We’re gonna try something different here this month, fitting given the astro-weather we are working with this June. We are mid-eclipse season Mercury is all over the place & things are a little wonky. Or downright off the chart. So we will be flexible & go with the feeling. What else can we do?
If June astro were a song…
…it would be Bohemian Rhapsody. Let’s take something traditional & turn it on its head. Then inside out. What about backwards, in a different colour? How is it looking now?
What we are looking at, feeling, hearing is…peculiar, no? Melancholy or frustration may be bubbling up from our inner bits over changes that we know, we just know, have to happen. Nervous energy, anxiety, eagerness to get going but who knows where, are shaking us to our core. This would be the two mighty celestial gods, Saturn and Uranus squaring off, again. They are mid-fight in their three bout 2021 smackdown & it is starting to feel imperative that we do SOMETHING. Disruption is necessary. The gift is knowing where the disruption will pay the greatest dividends.
Mid month we get a clear idea of where to place our bets. Mercury will step into the centre of the Sun, surely the most epic cleansing sauna ever!
Use this time to quiet the inner & outer chatter & really look at what is in your heart. Our inner truth is readily accessible at this time. Staying true to ourselves, with integrity, is never a bad move.
Communication is all over the place in June
Not only is Mercury retrograde in their home sign of Gemini until the 23rd June AEST, it is also irritated by the fog of Neptune. The Sun & Venus follow Mercury into the Neptunian mists, making the chance for miscommunications, mistakes & outright delusions very likely. Overthinking, check. Waking at 3am to overthink about something that happened two years ago & is no longer relevant to anyone but our 3am selves? Check. Again, a gentle reminder – personal integrity will make reparations to ourselves & others much more bearable once the fog clears. Neptune can bring insight, if you can keep the goals in sight. Don’t be surprised if the grind of the Saturn + Uranus square inclines one to reach for a daily nightcap or two (?!?) of relief in a glass etc until the end of the month when Mercury’s retrograde ends.
While we are drowning our sorrows sensibly imbibing & enjoying the spectacular sunsets of June, that rainbow on the horizon there?
That’s Venus and Mars moving into ever-loving Leo this month & sticking with the musical theme of this month’s astro vibe, Donna Summer’s oh so sexy ‘Love to Love You Baby’ springs to mind. If you don’t know it, you should. And when you do, you’re welcome 😉
We are all keen as mustard about Jupiter dipping into Pisces mid-month, it will be delightful, for sure. But May will be all about the Lunar Nodes. Yes, again! Same same. But different.
A little getting to know you on the Nodes before we dive into May astrology. The North Node in our birth chart is focused, it’s where we want to be but it’s just so much hard work. Any knowledge we gain from our North Node we hold close & give away sparingly. We had to work hard for it, so everyone else can too! The South Node in our birth chart is more readily dispersed, we are so damn comfortable here it feels too easy. We freely share our South Node knowledge, hell, we were born knowing it so why not give it away!
Our natal South Node placement is where we hold sole power over what happens, we are the Kings and Queens of this space. Our North Node placement needs an ‘other’ to get things happening. The goal – karmic purpose if you will – is the achieve balance between the Nodes. It takes a lifetime, or maybe many, who knows for sure, right? But this is what is required to master the Nodal opposition. And a taut & thin tightrope it is indeed.
The Lunar Nodes aka the North & South Nodes are always opposing each other. When the Moon gets close to one Node or the other, we have eclipses. We will see (literally here in Australia!) our first eclipse this year on the 26/5 AEST. It’s a total lunar eclipse & it will be a definite tension point if it is hitting your chart. And in general. But we expect this from eclipses, no?
This month we get the opportunity to work with the Nodes all month long. It probably won’t be a comfortable job, but doing the Work never is. But it will feel ‘right’ & satisfying come the month’s end if we get to it using May’s celestial assistance.
The first week in May we get our Old Master of Responsibility – Saturn – working with the Nodes, happily providing us time & inclination to engage in the Work with purpose. Pay attention to what comes up at the beginning of the month. What feels too hard? What flows easily? These two things will be important for the rest of the month when…
Our favourite wise old Centaur, Chiron, steps in, replacing Saturn as he wonders off to lay low for a while (hallelujah!). From the second week in May all the way past the eclipse at the end of the month, we get the opportunity, dare I say, pleasure, of helpful aspects between the Nodes and Chiron. A chance to untangle the knots!
So, what does this mean for us? Imagine standing in front of a locked door that holds some sort of personal treasure. We have no idea what the treasure is but we know it’s important to us. We want it. It is ours so let us in! During May Chiron and the Nodes provide us with a keyring full of keys and the Work is to find the key that unlocks that door & shows us the goodies inside.
This is the time to recalibrate our goals, & if you have none in mind, get that shit sorted now & set some up. Manifesting starts with a plan. And YOLO doesn’t cut it when the Nodes are involved.
Here is how we do it (personal safety first of course!) –
Look at what is easy & comfortable; how & where can we share this knowledge most effectively?
What makes us uncomfortable or anxious, what is our ‘It’?
Where can we find the ‘other’ who can assist us here?
What is the worst that can happen if we don’t run away from ‘It’?
How will we feel if we don’t even try ‘It’?
This May, make time for contemplation each day, a few minutes wisely spent.
April brings us into a more intimate astrological cycle than we have had recently. Plenty of movement in the sky from the planets that we are physically closest to in space, plenty of movement below, in our personal space.
There is a noticeable shift in our communications & thoughts as Mercury whizzes out of dreamy, elusive Pisces, through active, bluntly direct Aries, & into a more considered & practical state of mind in Taurus, all within the first 15 days?!
Ever-loving Venus steps gracefully off the Aries battlefield & is warmly welcomed into her luxurious, comfortable Taurus home to recover & redress (actions and clothes, ofc!). Any recent tussles or harsh words with beloveds can be soothed from the 19th, when the other person’s point of view suddenly makes sense. And if we are still missing the point there may be a sharp & shocking tipping point in the last week of April to wake, & shake, us up.
The star of the astrological show this month is the famous double act known as the Lunar Nodes aka the North Node & South Node; Rahu & Ketu; the Dragon’s head & the Dragon’s tail; our destiny & our natural-born talents.
With plenty of planetary activity engaging these two non-physical astrological points, in April we get the opportunity to focus on our direction, utilising our innate talents, & a perhaps a lucky break, to assist us. There is a lovely progression to the planetary themes the Nodes touch this month – our values & relationships; our identity & self-belief; our communications & thoughts; & most significantly, our steady determination & forward planning to overcome obstacles preventing us from getting to where we want to be.
Be on the lookout for opportunity & assistance from those we interact with in our everyday lives. And don’t hold back from being someone else’s helping hand!
Karma is at play, but perhaps not in the Westernised way we have come to view the concept. Doing something good or nice for someone else so that good things come around to you is not quite the type of gift being offered here. The current astrological energy is more aligned with doing right with integrity, assisting someone else simply because you can, without external thanks or recognition, while acknowledging the lift in your perception of your actions, internally.
Don’t overthink it, not that fast-moving Mercury will give you much of a chance! Enjoy the dynamic & pleasant vibe of what promises to be a lively & lovely April. A little effort goes a long way right now 💖
Here we are folks. There’s a feeling in the skies that the real beginning of 2021 is upon us. And I don’t just mean because it’s the beginning of the astrological new year, when the Sun moves into Aries late March. But HNY anyway 🥳
March feels easier. If you are after more excitement and drama (though please, do tell, why??), hang in there until the end of the month. But if you are after a break, some assistance, a little breathing space – here it is. No retrogrades. No planetary pile-ups. No overblown, hyperbolic scary bits to saturate your news feed. Just an ordinary month.
This month we celebrate more than just calmer astro weather as old Sol, our mighty life-giving Sun, saunters into Aries for the Equinox. A time of rebirth for our Northern hemisphere pals. A time to slow down and embrace the cooler seasons for us Southerners. We may feel utterly inspired, or happily delusional, as the Sun meets with Neptune in the first half of the month, then dallies with Venus in the second half. Go with it, it’s been a tough year since they last danced together. But know that while the dance may be fleeting, the consequences, not so. Be true to yourself, but maintain integrity for your dance partner/s.
My Astrological Stars of the Show this month are planetoid Chiron and asteroid Ceres. Chiron’s astrological glyph reminds us of a key, but to which door? Ceres is nurturing and motherly, but at what cost? Her glyph looks like a question mark – almost – yet there is a line through the centre of the question. Our boundaries shift with our moods, our desires, our age, and stage, in life. Our boundaries meet those of others in our sphere. How do we ensure our concept of our loving, nurturing selves does not cross the line between loving guidance and plain old interference?
This month we get a helping hand.
Many of them actually. There are opportunities a-plenty of assistance, guidance, mentors and all round good feelings and support. We will offer the same. This will, of course, require effort on our part. To recognise support when it is offered. To accept the wisdom of others when it is shared. To recognise mentors when they appear, even though they may be clothed differently to what we expect.
There are plenty of opportunities for inspiration to strike, and better yet, take form. Plans made will bear fruit. Patience may be lacking, especially later in the month as planetary activity steps up a gear. But patience is a virtue, and a much better aspiration than any of the ‘seven sins’. We had plenty of time to indulge those delightful terrors in 2020. Perhaps it’s time to focus on wholehearted goodness? The word ‘integrity’ keeps springing to the front and centre of my mind.
The struggle to strive for temperance in the last few days of March is real.
There may be a hunger that cannot be satiated, a divine discontent that we cannot locate the cause of.
As above, so below. Look to the night sky. Enjoy the morning sunrise.
Take a moment to appreciate You, and your story. And accept that every human you meet has their own tale to tell. Or not.
The Major Astrological Event on everyone’s calendar this month is the looming tension between the mighty Titan, Saturn (Cronos) & his father, the Original Earth God, Uranus.
Exact on February 18th in Australia, this battle between the old ways & the inevitable new will stir up all kinds of emotions as the Moon brings up the deep feels. We know change must happen but feel restricted in our options. How to move forward through restrictions & constrictions, whether this will be external or internal will depend on how active this square is in your birth chart.
There is assistance available through the whole of February from a helpful aspect to Saturn from the centaur planetoid Chiron. When we see where we need to push through broken down structures in our life, kindly Chiron is ready to assist us in healing through educating ourselves or seeking outside counsel to shift what no longer serves us. Breakthroughs may not be gentle, but they will be just the panacea we needed. Even if we only realise in hindsight.
And there will be plenty of hindsight happening, with everyone’s favourite retrograde here again, already. Mercury will be moving backwards across the loaded Aquarian skies until 21st February. When the old Trickster goes retrograde through Air signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra), as it will for the next twelve months or so, we find our thoughts turning to how we communicate in our relationships – are we being heard clearly? Are we listening properly? Is there clarity in our words, our mind? Do we understand what we are being told?
Aquarius is a Fixed sign so there may be a few stubborn overgrown pathways that need to be cleared to find a less cluttered trail to walk on in our journey forward. Retrograde or not, forward is the only direction Aquarian energy is focused on. Get with the program by tearing it up & starting afresh.
After all this pondering about how we communicate, the best time to have any difficult conversations will come later in the month. By doing the work on ourselves first, we will be better equipped to deal with the outcome when we start to give voice to our new way of thinking, speaking, hearing. The future may look so bright we have to wear shades when we are in our own mind, but a gently, gently approach will work wonders in our conversations with others. If we run up against walls & boundaries at this time, then we must respect them. Not everyone will be receptive to lightening fast change.
The end of February brings a sense of feasting & purging to heal & recoup. So much has changed in the last 12 months, more has meant less, & less is still more…the impossible happened & it’s finally feeling like the time to move forward. We have been waiting for 2021 to really begin, rather than 2020 lingering on & on.
21st February 10:51am AEST – Mercury 11 Aquarius – Stations Direct
25th February 11:11pm AEST – Venus 0 Pisces
February Magical Moment Election
Just before the Full Moon, beginning when the moon is at 8’49” Virgo, applying to the Ascendant at 4’26” Virgo and finish by 6:17pm AEST when the Moon exactly opposes the Sun.
Check out the Witch: Radiant + Rooted podcast for more in-depth discussion on this magical election and plenty more from the wonderful WWR witches Kim & Chez. And of course, always check these Magical Moments with your own astrology chart to ensure there are no harsh aspects or hindrances!
There is a fated feel to January. Too much shifting energy too fast tends to unsettle us humans, unless we have instigated it of course.
We may have set events in motion months ago without having an actual clear view of where we would end up. So here we are. 2020 is over. Except it isn’t. We still have loose ends to tie up & coal to sift through to find the diamonds formed from all the pressure we have been under.
There is a lot going on astrologically atm, you may have noticed…
The tension between Mars in Taurus & Saturn in Aquarius shows our actions have consequences. Full stop.
Mercury & the Sun activate Pluto in the first half of the month stirring up deep hidden issues around our communications & our ego. Venus gets a brief turn at the end of the month & our values make the call.
Jupiter & Chiron show us wanting to find a way to heal but resistance comes from Mars in the hot spot all month. Things look explosive. I sincerely hope not literally.
The Capricorn New Moon is on ‘sort this shit out starting from the top’ Pluto. The Leo Full Moon is amplified by Jupiter & feeling the tension & unpredictability of Uranus & Mars.
As we shift our focus to the future, there will be no forgetting 2020.
There will be no ‘return to normal’.
We expected to be all the best things, all the time & love all of it. Most of us could not & did not. It is not natural to our rhythms as human beings. The health, beauty & leisure industries has become billion-dollar Big Business. Yet we feel less healthful, less beautiful & have less leisure time.
So We Ask Ourselves
The world is damaged, it has changed, we have changed – how can we keep the change going, & grow with it?
Are we representing ourselves & our ego, or our future?
Are we prepared to acknowledge our mistakes & make reparations?
Are we ready to accept that we have fucked up by politicizing issues that should be wrapped in integrity?
Will we continue to place celebrity, wealth & beauty on a pedestal, but not our healthcare workers?
Nothing like a pandemic warped by politics to make us seek answers.
Of course 2020 goes out with a bang, not a whimper! I recently had the pleasure of chatting all things eclipse with my talented and sassy colleague, astrologer Kim Fairminer.
Kim and I look at each sign to see where you’ll be feeling the burn, or burn out. Check out your rising sign too if you know it, via the time stamps in the comments on the vid.
Hitting Australia in the wee hours of 15th December at 23 degrees of Sagittarius, this eclipse will be visible across South America and the western side of Southern Africa. Check out Time & Date for more information.
As always, we advise against manifesting or setting New Moon intentions during the eclipse. Hold off for a day or so, eclipses can and do produce rather erratic energies. Not exactly the type of vibe you’d want to capture in a spell jar or even on paper, and be stuck with for another 6 months. 2020 has been quite enough, thank you very much.
While this Sagittarian Solar Eclipse is fuelled by fire, the planetary ruler is ol’ Jupiter on the last few days of a very restrictive and uncomfortable stay in Capricorn. If you asked my advice I’d recommend sticking to the rules, stick to the facts and stick with plodding along for now. But you probably won’t want advice, you’ll want action. Me too, me too…
There is a definite do first, think later feel to this eclipse. So if you can’t stop, won’t stop, simply cannot slow down to take a breathe, or bear to hear any words of wisdom, this next line should be easy to remember –
And keep a hose handy to put out the little eruptions started in the heat of the moment in your quest for freedom. You’re welcome!
I placed a few eclipse themed easter eggs in my background for a little added zing. Let Kim and I know in the vid comments if you spot any, I had a blast planning them. A bit of safe Sag eclipse fun 😉
Also a great starter if you are Astro-Magic curious or a Magician who wants to know more about using Astrology in your practice.
Olde School Astrological Magic
“Astrological magic uses electional astrology to choose auspicious times for ritual and making talismans and goes one step further, actively engaging with the spirits and powers of the stars and planets to cause spiritual and material effects”
Christopher Warnock; Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic; p.11
You Can Do Magic 🎶
It was my passion for electional astrology that led me to the interesting and rather niche world of astrological magic. And I’ve gotta say, I love it here. I love poring over my ephemeris to find suitable astrological elections. I love the excitement of planning rituals. I love the ceremony, the preparation, the craftiness. The whole kit and caboodle. So. Much. Love. And it works. Astrological magic really works!
The resurgence in traditional astrology techniques has brought with it a cauldron full of rules, regulations and argument (ofc!) regarding the correct interpretation and usage of the Fixed Stars in astrological practice. I kinda like rules and regulations, and reading the snarky forums on Reddit is genuinely excellent for procrastination, which I am also prone to fond of. So I dug around the forums for recommended books and promptly popped the much adored Picatrix on my Book Depository wish list. I then read a few pages of it, and a few other ancient writings on Google Books. I’m not gonna lie, it was a slog. I found most of them hard work, too convoluted for me to wrap my head around, especially when there are so many other books I want to read. But I kept hearing about this one book that was supposedly superb- Christopher Warnock’s ‘Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic’. I bit the bullet and purchased it a few months ago and I am IMPRESSED!
Warnock’s extensive research and years of practice in both astrology and astrological magic are evident throughout the book and while it is focused on the basic principles astrological magic, it provides plenty of rabbit holes for those wishing to dig deeper. It is written in an unpretentious style and the concepts within are easy to digest, and better still, accessible. The illustrations by Nigel Jackson and Robert M. Place are wonderful, and there are many more images throughout the book from the original Renaissance and medieval sources. I had my tracing paper and fancy coloured pencils out by chapter 5.
‘Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic’ is not a hefty book, which is terrific for both beginners and people like me who still cart books around in their handbag. Warnock manages to cover a lot of essential information in 135 pages. There are examples of how to elect good charts for creating talismans with only rudimentary astrological knowledge, and Warnock breaks down complicated techniques into simple, easy to follow rules. A breath of fresh air in the generally very complicated world of astro-magic.
I felt confident and inspired enough to make a talisman after one reading of ‘Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic’. Warnock provides information on the source and magical interpretation of each Fixed Star, sign and constellation, as well as recommended glyphs, sigils, candle colours, incense (or not. Yes, looking at you, black hellebore) and invocations to use in each ritual. I was particularly fascinated to learn which Angels correspond to each sign, as I have a gorgeous Angel Tarot deck from Travis McHenry that is now getting much more use. There are easy to follow examples of the elections used to create talismans and Warnock provides both preferred full chart elections for experienced astrologers, and alternate non-full chart methods for the less experienced throughout the book.
I first heard Christopher Warnock when he guested on an early episode of the Astrology Podcast and while curious to know more about his work, I was studying zodiacal releasing at the time and that was taking up all available astro brain space. It was when I discovered the Magical Elections podcast by Nina Gryphon that my interest in using the Fixed Stars in astrological magic really piqued. I purchased a Magical Elections download from Nina and trialled a Spica talisman, one for me and a few for some of my magic-inclined beloveds, to get an idea of what other people’s experiences were compared to mine. Readers, these talismans really work. A word to the wise though, when experienced practitioners such as Warnock and Gryphon advise against particular elections or talismans, as Warnock does for the Wing of Corvus, erring on the side of caution seems kinda, you know, wise. Though I’m sure there’s someone on Reddit who disagrees… 🙄
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic’, and it still hasn’t actually made it to the bookshelf. I keep re-reading it and skimming through my ephemeris looking for dates to do more talisman experiments. A worthy investment and that’s what I like in a book, learning new things that I can use over and over again. ‘Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic’ provides the perfect amount of information to either guide you through your intended rituals, or set you on the road to full blown research into the slightly kooky but oh so interesting world of astrological magic. And that is just Magic!
Must. Own. Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic
You can purchase ‘Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic‘ directly from the author’s website, as well as a trove of other interesting works on astrological magic. I highly recommend checking out Warnock’s Renaissance Astrology site, it’s a little clunky but apparently it is one of the oldest astrological magic websites around, and as such, there is a huge amount of information and resources on there for astrologers and magicians to trawl through at your leisure.
‘Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Magic’ is also available at the usuals- paperback at Book Depository, and Amazon has both Kindle and paperback versions. I’d recommend purchasing a physical copy as the illustrations are amazing and you will want to copy them if you decide to give some of the talismans a try. And you absolutely will.
BTW – If you do live in the US or somewhere nearby aka postage costs aren’t a killer, please consider purchasing from the author directly. Ya know, support astrologer and local business and all that sensible stuff.
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK
The Fixed Stars and the Zodiac
Fixed Star & Constellation Elections
Creating and Consecrating Fixed Star, Sign & Constellation Talismans
The 15 Fixed Stars
Creating Sign Talismans
There are also 14 appendices with recommendations from Christopher Warnock on sign colours and incense, plus excerpts from the works of Gower, Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, Ramesey and from the Picatrix. Which is great for me, every time I try and read any of these works my head starts to hurt. However if you are an utter nutter for olde timey astrology books and manuscripts, there are plenty of footnotes citing sources so you can do research to your heart’s content.
WHAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK
No index. But in a book this concise it’s not really necessary, so I will forgive and move on.
Join the ever so clever Kim Fairminer and yours truly as we dive right into the next eclipse & offer some horoscope advice on where the splash will land in your life.
The first eclipse of this season sees us into the silly season on November 30, 2020, at 7.29pm AEST here in Australia. This will be a penumbral, or partial, lunar eclipse in Gemini at around 9 degrees. For more info on visibility in your part of the world, check it out here at https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2020-november-30
Lunar eclipses occur with Full Moons, so do not expect this to be a calm or rational lunation.
Not a great time for harnessing the energy for manifestation.
But a great time for releasing, cleansing and letting go of crap you no longer need.
Bring on the pre-Xmas clean out!
Hazy, dazey Neptune has reappeared from the zodiacal background to take a starring role in this eclipse, so be prepared to feel even more lethargic than the usual full moon sleepiness. Neptune is inclined to swing both ways, bringing both inspiration and delusion. Truth & clarity will be elusive, in spite of the Mercurial energy of the Gemini Moon and the deep investigative skills of ol’ Merc currently hanging out in Scorpio.
Best advice, no bullcrapping- to yourself, or to others.
The Solar eclipse will be hot on the trail in two weeks time, shining a bright solar light on everything hidden now.
It was my birthday this week. My Solar Return is usually a week long Festival of Everything I Love. But the astrology at the moment is quite horrid, you may have noticed, and my birthday was a quiet & sober affair.
So to make it more of an event, I am offering 40% off all Birth Chart & Year Ahead consultations for 48 hours!
The Fine Print
Book a Birth Chart or Year Ahead consultation between 5:30am AEST Saturday 17th October 2020 and 5:30am AEST Monday 19th October 2020 to receive 40% off ~
Birth Chart consultation ~ on sale ~ $78/90 minutes
Year Ahead consultation ~ on sale~ $60/60 minutes
Consults must be booked between 5:30am 17/10/20 AEST & 5:30am 19/10/20 AEST to receive the discount
All discounted Birth Chart & Year Ahead consultations must be used between now and the 19th December 2020
Please, no gifting of bookings on behalf of someone else. A consultation works best when the client wants an astrology reading
Happy Birthday to my fellow Librans! And much love to everyone who has had their special days cancelled, altered or changed forever in 2020. I have no words that can ease or soothe or fix what we have lived through. Just love, respect and honouring this very human experience. It’s all we’ve got really, isn’t it?
40% off Birth Chart and Year Ahead consultations bookings has ended.
When is an Astrology Book Review not an actual book review? You’re looking at it!
This blog is all about astrology books and resources online. Best of all, some of them are free! #winning
The current astro-weather has had me both on the go and laying low. My attention span has reduced to that of a small child, while my mind is full of a million thoughts. Per minute. Periods like these make me grateful I am an astrologer so I at least know what’s going on with my stop/start attitude to life at the moment. It doesn’t make it any less frustrating. But I can at least see the end point, and that’s gonna have to do for now.
I’ve put the books down for now, as the best I can do is a quick scan of a paragraph or two and then a deep and lengthy pondering session, not always related to what I have just read. When I am in a Major Procrastination Mood like this, I always end up in my kitchen. I call it procrasti-cooking. Some of my best meals are the byproduct of my dithering. I’ve taken to bookmarking online astrology resources on my iPad mixed in with my saved recipes. My bookmarks are a mess but I at least feel I am still learning. I also highly recommend checking out Nagi at Recipetin Eats for meal inspo & amazing recipes while you’re online. You’re welcome!
Procrasti-cooking with passionfruit.
Panna Cotta and curd butter.
A++ would do again.
In September I attended an AFAN discussion group on my favourite topic – books. If you aren’t a member of the Association for Astrological Networking yet, check them out, the discussion groups are great but they offer so much more including legal support, grants and scholarships. One of the many excellent recommendations was from Presiding Officer, Giulio, who showed us an interesting & impressive mix of online resources. I am already a huge user of the online resources offered with my local public library membership. I’m not sure how it is in other countries but here in Australia we can also join our State Library and the National Library for free and get access to an even greater variety of online resources.
The sites and resources suggested below are not all free, but those that do charge for access are quite reasonable, especially if you live in the USA and don’t have to deal with the pesky and exxy exchange rate as us Aussies do. For those of us who do live Down Under, I’m gonna say it again – I cannot recommend joining your local public library highly enough. It’s free! And if you are already a member but it’s been a while since you had a look at your local library’s databases and online services, get on it, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I’m putting in a Rabbit Hole disclaimer before we get to the good stuff. There are many many long and winding holes to fall into on these sites. So if you are like me and inclined to procrastinating while cooking and reading up on astro topics online at the same time, set a timer so you don’t burn the food!
Scribd is an ebook subscription service. It is currently free for 30 days, then $8.99 per month. The astrology selection on this site is huge. There are over 15,000 astro specific ebooks available at time of writing, including Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, Bernadette Brady and one of the Astrology Book Review’s fave astro books, reviewed here, ‘Key Words for Astrology‘. You can also access over 129,000 astrology docs, including works by Demetra George and John Frawley, over 3000 audiobooks and almost 2000 articles, including the Wellbeing Astrology magazine, edited by our favourite ex-pat Aussie astrologer, Kelly Surtees.
Archive.org. What a site! Rabbit Hole warning! Bookmark this one because it is a treasure trove of information about every single topic you can think of. And astrology, of course.
Skyscript is an astrological wonderland. Created by astrologer Deb Houlding, this site has been in my bookmarks forever. The articles are second to none. The forums are an incredible source of pretty credible information, as far as forums go. Rabbit Hole Warning here too.
I am pretty certain most astrology enthusiasts are already familiar with Astro.com but I have to add it here as it is an incredible free resource for almost any astrological question or topic. If you are familiar with their daily horoscopes but haven’t had a full wander through the site, move from the Free Horoscope tab to to All About Astrology and you are welcome, Rabbit Hole Warning, yet again.
If Esoteric Astrology is your jam, you absolutely must bookmark Lucistrust.org, for the works of the great Theosophist writer Alice Bailey. While not free, they are not badly priced and if you want them, they are all here! There is also a wonderful collection of spiritual resources on this site. Hot tip- if you are on a .org site, they are usually relying on donations to keep them going, so payment is more of a donation.
Don’t forget Kindle! You can download the app to your device and read on the go, which was terrific for the old you and will be again for future you, the world traveller. 2020 won’t last forever folks, I promise! There are so many astrology books available at seriously cheap prices, including a long time fave of mine, ‘Mythic Astrology‘ by Ariel Guttman.
One more reminder. Local libraries. Check them out! Here in Australia the online resources I currently use the most are Libby, rbdigital and Borrowbox. You can also suggest/request subscriptions to digital magazines such as The Mountain Astrologer. They do need to be approved by more than just the person you contact, so it won’t happen overnight, and there are no guarantees, but it’s always worth a try, inclusivity is on the mission statement of every public library! You can put in a request by emailing the Head Librarian or Reader Services at your local library. I suggest doing it on Mercury’s Day at sunrise for maximum impact 😉
I’ve left out so many terrific and informative, and most importantly, credible astrological resources here. Let me know if you have any amazing online sites that you use to access astrology information from. I have no doubt I will be doing another post on this topic again. Happy astro-reading!
Egyptian astrological concepts written in Modern Humanistic style
Frances Sakoian & Louis Acker wrote so many seminal astrology texts in the latter half of the 20th century. If you learned astrology back then, you no doubt had a copy of one of their books in your library, and it was probably ‘The Astrologer’s Handbook‘. They also wrote on relationships, predictive techniques, aspects, transits…I could go on, they were prolific and you should absolutely check them out if you haven’t already. But it is this little gem of a book that is the most well-thumbed of my Sakoian-Acker books – ‘Decanates and Duads’.
What on Earth?
If you’ve ever wondered what those lines are for around the edge of astrology chart wheels, this is the book for you. ‘Decanates and Duads‘ explains very simply how to get even more context out of an astrology chart. These ancient Egyptian time markers can provide terrific insight into why, say, twins born a minute or two apart can be totally different in so many ways, even though their natal charts seem identical on first glance.
But what. On. Earth.
A brief pictorial – decanates and duads (also spelt dwads) are the tiny little lines or semi-segments around the outer wheel of the chart. Decanates are each 30º sign cut into 3 segments of 10º. Duads are slicing the 12 signs into 2.5º segments.
My first astrology teacher LOVED decanates. In hindsight we spent quite a bit of time learning them, and the Sabian Symbols too, so I automatically calculate them in my head when looking at a chart. Decans are quite straightforward, viewed through triplicity rulers, that is fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius; earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn; air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius and water – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. So 8º Aries is in the Aries decan, 13º Aries is through the Leo decan and 26º Aries is through the Sagittarius decan. Simple enough, yes?
The duads get the brain working a little harder. They move consecutively through the signs, not via triplicity. It’s actually not hard to get your head around this, it’s the math that gets me every time. Two and a half degrees. 2.5º! Seems simple enough…perhaps it’s just me. Anyway, using the above examples again to show how it’s done- 8º Aries is viewed through the Cancer duad, so add a little emotional intensity. 13º Aries is in the Virgo duad, giving a little more thought to the usual Arian ‘do first, think later’ life motto. 26º Aries is flavoured with Aquarian duad sauce, colouring Aries reckless abandon with determined individuality. See, a little more thinking but plenty of insight for the effort.
We look to planetary rulerships for more information- Taurus is ruled by Venus, Gemini is ruled by Mercury etc. The first decan and first duad are always the most potent, they are a triple threat – 2 degrees Virgo is in the decan of Virgo, and the duad of Virgo, thus Mercury ruled and then some. Don’t overthink it! Unless you have a triple Mercury ruled sign – decan – duad. If so, don’t let the rest of this book review stand in your way. Go for it! Though you are probably ordering the book right now whilst simultaneously googling for more info and messaging your astro group chat to see if anyone else uses decanates and duads.
And the book?
Yes, the book. It is concise, running to 116 pages. There is a brief interpretation of the relevant zodiac sign at the beginning of each chapter and then we get straight into the decanates and what they indicate. Understanding rulerships is integral to getting the most out of the concepts presented in this book. Both modern and traditional rulerships are used throughout the book, for example Jupiter rules both Sagittarius and Pisces. I like this. I lean to traditional rulerships but it is always interesting to read or hear about modern rulership interpretations because it’s good to know that Uranus is considered exalted in Scorpio. I need to now investigate why this is so, but it’s food for thought. No judgement.
While ‘Decanates and Duads’ it may seem a little like chart overkill or adding complications at first, it is actually a terrific way to narrow in on the character of a client. It would definitely be useful when rectifying a chart, though I haven’t tried this technique. I do find it of particular use when working with annual profection time lords and the progressed moon. This book is useful, the whole concept of decanates and duads is pretty basic, despite my complaints about math, and doesn’t require complicated programs to work out what is where and when. All the information you need is already there, in the chart. I mean, if you’re going to add asteroids and fixed stars, you may as well start with what is right there in the chart first, no?
This book was published in 2009, quite a few years after Frances Sakoian passed. You can check out Louis Acker’s astrological work here and according to his website, he is still taking bookings for chart readings –
Decanates and Duads: the Zodiac Within Each Sign is available at the usuals – Book Depository and Amazon in hard copy only.
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK
Other than the Foreword & Introduction this book goes through each of the signs of the zodiac, from Aries through to Pisces, and breaks them down into roughly 5 pages each sign. In 116 pages, you get a triple layer of insight into each sign, point and planet of a chart.
I recently had a fun chat about the astro drama brewing for the final leg of 2020 with my very talented colleague, astrologer Kim Fairminer on her YouTube channel. We’ve got all your Mars retrograde issues sorted and bagged for easy handling as we head into 2021.
Kim and I take a look at Mars in Aries and what this upcoming retrograde will feel like. Of course we couldn’t avoid bringing everyone’s favourite taskmaster Saturn to the party for kicks. Just kidding, Saturn is impossible to ignore and no fun at parties. However it is good at doing everything Mars dislikes, and the square off between these two very different energies is at best a storm in a teacup that feels like a typhoon in an Olympic size swimming pool. And at worst? Well, take a look below and see where it will be hitting your chart.
Horoscopes or Horror-scopes?
It isn’t all bad, of course not! We wrapped up this Mars Saturn smackdown with a fun and slightly sassy look at what this transit might mean for each sign. If you do find yourself weighed down with the heaviness at the business end of this transit, please know that you are not alone. The light at the end of the tunnel is there, it just may be around the corner from where you are right now.
Kim is an amazing and talented astrologer, pop on over to her gorgeous website and follow her on FB and IG for regular astro updates. Kim and I are co-organisers of the Brisbane Astrology Enthusiasts group. If you are lucky enough to live in South East Queensland find us on Meetup and follow us on your socials for notification of upcoming events.
If you land on this page, you are probably well versed in the latest astro drama brewing in the skies. This month, and for the rest of 2020, it’s all about Life with Mars. First we see it screaming through its home town of Aries, happy as a pig in poo*. By mid September that smell isn’t coming from the pig, it’s the smell of brakes as Mars screeches to a halt and begrudgingly goes back over the same roads its just travelled aka goes retrograde.
And it is a very pissed planet, having to look at the same old stuff again instead of charging ahead into new territory as it is wont to do. Just wait until it realises it’s a three times trip across the same landscape. Each time Mars squares off with Saturn, it is frustrating for Mars and antagonising for Saturn. The first hit is at the end of August, next hit is the end of September and first few days of October and then one final time in the middle of January, albeit with a sign change for both Big Baddies with Mars into Taurus and Saturn into Aquarius. Mars loses strength in Taurus, thank all deities for that small blessing. I think I speak for us all when I sigh a heartfelt “oof”.
So we have Mars in Aries going against its direct, assertive and impatient nature. And it is stepping into the ring with Saturn, the elder statesperson of Get Your Shit Together-ness, who is also retrograde rn but seems to be making the most of it, as Saturn in Capricorn does. Mars is bored, frustrated and not really paying attention coz, like, been here before so nothing interesting to see. Saturn is checking its foundations are solid and stable, because it ain’t gonna be here again for quite a while so may as well make the most of it and get to work from the inside out.
It’s been a tough year for the planets too
From September 10th/11th depending on where you reside on Earth, you, me and the whole damn world are going to be spectators of the planetary square off of 2020. We are so close to the finish line. Some of us will be covered in crap and blood and pig poo. Some of us are flinging the crap, blood and pig poo. These last few months are going to be the make or break of 2020 us. Mars is in Aries, Saturn is in Capricorn. These are both cardinal signs, and cardinal signs love to start things. Seeing it to the end is not their job, they are already off to start something new before the last job is even half way completed. There is no shying away from this three round fight. If it isn’t happening to you directly, you will most certainly be watching, living with or attempting to avoid the flying poo. No escape. So, basically 2020, but in a short Netflix must-see series. Remember the olden days of 2020 when y’all went nuts for Tiger King? You can’t believe you did that, right? Well here we are again, but in our own lives not Netflix. Yay.
When good Mars goes bad
Mars in Aries gives us action, drive, energy. We feel direct, assertive, courageous, or reckless depending on how you feel about the definition of courage. We seek the heat, we get impatient with the heat and we fire up quickly from the heat. Then it’s gone, all burned up and all good now. Mars in Aries cuts and burns and really doesn’t mean to, it’s just how it is, no time for apologies.
Retrograde Mars in Aries is frustrated, reactive, impotent. We feel passive aggressive, full of suppressed rage and bile. It has to come out. Burn up. Cut off the painful bits. It will hurt, but not for long. And why does everything take s o m u c h e f f o r t ?
We see, hear, or experience accidents, injuries, headaches, inflammation and rashes. We crave hot and spicy and then complain when it burns. We are reckless with sharp things, both physical and verbal. Bugs bite, road rage abounds, reckless behaviour begets regret, but only long after the event.
But it’s not all bad. Right?
No. Not everything is smelling like the pig’s delight. But there will certainly be an uncomfortable vibe in a particular area of life rn. Whether this square off between Mars and Saturn hits you hard and knocks you out, or merely pulls you up enough to pause and have a long ponder on the discomfort and how to remove it, well that depends on a few things. Your natal chart, transits, progressions, projections, returns…you will only know, when you feel it. And you are probably feeling it, or not, right about now. Which is exactly why everyone needs their own personal astrologer, just sayin’.
Band-aids suitable for cuts and burns
Ok, so how do we navigate and perhaps even remediate this hot cold, fast slow mess, or at least try to minimise the drama? Can we? Dare we? Of course we do, it’s the Life with Mars show!
Mars is energy, Saturn is time. We take the time to burn the energy so we don’t get burned up or out. Retrogrades are do-over time. If you find yourself frustrated at being back on familiar ground, try looking at it from a different perspective. Handstands are effective, though perhaps just stopping and laying down on the ground to stare at the clouds would be sufficient too.
But just in case, and with tongue firmly in cheek, here are your sassy and definitely NSFW Mars in Aries Rx square Saturn in Capricorn Rx horoscopes/survival tips/band-aids for getting through the next two months with a smile on your dial and your life relatively intact by the end of it.
If your Sun or Ascendant is in –
Aries – Burn yourself out with exercise. Get sweaty. Love yourself sick because you are so damn hot. Now take a cold shower, have a tantrum because cold showers suck and your usual assertive ways aren’t being appreciated enough for the effort you put in to getting shit done. Rinse. Repeat.
Taurus – 2020 so far may have you deeply pondering the Meaning Of It All. Or deeply frustrated with everyone else failing to see The Point Of It All and just have faith. Humans, huh?! Take a long nap, you deserve it
Gemini – Your debts to society are really cranking you up. Staying in and sorting out your taxes may not sound like the most fun you’ve had this year, or maybe it is, ’cause 2020. But it sure beats going out with the gang and ending up further in debt for something you didn’t even enjoy. Drop your phone in the loo and stay home instead
Cancer – You don’t have to stay where you are Cancer. You are a successful person. You eat the competition for breakfast. You don’t have to put up with this crap. Just remember what they say about keeping your enemies closer. Try separate beds for a while yeah?
Leo – Oh Leo, I hear you. What is the point of the daily grind if you’ve had your wings clipped and can’t fly away to distant exotic beaches during your hols to be admired and adored? Well, your health is one reason. And your socials for two. Post and poo regularly
Virgo – Birth, death and taxes. Insurance. Loans. A stroll in the park for you usually Virgo. Usually. ATM it’s all feeling like you’ve killed your creativity to feed the banks and taxes. You’ll be right. Lube up buttercup and take a break, enjoy some hot (kinky?) fun. With protection. Kids tend to wreck both the bottomline on spreadsheets and all your kinks
Libra – So how awesome is it to spend So Much Time with your beloved/partner? All of your dreams have come true. So why do you feel you are being hugged by a boa constrictor. Practice fake snoring and politely offer to sleep in the spare bedroom for a while ‘so your partner gets a good rest’
Scorpio – You know you need to watch your health. The ads on TV know your weaknesses. It’s all too depressing. Do yourself a favour and delete Uber Eats. Only eat fast food if you are prepared to walk there and back to get it. You hate me now but to future you, you’re welcome
Sagittarius – There are only so many ways to have a good time on your own. You need money, other people need you. Get creative. Start an Only Fans. If you are lucky enough to be free to hook up, use protection. It’s not just your imagination that is fertile
Capricorn – You need a bigger office. With a big lock on the door. Paint a feature wall for all of your awards and honours. Get another lock installed. Sign up to the next season of Survivor. It will be a cakewalk after the last few years you’ve lived. Congrats in advance #winner
Aquarius – It is all a conspiracy. But no one will listen. Take the high road. Write angry letters to the local online newspaper or HOA. Anonymously ofc and using your neighbour’s VPN
Pisces – Show me the money!! Those outstanding payments for your hard work are burning you, hard. It is coming. In the meantime light a bonfire (outside!) and burn all your old financial records. Marshmallows are a tax deduction, right?
* “Happy as a pig in shit” is a common Aussie expression. We are professionals here so for the purposes of this article we have amended this saying to “happy as a pig in poo”
All. It’s great for beginners and students, but also a good reference for professionals, especially when assisting clients to work with and remediate their Nodes, tricky beasts they can be
All, if you are Node curious, you need to read this little gem
When I first started studying astrology the Nodes were really A node – the North Node. A mysterious imaginary point in the sky that showed what we were supposed to achieve before we died or we’d have to live this life again because we didn’t try hard enough. The South Node was mentioned, of course, but merely as an understudy that wanted the star of the show to come down with an illness so they could step into the limelight, because they knew better than the North Node and made watching the show much more comfortable for us. Well, the South Node has a point, just saying’…
This was the first book I read on the Nodes. Actually read, not skipping through to the relevant bits and popping it back on the shelf read. I pull it out for reference more often than any other book on the Nodes in my astro-library. Donna Van Toen (DVT) has a really nice way of telling us we have issues. Big ones too, probably. Then she shows us how to maybe solve them if we work with the Nodes. There is a strong no bullcrap attitude to her writing style, but it is in no way harsh or uncaring. This book was written after researching the effect of the Nodes in her client’s and student’s charts over many years and she states many times throughout that she hopes other astrologers will take her work and build on it. Great pains are taken to reiterate this throughout the book.
So, what truly grabbed me by the short and curlies in ‘The Astrologer’s Node Book’ ? Well, she had me at “Yeah-buts”. Truly. This is how the late, great DVT described the South Node, as opposed to the North Node. As in, ‘I really want to be a parent….yeah but I can’t actually be expected to take time off from my career’. From there we go through problem areas, possible reasons, possible solutions and observations. Some are brutal, some are bleeding obvious to every but ourselves. Basically we all need to balance our Nodes and there is a tendency to overcompensate one way or another. I did a quick mind trawl of charts I know by heart of family and friends and yes, I am inclined to agree. I could only think of one beloved who I felt had balanced their Nodes. I also know how tragic and complicated their life had been previous to achieving that balance. I guess aspiration is a good trait in humans after all.
DVT holds short shrift for the “you chose this life you have here to balance your karma” mindset, quite contentious for a book written in the midst of the modern psychological astrological focus in the second half of the 20th century. The claim that a crappy life or a life full of blessings is the result of karmic actions or negative outlook has always triggered an alarm in my brain and gut. DVT was way ahead of her time here. We now have a name for this way of thinking – privilege. But back in 1981, in first world, white majority countries where astrology was enjoying a heyday, claims like this were accepted as a just appraisal of a human life and accomplishments, or lack of. Thank heavens times are changing.
What we get most from this work is the concept that both Nodes are important. We see potential problems and raise them with potential solutions, which is really what your clients, friends, family and random strangers on the bus are asking you for when they get you to look at their charts. The way DVT covers the signs, houses and aspects of the Nodes, but not presenting it like your regular astro cookbook, is quite a feat. The house positions, counselling approaches and dream interpretations alone are well worth the price of the book. Then we get a lovely surprise at the end which will keep traditional astrologers content – the antidotes and suggested colours to assist with balance. AKA these days as planetary remediation. Taadaa! DVT, ahead of her time yet again.
A quibble, and if you’ve read my previous astrology book reviews, you know how difficult this is for me. The sections are set out quite umm, uniquely. I want to take a red pencil and edit the hell out of it. It’s too easy to read into the next interpretation as there isn’t really a separateness to each sign/house/blurb. Some bits run into each other. There are underlines, italics and bold, often within 3 or 4 lines. Yes, it is still a brilliant read, albeit difficult to follow sometimes, or to know when a section has moved to the next interpretation. Small issue, you should definitely read this book, minor quibbles aside.
If you, like me, are engaged in an immense inner battle over which house system you prefer (I’m Placidus vs Whole Sign for the last 3 years, except for Horary, where I like to hang with Regiomontanus. The struggle is real folks), the transiting Nodes are one of the ways I track what’s happening in what house. Picking a house system is messy work, the only way through is to study your chart and compare. Transits are often felt in the next house before the planet actually knocks on the door, especially if you are an early or late degree rising, and born in the upper or lower latitudes. Tracking the transits of the Nodes is a rather pronounced vibe, thus a great place to start your quest to be befuddled investigate house systems further. When the Nodes shift signs, you are gonna notice a change in that house, especially if the eclipses are hitting your chart.
This really is a long read review for such a concise book, coming in at 95 pages. Donna Van Toen sure packs a lot of information between the covers. It is a nifty little book that will grab your attention and have you flicking pages every time you pick it up.
Donna Van Toen passed away in 2018, a huge loss for our community that can never be filled.
The Astrologer’s Node Book is getting hard to find. Your best bet is Abe Books. Amazon has a copy for $AUD98. Better grab it while you can!
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK
The why, the what, the how if it’s where.
Why This Book Was Written
What Are the Moon’s Nodes
Some Theories on Nodal Meanings
Nodal Signs and the Yeah-But Dialogues
House Positions: Conflict of Interest
The Nodes as Symbols of Dream & Self-perceived Reality
Aspects to the Nodes: Choosing How to Grow
Antidotes for Nodal Imbalance
Additional Sources of Information
WHAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK
Chiron, understandable given the year of publication but hang in there little Ocean Queen, you will be seen!
An index. Luckily it’s not a lengthy work but please, authors and publishers, index the crap out of your works! These are textbooks people!
Rulers of the Horoscope is the kind of book that would have made me feel rather overwhelmed back when I was an astrology student. It’s a deep dive into the dispositors of the chart aka a very cool, slightly convoluted way of determining planetary strength. I’d advise keeping a pen and paper handy or your notes app on your device open while reading this. It is definitely not a bedtime book!
In our little planet-gazing niche of the world, Alan Oken is a renowned author of esoteric topics, including numerology and tarot, but astrology is where he has been most prolific. ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology‘ was the first encyclopaedic astro text I purchased in my student years and I’ve only recently passed it on. It is an epic tome and well worth reading if you are interested in Modern Psychological style astro, and it was an essential text for my astrology exams! In Rulers of the Horoscope the author narrows his gaze to a steely glare on delineating the dispositors of the chart. Not all planets and points are equal, and this book sets out to show how and why.
Between the Covers
If you lack planets in rulership and are a tad sensitive to the concept and use of of Essential Dignities in judging a planet’s strength or lack of, this may not be the book for you. However if you are a fan of Modern Psychological or Esoteric astrology, or prefer using the natural chart, once very popular with the Pluto in Leo (Baby Boomer) generation of contemporary astrologers, then maybe give it a go. The natural chart, aka the 12 letter alphabet, aka Aries = 1st house = Mars, is a point of contention in astro circles, or maybe just astro-Twitter, particularly with the revival of traditional astrology in the last couple of decades and the resurgence of interest in astrology by the Pluto in Scorpio & Sagittarius crew aka Millenials and Zoomers.
Oken uses both traditional and modern dignities throughout the book, and considers Pluto to be a co-ruler of Aries. Interesting concept, and not one that sits comfortably with many, but astrology is an ever evolving education, no matter how experienced you are. Rule #1 of astrology could perhaps be never say never. Sometimes all it takes is one good argument or concept making complete sense to you and completely changing the way you look at a chart. Tread your own path and do your own research would then be Rule #2.
As with most astrology books published in the mid to late 20th century (this copy was published in 2000), Rulers of the Horoscope contains the standard cookbook style of chart interpretation throughout, but it is juicy and well-considered. The example charts are outstanding and diverse, I had sticky notes all over the place so I could flick back and forward, which was not really necessary as Oken considerately reminds the reader of which page you will find the chart he is discussing.
Overall Rulers of the Horoscope is an interesting, well written astrology textbook. Oken doesn’t dumb it down, nor does he lecture you on why his style is the one true and correct way to do astrology. If you want an in-depth look at the Ascendant ruler in the houses, the traditional and modern planets in the houses and how to weight the chart in a Modern Astrological style, this book is a must buy.
Alan Oken has an excellent, easy to navigate website (no pop ups!!) here if you would like to check out his extensive collection of resources –
Rulers of the Horoscope is currently still in print and available at Book Depository, and Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions, very reasonably priced too! I borrowed my copy of this book from my local astrology association pre-Covid and it was a timely loan. There will be a copy of this book available at the Astro*Ed Lending Library, coming soon for Aussie astrologers.
Planetary Dispositorship, Mutual Reception. Final Dispositor in Natal Charts
House Dispositorship & Planetary Rulers
The Ruler of the Horoscope & Its Dispositor, Sign on the Ascendant & Delineation, Ascendant Intent & Theme, Essential Meaning of the Ruling Planet
The Ruler of the Horoscope & Its Aspects
Summary of Rulership & Planetary Compatibilities
Placement of the Rulers in the Houses
Excellent references and end notes for each chapter
WHAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK
This is not a gentle intro into a modern style of delineating astrology charts. If you are not astro-fluent, give it a miss until you are. I’d also suggest if you are on a journey of self-discovery, or still using your own chart as a reference point in your astro education, you will fall into a hole here, so should perhaps wait until you are ready to research the techniques offered before diving in.
EXAMPLE CHARTS IN BOOK
Marc Edmund Jones
Queen Elizabeth II
Tsar Nicholas II
Alice A. Bailey
Prince Charles of England
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
The Crossing Press
I’m not clever enough to sort how to get money or perks from any endorsements I make on this blog. It’s all for the love of astrology and books. Enjoy!
This book review was originally posted on the stellarleeastrology blog
Modern Psychological/ Contemporary but absolutely something here for every astrologer.
Sue Tompkins’ classic book ‘Aspects in Astrology‘ is so well written and easy to read it’s like chatting with an astro friend who knows everything there is to know about aspects that. And then some. I recently read an interview with Sue Tompkins in the August/September 2020 issue of The Mountain Astrologer (TMA) journal and she comes across exactly as I would imagine from her writing- down to earth, amiable and bursting with astrological insight and knowledge. OK, maybe not bursting but definitely a fount of knowledge that runs deep and flows steady. I’d love to sit and listen to her talk one day, if opportunity arises. Check out the article at the link below. If you aren’t already subscribed to TMA and you are serious about astrology, you really need to get this sorted asap!
Between the covers
‘Aspects in Astrology‘ concisely covers everything you need to know about aspects, just like the title says. From interpreting the aspects, weighting the chart, aspect orbs (a guaranteed conversation starter at your next astrology conference or meeting, preferably after everyone has has a tipple for maximum impact), applying and separating aspects and a super brief but informative paragraph on declination which explains just enough to inspire you to find out more. If you are so inclined check out the brilliant astrology resource that is Astro-Seek at the link below –
There is a brief but detailed chapter on the planets, you could write a basic but believable newspaper horoscope from the information contained in this chapter. Not recommended, but you could if required. The chapter on calculating the aspects is aimed at beginner astrologers, but I’ve given this a second year student up rating because you really want to have the basics down before jumping in here. New astrology students are going to have questions. So. Many. Questions. In my mind (and experience) the first year of astrology studies is for the basics – signs, planets, houses, hours spent chatting about your chart, your family charts, your friend’s charts, your love life, your work life, your new classmates charts, your chart because you just discovered another new Very Important Astrology Concept! Finally, after exhausting yourself, and your teacher, you deep dive into the aspects.
The chapter on Qualities, Elements and Signs is brilliantly detailed, and perfect for getting a handle on configurations. It will also probably motivate you to have another look at your beloved’s and your own chart to look for ‘hereditary’ patterns. And this is what you want out of a ‘classic’ astrology text, inspiration and ‘oooh let me have a look’ moments. The meaning of the aspects covers exactly that, from the standards – conjunction, opposition, trine, square, sextile, quincunx – to what I like to think of as the awkwards – semi-square, semi-sextile, sesquiquadrate and quintile. You know what they say – awkward by nature, awkward by number. Or something like that.
So, to the selling point – aspect interpretations. This section is titled ” A Planetary Cookbook” but it really isn’t compared to many other popular astrology books written in the latter half of last century. In many cases the cookbook style of astro writing is so black and white it can be frustrating and the interps are often so damn final you’re left feeling doomed for life, especially if your chart is rife with hard aspects. With the ‘Aspects in Astrology‘ cookbook you can go easy on the salty. Sue Tompkins writing style is open, for want of a better word. She pulls no punches but also no alarms and no surprises. Each planetary aspect is discussed in a conversational overview with example charts and keywords. You truly get the whole vibe of that particular aspect between those particular planets. It’s terrific. Whether you are inclined to traditional, contemporary, sidereal or any other astrological bent, here you will get the gist of the aspect. No judgement, no excuses. Wonderful.
Must. Own. Aspects in Astrology
‘Aspects in Astrology‘ is available at the usuals – paperback version from Book Depository and Amazon, digital at Amazon, and lo and behold – it may also be available at your local bookstore, it is that popular. This is definitely and definitively another Must Own for any astrology library.
Happy astro reading!
Find out more about Sue Tompkins work in Astrology & Homeopathy here-
Check out the TMA interview with Sue Tompkins mentioned above, and while you are there get a subscription! It is an immense and credible resource for all astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. And cheap as chips for the digital version, even if you live on the other side of the world and you haven’t had a great currency exchange rate since last century…
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK
Part One: The Principles of Aspect Interpretation
Dividing the Circle & Calculating Aspects
The Meaning of Aspects
Interpreting Aspects in Practice
Qualities, Elements & Signs in Aspect
Part Two: A Planetary Cookbook
Aspects between the Outer Planets
Part Three: The Angles
The Ascendant – Midheaven Complex
Planets & Angles
WHAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK
CHARTS INCLUDED IN TEXT
Hans Christian Andersen
Coronation Street (TV Show)
Mohanda (Mahatma) Gandhi
June & Jennifer Gibbons
Herald of Free Enterprise (Ship)
Leonardo da Vinci
Duchess of York
1989, 2001, 2002
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