Transits

Home Sweet Home Call 2

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Image by Laurent Chechere

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Home Sweet Home Call 2. What a great discussion!

You can access the HSH call 2 HERE.
pdf_downlaodChat notes with links to the charts we discussed.

HSM Call 2 Content

In HSH Call 2 we explored the dynamics between the ruler of the IC (the 4th house cusp) and the Moon. So revealing. In many cases they are not aligned by element or modality, or aspect. Understanding the diverse needs via the horoscope allows us to connect with our true core values, even if they seem to contrast one another. When we love ourselves via both moon and IC, the inner romance is genuine, we feel nurtured and energy flows. Deliberate creation success skyrockets too! If you want to explore your chart in this way, or talk about PLANETS in the 4th HOUSE, post your thoughts below.

Homework for HSH Call 2

Our next step in exploring self-love for the soul is to look at transits to the 4th house. I know a few of you with Capricorn on the cusp of the 4th, for example, will have Saturn transiting there for the next 2.5 years following Pluto who has been there much longer. Scorpio IC means a Jupiter transit to the 4th. Pisces means Neptune will transit there, Aries/Taurus means Uranus. If you have an Aquarius IC then the recent eclipses have been in your 4th house.

We will also look at transits to the moon and the position of the progressed moon. 

If you aren't sure what transits and progressions are, watch these video tutorials - Transits part 1 & Transits part 2.

Create your chart online with the transits and progressions

Here are the steps for creating your natal chart wheel with the current transits and progressions.

1. Go to Astro.com and once your chart data is in, click Extended Chart Selection

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2. Instead of clicking Natal Wheel...

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3. Click the drop-down box and select Natal Transits and Progressed Combined.

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4. Click "Click here to show the chart". You'll see the progressed inner planets in GREEN and the outer planet transits in RED.

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 12.04.36 pm5. You can click the center of the chart now and it will open as a .gif file.

6. Save the .gif file and download to your computer as you would any image

7. Upload the image to the GVA Gallery.

HSH Call 3 will dive into your transits/progressions to the 4th house, the ruler of the IC, your Moon and ruler of the moon. Let's get started here!

Love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


Sedna - Journey to the Edge

Sedna is a painting by Antony Galbraith
Sedna by Antony Galbraith

Sedna - Journey to the Edge - Updated from Falconastrology 2006.

Who is Sedna?

Sedna dwells in a remote region of space, a distant world whose discovery tripled the size of our solar system. Seen from her icy surface, our sun is only a twinkling star. Extremely cold, red, eccentric in orbit and with a mysterious constitution, her first sighting on November 14, 2003, 06:32 AM UT at Palomar Mountain, California marks a new shift in human awareness. Nothing this far away has ever been seen before.

Early newspaper headlines proclaimed Sedna as our 10th planet though Dr Michael Brown, who named her for the Inuit goddess of the Arctic seas, predicted Sedna would be classified as a planetoid, along with Pluto, Eris and other "Trans-Neptune" bodies. Estimated at about 1800 km, or 2/3 the size of Pluto, Sedna is the largest and most outlying body found since 1930.

Sedna orbits somewhere beyond the outer edge of the Kuiper Belt and the inner periphery of the hypothesized Oort cloud, a vast source of comets and other frozen bodies thought to extend halfway to the next nearest star, Alpha Centauri. Her distance is between 76AU and 942AU, making a single journey around the sun in about 11,400 years, compared to the planetoid Eris, with an orbit of 557 years and Pluto, 248 years.

Some Perspective on Distance

Though remote, Sedna is still much closer than the ‘fixed stars’, important astrological indicators in the chart. Like homoeopathy, distance (dilution) may actually increase potency. The question is what kind of potency?sedna-art

The Astrological Sedna

Determining the astrological significance of Sedna requires observation and time. Research includes exploring the mythology of the name, collective movements and social spotlights at the time of discovery and events, internal and external, that link to the natal and mundane placement of Sedna in the chart.

Things to Consider

Dennis Elwell, astrologer and author, cautions against giving excessive weight to singular episodes in the mythology and not enough to empirical experience. Though mythic themes are insightful, events coinciding with Sedna activation by transit must be considered equally.

Naming Sedna

The first coincidence is the naming of Sedna . How do we know they got it right? Liz Greene, from London’s Centre for Psychological Astrology, elaborates on this topic.

“There is…a curious synchronicity between the time when the planet is discovered and the emergence in society of values and experiences which the planet represents symbolically. It’s as though the planet breaks upon consciousness in both a literal and symbolic way. I can’t really answer you as to why Uranus is called Uranus and Neptune, Neptune. I can only say that in some mysterious fashion they get the names right.”

The Inuit Sedna

Sedna resides in the icy depths of Adlivun, the Arctic underworld beneath the sea. There she rules all marine life and controls the fate of humans by releasing her bounty to respectful hunters and withholding it from careless ones. Disregard for the sacredness of life is the worst offence. When this happens, her long hair tangles with filth and requires a shaman’s journey to appease her rage.

The legends vary regarding her origins, though in most stories, Sedna was once a beautiful girl. Many suitors came to ask for her hand in marriage yet she rejected them all, much to her father’s anguish. When one wealthy hunter was refused, he gave her his dog, saying it was all she deserved. She then marries the dog and gives birth to pups and babes alike.

Ironically, a dog to the Inuit symbolizes faithfulness to one’s own spirit, making this union a mark of individuation, completion within herself. The hunter and her father, however, are appalled. When the dog-husband carries food to his banished offspring, Sedna’s father places stones in his pack and drowns him.

Still, Sedna continues to refuse all suitors until a mysterious man arrives dressed in very fine skins and feathers. Intrigued by the promise of warmth and abundance, she agrees to wed.

But it doesn't go well. Her new husband’s guarantee of comfort vanishes when Sedna realizes he is a Fulmar, a dangerous bird spirit living on a desolate island. Although he brings her fresh fish every day, there is no warmth, no furs, and no lamp oil. She falls into despair, wailing her lament.

Another Version

The Legend of Sedna (Sraiya, ca. 2010, pen and ink)

In yet another version, Sedna is the child of two deities. Though well fed, she is a hungry girl and chews into her parents’ flesh while they sleep. For this, she is sent into exile.

In every version, Sedna eventually ends up in a kayak with her father who finally comes to rescue her. A terrible storm ensues, stirred by the angry Fulmar or other offended spirits who don't want to let her go. Her father fears for his life and tosses Sedna overboard. (Thanks, dad...)

When she grasps the side of the kayak and tries to climb back in, he chops her frozen fingers off, one by one with an axe. As her finger joints fall into the sea, they turn into seals, whales, polar bears, fish, dolphins and walruses.

Sedna sinks below the waves, her upper body remaining a woman and her lower body transforming into a fish or dolphin tail. She comes to rest at the bottom of the ocean floor and is guarded by her faithful dog-husband.

Sometimes she is depicted as a grotesque, one-eyed vision of outraged spite. Other images are more seductive and mermaid-like. She probably can be both.

The Mermaid Mythos and Other Connections

Stories of mermaids, circulating for centuries and underscored periodically with actual sightings, tell of sea creatures, half female-half fish or dolphin. They personify both the alluring and treacherous aspects of the feminine, residing in the sea of the unconscious, holding a key to life and death. Like Sedna, they maintain specific taboos and seem to represent an innate fear of the sacred feminine.

European tales like The Handless Maiden also involve a father who cuts off his daughter’s hands. The loss of the hands is a potent and disturbing symbol. Hands represent our dexterity, allowing us to control and interact with the world. The father’s act of maiming his child—in the Inuit and European stories —is, to us, poorly motivated. Because he was afraid of the Fulmar? Afraid of her?

Lack of proportional incentive makes these tales all the more disturbing. Among other things, they say something about abused family authority, a theme in the Sedna mythology.

The Life-Death-Life Goddess

This doesn’t mean that Sedna is a victim. Quite the opposite, she is a life-death-life goddess. Her power and authority regulate who, by their right action, will live and who, by their negligence, will starve. Here is what Dr Kathleen Jenks says about Sedna and victimization.

“When victimization moves to the goddess-level as it does with Sedna, (it) signals us that there's an extra depth of compassion for the abused. It also tells us that this goddess-archetype has the wherewithal to make a difference and empower that person whose (planets) are resonating with Sedna’s sphere of power.

Sedna may come to represent an extreme terrain of the unconscious, one where issues of power, authority and respect for life do not separate from a respect for oneself. The Inuit are an animistic people, seeing divinity in all things. Sedna may ask us to account for previously unconsidered forms of negligence towards ourselves and our living planet.

Te_Fiti_8Connecting with Sedna

Unappeasable by force, bribe or cajole, Sedna is softened by a shaman’s song of life. The 2003 New Zealand film, Whale Rider, and the more recent 2016 Moana echoes such a shamanic journey, impelled by the spirit of a people in need. Perhaps this is how we are to commune with Sedna, through the guided imagery of dreams and spirit-journeys, stories and song.

World Events at Discovery

Sedna's discovery on November 14th, 2003 at 17 Taurus 58 coincides with 350 million people uniting in World Diabetes Day. Venerated astrologer Isabel Hickey taught that diabetes was a physical form of emotional bitterness, the inability to balance negative thoughts with positive ones. This highlights Venus, ruler of both Taurus, the sign of Sedna’s current transit and Libra, the sign long associated with this disease.

Venus also links to personal, one-to-one, socially significant relationships and the drive for balance there.

Consider other world events coinciding with this discovery, and what they may say about fear, abuse of power and Mother Earth’s immutable authority. Here are just a few.

“Alaska's native horse killed off by food shortages and climate change - not human hunters.”

How actively do we protect and nurture life on earth?

“The world's most damaging potato disease discovered in Britain.”

How do we respond to the threat of food shortage and disease?

“Opposition to USA Patriot Act Swells”

How well do democratic governments protect the rights of their citizens?

“A gas explosion in a southern China coal mine killed 48 workers, injured two others.”

How well do we protect our labor force?

"Southeast Asia Water Forum- - Chiang Mai, Thailand."

How do we protect our oceans/freshwater ecosystems?

Tracking Personal Experiences

Sedna has been transiting through mid-Aries to mid-Taurus these last 85 years. Current generations share a similar placement in their astrological charts by sign and outer planet aspect, though house position and contacts to the personal planets are more unique.

Recording the transits of Sedna and checking activation dates against inner and outer life events will help reveal her meaning on a personal level. A downloadable Ephemeris is available online at Astrodienst to keep track. There is also an ephemeris generator on Jon Dunn’s Astro site that gives declination, sidereal and draconic zodiacs.

Practical Examples

Transiting Sedna was exactly opposite my natal third house Saturn when learning to SCUBA dive in areas rich with sea lions, dolphins and whales. By facing fears (Saturn) this time led to more self-confidence and empowerment, particularly in the area of communication, higher education and teaching (3rd-9th house axis).

For another woman, when transiting Sedna exactly squared the natal Moon in Aquarius, it coincided with a separation from an abusive relationship and major change of residence. Both these transits reflect significant turning points in life.

Chart and Dream

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Above is the chart of a woman called Charlotte. During a troubled time, she sought astrological consultation, bringing this dream.

"I am looking into a deep inland sea, edged by descending stairs. I feel compelled to follow the stairs down into the caverns underneath the water. I somehow know there is something down there that is hungry, trapped. I race down the steps and glimpse an enormous black walrus stuck in the dry caverns, unable to get to the water.

I race on to free it, but as I turn the last descent of stairs, I run straight into a cement wall.

The way has been blocked, sealed off. I can’t get to the creature to feed it and return it to the sea and I know it will die."

Charlotte's Natal Sedna 4 Taurus 16
Transiting Sedna 17 Taurus 52

Interpretation

On examination of her chart, transiting Sedna was conjunct her natal 12th house Sun. Note her chart ruler, Venus, conjuncts natal Sedna, also in the 12th. With the abundance of Earth (Taurus), she has a naturally pragmatic approach to life—sweet, calm and compelled by the realm of the senses. However, all that Earth is “trapped” in the non-corporeal 12th house, the sea of the unconscious.

Her relationship with the mundane world was well established yet her connection to her inner world remained relatively unexplored.

The sea links to the vast depths of Charlotte’s unconscious 12th house. It is interesting that mythically Sedna used her creatures, whales and seals, to communicate with the People, to feed them or not as they deserved.

So, the only way to reach Sedna, however through the spirit journey of the shaman. Once in Sedna's realm, the shaman placates her anger by asking how the taboos have been broken and what can be done to correct the offense. The shaman then combs her tangled hair, releasing the souls of animals abused and chants to her songs of life.

Hearing the Myth of Sedna

When Charlotte heard the myth of Sedna, she realized, through a stream of tears, she had always wanted to pursue her artistic talents but worked as a bookkeeper in her father’s business instead. She had never acknowledged how empty she felt.

By exploring the inherent conflict between the 12th house Sun in Taurus (square 3rd house Leo Moon) she found ways to feed and nurture her creative and mystical longings as well as her need for practical security. This Sedna transit coincided with an application and acceptance to art school, greater independence (separation from the father) and a new journey into her hidden world of creativity and spirit.

Although other transits occurred at this time, the imagery in Charlotte’s dream and the personal relevance she felt resonated strongly with Sedna.

Conclusions

To sum up, Sedna’s discovery heralds the expansion of not only our solar system but our capacity for conscious awareness. By tracking Sedna’s transits—perhaps looking first at the conjunctions, squares and oppositions—themes of her message will arise.

Where is 25 - 27 degrees of Taurus in your natal chart? What planets or angles are activated by this contact? Have a look and be a part of this new and intriguing exploration into the unknown.

From Swiss Ephemeris

Date     |  2003 VB12  - Sedna |

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01 Jan 2017  | 25 ta 12 Rx |
11 Apr 2017  | 25 ta 27    |
20 Jul 2017  | 26 ta 37    |
28 Oct 2017  | 26 ta 26 Rx |
05 Feb 2018  | 25 ta 41 Rx |
16 May 2018  | 26 ta 30    |
24 Aug 2018  | 27 ta 23    |
02 Dec 2018  | 26 ta 42 Rx |
12 Mar 2019  | 26 ta 24    |
20 Jun 2019  | 27 ta 33    |
28 Sep 2019  | 27 ta 55 Rx |
06 Jan 2020  | 27 ta  2 Rx |
15 Apr 2020  | 27 ta 20    |
24 Jul 2020  | 28 ta 30    |
01 Nov 2020  | 28 ta 17 Rx |
09 Feb 2021  | 27 ta 32    |
20 May 2021  | 28 ta 24    |
28 Aug 2021  | 29 ta 16    |
06 Dec 2021  | 28 ta 34 Rx |
16 Mar 2022  | 28 ta 17    |
24 Jun 2022  | 29 ta 28    |
02 Oct 2022  | 29 ta 48 Rx |
10 Jan 2023  | 28 ta 54 Rx |
20 Apr 2023  | 29 ta 15    |
29 Jul 2023  |  0 ge 26    |

Thoughts?


Eclipse Season - Moonwalk by Catrin Welz-Stein

Ready for the Eclipse Season?

Eclipse Season - Moonwalk by Catrin Welz-SteinEclipse Season Image by Catrin Welz-Stein

The 2018 Eclipse Season is upon us. Are you ready?

Eclipse Season Dates

The first eclipse of the year is January 31/February 1 – a (Full Moon) Total Lunar Eclipse @11 Leo linking Sun-Moon-Nodes to Ceres, Venus and Neptune. The last time we had a Lunar Eclipse at this degree was January 1999.

This current eclipse is significant because it is not only a total eclipse, but also a 'blue' moon (second full moon of the month in the northern hemisphere) and a supermoon* or at it's perigee. Think of this as activating and heightening emotions, perspectives and sensations while possibly shortening fuses. This may not be negative for you at all. With awareness, you can use a 'short fuse' to release tolerations, setting free pent up emotions and clearing the air. Just know you might cut a wide swath. Without awareness, there could be fallout.

In your natal chart, attention is placed on opposite polarities like yin and yang, home and career, internal and external, Self and Others. You have a chance to balance life, especially in the houses touched by this eclipse. Namely, the houses where you find 11 Leo and 11 Aquarius. If you need help finding those houses, run through the simple steps below, or give a shout out in the comments.

TIMES for the January 31st/February 1st Eclipse

LA – Wednesday – 5.26 am
NY. – Wednesday – 8.26 am
LON – Wednesday – 1.26 pm
SYD – Thursday – 12.26 am

TIMES for the February 15th/16th Eclipse

February 15/16 is the (New Moon) Partial Solar Eclipse @27 Aquarius. This is a powerhouse time to start new projects, especially in in the area of life ruled by the house activated (see how to find that below).

LA – Thursday – 1.06 pm
NY - Thursday – 4.06 pm
LON – Thursday – 9.06 pm
SYD – Friday – 8.06 am

Eclipse Season in Perspective

In ancient times, eclipses were associated with dramatic events, political, geological or existential. Hence the apprehension many feel when an eclipse is impending. Luckily, it's not the 1400s anymore, and we aren't locked into a single perspective. We decide how we will align with these Sun-moon-node cycles. Most importantly, we focus on the gifts they bring.

By checking where the eclipse falls in your chart, we can be open to the positive, creative change on offer. It's easy to do. Just follow these simple steps.

For the Jan 31sr/Feb 1st Total Lunar Eclipse @11 Leo:

  1. Look at your natal chart (created on Astro.com or your favorite software)
  2. Check where 11 Degrees of Leo and 15 degrees of Leo falls
  3. Focus on those HOUSES to see where you will receive your cosmic gifts

For the Partial Solar Eclipse on February 15th/16th:

  1. Look at your natal chart (created on Astro.com or your fav software)
  2. Check where 27 degress of Aquarius is in your chart
  3. Look at that HOUSE to open to the kick-ass fresh start on offer

Prep for the Eclipse Season Gifts

Ways to prepare for the eclipse opportunities include:

  1. Revisit your core values
  2. Make a list of tolerations to release
  3. Think about home live vs. career - balanced?
  4. Clean and de-clutter the house, or even a drawer
  5. Clear up misunderstandings in relationships
  6. Get more rest
  7. Boost your nutrition
  8. Find more time to exercise
  9. Appreciate what is, just as it is
  10. Amp up self love

Let's talk more about this in the comments.

Happy eclipse season gifts! I'd love to hear how this shapes up for you.

xxKim

* A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.[1] The technical name is the perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system or more simply full (or new) Moon at perigee.[a]  - Read More....

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Home Sweet Home

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Home Sweet Home image by Mikki Senkarik

Hi everyone, welcome to an introduction to our new course for Jan - Feb 2018, Home Sweet Home.

Manifesting with the Moon....

Are you ready for the home of your dreams, inner contentment, emotional peace and security?

Home Sweet Home - Manifesting with the Moon - will focus on just that.

This is our first course series for 2018 and we'll be exploring your 4th house, the roots of the chart and how that inner core of well being radiates out into everything we do, want or desire. If you're feeling insecure, your manifesting will be shaky, so let's join in and find serenity, strength and peace at the center of our being.

Home Sweet Home Call Series

 

This is about leveraging all things 'home' in the chart, ie the natal Moon, Eclipse transits, progressed Moon, Draconic Moon and transits, 4th house rulers, planets in the 4th, Nodes, aspects to the IC - to manifest our best home life ever, inner and outer. You don't have to know your astrology to benefit. Jeannette and Kim will be looking at your chart to unravel the insights while you learn how.
We have fab stories and examples around house hunting, living with neighbors, feeling emotionally grounded, living with family, connecting to parents or family elders... Also, we'll look at the notion of relocation and manifesting. Does it change things when we move, or do we take our vibe with us?

LOA Techniques

We'll cover many manifesting techniques including self-love, the Magic Eye, scripting, self-talk, manifesting 'for others', acting as if, pre-paving, visualizing and more.

Prep for Home Sweet Home

1) Make sure your natal chart is uploaded to the gallery. If you need help, shoot your chart or data to Kim and she'll create it/pop it up for you.
2) In the comments, on this page to start, we'll be talking about some basic astrology of the home, thinking of it in terms of set points, and how we give and receive nurturing, including self-love. If you want Kim, Jeannette and others to chat with you and give feedback, you'll need to post so we can see you and your chart. :)

Discussion Topics for Home Sweet Home

1) On a scale of one to ten, where 1 = Yuk and 10 = Yum, notice where you are at with your home. That's the house, your sense of inner peace, your dreams about the home*, relationships you live with, neighborhood, everything. Think back to childhood homes too. What's changed? What has stayed the same?
2) List three things you want to experience at home. It might be a comfort, space, room for horses, a great relationship, fabulous view, fur children, human children... What would you like?

Now, for the Astrology Basics

3) Identify your 4th house in your chart, the sign on the cusp and the ruler(s) of that sign.
4) Think about what kind of HOME that sign would want to express in, and what those ruling planets might have to say about the ENERGY of the home. What goes on there?
5) Notice if there are any planets or points in the 4th. For now, just notice what they might feel about being in the watery, bottom of the chart.
6) Finally, for this discussion, notice the sign and house of your moon. How does she feel about the needs and desires of the 4th house. Compatibility or contrast?
7) What is your 'Home' set point right now?*
*Set points are defined in biology as the level or point at which a variable physiological state (as body temperature or weight) tends to stabilize. In manifesting terms, it is the level to which we will allow an inner or outer experience to reach/stabilize (bank balance, relationship, career success, home environment etc.)

Call Details - TBC

The first call is EARLY FEBRUARY TBC at 5pm Eastern (USA). The venue is changing up as well, to UberConference, so check the MEMBERS CALLS page for new details. All GVA members will be emailed updates prior to the call and then weekly during the course.

LA – Tuesday – 2 pm
NY – Tuesday – 5 pm
Lon – Tuesday – 10 pm
SYD – Wednesday – 9 am

New to astrology? Take our free, Essential Astro-LOA Course to learn the basics. You'll start to understand the Planets as ENERGY or WHAT is acting, the houses as WHERE the action takes place, the signs as HOW the energy expresses. What costume is worn?

See you there!

* You might think you have a great home life but if you have nightmares involving your home, there could be hidden contrast there.

** If you're an Open Member and want to join this course, click here for the GVA Circle Membership options - $9/month or $99/year.


Cycles of Venus Michael Parkes

Cycles of Venus

Cycles of Venus Michael ParkesImage: Michael Parkes

Hi Everyone, Ready to look at the Venus Synodic Cycles again? Checking them out explains the movement from Morning Star to Evening Star as we are about to see with the Superior Conjunction January 9, 2018. Notice it is exactly conjunct Pluto!

Listen to the call where we talk about the superior conjunction and Pluto in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th house with example charts. We also explore "magic eye" manifesting, finding current core values and how the conjunction works in a planetary return chart.

Align with the Stars Call - January 2018

Align with the Stars Call Chat with links to the example charts:

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OK, the cycles can seem a little complex, but I hope you embrace the mystery and wonder. It really is spectacular.

The Venus Synodic Cycles Visual Tutorial

Don’t let the word Synodic scare you. It’s Latin for ‘hook-up’ or meet up, and here we mean the cycles in which Venus is conjunct with the Sun. There is a pattern. An amazing one. Check it out.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-7-51-56-amWatch this tutorial on the Transits of Venus for full understanding, definitions, animations and connections.

The position of Venus in this video ephemeris and astro clock is 2013-2014, but the concepts remain the same. See below for current position and upcoming Superior Conjunction January 2018 and the shift to Evening Star.

Recap of the facts:

  1. Every 8 years, Venus orbits the Sun 13 times while the Earth orbits the Sun eight times.
  2. During the 8 year cycle, Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth 5 times, completing five Synodic periods, with each one lasting approximately 584 days, or 18+ months.
  3. 13 Venus revolutions equals 8 earth years equals five synodic periods, or alignments of the Earth, Venus and the Sun.
  4. Each conjunction of Venus and the Sun creates a point in a 5 star pentagram pattern over the 8 year period. Really amazing!

Morning and Evening Star

As we see in the tutorial, Venus is the Morning Star when she rising AHEAD of the sun. She’s seen as the Evening Star when she sets AFTER the sun. For 60 days between retro and direct, she’s in the underworld (Venus - Inanna) and we can’t see her at all because she’s so close to the sun, his light obscures her own.

Venus Synodic Cycles Step by Step

Inferior Conjunction

We start the cycle with the inferior conjunction, like a New Moon phase. It happens when Venus is mid-Retro and moving very slowly ‘backwards’. She rises before the sun, and is so close we can’t see her, like a dark moon.

Morning Star

When the sun and Venus are about 10 degrees apart, (Venus rising 10 degrees AHEAD of the sun), we can see her in the pre-dawn. At this point, she is called Phosphorus or Lucifer, the  “light bearer.” The Morning Star.

Twenty-one days after the inferior conjunction, Venus turns direct, called Direct Station.

Thirty-six days after the inferior conjunction, Venus is most brilliant in the morning sky.

Maximum Elongation

Another thirty-six days Venus reaches its maximum distance from the Sun or Maximum Elongation (never more than 45 degrees away). At this time, Venus is moving at the same speed or faster than the sun. Catching up!

Superior Conjunction

Two-hundred and sixteen days (6 x 36 days) later, Venus reaches the superior conjunction with the Sun, when she is moving close to her maximum of speed of about 1°15′ per day. Think of this as the ‘full moon’ stage, where Venus is farthest from the Earth. She’s back in the underworld again, not visible in the morning or evening.

Evening Star

Thirty-six days after the superior conjunction, when the Sun and Venus are about ten degrees apart, Venus reappears from the underworld as the evening sky, setting AFTER the Sun.

Retrograde Station

Finally, we have thirty-six days later, the Retrograde Station that leads back, Rx, to the new synodic cycle starting with the next inferior conjunction where we can’t see her. She’s in the underworld yet again, until she moves 10 degrees AHEAD of the sun, appearing as the Morning star.

Venus Superior Conjunction 2018

Now that you have that under your belt, check the Astro clock and see where Venus is now in her Synodic Cycle:

You’ll find she’s in the underworld, not visible in the morning any longer but not yet seen in the evening. Her superior conjunction is January 9, 2018 and then by early March, she will set 10 degrees behind the sun and be visible in the night sky.

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From Venus Phase Cycle, 1900-2050
From Venus Phase Cycle, 1900-2050

Starting to make sense?

Fascinating Maths

584 x 5 = 365 x 8 = 2920. i.e. there are exactly 5 Venus cycles in every 8 years, and the significant points migrate slowly retrograde through the zodiac. This means that every 8 years the same Rx loop occurs at the same time of year, covering the same degrees of the zodiac. Psychologically, it represents a time of the most profound maturing of the soul through the purification of the heart. We are invited to include that which has been excluded, to make amends internally, to seek forgiveness and to process unfinished business so that we may be renewed and released.Melanie Reinhart

Now that you have gleaned all this cool science, how do you apply it to your chart?

Applying the Venus Cycle to the Chart

First, work out which part of the Venus synodic cycles when you where born. Was she the morning star? Evening? Direct” Rx? In the underworld (invisible)? Do you connect this energy to your relationship MO? Here is a lengthy Venus Cycle PDF to work off of. And for delineations and deep details, this article by the humanistic astrologer, Michael R Myer.

Next, check the house Venus was in when the cycle began (where was the inferior conjunction before, or during, your birth?) It may have been a year or more back. Do your relationships spring from the matters of this house? Interesting, right?

Now, check your loves, partners, family and past loves charts. Are they in the same Venus synodic cycles as your chart? Different? You may notice a kind of simpatico with ppl in the same cycle as you.

Hopefully, this will get you in touch with the connection between astrology (the symbolic and energetic correlations between the planets and person/place and things on Earth), and astronomy, the the branch of science which deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.

Extra Insights

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-00-53-amMost of all, anyone confused about the Daily Motion of the Planets through the chart, this 2 minute tut will help.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Again, the first Align with the Stars Call is on January 9, 2019 at 5pm Eastern. We will look at the superior conjunction of Venus transiting in your chart. Details for the new online venue to follow.

 

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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!


Saturn Trine Uranus

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Saturn Trine Uranus - Stability meets excitement...

GVA Members access the recording here.

The Astro Clock I was raving about on the call is HERE.

The transit of Saturn trine Uranus is exact for the last time in this cycle on November 11th, bring to a conclusion the phase of energy that began December 2016. Here are the dates and degrees. Times are EDT.

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This transit last occurred in 2003 with Saturn in Cancer and Uranus in Pisces. The next trine will be in 2047 with Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Virgo.

What to Expect with Saturn trine Uranus

Saturn is the ground we stand on, the containment, and our defense (immunity, strength, endurance). Express it fully and we tap into ancient wisdom, power and ambition to be all that we can. He rules the tried and true. Where Saturn is in the chart, we have the opportunity to be more than. A chance to find an authentic sense of worthiness and accomplishment.

Uranus is the rebel, the great awakener, the urge for change, freedom, excitement and autonomy. It's trickster energy that creates growth through chaos and surprise. He rules the unknown, the edge of extreme where we do things for ourselves alone. Where Uranus is in the chart we long to tip the apple cart, pull the rug out from under our feet and experience genius breakthrough.

The two in the 120 degree trine aspect brings solid knowing and the fresh winds of change. Suddenly energy is available to create what we want, blast through set points or perceived obstacles, try new things that can be incorporated into a solid and sturdy structure.

WHERE this lands in your chart by house, where you have 25 Sagittarius and 25 Aries, indicates the area of life most likely to be receptive to the blast of creative evolution.

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If you want to learn more and find out how this aspect can boost your manifesting skills, join other GVA Members for access to the call recording, Kim & Jeannette. All calls and courses are free to GVA Circle Members, along with over 100 hours of recordings, lessons and workshops on astrology and manifesting.

See you in the comments.

xxKim


Jupiter into Scorpio

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Listen to the Call where we talk about Jupiter in Scorpio and what it means to you.

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Jupiter into Scorpio

As an astrological archetype, Jupiter is know as the ‘Greater Benefic' expanding horizons. In Scorpio, think expansion of authentic feelings.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself. –Laura Riding

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and is symbolic of large scale experiences. That's big wins, big times, big love. You get the picture. He is yang, optimistic, popular, expansive and generous. Happy!

Jupiter is anything that lifts our hopes, helps us aim high and shows us new horizons. But what’s really going on when we experience this energy is we begin to believe in ourselves. That’s what makes it happen.

The power of the vibrations of confidence, commitment and belief . . . can turn dark horses into champions, long shots into heroes and underdogs into top dogs.Jeannette Maw

Confidence means you believe in yourself and where Jupiter in Scorpio transits symbolizes where we can amp up that belief and make things bigger. Larger than life.

If it’s in your 5th house of romance, you’ll vibe self assured when meeting that hottie you’ve been ‘living’ to talk to. Suddenly your creative life is on fire. Why? Because you believe.

Jupiter in the 10th house can amplify the career. You might wake up with the confidence to walk out of a deadbeat job and land the one of your dreams. Belief in yourself breeds trust and respect, even a bit of awe!

Have a look at where Jupiter in Scorpio is transiting in your natal chart and let the sun shine in.

Questions, examples and comments welcome.


Dream Come True Astrology Call #3

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Thanks everyone for being on Dream Come True Astrology Call 3.

Listen to Call #1

Listen to Call #2

Listen to Call #3

Chat Notes with Links to charts.

The Thought Experiment

To recap, we talked about the thought experiment (based on the uncertainty principle) introduced in Call #2.   There were some great questions and examples. Listen to Call #2 above if you want a refresher, or are coming here for the first time. And, here is the link of the process as described by Dr. David Hawkens.

Our Relationship to Change

On call 3, we talked about how it's not super helpful to manifest our dreams come true only to hit the breaks because we're uneasy with change. This portion of the course asks that we put awareness on our relationship to change and how it helps or hinders the deliberate creation process. The check-ins are simple. What modality is on your angles (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable)? Your Moon? Look at the entire chart to get a feeling for your comfort zone with change. Example - Taurus as fixed earth is probably the most resistant to change, even change for the better. The opposite sign, Scorpio, is fixed as well and will hold on and hold on until change not only happens, it takes out whole city blocks in the process.

What is Uranian Energy?

Uranus, of course, is the symbol of radical change. For more details on this planet, listen to Module #8 of Transform with Transits – Transiting Uranus.

You'll also find basic info on natal Uranus in the Essentials course, Chart Reading like a Pro, Astrology for Deliberate Creators, and Revealing your Rock Star Entrepreneur. Check the Courses Tab to listen to any of these.

To review, Uranus feels disruptive because he breaks apart old patterns. He frees us from ruts and tolerations. Yes, it comes like a blast of unpredictable, radical, sudden energy and tips over our apple cart. Pulls the rug out from under us. This is the archetypal activation of change.

When you better understand how you related to change, especially Uranian, which feels 'out of our control', it will be easier to pre-pave new events in positive, creative ways. It may still be extreme. It may still pick up us and drop us far from where we started, but it's along our path, supporting our evolution.

Homework for Call 3

As an essential part of the manifesting process, let's not neglect to include a healthy relationship to change. It all starts by putting awareness on your natural comfort levels with this topic.

Wanting change is never a given!

Check out your chart and look objectively at how you feel when energy starts to shift. If you are new to astrology, or just want feedback, post in the comments. We'll check it out with you! And, let's continue with our thought experiment and see where it leads by the next full moon.

Happy manifesting, and discovery!

xxKim

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July Full Moon

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Hi Everyone, the July Full Moon at 17 degrees of Capricorn is upon us!

July New Moon Times

L A - July 8 - 9:07 pm
NY - July  9 - 12:07 am
LON - July 9 - 5:07 am
SYD - July 9 - 2:07 pm

Full Moon by Transit

Up until now, since the New Moon in Cancer on June 24th, you have probably been in a building up phase where you add to your projects, start new things, boost attention to established plans or even 'start over' in some area of life. Now, during the full moon phase, you integrate the fresh energy, releasing what isn't working and solidifying what is. In the Cancer-Capricorn dynamic, you want to find balance between successful career or outer life and secure, comfortable, nurturing home/inner life.

Because of the close contacts with Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto, you'll be emotionally invested. Full moons are about making decisions so we can advance along the path, especially if there's been a period of stasis and you want to get un-stuck.  With Pluto in Capricorn you may feel stronger than usual, more confident. More tenacious too, so be aware. Mars heats things up. You will want to get your way.

This energy could give you the confidence to make a choice that's been hovering in the background for some time. Trust that sure-fired feeling in your guts.

If you experience any level of rage or victim mode, give yourself a time out, and decide later, when the waters calm.

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The July Full Moon with natural houses. Note time is for AEST.

July Full Moon Tips

Remember, the full moon in Capricorn is conjunct Pluto, opposite sun (of course) and Mars, square Jupiter and sextile Neptune. It amps up the Sun/Mars-Jupiter-Pluto T-Square, wherever this is happening in your chart.

Notice any contrast you are feeling. Just notice, that's all.

Breathe, release, let go of any stress or angst. It's not a time to micromanage or try to 'fix' things or 'make them better.'

Be at peace with what is.

There are solutions and pathways that lead you forward, but you won’t see them until you show the grudge match the door.

Stop gnawing old bones and shake yourself free.

Step into to the high clean winds of release.

Not sure where to apply this drop the tolerations energy?

Let's talk about it here, in the comments.

If you want to take it further, focus on where this event is in your chart and practice total release of anger, resentment, frustration or disappointment in that area of life.

Basically, catch and release your judgments, of self and others.

Appreciate everything along the way. It’ll change your life.

Discussion

Can you see where is this happening in your chart? What houses? What aspects does the full moon make?

We'd love to hear your thoughts.

We'll be talking about this more on our next Align with the Stars Call! See you there.

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Solstice Dance

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The Solstice Dance

Happy mid-winter solstice in the southern hemisphere; mid-summer in the north. This is a time to celebrate, appreciate and feel gratitude for the blessings in life. Let's count them! Fuel our goals, aspirations and desires by honoring the connection to life, love, nurturing and joy. Make this whole week a an inner, and outer celebration.

Think of the Solstice Dance as a turning point, symbolic of endings and new beginnings. With the New Moon, Mercury and Chiron closely connected to the o degree Cancer sun (the solstice point), our intentions can magnify. If you focus this energy, there's nothing that can not be accomplished.

Technical Notes

In Astrology, two major things happen at the solstice.

1) the Sun is crosses the AP – the zero degree “Aries” point. What? The sun is nowhere near Aries. It’s 0 degrees of Cancer.

True, but all the Cardinal points of the zodiac, 0 Aries, 0 Cancer, 0 Libra and 0 Capricorn are collectively called the “Aries Point”. If you take a square piece of paper and fold it so each corner is in the same place, you’ll see why.

2) the sun crosses triggers the Draconic Nodes, releasing energy to move you along your path (especially if you know what that path is!).

If you want to fast track your abundance, creativity, well-being, love and enlightenment, then focus your thoughts this week, up to and through the New Moon in Cancer, for maximum results.

New Moon @2 Cancer

Los Angeles - June 23 - 7:31 pm
New York - June 23 - 10:31 pm
London -  June 24 - 3:31 am
Sydney - June 24 - 12:31 pm

Deliberate Creations tips for the Solstice Dance, from the JeanetteBecome a Skilled Receiver, I Am Statements 101, The Manifesting Exercise.

Using your Chart to Amp up Solstice Intentions

It's easy to use your chart to amp up your intentions. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Spot where the four 0 degree Cardinal signs are in your chart. Think greet, engage, give, receive. This is where you do your Solstice Dance of enthusiasm and joy!
  2. Hone in on 0 degrees of Cancer in your chart. Give it an 8 - 10 degree orb either way. (20 Leo to 10 Cancer). Any planets there? What house is the focus on? Transits to that house?
  3. Notice how you feel in this area of life, what you want and then relax about it. Let the universe do her thing!

Not sure how to find these positions in your natal chart? Pop in a comment and we’ll give you a hand.

Happy Solstice everyone!

xx Kim

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Align with Venus Rx 2017

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Hi Everyone, Let's talk about Venus Rx 2017.

audioListen in to the one hour call on Venus Rx with live examples.

 

pdf_downlaodLinks to example charts and CHAT notes here.

Venus Rx Technicalities

Venus Rx is short hand for Venus Retrograde. It means that, from the perspective of the earth, Venus is transiting backwards through the zodiac, in this case from  13 Aries back to 27 Pisces. This phenomenon happens about once every 18 months and is part of the cycle of Morning Star and Evening Star, ie, when Venus makes her switch. Read all the details on the Synodic Cycles of Venus. There is a quick video tutorial. Check how Venus creates the five pointed star in her travels around the sun.

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Jeannette and I are hosting a live call on Venus Rx, March 7th, 2017 at 5pm Eastern. We'll talk about the ins and outs of Venus, and retrograde planets in general, focusing on 'where' this is happening in your chart.

If you join in, we can look at your chart live, and take questions.

Check the Align with the Stars Calls schedule for details.

Things to do during Venus Rx

You want to go back to Taurus - the sign that knows what she wants. Joanne Whickenberg says, "When Venus is retrograde, it operates through Libra, so you look to others to give you a sense of your own personal worth. This generally doesn’t work, so you then have to go back and do the Taurus thing." To me, that means finding out what you really want, without prompting from others.

Are you doing what you love, or saving fun for a rainy day? Everyone benefits from reflecting on that right now.

Be open to seeing or hearing from people from your past, including exes. What have we learned?

As astrologer Caroline Casey always says, retrograde planets are like the arrow and the bow. The more you pull back, the further the Arrow will fly. That means if you take the TIME to reflect and refresh, restore and re-balance, during the Rx cycle, the stronger impact your intentions and desires will have as they shoot out into the world.

With that in mind, take this time to honor Venus in your chart, and where she is transiting by house (more details explored on the call). All things ruled by Venus, from desires to sensuality, relationships to money, are good places to start. See house by house tips below, but basically:

  • Sleep More
  • Find pleasure in everything
  • Appreciate food, money, love, connection, in all forms
  • Be in nature
  • Spend time with animal friends
  • Give yourself space to reflect
  • Have fun with friends, lovers, partners, strangers

pdf_downlaodReassessing your core values, partnerships and self-love habits bring the best results.

Things to put on pause during Venus Rx

Cosmetic surgery

Weddings

Makeovers

Shopping sprees

Remodeling (home makeover, website makeover, garden and landscaping, unless you've been planning prior to January 30th).

Decisions about long-term relationships (note: do drop any toxic relationship if you are 100% clear on the toxicity. Otherwise, wait until Venus Direct to take actions - same goes with getting back together with exes).

Decisions about short term relationship

Risky investments

Go further into debt

Venus Retrograde through the houses

First House -

Go through your closet and throw out or giveaway old clothes, but resist the urge to buy new ones just yet. Facials and body care are in, radical changes in hair color or length, or any cosmetic surgery is best put on pause. You want to reflect on your shop window, how you present yourself to the world, not change it completely.

Second House -

Take time out to reflect on your finances, what's in the bank and also the ways and means you support yourself. How are you moving towards self-sufficiency? Redo your core values list and ponder what has changed. Self-worth? Ruminate now; act later. The urge will lean towards extravagance. Definitely put the credit cards away, at least until mid-April.

Third House -

Connect to your consciousness, what you think, and that you think you think. How do you communicate your true self? Are you saying it like it is, or like you think they want to hear it? Are you true to yourself, or false? Let your sibling, or part-way related ppl into your awareness more. Tune into any persistent relationship patterns you have with yourself - self-talk?

Fourth House -

Family relationships, home ground and emotional security are everything right now. But, avoid putting energy into home repairs as a displacement for being with family members, listening to them, connecting resolving. If some of these relationships are old patterns, or toxic, keep your boundaries, and take action with Venus Direct. Parental issues? Get more sleep.

Fifth House -

Revisit old creative projects that have been sitting on the shelf. Have you a neglected idea that wants to come to life? Enjoy time with kids, or those young at heart; avoid deciding on new creative ventures, new babies, new love life. Review feelings for what you have experienced in the past. Get in touch with your heart.

Sixth House -

Tap into your core values around body, body love, health, nutrition and well being. Fitness? Strength? Fix old things (like dental cavities or leaky dog house). Save new work, if possible, for May or later. Any rituals around Venus and your desires are potent now, but check into core values before you ask for something you don't really want.

Seventh House -

This is your time to release old patterns when it comes to relationship. Reflect on what you love about partnership, not so much 'who' but the feelings and experiences that light you up. It's a perfect time so release toxic connections, letting them float away. Pause to consider any open enemies. What do they represent in you? Why are they in your life? What can you learn?

Eighth House -

Joint finances and resources, money owed and owing, come to the foreground. Check into your core values around collaboration, sex, and deeper motivations for your connections with others. Hold off on radical change, declarations, adventures and commitments. This is a time to re-evaluate, not rebuild, yet.

Ninth House -

This is a great time to dream big, explore ideas, expand beliefs, but realize you won't be acting on them yet. Travel and higher edu might feel like it's on pause, which is perfectly fine. Instead of chomping at the bit, take this time to explore what you want through imagination. The bigger you dream, the more territory you'll create once Venus goes direct.

Tenth House -

Career goals are up for evaluation, along with your relationship to the public. If you play a PR game, this will be a significant time of considering what works, what's worth keeping and what to let go. You always hang on to what's authentic. Experiment, test, but hold off on big sweeping changes for now. Prepare for insights into how others see you.

Eleventh House -

This is where friendships come into play. You may connect with those from the past, and revel in how much you have both changed, or stayed the same. Your relationship to groups, leading and being one of the many, rise up, so take a reading of where you stand. What's true for you. It's also great to explore your goals and wishes for the future. Again, dream in what you desire.

Twelfth House - 

In the 12th house we meet what sustains and/or undoes us. Our job is to find and feed the sustaining aspects of Aries (in this case) the independence, leadership. enthusiasm, confidence, bravery, without letting it become arrogant, conceited or tyrannical. With Venus Rx here, we meet others who represent our hidden side, the parts of ourselves we can't easily see. Use this time to give everyone the benefit of a doubt. Find compassion, openness and generosity. This is your relationship with your unconscious ... Dreams are everything.

Remember, Venus Rx supports re-evaluation of what we really want, for ourselves and in our relationships. Give some time over to this task.

audioSee you on the call!

inspiring-siamese-cat-smxxKim

PS. Jessica Shepherd has a free download called The Five Secrets of Venus - full of great astro and mythological insights to honor Venus.

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Enchanting Eclipses

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Hi Everyone,

Happy Enchanting Eclipses for February … and by enchanting, I mean life changing, awakening, releasing and actualizing. Your basic adjectives for MAGICAL.

Seriously, this season of the eclipse is shaping up as fabulous energy to leverage your desires. We can actually say, The force is with you.

What is an Eclipse?

Not just any old new or full moon!

An Eclipse happens when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up with the ecliptic (the apparent path the sun travels around the earth – this is the geocentric perspective). There are two kinds of eclipses:

The first occurs when the Moon stands between the Sun and Earth, cutting off the light of the Sun. This is a Solar Eclipse, and occurs only at the time of a new Moon, when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction near one of the Nodes (meaning it’s on the ecliptic).

Enchanting EclipsesThe second is when the Earth stands between the Moon and the sun, putting a shadow over the moon, cutting off its light. This is a Lunar Eclipse, and occurs only at the time of a Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in opposition, close to the Moon’s nodes.

Here is a quick tutorial about the transits of the moon. At 4 min you can see a visual demonstration of the phenomenon of an eclipse.

For a deeper astronomical understanding of the cycles of eclipses, click on the NASA images.

Back to our enchanting eclipses….

Eclipse Times

Here are the times of the upcoming eclipses. Just note with the ‘timing’ of eclipses they can be felt 3 days before to 3 days after OR (and this goes into backward causation) 30 days (+ or – 3 days) BEFORE or 30 days (+ or – 3 days) AFTER. We’ll do an entire course on astrology and backward causation this year, if we have the requests).Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 9.05.39 AM

LUNAR ECLIPSE @22 LEO 28′

LA – Feb 10 – 4:33 pm

NY – Feb 10 – 7:33 pm

LON – Feb 11 – 00:33 am

SYD – Feb 11 – 11:33 am

SOLAR ECLIPSE @8 PISCES 12′

LA – Feb 26  – 6:58 am

NY – Feb 26  – 9:58 am

LON – Feb 26  – 2:58 pm

SYD – Feb 27 – 1:58 am

NZ – Feb 27 – 3:58 am

Why Enchanting?

I’m calling these eclipses enchanting because of the positive, supportive and flowing aspects created on the Lunar Eclipse. You can check out Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus below. These heavy weights of the horoscope are standing by for YOUR instructions, ready and willing to serve. On the Solar Eclipse, Neptune is conjunct the sun and moon, near exact. You can’t get more magical than that!

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What to Do on the Enchanting Eclipses?

Magic.

You do your magical manifesting by putting awareness on 1) what you desire 2) see how it is already here 3) relax, let go and be grateful.

I like to start with WHERE in the chart the eclipse is happening. What house(s). You can look at your natal chart houses, and also the solar houses (see Solar Chart Solutions). They count! As an example, take a look at my natal chart in the gallery below.

The lunar eclipse has the moon on Pluto, conjunct the Ascendant in the 12th house, and sun in the 6th house. I am putting attention on how my (perhaps past life) struggles for power and creative expression were unresolved, effecting my identity, my health and well being and my ability to go about the day to day biz of living. Can you see where I get that?

This enchanting eclipse is inviting me to release (full moon lets go; new moon initiates) any past patterns, especially around creative self-expression. In my solar chart (which puts the sun sign on the ascendant) has the eclipse in the 3rd and 9th, still on Pluto. And here I am, writing to a deadline, working day and night on a project that is bigger than anything I ever dreamed of. There’s opportunity here, to let go and allow.

I’m open to your ideas!

So, let’s put our thoughts in the comments, and hands up if you want to post your chart and talk about WHERE this is happening for you.

Happy Enchanting Eclipses, everyone!

xxxKim

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Shadowscape Tarot - Align with the Stars

Align with the Stars Calls 2017

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Hi Everyone,

This is the ongoing chat for our Align with the Stars call 2017. You can access them on the Align CALLS page.

JANUARY Align with the Stars Calls

Jeannette Maw and I talked about the January - February 2017 Astro weather including Mercury Rx - Direct and the Full Moon Grand Cross. Exciting events! We've included a checklist for getting the most out of this powerful Full Moon. We also looked a quite a few individual chart as examples. It will help you learn how to work with these transits on your own, and with others charts.

Basically, we are looking at amping up self-love where you find the Full Moon at 22 Cancer. Then opposite, we are encouraging you tap into your core ambitions and goals where you find the Sun at 22 Capricorn. We also look at dropping tolerations were you find 22 Libra, Jupiter's position at this time. And finally, with Uranus at 20 Aries, you go there to discover where you need to take control, be the boss.

Links to Charts used on the Call

pdf_downlaodTranscripts of the Chat

Our monthly "Align with the Stars" calls are a chance for everyone to learn how to put astrology and the Law of Attraction into practice. All welcome to the live gathering. Come check out our community!

Feel free to listen and/or join in, ask questions or simply stream online.

If you want to use you chart as an example, upload your chart to the GVA Gallery before the call.

Check the Align with the Stars Calls page for our next live call. If you need help with Talkshoe, check our notes on how to join, create your My Talkshoe account and have an easy time with this conferencing platform.

Please post comments and questions here!

See you in the discussion.

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Telling a New Story 2017

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

octavia_butlerHi Everyone, ready to amp up 2017 with a fine tuned, astro-tailored new story?

It’s the end of the year, and with 2017 a few days away, we can all think about telling a new story. 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 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!

 

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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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Solar and Planetary Returns

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to look at Solar Returns in particular right now. This is the birthday chart, the perfect horoscope to read on or near your birthday. You can also to a demi-return at the halfway mark. Today we have an example for both the annual solar return and the demi return.

If you want a solar return reading from Kim, check out the options at the Astrology Shop Page.

If you want to take our GVA Exploring Planetary Return Course, check it out here. In it is a rundown on Solar Returns.

For everyone, below is a quick review. Skip straight to the examples if you are current and ready to rip.

6 Minute Audio-Video tutorial on Planetary Returns

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What are Solar Return Charts?

There are many astrological techniques that take the horoscope beyond its basic natal form. We can do progressions, transits, synastry, draconic, harmonics, composites, directions and more. And, we can do RETURN CHARTS!

A return is a chart drawn for the moment in time a natal planet returns to its exact birth position after completing a full orbit through the zodiac.

The MOON returns about every 28.5 days giving 13 LUNAR RETURNS a year. These charts portray inner and outer events from the perspective of feelings, emotions, security and survival.

Ever wonder why people say “Many happy returns” on your birthday? This is the return of the SUN to its exact birth position! Every 365 days, we have a Solar Return, occurring the day before, of, or after the birth date.

Solar and Planetary Returns

Solar returns portray inner and outer events based on individuation, the art of becoming who we are meant to be! It is like a preview of coming attractions for the new solar year.

MERCURY (mental and communicative) and VENUS (socially significant relationships and values) also return once a year within a month or so of the birthday.

MARS returns every 2 years. These charts generally reflect work, healthy aggression and basic energy.

The ASTEROIDS(between Venus and Jupiter) vary between 1 year to close to 12 years in their orbits. 433 Eros returns every 1.76 years, and describes experiences of erotic transformation. 16 Psyche returns every 5 years, and is about attuning to another through extrasensory abilities. 4450 Pan, returning every 3 years, is about raw creative energy, carnal drives and “panic” that leads to change. 4 Vesta, returning every 3.63 years, is about devotion, ritual, dedication to beliefs and sex as spiritual transformation.

JUPITER returns every 12 years, and has to do with our search for meaning and purpose, confidence and creative will.

SATURN returns every 28-29 and can reflect our sense of responsibility, maturity and power to build material foundations.

CHIRON and the other Centaurs return about every 51 years or more (for Kuiper Belt objects). Chiron returns are about healing, teaching and the preparation of the hero. How will we be heroic in this later stage of life?

URANUS returns every 84 and connects us with out sense of freedom, audacity and willingness to step outside of boundaries. Neptune and Pluto return every 164 years and 248 respectively. These outer planets do not return in the known span of a human life.

Sedna returns ever 11,000 years or so; clearly not applicable for this technique!Solar, Lunar, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn return charts are the most frequently used, though any return (or demi-return, or phase return) can be valuable. The major planet returns give the broad strokes, the asteroid returns add subtle and fine details.

Creating a Planetary Return without an astro program

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As in all techniques, practice and experience brings a natural flow and familiarity. Here are some guidelines:

Return charts “last” from the moment of the return (or a bit before) until the following one. If you are doing a Venus return and the planet goes retrograde across the birth position a month later, a new return chart is created. When it goes direct across the birth point, another return is drawn.

Any return chart is read against the backdrop of the natal chart, not in isolation.

Location may be set for the birth place or the current residence. I use the birth place though other astrologers prefer re-location. Experiment for yourself on this.

Consider the orientation of the planet you are returning. A Venus return isn’t going to tell you a lot about meaning, purpose, knowledge and wisdom, but it can indicate social interactions, partnerships and changing values.

Lunar returns are great for feelings, but not so much about responsibilities in the pragmatic world.

Pay special attention to the returns of your chart ruler—the planet that rules the sign on your Ascendant. (I use traditional rulerships for this—Scorpio-Mars, Aquarius-Saturn, Pisces-Jupiter).

Suggested Steps

1. Look at the overall pattern of the return chart. Is it a splash, indicating diverse interests and activities? Is it a bundle pattern, suggesting a focus of interest in the occupied houses? Check the hemispheric emphasis. How does this correlate to the natal patterns? If the person has a natal sew-saw pattern and has a return chart bowl pattern, how comfortable will they be with it?

2. Look at the orientation of the signs emphasized. What is the strongest modality? Element? Polarity? What’s missing? How does that related back to the natal chart? Someone who has a natal emphasis in Cardinal Fire may have a lot to learn about practicality if the return chart emphasizes Fixed Earth. Take the declinations into consideration too! (And the Dwads)

3. What sign is on the Return Ascendant? That will bring the corresponding natal sign/house to the foreground, giving it first house importance. What houses are occupied? Stelliums? Where does the Natal Ascendant degree fall in the Return chart?

4. Look at the signs on the cusps. They indicate needs and drives and offerings. Aries in the return chart is where we want to start something new. Taurus is where we ground things practically. Gemini is where we get curious and want to learn. Think of each house as an area of life and the sign on the cusp as a symbol of the orientation, needs and wants in relationship to that area of life.

5. Check the aspects in the return chart. A lot of oppositions could indicate the need for objectivity and choices. Trines could coincide with ease or even lack of drive. Squares are struggles that get things moving. Look back at the natal chart to see how the solar return aspects compare. How will a natal Venus/Mars conjunction handle a solar return Venus/Mars opposition?

6. Place the return planets in the natal chart and read as a transit chart, then put them back in the return chart to interpret as the outcome of those transits.

7. Check the Lunar nodes, the house placement of the return planet in both return and natal charts (Sun in solar returns, Moon in Lunar returns etc.), interceptions, the house placement of the ruler of the return chart, both natal and return, any planets rising in the return chart (natal or return) and aspects between the return and natal planets and points. You can also look at the vertex, some Arabic parts, midpoints, asteroids and fixed stars. Keep orbs tights!

Example Solar Return

First let's look at Janette's Solar Return. What are the first few things that suggest a fabulous new solar year? To start with, what house comes to the foreground? What chart tone? Chart pattern? Rising planets? Me us in the comments to unravel the mystery.

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Example Demi Solar Return

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Kim's Natal Chart

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Solar Return Declination Table

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Zero Degree Aries Point

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to re-post about the Zero Degree Aries point as we have strong activation there via Mercury Direct, Rx and Direct in Dec-Jan 2017, various transiting midpoints in 2017. If this is activating anything you your chart, let's discuss. I know these midpoint transits will be lighting up four different houses, if nothing else.

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Review from earlier post on FalconAstrology.com

ariesWhat is the ZERO Degree Aries Point? The Aries point, or vernal equinox in the tropical zodiac, is a NODE. It marks the place where the sun crosses the equatorial plain going north. Think of it as a Sun/earth node, as opposed to the Lunar nodes which involve the Sun/earth/Moon).

In the Uranian system, the Aries Point, or AP, also links to zero degrees of all the cardinal signs (as seen on a 90 degree dial). Every chart—natal, progressed or horary—has the AP at exactly the same zero degrees, yet each chart will be unique as far as the house placement of this degree and the planets and other points that relate to it. Think of the AP as a 0 degree cardinal cross involving Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

What is the significance of the AP?

The AP represents a movement (cardinal) from an inner quality to an outer manifestation. It orients us towards the world at large—society, public events and all relationships propelled from the individual to the collective. Sometimes it represents a "spectacular out rush of energies... and involvement with the world at large" Celest Teal

The AP also seems to relate to meetings with those famous, respected or expert in their field.

aries As the first degree of Aries, this point suggest how our “will to be”, or sense of I AM, moves out from the subjective and into manifest reality.

cancerAs the first Degree of Cancer, this point suggest how our need to love and nurture, our sense of “I Feel”, moves from the subjective into the world.

libraAs the first degree of Libra, this placement says, “I relate”, suggesting how our drive to interact with others in socially significant ways moves from our inner world and out towards other individuals.

capricornAs the first degree of Capricorn, this placement says, “I produce”, suggesting how our urge to bring tangible results moves from “self” to society as a whole.

Isabel Hickey  said that it the AP is the initial point where the spirit incarnates, the starting point of the SELF. By house and aspect contact, the AP indicates how we project out into the public, meeting life in distinct ways that the collective recognizes, acknowledges (or judges) and remembers us by.
What does it mean if a planet or point conjuncts the AP?

Don McBroom calls the AP the Power behind dominant traits and public projection. He says, “…the AP can be an indicator of an individual's Potential for Public Projection. Often this measurement was uncannily related to the person's claim to fame or for what they will be remembered. When there was direct contact between a specific Planet or Point (i.e. Ascendant or Midheaven) and the AP (within a two-degree orb), there was frequently a distinguishable relationship with the energies traditionally associated with that planet that was publicly observable in the individual.

Read his article at: http://www.noeltyl.com/techniques/010130.html

When a planet or point conjuncts the AP the nature and energy drive of that planet has the added thrust or urge to express collectively. It may also represent what the public at large recognize most readily in us, or remember us for.

Sun-AP Can mean our energy, vitality and drive seeks to express through society. People see us for our solar qualities and we propel our creative drive into the collective. The famous individual.

Moon-AP Suggests that our inner world of feelings, reflections and intuition expresses in public ways, and these qualities are noticed by the collective. The famous psychic.

Mercury-AP Can mean our intellect, thoughts and ways of communicating capture the public eye. We are recognized as being witty, bright, mercurial, and clever. The famous writer.

Venus-AP Can mean our sensual, accommodating ability to connect and bond with others moves out into a greater social arena. People see us for our capricious, artistic and ingratiating qualities. The famous artist.

Eros-AP Suggests our passionate desire for erotic transformation is noticed by the collective. People see our potent energy as tantalizing or threatening, according to their own views. The famous courtesan.

Mars-AP Suggests our assertive, direct and action oriented qualities grab the attention of society. We are seen as commanding, raw and imposing. The famous warrior.

Jupiter-AP Can mean our leadership qualities, expansiveness, optimism and call for justice capture the attention of the collective. We are seen for our vision, immensity, and joviality. The famous world leader.

Saturn-AP Suggests our ability to build tangible results through persistent and sustained effort is highlighted by public acclaim. We are seen for our ambition, caution and pragmatic detail. The famous corporate director.

Chiron-AP suggests renown for our ability to teach, understand, strive for the impossible and restore compassion. We are seen as a healer for those who have lost faith or are in despair. The famous Guru.

Uranus-AP suggests our ability to make sudden changes, rebel against dogmatic convictions and break out of the safety zone is noticed by society. We are seen as surprising, inventive and inspiring. The famous revolutionary.

Neptune-AP The longing for the divine and the desire to merge with the collective unconscious is captured by the projection of society. We are seen as the public want to see us. The famous movie star.

Pluto-AP The ruthless drive for power and control is noticed socially as it wrestles with the need to plumb the depths of the unconscious mind. We are seen for our potent qualities, the dark hero who can be transformed. The famous eccentric.

Ascendant-AP Being known for personality traits and interactions in the world. Having famous friends!

Midheaven-AP Known for social achievement through career, mission or profession. Working with famous people!

North Node-AP Being known for following the path to the future. Having a famous guide!

South Node-AP Being known for redeeming the path of the past. Being a guide to others.

What Orb is used with the AP?

Orbs are always controversial. Some astrologers use a 2 degree orb, allowing anything from 28 degrees of the mutable signs to 2 degrees of the Cardinal. I use a little tighter, say 1.5 degrees either way. As in all things, if it acts like it is in orb, then it probably is! Still, the idea here is to keep it tight.

How is the AP different from the MC and the Asc?

The ASCENDANT describes the way we put ourselves out into the world: “Hey, this is my personality! This is how I initiate things and assert myself. This is how I look.” Isabel Hickey said the Ascendant was the window through which we view the world and that seems to work both ways. It is often the way the world sees us, on a PERSONAL level. Think of Aries as the natural ruler of the Ascendant and first house with its emphasis on personal self-awareness. This is Me, Here Now!

The MIDHEAVEN is not personal, like the Ascendant. It is public. It has to do with our social standing, career in life, mission or profession. Now, instead of personal appearances (Asc.) we are in the realm of PUBLIC APPEARANCES. This is our social identity and often reflects how we interact with “the public” or the collective. The Asc. is individual identity, the MC is social identity. Think of Capricorn as natural ruler of the MC with the Sea-goat’s ambitious, pragmatic (and sometimes mystic), social awareness.

The Ascendant is always that moment of ascension, and the MC is a moment of culmination. The AP, however, can occur anywhere in the 365 degrees! It is always 0 Aries but where it falls is unique to us (if we know our birth time!)

By contrast to the Asc and MC, the AP is a solar node. It’s energy is about INSTIGATION, beginnings, and action, not in terms of personal needs and drives or even for career or profession, but for Solar manifestation and distinction.

It is not so much how you see the world or leap (or tip toe) into activity (Ascendant) and not so much what you will encounter and express as you pursue your social ambitions or mission in life (MC). The AP isn’t so much how we interact with society (MC) but how and WILL the world see us! It can indicate the relative “fame” of an individual (or infamy) and how society at large or world events may effect our lives.

We are not all touched equally by these kinds of things! The AP has to do with who, or what, in society, we notice and, like the two way window of the Asc., who or what will notice us. According to the Uranian School, the AP is also our concept of the world, people in the public life and our approach to manifest reality!

What about the house(s) where the AP is found?

The AP is literally, and symbolically, the point where the spirit (SUN) enters manifest reality (EARTH). For everyone, that is an ARIES thing (or a cardinal thing: action, initiation, inauguration). WHERE that initiation of spirit into matter occurs, is what becomes important. What house is it in? What area of life will evoke the feeling of connection to and action with the collective? The answer here tells us where it is we “begin” in relationship to the world at large.

What about midpoints that include the AP?

The authors of "Working with Astrology" state that the Aries Point and the midpoints to it were considered by Alfred Witte to be of great importance in every chart, and next in importance only to the MC.(page 437). For Robert Hand the Aries Point, which was used by the Greeks and also in the beginnings of our modern horoscopic astrology, is very subtle. “It isn´t an energy supply like a real planet but it is considered like the last one because it forms aspects and it can be the focus for the combinations of midpoints”.(Horoscope Symbols", Robert Hand)

The AP is the connection to the world in general, our link to manifest reality. To unravel what this means, look at the CLOSEST planet or mid-point between 28 degrees of mutable and 2 degrees of cardinal signs in your chart. What would that be? What does that say about your relationship to society? How do they see you?

What about Transits or progressions to the AP?

Transits to the AP awaken the way and means of projection out into the collective, tending to indicate events more public than private, more famous than obscure.To unravel the meaning of transits to the AP, start by observing the planets, asteroids or points that are transiting. What dose that transit want to wake up? What does it need? What does it have to offer? Answers to these questions will help in understanding what the AP means in practical terms, and how that applies to the immediate moment.

Quick Review and summary

Not sure how to find the Aries Point in your chart? Here are the quick step tutorials to get you there!

Chart of the character James Bond with the Zero degree Aries Point highlighted in the 7th house

Chart of the character James Bond with the Zero degree Aries Point highlighted in the 7th house

1) Create your chart online

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

aries3) Look for the Aries glyph -  and remember the signs run counter clockwise around the chart. In the case of James Bond, on the right, 8 Aries rules (sits on) the 8th house cusp, so we go back 8 degrees into the 7th house to find 0 Aries (8-8 = 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) your inner warrior. For bond, this would probably mean facing ‘open enemies’ or taking over direction in a partnership.

Comments and chart examples welcome!

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Parallel Aspects

Parallel AspectsHi Everyone, curious about Parallel Aspects?

Technically, that's 'Parallel and Contra-Parallel of Declination' aspects.

It's a mouthful, but I have a quick video tutorial to cover the astronomy involved. Don't worry if it doesn't sink in straight away. There won't be a quiz. We'll cover questions in the comments, and focus more on the practical results of having a parallel or contra-parallel aspect.

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Learn about Parallel Aspects of Declination

Parallel Aspects Defined

The Parallel Aspect of Declination is formed between two or more planets with the same declination or distance north or south of the ecliptic. If the planets are both North or both South of the ecliptic, the parallel aspect is read as a conjunction. If they are the same declination but one is North and one is South, then the contra-parallel is read as a 180 degree opposition.

using parallel aspects in astrologyThese aspects are strongest when the orb is kept to 1 degree or less, so unlike a square where we allow up to 10 degrees of orb, the parallels are allowed 1 or maybe 1.25 degrees.

Why are Parallel Aspects Important?

Parallels connect planets that may not otherwise be in aspect. They also magnify the intensity of any other aspect between the two planets or points involved. So if you have Mars sextile Saturn AND Mars parallel Saturn, you have a whole lot of Mars/Saturn contact going on.

The best way to get a handle on this is by example so everyone can get out their chart. (You can upload yours in the gallery, if you are a GVA Circle Member or Registered for the free, Open Membership, if you want to share, ask or discuss.) When you get your chart up you will see a list called 'declination' on the ‘additional tables (PDF)' option. If you are using another program or an ephemeris, look for the list of daily ‘declinations’.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-20-42-pmThey will look like this: 20°35’27” N (the N is for North. North is also represented by a + and South by a -). Make a list of any planets that are within one degree of declination + or - in your natal chart. If both are + or both – they are parallel. If one is + and the other – they are contra-parallel.

Examples

For example I have the Pluto at 23°17’46” N declination and the Jupiter at 23°21′ 7″ N so Jupiter and Pluto are parallel. They form wide sextile aspect by sign, so this parallel is an additional emphasis, pulling them into closer contact. Make sense?

We use the parallel and contra-parallel to discover planetary connections. It's also important in transits.

To demonstrate, here is a list or outer planet declination right now. Check to see if these are in aspect (1 degree orb) to any of your natal degrees.

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Also, check your declination list for natal parallels and contra-parallels. They also progress and can be used in return charts, horary, event charts, etc. If you use them in your synastry chart comparisons, you'll find connections otherwise missed.

Give a shout if you want some help. I or other declination savvy GVA'ers will lend a hand.

You can take a screenshot of your declination list from astro.com and post that in the gallery too.

See you in the comments.

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Solar Chart Solutions

Solar Charts

Hi Everyone, I want to share a technique I think you will find very useful. The Solar Chart!

A Brief History of Solar Chart Astrology

Solar Chart, AKA Solar Houses, Sun Sign Houses or even Sun Sign Astrology. It’s used in both eastern and western schools, with tropical, sidereal or Draconic zodiacs. Solar Charts were developed by ancient astrologers, went underground, then resurfaced in the 1930s when horoscope columns started appearing in newspapers and magazines.

You can use Solar Charts  as a handy way to create a birth horoscope when there is an unknown birth time, or, as a predictive tool. It's also a cool way to look at daily transits. You definitely want to get a handle on this if you’re going to write sun sign columns!

Solar Charts are simple, easy and effective. Here’s what you need to know.

Creating the Solar Chart

Solar charts are created by putting the natal sun sign on the Ascendant and using whole houses from there.

For example, if you are a Leo with Scorp rising in the Placidus house system, in the solar house system you would place zero degrees of Leo (the Sun sign) on the Ascendant. Zero Virgo is on the 2nd house cusp, zero Libra on the third and so on. If you are a sun in Aquarius, then zero Aquarius goes on the Ascendant, zero Pisces on the 2nd house, zero Aries on the 3rd and so on.  Whatever sign of the zodiac the Sun is in, zero degrees of that becomes the first house, and then zero degrees of the sign after that becomes the second house, right around the clock. Try that right now with your own chart.

Practice Makes Perfect

Task #1 Hand drawn your solar houses chart, placing the planets where they fall with zero degrees of your sun sign as the Ascentant. It might be only marginally different, or maybe wildly different!

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There doesn’t appear to be an option for Solar Houses in Astro.com’s drop-down box, but hand working charts is a wonderful practice and connects you to the symbols by drawing them in. You can down-load and print this blank wheel, or google one of your choice,

NOTE: The technique of putting the Sun sign on the ascendant to create a whole sign house system can be done with ANY of the planets. Your Venus houses puts zero degrees of your Venus sign on the ascendant and then zero degrees of the next sign on the 2nd house … your Mercury houses puts your Mercury sign on the Ascendant (which is always the sigh before, the sign of or the sign after the sun), the Saturn houses puts your Saturn sign on the Asc etc. Each planetary house chart can be used to understand more how the nature of that planet sits in your chart. You’ll see the Solar Houses most often though as the significance of the Sun in our culture (distinction, individuality, life purpose) is elevated.

How does the Solar Chart House System Work?

If you want to write the horoscopes for the day, you do a Solar Chart for noon that day for EACH sign. So there is a chart with Aries on the Ascendant, Taurus Ascendant, Gemini Ascendant etc. Practicing astrologers will do one for Aries and ‘turn the wheel’ to place each signs on the Ascendant, but effectively there is a solar chart for each sign.

Below is the example of the full moon done as a solar chart for Aries and one for Taurus. I didn’t create all 12 sign solar houses, but you get the idea of ‘turning the wheel’.

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In writing a horoscope column, one approach is to focus on the solar houses that the sun and moon fall in for each sign: Aries has this lunar event in the 2nd and 8th so we might talk about core values and shared resources. “Money troubles with and ex . . .” With Taurus’ solar house chart, it’s right on the Ascendant so personal desires versus share desires are highlighted. It might be “Partnerships shine a light on your happiness meter …”

If you want to really study how this works, do a chart for noon each day, put 0 Aries on the Ascendant and ‘turn the wheel’ for each sign as you read Mystic’s horoscopes. Try this yourself, writing your own take, to practice interpreting the daily planets. It’s a valuable exercise.

What else can you say about April 22nd for Aries versus Taurus?

What is Mars Rx doing in these solar charts, for example? Where will Mercury go retrograde? The Venus/Uranus conjunction? Ideas?

Solar Chart Houses for natal readings and transits “predictions”

You can play with your own solar houses with transits, checking where major events are occurring by house. For example, I have Mars Rx in my 4th house using the (usual) Placidus system, but in my solar houses it’s going through my 7th! And guess what? I can relate to home energy AND partnership energy!  You can also look at solar versus traditional ascendant charts for natal interpretations.

Don’t think of one being ‘better’ than the other or one being ‘right; and the other being ‘wrong’. Both give us information but with a different emphasis.

You will be amazing at how accurate Solar House Charts can be.

More Examples

Here are two charts of Judy Garland to compare, one done in the Placidus system and the other in the Solar House system. The Solar Chart turns the wheel, but not by much. She still has Uranus in the 10th, but let’s look at the placement of the personal planets to start with.

In her Placidus chart she has Cancer rising and oh boy  . . . she had that watery, emotional, warmth . . . people would say she always looked like she was about to cry when she sang, even uplifting songs. Very Cancer/Kataka ‘shop window’. We might say that Venus in the first house gave her incredible charm, and the 12th house sun, perhaps, expressed through her times institutionalized … the drug abuse and depression (which is of course is only one way a 12th house sun might find to express, but the 12th does represent hospitals and institutions).

Judy Placidus

Now let’s check the Solar chart – The stellium of planets in her 2nd house speaks of her VOICE as a talent. Here the sun is in the first house and on stage, people saw her as extremely versatile, flighty, unpredictable.

Her Placidus house chart has Cappy ruling the 7th and the Part of Fortune there which might suggest long-term, enduring and committed relationships in business and marriage. But the Solar chart tells another story. Mars in the 7th in Saggo certainly isn’t always violent/cruel partners but Judy had 5 marriages and reported such aggression in more than one. Where Saggo is in the chart, things expand (more than one?) Don’t fence me in?) and Mars, well, he is the god of war. Maybe she could have partnered with a martial arts academy director and found success and delight, but that’s not the way she went.

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Transits to Solar Chart Houses

Note that in March 1955, when Judy was up for an Academy Award for her performance in A Star is born, Jupiter was conjunct her Venus, Saturn trine her Venus. In the Placidus chart it occurred in the first house, angular and full of portend of success. Everyone expected her to win. But in her Solar Houses we see it falls in the 2nd of core values and self esteem. It was a shock to everyone that she didn’t win the award. At the time, she was in hospital having just given birth to a son. Perhaps the Solar Chart reflects a different kind of success and purpose.

She died of a barbiturate overdose at age 47 with Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto conjunct in the 4th house, either chart. As Jupiter represent expansion, freedom and new horizons, I like to think that Judy Garland found a welcome home.

The best way to understand the Solar Houses system is to use it. Let’s start now with your own charts. Check your house positions of personal planets and compare/contrast. Take a current transits (Venus/Uranus conjunct in Aries perhaps) and check where that is in both solar and Placidus houses.

Report your findings, questions and comments below.

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