by Alison Price
Starzology 2020 Astrology Guide
We are super excited to give you, our fabulous readers, the Starzology 2020 Astrology Guide for Ingresses, Retrogrades and Eclipses.
This is a handy pdf guide for Aspiring Astrologers and anyone interested in astrology.
It is a perfect guide for horoscope writers as well.
Save time and get all the information you need in one easy place.
There are three sections:
The ingresses section lists the dates that the planets move from one sign to another in 2020.
The retrograde section shows all of the planet’s station (retrograde and direct) dates and degrees and retrograde periods for 2020.
The eclipses sections tables every solar and Lunar eclipse for the year by degree and sign.
World Wide Aspiring Astrologers
To help my international audience from countries far and wide, all times and dates are set for good old Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or what is now called Universal Time (UT).
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by Alison Price
The Mercury Retrograde War Cry!
“Go back, go back, go back to the woods.
You haven’t, you haven’t, you haven’t the goods.
You haven’t the spirit, you haven’t the jazz…
You haven’t the moves that Mercury has!”
The Mercury Retrograde Cycle
Mercury has more retrograde cycles than the other planets. Mercury goes retrograde three times each year. This occurs roughly at four month intervals and usually coincides with the same element for three consecutive retrograde periods.
Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. It moves the fastest of all the planets. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.
All the planets except the Sun and Moon have retrograde periods every year. The exception is Mars which turns retrograde every two years. you can see that it affects many planets and that there is almost always one planet retrograde at any given time.
Pop culture and Mercury retrograde
As the details of Mercury retrograde permeate through to the general public the words, “Mercury retrograde” become a catch phrase and is diluted down into basic, and often most inflammatory words. You will hear things like, “don’t buy computers, cars or phones when Mercury is retrograde.”
Well yes, certainly those things can be said but astrologers know there is a more subtle effect to the apparent reversal of direction for the innermost planet.
Your natal Mercury condition
As with all astrology good forecasting and interpretation for yourself hinges on your own chart. If you have a well-placed and robust Mercury you will withstand the influence of Mercury retrograde (or any retrograde depending on the planet) and still be standing as other folds under their weaker Mercury placements.
A broad generality is like saying, “All cars reverse (or back-up) badly” when really it is more that, “some drivers can’t reverse very well.”
You know yourself that you are better at some things than others and certainly you will do some things way better than anyone else. So saying we all suffer the same way when Mercury is retrograde is simplistic.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your birth chart you will withstand the negative effects of any Mercury retrograde period now and in the future.
How Retrogrades Affect Your Chart
Whichever house in your natal chart this retrograde occurs will be the area of life that is affected.
For example, if this Mercury retrograde period occurs in your fourth house then you will revisit family and home issues and you will need to go back and attend to them and drains, leaks and plumbing come to mind.
If it happens in your seventh house your marriage will need further discussions and conversations and yes it will be about dragging up past issues (like affairs) to be aired again as these things just won’t stay buried.
The Illusion of Aparrent Retrograde Motion
Retrograde motion is the apparent backwards movement of a planet.
The analogy I use when I’m teaching a class is that when you are on a train moving forwards then another train pulls alongside going at the same speed, if the second train slows down it appears to be going backwards, although it is still moving forwards albeit slower than your train.
This is an optical illusion and clearly demonstrates planetary apparent retrograde motion.
Learn more about Mercury retrograde and Job seeking.
As astrologers we can look at each year in many ways. During any given year there are the natural planetary cycles.
We also note the retrogrades as a background ebb and flow similar to radio static from the Big Bang.
On top of this, we can consider more specific movements of the transiting planets and then drill down to a closer inspection of your particular chart, it’s unique placements and the personal effects that you experience.
Retrogradation of the Planets
Retrogradation is the optical illusion of a planet stopping and moving backward and after a while turning and going forwards again. We see this because of our moving viewpoint from planet Earth.
A planetary station is the exact time and position that a planet turns direction either from forwards to backward (stations retrograde SRx) or from backward to forwards (stations direct SD).
All planets except the Sun and the Moon have retrograde periods.
Note: Having a retrograde Sun is an old astrology joke so don’t get caught nodding sagely to that old chestnut.
During the whole year, there is always at least one planet retrograde. It really is a natural state for us to experience and not the dreaded time that many believe.
Embrace each planet’s retrograde period and make the most of the natural slow down that all planets experience during any given year. As above so below.
by Alison Price
Everything you wanted to know about a retrograde Sun but were too afraid to ask
There really are only two responses to the title of this piece. Ok, maybe more than two, but the essence of each will be the same as they are just variations on a theme.
The first response is “I have to learn about this new feature in astrology” and the second reaction is “What’s she banging on about now?”
Part 1: If you don’t know about retrograde Suns
Read this part if you have a retrograde Sun in your chart, if it is in a member of your family’s nativity, it has cropped up in a friend’s horoscope or if you wish to learn how to interpret one.
- Decide if it is a daytime or nighttime birth
- Check for converse progressions
- Realize that astrology has many confusing details
- Calculate the chart with Regiomontanus house cusps
- Book in for the class “Astronomy for Astrologers”
- Make sure to discuss this interesting phenomena at you next astrology meeting
Part 2: If you do know all about retrograde Suns
Read this part if you know about retrograde Suns or if you have come across them before. Here are some thoughts on how to proceed.
- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
- Choose your mentors wisely
- Always be on the lookout for a sense of humor
- Know that not all those reading this have your powers
- Get behind the “All practitioners must get certified” regime
- Go outside, stand in the Sun and smile
Remember everyone sees the world through the lens of their own chart. What one person sees is often different to how you view things.
Who is correct?
Sometimes it is not easy to tell.
Let astrology inspire you.