Monday, 27 September 2010

Getting an Astrological Chart Reading: The Journey begins

If we see life as a quest…we must ask ourselves what are we questing for? Do you feel dissatisfied, as though some essential knowledge has been left out?

I see myself as an Astrological Educator. The Latin word educare means "to lead forth", and an astrological reading, in this deeper sense, is about inspiring a vision of meaning and order through which we can go out into the world with a greater sense of self. Through discovering the connections between different parts of ourselves we can begin to see how those parts relate to the world/others etc.

My job as an Astrological Counselor is to help you discover your own truths and encourage your own learning process. Using the Planets as metaphors for the inner and outer components of the psyche, we can map out patterns and tendencies to gain a clear understanding of how you tend to experience life.

I also incorporate Hand Reading into a session, which gives us added verification as well as very physical sense of how patterns manifest in us. For instance, the Head line on your hand will correspond to Mercury in the birth chart, which describes how you think and communicate. The hand itself is thus a personal map, just as your birth chart is.

Overall, a reading will give you insights and understanding into why and how you act and behave as you do. We will uncover (and celebrate) your skills and strengths, as well as examine where development is needed. Rather than predict a specific future, this knowledge will help you create the life you want, within the scope of your  own soul qualities and  inherent skills. My goal is to support you and aid you in your quest for self- understanding.

(Scroll down for earlier blogs on Astrological issues/events  or click on the titles in the  Archive in the side bar)

 Readings can be done in person in Calgary Ab Canada or by Skype to anywhere in the world.The Introductory Rate is $75 for an hour... or $125 for 1/1/2 hrs. A Personal Chart Booklet (roughly 20 pages of chart details) can be purchased as well for $35.

 (all readings come with a 100% satisfaction  guarantee or a full refund).

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Bring on the Light

Tomorrow the Moon will be Full. Of course you all know this means the Sun and Moon are opposite. Oppositions accentuate each planet's qualities and create a polarized energy. They highlight relationships, agreements, partnerships etc. The push-pull of the two 'lights' is always a powerful time... tides are affected, more babies get born and werewolves come out of hiding....(sound of howling in background)

(just kidding about the last one...)(though with Venus and Mars close together in Scorpio...anything is possible..)

This Full Moon falls almost exactly on the Autumnal Equinox. It is smack at the beginning of Libra and opposite the Aries point that I have spoken about in previous posts....(the beginning of the zodiac and thus the yearly cycle).  These are potent points alone and are also part of the ever present T-square (and sometimes Grand Cross) we have been dancing around all year.

The Full Moon is hitting Jupiter and Uranus, who are also dancing very close together right now. These two are an exciting, creative, very dynamic combination, and with  the Sun exactly opposite and Moon exactly Full right on top of them, we can expect some wild and crazy happenings in and around us.

Jupiter expands and Uranus awakens. An expansive awakening? A lightning bolt out of the sky? A big idea?  Apparently there has been a history of  major scientific breakthroughs with Jupiter Uranus man on the Moon kind of stuff. That  one was 49 years ago and the last one in Pisces was in the 1500's...when all sorts of new inventions and discoveries were flooding the scene  (see Eric Francis...on sidebar...for more details of these).

Uranus is also the ruler of the Aquarian age.... which is upon us...nearly...almost...already...heralding a new community of enlightened humanity  (one can only hope!!).

So a Full Moon and Sun setting off a Jupiter Uranus conjunction at the Equinox can only be a positive thing. Of course, if you prefer to stay sleep,  it might be a bit irritating...

Otherwise...expect good news. Expect breakthroughs. Expect illumination...

(what we expect we get....well not in an obvious way but our unconscious expectations often do determine a lot of what happens to us)

So let there be a conscious choice to move out of old worn out attitudes and an embracing of a new more positive dynamic.

 ‘the Jupiter-Uranus planetary duo has been very much present at peak points in the never-ending process of human development and discovery.’      from Jupiter meets Uranus: from erotic bathing to star gazing“  by Anne Whitaker

I hope the skies are clear enough where I am to catch a glimpse of it tomorrow. Right now there is an icy fog everywhere here in Calgary, Alberta. It is supposed to clear up...the forecast is good....and that is an apt metaphor for my life right now. Let there be light.


Friday, 17 September 2010

Wherever I go...there I was?

 ( see past posts for discussions on the Grand Cosmic Cross that has been going on all year)

We are at a major juncture in time between our past and our future. Ok...we are always at a major juncture in time between our past and future. That juncture is called NOW. It is the only reality there is. The past is gone....and  the future ain't here yet.

Yet sometimes that juncture of NOW is so squeezed that it feels particularly intense; pressured; fraught. This is definitely one of those times. This pressurized Grand Cross energy (which actually began in 2008)....has been building all year. Sharp angles  between very powerful planets are manifesting in extreme tensions in us and around us. Some say time is speeding up. Some say its the end of time. The 2012 Mayan prediction is.... that all  we know...(or think we know)  will end.

This is not a doomsday report don't worry.

 The main thing is that the planets, as archetypal reflections and embodiments of our own inner energies...are telling us its time to grow up... wake up .... get with the program. Pluto in Capricorn is at the focal point of the T-Square (it becomes a Grand Cross whenever a planet is at the beginning of Cancer). Capricorn is about our stability, our sense of duty and our relationship to physical creation. To how we live on  planet Earth. It also represents the archetypal Father...the authority figure of the zodiac.

Saturn, Capricorn's a karmic planet which marks key life cycles. You know the 7 year itch? Thats also a Saturn cycle. In fact, all 7 year cycles are  run by Saturn...which takes roughly 28 years to circle the zodiac. Every 7 years or so it hits an angle to its original starting point...and these are the markers. They indicate shifts in how we see or do things and impel us to look in the mirror and see what we have got up to so far.

 So.... with Saturn square Pluto... in Capricorn ...which it rules...we are dealing with some very physical  realities of manifestation. The old boys patriarchal system is breaking down as Pluto brings death to the old  and ushers in the new. The time in between, called 'the blessed unrest" by Lynne Twist (see below). is uncomfortable for a reason. We have to change.

 Our planet earth is in trouble and we  must find a way to transform our way of living and transition into a new era. And to do that we must transform ourselves (I believe).

So...end of the earth? Hmmmm. Possibly.  End of an era? Definitely. Can we change? That remains to be seen. And if we do it will be just in the nick of time.

                  "Be the change you want to see in the world" (Gandhi)

Watch this video about transformational leadership...about 'turning the tide' in what Lynne Twist calls this time of 'blessed unrest':

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Wherever I go, there I am....

I am still in transit (as in moving from lace to place)(like the planets!)  so my time on here is a bit patchy. My Uranus conjunct Sun is fully active as my life continues to be ever changing and unsettled. Not easy for a Cancerian yet great fun for a Sagittarius Moon. Adventurous to the core. Sigh.

With Mercury now direct and Pluto as well... things should slowly be moving forward.  There are still a few retrograde planets and it will take a while for energies to really get going again...(end of Sept) but any stalled plans or communications should finally begin to resolve.

We are still being affected by the Grand Square/Cross...and though it too is slowly waning in influence,  it will be with us for a while yet. This means there is still great tension in the air as old systems and structures are resisting the change and movement that both Pluto and the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction are pushing us to create.

Yesterday the Moon was in Capricorn and set off the cosmic Cross yet again. I don't know about you but I had an intense day. The Sun is now at 25 degrees Virgo and opposite the Uranus, Jupiter conjunction which has moved backward into Pisces for a while. Our dreams and wishes are  big and powerful right now...and also perhaps an urge to escape it all. Or to create something new and wonderful. This urge will continue as the Sun moves toward being Full on the 23rd. This falls at  the beginning of Libra and yet again the Grand Cross is set off. it is also the Autumnal Equinox point...which falls directly oppossite the Aries point. Powerful stuff.

A Full Moon is a culmination of the energy which began with the New Moon..recently in Virgo. All those tasks and details are going to get an intense pressure with the Grand Cross energy. With the Full Moon sitting on top of the Uranus(sudden change) and Jupiter (expansion) new developments will set things off in unexpected directions. b continued.....

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

New Moon in Virgo (it's all in the detail)

Tomorrow , Wednesday, is a New Moon in Virgo. Remember to make your New Moon wish or the Moon/Sun combination gives a blast of new energy to whatever we focus on. And as Virgo is ruled by Mercury, what we think about , or say, has special impact now (even more than usual). Details and perfectionism are hallmarks of Virgo energy, so beware of any critical tendencies. You may  feel a need to tell the truth about something...either to yourself ....or to someone in your life. Now's the time to do it...with care.

With the Sun, Moon and Mercury so close together, our thoughts and words are emotionally charged, while Moon opposite Chiron/Neptune brings our vulnerabilities to the surface, making us all a bit defensive.

 Be careful what you think and say... is the message of the day.

Eric Francis says that Virgo is about "applying reason and rationality to our sometimes muddled perception of the world". The current Mercury Retrograde (going backwards in a sign) is contributing to this muddling communications could tend to be unclear.  We have just gone through two years of Saturn in Virgo, there has been lots to learn about how to think clearly and what underlies our thought processes and communication (it's all in the details).

 With Jupiter and Uranus pulling against the Saturn in Virgo, there was also a tendency to resent restrictive thinking and a desire to break free of old paradygms. The critisicm emphasised by Saturn in Virgo was met with fierce resistance from Uranus/Jupiter. Crtisicm triggers defensiveness at the best of times so be aware of this polarity. Jupiter wants us to think big, and Uranus wants to be free. Creative thinking offers new insights into old problems.

Now that Saturn has moved out of Virgo and into Libra, we will next be challenged to apply our newly found creativity to our relationships. Today's  emphasis on Mercury means communications are highlighted. Telling the truth in relationships is not easy and requires a lot of diplomacy and care....traits that fall within the Libra domain. Words, and thoughts, have power, and learning to use them well and side step conflict are part of Libra's lesson. In the last blog I wrote about how the polarity in the sky right now will bring out big issues in our personal lives.

Meanwhile, Mercury, has been retrograde for a few weeks. As I said, this can cause a loss of clarity, and those truths may come out all wrong. Erring on the side of caution is not a bad idea now. Mercury retorgrade scrambles our best intentions...going over everything twice is good advice. Apparently the confusion increases at the beginnng and end of a retrograde, called a Mercury storm, so the next week will be the time to double check all things Mercurial (emails, electronics, signed agreements, etc and all forms of communication) That said, don't let it rule you....we al know fear creates it's own problems. People go nuts about Mercury retrograde, warning of all kinds of communication disasters. Me thinks this may create some self fulfilling prophesies.

The main thing about a retrograde is the energy of the panet is reversed. Mercury rules be aware, yes, but don't go overboard. Just dot the i's and cross the t's a bit more carefully (always a good idea anyway).

 A positive aspect of Mercury retrograde is it pushes us to review things. So you have nearly a week to get an overview of any situation that needs mulling over...before things start to straighten out on the 12th of September.

And remember..New Moon... new intention. Make a wish.

"The ability to think is God's gift to us; what we think about is our gift to ourselves." (unknown)

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