Astrology: More than your Typical Horoscope

The Helix Nebula.  Photo Credit NASA, ESA, C. R. O’Dell (Vanderbilt University), M Meixner, and P. McCullough (STScI)

Astrology has certainly had its share of skeptics and non-believers—and for good reason: most people are familiar only with vague one-liner newspaper horoscopes that can apply to almost anyone. If you’ve spend any significant amount of time exploring whether the planets have an effect on your life, you’ve already discovered that there is a vast cosmic sea of details far greater than a one-liner for a sun sign can ever tell. Whether you’re a Pisces or Aries sun sign is such a teensy part of the whole universe.

Truly! When was the last time you saw a newspaper or magazine one-liner horoscope that forecasted your day based on planetary oppositions, what Chiron is sextile to, the impact of Pluto on your chart’s vertex, the fixed star conjunct your Ascendant, or how Uranus moving across your stellium in Gemini may mean renewing your Xanax prescription?

No, astrology is not a science. It’s a language. Or maybe a symphony. It’s all about patterns, just like the English language or maybe even the patterns and rules of dissonance and harmony in music.

Life happens in cycles, whether it’s the cycle of a day or a millennium. We know the sun will rise daily, moving 1 degree each day, and that the moon will complete one full cycle every 28 days. We know that a full cycle for the asteroid Chiron, symbolic of inner healing and wholeness, is compete at around 50 years, the age by which a person usually has acquired the wisdom to counsel new victims and survivors of the same wounds that, for the 50-year-old, festered for years. By age 50, most people are either too bitterly focused on old wounds to become whole or they’ve made the kind of progress that will allow them to help others heal from the same wounds they themselves have cleansed and healed.

We know that Pluto’s cycle will be the span of a human lifetime or a little longer, and as such, it represents a generation. Those becoming adults now are of the Scorpio generation, babies born during the years Pluto passed through the span of space associated with the constellation Scorpio, and the last generation to share this honor came of age during the American Revolutionary War.

Biological phases, generations, and beyond all have their own cycles and patterns of movement, and when we assign different celestial bodies to represent different patterns, we call it astrology.

I’ve personally found natal charts (birth charts) to be the most thorough predictors of personalities, far more so than Myers-Briggs and various other personality type indicators. I’ve used it to decide to meet a romantic prospect I would otherwise have rejected –and been wonderfully validated! I’ve looked at the astrological weather to have an idea of how to deal with certain situations, like whether I’d be more hard-edged and competitively focused or a softer, romantic focus and which would be better for starting a new high-energy take-no-prisoners business project or a sweet new relationship. I’ve tried my hand also at horary astrology, which is used to answer questions as a type of divination tool.

By now, you probably have a better idea of how extensive the field of astrology is. You may even be wondering where to start, try these resources, including free articles. Or search these titles in the search box above.

“Moon Rituals and Meditations: New Moon, Full Moon, and Eclipses

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“Terrifying” Uranus Venus Conjunction Experiences (Astrology Lesson Time)

The Uranus-Venus conjunction manifests as disruptive passion in your astrology chart.

Moon in Aquarius Rituals and Meditations: August 2009 (Lunar Eclipse)

The August Full Moon in Aquarius, aka the Sturgeon Moon, occurs on August 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM Central time here in the Florida Panhandle.

Total Solar Eclipse: July 2009

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July 2009 Eclipse: Saros 110

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Moon in Capricorn Rituals and Meditations: July 2009 (Lunar Eclipse)

The July Full Moon in Capricorn, aka the Buck Moon, occurs on July 7, 2009 at 4:22 PM Central time here in the Florida Panhandle.

Moon in Sagittarius Rituals and Meditations: June 2009

The June Full Moon in Sagittarius, aka the Strawberry Moon, occurs on June 7, 2009 at 1:12 PM Central time here in the Florida Panhandle.

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Eclipse Conjunction: A Pluto-Like Effect on your Planets

An Eclipse Conjunction with your personal planets or ascendant can have a Pluto-like effect on your astrology chart.

Parallel Eclipses and How They Influence your Life

Parallel Eclipses show patterns that influence your life– a look at the metonic and saros cycles.

Solar Return Fun: The Importance of Your Rising Sign for the Year

The importance of your rising sign or ascendant in your solar return chart and how it shows both the influences and romantic/contentious relationships in your life.