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International Astrology Day

International Astrology Day

Author: Alison Price   –   Published: February 2024

International Astrology Day

Chart for 2024

Chart Details

This chart is set for the moment that the Sun enters Aries in 2024. 8:10pm, March 19th, 2024, in Vancouver. I’m using the Zero Aries house system so the chart is relevant for everywhere around the world.

Solar Cycle

Zero Aries

This day is a part of the solar cycle which is the path of the Sun every year. It is marked as the Sun crosses the celestial equator heading north which is when it enters Aries.

Equinox: Ostara

It is the equinox as well. In the Wheel of the Year this day is the festival of Ostara.

 

 

Chart Shape

Bowl Chart Shape

This chart is a loose bowl shape where all the planets are on one side of the chart. Frequently, the leading and trailing planets are in opposition. That the Moon is slightly out of the exact 180° shows that this is not technical a bowl, but for me it’s close enough.

  

Leading/Cutting Planet

The leading or cutting planet is Pluto in Aquarius. Pluto will rise ahead of all the other planets on this day and they will trail behind it as they rise over the horizon.

  

Trailing Planet

The trailing planet is the Moon in Leo.

  

Rim Opposition

The Moon is in opposition aspect to Pluto. This creates what is called a rim opposition. The idea is that they for the rim of the bowl.

  

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Conjunctions

Sun Conjoined Neptune

The Sun is conjoined Neptune which is in dignity in Pisces. Here Neptune is at the tail end of Pisces but still strong in rulership. This is a disassociate aspects as the Sun is in the active fire sign of Aries and Neptune is in the passive water sign of Pisces.

 

Venus Conjoined Saturn

Venus is conjoined Saturn in Pisces. Venus is also parallel Saturn so that makes is a powerful “double whammy” conjunction and one not to be ignored.

 

More on Aspects of Declination.

Jupiter Conjoined Uranus

Jupiter is conjoined Uranus in Taurus. Jupiter is applying to Uranus and this means that the aspects is not yet exact but it is going to be exact later in the year as Jupiter moves towards Uranus.

 

Sun Complex

Ingress Chart

In an ingress chart, like this one, the Sun is the main player and its complex of sign, house, position, rulership and aspects is crucial to understanding the chart. An ingress chart is a chart set for the exact moment a planet enters a new sign or house. Typically, you look at solar ingresses for global interpretations. However, all planetary ingresses can be valuable to determine the energy shifts and expression of the period.

Sun Sign

The Sun is in Aries.

Sun Rules

The Sun disposes the Moon in Leo.

Sun Aspects

Neutral Aspects

The Sun is conjoined Neptune which is in dignity in Pisces.

Soft Aspects

The Sun is trine the Moon in Leo in the First Quarter phase. The Sun is sextile Pluto in Aquarius.

Major Aspect Pattern: Stellium

Stellium Planets

A stellium forms when three or more planets are within 8° of each other. The three planets in this chart’s stellium are Mercury, Chiron and Eris all in Aries. As the ruler of Aries the planet Mars disposes this stellium.

Major Aspect Pattern: Quintile Pointer

Quintile Pointer

There is a major aspect pattern of a fat quintile pointer with the three planets Moon, Venus and Uranus.

Quintile pointers only contain aspects of the fifth harmonic (when you divide the chart by 5). There are two aspects which are the quintile at 72° and the biquintile at 144°. Quintile pointers can be fat or thin it depends. The energy from the base planets (in this case the Moon and Venus) will flow towards the point or the focal planet Uranus and will be expressed out into the world at 20° Taurus. If you have planets or points at this position it will affect you more.

Focal Planet

Uranus in Taurus is the focal planet. Note that Uranus is disposed by Venus the ruler of Taurus. I would also consider that Venus is conjoined Saturn, and that Uranus is conjoined Jupiter when interpreting this quintile pointer.

 

Author Bio

Alison Price: Professional Astrologer

Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

If you’d like to get in touch with Alison, you can reach out to her via email at starzology@gmail.com.

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Wheel of the Year

Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year

Diagram

The wheel of the year is a diagram that shows the Sun’s movement through the twelve signs of the tropical zodiac from Aries to Pisces.

You can draw a wheel of the year in many ways, but they still represent the passing of time throughout a twelve-month period.

 

Flow

Typically, the diagram flows clockwise like time on a clock face, but astrologers flow them counterclockwise to align with the zodiac from which the dates originally come and the rising of the Sun at the Ascendant.

The special eight celebration days have been used for centuries in many cultures around the world.

If you draw your own wheel of the year, you can color it and add the symbols that resonate with you.

In the modern world, there is no right or wrong way to tap into this ancient calendar.

Follow your instincts and create a wheel of the year diagram that speaks to you.

 

Astrology Journal

As an astrologer you would typically draw the wheel of the year in your astrology journal.

If you are more of a pagan, you can create your wheel of the year in your book of shadows or grimoire.

 



The Sun’s Path

We have watched the Sun mark time as it rises and sets every day.

At a broad stroke, the Sun’s rising position on the horizon moves slightly each day.

The daylight hours are longer in summer and shorter in winter.

Every year the Sun transits through the 360º of the tropical zodiac, and in its passing, marks special days in the year.

 

Cardinal Points and the Four Seasons

The Sun’s path crosses the four cardinal points each year which mark the beginning of the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Please note that these dates are for the northern hemisphere.

 

Quarter Days

The four quarter days divide the year up into four quarters.

They are the dates of the two equinoxes and two solstices.

  • March 21st – equinox
  • June 21st – solstice
  • September 21st – equinox
  • December 21st – solstice

 

Cross-Quarter Days

The cross-quarter days divide each of the four quarters of the year.

The cross quarter days are midway between the equinoxes and the solstices.

These dates are around the 8th of the inbetween months and each year is slightly different.

The definition of a cross-quarter day is when the Sun reaches fifteen degrees of the fixed signs.

 

  • February 8th
  • May 8th
  • August 8th
  • October 8th

 

Spring Equinox – Ostara

Around March 21st, the Sun crosses the celestial equator at 0º Aries, moving north for three months.

It is the Aries ingress and this is springtime.

The pagan celebration of Ostara is aligned with the equinox when the day and night is the same.

 

Beltane

The pagan festivity of Beltane is the day the Sun reaches 15 º of Taurus.

This is often celebrated on May 1st each year.

 

 

Midsummer Solstice – Litha

Around June 21st, the Sun reaches its highest declination at around 23.5º north at 0º Cancer.

Now the Sun moves back towards the celestial equator for three months.

The Cancer ingress heralds summer.

The pagan celebration of Litha is on the midsummer’s day which is the longest day of the year and the day with the most sunlight.

 

 

Lammas

As the Sun reaches 15 Leo, which is typically on August 8th, it is the cross-quarter day of Lammas.

However, the pagan celebration of Lammas is usually celebrated on August 1st.

 

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Autumn Equinox – Mabon

Around September 21st, the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving south at 0º Libra and continues for three months during autumn or fall.

The Libra ingress happens at the autumn equinox and the start of the new season.

The pagan celebration of Mabon is usually celebrated on October 1st which is a date close to the equinox.

 

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Samhain – Halloween

The pagan celebration of Samhain is when the Sun passes over 15º of Scorpio, which is around November 8th.

In general, this special day is usually celebrated on October 31st as Halloween.

All Saint’s Day follows of November 1st.

 

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Midwinter Solstice – Yule

Around December 21st, the Sun’s declination reaches around 23.5º south as it enters 0º Capricorn.

Now the Sun moves back up towards the celestial equator which takes three months and it is wintertime.

As the Sun enters Capricorn it is known as the Capricorn ingress when the winter season begins.

The pagan celebration of Yuletide is celebrated on midwinter’s day.

 

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Imbolc

Imbolc occurs when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Aquarius which is usually around February 8th, although Imbolc is celebrated around February 1st each year.

One symbol for Imbolc is Brighid’s cross made from wheat sheaves or corn dollies.

 

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Conclusion

As an aspiring astrologer, it is valuable to understand when the dates for the cardinal signs and the cross-quarter days happen as they shift a little each year.

These special days are not just plucked out of thin air.

Often at the start of a new season, the news channels will state that, “Spring is starting on March 21st at 4:37pm” and this statement may seem weird.

Now that you know how each season is timed (by the Sun’s ingress into a cardinal sign), you can fully understand the seasonal changes and the cross-quarter days that occur at around six-week intervals.

If you are just starting out, pay attention to the equinoxes and solstices first.

Then explore the cross-quarter days afterwards.

The whole year begins at the vernal equinox when the Sun enters Aries around March 21st every year.

 


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Aspiring Astrologer Activity: Wheel of the Year

In your astrology journal and with a compass and protractor, please do the following:

 

  • Draw the diagram for the wheel of the year with four concentric circles.
  • Divide the outer wheel into the four seasons.
  • Divide the second wheel in, into the months of the year.
  • Divide the third wheel in, into the twelve signs of the zodiac starting with Aries in the ascendant position.
  • Divide the center wheel into the eight celebrations of the wheel of the year.

Extend Yourself

  • Color in your wheel of the year and decorate it as you see fit. Use your intuition as a guide.
  • For the next celebration that is coming up, give some thought and list what you want to manifest for your life during that period.

 

Share your drawing on social with the hashtag #starzologywheeloftheyear or send a link to your artwork to me at starzology@gmail.com.

 

 

International Astrology Day

International Astrology Day

International Astrology Day

Date

Every year on or around March 21 the Sun enters Aries and we celebrate International Astrology Day. This day is chosen for its special status because it is the time when the Sun commences the annual astrological cycle on its journey through the zodiac

 

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International Astrology Day : 2024 Chart

Below is the chart for International Astrology Day in 2024. It is set on the Zero Aries house system and can be used all over the world. You can cast one specifically for your location if you wish.

Ingress Chart

This is an ingress chart for the exact moment that the Sun enters Aries.

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Equinoxes

Equinox means equal night and therefore equal day. The day and night are twelve hours long which when added together makes up the usual twenty-four hour day.

The equinoxes occur on the day when the Sun is directly overhead at the equator, or in other words, at zero degrees of celestial latitude. To be specific there is a time in the day that this happens it does not occur at midnight. Each year is different.

There are two equinoxes each year and they are six months apart. The first near March 21st and the second on or around September 21st. The date slowly shifts back and forth over the years as we adjust the calendar for leap year.

The spring or vernal equinox is in March and the autumnal equinox is in September. This naming of the equinoxes is northern hemisphere related and my friends in South Africa, Oz and Middle Earth will experience the opposite seasons.

It is at the vernal equinox when the Sun enters the first sign of the zodiac Aries. The twelve zodiac signs are in sequence as follows: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Cardinal Ingresses

The four cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

An ingress is the term used to define when a planet, or the Sun or Moon, leave one sign and enter the adjacent sign. So you can refer to this event as the Sun’s Aries ingress or simply as the Aries Ingress.

We can cast an ingress chart for the exact time, to the minute and second, of the Sun’s entrance into Aries and this chart and it’s meaning will be in effect for three months until the Cancer ingress or one year until the following Aries ingress.

 

Yearly Cycles

All cycles have a beginning and an end. In this case the new beginning suggests hope and eagerness to start things afresh. The sign of Aries is one for initiating things, starting a venture or turning over a new leaf.

If you have a project that you want to start and get going quickly then do so after International Astrology Day and try not to start before that date. You can certainly plan and work over the strategy required for your actions but wait for the Sun to shine from Aries and use this strong energy.

How to Celebrate International Astrology Day

Typically you can celebrate in several ways:

  • An astrology group meeting.
  • Lunch or dinner.
  • Bake a cake.
  • Share and discuss the ingress chart.
  • Other types of get together.
  • Perhaps you can make some personal affirmations for changes you would like to see flourish in your life.

It is not necessary for everyone to acknowledge this day.

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Author Bio

Alison Price: Professional Astrologer

Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

If you’d like to get in touch with Alison, you can reach out to her via email at starzology@gmail.com.

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