You Can Learn A Little Astrology

Or you can learn a lot

You may simply be interested in astrology, or you may have a few questions and want to know more.

Perhaps you think, “What is it all about?” and even, “Maybe I can do this too.”

Yes, yes, yes!

The good news is yes, you can learn astrology, anyone can. You can learn a little or you can learn a lot. It depends on how far you want to go down the rabbit hole.

People are exploring astrology every day.

You don’t have to learn it all or know everything about the subject to appreciate that astrology can, and will, enrich your life.

Even beginners who read their first astrology book gain valuable knowledge about themselves and those near and dear.

Many people are what I like to call dabblers in astrology. They know their own and those of their immediate family and loved ones Sun signs. For some that is all they want to know.

This could be you.

You may have already had a professional astrological consultation or reading and you are aware of other practitioners in your area whom you are planning to visit soon.

The tipping point

But, if you spend a little more time and pick up another book, take a class or attend a public meeting you can improve your basic understanding of astrology in leaps and bounds or dare I say astronomically.

It is at this point that something remarkable happens, the astrology bug gets you and you have to have more.

It can even become a dependance as you voraciously read every astrology book, article or tweet you can get your hands on to feed the need for satisfaction that comes through understanding.

Heed your inner voice

Obviously astrology is not for everyone. How could it be? We are all different individuals and at various stages of our personal evolution.

But, if it is calling you even as a faint whisper in the back of your mind, I urge you to heed your inner voice and consider developing that little spark into something wonderful.


Summertime and the Living is Easy – Sun in Leo

by Alison Price

Life Comes in Cycles 

One of the more obvious cycles is the seasonal changes you experience as the Sun moves through the zodiac when it enters a cardinal sign every three months.

This is the start of the four seasons.

The Zodiac Year

The year begins as the Sun enters the first sign of Aries and spring officially begins. Summer starts as the Sun enters Cancer around July 21st. Autumn is ushered in late September and winter draws in from December 21st at the Sun’s ingress to Capricorn.

Midsummer – Sun in Leo – What to expect

Here we are in the early degrees of Leo. It is just about mid-summer. But what can we expect?

That depends on whether you have a strong Leo presence in your chart from planets or your Ascendant or your Midheaven is placed in the sign.

Or, if you have a chart where there is no Leo influence at all and you have zero planets or angles in the sign of the Lion. 

If you do have a natal Leo influence

As the Sun moves through its own sign it will connect with any planets or chart points in Leo.

This will stimulate that planet or point and you will become aware of creative potentials as suggested by the strength of the contact,

Having Leo planets already in your natal chart will be reinforced as the Sun comes through. Things can become over-the-top but to express your individuality is key this month.

If you do not have a natal Leo influence

When the Sun transits Leo, and if you have no Leo signature in your chart, it becomes an opportunity for you to experience your inner child and express yourself in ways in which you would not normally.

Yes, at times it can get dramatic and loud but it can also be a lot of fun.

Summer is always good to kick back, relax and when you can be the star in your own life production.

It is a great time for a vacation or at least relaxing at home lying barefoot in a hammock. 


Enjoy the simple pleasures of sunbathing, sun-downers (drinks at sunset) and sunbeams playing in your windows. Be kind to yourself. Soak it up and make the most of the Sun in Leo.

You can’t keep up a punishing work pace all year. Even the tireless practitioners amongst you need a break from your grueling schedule of clients, preparations, and research.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

You can’t be going at full tilt all year.

Going forward into Virgo

Face September with renewed enthusiasm and bring your relaxed and refreshed self to your business and clients.


(Note, All these comments are for the northern hemisphere. For southern hemisphere reverse the seasons, but maintain the dates).


Your Quiet Month – Sun Transits Twelfth House or Less is More

by Alison Price

There are a few weeks when the Sun and the inner planets, Mercury and Venus, pass through and transit the twelfth house of your chart.

This is a time of the year to slow down, rest and take a pause from life. It is a period of about one month when:

  • your energy and drive becomes less prominent (the Sun),
  • your reading, thinking and conversation turns inward (Mercury) and
  • personal relationships, your social life and romance become less active (Venus).

In a way it is like having a dimmer switch on your life which reduces the glare and allows your eyes to adjust to the darker world where you can see what is lingering in the shadows that you have been ignoring up until now.

You will once again be back in the spotlight when the Sun crosses your ascendant and announces your personal New Year.

For you to be able to step onto the stage of life with vibrancy and confidence (which comes from the Sun) you are required to rest up, recuperate and chill as the planets move through the twelfth house of your natal chart.

Every year is different

Each one of you will have a different “quiet month” depending on which other planets are passing through your twelfth house at the same time.

It also changes tempo depending on whether the Sun leads the charge through your twelfth house or Mercury or Venus gets there first.


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A Successful Astrologer

by Alison Price

Getting your act together as a professional astrologer takes time and effort.

If you are a dabbler and have no interest is going pro that is fine.

But, if you are considering stepping up your astrological business or, tuning what you have built so far into something great, here are some ideas on what you need to get in place to become a successful astrologer.

Note: I refer to her but clearly it can refer to him as well.


A successful astrologer

  • A successful astrologer works on charts regularly. She looks at new charts, interprets and forecasts every week. She does not let a month slip past without analyzing a chart. She has charts lined up for interpretation.
  • A successful astrologer has many income streams sourced from a broad output base including; client consultations, lectures, teaching, podcasts, writing horoscopes etc. She does not depend on client consultations alone for her livelihood.
  • A successful astrologer knows how to be easy going. She is keen to work and collaborate with other astrologers in her community.
  • A successful astrologer knows how to press herself to appeal to different clients. She is not a one-trick pony.
  • A successful astrologer markets herself well, truthfully and consistently. She is always tending her platform and knows what works for her.
  • A successful astrologer is easily found by Google and makes sure her website, Facebook or Twitter accounts have current and relevant content. Her site does not have stale, six months old and out-of-date material.
  • A successful astrologer prices her services in the correct range, that is, she charges in the sweet spot at the intersection of her ability and experience.
  • A successful astrologer has a network of contacts that help her promote her business, she interfaces effectively and regularly with them.
  • A successful astrologer has a focus for her work and knows her speciality inside out. She is not a Jack (or Jill) of all trades and master of none.
  • A successful astrologer develops presentations, courses and workshops that pay her well for her time and expertise. She has lecture outlines ready when invited to speak at a conference and gets her information to the organizers promptly. She is considered one of the “easy astrologers” to work with and she is not a prima-donna.
  • A successful astrologer knows when it is time to call in the experts. She has a list of related specialists to whom she can and does refer her clients if necessary.
  • A successful astrologer knows her message, remains in her truth and stays on track within her niche. She doesn’t try to be all things to all people.

Learning Without Tears – Book Review

Discover how the Mercury Model (TM) can: 

  • Identify a child’s unique learning style
  • Unlock a child’s true potential
  • Turn tension into talking

Publisher: Watkins Publishing, London, 2008, 229p. $14.95 USD. ISBN-10: 1-905857-53-5. ISBN-13: 978-1-905857-53-1. Order your copy directly from the website:

A book review by Alison Price.


Of all the astrology books I have had the pleasure of reviewing over the years Learning Without Tears is in a class of its own. Connerr takes the Mercury archetype, well known by astrologers, to a new level.

The author does not complicate the information being presented with an excess of technical terms, words and astrologese. She specifically uses regular dialogue to get her message across to the layperson.

There is the option to skip the detailed astrological explanations, if you wish to clearly focus on the child’s learning style, and not where it originates. With this brilliant approach the author has subtlety woven birth chart features into mainstream education which is directly aimed at parents and teachers.

We often hear the lament that astrology is not taken seriously by science. It is portrayed as the poor relation to astronomy and psychology. This fact was brought home to us during the 2011 online heated discussions. Here lies the beauty of this original book from an astrologer’s point of view. The author has parlayed astrology, and its centuries old traditions, into mainstream educational thought even perhaps without its detractors noticing.

This book is divided into three parts.

Part I – Individual Learning Styles and How They Interact

In the first section she discusses each of the twelve possible learning styles and how they manifest in every child. Presented with colorful animal characters clearly identifying each role.

Areas of similarity and difference are brought out in a subset by the style groupings and divisions which are easily recognizable to the astrology student as polarity, quadruplicity and element.

Connerr presents some real life parent and child scenarios and the resolutions are provided using the Mercury model.

We are challenged to explore our own learning style as parents and to consider how we default to that particular method by personally giving it preference and value

Part II – Variations and Background

She discusses how features in the whole nativity can influence each personality and provide modifications. Then goes on to explain the extraction of the essence for each Mercury archetype during individual analysis.

Part III – Identify a Learning Style

The author provides yearly assessment tables (Mercury ephemeris) to discover each persons learning style.

The New Physics and Essential Mercury

Helyn Connerr MSc is well qualified to write this book. Her background is impressive and she has studied astrology for over thirty years. She brings a scientist’s mind to an astrology problem.

Believing you can observe the energy principle of Essential Mercury in action and watch its effects, she discusses how the principles outlined are shown by planet, element, music, animals, literature, esoterica and the physical body. That Mercury, as an information receptor, is inherent in how we live, breathe and perceive.

Final thoughts

Although this book is aimed at educators, parents and children, one wonders if astrology teachers, when using this method, will find their students benefit and grasp new information in a way each learner can assimilate.

It is quite apparent that we retain our learning style throughout life. If as grown-ups, we choose to embark on further study, we will benefit by aligning ourselves with our own Mercury model.

This simple practice would enhance the adult education process. Rather than thinking, “I’m too old to learn this” perhaps we need to open up our minds, because, obviously we can learn if we are presented and communicated information in a way we each can appreciate

Learning Without Tears comes highly recommended for students, parents and educators.

A Chat With Alison Price

This is a transcript of Alison Price being interviewed.

Alison Price, moved to Vancouver in September 2012, and attended the Guild the first time, just in time for our AGM in October. Long story short, she was elected president for the group. Alison and I chatted both on the phone and via email about who she is and what she loves about being a professional astrologer. To begin with, Alison is a double Leo with a Scorpio Moon, and like every Leo knew her Sun sign early.

Her favourite topic in astrology is children’s charts; parents come to her to find out what educational route would suit their child the best. Along the way another major group of clients were women seeking advice about conception and fertility. As a rule, Alison, stated she was their last resort after having exhausted the main stream medical advice. That part of her practice began to grow exponentially about a decade ago, so she decided that she needed to find the tools to help her clients.

During our conversation it became apparent, that the reason she continues to work as an astrologer is because she firmly believes astrology can help her clients lead the life they were mean to have opposed to the one others around them expect them to lead.

Anne: How did astrology become your career?

Alison: My interest in astrology was piqued when I was at school in a dry and dusty geography class we were working on the solar system and the teacher alluded to the influences the planets have on each of us and through a reading she did of the sun signs from an astrology book she had.

I felt I was exaIMG_0562ctly as my sun sign had depicted and I began reading more on the subject. I took my first astrology class at the age of twenty and that was it, I was hooked on astrology, and have not looked back. I began reading for friends and family and then had to slake my thirst for understanding by challenging myself to interpret for other, strangers and people referred to me by those who knew me.

My first astrology teacher always said “Don’t give it away, take compensation for every reading, even if it is a cup of coffee. If you don’t value your work no one else will either.” that is how I started professionally and it grew from there.

 Anne: Why do you keep at it?

Alison: For me astrology is an all encompassing subject that permeates my life. I love the patterns formed in the chart by the aspects and the complexities that form which are different for each person.

I believe I can help people see their potentials and find the path in their lives that their chart is showing. If you are true to you natal chart potential you are living a fuller and more satisfying life.

Most of my clients are forty plus women who have reached a crossroads either because the kids have left home or their partner has moved on for whatever reason. Women at this stage are after asking themselves “Is that it? Is there nothing more to my life?” and it is at this point that they find me.

We explore what they really should be doing instead of spending all their days working for someone else, cooking and cleaning and just being “Mum” to young people who clearly can stand on their own feet. Women at this stage of their lives are at a turning point and it is important that they stand facing the right way so as to get the most from their lives. It is my job to show them options and possibilities displayed in their chart.

Anne: What’s most rewarding about being an astrologer?

Alison: I believe the best thing about being an astrologer occurs when clients and students get it. When they begin too see other possibilities (as shown by their chart) that they may not have considered about their lives.

This often results in them finding a creative path in their life that transcends the day-to-day grind on which many folk are trapped. Astrology offers possibilities for exploration of talents and interests in each natal chart that if the person takes these roads it will result in him or her having a satisfied life, because they are living their life in line with their birth chart.

Anne: What fascinates you the most?

Alison: I like the visual image that the chart presents with all the aspect lines and the weighting of the chart by planet position in the quadrants. I always use full color charts and I spend quite a bit of time simply meditating on the client’s natal chart image. I find the circle or wheel of the chart is almost like a mandala for contemplation.

Anne: What do you find are the challenges to doing astrology full-time/for a living?

Alison: By far and away time management is the most challenging thing about doing astrology full time. Each client requires intensive chart preparation work and time for a thorough understanding of the message in the chart. I also need to pause for reflection before I consult with my clients.

At the same time I like to keep up with current astrological thinking and I try to read all the trade periodicals and eNewsletters each issue. I also buy at least one new astrology book every month.

Anne: How has learning about your chart changed/improved your life?

Alison: I would like to say that it has given me a better understanding of humanity and of the varied people out there. To some extent it has been a humbling experience.

I grew up in a family dominated by Pisces parents and siblings. I think they were overwhelmed by my outgoing nature and found me difficult to understand. Leo is not necessarily bossy but they simply want to inspire others, and if that means suggesting ways that friends or family can improve their attitudes and life path then Leo will tell them. It can come over as dictatorial but that is not the true drive for Leo as they do not want to lead but to organize others.

My chart sports a Leo ascendant, Mercury, Uranus and Sun. So what you see is what you get. I also have three planets in Scorpio and this influence in my chart expresses itself in my life by allowing me to understand my clients and their deeper and darker motivations.

 Anne: What do you find is the most challenging aspect in your chart?

Alison: I had to give this some thought, but I think it is the Sun conjoined Uranus less than one degree but not partile. This conjunction in my first house gives others the impression I am unpredictable and don’t fit in (as an astrologer this is par for the course) but is also is reflected in my immigrant status that I have had most of my life.

Probably the most challenging part of my chart is the perception others have of Leo’s in general, and that the solar ruled are immediately pigeonholed into the drama queen slot and a “Let them eat cake” attitude in the vein of Marie Antoinette. There was an article in TMA last year titled “The Offstage Leo” which thoroughly explores the Lion’s sign and promotes a better understanding by the other signs.

Anne: Why did you choose conception charts as your presentation for the Guild?

Alison: My interest in conception astrology grew slowly over the years. Twenty years ago you never heard of these requests and even ten years ago they were few and far between. Over the past decade I have been approached by many clients who were struggling to fall pregnant. This was often the first pregnancy and sometimes they wanted to have a second child.

It was a side of my business that grew from a need (women wanting to conceive) that need filling (conception astrology reports). I began to help a few women here and there but then it blossomed to become a good quarter of my practice.

Because you don’t need to meet the client face-to-face it is a great product to have as an online service. Now the majority of my conception clients do not reside in Canada but are spread through the world. Bear in mind that conception astrology is a very private thing indeed. Many of my female clients do not let their husbands know of the consultation either.

Anne: Children’s charts…

Alison: I do a lot of work with children’s astrology. The parent starts out as my client for a general astrology consultation and then moves onto their child’s charts. It often starts at the birth of a new born and grows with the child.

My particular interest group is in the elementary school age group which is astrologically after the transiting Saturn opening square but before the opposition. This group of children are also before their first Jupiter return. Children in this special range are usually in grades one to eight. They are learning fine and gross motor skills and especially the three R’s reading, writing and arithmetic. It is a time when basic learning skills are gained. Almost as if they are learning how to learn, for later.

Difficulties usually appear if the teacher calls the parents in because their child is struggling in class. Astrologically it is often found to be a progressed Mercury stationing retrograde thus creating a year or two of lack of academic progress.

For a child’s consultation I consider the whole chart of course, but more often than not Mercury (the planet of learning and early school) is debilitated in some way. Providing the parents with a heads up about possible difficult school years for their child is a valuable benefit of children’s astrology. Being forewarned is forearmed. Taking action to help their child with perhaps remedial classes of engaging a math tutor after school can help the youngster.

It is important that children in this age group move forward with their learning in elementary school and do not slip through the cracks.

Anne: What type of astrology do you do and why?

Alison: Having explored different types of astrology Vedic, Chinese, Sidereal and Uranian etc. I have settled western tropical astrology. I use both traditional and modern rulers for the signs such as Mars and Pluto for Scorpio as I believe the signs with two rulers (Scorpio, Aquarius and Pisces) work on two levels.

Regarding a Dispositor Tree I always use traditional rulers so Mars rules Scorpio. This came in to play when Pluto transited Scorpio from 1984 to 1995 and it became apparent that during that ten year period only Pluto could ever become the Final Dispositor of any person born during that generation. My children were born at this time so I was closely watching charts for newborns then.

To my mind this was not true (that Pluto could be the only Final Dispositor) and I went back to traditional rulers during that period and discovered that it works much better than using modern rulers when constructing a Dispositor Tree.

This creates the quandary of the recent mutual reception between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. I see it as the two planets (Saturn and Pluto) both being disposed by Mars, Saturn in Scorpio by rulership and Pluto in Capricorn by exaltation. I have written more on this subject here:

I call myself a psychological astrologer as that is how I see the benefit I offer to my clients and students. I love Placidus house cusps and I keep tight orbs and I never allow planets on house cusps to creep into the next house.

Anne:Why do you like Placidus?

Alison: I use Placidus houses firstly because I learned this system initially and secondly because it fits my own chart better. Placidus places Jupiter in my fifth house and I see that as exploration of both children’s and conception astrology and both are fifth house areas of life. If Jupiter was in my fourth house it would incline to a large home and family and this is not the case in my life.

On a research note, I have invested much of my time and effort studying The Oriental Planet and I have a book manuscript in the pipeline which may see the light of day later this year. With oriental planet research I have looked at all the planets and I am now even exploring Eris for those of you who are Aries or Taurus Sun signs.

Anne: Your oriental planet is Mercury from the classical perspective and Uranus from a contemporary one, so which one do you identify with? Why is the planet significant?  What would you state about your oriental planet?

Alison: My oriental planet is Uranus. The oriental planet is a significator of two things; your vocational inclination and how you are announced.

Your vocation is defined as what you would do if you did not have to work. This is different than your job (6th house) and your career (10th house). Particularity in the vocation area my original research has shown that your oriental planet makes a Ptolemaic aspect to other planets that indicate you vocation. This shows up as, for instance, all famous composers have Neptune (music) in aspect to their oriental planet and all full-time and well known astrologers having Uranus (astrology) aspecting their oriental planet. This is over and above the average for aspects in general.

How you are announced is shown by your oriental planet as it is the harbinger of the Sun. It rises before the Sun on your birthday and announces the main act, you. For example, with Uranus oriental people say “she’s an astrologer, she’s an immigrant and she is different” because Uranus announces me. It is what people say about you before you enter a room.

Conversely the occidental planet, the planet that sets after the Sun on your birthday, shows what people say about you after you have left a room. It is your lasting impression so perhaps that is something to think about.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to work on this chat, and let’s hope you will put your research topic on our speaker schedule in the next year or two.

Born on the cusp? Don’t know your sign? I can help.

by Alison Price

Were you born on a cusp and want to know your Sun sign?

Read on…

Each year the Sun moves through twelve signs of the zodiac. As it changes signs it creates twelve cusp days each year.

A cusp day is one of the twelve days each year when the Sun changes sign from, say, Virgo to Libra or Taurus to Gemini. If your birthday falls on one of these cusp days you could be either sign.

Remember the Sun does not change sign neatly at midnight, it can enter a new sign at any time during the day. This is what makes it tricky. Thank goodness for astrologers!

So, are you a Virgo or a Libra? Or do you think you have a bit of both signs? I don’t  think so. You are either one or the other, not both.

How do you know which sign your Sun is in? Simple, ask me. Don’t live under the wrong sign one minute longer!

What you Do

In the email below write your name, time of birth, date of birth and place of birth.

I used to offer this as a free service but I have been inundated with requests from cusp people so now there is a token amount due of $1 before you email me.

What I Do

I will calculate your Sun’s position and tell you which sign you are.

Usually I do it straight away so you don’t have to wait, but if I’m having a nap I’ll do it as soon as I can.

I’m glad to help you.


Astrology Bodes Well


by Alison Price

There are many people scattered through the history of Astrology. Some are more famous than others and often they are astronomers or mathematicians. As astrologers we often come across people who have shaped the history of our craft.

Clearly you don’t need to know everything about them but sometimes it gives us pause to ponder and adds a richness to our understanding as modern astrologers.

As someone who like patterns and numbers (see Fibonacci Aspects) I wanted to mention another guy here who had something to say about the initial placement of the planets.

Although this theory has been disproven recently it is still worth trying to understand his original hypothesis.

Johann Elert Bode (1747 – 1826)

Bode was a German astronomer and mathematician who worked on many astronomical observations including being known for Bode’s Law of planetary placements.

Bode’s Law

Bode’s law states that the next planet is found at twice the distance from the Sun as the previous one. So mathematically that means:

Mercury = 1, Venus = 2, Earth = 4, Mars = 8, the asteroids = 16 and Jupiter = 32.



Where XX Is the missing planet. The spot where planet XX is found is in the place where the asteroid belt orbits today.

The asteroids comprise of Ceres, Vesta, Pallas etc. and a million other smaller objects all orbiting in the same area of the solar system between Mars and Jupiter.

There is one belief that the asteroids were once the missing planet in Bode’s Law and were broken up (or did not ever form) from a planet. It is food for thought of what might have been.


The Yod – Major Aspect Pattern


by Alison Price

The Yod                                                                   

Some students may think it is odd

to work with the finger of God.   

One sextile and two

quincunxes to view

and now we all call it a yod.

Most of you are probably wondering what the heck this limerick is all about.

Let me explain.

A Yod is an astrological major aspect pattern sometimes found in birth charts. It comprises of one sextile aspect (blue line) and two quincunx aspects (green lines).

Yod bearers

An aspect is an imaginary line drawn between two planets in a horoscope. People who have a yod in their charts are known as Yod Bearers as it indicates there are burdens that need to be carried through life.

The image is that of an isosceles triangle where the short side is 60 degrees and the two equal longer sides are 150 degrees.

The shape is somewhat reminiscent of an arrow or finger pointing thus the nickname of The Finger Of God. It is also referred to as the Finger of Fate.

In chart interpretation the area of life that the yod is pointing at is highlighted and becomes an important focus for that person.

The Yod

A Yod is an astrological planetary configuration also know as a major aspect pattern which is formed when three planets line-up in a particular way.

A Yod is an aspect pattern composed of one sextile and two quincunxes. It looks like an isosceles triangle with one short side and two equal length longer sides.

A yod looks like a triangle. But it is different to a grand trine, T-square or a Thor’s Hammer because of the aspects it contains.

Yod Aspects


A sextile is an aspect 60° wide or two signs. The orb for a sextile is 4° degrees. It is an aspect of ease and it suggests your latent talents.


A quincunx is an aspect 150° wide or five signs. The orb for a quincunx is 2°. It is an aspect requiring constant adjustment and causes mild irritation.

How to interpret a Yod

The broad stroke with interpreting yods is to look at the one planet being quincunxed (the green lines) by the other two.

This is known as the focal planet and is a sensitive spot in the zodiac which will be reflected in your chart by the house placement.


The 7 Deadly Sins of the Planets

Seven is one of those numbers that crops up all over the place

SevenWe have seven days of the week and seven visible planets.

Consider how your chart’s planetary urges align with the fabled seven deadly sins.

Please take a lighthearted view as we consider darker sides to each planet.

Greed = Jupiter

Jupiter is the planet of excess and overindulgence. It shows where we go overboard in our lives.

The Jupiter placement in your chart indicates where you take more than you need or simply where you can be greedy.

Lust = Mars

Mars the ruler of Aries and Scorpio is a planet that wants what it sees and it wants it now. Simply seeing an attractive potential mate walking in the street is enough to set of your lust factor.

Your natal Mars will show who you lust after, if in an odd house, and what you lust after if it is in an even house.

Gluttony = the Moon

The Moon rules food and any contacts it has into your chart by aspect will suggest where you can be a glutton.

The conjunctions to the Moon are specially apparent for instance the Moon conjoined Neptune indicates overeating and drinking.

Conjoined Mars over exercising by simply not knowing when to stop.

Pride = the Sun

The Sun with its symbol of the Lion shows where you are proud. Often expressed by its house placement.

The Sun in your second house indicates you are proud of your stuff (collections, cars, bags etc.), in the fifth house you are proud of your kids and in the seventh house proud of your partner. Brag, brag, brag…

Sloth = Neptune

Neptune can clearly, no not clearly, eventually show where you are slothful. This planet lets you lose your things because you forget to care.

It suggests you have on odd socks as you can’t find a matching pair in the chaos of your laundry hamper and this can overflow into the rest of your life.

Envy = Pluto

Pluto can be difficult to see in action in your chart. As the ruler of Scorpio your Pluto position is likely to be concerned, nay consumed, by envy and covetousness.

It is where you want what other people have. Not because you need what they have but because you don’t want them to have it.

What’s that you say? “You don’t do that!”

Oh, ok I understand.

Wrath = Saturn?

Saturn does not immediately seem like the kind of planet associated with wrath.

But if you think about it we become wrathful of those we have authority over.

You can only incur someone’s wrath if you annoy them and they think they have the right to boss you about.

Saturn’s placement may be where wrath comes to you and not where you dish it out.

What about Mercury, Venus and Uranus? Hmmm…

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Uranus Half-Return

by Alison Price 

Planetary returns

All of the planets orbit the Sun. The length of time each one takes to make its journey is dependent on its distance from the centre of the solar system. The further out a planet is the longer the orbit.

Our Earth takes one year to come back to the same place on the zodiac. The infamous Saturn return occurs at the age of twenty-nine. Past Saturn is Uranus the ruler of Aquarius.

Uranus requires eighty-four earth years to make one complete Uranian year. It happens for us as octogenarians and is known as the Uranus return. A Uranus half return occurs when transiting Uranus gets half way round the Sun and a transiting Uranus opposition natal Uranus aspect is formed.

Unless an outer planet (Uranus, Neptune or Pluto) are connected to your Sun, Moon  Ascendant or prominent in other ways they can languish quietly tucked up in a house of your chart and you don’t know they are there. Then one day a transiting planetary configuration occurs and you are (in the case of Uranus) awakened.

Uranus transits

To experience a Uranus transit it is a bit like jarring your funny bone when you are suddenly made aware of its presence by the jangle down your arm and it is not funny at all!

The Uranus half return is humorously known as the “Harley Davidson aspect” because it occurs at time in life when guys throw up their lives, buy a hog and drive out towards a new and exciting future.

Key themes for this period are break-ups, break-downs and break-outs. Life in general can be difficult when Uranus opposes its natal place. By the early forties Uranus has travelled half way around your chart and now takes the stance of looking back at its birth position and the you ask yourself “Is that all I’ve done?” and “What happened to the younger me?”

Separation can occur now and it is often regarding your growing dissatisfaction with life. There is a feeling that “It’s now of never” and “I have to do this while I’m still young.” In this way some people may throw up things and not look back. They will revolutionize certain areas of their lives which are suggested by the natal placement of Uranus.


Here is a story of this aspect at work:

A woman looks out from her porch and gazes on her garden. There is a large tree offering shade and her children play there. She and her husband sometimes sip lemonade sitting in the seat under the cool of the branches.

Life is good.

Then one day a storm breaks and the tree is suddenly struck by lightening. The dead fractured tree has to be broken up and removed from the property and along with it the protection and comfort it had provided for all those years.

Now the woman looks from her porch and is faced with a different landscape. New vistas have opened up. She can see down the valley and just make out the distant hills.

She asks herself “What is that twinkling in the distance? Why it is the old waterfall flowing down to the river below.”

The beauty spot had been there all along but she had forgotten about it. Perhaps she should take a walk there tomorrow and have a look…

The upside

When forecasting you have to always consider the upside of every transit even tough ones from the outers.


Children’s Charts – Astrology for Little Darlings – Book

Children’s Charts – Astrology for LIttle Darlings

Children’s Charts – Astrology for Little Darlings

Learn how to read a child’s chart and what to look for. Explore the first few years as the child develops through astrology.

Discover the dynamics of early school life and the astrological pointers that can help you and your child.

See how you relate to each of your children differently and find some tips to improve your parenting. The younger the child the cleaner the slate. Discover your child’s potentials through their birth chart.

Here are two handy worksheets you can use with this book.

Chapter overview


About Children’s Charts

The Three Ages of Children

Newborn to Preschool (0-6)

Elementary School (7-12)

Young Adults (13-17)

Theories on Conception

More for You

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How to Cast a Chart without a Birth Time

by Alison Price

No Birth time

If your client does not know their birth time (and they are not interested in rectification) how do you cast their chart and find some information that you can use?

Here are some simple steps to overcome this issue.

The Noon Chart

It is best to erect your client’s chart for noon on their birthday. Then you can only be twelve hours out.

Clearly this is not an ideal situation but better than twenty-four hours off the birth placements.

Experience will tell you that many people’s birth information is suspect at the best of times and you have to constantly be on the lookout for incorrect data and the chart results when face-to-face with your client.

The Moon in a Noon Chart

The Moon travels about twelve to fifteen degrees each day. With this movement halfway through the day (at noon) it will be six to seven and a half degrees out either way and may or may not be of use.

However you could ascertain the lunar sign because if the Moon is between seven and a half degrees and twenty-two and a half degrees of a sign at noon, then you know for sure it is in that sign in the birth chart.

Because the Moon would still be in the sign for a birth first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Natal Noon Chart

With a “noon chart” the planets in the signs and planetary aspects are correct (except the Moon) but there are no angles or houses.

This means of the possible 100% information shown in a normal chart you only have 60%. The point is that the 60% you do have is still 100% correct.

There is less quantity of information available, but it is still quality information when you interpret a “noon chart”.

Planets on Sign Cusps

You do need to watch out for other planets near the cusps of signs and weigh the possibilities of them being in the next sign or the previous sign for retrogrades.

Planetary Stations

If a planet is stationary on the birthday you can bet it is in that position dead-on in the natal chart.

Forecasting with a Noon Chart

Forecasting with transits and solar returns (by planetary sign position not houses) can be used as well as secondary progressions and solar arc directions the latter two with care.

There are many ways to rectify a birth chart but that is a discussion for another day.

Virgo Gets Things Done

by Alison Price

If you have planets in Virgo you can get things done.

Virgo is a modest sign. Often people with many Virgo placements brush off their accomplishments as old hat when others comment on their abilities by replying simply “Oh, but everyone can do that.”

Well no, not everyone can do the things those with a strong Virgo chart can.

A strong Virgo signature is a chart where there are three or more planets or the ascendant in the sign of the virgin with Mercury direct.


The imagery for Virgo is a maiden holding a sheaf of wheat.

Now I propose she did not just get the bundle of cereal handed to her off camera. I imagine she donned her wellies and was down in the field and harvested the grain herself.

SCAN0001-page-001-2 11Miss Virgo then paused for the photo opportunity (our imagery of the constellation) she turns, walks over to the millstone and thrashes the wheat from the chaff.

She gathers up the germs of goodness and enters her kitchen to bake bread. When the loaves are prepared she calmly places them on a clean gingham cloth in a wicker basket. Then serves her nutritious sustenance to the workers in her village.

Simple food, not flashy but full of goodness.

Very practical.


The ruling planet for Virgo is Mercury and there are clues in the affinity Mercury has with the hands, handiwork, and craftwork.

Women with Virgo planets are often knitting, baking and crafting things. These seem to be skills which are slowing disappearing as not all girls are taught these subjects anymore.

Men with Virgo placements are definitely handy to have about the place. Mr. Virgo is a guy who can wire a plug, chop onions and bath the dog.

Maybe not at the same time.


Perhaps the true skill of Virgo is that they look like they don’t know how to do things but in actual fact they do. They don’t yell from the rooftops about what they have done but go about their business attending to what needs doing on a daily basis.

Richard Branson’s Virgin International’s tag line is “More experienced than our name suggests” which about sums it up.

“More experienced than our name suggests”

If you are lucky enough to have Miss or Mr. Virgo living in your home you maybe taking them for granted…

Do you have a strong Virgo signature? Do you have planets in Virgo? Can you get things done? I really don’t expect any comments as the Virgo’s themselves don’t think they are that important.


My Little Darlings

I talk a lot about children’s astrology here on this blog.

Recently I have received several emails asking about my family dynamics and my children so I thought I would share a little about that.

At the same time respecting our Little Darling’s privacy.

My husband and I have four children. They are nearly all grown up and have almost left home.

This means I have more space to peruse my interests.

Time is the one luxury that I never had when the youngest was born and they all needed my attention.

I started studying and practicing astrology long before I had children. In fact my mother was an astrologer and she taught my sister and I lots as kids at the kitchen table.

The best laid plans

I knew the importance of the Sun in a chart and I wanted to select a child to be born with a Sun sign compatible with mine (Leo).

We decided to go for a fire Sun sign and the one that came up first that year was Leo. I fell pregnant and she was due on August 6th that year and bang in the middle of Leo.

But nature has a way of pulling off her joke and our daughter was born an amazing three weeks early when we welcomed in a beautiful little Cancerian Sun baby.

As the first grandchild in the family she was heralded as perfect in every way.

Our daughter’s birth story taught me much about taking life as it comes and accepting that things may not be as we might wish but that nature can make them better.

Accepting the fact that I could not organize a particular sign for my child to be born under led me to let nature take its course.

With the other children’s births, well they came in their own good time.

Astrological influence

So, as a mother and an astrologer to boot did I influence my children and raise them with the insights astrology?

I would like to answer “Yes, I did” but the truth is the kids are so very much their own people living their lives through their charts.

Where I felt I could have an influence is when rules had to be brought in and I became the voice of authority in the parental role.

Each child required a different carrot and still does.

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Fibonacci Aspects

by Alison Price

Aspects of the Fibonacci Sequence

To remind you the Fibonacci sequence is a pattern in numbers where the previous two are added together to result in the next number in the sequence.

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…

One plus two equals three, two plus three equals five, three plus five equals eight and so on.

It can be drawn as a widening spiral. This shape is found in nature in plants and animals and can be clearly seen in the nautilus shell chambers and in the head of a sunflower.

The numbers build on the past sequence to create the future patterns.

It seems to me that this reflects a natal chart as it begins to progress and develop by building on what has gone before. The progressed chart unfolds over time from a base point in time i.e. the natal chart.

Situations that occur in life must have been in the natal promise to start with.

Fibonacci aspects

  • Conjunction (1)
  • Opposition (2)
  • Trine (3)
  • Quintile (5)
  • Semi-square (8)
  • Baker’s dozen (13)

Missing Ptolemaic aspects

In this sequence of numbers we see that the square (4) and the sextile (6) do not appear. Nor will the semi-sextile (12) aspect.

So what?

Well, astrology is a system of patterns and symbols.

We happily take chart divisions from one to twelve and for the simple reason that every number is represented.

We are also ok to extract the hard aspects in the eighth harmonic (1, 2, 4, 8) and call them manifesting aspects.

Surely if the Fibonacci sequence occurs in nature and so is part of the Earth experience should we not consider this group of aspects in a particular way?


Perhaps because the quintile aspect is found in the Fibonacci list that is our first clue. Quintiles are closely associated with your creativity and genius.

13th Harmonic a Baker’s Dozen

What about the thirteenth harmonic?

Keywords transformation and values. This is not an aspect that is widely used in general astrology but can it be somehow associated with the meanings of the others in our sequence, maybe following the quintile theme?

I’m not sure, but using the Fibonacci aspects in a particular way as a group is a theory that has been buzzing in my thoughts for a while now. I wanted to put these ideas out there for consideration.


Do You Need Astrological Certification?

by Alison Price

“Most people can fry an egg but they don’t call themselves chefs.”

Astrological Certification

Today I want to look at astrological certification and whether you need it or not.

Certification really means taking lessons and sitting a series of exams at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level of astrology. In this way you meet knowledge criteria.

No, you don’t

The short answer to this question is no, you don’t need certification. Anyone can set up shop and call themselves an astrologer. There are no regulations as there are with realtors or psychologists. To my mind, it is like being an artist. Whether you are doing fine art in oils of making wooden birdhouses it is still considered art.

Many famous astrologers are self-taught. They don’t get certified because they don’t have to. When you have spent twenty or thirty years learning your art you do know what you are doing. There is a point when experience kicks in and overcomes formal training.

Astrology is not widely considered a serious field it is generally used “For entertainment purposes only” and this sentence is recommended by legal consultants when opening an astrology business.

Yes, you do

The long answer is it depends on what you want to do with your astrology. There are two instances when I recommend taking the class and exam route.

  • If astrology is a brand new subject for you (that is if you have been studying for less than twelve months). If you are learning from scratch you have the potential, in formal classes, to learn all the things you need to know without having gaps in your knowledge which frequently occur when you are self-taught.
  • If you want to be considered an authority in the astrology field either by the general public or the astrological community.

In the end, I believe it is a personal choice.

Astrological certification bodies:

Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA)

Canadian Association for Astrological Education (CAAE), of which I am a teacher. see my classes here.

Great Britain:
Faculty of Astrological Studies London, England.
London School of Astrology (LSA).
MA, Cultural Astronomy and Astrology – the University of Wales at Lampeter

International Society Astrological Research (ISAR)
National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR)
American Federation of Astrologers (AFA)

There are more but theses are the ones that come to mind.

Your Year End Astrology Review

By Alison Price

As the year ends it is a natural time to have a retrospective and evaluate your progress.

Undoubtedly your life will have altered over the past twelve months.

Experience tells us how to create our future in a conscious way. You can learn from the past and you may choose your future. Free will anyone?

Looking Back

It is natural to have had some good times and a few hard days in the past 365 days. If you accept what is done has gone then the only way from here is towards the future.

What you do from today on are the only things you can affect.

During this year:

  • Which transit do you feel stimulated the most response in you? Which natal planet was involved?
  • Which progression opened you up to deeper insights? Which natal planet was involved?
  • Which house in your natal chart was invigorated the most by astrological factors?
  • We’re there any interesting astrological tips or tricks that you learned?
  • Is there a section of astrology have you decided to drop because it doesn’t speak to you?

Looking Forward

As an astrologer you may have forecasted for yourself for the next twelve months. These predictions will likely include transits, secondary progressions and other techniques.

Next year:

  • Which is the most important self-prediction you can make for next year?
  • What new astrological technique will you be exploring?
  • Do you have a plan to buy a speciality book?
  • Will you begin a research project this year? What is the title of this project?

Make sure you stand facing in the right direction when opportunity knocks next year. Don’t get caught napping.


The Holly and the Ivy

This is an Olde English Christmas carol

The holly and the ivy,

now they are both full grown,

Of all the trees that are in the woods,

the holly bears the crown.

Traditionally we sing about holly and ivy at this time of the year. We decorate our homes in December when the holly berries are red against the green of the foliage used to adorn houses in the dead of winter.

Red and green are the old fashioned colors of Christmas.

These traditions originate in the north. Obviously in the south it is summer.

The Sun in Capricorn

On December 21 the Sun enters Capricorn and we celebrate the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Saturn is the planet that rules the coldest time of the year.

The two Saturn signs of Capricorn and Aquarius are directly opposite the Sun and Moon’s signs of Leo and Cancer which the Sun is enters in the warmth of summer.

Winter plants

During winter only a few plants are in color. Two of which are the holly with its red berries and deep green leaves pointy leaves and the soft ivy in two-tone greens.

Holly is a symbol of the masculine and ivy of the feminine. Resolution comes through kissing under the mistletoe which is another winter plant. Any excuse for a smooch.


Every planet has lots of plants and trees associated with it. Saturn rules cold and dry things like winter.

It has an affinity with Holly and Ivy because they are winter-flowering and still hold their color in the bleakness of the coldest time of the year.


Add 12 Hours and Reverse the Signs

by Alison Price

Astrologers can and do make misteaks I mean mistakes.

As with all things practice does make perfect. An astrologer that has been practicing for more than two years should not make many errors

Hopefully there will be less and less but when learning astrology it’s amazing what errors can creep in.

I’m gonna share with you a classic mistake that I was guilty of way back in the early days of my career.

Understand the Instruction

I was living in the southern hemisphere when I began to learn astrology. In a country where astrology books were few and far between.

I had Parker’s the Compleat Astrologer. I began casting charts by hand with log tables, ephemerides and a Table of Houses.

All was well until I came to the instruction “add 12 hours and reverse the signs.”

I duly added 12 hours. That was simple. At this point you get the Ascendant, Midheaven and the house cusps from the Table of Houses.

…and reverse the signs…

This is where I made the mistakes. I flipped the zodiac so when Aries rose it was followed by Pisces then Aquarius etc.

You get the picture. I did reverse the signs by making them go backwards which is what reverse means. But clearly it should have said “…and take the opposite sign…”

Astrology software

Only those of you who began learning astrology before the eighties will appreciate how hard it was (or how easy it was) to make errors when doing manual calculations to draw astrology charts from scratch.

Just because you have the computer programs now don’t think you won’t make errors. The software is only as good as the person at the keyboard.


Gift Ideas For Every Astrological Sign

Tis the Season to be Giving, tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Gift giving can be a token of friendship or love, the forging of a bond or a way to celebrate having made it through the year.

As the year draws on it has become the practice to exchange presents.

What to give each sign

If you are planning to give gifts this season here are some ideas of what will go down well with each sign.


  • Sporting goods and memorabilia, tickets to ball games or adventure rides with thrills.
  • For women try anything in red like purses, scarves or lipsticks.
  • Aries like bright and shiny personal goodies.


  • For women silk scarves, lingerie, fruit baskets, flowers, scented soaps and fragrances.
  • For men cashmere scarves to keep the chills out.
  • Belgian chocolates or imported nuts. Cash always goes down well.


  • Twins like to receive a voucher or gift card for a book store.
  • They can go themselves and select from a variety of titles, stationery, journals, pens and other goodies.
  • Make sure to include a gift receipt for exchanges.


  • Cancers always appreciate another piece for their collections be it cruets, recipe books or first editions.
  • Try framed photos of family to display about their abode.
  • Homemade cookies, jams and pickles will be appreciated.


  • With Leo’s the actual item is not really important but presentation is everything.
  • Make sure your gift is properly wrapped with complementary ribbons and an appropriate card.
  • Here it is good to present your offering in a dramatic way and in front of an audience.


  • The Virgo on your list will like gifts that have potential like small plants and seeds.
  • How-to books and puzzles go well too.
  • Anything in miniature or mint condition.
  • This person will like many little gifts that go together.


  • Libra will appreciate something received from a loved one which could be a personal item for use every day that reminds them of the giver.
  • Librans are not really bothered to receive gifts from colleagues and those they do not know well.


  • Scorpio is intrigued by a mystery so here you can leave clues to the present either as a hunt to find a hidden gift or as to the giver by, for example, leaving the gift anonymously on their desk or under the tree.


  • Try gifts that take them somewhere else either in the mind, as in a travel book, or actually give a weekend getaway.
  • Not so flush? Then what about and adventure movie collection like Indiana Jones.


  • Give coupons for something that can be cashed in or used later in the year.
  • Capricorn people have patience and will enjoy the anticipation of a gift.
  • You can also prep them with “you’ll get your gift later in the day” teasers.


  • Water Bearers like something unlike they have ever seen before.
  • The latest gadget or another widget on the tech side will appeal to Aquarians.
  • Give something trendy, modern and up-to-date think App vouchers.


  • Pisces don’t really like a fuss being made of them so a subdued gift proffered quietly will probably be well received.
  • A gift of music will be appreciated.
  • You can try concert tickets.


The Sixth House and Herb Gardens

by Alison Price
Herb Garden #1

Uranus conjunct Neptune

During the Great Conjunction of 1991/93. Uranus conjoined Neptune for the first time in 170 years this time in Capricorn.

The astrology group I was a member of at that time in Cape Town had a particular meeting to celebrate the conjunction where we got into huddles depending on which house this conjunction occurred in our charts.

6th house

For me this was the 6th house and I joined with the other astrologers in the clutch who had the Uranus Neptune conjunction in their 6th houses as well.

This is not the most exciting house in a chart because it is about health, daily rituals, service and work.

They began discussing their work and how busy they were but it did not resonate with all the group members. Someone said they had started gardening.

Well that was the catalyst for an animated discussion as we all had taken up gardening recently. Then we got onto herbs.

First herb garden

I was able to tell them about the new herb garden I had recently designed and had constructed down a narrow strip of land behind our house and how herbs had suddenly had more meaning for me.

That year I had been growing and cooking with fresh herbs and making interesting meals for my family which was something I had never done before. It was glorious.

Small plants are shown in your 6th house.

Second herb garden

Herb Garden #2

We later moved to another house right on the Tropic of Capricorn (that is another story) and again the garden needed care.

My husband and his guys laid out a beautiful 10m x 10m square herb garden with appropriate circles and a birdbath in the middle.

At the time of construction, we made sure that money, yes hard cash, was buried below the concrete of the water feature. This was to provide for the garden. A nice touch.

I often wonder what those gardens look like today having had twenty-five and fifteen years to establish themselves.


How to Interpret a Retrograde Sun

by Alison Price

Everything you wanted to know about a retrograde Sun but were too afraid to ask

There really are only two responses to the title of this piece. Ok, maybe more than two, but the essence of each will be the same as they are just variations on a theme.

The first response is “I have to learn about this new feature in astrology” and the second reaction is “What’s she banging on about now?”

Part 1: If you don’t know about retrograde Suns

Read this part if you have a retrograde Sun in your chart, if it is in a member of your family’s nativity, it has cropped up in a friend’s horoscope or if you wish to learn how to interpret one.

  • Decide if it is a daytime or nighttime birth
  • Check for converse progressions
  • Realize that astrology has many confusing details
  • Calculate the chart with Regiomontanus house cusps
  • Book in for the class “Astronomy for Astrologers”
  • Make sure to discuss this interesting phenomena at you next astrology meeting

Part 2: If you do know all about retrograde Suns

Read this part if you know about retrograde Suns or if you have come across them before. Here are some thoughts on how to proceed.

  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
  • Choose your mentors wisely
  • Always be on the lookout for a sense of humor
  • Know that not all those reading this have your powers
  • Get behind the “All practitioners must get certified” regime
  • Go outside, stand in the Sun and smile

Remember everyone sees the world through the lens of their own chart. What one person sees is often different to how you view things.

Who is correct?

Sometimes it is not easy to tell.

Let astrology inspire you.



“It’s Not What You Have, It’s What You Have To Give.”

Its not what you have meme-page-001 (1)I started with my slogan of “It’s not what you have, it’s what you have to give” because it is what I truly believe.

Astrological advice (or more properly advice for astrologers) is pretty thin on the ground.

If you are a person who wants to create a business and make a living from astrology there is not much to go on information wise.

You can read more on the advantages of astrology and how to set-up your prosperous astrology business.

What I give

I felt I could give something back to the astrological community for all the help, support, tips and advice I have personally received over the years from my teachers, peers, students and friends.

When I started out with Starzology I wanted to share my experiences in setting up an astrology business.

I felt if I could help only one other person then it would have all been worth it.

I realize this area (moving from student to professional astrologer and advice on how to set up and run an astrology business) is a super-slim vertical niche market.

This means there are only so many people that Starzology will interest as opposed to the general astrological prediction sites which are ubiquitous.

What you give

I now find that many, many of you dear readers are showing your appreciation for the information on these pages.

Thank you

This is simply a big thank you to all those visitors, readers, fanboys and fangirls and friends who have supported me recently and the Starzology blog.



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7 Days to a Better Chart Reading

by Alison Price

You can improve your astrological interpretations in one week. Simply follow this seven day plan to get your readings back on track.

By taking these few steps you will be ready to present the best consultation you can muster on Saturday.

That’s six sleeps!

First you will interpret the natal chart and then selected forecast work.

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


Sunday: Book and Print your client’s charts


Book a client for next Saturday. It can be a family member, a friend or new person. But it must be a chart for someone you have not done before. Make it a one hour session.

Choose a consultation time when the transiting ascendant is in the same polarity as your Sun. If your Sun is in the passive polarity make the consultation time when a passive sign rising and the same for active signs.


Having their chart details, print out the natal chart, transits and progressions.

Cast and print the consultation chart (the chart of the time and place where the consultation will happen).

Use a bi-wheel with the natal chart in the centre and secondary progressions on the outside. By hand write in the current positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto outside the bi-wheel.

Don’t start the written interpretations yet.

Color in the major natal aspect patterns. T-Squares in red, grand trines in blue, yods in green and Thor’s Hammers in orange.

Highlight the chart ruler and any sign or house emphasis in yellow.

Monday: The Balances and Strengths

Today you start writing your notes.

As you write, list all the short form codes in the margins and explore the full interpretation meanings in the body of the page.

Find the balances in the chart.

  • Active and passive.
  • Elements and mode strength.
  • Strong signs and houses.
  • Major aspect patterns.

Know the strong parts of your client’s chart. These will be things they are aware of already and hearing them makes you look good and seem capable.

Pull out the other chart highlights

Tuesday: The Ascendant and Chart Ruler

Explore the Ascendant complex

  • Look at the sign on the ascendant.
  • Consider the aspects to the ascendant.
  • Note any planets rising or placed in the first house.

Explore the Ascendant ruler complex

That means the planet that rules the sign on the ascendant (use traditional rulers).

  • Look at the chart ruler’s sign.
  • Consider the chart ruler’s house.
  • Note the chart ruler’s aspects.

Write out your keywords and fully understand each and every detail.

If there is an aspect you are not sure of, for instance Mars conjunct the Ascendant, research it thoroughly by reading the aspect in your cook books and on-line. Get to know that particular aspect so you will always be able to interpret it when you see it again.

Wednesday: The Luminaries

Explore the Sun complex

  • Look at the Sun’s sign.
  • Consider the Sun’s house.
  • The aspects to the Sun.

Explore the Moon complex

  • Look at the Moon’s sign.
  • Consider Moon’s house.
  • The aspects to the Moon

Note the Lunar phase. Make sure you know what it means.

Consider the nodal axis by sign and house. Look out for planets squaring the nodal axis.

Thursday: The Forecast for Money and Career


  • Note the Midheaven sign.
  • MC aspects.
  • Planets in the tenth house.

Explore the 10th house ruler

  • The planet that rules the sign on the tenth house cusp.
  • Note it’s sign.
  • It’s house.
  • It’s aspects.


  • Transiting Planets in the 2nd (money).
  • Transiting Planets in the 6th (job).
  • Transiting Planets in the 10th (career).


  • Consider the 2nd house progressed ruler.
  • Look at the 6th house progressed ruler’s condition.
  • Explore the 10th house progressed ruler’s condition.

Friday: The Forecast for Love and Romance

Explore the 5th house (where love begins)

  • Note the 5th house cusp.
  • Explore the 5th house ruler by sign, house and aspects.
  • List any natal 5th house planets.

Explore the 7th house (partners and spouse)

  • Look at the 7th house cusp.
  • Consider the 7th house ruler.
  • Note any natal 7th house planets.


  • Consider any transiting planets in the 5th.
  • Interpret any transiting planets in the 7th.


  • Check the progressed 5th house ruler’s condition.
  • Look at the progressed 7th house ruler’s condition.

Saturday: The Consultation

Prepare yourself to give. A consultation takes something from you as an astrologer. You need to be prepared to give your understanding, advice, energy, time and sympathy to your client.

Make sure the consultation room is cool and well ventilated.

Read 10 things to do before your client arrives.

One hour before, re-read your notes.

Five minutes before, breathe in… breathe out…



Competitors or Collaborators? – Your Relationship With Other Astrologers

by Alison Price

In the relatively small world of astrology we come up against each other now and then. Sometimes sweetly at conferences and social events and on occasion during heated public debates.

Astrological practitioners are likely to know each other (in fact they should) and they probably are doing the same type of work. Consultations and services, reading charts and giving insights or teaching and lecturing.

If other astrologers are chasing the same client base as you, does that make them your competition or can you do the clever thing and turn them into your collaborators?


If you see other astrologers as your competition what can you do? How about reduce your fees to less than theirs, offer freebies or complementary readings or some other attempt to lure their clients away – I think not.

We are not selling used cars. There is no place for grasping in the New Age community. You create your own karma by the actions you take in thought, word and deed.


Collaborators work together for the common good. In this case the common good is building a solid reputation for astrology within the general public.

Bringing synergy into play. Becoming a collaborator is a matter of repositioning yourself to work with people similar to yourself rather than compete with them.

You have your clients and they have theirs. You attract your clients and they attract theirs simply by the layout found within your and their natal charts.

I believe that people are drawn to a particular astrologer because of the synergy between them.

For instance, recently I have had a seemingly endless flow of clients and students all born when the Sun was at three degrees of a particular cardinal sign. They were not born in the same year but near enough the same day.

Why? Because their Sun’s make a perfect sextile to my ascendant. (Probably transiting Uranus gave a push too.)

Collaboration with other astrologers

Surely it follows that if you are going to collaborate with your peers that you get in with those who have different charts to yours?

For example, if you are a strong Aries then team up with a Virgo or a Pisces. Mix up the elements.

It will stretch you too. In this way you both (you and your collaborator) can attract a variety of clients or lecture students. It also provides the public (or your attendees) with a diverse approach to similar astrology topics.