The astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “We are all made of starstuff.”
This quote relates to how the universe formed, and that the heavier elements were birthed through the life and death of stars. I’m not saying I fully understand the actual scientific process, but I like the idea.
Starz in Art
I use stars in many of my patterns. But not all stars are created equal. The number of points in a star is critical to the meaning and ultimately the vibration of the star.
My favourite star is the five pointed star which has a point at 72 degree increments. When a circle of 360 degrees is divided by five the result is 72 degrees.
I named my business Starzology to tap into this energy. Every time you say a name, like Starzology, you confer the meaning of the word to the entity or person.
This is why you should call your honey, well, “honey” or “babe” rather than “pumpkin” or “cockroach” when you say, “It’s a pet name, she knows what I mean,” as this nickname practice weakens the person through conference, and you want to avoid that.
The Creativity of Five
Five is a powerful number used in astrology for three reasons (you’d think I could come up with five reasons ha ha).
The fifth zodiac sign is Leo the Lion which is the most creative sign.
The fifth house is all about restoration, procreation and creation. The act of giving birth to your creative projects is sourced in the fifth house of your birth chart.
The quintile aspect is the 72 degree aspect of creativity and genius. It indicates where the genius is in your life. Check which planets are in a quintile aspect to each other to understand how this energy is flowing in your life.
Confer your Brand
If you have an actual word like “star” in you business artistic name, use it to promote your art.
If your name is Emerald City Art, use green and crystals to promote your art.
Look at the site RedBubble is red. The logo letters “RB” are round and fat just like a bubble.
The principle of conference works when you sleep.
Conferring your name, or your art business name, you will let the universe know you are in business.
Print 12 sheets, so that’s one page for each sign.
Add your own keywords and notes to each sign.
Colour in as much as you like.
Cut the slice out leaving the tab on.
Carefully layout all the signs in the right order.
The signs in order anticlockwise are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
Tape the slices lightly at the front with small pieces of masking tape just to hold it.
Turn it over and magic tape the slices together.
Note: Take your time as the slices can be tricky.
When completed glue the whole wheel onto a sheet of cardboard or Bristol board for support.
Cut with scissors and trim to 5mm to the edge of the circle.
Hang the finished astrology wheel by a centre pin so that it can rotate, because you read each sign when it is at the bottom and the signs can be read from all around.
How to Use the Wheel of Fortune
You should place your wheel on the wall near your desk and where you do your astrology work. In this way, it becomes as inspiration and a memory jogger for when you forget things.
Remember to send me a photo of your completed wheel and I will publish it on this post later.
There is no time limit.
Enjoy being creative and learning at the same time.
Keywords to Use
Many astrology keywords are well known and you should add these to your wheel.
When you discover a new word to describe the signs you can add them to your wheel. This is how you interpret astrology and not how I do, or the next guy does.
Be your own astrologer and develop the art so that it speaks to you.
Why stray from the true and tested keywords? Because we want to hear your voice coming through in your interpretations.
If you ask ten artists to paint a picture of an apple they will all produce a painting that represents an apple. Maybe Picasso’s apple is a bit odd but it is still an apple how he sees it.
It is the same with astrology. Every astrologer can read a chart, but each one brings their own flair to the reading. Your own words are important and this is why you need to develop your own words as well.
How we Learn as Things Change
Back in the day I was taught that the eighth house was to do with death. But I prefer to read it as a transformation either of the mind, body or the finances.
Now, blood donors and blood donations (other people’s resources) are shown in your eighth house.
Greek astrologers or even those in the last century may not have experienced blood donors (or had the ability to benefit from blood donation) but we have this today.
It’s the same with Facebook being in the eleventh house. Social media and being “friends” with others is an eleventh house thing. But ten years ago FB was unknown.
Always Interpret in Your Own Words
Yes, you need to use the usual keywords to start with as you learn astrology. It is the language of astrology. But as you develop your own astrological voice I urge to use your own words. This may take a while but I encourage you to take ownership of the astrology you do.
If you want a cookie-cutter reading you can go to the internet and find a free site that prints preprinted pages of interpretations.
But, if you want to be a good astrologer you need to do your own thing. Your own thing comes from the internal dynamics of your own chart.
Be yourself. Don’t be just a human computer churning out information with no discernment for the value of what you produce, rather be yourself.
The craze for adult colouring books knows no limits.
Many people are joining in, picking up a crayon, staying between the lines to colour beautiful images, pictures and mandalas as recreation.
(BTW this is product of Saturn in Sagittarius – exploration within boundaries.)
There is even a Meetup in Vancouver called Vancouver Colouring. It has over 300 members and is going from strength to strength.
This year I received one of these book from my fabulous sister as a gift. Does she think I need to relax, take it easy and chill? Possibly…
When I attend lectures I often find myself doodling in the margins as the speaker talks and I thought about this for a while and at my workshops and lectures.
When I taught every evening and four classes a week my students would come to class with their binders and stuff their notes from class into them. It occurred to me that they could do with a nice cover page for their binders so I created this page specifically to be colored in.
Each student was able to do their own color combination and it became a component of the classes.
So now I give each astrology class student or workshop attendee one of original astrology themed colouring pages.
I want to share this with you now and offer you a free PDF download of one of my astro art pages.
You don’t have to but it’s there it is if appeals to you.
Below is the drawing that you can download and colour in to your heart’s content. This first one is called Astro Art Cover 1.
Aspiring Astrologer Cover Page
The idea is that you write your name in the space at the bottom and use this as the cover for your astrology binder (or file).
If you are new to astrology you may not see the subtlety of the symbols peppered about this page but they will all be revealed as you learn about this exciting craft of astrology.
If you are an aspiring astrologer then you probably have a few journals, files or binders where you keep all of your exciting astrology notes, class notes, snippets and information.
There is so much to learn. I get it. It can be overwhelming at times. I have created a front cover for you to use for your astrology journal.
All you have to do is download it and colour it in to your heart’s content.
Get your copy of the Aspiring Astrologer Colour-in Cover Page by clicking this link
I’m calling these images and diagrams Astro Art and until I get a better name I’ll stick with that. #astroart
How to Colour in
You can do felt pen, pen and ink, pastels or primaries. It’s up to you.
If you like you can do more than one copy.
Now you can always have something to doodle on when you find yourself in a long lecture.
If you take a class with me you will get this image as well.
When you have completed your Astrology Art cover page please share it with us use the hashtag #starzart and send me a copy and I’ll put it up for the readers to admire.
I can’t wait to see what you can do.
This year I plan to have more images for you to color in and they are coming out soon so get those crayons sharpened.
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”
Please share this with anyone who needs to see it.
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.
Making astrology trading cards is a creative way to do arty things and learn some astrology as well.
Anyone who is interested to explore astrology in a fun way will enjoy crafting and trading with their Astrology Trading Cards.
Other ways of getting arty with astrology are through my astrology Wheel of Fortune.
The Inspiration for Astrology Trading Cards
Astrology trading cards are a twist on the famous artists trading card when an artist would do a large painting and then make several tiny copies on these cards to give to prospective buyers, galleries and other artists in an effort to promote their craft.
The cards would be swopped between others. You don’t sell them but you give one and they give you one back.
Over time you will have a vast collection of a variety artist’s work without spending a penny. At the same time you have distributed your hard won work to people who may be interested
Each card is 64mm x 89mm or 2.5″ by 3.5″ which is a standard card size.
At a group meeting each person will be given a blank copy of the trading card template. You can download a PDF copy below.
The leader, or moderator will offer you a hat, or jar, with pieces of paper containing one word indicating an astrology feature or theme. You take one piece of paper and the word printed on it is your theme for the day.
The pieces of paper will have either one planet, house, sign or aspect as your theme for you to work on. These are the starter words and are used in the groups I guide.
1st House, 2nd House, 3rd House, 4th House, 5th House, 6th House, 7th House, 8th House, 9th House, 10th House, 11th House or 12th House
Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine or Opposition
When I have a more advanced gathering or class I can have more advanced themes like; anticia, moiety, contra-parallel or transits.
What you do
Say you get “Jupiter” as your astrology theme.
You write your own name in the by line on the back.
You will write the word “Jupiter” in the top block on each card on your sheet of six cards. You do this on every trading card on the page so in the end you have six Jupiter named cards with your name as your by line.
This is the fun part.
You draw the glyph and write keywords or draw images of what this theme means for each card. You can make each card the same or each one different. It does not matter how you embellish your cards but what is important is that you make something nice because you will be trading them with the other people at the end.
When you have finished you will have six detailed and coloured Jupiter trading cards.
When you are happy with your designs and have completed the cards you cut them out. You may keep one for yourself if you like otherwise you will trade these cards with the other people who have various themes and will have made different cards.
That day you will go home with six original works of art signed by people you know and they will all be special and unique.
If you meet again the next week you can redo the hat/jar theme pull with the remaining theme prompts and over time you will grow a beautiful Astrology Trading Card collection that spans all the planets, houses, aspects and signs.
That is at least a total of about forty handy dandy astrology trading cards.
Show Us Your Cards
You may decide to make more cards you can buy actual cards in better quality cardstock and thicker thicknesses (available at Michael’s craft store) to make better cards.
As the interest in making these little cards grabs you, you can develop your style and the way you present your astrology through cards.
Every astrologer is different and each one will work with the energy of astrology in their own way.
When you finish a card take a photo and put it on Instagram or other social media with the hashtag #astrologytradingcard and we will love to see your work.
Grow Your Collection
This can be used as a learning resource for beginners and seasoned astrologers as well.
In reality, the artists write their name and the title of the piece they have created on the back. You can get creative here as well. This is also a place to put your website and contact details.
More advanced astrologers who get into Astrology Trading Cards collection will make individual cards to trade with other astrologers.
Follow me on Instagram for more updates or direct message (DM) so we can get started if you are in Vancouver. I am up for a trade as soon as you are.