Astrology Student Visits from Hong Kong

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

The Astrological Elements and Herbs

The Astrological Elements and Herbs

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.

 


 

Mindful Astrology

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

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

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?