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Alright, let’s have a little fun with astrology. As an astrologer, it’s often interesting to try guess a person’s Sun sign by their dress.  This can be complicated by the fact that the Moon sign and/or rising sign often run a close second as choices of dress. And then there’s the placement of Venus, of course, the planet symbolizing beauty and fashion. All that said, it can be remarkable how closely astrological types reveal themselves through color and accessories.  

All that said, it can be remarkable how closely astrological types reveal themselves through color and accessories. But, as I said above, not always because of how the planets fall in our individual charts. Here’s an exercise worth trying: if you’re an Aries who doesn’t like or wear red, try adding it to your wardrobe, either as a bracelet, a scarf, but in some small way. The idea is to use the colors to bring out other qualities in yourself, the ones that are hidden or that you’re having trouble expressing. Enjoy!

Aries: Red, of course, is a natural color for Aries and you’ll often see it turn up in an accessory.  As it rules the head, Aries sometimes inclines towards hats or scarves. Aries can be bold, even blunt if there’s a lot of Aries in the chart, or if there’s a strong Mars. If the chart is less fiery, the flair will be more understated, more of an accent.

Taurus: Much like the sign itself, Taureans like clothing that is comfortable. Earth colors often predominate here and the look is very put-together. Look for materials that have a strong tactile quality like wools or corduroy. As Taurus rules the throat, necklaces, chokers and so on can be prominent.

Gemini: There can be a lot of variety here and some great creative mismatching of styles. The closet is filled with a lot of different things, reflecting the Gemini impulse for versatility. Hands are ruled by this sign, so you might see a lot of rings or bracelets.

Cancer: Soft colors are often used by Cancerians, particularly white or silver.  There can be an ethereal quality to their dress, often through the use of vintage clothing. Nothing real harsh or suprising, unless the chart indicates it through something like a well-placed Venus in Aquarius. You’ll see very comfortable fabrics such as flannel or velour.

Leo: Look for some drama here, something that makes an impact. Closets may be filled as well the jewelry boxes. Leos like to stand out, so you’ll probably see some gold.  In the extreme cases, the hair is like a mane – you know, like lions.

Virgo: Like Taurus, the outfits are often very “put together,” with strong attention to detail. Nothing real flashy, rather the clothing will be more tailored, a bit conservative, often with an emphasis on the color blue. More classic, than faddish.

Libra: Strong fashion instincts here. Librans are aware of the latest trends and know how to use them in a way that is tasteful and stylish without screaming ‘I’m wearing the latest.’  Very tasteful with jewelry, knows how to accent almost anything.

Scorpio: There’s a lot of imagination here, but the range of colors is typically small.  Black is often used, but it’s not a depressive black, more of a mysterious, suggestive one that hints at sensuality, if you know what I mean. One Scorpion client wears nothing but black jeans, but is always changing the tops in interesting ways.

Sagittarius: Their independence often shows up in their dress, which is casual and may include a lot of jeans. You sometimes see purple here as well as orange or yellow. The emphasis is on comfort but the look is fresh.

Capricorn: Muted colors – tan, grey, dark blue – are often present and the clothing is pretty classic. There’s a certain formality to Capricorn’s dress even when the look is casual. Nothing funky or garish here.

Aquarius: Typically very original and fashion-conscious. Something stylish and unique in the way of dressing that is more cool than quirky. The true Aquarius has a gift for putting outfits together that nobody else would think of but look perfectly natural on them.

Pisces: On women, you’ll generally see more skirts than pants and you’ll notice that shoes play a key role. In their clothing and jewelry, the colors and hues of the ocean are often giveaways. Once again with a watery sign, there can be an ethereal quality to the fashion, delicate and romantic.

 

angelina-jolieHow we react, how we respond to the pressures of the world is, in many ways, a strong indicator of our quality of life. Why? Because it is through our reactions that we navigate and  negotiate with the world.  Are our reactions emotional or mental, rash or confused, thoughtful or inarticulate, hysterical or passive, generous or selfish?

In looking at a chart, there is no single feature that gives us an idea of how a person might react in a situation, though there are candidates. The modes – cardinal, fixed and mutable – can be helpful if one of these is highlighted in a chart. The elements can also be helpful. Imagine you’re about to be attacked by a bear. If you’re of a fiery nature, you’ll probably counter-attack.  If you’re earthy you’ll stand your ground. If you’re airy, you’ll be trying to quickly figure a way out. If you’re watery, you’ll likely cry!

But all that aside, we typically look at the Moon to get a baseline measurement of  how we react. As the fastest moving planet, its very nature suggests change and thus gives us a clue to our reaction time. But looking only at the Moon’s sign can be misleading. The placement of the Moon in the chart, along with aspects to it can exaggerate or inhibit a person’s mode of reaction.

Before examining a chart, let me be clear why I think this topic has some importance. As I mentioned earlier, in my experience our reactions to the world constitute a high percentage of our quality of life. For most of us, this gets “fixed” in our personalities early on. But if the goal of astrology is to help you understand yourself, then seeing how you react is a very valuable tool in improving the quality of your existence.

The good news is that there’s plenty of opportunity, even without a reading, to understand how you react. All of us, every day, are in situations that demand reactions and responses. Spend a few minutes reviewing these before you go to sleep at night and you’ll start to form a clear picture of how you react. As to why you react in a certain manner, I think there is limited value in dwelling on that, at least at the beginning. Let’s be honest: we all think our reactions are appropriate all the time. And even when we admit they’re not, we can come up with some very good reasons. So, think less about why. More useful, probably, is to think about how could your reaction have been different. Do you have a range of reactions? Are you in control of them or do they control you?

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As for a chart, let’s look at Angeline Jolie for some insight. Her Moon is in Aries – “forceful, positive, masterful, independent, self-reliant” – according to the first book I grabbed off my shelves. Consider her recent handling of her preventive double mastectomy. Whatever you think of her decision – and I can’t imagine the difficulty in facing such a choice – she used all the features of her Moon in Aries to do so. And with that Moon at the top of her chart, she did it publicly. And please note that not only is it at the top of the chart, but it’s conjunct both Jupiter and Mars. Her reactions are big (Jupiter) and aggressive (Mars).  According to her doctor, “she knew always that in her philanthropic core she couldn’t keep this a secret and be who she is.”

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If you want to get an idea of how differently astronomers and astrologers view the universe, consider the following description of the planet Venus from NASA’s website:

“Venus is a dim world of intense heat and volcanic activity. Similar in structure and size to Earth, Venus’ thick, toxic atmosphere traps heat in a runaway “greenhouse effect.” The scorched world has temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Glimpses below the clouds reveal volcanoes and deformed mountains.”

Now consider the astrological view of Venus:

“Venus is the most luminous planet in the earth’s sky, symbolizing beauty, grace, and relationship. It also represents Love, both in the carnal aspect and in its divine manifestation. The negative side of Venus – when it is badly placed in a chart – suggests laziness, extravagance, bad company, superficiality and a precoccupation with appearances.

Clearly, two very different points of view are at work here. The question is: which is right? To me, the answer is both. While I have no way of verifying the truthfulness of NASA’s data, I do believe that their data is correct. That said, I admit that it’s not terribly meaningful or relevant to me. But I’m also interested in what NASA doesn’t provide on their site, or at least I couldn’t find it there. Look at the image below.

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It is the design of the relationship, as seen from above in space, that Venus and Earth make together as they circle around the Sun over an 8 year period.

To my eyes, this graphic is beautiful and speaks to the astrological symbology of Venus given above. One of the interesting things in astrology is how often a strong Venus is highlighted in a person’s chart, either by sign, house or aspect. While this is anecdotal, in my own experience in doing readings, I’ve seen several women named Venus with unusually strong placements of that planet in their charts. In a couple of cases, they were actually stylists (beauty=Venus).

So what’s my point? Simply this: the existence of scientific knowledge does not and should not diminish the power of our symbols. In the words of the 20th century philosopher, Bertrand Russell:

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

Photo of April Francis by Jon Shaft. You can check April out at aprilfrancis.com, hautecloset.com and dosemarket.com

As an astrologer, it’s often fun to try guess a person’s Sun sign by their dress. This can be complicated by the fact that the Moon sign and/or rising sign often run a close second as choices of dress. And then there’s the placement of Venus, of course, the planet symbolizing beauty and fashion. All that said, it can be remarkable how closely astrological types reveal themselves through color and accessories. The idea of correspondences is very clearly at work here, so in the interest of having a little fun – and in response to at least a half-dozen people who have asked for me to reprint this – here’s a quick rundown of signs and colors.

Aries: Red, of course, is a natural color for Aries and you’ll often see it turn up in an accessory.  As it rules the head, Aries sometimes inclines towards hats or scarves. Aries can be bold, even blunt if there’s a lot of Aries in the chart, or if there’s a strong Mars. If the chart is less fiery, the flair will be more understated,more of an accent.

Taurus: Much like the sign itself, Taureans like clothing that is comfortable. Earth colors often predominate here and the look is very put-together. Look for materials that have a strong tactile quality like wools or corduroy. As Taurus rules the throat, necklaces, chokers and so on can be prominent.

Gemini: There can be a lot of variety here and some great creative mismatching of styles. The closet is filled with a lot of different things, reflecting the Gemini impulse for versatility. Hands are ruled by this sign, so you might see a lot of rings or bracelets.

Cancer: Soft colors are often used by Cancerians, particularly white or silver. There can be an ethereal quality to their dress, often through the use of vintage clothing. Nothing real harsh or suprising, unless the chart indicates it through something like a well-placed Venus in Aquarius. You’ll see very comfortabl fabrics such as flannel or velour.

Leo: Look for some drama here, something that makes an impact. Closets may be filled as well the jewelry boxes. Leos like to stand out, so you’ll probably see some gold.  In the extreme cases, the hair is like a mane – you know, like lions.

Virgo: Like Taurus, the outfits are often very “put together,” with strong attention to detail. Nothing real flashy, rather the clothing will be more tailored, a bit conservative, often with an emphasis on the color blue. More classic, than faddish.

Libra: Strong fashion instincts here. Librans are aware of the latest trends and know how to use them in a way that is tasteful and stylish without screaming ‘I’m wearing the latest.’  Very tasteful with jewelry, knows how to accent almost anything.

Scorpio: There’s a lot of imagination here, but the range of colors is typically small. Black is often used, but it’s not a depressive black, more of a mysterious, suggestive one that hints at sensuality, if you know what I mean. One Scorpion client wears nothing but black jeans, but is always changing the tops in interesting ways.

Sagittarius: Their independence often shows up in their dress, which is casual and may include a lot of jeans. You sometimes see purple here as well as orange or yellow. The emphasis is on comfort but the look is fresh.

Capricorn: Muted colors – tan, grey, dark blue – are often present and the clothing is pretty classic. There’s a certain formality to Capricorn’s dress even when the look is casual. Nothing funky or garish here.

Aquarius: Typically very original and fashion-conscious. Something stylish and unique in the way of dressing that is more cool than quirky. The true Aquarius has a gift for putting outfits together that nobody else would think of but look perfectly natural on them.

Pisces: On women, you’ll generally see more skirts than pants and you’ll notice that shoes play a key role. In their clothing and jewelry, the colors and hues of the ocean are often giveaways. Once again with a watery sign, there can be an ethereal quality to the fashion, delicate and romantic.

The simple act of putting on the white coat of a physician sharply improves your ability to pay attention. So claims a study in the Feb 21, 2012 edition of the “The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology”. The study is an attempt to answer the question of how and whether wearing certain kinds of clothes affects your mental processes. This idea builds on the already well-established field of “embodied cognition” in which, for example, holding a hot drink in your hand will make you more likely to perceive another person as being warm, and vice-versa.

But “enclothed cognition” takes this idea to another level. In one version of the study, students were divided into three groups: group one wore a doctor’s lab coat, group two wore a painter’s coat and group three only saw a doctor’s lab coat. When tested, the group that wore the doctor’s lab coat displayed significantly and statistically greater attention and focus. “Clothes appear to invade the mind and body,” said Adam D. Galinsky, lead researcher of the study.

I can only imagine all the fashionistas out there who read that statement and think: “We’ve known this for years.”

Last week, we looked at a chart of fraternal twins in an attempt to figure out what astrology might be able to see about their differences. This week, we’ll take a look at another chart of twins – these two born within minutes of each – and use a method from Indian, or Vedic astrology, to explore their differences.

While the philosophy behind why this is done is complicated and probably outside the interest of most readers, the actual technique is straightforward. We take the chart of the birth – which is nearly identical as the two were born only minutes apart and use the 11th house cusp – marked with a circle – as the chart of Ashley, the older twin and the 3rd house cusp – marked with a triangle – as the chart of Mary-Kate, the younger one. We then read each, keeping in mind the essential similarities while delineating the differences.

I wish I could tell you that my knowledge and understanding of the Olsen twins was as deep and wide as the Amazon River, but that just ain’t so. I did, however, spend some time looking at some articles about them, trying to get a sense of their differences. A fast read of Ashley’s (the elder) chart, suggests more versatility than her sister, more potential weirdness in regards to relationships and a high potential for creativity. The reasons?

Versatility: Gemini rises in Ashley’s chart, Sun in Gemini, sign of versatility.

Unusual relationships: Uranus in the 7th house (relationships) opposite to the Sun. Saturn (older men) is on the cusp of that house

Creativity: Pisces (art, fashion) on the 10th house of career. Jupiter (expansion, abundance) placed in that 10th house

As for Mary Kate, a similarly quick look gives us a young woman who may be slightly steadier, a little more focused and possibly more serious in her relationships. The reasons?

Steadier: Libra rising, with ruler Venus in home-loving Cancer.

Focused: Mary Kate’s 10th house (profession) is ruled by the Moon in detail-oriented Virgo

Relationships: Taurus on the relationship 7th is ruled by Venus in security conscious Cancer

From what I can gather, Ashley has had a number of high-profile relationships with older men, while that does not seem to be true of Mary Kate. It’s also believed that Ashley is considered more artistic, particularly in regards to fashion than her sister.

What’s particularly important to note here is that on the surface, these differences are not likely to be as pronounced as they appear when written down. Don’t forget: they share the same chart. That said, using this method, Ashley appears to be more restless and eccentric than her sister.

Finally, here’s a question asked by a reader after the first installment of this piece:

“What about twins that were separated and raised far apart? Do you think the similarities would continue or would there be more pronounced differences?”

Great question. My guess is that there would be more pronounced differences given the style and location of their upbringing. Because you have to remember, the qualities of the planets in our charts are not hard as diamonds. Like seeds, they are dependent on local conditions for flourishing. Some planets in signs (like seeds) are hardy, and grow no matter what. Other planets in other signs are more vulnerable. The question of identity and self is a mysterious one.