Uranus, Pluto, Who Invited Jupiter To The Party? And Who Said Mars Could Crash It?

April 21st, 2014

The world-changing square between Uranus and Pluto in Cardinal signs lasts from June of 2012 to March of 2015, and this month its effects are intensified by the addition of Jupiter and Mars, forming a Cardinal Grand Cross (sometimes called a Grand Square) in the sky.  This post is part of a multi-post thread exploring its meanings.  Missed the beginning of this thread?  Start here.

A true “clash of the titans” is happening in the Dreamscape.  The Great Edifice is crumbling (see parts one, two and three of this thread) and Pluto has grappling hooks and rope attached to it.  Uranus arrives in a burst of Aries fire.  

Pluto:  How dare you interrupt me?  I was busy bringing down the Great Edifice!
Uranus:  I won’t allow you to unveil corruption unless it benefits the people.  We can work together only if what we do results in a more liberated populace.
Uranus throws a line up and grapples on from a different angle.  
Pluto:  Are you telling me that you’re going to try and keep this structure up while I am trying to bring it down?
Uranus:  I am the rebel, after all.
Pluto:  I need to weed out the corruption in the system.
He digs in his heels and begins pulling.  The structure starts to topple.
Uranus:  Corruption does need to end, but I don’t agree with all your methods or your agenda.
He begins pulling too.  The structure rights itself.  Jupiter suddenly appears, in a burst of water like a water balloon exploding.
Jupiter:  Hi, everybody!
Pluto (grumpily):  Why do you always act as if we’ll naturally be glad to see you?
Uranus:  And who invited you to the party anyway?
Jupiter:  I don’t need an invitation.  I’ve stepped in to play the part of the Good Fairy and soften the blow for some people during the big changes you are causing.
Jupiter has brought more rope and a grappling hook of his own.  
Jupiter:  This Edifice may fall, but it doesn’t have to crush people.
Pluto:  Are you saying your transits are always good?  Because that’s not what I heard.
Jupiter:  Well, strictly speaking, not exactly. . .
Uranus:  Always the exaggerator!
Jupiter:  Sometimes what I do is magnify whatever’s already happening.
Uranus:  By magnify, do you mean “blow it up?”  Because I’m in Aries, and I love explosives!
Pluto:  You are such a pyromaniac when you’re in Aries.
Jupiter:  I’ve invited a friend who can help us get into agreement about what we’re doing here.  He’s an amazing negotiator.
Mars appears, with his own grappling hook in tow.  He is dressed in a tuxedo, with immaculate hair and . . . white gloves.
Pluto (sarcastically):  Well aren’t YOU looking dapper!
Mars:  Sometimes proper manners and a well-turned phrase are all the offense you need in order to win the day.
Jupiter:  Are you going to kill us with kindness, just because you’re in Libra?
Mars:  Only if I have to.  It’s my firm belief that we can find common ground and negotiate an agreement that’s good for everybody.  And I won’t stand for less.
While talking, Mars has attached his grappling hook to the Edifice and taken up his position opposite Uranus, while Jupiter stands at the fourth wall, opposite Pluto.
Mars:  Now Pluto and Uranus—you don’t easily agree, do you?
Uranus:  That’s an understatement!
Pluto:  True.  But when we do agree, things change rapidly.
Uranus:  No doubt.
Mars:  But you both want evil rooted out and replaced by good, isn’t that so?
Pluto:  Yes, of course.
Uranus:  Naturally.
Mars:  Pluto, you’d like to air the dirty laundry, yes?
Pluto:  That is my area of expertise.
Mars:  Go ahead and do that, because Uranus can help by facilitating some truth-telling on the internet.
Uranus:  I rule the internet and I’m in Aries, so that’s a no-brainer.  Ok, I can line up with that.
Pluto:  I’ve already found the weaknesses in this structure, the fault-lines where the corruption is leaking out—
Uranus:  —And I’ve placed explosives in the cracks and we’ve detonated some.
Mars:  Then you’re well on your way.  Jupiter, how about if you put out some safety nets to catch the people who are sincerely well-intended?
Jupiter:  —You mean the casualties caught in the crossfire, the innocents?
Mars:  Yes exactly.  They need to be protected.
Jupiter:  And they need to be rewarded for using their intuition and getting out of a failing situation in time to save themselves.
Jupiter waves his hand and an elaborate structure of nets and inflatable landing pads appears around the Edifice.  He then reassumes his station at his side of the Edifice, with his rope in hand.
Mars:  Then I’ll just get in position here at my side, with my rope and grapple.  (He does so.)  I’m going to trigger a lot of angry conversations among people involved in this.  Some people are going to have to wake up.  Others will need to back down.  I’m going to fight for peace and equality.
Pluto:  All right then, everyone’s in position?
They all nod.
Pluto:  Here we go!
As each deity pulls, the Edifice begins to crumble and break apart.  Its bright-red interior glows through cracks in its deep, glossy black exterior.  Inside, the faces of human beings can be seen.  Windows in the surface of the Edifice open and people begin jumping out of them.  Some land safely in Jupiter’s nets or on his inflatable pads.  Others hit the ground with a splat and die instantly.  Each person that lands safely is greeted by Jupiter.
Jupiter:  Congratulations, you used your intuition.  You’re safe now.
A small, dazed group of Human Beings is gathering off to the side of the Great Edifice, which is now not so great.  What will be their fate?  Watch for the next post in this series to find out.

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If a planet in your chart is being transited
by these two change-makers,

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How Does Taurus Love?

April 10th, 2014

Taurus heart 2Do you love a Taurean?
Are you a Taurean in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Taurus in your chart (or Ceres, its ruling planet) will result in distinctly Taurean experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Taurus OR if you have Venus or Juno in Taurus, this article is just for you.

Are you a Taurus in love?
Taurus, you are a sensualist.  This can make you a great lover—but you must beware of excess.  Fact is, your body is the center of your world and it’s important to maintain it in a good way by enjoying life, but not too much.  The more comfortable you are in your own skin, the better your chances of getting close to someone else’s.  Once you do, it’s important to choose someone who is capable of respecting and valuing you. . .  and your stuff.  Because, let’s face it—money is important to you, and the things you buy with it can feel like an extension of your very self.  When you marry, you’ll be reluctant to share unless your partner really understands this.

How to manage your relationships as a Taurus. . .
You’ve probably figured out that you’re not the shiniest one in the box.  That’s fine because what you bring is real and enduring and anyone who can’t appreciate that should look elsewhere.  You also bring zero drama but you tend to attract drama because you so easily step into the role of “rock others can cling to.”  The dramatic people who come around can only push your patience so far, however.  It’s a good idea, no—a GREAT idea to warn them when you are getting close to the edge of your tolerance, because once that line is crossed and you’ve had it, you’ve really had it and there’s likely no going back.

Do you love a Taurus?
Got an adorable, snuggly Taurean in your armchair or your bed?  Your Taurean beloved is dependable, but don’t for a minute allow yourself to take him for granted, or you might wake up one day and discover him gone for good.  Small doses of appreciation are not hard to give and if you do so on a daily basis, your Taurus will be a most content and happy fixture of your life together.  Frankly, he’d rather stay than go.  Small indulgences (his favorite chocolate in his underwear drawer) and regular loving touch (a lingering snuggle before getting out of bed) go a long way with your Sensualist and will keep him by the hearth for years to come.

If you have Venus or Juno in Taurus in your chart, the chances of you dating Taureans is very high. How to handle the Taurus you love. . .

  • Share not only your money with her, but also the management of it.  This is stuff she needs to learn (if she doesn’t know it already) and she’s likely to show financial aptitude.
  • Ask your Taurean what he values and really listen to what he says about it.
  • Don’t push your Taurean too far.  She might break.  Really.  Then you’re never getting her back.
  • Refrain from comments about her weight.  Believe me, she’s noticed.  Also, praise every bit of progress towards any weight-loss goals she’s expressly mentioned to you.  Keep it positive and let her be the one to bring it up.  Love her body no matter the size.
  • Encourage your Taurean to jettison the dramatic friends that drink too much and never seem to get their life together, while valuing the loyalty that keeps him connected to them.
  • Remember that your Taurean, although he looks like a pillar of strength, will need to lean on you sometimes—so when you see that he’s tiring, offer your love and support before it’s asked.

How to find out more:

In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Taurus that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being a Taurus in Love or loving a Taurus, join my free teleclass on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Taurus In Love and there will be discounts available too!

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One Sign’s Trash is Another Sign’s Treasure

April 2nd, 2014

If you want to find the trash and the treasure in the zodiac, all you have to do is count by eights.  Each sign looks 8 signs forward to the sign it treasures.  Each sign also looks 8 signs behind itself to the sign it regards as its own trash.  Each sign finds its treasure sign alluring, mysterious and impenetrable.  Each sign has little respect for its trash sign, which is the sign that worships it.  Check the diagram to see what I mean.

zodiac signs in quincunxFind Your Treasure and Trash
Begin with the sign you’re counting from, then go counterclockwise and follow the arrows.  Aries treasure?  That’s Scorpio.  But Aries trash?  That’s Virgo.  So the red Aries arrow points to Scorpio (which is 8 signs away if you start your count with Aries), while the Virgo green arrow points to Aries (8 signs away if you are counting from Virgo).

Here’s how the path runs:  Aries trashes Virgo, which treasures Aries.  Virgo trashes Aquarius, which treasures Virgo.  Aquarius trashes Cancer, which treasures Aquarius.  Cancer trashes Sagittarius, which treasures Cancer.  Sagittarius trashes Taurus, which treasures Sagittarius.  Taurus trashes Libra, which treasures Taurus.  Libra trashes Pisces, which treasures Libra.  Pisces trashes Leo, which treasures Pisces.  Leo trashes Capricorn, which treasures Leo.  Capricorn trashes Gemini, which treasures Capricorn.  Gemini trashes Scorpio, which treasures Gemini.  Scorpio trashes Aries, which treasures Scorpio.

Treasure and Trash, by sign:
Aries is fascinated with Scorpionic depth and power, but can get burned by it, because Scorpio finds Aries’ directness and honesty very easy to manipulate.  Scorpio has no respect for Aries’ courage, because Scorpio feels Aries is too simple.  Virgo is thrilled by Aries because Aries moves fast and gets a lot done.  That kind of efficiency is exciting to Virgo.  But Virgo is meticulous and worries too much, which Aries can’t respect.  Aries moves on to more interesting pastures, leaving Virgo in the dust.  What sign treasures Virgo?  That would be Aquarius, sign of science, which venerates cold, Virgoan logic and attention to detail.  But Aquarius can’t get any respect from Virgo, who thinks Aquarian thinking is undisciplined and too detached to be truly useful.  Aquarius is beloved by Cancer, sign of family, which views Aquarian community and humanitarianism as a social extension of family.  But Aquarius thinks Cancer’s family-centered lifestyle is too preferential and insular, because everyone deserves, don’t they?  Cancer views Sagittarius with scorn, because good old Sag is always in motion and can’t stick around long enough to really connect.  Sag worships Cancer’s sense of place because “the end of every Sag journey is to return home (Cancer) and recognize the place for the first time.”  Sagittarius is venerated by Taurus, which is blown away by the sheer fertility of Sagittarian creativity and the proliferation of ideas that abundantly flow from Sag.  Sag doesn’t give a fig for Taurus, that slow, stodgy, stubborn, provincial stick-in-the-mud.  The sign that does worship Taurus is Libra, who can’t believe the way Taurus seems to remain centered in the midst of whatever chaos life might bring (Taurus is accustomed to being opposite Scorpio—that’s how you get that kind of centering!).  Taurus looks down on Libra, because Libra perpetually waffles, can’t make decisions and pretends to be all about balance while swinging wildly from one extreme to another.  Libra is adored by Pisces, the spiritual side of all of us that is drawn to beauty as a metaphor for spiritual truth.  For Pisces, Libran beauty has a truly compelling nature, speaking to the ideal.  But Libra ignores wallflower Pisces or takes advantage of her, then throws her away.  Leo has the sense to see the value in Pisces.  Like a lion trying to catch a fish, but also trying to avoid the water, Leo is captivated by the glamour of illusion that Pisces weaves all around her and can quickly find himself out of his depth.  Who worships Leo?  Capricorn, naturally, who works hard to gain a leadership position, while Leo simply assumes the throne—how does Leo do that, anyway?  Leo scorns Cap’s hardworking nature and finds Capricorn unglamorous (too true).  Capricorn finds favor in Gemini eyes, however, and that’s because Gemini senses that all of his beloved information, facts and data are nothing compared to Cap’s wisdom.  And who worships silly, flighty Gemini?  None other than Scorpio.  Gemini is the Fatal Attractor’s own fatal attraction, by virtue of being the butterfly even Scorpio (the Great Seducer) can’t pin down.

And there you have it.  A romp around the zodiac by way of treasure and trash.

What’s in it for you?
Take a look at the sign listed here that you trash. If you’ve ever been told (in an astrology sun-sign book or online horoscope) not to date people of that sign, this article should tell you why: because you might find it easy to seduce them, but you will lose respect for them over time. ESPECIALLY if their birthdate falls within a week of yours  (but in their own birth month, obviously).

Now take a look at the sign you treasure.  Aren’t you a little bit (or maybe, if we’re truth-telling here, a LOT) susceptible to that sign?  Isn’t it like a moth to the flame?  Can they wind you around their little finger, then leave you wondering what really happened there?  Hmm, maybe you should avoid that scene.

Now what?
Hope you had as much fun reading this post as I did writing it!  And if you’ve just found (to your dismay) that you’re in a relationship with someone entirely unsuitable, don’t panic.  Instead, contact me and get a reading about it.  I have no doubt you are with who you are with for a reason, and your Sun signs are not the whole picture of how you relate.  Not by a long shot.

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Mars Retrograde in Libra: The Deadly Diplomat

March 30th, 2014

Mars warrior with symbolThe Warrior in the Sign of Grace–Wha? 
Mars is spending about 12 weeks retrograde this year (from March 1 to May 19, 2014) and is traveling through Libra.  This is an uncomfortable sign position for Mars.  Mars is the Hero, the Warrior, the Pioneer, the Athlete, while Libra is concerned with beauty, grace, fairness, tact and diplomacy.  Thus Mars in Libra is the expert negotiator, the verbal sparring partner who pushes every point, the ultimate litigator.  It’s hard for Mars to do his usual job in Libra—he’s supposed to fight, to guard the perimeter, to be aggressive, and all these things are exactly what Libra hates most.  Mars in Libra will do everything to avoid a fight, and will try other tactics first, such as persuasion, charm, even seduction, before resorting to fighting.  Even then, fighting takes a verbal form and Mars wishes to come out smelling like a rose.  When it comes down to physical fighting, Mars would rather retreat until the battle can be joined on a more intellectual field.

Iron Peeps of the Past
Not that I’m saying Mars in Libra is a slouch in the battle department—far from it.  Some famous Mars-in-Libra individuals of the past include Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady,” well known for her stubborn, uncompromising negotiating style and Winston Churchill, whose use of the phrase “Iron Curtain” (in his “Sinews of Peace” speech) led to this phrase’s common use throughout the Cold War and up to today.  It’s no coincidence that both these phrases contain iron and refer to martial strength.

But there’s something Mars in Libra hates more than fighting, and that’s injustice.  In defense of the weak, the disenfranchised, the unfairly accused, this Mars rears up and brings all the fierceness he’s got.

Returning to Old Battles
When Mars is retrograde, we’re invited to go back and fight old battles, with the hope that a new resolution will come.  Those who habitually avoid asserting themselves can relearn to fight, and restore balance to their lives.  Habitual aggressors may meet with more resistance than usual—and those who evade rather than defend may find themselves uncharacteristically fighting back.  Some of us may be pushed against the wall, forced to fight when we don’t want to, but seeing that if we don’t draw a line, someone who really needs help may go undefended.

Mars wants to know:
Where’s your battleground?
Can you resolve an old battle once and for all?
Can you learn to fight effectively, but in a more gracious way?
Can you engage in fair fighting?

Mars is asking all these questions while he goes retrograde from March 1st, 2014 to May 19th, 2014.  What are your answers?

Is Mars bugging you?
If you want to find out how this tricky transit affects you,
contact Jamie about a reading.

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A Season of Retrogrades

March 1st, 2014

Whew—I don’t know about you, but for me, this year’s season of multiple-retrogrades-in-a-row is absolutely relentless! Venus retrograde followed by Mercury retrograde—and look out people, because Mars retrograde is just about to begin and that’s the longest one of all. It’s thrown me off balance so hard that I haven’t been able to even take a break from the flack long enough to write about it much. That’s the challenge with being an astrological writer—I can predict the transits by the book, but I don’t really know what they’re like until I experience them, and then they may hit me so hard that I lose perspective for the duration. Which is a shame because writing about them can get me back on top of it all. And isn’t that the nature of life here on Earth anyway?

So I’m picking myself up and writing about this while we’re all still “in the trenches” and there’s still time to understand it as it’s happening.

Let me lay it all out on the table before you:
Venus Retrograde ran from December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014 (I began this as-yet-unfinished post-thread about it then.)
We all drew a breath when that ended, then . . .
Mercury Retrograde ran from February 6 to February 28, 2014 (i.e. yesterday)
No time for a breath now because . . .
Mars Retrograde begins TODAY at 8:24 am Pacific time (in just a few hours) and runs till May 19. Yup, that’s about 3 months, which is totally normal for Mars Retrograde.

Sigh.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t view astrology fatalistically. The future is not carved in stone. Instead I take a positive approach and look for ways to make use of any given event (or piece of character) and turn it into a win. So that’s what I’ll be doing with Mars Retrograde. But before that, I’m just pausing for a moment to really feel the weight of several retrograde periods in a row and girding my loins for the possible battles ahead.

While Mars is retrograde, it will be traveling through Libra, sign of beauty, harmony, design, symmetry, diplomacy, negotiations, relationship, fairness, balance and the law. It also happens to be the sign Mars least likes to be in (which we call Mars’ sign of detriment).  Librans may be feeling more combative than usual during this time.

Strap yourselves in, folks. It could be a bumpy ride. Get your armor on and sharpen your sword. Get yourself to the negotiating table because it’s time for some serious diplomacy—with a bite behind it.

I’d love to hear your experience with this extraordinary season of retrogrades. Tell me about it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pandoraastrology

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How Does Aquarius Love?

January 22nd, 2014

Do you love an Aquarian?
Are you an Aquarian in love?

Aquarius heart 3Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Aquarius in your chart (or Uranus, its ruling planet) will result in distinctly Aquarian experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Aquarius OR if you have Venus or Juno in Aquarius, this article is just for you.

Are you an Aquarius in love?
As an Aquarius you are a true humanitarian.  This is a double-edged sword, because you love everybody a little, so it’s hard to love one person a lot.  Trying to concentrate your affections on just one person feels like cheating all the other deserving people in your life and it seems tantamount to cutting off your friendships (something you’d never do).  This habit of spreading yourself around will earn you many friends and quite a few frustrated lovers who want to be special to you and don’t quite feel that they get their due.  They may even call you superficial.

How to manage your relationships as an Aquarius. . .
Fact is, you march to your own drummer.  Over your dating history, from the series of bumps and bruises you’ve experienced, you’ve developed an ideology about what love is and how it should be expressed.  This ideology is hard-won and you’re probably attached to it.  The thing is, your ideology may not match the assumptions your lover came into the relationship with.  You’ll question your partner’s assumptions and rattle their cage.  If your partner has Venus or Juno in Aquarius, this may be exactly what they signed up for.  If not, they’d best run for the hills.

Do you love an Aquarius?
Have you noticed that your Aquarian beloved has a tendency to spread himself around?  It’s hard to feel that you are special when your partner’s affection for you seems to be on a par with his affection for his mom, his neighbor and his neighbor’s dog.  Your Aquarian, whether male or female, may be uncomfortable with public displays of affection and while their coolness may hurt your ego, it’s not necessarily a statement of how much they really love you.

And here’s another thing:  for your Aquarian, relationships may always diverge from the pedestrian norm—and that may be exactly as she wants it.  She likes to do things differently and even to experiment, so when accused of being downright weird, it doesn’t hurt her feelings—it just brings a cute smile to her lips.  Infuriating?  Yes.  Adorable?  Also yes.

How to handle the Aquarius you love. . .
•    Remember that your Aquarian needs freedom.
•    Love your Aquarian’s quirks.  They are what make her herself.
•    When your Aquarian reacts in a rebellious way, he is probably feeling trapped.  Back off and give him room to breathe.  His rational side will once again assert itself.
•    Resist the urge to use reverse psychology to get agreement from your Aquarian.  That button might break in the “on” position from using it too much.
•    Encourage your Aquarian to love more deeply and sustainedly, but don’t press him beyond his comfort zone.  That’s his job.
•    Remember that your Aquarian values friendship above all, and if she calls you her best friend, that’s the highest compliment in her lexicon.

How to find out more:
In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Aquarius that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being an Aquarius in Love or loving an Aquarius, join my free teleclass on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 6:15pm PT/9:15pm ET.  There I’ll be saying much, much more about Aquarius In Love and there will be discounts available too!

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Edgar Cayce’s Life and Astrology

January 16th, 2014

by Pandora Astrology intern Melanie Rose

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), one of the world’s best known psychics, was also a medium and a channel. He was called the “Sleeping Prophet” because he worked while in a dream sleep state and while in that state he channeled answers to questions regarding health, illness, astrology, war, reincarnation, future events and the lost city of Atlantis. Clearly, he was able to delve into the unseen world with ease, so I wanted to see if his astrological chart reflected those abilities.

Edgar Cayce natal chart Circled

Our friendly psychic Edgar Cayce was born on March 18, 1877 at 3:20 PM in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. This gives him the mystical, intuitive and compassionate Pisces Sun Sign. Cayce was so compassionate that he was reluctant to charge the public for his trance healing readings. However, hypnotist Al Layne, whom he worked with, repeatedly suggested for him to do so.  Still, Cayce continued to do readings for free for years. Even after Cayce’s fame grew he humbly asked for voluntary donations to support him and his family so he could practice full-time.

Pisces Sun in the 8th House:

Cayce’s Pisces Sun is located in the 8th House (which is the house of Pluto and Scorpio) and some of its major themes are the occult, hidden mysteries, intuition, healing, transformation, psychology and death. Edgar Cayce not only had strong intuition but incredible abilities to heal and had a natural knack for psychology and the occult. He communicated with thousands of spirits who had passed on to the other side from physical death. While doing so, he helped families with their bereavement and grief.  He also revealed many hidden mysteries throughout his life, many of which concerned near-death experiences. It seems he fulfilled his 8th House Sun quite accurately.

Taurus Moon in the 9th House:

Let’s move onto his Moon, which is in Taurus. This gives him a strong will, stable emotions, steadiness and a strong connection with the physical world and his senses. His Taurus Moon is located in the 9th House (which is the house of Jupiter and Sagittarius) and some of its major themes are higher learning, philosophy, religion, universal consciousness and long-distance travel. Interestingly enough, religion played a very large part in Cayce’s earlier life. He grew up as a member of the Christian church and taught Sunday school for years. Because of this affiliation with the church he agonized over whether his psychic abilities and teachings were spiritually legitimate.

In addition, much of his work dealt with issues rooted in the universal consciousness, such as past civilizations, evolution of man, reincarnation, as well as thousands of accurate predictions of future events. Through the principles of astrology, Cayce revealed that each solar system in the universe is like a university, a place for higher learning. Perhaps this is a reflection of his Moon in the 9th House deriving a sense of home from education. Oddly enough, Cayce had many insights into the universe regarding evolution and learning, yet he himself only had an 8th grade education because his family could not afford the costs involved.

Leo Ascendant:

Last, we have Cayce’s Ascendant in the noble sign of Leo. An Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. It is how we respond to the environment around us. Leo Rising typically gives someone a regal, self aware, generous, warm, optimistic, bold and extroverted character. This differs greatly from his Pisces Sun which is somewhat withdrawn and introverted. When we combine his Leo ascendant and his Sun in Pisces, we see that the Pisces Sun possibly watered down his fiery Leo Ascendant a bit, however, the Leo Ascendant may have helped him get out into the public and have the confidence and charm to share his messages and gifts with the world. Cayce became very successful and attained a great amount of fame from giving an astonishing 22,000 readings during 43 years of work! I’m sure he loved being appreciated (Leo) and was also very giving and generous (Leo) of his services and time (Pisces).

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Keys to Human Temperament: The Elements, Qualities and Signature Sign

January 11th, 2014

If you want to really understand people, you have to understand temperament.  Understanding temperament means understanding the building blocks of personality we are all made up of.  And that would be the four elements and the three qualities.

Knowing a person’s strongest element (Fire, Earth, Air or Water) can have you really “get” them and once you know how the people in your life work, you can predict how they’ll respond to things around them and what they’ll prioritize according to their values.  Then you can trust them to be who they are and you can relax in your relationships.  Knowing a person’s strongest quality (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable) can make it easy to synergize with them in a team effort.  Their quality tells you their style of action and how they can be more effective in projects whether at work or at home.

A person’s signature sign is the combination of their strengths—their strongest quality and strongest element—and it’s just as important and significant a part of who they are as their Sun, Moon and Rising signs are.  Sometimes more significant.  The only reason most people know their Sun sign is that it’s easy to figure out.  The only reason most people don’t know their signature sign is that it needs to be figured out by an astrologer.  But this is not really hard to learn how to do and it can improve your relationships with everyone in your life.  And this is something I teach in the first session of my Chart Analysis Techniques class coming up in February.

People come to me asking about their relationships a lot and in my 20+ years of practice as an astrologer, I’ve learned that these questions aren’t always about romance or marriage.  People care about how they relate with everybody in their life—spouse, parents, children, co-workers and friends.  And the elements and qualities have a lot of answers, including:
•    what kinds of people are easiest for you to get along with
•    how do you spot those people? how does it feel to be around them?
•    what kinds of people are you drawn to and why?
•    how do you, by “filling in your missing place,” unintentionally end up drawing the very people it’s hardest for you to get along with?
•    how can you (with a little positive attention) figure out how to get along with them anyway?
•    what’s your operational style and how can you use it to be more effective in all your projects (both at work and at home)?
•    how does your operational style impact your co-workers?
•    how can you work with people who are different from you—with a sense of respect for their styles?
•    how can you get the best work out of people you manage (by knowing their styles) and feel most appreciated by those who manage you?
•    and how can you, by living in the way that’s best for your signature sign, access a deep sense of purpose and meaning in your life?

All this is incredibly useful stuff that a client can recognize in themselves and put to use right away.  I consider the signature important enough to include it in almost every reading I do and it’s usually the first thing I interpret.

Describing the elements and qualities first thing in a client’s first session serves several purposes at once.  First, it gives them golden information and insights about how to optimize their personality traits for both effectiveness and happiness. Secondly, it gives the client ways to organize things they already know about human nature into comprehensible personality traits they recognize in the people around them—and thus affects all those relationships in a good way.  So it gives them a modular personality-type system they can see at work in their life—without ever having to consult an astrologer again if they don’t want to (because I believe in teaching the client to fish, rather than spoon-feeding them fish).

Thirdly, it establishes rapport between me and the client, as the client begins to feel “gotten” and “seen” and even validated in ways that really matter.  Fourthly, it lays the foundation for our continued conversation about the client’s chart as we venture forward into further details of their personality.  Having our shared understanding of the elements and qualities to refer back to allows us to have useful conversations about anything in the chart in a short amount of time, so we can cover more ground faster.

More about the four elements in the next post. . .

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Welcome to Relationship Clarity Day!

January 10th, 2014

A Relationship ‘Aha!’ Moment
Venus is retrograde this month, something that happens about every year and a half.  This time her backwards journey is happening in Capricorn and today she conjuncts the Sun.  In past posts I’ve called this “Relationship Epiphany Day” but now I’m dubbing it “Relationship Clarity Day.”  Relationship Clarity Day is a day of insight and clarity about your relationship.  If your relationship has been undergoing reexamination during this retrograde period (December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014), then today negotiations are at hand, and the stakes are high.  The results can be very good:  a restoration, a renewal, even a rejuvenation of the love that was once there—if you follow Venus’ instructions.

Venus in Capricorn—what are her desires?
Venus in Capricorn thrives from shared goals.  When two partners are working together towards a long-term end, it’s like glue for their relationship.

Venus in Capricorn appreciates structure.  She likes to know what the rules are and to know that both partners are following them.  This allows her to relax and soften into the relationship.

Venus in Capricorn desires a love-bond between two autonomous entities.  Does that sound cold?  It might, because Capricorn (Cardinal Earth) is pragmatic to a fault.  But this Venus gets turned on by mutual respect.

Venus in Capricorn wants wealth, status, bling and power.  She’s got a stamp on her forehead that says, “Expensive, but worth it.”  But underneath all this she really wants what Venus always wants:  pure, passionate desire, a true bond and romantic attention.  She wants to be valued.  After all, to the Greeks, Venus Aphrodite was known as the Golden Goddess.  Naturally, she wants gold and she wants to be golden.  More about that in an upcoming post.

How To Handle It
While Venus is in Capricorn you might well ask yourself, “where do you truly place value in the relationship?  What is really important?”  Enter into negotiations about the rules of the relationship.  Plan ahead—what can you accomplish together?  And more than this—plan to work on the relationship itself, and let your partner know that they are worth their weight in gold.

Worked for, love IS gold.  Venus in Capricorn teaches that love is work and that love, when worked for, is more valuable than love that came without effort.

Begin this post-thread about 2013’s Venus Retrograde in Capricorn at the beginning: Love vs. Gold.  And watch for more posts in the next few weeks.

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Atalanta the Swift, Defeated by a Golden Apple

December 31st, 2013

Apple of DiscordThe Apple
The apple is often used in literature as a symbol of forbidden knowledge, temptation and transgression, “forbidden fruit,” and by extension a symbol of love, sexuality and indulgence.  Think of the Biblical Eve, tempted by the apples of the tree of life.  Apples are also mentioned in a sexual context in the Song of Solomon.  Examples of apple symbolism abound in Greek mythology, including the golden apples of the Garden of Hesperides (which Hercules had to fetch as one of his labors).  A poisoned apple even appears in the fairy tale of Snow White.

Venus in Capricorn
The symbol of the golden apple is apt for a blogpost about Venus in Capricorn.  Venus is the goddess of love and beauty.  All things sensual and indulgent are in her domain.  In Cardinal, Earthy Capricorn, Venus likes to be focused and on-track.  With this kind of focus, temptation doesn’t occur much, but a golden apple is the very thing that might distract her and make her “sin,” i.e. “miss the mark.”

Venus in Capricorn is acquisitive, a wealth-builder and a maker of power matches.  In Capricorn, Venus is very aware of status.  The ultimate “First Lady,” this Venus craves recognition and loves to put her ambition to good use to benefit her partner and herself.  With Venus in Capricorn on his arm, a man can climb to any heights.  To this Venus, the ultimate temptation is the Golden Apple of a wealthy partner, a rich marriage, and a life of ease where hard work is not necessary.

But is that what will truly satisfy Venus in Capricorn?

Deep down, what Venus in Capricorn really desires is a partnership with shared goals—goals for each partner and goals for the relationship.  This Venus has ambitions of her own, and putting those aside to support her partner’s career can prove just a distraction from the hard work of pursuing her own aspirations.  Venus in Capricorn needs to know that both partners are building and achieving and that they are doing it together—that’s what turns her on.  And at the end of every rainbow of achievement, this Venus hopes that deeper commitment and love are in that pot of gold.

So while Venus travels retrograde in Capricorn, we need to ask ourselves the deeper questions:  Do I love my partner or his status?  What are my goals for the relationship?  Am I tempted by worldly, materialistic bling or is my love deeper than that?  Are we building love or money–and can we somehow build both?

Atalanta by Guido ReniThe Story: Atalanta the Swift
In Greek mythology, Atalanta was not a typical female.  She was an athlete with prowess to rival (and exceed) that of many men.  She was rejected as an infant because she was a girl, and left in the woods to die.  There she was raised by bears and learned to hunt.  She was strong and swift and eventually was reclaimed by her father as if she was a boy.  He then tried to get her married (because that was just what you did with your daughter).  She couldn’t refuse, but she could make it more difficult, so she set a trial for her suitors.  Whoever could beat her in a footrace would become her husband; whoever failed, she beheaded.  There were many takers and the heads rolled.  Finally, one man (who genuinely loved her) named Hippomenes (sometimes called Melanion) had the bright idea to petition Aphrodite for a solution.  Aphrodite gave him three golden apples and told him how to use them.

The day of the race came.  Hippomenes raced Atalanta and dropped one of the apples along the way.  She, confident in her assured victory, stopped to pick it up.  Further along, he dropped another apple.  Still sure she could make up the time, Atalanta stopped to pick it up.  And then finally, Hippomenes dropped the third apple when almost at the finish—Atalanta stopped for it and thus lost the race.  She had to marry Hippomenes but fortunately was very happy with him.

What it Means:
Atalanta was a lot like a modern career woman—happy in her independence and confident in her abilities. She was going places.  She had finally gotten in good with her father.  She was on a great track and was even able to set the terms for her own marriage (unheard of in that day) and if she’d been allowed to persist, would probably have been able to evade marriage altogether.  But she was overconfident in her abilities and thought she could afford to break her stride.  And she got distracted.  By what?  A shiny golden apple.  Bling.  Temptation.

Is this a good thing?  It depends on what you want.  Atalanta chose the golden apple and ended up with love.  But she lost her independence.  Modern women don’t want to choose between love and independence and fortunately, marriage no longer makes a woman her husband’s property.  I think the deeper question here is, should relationship stop you from the pursuit of your own excellence?  And if it does, how can the relationship adjust to allow both partners to pursue their achievements, instead of turning the woman’s energy towards the man’s accomplishments?  And further still,  does pursuit of excellence have to mean being so strong that you can’t soften for your relationship?

Venus in Capricorn can be distracted by the Golden Apple of becoming a powerful man’s First Lady.  Adorning his arm, schmoozing on his behalf and managing his social calendar can look much easier than following her own ambitions.  But her own ambitions will not stop calling her until she follows them.  Find the balance, because at the end of day—or at the end of life, really—you need to know that you did what you came here to do.  And that you didn’t give it up for love, nor did you give up love to do it.

This  2-post begins here:  Love vs. Gold

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