Guest Post: Wine Zodiac Pairings – Which Wine Compliments Your Sign?

This Guest Post is by Nicholas Rubright from Jordan Vineyard and Winery.

 

California’s Jordan Vinyard and Winery.

 

Wine and the zodiac actually have a lot in common.

Both have elements that change over time and have seasons and situations in which they shine best.

Each sign in the zodiac wheel compliments the others in a specific way, just as wines compliment different foods. There are already so many resources out there about how to pair food and wine.

Today I’m going to do something a little different and tell you which wine compliments your zodiac sign and why.


Fire Signs

Aries and Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah Profile

Style: Full Body, Dry, High Tannin, High Alcohol
Flavors:  Sugar Plum, Blueberry, Dark Chocolate, Black Pepper, Black Tea

Though it’s a common California wine, Petite Sirah comes from a French grape called “Peloursin”. This is a rare grape, with a very flavorful profile. This wine is popular for its bold, fruity flavors which contrast its dark red color.

Aries Traits

March 21 – April 19 | The Ram

Strength: Bold, Honest, Determined, Confident
Weakness: Aggressive, Impulsive, Moody, Impatient

Aries is the first sign in the zodiac wheel. It falls under the Fire element.

As the first sign, Aries is open to new opportunities. They move through life knowing that they’re leading the way for a new adventure, even if their adventures are short lived.

As a fire sign, Aries tend to have bold emotions at all times. It is not unlike an Aries to show some tough love.

To an Aries it means they are doing right by you. This blunt honesty is what makes them a loyal friend and lover.

Petit Sirah Pairing

Petite Sirah is full of aggressive sweet and bitter notes. Similar to Aries, who are bold in their own right, giving you a refreshing solution to a problem.

Within all its powerful flavors, Petite Sirah is good for your health. The bitterness is an effect of the high level of tannins in this kind of wine.

Like an Aries’ brutal honesty can leave a sour taste in your mouth, so can a Petite Sirah.

Among its sweet notes of blueberries and sugar plums,  Petite Sirahs have the bitterness of dark chocolate and black pepper to spice things up.

Life is never boring with an Aries, this flavorful wine pairing will not disappoint.


Leo and Champagne

Champagne Profile

Style: Light Body, High Acidity, Intensely Dry
Flavors: Citrus, Peach, White Cherry, Almond, Toasty

Champagne comes in a variety of brut, dry, and sweet bodies with deep flavors that pair great with seafood or crunchy appetizers.

You know Champagne as the world’s go-to bubbly used to celebrate special occasions like weddings, holidays, and Friday nights.

Leo Traits

July 23 – August 22 | The Lion
Strength: Ambitious, Loyal, Generous, Enthusiastic, Leader
Weakness: Egoistic, Lazy, Stubborn, Arrogant

Out of all the Fire signs, Leos yearns most to make an impression.

In fact, it’s their number one priority. Their personality is powerful and attractive making them hard to miss.

As far as love languages go, this Fire sign is most fluent in Words of Affirmation. As much as they receive compliments, they’ll give them right back to you.

Leo’s warm heart and eagerness to do well in everything they set out to do is what makes up their magnetic confidence and loyalty.

However, if Leos are mistreated, they won’t hesitate to move on from what is making them unhappy.

Champagne Pairing

A Leo’s loyalty is unmatched so long as it’s reciprocated.

They know what they deserve and will not budge. Fire signs need the proper attention to feel someone is worth the affection they are giving.

When you don’t fulfill the needs of a Leo, their confidence dwindles. Just like a Champagne left unattended, that can’t help but go flat.

Both Champagne and Leos can be dry or sweet depending on their style.

Regardless of the details, there is no better pair to celebrate with than Leos and Champagne.


Sagittarius and Malbec

Malbec Notes

Style: Full Body, Dry, Low Acidity, Low Tannin, High Alcohol
Flavors: Red Plum, Blackberry, Vanilla, Tobacco, Cocoa

Like many other wines, Malbec originated in France. However, most vineyards that produce this wine are in Argentina.

Malbec has a deep and sweet full body bound to leave you wanting more. It’s cocoa and vanilla tones give this red wine a smooth finish every time.

Sagittarius Traits

November 22 – December 21 | The Archer
Strength: Idealistic, Adventurous, Persistent, Optimistic, Romantic
Weakness: Competitive, Impulsive, Impatient, Overachiever, Blunt

Sagittarians are the social butterflies among the zodiac. They are known to be very positive and outgoing. They are always up for sharing information with others.

As the Archer, they seek out as much knowledge as they can find.

A Sagittarian’s curiosity is limitless especially regarding love, philosophy, and religion. They yearn to be free, therefore knowledge and adventure is what they pursue most. This can make them a bit stubborn, as they hate being told the can’t do something.

Malbec Pairing

Malbec is a fun and strong wine with strong notes of oak and black fruits.

As the last of the Fire signs, Sagittarians can be as aggressive in their passion as they are in their truth-seeking.

Unlike other wines, a Malbec’s finish does not last, and the same can be said with the adventures of a Sagittarius.

Just like Aries, Sagittarians are very good at starting new ventures but are not the best as finishing them. Without looking back at how their last one ended, they’ll embark on a new one.


Earth Signs

Taurus and Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon Profile

Style: Full Body, Dry, High Tannin, High Alcohol
Flavors: Black Cherry, Black Currant, Baking Spices, Cedar

Cabernet Sauvignon is among the safest choices when selecting a red wine. It has a strong full body with a balance of fruits and spices.

This California wine is easy to pair with a variety of unexpected foods.
Sure, red meat is an obvious pairing, but get yourself some dark chocolate with this wine, and you’ll be dreaming about it later.

Taurus Traits

April 20 – May 20 | The Bull
Strength: Loyal, Dependable, Patient, Grounded
Weakness: Possessive, Aggressive, Uncompromising

Earth signs tend to do things to get rewarded.

Taurus is no exception. People who fall under this sign will work hard for the benefits they earn.

Along with their work ethic, a Taurus is dependable knowing that they will earn respect and other prizes.

However, they know it’s a two-way street and remain aware that their work is ongoing.

This is where their patience comes in.

As hopeless of a romantic as they can be, a Taurus is always on the defense.

You must first earn their trust before they feel safe giving you theirs in return.

Cabernet Sauvignon Pairing

Cabernet Sauvignon is a sensual red wine that you learn to love and trust – not unlike a Taurus.

The sensual undertones of the wine’s flavor evoke black fruits and spices.

These undertones are found in Taurians too, they’re one of the most sensual signs on the wheel.

Both the sign and wine have a range of earthy flavors with a strong body, and dry style.


Virgo and Chardonnay

Chardonnay Notes

Style: Full Body, Dry, Medium Acidity, High Alcohol, Little to No Tanning
Flavors: Yellow Apple, Starfruit, Pineapple, Vanilla, Butter

Chardonnay was originally harvested in large quantities in the Burgundy region of France. The variety of flavors a Chardonnay offers is not limited to the list above.

When fermented and aged in oak, it develops spicy, almost bourbon-like notes, making it the rich white wine we love.

Virgo Traits

August 23 – September 22 | The Maiden
Strength: Strong, Hardworking, Observant, Analytical, Sophisticated
Weakness: Intense, Dominating, Perfectionist, Shy

Virgos have a very practical way of making their plans.

Like Taurus, this Earth sign doesn’t mind putting in the work, as they realize how the little things can add up to the big picture.

Virgos are known to be the most sophisticated on the zodiac wheel. Both their work and honest advice are delivered clearly so that you won’t misunderstand what they mean.

It is their graceful advice and willingness to help that make Virgos great friends.

Chardonnay Pairing

It takes a lot of dedication to make Chardonnay the elegant wine it is, much like the dedication Virgos put into their own craft.

Virgos are sophisticated in the way they talk, work, and carry themselves.

Some call it perfectionism, Virgos call it attention to detail.

Virgos are loved for their ability to compliment all the other signs just as Chardonnays are loved for their versatility in food pairing.


Capricorn and Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc Profile

Style: Light Body, Dry, Low Alcohol, Low Tannin, High Acidity
Flavors: Gooseberry, Honeydew Melon, Grapefruit, White Peach, Passion Fruit

It’s hard to confuse Sauvignon Blanc with other white wines (like Chardonnay).
When compared, you’ll note Sauvignon Blanc is full of acidity and herbal flavors.

This rich white wine is widely produced as the grape can be grown almost anywhere. The result, Sauvignon Blanc comes in a variety of ranges – from lean to bountiful.

Capricorn Traits

December 22 – January 19 | The Goat
Strength: Responsible, Disciplined, Ambitious, Practical

Weakness:Inability to be Wrong, Pessimistic, Unforgiving

Capricorns will tell you they are the “Greatest Of All Time” or these days, G.O.A.T.

This earth sign is a determined sign which doesn’t need to be asked to do what they know needs to be done.

Along with their practical sense of duty, they always strive for success. Yet they are fully aware that their success will take time. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. That’s an Earth sign for you.

Sauvignon Blanc Compatibility

Capricorns are dry with their emotions, much like Sauvignon Blanc. This is due to a Capricorn’s view of the world and their diligent traits.

Sauvignon Blanc is one-part fruits and one-part earthy notes matching Capricorn’s element perfectly.


Air Signs

Gemini and Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend Profile

Style: Full Body, High Tannin, High Alcohol, Medium Acidity, Dry
Flavors: Black Currant, Black Cherry, Graphite, Chocolate, Dried Herbs

A Bordeaux Blend is made up of grapes used for red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in addition to other grapes harvested within the same region of France.

The uses of multiple grapes make this wine a sweet, dark, red blend with high tannins and a strong body.

Perfect for red meat pairings with very little seasoning.

Gemini Traits

May 21 – June 20 | The Twins
Strength: Intellectual, Versatile, Social, Cheerful
Weakness: Gossipy, Indecisive, Superficial, Anxious

Gemini is one of the signs that tends to earn a bad reputation. They have a two-faced stigma as their personality is ever changing.

The reality is that Geminis are too smart for their own good.

They can adapt to any environment they are in, and behave accordingly.

Air elements will demonstrate an ease of going with the flow, and Gemini is no exception.

Geminis also love to talk your ear off, but it’s hard to not enjoy a Gemini’s company.

Their charm is contagious, and it’s almost impossible not to learn from them.

Bordeaux Blend Compatibility

Can you blame me for picking out a Blend for the Twins? Much like Bordeaux Blend is mixed to balance well, Geminis have their own mix.

It should be said that as versatile as Geminis come, you never really know which Gemini you’ll get.

Just as you never know which grapes are within the Bordeaux Blend you choose.

Though the flavor of the wine varies in strengths (either sweet or citrusy), the wine stays true to its notes. As do Geminis to themselves.


Libra and Moscato

Moscato Profile

Style: Light Body, Low Alcohol, Sweet, Low Acidity
Flavors: Meyer Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Pear, Orange Blossom, Honeysuckle

Moscatos are among the sweet white wines with fruity notes.

Unlike the majority of the wines mentioned, Moscato is an Italian wine made with the Muscat Grape.

There are different Moscato styles which include Bubbly, Still, Pink, Red, or Dessert Moscato.

This wine can be made into several styles depending on which Muscat grape is used, and how.

Libra Traits

September 23 – October 21 | The Scales
Strength: Fair, Charming, Diplomatic, Easy Going, Imaginative
Weakness: Indecisive, Bad Temper, People Pleasers, Overthinker

Libras are towards the center of the zodiac wheel, and you can see a noticeable change in the signs that follow. The first six signs of the zodiac focus more on their individual needs. While the signs that follow Libras care more about their impact on others.

As the Scales, Libras constantly analyze if should they be kinder or harsher depending on how others treat them. This constant mental back and forth is what feeds their indecisiveness.

Moscato Pairing

Libras and Moscatos always leave a good impression.

A Moscato wine is sweet and aromatic, while balanced with acidity and a mineral finish.

Libras are all about finding and providing balance. Be it in work or relationships, they find comfort in harmony.

Libras don’t care to change for most people. To do so, would tip the balance scale and would be unfair to their own desires.

Though a Muscat grape can fit into any type of Moscato, the wine will always stay true to its flavor and body, no matter the color.


Aquarius and Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Profile

Style: Light Body, Dry, High Acidity, Low Tannins
Flavors: Cherry, Raspberry, Hibiscus, Mushroom, Vanilla

Pinot Noir is among the world’s favorite red wines.

A bottle of light-red wine can be aged for up to 10 years, sometimes more. The aging process enriches the flavors making it all the more satisfying in color and taste.

Aquarius Traits

January 20 – February 18 | The Water Bearer

Strength: Humanitarian, Intelligent, Independent, Loyal, Visionaries
Weakness: Detached, Extremist, Aloof, Stubborn, Unpredictable

An Aquarius showers us with their knowledge and ideas, as a Water Bearer showers people with their gift of water.

This Air sign is all about making humanity great.

They look to encourage others to do better because they see the world as a clock that runs on many gears. If one piece fails, the clock doesn’t work. They apply this philosophy to themselves as well – always trying to improve on their weaknesses.

Pinot Noir Pairing

Both Aquarians and Pinot Noir are dry, yet smooth. A Pinot Noir wine’s finish is smooth though its body is light with high acidity.

In comparison, Aquarians are not ones to lead with emotions. They can be dry in their efforts to communicate how they feel. They believe their actions will speak for themselves.

Just as an Aquarius is progressive, Pinot Noir is one of those wines that increase in finesse with age.


Water Signs

Cancer and Riesling

Riesling Profile

Style: Light Body, Little Tannins, High Acidity, Off-Dry, Low Alcohol
Flavors: Lime, Green Apple, Beeswax, Jasmine, Petrol

Rieslings are an aromatic white wine that was first produced in Germany, making it stand out from the French and California wine crowds.

It was turned into a classic table wine for its ability to pair well with savory and sweet foods.

Cancer Traits

June 21 – July 22 | The Crab
Strength: Kind, Creative, Family Oriented, Tough
Weakness: Hot-Headed, Immature, Moody, Overthinkers, Emotional

Cancer signs are deeply empathetic, as all water signs are.

Cancers are driven by their nurturing needs and seek to have a family when all is said and done.

Though they wear their hearts on their sleeve, Cancers aren’t weak. As the Crab, Cancers have a tough exterior and will be strong when they need to be, especially to protect their loved ones.

Riesling Pairing

There’s a sense of moodiness to both Cancers and Rieslings.

While Cancers have a sweet demeanor, their temper is strong. Cancers are quick to react based on their emotions.

Rieslings, too have plenty of strength. They can range from tasting really sweet to bone dry.

The sweetness of a Riesling is controlled during the fermentation process. It’s not so much up to the grape’s nature as it is on the maker’s influence.

Like a Cancer’s empathetic nature, which has a tendency of getting away from them.


Scorpio and Merlot

Merlot Profile

Style: Full Body, Extra Dry, High Tannin, Medium Acidity, High Alcohol
Flavors: Cherry, Plum, Chocolate, Bay Leaf, Vanilla

Merlot is one of those wines that stand out in the crowd. It has vibrant black cherry flavors and great depth.

Due to its complimenting flavors and chocolatey finish, Merlot is a wine can mix well with other full body wines, like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Scorpio Traits

October 22 – November 21 | The Scorpion
Positive: Loyal, Passionate, Determined, Intuitive, Empathetic
Negative: Secretive, Intense, Emotional, Jealous, Flirtatious

Scorpios are one of the other signs that get a bad reputation. If you ask around, people will tell you that Scorpios are the most intense, but this is due to their passion.

They hate small talk, for example, and would much rather just get to the point.

A Scorpio’s keen sense of intuition is what helps them know if a person is lying, or being shady.

They also know who is good and will be fiercely loyal with whom they trust.

Break that trust, however, and it’s game over for whoever wronged them.

Merlot Pairing

A Merlot starts bitter (or intense, if you will) with sweet tones to finish it off.

If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss it the uniqueness of this full body wine.

We can learn to appreciate a Scorpio, in the same way we appreciate a Merlot.

Scorpio’s sweetness comes through in their passion and loyalty.

To a Water sign like Scorpio, loyalty means never revealing secrets. This type of loyalty, along with their protective nature, is what makes them irreplaceable in friendships and love.


Pisces and Rosé

Rosé Notes

Style: Light Body, Dry, Low Tannin
Common Flavors: Lime, Cherry, Watermelon, Strawberry, Celery, Pepper

Rosé is a wine that does not come from a specific grape. Instead, it can be made from a variety of grapes that are used to make fuller bodied wines.

Grapes found in Rosé include, but are not limited to, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Grenaché.

Contrary to popular belief, Rosé does not come from mixing wines. And though doing so is prohibited in many places, the region of Champagne, France is not one of them. Ergo, the Rosé Champagne we all know and love.

Pisces Traits

February 19 – March 20 | The Fish
Strength: Artistic, Compassionate, Intuitive, Gentle
Weakness: Fearful, Too Trusting, Head in the Clouds, Play the Victim

Pisces is both the last Water sign of the bunch and the last sign in the zodiac wheel.

Perhaps this order is what makes up Pisces traits, as they encompass a little from all the signs.

Though Pisces like to keep to themselves, there’s no denying they are focused, selfless, and easy going.

After all, they are the Fish of the wheel, so they just keep swimming.

Like their Water sign companions, they are very empathetic and protective of their hearts.

Their eagerness to make others happy can be taken advantage of. Knowing this, they will be kind, but never a pushover. They can tell people’s bad intentions from miles away.

Rosé Pairing

Just like a Rosé can be composed of a variety of grapes that come from other wines, a Pisces is shaped like their zodiac family.

When hanging out with a Pisces, it’s never dull. Like with any Rosé you choose, it is always a fun and unique experience.


Nicholas Rubright

Nicholas is a digital marketing specialist for Jordan Winery a California Wine company that specializes in producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Champagne, and other delicious products.

Fun Fact: he is a Pisces-Aries Cusp being born on March 20th.


 

An Introduction to Interpreting the Four Humours

This Guest Post is by UK astrologer James Hirlehey.


The four humours are the cornerstone of reading a chart for the health and well-being of the native, as well as determining their character and temperament from a more traditional perspective. This article will introduce the four humours and will give you some suggestions for your own study and research.

What are the four humours?

Most people have heard of the four humours in the context of Ancient Greek philosophy. They are generally taught as being related to bodily fluids in the following way:

  • Sanguine – blood
  • Choleric – yellow bile
  • Melancholic – black bile
  • Phlegmatic – phlegm

Later, an astrological student might learn that sanguine relates to the element air, choleric relates to fire, melancholic relates to earth, and phlegmatic relates to water. Then, if you study further, you might learn about temperament in the context of general personality traits of each of these humours.

Temperament and humours are far more intricate than this, however, and they form the foundation for Western Astrology.

The two polarities

The four humours are based on two polarities, hot/cold and wet/dry. The hot/cold polarity is rather straightforward. It relates to literal heat and coolness, but it also relates to activity level. Hot is active and busy, and cold is passive and calm. The wet/dry polarity is a little more complicated. It has to do with unity and separation. Wet connects and brings things together, and dry separates them and creates distinctions.

The correspondence between the humours, elements, and polarities is as follows:

  • Sanguine – Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) – hot and wet
  • Choleric – Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) – hot and dry
  • Melancholic – Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) – cold and dry
  • Phlegmatic – Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) – cold and wet

 How the four humours were used historically

Before the 17th Century, the humours provided the structure by which astrology and medicine were practiced. When interpreting a Natal Chart, the astrologer would determine the temperament of the native, or that person’s natural balance between the polarities. Any medical or dietary advice would take into account the individual’s natural temperament as well as the apparent imbalance that could be determined by symptoms and by the chart that was cast to diagnose the patient. 

The animals and plants that are used as food or medicine also have temperament. The way foods or plants are prepared can alter their temperament. For example, cooking heats food, baking dries it, and boiling moistens it. Different activities also alter temperament as well. For example, most exercise is heating, and rest is cooling. 

Other applications of temperament

The principle of temperament also has application to the seasons, planets, and phases of the Moon. The temperament of the seasons is:

  • Spring (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) – hot and wet
  • Summer (Cancer, Leo, Virgo) – hot and dry
  • Autumn (Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius) – cold and dry
  • Winter (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) – cold and wet

The sign correspondences with the seasons are based on the Northern Hemisphere. It could be that these sign correspondences are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a topic that is wide open for astrological research.

The planetary temperament correspondences are not uniform in traditional sources. In William Lilly’s Christian Astrology, they are listed as follows:

  • Saturn – melancholic, cold and dry
  • Jupiter – sanguine, hot and wet
  • Mars – choleric, hot and dry
  • The Sun – hot and dry
  • Venus – phlegm with blood, temperately cold and wet
  • Mercury – variable according to the other planets nearby, but alone, melancholic, cold and dry
  • The Moon – phlegmatic, cold and wet

The temperament of the phases of the Moon are as follows:

  • New Moon to 1st Quarter Moon – hot and wet
  • 1st Quarter Moon to Full Moon – hot and dry
  • Full Moon to 3rd Quarter Moon – cold and dry
  • 3rd Quarter Moon to New Moon – cold and wet

Incorporating the Four Humours in Chart Interpretation

The easiest way to begin incorporating the four humours is to use the two polarities to take the temperature of the chart, as it were. There are various methods for calculating temperament, but a very simple approach is to just count the planets by element. 

We can try this with the chart of the famous celebrity and talk show host, Oprah Winfrey:


Every astrologer needs to decide for themselves what planets and chart points to use, but for this example, let’s use the Traditional Planets, the Ascendant and the Midheaven.

  • Sun – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
  • Moon – Sagittarius (Fire), hot and dry
  • Mercury – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
  • Venus – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
  • Mars – Scorpio (Water), cold and wet
  • Jupiter – Gemini (Air), hot and wet
  • Saturn – Scorpio (Water), cold and wet
  • Ascendant – Virgo (Earth), cold and dry
  • Midheaven – Gemini (Air), hot and wet

By a simple count, we have 6 hot/3 cold, 7 wet/2 dry. By this count, Oprah Winfrey is hot, meaning she likes to be busy and active. Hot people also tend to be more extroverted than cold people. She is also very wet. This means that she tends to see how things and people are alike, and that she likes to bring people together. 

As you are experimenting with temperament, you can try adding other things into the mix and see what happens. For example, you may want to add in the season of the Sun, the phase or the Moon, and the Part of Fortune. If you do that, you get:

  • Season – Winter, cold and wet
  • Phase of Moon – 3rd Quarter, cold and wet
  • Part of Fortune – Scorpio, water, cold and wet

Adding these three into the mix would make her even in the hot/cold polarity 6/6 and even more wet with a score of 11/2.

If you want to study and experiment further, there are many other formulas that have been used for calculating temperament in the astrological tradition. As an aspiring astrologer, it is good practice to play with different planets and chart points, and perhaps try different formulas to see what seems to yield the most accurate results for you.

When experimenting with new techniques, the best practice is to start with your own chart, as you know the most about yourself. Then branch out to look at the charts of people you know well, like your friends and family. This way you can see for yourself if the four humours are useful to you in interpreting a chart, 

Conclusion

In this article, we have looked at the four humours and the principles behind them. We have also looked at how they were used historically and have given suggestions for how to begin to incorporate them into your own chart analyses. Hopefully, this will give you the tools you need to start experimenting with the four humours on your own.


James Hirlehey is a part-time astrologer at numerologysign.com and spiritual guide from the UK. He has been fascinated with astrology and divination from a young age, and his love for all things spiritual has only increased over time.


September 2018 Horoscopes

We are delighted to welcome this month’s guest writer Alfred DePew from Evolutionary Astrology and Dreamwork who has written our September 2018 Horoscopes for you. Alison ⭐️


“My aim is to help people listen more deeply to their souls, and to see the practical application of their new insights and awareness.”

Alfred DePew


ARIES

Your focus for most of this month is on daily routines, your health, and a renewed commitment to your career or the needs of a parent. Around the 10th your love life beckons and what has been out of sight and out of mind now needs your attention. By the 13th you may find yourself leading an initiative that brings a much-needed change to your community or brings new ideas or energy to your circle of friends. By month’s end, a business partnership, contractual agreement or your sweetheart will want more of your attention.

TAURUS

There’s nothing frivolous or indulgent about your need for creative self-expression, recreation or romance this month. It serves a purpose perhaps only you can know. Something in you is called to begin a new course of study, set out on a journey or embark upon a quest. Your relationships may take on a new intensity after the 10th and you might find yourself starting an innovative project at work that has far-reaching benefits for everyone involved. Check in with your health routines towards the end of the month.

GEMINI

You’re going to want to get your house in order this month. Shared resources may demand closer scrutiny if they are to bear fruit in the future, and you may need to get to the bottom of what is not being clearly communicated. There will be a renewed focus on health towards the middle of the month, and you may find yourself called to get to the broader philosophical truth of a matter that seemed quite mundane. At month’s end, tune into possibilities for new romance.

CANCER

Whatever is on your mind this month, you’re going to want to let people know about it. You are likely to feel a renewed commitment to your partnerships, both domestic and professional. Make way for romance after the 10th and don’t be surprised if you are feeling the need to initiate some sort of deep inward transformation around the same time. The end of the month sees you focusing on domestic harmony and beautifying your home.

LEO

This month, your attention will be on your resources—money as well as the gifts you were born with. You’re going to want to produce some serious results at work or double down on your exercise routine. Eliminate clutter at home and make room for transformation of your physical and psychic space. Mid-month is a good time to set boundaries in existing business or personal relationships. Near the end of the month, your attention turns toward beauty and balance. You may be asked to mend fences or help siblings reach a fair and equitable agreement.

VIRGO

This is a month to re-assess who you are and how you are operating in the world. Your makeover may well involve spending more time with your children, a romance, or a creative venture. All the same, you might be more reticent than usual in order to dive deeper for more insight into a problem you’ve been trying to solve. Keep long-range results in mind as you start a new exercise program or project at work. Review your budget at the end of the month. And don’t hesitate to confront something head-on, which you may have been avoiding.

LIBRA

September finds you turning inward to reflect. Which is just as well because you’ll be sensing a renewed pull towards home and family. What do you care about most deeply? Where are you spending your time, energy, and money? Mid-month may find you embarking on a new creative project or romance that has broad implications and may spark long-range changes. Towards the end of the month, check in with who you know yourself to be—and where you need to make adjustments. You’re likely to discover something new about your way of being in partnership.

SCORPIO

You’re feeling more inclined than usual to socialize. Go for it. This might be the month for some new clothes that are more in line with how you feel about yourself. Your siblings or neighbours may turn to you for advice. Your home may call out to be modernized or updated. Towards the end of the month, a work situation or health issue that seemed murky will likely clear up, and you’ll be able to see the way forward.

SAGITTARIUS

Keep your focus on a new project or a fresh start in your career in September. Don’t be afraid to commit to what you know to be true. Far from holding you back, your sense of responsibility is a resource. Towards midmonth, you may want to spend some time alone in order to incubate new ideas that are sure to get people around you out of the rut they’re in. Harmony and idealism are the themes for you at month’s end. Expect new information and insights about a romance or creative project around that time as well.

CAPRICORN

You’re feeling like your old self again, and it shows this month. Whether it’s a new course of study, a new life path, or a literal voyage, you’re going to want to let people know about it. The emphasis is on connection, and it may be intense, even passionate. So keep your eye out for a new love interest. Take a look at your spending around the 12th. Be more decisive about what you own or value. At month’s end, you may find that this social whirlwind has actually paid off in terms of your career or reputation.

AQUARIUS

This month, your attention is on getting your house in order when it comes to your taxes, shared investments, or an inheritance. Giving yourself some time alone for reflection will enhance a new initiative around the 12th that is likely to have a long-range healing influence for you and your community. Come the end of the month, you may well find yourself embarked upon a new course of study or a quest for meaning, beauty, and harmony. Expect some new insights when it comes to your neighbours or siblings.

PISCES

September finds you focusing on partnerships. Expect some depth, intensity and new insights about how you relate to others. Self-reflection will facilitate a new beginning around the 10th. As inward as this time may feel, you won’t want to forget your commitment to friends or community groups. Toward the end of the month, you’re likely to see what’s been hidden from view, which will help you restore the balance in your love life or in situations that have to do with shared resources.


About Alfred DePew

Alfred is an evolutionary astrologer in Vancouver, Canada. His practice is informed through his study of esoteric astrology, mythology, Sufism, systems theory, Jungian psychology, process work, and Christian mysticism. His aim is to help people listen more deeply to their souls, and to see the practical application of their new insights and awareness.

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Guest Post: What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Spirit Animal

This Guest Post is by Elaine Clara Mah

Have you ever identified yourself – traits and characteristics – with a certain animal, be it a bird, a lion or perhaps even a bear? Have you perhaps ever found that you and an eagle have more in common and are extremely drawn to the creature, feeling the need to know everything about it? If this happens to be the case, then perhaps an eagle is your spirit animal.

But what exactly is a spirit animal – you ask? A spirit animal can mean different things to different people. For some, it is a sort of totem – one that guides and protects you through life. For others, it is the form of an animal that represents you the best, perhaps one you’ve encountered on a wildlife safari!

 

There are many ways for one to discover their spirit animal – it can be as simple as finding an animal that they identify with the best to as complicated as going on a Spirit Walk, a ritual commonly practised among Native Americans and Aboriginal people.

Another way of discovering your spirit animal is through understanding your astrological sign. To help you discover yours, we’ve round up the astrological signs and identified a spirit animal that matches each sign. Keep in mind though that it may well be completely different from the one that we’ve identified for you. But these spirit animals sure do come close!

Aries (March 21 – April 19): The Cheetah

Aries, being the first sign of the zodiac, represents energy as well as turbulence. An Aries is always in search of speed and competition. It is considered one of the most active zodiac signs and is known to be headstrong and brave. The Aries are known as natural born leaders and independent beings but are also known to be egoistic and sometimes impulsive.

Aries’ spirit animal is the cheetah. Known as the fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah’s need for speed matches that of an Aries. Speed is essential to the cheetah, as it needs to kill and eat its prey quickly before its kills are snatched away by bigger and more aggressive carnivores. These solitary animals are independent, with female cheetahs raising their cubs on their own for a year before their young journeys off on their own.

Did You Know: The cheetah has an average of between 2,000 to 3,000 spots on their body that helps them camouflage in the wild!  

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): The Polar Bear

The Taurus is known for being faithful, loving and extremely affectionate. Their steadfastness makes them extremely dependable and trustworthy. However, the Taurus is also extremely stubborn and inflexible. They are averse to change, making it sometimes difficult to work with them.

While some may say that the Taurus’ spirit animal is the bull, as seen in its astrological sign, another potential spirit animal may also be the polar bear. Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world. They are patient and strong – allowing them to withstand extreme weather conditions in the Arctic. Like the Taurus, they can be aggressive when provoked.

Did You Know: Polar bears are actually black! A polar bear’s fur is actually translucent and only appears white because it reflects light.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): The Fox

Just like the twins in the astrological sign, there are many faces to a Gemini. On one hand, the Gemini people are intelligent and adaptable to situations. They are curious and inquisitive beings that are always ready to learn new things and experience new environments. On the other hand, Gemini are also known to be superficial, forming opinions without having an in-depth understanding of the situation.

A reflection of the typical characteristics found in Geminis, the fox is also clever and witty. The curious nature of the fox leads it to roam and investigate its surroundings. The fox is also energetic and quick on its feet but can sometimes be impulsive and devious.

Did You Know: The arctic fox is known to be able to handle the cold far better than most animals. It is able to withstand the cold up until -70 degrees Celsius!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): The Tortoise

Cancers are perhaps the most intriguing of the horoscope signs simply because it is naturally reserved. Individuals born under the Cancer sign are intuitive and sentimental. They are family-driven, sensitive, emotional and sympathetic. While it is difficult for a Cancer to open up to others, they are very attached to those they are close to. They will generally lend a helping hand to others in conflict but are just as quick to avoid any kind of conflict.

Aside from the Crab, which is the Cancer’s sign, those born under the Cancer sign can also closely identify with the tortoise. Tortoises retreat into their shell when in unfamiliar surroundings and will only emerge once they feel safe. These gentle beings are emotional yet wise.

Did You Know: Many tortoise species outlive humans, but the Giant Aldabra tortoise has one of the longest lifespans of up to two centuries long!

Leo (July 23 – August 22): The Lion

Natural born leaders, Leos are typically confident, dominant and strong. Those born under this astrological sign are usually outgoing and thrives in a social setting, where their friends are many and loyal. Leos are also known to be generous and often possess a good sense of humor. However, they can also be stubborn and arrogant. When left unchecked, Leos can become self-centered.

The spirit animal of a Leo is, without a doubt, the lion – king of the jungle. Just like the Leo, lions are dominant and strong and leaders of the pack. Male lions are also often lazy, allowing the females to do the hunting while it waits for its meals.

Did You Know: The lion is a member of the Big Five and thought to be the most powerful creatures in the animal kingdom.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22): The Mandrill

Details are very important to Virgos. Being the most careful sign in the zodiac, Virgos have a keen eye for detail, and as such, approach everything from an analytical manner. Virgos prefer structure and values practicality in their daily lives. Virgos are often introverted and shy but are fiercely loyal.

Mandrills make the perfect spirit animal for Virgos due to their inherently shy nature. Much like the Virgo, mandrills are beautiful creatures with blue and red skin on their faces. Like most primates, mandrills live in troops and prefer the company of their family, where they feel most secure.

Did You Know: While mandrills’ long canine teeth can be intimidating and may look aggressive, baring them among themselves is a friendly gesture instead of a threatening one.

Libra (September 23 – October 22): The Gray Wolf

Just like the scales of their sign, Libras love justice and equality. They are great team players, valuing partnership and cooperation above all. Libras don’t enjoy being alone and will always opt to work in pairs or groups.

The Libra’s spirit animal is the gray wolf. Similar to the Libra, gray wolves are loyal creatures that live in packs of 7 to 8 animals. As a pack, gray wolves develop strong social bonds and work together for food and shelter.

Did You Know: A single wolf can eat up to 9kg of meat in one sitting!

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): The African Elephant

Scorpios are resourceful, determined and goal-oriented individuals. Scorpios make great leaders as they are dedicated to what they do and will work relentlessly to achieve their goals. On the flip side, Scorpios can also be jealous and violent when they feel they are threatened.

The African Elephant is the Scorpio’s spirit animal as, like the Scorpio, the elephant is intelligent and resourceful, using its natural surroundings to its greater advantage. However, threaten an elephant and they aren’t afraid to show force and display physical aggressiveness.

Did You Know: African Elephants retain excellent memory that is pertinent to their survival in the wild. They are able to recall water sources even if they are located a great distance away. Want to get up close and personal with this majestic and intelligent creature? There’s no better way to do so than to go on an Elephant safari in Africa!

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): The Przewalski’s Horse

The Sagittarius has a need for freedom, which makes it the most well-travelled sign among the zodiacs. Extrovert and optimistic, Sagittarius embraces change and enjoy discovering new thoughts and philosophies. However, their thirst for freedom also makes them impatient and tactless in certain situations.

A Sagittarius can best identify with the Przewalski’s horse. Known as the last surviving subspecies of the wild horse, the Przewalski’s horse was never domesticated and can be found gallantly roaming the plains of Mongolia.

Did You Know: The Przewalski’s Horse was once considered extinct, with its last sighting in the wild in 1969. Intense conservation programs have resulted in a healthy population of Przewalski’s Horses being introduced back into the wild.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): The Elephant Shrew

Capricorns are grounded, responsible and self-disciplined. Often seen as very serious by nature, Capricorns make great managers as they are practical and make the best out of the circumstances they are given. However, their grounded and disciplined nature may also make them somewhat distant and unforgiving.

Though considered one of the smaller species of African wildlife, the elephant shrew is very hard working. They work together with their mate to defend their home territory. Elephant shrews are very seldom seen and are difficult to trap.

Did You Know: Despite its small size, elephant shrews are not classified with shrews, but instead are considered more closely related to the elephant!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): The Dolphin

Aquarius-born are highly intellectual individuals and deep thinkers. They are sometimes shy and quiet but also energetic and eccentric. Aquarius enjoy their time alone from everyone and uses it as a time to refresh and re-energize. Because of their high intellect, Aquarius needs mental stimulation – without which they will quickly find boredom and a lack of motivation.

Like the Aquarius, dolphins are extremely intelligent and sensitive beings. They are playful and enjoy being of assistance to others. Dolphins are agile and very energetic. They enjoy being part of a group and strive to be around company.

Did You Know: Dolphins sleep with only half their brain. The other half remains alert to keep them safe from predators and to enable them to breathe while in a slumber.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): The Seahorse

The compassionate Pisces is often known as the most tolerant of all zodiac signs. Pisces are gentle and friendly beings, known to always lend a helping hand to others. They are very intuitive and wise, but at the same time can be overly trusting and fearful.

Pisces’ spirit animal is the seahorse, known for its gentle nature. Pisces are also romantics who are loyal and generous in relationships. So a relationship like that of seahorses that mate for life, and hold tails when travelling, may be most appealing to the Pisces.

Did You Know: Despite being a fish, seahorses aren’t particularly good swimmers. They prefer resting in one area, holding onto the same coral for days on end.


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Elaine Clara Mah

Elaine is a Contributing Writer for BookAllSafaris.com. She is constantly in awe of the majestic animals living in the wild alongside us and does what she can to help conserve their habitat.


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The Astrologer Asteroids

Guest post by Tanja Flanjak

The Astrologer Asteroids

Asteroids are still not as widely incorporated into astrological studies as they should be. Like planets, they are more than just solidified gases streaming throughout the universe.

They contain their own magic and energies that offers a plethora of insight and information into a person and their journey here on earth.

If you are familiar with asteroids than the usual Juno, Vesta, Chiron, and Ceres, just to name a few, will be the most commonly used. However, did you know that there are quite a few asteroids that are directly connected to the study of Astrology?

The ones listed below are known as the “Astrology” asteroids. Depending on their placement in your natal chart, they can indicate a love of Astrology, and or a career as an Astrologer.

Stargazer 8958

Astrowizard 24626

Astronomia 1154

Zvedotchet 6465

Urania 30

Starchik 32770

Celestechild 17503

The rule of thumb is, if you have any of the above asteroids conjunct your ascendant, north node, midheaven, in the ninth house, or making positive aspects to all, then these are excellent indicators of being an Astrology lover.

So take a look and see if Astrology is part of your cosmic fate.


Tanja Flanjak

The starspeak of a 24 year old aspiring Astrologer using the stars and cosmos to navigate her way through life.

Her Aries Sun gifts her with a fiery passionate drive, her Cancer ascendant allows her to be connected to the cosmic womb, and her Pisces Moon makes her an imaginative mystical translator of cosmic knowledge.

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The Cosmic Self – Astro Poetry by Tanja Flanjak – Guest Post

The Cosmic Self

Your eyes are nebulas

Your lips are stars

Your mind is Mercury

Your action is Mars

Neptune are your dreams imagined during sleep

Pluto is the darkness that inhabits the deep

Venus is creativity, love is there too

Uranus brings change, you’ll have to make do

The Sun is the Self

The Moon is the Heart

The Cosmos are within you, they’re really the start

The start you may ask? The start of what?

The start of your journey, let’s leave it at that

When you look in the mirror, you don’t see your reflection

You see yourself as the universe, it’s truest expression

What seems light years away are in fact herein

As above so below, as without, so within


Tanja Flanjak

The starspeak of a 23 year old aspiring Astrologer using the stars and cosmos to navigate her way through life.

Her Aries Sun gifts her with a fiery passionate drive, her Cancer ascendant allows her to be connected to the cosmic womb, and her Pisces Moon makes her an imaginative mystical translator of cosmic knowledge.

Visit Tanja at The Luminessence

 



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How to Find a Good and Reliable Astrologer – Guest Post

This guest post explores the challenges to find an astrologer in India. 

Although this post is not of the typical fare here at Starzology it is enlightening to see another culture's view.

AstrologyIntroduction

These days astrology has become more of a business than art or passion as it was earlier. Even when you switch on your TV, astrologer advertisements, have become a common sight.

Many of these astrologers on TV which you come across are commercial having the ultimate aim of just raking in money from the common people under one pretext or the other.

Hence, it becomes quite difficult for common people to go to a ‘genuine’ astrologer who practices this profession for passion rather than for the money. This blog will help in understanding how to find a reliable astrologer who will guide you in the correct direction.

Content

Astrology is an age-old field which helps people to know and understand what their future looks like from a person who is an expert in this field.

Thus, based on your date of birth, place of birth along with the time of your birth, an astrologer who is believed to be an expert in this field will determine the position of different planets, on the basis of which, he makes predictions about your future.

Scope of Astrology

Today astrology is not just restricted to reading one’s palms known as Palmistry or reading one’s patri or other the traditional kinds of astrology.

Besides palmistry and patri, astrology also includes the science of numerology, gemology, Feng Shui, handwriting analysis, Vastu Shastra and so on. Each has its own importance and specialty.

Get in Touch with the Right Astrologers

If you are looking for a famous TV astrologer, you can be quite confused with the options presented to you. The best way to decide is to ask them a few questions, as below:

  • What are their methods? Do they use age-old methods or are their predictions based on calculations and logical reasoning as well.
  • What is their experience? Anyone who has less than five years of experience may not be the right bet for you. More the experience in the field, better for you.
  • Who are their clientele? A good astrologer will always enjoy a good clientele that has benefitted from him or her.
  • Do they sell something? Many times, astrologers also sell gems after advising their clients. It is best to stay away from such astrologers as their main focus is to make money by selling these products which customers are lured into buying.
  • Can they help remotely? If you are only dependent on visiting them personally for help and advice, it may not be a great idea for the future. There are some astrologers who can also offer help and solutions on phone calls, skype, emails, etc.

Summary

People should consult an astrologer who has been in this profession for a long time and has created a themselves strong goodwill and reputation for themselves.

If someone is a TV astrologer, it does not mean he or she is the right person for you.

Thus, do further research and ask your astrologer the above questions before you trust him or her and share your problems.

This guest post is by Sumity Paul from India.

 

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Pisces – A Gordian Knot of a Water Sign – Guest Post

This guest post is by Jeff Monachelli

 

(February 19 – March 20)

Duality lies at the core of this sensitive, fanciful sign. Firstly, occupying the watery realm of emotions brings immense potential to serve humanity, via a compassionate, fully empathetic stance. It is possible that no other sign “feels” for another sentient being more than a Pisces.  On the other side of the coin, a theme of inconstancy plagues Pisces, This can make it difficult for them to live a solid, grounded reality. Can such a lovely sign be practical? Many Pisceans combine the dreaminess of Neptune with more concrete skills; similar to its opposite sign, Virgo. Famous Pisceans such as: Physicist Albert Einstein, Astronomer Percival Lowell and Composer Quincy Jones all display that magical combination of universal and emotional insight fused with pragmatic acumen.  Pisces has an air of alchemy and enchantment about them.  It flows through their veins…and they can intuit a plethora of knowledge about what is behind the scenes.

The essence of Pisces is non- conformity, escapism and a liking for all things mysterious and perhaps irrational. Its ruler, Neptune was the God of the Sea, holding a trident in an upwards direction. This signifies the Pisces nature wanting to break free from restrictive, mundane matters and strive to enter the world of spiritual matters.  An enigmatic sign, Pisces is forever searching for a watery stream that will bring emotional fulfillment.

Pisces have a strongly emotional and chameleonic aura (not to be confused with the tricky, mental changeability of Gemini). Being soulful and very much a sponge, they absorb the energies of their immediate environment. They often need (and like) alone time to recharge their batteries.

Traditionally, Pisces is known as “weak-willed”. This has some truth in its symbology. The symbol of two fish swimming in opposite directions indicates a flight sort of response, rather than fight. However, more than any other sign in the Zodiac; Pisces will take on the flavor of the signs positioned in their Natal Chart. In regards to Modern Astrology, it should be noted that when you visualize the vast, deep oceanic power of water; all is possible. Pisces have subtle, hidden power inside their very core. Therein lies the potential of the two fish swimming (one upstream, the other downstream); evolve into higher planes, or devolve by evading responsibility and ultimate passivity.

Pisces is a mutable water sign that takes possession of the 12th house of the zodiac circle. In modern astrology, Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune (Poseidon). However, traditionally Pisces is co-ruled by Jupiter (Zeus). Depending on the Birth aspects to a Pisces Sun, being so “tuned in” can cause total illusion or disillusion. There was a song from the 1980’s in which the female singer emoted, “I Know There’s Something Going On”.  The song had a mysterious, nebulous tone to it, and seems to fit with this sign. As a Pisces, there are just things you simply know or sense, to the amazement of others. Within this almost supernatural type of knowledge, lie two very different fishes: one is sweet, unassuming, full of faith for others; compassionate and kind. This is the most typical Pisces most of us think of.  However, the flip side demonstrates a darker side. A disenfranchised, rejected Pisces can easily become unstable, inconstant and feel a strong sense of self-pity. Being the last sign of the Zodiac, it is likely that Pisces can feel and spot every other signs weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Jeff Monachelli is an intuitive, holistic Astrologer from Milford, CT. His focus lies in uncovering a person’s symbology that resides in their Birth (Natal) Chart. His fervor manifests in an ability to see the whole picture as a snapshot, as well as the unique details that lie in a person’s Astrological information. 

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