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The Vertex

The Vertex

Author: Alison Price   –   Published: May 2024

Vertex: The Third Angle

There are several points that pop up in an astrology chart.

And really you can add as many or as few as you wish.

You may start by adding points to your advanced natal readings first with the lunar nodes and then maybe the Part of Fortune or the Vertex.

I’m a fan of all these chart points.

But today, I’m going to share a few of my thoughts on the Vertex.

Astronomy for Astrologers

The Vertex is a sensitive point in astrology.

The Vertex is found at the intersection of the ecliptic in the West and the prime vertical.

Also note that the anti-vertex, or contra-vertex, is directly opposite the Vertex

I have a super clear (I hope) diagram for the vertex below.

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Vertex Position

The Vertex is always on the western side of the chart.

It usually is in one of the four houses close to the Descendant. 

Astute readers will notice that these four houses form the second triple division, the “We” division, as well.

 

 

Now and then it may not be in the four houses.

The exceptions are for people born in super high latitudes (greater than 60 degrees) from the equator.

In these high latitude birthplace charts, the Vertex can be in the 4th or 10th houses.

But in all my years as an astrologer, I’ve only ever come across these outlier placements twice.

So, it’s not common at all.

In general, the Vertex is placed either in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th house.

Vertex Symbolism

The Vertex position is a sensitive point in any chart.

It is like a revolving door where people can come into, and go out of, your life.

People from the past can pop in and out of your life when your Vertex is energized.

If you meet an old school friend whom you’ve not seen for twenty years, chances are that your Vertex is being stimulated by a transit or progression.

Third Angle

As the Vertex is often referred to as the Third angle after the Ascendant and the Midheaven its meaning can be simplified as follows:

  • Your Ascendant is what you are.
  • Your Midheaven is what you do.
  • Your Vertex is what is expected of you.

Vertex Keywords

A few vertex keywords are:

  • Turning point
  • Pivot
  • In
  • And
  • Fated quality.
  • Self-mirror
  • What must be brough forth in life.

People Themes

The Vertex often suggests repetitive relationships with a certain echo theme in the nature of your Vertex complex.

This shows up as, for example, when your sister’s next boyfriend seems to be just like the last one.

It can be easy not to learn the lessons of the Vertex.

Gaining People

Births

Newborn babies whose births directly affect you (by being in your family or close circle) may occur at times when your Vertex is triggered.

New People

New and significant people can enter your life when your Vertex is contacted.

This usually happens by the planets in the new person’s own chart conjoining your Vertex.

The Vertex and Losing People

Moving Away

If close people move out of your life, by literally moving away, it often happens when your Vertex is involved.

Divorce

Typically, upon divorce your Vertex is contacted as your spouse leaves.

But often they come back now and then.

Letting Go

The time when you finally let go of relationships can be as your Vertex is aspected for the last time by a transiting planet.

Deaths

People may leave your life permanently, by dying, when your Vertex is stimulated.

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Vertex House

5th House

When the Vertex is in the fifth house it suggests loved ones are important.

Fifth house people are your girlfriends, boyfriends, lovers, fiancées, midwives, childbirth support person, your own children and people you party with.

6th House

When the Vertex is in the 6th House it suggests colleagues are important.

Sixth house people are your workmates, your vet, employees, maids, nursemaids, cleaners, the pool guy, the lawn guy, gym buddies, health instructors and your dietician.

7th House

When the Vertex is in the 7th House is suggests your husband, wife or significant other is important.

7th house people are your husband or wife, your common law spouse, your significant other, your business partners, anyone who confronts you and those who challenge you in open court.

8th House

When the Vertex is in the 8th house it suggests intimate partners are important.

8th house people are your intimate partners, your secret lovers, your faceless blood, egg, sperm and tissue donors, your creditors, your credit loans guy, your angel investors, your secret supporters who vote for you and the grim reaper.

Takeaway

The Vertex is a nice-to-have point in a chart.

It’s not the first thing you interpret which is why it is part of advanced natal astrology.

There is no pressure to work with the Vertex subtle energy.

You can ignore it if you wish or begin to consider the Vertex in your readings.

Extend Yourself

In your astrology journal please do the following:

 

  • Write “Vertex” as the page header.
  • Draw the “Vx” glyph. You can get as fancy or arty as you like.
  • Note the sign, degree and minute position.
  • Add your Vertex sign ruler.
  • Write your Vertex house.
  • List five keywords for the Vertex. You can do more research here.
  • Find the date when the transiting Sun crosses your Vertex, be on the lookout for people with that birthday.
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Vertex Aspects

Vertex aspects can be very revealing particularly around your close relationships and people.

List all natal Ptolemaic aspects to your Vertex.

Write one sentence interpreting each Vertex aspect. You can add more info here later.

Vertex House

The Vertex house shows which area of life, and those people associated there, are likely to be stimulated. In your astrology journal please do the following:

  • Draw a single column table with four rows, one for each house.
  • Write 8th, 7th, 6th and 5th in each row going down.
  • List two people specific people in your life who are represented in each of the four houses.
  • Do some research and write 5 key sentences for when the Vertex in each house.

Vertex Sign Ruler

If your Vertex sign ruler, that is the planet which rules the sign that the Vertex is in, actually aspects the Vertex, it signals a higher vibrational energy.

Pay close attention to any of these aspects.

If the Vertex’s planetary ruler has a good condition, it supports the Vertex in your chart.

If the Vertex’s planetary ruler has a difficult condition, it reduces the effect and influence of the Vertex.

 

  • More on Planetary Condition
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Alison Price: Professional Astrologer

Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

If you’d like to get in touch with Alison, you can reach out to her via email at starzology@gmail.com.

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Fixed Stars

Fixed Stars

Author: Alison Price   –   Published: May 2024

Fixed Stars

Michael Barwick

Last month I had a fabulous conversation with my longtime friend and astrologer Michael Barwick.

If you are looking for a different type of astrology reading than the norm, then consider investing in a Star Profile reading with Michael.

In his Toronto astrology practice, he specializes in providing Star Profile consultations which explore your chart through the lens of Fixed Stars.

I’m happy to share Michael’s intriguing insights into Fixed Stars in this podcast episode

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More of Fixed Stars

Once you’ve listened to the podcast episode I thought I’d share some further work I’ve been doing on Fixed Stars in general and in my astrology journal.

Over time I’ll separate out each Fixed Star to its own post/page.

I’m getting deeper with one special fixed star which is in Taurus, Aldebaran.

I’ll give you some idea of the types of meaning this star may have if it is closely conjoins your angles or visible planets.

Fixed Stars Definition

In astrology, “Fixed Stars” are the stars that appear in the night sky. While they’re called “Fixed,” these stars are in motion, just like everything else in the universe.

However, their movement is so slow that they seem to stay in relatively the same position over long periods of time.

These stars have been observed and studied for centuries because of their dynamic influence in interpretations and predictions.

Even though Fixed Stars not truly “fixed”, their slow movement makes them a stable reference point in the night sky.

The 4 Seasons and Quadrants

The zodiac is split into four equal parts based on the positions of the equinoxes and solstices, which are key astronomical events.

Each of these four segments, or quadrants, is associated with a principal star.

These significant stars are collectively referred to as the Four Royal Stars of Persia.

They hold special importance because they mark the transition points between the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

The Four Royal Stars of Persia

Cardinal Points

Back in the day, the Four Royal Stars of Persia were positioned at the four cardinal points.  This was significant as they aligned the equinoxes and solstices.

Each of these stars held special importance and was revered for its unique qualities and symbolic meanings, but their positions have shifted over time.

This slow movement means that while the Four Royal Stars of Persia have moved from their original cardinal positions, their change in location is relatively minor.

Aldebaran (Alpha Taurus)

Associated with the Eye of the Bull, once aligned with zero degrees Gemini or Taurus.

Regulus (Alpha Leo)

Known as the Heart of the Lion.

Antares (Alpha Scorpio)

This star is the Heart of the Scorpion.

Fomalhaut (Alpha Pisces)

Placed at the Mouth of the Fish.

These important stars continue to hold significance as their influence extends beyond their original positions.

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Fixed Star Aldebaran

Current Position

Aldebaran is in Taurus. It is the star in the Eye of the Bull.

Taurus

The sign of Taurus is known for its steadfast nature, practicality and appreciation for the finer things in life.

Taurus embodies the qualities of practicality, determination and sensuality.

With Aldebaran in Taurus, there’s an added layer of grace to the Bull’s grounding energy role.

This placement encourages us to cultivate patience, appreciate life’s pleasures and remain steadfast in our pursuits.

In general, Aldebaran represents a beacon of light and wisdom.

Visibility

Lying close to the ecliptic Aldebaran is visible from latitudes from 74° North to 74° South.

Mythology

In mythology, Aldebaran is often referred to as the “Watcher of the East.”

It symbolizes vigilance, protection and guidance.

The Greatest Star

Aldebaran is considered one of the brightest and most magnificent stars in the night sky

It holds a revered status of great significance.

Aldebaran Themes

Challenge of Integrity and Test of Honor

Aldebaran presents challenges related to integrity and honor.

It urges you to uphold your principles and be honest and authentic.

Energy and Short-lived Honor

This royal star gives you with dynamic energy and the potential for short-lived honor or recognition.

It encourages proactive action to seize opportunities.

Lack of Stability

Aldebaran may indicate periods of instability or change that challeng you to adapt, persevere and find inner balance when under external pressure.

Spring Equinox

Aldebaran’s association with the northern spring equinox symbolizes new beginnings, growth and the emergence of life’s vitality and potential.

Moral Dilemmas and Temptation to Compromise

Aldebaran’s influence presents you with moral dilemmas and temptations.

There is pressure that tests your resolve and commitment to your ethics.

This star urges thoughtful decision-making and resistance to compromise.

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Extend Yourself

Considering Fixed Stars

In your astrology journal let’s set up a few pages…

  • At the top of four separate pages, write a heading for each of the four Royal Stars of Persia.
  • Dig around the web or books you may have and write five keywords for each star and write them on the relevant page.
  • Search some more and draw the shape of each of the four constellations.

Invest in Yourself

Exploring Fixed Stars

 

 

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Bundle Chart Shape

Bundle Chart Shape

Author: Alison Price   –   Published: July 2013   –   Revised: January 2024

Bundle Chart Shape

Bundle Definition

The bundle chart shape is formed when all the planets are found within a trine (120°).

The leading, or cutting, planet and the trailing planet at the end, can be in a trine aspect (or less), and all the other planets fall within that trine.

This creates a “bundle” of energy, with most of the planets occupying a couple of signs or span just a few houses.

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Mandala

The chart shape diagram itself can be used as a mandala for chart meditation work as well.

The planet positions, without knowing the actual planet, can provide information for the astute astrologer.

This is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Bundle Leading Planet

In a bundle chart, the leading planet (in red) plays a significant role.

The leading planet is the one that’s furthest ahead (clockwise) of the others as they move around the zodiac.

It acts as a focal point or guiding force for the energy of the entire bundle.

Here’s what the leading planet in a bundle chart signifies:

Dominant Energy

The leading planet sets the tone for the chart’s energy.

Its qualities and characteristics are emphasized and often color how the individual approaches life.

Focus of Attention

This planet often represents where the person directs their attention, efforts, and interests.

It can indicate the area of life that is most important or central to them.

Strengths and Talents

The leading planet can point to the person’s strengths, talents and natural abilities.

It shows where they excel and where they can make the most impact.

Challenges

On the flip side, the leading planet can also highlight challenges or areas of growth for the individual.

It might point to lessons they need to learn or obstacles they need to overcome and push through.

Personal Mission

On a subtle level, the leading planet often represents the individual’s personal mission or purpose in life.

It can indicate what drives them and what they are passionate about achieving.

Influence on Other Planets

The energy of the leading planet can influence how the other planets in the bundle express themselves.

It is like the leader of the pack.

It can either harmonize with them or create tension, depending on its relationship with the other planets.

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Bundle Trailing Planet

In a bundle astrology chart, where the leading planet sets the tone and directs the energy of the bundle, the trailing planet (in yellow) provides a counterbalance and adds depth to the chart’s dynamics.

Here’s what the trailing planet suggests in a bundle chart:

Supportive Energy

The trailing planet acts as a supportive force, complementing the leading planet’s energy.

It offers a different perspective or approach that can help balance out the chart’s intensity.

Hidden Strengths

This planet often points to hidden strengths or talents that may not be immediately obvious but are valuable assets.

It can indicate areas where the individual has untapped potential.

Inner World

The trailing planet can represent the person’s inner world, subconscious, or emotional landscape.

It shows how they process emotions, intuition, and inner experiences.

Challenges

The trailing planet can also highlight areas of challenge or growth for the individual.

It might indicate lessons they need to learn or obstacles they need to overcome, often related to its sign, house placement, and aspects.

Balance

While the leading planet focuses on a specific area or goal, the trailing planet helps to bring balance by considering other facets of life.

It encourages a more holistic approach and can prevent the individual from becoming too one-sided or narrow-focused.

Influence on Leading Planet

Just as the leading planet influences the other planets in the bundle, the trailing planet can also have a moderating influence on the leading planet.

It can either harmonize with the leading planet or introduce challenges that encourage growth and development.

Understanding the trailing planet in a bundle chart involves looking at its sign, house placement, aspects with other planets, and its overall condition in the chart.

If the leading planet and the trailing plant are trine, it give support to the whole chart and the meanings of both planets (leading and trailing) will blend better to suggest positive energy will flow.

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Bundle Chart Shape Meaning

Here’s what the bundle chart shape means:

Focused Energy

The bundle shape suggests a person with extreme focus at the expense of variety.

They are often highly specialized in what they do.

The cutting planet is important as it leads, or cuts, the chart.

The empty two-thirds of the chart, and their meaning, may pose a difficulty for the individual.

The chart may have few manifesting squares and no oppositions.

People with a bundle chart often have a concentrated focus in their lives.

They might have a strong sense of purpose or direction.

Intensity

With so many planets grouped closely together, there can be a sense of intensity or passion in the areas of life represented by those planets.

Specialization

The bundle often indicates specialization in a particular area or skill.

These individuals might excel in one specific field or interest.

Challenges

On the flip side, having all the planets in a small portion of the chart can mean less balance.

Areas of life not represented by the bundle might be neglected or require more attention.

Self-Reliance

People with a bundle chart shape may be quite self-reliant, as they’ve learned to work with the energies they have, rather than seeking balance from external influences.

Understanding the bundle shape can offer insight into how a person approaches life, their strengths, challenges, and areas of focus.

It’s just one piece of the complex puzzle that is an astrology chart, but it can tell us a lot about someone’s energy and personality.

Example Bundle Chart

May 2024

This bundle chart has been in effect for a couple of weeks during April and May 2024.

I have chosen this particular chart as an example.

When the Moon moves out of the bundle it is no longer a bundle chart and may form a fan.

Whilst the planets are in this tight within-a-trine bundle configuration other chart shapes cannot be formed like grand crosses, mystic rectangles, T-squares or kites.

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Leading Planet

The leading planet of the bundle is Pluto retrograde in Aquarius.

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Trailing Planet

The trailing planet is Jupiter in Taurus.

Before Jupiter passed Uranus at their conjunction, the bundle was tighter and Uranus was the trailing planet.

Extend Yourself

If You Have a Bundle Chart

Thinking about the current bundle chart shape and your natal chart:

 

  • Do you (or do people you know) have a bundle chart shape?
  • If so, what is the leading planet? And what is the trailing planet?

 

Extend Yourself Further

If You Don’t Have a Bundle Chart

In your astrology journal consider the shape of your chart.

 

  • Over which of your houses, quadrants and hemispheres does the current transiting bundle chart lie?
  • What is your chart shape?
  • In your chart shape, are there focus planets like a leading, trailing or handle planets? Which planets are they?
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From My Readers…

You Did Extend Yourself

Here are a couple of responses from those of you who have extended yourselves.

Thank you so much!

Alison

 

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Hi Alison!

Enjoyed your take on the Bundle chart pattern. My answers are:

I’m a Leo rising so the current bundle pattern affects my 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th houses. Natally, I have a Locomotive pattern with Uranus in Gemini in the 10th house leading the pack and Mercury in Capricorn in the 6th house trailing. Uranus is conjunct Mars by 1 degree. Uranus rules my 7th house and Mercury my 2nd and 11th.

Keep up the good work!
Sagittarily yours,
Judy
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Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

If you’d like to get in touch with Alison, you can reach out to her via email at starzology@gmail.com.

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Chart Ruler and Chart Overlays

Chart Ruler and Chart Overlays

Author: Alison Price   –   Published: March 2024

Chart Ruler and Chart Overlays

Planets as the Chart Ruler

The chart ruler is the planet which rules the sign on the Ascendant. As the Earth rotates every planet gets to rule a chart as its own sign takes up the Ascendant position. When a particular sign is on the Ascendant, we can see that the signs will be on the other house cusps in sequence. Each sign lies on a house cups in order but not if there are intercepted signs.

 

Chart Overlay

A chart overlay will indicate that certain signs will be on the house cusps and we can discuss them in relation to the chart ruler. When the chart ruler is in the different houses its drive is modified in line with the house. Very often the meaning of this planet by its placement and complex is the main thrust of a person’s life.

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Intercepted Signs

If you use Placidus cusps, or some of the other houses systems, you may have an intercepted sign. An intercepted sign is a sign that is fully engulfed in a house. The intercepted sign will not lie over a house cusp. An intercepted sign’s planetary ruler, (the planet that rules the sign), may not have a house to rule. This makes the planet weaker.

Intercepted sign come in pairs. There will either be two intercepted signs or none.

 

House Rulers

Always check which sign is on the cusp of each house and adjust your interpretations accordingly. For example if Libra has no house cusp then typically Scorpio may have two house cusps in a row.

 

David Bowie: Virgo and Pisces Intercepted

In the birth chart for David Bowie shown below, it has Virgo and Pisces as intercepted signs. Note the intercepted signs are a pairs of opposite signs.

 

Virgo Intercepted

Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, has no Virgo houses to rule. However, Mercury still rules the 4th and 5th houses through its rulership of Gemini.

 

Pisces Intercepted

However, Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces, has no house to rule. This makes Neptune slightly weaker in this chart.

 

Consecutive Houses Same Sign

In Bowie’s birth chart, the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius (opposite pairs) are on two consecutive houses.

Gemini is on the 5th and 6th houses. So Mercury rules the Gemini house (and not the Virgo houses because there are none).

Sagittarius is on the 10th and 11th houses. This indicates that Jupiter has more influence through Sagittarius being on two house cusps.

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Luminaries Signs Intercepted

If the intercepted sign is Cancer or Leo it means that the Moon or the Sun do not have houses to rule. This makes them weaker which is unfortunate but typically another planet will step forward as the most influential in the chart.

 

Sylvester Stallone: Cancer Intercepted

In the birth chart for Sylvester Stallone shown below, it has Cancer and Capricorn as intercepted signs. Note the intercepted signs are a pairs of opposite signs.

 

Cancer Intercepted

The Moon as the ruler of Cancer has no house to rule! This make the Moon weaker in this chart.

Additionally, all planets in Cancer (the intercepted sign), that is the Sun and Saturn, will take step backwards as well and they will struggle to be prominent in his chart both natally and by transit.

By the way the Moon is the most elevated planet (nearest to the Midheaven), so this is a slightly redeeming factor for the Moon.

 

Capricorn Intercepted

Saturn the ruler of Capricorn, as the traditional ruler of Aquarius still rules the 2nd house. So Saturn does have a house to rule but not through Capricorn only through Aquarius.

 

Consecutive Houses Same Sign

In Stallone’s birth chart, the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius (opposite pairs) are on two consecutive houses.

Gemini is on the 6th and 7th house cusps and Sagittarius is on the 1st and 12th house cusps. This indicates that both Mercury and Jupiter will have influence through Gemini and Sagittarius. 

 

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The Chart Ruler in the Houses

First House

When the chart ruler is in the first house you are the embodiment of the ruling planet. This is a very strong position for the chart ruler.

Second House

When the chart ruler is in the second house you want to go through life by using your own resources and talents. You love to rely on yourself and do things for yourself.

Third House

When the chart ruler is in the third house you want to communicate exactly who you are to others. You can be a conduit for information.

Fourth House

When the chart ruler is in the fourth house you are a product of your family and parents. You want to go from whence you came and create yourself a better future.

Fifth House

When the chart ruler is in the fifth house your creative drive is tantamount to your existence. You enjoy life to the full.

Sixth House

When the chart ruler is in the sixth house you pursue self-improvement of your skills and talents through the nature of the ruling planet. A workaholic.

Seventh House

When the chart ruler is in the seventh house you see yourself through the partners you choose. You may dominate your relationships.

Eighth House

When the chart ruler is in the eighth house you have the urge to transform your life through change and renewal. You will take extreme measures to get there.

Ninth House

When the chart ruler is in the ninth house you want to expand yourself through education and understanding of the larger issues in life. The journey is all with this placement.

Tenth House

When the chart ruler is in the tenth house you strive to establish yourself in the world and will focus on this against all odds. You micro manage.

Eleventh House

When the chart ruler is in the eleventh house you want to be an individual in a group with many connections and use the internet.

Twelfth House

When the chart ruler is in the twelfth house you tend to live alone or apart from the rest of humanity. You seek solace in privacy. This is a weak placement for the chart ruler.

The Sun as Chart Ruler

The Sun is the chart ruler when Leo is on the Ascendant. This is a super duper power position for the Sun and no other planet will be able to dominate it unless the Sun is retrograde. laughing

 

Leo Overlay

When the First house cusp is Leo, you present yourself in a dramatic way.

When the Second house cusp is Virgo, you are careful with pennies but not so much the big money.

When the Third house cusp Libra, you see school as even handed and fair.

When the Fourth house cusp Scorpio, you keep your home life private.

When the Fifth house cusp Sagittarius, you have a broad creative life with many projects on the go.

When the Sixth house cusp Capricorn, your work ethic is good, arrives on time and is a good employee.

When the Seventh house cusp Aquarius, you marry an unlikely person.

When the Eight house cusp Pisces, you have sympathy for those who have passed over.

When the Ninth house cusp Aries, you may decide to travel on a whim.

When the Tenth house cusp Taurus, you can achieve a solid career path in a traditional field.

When the Eleventh house cusp Gemini, you have a variety of friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp Cancer, you take care of your imagination.

The Moon as Chart Ruler

The Moon is the chart ruler when Cancer is on the Ascendant. This is a very good situation for the Moon.

The Moon may dominate the chart and the only other planet likely to give it a run for its money is the Sun. Whether the Sun can outshine the Moon will depend on the Sun’s position, the lunar phase and any eclipses in the chart.

Cancer Overlay

When the First house cusp is Cancer, you are soft and round looking.

When the Second house cusp is Leo, you spends on gifts for others.

When the Third house cusp is Virgo, you love school and reading.

When the Fourth house cusp Libra, you have a beautiful and tranquil home.

When the Fifth house cusp is Scorpio, you love dating and the opposite sex.

When the Sixth house cusp is Sagittarius, you work overseas, and may hitchhike for jobs.

When the Seventh house cusp is Capricorn, you marry up and well if not for love.

When the Eighth house cusp is Aquarius, you can be experimental in the bedroom.

When the Ninth house cusp is Pisces, your religion, faith and prayer is important.

When the Tenth house cusp is Aries, it is the sign of the entrepreneur.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Taurus, you have a steady group of friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Gemini, you read in bed at night before sleep.

Mercury as Chart Ruler

Mercury is the chart ruler when Gemini or Virgo is on the Ascendant.

Gemini Overlay

When the First house cusp is Gemini, you always looks different and has many looks.

When the Second house cusp is Cancer, you are a good saver. Takes care of the money.

When the Third house cusp is Leo, you have tantrums when at school.

When the Fourth house cusp is Virgo, you generally have a clean home if a bit cold.

When the Fifth house cusp is Libra, you love romance and falling in love.

When the Sixth house cusp is Scorpio, your daily rituals sooth any demons.

When the Seventh house cusp is Sagittarius, you are likely to marry a foreigner.

When the Eight house cusp is Capricorn, your debt is curtailed. Lives a long life.

When the Ninth house cusp is Aquarius, you love travelling alone.

When the Tenth house cusp is Pisces, you are attracted to a career in the arts or support services.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Aries, you like male friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Taurus, you have little imagination.

Virgo Overlay

When the First house cusp is Virgo, you have a well-coordinated look.

When the Second house cusp is Libra, you spend on beautiful things.

When the Third house cusp is Scorpio, you stays in local neighborhood.

When the Fourth house cusp is Sagittarius, you like a rambling home and may have a separated family.

When the Fifth house cusp is Capricorn, you fall in loves for life. Lost loves can hurt.

When the Sixth house cusp Aquarius, you are an intellectual employee.

When the Seventh house cusp Pisces, you marry someone, who has a dream.

When the Eight house cusp is Aries, you have an active sex life.

When the Ninth house cusp is Taurus, you are an armchair traveler.

When the Tenth house cusp is Gemini, you are attracted to a career in communications.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Cancer. your family are your friends.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Leo, you have subtle private drama in your life.

Venus as Chart Ruler

Venus is the chart ruler when Taurus or Libra is on the Ascendant.

Taurus Overlay

When the First house cusp is Taurus, you project a calm demeanour.

When the Second house cusp is Gemini, you attracts a variety of income streams.

When the Third house cusp is Cancer, you are happy to remain in the local neighborhood as home.

When the Fourth house cusp is Leo, your home has an impressive front door.

When the Fifth house cusp is Virgo, you can be critical of dates.

When the Sixth house cusp is Libra, you require a balanced work/home life.

When the Seventh house cusp is Scorpio, you makes deep connections with spouse.

When the Eight house cusp is Sagittarius, your debts can get out of hand and run away.

When the Ninth house cusp is Capricorn, you achieve higher education.

When the Tenth house cusp is Aquarius, you want to be known as a humanitarian.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Pisces, your associates are many and varied.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Aries, you may drive at night to clear the head.

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When the First house cusp is Libra, you have beautiful or handsome features.

When the Second house cusp is Scorpio, you value others dedicated support.

When the Third house cusp is Sagittarius, you find that school is an adventure.

When the Fourth house cusp is Capricorn, your home has cool and crisp interior design. 

When the Fifth house cusp is Aquarius, you loves spontaneity.

When the Sixth house cusp is Pisces, you believe their work is important. 

When the Seventh house cusp is Aries, you marry in haste, repents at leisure.

When the Eighth house cusp is Taurus, you understand the importance of stability.

When the Ninth house cusp is Gemini, you talk a lot about travels.

When the Tenth house cusp Cancer, you feel that a family business is best.

When the Eleventh house cusp Leo, your friends are extravagant.

When the Twelfth cusp Virgo, your down time is appreciated.

Mars as Chart Ruler

Mars is the chart ruler when Aries or Scorpio is on the Ascendant.

Mars as Chart Ruler: Aries Overlay

When the First house cusp is Aries, you have a strong physique.

When the Second house cusp is Taurus, your money is amassed slowly.

When the Third house cusp is Gemini, your school was enlightening.

When the Fourth house cusp is Cancer, your home and family are important.

When the Fifth house cusp is Leo, your children bring pleasure.

When the Sixth house cusp is Virgo, you works hard all life.

When the Seventh house cusp is Libra, your relationships are important.

When the Eight house cusp is Scorpio, you have many secrets.

When the Ninth house cusp is Sagittarius, your philosophy and religion are interesting.

When the Tenth house cusp is Capricorn, you can achieves high status in the world.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Aquarius, your friends are intellectually stimulating.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Pisces, you enjoy a peaceful life.

Jupiter as Chart Ruler

Jupiter is the chart ruler when Sagittarius or Pisces is on the Ascendant.

Jupiter as Chart Ruler: Sagittarius Overlay

When the First house cusp is Sagittarius, you have an outgoing personality.

When the Second house cusp is Capricorn, you are frugal with money.

When the Third house cusp is Aquarius, you commute in strange ways.

When the Fourth house cusp is Pisces, your home is hard to find.

When the Fifth house cusp Aries, you compete in sport brings pleasure.

When the Sixth house cusp Taurus, you work well and like it.

When the Seventh house cusp Gemini, you need a partner to talk to.

When the Eight house cusp Cancer, you are secure and safe with secrets.

When the Ninth house cusp Leo, you are generous with their knowledge.

When the Tenth house cusp Virgo, you are detailed in the work and career.

When the Eleventh house cusp Libra, your friends provide balance.

When the Twelfth house cusp Scorpio, you are optimistic about hidden outcomes.

Saturn as Chart Ruler

Saturn is the chart ruler when Capricorn or Aquarius is on the Ascendant.

Saturn as Chart Ruler – Capricorn Overlay

When the First house cusp is Capricorn, you have a serious disposition.

When the Second house cusp is Aquarius, you buy tech stuff wisely.

When the Third house cusp is Pisces, you walk the neighborhood footpath routes.

When the Fourth house cusp is Aries, your home has limited space in the attic.

When the Fifth house cusp is Taurus, your children are well spaced out.

When the Sixth house cusp is Gemini, your works in strict communications.

When the Seventh house cusp Cancer, you have legal issues with your family.

When the Eight house cusp Leo, you have restrained enthusiasm in the bedroom.

When the Ninth house cusp Virgo, you respect the ins and outs of foreign cultures.

When the Tenth house cusp Libra, you are slow to find a balance in their career.

When the Eleventh house cusp Scorpio, you have secret friends and alliances.

When the Twelfth house cusp Sagittarius, you judge others’ private lives.

Uranus as Chart Ruler

Uranus is the chart ruler when Aquarius is on the Ascendant.

Uranus as Chart Ruler – Aquarius Overlay

When the First house cusp is Aquarius, you have wild hair and clothes.

When the Second house cusp is Pisces, your money slips through their fingers.

When the Third house cusp is Aries, you jog the streets.

When the Fourth house cusp is Taurus, your home and family is all that matters.

When the Fifth house cusp is Gemini, you have good chat-up lines, flirts.

When the Sixth house cusp is Cancer, your daily rituals are completed.

When the Seventh house cusp is Leo, your partner is grandiose and stylish.

When the Eight house cusp is Virgo, you are careful with borrowing money but still does so.

When the Ninth house cusp is Libra, you seeks to meet others when travelling.

When the Tenth house cusp is Scorpio, you require care at work to avoid a toxic environment.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Sagittarius, you have lots of acquaintances and busy social life.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Capricorn, you find composure through meditation.

Neptune as Chart Ruler

Neptune is the chart ruler when Pisces is on the Ascendant.

Neptune as Chart Ruler: Pisces Overlay

When the First house cusp is Pisces, you have a dreamy personality.

When the Second house cusp is Aries, you earn and spends well. Suffers from buyer’s remorse.

When the Third house cusp is Taurus, you keep going at school.

When the Fourth house cusp is Gemini, you believes communication is key with family.

When the Fifth house cusp is Cancer, you care for children but allow them to blossom.

When the Sixth house cusp is Leo, you probably likes cats as pets.

When the Seventh house cusp is Virgo, you choose a partner by and believe the little things matter.

When the Eight house cusp is Libra, you have the impression that your partner is cheating.

When the Ninth house cusp is Scorpio, your travel is transformative.

When the Tenth house cusp is Sagittarius, you enjoys their magical outdoors life.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Capricorn, you take enlightenment groups seriously.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Aquarius, you find solace in the peaceful contemplation of science.

Pluto as Chart Ruler

Pluto is the chart ruler when Scorpio is on the Ascendant.

Pluto as Chart Ruler: Scorpio Overlay

When the First house cusp is Scorpio, you have a powerful personality and presence.

When the Second house cusp is Sagittarius, your finances are either very good or very challenging.

When the Third house cusp is Capricorn, you are a perpetual student of human nature.

When the Fourth house cusp is Aquarius, your home may be a commune or private.

When the Fifth house cusp is Pisces, your lovers are deeply intuitive.

When the Sixth house cusp is Aries, for you yoga is actively transformative.

When the Seventh house cusp is Taurus, you want a sensitive partner, who understand them.

When the Eight house cusp is Gemini, you discuss deeper issues intensely.

When the Ninth house cusp is Cancer, you enjoys cruise vacations.

When the Tenth house cusp is Leo, you intensely wants a life with status.

When the Eleventh house cusp is Virgo, you may be deeply critical of groups but goes anyway.

When the Twelfth house cusp is Libra, you like special moments alone with their partner.

Book Recommendantion

The book I recommend to explore this topic further is Rulers of the Horoscope: Finding Your Way Through the Labyrinth by Alan Oken.

 

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Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

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How Planets Move

How Planets Move

Planet’s Movement

When you work with transits you pay attention to the planet’s linear movement, direct – retrograde – direct, but there is another component to take into consideration and that is a planet’s speed.

 

Read more >>> Retrogrades

Planetary Speed

Speed is typically calculated by how fast a planet can move each day and there is an average for every planet. If the planet moves more than the average, it is fast and if the speed is less than the average then the planet is slow.

Often it doesn’t matter to the interpretation, but when we take a broader look, as in a one year forecast, we need to be aware of this. Of the main solar system planets Chiron (which is, according to NASA, actually a comet) has very fast and very slow periods.

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Johannes Kepler

Kepler’s second law of planetary motion states: A planet sweeps out an equal area in equal time. Simply put the further a planet is from the Sun in its orbit the slower it moves through the zodiac. Most orbits are elliptical (have two foci where one is the Sun) and some distances are more extreme than others.

For example: Pluto was nearer the Sun during its swift transit through its own sign of Scorpio from 1984-1995 (on and off) for only eleven years.

Pluto was in Taurus (on and off) during the period 1854-1883 for almost twenty-nine years. Remember during Pluto’s transit of Scorpio it was at times nearer to the Sun than Neptune!

We also note this phenomenon when the Moon is fast or slow for a while each month.

Johannes Kepler in the early 17th century, plays a crucial role in the science of celestial mechanics.

Kepler’s Second Law states that a line segment joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of time. In simpler terms, as a planet moves along its elliptical orbit, the imaginary line connecting it to the Sun sweeps through the same amount of area in equal time intervals.

Kepler: Limerick

Here is my Kepler Limerick which popped into my head one sunny day.

Now Kepler he had a good thought

as planetary motion was fraught.

Each orbit he found

had swept out equal ground

and now his second law is taught.

Why We Care

Kepler’s Second Law provides a key insight into the dynamics of planetary motion. It shows that a planet adjusts its speed as it orbits the Sun to ensure that the areas it sweeps out in a given time are always equal.

 

Planets With Eliptical Orbits

Whilst all planet have eliptical orbits, non are exactly circular, some planets have more pronounced eliptical orbits than others.

Here are a few planets to take note of:

 

Read more >>> Chiron

Read more >>> Pluto

Read more >>> Eris

 

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Polarity

Polarity

Explore the polarity in a chart. This is the broadest sweep that you can give to a chart. It may have more active or more passive energy.

The Celestial Garden

The Celestial Garden

The Celestial Garden by Jane Hawley Stevens

Book Review

“The Celestial Garden Growing herbs, vegetables, and flower in sync with the Moon and Zodiac” by Jane Hawley Stevens is a delightful journey through the techniques of blending gardening activities with the Moon and zodiac signs.

Read more >>> The Celestial Garden


Interview

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jane Hawley Stevens about her latest book, which focuses on growing herbs, vegetables, and flowers in sync with the Moon and the Zodiac.

As someone deeply passionate about herbalism and gardening and having created two herb gardens myself I was particularly drawn to Stevens’ approach in her book.

Podcast Episode

Lifelong gardener and herbalist Jane Hawley Stevens explains how the Moon’s cycle provides a detailed calendar of optimal times for planting seeds, roots and transplants, as well as for pruning, weeding, propagation, harvesting, and even starting new garden projects or throwing garden parties. 🌱 In this episode, Alison enjoys a fireside chat with Jane as she discusses her new book The Celestial Garden.

Listen now >>> The Celestial Garden Interview with Jane Hawley Stevens

 

 

Solar and Lunar Cycles

What sets it apart is her alignment not only with the solar cycle for the year of gardening but also with the lunar cycle for each month.

Stevens offers practical tips on gardening activities based on the Moon’s presence in different signs and seasons, creating a comprehensive guide for aligning your garden with the phases of the Moon.

One aspect that resonates with me is the fundamental recognition of the Moon as a significant indicator. It serves as an expression of how astrology can be practically applied.

Read more >>> The Sixth House and Herb Gardens

 

Lunar Alignment

I often use the analogy that you can’t surf into the shore when the tide is going out.

This emphasizes the importance of being in alignment with the Moon and, consequently, understanding the influence of other planets in your earthly activities.

Stevens’ book guides readers on how to work with the stars rather than against them, providing a thoughtful and insightful perspective on gardening in harmony with celestial rhythms.

Read more >>> The Astrological Elements and Herbs

 

Natural Calendar

Within The Celestial Garden, Jane Hawley Stevens, a seasoned lifelong gardener and herbalist, illuminates the profound influence of the Moon cycle on the art of gardening.

In her book, she presents a meticulous calendar that guides gardeners through optimal times for various activities, including planting seeds, roots, and transplants.

Moreover, Stevens extends her expertise to encompass essential practices like pruning, weeding, propagation, and harvesting.

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Garden Projects

“The Celestial Garden” doesn’t just stop at the basics; it goes above and beyond by offering insights into opportune moments for initiating new garden projects or hosting garden parties. Stevens’ holistic approach to gardening, aligning with the rhythm of the Moon, opens up a realm of possibilities for enthusiasts to enhance their gardening experience.

This celestial guide is a treasure trove of excellent tips suitable for all types of gardeners, whether their passion lies in cultivating vibrant vegetables, luscious fruits, fragrant herbs, or captivating flowers. By intertwining the wisdom of the Moon cycle with practical gardening advice, Stevens provides a resource that not only nurtures the soil but also cultivates a deeper connection between the gardener and the celestial dance above.

Whether you’re a seasoned horticulturist or a budding green thumb, “The Celestial Garden” serves as a valuable companion on your journey to a more mindful and bountiful gardening experience.

 

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Jane Hawley Stevens

 

Moon Element

Additionally, the book delves into every facet of astrological gardening, unraveling the mysteries behind various elements. It elucidates the significance of Moon signs and explores the reasons behind their impact on plant growth and development.

The guide provides insights on aligning the Moon’s journey through the constellations of the Zodiac with your daily garden tasks and projects.

Read more >>> Astrology and Herbs

 

 

Lunar Phase Activities

Moreover, “The Celestial Garden” offers specific tips and advice tailored to each phase of the Moon, guiding gardeners on the best activities to undertake during these distinct periods.

It goes beyond the practicalities, incorporating simple and creative seasonal rituals into the astrological gardening practice, adding a touch of mindful and uplifting engagement.

 

Chakra Garden

Notably, the book shares guidance on designing a unique Chakra Garden, allowing readers to infuse a sense of harmony and balance into their outdoor spaces.

By exploring these various aspects, the book not only serves as a comprehensive guide to astrological gardening but also inspires readers to deepen their connection with nature, the cosmos, and the beauty of their own cultivated spaces.

Read More >>> Gardening with Astrology

 

 

Your Sign

Furthermore, Stevens motivates readers to discover how their individual astrological signs can guide them towards greater satisfaction in both their gardens and their lives.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced gardener, this unique and highly practical book offers fresh and unexpected insights, presenting itself as an inspiring love letter to nature.

 

Contact Jane

You can visit Jane Hawley Stevens at FourElementsHerbals.com for more information.

Or purchase her book The Celestial Garden at Amazon.

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Alison specializes in guiding Aspiring Astrologers. Her aim is to help you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor.

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If you’d like to get in touch with Alison, you can reach out to her via email at starzology@gmail.com.

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2024 Astrology Events

2024 Astrology Events

Discover the main astrology events of 2024 including; lunations, retrograde and direct dates and planetary ingresses for the whole year.