The craze for adult colouring books knows no limits.
Many people are joining in, picking up a crayon, staying between the lines to colour beautiful images, pictures and mandalas as recreation.
(BTW this is product of Saturn in Sagittarius – exploration within boundaries.)
There is even a Meetup in Vancouver called Vancouver Colouring. It has over 300 members and is going from strength to strength.
This year I received one of these book from my fabulous sister as a gift. Does she think I need to relax, take it easy and chill? Possibly…
When I attend lectures I often find myself doodling in the margins as the speaker talks and I thought about this for a while and at my workshops and lectures.
When I taught every evening and four classes a week my students would come to class with their binders and stuff their notes from class into them. It occurred to me that they could do with a nice cover page for their binders so I created this page specifically to be colored in.
Each student was able to do their own color combination and it became a component of the classes.
So now I give each astrology class student or workshop attendee one of original astrology themed colouring pages.
I want to share this with you now and offer you a free PDF download of one of my astro art pages.
You don’t have to but it’s there it is if appeals to you.
Below is the drawing that you can download and colour in to your heart’s content. This first one is called Astro Art Cover 1.
Aspiring Astrologer Cover Page
The idea is that you write your name in the space at the bottom and use this as the cover for your astrology binder (or file).
If you are new to astrology you may not see the subtlety of the symbols peppered about this page but they will all be revealed as you learn about this exciting craft of astrology.
If you are an aspiring astrologer then you probably have a few journals, files or binders where you keep all of your exciting astrology notes, class notes, snippets and information.
There is so much to learn. I get it. It can be overwhelming at times. I have created a front cover for you to use for your astrology journal.
All you have to do is download it and colour it in to your heart’s content.
Get your copy of the Aspiring Astrologer Colour-in Cover Page by clicking this link
I’m calling these images and diagrams Astro Art and until I get a better name I’ll stick with that. #astroart
How to Colour in
You can do felt pen, pen and ink, pastels or primaries. It’s up to you.
If you like you can do more than one copy.
Now you can always have something to doodle on when you find yourself in a long lecture.
If you take a class with me you will get this image as well.
When you have completed your Astrology Art cover page please share it with us use the hashtag #starzart and send me a copy and I’ll put it up for the readers to admire.
I can’t wait to see what you can do.
This year I plan to have more images for you to color in and they are coming out soon so get those crayons sharpened.
The need to live with less stuff is a theme for Saturn in Capricorn.
Austerity, as a part of life, is a step on the path of spiritual enlightenment. All of the consciousness-raising leaders, from Christ to Gandhi and the rest in-between have promoted living with less.
During the period as Saturn transits Capricorn (December 2017 to December 2020) you will have the chance to master some austerity. You will learn how to take what you need, and use what you take, as you limit your consumerism.
First World Waste
When my family and I came from Africa to Canada in 2002 was a culture shock for us. We felt we had arrived on another planet.
There is so much more stuff available in Canada than Africa. More clothes, more food, more packaging and older people.
The most waste I saw was in food.
Shopping mall food courts that serve burgers and fries in polystyrene containers litter the city. (The food courts, not the packaging because Canada is very clean and there is virtually no litter whatsoever).
Uneaten food left on a tray to be thrown away is a first world problem.
Kids at Camp And the Food Waste Program
You can take what you want, but eat what you take. This is the rule at the Circle ‘R’ Ranch camp my children went to in southern Ontario for many years.
It accommodated children from around age 7 to 21 with summer programs and horse riding, small pet care, craft work, singing, swimming and life-saving were the themes of this adventure camp
But, the biggest thing my kids learned at the camp was not to waste food.
This was the message they heard loud and clear and for this, I thank the camp leaders. I believe it is important to not waste.
After the kids came home they were on to me about food waste. They wanted me to prepare food and cook so we had no leftovers to be thrown away.
We all learn.
Your Carbon Footprint
Your carbon footprint is the amount of waste i.e. carbon that is expelled into the atmosphere, or the world, by how you personally live, eat and consume.
In a broad view, most carbon naturally comes from animals and is exhaled as a gas, and fossil fuels that are released as coal is burnt for electricity generation and burning petrol as carbon is released from car exhausts.
Fewer carbon emissions come from using the bus or public transport. Virtually no carbon is released from riding a bicycle. Walking is best.
Planets for Minimalism
Saturn is the planet that rules restrictions. Saturn is in Capricorn its own sign and is a very strong influence on everyone now (2018-2020).
Pluto is the planet that rules purging. Pluto is in Capricorn which is Saturn’s sign and has been for a while. In 2020 Saturn will catch up and conjoin Pluto in Capricorn.
Jupiter will pass through Scorpio (2017-2018), then Sagittarius it’s own sign (2018-2019) and then join and conjoin for a triple conjunction or stellium with Saturn and Pluto (2020).
Zodiac Signs for Minimalism
In your chart find the house with Capricorn on the cusp. This area of life is ruled by Saturn which will help you limit yourself.
In your chart find the house with Scorpio on the cusp. This house will be ruled by Pluto and shows where you can get rid of waste and unwanted stuff.
As Jupiter passes through Scorpio (2017-2018) you can purge your life of huge amounts of stuff. And by stuff I mean junk, limiting beliefs and toxic people.
To be a minimalist is to have less baggage in your life. To minimize your things and make them smaller and less.
To live as a minimalist does not mean you are being punished but that you free yourself to do other things without worrying about all your stuff.
Keep the good and beautiful thing in your life.
Use your time on Earth to use your mind and consciousness. The animals have evolved so far but we as the human race have the larger Braun and consciousness that sets us apart.
Spend your time loving your family, friends and your life. Use the Danish principle of hygge.
Hygge refers to a pleasant and everyday form of togetherness and a highly valued experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow.
This is one way to enjoy your life, your experience of being alive and not being bogged down by your stuff.
Chart Points for Excess Baggage
The Moon is a planet that clings. If you have a prominent Moon you will keep things for nostalgia and as keepsakes. Other people may think your is junk but if something has a meaning you need to keep it.
The South Node is a point where you bring things from your past. This suggests where you unconsciously hang onto outmoded ideas, principles and people.
“Less is More” initiatives
Limit the amount of stuff that you use on a daily basis.
Project 333 is an initiative where you only wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months.
You choose the items you want to wear and pack the rest of your clothes away.
The clothes not to be worn can go in a suitcase under your bed of in your apartment lockup or in your basement.
What to choose
What to choose for your 33 pieces is the trick.
To get rid of the excess stuff that you did not use during the three months which you did the project is the next step.
A pair of socks counts as one item. A pair of shoes counts as one item.
The 100 Items Challenge
This is a slightly harder exercise in minimalism where you only keep 100 things in your life.
They typically are broken down into categories as follows:
Tech stuff – phones, computers, iPads, earbuds etc.
Clothes – coats, pants, tops, underwear, socks and shoes
Bags – handbags, briefcases, backpacks and luggage
Jewelry and watches
Cosmetics, hair care and toiletries
Books, pens, pencils
Collections – old magazines, CD’s, art and knickknacks etc.
The focus is on 100 personal items.
What not to count
The debate about what you use, like the frying pan to make breakfast, and whether or not it counts as one of you 100 items can go on. Guidelines are that there are some exclusions.
The opening scene is in the Garden of Eden where we meet the angel of the Eastern Gate, Aziraphale who expels Adam and Eve just after they taste the fruit. he is joined by Crowley, a demon.
The son of Satan is born and will be brought up on Earth by a normal family when he is switched out, just after birth for another baby at St Beryl’s Maternity Home.
By the time he reaches the age of eleven he will start the Apocalypse as mentioned in the book of Revelations.
The Nice and Inspiring Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch are woven in and guide the characters to discover the time and place for the start of proceedings.
The four riders of the apocalypse represented as Hell’s Angels are summoned and descend on Lower Tadfield in Oxfordshire, England to start the end of days.
Ther are many characters in this story but here the main players and the gangs are mentioned.
The supporting parts are Mr. Young and R.P. Tyler and others.
Smaller parts include the management teams, the four other riders, the policemen and of course Elvis the cook.
The two spirits on Earth are representatives of heaven and hell. One for each side of good and evil.
They first met in the garden and have grown to like living amongst the humans. They want to keep things as they are and stop Armageddon.
They get into cahoots to be around and help bring up the son of satan and influence him to good so as to halt the bad things that are coming.
Crowley – Scorpio
Crowley is a demon and is good friends with Arizaphale. He wears shades and snakes skin shoes and is a smooth talker.
Crowley is a Scorpio and the actual book cover has the glyph for the sign of Scorpio as the letter “m” in the word “Omens.”
Aziraphale – Pisces
The angel of the Eastern gate is a Pisces. He is intuitive and even when discorporated can be an effective angel.
Aziraphale worries that an angel can sometimes do wrong like when he gives his flaming sword to Adam and Eve for protection as they are banished from the Garden for eating the fruit.
He runs an old bookshop in London.
Aziraphale asserts the Earth is a Libra and was born at 9:00 am (which is only fifteen minutes out) on October 21st, in the year 4004BC.
The Them is a gang of four eleven-year-old kids in Lower Tadfield of which Adam is the leader. They hang out at the quarry.
Adam – Leo
Adam is the gang leader and is symbolized by Leo. He constantly looks for ways to entertain the other three through role play and imaginative games. His love for Lower Tadfield and
His love for Lower Tadfield and the surrounding area with ponds and trees to climb is his castle and the Them are his subjects is so strong he had bent the ley lines and willed perfect weather (sunny and no rain) for months at a time.
Pepper – Aries
Pepper is a girl in the gang and a bit a scrapper. She will fight the boys if the tease her about her long name.
Brian – Sagittarius
Wensleydale – Sagittarius
Dog – Sirius
The Hellhound sent to pad by Adam’s side.
When Adam says that he wants a dog for his birthday he describes one who can go down a rabbit hole and has an inside-out ear. A pedigree mongrel and this is what he manifests.
Sirius is the dog stat and this fixed star rises in Egypt at the time of the inundation of the Nile and portends changes to come.
The humans weave the story and some are swept up in the drama from the past and the potential in the future.
Agnes Nutter, Witch – Sagittarius
Agnes wrote the “The Nice and Interesting Prophecies” in a huge book that, although now out of print, there is a copy with her great, great, great, great, great granddaughter Anathema.
Agnes is the last witch to be burned in England and was found by the Witch Finder General who was an ancestor of Newton Pulsifer.
Anathema Devices – Gemini
Anathema is a young adult and has the book with the prophecies and moved to Lower Tadfield a year ago.
She discovered the ley lines were bending and the weather was unusually clement.
She has a theodolite, thermos and a bread knife and rides an old bicycle.
Newt Pulsiver – Virgo
Newt joins the Witch Finder Army as a private under Shadwell.
He loves Anathema and helps her discover the beginning of the apocalypse.
Shadwell – Aries
Shadwell is in the Witch Finder Army. He takes on Newt and is protective of Madame Tracey.
He always wants to know how many nipples everyone has as more than two nipples is a sign of a witch.
He has a pin that he believes finds witches when he sticks it into people.
Madame Tracey – Pisces
Madame Tracey is Shadwell’s neighbour and cooks his dinners. She offers intimate massage.
Madame Tracey is a psychic and holds seances to bring up the spirits. She unexpectedly accepts to host the discorporated spirit of Aziraphale. She helps him.
The Nuns of St Beryl’s – Gemini
St Beryl’s Maternity Home is the place where the son of Satan is taken by Crowley to be brought up in the care of an American family.
St Beryl’s is of the chattering order of Krakow and the sisters are:
Sister Mary Loquacious
Sister Grace Voluble
Sister Patricia Prattle
In Astrology sisters are signified by Vesta the asteroid named after the sister of Jupiter.
The Four Riders
The four Hell’s Angels ride in on their hogs and are drawn to the events when tipped off by the International Express delivery guy.
Red – War – Aries
Carmine Zuderbeger is a sexy female warrior (Eris perhaps?) and has Aziraphale’s sword strapped to her blood red bike.
Black – Death – Capricorn
Black wears a motorbike helmet and plays the arcade machine winning every answer and bringing in new categories of; war, pestilence, famine and death.
White – Pollution? Cancer
White is found on the banks of the river where he has made the pollution make the fish float to the top and the swans sink to the bottom. He loves pollution.
Pale – Famine
The International Express delivery guy – Gemini
This delivery guy finds the four riders in the places around the world and delivers each one a message and things. This alerts them to go to Tadfield for the start of the Apocalypse.
Mr Young – Leo
Adam’s Dad was there when his child was born and at the baby swop confusion. He chose Adam’s name. He enjoys smoking an evening pipe and defends his child Adam to the neighbours.
Mr. RP Tyler – Gemini
The complaining neighbour who walks his dog Suskie in the neighbourhood. Mr. Tyler knows that Adam and the Them scrump apples.
The two policemen in the audiobook were played by the authors of Good Omens, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett.
So we know that Neil is a Scorpio and Terry is a Taurus.
Elvis the cook
Elvis sings in the cafe.
The Management Team – Capricorn
The management training team plays paintball in the grounds of old St Beryl’s.
They meet up with Aziraphale and Crowley. Crowley gives them real guns to shoot each other although no one is hurt and they will only experience near misses.
From Sunday, August 27 to Saturday, September 2, 2017 is customer appreciation week at Starzology.
This is the only week in the year when you can get amazing offers on all services, consultations and readings with me.
Your Chance for a Free Reading
Step 1: Post a Glowing Review on Amazon
Purchase one of my books or eBooks on Amazon, write a glowing review and post it to Amazon here.
Send me a link to your review and receive a 30-minute astrology consultation on your chart valued at $250.
Your Glowing30 minute consultation will be via Skype or in downtown Vancouver.
Your Glowing30 astrology reading will be at a time and date as soon as possible after you post your glowing review. I will contact you and set up a time and date for the consultation that suits both you and me.
Email me your birth date, your birth time and your birth place. Then I will cast your birth chart and schedule a time and date for your glowing 30-minute astrological consultation.
Remember I do all the chart calculations and interpretations myself. This is not a computer-generated report. I use my computer to produce a professionally calculated and technically correct birth chart for you which you can use for years to come.
Making astrology trading cards is a creative way to do arty things and learn some astrology as well.
Anyone who is interested to explore astrology in a fun way will enjoy crafting and trading with their Astrology Trading Cards.
Other ways of getting arty with astrology are through my astrology Wheel of Fortune.
The Inspiration for Astrology Trading Cards
Astrology trading cards are a twist on the famous artists trading card when an artist would do a large painting and then make several tiny copies on these cards to give to prospective buyers, galleries and other artists in an effort to promote their craft.
The cards would be swopped between others. You don’t sell them but you give one and they give you one back.
Over time you will have a vast collection of a variety artist’s work without spending a penny. At the same time you have distributed your hard won work to people who may be interested
Each card is 64mm x 89mm or 2.5″ by 3.5″ which is a standard card size.
At a group meeting each person will be given a blank copy of the trading card template. You can download a PDF copy below.
The leader, or moderator will offer you a hat, or jar, with pieces of paper containing one word indicating an astrology feature or theme. You take one piece of paper and the word printed on it is your theme for the day.
The pieces of paper will have either one planet, house, sign or aspect as your theme for you to work on. These are the starter words and are used in the groups I guide.
1st House, 2nd House, 3rd House, 4th House, 5th House, 6th House, 7th House, 8th House, 9th House, 10th House, 11th House or 12th House
Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine or Opposition
When I have a more advanced gathering or class I can have more advanced themes like; anticia, moiety, contra-parallel or transits.
What you do
Say you get “Jupiter” as your astrology theme.
You write your own name in the by line on the back.
You will write the word “Jupiter” in the top block on each card on your sheet of six cards. You do this on every trading card on the page so in the end you have six Jupiter named cards with your name as your by line.
This is the fun part.
You draw the glyph and write keywords or draw images of what this theme means for each card. You can make each card the same or each one different. It does not matter how you embellish your cards but what is important is that you make something nice because you will be trading them with the other people at the end.
When you have finished you will have six detailed and coloured Jupiter trading cards.
When you are happy with your designs and have completed the cards you cut them out. You may keep one for yourself if you like otherwise you will trade these cards with the other people who have various themes and will have made different cards.
That day you will go home with six original works of art signed by people you know and they will all be special and unique.
If you meet again the next week you can redo the hat/jar theme pull with the remaining theme prompts and over time you will grow a beautiful Astrology Trading Card collection that spans all the planets, houses, aspects and signs.
That is at least a total of about forty handy dandy astrology trading cards.
Show Us Your Cards
You may decide to make more cards you can buy actual cards in better quality cardstock and thicker thicknesses (available at Michael’s craft store) to make better cards.
As the interest in making these little cards grabs you, you can develop your style and the way you present your astrology through cards.
Every astrologer is different and each one will work with the energy of astrology in their own way.
When you finish a card take a photo and put it on Instagram or other social media with the hashtag #astrologytradingcard and we will love to see your work.
Grow Your Collection
This can be used as a learning resource for beginners and seasoned astrologers as well.
In reality, the artists write their name and the title of the piece they have created on the back. You can get creative here as well. This is also a place to put your website and contact details.
More advanced astrologers who get into Astrology Trading Cards collection will make individual cards to trade with other astrologers.
Follow me on Instagram for more updates or direct message (DM) so we can get started if you are in Vancouver. I am up for a trade as soon as you are.
I have always been intrigued by history, science, art and creativity. I believe that most people possess inspirational creative talents but that they have been buried for so long because of the daily grind.
Recently I started to bring some of these people forward and feature their charts in my new section “Featured Charts” (catchy name, yes?) where I provide a high-level astrology interpretation of the chart.
The charts that are featured here are chosen for their owner’s good works, inspiration and creativity (or to be honest because these people interest me).
Who Needs Their Chart Featured?
If you are worn down by work, financial or family demands it can rob you of your inherent spark. It is this spark that I wish to bring alive through reading charts for exactly that scenario.
To find your way back to living your authentic yet creative life. To find your spark.
At the end of the day creative people can look back and say. “I made this” whereas many people in other industries, and boring 9-5 jobs, simply shovel papers, people or money around without making anything.
Now I know all about having a day job or a “Survival job” (one which pays the rent), and trying to launch a creative life on the side. It is not easy.
Your Side Hustle
You may be working your day job but have a side hustle, or you could be of independent means, retired or a housewife and simply need to express yourself through a creative outlet.
All of these situations can be brought forward through a high-level astrology reading when your chart is featured in my Featured Charts section.
I usually work with artists, musicians, photographers, Tarot readers, singers, crafters, dancers, painters, designers, poets, writers, and astrologers. The list goes on.
But the common theme among the majority of my clients is:
They work by themselves.
They have many works in progress (#WIP’s).
They are solopreneurs.
They are not so good at the business of business.
They want time to do their craft and not be consumed by the boring administration.
They live and breathe their creations.
They are one man (or woman) shows.
They have a day job.
Does this sound like you?
I like reading charts for the good folks I have met in my life.
Patreon is a place that showcases artists and creative people so that patrons (that’s you) may choose to support creative people (that’s me) through small, regular financial giving. Your patronage can be as modest as $1 a month.
Who I am
I am Alison Price a writer, astrologer and creative in Vancouver, Canada. I live sparingly with my family and maintain a low carbon footprint. I have no car, no cable TV and no pets. I care for a plant called Egbert and lots of books.
In my creative work I have a computer, phone and printer. I use software, paper and ink and I have internet and web hosting commitments. These things are my main expenses apart from a roof and food (for Egbert you know).
I share and grow my astrology knowledge at workshops and conferences where I usually teach but sometimes I just attend. I like to recharge my creative juices through spending time with inspired people.
My currency is astrological and new age knowledge.
My Creative Work
I am driven to provide basic astrology that everyone can use. I strive to give you enough information so you can bring the essence of astrology into your life without having to learn the detailed intricacies of chart work or in other words the nitty gritty.
My goal is to raise basic astrological knowledge of everyone through simple, but correct, information. This is the stuff you can confidently use and you know some already like your Sun sign.
I aim to take this knowledge out of the ivory towers of “Astrology only” people and make it available for those who seek understanding. If you support enlightenment then you can help everyone else on their journey.
Of course I am happy with high level astrological theory, debate and questions but that only appeals to a select group.
I ask for your support, through your patronage, so I can continue to develop and write about astrology for everyone. Please help me.
Your contribution means so much to me. I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for considering to be my patron.
The Cosmos are within you, they’re really the start
The start you may ask? The start of what?
The start of your journey, let’s leave it at that
When you look in the mirror, you don’t see your reflection
You see yourself as the universe, it’s truest expression
What seems light years away are in fact herein
As above so below, as without, so within
The starspeak of a 23 year old aspiring Astrologer using the stars and cosmos to navigate her way through life.
Her Aries Sun gifts her with a fiery passionate drive, her Cancer ascendant allows her to be connected to the cosmic womb, and her Pisces Moon makes her an imaginative mystical translator of cosmic knowledge.
I believe that all women are creative. Each and every one of us has something to offer and it can be big or small.
I find that if you bring your talents forward and make time for interesting things it establishes a balance in your life between what has to be done and what you like doing. It is the action of creating that makes the process satisfying.
We all have responsibilities such as having to work for someone else, commuting, launching our kids into the world and maintaining a social life and meaningful personal relationship.
Daily you may face a to-do list and if you don’t do them who will? If you tap into your creativity it can mitigate many of the mundane details of life.
As Women Evolve
Many of the women I see in my astrology practice are in the forty- or fifty-something age group.
They have already brought up their children and made a home for their family. At this point in their lives they want something more. They ask me, “Is this all there is?” or words in the same vein.
After the efforts they have put out for years that are now not needed, they have a good look at their life. The kids have gone their partner now may, or may not, measure up and an uneasy feeling of dissatisfaction has crept in.
Other women relish their newfound freedom and seek ways to make the most of the next phase of life. Either way women want a new direction, purpose and meaning for their life.
This is where an astrology consultation can help. Astrology is the study of the influence that the stars and planets have on life on Earth. Thousands of years of analysis have shown that particular traits are inherent in each zodiac sign.
A professional astrologer can cast your unique birth chart and provide you with a life map for your journey.
Your natal chart is original and contains many combinations of planetary energies all flowing at the same time in different directions. It is the skill of the astrologer to sort through the themes shown in your chart and present a clear picture for you.
I look at all the planets including your Sun and Moon signs and find the message in your chart. It is different for each one of you. Some will call it your soul purpose, others your life path.
Whichever words you choose to use your birth chart shows all the potentials, urges and opportunities that you have and that need to be satisfied in this lifetime.
We cannot all be rocket scientists, and indeed it would be a very different world if we were, but every woman owes it to herself to be what they truly want and not have to bow to what society, or your mother-in-law, or anyone else, thinks you should be.
Reading for Mari
I had a client recently a woman we will call Mari. She came to me in mid-life for a reading. I think initially she was simply curious as she had never consulted an astrologer before. We exchanged pleasantries. I offered her tea and we settled down in a comfortable environment for her reading.
She started off by saying, “What can you see?” and I began discussing her chart and spoke of how I interpreted her chart and who I saw her as through reading her chart and the eyes of astrology.
I had never met her before and soon I was chatting about her motivations and how her nativity was suggesting a certain path. She stopped me then, and said, “I wanted to do that when I was a girl, but I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it.”
I asked her, “Do you still want to do it?”
She thought for a moment and said, “Well I did once but that was a long time ago, I’m a different person now, I have responsibilities.”
I shall break from the story here and tell you that this response is common. That what we wanted to do as children or young people has been shelved in favour of a life that is an existence but pays the rent.
Yes, I know providing a roof is important but to my mind having your dream come alive again is a most desirable state of affairs.
Astrology can help you focus on what is truly important in your life and, to be honest, it could simply be continuing down your present path. But for many women it is a way to re-ignite ideas or passions that have been left to wither on the vine.
Let Your Ideas Breathe
Going back to Mari’s situation. I urged her to consider changing what she was doing, not all at once as transformation can be daunting, but that she let the thoughts of following her long lost passion mull in her head for a while and give her ideas space to breathe.
Two months later I met with Mari again and we discussed how things were going for her. She told me she had signed up for a class to refresh her desired activity and would be starting in the New Year.
She also informed me that she has changed her attitude towards herself and her view of what she wanted her life to be.
Although this was still a work in progress the small changes she had made had improved her overall perspective and brightened her outlook.
Print 12 sheets, so that’s one page for each sign.
Add your own keywords and notes to each sign.
Colour in as much as you like.
Cut the slice out leaving the tab on.
Carefully layout all the signs in the right order.
The signs in order anticlockwise are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
Tape the slices lightly at the front with small pieces of masking tape just to hold it.
Turn it over and magic tape the slices together.
Note: Take your time as the slices can be tricky.
When completed glue the whole wheel onto a sheet of cardboard or Bristol board for support.
Cut with scissors and trim to 5mm to the edge of the circle.
Hang the finished astrology wheel by a centre pin so that it can rotate, because you read each sign when it is at the bottom and the signs can be read from all around.
How to Use the Wheel of Fortune
You should place your wheel on the wall near your desk and where you do your astrology work. In this way, it becomes as inspiration and a memory jogger for when you forget things.
Remember to send me a photo of your completed wheel and I will publish it on this post later.
There is no time limit.
Enjoy being creative and learning at the same time.
Keywords to Use
Many astrology keywords are well known and you should add these to your wheel.
When you discover a new word to describe the signs you can add them to your wheel. This is how you interpret astrology and not how I do, or the next guy does.
Be your own astrologer and develop the art so that it speaks to you.
Why stray from the true and tested keywords? Because we want to hear your voice coming through in your interpretations.
If you ask ten artists to paint a picture of an apple they will all produce a painting that represents an apple. Maybe Picasso’s apple is a bit odd but it is still an apple how he sees it.
It is the same with astrology. Every astrologer can read a chart, but each one brings their own flair to the reading. Your own words are important and this is why you need to develop your own words as well.
How we Learn as Things Change
Back in the day I was taught that the eighth house was to do with death. But I prefer to read it as a transformation either of the mind, body or the finances.
Now, blood donors and blood donations (other people’s resources) are shown in your eighth house.
Greek astrologers or even those in the last century may not have experienced blood donors (or had the ability to benefit from blood donation) but we have this today.
It’s the same with Facebook being in the eleventh house. Social media and being “friends” with others is an eleventh house thing. But ten years ago FB was unknown.
Always Interpret in Your Own Words
Yes, you need to use the usual keywords to start with as you learn astrology. It is the language of astrology. But as you develop your own astrological voice I urge to use your own words. This may take a while but I encourage you to take ownership of the astrology you do.
If you want a cookie-cutter reading you can go to the internet and find a free site that prints preprinted pages of interpretations.
But, if you want to be a good astrologer you need to do your own thing. Your own thing comes from the internal dynamics of your own chart.
Be yourself. Don’t be just a human computer churning out information with no discernment for the value of what you produce, rather be yourself.
The Royal Princess Charlotte is just born and we can speculate about her life. From an astrological perspective this is what charts were made for, analyzing someone’s chart before we know anything about them, or their lives.
There will be a dreamy look to her and she will prefer watery colors like turquoise, aqua and sea green. She may use her personal impression to fuel her life in the world stage.
She will be very aware of who she is and where she came from and exactly what she is expected to do in this life.
She will rely on her instincts for her grace and to make others feel at ease. This is an indicator for a people’s person as she has empathy for others. She may see herself as a champion for others.
Her mother Kate will be the most influential person n her life and she will be very well cared for and loved. Her self worth and values will be instilled in her mainly by her mother who will want her to be well rounded and down to earth. She has a beautiful mother and we know this already.
She is following the Royal Family’s trend of having Taurus prominent as does Queen Elizabeth and many others with her Sun in Taurus. This is the sign of stability and those who prevail against all weather.
She will be fun loving and happy to take some risks in life. This child will enjoy excitement and games that thrill.
As a teenager this child will rebel about her expected behavior and we can expect some outrageous outbursts at that time. She is likely to be very aware of how her actions are perceived and she will transform herself and her natural reactions and is likely to very composed and not let the side or the Family down.
Her chart suggest she will have many friends and acquaintances and this we know as she will not be short of those who want to know her. She will associate herself with causes and groups who she sees as doing the most good things and she will give her name to those.
Her personal identity and brand will probably be the most powerful and influential at the time. She will grow from strength to strength and will be a strong person on the global stage. There is likely to be some extravagant behavior and she will be a Princess in the spotlight all her life.
We can expect her pick up a strong round of “work” as the royals do, and she will pull her weight when the time comes. She will be much loved by the people and I suspect she will be compared to Diana for her good works.
She will know her place and play it with relish but there will be a very private side as well. She will be the master of discretion where her personal life is concerned will surround herself with staunch allies who defend her at all costs. This chart indicates she will have a place that will be dynamic and gain momentum the older she becomes.
You can learn a lot about your spending habits by looking at your star sign.
Each of the twelve zodiac signs has a different approach to retail therapy. Next time you go shopping with your friends see their spending characteristics at play.
Check out each sign’s buying instincts below and see if you recognize yourself.
Aries rushes in where angels fear to tread, and in their hurry Rams want to be in and out of the shop. They buy with cash and online so as to grab the new stuff and be wearing the latest colors of the season.
This sign likes the challenge of hunting for a bargain and may easily tackle you to the ground at a fire sale.
Taurus takes their time deciding on what to spend their hard earned cash. Bulls prefer to shop in stores, and not online, because they want to touch and feel the goods before buying.
After a day of trawling the shops they are just as likely to bank the money and go home empty handed. Sometimes parting with the cash is the quandary.
Gemini likes buying on eBay and sniping the auction at the end. They order books and magazines, apps, games and puzzles. Twins are the best traders in the zodiac and will happily barter for stuff as the real fun is the actual deal.
You are more likely to see Gemini selling to you, than buying for themselves.
Cancers like to feather their nest and will splurge on home furnishings and tableware. They like pretty cutlery and plates to match the occasion, whether for a barbecue outside or a Sunday lunch.
Every meal is important and this means the props as well. Crabs like home shopping and will spend on friends, family and will remember to take the office a box of chocolates.
Leos buy the best they can afford and that goes for luxury items as well. Lions take pride in their purchases and will enthral anyone who will listen about what they bought to adoring oohs and aahs. They will shop in groups and make sure each person has a little something to take home. Leo’s are generous and may spring for lunch as well.
They will shop in groups and make sure each person has a little something to take home. Leo’s are generous and may spring for lunch as well.
Virgo spends in small increments and can drive the shop girl wild with their bag of small change for a fifty dollar purchase. They like to collect and will slowly attain the things they want.
Virgo likes things in patchwork, marquetry and paisley patterns. Virgins are more likely to go to the stores several times a day than do one big shop all at once.
Libra spends on themselves as much as their partner because there has to be a fiscal balance in their relationship.
Libra men may only buy one big item a year, like a car, but its cost will be equal to what their wife spent over the years. Shopping can be agony for Libra as they are not good at deciding and every transaction choice needs to be called.
Scorpio pays cash so there is no paper trail. They like acquiring things and surround themselves with items that mean something.
Scorpions will to remove price tags and hoard some attractive items of value. They like to buy things that others desire and may become a collector of rare books or surgical instruments.
Sagittarius likes to buy when away from home. They are the ones for whom the souvenir shops were made. Archers seek out things that are difficult to find like a seed pod from a baobab tree or exotic spices from Asia.
This sign arrives home and flings the bags in a corner not even opening them, already planning their next excursion to the mall.
Capricorn invests. When the Sea Goat goes shopping the items they buy have to earn their place. Not for them trivial trinkets.
Capricorn likes quality and will pay whatever it takes to get items perceived as status pieces. Expensive handbags for the women and watches for men. Over the years they can amass a very respectable wardrobe or collection of goodies.
Aquarius like to buy a variety of goods. They love snapping up music and books online and gadgets. They get bored with their stuff and will move on to the next fad as soon as it takes their fancy. Water Bearers have basements full of old things and should invite Scorpio around to rummage through it all.
Water Bearers have basements full of old things and should invite Scorpio around to rummage through it all.
Pisces enjoy art and soft and beautiful things. They are happy to tag along with the other signs on an outing to the shops. Fish like to buy only what is needed and can be frugal to the extent that they will “do without” when they should be buying things. Fish don’t like the crush of the malls and will shop late in the evening to miss the crowds.
Your Money Planets
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Arwynne is a second generation research astrologer with many years of experience. We met at the twice-a-month downtown Astrology Vancouver Meetup group earlier in the year and have quickly become firm friends.
We each have our ideas, entertainment and a love of astrology which we want to share with you in a light hearted manner and with plenty of laughs along the way.
In our podcast we:
Discuss the astrology of the day such as planetary transits and ingresses,
chat about the current Moon phase and eclipses,
explore one or two charts of famous people or those in the news,
give our take on astrology book and products with fun reviews,
clue you in on up-coming events and,
share our unique ideas on astrology.
This is something new for me and it suits my present astrological offerings. I hope you enjoy it, let me know.
We have light hearted discussions about astrology. We sometimes discuss the charts of the moment in the news, current transits or something of interest to astrologers for example – upcoming events in our community, new books, old books or related products such as astrology tarot cards.
Who is Astrology Conversation for?
If you are interested in astrology and are in the city centre then do come along and join us. If you are a beginner or more advanced you are most welcome.
When does Astrology Conversation happen?
We meet every second Wednesday at 10:00am in the morning. To check if we are meeting next Wednesday you can email me at alison[at]starzology[dot]com or follow along on the Starzology Facebook page.
Where do we get together?
We meet at the Waves Coffee House at Howe on Smithe Streets, Vancouver, BC, Canada. You are encouraged to buy a tea, coffee or pastry from our barista Chris.
Chess is a board game of strategy. It makes you think. There are six different types chess piece and each one has it’s own moves.
The board is a black and white grid of eight by eight squares and you face your opponent with the white square at you right hand.
I believe every child from the age of five onwards should be playing chess after dinner each night for half an hour before watching TV.
The king can only move one square at a time and capturing the king is the target of the whole game. He has little defense from the rest of the board and relies on his close family and people to care for him.
Typically a king inherits his destiny from his family.
The planet that suggests the king is the Moon and emotions and responses are often ingrained and inherited.
The queen is the most powerful piece in chess. She can cover three times as much ground as the bishop, knight and rook. For sheer style, influence and power the planet indicated has to be the Sun.
Opponents who only have their queen left on the board can easily win the game against a selection of other pieces, such is her power and reach.
The Bishops x 2
The two bishops (one on the black squares and one on white) move diagonally across the board. This angular movement can allow others to breach their line if they are on the other color.
Bishops are placed closest to the King and Queen on the board and so suggest Mercury and Venus because Mercury is closest to the Sun and Venus is closest to the Moon.
I was tempted to go with Jupiter and the religious connotations.
The Rooks x 2
These are the backbone defense pieces and can move horizontally and vertically without others crossing through their line unlike the bishop (see below). The rooks suggest Mars for warriors and battlements and Saturn for boundaries like castle walls.
Rooks also have a classy move called castleing where, if there are no pieces between the king and the rook, and they both have not been played yet, the two can be moved two spaces sideways.
The Knights x 2
Knights ride horses and the piece is in the shape of a horse’s head so we immediately think of Sagittarius and therefore Jupiter.
They move in an “L” shape and can jump over other pieces on the board. Knights typically travel far and wide and have crusades and quests similar to Jupiter.
The Pawns x 8
The eight pawns can only move forward one space at a time unless it is their very first move when two spaces are allowed. If a pawn can reach the other side of the board the player can choose to have one of their removed pieces replaced by that pawn as a reward for making it through.
Generally the pawns run interference and are background to the main story, so here we have them symbolized through the outers (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) and any other planet that is not well placed in the chart.
This is the shortest story about how the four elements of fire, earth, air and water express themselves through astrology.
Each chart will have a predominant element which is the one containing the most planets. If you have a tie then count in the Ascendant and Midheaven.
It all began when Fire was out and about in the garden and, standing in a sunny spot, had an inspiration. “Let’s create a fabulous place and encourage all these birds which visit our garden to rest here,” said Fire.
“I will design and make a shelter for the birds,” said Earth who went off to purchase building materials at the hardware store to make a sturdy home for their winged friends.
“We will call it Chateau Cardinal!” decreed Air. “I will inform everyone that I have named it so,” as he dashed off to spread the word.
Water arrived carrying a bag of birdseed and a water dish. “I will care for these birds. I will provide food, clean water and nurture them,” said Water eyeing-up next-door’s cat.
And so it was, that each element brought their own strengths to the same issue to encourage the birds to live in their garden.
When I was a young girl my mother always made New Year’s Resolutions.
We would discuss them after dinner on New Years Eve whilst waiting for the clock to chime twelve. She truly believed they would make the next year better.
She had resolutions such as no more chocolate, eat fish twice a week or give up smoking – those were the days.
Ultimately they did not last. Why, because they were too dramatic. To totally banish chocolate will never happen, to anyone, I mean, come on.
You have a better chance of keep a New Years resolution if it is something that can be practiced in moderation especially when it’s about food.
Habits and the Moon
Habits are activities and rituals that we have been doing for so long they seem to be simply part of who we are.
Better habits have to be learned.
In astrology your habits are shown by the Moon placement in your chart. The Moon marks out our “months” by making one full circle round the Earth. During this lunar transit it makes all the possible aspects and touches our charts in every way possible. A bit like a mini year as it reflects the Sun’s movement through the zodiac.
It takes 28 days (one lunar month) to reprogram yourself to accept new things, routines and break a habit.
If you can keep going for at least four weeks you have a better chance of making the adjustment. This goes for everything you want to change.
Moderation is key to life changes that you can achieve and maintain in the long run.
Typical New Year’s resolutions are:
Spend less time in the office
Read a book a week
This year I read my first Stephen King book. No, not Carrie or one of his trademark horrors but On Writing: A memoir of the craft.
In it he explains that he writes 2000 words every day of the year including Christmas Day and his Birthday. Whether it is first drafts, second, third, editing or whatever he finds that he can achieve this number of words on the page.
Recently I have been writing more for my blog, newsletter articles, class lesson notes, eBooks, guest posts and I have three book manuscripts on the back burner (and have had for sometime now).
I think I may be in the groove and making some writing progress here. Grammar is still a big issue, but that won’t stop me, at this stage nothing will.
My New Year resolution
This year I want to step up my writing. I am setting a personal goal of 1000 words a day for five days a week. That will be 5000 words a week or 250000 words by the end of December.
Some days I won’t be able to make the full count but then I hope to play catchup the next day so the week’s total count balances out
I may do more, I may do less, but I believe it is an achievable goal. It takes guts to put this out there into the universe but this year I am drawn.
Can I do it?
I hope so.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for next year? Will you choose something attainable this year or stay the chocolate route?
In a chart the first house (by sign, ruler, aspects or tenants) suggests the initial impression we make on others.
This is indicated in the clothes we choose to wear, our hair style, complexion and gait. Included in the ascendant complex are accessories and personal adornment items or to put it simply, jewelry.
I have always been particularly attracted to natural products such as amber, wood, glass, coral or shells.
Recently I created what I now refer to as my solarsystemnecklace. It features the Sun and the planets including the Moon and Pluto.
I designed it from a selection of glass beads purchased at a local haberdashery. Each colored sphere represents a planet.
The trick is that you cannot buy one individual bead which looks like Neptune you have to buy a short string of perhaps ten beads all in the same design, so now I have a selection of Neptune, Mars and Venus-like spares.
When crafting a solar system necklace the challenge is to relate the bead size to the actual planet’s magnitude. Of course this is not an exact science or the Sun would be as large as a basketball hanging around your neck. However I tried to bring in some proportion.
The Sun is represented by the biggest bead followed by Mercury and Venus. Next comes the Earth and additionally it has the Moon as a pearl attached on an auxiliary string indicating the Moon’s special relationship with our home planet. I threaded Mars as a bright red sphere in a similar size to the other personal planets.
Then Jupiter the biggest and followed by Saturn with a slightly smaller dimension. Next up are the outers with Uranus represented by an electric blue and then Neptune a misty cyan. Last is Pluto, again a smaller orange bead signifying the lesser mass of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet.
My necklace finished off by a continuous threading of tiny beads in variegated earth tones. Between each is a small silver spacer. Here is a secret, not being a pro beader, I simply tied a firm knot in the hemp thread at the back of the neck. I made sure the finished product was long enough to slip over my head so as not to need a clasp.
Altogether it is an unusual piece. It is also incredibly heavy to wear and I fear one day will burst apart under its own mass in the way of the big bang.
Having a unique necklace which is specifically designed with an astrological theme appeals to me.
Next time I get the urge to make a statement piece I think I may thread the planets in their rising sequence.
I have to do something with all the left over Neptunes.
Astrologers are frequently being questioned about the end of the Mayan calendar which finished on December 21, 2012.
I would like to shed some light on this particular date and why it has come into such prominence by suggesting some ways for astrologers to allay fears of the end of the world which seem to be rampant in the public domain.
I participated in a video interview on the Ask Your Angels talk show about theMayan Calendar and related subjects in August 2011.
The winter solstice this year falls on December 21. This is a common date for the solstice and is nothing new. From an astrological point of view it is the date when the Sun makes its Capricorn ingress as it reaches the most northern point of the solar annual journey through the signs of the zodiac at about 23.26N.
The Mayan long count calendar spans over 5100 years. The current cycle began on what is known as the CreationDate of August 11, 3114 BCE and will end on December 21, 2012. Why does it end on that day? Well, it all has to do with how the Mayans measure time.
Mayan time periods
In the current western measurements of time we have the day (one revolution of the Earth), the month (one orbit of the Moon around the Earth) and the year (one orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The Maya devised five time periods:
The kin = 1 day
The winal = 20 days (a sort of month)
The tun = 18 x winal = 18 x 20 = 360 days (a sort of year)
The k’atun = 20 x tun (20 x 360 = 7200 days) nearly two decades (19.7 years)
The b’aktun = 20 x k’atun (20 x 7200 = 144000 days) nearly 394 years
144000 x 13 = 1872000 = +/- 5128 years
With these five time units the Maya were able to record important dates. Dates are usually listed vertically on the stele. The b’aktun at the top working down to the shorter time periods.
We express the Mayan time units with five arabic numbers from left to right the b’aktun, k’atun, tun, winan and kin.
The numbers are expressed as follows:
18.104.22.168.19 = December 20, 2012
22.214.171.124.20 = December 21, 2012
There are apparently 13 b’aktuns in each long count. Where the counter will revert to zero.
0.0.0.0.1 = December 22, 2012.
Let’s look at how the Mayan calendar looks between now and December 21, 2012.
Mayan Date – Sun ingress date
126.96.36.199.6 – SU GE May 21, 2012
188.8.131.52.17 – SU CA June 21, 2012
184.108.40.206.8 – SU LE July 22, 2012
220.127.116.11.20 – SU VI Aug 23, 2012
18.104.22.168.11 – SU LI Sep 23, 2012
22.214.171.124.2 – SU SC Oct 24, 2012
126.96.36.199.11 – SU SG Nov 22, 2012
13. 0. 0. 0. 0 – SU CP Dec 21, 2012
13. 0. 0. 1.11 – SU AQ Jan 22, 2013
Note the winal rolls over at 18 and not 20.
The start of the current long count date.
0.0.0.0.1 = August 11, 3114 BCE
The last B’aktun 1618AD
As stated above one b’aktun equals 14400 days or 394 years. At the last increment of the b’aktun, from 11 to 12, it was on September 18, 1618AD. This is historically around the time when the Maya finally acquiesced to the Spanish. Apparently the Maya accepted change at the rollover from one b’aktun to the next b’aktun and this is somewhat confirmed by looking deeper into their history. Change is a theme for b’aktun changes.
A new dawn
Our years are based on the Earth’s annual journey around the Sun. The way we count in our western calendar is that at the end of our year we simply add another one to the date and start at January again. When we reach December 31st we start again at January 1st in the new year. So do the Maya.
Stele – carved in stone
We know so much about the Egyptians because they carved in stone and so it is with the Maya. Any culture that leaves an imprint in stone has a recorded history that is kept through the ages.
A pictograph is a pictorial symbol for a word, phrase or number. There are 19 pictographs used in the Mayan carvings on the stele and pyramid records. This is in line with the vegisimal number system they use.
Two schools of thought
There are two schools of thought about how the Mayan calendar progresses into the future.
Only 13 b’aktuns?
That the b’aktun only goes up to 13 and then reverts to zero is debated by scholars. The question being why there should only be 13 b’aktuns and not 20 as with the other units with the exception of the winan.
Further time periods?
Some evidence appears to support the idea that further time periods are accepted as follows.
20 x B’aktun = 1 Pictun
20 x Pictuns = 1 Kalabtun
20 x Kalabtun = 1 Kinichiltun
This would indicate that time is measured progressively on by just adding another 20 base unit of time at the front.
The Maya live on
In the area known as the Mayan Riviera live the descendants of the original Maya.
These rich cultural people have adopted a modern way of living but they are still Mayan in their DNA. This can be seen in their strong facial features.
As astrologers we are used to working with time periods.
Not only the basic yearly calendars but also planetary cycles such as the Saturn cycle of twenty nine years or the Jupiter twelve year cycle which loosely correlates with chinese astrology periods.
Knowing a little about how the Mayan calendar works will arm astrologers with practical answers to the question of 2012.
Appreciating that the Mayan calendar is just another example of how humans measure time places the hype of 2012 and the end-of-the-world theories into perspective.