LEO & HANDS

You don’t need a Leo sun, moon, ascendant, planets, aspects, or houses to be a Leo. Anyone with Leo hands behaves like a Leo. Fire (intuitive) and air signs (thinking) are masculine in gender. Earth signs (practical) and water signs (feeling) are feminine. All Intuitive types have long rectangular palms with short fingers. Leo’s morphology and proportions are identical to Sagittarius and Aries. The differences are in hand qualities and features such as flexibility and stiffness, elasticity and consistency, and texture and color. Leo is a fixed type. Leo hands are stiff, dense, and firm. Leo’s skin is less elastic than Aries skin. Aries (cardinal) sometimes acts without thinking, and then bounces back from the consequences. Sagittarians (mutable) have softer hands as Sagittarians tend to be more self-indulgent and pleasure-seeking.

Leo has big ideas, but procrastinates. Life and head lines often intertwine where a rosy bulge meets a strong stiff thumb on a firm pink hand. Closely braided head and life lines reveal a person who cares about what others think. The longer the connection, the more they care. Leos take what others say personally, even when it wasn’t meant to be!  Leos need to be liked, appreciated, and never taken for granted; which is the beginning of the end.

Healthy Leos are highly spirited, enthusiastic individuals who dislike details and need to see the whole picture. They require freedom in order to express themselves naturally. Leos take pride in their honesty, integrity, dignity, and nobility. They’re independent objective thinkers who set inspiring goals as ways to channel their abundant pride, energy, and passion. Leo loves being center of attention. Creative, dramatic, generous, enthusiastic, and fiercely loyal, they embrace you with ‘pride’ and lavish you with ‘praise’ and then expect you to admire and worship them forever. Their many fans eagerly await their contagious humor and compelling stories.

Leo’s physical sense is sight. The esoteric equivalent is enlightenment. Leo must learn to burn brightly without judgement or expectation, embrace truth, see the proverbial handwriting on the walls, cut their losses, and let go of false pride. Many multi-talented Leos spread themselves too thin and end up becoming the jacks of all trades, masters of none. Their potential health problems are eyesight, heart, and poor circulation.

Pure types have long and strong ring fingersShapes of tips, proportions of phalanges, knots, nails, lengths of fingers, directions of lines, and breaks, along with other qualities of topographical markings reveal what the person chooses to create with their free will. A seasoned palmist can readily see relationship skills, career potentials, behavior, and health issues. The consistency and flexibility of hands and the elasticity of skin reveals three modalities. Whorl fingerprints (concentric circles and spirals) add originality, spontaneity, eccentricity, and unconventionality. It’s important to note that despite the accuracy of hand science, human nature cannot be defined through details. It’s about combinations of details affecting free will, choice, action, and context. Palmistry is my favorite of myriad metaphysical methods to observe and interpret human character.

I often look to ring fingers for artistic and aesthetic abilities, drama, versatility, salesmanship, showiness, gambling proclivities, satisfaction, and reputation. No matter what your type, strong ring fingers add adaptability, creativity, and expressiveness. Cultivated Leos love beautiful things and savor a developed sense of taste and style. Long ring fingered folk are likable and they know it.

The ring finger is judged for length against the middle finger. When the tip is shorter than the middle of the first phalanx of the middle finger, it’s considered short. When longer, it’s considered long. Hands of actors, artists, architects, designers, craftsmen, photographers, curators, businessmen, teachers, salesmen, politicians, and diplomats frequently have long ring fingers. Hands of gamblers also have long ring fingers. A major challenge of very long ring fingered gamblers is that they do win, but don’t know when to stop.

No matter what your sun sign or hand type, people with square fingertips and stiff knotty joints are more practical, methodical, and cautious than those without them. Crooked fingers bring perfectionism, self-criticism, and potential moodiness. Leos tend to procrastinate at beginnings and endings. Healthy Leos shine with strength and courage like the sun. Leo is naturally charming, talented, and versatile. Leo’s liabilities are self- consciousness, emotional insecurity, vanity, and clinging to obsolete circumstances and behavioral patterns while cultivating confusing situations and nursing fruitless relationships. Don’t ever take a Leo for granted unless you’re trying to make him angry or scarce. Leo must have an inspiring quest or risk mundanity and mediocrity. Easily bored when life gets routine, too much order and detail can make Leo restless and impatient. If you can’t help a Leo, stay out of his way. No matter your sign, if you have Leo hands, you love being the boss.

Extroverts in general and fire types in particular, flourish best when they behave responsibly, honestly, patiently, and naturally in their relationships. Leo needs to learn to cultivate clear vision and enduring patience. That’s not easy for Leo as he’s naturally impatient and impulsive. Frequently accused of ‘being opinionated’, Leo’s point of view is so very important. Communicating clearly and effectively is a must. Leo’s biggest challenges are to establish clear boundaries and limitations and overcome inertia.

Last time I checked, there were more Fortune 500 and NASDAQ LEO CEO’s than any other sign. Our four most recent Presidents have all been dominated by Leo symbolism.

Bill Clinton is a multi-talented charismatic Leo. His long rectangular palms and short fingers reveal Leo intuitive hands. Head and life lines are closely tied at their beginnings. Bill cares more than you know about what others think of him. Bill’s insecurity, pride, and hubris undermined the power he worked so hard to acquire. Ironically and regrettably, philandering often comes with power. I’m sure Hillary (Scorpio ~ Capricorn hands) gave Bill a thorough spanking he’ll never forget when he got caught!

George Bush desperately wanted to be a ‘good old boy’, but he had too much unearned power. He hung to his frat boy mentality, well into his Presidency. George is a Cancer. He has Leo rising and Leo hands similar to Bill Clinton. Ruled by false pride and ego centered motivations, George is likely deeply embarrassed about his choices and behavior as President. Perhaps he has finally learned humility and is overjoyed that he’s no longer the worst President.

Barack Obama is a Leo with intuitive hands that display an Arian and Aquarian combo. He’s a warrior of ideas and ideals. Barack embodies some of the best qualities of Leo. Proud, but respectful, he’s loyal to family and friends who’ve earned his trust. Barack’s biggest challenge as President was being a bi-racial bi-partisan politician in a partisan world. He should have grabbed power while Democrats ruled congress and the senate.

Donald Trump is a Gemini with Leo rising. Donald’s small stiff looking Leo hands with rectangular palms, short fingers, and closely intertwined head and life line reveal a man who desperately cares what you think despite his flippant attitude and intimidating behavior. Donald Trump flaunts the absolute worst qualities of Gemini and Leo. He blew a golden opportunity to truly be loved by promoting fear and hatred. How much tyranny, intimidation, and greed do we need before we learn to value our humanity, health, families, planet, and basic gifts of life without having to lose them? Rest assured, Donald Trump’s humiliation, shame, and fall from grace will be of great relief and satisfaction for the world!

LEO & PSYCHE

As Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transited the constellation of Leo in the twentieth century, enormous changes took place within the personal and collective psyche, in technology, and the inner workings of governmental rights and power.

Uranus (Aquarius), planet of sudden change, transited Leo 1955~1962, energizing strong will, determination, vitality, forcefulness, rebellion, and catalyzing a fiery civil rights movement. Rosa Parks sowed seeds of discontent when she defied a segregation ordinance by not giving her bus seat to a white man in Alabama. After a nasty battle, the Supreme Court upheld her civil rights a year later. The University of Mississippi was forced to enroll its first black student. President Eisenhower had to send federal troops to Little Rock Arkansas to enforce school desegregation. President Kennedy ordered the National Guard to keep schools open in Alabama. Cultural shame cultivated seeds of positive change. What has happened to that shame, our sense of equality, and our growing need for real civil rights? Immigrants and have nots have become more persecuted than ever. It doesn’t take a ‘stable genius’ to know the consequences of choosing hate, greed, consumption, waste, and short-sightedness over good health and happiness for all.

New inventions promoted convenience and provided more time for recreation and leisure. Kentucky fried chicken was introduced. Play-Doh became popular. Davy Crockett and coonskin caps became fashionable. Pampers became the first disposable diapers. Crest was the first fluoride toothpaste. The first electric toothbrush was made. The Teflon Company introduced non-stick cookware. Smith Corona introduced the first portable electric typewriters. Mattel Inc. introduced Barbie. Felt tipped pens became popular. Soft drinks were packaged in aluminum cans for the first time. K-Mart and Wal-Mart opened. Bank of America and American Express issued the first credit cards. The first transatlantic telephone cable began working. The first transcontinental helicopter flight was made.

Neptune (Pisces) takes fourteen years to change sign. As it does, individual and collective psyches go through ambiguous and confusing changes. Neptune transited Leo from 1916 ~ 1929. Phenomenal world confusion was happening. World War I brought tremendous prosperity to Wall Street while soldiers earning $16 a month were being killed in the trenches. England blacklisted and prevented over 80 US firms from dealing with neutral countries because they were suspected of trading with Germany. Influenza caused over two hundred deaths a day. Approximately one quarter of the US was sick. Half a million people were dead before the end of 1919. Daylight savings time began. Arkansas farmers dedicated a monument to the Boll Weevil, whose devastation of the cotton crop caused them to diversify and become more profitable. By 1927, the farm population had dropped dramatically. Countless farmers hopelessly and desperately sold their farms. Small farms are highly regulated (especially organic farms) while politicians, chemical companies, and banks deregulate chemicals and pollution and promote agri-business.

Neptune rules alcohol. The underworld, mafia, and gangs thrived. National prohibition began in 1920. Liquor smuggling and bootlegging became big business. It’s probable that recreational marijuana will be legalized before Neptune leaves Pisces in 2025.

Congress set quotas limiting the number of immigrants allowed into the country.

A senate subcommittee was formed to investigate the Teapot Dome oil leases.

Walt Disney released the first Mickey Mouse cartoon in 1928. George Eastman created the first color motion pictures. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was performed for the first time as a new form of symphonic jazz.

Doubt, fear, and panic caused the stock market to crash, leaving farmers, businessmen, haves, and have nots in a state of terrible confusion and crisis.

History repeated itself in the opposition to Leo as Neptune transited Aquarius 1998 – 2012. War brought prosperity to Wall Street. Agribusiness and Chemical companies such as Monsanto and Bayer crushed small farmers, and poisoned our world as they bought politicians and deluded consumers. Oil companies continue to control and manipulate us by encouraging our selfish addictive behavior.

Pluto (Scorpio) takes twenty years to change sign. As it does, it disintegrates, destroys, and transforms psyche. Pluto rules the dark force. Pluto transited the sign of Leo from 1938 to 1957. National and personal pride and power transformed into the New Deal. Ten million people were unemployed in 1939.  President Roosevelt increased appropriations for building the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Congress adopted the Naval Expansion Act. Roosevelt transformed the Federal Reserve by creating a ‘withholding tax’, the beginning of social security. He was the first president to appear on television.

The House investigated un-American activities. It was the beginning of huge multi-national business conglomerates. Western Europe tried to appease Hitler with the Munich Pact, which turned Czechoslovakia over to Nazi Germany. Polls showed Americans approved. The Nazis invaded Poland, which caused Great Britain and France to declare war. Winston Churchill asked President Roosevelt for help.

In 1941, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor. Japanese Americans paid a high price as they were forced from their homes into concentration camps where they became innocent victims of hate and prejudice. Fundamentalist devotion to ideologies and tyrants began crumbling. In 1943, fascist dictator Mussolini fell from power. By 1945, most people knew six million Jews had been slaughtered in Nazi concentration camps.

The Atomic Bomb was the ultimate plutonian weapon, destroying Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrendered. In 1949, we supported a war in Korea that killed three million Koreans in less than a year. In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy began a tirade against communist subversives and traitors in the US. Julia and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to the electric chair for stealing bomb secrets.

In 1951, the United Nations complex was completed in New York City. AT&T became the first company with over one million stockholders. Christine Jorgensen became the first transsexual to go public in 1952. Norman Vincent Peale’s best seller, The Power of Positive Thinking was published. The first kidney was transplanted. The first mechanical heart worked. Chevrolet introduced the powerful sexy Corvette in 1953. We launched the Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine in 1954. The Soviet Union opened the world’s first atomic power station. Reigning British Monarchs made their first visit to American soil. We reached for outer space.

The `ME NOW’ Pluto in Leo generation, 1938 ~ 1957 have employed technology to build personal power. Pluto in Leo rules crony capitalism. Bill Clinton (Leo), George W Bush (Leo rising), and Donald Trump (Leo rising) are all Pluto in Leo Presidents.

Rest assured, if we haven’t destroyed ourselves and our planet by the time Donald Trump and his band of cutthroat thieves’ are locked up, new plutocrats will have no problem finding the money, rights, resources, and technology to own, harness, package, distribute, and sell our own sustainable energy resources to all of us as Uranus returns to Leo (2039 ~ 2046).

CANCER & HANDS

Author’s Note: The following observations, insights, and generalizations are derived from over forty years of study and from reading many tens of thousands of hands.

You don’t need a Cancer sun, moon, planets, or planetary house placements to be a Cancer. All feeling types have long narrow palms and long fingers ~ often held closely together. Healthy Cancer hands are firm and consistent with pink elastic skin. Finger joints are pliable, less stiff than Scorpio, and less supple than Pisces. Cancer head and life lines tend to separate at their beginnings on pure types. If the head and life lines are closely connected at their beginnings, the individual has (mother) issues around losing control, fear of criticism, and need for approval. These folk should never ever be taken for granted.

Cancer is sensitive. More peripheral lines add even more sensitivity. You must be careful what you say as they will remember the ‘bad’ things, even if you haven’t said any. Long gently sloping head lines are synergistic with full pink heels of hands and embody a healthy balance between intuition, creativity, and practicality. Heart lines that gracefully curve toward the index finger personify a romantic, idealistic, and sometimes unrealistic vision of other people. I’ve observed lots of round or conical fingertips with long broad nails and loop fingerprints on Cancer types. They’re very intuitive, good communicators, and prefer to be frank whenever possible. Stable Cancers offer firm sincere handshakes.

Cancers are intuitive, empathetic, complex, and well aware of the needs of others. They can be hard to understand because they hide their most vulnerable selves beneath a facade of nurturing actions. Try to pry into their private lives and they’ll retreat into their shells. Cautious and vulnerable, Cancer needs to be direct, rather than tactful and diplomatic. In the final analysis, the only thing that makes sense for them is to choose satisfying over safe and not try to avoid emotional confrontation. They must cultivate intimacy wherever and whenever they can. Their feelings may swing from loving and devoted to secretive, reclusive, obsessive, and fearful of the future. When Cancers are feeling controlled or confined, they can become dark and moody. They must feel protected and secure before they can fully trust. Once trust is earned, loyalties run deep. You’ll see intimacy in the many lines running parallel to the lifeline within the ball of thumb. Healthy family connections and close friendships nourish them. The more structure, organization and detail in their lives, the more stable and secure their feelings.

Healthy Cancers are loving, compassionate, and devoted beings. They’re most compatible with other feeling types. They feel most safe with responsible, reliable, and dependable practical types. They’re sorely challenged by thinking and intuitive types. They’re nervous they’ll be left holding the psychic garbage bag (they often are) and forced to deal with the consequences when idealism, optimism, enthusiasm, and logic wane (and they do). Cancers are acutely consciousness of everyone’s emotional needs. When feeling insecure, they can become internally secretive while becoming externally over-ambitious. Cancers work hardest when income matches output. Motivated by good food, emotional security, and fertile soil, their main mission is to nourish their family, protect their home, and exercise their creative imaginations.

Demeter, Greek goddess of grain and the harvest, is a combination of Virgo and an overprotective Cancer mother. When Pluto abducted Persephone, Demeter pleaded to her siblings for help, but ended up exercising her power over both gods and man by creating winter (death) in order to negotiate Persephone’s return.

“You’ve got to play to lose”

The old guy above is the young guy with me in this picture captured forty-five years ago in a photo booth at Kennywood Amusement Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. My best friend, Lloyd Wilson (Cancer) and I met while working part time at a wood, metal, and plastics model making machine shop where we fabricated preschool children’s learning devices for the University of Pittsburgh. We made toys for ourselves on our own time. Soon to graduate from different colleges, I was destined to become an industrial designer. Lloyd would continue to be an artist. We were a couple of Peter Pans on our way to Neverland.

Lloyd didn’t get much nurturing as a child. He developed his quick wit and sense of humor while trying to avoid extreme physical abuse. When his mother was happy, Lloyd was safe. When she was unhappy, she’d incite Lloyd’s rage filled father to brutally beat him. Lloyd’s mother sadly committed suicide, his father was committed to a mental institution, and his beautiful sister, (who I’d met while on vacation in Florida) with two young children, a great husband, and apparently idyllic life, suddenly and unexpectedly blew her head off with a shotgun. Lloyd’s slender rectangular palms and long fingers embody his Cancer Sun, Venus, and North Node, which is conjunct my Mercury. His Gemini ascendant is exactly conjunct my vertex and is the midpoint of my eighth house planetary stellium in Gemini. Lloyd’s head and life lines are tightly intertwined at their beginnings. It reveals his desire to feel needed and appreciated. Lloyd was a sensitive child who needed love and support, but didn’t get any.

Lloyd tried hard to fix his broken parents, but they were too sick to support him. Instead, they judged, criticized, and abused him. Lloyd somehow survived without anyone’s approval, though he thrives on appreciation. He’ll give his friends the shirt off his back, but they had better never take him for granted. Lloyd has literally given me the shirt off his back in my moment of need. I was on my way to an important meeting and got a nasty stain on my shirt. Before I could blink, Lloyd took off his shirt and traded with me.

Cancers are collectors. Some stockpile food in case of shortage or emergency. Lloyd collects art books, literature (he’s the most well-read person I know), religious art, art supplies, tools, and clothing. When wealthy people die, their families donate clothing to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Lloyd has a keen eye for the finest designer clothing. He’s always first to pick through the merchandise. He’s a master bargain hunter. I call him my personal dresser. We wear the same sizes. Lloyd chooses coats, suits, and jackets with me in mind. He has gifted me with suits worth thousands of dollars that he paid ten or fifteen dollars for. Many had never been worn.

Lloyd would say to me, “People who tell the truth don’t need good memories”. I’d reply, “We may be bastards, but at least we’re honest”. Over fifty years of friendship have witnessed many challenging lessons in humility for us. We managed to delay balancing our outer and inner worlds by always choosing to learn the hard way. We finally had to learn that there were no shortcuts and to let go of our need to be greater than we were.

Lloyd’s extremely flexible thumbs symbolize his ability to adapt to horrible circumstances. They also embody his generosity of heart and spirit. It’s very hard for Lloyd to say “NO”. He likely doesn’t realize it, but the gold ring on the bottom middle finger of Lloyd’s unconscious hand symbolizes his need to have clear boundaries, be frugal, and not give everything away.

Lloyd Wilson is Pittsburgh’s best kept secret because he loves his anonymity. His artwork reveals a magical spirit, but few will truly get to know him. Lloyd personifies Cancer’s best qualities. He’s supportive, sympathetic, receptive, reflective, intuitive, imaginative, and extremely devoted to friends and family.

CANCER & PSYCHE

Cancer is a cardinal water sign, ruled by our moon. Our moon influences our oceans and tides. Cancer is the beginning of summer and the symbolic mother of the USA. Let’s examine the transits of Pluto and Uranus through Cancer in the 20th Century and their influence on personal and collective psyche. I’m publishing this post as our Sun is entering the sign of Cancer.

Pluto (planet of sex, death, transformation, and other people’s resources), transited Cancer from 1913 to 1938. Partisan politics, nationalism, and isolationism transformed world ideologies. World War I became World War II. In 1913, President Wilson pressed a button in the White House that blew up the Gamboa Dike at the Isthmus of Panama, creating a canal between oceans, and transforming intercontinental travel by sea. Wilson legislated the Carter-Owen Bill that established a Federal Reserve System to transform the strangle hold on the nation’s currency and credit system by banks. Now Plutocratic corporations are strangling us.

Daylight Saving Time transformed our nation’s clocks and schedules. Transcontinental telephone service transformed international communications. World infrastructures and atomic energy transformed planetary energy sources and usages. NBC was the first Nationwide Broadcasting Company. Wall Street prospered from war while soldiers earning $16 per month died in the trenches. President Wilson established a lottery style draft promoting patriotism. Congress passed the Espionage Act fining draft dodgers $10,000 and imposing a twenty-year jail sentence. No child was left behind.

“Do your bit” encouraged citizens to buy Liberty Bonds. Wheatless-meatless days were promoted. The end of 1919 marked the end of the Influenza pandemic that caused half a million deaths and a quarter of the nation’s population to be sick. Prohibition banned liquor for all citizens. Black markets and bootlegging industries flourished. Black leader Marcus Garvey organized ‘The Empire of Africa’ with 500,000 followers. He led the largest mass exodus of Blacks with the least sense of brotherhood in U.S. history.

In 1929, doubt, fear, and panic upset our stock market as we faced our darkest hour. Foundations and structures of home and family transformed. Pluto in Cancer birthed many people who spent their lives taking care of family. Overdeveloped senses of responsibility, guilt, and obligation motivated their children to become dropouts and runaways. That hasn’t worked either.

Uranus (planet of sudden unexpected change, rebellion, and revolution) transited the sign of Cancer from 1949 to 1955. Mothers stopped staying at home and went to work. Women began wearing the “bikini”, a fashionable French bathing suit. ‘I Love Lucy’, a comic show about a housewife and her Cuban bandleader husband became the most popular show on TV. Ranch houses and basement playrooms were popular. The subconscious mind was explored in psychology. If you were born between 1949 and 1955, your psyche is somewhere in time and space between rational and aware and oversensitive and fearful.

We may want to think twice before we elect (or appoint) another Cancer President. Four USA Presidents were born under the sign of Cancer. George W Bush (7/6/1946), with his intuitive hands, has an egocentric character to match his Leo rising. George Bush revealed the worst qualities of Cancer and Leo in his behavior, presidential intentions, and actions. Check out these similarities between the four Cancer Presidents.

Like George Bush and Al Gore, John Quincy Adams finished second in popular vote behind General Andrew Jackson. There was no majority. The choice was put before the House of Representatives. House Speaker, Henry Clay, swung the election to Adams. When Adams appointed Clay as Secretary of State, Jackson followers cried, “Corrupt bargain”. “Of all the men whom it was ever my lot to accost and to waste civilities upon, he was the most doggedly and systematically repulsive. With a vinegar aspect, cotton in his leathern ears, and hatred in his heart, he sat like a bulldog among spaniels.”   W.H. Littleton                                                                                                                                                                                 

President Calvin Coolidge shared a birthday with the Declaration of Independence. He was infamous for “holding his tongue”, earning him the title, “Silent Cal”. Two of his sayings were: “If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it.” and “The business of America is business.” “He was an economic fatalist with a God given inertia. He knew nothing and refused to learn”. William Allen White

 

The 38th President, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., didn’t know he was adopted until he was seventeen. Gerry didn’t lift a finger around the house. His wife, Betty performed all the domestic chores. As Speaker of the house, Ford passionately pleaded for escalation of the war in Vietnam. He urged “unleashing devastating air and sea power”. He failed to impeach liberal Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas as a favor to his buddy Richard Nixon. Ford granted Nixon a “full complete and absolute pardon” for all crimes relating to Watergate. Ford blamed democrats for a disastrous rate of inflation and warned that electing more would “jeopardize world peace”. He admitted to never reading books, but did find time to watch football on TV.

Congressman Robert Drinan said, “I cannot dislike him personally — he’s cordial and gracious, but he’s consistently wrong and consistency is a virtue of small minds. He’s never proposed a constructive solution to anything”. Lyndon Johnson quipped, Ford “had played too much football with his helmet off” ~ “Jerry’s the only man I ever knew who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time”. Reverend Duncan Littlefair declared, “Ford isn’t a bad man, but he’s dumb—dumb. He shouldn’t be dumb either. He went to school just like everybody else”.

“The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life…
it should be something useful, something good”

The Dalai Lama (Cancer) is “The Reborn Soul of Buddha”. Orpheus, singer, priest, healer, poet, and musician in Greek myth, he charmed and enchanted Death into letting him enter the matrix of collective unconscious to find his beloved Eurydice. After death warned Orpheus that he’d lose Eurydice if he looked back, a moment of weakness caused him to look back and lose her. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 to live as a “simple monk” in a remote corner of Northern India. Unable to return, he chose to promote world peace and love. If hindsight is 20/20, then we must choose hindsight as we vote in 2020.

SEVEN SECRETS OF GEMINI

GEMINI MEETS GEMINI

“The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding.”  Hermes seven secrets are only secret to the uneducated and uninitiated. In ancient Greece, Hermes, was the god of Wisdom. As a Roman god, Hermes was Mercury, ruler of Gemini and messenger of the the gods. Thoth, the Egyptian version, was scribe of the gods. Loki was the Norse god of mischief. The Magician in tarot is Hermes at a crossroads with important choices and critical decisions to be made, directions to be taken, and the metaphysical resources and tools necessary to go anywhere and do anything at any time.

Hermes was reputedly a real person. He refused to grow old, spending much of his youth as a petty thief and mischievous trickster. In ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Shakespeare’s Puck parodied Hermes youth. A 20th Century version is Peter Pan, an adolescent who never grows old and has Wendy to believe in him; darn his socks, and sew his shadow back on when he needs that. Hermes transformed his ambiguousness and ambivalence into courage, strength, dignity, grace, and wisdom and lived for 350 years in the flesh. Gemini (social) and Virgo (technical) are Hermes home bases and recharging stations as he passes through time, space, and Cosmos.

I’ll be 72 on 6/16, still an adolescent, but for the mirror

Hermes, mystic teacher of Abraham, was the real father of wireless communication. Hermes realized our brains are cell communication hardware while our minds transmit and receive messages. Hermes understood that relationships between cells cause energy and matter to vibrate on different planes at the same time. Hermes described three separate and forever blending planes as physical, mental, and spiritual. Long before Moses, while other alchemists were attempting to turn lead into Gold, Hermes taught us that everyone, everything, and every thought are made of individual cells; physically, mentally, and spiritually connected to all other cells on all other planes at the same time. We can connect with anyone or anything at any time once we take a leap of faith, recognize and see our truths, establish connections, listen, and tune our links.

Alchemy is not about turning lead into gold. Alchemy is metaphysical, not physical. Alchemy is a set of magical formulas, tools, and esoteric instruction for being healthy, happy, and fulfilled. In practice, alchemy nourishes healthy vision, encourages healthy relationships, and helps seekers make smart decisions. Right actions, positive attitudes, and rock solid faith builds sound structures on solid foundations. By choosing to embrace our courage, strength, wisdom, and grace, we blend and balance Saturn with the Sun. Through structure, discipline, focus, and healthy choices, alchemy helps us become more mentally, emotionally, and spiritually connected and balanced in life.

Hermetic alchemy is the mastery of mental forces by transmuting one mental vibration into another. Hermes describes the unknowable and indefinable spirit as “The ALL”. “While ALL is in “The ALL”, it is equally true that “The ALL” is in ALL. “To him who truly understands this truth hath come great knowledge”. The inner nature of The ALL is unknowable. That’s why we have anthropomorphic gods and institutionalized religion. Spirit is the essence that forms and glues the whole. Spiritual development depends on the recognition, realization, and manifestation of the Great Spirit within and without.

Hermes taught seven basic metaphysical and philosophical principles.

“The Secret”, Hermes ‘2.0’, was a popular and profitable PR campaign for Hermes “Law of Polarity”. “Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.” Polarity is spiritual magnetism. The law of attraction works best when you know what you want and your intentions are clear. Anyone can transform negative thinking into positive circumstances by taking a leap of faith, letting go of fear, and doing the work.

Correspondence, Mentalism, Vibration, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, and Gender are Hermes other six ‘Secrets’. Knowing these secrets enabled Hermes to explore, examine, and explain everything. Opposites are two extremes of the same thing with many varying degrees between. Where does heat end and cold begin? Where does darkness leave off and light begin?  What of positive and negative, hard and soft, sharp and dull, noisy and quiet, high and low? The same principle operates on the mental plane. Love and hate are simply degrees of the same thing. Somewhere in the middle are shades of like and dislike. The vibrations of hate can be transformed into the vibrations of love through the art of polarization, a phase of alchemy known and practiced by ancient and modern Hermetic masters.

Hermetic masters possess knowledge of transcendental astronomy called astrology, transcendental chemistry called alchemy, and transcendental psychology called mystic psychology. They cultivate inner and outer wisdom. Critical thinkers throughout history have unlocked mysteries using hermetic thought and principles. Confucius, Galileo, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Nostradamus, Leonardo Da Vinci, George Washington, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Joseph Campbell are among the many ever-evolving Grand Masters of Critical Thought.  

Hermes used astrology to unlock ancient mysteries. Astrologers espouse Hermes second principle of correspondence “As above, so below, as below, so above”. Astrology is a symbolic system that compares and contrasts our heavens with the affairs of man on earth. Every relationship changes every other relationship on a cellular level by raising or diminishing its vibration, polarity, and rhythm. A diversity of astrology symbols embodies the characters, plots, and stories of this very dysfunctional family we call humanity. Sadly, the human race has become a race against bad shit happening.

Hermes asks us to know ourselves; to think critically, to be motivated, to make healthy choices, to nourish our positive attributes, and to embrace our healthiest qualities. As we flourish, we choose more nourishing relationships and embrace more meaningful roles for ourselves. We can transform lead into gold by choosing wholeness, happiness, healthiness, centeredness, peacefulness, and gracefully dealing with the rest.

GEMINI & HANDS

You don’t need a Gemini sun, moon, ascendant, planets, or house placements to be a Gemini. Thinking types have square palms with long fingers. No matter what your astrology says, pure Gemini hands have widely spread long fingers, flexible joints, and supple thumbs and fingertips. I’m a pure type. That’s my hand above. As a mutable modality, Gemini is more mentally adaptable than (cardinalLibrans and (fixed) Aquarians. Gemini and Libra are air signs that often have head lines split at their ends, resulting in having too many choices and needing to make too many decisions. Cancer and Pisces are water signs whose ambiguous feelings are embodied in split heart lines.

Author’s note: I’m generalizing based on my personal palmistry experience. Anyone can have any split line for many reasons.

It’s impossible to accurately foretell from a natal astrology chart what a person will choose to do with their symbolism and free will. Astrology reveals a person’s potentials. Your sun, moon, a stellium of planets, dominant signs, house placements, or powerful aspects between planets or points in a horoscope may or may not reflect what you choose to integrate into your character and behavior. Hands are topographical maps that disclose our true character in past, present, and future. As we embrace our strengths and address our weaknesses, we can exercise our thinking and free will, change our behaviors, re-write our stories, and the resulting thinking and circumstances will be reflected in the changing morphology and topography of our hands over time.

Healthy Geminis generally have long straight strong pinkie fingers that symbolize logical thinking, honest communication, and good sense. Gemini hands feature firm pink elastic skin with long straight widely spread fingers, dominant first phalanges, and loop finger prints. Long ring fingers with whorl prints add talent, attractiveness, irresistibility, salesmanship, and good luck (along with more risk taking). Strong middle fingers with square tips and developed first knots add technical and scientific attributes. Powerful index fingers dramatically increase writing, oratory, and professional skills. Geminis make great lawyers, bankers, doctors, orators, writers, engineers, teachers, salesmen, accountants, and shopkeepers. I work special events with many magicians who have dominant pinkie fingers. They surprise and astound audiences while deceiving the eye and mind of the beholder. Dominant pinkies prefer small musical instruments that require dexterity. Music makes sense as hearing is Gemini’s physical sense.

The pinkie is the shortest finger. If the tip is longer than the crease between the first and second phalange of the ring finger, it’s long. If shorter, it’s short. Hermes (Mercury) was the shortest god. A dominant pinkie fingered person is often short in stature like Ed Harris (Sag) with slender body and face. Pure types have animated hands, dark hair, and penetrating eyes with crow’s feet in the corners. Gemini remains most youthful of all types. They’re eternally childlike and love children. Many men have thin beards like Johnny Depp (Gemini). Michael Jackson, Virgo (ruled by Mercury), a real Peter Pan, actually lived in ‘Neverland’. Peter frequently needs a Wendy or parental type around. Someone’s got to be practical and responsible.

Our pinkie finger shows our ability to communicate. It indicates truthfulness. Early family dynamic can be observed in how the pinkie is set and held. Very short or low set pinkies reveal lack of trust as a major issue. Women with very low set pinkies have told me they have trouble having orgasms. Their real challenge is in trusting someone enough to have real intimacy. Lengths and proportions of pinkie fingers symbolize technical, language, sexual, and family potentials.

Gemini rules hands and governs our nervous and respiratory systems. Health issues revolve around nervous and bronchial systems. Geminis have potential problems with headaches, thyroid glands, memory loss, and speech impediments. I’m very Gemini and have been coping with Tinnitus (ringing in my ears) for an eternity of several years.

Gold and diamond rings are often found on the pinkie fingers of acquisitive people. Pinkie rings can symbolize the sublimation of sexual energies to accomplish something requiring libido. I once examined a group of fifty young men and women who were born into very powerful wealthy families in the 80’s. Considering the prosperity of that period, it seemed a paradox that everyone had short phalanges on the bottom segment of their little fingers on their dominant hands. Money will never be their motivation for career choices. Family and personal values will drive these individuals to make healthier choices.

Would you buy a used car from this Gemini? I wouldn’t. Gemini’s liabilities are deceitfulness, trickiness, fickleness, nervousness, restlessness, and shallowness. People preaching on soapboxes, pickpockets, and most con artists have dominant pinkies (most inwardly curving). Yellow coloration added to the palms reveals nastiness somewhere. The trickster is masterful at hiding his dark side. Many wonderful people with curved pinkies learned as children to ‘act nice’ and avoid confrontation. Their challenge is to stop trying to please everyone.

Cultivated Geminis are consummate communicators, social magnets, intuitive geniuses, and great judges of character. Most social of all types, they’re frequently accused of being impractical dreamers because they love ideas so much. They can detach themselves from mundane reality and still remain objective about everything and anything. They overvalue intellect and undervalue emotion. They’re threatened when their opinions are ignored. They can accept your viewpoint, even though they disagree with you. They get mad when their ideas are challenged without good reason. They’re easily distracted and don’t like being responsible for making decisions before they’re clear. They fight focus, discipline, and structure, and long for freedom, love, and being unrestricted. The hardest choice is often the only choice that makes the best sense.

Geminis are androgynous. In Greek myth, Hermes and Aphrodite’s incestuous fling birthed Hermaphrodite. Dominant Hermes (whether known or admitted to) is often bi-sexual. David Bowie was a Capricorn with strong Hermes. Mick Jagger is a Hermes type with a Leo sun. Kate Blanchett is a Mercurial Taurus. Bob Dylan is a Gemini. Boy George is a Gemini. Grace Jones (71) is a Taurus with Mercury conjunct Uranus in Gemini.

GEMINI & PSYCHE

Millions of Geminis are born each year from May 20 ~ June 21. Regardless of sun sign, three periods each century share Gemini psyche and psycho-social paradigms with corresponding karmic responsibilities, missions, and retributions. 




Born 12/24/1945 to 8/11/1947 (age 70-72), 8/6/1964 to 2/21/1966 (50–52), and 3/15/1983 to 11/1/1984 (32–33), share a karmic debt and responsibility to join society, embrace humanity, and share  higher consciousness. It’s time to give ourselves a helping hand; our own. Pictured on the left are members of the post WWII generation. George W BushBill Clinton, Donald Trump, and I share the same Gemini lunar north node. Uranus was also in Gemini at the time. Bill Clinton and George Bush had opportunities to raise public consciousness, but blew it by thinking their job was about them and indulging in their weaknesses. Sadly, history is repeating itself. Donald Trump, a Gemini, one man obstacle course, human wrecking crew, lover of gilded towers, collector of polished brass cages, glitzy gambling casinos, golden pedestals, graven images, beauty queens, shark tanks, and celebrity idols is a magnet for greedy gluttons and feckless fools.

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Donald (Leo rising) doesn’t care about us. His hubris is harming our world. Bill Clinton (Leo) and George Bush (Leo rising) cared, but made personal and political choices ending as lessons in hubris that radically altered their histories and destinies. Donald is raising public consciousness by teaching us what not to do, how not to be, and how not to lose what we have, to value what we had. Hindsight needs to vote and win in 20/20. Who we choose now will influence how Uranus will transit Gemini in 2025 and behave for the following seven years.

Our only outer planet to transit Gemini in the 20th Century was Uranus from 1942~1949. Social ideas and cultural paradigms shifted towards education. The U.S. Supreme Court abolished religion in public schools. The GI Bill enabled thousands of people to go to college. Radio and television dominated media all over the world. The first computer calculation, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), was born at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946. Columbia Records introduced the 33 1/3 rpm “long playing record”. The United Nations held its first session in London. The Atomic Energy Commission was created. The United States joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). People born 1942 ~ 1949 with Uranus in Gemini are mentally restless, have nervous temperaments, and minds that grasp new ideas quickly. Unfortunately, common sense is no longer good sense. What happened to healthy and sane?

ENIAC has come a long way since 1946. Internet is a transmutation of Hermes principle of mentalism. Hermes knew how to connect with anyone at any place and time and transmit his ideas and images without external hardware and software. Hermes taught that our brain is our hardware and our mind is our software. Mind can be a powerful and effective communication tool that enables us to make good sense, connect with others , tune our links, and behave appropriately.

Wake up and whiff the weirdness!  The human race has become a race against bad shit happening. If we continue to substitute money for values, religion for spirituality, and bad ideas for good sense, we will seal our fate by not choosing ourselves, each other, our planet, and our destiny as equal and fair. Help Hermes ‘Law of Polarity’ transform ten negative character traits into ten positive character traits. You’re judge, jury, and executioner!

 ‘Imagine the Opposite’

Superficial ~ creating and implementing products without healthy vision, foresight, well thought out marketing plans, and/or adequate financial framework

Deceitful ~ selfish intent ~ perverted purpose ~ IPO as product

Dilettante ~ Technology for the sake of technology

Commercial ~ inability to integrate content and advertising

Detachment ~ Banner Syndrome creating consumer numbness to advertising

Cleverness ~ too many bright colorful sugar coated widgets

Sneakiness ~ invasion of privacy / Spam / Cookies / Viruses

Fickleness ~ user characterized as a statistic for future mailing lists

Babbling ~ too much hype, grease, bullshit, and too many alternate truths 

Anything is better than nothing ~ boring graphics / poor bandwidth

E-business produces e-contamination and creates e-Pollution. We can close landfills, but what do we do with toxic cyber-fills and hazardous digital spills?  E-garbage is created and collected and not properly disposed of. How do we recycle, reuse, and recreate cyber-toxins and poisonous dot-coms? Psychic garbage is the birthplace of all physical garbage. Perhaps we should encourage psychic abortions for hypocrites.  

TAURUS & HANDS

You don’t have to have a Taurus sun, moon, ascendant, aspects, or house placements to be Taurus. ‘Pure types’ have firm, pink, elastic skin, dense mount consistency, and a bulging percussion under pinkie finger. Large stiff thumbs and short stiff fingers embody stubbornness, determination, and tenacity. Full rosy balls of thumbs symbolize love of family, children, food, nature, comfort, luxury, art, music, and all things beautiful. When a ball of thumb is surrounded by a long clear deep life line, that person is blessed with good health. Long clear fate lines also symbolize strong purpose, goals, and sense of destiny. These are all generalizations to be adjusted based on the gestalt of a person.

Deep lines and clear skin ridges reveal trails, trials, and tribulations to be navigated and guided by anyone who learns. Taurus has few extra lines. Requiring security and stability, they think and feel in practical ways. Long graceful heart lines ending under the index finger are romantic and sentimental. Being ‘old fashioned’ is natural. People with long heart lines often see others as they want them to be, instead of how they really are. Head lines closely intertwined with life lines at their beginnings must be appreciated and never taken for granted. Loop and arch fingerprints add adaptability and practicality. Square finger tips reinforce a need for order and stability. Depending on size, second knots are more or less concerned with keeping everything in its place. The larger the knot, the more compulsive the need for order in the area that knot represents. Dominant middle phalanges embody practical pursuits and dominant bottom phalanges prefer sensual. The hand pictured above belongs to someone with a Pisces sun and a Taurus hand and character.

Taurus is driven by their physical senses. These responsible, practical, pragmatic, objective, reliable, and dependable individuals manage and maintain the material world. They only trust what they can see and feel, not ideas, intuitions, or inspirations. As creatures of habit, they get addicted to routine and order. Being bogged down in practical and mundane matters makes it hard to access their abstract abilities and imagination. They procrastinate at beginnings and endings, another unproductive habit, which opposes their need to be responsible, caring, and appreciated.

Taurus embodies Aphrodite’s desire for comfort and beauty. Venus gives form to wealth and power. She loves her family, friendships, home, food, nature, art, and music. Her need for physical security and stability drives her practical attitudes. She’s honest, dependable, and trustworthy, and valued by all for her natural warmth and good sense. When she’s healthy, she won’t bend the truth or perform a song and dance act for anyone. She’s loyal, affectionate, and charming, and can also be controlling, jealous, and possessive. She’s not a great salesperson as she takes rejection personally. She thrives in real estate, banking, food, and fashion. Her challenges are to trust her gut, give up control, and let go when it no longer makes sense to hang on. Taurus can be the best Bull and the worst Minotaur.

FAMOUS TAUREANS

Pope John Paul ll embodied many positive Taurus qualities. He got the rich to share wealth with the poor. He was the first Pope to visit a synagogue, encouraging Catholics and Jews to love one another. An assassination attempt nearly killed him; and still, he rose to address countless chaotic church stresses and messes.


J. Krishnamurti, spiritual guide, made good sense to and for everyone

Leonardo da Vinci was the original hipster, great artist, and inventor

Sigmund Freud was father of modern psychoanalysis

Karl Marx developed the theory of socialism

Martha Graham was mother of modern dance

Katherine Hepburn was Grande Dame of American stage and movies

Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Tony Blair ground Great Britain

“The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one”. The darkest depths of Taurus created the monster from Hell from 1933 to 1945.  Adolph Hitler transformed our world by empowering anger, fear, and terror and manipulating masses with symbolic imagery. Hitler was responsible for over thirty million deaths.

 Jim Jones, fanatic cult leader, led 1,000 followers to mass suicide in 1978

Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh had no remorse for his evil

Saddam Hussein, (Iraqi President 79~06) dictator, was shamed and slayed.

Alchemy isn’t about turning lead into gold. It’s the art and science of guiding and balancing Saturn and the Sun. We can all be our own best friends and bull shit detectors. Having virtue, honesty, integrity, dignity, nobility, discipline, structure, focus, persistence, and determination are keys to healthy humanism and heroism. Taking responsibility for healthy attitudes, critical thinking, constructive planning, realistic goal setting, healthy values, and honest actions, transform our inner and outer worlds. Embrace your best qualities, master your darkness, manage your life, and be an alchemist. Everyone has Taurus in their symbolism and psyche.

TAURUS & PSYCHE

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“Since I gave up hope, I feel much better”. Pundits joke, but having no hope is not a laughing matter. It doesn’t take a seer to see that the human race has become a race against bad shit happening. We’re primed and ready for a loss of hope and faith.  Programmed to feel impotent, incompetent, and indifferent, we’re resigned to apathy and acceptance of the poisoning of the positive results of the hard lessons learned and resolutions made when Uranus last transited Taurus from 1935~1942.

The USA went off the gold standard. People focused on values and questioned materialism. President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Labor organized, forming unions that went on strike and engaged in sit-downs across the nation. There was strength in solidarity. President Roosevelt defended the Four Essential Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. What happened?

Uranus in Taurus stimulated aristocracy, autocracy, and plutocracy. Greed and anti-socialism were nourished and flourished. Uranus in Taurus brought us William Randolph Hurst and Orson Welles, two bulls, who bullied each other over the creation and release of the movie, ‘Citizen Kane’. Self-righteously determined, Welles smugly, immodestly, and arrogantly modeled the notorious media mogul Charles Foster Kane after Hearst. Despite his abundant natural charm, brilliant portrayal, ground breaking cinematography, and exceptional directing, Welles art was no match for Hearst’s wealth and capacity to influence courts and public opinion. Welles persisted in his righteous defiance of Hearst, while Hearst relentlessly tortured Welles with legalities and bludgeoned him with bad publicity until Welles could no longer afford to hang on to his principles, rise to his challenges, or control his self-indulgences. Like Kane, Welles longed for his lost innocence too late in life.

‘Less is more’ learned Midas as he yearned for a touch of gold, got it, and transformed his beloved daughter and their loving relationship into a cold hunk of metal. His food turned to gold as it touched his lips. One moral of Midas is having stability, security, and good health, meaningful work, satisfying relationships, happiness, and not needing more. Healthy people value what they have, nourish their relationships, choose higher purpose, and feel satisfaction and fulfillment without affluence. Having too much or too little of anything raises our awareness of what truly matters. Black and white, all and nothing, good and evil, love and hate, and rich and poor are opposites of equal value; identical in nature, but different by degree. An old billionaire dying of cancer will gladly trade his $$$ for youth and good health. A glamorous celebrity with a brain injured child will gratefully scrub public toilets at Grand Central Station to heal her child.

Can a ‘Stable Genius’ destabilize a nervous and fickle public with lies and manipulation? Our political, financial, and religious ideologies, philosophies, and paradigms are in danger! Will we see our Emperor for who he is or only dressed in the clothes he chooses us to see? The New York Stock Exchange and Federal Reserve are bulls. Uranus will enter Taurus two weeks from now for seven years.

Faulty ideological, philosophical, and spiritual paradigms must shift or our culture will face a Black Tuesday worse than ‘29. As transiting Saturn opposes our Stock Exchange’s natal Chiron and squares its natal Moon, transiting Pluto will square natal Jupiter, Uranus will conjunct Venus and Neptune will oppose Mars! People born 1935 ~ 1942 know and understand that unexpected gain and reversal means that we must lose what we have to learn to value what we had. It’s time for a new generation to learn those very same lessons again.

There’s a lot of nostalgia and talk of Civil War these days. Black and white wages endless wars on battlefields of infinite shades of gray. Needing guns is a symptom of a decaying culture. What will we do when partisan Republican bullies with their laws, fascists and terrorists with their semi-automatic weapons of mass-destruction, and evangelical fundamentalists with their bibles and guns show up at our doors? I’m not a big fan of guns in general, but I’ve been thinking a lot about self-defense. Most sensible people are scared of crazy people with guns. The idea of protecting family, friends, and humanity is good, but the idea of shooting someone or getting shot stimulates horrible fantasies, terrible ideas, and supports unhappy states of being for me. Will I purchase my first weapon?

Clients ask, “How long is my life?” “When will I die?” Life is about quality, not quantity. Everyone dies. I encourage my clients to be responsible for their thoughts and feelings. Alchemy is not transforming lead into gold. Alchemy is melding Saturn with the Sun by synchronizing and harmonizing the Sun’s talents, energy, optimism, and initiative with Saturn’s skills, skepticism, master planning, determination, and enduring patience. We need all of our planets, families, friends (no matter how dysfunctional), and everyone else to live, work, and play in harmony. Courage, strength, wisdom, and grace embody four paths to achieving and maintaining good mental, emotional, and physical health. Responsibility, discipline, determination, and devotion are ideas, ideals, and values that build sound structures on solid foundations. Spirituality is earned by practicing faith, virtue, integrity, loyalty, dignity, nobility, and honesty. Shine your brightest light on your most valuable talents, abilities, and desires. Be clear in your intentions, decisions, and actions. You can be an alchemist, own best friend, and master bull shit detector.

Limericks by Steve Benko ~ Artwork by Mark Seltman

Said Donald, “Our minions I’ll galvanize,
And with porn stars and thugs again fraternize.
Vlad, I’m walking on air,
But though Mueller was fair,
For my insults I’ll never apologize.”

ARIES & HANDS

You don’t need an Aries sun, moon, ascendant, planets, aspects, or houses to be Arian. No matter what your astrology says, Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo, are Intuitive archetypes with rectangular palms and short fingers. If you have an Aries sun and Aries hands, you’re very Aries. Aries hands differ from Leo and Sag hands in that Leo hands tend to be harder and stiffer than Aries while Sagittarian hands tend to be softer and more flexible. Aries hands have full and firm percussions (upper Mars under pinkie finger). Resilient elastic skin quickly springs back to normal when pushed or pulled.

Pink color energizes. Red pressurizes, especially when a plump red puffy bump bulges (lower Mars) where the thumb meets the hand. Red hands embody too much energy, anger, and passion. A healthy Aries has a rosy full ball of thumb (Venus).

Head and life lines are separated at their beginnings on pure types. Wider gaps symbolize greater need for independence, freedom, and rebelliousness. A healthy Mars has plenty of initiative, cherishes his independence, and must be true to himself. When head and life lines intertwine at their beginnings, motivation and action are other driven. They need to be appreciated and must never be taken for granted. Pure Leo has closely entwined head and life lines. They want to be in charge, but procrastinate at beginnings and endings because they care too much what other people think of them. They fixate on the ideas of others and take their opinions personally, even when they’re not.

Most courageous and adventurous of all types, Aries is a fierce warrior and inspired risk taker. Passion is contagious and optimism eternal. Mars never runs out of doors to knock on as he doesn’t take rejection personally. He loves sports and is ready and willing to compete with anyone at any time and place. An autonomous freedom lover, he hates criticism and bureaucrats, and loves being the catalyst at beginnings of projects.

LOW SET THUMB

In general, cardinal types tend to have low set thumbs. No matter what you do, very low set thumbs were designed for questing Holy Grails, saving underdogs, strays, and fixer-uppers, and rescuing fair damsels in distress. Aries crusades relentlessly and persists untiringly until his objectives are realized. Working on worthy causes brings satisfaction and fulfillment.

Aries is not detail oriented. When they get bogged down with mundane activities, they become bored, restless, and frustrated. It’s best to stay out of their way if you can’t help them. In intimate relationships, physical chemistry is very important. The football player (Mars) and cheerleader (Venus) are hot for each other. Aries needs to stay far away from controlling, possessive, and jealous types. Freedom is a must. They must not be too impulsive or in a hurry to ‘fall in love’. Unhappy marriages often follow unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Aries must be patient, trust their intuition, and set sensible goals. Most are unafraid of blood and sharp tools. Many become soldiers, butchers, and surgeons. Mars also rules executives, salesmen, barbers, sportsmen, military leaders, policemen, firemen, and any and every one else who is full of fire and fury.

Aries are resilient. No matter what happens, they always bounce back and land on their feet. Their powerful sense of inner strength, unrelenting courage, incorrigible determination, and tenacious persistence make them formidable foes. Aries conquers procrastination, overcomes inertia, and takes action with abundant physical energy. Their health challenges are inflammations, fevers, headaches, and high blood pressure.

Aries rules War. Ancient warrior cultures practiced their lustiest mating rituals from late June to late July to seed future generations of Aries warriors. Aries rules Germany, England, and Japan. Hitler manufactured an Aryan race. Britain barbarized, colonized, and attempted to civilize the globe. Japan was atom bombed in World War II. Modern Japan wages wars of commerce, communications, transportation, and electronics.

Invincible warriors and lusty lovers, gods of war, are symbolized by an erect penis. Aries is Greek. Mars is Roman. Aries rises with the Spring Equinox. Everyone has some degree of Aries and Mars in his or her psyche. Strong athletic bodies, dominant chests, and rock hard heads were made to match that psyche. Aries aren’t called ‘Ram’ for nothing.  My partner Joanna is an Aries with Venus in Taurus rising. I call her ‘Rambull’. She can be extremely obstinate and that’s grounding for me. I’m a Gemini with Scorpio rising. Joanna calls me a ‘piece of work in progress’.

Aries ancestors are warriors and conquerors. King Theseus of Athens, Jason and his Argonauts, Joan of Arc, Xena, Mulan, Robin Hood, and their popular eastern cousin, Aladdin, the orphaned son of the king of thieves, handsome adolescent street rat, diamond in the rough, destined to become a prince. The hand above belongs to a real life Aladdin. Click here for his story.

Al Gore’s rectangular palms and short fingers reveal the harmony between his intuitive personality and Aries Sun. Al’s Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are in Leo and his Jupiter is in Sagittarius. That’s a lot of fire. Inspiration motivates Al, as he passionately informs consumers about the hazards and truths of Global Warming and Climate Change. Al and his Argonauts bagged the coveted Nobel Peace Prize while opening masses of minds to masses of waste.

Al is a conceptual thinker who loves the idea part of his process. His greatest asset is his ability to see the big picture. Having no time and little aptitude or patience for details, Al can sell anything he truly believes in. Al’s long index finger symbolizes his ambition, obsessions, and egocentricities. Al knows what he wants, gets the facts, and makes the case for his cause. Armed with a lightning bolt from Zeus, Al is a person of great influence, privilege, and wealth. It’s vital that Al remain vigilant of the size and quality of his own personal footprint. Al must make sure he always practices what he preaches.

U.S. ex-Secretary of State, General Colin Powell is Aries with his Sun and Mercury in Aries (April 5, 1937). His rectangular palms, short fingers, and widely separated life and headline are the embodiment of King Theseus of Athens. Theseus escorted Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece. He defeated the dreaded Minotaur (Saddam Hussein, a Taurus) and united the warring Greek factions under his rule.

Secretary Powell’s powerful and practical personality persuaded Americans to keep the faith while we invaded Iraq. He believed he could make a positive difference, but ended up being goldenly fleeced by the Bush administration. Our Emperor, George II, pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes as he proudly wore Powell’s threads of noble charisma, flawless credibility, and ethical principles on the front lines of international diplomacy. General Powell’s greatest battles are yet to come as he approaches the end of his life and wages war with his personal loyalties, honesty, integrity, dignity, and truth. An evil empire can take revenge on Powell’s family and forces him to keep his truths secret. If Colin Powell wants to die a true hero, he must find a way to cleanse his karma by shining the light of absolute truth on the many shades of gray in his life.