Mars conjunct Saturn

 

by Alison Price

When Mars and Saturn get Together we Take Notice

Mars is all about action, energy and competing. Saturn favours control, form, strategy and concrete results.

The imagery is of the young guy in a red shirt honing his skateboarding techniques in the hard landscape of the city park.

How many times has he tried this jump?

Who is watching? His competition, the other young guys, or the pretty girls?


Mars Conjunct Saturn in the Signs

Every two years Mars moves around the chart and catches up with Saturn.

Traditionally Mars was known and the lesser malefic and Saturn as the greater malefic. It is probably not politically correct to use these phrases anymore and yet there is some truth in the labels.

We look to the ruler of the sign that the conjunction is happening in to understand what is going on.

As two planets join forces in a sign one planet will be better placed than the other and its energy can be accessed easier.

Mars will compete with Saturn and when Mars is applying to the conjunction it will rise before Saturn.

After the exact conjunction Mars will rise after Saturn.

Saturn spends about two years and three months in each sign (depending on retrograde periods) so sometimes a conjunction is repeated in the same sign twice.

Mars and Saturn came together in 2012 in Libra. Two years before in 2008, the conjunction occurred at 5° Virgo and in 2016 it was in Sagittarius and in 2018 it is in Capricorn.

Find which house the conjunction will occur in your birth chart as this is the house for this conjunction.


 

Mars Conjunct Saturn in the Houses

First house

Start a diet. Mars is great for beginning things and with Saturn in your physical body sector, you can control your body size.

Second house

Start a mad-money plan. Decide you have a limited amount to spend on whatever you want and stick to it.

Third house

Take a course that will build on your strengths and bring you closer to your life goals. You can achieve good marks now.

Fourth house

Family dynamic relationships can benefit from you breaking down borders with close members for everyone’s benefit.

Fifth house

If you have kids they may need some guidelines this week as they test your patience. Make plans to give birth to your creative expression.

Sixth house

Sweat it out on the weights at the gym. This is a chance to expend energy to form your muscles and tone your long term health.

Seventh house

If you have been held back in asking someone on a date you now have the courage. If in a relationship you could thrash things out for mutual benefit.

Eighth house

If you are holding yourself back now is a time to examine any limiting strategies and bring things into the open.

Ninth house

There may be travel frustrations. You may experience difficulty if you are writing exams now because you have the desire to rush.

Tenth house

Promotion and putting yourself forward is favored now. Actively engaging in your career path is a good strategy.

Eleventh house

Competition is high. You want to win but perhaps at the expense of your team. You may be singled out and put forward as the front man or woman to represent your group.

Twelfth house

Your energy may be at low ebb. It is probably good to rest if you can. The best way to handle this period is to make master plans-of-action to be used later.


Book Review: The Twelve Houses by Howard Sapportas

Reviewed by Alison Price.

Flare Publications, www.flareuk.com revised edition 2007, approx. 18.99 GBP, 323p.

The late Howard Sasportas was an acclaimed astrologer of the 20th century. His book “The Twelve Houses” is a thorough interpretation guide to the houses in a horoscope.

The houses are one of the three basic building blocks in chart interpretation after signs and planets. House systems are a perennial discussion for astrologers. Sasportas begins Part I by covering in great depth the different house systems available. If you choose not to use equal house or whole sign houses in your work you may select a time based system. He explains the specific calculations and theories to determine house cusps. You may wish to skip the astronomical detail in this section and reference it later.

‘Mapping the Journey’ is the sub-title for Part II and here he covers the four angles, succeedent and cadent house cusps and offers a delineation of each. Every house is explored from a psychological viewpoint. This approach may be the ultimate path taken for chart interpretation by contemporary astrologers.

In Part III he presents a guide to life’s possibilities and analyses every planet/house combination. Here he again takes a psychological and sometimes spiritual approach to the suggested interpretations.

Some may say this book is the definitive work on astrological houses available today. Howard Sasportas, an Aries Sun, has pioneered a solid astrology text book with insights to offer the beginner and advanced student of alike. I highly recommended this publication for all levels. It would be an asset to any astrologer’s bookshelf.

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5 Things to do After your Client Leaves

by Alison Price

1. Cleanse the space.

I don’t mean sweep the floor what I do mean is open a window, burn some incense or light a fragranced candle.

Clean the whiteboard and wipe the slate.

Past clients leave emotional residue and it is important to purge the atmosphere and yourself from any negative emotional buildup.

This practice clears your working space and helps you prepare psychologically for the next person.

2. File charts away

Seems obvious but it starts slowly with a few files on the corner of you desk and before you know it has grown into a quivering heap of papers.

Even if you only have two clients a week keep their chart notes and files neat and in a filing cabinet.

You will need to refer to them later if your customer contacts you or there is a question about the reading where more clarity is needed and the following year.

3. Close out comments.

I like to send a thank you note or email. It may be old fashioned but it is a way of having closure on the session.

Some clients will come back within a day or two with queries and questions and if I can remember the chart I will dash off an email spelling out the explanation.

Other clients will contact me two months after the reading with questions but by this time, if I have to look at the chart again, then there will be a perusal fee.

4.  Follow up reminders.

If you diarize their birth date you can issue consultation reminders the month before their birthday.

Most astrologers’ offer a discount for all those with the same Sun sign as the transiting Sun. By this method all Virgo’s will receive a discount on astrology services during late August and early September every year.

Having follow-up consultations near their Solar Return charts helps so you don’t have to cast two.

5. Reinforce your weaknesses.

How did it go? Did you encounter a difficult part? Do you need to read up on a particular area of interpretation? Do you want to engage in a peer review with another astrologer?

Are you exhausted, drained, elated or a combination of all three? Complete your consultation review form.

Learn from each and every reading.

Don’t become complacent.

Stretch yourself.

It is amazing what you can do.


 

Further reading:


Essential Dignities

Essential dignities refer to a planet in a sign and whether the planet is well placed in that sign or not.

The table below I created from information found in the (Arguably the greatest astrology book of all time) Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy. Any errors are my own.

Initially we are concerned with Rulership, Exaltation, Detriment and Fall.

 

Rulership

When a planet is in it’s own sign it is in dignity. A planet functions well here as its urges are in line with the sign. A planet here can most easily express itself.

Example: Venus in Libra (Relating & partners)

Exaltation

When a planet is in the sign of its exaltation it functions well and is in line with the sign meaning. A planet in exaltation expresses intensity of energy.

Example: Saturn in Libra (Responsible & balanced).

Detriment

When a planet is in the sign opposite its dignity it is in its detriment. This is not a good placement for the planet as its urges can be surpressed and thwarted.

Example: Mars in Libra (needs independence vs. needs of others). 

Fall

When a planet is in the sign opposite its exaltation it is said to be in its fall. This is a difficult placement, as the planet will struggle to reach its full potential here. A planet here is weak.

Example: Sun in Libra (Individual’s needs vs. partner’s needs).

Peregrine

A planet is peregrine when it does not have any essential dignity. This imparts a neutral energy.

Example: Moon in Libra (but not when the Moon is at 0-9 degrees Libra = face)


 

Note for the purists A planet is peregrine when it does not have any essential dignity by rulership, exaltation, term, face, detriment or fall.


 

10 Things to Do Before Your Client Arrives

Ten things you can do today to make your astrological consultations easier before your next client arrives.

These strategies will help you set the stage for an effective reading. I work at my family home/office but your situation may be different find which suits you.

1. Check your client’s details.

It has happened before and it will happen again. If you type 1066 instead of 1966 into your software program the Sun will still be in the correct region of the zodiac but the whole chart will be out by nine hundred years! This happened to me in the early days of my client work and it is now something I always double check. There is no point in spending hours working with incorrect information.

2. Cast the consultation chart.

I create a chart for the time of the actual consultation. It provides valuable information on the mood of the day. There are some times when I prefer not to see clients at all which is during the month when the Sun transits my twelfth house. I find my time is better used in rest and recuperation to build up for the next stage when the Sun conjoins my ascendant and the solar cycle begins.

3. Your Sun’s synastry.

Your Sun’s contacts to your client’s chart will show how well you will be received by them as you illuminate their life through your solar position and the connections made. If your Sun contacts their ascendant you have the potential to influence them. If your Sun trines their Venus your client will love what you present. If your Sun is in a hard aspect to their Pluto they may be suspicious of you, what you have to say or even astrology in general.

4. Fido is a no-no.

If you own a dog it should be in another room and not seen or heard. There should not be a whiff of pooch. You don’t want Spot jumping up and licking people as they walk in the door. Having a cat about can be unnerving for some people. You may not be able to project a professional image with Whiskers sleeping on your desk. The only animals which I believe are appropriate in a consulting room are fish in a sparkling tank.

5. Let the fresh air in.

Where I live daily winter temperatures can get down to a brisk -15C but I always open the window to my office before a client arrives because it allows fresh air in and any residue of the previous client such as lingering emotional expressions to leave. You can also burn sage and waft it about. Other astrologers I know have their own ritual cleansing techniques and I urge you to find something that you like.

6. Prepare refreshments.

Common courtesy dictates you offer some form of refreshments. For my clients I will prepare regular tea or coffee and cookies. I also let them know beforehand they can bring a specialty tea bag if they wish. I have the tray ready to go and the water boiled before they arrive. I make the beverages before we sit down. Chilled iced water is placed on a table in the room before they arrive.

7. Record, rewind, replay.

I invite my clients to bring their own recording devices. In the past I found it was too stressful when I realized, after an hour and a half, that I had forgotten to press record and all was lost. I discovered that burning disks and making MP3’s was not my strong suit. I no longer offer taping (yes it used to be called that) as part of my service but I encourage people to bring their own machines, which for me, is the best solution.

8. Turn your phone to silent.

It’s not just your phone that needs to be on silent anymore you have to make your email notifications, pings and alerts go away as well. If you have other people in your home they need to keep it down too. Your ringing phone intrudes into your concentration and breaks your train of thought. By the same token, if your client puts their phone out and when it rings take the calls, that is down to them. It may seem rude but it is their session after all.

9. Meditate or ask for guidance.

Before a consultation I strive to find a calm mental place. Meditation is a good strategy. It is beneficial to be relaxed and focused and being so helps you to do your best work. People like talking about themselves and an astrology consultation is all about them. At the same time you need to be aware of being sucked in to difficult situations and to protect yourself from being psychically drained.

10. Breathe in… breathe out…

If you have ever been in a yoga class you know the power of breath-work. Slow breathing calms your physical body and can lower your blood pressure. The knack is to concentrate on breathing out only, as you will naturally inhale. When working with your clients becomes stressful it shows in their experience of you, your consulting skills and ultimately astrology.

The list goes on. Share the special things you do to prepare yourself for a reading. Write them in the comments section below.

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1 How to become an astrologer.

2 Name your astrology business.

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Comments from Professional Astrologers Group on LinkedIn.

Sandy Anastasi

Sandy Anastasi • Great advice, Alison! I would add some simple common sense things like, make sure your office or work space is clear and clean. Make sure you are dressed in the manner of the impression you wish to make. Appearances ARE important! If you have a waiting room and a receptionist, well great. But if you don’t, then you need to be your own receptionist which means arriving early. I have not always had the luxury of my own office, separated from the rest of my home. In those days when I read clients at my kitchen table I was careful to clear the room both before and after the session, and I kept doors to the rest of the house closed. I also find that it is a wonderful advantage to give your client a written overview of what you do ahead of time, or to at least make it clear to them at the time they set their appointment. Not every astrologer reads a chart the same way. Some focus more on personality, some more on future, or compatibility, vocation, or spiritual focus; some use Tarot in concert with Astrology. Some are psychic astrologers and some are very technical. It really helps when you see a new client if they know what you do, and what they may expect from you.

Jane Ritson

Jane Ritson • I love the way you set things out clearly, concisely and and in separate paras.

Alison Price

Alison Price • @Sandy – Yes, a written overview is a good idea beforehand as we all approach astrology through our own charts.
@Jane – Glad you like it, at times like this I say “Thank heavens for Virgo planets!”

Sandy Anastasi

Sandy Anastasi • So, so true Alison – I think I have learned more about myself over the years by doing other people’s charts than my own! Good point! 🙂
On another note – I particularly liked your recommendation to review the chart for accuracy. I have made many of those errors myself, wondering why the chart I was reading didn’t fit the person in front of me until I realized I’d put in the wrong birth time, or made some other foolish error. You just can’t be too careful.

rao chitturu

rao chitturu • Very good hints are given for beginners in astrology profession- All are good – May I know the idea of choosing a “fish ‘ in item 4 i.e., “…..in a consulting room are fish in a sparkling tank.” I wish to add that I have give some hints – subject wise in my article – Predicitve astrology-General Hints.

Alison Price

Alison Price • @Rao – Thanks for your comments. It is not really about choosing to have a fish (unless Pisces is strong I suppose), but it is in not choosing to let a dog or a cat be around at the consultation.

Michael Zizis

Michael Zizis • Hi Alison and Absolutely everyone:

These observations are very adroit! You reveal our responsibility for inclusivity, regardless of a client’s chart issues.

I think the drudgery {did I mention I hate housework?} of a clean uncluttered home or one room – with a clean bathroom makes a great impression, unless its phone work.
I would make this step 11.

Also, I have a large aquarium within sight of the seating arrangements – that folks love watching, unless they are from Toronto, in which case they say, “Must be a lot of work?!”

: – )

As we all know, a balance of being cordial yet a little firm, is superior to feeling superior to a client. Do astrologers have egos?

All the places in our psyches not taken up by knowledge, will be taken up by ego.

As a possible # 12, I space client bookings widely apart so that the present client gets the attention they require.

Excellent discussion!

Pt. Ashok Dixit

Pt. Ashok Dixit • very excellent professional suggestions, by you. Thanks
I have already used to this methods but the process is different, according to INDIAN RITUALS.

Alison Price

Alison Price • Michael,
I like the two points you make in steps 11 and 12. Although we all want to be busy, we really can’t pack clients in to the detriment of our psychic well being. This is sometimes an issue for new pros. As with most things timing is everything. Good comments. Thanks.

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How to Book an Astrology Reading or Astrology Course with Alison

First Contact

When you are ready for your astrology consultation or class the best way to contact me is by using the form below.

I will write back within the next day or two and let you know when I can see you and offer you some timing options.

I usually have a two-week lead-time and sometimes I am simply busy so it varies.

What I need from you

For all astrology work I will need from you ;

  • your full name,
  • your birth date (day, month and year),
  • your birth time (hh:mm am/pm),
  • your birthplace (town and country) and
  • the place you are living in now (town and country).
  • I will also need your email address,
  • phone number and
  • optional physical address.

I will send you a Client information sheet to complete and sign beforehand.

Time and date

A client consultation is usually booked for one hour but it may overrun a bit. Classes are for two hours each.

I take early bird appointments and start teaching classes from 7:00am thorough the day and finish in the evening 9:00pm.

Not all days are fully busy and it varies depending on my clients and student commitments.

Special focus

Please let me know the focus for your consultation appointment.

If there is a specific question you want me to analyze or other areas in your life need and in-depth interpretation (often money, romance and health come up) tell me as soon as possible so I can be fully prepared. Most people have a specific reason to approach an astrologer.


What to bring

If you wish to record the session you may bring a digital recorder or other device. I do not tape but you are most welcome to do so.

You will probably want to take notes as well, so perhaps arrive with your writing materials. If it is an extended session feel free to bring a snack or your lunch.

What not to bring – Consultations

Please do not bring a “friend” to sit in on the consultation they can wait in the other room. If your sister drove you in her car, she can cool her heels in the waiting room (see, suddenly it has a name).

If you feel the need to have your friends, mother or boyfriends present there are other options.  Please do not bring your dog.


Refreshments

A consultation is really about chatting for over an hour so in time we can both get parched. I provide regular tea or coffee and cookies. (By the way my tea is better than my coffee, or so I have heard…) If you wish you may bring your own specialty tea bags. I also have chilled iced water for you.


Privacy

All consultations are strictly confidential. Even if you and I have mutual friends perhaps in the astrological community, rest assured I respect your privacy.

I have three planets in Scorpio (the sign of privacy and secrets) and I have no problem keeping mum. Afterwards, if I meet you in the street I won’t discuss your chart.


How to pay

You can pay for your consultation or course at the time of the booking via PayPal. On some classes and consultation pages there is a Buy now button on the screen.

If you need something slightly different then I will send you a PayPal invoice beforehand to your PayPal email address which is often different to your main email address.


Acknowledgements and confirmations

Your booking is only confirmed when you have paid. I will send you an acknowledgement email. I will only start analyzing your chart after I have received your payment. I learned many years ago about spending hours of my time preparing for clients who become no-shows and, after two weeks of this, you change your approach.


Astrology is a luxury item

To my mind, professional astrology services are a luxury item. You do not need astrology. No one needs it not like bread and water.

You can get free astrology anywhere online but if you want an experienced practitioner that is something else.

I do give back to the astrological community and pay-it-forward, as I donate one hour of my time every month to those in need. Check out my Giving page for details.


 

 

The 5 Levels of Astrologer

by Alison Price

Once you start to take an interest in astrology it is just the start of your journey.

Your personal astrological development can take years.

You may remain at one level for decades (when life gets in the way) and then pick it up later on. The process of becoming an astrologer includes particular milestones.

I am not saying aspiring to master astrologer is everyone’s goal but the process of becoming is clear.

Each level is a step up from the one below.

Below I have shared my thoughts on the different criteria for each stage of the astrologer’s evolution. Consider where you are.


The Five Levels of Astrologer

Hobbyist Astrologer

    • You read your horoscope every week
    • You know your own and your family member’s Sun signs
    • You can discuss astrology at a dinner party
    • You know enough to be dangerous (ha ha)

Student Astrologer(All of the above plus)

    • You have attended an astrology lecture
    • You subscribe to The Mountain Astrologer
    • You have taken at least one astrology lesson
    • You are considering attending a conference
    • You own Astro Gold

Amateur Astrologer – (All of the above plus)

    • You can read the glyphs in a chart
    • You know the signs, planets, houses and aspects
    • You own ten astrology books including a Table of Houses
    • You have at least one planet specific book
    • You have taken a formal astrology education course
    • You can interpret charts for family and friends
    • You can debate houses systems
    • You know at least four forecasting techniques
    • You are invited to speak locally

Professional Astrologer – (All of the above plus)

    • You can construct a chart from scratch (without a computer)
    • You can calculate forecasts from scratch (without a computer)
    • You have an extensive astrology library with duplicate editions
    • You subscribe to all the trade periodicals
    • You are a member of the international astrology associations
    • You accept payments for your work
    • Your income surpasses $12000USD per year from astrology
    • You are invited to speak internationally
    • You have appeared on TV or radio
    • You write a column/blog
    • You own your astrology website
    • You have published an astrology book

Master Astrologer – (All of the above plus)

    • You have been a professional (accepts payments) for at least ten years
    • You are considered a guru in the astrological community
    • You have written more than one book
    • Your income exceeds $60000 USD/year from astrology
    • Your name is known by the general public
    • You are the Keynote speaker
    • You are a recipient of astrology awards acknowledging your contribution
    • You may have forsaken daily consultations for focussed research
    • You are the Astrorati of the day

 

 


 

Where do you fit in?

What will you do next to support your astrology journey?


Astro-Dating in 30 Days

Love at First Sight

You have probably heard of love at first sight but maybe not really believed in it. How could two people possibly know immediately if they have found the one?

Surely you need to to get to know each other first, explore experiences together, have long sunset walks on the beach and picnic in a spring meadow?

Yet as an astrologer working with relationships I come across couples who did, in fact, know at the point of meeting and within four weeks were committed to each other and that was ten years ago.

If you speak those people who do have long-term relationships, common-law or marriage, you will find a lot of people knew it the first few weeks of meeting. How can this be?

Your Own Chart

Your astrology chart is the map for your life. It shows your potentials, energies and interests. It suggests talents and what needs to be explored in this lifetime. When you live in line with the energies in your chart 9as shown in the planets by house, sign and aspect) you feel satisfied with life. It becomes that enough is plenty and there is nothing more you need to be fulfilled.

The Moon takes about twenty-nine days to make a full pass through the zodiac. In any month it will transit all the houses of your chart. One house after the next, illuminating each area of life shown by the house, its ruler and tenants.

The Moon is like a quick tour of the chart and everything is triggered each month. In one single lunar cycle the Moon will form all possible aspects to the planets in your natal chart.

Every planet will receive a conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition etc. from the Moon. This lunar transit explores all the emotional possibilities you have as your natal promise.

The First Contact Chart

The first contact chart is an astrology chart drawn up of your first date or meeting. The potentials of the relationship are built into this chart. As the Moon sweeps round every one of the first contact’s chart potentials are stimulated.

By the end of one lunar cycle you know all there is to know. Maybe in a broad stroke but time will fill in the stitches of the tapestry.

One lunar cycle

In one lunar month you will know whether to spend the rest of your life together or call it a day. When the Moon goes around your chart it makes all the aspects and passes through every house in your chart. As it does to your romantic other’s chart too.

If the relationship is going to work you will know within one lunar month. By this stage you will be discussing important issues as adults: religion, children, politics and exchanging copies of your credit reports.

Or maybe not, and if not, what are you still doing there? Don’t waste time on a relationship that is going nowhere.

 


“We can always find more money but we can’t find more time.”


 

Look to your natal Saturn for clues on your time wasting. Your boundaries that are there to protect you and bring Saturn to task. Learn to draw the line on dead-end relationships. I’m not saying toss every person you meet on the heap never to be spoken to again.

Put them in their correct pigeon-holes such as friend, colleague or nice-to-know-in-an-emergency. Do not have them standing in the spot marked “Love of my life” taking up valuable real estate which is better occupied by your true soul mate.

Addictive Behaviour – Don’t get Sucked In

You may think it better to have someone than no one. Sometimes having a hanger-on is simply a habit.

Being in a relationship that is not satisfying drains the soul. It leaves you bereft of energy to move on.

Habits are simply that, habits.

Break free.

Be kind to yourself

  • Don’t waste your time, energy and your precious youth on pointless relationships.
  • It does not serve you to allow yourself to be treated this way.
  • Don’t spend another minute in a dead end partnership.
  • In your heart of hearts can you hear a little voice? Whispering “run!
  • Free yourself up to be open to new people.
  • Allow serendipity to do its job.
  • Make space in your life for a good mate.
  • Be open to accepting new and exciting potential partners.
  • Let the Law of Attraction work for you.

 

Name your astrology business

Ideas for running your astrology business. This piece is about finding a business name that means something. Businesses are entities all to themselves and astrology sees them as such.

Every time someone says your name it confers a blessing on you. The more the name is repeated the stronger it becomes. This is how names work. You can ask the numerologists, they are happy to recommend (for instance) a change from Margaret to Peggy.

The powerful essence in names can be seen when parents choose a name for their children. Much thought goes into selecting a name in line with their family traditions,  faith or culture. Parents do not pick a girl’s name for a boy and vice versa. They choose a name that they want their child to grow up to be, to develop into or that which they aspire for their offspring.

Make sure you labor under the umbrella of a well thought out business name. Maybe you don’t quite see yourself as a business. More like little old you as just another student, or lifetime student astrologer, trying to make sense of it all and help others along the way. Perhaps you believe you will never be good enough. But, if you see even a glimmer more for yourself then I urge you to plan for your future and get a great name.

Select a name

When you start out in business you need a name. The corporate experts recommend not naming any business from your own initials like PJ’s Astrology or KY’s Astrology. Rather look to that which inspires you and reveals who you really are.

Finding a new name for your astrology business may take several days or even a few weeks. Begin with a list of options that appeal to you and work the words together to find a short list of three possible business names.

Say the front runner names out loud and ask yourself:

    • Do the names roll off your tongue?
    • Can you say them on the phone?
    • Does the person at the other end immediately know how to spell them?
    • Are they hard to write?
    • Are they similar to someone else’s name?

Let’s not have Amazon Astrology either. Write them backwards. This can expose unexpected results. Be aware.

And the winner is…

Write your three finalists on a piece of paper. Then sleep on it. Yes, that’s right, tuck the paper under you pillow. The next morning pay attention to what immediately springs to your mind. Follow you instincts. It’s your business.

How do you see your name and your business name? Share you thoughts below.

For expert astrological advice on selecting a business name to suit your natal chart read A business name that means something.

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Astro poetry limerick – Kepler

Kepler’s second law of planetary motion states: A planet sweeps out an equal area in equal time.

Simply put the further a planet is from the Sun in it’s orbit the slower it moves through the zodiac. Most orbits are elliptical (have two foci where one is the Sun) and some distances are more extreme than others.

For example: Pluto was nearer the Sun during it’s swift transit through it’s own sign of Scorpio from 1984-1995 (on and off) for only eleven years. Pluto was in Taurus (on and off) during the period 1854-1883 for almost twenty-nine years. Remember during Pluto’s transit of Scorpio it was at times nearer to the Sun than Neptune!

We also note this phenomena when the Moon is fast or slow for a while each month.

I think occasional astrology poetry is an escape, perhaps I shall post on Fridays, if it is an even date, and the Moon is fast…

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Now Kepler he had a good thought

as planetary motion was fraught.

Each orbit he found

had swept out equal ground

and now his second law is taught.

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Write your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The modes at the movies.

The elements in the garden.

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Mars in Libra – Walk softly but carry a big stick

Mars is the first of the superior planets as it is at a further distance from the Sun than the Earth. Mars enters Libra on July 3, 2012 and will be transiting direct until August 23, 2012.

The red planet rules the signs Aries and Scorpio. Libra is the sign of its detriment (because it is opposite Aries) which means it cannot expend its energies to their full potential. Almost as if the brakes and on and the foot is on the accelerator.

Mars was traditionally known as the lesser malefic because of its tendencies to be difficult. Saturn was the greater malefic and both are now in Libra the sign of peace and harmony.

Mars rules all activities which are often shown by verbs, as in “to do” things. Mars is the planet that gets you off the couch and doing activities. Mars is associated with gladiators and the competition of the Olympic Games where you represent your country but you can win medals for yourself and by your own efforts.

In Libra it is a gentle Mars, with style and is somewhat reminiscent of Steam punk prepared for battle but in a calmer way. Mars in Libra looks the part. This can be seen when soldiers wear their uniforms and, by their presence peace is maintained, without a shot being fired.

What to expect now

  • Arms negotiations
  • Cessation of war- Amnesty
  • Active peace
  • Mediation kickstarted
  • Marital conflicts put on hold
  • Energy being expended between the genders
  • Male and female harmony
  • Balanced challenges
  • Male goddesses come forth?
  • Peaceful collaborations

Recently Saturn crossed over the section of the zodiac where Mars is now venturing. If you are a strong Libra, or have many planets in the sign of the scales, or Libra rising you will have felt the effects of the recent Saturn transit. Now you have the follow-up Mars energy to finish off what you may have only considered when Saturn went through.

Who this affects

  • Those with the Sun in Libra
  • People with Mars in Libra
  • If you have Venus aspecting Mars
  • Anyone with Libra rising

In August Mars will catch up to join forces with Saturn. If your birthday in on October 16th, 17th or 18th (of any year), or you have 24 Libra rising, then August 14, 2012 will be a very busy day indeed.

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Mars conjunct Saturn.

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Uranus square Pluto both disposed by Mars

Uranus square Pluto and Mars in Virgo June 2012

I have spent some time thinking about Mars as the dispositor of Uranus in Aries (Mars is dignified by rulership in Aries) and the exalted ruler of Pluto in Capricorn (Mars is dignified by exaltation in Capricorn).

There will be seven exact squares between Uranus and Pluto over the next two years. This upcoming scenario provides a living classroom to monitor how a dispositor’s condition influences transiting planets.

Uranus is in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn for the whole period.

  • June 24, 2012 – Uranus 08 – Pluto 08 Rx – Mars Virgo 25
  • September 19, 2012 – Uranus 07 Rx – Pluto 07 – Mars Scorpio 17 (rulership)
  • May 21, 2013 – Uranus 11 – Pluto 11 – Mars Taurus 22 (detriment)
  • November 1, 2013 – Uranus 09 Rx – Pluto 09 – Mars Virgo 10
  • April 21, 2014 – Uranus 13 – Pluto 13 Rx – Mars Libra 14 Rx (detriment)
  • December 15, 2014 – Uranus 12 Rx – Pluto 12 – Mars Aquarius 08
  • March 17, 2015 – Uranus 15 – Pluto 15 – Mars Aries 19 (rulership)

The square aspect is the one where you can get things done. This is not the time to wait and see. The urgency inherent in a square demands situations to happen, unfold and manifest.

A ninety degree aspect as a vector brings two difficult sides together to thrash out solutions. The issues ruled by Uranus and Pluto will be affected as they are brought into an alliance (sometimes kicking and screaming) by this transiting aspect.

Look in your chart and find the two houses where Uranus and Pluto are now. The situations expressed by each house indicate how you will experience much of this ongoing square.

Now consider which house Mars is in at the time of the seven exact aspects (see table). This position will influence how you make an effort and experience the themes developed through this square transit. Mars as a dispositor by rulership and exaltation may change the nature of the energies being sparked from the square.

Over the period you may find that all three planets shift from one house to another in your chart. As Mars moves house it suggests how you may challenge the square from different standpoints. Use Martian attributes of action, heat and competition coupled with the house meaning to expend the energy being brought to bear by the Uranus Pluto square.

As the Uranus square Pluto transit evolves, the condition of Mars will influence your experience.

Over the next four years as each square applies I will ponder the presence of Mars over the square. I invite you to share your experiences.

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Lin Ewing • Thanks, Alison. I’m going to pass this out to my beginning students as a great article to help understand aspects, dispositors and what’s happening in houses.

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Alison Price • Hey Lin, I’m glad you found this valuable information. I find watching transits in action is a great learning tool.

Lin Ewing • Me too. And in the last class we discussed the planets and dispositors. So this article will be a nice follow-up for them.

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New Moon and the Part of Fortune

by Alison Price

New Moon

When the Part of Fortune is on the ascendant it means it is New Moon.

Actually it is because it is New Moon the Part of Fortune will be on the ascendant.

A New Moon is potent because it is the seed moment in the Sun / Moon positions and the beginning point of the lunar cycle. All things are possible now as the month unfolds.

Part of Fortune

Normally the Part of Fortune indicates through which realm of activities you will benefit and this is shown by its house position.

If the Part of Fortune is on an angle it becomes prominent and when conjoined the ascendant it has top billing in the chart.

The only other better place for the Part of Fortune to be is conjunct the Sun and Moon and on the ascendant.

Part of Fortune on the ascendant

The Part of Fortune on the ascendant colors your whole chart. Admittedly it is not a planet but a point in space. However when placed on the sensitive ascendant the emphasis for the Part of Fortune increases. It gains prominence.

In the first house the Part of Fortune is well placed to benefit you throughout your life. You come across as simply fortunate and appear to have a good life even a desirable one.

You are likely to have personal looks that are deemed attractive in your era. You will be perceived as a classic beauty for women and considered handsome for men.

You are seen by others to be well off and to be from a good background. Others perceive you as fortunate and bestow grace and favors on you. It can become a self-fulfilling prophesy.

All this is interpreted by the backdrop of the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed. The planet that rules the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed is known as the dispositor or the Lord of the Part of Fortune and is an important planet to consider for this analysis.

If the ascendant sign and the Part of Fortune sign are the same then that planet gains influence over the fortune being given over this lifetime.

Part of Fortune calculations

The position of the Moon in relation to the Sun determines the placement for the Part of Fortune.

Daytime chart formula is ASC – SU + MO = POF

Nighttime chart formula is ASC + SU – MO = POF

A daytime chart is one where the Sun is in the seventh to the twelfth houses. A nighttime chart finds the Sun is in the first to the sixth houses.


 

 

Aspects Applying and Separating

by Alison Price

Information Overload

Astrology is a subject that tends towards the, “I thought I knew what I was doing until I began to learn it” type comments.

Students have mountains of information to process and any method for remembering the little details helps.

Scientists believe the act of learning is improved when you approach a subject from many avenues. Techniques may include; to listen in class, to read a book, to take notes, to make a collage, to put it to music or to watch a movie.

All of these practices create new pathways in your brain which reinforce the original information storage.

Building many roads to Rome lets you recall information better when you try to retrieve or remember something, for example, during a client consultation.

Planetary Speed

A planet’s speed is determined by its distance from the Sun. The closer it is, the quicker it moves. The exception is the Moon which has the most daily movement.

The planets listed by speed are; the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron (depends), Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

  • An applying aspect occurs when a faster planet moves towards a slower planet.
  • An aspect is separating when the swifter planet pulls away from the sluggish planet.
  • An exact aspect has zero orb.

Note any retrograde motion as this will change the status of the aspect.

The Solar Fire Aspectarian

On the Solar Fire aspectarian (the triangle of blocks with the aspects listed in it at the bottom of the chart sheet), there is an “A” or an “S” this tells you if an aspect is applying or separating.

Solid or dotted

Conveniently there is an option to show applying aspects with a solid line and separating aspects with a dotted line in the chart wheel.

In Thick and Thin

Set your program to display thicker aspect lines if the orb is tight and thinner if it is wide. You can select a different color for each type of aspect.

Here is a method to remember the difference between applying and separating aspects which you won’t forget in a hurry. Cast your mind if you will to the fun activity we all love.


Applying aspect keywords

  • A close encounter
  • Initial fumbling
  • Pending main event
  • Coming soon
  • Heat and friction
  • Anticipation
  • Pressure builds
  • Imminent arrival
  • Future expectation

Exact aspect keywords

  • Exquisite
  • Perfection
  • Partile
  • Together
  • Ultimate
  • Fleeting
  • Release

Separating aspect keywords

  • Time for a nap
  • Knowing
  • A memory
  • Glory days
  • History
  • Fading

The difference between applying and separating aspects is clear. Perhaps you can ponder this next time you have a slow Saturday night.


 

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Astrology Down Under – Guest Post

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Please join me in welcoming my special Starzology guest blogger Alison Maciver who lives north of Christchurch in New Zealand. Apart from having a great first name Alison is an experienced practicing astrologer and she specializes in forecasting techniques. Here she shares some of the differences when interpreting southern hemisphere charts – Alison Price.


Astrology Down Under

By Alison Maciver

When I visited the northern hemisphere for the first time in 2008, I was challenged by the movement of the Sun. Reading a map I’d see the direction and follow that until, on looking  up at the Sun,  my inner compass would kick in and I’d find myself far from my desired destination.

It was the same challenge I’d experienced as I drew up astrology wheels that showed the sunrise and sunset points with the Sun moving to the south of wherever we’d be standing, moving from left to right. Where I was born the Sun rose and moved to the north of us before setting in the west. I’d stand outside and hold the chart wheel up to the sky.  As I’d look at the path of the Sun and spread my arms wide, I could see it rise at my right hand and set at my left and to my back the South, the shadow area, the IC, the point of soul knowledge. This became embedded in my muscle memory.

Thirty years ago I started to draw charts to suit the place where I lived. I found a ‘reverse clock’ locally. This southern hemisphere dial showed the movement of the Sun as a match to my eyes following the hour hand. Sadly, that clock finished its days earlier this year. Visitors are surprised to see a conventional analogue clock on the wall, especially when the old one trained them to think in another language, the astrology of down-under.

My astrology programme of choice is Janus, designed in New Zealand, which uses the wheel language of the northern hemisphere, a small compromise to achieving a common language to aid communication. Venus, while retrograde until 28 June 12, is re-minding us of what brings us joy, re-viewing our values. In Gemini it reminds us of what we value in communication. Please go outside and orient yourself with the Sun’s passage across the sky you see. The Sun I see may be shining on you in another season and at a different angle. We are different and we are the same.

(c) June 2012 – Alison Maciver

Alison Maciver’s study of comparative myths and legends as they intertwine with the astrological stories was sparked by her grandfather’s storytelling.  Alison remembers as a seven year old telling a visitor, ‘I know.’ He answered, ‘If you tell people ‘I know’ they will tell you nothing.’  Since that time she has heard lots of life stories, all material for the development of Conscious Communications,  her simple and powerful language system.

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A la mode – Of The Fashion

The lunar nodes changing sign.

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Schumacher – Celebrate the good days

Formula one racing is an expensive sport.

It is all about the skill of the driver coupled with the engineers and technicians behind each team. Everything can be lost or won on the commitment of the sponsors, management and skill behind the wheel.

Winning a race means it is a good day. Michael Schumacher, who was world champion seven times during 1994-2004, had a saying “Celebrate the good days. There are many more not-so-good days.” He knew there were times where winning was out of the question for a variety of reasons and this made the wins that more sweet.

Schumacher natal.pdf-page-001Do you celebrate the good days and take every positive event which happens and cherish it or do you accept a great thing but with the caveat “I was good today but next time I won’t be” thus diminishing the positive energy?

Maybe you are quick to reject a compliment not believing it could be true or that the giver is somehow sucking up to you or has an agenda.

If we can accept gifts in the spirit in which they are given then astrologically the elements of the signs take sides. Air and fire easily present compliments conversely water and earth are wary of receiving praise. Fire and air are naturally positive and believe the good times have come whereas water and earth feel there maybe a catch showing their negative side.

This elemental affinity is not strictly related to your Sun sign. Most charts have some planets, ascendant or the MC in the active signs or Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. You can use your chart to be optimistic and happier by aligning with the positive planets and points and to expect good things to happen to you in the nature of the planets or point.

It has to do with expectation. If you expect to succeed you will. If you expect to fail you will. If you expect to be happy you will. It sounds simplistic.

Can happiness be cultivated? I believe it can. It is a habit to see everything in a negative light. We all have tough times but it is how you react to hard days that says a lot about who you are.

I believe we can change. What is in the past has gone and is seen in the rear view mirror. Having a bright outlook is all about how are you going to live your life from today onwards and if you are going to celebrate the good days.

Own your chart, don’t let your chart own you.

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Jupiter in Gemini

It’s a whopper!

Jupiter rules the sign Sagittarius the archer. Traditionally it is the ruler of Pisces the fish. We now refer to Jupiter as the co-ruler of Pisces along with the modern ruler Neptune.

Jupiter takes twelve years to make one journey around the Sun. With a dozen zodiac signs Jupiter will spend about one year in each sign. The timing is not exact but is pretty close. Jupiter’s orbit is loosely aligned with Chinese astrology which has one sign for each year and not each month as in western astrology. You can see the slight permutations in the movement of Jupiter through Gemini when you line it up against the Chinese astrology signs.

People with Jupiter in Gemini born between:

    • 1900 to 1966 are either Snakes or Horses
    • 1976 to 1978 are either Dragons, Snakes or Horses
    • 1988 to 2025 are either Dragons or Snakes.

Jupiter in Detriment

When a planet is in the sign opposite the one it rules (in this case Jupiter rules Sagittarius) it is said to be in its sign of detriment. Ptolemy had much to say about the essential dignities of the planets and when a planet is found in its detriment it receives a weighting score of -5. Jupiter is in its sign of detriment when in Gemini. This indicates the planets energies are not able to function particularly well or reach their full potential. Of course as always, a full analysis of the Jupiter complex is needed to appreciate its position in any chart.

The planet of breadth has met the sign of information.

What we can expect as Jupiter transits Gemini:

  • Information overload
  • Urgent messages need to get out
  • Outrageous media reports may not all be true
  • You will have a finger on the pulse of what’s going on
  • Online magazines will become the norm
  • Ebook publishing market will explode
  • You will broadcast yourself even more
  • Short forms texts and tweets will become expressive
  • Headlines will be too good to be true

Comments from LinkedIn user group “Professional Astrologers” 

Rohit Parikh • Dear Alison ,
The planetary movement in indian system differs from the solar system of western astrology .In indian system the planet jupiter has recently entered in the Taurus .This is just for your kind information please.
Thanks
Rohit Parikh

Sandy Anastasi • How interesting. I am a double Gemini (Sun-Moon) and my Jupiter is in Taurus. I will certainly be watching this!

Alison Price • @Rohit, I believe in Lahiri this is the case. Perhaps you would like to share your views on Jupiter’s placement as you see it?

Alison Price • @Sandy, You can probably benefit by noting when Jupiter conjoins your Gemini Sun and Moon. This is a great opportunity to see astrology in action through your own natal chart.

Sandy Anastasi • Since my Gemini Moon is at 6 degrees I am already beginning to feel that…or at least get whispers about things to come. I have Gemini Venus at 19 degrees exactly trine Libra Neptune and my Gemini Sun at 29 degrees. Gemini is intercepted in the 12th house. Since I teach, write, and travel a great deal I suspect this is going to be an interesting if not wild ride! I will most definitely keep a diary. Under this present Venus transit I am getting some strong insights already.


 

Solar System Necklace

In a chart the first house (by sign, ruler, aspects or tenants) suggests the initial impression we make on others.

This is indicated in the clothes we choose to wear, our hair style, complexion and gait. Included in the ascendant complex are accessories and personal adornment items or to put it simply, jewelry.

I have always been particularly attracted to natural products such as amber, wood, glass, coral or shells.

Recently I created what I now refer to as my solar system necklace. It features the Sun and the planets including the Moon and Pluto.

I designed it from a selection of glass beads purchased at a local haberdashery. Each colored sphere represents a planet.

The trick is that you cannot buy one individual bead which looks like Neptune you have to buy a short string of perhaps ten beads all in the same design, so now I have a selection of Neptune, Mars and Venus-like spares.

When crafting a solar system necklace the challenge is to relate the bead size to the actual planet’s magnitude. Of course this is not an exact science or the Sun would be as large as a basketball hanging around your neck. However I tried to bring in some proportion.

The Sun is represented by the biggest bead followed by Mercury and Venus. Next comes the Earth and additionally it has the Moon as a pearl attached on an auxiliary string indicating the Moon’s special relationship with our home planet. I threaded Mars as a bright red sphere in a similar size to the other personal planets.

Then Jupiter the biggest  and followed by Saturn with a slightly smaller dimension. Next up are the outers with Uranus represented by an electric blue and then Neptune a misty cyan. Last is Pluto, again a smaller orange bead signifying the lesser mass of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet.

My necklace finished off by a continuous threading of tiny beads in variegated earth tones. Between each is a small silver spacer. Here is a secret, not being a pro beader, I simply tied a firm knot in the hemp thread at the back of the neck. I made sure the finished product was long enough to slip over my head so as not to need a clasp.

Altogether it is an unusual piece. It is also incredibly heavy to wear and I fear one day will burst apart under its own mass in the way of the big bang.

Having a unique necklace which is specifically designed with an astrological theme appeals to me.

Next time I get the urge to make a statement piece I think I may thread the planets in their rising sequence.

I have to do something with all the left over Neptunes.

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What Astrologers need to know about the Mayan Long Count calendar

 

by Alison Price

Astrologers are frequently being questioned about the end of the Mayan calendar which finished on December 21, 2012.

I would like to shed some light on this particular date and why it has come into such prominence by suggesting some ways for astrologers to allay fears of the end of the world which seem to be rampant in the public domain.

I participated in a video interview on the Ask Your Angels talk show about the Mayan Calendar and related subjects in August 2011.


Solstice coincidence

The winter solstice this year falls on December 21. This is a common date for the solstice and is nothing new. From an astrological point of view it is the date when the Sun makes its Capricorn ingress as it reaches the most northern point of the solar annual journey through the signs of the zodiac at about 23.26N.

Long count

The Mayan long count calendar spans over 5100 years. The current cycle began on what is known as the Creation Date of August 11, 3114 BCE and will end on December 21, 2012. Why does it end on that day? Well, it all has to do with how the Mayans measure time.

Mayan time periods

In the current western measurements of time we have the day (one revolution of the Earth), the month (one orbit of the Moon around the Earth) and the year (one orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The Maya devised five time periods:

The kin = 1 day

The winal = 20 days (a sort of month)

The tun = 18 x winal = 18 x 20 = 360 days (a sort of year)

The k’atun = 20 x tun (20 x 360 = 7200 days) nearly two decades (19.7 years)

The b’aktun = 20 x k’atun (20 x 7200 = 144000 days) nearly 394 years

144000 x 13 = 1872000 = +/- 5128 years

With these five time units the Maya were able to record important dates. Dates are usually listed vertically on the stele. The b’aktun at the top working down to the shorter time periods.

We express the Mayan time units with five arabic numbers from left to right the b’aktun, k’atun, tun, winan and kin.

The numbers are expressed as follows:

12.19.19.17.19 = December 20, 2012

13.20.20.18.20 = December 21, 2012

There are apparently 13 b’aktuns in each long count. Where the counter will revert to zero.

0.0.0.0.1 = December 22, 2012.

Sun ingresses

Let’s look at how the Mayan calendar looks between now and December 21, 2012.

Mayan Date – Sun ingress date

12.19.19.7.6 – SU GE May 21, 2012

12.19.19.8.17 – SU CA June 21, 2012

12.19.19.10.8 – SU LE July 22, 2012

12.19.19.12.20 – SU VI Aug 23, 2012

12.19.19.13.11 – SU LI Sep 23, 2012

12.19.19.15.2 – SU SC Oct 24, 2012

12.19.19.16.11 – SU SG Nov 22, 2012

13. 0. 0. 0. 0 – SU CP Dec 21, 2012  

13. 0. 0. 1.11 – SU AQ Jan 22, 2013

Note the winal rolls over at 18 and not 20.

The start of the current long count date.

0.0.0.0.1 = August 11, 3114 BCE


The last B’aktun 1618AD

As stated above one b’aktun equals 14400 days or 394 years. At the last increment of the b’aktun, from 11 to 12, it was on September 18, 1618AD. This is historically around the time when the Maya finally acquiesced to the Spanish. Apparently the Maya accepted change at the rollover from one b’aktun to the next b’aktun and this is somewhat confirmed by looking deeper into their history. Change is a theme for b’aktun changes.

A new dawn

Our years are based on the Earth’s annual journey around the Sun. The way we count in our western calendar is that at the end of our year we simply add another one to the date and start at January again. When we reach December 31st we start again at January 1st in the new year. So do the Maya.

Stele – carved in stone

We know so much about the Egyptians because they carved in stone and so it is with the Maya. Any culture that leaves an imprint in stone has a recorded history that is kept through the ages.

Pictographs

A pictograph is a pictorial symbol for a word, phrase or number. There are 19 pictographs used in the Mayan carvings on the stele and pyramid records. This is in line with the vegisimal number system they use.


Two schools of thought

There are two schools of thought about how the Mayan calendar progresses into the future.

Only 13 b’aktuns?

That the b’aktun only goes up to 13 and then reverts to zero is debated by scholars. The question being why there should only be 13 b’aktuns and not 20 as with the other units with the exception of the winan.

Further time periods?

Some evidence appears to support the idea that further time periods are accepted as follows.

20 x B’aktun = 1 Pictun

20 x Pictuns = 1 Kalabtun

20 x Kalabtun = 1 Kinichiltun

This would indicate that time is measured progressively on by just adding another 20 base unit of time at the front.

The Maya live on 

In the area known as the Mayan Riviera live the descendants of the original Maya.

These rich cultural people have adopted a modern way of living but they are still Mayan in their DNA. This can be seen in their strong facial features.

Conclusion

As astrologers we are used to working with time periods.

Not only the basic yearly calendars but also planetary cycles such as the Saturn cycle of twenty nine years or the Jupiter twelve year cycle which loosely correlates with chinese astrology periods.

Knowing a little about how the Mayan calendar works will arm astrologers with practical answers to the question of 2012.

Appreciating that the Mayan calendar is just another example of how humans measure time places the hype of 2012 and the end-of-the-world theories into perspective.


 

The Modes in Astrology

 

by Alison Price

The Naming of the Modes goes In and Out of Fashion

Back in the seventies, they were referred to as the quadruplicities or qualities and yet nowadays simply as the modes.

Our modern classification is based on ancient ideas for categorization.

It all begins with the sign’s natural relationship with the angles (Ascendant, IC, Descendant and MC) and the seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter).

Even today the seasons officially begin when the Sun enters the four cardinal signs.

Astrology has its roots in the northern hemisphere and references to spring and autumn are northern-centric terminology. South of the equator spring and autumn are reversed as are summer and winter.

Cardinal Signs

The cardinal signs were originally divided into subsets of tropical and equinoctal containing two signs each.

Tropical Signs

Cancer and Capricorn are the signs which begin directly after the solstices.

Where the Sun seemingly turns back towards the equator at the latitude limits of the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

These herald the start of summer and winter.

Equinoctal Signs

The two equinoctal signs are Aries and Libra. For these are the signs that begin at the two equinoxes.

When the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north or south. It is also the point of the solar nodes.

The sign Aries starts at the vernal equinox and Libra begins at the autumnal equinox (where day and night are in balance).

Fixed Signs

The fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius follow after the tropical and equinoctial signs.

These are the signs during the mid-season period of the year.

Here the weather is milder, stable, agreeable and less prone to extremes of heat or cold.

Bicorporeal Signs

Bicorporeal is the old name for mutable signs. Bi means two and corporeal means of the body.

These signs are depicted by symbols of two animals they are known as the dual signs.

Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are the bicorporeal signs.

The symbol for Gemini is the pair of twins.

For Virgo, it is the image of the maiden (who may be pregnant? Hmm, I’ll have to think about this).

The representation for Sagittarius is the centaur shown with the body of a horse and the head and torso of a man.

The last sign Pisces is the two fish tethered and swimming in opposite directions.

If you are a Mercurial type you may find it interesting to know these older terms but in contemporary astrology, they are probably relegated to the tricky words found in an astrology crossword puzzle.


 

Is Your Creative Writing Time a Write-off?

by Alison Price

Writing

Writing is a creative exercise expressed through your Mercurial energies.

The actual process of putting pen to paper can easily become derailed by outside distractions.

You are better of doing any creative writing at the time of day that is supported by your own natal mercury placement.

Take steps to ensure your creative writing time aligns with your natal chart.


Angles as Time Markers

In a chart the division of the wheel by the ascendant and descendant and the Midheaven and the IC as axes are also sensitive points. This division of the chart created the four quadrants.

The four are known as the chart angles.

If the Sun is near an angle it indicate the time of day.

  • The Sun on the ascendant is dawn,
  • TheSun on the Midheaven is midday,
  • The Sun on descendant is sunset and
  • The Sun on the IC in the middle of the night.

Planets placed near an angle are best stimulated during the time of day indicated by the particular angle.

Mercury rules writing

When Mercury is in the first quadrant (1st, 2nd or 3rd house) in your natal chart you can best express its energies in the early morning before dawn

If your Mercury in the second quadrant (4th, 5th or 6th houses) writing in the evening is best for you.

When Mercury is placed in the third quadrant (7th, 8th or 9th houses) it suggests your writing will flow best in the afternoon and before dusk.

Mercury in the fourth quadrant (10th, 11th or 12th houses) inclines you to pen your missives in the morning and finish them before lunch.

Writing and Mercury go hand-in-hand

What about other Mercury functions? The timing is the same, in-line with your Mercury placement time frame you can benefit by performing other Mercury related activities such as:

Preparing emails, making phone calls, writing your blog, answering questions, signing papers, bartering deals, closing deals, booking appointments, making an initial approach, discussing important issues, having a date or speaking your mind.

There are many facets to Mercury and you can improve your communications all round by doing them at the right time.


 

How to celebrate the transit of Venus

By Alison Price

Astronomy of a transit

A transit occurs when a planet, moon or star passes in front of another celestial body.

We frequently observe transits by our Moon to the planets and the fixed stars as our natural satellite is relatively large in the sky and can easily obscure other bodies.

Exoplanets (planets that orbit other star systems) which transit across the face of their stars offer an opportunity for astronomers to measure the size of the planets as they dim the light arriving on Earth from their star.

Lucky us to have seen a Venus transit at 9:04pm EDT, June 5, 2012.

Latest transit pair

Venus transit 2004

Venus transits occur in pairs eight years apart.

Each couple has approximately 110-130 years between them. In the recent current pair of Venus transits the first happened on June 8, 2004 at 17° 53’ Gemini (17GE53).

We then experienced the second transit in the latest pair on June 5/6, 2012 at 15° 44’ Gemini (15GE44).

Both within two degrees of each other.

Count yourself lucky to be alive to have seen this exciting astronomical occurrence.

Previous century transit pairs

The last pair of Venus transits were on December 9, 1874 and December 6, 1882 both in the sign of Sagittarius and only 2°-3° apart.

The next pair of Venus transits will be on December 10, 2117 and December 8, 2125 again occurring in Sagittarius.


Venus retrograde

When in retrograde motion, Venus transits the Sun from the inferior conjunction. This means Venus is between the Earth and the Sun.

When Venus makes a conjunction to the Sun from the far side of the Sun it is known as a superior conjunction. In this case the Sun is between the Earth and Venus which is direct in motion.

Interpretation for a Venus transit

A Venus transit is a conjunction aspect with the Sun. It is special because the two planets are at the same declination which is a measurement north or south from the celestial equator displayed in degrees, minutes and seconds.

On June 5, 2012 the Sun and Venus were at 22° 38’ 37’’ N and were not only conjoined by longitude, but also in the parallel aspect with each other by declination.

This situation exquisitely intensifies the conjunction.

When the Sun and Venus come together it is a time for identifying (Sun) with love and money (Venus). She is known as the lesser benefic and always brings good things to the party.

The Sun consistently gives positive times. There is no downside to a Sun / Venus conjunction.

The Sun rules Leo, Venus rules Taurus and Libra.

This combination of signs suggests themes of warmth (Leo), pleasant social events (Libra) with good food and music (Taurus). Not to mention the endless chatting, texting and emails so typical of all things Gemini.

This blend of energies resulted in a great evening. In Toronto and all places on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) the transit is after sunset at 9:04pm so an evening out was indicated.

Find this transit in your chart

The astrological community was excited about this now past transit. Find the natal house where 15GE44 is in your chart.

Below are some ideas on how you could have celebrated this special day.

First house: Celebrate by acquiring a makeover. Invest in yourself. Get the works; new hair, new clothes and a whole new attitude!

Second house: Build your collections with smart acquisitions and go on a shopping expedition. Retail therapy anyone?

Third house: Have a fun spending time with your sisters, female cousins or the girl next door.

Fourth house: Celebrate at home. Entertain your family with fine wines, featured cheeses and mood music or break out the barbecue.

Fifth house: Party, party, party! Ok, get the kids involved, but, party, party, party!

Sixth house: Cocktails with co-workers and yes, you can discuss the job, if you must.

Seventh house: Join your loved one to appreciate a romantic candlelit dinner for two. Sigh…

Eighth house: Prepare for a hot and sticky evening…

Ninth house: If you are away from home or traveling on the road find time to enjoy a cosmopolitan experience. Think Mexican, Indian or other international feasts.

Tenth house: Still at the office? Get out of there and share a laugh (yes you) with your colleagues.

Eleventh house: Enjoy the company of good friends. Those who really know who you are and can call you on it.

Twelfth house: In peace and quiet be in your own company, feet curled up with a box of chocolates and a good movie. Bliss.

Where I was

For myself the transit occurs in my eleventh house.

I was socializing and breaking bread with two wonderful astrology friends janet and Kelly. Sharing good food, good company and a laugh or two as we planned a global takeover ha-ha!