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How can I check for musical talent in a natal chart? What positions of Venus/Neptune foster musicality best? From what I gather, these two planets should benefit aspiring musicians the most.
Have you heard the legend of the $250 cookie? It's been around for decades, but the most current version goes like this.
A woman and her daughter were having lunch at a café at a Dallas Neiman-Marcus and decided to try the famous "Neiman-Marcus Cookie" for dessert. They were so impressed with it, they asked for the recipe. The waitress allows that she couldn't give them the recipe, but she could sell the recipe for "two fifty." The woman agreed and the recipe was added to her tab.
When she received her credit card statement a few weeks later, she was shocked. She wasn't billed $2.50 for the recipe—she was billed $250! She demanded a refund, and the store refused. She consulted attorneys and was told she had no case. So to get her revenge, she makes the $250 "Neiman-Marcus Cookie" recipe available to everyone on the internet.
Snopes.com does its usual, thorough job of debunking this myth, but what's interesting is the recipe itself. It makes a tasty cookie, but not a cookie worth $250. But that doesn't mean the recipe is worthless.
Once upon a time…
Why do these words have such power? As soon as you hear them, you want to know more. You know that what follows "Once upon a time," will be a story.Story is the engine that drives the universe. The real motivation in life is the desire to know what happens next.
Your life, in fact is a story. The truth is that you are an eternal, multi-dimensional being, currently having a human experience. That human experience is an epic story, called The Hero's Journey. You experience this story from within as a character. But because you're multi-dimensional, you're also the author of the story, the storyteller, and the audience.
You're a character in the story, but are you the hero of your story? Have you embarked on your quest to fulfill your potential and claim your greatness?
I have the Moon on the cusp of one sign, while it is entering another sign. Is it to be interpreted in the sign it's in, or the sign it's going to, at 29 degrees plus?
Most astrologers know about the planets, but a talented astrologer knows them. There's a difference.
When you know about something, it lives in your head. You have an intellectual appreciation of it, but it's an abstract concept.
When you know something, it lives in you. You embody it. It's subjective and real and automatic. You can access and communicate it without thinking about it.
Knowing the planets is easy. You just have to access your inner astrologer.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, "Yesterday" is the most appreciated song the Beatles ever recorded. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, between 1965 and 1986, over 1,600 versions of "Yesterday" were recorded making it not only the most popular Beatles song, but also the most recorded song ever.
If you wanted to listen to every recording of "Yesterday" back-to-back, it would take more than 56 hours. And even though you would be listening to the same melody time and again, you wouldn't get bored. Frank Sinatra's cover of "Yesterday" is different from Elvis Presley's. And you would never confuse Tammy Wynette's "Yesterday" with "Yesterday" performed by Daffy Duck. They all sing from the same sheet music, but they each bring something different to the interpretation. The art of musical performance means that "Yesterday" has a an infinite number of variations.
The art of astrology works the same way. Instead of sheet music, the natal chart contains blueprints. You work from the two-dimensional blueprints to build something three-dimensional, like a chair. But you can build an infinite variety of chairs from the same blueprint.
Lisa Asks: I have Libra and Aries intercepted in my 5th and 11th houses. What do intercepted signs mean? And what about the planets that occupy those signs?
Shannon Asks: What is the significance of two signs (Aquarius and Leo) being totally engulfed inside the houses—starting and stopping but never touching a cusp?
Danny Ocean had a plan. It wasn't a simple plan by any means, but he had lot of time to work out the details while he was in prison. He would get back at his rival by simultaneously robbing all three of his casinos and stealing back his former girlfriend.
The moment he was released on parole, he met up with his partner in crime, to set his plan in motion. Clearly, this was more than a two-man job. To pull off this heist, Danny Ocean needed a total of eleven accomplices. Getting everyone on board was the easy part. But to sell everyone on the plan, they had to show how it could succeed. They knew what they were going after: over $150,000,000 that would be held in the vault at the Bellagio Casino. They knew how to find it. But most importantly, they knew they could get out so fast they wouldn't get caught.
The film, Ocean's Eleven, is more than entertaining; it also contains an important lesson about astrology. You need to approach a natal chart the way that Danny Ocean approached his casino heists: like a bank robber.
What if you knew everything about color except what it looked like? You knew tomatoes are red, grass is green, and the sky is blue, but you had never experienced it for yourself. This is the basis of a thought experiment by Frank Jackson, called "Mary, the Colorblind Neuroscientist."
Mary knows everything there is to know about color. She understands how the eye perceives color, she knows the frequencies of light associated with each part of the visible spectrum. And yet, she has spent her entire life in a black and white world, and observes everything on a black and white monitor. One day, a door opens and she steps out into the real world, a world in living color. What happens?
My nodes fall within 2 degrees of a house cusp and I'm wondering if they should be interpreted in the next house as with a planet. Where it gets confusing to me is that the nodes are retrograde.
Mais, bien sûr, je parle Française!
I used to imagine myself saying that, seated at a picturesque café in Paris, followed by a stimulating conversation about art with a group of Parisian natives. That's why I decided to study French as my foreign language in school.
In my French classes, we spoke French, listened to French, and read French. After five years of French, I could understand a lot of French, but I wasn't close to being fluent. I couldn't think in French. It wasn't until many years later that I realized what was missing.
We didn't spend enough time writing in French.
I always resented the written assignments. I didn't dream of writing in a café in Paris; I dreamed of conversing. I didn't realize that reading French only developed the skills I needed to understand when other people spoke French. To develop the skills to become fluent in French I needed to write. That's why you have to write interpretations to become fluent in astrology.
Everyone likes to host a pity party, but no one wants to be a guest at one. Still, when I throw a pity party, I don't mess around. I have it catered.
I never plan for a pity party. They're spontaneous. Last week, I was feeling out of sorts, and then, Surprise! I woke up in the middle of a pity party, eating my third bag of cheddar and caramel pop corn. But I didn't know why.
I had a lot of work I wanted to accomplish — creative projects that excited and inspired me — and yet I couldn't make progress on any of them. I was feeling a little bit frustrated, distracted, impatient, and depressed, but those feelings were in the background. Most of all, I was feeling stuck.I was out of alignment with Mars and experiencing the side effects of unexpressed anger.
I was wondering if you could explain to me how it affects me that my 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 11th houses are empty?
Cooking is magic. You combine different ingredients and magically transform them into something new. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Magic takes preparation. You can't wave a wand and conjure up a pot of stew.You have to assemble the ingredients and combine them in the right ways. And until the 1950s, that meant you had to stand over a hot stove and supervise the magic yourself. But Irving Naxon changed all that when he invented the crockpot.
A crockpot lets the magic of cooking happen without supervision. You prepare all of the ingredients, combine them in the crockpot, plug it in, and forget it. You don't have to think about how to get all of the flavors to integrate. That magic happens on its own when you put everything in the crockpot and let it simmer.
You can apply this same approach to synthesized chart interpretation. When you combine all of the ingredients and let them simmer in the back of your mind, inspiration will bubble up to the surface. Inspiration guides you to find the patterns and integrate the chart.
"Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."
From anyone else, these words might be an empty threat. But when spoken by Dr. David Bruce Banner, they're an important warning. When you make Dr. Banner angry, he transforms into The Incredible Hulk.
We've all got an inner Hulk that takes over when we get angry: Mars, the Archetype of the Warrior.
Can you comment on how the Ascendant influences the personality vs. the house position of the Sun? The reason I ask is that my chart has been rectified several times, and I am still not sure I know my Ascendant.
Phase 3 is where the art of astrological interpretation comes into play.
All forms of art combine objective standards with subjective expression. The rules and structure may not be obvious, or easy to appreciate without training, but they're always present. The objective standards provide the support for the subjective expression.
Astrology is a language, and the rules of grammar and syntax are the objective standards. These rules don't limit what you choose to say in your interpretations, but they do define how you say it.
Donald Trump will be remembered as one of the most polarizing figures in American history. As of March 2016, Trump is the frontrunner to be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party. He has made headlines and dominated virtually every news story since he announced his candidacy in June 2015.
I've gone on record and explored the past and future of Trump's campaign from both an astrological and a psychological perspective (see Trump TV: The Season Finale in the June/July 2016 issue of The Mountain Astrologer). Trump will not be elected President of the United States. He may well end up being the Republican Party nominee, but it won't work out well for him if he is.
“I have some important placements in Scorpio, which naturally makes a person introspective, reflective, mysterious, deep, and hard to open up to others, right? But what happens when these placements — Scorpio Ascendant, Moon, and North Node — are in the 1st house? I read that when a planet is in the 1st house, the characteristics of this planet will be more visible to others. So in my case, with my Moon in the 1st house, would this make my reactions more obvious, and would it make me more easy to open up to and more emotional? I also have Pluto in Sagittarius in the 1st house.”
Astrology does not predict behavior.
Behavior, which includes your choices, the events in your life, and how you experience those events, is external and relates to appearance. Astrology doesn't evaluate appearance. Astrology operates beneath the surface and reveals the essence.
The patterns in your birth chart express throughout your life, over and over again, in millions of different ways. If you look at your life from the surface and consider the appearance, it's impossible to make sense of it.