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New Moon & Mercury Direct

New Moon & Mercury Direct - Enteringthedream by Stephanie Pui-Mun LawCelebrating New Moon & Mercury Direct with 'Entertaining the Daydream' by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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


Crispen Korschen Uranus Breakthrough

Uranus Breakthroughs in Taurus 2018 -2019

Crispen Korschen Uranus Breakthroughs
Freeing two Hearts by Crispin Korschen - Uranus Breakthroughs

Let's celebrate the Uranus breakthroughs in Taurus, in orb all of 2018 to 2019. This auspicious change of signs happens on the 15th of May for the first time in eight-four years. It's a big fat whopping deal! Yet momentous as it is, upping awareness and self-reflection will bring the best results. You don't want to fall asleep in front of this train. For more on Uranus energy, notes are here.

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 10.18.48 amGVA Members can discuss this Uranus transit in their chart on the GVA Forum

Listen to the Uranus Breakthrough Call

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Tom Stone's Book, Emotional Mastery - a simple technique and understanding of the art of FEELING feelings and letting them go. Amazing.

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Uranus Breakthroughs in the 'Fall'

Uranus is in its FALL in Taurus. This has nothing to do with the seasons of the year, and everything to do with the way Uranus will express in your chart, and in the charts of nations.

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Lovely Balance by Crispin Korschen

To understand why Taurus is the sign of Uranus' Fall, consider the desires of Uranus working out through Venus-ruled Taurus. What does he want, need and have to offer? The core values of Uranus include: to awaken, to shock, to be original, to be free, to revolt, rebel, reinvent. It's probably the most impersonal planet in the solar system.

Remember, the planets are the actors, the signs, the costumes they wear, the houses the stage or area of life and the aspects the scrips they read.

Now, think of what kind of costume Taurus give Uranus to wear. Words like sensual, seductive, expensive, alluring, practical, earthy, grounded, artistic, feminine, gentle, ostentatious, comfortable. Taurus is Venus ruled and of the body. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury and of the mind, intuition and higher realms of thought. In ancient mythologies, Uranus or Ouranos, is Father Sky, a creation god of perfection, and as such, he finds his earthly prodigy, the Titans, repulsive. Probably this theme represents the detachment of Uranus to the every day, and to the 'flawed'. The key to leveraging Uranus in Taurus include finding new ways to 'get real' and express 'practical genius', earthy innovation and abundances for everyone.

Uranus Breakthroughs When Last in Taurus - 1934 - 1943

In Taurus, Uranus operates through the world of matter, not his comfort zone.  Last time, a few things went askew, like the gold standard, the world economy and democracy abroad. Our relationship to prosperity changed as a result. Perhaps this is why some eccentric (Uranus) bank robbers (Taurus) like John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde hit the front page of newspapers at this time.

But in addition to the challenges, innovative changes appeared. Schrödinger's cat was first imagined as a way to explain the mind-bending contradictions of quantum mechanics. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, or There and Back Again came out, shaping the Fantasy genre for the next eighty years, and beyond. President Roosevelt signed US Social Security and the Neutrality Act. Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Pacific, a rousing combination of technology (Uranus) and feminism (Taurus).

And, a personal favorite, the board game Monopoly was created. Leave it to Uranus (imaginary) in Taurus (money) to make a game of financial success and failure. Prohibition was overturned (freedom to be licentious?) with the 21st Amendment and the first proto-computer came online, the Z1, a room-sized machine able to store 1,400 bits of information. (The machine you’re using now sits in your lap and can hold 8.5 billion bits, by contrast.)

Other inventions of the last Uranus in Taurus transit include nylon, a synthetic (Uranus) garment (Taurus). Commonplace now, it was seen as something straight out of a SF future at the time, along with pinball machines, Kodachrome photography, color films and the Volkswagen Beetle. Not all doom and gloom!

Crispen Korschen Uranus Breakthoughs Feminism
Face the Sun by Crispin Korschen

Quotes for Uranus Breakthroughs in Taurus

As feminism rallied after the success with suffrage, powerful, creative and revolutionary women spoke out.

1. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

2. "Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me." -  Zora Neale Hurston

3. "I don't breed in captivity." - Gloria Steinem, when asked about her personal views on marriage. She was born in 1934 with Uranus on the cusp of Aries/Taurus.

4. "Men and women, here and now, are able to exert their wills; they are not pawns and puppets dancing on a string held by invisible hands. They can act, and think for themselves. Perhaps even they can influence other people's thoughts and actions." - -Virginia Woolfe

5. "Too often little attention is paid to individual talent. Instead, education goes on dividing people according to their sex..." - Amelia Earhart

Where will you experience your Uranus Breakthroughs?

Think of Uranus as one of the most exciting planets to work with in deliberate creation where we blast through glass ceilings and break out of limiting beliefs. It’s insanely powerful energy and we'll be talking about this more on May 15th, TIME - 6 pm EDT. For now, here are some ideas to explore.

Some have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to,
when all they need is one reason why they can. -Martha Graham, dancer.

AriesARIES: Uranus breakthroughs operate in your second house of core values and sense of ‘wealth’ $$ and abundance. What is it, inner and outer, that makes you feel secure? When things go topsy-turvy, you know you're on the right track.

TaurusTAURUS: This is your sun sign, the most potent Uranian transit of your life. It lights up all four corners of your world, self-expression, home, career and partnership. It’s the perfect time to set new intentions, putting energy into YOU and what you want to create.

GeminiGEMINI: Taurus is your natural house of dreams and immersion in the collective. It’s a time of synchronicity, meaning and serendipitous connections. You will be generating new enthusiasm for a Uranus Breakthrough years ahead. Muse, create, allow.

CancerCANCER: Time to explore new connections, friendships and links with like-minded others. This energy wants tangible results so remember the ancient motto – to have a friend, be a friend. Let go of what is no longer true to you and explore new horizons.

LeoLEO: If you're not in the career or spotlight of your dreams, kiss the status quo goodbye. Disruptive at first, this transit is all about realigning with authenticity.  So, ask: are you doing what you love? The answer will define the next seven years! Be honest.

VirgoVIRGO: Time to get out of the house, away from the grind and out into the world. You are primed to taste, touch and smell the sunrise, view the sights and hear every new sound, idea and concept. Travel, explore, expand. Point your feet in a revolutionary direction.

LibraLIBRA: Joint partnerships, especially where finances are concerned, go through major transformations. You decide how you want things to be. It’s time to stop relying on outmoded business models for your shared resources. Intend for them to accelerate out of this world.

ScorpioSCORPIO: Emotional freedom to be yourself in all your relationships is the breakthrough you're after. Taurus puts the spotlight on intimacy, Uranus on liberty, meaning you will want to find new balance. Take a moment to imagine things the way you want. And so it begins . . .

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: All the taken for granted things of the household, studio, office, your pets, plants and plans, include gym, nutrition and well-being, require new energy, attention, revolution even. Over the next seven years, put your mind on the ways and means you accomplish your will.

CapricornCAPRICORN: A childlike creative impulse infuses you, giving you the Midas Touch when it comes to creative self-expression. Don’t be embarrassed! It’s natural for you to be more playful now. Set aside some time for fun and carefree expenditure of energy for best results.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Uranus in Taurus is your cue to put attention inward, into your emotional core, the home, family and sense of 'ground' and stability. Evaluate, appreciate and make repairs, or plan rebellions, where necessary. This sets the stage for fabulous results over the next seven years

piscesPISCES: Uranus in Taurus through your communications sector has you spouting genius innovations and honing them down to practical use. i.e., cut to the chase. Your words are even MORE powerful creators of your future. Say what you mean; mean what you say.

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Remember, we're talking live about this ingress of the year on May 15, 2018 6 pm Eastern Daylight Time on UberConference. (That's Wednesday, May 16 in Australia, 8 am AEST) Upload your charts in the gallery with the link handy. We'll see you there! Dial in, or stream online.

If you want even more insights, join GVA for our next course - Abundance Though Astrology.


Cycles of Venus Michael Parkes

Cycles of Venus

Cycles of Venus Michael ParkesImage: Michael Parkes

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

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

Align with the Stars Call - January 2018

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

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

The Venus Synodic Cycles Visual Tutorial

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

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

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

Recap of the facts:

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

Morning and Evening Star

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

Venus Synodic Cycles Step by Step

Inferior Conjunction

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

Morning Star

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

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

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

Maximum Elongation

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

Superior Conjunction

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

Evening Star

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

Retrograde Station

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

Venus Superior Conjunction 2018

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

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

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

Starting to make sense?

Fascinating Maths

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

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

Applying the Venus Cycle to the Chart

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

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

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

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

Extra Insights

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

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

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

 

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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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Image from Zenflower Posterous

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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Solar and Planetary Returns

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Sun-Moon Eclipse

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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. In this post, we have an example for both the annual solar return and the demi return.

Here at GVA, Kim offers Solar Return Reading - fun and informative to do right around your birthday every year. There's a current wait list, but check them out in the Astrology Shop Page.

If you want do the GVA Exploring Planetary Return Course, check it out here. In it is a rundown on Solar Returns as well as planetary returns.

Finally, I hope you enjoy the discussion below, and tutorial. Skip straight to the examples if you are current and ready to jump right in.

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.

Note on the Asteroids

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.

Sometimes location is tricky- it may be set for the birth place or the current residence. I use the birth place usually, but not always. I know it's not helpful to say 'it depends' but that's the case, ie. It mostly depends on how long one has been in the location, how long they plan to stay, how much it changes the birth place return etc. Many other astrologers prefer re-location chart. Experiment for yourself on this.

So, 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 Approach to Reading the Return

Step One

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?

Step Two

2. Check the orientation of the signs emphasized. What is the strongest modality? Element? Polarity? Is something '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)

Step Three

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?

Step Four

4. Most relevant, what are 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.

Step Five

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?

Step Six

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.

Step Seven

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?

In addition, look at the chart tone and chart pattern.

Don't forget the aspect patterns too.

Then check the rising planets.

Feel free to meet us in the comments to unravel the mystery or link to YOUR OWN solar return chart to continue the discussion.

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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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Solar Chart Solutions

Solar Charts

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

A Brief History of Solar Chart Astrology

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

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

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

Creating the Solar Chart

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

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

Practice Makes Perfect

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

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

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

How does the Solar Chart House System Work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solar Chart Houses for natal readings and transits “predictions”

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

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

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

More Examples

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

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

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

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

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Transits to Solar Chart Houses

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

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

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

Report your findings, questions and comments below.

See you there!

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Secondary Progressions and You

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What are Secondary Progressions?

Commonly known simply as Progressions, this is a type of ‘transit chart’ with a rich and useful history. Let’s cover the basics so you can jump right in. I think you'll find secondary progressions amazing to work with.

Progression
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noun: progression; plural noun: progressions
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    the process of developing gradually towards a more advanced state. In astrology it means ADVANCING the chart forward to show the life trends and development for the individual by advancing the chart “a day for a year”.

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    Technical Notes

    There are a few ways to progress a chart including solar arc directions, primary progressions, tertiary progressions, converse progressions (progressing backward!). Today, We’ll focus on Secondary Progressions, probably the most commonly used. They are the ones I use 90% of the time.

    Create Your Secondary Progressions

    Go to Astro.com and click on extended chart selection. Then choose from the drop-down “Natal and Progressed Chart”. Add whatever asteroids and points you want. I suggest you learn the primary planets first) and click “show chart”.

    prog_2pm-300x184From there, if you click it again, you will have the PRINT VERSION, which is the chart you can 1) save to your computer 2) upload to Drop box or photo bucket etc.

    Ten Tips for reading secondary progressions

1) Secondary Progressions are ‘a day for a year’

The thing to keep in mind is you are creating a chart based on “a day for a year” where you “progress” the chart forward depending on how old you are. Example: If you were born May 1st, of any year, and wanted to look at your progressed chart for when you turned 26, you count forward in the ephemeris, from the day AFTER your birthday, 26 days, and that shows your progressed planetary positions. (See image #2) If you are 30, it’s the chart done for 30 DAYS after. If you are 50, then 50 days after. The computer (or hand) calculation is more precise, but you can look at the ephemeris for the year in question and get a very good idea of your progressed chart.

2) Slower moving planets don't usually count

What you’ll find right away is that the slower moving planers barely move. Pluto may only change a few degrees in a lifetime, so unlike transits, the OUTER PLANETS are less significant. The progressed Moon, however, moves at the rate of 2.5 years per sign (as the real-life moon travels 2.5 days per sign). The Sun, Mercury and Venus travel about 1 degree a year and Mars Varies.

3) What to watch

The progressed Ascendant, Moon and inner planets are the ones you want to watch. Like any transit chart, always relate the progressions BACK to the NATAL chart. You can read it as a standalone, but ONLY if you think of WHAT has been progressed in relationship to the Natal.

4) Transit versus Secondary Progressions

Transits are the daily motion of the planets. We use them to understand significant inner and outer events. The progressions show the ‘day for a year’ advancement of the birth cart. Here’s how Isabel Hickey in the 1950s described the difference. (Long before ‘law of attraction’ became popularized).

The progressed chart works from within, showing the changes of consciousness occurring in the individual, bringing changes in the outer world. Only by changing our attitudes and consciousness first can we change what will manifest in the world around us. With the support of progressions, we can change our thoughts before they manifest negatively, as we have the power and the privilege of changing events before they “happen”.

I agree with her. The progressed chart can give us powerful insights into what’s coming up and how we might want to THINK about it to deliberately create what we want, using the energy to propel us forward in our lives.

5) The progressed Ascendant

The secondary progression Ascendant moves about a degree a year + or -. If everyone would like to find their progressed Ascendant to start with, we will launch from there. It might be a good time to review some of the qualities of the Ascendant sign, and the identity awareness they bring. It is ALWAYS significant when the progressed Ascendant changes sign. Think of it as a new dressing in your shop window to the world!

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6) The Progressed Moon – Orbs and Aspects

The prog Moon is the fastest moving progressed planet, moving about 1 degree a month.

We only allow ONE degree of orb for progressed aspects (where transits can go up to 10 degrees of orb) so with the moon, you are looking at one month before (the degree before exact), the month of exact and one month after – a three month time frame for the progressed conjunction, or other aspect, vibe. The sign, house and aspect will be significant and relate to your true feelings at the time. For example, when the progressed moon comes up to conjunct your Mars, the month before, of, and after will HEAT up emotions in that area of life, depending on what house it is in. If your Mars isn’t happy ie, you aren’t the boss of you, leading the way to new adventures, you will FEEL it. If you are expressing your Mars, you’ll have strong feelings of joy and bliss! You can’t predict if it will feel ‘good or bad’ unless you know how aligned you are with the core energy of the planets.

The HOUSE the moon progresses through is where the focus is for about 2.5 years. It tells you WHERE you can get in touch with what you really want in new ways. It activates the house! Think of it as a massive core value check in. What feels nurturing to you now?

The best way to see how this works is to check the Prog. Moon in action. Go to your current progressed chart and spot the moon. Plot that in your natal chart and discern:

1) the house/area of life of focus
2) the sign that is wanting to wake up in you (add to your identity)
3) the aspects to natal planets and points, within one degree.
4) some astrologers consider not just the Progressed to Natal aspects but the Progressed to Progressed aspects. I look at them as an overall indicator of change (as when a natal applying aspect comes to exact, or goes out of orb) but focus first on Prog to Natal).

7) The Progressed Sun

The prog sun moves about a degree a year, so contacts from it last about three years – the degree before exact, the degree of and the degree after exact. Think of the progressed sun as shining a spotlight on the house, planet or aspect it connects with. Also note when your prog sun changes signs (every 30 years after the first change). It adds a new flavor to your sense of individuality, purpose and power.

8) Change of Direction

Note when a progressed planet changes direction. You might have been born with Mercury Rx and 20 years later, your progressed Mercury turns direct. Or you might find that when you turn 45, your progressed Venus turns Rx. These changes of direction are always significant. You are able to see, and utilize, the energy of the planet in new ways. For example: My natal Mars is 8 Capricorn rx and it’s been progressed at 26 Sagittarius Rx for most of my life. It will turn direct when I’m 68. I’ll let you know! I was also born with Saturn Rx and when I turned 36 it went direct for the first time in my life. I never really felt free until then!

9) Ingress by Sign and House

When a progressed planet changes signs, either moving from 29 to 0 or 0 to 29 Rx, that is always a BIG shift. Use the new energy to expand your playing field, broaden your perspective and embody the energy the sign represents. Same goes with leaving one house and entering another. What new area of life are you ready to explore?

10) Check list

Here's your secondary progressions check list:

Progressed Ascendant -  What natal house is it in? Sign? Aspects to the natal? Advanced: Note progressed decan and dwads when they change.

Progressed Aspects - to use are the conjunction and opposition. You can consider more, but these are the ones you look for first. They usually matter most.

Progressed Moon – What’s it saying about your feeling body, health, and how you nurture yourself and others?

Progressed Sun – Where’s the spotlight? Are you dancing in it? How’s your individuality and empowerment? Creative self-expression? Accolades?

Progressed Mercury – Where are you applying your curiosity and moving energy forward? Communicating?

Progressed Venus – Living your core values? Playing well with others?

Progressed Mars – Where are you being the boss, standing up for yourself and taking inspired action? Vitality? Energy?

Armed with these basics, let’s explore our progressions in the comments. If you want specific feedback, it helps me to see the natal and progressed charts so pop them up in the gallery if you like.

Happy progression hunting, everyone.

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Medical Astrology

MedicalAstrologyHi everyone,

Let’s jump in straight in with a few key points on the ancient practice of medical astrology. And then for or a direct experience, listen to the Astro-Body Scan guided exploration.

The Zodiac in Medical Astrology

First up, each sign links to a particular part of the body, starting with Aries ruling the head and ending with Pisces ruling the feet. Although focus can be placed on powerful health indicators like the Sun, sixth house and the Ascendant alone, it helps to remember that we all have the twelve signs of the zodiac in our charts. By looking at the houses and their associated signs from a health perspective, we can learn about our needs for vitality, and genuine expression in the various areas of life.

Notice how this approach can answer questions about how best to strengthen and nourish our natural energies as we acknowledge each sign according to house position. Understanding what it means to have Aries in the fourth house, as opposed to Taurus there, can lead to a more fulfilling home life, and quite possibly the reduction of any unexplained fevers or headaches. Discovering the difference between Capricorn on the Ascendant as opposed to Gemini can initiate a more creative access to the outer world, and minimize chronic lethargy, depression or problems with the knees and joints.

Looking closely at the signs around the horoscope and how they currently express is one way to ascertain what is not right in life and make meaningful adjustments that lead to a greater sense of well being. By honoring the individual needs of the signs through the houses, the door opens to natural vigor, energy flow and zest for life. Think of it as your own, personal feng shui for well being.

Remember, we are looking at the body and any “dis-ease” or lack of balance as a message, not a diagnosis. Use astrology to approach health in a more holistic way.

For example, the sign Cancer rules the stomach

This water sign has to do with making connections, feeling nurtured and ‘needed’ by others. If my stomach is upset, my nurturing life may be out of balance. With that knowledge I can start to ask the right questions such as, “Am I feeling loved. Am I looking after myself?” Particularly, I look to the HOUSE ruled by Cancer. Am I giving and receiving love and nurturing there? In my own chart, it’s the 11th house so I might ask if I’m feeling loved by friends, or if I am in groups that resonate as my clan or tribe. In this way, tummy trouble helps me look at my life in a new way. The alternative is to take an antacid and hope for the best.

Another good example is a headache

The head is ruled by Aries, the sign of independence and action. Aries likes to initiate projects, start the ball rolling and above all, be the boss. If I get a headache I ask, where am I not being independent and assertive in my life? Where have I taken a subordinate role when really I want to be top dog? I look at the house ruled by Aries to suggest where I really need to be the boss. I can assert my healthy aggression there, or I can take an aspirin. You see how this work?

If we treat aches and pains and even life threatening diseases like spam and ‘bulk delete/treat’ without reading the message, a great opportunity for true well being is missed. Knowing the medicinal zodiac can help highlight were in the chart (in the life) something has gotten out of balance and how honoring the sign ruling that house can be restorative.

Again, Medical Astrology is informative and fascinating, but never a substitute for proper self care and medical attention where appropriate.

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  • Aries – assertiveness – head, fevers (acute conditions)
  • Taurus – sensation – throat, voice, vocal cords, larynx
  • Gemini – communication – shoulders, arms, hands, lungs (voice/articulation/ larynx)
  • Cancer – nurturing – stomach
  • Leo – creativity – heart (upper back)
  • Virgo –discernment – upper digestive tract (food allergies)
  • Libra – relationship – kidneys and lower back
  • Scorpio – transformation – sexual organs and lower intestines
  • Sagittarius – exploration – hips and thighs (moving forward)
  • Capricorn – enterprise – skin, skeletal system and knees (chronic conditions)
  • Aquarius – originality – nervous system, circulation and ankles
  • Pisces – spirituality – the feet, lymphatic system, endocrine system

Let’s play with this, with your own chart and charts in your files. Study with the mindset that we aren’t trying to fix anything. We are reading a message.

What messages do you see?

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