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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!
Read Talented Astrologer magazine online now!

​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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Ask Kevin: Planets on House Cusps

Ask Kevin: Planets on House Cusps

Thad Asks: 

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.

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So this implicates that if you use whole house system a planet is per definition always in the house it actually occupies; even if... Read More
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Paulus,I think the issue is that there is no "preferred house system for natal astrology." There's only a preferred house system f... Read More
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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Third House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Third House

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.

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Do People with Mars in the Fourth House Bottle Up Anger?

Do People with Mars in the Fourth House Bottle Up Anger?

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. 

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Ask Kevin: Uranus Transits

Ask Kevin: Uranus Transits

Deanna Asks: 

I have Uranus approaching my 10th house and Midheaven, which also conjuncts my Moon. What should I expect?

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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Second House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real Second House

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. 

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The Astrological Rules of Attraction

The Astrological Rules of Attraction

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. 

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Ask Kevin: Saturn Conjunct Sun

Ask Kevin: Saturn Conjunct Sun

Art Asks:

“I have transiting Saturn conjunct my Sun. Could you shed some light on what this means?”

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The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real First House

The Real Houses of Astrology: The Real First House

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. 

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Political Astrology 2016 Part 2: Hillary Clinton Nomination Chart

Political Astrology 2016 Part 2: Hillary Clinton Nomination Chart

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. 

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Ask Kevin: Success of a Romantic Relationship

Ask Kevin: Success of a Romantic Relationship

Dian Asks: 

“Is it true that the success of a romantic relationship is determined by both people sharing a Sun/Moon conjunction, Moon/Moon conjunction, or Ascendant in the same sign as the other person's Sun, Moon or Ascendant?”

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Introducing the Real Houses of Astrology

Introducing the Real Houses of Astrology

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. 

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Political Astrology 2016 Part 1: Donald Trump Nomination Chart

Political Astrology 2016 Part 1: Donald Trump Nomination Chart

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?

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Ask Kevin: Quincunxes

Ask Kevin: Quincunxes

Maureen Asks: 

Can you tell me anything about how a quincunx works compared to a square or opposition?

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How to Stop Writing Interpretations When You’ve Reached the Good Enough Point

How to Stop Writing Interpretations When You’ve Reached the Good Enough Point

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. 

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Trump TV: The Season Finale

Trump TV: The Season Finale

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.

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