Astrology Weekend Retreat in The Okanagan

Astrology plus Wine plus Yoga

Weekend Retreat in the Okanagan

The Cove Lakeside Resort

Friday, October 4th, Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October,  6th, 2019


Join us for a wonderful relaxing retreat weekend away in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Space is limited to ten people.

Cost $250 + tax = $262.50

Book your spot





The Cove

Accommodation at the Cove for participants are invited to use “Fall Astrology Retreat” when booking and they will receive a preferred rate of:

$140 per night 1 Bedroom Mountain View
$204 per night 2 Bedroom Mountain View
Both these accommodations can be shared to cut costs.
You can choose to stay elsewhere as well.

Friday, October 4th

6:00pm – Meet and Greet with your host Norma Lachance

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7:00pm – Wine Tasting with Wine Expert Paulo Craveiro

Enjoy some exquisite wine tasting from local vineyards.

Be guided with diploma candidate Paulo Craveiro.

Brush up on your vintages, varieties, and vines.

Cheese and fruit platter. Non-alcoholic options available.


Saturday, October 5th

7:00am – (Hot/easy/cool) Yoga at the Cove with Norma

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9:30am –  Explore the Basic Balances in Your Chart with Alison

In this basic class we explore the balances in you chart through the energies of the planets as they work through your signs.

Every chart is different and you can gain valuable insights into your character.

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11:00am – Coffee break

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11:15am – Major Aspect Patterns and You with Alison

Discover the beauty of some specific shapes within your chart and find out what they mean.

This session is as light or as detailed as you wish.

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12:30pm – Lunch Break

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2:00pm – Contemplative Afternoon and Personal Astrology Assignment Work Time

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4:00pm – Tea time

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4:30pm – Free Time

Explore the local area and scenery, or rest and read.

During this period, you may request a private personal astrology reading with Alison.

Time permits personal readings for three attendees.

You may book ahead if you wish.

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6:00pm – Casual Dinner at The Bonfire

Delightful casual dinner and conversation.

The perfect end to a perfect day.

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8:00pm – Beach Walk and Night Sky Conversation – Norma and Alison

Join Alison and Norma for an easy stroll on the beach.

Beachy shoes a must, especially if you want to paddle in the surf.

We will discuss the stars and the evening sky.

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9:00pm – Guided meditation (20 minutes) Alison and Norma (optional)

Kick off your shoes and unwind with a guided meditation for relaxation before bedtime.


Sunday, October 6th

7:00am – Yoga at the Cove with Norma

Stretch it out and greet the dawn with glorious yoga.

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9:30am – Fun Ways to Use Astrology in Your Daily Life with Alison

Learn some fun ways to use astrology in your daily life. Discover how others use astrology to improve their life.

You do not need to be an astrologer to benefit from this wonderful art.

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11:00am – Coffee break

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11:15am – 5 Rules for Going Forward in Astrology with Alison

This segment is a time for you to learn some actionable steps that you can take to embrace the art of astrology in your life.

Gain some skills to weave astrology into your daily activities.

Hear Alison’s 5 simple rules to immerse yourself into astrology quickly and at the level or intensity that suits you.

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12:30pm Lunch Break

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2:00pm – Contemplative Afternoon and Personal Astrology Assignment Work Time

Spend time with your astrology journal with art and words.

Decide how astrology and yoga has impacted your life both now, and in the future.

This is your own personal expression time.

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3:00pm – Reflection and Discussing Your Actionable Takeaways

Join the group to discuss all the fabulous actionable take-aways you have from your experience at the weekend retreat.

This is a time to share connections and future support if you choose.

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4:00pm – Close

Thank you and farewell.


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…



What Astrologers Do All Day

by Alison Price

What Do Astrologers Do all Day?

As a busy astrologer, I just want to share with you some of my process and what I do all day. This is really for March 2018.

Every day is different and the work does come in cycles.

Creator Studio

Where I work at home is a small space near the window. I call this my “Creator Studio.”

This month we did a revamp and I bought a new desk, chair and set of cubby’s, behind me (thank you Ikea), as well as had a whiteboard mounted on the wall.

Client Original Horoscope Writing

One of my tasks this month is the original horoscopes I write for my clients.

These clients are based in the USA and in Europe.

They have websites and blogs where they use my original horoscopes tailored to their requirements.

Some of my clients have iPhone apps for horoscopes, and I write specifically tailored horoscopes for them and their clients.

Astrology Magazines

This quarter I’m preparing an article for an astrology magazine Down Under for next year.

Astrology Classes

I teach individual students and I have three at the moment. This is typically once a week and for two hours each class. Every student is at a different place in their Astrology learning.

Astrology Consultations

I have two new clients for Astrology readings and one returning client.

I will prepare their readings and print their charts, transits, secondary progressions, solar returns and solar arc directed charts to combine into their graphic ephemeris.

Each consultation is one hour and the preparation on my part is two hours for each.

NORWAC

I am preparing my presentation for NORWAC on March 21st and I still have lots to do there.

My Keynote presentation is complete, and I still have to make some handouts to support the lecture on Your Money Planets.

I will take the books I have left from my recent book signing, although there is only three on the topic of money, the rest are Your Oriental Planet and How to Set Up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business.

Astrology Magazine

I also will design, edit and publish the magazine for the CAAE which comes out every quarter.

That is a little behind but it will go out on the 20th of March at the equinox.

YouTube Channel  Videos

I will also record, edit and publish at least four YouTube videos this month. The main topic is for Aspiring Astrologers and those who want to learn a little more about astrology.

At the moment the videos drop on Fridays.

I plan to have more than one a week, and I want to get them out on Sundays as well. Here I envisage a creative approach to astrology.

The videos are:

  • Featured Charts – interesting people
  • How to read natal charts – basics and chart features
  • Forecasting techniques – transits, solar returns and eclipses etc
  • The astrology of the month – the ingresses and retrogrades

This is a lot of fun but does take up enormous amounts of time.

I want to grow my YouTube subscriber base and share my Astrology with everyone.

You can help by watching and subscribing to my Starzology YouTube channel.

New Books

As if that is not enough on my plate, I want to write done more eBooks and eventually paperback books for Amazon.

Next up will be “Solar Returns – an insight into your unfolding year”.

I plan to release a new quality book every quarter, but so far this year it has eluded me.

Family Time

I have lunch out with my husband twice a month. We share our lives and work well together. He will be coming with me on the train to Seattle in March for the week.

I’ll catch you up on more in a few months.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison ⭐️


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 brain 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 stuff 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 or 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

Progress on My Process – Update

Hi Everyone,

I want to catch you all up on what I’ve been up to recently as there are changes afoot.

Since Jupiter went into Scorpio I have been drawn to do some video tutorials and I have to say it has been fun.

I am still working to get the technicalities sorted out and plan to have a video each week and maybe in-between ones as well. The focus for my work and my process is to help everyone learn a little astrology.

I have more students enquiring about classes than I have time to teach. This is why I’ve decided to turn to video to help me get my message out to those who care and those who know their Sun Sign is not enough.

Please be patient as I get better as I really love to teach and hope this passion comes through in the content.

So far I have a few small videos and by the time I get to the tenth one it will be all sorted out.

Please help me get 10000views on YouTube by watching and liking my videos.

Have a prosperous day,

Alison

 

Check out my channel here.


 

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

“Is Financial Astrology Lucrative?” – A Reader’s Question

by Alison Price

“Can you tell me if Financial Astrology is lucrative? I would like to earn money as an astrologer. What do you think is the best way to learn financial astrology?”

This is a question I received from a reader like you about making money as a financial astrologer. This query comes up often and I have answered it below.

Alison


“Is Financial Astrology Lucrative?”

Whether financial astrology is lucrative depends. There is not a “yes” or “no” answer.

It depends on who you are and what you know.

As an astrologer, it really hinges on your own natal chart. For all questions like these, we would look to your unique birth chart

Ask yourself the following about your own chart:

Do I have the natal promise for income from financial astrology or even regular astrology for that matter?

Do I have planets in my second house?

Are they unafflicted?

Where is Uranus (the planet that rules astrology) and what is its condition?

Is Uranus unafflicted and that means it has no squares or oppositions from the malefics?

Is my second house ruler strong, direct and well-placed?

Then you would assess the Midheaven its ruler and the tenth house for your entrepreneurial skills.

  • What is the sign?
  • Who is the ruler?
  • Where are they placed?
  • Is your most elevated planet conjoined the Midheaven?

You may like to consider how to set up and run a prosperous astrology business.

Then look to your eleventh house for income from a business you own.

And let’s not forget the oriental planet that will indicate your vocation and what really moves you.


“I would like to earn money as an astrologer.”

This is a career choice that you are trying to make.

When you read your first chart and charge a fee then you are making money as an astrologer.

The point here is the words “making money” as that means different things to different people.

The question may be, “Do you have enough money?

Income of US$1-1000 per month

Many astrologers do make some money from astrology. Anything from US$1 to US$999 per month.

Many astrologers work in this area with a variable income that can vary each month and it depends on how many charts they read and other activities.

Income of over US$1000 per month

Some astrologers make a reasonable amount. Here the benchmark is more than US$1000 per month. So that is around US$12000 per year.

But, does it provide for a full time living off astrology alone?

Perhaps not, but it does augment your day job, and it provides an outlet for the creative work that astrology can be.

If you live in Africa (as I did for over thirty years) or Asia you are likely to find this adequate income.

Income of over US$5000 per month

Very few astrologer fall into this category but it can be done. Here the income is enough to sustain astrology as a full-time job, career and vocation and you can comfortably budget for tax at around 20%.

With a net income of US$4000, anyone can manage, even those of us living in expensive cities in the first world.

You can look at the five levels of astrologer and see where you are and map out yoru career path using this a guideline.


“What do you think is the best way to learn financial astrology?”

Let us assume that you already know basic chart reading and you can you interpret a chart with confidence.

Financial astrology falls into two camps:

Do you want to follow the stock exchanges, forex and financial markets and earn money through your general fiscal information and tips?

Or,

Do you want to help everyday people to make good financial decisions based on their own natal chart and what it suggests for investments and luck?

Either way, you need to fully understand the dynamics of a chart, the four financial house and two financial planets. In other words your money planets.


Where to next?

You have to be confident in basic astrology in the first place.

You have to understand financial markets, economics etc.

You should be tracking your own financial upliftment that has happened through your own decisions based on the astrology in your chart.

You should already be giving astrological financial advice to family and friends.

Ultimately

Always look to your own natal chart for guidance on when to start an astrology business, how to name your astrology business.

Investigate the messages from the forecasting techniques of current transits, solar arc directions and solar returns, secondary progressions and eclipses.


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.


 

NORWAC18: “Your Money Planets” presented by Alison Price

by Alison Price

The North West Astrology Conference (NORWAC)

Seattle, WA, USA  –  March 22-26, 2018

NORWAC is held in Seattle every year and has been for over thirty years. It is a highly popular astrology conference and boasts world-class astrologers presenting cutting-edge astrological thought alongside contemporary and ancient techniques.

If you are serious about astrology do not miss this amazing opportunity to broadened and deepen your astrological knowledge.

You can rub shoulders with top international astrologers and socialize with the fun and friendly people who are your tribe.

 

My Presentation

I am so excited to have been invited to present a lecture and 2018 will be my first time. I am honored for the privilege to share my insights and creative work with the engaged NORWAC community.

My Topic

The special topic that I can’t wait to share will be Your Money Planets – Astrology for your financial life.”

“Discover a positive approach to your financial life. This lecture shows how to work with the planets for your monetary benefit. Take a deeper look into natal astrology and discover which planets have something to say about your economic well-being. Get tips on income, earning, investing, spending, what to buy, what to sell, where to earn and how to save based on your chart. Be satisfied with what you have as your values shift through the evolution of your chart.”

I know you will enjoy it so come along and support me on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 10:15 am.

If you can get out to the west coast and you are an aspiring astrologer then this is the time to visit Seattle.

Astrology Readings at NORWAC

As with all my astrology conferences I shall be offering consultations during the event and there will be several spots if you wish to book beforehand.

You have three options for astrology consultations during the NORWAC weekend:

  1. If you know beforehand you want a reading you can contact me on the form below. This is the best way as there are only some many clients that I can see over the weekend.
  2. If you decide at the last moment you want a reading you can let me know as well.
  3. If you attend my lecture at Norwac and decide you love my style because I resonate with you, please approach me and we can set up a time for your personal reading.

Astrology Conferences

To get to an astrology conference takes some planning. If you know what to pack for an astrology conference it can make your whole experience better.

You may decide you have to go and be part of the future of astrology as you don’t want to miss out.

Knowing how to have fun at an astrology conference can help you get the most from your experience.

My First NORWAC

My first experience of NORWAC was in 2013 when I first moved “out west” as a new experience. At that time I did not know anyone in the local astrology community.

 

Alison, Christine, and Toby at NORWAC17

I was also there in 2017 and had a blast. This is the Saturday night banquet sitting at large round tables with some new friends and my good friends Christine and Toby.

More Information

The NORWAC conference website.

 

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My Process – A Peek Behind the Scenes

by Alison Price

 


“If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.” – Stephen King


My Process

I work as an astrologer and have done for many years. Over time I have honed my craft so I can be quick and correct in all my chart readings, classes or lectures.

I find the best way express myself is to show you how to read astrology charts. I like to explain about zooming in on what to look for and what to avoid.

Giving tips and tricks for getting to the heart of the chart is my main interest and I am happy to share them with you.

Patreon

Much of my work is done behind the scenes but now this activity, which I’m calling my process, is a available for my supporters.. You can become a patron to my art of astrology.

The things I am working on are presented for you, almost daily, as a peek behind the veil of the mystery of astrology. It is a process. The road that leads towards knowledge and understanding is taken one step at a time. Much like the ninth house of a chart.

I am a happy person and I am glad to share some glimpses of my day with you guys. If you are trying to get your astrology readings or business going the. See how I do it. I’m not saying my way is the best way but rather that you can find your own path through your intuition and interests.

Art

Not everything I do as a writer, astrologer and creative is shown as me pouring over a chart or with my nose stuck in an ephemeris, there is the artistic side as well. This includes drawing, urban sketching and colour work.

I also do quite a lot of freelance writing and create horoscopes for other new age sites. Some of the topics I write about are interesting things like crystals, reiki, numerology, dream therapy, colour therapy and astral projection.

I like exploring other techniques and will ultimately bring them back to astrology. I look for ways to connect the dots to weave a richer chart reading through my interest in related new age practices.

So the behind the scenes being documented for me is broader than the carefully crafted items and posts you see on my astrology only site at Starzology and on my Instagram,  Facebook or Twitter feed.

And rightly so, you came to me for astrology as a starting point. You expect to see astrology and you certainly can do that. But the My Process tier of being a “Sun patron” in Patreon gives you a valuable look at my wider interests in occult matters.

Focus

Anyone who knows me will say I am easy going with a sense of humour. I like to have fun with astrology and new age subjects. I am never a doom and gloom person. I avoid political stuff and don’t cast charts for tragedies like tsunamis or earthquakes which harmed others.

You are far more likely to see me feature charts for inspiring thought leaders driving concepts and ideas, scientists with ground breaking discoveries that benefits humanity or naturalists exploring interesting things in the plant and animal world around us.

I believe in the creative beauty inside everyone. It is almost like your genius where the essence of your originality can be seen in your inspired pursuits. That little light of your can shine.

I know your light shows in your chart and can be brought forward by a reading. Heck, your creative light is the first thing I look for when I cast your chart.

Become my Sun patron

So come along and share my journey and help me out in the process by becoming a Sun tier patron and see my process.

I will always be the one beavering away in the background to present my best face for you. But if you have an interest in how I got there and where things come from follow along on Patreon.

The “My Process” posts are the best read content on my Patreon page and thank you for your interest and it keeps my lights on.

Alison




Create the Life You Want with the Art of Astrology

By Alison Price

Your Creativity

I believe that all women are creative. Each and every one of us has something to offer and it can be big or small.

I find that if you bring your talents forward and make time for interesting things it establishes a balance in your life between what has to be done and what you like doing. It is the action of creating that makes the process satisfying.

We all have responsibilities such as having to work for someone else, commuting, launching our kids into the world and maintaining a social life and meaningful personal relationship.

Daily you may face a to-do list and if you don’t do them who will? If you tap into your creativity it can mitigate many of the mundane details of life.

As Women Evolve

Many of the women I see in my astrology practice are in the forty- or fifty-something age group.

They have already brought up their children and made a home for their family. At this point in their lives they want something more. They ask me, “Is this all there is?” or words in the same vein.

After the efforts they have put out for years that are now not needed, they have a good look at their life. The kids have gone their partner now may, or may not, measure up and an uneasy feeling of dissatisfaction has crept in.

Other women relish their newfound freedom and seek ways to make the most of the next phase of life. Either way women want a new direction, purpose and meaning for their life.

Enter Astrology

This is where an astrology consultation can help. Astrology is the study of the influence that the stars and planets have on life on Earth. Thousands of years of analysis have shown that particular traits are inherent in each zodiac sign.

A professional astrologer can cast your unique birth chart and provide you with a life map for your journey.

Your natal chart is original and contains many combinations of planetary energies all flowing at the same time in different directions. It is the skill of the astrologer to sort through the themes shown in your chart and present a clear picture for you.

I look at all the planets including your Sun and Moon signs and find the message in your chart. It is different for each one of you. Some will call it your soul purpose, others your life path.

Whichever words you choose to use your birth chart shows all the potentials, urges and opportunities that you have and that need to be satisfied in this lifetime.

We cannot all be rocket scientists, and indeed it would be a very different world if we were, but every woman owes it to herself to be what they truly want and not have to bow to what society, or your mother-in-law, or anyone else, thinks you should be.

Reading for Mari

I had a client recently a woman we will call Mari. She came to me in mid-life for a reading. I think initially she was simply curious as she had never consulted an astrologer before. We exchanged pleasantries. I offered her tea and we settled down in a comfortable environment for her reading.

She started off by saying, “What can you see?” and I began discussing her chart and spoke of how I interpreted her chart and who I saw her as through reading her chart and the eyes of astrology.

I had never met her before and soon I was chatting about her motivations and how her nativity was suggesting a certain path. She stopped me then, and said, “I wanted to do that when I was a girl, but I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it.”

I asked her, “Do you still want to do it?”

She thought for a moment and said, “Well I did once but that was a long time ago, I’m a different person now, I have responsibilities.”

Hmm…

I shall break from the story here and tell you that this response is common. That what we wanted to do as children or young people has been shelved in favour of a life that is an existence but pays the rent.

Yes, I know providing a roof is important but to my mind having your dream come alive again is a most desirable state of affairs.

Astrology can help you focus on what is truly important in your life and, to be honest, it could simply be continuing down your present path. But for many women it is a way to re-ignite ideas or passions that have been left to wither on the vine.

Let Your Ideas Breathe

Going back to Mari’s situation. I urged her to consider changing what she was doing, not all at once as transformation can be daunting, but that she let the thoughts of following her long lost passion mull in her head for a while and give her ideas space to breathe.

Two months later I met with Mari again and we discussed how things were going for her. She told me she had signed up for a class to refresh her desired activity and would be starting in the New Year.

She also informed me that she has changed her attitude towards herself and her view of what she wanted her life to be.

Although this was still a work in progress the small changes she had made had improved her overall perspective and brightened her outlook.

Consider getting your chart featured. What are you waiting for?

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Your Astrological Journal

by Alison Price

Your Astrological Journal

This year my main plan to improve the presentation of astrology for your understanding and pleasure is a little different.

I am working on the development of astro art or creative pages to help aspiring astrologers or anyone and everyone learn more about our art.

In the astro art section so far you have posts on a binder cover page to colour and a wheel of fortune to make for yourself.

Creating an astrological journal supports the multiple input method of learning and is a good way to build a resource that you can use later.


A journal can be used in several ways:

  • To plan your day for things you have to do (pick up the kids and take the dog to the vet etc.) and this works best as a bullet journal.
  • It can be a “dear diary” style for capturing what did happen and how you felt about it, whatever it is.
  • Or it can be used to build a personal resource to learn and remember information and build a knowledge base that you can use for years to come.

It it the third one that we will talk about here.

How to make an astrological journal to learn and understand and appreciate the little pieces like signs, planets and houses meanings that go to build a comprehensive chart reading.

The Benefits of Journaling

Your brain remembers things easily if it knows them via more than one means of input.

Teachers read aloud, or make you draw pictures, or glue a collage from dried macaroni, or do a play like astro drama to reinforce your knowledge.

The variety or ways to learn is important because the information arrives in your memory through different channels. This is why just reading books makes it harder to learn stuff.

In the multiple activity way of gaining knowledge, what you know can be retrieved in snippets through thoughts like, “Oh gosh, now what do I know about Jupiter in Virgo?”

You will get better at remembering the many things that you need to know to read a chart by writing and drawing in your astrological journal.


 

Which Journal to Choose?

There are a few points to consider and choices to be made for a journal that is good to use for astrological journaling.

If you are going to invest your time and energy creating a beautiful astrological journal you might as well get a decent journal in the first place.

Size does matter

The best size is A5 or about 6″ x 8″ because this is easily carried in you bag and can be whipped out on a plane or at dinner. Who does that?

If you choose a size smaller (say 3″ x 5″) it will work as a pocket journal, but will get full quicker. You can think of this one as your on-the-go journal which is best to jot down ideas while you are out and about or at a conference or lecture.

When you get home you can transfer the gems of knowledge to your main A5 journal. This process serves learning.

Paper quality

Can you see through the pages in your journal? If you can it is too thin and too cheap. Get a better quality book.

I like the Moleskine A5 plain paper journal.

Each year I buy a few new books and I have one for each year but that’s another story.


How to Use Your Astrological Journal – Basic Layout

Title page

You will have a title page which is usually the very first page in the main body and not the inside flap page which is thicker than normal.

State your journal name. Typically this will be “My Astrological Journal” or “My Journey into Astrology” or something in that vein.

Contents page

Open to the first double page. This will be a contents overview and here you can specify the deeper level of detail that you want. The choice is yours.

This will help you gauge the number of pages you need between each section.

For instance if you have 12 signs you may need 12 (or 24) pages. This depends on how large your journal is to start with.

How to plan your astrological journal with sections and segments

For each main section like natal signs you will make a title page on the right hand side.

You will do a section title page for each main section in your contents page. It is best to add a tab sticking out at the right for your main sections and perhaps your segments.


NATAL Pages

SignsSigns

  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo
  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricorn
  • Aquarius
  • Pisces
  • Elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water)
  • Modes (Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable)
  • When the sign is on the cusp of each house…

Planets

  • The meaning of the planets
  • Chart ruler
  • Most elevated
  • Oriental
  • Occidental
  • Gauquelin sector planets

Houses

  • 1st to 12th houses
  • Planets in the first house, in the second house etc.
  • House systems

Chart Division

  • Hemispheres
  • Quadrants
  • Triple division houses
  • Type of house (Angular, succeedent cadent)

Aspects

Aspects of longitude 

  • Soft aspects
  • Hard aspects
  • Neutral aspects

Aspects of declination

  • Parallel
  • Contra parallel

Aspects of antiscia

  • Antiscia
  • Contra-antiscia

FORECASTING SECTION pages

  • Transits (outers)
  • Eclipses
  • Solar returns
  • Secondary progressions (inners)
  • Firdaria
  • Profections
  • Solar arc directions
  • Summary

You can do as much detail and depth as you wish. If you are just starting out with astrology I suggest the following sections, natal and forecasting and keep it simple.

Going deeper means a page for each planet in sign and house and deeper still is nice-to-haves about astrology like eclipses or the oriental planet.


Where Astrologers Work

by Alison Price

 

If you have a regular job in an office or a factory then you know where you work.

If you run a daycare or a farm that’s where you have to work.

Many people have to do their daily work in a particular spot and it can be that you are not working if you are not at your desk.

But the group who are self employed like new age practitioners and astrologers can work anywhere.

The internet has made it possible for people who are independent to work wherever they are if there is a computer and an internet connection.


The Home Office

A good place for astrologers to work is the office in the home. When we lived in Oakville we had a house with a study near the front door. I immediately commandeered it into my “Office” and created a special astrology-only space for my work where clients and students could visit and be secluded and comfortable.

This was the perfect situation as at the time I was teaching classes four nights a week for six weeks after every equinox and solstice. During that period I did mainly teach face-to-face because I had the space.

The room was decorated with astrology themed images and charts and I had a white board for teaching. This room was dedicated to astrology and there were no other things in it like household electricity bills or storage for the kids ice skates that so often creep into the spare room of a house.

The Coffee Shop

The coffee shop is a new space for astrologers to work or at least it has been for me. Now living downtown in the city of Vancouver and meeting clients at lunch time and before work I have found the coffee shop to be an ideal space for research work and face-to-face client work.

But not all coffee shops are created equal. What I am looking for in a working space coffee shop is relative peace (without too much clanging from the kitchen) and high speed internet. I also need a spot with my back to the wall, as it is after all a public space, and you never know who will be there.

Starbucks has some lovely comfy leather chairs and a better clientele because the coffee in Starbucks is twice the price (latte $4.75) of other places. But the downside is there in weak internet. This will not do, so I don’t go there.

Tim Horton’s has better priced coffee ($1.80) and you can stay as long as you like, but again weak to non-existent internet and unfortunately they allow students to rest their heads on the tables and sleep. I find this distracting.

Waves Coffee House is the best choice for me. They have the seriously good high speed internet, the prices are moderate to high (latte is $4.25) and I can find a spot to sit near other people with their laptops open merrily tapping away. I imagine they are writing the next Harry Potter as JK Rowling did in a draughty coffee shop in Scotland. It is a most agreeable atmosphere and the barista Chris caught my name the first time I went in and has remembered it ever since. A nice touch.

Rent a Meeting Room/Venue

For some client work I have to rent a room in the city. This is always the case when we do our annual Summer Astrology Workshops. We book the beautiful boardroom at the public library. This really good spot is clean and bright with reasonable internet. We use this room for workshops of 15 to 20 attendees as there is a screen and a board table and good seating. Although the daily cost is very high ($350) it is worth it.

My other option for when I have a few students in a class when I teach my beginner, intermediate and advanced astrology courses and the Aspiring Astrologer Master Classes is the meeting room. I like the one at Waves. They used to charge $10 for one hour but now it is that everyone who goes in there has to buy a drink (so tea or coffee) and maybe a pastry, and I do have to book this meeting room ahead of time.

It is a popular spot for general Meetups and get togethers. There is a glass door so you are still in the coffee shop but have some privacy. They have a white board so I can draw the charts on the board (image above). This feature is crucial for teaching proper classes. The Waves meeting room seats about ten but the most students I have had is five at one time. I call this one “my office”.

The Park

This is a good place on a warm summer Sunday afternoon. I can write and prepare my client work for appointments in the following week and it clears my head. There is no privacy but you get to see men playing chess, children playing and dogs being walked by their owners.

It is not good for computer work but rather for paper notebook and pen writing and note taking. I like to print my client’s charts and take them outside to the park and spend time perusing their information in the fresh air.

This is really only on a Sunday but in fact I could go every day. Where I live there are three public parks with benches, fountains and play areas that are attractive and pleasant.

The Beach

This is the one I’m aiming for next – working on the beach. I know my Aries friend Tamara does this in Ibiza, Spain.

Doing client prep, consultations and other exciting astrology work at the coast sounds fun. Is it really work if you are sitting on the beach? Maybe you have to be propping up the bar at the beach tavern, then is it work? Perhaps, but probably not, and when I get to this spectacular position of reading astrology charts for people on the beach I’ll let you know.

On a Plane

You don’t need a special office but it is nice to have one and if you do you are lucky indeed. You can practice astrology anywhere. I once read a chart on a plane from Toronto to Vancouver for the guy sitting next to me that I had met ten minutes earlier.

He asked me what I did for a living as many men do. I told him I was in futures. He said he was too but I think he meant something else. He wanted tips on trading on the big boards (that’s the stock exchange).

I kept it simple with “buy” during the waxing moon and “sell” on the waning Moon. When we landed we exchanged business cards and went our separate ways but he did sign up to my email list and has kept in touch over the years.

Your Virtual Office

Your virtual office is where you are and you can do astrology work where you are. Always have your iPad and chart calculation capabilities in your bag. These days I never buy a handbag that won’t fit my iPad. Have your business cards to hand and pass them on to interested folks who ask for them.

This is the world we live in today. You never know where you will do you next astrology reading or for whom or if you’ll be in a bikini.

Maybe I’ll see you on the beach… I look forward to it.


 

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5 Items Every Aspiring Astrologer Needs on Their Desk

by Alison Price

If you are an aspiring astrologer or even a full-blown astrologer for that matter, these five items you need to have in order to read charts effectively.

You may be attracted to a different branch of astrology than the next astrologer, but the basics to need are the same.

I am going to share with you the five essential things every aspiring astrologer requires to read a chart.

These items are distilled from many years of experience in my practice where I have cast and read charts for people.

Although you can have tons more books and goodies that can help with the process, I have trimmed the list down to the five basic necessities that you require to read a chart.

1) An Ephemeris

This is the best book you can have on your desk. An ephemeris contains the planet’s positions, retrogrades, eclipses, lunations and many other interesting facts about what the solar system is actually doing.

Back in the day (before we all had a computer to cast charts) you would need your ephemeris to calculate the chart in the first place.

Now you will reach for your ephemeris to quickly find when Pluto will enter your client’s eighth house for the second time, retrograde in a five-hit transit or to discover if it is going to be an appulse or total eclipse next autumn as you write you horoscopes for the following year.

If you never refer to your ephemeris for charts and forecasting it makes a great spot for your cat to sleep.

2) A Computer with Solar Fire

Where would we be without a professional astrology software program?

Still casting charts by hand I suppose. You do need some way to draw charts quickly and correctly if you read charts for a living.

I use Solar Fire and it is really powerful software and to be honest I don’t use all the features all the time, or even many of the features most of the time, but

I do use the powerful chart processing ability and its calculations for secondary progressions, solar arcs, solar returns, and transits. These are for client work and the chart for right-here right-now to plan my day.

You can get chart calculation apps for your iPhone like Astro Gold and this is wonderful for casting charts on-the-go. I use Astro Gold for pondering the charts of my clients as I always load their birth data into my phone, as well as Solar Fire, before the consultation so I can consider all the ideas I may have about their chart wherever I am in my day.

I can do this because I book clients usually one week ahead because I like to cast their chart and then mull over it for a few days so it can “speak” to me.

If you work differently (and you should follow your path) or work ahead of time as I do then, either way, you need powerful astrology software.

3) The Chart

You need the chart to do the interpretation. Usually, you will print the chart from your computer or draw it by hand.

But just having a plain chart is no good and you have to make notes on it, highlight special planets, draw attention to grand trines or yods and the like. This extra jotting on the chart is best done in color.

Emphasize the ruling planet in yellow wherever it appears on the page even in the aspectarian.

Color the grand trines and mini-grand trines in blue along with the normal blue trines for ease the T-squares in red (red is for squares in general), Thor’s hammers in tangerine (sesquiquadrates are always orange), emerald for yods (quincunxes are green).

You do this in color because after a time when you have looked at hundreds of charts they can easily blend into one in your mind. If you have each chart highlighted in color and the main features, planets, houses and major aspect patterns enhanced it is quicker to scan and immediately get up to speed on that particular chart.

It is a way to streamline your readings and stop you ploughing through all the myriad of details that each chart contains. By adding primary and secondary shades, as a component to clarity, you become more effective and just glancing at the wheel hues can become almost as a mandala when you contemplate many charts.

4) Your Astrology Journal

An astrology journal is every aspiring astrologer’s friend. You will always be learning new interpretations for charts. When you read astrology articles online, blogs or pieces in trade publications there is always something to learn.

It could be a technique or another way to remember planetary placement meanings, if you write them down you don’t have to remember everything.

You may not ever use these tidbits of information but then again you might. Points you find that may not make much sense today may be just what you are looking for in the next chart you read or maybe next year when you tackle another method that is new to you.

Astrologers are always learning and this is what the journal is for.

I use mine when I planning my horoscopes for next year or other writing projects that I may be developing.

5) Herb Tea

As you sit at your desk for a few hours each day working on charts and chatting to people it is nice to have a soothing cup of herb tea at your elbow.

Personally, I enjoy green tea, jasmine tea and now and then a refreshing Earl Grey. If you are not a tea drinker it doesn’t matter but you do need your favorite drink to hand.

Taking a beverage break lets you sit back, ease your shoulders that have become tense leaning in, drawing notes on your charts and making case notes for your charts.

Pausing for a drink gives you a time to breathe and make a moment of stillness in your day.

 

These are the five basics that should be on your desk. There is room for many more reference books (oh the books), but to cast a chart and read it you only need five things.

Start with these items on your desk and develop your aspiring astrology chart reading skills as you immerse yourself in the magical world of astrology.

 



How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business by Alison Price

How to Set-up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business

A Guide for Aspiring Astrologers

by Alison Price

ISBN 78-0-9920698-1-0


Now available on Kindle


How to Set Up and Run Your Prosperous Astrology Business is a guide for astrologers who want to start their business and move from amateur to professional status.

A professional astrologer will accept payment for a reading whereas an amateur astrologer does not.

The difference is a little thing called money. Once you get over the fear of failure paralysis and embrace the possibility of creating a career in astrology (and we all can) you move into another phase and then pose the question “Where to now?”

This is where this book comes into play as it shows you how to organize your life, to make room for astrology and to include the creative process.

This book is for people who know how to do astrology.


There are seven main sections:

1. How to know when to go professional – read your chart to find an auspicious time.

2. Getting started – some planning and micro-business basics.

3. How to find clients – that your clients are attracted to your chart.

4. Money – pricing your services, earning and your approach to money.

5.Daily time challenges – managing the day-to-day business and clients

6. Your professional improvement – and how to be aware and improve your astrology practice.

7. Your place in the astrological community – “it takes a village” and how to support others.

There are sections on platform building which is the most important mental shift that the budding astrologer can make and dealing with clients by creating boundaries between yourself and your client.

There is information on setting fees and payment methods and tips on monitoring your own progress. Throughout the book there are several Aspiring Astrologer Activities and these are for your own personal pleasure.


Table of Contents – guide

Introduction

1: How to Know When to Go Pro

Read your own chart to find an auspicious time to start your professional astrology life.

  • The Path to Becoming an Astrologer
  • When to Go Pro
  • Planning a Two Year Window with Mars
  • Your Internal Dialogue
  • Chart Indicators for an Astrologer
  • Your Uranus – What Type of Astrologer You Are

2: Getting Started

Get some business planning and micro-business basic ideas to help you navigate a smooth transition.

  • Your Business Setup Activity Flow Chart
  • You and Your Sun
  • Your Name as Given
  • Your Midheaven – Your Business
  • How to Select Your Business Name
  • Your Tag Line
  • Your Domain Name
  • Your Website
  • Important Features to Create on Your Website
  • Your Email Addresses
  • Your Email Signature
  • Your Design
  • Your Business Card
  • Your Brand
  • Your Platform
  • How to Build Your Platform
  • Your Biography
  • Your Promotional Photo
  • Your Photo Library
  • Your One Page Information Sheet
  • Your Elevator Pitch
  • Your Social Media Presence
  • Your Solar Fire Compliments Text

3: How to Find Clients

Discover how your clients are attracted to your chart and how to build on that information.

  • Own Your Niche
  • Your Products and Services
  • How Your Natal Chart Attracts Clients
  • Finding clients
  • Your Outer Planet Signature
  • How to Take A Booking

4: Money

Learn how to price your readings and services. Explore your earning and wealth potential and your approach to money through your chart.

  • Your 2nd House Issues – Money and Value
  • Your 8th House Issues – Karma, Debt and Tax
  • How to Set Fees
  • How to Handle Requests for Free Readings
  • Offering Discounts
  • When to Quit Your Day Job
  • Your Office Space and Working Hours
  • Your Assets and Liabilities

5: Daily Time Challenges

Work on time management and and how to be aware of how long preparation takes to improve your astrology practice.

  • Your Productive Preparation Time
  • A Day in the Life of an Astrologer
  • 7 Days to a Better Chart Reading
  • 10 Things to Do Before Your Client Arrives
  • 5 Things to do After your Client Leaves
  • 10 Classic Comments Clients Make
  • How to Give an Astrological Referral

6: Your Professional Improvement

Learn how to be aware and improve your astrology practice through your own chart.

  • Your Monthly Progress Checklist
  • Your Annual Astrology Review
  • Peer Review – Is It For You?
  • Be Yourself and Be Your Sun
  • A Successful Astrologer
  • Your Comfort Zone
  • What type of Astrologer are you?
  • Your Creative Writing Time
  • Do You Need Astrological Certification?
  • Astrological certification bodies:
  • How to Become a Certified Astrologer in Canada

7: Your Place in the Astrological Community

Building your astrology practice takes a village and how to support others in the astrological community.

  • How to Create an Astrology Study Group
  • Astrology Software
  • Add 12 Hours and Reverse the Signs
  • How to Have Fun at an Astrology Conference
  • Your Relationship With Other Astrologers
  • Support Local Astrology

Appendix

  • About the author
  • Other books
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Short Form Codes
  • Default Aspect Orbs
  • Recommended Reading and Software

Astrology Student Visits from Hong Kong

Astrology student visits Alison from Hong Kong.

You are living in a perfect time to learn astrology in the comfort of your own home.

You can learn astrology with me via Skype.

People just like you want to know some more about astrology and can now do so with a Skype astrology class with me.

If you are in Asia, Europe and Africa then you are in good company. Many people just want a simple class to get them on track. You can learn a little astrology or you can learn a lot.

And for those who want to take astrology into their career and make a vocation out of it I have classes for you too.

My special visitor

This past week I was fortunate enough to have one of my students visit me from Hong Kong.

We had been together for Skype classes last year and she was making the trip to Victoria, Seattle and Vancouver. She travelled with a friend and enjoyed the glorious summer weather here in Vancouver.

I was lucky enough to meet with her at the Vancouver Art Gallery cafe and enjoy a cup of jasmine tea. It was great to chat with her in person and discuss the many ways that astrology has changed her life.

She plans to continue her studies with me and maybe take in a couple of conference next year.


 

The Astrological Elements and Herbs

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Tapestry of aloes in Cape Town

We are all about astrology here on this site and, having said that, astrology does have a broader sense through which it can be appreciated.

I realize that there is a thin connection from the plant world to astrology, but, I’m trying to express how astrology can be used in everyday life and not just as a horoscope column to be read on a Friday night to see how the weekend will go.

Which is really an entry level use of the craft.

Planets and Plants have Similar Origins

Earlier I shared with you my interest in herb gardening in the posts astrology and herbs, gifts for astrologers and the sixth house and herb gardens and this hobby has been with me for many years.

Some of you will appreciate that to accept astrological themes into your life can enhance your experience and understanding of the symbolic nature of the planets.

Four Beds – for Four Elements

Herbs are a diverse group of plants which have much to offer the windowsill grower or the real sized garden plants person.

Gardeners who plant formal herbs gardens typically segregate them into sections in line with their strengths.

Not all herbs are used for the same thing. There are basically four types of herb that you can grow in a herb garden and they usually grow in their own bed.

    • Medicinal – Fire signs
    • Culinary – Earth signs
    • Fragrant – Air signs
    • Indigenous – Water signs

Medicinal Herbs

The medicinal herbs are associated to the fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Medicinal herbs are at the root of all medicines we know today.

Examples of medicinal herbs are: Eyebright – for weepy eyes, mullein – used for bronchitis and the storax tree gum – used for coughs and cold remedies.

Culinary Herbs

UnknownThe culinary herbs are related to the earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Culinary means you can eat them so all the herbs that can be used in cooking and meal preparation are culinary herbs.

Examples of culinary herbs are: Bay leaves in babotie, parsley typically as garnish, rosemary best with roast chicken and mint for mint sauce to accompany lamb.

Fragrant Herbs

Fragrant herbs are under the auspices of the air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Fragrant herbs are use for their smell and are often used in perfume, room cleansers and soaps.

Examples of fragrant herbs are: Jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender and rose all of which are the basis for the perfume industry.

Indigenous Herbs

Indigenous herbs are related to the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Indigenous herbs are those that naturally grow in an area and they can be home grown and they are different for each region.

Examples of indigenous herbs are: for instance, in South Africa the aloe Vera, in central and South America the cactus and in Canada the sugar maple.


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For those of you who asked, the image for this post is a tapestry I crafted with my own fair hands, whilst living in Cape Town, back in the last century. I can’t remember how many hours it took and that somehow I don’t think I could find the time these days.

 

 


 

Mindful Astrology

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image3719632When the Sun moves into Gemini spring is underway in the northern hemisphere. I learnt astrology in the southern hemisphere and the astrology text books spoke about the fresh new season, springing forth and all the up-side of the warmer weather. This was because virtually all the books are written with a northern hemisphere slant mainly as the authors themselves live above the equator.

It is only when you have worked with many southern charts that you can see the overwhelming deluge of information that leans the other way.

As an astrologer I also come up against this time/space/place on Earth question during discussions on lunations and eclipses.

The dates that New Moons occur for me out west in Vancouver, Canada are usually one day behind the day for those in New Zealand and Australia.

Several times my super-easterly and super-southerly clients and friends have gently nudged me from the northern and western-centric habit I seem to have adopted of discussing astrology from my perspective only.

But, it is human nature to relate the events of the day from ones own viewpoint.

I’m not saying it is right but just that it is.

Considering this earlier today, I started to think about how we sometimes do make assumptions about people and their astrology signs, and that astrologers themselves have to be mindful of this as the habit can creep into consultations or client work as described above.

Working in the new age industry does imply a need for more awareness of ourselves than in other businesses.

by Alison Price

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Your First Astrology Lesson

The Path

You find astrology on your own path and for everyone the road it is different because you each have your own chart this alone tells us that you will happen upon astrology in your own way.

It is highly unlikely that your career guidance counselor at school suggested you became an astrologer. They will probably have informed you that you should have become a doctor or a lawyer or a civil engineer.

Most people get into astrology by some form of side-stepping or as often is the case you stumble upon it one bright morn.

The time will come when you consider taking a class. when you finally end up at your first astrology lesson. I want to share my early journey on the road to astrological understanding with you.

My First Lesson

My interest in astrology was first piqued in a geography class at school when I was about fifteen. We were doing the solar system and after the module was complete the teacher sat on the front of her desk and read our Sun sign characteristics from Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs which she had in her drawer.

As the teacher read everyone’s Sun sign out loud she finally got to mine. I could not believe how it described me and it all made so much sense. I was blown away. I began to pay attention to my horoscope in the women’s magazines.. I discovered I liked reading about astrology.

The fact that my Sun and ascendant sign is the same would have reinforced the popular horoscope predictions as is the nature of how they are written with each sign on the first house and the forecasts for the signs generated from there. But there it is.

However, one day it was not enough. I wanted more information and I needed my questions answered. Questions like, “When do the signs change?” and “What does the Moon mean?”

These were really simple when I look at them now but back then, and I’m sure it is the same for many of you just starting out, they were huge questions. Questions that deserved an answer.

But there were no answers and I had to find out more. I sought out someone to whom I could ask these tricky questions and who could explain them and other things to me.


My First Teacher

Eventually I found an astrology teacher offering a two-year astrology course which started from scratch. The class was to start the following Tuesday evening at 7 pm. It was exactly what I was looking for.

The place was not near my home but at that time in Africa to find anyone to teach astrology was like finding a diamond in the rough. Beggars could not be choosers and I was a beggar for knowledge.

I got home from work changed my outfit into something less businesslike, scooped up my notepad, pens and the R7 cash (about US$0.70) to pay for the class. Those were the days.

I jumped into my trusty car and drove off into the night. I crossed over the top of Johannesburg along what is known as the concrete highway for obvious reasons. I left home one hour before it was to start to make sure I was on time.

Parking in the driveway I went in. I was excited and anxious at the same time. Grinding over my insecurities. Perhaps I would not like them? Perhaps they would not like me? Maybe I would be lost as the class conversation moved ahead? Maybe I would be floundering today? Imagine if the others knew it all already?

It was crowded and there was standing-room only.

I was twenty years old and the youngest one there. Because seating was limited and my mother had taught me some manners I acquiesced my position to an older lady and I stood at the back with the other “young ones.”

My first teacher’s name was David and told us he was over seventy. He was thin, wiry and wore his long white hair over his shoulders like a merlin.

He began talking and we all put our heads down and started to take notes. He handed out some shiny photostats of a map of the world and other information sheets with complicated looking numbers.

images-2As I was at the back of the room I had the privilege of turning on the hot water urn for the tea halfway through. It was my job to signal him when the water had boiled and made his hot drink which I did with pleasure.

The others crowded around and made their brew and stepped out into the garden to enjoy the break. The sultry evenings were filled with the sounds of crickets and someone had the fly swat to kill the mosquitoes which plagued us in the summer months.

Back again for the second half and more writing. Ok, I was scribbling now. Trying to keep up, hazarding a guess on how to spell some of the new words that would not roll easily off my tongue. I began to wonder if I would be able to decipher my scrawl when I got home.

The classroom was a converted double garage with wall-to-wall bookshelves. Back then the teacher imported the astrology books from America and we could buy them from him. In those days you could not find new age books available to the general public.

There must have been thirty people in that first class. By the next week it had shrunk to about twenty-five people. At class number three I could get a seat at the back and things settled down. Thus the rhythm of my life was set and I had my astrology lesson every Tuesday evening, from seven to nine and let’s not forget the tea break.

After two years of this there were only three of us left, myself and a married couple Marie and Arthur, of whom both I happened to know before I joined the class, serendipitous I call it. I am still in touch with Marie via a mutual friend but sadly her husband left this Earth a few years ago.

In retrospect my first astrology teacher was a fountain of knowledge. My initial tutor set standards in the knowledge that I rely on today. He too had passed but left many trained students behind to spread his life’s work. I hope you find a teacher to inspire you like I did.

 

 

12 Important Benefits You can Get from Your Astrology Reading

by Alison Price

It’s Showtime!

When you have an astrology session/reading/consultation, call it what you will, all you see is the finished product. That is your astrologer discussing your chart and maybe some specific issues you have previously highlighted for attention. This is usually a one hour meeting and then it is finished.

When you meet your astrologer you don’t see what went on behind the scenes and the time and effort which went into the polished reading you are experiencing.

I want to share with you what goes into make up a client reading. If you are my client, you may book your hour consultation with me, or sign up for a class or some mentoring and you will see me in action discussing your chart and referring to your charts, diagrams and colored notes.

I thought I’d discuss with you twelve important benefits that go on out of sight to make your personal reading the best you can get. I always think it is convenient that astrology has twelve signs as they can be used to underline different things, just like those here.


Aries – My personal efforts for you

When you experience a reading with me you are not just getting my attention for one hour, you are benefitting from my years of dedication and passion for astrology.

I strive to present the very best information I can for you and to offer it in a way that you can understand. I am constantly on the look out for, and creating, new initiatives to appreciate astrology and all of these projects that I have up my sleeve will benefit you.

Taurus – A love of astrology

I love astrology, its value as a tool for self-understanding and how at times it unfolds in the most unlikely way.

I believe in getting to grips with the basics of chart interpretation and this comes from the long slog of learning all the building blocks of astrology which are the signs, planets, houses and aspects.

This is foundational information but you need to know it all before you can start a full interpretation for anyone’s chart. To be a good astrologer you have to pay your dues.

Gemini – Years of classroom learning and reading

I have spent many hours in assorted astrology classrooms. In my initial diploma course way back in the 1980’s for over three years and since then at various in between classes and during the past eight years through further study at the Faculty.

To my mind learning is an ongoing process as new things come up all the time and it is important that I, as your astrologer, keep up to date and hone my information to remain relevant.

Cancer – Know where you come from

Part of being an astrologer is knowing what you can and can’t do. You need to know where you are coming from and where you can confidently go with your clients.

This is what I do for you.

I know I only do western astrology, I typically have engaged and creative people in my practice and I prefer to inspire my clients to live their life through their charts.

At the same time I also know what I don’t do such as rectification or mundane work.

Leo – My creative expression of your chart

Much of my work these days focuses on finding the creativity and genius in your chart. Many of my clients want to know what they can expect and how they can work towards finding satisfaction in their lives.

I honestly believe that this shows in your natal chart and I endeavour to tease out all the creative possibilities I see for you so you can give birth to them.

Virgo – Attention to detail

The research work that goes into exploring your natal chart is detail oriented. There is lots of maths, fine tuning with small degrees and minutes that can make a huge difference in the timing of events in your future.

Checking your chart data and facts is essential for a thorough interpretation and this does take time.

The devil is in the details.

Libra – You and me

All consultations involve two people. You and me. We come together to explore your chart and find a balance, or a middle ground, between what you need to know and what you want to know.

Because we don’t have all day to spend looking into every nook and cranny it is important that I think about our personal one-to-one relationship and concerns and that I harmonise the session to suit you.

Scorpio – Your privacy

This means that I am mindful of anything that you wish to keep quiet about and I respect your wishes by being aware that what I may think is not such a big deal but you may be in angst about.

If you so desire I will help you tune in to your deeper issues but I will not force you to face things for which you are not ready.

A reading is not about doing the dirty laundry it is about being where you are at this time in your life and as your astrologer I will acknowledge that.

Sagittarius – Your vision for your future

My philosophy about your reading is much like, “What has gone is gone. it’s all about what you will do from this day onward.” This means that how you move forward in your life is more important than what has passed.

We all have issues or baggage and the day does arrive when it is time to branch out and strike a new path for yourself.

This forward drive will always be the focus of any reading I do for you as I show you the possibilities.

Capricorn – Respect for you

I am not here to tell you what to do or to urge you to live your life as how I see fit. That is not my role. I respect your chart, its message and the planetary combinations that make up the individual you.

You are your chart and I acknowledge this.

I will not try to change you or to dismiss any fears you may have. I will accept you just as you are.

I want you to achieve your full potential as shown by your chart and this is what I will hold up to you. You are in the driver’s seat and decisions you make are your choice.

Aquarius – Becoming friends

I would like to think that with all (or most) of my students and clients we have a rapport at the end. That when the period for us to come together such as after a class has finished or a reading is done that we can be friends and that we are at ease with each other in a social setting.

Now this does not happen every time but I’ve got to tell you, it happens most of the time.

It is as though my chart attracts those that I can help through my own planetary placing and that connection sustains us through into a future friendship as well.

Pisces – Offering you a place for reflection

As your personal astrology session draws to a close it is important for you to have time for reflection on what has been said in the reading.

I always let you know that you can email me if something comes up in the following few days or if you need time to compose a question upon which some light needs to be shone.

I leave you with time to pause and reflect on your consultation with me which is a very important part of the process and rounds it all off well.

Conclusion

These are some of the ways that I prepare for your personal astrology session.

Clearly it is not just sixty minutes out of my life, although it may be one hour out of yours. The background preparation for me is both intense and reflective.

The experience and skill of your astrologer will show through in the reading they can provide and the lasting value that is perceived by the most important part of this process, you.


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How Astrology Joins the Dots

Cosmos is a Greek word meaning “well ordered” or organized. People like to find organization in confusion or to put it another way to discover cosmos in chaos. 

As kids we all did the simple art project of joining the dots which starts as a page covered with dots and each one has a number.

We then drew a single line from the dot numbered one, to two, then three and so on until all the dots are joined and voila a picture is formed.

If you made a mistake and connected the dots in the wrong sequence then the image is not clear and could be interpreted as something else.

The constellations

As darkness fell the early astrologers looked at the stars. They drew imaginary pictures in the sky by connecting the stars to form images of fish, lions, scorpions and other animals.

These star combinations were the birth of the constellations and the names we use today.  A constellation is simply a group of stars that someone saw as a bull (Taurus) or an archer (Sagittarius).

Clearly these images are open to interpretation, as with the dot pictures, and for astrologers the stars are the dots.

How you can join the dots today

A modern astrologer does not usually go outside when they want to interpret your chart. They join the dots or stars in another way, through the clues in your horoscope.

The hidden message in your chart shown in your planets, signs, houses and aspects will be unveiled to you by the skill of your astrologer.

One astrologer will read your chart differently to the next but the thread and the message in your chart will be the same.

Just like the constellations, there will be a picture and a story of for example, a crab (Cancer) or a ram (Aries) although the main story will be the same when they interpret the same chart.

Inspiration in Art

I was inspired to write this post from the original art from ChampagneBlue a gifted and talented artist in Toronto.

In this piece there are random “dots” of different sizes and colours (that seem to me to be the planets bursting with energy) and they can be joined by your mind’s eye in many way.

Each one of us will imagine a different picture from the available circles.

As above so below

The macrocosm (the stars) is replicated in the microcosm (your chart).

We don’t literally join the dots but it is a good analogy for the process of taking a picture of planets and signs and interpreting an image of the person whose chart it is through the understanding of the “dot” on the page.

Join the planets (I mean dots) with aspect lines

Astrology goes further and joins two planets with line if they are in a recognized angular correspondence to each other.

The aspect lines are colored differently whether easy (blue) or difficult (red) planetary energies are coming together.

Every chart will be visually different because of the shapes created by the aspect lines such as assorted triangles, squares, kites or bucket shapes.

An astrological mandala for meditation

I use the practice of meditation with all the charts I do for friends and clients.

Once I have drawn the chart is and all the dots are joined with lines, I pause… and use the circle of the chart with the lines as a focal point for meditation like a mandala. I like to call this an astrological mandala.

This ritual allows me to focus on the image the chart has formed by the dots and colored lines and shapes before I begin to interpret in detail.

I will often leave one day between drawing up the chart and meditating on it, to the actual detailed unpacking of its message.

I find this lets me ponder the dots, the image, the chart and my client in a broader frame (as above) before offering my in-depth interpretations (so below).

This may work for you, why not give it a try?

 


 

Christmas Astrology

The end of the year is fast approaching and we can begin to look forward to the New Year on January 1st. Our calendars are created from the movement of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon.

We segment days or one Earth rotation, into weeks or one-quarter of a lunar cycle, months or one Moon cycle and years which is one Earth orbit around the Sun.

Astrologers go wider still and divide time into the Great Year which is the time it takes for the precession of the equinoxes to make a full circle through the zodiac.

The Great Year is +/-25900 years and this again divides into twelve Great Months, or Ages lasting around 2000 years, and the best-known one is the Age Of Aquarius which we are living in now.

If we had to set up calendars now would there be ten days one a week? No because the Moon is the month and its quarters are the week markers.

We like to create cosmos from chaos. So we add in four seasons starting at the equinoxes and solstices.

Special days in the year

New Year’s Day is January 1st.

We adjust for Leap Year creep by adding a day on February 29th every four years and again deduct a day every 400 years.

Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the Full Moon following the Vernal equinox on about March 21st.

The Chinese New Year falls on the day of the second new Moon after the winter solstice on about December 21.

Your birthday is the day every year that the Earth returns to its natal position.

We also add special dates that mean something to us personally like wedding anniversaries. Mine is on December 27th. This date will only be important to my husband and I and maybe our kids for their lifetime, after which time it will fade out of importance.

Star of Bethlehem

The point is that some dates are astronomically derived, some have been with us for ages and some are picked for their meaning to us personally.

The chart above is set for midnight, December 25th, AD1. Yes, I know this date is not right but it is the date we celebrate for Christ’s birth. So I have added the chart here for interest.

This chart features Saturn on the Midheaven and taking the place of the Star of Bethlehem.

I am aware that many astrologers have rectified this chart and even written books about it but I, being a straightforward astrologer, have placed the date we celebrate in the featured chart.

 


If Books are Written One Word at a Time then Astrology Books are Written One Glyph at a Time

Darwin
Handwriting example from Charles Darwin’s note book No. 2.

During the last twelve months I have been busy with my general work of consultations, course prep, teaching, mentoring, speaking and presiding over my local astrology group and all that that entailed.

As well as the day to day ebb and flow of life I have myself been studying and taking advanced courses on several topics and alongside all of this I have been nurturing my latest baby, no not a real baby, but a creative endeavor – a book manuscript.

A writer

It is only in the past few years that I have considered myself a writer. During a productive Jupiter transit of my ninth house, when I first received acknowledgement for an article I had published, I began to see the light with the written word and it has grown to brighten my day.

I now have a little shelf space for grammar, writing, editing and publishing books which have found a place in my home. This is unusual as I now have precious astrology books piled on the floor which is something I would never have done before. Horrors.

But we change and evolve.

A title

My book is about The Oriental Planet and has that title. The name says it all. It explores insights and perceptions on my original research and observations over many years.

You don’t know what goes into a book until you yourself are writing yours. Time and time management is the thing. I’m getting near the end now. Ha, I’ve been saying that all this year. But I really am into the home straight and can see the winning post in the distance.

A deadline

I have pencilled in March 21st as the final date to get it off to the publisher. Even I noticed I didn’t mention the year. But I mean 2014. For sure. Definitely.

A dream

When this mammoth task comes to its conclusion it will be a dream come true for me. My father was writing a personal memoir way back in the seventies. I vaguely remember him tapping page after page on an old typewriter working into the wee hours. He was a hunt and peck typist. I wish I had paid more attention as he had skills I am now scrambling to learn on a sharp curve.

An invitation

If you are familiar with this chart feature and would like to share your experiences with me I would love to hear your oriental planet story. I invite you to write to me at [email protected] I will read every message.

Alison

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New Astrology Podcast

Arwynne and Alison in the recording studio.
Arwynne and Alison in the recording studio.

My good friend Arwynne O’Neill and I have collaborated in our exciting new venture, podcasting! We are under the label Axis Astrology you can listen to the first recording of our podcast and the second Scorpio episode.

We will be up on Itunes soon.

Arwynne is a second generation research astrologer with many years of experience. We met at the twice-a-month downtown  Astrology Vancouver Meetup group earlier in the year and have quickly become firm friends.

We each have our ideas, entertainment and a love of astrology which we want to share with you in a light hearted manner and with plenty of laughs along the way.

In our podcast we:

  • Discuss the astrology of the day such as planetary transits and ingresses,
  • chat about the current Moon phase and eclipses,
  • explore one or two charts of famous people or those in the news,
  • give our take on astrology book and products with fun reviews,
  • clue you in on up-coming events and,
  • share our unique ideas on astrology.

This is something new for me and it suits my present astrological offerings. I hope you enjoy it, let me know.

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Be Yourself and Be Your Sun

I have taught many students over the years and a percentage of them have gone on to become busy astrologers in their own right.

But some learners still can’t get going by themselves. They linger in no man’s land between hobbyist astrologer and taking their calling seriously.

Students often say to me, “I’ll never be as good as you” which in itself opens many questions.

To my mind you should measure yourself against you, and not me, or anyone else.

In fact, as soon as you make the connection that it is your fate, your journey will become clearer.

Start creating your own path in your astrological life. Don’t aspire to emulate other astrologers. You have one thing different to offer which is your unique perspective. This originality is shown by the planets, signs, houses and aspects in your natal chart.

You know your chart is different to everyone else’s even to other astrologers’s charts.

This means you have your own path to walk on your astrological journey. You have your personal destiny to fulfill. This clearly goes as far as how you use and interpret astrology and what it says to you.

Your heroes are your Sun

When I started to learn Astrology the great astrologers of the day were almost as Gods and Goddesses to me. I knew nothing and the more I learned the more I realized I still knew nothing in comparison to them.

I kept going and one day something special happened. I started to form an inkling of what my message was going to be and how I wanted to put astrology out there with my individual stamp on it.

The initial ideas were not clear. They were a bit fuzzy and tended to hang about on the edges of my mind as though waiting to be invited in. Eventually I could not ignore them any more and I consciously gave them my attention.

New fashions in astrology start with one person’s ideas that become followed by many.

You could be that one person who has an idea, theory or technique which becomes all the rage in Astrological circles. But first you have to live your life in line with the energies in your chart and as stated this also means doing your own thing in your astrology.


Summertime and the Living is Easy – Sun in Leo

by Alison Price

Life Comes in Cycles 

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

This is the start of the four seasons.

The Zodiac Year

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

Midsummer – Sun in Leo – What to expect



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

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

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



If you do have a natal Leo influence

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



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

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

If you do not have a natal Leo influence

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



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

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

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

Everyone

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

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

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

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

Going forward into Virgo

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

Alison

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