Uranus in Taurus – The End of the World–As We Know It.

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I try not to give into fear by remaining rational and level-headed, but this upcoming ingress of Uranus into Taurus has me very concerned. This is because Taurus represents peace, normalcy, finances, food, nature, values and standards. Uranus is about upheaval, rebellion, chaos, sudden upsets, destruction, tyranny, sudden change, and perversion. Uranus also deals with groups of people, social causes, and activism. Uranus is considered to be in the “Fall” when in Taurus. A sign that places a planet in the “Fall”, is not a healthy placement for it. Uranus will first ingress into Taurus on May 16, 2018. The 16th is a day of catastrophe so I’m curious to see how Uranus will get things started.

I pulled a Tarot Card to represent the theme of Uranus in Taurus and it was the 5 of Swords. The 5 of Swords is one of the most troublesome cards of the Tarot Deck. It is ascribed to Venus in Aquarius and it denotes conflict, treachery, betrayal, rebellion, uprising, theft, hate, vindictiveness and artifice. What’s interesting and downright spooky is that Venus rules Taurus and Uranus rules Aquarius so the 5 of Swords is on point. It is not a card that is conducive to harmonious relationships and for the well-being of humanity. The 5 of Swords only confirms my suspicions about Uranus’ entry into the sign of the Bull. This card also proves that I am not just being paranoid nor am I giving in to irrational fear. 

So let me just cut to the chase with some bullet points regarding the possible ways in which Uranus in Taurus will manifest:

  • Rebellion against convention and all that is natural. The abnormal becomes normalized. Chaos replaces order. Upheavals. 
  • A major change/shift in global economic conditions—for the worse. Economic insecurity.
  • Tyranny—especially economic and ecological. A cashless system could be implemented. Money becomes totally electronic. 
  • Microchip implants will become more of the norm.
  • GMO foods will become even more the norm.
  • Perversion will reach an all-time high due to the erosion of values and standards.
  • The lines between Right and Wrong will be blurred.
  • Public nudity and other forms of indecency/deviant behavior will become more socially acceptable.
  • The battle between the sexes will reach an all-time high.
  • Racial tension will reach a crescendo; A race or civil war is possible.
  • Riots and social uprisings.
  • Being under total surveillance.
  • Air travel could be heavily restricted in some areas due to civil unrest or war.
  • People will develop more of a mob mentality.
  • The perversion or devaluation of the Arts. Ugliness will be considered to be Beauty.
  • An increase in natural disasters, crazy weather, mega storms, droughts. 
  • The weather will become totally manufactured (Geoengineering programs have been in place for many years now, but NASA claims that it will own the weather by 2025 http://csat.au.af.mil/2025/volume3/vol3ch15.pdf)

I don’t mean to be all about gloom and doom, but I am also a realist and I can’t ignore this destructive energy that is imminent. We will need more faith and inner peace than ever to get through these sour times that are on the horizon.

On the bright side, enlightenment will increase and people will gain more access to creative powers that are not of this Earth. Uranus in Taurus will usher in some state-of-the-art designs that have yet to enter our realm of human experience. There will also be an increase in entrepreneurs as Uranus enters Taurus since Uranus = Independence. This is also a very good time for Astrologers (also meta-physicians in general) since Uranus is the planet that rules Astrology and with Taurus representing money, but also realism, Astrology will be given more legitimacy. Taurus also represents advisors and with Uranus in Taurus, many people will be seeking answers that cannot be satisfied through conventional means. More people will consider becoming an Astrologer as a viable career option.  

~ Rahbinah Rastaban, Astrologer/Spiritual Advisor

If you would like a Reading, please visit my website:

http://www.rahbinah.com

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Afrika Bambaataa’s Natal Chart – Does He Have What It Takes?

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Afrika Bambaataa, one of the pioneers of hip hop is currently facing allegations of child molestation that allegedly occurred during his hey day back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Ronald Savage among others, has alleged that Bambaataa sexually molested him when he was a young teen. As a result of this scandal that has plagued the hip hop community, but even more so Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation, I am going to analyze his natal chart to see if there are any indications or tendencies that would corroborate the accounts of his alleged victims.

Note: I do not know his time of birth and it has not been verified despite the claims by some that he is a Sagittarius rising. As a result, I will only discuss his planetary aspects and forgo discussing the house positions or Ascendant.

Afrika Bambaataa was born on April 17, 1957 which would make him an Aries with a strong organizational mindset since the number 17 breaks down to 8 and the number 8 deals with business and materialism in general. 8 is the number of Saturn and with it comes heavy karma. It’s interesting to note that Afrika Bambaataa is experiencing his 2nd Saturn Return. Saturn Returns occur approximately every 29 years and they usually herald very challenging circumstances. Saturn Returns in a spiritual sense can result in having to pay down some karmic debt. This is exactly what is happening with Bambaataa right now during his Saturn Return. When people are ill-prepared for their Saturn Return period, it is often a very humbling experience. Saturn also deals with reputation and when Saturn returns to its natal position, one’s reputation may be in jeopardy. Recently, Bambaataa issued this official statement in response to the allegations made against him:

I, Afrika Bambaataa, want to take this opportunity at the advice of my legal counsel to personally deny any and all allegations of any type of sexual molestation of anyone,” Bambaataa says in a statement to Rolling Stone. “These allegations are baseless and are a cowardly attempt to tarnish my reputation and legacy in hip-hop at this time. This negligent attack on my character will not stop me from continuing my battle and standing up against the violence in our communities, the violence in the nation and the violence worldwide.

The number 17 is softer than the single number 8, but the energy of Saturn is still present. With 17, one may be very artistic, fond of music, dance, filmmaking, pageantry, etc and create a livelihood out of it. However 17, mainly because of the number 7 can also deal with having a secret life or deceptive tendencies. It is easy to put up a charade. Usually, 17 is never totally upfront about his true intentions. There may be a hidden agenda or ulterior motives at work.

Now, looking into Afrika Bambaataa’s chart there are some indicators that point to the tendency for sexual predation. Some of the main indicators are challenging aspects between his Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn, and Neptune. With the Sun being joined to Venus in Aries, Bambaataa has a natural affinity for music and entertainment, but also males since Aries is the most virile and masculine of the signs. Aries also deals with youth, thus he has a natural affinity or even attraction for young men. There have been rumors circulating within the hip hop community for years regarding Bambaataa’s homosexuality.  Sun in conjunction to Venus also deals with his flamboyant identity (think about his Soul Sonic Force days where he wore elaborate costumes and tights) and his penchant for unity. The whole “Peace, Unity, Love, and Having Fun” song was a testament to this. However, Venus in Aries is more about self-love than true love for others. With this Venus-Sun combo, Bambaataa was able to gain a lot of praise, adoration, and devotees throughout his rise to fame.

Now, this Venus/Sun conjunction is in pretty bad shape. This coupling is plagued by a hard aspect from the planet Neptune. Neptune is in opposition to his Sun and Venus which points to a very secretive or even deceptive nature. It is akin to living a lie. There’s much about Bambaataa’s life that he tries to keep hidden; Neptune being the planet of lies, deception and that which is kept under wraps. Neptune is in Scorpio, the sign of taboo activity and sexual bonds. Basically, this aspect enabled Afrika Bambaataa to lure boys into his circle by his message of Love, Peace, Unity, etc. With Neptune, he basically provided asylum for these youths, but at the same time it was a trap and they became easy prey.

The Sun and Venus are also in challenging aspect to his Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius. There’s a sesquisquare between these two cosmic couples and this can point to Bambaataa’s godfather or mentor/role model position and his ability to funnel boys into his organization for his own personal benefit. Saturn in conjunction to the Moon can make one very opportunistic as a result of a fear-based mindset. On a benign level Saturn joined with the Moon can point to one who lacked a childhood, proper nurturing, and possibly a mother’s love during the formative years. It can also point to strife within the home and having to take on the role of a parent as a child. As a result of Bambaataa’s difficult upbringing, he tries to create his own ideal family circle and legacy, hence the Zulu Nation, but with the challenge from the Sun and Venus in Aries, this family/legacy is dysfunctional and it echoes the kind of family dynamic that could be prone to incest. Often with Sun conjunct Venus, the native does not see others as distinct individuals–they are mere extensions of himself. When a person lacks the ability to respect others as individuals, it is very easy to impede upon their rights.

Afrika Bambaataa’s Sun and Venus are in square to Uranus and this can point to an alternative lifestyle, being eccentric or being ultra-progressive. On the negative end it can result in tendencies toward perversion and deviant behavior. This aspect points to his activist bent and the forming of the Zulu Nation, but since it’s a square, his intentions are not totally pure.

Bambaataa’s Moon/Saturn combo is in challenging aspect to Neptune. As I stated previously, Neptune is about lies and deception, but it is also about victimization. Bambaataa’s opportunistic personality and his status as a father-figure/mentor could result in the victimization of others through sex (Neptune in Scorpio). His Moon and Saturn are in Sagittarius and Sag deals with his international acclaim, his philosophy, belief system and god-like status. Saturn with the Moon can also cause him to lack the ability to relate to others on a personal level. He may actually believe he is a god in the flesh and this would give him justification to commit the grievous acts against those who put their trust and faith in him if these allegations are true. He is viewed as some sort of savior, but with this aspect he’s more of a cult leader.

The Zulu Nation founder has a hard aspect between Moon/Saturn and Mars. It’s an opposition in fact so this deals with an external struggle that is inherent within his life. This external struggle can point to him taking advantage of his mentorship/godfather position in the form of preying upon young men. Mars is in Gemini and Gemini deals with youth. Mars deals with males. Gemini can deal with being two-faced or having a second agenda. Due to issues regarding his father (as evident with challenging aspects to the Sun and Saturn, plus Saturn retrograde), Bambaataa has a need to feed on male energy to overcompensate for his lack of a male role model. Perhaps, Bambaataa’s own father had homosexual tendencies and struggled with his manhood. With Mars opposition Saturn alone, most likely his father was not around or was incapable of teaching him how to be a man. This combination between the Moon, Saturn and Mars can also cause him to not be able to respond to women sexually. This aspect can possibly point to Bambaataa being sexually abused or molested by a woman or mother figure in his early life. This could have turned him off from women and caused him to become very untrusting of them. Afrika definitely has serious issues with women and as a result he seeks love from men.

A few more indicators are present in Bambaataa’s chart–namely a semisquare between Mars and Uranus. This challenging aspect can deal with deviant sexual tendencies and perverse desires. It also deals with craving absolute power over those who join his organization. Now, the semisquare is very patient in meting out karma so it could take many years before one’s transgressions are exposed when done under this aspect.

He has a square between Mercury in Taurus and Chiron in Aquarius. This is a tight square that can deal with having a reprobate mind. A person with this aspect doesn’t feel that the rules should apply to them. They want to be the exception to the rule. With Chiron being in Aquarius, it gives him cult-leader tendencies as well as the tendency for perverse thoughts when in challenging aspect to Mercury. Mercury in Taurus makes him very much interested in music, but also beauty and sensuality. Taurus is also about values. When in square to Chiron, he may not be upholding the same values that he espouses.

Bambaataa has Mars square Jupiter which could make him very hypocritical, shady, and calculating. This aspect also causes one to be prone to excess, to not look before they leap, and to be sort of like a pied-piper–preying upon youth. Mars square Jupiter can also deal with rumors and gossip being spread about him, legal charges brought up against him, bribery, and even blackmail.

In terms of key asteroids, he has a contra-parallel between Hebe and Venus. This can point to an inappropriate relationship with young males since Hebe deals with youth. Negative aspects between Hebe and Venus or Mars for that matter, can indicate the propensity for pedophilia and child molestation.

Finally, I looked into Afrika Bambaataa’s spiritual evolution profile which can be gleaned from the examination of the Moon’s Nodes. Bambaataa’s South Node is in Taurus which puts his North Node in Scorpio. As a result, Bambaataa is an extremely sensual person who is prone to hyper-indulgence since the Nodes are at 21 degrees. In past lives, Bambaataa may have been indulgent, but he toed the line, he lived according to the values of society and he upheld the status quo. In this current incarnation, Afrika Bambaataa is called to live a more dynamic, transformative, and deeply meaningful existence through the North Node in Scorpio. He is to collaborate with others, create synergy and live life more on the edge. In the course of trying to evolve spiritually, Bambaataa has gone to the extreme left. He does embody a lot of the positive traits of the Scorpio Node, however, he has also adopted some of the most negative traits of Scorpio which is engaging in taboo/criminal behavior, being manipulative, cunning, obsessive/compulsive, and hyper-sexual. His Mars in Gemini forms a challenging aspect (quincunx) to his North Node–his sexual drives prevent him from evolving in the appropriate manner.

In conclusion, Afrika Bambaataa certainly has what it takes with respect to the allegations of child molestation. The thing is, Bambaataa has been given some protection via the planet Pluto (Venus/Sun trine Pluto, Neptune sextile Pluto) and this has enabled him to operate under the radar for many years. However, with this Saturn Return that he is experiencing, the indomitable power of Pluto can’t even shield him from the shit storm that has darkened his doorstep. After analyzing his natal, I believe these allegations are true.

Saturn in Sagittarius has a way of dethroning kings because it cares not about false pretenses; Saturn in Sagittarius is about truth reigning supreme–especially with respect to organizations and systems. Afrika Bambaataa’s god-like status is no more. That’s the power of Saturn in Sag. Transiting Saturn will land on his natal Saturn again on May 24th so he’s still in the thick of it. More details or allegations may come out around that time.

~ Rahbinah

Source:

http://www.vibe.com/2016/04/afrika-bambaataa-responds-to-sexual-assault-allegations/

 

 

 

Venus in Scorpio: Creamy Espresso

 

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Venus has been immersed in Scorpio for some time now so it’s important that I get this post in before the Scorpion releases her from its nasty little claws. Venus is a little uncomfortable in this intense watery sign because of its raw, power-seeking, and all-consuming nature.  Venus in Scorpio is like adding Madagascar vanilla-infused cream to deep, dark, bold espresso. She’s bound to get totally consumed by what is most appealing and that which supplies the most power whether it is love, vocation or recreation.

It’s either all or nothing in relationships. You either love hard or you don’t love at all should be Venus in Scorpio’s motto. Rarely does one find Venus in Scorpio without some form of partner. She really does not like going it alone, albeit she is more than capable of doing so. People are inexplicably drawn to Venus in Scorpio so she has many opportunities to mate. Sexually, she can be well-versed in a multitude of erotic techniques. However, her responses may be tightly under her control. This is where Venus can either become the dominatrix or willing submissive when taken to extremes. 

Venus in Scorpio possesses a natural talent for getting others to invest in her success and well-being. Venus in Scorpio is the wife who becomes wealthy through marriage and/or divorce. She’s a good money manager and others entrust her with their nest eggs. 

In terms of fashion, Venus in Scorpio needs to make bold statements through her apparel. Dark colors are preferred to pastels. Black, rich reds, wines and sultry browns dominate her wardrobe. Hairstyles change with the seasons and her emotional landscapes. Venus in Scorpio is certainly not afraid to cut her substantial locks. When she goes through a break up, economic downturn, or some other critical event, her hairstyle will change accordingly. There’s always an edgy element to her style. Venus in Scorpio also has a tendency to adorn herself with tattoos and piercings as a way to express her intense persona. 

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Scorpio: Infidel or Devotee

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Before we reach the end of Scorpio season, I thought it would be fitting to write a blog post on the topic of infidelity; Scorpio being the chief sign of the cheater. Of course, this does not mean that each and every person born under this sign will cheat. Other zodiac signs like Gemini, Sagittarius and Aquarius for that matter are also prone to infidelity and no sign is really exempt. The propensity for infidelity depends on various factors of the natal (birth) chart, but this post is about Scorpio, the ruler of forbidden love/lust.

With that being said, most people with strong Scorpion energy will find themselves in situations where infidelity is either an opportunity or threat at some point in their lives. Why Scorpio? Well, for one, Scorpio is a sexual sign (the orgiastic and reproductive side of sex) and in terms of anatomy, Scorpio rules the genitals and anus. Scorpio is a water sign, thus it is more emotional than rational. Rarely is the decision to put one’s marriage at risk through infidelity a rational one. Water naturally lacks boundaries and it likes to merge. This water sign has a strong need to form bonds with others. Scorpio is also a very social sign for it represents the exchange of power that takes place when interacting with others. Scorpio craves this power dynamic and it is one of the signs that will truly suffer from loneliness and isolation. The source of power could be financial, sexual, emotional, or therapeutic. Scorpio’s sociable nature provides many opportunities for infidelity. Since Scorpio also deals with joint finances within a marriage, infidelity often comes to light with the balancing of accounts. Scorpio also deals with that which is hidden, underground, and taboo. Part of Scorpio’s aim is to the dip into the forbidden waters of the psyche in order to explore the soul in totality and this is why this sign is often tempted to do wrong. 

I’ve noticed in the course of my astrological practice that women with Moon in Scorpio are prone to attract married men. This is also true for women with Venus or Mars in Scorpio, albeit to a lesser degree. Even with just the Sun residing in Scorpio there is often a nagging temptation to engage in infidelity at some point in the marriage. If this urge is suppressed, there’s a good chance that it will be projected onto the partner. The partner ends up cheating which then gives the Scorpio license to even the score. 

Scorpio is a heavy sign and like Sagittarius, the word “many” should come to mind. You can view Pluto, modern ruler of Scorpio in the same light. When I see a strong Scorpion and/or Plutonian influence in a person’s chart, I know that there’s a good chance that issues with infidelity will be present. There will be many opportunities to get intimate with others. I stress the word opportunities since the person may never act on them. As stated previously, various factors of the natal chart need to be taken into account in order to determine the likelihood of an adulterous union. 

Another reason why Scorpio is the ruler of infidelity is its themes of death and transformation. For instance, infidelity is one of the best ways to kill an unhealthy relationship. It can be the final nail in the coffin. Infidelity can be the necessary catalyst for one to break free and become reborn. Infidelity brings the pain of a scorpion’s sting and enough pain will cause anyone to try to eliminate the source. Extricating oneself from an abusive relationship may become easier once the partner’s hidden life and transgressions are brought to the surface. Through our dealings with Scorpio we are transformed and sometimes even reborn. Through Scorpio we are stripped bare and are shown what lies at the core of our being. This is the essence  of this deep water sign and it’s also why being on the receiving end of infidelity feels so soul crushing.

Scorpio brings your deeply ingrained psychological muck to the surface in order to provoke necessary psychoanalysis and transformation of the emotional body. The problem is, most people do not know how to properly and expeditiously dispose of the psycho slop when it surfaces. The dark side of Scorpio manifests as a result: revenge, envy, jealousy, brooding, power plays, manipulation, abuse, snooping, stalking, obsession, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, cheating, custody wars, financial disputes, and at worst, criminal activities. To get a Cliff Notes version of the dark side of Scorpio just watch the crime documentary series”Snapped”. 

The only way to channel this dark energy when the bug of infidelity invades your sacred space is placing total devotion to a higher cause–something Scorpio does rather well. Some do it through spirituality or religion; others through career, charitable causes, social activities, etc. This is when one is operating through the Eagle facet of Scorpio. Ideally, a Scorpion’s life should have deeper meaning beyond the benefits derived from personal relationships. Scorpio needs to be 5-dimensional to be able to soar above the temptation of lust. When Scorpio lacks a connection to the Higher Self, the temptation to engage in the taboo including infidelity will be very strong and at times irresistible. This is why when Scorpio finds religion or spirituality, he becomes a hardcore devotee. It helps to keep the demons at bay. And yes, Scorpio rules the demonic realm–that 4th dimension/astral plane that is right outside of our waking consciousness. But that’s for another blog. The saying “the devil made me do it” must have been invented by a Scorpio.

The root word of Infidelity is INFIDEL. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary an infidel is

: a person who does not believe in a religion that someone regards as the true religion.

Here’s the definition of infidelity:

:  lack of belief in a religion

a :  unfaithfulness to a moral obligation :  disloyalty

 

b :  the act or fact of having a romantic or sexual relationship with someone other than one’s husband, wife, or partner.

It’s interesting how this word has been used to describe when a partner is unfaithful. Marriage is in fact a religious institution where values such as faith, devotion, and honor are upheld; sacred vows are taken. Perhaps this is why so many people find infidelity to be unforgivable–it’s basically a form of blasphemy where a union once considered sacred gets turned on its head. The sacred bond is mocked, desecrated and devalued. 

One of Scorpio’s best attributes is provocation. Scorpio provokes action in others. Scorpio provokes others to change and emerge from stagnant and stale conditions. Victims of infidelity are often provoked to engage in psychoanalysis whether via therapy or D.I.Y. techniques. For some, infidelity is a necessary evil for the evolution of the soul. Through infidelity, Scorpio provokes healing at the soul level. Good medicine is often bitter going down and Scorpion venom is no exception. 

~ Rahbinah

source:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infidelity

 

31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 31: Sleepaway Camp

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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Why I love it:

  • It’s a b-movie horror flick about a misfit girl named Angela who is sent to Camp Arawak for the summer. Murders begin occurring at the camp. Most are written off as accidents. 
  • This movie is really twisted and it touches on some sexual taboos–at least for that time period. It’s underlying subject matter is controversial and shocking. 
  • Speaking of twisted, there’s a crazy twist at the ending. I won’t spoil it for those who want to watch it, but for a teenage girl seeing this for the first time I was totally flabbergasted. Seeing it later as an adult, well, let’s just say, it’s disturbing. 
  • My sister, who’s a Scorpio put me on to this film when I was a teen. It blew me away. Scorpio has a knack for doing that. 
  • The scene where the cook gets done in by the boiling water. The kids didn’t get corn that night.
  • The beehive scene.
  • The scene on the beach where Angela has a flashback about seeing her so-called straight father in bed with another man. 
  • The curling iron scene. 
  • This movie is more psychological horror than anything else; the murder scenes being too over the top to be taken seriously. It is the plot twist that leaves the lasting impression upon you. 
  • The archery scene.
  • The final scene is one of the most creepiest and twisted of any horror films that I have seen. As stated above, it will leave a lasting impression upon you. 

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source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepaway_Camp

Uranian Moxie

It’s funny how a few transits can usher in radical change—especially when Uranus is in the mix. Saturn and Venus have conjoined with my natal Uranus in just 7 days. As a result, I have undergone some significant change especially in the area of personal relationships. When a planet or one of the lights (Sun, Moon) interacts with Uranus, things can come to an abrupt halt followed by an exciting new beginning. Sometimes this exciting new beginning precedes the ending of the existing situation prompting a quick demise of the old. This is what is occurring in my life right now. Venus landing on Uranus in its most literal sense can deal with ending an old relationship and starting something new. Uranus is the planet of separatism, but also extreme magnetism.

Uranus in the planet of truth so it makes sense that it has little tolerance for bullshit. Uranus can smell a line of crap from a mile away—especially when in the sign of Scorpio, of which my natal Uranus is. I have just entered the sowing phase of a new relationship which is radically different than the one I just ended. This possibility of a new love has blindsided me for I like to think of myself as being highly independent and not in need of a partner (my natal Uranus is conjunct my Midheaven and square to Saturn in the 7th). In fact, I was blindsided by the relationship I just ended when it was in the sowing phase. Back then, transiting Mars had landed on my Uranus. The current situation, I did not see coming. That’s how Uranus works. It’s the planet of surprise, shock, and the unexpected. Uranus will also give a person balls of steel to do something bold; an urge that the person might try to suppress normally. Subtlety is not in Uranus’s vocabulary. Transits involving Uranus will cause the native to throw caution to the wind and attempt to break any barriers standing in the way of the will to be, do, or say whatever he or she intends without fear of derision or reprisal. It’s the “my way or the highway” planet.

So time will tell (Uranus has no use for time, that’s Saturn’s domain) if the seeds of this potential union will sprout. Most likely I’ll know for sure by la fin de semana.

In the meantime, I’ll play the role of the hermit, patiently waiting for the aftermath of my Uranian moxie. With Venus now in my 10th house, love and relationship becomes my ambition. There’s a good chance that seeds will grow into something beautiful.

On another note, Venus landing on my Uranus also brought the suprise of unexpected money. I won $100 from playing the lottery. Surprise, surprise!