Online Astrology Courses

I am super excited to tell you that in 2019 I will be launching my brand new online astrology courses.

This has been a long, long journey. If you have been with me for a while you will know I first did courses like this way back in 2015 without video.

This time there is video, colour, and art built right in. Since I got in your face on YouTube I’ve learned many techie , that I won’t go into now, but which have enabled me to offer you an online course that you will love.

Who These Courses are For

These course are for you if you are keen to learn some astrology too improve yoru life.

At first it will be beginners and then intermediate and finally advanced astrology.

Beta Testers

I will be looking for beta testers soon. If you are interested get on my VIP list right away.

I’ll have more information for you soon

Alison


Seasonal Party Astrology

If you want a fun astrologer at your Seasonal Event, End of Year Bash or Christmas Party look no further.

I work in downtown Vancouver.

I have a few dates available and they are going fast.


Saturday, December 11th from 5pm to 8pm.

Sunday, December 12th from 2pm to 5pm.

Saturday, December 22nd from 4pm to 7pm.


Contact me to entertain you at your event.

On the Spot Astrology Readings

I provide astrology readings for your clients and employees. Confidentially and in small groups.

People like a one-on-one reading which is my speciality. Check out my current prices for party astrology here.

Alison


An Introduction to Interpreting the Four Humours

This Guest Post is by UK astrologer James Hirlehey.


The four humours are the cornerstone of reading a chart for the health and well-being of the native, as well as determining their character and temperament from a more traditional perspective. This article will introduce the four humours and will give you some suggestions for your own study and research.

What are the four humours?

Most people have heard of the four humours in the context of Ancient Greek philosophy. They are generally taught as being related to bodily fluids in the following way:

  • Sanguine – blood
  • Choleric – yellow bile
  • Melancholic – black bile
  • Phlegmatic – phlegm

Later, an astrological student might learn that sanguine relates to the element air, choleric relates to fire, melancholic relates to earth, and phlegmatic relates to water. Then, if you study further, you might learn about temperament in the context of general personality traits of each of these humours.

Temperament and humours are far more intricate than this, however, and they form the foundation for Western Astrology.

The two polarities

The four humours are based on two polarities, hot/cold and wet/dry. The hot/cold polarity is rather straightforward. It relates to literal heat and coolness, but it also relates to activity level. Hot is active and busy, and cold is passive and calm. The wet/dry polarity is a little more complicated. It has to do with unity and separation. Wet connects and brings things together, and dry separates them and creates distinctions.

The correspondence between the humours, elements, and polarities is as follows:

  • Sanguine – Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) – hot and wet
  • Choleric – Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) – hot and dry
  • Melancholic – Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) – cold and dry
  • Phlegmatic – Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) – cold and wet

 How the four humours were used historically

Before the 17th Century, the humours provided the structure by which astrology and medicine were practiced. When interpreting a Natal Chart, the astrologer would determine the temperament of the native, or that person’s natural balance between the polarities. Any medical or dietary advice would take into account the individual’s natural temperament as well as the apparent imbalance that could be determined by symptoms and by the chart that was cast to diagnose the patient. 

The animals and plants that are used as food or medicine also have temperament. The way foods or plants are prepared can alter their temperament. For example, cooking heats food, baking dries it, and boiling moistens it. Different activities also alter temperament as well. For example, most exercise is heating, and rest is cooling. 

Other applications of temperament

The principle of temperament also has application to the seasons, planets, and phases of the Moon. The temperament of the seasons is:

  • Spring (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) – hot and wet
  • Summer (Cancer, Leo, Virgo) – hot and dry
  • Autumn (Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius) – cold and dry
  • Winter (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) – cold and wet

The sign correspondences with the seasons are based on the Northern Hemisphere. It could be that these sign correspondences are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a topic that is wide open for astrological research.

The planetary temperament correspondences are not uniform in traditional sources. In William Lilly’s Christian Astrology, they are listed as follows:

  • Saturn – melancholic, cold and dry
  • Jupiter – sanguine, hot and wet
  • Mars – choleric, hot and dry
  • The Sun – hot and dry
  • Venus – phlegm with blood, temperately cold and wet
  • Mercury – variable according to the other planets nearby, but alone, melancholic, cold and dry
  • The Moon – phlegmatic, cold and wet

The temperament of the phases of the Moon are as follows:

  • New Moon to 1st Quarter Moon – hot and wet
  • 1st Quarter Moon to Full Moon – hot and dry
  • Full Moon to 3rd Quarter Moon – cold and dry
  • 3rd Quarter Moon to New Moon – cold and wet

Incorporating the Four Humours in Chart Interpretation

The easiest way to begin incorporating the four humours is to use the two polarities to take the temperature of the chart, as it were. There are various methods for calculating temperament, but a very simple approach is to just count the planets by element. 

We can try this with the chart of the famous celebrity and talk show host, Oprah Winfrey:


Every astrologer needs to decide for themselves what planets and chart points to use, but for this example, let’s use the Traditional Planets, the Ascendant and the Midheaven.

  • Sun – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
  • Moon – Sagittarius (Fire), hot and dry
  • Mercury – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
  • Venus – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
  • Mars – Scorpio (Water), cold and wet
  • Jupiter – Gemini (Air), hot and wet
  • Saturn – Scorpio (Water), cold and wet
  • Ascendant – Virgo (Earth), cold and dry
  • Midheaven – Gemini (Air), hot and wet

By a simple count, we have 6 hot/3 cold, 7 wet/2 dry. By this count, Oprah Winfrey is hot, meaning she likes to be busy and active. Hot people also tend to be more extroverted than cold people. She is also very wet. This means that she tends to see how things and people are alike, and that she likes to bring people together. 

As you are experimenting with temperament, you can try adding other things into the mix and see what happens. For example, you may want to add in the season of the Sun, the phase or the Moon, and the Part of Fortune. If you do that, you get:

  • Season – Winter, cold and wet
  • Phase of Moon – 3rd Quarter, cold and wet
  • Part of Fortune – Scorpio, water, cold and wet

Adding these three into the mix would make her even in the hot/cold polarity 6/6 and even more wet with a score of 11/2.

If you want to study and experiment further, there are many other formulas that have been used for calculating temperament in the astrological tradition. As an aspiring astrologer, it is good practice to play with different planets and chart points, and perhaps try different formulas to see what seems to yield the most accurate results for you.

When experimenting with new techniques, the best practice is to start with your own chart, as you know the most about yourself. Then branch out to look at the charts of people you know well, like your friends and family. This way you can see for yourself if the four humours are useful to you in interpreting a chart, 

Conclusion

In this article, we have looked at the four humours and the principles behind them. We have also looked at how they were used historically and have given suggestions for how to begin to incorporate them into your own chart analyses. Hopefully, this will give you the tools you need to start experimenting with the four humours on your own.


James Hirlehey is a part-time astrologer at numerologysign.com and spiritual guide from the UK. He has been fascinated with astrology and divination from a young age, and his love for all things spiritual has only increased over time.


The Part of Fortune in the Houses

by Alison Price


In this post, I share with you the different meanings of the house placement for the Part of Fortune in your chart.

There are other videos in this series, or playlist, on the Part of Fortune, and you can find the first one already, and the others will magically appear when they are ready.

How to Calculate the Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune in the Signs (coming soon).


The Part of Fortune in Your First House

This placement suggests that your fortune comes through your own personal charisma, and in the strength of your personality.

Your face is your fortune.

It is important for you to look your best at all times.

The Part of Fortune in Your Second House

The part of fortune in the second house indicates that finances and acquisitions will be fortunate for you.

Things like your art collections and anything that you treasure and collect. They say if you have three or more of one item you have a collection.

Money in general will flow your way.

The Part of Fortune in Your Third House

The part of fortune in your third house show that your fortune will come through your siblings or brothers and sisters and anyone in your family of the same generation as you like cousins.

Also, through school, teachers, learning and books either reading or writing.

Your fortune will come to you by means of your community, neighbors and any local environment activities that you do.

The Part of Fortune in Your Fourth House

The part of fortune in the fourth house shows that you may have come from a fortunate family and one which may be wealthy.

Your good childhood, and the conditions of your early environment will likely set you up for life.

The Part of Fortune in Your Fifth House

The part of fortune in the fifth house suggests that your fortune will come to you through speculation, perhaps as trading on the stock exchange

It can also be through casino wins or through lottery wins. This is one sign of a lottery winner, although there are many more.

You will be fortunate through your children, and by them doing well in life.

Your fortune can come to your through all your creative endeavors and through thisg you give birth to like projects, crafts, music or art.

The Part of Fortune in Your Sixth House

The part of fortune in the sixth house indicates that your fortune will come through daily activities and your work.

This placement suggests that your job can be very lucrative even if it is in a services industry.

You can be fortunate through your pets, perhaps as a breeder or a vet.

The Part of Fortune in Your Seventh House

The part of fortune in the seventh house indicates your fortune will come through partnerships and this usually means marriage and common law partnerships.

Your husband or wife is likely to be better off than you are.

Business partnerships will be of great benefit to you and you need to consider them often.

The Part of Fortune in Your Eighth House

The part of fortune in the eighth house indicates that your fortune will come through inheritances, insurances and annuities.

You will also gain through tax avoidance, or perhaps tax loopholes, and being scrupulous with your tax affairs. You are likely to receive tax rebates.

You can gain much through your partner’s investments as well.

The Part of Fortune in Your Ninth House

The part of fortune in the ninth house suggests your fortune lies in another land and that you have to travel to gain your fortune.

However, this can be shown closer to home in being involved with international things and people.

You can be fortunate in publishing books.

You can be fortunate through the church and religion will favor you.

You may be fortunate because of your philosophies in some way.

You might be fortunate to have a good education in the first place

The Part of Fortune in Your Tenth House

The part of fortune in your tenth house indicates you will be fortunate in the public eye, either through your chosen career or perhaps in politics in some form.

Your reputation will be good and will benefit you even through challenging times.

You may be fortunate to be well-known, famous and have massive public status.

The Part of Fortune in Your Eleventh House

The part of fortune in the eleventh house indicates that you will be fortunate through your associations with others, either in causes or groups.

You may have friends that provide support financially and are generous on your behalf.

You can benefit through the people you know.

The Part of Fortune in Your Twelfth House

The part of fortune in the twelfth house indicates that you can benefit through institutions like; hospitals, libraries, museums, galleries, prisons, or zoos, and in any areas where things are collected, curated and kept.

You can be fortunate in your private life.

When your fortune does arrive, you are likely to keep quiet about it and tell no one.

You may consider yourself fortunate if you give it all away as an act of sacrifice, or if you surrender the money to others in charitable ways.

You may also squander any fortune that comes your way.


More on the Part of Fortune

How to calculate the Part of Fortune

The New Moon and the Part of Fortune


Creating Good Habits with The Moon – 30 Day Drawing Challenge

by Alison Price


Creativity

In astrology, your habits are closely realted to the Moon.

As the Moon passes through your birth chart it transits every house and forms every possible aspect to all of your planets.

Because of the Moon’s natural abilities, everything is sensed and instinctively known. You just have to pay attention.

Habits

To break a bad habit takes one lunar orbit of the Earth or one month.

By the same token, to build a good habit takes one lunar orbit of the Earth, or 30 days, give or take a whisker.

30 Day Drawing Challenge

Thus is born the 30 Day Challenge. All new habits can be established if they are practiced every day for 30 days.

I talk about the five components to live a satisfying life which are; love, money, wellbeing, vision and creativity.

I have taken up a creative project, and I will be doing a new sketch, or drawing,  every day for 30 days. You can join me if you like.

New habits that you begin are better supported, and more dynamic, when started at a New Moon, or a solar eclipse, like the one that occurred on August 11th, which spurred me into action as it was conjoined my Sun.

You can practice New Moon Wishing in line with your birth chart to support your creative new habits.

I will post my progress here. Tag your creations with #starz30 so we can see your beauties. “The 30 Day Drawing Challenge”

Please share this with anyone who needs to see it.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison ⭐️


Day 1

Vancouver Art Gallery - Day 1

The Vancouver Art Gallery from the steps of Robson Square, downtown Vancouver.


I take a photo just to show you. I complete the drawing at the location.

The buildings were a bit wobbly and the trees were hard to draw, but hopefully, I will get better over the next 29 days.


Day 2

The giant pandas outside the Marriott Parq Hotel in Vancouver.

This piece is named “Slow” by Chinese artist Zhang Huan. This sculpture is in stainless steel and is highly polished.

Huan’s pandas are “meant to eulogize eternal maternity and family while expressing expectations of a future, and expresses the artist’s understanding of human nature and his thoughts on love and eternity.” 

This drawing was quite a challenge to do in pen and ink. There is about 50 shades of grey.

On a side note, I need to get another pen as this one seems to have run out of ink.

Day 2 of the 30 Day Drawing Challenge over. Roll on the next twenty-eight.

Alison ⭐️


Day 3

Sunset Beach

This is the view across Sunset beach in Vancouver. Looking towards the west.

There were three main bands of color.

From the top down, the sky a hazy grey/blue due to lots of forest fire smoke, the sea which had more bands of dark blue and green within it, and the sand which was beige and grey, or greige, in the footsteps of the bathers.

Beachcombing was great and we collected many shells which we will use as mulch in the little plant pots in our apartment..


Day 4

The waterfall and rill in my local Emery Barnes park in Vancouver.

This was the first year for ages that they have had water flowing in the city parks due to recent water shortages.

The water itself was difficult to capture and somehow the falling water is not quite right, but I think the general image is ok.

Day 5

What is to come…



Solar Eclipse August 11, 2018

by Alison Price

How to use this solar eclipse energy

All creative projects which you birth now have massive potential to flourish.

Launch new initiatives this week, and don’t be shy.

Leo loves full-colour tinsel rich drama.

This is a seed moment in life where 18/19 Leo is placed in your chart.

Solar eclipses are like the jewels (pearls, emeralds, rubies and diamonds) of transit astrology, and can be very precious. ⭐️💚❤️

Autumn Astrology Workshop – The Art of Chart Delineation

by Alison Price

The Art of Chart Delineation

presented by Alison Price

Autumn Astrology Workshop

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

10:30am – 4:30pm

Doors open at 10:25

Beginner to Intermediate astrology
Under the auspices of the Fraser Valley Astrology Guild.
 
 

Autumn Astrology Workshop Outline

Morning Sessions – Natal Charts

 

Signs and Planets

Houses and Aspects


Lunch break


Afternoon Sessions – Forecasting

Transits

Secondary Progressions


Info sheet

Download your Autumn Astrology Workshop info sheet (available soon).

Cost

Early Bird until August 11th, 2018 – Guild members $80, non-members $100

After August 11th, 2018 – Guild members $100, non-members $120
Pay with PayPal coming soon
 

Venue

4th Floor, The Anvil Centre, New Westminister, BC, Canada

What to Bring

Bring your birth chart.
See you there!
Alison ⭐️

The Part of Fortune

by Alison Price

The Part of Fortune

A wealth indicator in your chart.

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

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

Day and Night Charts

Daytime chart

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

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

Night time chart

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

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


Part of Fortune – Calculation

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

In a daytime chart

ASC – Sun + Moon = Part of fortune

In a nighttime chart

ASC + Sun – Moon = Part of Fortune

Each sign’s degrees starts at…

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

Part of Fortune calculation examples

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

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

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

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

Daytime chart

If:               ASC + Moon – Sun = Part of Fortune

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

-75°  = POF

-75°  + 360°  = POF

285°  = POF

(Capricorn 270°) so 285° – 270° = POF

Capricorn 15°  = Part of Fortune

Nighttime chart

Note: the example here (Gemini Ascendant, Virgo Moon, and Aquarius Sun) is strictly for a daytime chart (because the Sun will be above the horizon), but I am using the same zodiac positions as the above example to demonstrate the arithmetic.

If: ASC – Moon + Sun = Part of Fortune

Then: 70° – 170° + 315° = POF

215° = POF

(Scorpio 210°) so 215° – 210° = POF

Scorpio 05° = POF


The Part of Fortune and Money

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

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

The condition of the Part of Fortune

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

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

The Part of Fortune is poorly placed when it is:

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

Interpreting the Part of Fortune

The sign

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

The sign ruler

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

Aspects to the Part of Fortune

The conjunctions to the Part of Fortune

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

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

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

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

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

The oppositions the squares

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

The trines and sextiles

Venus trine the part of fortune

Pluto trine the part of fortune

The closest aspect to the Part of Fortune.

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


Part of Fortune

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

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

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

Part of Fortune on the ascendant

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

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

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

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

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

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


Part of Fortune Extras

The Part of Fortune in the Houses

The New Moon and the Part of Fortune

Pisces

by Alison Price

Pisces

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

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

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

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

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


Planets in Pisces

 


Pisces Extras

Pisces a Gordian Knot of a water sign.


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Aquarius

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

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

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

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


Planets in Aquarius

 


Aquarius Extras


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Capricorn

by Alison Price

Capricorn

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

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

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

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

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


Planets in Capricorn

Mars in Capricorn

 


Capricorn Extras

 


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

 

Sagittarius

by Alison Price

Sagittarius

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

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

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

Planets in Sagittarius

Mars in Sagittarius


Sagittarius Extras

 


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Scorpio

by Alison Price

Scorpio

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

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

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

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


Planets in Scorpio

Saturn in Scorpio

 


Scorpio Extras

Scorpio and Halloween


 

Virgo

by Alison Price

Virgo

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

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

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

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


Planets in Virgo

Sun in Virgo

Moon in Virgo

Virgo Extras

Virgo gets things done


Other Signs

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Libra

Aries

by Alison Price

Aries

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

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

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

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

 

Planets in Aries

Mars in Aries


Aries Extras


Other Signs

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

Mercury

by Alison Price

Mercury

Rules Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury Keywords

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

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

Mental arithmetic: Mercury rules arithmetic and numbers.

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

Handiwork: Dexterity, handicrafts and handiwork.

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


Mercury in the Signs

 


Mercury in the Houses

 


Mercury Retrograde

The Mercury retrograde cycle

Job seeking tips when Mercury is retrograde

 


Mercury Extras

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

Learning without tears – Book review (Mercury)

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


 

Taurus

by Alison Price

Taurus

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

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

Positive traits:

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

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

Challenging traits: Can be plodders and resist others.

Body parts: Throat, voice, neck.

Taurus Keywords

Fixed: Stable, earthy, solid and immovable.

Sense: Sensuous, touch and your sense of touch.

Food: Produce, farming, agriculture and the land.

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

Planets in Taurus

Sun in Taurus

Moon in Taurus

Mercury in Taurus

Venus in Taurus

Mars in Taurus

Jupiter in Taurus

Saturn in Taurus

Uranus in Taurus

Neptune in Taurus

Pluto in Taurus

 


Other Signs

Aries

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


 

The Sun

by Alison Price

The Sun

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

Sun Keywords

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

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

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

Heroes: The hero’s quest.

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

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

Sun in the Signs

Sun in Leo

Sun in the Houses

Sun in the twelfth house

Sun Aspects

Sun square Jupiter


Sun Extras

When you know your Sun sign is not enough.

How to interpret a retrograde Sun

 


 

Uranus

by Alison Price

Uranus

Uranus’ Discovery

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

 


Uranus’ Discovery Chart: Uranus’ Position and Aspects

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

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

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

Uranus’ Keywords

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

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

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

Oddness: Quirky, unusual, unique and the unexpected.

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

Trends: Fashion, fads, and freaks.

Electricity: Waves, sine waves, radio waves and microwaves

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


Uranus in the Signs

Uranus in Taurus

Live Lighter with Astrology

by Alison Price

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

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

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

First World Waste

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

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

The most waste I saw was in food.

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

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

Kids at Camp And the Food Waste Program

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

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

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

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

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

We all learn.

Your Carbon Footprint

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

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

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

Planets for Minimalism

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

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

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

Zodiac Signs for Minimalism

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

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

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

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

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

Consciousness

Keep the good and beautiful thing in your life.

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

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

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

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

Chart Points for Excess Baggage

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

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


“Less is More” initiatives

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

Project 333

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

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

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

What to choose

What to choose for your 33 pieces is the trick.

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

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

The 100 Items Challenge

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

They typically are broken down into categories as follows:

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

The focus is on 100 personal items.

What not to count

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

Typical things to exclude in your count are:

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

The Astrology of December 2017

by Alison Price

Introduction

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

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

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

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

Saturn into Capricorn

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

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

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

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

Company taxes is one area that will be addressed.

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

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

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

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

Mars Moves into Scorpio

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

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

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

Mercury Retrograde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gifts

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

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

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

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

Winter Solstice

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

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

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

This is the time for a year end review.

Venus into Capricorn

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

New Year

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

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

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

 


 

New Moon Wishing

by Alison Price

New Moon Wishing

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

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

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


The Cycle of New Moons

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

Two New Moons in a Month

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

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

Two New Moons in a Sign

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

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

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

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

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

Solar Eclipses

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


The New Moons of 2018

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

Your Natal Houses

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

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

Suggested New Moon Wishes

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

Let your inspiration guide you.

New Moon in your first house

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

New Moon in your second house

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

New Moon in your third house

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

New Moon in your fourth house

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

New Moon in your fifth house

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

New Moon in your sixth house

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

New Moon in your seventh house

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

New Moon in your eighth house

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

New Moon in your ninth house

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

New Moon in your tenth house

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

New Moon in your eleventh house

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

New Moon in your twelfth house

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

At The New Moon

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

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

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

Journal

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

Annual Forecasting

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

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

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

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

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

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


Travelling by Coach from Vancouver to Calgary and Return

by Alison Price

I recently made the trip from my new hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia to Calgary, Alberta to speak at the Canadian Astrology Conference.

This is some 971km. There are options to get there. Of course, you can fly, rent a car and drive yourself or take the coach.

I chose the latter option. It was the cheapest choice at just CDN$154 return.

I went on Greyhound and there may be others who offer this service but I don’t know about them.

Thursday

As the bus was leaving at 6:30 am from Pacific Central Station in Vancouver I actually left my home at 5 am and got a taxi the station.

You have to check in at the station and get your tag for the hold bag,

You may take one bag and put it in the hold under the coach. And take one small cabin bag into the bus with you. There are overhead shelves for this.

As we boarded the coach is was crisp to say the least as I shivered on the 6C platform.

I had a seat by myself as the coach was half full and the seat next to me was empty. This was nice as I could plonk my carry-on bag right next to me.

At the first stop the cops boarded and checked everyone’s ID and tickets which seemed odd but there you are.

Onwards eastwards we stopped every now and then to pick up more passengers. Then a ten-minute halt where you can get off and dash to the loo.

On again. Finally, at around midway we stopped for 25 minutes in Kelowna. Everyone had to get off as they refueled the coach. I walked over to Starbucks for a grande latte and a croissant. Quite a rush really as heck I didn’t want to miss the bus.

Back on and more stops here and there at places I’ve never even heard of like Salmon Arm and Golden. Did salmons have arms? Is it a fishing joke about having a salmon arm to catch fish like a green thumb to grow a garden? And what about Golden? Was gold found there? I am sorry to say I had no clue.

We arrived in Calgary town centre at11:50 pm.. Yes, it took that long.
I hailed a taxi to the hotel and settled into my room by 00:30am. Phew!

That was Thursday.

Friday

On Friday I gave my presentation and there is more on that here.

Saturday

Saturday good times to be had but had to leave the proceedings early at 9:30pm as quite tired and I had an early start in the morning.

Sunday

My alarm went off at 5:00 am. Up and showered, packed and checked out of the hotel.

Hopped into another cab back to the bus station. The coach pulled out at 7:30 am sharp and we were on our way back home.

This time no wifi on the bus and no electric sockets to charge your phone. Good thing I had juiced it up before I left the hotel.

It was a long journey back home as we arrived at the Vancouver bus station at 9:30 pm. I was met by hubby and we went the final stretch together in yet another taxi.

In my front door at 10:15 pm having been travelling for almost sixteen hours.

Tired but all good. Safe and sound.

What to Take on the Bus

Knowing what to pack for an astrology conference can be a challenge if you don’t do it often.

In the cabin you can take one small bag like a backpack or handbag. Here are some ideas on what to have in it.

* Water to drink.
* Food – More on this later.
* Pen and notebook.
* Computer laptop.
* iPad.
* Reading glasses.
* Cash.
* Ticket to ride.
* Mints.
* Lip balm.
* Pashmina (women) scarf (men) fold as a neck pillow to sleep on.
* Ear buds, phone and charger.

What to Put into Your Hold Bag

In a medium bag like a suitcase that goes in the cabin of an aeroplane. If your bag is bigger than that you are hauling too much junk.

* Clothes, shoes, cosmetics and toiletries.
* Alcohol.
* Other stuff that can be slung around.

Don’t use your best luggage for a coach trip. On a bus your bag will slide around in the hold and there are bigger bags and heavy boxes shifting about down there.

Don’t put anything in the hold that you may ever need again as your bag may get removed at a bus stop that you don’t get off at never to be seen again. These things happen.

What to Wear on a Coach Trip for 18 Hours

  • Flat shoes, trainers or other comfortable shoes.
  • Socks.
  • Black leggings or jeans.
  • Camisoles, t-shirts
  • Light jacket with top pockets.
  • Pashmina or scarf
  • Light makeup

Food and Drink on the Coach

Pre-make your snacks at home before you leave for an 18-hour coach ride.

In sealed plastic bags put enough food for a four-hour time slot. So label each snack bag with the time you may eat the contents like for instance; 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm. This is so you don’t eat the lot in the first hour.

Eating on a bus is usually done because of boredom.it is mindless snacking.

If you take your own food you won’t be tempted to but burgers and fries at every stop creating a logjam in your digestive system and a hole in your pocket.

The shuddering motion on a bus tends towards creating the situation of constipation.

Eat snacks like:

  • Cheese cubes or wedges.
  • Chicken strips – precooked and lightly seasoned.
  • Crackers.
  • Sandwiches – cheese on bread and butter pre-cut into fingers or soldiers as this is easier to eat on the move than a massive chunk of bread.
  • Grapes – The perfect fruit and no must core or peel to dispose of like with apples or oranges.
  • Bottled water – one bottle to sip when your mouth is dry. Don’t chug or you’ll be dashing to the loo every stop.

What not to eat or drink on a coach

Avoid snacks like:

  • Smelly food.
  • Garlic anything.
  • Eggs.
  • Fish.
  • Open coffee or other drink.

Alcohol is not allowed inside the bus.

No smoking on the bus.

Washroom

The coach has a dinky toilet and basin at the back.

I believe the washroom is not really used by most people for that purpose which it is intended. Typically passengers prefer to wait until they stop at a scheduled break and then use the lavatory in the building.

I believe the back of the coach washroom is for those unfortunate souls who get travel sick. The tiny cubicle is almost like a Roman vomitarium. Let’s hear it for Caesar.

The journey over the Canadian Rockies is uphill then down dale and the roads are windy and switchback like. The bus heaves and rolls. Yes, folks throw up. Thus the washroom

What to do on a long bus ride

  • Read a book
  • Crochet or knit
  • Write your journal
  • Take photos
  • Chat lightly with the person next to you or across the aisle
  • Listen to your audiobooks.

What not to do on a long bus ride

  • Bug the guy in front of you by kicking the seat, twanging the footrest or heaving on his chair back as you try to stand up. All of this is spectacularly annoTalk loudly either to others on your phone.
  • Laugh loudly. 
  • Swear not in Canada, please.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison

The Astrology of Good Omens

by Alison Price

The Story

This is an old story of good and evil.

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.

The Characters

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 Spirits

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

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

Adam’s friend.

Wensleydale – Sagittarius

Adam’s friend.

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

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

 


Other Parts

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 Policemen

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.


I love this story.

 

Your Oriental Planet book now available at Amazon

by Alison Price

Your Oriental Planet – Insights into Perception and Vocation

I am really excited to let you know that my latest book Your Oriental Planet that was previously only available for Kindle is now ready for purchase on Amazon.

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It has taken many months and countless hours of time and energy that I had to pour into this project.

 

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Guest Post: What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Spirit Animal

This Guest Post is by Elaine Clara Mah

Have you ever identified yourself – traits and characteristics – with a certain animal, be it a bird, a lion or perhaps even a bear? Have you perhaps ever found that you and an eagle have more in common and are extremely drawn to the creature, feeling the need to know everything about it? If this happens to be the case, then perhaps an eagle is your spirit animal.

But what exactly is a spirit animal – you ask? A spirit animal can mean different things to different people. For some, it is a sort of totem – one that guides and protects you through life. For others, it is the form of an animal that represents you the best, perhaps one you’ve encountered on a wildlife safari!

 

There are many ways for one to discover their spirit animal – it can be as simple as finding an animal that they identify with the best to as complicated as going on a Spirit Walk, a ritual commonly practised among Native Americans and Aboriginal people.

Another way of discovering your spirit animal is through understanding your astrological sign. To help you discover yours, we’ve round up the astrological signs and identified a spirit animal that matches each sign. Keep in mind though that it may well be completely different from the one that we’ve identified for you. But these spirit animals sure do come close!

Aries (March 21 – April 19): The Cheetah

Aries, being the first sign of the zodiac, represents energy as well as turbulence. An Aries is always in search of speed and competition. It is considered one of the most active zodiac signs and is known to be headstrong and brave. The Aries are known as natural born leaders and independent beings but are also known to be egoistic and sometimes impulsive.

Aries’ spirit animal is the cheetah. Known as the fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah’s need for speed matches that of an Aries. Speed is essential to the cheetah, as it needs to kill and eat its prey quickly before its kills are snatched away by bigger and more aggressive carnivores. These solitary animals are independent, with female cheetahs raising their cubs on their own for a year before their young journeys off on their own.

Did You Know: The cheetah has an average of between 2,000 to 3,000 spots on their body that helps them camouflage in the wild!  

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): The Polar Bear

The Taurus is known for being faithful, loving and extremely affectionate. Their steadfastness makes them extremely dependable and trustworthy. However, the Taurus is also extremely stubborn and inflexible. They are averse to change, making it sometimes difficult to work with them.

While some may say that the Taurus’ spirit animal is the bull, as seen in its astrological sign, another potential spirit animal may also be the polar bear. Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world. They are patient and strong – allowing them to withstand extreme weather conditions in the Arctic. Like the Taurus, they can be aggressive when provoked.

Did You Know: Polar bears are actually black! A polar bear’s fur is actually translucent and only appears white because it reflects light.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): The Fox

Just like the twins in the astrological sign, there are many faces to a Gemini. On one hand, the Gemini people are intelligent and adaptable to situations. They are curious and inquisitive beings that are always ready to learn new things and experience new environments. On the other hand, Gemini are also known to be superficial, forming opinions without having an in-depth understanding of the situation.

A reflection of the typical characteristics found in Geminis, the fox is also clever and witty. The curious nature of the fox leads it to roam and investigate its surroundings. The fox is also energetic and quick on its feet but can sometimes be impulsive and devious.

Did You Know: The arctic fox is known to be able to handle the cold far better than most animals. It is able to withstand the cold up until -70 degrees Celsius!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): The Tortoise

Cancers are perhaps the most intriguing of the horoscope signs simply because it is naturally reserved. Individuals born under the Cancer sign are intuitive and sentimental. They are family-driven, sensitive, emotional and sympathetic. While it is difficult for a Cancer to open up to others, they are very attached to those they are close to. They will generally lend a helping hand to others in conflict but are just as quick to avoid any kind of conflict.

Aside from the Crab, which is the Cancer’s sign, those born under the Cancer sign can also closely identify with the tortoise. Tortoises retreat into their shell when in unfamiliar surroundings and will only emerge once they feel safe. These gentle beings are emotional yet wise.

Did You Know: Many tortoise species outlive humans, but the Giant Aldabra tortoise has one of the longest lifespans of up to two centuries long!

Leo (July 23 – August 22): The Lion

Natural born leaders, Leos are typically confident, dominant and strong. Those born under this astrological sign are usually outgoing and thrives in a social setting, where their friends are many and loyal. Leos are also known to be generous and often possess a good sense of humor. However, they can also be stubborn and arrogant. When left unchecked, Leos can become self-centered.

The spirit animal of a Leo is, without a doubt, the lion – king of the jungle. Just like the Leo, lions are dominant and strong and leaders of the pack. Male lions are also often lazy, allowing the females to do the hunting while it waits for its meals.

Did You Know: The lion is a member of the Big Five and thought to be the most powerful creatures in the animal kingdom.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22): The Mandrill

Details are very important to Virgos. Being the most careful sign in the zodiac, Virgos have a keen eye for detail, and as such, approach everything from an analytical manner. Virgos prefer structure and values practicality in their daily lives. Virgos are often introverted and shy but are fiercely loyal.

Mandrills make the perfect spirit animal for Virgos due to their inherently shy nature. Much like the Virgo, mandrills are beautiful creatures with blue and red skin on their faces. Like most primates, mandrills live in troops and prefer the company of their family, where they feel most secure.

Did You Know: While mandrills’ long canine teeth can be intimidating and may look aggressive, baring them among themselves is a friendly gesture instead of a threatening one.

Libra (September 23 – October 22): The Gray Wolf

Just like the scales of their sign, Libras love justice and equality. They are great team players, valuing partnership and cooperation above all. Libras don’t enjoy being alone and will always opt to work in pairs or groups.

The Libra’s spirit animal is the gray wolf. Similar to the Libra, gray wolves are loyal creatures that live in packs of 7 to 8 animals. As a pack, gray wolves develop strong social bonds and work together for food and shelter.

Did You Know: A single wolf can eat up to 9kg of meat in one sitting!

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): The African Elephant

Scorpios are resourceful, determined and goal-oriented individuals. Scorpios make great leaders as they are dedicated to what they do and will work relentlessly to achieve their goals. On the flip side, Scorpios can also be jealous and violent when they feel they are threatened.

The African Elephant is the Scorpio’s spirit animal as, like the Scorpio, the elephant is intelligent and resourceful, using its natural surroundings to its greater advantage. However, threaten an elephant and they aren’t afraid to show force and display physical aggressiveness.

Did You Know: African Elephants retain excellent memory that is pertinent to their survival in the wild. They are able to recall water sources even if they are located a great distance away. Want to get up close and personal with this majestic and intelligent creature? There’s no better way to do so than to go on an Elephant safari in Africa!

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): The Przewalski’s Horse

The Sagittarius has a need for freedom, which makes it the most well-travelled sign among the zodiacs. Extrovert and optimistic, Sagittarius embraces change and enjoy discovering new thoughts and philosophies. However, their thirst for freedom also makes them impatient and tactless in certain situations.

A Sagittarius can best identify with the Przewalski’s horse. Known as the last surviving subspecies of the wild horse, the Przewalski’s horse was never domesticated and can be found gallantly roaming the plains of Mongolia.

Did You Know: The Przewalski’s Horse was once considered extinct, with its last sighting in the wild in 1969. Intense conservation programs have resulted in a healthy population of Przewalski’s Horses being introduced back into the wild.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): The Elephant Shrew

Capricorns are grounded, responsible and self-disciplined. Often seen as very serious by nature, Capricorns make great managers as they are practical and make the best out of the circumstances they are given. However, their grounded and disciplined nature may also make them somewhat distant and unforgiving.

Though considered one of the smaller species of African wildlife, the elephant shrew is very hard working. They work together with their mate to defend their home territory. Elephant shrews are very seldom seen and are difficult to trap.

Did You Know: Despite its small size, elephant shrews are not classified with shrews, but instead are considered more closely related to the elephant!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): The Dolphin

Aquarius-born are highly intellectual individuals and deep thinkers. They are sometimes shy and quiet but also energetic and eccentric. Aquarius enjoy their time alone from everyone and uses it as a time to refresh and re-energize. Because of their high intellect, Aquarius needs mental stimulation – without which they will quickly find boredom and a lack of motivation.

Like the Aquarius, dolphins are extremely intelligent and sensitive beings. They are playful and enjoy being of assistance to others. Dolphins are agile and very energetic. They enjoy being part of a group and strive to be around company.

Did You Know: Dolphins sleep with only half their brain. The other half remains alert to keep them safe from predators and to enable them to breathe while in a slumber.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): The Seahorse

The compassionate Pisces is often known as the most tolerant of all zodiac signs. Pisces are gentle and friendly beings, known to always lend a helping hand to others. They are very intuitive and wise, but at the same time can be overly trusting and fearful.

Pisces’ spirit animal is the seahorse, known for its gentle nature. Pisces are also romantics who are loyal and generous in relationships. So a relationship like that of seahorses that mate for life, and hold tails when travelling, may be most appealing to the Pisces.

Did You Know: Despite being a fish, seahorses aren’t particularly good swimmers. They prefer resting in one area, holding onto the same coral for days on end.


About

Elaine Clara Mah

Elaine is a Contributing Writer for BookAllSafaris.com. She is constantly in awe of the majestic animals living in the wild alongside us and does what she can to help conserve their habitat.


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