A student said I had the ‘gift’ because they were not getting something I was getting and because they believe in my talent. *eye roll*
Sorry student if you’re reading this – you know I <3 you but aside from the kudos (thanks!) it’s important to be honest with yourself and not externalize what you consider, failure for knowing.
My reply was: I have the “gift”, if it’s the ‘gift of analysis‘. :-P
Seriously, yes… that’s what I’m gifted in: Putting seemingly unrelated items together; pulling stuff apart and putting it back together again, only to pull it apart again; seeing patterns; and making wild connections. :D
So yes, I’m naturally ‘gifted’ at that with my Mercury Conjunct South Node but not Conjunct Pluto in the 8th and in the sign of Virgo, along with my Virgo stellium!!
But anyone can learn anything they want to learn with time, practice, desire, and an open mind.
I also reminded the student that she’s incredibly bright, studious, and able to analyze quite well but from what I understand — she wants an ‘external’ reward for doing so. That’s maybe a differentiator between myself and many others.
My reward is finding a solution — MY solution. It doesn’t have to be anyone else’s, no one has to agree, or clap their hands in praise of my almighty mind… LOL though that’s always appreciated says my Leo Sun-Mars in the 7th. ;P
Now, this may be a news flash to some of you but EVERYONE has a gift. Yup, you too. Yup, you’re gifted in some way too.
What are you gifted in? What do you find you seem to do naturally well but is often harder for other people to do? Did you suppress or stunt your gift, only to find it blooming later in life? What, astrologically, do you think represents your ‘gift‘?
And if you don’t think you’re gifted in something, I feel it’s important to check your self-esteem. And frankly, I’d encourage you to get some talk therapy about that too. Lack of confidence and low self esteem are a couple of things that will hold you and others back in life if you don’t deal with it.
If you’re not sure how your gift shows up astrologically, that’s entirely different and probably has nothing to do with low self-esteem.
(Note: Self-esteem issues are connected to the 2nd house so it’s a good starting point to explore that; however, other houses and signatures also point to this.)
Someone once called me intellectually dominating. When I think of that, I think of Mercury Conjunct Pluto, Pluto in or on the 3rd or 9th houses.
I don’t have any of that but I do have Mars on the 3rd house and Mercury in the 8th (Mercury Conjunct Pluto) so there’s a touch of that, for sure.
However, as much as I’m Saturnian, the most aspected planet for me is Venus and she’s aspected pretty well. She wants harmony, balance, and sweet nothings.
Mind you, the only planet she doesn’t aspect is Mercury! :P So I wasn’t born to have smooth conversations with others.
I’m pretty sure I was born to challenge judgmental, closed thoughts, and opinions. And to shake up beliefs (Jupiter Conjunct Uranus and Uranus Conjunct Pluto, by house analysis).
Here’s the thing: I imagine I come off as intellectually dominating when the other person is asserting themselves forcefully (aka arrogance) or presenting the material as a matter-of-fact about a topic they seem not to have researched or know well. If they were Venusian, in their approach, it’s unlikely I’d pull the Mercury-Mars-Pluto card.
While I respect the thoughts and opinions of others, I will often fearlessly assert my thoughts on a subject and yes, I’ll smack you down in a debate if you go there with me, I’m up for it, or I’m not injecting enough Venus into my day.
So yes, I’m smart and yes, I’ll enter into debate about things I know or have experienced so I’m not to be underestimated. And that can be frustrating for someone who seeks a lesser mind. O-o But I’ll open my ears to what I don’t know and welcome new input.
Funnily enough, the person who said I was this way has Mars in their third (Mercury Conjunct Mars), Uranus on the cusp (Mars Conjunct Uranus), and Saturn Leo in the 9th (Sun Conjunct Saturn) and my Sun and Mars is in Leo! Um…. Projection and suppression anyone?! :P
I <3 astrology. Logic, at its best!
As a side note, you’ll find many writers, and communicators (who have a stranglehold on information in their industry) have prominent Mercury-Mars-Pluto configurations. That’s because if anyone comes in with new material that goes against or doesn’t support what they’ve said, they’ll try to smack that person down.