When a planet rises before the Sun it is known the oriental planet. Oriental means east and all the planets rise in the east over the ascendant.
In this series I considering two meanings for the oriental planet
As your natal vocational indicator
As your tribune, or herald, announcing your imminent arrival (the Sun).
Your vocation is what you would do all day, if you didn’t have to work.
Venus Oriental as a Vocational Indicator
If you have Venus oriental in your natal chart you have the potential to benefit financially from your vocation. You often desire to work on valuable projects or those which you perceive as having value. You are an asset in your company and others like you. Venus oriental people appear gracious and have attractive personalities. You may be a people pleaser which can be to the good or not depending on your industry.
Venus Oriental as ruler of Taurus has skills with:
There is fragrance forestalling the person with Venus oriental. The love of money colors their actions. There is the law of attraction in play here where attributes just come to them.
Other people like the Venus oriental person and may consider them to be one of the “beautiful people” of the world. Thus they may readily receive gifts of love, money and favors.
In a man’s chart Venus suggests his wife or romantic partner. In the oriental position it indicates that he wants a woman with style, beauty and assets (whatever that may mean to him). He will perhaps want a woman with social connections and one who can “open doors” for him
When Venus is oriental what they say before they see you:
“She is easy on the eye,” “Smells good,” “You’ll like her,” and “She’s a looker.”
Students want to know which to buy, how much to spend, what is needed and where to get it. Or even if they need to purchase specific astrology programs at all when many sites will cast free charts.
For those who do want to know about buying astrology software here is how I do it.
All Hail Solar Fire
Straight off the bat let me say I use Solar Fire and have since 2002.
I always keep abreast with the software and upgrade as soon as new versions are released. I do this because even though two plus two is still four, or the Sun is in the same place in version 1.0 as it is in V9, other features are available in the later releases.
New discovered planets like Eris, Sedna and co. have their positions. This capability may not appeal to all but it does to me.
I became a Mac believer about five years ago. If you are too then you know what I’m talking about but I kept the windows computer for Solar Fire.
My PC died earlier this year taking away my Solar Fire. It is essential that I have full astrology calculation capabilities and I had to request the kind help of a former student to print off a couple of client charts in SF which I needed immediately for clients booked in for consultations during that week.
“Oh, but you can do it all by hand!” I hear you cry, “You don’t need a computer.”
Well, yes, I can calculate what I needed by hand but who has the time? Come on. Really?
Anyway, I was at a decision point and I figured I had three choices:
Buy a new Mac astrology program.
Buy a new Windows based computer to run Solar Fire.
Make a Windows partition on my Mac (needed to run Solar Fire).
I chose to buy another Windows computer and in fact, it is the smallest, cheapest nay lightest notebook I could find. I only run Solar Fire on it and it is not connected to the Internet yet. It is purely standalone and dedicated to Solar Fire. Luxury.
During the interim period (when I had not a PC) I turned to my new favorite software app Astro Gold.
This is a powerful astrology app that runs on iPhone and iPad (and I believe other devices).
It is written by the Solar Fire people and is incredibly powerful. I recently used it at a Holistic Fair in my neighbourhood where I gave mini astro-readings in aid of autistic children.
The image on this page shows Astro Gold at the fair.
The joke in my home is that if the house caught fire and the family and pets escaped, what would I grab next? Well, it would be the iPad with Astro Gold. I can see myself casting the chart whilst sitting under a blanket watching the firemen do their thing.
It’s a personal choice
In the end, buying astrology software is a personal choice. I don’t have experience with other products so I can’t comment but this is how I do it.
Are you a fan of Solar Fire or Astro Gold? Share your thoughts in the comments.
The Sun rises in the east, cumulates overhead and sets in the west.
We are confident the Sun will do this each and every day and we know it is the rotation of the Earth on its axis, as it turns towards the east, that makes the Sun appear to rise.
Whichever planet rises ahead of the Sun is known as the oriental planet.
Find the oriental planet in your chart
To find the oriental planet in your chart first locate the Sun and then look clockwise to the next planet. This will be the oriental planet.
The oriental planet may be close to the Sun or over half a chart’s distance before the oriental planet is found.
The oriental planet is also known as the eastern, vespertine or scout planet. Because of its placement with regard to the Sun it can often be seen before dawn.
It is almost like a harbinger for the Sun which has much to say about it’s meaning.
Mercury and Venus are more frequently in the oriental position because they travel with the Sun through the zodiac.
Both the inner planets can be oriental at their inferior and superior conjunction to the Sun.
The Sun can never be the oriental planet.
What to do without a birth time
Without a birth time you determine the oriental planet by calculating the chart for noon.
Check if the Sun is within half a degree to a planet, then check if the noon oriental planet is within half a degree to another planet as both of these situations may change the oriental planet over the course of the day in question.
In one of the Dirty Harry movies Clint Eastwood famously said, “An expert knows when it’s time to call in the experts.”
This is exactly what client referral is all about. Astrologers cannot be all things to all people.
There will be those you can’t help for one reason or another. Sometimes you need to refer your clients to other experts.
What is an astrological referral?
An astrological referral is where you (the astrologer) suggest your client consults with someone else who may be an astrologer or another person in a related new age field. You should know the other expert to whom you are referring and ideally you will have had a working relationship with them in the past.
Astrologers refer clients for several reasons:
The prospective client is on the phone and wants a face-to-face consultation but lives miles away. A good astrologer will know the names of those working nearby and will be able to refer to them.
Not in their field of expertise
Perhaps the client wants a chart rectified and you do not offer that service. Not every astrologer does everything. Personally I don’t work on health issues or illness, but I do specialize in conception work and children’s astrology. Other astrologers concentrate on health and wellness or various related fields.
The astrologer feels uncomfortable
On occasion the energies emanating from a client may not sit well with you. It may be a gut reaction but you know you cannot connect with this person.
You are fully booked for months ahead and then are off to a conference for a week after which you are going on vacation for six weeks (well, we can hope).
Who can refer?
All astrologers can, and at times should, refer their clients to other astrologers or related practitioners.
Who can you refer to?(Get the grammar police)
If you are a new astrologer you may not yet know who is good and you likely are not confident in referring. Ask your teacher or mentor to provide some recommendations. If still at a loss your local astrology group will have a list of names of neighborhood experts to offer.
Other astrologers in the proximity
Specialist astrologers (e.g. Rectification and decumbiture)
Psychics and mediums
How to Give an Astrological Referral
Once you have decided to whom you are going to refer your client, what do you do? Do not give the name of your referred expert to your client. Yet.
You contact the expert and ask if they will accept this client. They too may be going away or be otherwise engaged. If this person cannot see your client you then contact the next one on your referral list and in this manner you find someone who will help. Briefly explain the situation and let them know you will get your client to call directly and make an appointment.
You provide your client with the email address and phone number of the chosen one and your client can personally make the arrangements to consult with your choice.
In my experience if you simply give your client the expert’s number they may call and discover that person will not see them either. Sometimes clients can be in a fragile state and see this lack of acceptance as a form of rejection. This unfortunate situation is avoided if you confer with the one you are referring to first and make sure your client will be well received.
Do you refer your clients? Do you have another way of doing this? Do you wish to be considered an expert in a particular astrological field? Write you thoughts in the comments section below. I bet the buzz on everyone’s mind is “Why would I send business away when it is so hard won?” That is a question for another day.
Astrology conferences are great fun and can be the highlight of your calendar.
If you are a student you may be considering going to your first event or perhaps you are already an experienced professional and a seasoned attendee or you could be somewhere in between.
Whatever your level of proficiency attending an annual professional event can inspire you and get the juices flowing.
Simply by being present, you open yourself up to appreciate new concepts, modern methods and cutting-edge theories which are constantly being developed.
Perhaps you will hear about a recently discovered planet, be exposed to ancient skills or come across a speaker with whom you seem to resonate and who has the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle which you have been trying to complete.
Hearing lectures from local and international speakers can be just what you need.
By its very nature astrology can be a solitary affair and you owe it to yourself to make the most of all the seminars you attend.
Surviving an astrology conference takes a bit of forward thinking and planning.
Below are some ideas on how to navigate through and make event going a rich and rewarding experience and some thoughts on how to be the perfect guest, make the most of the opportunity and leave fired up until the following year.
Booking your place early has two benefits.
You will receive the “early bird” discount which is quite a dollar saving and by booking early you get the pleasurable anticipation of planning your conference attending strategy well ahead.
If the registration desk opens at 9:00am and the first lecture starts at 10:00am you should be at the conference centre by at least 7:00am.
Personally, I like to get there the night before. Being ahead of time gives you plenty of leeway to find the car park, check into the hotel and inspect your accommodation.
Any hitches in the facilities or your room features can be fixed right away.
Register at the Desk
Take your conference payment receipt and any other supporting documents to the registration desk.
Make sure you receive the full lecture schedule including all the different tracks being offered.
Check to see if there have been any last-minute speaker substitutions which may affect your planning strategy.
This can work your benefit as they may bring an interesting person or topic in at the eleventh hour.
Decide which Talk Matters
When you receive the current lecture schedule double check that the session which you specifically wanted to hear is still on.
Make sure you know where each room is situated for the talks you wish to attend.
Large venues can be confusing places and you want to end up in the right workshop.
Try to eat something before the first lecture. Otherwise, someone can end up sitting down next to you who has to listen to you munching away through a carrot muffin, rustling paper bags and leaving a trail of crumbs behind you.
We’ve all sat next to someone who stomach won’t stop growling so let’s hope it’s not yours.
What’s your Name Again?
There is a certain resistance to the wearing of name tags at conferences. It is not to help you, you know who you are, it is so other people can learn your name.
When you are introduced to many people at once it becomes difficult to remember all their names.
With you name clearly visible it makes you more approachable and other people can confidently address you and you in turn can address them.
Peeling the Onion
Hotels and conference rooms are notorious of for being either too hot or too cold.
I have seen some attendees wearing the hotel’s bed coverlet to combat the efficient air conditioning.
The solution to this hot topic and keep your cool is layers that can be peeled off or put back on when necessary.
Women can work their pashminas to great effect here.
Meet Like-minded People
More than anything professional get-togethers afford you the chance to meet people, practitioners, students and researchers in your field.
Be happy to make new acquaintances. If you want to engage with others don’t always sit with your cronies.
There will be a percentage of first-time attendees to whom you can reach out and introduce yourself.
Remember how you felt the first year?
Have your Info at Hand
Be prepared to have your contact information at your fingertips. If you meet somebody fun and interesting you don’t want to have to write your phone number or e-mail address on the back of an envelope.
It does not give a good impression and lacks professionalism.
Business cards are a must at these events.
The Art of Writing
You will need a paper notebook and pen.
Most conferences have a “no taping” policy.
You cannot use your digital recorder at a lecture where they provide the topics for purchase afterwards.
At some hotels, the use of laptop computers is also not allowed during lectures.
See you Later
Conferences and training seminars are held in larger centers to facilitate attendees travel.
These cities have much to offer the visitor.
Tempting as it may be to rush off and see the sights you need to focus on the workshop content.
To get the best out of an astrology conference you can try to attend as many lectures and talks as possible.
Tag on a couple of days at the end of the conference to enjoy the features of your host city.
Your Eleventh House
In astrology like-minded people, friends and associates are shown by your eleventh house.
Before you go to the conference look at the current transits to your natal eleventh house and its ruler.
They will suggest the type of experience you will experience within the group dynamic. It also shows you what to emphasize at that particular conference.
You are Not Alone
Attending any astrology get-together virtually ensures that you will be listening to astro chatter morning, noon and night and consuming horoscopes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It is a great opportunity to soak it up and let’s face it how often in your day-to-day life do you have the chance for a serious astrological conversation with those around you?
Support the Trade Room
The crystal healers, tarot card readers and booksellers are all selected carefully by the organizers to provide a varied mix and round out your total new age experience.
The trade room is an important part of any conference and you would do well to consider availing yourself of their many products and services.
Speakers are People Too
Lecturers are encouraged to meet and mingle at the varied opportunities for social gatherings over the course of the event.
After enjoying a lively talk you maybe tempted to rush and gush at the speaker.
Most teachers are only too pleased to answer your questions but don’t like being ambushed.
All the lecturer’s contact details are thoughtfully printed in your info pack, be cool.
If You Please
Just because you are not at home and are in the company of people you’ve never met before does not make bad manners acceptable.
If you enjoyed the event you can say thank you to the organizers or send a note.
On the other hand, if you experienced some issues, the best way of communicating your concerns is via a feedback sheet which is usually available from the registration desk. Remember to be specific.
Share the Love
When you attend a conference you become like an employee.
You are whom the event was aimed at in the first place.
Seminars and conferences can only exist with the support of astrologers and other interested people.
If you wish to keep these valuable resources available it is vital to attend, show your support and spread the word.
Get you Astro-mojo Back
Whether it is your first or fifteenth conference, showing up and taking part for some or the whole event is a great experience.
Not everyone can be there for the whole time but taking in even one day could be all you need.
It is a good feeling to have some new techniques to take into your practice, fresh ideas for areas of research and your latest friend’s contact details.
You want to leave feeling inspired to pursue astrology further.
Pay it Forward
It makes sense to support annual astrology get-togethers too.
By your presenc, these events can continue to grow and evolve. Enabling the organizers to offer State-Of-The-Art practices, theories, and techniques with which to broaden your skills.
Astrology is diverse and has many avenues to be pursued.
Discover your niche interest and rekindle your passion by attending astrological conferences.
If you have attended astrology conferences in the past think back to how organised you were. I bet you can improve your conference experience for the next time.
The Sun makes a square aspect to Jupiter twice a year.
The Sun as the faster moving of the two planets and is applying a square to Jupiter until the exact aspect, which forms on September 7th from then on it, will be a separating square. The applying period is felt more than the separating time.
A square aspect is ninety degrees with an orb of eight degrees coming and going. As the Sun moves at almost one degree a day this particular aspect will be in effect for sixteen days or just over two weeks. This one is the opening square.
Mercury owns this square.
With the Sun in Virgo and Jupiter in Gemini Mercury who rules both signs disposes them both. It is always valuable to consider the dispositors of the planets in any aspect as they may indicate which planet is the stronger of the two. In this aspect Mercury is conjunct the Sun reinforcing the Virgo part of this square.
What to expect.
We can expect to see individual aggrandizement and larger than life stories like “The one that got away” whether it was a fish, a job or a date.
If you are giving a presentation this Sun square Jupiter will aid you as it supports honest promotion.
You may want to tell all now and if you do you may not consider how the consequences of the truth you have to say may impact on your life. Be aware that you may be called to justify yourself. Things may later be seen as blatant lies and exaggeration.
This square can indicate a time where personal expression is over the top and excessive ego is visible. Watch out for behaving in a boasting way or hogging the conversation as both planets are in Mercury ruled signs. In the cold light of the day you may wish you had had more tact.
It will be tempting to take on more than you can deliver. Accepting projects with unrealistic deadlines will likely come back to haunt you later.
You (Sun) will be judged (Jupiter) in the aftermath of this square. Make sure your personal bluster does not let you down.
Children may be especially boisterous now and will want to get outside to run it off.
How are you experiencing this aspect? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Astrology by its very nature is often practiced in isolation. You can go for months without meeting another astrologer face-to-face.
As an astrologer you may have read the recommended books and taken a course or two but why not get some direct feedback on the work you are presenting to clients?
This is particularly important in your first “public” consultations. It is one thing to forecast for family and friends and another to take the big step and consult for strangers.
I believe that as astrology is not regulated (like realtors) support has to come from inside our community.
That means you and me.
What is peer review?
Peer review is when you ask another astrologer to look over your work and provide useful feedback.
It is no good someone saying “Oh, yes I would have interpreted it like that.” What you need are specifics.
Areas for consideration can include:
Manual chart calculations
Natal chart interpretations
Forecasting and predictions
Peer review is where you go to bounce interpretations, new theories or fresh techniques which you may have developed off a more experienced person.
Your peers are those in the astrological community whom you feel are at the same level of development as yourself.
You may also consider reaching out to more advanced astrologers and teachers. However, this may become a protégé / mentor relationship.
There is a good case to create study groups of like-minded people which can work very well.
Scared of self-exposure? Ask yourself:
Are you an astrologer with over ten years experience and think you don’t need help?
Do you believe it may somehow reduce your credibility within in the astrological community to seek peer review?
Are you scared of self-exposure?
These are all valid feelings.
The benefits of peer review
Each one of us approaches chart interpretation through the lens of our own chart. I often describe this as looking through our unique stained glass window where the nuances of our own nativity will play an important role.
To hear that your reviewer would have come to the same conclusions and interpreted the chart same way as you do is not what you need.
You will benefit from listening to another’s viewpoint. It lets you see your interpretations from different perspectives.
Clearly you will not agree with everything your reviewer may say and you can still go with your guts. It is all about keeping an open mind.
Who you gonna call?
Not all astrologers offer peer review. To find someone suitable consider the options below.
If you have or have had an astrology teacher he or she will be your first line of approach.
Old teachers can refer you to others who specialize in reviewing student’s work.
The big astrology organizations may be a resource as they have contact lists of astrology practitioners.
Perhaps you have been considering taking the next step and are toying with the idea about trying a professional astrology reading or as they say having your chart done.
If it is your first time consulting an astrologer you probably don’t know exactly what to expect from an interpretation You do not know what he or she can actually do for you.
You may be nervous and wary of what could be revealed in the session. Remember that ghastly episode in the eighth grade? Being apprehensive of new experiences is a completely natural reaction. Your friends may have had a reading before and can no doubt tell long tales about their experiences.
But what about what the astrologer expects from you? If you want to get the most from your first meeting with your astrologer here are a few points to consider.
Be honest about your birth time
Your astrologer requests your time of birth so they can set up a personalized chart which is unique to you based on the time you have given. Birth times of 5 p.m. are highly suspect because it was more likely to have been 4:55 p.m. or 5:02 p.m. in reality.
An ideal birth time is the one that is captured when the newborn takes in their first breath. The infant thus inhales the potentials of the universe at that precise moment. It is important for those expecting or planning to have children in the future to get the birth time, at least to the minute if not to the second.
One day that child may seek out an astrologer and knowing their correct birth time will be important for them. If you don’t do anything else for your child get the birth time.
You can sometimes glean your birth time from your mother and some birth certificates have it or reference a baby book. If you do not know for sure please don’t guess either. You may think that any time is better than none, or that you have to have a birth time for your astrologer to do your chart are both incorrect.
In fact your Mother may not remember what time you were born. You may think “But why can’t you remember Mom? I was being born and aren’t I the most precious thing in your life? You were there so why weren’t you paying attention?”
The reality is there is so much going on during a child’s birth that if the time is not noted and written down then it really is up to memory. Being in a labor ward with strange nurses that you have just met attending to very intimate details of your person is an extremely stressful time.
Your astrologer would rather hear “My mother thinks I was born in the afternoon sometime after lunch but before supper.” With this information he or she can accommodate the wide time given and adjust his or her interpretations to suit.
When you provide a birth time of “Sometime after lunch” your astrologer will compensate for the lack of a precise time and construct your chart accordingly. This practice benefits you and your astrologer.
You will receive a better reading and your astrologer can give you a better interpretation. This may seem like the same thing but it isn’t. Your reading becomes pertinent and you are likely to perceive your astrologer as being competent, caring and insightful.
Get to the point
The face-to-face relationship between client and astrologer usually starts with a one hour session.
This may go over to the one and a half hour mark and even in some cases to two hours at a stretch. But usually one hour is all the information that you, as a client, can appreciate and absorb during the first appointment.
Your astrologer will ask you if there is anything particular they need to focus on with the initial reading and this is your opportunity to get the most out of your meeting.
If you really want to zoom in on your love life, say so, when you book the appointment. Otherwise you may be distracted and not listening to all the upcoming pressing career issues that your astrologer is explaining because they know what is coming up for you through the transits and other forecasting techniques.
You may be concerned with your romantic issues and you won’t care about boring stuff like work. Do not wait until you are leaving the office to ask “Should I leave my boyfriend?”
If you have an immediate concern it makes sense to mention it first, ideally when you make the booking. You may think your astrologer will know already but not all of us are mind readers.
Make an appointment
This is really common courtesy. Phone up and make an appointment to see your astrologer. No one appreciates being ambushed on a Saturday afternoon with your pressing problems. By having a future meeting time your astrologer can carefully prepare your personalized charts and diagrams.
They can thoughtfully contemplate all the current planetary conditions and the possible impact on your life. They can prepare themselves perhaps with meditation or breathing techniques which will result in presenting a confident and meaningful consultation.
Consider your astrologer’s gift to you
For your astrologer, giving of themselves during a consultation is very often psychically draining, particularly if there are difficult issues to be addressed in the session. One painful area that comes to mind is bereavement. Death of a loved one can provoke both sadness and relief rolled into one.
Grieving is not an easy period in anyone’s life. For your astrologer to help you navigate these dark days, weeks or months they have to give the gift of themselves psychically to you.
The serial client
Are you a serial client? One who goes from one practitioner to the next seeking the answers that seem so elusive?
There is no problem in hearing a second opinion and certainly you need to find an astrologer with whom you resonate. That being said, please resist running down your last astrologer in the first sentence out of your mouth to your present astrologer.
He or she will immediately become wary of you and can only guess at your upcoming comments about them in your future consultant’s office.
Refer your astrologer
Some clients prefer not to have it known that they are consulting with an astrologer. The reasoning here takes many forms.
Astrologers understand that discretion is the better part of valour. We realise that some things are best left unsaid and if you wish to be discreet then you have come to the right place.
There is not an astrologer that I know who will openly discuss their client’s charts, data or issues in general conversation amongst other astrologers.
If you can honestly speak highly of your astrologer then you will be more comfortable referring your friends and family to them. By confidently singing their praises (which is what most practitioners want) it is good for business and good for astrology.
For those of you who love your astrologer it’s time to step-up and recommend them. Tell your friends about the confidence you have. Explain how helpful working together with your astrologer has been for you.
You don’t need to get into details and the nitty-gritty of your life. Tell interested people you know to mention your name when they call for an appointment, trust me, your astrologer will appreciate your referrals.
Still can’t get on?
In the unlikely event that you are disappointed with the service from your astrologer you need to tell him or her directly.
There is no need to be rude or cruel but just simply explain where you think he or she went wrong and give them an opportunity to relook at their work and, if acceptable to you, for the astrologer to present it again.
By bringing your concerns to the attention of your astrologer you provide him or her an opportunity to re-evaluate their work. Not to do so does not help anyone.
If you really feel you cannot continue your relationship then it is best to part ways.
We are all living through our own charts. Getting along in life takes effort. If you have discovered an astrologer that is in tune with you and your life rhythms then keep them close. You are one of the lucky people who will have your life enriched by astrology.
The fact that you are reading this article shows you have hope and believe in the future of astrology.
Becoming a relevant client takes effort on your part but the payback is the huge benefit that astrology has to offer you and your life.
The nodes are points in space where the Moon’s path crosses the ecliptic. Every month the Moon spends two weeks north and two weeks south of the ecliptic.
The nodes are always opposite each other and are referred to as the nodal axis. A node is a hub or connector.
Mean and True
The mean (average) nodes are always retrograde whereas true nodes can be direct, stationary or retrograde. It takes just under nineteen years for the nodal axis to pass through the whole zodiac as each node spends about eighteen / nineteen months in every sign.
Eclipses can only occur near a node.
When interpreting the nodes we take notice of the dispositors, which are the planets that rule the signs in which the nodes are placed.
The north node is known as CaputDraconis or the Dragon’s head. It has much to do with the future, where you are going and your karmic path.
The north node transiting a new sign changes the thrust or the connections in line with the meanings of the signs.
The south node is known as Cauda Draconis or the Dragon’s tail.
The south node says much about the past and where we are coming from. It can also show our default responses and suggest where growth is retarded. It indicates where we can perform on autopilot and shows instinctive knowledge brought with us from past incarnations.
As the nodes are created from the Moon’s path it follows that when a node moves into the Moon’s signs of strength or Cancer (rulership) or exaltation (Taurus) that particular node, and its meaning, does fare better.
They used to say “If you want something doing give it to a busy woman.”
I suppose now it would be a busy person. But it seems that the more you do the more you can do.
The less you do the less you want to do.
How to find the time
After years of tweaking I have settled on a loose timetable that suits my family. I say loose because that is what it is, flexible and evolving.
My work week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
My full workday follows much the same pattern all week from Monday to Thursday. Friday and the weekend are different.
5:00 – 7:00 – Writing time.
7:00 – 8:00 – Family breakfast.
8:00 – 10:00 – Client or class prep for that day.
10:00 – 12:00 – Client consultations.
12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch.
12:30 – 1:00 – Walk outside in the fresh air.
1:00 – 2:00 – Emails and catch-up.
2:00 – 4:00 – Client consultations.
4:00 – 7:00 – Family time and dinner.
7:00 – 9:00 – Evening classes.
If I don’t have clients or classes in a particular day then the prep and consultation time goes to writing.
I teach assorted astrology classes for four days a week. Each course is over six weeks at a time. Courses are usually in the fall, winter and spring. Sometimes I offer classes in between as well if there are overflow students on the wait list. This is also the time when I do one-to-one mentorship or speciality classes like student exam prep.
Writing means working on my client written astrology reports, book manuscripts, articles, eBooks, preparing lecture notes, blog post prep and other writing. This is creative time and not answering emails or queries which is done later in the day.
On Friday mornings I work until noon just like the other days. Then I have a standing lunch date with the love of my life and take the rest of the day off and spend time with him.
The weekend starts here.
Sometimes I have afternoon classes or lectures but not every week.
Saturday is the day for workshops and more group activities. I also like to browse the book shops and spend some time in the great outdoors.
I like a slow Sunday morning.
I pick up some magazines or read the astrology trade periodicals and have coffee and brunch. Maybe I’ll take a nap in the afternoon.
I read somewhere that Oprah stays in her PJs all Sunday. I think she has something there.
When our children were younger we had a “No other people’s kids in the house on Sunday” rule.
This meant all sleepovers when other people’s kids came to stay in our home had to be from Friday to Saturday so we could have Sunday in peace.
Sunday is like the twelfth house in a chart and a time to reflect, replenish and recharge.
Astrology is a fascinating subject which draws in individuals from many walks of life. As a professional you meet numerous varied and interesting people.
Perceptions that clients have of an astrologer’s abilities are clearly shown in the wide range of remarks that are heard in a consulting room.
These comments simply highlight the point of view held by the average person. Take a look through the list below and see if anything rings true for you.
1 “If I hadn’t already paid I would have cancelled.”
This is a classic comment. The client is wary and apprehensive. Had he or she not made the payment they would have not have arrived at the appointment.
The solution may be to take a deposit at the booking. The hard truth here is, if you do not accept remuneration upfront, you will probably experience many no-shows.
2 “I have brought a friend to sit in on the reading.”
This happens with brand new clients. If he or she has not already met you they could have a vision that a consultation includes the slaughter of a chicken and writing in blood.
They are apprehensive of what is to come. It may seem crazy that anyone would think this. It is your job to ensure you present a professional countenance at all times.
3 “I thought you may say I am a bad person.”
This stems from the view that astrologers are in some way able to criticize or judge their customer’s character, actions or lifestyle choices.
We all feel we could be better in many ways and your client thinks that you can see his or her flaws and will comment about them. Everyone is acutely aware of his or her shortcomings. Perhaps you need to emanate an impression of kindness and understanding.
Being an astrologer places you in a strong position over others or so it seems to them.
4 “I was wary about what you could tell me.”
They are not sure of the reach and depth that an astrology consultation can take. It is natural to be unsure of being exposed in some way. It is the astrologer’s job to make their client comfortable.
Reaching out to people can take many forms. Discuss the obvious chart indicators before delving into the darker realms of their chart.
5 “I was worried you would not like me.”
Often the client thinks you will make personal comments about their life or way of living.
He or she may have old ideas brought forward over the past two thousand years when astrology has been brought from the dark ages into the twenty-first century.
6 “I thought you were going to tell me I am going to die.”
There is a common misconception that the general public thinks the natal chart automatically says when someone will die.
Your customers generally do not want to know this type of information. Even if you believe you can predict death it is not advisable to discuss your thoughts on the matter.
Probably the best way to quash their fears is to state at the booking that you will not be considering their demise.
7 “You have the power today which concerns me.”
Many people fear giving up their personal power or control and this can show up in a client’s resistance to a reading. It is only natural and comes under the title of “letting others in.” Astrology is tantalizing to many.
The thought of someone seeing into their very being is very self-centered and which is what we offer in readings. One hour to discuss the individual and only them is intoxicating for some but daunting to others.
8 “I don’t believe in astrology.”
A section of people do not believe in astrology but at the same time they are curious.
This is an opportunity for an astrologer to explore the chart in a way, which the client is comfortable. Focusing on the main message of the squares in a chart will give the client something to immediately relate.
The best outcome for this person is that they leave the consulting room with a positive image of the modern astrologer.
9 “I am anxious about this.”
Many people are indeed anxious about laying their soul bare to the intense scrutiny of an astrologer. Your very presence can make some individuals twitchy.
We are in a counseling profession. Your customers need to feel safe. This can be achieved by allowing them to work through their issues in a supportive environment.
10 “Will you tell my wife?”
There is only one correct answer here. “No, you won’t tell his wife.”
Whatever comes out during an appointment, the good, the bad and the ugly, remember that discretion is everything. You have to be confidential with your customer’s disclosures.
No doubt you will hear things you wished you had not but that goes with the territory. Astrologers who do not hold their client consultations private will soon have a reputation as such.
It is up to you as an astrologer to be prepared for your client’s general apprehensions and worries about astrology.
Much of these misconceptions can be allayed by the professionalism that you bring to your work. The public needs to discover that modern astrology is both relevant and useful.
First prize is for your clients to go forward speaking your praises and those of our profession.
Make sure you not only have excellent interpretation skills so you can correctly delineate a chart but also ensure you bring your human side and add to astrology’s reputation in a positive way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 AmazonAstrology 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.
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.
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
Cessation of war- Amnesty
Marital conflicts put on hold
Energy being expended between the genders
Male and female harmony
Male goddesses come forth?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pending main event
Heat and friction
Exact aspect keywords
Separating aspect keywords
Time for a nap
The difference between applying and separating aspects is clear. Perhaps you can ponder this next time you have a slow Saturday night.