032—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Saturn” (December 14-27, 2014)

Saturn

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Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for December 14-27, 2014. Our Astrology 360 topic is Saturn, so we talk about the history, mythology and astronomy of the most distant planet in classical astrology and one of the most famous transits in astrology, the Saturn Return. Arwynne reviews Saturn in Transit by Erin Sullivan, while Alison reviews Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile by Faye Cossar.

 

Planetary transits for December 14-27, 2014

  • 14-Dec-2014: Uranus Square Pluto – (6/7) revolution, civil unrest, rebellion, suppression, conflict, creative destruction
  • 16-Dec-2014: Mercury in Capricorn – Thoughts & words infused with history, tradition, family legacies & institutions
  • 20-Dec-2014: Venus Square Uranus – Conflicts between partners, sudden desire to defy expectations/ break out of roles
  • 20-Dec-2014: Venus Conjunction Pluto – (trigger) Relationships transformed through sudden disruptions/eruptions
  • 21-Dec-2014: Uranus stations Direct – The retrograde period beginning July 21, 2014 ends
  • 21-Dec-2014: Sun in Capricorn – (Solstice in N) Expression constrained by social structure/expectation, protocol & rules
  • 23-Dec-2014: Saturn in Sagittarius – 2.5 yrs. in the sign of the crusader, professor, philosopher, prophet and profiteer
  • 24-Dec-2014: Mercury Square Uranus – (trigger) Disrupting communications, vocal conflicts, causing scenes, rehashing
  • 24-Dec-2014: Mercury Conjunct Pluto – Deep rifts and underlying fractures shake up thoughts/speech spurring changes

 

Book Reviews

 

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Arwynne reviews Saturn in Transit by Erin Sullivan.

From the description: “Erin Sullivan gives a thorough account of the astrology, mythology, and psychology of Saturn’s role as the source of divine discontent. This revised edition includes a new chapter, “The Transit of Saturn to the Planets,” showing how we continually give birth to ourselves all our lives.”

UsingAstrologyAlison reviews Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile by Faye Cossar.

Description from Faye’s website: “Faye’s book Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile: Finding the Right Career Direction” was published in 2012. It is a practical guide that shows how to combine astrology with techniques used by career counsellors.”

 

Astrology 360: Saturn

Saturn in mythology

In Roman mythology, Saturn was analogous to Cronos in Greece.

Cronus was often conflated with Chronus, “Time,” and his devouring of his children taken as an allegory for the passing of generations. The sickle or scythe of Father Time is a remnant of the agricultural implement of Cronus-Saturn, and his aged appearance represents the waning of the old year with the birth of the new. (Wikipedia)

Saturn in astronomy
Saturn is a gas giant like Jupiter, with giant rings made of gravitationally captured rocks, dust and icy debris that has accumulated over millions of years. Saturn was the most distant planet in the ancient solar system until the discovery of Uranus in 1781, which coincided with the start of the Industrial Revolution, modern democracy, capitalism, secularism, science and exploration.

Astrologically, Saturn is associated with limitation, restriction and fear, representing in our charts a kind of Achilles heal or area of insecurity, until we’ve matured enough to internalize the lessons of Saturn, including the right application of our time and effort, responsibility, mastery and our proper place in the systems of society. The cycle of Saturn around the zodiac takes 29.5 years, spending a little less than 2.5 years in each sign.

Saturn through the signs

Aries
Worst fear:
enslavement       |     George Washington, Evel Kneivel, Tina Turner, Saddam Hussein, Albert Einstein

Taurus
Worst fear:
deprivation          |     L. Ron Hubbard, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mother Teresa, Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf

Gemini
Worst fear:
isolation              |     Albert Camus, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde, Orson Welles, Janis Joplin

Cancer
Worst fear:
homelessness     |     Napoleon, Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, Mary Shelley, George W. Bush

Leo
Worst fear:
irrelevance           |     Beethoven, Bill & Hillary Clinton, Charlie Chaplin, Stephen King, Eva Peron

Virgo
Worst fear:
chaos                   |     Jane Addams, Agatha Christie, Gene Roddenberry, William Randolph Hearst, Meryl Streep

Libra
Worst fear:
banishment           |     Jane Austen, Helen Gurley Brown, Elizabeth B. Browning, Norman Mailer, John Gray

Scorpio
Worst fear:
extinction              |     Marlon Brando, Fidel Castro, Amelia Earhart, Marilyn Monroe, Lenny Bruce

Sagittarius
Worst fear:
stagnation             |     Fred Astaire, Charles Darwin, Madonna, Martin Luther King, Che Guevara

Capricorn
Worst fear:
helplessness          |     Neil Armstrong, George Clooney, Walt Disney, Sylvia Plath, Marie Antoinette

Aquarius
Worst fear:
regression               |     Winston Churchill, Salvador Dali, Nietzsche, Gloria Steinem, Joan Rivers

Pisces
Worst fear:
meaninglessness     |     John Paul Sartre, Ken Kesey, Kurt Cobain, the Dalai Lama, Frida Kahlo

Saturn Returns occur every 29.5 years when transiting Saturn returns to the sign and degree where it was in your birth chart. It typically signifies a time of testing, pruning of dead ideas and modes of living, and an emergence into a more mature and focused phase by the end of it. At or before 30, most people have gone through at least one such experience; the loss of an ill-conceived dream or relationship that no longer supported their growth into adulthood. Crises can force change upon you if you have avoided steps towards self-sufficiency and self-actualization, forcing you to let go of the false security they once offered. If the lessons of Saturn are learned, you enter your 30s with new competence and gravitas. The next Saturn Return occurs around age 58 and often coincides with a midlife crisis, divorce, change of career or return to work after grown children have left home. The result can be a renewed sense of individuation, enterprise and creative productivity. The third and for most people last, occurs around 87 and as one might expect, it deals with issues of completion and contemplation, acceptance of mortality on a spiritual or intellectual level, savoring the fruits of one’s achievements and experiences, and enjoyment of the time they have left and people around them.

Saturn in Sagittarius

  • December 23, 2015 to June 14, 2015
  • September 17, 2015 to December 19, 2017

 

Previous transits

  • 1985-1988
  • 1956-1959
  • 1926-1929

031—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Holiday Gifts for the Signs” (November 30 – December 13, 2014)

031—Axis Astrology Podcast: "Holiday Gifts for the Signs" (November 30 - December 13, 2014)

031—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Holiday Gifts for the Signs”
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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for November 30-December 13. Our Astrology 360 topic is holiday gifts and gatherings, so we talk about some of our gift ideas and party suggestions for all the signs on your list this holiday season. Arwynne reviews Generational Patterns Using Astrology by Edwin Rose and Alison reviews Understanding Astrology: How to Unlock the Secrets of Your Personality by Jane Struthers.

 

Planetary transits for November 30-December 13, 2014

  • 30-Nov-2014 – Mercury Square Neptune: the original “head in the clouds” aspect; plan for mental befuddlement and fog
  • 4-Dec-2014 – Mars in Aquarius: sharp, intellectual mars energy gives your ambitions a technological boost after Cap. stay
  • 7-Dec-2014 – Sun Conjunct Mercury: New moon energy in adventurous Sagittarius boosts idealism, courage & conviction
  • 10-Dec-2014 – Venus in Capricorn: Traditional values, conventional and class conscious.

 

Moon Phases:

December 6: Full moon in Gemini.

Book Reviews

GenerationalPatterns
Arwynne reviews Generational Patterns Using Astrology by Edwin Rose. Description from Amazon.com: “Generational Patterns Using Astrology will enable you to find your place in history. It will explain how your parent’s generation is different than yours and even the differences between your parent’s generational patterns.” Ideal for beginners, this book sticks to the basics, giving simple delineations for each of the generations defined by the outer planets, from Jupiter (which spends 1 year in each sign) through Pluto (which averages ~20 years per sign). It provides date ranges for each of the planetary placements and aspects between them, and lists thousands of celebrity examples from Leonardo Da Vinci to Lindsay Lohan.

UnderstandingAstrologyAlison reviews Understanding Astrology: How to Unlock the Secrets of Your Personality by Jane Struthers. This beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide shows how the planets shape and influence personality. Struthers explains the meaning of birth placing of the sun and moon, plus the five fastest moving planets, to create a complete planetary picture. Perfect for anyone interested in learning more than what a daily horoscope can provide.

Astrology 360: Holiday Gifts for the Signs

Aries

Tickets to a comedy show or to see their favorite sports team should go over well with an Aries of any age. If you’re looking for a housewarming gift for an Aries friend, try a party game designed to get their guests’ competitive juices flowing, like Cranium or Taboo. Going all out for that special Aries? Think about planning a Murder Mystery dinner party or arranging lessons with a fencing coach. Give them an adventure that gets their heart racing and they’ll thank you.

 

Taurus

It would be a gross oversimplification to say you can never go wrong giving chocolate to a Taurus, but there is a grain of truth in it too—as long as it’s very good chocolate. In fact, “very good” should be your guide for anything gifted to a Taurus. They are the connoisseurs of the zodiac. It needn’t be expensive, but they do appreciate quality and they’ll love that you cared enough to give the best, whether you choose flowers, wine, music or something lovely and scented.

 

Gemini

The Gemini attention span is notoriously short, but they will always appreciate a gift that’s thoughtful, entertaining and new to them. When I was 12, I gave my Gemini grandfather a letter opener for his birthday. It was a clever design that hid the paper-slicing blade inside a smooth gold “U” shape that fit nicely in your hand. He loved it. Sure, he would have pretended to regardless, but you just could tell he thought it was a cool gift. He always made a big production of using it whenever I was visiting, and if someone else was in the room, he would show it off and extol its various selling points. Bottom line: Geminis are great gift recipients sure to accept your offering with sincere and effusive gratitude.

 

Cancer

My favorite “gifting a Cancer” story happened about 10 years ago when I was working two real estate agents, a Cancer and an Aquarian who’d been in business together for 25 years. The Cancer was a history buff whose favorite topics were Napoleon and the Titanic, so for his birthday I bought him a beautifully illustrated coffee table book about the Titanic. He gave me a gigantic hug and then hoisted one foot up onto my desk so he could pull up his pant leg to show me the bruise on his shin. “This morning,” he grinned, “I was rushing around trying to find my car keys and we have a LOT of books—all the bookcases are full, there are piles of books on the floor in front of them and stacked in sideways on top of other books—it’s a bloody mess! This morning, I tripped over a pile of books and bruised the hell out of my shin on the corner of one huge book that sticks out from the bottom shelf… and it was this book!” As you can imagine, my face was a mask of perplexed fascination. “I probably own 25 or 30 books on The Titanic and this one,” he said shaking the book in his hands for emphasis, this one is my favorite. You have very good taste in books, my friend!” Then he kissed my forehead and I exchanged it for one about the Hindenburg from the same series, which he really liked too. I’ll never forget that, though; it was the best gift fail ever.

 

Leo

In my experience, Leos are great appreciators of the arts. Depending on how well you know your Leo, giving them a piece by their favorite artist or school of design could go over well. Some Leo men love cologne, just make sure it’s their signature scent, and not something you liked when you smelled it on someone else. They can be territorial and, don’t forget, scent is an important identifier among the jungle cats. You can’t go wrong giving Leo the gift of entertainment, be it movie passes, gift tickets to the live event of their choosing, or a night of improv theater where the audience is part of the show (if you do that last one, though, make very sure that they are indeed a Leo, and not a Virgo).

 

Virgo

I don’t know who said it first, but Mystic Medusa probably said it best: “Giving a gift to a Virgo? They only really like books. If you buy them something which proves you have actually listened to their careful little hints, even better.” As a Virgo myself, I can’t improve on that advice! Books, gift cards for books, those little clip-on book lights—those things have appallingly short battery life, so don’t worry if they already have one. Give it a week and they’ll be thanking you all over again. If you really want to win the heart that special Virgo, fill up a flash drive with new audio books. (Hint, hint!)

 

Libra

There’s no law that says any one sign has a monopoly on good taste, but it is fair to say that Libras are especially attuned to aesthetics. Even if they don’t seem to apply it to their own wardrobe or décor, most Libras have an eye for symmetry and style, and they tend to favor the timeless over the trendy. This does make them harder to shop for, I’ll be honest. But the good thing is that, even if your gift misses the mark spectacularly, Libra will never let you know it. That sweater you knitted one Christmas with arms so long it could double as a straightjacket? Of course, darling; they wear it all the time. That’s why it’s in the laundry basket right now (just like every other time you visit).

 

Scorpio

Scorpios can be difficult to shop for, too, because they can be so maddeningly opaque about what they want, leaving you to throw out probing guesses to smoke them out—or worse, to skulk around in the hopes of finding some tidbit they’ve left lying around that might clue you in to some secret hobby or collection they’ve been hiding. Come right out and ask, and they’ll counter with feigned asceticism (“oh, I don’t need anything—the holidays are so commercialized“). Help them keep their digital data as inscrutable as their facial expressions with an RFID-blocking wallet or device sleeve.

 

Sagittarius

If the most important person in your life is a Sagittarius, nothing beats the gift of travel. A taste of adventure will sustain them long after their bags are unpacked and the last of the travel-sized shampoos and hand lotions are gone or lost at the bottom of their purse. Sadges love to explore a variety of topics in as much depth as possible. On a budget? Take them on a guided walking tour (just search your city + “walking tours”), find out when your local zoo, aquarium, observatory, library, university or museum has special exhibitions, lectures or free classes—anything that offers an opportunity to learn about something new and exotic.

In Vancouver? Check out Walking a Labyrinth at Spanish Banks, as recommended by Alison.

Capricorn

My no-nonsense Capricorn grandmother engaged in hobbies like knitting and gardening and, with six children and 16 grandchildren, it’s no surprise that she was a woman constantly in motion. She enjoyed practical gifts like winter gloves, flower pots, picture frames and leather luggage sets. If you know your Capricorn well, give then something that feeds one of their many hobbies, to help them stay in motion. They won’t be offended by a pragmatic gift card either.

 

Aquarius

The obvious answer is “technology” but that leaves an enormous range of possibilities for every age, interest and budget. I’ve had good luck with video games, gadgets and gadget accessories, software and, believe it or not, “contributions in the name of” (but I don’t recommend that last one unless you’re certain it will go over well).

 

Pisces

Pisceans sometimes pretend they’re not interested in material things, but even the most stalwart ascetic will enjoy the right music, movies, photo albums or camera gear (the better to pursue their latest high-concept, creative endeavor or moneymaking scheme).

 

Check out Alison’s excellent Christmas shopping posts at Starzology.com:

 

 

030—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Jupiter” (November 16-29, 2014)

030—Axis Astrology Podcast: "Jupiter" (November 16-29, 2014)

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Arwynne and Alison would like to thank The Mountain Astrologer’s Mary Plumb for mentioning us in her column on astrological podcasts, and give a warm welcome to any new listeners who heard about us through TMA!

 

In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for November 16-29, 2014. Our Astrology 360 topic is Jupiter. We talk about the meaning and mythology of the biggest planet in our solar system, what it means in your chart, and some examples from real life. Arwynne reviews The Jupiter/Saturn Conference Lectures by Liz Greene and Stephen Arroyo and Alison reviews The Book of World Horoscopes by Nicholas Campion.

Planetary transits and ingresses for November 16-29, 2014

  •  16-Nov-2014 Venus in Sagittarius – Adventure, grand gestures and idealism in love, potential to overspend & overshare
  • 19-Nov-2014 Venus Square Neptune – Delusion, deception, disillusionment are possible in relationships or investments
  • 21-Nov-2014 Sun in Sagittarius – Optimism, expansion, overextension beyond resources for good or ill; faith and fortune
  • 27-Nov-2014 Mercury in Sagittarius – High-mindedness, philosophizing, judging, seeking truth and preaching the gospel

 

Moon Phases:

November 22nd – New Moon in Sagittarius.

November 29th – First quarter in Pisces.

Book Reviews:

Arwynne reviews The Jupiter/Saturn Conference Lectures by Liz Greene and Stephen Arroyo.

“This volume comprises eight lectures given at a 7-day conference in Berkeley, California at the time of the Jupiter/ Saturn conjunction in July, 1981. In addition to considerable discussion of the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction and its 20-year cycle, the talks cover numerous other subjects…” (from the back cover)

th-3Alison reviews The Book of World Horoscopes by Nicholas Campion.

Nicholas Campion’s Book of World Horoscopes is an astonishing work. With almost 500 charts for countries and other world events, it is the essential reference whether your interest is in exploring collective mythology, predicting political events or gaining astrological insights into the countries in which you live, work and travel. As the companion work to Campion’s mundane astrology (with Charles Harvey and Michael Beignet) this book is the classic work from the world’s foremost expert on mundane astrology. (from the back cover)

Astrology 360: Jupiter

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, with a mass 2.5 times that of all the other planets in the solar system combined. It was once theorized by astronomers to be a “failed star” in its own right, but this is no longer believed to be true. In order to generate a thermonuclear reaction, they say, the gas giant would have to be at least 75-85 times its current mass. Even the smallest known star we’ve identified, with only about 0.3% the brightness of our sun, is about 100 times Jupiter’s mass. Nonetheless, Jupiter was revered by ancient cultures as a king among gods. He was the patron deity of ancient Rome, believed to rule over laws and social order, and in Vedic mythology he was Dyaus Pitar, the Sky Father.

In astrology, Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius and is the traditional ruler of Pisces, considered by modern astrologers to be ruled by Neptune. In the natal chart, Jupiter represents your ideas and ideals; higher education, religion, philosophy, luck, philanthropy, the legal system and certain government processes (think “New Deal” and “Great Society”), while many other aspects of government are ruled by disciplinarian, regulatory, tough-on-crime Saturn.

Jupiter takes about 12 years to orbit the sun, spending just over a year in each sign. On July 16, 2014, it moved from Cancer into Leo where it will stay until August 11, 2015. The last time Jupiter was in Leo was from August 2, 2002 to August 27, 2003. You can think back to what was going on in the world and in your life at that time for an idea about the flavor of the coming year.

 

Previous Jupiter in Leo transits

August 2, 2002 – August 27, 2003: Flooding in Europe, Sicilian island collapse and tsunami, Bali nightclub bombing & Russian terrorist attacks, Miss World terrorist attack in Nigeria, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates on reentry, 10 million worldwide protest war in Iraq, Human Genome Project is completed, Northeast blackout leaves 55 million without power, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in over 50,000 years. (Wikipedia)

August 19, 1990 – September 12, 1991: Formal beginning of the Human Genome Project, Reunification of Germany, launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web. Encyclopædia Britannica‘s sales peaked at 120,000 volumes sold, and the number of librarians in the US also peaked that year. Soviet Union collapsed, ending the Cold War. First Gulf War in Iraq after invasion of Kuwait. (Wikipedia)

 

029—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Mars and Eris” (November 2-15, 2014)

029—Axis Astrology Podcast: "Mars and Eris" (November 2-15, 2014)

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029—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Mars and Eris”

In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for November 2-15, 2014. Our Astrology 360 topic is Mars and Eris. We talk about the meanings and mythology of these two planets, and some examples from life and the world of celebrity. Alison reviews “The Mars Book” by Donna van Toen.

Planetary transits and ingresses for November 2-15, 2014:

  •  3-Nov: Venus Quincunx Uranus – Realignment/adjustment may be required in relationships or finances
  • 8-Nov: Mercury in Scorpio – After a 3-wk retro back into Libra. Probing, paranoid, sarcastic, seductive
  • 9-Nov: Venus Square Jupiter – Conflict b/w desires & ideals, today’s temptation & long-term goals
  • 10-Nov: Mars Conjunction Pluto – god of war meets god of the underworld, dormant feuds may reignite
  • 12-Nov: Venus Conjunction Saturn – aesthetic/romantic gains support after an afflicted last week
  • 12-Nov: Mars Square Uranus – sudden eruptions of violence/conflict, watch out for accidents & injuries

Events

November 12th at 10:00am PST, Alison is a guest on Your Astrology Now with her host Brenda Black on Achieve Radio. they will be discussing the astrology of the day and answering listeners questions.

November 13th at 7:30pm PST, Alison is presenting a lecture titled Your Oriental Planet in Vancouver. Come along and discover more about this less used feature which is in evens chart.

Moon Phases:

November 6th – Full Moon in Taurus

November 14th – Last quarter

During this period the Moon is moving from its fullest light and slowly reducing towards the dark part of her cycle. This suggest winding down things and letting situations run their course. It is not a time to start ventures.

Book Reviews:

Unknown-1Alison reviews “The Mars Book” by Donna van Toen.

A guide to your personal energy and motivation.

The most complete book about Mars every written! for all students who want to really know how to interpret Mars in the horoscope. the author discusses Mars as it relates to personality, energy, occupational motivations, luck and love.

She explains how the planet symbolizes your inner motivation, the esoteric role of Mars, and how Mars relates to karma.

Recommended.

 

Astrology 360: Mars and Eris

 

Mars is the fourth planet in orbit around our sun. It is just over half the size of earth. A day on Mars is a mere 40 minutes longer than a day on earth, but it takes Mars 687 days to orbit the sun, so its year is nearly twice as long. Mars is visible to the naked eye from earth and was nicknamed “the red planet” due to a high concentration of iron oxide dust in its atmosphere. Mars was the Roman god of war (Ares in Greek mythology) and in many cultures, represents masculinity and youth. Its glyph is the symbol for the male gender.

 

Eris was discovered on January 5, 2005 by astronomers Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz. It is the farthest (dwarf) planet from the sun, with an orbit of ~560 years. In mythology, Eris was the sister of Ares. She is most famous for starting the Trojan War when the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite were invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, but Eris was not. The scorned Eris tossed a golden apple inscribed “For the Fairest” at their feet, sparking a “Real Housewives of Mt. Olympus” style fight between the goddesses. Zeus appointed Paris, the Prince of Troy, to judge the contest and the goddesses disrobed and began offering him bribes. (Those gods really knew how to throw a wedding, huh?) Hera offered political power, Athena promised infinite wisdom, and Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. Paris chose Aphrodite (of course), thus dooming his city to destruction in the ensuing Trojan War. (Wikipedia)

 

Yes, mythology is sexist and filled with examples of deities behaving badly… So, while Mars represents all that the Romans idealized—in a word, testosterone—Eris seemingly represents everything they feared in the feminine. She was vengeful, devious, calculating and with deadly effectiveness—traits that would make for a feared enemy if only she were male (think Xerxes of Persia). But as the story goes, she was ruled by her irrational emotions and although other gods were prone to fits of vanity and spite, those traits were generally tempered by honor (in the gods) or mercy (in the goddesses). Eris apparently had neither. Some astrologers have theorized that this is one of the timely lessons of Eris, that she is a reminder of how far we still have to go in terms of gender equality and valuing the “feminine virtues” of beauty, sexual allure and compliance over assertiveness, strength and solidarity. Perhaps Eris, representing the shadow side of female power, reminds us of all that can go wrong when we suppress or devalue women’s positive expression of traditionally “Martian” qualities.

This story, reported in 2005, provides an illustrative example. The headline read: “‘Arrest us all': 200 women who killed a rapist.” A local thug and his gang had terrorized the 300 families who lived in this impoverished village in India for over a decade; murdering people and raping women and young girls with impunity local police refused to go after him. When rumors circulated that he would be released after his latest court appearance, at 3pm on August 13, 2004, he was lynched by a mob of 200 women who came “armed with vegetable knives and chili powder. As he walked in, Yadav spotted one of the women he had raped. He called her a prostitute and threatened to repeat the crime against her. The police laughed. She took off her sandal and began to hit him, shouting, ‘We can’t both live on this Earth together. It’s you or me.'” (Read the full story at The Guardian)

 

 

028—Axis Astrology Podcast: “The Ascendant” (October 19—November 1, 2014)

028—Axis Astrology Podcast: "The Ascendant" (October 19—November 1, 2014)

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028—Axis Astrology Podcast: “The Ascendant”

In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for October 19—November 1, 2014. Our Astrology 360 topic is the Rising Sign, or Ascendant. We talk about what the Ascendant means in your chart, a bit about the history of the rising sign and some examples from the world of celebrity. Arwynne reviews The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest and The Rising Sign by Jeanne Avery and Alison reviews the 2015 Wellness Astrology Guide.

 

Planetary transits for October 19—November 1, 2014

  • 22-Oct-2014 Sun in Scorpio: We’re entering the season of witches and politicians; an intense and decisive time of year
  • 23-Oct-2014 Venus in Scorpio: Relationships deepen as Libran indecision gives way to a desire for profound connection
  • 24-Oct-2014 Sun Conjunct Venus: Heart and head are aligned in Scorpio; empowering you to pursue your desires
  • 25-Oct-2014 Mercury Direct: Oct. 4, R @ 2 degrees Scorpio, D @ 16 Libra (Geminis breathe a sigh of relief)
  • 25-Oct-2014 Mars in Capricorn: A cool, calculating Mars, good for strategizing your 5-year plan for world domination
  • 27-Oct-2014 Venus Trine Neptune: Dreamy, romantic, “rose-colored glasses,” idealism in relationships/finances
  • 27-Oct-2014 Sun Trine Neptune: Spiritual, artistic pursuits (creative Halloween costumes??) and blurred boundaries

Moon Phases

Solar Eclipse 23-Oct 2014
1st quarter 30-Oct 2014

Book Review

Arwynne reviews The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest and The Rising Sign by Jeanne Avery.

 

UnknownAlison reviews the 2015 Wellness Astrology Guide.

Read her full review here.

 

 

 

Astrology 360: The Ascendant/ Rising Sign

Calculate your rising sign, right here:

The Ascendant or Rising sign, along with the Sun and the Moon, is one of the most important and influential components of the birth chart. It has been called the Mask, the Persona, the Personality and the first impression. It is what people see when they first meet you, and it often influences your mannerisms, your way of dressing, your hairstyle, the car you drive, etc. It also determines, in most house systems, which signs will rule each successive house.

  • Characteristics and examples of each rising sign
  • What happens if the sun & rising sign are very different or in opposition
  • Importance in Synastry and Composite charts
  • Progressed Ascendants

 

Celebrity Ascendants

Below are some familiar faces who share ascendant signs. The similarities you can easily spot in each group help illustrate the signs’ archetypes, for example, the Peter Pan/Tinkerbell quality of Gemini rising, or the brooding intensity of Scorpio rising. (Photos and celebrity data from LibraRising.com.)

Aries Rising

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Taurus Rising

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Gemini Rising

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Cancer Rising (see here)

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Leo Rising

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Virgo Rising

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Libra Rising (see here)

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Scorpio Rising

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Sagittarius Rising

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Capricorn Rising

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Aquarius Rising

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Pisces Rising

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027—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Astrologer Andrew Morton” (October 5-18, 2014)

027—Axis Astrology Podcast: "Astrologer Andrew Morton" (October 5-18, 2014)

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for October 5-18, 2014. We’re also pleased to present a very special guest joining us this episode—UK Astrologer Andrew Morton.

Planetary transits for October 5-18, 2014

(Mercury Retrograde 4-Oct-2014)

  • Sun Opposition Uranus 7-Oct-2014: restlessness, impatience, sudden disruptions, shocking outbursts and ego clashes
  • Venus Square Pluto 8-Oct-2014: manipulation, power struggles in relationships, powers of persuasion, crossed wires
  • Mars Trine Jupiter 8-Oct-2014: positive growth & energy, exploring your potential, balancing ambition and equity
  • Mercury in Libra 10-Oct-2014: negotiations, treaties, partnerships and fair deals can be hashed out peaceably
  • Venus Opposition Uranus 10-Oct-2014: startling revelations in relationships & finances; “not what you signed up for”
  • Sun Conjunction Mercury 16-Oct-2014: easy to communicate your point, make people see things your way; seduce?
  • Mercury Conjunction Venus 17-Oct-2014: heart & mind in agreement; in Libra, peace could break out somewhere…

 

Moon Phases

Lunar Eclipse October 7-8, 2014

You can find maps of the eclipse path and the best times to watch at space.com.

The Lunar eclipse is at 15 Aries and will be viewable before Sun rise on the morning of October 8th from Vancouver. So we are hoping for photos as Arwynne can see it from her window!

Last Quarter Moon on October 15, 2014

Astrology 360: Astrologer Andrew Morton

Andrew Morton is an Astrologer from the United Kingdom and the Founder & Facilitator of AstroQuo. He practices Astrology as a means of enabling and enriching the lives of those who have set themselves on the path to understanding personal truths.

Contact Andrew Morton at www.astroquo.com.

 

 

026—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Libra” (September 21-October 4, 2014)

026—Axis Astrology Podcast: "Libra" (September 21-October 4, 2014)

iTunes-subscribe-button_pink 026—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Libra” (September 21-October 4, 2014) In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the planetary aspects and moon phases for September 21-October 4, 2014. Our Astrology 360 topic is Libra, so we talk about the meaning of the masculine, cardinal, air sign ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, love and cold hard cash. We discuss some of the themes embodied by this sign and some examples of people with Libra dominant in their charts. Arwynne reviews the Stephen Arroyo book Astrology, Karma and Transformation (The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart) | Alison reviews Astrology of Sustainability by J. Lee Lehman, Ph. D.

Planetary transits for September 21-October 4, 2014

  • 21-Sep-2014 Mars Square Neptune: Distraction, deception, delusion, driving in heavy fog, plans falling through
  • 22-Sep-2014 Sun in Libra: Teamwork, partnership activity, beautification & decoration projects, dating/ matchmaking
  • 25-Sep-2014 Jupiter Trine Uranus: Creativity & inspiration, spiritual epiphanies, heightened idealism and activism
  • 27-Sep-2014 Mercury in Scorpio: Deep thoughts, probing investigations, plotting next moves, nursing grudges, snark
  • 29-Sep-2014 Venus in Libra: Idealistic, charming, witty and scintillating interaction, be the life of the party/ perfect host
  • 3-Oct-2014 Sun Square Pluto: Tensions between the unequal, conflicts with domineering people, clashes of egos
  • 4-Oct-2014 Mercury Retrograde: Back up your computers, avoid signing contracts; revisit/ revise/ renew existing deals
  • 4-Oct-2014 Mars Trine Uranus: Daring, revolutionary, original, that extra bit of effort that produces unexpected gains

Astrology 360: Libra

 

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“Beauty is a form of Genius—is higher indeed than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.” — Oscar Wilde, Libra

Libra is the cardinal, masculine air sign ruled by Venus, which also rules Taurus. While Taurus symbolizes the down-to-earth, receptive, nurturing, supportive aspects of the feminine goddess archetype embodied by the mythical Venus, Libra describes the seductive, charming, refined and artful side of Venus—the Ginger to Taurus’ Maryanne or Veronica to her Betty. Hat being the case, it’s interesting that Libra is considered a “masculine” sign and indeed, we can see in the above characterizations that Libra expresses the more active—even aggressive—aspects of the love goddess. As an air sign, Libra is governed by the head more than the heart. For a typical Libra, intimate relationships are based on intellectual affinity and shared interests. They enjoy getting to know their partner over long, deep, wide-ranging conversations that slowly reveal the participants to each other. Affection arises from this mental process of verbal sharing and expressing of ideas, developing strong intellectual bonds with their partners. Libra rising tends to give balanced features, ability to charm people from all levels of society, and some innate aptitude for diplomacy.

Sun & Moon in Libra

 

Sun & Ascendant in Libra

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Libra Rising Rulers

Appropriately, Libra is the most prevalent rising sign for US Presidents, including Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and JFK (see chart below from AstroLibrary.com). It’s also been the rising sign of some other nations’ most popular leaders, including Pierre Trudeau, Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler (I’m sorry but he was undeniably popular).

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  • Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas (“the (original) love that dare not speak its name”)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas (who share a birthday)
  • Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins (Oscar winning activist actors, together 21 years)

 

The (pleasing, symmetrical) Faces of Libra

 

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025—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Relationship Charts” (September 7-20, 2014)

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025—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Relationship Charts” (September 7-20, 2014)

In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for September 7-20, 2014. Our Astrology 360 topic this time is Relationship Charts, so we talk about the difference between Synastry, composite and Davison charts and give some examples of each. Arwynne reviews Relationships & Life Cycles by Stephen Arroyo and Alison reviews Planets in Composite by Robert Hand.

Planetary transits for September 7-20, 2014

  • 9-Sep-2014 Mercury Square Pluto: Obsessive, control-freaky, psychological, investigative, powerful communications
  • 9-Sep-2014 Venus Opposition Neptune: Confusion, misunderstandings, sensitivity, potential for manipulation, abuse
  • 10-Sep-2014 Mercury Sextile Jupiter: Confidence, expansive thoughts, big plans, traveling or long-distance connections
  • 11-Sep-2014 Sun Sextile Saturn: Responsibility, preparation, commitments, tying up loose ends, solving problems
  • 12-Sep-2014 Mercury Opposition Uranus: Restlessness, excitement, mental agility, new ideas, innovative solutions
  • 13-Sep-2014 Mars in Sagittarius: Adventurous, spontaneous, the “swashbuckler,” outgoing, restless, far-sighted
  • 14-Sep-2014 Venus Trine Pluto: Persuasive, compelling, dramatic, good for seduction, presentations & negotiations
  • 20-Sep-2014 Venus Sextile Saturn: Committed, secure, comfortable, calm —all in the realm of relationships and finances

 

Moon Phases

8-Sep-2014 Full Moon in Pisces

15-Sep-2014 Last Quarter in Gemini

This forecast period sees the Moon moving through the waning half of her cycle and the light diminishing. It suggests a time to finish things off and sow seeds for future cycles still to come. It is not a time for starting things; that will come next time.

Book Reviews

Arwynne reviews Relationships & Life Cycles by Stephen Arroyo, one of the staples of any astrological library. Although there are many concepts covered, from synastry and composite charts to the cycles of the outer planets and their effects on individuals as well as generations, the style is definitely accessible enough to engage ambitious beginners.

UnknownAlison reviews Planets in Composite by Robert Hand.

Planets in Composite is the best book on composite charts that has been around for many years. It is the one I recommend for students who are starting out with composite charts. To be honest there are other books but Rob Hand is the most well known and respected astrologer who writes on this subject. It was interesting that both Arwynne and myself have this book as often our tastes do differ. This book comes highly recommended!

 

Astrology 360: Relationship Charts

For many people, the ability to study the unique dynamics of relationships is the thing that initially draws them into astrology. The insights and descriptive power of the astrological archetypes to capture and define our most intimate interactions seems nothing short of miraculous. Ironically, if you fast-forward a few years and ask almost any professional astrologer what they think of relationship charts, 9 out of 10 will tell you something like this: there are many insights to be had, and many tools with which to excavate them, but no one—and no science, modern or ancient—can tell you whether or not a given relationship will stand the test of time.

“Will my relationship with ‘X’ work out?” … “Is ‘X’ the One?”

These are the wrong questions. Some of the questions astrology can answer—very well in fact—are: “What are my basic needs for long-term happiness and fulfillment in a relationship?” and “Which aspects of my personality contribute to conflicts that repeatedly occur in my relationships?” The same questions apply to your partner. Astrology can also address the dynamics of your relationship, like what attracts you to each other, what you are likely to disagree on, and how you might work around those things. Sometimes just being aware of a potential problem area is enough to enable you to stand back when conflicts flare up, to not take it so personally.

Let’s say, for example, that his Saturn in Cancer squares your Mars in Aries, and a certain type of argument repeatedly occurs in your relationship. When you’re all fired up to initiate action in your life, he always seems to react with caution, bringing up all kinds of worst-case scenarios, which makes you feel restricted and discouraged. You wonder why he can’t just support your ambitions. But by studying the nature of Saturn and Mars in your charts, you may be able to understand that your Martian energy triggers unconscious anxieties in him and, although he wants you to go forth and conquer (in fact, your Martial qualities are probably very attractive to him), he also feels protective of you. He may subconsciously feel that he’d be failing you if he let you run off into battle with gaping holes in your armor, or a faulty sword or whatever. Before he can support your plans, he needs to understand how they will work, and that you’ve considered and prepared for the obstacles and pitfalls ahead. Assuming there’s sufficient trust and commitment in your relationship, you may be able to regard his Saturnian response as helpful, as providing a tactical proving ground where he can help you refine your goals and plot out your best strategies for taking on the world. It won’t be easy, but in time you may stop thinking of him as a wet blanket smothering your fiery energies and begin to see him as the calm, cool water that tempers your blade before battle… or something like that!

 

3 Types of Relationship Chart

1. Synastry: The comparison of two charts, usually presented as “biwheels,” showing one chart inside the other and vice versa. They let you make quick observations, like what signs the planets are concentrated in across both charts, where your planets fall in each other’s charts (i.e.: which houses). You’ll also see the obvious conjunctions where one planet from each chart is in the same degree, but beyond that you’ll want to look at the aspect grid…

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The Aspect Grid: Just like multiplication tables with one person’s planets going across the top and the other down the side. We recommend sticking to the major aspects and keeping the orbs small (opinions vary but they were set at 50% for the example below).

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2. Composite: A mathematical construction that calculates the midpoints between all the planets and points between two people’s charts.The resulting chart is an entirely new entity, but without an actual birth date or location.

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3. Davison: A variation on the composite chart that plots an actual date in time and a point in space at the exact midpoint of your two charts (e.g. mine and Rodger’s is March 28, 1969, 118w09 /50n09). The resulting chart can be used in all the same ways you would use a natal chart; transits, progressions, relocation, even Synastry and composite charts with other people. Comparing our Davison chart with the composite above you can see that the Ascendant is the same, the four outermost planets have shifted just a few degrees at most, and several have flipped sides, so we now have four planets in Aries. Both of these composite charts are all about the 5th-11th house axis, and both have the Moon conjunct the MC in Leo. (From a purely subjective standpoint, I prefer our original composite chart – it’s like 50 Shades of Libra.)

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024—Axis Astrology Podcast “Virgo” (August 24-September 6, 2014)

024—Axis Astrology Podcast “Virgo” (August 24-September 6, 2014)

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024—Axis Astrology Podcast “Virgo” (August 24-September 6, 2014)

In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for August 24-September 6, 2014. Our 360 topic this time is the mutable, feminine earth sign of Virgo. We discuss the meaning of that sign and some of the notable people with Virgo strongly represented in their charts. Arwynne reviews Astro-Logics by Koen Van de Moortel, MSc. and Alison reviews Discovering Eris by Keiron De Grice.

 

Planetary transits for August 24-September 6, 2014

  • Venus Trine Uranus 24-Aug-2014: Pleasant surprises, offbeat or unexpected social activities, spending on technology
  • Mars Conjunct Saturn 25-Aug-2014: delayed action, roadblocks, channel your energies & try to work more efficiently
  • Venus T-Square Mars-Saturn 26-27 Aug-2014: Tension & conflict; sparks fly in relationships & finance, speed bumps
  • Sun Opposition Neptune 29-Aug-2014: Counter misunderstandings/mistrust with openness & sincerity, or wait it out
  • Mercury in Libra 1-Sep-2014: Favors negotiation & fair deals with partners & others, contract negotiations, accords
  • Sun Trine Pluto 3-Sep-2014: Decision-making & tactical planning, seek long-term solutions & solidify commitments
  • Venus in Virgo 5-Sep-2014: Venus in fall. Loved ones, creative projects & expenditures subject to more a critical eye

 

Book Reviews

Arwynne reviews Astro-Logics, a free eBook available online by Koen Van de Moortel, MSc. A quote from his introduction says it best: “It has been different, once upon a time, but today scientists and astrologers tend to disagree seriously. Apart from a few exceptions, there is precious little constructive contact between both communities… The purpose of this writing (and maybe partially, of my life) is, to try to do something about this, i.e. to get scientists a bit more open, and to develop a more scientific attitude among astrologers.” A worthy cause and an excellent, engaging read. Perhaps not for those who prefer to think of astrology as more art than science, but I found it fascinating and it left me wanting more like it. Koen may even consider me his first convert to the Alcabitus house system!

 

Unknown-1Alison reviews Discovering Eris by Keiron De Grice.

Discovering Eris is one of the first books written about Eris which is a “planet” orbiting the Earth way past Pluto. It is known as a Trans Neptunian Object or TNO. Eris moves very slowly at about 560 years for one orbit of the Sun. Many people have Eris in Aries as it has been there since about 1910. Eris has a very interesting retrograde cycle and can “hit” one transit for up to eleven times before moving on. In natal work Eris will come into prominence if it is tightly (less than one degree) conjunct one of your natal planets.

 

Astrology 360: Virgo

Virgo is a feminine, mutable earth sign represented by a woman holding a sheaf of wheat. This is an ancient symbol of Virgo’s relationship to the earth and expresses this sign’s practicality, discrimination and service orientation. Virgo is nurturing, but unlike Cancer (a water sign), Virgo cares through focused and often solitary action. The wheat she harvests will feed not only her children, but the entire village. In medical astrology, Virgo rules the digestive system, which puts everything we consume to use; distributing the nutrients, energy, vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy and strong, then discarding the rest.

 

Sun & Moon

Sean Connery
Lance Armstrong
Leo Tolstoy
Genghis Khan
Fiona Apple

Sun & ASC

Agatha Christie
David Copperfield
Lyndon Johnson (triple)
Peter Sellers
Ann Richards

The Very Virgos

r-rayRachael Ray (80% Virgo) was born August 25, 1968 in Glens Falls, New York and is an Emmy-award winning television personality and author who currently hosts the syndicated talk/lifestyle program Rachael Ray and two Food Network series, 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels. Ray has also written a series of cookbooks based on the 30 Minute Meals concept and launched a magazine called “Every Day with Rachael Ray,” in 2005.

She has just about every planet you could have in Virgo at the same time, due to her birth in the heart of the late 60s when Jupiter, Mars and Venus joined the generational Uranus-Pluto conjunction already in progress. Her birth time is unknown so the speculative birth time below puts all those Virgo planets in the sixth house, probably contributing to her high score on Astrotheme. Either way, the Moon and Mercury are there too, which makes her one formidable Virgin.

[Wikipedia, Astrotheme]

 

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“Let women issue a declaration of independence sexually, and absolutely refuse to cohabit with men until they are acknowledged as equals in everything, and the victory would be won in a single week.”
Victoria Woodhull

 

victoria-woodhull-1Victoria Woodhull68% Virgo (September 23, 1838 05:45 AM in Homer OH – June 9, 1927) was a 19th century American feminist also remembered as the first female stockbroker on Wall Street, the first to produce her own newspaper (a radical publication that published the first translation of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto) and the first woman to run for President, on the Equal Rights Party ticket in 1872. (Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was rumored to be her running mate, but this remains unconfirmed.) Woodhull also worked as a traveling clairvoyant, lobbyist, activist, writer/publisher, investor, teacher and Red Cross volunteer in WWI, which is beautifully symbolized by her Sun-Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo—on the Ascendant, if her birth time is correct (it was recorded in a collection by William Lilly, but one has to be a bit skeptical of an exact Sun-Ascendant conjunction, especially in a Victorian-era chart draw for the 7th child in a family of 10).

She married three times and had two children, was a very (~ 100 years) early advocate of socialism, free love and birth control. It’s been 140 years and we still haven’t seen a woman President, and these days, just holding one of those views is enough to disqualify a candidate—male or female. Despite her lifelong advocacy for women’s equality in the workplace, politics, church and family, she made enemies of some of the biggest names in 1st Wave Feminism (Moon conjunct Saturn in Scorpio), including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriet Beecher Stowe for her political ambitions (Mars in Leo opposite Neptune in Aquarius!) and outspoken sexual views (Venus opposite Uranus).

 

 

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Biography: VWI, “Victoria Claflin Woodhull Martin,” Bio. A&E Television Networks, Wikipedia.

Chart data: Astrotheme and Astrodatabank, Rodden rating C (Modern Astrology 1921, chart cast by Alan Leo).

023—Axis Astrology Podcast: “The Sun” (August 10-23, 2014)

023—Axis Astrology Podcast: "The Sun" (August 10-23, 2014)

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023—Axis Astrology Podcast: "The Sun" (August 10-23, 2014)

023—Axis Astrology Podcast: “The Sun” (August 10-23, 2014)

In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for August 10-23, 2014. Our 360 topic is the Sun, so we discuss the astrological history and meaning of the Sun and some of the notable people from history with strongly solar charts. Arwynne reviews “SunShines” by Michael Lutin and Alison reviews her new self-published eBook, Introduction to Natal Chart Analysis.

Planetary transits for August 10-23, 2014

  • Venus in Leo 11-Aug-2014: Demonstrative, affectionate, charming, generous, expressive & romantic.
  • Mercury in Virgo 15-Aug-2014: Analyzing, studying, editing, correcting, cataloging, sorting, archiving.
  • Venus Conjunct Jupiter 17-Aug-2014: Optimism, extravagance, overspending, expressing affection.
  • Mercury Opposite Neptune 18-Aug-2014: Clouded judgment, nonlinear thinking, deception, illusion.
  • Mercury Trine Pluto 21-Aug-2014: Powerful words/ideas, conviction, research, probe, investigation.
  • Sun in Virgo 22-Aug-2014: Get focused, commit, filter nonessentials, study, refine, practice, perfect.

 

Moon Phases:

 Full Moon 10-Aug-2014 Full Moon in Aquarius

Last Quarter 17-Aug-2014

Note: This period we are in the waning half of the Moon’s cycle where the light of the Moon is getting less. Things are diminishing and quieting down. It is a period to wrap things up and let things go.

Book Reviews:

Arwynne reviews “SunShines” by Michael Lutin, a slightly disguised-for-beginners look at the North Node in the various houses, depending on your sun sign. In the back, he explains the reasoning behind this method and offers a more straightforward approach (actually two more) for readers who already know the sign and house placement of their North Node. Intermediate/advanced readers may be annoyed by the slight convolution, but reading his insightful, incisive, acerbic interpretations, it’s hard to stay mad. He’s a gifted writer. You’d have to try hard not to get something out of the wisdom and understanding of the human psyche he packs into every page. (His other book mentioned briefly in this podcast is called Childhood Rising: The Astrology of Your Mother, Your Father and You.)

I2N - Cover-page-001Alison reviews her new self-published eBook, Introduction to Natal Chart Analysis, an Intermediate Course Workbook Includes Questions and Answers. A Level 2 astrology book.

This eBook is the second in a series and supports the class room teaching in my Introduction to Natal Chart Analysis course. This course assumes some astrology knowledge and the ability to read the glyphs for signs, planets, house and aspects. This eBook build your knowledge and is a valuable resources for a deeper interpretation of a chart once you get past the Moon in 5th, 6th etc.,

For more information on the classes Alison is teaching starting September 2014 there are details on her website.

Astrology 360: The Sun

An appropriate subject for summer in the northern hemisphere, in which we discuss:

  • What the Sun means in your chart.
  • Why we consider the sun a “planet” in astrology.
  • How Alan Leo popularized “sun sign astrology” in the early 20th century and how this resulted in the conflation of astrology with the sun sign alone. This was good for astrology in terms of popularizing it, but bad in terms of radically simplifying a complex and ancient science. It has meant that we must constantly try to educate the public if we want to gain respect and understanding of the true nature of what astrology can do.
  • Celebrities with strongly solar charts usually have a lot of Leo, frequently with the Sun conjunct the ascendant, making the Sun the ruler of the chart as well as the first house. Two such notable figures are discussed in this episode.

 

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 at 6:30 am in Philadelphia, PA — February 22, 1987) was an American artist who became the central figure in the movement known as Pop Art. Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter; an avant-garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author and a public figure known for his presence in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats. A controversial figure… generally acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. (Wikipedia)

Warhol famously (probably) opined that, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes,” which is as fitting an epitaph for someone with so much Leo in his chart as one might hope for. His most lasting contribution transcends the art world, however, in that he changed the way we think about fame as well as art. His ideas challenged the very idea of authorship and ownership (anyone could drop by in his “Factory” and create an “Any Warhol original”) and the debate continues today. The Internet has made us revisit the meaning and motivation behind copyright laws, opened up new avenues for self-publication and micro-financing, and provided artists and fame-seekers of every kind with countless platforms for self-promotion.

 

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cecil_b_demilleCecil B. DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker in the first half of the 20th century, known for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. He directed dozens of silent films during the late 1910s and early 1920s, when he reached the apex of his popularity. DeMille was one of the first directors in Hollywood to become a celebrity in his own right. He had a reputation for being a tyrant on the set and there are stories about actors and actresses who were all but blacklisted after clashing with him on the set. He is probably best known for his 1956 film The Ten Commandments, which is also representative of his penchant for the spectacular, as was the 1952 production of The Greatest Show on Earth which gave DeMille an Oscar for best picture. The Golden Globes’ Lifetime Achievement Award is called the Cecil B. DeMille award. (Wikipedia)

 

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