Thursday, August 30, 2007

Saturn in Virgo

On Sept 2nd, 2007, Leo will be taking much pleasure in kicking Saturn out into Virgo. And after dealing with the drama of Leo, Saturn will be taking much pleasure in his stay in Virgo - his home away from Capricorn - until October 29th, 2009.

Saturn in Virgo will be one of the gentler Saturn transits. Of course, that will depend on what exactly you have planted in your life up until now. It'll also depend on how much work you have done with the energy Saturn represents in your life. Those with the Sun, Moon, or Saturn in Virgo, or a Virgo Ascendant will be most affected by this transit.

Saturn represents The Teacher archetype and Virgo represents The Student, so Virgoans will excel at learning Saturn's lesson and become teacher pets. Saturn wants us to deal with the weeds in our lives and take them out by the root before they overtake everything. Saturn also wants us to learn to plant the seeds we actually want to reap in our lives. When dealing with Saturn's lesson always keep your attention focused on what you are responsible for: your actions and thoughts.

Virgo believes that god is in the details and tends to forget that the devil is in the details as well. It can be easy to get so caught up in trying to get rid of the weeds and creating the most immaculate garden, that you forget to plant any seeds. Saturn in Virgo will present the challenge of making sure our daily routines really serve the things we want to create in our lives and aren't just busywork.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Astrology Carnival: Rained Out Edition

Since there were no submissions this month, this is just a quick announcement for the next edition of the carnival. The optional theme this time will be Pluto. The deadline will be September 15th. For details on how to submit check out the previous edition of the astro-carnival


Monday, August 06, 2007

Intuitive Astrology: A Book Review

I recently finished reading Intuitive Astrology by Elizabeth Rose Campbell. I love this book! As Elizabeth describes in the Introduction, Intuitive Astrology is an off shoot of Evolutionary Astrology (also known as choice-centered astrology). She believes that learning how to read your own chart will allow you to get so much more out of it. I totally agree.

This book manages to have something for every level of astrology student. The book is written so beginners in astrology who are interested in learning more about how their charts apply to their lives can easily pick up on the concepts, without getting bogged down in astro-jargon. The questions and exercises are designed to help with intuitively connecting with the energy of each planet, house, and sign (and four major aspects) and finding a deeper, more personal experience of how they are working in our lives. Elizabeth uses plenty of examples from her clients lives to illustrate how a particular configuration is showing up, and there are twelve (one for each sun sign) in depth stories - each accompanied by a chart - to explore.

My favorite part about this book is in the last chapter where Elizabeth shows how to use your chart to help you accomplish your dreams and goals. At its best, astrology makes you think more deeply about yourself and your life. That's exactly what this book does.

Sadly, Elizabeth Rose Campbell passed away in 2004. I'm grateful that a part of her legacy includes this book.