Aries New Moon [Astro Weather]

Astro Weather: Snapshot

The lunar cycle is a kind of astrological return that people have lived by for millennia, and each cycle tells a story. Astro Weather reveals the story, and its issues and theme, so you can be present and harmonize with its planetary energies.

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Aries New Moon signifies the start of the new year, spring, and 2020’s is a doozy. This month will be very concerned with healing from wounds we received that weren’t our “fault” but which we could not avoid. These wounds tend to be to the core identity, the body, the face, one’s sense of self.

The silver lining in this is that wounds give us the opportunity to heal, and healing is growing.

This wounding and healing thread is very strong this month, so however it shows up in your life, know that it’s giving you the opportunity to grow, to heal yourself and help people around you.

This said, Aries is all about action, with thinking as an afterthought, if at all. New Moon’s aspects (angles) to other planets will confront people’s impulses and instincts, which are focused on action, to slow down and do some deep thinking. This inherent conflict will emerge in many ways, but you can take it in stride by being aware of it.

Don’t be surprised if you encounter impatient or irritable people (including you ;^). That’s part of this New Moon’s energy. Aries doesn’t like being limited, and it faces many limits this month.

You can be graceful this month by giving people space and time to take things in, to reflect, and to say what’s on their minds—even if you feel impatient. This works the other way, too. If you encounter people who feel pushy and impatient, understand that the Aries energy is affecting them.

The home and a strong nesting instinct is likely. If you encounter this, lean into it; it will tend to be fruitful. Read on to dive into the details. Continue reading “Aries New Moon [Astro Weather]”

Behind the Astrologer’s Curtain

I recently spoke with a group of friends who came to have their cards and charts read at The Chakra Shoppe, where I currently see clients on Saturdays. One woman said that she’d had her chart done years before, would another astrologer see something different in it? And I realized that many people have little insight into how astrologers work or how charts are done.

In this post, I’ll take you behind the astrological curtain. It answers all kinds of questions you might have, like: What happens? What does the astrologer do? Are all charts the same? How can you discern an astrologer’s competence?

The chart is less important than what you understand from having it done… Continue reading “Behind the Astrologer’s Curtain”

T-Squares [Astrological Aspects]

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Picture credit: Astrotheme

The T-square is one of the most common composed aspects in astrological charts, and understanding its energies is critical to interpreting all kinds of charts. They occur in natal, synastry, composite, and return charts. They can easily describe a person’s, or a couple’s, central life drama, depending on how they are wired into the chart, so knowing how to interpret them is key to distilling the meaning in a chart.

After some notes about their dynamics, I’ll interpret one to show how it works in practice. Continue reading “T-Squares [Astrological Aspects]”

Quintile Yods [Astrological Aspects]

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Quintile Yod

In Yods, I explained and analyzed the traditional Quincunx–Sextile–Quincunx yod, which is often called “the finger of God” because it has peculiar energy that people often feel is “fated.” In this post, I’ll explain the energies of quintile yods, which have a similar shape but are even narrower. Quintile yods are formed when two planets (or points/angles) are quintile each other (72°), and both are biquintile a third planet/point (144°).

Quintile yods, sometimes called golden yods, are a different animal, but they have in common with normal yods (quincunx/sextile) that they create driven energy that builds on itself, and they often have the same issue of the planets they connect sitting in signs that have nothing in common. Unlike normal yods, though, they are joined by a quintile at the base and biquintiles on the (long) sides, and the (quintile) fifth harmonic adds a distinct character to their energy. Continue reading “Quintile Yods [Astrological Aspects]”