Gardening with Astrology

  by Alison Price

Use the Power of Astrology to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

A garden has much to offer and can be a place for rest, rejuvenation, and meditation. You can create a green area to soothe your soul.

To find that relaxing spot in your backyard, here are a few lighthearted suggestions that will allow you to align your outdoor environment with your zodiacal sign.

 

In astrology, all plants fall under the dominion of the planets. The flowers, shrubs, and trees suggested here are chosen for their association with the zodiacal sign that each planet rules.

If you are not the gardener in your household, get the person who is Mr. or Mrs. Greenfingers, find their sign, and put them to work.

Discover the perfect garden for your home with the help of the ancient art of astrology!

You may choose to read the dominant sign in your chart (usually the Sun-Sign or Ascendant), and some consideration could be given to the condition of your sixth house, which pertains to things you do every day and to small plants

 

ARIES

Overheard in the Ram’s garden:

“I am now going to plant the first seedlings.”

“Only now? But you’ve lived here for three years!”

“Yes, now I’m going to start!”

To get things off to a quick start, invest in some help so your garden can appear overnight as if by magic. The Mars-ruled are keen to have annuals, as they make an instant improvement. There is always something new going into the Arian garden, like introducing fresh color combinations each year.

Select flowers and shrubs with red petals or bracts and plant quick-growing climbers like beans and sweet peas. Enjoy hot produce from the vegetable patch for flavor in cooking, like ginger and chili. Arian gardeners should own super-sharp secateurs for pruning, shaping, and cutting back.

Where trees are concerned, a flame or pepper tree will be suitable. Having dogs provides much needed action. Place a fire pit on the patio for use on cool evenings to encourage heated conversations.

Suggested plants for the Aries gardener are; anemone, chives, chilies, capsicum, garlic, lupine, tiger lily, and the hawthorn tree.

 

TAURUS

Overheard in the Bull’s garden:

“Are you building your garden on clay or sand?”

“Well, it’s all earth, really!”

Strong Taureans will probably enjoy working with the earth, actually getting down into the dirt and crumbling and tilling the soil. They can work their way through the whole garden by double digging and augmenting the earth.

Adding organic matter and then top dressing with mulch are essential in the Taurean garden. Introducing earthworms will improve the soil condition beautifully.

Acquiring a small used-farm plow as a feature will remind the Bull gardener of the land and how it is worked. If there is room, a real beehive where bees can make honey will appeal. This sign likes to have a productive garden.

Taking it slowly and accumulating beautiful plants will bless you blessed with rich abundance in a few years.

Suggested plants for the Taurean garden are; all root vegetables, roses, creeping Jenny, and local plants. Suitable trees are silver birch and elder.

 

GEMINI

Overheard in the Twin’s garden:

“These two plants look the same.”

“Yes, but just because they look the same doesn’t mean they are.”

Twins may encourage butterflies to visit their garden by introducing certain plants. It is important for Geminis to bring pairs of plants into the garden so they can see them next to each other.

Geminis love labeling species so locals can learn the plant names, too. Third­ sign people like to talk to their plants. It is beneficial both to the plants who like the vibrations and to the Twins, who always have a lot to say.

This is the person who may keep a pigeon coop. What will the neighbors think of Gemini’s yard? You’ll find out when you get together over the fence to discuss it.

The Twins will probably enjoy a corner seat for reading interesting articles about all the things they could be doing in the garden if only they didn’t have to read that book first.

Some ideas for Gemini’s garden are: caraway, hazel, orchids, and any hybrid plants.

 

CANCER

Overheard in the lunar garden at dusk:

“I prefer the garden in the moonlight.”

[KLUNK]

“It’s a New Moon tonight.”

Rubbing shin, “Yes, I see, well, I can’t really see.”

Gardening by the Moon is well documented.

Simply put, plant during the waxing phase and harvest in the waning phase. To sooth the Cancer soul, they could try a circular lawn In the middle of the lot with deep borders all round the edges.

Choosing plant material with white flowers is a good idea, because white petals are visible at dusk and attract moths. It is the classic green and white garden that appeals here. Light colored flowers will reflect moonlight in the evening.

Cancerians will feel good walking around the curve of the lawn enjoying the fragrance of the evening flowers under the beams of the Moon. In the vegetable patch, they can try watermelons and cucumbers, which are water dense, and the fruits are full and round.

Our lunar gardeners will enjoy feeding, seeding, and watering their garden.

Suggested plants for the Moon-ruled garden are; cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, iris, lily, lettuce, some poppies, moonflower, lotus, and white lilac.

 

LEO

Overheard on the Lion’s savanna:

“You have created a lovely garden.”

“Thank you, I did it all myself.”

“What, all that digging in the soil?”

“No, not the dirty work! I told the guy what to do.”

If you are going to make an entrance, then you need a wonderful arch. Place it where Leo can pause when entering the garden. Plant lots of yellow and red flowers and shrubs.

As a special treat in the solar-ruled garden, create a croquet game on the lawn to play with the kids. Of course, it will only be used for a while, then the hoops and mallet can be discreetly tucked away to allow the garden to return to the serene place Leos love.

A lounger for lazing on a sunny afternoon will be appreciated.

To be honest, most Leos would like to have peacocks in their garden. These extravagant birds are very regal. With a well-stocked flower-cutting garden, our Leo gardener has the flair to produce a good supply of fresh flowers for the vase.

All produce from the Sun-ruled garden can be bestowed on friends and family as gifts. Exquisitely wrapped gifts of seeds, cuttings, flowers, and vegetables will be given from the heart, as they are the fruits of Leo’s creation.

Suggested plants for Leo’s garden are: rosemary, marigolds, bay and ash trees, mistletoe, sunflowers, king proteas, and any plant specimens that no one else has.

 

VIRGO

Overheard in the Virgin’s modest garden:

“Gosh, is that a weed?”

“I’ll just check my cross-referenced plant list, one moment … ah…, the garden design diagram …um, the detailed list, er …”

An herb garden is particularly suitable for a Virgo. These delicate plants are useful, edible, and medicinal. Herbs can be neatly labeled and different varieties of, say, mint can be compared in future taste tests.

Virgo will immerse themselves in the meticulous record-keeping required for herb growing. Virgos will no doubt inform others of the different varieties planted in their formal beds. A traditional herb garden layout with a circle defining planting placements appeals to Virgo.

This sign finds the precision of the structure soothing to the soul.

They can use a record book and keep a journal of all the plants and developments in their garden. The Virgin will look back in years to come and see which plants really work well in which area.

Find a space to build a gazebo and place a table there so you can enjoy your gardening scrapbook work – oops, sorry, record keeping.

Some specimens Virgo can try are; dill, fennel, narcissus, parsley, and hazel.

 

LIBRA

Overheard while Libra is trimming the topiary:

“Just a bit off the left…” (snip)

“Oh, now a bit off the right…” (snip)

“Hmm, just a trifle on the left…” (snip)

I knew a man once who had a brownfields garden (brand-new home and not a blade of grass, just soil). He wanted to prepare the ground for the lawn, which had been ordered and was to be put down the next day.

Mr. Libra spent the whole day raking the soil back and forth over the garden, endlessly, to reach the perfect level for the purpose of laying sod. It is essential that there be no uneven areas to upset the Libra balance and prevent them from enjoying the rest of the garden.

Installing a bat house at the end of the property will encourage these flying mammals. In the evening, these fascinating creatures can be seen swooping out to search for mosquitoes. It is a conversation point for Librans to test the status quo of their guests at their many soirees.

A teeter-totter or seesaw is a great idea for Libra’s garden, and if anyone needs a hammock, it is Libra. Position it well out of range of a draft where they can gently rock.

A soft wind chime can induce relaxation. They love scented plants, which can be used to make potpourri, and the fragrance helps maintain their delicate equilibrium.

Suggested plants for the Libran garden include; roses, gooseberry, all mints, apple trees, some aloes, and any soft green plants with fragrance.

 

SCORPIO

Overheard in the Scorpion’s secret hideaway garden:

“{silence]”

“[more silence]”

Of all the signs, the Scorpio gardener desires a compost heap. Maybe even three, one for this week’s, one for next month’s, and one for next year’s beautiful sweet smelling blend. This friable, black, recycled product can be returned to the earth to add enrichment.

Scorpios are sound in the knowledge that this is part of Mother Earth’s master scheme.
Plan to have a secluded space, perhaps with a bench, so that Scorpio can sit quietly enjoying their outside space without the neighbors looking in.

Scorpio will often bury boxes in the garden. Well-drained soil is required. Create a pool for frogs, toads and a few lizards to enjoy. If the body of water is large enough, they can try adding turtles, too.

When space permits, a bog garden that filters and recycles water from upstream is something all Scorpios will appreciate.

Scorpios desire to have in their secret garden plants like; basil, figs, foxglove (digitalis), cactus, onions, nightshade, carnivorous plants, and any plant whose botanical name includes the name graveolens.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Overheard on the Archer’s prairie:

“In Europe, gardens are going vertical.”

“Oh, yes?”

“Indeed, It’s a growth area, and did you know that trees are the new black…the sky’s the limit!”

Sagittarians will be happy with plantings of blue gladiolus and hollyhocks at the back of the bed. Plant cornflowers at the front of the beds, near the edge. Allow space for a path for strolling if room permits, or maybe lay a small labyrinth using small plants such a box hedge.

This garden would do well with an ornamental bridge crossing from one area to another. Try to find an armillary sphere, or astrolabe, and place it on a large, high column, with the arrow pointing to the sky, so it can be seen from every vantage point in the garden.

Centaurs enjoy having a garden that can be left unattended for a few weeks at a time while they enjoy their travels, so all the plants in their garden will have to be hardy and indigenous.
Trees are preferred, with plants having tall growing spires of green. Strawberry runners that can pop up all along a border will amuse the Archer.

Sagittarians could try growing; any blue flowers or foreign species, borage, carnation, asparagus, sage, wheat, strawberries, maple, chestnut, rushes, oak trees, and all tall, leggy plants and runners.

 

CAPRICORN

Overheard in the Sea Goat’s garden:

“Why are you planting a pear tree?”

“Well, the fruit will be ready for the grandchildren.”

“You don’t have any kids.”

“Yes, but, you know – pears for your heirs.”

Now, Saturn-ruled folk are quite happy to plant trees and vines that take ages to come to fruition, such as pear trees, which may take up to twenty-five years to bear. But the attraction for Capricorn is that the produce will be available for the next generation. They seriously consider those that will come after them, so slow-growing plants appeal.

The Saturn ruled appreciate a sundial tucked away in the garden so they can verify that they are in time with nature. For posterity, Sea Goats may bury a time capsule to benefit later generations.

Establishing ivy against a fence, so it can be seen during the cold winter, appeals to the Capricorn gardener. Small trellises here and there will break up the space and give it definition. Perhaps they may build a stonewall to contain a raised bed.

This satisfies two needs; old folks can sit on the wall and weed, and the hard structure will limit and restrict the growth of any invasive plants and rampant root systems.

Container planting is a good idea for this sign, as the plant’s growth can be curtailed by its pot.
Suggested plants for Capricorn’s garden include; barley, spinach, ivy, yew hedges, poplar, elm, quince, angelica, Indian hemp, and any flowers with black petals.

 

AQUARIUS

Overheard in the Water Bearer’s garden:

“Plants have rights, too, you know.”

“Really?”

“Yes, especially the triffids.”

In the Aquarian’s garden, place a small weather vane that can be seen from the house. This will allow the Water Bearer to monitor wind direction in the garden.

Growing a variety of tall grasses at the borders will serve two purposes: first, breezes will make their fronds sway in undulating waves, adding a pleasant rustle; second, they will provide nest-building material for wild birds, who can then weave them to use in building their homes In nearby trees.

An abundance of home-building plant material will encourage birds nearly as much as water in the garden.

The Uranus-ruled will find satisfaction watching wild birds. Aquarians are likely to protect our feathered friends from predators such as the cat next door,

Suggested plants for the Aquarian garden are; grasses, olives, some orchids, and any unusual or unique specimens. transonic repellents come in. Water Bearers will appreciate the self-seeding of plants through the action of the blowing wind, creating drifts of textures and colors.

 

PISCES

Overheard in the Fishes’ garden:

“Gosh, I can’t imagine where that plant came from.”

“It looks a bit fuzzy.”

“Yes, I could have sworn it wasn’t there last year”

This is the garden with the overgrown look. There is a slightly unkempt overflow of flowers, herbs, and trees that make up a Piscean garden retreat.

A good idea is to mount mirrors among the plantings, against the walls and pillars, to give the impression of more depth. Looking glasses give the illusion of other garden rooms, which can open up all kinds of possibilities.

They will enjoy a fishpond; not just a small shallow one, but a deep pond for Koi, where Neptune-ruled Pisces can peer into the gloom and imagine any number of dreams.

Those with the Sun in this last sign of the zodiac prefer flowers with single petals, such as cosmos, daisies, and the purple coneflower.

The simplicity of the shapes will appeal to the Piscean gardener. A good idea is to photograph the yard at the equinoxes and solstices to have an image for enjoyment.

Watch out for weeds (I use the term loosely) of all kinds.

These gardeners start with a vision of how they want their garden to look, but the plants just seem to get away from them. The glamour in this yard will usually come from the owner herself.

Suggested plants for the Fishes garden include; cosmos, purple coneflower, spruce, opium poppy, tobacco plant. Really, anything goes. Introduce some water lilies, perhaps, in the Koi pond.

 


 

 

 

Pisces – Astrology Podcast

Pisces – Astrology Podcast

AxisAstrology-xxlListen to our Astrology Podcast the “Pisces” episode.

I collaborate with Arwynne who is a second generation research astrologer with many years of experience and Alison works as an astrologer in downtown Vancouver. We met at the twice-a-month downtown  Astrology Vancouver Meetup group in 2013 and have quickly become firm friends.

We each have our ideas, entertainment and a love of astrology which we want to share with you in a light hearted manner and with plenty of laughs along the way.

In our podcasts we:

  • Discuss the astrology of the day such as planetary transits and ingresses,
  • chat about the current Moon phase and eclipses,
  • explore one or two charts of famous people or those in the news,
  • give our take on astrology book and products with fun reviews,
  • clue you in on up-coming events and,
  • share our unique ideas on astrology.

Our recordings are different to the usual astrology fare because we are fun loving, engaged, lively and have lots of laughs.

With a Sagittarian ascendant our label will go far and wide reaching for the stars.

Our message is fresh

This is something new for us and it suits our present astrological offerings. We hope you enjoy it, let us know. We believe that astrology is fun and fabulous and not dry and crusty. If you like our message make sure to catch every episode.

Want more information about your chart?

Receive a PDF copy of your natal chart suitable for use in astrology exploration or, you can get your personalized one hour reading from me.

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Pisces Horoscope

by Alison Price

About Pisces

The Fish

February 22 – March 22

Negative – Water – Mutable

Key phrase: “I believe.”

Ruling planets: Jupiter as classical ruler and Neptune the modern ruler.

Pisces is the sign of the Fish. It symbol is two fish tethered together each swimming in the opposite direction.

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 mutablity 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.

Pisces will make sacrifices and are understanding. They will blend well with others and can be arty. They may drift a bit in life but they have compassion. They are idealistic and can become disillusioned at times. They may be glamorous.

They can be vague, kind and will be happy to surrender. They may retreat near the sea, are spiritual and devoted.

Pisces positive traits:

Sacrifice, understanding, blends, compassion, idealistic, longing, glamour, vague, artistic, kind, surrender, retreat, spiritual, devotion, specter and ghostly.

Pisces challenging traits:

Rudderless, lost, disillusioned and elusive.

Pisces body parts:

The feet.

Pisces careers:

Artist, anesthesiologist, care worker, crystal ball reader, custodian, glazier, hypnotist, musician, magician, medium, museum worker, nurse, podiatrist, psychic, shoe salesman, therapist and zoo keeper.


The zodiac signs

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.


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

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. 

JeffM.2012Contact Jeff at jmonachelli@gmail.com

 




Mars in Pisces

Mars in Pisces

Mars in Pisces 

Mars as the ruler of Aries and Scorpio is not particularity at home in Pisces.

Mars in Pisces will slow the pace for a few weeks. You will have some breathing space but if taken to extremes the days can drift by with you lolling about in your pj’s watching old movies.

So what to do now?

This placement inclines towards creative expression like a step session, Zumba or Dance, Dance Revolution. Go with the flow of the music or shuffle round the house in your slippers but let it drive itself.

Energy needs an outlet and the Mars powerhouse within us all has to come out somehow even when Mars in the soft sign ruled by Neptune.

Submarine volcanoesMars astrology Reading Card

Another analogy of Mars in Pisces are the undersea volcanoes. These mainly lie between the tectonic plates, for example in the atlantic ocean, where the Earth’s crust is opening up as the continents of America and Africa drift apart.

The gap allows magma to ooze or gush (depending on the place) and the red hot volcanic flow (Mars) is immediately cooled and hardened by the cold sea (Pisces). This product can sometimes be referred to as volcanic glass and Neptune rules mirrors and glass.

Heat is released and warms the deep ocean creating a haven for obscure fish and marine creatures to live. These animals do not exist anywhere else on Earth.

Flash mobs

It seems the flash mob phenomena was born during a Mars transit of Pisces. This is where a large group of people get together and dance in synch to blaring music. These events appear spontaneous (but clearly are well rehearsed behind the scenes) and are usually held in a public place.

If you’ve ever seen this dance in action it gives the impression of a shoal of fish swimming through the ocean, changing direction sharply and in unison trying to evade predators.

Mars goes back to square one

When Mars enters its own sign of Aries at the start of the zodiac it will be back to full steam ahead.

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