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!