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The other day, I read this post in a Facebook astrology forum:
"I have noticed something with people who have planets in Virgo. Why do these people have issues drinking pure water? When asked why they don't like water, they can't tolerate the absence of taste…"
The person who posted the question probably encountered someone who didn't like to drink pure water, and who also happened to have a few planets in Virgo. They took an isolated, anecdotal incident from their "little r" reality, and decided that it must be a universal Truth for everyone with planets in Virgo.
This is a stunning example of what I'll call the "Astrological Bubble."
”I have just learned about different types of charts and would like to know the difference between a natal chart, a progressed chart, and a relocated chart. Also, I have calculated my natal chart using astro.com and ifate.com, and I see differences between the charts. Any advice?”
Interpreting a natal chart isn't a simple skill. It's not even a complex skill. Interpreting a natal chart is a process. This process breaks down into three distinct phases, and each phase requires its own set of skills that must be mastered through consistent deep practice.
I call Phase 1 of the chart interpretation process Reading the Chart. The skills of Phase 1 allow you to identify and recognize the different glyphs and symbols in the chart wheel.
It may surprise you that this is actually a skill.
If you've ever used a computer, you've seen a contextual menu. They're available in almost every program. When you right-click your mouse, a pop-up menu shows the options available to you in your current context.
Of course, you can't right-click a chart and see the options available to you for interpretation. This is unfortunate, because context is critical. Each symbol in astrology has multiple meanings, and the choice of keyword matters. Understanding the context helps you to make the best choices.
My oldest daughter has her Venus and Sun in the 12th house. I started reading on the Sun in the 12th house aspect and was terrified. One astrologer claims that a person with this placement has a bad or non-existent relationship with their father, due to separation, divorce or death of the father. What is your take on this placement?
One of the most polarizing characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation was Wesley Crusher. Played by Wil Wheaton, Wesley was the son of Beverly Crusher, the Chief Medical Officer on the Starship Enterprise. In a sci-fi show that imagines 24th century technology, the hardest thing to accept was how often a 13-year-old boy managed to know more about the ship than the crew.
The astrological forecast for April and May is turbulent. Proceed with caution.
From April 18 through May 9, 2016, four planets will be retrograde, including Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, and when Mercury turns retrograde on April 28, it brings the total to five. Jupiter goes direct on May 9, but the other four planets remain retrograde until the Mercury turns direct on May 22, 2016.
As long as you know what to expect — and have a few strategies to navigate the unexpected obstacles — this can be a very productive period.
Line Caya Asks:
I look at natal charts with the tropical and sidereal system and try to make up my mind on what system I should use. I read your article concerning the subject but it's still not clear to me.
Is it possible to use the sidereal system for some items (like the Nodes) and the tropical one for others?
I've often observed astrologers move from class to class and workshop to workshop, learning new tools and techniques. There's nothing wrong with learning, of course. But tools only have value if you use them.
Metaphorically, most astrologers have a garage full of fancy tools, and yet they can't build a simple chair.
Tools are an important part of practical astrology. But you have to choose the right tool for the right job.
When was the last time you asked yourself what you truly want?
Desire is a powerful force. Your desires, goals and intentions fuel you. Not only does desire set your destination, it fuels your journey as you pursue your dreams. It's important to be clear about what, specifically, you want.
Sometimes knowing what you want isn't enough. Sometimes you have to look deeper and ask yourself why you want the things that you want.
Electional astrology is a type of interrogatory astrology where you choose or elect a time for an important event so that the chart of that event optimizes the chances of a desirable outcome.
Astrology isn't magic. You can't elect a chart that will guarantee you'll get a winning lottery ticket. And the chart of an event is not the event itself. It's not the experience of the event, and it doesn't provide a definitive description of the outcome of the event.
Occasionally, if you're very lucky, you will encounter a book that changes your life.
I was fortunate enough to come across such a book in the summer of 2012. I had enrolled in an online cartooning course facilitated by Sean D'Souza. The first assignment in the course was to purchase and read this book, which had nothing at all to do with cartooning.
Sean wanted us to read the book because it would help us to understand why the cartooning course was structured the way that it was, and what we would have to be willing to do to develop cartooning skills. The book was The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. It explores the nature of talent, and how to develop it. I don't exaggerate when I say the book changed my life. Without The Talent Code I never would have established The Real Astrology Academy, and there certainly wouldn't be a Talented Astrologer Blog. The Talent Code reveals the truth about talent. And one of the most important truths is that you can't become talented by reading books or attending classes.
The natal chart is not a crystal ball. No one can look at your natal chart and discover the intimate details of your personal life. That's what Facebook is for.
The events in your life, your choices, and your experiences are external and relate to appearance. Astrology doesn't do appearance. Astrology operates beneath the surface and reveals the essence.
And the essence of astrology is being able to spot a chair.
What do the following aspects in synastry denote: Ones Saturn squaring the others Sun and Moon, ones Sun conjunct the others North Node, and ones Chiron conjunct the others Venus?
A number of professional astrology organizations offer testing and certification. The National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) offers a rigorous four-level certification program. The American Federation of Astrologers offers its own levels of certification. In North America, these are the most widely recognized astrological certifications. Many astrology schools offer their own versions of certification and accreditation.
Before you decide if you want to pursue becoming certified, you must remember two important things:
A professional astrology reading can be a powerful and profound experience — so long as you choose the right professional astrologer for you. If you don't choose the right astrologer, the experience can be less than satisfying (to put it mildly). It's not difficult to find a good professional astrologer for a reading; it just takes a little bit of research.
It helps, of course, to know what you should expect from a professional astrology reading, as well as what you should avoid when choosing an astrologer or spiritual advisor.
I have observed there are two types of people with Mars in Cancer. One type is viciously angry and the other is hard working and no-anger.
Global Positioning Systems, or GPS, are everywhere. They're in our cars, our computers, and our phones. A GPS can give you step-by-step, turn-by-turn directions to anywhere in the world. But it only works if you know where you want to go. If you don't have a final destination in mind, the GPS will lead you in endless circles.
It's the same way with astrology.
This question came to me from one of the students in my Online Natal Astrology Class. She had found a house that she fell in love with; however, it was at the very top of her price range, and she wasn't sure she would be able to get approved for the loan for the house. She wanted to know where to see this in her Natal Chart, and with which planets she would need to move into Right Relationship in order to make this happen.
I explained to her that this wasn't a question that could be answered with the natal chart, because it was a horary question. Since she knew the time and date that she had first asked the question, I agreed to take a look at the chart — although I did point out that I'm hardly an expert at Horary Astrology, and it's not a service that I generally offer.
She graciously agreed to let me share my interpretation here.
I will have Pluto in Capricorn transiting my 7th house of relationships, and at some point, it will exactly oppose my Uranus at 16 Cancer while squaring my Saturn and Neptune at 21 degrees Libra and my Venus at 16 Aries. Is there any way a marriage could survive this onslaught?