With over over 16 years of experience in the fields of Human Resources, Corporate Recruiting, Employee Development and Personality Assessment, Jason Fleming puts his varied content knowledge and passions to use as a Professional Counseling Astrologer in Raleigh, North Carolina. He takes a holistic approach and offers personalized consultations that are specifically tailored to the needs of his clients with focuses on personal development and growth.
Jason describes himself as a seeker and a searcher. In this interview he gives an ample amount of insight into his career, debunks the “one size fits all” belief surrounding Astrology and gives advice to those who are considering a pathway in Astrology. He emphasizes the importance of serving as a reliable guide to assist others in their journey of self discovery and authenticity.
What inspired, you to create your own astrology consulting business and what is your role in this space?
From the onset, it needs to be said that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, so when I write about sun signs, there are factors in the entire chart which are capable of heightening, suppressing or refining this energy.
As we proceed to look at the Libra archetype, the focus is now on the meaning of the scales’ function. After all, what exactly do scales do? They balance and they weigh.
Webster’s dictionary defines both a scale and a balance as:
“A beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends.”
Next, let’s examine the definition of weigh:
” To consider carefully, especially by balancing opposing factors or aspects in order to reach a choice or conclusion.”
This is the essence of the core life energy of Libra.
A large portion of Libra’s stimulus contains the balancing of their own ego recognition with the social acceptance of others. There is a continual weighing of what pleases others and the recognition of their own identity.
The process is lived out through the archetypal characters of the “nice” woman/man, the diplomat, the peacemaker, the smooth operator and the negotiator.
With this sign, the psychological need rests in being seen as attractive, fair, kind, and popular, and what better way to do that than to hold a continuous interest in what makes other people tick? To present yourself as charming and engaging, which in turn, puts others at ease and helps them feel important. An insightful quote from Alfred Adler, the Viennese psychologist, illustrates this point:
“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.”
Taking a look at all of the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, I would cast them all as possessing their own unique type of intelligence quotient:
Aries energy is inclined toward kinesthetic and leadership intelligence, Cancer is solidly rooted in emotional IQ. While Capricorn’s practical and managerial IQ is stellar,
Libra excels in social intelligence.
Libra energy is neatly attuned to seeing the “other side of the game” and opposing viewpoints seem to take on a particular fascination as a means to see “how the other half lives.” Libran’s are even inclined, to an extent, to take on the observer’s role when viewing themselves.
Like anything else, when this orientation is taken to the extreme, it tends to over function, which then presents itself as a dysfunctional display of behavior.
Consequently, an individual’s healthy social awareness has now denigrated to a stifling straitjacket because he/she is afraid to make a move or decision out of fear that someone will disapprove. Or, the “other’s” point of view has been under consideration so long, that they’ve completely forgotten about their own wants, needs and identity.
This is the time where the words of Albert Camus call for heavy consideration:
“To give oneself has no meaning unless one possesses oneself. You can give only what you have.”
After all, Libra: for you to be FREELY supported in your CENTER, you must BALANCE the weight on both ends: yourself, and the other side.
When approaching Astrology, my attempts are to do so with a developmental model in mind.
While there may be moments of glory which affirm our basic self-hood and encourage us to project that into the world, there are also bouts of crisis, or proverbial “forks in the road” that require our blind spots to be highlighted with the hopes that we’ll view this as food for growth, in service of becoming the people that we’re meant to be.
Every person born under a particular sign, or with an abundance of that sign’s archetypal energy within their birth chart possesses areas which, if not addressed properly, can severely hamper their human development.
In addition to the intellectually expansive and intrepid exploratory nature of Sagittarian energy, there can also be a more disordered side. This is the dysfunctional dimension of Sagittarius which concludes that strong belief correlates into ultimate, undisputed truth.
When Sagittarian (Jupiterian) energy is distorted, there’s a righteous indignation present that indicates we have life all figured out. This is an important observation, and something that those with heavy dose of this vibe definitely need to take note of, and neutralize in order to fully actualize their birth potential.
Feeling like your truth “walks on water” or is somehow “God-favored” can definitely become a colossal stumbling block in your development. It’s very humbling to realize that we don’t and we probably never will, have life all figured out, and if we manage to do that, best believe the breath which sustains us will have permanently escaped from our bodies.
It may help for you to consider that it can prove to be far more effective to ask questions which provoke thought and stimulate discussion rather than try to appear as if you’re the smartest person in the room.
Sagittarius, every day, there’s more to learn and explore. It’s such a big world out there. There are people with cultures and customs that we really know very little about whose philosophies and cosmologies make just as much sense to them as ours does to us.
What you’ll hopefully discover is that seeking to listen and understand can contain much more mileage than any type of judgments or critiques which parade your personal worldview as the standard for normative behavior.
Meditate on the symbol which is the bow and arrow.
Ultimately, your purpose is to formulate large scale questions which explore the nature of the universe and our place in it.
The fuel which can best sustain you on your life’s mission is that which thoughtfully ponders and prompts debate. When flowing with your cosmic blueprint, you place yourself in alignment with your natural birthright which is to guide and inspire others to open up new windows of thinking.
What needs to be realized is: you can most certainly accomplish this without instituting dogmatic clutches of “belief” in attempts to fervently convert others to your way of thinking.
Setting up an “Amen corner” is your celestial kryptonite.
To synthesize and ultimately advance knowledge, we must all consider viewpoints which at one time may have been totally foreign to us.
For Sagittarius, this is where you need to incorporate Gemini, your complimentary sign and come to grips with the multi-faceted nature of truth. Just because you’re looking out the window and see one thing, doesn’t mean everyone else has that same pair of lenses on.
The best example you can set is to effectively question the nature of things so that others may be prompted to investigate what other types of lenses may exist.
Let’s speculate for a minute and suppose that you DID have all of the answers.
What would be left to talk about? Understand that your job is to keep the discussion OPEN.
What you DON’T want to sound like is one of those people who starts off a sentence by saying “don’t debate me on this.” Or ends a heated, evangelical diatribe with “case closed”.
What, then, (if anything) do you have to look forward to in life, Sagittarius?
A tombstone that reads: “I was right”?
Your arrow is clearly supposed to fly freely with FORWARD momentum, and what better way to travel than to allow others the FREEDOM to pursue their own truth through sincere and robust inquiry?
You will be better for this. You will expand your mind and gain a greater perspective. Your glaring blind spots will begin to develop eyes and you will gain the wisdom which is waiting for you to partake in it.
Understand that addressing these issues doesn’t extract anything from who you are; it merely uncovers more dimensions of your psyche which will ultimately benefit you, and those who have the pleasure of being in your presence.
If you’re able to embrace this perspective everything will eventually be RIGHT within yourself, and that’s admirable. So, the case won’t be that you CAN’T be wrong., It will be that you’ve come to terms with yourself so that you can do no wrong in embracing attitudes that are beneath the person that you are.
As hip-hop artist Guilty Simpson says: “Mind on Alert, eyes see clear, it’s no fear, heart beats strong….. I can do no wrong.”
“The struggle to learn to listen to and respect our own intuitive , inner promptings is the greatest challenge of all.” -Herb Goldberg
For those born with the Sun in Cancer, one of your essential developmental tasks is striking a balance between your emotionally vivid inner life and your interactions with the larger world. Consciously using your shell as an introspective haven of rest and retreat until it’s time to spring into action and handle earthly affairs.
One of the challenges of this task is making sure that intellect is not compromised by overly subjective emotional reactions. Conversely, that the ability to feel and take heed to intuitive promptings is not muted in the name of pure logic.
Cancers must yield to the signals of the still small voice within . It cannot, nor should it be ignored. In fact, these”gut feelings” may serve as markers which can call attention to potential dangers when a course of action is being contemplated.
On the flip side, using your internal radar can possibly link you to opportunities which are extremely beneficial on a spiritual, physical and psychological level.
Cancer: Listen not only with your ears and your mind, but also with your heart.
“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non essentials.”
It’s amazing how much “stuff” is out there.
Just by logging on to any computer, or checking our e-mail we can open up the floodgates and it can be quite overwhelming. Not to mention a headache. Most of us want information that we can use. Unfortunately, a lot of what we encounter is not of the practical variety.
One of Virgo’s most important life tasks is becoming adept at the art of discrimination. Mastering the ability to analyze information, or enter into any situation and become an efficiency expert. Separating what’s truly important and useful from that which is fluff. Identifying “the real McCoy” and minimizing exposure to the world of trivia. Virgo’s have a tremendous capacity to improve whatever they come into contact with. By employing their powers of razor sharp critical thinking, they can show us all how to be better in all of our pursuits.
When sculptors produce their statues, they must first chip away at all of the marble that’s not needed. In time, they may create a masterpiece.
Virgo: Chip away at the trivial, unnecessary and non-essential. The personalsculptureyou create will serve as your contribution to life.
In order to develop your human potential and use it as an instrument for your liberation, it needs to be understood that your education has to be a subversive activity versus being a program for unquestioned compliance.
One of the messages in your life that must ring loud and true is that your evaluation of what’s personally rewarding needs to be self structured, as opposed to being implanted or inculcated from outside forces.
Aquarius, in its association with Uranian eccentricity and being ruled by the pragmatism and common sense of Saturn, carries two distinct messages: (1) If you’re not rebelling, in some form, against the prevailing order, it needs to be seriously examined and (2) If there’s no structure, strategy or organization in your insurgency, there’s equal cause for concern.
As I’ve frequently stated, effective Astrology produces more thought-provoking questions than answers. Your questions center around the role that conformity and non-conformity plays in your life.
It bears examination that conformity, in itself isn’t a negative thing. In some cases it’s necessary and desirable for the achieving of a concrete goal. In fact, you’ll most likely realize that in some areas of your life you’ll even have to concede to some version of conformity and it’s merely a matter of what parts of yourself require this concession. That being said, it doesn’t deem you any less “revolutionary”.
“Exactly what am I conforming to?”
“Does it require or deserve my conformity?”
“Why am I conforming or not conforming?”
“To what ends will my conformity or non-conformity advance/restrict my cause?”
Keep in mind that your particular brand of resistance isn’t designed to discover the ways that you can best “adjust” to the status quo, but rather to initiate through ideas, and participate through action, in changing the nuts and bolts of the ENTIRE system or systems that you find restrictive or oppressive.
Again, let’s not lose sight of a need for direction and definition.
In your inverted or maladjusted form, you can be a staunch advocate for all that’s “traditional”, upholding the present state of affairs to the degree that it serves your particular and selfish interests (read: ” I got mine, now get yours). There can even be a feeling of superiority in upholding the “rules”.
You can become a rebel without a cause, or consciously choose less threatening and consequential measures of eccentricity under the veneer of “making a statement.”
The Aquarius Archetype:
The Rebel. The Weirdo. The Beatnik, The Revolutionary. The Futurist. The Eccentric. The Free Spirit. The Reformer. The Activist. The Humanitarian. The Mad Scientist. The Non-Conformist. The Individualist. Ms./Mr. Socially Conscious.
Aquarius carries the element of Air with a fixed modality which speaks to concepts and is well suited to resistance and determination. When we examine the water bearer, we immediately think to ask: What’s in the water? Also, What are you bearing?
My answer, although incomplete, is enough to get one’s mental wheels churning: those with major Aquarian Energy (Sun & other personal planets) are bearing the tools needed to awaken (and even shock on some level) the masses through the questioning of the status quo.Contained in the archetypal Aquarian makeup is the psychologically undeniable need for emancipation and reform. As to how that’s achieved: avenues vary.
Those with this heavy water-bearing influence are inclined to experiment more than most because, when MATURE, Aquarian energy lacks a slavish attachment to ultimate outcomes and has a greater concern with possible pathways for innovation. Hence, the neutralization of significant approval needs grants much more breathing room than those who are constantly looking over their shoulder for validation. The developmental jewel here is to INTENTIONALLY structure one’s own standards and programs for self-recognition.
In a positively functional and empowered state, the Aquarian has accepted that ridicule, intermittent bouts of alienation, and isolation comes with the territory of their mission on earth, and these are less important than what they’re seeking to locate and bring out of themselves for the benefit of humanity.
When one allows external dictates to predominate, they become prey to the prescriptions for conformity indicated by the research of Edward Walker and Roger Heyns:
” If one wishes to produce conformity for good or evil, the formula is clear. Manage to arouse a need or needs that are important to the individual or to the group. Offer a goal which is appropriate to the need or needs. Make sure that conformity is instrumental to the achievement of the goal and that the goal is as large and certain as possible. ”
“Apply the goal or reward at every opportunity. Try to prevent the object of your efforts from obtaining an uncontrolled education. Choose a setting that’s ambiguous. Do everything possible to see that the individual has little or no confidence in his own position.
“Do everything possible to make the norm which you set to appear highly valued and attractive. Set it at a level not too far initially from the starting position of the individual or the group and move it gradually toward the behavior you wish to produce. Be absolutely certain you know what you want and that you’re willing to pay an enormous price in human quality, for whether the individual or the group is aware of it or not, the result will be CONFORMITY”
(Italics and caps mine)
The temptation here, is to pursue the “dangled carrot” and to choose ultra-conformity, based on a mirage of security as opposed to a springboard or necessity to more organizationally insubordinate endeavors.
Your theme song is “What They Do” by The Roots. Take a listen:
Notes: Intro To Psychological Astrology by Glenn Perry, “An Anatomy For Conformity” by Edward Walker and Roger Heyns (1962, Prentice Hall, Inc.)
Aswe make the transitionfromLibra season intoScorpio, there’s a shiftin dynamicwhich we feel unmistakably.The urgefor the scales’ collaboration andrefined social intercourse gives way toamoreinstinctualand raw gut-level realitywhich encapsulates survival. How well we adjust tothisseasondepends on how willing we aretoface the shadows.After all, we’redealing with less lighttooperate with atthis time of year.Notonlyphysically, butalso on a psychological level.
AstrologerHoward Sasportas once remarked thatAstrological archetypes are like anelevator; we tendtolive them outatvaryinglevels throughoutour lives.Some of us aspiretothe top floor of a sign,while others maystayon the groundlevel.Outofall of the signs onthe wheel of life,Scorpiois probablythe most appropriatetofitthis analogy.The mythologyassociated with the 8thsignofthe zodiacprovides us with material which suggests the pathof developmentfor Scorpiovia the evolutionarylevels of the Scorpion, Eagle andthe Phoenix.
While thesestagessuggest a progressionin Scorpio’s growth, the sign’s overall unfoldmentconstitutes a necessarysynthesis of the three.
If there’s anysignwhich hasbecome the constantvictimofAstrologicaltabloid fodder because of a fundamentalmisunderstanding andmischaracterization,it’s Scorpio.Manytimes, whenthe water signsare discussed, we wouldbehardpressed towrapour minds arounditbeinga part of that group.
We read aboutthe warmth,sensitivityandintuitive gifts of Cancer andthe immense empathy of Pisces.Then, all of the sudden, there’s alsothissex-crazed, ultra intense, potentiallycruel andvindictive Scorpion standing on the fringes.Dead last inthe “feeling” hierarchy.
Tounderstand this sign, we mustdelveintotheaforementioned levels of existence. All which are necessarytoScorpio.
Each zodiac signrequires a particulartype of fuel tooperate atoptimal capacity.For Scorpio, plumbing the depthsof life is essential toits existence asoxygen.Itsvitalityis maintained throughtheact of delving andprobingdeeplyintoareasof life which some of us mayfear to tread.Scorpions are nocturnal creatures, sothey’recomfortable in the dark.
It’s notthatthey feel they’ll never emergefrom thatplace, butthey’re in searchof a truth which must encompass both the sacredand theprofane.ForScorpio, this investigation wouldn’tbe honest if itdidn’tinclude all partsofour being, even the ones whichmakeus cringe; the one’s which we question whether or notthey’reevenfitfor “human consumption.”
Living atthe level of the Scorpion, onenavigates in a state of relative isolation andclose tothe ground, operating on instinct. There’s anacute sense of anytypeofdanger, perceivedor real. While there isalonging for passionateemotional engagement, there’s alsoan overwhelming pulltowardprivacy andself-protection.This is notsomuch outof fearof rejectionliketheir water signcounterpartCancer, butmore aboutthe inner turmoil whichconstantlystirs because theyfeellike there maybetoomuch vulnerabilityexposed byrelinquishing control to others. Even if its deathhangsinthebalance, aScorpionwould rather sting itself than have anyone else decide anyportion of its fate.
Transitioning tothe Eagle level, the focusnow widens toinclude more of the intellect.While the primal feelings remain intact,there’s a fusionof the heart andmindwhich suggestsakeen awarenessin determiningthemotives of others.Apenetrative perception whichleads oneto the heartof the matter minus all of theprocessed “spin” of Libra, orthe eruditeand lofty musings of Sagittarius.Thisis the knotin the stomachand the tightened chest.The typeof interactions wheresomeone is squirming,butthe bottom of thetrue essence of thingsis in clearsight.
While this analytical discernmentis neededon this level of existence, power becomes a key playerin the equation.He or she whohasthe information hasthe advantage.The lesson here is thatpower canbe used tohurtor toheal, andlivingexclusivelyinthis spacecan expose Scorpio toamisuse of its piercing mental faculties.
Stayingin this place,one couldundergostruggles filled with intense emotional upheaval all in the nameofgaining a psychologicaladvantage. Tryingtoget“one up”on others because the residue of wariness andfear still lingers from the firststage of Scorpionic development.
Asthe case withall watersigns,it’s a necessarystepin their evolutionto“release”something to grow.ForCancer, it’s the past.Outdated emotional slights.Memories thatnolonger servein forward progress.For Pisces, it’stheoverfunctioning ofthe ego’s contents inservice of merging with the divine source within.
For Scorpio, letting go of the insatiable needto control the emotional responses of others is a
“golden key”iftheywishtorise tothelevel of thephoenix.
Successful navigationof thesesteps is a lifetime task.We maycrash andburn several times, undergoing various metaphorical deaths and rebirths.Ultimately,whatever we’ve decided to do,thethirdandhighestlevel of progressionof Scorpiois always waiting onus.
Toarrive atthe Phoenixlevelis tohave immensecourage.Tobecome as revealing of our own innerpsyche aswe are probing ofeveryone else’s.Tonotonlyparticipate in nudityatthe physical level via sex, buttoalsotake the risk of the emotional nakedness andexposure of authentic relating to other humanbeings.To gradually, butsurelyshow yourhand.Tostop staring through the hotel peephole andopen the damndoorand letsomeone inside.
APhoenixhas madetheintentional andconscious decision torise.Facing theshadow within themselves, bringing the contents tothe lightsothey canbe more effectivelyworkedwith.
Usingtheir ownstory of transformationas a vehicle toheal others andencouragethemto breakthroughanyself-imposedchainsofimprisonment.This is how Scorpiouses the dark, asa resource, to castgreater light on the human condition.