Opposition Aspect: The Perfect Match

This week’s astrology book, The Zodiac – A Life Epitome, contains a quote that struck a chord in light of the opposition musings article because it provides a lovely visual for conceptualising the opposition in your natal chart and considering how you might strike a healthy middle ground between the two. Here’s the whole thing: We all love opposites, they are complementary; united they form a perfect unity. According to the principle of polarity, anything is strongly disposed to perfect or complete itself in its opposite, finding its unity and contentment…...

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Opposition Aspect: Musings

As time goes on, you begin to see the challenges and difficulties of your oppositions as opportunities to develop and strengthen the energy of both signs. According to Jung’s opening statement in Mysterium, “The factors which come together are either confronting one another in enmity or attracting one another in love.” In a book I read on spiritualized topics, in trance some subjects inquired why humans had to suffer and why life is hard, and we were told that because in a perfect condition, we would not learn anything, we…...

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Your Own Master or a Puppet of Fate? Left and Right Hemispheres

Since this is a generalisation and because it involves lumping a lot of houses and their qualities together under a single hemisphere, you should take it with a grain of salt and not too literally. Remember, this is just a summary, and there are many more variables to think about; there are plenty of planets that can be placed on the right side of the chart who are completely autonomous – Aries, and plenty of planets that can be placed on the left side of the chart that are very…...

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Elemental Void: It Seems to Do Its Own Thing

What is an elemental void? Some people take the idea of an element void to an extreme. For example, if you say that you have no water in your chart, they say you are a person with no feelings. However, you still have feelings even if you don’t have any water in your chart, but they may come out of nowhere, and you can’t control them at times. People with a strong water element in their horoscopes are more likely to think, “Oh, maybe I’ll get what I want if…...

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A Stellium: The Monster Energy in Your Chart

Do you feel stelliums have the power to create insecurity in the signs and houses in which they are placed? The way a stellium manifests in your life is determined by the sign and house in which the planets make up your stellium. This aspect pattern is highly charged energetically and can act as a motivating force in your life or a source of stress if everything else in your life seems to revolve around it. When things are going well, you feel like an unstoppable force in that area,…...

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Sue Tompkins: Videos

Sue Tompkins, an author who specialises in aspects in astrology, has three videos available on YouTube that I think you’ll find interesting. I heard a snippet of the one about the outer planetary transits; the author suggested that Uranus or Pluto—might be the place of energy for a new home if you relocate. My astrological study shows me that Albert Einstein emigrated to the United States during a Jupiter transit (not an outer planet), and the common perception of Americans as a Jupiterian culture is consistent with this. The United…

Decantes in Astrology: The Three Faces of a Sign

What are decantes in astrology? Each 30 degree sign is further subdivided into three 10 degree sectors called decans (decantes), each of which is ruled by a different planet. The 36 ten-degree decanates found in ancient Egyptian astrology are the source of this system. Each decan in astrology has a positive (active) and a negative (receptive) face of five degrees, each representing the polarity of the decan’s ruling planet. According to some interpretations, this means that each sign has six possible expressions, three of which are positive and three of…...

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The Difference Between Natal and Transiting Aspects

  How does a transiting aspect differ from a planetary aspect in the chart? A natal aspect is something that has always been a part of you, whether you call it an innate trait, a natural attribute, a preexisting condition, or a defining characteristic. If you are experiencing a transit but don’t have the natal aspect, you don’t have to base your entire life on it. However, if the aspect is natal, you’ll need to dig deep into its meaning in order to learn to live with it. You’ll need to…...

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Inner or Outer Person?

  In astrology, whether you’re an inner or outer person can be interpreted in a variety of ways depending on the arrangement of the chart as well as where all of your planets fall inside the horoscope. The upper hemisphere is associated with the Sun, daytime, objective conscious awareness, career, and how you are impacted by the world. If you have most of your planets above the horizon, you need to spend time outside, meeting people, making your mark on the world, and learning about yourself through your interactions with…...

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The Difference Between Saturn Transits Through Houses Versus the Natal Planets

  What does it mean when Saturn transits a house versus when it makes an aspect to a natal planet? When Saturn is in transit to a natal planet, it represents the process of defining a particular aspect of one’s personality and shows what is authentic and how to express those energies as real and honest to one’s true self. When Saturn is in transit to the Sun, for example, it has the potential to bring about responsibilities that are involved with creating one’s identity and building one’s sense of self, as well…...

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“Good” and “Bad” Charts?

Question: According to what I’ve read in an astrological book, trines in a natal chart may limit an individual’s ability to achieve their goals. I have always believed that trines were beneficial, but it appears that their expression is so “easy” that the individual does not need to exert any effort in that area. This would make it a “lazy” aspect. Astrologers also say that a person with a chart full of squares will never achieve in life, be happy, or acquire anything since their chart is “bad” and the…...

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What Are Stationary Planets: An Easy Guide to Help You Work Out if You Have a Stationary Planet at Birth

It has been my experience that students of astrology are most interested in learning how to locate a stationary planet in their chart before delving into what that planet might signify. Even when stationing retrograde or direct, planets with no or very little apparent motion can stay in the same zodiacal position for days or even weeks. Planets are never technically still; they simply appear to be so from our vantage point on Earth, and the Sun and Moon are never stationary. The planetary motions are clearly displayed in the…...

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