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Art by Karen Mackenzie


The Premise
You cannot change who you are … eventually your true nature will win out — especially when you’re deprived of food and energy and you’re out in the open, trying to figure out a way to get along with people you don’t know if you can trust. We all have our set reactions, and that’s hard to suppress. If I’m a born leader, it’s hard for me to take a back seat. If I’m a follower by nature, it’s hard for me to lead. ~ Jeff Probst

Hello!

Signs of Survival uses Astrology’s Sun Sign Profiles (vetted over – literally – thousands of years)
to identify, group, chart and analyze the behavioral histories of those twelve distinct societies within Survivor.
And everyone with a birthday is invited to join the conversation.


Over the holidays (and beyond), the contents of the thread will change as I add my comments to this pictorial representation of the Sun Signs' performances in San Juan del Sur. And as you add lots and lots, I hope, of yours. In fact, let's just consider this thread Season Twenty-Nine's long and rowdy Winter Wake, shall we?

And I'll also revisit Signs of Survival: San Juan del Sur to tidy up its loose ends: The Merge and Julie's Exit.

But, tonight is the Finale Episode of the Season. So I hope you'll pop in at that post throughout the evening.

The rumor, of course, is that we're about to be disappointed in our winner (or, at least, our host seems to have been). But, it's been really fun until now. And I'm hoping that what JP is experiencing is merely his more-obvious-by-the-Episode disconnect with his audience.

Before skipping on down, though, take a quick look at the chart below that illustrates the casting patterns for all of the twenty-nine completed Seasons.

I'll be back to talk more about it later, but for now I just wanted to point out again how acutely San Juan del Sur's Majority and Minority populations were split. And that given its saturation of Fire and Air Signs, it should have come as no surprise to its producers that it truly was different from every Season before it.




THE BEGINNING CONTENTS
in order of appearance


The Link to Signs of Survival: San Juan del Sur (The Basics)


The Episodes

Eight and Nine

Ten

Eleven and Twelve

Thirteen

The Finale


The Earth Sun Sign Profiles
The Water Sun Sign Profiles
The Fire Sun Sign Profiles
The Air Sun Sign Profiles


Temper! Temper! Temper! Temper!




THE MERGED TRIBE





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       RE: The Finale Georganna 01-14-15 20
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 The Earth Sign Profiles Georganna 12-17-14 6
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VIRGO
Reed

CANCER
Josh

ARIES
Jeremy, Jon
and
Natalie

LEO
Keith
and
Jaclyn

GEMINI
Alec, Wes
and
Missy

AQUARIUS
Baylor





Wrinkle in the Plan

The Split Partnership



CANCER and VIRGO


This partnership is a rich combination of the two Signs ruled by the Moon and Mercury respectively. Cancer and Virgo in combination produce great results on all levels of experience.

Expect great friendship and understanding from this recipe, but the Virgo will sometimes have trouble understanding the Cancer’s mood swings. Virgo will say, ‘Think things through and don’t be so emotional about it’, and the Cancer will reply, ‘But can’t you feel what I’m feeling?’

They are at opposite ends of the spectrum: Cancer – emotional - and Virgo - practical. But Cancer is a friendly Sign, so Virgo will, over time, learn to be more responsive. And Cancer can become more reasonable – like Virgo.

However, the Virgo tendency to criticize and resolve can become quite a problem: The Cancer is often too vulnerable for their ruthless and incessant demand for perfection.

And both are inclined to mood changes that, at times, can irritate each other. For example, as Cancer experiences periods of melancholy, tenderness, concern, worry, nostalgia and sentimentality, Virgo may find it difficult to understand or sympathize with the Water native. And Virgo can suddenly become irritated and irascible over minor annoyances and, during them, become capable of intense sarcasms and criticisms that can be extremely disconcerting to the Cancer’s tender, sensitive feelings.

So, Virgo must be prudent, and Cancer must strive to be forgiving when things go a little awry.




G (Earlier) | 'So, Virgo must be prudent, and Cancer must strive to be forgiving when things go a little awry.'

Every now and then there is a Season when I really wish that my heretic desire to see just one Game played on a point system that allowed us to enjoy all of the tribal and personal dynamics it generates for the full thirty-nine days - no boots/high score wins - would come true. And this is one of those 'right' Seasons. And Blood v Water is certainly the 'right' format.

And while I've already said that I'm not at all sure that San Juan del Sur is going to measure up to Cagayan, I do think that - if only because we're being treated to a cast of new faces - it will prove to be a much better Season than Blood v Water I.

As for this partnership:

The odds are more than convincing that neither Reed nor Josh is going to win the Game. In fact, as the Chart featuring the histories of the Signs' performances in Fire and Air-dominant Seasons (above) indicates, the odds are that Josh will make the Final Ten and that Reed will not. But my husband was a Cancer and my youngest daughter is a Virgo. And while watching the two dance ever-so-delicately around their myriad sensitivities wasn't always pretty, it was always mesmerizing. So I hope that we'll see some of Josh and Reed ... together.

JP | ”A gay Christian couple from New York (Rocker will love them!), both Josh and Reed are Survivor superfans. ‘They're very active in their church, but they live a lifestyle that some people in their church don't support’, Probst says. ‘I was really impressed and proud that they wanted to come on our show, endure this adventure, and be honest about who they are in the hopes that it'll help wake people up. ... They know what they're doing in the game and I think people are going to enjoy them and — at least out of the gate — root for them.’"




Speaking of Cancer


David M. | Attorney
Hope | Pre-Law Student
Monica | Attorney
Anthony | Witness Coordinator
Dan | Attorney
Jefra | Pageant Contestant
Morgan | Cheerleader
Leann | Singer
Danni | Model
Josh | Actor
Rita | Pageant Coach
Kelly W. | Whitewater Guide
James M. | Steel Worker
Jimmy J. | NFL Coach
Cindy | Zoo Keeper
Hunter | Pilot
Mark C. | Retired –NYPD
Dawn M. | Teacher
Jenna L. | Student
Whitney | Teacher
Kat | Student
Rodger | Teacher
Danny | Maintenance Worker
Nick S. | Waiter
Sandy | School Bus Driver
Gabriel | Bartender
Frank | Telephone Serviceman
Sophie | Med-School Student
Krista | Pharmaceutical Rep
Stephannie | Nursing Student
Cirie | Nurse
Tracy | Builder
JT | Cattleman
Joe | Realtor
Benry | Promoter
*Spencer | Economics Student
Katie | Hedge Fund Support
Alexis | Motivational Speaker
Jaime | Communications Student
Tammy | Crime Reporter/Writer

CANCER





Gettin’ to Crunch Time

The Booted Single



ARIES




The Elements at Final Nine






The Signs at Final Nine






The Stranded at Final Nine





The Remaining Partnerships at Final Nine



LEO and GEMINI


Both the Gemini and the Leo in this combination have a very childlike, playful, fun-loving side that is brought out when they are together. They both love drama and color and find one another to be companionable and interesting. Gemini is more intellectual than Leo, however, and needs a variety of people, activities, and interests in order to be happy. On the other hand, Leo wants to be the most important person in any and every social circle (small or large) and may not appreciate all of the Gemini's other interests and friendships.

Too, Leo makes commitments and keeps them better than Gemini does because Leo is less restless. Once having found something good, Leo sticks with it, and doesn't completely understand Gemini's desire for novelty. Also, Leo is very proud and has a sensitive ego, while Gemini can be a merciless teaser and doesn't always take Leo seriously. For the most part, however, these two could be great friends.

Because Gemini are essentially articulate, intellectual individuals, they will fan the flames of Leo’s fiery pride. These elements work well together. Many Air and Fire combinations have a lot going for them. The Gemini–Leo match is no exception.

However, Gemini love a variety of subjects and will flit from one to another. Leo is more inflexible and determined and may not adapt well to those mental gymnastics. Too, Leo likes to dominate a situation, and can come on a little strong. The two could find themselves one-upping each other in the attention-seeking stakes. If they can both respect each other’s need to be on life’s centre stage, they’ll complement each other well.

The warm and enthusiastic Fire of Leo is definitely inspiring and usually makes the Gemini feel that his talents are appreciated. Leo is a creative Sign, and Gemini will respect and learn from them. Again, both members of the duo express this best in a social context, as they both love the company of others.

However, Leos tend to be hard taskmasters, and fixed in their ideas. Gemini are far more pliable and adaptable and are much less likely than Leo to stick to a viewpoint just for the sake of it (though Gemini don’t mind doing this in the name of a decent debate now and then).

Gemini has a great capacity to take in and remember a host of facts and figures, and will often surprise everyone with the talent. Unfortunately, Leo will also think that many Gemini are Jacks of all trades and Masters of none. So part of his challenge will be to anchor Gemini’s flighty character and help him focus on learning a lot about one topic, rather than a little about many.

But, in matters of friendship and affection, this partnership has a high chance of succeeding. However, don’t expect the relationship to be easily maintained or without its fair share of challenges.




G (Earlier) |'Leo tend to be hard taskmasters and like to dominate ... situations ... the two could find themselves one-upping each other in the attention-seeking stakes. If they can both respect each other’s need to be on life’s centre stage, they’ll complement each other well.'

It is my impression that their relationship has not been an easy one for either of these two men. And, particularly for Wes, I don't think that Survivor is going to be helpful.

It is also my impression that the younger man is not authorized to commit his father to anything. To include alliances.

JP | “'Keith is one of my favorite new players,' Probst says of this father/son team of firefighters from Louisiana. 'He didn't know the game at all ... so watching him learn how to play Survivor is fantastic, because he has a way of speaking that you just don't often see on television.'”





AQUARIUS and GEMINI


Although the members of this duo are very definitely different people, they might find that their basic goals and outlook in life are compatible. For instance, they have an excellent intellectual rapport. They tend to spark each other's wit and enjoy tossing ideas back and forth.

Intellectual companionship is important to them and in the other they might find a loved one whose conversation and company they enjoy. They have the potential to be very good friends, and shared viewpoints, common interests, and social activities are key elements in their relationship. Any relationship will have its challenges, but these Air natives share a pleasing over-all rapport that can help smooth over other differences.

There are always very strong links between Sun Signs who have the same Element. And a combination of Aquarius and Gemini is a strong one that may play out in important periods of their lives and at the most coincidental of times. Similar in nature, they will often feel an immediate connection. And being a rebel at heart, the Aquarius is very often the one who attracts and holds the Gemini’s fascinated interest. A law unto themselves, Aquarius bring a lot of energy to any relationship. And, while that means great communication, it also feeds Gemini’s own restless spirit. So the strength of the relationship often rests on their understanding of each other as communicators – and they are certainly great talkers.

However, the way that they express ideas will be slightly different. Gemini’s very happy to jump from one topic to another like a butterfly. They often lack the depth and focus of Aquarius (who has a deeper concentration and tends to savor the facts rather than move constantly on to new themes). And the Gemini will learn that the Aquarius also insists on a focused way of dealing with people. But one of the reasons that the two go well together is that they both are attracted to people generally. Gemini will respect the Aquarius and the Aquarius will very probably inspire the Gemini.

They will learn a lot from each other.




JP | “'Missy's 20-year-old daughter Baylor has done a lot of self-parenting,' Probst says. 'There's a real clear connection between the two, but it doesn't necessarily appear that it's mother/daughter.' But they're definitely a duo to watch. 'I think the hardest in Blood vs. Water is for the parent that's playing with a child,' Probst says. 'And when you're a mom I think it's the hardest of all. I think being a mom with your daughter would be the most difficult position to be in because you birthed her. There is no tighter connection in the world. ... If the only way you can move forward is by getting rid of your child, can you do it? Or do you just fall down on the sword and say, I just can't do it?'"





ARIES and LEO


Both are independent, self-motivated individuals who are very much concerned with their own creative work and interests and prefer not to feel as though they "own" each other. Aries, however, often acts in a manner that is socially inappropriate while Leo is more aware of appearances and is more concerned with the response of others. He is somewhat indifferent to other people's opinions, while she craves approval and affirmation from her peers and public.

They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.

The elemental combination of Aries Fire with Leo Fire is, however, an excellent one. There seems to be an immediate attraction and an immediate understanding of each other’s personality. This combination works on every level: physically, mentally and emotionally. Even the duo’s spiritual sides will be inspired by each other.

Both driven individuals with strong creative impulses, they are well placed to understand and support each other’s ambitions. And when they do help each other, they will both succeed in achieving their own individual long-term goals. The two of can work as a great team.

But the Aries must understand that Leo is a proud and dominating sign, similar to his own. So, the partnership must be built on respect for each other, because the question of who will rule the roost is likely to eventually surface. When this competitiveness gets going, one of the two will have to give in. But as long as both individuals maintain that respect for the other and approach these showdowns in a sporting, fun way, the tug-of-war can be stimulating.

Romantically, the common Element of Fire promises a rich and rewarding relationship. This is an extremely compatible Sun Sign combination.




G (Earlier) | ' They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.'

It seems that our host has already told his audience that we are going to witness a clash - or several - between Jon and Jaclyn. And, considered with the 'after' photos of a very thin Jon, his comments support the prevailing theory that at least one of this duo lasts far into the Season.

Because I enjoy watching both Aries and Leo play the Game, I don't mind a bit if we're 'caught in the middle' of a real donnybrook.

JP | “The season's eye candy couple, Jon is a Michigan State football player and Jaclyn was named Miss Michigan in 2013. But their time on Survivor won't exactly be a fairytale, Probst cautions. ‘They're young and loving,’ Probst describes. ‘But what's interesting is watching their relationship play out. They're a couple and they love each other, but this game is hard. And, give people enough time together on Survivor, they will argue, no matter how much you love each other. There's an honesty to watching their relationship that I don't recall us ever doing before.’”




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VIRGO
Reed

ARIES
Jon
and
Natalie

LEO
Keith
and
Jaclyn

GEMINI
Alec, Wes
and
Missy

AQUARIUS
Baylor





The Split Partnership



LEO and GEMINI

Both the Gemini and the Leo in this combination have a very childlike, playful, fun-loving side that is brought out when they are together. They both love drama and color and find one another to be companionable and interesting. Gemini is more intellectual than Leo, however, and needs a variety of people, activities, and interests in order to be happy. On the other hand, Leo wants to be the most important person in any and every social circle (small or large) and may not appreciate all of the Gemini's other interests and friendships.

Too, Leo makes commitments and keeps them better than Gemini does because Leo is less restless. Once having found something good, Leo sticks with it, and doesn't completely understand Gemini's desire for novelty. Also, Leo is very proud and has a sensitive ego, while Gemini can be a merciless teaser and doesn't always take Leo seriously. For the most part, however, these two could be great friends.

Because Gemini are essentially articulate, intellectual individuals, they will fan the flames of Leo’s fiery pride. These elements work well together. Many Air and Fire combinations have a lot going for them. The Gemini–Leo match is no exception.

However, Gemini love a variety of subjects and will flit from one to another. Leo is more inflexible and determined and may not adapt well to those mental gymnastics. Too, Leo likes to dominate a situation, and can come on a little strong. The two could find themselves one-upping each other in the attention-seeking stakes. If they can both respect each other’s need to be on life’s centre stage, they’ll complement each other well.

The warm and enthusiastic Fire of Leo is definitely inspiring and usually makes the Gemini feel that his talents are appreciated. Leo is a creative Sign, and Gemini will respect and learn from them. Again, both members of the duo express this best in a social context, as they both love the company of others.

However, Leos tend to be hard taskmasters, and fixed in their ideas. Gemini are far more pliable and adaptable and are much less likely than Leo to stick to a viewpoint just for the sake of it (though Gemini don’t mind doing this in the name of a decent debate now and then).

Gemini has a great capacity to take in and remember a host of facts and figures, and will often surprise everyone with the talent. Unfortunately, Leo will also think that many Gemini are Jacks of all trades and Masters of none. So part of his challenge will be to anchor Gemini’s flighty character and help him focus on learning a lot about one topic, rather than a little about many.

But, in matters of friendship and affection, this partnership has a high chance of succeeding. However, don’t expect the relationship to be easily maintained or without its fair share of challenges.




G (Earlier) |'Leo tend to be hard taskmasters and like to dominate ... situations ... the two could find themselves one-upping each other in the attention-seeking stakes. If they can both respect each other’s need to be on life’s centre stage, they’ll complement each other well.'

It is my impression that their relationship has not been an easy one for either of these two men. And, particularly for Wes, I don't think that Survivor is going to be helpful.

It is also my impression that the younger man is not authorized to commit his father to anything. To include alliances.

JP | “'Keith is one of my favorite new players,' Probst says of this father/son team of firefighters from Louisiana. 'He didn't know the game at all ... so watching him learn how to play Survivor is fantastic, because he has a way of speaking that you just don't often see on television.'”




The Elements at Final Eight





The Signs at Final Eight






The Stranded at Final Eight





The Remaining Partnerships at Final Eight



AQUARIUS and GEMINI

Although the members of this duo are very definitely different people, they might find that their basic goals and outlook in life are compatible. For instance, they have an excellent intellectual rapport. They tend to spark each other's wit and enjoy tossing ideas back and forth.

Intellectual companionship is important to them and in the other they might find a loved one whose conversation and company they enjoy. They have the potential to be very good friends, and shared viewpoints, common interests, and social activities are key elements in their relationship. Any relationship will have its challenges, but these Air natives share a pleasing over-all rapport that can help smooth over other differences.

There are always very strong links between Sun Signs who have the same Element. And a combination of Aquarius and Gemini is a strong one that may play out in important periods of their lives and at the most coincidental of times. Similar in nature, they will often feel an immediate connection. And being a rebel at heart, the Aquarius is very often the one who attracts and holds the Gemini’s fascinated interest. A law unto themselves, Aquarius bring a lot of energy to any relationship. And, while that means great communication, it also feeds Gemini’s own restless spirit. So the strength of the relationship often rests on their understanding of each other as communicators – and they are certainly great talkers.

However, the way that they express ideas will be slightly different. Gemini’s very happy to jump from one topic to another like a butterfly. They often lack the depth and focus of Aquarius (who has a deeper concentration and tends to savor the facts rather than move constantly on to new themes). And the Gemini will learn that the Aquarius also insists on a focused way of dealing with people. But one of the reasons that the two go well together is that they both are attracted to people generally. Gemini will respect the Aquarius and the Aquarius will very probably inspire the Gemini.

They will learn a lot from each other.




JP | “'Missy's 20-year-old daughter Baylor has done a lot of self-parenting,' Probst says. 'There's a real clear connection between the two, but it doesn't necessarily appear that it's mother/daughter.' But they're definitely a duo to watch. 'I think the hardest in Blood vs. Water is for the parent that's playing with a child,' Probst says. 'And when you're a mom I think it's the hardest of all. I think being a mom with your daughter would be the most difficult position to be in because you birthed her. There is no tighter connection in the world. ... If the only way you can move forward is by getting rid of your child, can you do it? Or do you just fall down on the sword and say, I just can't do it?'"




ARIES and LEO

Both are independent, self-motivated individuals who are very much concerned with their own creative work and interests and prefer not to feel as though they "own" each other. Aries, however, often acts in a manner that is socially inappropriate while Leo is more aware of appearances and is more concerned with the response of others. He is somewhat indifferent to other people's opinions, while she craves approval and affirmation from her peers and public.

They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.

The elemental combination of Aries Fire with Leo Fire is, however, an excellent one. There seems to be an immediate attraction and an immediate understanding of each other’s personality. This combination works on every level: physically, mentally and emotionally. Even the duo’s spiritual sides will be inspired by each other.

Both driven individuals with strong creative impulses, they are well placed to understand and support each other’s ambitions. And when they do help each other, they will both succeed in achieving their own individual long-term goals. The two of can work as a great team.

But the Aries must understand that Leo is a proud and dominating sign, similar to his own. So, the partnership must be built on respect for each other, because the question of who will rule the roost is likely to eventually surface. When this competitiveness gets going, one of the two will have to give in. But as long as both individuals maintain that respect for the other and approach these showdowns in a sporting, fun way, the tug-of-war can be stimulating.

Romantically, the common Element of Fire promises a rich and rewarding relationship. This is an extremely compatible Sun Sign combination.




G (Earlier) | ' They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.'

It seems that our host has already told his audience that we are going to witness a clash - or several - between Jon and Jaclyn. And, considered with the 'after' photos of a very thin Jon, his comments support the prevailing theory that at least one of this duo lasts far into the Season.

Because I enjoy watching both Aries and Leo play the Game, I don't mind a bit if we're 'caught in the middle' of a real donnybrook.

JP | “The season's eye candy couple, Jon is a Michigan State football player and Jaclyn was named Miss Michigan in 2013. But their time on Survivor won't exactly be a fairytale, Probst cautions. ‘They're young and loving,’ Probst describes. ‘But what's interesting is watching their relationship play out. They're a couple and they love each other, but this game is hard. And, give people enough time together on Survivor, they will argue, no matter how much you love each other. There's an honesty to watching their relationship that I don't recall us ever doing before.’”




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VIRGO
Reed

ARIES
Jon
and
Natalie

LEO
Keith
and
Jaclyn

GEMINI
Alec
and
Missy

AQUARIUS
Baylor





Kind of Like Cream Cheese

The Booted Single



VIRGO




Speaking of Virgo


Kim J. | Marketer/Teacher
Ian | Student/Educator
Christy | Adventure Guide
Paloma | Student/Adventurer
Butch | Coach/Teacher
Michael J. | Banker
Laura A. | Administrator
Sherri | Fast-Food Franchisee
Ben | Bar Manager
Mike C. | Broker
Lindsey | Account Executive
Jacquie | Medical Sales
Laura B. | Merchandiser
Jim B. | Marijuana Sales
Shawn | Account Executive
Nicole | Massage Therapist
Lindsey O. | Hair Stylist
Coby | Salon Owner
Yasmin | Hair Stylist
Rebecca | Makeup Artist

VIRGO

Robb | Bartender
Semhar | Poet
Judd | Doorman
Sekou | Musician
Rocky | Bartender
Becky | Attorney
Yau-Man | Tech Exec
Jean-Robert | Poker Pro
J’Tia | Nuclear Engineer
Edna | Anesthesiologist
Ace | Photographer
Chase | NASCAR Crew
Ozzy | Photographer
'Coach’ | Coach/Personality
Reed | Actor/Dancer
JP | Actor/Athlete
Jerri | Actor/Chef
Parvati | Boxer/Personality
‘Chicken’ | Farmer
Chris | Construction
Gary S. | Carpenter
Tony | Police Officer
Jimmy T. | Fisherman





Still Holdin’ On

The Booted Single



GEMINI




The Elements at Final Six





The Signs at Final Six






The Stranded at Final Six





The Remaining Partnerships at Final Six



AQUARIUS and GEMINI


Although the members of this duo are very definitely different people, they might find that their basic goals and outlook in life are compatible. For instance, they have an excellent intellectual rapport. They tend to spark each other's wit and enjoy tossing ideas back and forth.

Intellectual companionship is important to them and in the other they might find a loved one whose conversation and company they enjoy. They have the potential to be very good friends, and shared viewpoints, common interests, and social activities are key elements in their relationship. Any relationship will have its challenges, but these Air natives share a pleasing over-all rapport that can help smooth over other differences.

There are always very strong links between Sun Signs who have the same Element. And a combination of Aquarius and Gemini is a strong one that may play out in important periods of their lives and at the most coincidental of times. Similar in nature, they will often feel an immediate connection. And being a rebel at heart, the Aquarius is very often the one who attracts and holds the Gemini’s fascinated interest. A law unto themselves, Aquarius bring a lot of energy to any relationship. And, while that means great communication, it also feeds Gemini’s own restless spirit. So the strength of the relationship often rests on their understanding of each other as communicators – and they are certainly great talkers.

However, the way that they express ideas will be slightly different. Gemini’s very happy to jump from one topic to another like a butterfly. They often lack the depth and focus of Aquarius (who has a deeper concentration and tends to savor the facts rather than move constantly on to new themes). And the Gemini will learn that the Aquarius also insists on a focused way of dealing with people. But one of the reasons that the two go well together is that they both are attracted to people generally. Gemini will respect the Aquarius and the Aquarius will very probably inspire the Gemini.

They will learn a lot from each other.




JP | “'Missy's 20-year-old daughter Baylor has done a lot of self-parenting,' Probst says. 'There's a real clear connection between the two, but it doesn't necessarily appear that it's mother/daughter.' But they're definitely a duo to watch. 'I think the hardest in Blood vs. Water is for the parent that's playing with a child,' Probst says. 'And when you're a mom I think it's the hardest of all. I think being a mom with your daughter would be the most difficult position to be in because you birthed her. There is no tighter connection in the world. ... If the only way you can move forward is by getting rid of your child, can you do it? Or do you just fall down on the sword and say, I just can't do it?'"





ARIES and LEO


Both are independent, self-motivated individuals who are very much concerned with their own creative work and interests and prefer not to feel as though they "own" each other. Aries, however, often acts in a manner that is socially inappropriate while Leo is more aware of appearances and is more concerned with the response of others. He is somewhat indifferent to other people's opinions, while she craves approval and affirmation from her peers and public.

They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.

The elemental combination of Aries Fire with Leo Fire is, however, an excellent one. There seems to be an immediate attraction and an immediate understanding of each other’s personality. This combination works on every level: physically, mentally and emotionally. Even the duo’s spiritual sides will be inspired by each other.

Both driven individuals with strong creative impulses, they are well placed to understand and support each other’s ambitions. And when they do help each other, they will both succeed in achieving their own individual long-term goals. The two of can work as a great team.

But the Aries must understand that Leo is a proud and dominating sign, similar to his own. So, the partnership must be built on respect for each other, because the question of who will rule the roost is likely to eventually surface. When this competitiveness gets going, one of the two will have to give in. But as long as both individuals maintain that respect for the other and approach these showdowns in a sporting, fun way, the tug-of-war can be stimulating.

Romantically, the common Element of Fire promises a rich and rewarding relationship. This is an extremely compatible Sun Sign combination.




G (Earlier) | ' They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.'

It seems that our host has already told his audience that we are going to witness a clash - or several - between Jon and Jaclyn. And, considered with the 'after' photos of a very thin Jon, his comments support the prevailing theory that at least one of this duo lasts far into the Season.

Because I enjoy watching both Aries and Leo play the Game, I don't mind a bit if we're 'caught in the middle' of a real donnybrook.

JP | “The season's eye candy couple, Jon is a Michigan State football player and Jaclyn was named Miss Michigan in 2013. But their time on Survivor won't exactly be a fairytale, Probst cautions. ‘They're young and loving,’ Probst describes. ‘But what's interesting is watching their relationship play out. They're a couple and they love each other, but this game is hard. And, give people enough time together on Survivor, they will argue, no matter how much you love each other. There's an honesty to watching their relationship that I don't recall us ever doing before.’”




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ARIES
Jon
and
Natalie

LEO
Keith
and
Jaclyn

GEMINI
Missy

AQUARIUS
Baylor





The Split Partnership



ARIES and LEO


Both are independent, self-motivated individuals who are very much concerned with their own creative work and interests and prefer not to feel as though they "own" each other. Aries, however, often acts in a manner that is socially inappropriate while Leo is more aware of appearances and is more concerned with the response of others. He is somewhat indifferent to other people's opinions, while she craves approval and affirmation from her peers and public.

They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.

The elemental combination of Aries Fire with Leo Fire is, however, an excellent one. There seems to be an immediate attraction and an immediate understanding of each other’s personality. This combination works on every level: physically, mentally and emotionally. Even the duo’s spiritual sides will be inspired by each other.

Both driven individuals with strong creative impulses, they are well placed to understand and support each other’s ambitions. And when they do help each other, they will both succeed in achieving their own individual long-term goals. The two of can work as a great team.

But the Aries must understand that Leo is a proud and dominating sign, similar to his own. So, the partnership must be built on respect for each other, because the question of who will rule the roost is likely to eventually surface. When this competitiveness gets going, one of the two will have to give in. But as long as both individuals maintain that respect for the other and approach these showdowns in a sporting, fun way, the tug-of-war can be stimulating.

Romantically, the common Element of Fire promises a rich and rewarding relationship. This is an extremely compatible Sun Sign combination.




G (Earlier) | ' They are also both immensely proud and neither wants to take the back seat in this relationship. And although there is a great deal of harmony between them, being two spirited and somewhat volatile people, when they do clash their disagreements are likely to be dramatic and … loud. So, others can, unfortunately, get caught in the middle of their ferocious battles of will. Too, because in the extreme the combination of two Fire Signs can be very explosive, such a relationship will more than likely burn at least one … out.'

It seems that our host has already told his audience that we are going to witness a clash - or several - between Jon and Jaclyn. And, considered with the 'after' photos of a very thin Jon, his comments support the prevailing theory that at least one of this duo lasts far into the Season.

Because I enjoy watching both Aries and Leo play the Game, I don't mind a bit if we're 'caught in the middle' of a real donnybrook.

JP | “The season's eye candy couple, Jon is a Michigan State football player and Jaclyn was named Miss Michigan in 2013. But their time on Survivor won't exactly be a fairytale, Probst cautions. ‘They're young and loving,’ Probst describes. ‘But what's interesting is watching their relationship play out. They're a couple and they love each other, but this game is hard. And, give people enough time together on Survivor, they will argue, no matter how much you love each other. There's an honesty to watching their relationship that I don't recall us ever doing before.’”




Speaking of Aries and Leo


Crystal | Coach/ Pro Athlete
Natalie | CrossFit Coach
Nadiya | CrossFit Coach
Steve W. | NFL (Ret)
Cao-Boi | Salon Manager
Joel | Accounts Manager
Cassandra | Dept Manager
Lilliana | Loan Manager
Kelly C. | Retail Manager
Earl | Advertising Exec
Richard | Consultant
Jon | Financial Assistant
Ruth-Marie | Developer
Burton | Marketing Exec
Courtney | Waitress
Angie | Bartender
Erik | Bartender
Jonas | Chef
Alex | Attorney
Nick B. | Law Student
Kelly B. | Med Student
Matt Q. | Attorney
Eddie | Firefighter
Christina | NYPD
Sarge | US Army NCO
Nina | LAPD
Jeremy | Firefighter
Artis | Computer Engineer
Peigh-Gee | Jeweler
Leslie | Radio Host
Colby | Actor/Designer
Jeff V. | Project Manager
Randy | Videographer
Patricia | Technician
Ryan S. | Clerk
Lilliana | Retail Service

ARIES


Chad | Teacher/Speaker
Laura M. | Fitness Coach
Dave | Fitness Coach
Amanda | Guide/Designer
Andrew | Attorney
Gary H. | NFL (Ret)/Developer
Matthew | Designer/Developer
Caryn | Attorney
Amber | Admin Assistant
Tijuana | Saleswoman
Sandra | Secretary
Rachel | Graphic Designer
Sarah | Accounts Manager
Mia | Operations Director
Jaclyn | Media Buyer
Shawna | Retail Manager
Sylvia | Architect
John | Rocket Scientist
Jake | Land Broker
Bobby | Attorney
Nathan | Salesman
Kathleen | Server
Adam | Salesman
Marisa | Student
Stacey | Attorney
Sean R. | Teacher
Sherea | Teacher
Brooke | Attorney
Keith | Firefighter
Ryan O. | Electrician
Susan | Truck Driver
Troyzan | Photographer

LEO




The Elements at Final Five





The Signs at Final Five






The Stranded at Final Five





The Remaining Partnerships at Final Five



AQUARIUS and GEMINI


Although the members of this duo are very definitely different people, they might find that their basic goals and outlook in life are compatible. For instance, they have an excellent intellectual rapport. They tend to spark each other's wit and enjoy tossing ideas back and forth.

Intellectual companionship is important to them and in the other they might find a loved one whose conversation and company they enjoy. They have the potential to be very good friends, and shared viewpoints, common interests, and social activities are key elements in their relationship. Any relationship will have its challenges, but these Air natives share a pleasing over-all rapport that can help smooth over other differences.

There are always very strong links between Sun Signs who have the same Element. And a combination of Aquarius and Gemini is a strong one that may play out in important periods of their lives and at the most coincidental of times. Similar in nature, they will often feel an immediate connection. And being a rebel at heart, the Aquarius is very often the one who attracts and holds the Gemini’s fascinated interest. A law unto themselves, Aquarius bring a lot of energy to any relationship. And, while that means great communication, it also feeds Gemini’s own restless spirit. So the strength of the relationship often rests on their understanding of each other as communicators – and they are certainly great talkers.

However, the way that they express ideas will be slightly different. Gemini’s very happy to jump from one topic to another like a butterfly. They often lack the depth and focus of Aquarius (who has a deeper concentration and tends to savor the facts rather than move constantly on to new themes). And the Gemini will learn that the Aquarius also insists on a focused way of dealing with people. But one of the reasons that the two go well together is that they both are attracted to people generally. Gemini will respect the Aquarius and the Aquarius will very probably inspire the Gemini.

They will learn a lot from each other.




JP | “'Missy's 20-year-old daughter Baylor has done a lot of self-parenting,' Probst says. 'There's a real clear connection between the two, but it doesn't necessarily appear that it's mother/daughter.' But they're definitely a duo to watch. 'I think the hardest in Blood vs. Water is for the parent that's playing with a child,' Probst says. 'And when you're a mom I think it's the hardest of all. I think being a mom with your daughter would be the most difficult position to be in because you birthed her. There is no tighter connection in the world. ... If the only way you can move forward is by getting rid of your child, can you do it? Or do you just fall down on the sword and say, I just can't do it?'"




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ARIES
Natalie

LEO
Keith
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Jaclyn

GEMINI
Missy

AQUARIUS
Baylor





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KEYWORDS

Practical and Useful
Structured and Productive
Grounded and Sensual
Tactile and Dependable


The ‘Practical’ Earth Signs are grounded and dependable. All of the earthy metaphors are appropriate here: ‘Salt of the earth’, ‘Feet firmly planted on the ground’, ‘Solid as a rock’, etc. Often referred to as the ‘builders’ of the Zodiac, creativity is a tangible proposition to these natives and they feel best once they have accumulated a goodly number of worldly possessions. Blending in with their natural habitat – grounded – Earth Signs engage life through the five senses and as a result operate at a slower, more thorough, pace than do the natives of other Elements. Often intimately attuned to the dance of nature – most treasure their time spent outdoors – they are masters at assessing, assembling and organizing … things.

The Element of Earth also confers a sense of duty, responsibility and reliability to those in its sphere. Their gift to others is bringing form to ideas: often making them an excellent balancing partner for an idle dreamer with potential. They tend their own garden and inspire others to make the most of theirs. These are the people you can count on to ‘be there’ when you need them. Tending toward caution and conservatism in desire and approach, their logical minds and measured responses display an innate recuperative capacity: much preferring a sure thing, these folks do not take big risks. That said, however, certainly in that they appreciate a good meal, congenial company and fine wine better than anyone else, they are also sensualists.

On the flip side:


Earth Signs can become so caught up in their objectives that they overlook the feelings and opinions of others. And their single-minded focus on the tasks at hand make them vulnerable to the "all work and no play" eddy of life. It is a big picture, after all, but these natives may be more concerned with the finish line than with the journey they are taking. So, while Earth’s orientation toward the real and their need for tangible results in return for their labors can make them very productive, too much of those good things can be stifling to inspiration, faith and a sense of greater purpose. And the ever-present risk inherent in their acquisitive nature is that they may become greedy and far too materialistic.





THE CAPRICORN PROFILE

Positive Traits
Practical and Prudent
Ambitious and Disciplined
Self-Reliant and Persevering
Resourceful and Creative

Negative Traits
Pessimistic and Melancholy
Materialistic and Stern
Conventional and Rigid
Demanding and Cold


Capricorn is one of the most stable and serious of the Zodiac types and these rocklike characters have many sterling qualities. They are normally confident, strong-willed and calm. Born with a sense of purpose and an intense drive for achievement and excellence that never lets up, they are the major finishers of most projects begun by the 'pioneering' Signs. Capricorn exude a sense of being in charge. And they usually are. But, even in their pursuit of status and power, they rarely compromise their integrity to get there. These are the masters of the physical realm and are widely admired for what they’re able to accomplish.

However, while Capricorn have a great respect for authority, they may not be willing to listen to the opinions and suggestions of others. And as the ranking authority figure in a given situation they expect their underlings to be as self- disciplined as they themselves are and to perform every task undertaken to the highest standard. They are often humorless. And a fortress of defenses can keep the curious and insincere at bay in their lives. So that while to the world at large Capricorn often covey an image that is both intriguing and intimidating, those that pass the test of loyalty are allowed to see a more vulnerable side: at heart, these natives are interested in enduring ties and because they have a tendency to pessimism and melancholy that many of them are unable to keep to themselves – especially if they fail personally – Capricorn often look to family and longtime friends for emotional support.

And mood swings are not the only reason Capricorn deserve the adjective based on their name - capricious. They can be surprisingly and suddenly witty and subtle for the quiet, reserved individuals that they seem to be. But they also have a tendency to ruin things by unexpected and utterly irresponsible bouts of flippancy: their penchant for melancholy creates a unique filter for Capricorn humor that is known to veer toward the darkly absurd. Reference: Natalie of Micronesia and Corinne of Gabon

Additionally, Capricorn are very status-minded. Even if their immediate finances don't permit an extravagant lifestyle, the January-born can unconsciously adopt the mores, attitudes and mannerisms of the elite. The trappings of success are important to these natives not only for personal pleasure but also for the impression that they can make on others.

Romantically: Capricorn usually thrive as one half of a power couple. Their ideal partners are individuals who they can respect but who also allow them to take charge most of the time. Once happily settled, they’ll go about the business of building both an empire and a cozy home life.





THE TAURUS PROFILE

Positive Traits
Patient and Loyal
Warmhearted and Loving
Persistent and Determined
Rooted and Sensuous


Negative Traits
Jealous and Possessive
Resentful and Inflexible
Self-indulgent and Greedy
Slow and Brooding


This Sign’s characteristics are solidity, practicality, extreme determination and strength of will - no one will ever drive Taurus, but they will willingly and loyally follow a leader they trust. They are stable, balanced, conservative and law-abiding citizens and lovers of peace (possessing all the best qualities of the bourgeoisie). They will do everything in their power to maintain the security of the status quo.

So, on rare occasions a Taurus may be an obstinately and exasperatingly self-righteous, unoriginal, rigid, ultraconservative, argumentative and querulous boor: stuck in a self-centered rut. And, whether their characters are positive or negative, they need someone to stroke their egos with a frequent, "Well Done!" Luckily, Taurus has a knack for attracting praise. It is amazing how people will bend over backwards to please them.

They are faithful and generous friends with a great capacity for affection. But Taurus rarely establish intimacies outside their social rank (to which they are ordinarily excessively loyal). And in the main, they are gentle, even-tempered, good-natured, modest and slow to anger. If they are provoked, however, they can explode into violent, uncontrolled outbursts. Lurking within every serene Taurus is the potential for a seething rage that re-establishes a sense of order by force. Equally unexpected are their occasional sallies into humor and exhibitions of fun.

Those with the Sun in Taurus can be the most down-to-Earth of the Signs, so naturally they revel in earthly pleasures. Taurus has a strong aesthetic taste. And allied to his appreciation of all things beautiful is a love for the good things of life: pleasure, comfort, luxury and good food and wine. Their sensuality is legendary, whether they’re cooking up a sumptuous feast or turning on their tantalizingly slow charm.

More firmly rooted in the physical world than the other Signs, Sun in Taurus can be as immovable as a mountain: it’s hard to get a Taurus to rush into anything and that can be frustrating to everyone else. But once they make a decision, it’s usually a sound one. And that same stubborn deliberateness keeps Taurus fixed on a goal long after others have given up. Moreover, these natives don’t like to be pushed around by what they consider flights of fancy. Changes in their surroundings or routines disturb their equilibrium. And if the change is too abrupt or fundamental to his comfort, the shock may be too much for the Bull. He may actually become physically ill.

Taurus are known as the “builders” of the Zodiac and in their work they are industrious and ambitious: unafraid of getting their hands dirty and at their best in routine positions of trust and responsibility where there is little need of urgency, little risk of change and a pension at the end. Yet they are creative and are also often founders of enterprises where the fruits are of their own labors.

Romantically Speaking: Taurus are motivated by a desire for material and emotional security and when they’ve found a suitable partner they’ll stay put where they are and carefully cultivate a stable, deeply rooted life. Respect them and allow them to take their sweet time doing things, and all will be well. On the down side, their reluctance to discard the familiar can sometimes cause Taurus to linger in a relationship that they’ve outgrown.





THE VIRGO PROFILE

Positive Traits
Caring and Loyal
Meticulous and Discriminating
Practical and Organized
Clever and Analytical


Negative Traits
Fussy and a Worrier
Overcritical and Harsh
Perfectionist and Conservative
Negative and Unsocial


Those with Sun in Virgo are constantly on the move, always trying to fine-tune their lives and relationships. They are filled with nervous energy and a desire to make improvements, so they're serene only when they are fulfilling their meticulously planned steps toward a carefully chosen goal.

Virgo is the only Sun Sign represented by a female and it is sometimes thought of as a delicate young girl and sometimes as an intelligent, but rather pedantic and spinsterish, older woman. The latter impression is sometimes confirmed by the Virgo’s precision, refinement, fastidiousness, conventionality and aristocratic attitude of reserve. They are usually observant, shrewd, critically inclined, judicious, patient and practical.

Both sexes have considerable charm and dignity and in their unassuming, cheerful and agreeable fashion, they can be sensible, discreet, well-spoken, wise and witty. But while in many respects Virgo are the epitome of social grace and propriety, their sterling etiquette is more apt to be scripted than spontaneous: the result of careful thought and hours of mental practice.

Intellectually, Virgo is enquiring, methodical and logical, studious and teachable. They combine mental ingenuity with the ability to produce a clear analysis of the most complicated problems. Thoroughness, hard work and conscientiousness are their hallmarks. They have an excellent eye for detail but they may be so meticulous that they neglect larger issues. And, because of their ability to see every angle of a multi-faceted problem, they are as unhappy with abstract theories as they are with intractable philosophies: placing no confidence in either.


Moreover, for as much as his intellect aids analysis, it also abets the Virgo’s compulsion to criticize. Nothing escapes these perfectionists’ eyes. And in their scrutiny of incongruities, these natives leave no stone … nor anyone … unexamined: as critical, and unforgiving, of themselves as they are of others. So that they may bring the art of self-concealment to a high pitch (hiding their apprehensions about themselves and their often considerable sympathy with other people under the mantle of an undemonstrative clinician) with the result that they shrink from committing themselves to friendship, make few relationships, and are careful to keep those they do make superficial.

Virgos often feel compelled to serve others and can find respect in fields where attention to detail and a responsible attitude are rewarded. They are natural healers and are gifted at bringing an unhealthy situation back into balance. But they have to watch out for those who would take advantage of their natures and put them in subservient roles. Finding the courage to place the highest value on what they offer can take a lifetime for some Virgos.

So, given their qualities, Virgo are much more effective in subordinate rather than leadership positions. Responsibility irks them and they often lack the breadth of strategic vision that leadership requires. They are essentially tacticians and excel at the attainment of limited objectives: needing the stimuli of immediacy and prestige attendant to specialization.

Romantically Speaking: The self-contained nature of the Virgo (Virgin) Sun sometimes makes them all the more alluring: someone who will always be whole and complete unto themselves. And this can make them seem unattainable.

Once in a relationship, the Sun in Virgo finds comfort in the routines of daily life. A Virgo who has established a wholesome daily routine is far easier to live with than one that hasn't. And known as loners – there is a physical sensitivity associated with Virgo that could be called high maintenance – they will need plenty of “me” time to maintain their sense of self.

But, when they’ve found a worthy mate, they revel in the patterns and habits of togetherness and can begin to relax into the beauty of the familiar.





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7. "The Water Sign Profiles"


KEYWORDS


Intuitive and Emotional
Imaginative and Nurturing
Secretive and Dreamy
Introverted


The ‘Emotional’ Water Signs are intuitive, sensitive and empathetic. How things feel is what matters to these nurturers and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect. Attuned to waves of emotion, these natives have a built-in sonar for reading a mood that affords them a special sensitivity in relationships. Because the receptive talents of these individuals are so remarkably high, they seem to know when to show warmth and when to hold back. Compassionate and understanding, Water Sign natives are extraordinarily adept at assimilating the feelings of others, processing them and offering plans or solutions that will usually be considerate of all. So, at their best, they are a healing force that brings people together.

But, because Water natives are often assessing a situation by its undercurrents, they can seem aloof or even shy at first. And going forward in a relationship or situation often means being sure of their emotional ground: a kind of decision-making process that is baffling to more spontaneous or practical types. That's why those with this Sign are so quickly shaped by their relationships to others and often have to work harder than do the natives of other Elements to maintain their personal boundaries. They need time alone to remember where they end and others begin and to let what's been stirred up by the push and pull of life find its way to a quiet calm again. These are people who need people but who also need the restorative balm of solitude.

Water natives often translate their sense of the world artistically. Some find release from their own personal dramas when they're able to express them as universal. As writers, musicians and actors they help others make sense of the human experience. But this also happens in everyday life: Water Signs soften the blunt edges of the mundane by cushioning it with emotional meaning. They covet aesthetic beauty -- and for everyone to be happy as a result of it. However, much like still water can become stagnant, inactive Water Signs are not at their best. They feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they usually do so in enchanting ways.

Seeing things more clearly than others, and feeling them more acutely than do the natives of other Signs, they are frequently referred to as ‘psychic’. But these insights are easily clouded by the intensity of their feelings or altered by their vivid imaginations.

Also on the flip side of this fluid Element is the tendency of these individuals to brood. Susceptible to mood swings, at their worst they can become self-indulgent, controlling – able to manipulate and drain the emotions of those closest to them – and hostage to a fantasy world.





THE CANCER PROFILE

Positive Traits
Nurturing and Sensuous
Intuitive and Imaginative
Shrewd and Tenacious
Sensitive and Empathetic


Negative Traits
Changeable and Moody
Self-Absorbed and Clinging
Subjective and Clannish
Neurotic and Needy


Cancer’s emotions are as changeable as the Moon itself and their nature makes them something of an enigma, even to those closest to them. In fact, the Cancer temperament is a veritable kaleidoscope of waxing and waning feelings and during the course of a conversation, you may notice – passing fleetingly across the faces of July-born – scores of distinctively different emotions: no one ever repeated or expressed in exactly the same way. Quite simply, Cancer exude drama and these extraordinarily emotional individuals can sink into a mood and fully inhabit it, so that it seems to permeate the atmosphere around them. No other Sign has so pervasive an emotional aura as to either lift your spirits to ecstatic heights or to fill you with clouds of gloom, depending upon his mood.

Moreover, the Cancer imagination is so vivid that it’s like they’re watching home movies inside their heads. For them, every life experience can be replayed again and again and the same internal landscape revisited. This is the raw material for both creative genius and the tendency to get stuck in emotional eddies. These natives love to dream of far-away places and times past and will talk about historical events as if they were actually there. Most Cancer have a special reverence for the past, and if you ask them to tell you whom of all people they admire most, they'll most often rattle off the names of several prominent historical figures.

The idiom “home is where the heart is” has no greater ring of truth than when describing how the Cancer feels about his abode. Home is where he dreams, lives, plays and loves. And it is the only place he feels secure. But, because they're psychic sponges, they need plenty of space to unravel the little dramas of the day, or they’ll get cranky.

And Cancer has a tender heart. But you might not see it at first behind the cool exterior. However, once you’re allowed inside the circle of trust, you’ll start to know why they’re called the “Mother” of the Zodiac. Cancer is never truly happy unless they have someone or something to care for and their innate understanding of human emotion allows them to see through the pretenses of other Signs and lend encouragement, support or sympathy when needed. Both men and women of this Sign have an instinctive nurturing side that endears them to those they love and it is amazing to discover how many July-born have acquired the appendage – ‘good ol'– to their names. The Crab’s claws hold tight, though, and often they have trouble letting go of relationships and situations.

But there is a private, reclusive side to every Cancer. Because of their extreme emotional sensitivity, they fear ridicule and would rather retreat than defend themselves. And there is always lurking in the background of their personalities a foreboding of disaster. As if upon some hidden cue, the Crab can suddenly retreat into the watery burrows of his inner consciousness and not be seen for days. Try and question him about his absence and he'll probably not know what you're talking about.


However, if Cancer can reconcile the personal conflict of their urge to be outgoing with the reserve that causes them to withdraw into themselves, then at best they can inspire a generation, especially the youthful part of it, by their idealism. They also have a penchant for trade or business and are often successful as a captain of industry. This is because they are excellent organizers with a good sense of value and economy that they may combine with a flair for invention and originality.

Take Note: The stealth approach of Cancer often takes people by surprise, and many have been underestimated. They’ll protect their sensitivity by going after what they want indirectly, which can be seen as passive. But try to take advantage of their gentle nature, and you’ll soon be put in your place. Once crossed, the Cancer holds a grudge to infinity, so it’s hard to win back their trust.

Romantically Speaking: Above all, the Cancer needs a sense of belonging and an intimate home life. Once committed, they’ll prove to be the ultimate family man or woman, and likely never stray too far from the nest.





THE SCORPIO PROFILE


Positive Traits

Determined and Forceful
Intense and Intuitive
Formidable and Passionate
Exciting and Magnetic


Negative Traits
Jealous and Vengeful
Compulsive and Obsessive
Secretive and Cunning
Manipulative and Obstinate


Scorpio are the most profound and powerful characters in the Zodiac. There is a harnessed aggression, an immense forcefulness, magnetic attraction and often strangely hypnotic quality in their tranquil, but watchful, composure that can be intimidating. An outer mask of cool control belies a vast and often turbulent psychic interior. In a word, the Scorpio is intense, and works best in a crucible of pressure and uphill challenges. Without a sense of purpose, the darker emotions can take hold and lead them down the paths of obsession, jealousy and worse.

In conventional social gatherings they are pleasant to be with, thoughtful in conversation, dignified, and reserved, yet affable and courteous. And in their everyday behavior they give the appearance of being withdrawn from the center of activity. Yet those who know them will recognize the ever-probing, ever-evaluating observation that is an integral component of their character. They intuitively take in everything around them and reveal very little in return. And don’t expect instant friendship here, as it takes time to win the trust of the wary Scorpio.

Scorpio are deeply sensitive and easily moved by their emotions. And that sensitivity, together with a propensity for extreme likes and dislikes, make them easily hurt: quick to detect or imagine insult or injury to themselves and easily aroused to ferocious anger. And because they relate to their fellows only as leaders, they can be blunt to those they dislike to the point of cruelty.


The Sun in Scorpio have a powerful drive to succeed and often have extracurricular activities that take it up a notch. They’re great competitors because of their built-in radar for the weaknesses of the opponent. They’ll remain calm until the exact moment when a targeted attack will do the most damage. That’s why in relationships of any kind they are a formidable enemy if betrayed.

Fortunate that their strong reasoning powers are tempered with imagination and intuition and that these gifts are usually accompanied by critical perception and analytical capacity, Scorpio often find fulfillment in the ice-cold self-control and detachment of the surgeon or soldier and the concentration of the research scientist. And any profession in which investigation and analysis are relevant may attract these charismatic "twice-born" characters. They may also become masters of the written and spoken word. This Sun Sign includes among its natives more geniuses than does any other.

At the other extreme is the procrastinator: the man or woman who is capable of so much that they do nothing and become indolent and self-indulgent: requiring extravagant praise and flattery from those whom they make their cronies.

Romantically Speaking: Those in a relationship with a Scorpio need to be strong-willed in order to keep from being controlled by their undertow. And never try to hide anything from them because they’ll quickly “read” it on your face. Moreover, Scorpio have earned a reputation for being highly sexual and need an amorous outlet for all that emotional intensity. However, to those few allowed into their private worlds they are fiercely loyal and their enveloping sensuality usually makes all the drama worth it.





THE PISCES PROFILE


Positive Traits

Romantic and Sensitive
Compassionate and Idealistic
Imaginative and Naïve
Intuitive and Creative


Negative Traits
Escapist and Self-Indulgent
Secretive and Vague
Weak-willed and Gullible
Impressionable and Overwhelmed


Pisceans are deservedly popular with all kinds of people in part because their easygoing, affectionate, malleable and submissive natures offer no threat or challenge to stronger and more exuberant characters. But they will not be able to maintain for very long friendships or associations with those who are too materialistic.

As the last of the twelve Zodiac Signs, Pisces is said to contain aspects of them all. This makes the Pisces Sun so changeable as to appear not to have one singular identity. It's as if they merely touch down in this human reality and remain only long enough to try on a few personas. Consequently, those with the Sun in Pisces can seem to be "somewhere else" half the time. And because their natures are often too otherworldly for practical purposes – they tend to exist emotionally rather than rationally and instinctively rather than intellectually – the nine-to-five life is not easy for them.

So it is important for these individuals to find a sense of purpose in order to avoid just drifting: their sensitivity makes them more vulnerable to escapism through addictions or personal dramas than are other Signs. The challenge to Pisces natives, then, is to somehow integrate their affinity with the more subtle planes into constructive working relationships. Fortunately, Pisceans are usually versatile and intuitive; quickly master new skills; observe and listen well; and are receptive to new ideas and atmospheres. And all these factors can combine to produce remarkable creativity in literature, music and art. This is the sign of the mystic poet, and a creative pursuit gives Pisces the motivation to be disciplined. And bringing structure to the vast imagination and shades of emotion flowing within the Pisces nature is a great achievement.

Similarly, in medicine and social work, Pisceans find an outlet for their empathy and mercy while their professional statures curb the likelihood of their being taken advantage of. And, if they're typical March-born, they are not elitists: saint, sinner, murderer, thief, liar, rich or poor - deserving or undeserving - the Piscean instinctively recognizes the worth of the individual and can overlook the apparent causes of their circumstances.

But the fact that the Pisces Sun leads with a compassionate heart can be both a blessing and a curse. Many are remarkably wise and self-sacrificing when it comes to helping the vulnerable or those down on their luck. But this noble trait can take them down a path of being used and abused before they learn to set strong boundaries and they are better working either by themselves or in subordinate positions. Most would be afraid to manage more than a small department, worrying always that they would fail in a crisis.

Romantically speaking: Pisces fare well with a guiding-hand type who understands the fluidity of their nature. And life with a Pisces means having a bridge to unseen worlds of the heart and imagination. Awesome!


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8. "The Fire Sign Profiles"


KEYWORDS


Spontaneous and Energetic
Gregarious and Passionate
Self-centered and Dramatic
Instinctual and Visionary


The ‘Physical’ Fire Signs have a simmering at-the-ready stance and are prone to sudden illuminating flashes of insight and bursts of enthusiasm. There is about them a warm radiance, a trust in life's journey and a willingness to take risks. Infused with an emotional energy that can spread like wildfire to everyone around them, they sense a golden thread of destiny and potential running through their own lives and are often able to lead others to their own. But, it is important for them to have cheerleaders to fan the flames of their interests.

A Fire Sign is also an indicator of creativity. This Element manifests itself in unique ways, and those in its glow are usually wonderfully courageous, lively spirits: self-sufficient, spontaneous and possessing a tremendous zest for life. Strong, self-assured and fun, they're great catalysts for play and have a knack for unearthing the spontaneous side of those around them.

Fire Signs act on instinct or "sixth sense," and that can make them look reckless to more cautious types. However, they're actually following a powerful intuition that keeps them at the leading edge of fresh experiences. But, although going on faith often gets them far, they have a tendency to skip crucial steps and to be unaware of the emotional impact of their actions on others. And because they are so very passionate about life and like to live large, Fire Signs often feel frustrated by mundane chores and duties. Too, Fire natives can be overly strident in getting their way. Call it bossy, even. These folks can come across rather forcefully. Selfishness and an overdeveloped ego can also be seen as part of a fiery individual's shadowy side.





THE ARIES PROFILE


Positive Traits

Adventurous and Confident
Pioneering and Courageous
Enthusiastic and Straight-Forward
Dynamic and Quick-witted


Negative Traits
Selfish and Dominating
Impulsive and Insensitive
Foolhardy and Quick-Tempered
Willful and Ruthless


Adventurous, ambitious, impulsive, enthusiastic and full of energy, Aries is a trailblazer: open to new ideas and a lover of freedom. These individuals welcome opposition and will not be diverted from their purposes except by their own impatience or boredom. Gifted with a direct, fiery nature that puts them one step ahead of the crowd, the childlike enthusiasm of these entrepreneurs and revolutionaries is infectious, and their ability to rouse others' interest in a project or cause is unparalleled. They’ll often take charge of a situation and their sense of certainty usually makes others fall in line. But the Mars-ruled are initiators -- not perpetuators.

Often larger-than-life, they can light up a room with their charisma: they’re among the ones with the stamina to party ‘til dawn. But if a gathering, project or relationship begins to be dull they’ll quickly move on. The Sun in Aries craves excitement and their restless spirits are in constant pursuit of the next ‘big thing’.

Because their approach to life is somewhat simplistic, what Aries can accomplish without a lot of distracting nuances and complexities to slow him down is staggering. Don't, however, put them in a position where they'll have to deal with complicated emotions or with a problem requiring delicate handling or subtlety. They're simply not equipped for it.

And, much concerned with personal advancement and physical satisfaction (self-reliant but also self-centered), Aries do not work well under authority unless they, too, have subordinates. In fact, they may be too self-sufficient and proud to acknowledge they have a boss and often take matters into their own hands (disregarding authority absolutely). Ask an Aries how many times he's been fired, and he'll probably tell you more than once. And that is probably because, most of all, Aries – propelled by an inner drive that is a force to be reckoned with – wants to achieve great things and at times their rush to accomplish them can cause them to take unnecessary risks or to forge ahead without planning out crucial details. Some say the Sun in Aries learns the hard way: by leaping before looking. But, being an active Sign, the Aries does learn best through experience.

In personal relationships Aries are frank, direct and candid: gregarious and generous friends. However, their immense energy can also make them aggressive and restless, argumentative, headstrong, quick-tempered and easily offended: of all the Zodiac’s natives, an Aries will most readily haul off and punch a nose.

And while an Aries is not the least bit calculating (in most instances, he'll simply tell it like it is before he's had a chance to think about the consequences), he does crave admiration and praise. So that while he won’t usually lie (in contradiction of his straightforward nature), he'll often exaggerate the truth in his own favor or simply in order to stamp it with his individuality.


Intellectually, Aries are quick-witted, usually objective, and inspirationally optimistic: irreplaceable champions of lost causes and last-ditch stands. But they can also become extremists: foolhardy and dogmatic zealots whose enormous talents and vibrant personalities become a hindrance (if not a threat) to the welfare of the society in which they move.

Romantically Speaking: Aries is the Sign of the Warrior and sometimes they go too far and wound those they love with hurtful words spoken in the heat of an argument. They quickly forgive and forget, but they often have to deal with the fallout of their brusque demeanor. Moreover, these natives have minds that filter out the non-essentials and it is their clear sight that helps them make such rapid progress in life: so, once fixed on a goal, they’ll move forward with a single-minded determination that threatens to leave those close to them in the dust. But if you’re a match for such an amped-up spirit, you’ll never forget being pulled along by the power of this dynamic personality.





THE LEO PROFILE


Positive Traits

Generous and Affectionate
Exuberant and Colorful
Broadminded and Theatrical
Proud and Vivacious


Negative Traits
Pompous and Patronizing
Overbearing and Provocative
Dogmatic and Intolerant
Selfish and Egotistical


At first, it’s hard not to like those with the Sun in Leo with their open hearted, friendly ways. They often enter a room as a radiant presence that causes everyone to take notice, and are skilled at “working” a crowd for best effect. As a friend, they have a gift for mining your buried dream, polishing it to a shine again, and making anything seem possible. And there is a public confidence with the Leo Sun that affords them free reign to fully express their creative and social selves. Whether they end up in civil service or on a Broadway stage, chances are they’ll have an audience. When standing proudly before adoring fans (or co-workers), they project a warmth that has a palpable power to win hearts and minds.

It is a Leo’s birthright to lead, and they'll naturally assume that role without being asked. However, if that authority is questioned, they may abandon a project entirely. Outgoing, spontaneously warm-hearted and plain-spoken (but poor judges of character), Leo are more disillusioned than the average if let down by those they trust.

And, since Leo simply can't function if they're not in a position to lead, they'll brood until that status has been reinstated. However, even after they discover that they've been duped or abandoned, most Leos are too big about it – or too proud – to retaliate. Because they are usually incapable of actions that are in any way mean, base or underhanded, they have difficulty in recognizing those traits in others. In activities where these lower qualities are essential for success, the majority of Leo tend not to succeed.

And because they see a project in its grandest perspective, Leo natives have a disdain for details: their chief attribute in any group situation is the unique capacity for the overall manipulation of resources to produce a desired result. So it is not surprising that more wealth is found under Leo than under any other Sun Sign.

On the whole they are powers for good, for they are strongly idealistic, humane, and beneficent. They have a powerful intelligence and are of a broad philosophical, sometimes religious, turn of mind. Those who are devout may be very obstinate in upholding traditional beliefs and will cling tenaciously, but with complete sincerity, to practices and doctrines that liberal thinkers regard as absurdly out-of-date.

However, a Leo’s faults can be as large in scale as are his virtues and an excessively negative Leo can be a very unpleasant human being. These Leos will not hesitate to use cunning, lies and trickery to discredit their adversaries. Narcissism, greed for flattery, bombast, pomposity and snobbish superiority can also be characteristic of Leo.

Romantically Speaking; The Sun in Leo has a hard time with the mundane, and will be drawn to colorful careers and dramatic relationships. While some people shrink at the idea of dating around, the Leo considers romance a grand game. And it’s not unusual for these natives to play more than one game at a time.

Too, after getting to know a Leo, you’ll discover that they’re very loyal: to themselves. You can come up against severe resistance if you try to bend the will of a Leo for the sake of a relationship. Their reputation for being ‘diva-difficult’ is well-earned. But, because so many of them grab the gusto and achieve their lofty goals, in the end their stubborn self-regard usually elicits widespread respect.





THE SAGITTARIUS PROFILE


Positive Traits

Optimistic and Freedom-loving
Curious and Sporting
Good-humored and Straightforward
Expansive and Philosophical


Negative Traits
Blindly-optimistic and Careless
Irresponsible and Superficial
Flippant and Promiscuous
Tactless and Restless


Sagittarius have a positive outlook on life and are full of enterprise, energy, versatility and adventure: eager to extend experience beyond the physically familiar. They delight in travel and exploration: Sagittarius are genuinely intrigued by foreign cultures and even when their finances preclude traipsing the globe Sagittarius travel in their minds. And their bright, cheerful demeanors can be disarming. It’s an uncomplicated style that invites you to drop your defenses, too, and just “be.” This makes for a fun friend who knows all the best ethnic restaurants and will be more than happy to stay out ‘til the wee hours.

Ambitious and optimistic (even when their hopes are dashed), their strongly idealistic natures are able to withstand disappointments without being affected. They are usually honorable, honest, trustworthy, truthful, generous and sincere (with a passion for justice). They are characteristically on the side of the underdog and are prepared to be rebellious.

Non-conformists, Sagittarius hate being bound to rigid social confines or pigeonholed into strict routines that don't give them plenty of breathing room. Even more than physical restrictions, they'll loathe mental confinement. Sagittarius have both profound and broad minds: equipped with foresight, good judgment and keen intuition. As a result, they are often fascinating conversationalists and correspondents. Think Mark Twain. Think Sagittarius.

Known, too, for their spontaneous philosophical ramblings, these natives don’t seem to get bogged down in emotional complexities. So those who love them may wish for more depth: more feeling. And there are times when they are shockingly blunt. It’s unnerving to be the target of a direct hit.. But that same tactless personality can be a beacon of light in confusing times. Leave it to a Sagittarius to step into a messy tangle and sum up the situation with blinding clarity. They’ll be willing to speak the truth when all others hide in confusion. This makes them invaluable friends who can guide you back to a clear path when you need honesty rather than enabling.

And in a curious twist of fate, Sagittarius, who are often accused of clumsiness, are also credited with extraordinary grace and coordination when engaged in purposeful physical activity: most particularly sports and dance. In everyday activities, however, the Sagittarian can be surprisingly less dignified. Though the December-born athlete may break the record for high jump, he'll stumble over his shoelaces walking onto the field.


Sagittarius are much more adept at adapting than inventing and are at their best when working with colleagues whose talents compliment, rather than compete with, their own. But Sagittarius can sometimes be exacting, domineering and inconsiderate in the work place: scorning the inadequacies of others while expecting fulsome recognition of their own skills and effort. Moreover, they can be (and frequently are) impulsively angry. And, when angry, both male and female Sagittarians can be vicious: employing with precision those words or actions that will most severely wound their adversary. On the other hand, they are magnanimous in forgiving offenses and quick to make amends for their own intemperance.

Romantically Speaking: The same notable physicality that attracts Sagittarius to vigorous athletics and bold travel-adventures often extends to their intimate relationships and their flexible, lusty, anything-goes attitude can cause them to take a walk on the wild side. So, the ideal partner for them is above all a friend and a partner in life’s great adventure who understands the needs of a true free spirit. However, more apt then the average to make an uncongenial alliance, their innate restlessness (which, if excessive, often jeopardizes more than their own stability) will often compel them to use even the most satisfying ménage as a base from which to … depart.



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9. "The Air Sign Profiles"


KEYWORDS
Intellectual and Innovative
Conceptual and Analytical
Curious and Social
Cerebral and Detached


The gift of Air is flexibility and its natives’ ability to experience life through many prisms. Air Signs use their minds to make sense of their lives and for them there is more space between the life lived and the observing mind than is so with other Signs. So, to others, these individuals can appear detached, aloof, remote and cool: they’ll often attempt to talk their way through feelings – or to analyze a situation – rather than deal with the full emotional weight of the moment. Critical thinkers who handle abstract reasoning well, the ‘Intellectual’ Air Signs love to probe and synthesize. Have a dilemma? Hand it over to an Air Sign and watch them go to work.

And the distance between these masters of cultural navigation and their own emotions can be refreshing. These are extremely social creatures – their curiosity keeps them ever- mingling – and their currency is their ability to link diverse social groups or individuals with their often extraordinary collections of ideas, obscure facts, gossip and knowledge. Drawn to words, many Air natives become professional storytellers, interpreters and journalists who provide the rest of us with astute commentary on the cultural trends, social attitudes and political consciousness of our times. Others of them – especially Aquarius – have a more conceptual way of thinking. Almost without exception, however, all of these alert, curious and perceptive individuals are very communicative and the world as seen by an Air Sign will be an interesting one – as their analysis and subsequent explanation (hopefully in terms we can understand) will indicate. Talking with an inspired Air Sign can be like skipping through a kind of virtual reality full of detail, specificity and local color.


Moreover, the Element usually manifests itself in a most humane way: objective, cooperative, unprejudiced (and often highly idealistic), most actually do ‘want to help make a better world’. And, leading with their heads, these observers of the human scene are the ‘idea’ people who, from their loftier viewpoint, are often able to offer it a fresh perspective of its problems and an innate clarity of vision that is rare among the natives of other Signs.

However, these inventive and clever individuals will insist upon considering all sides of an equation before they decide on a course of action. And, because Air Signs are especially vulnerable to the excesses of our mind-body split, balance is of paramount importance to them. So that while Air natives are usually calm and collected, they can – and frequently do – turn bitterly cold if their equilibrium is upset.

A word to the wise: there's little upside to baiting an Air Sign!





THE LIBRA PROFILE


Positive Traits

Diplomatic and Urbane
Romantic and Charming
Easy-going and Sociable
Idealistic and Fair-minded


Negative Traits
Indecisive and Changeable
Gullible and Easily-influenced
Flirtatious and Self-indulgent
Passive and Co-dependent


Ruled by the planet Venus, Libra are the very personification of refinement and affection, endearing you with their genteel manner and melting your heart with their ingratiating smiles. Those with the Sun in Libra have an easy grace and charm that is truly enviable. Many have soothing voices that are easy on the ears. And they love to talk. They’re at their very best when their gift for communication is put to a high-minded purpose, and, noted for their ability to harmonize conflicted situations – the Libra personality attracts the revelations, confidences, gossip and trust of others like a magnet – they thrive in calm, aesthetically pleasing environments. But don't let all that sugar and spice fool you. Libra are easily upset by the chaos of life and then the October-born can be as quarrelsome, as irritable and as intractable as any Sign in the Zodiac.

These are very social human beings. It’s difficult – even unnatural – for Libra to “go it alone”. More than any other Sign, they function best in “people” environments. At a party, you’ll find that Libra is the one playing host or hostess – no matter whose house it is – and looking fabulously at ease: they have a very artful way of serving cocktails and scintillating ideas with equal aplomb. Libra loathe cruelty, viciousness and vulgarity. And they detest overt conflict. So they do their best to cooperate and compromise with everyone around them. Their ideal for their own circle (and for society as a whole) is unity. And their cast of mind is artistic rather than intellectual: many Libra are drawn to creative fields, since their eye for beauty is often quite refined.

Libra is symbolized by the Scales of Balance, and just as a set of scales will teeter back and forth before achieving a new balance, Libra will vacillate to and fro between extremes: mental, emotional or physical. When the Libra does make a decision, however, you can probably bank on its integrity. The polar opposite of subjective Aries, the Libra is quite capable of objective judgment: irrespective of his own tastes, mores, philosophies or preferences. And even though Libra take a lot of heat for being indecisive, they make up for it with an idealism that has the power to change their world. Perhaps this is why there are more judges born under Libra than under any other Sun Sign and why the Scales have come to represent our system of justice.

However, once they have reached a conclusion Libra will not tolerate a divergent opinion: among their faults is an impatience of criticism and a greed for approval. Moreover, the negative Libra character may show frivolity, flirtatiousness and shallowness. It can be changeable and indecisive, impatient of routine, colorlessly conventional and timid, easygoing to the point of inertia and inappropriately docile: yet Libra can shock everyone around them with sudden, and inexplicable, storms of rage.

The Libra flair for tact and diplomacy is unparalleled in the Zodiac. And in business and diplomatic relations, the Libra is able (far more often than not) to accomplish what he desires without destroying relationships that could be valuable to him in the future. Great venture partners, they relish bouncing ideas off other people and eagerly contribute their talents to committed teams. But the ease with which they pursue any argument can sometimes make you wonder where the Libra really stands. Nothing irritates these natives' harmonizing intellect more than one-dimensional thinking. So, if they think your line of reasoning is too pat or simplistic, they'll purposely take the opposing view.

And while 'Lazy Libra' is a common phrase - the same languid style that puts everyone in a relaxed mood can lead to self-indulgence and a passive attitude toward life – those who would casually ascribe laziness to the October-born have never seen them in their more productive mode. Once they have committed themselves to a goal, Libra can become powerhouses: using their well-ordered intellects to accomplish in leaps and bounds tasks that might encumber other Signs. The trouble is that in planning any endeavor they can get so lost in the endless labyrinth of strategies, factors and options which have to be weighed and evaluated by their logical minds that Libra’s procrastination can give you the best portrayal of laziness you've ever seen.

Romantically Speaking: The Sun in Libra has a natural gift for being the ideal in the eyes of their beloved. And that is because they’re so instinctively aware of what it is the other wants and needs them to be. So, while some Libras end up losing their sense of self in the process, a more romantic, devoted partner is hard to find.





THE AQUARIUS PROFILE


Positive Traits

Friendly and Humanitarian
Progressive and Pioneering
Original and Inventive
Eccentric, Independent and Intellectual


Negative Traits
Intractable and Dogmatic
Perverse and Unpredictable
Unemotional and Detached
Isolated


The Sun in Aquarius has been called the “rebel” of the Zodiac because of their total commitment to their unique vision. They’re uncompromisingly anchored in their own lives and grant that same autonomy to others. And, because Aquarius instinctively appreciate diversity and have a sustaining confidence in their own convictions, they are extremely tolerant of the behaviors and opinions of others. So, with an innate sense that everyone should “do their own thing”, Aquarius often seem to be detached – and friendly – at the same time.

Noted for their altruistic and progressive natures, Aquarius possess strong-willed, forceful and attractive personalities that present themselves as one or the other of two core types: the first shy, sensitive, gentle and patient; the second exuberant, lively and exhibitionist. Both types are humane, frank, serious-minded, genial, refined and often ethereal and idealistic. The last quality, however, is tempered with a sensible practicality.

So, while the Aquarian nature is known as eccentric, that is only because it follows that personal golden thread of inspiration to the limits. Another name for this could be genius, since it pushes out into the road less traveled and then goes yet further. And while this sometimes leads to great achievement, there’s always a chance that it can also lead to isolation. However, quick, active and persevering (usually interacting with others with reason, moderation and good humor), the native’s distain for the status quo – unlike the social activism of Sagittarius or the overt revolt of Aries – is most usually held in check by a quiet optimism: that things, given time and patient crusade, will improve. Rather, his more subtle rebellion most usually manifests itself in unconventional dress or grooming, erratic behaviors and wry (devastating) sarcasm.

Too, despite the magnetic, forthcoming and open personality of the extrovert Aquarius and the humanistic traits of both types, neither makes friends readily. They do not give themselves easily - perhaps their judgment of human nature is too good for that - and are sometimes accounted condescending and cold. Even in the intimate companionship that they instinctively seek, they are fiercely independent. They dislike interference by others, however helpfully intended, and will accept it only on their own terms. But once they decide that another is worthy of their friendship, Aquarius are tenacious and extraordinarily loyal compatriots. However, if they are deceived their anger is terrible. And if disillusioned (usually because their own idealism causes them to demand more of others than is reasonable) Aquarius do not forgive.

Aquarius work most effectively within a group environment provided that they are recognized as having a leading role in the project. They’re tuned into a different frequency, and have a vast mindscape that seems to make them self-sufficient. In other words, they’re happy to spend time alone. Yet as a sign of paradoxes, the Aquarius is also drawn to groups and “communities.” Able to quickly identify the undercurrents of gatherings, they are adept at helping people act together to accomplish a goal. They’re usually at the forefront of a cause: often before it becomes safe or fashionable.

Aquarius have a feeling of unity with nature and a desire for knowledge and truth that makes them admirable scientists: most especially astronomers and natural historians. These are the ones with a faraway look, most likely thinking brilliant and futuristic thoughts. Their minds seem to roam the outer edges of what is possible, and many of them make the impossible a reality as pioneers in science and technology. And their quirky, wholly original take on life gives them an edge should they venture into the Arts. The Aquarius talent for mimicry and parody serves them well as character actors or comedians. Their avant-garde tendencies are often expressed in writing (most usually poetry), public service broadcasting and musical innovation. And their altruism may find its voice in welfare fields or education.


Romantically Speaking: The Aquarius remains a sovereign being who needs an intellectual rapport to sustain a romance. An ideal mate inhabits a parallel universe and from it is able to accept the physical and mental distances that the Aquarius personality imposes. And it is often very surprising to see how much love can grow in the space between two people.





THE GEMINI PROFILE


Positive Traits


Adaptable and Versatile
Eloquent and Witty
Intellectual and Engaging
Charming, Youthful and Lively


Negative Traits
Nervous and Restless
Superficial and Inconsistent
Cunning and Duplicitous
Rumor-Mongering


Gemini, the Sign of the Twins, is dual-natured, elusive, complex and contradictory. To them, life is a game that must always be full of fresh moves and continuous entertainment and free of labor and routine. Charmers and clowns, they often wear a silly grin that seems to say that they get the cosmic joke that all is, after all, well: it’s really okay to sample everything from the smorgasbord of life. And, since they’re always finding something absurd to giggle over, you might hear the laughter of Gemini Suns before you see them. They’re great wits and their interest in people often thrusts them into the role of social ice breaker.

Their good qualities are attractive and come easily to them. They are affectionate, courteous, kind, generous, and thoughtful - provided none of the activities resulting from expressing these traits interferes too greatly with their own lives and comforts. And in social situations, even at their worst they are never dull - there is usually playfulness below the surface and they can be exhilarating conversationalists. However, often referred to as the dilettante of the Zodiac because they’ll try anything once and usually do, the Gemini needs to be able to reinvent himself many times and to follow the threads of inspiration wherever they lead. And that innate quality can make these natives seem restless and inconsistent. So, although Gemini may be hard to pin down and a bit challenging to deal with, if you can accept the shape-shifting nature of their personalities, they make excellent friends.

But be warned that like chameleons, they absorb and reflect every change in their environment and can become pessimistic, sullen, peevish and self-centered prattlers, boasters, liars and cheats if circumstances force them to struggle in any way.

Gemini have a keen and intuitive intelligence. They love cerebral challenges and though they dislike the labor of learning, their mental agility, energy and insatiable curiosity afford them a voracious appetite for knowledge. Many Gemini become veritable walking encyclopedias. And if a Gemini finds a subject worthy of his incredible kaleidoscopic mind, these individuals have the capacity to become masters of an art or science.

So, although their intellect is strongly analytical and sometimes gives them so great an ability to see both sides of a question that they vacillate and find it hard to make decisions, their cleverness and ingenuity may also very well be used to control and unify the duality of their natures into a most efficient unit. If faced with difficulties, they have little determination to worry at a problem until they find a solution - they will pick the brains of others.

Any work that combines quick-wittedness with a change of surroundings suits Gemini. They are often skilled manipulators of language and are usually very successful diplomats, academics, authors, poets, journalists and lawyers (albeit they are more brilliant than profound and more interested in theory than in practice). And any and every sales venue is, of course, sweet home to them.

Romantically Speaking: The Gemini knows that the world is vast and full of endless fascinations to explore and so they need an intellectual rapport with their mate. The ideal companions for them are individuals who think at their same speed of light. They need a certain kind of space to grow, and those who do manage to stay close to Gemini don’t try to hold on too tightly. Because, if the door of a relationship is open for them to come and go at will, they’ll usually, over time, prove their own brand of faithfulness.




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10. "Temper! Temper! Temper! Temper!"


The following comparisons of the Elements | Temperaments are edited excerpts of articles authored by Clare Martin
Found at Astrodienist : Mapping the Psyche
Volume One - Lessons Nine and Ten



The Fire and Earth Signs


It is helpful to look at the Fire and Earth Signs together because, as opposite Elements, they both challenge and complement each other. And it makes it easier to grasp the meaning of an Element if we compare it to what it is not. Fire is positive and masculine, Earth is negative and feminine. And these two Elements share the same personal, individual orientation to the world. For Fire, this orientation is subjective. An example of this would be a religious experience or personal conviction, which is absolutely real to the individual but which cannot be, and does not need to be proved, explained or justified to anyone else, since it is true for the individual. For the Earth Signs, the truth is objective - but just as personal - arising from Earth's own experience - via the five senses - of the outside world. For example, if Earth doesn't like the smell, taste or colour of something, then that is that. Nobody can argue otherwise.

Fire is also magnetic - it pulls us in. If you have ever stood watching a bonfire, I am sure you will have experienced this fascination. As we watch the flames, they pull us away from the 'real world' and into our imagination. And in our imaginations everything is exaggerated, colourful, larger than life and full of exciting potential. It is from the imagination that Fire Signs draw their contagious warmth and enthusiasm, fired by a unique and personal connection to a grand vision, a quest, a big picture which sets the stage for their own lives.

So, the Fire Signs - if they are to be true to themselves – must live right at the centre of their own individual dramas and mythic dreams. Fire Signs have an innate sense of their own unique specialness, which explains why they have a tremendous faith in themselves and why they will take the kind of risks that other Elements shrink from. 'Objective truths', such as the statistical odds against winning the lottery, for example, are meaningless to Fire Signs and often a cause of incomprehension, frustration and impatience. Even when they crash and burn, Fire Signs normally have the faith to pick themselves up and carry on. For the Element of Fire, relationships are about the excitement of the chase - be it another person or an ideal. Fire is not concerned with commitment and stability. This explains why so many people get burned when they 'play with Fire'.

Another interesting thing about the Elements is that, in a very concrete way, we use up our main Element quickly. This is why, on a very basic level, people with an emphasis on Fire in their charts really need plenty of sunshine, physical exercise, travel and adventure to maintain their basic optimism. And when Fire gets what it needs, its warm spontaneity and instinctive generosity is enormously healing for others, although, since it is simply a by-product of their natural vitality, Fire Signs themselves are often unaware of this fact.

However, each Element evokes its opposite and this explains both the resistance and attraction that exists between Fire and Earth. They are opposites but they need each other.

And, by contrast, the Earth Signs are rooted in here-and-now tangible reality. They are solid, dependable, practical and reliable, concerned with the material world and with the five senses. Think of Earth literally; everything that supports us grows from the earth, all the food we eat comes from the earth. Earth supports life and the Earth Signs have very strong security needs and tend to be very conservative. They are realistic. They are able to manifest, to make things happen, and have a tremendous capacity for perseverance and endurance. The Earth Signs come into their own when realism and practical solutions are called for.

The Earth Signs also tend to be comfortable and in touch with the natural world and, unlike the other elements, tend not to repress or undervalue the body's needs for proper nourishment, rest and exercise. Of all the elements, the Earth Signs are the most sensual and sexual. Earth is in its element here. Many Fire Signs, on the other hand, have an active dislike of their bodies, which are too confining, too restrictive. Our bodies hold us back. And they need to be fed, clothed and rested.

So, in general terms, the limitations of the Earth Signs are the same as the strengths of the Fire Signs. The practical, realistic Earth Signs can have a marked lack of enthusiasm, hope, faith and optimism, which can result in a kind of cynical disappointment with life, a sense that the world has 'let them down'. There can also be a lack of imagination and an inability to think symbolically. Taken to extremes, the 'concrete thinker' can become fundamemtalist/radical: a circumstance - not of faith - but of its lack.

Equally, the limitations of the Fire Signs can be described as the strengths of the Earth Signs. The difficulties, for Fire Signs, are the thousand obstacles of a practical nature which threaten to spoil and obstruct the fantasy. They can have problems coping with ordinary, everyday matters. Not to mention other people who point out, practically but not very helpfully, all the very good reasons why something is not possible. Fiery people can feel panicked and really miserable by a tax return and will do anything to escape. In a curious way, a tax return is an affront to Fire, which doesn't see the need to justify its existence to anyone or to obey the rules which, after all, only apply to ordinary mortals! Fire Signs are not interested in the actual reality of the situation.

But, while the fiery imagination can travel anywhere, without limitation, in order to turn these dreams into reality the practical Element of Earth is needed. We have to earn enough money in order to be able to afford to turn our dreams into reality, navigate transportation timetables, remember to get our visas updated and leave enough time to get to the airport.

Earth is not the only challenge to Fire. The Air and Water Signs can be equally obstructive. Fire's subjective vision and enthusiasm can easily be crushed by Air's rational analysis of the actual facts, and Water’s intuitive resistance to emotional risk can certainly blunt an enthusiasm for experiment. And Fire Signs can easily be overwhelmed by the roadblocks which the world throws at them. It is not unusual to meet Fire Signs who seem to have been 'put out'.

And, unless the natural enthusiasm, optimism and self-belief of the Fire Element can be rekindled, it may become distorted; violent and destructive:

In the case of Aries – demanding, in the case of Leo – jealous, in the case of Sagittarius – arrogant or patronizing.




The Air and Water Signs


The elements of Air and Water create our second pair of psychological opposites. For the Air Signs, the truth is objective, 'out there' in the systems created in the external world. And for the Water Signs, the truth is subjective, 'in here' in the emotional undercurrents and feelings native to us all.

The Air Signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are the most civilized, most social, detached, abstract, rational and, in fact, the most 'human' of all the Signs of the Zodiac because they all concern the mind and the intellect. The qualities of this Element, which is positive and masculine, are valued in our culture and encouraged by our education system, which prizes and rewards the ability to think and communicate logically and rationally.

Air Signs are impersonal - they have the gift of detachment and objectivity and the gift of perspective. As Signs of social interaction, they are articulate, natural negotiators, arbitrators and communicators, able to weigh up opposites and see both sides of the coin.


The shadow for Air Signs is the Element of Water: the world of the emotions that tends to be mysterious and rather uncomfortable territory for Air. In fact, they are often 'experts' when it comes to relationships. They can tell you a great deal about all the different theories of emotion and feelings, but this can often be a very clever defense against actually having to feel anything for themselves.

For example: If a person has enough planets in Water then he or she will be in touch with the emotions and living with them all the time. If he or she doesn’t have planets in Water, Water influences are still there, but are more likely to be operating autonomously, outside the control of the ego. So when a mood comes over that person, it can be quite overwhelming: we are, literally, 'beside ourselves'.

So, the point about the objective, exterior truth of Air is that, although it can tell you all about something, it can't tell you the actual value of anything. It is Water that tells us if something feels right or not, but this subjective emotional intelligence is something which, in our culture, we are often conditioned not to trust.

You see this phenomenon being played out on televised debate shows, with panels of people representing different views. No resolution or solution or progress emerges out of such debates, whose function seems to be mainly to clarify the opposing viewpoints, which is of value in itself but can easily go nowhere.

There used to be a programme on television called The Moral Maze (G – I presume, a British television program), where a group of respected academics and intellectuals would sit around a table each week and discuss important moral issues. One week the panel was asked to debate the subject of whether or not the soul exists.

The general consensus, of course, was that the soul did not exist because its existence had not been sufficiently proven according to the Air Signs' criteria of objective, collective truth. Another angle would be to suppose that the intellect can know nothing about the soul, and it is not uncommon for Air Signs to talk articulately and intelligently about things they know nothing about (G - )

Unlike the Air Signs, the Water Signs are non-verbal and tend to absorb the emotions and feelings behind what is being said rather than the words themselves. Water is extremely sensitive to atmosphere, picking up subtle feelings about places and people which are strongly felt but not so easy to verbalize. Water is receptive, like a sponge, and able to empathize or 'feel with' others.

With no inherent shape or form of its own, Water takes on the form of its container. At best, water is simply supportive and non-judgmental. If you are upset or in pain, Water can offer support, no matter what you have done or why you are feeling that way. For this reason, people often unburden themselves on Water people and cry on their shoulders, partly because, unlike Air, they will not try to solve or rationalize the problem away, which is normally a way of ignoring and undervaluing the feelings.

Imagine, for example, that Air and Water go to a party together. As they walk into the room, Air, who is interested in making social connections, might say: 'Great, there's so-and-so, whom I know, and there's so-and-so. I will introduce them to each other.' Water, on the other hand, might stand at the door and think, 'Hmm, this doesn't feel right. I'm not in the mood for this.'

If this happens, then it doesn't matter who is in the room; Water won't want to be there.

Then, Air will want to know what Water's problem is and will ask for a rational explanation. At this point Water feels overwhelmed because, as a mute, non-verbal Element, it is difficult to put words to the feelings.

Naturally, at this point Air begins to feels frustrated and irritated. Water then feels deeply misunderstood because it needs to have the problem intuited out of them, and might retaliate by saying something like: 'You don't understand me. You're so cold!'

This will probably be interpreted as an irrelevant statement by Air, whereas it was intended by Water as a way to protect their inner feelings.

The Elements of Earth and Fire have their own ways of responding to the detached, objectivity of the Air Signs. The Fire Signs would get impatient and just leave Air to carry on debating with itself, because Fire is subjective and doesn't really care what other people think. And practical Earth would not see the point of sitting around endlessly discussing concepts and theories and find the nearest cocktail … fast.

These kinds of difficulties happen all the time because we don't understand that people process information and experiences in ways which are innately different.



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