In honor of Mars (my Sun’s ruler) moving into Virgo (my rising sign), even though it’s still in my 12th house, I felt the need to start this challenge with emphasis on the movin’ part. Now you’d think being an Aries Sun with Mars in Aries conjunct and a Virgo rising, that I’d love exercising and going to the gym.
Nope…not at all. At least not the regular type of exercise. Exercising my jaws to chew food like cookies, potato chips-all the bad stuff, that kind of movement I love! However that kind of movement leads to the movement of my waistline outwards to the point where my jeans start to feel like I’m in one of those magician’s boxes that cuts you in half. Add some ink and you’ve got a waist bead without the beads. Y’all know what I’m talking about. Jeans don’t lie. lol
Plus I hate to go shopping. The only place I want to shop is in my closet-to get back into my clothes where they are comfortable. And to a Virgo rising, comfort and health is crucial. Not to mention its a lot cheaper to wear what I already have and add a few other pieces to freshen up the look than it is to buy bigger clothes.
I also need to get myself moving again because things like heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer are part of my familial past. No surprise as I have Sagittarius on the IC and a Moon-Neptune-Venus t-square with Venus in the 6th. And I’m no spring chicken but I’d like to keep some of that spring in my step as I season. Plus I think part of my mission is to for the buck of the way my folks have lived in the past stop with me and move on in a totally different direction. (Pluto-Uranus conjunct in the 1st conjunct my Ascendant)
What I do love is walking, music and dancing. At the same time I love sports but that sometimes requires at least one other participant. I was looking for a way to move my body in a gentle way, non stop that does not require anyone else, I don’t have to leave home , does not need any special equipment and was not boring. In 2009-2010, my husband and I were going to the park to walk on the mile track that was around a pond. It was close to home but a bit to far away to walk to get to it. We stopped going after someones car was broken into and the city rounded up the geese that were living at the park and killed them. Even if that had not happened, I would not have been comfortable going alone. But I missed how good walking made me feel and not to mention, getting back into jeans I had not been able to comfortably wear for several years.
Soooo…what I’m challenging you to do is join me and make yourself a playlist of your favorite upbeat music and put it on your phone, mp3 player, boom box or whatever you have and “dance walk” for at least 15 minutes non-stop 3-7 days a week inside your house, or in your backyard. I figure why wait until the January 1 to start a healthy regimen again…start now! That’s Mars and Virgo right? 🙂
Ok, I know y’all are asking, what do I mean by “dance walk”? All that means is walking to the beat of the music and dancing a bit while moving forward. Simple but adding a little more flare and fun than just plain walking.
Because you are at home, it takes away the excuse of not being able to afford the gym, getting to the gym, the walking track, it’s raining outside etc.
I started this last week, in my house the first two days then I took it outside, “dance walking” around my backyard. And you know what…it was really fun and like I said earlier, I have walked longer than 15 minutes. As each song came on I wanted to keep going. Its like a party of one. I added more songs to my playlist Friday without knowing how much more time I was adding until I finished walking the playlist. It ended up being 1 hour and yesterday I added a few more songs. I ended up walking 1 1/2 hours! Now I’d like to be able to do that everyday, but I know that might not be possible but I will do at least 15 minutes. In just one week I’m feeling better!
So I’m challenging y’all to do this for at least 15 minutes non-stop 3-7 times per week. Longer if you can but at least 15 minutes. Now even though Mars will only be in Virgo for 6 weeks , this is an open-ended challenge as there is no time limit on health. Hopefully for me and you, this will become a daily practice, just as important as brushing your teeth everyday.
Let’s get Movin’ and Groovin’! Also let me know in the comments a few of the songs on your walking playlist.
While on YouTube the other day by chance (the way new information sometimes get to me, which then sends me off on an obsessive search to learn more) I ran across an absolutely remarkable woman named Jane Elliot. No, not the actress who plays Tracy Quartermaine on the soap opera “General Hospital”.
Back to what I was saying, discovering Jane Elliot. When I run across folks like this, I do one of my favorite pastime of guessing their astrological placements to see why I’m making such a connection to this person.
After a quick search I found out her birthdate and birthplace, unfortunately no time of birth listed. No problem as the only placements you can’t get without a time of birth are the houses and the degree of the Moon so I did a chart with a midnight birth time.
Now go and watch clips of her work on YouTube or read this interview done with her on PBS. Is it any surprise that she has a Uranus/Pluto square? What do you think…possible Cancer rising putting that Pluto in her 1st house and Uranus in the 10th/9th possibly conjunct the Midheaven? And the Moon in the 1st as well? Since it’s at the beginning of Cancer at the first minutes of the day, the Moon was in Cancer for the entire day. Another possibility, if she was not born in the wee hours of the morning, but in the evening hours, the closer that Cancer Moon is to conjuncting Pluto. The reason I think that – her boldness to go deep and tackle the subject of racism and during the most explosive racially charged time in the United States through innovative, pioneering thought-provoking teaching as her career. And she did does this by making people feel the experience of being a minority. No woman had ever done this before her and it definitely was shocking…how dare she challenge the status quo of the time!
I also find it ch-ironic that I would learn about Jane Elliot at this precise time of Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and Chiron transits to my Ascendant. Also the release of this post “Breaking Bad Habits from a fellow 1st house Uranus Pluto. Many messages from these planets via these remarkable women that I am grateful for. Saturn is making it’s 3rd sextile as I mentioned in this post ,Uranus is making its 2nd quincunx, Pluto a 3rd and last trine and Chiron is making its 2nd opposition.
Where do I begin unraveling this pattern of messages?! Saturn known as the disciplinary teacher, keeper of time. Mrs. Elliot born in 1933 is most definitely representative of Saturn as an elder, the 3rd house of survival education and in Scorpio…the shizzle authorities prefer to keep hidden. Saturn is transiting my 3rd house so it seems that the other message from Saturn is saying to trust in the rightness and power of your own authority. You know what is right, you know what is wrong. Just because it’s always been done a certain way or a certain group says it’s right or the right way does not mean it’s right for you or anybody else.
Uranus I think carries this message even further bringing in the aspect of courage to be no matter how uncomfortable it might be to others especially when it is of benefit to the whole. The whole is made up of individual unique parts and is only as strong as the individual parts are, whether it’s a relationship or society. Mrs Eliott again shows this in her work that she does to this day as far as I can tell. I love the way she says “I’m gonna be the bitch for the day”. Unfortunately when a woman points out the truth or does not play the role of not being seen or heard, that’s one of the names she will be called. A bitch, a nag, etc.
We Virgo risings get a bad wrap for being who we are. We are supposed to point out the details as overlooking the details 9 times out of 10 ends up biting one in the behind later on down the line. Now you have to spend more time fixing the issues that should have been addressed a long time ago because it has gotten bigger due to the passage of time. Valuable time lost, time that you can’t back once spent which makes time much more valuable than money. Following, going along to get along because what I came here to do, the way I am to run in life to fulfill the mission of my Soul is well..not what you say it is. Kinda like trying to put a size 10 foot into a size 9 shoe. Quite painful and it ain’t cute when them dogs (your feet) are barking! Woof, woof or more accurately, Grrr!! Now I like being cute but not at the cost of comfort. And when I say comfort, I mean the comfort that comes from being authentically me.
As Virgo risings we are also supposed to use discernment and with Pluto/Uranus there, ruthless, intuitive discernment. Not ruthless in a mafia way but in a not putting up with BS way. That modus operandi of putting a round peg into a square hole will not cut the mustard anymore and has resulted in physical illness that I had to deal with during previous transits of these heavy hitters. Remember, the 1st house is also a health house as it has to do with your physical body. This is doubly so for me because as a Virgo rising, Aquarius is the sign on the cusp of the 6th house, the other health house. Uranus along with Saturn as co-ruler, rules the sign of Aquarius. Uranus is of course in my 1st house very tightly conjunct Pluto. I’ll tell ya, I’ve learned that nobody will take care of my body/health but me so I can no longer go along with ” the way society says a woman is supposed to be. A few results of practicing discernment-less headaches, less joint pain and my sinuses are better during the height of allergy season.
This also ties into Pluto’s last trine to my Ascendant. A natal 1st house Pluto demands authenticity, action and the correct use of power. Jane Elliot is a reminder that especially having two powerful outer planets in aspect to one another. Otherwise Pluto will get your attention via your health, which affects everything else in your life. And Pluto won’t let up until you do. A lot of people don’t like her method saying it is too harsh, but the issue she addresses-is harsh. So she fights fire with fire to make sure you feel it in a way you can’t ignore. Nor will you forget it. Sounds like just Pluto huh?
Chiron opposing my Ascendant (this will be the second hit), has brought about wounding from others as they are not too happy with me as I’m evolving into someone they are not used to dealing with. Most folks hate change and they definitely don’t like changes made by those close to them for fear that the one making the changes in themselves may outgrow them or they won’t be so easily controlled as they were in the past. Even if I wanted to, I can’t imagine going about life and a way being in relationships like I did when I was in my 20s. How my body looked back then, yes. The mindset, no. oh Hell, no!
While Chiron has brought wounding from those I have been in relationship with for a long time, there has been gifts of healing within those wounds as this transit is marking a closing of a cycle of the way I move along my path. Why is that? In a couple of years Chiron will return to conjunct its place in my natal chart. I think the discovery of Jane Elliot is a message from Chiron as well. She stood for people who were discriminated against and judged because of a different aspect of their appearance, an aspect they were born with. And she began her work when Chiron was in Pisces.
Are you having or had a Saturn, Uranus, Pluto or Chiron transit to your Ascendant? Especially those of us born with the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto? How are you experiencing them?