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Polarities in Astrology
Working with the Energy of Opposites
Part 2

by Annabelle Leigh


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Opposites attract ... until they don't

The very things they found attractive in one another soon become sore points and bones of contention. To see life from the perspective of an opposite partner is to see everything through an entirely different lens. Even when it's not skewed to the point of being unrecognizable, even when you can agree with their points in principle, living with them is a different story.

It's so easy to just go on automatic pilot and behave "naturally" -- doing exactly the things that are apt to create a storm and resentment. It's unrealistic to think you can stop and think about what you're doing every minute of the day, but those "stop and think" moments are a requirement for success in life with an opposite partner. If you can understand where s/he's coming from and why ... it helps tremendously.

If you can see how each of you are trying to achieve the same thing in different ways -- and going about it along paths the other would never take, approve of ... or even consider, you can maybe stop seeing your partner as "the enemy" and start seeing him as another builder working from a totally different blueprint.

So, if you're working with an opposite partner -- in business, in friendship, in life, in marriage, whatever -- try to see how you share many similarities, values and common traits, and realize the conflict comes because you don't agree on what to do with them, where to apply them, how to turn them into results, how to approach problems from those perspectives ... or even what they basically mean.

(Most people, if you ask them, "What are your basic values?" will stammer and stumble around ... and if they come up with an answer at all, it may not contain a lot of reliable truth. It's the sort of thing you have to think about, observe and act on ... and most people aren't up for that. Just the "thinking" part is a tough hurdle.)


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Cooperation is key

But when working with an opposite partner -- or anyone you want to get along with -- such conscious awareness is vital. (Of course, you can always decide you've had enough, this rotten rascal you're constantly fighting with just isn't worth all the stress ... in which case, this conversation and these tactics are moot.) But also realize, each option is a choice ... and you get to decide.

We all work with opposite energies all the time -- at least once a month when the Full Moon arrives and kicks up a ruckus. But opposite energies can form among all the transiting planets, between planets in the sky and your Natal placements, in your Natal chart as a permanent fixture, or between your chart and the other person's. It's virtually impossible to escape them. So figuring out how to work with them can be a giant personal step.

One huge virtue of Astrology is it gives you a starting place ... a headstart on where to begin the conversation -- a thread to pull as you try to unravel the knots -- whether the other person is part of the effort or not. One person with insight is better than nothing. Two is stupendous, but you can't control that -- so don't count on it.

If Astrology offers explanations and answers (and it will,) and helps roll rocks out of the path you and the other have decided to travel, it can be priceless. Another reason to study this -- or at least have a decent Astrologer on call. You never know when another "learning experience" is liable to strike.


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The Full Moon

Shadows in the Moonlight * -- The Full Moon and its Testy Temper ---> The Sun Opposing The Moon Who you are now vs. who you used to be ---> The aspect of the Sun opposing the Moon is the classic celestial show the rest of the world calls The Full Moon. In Astrology, The Full Moon highlights tension between two conflicting desires, ambitions, requirements, or sets of values -- each a necessary part of life, and each somehow a problem for the other. In this, as in all oppositions, you need a compromise to try and meet the needs of both elements. Here you're working with ego desires, personal ambitions, and your wish to feel important and valuable ....

* Fractiousness and Fracture Lines: The Full Moon -- The crisis is predictable. It happens every month. ---> One of life's great divides ---> All Full Moons involve some kind of conflict. Usually, as the Full Moon forms ... and for several nights following, you feel pulled in two directions at once, required to try and serve two masters ... no matter how impossible you know that is -- logically. Life's demands in two opposing / competing areas become equally insistent and intense. They are always familiar. You've played this game before. Maybe you live with them constantly. (Were you born under a Full Moon? Do you have oppositions in your Natal Chart? Do you have a partner, friend or ....

* Full Moon Conflicts -- Full Moon Tension through the Signs ---> Full Moon Conflicts ---> Aries Sun / Libra Moon = My ambitions, my drive for self-definition, my need to assert myself and my independence vs. my need to take other people into account, my desire for meaningful partnerships, my habitual efforts to compromise, keep the peace, and get along. When stressed, the attitude of the Aries Sun is aggressive, bossy, and self-centered, and that of the Libra Moon is manipulative and pouting. Taurus Sun / Scorpio Moon = My income interests, my property rights and possessions, my desire to use my resources for my own benefit vs. ....

Full Moon / New Moon? Or New Moon / Full Moon? * -- Variations on the rhythms of life ---> Different rhythms ---> It's a subtle difference, I admit, but it's there nevertheless. Life's psychological rhythm has a different sequence, depending on whether the New Moon in a particular sign forms first, followed about two weeks later by the Full Moon in the opposite sign ... or whether the Full Moon forms first, followed then by the New Moon lining up with the Sun in its sign. Knowing where to put your attention and when simply helps you navigate your way through life's currents, eddies and slipstreams more easily. So, this is a situation where "details count" ... and so do ....



The Gemini / Sagittarius Polarity -- Logic's Constant Puzzle ---> Gemini is about first--hand knowledge, thoughts that arise from your own experience, conclusions you reach based on your own data and observations.

* When Opposites Attract -- Cancer and Capricorn ---> The Careerist and the Homebody ---> For Capricorn, your polarity sign -- the sign opposite you in the Zodiac -- is Cancer -- home-loving, maternal, moody, emotional, protective. Capricorn energy is the anticipated opposite -- career-oriented, stern, disciplined, reserved, and resolutely contained, especially in public.

The Taurus / Scorpio Polarity -- The Full Moon in Scorpio Opposing the Taurus Sun ---> A set of choices ---> The information here applies especially to the famous psychological struggles and tensions that arrive every month with The Full Moon, but it also applies, of course, to any opposition between any planet in Taurus and another in Scorpio.

The Full Moon in Taurus Opposing the Sun in Scorpio -- Balancing Stability vs. Radical Change ---> Saving & spending ---> This Full Moon was across the Taurus / Scorpio axis. Both are major money signs, so at least one of the conflicts on your list may deal with financial matters -- income & spending vs. investing & saving.


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