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Right-Click Astrology: Contextual Keywords in Interpretation

Right-Click Astrology: Contextual Keywords in Interpretation

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. 

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Crystal Starheart
Looking at all the astrology software available: Is there any particular software programs that you favor, endorse or support?
Saturday, 16 April 2016 09:52
Kevin Burk
@Crystal Starheart — Choice of software doesn't matter that much. You need a program that supports whatever techniques you want to... Read More
Saturday, 16 April 2016 10:13
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Ask Kevin: Twelfth House Planets

Ask Kevin: Twelfth House Planets

Meg Asks: 

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?

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Anne Kelly
Kevin, what if the planet that ruled the 12th house was also in the 12th house. For example, this woman's daughter's Sun and Venu... Read More
Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:15
Kevin Burk
Anne,See this article: http://therealastrology.com/blog/entry/the-twelfth-house-sorrows-shadows-self-sabotage-and-shamu-1.html
Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:18
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Don’t Be Like Wesley Crusher (Go for the B)

Don’t Be Like Wesley Crusher (Go for the B)

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.

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Caution: Multiple Retrogrades Ahead

Caution: Multiple Retrogrades Ahead

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. 

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Ask Kevin: Tropical vs. Sidereal

Ask Kevin: Tropical vs. Sidereal

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?

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How Many Tools Do You Really Need?

How Many Tools Do You Really Need?

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.

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Mars Retrograde: How Do You Get There From Here?

Mars Retrograde: How Do You Get There From Here?

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. 

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Electional Astrology: When Is a Good Time to Throw a CD Release Party?

Electional Astrology: When Is a Good Time to Throw a CD Release Party?

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. 

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Astrological Talent Code

Astrological Talent Code

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.

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Chairspotting: The Essence of Astrology

Chairspotting: The Essence of Astrology

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. 

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Ask Kevin: Synastry Aspects

Ask Kevin: Synastry Aspects

Kittie Asks: 

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?

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To Certify or Not to Certify: That is the Question

To Certify or Not to Certify: That is the Question

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:

  1. There is no requirement to pass a test or obtain any professional certification in order to call yourself an astrologer.
  2. Being a certified astrologer does not automatically make you a talented astrologer. 
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What to Expect (and What to Avoid) in a Professional Astrology Reading

What to Expect (and What to Avoid) in a Professional Astrology Reading

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. 

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Ask Kevin: Mars in Cancer

Ask Kevin: Mars in Cancer

Praveen Asks: 

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.

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Astrology GPS: Select Your Final Destination

Astrology GPS: Select Your Final Destination

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. 

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Horary Astrology: Should I Buy This House?

Horary Astrology: Should I Buy This House?

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.

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Ask Kevin: Marriage and Pluto Transits

Ask Kevin: Marriage and Pluto Transits

Gena Asks: 

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?

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Your Success in Astrology Depends on Your Answer to This Question…

Your Success in Astrology Depends on Your Answer to This Question…

If you're reading this, you're interested in astrology.

You may dream of becoming a professional astrologer. You may simply want to use astrology for your own personal growth and development. But in either case, you want to get good at it. You want to be able to do more with astrology than you can at the moment.

You want to become a talented astrologer.

Chances are, you've already invested time, energy, and money in reaching this goal. You've read books, attended workshops, and taken classes. But you may have skipped over the first and most important step.

There's an important question you must ask yourself, and your success in astrology depends entirely on your answer to that question. 

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Horary Astrology: What Part of “No” Don’t You Understand?

Horary Astrology: What Part of “No” Don’t You Understand?

Astrology is a lot like medicine. Both fields cover an impressive amount of territory, and include a myriad of applications. Telling someone you're an astrologer is a lot like telling someone you're a doctor. In both cases, the person you're speaking to will immediately ask you for free advice about some kind of personal issue they're having. And neither title is adequate to describe what, precisely it is that you do.

There are many disparate branches of medicine, and the only thing they have in common is their connection to the human body. There are also many different branches of astrology, and the only thing they have in common is that they observe and interpret the positions of the planets. 

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Ask Kevin: Karmic Aspects in Synastry

Ask Kevin: Karmic Aspects in Synastry

Veronica Asks: What do you use as key indicators of karmic connections in Synastry?


In this Ask Kevin video, learn how to work with the synastry grid, which compares aspects between two charts.

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