Terry Fox

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.

 



Dispositor Tree

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.

 


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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.


 

Mercury retrograde

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.







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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.


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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.

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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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7 Days to a Better Chart Reading – eCourse

7 Days to a Better -page-0017 Days to a Better Chart Reading

For intermediate to advanced astrologers

This 7 day course is for intermediate to advanced astrologers who wish to learn how to streamline their readings.

It is to help you overcome the vast amount of information that is available to be read in a natal chart and to sift the main issues from the side details.

If you are overwhelmed by too much information in natal chart interpretation and forecasting this course will help.

Prerequisites

You are expected to know astrology and be somewhat proficient in the basics of natal chart work which are signs, planets, houses and aspects.

You should be familiar with the forecasting techniques of transits and secondary progressions.

You can improve your Astrological interpretations in one week

Simply follow this seven day plan to get your readings back on track.

By taking these easy steps you will be ready to present the best consultation you can muster this time next week.


What you will learn

First you will cast and interpret the natal chart on a high level only and then you will consider only selected forecast work.

You will not interpret minor details but you will focus on the main drivers in the chart.

Not every planet will be considered and which planets will be interpreted does depend on the chart of your client.

At the end you won’t have considered every single little detail, but you will have looked at the important components of the natal chart and forecast indicators.

 


Table of Contents

    Lessons
  • Day 0: Ready, Steady, Go! – Get set for your reading

  • Day 1: Book the Appointment and Print the Charts – Make the appointment and print the charts
  • Day 2: The Balances and Strengths – Take a broad view
  • Day 3: The Ascendant and Chart Ruler – The face and drive
  • Day 4: The Luminaries – The Lights of day and night
  • Day 5: The Forecast for Money and Career – Where is the money?
  • Day 6: The Forecast for Love and Romance – Where is the love?
  • Day 7: The Consultation – Today is the day!
  • What’s Next? – It just gets better


 

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Your Astrological Journal

by Alison Price

Your Astrological Journal

This year I have two main plans for developing the presentation of astrology for your understanding and pleasure.

The first initiative is through the creation of the Starzology School of Astrology with comprehensive eCourse for many classes at all levels. This is ongoing and should be done by the time Saturn enters Capricorn. There is lot’s still to do on this.

And the second is the development of astro art or creative pages to help aspiring astrologers or anyone and everyone learn more about our art. In the astro art section so far you have posts on a binder cover page to colour and a wheel of fortune to make for yourself.

Creating an astrological journal supports the multiple input method of learning and is a good way to build a resource that you can use later.


A journal can be used in several ways:

  • To plan your day for things you have to do (pick up the kids and take the dog to the vet etc.) and this works best as a bullet journal.
  • It can be a “dear diary” style for capturing what did happen and how you felt about it, whatever it is.
  • Or it can be used to build a personal resource to learn and remember information and build a knowledge base that you can use for years to come.

It it the third one that we will talk about here.

How to make an astrological journal to learn and understand and appreciate the little pieces like signs, planets and houses meanings that go to build a comprehensive chart reading.

The benefits of journaling

Your brain remembers things easily if it knows them via more than one means of input.

Teachers read aloud, or make you draw pictures, or glue a collage from dried macaroni, or do a play like astro drama to reinforce your knowledge. The variety or ways to learn is important because the information arrives in your memory through different channels. This is why just reading books makes it harder to learn stuff.

In the multiple activity way of gaining knowledge, what you know can be retrieved in snippets through thoughts like, “Oh gosh, now what do I know about Jupiter in Virgo?”

You will get better at remembering the many things that you need to know to read a chart by writing and drawing in your astrological journal.


 

Which Journal to Choose?

There are a few points to consider and choices to be made for a journal that is good to use for astrological journaling.

If you are going to invest your time and energy creating a beautiful astrological journal you might as well get a decent journal in the first place.

Size does matter

The best size is A5 or about 6″ x 8″ because this is easily carried in you bag and can be whipped out on a plane or at dinner. Who does that?

If you choose a size smaller (say 3″ x 5″) it will work as a pocket journal, but will get full quicker. You can think of this one as your on-the-go journal which is best to jot down ideas while you are out and about or at a conference or lecture.

When you get home you can transfer the gems of knowledge to your main A5 journal. This process serves learning.

Paper quality

Can you see through the pages in your journal? If you can it is too thin and too cheap. Get a better quality book.

I like the Moleskine A5 plain paper journal.

Each year I buy a few new books and I have one for each year but that’s another story.


How to use your astrological journal – basic layout

Title page

You will have a title page which is usually the very first page in the main body and not the inside flap page which is thicker than normal.

State your journal name. Typically this will be “My Astrological Journal” or “My Journey into Astrology” or something in that vein.

Contents page

Open to the first double page. This will be a contents overview and here you can specify the deeper level of detail that you want. The choice is yours.

This will help you gauge the number of pages you need between each section.

For instance if you have 12 signs you may need 12 (or 24) pages. This depends on how large your journal is to start with.

How to plan your astrological journal with sections and segments

For each main section like natal signs you will make a title page on the right hand side.

You will do a section title page for each main section in your contents page. It is best to add a tab sticking out at the right for your main sections and perhaps your segments.

NATAL

SignsSigns

  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo
  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricorn
  • Aquarius
  • Pisces
  • Elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water)
  • Modes (Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable)
  • When the sign is on the cusp of each house…

Planets

  • The meaning of the planets
  • Chart ruler
  • Most elevated
  • Oriental
  • Occidental
  • Gauquelin sector planets

Houses

  • 1st to 12th houses
  • Planets in the first house, in the second house etc.
  • House systems

Chart Division

  • Hemispheres
  • Quadrants
  • Triple division houses
  • Type of house (Angular, succeedent cadent)

Aspects

Aspects of longitude 

  • Soft aspects
  • Hard aspects
  • Neutral aspects

Aspects of declination

  • Parallel
  • Contra parallel

Aspects of antiscia

  • Antiscia
  • Contra-antiscia

FORECASTING SECTION ideas

  • Transits (outers)
  • Eclipses
  • Solar returns
  • Secondary progressions (inners)
  • Firdaria
  • Profections
  • Solar arc directions
  • Summary

You can do as much detail and depth as you wish. If you are just starting out with astrology I suggest the following sections, natal and forecasting and keep it simple.

Going deeper means a page for each planet in sign and house and deeper still is nice-to-haves about astrology like eclipses or the oriental planet.


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Make Your Own Astrology Wheel of Fortune

by Alison Price

WheelLearn astrology with a Wheel of Fortune

I used to teach a class about the real basics of astrology. This was for beginners with not even a whiff of technicality or astrologese or astrology jargon, but a lot of getting to know what astrology is and what it is not.

Ii was during this time that I created this special project to make a Wheel of Fortune (that’s what I’m calling it) for the students and it is quite easy.

Free sign slice astro art template

This wheel is made up from twelve “slices” just like the slices of a pizza. Each slice is 30° wide and therefore is exactly one zodiac sign.

Below is an example of the Gemini slice.

Gemini slice

Your free template

Here is your free template so you can make your own astrology wheel of fortune. You can print it immediately or download the PDF file below (which is the recommended way to go as it is easier to print), and use it later.

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Click the link below to download the PDF

Starzology Wheel of Fortune


How to construct your wheel

  • Print 12 sheets, so that’s one for each sign
  • Add your own keywords and notes to each sign
  • Colour in as much as you like
  • Cut the slice out leaving the tab on
  • Carefully layout all the signs in the right order

The signs in order are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

  • Tape the slices lightly at the front with small pieces of masking tape just to hold it
  • Turn it over and sellotape the slices together

Note: Take your time as the slices can be tricky.

  • When completed glue the whole wheel onto a sheet of card or Bristol board for support.
  • Cut with scissors and trim to 5mm to the edge of the circle.

Hang the finished astrology wheel by a centre pin so that it can rotate, because you read each sign when it is at the bottom and the signs can be read from all around.

How to use the Wheel of Fortune

You should place your wheel on the wall near where you do your astrology work as inspiration and as memory jogger for when you forget things.  

Remember to send me a photo of your completed wheel and I will publish it on this post later. There is no time limit.

Enjoy being creative and learning at the same time.

Wheel

Keywords to use

Many astrology keywords are well known and you should add these to your wheel.

When you discover a new word to describe the signs you can add them to your wheel. This is how you interpret astrology and not how I do, or the next guy does.

Be your own astrologer and develop the art so that it speaks to you.

Why stray from the true and tested keywords? Because we want to hear your voice coming through in your interpretations.

If you ask ten artists to paint a picture of an apple they will all produce a painting that represents an apple. Maybe Picasso’s apple is a bit odd but it is still an apple how he sees it.

It is the same with astrology. Every astrologer can read a chart, but each one brings their own flair to the reading. Your own words are important and this is why ou need to develop your own words as well.

How we learn as things change

Back in the day I was taught that the eighth house was to do with death. But I prefer to read it as a transformation either of the body or the finances.

Now, blood donors and blood donations (other people’s resources) are shown in your eighth house. Greek astrologers or even those in the last century may not have experienced blood donors (or had the ability to benefit from blood donation) but we have this today.

It’s the same with Facebook being in the eleventh house. Social media and being “friends” with others is an eleventh house thing. But ten years ago FB was unknown.

Always interpret in your own words

Yes, you need to use the usual keywords to start with as you learn astrology. It is the language of astrology. But as you develop your own astrological voice I urge to use your own words. This may take a while but I encourage you to take ownership of the astrology you do.

If you want a cookie-cutter reading you can go to the internet and find a free site that prints preprinted pages of interpretations.

But, if you want to be a good astrologer you need to do your own thing. Your own thing comes from the internal dynamics of your own chart.

Be yourself. Don’t be just a human computer churning out information with no discernment for the value of what you produce, rather be yourself.


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Astrology Art – Colouring-In for Grown Ups

Relaxing Astrology Art

The craze for adult colouring books knows no limits.

Many people are joining in, picking up a crayon, staying between the lines to colour beautiful images, pictures and mandalas as recreation. 

(BTW this is product of Saturn in Sagittarius – exploration within boundaries.)

There is even a Meetup in Vancouver called Vancouver Colouring. It has over 300 members and is going from strength to strength.

This year I received one of these book from my fabulous sister as a gift. Does she think I need to relax, take it easy and chill? Possibly…

When I attend lectures I often find myself doodling in the margins as the speaker talks and I thought about this for a while and at my workshops and lectures.

When I taught every evening and four classes a week my students would come to class with their binders and stuff their notes from class into them. It occurred to me that they couColoring#01-page-001 (1)ld do with a nice cover page for their binders so I created this page specifically to be colored in.

Each student was able to do their own color combination and it became a component of the classes.

So now I give each astrology class student or workshop attendee one of original astrology themed colouring pages.

I want to share this with you now and offer you a free PDF download of one of my astro art pages.

You don’t have to but it’s there it is if appeals to you.

Below is the drawing that you can download and colour in to your heart’s content. This first one is called Astro Art Cover 1.


Astro Art Cover 1

The idea is that you write your name in the space at the bottom and use this as the cover for your astrology binder (or file).

If you are new to astrology you may not see the subtlety of the symbols peppered about this page but they will all be revealed as you learn about this exciting craft of astrology.

Note: it downloads on a computer and not an iPhone it seems.

 

Download the PDF file .

 

I’m calling these images and diagrams Astro Art and until I get a better name I’ll stick with that.

How to Colour in

You can do felt pen, pen and ink, pastels or primaries. It’s up to you. If you like you can do more than one copy.

Now you can always have something to doodle on when you find yourself in a long lecture.

If you take a class with me you will get this image as well.

Share

When you have completed your Astrology Art cover page please share it with us and send me a copy and I’ll put it up for the readers to admire. I can’t wait to see what you can do.

This year I plan to have more images for you to color in and they are coming out soon so get those crayons sharpened.




Where Astrologers Work

Where Astrologers Work

by Alison Price

 

If you have a regular job in an office or a factory then you know where you work.

If you run a daycare or a farm that’s where you have to work.

Many people have to do their daily work in a particular spot and it can be that you are not working if you are not at your desk.

But the group who are self employed like new age practitioners and astrologers can work anywhere.

The internet has made it possible for people who are independent to work wherever they are if there is a computer and an internet connection.


The Home Office

A good place for astrologers to work is the office in the home. When we lived in Oakville we had a house with a study near the front door. I immediately commandeered it into my “Office” and created a special astrology-only space for my work where clients and students could visit and be secluded and comfortable.

This was the perfect situation as at the time I was teaching classes four nights a week for six weeks after every equinox and solstice. During that period I did mainly teach face-to-face because I had the space.

The room was decorated with astrology themed images and charts and I had a white board for teaching. This room was dedicated to astrology and there were no other things in it like household electricity bills or storage for the kids ice skates that so often creep into the spare room of a house.

The Coffee Shop

The coffee shop is a new space for astrologers to work or at least it has been for me. Now living downtown in the city of Vancouver and meeting clients at lunch time and before work I have found the coffee shop to be an ideal space for research work and face-to-face client work.

But not all coffee shops are created equal. What I am looking for in a working space coffee shop is relative peace (without too much clanging from the kitchen) and high speed internet. I also need a spot with my back to the wall, as it is after all a public space, and you never know who will be there.

Starbucks has some lovely comfy leather chairs and a better clientele because the coffee in Starbucks is twice the price (latte $4.75) of other places. But the downside is there in weak internet. This will not do, so I don’t go there.

Tim Horton’s has better priced coffee ($1.80) and you can stay as long as you like, but again weak to non-existent internet and unfortunately they allow students to rest their heads on the tables and sleep. I find this distracting.

Waves Coffee House is the best choice for me. They have the seriously good high speed internet, the prices are moderate to high (latte is $4.25) and I can find a spot to sit near other people with their laptops open merrily tapping away. I imagine they are writing the next Harry Potter as JK Rowling did in a draughty coffee shop in Scotland. It is a most agreeable atmosphere and the barista Chris caught my name the first time I went in and has remembered it ever since. A nice touch.

Rent a Meeting Room/Venue

For some client work I have to rent a room in the city. This is always the case when we do our annual Summer Astrology Workshops. We book the beautiful boardroom at the public library. This really good spot is clean and bright with reasonable internet. We use this room for workshops of 15 to 20 attendees as there is a screen and a board table and good seating. Although the daily cost is very high ($350) it is worth it.

My other option for when I have a few students in a class when I teach my beginner, intermediate and advanced astrology courses and the Aspiring Astrologer Master Classes is the meeting room. I like the one at Waves. They used to charge $10 for one hour but now it is that everyone who goes in there has to buy a drink (so tea or coffee) and maybe a pastry, and I do have to book this meeting room ahead of time.

It is a popular spot for general Meetups and get togethers. There is a glass door so you are still in the coffee shop but have some privacy. They have a white board so I can draw the charts on the board (image above). This feature is crucial for teaching proper classes. The Waves meeting room seats about ten but the most students I have had is five at one time. I call this one “my office”.

The Park

This is a good place on a warm summer Sunday afternoon. I can write and prepare my client work for appointments in the following week and it clears my head. There is no privacy but you get to see men playing chess, children playing and dogs being walked by their owners.

It is not good for computer work but rather for paper notebook and pen writing and note taking. I like to print my client’s charts and take them outside to the park and spend time perusing their information in the fresh air.

This is really only on a Sunday but in fact I could go every day. Where I live there are three public parks with benches, fountains and play areas that are attractive and pleasant.

The Beach

This is the one I’m aiming for next – working on the beach. I know my Aries friend Tamara does this in Ibiza, Spain.

Doing client prep, consultations and other exciting astrology work at the coast sounds fun. Is it really work if you are sitting on the beach? Maybe you have to be propping up the bar at the beach tavern, then is it work? Perhaps, but probably not, and when I get to this spectacular position of reading astrology charts for people on the beach I’ll let you know.

On a Plane

You don’t need a special office but it is nice to have one and if you do you are lucky indeed. You can practice astrology anywhere. I once read a chart on a plane from Toronto to Vancouver for the guy sitting next to me that I had met ten minutes earlier.

He asked me what I did for a living as many men do. I told him I was in futures. He said he was too but I think he meant something else. He wanted tips on trading on the big boards (that’s the stock exchange).

I kept it simple with “buy” during the waxing moon and “sell” on the waning Moon. When we landed we exchanged business cards and went our separate ways but he did sign up to my email list and has kept in touch over the years.

Your Virtual Office

Your virtual office is where you are and you can do astrology work where you are. Always have your iPad and chart calculation capabilities in your bag. These days I never buy a handbag that won’t fit my iPad. Have your business cards to hand and pass them on to interested folks who ask for them.

This is the world we live in today. You never know where you will do you next astrology reading or for whom or if you’ll be in a bikini.

Maybe I’ll see you on the beach… I look forward to it.


 

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5 Items Every Aspiring Astrologer Needs

5 Items Every Aspiring Astrologer Needs on Their Desk

If you are an aspiring astrologer or even a full-blown astrologer for that matter, there a five items you need to have in order to read charts effectively.

You may be attracted to a different branches of astrology to the next astrologer but the basics to need are the same.

I am going to share with you the five essential things every aspiring astrologer requires to read a chart.

These items are distilled from many years of experience in my practice where I have cast and read charts for people.

Although you can have tons more books and goodies that can help with the process, I have trimmed the list down to the five basic necessities that you require to read a chart.

1) An Ephemeris

This is the best book you can have on your desk. An ephemeris contains the planet’s positions, retrogrades, eclipses, lunations and many other interesting facts about what the solar system is actually doing. Back in the day (before we all had a computer to cast charts) you would need your ephemeris to calculate the chart in the first place.

Now you will reach for your ephemeris to quickly find when Pluto will enter your client’s eighth house for the second time, retrograde in a five hit transit or to discover if it is going to be an appulse or total eclipse next autumn as you write you horoscopes for the following year.

If you never refer to your ephemeris for charts and forecasting it makes a great spot for your cat to sleep.

2) A Computer with Solar Fire

Where would we be without a professional astrology software program? Still casting charts by hand I suppose. You do need some way to draw charts quickly and correctly if you read charts for a living.

I use Solar Fire and it is really powerful software and to be honest I don’t use all the features all the time, or even many of the features most of the time, but I do use the powerful chart processing ability and its calculations for secondary progressions, solar arcs, solar returns and transits. These are for client work and the chart for right-here right-now to plan my day.

You can get chart calculation apps for your iPhone like Astro Gold and this is wonderful for casting charts on-the-go. I use Astro Gold for pondering the charts of my clients as I always load their birth data into my phone, as well as Solar Fire, before the consultation so I can consider all the ideas I may have about their chart wherever I am in my day. I can do this because I book clients usually one week ahead because I like to cast their chart and then mull over it for a few days so it can “speak” to me.

If you work differently (and you should follow your path) or work ahead of time as I do then either way you need powerful astrology software.

3) The Chart

You need the chart to do the interpretation. Usually you will print the chart from your computer or draw it by hand. But just having a plain chart is no good and you have to make notes on it, highlight special planets, draw attention to grand trines or yods and the like. This extra jotting on the chart is best done in color.

Emphasize the ruling planet in yellow wherever it appears on the page even in the aspectarian. Color the grand trines and mini-grand trines in blue along with the normal blue trines for ease the T-squares in red (red is for squares in general), Thor’s hammers in tangerine (sesquiquadrates are always orange), emerald for yods (quincunxes are green).Charts

You do this in color because after a time when you have looked at hundreds of charts they can easily blend into one in your mind. If you have each chart highlighted in color and the main features, planets, houses and major aspect patterns enhanced it is quicker to scan and immediately get up to speed on that particular chart.

It is a way to streamline your readings and stop you ploughing through all the myriad of details that each chart contains. By adding primary and secondary shades, as a component to clarity, you become more effective and just glancing at the wheel hues can become almost as a mandala when you contemplate many charts.

4) Your Notebook

A notebook is every aspiring astrologer’s friend. You will always be learning new interpretations for charts. When you read astrology articles online, blogs or pieces in trade publications there is always something to learn. It could be a technique or another way to remember planetary placement meanings, if you write them down you don’t have to remember everything.

You may not ever use these tid bits of information but then again you might. Points you find that may not make much sense today may be just what you are looking for in the next chart you read or maybe next year when you tackle another method that is new to you. Astrologers are always learning and this is what the notebook is for.

I use mine when I planning my horoscopes for next year or other writing projects that I may be developing.

5) Herb Tea

As you sit at your desk for a few hours each day working on charts and chatting to people it is nice to have a soothing cup of herb tea at your elbow. Personally I enjoy green tea, jasmine tea and now and then a refreshing Earl Grey. If you are not a tea drinker it doesn’t matter but you do need your favorite drink to hand.

Taking a beverage break lets you sit back, ease your shoulders that have become tense leaning in, drawing notes on your charts and making case notes for your charts. Pausing for a drink gives you a time to breathe and make a moment of stillness in your day.

 

These are the five basics that should be on your desk. There is room for many more reference books (oh the books), but to cast a chart and read it you only need five things.

Start with these items on your desk and develop your aspiring astrology chart reading skills as you immerse yourself in the magical world of astrology.



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The Astrology of Money – a Book by Alison Price

Proposed ebook launch

Publication date June 21, 2016

This is just to let you know that I’ve got a fantastic new book in the pipeline and it will be available in the summer of 2016.

The Astrology of Money

by Alison Price

There are three parts to this book the first two can be understood by the general public and the last part is aimed at aspiring astrologers.

This book develops on the themes of our 3rd Annual Summer Astrology Workshop titled “Astrology, Money and You” in July, 2016 in Vancouver.

Please note that initial bookings for this workshop are strong and we expect to be full booked soon.

if you want to know more about this special book launch and to get on the special deep discount for subscribers then add your email to the form.


Provisional Table of Contents

  • Introduction

Part 1 – What Money Means.

  • What is Money?
  • Abundance and Wealth Your Money and Self Worth

Part 2 – How to Manage your Money.

  • Managing Your Money
  • How to Get More Money
  • The Power of Passive Income
  • What to Do With the Money You Have
  • When to Start Saving.
  • Selling Your Goods.
  • Selling your Services.
  • Offering Discounts
  • Measuring Your Progress
  • Time and Money
  • Black Friday
  • When the Money Comes

Part 3 – How to Read Your Chart for Wealth Potential.

  • The Astrology of Money
  • Your Astrological Money Style
  • Your Zodiac Sign and Spending.
  • Your “New Age” Money Evolution
  • Wealth Indicators in Your Chart
  • The Second House and Money
  • The Eighth House and Money
  • The Fifth House and Money
  • The Eleventh House and Money
  • The Part of Fortune and Money
  • Work with the Stars to Prosper
  • Financial cycles and the planets.
  • Forecasting for money


 


 

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Your 2016 Starzology Horoscopes by Alison Price

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Love, Money, Creativity, Vision and Wellbeing

by Alison Price

ISBN 978-09920698-7-2

23000 words


$10 USD

 


This eBook is available as an Instant PDF download and through Smashwords at the Apple store


Your 2016 Starzology Horoscopes – for love, money, creativity, vision and wellbeing has been created as a guide for a positive approach to your life with the help of astrology.

It will show you how a little astrological knowledge can make you life better and show you how to work with the planets for your benefit.

There is information on this year’s planetary positions, retrograde cycles, the daily oriental planet, leap year, eclipses and in depth horoscopes for the twelve signs with the focus on the five areas of love, money, creativity, vision and wellbeing.

The Five Parts to Living a Creative Life

Love

Everyone needs to give and receive love and this year there is potential for all the signs to find what they are looking for. For some people new love will flourish and for some the romance will wilt. For each sign we discuss the potential to find and give love this year. There is a section on choosing a good wedding date in 2016.

Money

The markets may go up and down but we are living in the here and now and need to make good financial choices in our everyday life. There are suggestions on saving, buying and selling and how each sign approaches money management in general. For many folk the burning question is, “where is the money?” and this book provides good timing strategies for wealth protection. It won’t tell you how to get rich, but rather how to be satisfied with the money you have in line with your Sun sign.

Creativity

Living a creative life is important to me and it can be for you. Many of my clients are creative types, artists, photographers, designers and writers. Living in your creativity can be a state that can be achieved by all the signs. Each year as the planets move the focus will change and this is what it is about.

Vision

If you have a plan or a vision for your life you have a better chance of realizing it. Make sure you lift your eyes to the horizon and don’t spend another year with our nose to the grindstone or staring at a blank wall.

Wellbeing

Each sign has a different approach to wellbeing and in 2016 you can focus on tuning yourself up whether it is mental, physical or emotional wellbeing that you seek this year. Looking after your body and living a healthy or balanced life is a good idea. Wellbeing is a wholistic approach to living in tune with the Earth.


Contents

  • Introduction
  • A Note on Time, Dates and Places
  • Astrology Basics
  • 2016 Astrological Overview – Planets
  • The Eclipses of 2016
  • The Daily Oriental Planet
  • Leap Year 2016
  • Major Aspects of the Outer Planets
  • Major Aspect Patterns
  • Starz Horoscopes for every sign in 2016
  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo
  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricorn
  • Aquarius
  • Pisces
  • Best dates a Wedding in 2016
  • What Astrology Can and Cannot Do


 




Astrology Books for Sale

After many years of collecting and reading a vast assortment of astrology books I have decided to make some space in my home and get rid of some of the books.

Many books are ‘as new’ and some are lovingly dog-eared.

I am offering all the books altogether for a good price or they will be sold one by one.

The books

  • There are beginner’s books with starter books.
  • There are intermediate books with some planet specific books.
  • There are forecasting books.
  • There are general advanced books.
  • There are reference books with ephemerides and tables of houses.
  • And other assorted books.

Each book is for sale at $5 – cash only please.

I also have back copies of The Mountain Astrologer and The Astrological Journal and these are for sale at $2 each.

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Email me in the form below if you are interested in any books.


 

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How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business by Alison Price




A Guide for Aspiring Astrologers

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Now available at the Apple Store

I am very excited that this title has now been accepted in the Apple Store for purchase. This is a big deal and I believe it will increase discoverability for my readers.

Alison


How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business

A Guide for Aspiring Astrologers

by Alison Price

Publication date Autumn 2015

ISBN 78-0-9920698-1-0

PDF eBook – 125 Pages and 33000 words


How to Set Up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business is a guide for astrologers who want to start their business and move from amateur to professional status.

A professional astrologer will accept payment for a reading whereas an amateur astrologer does not.

The difference is a little thing called money. Once you get over the fear of failure paralysis and embrace the possibility of creating a career in astrology (and we all can) you move into another phase and then pose the question “Where to now?”

This is where this book comes into play as it shows you how to organize your life, to make room for astrology and to include the creative process.

This book is for people who know how to do astrology.

There are seven main sections:

1. How to know when to go professional – read your chart to find an auspicious time.
2. Getting started – some planning and micro-business basics.
3. How to find clients – that your clients are attracted to your chart.
4. Money – pricing your services, earning and your approach to money.
5. Your professional improvement – and how to be aware and improve your astrology practice.
6. Daily time challenges – managing the day-to-day business and clients
7. Your place in the astrological community – “it takes a village” and how to support others.

There are sections on platform building which is the most important mental shift that the budding astrologer can make and dealing with clients by creating boundaries between yourself and your client.

There is information on setting fees and payment methods and tips on monitoring your own progress. Throughout the book there are several Aspiring Astrologer Activities and these are for your own personal pleasure.


Table of Contents – guide

Introduction

1: How to Know When to Go Pro

  • The Path to Becoming an Astrologer
  • When to Go Pro
  • Planning a Two Year Window with Mars
  • Your Internal Dialogue
  • Chart Indicators for an Astrologer
  • Your Uranus – What Type of Astrologer You Are

2: Getting Started

  • Your Business Setup Activity Flow Chart
  • You and Your Sun
  • Your Name as Given
  • Your Midheaven – Your Business
  • How to Select Your Business Name
  • Your Tag Line
  • Your Domain Name
  • Your Website
  • Important Features to Create on Your Website
  • Your Email Addresses
  • Your Email Signature
  • Your Design
  • Your Business Card
  • Your Brand
  • Your Platform
  • How to Build Your Platform
  • Your Biography
  • Your Promotional Photo
  • Your Photo Library
  • Your One Page Information Sheet
  • Your Elevator Pitch
  • Your Social Media Presence
  • Your Solar Fire Compliments Text

3: How to Find Clients

  • Own Your Niche
  • Your Products and Services
  • How Your Natal Chart Attracts Clients
  • Finding clients
  • Your Outer Planet Signature
  • How to Take A Booking

4: Money

  • Your 2nd House Issues – Money and Value
  • Your 8th House Issues – Karma, Debt and Tax
  • How to Set Fees
  • How to Handle Requests for Free Readings
  • Offering Discounts
  • When to Quit Your Day Job
  • Your Office Space and Working Hours
  • Your Assets and Liabilities

5: Daily Time Challenges

  • Your Productive Preparation Time
  • A Day in the Life of an Astrologer
  • 7 Days to a Better Chart Reading
  • 10 Things to Do Before Your Client Arrives
  • 5 Things to do After your Client Leaves
  • 10 Classic Comments Clients Make
  • How to Give an Astrological Referral

6: Your Professional Improvement

  • Your Monthly Progress Checklist
  • Your Annual Astrology Review
  • Peer Review – Is It For You?
  • Be Yourself and Be Your Sun
  • A Successful Astrologer
  • Your Comfort Zone
  • What type of Astrologer are you?
  • Your Creative Writing Time
  • Do You Need Astrological Certification?
  • Astrological certification bodies:
  • How to Become a Certified Astrologer in Canada

7: Your Place in the Astrological Community

  • How to Create an Astrology Study Group
  • Astrology Software
  • Add 12 Hours and Reverse the Signs
  • How to Have Fun at an Astrology Conference
  • Your Relationship With Other Astrologers
  • Support Local Astrology

Appendix

  • About the author
  • Other books
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Short Form Codes
  • Default Aspect Orbs
  • Recommended Reading and Software

Free Sample PDF download

Not sure if this is for you? You can download a sample of How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business and check it out with my compliments.

Alison


 

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Aspiring Astrologer Business Kickstart Masterclass – Vancouver

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Book now for Saturday, March 26th and April 9th, 2016 in downtown Vancouver.

THIS MASTER CLASS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

To get on the Wait list for September please complete the email form at the bottom of the page.

These topics have been carefully chosen because they are the issues faced if you are an aspiring astrologer and want to set-up a micro business.

They are the challenges experienced through the first year of your practice.

What you will learn

Part 1

  • What type of astrologer you are and what type of astrologer should you be.
  • How to set up and manage your astrology business.
  • The importance of your online presence.
  • How to attract clients.
  • Advertising, marketing and promotion of your astrology business.
  • How to take a client booking.

Part 2

  • The wealth potential in your chart and whether you took a vow of poverty.
  • Your first consultation.
  • How to set fees.
  • What your money says about your values.
  • How your chart shows the path for your astrology business.

Masterclass Features

  • Your booking package – When you book a spot you will receive a booking package which includes: A copy of your birth chart, a 12 month graphic ephemeris, a questionnaire designed to bring focus to your business journey (which you complete beforehand and bring to the masterclass) and the address of the venue.
  • Worksheets – For in-class exercises so you can follow along every step of the way and map out your astrology business.
  • Your private consultation – If you book both classes you will receive a special 30 minute private consultation session with Alison which can be scheduled for a future date. This is a $75 value. Your private consultations can be astrological coaching, a review of your business set-up plan, your first client chart preparation or a chart consultation, it’s your private consultation and you choose how it will be used.
  • Your Astrology Business eBook – When you complete both sessions you will receive a copy of the ebook. How to Set up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Practice by Alison Price. Value $15.ebook 7 COVER-page-001

Prerequisites

The desire to start your own Astrology business and practice astrology.

Who should attend

Anyone may apply for a spot on the Aspiring Astrologer Business Kickstart Masterclass 2015.

If you are an engaged astrology student, keen and attentive or are thinking of starting to charge for your readings this is for you.

When

Aspiring Astrologer Business Kickstart Masterclass

Part 1: March 26th, 2016

Part 2: April 9th, 2016

Where

Howe and Smithe Street area of Vancouver.

The exact location is in your booking package.

Only a few attendee spots available

To maintain an intimate experience and ensure personal attention the space is limited to only a few spots.


 

Cost

Both masterclasses (part 1 and part 2) $85

One class (part 1 only) $60

One class (part 2 only) $60

All Masterclasses have to be prepaid. Either by PayPal or bank e-transfer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are accepted up until 7 days beforehand and will attract an administration fee.

Transfers and place donations

If you cannot attend, your booking may be transferred (or donated) to another person at no cost.

Got more questions?

Please use the contact form below.

Testimonials and what other people like you say

To check out more about Alison’s classes and talks see our Gracious testimonials.


“Ideas” Astrology Newsletter

by Alison Price

Astrology newsletters

It has been my pleasure and privilege to design, edit and publish the newsletter of the Canadian Association for Astrological Education (the CAAE) since January 2015.

Below are the editions for you to download and enjoy. We would love to hear your comments and feedback on all articles we publish. Back in the day this was called your beefs and bouquets but sadly that has gone out of style.

Alison

Here are the latest editions of Ideas

Ideas is the quarterly newsletter of the Canadian Association for Astrological Education (the CAAE).

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Writers Guidelines and Editorial Calendar

If you would like to contribute to Ideas please let me know.

CAAE Writer’s Guidelines and Editorial Calendar


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How Saturn Transits can Improve Your Life

by Alison Price

I recently received this question about Saturn from a reader:

“I always watch where Saturn is transiting for me and I’m beginning to think that Saturn is not as bad as we understand. I have had some of the best things happen for me when Saturn is in a certain house.

Like when it was in my first house I stopped drinking, smoking and lost weight. Now it’s in the second house and I have never earned so much money in my life. I have a lot to pay but the earning is something else!

I think if we are aware we can make it [Saturn by house] work for us. Buckle down to the discipline and so on. We live in terror of Saturn and yet find incredible blessing in its transits.

What do you think Alison?”

Here’s what I think

How exciting that a relative novice at astrology has such insights. That by having even a smattering of information (Saturn in her houses) allows her to understand the complexities of the planetary astrology and how it actually works in her chart.

For a bit of background information, this woman is forty-something and lives a regular life in the suburbs. She and her husband enjoy a fulfilling life where they try to make ends meet at the same time educating their kids and enjoying their family with many dogs.

In fact they are a couple probably just like you or me.

The first house

The first house is about your physical appearance, vitality and how you look. It is the facade you present to others.

Any planet passing through (or transiting) your first house will change you in the nature of the transiting planet.

Saturn

Saturn is traditionally known as “The Greater Benefic” this means it is the biggest bad boy of the planets.

In case you are wondering Mars has the dubious reputation as “The Lesser Malefic” and on a side note Venus is the “The Lesser Benefic” and Jupiter is “The Greater Benefic” and we’ve got to love the old labels.

Saturn is the planet of control and discipline. It can be cold and hard but it does have its up side. When saturn bestows its gifts they are sometimes difficult to see.

Saturn brings things like:

  • Being able to master something
  • Finding staying power for the long haul
  • Building on a strong foundation

These are old fashioned virtues and don’t fit with the modern world of quick fixes, sound bytes and 7 day miracle diets etc.

Time is of the essence

Saturn takes time but if you do put the time in you will reap benefits from Saturn’s graces.Cousin Violet

I often relate how Saturn works in your life, to the beloved character of Cousin Violet in Downton Abbey.

Here is a woman who is old and crusty, loves traditions but has staying power for the long haul.

The Dowager will prevail.

Reader insights and being self-aware

That our reader has noticed when Saturn recently went through her first house changing her physical appearance by her improved self care of cutting out drinking and smoking and losing some weight is excellent.

Yes, Saturn can change your life and yes, for the better.

Although you may not see it at the time, you will be able to look back and see the improvements that have been made in your life.

Your vitality is as good as your first house. Living every day with destructive habits can be stopped, or at least curtailed, and limited when Saturn passes through your first house. This is a perfect example of Saturnian energy.

Putting your back into your toil can benefit you through more work coming your way or an increase in your hourly rate. This usually means more pay.

You have to work hard but the cash is worth it and so are you.

I have often said that “good income equates to good self-esteem” and this is very much so when Saturn passes through your second house.

Forecast for Saturn in the third house

We can guess what will happen when Saturn enters her third house.

Perhaps she will find the time for her brother and sister, or she could easily take a stand on what is going on in her neighbourhood and perhap build a fence to keep the dogs in or the passers-by out.

Our reader may decide to build on the successes she achieved when Saturn went through her second house of good work and income, and sign up for some more courses.

Maybe she will attend classes for something new that interests her or she could go back over classes she took in the past when Saturn first went through her third house, which would have been about thirty years ago when she was at school.

Perhaps she will make up a personal reading list and decide to get through one book a week for the year and a half that Saturn is in her third house. She could add some beloved classics to the list or try a modern author. Heck, she may even start her own journal, scribe poetry or other make handiwork.

The possibilities are endless.

That we have given some ideas here will set our reader thinking on how best to use the planetary energies as they slowly transform her and she evolves in line with the potentials of her chart.

In reality an astrologer would look deeper into her chart and note the sign on the cusp of each house that Saturn is transiting and also how her natal Saturn is placed and how it contacts the rest of her chart through the dynamic aspects.

Of course there are many parts to a chart reading, and we have only looked at a small section today.

Further thoughts

Do you know which house Saturn is stimulating and transiting in your birth chart today?

Can you find the blessing when it passes by?

If you want to know more about astrology or your chart please contact me.


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How to Create an Electional Chart in Astrology

by Alison Price

tEREUy1vSfuSu8LzTop3_IMG_2538Of all the things you can do with astrology I believe that electional astrology is the best.

When used correctly an electional chart can make your life easier.

Everything has a time and place and this is where electional astrology excels.

It makes sense to go with the flow of the energy in the universe and not against it. This is exactly what electional astrology is all about.

Doing the right thing at the right time makes so much sense.

Why wouldn’t you use it?


Futures

Electional astrology is a technique used by astrologers to cast a chart to do something in the future.

An election chart it is set for a time and date in which you have selected, or elected, to do something later on. It could be cast for next week, next month or for several months time.

It has nothing to do with political elections or voting for your candidate.

What would you use an election chart for?

Electional charts (or elections for short)  are excellent charts to use to select a date for marriages and wedding ceremonies. Because you can choose a time when the union is likely to grow and sustain the test of time.

Elections are strong when used to find a time to open a business or register a domain name which you want to flourish. Every new business deserves the chance to last and prevail.

In fact if you can use an election for just about anything in life.

How to set up an election chart

You have to reinforce the house in which the election is found. Astrologically all of the houses cover everything in life and when you choose to do something it will be in one of the houses.

You have to make the planet that rules the activity robust and have it prominent and in good condition.

The houses for elections

  • 1st house – Cosmetic surgery, makeovers and haircuts
  • 2nd house – Buying jewelry, art or financial instruments
  • 3rd house – Short travel and weekends away
  • 4th house – Buying or selling a house
  • 5th house – Parties and conceptions
  • 6th house – Job interviews and getting a new pet
  • 7th house – Marriages and contracts
  • 8th house – Signing your will and doing things you want kept secret
  • 9th house – International travel, starting college and launching an advertising campaign
  • 10th house – Business startups and IPO’s
  • 11th house – Starting a group and mingling at social occasions
  • 12th house – Going off the grid and being incognito

The planets for elections

  • The Sun – Things for your personal benefit
  • The Moon – Family and home related events
  • Mercury – Interviews, exams, and brokering any deals
  • Venus – Marriage, investing or decorating
  • Mars – Surgery, sports events and running a marathon
  • Jupiter – International vacations, starting college and publishing your book
  • Saturn – Any business registration, company start or IPO and watches
  • Uranus – Computers, software, apps and technology
  • Neptune – Rehab, hypnosis and anaesthesia
  • Pluto – Rejuvenation and spa treatments, surgery and donating blood

The list does go on and you can find the correct house and planet for everything in life.

Forecasting with elections

Before you confirm the election chart data for marriages and businesses, check the chart for future potential growth and sustainability with transits and progressions.

Make your move with the help of electional astrology.


 

Do you have enough money?

Do You Have Enough Money?




by Alison Price

Well, do you have enough money?

If you answered no, you are in the majority as most people feel they need more cash.

Whether this is really true or not is debatable, and we will cover this in a later post, but if you do need more lolly where will it come from?

As an astrologer, many of my clients come to me with questions about their finances. They ask questions like, “Where is the money? Why is making ends meet so hard? When will I get a position that pays enough?” and “Will I ever find work?”


There are many ways to get more money

You can work for two paychecks, a day job from Monday to Friday and another job as well.

Following on the theme of money and values which we spoke about before, read about how one woman has found a solution to her cash shortage and has made changes in her life to fatten up her kitty.


 

Bonnie’s story

Bonnie worked in an office shuffling papers from Monday to Friday. Her job did not inspire her much it just paid the rent.

But she had another job.

For three nights a week she worked as a barmaid in a pub/restaurant. Her day job finished at 5pm, then she went round to the restaurant and clocked in at 6:30pm to work an eight hour shift until the place closed at 2:30am early the following morning.

She worked her second job on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights every week.

The bar job was minimum wage and back then, that meant $10.25 an hour, plus tips. And that was what this job was all about, the tips.

Bonnie was forty something and looked thirty. She was presentable but there was no doubt she was not a spring chicken. Bonnie was social and liked people and this quality benefitted her in both jobs.

The eight hour shift earned her $84 before tax each night. But the tips she picked up from her clients were better than the other women made and were around $250 each night. The tips (or gratuities) were usually more on a Saturday night.

This is not a job for everyone. Even if it is your only job being a barmaid won’t suit everyone. She could do it because she had no dependent kids and lived alone with her cat.

Bonnie told me she was tired of the jealousy that her day job colleagues had for her, as she took overseas vacations, and put her daughter through university from the tips she earned from the second job.

Bonnie had been disciplined to work hard all her life and she was smart. The restaurant patrons loved her easy going style and relaxed personality. She had lots of life experience and could talk to people from all walks. Her boss knew she was good at her job and gave her the best shifts at the restaurant.

She was happy with her earning abilities and felt gratitude towards the universe. Bonnie had “enough”.


 

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – Birth Chart – May 2, 2015

Image-1The Royal Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The Royal Princess Charlotte is just born and we can speculate about her life. From an astrological perspective this is what charts were made for, analyzing someone’s chart before we know anything about them, or their lives.

Interpretation

There will be a dreamy look to her and she will prefer watery colors like turquoise, aqua and sea green. She may use her personal impression to fuel her life in the world stage.

She will be very aware of who she is and where she came from and exactly what she is expected to do in this life.

She will rely on her instincts for her grace and to make others feel at ease. This is an indicator for a people’s person as she has empathy for others. She may see herself as a champion for others.

Her mother Kate will be the most influential person n her life and she will be very well cared for and loved. Her self worth and values will be instilled in her mainly by her mother who will want her to be well rounded and down to earth. She has a beautiful mother and we know this already.

She is following the Royal Family’s trend of having Taurus prominent as does Queen Elizabeth and many others with her Sun in Taurus. This is the sign of stability and those who prevail against all weather.

She will be fun loving and happy to take some risks in life. This child will enjoy excitement and games that thrill.

As a teenager this child will rebel about her expected behavior and we can expect some outrageous outbursts at that time. She is likely to be very aware of how her actions are perceived and she will transform herself and her natural reactions and is likely to very composed and not let the side or the Family down.

Her chart suggest she will have many friends and acquaintances and this we know as she will not be short of those who want to know her. She will associate herself with causes and groups who she sees as doing the most good things and she will give her name to those.

Her personal identity and brand will probably be the most powerful and influential at the time. She will grow from strength to strength and will be a strong person on the global stage. There is likely to be some extravagant behavior and she will be a Princess in the spotlight all her life.

We can expect her pick up a strong round of “work” as the royals do, and she will pull her weight when the time comes. She will be much loved by the people and I suspect she will be compared to Diana for her good works.

She will know her place and play it with relish but there will be a very private side as well. She will be the master of discretion where her personal life is concerned will surround herself with staunch allies who defend her at all costs. This chart indicates she will have a place that will be dynamic and gain momentum the older she becomes.


 

 

 

Gardening with Astrology

  by Alison Price

How to Garden with Astrology-page-001 (1)Use the power of astrology to improve your outdoor living space

A garden has much to offer and can be a place for rest, rejuvenation, and meditation. You can create a green area to soothe your soul.

To find that relaxing spot in your backyard, here are a few lighthearted suggestions that will allow you to align your outdoor environment with your zodiacal sign.

In astrology, all plants fall under the dominion of the planets. The flowers, shrubs, and trees suggested here are chosen for their association with the zodiacal sign that each planet rules.

If you are not the gardener in your household, get the person who is Mr. or Mrs. Greenfingers, find their sign, and put them to work.

Discover the perfect garden for your home with the help of the ancient art of astrology!

You may choose to read the dominant sign in your chart (usually the Sun-Sign or Ascendant), and some consideration could be given to the condition of your sixth house, which pertains to things you do every day and to small plants

 

ARIES

Overheard in the Ram’s garden:

“I am now going to plant the first seedlings.”

“Only now? But you’ve lived here for three years!”

“Yes, now I’m going to start!”

To get things off to a quick start, invest in some help so your garden can appear overnight as if by magic. The Mars-ruled are keen to have annuals, as they make an instant improvement. There is always something new going into the Arian garden, like introducing fresh color combinations each year.

Select flowers and shrubs with red petals or bracts and plant quick-growing climbers like beans and sweet peas. Enjoy hot produce from the vegetable patch for flavor in cooking, like ginger and chili. Arian gardeners should own super-sharp secateurs for pruning, shaping, and cutting back.

Where trees are concerned, a flame or pepper tree will be suitable. Having dogs provides much needed action. Place a fire pit on the patio for use on cool evenings to encourage heated conversations.

Suggested plants for the Aries gardener are; anemone, chives, chilies, capsicum, garlic, lupine, tiger lily, and the hawthorn tree.

 

TAURUS

Overheard in the Bull’s garden:

“Are you building your garden on clay or sand?”

“Well, it’s all earth, really!”

Strong Taureans will probably enjoy working with the earth, actually getting down into the dirt and crumbling and tilling the soil. They can work their way through the whole garden by double digging and augmenting the earth.

Adding organic matter and then top dressing with mulch are essential in the Taurean garden. Introducing earthworms will improve the soil condition beautifully.

Acquiring a small used-farm plow as a feature will remind the Bull gardener of the land and how it is worked. If there is room, a real beehive where bees can make honey will appeal. This sign likes to have a productive garden.

Taking it slowly and accumulating beautiful plants will bless you blessed with rich abundance in a few years.

Suggested plants for the Taurean garden are; all root vegetables, roses, creeping Jenny, and local plants. Suitable trees are silver birch and elder.

 

GEMINI

Overheard in the Twin’s garden:

“These two plants look the same.”

“Yes, but just because they look the same doesn’t mean they are.”

Twins may encourage butterflies to visit their garden by introducing certain plants. It is important for Geminis to bring pairs of plants into the garden so they can see them next to each other.

Geminis love labeling species so locals can learn the plant names, too. Third­ sign people like to talk to their plants. It is beneficial both to the plants who like the vibrations and to the Twins, who always have a lot to say.

This is the person who may keep a pigeon coop. What will the neighbors think of Gemini’s yard? You’ll find out when you get together over the fence to discuss it.

The Twins will probably enjoy a corner seat for reading interesting articles about all the things they could be doing in the garden if only they didn’t have to read that book first.

Some ideas for Gemini’s garden are: caraway, hazel, orchids, and any hybrid plants.

 

CANCER

Overheard in the lunar garden at dusk:

“I prefer the garden in the moonlight.”

[KLUNK]

“It’s a New Moon tonight.”

Rubbing shin, “Yes, I see, well, I can’t really see.”

Gardening by the Moon is well documented.

Simply put, plant during the waxing phase and harvest in the waning phase. To sooth the Cancer soul, they could try a circular lawn In the middle of the lot with deep borders all round the edges.

Choosing plant material with white flowers is a good idea, because white petals are visible at dusk and attract moths. It is the classic green and white garden that appeals here. Light colored flowers will reflect moonlight in the evening.

Cancerians will feel good walking around the curve of the lawn enjoying the fragrance of the evening flowers under the beams of the Moon. In the vegetable patch, they can try watermelons and cucumbers, which are water dense, and the fruits are full and round.

Our lunar gardeners will enjoy feeding, seeding, and watering their garden.

Suggested plants for the Moon-ruled garden are; cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, iris, lily, lettuce, some poppies, moonflower, lotus, and white lilac.

 

LEO

Overheard on the Lion’s savanna:

“You have created a lovely garden.”

“Thank you, I did it all myself.”

“What, all that digging in the soil?”

“No, not the dirty work! I told the guy what to do.”

If you are going to make an entrance, then you need a wonderful arch. Place it where Leo can pause when entering the garden. Plant lots of yellow and red flowers and shrubs.

As a special treat in the solar-ruled garden, create a croquet game on the lawn to play with the kids. Of course, it will only be used for a while, then the hoops and mallet can be discreetly tucked away to allow the garden to return to the serene place Leos love.

A lounger for lazing on a sunny afternoon will be appreciated.

To be honest, most Leos would like to have peacocks in their garden. These extravagant birds are very regal. With a well-stocked flower-cutting garden, our Leo gardener has the flair to produce a good supply of fresh flowers for the vase.

All produce from the Sun-ruled garden can be bestowed on friends and family as gifts. Exquisitely wrapped gifts of seeds, cuttings, flowers, and vegetables will be given from the heart, as they are the fruits of Leo’s creation.

Suggested plants for Leo’s garden are: rosemary, marigolds, bay and ash trees, mistletoe, sunflowers, king proteas, and any plant specimens that no one else has.

 

VIRGO

Overheard in the Virgin’s modest garden:

“Gosh, is that a weed?”

“I’ll just check my cross-referenced plant list, one moment … ah…, the garden design diagram …um, the detailed list, er …”

An herb garden is particularly suitable for a Virgo. These delicate plants are useful, edible, and medicinal. Herbs can be neatly labeled and different varieties of, say, mint can be compared in future taste tests.

Virgo will immerse themselves in the meticulous record-keeping required for herb growing. Virgos will no doubt inform others of the different varieties planted in their formal beds. A traditional herb garden layout with a circle defining planting placements appeals to Virgo.

This sign finds the precision of the structure soothing to the soul.

They can use a record book and keep a journal of all the plants and developments in their garden. The Virgin will look back in years to come and see which plants really work well in which area.

Find a space to build a gazebo and place a table there so you can enjoy your gardening scrapbook work – oops, sorry, record keeping.

Some specimens Virgo can try are; dill, fennel, narcissus, parsley, and hazel.

 

LIBRA

Overheard while Libra is trimming the topiary:

“Just a bit off the left…” (snip)

“Oh, now a bit off the right…” (snip)

“Hmm, just a trifle on the left…” (snip)

I knew a man once who had a brownfields garden (brand-new home and not a blade of grass, just soil). He wanted to prepare the ground for the lawn, which had been ordered and was to be put down the next day.

Mr. Libra spent the whole day raking the soil back and forth over the garden, endlessly, to reach the perfect level for the purpose of laying sod. It is essential that there be no uneven areas to upset the Libra balance and prevent them from enjoying the rest of the garden.

Installing a bat house at the end of the property will encourage these flying mammals. In the evening, these fascinating creatures can be seen swooping out to search for mosquitoes. It is a conversation point for Librans to test the status quo of their guests at their many soirees.

A teeter-totter or seesaw is a great idea for Libra’s garden, and if anyone needs a hammock, it is Libra. Position it well out of range of a draft where they can gently rock.

A soft wind chime can induce relaxation. They love scented plants, which can be used to make potpourri, and the fragrance helps maintain their delicate equilibrium.

Suggested plants for the Libran garden include; roses, gooseberry, all mints, apple trees, some aloes, and any soft green plants with fragrance.

 

SCORPIO

Overheard in the Scorpion’s secret hideaway garden:

“{silence]”

“[more silence]”

Of all the signs, the Scorpio gardener desires a compost heap. Maybe even three, one for this week’s, one for next month’s, and one for next year’s beautiful sweet smelling blend. This friable, black, recycled product can be returned to the earth to add enrichment.

Scorpios are sound in the knowledge that this is part of Mother Earth’s master scheme.
Plan to have a secluded space, perhaps with a bench, so that Scorpio can sit quietly enjoying their outside space without the neighbors looking in.

Scorpio will often bury boxes in the garden. Well-drained soil is required. Create a pool for frogs, toads and a few lizards to enjoy. If the body of water is large enough, they can try adding turtles, too.

When space permits, a bog garden that filters and recycles water from upstream is something all Scorpios will appreciate.

Scorpios desire to have in their secret garden plants like; basil, figs, foxglove (digitalis), cactus, onions, nightshade, carnivorous plants, and any plant whose botanical name includes the name graveolens.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Overheard on the Archer’s prairie:

“In Europe, gardens are going vertical.”

“Oh, yes?”

“Indeed, It’s a growth area, and did you know that trees are the new black…the sky’s the limit!”

Sagittarians will be happy with plantings of blue gladiolus and hollyhocks at the back of the bed. Plant cornflowers at the front of the beds, near the edge. Allow space for a path for strolling if room permits, or maybe lay a small labyrinth using small plants such a box hedge.

This garden would do well with an ornamental bridge crossing from one area to another. Try to find an armillary sphere, or astrolabe, and place it on a large, high column, with the arrow pointing to the sky, so it can be seen from every vantage point in the garden.

Centaurs enjoy having a garden that can be left unattended for a few weeks at a time while they enjoy their travels, so all the plants in their garden will have to be hardy and indigenous.
Trees are preferred, with plants having tall growing spires of green. Strawberry runners that can pop up all along a border will amuse the Archer.

Sagittarians could try growing; any blue flowers or foreign species, borage, carnation, asparagus, sage, wheat, strawberries, maple, chestnut, rushes, oak trees, and all tall, leggy plants and runners.

 

CAPRICORN

Overheard in the Sea Goat’s garden:

“Why are you planting a pear tree?”

“Well, the fruit will be ready for the grandchildren.”

“You don’t have any kids.”

“Yes, but, you know – pears for your heirs.”

Now, Saturn-ruled folk are quite happy to plant trees and vines that take ages to come to fruition, such as pear trees, which may take up to twenty-five years to bear. But the attraction for Capricorn is that the produce will be available for the next generation. They seriously consider those that will come after them, so slow-growing plants appeal.

The Saturn ruled appreciate a sundial tucked away in the garden so they can verify that they are in time with nature. For posterity, Sea Goats may bury a time capsule to benefit later generations.

Establishing ivy against a fence, so it can be seen during the cold winter, appeals to the Capricorn gardener. Small trellises here and there will break up the space and give it definition. Perhaps they may build a stonewall to contain a raised bed.

This satisfies two needs; old folks can sit on the wall and weed, and the hard structure will limit and restrict the growth of any invasive plants and rampant root systems.

Container planting is a good idea for this sign, as the plant’s growth can be curtailed by its pot.
Suggested plants for Capricorn’s garden include; barley, spinach, ivy, yew hedges, poplar, elm, quince, angelica, Indian hemp, and any flowers with black petals.

 

AQUARIUS

Overheard in the Water Bearer’s garden:

“Plants have rights, too, you know.”

“Really?”

“Yes, especially the triffids.”

In the Aquarian’s garden, place a small weather vane that can be seen from the house. This will allow the Water Bearer to monitor wind direction in the garden.

Growing a variety of tall grasses at the borders will serve two purposes: first, breezes will make their fronds sway in undulating waves, adding a pleasant rustle; second, they will provide nest-building material for wild birds, who can then weave them to use in building their homes In nearby trees.

An abundance of home-building plant material will encourage birds nearly as much as water in the garden.

The Uranus-ruled will find satisfaction watching wild birds. Aquarians are likely to protect our feathered friends from predators such as the cat next door,

Suggested plants for the Aquarian garden are; grasses, olives, some orchids, and any unusual or unique specimens. transonic repellents come in. Water Bearers will appreciate the self-seeding of plants through the action of the blowing wind, creating drifts of textures and colors.

 

PISCES

Overheard in the Fishes’ garden:

“Gosh, I can’t imagine where that plant came from.”

“It looks a bit fuzzy.”

“Yes, I could have sworn it wasn’t there last year”

This is the garden with the overgrown look. There is a slightly unkempt overflow of flowers, herbs, and trees that make up a Piscean garden retreat.

A good idea is to mount mirrors among the plantings, against the walls and pillars, to give the impression of more depth. Looking glasses give the illusion of other garden rooms, which can open up all kinds of possibilities.

They will enjoy a fishpond; not just a small shallow one, but a deep pond for Koi, where Neptune-ruled Pisces can peer into the gloom and imagine any number of dreams.

Those with the Sun in this last sign of the zodiac prefer flowers with single petals, such as cosmos, daisies, and the purple coneflower.

The simplicity of the shapes will appeal to the Piscean gardener. A good idea is to photograph the yard at the equinoxes and solstices to have an image for enjoyment.

Watch out for weeds (I use the term loosely) of all kinds.

These gardeners start with a vision of how they want their garden to look, but the plants just seem to get away from them. The glamour in this yard will usually come from the owner herself.

Suggested plants for the Fishes garden include; cosmos, purple coneflower, spruce, opium poppy, tobacco plant. Really, anything goes. Introduce some water lilies, perhaps, in the Koi pond.


 

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Postnatal Returns of the Outer Planets

by Alison Price
Image - Forrest Cavale

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Introduction

Transits begin to form or fade immediately in the days and weeks after birth. During this delicate time critical contacts from the outer planets can occur. This article looks at the transits of the three outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and the conjunctions to their natal positions in the first two years.

Transits are a popular technique and most astrologers are aware of the current planetary placements. When you know a planet’s position you can apply this knowledge to every chart for which you forecast in the next weeks. This information is transferrable which makes transits the most widely used predictive method by astrologers. Transits are powerful enough that many astrologers use only transits for predictive work and no other methods.

The planets are always moving but a birth chart captures a moment in time. Once a chart is cast, transits from the Moon and the faster moving planets will start to form aspects first. Then the chart will receive transits from the slower moving Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and finally the three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. It is only as the planets move from their radix position that they start to impact the birth chart and the child’s life.

At first glance it seems there is nothing to consider from the outer planets in the first year of life because they take so long to move through the zodiac. Outer planet movement can be like watching a sapling grow, you know the young tree is alive but the progress is so slow you can’t see it happening. It is easy to dismiss transits from the outers in the first year of life, but let’s take a closer look.

Adult and child charts

When you read charts for the majority of adult clients you address the usual issues of romance, work, health and family matters or other areas that have already developed during their life. They may have a job, be married or separated, have kids, be happy or not, and their life is on a well-established track. An adult knows some dreams will not be fulfilled and they accept they will never be a ballerina or an astronaut. When you read a chart for a newborn baby all possibilities are open. In an infant’s chart, no limitations are placed on their life from decisions taken in their past as they have not made any and no previous choices have been made which affect their future.

Many astrologers feel that there is no point to cast charts for babies and young children as their life holds so much promise and potential that it is difficult to read the chart of one so young. This attitude occurs because of the vast array of life options that the chart can offer, and there is the idea that an astrologer may somehow influence the future of the child by proclaiming a self-fulfilling prophecy. These may be valid arguments.

Planetary Returns

We refer to the time when a planet passes over its natal position as a return. This occurs when a planet goes back to its birth place in the zodiac measured in degrees and minutes. The planet has made a complete pass through 360° and once more assumes its position at birth. This takes place at different times for each planet due to their various orbital periods. The more well-known returns are the solar return, when the Sun reaches its natal position experienced every year near your birthday, and the Saturn return that happens around age twenty-nine as Saturn passes over its natal position in your chart. Pluto and Neptune will not return by orbit because they take more than a lifetime to transit through the whole zodiac. Pluto takes 248 years and Neptune takes 164 years to orbit the Sun. Uranus will make a return for everyone after eighty-four years.

Postnatal planet returns

In the early weeks and months of life the outer planets can go back to their natal position. This may happens in two instances; when an outer planet is retrograde at birth it will at some point station direct and again pass over the natal degree, and when an outer planet is direct and stations retrograde soon after birth thus going back over the birth position when it will station, move direct, and pass once more over the birth degree, in this case the planet makes two contacts to the natal placement.

Although these early outer planets are transiting their natal position, I hesitate to call them a return in the strict sense of the word (as they have not completed a full orbit of the Sun) nevertheless they have gone back to their birth position and for the purposes of this article we will refer to them as returns. Only some people will receive a postnatal outer planetary return. It depends where the planets were in their direct/retrograde cycle when you were born.

This year Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus are passing through the zodiac signs of Capricorn, Pisces, and Aries respectively. The three transpersonal planets will be either moving direct or retrograde. Their retrograde station happens once each year around the time when the angle with the Sun develops towards the waxing trine. If your birthday (in any year) was immediately after a direct station of Pluto, or Pluto is within one degree after the station point in your birth chart, you will not receive any returns from Pluto immediately after birth. For example, anyone born between the date when Pluto station direct September 15, 2015 at 12° 55’ Capricorn and November 9, 2015 will not get a return from Pluto.

If you were born at the Neptune direct station or within two degrees of the station you will not experience a Neptune postnatal return. If your birthday was at a Uranus direct station or within four degrees of the station you will not experience a Uranus postnatal return. It is only during the first two years of life that you may experience a Pluto, Neptune or Uranus return.

What to Look for in Outer Planet Returns

If a planet is retrograde at birth it will station direct and cross back over the natal degree sometime in the first year. However, if the planet is direct at birth you have to crack open the ephemeris or consult a graphic ephemeris to check if it will station retrograde soon after birth and whether it will it move as far back in the sign as the natal placement. If so, you know it will transit back over its birth position at least twice, once retrograde and once direct. Use an orb of 30’ for transits both applying and separating.

Stationary at Birth

If you were born at, or in 30’ orb of, a station of an outer planet then the meaning of that planet will be experienced longer, initially by its position in the birth chart, and by transit as it hovers in orb of the birth position near the station. This is a special case as the transit may not reapply to the birth position it just takes longer to separate from the birth conjunction. Outer planets can linger in orb for various times after birth, Pluto for up to forty-eight days, Neptune for as long as forty-four days and Uranus for a maximum of thirty-one days.

When Forecasting With Transits

Before any forecasting techniques are employed the birth chart needs to be fully understood. It has to be interpreted for both potential and natal promise. If an outer planet does not return soon after birth it is not part of the transit sequence and can be dismissed. There is a cycle to a multi pass transit and in a three or five exact contact transit sequence the influence of the transit typically develops as follows:

First direct pass – Present

As the transiting planet moves towards the exact aspect the situation unfolds in line with the potentials. This is shown by the transiting planet, the natal planet or point being aspected, the area of life suggested by the house and any other aspects to the planet within the chart.

Second retrograde pass – Review

When the transiting planet moves back over the natal degree, the situation or issue that was aired at the first pass is reviewed as new information comes to light. It is during this time that changes and adjustments can still be made. In the retrograde pass the transit suggests that the situation is still being developed and is in flux.

Third and Final Direct Pass – Resolution

During the final direct pass the transit potential has culminated and the issue will fade away as the planet moves out of orb, although changes or shifts in consciousness that occurred during the transit will persist.

Five Pass Transits

Occasionally Pluto and Neptune will make a five-pass transit to a degree in the zodiac. For a five-pass transit the reprocessing of review (first retrograde pass) and resolution (second direct pass) are repeated as passes four (second retrograde pass) and five (third direct pass).

Every chart is different and some planets will have more influence on you than another. If you have Pisces rising then Neptune will be an important planet. Transits from Neptune will have a greater affect than they would have on someone without Pisces prominent in their chart. Not all transit potentials will come into tangible fruition every time a contact occurs. Often they are experienced as a subtle shift in perception.

Below is a selection of possible outcomes, with particular reference to the newborn baby, during the early years of life. Some items or situations on the list below may seem highly unlikely, but in the interest of good astrology, it is best to bear in mind all the planetary meanings so to present a well-rounded forecast. It is best to constantly expand the possible scenarios in forecasting work.

Transiting Pluto Conjunct Natal Pluto

Pluto may cross a zodiac degree up to five times. For example, on March 2, 2015 Pluto will be at 15° Capricorn moving direct. It will station retrograde and cross back over this degree for the second time on June 2, 2015. Pluto again moves forward to transit 15° Capricorn on December 31, 2015 for the third time. It makes its fourth pass on September 8, 2016 and the fifth and final contact to 15° Capricorn will be on October 14, 2016. These are the dates for the exact hits and in reality there will be a period around these dates when Pluto is in orb of the exact conjunction that you will note. This five pass transit pattern provides the potential for a postnatal return from Pluto to occur up to nineteen months after birth for someone born at the first contact to 15° Capricorn on March 2, 2015. Bear in mind that this extended Pluto transit potential will not happen for everyone as it all depends on which day you were born and Pluto’s position in relationship to the Sun in your chart which determines where Pluto is in its direct or retrograde cycle.

When Pluto revisits its birth degree it may be a critical time in the life of a newborn. Pluto transits will be modified depending on its placement in the birth chart. For an example with reference to planetary dignities, Pluto in the natal eighth house is in accidental dignity (its natural house of rulership), and therefore is well-placed by house. This position suggests at the exact conjunction that any recovery or transformation will be great like the phoenix rising from the ashes. A natal Pluto in the second house (its natural house of detriment) may indicate that if something unforeseen does indeed occur at the transit that financial strain may surround the situation. Not all Pluto transits are bad news and there can be an upside through the transformative urges of Pluto, but in the delicate early weeks of life to pay attention to physical shifts in the new baby is key.

Pluto rules the reproductive and eliminatory systems in the body. It also has affinities with toxins and the decomposing function, in other words, the purging reflex of the body when something is not right and food going bad. During a postnatal transiting Pluto conjoining natal Pluto be aware of:

  • The mother’s medications becoming toxic to the child through the breast milk
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (purging)
  • Baby food and milk formula past their sell-by date
  • Using un-boiled or borehole water (found on farms) to make up bottles
  • Sexually transmitted diseases from the mother affecting the new born
  • Colic (the bowels cramping) abating
  • A transformation in the child indicating renewal of health

Transiting Neptune Conjunct Natal Neptune 

Neptune may cross a zodiac degree five times. The time from a first contact (as in the birth chart) to the final conjunction can be several months. On May 9, 2015 Neptune is at 09°30’ Pisces moving direct. Neptune will station retrograde and pass 09°30’ for the second time on July 16, 2015 and then station retrograde and retrace its steps returning to the same zodiacal position of 09°30’ Pisces for the third time on February 29, 2016. Once more stationing retrograde and passing back over 09°30’ on October 19, 2016 to make its final forward pass of 09°30’ on December 20, 2016.

This suggests that a child born during May 2015 can be revisited by transiting Neptune with a conjunction as a postnatal Neptune return when the child is up to nineteen months old.

Any natal conjunction to Neptune will modify the effect of a Neptune transit directly after birth. For an example using aspects, natal Neptune conjunct the Moon may indicate the child’s fluid intake needs monitoring during a transiting Neptune conjunction as the Moon rules bodily fluids. Natal Neptune conjoined with Mars (heat and fever) suggests hot atmospheres, in other words, the child’s room may be too warm and stuffy for comfort at the postnatal Neptune conjunction. Neptune rules all medicines, drugs and anesthesia. In the body it correlates with the feet. It has affinities with being unconscious, sleep, dreams and nightmares. Neptune may make five or three passes, it depends on the birth date. During a postnatal transiting Neptune conjunct natal Neptune be alert to:

  • Administering the correct doses of any medication, be scrupulous with measurement
  • Incubator oxygen levels to high or too low, however unless you are the nurse there is not much you can actually do although you can be present
  • The baby being wrapped up or swaddled too tight or their all-in-one outfit is too small and hampering easy blood flow especially to the feet
  • Sleep apnea
  • A maternal drug habit may can cause withdrawal symptoms in the child
  • The infant finally sleeping through the night

Transiting Uranus Conjunct Natal Uranus

Uranus may make one or three passes through a sign degree in a chart. On very rare occasions it can make five exact contact but is often in orb of the perfection. It again depends on the birth date. On May 24, 2015 Uranus will be at 19° Aries moving direct. It will station retrograde and Uranus will again arrive at 19° Aries on September 29, 2015 to make the final pass to 19° Aries on March 14, 2016. This means that Uranus can potentially take up to ten months after birth to conjoin a specific degree in a natal chart affecting the child with a Uranus conjunct Uranus aspect.

When interpreting a Uranus postnatal return the house in the birth chart will give clues to the area that needs attention. For an example considering house meaning, if the ruler of Aquarius is in the third house (which relates to short journeys) check the car seatbelts holding the baby chair in the vehicle. With Uranus in the fifth house which has an affinity with play carefully look for cracks in plastic play items or torn soft toys. Uranus rules technology, gadgets and widgets. It also has an affinity with the unexpected. In the body Uranus relates to the circulation, synapses (electrical sparks in the brain) and the ankles. At a transit of Uranus to its natal position at the Uranus return pay attention to:

  • Sudden changes in the child’s behavior
  • Clothes too tight cutting off circulation – especially socks
  • Flat batteries in the baby monitor
  • Loose and broken baby car seats
  • Buggies and strollers with no brakes
  • Damaged baby equipment and gadgets
  • Unexpected recovery from any ailments
  • A thriving child

These are just some of the possible scenarios and certainly each chart and every child is different.

The Transiting Conjunction

A conjunction is usually viewed as a positive aspect. It makes a strong statement in any transit chart as the energies of the transiting planet are brought to the natal chart. Post-natal outer transits can contain special potential because they are effectively returns or in other words they reinforce the message the outer planet already has in the natal chart. As the conjunction becomes exact it stimulates all the natal aspects from that planet that are in the natal chart. It is like a recalibrating of the planet’s message for the individual.

Children’s Charts in General

If you regularly work with babies’ and children’s charts then if you like you can apply these ideas. If there is a transit it can be used for both improvement or tension and clearly these interpretations can be applied to both good and difficult situations.

Personal Research on Your Own Chart

Go back to your own chart. if possible ask your mother if you were ill after birth or needed oxygen etc. Check in the ephemeris for your early outer transits and see what your transpersonal planetary returns happened. If you have children or grandchildren check their charts for any post-natal outer transits. This is great research because you will have specific, on-the-spot knowledge as you bore witness to situations that may have arisen in their early weeks and months.

The Visible Planets

You can take this technique a step further and consider the other planets as they will no doubt make their returns in the early days and months of the infant’s life. For Neptune and Pluto the first two years are the only time in life that you may experience an exact conjunction from the two outer planets and there has to be a way to make the most of them.

If you are reading this article then it is too late for you to use this particular narrow focus prediction method on your own chart. You have to look to the soon-to-be-born and those very young children to discover the true potential of these powerful aspects and the changes they may bring to a infants’ chart.

Other Forecasting Techniques

If there are planetary transit returns in the first weeks, it will guide you to look for the same contact from the secondary progressions as the postnatal transit conjunction will make a progressed conjunction to their natal positions later in the child’s early years. A progressed outer planet conjunction to its own place will occur if there was a postnatal transit to its own place. Trends, such as those that developed at the very early postnatal transit, will again be brought forward at the secondary progressed conjunction. When you bring the two dynamic forecast techniques of transits and secondary progressions together you can develop a well-rounded prediction story. Much of that which is discussed here needs to woven into a fuller forecast picture. It is not advisable to focus in on one specific transit to announce a fact. Use all the techniques available when you make your predictions. Take your time and develop a rich forecast story for those critical early years. Most of all keep an open mind.


 

zodiac signs and spending

Your Zodiac Sign and Spending

by Alison Price

You can learn a lot about your spending habits by looking at your star sign.

Each of the twelve zodiac signs has a different approach to retail therapy. Next time you go shopping with your friends see their spending characteristics at play.

Check out each sign’s buying instincts below and see if you recognize yourself and you can see how to find your wealth potential for more information.


Aries

Aries rushes in where angels fear to tread, and in their hurry Rams want to be in and out of the shop. They buy with cash and online so as to grab the new stuff and be wearing the latest colors of the season. This sign likes the challenge of hunting for a bargain and may easily tackle you to the ground at a fire sale.

Taurus

Taurus takes their time deciding on what to spend their hard earned cash. Bulls prefer to shop in stores, and not online, because they want to touch and feel the goods before buying. After a day of trawling the shops they are just as likely to bank the money and go home empty handed. Sometimes parting with the cash is the quandary.

Gemini

Gemini likes buying on eBay and sniping the auction at the end. They order books and magazines, apps, games and puzzles. Twins are the best traders in the zodiac and will happily barter for stuff as the real fun is the actual deal. You are more likely to see Gemini selling to you, than buying for themselves.

Cancer

Cancers like to feather their nest and will splurge on home furnishings and tableware. They like pretty cutlery and plates to match the occasion, whether for a barbecue outside or a Sunday lunch. Every meal is important and this means the props as well. Crabs like home shopping and will spend on friends, family and will remember to take the office a box of chocolates.

Leo

Leos buy the best they can afford and that goes for luxury items as well. Lions take pride in their purchases and will enthrall anyone who will listen about what they bought to adoring oohs and aahs. They will shop in groups and make sure each person has a little something to take home. Leo’s are generous and may spring for lunch as well.

Virgo

Virgo spends in small increments and can driver the shop girl wild with their bag of small change for a fifty dollar purchase. They like to collect and will slowly attain the things they want. Virgo likes things in patchwork, marquetry and paisley patterns. Virgins are more likely to go to the stores several times a day than do one big shop all at once.

Libra

Libra spends on themselves as much as their partner because there has to be a fiscal balance in their relationship. Libra men may only buy one big item a year, like a car, but it’s cost will be equal to what their wife spent over the years. Shopping can be agony for Libra as they are not good at deciding and every transaction choice needs to be called.

Scorpio

Scorpio pays cash so there is no paper trail. They like acquiring things and surround themselves with items that mean something. Scorpions will to remove price tags andl hoard some attractive items of value. They like to buy things that others desire and may become a collector of rare books or surgical instruments. .

Sagittarius

Sagittarius likes to buy when away from home. They are the ones for whom the souvenir shops were made. Archers seek out things that are difficult to find like a seed pod from a baobab tree or exotic spices from Asia. This sign arrives home and flings the bags in a corner not even opening them, already planning their next excursion to the mall.

Capricorn

Capricorn invests. When the Sea Goat goes shopping the items they buy have to earn their place. Not for them trivial trinkets. Capricorn likes quality and will pay whatever it takes to get items perceived as status pieces. Expensive handbags for the women and watches for men. Over the years they can amass a very respectable wardrobe or collection of goodies.

Aquarius

Aquarius like to buy a variety of goods. They love snapping up music and books online and gadgets. They get bored with their stuff and will move on to the next fad as soon as it takes their fancy. Water Bearers have basements full of old things and should invite Scorpio around to rummage through it all.

Pisces

Pisces enjoy art and soft and beautiful things. They are happy to tag along the other signs on an outing to the shops. Fish like to buy only what is needed and can be frugal to the extent that they will “do without” when they should be buying things. Fish don’t like the crush of the malls and will shop late in the evening to miss the crowds.


 

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