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Good Vibe Astrology began in 2012 when astrologer Kim Falconer and Good Vibe Coach Jeannette Maw decided to join forces. Together they merges astrology and law of attraction to enhance any deliberate creation practice.

The courses and calls at GVA teach how to harness the symbolism in your horoscope. By doing this, you support powerful, tailor made manifesting sure to see results. Step by step, we take you on a journey of discovery, blasting through set-points, releasing resistance and amping alignment to you're after. What others are saying...

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While you're here, you can enjoy many Posts, take courses individually, jump on free calls and the open Forum. For those who want to work with Kim and Jeannette, access  all current courses and topics, review all past courses, enjoy the GVA Members Forum  and receive the Daily Astro-LOA Flash  - delivered to your inbox Monday - Saturday with tips for navigating the Astro-weather - you'll want to join us.

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No previous knowledge of astrology is needed, but for practicing and professional astrologers wanting to hone their Astro-skills, Kim offers advanced courses, posts and discussions in categories such as midpoints, asteroids, horary astrology, Draconic zodiacs, Aries Point, Vertex, progressions, converse progressions, planetary returns and medical astrology.

Questions and comments are welcome. Hope to see you on the next call!

 

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Square Aspects 101

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Natal Chart of Harriet Beecher Stowe

Welcome to Square Aspects 101. You'll find this the third post and our Aspects 101 Series. This seriescovers major and minor aspects, the angles formed between planets.

Let's get started with Square Aspects 101.

Square Aspects 101 - What are they?

First of all, a square represents two or more planets 90° apart. If you have the Sun at 2° Libra and Saturn at 2° Cancer or 2° Capricorn, the Sun is said to square Saturn. (Always say the faster moving planets first as in Sun square Saturn, not Saturn square the Sun.) And, of course, as with all aspects, it's not just 90° exact that makes the aspect. There is an 'orb' of influence.

What is the orb for Squares?

Orb of aspect for Conjunctions plus
Orbs for Conjunctions and other aspects, minor and major.

Understand, an orb represents the degrees allowed for the aspect to 'act'. In the case of the square, the orb may be tight - 8° either side. Or, it may be wider, 10° either side for the planets and up to 12 for the luminaries*.

In the example above above showing Harriet Beecher Stowe's chart , all the squares fall into orbs within 1-9°s. But if Pluto was 28° Pisces and Neptune at 2° Capricorn, we would still say that Neptune was square Pluto because it is within 4° orb. With aspects, always count in degrees and be ready to recognize an 'out of sign' aspect.

Take a look at my settings for the aspects in my Io Time Cycles Software program. You can see the orbs are adjustable, and I like them wide, especially if the luminaries are involved.

The Key to Understanding any Aspect

Richard Idemon taught that the aspects are like table legs. Pick one 'leg' up and all the other legs of the table will follow. No exceptions. For example, if you have feel a strong work ethic and are ambitious to accomplish an authentic goal, (Saturn) you may awaken your intense focus and drive to destroy anything not working and start all over again from scratch (Pluto). You can not do one without the others when they link by aspect, even if that means expressing one quality and pushing the other down into the unconscious. (not the best solution in the long run as what we resist persists!)

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As you practice looking at a variety of charts, your eye will learn to pick up aspects easily. Even the out-of-sign ones. If you create charts without the 'lines' drawn in the middle, you will learn to see the aspects faster, not relying on the crutch, which doesn't let you practice seeing into the chart quite the same way. Meanwhile, you can double check with the aspectarian, the graph that comes with the natal chart. It shows us how all the planets and points are connected by aspect via symbol. Here is the aspectarian for the example chart.

What does the Square Mean?

Now, let's explore the meaning of square. This aspect links two or more planets or points that fall between 90°s plus or minus 10°s either side. The popular keyword for the square is “challenge”. This comes from the linking of signs that are not of the same polarity or element.

The square aspect has a negative connotation with adjectives like “trouble making”, “unfortunate”, “evil” and “vile”.  In Horary astrology the square indicates difficulties, loss, set backs and prohibitive costs.  Modern texts smooth over the delineation somewhat with euphemistic adjectives like “obstacles, resistance and blocks”.  Any way you slice it, at first glance the square means hard work.

It would be surprising to find an astrologer that could catalogue the joys of a Moon square Saturn.  What could possibly be advantageous about a struggle to secure basic needs like love, nurturing and emotional safety?  There is a certain challenge in painting a happy face on the side of a square.  Not may will believe it.

However, without conflict and struggle, a story becomes boring.  Characters are not provoked or stretched and they never grow into their full potential.

Square Aspects = Contrast; Contrast = Awareness

Without squares, there is less contrast, no sitting on the edge of the seat, waiting in anticipation for the next action. Squares are the goads that push the hero into her quest and keep her evolving, mind. body and spirit.  They are part of what makes us feel accomplished and wise.

In this way, squares are challenges and contrasts in life that offer new opportunity and adventure. Without them, we may not know what we really want. What we are truly capable of.

Contrast is essential to decision, but once the decision is made, if you will turn your full attention to your decision and do your best to achieve a vibrational match with that decision, in a very short order, the Universe will go to work in helping you to achieve whatever it is that you are wanting. - Abraham-Hicks Quotes

Modality and Form of Motion

Squares symbolize conflict partially because of their distance from each other. In the 90 degree aspect, planets are usually in the same modality.  They all have a common means of motion, but what they are moving towards is usually different.

The cardinal signs all move with a sense of action and initiation.  What they want to initiate, however, is not the same thing at all.  Aries takes action that leads to self awareness, self will and triumph.  Cancer, 90 degrees from Aries, takes action that leads to emotional union, shared pain and merging.  Libra, 90 degrees from Cancer, takes action that leads to shared beauty, intellectual values and social pleasure.  Capricorn, 90 degrees away from Libra, takes action that leads to greater authority, responsibility and achievement.  And back to Aries, 90 degrees from Capricorn, who could care less about responsibility and the limits it entails.

Square aspects imply meaningful conflicts and contrasts requiring effort, experience and introspection to resolve.  Usually they are difficult to ignore.  They generally grab our attention in trickster-like ways, yet can be beneficial, creative and fertile.

Forget about Easy or Hard

Remember to drop value judgments around the aspects. Squares make life neither good nor bad, easy or hard. What they do is link planets together for potential growth, awareness and evolution.

Furthermore, the aspect's expression isn't set in stone. It changes as we evolve. A child with Mars square Pluto may see their parents or teachers as angry, controlling and scary at times. They might experience the Pluto drive for power and control as bullying at school or, conversely, a charismatic blessing. Eventually, they can become both the Mars (healthy aggression) and Pluto (empowerment) taking responsibility for their own expression to bring fulfillment to themselves and others.

Square Aspects 101 Example Charts

Finally, let's look at some positive examples of squares in the natal chart.

In the feature chart above you can see that Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author of thirty novels including Uncle Tom's Cabin, had a near exact Sun conjunct Jupiter with both square Pluto. Her identity (Sun) hinged on Jupiter (freedom, expansion, joy) and Pluto (collective issues of power and control).  How she expressed this square, a potentially challenging aspect rich with contrast is summed up in this quote.

"I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak... I hope every woman who can write will not be silent."

StevenSpielberg_natalNext, let's look at Steven Spielberg, the most popular directors and producers in Hollywood's history. Note the square between the Moon and Saturn/Pluto, a powerful example of emotional challenges and contrast.

It can often suggest major contrast in the early environment, especially with the Moon intercepted in Scorpio.

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Spielberg  said he suffered from acts of anti-Semitic prejudice and bullying: "In high school, I got smacked and kicked around. Two bloody noses. It was horrible."[25][26][27]

Also notice the square between Mars (action) and Neptune (visual arts and film). With his creative vision, he takes extreme and sometimes horrific emotional, physical and environmental conditions (Moon/Pluto/Mars) and brings them to the attention of the collective (Saturn) via the cinema (Neptune). Consider some of his most venerated accomplishments: The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Schindler's List (1993), Amistad (1997) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). What a powerful example of working with contrast.

Working with Contrast

Contrast starts to loose its power over us when we become aware of the energies, the vibrations involved.

Then, instead of feeling done wrong by or blaming, we can honor all the planets involved in creative, expansive ways. It's about engaging with and/AND, not either/or.

The bottom line is, if you think it’s either/or, it will be, so use your awareness to pave new thoughts with and/AND. Freedom AND commitment. Money AND soul. Dream Job AND independence. Security AND love. Accomplishment AND spiritual life. Power AND creativity.

Summary - Square Aspects 101

To conclude, a square between two or more planets means they are scripted to dialog with each other. They are connected so that if one is active and ‘doing something’ the connected planet wakes up too. They are partners, of sorts, always and forever. Finding the And/and to the squares in your chart can harmonize and strengthen your desires, smooth out any kinks in your vibe and launch new successes, over and over again.

Try it!

Also, if you missed our first call in the Doorways to Manifesting Series, you can listen to it here:

Doorways to Manifesting - leveraging the contrast in your chart.

Comments on the Fourm and example charts in the Chart Gallery.

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Notes

* Luminary refers to the sun and/or moon.

* Basic Rules:
Planets
are energy – the actors. They show us WHAT is acting.
Signs are expression – the costumes the actors wear. They show HOW the actors move.
Houses are environments – the stage on which the actor struts her stuff. They show WHERE the action is.
Aspects are the scripts – the dialog between actors who are connected. They show WHY the actors are attracted to each other.

*What Activates Aspects in the Natal Chart

Three things will activate any aspects in the chart: time, place and people. Think of it like this:

Time - Transits to the conjunctions

Place - Relocation or Astre*Carto*Graphy

People - Synastry, as when another person's planet acts like a transit to yours.

The Major Aspects Symbols and Key Words

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Find out more about Square Aspects 101 in Aspect Patterns - a pattern that ties together three or more planets into a geometrical shape. They are CONNECTED to each other. Scripted to interact.

Comments welcome, or join us on the GVA forum.


Telling a New Story 2019

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Octavia E. Butler's 1988 Journal, from Huntington Library in California.

Hi Everyone, ready to amp up 2019 with a fine tuned, Astro-tailored new story?

Is it time telling a new story and change your life? I don't mean putting a splash of energy towards a new vibe, wishful thinking, bling, you're done. This is about engaging with the idea of what you want and being that vibe, now. No doubts. Zero hesitation. As Octavia Butler writes (above) "So be it! See to it!"

She wasn't messing around, and I don't want us to either.

octavia_butlerOctavia Buttler's New Story in 1988

As an African-American female author in the white/male dominated sci-fi landscape, Octavia E. Butler achieved extraordinary success in her writing career, winning Hugo and Nebula awards and the coveted MacArthur Fellowship ie the "Genius Grant." What's really inspiring is, on top of all that, Octavia Butler scripted her success BEFORE it happened. Take a moment to read her script. It's not humble pleading. No hedging around. Her new story, which clearly she came back to edit a few time, is strong, bold, insistent even! You might say she demanded her success, and her ability to help aspiring writers. It all came true, against huge 'odds'.

So be it!

See to it!

Spot the Old Story First

The idea is simple. You have a desire and it's yet to be realized. The longer it takes, the more your old story builds, like:

"I'm not going to make it."

"All the good ones are gone."

"I'm not (good/smart/pretty/rich) enough to deserve this."

It's easy to know when an old story isn't serving you. As Jeannette Maw says, you can spot those 'bad' stories a mile away by how they feel. And, if the old story has been hanging around for a while, if it's become a solid BELIEF, your outer circumstances will make if clear. For example, if your story is "Relationships are hard work," and you are in the thick of a dramatic breakup, your relationship story could use an upgrade.

How?

As you speak, so shall it be. Tell the version you want to see unfold! - Jeannette Maw How to Break a Bad Story

The Astrology of the New Story

Like Octavia Butler's example, you can literally write the story as you want it to read, as if it's already happened. Variations on this range from mantras, affirmations, scripts, vision boards to active imagination and guided meditation. The idea is, you let go of the old story-thoughts-belief and sing in the new.

What impresses me the most about Octavia's New Story is the confidence from which she writes it. And it all came true!

Example Chart

Let's look at her horoscope and see where that energy is coming from. What made 1988 the time she chose to get 'real' about her intentions. How does this success in writing fits her chart.

 

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The writer in her, indeed the marginalized science fiction writer in here, might be seen as Sun/Uranus in the 12th. She's not what society expected. Mercury rising is a love/drive to communicate, and my favorite, the North Lunar Node in Gemini, in the 11th.

The Transits

Active when she wrote her new story was transiting Jupiter (expansion) on Mars (action) and Saturn/Uranus (breaking old patterns) both opposite the sun (purpose/identity).

In her solar return chart, Gemini (the written and spoken word AND commerce) rises, bringing her own 12th house to the Ascendant. Her deepest dreams meet the light of day.

What new story do you want to tell in 2017? Join us, GVA Members, to discuss the possibilities on the December 27th Call.

Activate Your Vibration

These are Jeannette's Vibration Activators - great resources to flip on your positive, confident, and as Janette put it, Puissance!

"The best way to leverage this vibe support is simply to read the post, then let go. Don’t try to “make it happen” or worry if it is. Get to the vibe, then go about having your good time." - Jeannette
Let's hear about your 2017 story in the comments or on the GVA Forum.

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12 Quick and Easy Mercury Retrograde Tips

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Ready for your quick and easy glimpse at Mercury Retrograde Tips?

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Click on your sign - Aries to Pisces - to listen to Kim talking on each one for expanded Mercury retrograde tips.

This Mercury Astro lasts three weeks, from March 5th to the 28th. It's a time that trips some people up, but that doesn't have to be you.

Without any Astro savvy, you can tap the best approach and utilize this time, not waste it. Here's how.

Know You Sun Sign?

All you need to follow the quick and easy tips for Mercury Retrograde is your sun sign. If you aren't sure, just pop your date, time and place in the comments below. And don't be shy. One out of every thirty people are born on the day the sun changes signs. Let's make sure of yours if there is any doubt.

Mercury Retrograde Tips Through the Zodiac

AriesSun In Aries

With Mercury Rx in your solar 12th house, it’s time to go ‘in’ and listen to your dreams. Your imagination can go wild, but not your bank card. Window shop, yes; spend, no. Ease into a practice of listening to higher guidance. What messages are welling up? Watch for synchronicity, tune into feelings and... receive.

Romance: It's like a wild animal right now. No sudden moves.

Career: Ease off the gas. It'll move forward without your prodding.

Well-being: Sleep more. Rest more. Relax more.

TaurusSun in Taurus

Mercury retrograde for you is a time when you usual groups and friends turn into a herd of wild horses, all galloping off in different directions. Nothing predictable or controllable here. But that's OK. Allow for a new view when it comes to social connections, online and off, and find ways to relax amid the chaos. Golden opportunities emerge when you aren’t looking.

Romance: Instead of red roses, suddenly you have playground duty. Roll up your sleeves.

Career: Imagine reaching your true goals and aims. Vision is everything.

Well-being: Cardio is best, if you are fit. Otherwise, long walks and root vegetables.

GeminiSun in Gemini

Career, mission or profession can feel like a dream time journey, or maybe a speck of light at the end of the tunnel! For the next three weeks, you let go of trying to micromanage your future or ‘make things happen.’ Let your control freak have a holiday and relax so the universe can open new doors.

Romance: You'll be attracted to anyone in authority right now. It's a phase, so make no binding commitments.

Career: If you have to make changes, on fell swoop is best. Scrutinize everything before signing.

Well-being: Best results come from meditation. Ease mental chatter. Let go.

CancerSun in Cancer

Travel or study plans turn into the slip-ups and verbal missteps, the trickster's playground. Take deep breaths. It's not about forging ahead right now, but finding peace and serenity in the midst of contrast. Take time out to reconsider your world view. Is it what you think, or what you are expected to think?

Romance: Dynamic people excite you right now. Look before you leap.

Career: Import/export and social media revenues drop for a time. Don't panic. You KNOW what the public wants.

Well-being: Good for starting a fitness program you actually believe in. Be adaptive.

LeoSun in Leo

Mercury retrograde in your shared resources sector has you reconsidering joint financial arrangements, loans, grants, and funding. As you sift through the possibilities, look for places to adjust. You get to decide how this goes, but not yet. Let it marinate for a while. Meanwhile, go have fun.

Romance: Deep, meaningful raves, connections of the intense and intimate kind fuel your fire. Allow for mystery.

Career: Sort any debts, owed or owing and find ways to easy out of the red. Baby steps are fine.

Well-being: Immerse in water where possible, baths, Jacuzzi, pools, rivers, oceans. Consider a liver cleanse.

VirgoSun in Virgo

Communication with partners, practical or intimate, goes a bit zany, muddled and/or blurred! It’s not the best time to come to any conclusions as wires are crossed, thoughts misunderstood. Use your gut feelings to make choices that can’t be delayed. Reflect on your relationships without judgement.

Romance: If you're thinking of couples counseling, now's a great time to start.

Career: Reconsider collaborations and biz partnerships. Strong ones thrive. Weak ones are on the way out.

Well-being: Drop any attempt to martyr yourself. Delegate. Asks for help. It's not all up to you.

LibraSun in Libra

Mercury retrograde through your well-being zone says reconsider your lifestyle. Is this really what you want, or are you there because of circumstances ‘beyond your control?’ (ha!) Take stock of your nutrition, exercise, health care, comfort and routine. Start with what you believe about your body, and listen.

Romance: The couple that works together stays together. Find common goals and live them.

Career: Put your mind to the little day to day things that fuel your highest ambition. Are they fun? Make them so!

Well-being: A health issue at this time suggests you're not living your highest excitement. What toleration can hit the curb?

ScorpioSun in Scorpio

This is a time to go into cruise control in the creative realm and practice the art of allowing. Think play, recreate and relax. Consider where you can expand your beliefs and live more in the ‘now’. The goal is to drop judgment and experience life in the red hot moment. And it will be red hot when you stop worrying.

Romance: Couples that PLAY together stay together. Ratchet up the fun!

Career: Speculation can be good, especially if you are going back over previous ground. What can you adjust or tweak?

Well-being: Anything that boosts your qi, makes you smile and lightens the load is the panacea. Take it!

SagittariusSun in Sagittarius

Turn your thoughts inward to home life, family and symbiotic connections. If you have enough ‘me’ time to appreciate recent inner growth you'll also have plenty to give. Ask what TRIBE  means to you. And your home? Is it set up to be the perfect sanctuary you require? Listen. Love. Reflect!

Romance: There's a grudge to release. Once you do, enjoy the blue skies.

Career: You have to take control. It's not working, working for others who don't appreciate your gifts. Find a way.

Well-being: Amp up self-love and nurturing, especially if you are suddenly expected to take care of others with little notice.

CapricornSun in Capricorn

The master of Freudian slips,  your tongue, pen and keyboard go out of control. You say one thing; they hear another, oh my! Emails, sans body language, are misconstrued. Sending text msg without punctuation is a disaster unless you double check. Do revise manuscripts and rethinking any form of communication.

Romance: You may run into an old flame while visiting familiar haunts. Some people do change. Test the waters.

Career: Rethink your process, creative or practical. You're missing a core value that wants to help.

Well-being: Find flexible thoughts that let you go with the flow. Drop the oars and float out to sea!

AquariusSun in Aquarius

Use this time to get in touch with what really offers a sense of peace and well-being. It may mean letting go of outmoded ideas, people or core values that fuel nonproductive thoughts. Awareness is always the first step. It will lead to skill and talent development that is more authentic than you thought possible.

Romance: Enjoy light flirtations and playful banter. This is no time to nail anything down.

Career: Back up everything. That means, every single thing.

Well-being: Passive actions work best, starting with blessing the food you eat, water you drink and loving your body.

piscesSun in Pisces

Mercury retrograde tacks through your birth sign, asking you to take a look in the mirror. Reflect on what you believe about your self, what you do, where you do it, whom you do it with. Set an intention to notice the things you like about your life and smile. And then, Exhale worries away with each breath, inhale peace.

Romance: You ooze attraction and allure, 24/7. Do with it what you may.

Career: Hold back until next month to launch anything new. In the meantime, brainstorm with an open mind.

Well-being: Listening to the body makes all the difference. Do a body scan, and get the message.

Hope you enjoyed your Mercury retrograde tips. Jump in the comments if you have any questions.

See you there!

kim_picb_smLinks for Further Reading with Astro-Savvy insights & Techniques

Mercury Rx as Trickster

Astro-Body Scan guided exploration.

Medical Astrology

Pre-pave with Astrology 2019

Solar Chart Solutions

 

 


Mercury Rx as Trickster

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“The Trickster’s function is to break taboos, create mischief, stir things up. In the end the Trickster gives people what they really want: some sort of freedom.” — Tom Robbins

As Mercury is about to cross into the retrograde zone for the first time in 2019,  you might be feeling a little edgy. Where is the Trickster going to stir up dust this time? What can you do to stay Zen and what you can from this energy shift? Is that even the goal?

Mercury Rx at 29° Pisces 39'
LA - March 5 - 9:15 am
NY - March 5 - 12:15 pm
LON - March 5 - 5:15 pm
SYD - March 5 - 4:15 am

Mercury Rx Dates for Your Calendar

Feb 19th - Mercury enters the Rx Zone at 16° Pisces
March 5th - Mercury turns Rx Zone at 29° Pisces
March 28th - Mercury turns direct at 16° Pisces
April 16th - Mercury leaves the Rx Zone at 29° Pisces

Mercury Rx Symbolism

Mercury Rx March 2019First, to understand the astronomy of a retrograde planet, check out this 5-minute tutorial on my Youtube Channel- Planetary Retrogrades.

Next, know that metaphorically, the messenger of the gods is slowing down, going back over old territory, signalling a time for you to rethink your beliefs, MO, approach, actions, desires and above all, thoughts ans feelings in the area of life where you find 16° to 29° Pisces. If you aren’t sure, ask for help in the comments with a link to your chart.

Inner focus and reflection is important at this time, but that's not all. Mercury Rx means the Trickster is afoot and anything is game.

The Mercury Rx ZONE will begin on February 19th at 16° Pisces. Mercury goes direct on March 28th and will leave the Mercury Rx zond on April 16th.

Mercury Rx Do's and Don't's

The most important approach to Mercury Rx is 'mind over matter.' If you THINK it's going to be a stressful time where your car breaks down, computer melts, contracts are lost and keys go missing, the universe may happily oblige your expectations. It you trust that all paths are good, that you are willing, able and relaxed about slowing down and tuning in, then no matter what happens, or doesn't happen out there in the world is simply be part of your joyful Feng Shui. For those that feel they need extra support at this time, her are some tips.

Avoid:

1. Buying electronics

2. Signing contracts

3. Forgoing a safety check before driving

4. Launching new projects and businesses

5. Loaning out your keys, passwords or pets

Do on the Mercury Rx

1. Rethink decisions

2. Review core values

3. Recreate the past

4. Reflect on desires

5. Reconnect with people from the past

6. Remove limiting beliefs

7. Rewind, relax, restore

Expect a Visit from the Trickster

moana-trailer1-screenMercury morphs during the retrograde cycle. Like a skinwalker, he steps out of his fleet-winged garb and dons the form of the Trickster. You can recognize this energy instantly. At its core is disruption, the intention to pull on the threads of order so it will unravel. He brings surprise, metaphor, visions and synchronicity. He, or she, presents us with a new perspective, one that might both excite and frighten us. It certainly provides the opportunity for growth.

In the mythologies of many people, the Trickster, the mythic figure who embodies the unexpected (synchronicity) and who steps godlike through the cracks and flaws in the ordered world of ordinary reality, brings luck good and bad, profits and losses, all to instill growth and change. - Combs et al

Why we Need the Trickster

The Trickster appears when we are stuck, either in a habit pattern that no longer serves us, a limiting thought about ourselves or others, an outmoded perception or a feeling of being trapped or out of touch with our vitality, our creative life force. When we get into such a state, sooner or later the Trickster comes to blow the roof off the house and cracks open the windows.

We encounter disruption - lose our car keys, wallet, job, family, friends, or unexpected news. Whatever form it takes, we are put in a position of having to make a radical change. Maybe it's only for a day, as in missing keys. Maybe it's for the rest of our lives, as in a relationship change. However it comes, it's a sudden shake-up that renews the flow of energy to our hearts so that life has meaning again.

Mercury_Rx_EphemerisTracking Mercury Rx in your Chart

By following the transit of Mercury through your chart, you can note the house(s) activated, any planets aspects and from the symbolism, meet the Trickster halfway. Here's how you do it.

  1. Check the ephemeris for Mercury Rx positions
  2. Plot Mercury around the outside wheel of your chart
  3. Note the house(s) and any aspects to planets

 

 

Here's my chart as an example

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We can see the 7th and 8th houses of relationship, partners, shared resources and trust are activated. Also, a few important aspects that link to this, especially the square to Jupiter and Venus, the inconjunct to the Ascendant and trine to Uranus. Ad sextile the MC! Lots to ponder.

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Here are some keywords for the houses

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Let's meet up in the comments, or on the GVA Member's Forum to discuss where, how and why the Trickster is dropping in on your life!

See you there.

xxKim


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Translating and Collecting the Lights

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Girls in the Sunlight by Phillip Leslie Hale

If you've been exploring astrology for a while, you might have come across two terms: Translating and Collecting the Lights. Let's look at the definitions and see how we use these aspect techniques in chart interpretations, and to amp up your manifesting practice.

Translating and Collecting the Lights Definitions

William Lilly, one of the most influential astrologer of the 17th Century, literally wrote the book on this, translating from ancient Islamic and the works of Al-Qabisi, astrologer and mathematician who wrote and taught from 930 - 967 approximately.  The Islamic astrologers made great advances in astrology while the art/science when underground in Europe for centuries. Lilly focused on all aspects of astrology in his translations, but is  best known today for his work in Horary. His definitions of translating and collecting the lights are actually really helpful.

Translation of Lights

Translation of light... is when a light* Planet separates from a more weighty* one, and presently joins to another more heavy... --Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.111

In modern terms, this is when a faster-moving planet (like the moon, sun, Mercury) separates from an aspect to a slower-moving planet. Let's use the example Chart A below to demonstrate. The faster moving planet is the Moon. She makes a trine to Venus and immediately applies to Saturn and then Pluto and then the South Node. This happens while still within orb of the planets she separates from.

Collection of Lights

...When as the two principall Significators doe not behold one another, but both cast their severall Aspects to a more weighty* Planet than themselves... --Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.126

In modern terms, think of it as two planets not in aspect to each other but both applying to a third planet. The third planet collects their lights creating a relationship between them that was not obvious by major aspect. See the sample Chart B.

Practical Application of Translating and Collecting the Lights

MG_2601.gluten-free-fudge.brownies.ingredientsWhat translating and collecting the lights means in the natal chart is a blending of energies that otherwise wouldn't be connected, or connected in such a strong way.

Think of it as making a cake. In the bowl, you have butter, sugar, chocolate and eggs, all in separate lumps. Then in comes the spoon, the planet translating or collecting, and the separate energies are mixed. Suddenly, you have a blend.

The moon, being so fast moving, translates the lights often, and we will see more of it in 2019. Check out how this looks via the astro clock - Chart Example  A.Frosted-Brownies-photo-picture-recipe-1

Translation of Lights Example

In chart example A, we see the Translation of Lights. The Moon in Taurus trines Venus, then Saturn, then Pluto and then the S Node, bringing these energies together as if in exact orb of conjunction. On this day, whatever you have in Earth signs, or what houses are involved, will carry this blend of relationship (Venus), strength/pruning/culling (Saturn) complete transformation (Pluto) and blast from the past (South Node). The house(s) in the natal chart with 9° to 26° Capricorn are the focus in this case.

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Example Chart A - Moon Translating the Lights

Collection of Lights

Below, in Example B, we see that the rulers of the 9th and 11th houses (Moon and Mars) do not form a major aspect - conjunction, sextile, square, opposition or trine. The 30° semi-sextile isn't major, and it is separating in any case, not inadmissible in Horary Astrology. Only aspects the Moon applies to counts there. But, look how Jupiter collects the lights. He pulls Mars into an applying square, and the moon into an applying trine. This creates a relationship between Moon and Mars, via a 'third party'.

Lilly puts it like this:

As many times you see two fall at variance, and of themselves cannot think of any way of accommodation, when suddenly a neighbour or friend accidentally reconciles all differences, to the content of both parties: And this is called Collection. -Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.126

Jupiter collects the lights of Moon and Mars, bringing them together.
Jupiter collects the lights of Moon and Mars, bringing them together.

Leveraging the Translation and Collection of Lights

If you find this translation or collection of lights by aspect, know that it is a time where planets that seem unconnected are actually working together in powerful ways. You can leverage that energy by looking at the focus in your own natal chart, or the chart of clients.

If you the Translation or Collection of lights in your natal chart, you can 'count' on a stronger relationship between the planets involved. This might lead you to better understand of dichotomies or contrast in your chart, or to the discovery of core values you didn't know you had.

If Example Chart B were a natal chart, we would say that contrast between moon and Mars (at variance) can be solved by activating Jupiter, the planet collecting the lights. Perhaps heated emotions (moon/Mar) are harmonized by honoring the core values of Jupiter in Libra - equal relationships, travel with a friend, study buddies, sharing talents and resources, being magnanimous, shared, refined settings.

To explore this further, jump in on the comments or GVA Members, meet us in the Forum.

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Light* planets are inner, faster moving to the weightier* planet as in Mercury is light compared to Saturn, Saturn is lighter compared to Pluto.


Galactic Center Astrology

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The Galactic Center around which our solar system orbits. Image by F Yussef-Zadeh

With Jupiter in Sagittarius, what better time to revisit the Galactic Center (GC). I wrote about this over at the 11th House Blog in 2013, and this article summarizes that info, and adds to it, especially how the GC might relate to Astro-LOA.

What is the Galactic Center?

A massive anomaly 25,000 light years away, the GC sits at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Our solar system orbits around this pivotal point, taking 250 million years to circle once. When I say 'point' I mean a space that compasses over 2000 light-years across. Think BIG! It's dark, shrouded, hiding in the direction of the constellation of 27° Sagittarius. Watch this quick NASA vid to get a grounding in the 'what'. And, the magnitude.

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NASA Spitzer - The Galactic Center - Click to Play

How can something that distant have a correlation in our astrology chart? A little history helps reveal the answer.

Discovery of the Galactic Center

Firstly, the GC was discovered by western scientists in 1932 using an early radio-telescope. They were trying to understand the static in the overseas phone lines and found the GC partially responsible. More than that, they put their focus on it. In deliberate creation, we know that what we focus on expands, and this holds true for the GC.

Like the Great Attractor, interstellar dust and the plane of our galaxy hide the GC from sight. But astronomers say it coincides with the radio source called Sagittarius A. Think black hole hundreds of thousands to billions of time larger than our sun. Not surprisingly, it is the source of most of the gravitational energy in our galaxy. Recently, astronomers have measured flaring events at multiple wavelengths coming from the supermassive black hole. Read more here... 

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Secondly, the Mayan not only were aware of the GC but described it as the Heart of Sky, a Dark Rift. They also called it the Tree of Life. As horizon astronomers, they identified the solstices and the equinoxes, the lunar months. They also tracked the retrograde cycles of Mercury, Venus and Mars. In all of this, Mayan's placed great importance on the GC.  Without a telescope or radio waves. Unfortunately, their knowledge vanished when books and oral traditions were destroyed.

The Vedic Galactic Center

Thirdly, the ancient Vedic tradition tells us that Mula (or Moola) nakshatra is the constellation which translates as “the root.” This from Somya Devi - "As the literal center of the galaxy (when we look past Mula, we are looking into the galactic center), planetary energy here compels us to find the deepest truth within ourselves, our beliefs."  A strong resonance with 27° of Sagittarius.

Symbolism in the Galactic Center

The Galactic Center sits at 27° Sagittarius and moves forward about 1° every seventy years. Also, this is the Leo Decan and Libra Dwad. Read more about the Divisions of the Signs. But, adding the ruler of Leo, the sun (consciousness) and Libra, Venus (connection), we can say this point aligns with expansion, purpose and sharing. It merges the trans-personal drives of Sagittarius with the relationship drives of Leo and Libra.

Ultimately, think of this point as an awakening, a burst of energy that supports the creation of new thoughts and the release of limiting beliefs. If you want to leverage this energy, look to where 26-28 degrees of Sagittarius sits in your natal chart and activate that house and/or planetary placement.

GC Conjunct a Planet or Point

If you have the GA highlighted in your chart in some way, it could mean you are particularly aligned with expansion, explorations into the unknown and bringing discoveries back to share with others. A consciousness lifter!

At the least, it puts added focus in the chart. If it’s in the 3rd house, communicate, write, speak! If it’s conjunct your moon, feel all your connections to life and release old emotions. Conjunct your Mar? Get physical, active and engaged with something that holds high meaning to you. (if you aren’t sure where 27 Sag is in your chart, our Free Trial course will help you launch your study of astrology and the law of attraction.

Transits to the GA

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How to find the Galactic Center

The Ascendant hits this point once a day as it moves through all 360 degrees of the zodiac in a 24 hour period. Those born with 27° Sagittarius rising have it as their Ascendant in the natal chart.

The moon, of course, transits 27° of Sagittarius once every 28 days as it journeys through the entire zodiac, spending 2.5 days in each sign.

And then every year, on the 19th/20th of December, the sun conjuncts the Galactic Center. Of course, anyone born between the 18th and 21st of December has their sun there in the natal chart.

Also once a year Mercury and Venus will conjunct the GA, within 30° and 45° of the sun. Mars will be there once every two years. The last time was March 12, 2018, and the next is February 12, 2020.

Jupiter conjuncts the GC once every 12 years and Saturn once every 29 and so on. Check the online empheris to discover when the outer planets will next conjunct this point later this century and on into the next ones.

Transits to the GA 2019

The events to watch in 2019 are transits by Venus, Jupiter and the Sun. Think of these as triggering, awaking what the GC means to you, by house and aspect to your natal chart. Some say it's an opportunity to 'download' new information, divinely inspired insights. Others say it opens the subconscious minds and lets us release blocks and limiting beliefs. Certainly, it's an opportunity to set intentions to do so!

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Learn about transits in this two-part tutorial.

Dates for 2019

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Venus conjuncts 27° Sagittarius TWICE this year. Once on February 1, 2019, and again on November 24, 2019, with Jupiter by less than a degree.

Jupiter conjuncts 27° Sagittarius on November 19, 2019

The Sun conjuncts 27° Sagittarius on December 19, 2019

Mercury conjuncts 27° Sagittarius on December 27, 2019

I see this as tune in on Feb 1 with Venus. Set sky high intentions on November 19 with Ve/Ju conjunct on the 24th, rethink it with Mercury Rx. We'll be exploring this in depth at the time in the Daily Astro-LOA Flash.

Finally, let's discuss this here or on the Member's Forum.

See you there!


Dark Moon Savasana

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Bird with the Moon by Rafal Olbinski

If you've been studying astrology for a while, or following the Daily Astro-LOA Flash, you'll know that the Dark Moon is a time to release tension and chillax. No matter what sign or what time of year, the two days before every New Moon is the time to unwind. With a restorative vibe, you can reflect on the past 27 days, and prepare for the power and energy about to shift. And it does shift.

Dark Moon in AquariusWhat Exactly is the Dark Moon?

First of all, the Dark Moon is in play for about two days prior to the New Moon, or when it is 30° degrees 'behind'. You can't see it at that time. It's too close to the sun.

Think of it as the culmination of a whole 28 day cycle. In this way, the Moon goes through the entire zodiac, waxing and waning, making every aspect to every planet and point in the chart.

At the end, in the Dark Moon Phases, the moon applies to a conjunction to the sun which marks the New Moon and the beginning of the cycle all over again.

The Power of the Lunar Cycle

Don't underestimate the power of aligning with the moon as it travels through the zodiac. Whole calendars are devoted to this but the gist is: planting seeds and setting intentions on the New and waxing moon. Releasing resistance and pulling weeds on the Full and waning moon, and restoring/resting/de-cluttering on the Dark Moon.

For more details on the transits of the Moon, check out this short Youtube Tutorial - Transits of the Moon.

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Your Sign, the Moon

In our time of solar/patriarchy, it might surprise you to know of the moon's elevation in the past. Many ancient astrologers regarded the Moon as the chief of the two luminaries. The sun was considered less significant to the Babylonian stargazers, for example. And later, in Roman times, people were not known by their sun signs but by their Moon, or even Ascendant sign.

Why Rest on the Dark Moon?

Dark Moons are definitely for rest. Think recuperation, meditation and quietude with a little retreat and de-cluttering thrown in. Also, it's good to fill the tanks at this time.

Joss Whedon says, "Fill the tanks!" Between projects, he recommends constantly consuming art, and he means art you don't normally watch or read - shows, films, plays, art exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, novels... The goal is to step outside the normal, everyday routine/genres. "It’s all fodder," he says and this approach applies beautifully to Dark Moon times.

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See Dark Moon as Savasana

I like to think of the Dark Moon as Savasana, pronounced shah-VAHS-uh-nuh. If you've taken a yoga class, you'll know it as that last pose at the end of the session. The pose of the corpse. It's easy, right? You just lay there.

But no.

It's actually not only the most important pose of the practice, it's also the most challenging because you have to relax.

Sort of like 'allowing' or floating downstream.

Here's the definition from DoYouYoga:

"...Savasana is the time to reap all the benefits of the physical practice. Muscular and skeletal tension is consciously relaxed in this pose. Regardless of length and frequency, we can all agree that Savasana is an essential part of every yoga practice."

Let's translate that into Astro-LOA terms.

The dark moon is a time to reap all the benefits of the month's focus and we can all agree that relaxing on the Dark Moon is an essential part of every deliberate creation practice.

It's our chance to consciKimFalconer_fullously float downstream, restore and rejuvenate, and of course, fills the tanks.

I'd love to hear your suggestions for chilling out on the Dark Moon.

See you in the comments.


Sextiles 101

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Sextiles fall 60 degrees apart. This example chart has 6 sextiles forming the Star of David or Seal of Solomon as it is known in esoteric astrology. You don't see it often, and it requires a Splash chart pattern, and two grand trines, but it is quite a delight for those born July 29/30, 2013, and other years, of course.

Welcome to Sextiles 101. You'll find this the second post and our Aspects 101 Series. Over the course of these posts, we cover major and minor aspects, the angles formed between planets.

Let's get started.

Sextiles 101 - What are they?

First of all, a sextile represents two or more planets 60° apart. If you have the Sun at 2° Libra and Saturn at 2° Leo or 2° Sagittarius, the sun sextiles Saturn. But, that's not all. There is, as with all aspects, a degree of 'orb'.

What is the orb for Sextiles?

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Orbs for Conjunctions and other aspects, minor and major.

Understand, an orb represents the degrees allowed for the aspect to 'work'. In the case of the sextile, the orb may be tight - 5° either side. Or, it may be wider, 8° either side for the *luminaries.

In the example above above showing the Star of David pattern, all the sextiles fall into a tight orb, within 1-4°s. But if Pluto was 28° Sagittarius, it would still be sextile to Neptune at 2° Pisces because it is within 4° orb.

Take a look at my settings for the aspects in my Io Time Cycles Software program. You can see the orbs are adjustable, and I like them wide, especially if the luminaries are involved.

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Aspectarian for the sample, Star of David, chart above.

The Key to Understanding any Aspect

Richard Idemon taught that the aspects are like table legs. Pick one 'leg' up and all the other legs of the table will follow. No exceptions. In this example, if you feel something on an emotional level (the moon) you will automatically awaken the sensitivity and nebulousness of Neptune and the call to adventure of Jupiter as both are sextile the moon. You can not do one without the others when they link by aspect, even if that means expressing one quality and pushing the other down into the unconscious. (not the best solution in the long run)

Finding the Sextiles

As you practice looking at a variety of charts, your eye will learn to pick up sextiles easily. Even the out-of-sign ones. If you create charts without the 'lines' drawn in the middle, you will learn to see the aspects faster, without relying on the crutch, which doesn't let you practice seeing the chart. Meanwhile, you can double check with the aspectarian, the graph that comes with the natal chart. It shows us how all the planets and points are connected by aspect via symbol. Here is the aspectarian for the example chart.

What does the Sextile Mean?

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Watercolor by Itzchak Tarkay

Now, let's explore the meaning of sextile. This aspect links two or more planets or points that fall between 60°s plus or minus 5-8°s either side. The popular keyword for the sextile is “opportunity”. This comes from the positive nature of the aspect that usually links signs that fall in the same polarity,Earth & Water or Fire & Air. Sextiles also require us to be alert. An opportunity may arise between planets in sextile although we have to utilize it in some way. Even though sextiles represent cooperation and empathy, the nature of the planets involved must be considered as well as the individuals unique way of expressing them together.

If Mars is in a sextile aspect to Pluto, it does not automatically imply that one has transformed their primitive assertive drives in such a way that they are strong yet sensitive, powerful but not dominating. It may just as likely indicate that when they feel assertive or takes action (Mars) they also feel the power of the primeval world move through them in an wave of dramatic and life changing energy (Pluto). It is important to acknowledge the role of the sextile to bring planets together for a single purpose or cause. We decide how that combined energy will express.

Forget about Easy or Hard

Straight away, let's drop the value judgments around the aspects. Sextiles make life neither good nor bad, easy or hard. What they do is link them together for potential opportunity.

Furthermore, the aspect's expression isn't set in stone. It changes as we evolve. A child with Mars sextile Pluto may find their parents strict, controlling, scary at times. As they mature, they might experience the Pluto drive for power and control as bullying at school or, conversely, a charismatic blessing. Eventually, they can become both the Sun and Pluto, taking responsibility for their own power and drives, using the strength to bring fulfillment to themselves and others.

Dalia-LamaThe Questions to Ask of the Sextile - An Example Chart

The above chart of the Dali Lama has multiple sextiles. See if you can identify them all by looking at the chart first before checking the aspectarian.

If we take just Sun sextile Neptune, we can ask, do they have compatible desires?  What happens when these table legs come up? The sun wants to shine, to be seen as distinct, lighting things up via the sign and house it is in. In this case, in Cancer, nurturing, empathic, creative and fiercely protective of loved ones in the house of Spirit, compassion and inner journeys. This is sextile to Neptune, ruler of the 12th and connection to the divine.

We all can't be the Dali Lama (or can we?) but what better way to express these energies than being a spiritual leader.

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Mahatma Gandhi with Sun in the 12th sextile Saturn and opposite Neptune.

Compare with Mahatma Gandhi who had Sun in the 12th house opposite Neptune in the 6th.

Working with Contrast

If there are contrasting drives and goals in sextile to each other, instead of honoring one of the planets and resisting or repressing the other - instead of making it either/or - you engage with and/AND. Instead of creativity (Sun) or spirituality (Neptune), find creativity AND spirituality. If you are thinking partnered or serving others, play with the idea of partnered AND serving others.

The bottom line is, if you think it’s either/or, it will be, so use your awareness to pave new thoughts with and/AND. Freedom AND commitment. Money AND soul. Dream Job AND independence. Security AND love. Accomplishment AND spiritual life. Power AND creativity.

Summary

To conclude, a sextile between two or more planets means they are scripted to dialog with each other. They are connected so that if one is active and ‘doing something’ the connected planet wakes up too. They are partners, of sorts, always. Finding the And/and to the sextiles in your chart can harmonize your desires, smooth out any kinks in your vibe and launch new successes, over and over again.

Try it!

Also, if you missed our first call in the Doorways to Manifesting Series, you can listen to it here:

Doorways to Manifesting - leveraging the contrast in your chart.

Comments on the Fourm and example charts in the Chart Gallery.

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Notes

* Luminary refers to the sun and/or moon.

* Basic Rules:
Planets
are energy – the actors. They show us WHAT is acting.
Signs are expression – the costumes the actors wear. They show HOW the actors move.
Houses are environments – the stage on which the actor struts her stuff. They show WHERE the action is.
Aspects are the scripts – the dialog between actors who are connected. They show WHY the actors are attracted to each other.

*What Activates Aspects in the Natal Chart

Three things will activate any aspects in the chart: time, place and people. Think of it like this:

Time - Transits to the conjunctions

Place - Relocation or Astre*Carto*Graphy

People - Synastry, as when another person's planet acts like a transit to yours.

The Major Aspects Symbols and Key Words

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Find out more about Aspect Patterns - a pattern that ties together three or more planets into a geometrical shape. They are CONNECTED to each other. Scripted to interact.

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