritances and estates (who's in control?), credit cards and debt (who owes what to whom?), deaths or endings, what should stay what should go, creating or destroying.

Taurus-Scorpio energies may be different poles on the  Security Axis but they are still an illusion, a representation of energy replacing a full spiritual connection to our Source within. Once we attain something (Taurus), we move into fear of losing it (Scorpio)! When we let go of something (Scorpio), we feel the void where something tangible (Taurus) used to be and thus go on the hunt for a substitute. The best place to live during an eclipse is BETWEEN THE TWO SIGNS INFLUENCED. Enjoy what you have (Taurus) while you have it and honor what is leaving (Scorpio) trusting that the time is right. Remember, one day, we too shall depart from this place. These Eclipses are practices runs from the ultimate release.

When something or someone leaves and you continue on, 
you prove to yourself time and time again that 
Death is But an Illusion,
 and it's certainly not the end.

Unleash your destructive side this Eclipse but in healthy ways!  Channel your passion into something constructive (a house clean-up, a work project etc).  Throw something away. Especially that which is broken beyond repair. Give something away. Others could find your trash is their treasure.

You'll feel intense at times. The global picture will certainly seem intense (Pluto, which rules this Scorpio Lunar Eclipse is squaring Uranus, the planet ruling sudden zaps of lightening and awakening). People continue to feel the pulled between maintaining the status quo and wanting change. Finding it impossible to maintain their status quo and change thrust upon them. We are all experiencing these paradigms in various degrees.

Your tiny dilemma likely mirrors a major problem 
you're seeing on the nightly news!

How you handle your own Darkness, affects the amount of darkness on Planet Earth. You play a huge role, in how you navigate what life is presenting to you. The sudden changes we'll see are not sudden at all but the final result of a bubbling, boiling, energy that has been building for some time. Lunar Eclipses reveal what's been going on beneath the surface and from behind the scenes.  It's what you do with the knowledge that counts, not getting emotionally caught up (Scorpio) in the manifestations (Taurus).

Dormant Emotional Volcanoes are now set to blow. Weather may actually change dramatically too, I've seen it countless times now. Eclipse time sets the stage for a ripple effect on Planet Earth. Quakes, volcanic activity, widespread emotional release, the rising and purging of Fear. Don't worry, it's common, and nothing to worry about. Even the Planet Earth has its own growth cycles, just as we do!

What can you do? Keep a check on your Dark Side. When you feel ready to unleash, can you hold strong, dig your heels in (Taurus) and refuse to pollute your corner of the cosmos with further, pain, anguish, torture and fear (Scorpio)?

Can you rise above?

Anger may rise, but within us lives a Phoenix who can rise higher.  Similarly, we evolve higher now not by resisting our Dark Sides, but by Embracing them.

The Highest level of the Scorpio sign: the Eagle who, when faced with a storm, flies above the rainclouds.  Seek a Higher Perspective.

* Read your Scorpio Lunar Eclipse Weekly Scope here

* Discounted Lunar Eclipse Readings now available.

Your Astrologer,

Sunday, April 21, 2013