Friday, 3 October 2014

Prediction in Astrology

Understanding the basics is very important in prediction.
There are various methods of prediction. 

1. Progressions: One day represents one year in the life, using an ephemeris.
2. Transits: Where the planets are at in the sky at a certain time and how they affect the planets in one's natal chart.
3. Solar returns: when the Sun comes back to its degree and minute, a chart is cast for the entire year.
4. Lunar returns: when the Moon comes back to its degree and minute, a chart is cast for the entire month.
5. Solar arc progressions: The planets are progressed as far as the progressed Sun has traveled; one day for a year, using an ephemeris.
6. Regressed day for year planets: Instead of going forwards, these go backwards from the birthday. 

To get a really clear, accurate picture of events that will occur in the life, one should blend all of the interpretations from the above methods. Take EVERYTHING into consideration. The more supporting aspects and such, the more certain that accurate predictions can be made. When an important event is about to manifest in one's life, this can often be seen in all of the above methods of prediction. 

One day for each year progressions are used for the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the four angles [the ascendant, midheaven, IC, and descendant]. The outer planets move too slowly for this particular method. The midnight date and the noon dates determine the 6 months for the year in question; this is especially helpful in charting the course of the Moon, as it moves faster than the other planets.

A day for a year. For example, if you are 25, count forwards from your birthday, beginning one day after your birthday to 25 days, using an ephemeris. If there are planets on that date aspecting your natal planets within 1-2 degrees orb, an event will occur in your life. For example, if your natal Sun [at the time of your birth] is 20 degrees into Virgo and you just turned 25, you count down the page to 25 days after your birthday and say you find Venus is now at 19 degrees, almost 20 degrees into Virgo, rest assured, within the year, you will be involved in a very significant love interest, relationship or possible marriage. With the online astrology charts, one no longer has to use old-fashioned calculations. The above is for your information, as to how this works.


Transits are where the planets are now in the sky above, and the aspects [if any] they are making to your birth planets. Again, if significant aspects are made, events will occur given the natures of the planets involved. Transits cover the slower moving planets: Mars [when retrograde], Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In some cases, the Sun, Mercury or other faster moving planet can act as a trigger, but not as a major influence. Eclipses and lunations are also important here.

The degrees of orb are wider with transits in contrast to the 1-2 degree orbs with progressions. Orbs are the degrees the planets have influence. In natal astrology, the orbs for transiting planets are 8-10 degrees for the Major aspects: the conjunction, the square, the trine and the opposition. With the lesser aspects such as the sextile, the orb of influence is 5-6 degrees. The semi-sextile, quintile, and sesi-square have only 1-2 degrees of influence regarding their orbs. For example, say one has their Jupiter at 2 degrees of Virgo and their Pluto at 7 degrees of Virgo. This is a conjunction as the two planets are within 5 degrees of orb. There are five degrees separating Jupiter and Pluto here. Now, say if Pluto was at 18 degrees of Virgo, the conjunction would not apply, as there are 16 degrees between the two planets, making the influence for a conjunction too wide.

Remember, for progressed planets the orbs are tight: 1-2 degrees only.
For example, say Pluto is squaring one's Moon, indicating a significant domestic change. The Moon is 11 degrees into Pisces. Pluto is now at 16 degrees of Sagittarius. Pluto still has influence. I have found the closer the aspect in MOST cases, the event will take place, but there have been some instances where the event occurred when the planets were separated by 9-10 degrees. Therefore, Pluto will have influence over the above example's Moon until it is past 21 degrees of Sagittarius, and out of orb.

I have also found in most cases, a transiting planet approaching a natal planet within 2-4 degrees, even before it makes an exact conjunction with that planet, it can set off an event. Be aware as any slow moving transiting planet approaches within 5 degrees of a natal planet. If nothing happens, still be aware, as events can occur at any time when the transiting planet is within orb of the natal planet. This also includes retrograding planets. When the retrograde planet passes over the natal planet, then stations and backs up retrograde, when it is within orb of the natal planet, it can set off an event. The closer it gets to the natal planet in degrees, the more likelihood the event will take place.


One's upcoming year astrologically, always begins on one's birthday. The exact time the transiting Sun conjoins the natal Sun to the degree, minute and second, a chart is cast that reveals the planetary influences for the coming year. Further information is given by casting a chart when the transiting Sun squares [is 90 degrees] from, and opposes [180] the natal Sun. This will break the year down into three month parts.

For example say your Sun is 10'44"16 into Gemini. When the transiting Sun comes to 10'44"16 of Gemini, the exact time this occurs, a chart is cast. When the transiting Sun is at 10'44"16 into Virgo [90 degrees away], a chart is cast and is called a "quarter return." The quarter return has lesser influence than the solar return and basically acts as a timer for the events predicted in the solar return chart. When the Sun is 10'44"16 into Sagittarius [180 degrees away from the natal Sun], this marks approximately six months from one's birthday. I have noted in many cases [but not all], events predicted in the solar return often manifest after the transiting Sun opposes the natal Sun at 180 degrees. Six month solar charts have more influence than quarter charts, but again, this is not a rule. When the transiting Sun is at 10'44"16 into Pisces, you have the last three months of your year.

In a solar return degrees are VERY important, but most famous astrologers who write the books do not know this or much else on how to interpret them for that matter. The solar return must be blended with the progressions, transits and other predictive data.

For example, say with your solar return chart, the midheaven is 0 degrees into Taurus, with solar return chart ruler, the Sun [for Leo on the solar return ascendant] conjunct the Moon in the second [money] house. [New Moons in a solar return are very significant and indicate important beginnings], along with SR midheaven ruler, Venus in the 1st house, placing emphasis on the 10th house of career for upcoming events. Planets in the first house of a solar return place an emphasis on the events of the house they rule in the SR chart and also in the natal chart. Chances are, with the above influences, one will begin a new career.


Lunar returns are very similar to solar returns, with the exception that they are cast for one's Moon each month. Lunar returns reveal events for each month. The solar return has the most influence for predicting events throughout one's year. The lunar return will reflect the events predicted with the solar return, and often act as a timer.


Solar arc progressions are good for progressing the outer planets, as they move too slowly for the day per year method. I have found these to be weaker in influence, than the standard progressions. The Sun moves a certain number of degrees each day. As with the day for a year progressions, count the number of number of days in age. Look to the position of the Sun at that date. It has moved a certain number of degrees. Add this number of degrees to all of the natal planets. 1-2 degrees orb still applies here and if there is an aspect/s one will experience an event.


These are somewhat weak. Regressions are mainly used to reveal trends in past lives. You count backwards in years.

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Progressed Venus

Progressed charts are calculated by adding one day for each year you are born to your natal chart. For example, if you were born on January 1, 1980, and you are now 25 years old, your progressed chart would be calculated by drafting a chart for January 26, 1980. Progressions show trends which set off major events in your life, and are reinforced by the transits you are experiencing at the time.
One of the most reliable indications in the progressed chart of meeting a new mate is to look at the condition of your progressed Venus in your Chart, as well as progressions to your natal Venus by other planets. Here are some progressions which indicate the beginning of an important relationship.
  • Progressed Venus to Ascendant/Descendant axis: The Ascendant/Descendant axis represents the “self” and the “other”. The Ascendant represents our self-image and how we approach the world, while the Descendant represents our one-on-one partnerships, including marriage partners and business associates. When progressed Venus makes an aspect to our AC/DC axis, we feel more sociable, attractive, and loving, which helps us attract partners into our lives. The same goes for when progressed Ascendant aspects one’s natal Venus. For example, I met my first boyfriend when progressed Venus was sextile my natal Ascendant.
  • Progressed Venus to natal Sun: This is one of the most reliable indications of the beginning of a major relationship. This is often the time when we meet the “love of our life”. This is also true of progressed Sun aspecting one’s natal Venus. Both progressions indicate a time where we feel most attractive, and thus our powers of attraction are most potent. This is often the time we meet our marriage partner.
  • Progressed Venus to natal Moon: This progression brings about a loving relationship which is often characterised by feelings of dependency, mutual support, and emotional development. The conjunction, sextile, and trine bring generally pleasing, supportive contacts, while the square and opposition often bring resistance and adjustments in regards to the direction of your relationship. The same goes for progressed Moon to Venus contacts.
  • Progressed Venus to natal Mars: This progression often brings about an intense, sexual union. Passion is at the forefront of your relationships. This can also indicate a time in which you meet the person you have children with.
  • Progressed Venus to Jupiter: This progression often brings about partners from a foreign culture. Events like marriage are likely to take place during this progression. This also indicates a positive time for socializing and making new friends. The same goes for progressed Jupiter on one’s natal Venus.
  • Progressed Venus to Saturn: This progression can bring about heavy commitments, and might bring relationships with older partners. This time is wonderful for beginning long-term relationships, such as marriage. This is especially true of Venus conjunct, sextile, or trine one’s natal Saturn. In fact, my mother met my father when Venus was conjunct her natal Saturn. My father is 12 years older than my mother. The square and opposition tend to have the opposite effect; it is a time of loneliness and disconnect from others. Venus has just moved one degree past squaring my natal Saturn, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The last few years have been incredibly unsuccessful in regards to love, my sense of loneliness increased greatly, and my social life was practically non-existent.
  • Progressed Venus to Uranus: This progression brings different, exciting relationships into our lives. We reject convention and tradition under this influence, so this transit can also be an indication of separation from a partner in favor of a more exciting, yet unstable, relationship. This is a time where your love life takes a “walk on the wild side” with someone different than what you’re used to. For example, your new mate could be from a different cultural background, or you may begin a long-distance relationship. Hard aspects between progressed Venus and Uranus are especially indicative of (sudden) separations.
  • Progressed Venus to Neptune: This progression can indicate the time when you find your soul mate. Your sensitivity and compassion for others increases during this time, and you feel more open to love in general. If the progression is a square or opposition, you may be deceived or disillusioned by a mate. The trine and sextile are generally positive times. Marriages often occur under this influence.
  • Progressed Venus to Pluto: This progression awakens powerful emotions, and changes the way you approach love and sexuality, as well as intimacy. This is a time when we are attracted to the taboo and the forbidden, and this can manifest through our choice of partner (i.e. falling in love with an “unavailable” person), or through sex (exploring sexual taboos with one’s partner). Relationships begun under this transit are marked by intensity, obsession, possessiveness, and power games. The sextile and trine are intense in a pleasing, manageable way, while the conjunction, square, and opposition can lead to extreme jealousy, obsession, and even sexual/financial exploitation or abuse.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Alchemy of turning a square into triangles

Laugh in the face of squares or the squares’ boss will laugh at you.

In astrology there are various energies (aspects) that occur when planets and points connect (at particular degrees, angles). It’s the “Hey, I see you and I’m now deciding on what I’m going to do with you”.  One of these aspects is called a Square.

What’s the meaning of all this?

When we think of a square, what comes to mind?  Perhaps hard edges, enclosed, straight and narrow, balanced, equal, flat, lifeless, stationary, professional, covering, etc.

And for some reason, a square visualizes into a cube for me so if that’s the case for you too, what comes to mind? Perhaps a box, containment, a holding vessel, a stepping stool, an obstacle, heaviness, etc.

Sometimes a square is there to keep us safe, protect us and we are NOT meant to engage the aspect without a solid idea on how it will impact other aspects and a game plan to deal with the outcome of removing the obstacle; however, most other times squares are there to challenge us.  We are supposed to remove them and they will ofer up something special if we do.

Could you see squares as opportunities to help you get to a higher place and to become a winner?  That squares can compel us to achieve greatness?  To me, a square says that we have loads to offer the world and others if the ego would just get over itself.

You are NOT at the mercy of your square. A square is a rite of passage.  Have you / can you come of age?

Imagine this

Imagine a square is like a sci-fi portal.  There are two very different sides and all you have to do is be brave, take a deep breath, do something completely different, and walk to the other side. And because it’s different over there, learning the language and customs quickly of the other is important for survival.

Just like life, everyone has a boss and it’s no different for the square.  To me, the planet Saturn seems to be the most likely match as the ruler of the square. While Saturn can be quite the serious chap, he can also be the trickster too.

When I think of Saturn (mascot, goat), I think of being tested to see if I’m worthy of the gifts that the old man will bestow upon me should I pass.  I think of a challenging momentum and not to give up, even in the face of adversity, in order to achieve success.  I see Saturn as moving cautiously, slowly but with purpose.

Let’s face it!

I see the square causing fear because the other side is unknown, doesn’t feel comfortable, not what used to, often not traditional at first glance, and possibly taboo or lacking civility in some way.  In the face of a square, some people give up and say, “It’s just the way it is and I can’t do anything about it.”  However, once we overcome our fears, get out of our comfort zone, see what the other side has to offer, and discuss / negotiate options, we can achieve all the power and abundance Saturn wants to give us.  Until then Saturn challenges us to make the unknown known, the unconventional normal, the uncomfortable comfortable, the unworkable workable…

What tools and strategies will you employ to pass Saturn’s Test? A hammer? Invisibility? Pretend the square isn’t there and just slide on pass? Crawl over, around? Lobby Saturn to change the test format? Say to Saturn, “Hey, Can you please move that square for me? Thanks!”.
Laugh in the face of the square and after you pass Saturn’s Test remember to say, “The joke’s on you!”.

A Square turned on its side makes a DIAMOND!  The moral of the picture is to look at things differently.
I have a belief that no such thing as good or bad exists, only difference.
What’s in a square? That which we call a trine. By any other square would smell as sweet. Oh, I think Will would get a kick out of that quote mod!
In the Wikipedia Astrological aspect article it says, “Basically, the square’s energy is similar to that of a trine but it is intensified to such an extent that the energy is said to be stressful.”  I agree.

Two triangle shapes make up a square.
Split them up, they make two triangles (squished Trines).  Put them together, they make a square.
Make your square work for you.  Reap all the rewards and benefits from a square that you are meant to have. One Square makes two triangles or Trines.  A Trine is related to Jupiter. So that means BIG luck — the Jackpot, if you can successfully turn your square/s into Trines.
The Square is a HIGHER FORM of the Trine.  The Trine is wrapped in a constricting and protective Saturnian box.  Imagine the gift, the power contained within. The Trine is lazy; the Square tense.  The Trine privileged; the Square tested.  Should you choose to accept, your mission is to blast the box off the Square to get to the Diamond Mine of Trines.  Think Indiana Jones!! :) Think Zen Warrior!  Only those who can harness the power of a Square (Pandora’s Box) will succeed in receiving more gifts than one Trine bestows.

Turning a Square into a Trine/s

The basics in turning a SQUARE into a TRINE, Triangles goes something like this:
  1. Do the exact opposite of what you would normally or want to do. Do something different.
  2. Exercise discipline rather than restrict planetary themes and influence.  You know what I’m talking about.
  3. Channel the Trine sign attributes that reside next to the Square. A Square is 3 signs apart, a Trine 2 signs apart.  So if your Square is created by the signs Sagittarius and Pisces, channel Scorpio to replace Sag. Or Aries replaces Pisces to create a Trine with Sagittarius.  It’s helpful to select a sign that’s already in Trine so you can get the most out of the transmutation process.

Visual Representations: Manifesting The Miracle


90° angle. Three signs apart.


120° angle. Four signs apart. An isosceles triangle.
Space taken up by a trine compared to a square. See the trine hidden inside the box? Also see the other two triangular spaces?
A square split in half, makes two right-angle triangles (trine-like) on either side.
Two trines back-to-back on its side.
Two trines back-to-back on its side and a square turned on its side to make the shape of a diamond or star! Once you turn the Square around, harnessing its power, you get two Trines bursting outside of the square – no longer contained!


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Astrology and Tarot

Astrology plays a major role in the interpretation of Tarot cards and spreads derived from the spiritual current represented by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an esoteric order that was founded in Great Britain and was active from the later part of the 19th century until the early part of the 20 century.
golden-dawnFrom this spiritual current four Tarot decks emerged: The Waite-Smith Tarot; The Thoth Tarot; The Golden Dawn Tarot and the BOTA tarot and each of these decks can be linked to four men who were instrumental in bring them to birth, respectively: Dr. Arthur Edward Waite; Mr. Aleister Crowley; Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers and Paul Foster Case.
The following blog post will discuss the relationship of astrology to the Tarot decks which emerged out of this spiritual current in Western civilization. While these astrological concepts may be applied to other decks, it is outside the scope of this discussion to attempt to accurately apply them to any deck not derived from the spiritual current of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Applying Astrological Meaning to the Tarot Cards

The application of astrological meanings to Tarot decks derived from the Golden Dawn spiritual tradition is somewhat specialized and structured specifically towards the Tarot. It varies in some ways from the common meanings associated with astrological practice in the interpretation of Natal birth charts and should not be confused with Natal, Sun Sign, Horary or any other form of conventional astrology.
To attain a comprehensive understanding of the relationship of astrology to the Tarot, we must first build a foundation from which to proceed as we must first come to understand the meaning of the Ancient Elements, Planets and Signs as they apply to the Tarot.
As promulgated by the Order of the Golden Dawn, the Tarot system uses only the seven sacred planets of the ancients (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) and does not use the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The outer planets have been grafted onto the decks by later interpreters but were not utilized by the Golden Dawn.

The Ancient Elements

  • FireIntuition; Spirit; action of the will; inspiration, creativity, energy, initiative, goal directed activity;
  • EarthSensation; materiality; strength, endurance, growth; reliability; practicality; accumulation;
  • AirThinking; thought; spoken and written communication; strife and conflict; expressions of the mind
  • WaterFeeling; the action of the emotions; love and affection, dreams, desires, fantasies; pleasure, friendship, social activity, romance, receptivity

The Seven Sacred Planets of the Ancients

  • Sun = self consciousness; the will
  • Moon = emotional self; imagination; instinct
  • Mercury = individual mind; intellect and reason
  • Venus = desire nature; love; relatedness; pleasure; material prosperity
  • Mars = vital energy; sexuality; ambition
  • Jupiter = expansive growth energy; good fortune
  • Saturn = materiality; restriction; limitation; self unknowing

The Signs of the Zodiac

  • Aries = dynamic manifestation; energetic growth; birth of new potential
  • Taurus = stability; security; self substantiation; expression; permanence
  • Gemini = mental expansion; self- development; connectivity; union; duality;
  • Cancer = internalization; emotional bonding; birth; giving form to that within;
  • Leo = outward expression of self; courage; creativity; strength; determination
  • Virgo = harvesting; integration; self realization; analysis; self improvement
  • Libra = balance; karmic law; weigh and measure; practicality
  • Scorpio = desire; passion; regeneration; renewal; decay
  • Sagittarius = expansion; transformation; spiritual awareness
  • Capricorn = materialization; order; structure; sacrifice; achievement;
  • Aquarius = higher mind; relatedness; selflessness; unity; consensus
  • Pisces = spiritual waters; the psychic realm; dreams; faith; sacrifice

Golden Dawn Astrological Correspondences in The Major Arcana

The Elements

  • Elemental Fire – Judgement
  • Elemental Earth – World
  • Elemental Air – Fool
  • Elemental Water – Hanged Man

The Planets

  • Mercury - Magician
  • Moon – High Priestess
  • Venus – Empress
  • Jupiter – Wheel of Fortune
  • Mars - Tower
  • Sun - Sun
  • Saturn - World

The Star Signs

  • Aries – Emperor
  • Taurus - Hierophant
  • Gemini – Lovers
  • Cancer – Chariot
  • Leo – Strength
  • Virgo - Hermit
  • Libra - Justice
  • Scorpio - Death
  • Sagittarius - Temperance
  • Capricorn – Devil
  • Aquarius - Star
  • Pisces - Moon

Golden Dawn Astrological Correspondences in The Minor Arcana

The Suit of Cups

  • Ace of Cups – “The Root of the Powers of Water”; Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces; The Water Signs of the Zodiac
  • Two of Cups – “The Lord of Love”; Venus in Cancer
  • Three of Cups – “The Lord of Joy”; Mercury in Cancer
  • Four of Cups – “The Lord of Blended Pleasure”; Moon in Cancer
  • Five of Cups – “The Lord of Pleasure Lost”; Mars in Scorpio
  • Six of Cups – “The Lord of Friendship”; Sun in Scorpio
  • Seven of Cups – “The Lord of Illusionary Success”; Venus in Scorpio
  • Eight of Cups – “The Lord of Abandoned Success”; Saturn in Pisces
  • Nine of Cups – “The Lord of Happiness”; Jupiter in Pisces
  • Ten of Cups – “The Lord of Perfected Success”; Mars in Pisces
  • Page of Cups – “The Prince of the Waters”; Earth of Water
  • Knight of Cups – “The Prince of the Chariot of the Waves”; Air of Water
  • Queen of Cups – “The Queen of the Throne of Waters”; Water of Water
  • King of Cups – “The Lord of the Waves and Waters”; Fire of Water

The Suit of Pentacles

  • Ace of Pentacles – “The Root of the Powers of the Earth”; Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
  • Two of Pentacles – “The Lord of Balance”; Jupiter in Capricorn
  • Three of Pentacles – “The Lord of Material Works”; Mars in Capricorn
  • Four of Pentacles – “The Lord of Material Power”; Sun in Capricorn
  • Five of Pentacles – “The Lord of Material Trouble”; Mercury in Taurus
  • Six of Pentacles – “The Lord of Material Success”; Moon in Taurus
  • Seven of Pentacles – “The Lord of Unfulfilled Success”; Saturn in Taurus
  • Eight of Pentacles – “The Lord of Material Prudence”; Sun in Virgo
  • Nine of Pentacles – “The Lord of Material Gain”; Venus in Virgo
  • Ten of Pentacles – “The Lord of Wealth”; Mercury in Virgo
  • Page of Pentacles – “The Rose of the Palace of Earth”; Earth of Earth
  • Knight of Pentacles – “The Prince of the Chariot of Earth”; Air of Earth
  • Queen of Pentacles – “The Queen of the Throne of Earth”; Water of Earth
  • King of Pentacles – “The King of the Spirits of Earth”; Fire of Earth

The Suit of Swords

  • Ace of Swords – “The Root of the Powers of Air”; Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
  • Two of Swords – “The Lord of Inner Balance”; Moon in Libra
  • Three of Swords – “The Lord of Sorrow”; Saturn in Libra
  • Four of Swords – “The Lord of Rest”; Jupiter in Libra
  • Five of Swords – “The Lord of Defeat”; Venus in Aquarius
  • Six of Swords – “The Lord of Earned Success”; Mercury in Aquarius
  • Seven of Swords – “The Lord of Shortened Force”; Moon in Aquarius
  • Eight of Swords – “The Lord of Bondage”; Jupiter in Gemini
  • Nine of Swords – “The Lord of Despair and Cruelty”; Mars in Gemini
  • Ten of Swords – “The Lord of Ruin”; Sun in Gemini
  • Page of Swords – “The Prince of the Rushing Winds”; Earth of Air
  • Knight of Swords – “Lord of the Winds and the Breezes”; Air of Air
  • Queen of Swords – “Queen of the Thrones of Air”; Water of Air
  • King of Swords – “King of the Spirits of Air”; Fire of Air

The Suit of Wands

  • Ace of Wands – “The Root of the Powers of Fire”; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius; The Fire Signs of the Zodiac
  • Two of Wands – “The Lord of Dominion”; Mars in Aries
  • Three of Wands – “The Lord of Established Strength”; Sun in Aries
  • Four of Wands – “The Lord of Abundance”; Venus in Aries
  • Five of Wands – “The Lord of Strife”; Saturn in Leo
  • Six of Wands – “The Lord of Victory”; Jupiter in Leo
  • Seven of Wands – “The Lord of Courage”; Mars in Leo
  • Eight of Wands – “The Lord of Swiftness”; Mercury in Sagittarius
  • Nine of Wands – “The Lord of Strength”; Moon in Sagittarius
  • Ten of Wands – “The Lord of Oppression”; Saturn in Sagittarius
  • Page of Wands – “The Rose of the Palace of Fire”; Earth of Fire
  • Knight of Wands – “The Prince of the Chariot of Fire”; Air of Fire
  • Queen of Wands – “The Queen of the Thrones of Flame”; Water of Fire
  • King of Wands – “King of the Spirits of Fire”; Fire of Fire
The relationships that have been presented in this post can be of great value in Tarot interpretation within the context of reading on certain questions as, according to the Golden Dawn, they reflect the most fundamental underlying astrological energies related to the cards. The astrological associations with the Tarot cards are important in that they embody the expression of the energy and meaning of their astrological associations and express them in symbolic form.

It is of course the judgment of the Reader as to what weight to assign to the astrology of the card within the context of a specific reading or whether to use it at all.

I hope that this information will aid you in expanding your understanding of the Tarot decks emerging out of the Golden Dawn tradition as well as be of value to you in your own usage of the Tarot.


The patterns

It was reading Lon Milo Duquette’s Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, that helped me with the last stages of understanding this system. It’s with full credit to Lon that I write this article.
Pattern recognition is the number one way humans interpret experience.

When an interesting experience happens; you note the pattern. When you see the same pattern again, you know what to expect. It’s the same with Tarot readings. The recognition of patterns is what allows you to make predictions. The more patterns you notice, the sharper your predictions will be.
The quickest way for you to understand the structure behind the Golden Dawn’s astrological associations, is if I gradually introduce some specific patterns, and systematically build upon them.
This article will start from the very beginning, with each new pattern building upon the last … until they reveal themselves. This understanding will allow you to use rationality to access your intuition, and predict when events will happen.

In the last article, I said I was going to change the order in which I presented information. Normally I’d explain why something works before suggesting ways to practice. This time I think it’s much more useful to you if I show you how to do it, before I explain it. This article is a continuation of how to use this system — not an explanation.

The first pattern to become aware of is the 12 signs of the zodiac.
There are two basic categories from which all the signs draw their characteristics: elements (triplicity), qualities (quadriplicity).

The Elements

In astrology each of these signs is allocated an Element — Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
The Golden Dawn then assigned that structure to the Minor Arcana like this:
  • Wands: Fire signs — Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
  • Cups: Water signs — Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
  • Swords: Air signs — Libra, Aquarius, Gemini.
  • Disks: Earth signs — Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo.
In astrology, the 12 signs of the zodiac are also categorised according to their qualities, or mode of expression — Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable.
Cardinal signs serve as generators of activity. A good example of this would be to look at the pattern of the seasons. The start of each season is brought in by the Cardinal signs: Aries brings in Spring, Cancer brings in Summer, Libra brings in Autumn and Capricorn brings in Winter.
Fixed signs serve as concentrators of energy (the middle of the season) and Mutable signs serve to transfer energy (the ending of one season and the start of the next).
The Golden Dawn assigned that structure to the Minor Arcana like this:
  • Twos, Threes, Fours: Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)
  • Fives, Sixes, Sevens: Fixed signs (Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus)
  • Eights, Nines, Tens: Mutable signs (Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo)

Cardinal signs

Cardinal Signs — Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
Aries Cancer Libra Capricorn
2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4
of Wands of Cups of Swords of Disks

Fixed signs

Fixed Signs — Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus
Leo Scorpio Aquarius Taurus
5 6 7 5 6 7 5 6 7 5 6 7
of Wands of Cups of Swords of Disks

Mutable signs

Mutable Signs — Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo
Sagittarius Pisces Gemini Virgo
8 9 10 8 9 10 8 9 10 8 9 10
of Wands of Cups of Swords of Disks

12 signs of the Zodiac in their natural order

Have a look at the table below and see how many repeating patterns you can notice. Pay attention to the elements and qualities of the zodiac and the numbering of the Minor Arcana.
Zodiac signs in order
Aries – Cardinal Fire 2 3 4 of Wands
Taurus – Fixed Earth 5 6 7 of Disks
Gemini – Mutable Air 8 9 10 of Swords
Cancer – Cardinal Water 2 3 4 of Cups
Leo – Fixed Fire 5 6 7 of Wands
Virgo – Mutable Earth 8 9 10 of Disks
Libra – Cardinal Air 2 3 4 of Swords
Scorpio – Fixed Water 5 6 7 of Cups
Sagittarius – Mutable Fire 8 9 10 of Wands
Capricorn – Cardinal Earth 2 3 4 of Disks
Aquarius – Fixed Air 5 6 7 of Swords
Pisces – Mutable Water 8 9 10 of Cups
Notice the patterns?

Progression of the small cards through the zodiacal year

The Zodiac and therefore the year, is divided into 360°. Each of the small cards represents 1 decan (period of 10 degrees) of the zodiac, and approximately 10 days of the year. Like before, see how many repeating patterns you can find. Also, notice how each of these patterns builds upon the last.
Zodiac signs/modes/element Card number, decans, dates Suit
Zodiac signs/modes/element Card number, decans and dates Suit
Aries – Cardinal Fire
2 0°–10° Mar 21–30 of Wands
3 10°–20° Mar 31 Apr 10
4 20°–30° Apr 11–20
Taurus – Fixed Earth
5 0°–10° Apr 21–30 of Disks
6 10°–20° May 1–10
7 20°–30° May 11–20
Gemini – Mutable Air 8 0°–10° May 21–30 of Swords
9 10°–20° Jun 1–10
10 20°–30° Jun 11–20
Cancer – Cardinal Water 2 0°–10° Jun 21 Jul 1 of Cups
3 10°–20° Jul 2–11
4 20°–30° Jul 12–21
Leo – Fixed Fire 5 0°–10° Jul 22 Aug 1 of Wands
6 10°–20° Aug 2–11
7 20°–30° Aug 12–22
Virgo – Mutable Earth 8 0°–10° Aug 23 Sept 1 of Disks
9 10°–20° Sept 2–11
10 20°–30° Sept 12–22
Libra – Cardinal Air 2 0°–10° Sept 23 Oct 2 of Swords
3 10°–20° Oct 3–12
4 20°–30° Oct 13–22
Scorpio – Fixed Water 5 0°–10° Oct 23 Nov 1 of Cups
6 10°–20° Nov 2–11
7 20°–30° Nov 12–22
Sagittarius – Mutable Fire 8 0°–10° Nov 23 Dec 2 of Wands
9 10°–20° Dec 3–12
10 20°–30° Dec 13–20
Capricorn – Cardinal Earth 2 0°–10° Dec 22–30 of Disks
3 10°–20° Dec 31 Jan 9
4 20°–30° Jan 10–19
Aquarius – Fixed Air 5 0°–10° Jan 20–29 of Swords
6 10°–20° Jan 30 Feb 8
7 20°–30° Feb 9–18
Pisces – Mutable Water 8 0°–10° Feb 19–28 of Cups
9 10°–20° Feb 1–10
10 20°–30° Mar 11–20

Assignment of the Planets to the Small cards

An important pattern to become aware of is the placement of the Planets. Starting at Leo, the planets are assigned in the following repeating order:
  1. Saturn
  2. Jupiter
  3. Mars
  4. Sun
  5. Venus
  6. Mercury
  7. Luna
This is the descending order of the planetary spheres on the Tree of Life.
Zodiac signs/modes/element Card number, decans, dates, planets Suit
Zodiac signs/modes/element Card number, decans, dates, planets Suit
Aries – Cardinal Fire 2 0°–10° Mar 21–30 Mars of Wands
3 10°–20° Mar 31 Apr 10 Sun
4 20°–30° Apr 11–20 Venus
Taurus – Fixed Earth 5 0°–10° Apr 21–30 Mercury of Disks
6 10°–20° May 1–10 Moon
7 20°–30° May 11–20 Saturn
Gemini – Mutable Air 8 0°–10° May 21–30 Jupiter of Swords
9 10°–20° Jun 1–10 Mars
10 20°–30° Jun 11–20 Sun
Cancer – Cardinal Water 2 0°–10° Jun 21 Jul 1 Venus of Cups
3 10°–20° Jul 2–11 Mercury
4 20°–30° Jul 12–21 Moon
Leo – Fixed Fire 5 0°–10° Jul 22 Aug 1 Saturn of Wands
6 10°–20° Aug 2–11 Jupiter
7 20°–30° Aug 12–22 Mars
Virgo – Mutable Earth 8 0°–10° Aug 23 Sept 1 Sun of Disks
9 10°–20° Sept 2–11 Venus
10 20°–30° Sept 12–22 Mercury
Libra – Cardinal Air 2 0°–10° Sept 23 Oct 2 Moon of Swords
3 10°–20° Oct 3–12 Saturn
4 20°–30° Oct 13–22 Jupiter
Scorpio – Fixed Water 5 0°–10° Oct 23 Nov 1 Mars of Cups
6 10°–20° Nov 2–11 Sun
7 20°–30° Nov 12–22 Venus
Sagittarius – Mutable Fire 8 0°–10° Nov 23 Dec 2 Mercury of Wands
9 10°–20° Dec 3–12 Moon
10 20°–30° Dec 13–20 Saturn
Capricorn – Cardinal Earth 2 0°–10° Dec 22–30 Jupiter of Disks
3 10°–20° Dec 31 Jan 9 Mars
4 20°–30° Jan 10–19 Sun
Aquarius – Fixed Air 5 0°–10° Jan 20–29 Venus of Swords
6 10°–20° Jan 30 Feb 8 Mercury
7 20°–30° Feb 9–18 Moon
Pisces – Mutable Water 8 0°–10° Feb 19–28 Saturn of Cups
9 10°–20° Feb 1–10 Jupiter
10 20°–30° Mar 11–20 Mars

Court cards

The Knights (Kings), Queens, and Princes (Knights) rule from 20° of one sign to 20° of the next.
The Court cards are fascinating. Notice how they bring together and mix the elemental, qualities (Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable), decan and planetary attributions.
The reason for this is the special tasks that the Court cards perform (in a Kabbalistic Universe that is). These cards are what allow the Universe to maintain itself; they were also responsible for its creation.
These are the cards that mix up all the other attributions so that they are forced to combine and interact with each other. This interaction ensures the maintenance of the Universe. Without these cards performing this function, there would be no Universe.
Zodiac signs/modes/element Card number, Court Card, decans, dates, planets Suit
Zodiac signs/modes/element Card number, Court Card, decans, dates, planets Suit
Aries – Cardinal Fire 2 Queen of Wands 0°–10° Mar 21–30 Mars of Wands
3 10°–20° Mar 31 Apr 10 Sun
4 Prince of Disks 20°–30° Apr 11–20 Venus
Taurus – Fixed Earth 5 0°–10° Apr 21–30 Mercury of Disks
6 10°–20° May 1–10 Moon
7 Knight of Swords 20°–30° May 11–20 Saturn
Gemini – Mutable Air 8 0°–10° May 21–30 Jupiter of Swords
9 10°–20° Jun 1–10 Mars
10 Queen of Cups 20°–30° Jun 11–20 Sun
Cancer – Cardinal Water 2 0°–10° Jun 21 Jul 1 Venus of Cups
3 10°–20° Jul 2–11 Mercury
4 Prince of Wands 20°–30° Jul 12–21 Moon
Leo – Fixed Fire 5 0°–10° Jul 22 Aug 1 Saturn of Wands
6 10°–20° Aug 2–11 Jupiter
7 Knight of Disks 20°–30° Aug 12–22 Mars
Virgo – Mutable Earth 8 0°–10° Aug 23 Sept 1 Sun of Disks
9 10°–20° Sept 2–11 Venus
10 Queen of Swords 20°–30° Sept 12–22 Mercury
Libra – Cardinal Air 2 0°–10° Sept 23 Oct 2 Moon of Swords
3 10°–20° Oct 3–12 Saturn
4 Prince of Cups 20°–30° Oct 13–22 Jupiter
Scorpio – Fixed Water 5 0°–10° Oct 23 Nov 1 Mars of Cups
6 10°–20° Nov 2–11 Sun
7 Knight of Wands 20°–30° Nov 12–22 Venus
Sagittarius – Mutable Fire 8 0°–10° Nov 23 Dec 2 Mercury of Wands
9 10°–20° Dec 3–12 Moon
10 Queen of Disks 20°–30° Dec 13–20 Saturn
Capricorn – Cardinal Earth 2 0°–10° Dec 22–30 Jupiter of Disks
3 10°–20° Dec 31 Jan 9 Mars
4 Prince of Swords 20°–30° Jan 10–19 Sun
Aquarius – Fixed Air 5 0°–10° Jan 20–29 Venus of Swords
6 10°–20° Jan 30 Feb 8 Mercury
7 Knight of Cups 20°–30° Feb 9–18 Moon
Pisces – Mutable Water 8 0°–10° Feb 19–28 Saturn of Cups
9 10°–20° Feb 1–10 Jupiter
10 Queen of Wands 20°–30° Mar 11–20 Mars


In the last article, Timing and Predicting when Events will Happen with Astrological associations, I suggested that the best way to learn this system was by using it.
I suggested:
  1. Deal out your favourite Tarot spread.
  2. Make the usual predictions.
  3. Pick some cards that seem to indicate future events.
  4. Consult the list of attributions below to see when that event will occur.
  5. Record your results.
  6. Repeat the process. Keep repeating and testing the system. See if it’s for you.
Now, I would like you to start noticing the patterns. Look at how the Golden Dawn attributed astrology to the Tarot; notice the logic and rationality behind it. Recognition of these patterns will do more than just make you a better Tarot reader, it will give you a sense of the interconnection of things.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Eclipse Aspects to Natal Planets: The Narrative of Change

by April Elliott Kent

Chances are, your birth chart contains at least one planetary configuration so dreadful that astrologers take one look and gasp: “How do you live with that?”

And you shrug. Because it’s like having been born with blue eyes or red hair: that’s the way it’s always been for you, so you’re pretty much used to it, much the way one gets used to a throbbing arthritic joint. A hypothetically awful aspect is your cross to bear, as Sister Rita used to say. But the very aspects that inspire terror in the casual observer are, potentially, your treasure.
Planets woven together by difficult aspects are as strong as steel. They represent problems you can’t ignore, and conflicts that chew at you until you find a resolution – or at least détente. They describe your defining attributes; and each time an eclipse scores a glancing blow off these aspects (about every four and a half years), you’re given another chance to become a little bit more … you.

So not even the most unpleasant natal aspect is inherently awful. And despite the unease they inspire, neither are eclipses. Some are part of a larger and more daunting planetary picture with global implications. Personally, however, we tend to experience eclipses most strongly when they form close aspects (especially conjunctions, squares, and oppositions) to planets in our birth chart. Each time an eclipse aspects one of the planetary crosses that you bear, a narrative of change emerges – one that is repeated over and over throughout your lifetime.
Unless an eclipse triggers these high-tension natal aspects, or falls very close to the cusps of the first, fourth, seventh, or tenth houses, you are likely to experience its influence as relatively subtle, like the flutter of a leaf in a chilling breeze. But let one of your more sensitive aspects get triggered, and it’s the difference between a doctor checking your reflexes during an exam and hammering an arthritic knee.
  • Eclipse aspecting the natal Sun: If life is a movie, the Sun is the protagonist – however flawed – for whom we cheer. Each of us is born to be the hero of our own life story; but often, timidity or false modesty persuades us to hand over that role to others. When eclipses aspect your natal Sun, you are thrust into the starring role – and if you’re not used to it, that can be uncomfortable.
  • Eclipses aspecting the natal Moon – From the moment we’re ripped from mom’s womb, we seek to reclaim the security and safety that we knew there. We feather our nests, stock the pantry with foods we like, and surround ourselves with people who make us feel comfortable. But when eclipses aspect the natal Moon, something – a new living situation, a change in health – may leave you feeling as exposed as a crab with her shell cracked open.
  • Eclipses aspecting Mercury: How do you define yourself? Usually, it begins with a name. Then, with your rank in the family pecking order, on the playground, in the workplace. Finally, numbers (grades in school, numbers on a paycheck) define you. When eclipses aspect natal Mercury, the god of definition, prepare for a change in your name, rank, or serial number – and for a change in how you define yourself.
  • Eclipses aspecting Venus: If only each of us were endowed with flawless confidence, great relationships, bountiful self-esteem, and oodles of cash! Eclipse aspects to Venus remind us that world will not always give us the treatment, whether kind or cruel, that we think we deserve.
  • Eclipses aspecting Mars: Mars is a trained, ruthless guard dog that answers only to you. He guards you and your home, defends your reputation, and helps you get all the cool things that you want. When eclipses aspect natal Mars, the watch dog is stirred up and straining at his leash; get what’s yours, but don’t let anyone get hurt.
  • Eclipses aspecting Jupiter: When was the last time you had an adventure? When eclipses aspect Jupiter, you’re itching to take a chance, to feel the thrill of being completely alive. These can be times when you overreach out of sheer optimism; but they are also moments when your life jumps tracks and starts moving in a new direction.
  • Eclipses aspecting Saturn: When eclipses aspect Saturn, you may feel worn out and discouraged. Probably, you’ve outgrown your life or are playing by outdated rules. But you’ll never get anywhere by blaming others for your problems. Regardless of how things got this way, what are you going to do to make your life better?
  • Eclipses aspecting Uranus: When eclipses aspect Uranus, you may feel like a misfit – and that can hurt. Recognizing who your friends are (and aren’t), and looking for a tribe that lets you be yourself, is the challenge of these eclipses.
  • Eclipses aspecting Neptune: These eclipses compel you to examine your blind spots, question your faith, and dispute what you previously thought was indisputable. If you’ve been fooling yourself – like a wife who ignores the signs that her husband has strayed, or the man who is disillusioned by his womanizing guru – these eclipses can deliver a wakeup call.
  • Eclipses aspecting Pluto: In each of us, there is a dark side. There are feelings that are unworthy of us – rage, jealousy, fear, covetousness. They weaken us, making us slaves to our emotions and to people who are more self-possessed. When eclipses aspect Pluto, we meet that dark self and the others who embody it for us, grappling with power and the need for control.
Combine these descriptions to better understand the sensitive points in your own chart that will be awakened by the upcoming eclipses on April 15, 2014 (lunar eclipse at 25.16 Libra) and April 28, 2014 (solar eclipse at 8.52 Taurus). If a planet in your birth chart, or the Ascendant/Midheaven, falls:
  • between about 21 to 29 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn (April 15), or
  • between about 5 and 14 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius (April 28)
your reflexes will be working overtime… and that arthritic knee is going to be really, really sore.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Love and The Declination of the Progressed Moon

by Luc De Jaeger, Cosmic Technologies (CosmiTec)

Some astronomers and scientists claim that astrology is flawed because from their perspective there are 13 signs instead of the common 12 which most Western astrologers use.

The horoscope division in 12 signs of 30° each is unreal to them.

Not only do they forget (intentionally or not) that there is a difference between the Constellations and the zodiac signs (which they very often mix up) but they also neglect the fact that the division in 12 zodiac signs of 30° each (also called the Tropical Zodiac) has a very natural reason.

The Tropical Zodiac, which most Western astrologers use, is based upon the annual movement of the Sun north and south of the celestial equator.

The Sun's movement starts at the equator (at 0° declination) at the spring equinox and the Sun then travels through the Northern Hemisphere for about three months until it reaches its highest declination above the equator (which is 0° Cancer).

It then proceeds and moves downwards towards the equator again until it crosses the equator (which is 0° Libra) and heads further south till it reaches its lowest declination (which corresponds with 0° Capricorn) and goes way up again to cross the equator again around the Vernal point (0° Aries).

And so the cycle repeats.

In other words, the Sun's movement along the equator marks all our seasons and builds the cornerstone of the Tropical Zodiac and the division of the horoscope wheel in segments or sectors of 30° each.

Not to make it too difficult, it's this path of the Sun, the Moon and the other planets, which is called declination, that interests us here.

It was the German astrologer Reinhold Ebertin who did quite some research and used the declinations in his astrological work (published among others in his book 'Applied Cosmobiology').

He even used the declination midpoints!

Ebertin found a 'simple' way to show the planets' movements along the equator on a Graphic Ephemeris which is commonly called the Lifespan Declination Graph or Lifetime Graph.

Aside from the transiting declinations, he also calculated the declinations of all the progressed planets and bodies to find the milestones in life.

Many other astrologers followed in his footsteps and have researched the (secondary) progressed planets in declination and especially the progressed Moon (with the key of 1 day after birth = 1 year after birth) in declination.

They all found that particular positions of the secondary progressed Moon in declination coincided with life-changing events and/or experiences.

In particular the following positions indicate important changes:
  • the progressed Moon crossing the equator (at 0° declination)

  • the progressed Moon at its highest declination North
  • the progressed Moon at its lowest declination South

  • The peaks and the crossings are powerful turning points in life, indicating childbirths, moves, job changes, divorces or important separations and are especially telling the story of your (family and love) life.

    We can only confirm these findings.

    Things become yet more interesting and powerful when the progressed Moon reaches its peak (North or South) and goes beyond 23°26' (which is the Sun's boundaries).

    When planets go beyond the 23°26' mark, thus go beyond the Sun's boundaries, they are told to be 'out of bounds' and become more powerful and more 'extreme' in their manifestation.

    Such out of bounds planets (or the Moon) become independent, often uncontrollable, extraordinary and 'beyond normal.'

    When the progressed Moon is out of bounds, it's thus going to bring some events to happen that are beyond expectation.

    When the Moon reaches its rare maximum declination of 28°45' North or South, it's at her major standstill, resulting in huge personal changes.

    For now and in conclusion, keep in mind that the secondary progressed Moon in declination marks highly powerful turning points in life when it peaks or crosses the celestial equator.

    Always look at both the direct progressed declinations and the converse progressed declinations.

    If you find a peak or a crossing in both the direct and converse Graphs at the same moment in time, expect something really BIG and important to change the life of the person profoundly.

    We mentioned that the crossing (at 0° declination) and the highest declinations (North or South) represent turning points and milestones in one's life.

    Most astrology software programs are able to calculate the positions of the planets and points in declination.

    It's best to have the progressed Moon's position in declination shown in a graph.

    Some software programs have a graph with the Equator (horizontal 0° line) in the middle and the North declinations above the 0° line, the declinations South below the 0° line.

    Other programs show the 0° line (Equator) at the bottom and print the declination lines North or South above the horizontal Equator in different colors or thickness.

    If you have no software program with this feature, you can still get your progressed Moon in declination graphs from Astrodienst.

    Just follow the instructions below:

  • Select 'Free Horoscopes' in the left navigation bar, top left
  • Choose 'Horoscope Drawings & Calculations'
  • Choose 'Extended Chart Selection'
  • Login or enter the birth information by following the instructions on the screen
  • In the 'Extended Chart Selection' window, click on the 'Special Charts' link next to the "Methods:"
  • In the 'Select the type of chart you want' drop-down menu, just scroll down and find the 'Ebertin's Life Diagram, Progressed declinations' option
  • In the 'options' heading, make sure you enter a start date
  • Then, click on the blue 'Click here to show the chart' button
  • The (very) light blue line is the (direct) progressed Moon in declination line

  • The graph shows the crossings of the Equator (0° declination) at the bottom and the highest declinations (North and South) are at the top of the Graph.

    Now let's take a look at some random examples to illustrate the principles.

    Recently (early January 2014), Francois Hollande , the French president, admitted having an affair, resulting in the separation from his wife.

    When looking at his direct progressed Moon in declination graph, you will be stunned to find out that late December 2013, the progressed Moon in declination crossed the Equator (at 0° declination) denoting a turning point in his life.

    Most often, the progressed Moon crossing the Equator coincides with separations (in a wide sense).

    Another example is Frank Sinatra , who married in February 1939 when the progressed Moon in declination was at its highest declination South.

    He remarried in November 1951 when the progressed Moon in declination was at its maximum North.

    Sarah Ferguson , the British Duchess of York who married Prince Andrew in July 1986, did so when the progressed Moon in declination crossed the Equator at 0° declination.

    The British soccer player David Beckham , married spice girl Victoria Adams in July 1999 when the progressed Moon in declination was in maximum declination South!

    Bill Gates , one of the founders of Microsoft Corp. and still one of the richest men in the world, married on January 1, 1994 when the progressed Moon in declination crossed the Equator (0° declination).

    Julia Roberts got twins in November 2004 when the progressed Moon in declination was at maximum South declination.

    Saturday, 22 February 2014

    Lunar Love

    by Adam Elenbaas

    Ask just about anybody you meet what their “sign” is and they will immediately say, “I’m a (fill in the blank).” Of course they will be referring to their Sun sign. Why does this happen? How did the Sun sign become more important than the Moon sign? Why do people identify with their solar qualities rather than their lunar qualities? And when it comes to love and romance shouldn’t there be a lunar pick-up line, “Hey there, so what’s your Moon sign baby?”

    Entire books have been written on the subject of modern patriarchy, machismo, and the rampant suppression of the feminine. But we can’t stop there and just blame the ignored Moon sign on the “men.” It’s not enough to say that it’s the fault of men that the Moon sign isn’t equally appreciated. For a deeper understanding of the popularity of the Sun sign we need to explore, and reflect more deeply upon, the symbolism of the Sun and the Moon.

    Moon Symbolism versus Sun Symbolism

    From the Moon’s point of view, the feminine and the masculine are equal and complementary opposites. As Joseph Campbell writes in his volume on Occidental Mythology, “the Moon, waxing and waning, sloughing its shadow and again waxing, is the celestial sign.” The simple emotional truth beyond this mythological Moon poetry is fairly simple: our Moon sign represents our time-bound, mortal, and biologically enmeshed self-hood. Our most simple sense of “at homeness” in the universe, therefore, starts with our Moon sign.

    By contrast the Sun sign represents something altogether different. The solar, like the unchanging face of the Sun, stands as an absolute in and of itself. It stands beyond the reflecting, changing, and rhythmic dance of the Moon. The Sun also animates and perpetuates life, whereas the Moon fosters, integrates, and forms life. We revolve around the Sun, whereas the Moon revolves around us. The light of the Moon is reflecting the Sun, and yet without the presence of the Moon the earth would spin on its axis in a mere eight hours, taking away the perfect rhythm of dark and light and making life as we know it impossible.


    Why Do We Only Care About Sun Signs?

    So why don’t the Sun and the Moon get along with each other more in people’s consciousness? And why do we only care about each other’s Sun signs? Well, esoterically over the years the complex symbolism of the Sun and the Moon have often been pitted against one another in terms of a conflicting relationship between dualism (the waxing and waning of the Moon), and oneness (the unchanging face of the Sun). From this point of view the Moon represents the mortal and temporal self, the ego, and its fixation (at worst, damnation) on the wheel of time. The Sun represents getting off the wheel of reincarnation, getting off the wheel of time, and following a higher destiny into the great beyond, into the timeless and changeless void or bliss of enlightenment.

    Solar religions, from this general point of view, all have the same, singular goal or focus in mind—to transcend. This “transcendence game” can play itself out through asceticism, spiritual practices or disciplines, personal-creative callings, a hero’s journey, or the general quest for personal destiny and freedom. There is no problem with this, of course. We need this solar activity to help us grow upward, and each one of us has a Sun sign in our chart that can tell us a great deal about where we will find that personal journey of transcendence.


    The Problem with the Quest for Transcendence

    The problem comes when we forget that this solar desire “to transcend” is generally a deeply personal and sometimes alienating quest. For its purposes, the Sun sign journey must see the outside, interdependent, cyclically lunar world as a dualistic distraction, a projection of its own mind, and at worst, a lusty demon or an evil temptress. For the Sun sign portion of our psyche it is naturally much harder to remember the co-equal and opposite “everything is already perfect and eternal” world of the Moon sign.

    At this point in history it seems safe to say that even our best spiritual philosophies, eastern and mystical or western and monotheistic alike, place too great an emphasis on the quest for transcendence. We ask someone about their Sun sign because we’re all interested in each other’s individuality. We’re each very concerned with our personal quest. But if the Sun is by nature more personal and less “dependent,” compared to the Moon, then wouldn’t it be at least equally important to ask about someone’s “Moon” sign when considering a relationship, which is by nature more of a “dependent” situation?


    Three Good Reasons to Love by the Moon

    So, now that we have taken a moment to contextualize our understanding of the currently underrated “Moon sign” phenomenon, let’s map out some solid reasons to consider Moon sign compatibility with your lover or your next hot date. Then let’s talk about some simple guidelines for interpreting what makes for the most harmonious Moon sign synastry!


    1. Bio-Rhythm

    Because the Moo refers to an inherent knowledge of the union between the opposites (light and dark), it is naturally more androgynous. Similarly, when we feel at “home” we generally do not feel pressured by the task of our sexual or gender identity. Being at a home is a place where we can take off the masks of the opposites and simply “exist.” Think of that place in your life where you can finally throw off the pressures of your work, your “focus,” and your social identity and simply relax.

    This “safe place” looks a little different for each of us, and interestingly enough, depending upon the Moon’s house and sign placement in a birth chart, this sense of an androgynous “at homeness” can even exist in more fiery, creative, and social dimensions (think of a Sagittarius Moon in the Eleventh House, for example!). Regardless, if your relationship does not share the common language of rest, androgyny, and “at homeness” you might find the relationship to be constant work. You may have trouble synching up into a rhythm together. Our Moon signs are like maps to understanding the kinds of rhythms we need in order to work and grow in equal balance with our need to rest and integrate.

    Since it could be said, from a karmic or evolutionary point of view, that the purpose of each and every relationship we ever get into is to help us grow (notice how solar this point of view is, always helping us to maintain that sense of the importance of our personal quest!), then it is critical that we share a common, non-goal-oriented, resting and cooperative Moon space. Again, perhaps somewhat ironically, our Moon synastry can still engage signs and houses that will involve traditional “work.”

    For example, I have a Capricorn Moon in the Ninth House, and my girlfriend has a Taurus Moon in the Eleventh House. We operate a home-based Yoga Studio, Apothecary, and Astrology School. For the two of us, our work is very peaceful, cooperative, and nurturing because we have excellent Moon sign synastry. Similarly, many clients I counsel who are in the creative or artistic fields will share Leo or Fifth House Moons in their partnerships. So don’t let people tell you that just because the Moon sign represents nourishment and “at homeness” that it is not capable of being productive. In fact, many people who find their truest callings in life work just as much from their Moon sign as their Sun sign. After all, could there be anything better than receiving rest, relaxation, and nourishment while doing your work? Enough said!

    2. Healthy Families Make Waves, not War

    It’s vital that relationships clash. That’s how we grow. But, in equal proportion, we need times of organically-arising peace and nourishment. Moon sign synastry points toward a shared area of rest and relaxation that will tend to reappear, as rhythmically and organically (meaning you don’t have to try to make it happen) as the tides. Families with children especially need this nourishment pattern, and if couples want to start a family, and keep their family together, then Moon sign synastry is of the utmost importance.

    Let’s explore this through an example. Dad has a Scorpio Moon in the Fourth House. Mom has a Leo Moon in the Seventh House. Mom’s Moon sign is going to continually generate periods of social self-expression. She might enjoy light-hearted, creative friendships, and she may enjoy getting dressed up to kill and going out to be social. This is how she receives that “I’m at home and all is well in the universe” feeling that she must get in order to be healthy.

    Dad, on the other hand, is going to continually generate long and deep periods of emotional depth and intensity at home. He might need long periods of isolated brooding or emotional exploring. He might need long and deeply affectionate or fused and highly catalytic sexual encounters with his wife. This is how he receives his nourishment.

    On some days, maybe Mom drags Dad out, and he spends the evening enduring the social torture of a night out. Maybe he admires Mom all night—as she shines and he hides—and then she compromises and stays up into the wee hours of the night making love or sharing deep emotions. On the other hand, maybe Mom stays in with Dad and withstands the social isolation for the sake of Dad. If they know how important the other’s needs are, there is no reason this marriage couldn’t work. However, in my experience, this natural Moon square (from Scorpio to Leo) is probably not going to work out very well, if at all, in the long run.

    After a while, Dad will hate that Mom is more socially outgoing than deeply rooted in the home space, and Mom vice versa, and the two will continue getting their Moon needs fulfilled, but they will do so with a lingering sense of resentment for each other. Why? Because the Moon doesn’t like it when its desire for rest and nourishment doesn’t happen organically, and the most basic need of a relationship is to share this “at homeness” feeling together rather than apart. It is a basic need for each of us that is as simple as the newborn’s reflex to nurse at its mother’s breasts. When someone tries to take this away from us, it makes us deeply crabby and emotional.

    In the meantime, their children, who will balance Mom and Dad as much as Mom and Dad balance each other in the family dynamic, may have entirely different Moon needs. How can Mom and Dad create that “at home” feeling for their children (which also may not be very easy), when Mom and Dad’s lunar needs are already clashing?

    3. Spiritual Compatibility

    We’ve already mentioned that everyone has their own hero’s journey to find through their Sun sign. It’s not like the personal solar quest should be ignored in synastry. And yet, having good Moon sign synastry means that you share a common base throughout your personal/spiritual quest. I remember what one woman said during a session I did with her and her husband earlier this summer (paraphrased):

    “I used to be very evangelical about yoga, and I got into traveling and I was reading everything I could about transcendental meditation. Tom was into woodworking, like always, and he would learn new things and get excited about completing new woodworking projects, and for the longest time I couldn’t see any of what he was doing as spiritual. Not like yoga and meditation anyway. But as time wore on and we kept coming back to the same basic places—we both enjoy walking and hiking and birdwatching and talking—I let go of wanting Tom to be anything more than what he is. He doesn’t have to be just like me anymore. And what we share despite our differences is what I’ve called home now for something like the past forty years. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

    Our Sun signs will take us on the most amazing personal journeys, and yet, we will always come back to the familiarity and nourishment of our homey Moon sign. Think of the people you love in your life no matter what. Does it matter if they share all of your personal concerns and ambitions? Probably not. And that’s what family is after all! Family, at its best, is like a resting place of acceptance and love. So while it may be important to share some commonality in our Sun sign’s quest, it’s safe to say that it’s at least equally important that we share Moon sign compatibility too!


    Three Moon Sign Synastry Tips

    Okay, so now that we have a few good reasons to consider Moon sign synastry as equally important to Sun sign synastry, let’s look at some general interpretive guidelines.

    1. Ask and Feel

    Before you analyze the chart, stop and ask yourself this question, “Does my partnership feature periods of getting along, enjoying one another peacefully and finding ourselves in a relaxed space?” If the answer is no, then you will probably find some element of Moon disparity. If the answer is yes (and remember we’re not necessarily talking about sexual explosiveness or romantic fireworks with Moon signs), then you probably display some element of Moon sign compatibility.

    Moon sign synastry is complex. It might involve progressed Moon placements. It might involve house, rather than sign, synastry, and it might involve multiple planetary aspects or the influence of a current planetary transit to one or both of your Moon signs. Therefore the simplest way to get in touch with Moon sign synastry is to get in touch with your own feelings. Does the relationship feature rhythmic periods of easy and soft feelings between the two of you? The answer should be simple and heartfelt. This is the best place to start!

    2. Elemental Synastry

    Water and Earth signs get along with each other, and Air and Fire signs get along with each other. This is not to say that Moon sign synastry is not possible outside of these rules, but it is to say that there is a higher likelihood of two people synching up with each other when the elements of their Moon signs harmonize together.

    Water is emotional and Earth practical (to be general here). Water will want closeness, intimacy, depth of feeling, and fusion. Earth may not be as into it, but they will hold space for it. Earth will demonstrate patience and support for the needs of water, just like a canyon holds the earth. Over time, the water generally erodes the tougher surfaces of the earth. The earth has a hard time changing; it’s generally slower, and water helps it along by provoking movement in a gentle and supportive way.

    The quintessential example is the Cancer and Taurus relationship. Cancer Moon people will have a need for nourishment and intimacy. Taurus needs to be self-possessed and surrounded by people who see their value (which helps them to self-possess). Cancer will value the Taurus, and Taurus will hold space for Cancer’s neediness. Over time Cancer will help Taurus change into something more empathetic, and Taurus will help Cancer shift into something less needy. The exchange is soft, generally easy, and mutually supportive.

    Air and Fire get along with each other similarly. Air needs to dissociate, shift perspectives, relate to objectively, and consider rather than “act upon.” Fire, on the other hand, needs to act, to animate, to force, to will, to express, and to know beyond reason. Over time Air helps Fire to be more considerate and thoughtful, and hence more effective, while Fire helps Air to be more decisive and initiative. The relationship is generally more masculine, meaning it is more active or “yang” in nature, but it is no less harmonious.

    The classic example might be a Gemini and an Aries relationship. An Aries Moon might be compelled into actions and impulses without question, whereas a Gemini might consider everything and have a hard time acting upon a thought. The Aries fire will be provided with an abundance of opportunities for action because of Gemini’s plethora of ideas. Gemini will be provided with an abundance of material for thought and consideration as Aries continually animates and acts from impulse. The two will temper each other over time and the exchange will generally feel easy and mutually beneficial.

    Let’s mix up signs from these examples now and show how poor elemental synastry can play out. What about an Aries Moon sign with a Taurus Moon sign?

    In this example, the Aries desire for action is contrasted by Taurus’ need for self-possession. Aries will continually act out, with very little concern for the stabilizing of their own identity (at least not in an earthy, grounded sense), whereas the Taurus will generally resist, with the force of a Bull, the constant explosiveness of Aries. The two signs do not share elemental synastry and therefore the teaching is much more difficult. It’s likely that the two will simply butt heads, fight, and call each other selfish until they are blue in the face. How unhelpful could this be, considering what our Moon signs are built to do for us—namely give us rest, integration, and nourishment?

    3. Look at Sign/House and Aspect Placements Too

    A Ninth House Moon, regardless of what sign it is in, may share something constructive with a Sagittarian Moon—similarly all the way around the zodiac. There are multiple factors that we must consider when looking at Moon sign synastry. Another example: a Moon/Venus contact in Aries may share easiness with a first house Taurus Moon. The Venus/Aries/Taurus/ connection is being highlighted in a complex way, which may actually lead to an unusual but nonetheless effective synastry!

    Astrology has many different ways of combining seemingly disparate energies into cohesive harmonies. A Sixth House Aquarius Moon and a Virgo Moon might share more than you might think just by looking at the sign/element qualities. The trick is to observe what your relationship seems to share effortlessly, and then creatively look for it in the Moon sign synastry of the chart. Of course, keep in mind that if you and your partner are greatly struggling to create an organic and peaceful resting place together, then doing a lot of acrobatic Moon sign interpreting may not help anything and could, in fact, become another excuse standing in the way of a healthy breakup.

    The Moon Sign in Conclusion

    Take note of what puts you at ease, of where you feel most at home and at rest. Take note of your partner’s version of what feels like home and rest. Be deliberate about sharing in each other’s home spaces/needs with respect, but also do not be willing to compromise your own needs if it is leading you into constant stress and conflict.

    Sex is exciting, romance should be sizzling, and your personal/spiritual journey for transcendence (the Sun) is of the utmost importance. But remember, from the motherly Moon’s contrasting point of view, there is nothing to do, nowhere to go, and only the here and now to embrace for as long as you both shall live. So it’s probably a good idea to share this home space with your partner rather than having to fight or struggle for it!