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I just read your article on Hyleg and Alcochoden, and near the end you say that the 4th house represents the timing of death. How exactly does that work? I'm asking because I saw my age of death in a dream and want to know if my chart reflects it.
How much orb should be used for aspects? I use an orb of 5 degrees for both applying and separating aspects. Is this fine, or shall I use wider orbs?
Chris Asks: Yesterday a friend of mine told me that the astrological charts on which we base our signs are incorrect because there is a three-week discrepancy between the Gregorian and Vedic calendars. Have you heard of this?
I'm really confused about Mars' role in transits. I am currently looking at my natal chart during past events in my life, and I've noticed that every time in childhood that my parents changed residences, which was quite a few, Mars was in a close conjunction to my Midheaven in Scorpio. Could this have been the transition that prompted such a change in residence?
I have a question regarding love relationships and charts that don't have any aspects between personal planets. Does this make it difficult for a relationship?
How would a progressed Mercury retrograde affect someone with a natal Mercury which is not retrograde? And how long will that retrograde last?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
When are the best planetary times to buy a car?
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.
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.
Which astrology branches provide precise and accurate predictions, Nativity or Horary?
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.
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.
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.