I’ve gotten several requests for how to figure different issues out in terms of astrology such as: when the best time to start a business is and just general information about how to use astrology to help with people’s personal lives.
Astrology is a complex art and it would be difficult for me, even impossible for me to detail the best time to start a business or how to fully interpret a chart in a few posts but I do plan on giving some tips and also I highly recommend this series of books authored by Marion March and Joan McEvers which break down the basics of astrology allowing each individual to put it together in a way that makes sense for them. Here are links to each of the books in the series:
The Only Way to Learn Astrology, Volume 1, Second Edition
The Only Way to Learn Astrology, Vol. 2: Math & Interpretation Techniques
The Only Way to Learn Astrology: Horoscope Analysis Vol. 3
Only Way to Learn About Tomorrow
The Only Way to Learn About Relationships, Vol. 5: Synastry Techniques
The Only Way to Learn about Horary and Electional Astrology, Vol. 6
I started off as a psychic (professionally) and was born with that ability, have always had dreams that came true, knowings, visions, etc. In my teen years when my ability got to be too much for me to handle I tried to turn it off only to find it come back times 100 when I moved out on my own. I was overwhelmed and began studying methods so I could control the ability rather than it controlling me. I learned to read the tarot, and pretty much every form of divination. Studied with a number of old time occultists and learned many tricks on how to stop and start the ability at will, how to psychically protect myself and how to focus the ability so that it could be used in almost any situation. It wasn’t until I was working in my early 20s as a professional psychic that I met many astrologers who started teaching me the art. I did not learn from this set of books, but from other astrologers who all recommended these books once they came out (however by then I already had my system down) and also from earlier books that were more esoteric and not as well organized as this series is.
It certainly helps a person’s work as an astrologer if they have psychic ability although it is not required to do a good job. And actually astrology is a tool that can be used by everyone to help see them through difficult times by explaining the lessons to be learned and by the gift of knowing the situation a person is in at that time is not permanent but temporal. It also can give clarity when we are lost, and give a person a place to direct their energy.
We are all born with different talents and abilities. It’s always been my theory that we all have some gift given to us, something we are brilliant at, which if tapped into, will not only provide for us financially, but add to the greater collective good, if we use it. However, most people don’t use their true gift because they are encouraged to become this or that by their parents who are often trying to be practical, and have the best intentions by doing so. Often however people are encouraged to go into fields which may pay well at the time they go into them, but they find that not only are they miserable in their job/career the path they have chosen but as time marches on their forced profession becomes antiquated and less and less practical.
Here’s the thing, if we follow our gifts we are rewarded. If we try to be too logical and do what will pay the most we end up chasing a dollar, and as we’ve seen it doesn’t lead to anymore stability than following our natural gift. This is one of the great gifts of astrology, it enables us to be clear about where to direct our energy and what our true gifts are as well as when the timing in our life will come together with our goals.
I was talking to a musician the other day, he and his wife (who is a writer) both felt when they made their choices at an early age to follow their dreams they were being crazy, foolish and impractical. This is how their families made them feel. He was encouraged to go into a trade and make a good honest living. Well, as he could see 20 years later, he had actually carved a niche for himself and was just as stable as a guy who became a plumber. Actually more stable than someone who took up a trade at least at this juncture in time. He made the point that he felt bad for those people who had abandoned their dreams only to find themselves out of a job now as well as unhappy in their career choice. They often thought they were making a sacrifice to have stability and family taking up what they thought was practical only to have it snatched away from them. (This is an issue I will go into in my next post.)
When my father was born in 1914 (crazy, huh, he was 24 years older than my mother) being a mechanical engineer was the highest paying gig there was. Of course his mother who was very worried about money and status, forced him into that profession. He died in 1977 and even by that time all the big sky scrappers had pretty much been built along with the subway systems in major cities (of which he engineered many in Chicago when he was younger). So by the end of his career he was doing industrial buildings, and had his own construction business which wasn’t very stable. We had wildly varying income flow when I was growing up and of course when he died, it was just all around bad , but you see my point.
What may seem very stable at one point in time can collapse, to be replaced by something else. At this point in our history as Americans we export very few products overseas, mostly we export our culture which is art, music, film, TV. We don’t make many things anymore.
40 years ago when my grandmother worked at US Steel in Gary, Indiana if you would have told someone America would be producing almost nothing they would have thought you were a crazy person. “But America is known for making the best products in the world. We are known for our great craftsmanship, and innovation.” Well, now that would be Japan for autos and everything else is made in what used to be an industrial joke, China.
Back to astrology again. The thing about it is every planet rules different professions, industries and they can be very diverse. For example: Neptune rules music, film, photography, oil, fisherman, drunks, drug addicts, psychics, spirituality, gurus, spiritual products and anything to do with the sea, so boats, boat making etc. Now depending on what house Neptune falls (as each house has a meaning) and what sign we can narrow down how Neptune will act in a person’s chart. This along with aspects the planets make to each other and a weighting system, a lot can be told. But still there are many permutations of each planet and each house, even how aspects work. This is where intuition comes in handy, or if one is a more left brained full blown astrologer some strictures and systems that an astrologer develops over time as their personal guide.
To make things more complicated there are numerous types of house systems based on different theories. I use the old stand by Placidus, but many people prefer Koch, or any variety of dozens of different ways to break the heavens down. And to even further complicate things there are 2 entirely different types of astrology, Western/Tropical and Vedic/Sidereal. Tropical uses the ancient placement of the heavens and Sidereal the actual placement. As the poles have shifted (they are always on the move and go completely through a constellation over a period of about 2000 years — we entered the Piscean age around the time of Christ and are now getting close to the Aquarian age) the placement of the stars within the constellations shifts. Currently, the two systems are off by about 24 degrees. So unless a person is born at the end of a sign, such as a Capricorn born on January 20th, then that person would sidereally be a Sagittarius.
There is good news though for anyone interested in studying the ancient art of astrology, as long as a person commits to a system it seems to work. It doesn’t seem to matter which system, somehow there is enough repetition and synchronicity in the stars for all of the different permutations of astrology to work. Astrologers generally arrive at the same conclusions no matter what system they use. I suppose it’s like the old adage all roads lead to the same mountain peak. Or to be more contemporary, astrology is fractal, a microcosm of the macrocosm, and when examining a chart the system a person uses, decodes the chart according to the strictures of that system.
I have found that for westerners the western systems works best as the eastern/vedic type of astrology has a tendency to be more fatalistic which is appropriate in countries and cultures where people have arranged marriages, or are tracked in certain ways and given less freedom to pursue themselves than in western cultures. I would imagine for those who are born and live in those cultures it would be best to stick with the astrology of that culture as it would be most accurate to the environment.
So over the next couple of weeks I’ll try and give some basic break downs of how astrology works, and how people can interpret their own charts, and even perhaps find the best time to buy cars, set up business, etc. I will use the charts of some of the people who have written me via e-mail without of course using their names so they can remain anonymous.
If anyone has an astrological question about how to read something in their chart or wants me to cover a specific astrological question you can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will use your info and question anonymously to be answered on the blog. I may not be able to answer everyone if there are too many questions, but I will try.
Best wishes and many blessings to all you good people,