Black Friday 2014 – What to Buy and When to Buy

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Image by Jeff Sheldon – Unsplash

The day after the American Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday.

This year Black Friday falls on November 28th as the American Thanksgiving is always on the third Thursday in November.

Black Friday has been the best shopping day of the year (since 2005) and is the date when retailers go from being in the red, or running at a loss, to being in the black and finally making a profit.

Up until Black Friday stores would not have made any profit for the year.

As the last major holiday of Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday signals the start of the Christmas shopping season, which is when the most money is spent.

Stores have different strategies to attract customers and they:

  • Open earlier than usual and some at midnight or 00:00am on Friday.
  • Have special discounts in the first hour only.
  • Advertise “Door crasher” free gifts for the first 100 shoppers through the door.
  • Offer great deals on some merchandise.
  • Stay open later.
  • Give longer return policies usually until after Christmas.
  • Bring in special items for the sale.
  • Have more staff on the floor to serve you.

This year most major departmental stores in Vancouver are opening their doors earlier than the usual 10am now at 7am this is even before the crack of dawn at 7:47am.

To see how this year’s Black Friday will benefit you let’s have a look at the chart.

Tips for shoppers:

  • Be on time for the opening will give you the best deals.
  • Many bargains are to be had.
  • Reading up on the store flyers will help you to zoom in on exactly what you want to buy.

The Black Friday chart

Saturn rises on the ascendant showing that time is important today. Be on time or line up before the shops open and don’t dawdle about. Make your initial purchase in the first hour.

The ascendant is Scorpio and suggests that people may shop till they drop or keep going until the death.

With Mercury prominent those who will do good will have done their research on prices and know exactly what they want. If you drift around the stores you may buy more than you thought as you get caught up in the frenzy.

Paying cash will be quicker as money changes hands.

This Black Friday is not for the faint-hearted as Mars rules and competition for goods is high. Expect some push and shove to snatch the best bargains. You will probably make some impulse buys but that is to be expected.

Scorpio rulers Mars and Pluto are both in the second house of shopping in our chart. It should be a good day for customers who will be happy with what they bought 

Younger men will be a big presence this year.

The Sun is always in Scorpio on Black Friday and this indicates that you can enjoy the day in the scramble where your heart rates goes up in anticipation of some great shopping.

The beautiful planet Venus ends up the charge and in this placement suggests that having a break for tea and cake or a chocolate donut will sustain your for the spree. Be aware of how you look, your clothes and wear comfortable shoes.

What to buy when

  • 7:00 – Buy watches, clocks, diaries, 25year whisky, calendars, men’s suits, ties, formal wear, winter coats and dress shoes in the first fifteen minutes.
  • 7:10 – Buy books, CD’s, DVD’s, tech items, iPads, phones, TV’s, puzzles and games. Buy services as gift cards like manicures and pedicures. Buy classes as gifts such as cooking classes, horse riding classes, driving lessons, skating classes etc.
  • 7:40 – Buy things that you want for yourself of a personal nature like clothes. Buy children’s clothes, toys and dress-up outfits. Buy gold now both jewelry and stocks.
  • 8:30 – Buy women’s gifts, cosmetics, perfume, jewelry, handbags, scarves and sweet things like cake, chocolates, plum puddings, sherry, jams and biscuits. Also buy financial instruments now.
  • 10:30 – The best items will have gone and the hard core shoppers will go home.
  • 11:20 – By now customers and staff will be exhausted. But press on. Now buy men’s goods, men’s casual clothes, golf clubs, sports and gym equipment and leather goods like wallets and briefcases.
  • In the afternoon around 12:45pm take a break as you will be feeling tired.
  • 12:50 – If you still have some energy for the second shift buy liqueurs, art, art supplies, music, sheet music, musical instruments, shoes and boots. Also buy drinking glasses and crystal.
  • 1:10 – Treat yourself with something for later like a bubble bath sachet, then get your gifts wrapped, buy gift cards, gift baskets, gift tags, bows and wrapping paper.
  • 2:00 – If you’re still going this is the time to discover an unexpected gem in amongst what is left on the shelves. I can’t say what it will be but you will know it when you see it.

Have a great day shopping. 

More

There is much more that astrology can offer you. I hope you find some understanding of the sign combinations from my quick guide.

For a deeper picture of your personal astrology why not get an On-the-Spot mini reading from me or even a full one hour consultation?

Email me at [email protected] and we can talk.

by Alison Price

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Astrological Talk: “Your Oriental Planet” by Alison Price – 7:30pm, November 13, 2014 in Vancouver

Your Oriental Planet

Astrological insights into perception and vocation

A workshop presented by Alison Price

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Expand your astrological interpretation techniques with an in-depth look at Your Oriental Planet. This lesser used chart feature (which is in each and every chart) can show a new way of analyzing how you are announced and offers insights into your vocation.

This original research by Alison Price is presented in an easy to understand way and you will benefit from this lecture with practical tips you can immediately use in your practice.

This workshop is at the intermediate level. Please bring your chart.

Find Out Your Oriental Planet Beforehand

If you would like to discover your oriental planet before the lecture please email [email protected] with your birth time, birth date and birth place and Alison will print your chart including your oriental planet and bring it to the lecture for you.

Workshop outline

How to determine the oriental planet in a chart

Two theories on oriental planetary interpretations

The Sun’s aspects to the Oriental Planet

Each planet when found to be oriental

— Short break —

The Oriental Planet through the houses

Forecasting techniques with the oriental planet

Sample charts

Time: 7:30pm

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Place: Unit 201 – 317 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC, V3L 1A7, Canada

If you have any questions about this workshop please email me at [email protected]

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“Dear Alison! Your Fantastic Presentation of Relationships Was Outstanding! Thank You very much!” ~ Andrew Mehreider – March 2014.

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Find Love With Astrology

UnknownYou have probably heard of being astrologically compatible (or not) with other people.

If you compare your planets with another persons it can show attraction and maybe your chart and their chart have something in common.

Sun Signs

Everyone has a Sun in a sign like Libra or Capricorn and that is what we are looking at here.

If you know her Sun sign and you know his Sun sign you can check for astrological compatibility.

Here are my quick rules you can apply to see if he or she could be the one and you can check out my heart chart as well for a visual.

If both Suns are in the same sign

This is good for easy love and friendship. It can be a competition as both the good and the tough things in each sign can be present. But you do get each other and can spend time together with easy silence and enjoy just being with each other.

If your Suns are one sign apart

This combination can be annoying and irritating. You both want to beat your own drum and although it may be music to your ears it grates on theirs The same goes the other way and what they find fascinating makes you yawn.

Signs that are one signs apart are:

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

If your Suns are two signs apart

This is it is good for love friendship and can offer excellent enduring romantic connections.

Signs that are two signs apart are:

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

If your Suns are three signs apart

With this combination there is competition between each if you. Both want to be in charge. This combination is good for challenging situations and can be excellent for business partnerships.

Signs that are three signs apart are:

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

If your Suns are four signs apart

This is an excellent combination and good for easy love and friendship. You can forgive each other and can be together easily without tension. You each can be yourself with this combination.

Signs that are four signs apart are:

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

If your Suns are five signs apart

This can be annoying to say the least. One will want to boss the other and you may take turns in this role. You have to constantly making allowances for the other person and this can wear down any love over time. It can become tedious and annoying.

Signs that are five signs apart are:

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

If Your Suns are six signs apart

if can be good for true love, soul mates and friendship. Other people cannot see what you see in each other but it just works. This is truly a good combination as the other will stretch you as a person and make you a better person in the end of your journey.

Signs that are six signs apart are:

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

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Girls in pink across the top – boys in blue down the side.

More

There is much, much more that astrology can offer you. I hope you find some understanding of the sign combinations from my quick guide.

For a deeper picture of your personal astrology why not get an On-the-Spot mini reading from me or even a full one hour consultation?

Email me at [email protected] and we can talk.

by Alison Price

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The Astrology of Autumn

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Autumn

The Four Seasons

There are four seasons each year; spring, summer, autumn and winter.

The seasons start when the Sun enters one of the four cardinal signs which are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

These seasonal ingresses are the time markers for the year and the basis for calculating the tropical zodiac, which is the one used on my site, and that references time not space.

The Sun spends three months, or one quarter of the year, in each season.

Autumn or Fall

As the Sun leaves Virgo and enters Libra the third season of the year Autumn begins.

During its passage of Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius the autumn season develops and the beginning is very different to the end.

Mild temperatures at the start of Libra lead through to cooling and far crisper weather at the end of Sagittarius.

The Harvest

Autumn is the time to gather in the crops and store grains to sustain animals and us over the long winter and into the early spring.

We who live in the developed world and reside in major cities may be slightly out of touch with the sequence of growth and harvest for food.

We just pop into the local deli or bakery and pick up a fresh loaf of bread, baked and sliced that morning.

Rural dweller on farms and small-holdings do notice the changing year more closely.

Libra

Venus rules Libra and she also rules sugar and the fructose in all fruits and berries.

During the Libra part of autumn the late fruit is harvested (the early fruit harvest starts at Lammas on August 1st).

Typically at this stage the food plants have their sugars fully developed even in crops like onions and potatoes.

Plants are ripe and juicy.

Scorpio

As the Sun enters Scorpio the leaves fall profusely and annual plants start to decompose to provide nutrients for the next year’s trees and crops.

This is the transformation period of plant’s decay and part of the cycle of nature.

It is reflected in astrology by the Sun being disposed by Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio.

In many plants the seeds for the next year are being created in pods and flower heads and they wait for the Sagittarian breezes to blow them hither and thither.

Seed distribution is a process of autumn and can be spread over the whole three months.

Sagittarius

The last sign of autumn is Sagittarius.

By now all the leaves have fallen and bare branches abound and this allows the wind to whisk through the branches.

Jupiter’s influence as the planet of Sagittarius now disposes the Sun and we can see much further through the trees and our horizons are broadened at this time.

The late crops are now in and the animals have grown in their thicker coats ready for the cold ahead.

The final migrations have finished and long journeys by birds and herds have come to an end.

Did you notice? Really?

Did you notice all this going on?

No?

Neither did I.

But I live in Vancouver city where I can see the changing seasons by the trees in the streets being stripped bare and the varying colours throughout the city’s parks.

This year I hope to pay more attention, will you?

by Alison Price

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2015 Wellbeing Astrology Guide

2015-WB-astrology_f_improf_300x395The 2015 Wellbeing Astrology Guide is now available.

I highly recommend this Australian classic astrology magazine brought to you from the dynamic astrologer and editor Kelly Surtees.

The Wellbeing Astrology magazine is published every year and is packed with features from astrologers around the world.

It has in-depth horoscopes for all the signs, many other interesting articles and beautiful images.

Kelly invited me to write a feature article What’s your oriental planet? For those of you who know me this particular topic is a great passion of mine.

Presentation in Vancouver

I have presented lectures on this topic before I will also be speaking about this fascinating part of astrology on November 13th in Vancouver, see details on that talk here.

Order your copy now

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Jupiter Trine Uranus – Get Fired Up!

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We have experienced several challenging planetary placements in recent years. I am of course referring to the Uranus Pluto square which has had astrologers and laymen alike buzzing with excitement.

Enter the Jupiter Uranus fire trine.

Whilst it is typical that we have both easy and challenging aspects within the zodiac at any one time, it is the individual and combined mixture of flow and resistance between the planets making the aspects that shape our lives.

That Uranus appears in both aspects (square Pluto and trine Jupiter) is telling. He seems to want to fit in and stick out at the same time.

We can live with this.

Aspects

One way to interpret an astrology chart is by a technique called aspects

Astrological aspects are the angular distances between the planets.

Every planet has a measurement in degrees with the other planets but only certain angles are noted in astrology charts.

By dividing the circle of 360 degrees by any whole numbers we get the aspect angles.

The Trine Aspect

If you divide 360 by 3 the result is 120 degrees (360/3=120) and this is the size of the trine aspect.

Two planets that are 120 degrees apart in the zodiac will be in trine to each other.

The aspect degree does not have to be exact but can be within 8 degrees (the orb) either side of 120.

So when the two planets become between 112 to 128 degrees apart they are considered to be trine to each other.

Jupiter Trine Uranus

At the moment we have Jupiter trine Uranus.

Jupiter is in the fire sign of Leo and Uranus is in the fire sign of Aries. We can refer to this as a fire trine.

They are in orb from August 22, 2014 until November 8, 2014 and exact on September 24, 2014 at 14/15 degrees Leo/Aries.

So what?

Well, when the slower planets like Jupiter and Uranus trine each other it is to be noted.

It is a phenomenon that only happens around every six years then there is a gap of seven years before the next trine.

The elemental sequence is fire, earth, air then water. With two trines in each element, one waxing and one waning trine. Then it slowly shifts into the following element.

The Jupiter Uranus Synodic Cycle

Jupiter and Uranus have a fourteen year synodic cycle.

This means they are together and Jupiter (which is quicker off the mark) races off around the zodiac as Uranus moves forward slowly. Jupiter will catch up with Uranus around fourteen years later.

Recently they came together in February 1997 at 6 Aquarius. Then in 2010 Jupiter was conjunct Uranus at zero Aries. They will next be conjunct in 2024 at twenty-one Taurus.

Looking further forward in 2037 22 Cancer direct and in 2038 at 20 Cancer retrograde.

This shows the conjunction moves around either 30 degrees when at the retrograde three pass conjunction, or around fifty-one to fifty-four degrees and fourteen years during a one pass direct conjunction.

Because there is a trine in place for such a long period, when planets pass through the other fire sign of Sagittarius, they will create a fire grand trine when they trine both Jupiter and Uranus.

The most frequent planet to do this is the Moon.

Sagittarius 15

If you have planets in your chart at 15 Sagittarius the Jupiter Uranus trine will form a transiting grand trine to the 15 Sagittarius planet in your chart.

If you birthday is on December 7th (of any year) it will stimulate your natal Sun and offer modern solutions to difficult areas of life.

It will provide huge opportunities and original approaches to how you can use that planet in Sagittarius.

The trine from Jupiter offers good things in line with your natal planet being aspected and the trine from Uranus offers unique and up-to-date solutions which allow things to move forward with ease and flow.

Get fired up!

Fire is all about inspiration. It gets the juices flowing and everyone hot under the collar. It gets people raving about things and issues. It creates fireworks and burning issues. We can get incandescent and want to burst. We are filled with bright ideas and get excited about anything with fire in it like dragon’s breath, candlelight, torches, barbecues and camp fires.

Make the most of this special fire trine.

by Alison Price

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Back to School – September 2014

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When school starts

For many children the school year starts in September each year when thousands of our little darlings will go to school for the first time.

This year the start date is September 2, 2014.

The Back to School chart this year shows how new kids will experience school in general.

The chart will also show how those in the higher grades returning to school will fare this year.

I know in South Africa and some other countries the school year starts in January each year so that is different.

Children born in 2008

Kids go to Grade 1 elementary (or primary) school when they are six years old or if they are turning six before December 31st of that year.

They will start school in the September of the year they turn six so this year’s intake were born in 2008.

Obviously there can be special cases of children being older or younger for whatever reason but this post is about those children who were born in 2008 and are starting school this autumn.

They may have already been to preschool, junior kindergarten (JK) and senior kindergarten (SK) at ages three, four and five years old but this year it is big school.

Waves of children

Many years ago I worked at a primary school where I could notice the new groups year of children coming through each year (from an astrological standpoint) which was very interesting.

Jupiter is good for timing this flow as Jupiter changes sign each year but more on that later.

The 2014 school year

Grade 1 can set the tone for the whole school experience and the chart when they go to school is critical to understand their school life now and in the future.

Each child typically spends twelve years going through the school system and then they come out with knowledge as opposed to information.

This year Jupiter in Leo makes life and going to big school so exciting they could burst. School will be seen as an adventure and a chance to meet other cultures.

Every year Jupiter is in a different sign and this time September 2014 we have the Jupiter in Leo intake. Jupiter is a big timer for the school years as it takes twelve years to orbit the Sun.

Holding a pencil or a crayon, is a skill that has to be learnt.

Mercury in Libra suggests this year’s intake will develop a love of design, art, colour, penmanship drawing and reading. Stories should have happy endings to stimulate the child’s imagination

Venus in Leo suggests the urge to pair up and find a buddy. More than most these children will want a best friend this year and someone to play with. They will benefit from social gatherings and afterschool play/art dates. Moms take note and make this happen.

Sport will likely appeal but probably one-on-one sports and not necessarily team events. Sport and activity will be good and swimming will be liked by the kids. Mars in Scorpio is well placed for this expenditure of energy.

The Sun is in Virgo and this is always so for Back to School in September.

The 2014/15 year will be a bumper year so dream big

How the 2014 school intake year affects children born in 2008

Having a timetable and class rules will appeal to this year’s first graders. Maintaining discipline should not be an issue and suitable rewards and stars for good behaviour will likely work wonders

The teachers just have to stick to the rules they state and not chop and change regulations throughout the year.

Moms and caregivers, afterschool activities have to be known and be predictable for these children so they can find comfort in the reliability of it all.

This sticking to the system is because Pluto trines their natal Saturns.

Over the year Pluto will conjunct their natal Jupiter which indicates controlled optimism. This suggests these children will grasp deep knowledge over time.

If they are exposed to many subjects they will be able to learn vast amounts.

The chart suggests the modern topics like computers and science will appeal to this class year. Uranus squares their Jupiter

Teachers need to present information in a story form to whet the kids imagination for this group to remain engaged.

Daydreamers will abound in the classroom this intake as Neptune opposes their Saturn and Saturn squares their Neptune.

This chart suggests that teachers who tell imaginative stories and encourage expression of any frustrations through art and music will be effective which these children. For best results this should be a part of the school day.

Repetition and concentration will be available for short periods before they drift into imaginative places.

Breaking up the school day into sections of intellectual (words, numbers and speech), art (colour, craft, music and singing) and sport (team and solo) will benefit this year’s Grade ones.

These sections can be repeated during the day.

Moms can get the kids arty and sporty in the afternoons if the school system cannot provide the balance and it only concentrates on reading, writing and maths or what used to be called bookwork and penmanship.

My back to school story

My youngest daughter is entering Grade 12 this September so we are into the home straight. When you consider our eldest daughter began school in 1991 we have been doing the school run for ages.

Looking back I don’t know how we got here it has been a long journey.

She is graduating into an economical and technological climate never seen before.

She took classes like Mandarin and Entrepreneurship studying subjects I had never even heard of at her age.

When I was at school we did cooking, knitting and laundry. Oh, and let’s not forget flower arranging. All skills not taught anymore.

by Alison Price

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He Who Dares Wins… Jupiter in Leo

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As the planets wander through the sky they change positions against the backdrop of the zodiac.

This movement can be like a dance as everyone (the planets) take their place and enter the stage.

At anytime one or two of the planets will take center stage as the others fade into the background for a while.

Planets in prominent positions may have a story to tell, and we listen.

Where is it going on?

This time it is Jupiter as he enters the fifth sign of Leo. A fire planet (Jupiter) in a fire sign (Leo).

Up there right now the biggest planet in the solar system and the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, is entering the zodiac sign of the Lion.

This is the first time Jupiter has been in Leo for twelve years. The last time it entered was way back in August 2002.

You can look back to what you were doing then and similar themes may emerge this time to repeat in your life. This is because Jupiter will be in the same position in your chart as it was in 2002.

Take this lightly because the other outer planets have moved on since then as well and they also provide the backdrop for this ingress.

A festival of balloons!

I often use the imagery of a hot air balloon to explain the astrological meaning for Jupiter.

Balloons are big, brightly coloured and when they drift by you simply can’t miss them. Much like Jupiter.

The collective noun for balloons is a festival of balloons which brings a fun and exciting element to ballooning. Much like Jupiter.

They travel on their journey, but to who knows where? Much like Jupiter.

They are filled with hot air or gas, and balloons will explode if over-filled. Much like Jupiter.

They often broadcast a message from their sponsors or promote special events (such as at sports events) written in huge letters on the sides of the balloon. Much like Jupiter

And I would imagine that the people who do take a ride in a hot air balloon say a prayer before launch. Much like Jupiter.

I have always fancied trusting the woven basket and journeying on a balloon flight and perhaps one day I shall. Much like Jupiter.

Who is it good for?

Jupiter in Leo is especially good news for the fire signs and that means those with strong fire signs present in their birth charts.

I will tell you I am strongly Leo myself and I have been waiting for a while now for this shift in energy as Jupiter changes sign.

If you have an Aries, Leo or Sagittarian Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Jupiter or other cluster of planets in these three signs you will benefit during the upcoming year as Jupiter goes through Leo.

If your business chart has the fire signs emphasized as well your business can experience huge growth now.

If you are strongly Gemini or Libra you will see some support and some good things. You need to grasp any opportunities fleeting as they may be.

If you are strongly Taurus, Scorpio or Aquarius could face the difficult side and this may suggest the over excessive situations as mentioned later.

Those of you with strong Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces may not see much change although you will try to make adjustments this year.

How can you make the most of it?

Jupiter in Leo is upbeat, positive and outgoing. It encourages taking chances and aiming higher in life.

Leo is the sign of the theatre and when planets enter the “stage” they will play their roles to perfection.

Using the theater analogy, Jupiter in Leo can either be the highly colorful swashbuckling much loved hero or he can be an overly costumed blow-hard in a pantomime.

The down side of Jupiter in Leo can be over-extension, over-doings things and excessive behavior. Or just too much of a good thing.

Pace yourself and all will be fine.

What is in it for you?

Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion.

It has to do with reaching for things just out of your grasp but it is the reaching that is important.

We like to s-t-r-e-t-c-h ourselves when Jupiter is active.

You can lift your eyes to gaze at your horizons.

Now is the time to aspire towards previously laughable dreams. Dust off your visions and start to believe.

When Jupiter is prominent by transit, and if it contacts your chart, you can raise your profile and aim for more in life.

Jupiter will support activities in broadcasting, promotion (self and business), publishing, gaining knowledge (as opposed to information), adult education, religious temperance, international travel and cosmopolitan situations.

Jupiter in Leo reinforces the theatre and daily dramas. See them for what they are.

When will it blow over?

Jupiter will be in Leo from July 16, 2014 to August 11, 2015.

You have just over a year to make the most of it.

By the way, trusty old Saturn will enter Sagittarius later this year on Christmas Eve which will add more weight to the strong fire presence for us all.

I can’t wait.

by Alison Price

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Astrology Students Pass Exams and Launch their Lives

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Congratulations!

To all the students who wrote and passed the CAAE exams this spring. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. Well done!

All the students whom I tutored coached and mentored during 2013/14 and who wrote recognized astrology exams earlier in the year have passed with flying colours.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all the students who came through my classes this year and whom I had the pleasure to meet and touch your lives in some way. I wish you well as you continue your journey into astrology.

Astrology is my passion and I hope it can be yours too.

by Alison Price

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Astrology Student Visits from Hong Kong

Astrology student visits Alison from Hong Kong.

You are living in a perfect time to learn astrology in the comfort of your own home.

You can learn astrology with me via Skype.

People just like you want to know some more about astrology and can now do so with a Skype astrology class with me.

If you are in Asia, Europe and Africa then you are in good company. Many people just want a simple class to get them on track. You can learn a little astrology or you can learn a lot.

And for those who want to take astrology into their career and make a vocation out of it I have classes for you too.

My special visitor

This past week I was fortunate enough to have one of my students visit me from Hong Kong.

We had been together for Skype classes last year and she was making the trip to Victoria, Seattle and Vancouver. She travelled with a friend and enjoyed the glorious summer weather here in Vancouver.

I was lucky enough to meet with her at the Vancouver Art Gallery cafe and enjoy a cup of jasmine tea. It was great to chat with her in person and discuss the many ways that astrology has changed her life.

She plans to continue her studies with me and maybe take in a couple of conference next year.

by Alison Price

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In Conversation with Astrologer Michael O’Connor – Podcast

th-1Enjoy listening to our special guest Michael O’Connor.

Arwynne and I are delighted to have Michael join us and share his thoughts on astrology.

Michael O’Connor is an astrologer from Nelson, BC, Canada and visited Vancouver earlier this year.

 In conversation with Michael O’Connor – Podcast

If you missed a podcast episode not to worry, you can listen to other episodes in our fun and fascinating astrology podcasts.

About our podcasts

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

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

In our podcasts we:

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

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

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

Our message is fresh

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

by Alison Price

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Axis Astrology podcast – Special guest Nina Gryphon

thEnjoy listening to our astrology podcast with our special guest Nina Gryphon.

Arwynne and I are delighted to have Nina join us and share her thoughts on astrology.

Nina Gryphon is a traditional astrologer from Washington state in the USA and visited Vancouver earlier this year.

Listen to Axis Astrology’s podcast with special guest Nina Gryphon.

If you missed a podcast episode not to worry, you can listen to other episodes in our fun and fascinating astrology podcasts.

About our podcasts

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

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

In our podcasts we:

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

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

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

Our message is fresh

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

Want more information about your chart?

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

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The Astrological Elements and Herbs

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Tapestry of aloes in Cape Town

We are all about astrology here on this site and, having said that, astrology does have a broader sense through which it can be appreciated.

I realize that there is a thin connection from the plant world to astrology, but, I’m trying to express how astrology can be used in everyday life and not just as a horoscope column to be read on a Friday night to see how the weekend will go.

Which is really an entry level use of the craft.

Planets and plants have similar origins

Earlier I shared with you my interest in herb gardening in the posts astrology and herbs, gifts for astrologers and the sixth house and herb gardens an this hobby has been with me for many years.

Some of you will appreciate that to accept astrological themes into your life can enhance your experience and understanding of the symbolic nature of the planets.

Four beds – for four elements

This diverse group of plants has much to offer the windowsill grower or the real sized garden aficionado.

Gardeners who plant formal herbs gardens typically segregate them into sections in line with their strengths.

Not all herbs are used for the same thing. There are basically four types of herb that you can grow in a herb garden and they usually grow in their own bed.

    • Medicinal – Fire signs
    • Culinary – Earth signs
    • Fragrant – Air signs
    • Indigenous – Water signs

Medicinal herbs

The medicinal herbs are associated to the fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Medicinal herbs are at the root of all medicines we know today.

Examples of medicinal herbs are: Eyebright – for weepy eyes, mullein – used for bronchitis and the storax tree gum – used for coughs and cold remedies.

Culinary herbs

The culinary herbs are related to the earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Culinary means you can eat them so all the herbs that can be used in cooking and meal preparation are culinary herbs.

Examples of culinary herbs are: Bay leaves in babotie, parsley typically as garnish, rosemary best with roast chicken and mint for mint sauce for lamb.

Fragrant Herbs

Fragrant herbs are under the auspices of the air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Fragrant herbs are use for their smell and are often used in perfume, room cleansers and soaps.

Examples of fragrant herbs are: Jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender and rose all of which are the basis for the perfume industry.

Indigenous herbs

Indigenous herbs are related to the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Indigenous herbs are those that naturally grow in an area and they can be home grown and they are different for each region.

Examples of indigenous herbs are: for instance, in South Africa the aloe Vera, in central and South America the cactus and in Canada the sugar maple.

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For those of you who asked, the image for this post is a tapestry I crafted with my own fair hands, whilst living in Cape Town, back in the last century. I can’t remember how many hours it took and that somehow I don’t think I could find the time these days.

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Mercury Retrograde – June 2014

The Mercury retrograde war cry! 

“Go back, go back, go back to the woods.

You haven’t, you haven’t, you haven’t the goods. 

You haven’t the spirit, you haven’t the jazz… 

You haven’t the moves that Mercury has!”

 Mercury’s retrograde period

Mercury will be retrograde from 7th June 2014 until 1st July 2014. This Mercury retrograde movement starts at 3 Cancer as Mercury moves backwards through the zodiac to 24 Gemini. This means that Mercury crosses over the sign cusp from Cancer, under the rulership of the Moon, into its own sign of Gemini during of this retrograde period.

Pop culture and Mercury retrograde

As the details of Mercury retrograde permeate through to the general public the words, “Mercury retrograde” become a catch phrase and is diluted down into basic, and often most inflammatory words. You will hear things like, “don’t buy computers, cars or phones when Mercury is retrograde.”

Well yes, certainly those things can be said but astrologers know there is a more subtle effect to the apparent reversal of direction for the innermost planet.

Your natal Mercury condition

As with all astrology good forecasting and interpretation for yourself hinges on your own chart. If you have a well-placed and robust Mercury you will withstand the influence of Mercury retrograde (or any retrograde depending in the planet) and still be standing as other folds under their weaker Mercury placements.

A broad generality is like saying, “All cars reverse (or back-up) badly” when really it is more that, “some drivers can’t reverse very well.”

You know yourself that you are better at some things than others and certainly you will do some things way better than anyone else. So saying we all suffer the same way when Mercury is retrograde is simplistic.

If you have Mercury retrograde in your birth chart you will withstand the negative effects of any Mercury retrograde period now and in the future.

How retrogrades affect you

Whichever house in your natal chart this retrograde occurs will be the area of life that is affected. For example, if this Mercury retrograde period occurs in your fourth house then you will revisit family and home issues and you will need to go back and attend to them and drains, leaks and plumbing come to mind. If it happens in your seventh house your marriage will need further discussions and conversations and yes it will be about dragging up past issues (like affairs) to be aired again as these things just won’t stay buried.

The illusion

Retrograde motion is the apparent backwards movement of a planet. The analogy I use when I’m teaching a class is that, when you are on a train moving forwards then another train pulls alongside going at the same speed, if the second train slows down it appears to be going backwards, although it is still moving forwards albeit slower than your train. This is an optical illusion and clearly demonstrates planetary apparent retrograde motion.

Mercury’s retrograde cycle

Mercury has more retrograde cycles than the other planets. Mercury goes retrograde three times each year. This occurs roughly at four month intervals and usually coincides with the same element for three consecutive retrograde periods. Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. It moves the fastest of all the planets. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.

All the planets except the Sun and Moon have retrograde periods every year. The exception is Mars which turns retrograde every two years. you can read about the retrogrades of 2014 and see that it affects many planets and that there is almost always one planet retrograde at any given time.

by Alison Price

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Mindful Astrology

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image3719632When the Sun moves into Gemini spring is underway in the northern hemisphere. I learnt astrology in the southern hemisphere and the astrology text books spoke about the fresh new season, springing forth and all the up-side of the warmer weather. This was because virtually all the books are written with a northern hemisphere slant mainly as the authors themselves live above the equator.

It is only when you have worked with many southern charts that you can see the overwhelming deluge of information that leans the other way.

As an astrologer I also come up against this time/space/place on Earth question during discussions on lunations and eclipses.

The dates that New Moons occur for me out west in Vancouver, Canada are usually one day behind the day for those in New Zealand and Australia.

Several times my super-easterly and super-southerly clients and friends have gently nudged me from the northern and western-centric habit I seem to have adopted of discussing astrology from my perspective only.

But, it is human nature to relate the events of the day from ones own viewpoint.

I’m not saying it is right but just that it is.

Considering this earlier today, I started to think about how we sometimes do make assumptions about people and their astrology signs, and that astrologers themselves have to be mindful of this as the habit can creep into consultations or client work as described above.

Working in the new age industry does imply a need for more awareness of ourselves than in other businesses.

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Your First Astrology Lesson

tumblr_nb1uqjWny11st5lhmo1_1280You all find astrology on your own path and for everyone the road it is different. Because you each have your own chart this alone tells us that you will happen upon astrology in your own way.

It is highly unlikely that years ago your career guidance counselor at school suggested you became an astrologer. They will probably have informed you that you should have become a doctor or a lawyer or a civil engineer.

Most people get into astrology by some form of side-stepping or as often is the case you stumble upon it one bright morn.

The time will come when you consider taking a class. when you finally end up at your first astrology lesson. I want to share my early journey on the road to astrological understanding with you.

My interest in astrology was first piqued in a geography class at school when I was about fifteen. We were doing the solar system and after the module was complete the teacher sat on the front of her desk and read our Sun sign characteristics from Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs which she had in her drawer.

As the teacher read everyone’s Sun sign out loud she finally got to mine. I could not believe how it described me and it all made so much sense. I was blown away. I began to pay attention to my horoscope in the women’s magazines and I discovered I liked reading about astrology.

The fact that my Sun and ascendant sign is the same would have reinforced the popular horoscope predictions as is the nature of how they are written with each sign on the first house and the forecasts for the signs generated from there. But there it is.

However, one day it was not enough. I wanted more information and I needed my questions answered. Questions like, “When do the signs change?” and “What does the Moon mean?” Really simple when I look at them now but back then, and I’m sure it is the same for many of you just starting our, they were huge questions. Questions that deserved an answer.

But there were no answers and I had to find out more. I sought out someone to whom I could ask these tricky questions and who could explain them and other things to me.

My first teacher

Eventually I found an astrology teacher offering a two year astrology course which started from scratch. The class was to start the following Tuesday evening at 7pm. It was exactly what I was looking for.

The place was not near my home but at that time in Africa to find anyone to teach astrology was like finding a diamond in the rough. Beggars could not be choosers and I was a beggar for knowledge. I got home from work changed my outfit into something less businesslike, scooped up my notepad, pens and the R7 cash (about $0.45 Canadian) to pay for the class. Those were the days.

I jumped into my trusty car and drove off into the night. I crossed over the top of Johannesburg along what is known as the concrete highway for obvious reasons. I left home one hour before it was to start to make sure I was on time.

Parking in the driveway I went in. I was excited and anxious at the same time. Grinding over my insecurities. Perhaps I would not like them? Perhaps they would not like me? Maybe I would be lost as the class conversation moved ahead? Maybe I would be floundering today? Imagine if the others knew it all already?

It was crowded and there was standing-room only.

I was twenty years old and the youngest one there. Because seating was limited and my mother had taught me some manners I acquiesced my position to an older lady and I stood at the back with the other “young ones.”

My first teacher’s name was David and told us he was over seventy. He was thin, wiry and wore his long white hair over his shoulders like a merlin. He began talking and we all put our heads down and started to take notes. He handed out some shiny photostats of a map of the world and other information sheets with complicated looking numbers.

images-2As I was at the back of the room I had the privilege of turning on the hot water urn for the tea half way through. It was my job to signal him when the water had boiled and make his hot drink which I did with pleasure. The others crowded round and made their brew and stepped out into the garden to enjoy the break. The sultry evenings were filled with the sounds of crickets and someone had the fly swat to kill the mosquitoes which plagued us in the summer months.

Back again for the second half and more writing. Ok, I was scribbling by now. Trying to keep up, hazarding a guess on how to spell some of the new words that would not roll easily off my tongue. I began to wonder if I would be able to decipher my scrawl when I got home.

The classroom was a converted double garage with wall-to-wall bookshelves. Back then the teacher imported the astrology books from America and we could buy them from him. In those days you could not find new age books available to the general public.

There must have been thirty people in that first class. By the next week it had shrunk to about twenty-five people. At class number three I could get a seat at the back and things settled down. Thus the rhythm for my life was set and I had my astrology lesson every Tuesday evening, from seven to nine and let’s not forget the tea break.

After two years of this there were only three of us left, myself and a married couple Marie and Arthur, of whom both I happened to know before I joined the class, serendipitous I call it. I am still in touch with Marie via a mutual friend but sadly her husband left this Earth a few years ago.

In retrospect my first astrology teacher was a fountain of knowledge. My initial tutor set standards in knowledge that I rely on today. He too had passed but left many trained students behind to spread his life’s work. I hope you find a teacher to inspire you like I did.

by Alison Price

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12 Important Benefits You can Get from Your Astrology Reading

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When you have an astrology session/reading/consultation, call it what you will, all you see is the finished product, that is your astrologer discussing your chart and maybe some specific issues you have previously highlighted for attention. This is usually a one hour meeting and then it is done.

When you meet your astrologer you don’t see what went on behind the scenes and what time and effort went into the polished reading you are experiencing.

I want to share with you what goes into make up a client reading. If you are my client you may book your hour consult with me, sign up for a class or some mentoring and you will see me in action discussing your chart and referring to your charts, diagrams and colored notes.

I thought I’d discuss with you twelve important benefits that go on out of sight to make your personal reading the best you can get. I always think it is convenient that astrology has twelve signs as they can be used to underline different things, just like those here.

Aries – My personal efforts for you

When you experience a reading with me you are not just getting my attention for one hour, you are benefitting from my years of dedication and passion for astrology. I strive to present the very best information I can for you and to offer it in a way that you can understand. I am constantly on the look out for and creating new initiatives to appreciate astrology and all of these projects I have up my sleeve will benefit you.

Taurus – A love of astrology

I love astrology, it’s value as a tool for self-understanding and how at times it unfolds in the most unlikely way. I believe in getting to grips with the basics of chart interpretation and this comes from the long slog of learning all the building blocks of astrology which are the signs, planets, houses and aspects. This is basic information but you need to know it all before you can start a full interpretation for anyone’s chart. To be a good astrologer you have to pay your dues.

Gemini – Years of classroom learning and reading

I have spent many hours in assorted astrology classrooms. In my initial diploma course way back in the 1980’s for over three years and since then at various in between classes and during the past eight years through further study at the Faculty. To my mind learning is an ongoing process as new things come up all the time and it is important that I as your astrologer keep up to date and hone my information to remain relevant.

Cancer – Know where you come from

Part of being an astrologer is knowing what you can and can’t do. You need to know where you are coming from and where you can confidently go with your clients. This is what I do for you. I know I only do western astrology, I typically have engaged and creative people in my practice and I prefer to inspire my clients to live their life through their charts. At the same time I also know what I don’t do such as rectification or mundane work.

Leo – My creative expression of your chart

Much of my work these days focuses on finding the creativity and genius in your chart. Many of my clients want to know what they can expect and how they can work towards finding satisfaction in their lives. I honestly believe that this shows in your natal chart and I endeavour to tease out all the creative possibilities I see for you. So you can give birth to them.

Virgo – Attention to detail

The research work that goes into exploring your natal chart is detail oriented. There is lots of maths, fine tuning with small degrees and minutes that can make a huge difference in the timing of events in your future. Checking your chart data and facts is essential for a thorough interpretation and this does take time. The devil is in the details.

Libra – You and me

All consultations involve two people. You and me. We come together to explore your chart and find a balance, or a middle ground, between what you need to know and what you want to know. Because we don’t have all day to spend looking into every nook and cranny it is important that I think about our personal one-to-one relationship and concerns and that I harmonise the session to suit you.

Scorpio – Your privacy

This means that I am mindful of anything that you wish to keep quiet about and I respect your wishes by being aware that what I may think is not such a big deal but you may be in angst about. If you so desire I will help you tune in to your deeper issues but I will not force you to face things for which you are not ready. A reading is not about doing the dirty laundry it is about being where you are at this time in your life and as your astrologer I will acknowledge that.

Sagittarius – Your vision for your future

My philosophy about your reading is much like, “What has gone is gone. it’s all about what you will do from this day onward.” This means that how you move forward in your life is more important than what has passed. We all have issues or baggage and the day does arrive when it is time to branch out and strike a new path for yourself. This forward drive will always be the focus of any reading I do for you as I show you the possibilities.

Capricorn – Respect for you

I am not here to tell you what to do or to urge you to live your life as how I see fit. That is not my role. I respect your chart, its message and the planetary combinations that make up the individual you. You are your chart and I acknowledge this. I will not try to change you or to dismiss any fears you may have. I will accept you just as you are. I want you to achieve your full potential as shown by your chart and this is what I will hold up to you. You are in the driver’s seat and decisions you make are your choice.

Aquarius – Becoming friends

I would like to think that with all (or most) of my students and clients we have a rapport at the end. That when the period for us to come together such as after a class has finished or a reading is done that we can be friends and that we are at ease with each other in a social setting. Now this does not happen every time but I’ve got to tell you, it happens most of the time. It is as though my chart attracts those that I can help through my own planetary placing and that connection sustains us through into a future friendship as well.

Pisces – Offering you a place for reflection

As your personal astrology session draws to a close it is important for you to have time for reflection on what has been said in the reading. I always let you know that you can email me if something comes up in the following few days or if you need time to compose a question upon which some light needs to be shone. I leave you with time to pause and reflect on your consultation with me which is a very important part of the process and rounds it all off well.

Conclusion

These are some of the ways that I prepare for your personal astrology session. Clearly it is not just sixty minutes out of my life, although it may be one hour out of yours. The background preparation for me in both intense and reflective.

The experience and skill of your astrologer will show through in the reading they can provide and the lasting value that is perceived by the most important part of this process, you.

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Astrology and Herbs

In astrology the planets rule many things in daily life of which some examples are the days of the week, our body parts, colours, birthstones and plants. Most plants fall under the auspices of one of the planets. Therefore each planet has many plants to which it is related.

Some planet/plant affinities are clear to see such as that the sunflower comes under the Sun, and the Moonflower under the Moon but others are not obvious connections at all. These planet to plant connotations and affinities have come to us through the ages over time. For those early correlations we have to go back to the older herbalists who were often astrologers as well.

Nicholas Culpeper

The most famous herbalist is probably Nicholas Culpeper (28 October 1616, 12:12pm). He was born in Oakley, England and was, amongst other things, a herbalist and an astrologer.

I refer you to Culpepper’s Complete Herbal for many of the planetary correlations I refer to here.

I am also a huge fan of Margaret Roberts from Johannesburg, South Africa who is a charismatic herb grower and author of many wonderful books on herbs and herb growing.

Herb gardens

I used Margaret Roberts schematic for the laying out and planting for both of my herb gardens that we built in Cape Town and Phalaborwa.

The first one in was in a new house in Table View, and yes that means with a view of Table Mountain, this first garden was laid out behind the house in a thin strip of land but a spot onto which the dining room faced.

Here I was able to position the birdbath (which is the focal point in any herb garden) in the centre of the window scape as you looked out at dinner. Those were the days when we as a family ate at a table each night.

The second herb garden my husband built with his own fair hands at a time when I was recovering from a most difficult surgery and could not rise from my sickbed for about a month. He wanted to create something for me to get out of bed for and hopefully to aid my long and painful recovery.

I must say I was intrigued from the enthusiastic stories from the kids about what Dad was doing as I flopped about unable to stand unaided. It worked, and indeed one day I managed the long walk to freedom down the passage and outside the house into the back garden.

What a beautiful sight to behold the red paving bricks were in a ten metre circle and all the little paths where they should be. He had been listening all those days in the past when I was chattering on about the importance of the circle and the measurements of the whole thing. I was very impressed and immediately set about making a list of the plants I now needed to fill the beds.

But when it came to it I did not need that many plants as my “sickroom” visitors came with not just gifts of biscuits and cake but of little herbs plants, packets of seeds and cuttings from their garden. The word had spread to the small community in which we were living and everyone who heard about my herb garden wanted to be part of it. Even the teachers from our kids little school donated something living like a plant or seeds with the potential for life.

For this generosity I am grateful.

But sadly we moved away and now new people have the benefit of a well stocked herb garden. In fact I believe the herb garden was a selling feature for the house when we moved. It was the only formal herb garden in the town when we built it and it maybe so today.

Definition

Herbs are a group of aromatic, culinary and medicinal plants typically grown in the subtropical regions from the 23rd to the 35th parallel on the Earth in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

Herbs are usually small leafed and grow under one meter in height.

Examples of herbs are parsley, sage and thyme.

Spices are usually grown in the tropical regions on the Earth between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn from the equator to the 23rd parallel and therefore are usually naturally found closer to the hotter areas than herbs. Spices are often harvested for their roots, seeds and leaves which pack a powerful heat and taste.

Examples of spices are turmeric, ginger, and peppers.

Therefore herbs have a wider growing area parallel to the Earth’s equator and so are cultivated in many countries.

Some tree bark, leaves and fruit are also loosely considered “herbs” and in modern culture we accept cinnamon, the bay leaf and elderberry etc.

Herb growers

In my experience people who grow herbs are the nicest and most generous spirited folk as they readily share their bounty of seeds, cuttings, and flowers and homemade produce of soaps, jams and preserves.

Herb growers typically spend many hours a week in their herb garden or tending their pots of little plants on their windowsills.

Herb benefits

We have known of the benefits of herbs for centuries. Many have connotations with the planets and astrology and it is interesting to see which plants related to each planet and sign.

In future posts I plan to discuss the astrology of herbs and those that I like and find the most useful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Such is the nature of a Solar eclipse.

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

Tropic of Capricorn

Myself and the kids standing on the Tropic of Capricorn.

This is the First Eclipse Season of 2014

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

Annular Solar eclipse (A)

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

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

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

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

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

The exam

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

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

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

Exam prep

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

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

The Level 1 exam prep dates are:

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

The Level 2 exam prep dates are:

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

The Level 3 exam prep dates are:

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

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

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Your Natal Promise and Your Potential Energy Planet

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

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

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

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

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

Criteria for Natal Promise

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

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

Your Potential Energy Planet

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

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

Steps to find natal promise through your potential energy planet:

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

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

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

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

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Catch Alison on “Your Astrology Now” on Achieve Radio

Listen on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10am PST when I am a returning guest on the program “Your Astrology Now” on Achieve Radio, with my host, long time astrologer Brenda Black from Phoenix, Arizona.

Brenda Black

Brenda Black

We will discuss some planetary placements and we will offer phone in mini readings for listeners.

You can listen to Your Astrology Now with Brenda Black.

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Ask Your Astrologer One Question

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

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

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

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

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The Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

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

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

Chart march 2014

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

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

Graphic Ephemeris

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

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

GE 2 march 2014

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

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

Interpretation for the Grand Cross

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

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

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

The Luminaries

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

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

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

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

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

Vancouver Exam Venue

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

How to become a certified astrologer in Canada.

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

Who can write the Level 1 exam?

You do need to be a CAAE member.

Do you need astrological certification?

How to register for the exam

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

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

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

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

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam.

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

For enquiries in Vancouver please email [email protected]

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

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