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The Fundamentals of Reading a Natal Chart Part I

I have always wanted to get into teaching astrology (and writing books!), and have recently started doing this teaching thang for clients that ask if I teach “courses” or things like that. These have translated into sessions that are more like “private lessons.” I like the one on one aspect of teaching this way, and it feeds into my tutoring roots (of which I have years of experience teaching kids and teenagers math & science). Anywho, it’s a lot of fun. So I figured I’d make a post about the bare bones basics on HOW to read a chart….because when you first start looking at them, they can look like some kind of fucking foreign alien language.

First things first: create your birth chart if you haven’t already. I know there are lots of popular apps and websites out there, but as far as I’m considered a lot of them produce charts that are a pain in the ass to read off of (I’m looking at you Co-Star and AstroCharts). While maybe not as “pretty” as some of the others, http://www.astro.com creates charts that are much easier to read (to put all the pieces of the chart together).

Also, when you pull your chart, whether on http://www.astro.com or elsewhere, you’re given both the natal chart wheel, and what I call the natal chart table. I see lots of people trying to read off of that fucking table alone (this is a bitching of mine lol), and if you’re only trying to read off of the table, it will be hard as hell to make the connections that you need to make when reading a chart. Astrology is incredibly visual, and it usually helps to look at the natal chart wheel to see HOW connections are made. Using BOTH the natal chart wheel and the table are how you really want to do this.

The main things to consider here:
*The PLANET represents WHAT ENERGY needs to be expressed.
(For instance, Venus needs to express “love”, Uranus needs to express “liberation,” etc).
*The HOUSE represents WHERE/THE AREA OF LIFE that the energy needs to be expressed through
(For instance, the 1st house represents the “self,” the 2nd house represents personal values & resources, etc).
*The SIGN represents HOW the “what” and “the where/the area of life” express themselves
(For instance, Capricorn expresses itself as mastery/authority, Pisces expresses itself clouded/creatively, etc).
**Mind you, these are very general keywords for what the planets and signs represents and may differ slightly depending on your chart….but I hope you get the idea**

The ASPECTS help to fill in the rest of the picture. The major aspects are:
*The Conjunction-When two planets are within 8-10 degrees of one another
—Can be either harmonious or difficult (a fusing of the planetary energy)
*The Trine-When two planets are 120 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a harmonious aspect (the planets understand and “like” one another)
*The Sextile-When two planets are 60 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a harmonious aspect (same as the trine, just to a lesser degree)
*The Opposition-When two planets are 180 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a challenging aspect (the planets are on the opposite side of the spectrum)
*The Sqaure-When two planets are 90 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a stressful aspect (the planets don’t “get” along and feel the tension)
*The Quincunx/Inconjunct-When two planets are 150 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a stressful aspect (the planets don’t “see” one another)

Another thing that is super important are DISPOSITIONS. A house is disposed of by the house with the other house’s planetary ruler falling in it’s bounds. For instance, in my chart above, my 6th house is ruled by Taurus. Venus falls in the 1st house, which causes the 6th house to be disposed of by the 1st (since Taurus is ruled by Venus). This causes the 6th house to bend to the will of the first. This helps to flavor the chart in an even deeper way, like peeling a layer of an onion. It also helps one to understand the role that empty houses can play in one’s life. Just because my 6th house is empty doesn’t mean it’s not important, it just bends to the will of the 1st house. Even if the 6th house had planets there, it would STILL bend to the will of the 1st.

If anyone is ever curious about lessons with yours truly, I’d love to help you learn the basics (or even anything more in depth). Also! Soon I’m going to be coming out with some teaching materials, if anyone is interested 🙂 I’m really super fucking excited about this (muhahahaha!)!!

**If anyone is interested in another place to get advice or to ask questions to get down the fundamentals of astrology, check out the subreddit Beginner Astrology on Reddit. Lots of information and super nice people 😀

Transit Venus Retrograde or: “How’s this gunna fuck with me?“

Lately I’ve seen so many different posts on the different forums that I creep on and articles written on different astrology websites about Transit Venus going Retrograde. Generally, these posts tend to have a slightly more negative slant to them (or dare I even say some fear?) involved in the line of questioning and phrasing. I think a lot of this has to do with the general negative or difficult view of retrograde planets in general, but Transit Venus Retrograde (or even Transit Retrograde Planets in general) aren’t universally a negative thing. I’m actually quite partial to them in general. They absolutely serve a purpose, even if they impact your chart in a “challenging” way (either in your actual Natal Chart or via Transits, Progressions, etc). Venus Retrograde is a particularly interesting planet to go retrograde because out of all the planets, Venus goes Retrograde the least often. It will be Retrograde from May 13, 2020 through June 26, 2020.

When looking at how Venus Retrograde will impact your own Natal Chart, it’s really important to look at the house cusps in your chart that are ruled by the Venusian planets (ie: those that are ruled by Taurus and Libra). Specifically pay attention to the house cusp that is ruled by Taurus, though, for these are the areas of life that will be most heavily impacted. Venus Direct is thought to point more towards Libra, while Venus Retrograde is thought to point more towards Taurus (hence why the Taurus ruled house cusp is slightly more important here). What you value at a soul level will be brought out through different “tests” or “situations,” forcing you evaluate those values for yourself. Say, for instance, you have Taurus ruling over the 10th house cusp, and Libra ruling over the 3rd house cusp….this is going to put an emphasis on the 3rd house areas of life (those dealing with communication, thinking, learning, etc) and especially the 10th house areas of life (those dealing with career ambitions, public persona, social status, personal authority, etc), and what you really value here. Not what you think you should value or have been taught to value, but what YOU really value and how you feel most secure in these areas of life.

You also want to take a look and see where Natal Venus is in your chart by house. This will show the way that those house cusps ruled by Taurus and Libra will impact Natal Venus. Let’s say your Natal Venus is in the 11th house….from the Taurus 10th house cusp, you might be looking at the way that you value or feel valued in your career to impact your long term goals/hopes/wishes. Or something like the way that you value the highest and most idealized version of yourself will impact your friends and the groups that you associate with. From the Libra 3rd house cusp you might be looking at something like the way that you communicate, think, and learn to become a little more introverted in regards to the groups that you associate with and the friends that you have (maybe valuing a lack of communication at this time with other people and more valuing the internal dialogue that you have with yourself).

It is my personal belief that Transit Retrograde Planets give the unique opportunity to redo or fix things that may not have been done “correctly” in the past. In the case of Venus, this deals heavily with ruminating on your values (what you have valued and currently value), and with how you love and what you love. Because this process is much more internal and introverted, it is said that this isn’t the time to start up new romantic relationships or get married or any of that shit. And for the love of whatever, don’t be trying to hit up your ex (remember at this time: this person is your EX for a reason and who *really* likes reruns?). Rather it’s the time to assess what you personally value and love (or who you love), coming “correct” here so when Venus swings back around to Direct Motion you don’t have a real or imagined cluster-fuck of epic “what was I thinking” proportions. On a collective level, I feel like Transit Venus Retrograde gives us as a species a period of time to assess how we value, what we value, and how we love and need to be loved. Really, with all the crazy shit going on in the world, this is kind of the perfect time for some introspection on our collective values and concepts of love. AND! With Transit Venus Retrograde in Gemini, there is (or should be) a collective focus on the values of brotherhood and sisterhood, since Gemini operating from it’s highest octave represents these concepts.

The exception here to the challenges with Transit Venus Retrograde seems to be people that have their own Natal Venus in Retrograde….and are actually operating through the Retrograde motion naturally and have embraced this. These people usually feel more at home during this time. For the people that have Natal Venus Retrograde who aren’t living through the Retrograde motion of Natal Venus (still trying to find love and value from outside of themselves rather than through themselves), this period can feel particularly challenging. But! The challenge is trying to pull them towards functioning from the Retrograde Motion all of the time, and truly loving and valuing themselves FOR themselves.

How to “select” an astrologically compatible mate

There are so many postings out there about relationships, and how to find the best possible mate by way of one’s birthchart. “What sort of person would I best with?” is a question commonly asked. There are a few different things that I always look at first and foremost when being asked these sorts of questions by clients (and answering questions as I creep on forums, hahah)….and this sort of question gets asked A LOT. Everyone wants to find their person (well, most people do anyway), so these are useful things to pay particular attention to for anyone who wants to learn more about astrological pairing from the natal chart. I have a visual below, with the different things that I’m talking about in this post circled so you can follow along with a visual. I know us into astrology (for fun, vocation, or both!) are VERY visual people.
**Just to make it clear, I’m only talking about good pairings based on the natal chart. Obviously, actually seeing how these aspects would play out would depend on the actual synastry and composite charts between two people. I’m also NOT strictly talking about SUN signs, but talking about that Sign’s ENERGY in general.
**Obviously, you would have to take the whole chart into account. Just because someones Descendant is in a certain sign does necessarily mean that the particular sign’s energy in question would be a good pairing for the person. This post should really be used as more of a jumping off point for analysis, discarding what doesn’t actually fit the particular chart that you’re looking at, and keeping what does.

The Descendant is circled in Purplish Pink. The ruler of the 7th House is circled in Dark Purple. The 11th House Cusp is circled in Red. Juno is circled in Light Blue. The North/South Node Axis is circled in Green. The Sun/Moon Midpoint is the Orange Dot in the 1st House. The Vertex is circled in Yellow.
  • Start out by looking at what Sign rules over the Descendant. Since the Descendant is what we are attracted towards & what we tend to attract in our lives, it is usually a good place to start. In my particular case, the Descendant is ruled by Gemini. This means that Gemini energy in some capacity (typically one of the inner planets) would probably be a good place to start as far energy that would be good here.
  • Look next to where the planetary ruler of the Descendant is placed in the chart. In the example, the ruler of Gemini is Mercury, and Mercury is found in the 11th house. The 11th house is traditionally ruled by Aquarius, which would make Aquarius energy a good match. And this is kind of driven home with the fact that the 3rd house (which is traditionally Mercury/Gemini/Virgo ruled) has Aquarius on the cusp.
  • Since Mercury falls in the 11th house, you would also want to bring into play which sign actually rules over the 11th house cusp in the chart, and in this case Libra rules over the 11th. This would also make Libra energy be good for the person.
  • Look at where Juno falls in the chart. Juno tends to show the sort of marriage/relationship partner that we actually need (and/or that we end up with in some capacity). In this chart, Juno falls in Aquarius (kind of triple amplifying Aquarius energy here).
  • Look at where the North Node of the Moon falls. Since the North Node is like our “souls mission” this time around, it would stand to reason that it would probably be good if you happened to find someone who’s personal/inner planets ended up in conjunction (within 5 degrees on either side of the North Node) with your North Node. In the particular case above, you’d be looking for very late degree Pisces energy or very early degree Aries energy.
  • See where the Sun/Moon Midpoint is in your Natal Chart. In the chart above, it’s at 28 Sagittarius. Since the Sun/Moon Midpoint is like the inner marriage between the masculine and the feminine in the natal chart, it would make sense that someone having the sign of the Sun/Moon Midpoint prominent in their chart would probably be a good thing. The conjunctions to the Sun/Moon Midpoint are particularly nice to see, generally anyway. Same thing can be applied to the Vertex in the natal chart.

Now that you have the basics to start out, you’ll need to actually apply what you have taken note of to see if the basics make sense through actual application. For instance, in the chart above, the South Node falls in Libra. Since the South Node tends to be what we are already familiar with from a previous incarnation (and are ultimately supposed to move beyond while growing into the soul mission of the North Node), someone with personal/inner planets that conjunct the South Node may end up keeping the person stuck in previous life themes that they ultimately need to move beyond. That doesn’t mean that Libra energy wouldn’t be a good choice for the person, but maybe not Libra energy that is conjunct the South Node (meaning, personal planets beyond 5 degrees Libra).

Mystic Market Holistic Online Fair 03.21.20

Hey guys ! So, one of the fairs that I’ve been working recently is going to be going on tomorrow via facebook live. Stop by virtually to check out some really bitchin’ practitioners from 12 pm- 2 pm CST (and yours truly, who will go live at 12:45 pm). Find someone to connect with to help find healing, answers, and peace. In this fucking crazy ass time on planet Earth, who couldn’t use a little (more) healing, answers and peace?! To join us, click on the picture below 😀

What the Fuck is a Yod?

Yod, Yod, Yod…..what the fuck is a Yod? I see this question (though maybe not asked this exact same way, hahaha) posted quite frequently on different forums and even by my own clients. People are always wondering (and with good reason!) what the fuck the Yod in their chart means for them. They’ve been popping up in my own client’s charts more recently, and I figured this was the time to actually do a post on them.

The Yod (also known as The Finger of God) is an aspect, like the one mentioned in the chart above, where you have two planets sextile one another with the two sextile planets quincunx/inconjunct (150 degrees) from the same planet (or the apex of the Yod). The sextile planets are in harmony, operating on the same wavelength, while both of those planets are putting stress on the apex of the Yod through the quincunx aspects. While the sextile is harmonious, usually until the Yod is worked through the sextile may operate at the lower end vibrationally (i.e.: exhibiting the least desirable traits of the sextile in question) due to the quincunx stress.

To understand what a Yod is, I suppose you need to first understand what a quincunx aspect is. The 150 degree aspect means that you’re (more than likely) dealing with two different sign energies that don’t understand one another. One sign is usually better expressed and understood, while the other one is completely left out. In the case of the Yod, it’s usually the apex planet that is left out (since there will be a harmony felt between the two sextile planets while neglecting the Yod). There is a lack of being able to fuse the apex planetary energies not only from one planet, but from two! This will definitely be felt by the apex planet through the sign and house in which it falls, begging to be worked through (and begging not to feel so “separate” from these other planets in the chart). It’s less constant tension like in the case of the square aspect, and more of a constant nagging or longing. It also may feel that you don’t fully have control over anything going on here (thus the Finger of God name comes into play). So, the apex of the Yod needs to feel together with these other two planets, and with the rest of the chart. Depending on what the apex planet is, and where it falls, and all that good stuff will help to shine a light on WHAT that actually is. If Mars is the apex of the Yod, you’re looking at energy dealing with your drive and impulse. If Venus is the apex, you’re looking at energy dealing with love (how you love and need to be loved, along with your values). And that apex planet really is a gift of sorts….energy that your soul really wanted to master this time around and use to your benefit.

How exactly you work through Yod’s has a lot to do with understanding the apex planet. Really get to know it and how it functions. Understand how you might be leaving it out/how to incorporate it better in your life. Different transits also play a role in understanding the Yod better. Transits to the different parts of the Yod (specifically the apex) are important, especially transits that are in conjunction and opposition to the planets that make up the Yod. A major sort of transit by conjunction that will light up the Yod are outer planet transits to the mid-point between the two sextile planets in this aspect. This midpoint is opposite the apex planet. While the outer planet conjunctions to this mid-point aren’t really that comfortable for the person to go through, they usually do allow for tremendous growth through the challenge. If one should go through this, it may really feel like life has hit a sort of “crisis” point….and this crisis point is wanting that apex planet to be integrated and used properly.

Since these aspects aren’t super, super common, I have always felt that they have karmic implications to them (especially due to the lack of control or even fated quality about them). How exactly that would come about would depend on what that planet is, the motion of the planet, and everything else going on in the chart.

**I’d also like to make mention that really, when looking at Yod’s, you really want to focus on PLANETS, and not things Chiron, which is in the example of a Yod in the picture above. I used this particular chart because I had the permission to use it, and it gives you a visual of what a Yod actually looks like. The Yod aspect should be pretty tight (like the one in the example), though you could open up the orb slightly. I really like to see them all within 3 degrees in this particular aspect (but that’s just a personal preference).

The Fair Circuit ^_^

I’m not sure if any of you lovelies out there are in the Austin, Texas area or not, but if you are, come check me out at the Texas Metaphysical Fair on Sunday, February 9th! This will be my first time working this particular fair, and I’m super-excited about it 🙂 It seems like it will be a good time with lots of cool vendors and shit ^_^ This fair will be located at Hideaway Events Center. The address is:
4323 S. IH 35 frontage road
Austin, Texas 78744

https://texasfairs.weebly.com

If you’re in the area, come get a reading from yours truly! Hope to see some of y’all there!


The Yearly Time Lord

I have been doing quite a few Solar Return Charts recently for people (which gave me the idea for this blog posting), and when people want their Solar Return Chart done I always have to include a section about the yearly Time Lord. This is done in a Part I (Solar Return Chart) and Part II (Yearly Time Lord) fashion, since the time lord is taken from the Natal Chart (but can still be used with the Solar Return). Personally, I feel that when looking at the year ahead from birthday to birthday, the Time Lord is far too important to leave out.

First off, the notion behind the Time Lord comes from an old ass technique used by Hellenistic Astrologers to predict future events (and when I say “old ass technique,” I’m talking about this shit being used back in 200 BC or so). Now a days, the people that actually use this technique use what is known as Annual Profections. Essentially, starting from the Ascendant in the Natal Chart, each House of the chart represents a specific year of life (and depending on how old you are turning on your next birthday will show you what “House Year” you’re about to enter into). Here is a chart to quickly show you what Time Lord year you’re currently in or are about to enter into:

1st House- Ages 0, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc..
2nd House-Ages 1, 13, 25, 37, 49, 61, 73, etc…
3rd House-Ages 2, 14, 26, 38, 50, 62, 74, etc…
4th House-Ages 3, 15, 27, 39, 51, 63, 75, etc….
5th House-Ages 4, 16, 28, 40, 52, 64, 76, etc…
6th House-Ages 5, 17, 29, 41, 53, 65, 77, etc….
7th House-Ages 6, 18, 30, 42, 54, 66, 78, etc…
8th House-Ages 7, 19, 31, 43, 55, 67, 79, etc…
9th House-Ages 8, 20, 32, 44, 56, 68, 80, etc…
10th House-Ages 9, 21, 33, 45, 57, 69, 81, etc…
11th House-Ages 10, 22, 34, 46, 58, 70, 82, etc….
12th House-Ages 11, 23, 35, 47, 59, 71, 83, etc…

I’ll use myself as an example here to help all this make sense. This past November I turned 32, which puts me in 9th House year. Thus, this makes 9th House matters pretty important this year for me personally (or anyone that finds themselves in a 9th House year), such as use of the abstract mind, journeys of the body and mind, and beliefs/the person’s personal truth. Once you’ve figure out what House Year you’re in, you look at the planet that rules the cusp of that house. In my particular case, it’s Leo. This makes my Yearly Time Lord the Sun, since the Sun is the ruler of Leo. If, for instance, your 9th House cusp was ruled by Pisces, your Yearly Time Lord would be Jupiter. Why not Neptune, you may be wondering? That’s because with this technique you want to use the 7 traditional planetary rulers for the different signs (omitting Uranus, Neptune and Pluto from the mix). In case it’s needed, here are the traditional rulers of each of the signs:

Aries & Scorpio are ruled by Mars traditionally
Taurus & Libra are ruled by Venus traditionally
Gemini & Virgo are ruled by Mercury traditionally
Cancer is ruled by the Moon
Leo is ruled by the Sun
Sagittarius & Pisces are ruled by Jupiter traditionally
Capricorn & Aquarius are ruled by Saturn traditionally

Now that you know which planet is the Yearly Time Lord, you can start playing around with it. It’s important first to take stock of the condition of the planet in your chart (such as direct or retrograde motion, exalted, etc.), and the different aspects that this planet makes in the natal chart. Also, pay attention to the house that the Yearly Time Lord falls in, for that house’s areas of life also factor into all of this. In my particular case, my Sun falls in Sagittarius in the 12th house, and the only major aspect it makes is the trine to my North Node. This shows that this trine to the North Node will have importance this year, along with 12th House Sagittarius shit. In these past couple of months, the concept of “wandering” and even more dissolution of ego than already existed have featured prominently (so it definitely fits).

Next, you want to look at the major transits making contact with the Yearly Time Lord in the upcoming year. They will be of utmost importance in the coming year, and it’s possible that they will be felt stronger than other transits to other natal planets. It’s also important to look at the Transits that the Yearly Time Lord makes for the upcoming year to other natal planets. If you’re time Lord is Jupiter, you would look at the way Transit Jupiter affects your chart in the year ahead. In my particular case, I’d want to look at the Transit Sun (which means I’m going to be looking at SO MANY Transits, hahaha).

You can even apply this technique to the Solar Return Chart, though modified slightly. I don’t look for the Yearly Time Lord of the Solar Return Chart, but I DO look to see what the Yearly Time Lord is doing IN the Solar Return Chart (it’s condition, it’s aspects, etc.). By throwing the Yearly Time Lord into the Solar Return mix, it add another layer of depth to the reading of the Solar Return Chart.