Five Points to Live Your Satisfying Life

by Alison Price

The 5 Pointed Star

How to live your satisfying life can be seen through your personal astrology.

I chose the name Starzology for my astrology website and business because of its relationship with the number five.

The fifth sign of the zodiac is Leo the Lion (which is my sign).

The aspect of the fifth harmonic (when you divide the chart by five) is the quintile, which is in itself an aspect of creativity.

The five-pointed star is a symbol of creativity first and foremost. But, it offers four more points to make it whole.

I believe the attributes of wellbeing, vision, love, and money are perfect additions to the creativity point on the star.

 


Creativity ⭐️

In astrology the fifth house, Leo and the quintile all symbolize creativity.

Creativity is the act of making something that was not there before.

You may be a singer, a musician, an artist, a writer, or craftsperson and in this way you are creative.

You could be a blogger, a YouTuber, a podcaster or a speaker and in this way you are creative.

Creative people go to bed a night and can say, “I created that today.”


Love ❤️

You all need love.

Self-love

First, you need self-love. You have to love yourself first before you can love others.

Love for Others

Then you need someone to love (or love of others). If you do not have a special person now you can love a pet.

This is the love of a partner, children and family, and friends.

Universal Love

Finally, universal love, and the love of all people.

Now you are satisfied, you have self-love, the love of others and can turn to give universal love to all and sundry.


Vision 👁

Vision is shown in the chart by the ninth house and Jupiter which are both related to another fire sign, Sagittarius.

When you lift your eyes to the horizon and want travel you have vision.

Your life-journey is a part of your vision.

What you want to do and where you want to go in life is a part of your vision.

If your life is a drudge you can still have a vision of better things.

Hope springs eternal.


Wellbeing 🙂

Vitality and health can be rounded into well-being as physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Physical Wellbeing

This is symbolized by the first house and the sixth and twelfth houses. Also, the Sun and the sixth house ruler will say a lot about your wellbeing.

Mental Wellbeing

Mercury and Jupiter and symbols of mental wellbeing in your chart.

Emotional Wellbeing

Your emotional wellbeing is symbolised by the Moon and to some extent, the South Node.


Money💰

You need money. It is the way the world works.

Enough Money

To start with, you need enough money. Enough to pay the rent, put food on the table and educate yourself and your children.

Extra Money

Then you need extra money to improve your life, To pay for a holiday or vacation, to pay for higher education, to support a social life and bring you extras.

Contribution money

Finally, you need contribution money to build something for others. Perhaps you will do this by creating a company, building a school in Africa or providing shelters for those in need. Your contribution money goes to help other people. It can be accomplished in many ways. You could just donate your spare cash or ten dollars each month and is your contribution.


These five attributes combined go to make a satisfying life for you.

What will you focus on this month?

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

How to Create an Astrology Study Group

How to Create an Astrology Study Group

by Alison Price

Humans are group oriented individuals. It is natural for us to congregate together even if it means simply sitting in a coffee shop or alone at a busy bar. The nature of people is to flock together. Did I hear “baaaa!”

Like minded people often gather to discuss their favored subject, support each other, bounce ideas off each other and explore theories amongst themselves.

A study group is created when several people join forces to work, read or study something of mutual interest. As I have said many times before, astrology can be an isolating interest.

It makes sense to go where you are understood and (dare I say it) everyone knows your name. Perhaps you have been thinking of getting some people together to mull over charts if so here are some ideas to help you formulate that plan.


When to Start a Study Group

Consult your chart to find the best time to begin building your astro group. Or any group for that matter. Bear in mind the planet that signifies the subject of the groups should be prominent. In our case Uranus rules astrology and astrologers.

Here are some times to look out for when creating a group:

  • Transits to your eleventh house. (For example, Mars is good to get things going.)
  • When the ruler of your eleventh house is aspected.
  • During transits to your North node. In astrology the North node suggests future people who may come into your life and the nodes are hubs and indicate get-togethers.
  • Conjunctions to your Vertex show new people entering your life.

Who to Invite

It is my belief that the people who will benefit from your group will make themselves known to you. It is natural for strong fire and air types to get together and the same for earth and water signs.

If you give it some thought, you will probably be able to come up with one or two people who live nearby and maybe interested.

Perhaps you have a busier astrologer in your area. Send them an invite. All astrologers have the same problem as in not having many others to talk to about the ins and outs of charts. This suggests why astrology conferences, retreats and seminars are so prolific and most astrology organizations are going from strength to strength.

When to Host

You may meet once a month, perhaps every third Wednesday, from 10:00am to noon or 7:00pm to 9:00pm. If you establish a firm day and time it makes it easier for attendees to juggle their schedule and make more appearances during the year.

What to Do

  • Astrology book clubs are often the first step. One new book is chosen each month and the attendees read it beforehand to arrive prepared and ready to discuss it at the meeting. You can explore the philosophies of the author compare your views on the techniques presented or even compare the “professional” book reviews found in the trade magazines.
  • Astrology transit groups usually discuss the current Moon placements and any major transits or planets changing signs happening during the month. This is a good method to support general first level forecasting techniques.
  • Astrology interpretation groups will often discuss each others charts comparing Jupiter placements or work through one planet each meeting going over, for instance, Jupiter in all the houses and learning by hearing how other members of the groups experience their Jupiter placement. this type of get together supports natal chart analysis and better interpretation skills.

These are just some ideas for bringing your astrology cronies together in meaningful discussion.

If you feel like hosting a group similar to one of these in your home you can benefit by offering to do all the three type of meeting suggested above.

 


Featured Charts – Get Your Chart Featured

by Alison Price

Featured Charts

I have always been intrigued by history, science, art and creativity. I believe that most people possess inspirational creative talents but that they have been buried for so long because of the daily grind.

Recently I started to bring some of these people forward and feature their charts in my new section “Featured Charts” (catchy name, yes?) where I provide a high-level astrology interpretation of the chart.

The charts that are featured here are chosen for their owner’s good works,  inspiration and creativity (or to be honest because these people interest me).

 

Who Needs Their Chart Featured?

If you are worn down by work, financial or family demands it can rob you of your inherent spark. It is this spark that I wish to bring alive through reading charts for exactly that scenario.

To find your way back to living your authentic yet creative life. To find your spark.

At the end of the day creative people can look back and say. “I made this” whereas many people in other industries, and boring 9-5 jobs, simply shovel papers, people or money around without making anything.

Now I know all about having a day job or a “Survival job” (one which pays the rent), and trying to launch a creative life on the side. It is not easy.

Your Side Hustle

You may be working your day job but have a side hustle, or you could be of independent means, retired or a housewife and simply need to express yourself through a creative outlet.

All of these situations can be brought forward through a high-level astrology reading when your chart is featured in my Featured Charts section.

I usually work with artists, musicians, photographers, Tarot readers, singers, crafters, dancers, painters, designers, poets, writers, and astrologers. The list goes on.

But the common theme among the majority of my clients is:

  • They work by themselves.
  • They have many works in progress (#WIP’s).
  • They are solopreneurs.
  • They are not so good at the business of business.
  • They want time to do their craft and not be consumed by the boring administration.
  • They live and breathe their creations.
  • They are one man (or woman) shows.
  • They have a day job.

Does this sound like you?

Giving Back

I like reading charts for the good folks I have met in my life.

You only need the full-blown astrology reading if you are really interested in the ins and outs of your chart.

Most people can get away with a high-level interpretation and that is what I’m giving you in my Featured Charts series.


How to Get Your Chart Featured

If you would like to have your own chart featured with a high-level interpretation by myself it is a simple process.

Each month on YouTube one of my videos has details at the back on how to get you chart featured. You have to be a subscriber and comment on the right video for a chance to win.

One person will be chosen and their chart interpreted by me on YouTube in the following month. I’ll get right on that and have it up for you as soon as possible.

 


Questions

If you still have questions drop me a line in the contact form below.

 

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Grimoire

Grimoire

by Alison Price

Your Astrological Journal or Grimoire

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.

 





How To Use Your Astrology Journal

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 that becomes a personal resource to learn , understand and appreciate the little pieces in your chart.

Things 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 your 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, or field 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, the paper is too thin and too cheap.

Get a better quality book.

I like the Moleskine A5 plain paper journal and the Leuchhturm1917 dotted bullet journal.

Each year I buy a few new journal 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.

 





Signs Summary Journal Pages

Signs

 

This is a summary page to note things about the zodiac signs.

 





Signs Journal Page

 

This signs full spread shows the signs in the natural wheel and some main keywords for each sign.

The ruling planet is shown in the inner wheel for each sign.

 

 


Elements and Modes Journal Pages

 

See how this element and mode table can help you work out each sign.

You can perhaps draw this table and place your planets in their corresponding signs from your chart to show which planets your have in each sign.

The colours relate to the signs.

 


Planets Journal Page

Houses

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

Chart Division


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.

 





Tree of Life

The tree of life is a symbol of the full cycle from root to tip.

Trees are leaned heavily on for our survival.

They convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

If you are stuck on a desert island you can build handy items like boats and shelter with the wood from trees.

Paper that we used every day often comes from trees.

Art Tip

Make sure to center your circle on the page not like mine which is a little off to the left.

Herb Garden Layout

This is a classic herb garden layout with a central circle and four quadrants adjacent and larger gardens in this pattern have more quadrants.

Here I drew the four main beds of herbs.

  • Medicinal herbs
  • Aromatic herbs
  • Indigenous herbs
  • Culinary herbs

If you cook with herbs make sure that your fertilizer and mulch is organic and not synthetic.

The aromatic bed has plants for pot potpouri and perfume basics.

Indigenous herbs are local to your area they different for everyone.

Medicinal herbs are where traditional healing herbs come from, so know what you are doing here.

The Four Elements

The four elements align with the compass points

  • Fire – South
  • Earth – North
  • Air – East
  • Water – West

Polarity

The symbols relate to the active (masculine) and passive (feminine) polarities.

The upwards pointing triangle for masculine elements is symbolic of an erect manhood.

The downwards pointing triangle for feminine elements is symbolic of a woman’s pubic area.

Spring Poem

Pippa Passes by Robert Browning.

Summer Poem

From A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Gardening with Astrology

  by Alison Price

Use the Power of Astrology to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

A garden has much to offer and can be a place for rest, rejuvenation, and meditation. You can create a green area to soothe your soul.

To find that relaxing spot in your backyard, here are a few lighthearted suggestions that will allow you to align your outdoor environment with your zodiacal sign.

 

In astrology, all plants fall under the dominion of the planets. The flowers, shrubs, and trees suggested here are chosen for their association with the zodiacal sign that each planet rules.

If you are not the gardener in your household, get the person who is Mr. or Mrs. Greenfingers, find their sign, and put them to work.

Discover the perfect garden for your home with the help of the ancient art of astrology!

You may choose to read the dominant sign in your chart (usually the Sun-Sign or Ascendant), and some consideration could be given to the condition of your sixth house, which pertains to things you do every day and to small plants

 

ARIES

Overheard in the Ram’s garden:

“I am now going to plant the first seedlings.”

“Only now? But you’ve lived here for three years!”

“Yes, now I’m going to start!”

To get things off to a quick start, invest in some help so your garden can appear overnight as if by magic. The Mars-ruled are keen to have annuals, as they make an instant improvement. There is always something new going into the Arian garden, like introducing fresh color combinations each year.

Select flowers and shrubs with red petals or bracts and plant quick-growing climbers like beans and sweet peas. Enjoy hot produce from the vegetable patch for flavor in cooking, like ginger and chili. Arian gardeners should own super-sharp secateurs for pruning, shaping, and cutting back.

Where trees are concerned, a flame or pepper tree will be suitable. Having dogs provides much needed action. Place a fire pit on the patio for use on cool evenings to encourage heated conversations.

Suggested plants for the Aries gardener are; anemone, chives, chilies, capsicum, garlic, lupine, tiger lily, and the hawthorn tree.

 

TAURUS

Overheard in the Bull’s garden:

“Are you building your garden on clay or sand?”

“Well, it’s all earth, really!”

Strong Taureans will probably enjoy working with the earth, actually getting down into the dirt and crumbling and tilling the soil. They can work their way through the whole garden by double digging and augmenting the earth.

Adding organic matter and then top dressing with mulch are essential in the Taurean garden. Introducing earthworms will improve the soil condition beautifully.

Acquiring a small used-farm plow as a feature will remind the Bull gardener of the land and how it is worked. If there is room, a real beehive where bees can make honey will appeal. This sign likes to have a productive garden.

Taking it slowly and accumulating beautiful plants will bless you blessed with rich abundance in a few years.

Suggested plants for the Taurean garden are; all root vegetables, roses, creeping Jenny, and local plants. Suitable trees are silver birch and elder.

 

GEMINI

Overheard in the Twin’s garden:

“These two plants look the same.”

“Yes, but just because they look the same doesn’t mean they are.”

Twins may encourage butterflies to visit their garden by introducing certain plants. It is important for Geminis to bring pairs of plants into the garden so they can see them next to each other.

Geminis love labeling species so locals can learn the plant names, too. Third­ sign people like to talk to their plants. It is beneficial both to the plants who like the vibrations and to the Twins, who always have a lot to say.

This is the person who may keep a pigeon coop. What will the neighbors think of Gemini’s yard? You’ll find out when you get together over the fence to discuss it.

The Twins will probably enjoy a corner seat for reading interesting articles about all the things they could be doing in the garden if only they didn’t have to read that book first.

Some ideas for Gemini’s garden are: caraway, hazel, orchids, and any hybrid plants.

 

CANCER

Overheard in the lunar garden at dusk:

“I prefer the garden in the moonlight.”

[KLUNK]

“It’s a New Moon tonight.”

Rubbing shin, “Yes, I see, well, I can’t really see.”

Gardening by the Moon is well documented.

Simply put, plant during the waxing phase and harvest in the waning phase. To sooth the Cancer soul, they could try a circular lawn In the middle of the lot with deep borders all round the edges.

Choosing plant material with white flowers is a good idea, because white petals are visible at dusk and attract moths. It is the classic green and white garden that appeals here. Light colored flowers will reflect moonlight in the evening.

Cancerians will feel good walking around the curve of the lawn enjoying the fragrance of the evening flowers under the beams of the Moon. In the vegetable patch, they can try watermelons and cucumbers, which are water dense, and the fruits are full and round.

Our lunar gardeners will enjoy feeding, seeding, and watering their garden.

Suggested plants for the Moon-ruled garden are; cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, iris, lily, lettuce, some poppies, moonflower, lotus, and white lilac.

 

LEO

Overheard on the Lion’s savanna:

“You have created a lovely garden.”

“Thank you, I did it all myself.”

“What, all that digging in the soil?”

“No, not the dirty work! I told the guy what to do.”

If you are going to make an entrance, then you need a wonderful arch. Place it where Leo can pause when entering the garden. Plant lots of yellow and red flowers and shrubs.

As a special treat in the solar-ruled garden, create a croquet game on the lawn to play with the kids. Of course, it will only be used for a while, then the hoops and mallet can be discreetly tucked away to allow the garden to return to the serene place Leos love.

A lounger for lazing on a sunny afternoon will be appreciated.

To be honest, most Leos would like to have peacocks in their garden. These extravagant birds are very regal. With a well-stocked flower-cutting garden, our Leo gardener has the flair to produce a good supply of fresh flowers for the vase.

All produce from the Sun-ruled garden can be bestowed on friends and family as gifts. Exquisitely wrapped gifts of seeds, cuttings, flowers, and vegetables will be given from the heart, as they are the fruits of Leo’s creation.

Suggested plants for Leo’s garden are: rosemary, marigolds, bay and ash trees, mistletoe, sunflowers, king proteas, and any plant specimens that no one else has.

 

VIRGO

Overheard in the Virgin’s modest garden:

“Gosh, is that a weed?”

“I’ll just check my cross-referenced plant list, one moment … ah…, the garden design diagram …um, the detailed list, er …”

An herb garden is particularly suitable for a Virgo. These delicate plants are useful, edible, and medicinal. Herbs can be neatly labeled and different varieties of, say, mint can be compared in future taste tests.

Virgo will immerse themselves in the meticulous record-keeping required for herb growing. Virgos will no doubt inform others of the different varieties planted in their formal beds. A traditional herb garden layout with a circle defining planting placements appeals to Virgo.

This sign finds the precision of the structure soothing to the soul.

They can use a record book and keep a journal of all the plants and developments in their garden. The Virgin will look back in years to come and see which plants really work well in which area.

Find a space to build a gazebo and place a table there so you can enjoy your gardening scrapbook work – oops, sorry, record keeping.

Some specimens Virgo can try are; dill, fennel, narcissus, parsley, and hazel.

 

LIBRA

Overheard while Libra is trimming the topiary:

“Just a bit off the left…” (snip)

“Oh, now a bit off the right…” (snip)

“Hmm, just a trifle on the left…” (snip)

I knew a man once who had a brownfields garden (brand-new home and not a blade of grass, just soil). He wanted to prepare the ground for the lawn, which had been ordered and was to be put down the next day.

Mr. Libra spent the whole day raking the soil back and forth over the garden, endlessly, to reach the perfect level for the purpose of laying sod. It is essential that there be no uneven areas to upset the Libra balance and prevent them from enjoying the rest of the garden.

Installing a bat house at the end of the property will encourage these flying mammals. In the evening, these fascinating creatures can be seen swooping out to search for mosquitoes. It is a conversation point for Librans to test the status quo of their guests at their many soirees.

A teeter-totter or seesaw is a great idea for Libra’s garden, and if anyone needs a hammock, it is Libra. Position it well out of range of a draft where they can gently rock.

A soft wind chime can induce relaxation. They love scented plants, which can be used to make potpourri, and the fragrance helps maintain their delicate equilibrium.

Suggested plants for the Libran garden include; roses, gooseberry, all mints, apple trees, some aloes, and any soft green plants with fragrance.

 

SCORPIO

Overheard in the Scorpion’s secret hideaway garden:

“{silence]”

“[more silence]”

Of all the signs, the Scorpio gardener desires a compost heap. Maybe even three, one for this week’s, one for next month’s, and one for next year’s beautiful sweet smelling blend. This friable, black, recycled product can be returned to the earth to add enrichment.

Scorpios are sound in the knowledge that this is part of Mother Earth’s master scheme.
Plan to have a secluded space, perhaps with a bench, so that Scorpio can sit quietly enjoying their outside space without the neighbors looking in.

Scorpio will often bury boxes in the garden. Well-drained soil is required. Create a pool for frogs, toads and a few lizards to enjoy. If the body of water is large enough, they can try adding turtles, too.

When space permits, a bog garden that filters and recycles water from upstream is something all Scorpios will appreciate.

Scorpios desire to have in their secret garden plants like; basil, figs, foxglove (digitalis), cactus, onions, nightshade, carnivorous plants, and any plant whose botanical name includes the name graveolens.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Overheard on the Archer’s prairie:

“In Europe, gardens are going vertical.”

“Oh, yes?”

“Indeed, It’s a growth area, and did you know that trees are the new black…the sky’s the limit!”

Sagittarians will be happy with plantings of blue gladiolus and hollyhocks at the back of the bed. Plant cornflowers at the front of the beds, near the edge. Allow space for a path for strolling if room permits, or maybe lay a small labyrinth using small plants such a box hedge.

This garden would do well with an ornamental bridge crossing from one area to another. Try to find an armillary sphere, or astrolabe, and place it on a large, high column, with the arrow pointing to the sky, so it can be seen from every vantage point in the garden.

Centaurs enjoy having a garden that can be left unattended for a few weeks at a time while they enjoy their travels, so all the plants in their garden will have to be hardy and indigenous.
Trees are preferred, with plants having tall growing spires of green. Strawberry runners that can pop up all along a border will amuse the Archer.

Sagittarians could try growing; any blue flowers or foreign species, borage, carnation, asparagus, sage, wheat, strawberries, maple, chestnut, rushes, oak trees, and all tall, leggy plants and runners.

 

CAPRICORN

Overheard in the Sea Goat’s garden:

“Why are you planting a pear tree?”

“Well, the fruit will be ready for the grandchildren.”

“You don’t have any kids.”

“Yes, but, you know – pears for your heirs.”

Now, Saturn-ruled folk are quite happy to plant trees and vines that take ages to come to fruition, such as pear trees, which may take up to twenty-five years to bear. But the attraction for Capricorn is that the produce will be available for the next generation. They seriously consider those that will come after them, so slow-growing plants appeal.

The Saturn ruled appreciate a sundial tucked away in the garden so they can verify that they are in time with nature. For posterity, Sea Goats may bury a time capsule to benefit later generations.

Establishing ivy against a fence, so it can be seen during the cold winter, appeals to the Capricorn gardener. Small trellises here and there will break up the space and give it definition. Perhaps they may build a stonewall to contain a raised bed.

This satisfies two needs; old folks can sit on the wall and weed, and the hard structure will limit and restrict the growth of any invasive plants and rampant root systems.

Container planting is a good idea for this sign, as the plant’s growth can be curtailed by its pot.
Suggested plants for Capricorn’s garden include; barley, spinach, ivy, yew hedges, poplar, elm, quince, angelica, Indian hemp, and any flowers with black petals.

 

AQUARIUS

Overheard in the Water Bearer’s garden:

“Plants have rights, too, you know.”

“Really?”

“Yes, especially the triffids.”

In the Aquarian’s garden, place a small weather vane that can be seen from the house. This will allow the Water Bearer to monitor wind direction in the garden.

Growing a variety of tall grasses at the borders will serve two purposes: first, breezes will make their fronds sway in undulating waves, adding a pleasant rustle; second, they will provide nest-building material for wild birds, who can then weave them to use in building their homes In nearby trees.

An abundance of home-building plant material will encourage birds nearly as much as water in the garden.

The Uranus-ruled will find satisfaction watching wild birds. Aquarians are likely to protect our feathered friends from predators such as the cat next door,

Suggested plants for the Aquarian garden are; grasses, olives, some orchids, and any unusual or unique specimens. transonic repellents come in. Water Bearers will appreciate the self-seeding of plants through the action of the blowing wind, creating drifts of textures and colors.

 

PISCES

Overheard in the Fishes’ garden:

“Gosh, I can’t imagine where that plant came from.”

“It looks a bit fuzzy.”

“Yes, I could have sworn it wasn’t there last year”

This is the garden with the overgrown look. There is a slightly unkempt overflow of flowers, herbs, and trees that make up a Piscean garden retreat.

A good idea is to mount mirrors among the plantings, against the walls and pillars, to give the impression of more depth. Looking glasses give the illusion of other garden rooms, which can open up all kinds of possibilities.

They will enjoy a fishpond; not just a small shallow one, but a deep pond for Koi, where Neptune-ruled Pisces can peer into the gloom and imagine any number of dreams.

Those with the Sun in this last sign of the zodiac prefer flowers with single petals, such as cosmos, daisies, and the purple coneflower.

The simplicity of the shapes will appeal to the Piscean gardener. A good idea is to photograph the yard at the equinoxes and solstices to have an image for enjoyment.

Watch out for weeds (I use the term loosely) of all kinds.

These gardeners start with a vision of how they want their garden to look, but the plants just seem to get away from them. The glamour in this yard will usually come from the owner herself.

Suggested plants for the Fishes garden include; cosmos, purple coneflower, spruce, opium poppy, tobacco plant. Really, anything goes. Introduce some water lilies, perhaps, in the Koi pond.