Why Does the Same Transit Affect Us All Differently?

Why are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto transits harder for some people than others? If you are someone with a prominent Saturn at birth, for example, is prone to melancholy and has a hard time taking pleasure in life. It’s possible that you’re used to perceiving the world as a place where things are always lacking. Saturn transits may not feel nice, but at least there are no surprises; you know how things operate in your life with this planet, and if you’ve experienced feelings of isolation, disappointment, or…...

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I Can’t Stand Astrology

Question: I can’t stand astrology, because I feel like it limits me. How do I sever all bonds with astrology and my “zodiac”? Astrology is meant to help you understand yourself more deeply not to limit your sense of identity or possibility. Some people say, “When you define yourself, you confine yourself.” I think astrology is very helpful – because it serves as self-knowledge. The astrology chart is not meant to be a closed circle that cramps your growth or uses labels that determine everything about you, but rather a…...

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A Planet on the Cusp of a House: Within Four to Five Degrees

Question: When the Moon is in the 11th house, close to the 12th, can that be interpreted as if the Moon were in the 12th house? In astrology, a planet’s influence in one house is said to spill over into the next if it is positioned within a few degrees of the cusp of that house. Both houses may be considered in a reading. For me, a house’s cusp has always represented a clear boundary between adjacent dwellings. However, many well regarded astrologers place great stress on the importance of…...

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Dane Rudhyar: The Outer Planets & Transformation

In the language of astrology Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto as agents of greater force may be very disturbing words, because due to our natal Saturn whose power is in all that has form and boundaries and has become materialized into the fortified citadel of the human being, these planets refer to life challenges and upheavals of many types. Nevertheless, the crises thus induced are a cathartic means leading to an inherently constructive and potentially glorious end. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are agents of transformation. The basic challenge offered by Uranus,…...

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A Stellium of Planets

A stellium is easy to spot in the chart, it can occur when three or more planets occupy a house or sign and form a highly concentrated source of power in any given horoscope. A stellium of planets is somewhat like a cosmic gang-bang. And with all of that energy in one place, there is a lot of focus on that area of life. It’s got to be a large part of the native’s existence, but when it is extreme, it sometimes causes lopsidedness in the personality. Astrologers vary on…...

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My Favourite Introduction to Astrology

The astrology chart has a core identity which signifies its “purpose” (the Sun) and a characteristic set of emotional responses and needs (the Moon). It has its own mode of communication (Mercury) and a unique set of values (Venus). It has a mode of expressing energy and will (Mars). It has its own way of growing and expanding (Jupiter) and its innate limitations and defense mechanisms (Saturn). It reflects certain collective ideals which aim for progress (Uranus). It has innate aspirations which reflect certain group fantasies (Neptune). It has a…...

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100 Astrological Tidbits: Part One

What cannot be emphasized too strongly in an astrological analysis of our parents is that the chart shows how we, as individuals, experience them. Other people or society in general may not experience them in a similar fashion. Viewed astrologically, our inner parental image does seem to tally with the outer reality of our parents, as we experience them. No-one has yet come up with a satisfactory explanation as to why the parental image shown in our charts at the moment of birth holds true as we grow older. I…...

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100 Astrological Tidbits: Part Three

Venus in the fourth house: Usually this position is indicative of harmonious and satisfactory conditions in the home and brings benefit through domestic and family matters. It gives appreciation of home life and home comforts with capacity for doing things which will help in making the home a centre from which to regulate external affairs. Benefits are derived in various ways through other members of the family, particularly the female members, allowance naturally being made for the sign in which Venus is placed. It is a position that reacts to…...

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100 Astrological Tidbits: Part Two

With Leo, potency in the world outside may not be that important. Obviously we have some glaring historical exceptions, such as Napoleon. On the surface, he seems to be an exception. We will look at him more carefully in a moment. But in the main, for Leo, it isn’t a question of feeling Potent; it is a question of feeling unique. These are not the same thing. Leo’s need is not focused on beating the competition. In many ways Leo is not competitive at all. Other people simply aren’t important…...

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The Astrology of Acne

Question: Are there certain natal signs/houses/aspects/transits/progressions that cause acne? Overall, I think of Aries/1st house/Mars are involved and sometimes with Saturn or Scorpio/8th/Pluto. According to Gloria Starr, harmonious aspects between Saturn and Venus generally indicate beautiful, healthy skin, whereas dynamic or challenging aspects could indicate skin problems such as eczema, acne, excessive dryness, or psoriasis. Acne is supposed to be worse in adulthood as it is deeper, redder, and rounder, and it tends to be cystic. It really is a severe skin condition which causes depression, suicidal thoughts, and low…...

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Fatalistic Astrology

Question: In some ways, I really like astrology and find it a useful tool but in other ways, I find it is too fatalistic and does not chime with my experiences. Any thoughts? Astrology shows that you vibrate at a particular frequency – and that creates the energy that makes you who you are. It is astonishing to think how brilliant the organizing force of the universe is. Every moment of your life is just as well orchestrated. Everything exists to support your chart and the person you are. The cosmos…...

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Biography and Astrology

Astrologers say that the most valuable way to learn astrology is through the use of a biography. It is an account of a life from childhood into adulthood and details all the major life events. Hence the reason why I thought that I would read the biographies of celebrities and highlight all the relevant parts with natal placements or transiting planets of those times. Basically, it is a whole life lived and contains a retrospective look back at everything that has happened. A biographical study is better because you get…...

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