Create the Life You Want with the Art of Astrology

By Alison Price

Your Creativity

I believe that all women are creative. Each and every one of us has something to offer and it can be big or small.

I find that if you bring your talents forward and make time for interesting things it establishes a balance in your life between what has to be done and what you like doing. It is the action of creating that makes the process satisfying.

We all have responsibilities such as having to work for someone else, commuting, launching our kids into the world and maintaining a social life and meaningful personal relationship.

Daily you may face a to-do list and if you don’t do them who will? If you tap into your creativity it can mitigate many of the mundane details of life.

As Women Evolve

Many of the women I see in my astrology practice are in the forty- or fifty-something age group.

They have already brought up their children and made a home for their family. At this point in their lives they want something more. They ask me, “Is this all there is?” or words in the same vein.

After the efforts they have put out for years that are now not needed, they have a good look at their life. The kids have gone their partner now may, or may not, measure up and an uneasy feeling of dissatisfaction has crept in.

Other women relish their newfound freedom and seek ways to make the most of the next phase of life. Either way women want a new direction, purpose and meaning for their life.

Enter Astrology

This is where an astrology consultation can help. Astrology is the study of the influence that the stars and planets have on life on Earth. Thousands of years of analysis have shown that particular traits are inherent in each zodiac sign.

A professional astrologer can cast your unique birth chart and provide you with a life map for your journey.

Your natal chart is original and contains many combinations of planetary energies all flowing at the same time in different directions. It is the skill of the astrologer to sort through the themes shown in your chart and present a clear picture for you.

I look at all the planets including your Sun and Moon signs and find the message in your chart. It is different for each one of you. Some will call it your soul purpose, others your life path.

Whichever words you choose to use your birth chart shows all the potentials, urges and opportunities that you have and that need to be satisfied in this lifetime.

We cannot all be rocket scientists, and indeed it would be a very different world if we were, but every woman owes it to herself to be what they truly want and not have to bow to what society, or your mother-in-law, or anyone else, thinks you should be.

Reading for Mari

I had a client recently a woman we will call Mari. She came to me in mid-life for a reading. I think initially she was simply curious as she had never consulted an astrologer before. We exchanged pleasantries. I offered her tea and we settled down in a comfortable environment for her reading.

She started off by saying, “What can you see?” and I began discussing her chart and spoke of how I interpreted her chart and who I saw her as through reading her chart and the eyes of astrology.

I had never met her before and soon I was chatting about her motivations and how her nativity was suggesting a certain path. She stopped me then, and said, “I wanted to do that when I was a girl, but I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it.”

I asked her, “Do you still want to do it?”

She thought for a moment and said, “Well I did once but that was a long time ago, I’m a different person now, I have responsibilities.”

Hmm…

I shall break from the story here and tell you that this response is common. That what we wanted to do as children or young people has been shelved in favour of a life that is an existence but pays the rent.

Yes, I know providing a roof is important but to my mind having your dream come alive again is a most desirable state of affairs.

Astrology can help you focus on what is truly important in your life and, to be honest, it could simply be continuing down your present path. But for many women it is a way to re-ignite ideas or passions that have been left to wither on the vine.

Let Your Ideas Breathe

Going back to Mari’s situation. I urged her to consider changing what she was doing, not all at once as transformation can be daunting, but that she let the thoughts of following her long lost passion mull in her head for a while and give her ideas space to breathe.

Two months later I met with Mari again and we discussed how things were going for her. She told me she had signed up for a class to refresh her desired activity and would be starting in the New Year.

She also informed me that she has changed her attitude towards herself and her view of what she wanted her life to be.

Although this was still a work in progress the small changes she had made had improved her overall perspective and brightened her outlook.

Consider what an astrology reading could do for you. What are you waiting for?hair-1450045_960_720

 


 

The Graphic Ephemeris

by Alison Price

Ephemeris

The word ephemeris (plural ephemerides) is from the Greek word ephemeros, which means daily.

This is a quick introduction to the graphic ephemeris. Generally the ephemeris that astrologers use is a hefty reference book.

It details astronomical data like daily planetary positions by zodiac sign with the degrees and minutes for each planet as well as information such as sidereal time (used for calculating the ascendant).

An ephemeris is usually laid out month by month for each year. Planetary positions are listed in tables for either noon or at midnight depending on the ephemeris used.

Graphic Ephemeris

Luckily we have a visual representation of the daily planetary positions in the graphic ephemeris. It is a quick way to find hard aspects.

It can be quite tedious to manually calculate all the planetary positions for a birth chart. Perhaps there are some of you who began your journey into astrology with this method.

You were probably relieved when the old Blue Star and then Solar Fire programs generated perfect charts.

Charts with a higher level of mathematical accuracy (even though birth times are still unreliable) are created by computers rather than manual calculations.

The graphic ephemeris has a slightly different purpose than the ephemeris book. It is mainly used for predictive work and specifically outer planetary progressions, transits and directions shown in a graph.

It is a highly visual tool where you can select the preferred time period. The planets remain constant on every graph of the period. It is the connections to the natal chart that are shown clearly by this method.

Visualization

Imagine if you take the birth chart wheel as 360° on a piece of paper and you fold it in half at the (0°Aries/0°Libra) line you then have 180° of the circle.

Next fold it in half again to show 90°, finally if you fold the chart once more you have a 45° ‘slice’ of the circle. If the paper was transparent, it would show all the planets and angles within the small 45° slice.

Transiting planets will be at the same point on the slice and therefore will be depicted near each other on the Graphic Ephemeris. This is simply a different way to look at the transits to a natal chart.

The process of folding the chart from conjunctions 0° into oppositions 180°, into squares 90° and then semi-squares 45° or sesquiquadrates 135° only allows hard aspects to be shown.

Generally there are no harmonious aspects like sextiles or trines depicted on the graph.

How to Read a Graphic Ephemeris

The left of the graph begins with a column showing the cardinal degrees from 0° for 30°. At 30°, the fixed signs start and carry on to the 45°, and then begin again at the top from 0° to 15°. Finally the mutable signs are shown from 15° for 30°.

Across the top is time in months.

On the right side of the graph is a column with the natal planets and angles by sign. Each planet and point has a coloured dotted line associated with it running horizontally across the page.

Predictive work usually begins with revealing the transits. The outer planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune as well as Chiron and Pluto are generally selected for transits.

The direct transiting planets enter the graph at the left and move through time down and to the right. During retrograde periods, they move up the page in a wave motion. Where planets are at 0° of the cardinal signs by transit, they will re-enter the graph at the top.

Planets changing signs have a small dot in the planetary colour on their path.

Pluto has a shallower path than Jupiter. This is due to the slower movement of this minor planet in space.

Transits

Where a transiting planet’s curve crosses a natal planet’s dotted line, a transit aspect to the natal planet is formed.

The aspect glyph is at the intersection of the two. Where two transiting planets’ paths cross each other on the graph, there is an aspect being formed between those two planets on that day in space. The actual aspect symbol is not shown on the graphic ephemeris, only aspects to the natal chart.

Nodes and Moon cycle

The nodal axis moves in a straight line on the plane of the ecliptic and is always retrograde.

The full moon is shown as a white circle and new moon as black circles.

Where a solar eclipse happens there is a black circle with the conjunction symbol within it. A lunar eclipse is depicted by a white circle with the opposition symbol within it.


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Gemini Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

This month your day-to-day life is bright and happy. At work you can pick up the pace in the first half of November.

New people you meet around the 29th will be important in your life and they may become your next partner business or romantic.

If single go speed-dating or just dating put get out there. If you are in a relationship it will develop as you learn new quirks about your partner that you did not know. A deeper respect for others will start to emerge to enrich your personality.


About Gemini

Positive – Air – Mutable

May 22nd to June 22nd

The symbol for Gemini is The Twins and this shows up in your dual nature.

A key phrase is “I think…” and many Gemini types say this every day, “I think we should go to Moxie’s restaurant. I think you are my friend, I think those pants make you look slim.”

The ruling planet is Mercury the messenger of the Gods.

Gemini is in the mutable mode meaning they are flexible and dexterous, the element is air suggesting that Twins are intellectual and of the active polarity indicating they are confident and outgoing.

Positive traits:

Gemini’s are instinctive communicators and want to make connections with others. They are good at associations and are happy just to know your name. Twins are adaptable, restless and crave variety in life. They can have diverse interests. They are inquisitive and want to know things to fill their mental database with lots of information. They are the sign of duality and can multi-task like no other.

Challenging traits

Gemini makes good jugglers and they fare well in pub quizzes.

Gemini body parts

Arms, hands, ears, eyes and lungs – the pairs of things.

Gemini careers

Advertising executive, agent, author, bus driver, copywriter, bicyclist, book shop owner, day trader, editor, flea marketeer, go-between, juggler, magazine writer, merchant, middleman, newsman, novelist, optician, poet, postman, quiz show host, roller blader, shop keeper, teacher elementary, telesales, ticketmaster sales, trader, travel agent and writer.

 


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Cancer Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

Your love life may have some highlights as romance comes your way this month. A short flirtation may be fun during November but it will pass.

On the 16th and the 17th your planet, the Moon, enters its home sign and this brings you a feeling of comfort in a frazzled world. Take time to share meals with your family and appreciate the feeling of belonging and being with kindred spirits.

 


Cancer

June 22nd to July 24th

Negative – Water – Cardinal

The symbol is the Crab and their key phrase is “I feel…” which is often their sentence opener.

Cancer is the second cardinal sign which means they are leaders and Cancerians will often lead from behind. They are in the water element which indicates that much intuition is used and they are fluid and in the passive polarity suggesting a reticence for aggression and a more receptive approach to life.

The ruling planet is the Moon which is not really a planet at all but the natural satellite of the Earth. The Moon goes through phases and this is a typical attribute for Cancerians.

Overview

Cancer is concerned with feelings and to them family is all. They are protective, sensitive and patriotic. The lunar ruled are safety conscious and aware of the past so much so they can be overly sentimental or spend much time wandering down memory lane. They are steady in a crisis and tenacious. they usually live sheltered lives and strive to provide well for those in your care. Of all the signs Cancer is shy.

Cancer positive traits:

Familial feelings, protective, sensitive, nurtures, mothering, patriotic, shy, safety, the past, sentimental, sheltered and provides.

Cancer challenging traits:

Tenacious.

Body parts;

Stomach, breasts, breast milk and all body fluids.

Careers:

Cafeteria worker, cheese manufacturer, chef, cook, dairy farmer, dinner lady, estate agent, housesitter, land owner, midwife, milkman, nanny, realtor, restaurateur, storage containers, Tupperware sales, yoghurt shop owner, water purification specialist and wet nurse

 


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Leo Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

Home and family fill your heart with love this month. Your father may spend time with you. You will enjoy entertaining at home this month. At the New Moon there could be a spark of romance as new love begins.

The birth of your pet projects and other initiatives that you have spent time nurturing can now go forth into the world. Launch this month.

 


Leo

The Lion

July 22 – August 22

Positive – Fire – Fixed

Key phrase: “I create”

Ruling planet: the Sun

Leo’s symbol is the Lion, king of the jungle and this has much to say about Leo. The Lion is of the fixed mode suggesting they don’t like change, in the element of fire indicating they are inspirational and of the active polarity meaning they are extroverted. The ruling planet is the Sun (yes, we know it is a star, but in astrology circles it is referred to as a planet).

Positive traits:

Leos are dignified, have honor and are proud. They can be vain. They are the most creative sign and fun loving. They are honest, warm and loyal. They are organized, strong and can be dramatic. They will delegate to the other signs. They take life on in a wholehearted manner. They have a childlike wonder of the world and detest poverty. Of all the signs they can play their role once they know what it is.

Challenging traits:

Arrogant, bossy and vain.

Body parts:

Heart, pulmonary system and the back.

Leo careers:

Actor, actress, child minder, creative, dramatist, entrepreneur, jeweler, inspirational leader, luxury goods sales, numismatist, play group organizer, organizer, sportsman, theatre manager, toy shop owner and wardrobe master


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.


Taurus Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

Romance is still a feature of life for you this month. Your partner needs attention and for once you can give it. Things that you set in motion two weeks ago will come to fruition at the Full Moon on November 14th. This is a good day to be yourself and not be who others think you are.


Taurus

April 21st to May 22nd

Passive – Earth – Fixed

The symbol for Taurus is the bull.

A key phrase used by Taurus is “I possess” and many Taureans use this opener or related ones like “I have…” to start their sentences.

Beautiful Venus is the ruling planet.

Taurus is of the fixed mode suggesting that they like stability, the earth element indicating they are in touch with reality and the passive polarity which means they are sensitive and sensuous.

Positive traits:

Taurus people are generally patient. They can be possessive and keep things for ever. They like land and what money can buy.

They are good at preserving (both relationships and food) and are considered very reliable. Of all the signs they have the most common sense. If you are a bull you are deliberate in your actions and you are generally solid, earthy and a good worker.

Challenging traits:

Can be plodders and resist others.

Taurus body parts:

The throat, voice, vocal chords and the neck.

Taurus careers:

Accountant, aesthetician, art dealer, artist, auctioneer, appraiser, baker, banker, bee keeper, building manager, buyer, chocolatier, civil engineer, credit manager, crop sprayer, farmer, fashion designer, financier, florist,, hairdresser, jeweler, landscaper, land owner, management, mediator, merchant banker, perfumer, property developer, singer, stockbroker, throat surgeon and vineyard owner.


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.

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Virgo Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

Make an effort to reach out to people that you may have neglected recently. This month you will find someone to talk to who speaks your language and is on your wavelength.

 


About Virgo

Negative – Earth – Mutable

Virgo is the Virgin

August 24th to September 24th

The key phrase is “I analyze” and this is used by strong Virgo types. The ruling planet is Mercury the fastest planet.

Virgo is of the element of earth suggesting being in touch, the mutable mode indicating they are flexible and can multi-task and the negative polarity which means they may be shy or reticent.

Virgos are particular and this is another word for picky. they like to analyze situations. they may seem to be finding fault but it is just your attention to detail that makes you aware (more than most) of any imperfections in people or situations. They can be self-critical and this may be a problem when you are young. Virgos are discriminating and want perfection in life. they are kind, meticulous, fastidious even, and can be detailed oriented. Virgo is the sign of those who serve and you are good in this role. They are modest and humble and make excellent workers.

There are more Virgo births than any other sign. Those born under the sign of the virgin are the workers of the zodiac and are often placed in supporting roles. they do not like being put on the spot and will resist leadership when it is offered to you.

It’s like a bee hive. One queen bee – the Leo and many worker bees – the Virgos.

Virgo positive traits:

Particular, analysis, discrimination, perfection, kind, meticulous, fastidious, detailed oriented, serves, handy, modest and humble.

Virgo challenging traits:

Critical and can’t see the wood for the trees.

Virgo body parts:

The digestive system and the nervous system.

Virgo careers:

Back room boy, filing clerk, lexicographer, secretary, typist, service industry, micro business owner, office worker, service industry, support roles, waitress and writer.

 


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Libra Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

This month your income will receive a boost. You are likely to buy conservatively and only purchase things you really need.

Past connections can bring paying work through contacts you made in weeks or months before.

 


About Libra

Positive – Air – Cardinal

The Scales

September 24th to October 24th.

A Libran key phrase is “I can relate to that” and many strong Libran types will pepper their sentences with that one. The ruling planet is Venus the brightest body in the sky after the Sun and Moon.

Libra is of the air element meaning you are intellectual and a thinker, of the cardinal mode suggesting leadership qualities and of the positive polarity showing that many Librans are extroverts and go-getters.

Libra loves equality especially in partnerships. They are persuasive and will encourage others to see your point of view. They are balanced and will compromise on occasion. They generally have good manners and are civil, polite and courteous. This is an elegant person with style. They are brilliant negotiators and will step in to mediate and take on a peace-keeping role. They love companionship and enjoy being with one special person. The sign of the Scales rules balance, symmetry and things on the level. You can commit and are focused on your significant other’s needs.

Libra positive traits:

Equality, partner, persuasive, balance, compromise, civil, courteous, elegance, negotiates, mediates, peace, peacemaker, peacekeeper, companion, symmetry, level, equilibrium, commitment and other oriented.

Libra challenging traits:

Vacillates and is a people pleaser.

Body parts:

Kidneys and inner ear balance.

Careers:

Hairdresser, judge, lawyer, liaison manager, mediator, negotiator, nephrologist, public relations, stylist, wedding planner, wedding singer and weigh scale operator.

 


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Scorpio Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

The Sun continues to shine in your sign in the first part of November. Make the most of your available resources and this includes both people and money. Those who owe you one are likely to pay up now.

 


About Scorpio

Negative – Water – Fixed

October 24th to November 23rd

The symbol for Scorpio is the Scorpion. The key phrase is “I desire” and strong Scorpio types will use this to express themselves.

Scorpio is of the element of water which mean you are emotional and of the fixed mode indicating you are a bit set in your ways and of the passive polarity suggesting you are receptive to others and may take things in for consideration before responding.

Scorpios have two ruling planets the traditional planet of Mars the warrior and the modern planet of Pluto the transformer.

Scorpios are intense, passionate, survivors. They have self-control and are penetrating. They like to delve to the bottom of things. They are sexy, deep but also suspicious. They can be unforgiving. They fare well in a crisis. They are potent and can be jealous. Others think you are intimidating and if they are betrayed will get revenge.

Scorpio positive traits:

Intense, passionate, sexy, deep, a survivor, has self-control, penetrating, good in a crisis and potent.

Scorpio challenging traits:

Carries a grudge, traumatic, unforgiving, jealous, intimidating, is revengeful on betrayals and suspicious.

Body parts:

Sexual organs, eliminatory system, bladder, bowel and sweat glands.

Careers:

Code breaker, chemist, coroner, detective, embalmer, funeral parlor worker, grave digger, gynecologist, hospice worker, insurance salesman, midwife, mortgage broker, neonatal nurse, obstetrician, pathologist, police officer, researcher, surgeon, spy, toxicologist, undertaker and urologist.


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Sagittarius Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

This is the time of the year to take it easy and rest your mind and body. When the Sun enters Sagittarius on November 21st is when your life will pick up and it is again your time to shine. But until then just let it be.

The new Moon in your sign on the 29th ignites a hidden flame for personal development and you may find that you once again find  your true path. Pay attention to new people you meet that day.


About Sagittarius

The archer

November 22 – December 22

Positive – Fire – Mutable

A Sagittarian key phrase is “I seek.” Your ruling planet is Jupiter the largest planet in the solar system. Sagittarians are in the fire element suggesting you are inspirational and you can make a spark. You are of the mutable mode and this makes you changeable and adaptable you are of the positive polarity providing your outgoing personality.

Archers are outgoing, cosmopolitan and love anything international. You are open and have a breadth of vision. You are seekers and are keen to explore the world. You are optimistic and like to live life large. You are forgiving.

You can be tactless and plunge in like a large puppy being excited but at the same time it can be disturbing for others. This is the sign of the upwardly mobile and you can being ethical principles to your life. You have an extensive reach which you may use to gather life’s abundance,. You see the horizon as an opportunity to explore. You have a strong faith and a positive spirit. You can be philosophical and will search far and wide for your truth.

Sagittarius positive traits:

Outgoing, cosmopolitan, open, has breadth, a seeker, an explorer, optimistic, large, forgiving, upwardly mobile, ethical, has reach, abundance, horizons, strong faith, positive spirit, philosophical and searches.

Sagittarius challenging traits:

Tactless and clumsy.

Sagittarius body parts:

Thighs, femur and liver in other words the biggest organs and bones of the body.

Sagittarius careers:

Airline pilot, air hostess, broadcaster, clergyman, cleric, educator, hot air balloonist, professor, philosopher, promoter, publicist, publisher, teacher, translator, traveller and travel agent


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Capricorn Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

You can gain support from your colleagues now and they will overlook your annoying habits.

 


Capricorn

The Sea Goat

December 22 – January 22

Negative – Earth – Cardinal

Ruling planet: Saturn

A sea goat has a goat upper body and a fish tail much like a mermaid.

Your key phrase is “I achieve…” and many strong Capricornians will use it to start their sentences.

The ruling planet is the ringed planet Saturn.

Capricornis in the earth element suggesting they are practical and steady, the cardinal mode indicating they are a leader and of the feminine polarity which means they are receptive and happy to absorb others ideas and thoughts.

Capricorn positive traits:

Hard, well-formed, persistent, ambitious, traditional, an authority, structured, responsible, reliable, achieves in life, has backbone, rank, status, dry, boundaries, concrete results, shapes and forms, mature and serious.

Capricorn challenging traits:

Conservative and reticent.

Body parts:

Skin, knees, bones and teeth.

Careers:

Bricklayer, CEO, chairman, civil engineer, dermatologist, director, drywall contractor, fencing contractor, middle management, top management and a well-digger.

 


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Pisces Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

Allow your dreams to turn Into visions. Your life will evolve and your path can, and will, change if you open yourself up to the possibilities this month.

 


About Pisces

The Fish

February 22 – March 22

Negative – Water – Mutable

Key phrase: “I believe.”

Ruling planets: Jupiter as classical ruler and Neptune the modern ruler.

Pisces is the sign of the Fish. It symbol is two fish tethered together each swimming in the opposite direction.

If you are born under the sign of the Fish it means you fall under the fluid and flowing element of water, the quality of mutablity which suggests you are flexible and the passive polarity indicating you will take in and absorb things more than most. This can mean you empathize with others.

Pisces will make sacrifices and are understanding. They will blend well with others and can be arty. They may drift a bit in life but they have compassion. They are idealistic and can become disillusioned at times. They may be glamorous.

They can be vague, kind and will be happy to surrender. They may retreat near the sea, are spiritual and devoted.

Pisces positive traits:

Sacrifice, understanding, blends, compassion, idealistic, longing, glamour, vague, artistic, kind, surrender, retreat, spiritual, devotion, specter and ghostly.

Pisces challenging traits:

Rudderless, lost, disillusioned and elusive.

Pisces body parts:

The feet.

Pisces careers:

Artist, anesthesiologist, care worker, crystal ball reader, custodian, glazier, hypnotist, musician, magician, medium, museum worker, nurse, podiatrist, psychic, shoe salesman, therapist and zoo keeper.


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Aries Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

This month sees a continuation of the theme of debt reduction and of paying people back rather than getting them back. From the 10th onwards you will start to feel better.

 


About Aries

March 21st to April 21st

Positive – Fire – Cardinal

The symbol for Aries is the Ram a male sheep. A key phrase is “I am” and this is often said by strong Aries types. The ruling planet is Mars named after the God of war. The zodiac sign of Aries is in the cardinal mode indicating they are leaders, in the fire element suggesting inspiration and of the active polarity so they have an outgoing personality.

Aries positive traits:

Aries are courageous and self-assertive. They relish new beginnings, are enthusiastic and can be impulsive. Often impatient and headstrong they want to be first. Aries folk look good in the color red. They can be acute, sharp and are dynamic leaders. They are inspirational and get heated and excited and can be considered an army-of-one.

Aries challenging traits:

Impulsive, rash and impatient.

Aries body parts:

Head, blood, adrenaline and testosterone.

Aries careers:

Arms dealer, athlete, butcher, chain saw operator, competitor, consultant, construction worker, driver, entrepreneur, explorer, fencer (swordsman), fireman, fireworks maker, front men, head hunter, ironmonger, karate instructor ,metalworker, mercenary, nail gun operator, needlewoman, pugilist, publicist, pyro-technician, rocket scientist, steelworker, toolmaker, sniper and soldier.


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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More about Aries

When Mars is in Aries.

When Mars is in Gemini.


Aquarius Horoscope

by Alison Price

November 2016

At this time of the year you may receive accolades or a promotion. Perhaps you wish to keep your progress low key but those in charge know what you are capable of and acknowledge you for it.

 


Aquarius

The Water Bearer

January 22 – February 22

Positive – Air – Fixed

Key phrase “I aspire.”

Your ruling planets are: Saturn as your classical ruler and Uranus your modern ruler.

The Water Bearer is the symbol for Aquarius and the Sun is in this sign from around January 21st to February 21st.

The key phrase is “I understand” and many Aquarians say this. Their ruling planets are Saturn, the traditional ruler, and Uranus the modern ruler.

Aquarians are of the air element meaning they are a thinkers, and of the fixed mode indicating they are inflexible and like things to remain the same and the positive polarity suggesting they are outgoing and generally upbeat.

Aquarians are concerned with equality and the brotherhood of man. They are generally humanitarian and humane. They are detached and can be objective. At times they are aloof and only seem friendly. They are independent, willful and happy to be unconventional. They are socially aware, progressive and support activism as a catalyst for change.

Aquarius positive traits:

Equality, brotherhood of man, humanitarian, humane, objective, aloof, seems friendly, independent, unconventional, socially aware, progressive and engages in activism.

Aquarius challenging traits:

Detached, willful and agitates.

Aquarius body parts:

Ankles and synapses in the brain.

Aquarius careers:

Activist, astrologer, civil rights activist, computer programmer, electrician, Greenpeace person, human rights activist, internet service provider, microwave techie, new age practitioner ,radio presenter, telephone guy, thought leader, trend setter, TV presenter, unitarian and wind farm manager.

 


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Children’s Charts – Astrology Workshop – March 9, 2017 – Vancouver

Children’s Charts – Astrology Workshop

presented by Alison Price

Date: March 9, 2017

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Venue: The Anvil Center, New Westminster

Under the auspices of the Fraser Valley Astrological Guild

Pre Workshop Casual Dinner from 5pm: Spaghetti Factorycurious-children-874508_960_720


Workshop outline

Learn how consulting on children’s’ charts is one the best readings you can do.

Explore the three ages of a child’s chart and the astrological significators of each one.

Discover the importance of critical transits which affect children.

If you have children in your family, or your family is expecting a new baby soon, please bring their charts for your reference during the workshop.


More resources

Alison Price Children’s astrologer video interview

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Your Money Planets – Astrology for your financial life

Astrology for your financial life

by Alison Price

Available now

There is not one method for financial freedom that works for everyone. Some people benefit from going cold turkey and cutting up their credit cards but that only works for a few. Others like to put in more hours at a paying job, and some will create some passive income that supplements their household kitty. These are just a few examples of how to manage money. But will they work for you?

On the internet there is mountains of information everywhere and you are knee-deep in financial advice tips and get-rich-quick schemes. Everyone you speak to has a system or method to manage their budget. Their method may work for them but it won’t necessarily work for you.

What if you could see the pattern of your money management through the eyes of astrology?

What if you could really get to grips with what works for you and what aligns with your core beliefs as shown in your birth chart?

What if you didn’t have to listen to your mother-in-law telling you where you are going wrong?

Well now you can.


Your Money Planets – Astrology for your financial life has been created as a guide for a positive approach to your financial life with the help of astrology. It will show you how a little astrological knowledge can make your life better. It shows you how to work with the planets for your financial benefit.

You may know your Sun sign and know that you are a Virgo or a Capricorn but you can look deeper into your basic chart and discover the other planets that have so much to say about your financial life.

You will learn that each sign has four money planets which influence your financial life and have a lot to say about how you manage your money.

This book has tips on income, earning, investing, spending, what to buy, what to sell, where to earn and how to save.


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I believe that most people are interested in their money matters. Find out about your zodiac sign spending habits.


 

Relocation Astrology – Don’t Make a Move Without It

by Alison Price

Home is the most important place. It is where you live with your family or alone. It is a haven from the world and where you share memories with friends and loved ones. It is where you enjoy relaxing times with your pets, and for some it is where you work.

There are three desirable attributes that people seek when choosing a place to live their lives and bring up their family.

People want to live in a town that offers talent, tolerance and technology and find somewhere to settle that suits their needs.


Why People Move

People move from one city to another for many reasons.

Moving for work

People move from one place to another usually for work. They find a better job and go.

They relocate from the country into the town.

Once in the town they may move to the city and then then move to bigger cities which can pay more.

This motivation is changing as technology improves and we seen the upsurgence of the modern day nomad working in the gig economy.

The reasons families emigrate from their home country is typically for economic or political reasons. But it can be for work.

Moving for family

Older family members will also move to be near their children or grandchildren.

One client of mine has three grown up children but she chooses to live near the daughter who has kids of her own, or the grandchildren. This is a huge draw.

Granny (and grandpa) bring their time, energy and financial support to the next generation of the family, People move to the place where their kids and the grandkids live.


Three Things to Look for in Your New City

You may not have much choice on the city you move to. If your spouse is offered a great paying job transfer or takes an offer in a new city you’ll probably have to go.

But if you have a choice then consider things carefully.

Talent

A city with talent is shown where there are new emerging companies which attract agile and innovative minds. This will percolate down into the city and suburbs in general.

These places usually have universities of colleges teaching the arts, music and computer coding.

High speed internet is a given and everyone is seemingly engaged in creative pursuits.

A city that encourages talent will have simple leisure activities like places to rent a bike in the city or trails for hiking at weekends to attract a healthy lifestyle.

Tolerance

Discovering tolerance in a city can be as easy as seeing the visible minorities being represented in the diverse faces of the crowds on the streets

There will be full access everywhere and facilities for those with physical disabilities.

Tolerance is shown by a multitude of religious buildings that cater to every faith where everyone can worship in their own way.

There will be acceptance of LGBT creative expression in art, design and entertainment.

As you walk the streets, travel on the busses and trains, and sit in the sidewalk cafes you will hear many languages other than English. Not just one other official language but a selection of languages that you don’t recognise.

Tolerance is shown through contraception being available for those who choose.

Tolerance is about protecting children and minors but allowing adults to make their own lifestyle choices.

Tolerance is about accepting others as they are without forcing your view onto them and they in turn not trying to change you. It is shown as respect for people of the human race without prejudice.

Technology

The upswing of computers, cell phones and general technology is a powerful attraction for most western people.

You do want high speed internet with 24/7 availability so you can search the web without censorship.

Places that have strong internet and information technology innovation will be home to many small to medium sized computer businesses. Look for advertised social and community meetings for coders and tech people as an indication of a thriving technology city.

Notice if there are multiple phone companies and internet service providers. Find out if there is intelligence built into new buildings (known as smart buildings) being erected in the city core.

Older residential buildings with no wifi capabilities are a sign of a lack of technology and the expectation of a lack by the people. These places will require extensive modernisation to bring the technology up-to-date.

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Your “Immersion Weekend”

Not sure if a city is for you? Visit for your prospective city for a weekend.

This is not a fact-finding mission, you did that before you chose the place online back at home.

This is an “immersion weekend”.

From the moment you arrive look, listen and smell the city. Talk to everyone, the cab driver, the hotel desk clerk and real people who live and work there already. Find out why they stay.

Ask them what they do at the weekends (and not just the standard tourist spots because you know them already from your at home research), but where the locals shop, eat and relax.


If you thinking of moving and need some advice on where is the best place for you to live, or you want some insights into a new city before you make a move, why not think about a personalised relocation astrology report?


Relocation Astrology

You have a birth chart that is set for the place you were born and this is your natal chart and stays with you forever.

But, every time you move from where you were born there is a new chart to be calculated and this is your relocation chart for that place. Every place will have a new chart for you.

Knowing what your location chart says and whether it integrates well with your natal chart (and therefore if you thrive and fare well in that place or not) is the skill of relocation astrology.

In working with relocation charts many factors are taken into account.

Relocation astrology can play into your decisions if you have moved or are thinking of moving across the country or around the world.


Your Relocation Chart

What you do

Contact me in the form below and in the comments section include:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your date of birth (dd/mmm/yyyy)
  • Your place of birth (Town/city, state, country)
  • Your time of birth (hh:mm) am/pm
  • The place you are living in now (Town/city, state, country)
  • Three possible new places that you want to move to (Town/city, state and country)

After I receive your message I will email you a PayPal invoice or you can send through an e-Transfer.

What you get

  • Charts calculated for up to three possible new places in which you may want to live.
  • A short report on how each city will support or detract from the energy of your birth chart and thus your life.
  • An analysis of the best of three places that you may choose.
  • What you can expect to change in your life if you live in one of the new places.
  • Confidentiality.

Note

  • Each person will be charged individually. So if you want a report for yourself and your husband that will be two reports and will require two payments.
  • All relocation astrology reports are prepaid.
  • Your relocation report will take a few (about three) working days as I cast and analyse them all by myself. This is not a computer generated report. It is written by me at my fair hand.
  • If I am booked solid with astrology work I will let you know beforehand if you can expect a delay in receiving your report.

If you have any further questions please contact me in the contact form below.


Relocation astrology – don’t make a move without it.



 

 

Fish Can’t Climb Trees – Book Review

Book review by Alison Price

Fish Can’t Climb Trees by Helyn Connerr

The title Fish Can’t Climb Trees may seem a strange one but it references Einstein’s quote:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

And on from this that each person can be a genius but they need to be measured differently to each other. That one method of scoring intelligence does not fit all.

Helyn Connerr has written a book about how we actually process information as adults based on astrology.

She references ancient archetypes and builds her case on solid foundations. There are detailed explanations of the twelve possible learning methods as shown by each birth chart Mercury placement.

Connerr writes in an easy to read style with clear and articulate explanations for each sign. She makes memorable symbols for the Mercury signs like Procon for Mercury in Libra that references the Libran need to see both the pros and cons or both sides of any situation.

Say you and your friend both have your Sun in Aries, but if you have Mercury in Taurus you will learn and process information differently than your buddy who has their Mercury in Pisces.

There are chapters on learning style groupings, similarities and differences and polarity, relating and uptake of information. An astrologer will connect this to the astrological elements, qualities and polarities.

This book can be read by non-astrologers but for astrologers is it a wonderful resource on how each Mercury placement actually processes information. These insights can be used if you are a practicing astrologer right now in your daily readings.

My biggest take away from Fish Can’t Climb Trees is that as a teacher I naturally present my classes through my individual Mercury Model and I can see the strength and weaknesses in myself which can be improved to reach through to my own students who have different Mercury signs themselves.

Through the nature of your natal Mercury and it’s sign your speaking, learning, thinking and genius can be shown.

I’ve read a few astrology books in my time and I have to say that Fish Can’t Climb Trees by Helyn Connerr is exceptional on several counts. She has many original thoughts, insights and comments on astrology. She suggests practical methods of dealing with each Mercury sign. She has written a book which is well crafted with a woven message of intellectual diversity that should be embraced and not shunned.

If you are an astrology student, teacher, speaker or lecturer you need to read Fish can’t Climb Trees.

I enjoyed this book immensely.


About the Author

Helyn ConnConnerr_Helynerr, MSc. is creator of personal development workshop the Mercury Model, which is a culmination of her personal interests including her long term study of astrology with its mythic themes and archetypal patterns. The Model assesses individual’s natural cognitive style, and has been successfully adapted into a professional development version too. Author of Learning Without Tears (2008), she has also featured in a wide range of journals and publications, including The Guardian. Helyn currently works as a teacher, trainer, coach and consultant while running her Cumbria-based UK business Astro Innovation.




 

Learn Astrological Forecasting in 16 Individual Lessons

So, you can read a chart, now what?

You can learn how to do astrological forecasting in a few easy lessons.

Between you and me, of all the classes I teach, the forecasting lessons (yes, that’s these ones) are the most in demand.

This is why I have simplified the learning process to one-class-at-once and whittled down the time commitment you have to give.

So, no more rigid time and dates for you!

Value classes

These forecasting classes contain the valuable basics you need to know about forecasting and predicting in astrology.

The lessons are listed in the order of importance for forecasting astrologers.

Everyone needs to know how to do transits – so start there. In fact many astrologers happily only use transits and don’t bother about the other techniques. It’s up to you.

Start with transits and see how it goes.

Flexible classes

Because each of you have varied knowledge by now, you don’t have to do everything at once, or at all, if it doesn’t suit you.

The 16 lessons in this course can be taken individually and in any order. You can pick and choose and go at your own pace.

Each lesson can be pre paid separately through PayPal.

Prerequisites

To take lessons in this course you have to be proficient in chart reading and have been a student of astrology for a while.

How long is a while?

Well, typically at this stage you can:

  • Read a chart
  • Have done at least ten chart interpretations
  • You know the difference between a parallax Moon and a parallel Moon
  • If you still are unsure, I invite you to complete this crossword challenge and send it to me

Why so strict?

Students dash in and go from level 1 and then straight into level 2 and then stop.

The work seems so much harder and complex in level 2 as the forecasting techniques are learnt. If you do not have a solid basic grasp of natal astrology and know everything you are supposed to, you may easily start to flag, stop doing the homework and ultimately don’t do the final assignments.

Sad but true.


About the classes

  • These 16 lessons cover the full CAAE Level 3 Forecasting curriculum and will count towards your CAAE diploma.
  • These classes cover part of the Starzology Diploma for year 2 (there are other requirements).
  • These classes feature 2 hours per lesson for a total of 32 classroom hours and 32 self-study hours as homework and other research.
  • Lessons can be taken one at a time, as you choose or by semester.
  • Classes are held in downtown Vancouver or by Skype at selected times.
  • Class times and dates may vary each week.
  • To take these classes you must be able to read a natal chart.

What you get

Each student will receive a copy of their birth chart, emailed PDF lesson notes for each session and some homework.


astrology-993127__180Semester One – Direct Forecasting Techniques

Lesson 1: Transits 1 – The Outer Planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto)

Lesson 2: Transits 2 – The Middle Planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron)

Lesson 3: Transits 3 – The Graphic Ephemeris

Lesson 4: Transits 4 – Lifetime Age Transits

Lesson 5: Solar Returns 1

Lesson 6: Solar Returns 2

Lesson 7: Lunation and Eclipse theory – Discussion

Lesson 8: Forecasting Synthesis 1

Semester Two – Symbolic Forecasting Techniques

Lesson 9: Secondary Progressions 1 – Luminaries (Sun and Moon)

Lesson 10: Secondary Progressions 2 – Inferior planets (Mercury and Venus) and Mars

Lesson 11: Midpoint theory – Discussion

Lesson 12: Relocation theory – Discussion

Lesson 13: Solar arc directions 1 – Angles

Lesson 14: Solar arc directions 2 – Planets

Lesson 15: Forecasting Synthesis 2

Lesson 16: Mundane theory – Discussion


Starzology Diploma – Year 2 Classes

The 16 lessons on this course form part of the the Starzology Astrology School year 2 syllabus.

Although they are not all the classes required for your Starzology Diploma but they are all the ones needed for the CAAE diploma.

After successfully completing this course you may write the Starzology Year 2 exam if you wish.

If you have any questions about this please contact me beforehand.
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Thor’s Hammer – Major Aspect Pattern

by Alison Price

Thor’s Hammer is a Major Aspect Pattern sometimes found in astrology charts. It is triangle shaped and if you have one you can see it immediately.

If you don’t have one you will probably only learn about this pattern later in the first or second year of your astrology studies.

Thor’s hammer and other major aspect patterns used to be part of the second year syllabus but have recently been brought forward to some first year classes.


Thor – the man

Thor was a mythical guy who wielded a small hammer that was used for throwing. When hurled the hammer would spin and hit his opponent with quite some force. It was not a hammer for banging nails in or banging on about.

The head of his hammer was shaped short and blunt as the major aspect pattern triangle is today thus the name Thor’s hammer.

Thor’s hammer is formed by three planets, two planets in square with each other and both sesquiquadrate to a third planet.


Features of a Thor’s hammer

There are several things that make a Thor’s hammer different to any other triangle shaped aspect pattern like a grand trine, T-square or yod.

Terry FoxExample chart for Terry Fox, 7:30am, July 28, 1958, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Terry Fox was Canadian athlete and sportsman who suffered in a car accident. After which he had pain and then had to have one of his legs amputated at a young age. He went on to run across Canada despite his prosthetic limb. Every year kids in schools celebrate his achievement by having the annual “Terry Fox Run” which raises thousands of dollars for others in similar situations.


This pattern has only hard aspects

The square (90°) always drawn in red ink, and the sesquiquadrate (135°) always drawn in orange ink, are both aspects from the eighth harmonic. This means they are derived by dividing the circle by 8 (360/8=45) and 4 (360/4=90). The sesquiquadrate is one quarter (90°) plus one eighth (45°) resulting in 135°.

There are no soft aspects in this major aspect pattern such as a trine or sextile.

In our example chart Terry Fox has Sun square Mars and both sesquiquadrate Saturn and this forms his Thor’s hammer.

It is a manifesting aspect pattern

A manifesting aspect is one from the eighth harmonic set of aspects. These are always challenging and will be the aspect that the person will be working with already. Manifesting aspects do not hide in the bushes they are to be grappled with from day one.

Resistant to change

Due to the tight squares and sesquiquadrates this aspect pattern is resistant to change and the planets in the aspect pattern will be locked together and work as a ‘team’ for the person whose chart it is. This can be for good or bad depending on the planets involved.

In our example chart the three planets are the Sun, Mars and Saturn.

Difficult to live with

A Thor’s hammer is difficult to live with because it will keep on coming up as the squares and the sesquiquadrates demand their attention.

The Sun square Mars is a very masculine aspect full of life and energy.

The Sun sesquiquadrate Saturn suggests a struggle to achieve the life’s goals but shows perseverance.

The Mars sesquiquadrate Saturn indicates the drive and the ambition are linked in a powerful way but that caution may be cast to the wind in the push for life.

The focal planet is a sensitive point

One square and two sesquiquadrates.

One square and two sesquiquadrates.

In every triangle shaped major aspect pattern there are three planets. Two will be in cahoots and the third will be a ‘focal’ planet.

The focal planet in a Thor’s hammer is the one with the two sesquiquadrates connecting to it.

This planet will express the energy of the two other planets in square through itself into the chart. This makes the focal planet very sensitive to the energy from transits and progressions and those from the other two planets as well.

In our example chart for Terry Fox the focal planet is Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius in the fifth house of sport. This suggests the energy (Mars) and the identity (Sun) was been harnessed towards the goal (Saturn) even to the detriment of the life as this man pushed through adversity in sports.

Note the dispositor of the focal planet

The focal planet’s dispositor is the planet that rules the sign that the focal planet is in. So if the focal planet is Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter (as the ruler of Sagittarius) will be the dispositor of Saturn. or in other words, Jupiter will dispose Saturn in the chart.

This suggests that caution will be cast to the wind and the underlying Saturn drives may be taken recklessly because of Jupiter’s influence on the staid focal planet Saturn.

General interpretation

Thor’s hammers need careful interpretation. You have to understand the meaning of the three planets (Sun, Mars and Saturn) and the meaning of each individual aspect (the square and the sesquiquadrates) and which planet is stronger in each aspect before you can understand the inner dynamics of a Thor’s hammer.

Again in our example, in the Sun square Mars aspect, the Sun is powerful in Leo (score +5) and Mars is in detriment in Taurus (score -5) so the Sun dominates the square.

In the Sun sesquiquadrate Saturn aspect, the Sun again dominates this aspect and bosses up the sesquiquadrate with Saturn.

In the Mars sesquiquadrate Saturn aspect, Mars is in detriment in Taurus (score -5) and Saturn is peregrine in Sagittarius (score 0).

Neither Mars nor Saturn has accidental dignity by house but Mars is most elevated and Saturn is retrograde so on average Mars will be stronger than Saturn in that particular sesquiquadrate. This again shows the weakness of his Saturn.

Be on the lookout for a Thor’s hammer and see how it works in your charts.

 



Talk: The Dispositor Tree


The Dispositor Tree

A talk by Alison Price

Monday, May 9th 2016, 7:30pm.

Room 417, The Anvil Center, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC.

Close to New West Skytrain station.

In every chart there are standout planets and background planets. Come along and discover the important planets in your chart.

  • You will find out how to use the ancient techniques of essential dignities.
  • Take your knowledge one step further and construct your natal chart’s dispositor tree.
  • Learn about the five dispositor tree structures and what each one means.
  • Find any gateway planets and understand how the energy flows within your chart.

This talk will provide you with interpretation skills you can use right now in your readings.

Some handouts are provided. Please bring your chart. Intermediate astrology.

Under the auspices of the Fraser Valley Astrological Guild, members free, drop in fee $15.


Speaker: Alison Price

Alison Price is a consulting astrology in Vancouver. She believes in empowering you to live a creative life through the art of astrology.

 


Job Seekers – Your Day in the Sun

 

by Alison Price

You could be toying with the idea of a career change. Perhaps you want to find a company that pays better, maybe you’re underemployed or between jobs and you could do with a little help to find a position.

When you start to look for a job you need all the help you can get. Use the Sun to assist you to find the good, better and best times to support your efforts in your job search and find your day in the Sun.


When to Start your Job Search

You may tell yourself you are looking for work because you are dispirited with what you are doing all day and so you could search a few job boards and in a half-hearted way look for work.

You could be forced into job search mode because you have no work for whatever reason. You need a paycheck because you have mouths to feed and need a roof over your head. You cannot stop your search until you have work. This is important and you start your job search.

There are a few instances when you can start a job search.

When you are between jobs

When you find yourself between jobs. This is a euphemism for being unemployed but we will use it here. You could be recently between jobs or discover that it can take months to find something else. Anything else.

When you are underemployed

When you are underemployed and have a two day a week job but that’s it. In this example you may go in on Monday and Thursday and like what you do, but you could do more, although the company can’t help you with that, and you’re not sure if your want another two day a week job with someone else.

When you are employed

You may be in a job your love – but things can change at work.

  • Your boss may leave and you don’t like the new guy.
  • Your company could be taken over.
  • The top people may move onwards and upwards and this changes the corporate culture.

Things can be fluid at home as well.

  • Marriage changes your priorities.
  • Divorce can make other demands on your finances
  • A new baby means you have to earn more.
  • Illness in the family could require more from you.
  • Your aging parents may move in with you, so overheads go up.
  • Grown children eventually fly the coop, so maybe downsizing with less overheads is you option.

All of these things are a part of life and it is naïve to think that things will stay the same after life-changes happen.


The only thing that is constant is change


Bored to death

But maybe you are just bored with your job

Ask yourself:

  • If someone offers you enough money will you take the job, any job?
  • In what circumstances will you move jobs?
  • What is your number?

The answers to these questions can tip the balance between making an income and liking your job. Ideally you need to be in the sweet spot where you earn sufficient to meet your needs and you actually like what you do.

They say that you should follow your passion and this means you need to find work that is not work. I’ll explain.

Find the job that you love and would do anyway even if they didn’t pay you. You do this by discovering your passion.

Discover your passion

One way to discover your passion is to look at what you do in your spare time.

  • What will you do on your next day off?
  • Are you volunteering?
  • What are your hobbies now?
  • Who do you talk to if you have a choice?
  • What activity will you get up early for?
  • What would you do even if they didn’t pay you?

This is just to underline that we all will move jobs for the right reasons and motivations.

What to do

All of this brings us to the point that you should always be ready to take advantage of a new job.


ABC = Always be closing.


You should always be prepared to seek a job at a moment’s notice.

This means:

  • Have your CV or resume up-to-date
  • Butter-up your contacts
  • Plan your future
  • Assume a flexible stance

Follow the Sun

In a broad sense you can follow the Sun through the year as it passes through each sign. The Sun highlights good times to do things and it depends on your own sign, (and in more detail your own chart), which times are highlighted.

It is easy for everyone to know which sign the Sun is in as it is about the same each year, If you are not sure you can check the handy Sun sign list below.

  • January 1 – 21 Capricorn.
  • January 21 to February 20 Aquarius.
  • February 20 to March 21 Pisces.
  • March 21 to April 21 Aries.
  • April 21 to May 21 Taurus.
  • May 21 to June 21 Gemini.
  • June 21 to July 21 Cancer.
  • July 21 to August 21 Leo.
  • August 21 to September 21 Virgo.
  • September 21 to October 21 Libra.
  • October 21 to November 21 Scorpio.
  • November 21 to December 21 Sagittarius.
  • December 21 to December 31 Capricorn.

Best times in the year for Job Seekers

The best time each year to start a career search is from December 21st to January 21st when the Sun is in Capricorn. This plays into the “New Year – new job” movement which surges at the start of every year as companies look for new people and recruiters post ads and you begin your search.

The second best period to begin to look for work is between August 21st to September 21st when the Sun is in Virgo. This is just after the back-to-school time and when people get itchy about making a change.

Note that I say the 21st of the month but there is a variable of about two days each side of the date to account for the variation in the Sun’s movement. The Sun can change signs at any time in the day or a day or two either side of the 21st.

If you want to push for a pay increase do so when the Sun is in Taurus which is from April 21st to May 21st.

The best time to get a pay adjustment (less cash, more time off, go on flexitime, get benefits or stocks etc.) is between October 21st to November 21st because this is the time the Sun is in Scorpio.

You can also pay attention to Mercury retrograde periods in the year as they relate to job seeking.


How to manage your time when looking for work

We have seen the best times to look for work in the year and these dates are supported by the Sun’s energy which shifts as it moves into each of the signs. Now let’s have a look at how to look for work on a daily basis and see when to do the many activities associated with looking for work, each day.

Daily activities can be done at good times in the day or not so good times. These are determined by the placement of the Sun each day as it rises and sets.

When to Send a Cover Letter or Resume

You can spend hours and even days crafting a compelling cover letter and associated resume aimed at a particular job. How long this takes doesn’t matter. The important thing is the time when you send it and you no longer have control over it.

Email

The important time when you click “send” on your email system and not the time they open the email. Of course you may never know when they will open and read your email (or if it goes straight in the trash). If you have email tracking on you will know when they opened it but you have no control over when they will do so.

Snail mail

If you are sending a snail mail cover letter or resume it is the time you pop the envelope into the mailbox. This is the point of no return as you can’t get the letter back.

Personal delivery

You may decide to print your cover letter and resume and go to the company to personally deliver the documents. In fact some companies prefer this method as it proves you are in the area and available. In this scenario it is the time you hand the envelope over to the receptionist or the HR person.

The best times to send, deliver or present a job seeking resume and cover letter each day are (in order of priority):

  • Between 10am and noon – the golden hours (best)
  • Between noon and 2pm – the silver hours (better)
  • Between sunset and two hours after sunset – the bronze hours (good)

That there are better times in the day for job seeking it follows that there are worse times as well. Some hours each day are not as good as others to have your message heard which is what you are trying to do in the first place. You want recruiters and prospects to open and read your cover letters and resume. You don’t want your application to be ignored, put on the slush pile or end up in the deleted bin.

Do not email, post or drop off job applications from:

  • Dawn to 9am
  • 2pm to sunset

When to Schedule a Phone Interview

A phone interview is the next step for contact with your recruiter or prospective employer. Recruiters use the phone interview to weed out unsuitable candidates at an early stage. You could be cut at this point because you don’t have the conversational skills needed or maybe you don’t sound confident if they ask you job related questions – and they will.

If they are interested in you they may contact you to schedule a phone interview. You will probably be given some time choices such as, Monday between 2pm and 5pm, or Friday from 9am to 11am. This is great because you can choose the best time to have a phone interview from the time slots available to you.

The best time to have a phone interview are:

As with all job applications the three golden times as listed above and repeated here.

  • Between 10am and noon (best)
  • Between noon and 2pm (better)
  • Between sunset and two hours after sunset (good)
  • Between midnight to 2am (good) – international calls

Do not schedule phone interviews from:

  • Dawn to 9am
  • 2pm to sunset

When to Schedule a Face-to-face Interview

If you get through the phone interview they may call you in for a face-to-face interview. This is excellent. You will probably be offered a few time options to have the face-to-face and you may be inclined to jump at the first one (for many reasons) but astrologically the good time slots still stand.

As with all job applications the three golden times as listed above and repeated here.

  • Between 10am and noon (best)
  • Between noon and 2pm (better)
  • Between sunset and 2 hours after sunset (good)

Do not schedule face-to-face interviews from:

  • Dawn to 9am (so no early morning or breakfast interviews)
  • 2pm to sunset

When to Accept a Job Offer

If you do receive a job offer it can come in two forms. A verbal offer that may lead to a written or online offer, or just a written or online offer.

If you want the job you could verbally say so but then you could still have to finalise the offer by signing a physical paper offer, or by electronically signing the offer.

The verbal offer may immediately go onto the electronic offer if for example you are in the interview and they offer you the job there and then and open the screen on which you can accept. Or you may accept a verbal offer (in person or on the phone) and then you have to go online to their website and accept the electronic offer.

There are two times possible for you to accept a job offer verbal and signing. Some people will accept a verbal offer but then fail to accept the written offer for whatever reason. Maybe they got a better offer in the meantime of they decided they just don’t want the job.

The deal is only final at the signing (either written or electronic) and this cuts both ways for you and the employer.

The time that you sign is important.

As with all job applications the three golden times as listed above and repeated here that are best for accepting a job offer are.

  • Between 10am and noon (best)
  • Between noon and 2pm (better)
  • Between sunset and two hours after sunset (good)
  • Between midnight and 2pm is good for signing either paper or typically accepting electronic offers

Do not sign job acceptances from:

  • Dawn to 9am
  • 2pm to sunset

What to do every day for your job search

Dawn to 9am: Don’t waste your time on job searches at this time of the day. Avoid breakfast meetings for work as they will go nowhere. The best you can hope for is getting snippets of background information on companies and people, or in other words gossip. Listen to the news and keep your own council. Stop talking. Spend this time in meditation, walk the dog or go to the gym.

9am to 10am: Connect online (LinkedIn, FB etc.) with “friends” and associates. Go to group Meetups or pop in at coffee and networking events.

10am to noon: The golden hours for job seeking every day. These two hours are excellent for everything career related.

Noon to 2pm: Keep pushing on the job search. Explore jobs outside your usual field. Look at jobs further away from home both nationally and internationally.

2pm to 4pm: Seek endorsements from others – gently, don’t push it. Reciprocate with support for others through your endorsements or referrals for others Unearth your back channels and the people in them. Offer to do little things for those who may help you later.

4pm to sunset: Don’t do job searching at this time or sign anything.

Sunset to two hours after sunset: This is a good time for employment activities. Have those after work (happy hour) get-togethers and butter up your contacts, but don’t stay too long.

Two hours after sunset to midnight: Let it go. Spend time with loved ones, have some leisure time and work on your hobbies or read non-career related books.

Midnight to 2am: So you can’t sleep? This can be a good time for international calls, reviewing employment contracts and signing electronic offers. But don’t do knee jerk acceptances. Consider any offers you received during the day before using this time slot for anything. Think it through.

2am to 4am: Go back to bed.

4am to Sunrise: If you are awake this early concentrate on yourself. This is your time. Attend to personal grooming, stretching and positive thinking. Stand tall and wide and assume a power pose feet wide and arms outstretched and head up and hold for five minutes. Prepare your clothes for the day. Write your gratitude journal or do the crossword to sharpen your mind.

Overall

We all look for work at sometime in our lives and on occasion it can take months to find anything. You can get a slight edge on the competition by working with the light, heat and energy of the Sun as it passes through the zodiac over the course of a year and as it rises and sets each day.

You can’t look for work every waking minute so allow yourself times to push and times to release each day.

Gook luck.


 

Job Seeking Tips when Mercury is Retrograde

by Alison Price

You may have heard something about Mercury retrograde and wondered what it is and what is does, and what to do and what not to do, or you may have even thought “So what?”

If you are interested in finding a job or growing your career see what to do when Mercury is retrograde so you can make the most of every moment.


Planetary energy

To make the best use of planetary energy it is all about going with the flow and that means taking the meaning of the planet and noticing if it is holding up a “stop” or “go” sign.

One example of planetary energy that you can see is the Moon and the tides. The Moon pulls the waters of the Earth and creates two high tides and two low tides each day. As each day moves on the times for the tides constantly changes. But every day there will be two incoming tides and two outgoing tides.

It is at the incoming tide that you can yell “Surf’s up!” and trot down to the beach to practice your surfing. Well if you live at the coast and have a surf culture perhaps like in Hawaii, but you get the picture.

You can only surf when the tide is coming in. There is no point in paddling out to hope to surf in if the tide is going out. Right?

About Mercury

Each year Mercury will be retrograde three times at around four month intervals and for about three weeks each time. Each year the dates are different.

You can find the exact dates when Mercury will be retrograde for the next few years below. You can marks these dates in your calendar now and lock out this special time.

About retrogrades

Apparent retrograde is the optical illusion of something going backwards and in this case it is the planet Mercury.

Imagine you are on a train and moving along at a fair pace then suddenly you come upon another train on the next track. The other train is going slower than you are so your train overtakes it but the other train seems to be going backwards.

Both trains are driving forward but one seems to be going in reverse. That is the illusion of retrogradation.

That a planet is retrograde can be interpreted as a time to change the pace and adjust your approach to things.

When a planet is not retrograde it is direct.

Mercury’s retrograde periods for 2016

  • January 5th to January 24th
  • April 28th to May 21st
  • August 30th to September 21st
  • December 19th to December 30th

Mercury’s retrograde periods for 2017

  • January 1st to January 7th
  • April 9th to May 2nd
  • August 13th to September 4th
  • December 3rd to December 22nd

Mercury rules

Every planet rules different things in life. Mercury rules communication, writing, signing, meetings, learning, schools, trading, auctions, merchants, agents and middlemen.

In everyday life this means all your shopping, buying and selling, texts, phone calls, emails and general chatting as well as gossip comes under Mercury’s influence.

In the workplace Mercury covers resumes, recruiters, interviews (by phone and in person).

It also is concerned with paperwork and anything you sign, like a job offer.

Timing is everything

There is a sequence in each retrograde cycle.

It starts when Mercury is direct, then comes a shadow period of about ten days before the actual retrograde starts, the retrograde period itself, another shadow time of about a week and a half after Mercury has been retrograde, and then Mercury is no longer retrograde and is back to normal.

Phew.

Before Mercury goes retrograde (and is direct) do the following:

  • Write your resume crafted to each specific job
  • Compose targeted cover letters
  • Apply for jobs via email and snail mail
  • Call companies on the phone
  • Reach out to your contact list and tell them you are looking for work
  • Take the initiative to let your family, friends and others know you are searching for a new job
  • Start a short course on something you need in your job to build your marketable skills
  • Join professional societies and attend Meetups in your field
  • Create and develop your LinkedIn profile
  • Accept initial interviews
  • Sign job offers

All of the above should be done when Mercury is not retrograde and preferable not in its shadow period.

When Mercury is retrograde do the following:

  • Revise your resume
  • Refresh any cover letters
  • Get your filing up to date of jobs for which you have already applied
  • Write a list of companies and people with whom to follow up and contact them again
  • Research current thinking in your industry
  • Set up alerts for leads
  • Schedule second interviews (phone and in person)
  • Review job offers
  • Prepare your paperwork for jobs you plan to apply for after Mercury is retrograde as you wait for it to go direct

During Mercury retrograde periods you can follow up and work on things that you have already done when Mercury was direct.

Don’t start new things when Mercury is retrograde because if you do they will most likely be reversed when Mercury goes direct.

Sometimes you have no choice because a job advert or interview comes up when Mercury is retrograde and you need a job so you have to go. In these instances be aware that the terms will change.

As Mercury goes direct after the retrograde period, and if you did apply for a job or had an interview during the retrograde time, you can expect to return again and again for further interviews, or the job itself is shelved, or the job is morphed into something else altogether.


Don’t start new things when Mercury is retrograde because if you do they will most likely be reversed when Mercury goes direct.


Companies usually act in good faith when they place an advert for an opening in their business, but the effect of Mercury retrograde changes the terms or the agreement and thus they may no longer need the person that they were originally looking for when Mercury was retrograde.

This cuts both ways for people looking for work and recruiters. Companies and career consultants are better off only placing vacancy adverts when Mercury is direct and communications are clear.

If a recruiter seeks a candidate during the retrograde period they will have to spend three times as long emailing back and forth and interviewing people that cancel and can’t make it for whatever reason.

All of this time consuming effort is due to the Mercury retrograde effect which impacts communications, trade and agency.Mercury retrograde




 

Your Progressed Moon and Transiting Saturn – Special Forecast

 by Alison Price

Forecasting in astrology can be a simple Sun sign interpretations that any astrologer can do, or the more detailed and complex forecasting techniques which a professional experienced astrologer will provide. It depends on the level of understanding you wish to extract from your birth chart which route you will choose.

In astrological forecasting there are many things to consider for each chart that you look at. One of the interesting nuggets in forecasting is the relationship between your progressed Moon and transiting Saturn.

This connection deserves a second look but only in some charts. It is not always present and therefore can be dismissed as not worth bothering about. But in the few charts that this does occur, you need to fully appreciate exactly what is going on and how this dynamic situation will affect you and for how long.

If you do have this complex attribute in your chart the energy from the contact will be in play for ten to twenty years. This can overshadow other things being brought forward in the forecast data. Pee Moon and Tee Saturn can be the full story for many people and for years of their lives.


Your Secondary Progressed Moon (P-Moon)

The progressed Moon can travel up to just over three times around your chart in your lifetime. In doing so it makes all the possible aspects to all the planets and points in your chart. This speed and constant aspect contacts creates an endless variety for consideration for an astrologer.

As the progressed Moon takes +/- twenty-nine years to make one round of the chart it will therefore progress through each sign in about two years and five months (29 / 12 = 2.42y).

All things being equal and depending on the house system, the progressed Moon will spend a similar amount of time in each house .

Progressed Moon changing sign:

  • You instinctively relates to sign attributes
  • Your moods reflect the sign element changes
  • You take comfort in the new signs meanings

Progressed Moon changing house:

  • You become emotional towards the affairs of the house
  • You feel at home in the new house
  • Your habits move towards alignment with the new house

Transiting Saturn (T-Saturn)

Saturn keywords: Detract, static, pull, contract, steadfast, curtail, held-in and achieve.

Saturn Returns

Saturn moves about eleven degrees each year or, to put it another way, spends around two and a half years in each sign. Saturn takes about twenty-nine years to pass through the zodiac. You can experience up to three Saturn returns in your life.

Your Saturn returns are at approximately ages twenty-nine, fifty-eight and eighty-seven.

A Saturn return can be a one or three pass transit. The three pass transit is very important and should be accorded the correct amount of attention.

Saturn and Jupiter are very often the opposite side of a situation and, when they both bring in influence to bear, both can be negated.

Transiting Saturn by house

Saturn through the houses shows where you exert control, can achieve things and will succeed in the long run. Saturn can bring structure to chaos and create formal organization in which to work.

During a Saturn transit you will “draw the line” and maintain boundaries for yourselves. When you have a Saturn transit you may have to learn the hard way about the issues of the house.

It can be challenging when Saturn passes through some houses and you may have to tighten your belt and keep going.

Transiting Saturn by aspect

Pee Moon Tee Saturn-page-001 (1)The four major transits from Saturn are those to it’s natal position. Saturn transits can bring maturity, the ability to take responsibility and a certain acceptance of what the world has to offer. It can also be where we exist under some limitations or imposed boundaries.

Saturn is an indicator of your father, father figures or older men in authority in your life and they may become a feature under a Saturn transit.

Transiting Saturn waxing square natal Saturn

Transiting Saturn square natal Saturn at about age seven most children are in big school and in the system and have to abide by timetables and rules.

Transiting Saturn opposition natal Saturn

Saturn opposition natal Saturn at somewhere in year fourteen is an indicator for puberty and physical maturity. Some adolescents can begin a casual job in the food industry for example, and start to earn a living in the big world.

Transiting Saturn waning square natal Saturn

Transiting Saturn square natal Saturn at the closing square happens around age 21 and is the threshold for adulthood.

Saturn return

First return at 28/30 the age of maturity where you stop blaming yoru parents for your woes and take ownership for your life.

Natal aspects between the Moon and Saturn

Moon conjunct Saturn

The issues of parents Mother (Moon) and father (Saturn) are closely linked. This person goes through life with their parents showing a united front to them regardless of what is really happening.

Moon square Saturn

This person has a life where their parents may disagree on how to bring the. Hold up. There may even be a question on the paternity or the child. This person has tension about their parents that they take forward into their own lives where they become the authority and the pattern continues.

Moon opposite Saturn

This person experiences diverse views from each parent or opposite view which may develop into outright conflict between their parents. The parents will play them off against each other. This placement frequently brings confrontation and flip flopping in discipline for this child.


P.MO T.SA

Of all the planetary progressions the Moon needs close attention as the whole mood of the life shifts during the time it takes to pass through the natal chart and ingress the signs and houses. These subtle changes which happen over a two to three year period are often easier to appreciate in retrospect. As an astrologer you need to be on the lookout for this phenomenon in your chart.

Parents

The Moon (mother) and Saturn (father) can be at the root of many issues faced by people. So much so that this phenomenon (the Moon aspect Saturn lockstep) may easily dominate the whole life. Resolution is to be found in the natal placement of the Moon and Saturn and the energies need to be accepted into the life of the individual. This is likely to be challenging.


Pee Moon Tee Saturn Forecast Lockstep

Transiting Saturn takes twenty-nine years to transit the zodiac and the progressed Moon takes twenty-nine years to transits the zodiac. If there is a natal aspect between the Moon and Saturn it will be held in place by the movement of these two planets with one transiting and one progressed.

Difficult aspects (hard) are exacerbated. Although transiting Saturn will retrograde for periods and perhaps break the aspect it will reform when Saturn goes direct, is fast and reapplies the aspect.

Natal Moon aspect natal Saturn – orb

Depending on the tightness of the orb of the natal aspect between the Moon and Saturn this aspect may be in orb, by progression, for the lifetime of the individual.

Over time it will ease away but this could take many years. It depends if the aspect is applying or separating. For example if the Moon is applying an opposition to Saturn it may hold the opposition for longer than if it is already separating in the natal chart.

In the natal chart if the Moon and Saturn are in a fourth harmonic aspect that is either a conjunction, square or opposition. This needs a further look.

If the Moon and Saturn are sextile or trine it just makes it an easier relationship throughout. Only bother about the fourth harmonic aspects.

How long will it be?

Each chart is different but many people will have an aspect between the Moon and Saturn. The first thing to look at is whether there is an aspect between these two bodies.

Second is the natal aspect applying or separating? This will show how long the aspect will be in orb.  If the aspect is applying from 8 degrees then it could be applying for years and then become exact and finally separating for ten years.

This time of”being in orb” varies in each case but will still be long time.

So what?

Well for someone with the Pee Moon Tee Saturn in aspect, the energies of the two planets are connected for much if not most of their life.

It is well known that the Moon and Saturn can be many things both separately and together but when there is a link between the Moon and Saturn by aspect in the chart, it is always the parents that come together.  


Moon as mother

In your chart your Moon shows how you see your mother and your experience of her.

If there are two sisters with different Moon sign this indicates their different experience of their mother even though she was the same woman they experienced her differently. This can be seen with eldest child, middle child and youngest child situations where each one has a different Moon sign.

It suggests how she nurtured you and tells how she mothered you. Was she super cuddly or a bit cold or somewhere in between? Did you get beautiful clothes to wear or your brother’s hand-me-downs? What about her cooking?

As an adult you will remember your mother’s treatment of you forever. It is where you learnt how to care and how to provide nurture for yourself and others.

Saturn as your father

Saturn in your chart shows your father and older men like uncles and grandfathers. It shows how you experienced him and his fathering.

It shows father figures and men in authority over you. These people were (and are) teachers, headmasters, the police and judges.

It shows whether you dad was there for you, or a bit distant or an absentee father.

Well placed Saturn shows how you respect authority the law and if you respect your elders or not. Do you give your seat to a senior when on the bus? Do you call old men “Sir” or does it choke in your throat. All of these things are shown by your natal Saturn.

Your transiting Saturn and progressed Moon return

Much has been written about a Saturn return. Even people outside the astrological community know of the Saturn return. But what of the progressed Moon return?

It happens around age 29/30 and can be a time for change and of going back to basics as promised in the natal chart.

Any return brings the energies of the planet back to its true meaning for you, as the planet in question returns to its natal position in your chart. At this point it remakes all the natal aspects it has that are part of your natal chart interpretation. So aspects other than to the Moon or Saturn from either will be realigned.

Once you realize that your Saturn return is around the same time as you progressed Moon return you can see how they can be different for each person.

  • There is only  one progressed Moon return in each cycle.
  • There can be one or three Saturn returns in each cycle.

Return sequences possible

  • Saturn returns before the progressed Moon return
  • Progressed Moon returns before the transiting Saturn return.
  • Saturn return one hit
  • Saturn return three hit
  • Saturn return before and after progressed Moon return.

When you realise the potential implications of a simple Moon Saturn aspect in a natal chart it opens the door for further investigation of the long term effects of this phenomena. Parental issues may not be the only thing to think about but they may be laid as a full background stage for the life of the person.

As always care should be taken when interpreting charts and all situations will ideally be related back to the whole chart for a full rounded forecast.




 

How to Find a Good and Reliable Astrologer – Guest Post

This guest post explores the challenges to find an astrologer in India. 

Although this post is not of the typical fare here at Starzology it is enlightening to see another culture's view.

AstrologyIntroduction

These days astrology has become more of a business than art or passion as it was earlier. Even when you switch on your TV, astrologer advertisements, have become a common sight.

Many of these astrologers on TV which you come across are commercial having the ultimate aim of just raking in money from the common people under one pretext or the other.

Hence, it becomes quite difficult for common people to go to a ‘genuine’ astrologer who practices this profession for passion rather than for the money. This blog will help in understanding how to find a reliable astrologer who will guide you in the correct direction.

Content

Astrology is an age-old field which helps people to know and understand what their future looks like from a person who is an expert in this field.

Thus, based on your date of birth, place of birth along with the time of your birth, an astrologer who is believed to be an expert in this field will determine the position of different planets, on the basis of which, he makes predictions about your future.

Scope of Astrology

Today astrology is not just restricted to reading one’s palms known as Palmistry or reading one’s patri or other the traditional kinds of astrology.

Besides palmistry and patri, astrology also includes the science of numerology, gemology, Feng Shui, handwriting analysis, Vastu Shastra and so on. Each has its own importance and specialty.

Get in Touch with the Right Astrologers

If you are looking for a famous TV astrologer, you can be quite confused with the options presented to you. The best way to decide is to ask them a few questions, as below:

  • What are their methods? Do they use age-old methods or are their predictions based on calculations and logical reasoning as well.
  • What is their experience? Anyone who has less than five years of experience may not be the right bet for you. More the experience in the field, better for you.
  • Who are their clientele? A good astrologer will always enjoy a good clientele that has benefitted from him or her.
  • Do they sell something? Many times, astrologers also sell gems after advising their clients. It is best to stay away from such astrologers as their main focus is to make money by selling these products which customers are lured into buying.
  • Can they help remotely? If you are only dependent on visiting them personally for help and advice, it may not be a great idea for the future. There are some astrologers who can also offer help and solutions on phone calls, skype, emails, etc.

Summary

People should consult an astrologer who has been in this profession for a long time and has created a themselves strong goodwill and reputation for themselves.

If someone is a TV astrologer, it does not mean he or she is the right person for you.

Thus, do further research and ask your astrologer the above questions before you trust him or her and share your problems.

This guest post is by Sumity Paul from India.

 

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Pisces Solar Eclipse – March 7/8, 2016

Astrological insights into the March 2016 solar eclipse from guest writer Lara Noel.

Pisces Solar Eclipse ~ The Original Wound

“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.”  ~  Paramahansa Yogananda

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March 8th @ 5:54 pm (PST), 18 degrees Pisces

Conjunct Chiron and South Node,

Square Saturn

Oppose Jupiter

Yes.. it’s a eclipse time again. Anyone with planets or points between 15-19 degrees around the zodiac, and particularly the mutable signs Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces, will be feeling this eclipse strongly. These portals of evolutionary growth may uncomfortably force change if change isn’t proactively being sought. This particular eclipse season may be more emotional, internal, and sensitive than usual with so many planets in Pisces. Visiting moments of feeling like we’re fighting the underwater pressure, to moments of openness, freedom and awakening. These are the emotional waves of dear Pisces.

Insights, inspiration and intuition are heightened. Dreams and goals are being worked on. Simultaneously we may see grief, sadness, and shame from past events begin to surface. Motivation may be laking. There’s a tendency toward depression, fatigue, and confusion with the strong Pisces and Saturn energy. But there’s also potential to move beyond this into healing and creative manifestation. Sometimes we need to visit the darkness before we can move into the light. Sometimes we need aloneness and reflection before we can meet others again.

This New Moon Solar Eclipse is making strong aspects to several planets. We are exploring the differences between spiritual, personal, religious truths and the ultimate truth which supersedes all. To start with, this is a South Node eclipse in Pisces. The combination of South Node and Pisces is calling us to return to the beginning of creation. A return to our true nature. To Source, to pure consciousness, to love, to simplicity, to non-duality. The New Moon Ruler, Neptune, is conjunct Mercury, giving it a slightly Mercury retrograde feel to it. We are seeking order amidst the chaos of emotion, overwhelm, and confusion. Reflecting, reworking, revisiting. It’s a blending of Heart and Mind and we are discerning which to follow, and how to integrate both.

The New Moon is also closely conjunct Chiron, triggering a deep core wound. A collective shift in consciousness is occurring as each of us journeys to heal past life and ancestral karmic patterns. There’s a concept that we come to this world with two dualistic desires. One desire is to return back to where we came. To Source, the non-dualistic, blissful, safe place where we are all one, everything and nothing, at once. The other desire is to separate from Source so that we may individuate and experience our own uniqueness, identity, desires and purpose. However, this separation from Source and Unconditional Love and into a physical body where we experience suffering, pain, abandonment, and disillusionment, is our original core wound that we are collectively working though now.

Each of us has a unique story attached to this wound, which brings us to our next two aspects to the New Moon. A Square from Saturn in Sagittarius, and an Opposition from Jupiter in Virgo, forming a Mutable T-Square. Each of our unique stories around this core wound has attached unconscious beliefs that influence every part of our reality, particularly our work and health issues. The collective beliefs we are working through now are about not being good enough, perfect enough, deserving enough to live a happy, abundant life filled with love, purpose, and meaning. We see how we sabotage ourselves from achieving this happiness because of these negative core beliefs, and how easily we distract ourselves to avoid facing them. We may feel overwhelmed as we move in and out of the past wound and present reality, but doing so gives a clear insight and opportunity to heal.

This New Moon, as is the nature of New Moon energy, provides a new path, new beginning for us to move into. A path to heal the past, so we can begin again. With the Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse following this solar eclipse, our healing process will have a direct impact on the important relationships in our life. With Saturn involved strongly in both eclipses, we have the opportunity to meet our resistance and fears of abandonment and lack. By addressing emotions, memories and traumas in our body from the past that are affecting our present moment, we can learn to have healthy boundaries and a solid foundation of self- love. The darker path of Pisces is to avoid this pain, both physical and emotional, through, addiction, escapism, martyrdom, and victimization, which gets us of the hook from taking responsibility.

The Light side of Pisces to remembering we are whole, healed, perfect and connected to Source in every moment. That’s the direction we want to keep moving in, even in the midst of what surfaces. The illusion of the wound is what keeps us in suffering. By allowing compassion and forgiveness, for our self and others, we open our heart to self-love and acceptance. We may be faced with many choices during this time, and as we heal, it will become clear which choices are healthy and reflect our value and worth.

The tension of the Mutable T-Square between the New Moon/Chiron, Saturn, and Jupiter/North Node, asks us to recreate our story, find our deepest truth, and to live it in every moment. We can rise up to this opportunity and see life from a larger, and enlightened perspective, or contract in fear and allow limitations and old, stubborn perspectives, and our need to control, to decide our course. The beauty of Pisces is learning to surrender to the flow and trust that something bigger than ourselves, and more deeply intelligent than our minds can ever understand, is guiding us towards our highest good. Sometimes the biggest lesson is learning to get out of our own way.

Saturn gives us a reality check and the opportunity to mature and take responsibility for our own happiness. The challenge and beauty of mutable signs is that they’re always changing. This creates difficulty with commitment and consistency, but also allows adaptability in many circumstances. The commitment we need to make now is to ourself. Mastering our past, our emotions and mind, integrating both, is what liberates us. The desire for stability and freedom is pushing us to find creative ways to hold both simultaneously.

Self care is also major theme of this New Moon. Physical and psychological issues may flare up. We are likely to feel overwhelmed, sensitive, touchy, projecting our issues onto others. Are we too emotional and reacting from our wound? Or not emotional enough? Caught in mental chatter, avoiding, judging, criticizing, analyzing and thinking our truth is the right and only truth? Communicate with compassion and be open to see others perspectives. If there’s confusion, acknowledge it instead of being dishonest, even if it hurts to hear. The truth will surface now even if we try to avoid it.

On a more practical level, this New Moon is helping us manifest our dreams and goals. Through this process of manifestation, we face those fears and insecurities of not being good or deserving enough, and take a step forward anyway. We may have moments of wanting to give up under the pressure. If disappointment or inertia arise, take a break, then rework your approach, without heavy criticism, and try again. Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sag offer practical solutions and new perspectives to address the issues coming up now. Even if the path doesn’t feel clear yet, Saturn provides us with the test of time and experience, helping us trust in, and commit to the journey.

Many of us may also be asking if our work in alignment with our purpose? Are we feeling fulfilled, and expressing our gifts and creativity in service of others? Are we being acknowledged for our work? This New Moon gives us the juice we need to to change situations that aren’t in alignment with our highest truth and purpose. As opportunities arise and each small choice we make towards expanding into our gifts, is a step towards fulfilling our dreams. Saturn may make us work for it, and it may take some time before we see it flourish. For those who have been steadily working towards your dreams and goals, a new level of solidification and stability is arising now. You may need to work out some details, tweak and reorganize a few things, but this New Moon allows you to plant a solid and inspired foot on the path.

Our dreams and visions are strong now, and its up to us to discern what’s truth and illusion, healthy and unhealthy. If something in your life isn’t working, begin to clearly envision what your soul desires and deserves. Set those intentions through writing, prayer, and creative expression. Then work on practical daily steps you can take to manifest those desires. If overwhelm sets in, give yourself permission to retreat and reflect. Take time for yourself in healthy, restorative ways. Meditate, immerse yourself in art, dance, music, nature. Nurture your body and soul. Find ways to reconnect to the Piscean Source of love and beauty within and without. We can now move beyond the story of the wound, beyond mental chatter, beyond the physical, mental, emotional pain, beyond our self-limiting beliefs, and come to rest in the unconditional Love that exists within our heart.


Lara Noel Lara Noel

“The beauty of Astrology is the ever changing relationship the planets have to each other, and that we have to them based on our level of awareness and evolution.”

Lara Noel is an astrologer at Solpath Healing Astrology.


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