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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