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Square Aspects 101

Square Aspects 101
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.

From Wikepeadia -

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.


Mercury Rx as Trickster

Sarah Janette
“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

KimMercuryRx
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.

Mercury_Kim_Ephemeris

Here are some keywords for the houses

Houses

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


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.

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

Aspects_sm

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Andrea Kowch art
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

Aspects_sm

 

 

 

 

 

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.


Mars 2019 into Aries

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Fireworks by Nikolay Dimitrov - Mars 2019

Mars 2019 moves into Aries, zing on the New year! This is the sign that represents the beginning of any manifestation. It's where we jump into activity, initiate and assert ourselves and interACT in the world of appearances. Here are the times below.

Mars into Aries 2019 Dec 31/Jan 1, 2019
LA - Mon - 6:19 pm
NY - Mon - 9:19 pm
LON - Tue - 2:19 am
SYD - Tue - 1:19 pm

Activating Mars 2019

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Mars 2019 through the sign of Aries

 

Check out the quick Youtube Tutorial on the Transits of Mars using Mars transiting Libra as an example. You can also go to Mars and Empowerment for more insights, along with a recording on the topic.
Mars is energy, heat, molecular motion, and without Mars, we would not be able to move forward. When this planet is in his natural placement of Aries, the dynamic of LIFE hits overdrive! Buckle up, everybody because things are ready to jettison! This is never more strongly felt than when Mars crosses the 0 degree Aries point, the beginning of the 30 degrees of Aries in the zodiac.

Mars 2019 Over the Aries Point

The Aries Point is found where you see zero degrees of the Cardinal sign of Aries (it's also 0 Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, but more on that later). Everyone's chart has the Aries Point at exactly the same zero degrees, yet each chart will be unique as far as WHERE, or what house, zero Aries falls in. Find where 0 Aries is in your chart, and where Mars will be transiting for the next forty-four days, and you know where you want to amp up, jump in, stake your claim and stand tall! You go large here, and you vibe strong, enthused and confident!

Here are Jeannette's tips for How to Set a New Year Intention.

Finding Transiting Mars 2019 in your Chart

1) Create your chart online

2) Find your Ascendant and any other point in the chart

3) Look for the Aries glyph and remember the signs run counter-clockwise around the chart. In the case of the example chart below, 24 Aries rules (sits on) the 8th house cusp, so we go back 24 degrees into the 7th house to find 0 Aries (24 - 24 = 0)

Where you find 0 Aries, you want to take positive action from within. Amp up your physical and mental activities, be the boss, lead the way and nurture (respect & express) your inner warrior. For the example chart, this would probably mean facing 'open enemies' or taking over direction in a partnership, learning how to be 'together' without losing her identity. This year she could set strong new intentions in the realm of personal, one-to-one relationships.

 

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More on the AP and Mars 2019

The cool thing about the 0 degree Aries Point (AP) is that it's a place where we catch the eye of the public. So, having Mars transit there puts a focus on our PR, how others see us, how we are thought of and remembered.

Mars brings our assertive, directing and action oriented qualities out into the open, by house. Where we grab the attention of society. We are seen as commanding, raw and imposing, when in the Aries expression. Think, the famous warrior, leader, director, explorer, trailblazer.

Where is Mars in Aries transiting in your chart these next forty-four days? Can you think of ways to boost your energy there? What 'feeds' you in this area of life? Go to that house, and stir it up! Here are the houses at a glance.

Houses

gva_logo2Also note this Mars transit activates  Chiron over the AP - [April 17, 2018 Dir, Sept 18, 2018 Rx, Feb 18, 2019 Dir].

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Happy New Year, and Mars into Aries!


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!


Planets Out of Bounds

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Image by Wenqing Yan

Planets out of bounds have a declination greater than 23 degrees 27’. It means “outside of the boundary of the ecliptic”, or the path of the earth’s orbit around the sun. Because of the tilt of the earth’s axis, the sun appears to stay within 23 degrees 27’ north of the equator and 23 degrees 27’ south of the equator. Anything “outside” of that is considered “Out-of-bounds”.

These planets out of bounds act in more EXTREME ways. They are on the edge—beyond the boundary because their energy is excessive and zealous in nature. It is really “out there”.

Out of Bounds in the Natal Chart

Kim's OOB Natal Planets

 

Above are my OOB major planets. You can see Mercury, Venus and Mars are all OOB with Mercury and Venus Parallel of declination (almost exact) and Mercury and Mars Contra-Parallel of declination. Read more about declinations here, but know, the connections LINK them together in their 'out-there-ness'. Right away, think unconventional thoughts. It can be artistic, but can it be trained? Not easily, at least, not in the classical sense. Not inside the bounds.
Do you have a natal planet OOB? Let's discuss start a post on the forum.

Out of Bounds by Transit

When an OOB planet transits a sensitive point in your chart, you can be sure it will wake up in wild and zany ways. Check your natal chart to see where these degrees fall. Any planets there? If so, you want to pre-pave the best ever expansion you can imagine.

Upcoming Planets Out of Bounds

Mercury OOB 2018

Enters 2 Nov 2018 5:47:35 pm (EDT +4:00) @ 3 Sagittarius
Leaves 20 Nov 2018 3:48:40 pm (EST +5:00) @ 12 Sagittarius

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Enters 5 May 2018 1:11:19 pm (EDT +4:00)
Leaves 7 Jun 2018 5:08:15 pm (EDT +4:00)

Mars OOB 

Enters 20 Apr 2019 4:58:53 pm (EDT +4:00)
Leaves 12 Jun 2019 5:45:52 am (EDT +4:00)

Thoughts on this?

Feel free to start a post on the forum, or ask questions here.


Abundance Through Astrology - Ready, Set, Go!

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Abundance Through Astrology - Call #4

Hi everyone, ready for our final call in the series?

In this segment we're going to talk about a three-point, Astro-LOA manifesting plan where we look at particular natal planets and how you can utilize the energy to be more yourself, release resistance to abundance, and create more of what you really want.

Jeannette and Kim will look at where you might feel stuck. What habits, rituals, set points, beliefs and stories are you telling that may be keeping you from moving forward and how to align with three powerhouse planets to return to the flow.

A 3-Point Manifesting Spell for Abundance - Ready, Set, Go!

Here's what we'll be playing with:

1) Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 3.30.08 pmOn your marks with Venus and self-love

 

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 3.30.15 pm2) Get set with Saturn's focus and ambition

 

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 3.30.34 pm3) Go with Mars and inspired action (where action can even be doing nothing)

 

Date and Time

You can check the call in details on the FORUM as well as find links to the recording if you can't make the live gathering.

TIME & DATE

July 24th (25th  in ANZ)

LA – Tue – 4 pm

NY – Tue – 7 pm

LON – Wed – 12 am

SYD – Wed – 9 am

If you can't make the call but want help with finding and activating these power points in your chart, check the Call Threads for the Abundance Through Astrology Course where Kim or Jeannette will chat with you about your chart.