Oil Crises, Tankers, and the YODs of 1973 and 2019

With the world oil supply under threat of disruption by a ginned up case for war against Iran thanks to the renegade Trump gang, I took a look back at an excerpt from a previous post (linked below) concerning the Arab Oil Embargo of October 17, 1973 which includes the founding data for OPEC; note the organization’s stated goal:”OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) September 14,

Venus in Leo: “The Celebration of Love”

For the individual with natal Venus in Leo, Love is a celebration. Love is a stage. Love is generosity, attention and the radiation of appreciation & warmth. Love is breathtaking. Love is “play”. Love is enjoyment. Love is creating something. Love is being yourself and accepting your partner as such. Love is recognition.

With this placement, there’s an inclination not only to want to be recognized for your uniqueness, but also offer that same gift to your partner. Praise, encouragement, and “cheerleading” are ingredients that keep the fires burning.

To the PEOPLE who have this placement: please understand that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to hear words of affirmation from your partner, be admired, and be appreciated for your specialness.

Make no mistake about it: this placement suggests that you’re the “star of your own show” and you value being the center of your own personal drama. because your life is your canvas and you’re going to paint it how you see fit.

Those with Venus in Leo are learning to harness their relationships as a means to greater creativity & self-expression. After all, the placement is “flavored” with the warmth of the Sun and designed to emit rays of “light” that invigorate & vitalize those with whom they come in contact.

In perusing for a definition of the word validation we find the following : “recognition or affirmation that a person’s feelings or opinions are valid & worthwhile.” this is what those with Venus in Leo seek to give and receive. Somehow, this has been blown out of proportion  and labeled as “overly dramatic”.

In regard to this placement, the ability to center oneself has largely been assigned a negative connotation. It’s important for Venus in Leo folks to know that to be preoccupied with one’s own affairs is natural. It only becomes an issue when you have promised something and you can’t deliver or have no intentions of doing so.

Venus in Leo is a lifetime education on the true meaning of self-esteem and self-confidence. You’re learning about a healthy regard for one’s character and abilities whose origins are internal. This severely debilitates the temptation to become addicted to external praise.

If owners of this placement should stray from an internally derived regard for self, there are chances that they can get trapped into the whirlwind of being manipulated by “pats on the back” from others and even end up interpreting the lack of constant praise as displeasure. This generates a vicious cycle of attention seeking behavior to restore themselves as #1 in the eyes of the person or people distributing the recognition. Developing the ability to self-congratulate is a strategy that’s essential for venus in leo people.

With Venus in Leo, you’re becoming additionally educated in utilizing relationships as a conduit for shaping YOUR life to its own creative ends. It’s essential that your alliances become an impetus for SHARING as opposed to an exercise in ego inflation or self-aggrandizement. If YOU, as the Venus in Leo person allow yourself to fall victim to the fallacy that there’s no supporting cast in your drama, you become an agent for the type of sunlight that blinds rather than the one that provides sustaining & nourishing energy.

All things being equal, the ideal partner for you is someone who lets you know unequivocally how great you are, but makes it clear- as a constant reminder- that you’re not the ONLY one in this world that’s great. There are other great people, too.

Also, like your fire sign counterparts (Aries & Sagittarius), you require a partner who understands your simultaneous need to indulge in passionate intimacy while harnessing the personal space required to develop consistent with your creative potential.

When it’s all said and done, to engage in the perpetual celebration of love for YOURSELF and your PARTNER is the aspiration, and you’re more than equipped to enjoy what your relationships have to offer while creating a unique and irreplaceable work of art.

Jupiter In The 3rd House : “Intellectual Breadth”

 

With natal Jupiter, the planet of increase (among other things) located in the 3rd house of mental constructs and one’s immediate environment, we find an existing dynamic that’s ripe for the stretching and enlargement of one’s basic concepts. And, a calling to adopt a “bird’s eye view” via the practice of gathering information and synthesizing it to create a theory or larger conceptual framework.

In life, a common mistake that can be made is allowing ourselves to garner the belief that every person, place or thing operates with the same frame of reference as ONLY the data compiled by our immediate observations indicate.

What this particular placement is suggesting is for you to ask the questions which are necessary to pull yourself out of a strictly concrete mindset and make room for an intellectually expansive worldview which is more inclusive of the larger world.

Whatever information you come into contact with, the modus operandi is to ask yourself how that can be elaborated on, widened, elevated,  or advanced. The potential here is for you to build a larger window of thought for yourself in service of richer and more panoramic living.

Jupiter in the 3rd house is NOT the terrain where we ask “yes or no” questions or we administer multiple choice tests. Rather, it’s the place where we put forward open ended inquiries as to make the smaller conversation LARGER.

For those who choose to inflate or overestimate their mental capabilities, Jupiter in the 3rd house isn’t particularly friendly territory. In no way is this placement designed as a “fit” for those that claim to have all of the answers. If this was truly the case, there would be no need to continue the discourse, which is precisely the aim here.

Openness to a myriad of viewpoints and a true zest for learning is the optimal use of Jupiter in the 3rd house. In it’s best use, there’s a nobility here which exercises the principle of charity often in intellectual exchange. The goal is to suspend judgment in order to filter out dogmatic tendencies or an inclination toward bias. To remain generous in one’s ability to listen without merely waiting for one’s chance to speak is also a fantastic practice for those with this placement.

When navigating this territory successfully,  we begin to notice that HOW we interact with others is just as important as the information that we’re imparting or receiving. Do we view learning as a shared process? Or, are we sitting on a soapbox”high and mighty” , viewing others as mere “empty vessels” that are only here to partake in our so-called wisdom?

These are important questions to think about in regard to how our overall attitude intersects with our ability to navigate the student-teacher-learner dynamic.

Venus in Cancer : “The Safe Haven”

 

For Venus in Cancer natives, love is warmth and security. Literally, “Love is a House”, Love is emotional nurturing and support. Love is acceptance. Love is a family by blood or worldview. Love is a cozy “nest”away from the madness of the world. Love is protection. Love is active listening. Love is sensitivity. Love is making room for vulnerability.

In the world of Cancerian Venusians, one of their deepest yearnings is to feel as if someone expended the time, care and energy to actually understand them. true connection is something that they value immensely and don’t take lightly.

As a matter of fact, when we speak of ANYTHING cancerian, the themes of emotional security automatically arise. for them, security means something that’s not in doubt. something that they can count on, something they can trust & something that leaves them no fear of being exploited or manipulated.

To nurture is to help things and people grow. the individual with this placement wants nothing more than relationships based on a commitment to MUTUAL nurturing. You’ll most likely see the “claws” of the crab only if they feel the emotional energy they lay out isn’t being reciprocated.

What the Venus in Cancer person values is something or someone that provides a sense of belonging. In relationships, someone they know that’s committed to creating and maintaining a safe space where they can listen and be listened TO and they can be themselves without judgment or ridicule.

There’s a wispy, whiny “crybaby” stereotype of this placement (as well as other Cancer ones) that needs to be scrutinized more closely or put away. For the tenacity of the crab has few equals. A combination of gut -level shrewdness & acute perception keeps them on point.

A major developmental lesson for those with Venus in Cancer is that of self-nurturing. It’s key that you develop a private space inside yourself that you can return to as a “sanctuary” of sorts. Although connection to others is important, to be a good partner to oneself is a non-negotiable.

In several respects, those with Venus in Cancer are adept at fostering the elements of what would be deemed the “complete” relationship. Offering the warm, cozy nest of safety and unconditional love. The recognition of the full gamut of emotions and feelings. The inclination to intuit a partner’s spoken and unspoken needs. Attention paid to “the little things”. Promoter of the private, intimate “just between me and you.” bonds.

While this sounds fantastic, another EQUALLY IMPORTANT developmental lesson for those with Venus in Cancer involves “helping” and “caring as a form of creating obligations in other people. If not careful, this can manifest as subtle, indirect manipulation. So, you want to make sure that EVERYTHING you do derives from the emotional truth.

Further instruction includes learning how to receive the same affection you provide and avoiding the unconscious creation of one sided relationships. Furthermore, understanding the warning signals and dangers of holding something or someone TOO tightly and confusing that behavior with love.

For the Venus in Cancer person, it’s important to claim your gifts of sensitivity, the ability to read emotional undercurrents, the ability to anticipate the needs of others, intuition and “mirroring”. It’s just as significant that you avoid projecting these on those close to you.

Understand that you’ll need to resist “clapping back” at others that say you have “too much” of the aforementioned qualities. Even if you’re unable to articulate your feelings in the moment, know that your internal radar has chosen to focus on a person or a situation that requires your attention. As a result of this, you must follow the rabbit hole until you get the answers that you require. For you, in most cases, when something doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t.

At it’s best, Venus in Cancer can operate as a demonstration of the ideal feminine (irrespective of gender). and one who is capable of harnessing emotional support in quantity and quality with a relational style that’s sincere, soulful and heartfelt.