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.
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”
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Have a prosperous day,
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.
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.
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..
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.
The need to live with less stuff is a theme for Saturn in Capricorn.
Austerity, as a part of life, is a step on the path of spiritual enlightenment. All of the consciousness-raising leaders, from Christ to Gandhi and the rest in-between have promoted living with less.
During the period as Saturn transits Capricorn (December 2017 to December 2020) you will have the chance to master some austerity. You will learn how to take what you need, and use what you take, as you limit your consumerism.
First World Waste
When my family and I came from Africa to Canada in 2002 was a culture shock for us. We felt we had arrived on another planet.
There is so much more stuff available in Canada than Africa. More clothes, more food, more packaging and older people.
The most waste I saw was in food.
Shopping mall food courts that serve burgers and fries in polystyrene containers litter the city. (The food courts, not the packaging because Canada is very clean and there is virtually no litter whatsoever).
Uneaten food left on a tray to be thrown away is a first world problem.
Kids at Camp And the Food Waste Program
You can take what you want, but eat what you take. This is the rule at the Circle ‘R’ Ranch camp my children went to in southern Ontario for many years.
It accommodated children from around age 7 to 21 with summer programs and horse riding, small pet care, craft work, singing, swimming and life-saving were the themes of this adventure camp
But, the biggest thing my kids learned at the camp was not to waste food.
This was the message they heard loud and clear and for this, I thank the camp leaders. I believe it is important to not waste.
After the kids came home they were on to me about food waste. They wanted me to prepare food and cook so we had no leftovers to be thrown away.
We all learn.
Your Carbon Footprint
Your carbon footprint is the amount of waste i.e. carbon that is expelled into the atmosphere, or the world, by how you personally live, eat and consume.
In a broad view, most carbon naturally comes from animals and is exhaled as a gas, and fossil fuels that are released as coal is burnt for electricity generation and burning petrol as carbon is released from car exhausts.
Fewer carbon emissions come from using the bus or public transport. Virtually no carbon is released from riding a bicycle. Walking is best.
Planets for Minimalism
Saturn is the planet that rules restrictions. Saturn is in Capricorn its own sign and is a very strong influence on everyone now (2018-2020).
Pluto is the planet that rules purging. Pluto is in Capricorn which is Saturn’s sign and has been for a while. In 2020 Saturn will catch up and conjoin Pluto in Capricorn.
Jupiter will pass through Scorpio (2017-2018), then Sagittarius it’s own sign (2018-2019) and then join and conjoin for a triple conjunction or stellium with Saturn and Pluto (2020).
Zodiac Signs for Minimalism
In your chart find the house with Capricorn on the cusp. This area of life is ruled by Saturn which will help you limit yourself.
In your chart find the house with Scorpio on the cusp. This house will be ruled by Pluto and shows where you can get rid of waste and unwanted stuff.
As Jupiter passes through Scorpio (2017-2018) you can purge your life of huge amounts of stuff. And by stuff I mean junk, limiting beliefs and toxic people.
To be a minimalist is to have less baggage in your life. To minimize your things and make them smaller and less.
To live as a minimalist does not mean you are being punished but that you free yourself to do other things without worrying about all your stuff.
Keep the good and beautiful thing in your life.
Use your time on Earth to use your mind and consciousness. The animals have evolved so far but we as the human race have the larger 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 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.
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.
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.
On Friday I gave my presentation and there is more on that here.
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.
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.
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.
* Reading glasses.
* Ticket to ride.
* 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.
* 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.
Black leggings or jeans.
Light jacket with top pockets.
Pashmina or scarf
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.
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:
Open coffee or other drink.
Alcohol is not allowed inside the bus.
No smoking on the bus.
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
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.
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.
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.