Aspectarian for finding the conjunctions

Conjunctions 101

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

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

Let's get started.

Conjunctions 101 - What are they?

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

What is the orb for conjunctions?

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Orbs for Conjunctions and other aspects, minor and major.

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

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

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

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

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

Aspectarian for finding the conjunctionsThe Key to Understanding any Aspect

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

Finding the Conjunctions

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

What does the Conjunction Mean?

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

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

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

Are Conjunctions Easy or Hard?

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

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

The Questions to Ask of the Conjunctions - An Example Chart

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

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

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

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

Working with Contrast

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

Second, instead of honoring one of the planets and resisting or repressing the other - instead of making it either/or -  you engage with and/AND. Instead of creativity (Sun) or work (Saturn), find creativity AND work. If you are thinking partnered or self-sufficient, play with the idea of partnered AND self-sufficient.

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

Summary

To conclude, a conjunction between two or more planets means they are scripted to dialog with each other. They are connected so that if one is active and ‘doing something’ the connected one wakes up too. They are partners, of sorts, always. Finding the And/and to the conjunctions in your chart can harmonize your desires, bringing pure magic to your manifesting.

Try it!

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

Doorways to Manifesting -  leveraging the contrast in your chart.

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

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 Notes

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

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

*What Activates Conjunctions

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

Time - Transits to the conjunctions

Place - Relocation or Astre*Carto*Graphy

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

The Major Aspects Symbols and Key Words

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

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The 12th House

Underwater sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor
Underwater sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

In the season of the eclipses, what better time to ponder the enigmatical qualities of the 12th house?

What is the 12th House?

To start, we might say it's the subconscious mind...

That which is hidden...

Attitudes carried over from the past...

Karma (as the Law of Attraction)...

The night sea journey...

And, so much more.

But what is the 12th house, really, in tangible terms? How to get our hands on it?

Pinning Down the 12th House

Pier Francesco Orsini
"You who are wandering the world looking for great marvels, come here where everything speaks of love and art." - Vicino Orsini introducing his Parco dei Mostri, the Park of Monsters.

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, can feel confused by this department of life. After all, it rules the liminal states of neither/nor, out to sea, not one thing, or the other.

It's slippery terrain to navigate, one that would better be 'shown not told' through music, art, dance, poetry, nature . . . Every time you try to pin the meaning of the 12th down, it changes into something else. Like the god Proteus!

Proteus as an Archetype of the 12th

Do you know the story? Proteus was the elusive god of "sea change", symbolic of the  constantly shifting nature of the sea. He could foretell the future, though he would only answer someone if they were capable of holding him as he morphed through all his myriad forms. Because of his relationship to the sea, Proteus is both a symbol of the unconscious (subconscious) as well as dreams, imagination, vision and emotion. The key is how to handle these incorporeal energies so they will reveal their truths.

Astrologers & the 12th House

The 12th house is the third of the Water houses, cadent in position, associated with Pisces and ruled by Jupiter (traditional) and Neptune (modern).

Quite likely, if you study old astrology books, you'll find the 12th house is described with heavy labels. Isabel Hickey calls it house of the Self-undoing, where we 'serve or suffer', the house of drawn shades, confinement, incarceration, hospitalization, limitations . . . It's not looking like a holiday destination from this perspective.

But these ideas about the 12th house come from an Judeo-Christian-Islamic background of astrology, not leaning toward notions of Karma (as the law of attraction), the quantum Field, Source, infinite possibilities or the collective unconscious.

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Amphitrite bronze statue by Simon Morris.

Open Your Mind

So, to understand the 12th, I invite you to explore a broader perspective. Altered states of mind, meditation, the depths of the subconscious, the collective, where we lose our ego identity to find our Self. Source. Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces describes this as the liminal zone where the hero is 'lost' in the woods, an essential part of the journey.

Think also of the 12th as a repository and wellspring of archetypes, stories, myths, metaphors and  fairy tales, dreams (and nightmares), rich with layers of meaning. The house of the Muse.

Remember, the 12th is like Proteus; you must hold onto him before the secrets are revealed. Don't give up!

Back to the Basics

The Planets are the Energy - WHAT is acting.

The Signs are the costumes - HOW the actor portrays her role.

The Houses are the stages - WHERE the action takes place.

For those who want to cement this deeper, here's a quick 5 minute video tutorial on the basic building blocks of astrology.

The 12th House and the Sea

Essentially, the 12th house takes us under. It is more a dreamscape than land, filled with states of creativity, imagination and alternate awareness. Here we can immerse in the collective. Think of  hospitals, rehab, prisons, all institutions where individuality blurs. It is the house of synchronicity and all that rises from these meaningful coincidences.

William Ricketts Sanctuary - 12th House
Gateway to the 12th house? William Rickettes Sanctuary

The Gateless Way

Is the 12th house really negative?

No more than a gateway can be negative. The 12th is an essential landscape of being, filled with wonders of the non-rational kind.

The great way is gateless, reached by a thousand paths. Know this and you walk free in the Universe. – Zen saying

Consider the 12th a place to experience everything; exclude notion. Perhaps it is in "suffering" that a sense of compassion is gained. And maybe it is only through the "limitation" that a deeper relationship with the inner world is explored.

And isn't it through dreams, art, and storytelling that we find new meaning and purpose?

Something of our surety, identity and ego must drown in the 12th to rise renewed. More whole, more complete.

Like Water for Soul

The 12th is like water. It can be a refreshing stream, a cleansing pool or a huge tsunami heading toward shore. In this way, it's neither 'good' nor 'bad', but holds our most poignant experiences, dreamed, imagined or real.

Try to accept that the 12th house is an enigma to the conscious mind, but in the world of dreams and symbols, its meaning comes alive. The deep ocean or lake of the mermaid, the well that leads to Mother Holle, the ecstatic rites of Dionysus and the reflection of a resent dream image all belong to the 12th.

"Amphitrite," by Simon Morris, off Grand Cayman
"Amphitrite," by Simon Morris, found off Grand Cayman

The borderland

This house is the borderland where myths emerge into waking life. It's a humbling thought. Where consciousness is seen from the perspective of a veiled world.

Interestingly, Jung, who worked extensively with dreams, did not accept being called wise or even a sage. He said, “The difference between most people and myself is that for me the “dividing walls” are transparent. That is my peculiarity.”

This transparency of the dividing walls, belongs to the twelfth house. Behind the veil...

Explore the sign on the Cusp of the 12th

Here are some ideas for each sign that rules the 12th house. Start by looking at your own chart and others you know. Then expand by looking at the 12th house ruler(s) and any planets in the 12th. What happens to the 'actors' when they walk across this particular stage?

AriesARIES on the 12th house cusp

With Aries on the cusp of the twelfth house, you need to develop a sense of independence through a connection to the unconscious mind. Your identity might form around being a mouthpiece for the collective.  But, it's a paradox. Aries must find individuality in the hidden undercurrents of the collective unconscious, art, dreams and service to those less fortunate. Look to Mars by sign and house for more expression.

TaurusTAURUS on the 12th house cusp:

The Bull on the cusp of the twelfth house means the core values, sensuality and security must come from the depths. Remember, the twelfth is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts and impressions.  This is the sphere of diminished personal identity and blurred boundaries.  For the Bull to find true values and build sustaining resources , he must serve the collective in some practical, tangible way. Look to Venus by sign and house for more expression.

GeminiGEMINI on the 12th house cusp:

When Gemini sits on the cusp of the twelfth house, the conscious mind must explore the unconscious.  The need to learn, communicate and share ideas reside somewhere in the collective unconscious, blurring the line between rational thought and intuition. The duality of Gemini may manifest in moods swinging from humor to profound wisdom.  The need is to experience all manifestations of the collective, making this placement extremely active, at least on an internal level. Look to Mercury by sign and house for more expression.

CancerCANCER on the 12th house cusp:

The shy Crab on the cusp of the twelfth means the need to connect on a feeling level extends past the personal to the greater whole. The twelfth house represents all that is concealed, the secret unconscious of ourselves and of the collective. With Cancer here, the quest for love carries over from the past, finding communion in helping those less fortunate.  But how can we establish a sense of emotional security in the unseen real? Cancer must find the answer. Look to the Moon by sign and house for more expression.

LeoLEO on the 12th house cusp:

The Li0n on the cusp of the twelfth house indicates the drive for significance and appreciation falls into the sea of the collective unconscious.  This is the house of hidden meanings, secret needs and movements governed by the deeper feelings of the collective.  With Leo’s power here, there is a necessity for self-understanding, connection to and an orientation towards service and support of others.  When Leo gives to others less fortunate, or expresses collective truths and longings, the feelings of fulfillment expand. Must shine for others as well as self. Look to the Sun by sign and house for more expression.

Virgo VIRGO on the 12th house cusp:

When Virgo sits on the cusp of the twelfth, the need to create order out of chaos expands.  Here Virgo seeks to gather, sort, select and make use of energy that is by nature without definition, beginning or end.  Virgo may shift into hyper-drive with the swirling soup of unconscious images, hoping to contain them. This can result in genius creative expression through art, literature, dance or music. It can also manifest as compulsive energy, unable to relax or let go. Virgo might harbor secret fears about health, hygiene and the body.  In this case, letting the art, or cause, 'carry' the energy frees the spirit. Look to Mercury by sign and house for more expression.

LibraLIBRA on the 12th house cusp:

With Libra found on the cusp of the twelfth house, the need to partner falls into the realm behind the veil.  This is the domain of hidden feelings, taboo desires and karmic, counter-intentions, unformed artistic and literary expression and longings to merge with the divine.  With Libra here, sensitivity to others, to beauty and nature and to passion/longing expresses through relationship. Somehow, forming partnerships that help others, or for the greater good, can bring a sense of warmth, composure and symmetry. The feeling is 'karmic' or fated connections. Look to Venus by sign and house for more expression.

ScorpioSCORPIO on the 12th house cusp:

When Scorpio resides on the cusp of the twelfth house, the need to merge with others in meaningful ways, wield power, and periodically destroy and re-create movements in the collective, falls into the domain of the sea, the muse, the past.  Think deep unconscious, the collective soup where ideas, fads, trends, spiritual longing, taboo feelings and all things creative live and breathe. And, they all vie for manifestation. In the twelfth, Scorpio’s depths go just a little bit deeper, the longings a litter more obsessive and the passions a bit more powerful. Look to Mars and Pluto by sign and house for more expression.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS on the 12th house cusp:

The Centaur on the cusp of the twelfth house needs to discover, explore and express the mysteries of the collective unconscious. A speaker for those without a voice. Here the house of the unseen real, where sweeping feelings from rage to rapture, heralds the call to adventure. When Sagittarius goes exploring in these waters, there is no telling what will be brought to the surface. With this placement, the meaning in life hides in the depths of the collective unconscious, not in the outer world. Look to Jupiter by sign and house for more expression.

CapricornCAPRICORN on the 12th house cusp:

The Sea-goat on the cusp of the twelfth house needs to gain respect and establish material security in the watery collective unconscious. The source of dreams, the world of hidden powers, collective thoughts and archetypes provide the matrix for growth and accomplishment.  To strive only for self-importance contrasts the twelfth house requirement of service to, and immersion in, the collective. Yet, to totally give the Self over to the needs of others denies the innate principle if Capricorn.  Clearly, a balance must be struck and maintained. Look to Saturn by sign and house for more expression.

AquariusAQUARIUS on the 12th house cusp:

When the Water-bearer rules the twelfth house, the need for freedom and unconventionality expresses through the collective. Sometimes, this can manifest as a longing for the dimly remembered yet idealized spiritual home. The drive to take a different approach to service, creativity and unity links to collective institutions, research and reflection of dreams, unconscious patterns and all things hidden or repressed.  With this sign of freedom and rebellion in the house of confinement, innovation is born. Look to Saturn and Uranus by sign and house for more expression.

piscesPISCES on the 12th house cusp:

The sign of Fishes naturally rules the twelfth and feels right at home in the chaos.  Here the need to dissolve boundaries and merge with the whole of life wants to express through the world of dreams, synchronicity and service. Compassion reaches out to those less fortunate with a healing heart. Pisces is seeking the ineffable, and in the twelfth house, that means the divine resides in nature, the sea, those less fortunate or lost along the way. A prison cell, a charity, a work or art, a song or dance can be the gateless way to Source. Look to Jupiter and Neptune by sign and house for more expression.

Thoughts? Ideas? Myths?


Eclipse Season January 2019

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Watch the short Youtube vid on how best to leverage the eclipse energy.

Welcome to the eclipse season of January 2019. It starts with zinging partial solar eclipse in the powerful sign of Capricorn. If you want to review how to Pre-Pave with the eclipse energy, we have an Align with the Stars recording on the topic here - Pre-Pave with Astrology 2019.

The chat log with links to the charts we talked about.

Eclipse Season January 2019 Times

15°  Capricorn is the hot spot for the partial Solar eclipse on January 5th. Remember, this is where you initiate something new, be it a thought, goal or intention.Screen Shot 2019-01-01 at 10.39.32 am

 

Solar Eclipse @15° Capricorn
LA – Jan 5 – 6:29 pm
NY – Jan 5 – 9:29 pm
LON – Jan 6– 2:29 am
SYD – Jan 6– 1:29 pm

But that's not all. We have two eclipses this month (they often come in pairs) and each brings its own particular message.

Screen Shot 2019-01-01 at 10.39.14 am 1° Leo marks the second eclipse of the month, and it's a full moon. This is where you release and let go.

 

Lunar Eclipse @1 Leo
LA – Jan 20 – 9:17 pm

NY – Jan 21 – 12:17 am
LON – Jan 21– 5:17 am
SYD – Jan 21– 4:17 pm

Eclipse Season January 2019 Youtube Tips

For insights on what eclipses coincide with and how to spot them in your chart, check out the new Vid on the Good Vibe Astrology Youtube Channel. This will tune you into what is being activated in your chart.

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Watch the 4 min Video on the January 2019 Eclipses

The Partial Solar Eclipse January 5th/6th

Let's look a little closer at the January 5th eclipse. Notice right away there is a strong focus in Capricorn. No less than five planets and the South Lunar Node occupy that sign. Zeroing in, it also becomes clear that Saturn and Pluto are conjunct the eclipse, bringing with them their own particular brand 0f energies. Saturn wants to make it 'real' and Pluto wants to infuse it with power. So, whatever you are intending on this New Moon Eclipse, it wants to be deep, meaningful and have weight. Consequence. Go for a powerful desire this time round.

 

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The Lunar Eclipse January 20th/21st

The second eclipse in January is the lunar or full moon eclipse where we lean toward letting go. Releasing and allowing. This full moon is, of course, conjunct the Lunar Node (as that's what makes it an eclipse).  It is also conjunct Mercury, messenger of the gods and Pluto, lord of transformation. It's possible that what you let go of now, a toleration, belief, habit, will have potent, far reaching results. Check the video if you aren't sure 'where' to find this event in your own chart. You'll be looking for the opposite houses that contain 1° Leo and 1° Aquarius.

The glyphs look like this:

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Leo
Aquarius
Aquarius

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The main thing to remember as you pre-pave this energy for 2019 is that we initiate on the solar eclipse and release on the Lunar. And always, keep an ear out for the messages the eclipse season brings. Go through the keyword list below for ideas, or delve deeper into the houses by joining the Open (our Members only) GVA Form.

Houses

KimFalconer_fullMeanwhile, happy Eclipse Season!

xxKim

 


Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019

Pig 2019 - Schwart
Year of the Pig 2019 - Schwart

Welcome the Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019.

Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019 Times
New Moon @ 15 Aquarius
LA - Feb 4 - 1:04 pm
NY - Feb 4 - 4:04 pm
LON - Feb 4 - 9:04 pm
SYD - Feb 5 - 8:04 am

In Chinese Astrology, the new year falls on the second New Moon after the solstice. Depending on where you are in the world, this year it's February 4th/5th. And yes, it coincides with the Aquarius New Moon which becomes an event chart for the next twelve months. We'll look more at that chart below, but first, a little intro to the sign of the Pig.

Eclipse Activation Alert

As a side note, the new moon prior to this one is an eclipse on January 5th at 15 Capricorn. Because of the timing of eclipses, the 'message' can be delivered one month before, or one month after, so be aware. For you, this Aquarius New Moon might pack the power of the last eclipse!

The Sign of the Pig 2019

With Chinese Astrology, the Pig is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. And, in Chinese culture, pigs symbolize wealth, abundance, easygoing approach and a generous perspective.  Pigs are the 'actions speak louder than words' sign and DO what they say, completing projects and tasks. They are practical, loyal, Earthy (like Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn) and not afraid of 'hands-on'. Sensual and appreciative of the five senses, they know how to treat themselves well, fueling creativity with practical things like good food, good company, exercise and the fresh outdoors.

Leaning toward accomplishment, they are able to handle power, stepping up as leaders though they can take care of mundane responsibilities as well. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune though they can be Zen about their life circumstances, taking responsibility for their own well-being. You don't often see them pointing a finger!

Serene, optimistic and fun, you can be the year of the Pig 2019 is something to celebrate.

Sign by Sign Horoscopes for Year of the Pig 2019

Image of Pig by Chao ShaoAng
Art by Chao ShaoAng

Each sign of the Western Zodiac will have a different response in the New Year of the Pig 2019, according to where this Aquarius New moon falls. Also notice that because the signs run in twelve-year cycles, they match up, more or less, with the cycle of Jupiter. For example, many Pigs born any time this century will have Jupiter in Sagittarius, which certainly goes with the buoyant, energetic, happy-go-lucky vibe of the Pig.

Let's look at how each sign can align with the energy of the Pig 2019.

AriesARIES 

The Ram can have a very social time in the year of the Pig 2019. Spirits are lifted when in a group situation, with friends or the home tribe. Aries will want to lead though, so find ways to put yourself in the spotlight. It's no time to be shy. This is a great year to release resistance to adventure. You will want to travel. Watch for contrasts and prickles in relationships. Instead of falling into a default response with potential discord to follow, ask yourself what you really want in terms of partnership and do whatever it takes to create that. This is the year where you own responsibility for your own well-being.

TaurusTAURUS 

The sign of the bull shares characteristics with the Chinese Pig, especially the earthy nature and easy-going vibe. Taureans will find this year more productive, creative and sensual than usual. It's good for proposing new projects, launching a career or changing to a new profession or calling. Whatever your mission in life, you'll be able to go for it with fresh enthusiasm. Great for your public identity. The only proviso is honesty. You'll need to be scrupulous in all your dealings, with a fully transparent attitude. Avoid any collaborations that have even a wiff of 'under the table' dealings. They won't stay hidden for long. If you're looking for a new partner, this is your year! Go for it.

GeminiGEMINI

The Twins in the year of the Pig will feel lucky, strong and resilient. The focus is on expansion of some kind, higher education, travel, philosophies or artistic pursuits that take you places you've never been before. To spice it up, it looks like you won't be going on these new horizon journeys alone. Whether a biz partner, artistic collaboration or romance, you won't have any trouble finding a plus one, if that's what you want. Though the year of the Pig 2019 is practical in some way, you will want to maintain a sense of the carefree. If it doesn't make you feel lighter than air, it's not for you. Your only caution is overindulgence. Avoid it for the best health outcomes.

CancerCANCER

Crabs come out of their shells in the year of the Pig. This is a time to embrace your strengths, both emotional and physical. You may want to work out, train in a mind-body-spirit discipline, martial art, weights, yoga, swimming, running, tennis. You decide, but the benefits of being in your best shape ever are multiple. You'll own your power and leadership qualities, stand up for your choices in the face of challenge, and find more authentic relationships - because you're being more authentic yourself. As always, food, comfort, artistry and nutrition are all-important, but this year a hobby or pastime could turn into a new, and lucrative, income stream.

LeoLEO 

Whatever creative projects you are planning for 2019, the Pig energy is going to be supportive on all levels. From finding an agent, collaborator, biz partner, financial backer, loan officer or funding agency, to reaching the audience you are after, the clients, the job offers, this year rocks. The only concern, at this time, is forgetting about your day to day practical needs. That includes body care like skipping meals, working all hours and generally not listening to internal signals. You can't live so wild and extreme that you ignore the little things that support well-being. This goes for romance as well. Don't expect relationships to run on autopilot this year.

Virgo VIRGO 

Because you are an Earth sign, the year of the Pig 2019 is a strong one for you. Expect income and finances to improve, mainly because you are able to catch problems before they happen and make necessary adjustments. Children may play a larger part in your life, more than you expected, but that goes for other creative projects too. Romance is in the air, and the more you can maintain the feeling of 'delightful uncertainty' the better. This is not a time to nail things down with commitments and contracts. Find the joy in the lightness of being and abundance will follow. It's about trusting your choices, and your heart.

LibraLIBRA 

Communication is going to surprise you this year. It's like suddenly everyone guy and their dog is listening to what you have to say. Hanging on your words, even. Whether you are a speaker, teacher, blogger, writer, coach, counselor, professor or performer, the year of the Pig 2019 brings new ideas, a fresh voice and supporters who are willing to notice what you have to say. Great for publishing, traditional or electronic, this is the year you reach a wider audience with whatever it is you do. Maybe there is one special someone you would like more attention from? In the words of Jane Austin, “Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.”

ScorpioSCORPIO 

For Scorpio, the year of the Pig brings practical inclinations, beginning with the home. The drive might be to buy a new place, relocate or build/repair/remodel. In a way, this is a metaphor for work that you do on yourself this year. The focus is internal and you will need a sense of your own sanctuary, no matter what your living situation. Likewise, you'll need some emotional space where you can process the changes going on inside you. Partnership and live-in companions require sensitive handling, mainly because you'll be feeling a little restless or edgy. For the best results, communicate. Tell them what is happening. It's not a year to keep people guessing.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS

Likely, you'll find this a year where you want to expand intellectually, taking new courses, leveling up credentials or going for training/edu in a whole new area of life. It's exhilarating, this launch into something new-for-you but there are a few cautions to keep in mind. Don't forget your family or tribe in the midst of it all. A sibling or cousin especially could need help and if you're too self-focused, you'll miss the cues. Optimism is sky high, and that's awesome, but check in, from time to time, to your accessibility. This is a busy year and it might be easy to get caught up in outcome more than the journey. You want to make each day a delight.

CapricornCAPRICORN

The year of the Pig 2019 is one to love what you do or change it. No exceptions. The earthy sign of the Sea-goat is similar in some ways to the Pig but one thing Pig can teach you is to love life. Every moment of it. It's not enough to make the money, meet the deadlines, fulfill the obligations. The question you must ask is, "Where is my highest joy?" If the answer isn't in what you are already doing, how you are 'being' then be ready for major changes in that department. In case you aren't sure how to evaluate this mindset, turn to your core values. What are they and are you living them to the fullness of your heart's desire?

AquariusAQUARIUS 

This is the most important new moon of the year and as it ushers in the year of the Pig, there are some things for you to face. Quite possibly, you are already on the path, feeling confident, abundant, appreciative and optimistic. If so, carry on. But if not, you'll need to have a long, slow, honest look at yourself and the life you lead. Fortunately, Pig energy has a wide and generous perspective, with all the support in the world for helping you make improvements in your life if you need to. Friends, in particular, are ready to lend a hand, so reach out, ask for help and amp up your receiving skills so you can fully benefit when the good times roll.

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If ever there was a year for you to work your magic, this is it. Pisces dreams the 'impossible 'dreams and Pig will gladly help you bring them to fruition. In the past, it may have been enough to have the idea, the sketch, the scene, the outline, the riff, the concept, but not now. This is your year of bringing it down to earth, manifesting your big dreams now. Shed any reluctance like an old skin and embrace the renewal and strength of vision that settles over this year. Large or small, whatever it is you hold in your thoughts is fair game for reality. Think of yourself as Midas with the golden touch, sans nasty consequences. Go forth and make it so!

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Horoscope for the New Moon - Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019!


Mars 2019 into Aries

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Fireworks by Nikolay Dimitrov - Mars 2019

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

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

Activating Mars 2019

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Mars 2019 through the sign of Aries

 

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

Mars 2019 Over the Aries Point

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

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

Finding Transiting Mars 2019 in your Chart

1) Create your chart online

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

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

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

 

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More on the AP and Mars 2019

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

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

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

Houses

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

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Happy New Year, and Mars into Aries!


Pre-pave with Astrology 2019

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Pre-Pave with Astrology 2019 - Madart Painting by Megan Duncanson

The New Year is nigh, the perfect time to Pre-Pave your desires with Astrology 2019. It all starts with awareness, so let's begin.

If you missed the live call, listen to the recording here:

The chat log with links to the charts we talked about.

How to Pre-Pave with Astrology 2019

Pre-paving, simply put, happens when we see (and feel) things going a certain way before they occur. We do it all the time, consciously or unconsciously, like before we open the bills, head to the dentist, apply for a job or pitch a new project. Think of it as your 'set-up' and expectations before starting something new.

There are usually two ways to pre-pave. One is unconscious and often contains fear and dread, as in: "Oh no. This is going to cost a fortune!" The other is conscious and purposefully creative/positive, as in: "I can make this payment with plenty of change to spare."

Whichever mindset, the thought will pave the path, no exceptions. Here are some detailed examples from Jeannette on How to Pre-Pave for Manifesting Success.

Now, the question is, how to leverage the Astrology 2019 for the best year ever? Let's look at some of the key astrological events coming up and see where they fit into your chart. There will be more posts, calls and discussions on the GVA Forum, but the first one is scheduled for December 18th/19th. Details & Discussion Here! All are welcome.

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Eclipse by Cedar Lee

Astrology 2019 Eclipses

Think of an eclipse as a super potent new or full moon. To occur, they must be in alignment with the North and South Lunar nodes, meaning the universe is lining up events that put you on your Path. Eclipses break up logjams, situations that are stagnate an no longer serving our greatest expansion. They are often a wild ride, bring life to a crises point of some kind. They come at peak times of change, decision making and crossroads, bearing messages from the gods. Intuition is heightened, along with instincts and the ability to act. We might see the end of an era on some level and the beginning of a whole new way of being.

Know that eclipses always come in pairs with a new moon or solar eclipse initiating something fresh and innovative. Following that, there is the corresponding full moon or lunar eclipse where we let go of the old ways of thinking.

For now, it's enough to note what houses are involved. They show you WHERE change is happening so you can pre-pave what thrills you the most. As the year unfolds, we'll be doing calls on the eclipses to help you get into alignment with what you want. Check back here for more info on each one.

Note the Eclipse Pairs in the Astrology 2019

January 5, 2019 - Partial Solar Eclipse 15° Capricorn

Solar Eclipse @15 Capricorn
LA - Sat - 6:29 pm
NY - Sat - 9:29 pm
LON - Sun - 2:29 am
SYD - Sun - 1:29 pm

Chart for the solar eclipse:

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January 5th/6th Solar Eclipse chart

January 21, 2019 – Lunar Eclipse 01° Leo

July 02, 2019 – Solar Eclipse 10° Cancer

July 16, 2019 – Lunar Eclipse 02° Capricorn

December 26, 2019 – Solar Eclipse 04° Capricorn

January 10, 2020 - Lunar Eclipse 10° Cancer

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The second New Moon after the solstice 2018 marks Chinese New Year 2019, year of the water Pig.  This year it falls on February 5, 2019.  Read more about the Chinese New Year of the Pig, times, dates and predictions. Essentially, how to use this energy for your best possible outcomes.

Astrology 2019 Ingresses & Aspects

Degree Spans and Ingress

Check where these transits fall in your chart. We'll be talking about any major influences over in the Forum. If you want to brush up on transits, how to spot them and what they might mean, check out these GVA Youtube Tutorials: Transits in Your Chart part 1 & Transits in Your Chart part 2.

Jupiter at 11 Sagittarius - 6 Capricorn (ingress into Capricorn December 3, 2019)

Saturn at 11 - 21 degrees Capricorn

Chiron at 28 Pisces - 4 Aries

Uranus at 28 Aries to 6 Taurus

Neptune at 14 - 18 Pisces

Pluto at 20 - 23 degrees Capricorn

North Node at 26 Cancer Rx to 8 Cancer

Conjunctions Astrology 2019

Note these events, especially the transits to the 0 degree Arise Point (zero Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn in your chart.

Chiron over the 0 degree Aries Point - [April 17, 2018 Dir, Sept 18, 2018 Rx, Feb 18, 2019 Dir]

Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto parallel of declination October 2019

Jupiter over the 0 degree Aries Point - December 3, 2019

Saturn conjunct Pluto - January 12, 2020

Astrology 2019 Retrogrades

Finally, in 2019 we will have only three Mercury retrograde periods. There are often four a year, so this means communications will be flowing without quite as many snafus. Granted, those snafus can work entirely in our favor.

To understand retrograde cycles, check out the GVA Tutorial at Youtube - Retrograde Planets of Mercury and Beyond.

More on this as they unfold. Jupiter will retrograde once and the outer planets, from Saturn to Pluto, will all have their Rx times. Check the details, degrees and shadow zones here. We'll be discussing these on the Forum and GVA Calls in 2019.

March 05 – Mercury retrograde 29° Pisces - March 28th - 16 Pisces
April 10 – Jupiter retrograde 24° Sagittarius - August 11th - 14 Sagittarius
April 24 – Pluto retrograde 23° Capricorn - October 2nd - 20 Capricorn
April 29 – Saturn retrograde 20° Capricorn - September 18th - 13 Capricorn
June 21 – Neptune retrograde 18° Pisces - November 27th - 15 Pisces
July 07 – Mercury retrograde 04° Leo - July 31st - 23 Cancer
August 11 – Uranus retrograde 06° Taurus - January 10th - 2 Taurus
October 31 – Mercury retrograde 27° Scorpio - November 20th - 11 Scorpio

How to Tap In

Listen to the call above or download it from the forum - Pre-paving 2019 - December 18th (19th in Aus). Details Here! All are welcome.

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New Moon & Mercury Direct

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The New Moon & Mercury Direct

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

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

Here are the times in your zone

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

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

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Aries - Cancer

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

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

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

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

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Leo - Scorpio

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

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

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

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

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Sagittarius - Pisces

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

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

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

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

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

Happy New Moon, everyone!

xxKim


Planetary Game of Thrones

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

What is a Planetary Game of Thrones?

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

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

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

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

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

Planetary Game of Thrones Dispositors

Results of a Planetary Game of Thrones

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

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

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

How to Align with the Planetary Game of Thrones?

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

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

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

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

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