The Beginner Astrologer’s Course Handbook

The Beginner Astrologer’s Course Handbook

Supporting your journey to becoming a professional astrologer. The handbook to the Starzology Beginner Astrologer’s Course.

Who this book is for

This book is suitable for new astrology students. If you have decided to learn a little astrology, then this is the book to help you get there.

Many people choose to know some astrology, and a few take the next step and discover a wonderful world of insights and support that astrology can provide.

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THE BEGINNER ASTROLOGER’S COURSE HANDBOOK

Supporting your journey to becoming a professional astrologer.

The handbook to the Starzology Beginner Astrologer’s Course .

By Alison Price

Copyright © 2019 Alison Price

ISBN 978-0-9939814-4-9


A Little Astrology

Every year more and more people from all walks of life turn to astrology for answers to questions in their lives.

Many individuals want to learn astrology, although they have no plan to be a full time, or even a part-time, astrologer. Many people want to know for their own pleasure.

This is the handbook that compliments the Starzology Beginner Astrologer’s Course available One-on-One with Alison (available now) and pre-recorded classes (coming soon).

Use it as a guide to the intricacies of an astrology chart. This is book one of three and the other books in this series are;

  • The Intermediate Astrologer’s Course Handbook (available soon)
  • The Advanced Astrologer’s Course Handbook (available soon).

This book will guide you to focus on key pointers in a birth chart, so you can get to read a chart quickly and confidently.

The Benefits of Astrology

To understand how knowing some astrology benefits you.

It is a little like knowing something about body language.

For example, if someone has their arms folded, it is a powerful signal that they are not open to what you have to say.

This is basic stuff, but great information that you can use every time you speak to someone who has already shut you out because you now can do something else or approach them differently to reach them in other ways.

I see astrology like this.

With a little astrology knowledge, you can connect with people in a better way through the understanding of their core personality, characteristics and behaviors as shown through their birth chart.

Your life was mapped out with core characteristics from the day you were born. The knack is knowing how to read a birth chart.

New Book to Help You

This book is for you if you are at the start of your astrological journey.

It is for anyone who wants to get to grips with astrology fast, and someone who does not have time to waste on the tons of details in astrology.

Learn about the importance of staying on the high roads and leaving the back roads and windy paths for another day.

You can spend the rest of your life learning more and more about astrology, but you do not need to know everything right now.

You are at the start of your astrological journey, and this book will guide you towards what is immediately important and what can be left for another day.

If you have reached a period in your life when time is critical, and you do not have three years to spend learning something new, then this book is for you.

Astro Art

I use a lot of Astro Art in my astrology practice, and I want to share it with you.

This book is rich in chart imagery with simple visuals that have a powerful message.

You can see some of the Astro Art that I share on my Instagram “Starzology” feed as well.

There is only so much time and energy that I have already put into this work.

Semesters

There are two semesters of eight chapters each.

The two semesters comprise the full Level 1 work for the Starzology Academy of Astrology and these chapters are considered first-year astrology learning.

Additionally, and to help you grow as an astrologer, you are expected to do sixteen hours of independent study for each semester.

Aspiring Astrologer Activities

The Aspiring Astrology activities are after each chapter. These are like your homework and can be related to every chart that you do from now on into the future.

Contact Alison

Got questions? Email [email protected]


 

New Astrology Student Application Letter

Selected Students

My time is limited and I want to spend it in the most productive way I can. Due to this time restraint, I can only teach and mentor a few selected engaged students each year.

I teach and mentor face-to-face to provide you with the very best astrology learning you can get.

Due to this time restraint, I can only teach and mentor a few selected and engaged students each year.

Every year and mainly in August and September I am inundated with requests for classes and lessons from all over the globe. It takes hours for me to respond to endless queries back and forth.

So the system is now changing.

To be considered as a new student with me, either now or in the future,  you need to provide an application letter.

New Student Application Letter

Your application letter should answer the following questions:

  • Why did you choose to me as your teacher?
  • Why do you want to take this particular course, semester or class?
  • How many hours do you have available each week for astrology practice and research?
  • What do you hope to gain from this course?
  • Explain what you already know about astrology.
  • Tell me what you know about your chart.
  • What else would you like to share with me about your aspirations and astrology?

This is to be a handwritten letter either as snail mail or scanned and attached to an email.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison


 

Your Second Saturn Return – Astrology for the Third Age

by Alison Price

Your Second Saturn Return

Astrology for the Third Age

Discover more on your Saturn returns in general.


Introduction

As you pass the age of sixty, and even the in the year coming up to your 60th birthday, the planets make a special contact to your birth chart as Saturn once more returns to its natal position.

This is where it was the day you were born and Saturn takes around thirty years to make one full pass through the zodiac.

Your first Saturn return happened at about age twenty-nine to thirty and the second Saturn return occurs at around age fifty-nine to sixty.

Saturn is the timekeeper of the zodiac and brings a time for you to recalibrate back to your core values as shown in your natal chart.

You can make the most of your second Saturn return by accepting the following:

  • You know who you are
  • You are mature
  • You know what you can and can’t do
  • You know your limitations both physical and mental
  • You consider starting a new business
  • You become the mistress or master of your own life

The Astrology of your Saturn Return

Your Saturn returns can happen in one of two ways. It all depends on the movement of Saturn at the time of your return. This movement is determined by the angular relationship Saturn has with the Sun in the transit chart.

If the Sun is square or sextile Saturn it will not be the Saturn retrograde that happens once a year.

Your Saturn return could be short as a one hit transit or prolonged if there is a three contact transit.

One Contact Return

In a one conjunction Saturn return the influence will be in orb for ten days beforehand and ten days afterwards the exact date.

If it is one single Saturn return you will immediately recalibrate back to all your natal aspects to Saturn.

Three Contact Return

If you are fortunate to receive a three contact Saturn return the transit can be for as long as three months as you experience an extended Saturn return that is more powerful and life changing.

There will be a first direct hit, then a second retrograde contact and finally the third contact.

  • The initial contact will set the stage for all this Saturn return favours.
  • The second contact makes you revise any plans or opinions about your life.
  • The third and final contact brings closure to the things initially opened at the first contact of the return.

Natal Saturn Direct

If your natal Saturn is direct and you get one transit it will be a relatively painless return. A Saturn return like this is short and sweet.

If your natal Saturn is direct and you get a three pass Saturn return it will draw out. The natal issues relating to Saturn and it’s complex in your chart as shown by the sign, house and aspects that you natal Saturn has.

Each contact will be reinforced in a prolonged Saturn return and you will have more time to assess and process the changes taking place in your life.

Natal Saturn Retrograde

If your natal Saturn is retrograde and you receive one direct contact from Saturn it will be refreshing and the positive side of Saturn will be available to you.

If your natal Saturn is retrograde and you receive a three hit Saturn return it will seem more familiar. The hesitation that comes from the Saturn retrograde will be reinforced through the aspects that you already have in your natal chart.

When to Expect Your Second Saturn Return

Your second Saturn return happens when Saturn does a full second cycle and returns to the sign it was in when you were born.

If your Saturn is in Sagittarius you may have just experienced the Saturn return or it may still be coming up until December 2017.

If your natal Saturn is in Capricorn you will get your Saturn return between the time December 2017 to March  2020.

If your natal Saturn is in Aquarius your Saturn return will happen from March 2020 to March 2023.

If your natal Saturn is in Pisces you will get a Saturn return somewhere between 2023 and May 2025.

The Third Age

Your second Saturn return is like a passage of life. Everyone’s life is different and if you were married or not or have kids or grandchildren the situation will differ from person to person.

But there are main themes for the third age of Saturn.

Now you are free to do more. The constraints and demands of reproduction have passed as most women are now through their menopause and cannot have children. They may be called crones or elders.

The grown up kids may have moved out, gone to college or got married.

Your parents may have gone. Even your husband or wife may have shuffled off.

This time is for you to master yourself and to draw the line about people or things that demand too much from you.

You may downsize your home and find a smaller place and change things.

You are not responsible for so many things and now you can concentrate on yourself.

Now your duty is to yourself. You can approach life with renewed energy and accomplish things you have only dreamed of before.

Now you can:

  • Be free from responsibilities of a family or a husband.
  • Know that retirement is a dirty word
  • Travel
  • Make new friends
  • Get more education
  • Explore your creativity
  • Be a mentor for others
  • Have a simpler life
  • Get a smart phone
  • Eat nourishing and quality food
  • Exercise as you see fit
  • Volunteer your time
  • Upgrade your wardrobe and style
  • Get new hair and makeup
  • Love your grandchildren

Each second Saturn return will be different for everyone but the core meaning will remain.

If you plan carefully you will have a new lease on life and can do what you have always wanted to do on your own terms.


 

Astrological Forecasting Techniques

by Alison Price

Overview

Astrological forecasting is a popular use for astrology and many people come to astrology exactly for the predictions you can get.

But not all forecasting techniques are created equal. Some are easy to understand and some are more complex.

Forecasting is in two broad sectors, the direct forecasting methods and the indirect forecasting techniques.

Direct Forecasting

Direct forecasting techniques use the current positions of the planets in the sky as we speak. You need an ephemeris for transit work.

Examples of direct forecasting techniques are:

Indirect Forecasting

The indirect forecasting techniques are often those that equate one day’s planetary movement to one year of life. They are also known as symbolic forecasting techniques.

Examples of indirect forecasting techniques are:

  • Secondary progressions
  • Solar arc directions (Venus arc directions etc.)

Forecasting Techniques You Need to Know

Most astrology students learn the forecasting techniques in the following order:

  1. Transits
  2. Secondary progressions
  3. Eclipses
  4. Solar returns
  5. Graphic ephemeris
  6. Solar arc directions
  7. Other (primary directions, firdaria etc.)

Learn to Love Transits

It is common to learn transits first.

Many astrologers only use transits as they are easier to learn. Every Sun sign horoscope column relies on transits only and this makes transits the most popular forecasting method in any astrologer’s repertoire.

 


“Transits are the most popular forecasting method.”


 

If you work on several charts and need to do the forecasting then if you know that Uranus will change signs into Taurus in May 2018 it will do so for everyone.

Once you know a transit movement you can use that knowledge for every single chart you every look at. This makes transits the go to astrological forecasting technique.

Everyone needs to know transits.


Secondary Progressions

The second most popular forecasting technique is conveniently called secondary progressions.

In this case, the movement of a planet for each day of life from birth is symbolised as the corresponding yearly movement.

If you are thirty-three then you will cast a secondary progressed chart for the thirty-third day after your birthday and use the planet’s positions that day to cast the secondary progressed chart.

Each person’s secondary progressed chart is different. No two are the same unless you were born at the same time, date and place.

This means it is more work for the astrologer because it is almost as another chart to read. Professional astrologers will probably use secondary progressions for your full forecasting picture.

Solar Returns

In a solar return chart you cast a chart each year for the exact time the Sun returns to its natal position.

If your birth Sun is at 15 degrees 45 minutes of Virgo then each year when the Sun returns to the precise position you cast another chart.

Each year you will have a new solar return chart.

People with the same birth date (but not the same year) will have similar solar return charts but not exactly the same.

So, everyone born on September 15th will have the Moon here and Venus there in their solar return chart but the ascendant will be different.

This makes solar return charts popular as they are based on the transits of the day and astrologers know where the Sun and Moon are and the other planets.

Graphic Ephemeris

The graphic ephemeris is a special diagram that has to be read by the astrologer and it typically shows the superior planets and their cycles over a year or two. See image.

This is probably the most useful tool I personally use in my astrological forecasting.

Eclipses

Solar and lunar eclipses are transits and are special due to the close alignment of the Sun, Moon and the Earth on the eclipse day.

Eclipses can be further broken down into:

  • General eclipse forecasts
  • Personal eclipse forecasts
  • Collective eclipse forecasts

Solar Arc Directions

In solar arc directed charts you take the progressed movement of the Sun (as found in the secondary progressed chart) and add the longitudinal measurement to all the planets positions at birth. From this you will create a new chart called the solar arc directed chart.

From this you will create a new chart called the solar arc directed chart.

If your natal sun is at 15 Virgo and you are 33 years old you add 33 to 15 Virgo and the result is 18 Libra. This is the position of your solar arc directed Sun.

You do the same for the other planets. Add the Sun’s movement to every planet in your chart and find the new placement which will be 33 degrees further in the zodiac.

In a solar arc directed chart the aspects between the planets remain the same but the planets change house and sign.

The solar arc directed chart changes slightly every day as you get older.


How Much to Learn in Forecasting

How much you have to learn about astrological forecasting depends on who you are now and who you want to be later. There are 5 levels of astrologer and you can see where you fit in.

Hobbyist Astrologer

If you are simply trying to learn some more about astrology to make your life easier and more understandable then stick to transits.

Student Astrologer

If you are a student astrologer and plan to be a professional astrologer one day then learn transits first and the work down the list, (secondary progressions, solar returns, solar arc directions, eclipses and other).

Professional Astrologer

To be a professional astrologer you really do need to know at least four forecasting techniques.

They will compliment each other and underline the trends in the clients forecasting picture.

You are a Client

If you are a member of the public and you are looking for a professional consulting astrologer then do yourself a favour and find one who does advanced forecasting techniques.

Ask your prospective astrologer, “Which forecasting techniques will you use when you do my predictions?” and see what their answer is.

 


“Which forecasting techniques will you use when you do my predictions?”


 

If they only use transits be wary as they may not be fully trained in the more complicated astrological forecasting techniques.

This may imply they do not have a broad astrological education.

Creative Growth

If you have got this far then you will likely want to grow your astrological forecasting techniques and begin to understand the differences in each one.

To be a better astrologer you need to know these things.

Forecasting often separates the “men from the boys” in the astrology world.

 

Alison


 

Oh, The Charts You Will Read!

by Alison Price

Natural Sequence to Chart Reading

As you start to get into astrology and read horoscopes there is a natural sequence to charts that you will read.

Some of you who begin with astrology may stop sooner than others who may go on to be competent astrologers.

Several of you will go on to be aspiring astrologers and competent astrologers and be able to provide an acceptable solid reading. You may read for friends and family or in a casual way.

A few of you will become experts and exceptional chart readers and can read any and every chart that comes your way. You are likely to attract clients at this stage.


Chart number 1: Your own chart.

You will always start with your own chart and certainly, this chart will be with you through your astrology journey. You will read it in a simple way and then develop your interpretations into more complex methods in the future.

You will work on this chart for the rest of your life.

Charts numbered 2-10: Your immediate family’s charts

This includes your husband, wife, kids, parents and siblings etc. They are people you know very well and have known for many years. Now you can benefit from some basic chart reading skills.

At this point you are a hobbyist astrologer

Charts numbered 11-18: Charts of people who you do know.

These are the charts of friends and people you know well enough to ask for their chart details, “so you can practice.” You will do these charts for free and enjoy the time spent pouring over each unique chart.

At this point you are a student astrologer

Charts numbered 18-25: Gateway charts

These charts you will draw up for people who are technically “clients.”

You will tentatively explain that you are opening an astrology business and although you are still a junior astrologer, you wish to read their charts in a professional manner to practice your readings and your professional practice competency. You are aware of how your outer planet signature attracts clients.

You will charge them a moderate fee of around US$5-10 or barter for a cup of coffee.

These charts are for your gateway clients and they get you into being a professional astrologer. There may be more charts in this group but if you are determined that astrology is for you then you will only need about six practice runs and these are the charts you will use.

At this point you are an amateur astrologer and may consider seven days to a better chart reading.


Charts numbered 26-100: Your paying clients – Junior astrologer

You are now in business. You charge a fair fee for your services. You may be interested in 10 things to do before your client arrives.

At this point you are a junior professional astrologer.

Charts numbered 100 plus: Your paying clients – Professional astrologer

At this point you are a professional astrologer. You know how to give an astrological referral. You can run a prosperous astrology business and you know how to work with clients.


Your Journey

The process of becoming an astrologer is not one straight line from start to finish. Each person will make detours and have stops and starts along the way.

To see where you are exactly on your journey towards becoming an astrologer the five levels of astrologer are explained in more detail.  You can see that you could be straddling two areas at once.

 


If you want to travel fast go alone,

if you want to travel far take a friend.


Think about how many charts you have read. Consider where you are on your journey to becoming a fabulous astrologer.


 

Eclipse Fever – Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

by Alison Price

Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, 2017 there will be a solar eclipse visible from many places in the North America.

The eclipse will pass through the US from Oregon to South Carolina with the shadow of the Moon streaking across the land with the total eclipse path around 65km wide.

Even up here in Vancouver, Canada we see the Moon cover around 75% of the disc of the Sun and it will be a partial eclipse for us.

I have cleared my diary for this special day and I shall be in the park across from my apartment at the time of the eclipse which will reach totality at around 10:30 am.

You need to have found a seat by 9 am. I plan to take a coffee and a brunch picnic.

Perhaps I’ll have my sketchbook as well.

You will need special eclipse glasses and I have mine already.

I first used these for the Venus transit of the Sun way back in 2012 so they’ve been lying on my shelf waiting for another solar eclipse to come my way.

The Eclipse Path

Even though there are at least two solar Eclipses each year they often pass unnoticed over the ocean so you don’t get to see them at all. But this August the world will be watching as the shadow sweeps over the USA from Oregon to South Carolina.

Check out this handy eclipse path diagram with the compliments of NASA.

You Interpret Eclipses in 3 ways

  • The Eclipse Chart Itself – General
  • How it Contacts your Birth Chart – Personal
  • The Original Saros Chart – Collective

1 – The Eclipse Chart – General Interpretation

The actual eclipse chart itself will show you the nature of this particular eclipse. Always set your eclipse chart for the zero Aries house system if you are interpreting the eclipse itself.

Now aspects to the eclipse will come into play and with any eclipse chart you can look at:

  • Any planet conjoined this solar eclipse as it will be important.
  • Any planets opposing the solar eclipse will be important.
  • Any other aspects to the eclipse point can now be considered.

     


    2 – Contacts to your Natal chart – Personal Interpretation

When looking at the personal effect of any particular eclipse check for two main things regarding your natal chart; the house and the aspects.

Natal House

The eclipse will be at 28 Leo. Find which house in your chart the eclipse will fall and this will be where you can make a new start.

Eclipse Aspects to Your Natal Chart

For aspects use an orb of 2 degrees and see if this eclipse contacts any of your planets or points with either an opposition or a conjunction.

I don’t look at other aspects as the main feature of any eclipse is the syzygy between the Sun, Moon and the Earth.

To support this geometry you only need to consider conjunctions (solar eclipse) and opposition (lunar eclipse). Only these two aspects are of interest when working with an eclipse to your natal chart.

If there are no conjunctions or oppositions to your natal chart this particular eclipse will probably not affect you much.

Conjunctions to you own Sun will make this eclipse a part of your Solar Return chart and thus it will be in effect for one whole year for you.

If your birthday is from August 19th to 23rd of any year the energy in this eclipse will affect you for the next twelve months.


3 – The Original Saros Chart – Collective Interpretation

Every eclipse belongs to a Saros series. The original Saros chart from the first eclipse in the Saros is important to show the nature of this family of eclipses.

The original Saros chart for the eclipse on August 21st, Saros series 1 North is shown below.

Solar Eclipse Saros 1 N 3 January 1639

 

Saros 145

Below is the full display of Saros 145. The blue line is the Moon’s shadow as it slowly draws down towards the south with every eclipse in the Saros.


How Long Does an Eclipse Effect Last?

Typically astrologers say an eclipse will last until the next eclipses season or about six months when it is then wiped out by the current eclipses.

But there is a better way to measure the length of time each particular eclipse will last.

Solar Eclipse Effects in Time

Solar eclipses are in effect for one month for each minute of the eclipse. This particular eclipse is total for 2 minutes and 40 seconds so its effect will be for around two and a half months.

Lunar Eclipse Effects in Time

Note: Lunar eclipses are in effect for one day for each minute the eclipse lasts


 

5 Tips on How to Read a Birth Chart

by Alison Price

Introduction

Every time you attempt to read a chart there are so many things to look at it can be daunting.

Here I have brought the essence of chart reading down to five features to consider. These are things you will always consider when doing any chart reading. If you practice this type of high level chart your interpretation you will get to the heart of your chart reading soon.

These five tips will sharpen your focus so you don’t go off at a tangent or wander down a chart reading back road.


1 – The Dominant Broad Stroke

The dominant broad stroke refers to the background feel for a chart shown by the quantity of plan at and their distribution throughout the char. It does not consider individual planets.

You count the visible planets only and this will always add up to seven. The seven visible planets are the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The broad strokes that you count are:

  • The two polarities of active and passive.
  • The four elements of fire, earth, air and water.
  • The three modes of cardinal, fixed and mutable.
  • The four hemispheres of north, south, east and west
  • The four quadrants numbered first, second, third and fourth.

In all of this find the highest possible number and focus on interpreting that broad stroke.

2 – The Chart Ruler Complex

The chart ruler is the planet that rules the sign on the ascendant. If it is one of the three signs with two rulers (Scorpio, Aquarius or Capricorn) then look at both rulers.

Look closely at this planet and discover it’s message. Understand this planet by sign, house and any aspects it receives in the chart.

It is strong if it is in its own sign or in exaltation. Or in other words if it has essential dignity.

It is strong in accidental dignity which is the natural house of its sign. So for example, Mars in the eighth house is strong because Mars rules Scorpio the natural eighth sign.

Notice if it rules the hemisphere, quadrant or house it tenants.

If it has only soft aspects it is supported but if it receives only hard aspects it is afflicted. A combination of both is neutral.

See if it dominates the chart by being most elevated, oriental, the final dispositor or is it in an angular house (first, fourth, seventh or tenth). These positions add weight.

See of it forms part of a major aspect pattern and if it dominates the pattern. This placement adds weight.

Check if its motion is direct, stationary or retrograde. being direct adds weight and retrograde detracts.

3 – The Sun Complex

Understand the Sun in the chart by sign, house and any aspects it receives.

Fully explore the message of the Sun in the chart.

4 – The Tightest Aspect

To find the tightest aspect you have to consider the aspects between the planets and the orbs.

Look for aspects between the planets and not the points. The planets to consider when looking for the tightest aspect are; the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron.

Do not consider any points like the Ascendant, the Midheaven, the lunar nodes or the part of fortune etc.

I also do not consider the asteroids unless you use them in your daily astrology practice. If not then ignore asteroids including Ceres.

Only look for the five Ptolemaic aspects which are the conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition.

Find the aspect with the tightest orb which should be 00 00′. See which aspect it is and understand the meaning of this aspect. look at the two planets in the aspect and how they will work together in this chart and in this aspect.

Check the house and signs that the tightest aspect lies over and understand what this means.

5 – The Prominent Major Aspect Pattern

You need the find the most dominant major aspect pattern in the chart.

Some charts may not have a major aspect pattern. And if so then skip this step. Major aspect patterns in order of importance are:

  • Grand crosses
  • Grand trines
  • Stelliums
  • T-squares
  • Kites
  • Thor’s hammers
  • Yods
  • Quintile pointers
  • Mystic rectangles
  • Crosses of David
  • Rosettas

If there is more than one major aspect pattern of the same type, say you have three T-squares, then find the tightest orbed T-square, the non-disassociate T-square and the one that includes the chart ruler, the Sun or the final dispositor.

Find this major aspect pattern and fully understand the planets involved in it by sign, house and essential dignity.

 

Use these 5 tips to help you read a chart quickly and easily.

 


 

Basic Chart Interpretation – Step 2 – The Physical Chart

by Alison Price

This post is part of a series on basic chart interpretation and how to read a natal chart. The other steps are listed below and will be developed soon.

Step 1 – The birth chart data – time, date and place.

Step 2 – The physical chart – printing and highlighting main features.

Step 3 – Preparing for the interpretation – margin notes

Step 4 – Your interpretation – detailed notes


The Physical Chart – Printing and Highlighting Main Features

This time I going to share with you some of my process and the focus will be on the natal chart. I will answer the following questions that plague new astrologers.

 

Once you have the chart cast what do you look for? What is important? What is not worthy of consideration and where do you start?

 

The image below is of a chart for Rosie and she is one of my clients. I have not shown the chart details that is; the time, date and place as that is not important.

What we are going to be looking at is how to prepare a chart for reading after you have printed it out and before you start.

This is like step 2 of the natal chart reading process.

 

What to Print

In Solar Fire or your other astrology program print a chart with a half aspectarian in the corner as shown above. This is a standard chart so you should have no problem doing this.

House Rulers

Write the house rulers against every house cusp. Start at the ascendant and in this chart (above) I have written Jupiter/Neptune and drawn a bubble around them at the house cusp.

Quadrant and Hemispheres

Draw a circle in the top right of the page. Draw a cross in it with one horizontal line and one vertical line.

This shows the four quadrants (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th) and the four hemispheres (north, south, east and west).

Only counting the visible planets from the Sun to Saturn count how many planets are in each quadrant.

In this chart there is one planet in the first quadrant (Saturn), two planets in the second quadrant (Jupiter and Venus), three planets in the third quadrant (the Sun, Mars and Mercury) and one planet in the fourth quadrant (the Moon).

Elements and Modes Table

Draw a table of four columns and three rows.

On the top label the columns F (fire), E (earth), A (air) and W (water). On the side label the rows C (cardinal), F (fixed) and M (mutable).

Add the number of visible planets (the Sun to Saturn) and write the quantity in the appropriate cell in the table.

Add up each row and column. The total will always be seven.

Chart Ruler

Find the chart ruler which is the planet or planets that rules the ascendant sign. In this case, it is Pisces so the ruling planets are Jupiter and Neptune. Colour in each instance of the ruling planets in yellow.

Major Aspect Patterns

Find all the major aspect patterns.

In this chart there is a stellium of the Sun, Neptune and Mars and a Moon yod of Mars, Pluto and the Moon.

Bracket the stellium and highlight in red so you can see it easily.

Colour the yod in green to relate to the quincunx colour which is green.

The idea is to bring forth the main features of a chart through the use of colour so you can easily see the main points when you pick up this chart again next month.

If you are reading many charts a week you do not have time to reread each chart to discover the main threads. they should be highlighted the first time around.

Most Elevated

Note the most elevated planet in this case it is Mercury (although I originally noted Mars in the drawing and I can’t change the image.

Oriental Planet

Note the oriental planet in this case it is Venus.

Lunar Phase

Note the lunar phase in this chart for Rosie it is a gibbous Moon phase.

Essential Dignity

Find the essential dignity of the planets and write the score on the left of the aspectarian. the aspectarian is the triangle-shaped grid at the bottom left of the chart.

In this chart we note that Mars gets a score of -5 for being in Libra and Venus of -4 for being in fall in Virgo.

Mutual Receptions

Note all mutual receptions in the chart. Interestingly enough in Rosie’s chart there are two mutual reception pairs, Mercury and Venus are the first pair and the Moon and Jupiter are the second.

On the back of the natal chart page you will also draw the dispositor tree using these handy mutual receptions as your start.

Alison


Watch the video about highlighting a birth chart as part of your chart preparation process.

Note that it refers to another birth chart but show sthe process that you will use for every chart you cast.

 


 

31 Days to a Better Chart Reading

by Alison Price

Astrology Made Simple

I happy to say my latest eBook 31 Days to a Better Chart Reading is available now through Amazon and can be read on your Kindle, iPad or iPhone and of course your computer.

This is a guide for anyone who wants to read a chart and needs to get going fast.

Each day you can learn a new feature about chart reading and get better quickly.

Stop fiddling about on inconsequential details and get to the meat as soon as possible.


Prices

All prices are in US dollars.

These prices are valid until June 21, 2020.

Astrology Classes

These classes are all by Skype one-on-one with Alison.

The pre-recorded classes are coming soon.

Beginner’s Astrology – Level 1

Intermediate Astrology – Level 2

Advanced Forecasting Astrology – Level 3

Synastry and Relationship Astrology – Level 4


Price Details

These prices are per person.

All classes, consultations and services are prepaid.

If you want to have a class with your sister, friend or mother each person pays the same amount.

You cannot take one class and then decide to swap it for a semester and get a reduced rate.

If money is tight you should carefully consider whether astrology is for you at this time. See if you qualify for a free class.


Business Kick Start Master Classes for Going Professional – Level 5

Master Classes both parts 1 and 2 US$650

Master classes: part 1 only US$375

Master classes: part 2 only  US$375


Consultations and Readings

Essential Reading – US$150

Intermediate Reading – US$350

Comprehensive Reading – US$750

In Office Party Astrology

Out of town expenses – Price on application.

Party astrology three-hour booking – US$1200.


Aspiring Astrologer Mentorship 

Via Skype – US$275/hour.

In Person – Price on application.


Written Reports

Relocation chart report – US$550

Electional Astrology – US$295

Conception Timing Report. – US$135


The Astrologer Asteroids

Guest post by Tanja Flanjak

The Astrologer Asteroids

Asteroids are still not as widely incorporated into astrological studies as they should be. Like planets, they are more than just solidified gases streaming throughout the universe.

They contain their own magic and energies that offers a plethora of insight and information into a person and their journey here on earth.

If you are familiar with asteroids than the usual Juno, Vesta, Chiron, and Ceres, just to name a few, will be the most commonly used. However, did you know that there are quite a few asteroids that are directly connected to the study of Astrology?

The ones listed below are known as the “Astrology” asteroids. Depending on their placement in your natal chart, they can indicate a love of Astrology, and or a career as an Astrologer.

Stargazer 8958

Astrowizard 24626

Astronomia 1154

Zvedotchet 6465

Urania 30

Starchik 32770

Celestechild 17503

The rule of thumb is, if you have any of the above asteroids conjunct your ascendant, north node, midheaven, in the ninth house, or making positive aspects to all, then these are excellent indicators of being an Astrology lover.

So take a look and see if Astrology is part of your cosmic fate.


Tanja Flanjak

The starspeak of a 24 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.

Visit Tanja at The Luminessence

 


Astrology Basics – Chart Points

Chart Points

Chart points are not planets or entities at all they are points in space and typically occur where two imaginary lines cross.


Common Chart Points

The Ascendant

The ascendant is the face you show to people one-on-one.

It is the mask or façade presented to strangers. It is the initial thing people see about you. It is the first impression you give to others.

The Midheaven

The Midheaven is the face you show the world.

It is what the world knows you for. It represents your highest achievements in life and is your public status, reputation or notoriety.

Descendant

The Immum Coeli

The Vertex

The Part of Fortune

More on the Part of Fortune.





Astrology Basics – The Aspects

by Alison Price

This is part of the Starzology Astrology Basics series of posts on the four building blocks for reading a chart.

This is what you need to know to read a chart.

The other blocks are:

and Chart Points.


The Meaning of Aspects

The astrological aspects are the angular relationship between the planets and points (the Ascendant and Midheaven etc.) in a chart.

In your chart some planets will be in aspect to each other and some will not have aspects. Some planets may have easy aspects and some may have difficult aspects.

There are five main aspects.

The Conjunction

More on the conjunction

The Sextile

Planets in sextile work well together and support each other. They suggest that you have latent talents in the nature of the planets involved and this can be brought forward for the creativity and vision in your life. The sextile is a soft aspect.

The Trine

Planets in trine to each other are easy going and let the other planet be themselves. This is the best aspect of support and being positive. The trine is an easy or soft aspect.

The Square

Planets that are square to each other have some tension between them. Their energies compete for dominance and challenge each other. Planets in square create internal dilemmas for you. The square is a hard or difficult aspect.

The Opposition

Planets that oppose are in tension with each other and will struggle to work together. These planets create external dilemmas for you and can indicate where you project the issues to the other. The opposition is a hard or difficult aspect.

And another – The Quintile Aspect

Although not one of the big five aspects I use the quintile aspect as well as it is the aspect of creativity. Planets in quintile to each other show your creative expression in line with the meaning of the two planets. The quintile should always be considered when analyzing creative expression and outlets in your life.

 





Astrology Basics – The Houses

Beginner’s Astrology

The chart basics are four basic building blocks of knowledge. as a student of astrology you need to get a grip on some basic principles and this post is about the houses. The other building blocks  are:


The Meaning of the Houses

An astrological chart is divided into twelve sections, or houses, and each house is a different size. The chart looks like a pizza where each house is a segment.

Each house represents a separate area of life and planets in houses suggest that a particular area of life, like family or work, is important to you.

The houses are like a slice of life.


First house

The first house shows you, your body, what you look like, your complexion, fashion style, gait, haircut and first impression.

Second house

The second house is all about money, credit and acquisitions. It shows your values and what you value more than money. It suggests your self-worth and self-esteem.

Third house

The third house shows your brothers and sisters, school, neighbors, local area, short journeys and community involvement.

Fourth house

Your home, hearth and family life is shown by the fourth house in your chart. Your dominant parent (who is the one was there on a daily basis providing care and nurtured you) is shown by the fourth house.

Fifth house

The fifth is the fun house. It shows your children, your leisure activities, your romantic dates, play dates, sport, concerts and your creative expression. It suggests where you find entertainment and this includes risk activities like riding on a roller coaster, playing the stock market and gambling.

Sixth house

The sixth house is the house of your day-to-day work, pets, small plants, health and service to others. It shows your diet and exercise appetite. The sixth house in your chart shows your daily rituals, meditation and other habitual practices.

More on the sixth house.

Seventh house

The seventh house indicates your marriage, your partner/spouse, business partners and your relationship with other people. It shows the general public, your relationship with others and open enemies.

Eighth house

The eighth house suggests your secrets, sex life, money from others, donations from others, support from others, inheritance, insurance, debt, death and taxes. It shows the inevitable things of life.

Ninth house

The ninth house suggests your vision, life-path, travel, long journeys, higher education, foreign cultures, publications and religion.

Tenth house

The tenth house is all about your career, public standing, reputation and what the world knows you for. It is where you are in the public eye. It indicates your passive parent

Eleventh house

The eleventh house shows your choice of friends, groups and causes. It is where you are a team player. It shows your social conscious.

Twelfth house

The twelfth house is the house of your imagination, self-undoing, chronic health issues, institutions, dreams, sleep and your subconscious. It shows your secret enemies.

 

 


Astrology Basics – The Signs

by Alison Price

 


The Meaning of the Signs

Each sign has a different meaning and when a planet is in one sign it will behave differently to when in another sign. In your chart the planets will be in a variety of signs.

The Sun passes through all the tropical signs.

There are twelve signs of the tropical zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

The signs start at Aries the first sign and end at Pisces the twelfth sign.


Aries

The Sun is in Aries from March 21 to April 20.

More on Aries.

Taurus

April 20 – May 21

More on Taurus.

Gemini

The Sun is in Gemini from May 21 to June 21.

More on Gemini.

Cancer

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

More in Cancer.

Leo

The symbol for Leo is the lion. The Sun is in Leo from July 24th to August 22nd.

More on Leo.

Virgo

The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin and the Sun is in Virgo from August 23rd to September 23rd.

More on Virgo

Libra

More on Libra

Scorpio

The symbol for Scorpio is the Scorpion and the Sun will be in Scorpio from October 23rd to November 22nd.

More on Scorpio

Sagittarius

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

More on Sagittarius

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.

More on Capricorn

Aquarius

The Water Bearer is the symbol for Aquarius and the Sun is in your sign from January 21st to February 21st.

More about Aquarius.

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.


The Building Blocks of a Chart

This is a beginner series of posts about starting to read a horoscope and what you need to know as opposed to the flood of options you have to learn stuff about astrology.

I have condensed it into bite sized chunks of information to get you started.


Overview of the Parts of a Chart

Astrology has four main building blocks you need to understand to read a chart. One of the is the signs.

The others are;

Along with the chart points.

And a closer look at sign qualities and elements.

And a million other things…

But the first things you need to know are the basic four building blocks.

 

Astrology Basics – The Planets

by Alison Price

The Meaning of the Planets

The Sun

The Sun is your identity, your heart and your character. It shows where you are honest and true to yourself. It is where you can shine in life. It represents your father.

More on the Sun.

The Moon

The Moon shows your feelings, reactions, gut instincts and your behavior. It rules food, how you care and who you nurture. It represents your mother, mother figures and caregivers.

More on the Moon.

Mercury

Mercury shows your thinking, talking and communication style. It has to do with all buying and selling. It represents your schoolteacher and neighborhood people.

More on Mercury.

Venus

Venus shows beauty, art, style, love and money. It has to do with your values and what you invest in both things like jewelry and people. It represents young women and sisters.

Mars

Mars is about sex, energy, drive, challenges and where you compete in life. It shows when you will get off the couch and do something. It represents young men and brothers.

Jupiter

Jupiter is about growth, expansion, reaching and even overdoing things. It shows your vision and potential. It represents uncles, teachers and preachers.

Saturn

Saturn is the planet of achievement, honors, control, limitations and fears. It represents your father, older men and authority figures.

Uranus

Uranus is the planet for the future it rules trends, technology, computers and the space age. It represents adolescents, immigrants, those on the fringes of society and rebels.

More on Uranus.

Neptune

Neptune is the planet of illusion, intuition, mysticism, art, magic and the unknown. It represents the psychic, the invisible, the underdog and the homeless.

Pluto

Pluto is the planet of power, influence and sex. It represents people who have power over you through your use of their resources or those whom you have the drop on. It represents the loan shark, surgeon, psychiatrist, undertaker, criminal and therapist.

Chiron

Chiron is the planet of wounds and healing. It suggests where you are weak and wanting. It represents people who help you like nurses, teachers, gurus and charity workers.

Eris

Eris is the planet of the female warrior. It represents the fight instinct in women. It suggests those who will fight for you simply because they are on your team, group or crew. It represents sisters-in-arms.

Astrology Basics for Beginner’s

This is part of the special Starzology Astrology Basics series for you all. Many of you ask where to start and here are the planet’s meanings.

You can check out the rest of the series:

 





Write Your CAAE Level 1 Exam in Downtown Vancouver – May, 2017

imagesWhat are you waiting for? 

If you want to write the CAAE Level 1 exam now is the time. 

I will be proctoring (invigilating/hosting/supervising and generally overseeing) the Canadian Association for Astrological Education (CAAE) Level 1 exam this May on 13th.

Vancouver Exam Venue

I will likely do this in the Central Vancouver Public Library in the quiet study area on the 6th floor, but this is to be confirmed.

The Library is at the corner of Robson and Seymour streets. You can get a coffee beforehand and bring it into the library.

How to become a certified astrologer in Canada.

Before you sit the exam do you need a refresher course or some exam prep classes? If so why not check out my mentoring options and have private classes by the hour..


Who can write the Level 1 exam?

You do need to be a CAAE member.

Do you need astrological certification?


How to register for the exam

If you want to sit this exam please complete the exam application form below and send it with your check (CAAE members) to:

The Registrar – CAAE
226 Cromwell Avenue
Oshawa, ON,  L1J 4T8

Please note: Your payment must arrive at the above address beforehand.

Once your payment has been received you will be informed of the exact venue in downtown Vancouver.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam.

Please note this exam can be written in Toronto as well.


 

The Graphic Ephemeris

by Alison Price

Ephemeris

The word ephemeris (plural ephemerides) is from the Greek word ephemeros, which means daily.

This is a quick introduction to the graphic ephemeris. Generally the ephemeris that astrologers use is a hefty reference book.

It details astronomical data like daily planetary positions by zodiac sign with the degrees and minutes for each planet as well as information such as sidereal time (used for calculating the ascendant).

An ephemeris is usually laid out month by month for each year. Planetary positions are listed in tables for either noon or at midnight depending on the ephemeris used.

Graphic Ephemeris

Luckily we have a visual representation of the daily planetary positions in the graphic ephemeris. It is a quick way to find hard aspects.

It can be quite tedious to manually calculate all the planetary positions for a birth chart. Perhaps there are some of you who began your journey into astrology with this method.

You were probably relieved when the old Blue Star and then Solar Fire programs generated perfect charts.

Charts with a higher level of mathematical accuracy (even though birth times are still unreliable) are created by computers rather than manual calculations.

The graphic ephemeris has a slightly different purpose than the ephemeris book. It is mainly used for predictive work and specifically outer planetary progressions, transits and directions shown in a graph.

It is a highly visual tool where you can select the preferred time period. The planets remain constant on every graph of the period. It is the connections to the natal chart that are shown clearly by this method.

Visualization

Imagine if you take the birth chart wheel as 360° on a piece of paper and you fold it in half at the (0°Aries/0°Libra) line you then have 180° of the circle.

Next fold it in half again to show 90°, finally if you fold the chart once more you have a 45° ‘slice’ of the circle. If the paper was transparent, it would show all the planets and angles within the small 45° slice.

Transiting planets will be at the same point on the slice and therefore will be depicted near each other on the Graphic Ephemeris. This is simply a different way to look at the transits to a natal chart.

The process of folding the chart from conjunctions 0° into oppositions 180°, into squares 90° and then semi-squares 45° or sesquiquadrates 135° only allows hard aspects to be shown.

Generally there are no harmonious aspects like sextiles or trines depicted on the graph.

How to Read a Graphic Ephemeris

The left of the graph begins with a column showing the cardinal degrees from 0° for 30°. At 30°, the fixed signs start and carry on to the 45°, and then begin again at the top from 0° to 15°. Finally the mutable signs are shown from 15° for 30°.

Across the top is time in months.

On the right side of the graph is a column with the natal planets and angles by sign. Each planet and point has a coloured dotted line associated with it running horizontally across the page.

Predictive work usually begins with revealing the transits. The outer planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune as well as Chiron and Pluto are generally selected for transits.

The direct transiting planets enter the graph at the left and move through time down and to the right. During retrograde periods, they move up the page in a wave motion. Where planets are at 0° of the cardinal signs by transit, they will re-enter the graph at the top.

Planets changing signs have a small dot in the planetary colour on their path.

Pluto has a shallower path than Jupiter. This is due to the slower movement of this minor planet in space.

Transits

Where a transiting planet’s curve crosses a natal planet’s dotted line, a transit aspect to the natal planet is formed.

The aspect glyph is at the intersection of the two. Where two transiting planets’ paths cross each other on the graph, there is an aspect being formed between those two planets on that day in space. The actual aspect symbol is not shown on the graphic ephemeris, only aspects to the natal chart.

Nodes and Moon cycle

The nodal axis moves in a straight line on the plane of the ecliptic and is always retrograde.

The full moon is shown as a white circle and new moon as black circles.

Where a solar eclipse happens there is a black circle with the conjunction symbol within it. A lunar eclipse is depicted by a white circle with the opposition symbol within it.


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Fish Can’t Climb Trees – Book Review

Book review by Alison Price

Fish Can’t Climb Trees by Helyn Connerr

The title Fish Can’t Climb Trees may seem a strange one but it references Einstein’s quote:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

And on from this that each person can be a genius but they need to be measured differently to each other. That one method of scoring intelligence does not fit all.

Helyn Connerr has written a book about how we actually process information as adults based on astrology.

She references ancient archetypes and builds her case on solid foundations. There are detailed explanations of the twelve possible learning methods as shown by each birth chart Mercury placement.

Connerr writes in an easy to read style with clear and articulate explanations for each sign. She makes memorable symbols for the Mercury signs like Procon for Mercury in Libra that references the Libran need to see both the pros and cons or both sides of any situation.

Say you and your friend both have your Sun in Aries, but if you have Mercury in Taurus you will learn and process information differently than your buddy who has their Mercury in Pisces.

There are chapters on learning style groupings, similarities and differences and polarity, relating and uptake of information. An astrologer will connect this to the astrological elements, qualities and polarities.

This book can be read by non-astrologers but for astrologers is it a wonderful resource on how each Mercury placement actually processes information. These insights can be used if you are a practicing astrologer right now in your daily readings.

My biggest take away from Fish Can’t Climb Trees is that as a teacher I naturally present my classes through my individual Mercury Model and I can see the strength and weaknesses in myself which can be improved to reach through to my own students who have different Mercury signs themselves.

Through the nature of your natal Mercury and it’s sign your speaking, learning, thinking and genius can be shown.

I’ve read a few astrology books in my time and I have to say that Fish Can’t Climb Trees by Helyn Connerr is exceptional on several counts. She has many original thoughts, insights and comments on astrology. She suggests practical methods of dealing with each Mercury sign. She has written a book which is well crafted with a woven message of intellectual diversity that should be embraced and not shunned.

If you are an astrology student, teacher, speaker or lecturer you need to read Fish can’t Climb Trees.

I enjoyed this book immensely.


About the Author

Helyn ConnConnerr_Helynerr, MSc. is creator of personal development workshop the Mercury Model, which is a culmination of her personal interests including her long term study of astrology with its mythic themes and archetypal patterns. The Model assesses individual’s natural cognitive style, and has been successfully adapted into a professional development version too. Author of Learning Without Tears (2008), she has also featured in a wide range of journals and publications, including The Guardian. Helyn currently works as a teacher, trainer, coach and consultant while running her Cumbria-based UK business Astro Innovation.




 

Learn Astrological Forecasting in 16 Individual Lessons

Forecasting Classes

You can learn how to do astrological forecasting in a few easy lessons.

Between you and me, of all the classes I teach, the forecasting lessons (yes, that’s these ones) are the most in demand.

So, no more rigid time and dates for you!

Value classes

These forecasting classes contain the valuable basics you need to know about forecasting and predicting in astrology.

The lessons are listed in the order of importance for forecasting astrologers.

Payments

Each semester can be pre-paid separately through PayPal. You can see my prices here.

About the Classes

  • These 16 lessons cover the full CAAE Level 3 Forecasting curriculum and will count towards your CAAE diploma.
  • These classes feature 2 hours per lesson for a total of 32 classroom hours and 32 self-study hours as homework and other research.
  • Lessons can be taken one at a time, as you choose or by semester.
  • Classes are held in downtown Vancouver or by Skype at selected times.
  • Class times and dates may vary each week.
  • To take these classes you must be able to read a natal chart.

What you Get

Each student will receive a copy of their birth chart, emailed PDF lesson notes for each session and some homework.


Semester One – Direct Forecasting Techniques

Lesson 1: Transits 1 – The Outer Planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto)

Lesson 2: Transits 2 – The Middle Planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron)

Lesson 3: Transits 3 – The Graphic Ephemeris

Lesson 4: Transits 4 – Lifetime Age Transits

Lesson 5: Solar Returns 1

Lesson 6: Solar Returns 2

Lesson 7: Lunation and Eclipse theory – Discussion

Lesson 8: Forecasting Synthesis 1


Semester Two – Symbolic Forecasting Techniques

Lesson 9: Secondary Progressions 1 – Luminaries (Sun and Moon)

Lesson 10: Secondary Progressions 2 – Inferior planets (Mercury and Venus) and Mars

Lesson 11: Midpoint theory – Discussion

Lesson 12: Relocation theory – Discussion

Lesson 13: Solar arc directions 1 – Angles

Lesson 14: Solar arc directions 2 – Planets

Lesson 15: Forecasting Synthesis 2

Lesson 16: Mundane theory – Discussion


 

Synastry and Relationship Astrology Course: Level 4

by Alison Price

Synastry and Relationship Astrology – Level 4

This six lesson advanced course will address your personal relationships.

Each lesson is just under two hours with the expectation that you will do two hours of Aspiring Astrologer Activities as homework and related study per lesson.

You will work with two charts throughout the course; your chart and another person’s chart of your choice (your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife etc.).

This course covers the full CAAE Relationship Course requirement for the elective course and can be used when working towards your CAAE Diploma

Who this course is for:

You must be able to read a natal chart and forecast in astrology to a fair level before taking this course.

New Students, Please Note

New student application letter.


Course Overview

You will be shown how to first interpret the two charts separately and learn to analyze them from a relationship point of view.

You will compare two charts for their romantic potential and determine the synastry between the two charts.

You will begin to appreciate the value of using a composite midpoint chart and Davison relationship charts in personal relationship analysis.

You will get some pointers on how to select a wedding date.


Class 1: Synastry I

  • Pairs of charts
  • Interpretation for the romance of natal charts
  • Types of relationships – planetary focus
  • Comparing two charts – elemental and modes
  • Using double charts (bi wheels)

Class 2: Synastry II

  • His and hers charts
  • Venus and Mars
  • Sun and Moon
  • 7th house
  • Lunar nodal axis
  • Vertex

Class 3: Synastry III

  • What to look for
  • Ascendant / Descendant axis
  • Chart shape
  • Vindemiatrix
  • Part of Marriage
  • Inter chart aspects

Class 4: Composite Midpoint Charts

  • Midpoints overview
  • How to calculate a composite chart
  • The composite inner planet paradox
  • Composite angles
  • Composite houses
  • Composite vertex

Class 5: Davison relationship charts

  • Davison biography
  • Davison theory of chart construction
  • Comparing composite to Davison charts

Class 6: Marriage Date Elections

  • Natal marriage indicators
  • Elections brief overview
  • Marriage elections desirable features
  • Dates to avoid
  • Choosing a wedding date window

Each student will receive a copy of their birth chart and their partner’s birth chart, emailed lesson notes at each session and some homework.

This course is held in Vancouver, or via Skype.

You can check my current prices here.

 


Other Astrology Courses

Beginner’s Astrology – Natal Charts – Level 1

Intermediate Astrology – Natal Charts – Level 2

Advanced Astrology – Forecasting – Level 3


 

Intermediate Astrology Classes – Level 2

Intermediate Astrology Classes

This sixteen-week Intermediate course covers all the fine information you will need to read a birth chart.


Astrology Certificates and Diplomas

If you are working towards a certificate in astrology through the CAAE, then these classes form part of that learning.

The CAAE level 2 curriculum

This course covers all of the CAAE level 2 curricula.


Semester 1

Lesson 1: Chart Balances

Lesson 2: Chart Shape and derivative houses

Lesson 3: Oriental, Occidental, and rising planets

Lesson 4: The dispositor tree

Lesson 5: Ascendant, Sun, and Moon blends

Lesson 6: Critical degrees and declination discussion

Lesson 7: The part of fortune

Lesson 8: Fixed stars discussion


Semester 2

Lesson 9: Ascendant, Midheaven and Sun states

Lesson 10: Types of signs and antiscia

Lesson 11: Synodic cycles and the eight phases

Lesson 12: The Great Year

Lesson 13: Sedna and love life questions

Lesson 14: Aspects of moiety and Fibonacci

Lesson 15: Interpretation examples: money questions

Lesson 16: Your chart’s influence


About the classes

  • These 16 lessons cover the full CAAE Level 2 curriculum and will count towards your CAAE diploma.
  • These classes feature 2 hours per lesson for a total of 32 classroom hours and 32 self-study hours as homework and other research.
  • Lessons can be taken one at a time, as you choose or by semester.
  • Classes are held in downtown Vancouver or by Skype at selected times.
  • Class times and dates may vary each week.

What you get

Each student will receive a PDF copy of their birth chart, PDF lesson notes from each session and some homework. 

This course is available via eLearning or Skype.

For more information, please contact me.


Costs

These classes may be purchased by semester. So that would typically be the first semester one then semester two.

Or you can do individual classes and pick and choose what you want to learn.

Check my current Level 2 prices.

Your Progressed Moon and Transiting Saturn – Special Forecast

 by Alison Price

Forecasting in astrology can be a simple Sun sign interpretations that any astrologer can do, or the more detailed and complex forecasting techniques which a professional experienced astrologer will provide. It depends on the level of understanding you wish to extract from your birth chart which route you will choose.

In astrological forecasting there are many things to consider for each chart that you look at. One of the interesting nuggets in forecasting is the relationship between your progressed Moon and transiting Saturn.

This connection deserves a second look but only in some charts. It is not always present and therefore can be dismissed as not worth bothering about. But in the few charts that this does occur, you need to fully appreciate exactly what is going on and how this dynamic situation will affect you and for how long.

If you do have this complex attribute in your chart the energy from the contact will be in play for ten to twenty years. This can overshadow other things being brought forward in the forecast data. Pee Moon and Tee Saturn can be the full story for many people and for years of their lives.


Your Secondary Progressed Moon (P-Moon)

The progressed Moon can travel up to just over three times around your chart in your lifetime. In doing so it makes all the possible aspects to all the planets and points in your chart. This speed and constant aspect contacts creates an endless variety for consideration for an astrologer.

As the progressed Moon takes +/- twenty-nine years to make one round of the chart it will therefore progress through each sign in about two years and five months (29 / 12 = 2.42y).

All things being equal and depending on the house system, the progressed Moon will spend a similar amount of time in each house .

Progressed Moon changing sign:

  • You instinctively relates to sign attributes
  • Your moods reflect the sign element changes
  • You take comfort in the new signs meanings

Progressed Moon changing house:

  • You become emotional towards the affairs of the house
  • You feel at home in the new house
  • Your habits move towards alignment with the new house

Transiting Saturn (T-Saturn)

Saturn keywords: Detract, static, pull, contract, steadfast, curtail, held-in and achieve.

Saturn Returns

Saturn moves about eleven degrees each year or, to put it another way, spends around two and a half years in each sign. Saturn takes about twenty-nine years to pass through the zodiac. You can experience up to three Saturn returns in your life.

Your Saturn returns are at approximately ages twenty-nine, fifty-eight and eighty-seven.

A Saturn return can be a one or three pass transit. The three pass transit is very important and should be accorded the correct amount of attention.

Saturn and Jupiter are very often the opposite side of a situation and, when they both bring in influence to bear, both can be negated.

Transiting Saturn by house

Saturn through the houses shows where you exert control, can achieve things and will succeed in the long run. Saturn can bring structure to chaos and create formal organization in which to work.

During a Saturn transit you will “draw the line” and maintain boundaries for yourselves. When you have a Saturn transit you may have to learn the hard way about the issues of the house.

It can be challenging when Saturn passes through some houses and you may have to tighten your belt and keep going.

Transiting Saturn by aspect

Pee Moon Tee Saturn-page-001 (1)The four major transits from Saturn are those to it’s natal position. Saturn transits can bring maturity, the ability to take responsibility and a certain acceptance of what the world has to offer. It can also be where we exist under some limitations or imposed boundaries.

Saturn is an indicator of your father, father figures or older men in authority in your life and they may become a feature under a Saturn transit.

Transiting Saturn waxing square natal Saturn

Transiting Saturn square natal Saturn at about age seven most children are in big school and in the system and have to abide by timetables and rules.

Transiting Saturn opposition natal Saturn

Saturn opposition natal Saturn at somewhere in year fourteen is an indicator for puberty and physical maturity. Some adolescents can begin a casual job in the food industry for example, and start to earn a living in the big world.

Transiting Saturn waning square natal Saturn

Transiting Saturn square natal Saturn at the closing square happens around age 21 and is the threshold for adulthood.

Saturn return

First return at 28/30 the age of maturity where you stop blaming yoru parents for your woes and take ownership for your life.

Natal aspects between the Moon and Saturn

Moon conjunct Saturn

The issues of parents Mother (Moon) and father (Saturn) are closely linked. This person goes through life with their parents showing a united front to them regardless of what is really happening.

Moon square Saturn

This person has a life where their parents may disagree on how to bring the. Hold up. There may even be a question on the paternity or the child. This person has tension about their parents that they take forward into their own lives where they become the authority and the pattern continues.

Moon opposite Saturn

This person experiences diverse views from each parent or opposite view which may develop into outright conflict between their parents. The parents will play them off against each other. This placement frequently brings confrontation and flip flopping in discipline for this child.


P.MO T.SA

Of all the planetary progressions the Moon needs close attention as the whole mood of the life shifts during the time it takes to pass through the natal chart and ingress the signs and houses. These subtle changes which happen over a two to three year period are often easier to appreciate in retrospect. As an astrologer you need to be on the lookout for this phenomenon in your chart.

Parents

The Moon (mother) and Saturn (father) can be at the root of many issues faced by people. So much so that this phenomenon (the Moon aspect Saturn lockstep) may easily dominate the whole life. Resolution is to be found in the natal placement of the Moon and Saturn and the energies need to be accepted into the life of the individual. This is likely to be challenging.


Pee Moon Tee Saturn Forecast Lockstep

Transiting Saturn takes twenty-nine years to transit the zodiac and the progressed Moon takes twenty-nine years to transits the zodiac. If there is a natal aspect between the Moon and Saturn it will be held in place by the movement of these two planets with one transiting and one progressed.

Difficult aspects (hard) are exacerbated. Although transiting Saturn will retrograde for periods and perhaps break the aspect it will reform when Saturn goes direct, is fast and reapplies the aspect.

Natal Moon aspect natal Saturn – orb

Depending on the tightness of the orb of the natal aspect between the Moon and Saturn this aspect may be in orb, by progression, for the lifetime of the individual.

Over time it will ease away but this could take many years. It depends if the aspect is applying or separating. For example if the Moon is applying an opposition to Saturn it may hold the opposition for longer than if it is already separating in the natal chart.

In the natal chart if the Moon and Saturn are in a fourth harmonic aspect that is either a conjunction, square or opposition. This needs a further look.

If the Moon and Saturn are sextile or trine it just makes it an easier relationship throughout. Only bother about the fourth harmonic aspects.

How long will it be?

Each chart is different but many people will have an aspect between the Moon and Saturn. The first thing to look at is whether there is an aspect between these two bodies.

Second is the natal aspect applying or separating? This will show how long the aspect will be in orb.  If the aspect is applying from 8 degrees then it could be applying for years and then become exact and finally separating for ten years.

This time of”being in orb” varies in each case but will still be long time.

So what?

Well for someone with the Pee Moon Tee Saturn in aspect, the energies of the two planets are connected for much if not most of their life.

It is well known that the Moon and Saturn can be many things both separately and together but when there is a link between the Moon and Saturn by aspect in the chart, it is always the parents that come together.  


Moon as mother

In your chart your Moon shows how you see your mother and your experience of her.

If there are two sisters with different Moon sign this indicates their different experience of their mother even though she was the same woman they experienced her differently. This can be seen with eldest child, middle child and youngest child situations where each one has a different Moon sign.

It suggests how she nurtured you and tells how she mothered you. Was she super cuddly or a bit cold or somewhere in between? Did you get beautiful clothes to wear or your brother’s hand-me-downs? What about her cooking?

As an adult you will remember your mother’s treatment of you forever. It is where you learnt how to care and how to provide nurture for yourself and others.

Saturn as your father

Saturn in your chart shows your father and older men like uncles and grandfathers. It shows how you experienced him and his fathering.

It shows father figures and men in authority over you. These people were (and are) teachers, headmasters, the police and judges.

It shows whether you dad was there for you, or a bit distant or an absentee father.

Well placed Saturn shows how you respect authority the law and if you respect your elders or not. Do you give your seat to a senior when on the bus? Do you call old men “Sir” or does it choke in your throat. All of these things are shown by your natal Saturn.

Your transiting Saturn and progressed Moon return

Much has been written about a Saturn return. Even people outside the astrological community know of the Saturn return. But what of the progressed Moon return?

It happens around age 29/30 and can be a time for change and of going back to basics as promised in the natal chart.

Any return brings the energies of the planet back to its true meaning for you, as the planet in question returns to its natal position in your chart. At this point it remakes all the natal aspects it has that are part of your natal chart interpretation. So aspects other than to the Moon or Saturn from either will be realigned.

Once you realize that your Saturn return is around the same time as you progressed Moon return you can see how they can be different for each person.

  • There is only  one progressed Moon return in each cycle.
  • There can be one or three Saturn returns in each cycle.

Return sequences possible

  • Saturn returns before the progressed Moon return
  • Progressed Moon returns before the transiting Saturn return.
  • Saturn return one hit
  • Saturn return three hit
  • Saturn return before and after progressed Moon return.

When you realise the potential implications of a simple Moon Saturn aspect in a natal chart it opens the door for further investigation of the long term effects of this phenomena. Parental issues may not be the only thing to think about but they may be laid as a full background stage for the life of the person.

As always care should be taken when interpreting charts and all situations will ideally be related back to the whole chart for a full rounded forecast.

 




 

“Ideas” Astrology Newsletter

by Alison Price

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Why Transits are Different for Everyone

By Alison Price

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Forecasting interpretations can get complex. Reading transits quickly become confusing and it may seem like they’re out of focus.

You may start following Jupiter as it transits through your chart and Jupiter will offer growth opportunities as it passes by.

But what happens when it makes an aspect with another planet?

If Jupiter is square Saturn does it play out the same way for us all?

We all have our own charts and this is what makes the difference.

Take Jupiter square Saturn. These two planets bring the concepts of expansion and contraction together.

Whether you will experience expansion or contraction in your life depends on your chart. It matters whether Jupiter or Saturn is stronger in you natal chart.

Is either of them your chart ruler or do you have Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius or Pisces as your rising sign?

If one planet in a aspect rule your chart they’ll be stronger for you in general and will express themselves in your life in a clear way.

Cycles appear at all times. When you are on an up swing with one planet you may be on a down cycle with another.

The ability to see the difference between a transit from one planet which may or may not be overshadowed by another is the skill of reading transits.

Jupiter square Saturn is different for everyone. Don’t make the mistake of thinking one size fits all but understand what each planet’s energies are about.

Read each transit by itself and follow along with the cycle so you will have a better understanding of how to forecast.

Measuring planetary strength

Apart from the actual aspect involved to understand the strength of the two planets in a combination is the first step.

As the slower moving planets form and release aspects with each other it is good to know which one of the pair is a more important planet for you.

Pluto is important for you if:

  • You have Scorpio rising
  • The Sun is in Scorpio
  • More than three planets are in Scorpio
  • Pluto in the first or eighth house
  • Pluto is your final dispositor

Neptune is important for you if:

  • You have Pisces rising,
  • Neptune in the first or twelfth house
  • The Sun is in Pisces
  • More than three planets are in Pisces
  • Neptune is your final dispositor

Uranus is important for you if:

  • You have Aquarius rising
  • Uranus in the first or eleventh house
  • The Sun is in Aquarius
  • You have more than three planets in Aquarius
  • Uranus is your final dispositor

Saturn is an important planet for you if.

  • You have a Capricorn or Aquarius ascendant
  • The Sun is in Capricorn or Aquarius
  • You have three or more planets in Capricorn or Aquarius
  • Saturn is your final dispositor
  • Saturn is in your first, tenth or eleventh house.

Jupiter is an important planet for you if:

  • You have Sagittarius or Pisces rising
  • Your Sun is in Sagittarius or Pisces
  • You have three or more planets in Sagittarius or Pisces
  • Jupiter is your final dispositor
  • Jupiter is in the first, ninth or twelfth house

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Astrology Students Pass Exams and Launch their Lives

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Congratulations!

To all the students who wrote and passed the CAAE exams this spring. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. Well done!

All the students whom I tutored coached and mentored during 2013/14 and who wrote recognized astrology exams earlier in the year have passed with flying colours.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all the students who came through my classes this year and whom I had the pleasure to meet and touch your lives in some way. I wish you well as you continue your journey into astrology.

Astrology is my passion and I hope it can be yours too.

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