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Astrology of The Dance

Neptune In Pisces – Heavenly Writing On The Zodiacal Dance Card

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

For the first time since the mid 1800s, about 160 years ago, Neptune is in its own ruling sign of Pisces, where it will remain until early 2026. Pisces rules the feet and has a special tie with dance. Venus, which is exalted in Pisces, is the other zodiacal ruler of dance. Perhaps that’s why dance, in its many forms, is in the midst of a world wide resurgence in popular appeal.

Dance makes life graceful and beautiful. Contributing to wellness, both psychologically and physically, movement to music is extremely beneficial and can be done cost free. The mystique of the dance, whether as a spectator or participant, touches nearly all of us and addresses a secret longing to celebrate life. “Get up and dance”  is a simple phrase describing the international explosion of fascination with one of the most popular of hobbies. Schools, supply stores, publications and television programs dedicated to dance are more numerous than ever before during this second decade of the 21st Century. The yearning to move with grace and power is one of the most universal forms of creativity. Dancing’s legendary Ted Shawn once said,

“Dance is the only art in which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”

Still, it can be difficult for those who arent naturally athletic or energetic to get moving. The various kinds of dance are as varied as the stars in the heavens. To take a first step (pardon the pun) experiment with the forms of dance most closely associated with your familiar Sun sign, then consider where your ascendant, Neptune and Venus (the planets which rule dance) lead you. The idea is just to relax and move. Dance is all about letting the expression of joy surge from within. It matters not if you have four left feet.

Aries

Forceful and dynamic Disco Dancing is for you. Spasmodic jerks to ear splitting music accent spontaneity and freedom more than technical precision. Independent Aries will love this. You are the zodiacs pioneer and disco closely mirrors primitive and tribal dance. Consider a crowded dance floor in Paris, New York or Rio. The dancers move as if hypnotized, oblivious to the rest of the world. Doesn’t that suggest a tribal energy and preparing for a successful hunt?

Taurus

Beautiful gowns or elegant tuxedos donned by couples absorbed in each other while they move to music thats rich in timbre and rhythm the atmosphere leads to Ballroom Dancing. Your affectionate and sensual nature delights especially in the waltz. This most popular of ballroom dances originated in the 18th Century as a reaction against the rigid minuet. Once considered lewd and suggestive, ballroom dance now is viewed as dignified and gracious. Its the perfect way to get the rather lazy Bull to exercise and overcome inertia. Their lucky partners can enjoy the affectionate possessiveness which characterizes an evening out with a Taurus.

Gemini

Jazz Dance ,which is versatile and fun, belongs to the mercurial Gemini dancer. The carefree mood which is a heritage from Americas first famous African American performers suits perfectly. A variety of intricate leaps and turns combined with many different kinds of musical accompaniments (sea chanteys, cowboy tunes, hymns, etc.) will rescue Gemini from boredom. Jazz dance often includes clapping of hands or playing an instrument, perhaps the banjo or harmonica, to add another dimension which the multi faceted Gemini always appreciates.

Cancer

Sentimental Moon children will revel in Folk Dance. This style of dance honors homelands. Brought from the old country it preserves memories, history, heritage and roots from around the world. The Irish jig, polka, square dance and highland fling are familiar folk dances. Participation with others, oneness with community, will encourage shy and reserved Cancer to relax and flow with the music. Folk costumes in traditional styles, perhaps fashioned from vintage patterns and fabrics will add to the experience.

Leo

Tap Dance, with its theatrical flair and showmanship, is for you. The Lion revels in the individual choreography and distinctive sounds of tap shoes, the embellished movements and relaxed feline agility. Tap dance glitters, it developed during the golden age of the great musicals of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Tap dancers cover a wide range of creative expression according to the music selected. It ranges from ragtime to classical and show tunes.

Virgo

Dance attracts you because of the practical health benefits. Try Aerobics. Recreation combined with a fitness program adds to your pleasure. Shop for the proper aerobic shoes and leotards. Be sure to keep track of your target heart rate so youre certain to reap maximum benefits from the work out. The orderly movements and organized routine of aerobics, which are really calisthenics to music, will be most enjoyable and uplifting for you. Join a class at a local health club.

Libra

Oriental culture has a traditional link with your birth sign. Tai Chi, the most gentle of martial arts, introduces you perfectly to the world of dance. Subtle interpretive movements based on the natural world, Tai Chi is all about harmony within the self attained through mirroring animals and the environment. It is supple and flowing. A quiet courtesy characterizes the practice of Tai Chi. It allows the dancer to relax and be oneself, yet the etiquette and balance so dear to Librans is present.

Scorpio

Mysterious, exotic, with a hint of the erotic, Belly Dance is your choice. Your secretive side delights in the veils, coins and finger symbols associated with this tradition. Originally the belly dance movements were thought to facilitate ease of conception and child birth, this honors the intimate passions which the Scorpion oversees. The cultures of the Middle East and India as well as gypsy performers the world over are linked to the intrigue of belly dance. Gentlemen, drum sequences and stronger dance moves offer suitable variations for you.

Sagittarius

Your emblem, the half horse figure of the Centaur provides a clue. Think of the freedom and challenges of the American frontier and the cowboys of the Old West. So its Western Dance that suits you. Try stomping the two step dressed in your denims, boots and hat. It’s the saloon and barn dance culture of the wild frontier revisited with humor and good will.

Capricorn

Pantomime, serious and stylized silent dance with a message, is for you. Also called mummery and mimicry, mime honors a long established cultural tradition that will appeal. It can be traced back to the Greek dramas. It has a theatrical application in opera as well. Contemporary pantomime dancers usually wear white face make up, first presenting themselves as clowns or buffoons. As the dance unfolds and progresses it encourages the audience to think and react on a new, deeper level to a story line.

Aquarius

Progressive Aquarians will be naturals at Modern Dance. Developed in the mid 20th Century as a rebellion against the rigidity of ballet, Modern Dance is all about the uniqueness and isolation of the individual performer. Artistic expression flows freely. Performed barefoot, wearing loose, comfortable clothing such as free flowing robes, skipping, walking and sitting postures are a part of the dance genre. This originality shocked audiences at first, it had not been seen in the long history of dance before.

Pisces

Pisces rules the feet in the zodiac of health and body. This is important because of all of the twelve signs, Pisces is most closely linked to dance. Many of the greatest dancers who have ever lived have been Pisceans. This includes Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolph Nereyev, two of ballets brightest stars. Of course Ballet, the ultimate and considered by many to be the only true form of dance, belongs to you. Ballet is surrounded by romance, mystique and tradition. It is the fruit of much sacrifice, concentration and devoted effort by performers. For most, the elusive and ethereal beauty of the ballet is enjoyed from a distance, sitting in the audience, rather than participated in. Ballet transports the viewer and dancer alike to the 12th house of the zodiac, the natural home of Neptune.

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