Rogers Gallagher

Kim Rogers-Gallagher has been in the business of astrology for the past 20 years. Her columns have appeared monthly for over 15 years, in Dell Horoscope, Welcome to Planet Earth, The Mountain Astrologer, American Astrology, and on the Internet. She was the author of a daily love horoscope called PassionScopes for AstroNet (on America Online) for five years. She is also responsible for the Cosmic Cafe, a creative weekly column published for StarIQ.com and astrocom.com that resembles an...

Mercury

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun with an orbit of 88 days. It is a small planet only 3,000 miles in diameter. Because of its proximity to the Sun, Mercury can never be more than 27 away from the Sun in an astrological chart. Therefore Mercury can only be observed shortly before sunrise or shortly after sunset, and even then it is difficult to see. The name Mercury is from the Latin term Mercurius. In the older Greek he is known as Hermes. In Mesopotamia he is known as Nabu, the divine...

Horoscope Astrological Chart

Among contemporary astrologers, the term horoscope (from the Greek hora, meaning hour, and skopos, meaning watcher) is used to refer to any astrological chart. Because of the popularity of newspaper astrology, which often presents itself as a horoscope, the word has become synonymous with daily prediction in the minds of the general public. Prior to the eighteenth century, however, a horoscope was applied only to the ascendant, which is the sign on the eastern horizon at the moment for which...

Waxing and Waning

Waxing refers to indicate the increasing strength of any given astrological influence. More commonly, waxing and waning refers to the Moon's monthly cycle during which the portion of its surface lighted by the Sun increases (waxes) or decreases (wanes) in size. The increase or decrease in the Moon's size is especially important in electional astrology. The basic principle is that activities hoped to quickly expand, such as a new business venture, should be initiated during a waxing (increasing)...

Reinhart Melanie

Melanie Reinhart was born in Zimbabwe, whose night skies inspired her vocation of astrology at an early age. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in drama, English, and music, and holds a diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies. She has wide experience and training within many different psychological and spiritual disciplines, and also practices spiritual healing. She has been a professional astrologer since 1975, and runs a busy practice of individual consultations in London,...

Dayofthe Week Cycles

Depending upon the animal sign for the year of one's birth, three days of the week will have special significance. According to John Reynolds in his 1978 Tibetan Astrological Calendar, Days which are best and good are considered to be auspicious for undertaking projects, for doing business and similar activities while days which are bad are considered inauspicious for any activity at all. In addition, birth on a good or best day indicates long life, while birth on a bad day portends an early...

Manders

Lea Manders was born in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on August 7, 1956, at 1 42 p.m. She started studying astrology at the age of 17. At that time, there were not many books available in the Netherlands, so her self-study began with traditional authors like Maurice Privat. This stimulated Manders to listen very carefully to her clients, because she wanted to test the theories she discovered. Many theories did not work in practice. This has made her an astrologer who has developed her own ideas and...

Leo Alan

Alan Leo, an important turn-of-the-twentieth-century English astrologer, was born in Westminster, London, England, on August 7, 1860. He was brought up by his mother in difficult circumstances and had no formal education beyond grade school. His given name was William Frederick Alan. He pursued various jobs but found nothing satisfactory until he became a traveling salesman for a vending machine company. He stayed in that work until 1898. Leo taught himself astrology and in 1888 became...

Tibetan New Year LoSar

Lo-Sar (Tibetan New Year) is the nearest new moon to February first. If there are two new moons, then take the second one. Lo-Sar is the first sunrise after the new moon, the next day. In the above table, numbers three through eight are good and nine through twelve and one through two are bad. Numbers three and four are the worst of the good ones, five and six are medium good, and seven and eight are the best of the good. Likewise, numbers one and two are the best of the worst, nine and ten are...

Precession of Equinoxes

The phenomenon known as the precession of equinoxes was said to have been discovered by Hipparchus in the second century b.c.e., but there is evidence that some groups of people were aware of the phenomenon much earlier. To recall some basic science, the seasons are the result of the slant of Earth's axis When the Earth's hemisphere is inclined away from the Sun, this results in winter when the hemisphere is inclined toward the Sun, this is summer. The spin of Earth makes it behave like a...

Sidereal Time

Sidereal (from the Greek sidus, meaning star) time, like most ordinary measurements of time, is based on the rotational and orbital motion of Earth. However, unlike other ways of measuring the passing of time, sidereal time uses a fixed point in space (usually one of the fixed stars hence the name sidereal) as a point of reference for the beginning and ending of a day, month, or year. By way of contrast, ordinary days and years, as well as lunar months (from one new moon to the next), use the...

Malefic Malefic Aspects Malefic Planets

Malefic is a traditional term found in older astrological works. It refers to aspects and planets regarded as having an unfortunate, inharmonious influence. Malefic aspects are angles like squares and oppositions (called hard aspects by modern astrologers) and planets like Mars (the Lesser Malefic) and Saturn (the Greater Malefic). The antonym of malefic is benefic. Contemporary astrologers have largely abandoned these older terms, if for no other reason than to avoid frightening clients. There...

Magha

Magha (the Mighty One) is one of the Naksha-tras (lunar mansions) of Vedic astrology. Often depicted as either a house or throne room, this Nakshatra is located at Leo 0 to 13 20'. This is considered an ideal time to do activities that necessitate someone being larger than normal, and people will tend to be more positive and big-hearted, yet arrogant and overly demanding at the same time in this period. Pitris, god of ancestors, presides, and Ketu rules over Magha.

Johnson Stephanie

Stephanie Johnson holds a Federation of Australian Astrologers' practitioner's certificate and diploma and is a member of the Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA). She is a student of medieval astrology and the ancient wisdom teachings. She holds a masters of science degree in esotericism from the University of the Seven Rays in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, as well as the Robert Zoller Certificate of Medieval Astrology. She has lectured at national conferences, and her astrology...

Tropical Zodiac Moving Zodiac

The tropical zodiac, also called the moving zodiac, is the familiar circle of 12 signs that begins at 0 Aries (the point where the Sun is located at the spring equinox). Because of the precession of equinoxes, the equinox point changes slightly so that each year it moves farther and farther back when looked at against the background of the stars. The net effect of this movement is that the signs no longer correspond with the constellation after which they are named, and at this time the...

Katharsis

Katharsis, a now-defunct spiritual community, was begun in 1971 by a group of people attempting to establish a community that would focus on spiritual growth and harmony. The group obtained land near Nevada City, California, in 1974. Katharsis emphasized spiritual growth and self-realization through the study of yoga and related sciences the development of a natural lifestyle based on diet cooperative living and promotion of the practice of astrology as an aid to a fuller life. Katharsis...

Deu

This is a very integral part of the Tibetan astrology system, a means of awarding zeros (good marks) or X's (bad marks) for the current year to one's major elements Life force, power, bodily health, luck, and soul. This is also part of Keg-Tsi, which is the yearly calculation of the life obstacles. It is somewhat complex, but well worth working out. To begin, compare the major birth elements and those of the current year elements as follows. For example, using the power element, if the current...

Directions

There are four good directions Nam-Men (sky healer), which is the best one and is particularly good for doctors Sog-Tso (healthy life), which is the next best and good for sleeping (one should point his or her head in this direction) Pal-Key (generating, glorious), the third best, is the best direction from which to buy or obtain things and Cha-Lon (bringing auspiciousness, prosperity), which is the fourth best, and is good for traveling. The four bad directions are Lu-Chey (body destroying),...

Uttara Phalguni

Uttara Phalguni (the latter red one or a fig tree) is one of the Nakshatras (lunar mansions) of Vedic astrology. Represented by the rear legs of a bed, and with the deity Bhaga presiding, this Nakshatra can be found from Leo 26 40' to Virgo 10 . This is considered a good time for new beginnings, such as marriage with the moon in this position, people tend towards level-headedness and happiness along with vanity and infidelity. The Sun rules Uttara Phalguni.

Jyeshta

Jyeshta (The Eldest) is one of the Nakshatras (lunar mansions) of Vedic astrology. A hanging earring is the symbol for this Nakshatra found from Scorpio 16 40' to 30 . Considered a good time to act more mature, people will find it easier to build a better support network of their friends, but may run into family tensions and or be more scheming. Indra, chief of the gods, presides, and the planet Mercury rules over Jyeshta.

Hunter Kelley

Kelley Hunter has studied the sky as a professional astrologer, mythologist, and amateur astronomer for over 30 years. An internationally known astrologer, she is a speaker at national and international conferences and was the cofounder of the Roots of Astrology experiential conferences. She is the astrologer-in-residence for the Omega Institute programs in the Caribbean and on the faculty of the Self Centre at Caneel Bay resort. Holding degrees in drama and in depth psychology creative...

Parkhas Months Direction

The triangle of tiger, horse, and dog start on the first day of the month with Li. The triangle of mouse, dragon, and monkey start on the first day of the month with Kham. The triangle of bird, ox, and snake start on the first day of the month with Dha. The triangle of pig, sheep, and hare start on the first day of the month with Zin. The parkhas then follow in strict order, one for each day of the month. Tiger, Horse, Dog Mouse, Dragon, Monkey Bird, Ox, Snake Pig, Sheep, Hare Li, then Khon,...

Latitude

Latitude (properly called terrestrial latitude) refers to a location's distance from the equator. Celestial latitude refers to the angular distance (distance measured in degrees and minutes of an arc) that a planet or other celestial body is located above or below the ecliptic. One can also talk about galactic latitude, which is the distance above or below a plane drawn through the center of the Milky Way, as well as heliographic latitude, which is the distance north or south of the Sun's...

Local Mean Time

Before the advent of rapid travel and modern means of long distance communication, particular localities kept time according to the noontime position of the Sun. Because this varied east or west of any given location, the local time also varied as one traveled east or west. The imposition of standard time zones, in which one must set her or his watch forward or backward as an imaginary line is crossed, is a comparatively recent innovation. Time zones serve many purposes, but, to properly cast a...

Saturn

Saturn is the last planet in the solar system that can be seen with the naked eye. Its system of rings makes it stand out as a spectacular sight when seen with a telescope. Saturn has the lowest density of any planet in the solar system and is made up of primarily of hydrogen and helium molecules. Its rings are formed of either matter that was torn apart by Saturn's gravity or material that failed to accrete into a moon when moons were forming. The rings are inclined by 27 to the planet's...

Lysistrata

Lysistrata, asteroid 897 (the 897th asteroid to be discovered, on August 3, 1918), is approximately 46 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.1 years. It was named after the heroine of the Greek comedy Lysistrata. Lysistrata led a revolt of women across Greece, who as a group withheld sexual favors until the men agreed to stop war. Lysistrata represents the healing as well as the manipulative power of sex. The sign and house position of this planetoid in a natal chart indicates...

Jones Patterns

The Jones patterns are the planetary arrangements first described by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, such as the locomotive pattern and the bucket pattern. Jubilatrix, asteroid 652 (the 652nd asteroid to be discovered, on November 4, 1907), is approximately 15 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.1 years. Its Latin name means woman who rejoices. It was named for the 60th Jubilee Year reign of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph. In a natal chart, Jubilatrix's location by sign and...

Probitas

Probitas, asteroid 902 (the 902d asteroid to be discovered, on September 3, 1918), is approximately 12 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 3.8 years. Its name is a personification of the Latin word for probity or uprightness. In a natal chart, Probitas's location by sign and house indicates where and how one is most likely to be honest and upright. When afflicted by inharmonious aspects, Probitas may show improbity or projecting a false image of integrity. If prominent in a...

Nocturnal

Nocturnal means of or belonging to the night. In classical astrology, particular planets were classified as nocturnal or diurnal, no matter where they were in a horoscope. In contemporary astrology, planets are nocturnal if they are located below the horizon (in houses one through six). Many astrologers believe that planets above the horizon line show their influence more in the public sphere whereas planets below the horizon are more private, but this distinction clearly breaks down when...

Psychological Astrology

Psychological astrology is an attempt to reformulate contemporary astrology in terms of psychological concepts and practices. Although psychological astrology received its initial impetus from Carl Jung's analytical psychology and later from Dane Rudhyar's attempts to integrate astrology with humanistic psychology, contemporary astrologers have gone beyond these early forays. More recent attempts include the assimilation of ideas from psychodynamic theory, existential psychology, object...

Nelson John

John Nelson was an American radio engineer who specialized in the analysis of shortwave radio propagation. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was an employee of RCA Communications and worked on the problem of how to predict fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field that disrupted radio communication. It was well known that these fluctuations were affected by, among other things, sunspot activity. Using this clue as a starting point, Nelson began investigating correlations between the heliocentric...

Laetitia

Laetitia, asteroid 39 (the 39th asteroid to be discovered, on February 8, 1856), is approximately 156 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.6 years. It was named after the Latin word for gladness and gaiety. When prominent in a natal chart, Laetitia indicates a person with a generally positive attitude. Its location by sign and house indicates potential sources of happiness. When involved in many inharmonious aspects, Laetitia may show a person who is glad about the wrong things...

Patientia

Patientia, asteroid 451 (the 451st asteroid to be discovered, on December 4, 1899), is approximately 280 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 5.4 years. Its name is a personified form of the word patience. In a natal chart, Patientia's location by sign and house indicates where and how one is most likely to be patient. When afflicted by inharmonious aspects, Patientia may show impatience or a pattern of being forced to wait for results. If prominent in a chart (e.g., conjunct the...

Jones Marc Edmund

Marc Edmund Jones, born October 1, 1888, in St. Louis, Missouri, was a well-known occultist and astrologer. He was educated at the Theological Seminary of the United Presbyterian Church and Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in education in 1948. A long-lived individual, he pursued such diverse careers as astrologer, editorial consultant, Protestant minister, and motion-picture scenarist. Jones became interest in astrology in 1913 and founded the Sabian Assembly in 1923. He served...

Sedgwick Philip

Philip Sedgwick, born November 8, 1950, 2 36 p.m. E.S.T., began his study of astrology in 1969 while serving in the U.S. Navy. Since that time astrology has become a main focus of his life. He has been consulting professionally since 1975, and established his career as a full-time astrologer in 1981. Sedgwick wrote a weekly column for the Science Fiction Channel online entitled Space Scopes from May 1998 to October 2001. He has also contributed regularly to www.StarIq.com as a writer of...

Kepler Johannes

Johannes Kepler, the last Western astronomer of note to believe in astrology, was born on January 6, 1571, in Weil, W rttemberg, Germany. He studied the elliptical orbits of the planets and discovered the three laws of planetary motion that were to lead to Newton's law of universal gravitation. In 1600, Kepler became assistant to Tycho Brahe, succeeding him as court astronomer to Rudolf II. Kepler was deeply mystical, and many of his astronomical discoveries were motivated by a desire to...

Uranus

Uranus is our solar system's seventh planet, orbiting between Saturn and Neptune at an average distance of about 1.75 billion miles from the Sun. Since it is 20 times further away from the Sun than Earth, it takes Uranus 84 Earth years to travel around the Sun. The blue-green planet also has a day of a little more than 17 hours, 7 hours shorter than an Earth day. The way in which this planet travels is unusual and even eccentric. Rather than rotating on an axis that is perpendicular to the...

Jung Carl

Carl Gustav Jung Psychological Types

Carl Jung was a turn-of-the-twentieth-century psychoanalyst whose formulation of psychology had a major impact on modern astrology. Jung was born in Basel, Switzerland, on July 26, 1875. After completing medical school, he went on to study psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud, but later struck off to formulate his own distinctive brand of psychology. Jung utilized astrology in his counseling work, and it was his work with myths and symbols that most influenced modern astrology. Among other...

Jawer Jeff

Jeff Jawer, born May 16, 1946, in New York City, is one of the pioneers of experiential astrology and a leader in astrological organizations. He began his astrological studies in 1973 at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. degree in the history and science of astrology. He established OMetrics Astrology Services there with Barry Lynes, his first teacher. Jawer also presented for two years a daily astrological radio program called High Tides, which continued two more years in...

Partridge John

John Partridge, born January 18, 1643, in East Sheen, London, England, was an influential astrologer and producer of almanacs. Apprenticed to a shoemaker, he acquired enough books to teach himself Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. He may have studied with the astrologer John Gadbury and seems to have given up making shoes when his first publication was issued about 1678. Partridge's first major work, Mikropanastron, was published the next year. In 1680, he started issuing an almanac entitled Merlinus...

Solar Return Chart

A solar return chart provides a wealth of information It describes the overall themes of the year and the potential, options, problems, and issues associated with those themes. Solar return charts are easy to interpret and give valuable clues regarding major cycles of growth and transformation. A solar return chart is a chart set for the exact time of the Sun's annual return to its natal position. At the moment one's birth, the Sun has a specific zodiacal posi tion defined in degrees, minutes,...

Impact of Jungian and Neo Jungian Systems on Astrology

In the 20 th century, astrology began to reemerge as a subject for serious study, after two centuries of obscurity and neglect. A major issue for astrologers of this period was to try and reclaim the intellectual respectability that the subject had been stripped of by the scientific revolution. The most popular strategy was to link it with the new science of psychology, and in particular with the psychology of Jung. Dane Rudhyar, in his book The Astrology of Personality, wrote in 1936 We are...

Kabbalah and Astrology

Astrology is often called the mother of science because of its ancient roots and all-embracing qualities. The symbolism used in astrology contains all basic spiritual and esoteric principles. In the Kabbalah, which contains ancient esoteric Jewish teachings, astrological symbolism is used to explain how the structures of universe and men are established. A very important model used in Kabbalistic teaching is the Tree of Life, which was already used during the era of, or maybe even before,...

Pandora

Pandora is the name of two distinct celestial bodies A moon of Saturn and an asteroid. Pandora, the recently discovered (1980) moon in the Saturnian system, is about 55 miles in diameter and orbits Saturn in less than two-thirds of a terrestrial day at an average distance of 88,200 miles. Pandora, asteroid 55 (the 55th asteroid to be discovered, on September 10, 1858), has an orbital period a bit longer than 4 i years, and it is almost 113 kilometers in diameter. Both celestial bodies were...

Hemisphere

Hemisphere literally means a half sphere. In geography, hemisphere refers to the division of Earth into northern, southern, eastern, and western hemispheres. In astrology, hemisphere usually refers to the division of a horoscope into upper and lower halves (using the ascendant-descendant axis as the dividing line) or into left and right halves (using the midheaven-imum coeli axis as the dividing line). The upper and lower hemispheres of a chart are technically termed the diurnal (day, because...

Prometheus

Prometheus, the rebellious Titan from Greek mythology, has given his name to asteroid 1,809 (discovered on September 24, 1960), as well as to one of the moons of Saturn. In contemporary astrological circles, however, Prometheus is most familiar through the work of Richard Tarnas as the mythological figure best expressing the astrological nature of the planet Uranus. Astrologers have long noted, though few expressed the observation, that the traits attributed to the astrological Uranus appear to...

Neopagan Spirituality and Astrology

Astrology can be found in the roots of most religions, if not all, and indeed, astrology may be the oldest of them all, just as astrology's evolution to astrology is among the most ancient of sciences. Stone-age artifacts, including the carving of notches on bones coinciding with lunar phases point to very ancient uses of skywatching to keep track of time, presumably to make it possible to anticipate cyclical change. These, along with other carvings and cave paintings, suggest that ancient...

Magic and Astrology

Magic is the art of controlling events by occult (hidden) means. Astrology is not, in the proper sense of the term, magical, but such techniques as electional astrology determining the best times to perform certain actions border on magic. Traditional Western magic views astrology as providing insight into the occult forces that are playing on Earth at any given time, and a specialized form of electional astrology is utilized by magicians to determine the best times for performing particular...

National Council for Geocosmic Research

National Council for Geocosmic Research, Inc. (NCGR), is a nonprofit (501-C) organization incorporated in Massachusetts in 1971 for the purpose of raising the standards of astrological education and research. Its membership of over 3,000 is mostly from the United States, though international membership is growing. Most members affiliate with NCGR's local chapters as of April 2003, there were 40 established chapters worldwide in 26 countries. Additionally, several special interest groups (SIGs)...

Herschel

Herschel was the original designation of Uranus. It was named after Sir William Her-schel, the astronomer who discovered Uranus. British astrologers persisted in using the name long after the rest of the world had switched to Uranus. William Herschel was born Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel in Hanover, Germany, on November 15, 1738, and anglicized his name after he moved to England. His original profession was music, and music students were said to have flocked to him because of his talent,...

Vesta

The asteroids are small planet-like bodies that orbit the Sun in a belt that lies mostly between Mars and Jupiter. They first dawned on human consciousness in the early 1800s. The first four asteroids to be sighted were given the names of four of the great goddesses of classical antiquity Ceres (discovered in 1801), Pallas Athene (discovered in 1802), Juno (discovered in 1804), and Vesta (discovered in 1807). Many more asteroids were soon discovered, so that by the end of the nineteenth...

Merriman Raymond A

Raymond Merriman is a contemporary astrologer best known for his work in the astrology of the stock market. His formal education and training includes a bachelor's degree in psychology (Michigan State University, 1969) postgraduate studies in clinical psychology (Michigan State and University of Michigan, 1969-71) professional (certified) life member of the American Federation of Astrologers (PLMAFA since 1972) commodities trading advisor (CTA, 1982) and series 3 and 7 exams for commodities,...

Medical Astrology

There are two completely different components to medical astrology one that belongs in nativities, and one that is done through interrogations. Both parts have their genesis in Hellenistic astrology. The early medical applications in nativities involved the following 1. The general calculation of the length of life through the Apheta, a calculation that later become known as the hyleg. 2. The sign position of the Sun could indicate the nature of infirmities, or even death if sufficiently...

Tarot and Kaballah

The tarot is a set of cards related to contemporary playing cards that are used for divination. Tarot cards are often viewed as being an extension of Kaballah (or Cabbala or Cabala), a form of Jewish occultism. Kaballistic mysticism is built around the Tree of Life, a widespread diagram of the cosmos consisting of 10 circles (spheres) that are connected by 22 paths (lines). Each of the principal 22 tarot cards (the Major Arcana) is associated with one of these lines. One characteristic practice...

Southern Hemisphere

The Southern Hemisphere is the half of Earth located below the equator. Because most tables of houses are developed for the Northern Hemisphere, casting horoscopes for the Southern Hemisphere involves an extra set of calculations. To construct a southern chart with a northern table, an extra 12 hours must be added to the sidereal time for which it is being cast (for the moment of birth in the case of a natal chart), calculate the house cusps, and then the signs on the cusps exchanged for their...

Transit

Transit, from the Latin trans, meaning across, beyond, or over plus ire, meaning go, has two related astrological meanings. The first simply identifies planets that are moving across the sky, in contrast to planets positioned in a birth chart (or in other kinds of horoscopes). For example, a given individual's natal Mercury (Mercury's position at birth) is at 25 Aquarius, whereas transiting Mercury is moving through the early degrees of Sagittarius. One can also talk about a planet's transit...

Heindel

Max Heindel, founder of the Rosicrucian Fellowship, was born July 23, 1865, as Carl Louis von Grasshof, the oldest son in an aristocratic German family. He went to Glasgow, Scotland, to study maritime engineering at age 16 and eventually became chief engineer on an ocean liner. He moved to New York City in 1895, worked as a consulting engineer, and married. He moved to Los Angeles eight years later. There he began occult studies, soon joining the Theosophical Society in America, led by...

Neptune

Neptune is a cold planet located between Uranus and Pluto. Visible only with the aid of a telescope, it is a large, gaseous planet with a turbulent atmosphere consisting of hydrogen, helium, and methane. This violent environment is caused by a storm the size of Earth, called the Great Dark Spot, which circles Neptune every 18.3 hours. The unusual events surrounding the discovery of Neptune, an astrological symbol for illusion, are quite fitting for this elusive planet. Neptune was first sighted...

Vocational Astrology

The two most frequently asked questions in astrology relate to relationships and careers. Of these, career exploration combines the best of traditional astrological methods with the best of modern psychological astrology. In addition, Vedic astrology includes very specific data about the type of career one may pursue. Exploration of the career includes several factors in the natal chart Individual creative capacity. Everyone is creative vocational astrology looks at creativity as it impacts...

Leo

Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac, is a fixed fire sign. It is a positive, masculine sign, and is ruled by the Sun. Its symbol is the lion, and its glyph is said to be a modified version of the initial letter of its Greek name (although this is not universally accepted). It takes its name from the Latin word for lion. Leo is associated with the back and, especially, the heart, and individuals with a Leo sun sign are prone to heart and back problems. The association of Leo with the heart is the...

Asteroid Niobe Astrology

Niobe, asteroid 71 (the 71st asteroid to be discovered, on August 13, 1861), is approximately 106 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.6 years. There were two mythological Niobes. One was the first mortal woman loved by Zeus. The other was a woman who was inordinately proud of her many children and ridiculed the goddess Leto about her children. In revenge, Leto had all of Niobe's children slain, upon which witnessing, Niobe turned to stone. According to Martha Lang-Wescott, the...

Mundane Astrology

Mundane astrology is the branch of astrology dealing with history, society, and politics. Traditionally, it had two main functions First, to understand the past, and, second, to predict the future. Both functions, though, are subsumed within a greater purpose to manage the present. Indeed, within the context of apocalyptic fears of political disintegration or global catastrophe, mundane astrology's key task has always been to preserve peace, order, and stability. This, at least, was the goal of...

Sidereal Zodiac Fixed Zodiac

The zodiac is the belt constituted by the 12 signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The names of the signs correspond with a belt of 12 constellations ringing our solar system that, several thousand years ago, gave their names to the zodiac. The sidereal zodiac, also referred to as the fixed zodiac, is located where these constellations are actually positioned. Practitioners of Hindu astrology are the most notable users of...

Schermer Barbara

Barbara Schermer has maintained a vigorous astrological counseling practice in Chicago since 1974 and is known as an advocate and pioneer in the field of experiential astrology. She is the author of Astrology Alive A Guide to Experiential Astrology and the Healing Arts, in which she passionately advocates a holistic, soul-centered (as opposed to prediction-centered) astrology. She has extensive experience as a holistic practitioner integrating archetypal and Jungian psychology, mythology, kriya...

Poseidon

Poseidon is one of the eight hypothetical planets (sometimes referred to as the trans-Neptunian points or planets, or TNPs for short) utilized in Uranian astrology. The Uranian system, sometimes referred to as the Hamburg School of Astrology, was established by Friedrich Sieggrun (1877-1951) and Alfred Witte (1878-1943). It relies heavily on hard aspects and midpoints. In decline for many decades, it has experienced a revival in recent years. On the one hand, Poseidon is mind, spirit, and ideas...

Mutable Signs

The 12 signs of the zodiac are subdivided according to three qualities cardinal, mutable, and fixed. The four mutable signs (the mutable quadruplicity or mutable cross) are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. The exit of the Sun from each of these four signs indicates the end of a new season Gemini, the end of spring Virgo, the end of summer Sagittarius, the end of fall and Pisces, the end of winter. The identifying trait of the mutable signs (sometimes referred to as common signs) is...

Temperaments

The theory of temperaments, or complexions, incorporated four basic qualities hot, cold, wet, and dry. These four qualities varied by season, gender, age, and person. The ideal of Hippocrates was to lead a balanced life, because if the body is balanced, then disease is less likely to take hold. The method of creating balance combined diet and regimen, and encompassed such lifestyle issues as frequency and type of exercise, time of eating, and sleep patterns. The entire ancient scheme was based...

Outline of Major Tibetan Techniques

Here are several of the major calculation techniques used by the Tibetan astrologer. The Wheel of the Twelve Signs Century Birth Animal Table Sign Polarity Triangles (Thun-Sun) Opposites (Phung-Sun, Dun-Zur) Shi-Sey Brief Sign Descriptions Sign Power The Five Elements Relationship Table Good, Friends, Filial, Antagonistic Major Life Factors Life Force Power Bodily Health Luck Soul Tibetan Yearly Calendar Months of the Year Days of the Month Hour of the Day The Eight Parkhas Four Good Directions...

International Society for Astrological Research

The International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) was incorporated in Sacramento, California, on December 5, 1979, at 10 30 am. ISAR is a professional organization that serves the world astrological community with an elected board of directors and a network of vice presidents from many countries. Since 1980, ISAR has produced annual conferences focusing on professionalism, research, technology, and international outreach, offering scholarships for conference attendance. ISAR was a...

Jungs Quaternal Heritage

It is fairly well known that Jung had some interest in astrology. Indeed, in a letter to B. V. Raman in September 1947, he wrote I am particularly interested in the particular light the horoscope sheds on certain complications in the character. In cases of difficult psychological diagnosis, I usually get a horoscope I have very often found that the astrological data elucidated certain points which I otherwise would have been unable to understand. Though this probably gives an exaggerated...

Kronos

Kronos is one of the eight hypothetical planets (sometimes referred to as the trans-Neptunian points or planets, or TNPs for short) utilized in Uranian astrology. The Uranian system, sometimes referred to as the Hamburg School of Astrology, was established by Friedrich Sieggrun (1877-1951) and Alfred Witte (1878-1943). It relies heavily on hard aspects and midpoints. In decline for many decades, it has experienced a revival in recent years. Kronos indicates elevated matters, both literally and...

Planetary Glymph For Astrology Mars

Mars, named after the Roman god of war, is one of Earth's closest neighbors, the next planet from the Sun after the Earth. Because Mars is farther from the Sun than the Earth, it can appear anywhere on the ecliptic, rather than staying close to the Sun, as Mercury and Venus appear to stay when viewed from the Earth. When Mars is at its closest point to the Earth, it is a mere 35 million miles from away and appears as bright as Sirius the brightest star in the sky. At its farthest point from...

The Law and Astrology

Laws from the near and distant past still restrict professionals who forecast the future, but astrologers are successfully challenging the laws across America, in Europe, and in South America that inhibit their profession. Major court cases have been won in the United States, and dozens of cities have changed their laws on fortune-telling or the occult arts. The Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN) is committed to overturning every law that overly restricts the practice of astrology....

Occultism and Astrology

In the same way the media seized upon the expression New Age in the late 1980s and transformed it into a term of derision, an earlier wave of media interest in the early 1970s seized upon the word occult and succeeded in connecting it with such negative phenomena as black magic. Ever since the media sensationalized the occult explosion of the 1970s, occult has come to be associated with images of robed figures conducting arcane rituals for less than socially desirable purposes. Occult comes...

Psyche

Psyche is the name of an asteroid as well as the soul or mind. Psyche, asteroid 16 (the 16th asteroid to be discovered, on March 17, 1852), was named after a beautiful woman in a Greek myth, said to represent the soul. It has an orbital period of 5 years and is 248 kilometers in diameter (making it the same size as Juno). Psyche is one of the more recent asteroids to be investigated by astrologers. Preliminary material on Psyche can be found in Demetra George and Douglas Bloch's Astrology for...

Irving Kenneth

Kenneth Irving's primary interest has been the recognition and understanding of the part of astrology that can be treated as a natural science. He has been instrumental in explaining the work of the late Michel Gauquelin to the astrological public. At the same time, he has been an active participant in defending Gauquelin's work (primarily the Mars effect for sports champions) in the scientific world, and to that end has written or co-written papers in scientific journals as well as making a...

Succedent House

The houses of an astrological chart are classified into three groups of four angular houses (the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth), succedent houses (the second, fifth, eighth, and eleventh), and cadent houses (the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth). Traditionally, the succedent houses have been referred to as the resource houses, although this ascription applies best to the second house and the eighth house (the houses of personal resources that are obtained through inheritance and...

Lewi Grant

Grant Lewi was born June 8, 1902, in Albany, New York. He was educated at Hamilton College and Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia, Lewi taught English at Dartmouth, at the University of North Dakota, and at the University of Delaware. He married Carolyn Wallace, daughter of astrologer Athene Gayle Wallace, in 1926 and began to study astrology with his mother-in-law. His first career choice was writing, but the economic pressures of the times were difficult, and in 1934 he began...

Reincarnation Karma and Astrology

Astrological Glyphs

Reincarnation is the theory that each individual soul progressively incarnates in a succession of different bodies. Belief in reincarnation usually carries with it certain other, related notions, such as the idea that one is learning from one lifetime to another and that, in time, every soul will become perfected and consequently no longer need to return to corporeal form. Another idea often associated with reincarna tion is the notion of karma, which is the moral law of cause and effect...

Mystic Rectangle

Mystic rectangle is a modern term for a planetary configuration composed of two trines that are connected by two sextiles. To qualify as a mystic rectangle, the pairs of planets on opposite sides of the horoscope from each other must form oppositions. Despite the name, individuals with mystic rectangles in their natal charts need not be mystically inclined. The name seems to have originated with Madame Helena Blavatsky, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, who had this configuration...

Inception

Inceptional astrology is the branch of astrology dealing with the beginnings of things, and an inception chart is a horoscope calculated for the beginning of a given enterprise. The term was originally coined by Charles E. O. Carter to encompass electional astrology (consciously choosing the most astrologically propitious times to begin projects) as well as the retrospective study of starting points (e.g., casting a horoscope for the launch date of the Titanic to determine if its sinking could...

Intercepted

With the exception of the equal house system, most systems of house division utilize houses of varied sizes. One result of this variability is that sometimes a wide house will begin in the latter part of one sign, encompass the next sign, and end in a third sign. The middle sign is said to be intercepted. Because houses that are directly opposite each other are the same size, the sign opposite the intercepted sign will also be intercepted. For example, in a given natal chart, the second house...

Sabian Symbols

The Sabian symbols are the unique set of 360 symbolic vignettes or descriptive images for each degree of the zodiac, which were obtained in 1925 by Marc Edmund Jones from an ancient Mesopotamian source. Several years earlier, Jones had become interested in the psychically obtained astrological symbols of the Welsh seer, John Thomas, better known as Charubel. He thought about asking permission to recast the descriptions of the symbols, but decided they were too moralized for his purposes. He...

The Five Elements

The five elements are taken from the Chinese astrological system. Although somewhat similar to elements as used in Western astrology, the five elements of Eastern astrology are much more defined and depended upon. They are a major factor in Tibetan astrology. Like the animals signs, the elements also rotate in strict sequence from year to year, but unlike the signs, each element holds for two years before changing. Thus, the elements and signs rotate in combination, the total cycle taking 60...

Uranian Astrology

The Uranian system of astrology, also known as the Hamburg School of Astrology, had its origins in the early part of the twentieth century. Alfred Witte (1878-1943), the founder of the system, was a renowned astrologer in Germany as well as a surveyor. He and his student and colleague, Friedrich Sieggrun (1877-1951), were members of the famed Kepler Circle. During World War I, Witte tried to use the prevailing astrological methods of his day to time battles. He found these methods to be quite...

Hidalgo

Hidalgo, asteroid 944 (the 944th asteroid to be discovered, on October 31, 1920) was named after the revolutionary priest who attempted to overthrow Spanish rule in Mexico. It is about 281 2 kilometers in diameter and has an eccentric orbit that is the longest (14 years) of any asteroid. Hidalgo is one of the more recent asteroids to be investigated by astrologers. Preliminary material on Hidalgo can be found in Demetra George and Douglas Bloch's Astrology for Yourself, and an ephemeris (table...

Koiner Lynn

Lynn Koiner has been a full-time professional astrologer since June 1969 and a professional member of the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA). She had the opportunity to study directly with Ernest Grant, cofounder of the AFA, and he was her sponsor into this organization in 1969. Since 1984, she has published an astrological quarterly, the Amethyst, dedicated to current astrological trends, planetary cycles, and how they affect the individual personally. From 1994 through 1999, she served...

Butterfly Pluto Glyph

Pluto is the farthest known planet from the Sun and by far the smallest with a diameter of 1,444 miles and a mass only 2 percent that of the Earth. Pluto completes an orbit of the Sun every 247.69 years, meaning that it spends more than 20 years in each sign of the zodiac. Thus, an entire generation is born while Pluto is transiting each sign. The existence of a ninth planet was suspected when astronomers detected a gravitational affect on the orbit of Neptune. Percival Lowell, an American...

Planet Centered Astrology

While traditional astrologers, both eastern and western, use a geocentric chart, research has been undertaken to consider charts centered on other objects within our solar system, notably the Sun and planets. The premise for such a relocation of the center is that the logos of each planet at a specific point in time can be described by looking at such a chart. From the perspective of Mercury and Venus, the Sun is a vast presence. These two planets have no moons of their own. Both planets can be...

Void of Course

A planet is void of course after it makes its last major aspect with another planet before transiting out of a given sign. It remains void of course (often abbreviated VOC) until it enters a new sign (almost invariably the next sign) in which it will make another major aspect. This is an old notion, originating in horary astrology, that has begun to enjoy a new wave of popularity. Many contemporary astrologers pay special attention to transiting void-of-course Moons, regarding their influence...

Rudhyar Dane

Dane Rudhyar was the leading figure in the movement that reoriented twentieth-century astrology from the prediction of events to its present emphasis on the analysis of personality. Born Daniel Chennevierre on March, 23, 1895, in Paris, to a middle-class family of Norman and Celtic stock, he spent his first 20 years in Paris. A serious illness and surgery at age 12 led him to begin developing his mind he passed his baccalaureate at the Sorbonne at age 16, majoring in philosophy. He began...

Taurus

Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, is a fixed earth sign. It is a negative (in the value-neutral sense of being negatively charged), feminine sign, ruled by the planet A German engraving of tarot cards based on the Count de Gebelin pack. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library. A German engraving of tarot cards based on the Count de Gebelin pack. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library. Venus. Its symbol is the bull, and its glyph is said to represent a bull's head...

Sagittarius

Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac, is a mutable fire sign. It is a positive, masculine sign, ruled by the planet Jupiter (although some astrologers would say that it is ruled or coruled by the planetoid Chiron). Its symbol is the centaur (sometimes, the archer) and its glyph is an arrow, denoting the arrow in the bow that the centaur is holding. It takes its name from the Latin word for arrow, sagitta. Sagittarius is associated with the hips, thighs, and liver, and individuals with a...

Morrison R J Zadkiel

Richard James Morrison (Zadkiel), an English astrologer, was born in Enfield, London, on June 15, 1795. He enlisted in the navy at age of 11, became a lieutenant in 1815, and retired in 1817, although he later served in the coast guard from 1827 to 1829. In 1828, he rescued four men and a boy from a wrecked vessel and later received a medal for this act of bravery. Morrison became interested in astrology before he was 30. He was acquainted with the astrologer R. C. Smith, and, inspired by...

Scorpio

Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac, is a fixed water sign. It is a negative (in the value-neutral sense of being negatively charged), feminine sign ruled by the planet Pluto (in traditional astrology it was ruled by Mars). The only sign with three sym-bols the Scorpion, the Snake, and the Eagle its symbology is complex. Its glyph is said to represent a serpent (some astrologers say a male member). It takes its name from the Latin word for scorpion. Scorpio is associated with the sexual...

Kepler College of Astrological Arts and Sciences

Kepler College of Astrological Arts and Sciences, located in the Seattle suburb of Lynnwood, Washington, is the first college in the Western world in nearly 400 years authorized to grant bachelor's and master's degrees in astrological studies. The dream of returning astrology to the halls of academia began September 3, 1991, when a group of like-minded individuals in the Pacific Northwest met to discuss the possibility of creating a degree-granting college with its complete curriculum designed...

Vedic Astrology in the West

In the last few years, as part of the greater interest in Hindu and yogic teachings, Hindu, or Vedic, astrology has made tremendous inroads into the Western world. It is now being hailed as one of the most profound and innovative systems of astrology, with tremendous predictive value. Many Western astrologers are now familiar at least with its basic principles. This has been the culmination of several decades of less visible groundwork by a number of people. Perhaps the point of emergence for...

Libra Glyph Information

Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac, is a cardinal air sign. It is a positive, masculine sign, ruled by the planet Venus (some contemporary astrologers want to transfer ruler-ship to several of the asteroids others assert that an as-yet-undiscovered planet beyond Pluto will rule Libra). Its symbol is the scales, which its glyph is said to represent. It takes its name from the Latin word for pound weight, or scales. Libra is associated with the lower back, buttocks, and kidneys, and...

Meteorological Astrology Astrometeorology

Correlations between celestial events and the weather have been a longstanding concern in astrology. The very name given to weather study meteorology harkens back to a time when the appearance of meteors was associated with changes in the weather. Even contemporary scientific meteorology, which does not generally look kindly on astrological methods, has noted a relationship between long-term weather patterns and sunspot activity. Ptolemy, whose classic work on astrology exercised a powerful...

Rosicrucian Fellowship

Rosicrucian Zodiac

The Rosicrucian Fellowship was established in 1907 by the well-known astrologer Max Heindel. Heindel moved to the United States from his native Germany and settled in Los Angeles in 1903. He joined Katherine Tigley's branch of the Theosophical Society, lecturing and serving as president of the local lodge in 1904 and 1905. He was also acquainted with Rudolf Steiner, who broke away from the Theosophical Society following the promotion of Jeddu Krishnamurti as the new world teacher. In 1907,...