Most of what you learn in life is taught to you. In school you had a teacher and books. In life, events teach you things. Life is a learning experience.
Teachable factors in a horoscope are designated by hard aspects. I have Saturn squaring the Sun in my horoscope. My father was very autocratic. I have had to learn the lesson of dealing with authority figures, especially when I knew, for a fact, that they got in their position for reasons other than personal excellence.
The teachable moments in life come from the hard aspects of Saturn through Pluto to the Sun, Moon, or Angles. The lessons are sometimes very difficult. I had a bear of a time when transiting Neptune went over my Ascendant in late 1997 but what came out of it was living in South Africa, teaching astrology for a year in what is one of the most cherished memories of my life’s resume.
Many of you now who have the Sun, Moon, Venus, or an Angle between 11-15 degrees of a Cardinal Sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) are being presented with teachable moments right now! Things are begging for change, aren’t they? Every client I have had for the past month has had something in this area of the zodiac.
Unless there is something severe such as death of a loved one, please see this time as a time of education, not as something “bad.”
Like childbirth, learning lessons is painful but it takes pressure to make diamonds.
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AN ARTICLE ABOUT ASTROLOGY -
If you have been a regular reader of this blog, you will understand why reading this was painful. It was painful because it confirms or reminds that the great majority of people in the world view astrology as foolishness and that that view is assisted by its practitioners.
The point of the article is actually in deference to astrology. It is a, “maybe this isn’t BS” article. However, in the process of cheering astrology on, so very much is stated that is deeply disturbing.
At the end of the day, the uncertainty of the future bothers humans. We want to know. While astrology definitely assists in that matter, there is a larger picture and that is is that at any given time, you are meeting yourself. A process has led to where you are right now. Without a clear understanding of that process, an understanding of who you are and what you need, the issue you face now repeats in another form later. The end of the matter isn’t, “Such and such will be so and so in your horoscope. You won’t be fired.” What caused you to be in danger of being fired needs to be understood so that that dimension of who you are is understood and removed.
I have a client with Saturn in the 7th House. It squares Venus and Venus rules the 7th House. His Venus is being attacked every which way now….by Uranus, Pluto and the kitchen sink. There are marital fears that were brought to me and I said, “In all likelihood, unless you make some fundamental changes, the astrology suggests that this marriage will end and every other will. The problem is in you. The relationships are external instructors for you to learn that lesson.”
We went on to get a clear understanding of where these controls and rigid factors came from so he could loosen up, smile, relax, be charming, etc. He is better for it. Instead of ending, the marriage is being transformed.
So how would he have benefitted if I had said, “With Uranus and Pluto aspecting your Venus square Saturn, your marriage is going to end”? What if I had stopped there? The same thing would have happened in the next relationship because no matter what, you always meet yourself. Barring catastrophes, deaths and things out of your control, you meet yourself through interactions with others.
TORI SPELLING HAS WAX-ON TIME
In the post below, I wrote about wax-on and wax-off moments. I was just going through Tweets when I saw that actress, Tori Spelling, is faced now with a marriage in which there are a lot of children and her husband has admitted that he has been unfaithful. This is a wax-on moment for Tori.
When we look at Spelling’s horoscope, we can see that part of her educational manual for this life is to learn about idealism when it comes to relationships. Neptune opposes her Venus, energized by Mars. There was a relational idealism taken on in the home that deeply affects or is because of deep insecurities when it comes to self worth.
Everyone has a story. Everyone has things to learn. It is time for Spelling to learn about these idealistic notions that she has that were taken on in her home through the parents. Transiting Neptune has entered into that natal T-Square, squaring Venus and conjoining Mars. That is the trigger. Transiting Saturn has been opposing her Mercury, darkening the outlook. In this situation in particular, we would expect depression. It is heading towards an opposition to the Sun, ruler of her 7th House (marriage).
The astrology suggests that this will get worse before it gets better. With Saturn headed towards her Midheaven, I will not be surprised if this never gets better and ends in a salacious divorce because Saturn’s crossing of an Angle usually corresponds with a structural change in one’s life.
One thing that is important about all of this, from a perspective’s point of view, is that Neptune did not make this event happen in Spelling’s life. Nothing in the heavens reached down and pushed her husband into bed with another woman. It is simply the magic of astrology that allows us to see the timing of things like this. If Spelling had come to me for a consultation a year ago, I would have explained to her that one of the things in her manual to learn has to do with relational idealism and that a test to that idealism shows to be ahead. I would have advised her to have a really good sit down with her husband to make sure everything is okay; ask him if there are any problems that he is afraid to bring up, etc. You cannot prevent another person from being dishonest so there is every chance that nothing would have prevented it. These transits are the same as having an X-Ray that shows a mark on your lung. The lung doesn’t cause the cancer. Neptune didn’t cause the problem here. It is a reflector of the issue. That is the magic of astrology!
Spelling is about to learn lessons through deep pain, lessons that she needed to learn. She will evolve into a person that never would have been possible without going through the experience she is in. It’s all about growth!
My work in astrology as well as my overall approach to life are based on spirituality. There are certain spiritual ideas that serve an understanding of astrology, from a perspective point of view, quite well.
The subject of karma is quite topical in the United States and England but is treated as a reality in almost all Asian nations. If you are learning astrology or if you already know it, there is a book that I am going to refer you to. After reading it, and if you are comfortable with what you read, it will help to understand astrology’s holistic posture.
The book is called, ” Many Mansions,” by Gina Cerminara. The book contains many ideas and concepts about factors relating to why you are born at a certain time at a certain place, which means that you will, of course, have a certain birth horoscope. There is much more but I will leave it for you to discover.
The point is that the reason for you is you. The horoscope is a gift of creation to help understand who “you” is supposed to be, “what challenges you have and to be able to see what the climate of life is likely to be like ahead of time.
Seeing astrology in terms of spiritual development removes all of the “good” and “bad” labels that have been used forever. When there is a challenging time, it is there for a reason. Understandably, no one wants prison or Stage 4 cancer. There ARE things in life that are devastating. But if I can borrow from Hollywood a moment….
Remember the original KARATE KID movie? The kid came to the teacher to learn but his initial idea of learning was full of ego and foolishness. Master Miyagi made the boy do exercises that seemed senseless and were difficult. “Wax on.” “Wax off.” It was difficult and rigorous but looked at what was gained from the process.
The wax-on/wax-off process happens in the horoscope. We can see them in the natal chart and we can see them through measurements. If you have Capricorn Rising and transiting or arcing Pluto square natal Saturn, it is “wax-on” time. If Solar Arc Jupiter conjoins the natal Sun, it is “wax-off” time. Seeing things in this light can help to diminish the sense of fright and doom that people are taught to have through the way some practitioners present astrology.
I have Mars in the 11th House. I was 2 years into astrology at 15 years old. I stopped at a bookstore on the way home one day to look at astrology books. While I was looking through books and a man started asking me questions. When I mentioned that I was on the basketball team, he asked me about my Mars. All I got out was the House position and he said, “You will never have any friends. He, then, showed a statement in a book that confirmed what he said. I looked him straight in the eye and said, “That is a bunch of BS and you should be ashamed of yourself.” He just walked away.
Those kinds of things happen when people come for a “reading,” which is a one-sided performance by the astrologer as opposed to a consultation, a discussion using the horoscope as guidance.
Horoscope is an instruction manual for life. One of the best ways to understand yourself and others is through the analysis of a horoscope. This is particularly important when it comes to our love ones, especially our children.
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This is not a computer printout. Every word of it is typed by me and well thought out.
It is always nice to be selected with the best in astrology to educate.
This is from 2001. Steven Forrest, Rob Hand…..wonderful!!!!
Those of you who have been reading my blog know that above everything else, I try and do justice to astrology by presenting it in a sane, realistic, practical light. The reason for it is because there is a LOT of space cadet madness out there; just outright craziness that defies common sense.
I was reading an article on the South African track star who is on trial for murdering his girlfriend. His name is Oscar Pistorius. I wrote about him here within the last couple weeks. At any rate, this is a passage from that article: “Mercury does a lot more than simply cripple Oscar and despite this make him lucratively fast. Mercury’s quality and quantity determine these things. But the houses Mercury lords over give a much scarier insight into his personality.”
“In Oscar’s chart, Mercury rules the 8th House of Death in Virgo. It also rules the 5th House of Sex and Fun in Gemini. To nutshell this thing: Death was and is fun for Oscar.”
I was actually offended when I read this, offended that astrology is presented in such an embarrassing manner. We can certainly see needs for assertiveness in a horoscope. Let’s say that a person has the Sun and Moon in Aries in opposition to Mars with Pluto squaring the opposition. That is a very assertive symbolism but we cannot make a jump and say that the person goes around killing people. They could have a gun hobby or work as a butcher in a supermarket or have athletic talent.
Imagine if the astrologer in question had been present at the birth of Oscar. The chart comes out of the printer. He turns to Mr. and Mrs. Pistorius and says, “Your son is going to grow up to become an individual who likes to kill for the fun of it.” Just think about it. It is beyond silly. It is way, way, way beyond being a reach.
The 8th House is so very misunderstood when it comes to death. Many, many astrologers think that you are able to see a person’s death somehow through the 8th House. The 8th House as a symbol of death refers to the affairs of death in one’s life and this is emphasized if the 8th House is emphasized natally in the horoscope. It’s not like something is going to transit the ruler of your 8th House and you will die. It wasn’t meant for us to know about death in that way. If someone has a parent who is 91 years old, is very ill, and a child has something like transiting Pluto coming to an Angle in the next year, it is possible to creatively deduce that at least part of the Pluto symbolism will have to do with a new perspective gained through the death of that parent. Otherwise, you are not going to look at the chart of a newborn today and be able to tell the parent, “This child will die on November 3rd, 2074.
I have a client in New Zealand whose horoscope differs from Pistorius’ by 4 degrees on the Midheaven (16 minutes). He is a debate coach in the public school system there. He is also a personal trainer in a popular gym there. He, too, has Mercury ruling the 5th and 8th Houses (I do, too….so does/did, Sylvia Browne, Kirk Douglas, Wayne Gretsky, Billie Holiday, Condoleeza Rice). When Mercury rules the 5th and 8th House, it becomes a dominant factor in the sexual profile of the horoscope. It is an absolute non-factor regarding death.
There is a man named Ron Jeremy. Jeremy made a fortune in the porn business as an “actor” in scores of those movies. You can see his horoscope shown above. Mercury rules the 5th and 8th Houses and it is unaspected (what would be a sextile to the Moon is too wide, especially separating). What’s more, it is retrograde, which means that there is a subjectivity factor regarding the two Houses; two levels of thinking operating at the same time. This man’s life was dominated by sexual performances. In the case of Pistorius’ (scroll down a few posts to see his horoscope) Mercury, it is conjunct Venus. Venus’ conjunction to Pluto pulls Mercury into the fray making a Mercury-Venus-Pluto conjunction. This is overtly sexual!
We have to keep the nonsense out of astrology!
I am going to try and not break my ankles as I jump off this soapbox!
This is in reference to the previous post.
Do you see what I mean?
Why Hillary v. Jeb Would Be Great for America -
I love my phone. It isn’t just a phone. It’s a computer in the pocket. If you know phones at all or are a nerd with them like me, you know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a large phone that does things that no other phone can do.
One of the great features that the Note 3 has is called a Magazine. You can flip through page after page after page of news of all kinds…..technology, politics, sports, entertainment, etc. I was looking through the magazine this morning and saw this article that talked about how the next election would be good for the country if it was between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. Although I have written about this before, I thought I would revisit it.
Astrologers have all kinds of methods in use when it comes to elections. I keep it simple. My feeling is that running for the presidency is the same thing as applying for a job. It is at the highest level but at the end of the day, you are asking for a promotion so for me, it all comes down to which of the two is being best supported by the universe.
The run for the presidency doesn’t begin in November, 2016. They usually begin 2 years or so before the election so what we want to do is look at the measurements of both candidates from 2015 into early 2017.
If you were with me during the race between Romney and Obama, you will remember how much emphasis I placed on the fact that politicians do not win if transiting or arcing Neptune are active (hard aspect to the Sun, Moon, or an Angle). It didn’t work for Romney. It didn’t work for Gore. It rarely works for any politician.
From 2015 through early 2017, this is what we have:
Tr. Saturn sq Sun
Tr. Jupiter opp Sun
SA Neptune = MC
Tr. Jupiter conj ASC
Tr Jupiter sq Moon
Tr Saturn opp MC
Tr. Jupiter conjunct MC
Tr. Uranus conjunct Midheaven
Tr Saturn square Midheaven
Tr Jupiter opp Moon
SP First Quarter
Tr Saturn sqMoon
Bush is at a decided disadvantage with Neptune all over the place. Hillary’s measurements are not that strong. It is that Bush has that Neptune factor.
Both candidates draw strong opinions from the public. Their names are either hated or loved. What Hillary has going for her is gender and coming off of a dignified run as Secretary of State, she is at her point of highest popularity. But to many, the thought of a Clinton White House again is too much.
On the other hand, Jeb Bush, any Bush, will be associated with the horrible mistake and all the deaths that took place in Iraq and Afghanistan. The easy assumption would be that Jeb holds the same values and would therefore push us into war without giving it much thought. It would probably bring Karl Rove back to front and center, not to mention the economic disaster that was planted during President Bush’s reign…..there is a lot of bad baggage there. Without astrology, it is a question of which candidate is hated the least. With astrology, Bush need not even run.
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A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are at mathematical harmony with his (or her…I added “her” because for some reason, women are always omitted) individual karma. His (or her) horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his/her unalterable past and its probable future results. But the natal chart can rightly be interpreted only by a few men/women of intuitive wisdom. These are few. – Parmahansa Yogananda
I remember reading that paragraph back when I was 18 or 19 years old in the book, “Autobiography of a Yogi.” It is another way of saying that your horoscope is a map of the IDEAL you. It is a picture of what you should be….what you need to evolve; it is what you need to be fulfilled; it is a timing device showing when times of life-changing growth are present, which suggests to you when you should and should not pursue certain courses of action.
It is not so important that you have, say, Saturn squaring Venus in your natal horoscope and that relationships pose a challenge. What is important is what it is that you learn from the challenge. It’s not there just because you are the unlucky one. There is a reason and the reason has to do with growth. It is the same in a consultation setting. People who have a misunderstanding of astrology come to get “a reading.” “Please tell me what my future is” is what we hear. That person might have transiting Saturn contacting Venus coming ahead. If they are in a relationship, this is telling the astrologer that an educational process is ahead regarding the relationship.
At the end of the day, even events that make no sense, they occur for us to learn and evolve. I was involved in a relationship back in the nineties just after my marriage. I expended an enormous amount of energy to make that relationship work. I gave of myself in ways that she would not have and it still wasn’t good enough. She was still very insecure about me. An opportunity to relocate came up. I took it, thereby ending the relationship. I learned my most important relationship lesson from dealing with her. It has become the foundation for all of my work in synastry. That is, YOU CANNOT HAVE A FULFILLING RELATIONSHIP IF ONE OR BOTH PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THEIR ISSUES MANAGED. You simply cannot. You can have a relationship but not a fulfilling one. I evolved tremendously through a situation that was tremendously difficult for me.
I know a couple, both clients, who were quite pleased with the pregnancy. On the day of the birth, when her water broke, they decided to wait at home rather than go to the hospital and be told to wait for further dilation. After 6-7 hours at home, she started experiencing excruciating pain. They did a quick C-section in the hospital. The placenta had wrapped around the neck of the child and choked it to death. For some reason, they had the father hold the dead child FOR PICTURES. Nurses stood around taking Polaroid shots of the man holding his dead son!!!!!!
I’d had consultations with them 7 months prior to the still birth. He had transiting Neptune coming to a conjunction of his Ascendant. She had Solar Arc Pluto coming to her 5th House Venus at the same time. In my consultation with them 7 months prior, we talked about the sweeping change and transformation that would probably bring new perspectives as a result of the child birth. I never talk about death because we cannot see it in the horoscope. Besides, what would have been the point of saying, “I think your child is going to die?” It isn’t even that I thought that but you can find practitioners who would say it. Many people enjoy the sort of gypsy, card reader mentality of astrology.
The marriage between my clients did not survive the loss of their child. What evolved from it was that she had been impregnated by a man she had a brief affair with. It was the third party man who broke everything open. The marriage did not survive, of course.
There were some tough lessons to be learned from the situation for that couple but at the end of the day, they grew from it. Losing a child is one of the most difficult circumstances a life can present a parent with but some lessons come about through difficult circumstances. That’s just how it is in life. You don’t want to go to prison for 2 years to learn about paying taxes but……
The point of all of this is to not see your horoscope as something that holds your fate. Hold it up in the same way you hold up a mirror. The mirror tells you where you look good and what you need to change. It is the same with a horoscope. There is no good or bad about it. It is your personal instruction manual for life.
I was interviewed by the BBC today in Manhattan for a documentary on singer, Roberta Flack. I played with Roberta cumulatively for 6 years and recorded on 3 albums that produced two very popular songs (done with Donny Hathaway): “The Closer I Get to You,” and, “Back Together Again.” I play bass on both songs.
It is around a 100 minute train ride between my home and Manhattan so I brought my notebook with me to work on my book. Lo and behold, the person sitting next to me knew astrology. She nosed her way onto my computer screen, saw a chart, and blurted out, “Oh, my God! You are an astrologer too.”
As a courtesy, I stopped writing. After some conversation, she recognized my name and so we embarked on something I rarely do….we talked astrology.
She is a classical astrologer. The difference between classical astrology and modern psychology is kind of like Amish culture versus Manhattan culture. I used to know it very well but it just got to be too measured for me. There are a lot of terms to know.
For example there is Almuten or Almutem. Here is a definition of it: There are five Essential Dignities for any degree of the zodiac: rulership gets 5 points; exaltation gets 4 points; triplicity gets 3 points; term gets 2 points and face gets a point. So, for starters, you need to know what all those things mean. Then, for example, if you take a particular House cusp, find the planet which rules each of the five essential dignities of the position, and assign the points to the planet. That planet with the highest point value is the Almuten. And this is just ONE glossary term from Classical Astrology.
Let’s say that you go through the above procedure and find that Mars is the Almuten but it appears in the horoscope of a woman living in an African village or in Amish culture. Your environment matters. Your parental upbringing matters. If those things are ignored and you give everyone the same outlook because of an astrological formula, the humanity of the human is deleted.
Two people can have the same horoscope. One could be the child of an American president and the other could be someone raised in the Apartheid system. You’d better believe that the differences in upbringing dictates everything, including how the horoscopes are reflected. One size doesn’t fit all!
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MY PASSION FOR REALISM IN ASTROLOGY
Over the course of years that I started studying astrology (1967), the two most valuable factors that have assisted me in knowledge are consultations and my collection of celebrity horoscopes, which is now something like 20,000 or so and that is a guess. When a person has extreme achievement in a given area, I am always very interested to see the horoscope.
Jessica Simpson is a billionaire! Yes, I said, “BILLIONaire.” Her horoscope is shown above. Traditional astrology tells us that the 2nd House and its condition has to do with the 2nd House. Here, Neptune is in the 2nd House and is squared by Saturn. As far as personal income potential and money matters are concerned, that’s awful. Look for yourself. Google, “Neptune in the 2nd House” and see for yourself.
Even if one is a traditionalist who does not use the outer planets, Jupiter, ruler of the 2nd House, is positioned weakly in Virgo. We could make a case for the fact that Jupiter is unaspected, in which case, it suggests that 2nd House matters dominate the horoscope. As well, she has the configuration, AP=Jupiter/Pluto, very much associated with super success potential. So, it isn’t that we cannot see success potential, it is that if you are a person who depends on books and web sites for your information, this shows you how you can be completely misled by cookbook definitions and also, again, that the condition of the 2nd House, in terms of planets there and aspects to the ruler, is completely unreliable.
I had a client once who had been reading astrology for less than a year by her own admission. We were into the consultation for maybe 12 minutes when SHE started telling ME what various things in her horoscope meant. If you have been in law school for a year, you don’t dictate law to someone who has been the head of a law firm for 34 years, right? But it happens. Someone will have gone to 20 astrology web sites over the course of months and feel as though they are ready to hang up a shingle advertising their astrology expertise.
My point here is to make you aware that the things that you read are meant to be guides. If the Sun represents authority and it is in the 10th House, the typical definition that you will read will suggest that the person receives success and recognition in their career. Some will see that and then expect that to be the case in the lives of every horoscope they see with the Sun in the 10th House. NO! (some of you who are reading this have the Sun in the 10th House and you know that this isn’t true in your life) Please understand that is absolutely not the case. It is a general guide to teach you how to think but it is not gospel. The only way to know this, for sure, is to see a lot of horoscopes. If you are serious about astrology but have no interest in being an astrologer, you cannot be serious without owning software! You cannot. You MUST collect data and see what is going on in large numbers of horoscopes before you can even begin to have a helpful, productive perspective. It is the same as making an assumption about the human race based on having met 20 people or thinking you know it all when you are 15 years old. I am very passionate about this topic because I think there is nothing like astrology and it is painful to see how it is often projected.
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PREDICTION AND A SAD STORY
The astrological vocabulary is almost as extensive as the vocabularies of all spoken languages. Because of this, it is easy to feel that you have to use everything there is to use when analyzing a horoscope or when doing predictive work. I will be 60 years old in August and started in astrology when I was 13 so I have seen a lot. I have seen theories come and theories go. This experience, which includes just over 20,000 clients since 1980, has directed me to edit my work. Less is more.
In predictive work, I pay attention to the measurements that suggest life changing events. Nothing is more important than that which changes your life. You go to the doctor and are diagnosed with a critical illness….it changes your life. You get married and have children….it changes your life. You move to another country…..it changes your life. Life changes are the things that have to be managed and they are easy to see in astrology. You don’t need asteroids or any special techniques.
I have my astrology software set to calculate only life changing measurements so I can see, in seconds, whether that kind of potential is seen in a horoscope. The horoscope shown here shows strong, strong life-changing potential for 2014 through the following measurements:
Transiting Pluto square Sun
Transiting Saturn square Pluto
Transiting Uranus opposed Sun
Transiting Saturn conjunct Moon
SP Moon opp Saturn
When you look at the measurements, you get a certain “feeling.” These are heavy duty high roller measurements…..mountain movers, you could say.
People will often want predictions to be accurate and specific because they want to believe that astrology gives control over life. It doesn’t! If you think it does, talk to astrologers about what happens in their own lives using prediction. I don’t mean to say that it doesn’t work at all but if you are looking for something like, “On Wednesday of June 22nd, you are going to go to an automatic teller machine and benefit from a mechanical error that will reward you with $37,000,” you had better see a psychic. So often, we are presented with, “Tell me what my future is going to be.” It is a difficult pill to swallow for some but your future is determined by YOU. If you have been selling drugs and get arrested when Neptune goes over your Midheaven, Neptune wasn’t selling the drugs. If you have been having an affair and get caught when transiting Saturn squares your Venus, don’t blame it on Saturn. You are the architect of what happens to you. The astrology is there for you to give you an idea of when best or when best not to do certain things.
That said, there are things that do just “happen.” At the beginning of 2014 in a consultation with Bob Geldof, NO astrologer would have been able to say, “Your daughter is going to pass away in April.” Bob Geldof’s daughter was found dead today. There is no astrologer anywhere who could have predicted that. What we can see from the measurements is the grand likelihood that his life would be changed this year. In retrospect, we could say that the Sun rules the 8th House and, with the Pluto signature, that a death could be involved in a major change of life perspective. But before the fact, unless someone was already very ill or was involved in something that posed a danger to safety or life, you are not going to tell someone that their perfectly healthy 25 year old daughter is going to die. That is not for us to know.
I teach my students that every life has a story. Bob Geldof probably has the saddest story of his life to tell now.