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Translating and Collecting the Lights

translating and collecting the lights Phillip Leslie Hale
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.


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?

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 '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.

The Questions to Ask of the Sextile - An Example Chart

Conjunctions_ExampleThis is a chart of a woman with multiple conjunctions in the same sign (Libra) and mixed signs (Virgo and Libra) in the same house. This stellium sextiles the planets and points 60°s away, ie. Uranus, Mars, MC and Neptune.

Did you get them all? Check the aspectarian above to be sure, but in the 7th house alone, Moon is conjunct Mercury (out of sign). Also, Venus, Venus, Sun, Saturn and Pluto are conjunct within 10 degrees. In this way, every planet in her chart, except for Jupiter is either conjunct or sextile. (Plus the 30° semi-sextile between the Moon and Sun, Saturn, Pluto. We'll look at this aspect when we go through the minors.)

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, aka Libra, it's through charm, balance, fairness and grace, especially in the realm of personal one to one relationships (7th house).

But, Neptune is not interested in the immediate dries of the ego, or earthly accolades and accomplishment. Neptune is that part of us that seeks the Source, that wants to reconnect with the oneness of all life, to serve those less fortunate, to experience compassion, longing and divine love.

There is opportunity in combining these energies, and indeed, this person works as a couples counselor, helping people realize their relationship desires. But it took many year to find the expression. At first, it was either relationship (sun in 7th) or selfless giving to the masses (Neptune in 10th).

Working with Contrast

The first thing to do when faced with contrasting drives and goals is to give yourself credit. You are aware of it.

Second, 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.

Comments welcome, or join us on the GVA forum.


Aspectarian for finding the conjunctions

Conjunctions 101

The Dinner Party by Veronica Holland
The Dinner Party by Veronica Holland

Conjunctions 101 is the first post and our Aspects 101 Series. Over the course of these posts, we will cover all the major aspects, the angular relationships between planets and points used in astrology. Then, we'll go on to explore the minor ones. No stone left unturned. We're going to walk through this study step by step.

Let's get started.

Conjunctions 101 - What are they?

First of all, a conjunction represents two or more* planets in the same place. If you have the Sun at 2 Libra and Saturn at 2 Libra, they are conjunct. But, that's not all. There is, as with all aspects, a degree of 'orb'.

What is the orb for conjunctions?

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

Technically, an orb shows the distance in degrees allowed for the aspect. In the case of the conjunction, the orb may be tight - 8 degrees either side. Or, it may be wide, 10 to 12 degrees apart.

In the example above, the conjunction is exact. Both sit at 2 degrees Libra. But what if the Sun was 26 Virgo and Saturn 2 Libra? Is it still a conjunction?

Yes! They are only 8 degrees apart and fall within the orb of a conjunction.

Also, an interesting fact, in ancient times, astrologers only considered same sign aspects. They would not call the Sun in Virgo and Saturn in Libra a conjunction, even if they were only 1 degree apart.

But now, we have refined the process. Take a look at my settings for the aspects in my Io Software program. You can see the orbs are adjustable, and I like them wide.

Aspectarian for finding the conjunctionsThe Key to Understanding any Aspect

Remember this: aspects are like table legs. Pick one up and they all will follow. No exceptions. In this example, if you seek to shine as an individual (Sun) you will automatically awaken the containment or authority of Saturn. You can not do one without the others when they link by aspect, even if that means expressing one and pushing the other down into the unconscious.

Finding the Conjunctions

As you practice looking at a variety of charts, your eye will learn to pick up conjunctions easily. Even the out of sign ones. Meanwhile, you can double check with the aspectarian, the graph that shows us how all the planets and points are connected. Here is the aspectarian for the example chart.

What does the Conjunction Mean?

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Painting by Andrea Kowch - like a conjunction, sitting side by side but having different desires.

Now, let's explore the meaning of conjunctions. This aspect links two or more planets or points that fall between 0 to a 10+ degrees of each other.  They sit next to each other at the same table.  Sometimes, they site in each other's laps!

A planet conjunct another planet or angle in the chart unites the energies* of the bodies involved. It brings them together in such a way that it may be difficult to distinguish one from the other.  They can become like Siamese twins, distinct drives yet forever joined.

Are Conjunctions Easy or Hard?

Straight away, let's drop the value judgments around the aspects. Conjunctions make life neither good nor bad, easy or hard. What they do is connect.

Furthermore, the aspect's expression isn't set in stone. It changes as we evolve. A child with Sun conjunct Saturn my find their parents strict, controlling. As they mature, they might experience the Saturn drive for self-sufficiency and accomplishment as a taskmaster at school or a other authority figure. Eventually, they can become both the Sun and Saturn, taking responsibility for their own creative expression.

The Questions to Ask of the Conjunctions - An Example Chart

Conjunctions_ExampleThis is a chart of a woman with multiple conjunctions in the same sign (Libra) and mixed signs (Virgo and Libra) in the same house. We call either combination a *stellium and it indicates a concentration of focus. FIY, she is a couples counselor by profession. Can you spot all the conjunctions in this chart before reading on? Stop now, and give it a go.

Did you get them all? Check the aspectarian above to be sure, but in the 7th house alone, Moon is conjunct Mercury (out of sign). Also, Venus, Venus, Sun, Saturn and Pluto are conjunct within 10 degrees.

If we take just Sun and Saturn, we can ask, do they have compatible desires?  Sun in Libra has qualities of poise, artistic appreciation and the drive to connect.  Conjunct Venus augments those desires, but Saturn in Libra adds something else. Saturn's desire for autonomy can clash with the Sun who wants to bask not only in her own light but the light of others. Saturn may prefer to be alone, or, in the search for the 'perfect' partner throw out other counter-intentions. Is anyone good enough, for example...

Because this conjunction brings together different desires, it can seem like insurmountable contrast.

Working with Contrast

The first thing to do when faced with contrasting drives and goals is to give yourself credit. You are aware of it.

Second, 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 work (Saturn), find creativity AND work. If you are thinking partnered or self-sufficient, play with the idea of partnered AND self-sufficient.

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 conjunction 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 one wakes up too. They are partners, of sorts, always. Finding the And/and to the conjunctions in your chart can harmonize your desires, bringing pure magic to your manifesting.

Try it!

Also, is 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

* A group of four (sometimes considered five) or more planets in a given sign or house is called a stellium.

* 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 Conjunctions

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.

Comments welcome, or join us on the GVA forum.


New Moon & Mercury Direct

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The New Moon & Mercury Direct

First up, the New Moon @15 Sagittarius symbolizes new beginnings, with extra dream power. That’s because this moon is conjunct Jupiter, planet of expansion and square to Mars and Neptune in dreamscape Pisces.

But then, to top it off, Mercury turns direct just hours before, bringing a close to the retrograde phase. Think of it as a perfect time to spread your dream-wings and fly.

Here are the times in your zone

Mercury Direct @27 Scorpio
LA – Dec 6 - 1:22 pm
NY – Dec 6 - 4:22 pm
LON – Dec 6 - 9:22 pm
SYD – Dec 7 - 8:22 am

New Moon @15 Sagittarius
LA - Dec 6 - 11:21 pm
NY - Dec 7 - 2:21 am
LON - Dec 7 - 7:21 am
SYD - Dec 7 - 6:21 pm

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Aries - Cancer

AriesARIES – The world that seemed cluttered with tasks and responsibilities is turning into major opportunity land. You get to visit distant horizons, taste foreign foods, dress spectacular and meet strangers from afar. Could be romance? The key is to bring all your exotic experiences back to your creative, inner life. Find a way to share revelations through artistry, community, and connection. Yum!

TaurusTAURUS Where creative transformation and deeply intimate experiences are concerned, you are in for a treat. No matter how much it turns your home life upside down, this is a welcome change! Your best approach is ‘no resistance’. You want to merge energies for a greater goal, be that artistic, passionate or enlightenment. Forget what others ‘think’ and go for what you really want.

GeminiGEMINIChange in ‘relationship’ may have been going on for a while now but this transit sees definitive, out in the open, nothing hidden transformations. No more guesswork as the words flow back and forth, enriching your experiences, answering your questions, fulfilling your dreams. See this as the beginning of the beginning, a chance to know yourself better and make choices from the heart.

CancerCANCERIf there have been health issues weighing you down, or mysterious hitches in your financial plans for the future, things are going to shoot forward now, at the speed of light. Expect a bit of G force, to start with, and allow for everything to unfold before you pass judgment. This isn’t time to smooth things over but embrace all the bumps and edges, release resistance, express and purge. Cut loose!

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Leo - Scorpio

LeoLEO A romantic hiatus has the potential to be a big relief, putting you on the path to the creative connections of your dreams. This will stir up your life on all fronts, especially home and work or career life. The best resource for this is to tap into, and trust, your inner guidance (not other people's opinions). Think, fresh start, amped up Mojo, inner child ecstasy and set points through the roof!

Virgo VIRGO – Logjams and stalled desires on the home front will release as you seek balance between your connections to others and your authentic Self. Don’t be surprised if a long postponed move, remodel or renovation suddenly falls into place. Whatever your big dream, the goals and aims of your heart, start first with imagination. Nurture visions there, as well as IRL, for the best results.

LibraLIBRA Don’t be surprised if your voice, your communications, writings and offerings, are suddenly recognized, talked about, trending or valued in a whole new way. It feels like being heard as barriers to self-expression come tumbling down. Make sure you get out and socialize and ramp up your social media. You’re up for meeting people who will facilitate great change, so lurking; be seen!

ScorpioSCORPIO Money, finances, business opportunities and overall Mojo are up and happening, if you are being true to yourself. It’s the only proviso. You can’t skip this one, or wing it even. No matter how easy it is to be all things to all people, this is your call to be all things to and for yourself. Let authenticity reign. Also, work out what you want to do with the success and abundance coming your way!

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Sagittarius - Pisces

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS-This is your new moon, and your solar return, the most powerful time of the year for Centaurs. The intentions you set now must reflect your heart’s desire. In this way, you pave the future. Consider the Upanishad: You are your deepest, driving desires. As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. Tune in, and make a wish.

CapricornCAPRICORN – Compassion, understanding, intuitive knowing and inner guidance are mind blowing at this time. They also have a direct effect on your relationship to others. It’s like you can share your dreams as you never could before. You’ll want to find ways to translate, articulate and pass on the knowledge that you gain. It’s ‘dream it into being time.’ Go big!

AquariusAQUARIUSFriendships and inner circle groups are where the fireworks go off so be ready to take sudden left turns. This has a direct effect on your relationships, personal and business. You’ll want your intimates to be true friends, first and foremost. Expect to hard prune for new growth, especially if old associates no longer match the new you. Let them go and move on. Be ready for goals to actualize!

piscesPISCES – Your career is about expand, bringing in changes that are better than a holiday! Ritual day-to-day routine will have to adjust, but take that as your chance to ‘make it right-for-you’. This is a trend that's in play for most of 2019, so there's time to get it right, no pressure. For example, if your career/mission in life wants a complete reboot, don't hesitate. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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For more on this energy, check out the New Moon Newsletter, or jump on the Open Forum to chat.

Happy New Moon, everyone!

xxKim


Planetary Game of Thrones

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If you pay attention to the planetary dignities, the rulers of each sign, you'll notice an interesting phenomenon - a planetary game of thrones. There are more than the usual number of planets transiting through there home signs. We talk about rulerships in the post Finding Your Final Dispositor. You can review that upload, but for now, let's look at this current Astro and what it might mean as a set of transits to the natal chart. Why? Because getting into alignment with it can boost your manifesting power.

What is a Planetary Game of Thrones?

First, let's check the dignitaries, particularly what sign each planet rules. Here's a chart to cut to the chase. You can see the sign on the left, for example, Aries. Then comes the ruler, Mars. The wheel shows the natural house of rulership - the 1st house.

Planetary Game of ThronesThe important thing to understand is that a planet is more potent and freer to act when in the sign it rules and right now we FIVE distinct planetary energies are in their own, powerhouse, signs.

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Going counter-clockwise from Moon in Cancer in the fourth house there is Venus in Libra, Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces.

That's five deities vying for the throne. What I mean is, the strength of a planet being in its own sign is significant. The planet is in the sign it expresses most happily in, and, it may 'dispose' (lead, influence) one or more others planets, having sway over them.

For example, the sun in Sagittarius is disposed (led) by Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius. Same goes for Mercury Rx. Jupiter has some say over both. Saturn disposes Pluto, and will for years to come, as long as Pluto is in Saturn's sign of Capricorn. Uranus in Aries is disposed by Mars, but Mars is in Pisces so Neptune is the final dispositor of those two. The Moon is strong in her own sign, but with no other planets in Cancer, she's not going to make it to the throne this time of year. In July, it will be a different story.

Planetary Game of Thrones Dispositors

Results of a Planetary Game of Thrones

So now, with half the planets in their own signs, there could be some inherent contrast between them (ie, within each of us). Note the natural T-square between Moon in Cancer is opposite Saturn, square Libra, just by sign. And Jupiter in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. The question is, which will have more sway in your chart?

If any of these ruling planets happen to be your chart ruler, that is, if you are Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn or Pisces rising, you'll be most pulled toward that planet and where it transits in your chart (12th or 1st house).

Also, if any of these planets rule your sun sign, or personal planets, take note. I have Venus in Cancer, so the moon sextile Uranus will have a stronger sway on me right now, pulling my relationships into this planetary game of thrones event. (Venus rules partnership, and money and art!) I might be torn between being in my own nurturing nest (Cancer) and putting out content/editing/producing (Saturn). Maybe I'm balancing that pull right now by writing this post while in my little 'tower in the woods'.

How to Align with the Planetary Game of Thrones?

Think of this vibe as a chance to put awareness on the contrast between these planets and what they represent to you. Saturn's urge to commit and make things solid has to find balance with Jupiter's and Neptune's urge to keep things in the realm of infinite possibilities. The Moon's urge to shelter, store and eat carbs can come to terms with Saturn's drive toward fitness and strength. Venus in Libra wants everyone to get along but if there's an inner creative struggle, that won't happen until you orchestrate balance.

And all this with Mercury Rx, ie the Trickster, ready to tip the apple cart on anything that has become staid, repressed, predictable or outmoded.

The trick now is to honor where these power planets fall in your chart. Find which one resonates the strongest for you and do a little homage. That means, respect the part of you that embodies that planet, by sign and house.

We can talk more about this on the forum, or here in the comments.

Let's see where it's happening in your chart!


What the YOD?

YOD Example
Here the YOD is Moon (150 degree inconjunct) Saturn (60 degree sextile) Mars (150 degree incojunct) Moon.

The YOD aka Finger of God aka Finger of Fate

First know the YOD aspect pattern consists of two planets sextile each other and inconjunct (150 degrees) to a third planet sitting on the inverse midpoint. If you connect the dots, you come up with a lovely isosceles triangle. AKA YOD or Finger of Fate/God.

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Check the examples to the left. The RED lines represent the inconjunct / quincunx (150 degree apart) and the green lines represents the sextile (60 degree apart). You can check your natal chart right now. If you have two (or more in some cases) planets 60 degrees apart AND 150 degrees to a singular third planet, bingo, you have a YOD.

The feature image above shows off the transiting YOD in late November 2018, perfected when the Moon reaches 7 degrees of Leo.

Remember, there are a lot of other chart patterns every bit as exciting as the Yod. For example the grand trine, which is three planets in the trine aspect of 120 degrees, (green lines) or squares and oppositions (red line).

How to read the YOD

So, what does the YOD mean? Here we can review the basic tenants of astrology to unravel it:

  • Planets are the actors
  • Signs are the costumes they wear
  • Houses are the stage or sets they act on
  • Aspects are the scripts/dialog the actors have with each other.

No matter what aspect, a dialog forms between the planets involved. The planets connect, like table legs (as Richard Idemon would say). Pick one up and anything in aspect comes up with it. In other words if you have Moon sextile Mars and get emotional, Mars energy will be there instantly. You may want to stand your ground or fight or take charge. The reverse is true too. If you take charge or get in a fight you might feel very deeply. Battle might be nurturing to you!  With the YOD, you'll find three planets connected, scripted to interact. Interestingly, they will all be a different element and a different modality. It's often not a comfortable match, to start with.

YOD Examples

Let's imagine Mercury sextiles Mars and they are both inconjunct Neptune. If you activate Mercury by communicating, you automatically wake up the other two planets. The energy of Mercury sweeps along to Mars (action) and shoots toward Neptune to express. Ideally, the apex planet channels the energy of the other two.

How might this work out in real life? Let's say you're on a date and Mercury is talking, connecting and asking questions, having a great time. But doing so wakes up assertive go-getter Mars  who wants 'a little less conversation; a little more action'. Mars gets bored and pushes in. At this point the dialog might turn to adventure, MMA, sports or stories about all the amazing things you've done. While that's going on, mystical Neptune stirs. Now things get dreamy, the wine flows and all the talk is about meditation, art, film or higher guidance. This can lead to a tug-o-war over who gets to express. It's a big job for the apex planet to orchestrate it all. A first date might have trouble handling it all.

Summary

To sum it up, the Yod means three, or more, of your planets are in dialog with each other and it's up to the apex planet to harmonize and express the energy. It's called the finger of fate or God because without awareness, and experience, it can be a source or contrast and challenge. Wherever it sits in the chart, (what houses or areas of life are activated) describes where a pattern of behavior or external events occur.

But 'fate' doesn't control you. Your thoughts do. Through awareness, you can learn to turn your YOD to gold.

Members, if you want to chat about your YOD on the forum, I've just made a new thread there.

I'd love to hear how you handle your natal and transiting YODS.


Three Astrologers Talking

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Topic - Three Astrologers Talking. Image: Three Women Drinking Tea by Itzchak Tarkay

Three Astrologers Talking - #1

For those who missed these talks, the first conversation covers a wide range of topics on houses, planets, aspects, transits, you name it. Start here, and feel free to ask questions in the comments.

The above Astrology conversation is with Kim Falconer, Mystic Medusa and Rachel Stuart-Haas. We answer questions and share our own approach to the stars. This talk first appeared on Mystic Medusa's Astro-Hacks School of Astrology.

Three Astrologers Talking - #2

The second conversation is all about elective surgery, the body and the zodiac, and finding the right time (and mind set) for your elective surgery. Tune in to hear Kim Falconer chatting again with Mystic Medusa and Rachel Stuart-Haas.

Sit back and enjoy a powerhouse hour of astro-info and insights.

If you want to learn more, ask question, give your considerations, chat examples and discussion points in the comments.

Enjoy!

xxxKim

Happy Mercury Direct!


Icarus Edge

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WEEKEND Astro-LOA Flash

Asteroid 1566 Icarus, orbiting between Mercury and Earth, is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn for the first time since Dec 2015 (see ephemeris below. Icarus is also 'out of bounds'). Taking 409 days to journey through the zodiac, this conjunction can manifest as a desire to take a leaps - right off the edge!

Whatever feels like it's holding you back is your launchpad. Your springboard.  From that discontent, you move forward in one, huge, blind leap.

But wait! Isn't Mercury there too, turning retrograde for the next three weeks?

Yes, and even though you may find a creative ‘way out’ of a perceived limitation or obstacle, you'll be rethinking the moves as we roll into 2017.

But that's okay!

You might conclude it was the perfect step to take, or there could be some course correction. Either way, the impulse is to ‘fly free’ will allow your spirit to soar and your life to change for the better.

The Mythos

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Icarus was Daedalus’s son who, ignoring his father’s warning not to fly too close to the sun, lost his feathered wings, fell to the sea and drowned. Not a very successful outcome, though he did escape the prison tower they’d been in for way too long. Some people associate Icarus with a kind of crash and burn mentality. He's like The Fool in the Tarot, not looking where he is going, foolhardy and reckless.

Not me.

I see this energy as freedom. Expansion. Liberation!

True, 1566 Icarus on Pluto can represent some extreme measures, feelings and insights but mainly it represents an attempt to escape intolerable situations. It is the impulse to get out of unfair circumstances, or go for liberating goals that others might say are impossible. Note: It doesn’t have to always end ‘badly’.

What can Icarus conjunct Pluto do for you?

Icarus energy set free can be vivid, creative inspiration. Trapped and he is like a wild bird caged. Ever had that feeling?

It’s like an crazy urge to run like hell when all they’ve said is, sign here, or pick you up at 7, or maybe even I do . . .

Icarus with Pluto is a chance to gain a deeper insight on the ‘flight’ side or our fight or flight response. Where do you feel like flying the coop? Is it fear or instinct or healthy self-awareness?

Take a moment to think about it over the next few days and eliminate a toleration or too. Why? Because tolerating something is not always a virtue. It can be a heavy energy drain. (Read more about Granting Freedom from Tolerations.)

Here’s what Jeannette Maw has to say about it:

Toleration: To tolerate something means to “allow the existence of, to permit or endure or put up with something.” This implies that the something (or someone) is less than ideal and tends to drain a person’s energy. Thus, a toleration is often a hindering influence to the vibration.

Leverage the Icarus/Pluto energy and Toss out Tolerations now!

If any of you know where Icarus is in your natal chart, feel free to mention it here. Mine’s exact on my descendant – the cusp of the house of relationship. A freedom lover if there ever was one.

Have a great weekend!

xxKim

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