Quincunxes by Esther V. Leinbach

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  • ARIES - VIRGO/SCORPIO
  • TAURUS - LIBRA/SAGITTARIUS
  • GEMINI - SCORPIO/CAPRICORN
  • CANCER - SAGITTARIUS/AQUARIUS
  • LEO - CAPRICORN/PISCES
  • VIRGO - AQUARIUS/ARIES
  • LIBRA - TAURUS/PISCES
  • SCORPIO - ARIES/GEMINI
  • SAGITARIUS - TAURUS/CANCER
  • CAPRICORN - GEMINI/LEO
  • AQUARIUS - CANCER/VIRGO
  • PISCES - LEO/LIBRA

    ARIES - VIRGO/SCORPIO

    ARIES - VIRGO/SCORPIO

    All Quincunxs partake of this 6th and 8th house character. Aries is the initiator of the action at the focal point of the triangle. Virgo is the work and service solution in the 6th house position and, failing success in this endeavor, physical health is threatened. Scorpio at the 8th house angle represents a bend or break influence. However, the relationship between Virgo/Scorpio is harmonious, seeking to meet the demands of the initiator in order to get something done. Even though Virgo/Scorpio are harmonious earth and water elements, their methods of accomplishment are quite different, both at odds with Aries, the initiator. Virgo needs to analyze and then organize all information. There is a need to be of service and follow instructions as they are understood. At the same time, there is impatience with instructions which fail to hold up under analytical investigation. Scorpio is even more determined to accept responsibility for getting the job done. However, Scorpio does not take kindly to orders especially when the orders seem to make no sense. Even so Scorpio/Virgo would do a good job together without the erratic instructions from Aries which has little patience or concentration.

    Aries wants to be the pioneer, running ahead but leaving the detail to someone else until there is a problem which seems to limit their freedom. When these three try to work together, whether in one chart or between individual charts, much patience and a willingness, even a curiosity, to search beneath the surface is demanded. If individuals are able to allow these different abilities to contribute their potential, miraculous results are possible.

    Quincunx influences are not to be ignored. However, the attention they demand also brings awareness which amounts to seeing around corners. All three of these signs have elements of being loners. Aries doesn't want to bother with seeing the whole picture. Virgos can live alone and like it easier than any other sign. Scorpio must be in charge, even assuming full responsibility for their relationships, even though this isn't possiibIe. Therefore, learning to give equal recognition to each is of primary importance. It is a demand to integrate what at first glance appears to be incompatible. However, when you are able to recognize the value of each individual approach you are putting much more to work for you than you otherwise would be able to make use of. If you are lucky enough to have the rulers of these signs in mutual reception you have invaluable help in using all of your resources. Pluto in Virgo, Mars in Scorpio with Mercury and possibly the Sun also in Aries has the potential for a real powerhouse of ability to get things done. Without this kind of help, it is left up to you to manage this kind of potential in such a way as to make this kind of use of what is available.

    The strengths or weakness of the planets involved in this configuration is also important as to where you will find it most easy and natural to put your emphasis. If the Sun happens to be in Virgo or Scorpio, it will challenge a planet in Aries. Even Mars in its own sign Aries will find it difficult to overrule the Sun in either Virgo or Scorpio. Individuals need to be able to soften their basic nature to make use of all their potential by blending realities which seem to be as incompatible as oil and water appear to be.

    Quincunxes seem to force you into another dimension which overrules what your mind tells you is or is not possible. A spiritual messenger seems to whisper that conflicting influences can work harmoniously. Militarism is bred in Libra as a result of the inability to blend these three parts of this balanced quincunx. The inability to see around this corner makes it difficult to differentiate noble passion from military heroism.

    ARIES - VIRGO

    This represents a slave role. "Yours is not to reason why. Yours is but to do or die." This is not a mindless combination in spite of the apparent irrationality. Both of these signs are highly mental. However, the mentality is geared to getting the job done. Aries steers the project while Virgo's mentality is assigned the role of organizing all the information in the best possible manner in order to accomplish what will satisfy the demands being made. The major problem comes in communication. Signs which quincunx are as difficult to blend as those next to each other. Virgo's flexibility is in organizing and relating information in as coherent a manner as possible. Virgo is generous with criticism for all kinds of inconsistencies. Aries has no patience with this tedious detail. Aries' flexibility amounts to not being tied down to prolonged concentration. However, it is well worth the effort to come to grips with these differences. Aries' cardinal fire is very much at odds with Virgo's mutable earth qualities. An individual with this combination will vacillate from one extreme to the other unless they can recognize the problem and focus on some kind of a workable resolution. Transits through these signs will keep you jumping from one approach to the other. This is a combination which will send many people looking for a guru rather than taking charge of their own assets. Flashes of insight can provide a path to improvement with just a little patience blended with enough attention to keep the limitations of both signs off dead center.

    ARIES - SCORPIO

    Mars was the ruler for both of these signs before Pluto was discovered. This may have had something to do with the nasty reputation Scorpio had before the discovery of Pluto. The 8th house relationship demands a bend or break turn which threatens the elimination of what was put in motion in Aries, the first house. Scorpio necessitates that you move into a new dimension in order to recognize continuity. Scorpio is not the end of anything. It represents major changes which appear to be the end. However, Scorpio is also the sign where the phoenix rises out of its own ashes to continue. It represents a transformation from one plane to anther. Virgo can be a partner in this transformation. However, if you have this one sided quincunx to deal with, it can be very painful to develop the insight to see clearly what you are doing. In the process, this can develop some extreme solutions which fail to solve the problem as you would like to solve it. Aries feels tethered by this restraint while Scorpio is distracted. Sexual energy (which we know too little about) is a focal point. This is a physical tool to save humanity from anhilation by replacing bodies which die. However, there is much more to this potential which requires rising to a new dimension which we are as yet unable to perceive. Nevertheless, we are evolving and are probably using much of this energy without really understanding what it's all about. It represents taboos which we need to understand before we can successfully challenge them. I am sure the discovery of Pluto brought us a long way on the evolutionary path. With its discovery, we began to see Scorpio as being as creative as it was previously thought destructive. Although Aries is at a blind angle it is also challenged more than any other sign to rise above its basic nature in such a way as to perceive its way around this blind corner.

    TAURUS - LIBRA/SAGITTARIUS

    TAURUS - LIBRA/SAGITTARIUS

    Personal resources seem to be the most common ground for these three to pay attention to. There is also an interest in artistic luxury. All are very uncomfortable with poverty, although the reaction will have different characteristics. Taurus will treasure whatever symbols of affluence are available, perhaps focusing on some kind of art work. Libra will also make their home as artistic and pleasant as possible. While Sagittarius will just expect their ship to come in at any moment, filled with treasures meant for them. Even though they all have a way of attracting a certain amount of affluence, it means something quite different to each. Taurus is seeking comfort and security; Libra seeks a showplace in which to entertain. Sagittarius is easy come, easy go.

    Taurus is at the focal point of two very cooperative free spirits. This in itself can make you strengthen your resolve to hold the fort in tact. Fire and air are very capable of being carried away into Never-Never Land with all of Taurus' assets. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to believe that responsibility is an inseparable partner to freedom. In most cases, Taurus is so worried about the responsibility side of this dichotomy that it picks up the tab, leaving Sagittarius-Libra the freedom to try again. Detachment is a difficult lesson for Taurus to comprehend.

    If you happen to have this combination in your own chart, you can drive yourself crazy taking the blame for irresponsibility while still being vulnerable to schemes which rise up out of your blind spots. This is the kind of thing that looks obviously stupid or crazy to those who see what you don't. If close communication can be established and monitored between these influences in one chart or between individuals, Sagittarius can provide the optimism, imagination and adventurism to facilitate mobility in order to check what might otherwise be missed. Libra can provide the patience and protocol, bringing further insight and opening closed doors. If Taurus can understand what is to be gained from these activities, it will be able to hold the reigns in such a way as to prevent extreme action while reaping the maximum profits. It will take real self discipline and an awareness of something around a blind corner in order to be comfortable with what is demanded to make these influences work together harmoniously.

    These three influences also relate differently to the people in their environment. Taurus wants peace and comfort and may even be inseparably attached to one or more people. However, Taurus will act on its own without dependence on someone else. Partnership is a foreign concept, at least in the traditional sense. Libra lives for a partner although will not be closed in. Libra wants the partner on the other side of the teter-toter, which will drive Taurus wild. Libra wants to feed the partner information on which to make a decision which is then never above criticism. This invariably results in an inadequate marriage or partnership. In most cases, it is very difficult to get them to realize what they are doing to each other. Sagittarius loves people but is unwilling to let them get in the way. You must love them just because they are charming. Anyone lost along the way can easily be replaced.

    All of these influences can be modified to provide the others just the right amount of learning to function in a more balanced and aware manner which not only keeps them each out of blind alleys but enriches the lives and value of each. Individuals which are stimulating these angles in their own chart can be of great help to find and deal with their own blind spots. If you have these blind spot areas in your own chart, be thankful. Increase your objectivity to see how you are working.

    TAURUS - LIBRA

    This is a 6th house relationship with Taurus at the focal point. Libra finds itself in a service type position. The possibilities of benevolence in material things can only become a reality with the help of intuition which lifts you into a higher realm, permiting a detached view of the whole picture. "Courage is fear that says a prayer." This will go a long way to neutralize fearful emotions which may stand in your way. Taurus hangs on with a sense of destiny while Libra seeks to broaden the view with travel of all kinds including astral travel and day-dreaming. Taurus wants to cage the bird. Libra wants an equal partner kept at arms length in order to insure breathing room. These two extremes need each other to properly materialize what they are capable of without becoming slaves to what they own. Both are interested in making the material world beautiful and profitable. Libra has a more intangible approach, motivated by impressing people with parties and protocol. Taurus is more interested in established, permanent value, beauty and comfort whether or not anyone else takes notice. In fact, groups of people tend to be exhausting and boring to Taurus. Taurus is perfectly happy alone, especially if occupied with a craft of some kind. Libra needs constant feedback from another person. Most of the time this interaction is aimed at getting someone else to make decisions which Taurus is very slow to do. After the decision is made, Libra will find fault by pointing out any imperfections and the strengths which would have been possible if the decision had gone the another way. This is a no-win situation which could drive Taurus right out of its mind if it is taken too seriously. Taurus does not draw such a fine line. Unless Taurus is settled in, it won't matter that much which decision is made.

    TAURUS - SAGITTARIUS

    This is an 8th house influence with Taurus at the focal point. It does indeed represent frustrating change to Taurus. The two signs are able to attract affluence. However, the methods and uses are poles apart. For Sagittarius, wealth needs to circulate. For Taurus, it needs to accumulate for securing personal comfort. There is a battle of the sexes going on here with chauvinism on both sides. Taurus has a tendency to consider the partner as property. Sagittarius is not that committed. These two represent a gambling instinct and a destiny force. Both are capable of being thrown off balance by the other and later feeling victimized. Position, honor and inheritance offer a realistic potential if you are able to build a bridge of communication which respects the differences, keeping individual extremes under restraint. The 8th house influence here deals not only with major changes for Taurus, but also money and holdings in the hands of other people including corporations and government. This is most often put to good use in this area in spite of the conflict between approaches. It seems that this quincunx will foster the handling of other people's money even though the necessary understanding is not present for individuals to handle their own money appropriately. Money and sex characterize most of the problem. Both come under the taboo sign of Scorpio. It is especially difficult to penetrate this cloak of secrecy to discover the real secrets to personal success. Here again, there is a blind corner which requires an overview to tune in to the unseen initiation of awareness. Actually there are no secrets. Once you understand, something it is yours. Once you see it, you can't unsee it. This may be one of the most mystical blind corners to overcome.

    GEMINI - SCORPIO/CAPRICORN

    GEMINI - SCORPIO/CAPRICORN

    Most of Gemini's difficulties can be explained by its relationship to these signs which present obstacles which appear to be insurmountable. They become even more overpowering in their compatibility with each other. The main characteristics of these three is detachment with three different qualities. Gemini feels a need to stay detached from the information it gathers. Scorpio's apparent detachment arises from the perception that nothing dies, it only changes form. While Capricorn can hold on to what it wants, it can let the customer always be right, even if they are foolish enough not to choose the better part. Of course, each part challenges the objective detachment of the others. If Gemini is pressured to explain what is being offered it looks for some kind of escape. This presents a front which allows no escape.

    If there is anything Gemini can't stand, it's having its nose to the proverbial "grindstone." With Scorpio and Capricorn working together there is just enough insight to keep Gemini's attention, even if it is too concentrated for comfort. This is a fabulous combination once the parts are integrated. Gemini has the facts but it cares nothing about implementing them. Gemini isn't even interested in what the facts add up to. Scorpio has a before and after view, which realizes nothing dies, it only changes form. Scorpio is perfectly willing to let you fall on your face if necessary. It can be cruel to be kind. Capricorn represents the real stability, although it is also a wonderful blend of spirit and matter which will offer only what is acceptable. Capricorn and Scorpio should understand it is not Gemini's job to put the pieces together. Capricorn and Scorpio are more than capable of putting two and two together with real brilliance, then tossing it back to Gemini to see how it plays with the environment.

    In most cases, this makes Gemini the vulnerable "scapegoat" which is almost intolerable to Gemini. Even though Gemini is in the position to call the shots in most cases, it doesn't have the confidence to do so with conviction unless it has developed the confidence through the experience of being right, even when not very sure of the answers. In other words, Gemini must develop confidence in the skills of Capricorn/Scorpio which it has no first hand ability to understand. In spite of the potential here, even in an individual chart, it is not easy to accept the pieces without an overall view; the vision to see the outcome. Capricorn/Scorpio have the innate intuition to work this magic, but Gemini does not even see the need to do anything more than juggle these interesting playthings. It looks like cruel and inhuman punishment to put this innocent adolescent into such an inescapable harness. However, once Gemini finds it can trust these apparent foreigners, its game broadens and becomes far more interesting. At this point, Gemini's games becomes far more interesting and the weight which seemed so intolerably frightening is shifted to those better able to carry the weight.

    Capricorn and Scorpio also have their problems trusting this big bag of wind to be discreet. Here we have a problem with confidentiality. Capricorn is painfully embarrassed by exposure. Scorpio can handle the embarrassment but is enraged at the loss of cover. Scorpio prefers to put its project behind the scenes in privacy and then display the final product. Although Capricorn cares about the public acceptance, for the most part. Scorpio cares very little about what others think. If they were left alone, they could work out this rather minor difference without costing either one significantly. However, something has to be done about the Gemini "blabber mouth." In order for Gemini to stay at the helm, it will have to learn to incorporate some restraint in such a way as not to jeopardize its basic comfort.

    GEMINI - SCORPIO

    This is a 6th house relationship with Gemini at the focal point. They really have qualities needed by each other which seem more of a distraction than a help because of their conflicting views. Gemini lives with too much exposure, protected by escapes Scorpio is unable to dream about. Cozying up to Scorpio to get anything at all looks like death in a foreign land to Gemini. The flightiness of Gemini seems unattainable, therefore worthless, to Scorpio. Scorpio really needs a little of this air to lighten up the more serious, macabre elements in its nature. Gemini could also expand its worth by incorporating some emotional stability. If you have this quincunx to deal with in your own chart, you will find yourself in situations where one solution or the other seems mandatory. However, in all instances the better solution would be to develop a mixture of the two, resulting in a less extreme approach. As a 6th house influence, Scorpio affects the health as well as all types of servitude which Gemini cannot abide for long without looking for an escape. This becomes a road block to life itself unless some kind of compatible use can be made of this inconsistent direction. It simply means that this free spirit must deal with restraints which represent the character of what is. Freedom has a partner. It is a sense of responsibility. The intangible world must be defined in some way by the tangible world. Scorpio makes this a little more threatening to Gemini than Gemini can comfortably deal with. We all have all of the signs and planets in our charts to work with. We simply have to make use of what we have to expand our universe. The challenge is to make the either/ors work together at the center, rather than arguing at the extremes.

    GEMINI - CAPRICORN

    The conflict is more obvious than the attraction between these two. However, they do look interesting to each other at first. Capricorn thinks Gemini is the perfect employee until boredom sets in. Gemini finds Capricorn a good teacher until the process becomes confining. It will take a confident, live and let live attitude to keep these two working with a shared commitment. We are working with a shaky foundation and a need for privacy. Both are dependent on outside support without a strong awareness of the value of intimacy in sharing what both hardly realize is important to them individually. Therefore, even if they, against their better judgment, trust the other with their feelings they are not likely to find the much needed sympathy. Both are geared to objectivity supported by detachment. Neither feel safe sharing their feelings with others. They don't handle the spotlight very well unless they are recipients of unconditional applause. If they are asked to defend themselves, they simply become defensive or, preferably, leave the scene. Until a way can be found to stay focused on the job at hand with a broad acceptance of what is found to be differences, all efforts are in danger of dead ending. This is an 8th house influence for Gemini making it look very much like the end of the road. However, it is another one of those blind corners which open up a whole new world of possibilities once you find some way over or around it. Gemini is most capable of flying over and being thrilled with the view. When they land they seem to be as confused as ever. The ground is just not where Gemini wants to be. Therefore, the solution must be in Gemini itself to make room in consciousness to avoid the feeling of entrapment when giving form to its creative nature. Substance is what is needed and substance is what is feared. The creativity and imagination is purely mental and communicative, leaving some other force to give it shape. Holy revelations are possible.

    CANCER - SAGITTARIUS/AQUARIUS

    CANCER - SAGITTARIUS/AQUARIUS

    With Cancer at the focal point it feels really besieged at the very roots of its existence by the threat to stability from Sagittarius and Aquarius. Broken homes are tolerable to Aquarius but they are life and death to Cancer. Commitment is temporary for Sagittarius but permanent for Cancer. It is possible to have your feet on the ground with both hands in the air without taking off to Never Never Land. Cancer wants to limit its existence to what it can control. Crossing these boundaries can be very painful. There is a built in distrust of outsiders.

    Sagittarius/Aquarius have little difficulty working together. They both feel restricted by Cancer and its possessive emotional makeup. However, even Sagittarius/Aquarius need a sense of belonging if it isn't too restrictive. In fact, this combination needs some kind of a stabilizer in order to make the best use of their genius. Neither of these two want to pay too much attention to the practicality of their far out ideas. Without some stability somewhere this is a very fragile attraction with very little motivation to stick together With Cancer as the focal point, especially in one chart, these two are made uncomfortable when they forget there is more to life than their freedom. An individual is likely to swing to the extremes of freedom and security until they find a balance they can comfortably live with. These three signs represent basic human needs, none of which can be successfully denied. Freedom inevitably leads to a sense of responsibility if it is not enabled by something else in an over protective bail-out. I have seen nothing more pathetic than a "too lucky for their own good" Sagittarius who is able to rely on luck without receiving any credit for anything resembling responsibility. This is more crippling than any other kind of tragedy. It really effectively strips you of your sovereignty and makes you dependent. Even the awareness of Aquarius is helpless when a healthy "cause and effect" is taken away. Cancer's sense of responsibility can take away your sovereignty in exchange for your security. It is only when a balance is achieved between the two kinds of freedom dominant in Sagittarius/Aquarius with the stewardship protection of Cancer. Eventually, we must all find this balance within ourselves even in order to be an equal partner with anyone else.

    In spite of Cancer's emotional nature it is also a very good behind the scenes manager. It does provide the ability to make hard choices, no matter how painful. This, more than anything else, provides common ground for communication between this threesome. Sagittarius can be a very charismatic organizer, so much so that they appear to have more genius than they actually do. They can deal with and make meaningful the real genius of Aquarius. This combination has the potential for this kind of balance without the hint of plagiarism.

    If you have this combination in your chart, life will find a way to attract the experiences you need in order to put this all together in a workable package, despite your resistance. You may feel you are living in a hostile world because you feel tossed from one extreme to another. You will attract problems in keeping with your abilities. This combination seldom if ever succumbs to immoral practices to circumvent unpleasant circumstances. If and when you do, the consequences will bring you back to a more balanced reality. You are also likely to exhibit a softness which may give others the idea you are more vulnerable than you really are. It is only when you slip from your own moral plumb line that you are in any real danger of defeat. If you do go down, you are more than capable of taking your opponents with you. You have the ability to square your facts as you go along, clearing out emotional misinformation as you work for objectivity.

    CANCER - SAGITTARIUS

    Sagittarius is the 6th house from Cancer giving it a work and service angle. This is something which makes the relationship very disruptive. Cancer wants to own what it identifies with in some manner. Sagittarius cannot be owned. Cancer is familiar with finesse and has the ability to be very seductive. However, it is no match for the detached charisma of Sagittarius. Expansion is another quality they both desire. Cancer represents the most fruitful sign of the growing season. Without winter to wipe out the growing season, or growth hormones to tell our bodies when we have reached maturity, or some boundaries to define structures, everything would soon loose the identity provided by Cancer's opposite sign, Capricorn. However, neither of these signs feel that enough is enough. Sagittarius always has new areas to explore both physically and philosophically. Cancer merely wishes to expand its influence from a single base of operation it calls home. Enlisting the help of Sagittarius to keep the home fires burning requires much in the way of communication, compromise, and an overview to see how the outside and the inside can be part of a larger whole. The philosophical interest of Sagittarius is a place to start. Once Cancer learns to stretch the boundaries to include the community, then the nation, the world and perhaps before too long, the universe, its plan changes as it acquires a sense of belonging. The Sagittarian trip into outer space has indeed given us a view of the whole earth as our home without the man-made boundaries set up to protect personal identity.

    CANCER - AQUARIUS

    Aquarius is in an 8th house position from Cancer, the most fruitful sign threatened by the extinction of death. Both of these signs have a concern for humanity. Aquarius has a detached concern of the greatest good to the greatest number. Cancer's concern is for those it recognizes as belonging to the club, the fraternity, the family, etc. If you belong, you must be protected from outsiders. Tradition is paramount to Cancer. To Aquarius the future is as important as the past as far as new ideas and innovations are concerned. A distant yesterday or a future tomorrow holds the answers for Aquarius while today holds the focus for security in the Cancer realm. Change rocks the boat too much for comfort. Cancer is very emotional water, attached to what it feels. Aquarius is platonic, valuing friendship more than the drowning emotions of Cancer. Aquarius' mandate is "to know." It is a mental sign. So here we have the mixture of mind and emotion with very little understanding of what the other is about. Feelings are very difficult to understand rationally and yet they foul up reason's ability to solve problems. Cancer is intuitive while Aquarius is perceptive. Both have ways of perceiving which are foreign to each other. Circumstantial evidence may or may not be right. Intuition may or may not be right. Yet they both are very real and consuming when they cannot be supported with facts that carry more obvious respect to a credulous world. If this quincunx is operating in one chart you may feel a sense of power, along with considerable fear of the unknown. You may want to try your wings, but be unwilling to get too far from home territory. You will also be aware of wasting effort. This is nothing to play around with. It demands responsibility. You will not escape the consequences of whatever you have the courage to try.

    LEO - CAPRICORN/PISCES

    LEO - CAPRICORN/PISCES

    The Leo ego, with its need to be creative, feels really pressured by this earth and water combination. Here, a desire for distance and freedom is thwarted by practicality and emotionalism, both very cooling to the Leo fire. Leo also rules the heart and your life support system. The first thing to realize is that these two opposites are both friend and foe. Leo is prone to thinking health can be controlled through will power. However, Capricorn at the 6th house angle is a powerful reminder that the rock of Gibralter is an immovable object. The imagination of Pisces is a partner which encourages the mind over matter concept. However, it is at the 8th house angle, reminding Leo of the necessity of dealing with death, the unknown threshold from which the body does not return. In spite of these apparent obstacles, it would be a mistake to underestimate Leo's success with will power. Leo is at the focal point of this quincunx and in a position to be calling the shots. However, its power and ability is much enhanced if it makes peace with these very important and powerful influences as partners rather than enemies. This fateful relationship is filled with intuitive hope, making an almost omnipotent alignment. This can be a universal love used to blend spirit and body. You may reach a level of awareness you have no ability to implement, in which case you are capable of destructive action. It will be necessary to make compromises which you may feel requires too much sacrifice. Your ego wants to hold on to everything you recognize as important. At the same time, you are dealing with the threat of everything falling apart. This is a delicate fragile game of brinkmanship you are playing. The stakes are high. This is the line of demarcation where we are lifted above the animal level to the next level of evolvement. This demands a rise in consciousness. Capricorn represents the physical plane in harmony with Pisces on the spiritual plane. However, they both look more than a little unreal to Leo who is concerned with the beating heart.

    On the more mundane level, although Capricorn's bottom line is practicality, it really has a keen spiritual awareness. Capricorn is able to let the customer be right without changing what it believes. Leo will take direction on stage but loses respect for an audience which chooses something less than it is capable. Pisces is the least rigid which can be frustrating to both Leo and Capricorn. Even so, Pisces seems to be in the most neutral corner. Although Pisces seems most vulnerable, it is also best with personal closeness which is foreign to both Leo and Capricorn. Pisces' sympathy is welcomed even when it isn't recognized as an essential part. These three also have the ability to detach which will help individuals with this configuration to provide responsible support once they have dealt with the individual weaknesses to be overcome. Leo cares too much and must keep some distance. Pisces can be very close but will also go over the edge with you. When this happens, you need to be rescued. Capricorn is just the one to rescue Pisces, telling it all the while how very stupid it was to get into this situation in the first place. Then Capricorn will feel unappreciated when the lecture drives Pisces away as quickly as possible.

    If you have these three influences to deal with, you will find yourself vacillating from one position to the other, not being sure which approach to adopt. It isn't until you are able to find a way to blend these influences into the Leo focus that you really demonstrate miraculous genius for healing solutions. It will be important to relate to people in such a way that allows you to appreciate them warmly without identifying with them in such a way that restricts their or your freedom.

    LEO - CAPRICORN

    Neither of these signs do an outstanding job with relationships. Fire scorches the earth. Leo's fire can be very abrasive. Seldom do you realize Leo is too soft hearted to trust people very quickly with personal feelings. Once you get past the defenses Leo uses to keep others at arms length, it has a dreadful time saying "no" to anything. Capricorn tries to win friends and influence people by doing something practical for them. What Leo really wants is something to feed the ego. This never occurs to Capricorn. By the time Capricorn has finished the moralizing that goes with the help, you end up wishing you hadn't received the help. Both of these signs have hungry egos which need a steady diet of reassurance. Leo takes its kingly position for granted even though the reassurance is necessary. Capricorn thinks the reassurance is unnecessary even though it is also vital to its well being. Capricorn expects to work hard for everything. Both of these signs can be very uncooperative with each other. Both are capable of holding a grudge. Even so, there is a fateful relationship aimed at dealing with what they individually need. Leo is generous to a fault once its ego is well supported, Capricorn is tight-lipped, to say the least, about everything. Capricorn is concerned with value while Leo is concerned with showmanship. This aspect in an individual chart could indicate a radical patriot, supporting government with show. Once these contradictions have been ironed out through increased awareness, fantastic attainment is possible. Capricorn can be a tremendous power behind the throne if it receives enough appreciation. Leo is vulnerable to assuming a slave role if its majesty is fully recognized as needed. Leo needs to be persuaded, not ordered. In the same chart, you need to find ways to display your competence as well as attach yourself to those who recognize your value. You also need to find a quiet way to deal with your sensitivity without allowing rejection to stop you from developing your real value.

    LEO - PISCES

    This is an 8th house influence for Leo. Pisces threatens to drown the fragile Leo ego, in spite of the fact that it appears to be pure, understanding sympathy. Pisces can deal with depression regardless of the pain others are observing. Pisces expects suffering to be part of the deal. Leo is the clown who must be presenting a theatrical production regardless of what is hidden inside. Together these two are constantly wandering through the wilderness trying to find each other. Once they do, Pisces has just the food Leo needs for the ego. Pisces has no persistence to hang on to depression once Leo gets into character. Pisces loves theater and will buy into almost anything temporarily. Leo does not like to perform off stage and may be insensitive to keeping Pisces reassured. Pisces' depressions will seem more serious to Leo than it really is to Pisces. There is a significant difference between the high mindedness of Leo and the idealism of Pisces. Even when Leo understands, it does not give up on what it feels should solve Pisces' problem. Even when Pisces understands, it will hold out forever on personal convictions, being very sorry about the pain inflicted upon Leo.

    If you have this quincunx in your own chart, you will find yourself painfully caught on the horns of this dilemma. Finding middle ground will not be easy, but very necessary to your overall peace of mind. You seem to need to feel a sense of sacrifice in order to succeed. It is only through trimming physical excesses that you are able to turn your attention to other things. You need to recognize the transitory nature of temptations, in order to give up and accept what seems to be an easier path. This is an illusion which requires a higher view.

    VIRGO - AQUARIUS/ARIES

    VIRGO - AQUARIUS/ARIES

    Virgo may very well feel "ganged up on," perhaps completely inundated by two seeming foreigners at odds with its nature. However, these three are blessed by three very important aspects of mental ability. Virgo is the objective labor force which seeks to organize and arrange information into meaningful patterns. Aquarius is the inventive scientist which focuses on hypothesis and what might or could be true, especially those things which seem most unlikely to have validity. Aries, compatible with Aquarius, is the pioneer, always wanting to be out front, first to arrive on the scene. Right is not important. First takes priority. Aries can start over and over again, leaving follow up or follow through to others more equipped to stay and finish what is just beginning. All three have necessary abilities to complete a project requiring mental genius. Pisces, which opposes Virgo and finds itself even more at odds with the two signs on either side, has the final piece to complete the permanent value to what is constructed. Pisces can be very helpful to Virgo by bridging the fear of change, thereby making a more permanent security understandable. An abhorrent determination to meet the test of modern day science makes it very difficult to bridge this gap between science and religion. This is the kind of set up which makes mistakes almost immediately obvious. Unless you have plenty of faith and patience, it can be very depressing, especially if you are on the wrong track. Circumstantial evidence needs more than facts to properly assess what is going on. It needs a reliable intuition. This combination must deal with a viable whole. None of the parts have an adequate answer.

    You may suffer much from knowing more than you are able to communicate. You may even fail to fully realize the significance of what you know if you are unable to communicate it to someone else. All of this knowledge may be not only useless but dangerous if it cannot be balanced out by an understanding which stands back far enough to see the connections. Pure logic amounts to a narrow minded authority which has no chance whatsoever of success. If you are not able to deal with those whom you feel are less competent, you lose your advantage. Success requires that you move into the realm of the unknown which is the most frightening thing you are required to do.

    This challenge will be met by all Virgos, one way or another. Transits will focus on these questions periodically whether or not you have planets to be set off as well. People of these signs will raise questions you have difficulty recognizing as legitimate. Quincunxes are part of life. They represent the challenges we have to meet in order to bring the tangible and the intangible into a workable harmony which results in what we think of as miracles. Those who have planets in all three signs will have the most help to catch the subtleties they need to find answers. They may be further blessed and/or confused if they also have a tie in to Pisces. Even though they oppose, Virgo and Pisces are compatible elements of earth and water. The sign opposite your sun provides a polarity you need if you are humble enough to see its value to you.

    This configuration provides the basis for an eternal love foundation. A universal love which is rooted in an individual rather than the object of affection. Loving yourself is the hardest thing most individuals are asked to do. We are taught to take care of others in order to be loved. Because Virgo is the work and service sign, it is the goose that lays the golden eggs in most cases with no recognition of any kind. It is not missed until it leaves the scene. Virgo is also the sign where each individual must decide whether to be a slave to someone else or to go for mastership in their own right in order to be their own person.

    VIRGO - AQUARIUS

    This is a 6th house influence for Virgo. In many ways "the chickens come home to roost," revealing many surprises which may not have been evident to the Virgo nature. Aquarius is fixed air, highly mental and resourceful in intuiting hidden meanings and even jumping to conclusions which Virgo is hesitant to do. Virgo is mutable earth indicating a strong need to be very specific and literal in any interpretation it makes. In spite of the need to be very specific, Virgo is not always right. This creates health problems, particularly when it is being confused by all the possibilities Aquarius is able to come up with in order to predict the outcome. This is capable of driving this highly mental Virgo right out of its mind. The consequence is usually intestinal problems, althoughVirgo generally suffers from allergies and a weak constitution. Virgo's main protection is constant watch of symptoms and paying attention to body responses. This often means looking like a hypochondriac. The only way to deal with the increased awareness so generously offered by Aquarius is to relax and learn to deal comfortably with being wrong once in awhile. There is a togetherness power capable of lifting them to an overveiw which recognizes they are really on the same team, very much needing both points of view, if only they can avoid the panic they feel when their basic nature appears to be thwarted.

    If you have this aspect in one chart, it will be up to you to find a way to recognize the broader view without the panic. Lots of people are wrong more often than you are. This broader view will help you be right more often once you 1earn to live with uncertainty. Certainty is an illusion anyway.

    VIRGO - ARIES

    Aries is an 8th house influence from Virgo. This makes it a little further from understanding since it crosses the boundary into the unseen area of faith which believes that a major change can be survived. Even though Virgo works harmoniously with Scorpio, the natural 8th house, Aries at the 8th house angle threatens Virgo's personal existence. Even so, the mentality of Aries is most tantalizing. Flashes of insight which bring a threat to the relationship through judgment attracts Virgo's attention. A romantic routine turns out to be a closed temple which neither were meant to be caught in. A lot of improvement must be made on the part of both before the freedom of passage is open and visible. Until Virgo is able to see its way through this blockade, it will be very difficult if not impossible to properly compute, analyze, and categorize the mental genius of Aries. Aries looks nothing like genius to Virgo, which prides itself on being rational if nothing else. It will be impossible for Virgo to pin Aries down long enough to get a good look. The only way for communication to improve will be for Virgo to rise above it in order to get a broader view. Aries may never understand Virgo. However, if Virgo is to save itself it has no choice but to broaden the view. There are pearls of wisdom here which must be recognized before they can be harvested. The pearls are to be found in scientific knowledge and hidden power as well as the intangible power of Pisces to transform what is obviously at odds with a workable solution. Science, through Quantum physics, is beginning to find evidence that what the mystics were saying centuries ago has validity. This is the place where science and religion may move humanity into a new evolutionary level. In the meantime, those of you who have these contradictory influences to deal with need to have patience with yourself to make the puzzle you face meaningful to your own advantage. Intangible realities make the tangible realities more endurable and will increase your faith that security is there even when the evidence is lacking. You will develop a way of knowing which supports a sense of calm.

    LIBRA - TAURUS/PISCES

    LIBRA - TAURUS/PISCES

    With Chiron taking over the rulership of Libra this quincunx makes the need to recognize value in contradictory demands more obviously necessary to make Libra a whole person. Libra's assignment is to preside over relationships. This must be accommodated at the level of evolution which the society has reached. Libra's ability has been badly restricted under the rulership of Venus which is far more compatible to rule Taurus. Libra is now in a better position to be the focal point of this YOD, the finger of God, or the balanced Quincunx. This situation is helped by Aries, the opposite sign, supporting Libra's necessity to be in charge of itself before assuming the assignment of being a dependable partner to anyone else. Libra has always recognized the need to keep others at arms length to avoid being inundated by meeting the needs of another person in a relationship. Indecisiveness has been Libra's only defense, for which it has received considerable criticism.

    The scales as the symbol of blind justice given to Libra demands detachment. Well, detachment is certainly a necessary element. However, we also need support and companionship in a relationship which does not foster a power hierarchy of one over the other. This level of evolvement on the part of society is perhaps the most important thing that is happening in this renaissance period which accompanies the Neptune/Pluto sextile every 500 years. Taurus must anchor Libra without imprisonment. Libra must maintain balance without giving up the feeling qualities Pisces has to offer. Taurus is able to wallow in the feelings of Pisces with no problem. It feels good to Taurus. This combination feels like getting pulled into a swamp for Libra. "Give me a break. I need to breathe." Pisces' contribution to this problem is to relax. Nothing is more important than anything else. Everything has its place whether it is to be found or not. Getting Pisces out of this tendency to wallow in order to put your shoulder to the wheel and get something - anything - done is a puzzlement to Libra to say the least. Libra has difficulty recognizing Pisces' brand of support. "I'm behind you all the way." "Imagination is real." "Anything you can imagine can be done is possible." Well, Libra must be convinced. Libra and the society is having difficulty recognizing, even when it works, how effective it is to just do what looks right to you without the need to either blame or credit someone else any more than yourself. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." This is true. However, very few if anyone recognizes what they did or didn't do to reap the rewards or punishment which befalls them. Looking for answers within yourself is the last place you look. When the Gods were discussing where to hide human divinity they decided to put it inside, expecting that it would be the last place they would look for it. And so it is. We seem to need scapegoats, someone or something to blame.

    All of this is going on in the society. Relationships are no longer following the old rules. These three signs will trigger reactions in each other which present opportunities to see past the obvious problem to a fabulous solution. It will be easier to work this out with some people than others. Those of you who have this balanced quincunx stimulated in your own chart are directly faced with finding a workable way to deal with it. You are likely to jump from one concern to another about material resources, relationships and coming to grips with intangible realities which do not make sense to a world caught up with tangible logic as the only proof of reality. Much of this may not only be confusing but also very frustrating in your efforts to use these energies to be your own person with yourself firmly planted on a three-tiered support system. The system will serve you very well once you learn to work with it from your own experience rather than trying to prove it to others with their criterion for proof. Just do it your way. This quincunx is more caught up with what the society is dealing with at this time than any of the other quincunx combinations. The old rules have let us down. We are being forced to go where no earthly human has gone before. We have gone from the support of the family, to the tribe, to community, to race, to nationality, to religious dogma in order to hold us together, needing the support of some kind of group. The USA has focused on freedom to accept all of these categories equally with emphasis on family. Now the family breakdown is finishing the kind of support we have always counted on. Those of you with this quincunx will not only be helped but also be forced to deal with this requirement in order to take humanity one step further. You will need to give equal and unprejudiced support to all of these elements in order to find answers we have yet to understand. With Libra at the focal point, relationships are the goal which must use the building blocks provided by Pisces (the 12th House) and all it represents, intuition, confinement, emotion, "bleeding heart", etc., and Taurus (the 2nd House) material existence, survival of the body, stability, what you can see, hear, feel and most of all touch. This water and earth combination is compatible. The air of Libra must put it to good use and still breathe.

    LIBRA - PISCES

    This relationship should become somewhat easier as we progress beyond Libra's dilemma with regard to relationships. Libra's quincunx with Pisces accounts for much of the problems we are now having in resolving relationships. We have been taught to put others first in order to be appreciated and rewarded. A lot of dependency has been encouraged with little satisfaction. Libra is interested in people and has a desire to contribute to peace and harmony. Pisces' attraction to people is through sympathy. These two signs will work to establish an attractive and comfortable home. Libra is motivated by entertaining groups of people while Pisces prefers privacy and a less busy use of an attractive home. Libra is concerned with peacemaking, sometimes at any price, often by slicing things down the middle, while Pisces oozes with sympathy, mostly offering very little help of anything like a tangible quality. Pisces is not likely to come up with advice which you feel pressured to accept. Libra will offer solutions which they consider fair and lose interest if this wisdom is rejected. Libra also needs a partner or someone on the other side of the tennis court. However, Libra cannot be confined or restricted by too much togetherness. Pisces can be very smothering in its willingness to wallow in whatever problem or need for affection you may be experiencing. Air and water just have a great deal of trouble seeing things in the same way. Libra should be a little more comfortable with society as realization grows that everyone needs to be their own person before being an equal partner. Whereas, Pisces has little obvious trouble living with a hierarchy of protocol. Pisces has other less obvious ways of dealing with any and all levels that may be found. They can be the power behind the throne with little or no recognition. Libra needs to have someone else make the decisions because they are too capable of seeing the dangers on both sides of any decision. They are happy to let someone else be responsible when these difficulties show up. They are much happier standing on the middle of the tetter totter while others ride up and down. Pisces is likely to take this "fence sitting" as being uninvolved and insensitive. Once these difficult rough edges are understood, a new awareness can be put together which encompasses considerable ability to work together.

    If you have this quincunx in your own chart you are likely to suffer until you find a way to deal with your sympathy and detachment together as a strength, not finding yourself continually on the horns of a dilema which may appear to be hopeless. Both of these signs are vulnerable to feelings of guilt especially when they are unable to deal with their awareness of a contradiction which they are unable to blend. When you are able to satisfy both qualities you will find a quiet confidence which is unshakeable.

    LIBRA - TAURUS

    The arts seem to be the major attraction for these two. Both are attracted to beauty in nature and artworks which are man made. Libra has a lighter touch and an indecisive quality capable of driving Taurus crazy with too many possibilities Taurus can't cope with. When Libra is at the focal point, Taurus is likely to feel a toronado is tearing up the sky. This may only be a gentle breeze as far as Libra is concerned. Taurus is an anchor for Libra. Libra has a problem with recognizing any value in an anchor. Libra has less concern about the cost of artistic endeavors, while Taurus prefers real value with durable quality and has a different view as to what is extravagant. If Libra is calling the shots, it will be impossible for Taurus to feel like it is really an equal partner. This should ease as Chiron moves in to make Libra more independent as well as more responsible about wanting to have someone else to blame. If this quincunx lacks the balance of having something in Pisces it may be difficult to tell which is at the focal point. In this case you should check both TAURUS - LIBRA as well as LIBRA - TAURUS. You will need to consider the relative strength of what is occupying each sign. Detriment or exaltation as well as mutual reception must be considered as to whether one side or the other leads in controling the quincunx.

    If you have this in one chart, you can expect to have difficulty in finding common ground on which to make decisions. However, once you do, you will find yourself much more sure of yourself as well as doing a much better job with whatever you have the confidence to undertake. The concerns on both sides of what seems to be incompatible are necessary if a better way is to be found. You can feel very schizophrenic if you give in to one side or the other and then are brought back by an awareness of the value of the other. These two need to move towards each other in order to produce the best and most satisfactory results. The air of Libra as well as the earth of Taurus are both necessary for comfort and mobility without being immobilized or at loose ends with nowhere to settle down. Libra must be willing to snuggle while Taurus should not cage the bird out of fear of losing companionship. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand as two very necessary parts.

    SCORPIO - ARIES/GEMINI

    SCORPIO - ARIES/GEMINI

    Scorpio is a fixed water sign, very emotional: "Still waters run deep." It needs to maintain control in secrecy. It is the sign that holds the keys to life and death, the mystery related to tangible and intangible. It is a sign of initiation into what life is really all about. Is death really final or merely a major change? Major changes always represent the end and the beginning of something new and unfamiliar. Aries/Gemini are a fire and air sextile which can be very inflammatory, to say the least. Controlling fire which has unlimited oxygen to keep it going takes something like deep, still waters. However, getting them to all work together without fear of each other is another story.

    Aries and Scorpio shared the same ruler before the discovery of Pluto. Scorpio was not at its best under this rulership. Pluto symbolized the increased ability that was really native to Scorpio that society was unable to recognize prior to the discovery of Pluto. Society seemed to feel that the unknown part of Scorpio was purely destructive and something to be feared. After Pluto became available, awareness made at least some of Scorpio's hidden assets seem beneficial and generally more acceptable. However, Aries did not evolve beyond its nature to encompass what was already native to Scorpio, even though it was meaningless to society. To Aries, Scorpio remained the symbol of death. Regeneration was not in its nature. After all, Aries is the first sign and always just getting started. Death was unknown. Aries' energy is fearless and exploratory. Aries doesn't need to know where it's going until it gets there. If it finds itself in the wrong place, it can always move on. Scorpio, a more mature sign, wishes to look carefully before it leaps. It prefers to look the situation over as thoroughly as possible before making any kind of commitment. Once the commitment is made, it does not give up easily even though it may change methods of getting there many times.

    As for Gemini, it is even more of a problem to Scorpio than Aries. At first sight, Gemini may look like a gold mine of information. It isn't long before Scorpio feels threatened by Gemini's ability to broadcast everything that enters its head. Gemini is far too social and difficult to control to be considered a working partner. However, the damage may be done before Scorpio realizes what a problem Gemini can be. It does get along very well with Aries. Aries and Gemini can cover considerable territory with little if anything to hold them back.

    All three of these signs are information oriented and more or less dependent on information. However, the attitude and approach are vastly different. Scorpio gathers information by moving seductively and quietly through the area to be studied, with hardly anyone even knowing what if anything it is looking for. Scorpio prefers to work under some kind of cover. Aries looks harmless at first, wanting to get there first in order to discover new territory and information. Aries does not care about being wrong. Nothing is wasted. Any adventure is worth the effort. There is very little thought or concern about what may be learned. All experience is valuable, whether or not it has any immediate use. Gemini stays closer to home, although not close enough to suit Scorpio. Scorpio never knows if or when Gemini will be back. Gemini is fascinated with every little bit of information whether it is attached to anything or not. In fact, if it is attached to a mystery to be solved, Gemini is soon distracted with anything that might need concentration. Gemini thinks little about putting two and two together unless there is some interesting but insignificant combination to observe momentarily.

    Although Gemini and Aries can have a marvelous and care free time together, they both feel tethered by Scorpio looking down on them and giving orders. If Scorpio is unable to control its frustration, Aries and Gemini are capable of causing Scorpio some real problems which are totally unplanned and unexpected. Scorpio will have to spend some effort getting to understand the workings of Aries and Gemini if it is to make any use at all of this very valuable resource. The first thing is not to give orders. Scorpio can learn very effectively by just observing if there is nothing more personal to frustrate peace of mind. Scorpio will have to do more than that to get the most out of what Aries and Gemini have to offer. There needs to be enough understanding to instill compassion and appreciation for the feelings of these two who on the surface may appear not to have any feelings at all. It is when the feelings are stirred that real disasters can result. If you are dealing with this balanced quincunx in one chart it may take some real work to keep this combination from destroying itself. However, real statesmanship is possible if the individual is able to watch feelings and be patient. Let your curiosity run wild when your Gemini influence rises. However, you must watch it with your Scorpio awareness. You can pretend not to see what you see in public but rather, wait for your privacy in order to put it together. Scorpio can actually enjoy some of the exploring Aries will take you on if you just restrain yourself enough to plan. Remember it isn't the signs you are dealing with that are in charge. They are merely tools you are given to work with. It is your job to understand and use all the tools you are given to work with. You should not allow the tools to rule you.

    SCORPIO - ARIES

    Aries is in a sixth house position from Scorpio while Scorpio is in an eight house position from Aries. As a sixth house influence, Aries is put in a work and service position to Scorpio. Aries prefers to be more independent and therefore rather difficult for Scorpio to rule with any authority. While Mars ruled both of these signs, Scorpio was all but powerless to enlist the help of the independent Aries. Much of the earlier disgrace associated with Scorpio can be attributed to this relationship. With the discovery of Pluto while it was in Leo, in mutual reception with a Scorpio Sun, Scorpio came into its own and began to be seen as something more positive than previously thought possible. Scorpio began to be recognized as being regenerative as well as the sign associated with death. The Phoenix quality also was more recognized. Aries is still not a willing servant without being given the necessary freedom to be the pioneer who goes ahead unfettered to do its own thing. These two still need each other, even though they are capable of turning up much to disagree about. Scorpio is one of the taboo signs which must be faced and overcome in order to take the next step. Aries loves to pioneer uncharted areas. However, fire does not function well in the deep water of Scorpio. If Aries is too unaware or fearless, it is likely to be drowned in a sea it fails to understand. That can take the thrill out of discovery. It needs to tread lightly. Scorpio also needs this fearless explorer but only if it is able to show that the earlier lessons have been learned and it is ready to be ushered into foreign territories. Scorpio won't hire just anyone. Aries needs to understand there is a termination element to deal with here. Actually, death is an illusion even if it looks like the end for Aries. Scorpio, in charge, knows Aries has a lot to learn: How to teach is the problem. Scorpio is much more concerned with keeping secrets and simply leading its charges blindfolded through the "gates, pass not" from incarnation to incarnation preferably without giving up the knowledge of just how it was done. It won't be until we know more about how one life builds on another that we are able to see through this veil.

    SCORPIO - GEMINI

    Gemini is the eighth house from Scorpio. As far as house positions are concerned Scorpio is likely to feel this is familiar territory. However, this is a contrary assignment for Scorpio to understand. Scorpio is the keeper of the secrets to the real meaning of life. This relationship reminds me very much of all secret societies, with Scorpio trying to sell its secrets to the curious Gemini who is still very much incapable of understanding what is being taught, even when all the details are spelled out. Humanity has been sold this bill of goods from the beginning. There are no secrets to be sold. There is only the evolutionary process to get you to the point where you can see more. All that has been taught by the mystics remains an unbelievable mystery to those deeply imbedded in the obsession to maintain a material existence. We won't understand this until we are able to see both sides. Then we will truly be masters of the material world with a sense of stewardship, rather than what we think is a license to rape the material world. Now is the time, boys and girls, to make sense out of information which must be understood. I do believe Scorpio is beginning to see that it need not fear giving up its secrets to those capable of understanding them and they cannot be hidden once someone understands. Gemini hasn't been willing to do more than gather the facts. The meaning is another matter which would require some limitations Gemini has found intolerable. These two signs have very little trust or understanding of the need for each other.

    If you as an individual have both of these signs significantly placed in your chart, you are schizophrenic until you find a way to deal with this very illusive reality. The details you love to play with will simply drive you to a painful reality as you attempt to satisfy the need to use the Scorpio influence in your chart as it demands permanent change. Change is what Scorpio loves. Gemini fears life threatening change. Scorpio fears losing its secrets to irresponsible powers. Gemini fears losing its freedom to wander untethered to anything really serious. Awareness of each other brings fear. They each function more freely when they feel the other is totally unnecessary to the scheme of things as they know it. The world is changing. Once you see it, you can't unsee it. The lights are being turned on. We must begin to see what we distrusted the most also carries an invaluable pearl in the necessity to learn the truth.

    If you are dealing with this dilemma in your chart, you must be willing to give both parts of your nature the permission it needs to explore both freedom and responsibility without losing the identity of either. You will have to meet the demands of blending in contradictory directions into a meaningful and usable pattern in order to reap the magnificent benefits available. It means you also have to "let the chips fall where they may." The Scorpio part of you feels a sense of guilt if someone you feel responsible for gets into trouble. The Gemini part will take risks just to see what will happen. You will find it difficult to understand yourself until you find a way to implement both of these tendencies in some way which works for you rather than spreading you too thin to function effectively.

    SAGITTARIUS - TAURUS/CANCER

    SAGITTARIUS - TAURUS/CANCER

    Taurus/Cancer represent limitations to the free spirit of Sagittarius. Sagittarius has difficulty staying put while these two conservative, security oriented signs protect the risks Sagittarius is willing to take and walk away. With Sagittarius at the helm, Taurus/Cancer represent protection. Never mind that it is protection Sagittarius prefers not to accept. All three of these signs are money oriented. Taurus is concerned with permanent value and long term investments of all kinds. Cancer is looking for security in all material things in order to protect the security of the home scene. With Sagittarius, it is easy come, easy go. Tomorrow is another day. Sagittarius has a reputation of going through several fortunes in a lifetime, often without suffering any really severe losses. There's more where that came from and usually they are not left penniless, at least for very long. Taurus and Cancer will at least agree that a penny saved is a penny earned. They care about how what they have is managed.

    This whole philosophy carries over in the general attitude and philosophy which involves the whole lifestyle. It can work magical miracles if it is able to give full consideration to the demands or needs of each. The free spirit must not be imprisoned by anything including the management of huge resources. That must not interfere with having fun and being able to take off at anytime. Taurus must have a secure home base which is not only affluent but beautiful and in touch with everything that grows in the earth. Cancer is domestically oriented, it must have a home circle of family or tribe which is loyal and must also be nourished. If it is not possible for the individual or individuals to bring the contradictory direction of these signs into some kind of agreeable harness it can be as devastatingly destructive as it is capable of being successful.

    Sagittarius is capable of going through even more than all three of these signs can manage to attract. With Sagittarius at the helm, the extravagance can be even greater than Sagittarius alone is capable of. If Taurus is never able to feel the sense of security as well as beauty, it is capable of drastic means through a vengeful temper or a Scrooge-like hiding of resources which are never allowed the exposure to be enjoyed. If Cancer is not able to maintain some kind of control of those within the boundaries set around those who belong, a dedication to various methods of dictatorship can imprison everyone or all of the ability of the individual.

    All of these diverse needs and perceptions must find common ground in order to find any kind of peace and harmony. If Sagittarius is forced to be tethered, it must be able to keep enough expression of its basic nature to feel that it is still in control. It needs to feel that Taurus and Cancer are keeping the home fires burning for comfort without having to worry about someone's feelings that they have been overlooked ignored or replaced by some other distraction. A significant planet in Cancer can give Sagittarius a painful "foot in mouth disease." Even if Sagittarius is able to slough it off, it is a mark which is felt and must be dealt with in some satisfactory way. Sagittarius assumes that the truth (as they see it) is obvious and not meant to offend anyone. When the realization suddenly dawns that someone's feelings have been hurt, the Cancer part of this quincunx is emotionally pained. The words cannot be retrieved. Without the Cancer awareness, Sagittarius would merely shrug the shoulders and walk away with little concern. Cancer might also be able to do this if someone outside the circle was involved. In which case there might be some satisfaction that it had caused some hurt. As you can see, these three conflicting natures are difficult to blend in a way that the best is always available.

    If you have the three to deal with it will take some time and awareness of the need to pay closer attention to satisfy the needs of each. Relationships are basic. Sagittarius finds friends easy to come by. If one is lost, there is always another unsuspecting individual to attach with little warning of how easily they may be left behind. Both Cancer and Taurus wish to hold on to people. Taurus will go to great lengths to keep a friend often throwing good money after bad to bale someone out of a bottomless pit. Once Taurus gives up, it is over, never to look back. With Cancer, every friend is an investment they will work hard to keep, more with manipulation than with further investment. Finding some way to get even or further extract what they feel is owed is a real possibility. Any one of these signs can go their merry way with little thought of the consequences. If you are saddled with all three points of view it is another story. You are saddled with finding some way to use these qualities to make your life more comfortable, rather than merely getting you into more discomfort and trouble. The broader awareness has the potential for making you a more responsible, caring, reliable, and balanced individual with everything to offer. You can be sensitive, stable and detached all at the same time once you have the awareness not to get in over your head by going too far in any one of the directions each of these signs would take you if you were limited to merely one direction.

    SAGITTARIUS - TAURUS

    With Sagittarius as the focal point, Taurus represents a Sixth house influence of work and service. Both of these signs attract money. Neither are particularly work oriented. However, Taurus will hang on to whatever it sets its mind to. Whether it is a job, project, relationship, or just wanting to maintain the status quo of where it finds itself. Sagittarius is a traveler. Don't fence me in. Sagittarius is easy come easy go. Just don't tie me down. Having to deal with these conflicting drives in one chart is no easy assignment. Somewhere along the line it would help for you to remember that you are in charge. When you reach that point you will feel less like a victim of your own drives.

    If it represents an influence from another person it would be well to let each play a role most comfortable to them. Taurus must learn to be comfortable, staying put without suffering over the wandering nature of Sagittarius, allowing Sagittarius the freedom necessary to maintain the attraction. Sagittarius must learn to be sensitive to Taurus' need for security and some kind of stability in whatever routine can be maintained. The attraction is most stimulating at first sight. What could possibly go wrong? Taurus will not be able to keep up with the fast pace of Sagittarius although it will be dazzling at first. Sagittarius may soon be bored with Taurus enjoyment of just plain peace and quiet.

    If you are dealing with this energy in your own chart, you may even be frustrated with yourself as to which way you want to go, with a guilt complex regarding indulgences. Taurus' practicality may seem more respectable. However, Sagittarius optimism is irresistible even when it appears to be totally irresponsible. Once you learn to understand and accept the seeming contradictions you will be able to benefit from the way in which your horizon is broader and more secure at the same time. Other influences in the chart will either help you deal with this one or make it more intolerable. Every tool we have can be either good or bad depending on how we are able to make use of it. Perhaps the most promising gift of this combination is the attraction and use of material resources.

    SAGITTARIUS - CANCER

    If Sagittarius feels that Taurus is boring, Cancer is even more difficult. Tears and emotional tantrums are involved in this eighth house relationship with Sagittarius at the focal point. Possessiveness and jealousy are very prominent in any relationship between these two. It really stretches my imagination as to the attraction here, since the obstacles are so prominent. However, their opposite natures do seem to attract knowing the other has something each needs in order to be a more balanced individual. The problem is that these two signs on their own have little awareness of the need for anything outside their own domain. Sagittarius sees little value in a home base except just for someplace to stay for short periods of time. Cancer sees little need for anything outside the control of wherever the boundaries of the homebase are drawn. Few Cancers draw these lines very far away from their personal control. If someone as footloose and fancy free as most Sagittarians enters the ground, they are not likely to be asked to join the establishment. They are merely treated as an interesting visitor who probably needs watching so as not to capture one of the "in" group.

    If you have this quincunx in one chart, you will literally be torn as to which way to go. Most will end up going from one extreme to another. It will require some real awareness to keep both of these needs balanced in a way that will be comfortable with each other. You will want someone to keep the home fires burning while you wander until you become homesick once more. It won't take too much time before you begin to feel confined and imprisoned if you spend any significant time at home without at least short trips in and out. For most people with this to deal with, balanced comfort will be something you are not likely to ever experience. It will take some real effort on your part to develop your understanding to the point that you can have both without suffering or feeling guilty that you have not been fully responsible in order to maintain your own sovereignty in your own way. Our culture doesn't help you do this. It is still a fact that to be a well balanced person you need every sign, every house, and every planet to be contributing its energy under your control in a way that results in manageable stress. When a quincunx is very prominent and powerful in your chart it is a challenge to see around the more obvious contradictions to a comfortable balance which works for you rather than against you. It's worth the effort to find a peace that works for you. We all need a sense of freedom as well as a place to call home. With Sagittarius, home may be only where you hang your hat. The easier it is to recognize this need, the easier it will be to incorporate the benefits Cancer has to your agenda without feeling that you have given up your freedom. As Cancer evolves, it enlarges the circle which it considers home. In order to do this, it must give up some of the control it cherishes. In this quincunx, Cancer is very compatible with Taurus which also has a problem with Sagittarius. It is, however, the sextile between Taurus and Cancer which Sagittarius needs.

    CAPRICORN - GEMINI/LEO

    CAPRICORN - GEMINI/LEO

    Gemini and Leo get along very well, with Gemini providing air for the Leo fire. Whoopee! Away we go, unfettered by anything, off into Never Never Land. What a show can be put on with the constant changes of scene, not a suggestion of any kind of boredom or lack of applause. This show is totally incomprehensible to Capricorn unless Capricorn is the producer of the show with an eye to the business success of the two stars under its control. And that is just where the rub comes in, getting these two to take direction which fails to take the creative imagination into account. Forget it. Gemini and Leo could care less about what will sell if only the audience is appreciative without capturing their free spirit. The caged bird loses its imaginative creativity. The spark leaves the eyes. Magnetism disappears. Unless Capricorn can loosen up enough to give Gemini & Leo the freedom to be inspired, it will stilt the performance into oblivion with no recognition at all.

    Capricorn at the focal point must find a way to loosen up. Capricorn's tendency is to lose respect for those who have no respect for practicality. Nevertheless, Capricorn is the spirit in the seed. Capricorn feels the necessity to protect this valuable life with the hard shell of the seed until time for sprouting. Once Capricorn realizes Gemini & Leo are the ingredients necessary for the seed to sprout and grow, Capricorn will hold the fort to keep the roots in the ground while Gemini and Leo spread the branches up into the sky. These three need each other almost more than any other three signs. Leo is the life support. Gemini the "prana" of life itself. Capricorn is the ground on which we stand as we project ourselves into the ethers. The earth is the stage on which we perform.

    In order to perform, we must fully appreciate what is needed to relate these contradictions into an understandable relationship. However, relationship is not the main concern of any of the three, even though relationship is vital to all of them. Gemini is the neighborhood and siblings, the immediate environment of home ground which we tend to take for granted and which has been breaking down in our evolving society. Leo holds the life support system which is absolutely necessary for all life. It must not leave the stage looking for its needs. The ego food must be brought to it in appreciation of the job it performs. While poor, unappreciated Capricorn, interested in the structure, the law and boundaries, carries the weight of the world considered only the "kill joy" of the freedom we think we need, irrespective of the responsibility to the basic needs we take for granted. What a situation! Capricorn will provide your needs but only with a lecture about why you got into trouble in the first place and what you must do to stay out of trouble in the future. None of this nonsense about showmanship, and taking off on wings of fancy with no thought about the cost of what you are leaving behind. This presents a real challenge between people with these conflicts to resolve and will only be undertaken when some kind of necessity is recognized by all.

    If this quincunx is found in one chart you are subjecting yourself to real conflicts until you back off from letting each piece take you to the depths or the heights. However, once you realize they are all basic needs to your welfare and give each a place which does not override or usurp the necessity of the others you will find that you have a fantastic life support system which cannot be beat. This will include giving real consideration to the risk or cost of each freedom you need in order to keep breathing air into the lungs, air which is then circulated through the heart to the rest of your body. It is possible to go further if you take each piece along on each of your excursions without fear of the consequences. You are safe because you have factored in the cost with care and find it nourishing rather than threatening. It boggles my mind to think of the possibilities if any of us were able to balance the pieces equally. Most people are inclined to cramp each piece with some form of guilt or restraint rather than consciously balancing each part fairly. Guilt is so prevalent when we let our imagination take us just beyond the physical limits or some exotic wish we cannot justify practically. Others cramp their style so severely that they have been known to die of starvation because of an unwillingness to spend any of the abundance they had accumulated. This quincunx more than any other supports the life support system of all of us. We really have much to learn in order to make balanced sense of

    CAPRICORN - GEMINI

    Capricorn's mind is on work. Willing to work hard itself and very critical of employees keeping their nose to the grindstone while on the job. It's just basic to the Capricorn's nature. Gemini looks like the perfect worker as the relationship gets under way. Gemini is mentally quick and catches on fast to whatever it is asked to do. However, Gemini is also easily bored. It looses interest once the routine becomes familiar, especially if the job is routine. Capricorn, of course, perceives this as being lazy and falling down on the job. Once Capricorn has seen what is considered to be the potential, it will make every effort to keep this competent being. However, the real nature of the problem is inconceivable to Capricorn. Therefore the potential for frustration of all kinds seems unlimited. Judgments can run the gamut from lazy to corrupt, all to no avail. Gemini appears to be just plain incorrigible. Gemini may have as much difficulty as Capricorn in understanding how to explain its loss of interest in what at first was a most interesting opportunity to explore a new opportunity. But life must go on, there are new worlds to conquer. When Capricorn tries to hold on, Gemini becomes more and more confused and despondent over what is felt to be an attempt to imprison whatever ability is left.

    Of course, this can all be turned around if the extremes can be brought closer to the center. If Capricorn is willing to accommodate Gemini's need for variety by allowing for shorter periods of concentration and providing a variety of jobs to be introduced it will satisfy Gemini's restlessness and keep attention on anything new to be explored. Capricorn is in the driver's seat here. It will be difficult if not impossible for Gemini to meet Capricorn's demands without some way to escape too narrow an agenda. In this case, Gemini's only out is to escape.

    If this aspect is to be dealt with in an individual chart, it can mean severe guilt. Your Gemini planets must have breaks, giving breathing room even if a major project demands long term concentration. You will find it helpful if you are able to go from one project to another and back again without feeling you have not been able to follow through.

    CAPRICORN - LEO

    We have no trouble with follow through here. We do have ego problems. Leo needs flattery and assurance that it is really the best, very much in charge, deserving of unlimited credit. This is "poppy cock" to Capricorn which feels a job well done is its own reward whether or not anyone recognizes it. However, Capricorn also needs some reassuring strokes even if it will not admit such a need. It is literally not willing to allow Leo to take all the credit while the real hard work goes unappreciated. Leo is more show than hard work even though it stubbornly holds the spotlight whether or not anything is accomplished. Leo will not run. Leo will become very vindictive and vicious without the necessary ego support. Neither sign is conscious of the understanding necessary to maintain close relationships. Capricorn is embarrassed on stage. Leo is helpless when there is an abundance of ego support. It would be impossible to find a more devoted worker if the show Leo puts on is generously appreciated. This is a foreign concept to Capricorn. Even if they are able to provide the much needed support, it loses respect for those who seem to need such attention. If the relationship is to last Capricorn must provide this nourishment with sincerity. Leo simply must feel loved and adored. If it is a Capricorn Sun, it may be an even more difficult obstacle.

    If this occurs in one chart, you will find it necessary to find ways to earn the ego support you desperately need but must not be in the position to ask for it. Letting anyone know you expect to be appreciated is just too embarrassingly impossible. If you're not appreciated, you will find it necessary to leave with your head bowed. If this situation occurs too often, you will find it necessary to defend yourself with ferocity which could reach gigantic proportions. In order to deal with this, you must go within your individual psyche. You need to consciously find ways to build your own self esteem, whether or not anyone else realizes your value. You will find it amazing how well this works once you are able to convince yourself of just how valuable you really are. Your first approach will likely be to excel in something, the more the merrier. It will be necessary to ignore much of the evaluation you receive from others. Be your own judge and jury. If you can convince yourself, others will come running with perhaps more attention than you are able to deal with.

    AQUARIUS - CANCER/VIRGO

    AQUARIUS - CANCER/VIRGO

    Cancer/Virgo sextile is just the foundation Aquarius needs to keep its head in the clouds with an anchor to keep the feet planted firmly on the ground to make discoveries and practical progress. Aquarius is curious for curiosity's sake even though it is much broader than the Gemini curiosity which refuses to participate in anything practical. Aquarius is a fixed sign which is willing to hold onto what fascinates it at least until it has all its questions answered, which is seldom. Cancer/Virgo are just practical enough and stable enough to provide what Aquarius needs but has no real basis to understand. Cancer/Virgo sets boundaries based on what they see. These are very difficult to take outside of those boundaries unless they see a new boundary established beyond where they could see before. Aquarius really needs their help to make the new discoveries find a place in the new world Aquarius discovers. Once Cancer identifies with the new boundaries as being firmly established and a broader territory to what Cancer must consider has a sense of belonging, Cancer goes to work to provide hospitality and protection from what Aquarius continues to search for outside this new territory. Virgo starts to identify and categorize the pieces of this new territory, tagging everything with a place and purpose for identification.

    Virgo is the harvest sign, providing the sustenance Cancer preserves to survive the long winter between growing seasons. They are partners to sustain life with its material needs. Aquarius has its head in the clouds relatively unaware of what is sustaining it unless the supply happens to run out, leaving it stranded. In most cases, it will be rescued by someone who takes pity on the water carrier who provides another basic necessity for living. Cancer is water but it is salt water out of which we all evolved. Aquarius is air but it carries the water distilled from the air in the form of rain. Until the modern air pollution, this distilled water was the purest, softest water available.

    Virgo is the laborer, performing service functions which may not be fully appreciated until Virgo isn't there to do the dirty work. Virgo is concerned about law and order in a practical way. Virgo does not go looking for new breakthroughs. Virgo is only interested once the validity has been proven and established. Therefore, Virgo is not interested in any of the far out ideas Aquarius would like to explore. If it doesn't make logical sense it is not worth checking out anyway.

    Aquarius can feel pretty isolated and alone in its place in the world without any encouragement and in the company of those who only want to civilize it so that it can belong to the group. Aquarius wants to understand and experience everything. People who fit the mold are dull and uninteresting. That's no fun if you always know what mold they fit into and what you can expect them to think, say and do next like robots. There are no two signs Aquarius could find more dull and uninteresting than these two with which it happens to be saddled in this balanced quincunx. However, once Aquarius' curiosity has been peaked by what Virgo/Cancer are capable of doing, its curiosity may grow by leaps and bounds to keep expanding the boundaries for Virgo/Cancer to arrange and manage. As long as you don't expect these three to do what they are not equipped to do, they will have more ability to impress you with what they can do. Everyone needs to be appreciated. We limit ourselves unnecessarily when we refuse to make use of some particular kind of ability, at least appreciation of the value of all of the signs. They all represent an important piece of our life. When these three signs are appreciated for what they can do, they also have more freedom to see how valuable the role of the others are to make their own life interesting.

    This combination represents the history of how we got where we are. As a society, we needed to explore in order to break out of the "gate, pass not" representing the taboos of the culture, to find out what was just beyond what we already knew. We also needed that boundary in order to have something to challenge. We needed to be able to sustain our bodies while our minds reached out for more information. We needed the community to share what there was and give us the courage to look where we might go next. Virgo catalogued the information as it appeared. Cancer kept body and soul together in family, tribe, community and nation, soon to be one world. Aquarius could not have looked beyond without the support of Cancer and Virgo to sustain it.

    AQUARIUS - CANCER

    Cancer is a 6th house position from Aquarius. This is work, service and health for Aquarius, a sign already concerned and involved with health and meditation. Any kind of health problem is unacceptably limiting to the free spirit of Aquarius. Cancer's concern with nutrition and substance to support the health of the physical body is a must which Aquarius begrudgingly tolerates because of the limit to its freedom. Unless Aquarius meets these necessities, limitation will be much greater if health problems set in. Heart irregularities and nervous disorders as well as cramps particularly of the legs and ankles occur when freedom is impaired or when Cancer becomes too demanding. Under pressure, Cancer is vulnerable to ulcers and various stomach problems.

    Concern for the society is shared from very different points of view. For Aquarius, society has no boundaries. For Cancer, the boundaries are set by who has membership in the family, tribe, club, nation, etc., those who live within the boundaries of control, loyalty, belonging. These two signs represent the extremes of freedom and security. Aquarius must have freedom. Cancer must have security. The generation born while Uranus was in Cancer live with this conflict by going to both extremes until and unless they find a way to incorporate a reasonable amount of both without the swing to trigger their consciousness into realizing neither side has it all.

    Both signs are curious in different ways. Cancer is symbolized by the crab which circles what it wishes to observe inside the boundaries. Aquarius reaches in all directions to the limits it is able to comprehend "to know" not only what is within the boundaries but what is beyond the obvious limits. Cancer looks within while Aquarius looks outside, ad infinitum. Cancer trusts the walls while Aquarius wishes to tear down the walls or at least escape their obvious limitations.

    If this quincunx is found in one chart, it will be necessary to find a balance which will give each one of these points of view its fair share of attention. You must have freedom with support and responsibility. Neither your need for freedom or security can be allowed to overpower the other if you are to be well balanced.

    AQUARIUS - VIRGO

    Virgo, the work, service and health sign represents the 8th house to Aquarius. Both of these signs are information oriented. However, Virgo takes this information more seriously and is anxious to record and file everything. Aquarius is more philosophical about what works and what is only logic. Aquarius is too freedom oriented to be as picky about what is and what isn't. Aquarius is also able to unnerve Virgo about the possibilities of being wrong. Aquarius becomes a real iconoclast when it comes to projecting "what if there is something more out there which contradicts the conclusions you have drawn on the basis of the limited information you have accumulated." Let's challenge the boundaries which seem to restrict some new discovery. This only makes Virgo more insecure and try harder to be more certain about what the factual information really supports. At the same time, Virgo doesn't want to seem stupid for even contemplating such far out unlikely possibilities. Progress of any kind would never have been made without the Aquarian curiosity to push.

    This brings up the problem of health. Aquarius is vulnerable to nervous disorders in a different way than Virgo. Virgo is susceptible to intestinal problems, mostly from fear of being wrong about something or dealing with disorganization due to an inability to keep things available. "A place for everything and everything in its place."

    When you have this combination in one chart, you will find that you have a mental problem until you find a way to merge your ability to organize with your more broad and curious need to explore and focus on function which is more difficult if not impossible to categorize. Once you are able to blend these two into a functional whole you will find that your understanding is far more functional than either arm of this dichotomy could accomplish alone. In many cases, you will have the ability to accomplish what two others would be able to accomplish if they were working together with a third person who is in a position to put what they each brought to the assignment. If you are able to use all of your facilities with an open mind, this combination will take you where no one has gone before with real discovery and excitement.

    PISCES - LEO/LIBRA

    PISCES - LEO/LIBRA

    Relationships are the problem for this quincunx. These three signs are definitely people oriented. At first glance, they love each other. Both Leo and Libra present a most charming and congenial appearance. What's not to like? Leo's optimistic and fun loving, seeking to please (but at a distance please.) "Just tell me what you want. I'll wave my magic wand." Of course, Pisces, very in touch with intangibles, believes in magic wands. You don't get close to Leo with what the magic wand brings. Libra is the epitome of fairness. Fair! Pisces wouldn't think of anything but fair. Each side must give a little in any dispute. What's wrong with that? Charming? No hostess is more charming than Libra. A combination made to order for Pisces.

    With Pisces at the focal point, it must deal with the problem. Both Leo and Libra are happy with each other. Air and Fire do well. However, with Pisces at the focal point you have steam pressure. Pisces loses some of the appearance of innocence as it meets with what seems to be a lack of appreciation. Of course, the discrepancy isn't apparent until an effort to work out the details exposes the controversy. Pisces feels "ganged up on" with these two detached and seemingly insensitive and distantly selfish entities. They both avoid the closeness Pisces needs. Protocol suits them better. They ignore sniveling, whiny elements who aren't able to smile when they feel like crying. Of course, it isn't healthy for Leo/Libra to deny they feel like crying or admit they have any problem they can't handle. Pisces' sympathy is just what they need if they could only admit it. Pisces needs some of their detachment as well as their optimism. The combination is miraculous if they could only admit they don't have all the answers in their own little make-up.

    Leo/Libra provide the sextile to enhance the potential Pisces is capable of.

    At first glance they all seem like birds of a feather: sociable Libra; generous, all heart Leo; unconditional, spiritually compassionate Pisces. What more could you ask? Well, Pisces can feel very rejected and out of control with both the detachment and the lack of understanding of Leo's big ego. In this situation, Pisces has considerable difficulty demonstrating the qualities of unconditional compassion. After all, Pisces has feelings also, even if it isn't quite as vulnerable as it looks at times. Pisces really needs a little of the detachment and a willingness to accept the fact that it is not the kind of spine which lets it be known that there are some principles it will not sacrifice. Once the principles are challenged you will fell the unbending rigidity of Pisces.

    Chiron as the ruler of Libra is adding a very necessary element to all three of these signs. Individual responsibility is a very necessary qualification to any and all relationships. Society has been operating under a hierarchy with someone at the top in control and everyone being told to please and take care of someone else who you would like to take care of you without you having to even make known what it is you want! This is a pretty large order which just isn't working. We are beginning to explore taking care of ourselves individually before giving up our identity to please someone else and then regretting the commitment. We are also beginning to realize it is easier to be responsible if we feel secure enough to be generous. It is when you identify with someone that their behavior becomes personally embarrassing.

    When you have these three signs to deal with in your own chart, you find yourself exhibiting different approaches that end up embarrassing other parts of yourself that don't seem to fit with each other. In reality, all of these approaches can contribute to a more versatile, well rounded person than any one approach which could maintain by itself. Chiron is here to tell us to be ourselves first then we will be able to really find the joys of being close, helpful and understanding of someone else without feeling the necessity to take over someone else's life in order to save them. The best thing that you can do for someone else is to stand by them with the confidence that they are capable of making their own decisions and living their own life (no matter how inadequate at the moment) in order to find their own path to achievement.

    In order to get the most out of this quincunx, you must give each of these approaches a balanced part of your life while avoiding the feeling of loss when one takes over to the exclusion of others. It is difficult to blend these needs. Each must have the freedom to play its part.

    PISCES - LEO

    Leo is the ninth house from Pisces which could involve some health problems for Pisces as well as problems with work and service areas. Pisces' soft touch approach looks just fine to Leo until it becomes sticky and too confining. Leo wants some boundaries which provide protection from the same vulnerability of Pisces in order to be able to resist sob stories. Pisces can be the door to Leo's generosity. Leo would never get close enough to be vulnerable without the encouragement of Pisces. Once the door is open, neither have the wherewithal to close it, putting a stop to the drain of sympathy. Pisces on its own could not think of anything but maudlin sympathy. Leo has to do something about it. Leo cannot stand the emotional pain. Together, they will hang on as they go right down the drain, blaming the other for not being able to stop the hemorrhage. The stress can lead to health problems especially involving the heart.

    Leo loves people as an audience and can be on stage all the time, performing whatever role seems appropriate. Pisces is more private, wanting more togetherness. Pisces expects to suffer and can stand the strain of seeing others in turmoil without trying to solve problems. Leo just wants out at any price. Leo would rather not know about the problem especially if it cannot be solved with one fell swoop of the magic wand which seldom works but may open a way to escape. Leo wants to rule by decree, while Pisces wants to just share the burden.

    If your are dealing with this quincunx in one chart, without help from Libra, it will be more difficult to deal with the health aspects. Pisces is able to live with chronic health problems for a very long life time, just living with whatever limitations are involved. Leo denies and wills the problem to disappear. Together, they are likely to compound the problem, resulting in a shortened life span and unrelenting illness. Although it is difficult to resolve, it is more than possible, once you understand what you are dealing with, to incorporate the powerful positive affirmations of Leo with the more relaxed and patient qualities of Pisces in order to preform miracles.

    PISCES - LIBRA

    Relationships are the particular focus for this combination, with Pisces at the focal point. Intimacy meets with the need for detachment and breathing room. The need for air in a water environment is painful. Much higher heat can be endured if the atmosphere is dry. Too much humility makes even lower temperatures unbearable. Too much moisture and you can't get your breath at any temperature. Both Pisces and Libra need relationships. Although Pisces is mutable, it is clinging and needs considerable attention and sympathy to give as will as receive. Libra badly needs a partner to accept the consequences when decisions turn out to be less than perfect. Libra wants a partner to balance the other side of the teeter totter. If there is going to be a teeter totter, Pisces wants to be in the middle. Neither of these signs is comfortable with the decision making process. Both need companionship under their own terms. With Pisces at the focal point, Libra may be driven right out of it's mind, unable to make a decision and yet nagged with no let up to face the music and dance. Pisces does not mean to be brutal. It just doesn't drive any of them into the ground, it just continues to come up with never ending options expecting Libra to choose one.

    If your are dealing with this in one chart, the ability to make a decision is compounded. The results can be devastating. Failure to make decisions means you are at the mercy of those who do. When others are making decisions for you and you are left with the consequences you will never be happy with the results and you can make yourself sick trying to blame someone else. Not making a decision is also an option you have. This is not the only problem you have. You will also vacillate between wanting to be close and feeling trapped. When you have let someone else choose for you and then are unhappy with the choice, relationships suffer unmercifully. You will not find the partner you so much wish for until you are able to find your own balance. No one will be close enough for you to safely turn your life over to. Trying to guide someone else's life is equally hazardous. There is no way to avoid taking responsibility for yourself. You may be shockingly surprised at how how well this works once you have enough balance to try it.

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