How to Track Your Transits

Creating a list of chart placements in numerical order is a simple way to track transits. Sort the planets plus the Ascendant and Midheaven by degree number3, rather than by sign. Here is the list for Bruce Willis, whose chart is shown on the previous page, with birth information supplied by AstroDataBank4 Looking at such a list, you might notice that several natal planets fall within close numeric range of one another. In Willis's chart, for instance, there are six planets between 23 and 28 of...

Jupiter and Gambling

There are even, you may be surprised to learn, connections between education, foreign places, religion, and that other Jupiterian pursuit, gambling3. The sailing of the Mayflower to colonize the New World was financed by a lottery in England. Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth were built with funds raised by a lottery. Lotteries supplied funds to form the Revolutionary army and win American independence. Even today, some proceeds of legalized lotteries finance education. In certain states, bingo and...

Chiron Modern Find Big Question Mark

Before Chiron was discovered, humanistic astrologer Dane Rudhyar predicted that there would be a new planetary body found between Saturn and Uranus that would act like a higher Moon. Between Saturn and Uranus is exactly where Chiron was found and the Chiron chapter in this book, between the Saturn and Uranus chapters, mirrors Chiron's place in the cosmos. Chiron has a strong lunar quality, and like any good mom, Chiron mediates between Taskmaster Saturn and Rebel Uranus, attempting to make...

The Stars Are N1 1 liAME

I began writing the first edition of this book nearly thirty years ago, and now, working on a revised edition, I find myself alternately amused and embarrassed by the younger version of myself who once pontificated on nearly every page. She clearly had a lot of growing up to do yet she seemed to know all the answers. You would have thought that she single-handedly invented metaphysics, depth psychology, and feminism. Entering a new millenium, and having passed 60, I don't have nearly as many...

The Seventh House

The seventh house describes how we function in close, intimate relationships such as marriage the areas most important to Venus and to Libra, which are associated with this house. Surely, you may be thinking, this is where your theory goes wrong. It is up to the other person whether he loves me and wants to be close to me. That is indisputable yet we seem to single out people who fit our unconscious beliefs and needs, healthy or unhealthy. Some people are married repeatedly but always to...

Moon Symbolism Moon Worship and Women

The symbol for the Moon in astrology and other areas of the occult is the most recognizable of any glyph, but have you wondered why that particular phase of the moon called the waxing crescent was chosen Why not one of the other phases In her fascinating book, Women's Mysteries, Esther Harding said it was because the Moon meant growth and fertility to the ancients, and the waxing crescent was the phase at which the Moon had the most room to grow.2 In addition, the New Moon proved to be the best...

Chiron Plus and Minus

People with Chiron prominent1 in the natal chart are likely to excel at problem solving, healing (especially of the holistic variety), and doing the most healing or whole-making work of all acting as bridges between their own inner conflict and conflicts among others. Those with Chiron emphasized can truly bring spirituality down to earth, often with divine irreverence. A great example is New Age comedian, Swami Beyondananda, whose Chiron-Jupiter conjunction helps him deliver the punch line of...

How To Deal With Plutolet Go And Let Live1

One of my astrology teachers, Charles Jayne, called Pluto the planet of female sexuality. At first, I felt this was rather sexist, but upon deeper study, I agree. While both men and women give birth to things other than children, Pluto represents a feminine type of reproductive process in which you allow something new to grow within yourself, out of the substance of yourself. Like the female sexual organs, this process is internal and hidden and, like the growth of a baby within the womb,...

And the Chiron Sector

Astrologers typically decide that a planet rules a certain sign. Few planets have been more controversial than Chiron in this regard. Well-known astrologers have argued convincingly for both Virgo and Sagittarius rulership Virgo because of the healer and stickler-for-routine, schoolteacher type it would take to turn out heroes. The latter, Sagittarius, has an archer centaur as its symbol, which certainly fits. Others felt that because Chiron's perihelion (its closest point to Earth in its...

Jupiter and Saturn CoRulers of Luck and Success

I've been a fairly lucky person all my life, and once, after a run of especially good luck, I set about analyzing it.4 I felt that perhaps by understanding my luck, I could not only increase it for myself, but perhaps also teach my heretofore unconscious methods to others who haven't been so fortunate. Naturally, I thought a great deal about Jupiter, the planet traditionally associated with good luck, but I was quite surprised to discover Saturn has as much or more to do with luck as Jupiter....

Neptune and Psychic Abilities

When we begin to tap into the psychic levels of our being, perhaps under Neptune transits to our birth charts, it is a common temptation to want intensely dramatic, bigger-than-life connections to spirit guides to bolster self-esteem. I can't tell you how many people out there believe that they and they alone are channeling Princess Diana or Mother Theresa. You may very well be in contact with a spirit guide of some sort, but on the astral level, spirits can assume any form they like. We can...

Unusual Properties of the Planet Uranus

Uranus's propensity for being different from the norm becomes more apparent when we consider the physical properties of the planet Uranus itself. The book Astronomy Made Simple points out four ways that Uranus is unique.3 All four seem to me to be related to the meanings of Uranus. In the first place, Uranus is unique in that it was the first planet to be discovered with the aid of a telescope, since all of the inner planets plus Saturn are visible to the naked eye. This seems appropriate, as...

Astrology As A Tool For Selfawareness1

A NOTE TO THE NEWCOMER Welcome to the world of astrology. You will be meeting many new terms and ideas in rather intense form, and you may at times feel that your brain is being stretched. It is My editor, Charity Heller-Hogge, herself a newcomer to astrology, has tried to alert me to places in the text that might be confusing, and so hopefully the text will be as clear and simple as this incredibly complex subject can be. Though terms will be defined as we go along, you may at times forget...

Using Pluto WellA Rebirth is Possible

In this chapter, we have considered Pluto in many forms, both constructive and destructive. We have examined a few ideas on how to change the level of expression from negative to positive. As we are progressively more able to let go rather than hold on during periods of change and transformation, our experience of Pluto will seem more and more positive. In many ways, this process is the death of our old egotistical selves. Evangelical Christians say, 'Ye must be born again. This injunction...

Steps in Analyzing Aspects

Many students of astrology feel at sea when confronted with two planets in aspect. Aspects are complex, and the only way to make them understandable is to break them down into parts, analyze the parts separately, and then combine and synthesize them. First, work on understanding each of the planets separately. Think about the planet's basic nature (e.g., the connection of Mars with anger, competition, and sexuality), and how that planet is altered by its sign and house position. Mars in Virgo,...

Understanding Conflicting Parts of Ourselves through the Birth Chart

If you will recall, an aspect is an angle between two planets, and you can ask for a list of aspects with your computer printout. A major source of self-hate can be hard aspects like squares, the right angle or 90 degree aspect. We'll be discussing aspects in detail in Chapter 14, but the square,6 in particular, demands a resolution of the conflict within. All too often a bogus resolution comes about when you identify with one of the planets in the square at the expense of the other. Which side...

What We Can Learn from the Symbols for Uranus

The glyph for Uranus is rather different from the glyphs of other planets, and Uranus's placements in our chart do show our individual differences. The late astrologer Donald Bradley believed that Uranus has to do with the birth process, whereby we leave the womb and become separate individuals. Bradley felt the glyph for Uranus symbolized the birth process, for in stylized form it shows the infant, head down, passing through the birth canal. Uranus and Pluto are both connected with birth, but...

The Material Plane vs the Astral Plane

A sound footing in reality is necessary in order to deal with life on the material plane. Surely we wouldn't be here if there weren't valuable lessons for us to learn from it. The Neptunian, however, often wants to cut loose the moorings of this plane to drift and dream. This is true of the addictive personality, it is true of the schizophrenic, and it is true of the psychic or mystic as well. These three types, I maintain, are really one all intensely Neptunian, but with differences in what...

Basic Meanings of the Major Aspects

Ij- Conjunction Perhaps the strongest aspect occurs when two planets are standing next to one another within an 8-l0 range they are considered conjunct. Most often, they are in the same zodiac sign and the same house of the chart, though not always. Conjunctions powerfully modify the qualities of planets in signs, because they merge the two planets' energies to work together as a unit. Take a conjunction between Mars and Neptune in Virgo. Mars in Virgo can be a neat freak, but is hardly orderly...

The Symbol for Mars

There are very deep meanings coded into astrological glyphs, and they speak more to our subconscious than to our conscious minds if we open up and let them. While teaching astrology at the treatment center for alcoholics, I had them draw the symbol very large several times without telling them anything about Mars. Their observations were quite profound. One said it was perpetual motion outwardly directed others said it was energetic, forceful, and aggressive. You may want to try this experiment...

Right Brain Approach to Astrological Aspects3

Getting a handle on patterns that are common among people with various This section and the table of celebrities is an excerpt from my ebook, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, Volume Two Exceptional Soul Seeks Same. You can order a copy from aspects is a subject worthy of long study. As one learning aid, have a look at the table on the next page. It lists notables with particular outer planet aspects to Venus, comparing them side-by-side with other notables with related aspects4. You'll learn a...

Using Plutos Energies for Healing

The holding in pattern has so much undesirable potential that it is no wonder Pluto and Scorpio have bad reputations, yet the essence of any planet can be used for either good or bad. We choose, consciously or unconsciously, how we will use it. The greater self-awareness we gain through astrology is accompanied by greater responsibility to make the best use of each planet and sign. Nowhere is this more true than with Pluto, a planet with tremendous potential for either destruction or...

Pluto Transits Endings and Beginnings

Under a Pluto transit, suppressed feelings, even those from the very distant past, may come to the surface due to circumstances that mirror and evoke them. For instance, if you've never allowed yourself to grieve over some loss, current events under a Pluto transit may bring that grief to the surface, as fresh as when it first occurred. Or you may relive some betrayal of trust or abuse of power, even from childhood, under the spur of a difficult interaction in the present. The textbook...

Adding to What You Know about Astrology Going from Sun Signs to Moon Signs

Next to your Sun sign, the Moon in the chart is the strongest influence on who you are. In many cases, in fact, the Moon sign can be more dominant. For instance, given a fire sign Sun Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius with a Capricorn Moon, in my observation, the Capricorn Moon will outweigh the fire sign Sun. In many respects, these people often react to life's challenges more like a Capricorn driven to establish security through success. Unlike the typical fire sign Sun, they will be cautious,...

Jupiter and the Liver

In medical astrology, Jupiter rules the liver, and there is much to be said of this relationship. Just as Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, the liver is the largest organ in the body. The liver has a great many functions it helps us digest and absorb our food by secreting bile it stores and distributes excess nourishment it filters out toxic material and it helps us form and break down blood. The planet Jupiter also performs vital functions in our lives, some of which are...

Debunking Mercury Retrograde5

Pop astrology has created entirely too much hysteria about Mercury retrograde. I've had endless phone calls from clients and prospective clients hyperventilating over the fact that Mercury was about to turn retrograde. We are told to sign nothing, buy nothing, make no major purchases, and to expect cancellations, missed appointments, bank errors, and being stood up on social engagements. We are given reams of anecdotes and horror stories to back up this taboo. And yet, vast numbers of people...

The Moon and Mothering What You Give What You

Perhaps the most crucial human function described by the Moon is mothering the mothering you give and the mothering you received. We'll see that the two are nearly inseparable. A better word for this function is nurturing after all, we can also get care, food, 5 Elizabeth Davies, The Frst Sex, Penguin Books, 1972. and love from our fathers and other people. As adults, many men do take care of others friends and relatives, as well as children . This is one of the functions of the Moon in a man's...

Mercury Medicine and Mirth

One of the most common uses of the metal mercury traditionally has been in medicine. It was used in mercurochrome and other disinfectants, in certain medicinal compounds, and in dental work yet mercury and many of its compounds are poisonous as some people with mercury fillings have found out. The god Mercury, too, was connected with medicine in the eyes of the ancients. His staff, with its two curled serpents, is still used as a symbol of the medical profession. It has been said that laughter...

The Moon and Emotions

The Moon in our chart also shows our emotions and how we deal with them, as well as how we respond to the emotions of those around us. This, again, relates back to the nurturing we had as a very young child. How well our parents responded to our emotional expressions powerfully shapes what emotions we allow ourselves to feel and how we deal with them and with other people's emotions. We can learn much about the nature of a sign by considering its element6. In the case of people born with the...

Venus in Exaltation Detriment and Fall

I don't pay much attention to the traditional astrological categories of exaltation, detriment, and fall for the planets2, because these placements often seem to operate in ways contrary to those teachings. However, pondering these categories seems to clarify the nature of Venus and its proper role in our lives. Venus is in exaltation in Pisces, in fall in Virgo, and in detriment in Scorpio and Aries. 2 These terms represent a traditional method of evaluating the strength of planets in various...

Revised Edition 2005 in Ebook Format Moon Maven Publications

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Donna Cunningham, an internationally respected astrologer with over 35 years experience, is the author of 15 books on metaphysical topics. Listed in several Who's Who volumes, she has given seminars on astrology around the world and won the prestigious Regulus Award at the 1998 UAC. She also has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She uses this combined approach in her Dear Abby type column in Dell Horoscope and her ongoing series of articles in The...