by Pandora Astrology intern Melanie Rose
Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), one of the world’s best known psychics, was also a medium and a channel. He was called the “Sleeping Prophet” because he worked while in a dream sleep state and while in that state he channeled answers to questions regarding health, illness, astrology, war, reincarnation, future events and the lost city of Atlantis. Clearly, he was able to delve into the unseen world with ease, so I wanted to see if his astrological chart reflected those abilities.
Our friendly psychic Edgar Cayce was born on March 18, 1877 at 3:20 PM in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. This gives him the mystical, intuitive and compassionate Pisces Sun Sign. Cayce was so compassionate that he was reluctant to charge the public for his trance healing readings. However, hypnotist Al Layne, whom he worked with, repeatedly suggested for him to do so. Still, Cayce continued to do readings for free for years. Even after Cayce’s fame grew he humbly asked for voluntary donations to support him and his family so he could practice full-time.
Pisces Sun in the 8th House:
Cayce’s Pisces Sun is located in the 8th House (which is the house of Pluto and Scorpio) and some of its major themes are the occult, hidden mysteries, intuition, healing, transformation, psychology and death. Edgar Cayce not only had strong intuition but incredible abilities to heal and had a natural knack for psychology and the occult. He communicated with thousands of spirits who had passed on to the other side from physical death. While doing so, he helped families with their bereavement and grief. He also revealed many hidden mysteries throughout his life, many of which concerned near-death experiences. It seems he fulfilled his 8th House Sun quite accurately.
Taurus Moon in the 9th House:
Let’s move onto his Moon, which is in Taurus. This gives him a strong will, stable emotions, steadiness and a strong connection with the physical world and his senses. His Taurus Moon is located in the 9th House (which is the house of Jupiter and Sagittarius) and some of its major themes are higher learning, philosophy, religion, universal consciousness and long-distance travel. Interestingly enough, religion played a very large part in Cayce’s earlier life. He grew up as a member of the Christian church and taught Sunday school for years. Because of this affiliation with the church he agonized over whether his psychic abilities and teachings were spiritually legitimate.
In addition, much of his work dealt with issues rooted in the universal consciousness, such as past civilizations, evolution of man, reincarnation, as well as thousands of accurate predictions of future events. Through the principles of astrology, Cayce revealed that each solar system in the universe is like a university, a place for higher learning. Perhaps this is a reflection of his Moon in the 9th House deriving a sense of home from education. Oddly enough, Cayce had many insights into the universe regarding evolution and learning, yet he himself only had an 8th grade education because his family could not afford the costs involved.
Last, we have Cayce’s Ascendant in the noble sign of Leo. An Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. It is how we respond to the environment around us. Leo Rising typically gives someone a regal, self aware, generous, warm, optimistic, bold and extroverted character. This differs greatly from his Pisces Sun which is somewhat withdrawn and introverted. When we combine his Leo ascendant and his Sun in Pisces, we see that the Pisces Sun possibly watered down his fiery Leo Ascendant a bit, however, the Leo Ascendant may have helped him get out into the public and have the confidence and charm to share his messages and gifts with the world. Cayce became very successful and attained a great amount of fame from giving an astonishing 22,000 readings during 43 years of work! I’m sure he loved being appreciated (Leo) and was also very giving and generous (Leo) of his services and time (Pisces).
If you want to really understand people, you have to understand temperament. Understanding temperament means understanding the building blocks of personality we are all made up of. And that would be the four elements and the three qualities.
Knowing a person’s strongest element (Fire, Earth, Air or Water) can have you really “get” them and once you know how the people in your life work, you can predict how they’ll respond to things around them and what they’ll prioritize according to their values. Then you can trust them to be who they are and you can relax in your relationships. Knowing a person’s strongest quality (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable) can make it easy to synergize with them in a team effort. Their quality tells you their style of action and how they can be more effective in projects whether at work or at home.
A person’s signature sign is the combination of their strengths—their strongest quality and strongest element—and it’s just as important and significant a part of who they are as their Sun, Moon and Rising signs are. Sometimes more significant. The only reason most people know their Sun sign is that it’s easy to figure out. The only reason most people don’t know their signature sign is that it needs to be figured out by an astrologer. But this is not really hard to learn how to do and it can improve your relationships with everyone in your life. And this is something I teach in the first session of my Chart Analysis Techniques class coming up in February.
People come to me asking about their relationships a lot and in my 20+ years of practice as an astrologer, I’ve learned that these questions aren’t always about romance or marriage. People care about how they relate with everybody in their life—spouse, parents, children, co-workers and friends. And the elements and qualities have a lot of answers, including:
• what kinds of people are easiest for you to get along with
• how do you spot those people? how does it feel to be around them?
• what kinds of people are you drawn to and why?
• how do you, by “filling in your missing place,” unintentionally end up drawing the very people it’s hardest for you to get along with?
• how can you (with a little positive attention) figure out how to get along with them anyway?
• what’s your operational style and how can you use it to be more effective in all your projects (both at work and at home)?
• how does your operational style impact your co-workers?
• how can you work with people who are different from you—with a sense of respect for their styles?
• how can you get the best work out of people you manage (by knowing their styles) and feel most appreciated by those who manage you?
• and how can you, by living in the way that’s best for your signature sign, access a deep sense of purpose and meaning in your life?
All this is incredibly useful stuff that a client can recognize in themselves and put to use right away. I consider the signature important enough to include it in almost every reading I do and it’s usually the first thing I interpret.
Describing the elements and qualities first thing in a client’s first session serves several purposes at once. First, it gives them golden information and insights about how to optimize their personality traits for both effectiveness and happiness. Secondly, it gives the client ways to organize things they already know about human nature into comprehensible personality traits they recognize in the people around them—and thus affects all those relationships in a good way. So it gives them a modular personality-type system they can see at work in their life—without ever having to consult an astrologer again if they don’t want to (because I believe in teaching the client to fish, rather than spoon-feeding them fish).
Thirdly, it establishes rapport between me and the client, as the client begins to feel “gotten” and “seen” and even validated in ways that really matter. Fourthly, it lays the foundation for our continued conversation about the client’s chart as we venture forward into further details of their personality. Having our shared understanding of the elements and qualities to refer back to allows us to have useful conversations about anything in the chart in a short amount of time, so we can cover more ground faster.
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A Relationship ‘Aha!’ Moment
Venus is retrograde this month, something that happens about every year and a half. This time her backwards journey is happening in Capricorn and today she conjuncts the Sun. In past posts I’ve called this “Relationship Epiphany Day” but now I’m dubbing it “Relationship Clarity Day.” Relationship Clarity Day is a day of insight and clarity about your relationship. If your relationship has been undergoing reexamination during this retrograde period (December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014), then today negotiations are at hand, and the stakes are high. The results can be very good: a restoration, a renewal, even a rejuvenation of the love that was once there—if you follow Venus’ instructions.
Venus in Capricorn—what are her desires?
Venus in Capricorn thrives from shared goals. When two partners are working together towards a long-term end, it’s like glue for their relationship.
Venus in Capricorn appreciates structure. She likes to know what the rules are and to know that both partners are following them. This allows her to relax and soften into the relationship.
Venus in Capricorn desires a love-bond between two autonomous entities. Does that sound cold? It might, because Capricorn (Cardinal Earth) is pragmatic to a fault. But this Venus gets turned on by mutual respect.
Venus in Capricorn wants wealth, status, bling and power. She’s got a stamp on her forehead that says, “Expensive, but worth it.” But underneath all this she really wants what Venus always wants: pure, passionate desire, a true bond and romantic attention. She wants to be valued. After all, to the Greeks, Venus Aphrodite was known as the Golden Goddess. Naturally, she wants gold and she wants to be golden. More about that in an upcoming post.
How To Handle It
While Venus is in Capricorn you might well ask yourself, “where do you truly place value in the relationship? What is really important?” Enter into negotiations about the rules of the relationship. Plan ahead—what can you accomplish together? And more than this—plan to work on the relationship itself, and let your partner know that they are worth their weight in gold.
Worked for, love IS gold. Venus in Capricorn teaches that love is work and that love, when worked for, is more valuable than love that came without effort.
Begin this post-thread about 2013’s Venus Retrograde in Capricorn at the beginning: Love vs. Gold. And watch for more posts in the next few weeks.
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