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The Color Purple by Alice Walker: A Short Summary

In this poignant epistolary novel that relates the story of two sisters Celie and Nettie, Alice Walker condemns racial and sexual oppression and severely criticizes the brutality that victimized the black women especially in the South. This is an extraordinary tale, painful and uncomfortable that plays out over two decades of Celie’s life through her letters beginning at age 14, when she is sexually abused by her stepfather, who later removes her children.

Celie’s real nightmare begins with her marriage to Albert, who rather needs a servant than a wife to take care of his four children, look after his house, and work in his fields but Celie is happy to marry him to save her younger sister Nettie from her father’s clutches. However the latter constrained to leave for refusing the sexual advances of her sister’s husband goes to Africa as a missionary after promising to write to Celie. With this painful separation and a complete silence from Nettie, her life worsens and Celie begins writing to God; a correspondence without any hope of reply but yet these missives save her from despair… She continues addressing to “Dear Good Lord” and relates her miserable condition, describing the nightmare of the violence and isolation but also hope, when her husband brings home his mistress Shug Avery for Celie to nurse her back to health.

This girl unlike Celie is sexy and independent and with Shug she discovers the mystery of Nettie’s silence for her husband has been hiding her sister’s letters in a locked trunk and finding them unlocks a new world to her. With the sensual Shug Avery, Celie familiarizes with her body, learns self-esteem and also love; realizing the full extent of the abuses suffered from her husband also gives her the strength to start a new life with Shug. Her sister’s letters completely transform her when she learns that her father was not actually her biological parent and her childhood house actually belonged to her and Nettie since their mother passed away.

These letters also reveal that her sister Nettie is living with a Reverend who has adopted her two children and several decades later, when they return the sisters at last have a blissful reunion. In this excellent novel, the author uses the themes of violence and sexual abuse to a stunning effect and the development of the main character Celie, displays her transformation from an unhappy, miserable person into a happy, successful, independent woman.

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Born With The Moon In Scorpio

According to Astrology, the exact location of the moon during the time of your birth determines your emotional reaction to the world around you. While the astrological sun colors your outwardly aggressive actions, the moon dictates your inner, passive or receptive urges. The moon is your “female energy” – she represents the type of nurturing energy you project, and/or the type of mothering you received as a child. Today we will discuss the Moon in Scorpio.

The Scorpio Moon: Joy and Pain

The Moon is literally in its fall, or denouement, in this sign. For this reason, Scorpio Moon folks are known to grapple with themselves on the inside. They typically experience all emotions extremely, deeply and totally – ecstasy, sorrow, elation… and yes, their tempers, when provoked, can be explosive. To complicate matters, Scorpio Moon people regard their own emotions as a source of vulnerability and therefore try to keep their true feelings under wraps. So, it’s not surprising that while many Scorpio Moons are traveling this earth feeling everything very intensely, they’re also wearing this kind of detached look. After all, if they were to be found out, there would be very grave consequences indeed. What those consequences might be is anybody’s guess… but if the Scorpio Moon is the one doing the imagining, it’s sure to be quite catastrophic.

The Scorpio Moon, in a nutshell: intensity. Intense likes, intense dislikes, intense fascination, intense disgust… and yes, in keeping with the general Scorpio reputation, intense love affairs. This is a very black-and-white, all-or-nothing moon with extremely fixed notions about things. If you’re loved by a Scorpio Moon then you are loved fiercely, totally and completely; but if you’re despised by a Scorpio Moon, then you may as well not exist. And it’s quite possible in dealing with this turbulent moon native that both emotions may be directed at you at different points in this lifetime. If a Scorpio Moon perceives that you have slighted them in some way… better make good immediately, or run and hide until the mood passes, because in all likelihood, revenge is being plotted against YOUR head!

The Scorpio Moon: Offsetting the Drama With Private Relaxation

Scorpio Moon people tend to go through life acting on hunches, “reading between the lines” – picking up subtle nonverbal cues, moods, intentions, underlying messages and such. Indeed, someone with this moon placement may get a very different meaning from the same conversation heard by someone with a more literal and pragmatic mind. This is not only quite distracting to the moon native, but when they react to these perceptions it often leads to undesired consequences and drama. Thus, the irony of the Scorpio Moon; being consumed by the very internal composition one despises in himself, and attracting drama-infused situations as a direct result of trying to avoid them.

A troubled Scorpion Moon person should allow herself some distance from time to time… a private sanctuary where she can sort out her emotions, get a healthy perspective and then emerge from the “cocoon” with renewed inner peace and a higher purpose in mind. Indeed, reflection and meditation feels quite natural to this introspective moon native and is encouraged as a way to take the edge off and temper the extreme moods. A deeply sensitive soul, capable of great courage and strength… there is much room for psychological growth and wisdom to be gained with this lunar positioning.

The Scorpio Moon: A Powerful Force for Good OR Evil

As with any sign, there are both positives and negatives to the Scorpio Moon placement. The sign of Scorpio has been assigned two symbols- the Scorpion and the Eagle. The former, a covert creature who stealths along the ground; and the latter, a symbol of power and might, soaring into the high heavens. Lows and highs… the Scorpio Moon is quite familiar with both states of consciousness… more than most, in fact.

Spiritually evolved Scorpio Moon souls can (and should) harness the gift of their emotional intensity and move proverbial mountains with it. If a Scorpio Moon person is intrinsically good, then that goodness of spirit can manifest itself in divine ways… extreme compassion and generosity toward fellow man, great and unshakeable integrity, impeccably honest conduct in business and personal affairs, and a permanent seat on the side of righteousness and justice. An enlightened Scorpio Moon will pledge his whole self to any and every cause he deems important; profess his undying faith to his family, home, country; and even make the ultimate sacrifice in a lifelong promise to serve God. Yes, this moon placement is often found in religious leaders, as the spiritual aspect is heavily emphasized here.

Less evolved Scorpio moons, on the other hand, are not averse to using abject means to get what they want. The concentration of power in this sign placement has led many a wayward Scorpio lunar native down a dark and devious path of corruption. In direct contrast to their enlightened counterparts; illicit affairs, illegal and underhanded dealings, petty and deceitful behavior, psychological turmoil, and loyalty to no one but themselves are trademark signs of the afflicted Scorpio Moon. Again, this is all due to the fact that Scorpio is in the moon’s fall, thus making emotions feel uncomfortable, unnatural and all-encompassing. With the all-or-nothing theme at work, indeed this placement will produce some extreme results.

The Scorpio Moon and Sex

It has been said that sexual impulses drive the Scorpio Moon native moreso than other moon signs, perhaps because they radiate such passion and intensity that they’re forever in need of release. The Scorpio Moon is equated with transcendental lovemaking or “soul sex” in which the participants experience an exalted state of consciousness by way of the physical sex act itself. Clearly, while “sexual nirvana” is hardly a day-to-day occurrence, this moon person has been labeled as having an extra potential for such achievements. At the very least, this moon person admits to having a high sex drive, even allowing sex to affect his or her decisions at certain points in life.

The Scorpio Moon as a Nurturer

The Scorpio Moon Nurturer is fiercely protective and psychologically all-consuming. Scorpio Moon Mothers, or “Smothers” as they are sometimes known, must learn to temper their intensity. If the Scorpio lover is possessive in her affairs, the Scorpio mother is equally possessive of her children. It will be her ongoing challenge to “let go.” These moon natives must get a reign on that fretfulness that leads to strings of sleepless nights, and interfere less in the daily trials and tribulations of their young sons and daughters. Scorpio Moon Mothers must generally permit themselves to chill out, cool down and back off. An earth-sign or earth moon-sign partner can lend a comforting and grounding effect for the Scorpio nurturer who has let the worrying get out of hand yet again.

Other signature themes and preoccupations of the Scorpio Moon: secrets, mysteries, severity, psychology, power, control, passion, revenge, obsession, loyalty, sex, depth of feeling, ethics, spirituality, solitude, death. No, the Scorpio moon is surely not made of green cheese, but rather some of the most powerful facets of human existence. This lunar native must learn to embrace the reality of his or her own emotions as opposed to running or hiding from them. If the Scorpio Moon person can navigate his or her own spirit to a higher and more exalted place, he will recognize the potential for complete and total happines that lies within himself… and the transformation will be powerful for certain.

Copyright 2005 Dina Giolitto. All rights reserved.

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Astrology Of Love and Relationships: Finding Your Soulmate At The Right Time

Timing is everything they say. There is an old worn out myth that declares if you are past 40 or “gasp” 50 you will not be able to find a good relationship. BS! The right astrology influence simply hasn’t crossed your chart yet! If you have gone months or even years without a relationship and feel that a loving relationship is just not meant to be for you then think again. There are special times in life that the planet of love and romance is activated and those are the times that the universe will bring you a loving relationship if you are open to it and have not formed a belief that is blocking a loving relationship from being in your life.

Venus is the planet that rules love, relationships and the things in life that we love. When looking for the times in your life that love will enter look at the times when the planets are making contact with your Venus. Each planet that makes contact with your Venus will have a different quality and different type of opportunity for self growth and relationships. When Jupiter crosses over your Venus that is a time when you will have more opportunities to date and meet someone. You can feel happier and better about your circumstances. This is a time that the universe is whispering to you- hey check it out, there are plenty of people on the planet, surely if you look around someone will be right for you.

Saturn transits (influencing) your Venus can be tough. It is a time when the universe tells it like it is about what you have and what you don’t with all that you value. Saturn will give you a big reality check over all details Venus. So you say you want a relationship? Really??? Asks Saturn: When was the last time you got off your butt and did something about it? Saturn is definitely a kick in the pants. Saturn demands that you take responsibility for your part in not being in a love relationship. Are there longtime issues that you never worked out? Get therapy! Are you overweight and do not feel attractive? Lose weight and get in shape and feel sexy again! Are you someone you would want to be in a relationship with? Be more loving and giving; be the person that you want to be in love with. Saturn will push you to be accountable in your life. The truth may be that there is only a part of you that wants a relationship and keep falling for unavailable men because by definition of being in a relationship with someone who is not available you get to keep part of your freedom. Saturn says get real! Once that happens a relationship comes into your life and a new journey begins.

When Uranus is bouncing around your Venus your time has come to get back into the swing of love and relationships. Someone may suddenly appear in your life from your past. This energy opens the heart but your relationship might look impulsive to outsiders. Many times a fast marriage takes places with Uranus Venus energy. If you marry in the early part of the transit (the time of this energy can take up to two years) you will have a couple of years of major adjustments. If you have been out of the dating scene for a while this energy is bound to bring in fun excitement and a relationship when you least expect it.

If you are longing for a relationship and your Venus is being influenced with Neptune chances are the relationship you find will be filled with romance and wonderment. I wonder will be part of the dialogue: I wonder if he loves me? I wonder when we will see each other again. I wonder if he will leave his wife. I wonder what is going to happen with us. Neptune tends to make this relationship very iffy. It is best not to have expectations with Neptune. Disappointments, deception and illusions run rampant with the shadow of Neptune. Many relationships under this influence teach you the qualities of unconditional acceptance and love and you can find that this relationship is an exercise in spiritual development and growth.

When Pluto is part of the astrological landscape in your Venus life then a very powerful, passionate and profound relationship enters your life. This relationship can permanently alter life as you know it. Many times who you were before you met this person morphs into an older wiser individual. Pluto can take you to deep depths of emotions and feelings. If you have unresolved childhood issues then this relationship can seem to pull them up from the hidden caverns from which they had been locked away.

Relationships are an integral and fulfilling part of human love and life. The times that you are single and do not have a significant partner in your life can be times that the universe is giving you an opportunity to attend to other parts of your life. The astrology seasons of Venus are the times that partnership and love enters into your life. As you have learned astrology has many useful tools for you to implement that will help you understand love and relationship cycles in your personal life. However this knowledge cannot be put to use without first knowing the astrological influences. Defend yourself with astrological knowledge and stay attuned to the constant changing sky and learn to be your own life coach with astrology.

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