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All my life I've been a loner. Acquaintances are few, friends are
scarce and after a couple of hours with them... I'm ready to go home. I
like it that way. Is it because of my Scorpio moon? 3/19/57.
Your Scorpio Moon would certainly explain your desire for the solitary life. Scorpio is one of the few zodiac signs that really enjoys being by itself—especially if it is surrounded by its favorite things like books or collectibles or whatever passes for a personal treasure. There is never enough time in the day to contemplate a deep thought, to envision a great masterpiece, or to research a favorite topic. If people with Scorpio Moons could go off and become hermits, they would do it in a New York minute.
Retreating into yourself is also supported by the heavy presence of water in your horoscope. The water signs all prize the interior and private experience over the exterior and oftentimes hectic-paced one. You have your Mercury, planet of the mind, in Pisces along with Venus—the planet of what I like. You enjoy images, reveries, memories, and dreams. You also have one of your Ruling Planets, Neptune, in Scorpio along with the north node next to the Moon. The north node acts like a waxing energy in Astrology—it augments and empowers the planet that it is closest to. In your case this creates an even stronger Scorpio Moon energy, so that the desire to be at home (you have your Moon in the fourth house of your horoscope and the fourth house is the house of home) becomes even more pronounced. Your home really is your castle.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you find—like the hermits did of old—that people just can’t leave you alone. They may come seeking your advice and your counsel. They may do this in person or they may do it over the Internet. It’s something that seems to follow solitary types despite their best efforts to escape. If this is the case (like I suspect it will be this summer) then I would advise that you be a good sport about it. You exude a kind of wisdom that people trust and want to be around. Share your knowledge and insights and you could wind up wanting to spend a couple of more hours than usual with this new group of acquaintances. One or two may even graduate to your inner circle of friends.
I just read that I was born with both of my Ruling Planets retrograde. In my case it's Uranus and Saturn. It all makes sense, but now I feel doomed. Am I? DOB February 13, 1975.
Don’t worry, you’re not doomed.
Now it’s true that things don’t come easily for people born under a retrograde Ruling Planet. It will take you longer than most to reap the rewards that you deserve and you will definitely have to cope with unexpected wrinkles. But dealing with these kinds of setbacks actually does more for you in the long run than what you might think. For instance you don’t take anything at face value—which is a plus in a world where we all have to deal with phishing, identity theft, and fly-by-night get rich quick schemes. You won’t throw your hands up at the first signs of trouble because you’re a seasoned veteran when it comes to managing all of the monkey wrenches that get thrown into your best laid plans. And finally the last minute reversals that a Retrograde Ruling Planet brings teaches you to think on your feet and to rework plans on the spot. These are all qualities that you probably wouldn’t have developed if things had come easily.
I have found that to be born under a retrograde Ruling Planet confers a special type of genius. I have seen retrograde Ruling Planet clients of mine become more resourceful, inventive, and resilient. Now who’s to say whether this would have happened had the planets been situated differently? It’s a moot point because that’s just the way that things turned out and nobody really knows how life would have been otherwise. We have no choice but to work with the horoscope we walk in with. It’s no different than working with the body we’re born into. However I have known a number of people who were born extremely talented and I have known a number of people who have gotten every break that one could hope to get. Have these good turns guaranteed success? Sometimes yes; sometimes no. I have seen talented people fail to live up to their potential and I have seen lucky breaks lead to others’ stagnation and even ruin. Fortune is capricious. One person’s blessing is another person’s curse and vice-versa.
In the end your Fortune—like your horoscope—is what you make of it. And if you can develop an appreciation for what your retrograde Ruling Planets bring to the table, then you will find that you’ve been given some very special gifts. The first is a “if at first you don’t succeed, then try, try, try again” perseverance -- that’s the Saturn retrograde-- and the second is a “make-it-up-as-you-go-along” spontaneity that only a retrograde Uranus can bestow. These two planets may disappoint when it comes to immediate gratification, but what they deliver in the long run is self-sufficiency, wisdom that comes from hindsight, and a creativity that will never grow stale or complacent. And these aren't such bad things to have if you think about it
My Libra boyfriend has been studying for
massage therapy licensing. He previously took the test twice to
obtain the certificate, once in 2006/2007 and again in 2007/2008 and did
not pass. He has been studying for about a year now and still isn't
confident that he will pass the test. Will he ever pass? Will he
find good massage therapist employment so he can quit his day job that
barely pays enough for him to survive?
Saturn, the planet of trials and tribulations, is currently winding up its 2-year stay in Libra so I’m not surprised to hear that your boyfriend is looking to take a test that will have an enormous impact on his future. Saturn doesn’t make things easy. It preys upon our insecurities and fears and can really do a number on one’s self-confidence. However Saturn is a teacher, not a tyrant; a builder, and not a destroyer. It’s clear from your question that a lot of anxiety has risen up around this massage certificate and that the only way that your boyfriend is going to get it is by working through the knots of his fears.
Now just because your boyfriend isn’t good at taking tests doesn’t mean that he’s not a good massage therapist. In fact he’s probably quite gifted given the fact that his Mars in Leo is forming a powerful sextile to Pluto in Libra. But this test thing is probably driving him crazy and will through July 2012. I don’t know when these sorts of tests are given, but I would advise that he not take it before August 2012. If anything, I would advise him to take the test between mid August and mid October 2012. This is when the planetary energies will be squarely in his corner. His transition to working full time as a massage therapist may not happen until 2013, but I certainly do see him becoming a success in his own right. These sorts of successes are hard-won under Saturn’s influence, but once secured the rewards will stand the test of time.