021—Axis Astrology Podcast “The North & South Nodes” (July 13-26, 2014)

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iTunes-subscribe-button_pinkIn this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for July 13-26, 2014. Our 360 topic of the day is The North and South Nodes of the Moon, so we discuss what they mean in your chart and give some colorful examples from history, the movies and our personal observations. Arwynne reviews The Soul Purpose by David Railey and Alison reviews The Node Book by Zipporah Pottenger Dobyns.

Planetary transits for July 13-26, 2014:

  • Jupiter in Leo 15-Jul-2014—Go big or go home, your chance to shine, express yourself boldly, spend $ to make money
  • Venus in Cancer 18-Jul-2014—Sensitive, soft-spoken, moody, caring, possessive, protective, clingy, needy, emotional
  • Mercury Trine Neptune 18-Jul-2014—Poetic/ harmonious self-expression, using your words to soothe, seduce or sell
  • Sun Square Mars 18-Jul-2014—Challenges, quick turnarounds, competition, impulsive reactions and irritations
  • Saturn Direct 20-Jul-2014—Whew!
  • Uranus Retrograde 21-Jul-2014—Meh?
  • Mercury Opposition Pluto 21-Jul-2014—secret agendas, digging for the truth, investigating deeper, “truth is out there”
  • Sun in Leo 22-Jul-2014—Summer is here, express yourself, fall in love, enjoy the spotlight, be loud and proud
  • Venus Trine Neptune 23-Jul-2014—romantic, imaginative, creative visualization, seeing the best in your partner/ others
  • Sun Conjunction Jupiter 24-Jul-2014—confidence, generosity, branch out, aim high, grow your business/personal brand
  • Mercury Square Uranus 24-Jul-2014—restless mind, trouble with devices, irritability, seeking novelty for its own sake
  • Mercury Trine Saturn 24-Jul-2014—organized thinking/ planning, able to present ideas in a cautious, deliberate way
  • Mars in Scorpio 25-Jul-2014—Machiavellian, Ninja-like, strategy, stealth, “soft power,” cunning, tactical skills

Moon phases

Last quarter 18-July-2014

New Moon 26-July-2014 at 3 Leo.

New Moon Wishing: At the New Moon find out which house the New Moon will occur in your chart. So 3 Leo this month. Then write a list of 3 things you would like to manifest this month in line with the nature of the house that the New Moon happens. Each month the New Moon will move one house up in your chart so over the course of the year you have a chance to bring forth goodies from each of your houses. At the New Moon, light a candle and read out your list to make it known to the universe. Good luck!

Special Event

Alison is presenting an all day Summer Astrology Workshop in Vancouver on July 26, 2014.

Book Reviews:

Arwynne reviews The Soul Purpose by David Railey, a book that focuses on the sign placement of the North Node with stories and examples from the lives of well-known celebrities and political figures. Definitely beginner-friendly and very readable, this book is an ideal introduction to the subject matter.

Alison reviews The Node Book by Zipporah Pottenger Dobyns. this book details all the planetary nodes and not just the Lunar Nodes. It is what i would call and advanced astrology book but certainly worth the effort to read. Quite a slim volume but the best book I have read on the planetary nodes. It includes ephemeris for the planetary nodes so you can find them for your chart.

 

Astrology 360: The North & South Nodes


(For illustrative purposes only, and not even close to scale.)

The Nodes are two mathematical points in the sky where the orbital path of the moon intersects the apparent path of the sun (from our perspective on earth). The Nodes are always exactly opposite each other so, although some charts only show the North Node, you can always locate the South Node at the very same degree of the opposing sign. The Nodes change signs approximately every 18.5 months, so everyone born within that time will have their Nodes in the same signs. The South Node represents our past (whether that means past lives, our childhood, ancestral history, epigenetic or morphogenetic legacy is up to you). It’s what we’re comfortable with, having already learned or mastered it, but it can also become a crutch if we continue to fall back on what’s familiar, taking the relatively easy road. Conversely, the North Node is what we’re moving towards. It’s new territory that often feels frightening or unnatural to us, but it’s the path we must take in order to move forward—it’s our “north star,” if you will, representing the soul’s purpose or destiny. (And again, the soul could mean an immortal consciousness in the traditional sense, your undying DNA that carries forward the genetic legacy of a thousand generations, or the atoms that compose your current form—the very atoms that once inhabited stars, endlessly recycling and recombining yet intricately connected in quantum communion across the unfathomable aeons of space-time… or something even more incomprehensible but metaphorically meaningful to you.)

Part I: The North Node through the 12 Houses

There is a perpetual tension between the opposing houses where the North and South Nodes are found in your chart, which will depend on your time of birth. Some people follow the path of their North Node so beautifully that they light the way for the rest of us, while others… not so much. Here are some examples of people with the North Node in each of the 12 houses.

  1. Superstars & Supernovas: Martin Luther King, Leonardo da Vinci, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Joseph Stalin, James Dean, Ludwig van Beethoven, Michael Jordon, Amy Winehouse
  2. Self-made Moguls & Trophy Wives: Madonna, Elvis Presley, Brigitte Bardot, Napoleon, Eminem, Robert De Niro, Mohamed Ali, Walt Disney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sharon Tate, Katie Holmes, Portia Di Rossi
  3. Democratizers & Demagogues: John F. Kennedy, Che Guevara, Carlos Castañeda, René Descartes, FDR, Mao Zedong, Copernicus, Deepak Chopra, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange
  4. Expatriates & Empire Builders: Steve Jobs, Marie Antoinette, Ernest Hemingway, Anna Ilona Staller (Cicciolina), Pope Benedict XVI, Ronald Reagan, Silvio Berlusconi, Rupert Murdoch
  5. Pied Pipers & Predators : Angelina Jolie, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Pablo Picasso, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sinéad O’Connor, Norman Rockwell, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski
  6. Humanitarians & Zealots: Abbé Pierre, John Lennon, Sigmund Freud, Noam Chomsky, Jane Addams, John Travolta, Osama bin Laden
  7. Power Partners & Sacred Solitude: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Hillary Clinton, Grace Kelly, Soeur Emmanuelle, Dalai Lama, Elizabeth I
  8. Supreme Commanders & Sacrificial Scapegoats: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Vladimir Lenin, Ayrton Senna, Joan of Arc, Princess Diana, Kurt Cobain
  9. Divine Inspiration & Masters of Manipulation: Maria Callas, Oscar Wilde, Michelangelo, Bob Dylan, Aleister Crowley, Adolph Hitler, Grigori Rasputin
  10. Corporations of One & Legends in their own Minds: Coco Chanel, Gandhi, Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Céline Dion, Donald Trump, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Charles Manson, Sarah Palin
  11. Cinderella Stories & Social Darwinists: Lady Gaga, Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, Stephen King, Charles Darwin, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George W. Bush
  12. Sex Symbols & Mad Geniuses: Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Pamela Anderson, Farrah Fawcett, Vincent van Gogh, Nikola Tesla, Frida Kahlo, Howard Hughes, Philip Seymour Hoffman

 

Part II: The North & South Node at the Movies: Modern Fables that Illustrate the 12 Archetypes

In all of these films, either the main character or the entire plot provides a perfect example of the North Node in a particular sign (in my opinion anyway!). They are organized in pairs to emphasize the ongoing tension as well as the interesting parallels that exist between opposing signs.

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Movies for Aries North Node: The Fighterprincessbride

Gladiator, Rocky, G.I. Jane, Red Sonja

 

Movies for Libra North Node: The Lover

The Princess Bride, All of Me, Jerry Maguire

 

 

chocolat_postersilenceofthelambs_posterMovies for Taurus North Node: The Dilettante

 

Movies for Scorpio North Node: The Detective

The Silence of the Lambs, Eyes Wide Shut, Fight Club

 

 

goodnightandgoodluck_posterraidersofthelostark_posterMovies for Gemini North Node: The Storyteller

 

Movies for Sagittarius North Node: The Truth-Seeker

Indiana Jones, Life of Pi, Dogma

 

 

juno_posterhudsuckerMovies for Cancer North Node: The Caregiver

 

Movies for Capricorn North Node: The CEO

The Hudsucker Proxy, The Edge, The Fog of War

 

 

hairspray07_postercontact_posterMovies for Leo North Node: The Performer

 

Movies for Aquarius North Node: The Pioneer

2001: A Space Odyssey, Contact, Avatar

 

 

wall-e_posterdonniedarko_posterMovies for Virgo North Node: The Service-Driven Life

 

Movies for Pisces North Node: The Death-Dream

Mulholland Dr., Donnie Darko, The Fall, Dead Man

 

020—Axis Astrology Podcast “Cancer” (June 29-July 12, 2014)

020—Axis Astrology Podcast "Cancer" (June 29-July 12, 2014)

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for June 29-July 12, 2014. In our 360 topic of the day, we talk about the feminine, cardinal water sign of Cancer. We discuss the qualities and characteristics of this sign and some notable people with Cancer strongly represented in their charts. Arwynne reviews The Magic Thread and Through the Looking Glass by Richard Idemon and Alison reviews The Complete Book of Chart Rectification by Carol A. Tebbs.

 

Planetary transits for June 29-July 12, 2014:

  • Venus Square Neptune 29-Jun-2014 – Tension between fantasy and reality in relationships, idealization
  • Mercury Direct 30-Jun-2014 – Whew!
  • Sun Opposition Pluto 3-Jul-2014 – Confrontations, existential threats to ego or social order; power plays
  • Sun Square Uranus 8-Jul-2014 – Insights from out of the blue, bizarre experiences can create inspiration
  • Sun Trine Saturn 8-Jul-2014 – Taking responsibility, doing your duty, set a good example, due diligence
  • Mercury in Cancer 12-Jul-2014 – Sensitivity; comforting, relating, conveying emotions, offering support
  • Venus Trine Mars 12-Jul-2014 – Male and female relations at their best; easy, enjoyable, complementary

Moon Phases

First Quarter – 5 July 2014

Full Moon – 12-July-2014 in Capricorn

Book reviews:

Arwynne reviews The Magic Thread and Through the Looking Glass by Richard Idemon.

 

thAlison reviews The Complete Book of Chart Rectification by Carol A. Tebbs.

Rectification is the method of determining someone’s birth time if they do not know their birth time.

it is a complex techniques and does take a lot of time for the astrologer.

 

 

 

Astrology 360 Topic: Cancer

Cancer is a cardinal, feminine water sign. It is ruled by the Moon and in medical astrology it rules the breasts and stomach.

 

Quintessentially Cancer

Cancer Sun and Moon People

  • Prince William
  • Courtney Love
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
  • Harrison Ford
  • Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  • George Orwell


Cancer Sun and Rising Sign People

  • 14th Dalai Lama
  • Ross Perot
  • George Michael
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Liv Tyler

 

JohnHenchDisneyJohn Hench (78.7% Cancer, born June 29, 1908, time unknown, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA) was “Disney’s Renaissance artist; Imagineer, philosopher, animator, designer, storyteller [and] voracious reader.” Starting in animation in 1939 as an animator, by 1954, he was developing a giant animatronic squid for “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” which earned him the Oscar for Special Effects. Moving to the “Imagineering” department, he designed the groundbreaking Space Mountain and Tomorrowland attractions among many others worldwide. Due to his strong resemblance to Walt Disney, he was often asked for autographs and pictures with visitors who thought they were meeting Disney himself. (Pictured at right with Walt Disney, courtesy of Wikipedia)

Hench was also responsible for the look of the modern Olympic torch. Nearly all subsequent versions have been modeled after his design for the 1960 Winter Olympics in California. He worked at Disney full time until his death at 95 in 2004. His name tag and the prestigious Disney Legend award for his 65 years of service are prominently displayed in the lobby at Imagineering HQ.

Even without an exact birth time, Cancer is the undisputed ruler of his chart accounting for over 3/4 of the planetary influences, including the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and the North Node. Jupiter is in Leo, Saturn is in Aries and Uranus is in Capricorn closely opposing most of the Cancer planets. All these placements strongly reinforce the personality that shines through in his biography; they speak of a passionately dedicated man full of life and creativity whose innovative use of technology and ceaseless imagination brought wonder and joy to children for over half a century. Cancer is also associated with patriotism, the home and family, and what could be more perfect than being remembered for designing the Olympic torch, a symbol of patriotism in its purest form, and Disneyland – a symbol so deeply engrained in our collective psyche as to make further definition unnecessary.

Chart below is set for a speculative sunrise birth.

 

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antoniafraserAntonia Fraser (born August 27, 1932, 2:45 AM in London, UK) is an English author of history and novels, best known for writing biographies and detective fiction. She is the second wife of the Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. Her bestselling books tend to be exhaustively researched biographies of history’s strongest women, including The Warrior Queens, the story of various military royal women since the days of Boadicea and Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette: The Journey, and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Her chart couldn’t be more perfect for a wildly commercially successful author known for bringing history, and the powerful women who helped write it, vividly to life. She has Cancer rising opposite Saturn in Capricorn in the 6th house of work, indicating the dedication and research that goes into writing detail-rich historical novels as well as nonfiction. Her 12th house packed with Venus, Mars, the Moon and Pluto (conjunct the AC in Cancer) shows her love of history, ancestry and her focus on telling the stories of marginalized female characters. Anywhere in her chart, a powerful triple conjunction of Jupiter, Neptune and the Sun especially in Virgo would signify writing talent, and in the third house they practically guarantee it. Finally, Mercury in Leo in the 2nd house suggests a mode of self-expression that brings worldly success and acclaim, and indeed, she has been a fixture on the bestseller lists since the 1970s and many of her books have been adapted for film and television.

 

antoniafraser[Biographical info courtesy of Wikipedia, chart data from Astrotheme.]

Here is a gallery of the Meteora Monasteries in Greece which we talk about briefly in this episode.

 

019—Axis Astrology Podcast “Astrologer Michael O’Connor” (June 15-28, 2014)

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discussed the transits, aspects and moon phases for June 15-28, 2014 and welcomed our guest, Astrologer Michael O’Connor.

Planetary transits for June 15-28, 2014:

  • Mercury in Gemini 16-Jun-2014 – Gossipy, chatty, outgoing, informed, informal, informative, flighty
  • Sun Conjunction Mercury 19-Jun-2014 – Good for making new contacts, communication flows easily
  • Sun in Cancer 20-Jun-2014 – Good for spending time at home, cooking meals, family, nostalgia
  • Venus in Gemini 22-Jun-2014 – Flirtatious, open-minded, good for mingling and meeting new friends
  • Mars Opposition Uranus 24-Jun-2014 – Sudden conflicts and confrontations, outbursts of aggression
  • Sun Trine Neptune 28-Jun-2014 – Imaginative, easygoing, blurring lines, empathic, artistic, spiritual

Moon Phases:

  • 19-June-2014 Last quarter
  • 27-June-2014 New Moon at 6 Cancer

Astrology 360: Michael O’Connor

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Michael O’Connor is a Full Time Professional Astrologer serving an international clientele. The author of a popular weekly horoscope since 1993, Michael also offers visual presentations, lectures and workshops to students of all levels. You can find Michael online at sunstarastrology.com and on Facebook.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

018—Axis Astrology Podcast “Astrologer Nina Gryphon” (June 1-14, 2014)

018—Axis Astrology Podcast “Nina Gryphon” (June 1-14, 2014)

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for June 1-14, 2014. In this episode we are delighted to welcome Astrologer Nina Gryphon as our guest.

Planetary transits for June 1-14, 2014:

  • 3-Jun-2014 Sun Quincunx Pluto: Needed changes meet ego resistance, difficulty relinquishing control, step back
  • 3-Jun-2014 Venus Sextile Neptune: Receptive to beauty, art & music; creative, artistic, imaginative and inspiring
  • 5-Jun-2014 Sun Sextile Uranus: Introduce reforms, make improvements and innovations, consult your astrologer
  • 6-Jun-2014 Mercury Retrograde: Communications enter 3-week period of rethinking, recounting, reconsidering
  • 6-Jun-2014 Venus Quincunx Mars: Wanting to be liked vs. being direct. Knowing when to confront or capitulate
  • 8-Jun-2014 Sun Quincunx Saturn: Doubts, regrets and past failures undermine confidence and self-expression
  • 8-Jun-2014 Venus Trine Pluto: Intense attractions, irresistible compulsions, feelings in relationships intensify
  • 9-Jun-2014 Neptune Retrograde until November 16
  • 12-Jun-2014 Venus Opposition Saturn: Responsibility and duty override desires; emotions are kept in check
  • 13-Jun-2014 Mars Square Pluto: Power struggles, ruthlessness, urges and obsessions, accidents and injuries

 

Moon phases

  • 5-June-2014 First quarter
  • 12-June-2014 Full Moon at 22 Sagittarius

 

Book reviewUnknown

Planets in Solar Returns by Mary Fortier Shea – reviewed by Alison Subtitled “A Yearly Guide for Transformation and Growth” is a book on the astrological forecasting technique of Solar Returns. A solar return is a chart cast for each and every birthday and unfolds the year ahead for you. This is the best book I have come across on solar returns and it is a text book often suggested for students and it is on my recommended reading list for forecasting work.

 

018—Axis Astrology Podcast “Nina Gryphon” (June 1-14, 2014)

018—Axis Astrology Podcast “Nina Gryphon” (June 1-14, 2014)

Astrology 360: Interview with Astrologer Nina Gryphon

Nina Gryphon is a practicing astrologer and corporate lawyer. Her predictions have appeared in USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, Sina.com, Times of India, and many other major publications. She received her JD, and MA/BA (English/Creative Writing) from Stanford University, and completed John Frawley’s Horary Apprenticeship. Nina practices traditional astrology, specializing in personal, financial, and political forecasting. You cab find Nina online at gryphonastrology.com and email her at Nina @ gryphonastrology.com. Mentioned in this episode:

 

017—Axis Astrology Podcast “Gemini” (May 18-31, 2014)

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gemini-bluegoldIn this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for May 18-31, 2014. Our 360 topic of the day is Gemini so we talk about the characteristics of this masculine, mutable air sign and some of the notable people with Gemini strongly represented in their charts. Arwynne reviews Political Astrology by Michael O’Reilly and Alison reviews Chinese Astrology by Shelly Wu.

Planetary transits for May 18-31, 2014:

  • 18-May-2014 Venus Square Jupiter: optimism, social activities, generosity, spending, overpromising, extravagance
  • 18-May-2014 Mercury Quincunx Saturn: challenging; mental tasks may take extra time and small, deliberate steps
  • 19-May-2014 Venus Quincunx Saturn: tension in relationships (or finances) between affections and responsibilities
  • 19-May-2014 Mars Direct: tensions released, plans move forward, stalled partnerships click and begin to progress
  • 20-May-2014 Sun in Gemini: friendly, talkative, curious, flirtatious, spontaneous, adaptable, energetic, high-strung
  • 22-May-2014 Moon-Chiron/Jupiter/Saturn Grand Water Trine: long-term negotiations, plans, treaties can heal the past
  • 24-May-2014 Jupiter Trine Saturn: responsible growth, calculated risks, measured pursuit of goals, make long-term plans
  • 28-May-2014 Sun Square Neptune: clouded judgment, lacking initiative, tendency to go with flow, daydream, delay
  • 28-May-2014 Venus in Taurus: sensual, considerate, affectionate, leisurely, unhurried, physically vs. mentally expressive
  • 28-May-2014 Mercury in Cancer: caring, compassionate, moody, emotional, nostalgic, nonverbal communications
  • 30-May-2014 Sun Trine Mars: thought and action in harmony, achieving goals, swift decisions, carelessness, restlessness

 

Moon phases:

  • 21-May-2014 Last quarter
  • 28-May-2014 New Moon at Gemini 7

 

Book Reviews:

Arwynne reviews Political Astrology by Michael O’Reilly. Alison reviews Chinese Astrology by Shelly Wu.

 

Astrology 360 Topic: “Gemini”

Gemini is a mutable, masculine air sign ruled by Mercury, mythology’s messenger god. Gemini rules language and journalism, all forms of communication, but especially the instantaneous ones—talking, texting, signing, winking… Speaking of which, Gemini is the flirt of the zodiac. In medical astrology, Gemini rules the eyes, ears, hands and lungs—almost everything we’ve got two of. Although Aries rules the head, Gemini rules the two hemispheres of the brain—and yes, this can occasionally make them seem like they have split personalities. It’s just that their mercurial, smartphone-like minds can switch gears so quickly it makes your head spin (or maybe it’s theirs). You might wonder if they’re having an episode of mania or demonic possession, but in most cases it isn’t clinical. Distract them with some fresh bit of gossip or say you’re looking for a new Internet service provider—do they have any suggestions? That should them snap out of it. If fashion isn’t your strongest sense, a Gemini can be the perfect shopping companion, provided you don’t linger too long in any one store.

Gemini Sun & Moon: Salman Rushdie Maurits Cornelis Escher Heidi Klum Jewel (singer) Tom Jones Dave Navarro

Gemini Sun & Ascendant: Queen Victoria (all 3) Morgan Freeman Henry Kissinger Edward Snowden Dante Alighieri Ruth Westheimer Xaviera Hollander

Model Geminis

 

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Margaret Bourke-White online photo gallery

Margaret Bourke-White (57% Gemini, born June 14, 1904 at 2:00 AM in New York, NY) was an American documentary photographer best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry. She was the first female war correspondent (also the first allowed in combat zones) and one of her photographs appeared on their very first cover of Life Magazine. She photographed steel production in the 1930s; she photographed the front lines during WWII in North Africa, Italy, Europe and the Soviet Union. She was traveling through Germany with General George Patton when they liberated Buchenwald, and was the first to document the atrocities in the notorious concentration camp. She also photographed Gandhi just days before he was assassinated and chronicled the violence that erupted during the partitioning of India and Pakistan. She was the first female photographer to be named on Life magazine’s masthead in 1936 and her name remained there until 1969 despite her retirement in 1957 due to symptoms of Parkinson’s. She died of the disease in 1971.

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excherMaurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher (44%) was born June 17, 1898 at 6:55 am in the Netherlands with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune and Pluto in Gemini. He was a Dutch graphic artist known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints which feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations. Although he did poorly in school, his understanding of mathematics was largely visual and intuitive, and his work had a strong mathematical component. He studied on his own and with mathematicians like Roger Penrose, and eventually published research papers and lectured on his use of mathematical principles in art. He became interested in order and symmetry on a journey through the Mediterranean, which he described as “the richest source of inspiration I have ever tapped.” After visiting the Alhambra, Escher began using geometric grids as the basis for his sketches, which he then overlaid with additional designs, mainly animals such as birds and lions. He explored the concept of representing infinity on a two-dimensional plane and incorporated quirks of perception and perspective, mirror images of cones, spheres, cubes, rings and spirals. (Astrotheme, Wikipedia)

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016—Axis Astrology Podcast “Astrologer Joan Morton” (May 4-17, 2014)

Joan Morton

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for May 4-17, 2014. We are also very pleased to present our first-ever guest to the show, Vancouver Astrologer Joan Morton. We talk with Joan about her experiences and areas of concentration as an astrologer, and our conversation touches on a variety of topics including astrological education, consulting, parenting and spirituality. Alison reviews Alan Oaken’s Rulers of the Horoscope.

 

Planetary transits for May 4-17, 2014:
7-May-2014 Mercury in Gemini: chatty, flirting, distracted, open to new ideas, changeable, restless mind

10-May-2014 Sun Opposite Saturn: limitations, frustration, ego challenges, take stock, focus your efforts

10-May-2014 Venus Opposition Mars: inflexibility, balance urge for independence w/ need to cooperate

10-May-2014 Mercury Square Neptune: unfocused, indiscriminate, imaginative, fuzzy, avoid detail work

12-May-2014 Mercury Trine Mars: bold statements, ideas into action, verbal sparring, learn by doing

14-May-2014 Venus Square Pluto: blocked or conflicting desires, obsession, intensity in relationship s

14-May-2014 Mercury Quincunx Pluto: words can be weapons, watch for backfire and recriminations

15-May-2014 Venus Conjunction Uranus: sudden attractions, restlessness, craving excitement, novelty

 

Moon Phases:

Alison talks about the moon phases for the next two weeks.

Book Review:

Alan Oaken’s Rulers of the Horoscope (Alison reviewed)

 

Astrology 360

Alison and Arwynne welcome their very first-ever guest, Vancouver astrologer Joan Morton! Joan is a consulting astrologer based in Vancouver and the current president of the Fraser Valley Astrological Guild. The Guild meets once a month in New Westminster where they host talks and workshops with astrologers from around the world.

 

Shown below from left to right is Alison Price, Joan Morton and Arwynne O’Neill after the recording session.

 

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015—Axis Astrology Podcast “Grand Cardinal Cross” (April 20-May 3, 2014)

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In this episode, Alison and Arwynne discuss the transits, aspects and moon phases for April 20-May 3, 2014. Our 360 topic of the day is The Grand Cardinal Cross, so we discuss the meaning of this rare aspect, and some historical events associated with the major planetary cycles involved. Arwynne reviews Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul and Alison reviews Bernadette Brady’s Fixed Stars.

 

Planetary transits for April 20-May 3, 2014 (Pacific Time):

20-Apr-2014 Venus Conjunction Chiron: feeling unloved/unlovable, heal relationship issues, insecurity, rejection

20-Apr-2014 Jupiter Opposition Pluto: ruthless pursuit of power, opposing forces locked in conflict, fanaticism

21-Apr-2014 Uranus Square Pluto: political/social/generational change, revolutionary events come to a head

22-Apr-2014 Mars Square Jupiter: gambling, taking risks, acting rashly or heroically, making a big move

22-Apr-2014 Mars Opposition Uranus: breaking down barriers, sudden disruptions, fighting back, accidents

22-Apr-2014 Mercury in Taurus: mental processes downshift to more deliberate, unhurried expressive styles

22-Apr-2014 Mars Square Pluto: disputes, disagreements, unable/unwilling to compromise, aggression, discord

24-Apr-2014 Venus Trine Saturn: stability in relationships, fidelity, commitment, accept loved ones despite flaws

25-Apr-2014 Sun Conjunction Mercury: mental clarity, communicating clearly, getting your point across, fluency

29-Apr-2014 Mercury Trine Pluto: seeking deeper understanding, intense communications, exposing secrets

2-May-2014 Mercury Opposition Saturn: cautious or blocked communications, missing information, gag orders

2-May-2014 Venus in Aries: ardent, adventurous, expressive, impulsive, independent, novelty-seeking, restless

 

Moon Phases:

28-Apr-2014 Solar Eclipse Every year there are two eclipse seasons as the Sun nears the Moon’s North and South nodes at six month intervals. Each eclipse season has at least one solar eclipse and may or may not have one or two lunar eclipses. This is the first solar eclipse of 2013. This is known as an Annular non Central Solar eclipse (A-non-C). which is a rare annular eclipse but the central line does not touch the surface of the Earth. It is at 08 Taurus 52′ on the South Node.

 

Book reviews:

UnknownAlison Reviews Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars. This book is an excellent reference for your work on fixed stars. Even taking the first four Royal Stars of Persia to begin with is a good way to work with Fixed Stars. The Fixed stars are another layer of astrological insights that any astrology can use. They and sometimes considered more effective because we can see them as the light from these stars reached Earth, whereas the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto can often be harder to interpret. I recommended this book for intermediate to advanced astrologers.

 

Arwynne reviews Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul.

 

Astrology 360: The Grand Cardinal Cross

During April 2014 the planets align is a special way and create the major aspects pattern called a Grand Cross. As this particular time the planets are in cardinal signs so it is referred to as the Cardinal Cross. Alison wrote a piece on The Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014 and you can read about it further.

 

Historical Cycles and the Current Cardinal Cross

cardinalcrossThe Uranus-Pluto cycle: Due to Pluto’s eccentric orbit, Uranus-Pluto conjunctions take place 111, then 143 years apart. All astrological cycles consist, at the bare minimum, of a conjunction, an opening square, an opposition and a closing square before beginning again with the conjunction. The squares are when we often see tensions ratcheting up and enemy factions taking positions; explosive events may occur but more often they set the stage for confrontations or conflagrations to come at the following opposition or conjunction.

 

The current Uranus-Pluto square (2012-2015) has already seen its share of signature events. In the first few months of 2014, events in the Crimea, the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines plane and over a dozen well-publicized yet mysterious banker suicides are ominous signals of the tightening April grand cardinal cross. Recent years saw the “Arab Spring” revolutions spread across the Middle East and the Occupy Wall Street movement which has since evolved into initiatives like “Rolling Jubilee,” which uses donations to buy up bundled, leveraged, sub-prime mortgage debt ($15 million so far) for pennies on the dollar and abolishes it.

  • 20-Apr-2014 Jupiter (13 Cancer) Opposition Pluto  (13 Cap)
  • 21-Apr-2014 Uranus (13 Aries) Square Pluto (13 Cap)
  • 22-Apr-2014 Mars (13 Libra) Square Jupiter (13 Cancer)
  • 22-Apr-2014 Mars (13 Libra) Opposition Uranus(13 Aries)

 

The previous Uranus-Pluto square exact dates:

uranus-and-pluto-symbolsCritical events:

US Prohibition ends; Nazis in Germany set fire to the Reichstag Parliament building and blame Communists, win election by a narrow margin. FDR establishes the Public Works department; innovations in rocket technology, civilian flight, broadcasting, nuclear physics (the “cyclotron” particle accelerator is invented), rapid industrialization under Stalin leads to Soviet Famine of 1932-33, medicine (“iron lung” is perfected just in time for the growing polio epidemic). Unemployment in the US hits 33%, similar to Germany at the time. Dow Jones average reaches lowest point of the Great Depression in 1932; farmers revolt in the Midwest, and police kill four when they fire into a crowd of 3,000 unemployed autoworkers in Michigan.

 

Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-66 exact dates:

Critical events:

The years surrounding these conjunctions were marked by social and political upheaval around the world; anti-war protests, civil rights marches, peoples’ revolutions and the violent suppression of citizens by governments and their fellow civilians, as in the American south. Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Malcolm X and was assassinated and the Black Panther Party was founded in response to increasing police brutality and corruption. Uprisings in Africa lead to 32 former colonies gaining their independence between 1960 and 1970. The war in Viet Nam continued to escalate (Gulf of Tonkin, reinstatement of the draft, etc.). On the brighter side, scientific breakthroughs occur in space travel, satellite technology, computing, transportation and medicine; LBJ’s “Great Society” reforms, Medicare and Medicaid established, US schools desegregated and despite the best efforts of both governments, the US and USSR fail to bring about nuclear Armageddon.

 

014—Axis Astrology Podcast “Taurus” (April 6-19, 2014)

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Listen/Download: 014Axis Astrology Podcast: “Taurus”

taurus-tanPlanetary transits for April 6-19, 2014:

7-Apr-2014 Mercury in Aries: Enthusiastic, blunt, wise-cracking, bold, quick-tempered, ego-driven, loud
8-Apr-2014 Sun opposite Mars: Confrontation, ego challenges, defensiveness, meeting force with force
11-Apr-2014 Venus conjunct Neptune: Glamour, romance, imagination, manipulation, seduction, deceit
14-Apr-2014 Mercury square Jupiter: Too much information, ethical dilema, indecision, fairness vs. right
14-Apr-2014 Mercury conjunct Uranus: Flashes of insight, creative spark, feeling inspired, being clever
14-Apr-2014 Pluto retrograde (until Sep 23): time to reflect & assimilate hidden meanings & motivations
14-Apr-2014 Mercury square Pluto: Fight the power, speak your truth but be prepared for the fallout
15-Apr-2014 Mercury opposite Mars: Picking fights, bickering, battles of wit, conflicts with neighbors
17-Apr-2014 Venus trine Jupiter: Generosity of heart, compassion, big gestures in love, idealism, passion
19-Apr-2014 Sun in Taurus: Determined, sensual, materialistic, musical ability esp. singing/vocalist, solid
19-Apr-2014 Jupiter square Uranus: Electrical storms, ingenious breakthroughs, maximum disruption

Moon phases:

Total Lunar Eclipse: April 15, 2014

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wb-14Book Reviews:

Arwynne reviews The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers. A surprisingly insightful, beginner-friendly coffee table book full of interesting astrological tidbits and the bare minimum of jargon. Sure to spark conversation and delight the guests at your next cocktail party. Check out their website where you can also download the app.


Alison reviews the 2014 WellBeing Astrology Guide magazine.

 

Events:

Alison will be a guest on Your Astrology NOW with S. Brenda Black, Wednesday, April 9 at 10 am PST/1 pm EST.

 

Astrology 360 Topic of the Day: Taurus

Sun and Moon in Taurus:

Daniel Day Lewis
Katharine Hepburn
Karl Marx
Florence Nightingale
Bernard Madoff

 

Sun & Ascendant in Taurus:

David Beckham
George Lucas
Eva (Evita) Peron
Donatella Versace
William Randolph Hearst

 

Musical Taurus

Les Paul (Guitar legend)
Dionne Warwick (Singer)
Irving Berlin (Composer)
Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
Max Steiner (Composer)

 

Totally Taurean

khepburnKatharine Hepburn (12 May 1907 at 17:47 in Hartford, CT) was an American actress known for her headstrong independence and spirited personality. Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She had 12 Oscar nominations and four Oscar wins—more than any actor to date, although Meryl Streep has now tied her for nominations, but never attended the ceremony when she was nominated, although she did present a lifetime achievement award in later years. Hepburn became well known for playing strong, independent female characters and for wearing pants long before it was fashionable, in some cases even considered appropriate, for women to do so.

She grew up in an unconventional, freethinking and highly educated family and, as an avid tomboy, especially adored her older brother Tom. She was devastated when, at 13, she found him dead, having apparently hung himself. He was a cheerful, healthy boy and there was no note; so the conclusion was that it was an accident. She mourned him for years, and admitted in her autobiography that she even adopted his birthday as her own for decades. She had 8 degrees Scorpio rising and he was a Scorpio, born November 8, 1905). She had a 26-year love affair with costar Spencer Tracy, who was married with children when they met and remained so for the decades their relationship spanned. He was also an emotionally volatile alcoholic, but she was stubbornly determined not to leave him, and in fact she was with him when he died of a heart attack at age 67. She survived him by 36 years, dying at 96 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

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daliSalvador Dalí (born on May 11, 1904, at 8:47 am GMT in the town of Figueres, Spain) was one of the most important painters of the 20th century. He was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking, bizarre, and beautiful images in his surrealist work. Dalí’s artistic repertoire also included film, sculpture, and photography, and he collaborated with filmmakers Luis Buñuel, Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock. Dalí insisted that his ancestors descended from the Moors who invaded Spain in 711, and attributed to these origins, “my love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes.”

Dalí had an affinity for doing unusual things to draw attention to himself [and] his eccentric manner sometimes drew more public attention than his artwork. A versatile artist, his works include paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other objects, and he is noted for his contributions to theatre, fashion and photography, among other areas. According to the display caption for Lobster Telephone at the Tate Gallery, Dali “drew a close analogy between food and sex.”

“I am painting pictures which make me die for joy, I am creating with an absolute naturalness, without the slightest aesthetic concern, I am making things that inspire me with a profound emotion and I am trying to paint them honestly.” —Salvador Dalí

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013—Axis Astrology Podcast “The Moon” (March 23 – April 5, 2014)

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Listen/Download: 013—Axis Astrology Podcast: “The Moon”

Planetary transits for March 23 – April 5, 2014:

25-Mar-2014: Mercury trine Jupiter—open-minded, tolerant, free-associating, containing multitudes & contradictions
29-Mar-2014: Venus trine Mars—adventurous, demonstrative, affectionate, bold flirtation,  poetry in motion and action
29-Mar-2014: Venus square Saturn—inhibition, social anxiety, limited resources, financial limitations and obligations
31-Mar-2014: Sun square Jupiter—think bigger, expand your horizons, bolstered confidence, exaggeration, ego tripping
1-Apr-2014: Sun conjunct Uranus—freedom of expression, exploring new ideas, shake things up, break with the past
2-Apr-2014: Mercury trine Saturn—concentration, systematic thinking, good for preparing taxes, getting organized
2-Apr-2014: Sun square Pluto—power struggles, internal conflicts, mortal threats, transformation through destruction
5-Apr-2014: Venus in Pisces—sensitive, romantic, passive, rose-colored glasses, open, compassionate, indiscriminate

Moon Phases:

23-Mar-2014: Third quarter

30-Mar-2014: New Moon at 10 Aries

Book Reviews:

Arwynne reviewed Cosmos & Psyche: Intimations of a New World View by RIchard Tarnas. “One of the most intellectually rigorous, obsessively researched studies of the relationship of planetary cycles to human history. Not light reading by any means but without question one of the most relevant books on astrology written in the last century. In the first two chapters, he lays out what I consider to be the single most convincing argument for the relevance and reality of astrology that’s been articulated to date. Not a book for beginners, but certainly recommended for anyone looking for a unparalleled work of sweeping historical and astrological significance.”

 

Alison reviewed Eclipses by Celeste Teal.

 

IMG_0161Astrology 360 Topic of the Day: The Moon

 

 You can read Arwynne’s article on Your Child’s Moon here.

 

You can read Alison’s The Moon, your mother and food here.

dalailamaLunar Lama

Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama. Born the fifth of sixteen children to a farming family in Tibet, he was proclaimed the reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama at the age of two. On November 17, 1950, he was enthroned as Tibet’s Head of State and most important political ruler while Tibet faced occupation by the forces of the People’s Republic of China. After the collapse of the Tibetan resistance in 1959, he fled to India, where he was active in establishing the Tibetan government in exile while seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education, and he remained so until his retirement on March 14, 2011. A charismatic figure and noted public speaker, he is the first Dalai Lama to travel to the West, where he has helped to spread Buddhism and to publicize the cause of a Free Tibet. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The moon makes more major aspects than any other planet in the Dalai Lama’s chart and it’s ruler of his rising sign. The Sun is conjunct the ascendant in Cancer and both form grand water trines to Jupiter and Saturn, which are in the fifth and ninth houses respectively. This configuration indicates his unprecedented role as a beloved international spiritual teacher (Jupiter) and as the political leader (Saturn) of the Tibetan people. It also signifies his enduring legacy as a cultural ambassador who brings wisdom, compassion and spiritual guidance as well as education about Tibet’s history, traditions and political struggles to the outside world, in addition to introducing the teachings of Buddhism to a global audience.

Pluto is in Cancer (and therefore ruled by the Moon), signifying the transformative power of compassion and how integral these themes are to his personality and internal motivations. Furthermore, Pluto is conjunct the South Node (not shown), indicating a powerful past incarnation as the source of his profoundly Plutonian mission of peace, mindfulness and empathy. These gifts are directed unceasingly outwards in this life (Capricorn North Node in the 7th house) and pursued with passionate intensity, all in the name of his ancestral home (Mars in Libra in the 4th house square the nodes). The moon itself is in Virgo conjunct Neptune in the third house and opposes Saturn in Pisces.

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Your Child’s Moon

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by Arwynne O’Neill

 

IMG_0161Along with the sun and Ascendant, or rising sign, the moon is one of the most important features of the birth chart. In fact, the moon can offer even more insight than the sun itself in the charts of children. While the sun represents the core of our personality, the essence of who we are and what we become, to some degree, it is something we must “grow into.” The moon on the other hand represents a deeper part of the psyche that is evident in our behaviors and reactions from birth.

 

The moon also carries forward energy patterns from the past, anchoring us at the moment of birth into a specific family legacy. The ties that bind us can be forged by fate or from strands of DNA, but those intangible threads connecting one generation to the next through inheritances, personal histories and mythologies, biases and ideologies, are all represented by the astrological moon.

 

In Dynasty: the Astrology of Family Dynamics, Erin Sullivan explains, “The moon is a receptacle that holds memory of all gestations and births down the line. Dynastic patterns which are associated with the Moon more frequently… come down through the maternal line. The Moon shows how our mother acted as a conduit for our ancestral legacy.”

 

However, she cautions, the traditional parental assignment of father to sun and mother to moon, although deeply ingrained in the mythological lexicon, should not be interpreted literally. “Astrology is not gender-biased,” she says. “The sun and moon are our parents in the most archetypal sense, [representing] the archetypal marriage. How we marry ourselves within ourselves [and] how we mediate polarities within our psyche and mind is represented in the soli-lunar relationship.”

 

Of course, not all children with the same two parents have the same sun and moon signs. The birth chart reflects each child’s unique experience of childhood while the sun and the moon represent the parents not as individuals but as they exist in the minds of their children. In the symbolic language of astrology, the sun and moon represent our internalized archetypes of Mother and Father.

 

Erin Sullivan continues:

“Just as our stories about our parents are going to be different than our sibling’s stories, so are our planets arranged in ways unlike other family members — but there is always a connection. In large families of four or more children, the odds increase on replication of Moon signs. The most common interchanges in family horoscopes are between the Sun, Moon and ascendant as one might imagine.”

 

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when studying your child’s chart is to think in terms of potential and not prediction. Although this is true of any chart interpretation, it is especially so when studying the chart of a child for obvious reasons. Your main objective should be to gain a deeper insight into the karmic  patterns your child came into this life with and to better understand the way their basic emotional needs inform their behavior as expressed through the natal chart.

 

Every pattern in the chart represents a potential which will be modified, strengthened or weakened by every other potential in the chart — and, of course, by their experiences in life. It’s important to remember that, no matter what patterns you may read in your child’s chart, you are not looking into a crystal ball. For example, the same pattern that impacts one person’s chart negatively will become an opportunity for something positive and creative in another’s. If you keep an open mind, the moon can provide fundamental insights into your child’s personality, illuminating emotional patterns and subconscious motivations that might otherwise be mystifying.

 

The second thing to keep in mind is how your child’s chart relates to yours. In all likelihood, this line of thinking will be unavoidable as you begin to delve into the astrological literature on the moon, family dynamics and childhood. Much has been written on these subjects in a “self-help” style, aimed at an audience of adults seeking explanations to help them assimilate their own unhappy experiences in childhood. Don’t fixate on the negative interpretations when you come across them. For every aspect or placement in the birth chart of an individual, there is a wide spectrum of potential manifestations in their life. Every relationship we have over the course of a lifetime – with lovers, business partners, friends and family members alike – exists to teach us something about ourselves and how we relate to others. This is what it means to be human, and the relationship between parent and child is no exception.

 

 

The study of astrological patterns in our charts and in those of our families can help us identify the roots of interpersonal conflict that exist in every relationship. And more importantly, what we learn can enable us to move beyond the defensive need for control that’s often the cause of conflict. The more we understand each other’s nature, the better equipped we will be to constructively express the more dynamic and transformative aspects in our own charts.

 

“Each of the four elements (fire, air, earth and water) manifests in three vibrational modalities (cardinal, fixed and mutable). Hence, when we combine the four elements with the three modalities, we have twelve primary patterns of energy.” – (Saint) Stephen Arroyo, Astrology, Psychology, and the Four Elements

 

For those of you who are relatively new to astrology, let’s begin with a helpful way of simplifying without oversimplifying the fundamental nature of the moon in the 12 signs.

 

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FIRE AIR EARTH WATER
CARDINAL Aries Libra Capricorn Cancer
FIXED Leo Aquarius Taurus Scorpio
MUTABLE Sagittarius Gemini Virgo Pisces

Onto this very basic system infinite layers of complexity can and will be added, but if you’re just beginning to get your head around the ancient science/ mythology/ metaphorical language that is astrology, remember you can strip away everything but the 12 signs in their respective elements and modalities and still learn a great deal.

 

According to Stephen Arroyo, “The element of the Moon’s position represents an attunement from the past that manifests automatically, a mode of feeling that one needs to pay attention to in order to feel inwardly secure and at home with one’s self.”

 

So for example:

“If the moon is in an air sign, one will have to express one’s thoughts to others in order to feel right about oneself… The moon in an air sign always reacts by thinking first and then acting according to the dictates of his evaluation. The moon in fire signs is found in the charts of people who react to changing circumstances with enthusiasm and direct action. They tend to leap before they look. Impatience is often a problem.

 

The moon in water signs indicates a way of reacting colored by emotional intensity… an immediate and deep involvement with every demand placed upon the person by life,” while the moon in earth signs “indicates one who tends to react in a very grounded, steady, matter-of-fact way.” – Stephen Arroyo

 

Each planet in the natal chart represents a different aspect of our personality. Combining and interacting, they produce what is seen from the outside as an integrated personality, but the action of these component parts is evident in all that we do. Sign placements can provide a profile of the individual “roles” played by each planet in your child’s chart, giving you a rough character sketch of every member of the cast. The sun and moon are the main characters in this ongoing internal narrative.

 

IMG_0153The twelve familiar zodiacal archetypes can also be applied to each planet in your child’s chart. You can ask yourself, what role is being played by the moon in this imaginary production? What is this character’s motivation? Keep in mind, however, that the moon is a supporting costar to the sun in any chart and its primary mode of expression will be far subtler than the outwardly-focused, instigating energy of the sun.

 

The inherent tendencies of the moon’s sign will be more evident in your child’s instinctive or initial reactions than in their planned actions, and often they will be expressed unconsciously, especially if the sun and moon are placed in very different or conflicting signs. The moon’s characteristics might in some cases remain completely submerged in terms of outward expression, only surfacing when the child is exhausted, ill or under stress.

 

The next question we can ask about the moon’s character is where it is coming from. Where does this character feel most “at home?” A planet’s house placement describes its base of operations, and it can suggest the area of life in which its energies may primarily or most readily be expressed.

 

Beyond the place where each planet resides, we can ask ourselves how all these characters interact with each other. Planetary aspects represent the relationships or dialogs between all the planets in a chart and studying these interactions can provide deep and meaningful insights into how that person might perceive and assimilate their life experiences. Aspects describe the mathematical angles created between the earth at the center and two or more planets in relation to each other. Looking at the angle formed by the sun and the moon (representing the parents), what can we say about the relationship between them? And how does the moon relate to all the other planets in the chart? Does one create more aspects than the other? Does one make more harmonious aspects than the other?

 

“An aspect is another way to say that planets (or points, such as the ascendant) are in contact. They are communicating. The kind of aspect tells you something about the style of communication. They can be fused or blended (a conjunction), working together with good leverage (sextile), in a tense, strong dynamic (square), in such total agreement that they may disappear or lose strength from lack of friction (trine), or fully distinct from one another and in a confrontational mode (opposition).” – Eric Francis

 

In An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness, Donna Cunningham reminds us that understanding the connections is the key to chart interpretation. “Aspects greatly modify the interpretation of the planet in a sign. For example, a Moon in Leo with Pluto nearby is a Leo Moon with a vengeance – a Scorpio-type vengeance – but also with a Scorpio-type capacity for analysis,” while “a Moon in Scorpio squaring Jupiter in Aquarius is certainly going to be very different from a Moon in Sagittarius squaring Jupiter in Virgo.”

 

One of the gifts parenthood has to offer is the chance to spend a lifetime getting to know someone who is a product of you in a very real sense, but who is at the same time a completely novel and unique individual.

We are each an eclectic assortment of character traits and habits collected over a lifetime, absorbed and refined into what we call our personalities as we grow and change, react and relate to others. These traits in combination form our identity; our feminine and masculine personas (anima and animus), the masks we wear at work and in various social settings, and the constructs of “id,” “ego” and “superego” (to quote Dr. Freud, just this one time). Inevitably, these layers of acquired complexity serve to insulate us from outside forces, but they can also shut us off from the people closest to us. The astrological moon can be likened to the molten core at the heart of all of those layers.

Just like the magnetic poles of the earth which may be counted on to point to True North (setting aside for the moment their periodic and long overdue shift for the purpose of this metaphor), the moon in one’s chart acts like a compass, reliably pointing the way to our subconscious needs, articulating that which sustains and feeds us and makes us feel safe. However antithetical those things may be to our public persona, they hold essential clues to our well-being and our ability to feel loved, accepted and protected. The more you understand about anyone’s moon, the better equipped you will be to look deeper, to acknowledge and embrace that molten, magnetic core of them which the moon can reveal.

 

References:

Erin Sullivan, Dynasty: the Astrology of Family Dynamics. Read an excerpt.

 

Donna Cunningham, An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness

 

Stephen Arroyo

- Astrology, Psychology, and the Four Elements: An Energy Approach to Astrology & Its Use in the Counseling Arts

- Astrology, Karma & Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart

 

Eric Francis, Astrology Secrets Revealed

- The Houses

- The Aspects