An Excerpt from Sun Signs, Houses and Healing by Carmen Turner Schott
Everyone can benefit from healing and transforming themselves. Each of the twelve signs of the zodiac can utilize their personality traits to accomplish three things: transformation, healing, and resiliency. Let’s begin by talking about self-care and why healing is so important.
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is making a conscious effort to take care of the body, mind, and spirit. It is not something that is done only once; it’s a routine that needs to be developed in everyday life. Self-care helps prevent burnout, reduces the effects of stress, and helps us reflect on what is important in our lives. Examples of self-care are taking breaks, healthy eating, exercising, asking for help, spending time alone, putting yourself first, setting boundaries, forgiving yourself, and enjoying hobbies.
The reason self-care techniques do not work the same way for everyone is because of the unique way the elements in our birth chart affect our ability to react to stress, heal, relax, and recharge. Self-care tips work differently for each sun sign. Those with similar elements will benefit from similar activities. Gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and thinking about what activities help you recharge are important parts of self-care.
The Benefits of Healing
We all heal in different ways, and it takes some of us longer to fully heal from past experiences. Learning to balance the body, mind, and spirit is a key factor in the healing process. Everyone has different abilities and strengths that help them bounce back after a crisis.
There are many benefits to focusing on healing. Healing helps us grow stronger by letting go of negative emotions and experiences. Healing allows us to redefine ourselves and reclaim our power. Addressing past wounds helps us transform and find greater happiness. Many of us carry unhealed trauma and emotions within our bodies that can manifest as physical illness, stress, or anxiety if unaddressed for too long.
The greatest thing about healing is that when we address our own pain, we can become role models for others on their healing journey. Greater insight occurs when we are able to identify our emotional issues, problem-solve, and discuss our experiences with those we care about. Sometimes it can take longer than expected to truly move forward from past experiences. Everyone heals at their own pace. Be patient with yourself.
Sun Signs and Healing
Each sun sign experiences change and stress, so implementing self-care techniques will benefit you regardless of your sign. With that being said, understanding your basic sun sign traits is a powerful tool for healing many areas of life. Sun Signs, Houses and Healing will shed light on your overall personality and discuss ways to overcome challenges.
In my book, I explain the basic personality traits of each sun sign. I discuss each sun sign’s challenging attributes, positive attributes, and how they approach relationships. These chapters are great tools for learning more about yourself and your loved ones. If you want to learn more about your family, friends, or coworkers, read their sun sign’s chapter.
In each chapter, I include reflection questions, affirmations, and self-care ideas tailored to that specific sign. You can use these on your healing journey. I then discuss which house that sun sign rules and how placements in that house impact us.
What Are the Twelve Zodiac Signs?
There are twelve signs in the zodiac. They are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. One of these signs will be your sun sign, calculated by the month and day of your birth. This is the only planetary placement that shifts with our traditional calendar, making it easy to determine. This is why so many people are familiar with their sun sign. An important note: If your birth took place on a date when the sun is in between zodiac signs or was very close to switching signs, astrologers call this being born on the cusp. If you were born on a cusp, you might resonate with traits of both signs. For instance, if you were born on January 19, then you might have personality traits of both Capricorns and Aquarians. Typically, the sign the sun is moving into shows dominance and strength. If you’re unsure of your sun sign, your birth chart can confirm that for you.
Each astrological sign has many components that make it unique: the sign’s element, modality, ruler, and symbol.
Each sign is ruled by a certain natural element. The four elements that exist in nature are fire, air, earth, and water. Fire signs are full of energy and passion; they are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Air signs—Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius—are intellectual and emotionally detached. Earth signs are practical and cautious; they are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Water signs are emotional and imaginative; Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are water signs.
Carmen Turner-Schott, MSW, LISW, is a practicing clinical social worker, writer and astrologer with national and international clientele. She currently works as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Manager and has worked with victims of trauma for over 25 years. Carmen began her astrological work at the age of sixteen, after an experience with a glowing ball of light in her doorway. She began studying religion, astrology and metaphysics at that time. She has lectured, presented astrology workshops and eGroups for the Association of Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) and she enjoys teaching a variety of spiritual development classes.
She has been researching astrology, transformation and healing for the past 25 years. She founded the Astrological Self Awareness Center in 2005 and later changed the name to Deep Soul Divers Astrology. She has a passion for researching astrology, specializing in the eighth and twelfth astrological houses and their effect on trauma, healing and resiliency. She has self-published five astrology books, “The Mysteries of the Eighth Astrological House: Phoenix Rising,” “A Deeper Look at the Sun Signs,” “A Practical Look at the Planets in the Houses,” “Astrology from a Christian Perspective,” and “Astrology Awareness: A Compilation of Articles.” Visit her online at www.8and12houses.com.