Sunday 29 May 2011

Astrology and Self Empowerment

What is astrology for? What can it do? Can it tell me what’s going to happen to me? These are common questions that even seasoned astrologers ask themselves from time to time.

One of the major criticisms of astrology is that it can’t make accurate predictions. I agree that it can’t, but rather than putting astrology on a back foot, I think this is one of its strengths and I’ll try and tell you why I think this.....

Take any birth chart and look at the aspects. Say the birth chart has a tight Venus-Saturn opposition aspect. What assumptions do we immediately make? Amongst other things, we might presume that the owner of this aspect has difficulties with relationships. In a lot of cases we would be correct in this assumption, but can we really say much more than this without some background information and some feedback from the person with the aspect? Not really. We need some context before we can unravel the mystery of what this aspect means.

Does the chart belong to a man or woman? How old are they? What kind of family do they come from? What is their socio/economic standing? What culture/religious background do they come from and how does that affect how relationships are conducted? All of these things and more will have an impact, as will the rest of the chart. However, it is only really when we meet and talk to the person and hear their story that we can truly see how that Venus-Saturn opposition has played out in their lives.

This is because everyone’s lives are determined by one thing that the birth chart can’t tell us. We always have the Free Will to make choices and to act upon them.

I am a big believer of free will. If some things seem ‘fated’ aren’t they usually just consequences of past actions? Didn’t the ‘fated’ event arise from our past actions in some way, however convoluted the path from cause to effect might be? If you take the modern spiritual perspective you may even believe that you choose to come in at a certain time and face certain issues in order for growth and development on a soul level.

Now, back my point, which is to tell you why I think astrology’s failure to accurately predict is actually its strength........... the answer is simple. If astrology can’t tell you exactly what is going to happen...... then ...... your Venus-Saturn opposition DOESN’T HAVE TO condemn you to a lifetime of relationship difficulties. Moon conjunct Pluto doesn’t mean that you can’t overcome ‘mothering’ issues. If you have Sun square Neptune it isn’t inevitable that you’ll face a life of confused goals and self destructive escapism. You can’t escape the aspect, its energies will always be with you, but YOU CAN CHOOSE what you do with it. The same principle also applies to transits excepting of course that transits are temporary.

Each and every ‘difficult’ aspect or transit holds within it the key to living it out creatively and constructively. Each one presents an opportunity for growth and healing. They all invite you to take the higher road. They do not promise that it will be quick or easy or that you will be 100% ‘cured’. In fact they do not make any promises at all. It is up to you to seek the true meaning of every aspect and transit AS IT RELATES TO YOU AND YOUR STORY. Then you have the choice of what you do with the information.

The astrologer can’t tell you what will happen, because she doesn’t have all the answers. All she can do is hear your story, discuss it with you in relation to your chart and perhaps give you a few pointers. She must respect that you have free will and not take that away from you by trying to make concrete predictions. If she has done her job well, she has opened you up to the positive potentials and made you aware of the possible pitfalls before she sends you on your way. A bit like a weather forecaster, she can tell you whether to pack your sun-block or your thermals (or both) as you head off on your journey. Where you go or what happens after that is up to you.

And that is the magic of self empowerment through astrology.

With love,

"Character is fate" Heraclitus

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Forecasting with Transits

The planets are always moving around the zodiac. As they make angles (aspects) to places where planets Were when you were born, things willTend to happen in your life. This section lists what each individual aspect means. Several possibilities are listed for each transit since they can work out in different ways, depending on the context of your birth chart, and, of course, your stage of life. Transiting Uranus making a conjunction with the natal position (the placement in the birth chart) of Venus will not produce a love affair in the horoscope of a two-year old. Nor will Jupiter crossing the Mid-Heaven of a homeless drug addict suddenly produce “advancement in career”.

Another word of warning. Never try to make a forecast based on just one factor alone. Look at them all because you never can tell. Beginners always make that mistake (and even some practicing astrologers!). That Jupiter aspect you were counting on to increase your money may be canceled out by that accident aspect between Uranus and Mars. Be sure to Check everything before making that forecast.

Progressions are calculated as follows. Each day  after your birth is taken as being equivalent to one year of your life. For example, if you want to find your progressions for when you were 15 years old, you would calculate a new horoscope for 15 Days after your were born (same year, same place of birth, and same time of day). That will be your Progressed Horoscope for age 15.

Then, you check to see if there are any aspects in the progressed chart that are within one degree of being exact. You also compare the progressed chart with your birth horoscope to see if any of the progressed planets are making aspects to your birth planets. Again, all aspects must be within one degree of being exact. These will be the aspects that will influence you during that time. And they can influence you for a long time.  Click on the planet links below and learn how each individual aspect means when we discuss transits.

A  List of Transits( Click for linked subsections)
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Pluto Transits - Packs a punch, get transformed -rules obsession..
18.2transneptune.gif (149 bytes)Neptune Transits  - Dreams, imagination, illusion, delusion.
18.3uranus.jpg (964 bytes)Uranus Transits  - Makes other planets function crazily.
18.4transsaturn.gif (133 bytes)Saturn Transits  - Order, organization, ambition & hard work.
18.5transjupiter.gif (140 bytes)Jupiter Transits  - Luck and expansion.
18.6transmars.gif (179 bytes)Mars Transits  - Plenty of action, energy & aggression.
18.7transvenus.gif (142 bytes)Venus Transits - Pleasure, it makes things easier or lazier.
18.8transmercury.gif (644 bytes)Mercury Transits - Communication, writing or speaking.
18.9transmoon.gif (189 bytes)Moon Transits - Emotions, desires and intuitions.
18.10transsun.gif (1155 bytes)Sun Transits - Attention, creative and hearful.

Pluto Transit

Pluto, in prediction, is a neutral planet. Transiting Pluto brings major, life altering change, for better or worse, depending upon the other transiting planets and the life patterns in the birth chart. Pluto is neither positive or negative. The changes resulting from a Pluto transit are permanent.

Pluto rules intensity and obsession. When it contacts natal planets by transit, it sometimes intensifies them, especially in the case of Venus, where it can cause deep, obsessive love. The Venus/Pluto contacts are the bringers of fatal attractions where the love is one sided.


To the natal Sun-
When Pluto contacts the Sun, there are changes in one's self image. This transit often brings one into contact with his/her own power. The Sun rules the male partner in a woman's chart, the Father, the male boss, men who are seen as authority, and children, especially male. These changes can affect these male figures in one's personal life. For example, rarely, there can be death of the father. The house cusp(s) with the sign of Leo (see) are areas there is likely to be major change. The house that contains the Sun can also be affected. Look to the house where Pluto is making the transit from, for clues to where the changes will take place.

To the natal Moon-
Domestic change. Moving house, someone being born, someone dying, someone leaving, someone coming to live in the same house. or changes that affect one's family members and home. Look to other planetary transits to determine whether this change is positive or negative. Transiting Pluto aspecting the Moon from the 5th house, often signifies a birth. Pluto aspecting from the 8th, often a death.

To the natal Mercury-
Often a period of intense learning and mental activity. One will go through changes in one's views. During this transit, one may transform one's self through intense learning, either formal or informal. Meditation and other psychic exercises will act to transform the mind at this time. Also look to the house cusps with Gemini and Virgo; the house containing the natal Mercury and the house where transiting Pluto is making the aspects from. One may become obsessed with a subject.

To the natal Venus-
This transit usually incites deep, intense love. This love can descend into obsession, especially if one sided. There can be a painful quality to the love. Emotions can be out of one's control. There can be changes in regards to finances, as Venus rules money and material possessions. Check house cusps that have Taurus and Libra, the house containing Venus and the house where pluto is making the transit from.

"A Pluto transit to Venus may potentially undermine a relationship and threaten its security, and one of the partner’s may express unexpressed feelings of resentment towards the other. Either individual may experience some kind of trauma or crisis in their personal life. New and existing relationships undergo crisis and change and there is often a fated quality to all personal interactions during this transit. Pluto forces us to find our own inner values and resources, and to radically transform the way we relate." (Julie Rimmer)

To the natal Mars-
This is a good transit for increasing one's self confidence and self esteem. During this time, one feels more in control and in some cases, receives outstanding recognition of some sort. People undergoing this transit, often find themselves more competitive, aggressive, determined and intense. One often has more physical stamina and can devote him/herself entirely and intensively in a selected project. The project can become an obsession and much work can get done. Check the houses with Aries on the cusp(s); the house containing Mars and the house Pluto is transiting from for areas where possible additional changes will occur.

To the natal Jupiter-
Changes in one's religious beliefs, philosophies and views. With the conjunction, square and opposition, these can be drastic. With the trine and sextile, one's beliefs can be deepened and strengthened. Check the house(s) with Sagittarius on the cusp, the house containing Jupiter and the house Pluto is making the transit from.

To the natal Saturn-
There may be changes in one's foundation beliefs. One's concept of reality may go through permanent changes. Enlightenment can be in the form of upheaval. This transit usually affects the affairs of the house(s) that has Capricorn on the cusp and the house containing Saturn. Saturn also rules old people and there may be changes in regards to them if one has any that are within one's personal circle. Look to the house where Pluto is making the transit from.

To the natal Uranus, Neptune and Pluto-
I have found when transiting Pluto contacts these natal planets, the affairs that undergo change are within the house cusps that contain the signs that they rule. Aquarius, for Uranus, Pisces, for Neptune and Scorpio for Pluto aspecting itself. With Uranus, in rare cases, there may be some change connected to one's freedom or lack of; Neptune, drugs, music, art, alchohol, Pluto to itself is a generational influence. Affairs with the house with Scorpio on the cusp can undergo changes.

To the chart ruler-
In addition to the above, there will be major, permanent personal changes. Look to the house where transiting Pluto is in to see what areas of one's life they will affect.

To the ruler of the 2nd house- financial, or material changes.
To the ruler of the 3rd house- changes in thinking, brothers/sisters, relatives, neighbors
To the ruler of the 4th house- changes in home, family, the mother
To the ruler of te 5th house- changes in regards to children; a birth, changes in regards to athletics or creative projects.
To the ruler of the 6th house- changes in health and/or work
To the ruler of the 7th house- marriage, divorce, sometimes legal issues, changes in regards to partnership.
To the ruler of the 8th house- changes in joint finances, debts, sex.
To the ruler of the 9th house- beginning or ending higher (university) education, possible long distance immigration, possible changes in religious beliefs/philosophies.
To the ruler of the 10th house- career changes
To the ruler of the 11th house- permanently joining a group or organization, permanent friendships or breaking up with the above mentioned. Permanent changes in goals.
To the ruler of the 12th house- changes in consciousness, in rare cases, imprisonment or incarceration. Good time for occult studies, spiritual understanding, meditation and healing.


Pluto crosses the Ascendent-
There will be major changes. A long distance move, changes in relationships, a career break, attainment of power/position. One's life will never be the same again.

Pluto through the 1st house- Pluto remains in this house anywhere from 12- 31 years. During this time, drastic changes in self can occur. Physical changes such as weight loss, self improvement, obsession with one's self and goals, personal accomplishments. This transit is usually positive, but in rare cases, the life altering changes can be for the worst.

Pluto through the 2nd house- obtaining money and material possessions can become an all out obsession, there can be drastic changes in these areas. Winning large amounts of money, or major losses can occur. An overwhelming need for security, usually financial.

Pluto through the 3rd house- emphasis on communication, neighbors, brothers/sisters, the immediate community and environment. Computers, short distance travel, writing. Thinking can become more intense. Meditation, contemplation, obsession with obtaining knowledge, deeper relationships with siblings. Obsession with making a difference in the community or environment.

When Pluto crosses the I.C., there will be changes in regards to the home and family. Long distance moves and changes of residence are common. If other factors in the chart support it, there can be marriage. There can be divorce, illness, death in the family, but in most cases, a move of residence. Career changes are also possible.

Pluto through the 4th house- Major repairs of home and property, family ties may either be deepened or broken, people coming to live in your home and/or people leaving. Changes within the family, elders, the mother, in very rare cases, death, as this is a house of endings. Changes in regards to property being bought/sold.

Pluto through the 5th house- Pluto here, often signifies the birth of children, especially when other planets are contacted. Obsession with working out, athletics, exercise. Intense creative projects, passionate love affairs. Gambling at this time can become an addiction. In very rare cases, winning at gambling. A strong need for recognition. Sometimes one sided love obsessions occur.

Pluto through the 6th house- One's health can regenerate, and there can be healing. Changes in diet, care of one's body. Intense work situations where you work your ass off, usually physical labor. Changes in employment, career. This is a good time for healing. There can be workaholic tendencies. In rare cases, diseases and negative changes in health.

Pluto crosses the Decendant- Changes in relationships. If one is married, often death of the spouse or divorce. If one is single, there can be meeting with one's soul mate; an all consuming union.

Pluto through the 7th house- Partnerships of all kinds go through major changes and are never the same. In new love relationships, there will be extreme depth of feeling. There can also be significant legal issues. Others will exert strong influences and incite personal changes in the person whose 7th house is being transited by Pluto. Attractions to dominating, strong secretive types, those in positions of power. There can be partnerships formed, business alliances or love/sexual associations with people in positions of power. Sometimes these will be kept secret.

Pluto through the 8th house- changes in debt, joint finances. Filing bankruptcy. Obsession with the mysteries of death, the occult and supernatural. In rare cases, death. Legacies and major changes of all sorts cn occur with Pluto transiting the 8th. Obsession with fetishes and intense sexuality.

Pluto through the 9th house- Changes in religious beliefs, fanaticism in beliefs, long distance travel or immigation, This is a good time for learning and education. At this time, one can attract powerful teachers for better or worse. There may be changes in regards to in-laws or the partner's relatives. This transit signifies intense involvement with religion, other cultures, metaphysics, philosophy, education and the law. lso, a second marriage is possible, as the 9th rules the second major relationship (marriage).

Pluto crosses the Midheaven- Career and major life changes in regards to one's standing and status, for better or worse.

Pluto through the 10th house- Career changes, obsession with getting ahead and power. There may be changes in regards to the father. Workaholic tendencies and strong ambitions. There is a possibility for fame, coming before the public, special recognition and honors. One may at this time be appointed to a position of power.

Pluto through the 11th house- changes in regards to friends, goals and groups. One may at this time, join a group or organization permanently. Powerful and influential friends may enter into one's life at this time. Obsession with goals and ambitions. One may also be placed in a position of power in a group or organization. Friendships will begin and others will end under this transit.

Pluto through the 12th house- This transit can either be for better or worse. At worst, powerful and deadly enemies can enter into one's life, long term incarceration and imprisonment, diseases that are long lasting and/or permanent, isolation. The person, at this time, may have an intense desire to be alone, or this can be forced upon one, through circumstances. There can be restriction and confinement, mentally or physically.

In sublimating this energy, meditation, metaphysical pursuits, psychic empowerment exercises and other forms of occult study application should be consistently worked on. This is a good time to develop intuitive powers and psychic energy.

Secrets at this time are of unusual importance. One may be involved in research, or some kind of secret activities.

Saturday 21 May 2011

The Natal Moon Phases.

The natal Moon Phase is based on the position of the Sun and the Moon, representing the male and female archetypal principles in your natal chart. The Moon always REFLECTS what the Sun INSTRUCTS.

You can delineate the Moon's position and the Sun's position separately but you will get the most out of it when blending the positions of these points (called "the lights"). They both belong to each other inseparably and should be treated as such.

The Sun-Moon combo influences your life substantially on every level and in many fields and ways. They also imprint your love life and that's what we are discussing here right now.

The Moon phase in your natal chart has a practical meaning too and gives information about the way your love life looks like or what kind of a love relationship you do need this life time.
Below, we delineate the 12 different natal Moon phases (thus going beyond the 4 or 8 common Moon phases you may find or read about everywhere else) related to your love life.

In case there is also a tight aspect between the natal Sun and Moon that relates to the phase, the more it will confirm and add to the significations of the described natal Moon phase.

Even if the natal Sun and Moon are not in aspect, they are always building a phase in their relationship with each other so that the below mentioned delineations will work out accurately.
The phases can be found by taking the natal Sun as the "fixed point" and counting the degrees to the faster moving natal Moon.

  • Sun conjunct Moon (the Moon is 0° to 30° away from the Sun)
    You're never alone and there will always be someone with or standing behind you as a friend or a lover. In a male horoscope, you will almost always notice a female fan or follower. It may happen that you live with someone physically but act separately and do your own things. Your relationships often start instinctively and impulsively.

  • Sun 30° Moon (the Moon is 30° to 60° away from the Sun)
    Your relationship can be summarized as a teacher-pupil relationship in which one of both shares experiences with the other. One of the partners instructs the other who learns from it.

    You want stability above all.

  • Sun 60° Moon (the Moon is 60° to 90° away from the Sun)
    This is a very communicative relationship with lots of talks and/or messages, calls, texting etc. You both need a very sociable environment with lots of friends and associates. You need a partner to co-operate and communicate with others (in groups, in family etc.).

    You can't sit still and need movement, trips, changing the place...

  • Sun 90° Moon (the Moon is 90° to 120° away from the Sun)
    The square is an aspect of action and work. You need a relationship to DO things. Most often the partners are absorbed in (their own) work and career interests. You do need excitement to get the relationship working. Boredom means the end of the relationship.

    Your relationship has a fiery character that is often marked by impulsive behavior.

  • Sun 120° Moon (the Moon is 120° to 150° away from the Sun)
    This natal Moon phase brings mutual understanding and some complacency. You need a partner to spend some time together, relaxing or just having fun. You understand each other instinctively.

  • Sun 150° Moon (the Moon is 150° to 180° away from the Sun)
    This natal Moon phase has very Virgonean traits in which one of the partners is submissive (the servant) and the other is the boss/master. One of the partners will always have to invest more in the relationship to get it going than the other. This is not a relationship about equals which you can't stand.

  • Sun 180° Moon (the Moon is 180° to 210° away from the Sun)
    This natal Moon phase is related to irresistible attraction and passion. It's a very magnetic phase, drawing the partners together. The partners are "out in the open" and this relationship is a public one. Each partner works on his or her own though and you seek in the other what you cannot achieve alone. It's a very physical phase that may bring fulfillment of desires.

  • Sun 210° Moon (the Moon is 210° to 240° away from the Sun)
    This natal Moon phase needs intensity and passion. You need a partner who is completely different and who impresses you profoundly. Often, one of the partners is or becomes widowed. This can be a temperamental relationship.

  • Sun 240 Moon (the Moon is 240° to 270° away from the Sun)
    Your relationship is another kind of the teacher-pupil relationship in which one of the partners teaches and the other learns. However, in this mental phase there is more illumination and more inspiration with new (enlightening and impressive) ideas. You need a partner with insight.

  • Sun 270° Moon (the Moon is 270° to 300° away from the Sun)
    This square too is focused on action. It's a more forceful relationship though in which one of the partners is the boss/master and the other is the servant. You need a very organized relationship to get on well, with plenty of appointments and structural and even formal agreements.

    In many cases, career drives interfere with your love life in such a way that your career drive ranks higher and needs (or gets) more of your attention.

  • Sun 300° Moon (the Moon is 300° to 330° away from the Sun)
    This relationship is known for the love for children. Most often, it will not be one's own children, but children of the other (your partner, step-children, adopted children etc...). Indeed, you need children in your relationship to feel well and fulfilled. Also, there is a lot of socializing too.

  • Sun 330° Moon (the Moon is 330° to 360° away from the Sun)
    In this natal Moon phase you will often need to sacrifice some of your desires or wishes that will not come true -- for the sake of your partner and/or relationship. This relationship is focused on admiration and one of the partners looks upon the other in a guru-like way.

    It's possible that you (un)consciously hide some life events or plans or that you don't want to disclose everything -- for good or bad. You have your secrets.

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Understanding Numerology: The Personality and Maturity Numbers

In this article, we will discuss the final two core numbers in the Numerology Profile - the Maturity and Personality Numbers.
The Personality Number
The best way to think about the Personality Number is to equate it with first impressions because it allows you to see yourself as others see you.
The Personality Number is calculated using the consonants of a person's birth name. Similar to the Soul Number, the letter "Y" is only considered to be a consonant when it is silent. Good examples are in the first names Ray, Maya and Tanya.
By this point, you should have a good idea of how to calculate the numbers, so we won't go through any examples here. Just remember that when you do calculate the Personality Number, you should use the person's first and last names as they appear on their birth certificate.
What the Numbers Mean
Personality Number 1 - People with this Personality Number are dynamic, efficient, controlled and capable. Personality Number 1s are often characterized as pioneers and have their own distinct way of doing things. Because of this, care needs to be taken to ensure actions are not misinterpreted as being overly aggressive or intimidating.
Personality Number 2 - People with this personality Number are characterized as being friendly and unpretentious and can easily draw others to them with their warm and inviting presence. Patience and understanding are also key characteristics. Personality Number 2s are particularly concerned with their personal appearance and take the time needed to dress and groom well.
Personality Number 3 - People with this Personality Number are usually quite attractive and have a tremendous appreciation for finer things such as clothing and jewelry. Often characterized as being uplifting, inspiring and charming, Personality Number 3s are usually fun people to spend time with. Because of this, however, deep and lasting relationships typically require a little more work.
Personality Number 4 - Reliability and consistency describe people with this Personality Number. These are the people that others trust implicitly and with whom they feel most secure. Always careful spenders, people with this Personality Number are concerned with the security of their future, they are deeply patriotic and can usually be found filling some important role within their community.
Personality Number 5 - People with this Personality Number are stimulating and engaging and have a great deal of nervous energy. They view life as an ongoing adventure and are typically athletic. On the downside, Personality Number 5s are drawn to anything that feeds their senses, including food, alcohol, drugs and sex and often indulge in these to an excess.
Personality Number 6 - People with a Personality Number of 6 are understanding and compassionate and tend to attract people who are in need of comfort. Other characteristics include being artistic, romantic, faithful, protective, and having an excellent sense of color and taste. Because they value peace and harmony, Personality Number 6s will often sacrifice their own needs for the good of others.
Personality Number 7 - Those with a Personality Number of 7 are seen as being mysterious and different, making them difficult to get to know. Highly independent and self-sufficient, Personality Number 7s exude a great deal of confidence, wisdom and even spirituality. Seen by some as being arrogant, care has to be taken to not offend others.
Personality Number 8 - Those with a Personality Number of 8 are seen as strong, powerful and above all, confident. Quality is important to people with this Personality Number and it is often reflected in the way they dress. On the downside, Personality Number 8s can be egocentric and adopt greedy, ruthless behaviors.
Personality Number 9 - Those with this Personality Number are characterized as being elegant, graceful and charismatic. Unfortunately, these qualities can cause some to believe they are better than others. Better suited for working with crowds rather than individuals, Personality Number 9s are often performers. Other characteristics include being sympathetic, compassionate, and benevolent.
Master Personality Number 11 - People with this Personality Number, while extremely sensitive and intuitive, can also be quite shy. Seen by most as gentle and warm, people with this Personality Number are patient and understanding and above all, seek peace and harmony. Other characteristics include a fine sense of beauty and excellent taste in food, clothing and home decor.
Master Personality Number 22 - People with this Personality Number are intelligent, sensitive, and creative. Seen as reliable and dependable, Personality Number 22s value correctness, control and consistency, family life and patriotism. Their goal is often to create or be involved in something that will have lasting importance or significance.
Because it is rare to see Personality Numbers higher than 22, there is not much known about the remaining Master Numbers.
The Maturity Number 
The fifth and final core number in the Numerology Profile is the Maturity Number. This number tells us how the attributes a person cultivated during their lifetime might be used toward the betterment of society. It also indicates the extent to which a person may expect to lead a meaningful, satisfying and happy life as they enter their later years. As a result, the energies associated with this number usually do not appear until one approaches the mid-point of their life which is usually also the time at which most individuals finally begin to truly understand themselves.
The Maturity Number is calculated by combining the energies of the Destiny and Life Path Numbers:
Destiny Number + Life Path Number = Maturity Number.
It's that simple.
Be sure to remember to apply all of the rules that you have learned thus far for handling special situations.
Take a few minutes now to calculate your Maturity Number.
The Meanings of the Maturity Number
So, what does the Maturity Number mean? Let's take a look.
Maturity Number 1 - Those with a Maturity Number of 1 can expect to learn leadership qualities early in their life. As a result, they are usually the ones who most often identify what needs to be done and the developing a plan for making sure it is finished. They are often seen as being set in their ways which, at times, makes them a little difficult to deal with. In their later years, Personality Number 1s will work hard to ensure they maintain their independence and self-sufficiency.
Maturity Number 2 - Those with a Maturity Number of 2 have a natural ability of attracting people who want to support their efforts. However, in order for a person with this Maturity Number to succeed in relationships, they need to learn how to give as well as take. Inherent abilities in music, painting, writing or dancing should be cultivated early, otherwise regrets may come in later years. Happiness is found by ensuring there is harmony within their life. In their later years, Maturity Number 2s will find themselves in the company of another person, rather than living alone.
Maturity Number 3 - Those with a Maturity Number of 3 have an active imagination and a strong creative spirit and are happiest when these gifts are used frequently. Sensitive and expressive, Maturity Number 3s can easily become depressed if they are not permitted to reveal these traits. In their later years, Maturity Number 3s can expect to be permitted to spend time with friends and enjoying creative pursuits.
Maturity Number 4 - Those with a Maturity Number of 4 will learn the importance of hard work and discipline in their early years. They will take these lessons into their later years and attempt to create or contribute something of lasting value to society. Other characteristics include the ability to organize, build, plan, and bring new ideas to fruition. In their later years, the Maturity Number 4 will use the skills they developed during their lifetime to approach any developing health issues with a well-organized plan.
Maturity Number 5 - Those with a Maturity Number of 5 will find themselves in a life that is full of changes. Their natural curiosity and interest in virtually any subject will cause some confusion about their life's ultimate journey. As they mature, people with this Maturity Number seek to take lessons from each experience and apply them to the next. In their later years, the Maturity Number 5 can expect to travel extensively.
Maturity Number 6 - Those with a Maturity Number of 6 will take the welfare of others quite seriously. Highly principled, this person values fairness, goodness and family life and is able to balance giving with receiving. Their home is their safe haven and they take the time to make it comfortable and welcoming. In their later years, the Maturity Number 6 will find themselves happy, contented and surrounded by their family.
Maturity Number 7 - Those with a Maturity Number of 7 will approach life in their own style and as a result, are often characterized as "marching to the beat of a different drummer". People with this Maturity Number value solitude and prefer to focus their efforts on one activity rather than pursuing many. In their later years, the Maturity Number 7 will often be sought out by others for their wisdom and guidance.
Maturity Number 8 - Those with a Maturity Number of 8 will work hard to find a balance between the material and spiritual aspects of life. With the ability to see the big picture, they are often the leaders because it is through leadership that they are able to put their organizational skills to work. In their later years, the Maturity Number 8 will likely find themselves continuing to direct and lead activities.
Maturity Number 9 - Those with a Maturity Number of 9 will probably be faced with a life that is filled with challenges, specifically with respect to finding the right ways to use their compassion and humanitarian gifts. In their later years, the Maturity Number 9 will use their gifts in ways to better the world in which they live.
Master Maturity Number 11 - People with this Master Maturity Number are highly self-aware and are usually wise beyond their years. In their later years, Master Maturity Number 11s usually pursue interests in the spiritual, health and nutrition areas.
Master Maturity Number 22 - People with a Master Maturity Number of 22 are those that others count on to make things happen. Natural leaders, people with this Maturity Number are adept at facing challenges. In their later years, Master Maturity Number 22s will continue to be active while balancing relationships, work, health and inner peace.
Master Maturity Number 33 - This Master Maturity Number, which rarely occurs, can expect to benefit from their lifetime of responsible behavior and service to others. When it comes to caring for others, there are no limits to what this person will do. In their later years, the Master Maturity Number 33 will find themselves sought out for their friendship, creativity, sympathetic nature and ability to love. 
Advanced Topics in Numerology
Calculating and analyzing the five Core Numerology Numbers are just a small part of Numerology. Now that you know how to calculate these numbers and what they mean, it is time to put them to work to help predict what the future may have in store for us.
As their names imply, the Pinnacle and Challenge Numbers tell us about our potential for achievement and identify the difficulties we may encounter along the way. We'll begin with the Pinnacle Numbers.
Pinnacle Numbers 
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Remember, the objective of Numerology is to predict major life changes - or pinnacles - in our lives. These big transformations are necessary to prevent the apathy and ambivalence that would almost certainly occur if life were to continue along at a predictable pace.
The Pinnacle Number tells us what to expect in the future. Having this information can help us to fully achieve our goals, hopes and dreams.
Each person has four Pinnacle Numbers:
First Pinnacle - The First Pinnacle typically covers the period from birth through age 27 however in some individuals, this period can last through age 35. It is calculated by adding together your month of birth and date of birth. To find out how long your First Pinnacle period will last, simply subtract your Life Path Number from 36.
Second Pinnacle - The Second Pinnacle is nine years in length and is referred to as a period of blossoming and ripening. This is typically the period in one's life when family obligations are in the forefront of their being. It is calculated by adding together your date of birth and year of birth. To find out how long your Second Pinnacle will last, add nine to your age at the end of your First Pinnacle (as calculated above).
Third Pinnacle - The Third Pinnacle is also nine years in length and typically occurs during one's middle-age years. This period is frequently referred to as a time of manifestation and reward. It is calculated by adding together the First Pinnacle and Second Pinnacle numbers. To find out how long your Third Pinnacle will last, add nine to your age at the end of your Second Pinnacle (as calculated above).
Fourth Pinnacle - The Fourth Pinnacle usually begins at around age 50 and lasts for the duration of one's life. This period is frequently referred to as a time of aging, reflection and wisdom. It is calculated by adding together the month of birth and the year of birth. Your Fourth Pinnacle will last for the duration of your life; there is no calculation involved.
Working with Pinnacle Numbers is a little different than working with the other numbers we've discussed so far. One of the key differences is that while all double-digit numbers are reduced, Master Numbers are not. This is because the appearance of a Master Number indicates that it is time for the individual to "step up to the plate" and show their true abilities.
By now, you should have had enough practice calculating numbers, so we will not provide an example here. However, before continuing, take a few minutes to calculate your four Pinnacle Numbers.
What the Pinnacle Numbers Mean
Pinnacle Number 1 - This number is influenced by a driving need for independence, the desire to use original ideas, the ability to lead and direct others, and being recognized for one's achievements.
Pinnacle Number 2 - This number is influenced by the forces of friendliness, cooperation, harmony and attention to detail. It is during this Pinnacle Number that sensitivity is usually at its peak.
Pinnacle Number 3 - This number is influenced by travel, social activities, friends and entertainment as well as an affectionate and outgoing nature.
Pinnacle Number 4 - This number is influenced by a practical, realistic approach to life and is characterized by a high level of order and organization.
Pinnacle Number 5 - This number is influenced by an increase in freedom and a corresponding decrease in responsibility. There is also an increased chance of sudden and unexpected change associated with this number.
Pinnacle Number 6 - This number is influenced by responsibility and a close connection with home, family and children.
Pinnacle Number 7 - This number is influenced by learning, investigating and gaining skills and is generally characterized as a time of transition.
Pinnacle Number 8 - This number is influenced by business and commercial activity, status, success and recognition. Positive changes in one's financial status often occur when this number is present.
Pinnacle Number 9 - This number is influenced by humanitarianism and a genuine concern for the weak, poor and less fortunate.
Master Number 11/2 Pinnacle - Because this number is indicative of a time of extraordinary sensitivity, care must be taken to ensure balance is maintained. People in this Pinnacle have the desire to uplift, inspire, and share their revelations.
Master Number 22/4 Pinnacle - This number is influenced by a need to build something of lasting value and to do good work that will benefit humankind.
Master Number 33/6 Pinnacle - This number occurs only rarely and usually occurs after some sort of major change in consciousness has happened.
Challenge Numbers
We all know that life isn't without its challenges. In Numerology, the Challenge Numbers help us to find a way to maintain our equilibrium even when the going gets tough.
It is important to realize that Challenge Numbers do not exist to warn us about the things we need to overcome in our lifetime; rather, they help us to see who or what we must become in order to be successful.
There are four Challenge Numbers which occur during the same periods as the Pinnacle Numbers. The Challenge Numbers are calculated as follows:
First Challenge Number - The month of birth is subtracted from the day of birth
Second Challenge Number - The day of birth is subtracted from the year of birth
Third Challenge Number - The First Challenge Number is subtracted from the Second Challenge Number.
Fourth Challenge Number - The month of birth is subtracted from the year of birth
Up until this point, we have always added two (or more) numbers together to obtain our numbers. Since calculating the Challenge Number requires us to subtract, there exists the possibility that we will end up with a negative number. If this occurs, simply ignore the negative sign and convert the number to a positive. Thus, -3 becomes 3, -5 becomes 5 and so on.
There also exists the possibility that one of the Challenge Numbers can be zero. This is perfectly fine; many Numerology experts believe that zero is indicative of an "old soul" - someone who have returned through many lifetimes and bring with them the wisdom and spiritual knowledge of someone who has experienced life. It is also believed that a Challenge Number zero leaves its owner open to the challenges of all the other numbers.
Similarly, there is no Challenge Number 9 because 9 is the highest number that can appear anywhere in a birth date (remember, the numbers for October, November and December are reduced to single digits) and all other numbers are subtracted from it. For the same reason, there are no Master Challenge Numbers.
Challenge Number 1 - The challenge of this number is to avoid being dominated without being disagreeable. Those with this number often need to work hard to keep their egos in check and should rely on their wit and intelligence to get them through the rough spots.
Challenge Number 2 - The challenge of this number is to be assertive in the decision making process and refrain from taking things too personally. While there will be the tendency to shy away from authority and responsibility, these challenges must be faced head-on.
Challenge Number 3 - The challenge of this number is to remember to cultivate friends and be sociable while maintaining involvement with activities that include writing, acting or speaking. Fear of criticism is always present which often manifests itself in an air of shyness.
Challenge Number 4 - The challenge of this number is to be able to complete tasks efficiently, learn patience, understanding and the practical, common sense way of dealing with the mundane responsibilities of life.
Challenge Number 5 - The challenge of this number is to overcome the desire and demand for freedom at any price. It is important to refrain from impulsive acts and attempt to maintain some sort of stability. Care should also be taken to ensure that any desire for change that may be present isn't actually a desire to escape responsibility.
Challenge Number 6 - The challenge of this number is to be able to compromise one's high standards without appearing as authoritarian, intolerant, and self-righteous. It is important to avoid creating friction in relationships while attempting to achieve balance in situations.
Challenge Number 7 - The challenge of this number is the tendency to dwell on one's limitations. This number is characterized by a discomfort with one's own inner feelings and a belief that one's situation cannot be improved.
Challenge Number 8 - The challenge of this number is a belief that happiness comes only from material wealth. There is an enormous focus on money, status and power which must be balanced with other life matters.Source:

Choosing a Wedding Date

by April Elliott Kent

The Rules

Choosing the Date

Good aspect Sun/Moon
Moon must NOT be void of course.
Moon MUST have good final aspect before going V.O.C.
Avoid Sun approaching square or opposition to Saturn.
Venus should apply to good aspect, or be applied to by Moon or Mercury. Avoid hard aspects from Venus to malefics.Avoid moon in Aries, Scorpio, or Capricorn.
Avoid Venus in Aries, Virgo, or Scorpio.
Good aspect Venus/Mars
Moon waxing (between New Moon and Full Moon) is best, but in my opinion, not as important as a good Moon/Sun aspect.
Good applying Saturn aspect

Choosing the Time

Ruler of 1st MUST NOT be in hard aspect to ruler of 7th house
Keep malefics (Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) out of 7th
Keep Uranus out of 7th and out of adverse aspect with ruler of 7th, Venus, or planet in 7th.
Moon in 7th house or angular; or, Moon applying to beneficial planet in 7th (avoid Moon in 6/12).
Keep malefics off angles if at all possible
Ascendant: no fewer than 3, no more than 27 degrees rising
Fixed Ascendant is desirable
Moon good aspect to rulers of 4th and 10th
Here is a form showing how well this tutorial succeeded in choosing dates that meet these criteria. (You'll need the free Adobe Reader to view and print this form.)
Here is a blank form you can download for your own use. (You'll need the free Adobe Reader to view and print this form.)

Good luck!


A man and a woman decide to get married, and in the first flush of excitement they might do a number of things: call everyone they know, make a pilgrimage to the newstand to stock up on five-pound bridal magazines, start fighting over the kind of wedding they'll have. But what an astrologer or serious student of astrology does as soon as the question has been popped is pretty much what my spouse and I did: We made a beeline to my astrology teacher to choose an astrologically appropriate day to tie the knot.

In my years as a professional astrologer, I've been honored to perform the same service for a number of my clients. It's work I've always enjoyed, much the same way that in a previous career incarnation I always enjoyed singing at weddings. After all, I was born with the moon in the seventh house of marriage: I dig weddings, marriage, love, all that.

But one of the main reasons I've always enjoyed choosing wedding dates for people is that it's so straightforward. The rules are simple and clear. Anyone with the ability to read an ephemeris can do it -- which I intend to prove to you in this tutorial.

Why bother at all choosing an astrologically fabulous date/time for a wedding? The premise of electional astrology is that a marriage, business venture, presidency, or what have you begins at a specific moment, and that within that moment are the seeds of how subsequent events will unfold. It's the same idea as casting a chart for the moment of a person's birth and assuming it will tell us something about how the person's life and character might unfold.

In electional astrology we determine (1) what moment something will truly begin; in a marriage, it's that moment in the wedding ceremony where the couple says "I Do"; and (2) what astrological factors correspond to making this particular thing unfold to maximum benefit of all involved. Then a date and time are chosen that will provide the greatest number of these astrological factors.

For the record, I rarely use electional astrology in my own life. I think it's best used for events of tremendous importance (like getting married, planning important surgery, buying a house), and I would feel kind of frivolous trying to choose the most adventageous time to, say, shop for produce. It's electional astrology of that kind that tends to make astrology and its devotees appear a bit--well, silly.

No Perfect Date

We might as well get clear about one thing before we go any further: Just as there are no perfect marriages, there are no perfect wedding dates. And even if there were, no one would use them because they would inevitable fall on a Wednesday afternoon in March. So, using astrology to choose a date for your wedding will be terrific practice in employing one of marriage's most essential skills: compromise.

Begin with Mercury & Venus

It's the Northern Hemisphere--specifically, say, Los Angeles-- so spring involves late March through early June. Glancing at the Pocket Astrologer (an indispensible guide) you notice that Mercury, ruler of contracts, will be direct during this period until June 3, when it turns retrograde (appears to be moving backwards). This is not terrific symbolism for a marriage, which is after all a contract, as it suggests that in time one might come to have second thoughts about the whole thing and back out. One exception is a second marriage, when Mercury retrograde's symbolism of "re-doing" can actually be quite appropriate.

Venus, ruler of marriage, will be retrograde from March 8 through April 19, 2001. One of the cardinal rules of wedding electionals is to avoid Venus retrograde if humanly possible. And ideally you would like to see Venus in a sign it works well in; say, Taurus, Libra, or Pisces. Likewise, you would avoid dates when Venus is in signs it doesn't work all that well in, such as Aries, Scorpio, or Virgo. Sadly, we do not have this luxury between April 21 through June 2, 2001. Venus in Aries is pretty much what we're working with. Comfort yourself with the knowledge that my own wedding took place when Venus was in Aries, and we're getting along famously almost eight years later. It's not the end of the world, and we can work to strengthen Venus in the final chart by placing it in a strong house of the chart.

By avoiding Mercury and Venus retrograde, you've narrowed down the acceptable date range to Saturday, April 21 through Saturday, June 2, 2001.

NOTE: In the years since I wrote this tutorial, I've adjusted my process to give MUCH more emphasis to a good approaching aspect between the Sun and Moon. I still avoid the Moon in Scorpio and Capricorn when at all possible, but I'll take a Moon in Aries in good aspect to the Sun over a Moon in Taurus square the Sun any day! (AEK, 2/07)

The Moon

Astrologically, the Moon in strongest in Taurus and Cancer. It's less happy in Aries, Scorpio, and Capricorn. So right off the bat we'll eliminate dates when the moon is in Aries, Scorpio or Capricorn.

Next we need to eliminate times when the Moon is Void of Course. The symbolism of a Void of Course moon is that "the matter comes to nothing;" this might mean anything from unforseen circumstances preventing the wedding from taking place as planned, and if it does take place the couple may have a sense of being ineffectual and unable to formulate or reach mutual goals.

Now, let me say this about Saturday: it's named after Saturn. In many ways that's an appropriate symbolism for the institution of marriage. But it's a pretty heavy, difficult symbol, and can manifest in distinctly unpleasant ways such as feeling restricted or oppressed. I'm not saying no one should get married on Saturday. But Friday is ruled by Venus, and Sunday is ruled by the Sun; either of these days have a built-in vibe that's a lot more upbeat than Saturn's-day.

A moon in Libra is not the best of moons, but Libra does rule marriage, after all.

The Moon's Last Aspect

The next factor for you to consider is the aspects the Moon will make before it leaves its sign. Why is this important? Because a wedding chart will symbolically continue to unfold (as we follow progressions in a natal chart) as long as the marriage lasts...and often afterward! The moon, as the fastest moving body in the wedding chart, symbolizes how things will progress on a day to day level in the marriage. If the moon will make a number of fractious aspects between the time of the wedding and the time the moon enters a new sign, what we end up with is a marriage full of day to day disruption that can be quite hard on the nerves, and subsequently undermine the relationship.

These dates were chosen as most beneficial based on:

Mercury and Venus direct
The Moon strong by sign
The Moon positive by aspect
No fatal additional considerations.

Having narrowed down the dates, it's time to consider the time of day.

Common sense tells us a ceremony that takes place around 7:00 p.m. will give guests time to arrive and still wind up early enough for a decent reception. Since we run the chart for the moment the couple says "I Do", let's run the chart for 7:30 to allow time for the preamble to the vows.

Well, there are a few nice things about this chart. A fixed sign on the ascendant can be a good sign for longevity and tenaciousness in the marriage. The Sun is setting, exactly conjunct the seventh house cusp, bringing tremendous vitality and emphasis to the marriage. Venus is in the 5th house, which can be wonderfully affectionate and is a particularly strong placement if the couple hopes to have children. The Moon is past its square to Venus and applying to a nice trine with the Ascendant.

But there are a few real problems. I don't care for Uranus in the 4th house of home and roots; unless both the prospective bride and groom have very strong 4th house/Uranus natal signatures -- such as Uranus in the natal 4th, Aquarius ruling the 4th, Moon in Aquarius, Moon square, conjunct, or opposed Uranus -- I would really hesitate to give them Uranus in the 4th house.

Saturn in the 7th is a no-no, and it's already somewhat troublesome at 0 degrees of a sign. However, it would be easy to place Saturn in the 8th house by moving the time of the vows up slightly. And given so many couples have problems with money and communication, I'm dismayed by seeing both Mars/Pluto in the 2nd house and Neptune in the 3rd.

Libra rising is kind of nice for a wedding chart, and Venus, though technically in the 6th, is pretty darn close to that 7th house cusp. Plus you get the Moon on the Midheaven.

Mars is pretty close to the 4th house cusp, giving it a bit more oomph than I like to see in a wedding chart. And Saturn rules the 4th. Plus Moon and Venus are square each other, and the Moon applies to a square to the Ascendant.

I was feeling pretty good about this chart -- Sun in the cheery 9th house, Jupiter elevated, Venus in the 7th house -- until I got down to the bottom and saw (aaaarrrgggghhhh!) Pluto and Mars in the 4th house!! No can do; the 4th house is too important as the descriptor of all that is cozy and domestic in a marriage to put those particular landmines in there. Back to the drawing board.

Our next move is to get Uranus out of the 7th.

A golden rule of electional astrology is that the chart must have between 3 and 27 degrees of a sign on the Ascendant; this one has 28 Cancer rising. That could easily be tweaked, but we have another problem: Neptune is in the 7th house. With a wedding chart, we will not brook anything but lovely, happy planets in the 7th house. Let's get Neptune out of the 7th.

Neptune is out of the 7th house. The Moon is right on the Ascendant, which is kind of nice. NI'm not crazy about Saturn ruling the 7th house, especially Saturn at 0 degrees of a sign. But at least the Moon (ruler of the 1st) is not in poor aspect to Saturn (ruler of the 7th), which is another rule of a wedding electional, plus Saturn receives a nice sextile from Venus. In an ideal world, would be put Capricorn on the 7th house cusp? We would not, and I would be questioning this couple very, very closely about Saturn issues before bestowing this chart on them.

So it's not the chart of my dreams, but (1) the Moon is very strong by sign, by placement, by aspect; (2) Venus is conjunct the Midheaven and sextile Saturn (for longevity); (3) all the big-time malefics are out of the angular houses; (4) 1st and 7th house rulers are not in bad aspect, and though Venus and Mars (ruler of male/female) are technically square, it's an out-of-sign separating square; (5) Sun and Moon (other symbols of male/female) are in a nice sextile to each other.

Backing up to 12:39 pm, Pluto and Mars are both out of the 4th house. In fact, it's a pretty nice chart...except for Uranus, the Great Disruptor, in the house of marital accord.

Summary Table:

Venus MUST NOT be retrograde
Mercury SHOULD NOT be retrograde
AVOID Venus in Aries, Virgo, or Scorpio
AVOID Moon in Aries, Scorpio, or Capricorn
MUST HAVE good aspect between Sun and Moon
Moon must NOT be void of course
Moon MUST have good final aspect before going void of
Moon waxing (between New and Full phases) is preferable.
Moon in 7th, 1st, 4th, or 10th house; or, Moon applying to
beneficial planet in 7th house (avoid Moon in 6th or 12th
Venus should apply to good aspect, or Moon or Mercury should
apply to a good aspect with Venus.
If possible, get a good aspect between Venus and Mars
If possible, good applying aspect to or from Saturn
Sun must NOT be approaching a square to Saturn.
Ascendant: try to have no fewer than 3, no more than 27
degrees rising
Keep malefics (Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) out of
7th house.
Ruler of 1st house MUST NOT be in hard aspect to ruler of 7th
Keep Uranus out of 7th house and out of adverse aspect with
ruler of 7th, Venus, and planets in 7th
Keep malefics off angles if at all possible
Fixed Sign on the Ascendant? (preferable)