Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Real Day Christ was Born

Every year on December 25th, millions of Americans celebrate the holiday of Christmas. It is the day we use to commemorate the birth of Christ. The fact that we honor the nativity of Jesus on that particular date is of interest because chances are Christ was not born on the 25th of December or any time near it. Not only has there been much debate over what time of the year Christ was born, there is an equal amount of controversy over the exact year of His birth.

One major problem in trying to pinpoint an exact month and year is the loose manner in which the ancients kept track of important events. At that time in history, there was no real universal method of chronicling important dates. Events were listed in the reign of "King So-and-So". This makes it extremely hard to mark the true date that Christ was born.

There are a variety of opinions among scholars as to what time of the year Christ was born. Some believe that He was born during the springtime, while others contend that the event occurred during the summer months. Very few believe that Christ was born during the month of December. If such is the case, why do we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th? At the time when Christ was born, the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia. This marked the end of the harvest season and was a time of great rejoicing. Saturnalia always took place at the end of December. Along with this, the Romans believed December 25th signaled Winter Solstice, when they observed the pagan holiday of Sol Invictus, the Unconquerable Sun. When Christianity began to take hold, the early Christians sought to replace these pagan festivals with a holiday that glorified their religion. What a better way than to celebrate the birth of Christ? It is interesting to note that many of our Christmas traditions, including holly, mistletoe, evergreens and the exchanging of gifts, are taken from the pagan feast of Saturnalia.

If December 25th was chosen to help denounce the pagan holidays, then at what time of the year did the nativity really take place? One of the significant factors that comes into consideration is the influence of the star of Bethlehem. Many historians believe that the star was an astronomical phenomenon that occurs every 805 years. This event is the conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. Since this was first discovered in the 17th century by Johannes Kepler, astronomers have computed that for 10 months in 7 B.C., Jupiter and Saturn were traveling in a close configuration and were in exact conjunction during the months of May, September and December. Mars joined the two great planets during February and March of 6 B.C. The union of these three heavenly lights must have been quite spectacular indeed. But what is more significant is the astrological ramifications of this configuration. In ancient astrology, Jupiter was the "Kings Planet" for it symbolized the highest of all rulers, while Saturn was referred to as the "Shield of Palestine". What better planets to represent the birth of the "King of Kings"? Another interesting point is that this particular conjunction occurred in the sign of Pisces. This sign was the ancient ruler of Syria and Palestine. Having Jupiter combined with Saturn in Pisces is very symbolic of a religious leader being sent to play the role of Savior. This clustering of these planets is also very representative of the sacrificial act of God the Father giving his only begotten Son to the world.

The only major flaw is this theory is the fact that even though there was a grouping of these particular planets, they would not appear close enough together in the sky as to appear as one large superstar. They would all be separated from each other by at least one or two moon diameters. Also during the months of spring this configuration would appear so low in the sky that it may not be visible during the majority of the night.

Many of those who contend that Christ was born during the spring use the shepherds, who were "keeping watch over their flock by night" (LK 2:8) as their definite proof. Only at this time of the year would the shepherds have toguard their flocks because during the fall and winter the sheep would have been corralled. This also suggests lambing time, which usually occurs in the spring. The problem with this line of thought is the fact that in some areas of Palestine the shepherds travel with their sheep when they had to forage for food during the cold winter months.

It’s funny to see how much real controversy does surround a particular birthdate that is of little importance in the greater scheme of things. What is important is the fact that we have chosen a day that is symbolic of the true Christian spirit of giving of oneself for the betterment of all. What matters is that for one day out of the year we celebrate and acknowledge the true Christ that lives deep within us all.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

How to Become an Astrologer

In the years that I have been doing astrology readings, there is one question that I am asked more than any other. That is, how can I become an astrologer? The answer is both simple and difficult. The easy part is the learning. The hard part is putting what you have learned into practice. That takes time and years of readings people’s charts.

Every astrologer begins their journey in a different way. Some begin by taking formal classes. That is how I got started. Others just pick up a book or two and begin reading about the subject. While some are taken under the wing of a seasoned mentor. There is no right or wrong way to learn. The important thing to remember is that the process does not happen overnight. It takes years and years of practice to become a true professional.

One of the things that makes astrology so interesting is how vast it is. There many different kinds of astrology. A person could start out reading the basic natal chart and branch out to other areas. They can begin working with relationship compatibility charts, or horary astrology which is the charting of a particular event, such as a wedding or the start of a business.

There are astrology organizations that give a person accreditation. The most well known of these is the American Federation of Astrologers. Credentials are not necessary to do astrology readings but it does give the astrologer some added credibility.

My advice to budding astrologers is read every book about astrology that you can get your hands on and use what you learn to start reading charts. Begin by practicing on friends and family.

Also, do not rule out intuition. I do not consider myself a psychic but I know that after time I have learned to use my “hunches” when reading astrology charts.

Never ever forget that astrology is a science as well as an art. The science of astrology is pretty simple and basic to learn. It’s the art of astrology that shows your true expertise. That only comes from years of experience.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Releasing Our Anger

Scientists used to think that the fast tempo and intense drive of Type A personalities helped to create health problems in those individuals. But a current study has many scientists changing their minds. The real cause of the illness in these driven people is really deep-rooted anger.

Everyone gets angry now and then. If someone cuts you off while driving, the natural impulse is to feel anger. This impulse is an innate reaction that stems from our primordial genes. It's a body signal that says fight or flight may be necessary.

Hatred is the real enemy. Anger must be erased before it turns into hate. Anger is like a knife. When its' continually held toward the world, it slowly turns in our hands to point at us. Hatred is a terrible disease, sapping one's precious time and energy in evil plans and ill intentions. The fight response recoils into bitter revenge. The flight response turns into feelings of imprisonment.

Anger becomes heated for a reason. It's too hot for us to hold onto without burning ourselves. We need to let it go. Problems arise when we can't run away from the source of our anger. Perhaps it's a spouse who likes to use us as their scapegoat. Whatever the cause may be, long-held anger will manifest itself as illness and pathological problems.

We need to find a way to release these negative feelings in order to heal ourselves. Even if we can't totally forgive, at least we can stop holding onto the anger and stop using it as a channel of unhealthy energy. By seeing that hatred is self-destructive and can become self-directed, we take the first step toward a more positive way of living.

We choose to hate. We choose to hold onto our anger. We can always quit our job. We can always quit our job. We can always leave an unhealthy relationship. What we hate is ourselves for our inability to take positive action by breaking free from our torment. It's hard to recognize that our problems can be own fault.

After active hatred becomes a thing of the' past, the next step towards wellness is moving to a higher understanding. This is when hatred becomes pity. After this, pity can turn into assistance. Love erases hatred. It's the cure for all spiritual diseases.

It makes no difference what personality type you are. The real measure of a person's well being is their capacity to love. Be healthy by filling your heart with pure and simple love.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Misunderstood Inconjunct

The inconjunct, or quincunx aspect, besides being one of the more difficult to pronounce, is probably the most under-rated and misunderstood aspects by students of astrology. Traditional interpretation has attached a strongly negative connotation to this aspect. Some astrologers of the past have even labeled the inconjunct the "aspect of death." Granted, it is a hard aspect to contend with, but growth and awareness can be the eventual outcome of the struggles and challenges it creates.

What makes the inconjunct such a difficult aspect is the angle it creates. It is a 150 degree aspect. That puts it directly between the 130 degree trine and the 180 degree opposition. The energies of the planets connected with this aspect are neither flowing harmoniously nor involved in a direct head on resistance.

The inconjunct is associated with the relationship between the sign of Aries, and the signs of Virgo and Scorpio respectively. In one case the fiery energy of Aries is now forced to contend with the practical and down-to-earth Virgo, and in the other it must deal with the watery, deep, emotional sign of Scorpio. In both instances we have signs that are incompatible by element and well as unlike in quality. Fire is coupled with earth and water and cardinal is now forced to work with mutable and fixed. Here there is no common ground whatsoever. A major adjustment in ones thinking and a complete reorganization of thought and deed is required to act constructively with this aspect. The energy (Aries) must structure itself and be cleansed through service to others (Virgo) or evolve on a much higher level of spiritual reform (Scorpio).

When one planet inconjuncts another in the natal chart the houses the planets are in and the houses the planets rule will describe the areas of life that will be affected by the aspect. The signs the planets are in will show those underlying influences behind the energies of the planets involved. The important thing to remember is that the inconjunct is an aspect of adjustment. It forces one to make changes before they can move ahead in their lives.

As an example, let's take a person has a natal planet in Aries, inconjunct a natal planet in Virgo. Here there could be a considerable amount of strain on the nervous system. This well may affect the health of the native and may manifest itself through an ulcer or other gastronomic disorders. The native may exhibit a tendency to be too critical of others (especially co-workers), and must learn to cultivate a more patient attitude towards them. Those who are close to the person may find them to be too rebellious and irritating. All activities of the individual will probably need to be moderated before physical illness can develop.

If the native should happen to have a planet in Gemini inconjunct a planet in Capricorn, there can be a serious outlook that can boarder on chronic depression. The areas that are governed by the planets in question will be the basis for the individual’s depression. There is also a tendency to get into a rut of everyday routine existence. This is very evident in regards to professional activities. There can also be the tendency to get into a rut in day to day existence. Any kind of papers or documents relating to the individuals vocation should warrant special attention. The care of an elderly or sick sibling could place a restrictive burden on the individual.

If a person should have a planet in Leo inconjunct a planet in Pisces they may well be the victim of deception and deceit in romantic ventures. The individual may have an inclination to over dramatize affairs of the heart, and even seek out the exciting danger of clandestine interludes. Children could be a source of hidden loss or sorrow. The native should be on guard for indulgence in alcohol and other additive drugs. This could have an adverse effect on the person’s health.

In some charts there are two planets that are in sextile aspect to each other, and both inconjunct a common third planet. An example of this would be if the person has their Sun in Taurus and their Mars in Cancer sextiling each other with both planets inconjuncting the Moon in Sagittarius. This configuration is known as a yod.

Inconjuncts always require that a particular adjustment be made. Many times this adjustment is a difficult one to make. In the case of the yod, the two planets sextiling one another will help each other make the adjustments. In every yod the one planet receiving the two inconjuncts become the focal point of the configuration. The desire to make the required to make the required changes will come from the focal planet, and the opportunity to carry out that desire will then be manifested through the two planets in sextile aspect.

If an individual has the inconjunct aspect represented in their natal chart, and is a highly developed kind of person, they can make the aspect work for them and reap the benefits of growth it produces. On the other hand, if a person is completely anchored to the mundane affairs of life, the inconjunct can be devastating aspects whose disruptive action has no constructive significance in their life.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Call to Action

In the face of the current recession, it is probably hard to believe that we Americans are 4.5 times richer than were our great grandparents at the turn of the century. One billion of the earth's residents live in unprecedented luxury, while one billion live in destitution. Those in the wealthiest 1/5, probably not you or I, are responsible for the lion's share of the damage that humans cause on this planet. They also fund the omnipresent advertising mes­sages that create our shopping culture and give us false identity in our material search for social status in this massive and anonymous society. Even the government favors consumption and the spread of commercial markets into most aspects of our private lives.

At one time, we could count the rules of ethical behavior on just two hands. Today it is the basic value of a sustainable society through the equiva­lent of the Golden Rule we must seek. Buddha and Jesus wouldn't argue with that each generation should meet its needs without jeopardizing the prospects of, future generations to meet their needs. For individuals, the decision to live a life of sufficiency is to find their own answer to the question of how much is enough?

The goal is to put consumption in its proper place among the many sources of fulfillment and to find ways to live within the means of the earth. Rich societies have had little success in turning con­sumption into fulfillment. There is little difference between the definition of happiness found between the rich and the very poor nations. Consumption itself has little to do with that which inspires, or the true bonds of love and friendship. It would be naive to believe that entire population will suddenly experience a moral awakening, renouncing greed, envy and avarice.

At least 1.5 billion people live in the middle class in this country, and that’s you and I. We must try to curb personal appetites and resist the tide of external forces encouraging us to consume. For three of the most ecologically important types of consumption - transportation, diet and the use of raw materials, we must try to drive less, eat less red meat, and recycle, reuse, repair and restore more.

As man's eye opens to God's earth, so shall God's heart open to man!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Daily Moon Watch

Since the Moon is in my first house I am very much preoccupied with the luminous satellite. I need to know where the Moon is at all times, and if I don’t know I pretty much have a good idea of where it is dependent on the way I feel. I pay close attention to the monthly lunations, especially the eclipses. Since the Moon does govern our emotions, it is a good indicator of the overall general backdrop that colors a situation at any given time. I have noticed that when the Moon is in Gemini people, in general, seem to be a little bit more talkative. When the Moon is in Cancer people are a bit more sensitive. And when the Moon is in Pisces, I don’t know what the heck to think. Now obviously a lot depends on the natal aspects that are inherent in a person’s chart, and how the Moon could set some of these off in its daily transit. Some astrologers believe that the Moon is not strong enough of an influence in to set off a natal aspect in the birth chart, but I believe that is not the case. So many times when the Moon sets off my natal square from Mars to Uranus, by transit, my impulsiveness gets the best of me. I find I am a bit more indulgent when the Moon makes a transit to my natal trine from my Sun to my Jupiter. The Moon is a timely and fun thing to watch for some overall general information regarding the mood of the day, but also in relationship to an individual’s natal chart and the aspects therein.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Complete Cycle of Mercury Retrograde

Mercury is turning retrograde in September. The tiny planet will reverse its course on the 7th of the month. But what a lot of people do not realize is that at the time of this writing, August 27th Mercury has already entered the retrograde period. In reality it entered the first stage of the retrograde period on August 16th. Let me explain those statements.

Right now Mercury is approximately 2 degrees of Libra. The planet entered the sign of Libra on the 25th of August. Mercury will get as far as 6 degrees before it actually turns retrograde in motion. It will travel all the way back to Virgo before it goes direct. Mercury will go over the ground it covered up until October 19th when it once again hits 6 degrees of Libra. This is point it was in September when the planet turned retrograde.

In essence the whole “retrograde” period lasted from August 17th until October 19th. I put the word retrograde in quotes because only a part of that time Mercury was retrograde in motion. The other time it was covering ground that had been covered before or covering ground that will be covered again.

To give you an example of how this may work, let’s say that your natal Mercury is 23 degrees of Virgo. On the 18th of August, when transiting Mercury conjuncts your natal Mercury, someone leaves a message on your answering machine or voicemail. The problem is the message is garbled and all you can make out if that someone will be in your town the beginning of October. You pretty much forget about the call and on the 23rd of September, when Mercury retrograde conjuncts your natal Mercury again, you get a call from the mystery caller, an old friend saying that they are currently in town and would like to get together. You meet your friend and tell them about the garbled message. Anyway your friend leaves but on the 3rd of October, when Mercury conjuncts your natal Mercury for the last time, they call you thanking you for the nice time they had while they were there.

Three separate instances, all related to your friend and the retrograde Mercury, but only one occurred while the planet was actually retrograde in motion.

In order to get a true understanding of how Mecury retrograde works, you need to look at the whole cycle of Mercury retrograde.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lunar Eclipse in August

As I have stated in previous blogs, during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are in opposition to each other. A lunar eclipse is a supercharged Full Moon. The fact that light of the Moon, which is really just a reflection of the light of the Sun, is blocked by Earth during a Lunar Eclipse. That fact that light of the Sun is obstructed by our own planet suggests that our mundane perspective prevents us from truly “seeing the light”. It is then symbolic of how we are held in the dark by our own viewpoint and consequent attitude.

On August 5th we will experience a Lunar Eclipse. During this eclipse, the third of the summer, the Sun is in Leo and the Moon is in Aquarius. The opposition between these two signs represents the overall needs of the group (society as a whole) and the individual desire for self realization.

The eclipse will occur in almost 14 degrees of Aquarius. The circumstances that surround this lunation may very well have begun during February of 2008, reached a point of actualization this past November, and finally culminate during the spring of 2010. To add some more perspective, the last time a lunar eclipse occurred in this particular degree was the summer of 1990. These time frames should help the individual to get a general idea of what to expect during the months after this particular eclipse. If this eclipse should happen to make any kind of a connection to any of the planets in a person’s chart, additional information about the influence of the eclipse could be gathered.

Since the eclipse will occur in Aquarius, one can expect the unexpected. An element of surprise that is associated with this sign could manifest itself. Some events could be triggered by friends or group associations. Because of the Leo/Aquarius polarity inherent in this eclipse strong individualism and some peculiar behavior could surface under this influence.

It is always a good idea to consult an astrologer (like me!) for a complete overview of how the eclipses of this summer could affect your life in the months to come.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Solar Eclipse of July

This year we will have (or have had) six eclipses, three of which occurring during the months of summer. We have already had one at the beginning of the month. It was a Lunar Eclipse, in the sign of Capricorn. The next eclipse will be on July 21st, in Cancer. This will be followed by another Lunar Eclipse on August 5th.

It is interesting to note that the lunation cycle that begins with the Solar Eclipse on the 21st will not only have the New Moon as an eclipse, the accompanying Full Moon will also be an eclipse.

That makes this lunation cycle a very powerful one. The lunation cycle begins at the New Moon and runs until the next New Moon. This process takes approximately 28 days.

Another interesting fact about the summer eclipses is that the Solar Eclipse on July 21st is in the critical 29th degree. This degree, most often referred to as the Anaretic Degree, is sometimes also called the Karmic Degree. This could bring about of feeling of something coming to a close and a new beginning right around the corner.

People born with their Suns or Rising Signs at the 29th degree of any sign often like to rescue those less fortunate than themselves. Therefore it could be a good time for these individuals, and for that matter all people, to take a good look at how much they really give to those in need. It may be unbalanced by being way too much or way too little. Remember Cancer is the sign associated with mothering and nurturing. It is sign associated with family, our own nuclear family and the family of mankind as a whole.

Another thing to consider is that besides having a powerful eclipse at a karmic degree, the lunation is also going to be trining Uranus and inconjuncting Pluto. Even though Pluto is in an early degree of Capricorn and the eclipse is the last degree of Cancer it is still an inconjunct, albeit an out of sign aspect, but one nonetheless. A person would have to take a good look at their chart to what natal planets may be involved to get a better idea of how these aspects will manifest themselves.

Under the influence of this eclipse family relationships may be put to the test. Families in general may undergo strain in the months ahead. Many of these situations could be very karmic in nature.

Events that happen during the next year or so could be prime examples of mass karma. Many astrologers believe that at the time of the eclipse is when souls enter and leave this earth. Some beings who are old or ill may take this opportunity to pass on to the other side. There also be an increase in birth rates under this influence.

This eclipse will be very strong for people who have planets in the later degrees of the cardinal signs; Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I decided to write something a little different this time. The recent passing of a friend got me thinking about the ritualistic nature of the funeral service. Got me thinking about rituals in general. What follows are some thoughts on the subject.

Traditional Rituals

What exactly is a ritual? A ritual can be defined as a cere­monial or formal solemn act, ob­servance, or procedure done in ac­cordance with a prescribed rule or custom. Now that's a broad definition that can certainly encompass much activity, but most rituals are meant to induce change, or reflect a change that is already taking place. Many rituals are in reali­ty, nothing more than rites of pas-sage. Some examples of this are bar mitzvahs, baptizes, marriages, and funerals. Traditional events that are ritualistic in their very nat­ure. These so called rites of pas-sage are just changes from one form to another. They are very analogous to celestial changes that are noted by ritualistic celebrations. Festi­vals in honor of the Spring and Au­tumn Equinox, or the Summer and Winter Solstice, do commerate the changing from one season to another. Every December 31st we all cele­brate the dawning of a New Year.

Traditional rituals slow down the rush, and chaos of daily life. They present to us glimpses of e­ternity, and show us where we are in the midst of things. One thing that a ritual like a wedding does is freeze the clock against our most formidable opponent, time. At a wedding we have the parents, who inwardly wind back the hands of time. Visions of the child’s first steps, school plays, and first dates parade thru their minds. The elderly in attendance reflect up-on their marriages, and the changes they have seen within that union. They ponder on all that they have seen thru the years of their marriage. The younger ones cast themselves in the role of the betrothed.

Funerals and wakes are rituals that honor the dead. They spark the emotions, by triggering feel­ings of mourning and remembrance. These particular rites of passage can be very therapeutic for the liv­ing because it helps to set up feelings of acceptance, and lets them continue-with their own lives. It also helps dissolve any feelings of guilt.

Most traditional rituals make use of candles, in one way or another. In many Christian ceremonies, the candles are symbolic of Christ, as being the light of the world. One non-Christian us of candles in ritualistic celebrations, is the birthday cake. Light the candles, make a wish, and blow them out. Your wish will come true. In traditional rituals, as with any kind of ritual, candles are used as a symbol to focus ones attention, and aid in the total concentration of the mind.

The cross is another symbolic tool used in traditional rituals. The custom of making the sign of the cross is an instant way to a-waken, and activate the spiritual spark within us. The cross is not specifically a Christian symbol. It is a universal symbol, and can be found in all theosophies, in one form or another. In many ways the cross is an obvious manifestation of our whole world. It represents the four .seasons of the year, the four elements, the four direction- all points of the compass, the four cardinal points in astrology, even the four Archangels. Many different spiritual rituals are found to be based upon the powerful symbol of the cross.

Traditional rituals help us to deal with the inevitable changes in our lives, and present a chance to stop and take a good look at our lives, see were we have been, and where we are going.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Eclipses (Part Two)

During a solar Eclipse the Sun and Moon are always together in the same sign, occupying the same house. When we experience a Lunar Eclipse, the Moon is always in the opposite sign and house that the Sun is in. A Solar Eclipse's energy will be concentrated in the sign and house that the eclipse occurs. On the other hand, a Lunar Eclipse's energy will fluctuate between the sign and house that holds the Sun, and the sign and house the eclipsed Moon is in. That is why the influence of the Lunar Eclipse will only last for a period of six months, while the Solar Eclipse can be felt for a total year. The energy of the Solar Eclipse is concentrated with all of the action being focused into one area. With the Lunar Eclipse, both signs and houses are going to be brought into the picture. The Lunar Eclipse is symbolic of the opposition between the two lights of our world.

The Solar Eclipse will almost always be in the sign that is opposite what the accompanying Lunar Eclipse has occurred in. For example, if the Lunar Eclipse falls in the sign of Can­cer, then approximately two weeks later, the Solar Eclipse would fall in the sign of Capricorn. Six months later, the Solar Eclipse will occur in the sign that the Lunar Eclipse was in. Consequently, the Lunar Eclipse will again be in the opposite sign that the Solar Eclipse was in. In this way, the eclipses work off one another. The Lunar Eclipse sets the stage for the upcoming Solar Eclipse, because they will occur in the same sign. The Lunar Eclipse awakens us and warns us of the upcoming Solar Eclipse. If we are able to deal with the Lunar Eclipse, then the Solar Eclipse can be worked out in a better way. Lunar Eclipses signal us to shape up the house that the eclipse occurs in before the Solar Eclipse comes to visit the same house. The successive series of eclip­ses run backwards through the zodiac. In this way we are tested on how well we are doing in relation to each house in our chart. Occasionally a Solar Eclipse will occur without an accompanying Lunar Eclipse, but the converse is never true. There can never be a Lunar Eclipse without an accompany­ing Solar Eclipse.

When we begin to delineate the Natal Chart in order to determine how the eclipses will work, the most important factor to take into consideration is in which house does the eclipse fall. Whatever house the eclipse occurs in, those activities and events that the house governs will be high-lighted during the eclipse period. An eclipse in a particular house brings the particular need of that house into the life of the native. This need becomes manifest through a crisis related to the activities of that particular house. When we have a Lunar Eclipse, the house that is opposite that of the house that the eclipse falls in will additionally be emphasized, because the Sun is directly opposite the eclipse position.

As I have stated before, the Lunar Eclipse is symbolic of the lights of our world. During the Lunar Eclipse, the in­dividual is forced to make a decision, or he is faced with opposition from another, or within himself. Just as Full Moons indicate the completion of the New Moon cycle, Lunar Eclipses indicate the ending of the Solar Eclipse cycle. Even though the influence of the eclipse lasts for months, the few weeks that surround the day of the eclipse will be a critical period. This is especially true if any transmitting planets are brought into the picture as they aspect the eclipse position, activating the energy of the eclipse.

The Pre-Natal Eclipse point is the point where the last Solar Eclipse occurred prior to the birth of the native. The house in which the Pre-Natal Eclipse occurred is a very important house for the individual, as it activates activities and issues associated with that house throughout the native's life. The date of the Pre-Natal Eclipse will always be within six lunar months of the birthdate, and usually in the same house that houses one of the Lunar Nodes. The Pre-Natal Eclipse point can be viewed as any other natal planet or astrological point, and be treated in such a manner. People born within a matter of hours of the eclipse point can experience difficult and traumatic births.

Many astrologers believe that the eclipse point is the point at which the soul enters the world. Until the actual moment of birth, the entity travels through our world and scouts around for a perfect vehicle to complete what is needed to be within this lifetime. That is why the Pre-Natal Eclipse is of such importance and its influence can be felt during the life of the native. The house that contains the Pre-Natal Eclipse point is a very important house for the individual. The area of life that is governed by that house is an area that the native feels a strong need to grow and develop. The element of the sign on the cusp of that particular house indicates what mode of activity the native will initiate to expand that area of their life. For example, if the Pre-Natal Eclipse occurred in the ninth house with the air sign Gemini on the house cusp, then the native will seek to expand their spiritual awareness through mental activity. If the Pre-Natal Eclipse point should happen to conjunct a planet in the natal chart, then that planet will be utilized in the expansion process. If Mercury should conjunct the eclipse point of Gemini in the ninth house, then the native may use various avenues of communi­cation in helping them to increase this spiritual awareness.

Obviously, when looking at how an eclipse will affect the natal chart, the chart as a whole must be taken into con­sideration. For the most part, eclipses are a fascinating territory of astrological study, and can be an integral part of chart delineation.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eclipses (Part One)

Since we have a couple of Eclipses coming up in July, I thought it would be a good idea to write a little bit about them. This is the first part of a two part blog.

Eclipses are one of the most important predictive tools that an astrologer can use. An eclipse is an astronomical phenomena that involves the relative position of the Sun, Moon and Earth. There are two kinds of eclipses: Solar and Lunar. At the time of a Solar Eclipse, the Moon is lying direc­tly between the Earth and Sun, temporarily obscuring the Sun from the Earth's view. Lunar Eclipses occur when the Earth is between the Sun and Moon, with the Earth com­pletely blocking the Sun.

Solar Eclipses only take place during the New Moon. Lunar Eclipses always occur during the Full Moon. While a New and Full Moon occur once a month, they are not always eclipses, because the orbit of the Moon does not always lie on the same path as the Earth's. When it does, only then do we have an eclipse. If the lunar orbit was in perfect align­ment with the solar orbit, there would be a Solar Eclipse during every New Moon and a Lunar Eclipse during every Full Moon. Because this is not the case, there are an average of only two Solar and two Lunar Eclipses every year. These usually occur in pairs because of the position of the lunar nodes. The lunar nodes are those imaginary points where the lunar orbit crosses the ecliptic, or solar orbit.

The nodes of the moon are important in seeing if we have an eclipse, or just a regular lunation. The lunar nodes are always in opposing signs across the zodiac, and retrograde through the signs. An eclipse occurs when the conjunction or opposition of the two luminaries is within 18° 31' of either the North or South Node of the Moon for Solar Eclip­ses, and 12° 15' for Lunar Eclipses. These positions of the eclipses in longitude will vary due to the regression of the Lunar Nodes. The South Node will occupy the opposite signs during these occurs in is of extreme importance, because it indicates what kind of intrinsic action will become activated during the eclipse period, and how that action will affect the native. A good way to examine the eclipse is to look at the mode of activity, through the qualities and elements of the zodiac.

The quality shows the kind of action the eclipse will pre-sent to the native. When an eclipse occurs in a cardinal sign, such as Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, the action of the eclipse will be swift and decisive. The native must deal with the eclipse in a determined manner, meet the crisis head on, and accept it as an oncoming challenge. The eclipse must be dealt with in a way that allows the individual to rise above the situation. When an eclipse occurs in a fixed sign, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, the native will want to live with the crisis in order to maintain the status quo. The action initiated by the fixed eclipse will be very slow and deliberate. Usually with the fixed eclipses, one major event or cir­cumstance will be highlighted during the eclipse period. Mutable eclipses occur in the signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagit­tarius and Pisces. When presented with a mutable eclipse, the individual may pretend that any problem brought upon them does not exist The native may also try to walk around the crisis at hand and avoid it The action here will be changeable and fluctuating. More than one crisis can arise with the mutable eclipse.

The element of the eclipse indicates at what level the eclipse will be felt. Eclipses that are fire in element, Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, are usually accepted as a personal chal­lenge, and dealt with in the spirit of the crisis. Great growth can occur under the influence of this particular lunation. Eclipses in an earth sign, such as Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn, are tangible and real, and usually occur on a mundane level. Money or career of the individual are subjects of the crisis. The foundations of these people are usually tested to see if they are on steady ground. Great stability and security can be acquired if the eclipse is handled in a productive manner. Air eclipses that occur in Gemini, Libra or Aquarius, can bring about an intellectual development. When an eclipse occurs in a water sign, Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, a highly emotional crisis can occur in the native's life. Nebulous mat­ters can be the basis of this eclipse. Usually the scope of the crisis is limited to the emotional feelings. Intuitive abilities can be sharpened and used to gain insight into the emotional nature of the native.

The sign the eclipse occurs occurs in is of extreme importance, because it indicates what kind of intrinsic action will become activated during the eclipse period, and how that action will affect the native. A good way to examine the eclipse is to look at the mode of activity, through the qualities and elements of the zodiac.

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Moon in Cancer

Today, June 22, we will experience a New Moon. This New Moon will occur at 1 degree of Cancer at 3:35 EDT

The New Moon is the start of the lunation cycle. It is the time when the Moon meets the Sun in the sky. When the Moon and the Sun are in conjunction with each other. When the conscious mind can blend with the subconscious.

This is an especially strong New Moon because the Sun is still pretty much at the powerful Solstice point, just a little more than a degree away. Also, this New Moon begins a lunar month whose Full Moon, which will occur 2 weeks from now, is also a Lunar Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse is an important kind of Full Moon whose influence can last up to 6 months.

New Moons are usually a good time to start things. To initiate projects. This is even truer when the lunation is in a cardinal sign like Cancer. Cardinal signs are by nature real initiators of action.

Since Cancer is the sign that governs our emotions, this lunar month would be a good time for us to examine our true inner feelings. What are the real sentiments that motivate our actions and responses to people and situations?

Cancer is all about nurturing and emotional security which occurs within ourselves and in our relationships with others. If you are having trouble with a loved one or family member this New Moon would be a perfect time to begin a path of healing for yourself and the other individual.

On a more mundane level, it’s a time when a person could try to start a home project or begin to plan on doing some kind of work on the house. Clean out the attic or the garage. Do not be surprised if you don’t come across some old family heirlooms. Since the home is a sanctuary were we go to recharge our body mind and spirit we could find ourselves creating a sacred space were a person could be nourished and recharged.

A very significant feature of this particular New Moon is that it is in direct opposition to the planet Pluto in Capricorn. We may find that we could experience direct opposition to the course of action we wish to take. It could end up being a power struggle between us and this opposing force.

If a person has knowledge of their natal chart, they can look to the two houses where these positions of Cancer and Capricorn are located. By doing this one can get a better idea of what areas of life may be affected.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Summer Solstice

This year the summer begins on Sunday June 21 at 1:45 am EDT. That makes this day the longest day of the year. This occurs because the earth is now circling the Sun with its axis tilted at about 23 degrees. Now the Northern Hemisphere is the closest to the Sun as it will be all year long. The opposite will occur in December when the Northern Hemisphere tilts away from the Sun. That is when we experience the shortest day of the year.

Astrologically this is when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer. In general terms this is a time when we can tune into the emotional side of our nature. This includes not only our feelings, but our needs and nurturing instincts. Also our connection to the home and family. Our most basic sense of belonging.

Our support unit does not necessarily have to be ones family. Our family of origin or our chosen family one has as an adult. It is those people that help satisfy our need for belonging.

Now is a good time to turn our attention to those who nurture us as well as those who we in turn nurture. Think about ways that we as supportive individuals can help care for those who help us in our own time of need.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Mercury in Gemini

During the evening on the 13th of June, Mercury will enter its own sign Gemini for a quick three week stay. The last time Mercury traveled through Gemini was during May and June of 2008. That time because of retrograde motion, Mercury was in Gemini for roughly a six week period.

Now Mercury did stick its head into Gemini for a couple of weeks in May. It then turned retrograde and went back into Taurus. Now it’s coming back at full speed for a 21 day stay in Gemini.

This time the action of Gemini is going to be swift and direct.

When Mercury is in Gemini, we are especially communicative and sociable. Under this influence we could talk, talk, talk and talk. It may seem like we are always on the move, going from one place to another.

Mercury in its own sign favors logic and learning. Things that we learn now is information gathered on a superficial level. Also, communication flows more freely and you are able to put your ideas into meaningful words. Mercury traveling in this sign corresponds with important decisions or the formulation for plans in the future.

The energies of Mercury in Gemini are often scattered so this can be a period of time when we are easily distracted. It could be difficult to give attention to any one matter for an extended period of time. Also plenty of nervous energy at this time.

Social activity could lend itself to short distance travelling. There could be an increase in communications with siblings and those living within our immediate environment.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Neptune

At the end of last month Neptune turned retrograde in motion. It will remain that way until November of this year. I thought it would be a good idea to write a little something about the planet.

The mysterious Neptune is the eighth and second most distant planet in our solar system. Neptune is a giant of a planet and is more than 4 times the size of Earth. It is the most perfectly spherical of all of the planets.

It takes the great planet about 165 years to make one complete trip around the zodiac. It has yet to finish an entire journey since its discovery-less than 150 years ago. Like its sister planets, Uranus and Pluto, Neptune is generational in its effects and influences.
In astrology, Neptune is associated with all that is hidden in nature. It is dissolution, untruth, deception, illusion, fraudulence, deceit and im­itation. Neptune works in a nebulous manner. With this planet things are seldom what they appear to be,

Neptune is a higher octave of the planet Venus. Like Venus it governs love, but on a much higher spiritual level. Neptune is universal unconditional love. The epitome of Neptunian love can be found in the story of the martyrdom of Jesus Christ. He who died for the sins of the world.

Neptune spends an average of 13 years in each particular sign. Consequently the sign position of the planet is more generational than personal in its influence. The sign Neptune was in at the time of ones birth indicates the kind of cultural expression manifested by the creative abilities of a generation. The intuitive tendencies of each group wily take on the qualities of whichever sign Neptune occupies.

The house position of Neptune is much more specific in its interpretation. It denotes the way a person expresses their mystical potential. The house Neptune was in at the time of ones birth shows which areas of a person’s life will be affected by intuitive insights, dreams and pre-monitions. Neptune’s house position can reveal the true karmic purpose in ones present incarna­tion and give a clue as to what lessons need to be learned.

A person with a badly aspected Neptune can produce a personality of an escapist who tries to hide from the responsibility of the real world in a fog of illusion. Alcoholics and drug addicts fit into this category. Hypochondriacs and people who suffer from psychosomatic illnesses are also negative Neptune types.

Those who are fortunate enough to have a well placed Neptune have the ability to reach the highest states of spiritual attainment. These people are receptive, idealistic and real visionaries'. They can be very introspective and need a good amount of silence and solitude because of their sensitive natures.

Neptune rules Pisces, the 12th and last sign of the zodiac. The planet governs the feet. It is also associated with hearing, the spinal canal, and the optic nerves. When afflicted it causes deep seated emotional problems and mental instability.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Venus (and Mars) in Taurus

On the last day of May, Mars entered the sign of Taurus. Now, on June 6, Venus will join Mars in that sign. With this double shot of this steadfast sign, now is the time to concern ourselves with practical, down to earth matters. There could be a desire to be more grounded and act methodically in matters ruled by Venus. This transit of Venus is of added significance because Venus rules the sign of Taurus.

Venus is very comfortable in the sign of Taurus. Comfortable to the point slowing down quite a bit to enjoy the nicer things that life has to offer. Good food. Fine wine. Anything that appeals to the senses. Just be careful not to take it all to the point of overindulgence.
You may find yourself spending money on things that are aesthecially pleasing. Fashion, art, furniture and any kind of home d├ęcor. On the opposite side of the spectrum you could find yourself putting some monies away for a rainy day.

Lest we not forget that Venus is the planet of love. If you are in a relationship tangible and physical expressions of love are in order. If you are looking for that special someone, now could be the time to zero in on any potential lovers. Do watch however for a tendency to be a little too possessive under this influence. This is especially true now as Mars is also traveling through the sign of ruled by Venus.

Whatever does come your way during the Venus and Mars transit of Taurus, it should be a period of slowing down a bit action filled ride of having both of these personal planets in the sign of Aries, during the month of May.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The New Moon, Mercury and Pluto

On Sunday May 31st we will experience a New Moon in Gemini. This New Moon could be extremely important because it comes on the tail end of a month long period of Mercury being retrograde in motion. Mercury turns direct on the 30th, a week after the lunation. When Mercury turns direct it goes over the ground it covered during the retrograde period and the weeks preceding it while the planet was travelling in direct motion.

Plans and activities that began during the direct period could have hit a snag during the month of May. When the planet moves forward, those plans and activities can proceed unhampered by the Mercury retrograde influence.

If changes or adjustments were not made during May they will be made during the next few weeks as Mercury travels over the ground it initially did roughly between the dates of April 23nd to May 6th. Changes and adjustments are the keywords here. This is especially significant because the New Moon on the 31st will be inconjuncting the planet Pluto. Inconjusts are the aspect of necessary adjustment. This transit will help facilitate that action and help to be an instrument of modification, alteration and adaption during this lunation period.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Elements & Qualities

The twelve signs of the zodiac can be broken down into different groups according to some basic characteristics. The first means of classifying a par­ticular sign is by the element that the sign belongs to. There are four basic elements: fire, earth, air and water. Each element contains three signs. Signs that are of the same element are compatible in nature.

The fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. These signs are fiery in nature. They are positive, aggressive, enthusiastic, spontaneous, ardent and creative.

Next are earth signs; these signs are practical and down-to-earth. The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. They are pragmatic, conservative, dependable, resourceful, mundane and reliable.

The air signs are the communicators of the zodiac. They are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Air signs are intellectual, social, perceptive, curious, logical, alert and talkative.

Finally we have the water signs; these signs are emotional in nature. The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. They are responsive, subjective, receptive, sensitive, intuitive and impressionable.


Another classification of the signs are by their quality or mode of expression. There are three basic qualities; cardinal, fixed and mutable. Each quality contains four signs. Signs that are of the same quality are not compatible and feel uneasy with each other.

The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. These signs are signs of action. They take the initiative to go out and get what they want. Cardinal signs have the ability to act directly and decisively. They are able to put constructive action into immediate manifestation.

Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are the fixed signs. These signs are basically fixed in their mode of expression. They are able to achieve results through persistence and determination. At times they can be extremely stubborn and are not easily swayed once they put their mind to something. They are also very stable and self-reliant.

The last group are the mutable signs. They are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. These signs are flexible and can easily adapt to whatever situa­tion they find themselves in. These signs have the innate ability to go with the flow of life. Mutable signs are more concerned with the past than the present or future. They have the versatility along with the expansiveness to enjoy the richness of ex­perience.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Sun and the Moon

In astrology the Sun and the Moon are two of the most important parts of the natal chart. Both are extremely significant because they provide much information on the basic makeup of an individual. Their place­ment in the natal chart can indicate some significant aspects of ones over-all personality.

The sign that an individuals Sun was in at the time of their birth is the most significant aspect of the natal chart. The Sun is the basis of our life here on earth. We could not exist without it. In astrology the Sun represents the very core of our existence. The Sun sign describes ones basic reaction to life. It is our true inner essence. The Sun in the natal chart also indicates what a person is striving to become. On the other hand, the Moon represents what one may be striving to overcome. The Moon is that part of our nature that can be hidden from others. Those aspects of our personality that we may not be totally aware of.

What the Sun represents would be meaningless if not for the polarizing and modify­ing influence of the Moon. All of life and everything relating to it is a direct result of the interplay between these two luminaries.

The Sun is the conscious side of ones personality, while the Moon is the subcon­scious. The Moon represents feelings and emotions that are deeply rooted in our psyche. The compulsive side of mans' nature is part of his lunar make-up. A persons instinctive reac­tion to any given situation is usually based on ones Moon sign.

In many ways the Moon symbolizes our own image and awareness of ourselves based on past conditioning. That is why the Moon represents those modes of behavior that we feel most secure and comfortable with. Those feel­ings that make us feel good. The Moon depicts those emotional karmic patterns that help or inhibit us in our solar self-expression.

The Moon is symbolic of the female principle in nature. It governs conception, pregnancy and birth. It represents the mother and the early childhood conditioning we receive when we are most impressionable. The Moon rules the home, family, traditional values, and the entire domestic sphere.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pluto in Capricorn
(Viva La Revolution)

Back in 1968 John Lennon was singing “You say you want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world”. Well, the man did have Moon in Aquarius. Some forty years later that revolution may well be on its way.

This year, in January, Pluto entered Capricorn. This summer it will shot back into Sagittarius for a final little visit before it renters Capricorn in November. It will remain there until January 2024. That’s a pretty fair amount of time.

Last time Pluto was in Capricorn it had yet to be discovered. It was there between 1762 and 1778. During that time there were two great revolutions going on in the world, the French and the American. Previous to that Pluto had a stay in Capricorn from 1516 until 1533. It was during the period that Martin Luther rose up against the corrupt and powerful Catholic Church leading to the protestant Reformation.

I don’t think I need to ask anybody if we need a change in our ecomic or political system in this country. It is written on the face of every American. These are serious times we are currently living in. This presidential election is like one we have not seen in our lifetime. Not only is there a chance of having a woman in the oval office, we could just as well have a black man. And this is just the beginning of it all.

As Pluto travels through Capricorn, we can expect transformation in the areas of life that the sign governs. Government, corporations, financial institutions, churches. Capricorn has domain over the very structures of our world. Buildings, bridges, tunnels and other infrastructures. Those frameworks that keep our society in order and functioning like a well oiled machine

Pluto is the planet of transformation. When the planet transits a sign it leaves a trail of ruin in its path. It demolishes all things that have outlived their usefulness and are no longer relevant. This will cause reformation of corrupt outdated systems within government and the economy.

By the time Pluto is done with its stay in Capricorn the world will be ready to greet the altruistic nature of Aquarius. This in turn will turn our attention to humanitarian concerns. That will be an even greater step in the evolutionary process of mankind.

I welcome Pluto’s stay in Capricorn. It is long overdue. Like I said before, “Viva La Revolution.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Welcome to Astrotherapy

Hello. My name is William Tuma, and I am an astrologer. I have been practicing my craft for the past 25 years. The death of my sister in 1978 started me on a journey to seek the Universal Truth. It is a journey that I am still on today. Upon her passing I asked the question that all grieving loved ones ask - “Why” I started visiting psychics in search of an answer. Some were nothing but charlatans while a few blew me away with their perception and knowledge of intimate facts about my sister and I.

I started reading everything I could get my hands on about death and the afterlife. I was raised Roman Catholic, but soon developed a belief system that grew out of the knowledge I had gained.

Soon after I found myself taking a course in reading of the Tarot. This led to my continuing my education through a course in astrology. This course had a profound effect on me. Not only did I fall in love with astrology, it came so natural to me, that it convinced me that I had knowledge of the subject in a previous lifetime.

The next step I took, after I had amassed a good amount of knowledge, was to do astrology readings on a professional level. I did not like charging people for the information I had, but my time and energy was worth something and I had to pay the bills.

Besides counseling my clientele I also lectured throughout the country, wrote for national publications, like Llewellyn Publishing, and taught astrology classes. I even had a periodical, called The Rising Sun Digest, which was published monthly.

I did all of this for a number of years until my daughter was born. When she came along in 1992, I decided I needed a steady source of income. I quit astrology and joined the mainstream with a regular 9 to 5 gig.

As she was growing up I ended up a few varied hats. One of my jobs was working for a local alcohol / drug rehabilitation center. While I was there I wash able to take classes in not only drug and alcohol abuse, but in psychological counseling. One of my jobs was to counsel those who not only had abuse problems, they had psychological problems as well.

Recently I have decided that I need to go back to my first love, astrology. Since I have had experiences in pyschological counseling, I decided to combine astrology with therapeutic techniques. By doing so I can help my clients become better people by tackling the underlying root of any problem they may have.