036—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Listener Chart Consultation”

036—Axis Astrology Podcast: "Listener Chart Consultation"

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for February 22 – March 7, 2015. Our Astrology 360 this time is a sample consultation based on the chart of a male listener in Seattle who we’re calling “Ben.”

Planetary transits for February 22 – March 7, 2015

22-Feb-2015 Sun Square Saturn: At the crossroads of ego and bureaucracy? Road-blocked on the path to achievement?

25-Feb-2015 Sun Conjunction Neptune: Fuzzy-headed, dreamy aspect that favors the arts, a makeover, sleeping in.

1-Mar-2015 Mercury Opposition Jupiter: Talking trash to authority figures? Brain writing checks the body can’t cash?

4-Mar-2015 Venus Conjunct Uranus and Square Pluto: Venus triggers the Uranus-Pluto square nearing their 7th exact.

Moon Phases

25-Feb-2015: Last quarter

05-Mar-2015: Full Moon in Virgo (at 14 degrees)

Astrology 360: Ben’s Chart Consultation

“Ben,” a Male Listener from Seattle

January 30, 1973

10:59 PM PST

Seattle, WA


035—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Neptune”

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for February 8-21, 2015. Our 360 topic is Neptune. Arwynne reviews Neptune by Liz Greene and Alison reviews Aspects and Personality by Karen Hamaker-Zondag.

Planetary transits for February 8-21, 2015

  • 10-Feb-2015 Mercury Stations Direct after being retrograde since January 21.
  • 18-Feb-2015 Sun moves into Pisces, the watery, feminine, mutable sign ruled by Neptune.
  • 19-Feb-2015 Mars moves into Aries: Like going from swimming through mud to running through the desert.
  • 20-Feb-2015 Venus in Aries: The assertive, outgoing side of Venus—maybe too assertive, especially with…
  • 21-Feb-2015 Venus Conjunct Mars: in Aries! Not the best night for a first date. Go outside and burn off some steam.

Moon Phases

  • Feb. 12 – Last quarter phase
  • Feb. 18 – New Moon at 0 degrees Pisces


Book Reviews

Arwynne reviews The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption by Liz Greene. “The longing for redemption is a many-headed daimon that dwells within the most earthbound and prosaic of souls. Neptune is the astrological symbol that describes this energy. Liz Greene, an internationally known astrologer, has given us the most complete and accessible book about Neptune ever written! She explores Neptune themes in literature, myth, politics, religion, fashion, and art to show how this energy manifests.” (Amazon.ca)

Alison reviews Aspects and Personality by Karen Hamaker-Zondag.



Astrology 360: Neptune

Discovered in 1848, Neptune is the modern planetary ruler of Pisces and is symbolized by the Roman god Neptune or the Green Poseidon, the god of the sea.

Neptune represents dreams and delusions, spirituality and idealism, glamour, madness, deception, escapism, propaganda and paranoia. It also rules films and photography, oil and water, and performances of all kinds—dancing, music, movies and magic.

When Neptune contacts other planets in a person’s (or event’s) chart, it tends to blur the definitions of the other planet, like putting a fuzzy, Vaseline filter on a camera lens, the kind you would use if you were filming a dream sequence back in the day when they filmed movies on film with filters and lenses.


Chart example:lon-chaney

Lon Chaney (April 1, 1883, 7:24 AM, Colorado Springs, CO. Rodden Rating: C) Neptune in exact (>0.5 degrees) conjunct the Ascendant as well as Saturn and Chiron; 11 degrees from Neptune-ASC, Pluto completes the stellium in Taurus. Neptune also forms a grand earth trine with the Moon and Uranus.

Lon Chaney, nicknamed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” was one of the most versatile American film actors of the silent era. He starred in 150 films and is best remembered for his groundbreaking makeup artistry and his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters. His most roles famous roles, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” were notable for inspiring sympathy despite their monstrousness.

Chaney was quoted in Movie magazine as saying, “I wanted to remind people that the lowest types of humanity may have within them the capacity for supreme self-sacrifice… The dwarfed, misshapen beggar of the streets may have the noblest ideals. Most of my roles… have carried the theme of self-sacrifice or renunciation.” (Wikipedia biography)



034—Axis Astrology Podcast: “The New Year, New You Consultation

034—Axis Astrology Podcast: "The New Year, New You Consultation"

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for January 11-24, 2015. For this episode’s Astrology 360, we do a full sample reading of a “New Year, New You” consultation with a special guest chart.

Planetary transits for January 11-24, 2015

  • 11-Jan-2015—Mars in Pisces: this wishy-washy Mars has difficulty acting decisively, tries to appease/distract vs. taking action
  • 14-Jan-2015—Mars Square Saturn: stops & starts, obstruction and irritation, “driving with the parking break on” aspect
  • 18-Jan-2015—Venus Opposite Jupiter: aesthetic or relationship desires clash w/ideals or ethics, compromising principles
  • 19-Jan-2015—Mars Conjunct Neptune: the “fog of war” aspect, often seen in charts of police/protester clashes and riots
  • 19-Jan-2015—Sun in Aquarius: some Leos may find a challenging month ahead while the Sun transits its opposite sign
  • 20-Jan-2015—Mercury Retrograde: details may be slow to emerge or conflict in Mars-Neptune stories from this week


Astrology 360: The New Year, New You Consultation

Here is the chart we discuss in this episode, followed by a dispositor tree and 2-year ephemeris:

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033—Axis Astrology Podcast: “2015 Preview”

033—Axis Astrology Podcast: "2015 Preview"

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In this episode:

Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for December 28—January 10, 2015. Our Astrology 360 this time is our 2015 Preview, so we talk about the year ahead, covering some of the major planetary aspects, transits and ingresses in store for us in 2015. Arwynne reviews Llewellyn’s 2015 Astrological Pocket Planner and Alison reviews Zodiac Manager: An Astrological Expose of Everyone in the Office by J. T. Ford.

Planetary transits for December 28—January 10, 2015

  • 1-Jan-2015: Mars Opposition Jupiter—21 degrees Leo/Aquarius axis. Ego vs. community clashes,
  • 2-Jan-2015: Venus in Aquarius—cool heads prevail in relationships and finances, coincides with the end of the holidays
  • 2-Jan-2015: Sun Square Uranus—triggers U&P square, unexpectedly bringing home the revolutionary unrest of 2012-15
  • 3-Jan-2015: Sun Conjunct Pluto—ego conflicts have consequences, one of the most personal contacts by the U-P square
  • 4-Jan-2015: Mercury in Aquarius—bubble of holiday communications expands; intellectual, technological, humanitarian

Moon Phases:

Jan 4: Full moon at 29 Gemini

Book Reviews

Alison reviews Zodiac Manager: An Astrological Expose of Everyone in the Office by J. T. Ford.

ZodiacManagerA first of its kind – a definitive astrological business book that reveals the basic nature of everyone you come face-to-face with in your career from colleagues to the competition. Each chapter deals with one specific sun sign and describes in detail how that sign influences the working habits and professional personality of those born under it. This is not a technical book about creating astrological charts but rather a book with practical insight on how to deal with people based on a deeper understanding of who they are.


You will learn how individual sun signs rank in leadership, intelligence, communication, success, work habits, loyalty, creativity and determination. You will learn their “Hot Buttons” as well as their strengths and weaknesses. And armed with this information you will learn how to work with, compete with, and manage others for their success and yours.

Arwynne reviews Llewellyn’s 2015 Astrological Pocket Planner and finds it completely lacking compared to Llewellyn’s 2015 Daily Planetary Guide. She bought it online because the Planetary Guide wasn’t available and she thought: why not give it a try?

2015pocketplannerHere are some of the features [with Arwynne’s comments in brackets]:

  • Daily signs, Moon phases, and aspects [note: Aspects are NOT in the day planner section, only in the ephemeris in back.]
  • World time-zone map and conversion table [Utterly useless, but luckily only takes up one page.]
  • Best days for planting and fishing [Really. Who the $#&@ cares?]





Not recommended, unless you actually care about the best days for fishing and planting OR you literally plan to carry it around in your pocket. At 4″x6″, the Pocket Planner will probably fit into your pocket better than the Planetary Guide (5×8″).


For everyone else, Arwynne recommends Llewellyn’s 2015 Daily Planetary Guide.


Astrology 360: 2015 Preview

2014 Year in Review

Before we get into 2015, let’s review the “highlights” of 2014, such as they were. In our 2014 Preview, we predicted a rough year with continuing political upheaval, protests, terrorism and brutal crackdowns pitting government against citizen—no surprise, considering the last few years, but 2014 saw civil unrest at levels unseen in a generation (Kiev, Ferguson, Hong Kong). New threats materialized as if out of nowhere (ISIS, Boko Haram, Uber) and old threats were resurrected like a zombie plague (Polio, Ebola, Russia)… Here are some of those highlights in retrospect.

A missing Malaysian plane held the media’s attention for 2+ months, until… Ebola reemerged as a terrifying world health threat in the spring, killing between 7K and 20K people in West Africa, where the fatality rate is 70%. Western media hysteria over a handful of cases further underlined the disparity between the disease’s impact in the first world and in poorer nations. Ebola healthcare workers were named Time magazine’s “People of the Year.” The Crimean Crisis erupted in the spring and culminated in the summer with the shooting down of another Malaysian airliner, sanctions against Russia and ongoing tensions. Several cases of police in the US fatally shooting unarmed black teenagers gained global attention, and sparked massive protests across the nation and online, as well as a few apparent revenge killings of police officers. A rise in reported rape cases on college campuses and in the military met with mixed reactions; is it a bad sign (suggesting a “rape culture”), a good sign (suggesting more cases are being reported) or is it just bad reporting?

The exact square in mid-December saw 141 people including 130 children were killed by Taliban gunmen at a school in Pakistan, and two hostages plus the gunman were killed after a 16-hr. siege in a café in Sydney. Another Boko Haram raid also occurred on the 14th, killing 30+ with more than 200  hostages now missing. In the final weeks of 2014, the US took the first step towards reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years and Sony struck a blow for democracy (albeit belatedly and in response to pressure, if not downright ridicule from the media and Obama administration) by releasing their shitty Seth Rogan movie and letting fans take their lives into their own hands in the name of free speech, and in defiance of North Korea.

Important Aspects in 2015:

  1. Saturn entered Sagittarius on December 23, 2014
  2. Uranus-Pluto Square was exact December 14, 2014 and will remain w/in 1 degree all through January 2015
  3. January also sees Mars square Saturn (14th) and conjunct Neptune (19th), making it a tense, charged month
  4. March 15: Last of the 7 Uranus-Pluto squares of 2012-2015
  5. March 20: Solar eclipse at 29 Pisces
  6. April 4: Full moon lunar eclipse at 14 Libra
  7. August 23: Jupiter moves into Virgo
  8. September 13: Solar eclipse at 20 Virgo
  9. September 25: Mars square Saturn
  10. November 26-27: Mars square Saturn, Uranus-Pluto within minutes of exact square; w/in 1 degree ~2 weeks

Mercury Retrograde periods:

  • January 21 – February 11
  • May 18 – June 11
  • September 17 – October 9


Be sure to check out Alison’s site for:

Happy New Year 2015 – Your Starz Horoscopes for Creativity, Love, Money, Wellbeing and Vision by Alison Price

032—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Saturn”


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In this episode:

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

031—Axis Astrology Podcast: “Holiday Gifts for the Signs”

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

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


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.



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.



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.



My favorite “gifting a Cancer” story happened about 10 years ago when I was working with 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 and 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, but 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.



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).



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!)



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).



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.



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.


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.



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).



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”

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”

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


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


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.



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)

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)



Scorpio Rising

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Sagittarius Rising



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)

iTunes-subscribe-button_pink027—Axis Astrology Podcast: Astrologer Andrew Morton

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.