Workings of Fires and Passion

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Fire is the element that represents our passion and energy. The fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) often express themselves on the energetic plane. Fire is blazing hot to the touch, and is often seen to be destructive. Fire is often an element that is seen to be strong and intimidating.

But fire requires more support than one would think. Fire first needs to be supported by some sort of fuel (example: wood) and air. This implies that a lot of the passion fire signs have need to have a motive: when they need air and something tangible (like wood) the passion has to be supported by a real-life situation (earth) and the mind (air.) If a fire lacks one or both of these items, the flame will go out.

What the fire signs rule over shows what parts of ourselves need tangible and logical support. Aries rules survival, anger, and courage. You must have a quick mind and a strong, stable cause to effectively fight for something you’re passionate about. Leo rules the ego and creative expression. You must have a constantly inspired mind and a stable medium to successfully express yourself. Sagittarius rules the art of exploring and having fun. Your mind must be open and flexible and you must have a intriguing medium to explore on.

However, when the passion is too strong, when the fire is too difficult to control, it can cause destruction if they have the proper materials. Forest fires are devastating, for they destroy whole ecosystems, only to have ashes remaining at the end of it all. However, this passion can be destroyed by water. Water is the one element that can extinguish the destructive passion of fire. Water and fire are both elements that are passionate, but with water, there is a sense of awareness about a world that isn’t always easily tangibly seen: emotions and intuition.

Water signs are able to function with using their intuition. They don’t need something tangible to validate their expression, while fire needs to survive out of something tangible to keep itself alive. This is why negative emotions can kill passion. Sometimes, people are at a depressive rut with that they’re passionate about due to their negative emotions. To get that passion back, they most definitely need to invest mentally and tangibly to get back on their feet.

However, fire isn’t forever destructive. When fire destroys, it also simultaneously creates. The forest it burns to the ground is indeed gone, but through the nutrients, through the inspiration provided to the soil, there is a chance for new, better life to grow. With passion, there is always a chance to start fresh.

The Contradiction of the Subconscious

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It’s often said that prisons and hospitals are represented by the 12th House. It can be said that prisons and hospitals are physical representations of the subconscious, since the subconscious is also represented by the 12th House. Prisoners and patients are often bound to the buildings due to powerful and binding obligations. These obligations can often feel suffocating to the point where many people try their best not to stay for too long. However, even though prisoners and patients are trapped in a single, restrictive building, they are free from the direct brutality of social norms. It’s almost as if a hospital or jail is another different world.

The 12th House can be hard to understand because it is simultaneously free, but restricting at the same time. Those with planets in the 12th often feel trapped, but at the same time, they may or may not have the knowledge that they have a very strong energy that can either make them or break them. Whether this energy helps or breaks them often depends on how the energy is managed… and managing this energy can be difficult at first.

With the subconscious, people are free, yet trapped at the same time. You are free to think whatever you want in your head without facing consequences from the world, but at the same time, that freedom is limited, for it can be hard to externally channel whatever lies in your subconscious. The limited nature of the subconscious comes from self-unawareness and the existence of the conscious.

There are at least two times when the subconscious emerges onto the surface: when the natives brings with out with self-awareness, or when the native is out of control to the point where the conscious is unstable. If the release of the subconscious is made with self-awareness, the release can be controlled and manageable. However, if the subconscious is released due to a lack of awareness or control, the subconscious can often slip through sneakily, or extremely. It’s like the prisoner sneaking out of prison, or the prisoner that decides to break through security with immense anger (that can bring a lack of control) so that it can escape by force.

The subconscious is a prison that has limits on the outside, but none on the inside. It is the prison where your inner self has the imagination and opportunity to become something truly beautiful or something truly terrible. Either way, the self that is imprisoned in the subconscious is something the world isn’t prepared for.

Air: Contained Chaos

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Air is dynamic, but controlled. We have an atmosphere that is kept on Earth due to gravity. Without gravity, without any sense of containment, the atmosphere can’t be kept, and the Earth will be very vulnerable to foreign objects in space. Our atmosphere is a blanket of protection, and the air signs in astrology can serve to dynamically protect us, but they are also kept under control. The air signs represents contained chaos.

Gemini is dynamic through speech, thought, and logical intelligence. We all have the freedom to speak and think what we want, but we have restrictions. We are restricted by the languages we speak, and the physical limits of our brains. We all have the opportunity to be logically intelligent, but through early school (ruled by the 3rd House, naturally ruled by Gemini) the logical intelligence is often unintentionally limited and categorized by school subjects.

Libra is dynamic through romance, social interactions, and justice. We all have the freedom to love and talk to whoever we want and have our own sense of justice and fairness. However, we are restricted by social cues and norms. There’s only a few charm techniques that societally pass and during interactions, we have to be careful of social cues like body language and tone of voice. Our sense of fairness and justice can often be influenced by the society we live in.

Aquarius is dynamic through innovations and higher, progressive thinking. We all have the opportunity to save the world with our out-of-the-box ideas, but those ideas are limited by a practical reality created by a practical, restrictive society. We all have the opportunity to present our innovations and technology to help the world, but ironically, the world, the biggest community in the world, can stop us from progressing.

Although the air signs in this sense are restricted to where their full potentials can’t come out, it’s essential that the air signs are contained. Although society cages the dynamic potential of the air signs, it is also the nurturer. The restrictions brought on by society motivates the air signs to keep on thinking, talking, and changing. The restrictions from society in this sense keeps the air signs alive. If there were no bounds, there would be no need for change, which is what the air signs are all about.

Water and Ice

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In astrology, emotions is represented by water and it is the medium that the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) use to express themselves.

Water is one of the few substances where its solid form (ice) is less dense than its liquid form. This is why ice floats above water. The reason why ice is less dense than water is because the bonds between the water molecules are more loose. The bonds are not as strong.

Ice is usually tied to being very cold and restrictive in an archetypal sense. In many stories and movies, characters that are associated with ice often tend to hide their emotions until they feel safe enough to warm up to someone. Ice only looks “strong” because it is a solid. Ice, compared to water, looks more “put together” because they are able to maintain a shape rather than be defined by a container like liquid water. However, since ice floats above liquid water, it stays at the surface level. Those who put up emotional walls will only establish surface level connections because they can only create weak bonds with others.

Liquid water, which represents freely expressed emotions in this case, is different. Showing your emotions nowadays is seen to be an expression of weakness due to societal norms. Unlike ice, liquid water does not have a shape unless it is placed into a container. With no shape, it’s implied that liquid water lacks control, and with no control, you have no power. However, the bonds within liquid water is stronger. The bonds make liquid water denser, which will place them in the deeper level. Those who express their emotions freely can establish deep, fulfilling relationships because they can create strong bonds with others.

Emotions are a strong force. Emotions are indeed messy, for they can flow into difficult places and make things quite confusing, but it is not a weak force. It is represented by water, a substance that can rise as tsunamis, erode the tallest of mountains to a grain of sand, and create life. Emotions can melt a cold heart, spark rebellions, and most importantly, keep a person alive. Emotions are powerful.

Theory: Cardinal Signs and Time

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I think it’s really interesting that the 1st House, which represents you, is square to the 4th and 10th House. The 4th House and the 10th House can represent the past and the future. Planets in the 1st can be square to planets in the 4th and 10th House… Planets in the 4th can be geared towards the past or your upbringing while planets in the 10th House can be geared towards your ideal future and goals.

I wonder if it implies that both the past and future can hold you back from being truly yourself. After all, the past and future you are not completely you. Perhaps planets in the 4th House can hold you back in the past while planets in the 10th House can push you to become someone you’re not entirely sure of.

Cancer and Capricorn are both sister signs in the sense that they’re both limiting and restrictive in different ways. Cancer is restrictive with the past in mind while Capricorn is restrictive with the future in mind. Cancer represents the past, for clinging onto familiarity grants emotional safety. Capricorn represents the future, for clinging onto practical ambition grants success. However, emotional safety and success are constantly changing. It’s almost as if these things are impossible to successfully grasp… unless you focus on the present. Focusing too strongly on the past or future can blind you, for you don’t see the whole picture… Even focusing too strongly on the present doesn’t provide the whole picture. Perhaps balancing between seeing the past, present, and future is the way to see everything.

However, this balance is hard to achieve, if not impossible. If Aries and Libra represented the present, then there’s already issues. Both Aries and Libra are square to Capricorn and Cancer. There is a disharmonious block between the present, future, and past. We can probably never see the complete picture, but healthily focusing on each one can help us see a clearer perspective of things.

The past, present, and future are destinations that can help us progress to be better. However, they are never destinations we should never invest into too long because the past, present, and future are too dynamic for establishment. After all, staying too long can again, blind us from seeing what’s really in front of us. The past, present, and future are places to create, reflect, and predict. All of these words are connected to initiation, which is what the cardinal signs, the signs that rule over states of time, represent.

Stability

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Infinite stability is impossible. The Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) represents stability and life. Stability is simultaneously strong, yet fragile… just like life itself. It looks so strong due to its seemingly unbreakable structure, yet at the same time, one little change can break it all apart.

A negative outcome of Earth energy is investing and working with the mindset that stability is infinite. The mindset is restrictive and narrow. Life in itself is full of mystery, and a lot of it can’t be categorized and organized into convenient little packages for our want of safety. Change is inevitable.

Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) can easily burn the foundations of Earth down to the ground. Forest fires are devastating, for it is destruction of an entire ecosystem, an organized, but delicate system of life. It takes a lot of work through succession for ecosystems to be established. However, fire can break down leaves and other items in the forest, replenishing the soil with nutrients they couldn’t get before. With destruction comes an opportunity to restart with something better… With breaking down stability, there is a chance on doing things better than before. The fire signs can show that volatility and passion, if applied well, can change stability for the better.

Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) has the power to erode the Earth over time, and to shape it. Water has the power to create canyons, destroy mountains and make other unique landscapes. With unique new structures brings life and new opportunities. Water itself brings life and depth to the stability Earth wants to have… It enhances the stability of the Earth by making it beautiful and fascinating. However, to get to that point, the Earth has to go through the fluctuating, free flow of emotions and intuition, and realize that beauty can often come from places that are not always seen physically. The water signs show that changes through emotions and intuition can enhance the state of stability for the better.

Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) provides protection for the Earth. The atmosphere is a blanket of protection. In order to protect yourself, you must educate yourself, learn the nuances of the world around you, and think constantly on how to make the world better. You must be constantly creating and destroying your mental preconceptions over and over again. Without an atmosphere, without air, the Earth is prone to be attacked by various comets and asteroids due to no protection… Without an atmosphere, life may cease to exist. The air signs show that changes through your mind and logic can help maintain and protect stability for the better.

Earth signs need to learn that stability can be ironically gained through change. Adaptability is a large part of what needs to be done to maintain stability. By feeling the disappearance and recovery of stability due to change, it will not only make the Earth signs stronger, but also appreciate stability on a deeper, fulfilling level.

“You want an award for that?”

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Where Leo falls in your houses can show where you want validation from yourself and others. This can manifest in expressing yourself in a certain way, and then expecting others to praise you in return. Where your Sun is on your natal chart will show why you want that validation. Of course, aspects to the Sun would diversify the expression.

There’s nothing wrong with being validated or getting validation. Just remember that validation is given from the heart (the body part that Leo rules ironically,) not from obligation!

Leo Ruling the Houses

Leo ruling the 1st House: You want people to validate you when you act like yourself, whether it’s good or not.

Leo ruling the 2nd House: You want people to validate you when you treat yourself, whether it’s needed or not.

Leo ruling the 3rd House: You want people to validate you when you talk and share your thoughts, whether it’s needed or not.

Leo ruling the 4th House: You want your family members to validate you, whether you were helpful or not.

Leo ruling the 5th House: You want people to validate you for your hobbies, whether you’re good at them or not.

Leo ruling the 6th House: You want people to validate you for your everyday activities, whether it should be a given or not.

Leo ruling the 7th House: You want people to validate you when you talk to them one-on-one, whether they want to or not.

Leo ruling the 8th House: You want people to validate you when you reveal your secrets, whether they wanted to hear it or not.

Leo ruling the 9th House: You want people to validate you when you express your beliefs, whether they agree with you or not.

Leo ruling the 10th House: You want people to validate you in public, whether they want to or not.

Leo ruling the 11th House: You want people to validate you for being a good friend, whether you were a good friend or not.

Leo ruling the 12th House: You want people to validate you on things you are not aware of and/or hide, whether they know it or not.

Sun in the Houses

Sun in the 1st House: You want people to validate you because you believe that the validation will make you more aware of yourself.

Sun in the 2nd House: You want people to validate you because you believe that the validation will bring you confidence and security.

Sun in the 3rd House: You want people to validate you because the validation will make you smarter and more intelligent.

Sun in the 4th House: You want people to validate you so that your family will appreciate you and/or so that you get closure from the past.

Sun in the 5th House: You want people to validate you because you need that validation to help you drive your creativity, hobbies, and romantic relationships.

Sun in the 6th House: You want people to validate you so that you can use the validation to help you with your daily routine and everyday activities.

Sun in the 7th House: You want people to validate you so that it can help you accommodate to others and enhance your interactions with people.

Sun in the 8th House: You want people to validate you so that it may provide a chance for you to express something you’ve hidden so that you can be intimate with others.

Sun in the 9th House: You want people to validate you so that it can help you orient your beliefs and open your mind to the world.

Sun in the 10th House: You want people to validate you so that it can help you improve your public image and reputation.

Sun in the 11th House: You want people to validate you so that you can maintain a good status in your friend circle and community.

Sun in the 12th House: You want people to validate you because you believe it will help you find who you truly are.