I'm confused about which house a planet should be interpreted in when the planet is only 1 or 2 degrees from the house cusp.
The Third House sometimes seems to be the junk drawer of the chart. It contains odds and ends like short journeys, siblings, and communication. It relates to childhood, the lower mind, and your early education. It's also the house of heresy. It's easy to gloss over the Third House with a few words about the intellect, but that would be a mistake. The real Third House has hidden depths, and considerable practical value.
Sometimes simple questions don't have simple answers. Many parents discover this the first time their child asks them "Why is the sky blue?" The surreptitious Google search gets you to the answer, but the answer requires an understanding of the atmosphere, light waves, colors of light, and how light travels through the air.
Astrology teachers have the same problem. Students ask questions that seem so simple, and are often disappointed when there isn't a simple answer. For example, one of my students asked me if people who have Mars in the Fourth House of the natal chart tend to bottle up anger. It's an excellent question, but not a simple one.
Money may not be the answer, but it's amazing how often it's a part of the question. The goal is always happiness, and in our modern culture, happiness is often associated with money. Although we mainly look to the Second House for financial advice, there's more to the Second House than your bank balance.
The Second House supports the First House and it contains anything you can call "mine." It's your resources, moveable property, and possessions, but it's also your talents, skills, and values. And when it comes to money, it relates as much to your savings as it does to your salary. The more you put into the Second House, the more you get out of it.
It's time to meet the real Second House.
Ending a romantic relationship is never easy. When romantic love fades, we're often faced with difficult questions such as, "Was it ever real?" "What went wrong?" and "What in the world did I ever see in that person in the first place?"
Most romantic entanglements begin with a spark of physical attraction, but that's not enough to sustain a relationship beyond a few dates. Love really is blind. The surface trappings may grab our interest in a potential partner, but what keeps our interest is less obvious. We feel drawn to our partners. The attraction is palpable. And yet it's difficult to define.
Astrology can help with that. Your natal chart can help you to recognize the specific qualities that you look for in a romantic partner. All you need are three astrological rules of attraction.
In a sense, the First House is the cornerstone of astrology. The modern word "horoscope" is derived from the ancient Greek word horoskopus. It translates to "hour-marker" and it's how Hellenistic astrologers referred to the Ascendant, the angle that establishes the First House.
The First House defines the perspective and the point of view for the entire chart. Every other house in the chart provides more information about the affairs of the First House. In a natal chart, the First House is your health, happiness, and vitality. It's how you appear to the world. In horary astrology the First House describes the person asking the question. And in mundane astrology, the First House represents the identity of the nation, country, or city.
And we haven't even scratched the surface. Meet the real First House.
On July 21, 2016 at 10:19 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, in Cleveland Ohio, Donald Trump became the official Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election. The moment he officially and publicly accepted the nomination represents the birth of his campaign. The chart for that event should, in theory, provide some insight into his chances of success. In Part 1 of this article we explored Trump's nomination chart, which shows the outcome of his campaign from his perspective.
Now that the Democratic National Convention is over, we know that Hillary Clinton is the official Democratic candidate, and we can look at the chart for her nomination and see how her campaign looks from her perspective.
Tom Hanks is world renowned for his versatility as an actor. To date, his movies have grossed more than $8.5 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest-grossing actor in North America. But he didn't start out that way.
For the first decade of his career, Tom Hanks was typecast as an affable romantic comedy lead. Audiences loved him in Splash, Big, and Sleepless in Seattle. But when he took on the role of a gay lawyer dying of AIDS in Philadelphia, he forced the world to see him differently.
Hanks won an Oscar for his performance, which revitalized his career. He wasn't just a movie star, he was an actor. There was more to Tom Hanks than met the eye.
In astrology, there's more to the houses than meets the eye. Most astrologers never realize the potential of the houses or how versatile they are.
I recently published an article titled "Why Astrology Can't Predict the Next President" and one of the core arguments in that article is that astrology can't answer every question. Astrology can only answer questions that are specific, precise, and have a limited set of possible answers.
Astrologers started asking the question, "Who will be the next President of the United States" more than a year before any candidates had officially entered the race. Astrology doesn't work with hypotheticals. Until the candidates are official, the question isn't valid.
To be sure, the question isn't valid even after the candidates are official. There's no definitive way for astrology to predict the winner of a presidential election.
That being said, astrology can now provide some insights into the election.
So, what changed?
You probably know that Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance master, painted "The Last Supper." It's one of the most famous paintings in the world. The original was commissioned as a fresco painted on the end wall of the dining hall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. What you may not know is that da Vinci hated frescos.
Most frescos are created using dry pigments mixed with water, which are brushed into wet plaster while the wall is being built. Da Vinci hated the limitations of the technique. The choices of colors are limited because of how the pigments react to the lime in the plaster. But the biggest challenge is that you don't have time to perfect the painting. You only have until the plaster dries to finish the work, and once the pigment soaks into the plaster, you can't make any changes to it.
This article originally appeared in the June/July 2016 issue of The Mountain Astrologer. All referenced charts in the article can be downloaded as PDFs from this link.
You can stop worrying. We will not be inaugurating President Trump in 2017.
Predictive astrology operates in the realm of possibility. The prevailing conditions define what is possible and what isn't, and then astrology can identify if and when a particular outcome is likely to occur. Trump can no more be elected President of the United States than he can be crowned Miss America.
Admit it. You can't stop imagining the swimsuit competition.
You may have heard the story of the blind men and the elephant. It's a parable that has been around for quite some time, and turned into a poem by John Godfrey Saxe in the early 19th century.
A group of blind men encounter an elephant, each feeling only one part, and then attempt to make sense of the whole. The man who feels the side thinks the elephant is like a wall. The man who holds the trunk thinks the elephant is like a snake. The one who grabs the tail insists the elephant is like a rope. Their individual observations are valid, but their conclusions are wrong because they missed the big picture.
Every time I encounter astrologers asking big questions, such as who will be the next President of the United States, I think of the blind men and the elephant. Each astrologer insists that his or her predictions are accurate, but no one sees the big picture.
Where do baby carrots come from?
Despite their name they don't show up because a mommy carrot and a daddy carrot love each other very much. Baby carrots aren't carrot babies. They're adult carrots cut down to "baby" size.
The "baby" description of baby carrots is misleading.
Rulership in astrology is also misleading. It doesn't always mean what you think it means.
When sharing his thought on prison reform at a fundraising event in 2015, President Obama said, "We should be reforming our criminal justice system in such a way that we are not incarcerating nonviolent offenders in ways that renders them incapable of getting a job after they leave office."
Everyone laughed it off (including the President), but just because it's funny doesn't mean it's not true. This is a classic example of a Freudian Slip where messages from the unconscious mind show up unexpectedly.
The unconscious mind is vast and deep, and because it's unconscious, we have no idea what it contains. The unconscious mind communicates with encoded messages.
As an astrological or spiritual counselor, it's important to understand this. Your clients are always sending out unconscious, encoded messages. Your client will tell you when you've made a mistake — even if they're not conscious of it.
A young woman walking down a street one night notices an elderly man on his hands and knees under a street lamp. She asks him what's wrong, and he replies that he's looking for his lost car keys. She offers to help him look, with no success.
"They don't seem to be here," she says. "Where did you last have them?" The old man points down the street and answers, "Back there, near my car."
"If you lost them back there, why are you looking for them here," she asks. The old man replies, "Because the light is better."
It's an old joke, and you've probably heard it before. But did you know this old joke illustrates the Secret of Happiness?
Everyone wants to be happy, but almost everyone looks for happiness in the wrong place. You search for happiness in the outside world where the light is better, but true happiness lives within you.
Astrology can help you find it.