Welcome the final Mercury retrograde cycle of 2016. It officially begins December 19, 2016 and ends January 8, 2017, but see the larger zone below. We'll be talking about this on the December Align with the Stars Call, and here, in the comments. For more depth on planetary retrograde cycles, check this short youtube tutorial.
The best approach to Mercury Rx is to review, reconsider, reflect, remake, rewind, redo, and reveal in alignment with the houses Mercury Rx is transiting. This means checking where 28 degrees of Sagittarius to 15 Capricorn lies in your natal chart. Are there any planets or points there? It may well cross two houses. Check that as well.
Mercury is Out Of Bounds for much of the Rx cycle. In what way will you push your communications, within yourself, and with others? For more on planets out of bounds of declination, check the post on Parallel Aspects.
By reflecting on the area(s) of life indicated by Mercury's apparent backward motion, you can make the most creative use of this transit.
Here are some hints on what each house represents. Need help creating your chart and finding where Mercury is traveling? Put your hand up in the comments and we'll take a look.
This is where you want to contemplate, rethinking your previous ideas, approach or beliefs.
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, WWW
10th house - Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house - Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house - 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 8th of January, the energy starts to free up and move forward at a better clip, but the Zone is from December 1, 2016 to January 27, 2017.
This starts on December 1st (EST). Of course you still move forward with projects, ideas and proposals, but you do it with more awareness. Think: willingness to change.
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.
In the sign of Capricorn, the trickster turns our deepest, most powerful ambition upside down, so we can get ourselves correct.
Where is this happening in your chart?
See Align with the Stars December Call for details.
LA – Tuesday – 2pm
NY – Tuesday – 5pm
Lon – Tuesday – 10pm
SYD – Wednesday – 9am
We will be talking about Mercury Retrograde – December 19th to January 8th – between the degrees of 28 Sagittarius and 15 Capricorn. This is the area of your chart we will explore, finding the best ways to leverage this Rx energy.
I wanted to re-post about the Zero Degree Aries point as we have strong activation there via Mercury Direct, Rx and Direct in Dec-Jan 2017, various transiting midpoints in 2017. If this is activating anything you your chart, let's discuss. I know these midpoint transits will be lighting up four different houses, if nothing else.
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Review from earlier post on FalconAstrology.com
What is the ZERO Degree Aries Point? The Aries point, or vernal equinox in the tropical zodiac, is a NODE. It marks the place where the sun crosses the equatorial plain going north. Think of it as a Sun/earth node, as opposed to the Lunar nodes which involve the Sun/earth/Moon).
In the Uranian system, the Aries Point, or AP, also links to zero degrees of all the cardinal signs (as seen on a 90 degree dial). Every chart—natal, progressed or horary—has the AP at exactly the same zero degrees, yet each chart will be unique as far as the house placement of this degree and the planets and other points that relate to it. Think of the AP as a 0 degree cardinal cross involving Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
What is the significance of the AP?
The AP represents a movement (cardinal) from an inner quality to an outer manifestation. It orients us towards the world at large—society, public events and all relationships propelled from the individual to the collective. Sometimes it represents a "spectacular out rush of energies... and involvement with the world at large" Celest Teal
The AP also seems to relate to meetings with those famous, respected or expert in their field.
As the first degree of Aries, this point suggest how our “will to be”, or sense of I AM, moves out from the subjective and into manifest reality.
As the first Degree of Cancer, this point suggest how our need to love and nurture, our sense of “I Feel”, moves from the subjective into the world.
As the first degree of Libra, this placement says, “I relate”, suggesting how our drive to interact with others in socially significant ways moves from our inner world and out towards other individuals.
As the first degree of Capricorn, this placement says, “I produce”, suggesting how our urge to bring tangible results moves from “self” to society as a whole.
Isabel Hickey said that it the AP is the initial point where the spirit incarnates, the starting point of the SELF. By house and aspect contact, the AP indicates how we project out into the public, meeting life in distinct ways that the collective recognizes, acknowledges (or judges) and remembers us by.
What does it mean if a planet or point conjuncts the AP?
Don McBroom calls the AP the “Power behind dominant traits and public projection. He says, “…the AP can be an indicator of an individual's Potential for Public Projection. Often this measurement was uncannily related to the person's claim to fame or for what they will be remembered. When there was direct contact between a specific Planet or Point (i.e. Ascendant or Midheaven) and the AP (within a two-degree orb), there was frequently a distinguishable relationship with the energies traditionally associated with that planet that was publicly observable in the individual.”
Read his article at: http://www.noeltyl.com/techniques/010130.html
When a planet or point conjuncts the AP the nature and energy drive of that planet has the added thrust or urge to express collectively. It may also represent what the public at large recognize most readily in us, or remember us for.
Sun-AP Can mean our energy, vitality and drive seeks to express through society. People see us for our solar qualities and we propel our creative drive into the collective. The famous individual.
Moon-AP Suggests that our inner world of feelings, reflections and intuition expresses in public ways, and these qualities are noticed by the collective. The famous psychic.
Mercury-AP Can mean our intellect, thoughts and ways of communicating capture the public eye. We are recognized as being witty, bright, mercurial, and clever. The famous writer.
Venus-AP Can mean our sensual, accommodating ability to connect and bond with others moves out into a greater social arena. People see us for our capricious, artistic and ingratiating qualities. The famous artist.
Eros-AP Suggests our passionate desire for erotic transformation is noticed by the collective. People see our potent energy as tantalizing or threatening, according to their own views. The famous courtesan.
Mars-AP Suggests our assertive, direct and action oriented qualities grab the attention of society. We are seen as commanding, raw and imposing. The famous warrior.
Jupiter-AP Can mean our leadership qualities, expansiveness, optimism and call for justice capture the attention of the collective. We are seen for our vision, immensity, and joviality. The famous world leader.
Saturn-AP Suggests our ability to build tangible results through persistent and sustained effort is highlighted by public acclaim. We are seen for our ambition, caution and pragmatic detail. The famous corporate director.
Chiron-AP suggests renown for our ability to teach, understand, strive for the impossible and restore compassion. We are seen as a healer for those who have lost faith or are in despair. The famous Guru.
Uranus-AP suggests our ability to make sudden changes, rebel against dogmatic convictions and break out of the safety zone is noticed by society. We are seen as surprising, inventive and inspiring. The famous revolutionary.
Neptune-AP The longing for the divine and the desire to merge with the collective unconscious is captured by the projection of society. We are seen as the public want to see us. The famous movie star.
Pluto-AP The ruthless drive for power and control is noticed socially as it wrestles with the need to plumb the depths of the unconscious mind. We are seen for our potent qualities, the dark hero who can be transformed. The famous eccentric.
Ascendant-AP Being known for personality traits and interactions in the world. Having famous friends!
Midheaven-AP Known for social achievement through career, mission or profession. Working with famous people!
North Node-AP Being known for following the path to the future. Having a famous guide!
South Node-AP Being known for redeeming the path of the past. Being a guide to others.
What Orb is used with the AP?
Orbs are always controversial. Some astrologers use a 2 degree orb, allowing anything from 28 degrees of the mutable signs to 2 degrees of the Cardinal. I use a little tighter, say 1.5 degrees either way. As in all things, if it acts like it is in orb, then it probably is! Still, the idea here is to keep it tight.
How is the AP different from the MC and the Asc?
The ASCENDANT describes the way we put ourselves out into the world: “Hey, this is my personality! This is how I initiate things and assert myself. This is how I look.” Isabel Hickey said the Ascendant was the window through which we view the world and that seems to work both ways. It is often the way the world sees us, on a PERSONAL level. Think of Aries as the natural ruler of the Ascendant and first house with its emphasis on personal self-awareness. This is Me, Here Now!
The MIDHEAVEN is not personal, like the Ascendant. It is public. It has to do with our social standing, career in life, mission or profession. Now, instead of personal appearances (Asc.) we are in the realm of PUBLIC APPEARANCES. This is our social identity and often reflects how we interact with “the public” or the collective. The Asc. is individual identity, the MC is social identity. Think of Capricorn as natural ruler of the MC with the Sea-goat’s ambitious, pragmatic (and sometimes mystic), social awareness.
The Ascendant is always that moment of ascension, and the MC is a moment of culmination. The AP, however, can occur anywhere in the 365 degrees! It is always 0 Aries but where it falls is unique to us (if we know our birth time!)
By contrast to the Asc and MC, the AP is a solar node. It’s energy is about INSTIGATION, beginnings, and action, not in terms of personal needs and drives or even for career or profession, but for Solar manifestation and distinction.
It is not so much how you see the world or leap (or tip toe) into activity (Ascendant) and not so much what you will encounter and express as you pursue your social ambitions or mission in life (MC). The AP isn’t so much how we interact with society (MC) but how and WILL the world see us! It can indicate the relative “fame” of an individual (or infamy) and how society at large or world events may effect our lives.
We are not all touched equally by these kinds of things! The AP has to do with who, or what, in society, we notice and, like the two way window of the Asc., who or what will notice us. According to the Uranian School, the AP is also our concept of the world, people in the public life and our approach to manifest reality!
What about the house(s) where the AP is found?
The AP is literally, and symbolically, the point where the spirit (SUN) enters manifest reality (EARTH). For everyone, that is an ARIES thing (or a cardinal thing: action, initiation, inauguration). WHERE that initiation of spirit into matter occurs, is what becomes important. What house is it in? What area of life will evoke the feeling of connection to and action with the collective? The answer here tells us where it is we “begin” in relationship to the world at large.
What about midpoints that include the AP?
The authors of "Working with Astrology" state that the Aries Point and the midpoints to it were considered by Alfred Witte to be of great importance in every chart, and next in importance only to the MC.(page 437). For Robert Hand the Aries Point, which was used by the Greeks and also in the beginnings of our modern horoscopic astrology, is very subtle. “It isn´t an energy supply like a real planet but it is considered like the last one because it forms aspects and it can be the focus for the combinations of midpoints”.(Horoscope Symbols", Robert Hand)
The AP is the connection to the world in general, our link to manifest reality. To unravel what this means, look at the CLOSEST planet or mid-point between 28 degrees of mutable and 2 degrees of cardinal signs in your chart. What would that be? What does that say about your relationship to society? How do they see you?
What about Transits or progressions to the AP?
Transits to the AP awaken the way and means of projection out into the collective, tending to indicate events more public than private, more famous than obscure.To unravel the meaning of transits to the AP, start by observing the planets, asteroids or points that are transiting. What dose that transit want to wake up? What does it need? What does it have to offer? Answers to these questions will help in understanding what the AP means in practical terms, and how that applies to the immediate moment.
Not sure how to find the Aries Point in your chart? Here are the quick step tutorials to get you there!
Chart of the character James Bond with the Zero degree Aries Point highlighted in the 7th house
1) Create your chart online
2) Find your Ascendant and any other point in the chart
3) Look for the Aries glyph - and remember the signs run counter clockwise around the chart. In the case of James Bond, on the right, 8 Aries rules (sits on) the 8th house cusp, so we go back 8 degrees into the 7th house to find 0 Aries (8-8 = 0)
Where you find 0 Aries, you want to take positive action from within. Amp up your physical and mental activities, be the boss, lead the way and nurture (respect) your inner warrior. For bond, this would probably mean facing ‘open enemies’ or taking over direction in a partnership.
Comments and chart examples welcome!
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Let's talk about Parallel and Contra-Parallel of Declination aspects.
It's a mouthful, but I have a quick video tutorial to cover the astronomy involved. Don't worry if it doesn't sink in straight away. There won't be a quiz. We'll cover questions in the comments, and focus more on the practical results of having a parallel or contra-parallel aspect.
The Parallel Aspect of Declination is formed between two or more planets with the same declination or distance north or south of the ecliptic. If the planets are both North or both South of the ecliptic, the parallel aspect is read as a conjunction. If they are the same declination but one is North and one is South, then the contra-parallel is read as a 180 degree opposition.
These aspects are strongest when the orb is kept to 1 degree or less, so unlike a square where we allow up to 10 degrees of orb, the parallels are allowed 1 or maybe 1.25 degrees.
Parallels connect planets that may not otherwise be in aspect. They also magnify the intensity of any other aspect between the two planets or points involved. So if you have Mars sextile Saturn AND Mars parallel Saturn, you have a whole lot of Mars/Saturn contact going on.
The best way to get a handle on this is by example so everyone can get out their chart. (You can upload yours in the gallery, if you are a GVA Circle Member or Registered for Open Memberhship, if you want to share, check or discuss.) When you get your chart up you will see a list called 'declination' on the ‘additional tables (PDF)' option. If you are using another program or an ephemeris, look for the list of daily ‘declinations’.
They will look like this: 20°35’27” N (the N is for North. North is also represented by a + and South by a -). Make a list of any planets that are within one degree of declination + or - in your natal chart. If both are + or both – they are parallel. If one is + and the other – they are contra-parallel.
For example I have the Pluto at 23°17’46” N declination and the Jupiter at 23°21′ 7″ N so Jupiter and Pluto are parallel. They form wide sextile aspect by sign, so this parallel is an additional emphasis, pulling them into closer contact. Make sense?
We use the parallel and contra-parallel to discover planetary connections. It's also important in transits.
To demonstrate, here is a list or outer planet declination right now. Check to see if these are in aspect (1 degree orb) to any of your natal degrees.
Also, check your declination list for natal parallels and contra-parallels. They also progress and can be used in return charts, horary, event charts, etc. If you use them in your synastry chart comparisons, you'll find connections otherwise missed.
Give a shout if you want some help. I or other declination savvy GVA'ers will lend a hand.
You can take a screenshot of your declination list from astro.com and post that in the gallery too.
See you in the comments.
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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.
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Hi Everyone, here is a quick tip on finding the general, overall zodiac tone in your horoscope. It's a great technique for getting a feel for how the elements and modalities in the chart work together, and which is your dominant of each.
What is it?
The overall quality of the chart as a feeling or sound: "the chart tone is fixed AIR, or Aquarius".
noun. feel - note - sound - tune - emphasis
You find the tone of your chart by adding up the Elements and Modalities and finding the one sign that represents the strongest in both ie abundant AIR and abundant Fixed signs = fixed Air or Aquarius.
Follow the 5 minute tutorial to find the chart tone in any birth chart.
What's the tone of your chart? Can you relate to it?
The chart tone is also important when considering the current astro weather, as in - are we predominately Fire, or Water? Air or Earth?
Have a play and let us know how you go.
It's Kim Falconer here with a tutorial on the very cool and useful midpoint magic.
the exact middle point.
Midpoints in astrology are the half-way points between two planets, points or angles in the horoscopic wheel or chart. (Like the half-way point between your Sun and Moon, or between your Ascendant and Mars.) The emphasis here is on wheel. Don't forget we are working with a 360 degree circle. It's simply geometry. Midpoints are going to be your friends, once you learn how to find them, and integrate the symbolic meaning. You'll also learn here how to find transiting midpoints and what they might mean. Let's get started!
Midpoints are plotted by finding the midway mark between two given planets or points. Watch this 8 minute video midpoint tutorial for the basics. Then we'll go through the steps, one by one.
If a person’s sun is 1 degree of Aries and their Venus is 1 degree of Leo, the Sun/Venus midpoint will fall in two opposing places: the nearer midpoint at 1 degree Gemini, and the farther midpoint directly opposite at 1 degree Sagittarius.
Because the horoscope is spherical (a wheel or circle with 360 degrees) and not a linear stack, there will always be two midpoints exactly 180 degrees apart for every combination of planets. One will form a shorter arc and the other a longer one. The shorter arc is generally considered stronger, though both are important.
Often it's not easy to see the midpoint at a glance and the quickest way of making an accurate list of them is to follow this simple formula:
Let me explain with an example:
To find the midpoint of natal Moon and Sun when the Moon is 15 degrees Aries 18 minutes and the Sun 27 degrees Scorpio 35 minutes, we reduced the Moon to 15.18 and the Sun to 237.35. Added together equals 252.53. Divide divided by 2 gives a far midpoint of 126.26 or 6 degrees Leo 26 minutes and a nearer midpoint of the exact opposite of 6 degrees Aquarius 26 minutes. The following list reinterprets the signs into degrees of the circle making it easy to convert the degrees of the signs into a degree of the circle, and then back again.
I'd love everyone to pull up there charts and find their Sun/Moon midpoint now, using this method. If you get stuck, give us a shout out, in the comments.
The midpoints are a blend of the two planets involved and their sign and house placement can indicate where and how that energy can best express. For example the Sun/Moon midpoint represents a merging of yin and yang, conscious and unconscious, male and female. Where this midpoint falls in the chart can represent marriage, creative genius AND practical application, friendship and love. When it is activated by transit (Uranus on Su/Mo for example) or by another person (someone's Venus on your Su/Mo) it can 'wake up' desires for balance, harmony, creative expression, nurturing and love combined. Make sense? Reinhold Ebertin has written extensively on midpoints. If you want to delve deeper, definitely start with The Combination of Stellar Influences.
The composite or ‘relationship’ horoscope is a chart derived from the midpoints between two natal charts
See my article on Astro - Compatibility for more details
It can be drawn in different ways but basically it is a chart of the midpoints between two natal horoscopes (Person A’s Sun and Person B’s Sun, Person A's Moon and Person B's Moon etc). The new planetary positions are then plotted in a third chart created from a composite (midpoint) Ascendant and Midheaven. Although the points do not represent any specific moment in time like a natal or even progressed chart does, it symbolically reflects the nature of the relationship, an entity unto itself. So if you work with composite charts, you are already using midpoints.
Note if there are any planets conjunct these midpoints. What influence would that bring.
Note if there are any transits coming up to these midpoints.
2. Finally, pick two TRANSITING planets that interest you and find their midpoints. Where do those fall in your chart. For example, Mars at 6 Saggo and Saturn at 9 Saggo make the Ma/Sa midpoint 7.5 Saggo and 7.5 Gemini. That would be an area of YOUR chart where you are driving with the brakes on.
3. When you get a handle on finding midpoints by hand, you can double check your work by clicking on your chart at Astro.com, then click Extended Chart Selection. From there, click on PULLEN/ASTROLOG and Aspects/midpoint grid chart.
Let me know what you discover, or if you need help with the maths.
This is an excellent tool for your astro-toolbox so I hope you all give it a go.
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