Solar Eclipse – 9 Taurus – 28th/29th April 2014

Solar EclipseA Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon moves in front of the Sun. The Moon blocks out the light and the heat from the Sun. Usually the birds stop tweeting as well which is a strange thing about solar eclipses.

I first experienced the cooling effects of a solar eclipse when we lived in a town called Phalaborwa in the province of Limpopo in South Africa. This place name means The Town of Two Summers as the temperature is hot in winter and hot in summer.

It is situated right on the Tropic of Capricorn and experiences relentless dry heat all the time. It is a mining town and copper is the reason the settlement is there at all.

In Phalaborwa any tree is a good tree because it is a shade tree. In the three years we lived there is rained three times for ten minutes each time. Dry, dry, dry.

It was about 2pm and a hot afternoon. I was ready for the solar eclipse and had the special eclipse glasses for all the kids as we sat in the garden sipping lemonade. Looking up into the clear blue sky we watched the Moon slowly creep over the face of the Sun.

But, that’s when I noticed the drop in temperature and the chill of the eclipse. Bearing in mind that temperatures were normally 40C at midday, suddenly it became cool and dark. Not fully night as it was a partial solar eclipse, but still enough to reduce the light to dusky levels.

Cold and gloomy the kids ran inside and were excited and anxious at the same time.

Within five minutes the Moon had moved over the disk of the Sun and again the bright light and heat came flooding back to the afternoon. And almost as sudden it felt as it had never happened.

Such is the nature of a Solar eclipse.

If you get a chance to experience a solar eclipse, like the one happening this week, pay attention to all your senses and not just sight and you will have a richer experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Tropic of Capricorn

Myself and the kids standing on the Tropic of Capricorn.

This is the First Eclipse Season of 2014

We are now in the midst of the first eclipse season for 2014. You will have seen the lunar eclipse two weeks ago you can see the annular solar eclipse if you live on the Moon’s shadow path as it sweeps across the face of the Earth.

Annular Solar eclipse (A)

At the annular solar eclipse you can see a ring of fire around the Moon as the Sun shows around the edge of the Moon. This happens frequently in January and the early part of the year when the Earth is nearer to the Sun at perihelion.

Annular Non-central Solar Eclipse (A-non-C)

A rare annular eclipse but where the central line does not touch the surface of the Earth. This one is on April 29, 2014 and then the next one is on October 3, 2043 which is in twenty-nine years time so you can see this is indeed a rare occurrence.

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Exam Prep Sessions for CAAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Exam – May 2014

Unknown-1For those of you who are students of the CAAE or who wish to write their annual exams I am pleased to offer exam prep again this year.

The exam

The CAAE exam deadline to register and pay is for your exams is Saturday, May 10, 2014. See more info on the CAAE exams.

The Level 1 exam is a three hour exam in Vancouver. The Level 2 and 3 exam is a take-home open-book exam. You have a fortnight to complete it.

After you sign up and pay, your exam will be sent to you via email at midnight EST on Friday, May 16th and has to be returned by Midnight EST on Sunday, May 31st, 2014.

Exam prep

I am offering special Level 1, 2 and 3 exam prep sessions during April and May for the 2014 exams.

This exam prep is in the form of three one hour Skype classes which are one week apart.

The Level 1 exam prep dates are:

  • 10:00am PST (1pm EST) on Monday, April 28th, May 5th and May 12th

The Level 2 exam prep dates are:

  • 10:00am PST (1pm EST) on Tuesday, April 29th, May 6th and May 13th

The Level 3 exam prep dates are:

  • 10:00am PST (1pm EST) on Thursday, May 1st, May 8th and May 15th

If you are interested or need more information please contact me. To book your spot on these exam prep sessions please email me at [email protected] and I will contact you.

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Your Natal Promise and Your Potential Energy Planet

IMG_1251One of the techniques in astrology when assessing chart potential is to consider natal promise. This is what is in the chart at birth and all the planets placements, condition and angle positions show what is possible for you in this lifetime.

It is what your chart promises and if somthing is promised like Sun conjunct Midheaven being well known and well respected and well thought of it may come to pass.

If it is not promised (weak MC) therefore it may pass you by.

Just because something is promised does not mean it will happen, but if something is promised you can focus your energy on bringing it to fruition.

I’ve often heard the adage, “The harder you work the luckier you get,” and this may indeed be the case. By focussing on your strengths you actually can diminish your weaknesses.

Criteria for Natal Promise

For example, you won’t win the lottery if you don’t have a strong fifth house. Winning things like lotteries and sweepstakes are areas of life associated with the fifth house of risk and gambling.

  • Fifth ruler and well placed and not afflicted.
  • The benefics (Venus and Jupiter) well placed and not afflicted.
  • The part of fortune well placed for financial gain.

Your Potential Energy Planet

Expend your efforts on the good things in your chart like:

  • Planets free from affliction – No squares, oppositions, semi-squares or sesquiquadrates and throw in the semi-sextile and quincunx as tough aspects too
  • Houses with many planets – One of your houses will have more planets that the others
  • Signs with many planets – One sign will have more planets that the other signs and it may be different than your Sun sign
  • Easy aspects joining two planets by trines or sextiles

Steps to find natal promise through your potential energy planet:

In your chart find the strongest planet by essential dignity, position and condition. Now find the one free from affliction.

I refer tot this planet as you potential energy planet it is the one most likely to work well for you. Follow that planet’s message.

This is where your potential lies. In every chart one planet will be less detracted from or diminished than the others and have more potential.

Find that planet. Understand its message. Work it daily.

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Your Astrology Now – Your 3 Steps to Appreciating Astrology

Listen on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10am PST when I am a returning guest on the program “Your Astrology Now” on Achieve Radio, with my host, long time astrologer Brenda Black from Phoenix, Arizona.

We will discuss my thoughts from a recent eNewsletter that I send out during the Sun’s Brenda Blacktransit of Pisces this year, and we will discuss some planetary placements and we will offer phone in mini readings for listeners.

You can read the article below…

Your 3 Steps to Appreciating Astrology

After many years of working with countless charts and having taught innumerable students it seems to me that the road to good astrology is threefold.

Once you have a basic knowledge of the building blocks of astrology the trick really is to know what is important and what can be left for another day and not only that, but to know where you want to go with the special information in your chart.

I have listed what I consider the top three steps on the road to fully appreciating astrology:

Step 1: Understand the signs, planets, houses and aspects

Step 1 is about knowing your onions, or in other words, paying your dues and getting down to learn the basics and really know them. This is a time for having your nose in the books and practicing drawing up charts.

Step 2: Self-knowledge through your own chart

Step 2 assumes the basics in step 1 and enhances it through the self-knowledge shown by your own chart. At this time you may even consult an astrologer yourself to discover the blind spots you have about planets and patterns in your own chart.

Step 3: Confidence in your chosen astrological endeavour

Step 3 builds on what you already have under your belt from steps 1 and 2 but now it develops further. This crucial step looks at what type of astrology you want to do, and again this is shown in your chart. You may want to do things such as:

  • Go on a journey for self-knowledge and raising consciousness
  • Do specialized astrology research
  • Have a busy practice and many clients

Just because some astrologers have client readings doesn’t mean you have to, in fact many astrologers never see clients. This last step comes down to know thyselfwhich is achieved from self understanding and the direction indicated in your own chart.

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Ask Your Astrologer One Question

imagesIf you could ask your astrologer one question, what would it be?

Often people wonder what they can ask from an astrologer or what is a suitable question when really they have other pressing concerns.

This is your time to get that question off your chest.

Don’t be shy now, write you question in the comments below. I will read them all and answer some of the readers questions in later posts.

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The Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

During April 2014 the planets align is a special way and create the major aspects pattern called a Grand Cross. As this particular time the planets are in cardinal signs so it is referred to as the Cardinal Cross.

Grand crosses don’t come along every day and especially those which involve the outer planets. It is only that we have the Uranus square Pluto that lays the foundation for such patterns to develop which combine the transpersonal planets.

Chart march 2014

You can see in the above chart that there is a cross (in black) and four squares (in red) jointing the six planets Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto together in a pattern.

This cardinal cross is laid out in the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. A pattern such as this one brings the meaning of the planets and the signs together in a powerful way.

Graphic Ephemeris

Degrees are on the Y-axis and time is on the X-axis.

Each coloured line on the graphic ephemeris represents the path of the planets through the zodiac. Mars is the red line, Jupiter is the blue line, Uranus is the cyan line and Pluto is the dark red line.

GE 2 march 2014

The graphic ephemeris immediately provides clues as to the congestion to be felt at this time. If you look in the column for April and across from the around twelve degrees you can see the confluence of the planets paths on this 45 degree graphic ephemeris diagram.

This shows where Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto come together. We don’t usually display the Sun and Moon on a graphic ephemeris (although I could have) for clarity.

Interpretation for the Grand Cross

  • The Moon in Cancer is strong and conjoined Jupiter brings hope in waves.
  • The Sun is exalted in Aries and combined with Uranus offers some individual unexpectedness at this time.
  • Mars is weak on two counts, first by being in Libra, and second because it is retrograde.
  • That leaves Pluto in Capricorn which is where it has been for a few years now and square to Uranus on and off for the past couple of years.

The squares and the oppositions being brought to bear on theses six planets indicates tension in many areas.

It will depend in which houses in your chart that this grand cross falls on how it will affect you individually. And if the patterns picks up any planets you have in your birth chart at around 12 – 16 degrees of the cardinal signs.

The Luminaries

By transit the Moon will move away from the pattern in one day and the Sun in less than a  week. That leaves Mars as the next faster planet to linger for a couple of weeks before releasing its hold on the cardinal grand cross pattern. Which will develop back into a t-sqiuare between Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto before Jupiter again slips past the point of being in orb.

Interpreting a complex aspect pattern is a astrological interpretation skill and cannot be given the credit it is due in a blog post such as this. There are so many permutations to be considered and each individual chart is different. I have tried to explain briefly that this is an important time astrologically for 2014.

For more information on how this pattern will affect you please contact me or consult your astrologer.

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Write Your CAAE Level 1 Exam in Downtown Vancouver – May 24, 2014

imagesWhat are you waiting for? If you want to write the CAAE Level 1 exam now is the time. I will be proctoring (invigilating/hosting/supervising and generally overseeing) the Canadian Association for Astrological Education (CAAE) Level 1 exam on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:00am in downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada. here is the form CAAE EXAM APPLICATION FORM

Vancouver Exam Venue

I will likely do this in the Central Vancouver Public Library in the quite study area on the 6th floor, but this is to be confirmed. The Library is at the corner of Robson and Seymour streets. You can get a coffee beforehand and bring it into the library.

How to become a certified astrologer in Canada.

Before you sit the exam do you need a refresher course or some exam prep classes? If so why not check out my mentoring options and have private classes by the hour..

Who can write the Level 1 exam?

You do need to be a CAAE member.

Do you need astrological certification?

How to register for the exam

If you want to sit this exam please complete the exam application form below and send it with your check for $45 (CAAE members) to:

The Registrar – CAAE
226 Cromwell Avenue
Oshawa, ON,  L1J 4T8

Please note: Your payment must arrive at the above address beforehand.

Once your payment has been received you will be informed of the exact venue in downtown Vancouver.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam.

Please note this exam can be written in Toronto as well.

For enquiries in Vancouver please email [email protected]

Get your CAAE 2014 exam sign up form here CAAE EXAM APPLICATION FORM

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2014 Aries Ingress Chart

ChartOn March 20, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT the Sun enters the first sign of the tropical zodiac and this is the Aries Ingress.

An ingress chart is typically cast for the country’s capital so I have used Ottawa, Canada. If you are in another country you can cast the ingress chart for your capital city.

Each country is different

As you move from country to country the ascendant and the house cusps will change but the planet’s positions in the zodiac and the aspects between the planets will remain the same.

This means each country will experience the ingress chart slightly differently to the next one.

Those country’s with capital cities in the same time zone (in this chart that is Eastern Daylight Time EDT) will have very similar charts.

So the chart for Ottawa, Canada and the chart for Washington DC, USA are similar.

Typically you would erect a chart for each of the four cardinal Ingresses each year. They are the four days the Sun enters Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Quarterly forecasting

Ingress charts are good for a quarterly forecast and set the tone for the next three months.

They can be used in predicting, much like a monthly horoscope, but this time they cover the ninety or so days that the Sun takes to pass through the next three signs of Aries, Taurus and Gemini.

Tip: If this chart is to be used for sign by sign predictions it is best to cast a solar sign chart and rotate it for the signs on the ascendant.

Ingress chart features for Canada

Whilst I am certainly not a political astrologer it is interesting to see broad themes in the ingress chart set for the capital of your country. These trends will be shown by the planet’s house placements, house rulerships and aspects.

  • Cancer rising suggests the focus is on home and country
  • Sun on the Midheaven indicates Canada will be high profile this quarter
  • Moon (the chart ruler) in the fifth house of creativity and entertainment

Ingress chart features in general

There are several items in the ingress chart that warrant further investigation and explanation. I see these highlighted feature in this chart as follows:

Up Next

In the days to come I will explore some of these chart features for you here on the Starzology blog and in the meantime you can click on the highlighted links for more information regarding some of the bulleted points.

If you need help casting the 2014 Aries Ingress Chart for your country please contact me at [email protected] and I will do my best to assist you.

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International Astrology Day

IMG_1251Every year on or around March 21 the Sun enters Aries and we celebrate International Astrology Day. This day is chosen for its special status because it is the time when the Sun commences the annual astrological cycle on its journey through the zodiac.

The Equinoxes

Equinox means equal night and therefore equal day. The day and night are twelve hours long which when added together makes up the usual twenty-four hour day.

The equinoxes occur on the day when the Sun is directly overhead at the equator, or in other words, at zero degrees of celestial latitude. To be specific there is a time in the day that this happens it does not occur at midnight. Each year is different.

There are two equinoxes each year and they are six months apart. The first near March 21st and the second on or around September 21st. The date slowly shifts back and forth over the years as we adjust the calendar for leap year.

The spring or vernal equinox is in March and the autumnal equinox is in September. This naming of the equinoxes is northern hemisphere related and my friends in South Africa, Oz and Middle Earth will experience the opposite seasons.

It is at the vernal equinox when the Sun enters the first sign of the zodiac Aries. The twelve zodiac signs are in sequence as follows: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Cardinal Ingresses

The four cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

An ingress is the term used to define when a planet, or the Sun or Moon, leave one sign and enter the adjacent sign. So you can refer to this event as the Sun’s Aries ingress or simply as the Aries Ingress.

We can cast an ingress chart for the exact time, to the minute and second, of the Sun’s entrance into Aries and this chart and it’s meaning will be in effect for three months.


All cycles have a beginning and an end. In this case the new beginning suggests hope and eagerness to start things afresh. The sign of Aries is one for initiating things, starting a venture or turning over a new leaf.

If you have a project that you want to start and get going quickly then do so after International Astrology Day and try not to start before that date. You can certainly plan and work over the strategy required for your actions but wait for the Sun to shine from Aries and use this strong energy.

How to celebrate International Astrology Day

Typically you can celebrate in several ways:

  • An astrology group meeting
  • Lunch or dinner
  • Bake a cake
  • Share and discuss the ingress chart
  • Other types of get together
  • Perhaps you can make some personal affirmations for changes you would like to see flourish in your life.

It is not necessary for everyone to acknowledge this day.

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“Astrology and Relationships” Presented by Alison Price – Toronto – March 8, 2014


Swans are the most gracious of birds. They are one of the very few species that mate for life. In the season when swans reach maturity each bird finds their better half and every year afterwards they only connect with that partner. If their chosen one dies they never mate again and live alone for the rest of their lives. With lions only the strongest and fittest males are allowed the privilege to copulate with a female. This ensures the strongest genetic material goes through to the next generation.

We are different and although we have a basic human instinct to find a mate there is an urge to procreate and leave behind our offspring and simply put, for our genetic material or DNA to remain for future generations. Evolution has imbibed humans with more complex motivations. The search for meaning in our relationships places us head and shoulders above the rest of the animal kingdom.

How astrology can help

Your role as the astrologer, when dealing with the close personal relationship of your clients, is to shine a light on the path. Not to tell your clients what to do but to show the way and offer possibilities. You don’t know for sure what will happen, you can’t foretell who will fall in love with whom. Perhaps what you can see is the qualities each individual seeks in a mate through their chart.

When you explore the charts of two people there becomes a triangle between you the astrologer, your client and their mate. Your role in this scenario is a delicate one.

Allow me to share my thoughts with you at my upcoming presentation titled Astrology and Relationships - How to Use Astrology to Interpret your Relationships at the Astrology Toronto meeting in March.

Astrologers who work with clients are often asked to interpret charts for their relationship potential. Answering questions such as “Is he the one?” and “Will we be happy?” can be challenging but astrology has some answers for these perennial queries. There are ancient techniques to determine the relationship potential in pairs of charts and some will be addressed at this workshop.

  • Chart comparison is a simple the way in which you can analyze two people’s charts for basic compatibility. This technique may address the question “Will we get along?”
  • Synastry using inter-chart aspects is a method to discover the connections between tow charts and how and where they connect. It shows why people come together and for what purpose and ponders the question “Why do we get along?”
  • Midpoint composite is a single chart created from the natal charts of two (or more) people and clearly shows the life direction the partnership. It considers the question “Why are we together?”
  • Davison space-time charts are cast for a top level view of the planetary combinations of energies in both chart. It pivots around space and time criteria and is abstract in its method. It posess the question “What is the core basis of our connection?’

Note: This workshop will be at the intermediate level – please bring your charts.


My heartfelt thanks go to Joan Bennell for this invitation and the opportunity to speak to the Astrology Toronto group. When I lived in Oakville for ten years I was an avid member of Astrology Toronto. I look forward to catching up with good friends there and making new ones.

This talk When and Where

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm – Doors open at 1pm. (Casual drinks afterwards usually at the Duke of Kent)

Venue: Northern District Library, 40 Orchardview Blvd, Room 224, Toronto. (Yonge and Eglington).

Book your personal consultation with Alison now

If you would like a reading I shall be in Toronto for a few days around March 8th, 2014 and I have several spots available. Please contact me at [email protected] to chat about your needs.

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Mars Retrograde in Libra 2014

MarsEach year all the planets have a retrograde period except the Sun, the Moon, Venus and Mars. The red planet only performs the optical illusion of retrogradation once every two years and this time it is in the sign Libra

The state of retrogradation has to do with each planet’s relationship to the Sun. As the year develops and the Sun moves forward through the zodiac its angular connection to each planet slowly changes.

You can read more about The Retrogrades of 2014 and discover for yourself that this special state is a natural phenomenon.

Mars is the planet next to the Earth but further out. It is first of the superior planets.

Mars does not do very well in Libra in the first place because it is in detriment, opposite the sign it rules namely Aries, and Libra is really Venus’ domain. See planetary Essential Dignities.

When is Mars retrograde in 2014?

Mars will be going retrograde for ten weeks starting on March 1st and ending May 19th covering an 18° section of Libra from 27° Libra to 9° Libra.

Sometimes a retrograde period spans two signs but this time Mars’ retrograde is encapsulated in the sign of The Scales and does not spread to the other signs.

What you need to know about retrogrades

Planets that are direct (i.e. moving forward) will make one contact to a particular degree in the zodiac and move on.

Planets that are retrograde will make three contacts to a point on the zodiac. Once direct then once going backwards (retrograding) and then the final direct pass. This makes three contacts to one degree on the zodiac.

(Note: Pluto does this five times and Eris eleven over the same degree)

Who will this affect?

Sun in Libra and ascendant in Libra people and anyone with Mars in Libra in their natal chart.

If you have planets in the retrograde section from 27° to 9° Libra or your Ascendant, Midheaven, Part of Fortune, Lunar Node or the Vertex are there they will receive a triple whammy from the retrograding planet that year.

This section (27° to 9° Libra) is quite a small part of the zodiac but an important one if you have planets or points there. This is important for you in your personal astrology forecast and needs to be noted.

Mars retrograde does not happen every time in the same place in the signs. In 2012 is was in Virgo and in 2016 it will be in the signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius.

How it will affect you…

  • By House: Wherever in your chart the Mars retrograde for 2014 occurs will be important. The house will show the area of life where you can expect a slowdown in energy and general activity. It is probably that you will spend more time than usual attending to the activities and areas as shown by the house which are usually no problem at all.
  • Mars in Libra: This will be a special time was you will have what is known as a Mars return when Mars returns to its position in your natal chart which will likely stimulate your basic activity levels and drive.
  • Sun in Libra: If you have the Sun in Libra there will be a focus on your activities that relate to the core you. Things from your heart will require attention and you may find you have extra energy to address these issues now.
  • Libra ascendant: Here Mars crosses from your 12th house over the ascendant into your 1st house and then goes back into the 12th before finally rushing into the 1st house again. this suggest that your will be in a start-stop-start mode and at the time of the retrograde back over the ascendant you may feel you can’t get your life on track ( and indeed at that time you can’t(. Wait for the final pass over your ascendant as Mars fully moves into your 1st house.

Start your engines

When Mars goes direct on 19th May we can all get ready for the upsurge of energy as activities start to move forward again.

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Pisces – Astrology Podcast

AxisAstrology-xxlListen to our Astrology Podcast the “Pisces” episode.

I collaborate with Arwynne who is a second generation research astrologer with many years of experience and Alison works as an astrologer in downtown Vancouver. We met at the twice-a-month downtown  Astrology Vancouver Meetup group in 2013 and have quickly become firm friends.

We each have our ideas, entertainment and a love of astrology which we want to share with you in a light hearted manner and with plenty of laughs along the way.

In our podcasts we:

  • Discuss the astrology of the day such as planetary transits and ingresses,
  • chat about the current Moon phase and eclipses,
  • explore one or two charts of famous people or those in the news,
  • give our take on astrology book and products with fun reviews,
  • clue you in on up-coming events and,
  • share our unique ideas on astrology.

Our recordings are different to the usual astrology fare because we are fun loving, engaged, lively and have lots of laughs.

With a Sagittarian ascendant our label will go far and wide reaching for the stars.

Our message is fresh

This is something new for us and it suits our present astrological offerings. We hope you enjoy it, let us know. We believe that astrology is fun and fabulous and not dry and crusty. If you like our message make sure to catch every episode.

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How Astrology Joins the Dots

photoCosmos is a Greek word meaning “well ordered” or organized. People like to find organization in confusion or to put it another way to discover cosmos in chaos. 

As kids we all did the simple art project of joining the dots which starts as a page covered with dots and each one has a number.

We then drew a single line from the dot numbered one, to two, then three and so on until all the dots are joined and voila a picture is formed.

If you made a mistake and connected the dots in the wrong sequence then the image is not clear and could be interpreted as something else.

The constellations

As darkness fell the early astrologers looked at the stars. They drew imaginary pictures in the sky by connecting the stars to form images of fish, lions, scorpions and other animals.

These star combinations were the birth of the constellations and the names we use today.  A constellation is simply a group of stars that someone saw as a bull (Taurus) or an archer (Sagittarius).

Clearly these images are open to interpretation, as with the dot pictures, and for astrologers the stars are the dots.

How you can join the dots today

A modern astrologer does not usually go outside when they want to interpret your chart. They join the dots or stars in another way, through the clues in your horoscope. The hidden message in your chart shown in your planets, signs, houses and aspects will be unveiled to you by the skill of your astrologer.

One astrologer will read your chart differently to the next but the thread and the message in your chart will be the same. Just like the constellations, there will be a picture and a story of for example, a crab (Cancer) or a ram (Aries) although the main story will be the same when they interpret the same chart.

Inspiration in Art

I was inspired to write this post from the original art above from ChampagneBlue a gifted and talented artist in Toronto. In this piece there are random “dots” of different sizes and colours (that seem to me to be the planets bursting with energy) and they can be joined by your mind’s eye in many way. Each one of us will imagine a different picture from the available circles.

As above so below

The macrocosm (the stars) is replicated in the microcosm (your chart). We don’t literally join the dots but it is a good analogy for the process of taking a picture of planets and signs and interpreting an image of the person whose chart it is through the understanding of the “dot” on the page.

Join the planets (I mean dots) with aspect lines

Astrology goes further and joins two planets with line if they are in a recognized angular correspondence to each other. The aspect lines are colored differently whether easy (blue) or difficult (red) planetary energies are coming together.

Every chart will be visually different because of the shapes created by the aspect lines such as assorted triangles, squares, kites or bucket shapes.

An astrological mandala for meditation

I use the practice of meditation with all the charts I do for friends and clients. Once I have drawn the chart is and all the dots are joined with lines, I pause… and use the circle of the chart with the lines as a focal point for meditation like a mandala. I like to call this an astrological mandala.

This ritual allows me to focus on the image the chart has formed by the dots and colored lines and shapes before I begin to interpret in detail. I will often leave one day between drawing up the chart and meditating on it, to the actual detailed unpacking of its message.

I find this lets me ponder the dots, the image, the chart and my client in a broader frame (as above) before offering my in-depth interpretations (so below).

This may work for you, why not give it a try?

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Receive a PDF copy of your natal chart suitable for use in astrology exploration or, you can get your personalized one hour reading from me.

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Love is in the Air – Valentine’s Day 2014 Astrology

UnknownCheck out “The Astrology of Valentines Day” where I share my thoughts on this year’s (2014) Valentine’s astrology chart. See how the planets will be placed and how they affect you for love and romance on Friday, 14th February.

I had fun with this article which was written for the Wild Woman Community hosted by Sam Wilson who is curating a vast array of content of interest to women and their personal journey through new age practices.

Alos check out your astro compatibility with the other signs on my Heart Chart for romance to see who is your best match.

And read about how astrology can help in Astro Dating in 30 Days which is a way to use astrology to speed up the dating process and weed out the non contenders quickly.

You can look back at my 2013 Valentine’s Day astro comments as well and see how you did last year.

Want more information?

Receive a PDF copy of your natal chart suitable for use in astrology exploration or, you can get your personalized one hour reading from me.

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Podcast: The Mind Planets Mercury and Uranus


There are two planets which are associated with your mind and thinking, Mercury and Uranus. Mercury shows your conscious mind, thinking processes and speech. Uranus shows your abstract thinking capability and how you understand concepts which is different for each of us.

Much of your individual thinking processes are expressed in the aspects in your chart between the two planet, Mercury an inner planet and Uranus an outer planet.

Listen to our podcast titled “The Mind Planets Mercury and Uranus” at Axis where I am on the show with my good friend Arwynne.

Our fun and fascinating astrology podcasts go out every fortnight. We have lots of laughs taping them here in the studio in Vancouver.

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Why Knowing Your Sun Sign is not Enough


There are twelve signs in the tropical zodiac. Each sign is thirty degrees wide making a total of 360 degrees in the full circle. The signs are in order as follows: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. The signs are placed around in a circle and form the framework for your birth chart.

Your birth chart is divided by two special lines which make divisions in your chart. One is the horizontal line or the ascendant/descendant axis and the other is the vertical line or the Midheaven/IC axis.

These two axes separate your chart into four halves or hemispheres (left, right, top and bottom) and also into four quarters known as quadrants.


The four powerful angles are the ascendant, descendant, Midheaven and IC and they will be in four different zodiac signs. These angle-in-sign placements will have an effect on your chart.

Each of the four angles is a highly sensitive point in your chart. The ascendant particularly can be more important and have a stronger influence on you than your Sun sign. You may be a Sagittarius Sun but have a Taurus ascendant and this will affect you greatly.

Knowing which sign your ascendant or Midheaven is placed is a crucial part of chart analysis and is one of the main reasons that not all Sun Sagittarius people are the same. If you consider that there are twelve possible ascendants for each of the dozen Sun Sign. That is one hundred and forty four (12×12=144) permutations at the very start of chart interpretation.

  • The Ascendant shows the real you, how others see you and your personality. It indicates how you look, your height, complexion, gait, personal style and mannerisms. It is reflected in the colours and the clothes you wear.
  • The Descendant suggests how you relate to your partner, your spouse, or your better half. It shows what and who you seek in your partner. It also shows what you will tolerate and acceptable behaviour from your husband or wife.
  • The Midheaven says much about your public persona, your reputation (good or bad) and what you can achieve in this lifetime. It suggests some career choices and motivations which you will employ to gain status in the world.
  • The Immum Coeli (IC) indicates your background, where you are coming from and your ancestors. It shows the type of family your have and your relationship with your parents. This sensitive point suggests the very basis of who you are and everything you have is rooted in your IC.

So What?

Well, because each of the four angles is in a different sign and each particular sign meaning and emphasis will be placed on the area of life as indicated by the angles. This in itself is the first layer for astrological interpretation and a grasp of the basic principles of angles and their meaning is the first step to self-understanding.

Learning to read your own chart is the first step in a journey of self-discovery and you owe it to yourself to know these things.

If you do not know your ascendant sign you can approach myself or  professional astrologer for a copy of your chart and begin your in-depth astrology understanding now.

What are you waiting for?

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Alison is a new Astrological Contributor for the Wild Woman Community

Unknown-1I am excited to tell you that I am the new Astrological Contributor for the “Wild Woman Community”.

The Wild Woman Community – awaken the wild one within is a website produced by Samantha Wilson and it focuses on women and covers many issues relating to women’s creative. healing and spiritual evolution.

Samantha Wilson

Samantha is the Founder of the Wild Woman Community, an online Wild Woman Circle.  She is a Recovering Lawyer, Life Coach, Energy Healer and Writer.

You can read a variety of topics on this site. I will be posting at Wild Women on a regular basis so you can follow my thoughts there.

Read my first piece titled Create the Life you Want with the Art of Astrology.

I’d love to hear from you write to me at [email protected]


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Looking Forward Through the Retrogrades of 2014

Retrogrades courtesy NASA

Retrograde motion courtesy NASA

As astrologers we can look at each year in many ways. During any given year there are the natural planetary cycles. We also note the retrogrades as a background ebb and flow similar to radio static from the Big Bang.

On top of this we can consider more specific movements of the transiting planets and then drill down to a closer inspection of your particular chart, it’s unique placements and the personal effects that you experience.

Retrogradation of the Planets

Retrogradation is the optical illusion of a planet stopping and moving backwards and after a while turning and going forwards again. We see this because of our moving viewpoint from planet Earth.

A planetary station is the exact time and position that a planet turns direction either from forwards to backwards (stations retrograde SRx) or from backwards to forwards (stations direct SD).

All planets except the Sun and the Moon have retrograde periods.

Note: Having a retrograde Sun is an old astrology joke so don’t get caught nodding sagely to that old chestnut.

Month by month

Let’s have a look at the monthly retrograde stations and appreciate that in the solar system and astrology, change is constant.

January begins with a New Moon which is in itself a good thing for starting things. We close January with Venus stationing direct after a long reverse haul through Capricorn.

In February we experience Mercury’s first of three retrograde periods for 2014 from the 6th to the 28th February. On February 27th Ceres starts its backwards meander through Scorpio.

March features the retrograde news for 2014 of Mars retrograde through Libra. This will be for almost twelve weeks and energizes Librans all around us. On March 2nd Saturn goes retrograde and on the 6th March Jupiter moves direct in Cancer and surges forward.

April has dwarf planet Pluto retrograde at 13 Capricorn for it’s annual stint backwards through the zodiac.

During May on the 19th Mars finally stations direct and clears the same ground for the third time in Libra. Mars is only retrograde one in two years, phew!

June provides us a double whammy as Mercury takes the second retrograde cycle in Cancer/Gemini and Neptune starts it’s retrograde period within two days of each other. Ceres ends its retrograde movement on the 2nd June.

July 1st we see Mercury once again moving forward and on July 20th Saturn begins his retrograde motion.

August boasts no main planetary direction changes and the whole month ticks over quietly. Looking further out tough Eris starts it’s retrograde movement but hardly moves from burning a hole at 22 Aries all year.

September is clear sailing until Pluto in Capricorn stations direct on the 23rd.

October features Mercury again retrograde on the 3rd until the 25th from 17 to 02 degrees Libra back-tracking over the earlier Mars retrograde area.

November we clearly see Neptune stopping and facing forward again on the 15th.

December produces Jupiter stationing retrograde in Leo on the 8th and on the winter solstice (the 21st) Uranus finishes it’s backwards motion and picks up the pace again going forward into 2016.


During the whole of 2014 there is always at least one planet retrograde. It really is a natural state for us to experience and not the dreaded time that many believe.

Embrace each planet’s retrograde period and make the most of the natural slow down that all planets experience during any given year. As above so below.

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Your Starz for the week of Christmas to New Year 2014

StonehengeOn Christmas Day we see a strong emphasis in Capricorn with Mercury and the Sun and Pluto. These three also form the focal point of a t-square from Moon conjoined Mars both opposite Uranus. The focus is between 2 to 11 Capricorn and truths will be heard wherever this area is in your natal chart.

Fun times

This suggests that good conversations dealing with deep issues can be brought forward in a cleansing spirit for each of us. The message is clear but you do need to be listening, and get over yourself, to hear the truths.


Your love life will benefit from some honesty this week. If you are in a meaningful relationship you will be able to redefine the contact with your partner and maybe explore sides of each other that you did not know before. If you are single and looking, play it safe with family contacts and events and buddy up with your brother, male cousin or old school pals to be an introduction to people that may turn out to be “the one”.


If you reined in your pre holiday spending you will be rewarded in the New Year with financial support from traditional means like parents, career bonuses or pay increases. On the other hand if you overspent to impress people with your gift purchasing prowess then the feeling io buyers remorse will come to you as the bills roll in.


Your career is never static. It is either improving or diminishing. Make sure you are well prepared for the year to come. This week you can butter-up your contacts and cash in later in 2014. Those aiming to move up the ladder or improve their one man business to set them free of “the man” will find this week quietly fruitful for establishing connections that can be leveraged later.

This is a week to pay attention and appreciate all that may unfold as the year begins.

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Venus Retrograde in Capricorn

VenusAs we race around the Sun on planet Earth we are part of a special family called the solar system. Our closest sister is Venus the planet that rules both Taurus and Libra and she is exalted in Pisces. These are the three signs in which Venus is well placed and where she can work her charms well.

When Venus is in Aries, Virgo or Scorpio she can’t be herself and her gifts and energy are somewhat thwarted.

Venus retrograde

Venus goes retrograde on December 21, 2013 at 29 Capricorn until January 31, 2014 when she stops and begins her forward motion at 13 Capricorn.

This will be over the winter solstice on December 21, 2013 and the Christmas and New Year season. Not an easy time when we want to be lovey dovey and cosy up to people we don’t really like.

The reduced expression of the Venus charm and social skills, due to her retrograde motion, does not bode well for parties and social gatherings typical of end-of-year celebrations. Not that they will be fraught, but that we will experience things as rather dry and tedious this time around.

So brace yourself for a restrained silly season as we close off 2013 and enter 2014.

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Time, Astrology and Special Days like Christmas


Midnight, December 25th, AD1, Bethlehem.

The end of 2013 is fast approaching and we can begin to look forward to the New Year on January 1st. Our calendars are created from the movement of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. We segment days or one Earth rotation, into weeks or one quarter of a lunar cycle, months or one Moon cycle and years which is one Earth orbit around the Sun.

Astrologers go wider still and divide time into the Great Year which is the time it takes for the precession of the equinoxes to make a full circle through the zodiac. The Great Year is +/-25900 years and this again divides into twelve Great Months, or Ages lasting around 2000 years, and the best known one is the Age Of Aquarius which we are living in now.

If we had to set up calendars now would there be ten days one a week? No because the Moon is the month and it’s quarters are the week markers.

We like to create cosmos from chaos. So we add in four seasons starting at the equinoxes and solstices.

Special days in the year

New Year’s Day is January 1st.

We adjust for Leap Year creep by adding a day on February 29th every four years and again deduct a day every 400 years.

Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the Full Moon following the Vernal equinox on about March 21st.

The Chinese New Year falls on the day of the second new Moon after the winter solstice on about December 21.

Your birthday is the day every year that the Earth returns to it’s natal position.

We also add special dates that mean something to us personally like wedding anniversaries. Mine is on December 27th. This date will only be important to my husband and I and maybe our kids for their lifetime, after which time it will fade out of importance.

Star of Bethlehem

The point is that some dates are astronomically derived, some have been with us for ages and some are picked for their meaning to us personally.

The chart above is set for midnight, December 25th, AD1. Yes I know this date is not right but it is the date we celebrate for Christ’s birth. So I have added the chart here for interest.

This chart features Saturn on the Midheaven and taking the place of the Star of Bethlehem.

I am aware that many astrologers have rectified this chart and even written books about it but I, being a straight forward astrologer, have placed the date we celebrate in the featured chart.

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Nelson Mandela’s Astrology Chart

Mandela-page-001Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

Nelson Mandela was 95 years old.

Madiba was born was on July 18, 1918 in the small village of Mveso near the town of Butterworth in the Republic of South Africa.

Natal Chart

He has an unknown birth time so his chart is calculated for noon.

This chart features the Sun, Jupiter and Pluto in Cancer. We have to remember that Pluto had not been discovered and therefore was not part of the human consciousness when he was born.

Pluto half-return

We note that transiting Pluto has recently made the opposition to his natal Pluto which in itself is interesting as the ruler of Scorpio usually takes 245 years to make one orbit of the Sun. On average it takes 125 years to form an opposition to its natal place.

This has happened sooner as Pluto was faster in Scorpio at the closest to the Sun  during the 1980′s. In the past people would never get the Pluto half-return in their lifetime. This is the case for people in their nineties alive today.

Mutual reception

The Moon in Scorpio and Pluto in Cancer are in mutual reception by sign and may be linked by a sesquiquadrate aspect (birth time permitting). This reinforces the connection between the people and change through upheaval.

Massive (Jupiter) resistance and upheaval (Pluto) brought the spotlight (Sun) to his country (Cancer) and was a part of his life for many years. This was interspersed with years incarcerated on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town.

His triumphant position as the president of South Africa and global acknowledgement for his efforts will be remembered.

One can only guess at the transformation occurring in the streets of South Africa this week as the country mourns their loss.

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Starzology is now accepting Bitcoin

imagesFor your convenience Starzology is now accepting Bitcoin. This crypto currency payment method will be rolled out throughout our site from now on and will be available for all items by January 2014.

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Top 10 Reasons to Book an Astrology Reading Now

smoggy_airHere are my top 10 ideas why you should consider having an astrology reading now. You may have other thoughts to add and everyone is different.

1) You have never had one

2) It has been a year since your last reading

3) You are at a crossroads in your life

4) You think it may be fun

5) Your friend who just had one is raving

6) Your mother-in-law says you should

7) You are curious

8) It is a full moon

9) Your birthday is coming up

10) You want to present a reading to someone special

And 10 bonus reasons

11) You need seasonal gifts which are services and not more stuff

12) You are keen to face the New Year on the right foot

13) You constantly seek ways to improve your life

14) You are on a spiritual journey

15) You need your new baby’s chart done

16) You want your children’s chart read

17) You have met Mr. Right

18) You have met Mr. Could-Be-Right

19) You are seeking personal enlightenment

20) You are an astrology student and want to see the pros in action

21) You are getting married

What are you waiting for?

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Introduction to Astrology – A beginner’s course workbook – Includes questions and answers by Alison Price

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Introduction to Astrology – A beginner’s course workbook – includes questions and answers 

by Alison Price


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Learn More About: Introduction to Astrology – A beginner’s course workbook – includes questions and answers by Alison Price

The latest digital book by professional astrologer Alison Price.

Introduction to Astrology comes at a time when the cardinal square unfolds between Uranus the ruler of astrology and Pluto the planet which brings things into our consciousness. Make the most of this planetary phenomena and open your mind and heart to the ancient craft of astrology.

You can learn astrology and grasp the basics of reading a chart for yourself and others. Quickly and with a solid information.

Have you been fascinated by astrology and found it sometimes resonates with you? Do you want to learn a bit more? This eBook course workbook has been tailor made for students of astrology.

Written by Alison Price a passionate professional astrologer, international lecturer and teacher. Introduction to Astrology helps you build on astrology knowledge and you can work at your own pace. Chapters include the signs, the planets, the houses, chart division, the aspects and synthesis.

Included are details for setting up your own Starzology discussion group with your friends to find supportive and interesting peers for your studies.

If you want a better grasp of the basics of astrology then Introduction to Astrology beginner’s course workbook with questions and answers is for you. Learning astrology is a personal journey, start yours now by taking the first step.

Highly recommended.

Writers who read this book will gain:

  • A grasp of signs, planets, houses and aspects
  • A broad view of the parts of the chart
  • Practice working through the questions and answers
  • The ability to find the chart ruling planet
  • A solid knowledge base for interpretations
  • Skills to grow their astrology understanding
  • Tips on how to work with their first client
  • Resources for further investigation
  • Confidence in chart delineation

“But what does it mean?” is the question most often asked by those wanting to learn how to read a chart. If you have ever said those words then Introduction to Astrology is for you.

Embrace your astrology interpretations with these practice questions and answers and know you are on the right track. Having the answers lets you check that you are correct.

Introduction to Astrology will help you get to grips with birth chart interpretation for yourself and others.

Written expressly for hobbyist and student astrologers eager to get better.

So what are you waiting for? Purchase your copy of Introduction to Astrology now and you will receive a link to download the PDF e-book immediately.

Thank you for your purchase. If you like what you read, I invite you to send me your testimonial or just drop me a line at alison at starzology dot com.

And thank you for spreading the word!

What Readers Like You Are Saying About Introduction to Astrology – A beginner’s course workbook – includes questions and answers by Alison Price.

“I have just finished reading your e-book, “Introduction to Astrology.”  As a newbie to the subject, I found your book to be very helpful.  Now that I have read it, I will go back and do the work assignments. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.” - J.R.F. Feb 2013

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If Books are Written One Word at a Time then Astrology Books are Written One Glyph at a Time


Handwriting example from Charles Darwin’s note book No. 2.

During the last twelve months I have been busy with my general work of consultations, course prep, teaching, mentoring, speaking and presiding over my local astrology group and all that that entailed.

As well as the day to day ebb and flow of life I have myself been studying and taking advanced courses on several topics and alongside all of this I have been nurturing my latest baby, no not a real baby, but a creative endeavor – a book manuscript.

A writer

It is only in the past few years that I have considered myself a writer. During a productive Jupiter transit of my ninth house, when I first received acknowledgement for an article I had published, I began to see the light with the written word and it has grown to brighten my day.

I now have a little shelf space for grammar, writing, editing and publishing books which have found a place in my home. This is unusual as I now have precious astrology books piled on the floor which is something I would never have done before. Horrors.

But we change and evolve.

A title

My book is about The Oriental Planet and has that title. The name says it all. It explores insights and perceptions on my original research and observations over many years.

You don’t know what goes into a book until you yourself are writing yours. Time and time management is the thing. I’m getting near the end now. Ha, I’ve been saying that all this year. But I really am into the home straight and can see the winning post in the distance.

A deadline

I have pencilled in March 21st as the final date to get it off to the publisher. Even I noticed I didn’t mention the year. But I mean 2014. For sure. Definitely.

A dream

When this mammoth task comes to its conclusion it will be a dream come true for me. My father was writing a personal memoir way back in the seventies. I vaguely remember him tapping page after page on an old typewriter working into the wee hours. He was a hunt and peck typist. I wish I had paid more attention as he had skills I am now scrambling to learn on a sharp curve.

An invitation

If you are familiar with this chart feature and would like to share your experiences with me I would love to hear your oriental planet story. I invite you to write to me at [email protected] I will read every message.


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