In astrology, your habits are closely realted to the Moon.
As the Moon passes through your birth chart it transits every house and forms every possible aspect to all of your planets.
Because of the Moon’s natural abilities, everything is sensed and instinctively known. You just have to pay attention.
To break a bad habit takes one lunar orbit of the Earth or one month.
By the same token, to build a good habit takes one lunar orbit of the Earth, or 30 days, give or take a whisker.
30 Day Drawing Challenge
Thus is born the 30 Day Challenge. All new habits can be established if they are practiced every day for 30 days.
I talk about the five components to live a satisfying life which are; love, money, wellbeing, vision and creativity.
I have taken up a creative project, and I will be doing a new sketch, or drawing, every day for 30 days. You can join me if you like.
New habits that you begin are better supported, and more dynamic, when started at a New Moon, or a solar eclipse, like the one that occurred on August 11th, which spurred me into action as it was conjoined my Sun.
You can practice New Moon Wishing in line with your birth chart to support your creative new habits.
I will post my progress here. Tag your creations with #starz30 so we can see your beauties. “The 30 Day Drawing Challenge”
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Have a prosperous day,
The Vancouver Art Gallery from the steps of Robson Square, downtown Vancouver.
I take a photo just to show you. I complete the drawing at the location.
The buildings were a bit wobbly and the trees were hard to draw, but hopefully, I will get better over the next 29 days.
This piece is named “Slow” by Chinese artist Zhang Huan. This sculpture is in stainless steel and is highly polished.
Huan’s pandas are “meant to eulogize eternal maternity and family while expressing expectations of a future, and expresses the artist’s understanding of human nature and his thoughts on love and eternity.”
This drawing was quite a challenge to do in pen and ink. There is about 50 shades of grey.
On a side note, I need to get another pen as this one seems to have run out of ink.
Day 2 of the 30 Day Drawing Challenge over. Roll on the next twenty-eight.
This is the view across Sunset beach in Vancouver. Looking towards the west.
There were three main bands of color.
From the top down, the sky a hazy grey/blue due to lots of forest fire smoke, the sea which had more bands of dark blue and green within it, and the sand which was beige and grey, or greige, in the footsteps of the bathers.
Beachcombing was great and we collected many shells which we will use as mulch in the little plant pots in our apartment..
The waterfall and rill in my local Emery Barnes park in Vancouver.
This was the first year for ages that they have had water flowing in the city parks due to recent water shortages.
The water itself was difficult to capture and somehow the falling water is not quite right, but I think the general image is ok.
Planets in opposition are usually in the same polarity. The opposition can be disassociate if one planet is in an active sign and the other in a passive sign.
Opposition Aspect Meaning
The opposition is an aspect of projection between the self and the other. This aspect tends to flip-flop between holding a stance in the principle of the first planet and then standing on the other side looking back from the viewpoint of the second planet.
It is an aspect that causes resistance between the two planets.
It can be difficult, and this aspect needs work to integrate the energies.
Strives for equilibrium
The person will strive for equilibrium within the boundaries of the energies shown by the planets.
The individual may very well disown the opposite first from one side and then from the other.
It can be frustrating to be constantly alternating the viewpoint.
Oppositions to Other Planets
Sun oppositions create much tension and stress in life.
Moon oppositions make emotional reactions the default response to challenges.
Mercury oppositions result in arguments and verbal conflict and mental stress.
Venus oppositions suggest romance and financial affairs are very difficult to stabilize.
Mars oppositions create general resistance and an abrasive attitude.
Jupiter oppositions grow big problems and need opportunities for resolution to stabilize.
Saturn oppositions can stonewall the individual so they cannot get past the issue.
Uranus oppositions make the individual contentious and uncompromising for others.
Neptune oppositions develop escapist attitudes when the tension rises and coping is hard.
Pluto oppositions can be very difficult to find a resolution, they may be the main theme of the life.
How to live your satisfying life can be seen throughyouru personal astrology.
I chose the name Starzology for my astrology website and business because of its relationship with the number five.
The fifth sign of the zodiac is Leo the Lion (which is my sign).
The aspect of the fifth harmonic (when you divide the chart by five) is the quintile, which is in itself an aspect of creativity.
The five-pointed star is a symbol of creativity first and foremost. But, it offers four more points to make it whole.
I believe the attributes of wellbeing, vision, love, and money are perfect additions to the creativity point on the star.
In astrology the fifth house, Leo and the quintile all symbolize creativity.
Creativity is the act of making something that was not there before.
You may be a singer, a musician, an artist, a writer, or craftsperson and in this way you are creative.
You could be a blogger, a YouTuber, a podcaster or a speaker and in this way you are creative.
Creative people go to bed a night and can say, “I created that today.”
You all need love.
First, you need self-love. You have to love yourself first before you can love others.
Love for Others
Then you need someone to love (or love of others). If you do not have a special person now you can love a pet.
This is the love of a partner, children and family, and friends.
Finally, universal love, and the love of all people.
Now you are satisfied, you have self-love, the love of others and can turn to give universal love to all and sundry.
Vision is shown in the chart by the ninth house and Jupiter which are both related to another fire sign, Sagittarius.
When you lift your eyes to the horizon and want travel you have vision.
Your life-journey is a part of your vision.
What you want to do and where you want to go in life is a part of your vision.
If your life is a drudge you can still have a vision of better things.
Hope springs eternal.
Vitality and health can be rounded into well-being as physical, mental and emotional well-being.
This is symbolized by the first house and the sixth and twelfth houses. Also, the Sun and the sixth house ruler will say a lot about your wellbeing.
Mercury and Jupiter and symbols of mental wellbeing in your chart.
Your emotional wellbeing is symbolised by the Moon and to some extent, the South Node.
You need money. It is the way the world works.
To start with, you need enough money. Enough to pay the rent, put food on the table and educate yourself and your children.
Then you need extra money to improve your life, To pay for a holiday or vacation, to pay for higher education, to support a social life and bring you extras.
Finally, you need contribution money to build something for others. Perhaps you will do this by creating a company, building a school in Africa or providing shelters for those in need. Your contribution money goes to help other people. It can be accomplished in many ways. You could just donate your spare cash or ten dollars each month and is your contribution.
These five attributes combined go to make a satisfying life for you.
This post covers the principles of superior planet (excluding Mars) synodic cycles, and how they can be interpreted in a meaningful way for use in your astrology practice today.
Find out each planetary pair’s birth poin,t and where they fall in your chart.
See where we are in each cycle by phase.
Explore how the seeds of each cycle are played out over the years.
Synodic cycles refer to the relationship between any two planets. A synodic cycle starts at the conjunction between two planets.
The chart for the conjunction shows the nature of the cycle as it unfolds.
The phases in which the planets are found describes the type of circumstances that can unfold during the phase.
Aspect Set for Synod Conjunction in the Natal Chart
Only use Ptolemaic aspects as follows:
Conjunction – orb 8°
Sextile – orb 4°
Square – orb 8°
Trine – orb 8°
Opposition – orb 8°
The word synod is from the Greek, synodos, which means “a traveling together”
Outer Planet Stellium
The last triple conjunction between the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) occurred at 8° through 11° Taurus, approximately between 576 and 575 B.C.
This was when Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, made a conjunction in Taurus. This triple conjunction occurs only every 120,000 years. This makes it the only one that relates to human evolution.
It was the most powerful stellium that has occurred in human history and heralded the beginning of writing, art and mathematics.
Uranus Neptune Pluto
This cycle represents an overlying patterning of collective human experience on a very long-term basis. The last mutual conjunction of these three planets was in 578-575 BCE in a very close succession of just a few years. Around this time the world reached a crucial junction point and some of history’s greatest teachers were alive around then.
Triple Conjunction Graphic Ephemeris
The graphic ephemeris at 90 for the triple conjunction that occurred in 576/575 BCE.
How to read this Graphic Ephemeris
The top x-axis has time and shows the years 576-574BCE.
The y-axis shows the cardinal signs from the top then fixed sign and then mutable signs. The sign Taurus is indicated and the three outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and indicated by their glyph and the wavy lines are the planets actual movement through the zodiac.
Where two lines cross is a conjunction between two planets.
The three did not actually come to an exact conjunction but with an eight-degree orb for conjunctions, they are within orb for many months.
Working with Synodic Charts
Casting the Conjunction chart
When you cast the conjunction chart you have several options for each conjunction.
If there is only one conjunction, then that is the chart to read.
If there were three, five or conjunction then the last chart of the series is the chart you read.
If there will be one conjunction, then read that chart.
If there will be a triple or multiple conjunctions (and therefore more than one chart) read the first chart until the conjunctions have passed and then read the final chart.
New Book Coming Soon
My new book “Synodic Cycles – Astrological Echoes from the Past” is in the final editing stages and will be published later this year.
It is a guide to working with synodic cycles in your charts and the chart of your clients.
The part of fortune is one of the Arabic parts in astrology. There are many other Arabic parts or Greek lots.
Indicates good luck, grace and favour
Suggests ease of wealth
The house and sign indicates the quality of the fortune
Consider the planetary ruler and its condition
Day and Night Charts
A daytime chart is one where the Sun is placed above the horizon (in the south).
In a daytime chart the Part of Fortune is found where the Moon would be if the Sun were on the ascendant.
Night time chart
A night-time chart is one where the Sun is placed below the horizon (in the north).
In a nighttime chart, the Part of Fortune is found where the Sun would be if the Moon were on the ascendant.
Part of Fortune – Calculation
There are two ways to calculate the Part of Fortune. Using the longitude degrees of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant
In a daytime chart
ASC – Sun + Moon = Part of fortune
In a nighttime chart
ASC + Sun – Moon = Part of Fortune
Each sign’s degrees starts at…
Part of Fortune calculation examples
Example: ASC 10 Gemini, Moon 20 Virgo and Sun 15 Aquarius
Ascendant’s position 10° + 60° = 70°
Moon’s position 20° + 150° = 170°
Sun’s position 15° + 300° = 315°
If: ASC + Moon – Sun = Part of Fortune
Then: 70° + 170° – 315° = POF
-75° = POF
-75° + 360° = POF
285° = POF
(Capricorn 270°) so 285° – 270° = POF
Capricorn 15° = Part of Fortune
Note: the example here (Gemini Ascendant, Virgo Moon, and Aquarius Sun) is strictly for a daytime chart (because the Sun will be above the horizon), but I am using the same zodiac positions as the above example to demonstrate the arithmetic.
If: ASC – Moon + Sun = Part of Fortune
Then: 70° – 170° + 315° = POF
215° = POF
(Scorpio 210°) so 215° – 210° = POF
Scorpio 05° = POF
The Part of Fortune and Money
The Part of Fortune has much to say about financial issues because in our society money is fortune.
That is not to say that your fortune cannot come in other guises like fortunate spouses, children or friends. That fortune is often better when it is not financially related is quite clear to many New Age travellers. We will consider the Part of Fortune as a financial indicator in your chart.
The condition of the Part of Fortune
The Part of Fortune is well placed for finances when it is:
In a money house – 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th
In Taurus or Libra – Venus’ signs
Conjunction the Sun
Conjunct Venus or Jupiter
Trine Venus or Jupiter
Sextile Venus of Jupiter
In an angular house
Trine the ruler of the second house or the other money houses
The Part of Fortune is poorly placed when it is:
In a cadent house
Square or opposite the malicious (Mars or Saturn)
Has a retrograde sign ruler
Interpreting the Part of Fortune
The sign that the part of fortune is in shows the nature of the fortune.
The sign ruler
The planet that rules the sign – the dispositor of the part of fortune.
Aspects to the Part of Fortune
The conjunctions to the Part of Fortune
Any planet conjoined the part of fortune will influence the nature of the fortune.
This is the powerful influence for the person’s fortune. A conjunction to the part of fortune can sometimes over shadow the sign and the sign ruler because it is well placed.
The part of fortune is an interesting point e of the astrological puzzle.
A thorough understanding of the main parts of a chart are needed to understand the part of fortune.
The Part of Fortune is one of those things that if it is not well placed it does nothing and if well placed will do much for the person whose chart it is.
The oppositions the squares
Both a trine or a sextile from a planet to the Part of Fortune will modify the nature of the fortune to your benefit.
The trines and sextiles
Venus trine the part of fortune
Pluto trine the part of fortune
The closest aspect to the Part of Fortune.
The closest aspect to the part of fortune, the meaning of the aspect and the planet making the aspect is important to show the nature of the fortune.
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 prophecy.
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.
Love The planet Venus rules romance, courtship, engagements, betrothals, dowries. love, marriage, weddings and wedding anniversaries.
Partner Your spouse, husband and wife. Common law wife. Committed partnerships and significant others.
Women It is the woman in a man’s chart. Women in general and women’s things. Cosmetics, clothes, and perfumes. Attractiveness and femininity. Venus also rules women in general, female products, adornment, jewelry, beauty, style, taste, and fashion.
Money Venus rules money, cash, credit you can raise. Your assets and what you own,
Art, collections and stuff Your collections, treasures and that in which you invest. Art you can touch – sculpture, pottery, painting and mosaic are all under Venus’ influence.
Fertility It has much to say about fertility, estrogen and all that which is fruitful and sweet.
Flowers Venus rules all five petal flowers and fragrance.
Pisces is the sign of the Fish. Its symbol is two fish tethered together but swimming in the opposite direction. The Sun is in Pisces from February 21st to March 21st.
Your key phrase is “I believe…” and many strong Pisces types use this to begin conversations.
You have two ruling planets; Jupiter your traditional ruler and Neptune your modern ruler.
If you are born under the sign of the Fish it means you fall under the fluid and flowing element of water, the quality of mutability which suggests you are flexible and the passive polarity indicating you will take in and absorb things more than most. This can mean you empathize with others.
If you are Pisces you will make sacrifices and are understanding. You will blend well with others and can be arty. You may drift a bit in life but you have compassion. You are idealistic and can become disillusioned at times. You may be glamorous. You can be vague, kind and will be happy to surrender. You may retreat near the sea and you are spiritual and devoted.
The Water Bearer is the symbol for Aquarius and the Sun is in your sign from January 21st to February 21st. Your key phrase is “I understand” and many Aquarians say this. Your ruling planets are Saturn, the traditional ruler, and Uranus the modern ruler.
If you are an Aquarian you are of the air element meaning you are a thinker, and of the fixed mode indicating you are inflexible and like things to remain and the positive polarity suggesting you are outgoing and generally upbeat.
Aquarians are concerned with equality and the brotherhood of man. You are generally humanitarian and humane. You are detached and can be objective. At times you are aloof and only seem friendly.
You are independent, willful and happy to be unconventional. Being socially aware and progressive you support activism as a catalyst for change.
The Sun is in the sign of Capricorn the Sea Goat from January 1st to January 21st and from December 22nd to December 31st. A sea goat has a goat upper body and a fishtail much like a mermaid.
Your key phrase is “I aspire…” and many strong Capricornians will use it to start their sentences.
Your ruling planet is the ringed planet Saturn. The Sea Goat is in the earth element suggesting you are practical and steady, the cardinal mode indicating you are a leader and of the feminine polarity which means you are receptive and happy to absorb others ideas and thoughts.
If you are a Capricorn you are well formed, persistent and ambitious in the traditional sense. You can easily become an authority in your field. You enjoy structure, shapes, and boundaries.
You are responsible, reliable and because of this, you can achieve your goals. You have a backbone and will respect rank. You admire status and wish to attain it yourself. Of all the signs you can measure concrete results in a mature and serious fashion.
The symbol for Sagittarius is the Archer and the Sun is in Sagittarius from November 22nd to December 22nd.
A Sagittarian key phrase is “I seek.” Your ruling planet is Jupiter the largest planet in the solar system. If you are a Sagittarian then you are in the fire element suggesting you are inspirational and can make a spark, you are of the mutable mode and this makes you changeable and adaptable and you are of the positive polarity which provides you with an outgoing personality.
Archers are cosmopolitan and love anything international. You are open and have a breadth of vision. You are a seeker and are keen to explore the world. You are optimistic and like to live life large. You are forgiving. You can be tactless and plunge in like a large puppy being excited but at the same time it can be disturbing for others. You are the sign of the upwardly mobile and you can bring ethical principles to your life. You have an extensive reach which you may use to gather life’s abundance. You see the horizon as an opportunity to explore as who know if the be dragons there? You have a strong faith and a positive spirit. You can be philosophical and will search far and wide for your truth.
The symbol for Scorpio is the Scorpion and the Sun will be in Scorpio from October 23rd to November 22nd. The key phrase is “I desire” and strong Scorpio types will use this expression.
Scorpio is of the element of water which means you are emotional, and of the fixed mode indicating you are a bit set in your ways, and of the passive polarity suggesting you are receptive to others and may take things in for consideration before responding.
If you are a Scorpio you have two ruling planets the traditional planet of Mars the warrior and the modern planet of Pluto the transformer.
Scorpios are intense, passionate, survivors. You have self-control and are penetrating. You like to delve to the bottom of things. You are sexy, deep but also suspicious. You can be unforgiving. You fare well in a crisis. You are potent and can be jealous. Others think you are intimidating and if you are betrayed you will get revenge.
Libra is the sign of the Scales and the dates when the Sun is in Libra are from September 23rd to October 23rd.
A Libran key phrase is “I can relate to that” and many strong Libran types will pepper their sentences with that one. The ruling planet is Venus the brightest body in the sky after the Sun and Moon.
Libra is of the air element and means you are intellectual and a thinker, of the cardinal mode suggesting leadership qualities and in the positive polarity showing that many Librans are extroverts and go-getters.
Libra loves equality especially in partnerships. You are persuasive and will encourage others to see your point of view. You are balanced and will compromise on occasion. You generally have good manners and are civil, polite and courteous.
This is an elegant person with style. You are brilliant negotiators and will step in to mediate and take on a peacekeeping role. You love companionship and enjoy being with one special person. The sign of the Scales rules balance, symmetry and things on the level. You can commit and are focused on your significant other’s needs.
The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin and the Sun is in Virgo from August 23rd to September 23th. The key phrase is “I analyze” and strong Virgo types use this phrase. The ruling planet is Mercury the fastest planet.
Virgo is of the element of earth suggesting being in touch, the mutable mode indicating you are flexible and can multi-task and the negative polarity which means you may be shy or reticent.
Virgos are particular and this is another word for picky. You like to analyze situations. You may seem to be finding fault but it is just your attention to detail that makes you aware (more than most) of any imperfections in people or situations. You can be self-critical and this may be a problem when you are young. Virgos are discriminating and want perfection in life. You are kind, meticulous, fastidious, even, and can be detailed oriented. Virgo is the sign of those who serve and you are good in this role. You are modest and humble and make excellent workers.
There are more Virgo births than any other sign. Those born under the sign of the virgin are the workers of the zodiac and are often placed in supporting roles. You do not like being put on the spot and will resist leadership when it is offered to you. It’s like a beehive with one queen bee – the Leo and many worker bees – the Virgos.
The Sun is in the sign of Cancer from June 21st to July 23th.
The symbol is the Crab and their key phrase is “I feel…” which is often their sentence opener.
Cancer is the second cardinal sign which means you are leaders and Cancerians will often lead from behind. You are in the water element which indicates that much intuition is used and you are fluid and in the passive polarity suggesting a reticence for aggression and a more receptive approach to life.
The ruling planet is the Moon which is not really a planet at all but the natural satellite of the Earth. The Moon goes through phases and this is a typical attribute for Cancerians.
The Sun is in Gemini from May 21 to June 21. The symbol for Gemini is The Twins and this shows up in your dual nature.
A key phrase is “I think…” and many Gemini types say this every day. Your ruling planet is Mercury the messenger of the Gods.
Gemini is in the mutable mode meaning you are flexible and dexterous, the element is air suggesting that Twins are intellectual and of the active polarity indicating you are confident and outgoing.
Gemini’s are instinctive communicators and want to make connections with others. You are good at associations and are happy just to know your name. Twins are adaptable, restless and crave variety in life. You can have diverse interests.
You are inquisitive and want to know things to fill your mental database with lots of information. You are the sign of duality and can multi-task like no other. Gemini makes good jugglers and fare well in pub quizzes.
The Sun is in Leo from July 23 to August 23. Leo’s symbol is the Lion king of the jungle and this has much to say about Leo.
The key phrase for Leos is “I create” and strong Leo types use this.
The Lion is of the fixed mode suggesting they don’t like change, in the element of fire indicating they are inspirational and of the active polarity meaning they are extroverted. The ruling planet is the Sun (yes, we know it is a star, but in astrology circles it is referred to as a planet).
Leos are dignified, have honor and are proud. They can be vain. They are the most creative sign and fun loving. They are honest, warm and loyal. They are organized, strong and can be dramatic. They will delegate to the other signs. They take life on in a wholehearted manner. They have a childlike wonder of the world and detest poverty. Of all the signs they can play their role once they know what it is.
The Sun is in Taurus from April 20 – May 21. The symbol for Taurus is the bull. A key phrase used by Taurus is “I possess” and many Taureans use this opener or related ones like “I have…” to start their sentences. Beautiful Venus is your ruling planet.
Taurus is of the fixed mode suggesting that they like stability, the earth element indicating they are in touch with reality and the passive polarity which means they are sensitive and sensuous.
Taurus people are generally patient. They can be possessive and keep things forever. They like land and what money can buy.
They are good at preserving (both relationships and food) and are considered very reliable. Of all the signs they have the most common sense. If you are a bull you are deliberate in your actions and you are generally solid, earthy and a good worker.
Challenging traits: Can be plodders and resist others.
Body parts: Throat, voice, neck.
Fixed:Stable, earthy, solid and immovable.
Sense:Sensuous, touch and your sense of touch.
Food: Produce, farming, agriculture and the land.
Money:Banks, currency, monetary systems and credit you can raise.