One can draw a chart for any moment in time. This is to say that every minute is a different chart, tho’ obviously not RADICALLY different. Planets move at different rates—the Sun takes approximately 24 hours to move a degree; the Moon takes 2 hours to do it; the rest take anywhere from 24 hrs to several years. Why does this matter? For an astrologer who uses Sabian Symbols extensively, as I do—it means that the shifting planetary collage—not unlike a kaleidoscope--reflects the world around us.
Those images tell stories. They reflect the news—which will be reported tomorrow.
Learning astrology is impossible without looking at charts. To look at charts is to look into people’s lives, or into events in those lives. Unless those charts are public domain—or even if they are—such investigation requires delicacy. Tread lightly, and with respect. There are human beings in here.
Beyond learning astrology—if one chooses to travel that path—there is becoming an astrologer. Possibly because of my own experience, I choose to regard it as a calling—a vocation—as stark and as complicated as any other holy charge. And while anyone can learn the craft, the practice is a different matter entirely. As Bernadette Brady so eloquently expressed it in her lyrical work on astrological prediction, The Eagle and the Lark, it is a mixture of craft and intuition, each lost without the other. But you have to learn how to use BOTH.
Learn astrology? You? Yes, why not?
A couple of days ago, I wrote a quick-and-dirty account of MY journey to the profession. It boiled down to “read--experimented—found great teachers—met a role-model”. That was my path; but it isn’t everybody’s, and it may not be yours. There ARE others.
One thing you cannot get away from, however, is the need to read and think critically. This is important in any discipline: in a metaphysical realm, it is ESSENTIAL. How and whatever you read (and I have provided my own list of Important Astro-Books elsewhere), question everything, and weigh it against your own experience.
How does one become an astrologer? Ever wondered? It’s an individual journey, certainly; but perhaps because the Sun is transiting my natal Mercury, I thought about how I learned.
I READ. I read and read and read anything I could find on the subject. I read, and sifted, panning for astrological gold from silt; and in 1967, when I started, there was plenty of both. I read the material avidly, searching for nuggets that made my intuition hum. By the time I found a teacher, I was already pretty versed in divining dross and discarding it.
I got into astrology to DISPROVE it. To save the world from this potentially dangerous charlatanry. I was on a Quest.
The most important thing for anyone learning astrology to do is to READ—copiously and critically. I keep a running list of astro-books which have been important to me (and YOU SHOULD, TOO!) Light your imagination…illumine your mind!
Busteed, Marilyn; Tiffany, Richard; and Wergin, Dorothy, Phases of the Moon: A Guide to Evolving Human Nature, Shambhala: Berkeley. 1974
Carter, Charles E.O., The Principles of Astrology, 1925
Carter, Charles E.O., An Introduction to Political Astrology, 1951
Davison, Ronald, Synastry: Understanding Human Relations through Astrology, ASI Publications: New York. 1978
Dodson, Carolyn R., Horoscopes of the US States & Cities, ACS: Pelham. 1975
George, Demetra, and Bloch, Douglas, Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-Emerging Feminine, 2003
Goodman, Linda, Sun Signs, Mass Market Paperbacks: 1985 (originally published 1968)
Green, Jeff, Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, Llewellyn: St. Paul. 1985
Greene, Liz, Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil, Weiser: New York. 1976
Hand, Robert, Planets in Composite: Analyzing Human Relationships, Para Research: Rockport. 1975
Hand, Robert, Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living, Para Research: West Chester. 1976
Hone, Margaret E., Applied Astrology: A Companion to The Modern Textbook of Astrology, Fowler: London. 1974
Hone, Margaret, E., The Modern Textbook of Astrology, Fowler: London. 1973
Jansky, Robert Carl, Interpreting the Eclipses, ACS: San Diego. 1979
Jansky, Robert Carl, Astrology Nutrition & Health, Para Research: West Chester. 1977
Michelsen, Neil F., The American Ephemeris for the 20th Century 1900 to 2000 at Midnight (Revised Edition), ACS: San Diego. 1988
Michelsen, Neil F., and Pottenger, Rique, The American Ephemeris for the 21st Century 2001 to 2050 at Midnight (Revised Second Edition), ACS: San Diego. 1992
Michelsen, Neil F., and Potenger, Rique, The Asteroid Ephemeris 1900 to 2050, Including Chiron and the Black Moon Lilith, ACS: San Diego. 1999
Parker, Derek, and Parker, Julia, The Compleat Astrologer, McGraw-Hill: New York. 1971
Penfield, Marc, Bon Voyage: An Astrological Study of Relocation, AFA: Tempe. 1992
Reinhart, Melanie, Chiron and the Healing Journey, Penguin: London. 1998
Roell, David R., Skeet Shooting for Astrologers, Astrology Classics: Bel Air, 2011
Rudhyar, Dane, An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Degrees, Vintage: New York. 1974
Rudhyar, Dane, The Astrology of America’s Destiny, Random House: New York. 1974
Rudhyar, Dane, The Astrology of Personality: A Reformulation of Astrological Concepts and Ideals, in Terms of Contemporary Psychology and Philosophy, Lucis: New York. 1936
Rudhyar, Dane, The Practice of Astrology as a Technique in
Human Understanding, Penguin Books: New York. 1970
Sakoian, Frances, and Acker, Louis, The Astrologer’s Handbook, Harper & Row: New York. 1973
Sellar, Wanda, The Consulation Chart: A Guide to What It Is and How to Use It, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd: Bournemouth (UK). 2001
Shea, Mary Fortier, Planets in Solar Returns: Yearly Cycles of Transformation and Growth (Revised Edition) Twin Stars: Clinton. 1998
Tarnas, Richard, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, Plume: NY. 2006
Teal, Celeste, Eclipses: Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation, Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury (MN). 2006
Teal, Celeste, Identifying Planetary Triggers: Astrological Techniques for Prediction, Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury (MN). 2000
“I ain’t no vision: I’m the girl who loves you / Inside and out..”
So sang Leslie Feist, covering a classic BeeGees tune. But did she? And do you?
Relationships are SOOOOO tricky; and this year is full of ‘em. We had Venus (or Aphrodite, or EveryWoman, if you prefer) traipsing off in a retrograde huff for Christmas and most of January; now we have Mercury, God of Communication, reversed for the whole of February; in March, macho Mars strides in, thinks better of it, and turns tail, just like the Groundhog. Saturn (structure & material things) follows suit the next day, for almost five months, signaling that it will be hard to get things going again romantically, if they’ve gone off the rails courtesy of the other three.
Regardless of how well they are going, folks, this year is about relationships. Yours, mine, & everybody’s; and there’s no way of getting around it. In this Year of Relationships, taking stock is crucial.
How well do you know your partner? For that matter, how well do you know yourself? And if you haven’t GOT a partner, what would you be looking for in one?
How does it work, and how could you make it better?
For most of us, these things can be mighty hard to see when we’re in the thick of things. The heart has a way of obscuring things, magnifying delightful traits and glossing over deficits—which is why a map can be useful. Astrology doesn’t take sides.
It is my habit, when confronted with a new calendar year, to consider it from various angles: the chart of the New Year; the chart of the Winter Solstice which preceded it; the Lunar Month into which it was born; and the major aspects and transits of the year in toto. In other words, I want to know about the kind of environmental climate into which the year has been “born”; and what its astral weather will be. Thus I looked; and here’s what I found.
In the spirit of the New Year(s), I want to post a caveat about reforming—particularly if one sets out to reform somebody ELSE, which in my line of work is an occupational temptation. There is no finer feeling than to see the light go on in someone’s eyes and know that they GOT it, that your words have had an effect and that this person will go forth and USE the wisdom obtained at your feet—the metaphorical equivalent of an astro-consultation. It’s delicious; and it’s dangerous, because it’s habit-forming for both client and astrologer.
Most people are the way they are because they chose and choose to be. You can remind them of the collection of strengths and vulnerabilities they came in with—a birth chart reflects that—but they’ve moved on now into the interplay of those traits according to their own and the devil’s ideas, and you can’t change ‘em. And you shouldn’t try: that kind of change belongs to the realm of free will, and is up to the client to decide.
Creating dependency is both a bad idea karmically and a terrible business practice.
Astrology gets a bad name when we as astrologers set ourselves up as decision-makers; we are at our finest when we describe the astro-weather to the client and remind him or her of the planetary umbrellas they came in with. That’s our job. We don’t get to judge our clients and we certainly shouldn’t be making their decisions for them.
Ariel Harper Nave
“I believe that there is NOTHING sent us that we cannot handle if we know ourselves well enough and that’s why I do what I do.”