Become your own best astrologer! Why not? Using astrology is not just for astrologers and their clients; you can use it too--unfold your "astrological muse" by learning what's essential to know...in these musings you'll find ways to reach into your intuitive authentic Self so that you can "lift the veil" to your inner Oracle.
This is an excerpt from my new but yet unpublished book called "Lifting the Veil; Becoming Your Own Best Astrologer." Although some of the book deals with the grammar of learning how to do this, there's also a section on mid-life passages and the journeys we take from our childhood religious views to new ways of seeing....and in my case it was from Catholicism, to Existentialism, to archetypal astrology. If you are interested in this kind of writing you might also enjoy the book: "North Node Astrology; Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose"
"When an inner
situation is not make conscious, it happens outside as fate."Carl Jung
happening to me now?" This is what we ask the astrologer---or ourselves in
times of change.By looking at the
transits of the outer planets you get a glimpse into the 'climate' of the time,
and unique insights into what's
happening to you now. There are always several things happening at the same
time, and like a good 'weather forecast' the art of astrological analysis is to
be able to analyze the parts into the whole. But if you know what transit is up
for you now—well, here's a quick and easy guide to help you figure it all out!
Played out optimally:
a sense of faith and trust in the process of your life, and intuiting a
benevolent order and reasoning behind the appearances of things. You feel a
sense of grace or luck and new opportunities opening up. Life feels more expansive
and threads of meaning are seen. You have more self-confidence because you feel
you have more resources to work with (money or talents) and so you're acting
from a place of abundance rather than scarcity.
there are fewer obstacles or tension you could get lazy and miss the
opportunities of this 'climate'. This is a green light time for you to take
advantage of opportunities around you. You can afford to take some risks now.
But although you may find yourself lucky or your world expansive, make sure to
stay humble, not arrogant, and don't over-extend yourself---with food or money!
Avoid all forms of over-doing.
of your intentions are very strong now, so watch what seeds you sow—what you
wish for may come true! There are
opportunities and hidden meanings in events now, so look for the
'syncronicities' (events united in time; meaningful co-incidences) and act on
them. Curb your ego and pride, and feel confident that you are in a harmonious
flow with the Universe.
Played out optimally:
of self-discipline and self-respect. Learning patience and good timing. Turning
loneliness into creative solitude. Doing the "work" that must be done
in a responsible manner. Creating new structures and definitions of who you are
and what your life is about. Saturn rules the bones and skin, houses,
institutions, and the forms that relationships take. Issues with time and
boundaries often arise.
energy states, illness, depression, delays and frustrations, suppressing
emotions, lack of imagination and a refusal to 'sober up' to the demands of
Rx: Learn to do things alone; learn to cultivate creative solitude! And at work, be willing to show up and not cut corners and take the easy way out. Find the quiet joy in being "responsive" and doing
a good job at whatever is called for—whether it be changing diapers or working
late hours or learning to organize one's time better. Understand that Saturnian
times often feel like times of hard work or delay—in the short run---but they
yield great rewards in the long run both materially and karmically. Wherever
there is unfinished business karmically you will be tested for your maturity
and wisdom. Persevere in your dreams and learn to prune your life of excesses
and say 'no' when appropriate.
Played out optimally:
your individuality, uniqueness, and acting on forgotten dreams. Daring to
question 'authority' (parents, bosses, partner, institutions) and your own
social conditioning with all it's assumptions and expectations. Dare to swim
upstream against the social pressures of your friends or groups you've
identified with in the past. Be willing to change your routines and have the
courage to act differently and at times, impulsively. Take the calculated risk.
Go for the adventure and rebel against whatever in your life feels
anxiety, irritability and restlessness. Impatience with others. Recklessness
and rash actions. Being insensitive to other's feelings. Acting eccentric and
'picky' instead of uniquely yourself. Being afraid of breaking the rules and
speaking your truth even when you know you're right. Feeling as if the ground
is shifting under you and you don't know how to be flexible to the changing
times and feelings.
Let go of
fear and ego-based pride, and allow your higher self and intuition to guide you
to right action.Allow yourself to
daydream and "putter about" and to think outside the box of
conventional thought. Question your own patterns, habits, and assumptions. Let
the phrase "Let's do something different" be your mantra. Get
creative and be willing to let go of your current level of stability and
security to gain a larger life. Get moving, get out, and play!
Played out optimally:
empowerment and worldly ambition relax into giving way to a larger less
self-centered perspective. Less ego and more inspiration. Finding what God or a
higher power means for you. Letting it be OK not to know all the answers;
learning to take life one step at a time. Paying attention to your intuitive,
spiritual, creative and compassionate impulses. Finding ways to shift realities
so that you experience life from different perspectives and see the
inter-relatedness of all things. Letting boundaries relax; seeing life more
like an impressionistic painting and less like a map that's leading you
disillusionment, laziness, escaping into addictions, glamorous delusions,
fanatic ideas, and feeling helpless. Generally feeling lost in a fog. Feeling
the pain and injustice of life and getting caught being the victim-martyr, or
playing the rescuer or the 'persecutor' without deep understanding and empathy
for the other person or the larger picture.Feeling uncomfortable in this transitional space and not nurturing
yourself with enough inspiring activities.
music, walk on the beach, take long showers, buy yourself flowers and read an
inspiring book. Take yourself on a retreat or vacation. Don't make important
decisions now, but let the rational mind relax into as much beauty and serenity
as possible. Dare to explore different perspectives and look deeply into
matters of the spirit. Take a night class, pick up the paint brush or guitar,
or volunteer to help wherever you feel compassionately drawn.
Played out optimally:
the capacity to discern truth and discerning a sense of one's destiny.
Realizing the absurdity of narrow pursuits and thinking small.Having the courage to delve into one's darker
side and the taboo areas of life to bring healing and light. Having the courage
to go through hard times and major life changes without becoming cynical.
Releasing and letting go of everything and everyone that moves out of your life
(or that isn't right for you) and allowing life's changes to flow through you
without 'clenching'. Allowing yourself to come into your own power and to act
and speak from a place of empowerment.
attitude that life is 'just one damn thing after another'. Moving into violent
and dogmatic spheres of life where there's an attitude that the end justifies
the means. Becoming rigid or arrogant, and getting involved in power struggles.
Feeling that life's problems feel overwhelming, and that you must hold on tight
to what you have; resisting the phoenix-like experience that life is wanting
you to experience right now.
way, find a way to let aspects of your life die and be re-born. De-construct
and re-construct.Don't be afraid to
look at the darker/messier sides of yourself and others and see where there is
still "gold in the shadows." Recycle, repair, redo, and renew. Delve
deep and work below the surface to find the deeper 'bottom line.'Be savvy, but above all, be honest and above
board in all your affairs, and don't take short cuts. Avoid dangerous people
and mad dogs. Tackle big issues with humility, and allow yourself to grow into
your wisdom and power. 'Step up to the plate', doing what needs to be done,
while allowing yourself to regain your sense of astonishment; you are being
re-born. (c) Elizabeth Spring Please ask permission before reprinting.
Continuing with the basics! All you need to know to be your own best Astrologer
HouseDescribes your home, family, ancestors, mother, and
how you see the mythology/story of your life. It begins at the nadir of the
chart at 6:00 o’clock. It reflects something about how you nurture others, and
how you’ve been nurtured, or not.
Ruled by Planet: Moon. The Moon and Sun
are luminaries, and not truly planets, but they each rule a house and sign.
Just as the Moon is constantly changing shape, so are the people who are ruled
by the Moon and moodiness can be observed. Perhaps this is why they treasure
their homes and sense of belonging, and like the crab, they can be vulnerable
on the inside and tough on the outside. The high expression of Moon
energy is nurturance, and the ability to tune into feelings rather than just
thoughts alone. They have keen intuition which can be psychic sensitivity as well.
The low expression of Cancer is the puer and puella: the words used to
describe a boy or girl who choses never to grow up. By self-protecting themselves
through lack of the commitment (that would mature them) they can suffer and
Sign: Cancer. Cancer desires to nurture
and usually has a strong connection to the mother and the maternal karmic
lineage. Money and security is important to them. Cancers have a flair with
homes and make good real estate brokers and antique dealers (they have an
interest in the past.) One can often see what the Cancer is experiencing by
looking at their face—they make good actors, and they are also the people to
turn to when you need help or nurturance.
House:Describes your self-expression and
creativity, as well as love affairs and children. It relates to how you ‘play’
and how you ‘follow your bliss’ as Joseph Campbell wrote about. It begins at
five o’clock on your chart, and keyword is “I create”.Keyword: “I
Planet:The Sun. When looking at the role of the Sun
in your birth chart, or transiting chart, think of it as You: your essential
identity. And this solar ego container is based in part, on the personality you’ve
created, so know where you stand, what values you stand for, and know what
gives you energy so you can be strong. When the Sun is involved you are the
hero/heroine of your story, but don’t let it blind you--resist the seduction to
blind insensitivity or arrogance. The High expression is what Jungians call “Individuation”
that is, becoming all that you are called to be…and the low expression
would be to not achieve this, but instead to to live a life based on other’s
expectations of you.
Sign: Leo. This “luminary” is related to
the archetypes the King/Queen/Aristocrat, the child/clown, and the Performer. Leos
come into this life to be seen and accepted, and to feel the joy of giving and
receiving love. Leo needs to risk being real, unique, and self-expressive and
avoid superficial people pleasing. Leo’s need for expression is powerful; Leo is
called to leave its stamp on the world in a tangible way. Creativity, pleasure,
and heart-fullness are all intertwined in this sign.
Sixth House : Describes your skillfulness, your health, the way
you work with co-workers, and how you feel about service. It also relates to
mentoring and being mentoring as well as uncles and aunts. It begins at 4:00
o’clock on your chart, and its keyword is ‘I serve.’
This is the earthy practical side of Mercury. The high expression of
Mercury is clear vision followed by action—also the ability to keep learning as
well as teaching or mentoring. The low expression is not keeping the
mind open; thinking that one is right all the time, and an unconscious
Sign: Virgo.This earth sign relates
to the archetypes of the servant/helper, the perfectionist, and the analyst. Becoming
skillful and achieving a degree of excellence in what interests Virgo is
important, because Virgo, like the “Virgin who is one unto herself” can see the
ideal and is willing to work for it. For the first time in the evolution of the
signs, we see a capacity for self-sacrifice, but the Virgin’s perfectionism
must be tempered by self-acceptance and self-love.
House:Describes the area of partnership and
one-on-one relationships. It also relates to agreements between people and the
changing of agreements…which is why it can relate to enemies as well. Its
keyword: “I relate.”
Planet: Venus. This is Venus in her relational aspect,
trusting and forming alliances. The high expression of Venus is peace, love,
beauty, and trust. What could be better: But the low expression of Venus
can be manipulation, indecision, conning of one’s self and others, laziness,
and self-indulgence. Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, and in the Seventh
house context we can see the image of Libra as the goddess Athena with her balancing
scales, and in Taurus she leans more towards the goddess Aphrodite—however,
there is a bit of each in both signs.
Sign: Libra. Serenity is the goal of Libra,
and holding the balance and tension of the opposites. Learning about “right
relationships” is one of the main tasks of Libra. Libra can be like an iron
hand in a velvet glove; hiding their incredible strength behind a poised and
gentle appearance. Gifted with keen intellect and a tolerance for paradox and
ambiguity, Libra is called to act out the archetypes of lover, peacemaker, and
House: Describes the
experience of death/rebirth, sexuality and intimacy, other people’s values and
money, and all that is hidden. It’s keyword is “I transform.”
Planet: Pluto. This
is the realm of personal transformation and transitions through the toughest of
life’s passages. When we encounter this “Lord of the Underworld” we are often
required to surrender our personal power to a higher power and trust that life
is unfolding as it should. The highest expression of Pluto is a
regeneration and rebuilding of what we have outgrown and a renewal of
ourselves. The lower expression of Pluto is a cynical attitude that say’s:
is this all there is to life? A low expression of Pluto is cheating, hiding,
not playing by the rules, and letting our basest instincts overpower us.
Sign: Scorpio. Scorpio’s want to know the
bottom line Truth, and they’re willing to “go for it.” Yet Scorpio can dwell in
the drama and trauma of life too easily, and needs to find its power in a more
objective and spiritual attitude. The Scorpio nature feels its way through
life, fearing emotional dependence, and secretly trying to protect its own
vulnerability and sensitivity. Psychologist, shaman, and detective, Scorpio’s
look “under the covers” for the source of all motivations, andcan be
drawn towards too much brooding and introspection, and needs to remember that
like the archetypal Phoenix, it will always rise again to a new life.
House: Describes the
area of philosophy, teaching, travel, and the law. It governs the realm of the “higher
mind” and all the study, travel, and contact with other cultures that broaden
our mind. Its keyword: “I believe.”
This is the planet of grace, opportunity, expansion, luck, pomposity and
self-importance. This large planet in our charts also speaks to the tendency to
over-do, but when acting in its highest expression it can be a
benevolent agent for goodness, as well as a fine teacher and storyteller. In
its lower expression Jupiter “over-estimates and over-does” and in its
arrogance loses the grace, opportunity and luck that could come naturally to
Sign:There’s a bit of the scholar, gypsy, and philosopher
in Sagittarius, and your beliefs are the cornerstone and rudder of your life. Sagittarius
is a sign that also needs to learn to be discerning, tactful, and avoid the “foot
in mouth” disease that is common with this sign. Fiery Sagittarius is generally
good humored, optimistic, and adventurous, and needs the freedom to travel, to
read, and to explore the diversity and meaning of life. “Getting fenced in” or
over-committed too early in life doesn’t work well for this sign.
To be continued, for last 3 houses, signs, and planets...then putting it all together and in perspective....
Part One: “The
Technique of Linking Houses, Signs and Planets”
is a powerful and easy to remember method of learning the core structure of
astrology. By using the correlations of the “natural zodiac” by starting with
Aries Rising, you’ll not only see the core meanings of the houses, signs, and
planets, but we’ll go beyond that to see their intentional, positive
expression. Because houses, signs and planets are all related, this is a great
way to learn their meanings, and then to resolve to get the best out of each,
and to avoid the pull of their negative seductions. This is what is called the
natural zodiac, and once you understand this you can put the pieces together in
your own chart. (Only people with Aries Rising on the ascendant have the
natural zodiac, the rest of us do not. We each have different rising signs
based on our birth time, however the meanings of each house, sign and ruler are
here is to see how putting the highest expression of each planet and sign can
be activated, while being aware of the pitfalls of the lower expression, the
the magic begins; when you know what the range of possibilities are, you can
make the intention to ‘give to the gods’ what they want, thereby setting yourself
up to be in the best alignment with your chart. You’ll be in the Tao of your
So here are the relationships between the houses, planets, and signs:
House: Describes you
and how others see you. It starts at the ascendant (at 9:00 o’clock on your
chart) and planets placed here influence your style and way of being in the
world. Keyword: I am.
Ruled by: Planet Mars. Mars is the active,
Yang, assertive quality we all have…it wants expression in the world! It wants
to be your inner warrior and to rightfully defend or claim what is yours. It’s highest
expression is having the Courage to act despite fears, and the lowest
is whining or raging about what is wrong in your life, and ultimately being
like the Lion in the Wizard of Oz; a coward.
Sign: Aries. This firey sign always has
similar qualities to its ruler, and the key word for Aries is courage; it’s
about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. In the Tarot deck, Aries would be
the very first card, where we see the young man starting off on his journey. Aries
is an enthusiastic starter of projects and needs to learn to keep up its
strength and persistence. Brilliant and naïve at times, Aries doesn’t like to
back down from a challenge of wits or strength. When the noble knight of Aries
doesn’t tackle the project or challenge, it can become bitter, sad, or
occasionally vengeful. Aries needs to push up against all obstacles and define
themselves in the world, and most of all, in their own eyes.
House: Describes how
you feel about your resources, your values, and your money. It starts at 8:00
o’clock on your chart. This house reflects our feelings about our self-worth.
Keyword: “I have”.
Ruled by Planet: Venus. Venus is our
relationship style, the inner feminine, and relates to our ability to receive and
connect. Venus desires security, serenity and beauty, and therefore is also
related to money and our style of gaining money and serenity. Venus is earthy
and is nurtured by nature and music, and loves the loyalty of friends. Its highest
expression is to make real and tangible all that it loves. Its lowest
expression is to lose serenity through drama and complexity, and to retreat
into mind-numbing activities.
Sign: Taurus. This earth sign can bore
itself to death unless it chooses to imaginatively change its persistent
stubbornness and allow in the new. Taurus wants ‘to have’ in that it wants to
know what it likes, what it stands for, and who it is. It wants a stable
environment where it feels at home; and who doesn’t? But Taurus deeply needs to
be grounded, and from that position it can come out of its self-made cocoon and
emerge into it’s pure nature and nurture others with its many resources.
your communication style, your mind, and siblings. It starts at 7:00 o’clock on
your chart. This house reflects your feelings about going into the world and
connecting with others, and sharing that information. Here’s where you are a
bridge maker and connector.
Planet: Mercury. This
is the planet of communication, and can be the part of us that is the teacher,
the story-teller, or the journalist. Mercury can be a trickster as well, and in
mythology it’s sometimes seen as flighty, curious and unpredictable. Its high
expression is to connect and help the rest of us share who our knowledge
and wisdom with others. Its lower expression is a superficial knowledge
of many things, and a narrow viewpoint on life.
Sign: Gemini. This air sign likes to
penetrate mystery and hates to be bored. Gemini is curious, and is born to
perceive all that is happening and to hold the paradoxes of life without a
judgmental attitude. Gemini is born to master the art of speaking…and
listening. The minds of Gemini’s are so active that they need physical release
so that the psychic tension doesn’t overflow into its nervous system.
Commitment to one person or activity can be hard for Gemini unless there is
enough action and variety to keep the curious Gemini vibrant.
a look at your birth chart, and you’ll see it looks like a circle divided into
12 sections. This circular mandala, with all the planets, signs, numbers and
aspect lines, is based on your particular birth time, day, place, and year. The
theory that underlies a chart is that it’s based on the model of reincarnation which
implies that you chose the time and place to be born to in order to grow from
your experiences. There are no good or bad charts—it’s all in how you play out
the energy patterns there, and like a spiritual mandala, you can use it to
ponder and learn many things.
I like to think of this circle as being a
conference table with all the planets around the table. The planets are parts
of who you are—your sub-personalities or archetypal energies, sitting in their respective sections
(“houses”) around the table, with your Sun sign (your ego identity) being the
chairperson of the board. Each planet has a glyph (sign) which describes it. The
lines in the center of the chart (aspects) are like an invisible conversation
that is going on between these planets that make up your inner Self; your
family constellation of inner people. They do many things: they make alliances
(conjunctions), they square off to each other and irritate, they trine in each
in support and agreement, they oppose each other outwardly (oppositions) and
stimulate each other (sextiles). We’ll get back to these and a few other
aspects of communication later.
of it this way: you have planets, signs, houses, aspects, and Nodes. In each
house is a planet or Node, and you are neither blessed nor cursed by the
arrangements they make. It reflects a pattern that was in the sky at the moment
of your birth, and this synchronicity is significant. It doesn’t matter if all
your planets are bunched together in one or two houses, or if you have many
empty sections or houses. A section of the circle that is empty simply means
that in that area/house/section of your life. You have more freedom there and
are less influenced by planetary energies. (A client of mine thought she would
never be married because she had no planets in the 7th house of
also see that outside the circle, at the edge or cusp of each section/house is
a planet. That planet will inform and influence the goings on in that house. We
have all the planets and all the signs somewhere in each of our charts—it’s
only the arrangements that are different.
a house again? Think of it this way—it’s where the action is. It’s the area of
your life that is in consideration. There are 12 of them and they’re dividing
lines on the chart, like pieces of a pie. The 1st house starts at
the ascendant, which is where 9:00 o’clock would be on a clock, and they
proceed counterclockwise till we get to the last house, which is the 12th,
between 10:00 and 9:00 on your chart. We’ll get to the meanings of them in a
a planet? It’s what we are talking about. If it’s Venus, we’re talking about
your relationship style, and relates to the feminine side of yourself, male or
female. If it’s Mars it’s your assertive side and style.
a sign? It’s an adjective to describe the planet we’re talking about. If we’re
talking about your Sun sign and want to know more about it, we’d give it a
sign—it describes more of its nature and tendencies. This is what Sun sign
astrology horoscopes focus on—the sign that your Sun is in. It only tells a bit
of the story. It’s the story of the hero/heroine/your solar journey—but it
doesn’t tell you that much about what else is happening, and there’s lots more!
an aspect? These are the lines in the middle of your chart. This is the
conversation that’s happening at the conference table. All the numbers you see
on your chart create the aspects or dynamics between the planets. If two
planets are conjunct or connect to each other, they combine and merge their
energies, making them strong in alliance, whereas if two planets are square,
they are 90 degrees apart and there’s an unspoken tension between them. If two
planets are opposite each other the tension tends to come from outsde situation
or people. These oppositions are 180 degrees apart. These are the main aspects,
although astrologers also use minor ones, such as the sextile of 60 degree
separation which acts as stimulation, and inconjuncts which act almost like an
opposition, but is easier as they only need adjustments to get along.
are configurations that the aspects make too—and the most important one is the
YOD when two inconjuncts are pointing to a planet and are linked by a sextile
at its base. In essence, it’s saying look more carefully at this planet in your
life. It is somewhat like the North Node in meaning.
What’s a transit or progression—that is how
can one predict? Essentially, we cannot predict, but the conversation/aspects
of the current transiting planets in the sky is important when looked at with
your chart. When a moving transiting planets joins up and aspects one of your
planets then this is a hot spot, and speaks to the astrologer---- it is what an
astrologer looks at when looking to your present or upcoming “astrological
if you’re in a transit of Pluto squaring your Sun, and you know the meaning of
Pluto and what a square is, and the Sun…then you can string them into a
sentence, such as: I’m having the planet of death, rebirth, regeneration in
tense aspect to my Self (Sun) and the transit lasts till next September. You
can see how long a transit lasts by looking at an Ephemeris or on an astrology
progression can be seen as being your “evolving Self.” This speaks to the inner
feeling of your life’s journey at the moment. It’s not used as much as the
transits to get a feel for what’s happening now but it’s worth a look. Computer
programs all have progressions, and they often put the birth chart in the
center with the transits and progressions in a bi-wheel or tri-wheel around
the quick version. In the next sections we’ll go deeper into the meaning of the
planets and I’ll show you a special technique you can use to understand how to
really know the full range of possibilities of how the SIGNS and PLANETS can
understood in their highest and lowest expressions.
psychologist, Carl Jung once said that we can often endure what we feel to be almost "the unendurable". He believed that our center can hold, particularly if we chose to wait and hold the tension of the opposites in our psyche, till an
answer rises up by itself…what he called the “third way.” Synchronistic moments
often point to this third way if we can hear their message.
astrologers often sense that our unconscious sets up situations and scenarios that
fit into what we’re currently telling our Self about our life story. So if you don’t know your inner patterns and
shadow tendencies, then you’re more likely to sabotage yourself or to allow
someone else to do that to you. Pondering your astrological chart can help you with that inner self knowledge or you can go to an astrologer or an analyst for help. This blog is to help you gain some insights into the inner workings of your Self, simply by pondering the symbolism in your chart. Not easy, but perhaps easier than you may think. And perhaps that's part of what astrologer's don't tell you--you can do it yourself.
For some, this might sound too
intense to do alone, and perhaps it is. Astrology readings have many advantages besides the "insights" and most "readings" leave clients feeling good and validated for
their choices. And they’ll leave with questions to think about…such as, what
part of me has contributed to what is happening now or may have wanted or
feared it? But the astrological forecast shows times of clearing and new
openings and possibilities --what’s Jupiter doing? What’s Uranus doing? And so the
session usually ends with a satisfying sense that there’s a synchronicity
between the client’s life and their chart, and most of all—they have choices of what to do, even if it's just waiting for the "third" way to appear while holding the tension of the opposites.
So….what happens in an astrology reading is that a sense of possibilities
emerges, for example, you might have transiting planets to your Venus in
the 7th house of relationships that could show a cooling down of
affection (Saturn) or a need for more space/freedom (Uranus) or a confusion or
betrayal (Neptune).And the astrologer will mention
these as possibilities, but what matters most is the choices based on
this Self-knowing: by honest delving into the story/questions, and asking
such such things as: Do you really want this relationship or job? Or
are you just doing it because…? Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place
and need to endure it?
And....we look at the backstory and the larger story through the most important part
of the chart: the North and South Nodes, while still looking at the whole chart
as being karmic. We look closely at what’s happening now and in the near future
so that they can be clear and more empowered in their choices.
you can do this too! Astrology teaches that life has patterns and is not a
random sequence of events, but that all is interrelated and meaningful. We may
not be able to see it at first, and we’re not denying that Great Mysteries do
exist and we don’t know what the Soul’s intention is for this life. But
evolutionary astrologers believe in reincarnation and that we have more than
one chance to get it right.Astrologers
believe life has meaning, and hints of it are in the map of the psyche: the
what does that mean for us in this book? I want to help you know how to find
the indications to make the most out of the auspicious times and how to ride
through the tough times. Is it a challenge or a brick wall? Can I go over it,
around it, or must I stop? “This too will pass” we say as we see the
astrological climate changing. We know that no transit happens before its time.
is a means for empowerment and it can be used as a spiritual and healing
practice. I want to share with you what makes astrology work and how you can do
it yourself.Let’s begin.
you reading or listening to your Sun Sign forecast? First Mistake!
a clue—want it to be more accurate? Find your birth time! The difference
between a person who reads or listens to their horoscope and the astrologer’s art is that the
astrologer is layering on information, bit by bit, and synthesizing it all. You
can do it too—it’s not that hard.
you don’t know your Rising Sign, you can find it by getting your astrology
chart for free on-line (like at astro.com) and you’ll have your unique birth
chart based on the time, date and place of your birth; that first synchronistic
moment in your life; a snapshot of the sky at the moment your Soul chose to be
What sign is rising? Here’s how to find it.
The birth chart looks like a mandala, a clock, or a “pie” that’s divided into
12 sections. Now I want you to find your Rising sign, which is the sign placed
at 9:00 o’clock on your chart. That sign is the clue to a more accurate
forecast for you because it’s from your own astrology chart—not a generic one
for everyone who has the same birth sign, and you’ll read that Rising sign horoscope even before you read your
Sun sign. That's a clearer snapshot of your chart and life. Astrology is not a hard science, so there will be differences, but if you ponder both Rising and Sun sign, you can get really good clues for the month or day ahead.
You see, everyone may know you’re a Libra Sun
sign but your Libra friend will have the same forecast unless you read your
rising sign, and then read your Sun
sign. You’re adding and layering the information--synthesizing what is there;
and that is the first clue as to what a professional astrologer does. Layering
there’s a third clue to going deeper into understanding your chart. What
“house” is your Sun sign in? Again, starting at the Rising Sign (at 9:00
o’clock on your chart) count “counter clock wise” from the first house (the
section between 9:00 and 8:00 o’clock) till you find the house or section of
the chart where your Sun sign is… then read about that house and what it
represents—for example, if it’s in the section of the “astrological pie” that is 4
sections from the ascendent it’s in the 4th house. That means there’s
something about you (your Sun) that is deeply embedded with the meaning of that
house: "home, heart, hearth" is imporatant, as well as how you frame the personal mythology of your
I can imagine some of you are re-reading this and shaking your head—you’re the
visual learners. So take a look at my you-tube channel where I explain this. It’s at: