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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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Christa Asks:

“How would I go about looking up an astrologer or a psychic for a reading? How do I know if they are ‘for real’ or not? Can you give me some suggestions as to what to look for?”

 

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Debbie Asks:

“I found on-line a scientist that stated the charts that were devised in ancient times are invalid today, but they are still used. He says that the Earth shifts on its axis, and that makes the constellations go into the Zodiac at the wrong dates. Like March 23 should be Aries, but in his mind the Sun is in Pisces. Can you explain what, if any adjustments for all of this have been made over time? This is the only thing negative that I ever hear concerning the accuracy of astrology, and I would like to understand what’s going on.”

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  • Regarding the tropical zodiac being based on seasonal variations, what about the Southern Hemisphere? Logically speaking, if the stars are irrelevant and the seasons/equinoxes are what matter in defining divisions of the epileptic, doesn't that mean that Aries should start on September 22, since tha...
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  • Once again, although the Tropical and the Sidereal Zodiacs are very different, they each represent an entirely valid system of astrology wrong, both systems can not be correct at the same time.
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  • Kevin, this was a great answer. I was looking for a post that explains sidereal calendar for my blogpost on classifying Indian calendars . I found the wikipedia article not very illuminating. Your article was fifth on the google search on this topic, but I ended up linking yours....
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Elaine Asks:

“I have begun to study astrology, and find it very interesting. The problem is that I choose to believe in God, and only God. Will this interfere with what I’m learning in Astrology?”

Danielle Asks:

“The elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water are a part of witchcraft. Is Astrology a part of witchcraft?”

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Sandra Asks:

I have been told that people whose predominant energy is Mutable cannot make good business owners. Do you think this is true?

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Sue Asks:

I have learned that my son has Pluto in Scorpio in the 12th and Saturn in Scorpio in the 1st. Everything else I have read about these placements is quite alarming. However, he also has Venus, Mars and Mercury in the 5th house, which is supposed to be quite favorable. I would appreciate any comments you have regarding these aspects.

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Pauline Asks:

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.

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Larraine Asks:

“I have twin boys born 15 minutes apart. There is a profound difference between them—why?”

Patrick Asks:

“A question from the confused. I am a twin…I was born at 14:00 hours…and my sister was born at 13:50 hours. She is very different. Birth chart [interpretations] seem to be so generally tailored that it has not been meaningful to us both.”

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Ashlee Asks:

“I was recently reading a book which describes how personalities and birthdays are interrelated. It was very interesting; however, when I looked up my boyfriend’s birthday, I was instantly alarmed. It described many bad things about his personality and really has me worried. I was wondering if these books were correct and should I be on guard?”

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Kathryn Asks:

“In the past year or so, I’ve been doing natal charts for friends, and hope to do so one day as a business. One thing I don’t quite understand is the method of daily horoscopes you see in the newspapers. I understand that these are based on Sun Sign characteristics, and it seems to me that based on that, you could probably write just about anything regarding a certain area of life. Could you shed some light on this? Also, when these horoscopes are calculated, are they based on a “natural Zodiac chart” (i.e., Aries = First House; Taurus = 2nd house, etc.). I would like to learn more about accurately charting transits and predictive astrology.

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Tracey Asks:

“What exactly does it mean to be ‘born on the cusp?’ I was born on October 20...I’ve been told I am either Libra (which I’ve assumed all my life) or possibly a Scorpio?”

E. Moore Asks:

“What happens if you are a cusp person, e.g., on the cusp of Pisces and Aquarius?”

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John Asks:

I was born on August 23, 1939. Now that you recognize I’m old, it might explain my mystery involving astrology. I thought I was under the Leo sign up to about the 70’s or 80’s. Since then the papers have listed me as a Virgo. No one will believe that I was a Leo. Am I losing it? Please fill me in.

Miss R. Asks:

I was born on the 19th February 1971, 5.00 a.m, I am on the cusp and do not know for sure whether I am Pisces or Aquarius, can you help?

Raven Asks:

What are the actual, real dates for a sign? Why do different sites say different dates? My sister was born on February 20, and some sites say she’s an Aquarius and some say Pisces! I’m really confused!

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Angela Asks:

I would like to find out what you recommend when interpreting something like Libra Sun/ Mercury with a Sagittarius Ascendant. The Sagittarius is blunt and sometimes brutally honest, whereas Libra is very diplomatic. How does one find out which side predominates (if at all?)

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Angela Asks:

I’ve heard you speak of the “dreaded astrological alphabet.” Until I read about this system, I felt at a loss to “tie up” and synthesize the chart. What system do you suggest to speed up the process of looking at the whole chart, without missing out any vital parts?

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Ellen Asks:

“I have a question regarding the Moon’s Nodes. Nobody has been able to clear up my confusion about my Nodes because my houses are all opposite their signs. I have North Node in Aquarius in the 5th house, and South Node in Leo in the 11th House.”

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Robert Asks:

“In reading your book, [Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart], I noticed, in determining the balances for the elements, modes, hemispheres, and quadrants that 1) you divide the points into groups of personal planets, personal angles, and outer planets and 2) you include the Part of Fortune, North Node, and South Node, and 3)you include Chiron in outer planets, and 4) it seems that the points are not weighted for scoring of the balances.

In Solar Fire, the default method of scoring the balances is weighted. The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are multiplied by 3, Mercury, Venus and Mars by 2, and Jupiter through Neptune by 1. Chiron, the Midheaven, the Nodes, and the Part of Fortune are weighted 0—that is, they don’t effect the scoring of the balances at all.

Having great respect for Kevin Burk and for Solar Fire, whose methods seem to be slightly at odds, I am confused as to whether some points should be weighted, and if so, by what factor?”

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Jasmine Asks:

I have a stellium in the 6th house in Scorpio. Does this make me more prone to eating disorders?

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Dobormir Asks:

I was wondering why modern astrologers include Pluto in their analysis, since Pluto is no longer a planet. Why is it considered one in Modern Astrology? Where do you think the line should be drawn as to which celestial bodies are of importance in astrology? Is there a physical distance at which planets and celestial bodies no longer affect the Earth?

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Mary Asks:

My chart has a lot of house cusps in late degrees. My 11th house starts at 20 degrees Taurus, and I’m wondering if transiting Jupiter entering Taurus will have any effect now on my 11th house or if I will have to wait until it crosses the cusp next year.

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Johnny Asks:

I have Cancer rising at 22 degrees. My Sun is in Leo, and Leo does not show up in the 1st or 2nd house. Is my Sun expressed in the 1st house or in the 2nd house? If my Sun is in Leo in my 2nd house, which is in Virgo, would that mean the Sun is expressed through service, and therefore that’s how I get my money?

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Sachin Asks:

How much orb should be used for aspects? I use an orb of 5 degrees for both applying and separating aspects. Is this fine, or shall I use wider orbs?

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Cyndee Asks:

What would an incomplete Kite indicate? I can't seem to find any information on it, or even if it means anything.

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Max Asks:

I have the Sun at 27°59 Taurus and the Moon at 5°52 Scorpio. Should I assume that I have Sun opposite Moon because Taurus and Scorpio are opposing signs? When I look up aspects in my chart, it never lists Sun opposite Moon, even though I think I have the qualities of that aspect.

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Angela Writes:

I am puzzled by how double barreled aspects work. For example a Sagittarius Moon/Pluto conjunction (7th house) opposing a Gemini Mars/ Venus conjunction(1st house). There are so many energies here, that I am at a complete loss.

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Peggy Asks:

My natal chart shows the Mean Node in the 9th house, and the True Node in the 8th house. Would you please explain this to me?

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Nancy Asks:

I'm currently trying to interpret antiscia and contra-antiscia points. Are these to be considered ‘mirror aspects,’ or more akin to conjunctions or oppositions, with the same moiety allowed for such aspects?

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Elise Asks:

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.

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Shannon Asks:

In my natal chart, the Nodes are retrograde. Ive read a lot of astrology books and none of them say anything about the nodes being direct or retrograde. Is this just not worth considering in reading a chart?

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Levi Asks:

What if you have a planet that is dignified essentially but debilitated accidentally? What if you have a planet with no essential dignity or debility, but has accidental dignity?

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Juli Asks:

In my dispositor tree, all planets abide finally to Venus, and the planets are not connected with aspects. What does this mean, and how does it affect me?

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Michael Asks:

Can you tell us why some astrologers use the 10 modern planets while some astrologers only use the 7 traditional planets?

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Sachin Asks:

Is Venus conjunct the Sun with an orb of about 2 degrees an accidental debility as Venus is then combust?

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Mike Asks:

Lately I’ve been examining harmonic charts, but confused with their purpose. Is a harmonic chart a closer examination of particular aspects in a natal chart (for example 2nd harmonic chart—oppositions) or is each harmonic chart representative of each house system?

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Emi Asks:

You mention precession corrected solar returns in one of your answers. I’d be grateful if you could tell me which of the following you mean by the term:

1) the precessed Sun’s return on the precessed natal position;

2) the tropical Sun’s return on the precessed natal Sun; or

3) the precessed Sun’s return on the tropical natal sun?

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Trish Asks:

I would love to hear your take on horary astrology and its usefulness in predictive astrology. Also, I'd appreciate any book/author recommendations you may feel good about.

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Gary Asks:

In electional astrology how can the antiscions be used to time life events? For example, timing the tenth house cusp to when it is equidistant between two points such as the sun and mercury to apply for an academic position.

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Chris Asks:

Yesterday a friend of mine told me that the astrological charts on which we base our signs are incorrect because there is a discrepancy between the Gregorian and Vedic calendars—a three-week discrepancy. Have you heard of this?

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Shereen Asks:

My question is about how to determine where a solar eclipse falls in my chart. Suppose that the moon is in my 5th house at the exact time that a new moon eclipse occurs. But then about 9 hours later, the moon moves into my 6th house. Which house is the eclipse considered to have occurred in?

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Justin Asks:

In my natal chart, all of my houses cusps have critical degrees (27,28,29). What does that mean?

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Espavo Asks:

Given the notion that we aren't truly ready to use a planet's energies and forces until it is discovered, has anyone attempted a study of the evolution of man's consciousness in relation to the time of each planet's discovery?

 

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Sara Asks:

Since some planets have greater moiety than others, does moiety play a part in how an aspect is experienced? Does the natal condition of a planet play an over-riding part in whether, how, and how much we might experience a transit?

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Fran Asks:

From what I can gather, Jupiter goes stationary retrograde at 10 Taurus this August which is exactly on my natal Venus. Jupiter is retrograde in my natal chart. Can I expect the energies of this stationary position to have a noticeable effect? And do you have any clues as to what they might be?

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Sachin Asks:

Does a person with Mercury Retrograde in the natal chart feel the transiting effect of Mercury Retrograde just like a person with Mercury Direct in his chart would, or would he feel the effects less because he is already used to it?

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Art Asks:

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

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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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  • Wonderful answer! It makes understanding the nature of the relationship between two people so much easier!
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Corinne Asks:

I have a question regarding love relationships and charts that doesn't have any aspects between personal planets. Does this make it difficult for a relationship?

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Erin Asks:

What does it mean when two people have the same planets and aspects by sign and degree? How does it impact the relationship?

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Mon Asks:

My Saturn is conjunct my partners Venus and falls in his 7th house. How might that be interpreted?

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