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Ask Kevin: Progressed Mercury Retrograde

Ask Kevin: Progressed Mercury Retrograde

Kkian Asks: 

How would a progressed Mercury retrograde affect someone with a natal Mercury which is not retrograde? And how long will that retrograde last?

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Ask Kevin: Aligning the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs

Ask Kevin: Aligning the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs

Jean Asks: 

When did the Tropical and the Sidereal zodiacs line up? Do we have a scientific way to know, like from NASA? It must be somewhere between 200 and 500 AD?

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Ask Kevin: The Strength of Rulers in Intercepted Signs

Ask Kevin: The Strength of Rulers in Intercepted Signs

Phyllis Asks: 

Are intercepted signs and their rulers weakened? Particularly, how do we interpret the Luminaries when Leo or Cancer is intercepted? Or when the Sun is not the Almuten and using the Whole Sign system is out of whack with how a person experiences and recognizes the Sun in their chart?

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An Open Letter to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

An Open Letter to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dear Dr. Tyson,

You may have noticed a story circulating on social media talking about how NASA had discovered a new zodiac sign and thereby changed astrology. This canard resurfaces every few years, with minor variations. NASA's involvement is a recent wrinkle, but for me, it was the last straw. 

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Chapeau, Kevin, very well proposed. I have no idea if Dr Tyson is willing to give this the serious contemplation that it deserves... Read More
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The Stars Dispose: Predictive Astrology in the October Issue of Talented Astrologer Magazine

The Stars Dispose: Predictive Astrology in the October Issue of Talented Astrologer Magazine
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One of the biggest challenges for astrologers is finding the balance between fate and free will. An ancient tenant of astrology is, "The stars dispose; they do not compel." We're influenced by our charts and by the astrological energies, but we also choose our own paths. This is easy enough to incorporate when interpreting natal charts, but harder to reconcile when working with predictive astrology. After all, predictive astrology is supposed to predict the future. At least that's what I believed back in 2014 when I was preparing to teach the first Online Predictive Astrology Class.


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Ask Kevin: Uranus Transiting Ascendant

Ask Kevin: Uranus Transiting Ascendant

Susie Asks: 

With Uranus transiting my Ascendant this summer, I'm apprehensive and not sure what to expect—or perhaps, given that it's Uranus, I should only expect the unexpected?

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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Eighth House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Eighth House

Can you keep a secret? Better yet, can you hide in plain sight so that no one suspects the truth that hides beneath the surface? Because those are some of the skills you need to explore the Eight House. The Eight House is the house of mystery. It relates to the occult, to death, and to taxes, but also to inheritances and legacies. It's your debts, financial obligations, and shared resources. And that's just the beginning. In recent years, the Eight House has been linked to psychology and deep spiritual work, although we can put to rest the ugly rumors linking the Eight House with sexuality, deviant or otherwise. There's more to learn, of course, but not quite yet.

You're going to need security clearance to get to know the real Eighth House. 

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Astrological Timing and the Myth of Precision

Astrological Timing and the Myth of Precision

Time as we know it began in the late 1800s. Ironically, there's no precise time for the beginning of time. It first took shape in Great Britain in November 1840, and the notion gained momentum after September 22, 1847. In the United States and Canada, time began at 12:00 p.m. on November 18, 1883.

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Ask Kevin: The Best Planetary Times to Buy a Car

Ask Kevin: The Best Planetary Times to Buy a Car

Myriam Asks: 

When are the best planetary times to buy a car?

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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Seventh House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Seventh House

Enough about me; let's talk about you! But there are so many of you, we have to do this one at a time. The Seventh House is democratic that way. Sure, it's the house of marriage and represents the one person with whom you hope to spend your life, but it's also the house of every other one-to-one relationship. The Seventh House influences how you relate to other individuals. You might think that the way you relate to your spouse is different from how you relate to your business partners, salespeople, competitors, or open enemies, but it's not. There's one thing all of these people have in common. They're all mirrors reflecting your own issues back to you.

It's time to meet the real Seventh House. 

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Critical Thinking vs. Predictive Astrology: Cause, Coincidence & Context

Critical Thinking vs. Predictive Astrology: Cause, Coincidence & Context

Most predictive astrology practiced and taught today relies on the illusion of cause and effect. The astrologer produces charts to illustrate the value and amazing accuracy of a particular technique. For example, at the exact moment of a car accident Uranus was square Mars. We all assume this is an example of causality, but in fact, it's an example of coincidence.

When we apply some critical thinking to the example, we discover a series of underlying assumptions. And the assumptions aren't nearly as stable as we think they are. 

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Ask Kevin: Accuracy in Predictive Astrology

Ask Kevin: Accuracy in Predictive Astrology

Mostapha Asks: 

Which astrology branches provide precise and accurate predictions, Nativity or Horary?

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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Sixth House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Sixth House

Good help is so hard to find. In the past, you would look to the Sixth House to find it because that's where all of your servants lived, but times have changed. Astrology has changed with the times, and in recent years, the Sixth House has received a fresh coat of whitewash. It now claims to be the house that relates to your job, to selfless service, to diet and nutrition, and to physical routines and exercise. But no amount of public relations and marketing can change the fact that the Sixth House is the house of slavery and illness. And this isn't a bad thing.

The Sixth House is a part of life. It's not always a pleasant part of life, but it can't be avoided. And the best way to keep it in its place is to accept it for what it is. It's time to meet the real Sixth House. 

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Predictive Astrology: Cause, Coincidence & Context

Predictive Astrology: Cause, Coincidence & Context

Has this ever happened to you? You finally get around to washing your car, and the moment you finish, it starts to rain. You may joke that it rained because you washed your car, but the idea that you caused the rain by washing your car is silly. The fact that you washed your car and then it rained is simply a coincidence.

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Ask Kevin: Transits to the Part of Fortune

Ask Kevin: Transits to the Part of Fortune

Rhonda Asks: 

Pluto will conjunct my Part of Fortune in Capricorn the 8th house in a few years. What does this mean? How can I best take prepare to take advantage of this transit? Not much is written about transits to the Part of Fortune, even though the ancients considered it an important personal point.

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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Fifth House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Fifth House

What do sex, the stock market, games, entertainment, bribery, creative expression, children, and real estate agents have in common? You can find them all in the Fifth House. By all accounts, the Fifth House is all about amusement, but there's more to it than that. Games have winners and losers. Risk is exciting, and winning is a rush; but when you lose, you have to live with the consequences. The Fifth House is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. It's time to meet the real Fifth House.

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The Trouble with Transits

The Trouble with Transits

Jupiter has let me down once again. I just went through a period where Jupiter moved over my Venus, while activating my Moon and Mercury and yet somehow, I failed to win the lottery, find the love of my life, or become a bestselling author. Again.

On the other hand, Pluto has been squaring my Part of Fortune for the past year and I haven't gone bankrupt, and the Mars-Saturn conjunction in my Sixth House didn't create a health crisis or disrupt my job.

In fact, these transits came and went and I never even noticed them. This is the trouble with transits: they rarely do what we expect them to do. 

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Announcing Talented Astrologer Magazine!

Announcing Talented Astrologer Magazine!
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​I'm so excited to announce the first issue of Talented Astrologer magazine!

Talented Astrologer is presented as a flip book. It combines all of the benefits of a printed publication with the convenience of a digital delivery system. You can visit the links, watch embedded videos, search, bookmark, and most importantly, share it across social media. 

Each month, Talented Astrologer will include articles in different departments. The How to Become a Talented Astrologer department will feature articles that help you to develop chart interpretation skills or explore different tools and tips. It will also include The Real Houses of Astrology series from the Talented Astrologer Blog. Ask Kevin features videos where I answer your questions about the practice and profession of astrology. The Relationships department will explore the complex dynamics of human relationships, from astrological, psychological, spiritual, and practical perspectives. And the Consciousness department includes articles on spirituality, human consciousness, prosperity, and happiness.

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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Fourth House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Fourth House

Home is where the heart is, as the saying goes. When most astrologers think of the Fourth House, they think of the comforts of home, family traditions, and mom's apple pie. When they learn about the real Fourth House, they're quite shocked. For one thing, mom belongs to the Tenth House, not the Fourth House. And when you think objectively about family traditions, they're not always that comforting.

The Fourth House is your foundation. It connects to your past, your family, and your ancestors. It's a literal foundation in that it represents real estate and land. It's where life begins, and where the cycle ends. It's time to meet the real Fourth House. 

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Marie Curie: An Astrological Portrait

Marie Curie: An Astrological Portrait

Born in Poland, on November 7, 1867, at 12:00 p.m. LMT, Marie Curie grew up to be a pioneer of science. She was instrumental in developing the theory of radioactivity, and in 1903 she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. In 1911 she became not only the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, this time for Chemistry, but also the first—and only—person to win two Nobel Prizes in different sciences.

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