Kim Falconer

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

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Let’s jump in straight in with a few key points on the ancient practice of medical astrology.

The Zodiac in Medical Astrology

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.

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.

Examples

For example, the sign Cancer/Kataka 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/Kataka. 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
  • Gemini – communication – shoulders, arms, hands, lungs (voice)
  • 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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Electional and First Meet Charts

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Ready to explore the amazing branch of astrology known as electional charts?

To get started with this different way of viewing a chart, realize first that it’s still a BIRTH chart, just not of a human being. It’s the birth of a relationship, idea, project or business. Working with these “electional” or Origin/first meet charts can be surprisingly insightful, and revealing.

Quick Definitions:

Horary Charts – A horoscope drawn the moment a burning questions is asked. Use the time, date and place of the astrologer, the moment THEY hear (or read) the question.

Electional Charts – A horoscope drawn for the best time to take a desired action. Use the time/date and place of the planned event/signing, ceremony, launch.

First Meet/Genesis/Origin Charts – A horoscope drawn for the moment of the first meet/date/brainstorm/idea. Here we use the time/date and place of the ppl involved. If it’s face, the “birth place” is clear. If it’s an online “first meet” there are two charts, each with their own local date/time/place.

Once the chart is created (on astro.com for free or with your own fav astro software), the fun begins. Here are the basic tools you will need to read an election/origin chart:

  1. A firm understanding of planetary dignities and rulerships, signs, houses, planets and aspects
  2. Objectivity
  3. Non-judgement

Numbers 2 & 3 are very important as much of the old literature on reading electionals, horary and first-meet charts is black and white, good and bad where in reality, we make of the energy what we will. Keep an open mind. If Mars square Uranus falls in the 10th and 7th, it doesn’t mean that the new biz partnership is doomed. You do want to be aware of the kind of approach required, as in not trying to control and manhandle but putting a lot of innovation and empowerment into everything you do together.

How Electional charts work – Like attracts like

We aren’t the way we are because of our birth data. Turn it around. We are born at a particular time because of who we are, and the same holds true for our ideas, our partnerships, our events and ceremonies. None of us come here with a clean slate. We have core values, beliefs, likes and dislikes from ‘before’, and so does anything that has a ‘beginning’ in manifest reality.

Law of Attraction says ‘like attracts like’. Everything in our lives is in alignment with our energy, our vibration. We get what we vibrate, which holds true for book launches, festivals, weddings, dates and brainstorm sessions. Astrology is not in contradiction to this notion. People, places, questions and ideas are born when they are (the sun, moon, and planets in a certain place) because that moment in time is a perfect match to WHAT they are.

How do we read electional charts?

In many ways, we read these charts just like a person’s natal. Working with electional and origin charts are great practice for honing your delineation skills including:

Rulerships – For a very basic tutorial on this, go HERE. If you just need a chart of the rulerships to brush up, see below. We use rulerships to identify the state and action of the relationships/meet-up/event. For example, if Sagittarius is rising in a first-meet chart, we know that Jupiter Rules the moment. We look at where and how Jupiter is placed to learn more about what the connection is all about.

screen-shot-2015-12-11-at-5-55-23-pm-600x405Dignitaries – Not all planets are equally well disposed in each sign. They have their favorites and their challenges. Here is a chart of the classical dignitaries.

In some signs, the power of a planet (energy) is able to flow without any kinks because it is in a natural alignment with that sign. In other signs, it is more convoluted, because the energy of the planet is contrasting or a resistant to the nature of the sign.

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Ruler – Planets in the signs they rule are like being on easy street for expression. Home. Empowered.

Detriment – Planets in the opposite sign to the one they rule are in the ‘shadow’ sign, or ‘contrast/detriment’ or ‘resistance’. Their power is not as free flowing because the sign is not aligned to their mode of expression (put a warrior in a tutu . . .Mars in Libra, or put Saturn, a corporate executive, in a pre-school teacher’ outfit). The ‘detriment’ or shadow sign is always opposite to the sign the planet rules.

Exaltation – Every  planet has one sign other than the rulership sign, that it expresses completely freely in – that is the sign of the exaltation. (Saturn exalted in Libra, Mars exalted in Capricorn)

Fall – The opposite sign of the exaltation is the ‘fall’ or give . . . this shadow sign is also a contrast to the easy alignment, and through contrast, we grow in experience, gain self awareness and become more self-aware. Fulfilled.

A planet in the sign of his rulership is like a person entertaining in their own house. They feel at easy. natural and in control. In Detriment or Fall, it’s like entertaining in another person’s house – not able to do as exactly they please.

Other things to check in the electional/first-meet chart is the Moon and her “applying” aspects. They show the actions that come next. Also note the house position of the moon and the lunar phase (the aspect to the sun). The moon is considered the co-ruler of the chart, along with the Ascendant ruler so we put a strong focus there. Also we look at mutual receptions, and maybe Arabic Parts and some fixed stars and asteroids. Don’t clog the chart up to start with though. Get the essence and then gradually add in other elements IF they have something to offer the situation.

Houses – You will want to have a handle on “where” in the chart we find the other person (if another is involved). This is where you build your journal as a resource, keeping notes on the houses that rule different types of connections – 1st – Self, 2nd – Aunts and Uncles,  3rd house is siblings, 4th, a parent, 5th, first child, lovers, 6th, employee, 7th, “the other” 8th, banker, 9th, guru, teacher, 10th, boss, a parent, 11th, friends, 12th, the unknown other . . . that’s just to get you started.

Symbolism in Electional Charts

Each chart tells a story and as you practice with these electional and origin charts, you’ll start to understand what that story is.

I would love to look at one or two examples from the class to give you all a feel for how to jump in, so make note in the comments of the chart (is it a first meet, launch time or start up of a biz?) and have a link to it that everyone can click on and view. Obviously I can’t run through too many but you all can have a go. Let’s see what examples come up.

In the meantime, here is a chart of the moment. Let’s pretend it’s a first meet chart and I’m wondering “what to expect” of the energy of the connection.

Okay, now I wish I just met someone at this moment for real LOL! I didn’t time this out but really, look how cool it would be.

screen-shot-2015-12-11-at-7-00-53-pm-600x624I’m a Gemini Sun and there it is, Gemini on the Ascendant, with the Part of Fortune. That’s me! Curious, flirty and having fun.

The chart ruler, from my perspective is Mercury, and he’s not thrilled to be in Capricorn but he’s “dignified” in the 7th house (because it is angular) and is applying to all kinds of fun aspects, ending with a trine to Jupiter and the Node. We might say that though I’d experience some shocks along the way (Mercury applying to a square to Uranus, (Yes , out of orb of 10 degrees but we are looking at all applying aspects by sign) but still, the feeling is all’s well that ends well with Jupiter node.

“They” (my hypothetical meet up person) are ruled by Jupiter (Saggo on the cusp of the 7th house of “the other”) and in his detriment (Virgo), but again, my ruler and their ruler are applying to a trine by sign. We would say that I have the better standing, the “hand” or upper hand/control, at least at the start.

The Moon is in the last hours of DARK, which isn’t what you’d plan for an electional chart. Make sure that the New Moon is complete, if you are planning an event. But still, Moon conjunct sun in the 7th bods well for this hypothetical connection. I would say we would definitely meet again, though with the dark moon and co-ruler moon square their ruler Jupiter, this intriguing other is committed elsewhere. The dark moon has a 12th house feel to it. We’d be sneaking around, for one reason or another! OR, we are collaborating on a mystery novel! Remember, keep an open mind on how the energy might play out.

All this from just looking at the rulers of the two people involved, and the co-ruler moon.

I hope it whets your appetite for more. Questions? Comments? Ideas?

Let’s talk!

If you want Kim to do an Electional Chart for you, finding the right date for a new adventure, see the Astrology Shop for Best Date Ever readings.

PS THE author to read if you want to specialize in these kinds of charts is Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson.

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The Vertex

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Vertumnus and Pomona by Jean Ranc, ca 1720

Hi everyone!

Kim Falconer here with the astrology of the Vertex.

What the heck is the vertex?

The vertex is a theoretical point in the heavens where the ecliptic (the apparent orbit of the Sun around the earth) crosses the prime vertical. That's the plane that runs at right angles to the meridian and divides the celestial sphere from front to back. Already, it sounds fishy, right. A theoretical point?

The vertex/anti-vertex is only theoretical to the degree that the Ascendant and Midheaven are. We know the Ascendant is the point were the ecliptic intersects the horizon (instead of the prime vertical). Then there is the North and South Nodes of the Moon. They are also points of theoretical intersection. In this case, we find them were the path of the Moon rises and falls across the ecliptic. All these examples are  'imaginary' because there is nothing really out there at that point in space. No fixed star, no asteroid, no planet. Not not to forget that the ecliptic itself is the imaginary path of the Sun around the earth.

Still, I put stock in the Vertex and use it on a regular basis in chart readings. Here's why ...

FACTS

The vertex falls on the western side of the chart, with the anti-vertex found exactly 180 degrees away, on the eastern side (the Ascendant side). As with the Ascendant and Midheaven, an exact birth time is necessary to calculate the vertex. There is no point working with it unless you have one. That is the first rule.

What does the word Vertex ‘do’. First, think about what the word means. It comes from the Latin root word vertere, meaning to change, to turn, turn frequently or spin. It also can mean a crowning point, summit, top or crest. Words having this Latin root include vertebrae, (joint, having something to turn on) vertigo (dizzy, disoriented, spun out) vertical (from top to bottom) versatile (doing many things at once, to turn from one thing to another) and verticil (a circular arrangement around a fixed point, a whorl). The common theme here highlights change or movement, from one point to another, where the center remains fixed or the same.

Sparking anything yet?

Mythological correlations to the Vertex

The Roman god Vertumnus has roots in the Latin word vertere, to change, turn or spin. Vertumnus was a lesser god of gardens, fruit trees and seasons. Youthful and alluring (hot-hot-hot), he had the power to change himself into various forms, just as the seed changes from root, to branch to leaf to fruit. Vertumnus used this ability in his (hot) pursuit of the goddess Pomona.

As the myth goes, Vertumnus fell in love with the strikingly beautiful goddess Pomona. Although she rejected all suitors, he fed his passion with the sight of her by changing his form and passing her gardens daily as a soldier, a harvester, a fisherman, etc. Ignoring him, Pomona remained devoted only to the cultivation of fruit trees. Vertumnus persisted and one day he altered his form into an old woman, greeted her with a passionate kiss, and proceeded to enter her gardens.

Vertumnus, (as the matron), talked to the goddess, attempting to convince her of the rewards of relationship and the dangers of rejecting love. The qualities and integrity of the youthful god Vertumnus were discussed. Finally, “she” told Pomona the story of a young man who cruelly took his own life after being spurned by his love. She told of how the gods turned the rejecting woman into stone, but still Pomona was not persuaded.

Exasperated, Vertumnus dropped his disguise and stood naked before Pomona in his true form. She thought she was seeing the sun emerge from behind the clouds and in the glorious light of Vertumnus, she opened her heart and reciprocated his love. Together still, they attend the gardens and fruit tress of the countryside.

The Chance Moment

The theme of this myth centers on a seemingly chance moment where an outstanding event occurs. To Pomona, it was like an epiphany, a sudden turn of fate, a radical awakening of perception. To Vertumnus, it was at first a well planned strategy, then finally an act of spontaneous desperation. Imagine his surprise when Pomona finally received him!

Love, relationship and union are highlighted here, not just in the desire of Vertumnus, but also in the story he told of the young man’s rejection and the consequences that followed. The imagery of the gardens, fruit and vine add to the feeling of ripeness, an event finally ready to happen, a fruitful experience.

These are all themes you can bring to the reading of your Vertex.

How significant is it? That’s the debate, and not all astrologers agree. I like to think of the vertex as a sensitive point linked to fateful encounters with others, sudden epiphanies, turning points in life and a ‘destiny’. Activated, it can feel profound. Extraordinary.

A strongly placed natal vertex (conjunct the horizon, MC/IC, in close aspect to a personal planet, in a critical degree or in the degree of the nodes) will work with more obvious results.

Activating the Vertex

Three things can trigger or activate the vertex:

1) transits

2) other people (synastry)

3) places (astro*carto*graphy).

Transits to the vertex can bring inner and outer events corresponding to a pivotal point, significant encounter with another or a sudden change of perception. The transiting planet activates the symbolism of the vertex, coinciding with a major or minor event. Keeping orbs tight and sticking mainly to the conjunction will be more signigicant. A transiting conjunction from Mars would likely be more noticeable than a transiting trine from Uranus, although sometimes that is not the case. Be flexible. Explore! The magnitude of the effect depends on the prominence of the vertex itself, its relationship to other factors in the chart (aspects) and the occurrence of other transits happening at the same time. Along with transits, explore progressions, converse progressions and directions.

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

Place, our location on the planet can awaken the vertex as seen through relocation charts and astro-carto-graphy. When we relocate, the vertex may become more prominent by changing house or aspect to an angle. The relocation vertex can signify places where meaningful encounters of a particular nature seem to happen more consistently.

Vertex by Sign and House

What about the sign and house position of the vertex? The house positions of the vertex/anti-vertex can offer clues as to where we may experience turning points, meetings with destiny or fateful encounters in life. As noted earlier, the vertex falls usually between the fifth and the eight house, on the western side of the chart, with the anti-vertex 180 degrees opposition.

In the fifth/eleventh house axis, there could be a propensity to experience fateful romantic or creative encounters (fifth house) through contacts with friends or groups (eleventh house). In the sixth/twelfth house axis, the turning point, or spin out, could effect our day by day living, or our link between psyche and soma (sixth house) through contact with those in the helping professions, those less fortunate or through dreams and creative fantasies (twelfth house). In the seventh/first house axis, sudden epiphanies could radically effect socially significant partnerships (seventh house) through an experience of projecting ourselves out into the world (first house). In the eighth/second house axis, destiny may arrive in the form of an erotic encounter or intense research (eighth house) perpetrated by a desire for pleasure, security or peace (second house).

The vertex/anti-vertex by sign can signify the way we may experience activation to this axis. Aries/Libra could indicate issues between personal will and sharing, where Taurus/Scorpio may be about security versus risk. Gemini/Sagittarius could contrast knowledge and vision, where Cancer/Capricorn could emphasize protection versus enterprise. The Leo/Aquarius axis might highlight self-expression as opposed to group participation where the Virgo/Pisces might compare structured boundaries and limitless communion.

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Finding the Vertex

The vertex is a point in the horoscope that can indicate a sense of destiny working through another person or outstanding event. It may be stimulated by transits, progressions or directions, other people (synastry/composite) or a change of location. The house and sign position can offer clues as to where the change or turning point may take place and in what way. I encouraged you all to watch the vertex in your own chart, and in others, and work out for yourself how significant it is.

screen-shot-2016-06-22-at-5-32-04-pm-600x256After all, we never know when Vertumnus might enter our garden in the guise of someone else, offering an unexpected turn of fate!

Calculating the Vertex: To find the Vertex by hand, you calculate the Ascendant at your co-latitude. That’s the Ascendant at 90 degrees, minus your latitude. The IC becomes the mid-heaven and, using the table of houses, you look up the “Ascendant” (Vertex) associated with the new MC and latitude. OR, you can go to Astro.com and include it in the many chart options, calculating it on line for free.

Do check out the awesome Dr Z’s: Destiny’s Gate: the Electric Axis for more resources.

Now, on to the fun stuff. Let’s have a look at where your Vertex is and see if you can link any transits, synastry aspect or relocation to a major turning point in life.

See you in the comments!

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Manifesting with the Moon

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Triple Your Manifesting Powers with Your Moon Sign

In this podcast you will:

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

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

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

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

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

Questions and thoughts welcome in the comments.

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Astro-Wheel of Life

Hi everyone, I want to introduce the idea of the Astro-Wheel of Life.

Wheel of Live

Recently on a GVA call, we talked about the wheel of life as a coaching/self-help tool for identifying areas that might desire our attention. You can read more about it here --> https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_93.htm

But, I took it a step further though, adapting the Wheel of Life into the horoscope of 12 houses:

Astro-Wheel of LIfe

Create the Astro-Wheel of Live

What you do is, at the start of each house, give it a score of 0 - 10. Zero means you do not engage with the activities of this house in any way, shape or form. Ten means you're rocking it to the moon.

Next, connect the dots to get a map or where you are putting your focus and where you are not.

If the intention is to live a balanced life, or if you find you have personal planets in a house that you don't touch with a ten fool poll, or if there is 'nothing happening' in a house with massive transit activity, you might want to tune in, listen and explore.

Ask, 'What am I resisting?'

We'll talk about activation techniques here so please feel free to share your results.

Here's my example for January 2016. I'm going to go through it again and see if there is a shift, and also do it over a chart with transits!

Astro-Wheel of LIfe

Example of the Astro-Wheel of Live at Work

I'm pretty sure these results can vary according to mood and general vibe, but it's basically the same as January.

Note that Neptune and Chiron by transit aren't getting much of a look-in when it comes to the 7th house. I will say that my biz partnerships are up, but there's a strong 'lone wolf' in me right now that could easily be resistance to Neptune or the illusion of loss.

Astro-Wheel of LIfe example

Soon I'll be signing a book contract, so my plan is to OPEN my heart to the 7th, fearlessly and with compassion. No more hiding! Pisces is where we can 'disappear' which is cool for 12th house activities but I want to find a way to make this work in the 7th.

Thoughts are welcome in the comments.

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Expecting 'Good/Bad' Transits

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Hi everyone,

Jeannette and I recorded a short conversation about expecting Good/Bad Transits.

* What do you do when things don’t unfold the way you thought they would?

* What do expectations and assumptions have to do with it?

* Is attachment helping?

* LOA tips to turn things around.

Your thoughts, questions and comments most welcome.

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Part of Fortune

Part of Fortune

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

What is the Part of Fortune?

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

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

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

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

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

Finding the Part of Fortune

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

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

 

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

Part of Fortune TutorialHomework

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

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

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

Example Chart

The chart above belongs to Charles Dickens ...

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

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

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

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

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

Extra Credit

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

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

Keep it simple.

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

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

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

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

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

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Chiron as Personal Coach

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Hi Everyone, let's talk about Chiron.

I want to pop some myths on this astrological body, and hopefully show you the deeper meaning of Chrion, so let's get started.

There's no other asteroid identified solely with one, teeny-tiny, aspect of its mythology than Chrion. You all know it. The wound. It's like being remembered for that one thing you did in high school after 3rd period, even when you're a mid-life rocking it entrepreneur or climbing Mt Everest. Today I invite you to take a more holistic view of Chiron and what he represents. I promise, it's not always about the damn wound!

Chiron Astronomy

glyphchironChiron is a maverick ‘planetoid’ orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. As an astronomical body, he's hard to pin down. Discovered in 1977, Chiron was first labelled asteroid 2060 but later, after brightening by 75% and growing a tail, he was designated a comet.  His size is large, his orbit eccentric and he is not alone. There are more and more ‘Centaurs’ being discovered with much the same quirks ( Pholus, Nessus and Asbolus, for example). Chiron now holds the title of 'Planetoid' or dwarf planet, along with Ceres, Pluto and Eris.

Chiron Mythology

It's true. In myth, Chiron had troubles right from birth. His father was Saturn who seduced his mother Philyra. Unfortunately, the seduction was cut short when the lovers were caught by Saturn’s wife. To get away, the king of the Titans turned himself into a horse and ran, but the resultant child was Chiron—a centaur with the body of a horse and the torso of a human.

His mother Philyra took one look at the horse/child and freaked. She begged the gods take him, which they did after turning her into a lemon tree. (there is always a price) Rejected by his mother, ignored by his father and outcast of mortals and centaurs alike, Chiron turned to knowledge and wisdom for comfort.

As a result, he became one of the greatest thinkers and healers of his time. He taught the likes of Achilles, Actaeon and Jason, training them to be ultimate heroes. He was expert in herb lore, astrology and what today would be considered 'martial arts' or the art of war, battle and hand-to-hand. (Chiro is the Latin root word for Hand - think chiropractics!) He created the first gymnasium and was not without love. Chiron married Chariclo, who bore him three daughters, Endeis, Melanippe and Ocyrrohe, who inherited the gift of prophesy.

One small aspect of his mythos is, indeed, the wounding. He was accidentally stabbed by an arrow dipped in the blood of the Hydra (Hercules had perhaps been drinking?). It meant instant death, but because Chiron was immortal, he could not die. So began the well publicized suffering, which lasted until he was allowed to exchange places with Prometheus in the underworld (minus the chains and hungry eagle). It worked out well for all concerned.

Chiron Astrology

Astrologically, when you look at Chrion in your chart, and by transit, I invite you to consider the whole story. Play with the meaning of the archetype: the personal trainer, the life coach, the cheering section and the wise old man, the astrologer, the Zen master, the martial artist (Bruce Lee with his Chiron conjunct Pluto in Leo in the 8th). And yes, the archetype of the wounded healer may have a role too, in making us whole, strong and released from our perspective of suffering.

Chiron is 'the spirit of culture' who passes his knowledge on through the arts of healing, philosophy, astrology, music, martial arts and storytelling. He also symbolizes extreme sports, body building, strength and fitness.

As the brilliant astrologer and journalist, Dennis Elwell says, Chiron instills in us the audacity to attempt!

That's a 180 from suffering victim that I invite you to experience.

To understand Chiron in your own chart, and by transit, first you must 'see' who he is to you. Where you find him in your natal chart is where your personal trainer resides. It's where you can overcome any victim MO and find the audacity to carpe diem, seize the day.

By transit, think of Chiron showing up on your doorstep, asking hard questions about what you have done so far with your life, your strength, your mind, your body, your brilliance.

Homework

Task one: Find Chiron in your natal chart and put together a few sentence story about this body by sign, house and aspect. Example: I have Chiron in Capricorn in the 5th house and trine the Sun. I find my greatest cheering section (Chiron) when I take responsibility for my own well being (Capricorn) and express my creative dreams (5th) through my life goals (Sun). OR I get over myself (Chiron tough love) when I become self sufficient (Capricorn) and stop trying to get lovers (5th house) to fulfill my dreams (Sun).

Task two: Find where Chrion is transiting (in 2016 he is between 20 and 24 Pisces - use this online ephemeris to pin it down to exact. What part of your chart (house? planets? Angles) has hired Chiron as a personal trainer/mentor? This is where you show up! Get fit!

Chiron Return

For anyone coming up on their Chrion Return this year (where your natal Chiron is between 20 and 24 degrees of Pisces), CELEBRATE! Dare to be different. Allow for that audacity because if you do, it will change your life in magnificent ways. Example - on my Chiron return I left a secure but boring day job to return to university (with almost no income and no guarantees). The process boosted my confidence and gave me an edge that turned a creative dream of being a novelist into an ongoing reality. I was scared at first. Confronted. Way outside my comfort zone . . . and I bless Chrion every day for giving me that audacity to attempt!

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Fun with Derivative Houses

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What are these houses?

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

5 minute derivative houses tutorial
5 minute derivative house tutorial

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

How to Use Derivative Houses

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

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

Jacaqueline's Chart

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

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

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

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

Turning the wheel

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

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

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

Thank you Jacqueline, for letting us use your chart.

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

See how informative this is? Derivative houses rock!

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Cycles of Venus

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

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

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

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

The Venus Synodic Cycles Explained

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

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-7-51-56-amWatch this tutorial on the Transits of Venus for full understanding, definitions, animations and connections. Note: The position of Venus in this video ephemeris and astro clock is 2013-2014, but the concepts remain the same. See below for current position and upcoming retrograde in 2017.

Recap of the facts:

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

Morning and Evening Star

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

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Inferior Conjunction

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

Morning Star

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

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

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

Maximum Elongation

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

Superior Conjunction

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

Evening Star

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

Retrograde Station

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

Venus Rx 2017 March 4

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

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

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

Starting to make sense?

Fascinating Maths

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

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

Applying the Venus Cycle to the Chart

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

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

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

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

Let’s share our thoughts!

Extra Insights

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-00-53-amMost of all, anyone confused about the Daily Motion of the Planets through the chart, this 2 minute tut will help. Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

 

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Four Basic Building Blocks of Astrology

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

Learn the Four Basic Astrology Building Blocks

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

A Metaphor for the Astrology Building Blocks

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

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

Exercises for learning the basic Astrology Building Blocks

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

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

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Horary Astrology 101

Horary Astrology

Hi everyone, Kimmy here with one of my favorite applications  – the Horary Astrology Chart.

(If you have a strong horary question you want Kim to read, check out the options in the Astrology Shop.)

Horary Astrology is a deep and ancient practice, not learned in a single sitting, so don’t panic if you feel lost in places. This tutorial is to help you understand what Horary Astrology is, how it works and some of the rules to reading these incredibly insightful charts. If you’re interested in learning more, it’s a lifetime’s study, and very rewarding.

Horary comes from the Greek hora or “hourly”, the root used in words like horoscope and horometry – art of the measurement of time.

The first step in understanding horary astrology is to consider what the astrological chart is: a moment of time depicted in symbolic form. This horo-scope (looking at the hour) can be cast for a person, place or thing. In the case of Horary, it is the chart of a QUESTION and in the chart of the question is always the answer.

How does that work?

Because like attracts like, whatever is ‘born’ at a certain moment in time has a relationship to that moment’s energy signature. In other words, it is a reflection or ‘trail’ of the energy. Note: The chart reflects the natural expression of a person, place or thing, not the other way around.  So, I’m not communicative because I was born with the sun Gemini. I was born with Sun and Mercury in Gemini because I am communicative.

In the case of the Horary chart, we can see this link very clearly. Question and answer, like two sides to the same coin, are contained in the energy of the moment it is asked. That energy is symbolized by the astrological chart. Have a burning question? When it’s ripe, you ask it, wording it clearly, and create a chart for that date, time and place. If a client asks the question, you do a chart for the moment you HEAR it (or read it in an email) and set the PLACE for THEIR location. That’s the horary chart set up, plain and simple.

Now comes the complexities. There are strict rules about reading a horary chart, the most important being, you can’t ask the same question twice (it’s like tarot in this instance) unless something major has changed in the situation.

The next three rules you can commit to memory. They determine if the chart of your questions is “Radical and fit to read.” Using the chart above as the example, let’s see if it’s readable as a Horary Chart:

  1. You must have more than 3 degrees and less than 27 degrees on the Ascendant? Check. (If there are less than three degrees, we say, “It’s too soon to tell.” If More than 27 degrees, “It’s too late to tell.” There are exceptions, but learn this rule first.
  2. The moon must be applying to one or more planets (ie NOT Void of Course). If VOC, the answer is immediate, “Nothing to worry about, or nothing will come of the question.” Because there are no applying aspects, no action will follow.
  3. Saturn is NOT in the 7th house (if so, there is something wrong with the question, timing or astrologer).

Follow along with me and let’s check the example chart.

1) 7 degrees on the Asc – CHECK.

2) Moon applying to Mars and the Sun, CHECK.

3) Saturn is not in the 7th, CHECK.

We are good to go.

Now, to the question. Let’s say this question was from a client who had lost there cat. They asked “Where is my missing cat?” You want to phrase the question as specifically as possible. Vague questions yield vague answers, so make them tight. If someone is asking you face to face or in real time, dialog with them until it’s as specific as possible.

With horary, you need to know, or look up, your rulerships. With missing possessions, we focus on the 2nd house (the house of ‘movable things’), and for a missing pet, we focus on the 6th house. That means we check the ruler of the 6th, the co-ruler Moon, the natural ruler Mercury and the dispositor of the Part of Fortune. If any of these are angular (in houses 1, 4, 7, or 10) the missing kitty is near the home or where she ‘ought’ to be. In this case, the dispositor of the POF is Mercury, and Mercury itself (natural ruler of the 6th) is in the 10th house so the animal isn’t so much lost/stolen but has hidden herself. (When I drew up this chart, I did ask the question, “Where is Ra?” my cat, who wasn’t in any of the usual places.)

Finding the cat

In horary charts, where you find the planet that rules the question, you find the answer, or missing putty-tat. In this case Jupiter traditionally rules Pisces, found on the 6th house cusp. Jupiter is in the 11th house, so I take the directions of the compass as it related to the chart (where the 1st house is East and the 10th is South) and go to the SSE area of the home/yard (the 11th house ids SSE). Kitty will be in that quadrant. Then I look South by West (for Virgo) and ground level for Earth signs. Because Jupiter is near a cusp, we know to look near a gate, door or window. Again,my kit isn’t actually missing, but I have no idea where he is right now. Hang tight while I go look specifically where the chart has indicated.

Ta-Da! Okay, sure enough, Ra was asleep on a pile of leaves on the ground, in the SSE quadrant of the yard, SSW corner, of that quadrant, tucked up next to the gate post – hidden from view and slightly annoyed at being awakened.

Usually, if the pet is missing, you won’t find indicators that place them in the home, like this example, but ask Mystic about it. I have ‘found’ her missing cat on more than a few occasions. There are ways to work out how many miles/KM they are from the last known whereabouts, if another person has them etc etc.

Example Horary Astrology Questions

Another example, and common question for horary is, “Will this relationship be the one?”

To answer this questions, after you check the first three indicators, you look to the relationship between the ruler of the 1st (the person asking the questions) and the ruler of the 7th (the ‘other’). If there is no applying aspect, not much is connecting them, but we also check the co-ruler moon (the moon is always the co-ruler of any question) and if there is an aspect between moon and the rulers of the questions, you have a bond, of some kind. In this example case, it’s not ideal, unless you like to be challenged!

screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-1-57-48-pmThe rulers of the Asc and 7th houses are Mars and Venus. Venus is applying to a square, but, you have to check if she will complete the square before Mars changes signs. We do that by checking the ephemeris. And, no. Mars moves out of sign before Venus can complete the exact square. We can’t count it.

But, we have the co-ruler moon making a square from Aquarius, and the moon will complete the aspect before Mars moves even a degree. We can say, just from this, that the relationship is intense, challenging, possibly compulsive, and may not be headed in the direction the client wants it to go. But if both people have a strong Mars/Aries, like their connections with a bit of clash, it can be great. It’s not everyone’s favorite though. Both rulers (Venus and Mars) are angular so no ones backing down here. To know how the client feels about the outcome, we check the final aspect of the moon before she goes VOC. In this case, it’s inconjunct (150 degrees) to the Sun, suggesting things take a sudden and different turn, a detour. A third person could be involved. (perhaps there is a child, aging parent or ex to consider).

To know what underlying emotion triggered the question, look to the moons previous conjunction, no matter how far back you have to go. In the example chart, that previous conjunction of the moon was Pluto in the third (and here I am teaching (3rd house) occult material (Pluto)) Cool, right?

For more overview of Horary Astrology and the law of attraction, listen in to the first 10 minute of this GVA recording.

Horary Astrology 101 Summary

Through the positions of the planets, the question, it’s background, and where the energy is currently headed is fully described. It works like this:

Everything is energy.

Energy vibrates.

The signature of the vibration is a perfect match to the moment of ‘birth’ be it a person, business, relationship or idea.

Basically, the symbolism in the chart reflects the energy of the manifestation, and we can learn how to ‘read’ that energy, via the horoscope. Reading the Horary chart is less interpretive than it sounds. There are ancient, and very specific rules to the craft. Learn them, and you’ll be amazed at the information embedded in a single moment of time.

If you want to pursue this branch of astrology, find yourself a copy of the master, Ivy Goldstein Jacobson. If you have a question or want to play with ‘turning the chart’ let’s do that here with this example. (Turning the Wheel: This is where you want to know, for example, about your daughter’s relationships and we turn the chart to put the 5th house (children) on the Asc, which makes the 11th house the new 7th. Better news for this “daughter” and her BF as Saturn (ruler of the new Asc) is trine the sun by sign, (ruler of the new 7th) but out of orb. The co-ruler moon is inconjunct, meaning there is a strain, or consideration from a 3rd party … Maybe the inquiring mother?) Fun stuff!

Thoughts?

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