Thursday, December 23, 2004

Mars moving to Sagittarius

Mars will be moving into Sagittarius on the 25th and will be there until Feb. 6th, 2005. Everything Sagittarian will be given more energy. Since Sagittarius is such an energetic sign, those who have it prominent in their charts will want to be careful to keep things balanced. This is a great time to pursue higher knowledge and deepen spiritual understanding. Check which area of your chart Sagittarius is in. If you have Sagittarius in the 7th house, you'll want to be on the alert for flaring tempers in your relationships. In the 4th, you'll want to avoid making rash decisions about your home.

(note: if you don't already have a chart you can get one at Astro.)

Saturday, December 18, 2004

reuniting

I've been reading through the archives of Lipstick Mystic's blog. Last August, she wrote about Mercury Retrograde being a Time for Reuniting with Soul Mates. On Thursday, one of my old friends from high school called me and another one is back in town for a couple of weeks. I also think I saw one of my crushes from high school when I went Christmas shopping. I never took note of the reuniting that happens during a Mercury retrograde before. It'll be interesting to see what happens next time.

Tomorrow, the Mercury retrograde ends. The next one is March 19 - April 12, 2005.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

a chocolate-feasting zombie

Normally I love Mercury retrogrades. My Mercury is in Taurus, so it feels like everything slows down to my pace when Mercury goes retrograde. Except when Mercury goes retrogarade in the fire signs.

This Mercury retrograde feels a lot like an extended version of PMS. I haven't been able to sleep well. I'll try to sleep for a few hours then I'll get up and go into the kitchen, chanting "chocolate, must eat chocolate." After I eat the chocolate I can sleep. It's the only thing that works. It's also the only thing I tried. hee.

All the planets in Sagittarius (my ascendant) seem to be triggering all the issues Pluto's transit has brought up so far. Not externally though. It's all internal. It's quite helpful as it seems to be clearing out unnecessary sludge in my unconscious, but it's also intensely draining. The New Moon last Saturday has given me fuel so I'm feeling much less overwhelmed. Until Mercury goes forward, I will be in Pluto's cave eating chocolate and refueling.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

retro report

I've been spending the last couple of weeks finishing up some online courses I signed up for, which took longer than I expected. What a perfect example of Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius, the sign of higher learning.

Other retro happenings: Today I tried to unclog the bathroom sink with the plunger and somehow clogged the bathtub. Everything's declogged now. And the lock to the garage door is not communicating very well with the key.

I also wanted to share the report for today from Celestial Timings by Carolyn Brent: "Dec 11, Saturday. The Sagittarius New Moon (21 Sag) conjunct Pluto helping to deepen our commitment to the power and magic of living the essential truth of our being that promotes love and joy. Attending to the hurts, wrongs, mistakes and issues of the past through embracing them, forgiving them and moving to new territory is supported by this New Moon energy when we are willing to take authentic action through surrender and release."

Friday, December 03, 2004

more on Mercury

Mercury is retrograde in Sagittarius, so check out which house it is affecting in your chart. That's where you'll need to think about making some changes and/or tie up loose ends. Sagittarius is the sign associated with seeking higher knowledge. Ask yourself if you are only seeing the surface of an issue and need to dig deeper.

I was checking out April's blog (thanks for the link!) and she wrote about Mercury's shadow period. During the shadow period, I attempted to cook something in the stove. It was supposed to take half an hour. After the first half hour, I realized a fuse was blown in the stove. So I replace it. Half an hour later, I realize I replaced it with a blown out fuse and there are no more to be found. The next hour I try to cook using only half the stove. Then I gave up and just ate it anyway. It was cooked well enough. No food poisoning so I say it worked out pretty good considering. Lesson: If your stove needs fuses stock up LOL. Needless to say, Mercury affects appliances.

Friday, November 26, 2004

blame Mercury

On the 30th, Mercury will be stationing and going retrograde in the morning. It'll be stationing at the same degree it did on Jan. 6th, 2003 before it went direct. Since that Mercury retrograde was the one where my blinds fell on me, I cut myself, and a chair broke as I went sat on it - in the same day - I'm thinking I need to get a hard hat or something for this one. I have a grand trine in the fire signs so when Mercury goes retrograde in one of them interesting things tend to happen.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

oppositions

Planets in opposition to each other will either engage in a tug-o-war or play with each other on the see-saw. Transitting planets will usually add conflict at first. They'll either pick a side in the tug-o-war or pout until they get a turn on the see-saw. If you have an opposition in your chart, you'll want to work on integrating the positive qualities of each side of the opposition.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Sacred Contracts

I've been reading and working through Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss. One of the exercises in the book is to pick eight archetypes that apply to you in addition to the four survival archetypes that, according to this book, apply to everyone and then randomly cast them into the houses of the horoscope (it explains how to do that in the book). This is called your Chart of Origin. I so recommend trying this out. It adds another layer of understanding to your natal chart. Astrology can be very abstract, especially to beginners, and this helps to connect it to your life. It gives you personal images to work with instead of just general concepts.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

empty houses

When people first see their charts, they sometimes wonder why certain houses are empty. There are eight planets and two luminaries, so at least two houses will be empty in most charts. The houses rule specific areas of life. When a house is empty, you look to the natural ruler of that house to get a sense of how you deal with that area. For example, the natural ruler of the 5th house is the Sun. If that house is empty, you'll want to look at your sun sign to get a sense of how you express your creativity. Each house has a natural ruler, but when there are planet(s) occupying a house the ruler defers to them. In other words, the natural ruler still owns the property, but the other planet(s) are taking care of it.

Friday, November 12, 2004

so retro

On the 30th of November, Mercury will be going retrograde in Sagittarius until the 20th of December. Mercury retrogrades are a good time to slow down and take stock. Reflect on the actions you have taken and see if you need to change course. This is not a time for rash action and hasty decisions. Just to be on the safe side, send important gifts or cards before the 30th. For more info on Mercury retrogrades, check out Chrissie Blaze's website

Sunday, November 07, 2004

family ties

In most people's charts, the sun sign of one of their parents will show up in either the 4th or 10th house. Sometimes one will show up in the 4th and the other in the 10th. For the parent who doesn't show up in either of these houses, look at what house they do show up in. That will show you the area of your life they influence the most.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

this node's for you

The Moon's nodes are mathematical points on an astrological chart. The south node is said to represent what you excel at, what you have mastered, while the north node points the way to what you need to most work on and learn.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

the eclipse report part 2

One of the horoscopes I read for October, said that last week's eclipse would bring unusual events for me, which is what happened. The eclipse happened in my 6th house so I ended up experiencing mundane work junk along with the unusual events aka bizarro Wendy world. Good times.

Feel free to share your eclipse experiences.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Astrology and Myths

There are a couple of books out there that explore the connections between astrology and myths. Planets and Possibilities by Susan Miller looks at the myths associated with each sign. There's also a book called MythAstrology by Raven Kaldera. I have yet to read it, but it looks like it goes much more indepth, exploring the myths associated with each possible planetary position.

My friend emailed me a link to an article by Raven Kaldera and on that site I found another article about astrology and mythology.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

the eclipse report

Around the time of the eclipse in Libra, I found both social and work activity increased for me. Libra (the social butterfly sign) is in my 10th house (achievement) and 11th house (friends). It'll be interesting to see what the eclipse later this week brings.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Uranus in Pisces

Uranus first dipped his toes into Pisces in March of 2003, then took the full plunge on Dec 30th, 2003 and will be hanging out for about seven years. Uranus is the planet of revolutionary change, independence, radical thought, rebellion, and wild eccentricity. If you're a Pisces, Uranus will expand your imagination and inspire you to become more yourself. I keep thinking that the crazy cat lady from the Simpsons' is a great way to describe Uranus. So think of how you can be like the crazy cat lady in a less extreme way. One of my astrology books also says to avoid drugs like the plague. I hope you're avoiding the plague.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

fate vs free will

When the subject of astrology comes up, there is often the question of whether everything is fated and therefore predictable or do we have free will. I feel that before we are born our souls decide on what circumstances we need to grow and our astrological charts are maps to help us understand what we need to learn. As we become more conscious of our purpose, we are able to co-create our lives more actively and our path will be less predictable. Ultimately, though, I think life is always a mixture of fate and free will. The way I look at it is that fate is the actions both nature and other people take that influence our lives. Free will is how we choose to act and react. Synchronicity happens when fate and free will are working together harmoniously.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

eclipses

There's a new moon eclipse today in Libra and a full moon lunar eclipse on Oct. 27 in Taurus. Check out Susan Miller's great article on how to deal with eclipses.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Pluto in Sagittarius

Pluto is currently transitting Sagittarius, which is my ascendant, and has been since 1995. Pluto is the planet of transformation, the unconscious and the unknown. Looking back on my life since 1995, a whole lot of transformation has taken place. At first, it was incredibly terrifying, like being thrown into a world with no light. Now I am in a place where I no longer run from the dark parts of myself and instead sit with them without having to fix them. I've been reading Pema Chodron's books and they fit in perfectly with what I'm learning from this Pluto transit. Sitting with the dark parts allows for transformation, while trying to fix them only creates superficial change. There are still four years left in this Pluto transit so who knows what else I will learn.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

The Case for Astrology

A great astrology book to check out (if you can find it - it's out of print) is The Case For Astrology by John Anthony West and Jan Gerhard Toonder. It covers the whole scope of astrology from the origins up to the somewhat present day (the 1970's). It's filled with great lines from astrologers. An example: "Twenty-five hundred years ago, Hippocrates declared that a doctor who was not also an astrologer was not worth his salt." I love dipping into this book at random.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

planetary gossip

I was reading Chrissie Blaze's October horoscopes and there are going to be two quintiles this month - an extremely rare occurance. Oh my.

I also found an article about what Jupiter in Libra means for the world as well as for each sun sign. I love the idea of a year filled with benevolent justice.

Monday, October 04, 2004

interfaith meeting at McDonalds

Last night, I dreamt that I was at McDonalds and was invited to join an interfaith meeting that happened to be there. The leader of the group was a friendly, large black man. I tried to sit down in one chair, but there was something wrong with it so I moved to another. Then we talked about Buddhism and Wicca.

In my chart, transitting Pluto is conjunct my ascendant and natal Neptune in Sagittarius which is opposed to the transitting Moon in Gemini that conjuncts my Natal Moon and Jupiter. The seat switching in my dream is the Moon in Gemini. The leader of the group seemed like a combination of Jupiter and Pluto ~ he symbolized the benevolent unknown to me, because he was friendly and a stranger ~ so clearly the opposition is bringing out the best in each planet in me. The interfaith meeting is Neptune in Sagittarius. McDonalds is Jupiter, the planet of expansion, of course.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

astrological dream interpretation

I was exploring the Astrology Alive website and found an incredible article on combining Jungian psychology and astrology in dream analysis. I got so excited reading this article, as I am much more interested in using astrology as a tool for self-discovery than for prediction. I am going to start approaching the analyzing of my dreams with the methods they mentioned.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Astrology and Health

by Erika Niedowski, Sun Staff. August 20, 2004

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Governed by Neptune and symbolized by the fish. Compassionate, introspective, artistic. Often dreamy and impractical. May be prone to schizophrenia, epilepsy or bipolar disorder.

It may sound like some kind of new, madcap astrology, but a number of scientists are becoming convinced that our birth month may predispose us to particular diseases later in life.

Studies have shown that schizophrenia is more common among those born in late winter or early spring. Multiple sclerosis is associated with births in April, May and June. And epilepsy occurs more frequently in those with birthdays from December to March.

The findings may seem whimsical or -- depending on which month you eat cake and unwrap presents -- alarming. But researchers hope the emerging patterns will offer clues into the origins of a range of illnesses that, despite advances in treatment, have no known cause.

"It makes you think differently about disease," said Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, who has studied the association between birth month and narcolepsy.

"Most people tend to think that disease is really something that is determined by your genes or what happens just before the disease occurs," he said. "Maybe there are a number of things that can happen well before."

In the latest study, published in the current edition of the journal Neurology, scientists at the National Cancer Institute found that adults born in January and February had the highest risk of brain cancer. Those with birthdays in July and August had the lowest risk.

The paper's lead author, NCI epidemiologist Alina V. Brenner, says, though, that the findings could be the result of chance.

But separate studies in Britain and Norway have identified a similar correlation between birth season and risk of brain tumors in children, with a statistical "excess" of births in winter and a "deficit" in summer.

If the association turns out to be real, Brenner said, it suggests that exposures early in a child's development -- at any point from conception to the first few months after birth -- could have a hand in the genesis of the disease. Though it's not clear what those exposures are, they could include viruses, environmental toxins or even something as seemingly benign as the weather.

Seasonal birth patterns have been most firmly established in schizophrenia patients. Several years ago, a group of Danish researchers reported that the risk of developing the disorder was highest among those born in February and March and lowest among those with birthdays in August and September.

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, research psychiatrist at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, has ruled out the possibility that chance alone explains the findings.

"It could be chance if it were one study of 250 people, or a few dozen people here or a few dozen people there," he said. "When you're dealing with a couple hundred thousand people and 200 studies, the chances of it being chance are zero-point-zero. It's remarkably consistent."

void, of course

Last night, I was reading an article about the void of course Moon. I'd never heard of this before. Obviously, I'm not as know-it-all as I think I am. ha. It'll be interesting to see if the time I spend goofing off corresponds with the VOC Moon. I wonder if the Moon is VOC if it is making aspects to the planets in a persons' natal chart. hmmm...

I've been finding a ton of great links so watch the links section.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Michel Gauquelin

Gauquelin set out to disprove the claims of astrologers in 1950. He ended up proving them. He never became a believer of astrology, though.

What he discovered is that certain planets are conjunct the ascendant or descendant in the charts of scientists, athletes, writers, etc. The results were as follows:

Mars: Scientists, doctors, athletes, executives.

Jupiter: Team athletes, soldiers, politicians, actors, journalists, playwrights.

Saturn: Scientists, doctors.

Moon: Politicians, writers.

Of course, he only confirmed what astrologers already knew.

In my chart, both Jupiter and the Moon are conjunct the descendant - in Gemini no less. And Neptune is conjunct the ascendant.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

I thought I'd finish writing up how to generally work with the planets. I'm skipping over Saturn and Jupiter as I already wrote a bit about them.

Mars
You'll want to work with Mars if you have difficulty with asserting yourself or with taking action on your goals.

Uranus
If you need perspective on your life or to get a sense of the larger role you play in life, you'll want to work with Uranus.

Neptune
Working with Neptune will help you to connect with your imagination and your spirituality.

Pluto
If you are dealing with a death, are suffering another kind of loss, or going through a transformation, you'll want to work with Pluto.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Venus

If you have issues with either love or money, you'll want to work with Venus. You'll also want to work with Venus if you are interested in exploring your creativity. Look at where Venus is in your chart, as this will reveal what you need in terms of love, security, and beauty. For example, if Venus is in the 11th house you will need friendships in order to feel loved and secure. If Venus is in the 2nd house, a sense of security will come from accumulating possessions.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Mercury

If you have any problems with communicating, you will want to work with Mercury. The best approach to overcoming communication problems is to emulate Mercury, the God. Pay attention to the details. Listen to yourself and those around you. Ask yourself how you can strike a balance between hearing others and being heard. Ask yourself what you most need others to hear when you speak and what those in your life need you to hear.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

The Moon

The Moon is the throne of your emotions. Whenever you feel hurt, you'll want to work with the Moon. The Moon personalizes everything it comes into contact with. The issues that are connected to the house it resides in will be taken personally. You'll make them mean something about you. Focus on nurturing the positive aspects of your moon sign and house. For example, if your Moon is in the 4th house, you will want to create a home environment that feels nurturing to you. If it's in the 6th house, you'll need to nurture yourself by creating balance and a healthy routine.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

working with the planets

I thought I'd write a little bit about how to work with each planet and the luminaries. I'll do a different planet or luminary each day.

The Sun

If you have problems with low self-esteem, have difficulty expressing your Self, or feel uncentered you will want to work with the Sun. Focus on consciously developing the positive qualities of your sun sign. Look at the house your sun is in and see if there are any issues connected to that area that need to be healed or resolved. For example, if your sun is in the 7th house see if there are any issues in your relationships that are negatively affecting your self-esteem. Also, look for situations that are having a positive affect on you and seek out ways you can build on them. Ask yourself how you can become the Queen or King of your life.

Friday, September 24, 2004

a free astrology course

Susan Miller is doing her course on astrology at Barnes and Noble University again. You don't really need the book to get something out of the course; just expect to feel confused during parts of it. If you want to learn about the basics it's a great course to take. Plus you can ask Susan Miller questions.

more about Jupiter

I was checking out where Jupiter is in my chart. Right now he's my tenth house (achievement) and will soon move into the eleventh house (friendships), so those are the areas of my life Jupiter will have influence. Because Jupiter is the planet of expansion, I am going to look at how I want to expand those areas in a positive way.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Jupiter is moving on up

In the next few days Jupiter will be moving into Libra. Rob Brezsny once described Jupiter as a cross between Robin Williams and Santa Claus, who also happens to be drunk. Jupiter is a ruling planet in my chart so I can vouch for that description. So if you're a Libra, you'll have a year filled with many opportunities for laughter and unexpected presents. I recommend entering lots of contests.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

some books about creative astrology

Creative Astrology: Experiental Understanding of the Horoscope edited by Prudence Jones

Experiential Astrology: Symbolic Journeys Using Guided Imagery by Babs Kirby

Astrology Alive: A Guide to Experiental Astrology and the Healing Arts by Barbara Schermer

Astrology for Women: Roles and Relationships edited by Gloria Star

Monday, September 20, 2004

creative astrology

One of the forms of astrology I've been learning about is called Creative Astrology. Some of the techniques are visualizations and astrodramas (a group of people act out a person's chart to discover how the planets interact). It's quite fascinating. I'll post a list of books about Creative Astrology tomorrow.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Carl Jung's Astrological Study

In Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle, Carl Jung published the results of his astrological study. He compares the charts of married couples. It's a basic study as he only looks for favorable aspects between the Sun, Moon and ascendant in each married couple's charts. The favorable aspects show up in enough charts to rule out chance. It'd be interesting to find out if those without favorable aspects ended up getting divorced. That's a whole other study. Carl Jung's study wasn't really groundbreaking. It only scientifically reinforced what astrologers already knew.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

what the planetary glyphs mean

Each planetary glyph is made up of one, or a combination, of the following: a circle for Spirit; a cross (or form of) for Matter; and a cresent for the Soul or Psyche. The glyphs can be seen on astro.com.

People often wonder where Earth is represented on the chart. The symbol for Earth is a circle divided into four quadrants (in other words, a cross surrounded by a circle). Since everything in astrology is viewed from our perspective on Earth, the starting point for a chart is a circle divided into four quadrants.

Friday, September 17, 2004

more about house systems

My friend asked me to elaborate on the differences between the house systems. The Equal House system divides the chart into twelve 30 degree segments. With the Placidus system, the houses are unevenly distributed. One house may be 70 degrees and another 20 degrees. For even more detail on the Placidus system check out this article.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

share your questions

If you have any questions about astrology feel free to post them and I'll do my best to answer them.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

the teacher

Saturn is in Cancer right now and will move into Leo in July 2005. Saturn will challenge you to take responsibility for everything in your life. The best way to deal with Saturn as he travels through your sun sign is to embrace the lessons he brings into your life. Saturn will often require a lot of hard work from you. The more you resist your lessons the more challenging this period will be.

living in a placidus world

Most astrologers these days use the Placidus House system. I use the Equal House System. I am slowly becoming familiar with the Placidus System, though I still feel it needlessly complicates a chart. I am also resistent to adding Chiron to charts. There's already enough going on with the planets so I feel like there's no reason to complicate things with asteroids.

(note: I still have a lot to learn about astrology so I reserve the right to change my mind repeatedly.)

Sunday, September 12, 2004

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