Astrology-The Basics

An astrology chart is a map of the past and future of a soul. It describes past and present incarnations.

There are 3 main elements of an astrological chart, the Planets with the Sun and the Moon numbering 10, the Signs of the Zodiac numbering 12 and the Houses also numbering 12. It seems like a lot but the good news is that you only need to learn 12 archetypes to master all 34 of these symbols.

The 12 archetypes are the following:

Aries, Mars and the 1st House

Taurus, Venus and the 2nd House

Gemini, Mercury and the 3rd House

Cancer, the Moon and the 4th House

Leo, the Sun and the 5th House

Virgo, Mercury and the 6th House

Libra, Venus and the 7th House

Scorpio, Pluto and the 8th House

Sagittarius, Jupiter and the 9th House

Capricorn, Saturn and the 10th House

Aquarius, Uranus and the 11th House

Pisces, Neptune and the 12th House.

The convention when reading an astrological chart is that the 1st House starts, as if reading the face of a clock, at the 9:00 area (see the image above, labelled I) and moves around counterclockwise with each of the Houses taking up 30 degrees (of course there is 360 degrees all the way around and 12 Houses so each House is 30 degrees). The archetypal zodiac wheel will have Aries on the start of the 1st House which is also called the cusp. The rest of the Houses are numbered counterclockwise. When we look at a chart of a person we may see any of the Signs of the Zodiac on the cusp of the 1st House (called the Ascendant, AC above) and then the other houses start with the next sign going sequentially in order. For example, if there is Scorpio on the cusp of the 1st House then the Sign on the 2nd House will by Sagittarius and the Sign on the 3rd House will be Capricorn and so on. The time and place of birth determine what sign is on the cusp of the 1st House because it is the constellation situated on the eastern horizon at the moment of birth.

The interpretation of an astrological chart is made simple because if you understand the 12 Archetypes of the Zodiac then all you need to learn to do is to blend one archetype with another. We will work on this over time. For example, if you are looking at a chart and see there is Mercury in the 5th House you will blend the Archetypes of Gemini (Mercury) with that of Leo (5th House).

There is a 4th layer to interpretation because the positions of the Planets are not acting alone, they are in a relationship to the other Planets and just like anything, the context is important. If there is, to carry on the example above, Mercury in the 5th house situated right next to Venus there would be an influence and blending of the expression of both Mercury and Venus each being changed by the Archetype of the other.

Not too complicated, right? We will next begin to understand this process through discussing each Archetype in turn. Stay tuned!


Eclipse Season and Effects on the Body

We are not only affected on an emotional, energetic, spiritual level from planetary energies, we are also affected in our physical body. With the huge amounts of energy available to us and surrounding us during an eclipse, I would like to take this opportunity to suggest what some of these effects could be and provide help during this time for a healthy eclipse season.

Shining down on us are the influences of Leo, Sun. There is a double signature across the Leo archetype and so must be discussed. The Sun is the ruler of the heart. It represents our life force, our vitality and will to live. So, during this time we could be at risk for heart attack, or some other illness that simply effects our vitality. With Mars conjunct the Sun, we are at risk for inflammation related to the heart, again highlighting heart attacks. Help can come through moderation in the diet because heart attacks are a full-stomach event. We know that what we eat can either increase our decrease our risk for heart attacks. If we eat a lot of food, more than we need, this leads over time to stiffening of the vessels and this can increase blood pressure and increase the work of the heart. It causes weight gain which increases the work of the heart directly. It causes activation of the immune system and this causes inflammation that worsens clogs in the arteries of the heart and again leads directly to heart attacks. The antidote as much as is in our control, is mindful eating; eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to decrease calories and also directly works by providing antioxidants that are protective for the heart. We know that much of the cause of heart attacks is inflammation and antioxidants are directly healing for this. We can also take supplements such as curcumin, omega 3 fatty acids, ( fish oil) and vitamin D to provide help for our heart.
The Moon is in the sign of Aquarius which corresponds to the brain. We are at risk for strokes under the influence of Aquarius. Look to the remedies for the heart to protect yourself from strokes as well.
The Moon symbolizes our emotional digestion, how we integrate the events of our life, it also rules our stomach and the mundane manner of digestion of our food. The strong Mars this season and in aspect to the Moon can influence our temper, leading to overabundant acid secretion. Protection from acidity conditions such as ulcers and simple indigestion can be helped through, again, mindful eating and through herbs that coat the stomach such as Mallow. Under-acidity conditions in the stomach also could be important to prevent. With Neptune in aspect to Mars ( lunar eclipse, it is inconjunct) this could cause too little acid and poor digestive ability. If you notice that you are bloated or gassy you could be suffering from lack of acid and too little digestion of the food you eat. This can be treated through supplementation with digestive enzymes with or without betaine HCL. This can help alleviate gas pain from underproduction of acid or underproduction of other digestive enzymes.
Finally, watch out for Mars-related stress induced conditions. Adrenaline is the hormone largely responsible for the stress response. This response is quite necessary in the event of a dinosaur attack! Luckily, most of us do not contend with these routinely. When we allow stress in, we run the risk of diseases related to the persistent effects of adrenaline. We can help ourselves by taking a break! Exercising, choosing to take time away to enjoy our lives is key. Herbs that can help with the effects of stress include ginseng and rhodiola and decreasing your caffeine intake will help for sure!
We love our eclipse season and the wonder we experience by living in a universe filled with meaningful planetary cycles. Don’t forget to use this information to care for and prevent damage to your body! Gratefully we can tap into the knowledge gained from the planetary cycles to prevent illness and to heal.

Eclipse Season, August 2017

To get a deeper understanding of how to use this eclipse season (essentially the month of August) to your advantage, let’s look at what happens in the sky. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon loses the light of the Sun because the earth blocks the Sun’s rays from falling on the moon. Imagine the 3 bodies in a row with the Earth in the center. As these three bodies line up it acts like a 3-number combination lock clicking into place. This opens energetic portals and HUGE amounts of energy are available to us. This is especially strong when we have planets or other important astrological points on the degree of the Sun and Moon at the time of the eclipse.

The signs of the zodiac highlighted this August will be Aquarius and Leo. They describe a continuum with pure Aquarius expression on one extreme and pure Leo on the other. Aquarius represents mental creativity highlighting objectivity and other intellectual functions to improve your life. Leo represents your joyful, playful creativity that you express in your life to connect to your passion.

The lunar eclipse on August 7th will occur with the Moon in Aquarius. This allows a deep connection to be made between how you feel and how you create. You will feel more rational, objective and removed from emotion. The connection of Aquarius and the Moon allows a synthesis in mind and emotion. A rare opportunity to think how we feel and feel how we think! This will allow keen understanding of how your creativity has been blocked or how you have departed from your connection to inspiration and joy.

There is an opportunity during the two weeks between the two eclipses, August 7th through August 21st; at this time, you will be allowed perspective on your life! Take this time to form a new connection to yourself and bring out who you want to be! This process of evaluation will put you in a good place to bring out the potential energy of the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. As an example, say you are creating your life through landscaping. Perhaps you have been experiencing frustration in this, somehow the result is not matching the vision. At this time, you will be gifted with a birds-eye-view and can identify why the manifestation falls short of the vision.

August 21st will be the climax, the solar eclipse. This event happens because the light of the Sun as seen on the Earth is blocked due to the Moon moving between the Sun and Earth. This wide-open portal caused by the alignment of these 3 bodies then amplifies the fused Sun/Moon in Leo energy of creativity in your life. There is a huge focus on becoming the best of your birth potential and what you have been brought to this planet to create. So, to further the image started above, if you have Sun in Taurus and perhaps create gardens as your special gift, you could open yourself to the Lunar phase and be gifted with clarity as to why you have not been energized by your creations then, after the 21st of the month, after the solar eclipse, allow your joy to guide you with the new-found realizations from the lunar phase. The big question is who and what do you want to be and create? We all are on this planet to realize our gifts as shown in the natal chart by the Sun! This time is an opportunity! Resonate with the joy of your Sun.