Creating Good Habits with The Moon – 30 Day Drawing Challenge

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

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

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

Travelling by Coach from Vancouver to Calgary and Return

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

“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!

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.