Astrological Ramblings

The idea for this entry came to me when I answered someone’s question on reddit about stelliums. The question of “What is a stellium?”/“Do I have a stellium in my chart?”/“Tell me about my stellium!” seems to get asked a lot. Whether I’m being asked about this directly when reading a client’s chart, or I just notice people asking these questions on forums (like reddit) as I creep in the shadows and answer questions (hahahaha!), it seems like everyone has questions about stelliums. But….astrologers can’t really seem to come to a consensus as to what exactly constitutes one. This is probably because there are many different ways to read a chart, and really, it’s such an intuitive process that no one is really right or wrong. Over the 20 years that I have been doing this, I have come up with my own “guidelines” for reading stelliums in natal charts, and rules for deciding what constitutes a stellium in the first place. But before we get to all that, first a bit of pertinent information:**A stellium is a massive group of planetary/celestial body energy in one’s natal chart in one location (such as having 4 planets in the 11th House). All of the planets might be in one house or sign, or the planets may cross over into two signs and/or two houses (though some astrologers don’t count a stellium as a stellium if all the planets aren’t in the same sign or house). Just as an example of what […]
In this post, we will take the House that the North Node falls in out of the equation and just focus on what it means to have your North Node in a specific sign (and what it means to have the South Node in the polarity sign). Usually with things having to do with the Nodal Axis (and growing into our North Node), a catalyst occurs in our lives that edges us out of the comfort of the South Node and into the uncharted territory of the North. This catalyst could be something major and life changing (such as a death, marriage, or divorce), or even something much more minor. Something will kind of shake us internally, saying “Wake up, fucker. You’re supposed to move beyond this,” whatever the “this” in the situation is. Once this waking up occurs, you will begin to move towards the North Node. Though, in all my years of study, this period of waking up usually doesn’t occur until the person’s first Saturn Return, or after it. North Node in Aries/South Node in Libra – Your mission in this lifetime by sign is to focus on the concept of yourself, and who you really are. This placement suggests your soul wanting to grow into a more independent and pioneering spirit, and going after the things that you want in life because YOU want them. Of course, the North Node is never very comfortable for the native, and this may feel an unnatural way for you […]
One of the most common questions that I get asked by people when doing readings is something along the lines of “what is my purpose here in this lifetime?”/“What am I supposed to do with my life?” One of the best guidestones for answering this question is to look at the placements of the North and South Nodes of the Moon in the natal chart. The North Node is what the soul wanted to evolve into during this incarnation, the qualities that it hopes/hoped to develop (or needs to develop), while the South Node, directly opposite the North Node, shows different traits and qualities that we have brought with us into this lifetime from past incarnations. These are usually traits that we cling too, even if they don’t really serve us anymore. Since the South Node shows the traits and qualities that our souls are familiar with, we are usually very comfortable hanging around our South Node (and would probably be fine never leaving, hahaha!). However, the purpose of our souls in every incarnation is to actually learn something, to transcend and evolve into something else. To move away from the South Node while keeping the very best from it, and taking those best traits forward towards our North Node. As uncomfortable as it may be, if we never leave the comfort and familiarity of our South Node, we will never accomplish the evolutionary process of growing our soul into our North Node’s Soul Mission. A bit of pertinent information: […]
A post I saw on Reddit a bit ago had the poster lamenting about how much they disliked all the Capricorn/Saturn Energy in their natal chart. They found all the Saturn/Capricorn Energy difficult and they were wondering how they could access other placements in their chart (such as becoming more in tune with their fire sign moon energy, etc). Essentially they wanted something to counter all the Saturn, something to over-ride it and over-power it. Basically, turning them into someone that they aren’t, that they weren’t divinely created to be. Then I got to thinking……. Saturn is one of those greatly misunderstood planets (as well as the sign Capricorn). It tends to be regarded by critics as “serious,” “depressive,” “restrictive,” and “responsible,” with the most negative connotation surrounding those words. Not only is it misunderstood but almost fear inducing, especially when someone mentions the *big bad boogey-man* Saturn Return. Christ, if you want to see what I mean, mention this term in some sort of astrology forum. Or search for posts about people asking questions having to deal with their upcoming Saturn Return, what kinds of negative shit they should expect from it occurring, and how they should brace themselves for what’s to come. Now, I’m not getting onto people wanting to know about what’s to come during their Saturn Returns. People like to know things about what’s to come for them, and there is nothing wrong with preparing oneself for things that could, indeed, be a challenge. It’s all […]
Ahhhh, the 4th House! Another of my favorite house’s of the chart to dive into. You can learn a lot about the psyche of a person by dissecting the 4th House in their Natal Chart, and not superficial stuff, either. This house is typically assigned the keywords and phrases such as “The Home” (both early home life and now) ,” “The Mother” (or the Father, depending on the astrologer), “One’s Roots,” “The Family,” and “Private Life” (especially private since the Imum Coeli/I.C., typically the 4th House Cusp, is the most private place in the entire chart). I find this house to be all of those things, but especially what exactly home is to the native; the concept of home in general and how it can be different things for different people. (Things such as the 4th House ruler, planets in the 4th House, aspects made to the House, etc gives a better idea of how to answer that question). We are so conditioned to believe in home the same exact way; what to want, what to “need,” but these conditioned wants and needs aren’t necessarily what the individual truly needs, wants, or feels comfortable living in. Most of these concepts that we as people have of the idea of what home actually is stem from our early home life. Depending on what sign rules as guardian of your 4th House will color how exactly you express the energy of the house. Someone who has the 4th House in Aquarius possibly […]
When I get asked about this particular house in the natal chart (such as what it means when such and such planet finds itself paying rent there), there is usually a sort of fear behind the question. Behind the question usually lurk a sense of “oh my gahhh, I have Venus in the 12th House, I just know it’s bad.” Many of the different Keywords assigned to this house can seem nasty at first glance, so people tend to naturally think having ___ Planet in the 12th is automatically to their detriment. Though planets found in the 12th of one’s natal chart aren’t easy, they certainly aren’t unilaterally negative and their placement in the 12th has a purpose (usually to grow and evolve one in a spiritual way/on a soul level). Of the houses in the natal chart, the 12th is one of my favorites to explore (along with the 4th, but I’ll get around to that one later). This house is typically given keywords like “karma,””empathy and compassion,” “escape,” “the womb/mother’s labor experience,” “the unconscious,” “spirituality”, “prisons/imprisonment,” “hidden enemies,” “serve or suffer,” and the ever fear inducing “the house of self-undoing.” Unfortunately, in my experience people tend to focus far too much on the negative keywords and not enough on the positive ones. This house has a magical sort of quality to it, especially in terms of all the spirituality and compassion that can be found dwelling here (and even more so once the native has begun evolving beyond the more difficult traits of this […]
Charts where the Natal North Node is at 0 degrees Aries…..these charts absolutely fascinate me. This is because when you have your Natal North Node at 0 degrees Aries, your Draconic Chart is the exact same as your Natal Chart.  Since the conjunction and opposition are karmic in nature (especially in regards to this type of chart), it would reason to guess that this type of Draconic Charts would give a real soul purpose to the native in this particular lifetime. What exactly that purpose is? Lets explore some ideas 🙂 *Natal North Node at 0 degrees Aries* This causes ones Draconic Chart to look the same as their Natal Chart; all of the planets and aspects are conjunct when doing a synastry report between the two charts. The closer that your Natal North Node is to 0 degrees Aries, the more similar the two charts will appear. Here though, I’m talking about people that have their Natal North Node either at 0 degrees Aries or conjunct the Aries Point within 5 degrees. There are some theories that I have about what this can mean for the person who has this type of Draconic Chart (and mind you, these are all just theories that feel like they might be right). When studying these types of charts, there isn’t a whole lot out there about these types of Draconic Charts, so I figure I’d throw my ideas out there into the fray. As an aside, these charts are of particular interest […]
In the first posting about Draconic Charts, I went into what exactly they are and what they are thought to represent, along with my own personal beliefs about these charts. In this post, we’ll get into how one should approach reading a Draconic Chart and the lens in which they should probably be read. The Draconic Chart can either be read as it’s own entity, or can be read in conjunction with the Natal Chart. Really, I find the later is the more complete way to read these charts, but on their own they are also very interesting. Read in conjunction to the Natal Chart, you are looking at charts with two different types of energy and two different purposes. You can think of the Natal Chart as the outward manifestation energy and the Draconic Chart as the inward manifestation of energy. That’s not to say that the Natal Chart is only an outward manifestation of energy (clearly it isn’t when looked at on its own), but put up against the Draconic Chart the Natal Chart is infinitely more outward than the Draconic. Another way that I like to think of these charts is the Natal Chart is like the EGO and the Draconic Chart is one’s ID (like Freud’s theory of the ID, EGO and SUPEREGO). The Natal Chart is how one presents themselves in this lifetime, how they are in the here and now, the EGO of the charts. The Draconic Chart is primal like the ID, and […]
I’m going to be starting this blog off with a bang, talking about a subject within Astrology that I absolutely love. 🙂 Draconic Charts….they are absolutely fascinating. The idea behind them is that one’s Natal Chart is the native’s chart of this lifetime (obviously), but the Draconic Chart is the chart of the native’s actual soul, and it’s incredibly karmic. There actually seems to be some debate here as to if the Draconic Chart is the native’s chart of their most recent past life, of any single previous past life, or if it shows the chart of the native’s soul over multiple life times and the souls true nature in its purest form.  I tend to believe the last one…..something about that explanation just feels right. Using that as my definition of what a Draconic Chart is, lets begin. First off, these charts date back to Ancient Babylonia (so they would fall under the umbrella of “old as fuck” astrology). There was a long swath of history where they were not commonly used, but are now seeing an increase in popular usage (as they should, they are incredibly useful). Draconic, in Latin, translates loosely to something being Dragon-like. This something that is Dragon-Like are the Nodes of the Moon in the Draconic Chart (and the Nodes in the Natal Chart). The North Node is said to be the head of the dragon and the South Node is said to be the tail of the dragon.  In these charts, the 0 degree […]