Neptune The Dreamer

In 1612, Galileo gazed through his little telescope (practically a toy by today's standards) and saw what looked like a dim star except that, unlike the other stars, it moved. He even drew a picture of it, and if he'd been thinking, he would have realized that it was a planet. Alas, he didn't put two and two together, and he missed the opportunity to identify Neptune. Two hundred years later, Neptune continued to be elusive. By the middle of the 19th century, two scientists, one French and one...

Moon Venus

If the Moon and Venus form a major aspect, your emotional needs and your need for love and beauty are intertwined. l Conjunction A great lover of comfort, you're responsive, appealing, kind, creative, and pleasant to be around. Your mood depends on your relationships, and you can get all wrapped up in the game of love. l Harmonious aspects You express your affections easily. You're a likable person with good taste and finely developed romantic sensibilities, even if you do occasionally stumble...

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Sun Moon

The Sun represents your conscious identity, while the Moon governs your innermost feelings and subconscious self. The Sun Moon aspect shows how comfortably these two cooperate. 1 Conjunction If your Sun and Moon are conjunct, you were born around the time of a new moon, with all the vitality that implies. Your will and your subconscious work together, so you have strong intentions, enthusiasm, and the ability to concentrate. You may also be stubborn and closed-minded. 1 Harmonious aspects With...

The Sun the Moon and the Planets in the Houses

Thinking about the houses of your birth chart Talking about the Sun and Moon in the houses Considering the planets in the houses Pondering the empty houses in your chart Consider two babies born on July 6, 1935, one around 4 a.m. local time and one, in another part of the world, around 6 a.m. Their planets are in identical signs of the zodiac. But their rising signs (see Chapter 11) aren't the same, and neither are their house placements. How much difference would that make It would make a...

Venus Jupiter

When amorous Venus meets generous Jupiter in a birth chart, the result is an outpouring of affection, a love of luxury, and an appreciation of art and beauty. l Conjunction This is a lucky aspect. Because you're affectionate and generous, you attract love, friendship, and even money which is amazing, considering how reckless, undisciplined, and self-indulgent you can be. This aspect also confers artistic ability. l Harmonious aspects This fortunate aspect increases your ability to attract...

Having Surgery

First, let me be clear If you need an operation immediately, you need it immediately. Listen to your doctor. But perhaps you're undergoing elective surgery. Or maybe your doctor has given you a choice. That happened to me when I broke my arm in a foreign country (where I didn't speak the language). My doctor told me I could have my elbow operated on right away or I could fly home and have the operation here. Either way, she said that I had to have the operation within a week. In a situation...

Finding Other Planetary Ties

What if your sign and your beloved's aren't compatible Should your next stop be Match.com Not necessarily. Conjunctions or other close aspects between the Moon in one chart and the Sun in another or between the two Moons breed emotional understanding. Close aspects (up to and including oppositions) that link Venus in one chart with Mars in another kindle sexual attraction. Ascendants of agreeable signs make for personalities that mesh. The more conjunctions, sextiles, and trines that you see...

Mercury Saturn

Fleet-footed Mercury rules the thinking process. Demanding Saturn is the planet of structure and self-control. They work well together if Mercury can use Saturn's discipline to put thoughts into action. 1 Conjunction You're a serious person with a rational mind, a dry sense of humor, and an appreciation for useful knowledge. 1 Harmonious aspects You're well-organized, methodical, reserved, and intelligent, with a natural understanding of how to focus your mind and absorb information. 1 Hard...

Work

Versatile and cerebral, you have fine motor skills and are a wizard with words. Whether you're writing a roman a clef or building a Victorian bird-house, ideas readily come to you because you're stimulated by everything. Smart and buoyant, you pick things up so fast that you practically don't have a learning curve. But in work (as in love), you grow quickly bored. Jobs that require a lot of repetition, no matter how outwardly rewarding, are always a mistake for you. You require mental...

Venus in the Houses

The house occupied by Venus, the planet of love, indicates those areas in life that bring you pleasure and stimulate your ability to connect with others. 1 Venus in the first house Whatever appears in the first house is obvious to all. With Venus rising, you're warm, sociable, and attractive, a quality you also admire in others. 1 Venus in the second house You've heard that money can't buy you love. You just don't believe it. Money and the things it can buy matter to you, which is probably why...

Jupiter in the Houses

Jupiter's position by house determines the areas of life that are most bountiful for you the places where benefits come most effortlessly and also the areas where you may become too complacent. i Jupiter in the first house You have an expansive, charismatic personality that naturally draws people to you. You may also have a tendency to gain weight. i Jupiter in the second house Money and prosperity come your way, often in the form of windfalls. The only downside is that your desire to spend may...

Venus Neptune

Glamorous Neptune encourages mystery, magic, and spiritual feelings. When they're in sync, you can walk on air, but even the conjunction can bring you back down to earth in a hurry. 1 Conjunction Your compassion and vivid imagination can make you an inspired artist, but they can also get you into trouble, especially in romance, because you unconsciously let your desire for love (or enlightenment) cloud your vision. You're a romantic, an idealist, and a...

Identifying the Major Aspects

An astrological chart, like any circle, has 360 , with each sign of the zodiac covering exactly 30 , or one-twelfth of the whole. Within that circle, each pair of planets is separated by a specific number of degrees. Planets at certain significant distances from each other form an aspect. Table 13-1 lists the major aspects, along with their symbols. Roughly speaking, there are three types of aspects. If two planets are within a few degrees of each other, they're conjunct, which means that they...

Activating Jupiter

Jupiter spins through the zodiac in slightly fewer than 12 years, spending about a year in each sign. Its transits are among the most eagerly anticipated and the most disappointing. As the planet of expansion, opportunity, generosity, and prosperity, Jupiter can bring happiness, growth, and success. As the planet of philosophy, religion, and education, it can stimulate an exploration of belief and the pursuit of knowledge. But despite its reputation as the lord of abundance and the bringer of...

Tracking Mars

Mars is associated with vitality, initiative, passion, force, anger, and aggression. Mars stirs your desires and prods you to take action. As a rule, Mars spends about two months in a sign, taking about two years to travel through the zodiac and return to the position that it occupied at your birth. But those figures are only averages because, like the other planets, Mars sometimes slows down, turns retrograde, and spends several months in one sign (see Chapter 18 for more on retrograde...

In this part

roviding insight into your personality isn't the only V application of astrology. It can also help you understand your relationships, give you a sense of the large patterns of your life, and show you how to time your actions for maximum benefit. In this part, I discuss all that. I also talk about one of the great astrological bug-a-bears of all time Retrograde Mercury, which has a nasty reputation for turning ordinary activities into adventures in chaos. I tell you how to take advantage of...

The Part of Tens

Iorra -trxj io ge-b Kold ol -th horse's biHK chari.1' n this part, I tell you the traditional markers associated with ten different talents. I also show you how to use astrology as a guide to making important decisions in life, such as when to buy a computer, when to get married, and when to simply take it easy for a while. May you discover within these pages one of the great gifts of astrology something fabulous about yourself and your potential that you didn't know.

Looking Out for Retrograde Venus

In Meso-American astrology, Venus ruled. The Aztecs and Mayans kept careful note of its rising and setting, its arrival as the morning star and as the evening star, its regular disappearances, and its intervals of retrograde motion, which occur every year and a half for about six weeks. According to Aztec astrologers, those retrograde weeks were dangerous times, especially in the political arena. Astrologers today generally see retrograde Venus as a time of uncertainty, distraction,...

The sorry side

You can also be arrogant, overbearing, vain, self-aggrandizing, and histrionic a real drama queen. You can be dogmatic about the tiniest things shampoo, say. Or barbecue sauce. Or what other people ought to do with their lives. I don't mean to be harsh, but your urge to give unsolicited advice gets old, even though your motivation is noble. An idealist of the first order, you know what life ought to be. If only you could figure out how to make it happen and how to convince other people to play...

Identifying Your Ascendant

It's a sad fact that figuring out your Ascendant is an arduous process. To do it yourself, should you be so inclined, you have to get your hands on the full collection of astrological gear, including an atlas, a Table of Houses, and an ephemeris (an almanac listing the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets for every day of the year). You also need a book to tell you what time zone you were born in (they're occasionally relocated, as in Kansas in 1967 or Nebraska in 1968) and whether you were...

The Outer Planets Plus One Amazing Asteroid

Plugging into Uranus, the planet of electricity Brooding over Pluto, the dwarf of transformation Contemplating Chiron, the asteroid of healing m Mntil 1781, astrologers cast horoscopes using only the Sun, the Moon, and the five planets visible from Earth Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Then William Herschel, a professional musician and amateur telescope maker, made a momentous breakthrough. After years of staying up at night with his devoted sister and obsessively (he was a Scorpio)...

Opening a Business

Launching a business isn't so different from starting a marriage, and some of the same rules apply. To wit i Make sure that Mercury, the planet that rules contracts, isn't retrograde. The same goes for Venus, the planet of money. i Start your enterprise on or shortly after a New Moon. A New Moon in your second house (or in Taurus) is ideal if the business is primarily financial or if it involves material objects. (A New Moon in the second house is also the right time to ask for a raise.) A New...

Mars Jupiter

The will-do energy of Mars is a perfect complement to the can-do energy of Jupiter. This is an enthusiastic pairing. l Conjunction Why does the most famous astrological song ever written (Age of Aquarius, by the Fifth Dimension) suggest that we will experience peace and love when the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars Frankly, I'm not sure. I will say this, though If Jupiter aligns with Mars in your chart, you have energy to burn, an eagerness to explore, a natural sense...

Relationships

As the most maternal sign in the zodiac, Cancer has an instinct for closeness that few signs can equal. The family you were born into never ceases to play a central role in your consciousness, whether positive or negative (or, more likely, a confusing amalgamation of both). You lavish attention on friends and lovers alike, and in the absence of a committed romantic partner, you turn friends into family. Children claim a special place in your heart. Love affairs absorb you, but you're most...

What You See versus What You Get The Rising Sign And More

Determining your rising sign Analyzing your Ascendant Considering your Descendant Discovering your Midheaven and I.C. used to work at a bookstore with a woman who was so well-organized and in control that everyone relied on her. She knew what was on the shelves, what was on order, what was out of print, what was in the back room, and what was behind the counter. On top of that, she had read everything, including the classics that most people don't even know are classics, and she could advise...

The sunny side

You're productive, responsible, competitive, and mature. You're an adult even as a child. Indeed, Capricorn often has a tough time as a youngster because you're more serious than most people. You come into your own in adulthood, and you age beautifully. Although there may be occasional dips along the way, it's a well-recognized phenomenon that the older you get, the happier you become. It's the miracle of Capricorn. You're ambitious. Like the mountain goat that clambers over rocky terrain to...

Watching Out for Retrograde Mars

Easily recognizable in the sky by its pale pink tint, it stimulates activity, prods us to take the initiative, and fills us with courage. Mars is enterprising, dynamic, determined, and dominating. True, it's also the planet of hostility and war. But without it, nothing would ever get done. I like to think that in my chart, and in yours, the energy that motivates Mars can be funneled in positive directions. If nothing else, it thrives at the gym and I'm not talking...

Mars Road Warrior

Because it glows red in the sky (a result of the iron oxide in its rocky soil), the Babylonians associated it with death and destruction, Pacific Islanders thought of it as the home of a giant red pig, and New Jerseyites, listening to Orson Welles on the radio in 1938, ran screaming from their homes in fear of invading Martians. Yet people have always fantasized about living on the red planet. To the ancient Romans, Mars was the god of war, and many...

Gemini in Love

Wanton Gemini, the last living proponent of casual sex, flirts outrageously, connects easily, and moves on at warp speed when things fall apart. Because you love variety and relish intellectual challenges, you seek out witty, up-to-date people who share your delight in easy banter and constant stimulation. You're lively, enchanting, and flighty yet another victim of the grass-is-always-greener myth. i Gemini + Gemini Despite the overall level of nervous energy that you generate together, you...

Locating Your Planets

If you've slogged your way through Chapters 2 and 3, you probably have a copy of your chart in hand, in which case you already know your planetary placements. If you don't have a copy of your chart, return to those chapters Chapter 2 if you want to get your chart from the Internet or Chapter 3 and the Appendix if you plan to cobble it together yourself using the tables in this book. To figure out what those placements mean, list your planets by sign and by house and then look them up in this...

Interpreting Empty Houses

Do the math Your chart has twelve houses, but only ten planets. This means that you're bound to have empty houses somewhere in your chart. They're unavoidable. They're also nothing to worry about. Having an empty house of marriage, for example, doesn't mean that you'll always be single. Just ask Elizabeth Taylor, who has had eight husbands (so far), despite the fact that her seventh house is totally vacant. Similarly, an unoccupied second house of money doesn't mean you're destined for poverty....

Planetary Tables

This appendix gives the location, by sign, of the Sun, the Moon, the planets, the Nodes of the Moon, and the asteroid Chiron between 1930 and 2012. The tables list the day and time for every entrance (or ingress) into a new sign for each of these celestial bodies. The tables are in the following order 1 Table A 1 The Sun 1 Table A 2 The Moon 1 Table A 3 The Nodes of the Moon 1 Table A 4 Mercury 1 Table A 5 Venus 1 Table A 6 Mars 1 Table A 7 Jupiter 1 Table A 8 Saturn 1 Table A 9 Uranus 1 Table...

Mars Uranus

Impatient Mars and unpredictable Uranus the original bad-boy combination of the zodiac. These two just can't help stirring up trouble. 1 Conjunction You're unrestrained and determined, with unconventional sexual attitudes, unusual desires, and great drive. But your energy is erratic, and you may be accident-prone. 1 Harmonious aspects Nervous and outspoken, you pursue unusual goals, seek the new, and react quickly. But do you use your considerable energy in constructive ways, or do you fritter...

Taking the House Tour

Every birth chart embraces all twelve houses no more, no less. In most charts, one or two of those houses prove to be especially important thanks to the presence of several planets. The more planets you find squeezed into a house, the more important the matters of that house are likely to be. Table 12-1 lists the twelve houses along with the areas of life that they cover. Your appearance and apparent disposition Communication, writing, short journeys, brothers and sisters Home, roots, one...

Pluto in the Houses

The house that tiny Pluto occupies in your natal chart determines the area in life where you're most likely to experience obsession and transformation. 1 Pluto in the first house You have a compulsive, controlling, and magnetic personality, along with a tendency to dominate. You make a powerful impact on people but you may also alienate them. 1 Pluto in the second house You find concrete outlets for your abilities, but you can also become obsessed with your possessions. More importantly, money...

Mercury Communicating with Style

Astrologers get their understanding of the planets from many sources, including science, mythology, and the astrological tradition. In astronomy, the little planet Mercury is distinguished by its rapid pace it whirls around the Sun in a mere 88 days and its proximity to the Sun. In mythology, the Roman god Mercury, known to the Greeks as Hermes, is also recognized for his speed. In his winged sandals and cap, he was the messenger of the gods as well as a thief, musician, trickster, and...

Sun Neptune

The Sun bestows vitality, while dreamy Neptune brings inspiration . . . or indolence. This combination can encourage creative potential or unrealistic schemes. i Conjunction You're a dreamer, a poet, and an inspired idealist. Intuitive, sensitive, and sometimes even psychic, you have a finely developed imagination and great creative talent for both mystical and artistic endeavors, which leaves little room for practical matters. You also have a tendency to lie to yourself (or to others) and to...

Tracking the Moon in the Houses

Tracking the Moon through the houses of your birth chart is another way to tap into its power. However, you can only do this if you know the time of your birth and have identified your rising sign or Ascendant. (For instructions on how to figure that out, see Chapter 11.) Say, for example, that you have Leo rising that is, Leo on the cusp of your first house. When the Moon is in that sign, it's traveling through your first house. Once it swings into Virgo, it enters your second house. And so...

Artistic Ability

Every sign has its complement of artists. But the all-time greats geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso belong to a category all their own. Here are some indicators of artistic talent 1 By sign Taurus, Libra, and Leo sustain artistic talent. Look for the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, or Venus in those signs. 1 By planet A prominent Venus and Neptune quicken the aesthetic sense and the imagination. 1 By house An active fifth house accentuates your need to be creative. A planet is...

Scheduling a Meeting

The way you schedule a meeting depends entirely on what you wish to accomplish. Follow these rules i If you hope the meeting will help you inaugurate a program, introduce a new set of goals, involve a staff member who hasn't previously participated in this area, or make a case for organizational change, schedule the meeting when the Moon is New or, at minimum, waxing. i To encourage brainstorming, look for a conjunction, sextile, or trine between Mercury and Uranus, the planet of originality....

The Nodes of the Moon in the Houses

Unlike the other celestial bodies I discuss in this chapter, the Nodes of the Moon don't exactly exist. They're simply the points in space where the path of the Moon crosses the ecliptic. Nonetheless, there they are in your chart The North Node and the South Node, two sensitive spots carrying a message that some astrologers consider the most vital part of your horoscope. Though astrologers have long debated the meaning of the Nodes, they basically agree that the North Node represents personal...

Aspects to Uranus Neptune and Pluto

Uranus represents individuality, eccentricity, upheaval, revolution, and the unpredictable. Neptune symbolizes the imagination, spiritual strivings, dreams, visions, and delusion. Pluto represents obsession, compulsion, death, rebirth, and transformation. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, the three outer planets, travel through the zodiac so slowly that their greatest influence is on generations, not on individuals. The aspects that they form are in orb for a long time. A conjunction between any two...

Getting Married

More than any other event, a request to choose a wedding date can cause an astrologer to leaf frantically through the ephemeris in quest of the perfect day and then to throw her arms up in despair. Given the marriage statistics, it won't surprise you to hear that ideal days are hard to come by and that even astrologers get divorced. Still, certain celestial events improve your chances of making it past your paper anniversary. One of the most encouraging is a transit of Jupiter through your...

Virgo the Virgin August 23September

The mind of a Virgo is a wondrous thing. Thanks to Mercury, the planet named after the quick-witted god of communication, you're observant, insightful, capable, and articulate. You're also discriminating and critical, especially of yourself. Constantly in search of self-improvement, you consider yourself a work in progress. The symbol of Virgo the Virgin (see Figure 5-2) resembles an M with a closed-in loop. It signifies the female genitals, in contrast to Scorpio, which represents the male.

Sagittarius the Archer November 22December

Independent, lively, and brimming with an irrepressible sense of possibility, you feel most vibrantly alive when you're having an adventure in the world. For that you can thank Jupiter, your ruler, the planet of expansion and good fortune. The glyph of Sagittarius (see Figure 4-4) represents the centaur's arrow and your high aspirations. At your happiest and best, you're a free spirit, a cheerful wanderer, an honest and intelligent companion, and a philosopher who likes to ponder the big...

Starting a Diet or an Exercise Program

Going on a diet is a cheerless activity under any circumstances. The least you can do is give yourself a celestial head start. Here's how 1 Once a year, there's a New Moon in your sixth house of health. A New Moon helps you usher in a new habit, so that's a perfect time for beginning a diet or exercise program (or both). 1 A Full Moon in your sixth house can also be beneficial. It can help you release an old habit like compulsive eating or an addiction to 300-calorie chai lattes. 1 Saturn, the...

Avoiding the Void

Picture this The Moon spins into a new sign let's say Taurus and begins to connect with the planets. It conjuncts Jupiter in the evening (a splendid sight), trines Venus a few minutes later, squares the Sun the next morning, opposes Mars at noon, conjuncts Saturn during All Things Considered, and then sextiles Mercury. After that . . . nothing No more major aspects. A few hours later, it enters Gemini, and the process begins anew. That span, between the Moon's last major aspect in one sign and...

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Uranus in the Houses

The position that Uranus occupies by house determines the area in life in which you can expect the unexpected. i Uranus in the first house You have an unusual demeanor, and you strike people as a true original. No matter how hard you try to look conventional, your attempts to pass for ordinary are doomed. From time to time, out-of-left-field events turn your world upside down. i Uranus in the second house Money and possessions come and go, arriving and departing with equal speed. You may strike...

Venus Mars

Mars stimulates desire. Together they stir up the forces of passion and sensuality. l Conjunction Demonstrative and magnetic, you radiate sexuality, vitality, and charisma. You have no trouble attracting others because people want to be near you. But you like to see sparks fly and may unconsciously create tumultuous relationships. l Harmonious aspects You're attractive, genial, loving, and likely to find romantic fulfillment. l Hard aspects You aren't sure what...

Moon Signs The Lunacy Factor

Investigating the Moon in your chart Understanding the Nodes of the Moon Considering the Nodes in your chart Strange but true To an Earthling gazing at the sky, the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size. The irrefutable evidence of science states otherwise. But visually, the two are equal. Ancient mythologies shared that perception, associating the Sun and Moon with quarreling lovers, siblings, or deities. Astrologers picture the Sun and the Moon as partners. The unvarying Sun represents...

Making the Most of Momentous Lunar Influences

The Moon cruises through the zodiac faster than any other planet, so worrying about it as it spins through one sign after another can drive you crazy. Most transits of the Moon make no difference whatsoever and can be safely ignored. Nevertheless, a few monthly lunar transits offer opportunities that are too valuable to miss. Here are the top five monthly influences The Moon in your Sun sign Your personal power is at its peak. You are your most charismatic self during these few days, making...

Note about Minor Aspects

The major aspects discussed in this chapter aren't the only geometrical relationship that astrologers consider significant. Other aspects, typically described as minor aspects, also connect two planets. Because minor aspects are weak, the orb allotted to them is small only 2 . Two minor aspects I refer to in this chapter are the semi-sextile, a 30 aspect that's considered mildly positive, and the semi-square, a 45 aspect whose influence is somewhat stressful. These minor aspects rise in...

Amazing Aspects The Secrets of Cosmic Geometry

Discovering the most important planetary aspects Determining the aspects in your chart Understanding the minor aspects Deciphering the meanings of the aspects ML nowing the position of the planets by sign and by house isn't enough. To comprehend the true complexity of an astrological chart, you need to know how the planets interact with each other. That information is revealed by the mathematical angles, or aspects, between the planets. Consider the case of a woman whose Venus, the planet of...

Interpreting the Aspects

In this section, I interpret the main aspects for each of the planets. I bundle sextiles and trines together as harmonious aspects. Their actions are similar, though trines are more powerful. Similarly, I tie squares and oppositions together as hard aspects, though they aren't identical either. In general, a square brings internal conflicts, while oppositions are more likely to create external obstructions. I consider the planets in this order first the Sun and Moon, then the planets in order...

Going on a First Date

In the real world, if someone you're interested in asks you out, the last thing you want to do is announce that the Moon is waning, so you'd rather wait two weeks for that mojito. On the other hand, if you have any control over the matter, you might decide that you don't mind waiting. Here's how to schedule a date that might lead to another 1 Pay attention to the Moon. Look for a waxing Moon, meaning a Moon that's somewhere between New and Full. Make certain that the Moon is not void-of-course...

Jupiter Saturn

Expansive Jupiter and restrictive Saturn aren't natural allies. Mix them together, and you get tension and determination. i Conjunction When optimistic Jupiter conjuncts pessimistic Saturn, idealism gets squashed by realism, and frustration is rampant. Your path is littered with obstacles, but your capacity for hard work is breathtaking. This difficult aspect comes around about every 20 years. You may have it in your birth chart if you were born in 1901, 1921, 1940 or 1941, 1961, 1981, or 2000....

The Houses

I Mercury in the third house You're fortunate to possess this much-admired placement, for it gives you an alert and vibrant mind, great intellectual curiosity, and a way with words. You're an effective public speaker, a lively conversationalist, and a gifted writer. i Mercury in the fourth house Strongly influenced by your parents, you turn your home into a center of activity and intellectual stimulation. You may even work at home. Your family heritage is probably complicated in one way or...

Purchasing a Computer

Follow these three simple rules when buying a computer i Make sure that Mercury, the planet of communication, isn't retrograde. Okay, I know I keep mentioning this influence. It's always important, but there are times I admit it when you can bend the rules. Not in this case, though. Do not I repeat, do not purchase a computer (or a car) when Mercury is spinning backward. 1 Make sure that Uranus and Mars aren't doing anything unfortunate. High-tension squares, oppositions, and conjunctions,...

Neptune in the Houses

The house that Neptune inhabits in your horoscope tells you where you can access the most profound level of intuition and where you're prone to deception. i Neptune in the first house You're impressionable, dreamy, and fluid. Your intuition is acute, but you can easily become dependent. You confuse and fascinate people they aren't sure who you are or what you're up to because your identity seems to shift. There's a good chance that you have musical or artistic ability. i Neptune in the second...

Pisces in Love

Gestures the moonlit stroll, the mariachi singers mean the world to you. You're a romantic who wants a cosmically connected, karmically generated, some-enchanted-evening union with a soul mate. Though your intuition is pinpoint accurate at other times, when you're in love you can be amazingly gullible, stunningly dependent, and more demanding than you may realize. Ruled by your emotions, you're also generous, erotic, affectionate, supportive, and kind. i Pisces + Pisces Same-sign unions are a...

The Personal Planets

Contemplating the personal planets in astronomy, mythology, and astrology Understanding the planets in the signs Interpreting Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in your chart 7he Sun and the Moon carry masses of information. All by themselves, they provide a skeleton key to your psyche. But to fully grasp the complexity of your own horoscope, you need to include the planets. To ancient astrologers, that meant noting the positions of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn the only...

Throwing a Party

Once again, it depends on what you have in mind. If you plan to hire a DJ and throw open the doors to anyone you've ever met, these are the rules 1 Let the Moon be in Leo (first choice), Gemini, or Sagittarius, followed by Libra, Aquarius, or Aries. The fire and air signs are boisterous and engaging. They may not generate as much intimacy as other signs, but under their happy influence, the good times roll. i Look to Venus and Jupiter. If they make conjunctions, sextiles, or trines to the Sun...

Sun Saturn

Somber Saturn advocates caution. When these two planets form a major aspect, it indicates that you feel tested in various ways. This aspect shows the way you deal with those challenges. i Conjunction Restrained but persistent, you're responsible, realistic, and introspective. You take yourself seriously. This is a taxing aspect but one that brings direction, determination, and the capacity to overcome your early sense of inadequacy through solid accomplishments. i...

Looking Into Your Midheaven andIC

How come some people grow up in ordinary circumstances and yet end up in the strangest careers The Midheaven, also known as the M.C. (from the Latin medium coeli, meaning middle of the heavens), frequently explains it. (Other factors in your choice of career include planets in the tenth house, the planet that rules your Midheaven, and planets in the sixth house of work.) The Midheaven is the highest point on the ecliptic and in your chart. It doesn't determine your talents, but it affects your...

Investigating Transits

To identify the transits in effect now, turn to the Appendix at the back of this book and look up the current position of the planets. The planetary tables in the Appendix tell you what sign each planet is in. Jot down the positions of the planets from Mars to Pluto. Then make a copy of your birth chart and position the transiting planets around it. As models, look at Figures 16-2 and 16-3, which present Anne Morrow Lindbergh's chart. In each case, the inner wheel represents the birth chart,...

Becoming an Astrologer

Becoming a skilled astrologer has nothing to do with psychic ability. Astrology is an accumulated body of knowledge not the mystic ability to intercept messages from the spirit world. Anyone can learn it. But you're more likely to be interested if you have some of the following in your chart 1 Activity in Aquarius and or an active eleventh house. When I began studying astrology, I heard that two specific degrees often showed up in astrologers' charts 25 Aquarius and 25 Leo. I'm not sure I...

Guide to Interpreting Your Birth Chart

Finding the patterns in your chart Analyzing five specific components of a chart Looking at aspect configurations Completing the puzzle ost astrologers agree that Sun sign astrology, which describes types rather than individuals, is insufficient for most purposes. But Sun sign astrology can claim one advantage It's simple. A full astrological chart, on the other hand, with its web of planets, signs, houses, and aspects, is as complex as an actual human being and just as difficult to...

Leo in Love

Uninhibitedly sexual, you're romantic, generous, witty, manipulative, loyal, and, despite your confident appearance, desperately in need of love. When someone wins your heart, you want that person in your life forever. But you demand to be wooed in just the right way, insist on holding the reins of power, and can be interfering and controlling. Despite your bad behavior, you're so radiant and likable that you get away with everything. 1 Leo + Leo You have big, theatrical personalities, and your...

An Astrological Overview The Horoscope in Brief

Picturing the solar system Rambling through the zodiac Classifying the signs by polarity, modality, and element Contemplating the Sun, the Moon, and the planets Introducing the rulers of each sign Discovering the Ascendant Wandering through the houses M egend has it that Sir Isaac Newton, widely considered the greatest genius *Wof all time, may have explored astrology. Newton had a complex, curious mind. In addition to inventing calculus and discovering the universal law of gravity, he was...

Foolish Assumptions

Despite the title of this book, I assume that you're no fool. I assume that you're intrigued by the art of astrology because you're seeking fresh ways of understanding. I also assume that, whether you're a newcomer or a longtime follower, you're primarily interested in your own horoscope. I assume that you have access to a computer and can get on the Web, where you can easily obtain your birth chart. (You can also cobble one together yourself, using only the material in this book.) That...

Jupiter More Is Better

Looking for luck Your search is over. Auspicious Jupiter is the lord of luck, the guardian of good fortune, and the champion of getting an even break. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system by far. More massive than all the other planets combined, it could devour 1,330 Earths and still have room to burp. Its most famous feature, known as the Great Red Spot, is a 300-year-old cyclone that's double the size of the Earth. Not surprisingly, Jupiter was named for the king of the gods, who...

Power Hungry Pluto

In 2006, astronomers reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet. This may make a difference to astrophysicists (though I can't see why it should). Astrologers essentially don't care. In our interpretation of the universe, Pluto is associated with power, regeneration, and the underworld of the psyche a place where alchemy is the operative metaphor and size is deeply, truly meaningless. Plutonian transits, which last for two or three years, coincide with periods of profound change. l Pluto conjunct the...

Libra in Love

You're gregarious, attractive, and a natural flirt. Born to be mated, you're restrained in public, amorous in private, and thoroughly identified with the object of your affection. As a single person, you're romantic, charming, and popular. But being part of a duo is essential to your fulfillment, and ultimately you're happy to leave the dating life behind. i Libra + Libra The downside to this duo is that if you feel ambivalent about the same issues, you can flounder in indecision forever....

Ptuto The Power of Transformation

Before August 2006, Pluto was just another planet. Then the members of the International Astronomical Union pronounced it a dwarf planet. That demotion is irrelevant to astrologers. Astrologers believe that Pluto possesses the power of transformation, and nothing's going to change that. Pluto is small, rocky, and so mysterious that astronomers aren't sure what to make of it. Its elongated orbit, which is tilted to the rest of the solar system, overlaps the orbit of Neptune. As a result, from...

Psychic Ability

Whether you call it extrasensory perception, clairvoyance, a sixth sense, or plain old intuition, psychic ability isn't as rare as you might think. Here's how to find it 1 By sign Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer bolster psychic ability. Sagittarius can also foster a tendency in that direction. 1 By planet Neptune and the Moon keep the channels of reception open (especially when they're conjunct). A prominent Uranus can bring flashes of insight and understanding. Pluto also boosts perception,...

Planets in houses A minor point

By assuming parallels between the houses and the signs, so that the first house is equivalent to Aries, the second house to Taurus, and so on, you can classify the houses in revealing ways, as in Table 14-4. To consider your chart in this way, count how many planets you have in each trio of houses. For an example, turn to Chapter 13 and take a look at Oprah Winfrey's chart. With three planets in the second house, one in the sixth house, and two in the tenth, a majority of her planets are in the...

Earth Signs Taurus Virgo and Capricorn

Considering Taurus Focusing on Virgo Contemplating Capricorn ust as the universe burst into existence with the fireball of the Big Bang, the cycle of the zodiac lifts off with a blast of fire, the most energetic of the four traditional elements. Fire creates heat, light, and movement. But what's the point of all that combustion if it leads to nothing Without earth, fire would burn itself out like a spray of fireworks against the night sky. Earth signs ground the energy of fire by turning the...

Taurus in Love

Possessive, faithful, and not always as mellow as you'd like to be, you require physical contact, emotional and financial security, and domestic comfort. Once you find someone who shares your sensuality and basic values, you're content. You can happily while away your time just being together, doing nothing. Troubles arise when your partner wants a change of pace. Inevitably, you resist. You're the immovable object. Learn to bend. i Taurus + Taurus Assuming one of you has the gumption to make...

Table of Contents

About This Conventions Used in This What You're Not to Foolish How This Book Is Part I Mapping Your Place in the Part II Here Comes the Part III Everything Else in the Cosmic Part IV Using Astrology Right Part V The Part of Icons Used in This Where to Go from Part 1 Mapping Your Place in the Cosmos 7 Chapter 1 An Astrological Overview The Horoscope in Brief 9 Looking at the Starry Identifying the Signs of the Understanding the Polarity Dividing the zodiac by Modality Dividing the zodiac by...

The Nodes of the Moon

Among astrologers in India, the Nodes of the Moon are considered a vital part of every horoscope, as necessary as the Sun and just as influential. But when I began to study astrology, my teachers barely mentioned the Nodes of the Moon. Even now, introductory astrology books often omit them. One reason is that even though the Nodes of the Moon occupy two sensitive degrees in your birth chart, there's no celestial body at either spot. In a strictly physical sense, the Nodes of the Moon don't...

Finding and Understanding Your Descendant

After you've identified your rising sign, you automatically know your Descendant, no calculation required. By definition, the Descendant is always exactly opposite your rising sign. For example, if you have Cancer rising, your Descendant is Capricorn. A less powerful point than your Ascendant, the Descendant determines the approach you take toward marriage and partnerships. It describes the nature of those relationships in your life, and it indicates the kind of person you're likely to fall...

Scorpio in Love

You're intense, devoted, and fascinated by the game of love. You think of romance in mythic terms, demand grand passion sexually and otherwise , and often fall into the quicksand of obsession. Because you radiate sex appeal and have such a compelling presence, other people often become fixated on you. Note, however, that though Scorpio has a well-deserved reputation as the sexiest sign in the zodiac, many Scorpios also struggle with sexual problems that range from sexoholic excess to impotence,...

Unpredictable Uranus

When Uranus rides into town, life gets interesting. As the planet of revolution, invention, electricity, individuality, and eccentricity, Uranus disrupts the usual flow of events and is associated with unforeseen occurrences and unusual people. Uranus takes 84 years about a lifetime to traverse the zodiac. Turn to Chapter 10 for more information about the outer planets. i Uranus conjunct the Sun You're in a holding pattern, but you aren't going to be there long. Your need to express your...

Chiron The Wounded Healer

Is it an asteroid A burned-out comet A planetesimal leftover from the creation of the solar system An errant moon of Neptune, long since torn away from its original orbit Or a particular type of asteroid called a Centaur Ever since November 1, 1977, when scientist Charles Kowal discovered Chiron hurtling around the Sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, scientists have been trying to make up their minds. Smaller by far than any planet its estimated size is 200 miles across , Chiron has a...

Aquarius the Water Bearer January 20February

With unpredictable Uranus as your ruler, you're progressive, future-oriented, and prone to dazzling flashes of insight. You're also more idiosyncratic than you may realize. The glyph of Aquarius the Water Bearer see Figure 6-3 represents the waves of water or, better yet, waves of sound, electricity, and light. Very much a member of your own generation, you're a natural visionary and a humanitarian of the first order at least in theory. You have high-minded principles, and...

Contents at a Glance

Part J Mapping Your Place in the Cosmos 7 Chapter 1 An Astrological Overview The Horoscope in Chapter 2 Getting Your Precise Horoscope The Old Way versus the Easy Way 21 Chapter 3 Estimating Your Horoscope Using the Tables in This Book 29 Part JJ Here Comes the Chapter 4 Fire Signs Aries, Leo, and Chapter 5 Earth Signs Taurus, Virgo, and Chapter 6 Air Signs Gemini, Libra, and Chapter 7 Water Signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Part JJJ Everything Else in the Cosmic Cookbook 89 Chapter 8 Moon Signs The...

Fire Signs Aries Leo and Sagittarius

Introducing Aries Looking at Leo Getting to know Sagittarius rhe first of the four traditional elements is fire, and you don't need to be an astrologer to guess what it means. Ancient astrologers linked fire with the vital force of creation. Think of the original fireball the Big Bang. This association stands. Fire generates heat in the form of excitement, activity, and desire. People born under these dynamic, extroverted signs are vigorous and volatile, enterprising and courageous. They're...

Air Signs Gemini Libra and Aquarius

Mulling over Gemini Thinking about Libra Assessing Aquarius ZM ir represents intelligence and reason. It's the element of the intellect, and those born under its influence are known for their ability to connect the dots. Air signs are bright, curious, versatile, and intellectually restless. Their minds are always active, always searching for understanding. Crazy as it may sound, natives of those signs actually think about things, and they try to do it objectively and in depth. They value ideas...

Dedication

Two Capricorns deserve extravagant praise my husband, George, and my editor, Chrissy Guthrie. Both are thoughtful, serious, organized, kind, and a lot more fun than is generally advertised for that sign. I also want to thank Tracy Boggier, who reintroduced me to the For Dummies way of life Ethel Winslow, who is a fine astrologer as well as an editor and others at Wiley, including Jessica Smith, David Lutton, the people in Composition Services, and Christy Beck, whose behind-the-scenes presence...

Mapping Your Place in the Cosmos

5th Wave Rich Tennant Arabic

I vras loom under the Marking' sign. lAy mother never made it from tine car to the hospital.'' Wk now thyself, the Delphic Oracle said. It's still W good advice. But suggestions like that are never easy to implement . . . unless you know astrology. An ancient and evolving system, astrology illuminates the secret corners of the psyche and points the way to self-knowledge. Astrology enables you to recognize your strengths, to acknowledge your weaknesses, to accept your needs, and to understand...

Investing in DIY Software

Nothing in the astrological world is more fun than being able to cast accurate charts for anyone at a moment's notice. Astrological do-it-yourself software is endlessly diverting. It enables you to calculate natal charts, compare charts, determine how the planets may affect you in the future, and, in short, entertain yourself for hours. Software isn't cheap, but if you decide it's worth the expense, the following sections give you a few recommendations. If you use a Macintosh as I do, and I'm...

Getting Your Precise Horoscope The Old Way versus the Easy

Creating your chart with piles of paper, tables, and dusty old books Surfing the Internet to get your chart Probing your psyche and glimpsing the future with astrological software hat could be more fabulously arcane than an astrological chart Well, lots of things Alchemical sigils, kabalistic diagrams, magic spells you name it. But this book isn't about them. It's about astrology, which only seems strange. That's because an astrological chart, with all its mysterious-looking symbols, has...