Synodic Cycles in Astrology

by Alison Price

Synodic Cycles in Astrology

This post covers the principles of superior planet (excluding Mars) synodic cycles, and how they can be interpreted in a meaningful way for use in your astrology practice today.

Find out each planetary pair’s birth poin,t and where they fall in your chart.

See where we are in each cycle by phase.

Explore how the seeds of each cycle are played out over the years.


Synodic Cycles

Synodic cycles refer to the relationship between any two planets. A synodic cycle starts at the conjunction between two planets.

The chart for the conjunction shows the nature of the cycle as it unfolds.

The phases in which the planets are found describes the type of circumstances that can unfold during the phase.

Aspect Set for Synod Conjunction in the Natal Chart

Only use Ptolemaic aspects as follows:

  • Conjunction – orb 8°
  • Sextile – orb 4°
  • Square – orb 8°
  • Trine – orb 8°
  • Opposition – orb 8°

Synods

The word synod is from the Greek, synodos, which means “a traveling together”

Outer Planet Stellium

The last triple conjunction between the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) occurred at 8° through 11° Taurus, approximately between 576 and 575 B.C.

This was when Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, made a conjunction in Taurus. This triple conjunction occurs only every 120,000 years. This makes it the only one that relates to human evolution.

It was the most powerful stellium that has occurred in human history and heralded the beginning of writing, art and mathematics.

Uranus Neptune Pluto

This cycle represents an overlying patterning of collective human experience on a very long-term basis. The last mutual conjunction of these three planets was in 578-575 BCE in a very close succession of just a few years. Around this time the world reached a crucial junction point and some of history’s greatest teachers were alive around then.

Triple Conjunction Graphic Ephemeris

The graphic ephemeris at 90 for the triple conjunction that occurred in 576/575 BCE.

How to read this Graphic Ephemeris

The top x-axis has time and shows the years 576-574BCE.

The y-axis shows the cardinal signs from the top then fixed sign and then mutable signs. The sign Taurus is indicated and the three outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and indicated by their glyph and the wavy lines are the planets actual movement through the zodiac.

Where two lines cross is a conjunction between two planets.

The three did not actually come to an exact conjunction but with an eight-degree orb for conjunctions, they are within orb for many months.

Working with Synodic Charts

Casting the Conjunction chart

When you cast the conjunction chart you have several options for each conjunction.

Previous conjunction

If there is only one conjunction, then that is the chart to read.

If there were three, five or conjunction then the last chart of the series is the chart you read.

Next conjunction

If there will be one conjunction, then read that chart.

If there will be a triple or multiple conjunctions (and therefore more than one chart) read the first chart until the conjunctions have passed and then read the final chart.


New Book Coming Soon

My new book “Synodic Cycles – Astrological Echoes from the Past” is in the final editing stages and will be published later this year.

It is a guide to working with synodic cycles in your charts and the chart of your clients.

Subscribe to my email lisrt for more information.

Alison

May 2018

 


 

The Part of Fortune

by Alison Price

The Part of Fortune

The part of fortune is one of the Arabic parts in astrology. There are many other Arabic parts or Greek lots.

  • Indicates good luck, grace and favour
  • Suggests ease of wealth
  • The house and sign indicates the quality of the fortune
  • Consider the planetary ruler and its condition

Day and Night Charts

Daytime chart

A daytime chart is one where the Sun is placed above the horizon (in the south).

In a daytime chart the Part of Fortune is found where the Moon would be if the Sun were on the ascendant.

Night time chart

A night-time chart is one where the Sun is placed below the horizon (in the north).

In a nighttime chart, the Part of Fortune is found where the Sun would be if the Moon were on the ascendant.


Part of Fortune – Calculation

There are two ways to calculate the Part of Fortune. Using the longitude degrees of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant

In a daytime chart

ASC – Sun + Moon = Part of fortune

In a nighttime chart

ASC + Sun – Moon = Part of Fortune

 

Each sign’s degrees starts at…

Aries Libra 180°
Taurus 30° Scorpio 210°
Gemini 60° Sagittarius 240°
Cancer 90° Capricorn 270°
Leo 120° Aquarius 300°
Virgo 150° Pisces 330°

 

Part of Fortune calculation examples

Example: ASC 10 Gemini, Moon 20 Virgo and Sun 15 Aquarius

Ascendant’s position     10° + 60° = 70°

Moon’s position          20° + 150° = 170°

Sun’s position              15° + 300° = 315°

Daytime chart

If:               ASC + Moon – Sun = Part of Fortune

Then:          70°  + 170°  – 315°  = POF

-75°  = POF

-75°  + 360°  = POF

285°  = POF

(Capricorn 270°) so 285° – 270° = POF

Capricorn 15°  = Part of Fortune

Nighttime chart

 

If: ASC – Moon + Sun = Part of Fortune

Then: 70° – 170° + 315° = POF

215° = POF

(Scorpio 210°) so 215° – 210° = POF

Scorpio 05° = POF


The Part of Fortune and Money

The Part of Fortune has much to say about financial issues because in our society money is fortune.

That is not to say that your fortune cannot come in other guises like fortunate spouses, children or friends. That fortune is often better when it is not financially related is quite clear to many New Age travellers. We will consider the Part of Fortune as a financial indicator in your chart.

The condition of the Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune is well placed for finances when it is:

  • In a money house – 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th
  • In Taurus or Libra – Venus’ signs
  • Conjunction the Sun
  • Conjunct Venus or Jupiter
  • Trine Venus or Jupiter
  • Sextile Venus of Jupiter
  • In an angular house
  • Trine the ruler of the second house or the other money houses

The Part of Fortune is poorly placed when it is:

  • In a cadent house
  • Square or opposite the malicious (Mars or Saturn)
  • Unaspected
  • Has a retrograde sign ruler

Interpreting the Part of Fortune

The sign

The sign that the part of fortune is in shows the nature of the fortune.

The sign ruler

The planet that rules the sign – the dispositor of the part of fortune.

Aspects to the Part of Fortune

The conjunctions to the Part of Fortune

Any planet conjoined the part of fortune will influence the nature of the fortune.

This is the powerful influence for the person’s fortune. A conjunction to the part of fortune can sometimes over shadow the sign and the sign ruler because it is well placed.

The part of fortune is an interesting point e of the astrological puzzle.

A thorough understanding of the main parts of a chart are needed to understand the part of fortune.

The Part of Fortune is one of those things that if it is not well placed it does nothing and if well placed will do much for the person whose chart it is.

The oppositions the squares

Both a trine or a sextile from a planet to the Part of Fortune will modify the nature of the fortune to your benefit.

The trines and sextiles

Venus trine the part of fortune

Pluto trine the part of fortune

The closest aspect to the Part of Fortune.

The closest aspect to the part of fortune, the meaning of the aspect and the planet making the aspect is important to show the nature of the fortune.


The Part of Fortune in the Houses

The part of fortune in the first house suggests your fortune comes through personal charisma and strength of your personality. Your face is your fortune

The part of fortune in the second house indicates that finances and acquisitions (art collections etc.) will be fortunate for you.

The part of fortune in the third house show that your fortune will come through your siblings, school and learning and books, and by means of community, neighbours and local environment activities.

The part of fortune in the fourth house supports a fortunate family who may be wealthy and a good childhood environment that sets you up for life.

The part of fortune in the fifth house suggests your fortune will come through speculation perhaps on the stock exchange or lottery wins and through your children doing well in life.

The part of fortune in the sixth house indicates that your fortune will come through daily activities and your work. This placement suggests that your job can be very lucrative even if it is in a services industry.

The part of fortune in the seventh house indicates your fortune will come through partnerships and usually marriage. Your husband or wife is likely to be better off than you. Business partnerships will be of great benefit to you.

The part of fortune in the eighth house indicates your fortune will come through inheritances, insurances and annuities. You will also gain through tax (loopholes) and being scrupulous with tax affairs. You can gain through your partner’s investments as well.

The part of fortune in the ninth house suggests your fortune lies in another land and that you have to travel to gain your fortune. This can be closer to home in being involved with international things and people. You can be fortunate in publishing books. You can be fortunate through the church and religion will favour you. You may be fortunate because of your philosophies in some way. You will be fortunate to have a good education.

The part of fortune in the tenth house indicates you will be fortunate in the public eye, either through your chosen career or perhaps politics. Your reputation will be good and benefit you even through difficult times. You may be fortunate to be well-known, famous and have status.

The part of fortune in the eleventh house indicates that you will be fortunate through your associations with others, either in causes or groups. You may have friends that provide support financially and are generous on you behalf. You can benefit through the people you know.

The part of fortune in the twelfth house indicates you can benefit through institutions (hospitals, libraries, prisons, zoos etc.) you can be fortunate in your private life. Your fortune is likely to be kept quiet. You may consider yourself fortunate when you give it all away and surrender (the money) to others in charitable ways. You may also squander any fortune that comes your way.

Part of Fortune

Normally the Part of Fortune indicates through which realm of activities you will benefit and this is shown by its house position.

If the Part of Fortune is on an angle it becomes prominent and when conjoined the ascendant it has top billing in the chart.

The only other better place for the Part of Fortune to be is conjunct the Sun and Moon and on the ascendant.

Part of Fortune on the ascendant

The Part of Fortune on the ascendant colors your whole chart. Admittedly it is not a planet but a point in space. However when placed on the sensitive ascendant the emphasis for the Part of Fortune increases. It gains prominence.

In the first house, the Part of Fortune is well placed to benefit you throughout your life. You come across as simply fortunate and appear to have a good life even a desirable one.

You are likely to have personal looks that are deemed attractive in your era. You will be perceived as a classic beauty for women and considered handsome for men.

You are seen by others to be well off and to be from a good background. Others perceive you as fortunate and bestow grace and favors on you. It can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

All this is interpreted by the backdrop of the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed. The planet that rules the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed is known as the dispositor or the Lord of the Part of Fortune and is an important planet to consider for this analysis.

If the ascendant sign and the Part of Fortune sign are the same then that planet gains influence over the fortune being given over this lifetime.

 


Part of Fortune Extras

The New Moon and the Part of Fortune

Conjunction

by Alison Price

The Conjunction Aspect

The conjunction is a major aspect and also known as a Ptolemaic aspect.

Two planets close to each other are conjunct. The orb for a conjunction is 8° only.

This is a good placement for most planets as the two planets blend their energies and you can benefit from this joining of forces.

First harmonic

The circle divided by one. 360°/1 = 360°

Usually, planets in conjunction will be in the same sign or house.

Disassociate conjunctions

When a conjunction occurs over a sign boundary they are said to be in a disassociate conjunction.

For instance, if the Sun is at 29 Virgo and the Moon is at 4 Libra they are still conjunct, but in a disassociate conjunction.

Conjunction Aspect Meaning

The conjunction is the most powerful aspect.

Blends It inclines the two planets towards togetherness and blends their energies.

Synergy The planets virtually move as one and they have synergy. Synergy means one plus one equals three. Each planet is indistinguishable from the other.

Close proximity They show the same face to the world. Because of their close proximity, it is hard for the first planet in the conjunction to clearly see the second planet and vice versa.


Conjunctions with other planets

Sun conjunctions add life to the other planet.

Moon conjunctions combine a reactive element to the other planet.

Mercury conjunctions combine a learning element to the other planet and suggest what is spoken about.

Venus conjunctions show what is loved and invested in.

Mars conjunctions bring energy to the other planet.

Jupiter conjunctions expand the other planet.

Saturn conjunctions restrict the other planet.

Uranus conjunctions bring a unique element to the other planet.

Neptune conjunctions dissolve the meaning of the other planet.

Pluto conjunctions bring power and support to the other planet.


Conjunction Extras

conjunction

Other Major Aspects

Opposition

Trine

Square

Sextile


 

Venus

by Alison Price

Venus

Venus rules two signs, Taurus and Libra.

Venus Keywords

Love The planet Venus rules romance, courtship, engagements, betrothals, dowries. love, marriage, weddings and wedding anniversaries.

Partner Your spouse, husband and wife. Common law wife. Committed partnerships and significant others.

Women It is the woman in a man’s chart. Women in general and women’s things. Cosmetics, clothes, and perfumes. Attractiveness and femininity. Venus also rules women in general, female products, adornment, jewelry, beauty, style, taste, and fashion.

Money Venus rules money, cash, credit you can raise. Your assets and what you own,

Art, collections and stuff Your collections, treasures and that in which you invest. Art you can touch – sculpture, pottery, painting and mosaic are all under Venus’ influence.

Fertility It has much to say about fertility, estrogen and all that which is fruitful and sweet.

Flowers Venus rules all five petal flowers and fragrance.

Venus in the Signs

 


Venus Extras

Venus oriental

Venus Book Review

The 2012 transit of Venus


Other Planets

The Sun

The Moon

Mercury

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

Pluto


 

Pisces

by Alison Price

Pisces

Pisces is the sign of the Fish. Its symbol is two fish tethered together but swimming in the opposite direction. The Sun is in Pisces from February 21st to March 21st.

Your key phrase is “I believe…” and many strong Pisces types use this to begin conversations.

You have two ruling planets; Jupiter your traditional ruler and Neptune your modern ruler.

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

If you are Pisces you will make sacrifices and are understanding. You will blend well with others and can be arty. You may drift a bit in life but you have compassion. You are idealistic and can become disillusioned at times. You may be glamorous. You can be vague, kind and will be happy to surrender. You may retreat near the sea and you are spiritual and devoted.


Planets in Pisces

 


Pisces Extras

Pisces a Gordian Knot of a water sign.


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Aquarius

The Water Bearer is the symbol for Aquarius and the Sun is in your sign from January 21st to February 21st. Your key phrase is “I understand” and many Aquarians say this. Your ruling planets are Saturn, the traditional ruler, and Uranus the modern ruler.

If you are an Aquarian you are of the air element meaning you are a thinker, and of the fixed mode indicating you are inflexible and like things to remain and the positive polarity suggesting you are outgoing and generally upbeat.

Aquarians are concerned with equality and the brotherhood of man. You are generally humanitarian and humane. You are detached and can be objective. At times you are aloof and only seem friendly.

You are independent, willful and happy to be unconventional. Being socially aware and progressive you support activism as a catalyst for change.


Planets in Aquarius

 


Aquarius Extras


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Capricorn

by Alison Price

Capricorn

The Sun is in the sign of Capricorn the Sea Goat from January 1st to January 21st and from December 22nd to December 31st. A sea goat has a goat upper body and a fishtail much like a mermaid.

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

Your ruling planet is the ringed planet Saturn. The Sea Goat is in the earth element suggesting you are practical and steady, the cardinal mode indicating you are a leader and of the feminine polarity which means you are receptive and happy to absorb others ideas and thoughts.

If you are a Capricorn you are well formed, persistent and ambitious in the traditional sense. You can easily become an authority in your field. You enjoy structure, shapes, and boundaries.

You are responsible, reliable and because of this, you can achieve your goals. You have a backbone and will respect rank. You admire status and wish to attain it yourself. Of all the signs you can measure concrete results in a mature and serious fashion.


Planets in Capricorn

Mars in Capricorn

 


Capricorn Extras

 


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

 

Sagittarius

by Alison Price

Sagittarius

The symbol for Sagittarius is the Archer and the Sun is in Sagittarius from November 22nd to December 22nd.

A Sagittarian key phrase is “I seek.” Your ruling planet is Jupiter the largest planet in the solar system. If you are a Sagittarian then you are in the fire element suggesting you are inspirational and can make a spark, you are of the mutable mode and this makes you changeable and adaptable and you are of the positive polarity which provides you with an outgoing personality.

Archers are cosmopolitan and love anything international. You are open and have a breadth of vision. You are a seeker and are keen to explore the world. You are optimistic and like to live life large. You are forgiving. You can be tactless and plunge in like a large puppy being excited but at the same time it can be disturbing for others. You are the sign of the upwardly mobile and you can bring ethical principles to your life. You have an extensive reach which you may use to gather life’s abundance. You see the horizon as an opportunity to explore as who know if the be dragons there? You have a strong faith and a positive spirit. You can be philosophical and will search far and wide for your truth.

Planets in Sagittarius

Mars in Sagittarius


Sagittarius Extras

 


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Scorpio

by Alison Price

Scorpio

The symbol for Scorpio is the Scorpion and the Sun will be in Scorpio from October 23rd to November 22nd. The key phrase is “I desire” and strong Scorpio types will use this expression.

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

If you are a Scorpio you have two ruling planets the traditional planet of Mars the warrior and the modern planet of Pluto the transformer.

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


Planets in Scorpio

Saturn in Scorpio

 


Scorpio Extras

Scorpio and Halloween


 

Libra

by Alison Price

Libra

Libra is the sign of the Scales and the dates when the Sun is in Libra are from September 23rd to October 23rd.

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

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

Libra loves equality especially in partnerships. You are persuasive and will encourage others to see your point of view. You are balanced and will compromise on occasion. You generally have good manners and are civil, polite and courteous.

This is an elegant person with style. You are brilliant negotiators and will step in to mediate and take on a peacekeeping role. You love companionship and enjoy being with one special person. The sign of the Scales rules balance, symmetry and things on the level. You can commit and are focused on your significant other’s needs.


Planets in Libra

Mars in Libra


Libra Extras

Libra


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Scorpio


 

Virgo

by Alison Price

Virgo

The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin and the Sun is in Virgo from August 23rd to September 23th. The key phrase is “I analyze” and strong Virgo types use this phrase. The ruling planet is Mercury the fastest planet.

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

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

There are more Virgo births than any other sign. Those born under the sign of the virgin are the workers of the zodiac and are often placed in supporting roles. You do not like being put on the spot and will resist leadership when it is offered to you. It’s like a beehive with one queen bee – the Leo and many worker bees – the Virgos.


Planets in Virgo

Sun in Virgo

Moon in Virgo

Virgo Extras

Virgo gets things done


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Libra

Cancer

by Alison Price

Cancer

The Sun is in the sign of Cancer from June 21st to July 23th.

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

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

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


Planets in Cancer

 


Cancer Extras

 


More Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

 


 

Gemini

by Alison Price

Gemini

The Sun is in Gemini from May 21 to June 21. The symbol for Gemini is The Twins and this shows up in your dual nature.

A key phrase is “I think…” and many Gemini types say this every day. Your ruling planet is Mercury the messenger of the Gods.

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

Gemini’s are instinctive communicators and want to make connections with others. You are good at associations and are happy just to know your name. Twins are adaptable, restless and crave variety in life. You can have diverse interests.

You are inquisitive and want to know things to fill your mental database with lots of information. You are the sign of duality and can multi-task like no other. Gemini makes good jugglers and fare well in pub quizzes.

 


Planets in Gemini

Mars in Gemini

Jupiter in Gemini


More Signs

Aries

Taurus

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 


 

Leo

by Alison Price

Leo

The Sun is in Leo from July 23 to August 23. Leo’s symbol is the Lion king of the jungle and this has much to say about Leo.

The key phrase for Leos is “I create” and strong Leo types use this.

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

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


Planets in Leo

Sun in Leo

Jupiter in Leo


Leo Extras

Leo

 


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Aries

by Alison Price

Aries

The symbol for Aries is the Ram a male sheep. A key phrase is “I am” and strong Aries types often say this. The ruling planet is Mars named after the God of war.

The zodiac sign of Aries is in the cardinal mode indicating they are leaders, in the fire element suggesting inspiration and of the active polarity so they have an outgoing personality.

Aries people are courageous and self-assertive. They relish new beginnings and are enthusiastic and can be impulsive. Often impatient and headstrong they want to be first.

Aries folk look good in the color red. They can be acute, sharp and are dynamic leaders. They are inspirational and can get heated and excited and can be considered an army-of-one.

 

Planets in Aries

Mars in Aries


Aries Extras


Other Signs

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Mercury

by Alison Price

Mercury

Rules Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury Keywords

Thinking: Thinking, talking, what you think and talk about are Mercury activities.

Information gathering: Also all forms of reading, writing, typing, handwriting, speech, your communication style, language, messages, penmanship, listening, calligraphy, codes and cyphers.

Mental arithmetic: Mercury rules arithmetic and numbers.

Commerce: Mercury rules all commerce, merchants, traders, deals,

Handiwork: Dexterity, handicrafts and handiwork.

School: Your early learning processes, intelligence and how you digest information is shown by the Mercury placement in your chart.


Mercury in the Signs

 


Mercury in the Houses

 


Mercury Retrograde

The Mercury retrograde cycle

Job seeking tips when Mercury is retrograde

 


Mercury Extras

Is your creative writing time a write-off? (Mercury in the chart)

Learning without tears – Book review (Mercury)

Fish Can’t Climb Trees – Book review (Mercury)


 

Taurus

by Alison Price

Taurus

The Sun is in Taurus from April 20 – May 21. The symbol for Taurus is the bull. A key phrase used by Taurus is “I possess” and many Taureans use this opener or related ones like “I have…” to start their sentences. Beautiful Venus is your ruling planet.

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

Positive traits:

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

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

Challenging traits: Can be plodders and resist others.

Body parts: Throat, voice, neck.

Taurus Keywords

Fixed: Stable, earthy, solid and immovable.

Sense: Sensuous, touch and your sense of touch.

Food: Produce, farming, agriculture and the land.

Money: Banks, currency, monetary systems and credit you can raise.

Planets in Taurus

Sun in Taurus

Moon in Taurus

Mercury in Taurus

Venus in Taurus

Mars in Taurus

Jupiter in Taurus

Saturn in Taurus

Uranus in Taurus

Neptune in Taurus

Pluto in Taurus

 


Other Signs

Aries

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

The Moon

by Alison Price

The Moon

Rules Cancer. Is in detriment in Capricorn, exalted in Taurus and falls in Scorpio.

Moon Keywords

Women: The Moon is the feminine principle in a chart.

Emotions: The Moon rules emotions, feelings, nuances, tears and things that well up.

Mother: It indicates your mother, mother figures, how you experience your mother and family ties.

Care: The Moon shows how you take care and what you care about. Food preparation and all cooking activities or storing food, eating and drinking beverages are influenced by the Moon in a chart.

Reactions: Anything that comes in phases such as reactions, responses, where we are reactive,

Habits: Instinctive behavior and habits are under the auspices of the Moon.

Nurture: The nurturing activities of breastfeeding, milk, all milk products and nutrition is under the Moon.


The Moon in the Signs

Moon in Aries

Moon in Taurus

Moon in Gemini

Mood in Cancer

Moon in Leo

Moon in Virgo

Moon in Libra

Moon in Scorpio

Moon in Sagittarius

Moon in Capricorn

Moon in Aquarius

Moon in Pisces


Moon in the Houses

Moon in the First House


Moon Extras

New Moon

New Moon wishing

New Moon and the Part of Fortune

The Moon, Your Mother and Food

Progressed Moon and Transiting Saturn

 

The Sun

by Alison Price

The Sun

The Sun rules Leo, is exalted in Aries, in detriment in Aquarius and fall in Libra.

Sun Keywords

Identity: The Sun rules the self, your identity and you as an individual,

Vitality: Your vitality, your life force, and your independence.

Father: It shows your father and who he is in your life, father figures and

Heroes: The hero’s quest.

Men: The Sun speaks of all men and maleness, the ego and your male role models. This planet indicates the man in a woman’s chart.

Self-expression: The Sun shows how you want to be seen, your drive, self-expression, heart and where you are proactive.

Sun in the Signs

Sun in Leo

Sun in the Houses

Sun in the twelfth house

Sun Aspects

Sun square Jupiter


Sun Extras

When you know your Sun sign is not enough.

How to interpret a retrograde Sun

 


 

Uranus

by Alison Price

Uranus

Uranus’ Discovery

Discovered on 13th March 1781  by William Herschel a German-born British astronomer. Note from his diary, “Between 10 and 11 in the evening.”

 


Uranus’ Discovery Chart: Uranus’ Position and Aspects

  • UR 24GE27
  • UR-90-SU
  • UR-72-ME
  • UR-180-MA
  • UR-180-SA
  • UR contra-parallel MA

Its orbit around the Sun is 84 years. The axis tilted 98 degrees to the plane of the ecliptic. Uranus has a ring system.

Uranus is the “God of the Sky.” Uranus was the father of Cronus (Saturn) and the grandfather of Zeus (Jupiter).

Uranus’ Keywords

New Age: Astrology, astrology students, astrology practitioners, astrology groups, and awakening.

Broken: Breaks, breakdowns, breakups, breakouts, and breakthroughs.

Original: Genius, original thoughts, lateral thinking, and concepts.

Oddness: Quirky, unusual, unique and the unexpected.

Hooligan: Rebels, riots, mobs, revolution, resistance, and agitation.

Trends: Fashion, fads, and freaks.

Electricity: Waves, sine waves, radio waves and microwaves

In the body (Body Parts): Circulation, the ankles, and brain synapses.


Uranus in the Signs

Uranus in Taurus

What Astrologers do All Day

by Alison Price

What do Astrologers do all Day?

As a busy astrologer, I just want to share with you some of my process and what I do all day. This is really for March 2018.

Every day is different and the work does come in cycles.

Creator Studio

Where I work at home is a small space near the window. I call this my “Creator Studio.”

This month we did a revamp and I bought a new desk, chair and set of cubby’s, behind me (thank you Ikea), as well as had a whiteboard mounted on the wall.

 

Client Original Horoscope Writing

One of my tasks this month is the original horoscopes I write for my clients.

These clients are based in the USA and in Europe.

They have websites and blogs where they use my original horoscopes tailored to their requirements.

Some of my clients have iPhone apps for horoscopes and I write specifically tailored horoscopes for them and their clients.

Syndicated Horoscopes

I am also busy with the syndicated horoscopes I have for sale on my site.  These are written by me and which can be about my many people for your site or magazine.

This is a relatively new service that I offer. I am slightly behind with this.

Astrology Magazines

This quarter I’m preparing an article of an astrology magazine Down Under for next year.

Astrology Classes

I teach individual students and I have three at the moment. This is typically once a week and for two hours each class. Every student is at a different place in their Astrology learning.

Astrology Consultations

I have two new clients for Astrology readings and one returning client.

I will prepare their readings and print their charts, transits, secondary progressions, solar returns and solar arc directed charts to combine into their graphic ephemeris.

Each consultation is one hour and the preparation on my part is two hours for each.

NORWAC

I am preparing my presentation for NORWAC on March 21st and I still have lots to do there.

My Keynote presentation is complete, and I still have to make some handouts to support the lecture on Your Money Planets.

I will take the books I have left from my recent book signing, although there is only three on the topic of money, the rest are Your Oriental Planet and How to Set Up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business.

 

Astrology Magazine

I also will design, edit and publish the magazine for the CAAE which comes out every quarter.

That is a little behind but it will go out on the 20th of March at the equinox.

YouTube Channel  Videos

I will also record, edit and publish at least four YouTube videos this month. The main topic is for Aspiring Astrologers and those who want to learn a little more about astrology.

At the moment the videos drop on Fridays.

I plan to have more than one a week, and I want to get them out on Sundays as well. Here I envisage a creative approach to astrology.

The videos are:

  • Featured Charts – interesting people
  • How to read natal charts – basics and chart features
  • Forecasting techniques – transits, eclipses etc
  • The astrology of the month – the ingresses and retrogrades

This is a lot of fun but does take up enormous amounts of time.

I want to grow my YouTube subscriber base and share my Astrology with everyone.

You can help by watching and subscribing to my Starzology YourTube channel.

New Books

As if that is not enough on my plate, I want to write done more eBooks and eventually paperback books for Amazon.

Next up will be “Solar Returns – an insight into your unfolding year”.

I plan to release a new quality book every quarter, but so far this year it has eluded me.

Family Time

I have lunch out with my husband twice a month. We share our lives and work well together. He will be coming with me on the train to Seattle in March for the week.

 


 

The Moon, Your Mother and Food

by Alison Price

The Moon is an indicator of how you experienced your mother and food

How your mother shaped your eating habits is indicated by your Moon sign. Obviously, the full lunar complex needs analysis but try this as a first pass through the chart.

Instinctively we reach for the comfort food which is associated with early habits and patterning that our nurturing taught us.

If you trawl back through your memory banks to when you were a child sitting at the kitchen table maybe you can still hear these comments ringing in your ears.


Moon Signs

The Moon in Aries mother says, “Eat it while it’s hot” as she places a sizzling plate in front of you.

The Moon in Taurus mother says, “Don’t gulp your meal. Take your time and taste the food.”

The Moon in Gemini mother, drumming her fingers says, “Hurry up and finish your dinner I want the table for our jigsaw puzzle.”

The Moon in Cancer mother as she pats your hand says, “I prepared your favourite recipe, so when you eat it, it will make me feel good.”

The Moon in Leo mother dramatically says, “I have created yet another culinary masterpiece in my kitchen. I have put my heart into the preparation of your meal. I hope you appreciate it. Eat up.”

The Moon in Virgo mother, checking a packet’s food values label says, “Everything in this meal is healthy food so clean your plate.”

The Moon in Libra mother sitting opposite you says, “I’ll make a deal with you, If you eat your veggies we can have cake.”

The Moon in Scorpio mother whilst watching you closely says, “Don’t waste food, people in the world are dying of starvation, eat up.”

The Moon in Sagittarius mother says, “I’m trying a new-fangled recipe, what do you think? Oh, please have some more, I made plenty, in fact, there is enough so I can take what’s left to the big hall meeting later tonight.”

The Moon in Capricorn mother says, “I’m tired of cooking you the same old meals every day, but tradition is tradition, so eat what I say. I am your mother (and therefore the food authority).”

The Moon in Aquarius mother standing at the door says, “I have to dash out to my book club but you can find something to eat, can’t you? There is cold pizza in the fridge.”

The Moon in Pisces mother softly says, “I have had to sacrifice to provide this meal. If you don’t eat it I will be upset” and “But, I fed you only yesterday!”

 

 


Live Lighter with Astrology

by Alison Price

The need to live with less stuff is a theme for Saturn in Capricorn.

Austerity, as a part of life, is a step on the path of spiritual enlightenment. All of the consciousness-raising leaders, from Christ to Gandhi and the rest in-between have promoted living with less.

During the period as Saturn transits Capricorn (December 2017 to December 2020) you will have the chance to master some austerity. You will learn how to take what you need, and use what you take, as you limit your consumerism.

First World Waste

When my family and I came from Africa to Canada in 2002 was a culture shock for us. We felt we had arrived on another planet.

There is so much more stuff available in Canada than Africa. More clothes, more food, more packaging and older people.

The most waste I saw was in food.

Shopping mall food courts that serve burgers and fries in polystyrene containers litter the city. (The food courts, not the packaging because Canada is very clean and there is virtually no litter whatsoever).

Uneaten food left on a tray to be thrown away is a first world problem.

Kids at Camp And the Food Waste Program

You can take what you want, but eat what you take. This is the rule at the Circle ‘R’ Ranch camp my children went to in southern Ontario for many years.

It accommodated children from around age 7 to 21 with summer programs and horse riding, small pet care, craft work, singing, swimming and life-saving were the themes of this adventure camp

But, the biggest thing my kids learned at the camp was not to waste food.

This was the message they heard loud and clear and for this, I thank the camp leaders. I believe it is important to not waste.

After the kids came home they were on to me about food waste. They wanted me to prepare food and cook so we had no leftovers to be thrown away.

We all learn.

Your Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint is the amount of waste i.e. carbon that is expelled into the atmosphere, or the world, by how you personally live, eat and consume.

In a broad view, most carbon naturally comes from animals and is exhaled as a gas, and fossil fuels that are released as coal is burnt for electricity generation and burning petrol as carbon is released from car exhausts.

Fewer carbon emissions come from using the bus or public transport. Virtually no carbon is released from riding a bicycle. Walking is best.

Planets for Minimalism

Saturn is the planet that rules restrictions. Saturn is in Capricorn its own sign and is a very strong influence on everyone now (2018-2020).

Pluto is the planet that rules purging. Pluto is in Capricorn which is Saturn’s sign and has been for a while. In 2020 Saturn will catch up and conjoin Pluto in Capricorn.

Jupiter will pass through Scorpio (2017-2018), then Sagittarius it’s own sign (2018-2019) and then join and conjoin for a triple conjunction or stellium with Saturn and Pluto (2020).

Zodiac Signs for Minimalism

In your chart find the house with Capricorn on the cusp. This area of life is ruled by Saturn which will help you limit yourself.

In your chart find the house with Scorpio on the cusp. This house will be ruled by Pluto and shows where you can get rid of waste and unwanted stuff.

As Jupiter passes through Scorpio (2017-2018) you can purge your life of huge amounts of stuff. And by stuff I mean junk, limiting beliefs and toxic people.

To be a minimalist is to have less baggage in your life. To minimize your things and make them smaller and less.

To live as a minimalist does not mean you are being punished but that you free yourself to do other things without worrying about all your stuff.

Consciousness

Keep the good and beautiful thing in your life.

Use your time on Earth to use your mind and consciousness. The animals have evolved so far but we as the human race have the larger Braun and consciousness that sets us apart.

Spend your time loving your family, friends and your life. Use the Danish principle of hygge.

Hygge refers to a pleasant and everyday form of togetherness and a highly valued experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow.

This is one way to enjoy your life, your experience of being alive and not being bogged down by your stuff.

Chart Points for Excess Baggage

The Moon is a planet that clings. If you have a prominent Moon you will keep things for nostalgia and as keepsakes. Other people may think your is junk but if something has a meaning you need to keep it.

The South Node is a point where you bring things from your past. This suggests where you unconsciously hang onto outmoded ideas, principles and people.


“Less is More” initiatives

Limit the amount of stuff that you use on a daily basis.

Project 333

Project 333 is an initiative where you only wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months.

You choose the items you want to wear and pack the rest of your clothes away.

The clothes not to be worn can go in a suitcase under your bed of in your apartment lockup or in your basement.

What to choose

What to choose for your 33 pieces is the trick.

To get rid of the excess stuff that you did not use during the three months which you did the project is the next step.

A pair of socks counts as one item. A pair of shoes counts as one item.

The 100 Items Challenge

This is a slightly harder exercise in minimalism where you only keep 100 things in your life.

They typically are broken down into categories as follows:

  • Tech stuff – phones, computers, iPads, earbuds etc.
  • Clothes – coats, pants, tops, underwear, socks and shoes
  • Bags – handbags, briefcases, backpacks and luggage
  • Jewelry and watches
  • Cosmetics, hair care and toiletries
  • Books, pens, pencils
  • Collections – old magazines, CD’s, art and knickknacks etc.

The focus is on 100 personal items.

What not to count

The debate about what you use, like the frying pan to make breakfast, and whether or not it counts as one of you 100 items can go on. Guidelines are that there are some exclusions.

Typical things to exclude in your count are:

  • kitchen equipment
  • hair dryers
  • vacuum cleaners
  • your bed and TV and furniture etc.
  • medications

The Astrology of December 2017

by Alison Price

Introduction

As we look at the astrology of December 2017 we see that it has its own cosmic ebb and flow as different energies come into play.

This happens as the planets slowly shift against the backdrop of the signs. It is much like a kaleidoscope of various colours and shapes that create new patterns as you turn the tube.

The inner planets Mercury and Venus will generally be in Capricorn in December because they travel near the Sun.

During the time over the year-end the other planets can bring their flavour to the proceedings because they will not be in Capricorn. Oh, but that’s not true this year as we’ll soon see.

Saturn into Capricorn

The big news this month is that Saturn is moving into Capricorn.

Signs that will feel this energy shift the most are Capricorn, Aquarius and anyone who is turning twenty-nine, fifty-nine or eighty-nine years old in 2018. For these people will have Saturn in Capricorn in their birth chart and this means a Saturn return is up for them.

Saturn in Capricorn is a recalibration of worthy and achievable goals that you can set. You will be limited, but only by your own hand, as you strive to build a foundation for your future.

Governments, corporations and businesses will be more transparent as the people demand honest dealings. Laws brought in to force now will restrict and contain anything that has been running rampant.

Company taxes is one area that will be addressed.

On a personal level you will learn the hard way just what your limitations are. Parents of teenagers will clamp down and try to resist the pressure from their children. Parenting itself will become a respected vocation.

Later parenting and big brother types of groups will gain strength. Discipline for youth will be brought in again.

The internet will be restructured and a fairer equity will come in.

All of these changes will evolve over the next two and a half years as Saturn transits the whole of Capricorn.

Mars Moves into Scorpio

Mars goes home to watery Scorpio to bring a deeper and more profound experience in intimacy for some signs.

Expect a magnetic attraction to what really matters whether it is family, friends or a personal project you are trying to get off the ground.

Get help from others and let them do any heavy lifting for you.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury will be retrograde for most of the month which creates a strain on Christmas shopping. The holiday crowds will be three times as likely to be annoying than usual.

Either get your seasonal shopping done in November and if you can’t do that then wait until Christmas Eve.

If you do buy stuff you will probably return the things you bought and go back to the store even before the season really starts because you are dissatisfied with your purchases.

You will be saying to yourself, “I can do better than this” as you look at the collection of gifts you bought with such hopes to give before the time.

The best shopping will be in the bag before December 3rd and unbelievably on Christmas Eve.

Avoid the crush as shoppers return three times because of the Mercury retrograde period to the shops to buy stuff that is inappropriate, wrong or damaged in some way.

This year promises to be hectic for shoppers and retailers alike. There will be words.

Expect postal delays as well because Mercury rules the post office, couriers and delivery services.

Gifts

Good gifts this year will be those that give time to the recipient like personal services, manicures and classes. Each sign has gifts they want.

Buy language lessons such as Spanish, Mandarin or French. Give the gift of classes to learn internet stuff and writing or calligraphy lessons.

All books will go down well as will reading apps that develop verbal skills. Audiobooks will do well as well because they give time to the recipient as they can do two things at once like commute and listen to an audiobook.

If you need a gift for your astrologer they will be most welcome.

Winter Solstice

After the solstice on the twenty-first (when the Sun moves into Capricorn) relax as the big drama is behind you.

Business functions, soirées and dinners around New Year will be important for your future and you need to be there.

Take a few days off to rest up and take it easy from December 22nd until New Year’s Eve. Spend time resting and rejuvenate yourself with music, massage, meditation and personal grooming treatments.

This is the time for a year end review.

Venus into Capricorn

Venus enters conservative Capricorn on Christmas Day to bring good cheer to all proceedings. Wear your best bib and tucker and step confidently into the festivities.

New Year

Changes will start from the first day of 2018 and you need to be on the starting grid from the get-go.

Be ready for the New Year this time as it will be a seriously competitive one. You do not want to be caught napping this time around. If you like get your New Year’s resolutions down so you can plan ahead.

Gear yourself up and face the New Year with confidence in December 2017.

 


 

New Moon Wishing

by Alison Price

New Moon Wishing

New Moon Wishing is a ritual you can practice every month that brings the meaning of each New Moon alive for you and relates it to your life.

The next New Moon will be at a particular degree in a sign and will be in one of the twelve houses of your chart.

By making wishes at the New Moon that correlate closely to your chart you can tap into the energy of the cosmos in a specific way.

 


The Cycle of New Moons

There is a New Moon about every twenty-nine days and that typically makes one New Moon each Month.

Two New Moons in a Month

But, each year there may be a month with two New Moons.

For example, in August 2019 there will be two New Moons. The first New Moon is on the first of August and the second New Moon is on the thirtieth of August.

Two New Moons in a Sign

Now and then there may be a zodiac sign with two New Moons.

For example, in June 2020 there will be a New Moon at 0°21′ Cancer and then the next New Moon is at 28° 27′ Cancer in the following month of July.

In this case there are two new Moons in one sign that of Cancer the Crab.

Check in the list below and see where the next New Moon will be in the zodiac. Then find the natal house in your chart where the position of the next New Moon will occur.

Each month the New Moon will likely move to the next house of your chart but it does depend on your chart’s houses. If you have an intercepted sign it could skip one house altogether. If you have wide houses there could be two New Moon in the same house for two months in a row.

Solar Eclipses

New Moons that are also solar eclipses can be more energizing for that month’s wishing.


The New Moons of 2018

  • January 17th at 27° Capricorn
  • February 15th at 27° Aquarius – partial solar eclipse
  • March 17th at 27° Pisces
  • April 16th at 26° Aries
  • May 15th at 25° Taurus
  • June 13th at 23° Gemini
  • July 13th at 21° Cancer – partial solar eclipse
  • August 11th at 19° Leo – partial solar eclipse
  • September 9th at 17° Virgo
  • October 9th at 16° Libra
  • November 7th at 15° Scorpio
  • December 7th at 15° Sagittarius

Your Natal Houses

Find the house in which the next New Moon will occur.

Make three to five wishes in line with the meaning of you New Moon house. Write them on a nice piece of paper and have these wishes ready and prepared before the New Moon.

Suggested New Moon Wishes

Here are some suggested wishes for a New Moon in your natal chart houses. You can add more wishes and modify the ones you like.

Let your inspiration guide you.

New Moon in your first house

  • I wish I was…
  • I wish my self-confidence was…
  • I wish I was more authentic in…

New Moon in your second house

  • I wish my income was…
  • I wish the value I place on people and things was…
  • I wish my self-esteem was…

New Moon in your third house

  • I wish to take a short course in…
  • I wish that I will spend more time in my local area so I can…
  • I wish that my commute was…

New Moon in your fourth house

  • I wish that my family was happy, healthy and…
  • I wish for a nice home that is…
  • I wish to thank my ancestors and parents for…

New Moon in your fifth house

  • I wish for children who are happy, healthy and…
  • I wish I took my creativity more seriously so I can…
  • I wish I could enjoy my leisure time and spend it doing…

New Moon in your sixth house

  • I wish to have simple daily rituals that…
  • I wish for robust health, a strong physique and the strength to…
  • I wish I had a job that…

New Moon in your seventh house

  • I wish to have a life-partner who will…
  • I wish for a business partner who has the skills of…
  • I wish that I treated other people…

New Moon in your eighth house

  • I wish to have financial support available for…
  • I wish that people will take my side regarding…
  • I wish that my intimate life was…

New Moon in your ninth house

  • I wish to read and know more about…
  • I wish I could go on a journey so I can…
  • I wish that I could advertise and promote my…

New Moon in your tenth house

  • I wish my career would…
  • I wish that what I am known for in the public domain is…
  • I wish I was accomplished and recognized for…

New Moon in your eleventh house

  • I wish my friends were…
  • I wish I could support the group of…
  • I wish my social circle was…

New Moon in your twelfth house

  • I wish to withdraw from life for a while and…
  • I wish I could look after and curate…
  • I wish to confine myself for a time so I can…

At The New Moon

At the moment of the New Moon place a candle in your window and say your wishes out loud.

Then place the paper with your wishes on it on the windowsill underneath or next to the candle.

If possible let the candle burn a while or even overnight.

Journal

In your astrology journal note the date and the degree of the New Moon and make any notes later in that cycle if there was anything to mention. Say how and when your wishes came true.

Annual Forecasting

New Moon Wishing and the positions of each New Moon can (and should) be a part of your annual astrology predictions and year-end astrology review.

You can get all the forecast information together for yourself towards the end of each year in November or December so you are all ready for the New Year.

When you get a next year’s calendar, diary or journal that is the time to add the astrological information which really interests you.

Professional astrologers typically have whole years of forecasting material ahead so they are fully prepared.

I usually have all major transits and therefore New Moons listed for up to five years ahead. This practice is more about that I write horoscopes so far in advance for publications who need to be months and even years ahead.

You can do one month at a time to start with and perhaps one day you too will look further ahead.


Progress on My Process – Update

Hi Everyone,

I want to catch you all up on what I’ve been up to recently as there are changes afoot.

Since Jupiter went into Scorpio I have been drawn to do some video tutorials and I have to say it has been fun.

I am still working to get the technicalities sorted out and plan to have a video each week and maybe in-between ones as well. The focus for my work and my process is to help everyone learn a little astrology.

I have more students enquiring about classes than I have time to teach. This is why I’ve decided to turn to video to help me get my message out to those who care and those who know their Sun Sign is not enough.

Please be patient as I get better as I really love to teach and hope this passion comes through in the content.

So far I have a few small videos and by the time I get to the tenth one it will be all sorted out.

Please help me get 10000views on YouTube by watching and liking my videos.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison

 

Check out my channel here.