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Mercury Rx 2017

Screen Shot 2017-08-12 at 10.40.10 AMMercury Rx August 13 - September 5

Hey everyone! I'm boosting the Mercury Rx post to the top so we can all share our experiences.

As per Mercury Rx Astro-LOA Flash - Drop the sails and relax into a becalmed phase with Mercury Retrograde. Yes, Mercury, messenger of the gods, is Stationary/Rx in Virgo, then moves backwards into Leo until Sept 5. It's a time to rethink your steps, reconsider offers, reflect on your choices and redo where necessary. Sure, mechanics and technology can go a bit haywire, communications, keys, tickets, bookings, contracts, letters and words too. Don't fight it. Reflect. This is a time of readjustment. Tally ho!

Quick Note: Within minutes of me posting this, power went out in the laundry room, causing a fuse to blow that took out the entire block. Waiting for the electrician now .... you have to love this, right? Mercury is Rx in my first (appearances? not great when you can't wash clothes!) and going back over my Asc into the 12th. OH and don't forget to look at your SOLAR HOUSES. This is my SOLAR Fourth House  - power out in the HOME!

Here are the Mercury Rx Details

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Graph from Cafe Astrology.

Screen Shot 2017-08-12 at 9.07.27 AMYou can see that the HOT degrees are between 28 Leo and 11 Virgo. Ring a bell? 28 Leo is the degree of the total solar eclipse later this month. If you have ANYTHING within 7 degrees of this point (21 Leo to 5 Virgo) it will be LIT UP.

How can you honor this the planet, point or house involved? Pre-pave the experience you want and see where it takes you.

Mercury Rx through the houses

This is where you want to contemplate, rethinking your previous ideas, approach or beliefs.

First - Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life

Second - $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind

Third - Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting

Fourth - Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground

Fifth - Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance

Sixth - Health, pets, daily routine, magic

Seventh - Socially significant relationships, contracts

Eighth - sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust

Ninth - New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW

Tenth - Career, mission, profession, public relations

Eleventh - Friends, goals for the future, groups

Twelfth - unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states

Remember, Mercury Retrograde is not a time to push forward until you reTHINK your goals and actions. AFTER the 5th of September, the energy starts to free up and move forward at a better clip, but it doesn't clear the zone until the 19th of September. Full steam ahead then!

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Mercury Rx is Trickster energy.

The trickster comes along when we are stuck, feeling trapped, or out of touch with authenticity of SELF. When we get into such a state, sooner or later the Trickster will blow the doors and windows open so we can breathe fresh air again.

When the Trickster shows up, an experience of synchronicity is at hand, but it can seem, at first, like strife.

Like in the story of the uninvited guest ...

Thanks to Walt Disney, we are familiar with Sleeping Beauty.  Although the focus is on Prince Charming, love’s first kiss, and HEA, the action of the tale comes from the curse of the uninvited guest. The 13th fairy.  It is this neglected enchantress that causes the entire kingdom to fall into unconsciousness.  (Where 'kingdom = Self).

The message has to do with neglect and the kinds of synchronicities evoked by the 'Trickster'.

This is not a reference to neglecting health, diet or exercise and then suffering the physical consequences.  It's about neglecting the needs of our inner world and the consequences of the oversight.

Mercury Rx can be a time where neglected content of the psyche comes up into consciousness. Look the the house(s) Mercury is transiting backwards through for hints on what this content might be.

Feel free to post questions and comments here.

Happy Mercury Rx and Eclipse Season!

xxKimmy

 

 

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Ready for the Eclipse Season?

The August 2017 Eclipse Season is upon us!

Here's a short talk on both Lunar and Solar Eclipses.

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Eclipse Season Gifts in Perspective

In ancient times, eclipses were linked to dramatic events, political, geological, 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 partial lunar eclipse on Aug 7th/8th:

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

For the total solar eclipse on Aug 21st/22nd:

  1. Look at your natal chart (created on Astro.com or your fav software)
  2. Check where 28 degress of Leo is in your chart
  3. Look at that HOUSE to open to the kick-ass fresh start on offer

Partial Lunar Eclipse August 7th/8th

The full moon on August 7th/8th is a partial eclipse, not as potent because of the wide orb to the Nodes (10 degrees!) It still has loads of energy ready to tap. It throws a beam to Jupiter and Mars, combining Moxie with opportunity. Because Mercury is about to turn Rx, you want to treat this as a consolidating time. What can you wrap up? Complete? Feel satisfied with? Remember the check the houses for areas of life you can count your blessings. This is at time to look on the bright side, and be open to major improvements.

To find where to observe the partial eclipse, go here.

PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE @15 AQUARIUS 25'
L.A. – Monday 11.11

NEW YORK – Monday 14.11
LONDON – Monday 19.11
SYDNEY – Tuesday 4.11

Total Solar Eclipse August 21st/22nd

The powerhouse eclipse of August is on the 21st/22nd. This is a TOTAL solar eclipse (New Moon) with the North Node only 3 degrees away. Basically bang on! The house that holds 28 degrees of Leo is where you point. Be ready to change up your look, attitude and perspective here. The more you go into transform-for-the-better mode, the more benefits you'll receive. Start practicing now by breathing deeply, taking in every experience and feeling grateful.

This eclipse pulls in powerful allies: It squares Mars and trines Uranus, gods of initiation and radical reinvention. Technical Note - The Moon goes VOC at the moment of the eclipse meaning those links to Mars and Uranus are already over by the time of the event. If you've done your house work, been honest with yourself and others and are not repressing your true desires, this is going to be a blast of 'new beginnings' mojo!

To find where to observe the total solar eclipse, go here.

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE @28 LEO 53'

L.A. – Monday 11.30
NEW YORK – Monday 14.30
LONDON – Monday 19.30
SYDNEY – Tuesday 4.30

Prep for the Eclipse Season Gifts

Ways to prepare for the eclipse opportunities include:

  1. clean and decutter
  2. clear the air emotionally
  3. get more rest
  4. boost your nutrition
  5. find time to exercise
  6. appreciate what is
  7. amp up self love

Let's talk more about this in the comments.

Happy eclipse season gifts!

See you in the comments!

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Karma Course Synasty - Homework #5

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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Karma Course Synastry where we look at the 'karma' or vibration patterns between two people. Before you start the homework, be sure to listen to the call. It is available with the entire series for DL or listening on Talkshoe.

Call #5 Homework Resources

  1. Synastry Charts Tutorial Youtube  - 8 minute video
  2. Manifesting Romance  - People as Mirrors - 1 hour call
  3. Chart Reading Like a Pro - Love Relationships - 1 hour call
  4. Transcripts of Karma Course Synastry call - PDF

We didn't talk about the Vertex on the call, but I find it significant too in drawing people into our lives that match a patter, or awaken one. Check the post here, and see if you spot any vertex connections in the synastry (accurate birth time is essential).

"...Meetings with significant people, as seen through synastry and composite charts, may also link strongly to the vertex. (Think of people as permanent transits.) When one person’s inner planets or asteroids (Sun through to Jupiter), angles, nodes, vertex or certain Arabic parts conjunct the vertex, there can be a feeling of fate, destiny, rightness or wrongness about the encounter. Something in the contact with that person may have the ability to create profound change over a long or short period of time. The change may be perceived as wonderful, or not so wonderful, but always ‘meant to be.’..."

Call #5 Homework

This is where you can explore any synastry chart combinations that interest you. Try focusing on three things that stand out, or ONE things that stands out. The goal isn't to do a full synastry ready, but to spot a vibration pattern activated in the charts.

See you in the comments!

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Karma Course Homework #4

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Welcome to Karma Course Homework #4

First of all, for those of you who were on the call, thanks for being patient. There was a dropout at the end, but I returned. Be sure to listen past Jeannette's sign off to hear my take on Fred's Nodes in the 5th and the 11th. The PDF with links to the charts is here.

Before you start the homework, be sure to listen to the call. It is available with the entire series for DL or listening on Talkshoe.

Call #4 Homework Resources

Other references mentioned include the post on the NODES, the Youtube Tutorial on the Nodes, the full lecture discussion on the nodes form Module 5  – Reveal Your Rock Star Entrepreneur.

In addition, check out this fabulous technique from Dr Hawkins on decreasing effort and using INTENTION to release a karmic pattern, habit or addiction. You don't try to DO anything. All that is required is you Notice it. That's all. Make a mental note and write it down - no judgment.

Awareness alone will diminish the thought, habit pattern or karmic rut. Effortlessly, the heisenberg's principle will apply. "Let the Field do the work," as Dr Hawkins says.

David R. Hawkins - The Heisenberg's Principle

#4 Homework

I'd like you all to tell the story of your journey from South Node (a past life experience, family pattern or way of being) to your North Node, what you are becoming fabulous at now. This is where you can tell it like you want it to be, so let it sing.

See you in the comments, and any questions you have can go there as well.

Thanks, everyone.

I am loving this journey.

xxxKim

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The Lunar Nodes and Your Future

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UPDATE - the May 16, 2017 Align with the Stars call will be all about the transiting Nodes into Leo - Aquarius. Join in!

Call details. Everyone welcome.

The North and South Lunar Nodes

moon.orbit_First of all, the Lunar Nodes are points that mark the crossing of the Moon, north and south, over the ecliptic. (That's the imaginary path of the sun around the Earth.) The Mean Lunar Nodes progress in a retrograde direction, taking 18.6 years to complete a cycle backwards through the zodiac.

Youtube Tutorial on the Lunar Nodes

For  a brief overview of the Lunar Nodes, how they relate to Source energy, your path and your past, watch the new video tutorial.

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Listen to the full lecture discussion on Module 5  - 5 Points to Reveal Your Rock Star Entrepreneur.

Lunar Nodes 101

The Nodes are significant points that offer meaningful and applicable guide posts in any astrological interpretation.

“[The Nodes] link together the solar principle, the lunar principle and the principle of the Earth. The points are derived through the movement of those three bodies, and I actually think the Nodes are an attempt…to balance solar principles and lunar principles within the body on the earth plane. In some ways, the Nodes indicate a struggle between the pull of the past and new qualities or traits or choices that need to be made.” --Howard Sasportas

Note the Nodes represent a pull in opposite directions

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South Lunar Node

The South Lunar Node, also known as the Dragon’s Tail or Cauda Draconis, pulls us into the direction of the past. This represents instinctive desires that call us back to a place where we feel, if not comfortable, at least familiar. Like the Moon and her association with intuitive impulses, the South Lunar Node can operate unconsciously. It's often an automatic response.

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North Lunar Node

The North Lunar Node, the Dragon’s Head or Caput Draconis, pulls us into the future. It represents the areas of life where we can, with conscious effort and choice, break new ground and obtain valuable new experiences. Like the Sun, the North Lunar Node, when approached with courage, awareness and a sense of new possibilities, brings consciousness and growth.

Remember, the two Nodes are always diametrically opposite, in opposing signs and houses.

The Lunar Nodes also pertain to people. An activated South Node can indicate a person from the past that suddenly pops back into your life. More often than not, these South Node people require help or assistance from us. Even those with a personal planet sign corresponding to our South Node sign can seem to always need help.

An activated North Node, can indicate new people that enter the life offering opportunity, alliance and aid. Transits and progressions here can indicate someone new presenting a challenge, opening or fresh direction.

True or Mean Lunar Nodes

The terms True Node or Mean Node refer to the same thing, the position of the lunar nodes, but they represent different ways of calculating them. It's a matter of mathematics. The true node takes in the 'wobble' of the nodes and includes direct and retrograde motions. The mean node is an average and is always retrograde. True or Mean, they are never more than a degree or two apart. Astrologers don't agree on which is 'best' but given the closeness, either preference will give insights and results.

The North Node into Leo

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As the nodes transit clockwise, or retrograde, the NN goes from 0 Virgo to 29 Leo on April 28, 2017 (True Node) and May 10, 2017 (Mean Node). Note that Leo is about developing creative self expression, and Aquarius is about group dynamics, being one of the many.

This is going to activate your Leo -- Aquarius houses over the next 1.5 years, so look there to where you 1) shine in your own right vs. rely on friends or groups to define you. The idea, remember, is to create balance.

The transit will be crossing my Ascendant (0 Vi or 29 Le depending on which birth time I use.) I'll be noting inner and outer events at that time, and incorporating the nodal alignment with my manifesting practices.

Where is this transit happening in your chart?

True and Mean Lunar Nodes Rx into 29 Leo April and May 2017.
True and Mean Lunar Nodes Rx into 29 Leo April and May 2017.

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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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Asteroid 433 Eros

Asteroid 433 Eros - Example Chart

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Hi Everyone!

Asteroid 433 ErosI want to give you an example of asteroid 433 Eros, again, a body I’ve made a special study of over the last 20 + years. To get an idea of how we use Asteroids in Astrology, check this short tutorial - Asteroid Astrology.

pdf_downlaodAnd, here is a PDF introduction to Eros in signs, houses and aspect to other planets. With that in hand, you can follow the prompts below to plot 433 Eros in your chart and those of any other natal charts you want to check out. Remember the movie metaphor: Eros is the 'planet' or ACTOR, the sign he's in is his COSTUME. The HOUSE he is in is the set or scene, and the ASPECTS to other planets is the script he's reading.

If any of this is confusing, shout out in the comments.

Finding Asteroid 433 Eros in your chart

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-42-58-pm1) At astro.com input chart data then click to select “Extended Chart Selection”

2) Scroll down to add asteroids and input 433

3) Create chart and view the asteroid 433 Eros placement. Notice what house number he falls in, and what sign. Again, shout out if you get stuck. Everyone in this community is happy to help.

Asteroid 433 Eros Mystery Chart

For my final mystery chart offering, we have a very interesting man. Study where you see Asteroid 433 Eros in his chart below and discuss when, where, how and why passion awakens for this person. You can have a stab at it based on house, sign and perhaps that other planet that’s conjunct, right next door.

eros_glyphRefer back to the glyph tutorial if you get stuck with the symbols. Asteroid 433 Eros is written out at astro.com, but the glyph for this asteroid is a heart with an arrow through it, of course! Have fun!

Asteroid 433 Eros Mystery Chart Revealed

Your delineations of the Eros (passion) in the 12th house of the dreams, collective unconscious and spiritual service, in the leadership sign of Aries, conjunct the liberator Uranus square the ambitious and pragmatic Saturn in the house of religion . . . they’ve really moved me. So spot on. Thank you everyone who explored this chart.

Now look at it in “hind sight” knowing who it belongs to. Martin Luther King Jr.

martinlutherkingjnThis man had a dream indeed . . . I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. A dream he (and Malcom x) knew they would die for.

He inspired millions with his fearless, articulate, arousing, passion. You can say he became a mouthpiece for a collective moment. It doesn’t get more erotic (in the ancient Greek sense of the word) than that.

Where is 433 Eros in your chart? Let's discuss in the comments!

If you want Kim's in depth Eros Natal Astrology Report, check out the details at the Astrology Shop Page.

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Working with Asteroids

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Hi Everyone!

We're here with a tut asteroid astrology, basically the Named Asteroids, what they are and how we can use them in our charts.

Here is a quick Youtube tutorial to get you started, or refreshed.

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What is Asteroid Astrology?

There are hundreds of thousands of asteroids, more named every day. They are found between the Sun and Earth, Venus and Jupiter, and Saturn and Neptune. Then there are the KBO’s beyond Pluto and now, with the discovery of Sedna, possibly myriad more Ort Could objects taking over a thousand years to orbit the sun. If we plot them all in the natal chart, it would be filled in, blacked out.

Not recommended.

The trick of working with asteroids, especially the 'name' asteroids is to be selective.

You want to choose those significant to the immediate question or investigation. If you're looking at relationship, for example, asteroid Eros, Psyche, Amor, Sappho, Cupido and Adonis are interesting to added, and others as well. And the 'name' of your beloved, or cute-curious new meet. You can use thir first name, surname or nickname.

Tips for studying Asteroid Astrology

  1. Don't worry about spelling. If you are looking for Aaron but can only fine Aaryn 2366, go with the closest SOUND.
  2. Stick to topic. Is it career, financial, love or family related? Sports or health. Decide, then check names.
  3. Use generous orbs, but know the really tight ones, 0 - 1.5 degrees, are making the strongest statement.
  4. Consider them by house and aspect first, then sign. I've found house placements real eye openers.
  5. Transits count. Check where an important name (person) is transiting your chart today.

How do you read them?

Mostly they will show up as red flags, highlighters of talents, connection, or indications of interest.

With the mythic names, for example, if Hephaestus is conjunct the Sun, there could be an interest in craft, black-smithing and working with hand tools. If asteroid Shakespeare is conjunct the fifth house cups, work in the theater, play-writing or acting could be a form of creative expression. Hygiea conjunct the Moon could indicate working in women’s health. Icarus to Mercury might write or defend freedom of speech.

If your new love interest's name is conjunct the Sun, she/he might feel like a golden ray of light. Conjunct your Saturn and you might be wondering if they are ever away from work long enough to connect. Considering a new business partner? Put their name asteroid in your chart (and check by transit and progression) for hints on where they meet you. Is it 10th house biz, 11th house group collaboration, 6th house mind-body-spirit, 12th house mystery or maybe secrecy?

How to find these name asteroids in your chart?

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-14-01-pmGo to Astro.com and click on your natal chart.

Scroll down to Extended Chart Selection.

 

 

 

Scroll down to Asteroid name/number.

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Exit list and 'click to show the chart'.

Examples of Asteroid Astrology in Action

Below is a quick example of the name asteroid Briggs in my natal chart, conjunct Mercury and in the 10th. This is the name of a man I married. We met on the job and had a very verbal, student-teacher dynamic (I was not the teacher at that point in time). Briggs is also the surname of my son who I have collaborated with on both music production projects and novels.

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Also interesting in the above, asteroid Jason is conjunct the sun and I will say I've have more than my fair share of energy with that name in this lifetime!

Give it a go in your own natal chart, or any celeb etc you want to play with (like where the name asteroids fall for those the asteroid was named for.)

Questions and insights welcome in the comments.

See you there.

xxKimmy

PS. Another way to do it is go to the online Asteroid Ephemeris and type in your favorites as transits (the day's date) or on your birthday (for the natal positions) and then plot them in your chart.


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,

Let's talk about 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 Open Memberhship, if you want to share, check 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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Manifesting with the Moon

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Triple Your Manifesting Powers with Your Moon Sign

In this podcast you will:

  • Learn how to supercharge your manifesting skills by engaging the authentic qualities of your natal moon sign
  • Discover the importance of 'Self-Love'
  • Understand how your moon by sign and house reveals your true desires and how you can support them

When it comes to increasing income, following creative dreams, allowing new relationships and lifting the vibe on old ones, a lot of people don't realize how important the Self Love factor is. But learning to practice it is CRUCIAL to successful deliberate creation, because the Universe can only be as good to us as we are to ourselves.

Your best support is to find at least one new way to show love to yourself everyday. It can be challenging, but the sign and house placement of the MOON is your key!

All you need to follow along is pen and paper, or your computer notepad, and your astrological chart. You can create your natal chart online at Astro.com. For more support, follow this simple tutorial: How to create your chart online.

When you're ready, click play and be ready to learn how to fuel your manifesting skills with law of attraction friendly astrology of the moon.

Questions and thoughts welcome in the comments.

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Part of Fortune

Part of Fortune

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This is a quick tutorial, but if you spend a little time working it by hand, you’ll have a chance to engage more deeply with what this point represents.

What is the Part of Fortune?

Part of FortuneThe Part of Fortune (not to be confused with asteroid 19 Fortuna) is a point in the chart that indicates a certain kind of well being. Think abundance, richness, happiness and joy. Knowing where this point is in your natal chart can be a key to tapping into your own personal brand of fulfillment. The symbol for the Part of Fortune is the circle with an X (astro.com uses a cross though that is traditionally the symbol for Earth).

A little history: The Arabic parts or lots are points in the chart combining planets and angles. They aren’t really all Arabic, but were compiled in 1029 AD by an Arab, so they copped the tag. Some definitely predate Islamic astrology.

We’re going to focus on the Part of Fortune in this hack, but know there are many Arabic parts from the Part of Action to the Part of Health to the Part of Marriage, Part of Disgrace . . . (oh boy). Choose wisely which of these you focus on as energy follows thought . . .

Important Note: The POF is always the same distance from the Ascendant as the Moon is from the sun. In other words, the POF is symbolic of the Sun/Moon phase. So if you have a New Moon the POF will be in the first, full moon, POF in 7th, first or third quarter, 10th or 4th.

Also note, the point 180 opposite the POF is called the Part of Spirit. You might want to play with that too.

Finding the Part of Fortune

Find Part of FortuneCalculation Via Computer: This is easily done at Astro.com by including it in extended chart selection.

  1. click “My Astro”
  2. click the natal chart you want to view
  3. scroll down to “Extended Chart Selection”
  4. scroll down on the left hand side to “Additional Objects”
  5. choose Part of Fortune
  6. create chart

 

If you want to try it, calculating by hand is a way to connect to the meaning of the POF more literally. Follow this tutorial on Youtube.

Part of Fortune TutorialHomework

Find your Part of Fortune and note what modality, element and house it is in. What planet “rules” the sign your POF is in?
How do you nurture this part of you? Activities of the house? Feeding it by element? Modality? House activity?

Before we start discussing the Part of Fortune, comparing different placements, feel free to watch this short tutorial on the Day/Night Part of Fortune. Those with a nighttime birth will be particularly interested.

As an example of how the POF might function in a chart, look at this natal horoscope above. Before I reveal who it is, list a few things that you imagine would resonate for them. What might really light this person up, or bring them success, abundance, health and joy? We aren’t trying to guess who it is, but, using what we know about the Part of Fortune, what do you think happiness looks like to them?

Example Chart

The chart above belongs to Charles Dickens ...

Not just an amazing storyteller (POF in 3rd), his critical social commentary slammed the class system in Victorian society. He shocked readers (POF conjunct Uranus) out of complacency, revealing the ugly, horrific truths of poverty and injustice. His works are deeply emotional, dark and fearless in the exploration of death, grief and transformation (POF in Scorpio).

He had audacity, speaking out against slavery while touring in the South. He used his celebrity status as a platform for social change, and people listened. His love of debate was evident in Bleak House with its court cases and legal arguments. True to Scrop, when he killed off one of the main, and most sympathetic, characters in the serialized “Old Curiosity Shop” his readers where so shocked, so outraged, he received hundreds of death threats. But they kept reading. His popularity was unprecedented in his time. Any time!

Note, sun in the 5th, in Aquarius, he had 10 children and fought for children’s rights and education.

I think dying with his last novel, one unlike any of the others, half finished, is POF in Scorp in the 3rd’s way of singing off. or flipping us off. He grew more and more critical with age. (Saturn in the 4th?)

Read about his life with his chart in hand. It’s amazing to connect the dots.

Extra Credit

In ancient times, the Part of Fortune represented another kind of house system. Whatever sign the POF was in, that becomes 0 degrees of the Ascendant. In the chart above, the “Fortune” chart would turn the dial clockwise until 0 Scorpio was on the Ascendant. They’d use whole houses, so 0 Sagittarius would be on the 2nd house cusp, 0 Capricorn on the 3rd etc. It would be used to guide prosperity and health.

Try this, for fun, but only if you feel ready to take it further. There’s plenty to discover with the POF by house and sign, in your natal chart! Do what feels good. No stress.

Keep it simple.

Here are some key words to get your started with POF by sign and by house.

Nail that first before you head to aspect and transit land.

Part of Fortune in Aries needs to feel adventurous, questing, challenging, leading and winning.
Part of Fortune in Taurus needs to feel sensual, practical in natural ways with tangible results.
Part of Fortune in Gemini needs to feel intellectual, communicative, teaching and learning.
Part of Fortune in Cancer needs to feel needed, nurturing, protective and comforting.
Part of Fortune in Leo needs to feel special, honored, creative and flamboyant.
Part of Fortune in Virgo needs to feel discerning, articulate, detailed and analyzing.
Part of Fortune in Libra needs to feel fair, balanced, beautiful and harmonizing.
Part of Fortune in Scorpio needs to feel intense, deeply entrenched, powerful and in control.
Part of Fortune in Sagittarius needs to feel expansive, exploratory, meaningful and energized.
Part of Fortune in Capricorn needs to feel ambitious, productive, achieving and recognized.
Part of Fortune in Aquarius needs to feel detached, knowledgeable, humanitarian and free.
Part of Fortune in Pisces needs to feel merged, understood, compassionate and connected.

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house – $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – Sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, edu, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house – Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative state

Let's share in the comments your thoughts and ideas.

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Fun with Derivative Houses

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What are these houses?

The derivative houses have been around for a long time. They are used extensively in horary astrology, but that’s not all. By looking at your natal chart, they can shine a spotlight on other people in your life, showing how you naturally experiences them in different situations. It can really help with deliberate creation and getting into alignment with what you really want.

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5 minute derivative house tutorial

Derivative houses are also a great tool for finding where joy, abundance, talents and showing where skills, stimulation, contrast and excitement can be found. So, by looking at the natal placements and signs through this lens, as well as considering transits, progressions and synastry placements, the derivative houses offer a wealth of information and insight, explain some quirky MO’s, and line us up, Astro-LOA style. To get a quick grasp, watch this 5 minute tutorial, then come back and we’ll have some fun with individual charts. (it’s all about turning the wheel!)

How to Use Derivative Houses

Now for some fun examples! Who wants to volunteer? Let me know in the comments and we’ll play with ‘turning the wheel’ so you can all practice. (I’ll be putting charts up here, but without the birth data for privacy!

Example #1 – Jacqueline – Her questions are around business, health and home.

Jacaqueline's Chart

Here is Jacque’s natal chart. Her first question is about business, so we look to the 10th house. With the South Node there, part of her really needs to ‘let go of outcomes’ which isn’t an easy vibe for Aries Rising! So we will use derivative houses to get some hints on what will support her best ever business vibe. To do so, we’ll turn the chart to put the 10th house, or MC, on the horizon, making it of first house importance.

janette_Derivative HousesWith the 10th on the first, we see right away that of the actions she listed: coaching one-on-one, group programs, writing/blogging, product creation, the first and most supportive is going to be, ‘get thee a business plan! The 2nd from the 10th (the $$ and support form business) is ruled by Capricorn with Saturn in the house! Set a goal. Set an intention. Aries rising likes to wing it, and Libra can shilly shally, but the Saturn in you wants to have a solid, grounded, well organized plan. Just doing that OPENS the doors to support, success and increased $$. (Note –  the plan itself doesn’t matter. You simply amp up your success by making one).

The Next thing would be to go with the one-on-one coaching. Can you see why I would choose this as major support? Look at her Libra (connect, talk, counsel, coach) Sun and Venus! When we turn the chart to put the 10th on the horizon, the Sun and Venus in Libra are in the 10th house of success! (the 10th from the 10th is the 7th). One on one will support her more than group work (where she has Mars/Neptune – 11th from the 10th – which is super creative, and mystical, but may lose focus in groups – or the group is about as easy to lead as a room full of cats). Making sense?

Jacqueline’s Derivative Houses
Jacqueline’s Chart with the 10th house on the horizon – we have turned the wheel until house 10 is rising.

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Writing supports her when she is on the perfect-for-Jacque-path as we see the North Node in the 2nd (support) house from the 3rd (writing).

For health boost, the best suggestion is a personal trainer, running buddy, cohort or side kick. Not that when we put the 6th house on the horizon, Jupiter (for enthusiasm and gusto) is in the 8th.  (1st house is 8 from the 6th). That means sharing this journey with a buddy. Also, Saturn (stick to it discipline) is in the 6th (daily routine) from the 6th (health) so she’s going to want to, again, have a plan, and bring a friend.

As for the 4th house of the Home, roots, and ground, when that comes to the horizon, we see the Moon ruling her 2nd (support) from the 4th (home) and that means, self-love. Whatever makes her smile, feels nurturing and comforting, she wants to do more of that. This is a Cancer moon, and Cancer moon is nurtured by 1) loving and caring 2) feeling needed/useful 3) sharing emotions. I am seeing this is perfect alignment with self-care, home, health and successful one-on-one coaching practice (where she is needed, useful and sharing powerful emotions).

Thank you Jacqueline, for letting us use your chart.

Anyone else want to have a go? Let us know in the comments.

See how informative this is? Derivative houses rock!

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Cycles of Venus

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From James Ferguson's book on the transit of Venus 1761

Hi Everyone, Ready to look at the Venus Synodic Cycles? It helps explain the movement from evening start to morning star, as we are about to see with the Rx period in 2017.

Most importantly, we are doing a call on this, March, 7, 5pm eastern. Check Align with the Stars calls for details. We'll be looking at your chart live!

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

The Venus Synodic Cycles Explained

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

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-7-51-56-amWatch this tutorial on the Transits of Venus for full understanding, definitions, animations and connections. Note: 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 retrograde in 2017.

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 happens while Venus is retrograde. It creates a point in a 5 star pentagram pattern over the 8 year period. Really amazing!

Morning and Evening Star

As 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 (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 Spelled Out

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 Rx 2017 March 4

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 middle of the Synodic Cycle, post superior conjunction, with Venus at 25 Leo (today as I type) setting 24 degrees after the sun at 1 Leo. She’s our evening star, with the Maximum Elongation occurring in January 2017 with Rx Station in March 2017. By May 2017, she rises as our Morning star once again.

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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, 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.

Let’s share our thoughts!

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. 🙂

 

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What is Chart Tone?

Night Life Esqe Chart ToneImage by Juleez

Hi Everyone, here is a quick tip on finding the general, overall zodiac tone in your horoscope. It's a great technique for getting a feel for how the elements and modalities in the chart work together, and which is your dominant of each.

Chart Tone

What is it?
The overall quality of the chart as a feeling or sound: "the chart tone is fixed AIR, or Aquarius".

Synonyms
noun.    feel - note - sound - tune - emphasis

You find the tone of your chart by adding up the Elements and Modalities and finding the one sign that represents the strongest in both ie abundant AIR and abundant Fixed signs = fixed Air or Aquarius.

Follow the 5 minute tutorial to find the chart tone in any birth chart.

Find Your Chart Tone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's the tone of your chart? Can you relate to it?

The chart tone is also important when considering the current astro weather, as in - are we predominately Fire, or Water? Air or Earth?

Have a play and let us know how you go.


Four Basic Building Blocks of Astrology

Astrology Building Blocks
Astrology Building Blocks - 3 minute tutorial on Youtube

Learn the Four Basic Astrology Building Blocks

Hi Everyone! For those just starting out, this Video Tutorial will show you the four basic Astrology Building Blocks , the constructs of the horoscope or natal chart. This includes groundwork on the  planets, signs, houses and aspects - in under 3 minutes!

A Metaphor for the Astrology Building Blocks

Think of Astrology as a symbol system where the planets are the actors. The the signs are the their costumes they wear. The houses are the stages, the sets they act upon, and the aspects are the scripts they’ve been handed. How they are scripted to interrelate.

Remember, YOU are the director, and you call the shots, decide when to say Action and when to say cut!

Exercises for learning the basic Astrology Building Blocks

  • Learn to recognize and draw the planetary glyphs. Follow the online tutorial for help there - learn to draw the signs and learn how to draw the planetary glyphs.
  • Spot each of your planets in your chart and note which sign and house they are in. This goes into your notebook. Leave room under each entry to add more insights and data as you go along.
  • Add planetary themes and energies to your notebook, Pinterest astrology board or vision board.

Enjoy, and see you in the comments for Q & A.

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Midpoint Magic

Midpoint Magic gridHi Everyone,

It's Kim Falconer here with a tutorial on the very cool and useful midpoint magic.

midpoint
noun
noun: midpoint; plural noun: midpoints; noun: mid-point; plural noun: mid-points
  1. the exact middle point.

The Midpoint Magic

Midpoints in astrology are the half-way points between two planets, points or angles in the horoscopic wheel or chart. (Like the half-way point between your Sun and Moon, or between your Ascendant and Mars.) The emphasis here is on wheel. Don't forget we are working with a 360 degree circle. It's simply geometry. Midpoints are going to be your friends, once you learn how to find them, and integrate the symbolic meaning. You'll also learn here how to find transiting midpoints and what they might mean. Let's get started!

Midpoints are plotted by finding the midway mark between two given planets or points.  Watch this 8 minute video  midpoint tutorial for the basics. Then we'll go through the steps, one by one.

 

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Youtube Midpoint Tutorial

Let's put the Midpoint Magic into practice.

If a person’s sun is 1 degree of Aries and their Venus is 1 degree of Leo, the Sun/Venus midpoint will fall in two opposing places: the nearer midpoint at 1 degree Gemini, and the farther midpoint directly opposite at 1 degree Sagittarius.

Because the horoscope is spherical (a wheel or circle with 360 degrees) and not a linear stack, there will always be two midpoints exactly 180 degrees apart for every combination of planets.  One will form a shorter arc and the other a longer one.  The shorter arc is generally considered stronger, though both are important.

Often it's not easy to see the midpoint at a glance and the quickest way of making an accurate list of them is to follow this simple formula:

FORMULA:  Reduce the planetary positions to their degrees of the circle, add them together and divide by two

Let me explain with an example:

To find the midpoint of natal Moon and Sun when the Moon is 15 degrees Aries 18 minutes and the Sun 27 degrees Scorpio 35 minutes, we reduced the Moon to 15.18 and the Sun to 237.35. Added together equals 252.53. Divide divided by 2 gives a far midpoint of 126.26 or 6 degrees Leo 26 minutes and a nearer midpoint of the exact opposite of 6 degrees Aquarius 26 minutes. The following list reinterprets the signs into degrees of the circle making it easy to convert the degrees of the signs into a degree of the circle, and then back again.

Aries                           0
Taurus                       30
Gemini                       60
Cancer                       90
Leo                           120
Virgo                        150
Libra                         180
Scorpio                     210
Sagittarius                 240
Capricorn                  270
Aquarius                    300
Pisces                        330

Practice finding the Midpoint magic in your chart

I'd love everyone to pull up there charts and find their Sun/Moon midpoint now, using this method. If you get stuck, give us a shout out, in the comments.

The midpoints are a blend of the two planets involved and their sign and house placement can indicate where and how that energy can best express. For example the Sun/Moon midpoint represents a merging of yin and yang, conscious and unconscious, male and female. Where this midpoint falls in the chart can represent marriage, creative genius AND practical application, friendship and love. When it is activated by transit (Uranus on Su/Mo for example) or by another person (someone's Venus on your Su/Mo) it can 'wake up' desires for balance, harmony, creative expression, nurturing and love combined. Make sense? Reinhold Ebertin has written extensively on midpoints. If you want to delve deeper, definitely start with The Combination of Stellar Influences.

The composite or ‘relationship’ horoscope is a chart derived from the midpoints between two natal charts 

See my article on Astro - Compatibility for more details

It can be drawn in different ways but basically it is a chart of the midpoints between two natal horoscopes (Person A’s Sun and Person B’s Sun, Person A's Moon and Person B's Moon etc). The new planetary positions are then plotted in a third chart created from a composite (midpoint) Ascendant and Midheaven.  Although the points do not represent any specific moment in time like a natal or even progressed chart does, it symbolically reflects the nature of the relationship, an entity unto itself. So if you work with composite charts, you are already using midpoints.

Homework for Midpoint Magic

    1. Find two midpoints in your natal chart, the Sun/Moon and the Venus/Jupiter. Plot them in your chart. You will now have FOUR new points in the chart involving two PAIRS of houses. Think about that this might mean in terms of Su/Mo- relationship, self-love, love, partnership, friendship, and Ve/Ju - Joy, happiness, expansion, abundance, core values.

Note if there are any planets conjunct these midpoints. What influence would that bring.

Note if there are any transits coming up to these midpoints.

2. Finally, pick two TRANSITING planets that interest you and find their midpoints. Where do those fall in your chart. For example, Mars at 6 Saggo and Saturn at 9 Saggo make the Ma/Sa midpoint 7.5 Saggo and 7.5 Gemini. That would be an area of YOUR chart where you are driving with the brakes on.

midpoints_astr_com-am3. When you get a handle on finding midpoints by hand, you can double check your work by clicking on your chart at Astro.com, then click Extended Chart Selection. From there, click on PULLEN/ASTROLOG and Aspects/midpoint grid chart.

Let me know what you discover, or if you need help with the maths.

This is an excellent tool for your astro-toolbox so I hope you all give it a go.

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