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The Moon and the Relational Nature of Growth

Two of the most striking observations in my work as a consulting astrologer came to me a few years ago.   First, I noticed that the signs of the zodiac parallel stages of early child development.  Second I noted that the progressed Moon, its sign and aspect pattern, reflects themes associated with early development. From birth to the first lunar return, and then around again, twice and up to three times in a life span, the Moon symbolizes themes of growth that repeat in each consecutive cycle.  With it, the same underlying developmental issues recur again.  Age and experience, and different transits and progression patterns contribute to either a more functional or more complex expression of the same themes. Repetition of the progressed Moon’s cycle can activate unresolved issues of the past that press to be resolved in the present.Read More

As a psychotherapist, I work with developmental psychology because it gives me an understanding of the origins of many of my patient’s problems.  As an astrologer, I see themes of development reflected in the charts of my astrology clients. By taking an interdisciplinary approach with astrology and developmental psychology, it is possible to see the interactions of these disciplines and the way cyclical development in astrology coincides with the more traditional linear view in traditional psychology.  What emerges in combining the two is a holistic pattern, where the same cycle of development (the zodiac) is organized in more mature forms on the longitudinal path of ageing.

In the framework of this hypothesis the signs are symbols for stages of development from birth to the first lunar return.  Aries is Emergence, Taurus is Security, Gemini is Language Development, Cancer is Attachment, Leo is Self-Esteem, Virgo is Cognitive Advancement, Libra is Relationships, Scorpio is Trust and Intimacy, Sagittarius is Expansion, Capricorn is Conformity, Aquarius is Community and Pisces is Surrender.  Behind the titles of these stages are the emotional, cognitive and neurobiological changes that are specific to each age.

The natal Moon describes the quality of the child’s relationship with the primary caregiver and the effects on a child of the earliest attachment and inter-subjective experiences. The Moon is a self-other configuration – meaning that both the individual (self) and the mother (other) are merged into one symbol. The Moon in any sign or aspect to other planets in the birth chart renders a specific picture of an individual’s internalized relationship with a mother (or primary caregiver) that continues to press for and recreate the original model of nurturing in other relationships throughout life.

In the past several years, the importance of primary relationships in a child’s development has taken on a new significance.  No longer can it be said that primary
relationships just affect a child’s growth.  Instead, they actually shape growth at the level of neural networks in the child’s brain structure.  This is especially true for emotional and cognitive development and the ability to regulate moods.
The Moon is a symbol for the relational nature of development.  It represents the way each person connects with the world based upon the earliest relational system of mother and child. In its progressed placements, the Moon represents the way development continues to be shaped by experience and relationships throughout life.
Because each sign has a correlation to a stage of human growth, the meanings of the signs of the progressed Moon are related to the stage of development that they govern.  In this framework, the interpretations of signs are virtually identical to those that we already know.  Yet there is something more – an expansion of meaning connected to early development, especially to relational development – that adds a new depth, context and relevance to human growth.
For example, in the abstract, the sign of Aries conveys independence, courage, initiative and leadership.  But, as a natal Moon sign, these characteristics would only be evident if there has been enough attunement and nurturing in the early years of life. For an individual born with a moon in Aries, with difficult aspects to outer planets, independence can be a pseudo –independence.  The Aries Moon can just as often express a profound experience of being alone or can reveal a lack of autonomy, an absence of a strong sense of self, and strong dependency needs, however concealed.   During a two and a half year journey through the sign of Aries, the secondary progressed Moon in Aries can pose a challenge to develop a sense of individuation in order to cope with surrounding circumstances.   Further encounters of this progressed Moon with natal and progressed planets and transits can reflect the ways this challenge is triggered and affected by the external world.

Taurus, in the abstract, is the sign of security and stability.  It is mother earth, the caregiver, and the strong one who provides for all.  But it can be the sign of heightened fear of insecurity.  The need for the natal Moon in Taurus is to be able to hold onto something concrete that promises and affords this sense of security, stability and status quo.  This placement is vitally connected to the second stage of development where it is the concrete object that provides a sense of security.   Depending upon the aspect patterns to other planets, a person with the Moon in Taurus might feel compelled to seek security at any expense, and express the need for safety and security through extremes of instant gratification or the need to hold on to a perceived sense of safety even in the absence of threat to that safety.  In its progressed placement, the Taurus Moon generally poses a quest for stability, a need to settle in and acquire security and to establish this in the concrete everyday world.

Gemini, the third stage of development, is a very complex natal Moon position,
because it represents two phases in one.  It represents preverbal communication in the first phase and it represents the acquisition of language in the second phase.  Relationships with primary caregivers determine a host of developmental capacities that emerge in both preverbal and verbal phases.  Therefore, the person with a natal Gemini Moon may be greatly influenced by one or both of these two phases of communication development.  The preverbal theme of the first phase of communication is intersubjective.  It is the I feel that you feel that I feel.  It is the empathic communication that is emotional and sensory.  Given ruptures in this area, an individual may question his ability to accurately sense what is going on, to accurately perceive his surroundings.   The second phase of communication development, is the acquisition of language.  Language objectifies what was felt and experienced in the previous phase of communication.  Difficult influences to this Moon in Gemini can result in feeling not heard, not being able to speak up, or not being understood.   The progressed Moon in Gemini generally brings an opportunity to experience some form of communication and learning that challenges the individual’s communication system with loved ones or friends, or it can bring about a corrective experience in this same area.

Each sign, in the context of this hypothesis, carries the signature of the earliest relationships in life.  Aspects with outer planets further suggest the quality of those relationships.  Aquarius, the future oriented, people oriented, and humanitarian sign can express qualities of openness, vision, and humanitarian interests.  But if there are difficult aspects with Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune, connections early in life may be limited, unstable, or absent. The natal Moon in this position can be an indicator of disconnection  – the experience of being cut off, not belonging. This can feel disturbing and dissociative to the individual who has difficulty connecting on a personal level. The progressed Moon in Aquarius, depending on other factors in the chart, will test the ability to balance involvements with groups and humanitarian interests, and with intimacy on a personal level.

These examples of the meanings of the signs of the Moon are general and should be considered as such.   They underscore what is really at stake in the area of growth that each sign symbolizes.  They depict extremes of what, most often, are more subtle influences of early childhood.  And, of course, the natal and progressed Moon cannot be interpreted as isolated from other planets.  They are part of a gestalt, a system that is inter-related with the rest of the chart.  In the birth chart, the relationship of the natal Moon to outer planets mirror the nature of the earliest relationships and predict, to some degree, the nature of attachment for a lifetime.  In the progressed chart, the progressed Moon is involved in whole network of inter-engagement with natal, and progressed placements and transits.

Every time the progressed Moon cycles around the chart and revisits the same natal positions, it awakens the same theme of maturation.  The story will be different, and so will the progressions and transits. But the theme of human growth will be similar.
For instance, in the following case example, a 74-year-old client was born on September 29th, 1934 at 2:00 PM PST with the Moon in Gemini, representing the need for verbal communication as the means of engagement with the world.  Here, again, the need for verbal communication as the preferred mode of relating means more than words alone.  The Gemini Moon implies that relational development is dependent upon having the empathic connection with another and with being heard, being understood, and thereby being connected to another person.

When the individual in this example was 2 years old, his natal Moon had progressed to Cancer and it conjuncted Pluto in the 12th house.  The developmental theme of Cancer relates to the need for attachment and the quality of attachment in the earliest relationships of life.  When this man’s Moon progressed into Cancer, his father left the family and his mother started drinking.  The Moon conjunct Pluto in Cancer (along with aspects to the rest of the chart) tells the story of ruptured attachment and the difficulty for a child at age 2 to mend that break.  When the progressed Moon recycled around to Cancer again, 27 ½ years later, the attachment theme occurred again as his marriage ended in divorce.  27 1/3 years later when the progressed Moon traveled the same course, this man entered therapy to work on his attachment issues and the losses in his life that perpetuated them.  His life changed considerably because it was in this third cycle that he was able to have a corrective experience.

Interpreting an astrology chart at any time in a person’s life is an art of synthesis.  Other planetary cycles of growth, not just the Moon, repeat, and they too reflect significant effects on maturation.   But, by singling out the Moon as a symbol for growth and signs of the zodiac as stages of development, it becomes possible to see the plasticity of development; the way development is repeating and changing at the same time.  And this process is not happening without our participation.  Therefore, when we look at a chart, we recognize that maturation is dependent upon our interaction with the cosmos, not upon the rhythm of the universe and the planetary cycles alone.  And the Moon, as the symbol of relational growth, conveys that we can always co-create our lives with the cycles of the Moon and planets.

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Gisele Terry

Gisele Terry, C.A.P., is the president of ISAR, an astrologer and licensed psychotherapist in California.  As an astrological consultant, she works with an international clientele, has published articles in astrological journals, and has written columns for newspapers in Los Angeles. Gisele is the co-director of the Consulting Skills Training Program for ISAR and designer of the counseling skills courses for The Avalon School of Astrology in Gainesville, Florida and The Academy of Astro-Psychology in San Raphael, California.  In 2012 AFA published her first book “The Moon and the Relational Nature of Growth”.

Sun Sign Astrology – Is it just pie in the sky?

The Sun is the most visible Planet in the heavens. We can all see it and we can certainly feel it.

Sun Sign Astrologers eagerly follow its weekly path, as it transits its way through twelve Zodiac signs, writing columns of advice to help guide us in love, money, health and careers.

I personally do not know how they do it. Astrology has so many layers, to be able to unravel them and confidently write columns every week confounds me. This is a scientific craft and my brain just cannot let go of its mathematical discipline to try and understand the weekly Sun Sign Columns. I have tried to no avail, so have gone back to basics to see if this type of Astrology actually works.

The outermost sphere of the Cosmos is called the Zodiac. It is invisible and divided into twelve equal parts. They differ from each other by a process of creation being made up of the three modes; fixed, cardinal and mutable, falling on the four qualities; fire, earth, air and water, giving us twelve combinations. Each of these combinations will best describe each sign of the Zodiac.

 

As the Zodiac is a circle it can start anywhere so it starts with the Spring Equinox. The beginning of everything from the Divine starts from here, this is called zero degrees of Aries, everything is measured from here, when the Sun reaches this point every year the day and night are of equal length. Spring is the beginning of new growth and life.

Aries is cardinal fire, a picture that can describe a thousand words. In sacred language, names are important as they capture our essence or potential, our surname will describe our function (Carpenter, Smith or Baker).

So too were the names of the constellations inspired, as were their symbols. The names of the Zodiac signs are of great significance, when the planets travel through them they pick up the essence and potential of that sign.

The Sun being such a visible planet highlights the natures of the signs whenever he transits through them. The Sun is a hot and dry planet, when travelling through Aries he becomes hotter and drier so takes on the essential nature of Aries.

 
It is not surprising that when we are born our Sun signs are highlighted; this is the indication that the Sun is making this sign the most visible to all. Easy! Yes but we are not just our Sun signs, there are another six major planets, all in their own signs that belong to us together with the twelve Zodiac signs. We are complex beings and have come to earth with many tools.

I need to bring in yet another layer to consider and that is the houses. To quote William Lilly a well known and respected seventeenth century Astrologer, ‘the sphere that surrounds Earth is divided into four equal parts by the meridian and the horizon, and the four quadrants again each into three equal parts. This will give us a total of twelve equal parts.’

These twelve equal parts are fixed segments in the sphere or on the chart and are called houses. Whatever sign the Sun happens to be in when it rises will be the sign that is on the cusp of the first house at sunrise. If the Sun is in Cancer, where he remains for a month, for that period of time we will see the sign Cancer on the first house cusp at sunrise. The primary motion of the Sun is two hours in each house giving us a total of a twenty four hour day.

The eastern horizon is an important point to further understand our natures, whatever sign is on the eastern horizon when we are born is the sign that describes our personality and health. It is the manner with which we protect ourselves as well as present ourselves to society in general. This is called the rising sign or the Ascendant; it is us.

Like the signs, the houses too have their distinct natures, planets in angular houses have a lot of power to act, the next house is the succedent house, it is less powerful, the weakest being cadent houses where the planets literally feel as if they are falling away.

There are four quadrants describing the seasons, in the first eastern quadrant we get a hot and moist spring nature and so it goes on, describing four natures and three positions uniquely describing the twelve houses.

Planets are actors, the zodiac signs are the roles they have come to play and the houses are the stages from where they act.

When looking at movements and measurements of planets, we keep Earth stationary and follow the movements of the planets from this base. As the transiting Sun moves around Earth it will make aspects; aspects are occasions to act. When the Sun is on your Sun, a conjunction, you are highlighted, so on your birthday you are King. Next sign around is thirty degrees, where it disappears from sight then surprises you, things emerge, next is sixty degrees showing one an opportune moment. The ninety degree square is a time of crisis or hard work to needed to achieve the one hundred and twenty degrees aspect, showing time for growth, the one hundred and eighty degree opposition showing a time for balance.

The Sun spends a month in each sign every year highlighting the nature of the sign it is currently in. The Sun is a planet that describes our creative energy, as the Sun is the giver of all life it is our energy, our petrol.

Now I would like to look at the nature of a native with a Pisces Sun, simply put it is cold and moist with a mutable or ‘can take on any role’ mode. The transiting Sun is travelling through Aries which is hot and dry with a cardinal or ‘need to make an action’ mode. A cold and moist indecisive Pisces may have the inclination to liven up and make decisions when the transiting Sun is in Aries. But is that Pisces Sun able to liven up and make an action if it happens to be in a weak house with very little power to act?

Our Native with the Pisces Sun may feel a bit more energized when the transiting Sun is in an action driven fiery sign, but that is all that the transiting Sun is actually telling us. It is thirty degrees from the Pisces Sun so is also highlighting that it’s time to emerge from the Pisces depths of dreamland and actually begin a project.

Finally we need to consider the other six transiting planets and any aspects they may be making to each other in the sky. Is it generally a time for change, or time to be careful, are there any retrograde planets that can add to the advice given by the Sun Sign Astrologer. If it is time for change then the Sun Sign Astrologer can add this into the mix, our dreamy Pisces needs wake up, see the opportunities and think about making changes in their lives. It is time!

As Astrologers we need to know so much more about the native to be able to give any more advice than this. There is also the matter of houses and rising signs to consider so if you are reading the column of a respected magazine written by a respected Sun Sign Astrologer and need to get more benefit from what they are saying, best you find out more about your own Sun and where it is housed. I still cannot see how they manage to pull health and wealth out of the obvious information mentioned above, I suppose if you climb out of your shell and take the opportunity highlighted by the Sun then you have the choice of seeing the world, you open the door to allow energy in but without the full information within the birth chart this is not a given.

After writing this article I take my hat off to the ethical, and may I emphasise the description ethical Sun Sign Astrologers, it is with a huge amount of work and a deep knowledge of the craft together with a creative writing ability that can pull off a successful Monthly column.

Astrology is the study of time. Astrologers are here to highlight cycles in your life as well as to advise you of the perfect time to make changes in your career, love, health and wealth, the rest is up to you and you have free will to act or not…

SUBLUNAR – TRADITIONAL ASTROLOGER

Laurie Naughtin is the founder of Sublunar Academy of Astrology where correspondence, beginners and individual courses are taught. Laurie has International approval for her courses; students qualifying will be eligible for the International Traditional Astrologer’s directory. Laurie is qualified in Medical, Modern, Traditional and Horary astrology. Specializing in Time rectification and Newborn charts.  She runs workshops and presentations for media and public in general.

Contact details www.sublunar.co.za or sublunar@telkomsa.net

Can she really talk to the dead?

My client recently lost her husband in a tragic accident. Shortly after the accident she was contacted by a young lady who is a cousin of her husband and who claimed to be particularly friendly with him and in regular contact. Although my client was aware that he had a cousin, she was surprised to find out that there was such regular contact as it had never been mentioned by him. Also while he was still alive, if he was not at work he was at home and was not in the habit of going out on his own. The young lady also did not recognise his children, which she probably ought to have done had she ever seen photographs of them. She has since the funeral been almost daily in touch with my client insisting that she is in contact with her husband as she has the gift of being able to communicate with those who have passed over and passing on information that supposedly comes from the now deceased husband of my client. This is causing my client some distress and her question is whether or not this person can really communicate with those who have passed over in general and with her husband in particular and whether the information being given is true.

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Of the utmost importance in a horary chart is the assigning of the significators. The querent is easy as she is signified by Saturn, the sign that rules the Capricorn ascendant. Saturn is placed in the tenth house of the mother and she is presently living in her mother’s home. She is also a Capricorn Sun.

Saturn is exalted in Libra and angular in the tenth house, so she has plenty of essential dignity, although damaged by being retrograde.

I decided to use the seventh house – the house used for other people in general – as no relationship or friendship exists between the querent and the quesited.

The sign on the cusp of the seventh house is Cancer therefore the Moon represents the quesited.

The Moon in Pisces has no essential dignity therefore she is Peregrine. A planet that is Peregrine is not essentially bad but is more inclined towards evil than good. The Moon is ruled by Jupiter in Taurus, also Peregrine, and exalts Venus in Gemini, also Peregrine, Retrograde and Combust.

Is this lady telling the truth? I don’t think so!

Is she communicating with my client’s deceased husband? I am unaware of any house that represents people who have passed over, but just for information we can allocate a significator as though my client’s husband were still living.

Here there can be a choice of two. The first is to find the significator from my client, which would normally be the seventh house also used for significant others. This is already allocated to the quesited so the next house along would be the eighth house, with Leo on the cusp, therefore the significator would be the Sun.

The Sun at 20.12 Gemini does not receive the Moon and the Moon at 11.38 Pisces does not receive the Sun, therefore communication is unlikely.

The second choice would be to find the significator from the quesited. There is a very large extended family so I would choose the third house from the quesited representing siblings and cousins in general. This would be the radical ninth with Virgo on the cusp and ruled by Mercury. Mercury in Cancer is ruled by the Moon therefore is favourably disposed towards the Moon. It is also Peregrine.

Mercury is in detriment and in fall in Pisces therefore is not favourably received by the Moon.

There is another barrier. Both Mercury and the Moon are placed in water signs and are therefore mute.

There is another way to find out if the information is true or false and that is to examine the third house. In order for the information to be true the ruler of the first house, the ruler of the third house, the Moon and the Moon’s dispositor should be in fixed signs and angular (1,4,7 &10) houses.

The Ruler of the first house – Saturn is in a cardinal sign and angular house.

The ruler of the third house – Jupiter is in a fixed sign and succedent house.

The Moon is in a mutable sign and in a cadent house.

The Moon’s dispositor – Jupiter is in a fixed sign and succedent house.

So we have 2 out of 4 for fixed – from the same planet, so really 1 out of three.

We have only one out of 4 in an angular house.

Therefore the majority vote goes to the “not true”

Neptune is also on the cusp of the third house indicating an emphatic “not true”.

It is possibly worth noting that the radical third house is the ninth house of the quesited. The ninth house is amongst other things the house of dreams, predictions and prophesies as well as those who predict and prophesy. Neptune on the cusp could indicate that the lady is quite deluded.

Margaret Mullen  margm@vodamail.co.za – +27 82 396 9049

My first serious introduction to Astrology was via a book by L. Birbeck, who provided shortened ephemerides for the planets. As a mother of four and grandmother to 6 children and one of 5 children, I had a fair number of personalities who were well known to me to gauge the effects of various planetary positions in the charts of individuals and was impressed by the accuracy of the interpretations.

That was around, but probably more than, 15 years ago and I have been hooked ever since. The telephone number of Cynthia – then chairperson of ASSA – was provided in the book. I called Cynthia and arranged to study her course with Carol Cardosa. I have also attended courses with the late Andrew Patterson and Lesley Athol Brown who provided valuable information and techniques in self knowledge and person-centered astrology, and have a diploma in horary Astrology.

The study of Astrology has enabled me to live life with awareness, purpose and humility by understanding and being able to correct aspects of myself that were counter-productive to my best interests.

My day job is in the accounting and auditing field and provides the variety that I need in life.

Horary question – Will I make a profit if I buy the coins?

The question being asked here is whether or not the querent will make a profit if she buys collectible coins.

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In a horary chart of this nature the querent is signified by the ruler of the sign that is on the cusp of the first house – the ascendant.
In this case the ascendant is 16.27 degrees of Sagittarius and is ruled by the planet Jupiter at 29.59 degrees of Taurus where it has no essential dignity. We are not really that concerned with the condition of the querent as the question that has been asked is whether or not the money will be worth more if the coins are purchased, in other words is it a good deal?

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The querent’s money is signified by the ruler of the second house – Saturn, as it rules the sign of Capricorn which is the sign on the cusp of the second house.
What we are looking for is a change in her money which is either for the better or for worse, as she is considering only changing her money to a different form – it is still her money.   Saturn is in the sign of Libra where it is in exaltation and triplicity. It is therefore already in a very good condition indeed except that it is retrograde. So it is not in the best condition that it can be in. However, Saturn is presently at 22.55 degrees of Libra and becomes direct again at 22.46 of Libra. Therefore a change is imminent and will be for the better.
Saturn is presently in the eleventh house so the next house that it will enter is the twelfth house. Although the twelfth house does not have a good reputation, Saturn joys in this house.
There is also a very nice and almost exact trine aspect to the Sun – the natural significator of gold. The Sun is in the seventh house and is therefore in the house of the of the seller.
As for the timing. Although this type of coin is almost always in demand there are times when the demand increases due to another significant event occurring in the life of the person or persons in whose honour the coins are minted.
The timing is measured in appropriate units in keeping with the context of the question. In this case, the difference between 22.55 and 22.46 is .09 or simply 9. Then choose the length of time. In this case I would rule out minutes, hours and days and instead choose weeks, months, and years. Libra, as a cardinal sign indicates the shortest and the eleventh house is a succedent  house indicating medium. So there is a choice to be made between weeks and months. It is a difficult call to make, but this does not detract from the indication that the value of the money will increase.
Will the deal be done? The seller is signified by Mercury the sign on the cusp of the seventh house. Mercury has no dignity in the sign of cancer in which it is placed but it is ruled by the Moon, co significator of the querent and exalts Jupiter, main significator of the querent so will not consciously do any harm to her.
But in order for a deal to take place the querent’s significator and the sellers significator need to make an aspect. So either Jupiter or the Moon must make an aspect to Mercury.
The moon is at 23.09 degrees of Pisces and the only possible aspect that it can make before leaving the sign would be a sextile to Jupiter at 29.59 degrees of Taurus. This is a favourable aspect but a sextile will be formed only when Jupiter is at 0.06 degrees of Gemini and the Moon is at the same degree of Aries. So technically it could be said that the Moon is void of course as it does not form any aspects at all to any planet before it leaves Pisces, the sign that it is in. However, since Jupiter is so nearly at the end of Taurus we can stretch it a bit and consider that the aspect has been formed.
The next aspect that the Moon will make is to Mercury when it is at 10 degrees of Cancer and the Moon is at 10 degrees of Aries. The aspect formed will be a square aspect, which is not generally considered to be a beneficial aspect, but in horary astrology simply means that the outcome will be positive but with some difficulty or delay. The deal will take place via the translation of light.

According to William Lilly the Moon is much less impeded when she is in Cancer, Taurus, Sagittarius or Pisces and may be able to continue on the influences through the blessings of the benefics Venus and Jupiter. A void Moon in these signs indicates a period where there is no action until the matter at hand is continued later. In other words the Moon can only be “technically void” in these signs.
William Lilly, in his own practice, did not regard sign boundaries as being cutoffs of planetary influences, but more along the lines of changes in condition. So if the Moon changes signs to complete an aspect a change in the condition of the Moon is necessary in order for the matter to manifest. The only change that comes to mind is that Mercury – representing the present owner of the gold coins – is in detriment and fall in the sign of Pisces, and is therefore not received favourably by the Moon. When the Moon is in Aries, although Mercury is not received through any of the dignities, the Sun (significator of Gold) will be in exaltation and in triplicity.

The outcome. As she has already placed the bulk of her funds in to an investment that cannot presently be accessed she has decided not to purchase the coins at this stage, as her money that remains accessible may be required for other purposes.  However she is expecting to receive more money at some point in time. When that happens she is intending to purchase coins.

Planets in Synastry – Book Review

Planets in Synastry, E.W. Neville

Whitford Press Astrology Library

We all have books we haven’t read. I bought this one in 1991, and have never got around to it, until…

I wanted to check what Neville calls ‘Planets captured in houses,’ and hauled out all my usual reference books but couldn’t find what I wanted. I decided to trust my instincts so packed those books away, then I saw this one lying there.

Neville discusses firstly The Synastric Process – the capacity to relate, compatibility, harmony and discord, composite charts and the evolving relationship.

He then goes on to the chart elements – the Ascendant, and the polarities of the houses, the functioning of the planets and signs, and the aspects, and describes the Synastric Work Method.

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After that comes the interpretation:

Interestingly, he divides the synastric links into 3 groups:

Primary, Ascendant, Sun and Moon. This group establishes the fundamental gridwork of the relationship, within which all other influences will be contained in their function.

Secondary, Venus, Mars and Uranus. This group establishes the masculine/feminine element into the relationship. Uranus is included because of its catalytic effect on a relationship.

Tertiary Group. The remaining planets play a lesser role in synastry. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury establish the tone of the daily process of the relationship, the impact of Neptune and Pluto is subtle and ephemeral, adding only a faint piquancy to the primary ingredients.

Within each of these groups he describes the interaspects of the planets and also their action when captured within the houses of the other party.

He has an interesting appendix – It is about people who are different.

There are the ‘definitely heterosexual ones’ who have a lot of the attributes of the traditional ‘other gender’ – a woman with a mind like a steel trap, or a man with sensitive emotions.

Then there are the May/December partnerships, and the possible underlying reasons as shown in the charts.

I found that these interpretations could apply to any sort of relationship, not only romantic, and that they seemed very applicable to the charts I was working on.

Mercury Retrograde

We are presently thrashing about in the throes of Mercury Retrograde. That slippery little planet turned about face on 15 July at 12deg 33’ Leo, will resume a sane direct course again on 8 August at 1deg 26’ Leo, but will only reach the degree at which it originally turned retrograde (the ‘shadow period’) on 22 August 2012.

Hey Ho! It’s a funny thing about Mercury R – even the man in the street will always get to hear about it! Why, I ask myself, is the astrological scene sedom abuzz with dire predicitons when Venus and Mars go R? Have you ever been told to ‘watch out’ when this anima-animus pair reverses their two-step? No, of course not! They fade the scene unsung, and glide gently into the sunset, mere shadows of their former selves.

But astrologers are galvanised into action the minute Mercury wavers in its course. Under such an inauspicious sky, you are earnestly exhorted to give up all ‘communications’ for the astrological Lent. Do not post any letters, forswear the cell phone, put your car on bricks for the period, perish the thought of travel, and go on a retreat with a vow of silence (especially at breakfast time). If you should be so misguided as to consider signing a contract or starting a business, the hounds of hell will track you down.

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What bothers me is that Mercury is R for the whole planet. Is it logical to assume that every one of the x-billion people on earth will labour under a ‘communications’ cloud? Hardly, or we might as well shut up shop.

For Mercury R to seriously (perhaps even mildly) affect the tenor of your days, you’d have to have a really nasty natal Mercury with a pretty bad attitude to the other players on the field. Your Hermes with unwinged feet would need to be crippled by sign, house, aspect, and perhaps itself be R. Even so, you’d hardly notice the difference because you’d be so conditioned to a communications pea-soup fog.

What says the traditional word? Retrogradation is an optical illusion caused by the relative motion between the earth and the planet. Physically, it doesn’t even exist, which gives one pause for thought. Is Mercury R simply a mind’s eye phenomenon?

Buzzwords for retrogradation are Repeat – Retreat – Rethink – Reverse – Restraint – Regress – Redo, and any other ‘do it over again’ words you can think of beginning with Re-. Using REverse logic, Mercury R should be a very good time to REvise studies, take REfresher course, and RE-edit work.

Mercury goes ape – sorry R – three or four times a year, at 4-monthly intervals, for roughly 14 to 24 days. Most interesting of all is that Mercury retrogrades only in signs of the same element for any 24 month period (roughly) – a point to be considered in interpretation. Since March 2011 Mercury has been hitting on the Fire signs, but will move onto the Water signs in March 2013. It follows then that Mercury R is presently more relevant to those with charts strong in Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, or Mercury itself there. Here are some of the DON’Ts for Mercury R extracted at random from various texts. A lot of it seems silly to simplistic, but use your left brain and judge for yourself.

Decisions made will be reversed and commitments made, forgotten. The mind plays tricks and causes you to make careless errors and omissions. Gremlins invade all computer and accounting work. Phones go out of order and wrong numbers are frequently dialled. Mail and emails get a life of their own and deliberately go astray. Literal and figurative ‘cheque books’ will not balance. Any action begun under this period will be essentially delayed. Don’t tangle with the tax man. In property deals, sellers or buyers back out on promises. In construction, plans get mislaid. Probated wills take a long time to settle or are contested. Purchases are often returned. Divorces filed meet with legal delays. Official registrations are subject to clerical errors.

This is Cynthia signing off in the MIDDLE of the retrograde period – quickly – while my computer is still working!

Eclipses

It must be because Jupiter is transiting through Gemini that I’m beginning to write articles again, this one somewhat prematurely in order to give our editing team a chance to post it on ASSA’s website in good time. Although eclipses do have personal meaning, they are clearly more significant in mundane work.  The focus of interpretation is clean and simple – eclipses have most effect in terms of house position.  Keywords are EMPHASIS and CRISIS – concepts intended to be neutral and not necessarily pejorative.

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This implies a sharp focus on the affairs of the relevant house where the pressure of circumstance (seemingly) will demand attention, time or energy. When an eclipse conjuncts or opposes a natal planet, critical mass is reached and the issue can sometimes take on major proportions.  Eclipses themselves are exclusively the product of conjunctions and oppositions, thus only these two aspects should be used in interpretation.  The orb used is generally 3 degrees; some astrologers use as little as 1 degree and others as much as 5 degrees (too much!)  An eclipse is essentially an occultation where one body passes in front of another and hides it from view – a ‘darkening of the light’. A lunar eclipse is commonly regarded as less important (is it?) than the solar eclipse, so let us start with that one first.  A lunar eclipse (‘the Point of Illumination’ (Esoteric)) is an opposition of the Sun and Moon (Full Moon) when conjunct one of the Moon’s Nodes and contra-parallel by declination and longitude.  In other words an eclipse will not occur unless the Sun and Moon are lined up in a straight line, otherwise we would experience an eclipse once every 28 days at the Sun-Moon opposition (and conjunction) – which we don’t!  There are three types of lunar eclipses according to the amount of coverage of the Moon by the Sun – Appulse, Partial or Total.  An Appulse lunar eclipse will occur at 6Gemini47’, at 16.34 hours South African Time, on 28 November 2012, with 0.915% coverage. Because it is the Moon (the unconscious, the feminine) that is blotted out here, the untrammelled Yang or animus psychic force can run amok and rampantly destroy all in its path.  Lunar events tend to arrive in short sharp bursts with painful immediate consequences.  Remember the Boipatong Massacre in June 1992?  It occurred within 24 hours of a lunar eclipse that fell on South Africa’s own Moon (the old Republic chart).  Warring male factions (eclipsed Moon) indulged in cruel slaughter of the people (SA Moon) in a rabid, power-seeking vendetta (10th House) – truly a manifestation of the distorted or brutalised masculine archetype. A solar eclipse (‘the Seed Point’) is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon (New Moon) when conjunct one of the Moon’s Nodes and parallel by declination and longitude.  Again, there are three types of solar eclipses depending on the level of coverage of the Sun by the Moon – Partial, Annular or Total.  Because it is the Sun (consciousness, the masculine) that is darkened here, the unconscious or instinctual holds sway.  A senseless turmoil of neurosis reigns supreme and affairs can fall into utter chaos and confusion.

Especially if it is a Total Solar Eclipse, we can perhaps see it as ‘a Dark Night of the World Soul’, far more serious and insidious because longer lasting.  A Total solar eclipse will occur at 21Scorpio57, at 00.09 hours South African Time, on 14 November 2012, and last for 4.2 minutes – somewhat difficult to appreciate at the witching hour, I’d say! In mundane astrology, an emphasised solar eclipse is traditionally the harbinger of national upheavals and natural disasters where Mother Earth, the ultimate female archetype, wreaks an ancient revenge.  Typically, the way ahead is ‘dark’, and by no rational extrapolation can we see into tomorrow, let alone into next month.  The dead lock, or chaos appears to be irreversible. But is it?  How long, I hear you ask?  According to Ptolemy the effects of a solar eclipse will last as long in months as it did in minutes.  Jansky says the influence continues unabated until the next eclipse; I don’t think he’s right.  Remember here that we speak in grave tones only of eclipses that very closely contact a personal or national natal planet.  Should they not do so, no doubt we will continue with our ‘normal’ South African insanities. Solar eclipses occur approximately twice a year, regress by degree, and occupy polarity signs alternatively.  After the eclipses stated above, the next set will grace our skies as follows. An Annular Solar Eclipse at 19Taurus31, at 02.26 hours SAT, on 10 May 2013, lasting 6.3 minutes. An Appulse Lunar Eclipse at 04Sagittarius08, at 06.11 hours SAT, on 25 May 2013, coverage 0.015%. Neither should the pre-natal solar eclipse ever be ignored.  It acts as a spotlight illuminating by house placement a specific life area, an environmental stricture, that is highly significant and pointedly emphasised throughout the life span.  It is always here that something is added in the interests of spiritual growth and evolution.  It is said that where the pre-natal solar eclipse falls, the individual will complete the task indicated by that house in their life time.

2013 Horoscope, Career, Relationships and Money

Aries

(21st March to 20th April)

Motto: I want

Characteristics: Independent, leadership, adventuresome

Your head strong impulsive take charge abilities need to be toned down a bit in 2013. Rather focus your impulsive nature into innovative and creative activities. Fighting with your superiors will turn out messy and painful; avoid conflict especially in the Month of May.

Relationships

You will be attracted to new exciting experiences and rather unusual relationships with the opposite sex. You may even find yourself getting involved with someone of a very different age group to yours. Physical sex will be more gratifying than romancing and staring lovingly into the eyes of your mate. Sex for you this year is a form of self expression and your desire level is switched on high. Though the love of the chase for Aries is great fun, don’t be surprised if this is the year where you actually get caught off guard and become the hunted! Love encounters are especially tantalizing and you will reach an all time high around the 5th of April.

Who to date

Well you and smoldering Scorpios for once will be on the same page, both in the mood for deep mind blowing sex. Sagittarians and Leos will defiantly light your fire. Aquarians and their innovative ideas could be a turn on. Capricorns should be avoided as they tend to be a bit too bossy and restrictive towards Arians this year.

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Career

This is a great year to make moves on realizing your goals. There will be times when you may be reined in by your superiors, try not blow up with frustration. Channel this frustration into finding some common ground. New fun and creative ideas will be in great demand this year and Aries, the work warrior, has the ability and drive to go out into the business world to find unique solutions. As 2013 is a year where restructuring of businesses is sorely needed you may find yourself having to work in groups or together with a business partners. It is this cooperative energy that will bring about the success to achieve effective goals and group objectives. During February and March a patient and willing attitude will help you to handle the unglamorous work and harsh realities Saturn demands from you. From June you will feel less restricted and rearing to move forward at your manic pace.

Money

Beware of Venus mid April as desire drives impulsive spending to an all time high that could lead to unnecessary loss. Lucky Jupiter changes sign and make direct contact with you in July. The realization of financial security for your future will hit a home run, perfect timing to invest in a good trust fund.

Taurus

(20th April to 20th May)

Motto: I maintain

Characteristics: Stubborn, warm, sensual

Feeling restless? Want to travel, need to travel and have to travel. As you have gathered 2013 is pulling you right out of your comfort zone. Keep your Gucci bags packed and ready for takeoff because overseas is calling you. Be it for pleasure or work, travel in all forms will be coming your way.

Relationships

Spread your wings this year and open yourself up to the love romances that travel can bring. Just be careful not to get burnt, watch out for gorgeous foreign lovers with the cunning art of seduction. Love and romance in 2013 is more about being free and philosophical, not deep and restrictive. If you feel you are stuck in a hum drum boring sort of love situation, by March you will get a better understand of where you want the relationship to go. March and April are great months to fall in love or to just enjoy being in love with love itself. Taureans are known for needing stability in a relationship, but stability with the wrong partner is not a desirable destiny. This year is a year to enjoy before you settle down to a committed relationship. If settling down is what you want, try and plan this for the end of the year.

Who to date

Gorgeous foreigners are on the menu this year! Generally Taureans get on well with signs that are opposite to them, particularly the water signs Pisces and Cancer. Aries can fire you up, but beware of those Scorpios as two possessive signs can get a bit too heavy this year.

Work

For the first couple of months work will be about settling into a routine and getting serious about your future. There are plenty of work opportunities opening up for you this year so trust your instincts, they are normally right. When it comes to your career you will take your work very seriously as you will see it as an extension of your own personality. It will have your stamp on it and so perfection will be first and foremost on your mind. There will be a chance in February for you to take an innovative idea and giving it a function. You have the chance of travel, more than usual this year. This may pull you out of your comfort zone more times than you are comfortable with. Your biggest challenge is that you will need to speed up your normal methodical style of work to be able to keep up with the demands.

Money

You won’t have a problem as far as money goes this year. You have the chance of generating a steady paycheck so it is a great year to look at investing for the future. You are normally good when it come to your finances, but July is the month where the urge to splurge overrides all reason.

Gemini

(21st May to 20th June)

Motto: I think

Characteristics: Curious, intelligent, communicators

Surprisingly enough your normal lighthearted butterfly approach to life will take a more serious turn. A slower more methodical and practical outlook on things will bring slower but better results. You may find yourself craving a bit more structure in your life, in fact will want to dig deep to find a more stable and secure routine. Being frivolous, flighty and fun will be replaced with a more mature outlook to life. If you are getting a strong pull to study, this is the ideal year for you to feed that inquisitive brain. So hit the books.

Relationships

From the beginning of the year your mind will turn to your relationship or lack of one. The need for a partner that can bring more stability, consistency and comfort into your life will be felt more strongly than usual. A strong desire for a sensual lover is making you restless and so it should. If your current relationship is a bit too one sided and restrictive, you may no longer want to tolerate the situation and feel a pull towards a more exciting love life. The typical Gemini need ‘to spice up your love life’ will set you free from any dull or bossy partner. If your other half cannot come to the party don’t be surprised if you feel it is time to fly off and enjoy the variety that is out there. A change of routine and making plans to travel together this year will help to bring back the excitement you may find lacking. Though deep down you may crave stability you need to let your partner know that too much predictability can be stifling.

Who to date

Your frothy light and flirtatious nature will draw you towards the other air signs like the ditsy Aquarians or clever Librans who love to share your feelings. Strangely enough this year you may find Capricorns rather enticing, that is if you can find the trigger to their hidden wild side. Taureans, tough sensual, may get a bit boring and Virgos may be a bit too bossy for your nature. Cancerians will tend to smother you and heavy is so not trendy!

Career

Let’s get serious, is a song that will ring in your ears this year. You are so trendy and imaginative; you have the amazing ability to actually communicate trends and situations in a way that engages others. Use this tool to your full advantage this year. Foolish chatter and ideas will not go down well so take the time to be more methodical with your thinking and actions. Slow and careful is better than a quick fix for 2013. If you do not think things through carefully you may find yourself tangled up in a bit of a self induced mess. Learn from past mistakes and set about making your career more secure by planning to put down some roots. Your higher knowledge and quick thinking will certainly be useful for sticky situations. Your every day work will not run at the pace you normally love, it will seem slow, and let’s face it slow is not a motivating energy for your fast brain. What will stimulate your active mind is to study and achieve some higher knowledge that will certainly boost your career and secure a better future for you.

Money

It is higher knowledge and research of the money market that will bring financial gains to your pocked. Your love of anything new and trendy will entice you to splurge out with regrets. So think before you just go out there and spend your hard earned cash with abandon. Your finances have been somewhat restricted and this will ease up in February, but it won’t last long if you give in to your intense need to purchase the latest gimmick in the market.

Cancer

(21st June to 22nd July)

Motto: I feel

Characteristics: Nurturing, emotional, family orientated

Wow, this is going to be a year for you to expose your inner brilliance and dazzle the world. Set yourself goals and go after them as your positive ‘little will stop me’ attitude will get you through the thickest forest and up the highest mountains. Nothing can get in your way this year so you need to dig deep and find the energy to go for your dreams. Decorate your home or do something wonderfully creative that is a way of expressing yourself.

Relationships

The problem with Cancers is that you can give away too much of yourself in a relationship financially, emotionally and physically. Stop, oh please stop dear Cancer and for once consider your own needs and desires. Cancers find it difficult to have sex without love, so if it is love you are wanting then settle for nothing less. Remember that your spouse may not always match your feelings and moods, only another Cancer will be able to do that so cut them some slack here. This is a year where you need to “man” up and allow yourself to have good time, enjoy falling in love. It is always in your nature to want to mother your lover, great but add a bit of fiery passion into the mix, you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. If you are single then make it your mission to get out there with your friends and go hunting for a big chunk of passionate prey. Let your hair down, put your feelings on hold and behave like a wild thing. Though your primary goal is to settle down in a secure loving relationship you can have a lot of fun finding the perfect partner.

Who to date

Normally your feelings when in love run deeper than the ocean and you need your sweetheart to match this intensity. This brings to mind the deeply magnetic and intense Scorpio, your combined psychic gift will bring an ease of understanding and communication of needs. The earth sign Virgo can help ground you and as you are sizzling hot this year you may even find Leo’s and their passionate desires very tempting. Avoid the flighty Gemini’s and detached dreamy Aquarians, they vibrate to a different tune.

Career

Normally you caring Cancers are happy to just go with the flow of work and service as it comes your way. But just flowing along is not enough to bring in the security you need for future growth. Your profession will be the main focus on your mind this year. It is time for you to set yourself some serious goals, put down roots and work hard as your goal is to achieve recognition. Aim high, becoming more successful will afford you the security to put down some stable roots. As your first love is food and this year may trigger a creative need deep within you to work in the food industry, even if it is writing recipes or starting up a food based website. If there is a new career opportunity opening up for you this is a good time to make that change. You love your home and home bound activities so don’t be afraid to enter into a profession that you can run from your home. In fact if your mind is on doing something more stable and professional this is certainly the year to begin actually taking your career to a more serious level.

Money

Well if you have been spending way too much lately you really need to get back in touch with your normal natural ability to spend more wisely and carefully. Quality counts to Cancers and when you make an investment it needs to be of a secure nature. Investing in land or a home is a wise and stable move, if you have the finances to support the repayments. As you love classic beautifully made clothes be sure to save the money up first so you can get exactly what it is you want. Cut up your credit cards, this is the year where wisdom and finances work together for Cancers.

Leo

(22nd July to 21st August)

Motto: I create

Characteristics: Radiant, bold, noble and haughty

You are the creative artist of our little universe and it is time for you to communicate through your art of film, music, paint and other artistic methods ways of healing this planet. You may find a strong need to fix humanity, its time to stop thinking about it and just do it using your artistic talents to tell a story. Home bound activities will give you the structure you need and a platform from where you can think creatively. Reconnecting with friends from the past will emerge this year.

Relationships

Your playful bright personality will have no problem when it comes to love. As you just love celebrations, ceremonies and big events you will be invited to many of these this year. You must be noticed so get out those unforgettable outfits, accessories and of course your fabulous signatures dark glasses, then arrive tastily late. As you walk into events your charismatic radiant personality will certainly turn the heads of many potential mates. Take your pick of the prey, preferably the most sensual passionate one of the lot and indulge. Just beware of falling in love with love, you do need to realise that your new love is not yet serious, keep it light and flirtatious. If you are in a serious relationship then it is time for you to have a good look at settling down and bringing some structure into the relationship. Once you have made the decision to settle down, as a fixed sign you will see this as a permanent arrangement, so choose wisely. Don’t be surprised if a friendship turns into a relationship.

Who to date

The fire signs work the best for Leos as they will love and enjoy the passion and fun that life has on offer. Dating fire signs are always hot and steamy so can sometimes be explosive. Libran’s and Pisces love relationships and will understand and share your generous giving spirit. Both signs enjoy indulging in spending money and enjoying good food, they also love to worship their lovers. Virgos are too fussy, Cancer and Scorpio could dampen your fiery passion and restrict your spending.

Career

You love to show off you talent and achievements, be it through your artistic abilities or through achieving your goals at work. This year you need to become more serious about achieving the big dreams you have. Leo’s are inclined to let the Virgos do the hard work, after all they seem to love hard work so why not? But dear Leo this tactic is not going to work this year, you personally need to come to the table if you want to get the recognition you desire. This year become more focused and structured as this will help further your career. If you are not able to muster up the motivation to work hard and achieve goals, then you are not in the right job. You really need to begin to get out into the market and find a career where you are able to bring out the creative and newly found experimental spirit. Your goal this year is to find a job that can feed your strong creative urges as well as allowing you to show off your talents. This is what motivates and feeds you, so focus on finding the correct career path, a happy Leo can conquer any task.

Money

Well when it comes to money, you just love to spend it on all the fabulous new fashions, accessories and restaurants. Your lavish and generous lifestyle with your friends is going to cost you dearly, are you aware there is a depression! You may be in for a bit of a wakeup call this year as suddenly the funds will disappear and you could find yourself in the red! Horror of all horrors dear Leo your generous spending habits need to be somewhat curtailed or you could land up in hot water.

Virgo

(22nd August to 22nd September)

Motto: I analyze

Characteristics: Discerning, Refined, controlling and precise

Health, home and family seem to be the themes for this year, all of which have been pulling you down and somehow restricting you. Well it is time to get some control over these issues otherwise you are in for another very challenging year. The structure you so desperately seek lies in creating a secure home for yourself. Making new beginnings and restructuring your finances will free up some of the pressure you are under. It is a lack of structure that will cause illness as well as a feeling of entrapment.

Relationships

This is a year for a new start and there are new relationship opportunities out there if you can let down your guard and allow yourself to open up. This is a year where your love life will be a lot more interesting and sensual. Virgoans need to be in the right frame of mind for love to flow so work on this, relax and enjoy what comes your way. Bear in mind when you commit to a relationship it is important that you choose a mate that is financially astute and well mannered. It is also important that you find a partner that enjoys sharing deep conversations with you. A new love could come your way this year through introduction from relatives and siblings. If you are in a relationship you will want to settle down to a more secure and focused future with each other. If you have been thinking of sharing accommodation it certainly is the right time for it. As you are inclined to be tad too critical you may cause an upset in the relationship, so try back off a bit as your sharp tongue could leave you in the lurch.

Who to Date

Capricorns are high up on the list this year as you need a lover who is grounded and sensible. Then Taurus energy is fixed and practical, and they can supply you with sensuality that deep down you are craving. Gorgeous Librans love being social, intelligent and enjoy sharing your enjoyment of literature and current events. Normally Virgo is a good partner for you as you just get each other, but this year you need to avoid Virgos as you need to mate with someone who can take you on a different sexual journey.

Career

Work and your career is your ultimate security, without a job you will feel very vulnerable and ill, so you apply to the rule that any work is better than no work. This attitude can keep you trapped in a secure position that is not making you happy. You don’t have to stay trapped in a profession you do not like, especially you being a Virgo. Tap into your tool box of resources and start to look for a position that will give more security and happiness, yes Virgo you are allowed to find work that makes you happy as well as being of service. Don’t be surprised if this year you actually start questioning what you are currently doing as a career, if you are then good for you. There is something out there, and it needs you! Of all the zodiac signs you are the most successful, so tap into this positive energy and methodically research the market to find that niche position waiting for you. Work is your cocoon that comforts you when life is too hard, so if the cocoon is damaged its time to spread your wings.

Money

Oh dear the first half of the year your finances may be in disarray due to all sorts of unseen expenses. But never to fear your hard working attitude will always be able to pull a rabbit from the hat. From the second half of the year this unsettled feeling will lift and you will conquer the enemy called debt. To do this you need to do your Virgo thing and be discerning when shopping or investing. But in July you can go mad and allow yourself to indulge in some well earned retail therapy.

Libra

(22nd September to 23rd October)

Motto: I harmonize

Characteristics: Graceful, judgmental, relating, balancing

You will have the ability to get anything you want or do anything you set your mind to this year. If you feel a bit uncomfortable about being a bit selfish, don’t! You have given so much of yourself that you will attract people that genuinely love and admire you. The social scene will be as delicious as melted chocolate in 2013. Focusing on a fabulous new home or beautifying the environment you inhabit, be it you office or home, will keep you on a high. Communicating and sharing your thoughts will only be positive, so let it all out girl. This is a year of successful change in a personal way.

Relationships

The social scene is on the up this year, you will be popular and on everyone’s invitation list. By having fun and getting together with friends, neighbors and work mates will expose you to more love interests than you have experienced before. This will certainly not be a problem as Cupid favors you Librans and he will be very busy shooting his arrows of love this year. Being swept away in a sea of love makes you feel uncomfortable; luckily your head rules your heart so you will not have a problem in choosing the right love partner. It is a fact that you are an air sign and that makes you use your brain when it comes to areas of love. If you are in a relationship that you value share your feelings of love. When you find the love of your life then your mind goes straight to commitment and even marriage. Rather keep it light and fun this year as the social scene is humming and serious matters can wait till a more appropriate time.

Who to date

This is the year to keep love light and social so the Gemini’s with their curious, quick silver minds will be stimulating and fun. The fiery signs with their passionate love of fun will be stimulating. Your head may even be turned by the restless high energy Sagittarians who will enjoy travelling and sharing deep philosophical ideals with you. Avoid the heavy earth signs as their energy can pull you down, so too can over emotional water signs.

Career

Librans, this is your year to shine at work, all your past efforts and knowledge you have gained over the past few years is finally about to pay off. Any profession than needs skilled people will benefit from you, after all you love to place yourself on the cutting edge of any task. Use you charm and grace to negotiate what it is you deserve in your career, you are seen in your place of work as a prized asset and it is time to name your price. Change does not faze you as it does other signs, clear thinking and clever solutions will bring balance to any crisis or work situation. You, dear Libran, need to tap into your progressive and innovative mind. The recession has left many challenging situations that need solutions or a clear mind. As you have no difficulty with moving with the times you fit the bill, where as the fixed signs are not so fast on the up take and the other sighs tend to over react in sticky situations. Put on your fabulous armor of the latest fashion and hair style, and then pleasantly blow every one’s mind with your stunning looks and brains in 2013.

Money

Normally you love spending your money on fashion, very expensive grooming. Another weakness is the love of luxurious restaurants that delight your ever ready palate. As if that’s not enough, you are an easy target for friends and colleagues that take advantage of your generous nature. It is great fun to socialize, just remember to get them to pay their part of the bill. Sadly this year you are going to find yourself in hot water if you don’t cut back a bit with the luxuriant lifestyle. You have a fairly good understanding of finances and the market so use this understanding on a personal level. Normally you are aware of your budget so it should not be too difficult to adapt to a restricted cash flow this year. In fact you may even have a wakeup call as how expensive life and living the way you love has become.

Scorpio

(23rd October to 21st November)

Characteristics: Probing, transforming and intense

2013 will bring out your unique detective qualities. Tap into your intuition and sharp Scorpionic perceptive mind to unravel the challenges that face you. This year offload your negative stuff and open up your fabulously exciting and esoterically orientated mind. Use your striking personality and ability for extremes to get ahead.

Relationships

This will be an extremely sexual year for you whether single or in a relationship. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving a break from traditional sex. This is the year to break out your magnetic qualities, surround yourself with that sexual aura unique to Scorpios. Use your savvy to draw in your desired one. You know that by using your charming sexual intensity you will catch the attention of the dramatic dark stranger that has been dominating your mind for so long. Your sexuality whirling beneath the surface together with your alluring, penetrating gaze will get you just about anyone you want. If you are in a loveless, sexless relationship it will be clear to you right from the beginning of this year, mid January, that it is time to bring your mate closer even if you need the help of a councilor to do so. You may even find it liberating to set yourself free from a restricting partner. Use your power well, sexy Scorpio!

Who to date

The earthy sign Capricorn, once sexually smitten, will surprise you with a deep and hungry sexual appetite. Don’t ignore the Aquarians, you may find the connection of their radioactive aura with your magnetic aura surprisingly explosive. The other water signs may be a bit wish washy for you this year. The fire signs, though appealing will tend to wonder and could trigger your powerful but negative possessive side.

Career

This is an excellent year for careful planning and executing projects. You may find a need to work in your own space as patience and hard work is going to take up a lot of your time. It is not a very “high-energy” year as intricate work will be involved, needing a lot of attention and detail. Patience is needed to achieve your goals and the results may only be seen towards the end of the year or in 2014. Be content with small achievements and results for now. Innovative ideas will come your way, share these with your superiors as they may well be the door to future success. Dig deep to find answers and solutions, remember that the results from the work you are doing today is only the beginning of a bigger future. Work closely with your boss share your insights for improvements that could be beneficial to the company. The work you are doing this year is laying the foundations for something big for the future. Tap into that intuitive Scorpionic energy of yours and transform inactivity into productivity. You need to come out of your comfort zone and let go of certain securities to achieve true peace within. This is the perfect year for you to own your Scorpionic power and tap into the esoterical side of yourself that is so strong. You need to learn to let go of material attachments so that you can learn to grow on an emotional and spiritual level. There are going to be many power struggles within yourself and you will need to let go of the life that is trapping you and free up your Scorpionic energy. Be cautious of taking on the role of dictator as it will make you unpopular and be your downfall amongst your colleagues and superiors. This is the year to claim your natural power!

Money

Set the correct foundations and money will flow into your pocket this year. Make a move to connect with an informed dynamic investment company who will direct you into ways of improving your finances, particularly around May. Be cautious when you get the need to splurge out on your home or even invest in your own pad, though the timing is good and it is a fabulously exciting thing to do, just be careful that you do not spend beyond your means.

Sagittarius

(22nd November to 21st December)

Motto: I expand

Characteristics: Philosopher, jovial, aspiring

Your normal freedom of speech and gift of knowledge is going to be somewhat restricted in the first half of the year. You may even find that you tend to offend others by not seeming to respect their values. A good lesson is to actually learn to listen and understand the situation before you offer up a solution. In fact as hard as it may seem to you, try and hold back from giving advice unless asked for. But don’t despair as this sad set of circumstances will turn around in the second half of the year where finally you will have the freedom to excel, if done in a nurturing tone, you will be heard and respected.

Relationships

This is a good year for you and your lover to pool your resources. If you are thinking of getting married or committing on a deeper level with your partner, you are heading in the right direction. As you love to travel, travel with your partner as this could cut the costs and help calm some of that excessive energy that you have building up within. You feel joy in your heart when you can gather information, well take a step in the right direction and start gathering information about the love of your life. Generally you prefer sewing your wild oats and avoid the thought of settling down at all costs. But hey…think before running from your current partner as you could be losing a gem. What is important is that you share your feelings with any potential long term lover, they need to know how important your independence and need for freedom is. If they can accept this then you have a winner.

Who to date

Well you need a stimulating interesting partner who is able to debate various issues with you in an exciting and stimulating way. This sounds just like you so Sagittarians can make good companions. Gemini’s with their inquisitive and active minds, though your opposite sign will keep you entertained. Don’t forget Aries another independent sign that is ready to join you on an adventure with a drop of a hat. Strangely enough this year you may find Cancerians interesting, if you can keep up with their mood changes. You need to avoid the fixed signs, especially Scorpio as they will want to control and hold on to you.

Career

This is the year for you to consider a career change. You will find that you have the ability to work harmoniously with a partner where pooling your resources will bring positive results. Should you find doors’ closing then it is time for you to gather your excessive Sagittarian energy and embrace change. Change in career this year is not a bad idea, even if it is within your company. Opportunities will come your way and if they do they will be of benefit, as you may be feeling restless and wanting to move on then every opportunity is a chance to take the next step to success. A sweeping change my even come your way, but don’t stress as the outcome or result of that situation will lead you to a richer and more rewarding place. Some of you may even feel the call to a higher spiritual type of career, take time out to investigate this calling as it may become a deeply satisfying type of profession. Whatever happens to you and your career this year will be good for you further down the line.

Money

If you are able to combine your awesome intellect and creativity with a bit of financial savvy then you can smile all the way to the bank, in fact it is high time you did this. The problem with Sagittarians is that as fast as you make it you like use it, travel and adventure even the gambling path can eat up your hard earned cash. Not the best year to hit the casino and remember you are too open and honest to win at Poker, so avoid that at all costs. The second half of the year will find you on a winning streak….but be careful and know when to walk away.

Capricorn

(22nd Dec to 19th Jan)

Motto: I achieve

Characteristics: Ambitious, organised, focused

Now is the year to focus your energy on yourself and on the changes you need to make to help make yourself feel more secure. Find out what is really important to you, both in personally and in your relationships with others. If you are dealing with unnecessary baggage then unburden yourself of this harmful energy. Discover the true value of life, family and friends. Your parents will need more attention than usual this year, try and put in structures so that they do not become overly dependent.

Relationships

Most important advice for you is ‘all work and no play will keep potential lovers at bay’. This situation is not what you want this year. It is time to declare your feelings and needs to your loved one as the feelings you have for each other are mutual. It is time to tie the knot, discuss and start to plan your marriage this year. Capricorns have this habit of delaying marriage and by doing this; you could lose the one you love. So if you both love each other, well’ hello’ turn that love into a more permanent future goal. Capricorns are guarded and very careful about whom you want to share a deep sexual and emotional relationship with so if this attitude has prevented you from being in a relationship then 2013 is the year to drop this guard and open up that restricted heart of yours. If you are feeling good about yourself, your partner and you know that you can be trusted to make the correct choice. If you are single then it is the year to find your lover, remember that you prefer personal introductions so share your need to meet others with your friends and associates.

Who to date

Sexy deep Scorpios will be top of the list, not only will they free your sexual restrictions but they too take the relationships seriously. Then you always get along with the other two water signs, Cancerians will share family values with you and Pisces will keep you from becoming so serious and expose the more gentle side of you. Librans may be an interesting option if you want to work the social scene. Avoid the restless Gemini’s and Sagittarians.

Career

Expect a year of hard work with many responsibilities and obstacles that get in your way of achieving the goals you have set. You may even find that continual difficulties will leave you feeling pessimistic and inadequate. Insecurity and loss of self confidence will become destructive. The solution is that this year you will have the ability to become extremely perceptive and capable, if you can overcome your insecure feelings and stop being so hard on yourself. Life in the professional world is changing and the tactics of the past are no longer valid. You will experience an understanding of the way forward and you will need to evolve to achieve the status you are so attuned to. Self discipline and a powerful executive ability will be achieved if you can find your grounding and grasp at your strength of character. Take a step back, reevaluate your responsibilities and learn to share with others.

Money

If you are thrifty, responsible and practical you certainly will not have any financial worries. But this year is not a time to become complacent, reevaluate your money situation and put in plans for better investments. Your desire for money and prestige needs to be put on the back burner for a while. Capricorns are well aware of the fact that life costs and that money is a tool that helps you survive. Hard work, planning and using your basic resources will keep that account balanced.

Aquarius

(20th January to 18th February)

Motto: I innovate

Characteristics: Humane, friendly, inspirational

This year is a fun filled happy year for Aquarians. There will be many opportunities in love and relationships, as well as a desire for children. If you have a hidden creative urge, then stop dreaming about it, go out and enjoy being creative. Your innovative ideas and thoughts will be of great interest to others so don’t hold back on ideas that are continuously forming in your head. Society needs your innovative mind to survive.

Romance

Get married for goodness sake; this is the year to tie the knot or to at least get engaged to that special person in your life. If you are in a committed relationship then the love you have for each other is mutual, you both are in love, and it is a good match. You also need to get out there and have some fun together as life has been too serious for too long. So get together and paint the town red…for love. Tap into your gregarious, outgoing nature single Aquarians as this is your year for romance and love. The way things are going it may even happen suddenly like a bolt of desire from the heavens. As you don’t normally lose your head when it comes to matters of love, be open to friendship followed with romance. You are inclined to hold your love interest at arm’s length before deciding the way forward, but do not be surprised if things move along a bit faster than normal. Your compatible mate is on the horizon.

Who to date

As you don’t show your inner emotions, the practical earth signs particularly Capricorn will get you and Mutable Virgo will be able to understand your inflexible schedule and adapt to your way. Avoid the water signs, especially Cancerians as they will irritate you and you will hurt them.

Career

Bright new ideas will be forming in your head. Your innovative brain will be running at full speed this year. This energy is what the world desperately needs to help repair and rebuild itself following the recession. Share your ideas with people who wield power and are open to new and inspirational ideas. It is important that you move away from old ideas and venture into a new way of thinking. It is all very well to have the solutions in your head but if they are not shared with someone with the ability of converting the ideas into reality they will become redundant. Change and forward movement is definitely on the cards. Normally you are concerned about the good of all, but if you are not in that influential position you will be unable to share your vision effectively. So take charge of yourself and your vision and put in the steps to make it happen, success will be yours for the taking.

Finance

Generally Aquarians are a tad detached about their finances, preferring handing the responsibility over to other who have better control. This year it is very important to take note of your financial situation and put in structures that will improve your somewhat dwindling bank balance. Hard work, clever planning and investing in new innovative and creative ideas will bring in more cash.

Pisces

(20th February to 20th March)

Motto: I believe

Characteristics: Martyr, compassionate, understanding and altruistic

New and exciting opportunities are knocking at your door. But dear sweet Pisces you do need to work hard and wise if you want to begin your journey into a new and compassionate way of living. Study and improving your knowledge will be high on your to do list. Commit to making your dream a reality and tap into trusting the universe and the message it is relaying on. Never forget that you are a powerful force, if you ever feel insecure please take note the ocean as that energy is you can be a positive or negative powerful force, it is your choice as to which one you wish to embody.

Relationships

The planet of love, Venus, wants more freedom this year. Pisces are inclined to take on Venus energy in a more powerful way than the other signs. Don’t be surprised if your lover is being difficult and hard to pin down. You too may find that the confinement of a relationship will make you feel restless. The secret to a successful relationship is that letting go will bring them back, that is if they are meant to be with you. There is no such person as the ideal lover, so a bit of a reality check in love is a lesson you may be learning this year. What is important to you is the ability to find that person who can give you the security you so desire. If you are feeling insecure in your relationship then dear Pisces do what you do best and swim away. It is time to heal your wounds and set standards worthy of your sensitive soul. You need to get ready for the second half of the year where you will be luckier in love.

Who to date

Tender romantic Pisces, you dive to the bottom of the ocean for your loved one. You need to connect with the solid, sensual earth signs like Capricorn or Taurus this year to get the security you desire. The water signs Pisces and Cancer will also work but avoid the fire and air signs, they tend to just skim the surface of the depth of love and intensity you desire.

Career

It is time for you to knuckle down and have a reality check as far as your career is concerned. You may find that indecision is going to lose you your chance for achieving success. When things get tough and people you work with don’t appreciate your efforts or criticize your projects you are inclined to clam up and quietly drift away. Not this year, if you want to do well in your career you need to get a greater understanding of what it is that will give you the foundation to success. Success does not just happen, if you want it then put in the work and go and get it. The working world is trying to heal and you can make the sacrifice to do your bit by understanding what needs to be done and to just do it. Gosh you work so well with the intangible and are gifted in making a vision a reality. Working with your strengths in service will bring new opportunities.

Finance

Of all the signs Pisces have the most ability of generating your own income. If you need more money, which you always do, then take on another profession. Though gambling may be lucky, beware this year as you could suddenly lose all your cash. You may find that overspending will land you in very deep hot water this year, so keep a careful tab on what is coming in and start to invest. Money invested in land seems like a sound bet.

Aries

(21st March to 20th April)

Motto: I want

Characteristics: Independent, leadership, adventuresome

Your head strong impulsive take charge abilities need to be toned down a bit in 2013. Rather focus your impulsive nature into innovative and creative activities. Fighting with your superiors will turn out messy and painful; avoid conflict especially in the Month of May.

Relationships

You will be attracted to new exciting experiences and rather unusual relationships with the opposite sex. You may even find yourself getting involved with someone of a very different age group to yours. Physical sex will be more gratifying than romancing and staring lovingly into the eyes of your mate. Sex for you this year is a form of self expression and your desire level is switched on high. Though the love of the chase for Aries is great fun, don’t be surprised if this is the year where you actually get caught off guard and become the hunted! Love encounters are especially tantalizing and you will reach an all time high around the 5th of April.

Who to date

Well you and smoldering Scorpios for once will be on the same page, both in the mood for deep mind blowing sex. Sagittarians and Leos will defiantly light your fire. Aquarians and their innovative ideas could be a turn on. Capricorns should be avoided as they tend to be a bit too bossy and restrictive towards Arians this year.

Career

This is a great year to make moves on realizing your goals. There will be times when you may be reined in by your superiors, try not blow up with frustration. Channel this frustration into finding some common ground. New fun and creative ideas will be in great demand this year and Aries, the work warrior, has the ability and drive to go out into the business world to find unique solutions. As 2013 is a year where restructuring of businesses is sorely needed you may find yourself having to work in groups or together with a business partners. It is this cooperative energy that will bring about the success to achieve effective goals and group objectives. During February and March a patient and willing attitude will help you to handle the unglamorous work and harsh realities Saturn demands from you. From June you will feel less restricted and rearing to move forward at your manic pace.

Money

Beware of Venus mid April as desire drives impulsive spending to an all time high that could lead to unnecessary loss. Lucky Jupiter changes sign and make direct contact with you in July. The realization of financial security for your future will hit a home run, perfect timing to invest in a good trust fund.

Taurus

(20th April to 20th May)

Motto: I maintain

Characteristics: Stubborn, warm, sensual

Feeling restless? Want to travel, need to travel and have to travel. As you have gathered 2013 is pulling you right out of your comfort zone. Keep your Gucci bags packed and ready for takeoff because overseas is calling you. Be it for pleasure or work, travel in all forms will be coming your way.

Relationships

Spread your wings this year and open yourself up to the love romances that travel can bring. Just be careful not to get burnt, watch out for gorgeous foreign lovers with the cunning art of seduction. Love and romance in 2013 is more about being free and philosophical, not deep and restrictive. If you feel you are stuck in a hum drum boring sort of love situation, by March you will get a better understand of where you want the relationship to go. March and April are great months to fall in love or to just enjoy being in love with love itself. Taureans are known for needing stability in a relationship, but stability with the wrong partner is not a desirable destiny. This year is a year to enjoy before you settle down to a committed relationship. If settling down is what you want, try and plan this for the end of the year.

Who to date

Gorgeous foreigners are on the menu this year! Generally Taureans get on well with signs that are opposite to them, particularly the water signs Pisces and Cancer. Aries can fire you up, but beware of those Scorpios as two possessive signs can get a bit too heavy this year.

Work

For the first couple of months work will be about settling into a routine and getting serious about your future. There are plenty of work opportunities opening up for you this year so trust your instincts, they are normally right. When it comes to your career you will take your work very seriously as you will see it as an extension of your own personality. It will have your stamp on it and so perfection will be first and foremost on your mind. There will be a chance in February for you to take an innovative idea and giving it a function. You have the chance of travel, more than usual this year. This may pull you out of your comfort zone more times than you are comfortable with. Your biggest challenge is that you will need to speed up your normal methodical style of work to be able to keep up with the demands.

Money

You won’t have a problem as far as money goes this year. You have the chance of generating a steady paycheck so it is a great year to look at investing for the future. You are normally good when it come to your finances, but July is the month where the urge to splurge overrides all reason.

Gemini

(21st May to 20th June)

Motto: I think

Characteristics: Curious, intelligent, communicators

Surprisingly enough your normal lighthearted butterfly approach to life will take a more serious turn. A slower more methodical and practical outlook on things will bring slower but better results. You may find yourself craving a bit more structure in your life, in fact will want to dig deep to find a more stable and secure routine. Being frivolous, flighty and fun will be replaced with a more mature outlook to life. If you are getting a strong pull to study, this is the ideal year for you to feed that inquisitive brain. So hit the books.

Relationships

From the beginning of the year your mind will turn to your relationship or lack of one. The need for a partner that can bring more stability, consistency and comfort into your life will be felt more strongly than usual. A strong desire for a sensual lover is making you restless and so it should. If your current relationship is a bit too one sided and restrictive, you may no longer want to tolerate the situation and feel a pull towards a more exciting love life. The typical Gemini need ‘to spice up your love life’ will set you free from any dull or bossy partner. If your other half cannot come to the party don’t be surprised if you feel it is time to fly off and enjoy the variety that is out there. A change of routine and making plans to travel together this year will help to bring back the excitement you may find lacking. Though deep down you may crave stability you need to let your partner know that too much predictability can be stifling.

Who to date

Your frothy light and flirtatious nature will draw you towards the other air signs like the ditsy Aquarians or clever Librans who love to share your feelings. Strangely enough this year you may find Capricorns rather enticing, that is if you can find the trigger to their hidden wild side. Taureans, tough sensual, may get a bit boring and Virgos may be a bit too bossy for your nature. Cancerians will tend to smother you and heavy is so not trendy!

Career

Let’s get serious, is a song that will ring in your ears this year. You are so trendy and imaginative; you have the amazing ability to actually communicate trends and situations in a way that engages others. Use this tool to your full advantage this year. Foolish chatter and ideas will not go down well so take the time to be more methodical with your thinking and actions. Slow and careful is better than a quick fix for 2013. If you do not think things through carefully you may find yourself tangled up in a bit of a self induced mess. Learn from past mistakes and set about making your career more secure by planning to put down some roots. Your higher knowledge and quick thinking will certainly be useful for sticky situations. Your every day work will not run at the pace you normally love, it will seem slow, and let’s face it slow is not a motivating energy for your fast brain. What will stimulate your active mind is to study and achieve some higher knowledge that will certainly boost your career and secure a better future for you.

Money

It is higher knowledge and research of the money market that will bring financial gains to your pocked. Your love of anything new and trendy will entice you to splurge out with regrets. So think before you just go out there and spend your hard earned cash with abandon. Your finances have been somewhat restricted and this will ease up in February, but it won’t last long if you give in to your intense need to purchase the latest gimmick in the market.

Cancer

(21st June to 22nd July)

Motto: I feel

Characteristics: Nurturing, emotional, family orientated

Wow, this is going to be a year for you to expose your inner brilliance and dazzle the world. Set yourself goals and go after them as your positive ‘little will stop me’ attitude will get you through the thickest forest and up the highest mountains. Nothing can get in your way this year so you need to dig deep and find the energy to go for your dreams. Decorate your home or do something wonderfully creative that is a way of expressing yourself.

Relationships

The problem with Cancers is that you can give away too much of yourself in a relationship financially, emotionally and physically. Stop, oh please stop dear Cancer and for once consider your own needs and desires. Cancers find it difficult to have sex without love, so if it is love you are wanting then settle for nothing less. Remember that your spouse may not always match your feelings and moods, only another Cancer will be able to do that so cut them some slack here. This is a year where you need to “man” up and allow yourself to have good time, enjoy falling in love. It is always in your nature to want to mother your lover, great but add a bit of fiery passion into the mix, you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. If you are single then make it your mission to get out there with your friends and go hunting for a big chunk of passionate prey. Let your hair down, put your feelings on hold and behave like a wild thing. Though your primary goal is to settle down in a secure loving relationship you can have a lot of fun finding the perfect partner.

Who to date

Normally your feelings when in love run deeper than the ocean and you need your sweetheart to match this intensity. This brings to mind the deeply magnetic and intense Scorpio, your combined psychic gift will bring an ease of understanding and communication of needs. The earth sign Virgo can help ground you and as you are sizzling hot this year you may even find Leo’s and their passionate desires very tempting. Avoid the flighty Gemini’s and detached dreamy Aquarians, they vibrate to a different tune.

Career

Normally you caring Cancers are happy to just go with the flow of work and service as it comes your way. But just flowing along is not enough to bring in the security you need for future growth. Your profession will be the main focus on your mind this year. It is time for you to set yourself some serious goals, put down roots and work hard as your goal is to achieve recognition. Aim high, becoming more successful will afford you the security to put down some stable roots. As your first love is food and this year may trigger a creative need deep within you to work in the food industry, even if it is writing recipes or starting up a food based website. If there is a new career opportunity opening up for you this is a good time to make that change. You love your home and home bound activities so don’t be afraid to enter into a profession that you can run from your home. In fact if your mind is on doing something more stable and professional this is certainly the year to begin actually taking your career to a more serious level.

Money

Well if you have been spending way too much lately you really need to get back in touch with your normal natural ability to spend more wisely and carefully. Quality counts to Cancers and when you make an investment it needs to be of a secure nature. Investing in land or a home is a wise and stable move, if you have the finances to support the repayments. As you love classic beautifully made clothes be sure to save the money up first so you can get exactly what it is you want. Cut up your credit cards, this is the year where wisdom and finances work together for Cancers.

Leo

(22nd July to 21st August)

Motto: I create

Characteristics: Radiant, bold, noble and haughty

You are the creative artist of our little universe and it is time for you to communicate through your art of film, music, paint and other artistic methods ways of healing this planet. You may find a strong need to fix humanity, its time to stop thinking about it and just do it using your artistic talents to tell a story. Home bound activities will give you the structure you need and a platform from where you can think creatively. Reconnecting with friends from the past will emerge this year.

Relationships

Your playful bright personality will have no problem when it comes to love. As you just love celebrations, ceremonies and big events you will be invited to many of these this year. You must be noticed so get out those unforgettable outfits, accessories and of course your fabulous signatures dark glasses, then arrive tastily late. As you walk into events your charismatic radiant personality will certainly turn the heads of many potential mates. Take your pick of the prey, preferably the most sensual passionate one of the lot and indulge. Just beware of falling in love with love, you do need to realise that your new love is not yet serious, keep it light and flirtatious. If you are in a serious relationship then it is time for you to have a good look at settling down and bringing some structure into the relationship. Once you have made the decision to settle down, as a fixed sign you will see this as a permanent arrangement, so choose wisely. Don’t be surprised if a friendship turns into a relationship.

Who to date

The fire signs work the best for Leos as they will love and enjoy the passion and fun that life has on offer. Dating fire signs are always hot and steamy so can sometimes be explosive. Libran’s and Pisces love relationships and will understand and share your generous giving spirit. Both signs enjoy indulging in spending money and enjoying good food, they also love to worship their lovers. Virgos are too fussy, Cancer and Scorpio could dampen your fiery passion and restrict your spending.

Career

You love to show off you talent and achievements, be it through your artistic abilities or through achieving your goals at work. This year you need to become more serious about achieving the big dreams you have. Leo’s are inclined to let the Virgos do the hard work, after all they seem to love hard work so why not? But dear Leo this tactic is not going to work this year, you personally need to come to the table if you want to get the recognition you desire. This year become more focused and structured as this will help further your career. If you are not able to muster up the motivation to work hard and achieve goals, then you are not in the right job. You really need to begin to get out into the market and find a career where you are able to bring out the creative and newly found experimental spirit. Your goal this year is to find a job that can feed your strong creative urges as well as allowing you to show off your talents. This is what motivates and feeds you, so focus on finding the correct career path, a happy Leo can conquer any task.

Money

Well when it comes to money, you just love to spend it on all the fabulous new fashions, accessories and restaurants. Your lavish and generous lifestyle with your friends is going to cost you dearly, are you aware there is a depression! You may be in for a bit of a wakeup call this year as suddenly the funds will disappear and you could find yourself in the red! Horror of all horrors dear Leo your generous spending habits need to be somewhat curtailed or you could land up in hot water.

Virgo

(22nd August to 22nd September)

Motto: I analyze

Characteristics: Discerning, Refined, controlling and precise

Health, home and family seem to be the themes for this year, all of which have been pulling you down and somehow restricting you. Well it is time to get some control over these issues otherwise you are in for another very challenging year. The structure you so desperately seek lies in creating a secure home for yourself. Making new beginnings and restructuring your finances will free up some of the pressure you are under. It is a lack of structure that will cause illness as well as a feeling of entrapment.

Relationships

This is a year for a new start and there are new relationship opportunities out there if you can let down your guard and allow yourself to open up. This is a year where your love life will be a lot more interesting and sensual. Virgoans need to be in the right frame of mind for love to flow so work on this, relax and enjoy what comes your way. Bear in mind when you commit to a relationship it is important that you choose a mate that is financially astute and well mannered. It is also important that you find a partner that enjoys sharing deep conversations with you. A new love could come your way this year through introduction from relatives and siblings. If you are in a relationship you will want to settle down to a more secure and focused future with each other. If you have been thinking of sharing accommodation it certainly is the right time for it. As you are inclined to be tad too critical you may cause an upset in the relationship, so try back off a bit as your sharp tongue could leave you in the lurch.

Who to Date

Capricorns are high up on the list this year as you need a lover who is grounded and sensible. Then Taurus energy is fixed and practical, and they can supply you with sensuality that deep down you are craving. Gorgeous Librans love being social, intelligent and enjoy sharing your enjoyment of literature and current events. Normally Virgo is a good partner for you as you just get each other, but this year you need to avoid Virgos as you need to mate with someone who can take you on a different sexual journey.

Career

Work and your career is your ultimate security, without a job you will feel very vulnerable and ill, so you apply to the rule that any work is better than no work. This attitude can keep you trapped in a secure position that is not making you happy. You don’t have to stay trapped in a profession you do not like, especially you being a Virgo. Tap into your tool box of resources and start to look for a position that will give more security and happiness, yes Virgo you are allowed to find work that makes you happy as well as being of service. Don’t be surprised if this year you actually start questioning what you are currently doing as a career, if you are then good for you. There is something out there, and it needs you! Of all the zodiac signs you are the most successful, so tap into this positive energy and methodically research the market to find that niche position waiting for you. Work is your cocoon that comforts you when life is too hard, so if the cocoon is damaged its time to spread your wings.

Money

Oh dear the first half of the year your finances may be in disarray due to all sorts of unseen expenses. But never to fear your hard working attitude will always be able to pull a rabbit from the hat. From the second half of the year this unsettled feeling will lift and you will conquer the enemy called debt. To do this you need to do your Virgo thing and be discerning when shopping or investing. But in July you can go mad and allow yourself to indulge in some well earned retail therapy.

Libra

(22nd September to 23rd October)

Motto: I harmonize

Characteristics: Graceful, judgmental, relating, balancing

You will have the ability to get anything you want or do anything you set your mind to this year. If you feel a bit uncomfortable about being a bit selfish, don’t! You have given so much of yourself that you will attract people that genuinely love and admire you. The social scene will be as delicious as melted chocolate in 2013. Focusing on a fabulous new home or beautifying the environment you inhabit, be it you office or home, will keep you on a high. Communicating and sharing your thoughts will only be positive, so let it all out girl. This is a year of successful change in a personal way.

Relationships

The social scene is on the up this year, you will be popular and on everyone’s invitation list. By having fun and getting together with friends, neighbors and work mates will expose you to more love interests than you have experienced before. This will certainly not be a problem as Cupid favors you Librans and he will be very busy shooting his arrows of love this year. Being swept away in a sea of love makes you feel uncomfortable; luckily your head rules your heart so you will not have a problem in choosing the right love partner. It is a fact that you are an air sign and that makes you use your brain when it comes to areas of love. If you are in a relationship that you value share your feelings of love. When you find the love of your life then your mind goes straight to commitment and even marriage. Rather keep it light and fun this year as the social scene is humming and serious matters can wait till a more appropriate time.

Who to date

This is the year to keep love light and social so the Gemini’s with their curious, quick silver minds will be stimulating and fun. The fiery signs with their passionate love of fun will be stimulating. Your head may even be turned by the restless high energy Sagittarians who will enjoy travelling and sharing deep philosophical ideals with you. Avoid the heavy earth signs as their energy can pull you down, so too can over emotional water signs.

Career

Librans, this is your year to shine at work, all your past efforts and knowledge you have gained over the past few years is finally about to pay off. Any profession than needs skilled people will benefit from you, after all you love to place yourself on the cutting edge of any task. Use you charm and grace to negotiate what it is you deserve in your career, you are seen in your place of work as a prized asset and it is time to name your price. Change does not faze you as it does other signs, clear thinking and clever solutions will bring balance to any crisis or work situation. You, dear Libran, need to tap into your progressive and innovative mind. The recession has left many challenging situations that need solutions or a clear mind. As you have no difficulty with moving with the times you fit the bill, where as the fixed signs are not so fast on the up take and the other sighs tend to over react in sticky situations. Put on your fabulous armor of the latest fashion and hair style, and then pleasantly blow every one’s mind with your stunning looks and brains in 2013.

Money

Normally you love spending your money on fashion, very expensive grooming. Another weakness is the love of luxurious restaurants that delight your ever ready palate. As if that’s not enough, you are an easy target for friends and colleagues that take advantage of your generous nature. It is great fun to socialize, just remember to get them to pay their part of the bill. Sadly this year you are going to find yourself in hot water if you don’t cut back a bit with the luxuriant lifestyle. You have a fairly good understanding of finances and the market so use this understanding on a personal level. Normally you are aware of your budget so it should not be too difficult to adapt to a restricted cash flow this year. In fact you may even have a wakeup call as how expensive life and living the way you love has become.

Scorpio

(23rd October to 21st November)

Characteristics: Probing, transforming and intense

2013 will bring out your unique detective qualities. Tap into your intuition and sharp Scorpionic perceptive mind to unravel the challenges that face you. This year offload your negative stuff and open up your fabulously exciting and esoterically orientated mind. Use your striking personality and ability for extremes to get ahead.

Relationships

This will be an extremely sexual year for you whether single or in a relationship. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving a break from traditional sex. This is the year to break out your magnetic qualities, surround yourself with that sexual aura unique to Scorpios. Use your savvy to draw in your desired one. You know that by using your charming sexual intensity you will catch the attention of the dramatic dark stranger that has been dominating your mind for so long. Your sexuality whirling beneath the surface together with your alluring, penetrating gaze will get you just about anyone you want. If you are in a loveless, sexless relationship it will be clear to you right from the beginning of this year, mid January, that it is time to bring your mate closer even if you need the help of a councilor to do so. You may even find it liberating to set yourself free from a restricting partner. Use your power well, sexy Scorpio!

Who to date

The earthy sign Capricorn, once sexually smitten, will surprise you with a deep and hungry sexual appetite. Don’t ignore the Aquarians, you may find the connection of their radioactive aura with your magnetic aura surprisingly explosive. The other water signs may be a bit wish washy for you this year. The fire signs, though appealing will tend to wonder and could trigger your powerful but negative possessive side.

Career

This is an excellent year for careful planning and executing projects. You may find a need to work in your own space as patience and hard work is going to take up a lot of your time. It is not a very “high-energy” year as intricate work will be involved, needing a lot of attention and detail. Patience is needed to achieve your goals and the results may only be seen towards the end of the year or in 2014. Be content with small achievements and results for now. Innovative ideas will come your way, share these with your superiors as they may well be the door to future success. Dig deep to find answers and solutions, remember that the results from the work you are doing today is only the beginning of a bigger future. Work closely with your boss share your insights for improvements that could be beneficial to the company. The work you are doing this year is laying the foundations for something big for the future. Tap into that intuitive Scorpionic energy of yours and transform inactivity into productivity. You need to come out of your comfort zone and let go of certain securities to achieve true peace within. This is the perfect year for you to own your Scorpionic power and tap into the esoterical side of yourself that is so strong. You need to learn to let go of material attachments so that you can learn to grow on an emotional and spiritual level. There are going to be many power struggles within yourself and you will need to let go of the life that is trapping you and free up your Scorpionic energy. Be cautious of taking on the role of dictator as it will make you unpopular and be your downfall amongst your colleagues and superiors. This is the year to claim your natural power!

Money

Set the correct foundations and money will flow into your pocket this year. Make a move to connect with an informed dynamic investment company who will direct you into ways of improving your finances, particularly around May. Be cautious when you get the need to splurge out on your home or even invest in your own pad, though the timing is good and it is a fabulously exciting thing to do, just be careful that you do not spend beyond your means.

Sagittarius

(22nd November to 21st December)

Motto: I expand

Characteristics: Philosopher, jovial, aspiring

Your normal freedom of speech and gift of knowledge is going to be somewhat restricted in the first half of the year. You may even find that you tend to offend others by not seeming to respect their values. A good lesson is to actually learn to listen and understand the situation before you offer up a solution. In fact as hard as it may seem to you, try and hold back from giving advice unless asked for. But don’t despair as this sad set of circumstances will turn around in the second half of the year where finally you will have the freedom to excel, if done in a nurturing tone, you will be heard and respected.

Relationships

This is a good year for you and your lover to pool your resources. If you are thinking of getting married or committing on a deeper level with your partner, you are heading in the right direction. As you love to travel, travel with your partner as this could cut the costs and help calm some of that excessive energy that you have building up within. You feel joy in your heart when you can gather information, well take a step in the right direction and start gathering information about the love of your life. Generally you prefer sewing your wild oats and avoid the thought of settling down at all costs. But hey…think before running from your current partner as you could be losing a gem. What is important is that you share your feelings with any potential long term lover, they need to know how important your independence and need for freedom is. If they can accept this then you have a winner.

Who to date

Well you need a stimulating interesting partner who is able to debate various issues with you in an exciting and stimulating way. This sounds just like you so Sagittarians can make good companions. Gemini’s with their inquisitive and active minds, though your opposite sign will keep you entertained. Don’t forget Aries another independent sign that is ready to join you on an adventure with a drop of a hat. Strangely enough this year you may find Cancerians interesting, if you can keep up with their mood changes. You need to avoid the fixed signs, especially Scorpio as they will want to control and hold on to you.

Career

This is the year for you to consider a career change. You will find that you have the ability to work harmoniously with a partner where pooling your resources will bring positive results. Should you find doors’ closing then it is time for you to gather your excessive Sagittarian energy and embrace change. Change in career this year is not a bad idea, even if it is within your company. Opportunities will come your way and if they do they will be of benefit, as you may be feeling restless and wanting to move on then every opportunity is a chance to take the next step to success. A sweeping change my even come your way, but don’t stress as the outcome or result of that situation will lead you to a richer and more rewarding place. Some of you may even feel the call to a higher spiritual type of career, take time out to investigate this calling as it may become a deeply satisfying type of profession. Whatever happens to you and your career this year will be good for you further down the line.

Money

If you are able to combine your awesome intellect and creativity with a bit of financial savvy then you can smile all the way to the bank, in fact it is high time you did this. The problem with Sagittarians is that as fast as you make it you like use it, travel and adventure even the gambling path can eat up your hard earned cash. Not the best year to hit the casino and remember you are too open and honest to win at Poker, so avoid that at all costs. The second half of the year will find you on a winning streak….but be careful and know when to walk away.

Capricorn

(22nd Dec to 19th Jan)

Motto: I achieve

Characteristics: Ambitious, organised, focused

Now is the year to focus your energy on yourself and on the changes you need to make to help make yourself feel more secure. Find out what is really important to you, both in personally and in your relationships with others. If you are dealing with unnecessary baggage then unburden yourself of this harmful energy. Discover the true value of life, family and friends. Your parents will need more attention than usual this year, try and put in structures so that they do not become overly dependent.

Relationships

Most important advice for you is ‘all work and no play will keep potential lovers at bay’. This situation is not what you want this year. It is time to declare your feelings and needs to your loved one as the feelings you have for each other are mutual. It is time to tie the knot, discuss and start to plan your marriage this year. Capricorns have this habit of delaying marriage and by doing this; you could lose the one you love. So if you both love each other, well’ hello’ turn that love into a more permanent future goal. Capricorns are guarded and very careful about whom you want to share a deep sexual and emotional relationship with so if this attitude has prevented you from being in a relationship then 2013 is the year to drop this guard and open up that restricted heart of yours. If you are feeling good about yourself, your partner and you know that you can be trusted to make the correct choice. If you are single then it is the year to find your lover, remember that you prefer personal introductions so share your need to meet others with your friends and associates.

Who to date

Sexy deep Scorpios will be top of the list, not only will they free your sexual restrictions but they too take the relationships seriously. Then you always get along with the other two water signs, Cancerians will share family values with you and Pisces will keep you from becoming so serious and expose the more gentle side of you. Librans may be an interesting option if you want to work the social scene. Avoid the restless Gemini’s and Sagittarians.

Career

Expect a year of hard work with many responsibilities and obstacles that get in your way of achieving the goals you have set. You may even find that continual difficulties will leave you feeling pessimistic and inadequate. Insecurity and loss of self confidence will become destructive. The solution is that this year you will have the ability to become extremely perceptive and capable, if you can overcome your insecure feelings and stop being so hard on yourself. Life in the professional world is changing and the tactics of the past are no longer valid. You will experience an understanding of the way forward and you will need to evolve to achieve the status you are so attuned to. Self discipline and a powerful executive ability will be achieved if you can find your grounding and grasp at your strength of character. Take a step back, reevaluate your responsibilities and learn to share with others.

Money

If you are thrifty, responsible and practical you certainly will not have any financial worries. But this year is not a time to become complacent, reevaluate your money situation and put in plans for better investments. Your desire for money and prestige needs to be put on the back burner for a while. Capricorns are well aware of the fact that life costs and that money is a tool that helps you survive. Hard work, planning and using your basic resources will keep that account balanced.

Aquarius

(20th January to 18th February)

Motto: I innovate

Characteristics: Humane, friendly, inspirational

This year is a fun filled happy year for Aquarians. There will be many opportunities in love and relationships, as well as a desire for children. If you have a hidden creative urge, then stop dreaming about it, go out and enjoy being creative. Your innovative ideas and thoughts will be of great interest to others so don’t hold back on ideas that are continuously forming in your head. Society needs your innovative mind to survive.

Romance

Get married for goodness sake; this is the year to tie the knot or to at least get engaged to that special person in your life. If you are in a committed relationship then the love you have for each other is mutual, you both are in love, and it is a good match. You also need to get out there and have some fun together as life has been too serious for too long. So get together and paint the town red…for love. Tap into your gregarious, outgoing nature single Aquarians as this is your year for romance and love. The way things are going it may even happen suddenly like a bolt of desire from the heavens. As you don’t normally lose your head when it comes to matters of love, be open to friendship followed with romance. You are inclined to hold your love interest at arm’s length before deciding the way forward, but do not be surprised if things move along a bit faster than normal. Your compatible mate is on the horizon.

Who to date

As you don’t show your inner emotions, the practical earth signs particularly Capricorn will get you and Mutable Virgo will be able to understand your inflexible schedule and adapt to your way. Avoid the water signs, especially Cancerians as they will irritate you and you will hurt them.

Career

Bright new ideas will be forming in your head. Your innovative brain will be running at full speed this year. This energy is what the world desperately needs to help repair and rebuild itself following the recession. Share your ideas with people who wield power and are open to new and inspirational ideas. It is important that you move away from old ideas and venture into a new way of thinking. It is all very well to have the solutions in your head but if they are not shared with someone with the ability of converting the ideas into reality they will become redundant. Change and forward movement is definitely on the cards. Normally you are concerned about the good of all, but if you are not in that influential position you will be unable to share your vision effectively. So take charge of yourself and your vision and put in the steps to make it happen, success will be yours for the taking.

Finance

Generally Aquarians are a tad detached about their finances, preferring handing the responsibility over to other who have better control. This year it is very important to take note of your financial situation and put in structures that will improve your somewhat dwindling bank balance. Hard work, clever planning and investing in new innovative and creative ideas will bring in more cash.

Pisces

(20th February to 20th March)

Motto: I believe

Characteristics: Martyr, compassionate, understanding and altruistic

New and exciting opportunities are knocking at your door. But dear sweet Pisces you do need to work hard and wise if you want to begin your journey into a new and compassionate way of living. Study and improving your knowledge will be high on your to do list. Commit to making your dream a reality and tap into trusting the universe and the message it is relaying on. Never forget that you are a powerful force, if you ever feel insecure please take note the ocean as that energy is you can be a positive or negative powerful force, it is your choice as to which one you wish to embody.

Relationships

The planet of love, Venus, wants more freedom this year. Pisces are inclined to take on Venus energy in a more powerful way than the other signs. Don’t be surprised if your lover is being difficult and hard to pin down. You too may find that the confinement of a relationship will make you feel restless. The secret to a successful relationship is that letting go will bring them back, that is if they are meant to be with you. There is no such person as the ideal lover, so a bit of a reality check in love is a lesson you may be learning this year. What is important to you is the ability to find that person who can give you the security you so desire. If you are feeling insecure in your relationship then dear Pisces do what you do best and swim away. It is time to heal your wounds and set standards worthy of your sensitive soul. You need to get ready for the second half of the year where you will be luckier in love.

Who to date

Tender romantic Pisces, you dive to the bottom of the ocean for your loved one. You need to connect with the solid, sensual earth signs like Capricorn or Taurus this year to get the security you desire. The water signs Pisces and Cancer will also work but avoid the fire and air signs, they tend to just skim the surface of the depth of love and intensity you desire.

Career

It is time for you to knuckle down and have a reality check as far as your career is concerned. You may find that indecision is going to lose you your chance for achieving success. When things get tough and people you work with don’t appreciate your efforts or criticize your projects you are inclined to clam up and quietly drift away. Not this year, if you want to do well in your career you need to get a greater understanding of what it is that will give you the foundation to success. Success does not just happen, if you want it then put in the work and go and get it. The working world is trying to heal and you can make the sacrifice to do your bit by understanding what needs to be done and to just do it. Gosh you work so well with the intangible and are gifted in making a vision a reality. Working with your strengths in service will bring new opportunities.

Finance

Of all the signs Pisces have the most ability of generating your own income. If you need more money, which you always do, then take on another profession. Though gambling may be lucky, beware this year as you could suddenly lose all your cash. You may find that overspending will land you in very deep hot water this year, so keep a careful tab on what is coming in and start to invest. Money invested in land seems like a sound bet.

Speculations on the Birth Chart of Jesus

INTRODUCTION

Speculation has abounded over the centuries as to the birth date of Jesus. Since the date is unknown, December 25 was chosen to celebrate his birth because it was the traditional date of the mid-winter Saturnalia festival of the Romans in late December. Too, in 274 A.D., the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast date for the birth of Sol Invictus (the unconquered Sun) on December 25. The traditional date we celebrate as Christmas was deliberately chosen by Christians to coincide with these pagan celebrations to encourage the spread of Christianity. They reasoned that if Christmas was celebrated on the same day as the pagan holiday, more people would be likely to celebrate it as well.

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The theory presented in this article is that Jesus was born on March 19, 4 B.C., at midnight in Bethlehem of Judea. The origin of this information comes from the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce, generally considered to be the greatest psychic of the Twentieth Century (see Bibliography). Cayce was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1877. He initially became famous as a healer even though he was a grade school dropout. He discovered that he could cure others while in a trance-like sleep by contacting a mystical source within himself that explained in complex medical terms (of which his waking self knew nothing) the problem of the patient and how he could be cured. His cure rate was so high (above 95%) that thousands of people came to him for help, often those whose doctors could not cure them with traditional medicine. He gave over 14,000 psychic readings during his lifetime and became world famous.

Some years after Cayce discovered his unusual talent for healing, he gave what are referred to as “life readings,” in which he told his clients about their character, their past lives, their spiritual assets and liabilities, and the astrological influences affecting them in their present life sojourn. Many readings included Biblical references, including information about Jesus. When asked in a trance sleep-state about the birth date of Jesus, Cayce said in Reading 587-6 that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, on “March 19, the year 4.” Cayce did not specify whether the year was 4 A.D. or 4 B.C. As historians agree that Jesus was born around 4 B.C., I have chosen this date. I have decided on 4 B.C. for another, equally important reason. I believe his birth chart for that date is extremely symbolic of Jesus as we have come to know him from reading the four Gospels of the New Testament. As to his birth time, Reading 5749-15 of the Edgar Cayce readings states about Jesus: “the Master was born at midnight.” I believe astrology would move closer to the mainstream of society if this date were agreed upon as the probable date of Jesus’ birth, because I believe the delineation shows clearly the relationship between astrology and his birth.

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THE DUAL RULERSHIP SYSTEM

An understanding of the Dual Rulership System is important in understanding the birth chart of Jesus. This is an ancient system depicting the relationship of planets to one another and to the signs of the zodiac. The ancients created this system (minus the modern-day planets) by grouping them as shown in Figure 1, which shows that the Sun and Moon each begin a procession of planets around the zodiac according to their distance from the Sun. Figure 2 shows how the planets line up with the signs they rule or co-rule when the modern-day planets are added. Planets that follow the Sun in this system are the main rulers of the signs next to them, for example, Mercury rules Virgo, while those planets that follow the Moon are sub-rulers of the signs next to them, i.e., Saturn is the sub-ruler of Aquarius, as it is next to that sign when we examine the Moon side of the dual rulership chart. I have included Ceres and Eris in Figure 2. At the end of this article I will speculate on the meanings of these two planets, their sign rulerships, and their co-rulerships (which can be referenced in an article I published in three astrological journals).1 I will then suggest their effect on the birth chart of Jesus (Figure 3).

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Figure 2

All of the astrological planets except for the Sun and Moon have octave planets, i.e., planets with higher vibrations and a more universal expression. An examination of Figure 2 shows that octave planets all lie adjacent to their major planet, with the planet farther from the Sun being the octave planet and therefore a higher expression of the qualities of the major planet. Let’s look at an example in Figure 2 with regard to Mars and Pluto. Both planets are shown ruling Aries and Scorpio. Because Pluto is farther from the Sun, it is the octave planet and would thus express similar but more universal traits (see Cosmos and Psyche, by Richard Tarnas, to understand how Pluto acts to create broad social change when it aspects other outer planets). An octave planet is always smaller in diameter than the major planet with which it is associated, and all octave planets are further from the Sun than the major planets (after Saturn) except for Ceres, which is the only exception to this distance rule. An explanation has not as yet been found for this anomaly. One theory is that a large heavenly body passed through the early solar system, disrupting the orbit of Neptune (moving it closer to the Sun and interfering with Bode’s Law of Planetary Distances) and forcing two of its satellites, Pluto and Ceres, from Neptune’s orbit, the former being driven further from the Sun than Neptune and the latter closer to the Sun into the asteroid belt. A more recent theory (2012) is that Ceres was once a satellite of Pluto that was sent careening into the inner solar system when a heavenly body crashed into Pluto. This theory stems from the recent discovery of two new moons around Pluto that are very similar to Ceres in size, appearance, and planetary type. Interestingly, Ceres is farther from the Sun than its proposed major planet, Venus. Incidentally, in the Dual Rulership System (Figure 2), all planets that follow the Moon, in order and including the Moon, are polar opposites: Moon-Mercury (subconscious mind-conscious mind); Venus-Mars (movement toward-movement against); Jupiter-Saturn (expansion-contraction), etc.

SPIRITUALITY WITH REGARD TO CHART INTERPRETATION

Before interpreting what I believe to be the birth chart of Jesus, I would like to mention an astrological principal important in understanding all birth charts. Birth charts, in themselves, do not indicate the spiritual level of an individual. Without knowing anything about the native2, we cannot tell whether, say, the Sun in Pisces will manifest in a positive way (for instance, as a spiritual, idealistic, or compassionate person, etc.) or in a negative way (a confused, impractical, and lazy individual, etc.). Because we are dealing with the birth chart of someone universally recognized as being extremely spiritual (this article makes no claims as to the divinity of Jesus), I have concentrated on the most spiritual interpretation of the signs, planets, and aspects involved in his chart. In this interpretation I have included quotes from many of the most prominent astrologers in the world, past and present, as to the meanings of planets, houses, and aspects discussed in this article.

THE FOUR MAJOR POINTS IN THE BIRTH CHART OF JESUS

The four major points in all birth charts are the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and Mercury, their signs, houses, and aspects. This is because these four points reflect the four elements of astrology: Sun (fire), Ascendant (earth), Mercury (air), and the Moon (water). Let’s look first at these four points in Jesus’ horoscope as together they form a general outline of his nature. This outline will be altered considerably by other factors in his horoscope, such as the placement of the planets and their aspects, but this is a good place to begin. Of these four placements, the Sun, the Moon, and the Ascendant (rising sign) are the most important (in every chart).

The Sun in Pisces

The Sun represents the heart of an individual chart and is the most important placement in a birth chart. Jesus was born with the Sun in Pisces. Pisces is the last and most spiritual of the signs. Those with the Sun in this position are said to be spiritual, emotional, compassionate, peace loving, and idealistic, as well as humble, sensitive, intuitive, and mystical. Neptune (ruling spirituality) is the main ruler of Pisces with Jupiter (ruling expansion) the sub-ruler (see Figure 2). Jesus was born in the third decanate of this sign (signs of the zodiac are divided into three 10-degree segments). The rulers of the decanates are influential in all birth charts. The first decanate of each sign is ruled solely by its planetary ruler and co-ruler. The second decanate is influenced by the sign and ruler(s) of the next sign of the same element moving counter-clockwise (i.e., Cancer and the Moon). The third decanate is influenced by Scorpio and its ruler Mars and sub-ruler Pluto, the decanate where his Sun is located, which made him more like Scorpio than most Pisces and thus more assertive (Mars) and with a stronger desire to transform others (Pluto) than those with the Sun in the other two decanates. The importance of this will be emphasized later in the article (as will the major importance of Pluto).

Joanna Martine Woolfolk, author of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, says this about the Sun in Pisces in general and also when in the third decanate of Pisces: “The most important trait of Pisces is compassion. This is the sign of eternity, reincarnation, and spiritual rebirth … a link to the spiritual world … These individuals have an other-worldly quality … in mystical terms, Pisces can be described as being half-body and half-spirit, pulled between material existence and spiritual concerns, possessed of the knowledge that they will never be entirely at home in the real world. … subtle and intuitive, they are born with the gift of prophecy. When the Sun is in the third decanate of the sign, Pluto, planet of power, gives force to Pisces’ Neptune and the native is drawn to religious and spiritual matters. Solitude and periods of withdrawal from others are necessary for the individual to think, review, and meditate … [the native] has a talent for writing and/or speaking and can move and influence other people. … Love motivates many of [his/her] decisions.”

The Sun is conjunct the fourth house cusp, the spiritual center of every birth chart, called the Nadir. Thus, Jesus was born with the Sun in the most spiritual sign (Pisces) conjunct the most spiritual point in the chart. The Nadir represents the direction the native naturally aspires to if he/she is affected by the highest vibrations of his/her sign.

Moon in Sagittarius

The Moon rules the emotions and is rising in the Ascendant, giving this planet a great deal of power and influence with regard to his character. The Moon rising indicates a native who is emotional, receptive, and intuitive. This would be further emphasized as the Moon is just five degrees from the Ascendant (the closer the planet is to a house cusp, the more powerful it is). The Moon also represents the subconscious mind, which implies information would have been available to him from intuitive and subconscious sources. In general, this placement in Sagittarius indicates someone who is optimistic, positive, self-confident, cheerful, freedom-loving, emotionally expansive, restless, outgoing, jovial, good-natured, and candid. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, and Neptune is its sub-ruler. Alan Leo, the great English astrologer of the nineteenth century, says about this placement in his book How to Judge a Nativity: “There is a strong inclination to the occupation and affairs of the Ninth House, and these are sure to be prominent in the life history. The native is religious and sincere in his belief even if it be unorthodox. There is some inclination for mysticism and psychism … . He is a natural teacher or preacher, and he may have something of the prophet in his nature. The intuition is strong and more sensitive than in most, and there may be some psychic gift, such as clairvoyance. … There may be talent or even genius for religion and philosophy … .”

It is important to note that the Moon is in the second decanate of Sagittarius (the Aries decanate). Thus the native would be more willful (Aries and Mars) with more of a desire to transform (Pluto) others than most individuals with the Moon rising in Sagittarius.

Let’s combine the meanings of the Sun and Moon from another source:

Sun in Pisces, Moon in Sagittarius

The book Sun Sign, Moon Sign, by Charles and Suzi Harvey, sums up traits common to those with this combination in their charts. “He or she is a gentle and unobtrusive person, the soul of kindness and friendly helpfulness, optimistic and genuinely humble. Often the individual seems not of this world, a sort of benevolent angel whose imagination traverses the universe on a large canvas. [His/her] mind is subtle and deep, sensing intricate relationships and boundless meaning, and [he/she] pursues avenues of thinking – often metaphysical … that may influence people enormously. Highly spiritual in essence but tending to avoid organized religion in practice, [he/she] exudes a deep confidence in themselves and their calling. [He/she] feels passionately about life and brings a religious and almost reverential fervor to their endeavors and their manner of expression. Friends will be amazed by their ability to find meaning in the rejected and negative … At times they are the self-confessed lone traveler.”

The Sun sign and Moon sign are highly significant of an individual’s nature, these two astrological planets representing the yin and yang of astrology, and are generally the two most vital influences in a birth chart. It is nearly impossible not to recognize a character portrait of Jesus when his Sun sign and Moon sign are combined.

Sagittarius Rising

The Rising Sign (the Ascendant) rules the temperament, personality, and physical appearance. Since the Moon is also in Sagittarius, similar traits that rule his emotions would also apply to his personality, making those traits doubly powerful and quite evident. Jessica Adams, author of Astrology for Women, and whose book concentrates on rising signs, says this about his rising sign: “Finding something or someone to believe in will be a key to their journey. Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, was connected to ancient laws — not only legal in the strict sense, but moral and ethical and bordering on religious as well, as they will be turned off by superficial or pointless theories and beliefs they hear along the way and they will be fascinated by what is meaningful in this life. … They will develop a sound ideological, spiritual framework in which to explain [life] to themselves – or others. … Consequently, they will become aware that they must develop some moral or ethical code that is far-sighted and all encompassing.” The rising sign also rules the physical appearance to a large extent. Alan Leo (ibid.) states the following about the Moon rising in Sagittarius: “This position quickens the intuitive and inspirational nature of the sign, giving the ability to prophesy and to foresee the future.” He describes the physical appearance of such an individual:

“Appearance: tall, slight, lithe and active, strong muscles or rather abundant nervous force to stimulate them into action, quick in movement, light and graceful in bearing and free and pleasant in speech. Large, well-opened eyes, somewhat dreamy and psychic looking, long slender neck. …”

Certainly, to this point in the interpretation, it continues to be difficult to ignore the strong similarities of the three major points in the chart to the nature of Jesus as we know him. It is important to realize that Neptune, the planet of spirituality, is already prominent in his chart as the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are either ruled or co-ruled by this planet: the Sun in Pisces, the most spiritual sign, is ruled by Neptune; Sagittarius, the rising sign, is co-ruled by Neptune (see Figure 2); and the Moon in Sagittarius is co-ruled by Neptune (see also Figure 2); thus, his personality (Ascendant) is related to Neptune (spirit) as is his character (the Sun) and his emotions (the Moon). Of significance is also the fact that Neptune (ruling spirituality) in his chart has six trines and two sextiles (very harmonious aspects) and just one stress aspect, thus indicating a harmonious spiritual nature. Jupiter, co-ruler of Pisces, with Neptune, also has almost all harmonious aspects with just one planetary stress aspect. Jupiter rules religion (just as Neptune rules spirituality). Since Jupiter and Neptune and co-rulers of his Sagittarian Ascendant and Sagittarian Moon, these aspects are particularly important.

Mercury in Aries

Mercury rules the mind and in the Dual Rulership System Pluto rules Aries and Mars is the sub-ruler (see Figure 2). We shall therefore dwell mostly on the traits of Pluto with regard to his mentality, but also, naturally, consider the influence of Mars, especially as Mars is conjunct Mercury (see Figure 3). Since Mars sub-rules the sign, this position inclined him to be mentally assertive and excellent in debate or argument. These traits are prominent throughout the Gospels. Woolfolk (ibid.) states: “This position gives strong willpower and resourcefulness. The person is more concerned with truth than comfort. There is [regarding the Pluto influence] a special aptitude to comprehend reality in terms of energy rather than in terms of physical objects, the ability to comprehend the forces that generate fundamental changes in the environment, and there can be a definite interest in spirituality and working with the super-physical forces of nature.” Those with Mercury in Aries conjunct Mars tend to be frank, outspoken, and to have a strong temper. This would be especially true of Jesus as the Moon, ruling the emotions, is trine to Mars. One is reminded of Jesus clearing the temple of the moneychangers, his outspoken criticism of the Pharisees in their presence, and his direct condemnation of his contemporaries (“This is an evil generation.”).

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 FIGURE 3

Summation of the Four Major Points

Those who have read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John should agree that, at least to this point, the chart seems eerily similar to what we know about Jesus of Nazareth. What I have said thus far gives but an overview of his birth chart, which when considered in its entirety, is even truer to his nature. An important aspect is the Sun in close sextile to Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius. James Braha, author of How to Be a Great Astrologer, says about this aspect: “The individual has unwavering faith in the divine with generosity of spirit and a philosophical outlook. … There are high morals and a strong sense of devotion. … He excels in religious or consciousness-raising work. He is of a visionary nature, has high ideals, and is not afraid to take a risk.” This aspect increased the Sagittarian/Piscean aspect of his nature as Sun aspects strongly affect the character of the individual.

STELLIUM OF PLANETS IN PISCES

The stellium (three or more planets conjunct one another) of planets in Pisces, particularly Venus, provides us with perhaps the most important information about the character of Jesus. The stellium consists of Venus, the Sun, and Uranus, which is important because these planets increase in power due to uniting with one another and because all are conjunct the Nadir (the most spiritual point in the chart).

The Power of Venus in his Chart

Jesus has Venus in Pisces, the sign of its exaltation (which gives the planet more power to act according to its nature). Venus rules the principle of love and attraction, and in this sign the planet works with the transcendental vibrations of Neptune (ruler of Pisces) to enhance the spiritual nature. Those with Venus in Pisces are naturally attuned to the troubles of others, and this position allows the individual to sympathize and empathize more readily than Venus in any other sign. Frances Sakoian, author of The Astrologer’s Handbook, says this about Venus in Pisces: “Love is the most transcendent and exalted product of the evolutionary process; only one who has lived through all the experiences of humanity—as represented by Pisces—can fully experience spiritual love. … In Pisces the planet is tinged with the divine and rendered more mystical and altruistic. … These individuals are inspired by the highest spiritual teachings and often do much to live up to them.”

Quite importantly in the birth chart of Jesus, Venus, ruling love, is the strongest and most important planet. One reason is because it is conjunct the Nadir, the fourth house cusp, the spiritual center of the horoscope, by just one degree, closer than any other planet (planets are powerful near the four cusps, especially if very close to a cusp). Sakoian (ibid.) goes on to say that when Venus is in Pisces, “the individual sees the Eternal Life principle flowing through all of manifestation, uniting the soul with all of life.” Jesus constantly emphasized the oneness of life in his teachings.

Venus in Pisces is, as mentioned, conjunct the Sun in Pisces, which also adds more power to its expression (as well as to the Pisces influence), as any planet conjunct the Sun vastly adds to its power. Venus is also trine Neptune, the spiritual planet. Concerning the latter aspect, James Braha (ibid.) says: “The individual may be mystical and extraordinarily devotional. He is discontented with ordinary existence and feels a yearning in his soul to transcend the boundaries of earthly existence. He may lead a life of discipleship or religious ecstasy. He would be wise to practice meditation or other spiritual disciplines. … He is kind, sympathetic, and compassionate. He does well in any healing or service-oriented profession. … There is very great spiritual energy.”

It is important to note that Venus, like the Sun and Moon, lies in a decanate (Scorpio) that increases the power of Pluto and Mars. Pluto is associated with transformation (including healing), power, force, energy, and determination. Thus, once again, we see a connection to Pluto, in this case regarding his love nature. This combination implies the ability to transform (Pluto) others with love (Venus).

Uranus in Pisces

At this point we should discuss the third planet of the Pisces stellium. Uranus, as mentioned, is conjunct both Venus and the Sun. Uranus conjunct the Sun indicates an individual who is non-conforming, highly individualistic, and/or original (Jesus was all three.) He did not conform to the religion in which he was raised; he often criticized the Pharisees for their lack of spirituality; and he spoke in a highly individualistic and original manner (“Never has any man spoken thus,” New Testament).

Sakoian (ibid.) says about Uranus in Pisces: “The individual ventures into untried realms of experience … the frontiers of human knowledge. These individuals have the ability to delve into the higher-frequency planes of mind by applying their wills. Thus they can experience, understand, and work with what are generally termed “occult forces” expressed through new and untried ways of doing things. They will act suddenly, powerfully, and decisively. In the eyes of people who do not understand their purpose, they will seem unpredictable and eccentric. Individuals with this conjunction are not necessarily subject to ordinary limitations. The means they use are based on a higher law or, more correctly, on a more advanced understanding of the One Universal Law.” Applying this to Uranus in Pisces, we would naturally think of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual cures that Jesus was able to suddenly and unexpectedly perform (more on this later). Continuing on this note, concerning Uranus in Pisces, Sakoian says if Uranus is in Pisces in an angular relationship (near a house cusp—Uranus is conjunct the fourth house cusp), it can be very powerful. She goes on to add about this placement: “Uranus in Pisces indicates intuitive abilities and a curiosity about the workings of the unconscious. These individuals have religious leanings colored by mysticism … the fundamental motivating factor of Uranus in Pisces is to seek liberation from the mental and emotional influence of the past. There is a spiritual struggle to overcome past materialistic tendencies combined with seeking for a higher spiritual identity.”

Venus conjunct Uranus

Venus in Pisces conjunct Uranus in Pisces near the Nadir combines the love nature (Venus) with Uranus (independence, non-conformance, individualistic propensities). This aspect indicates someone who associates and loves those to whom he is drawn rather than to those he is expected to associate with and/or love (reminiscent of his relationship with Mary Magdalene). Uranus in this position disposes the love nature to be broad in scope (Uranus rules Aquarius, the most broad-minded of the signs) and to be more of a universal nature rather than a specific nature (reminiscent of Venus in Aquarius and certainly true of Jesus as a person).

One more aspect of importance is vital in this three-planet combination before we move on—Uranus trine Neptune. This aspect, according to Sakoian (ibid.), is important only if one planet is in an angle (Uranus is). She interprets this aspect as follows: “This aspect indicates highly developed spiritual faculties. … It gives the individual a decided leaning toward the mystical and the occult. … He will be inclined toward clairvoyance and the development of intuition such as extra-sensory perception. He may be inclined to utopian ideals. His destiny is to raise the overall level of civilization’s spiritual realization to a higher plane.”

The North Node in Pisces

Of great interest in the chart of Jesus is the placement of the North Node. It is at 11 degrees of Pisces conjunct Uranus, Venus, and the Nadir. Astrologer James Braha (ibid.), who places much importance on the moon’s nodes, states that “the North Node represents the purposes, intentions, and objectives of an entire lifetime.” He goes on to say that those with the North Node in Pisces experience their “greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment through serving others in a profound way. … He will be drawn to idealistic callings for the betterment of mankind. … His main task is to relieve the pain and suffering of the masses. He will be drawn to … mysticism … . He is seeking enlightenment and ultimate freedom. … Of all possible life paths, his is the highest and most majestic. He wants to experience a life of purity, devotion, and unity with the infinite.” The fact that the North Node is near the Nadir (spiritual center) increases these propensities.

Scout Planet

Mark Edmund Jones, one of the great astrologers of the Twentieth Century, developed the theory of the “Scout Planet.” He said this planet is the planet in a birth chart that rises on the eastern horizon (Ascendant) just before the Sun and is important irrespective of its sign and aspects. Venus in Pisces rises just before the Sun in the birth chart of Jesus. The scout planet, symbolically, “leads the way” to an understanding of the horoscope. I will note here that in Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, of the Great Courses Program of The Teaching Company, the narrator, Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, says that “mystical individuals lead the way to greater truths, acting, in a sense, as scouts to find a greater reality.”

THE STELLIUM OF PLANETS IN ARIES

At this point, I would like to examine the second stellium in the chart, the combination of Mercury, Saturn, and Mars in Aries, and its affect on the birth chart of Jesus. According to the Dual Rulership System, Pluto, as mentioned, is the primary planetary ruler of Aries and not Mars. It is important to reiterate that the native will respond to the higher vibration of a planet only to the extent that he or she has reached that spiritual level. The vast majority of individuals with Mercury in Aries will respond, therefore, mostly to the major planet’s vibrations [Mars] and not to the more esoteric vibrations of Pluto. These three conjunctions take on more of a Plutonian cast with regard to Jesus because of his great spiritual development and, of course, because Pluto is the actual ruler of Aries. Pluto rules the ability to transform others emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually (Jesus did all four), and Pluto (ruling evolution and transformation) is conjunct the Midheaven and thus very powerful by placement.

Mars Conjunct Saturn in Aries

Sakoian (ibid.) says about this aspect: “This aspect gives a capacity for hard work, enduring strength, resourcefulness, and courage in situations of danger and great difficulty.” Jesus was far more than just spiritual, according to the Gospels: he was willful and courageous in the face of opposition, extreme danger, and crucifixion. This aspect creates great self-discipline, so necessary to develop one’s spiritual nature (i.e., to develop spiritual power over the flesh, so to speak).

Mercury conjunct Saturn in Aries

Because of the Plutonian power of Aries, this aspect take on a similar meaning to Saturn conjunct Pluto, whose meaning Sakoin (ibid.) speculates as “This aspect is sometimes called the aspect of the magician because of the ability it gives to channel occult power through structured systems. … The natives’ ideas and projects can have a transforming effect upon the world.”

Summarizing this Stellium

Sakoian (ibid.) says: “With [these] aspects the natives have tremendous energy and power in action (Mars). Through their spiritual reserves, they are able to tap the energy of universal power (Pluto). Having more than normal endurance, they can accomplish things beyond the scope of the ordinary person. Their immense courage and willpower gives them the ability to face danger, and even death, unflinchingly. … In highly developed individuals, the Plutonian principle of will power (three Aries planets) controls the desires. If such control is achieved, great powers of regeneration will make possible a spiritual leadership in improving the affairs of humanity.”

THE POWER TO HEAL

Pluto at the Midheaven

Jesus became known for his ability to heal. Not surprisingly, this talent is very prominent in his birth chart. Let’s begin with Pluto. This planet, as mentioned, is powerful in the chart because it is conjunct the Midheaven (planets are very strong in this position) and, as mentioned, because it rules the three planets in Aries. Sakoian (ibid.) has this to say about this conjunction: “This position is likely to produce individuals who achieve fame or notoriety… an occult profession may be indicated … there is the ability to use intuitive and occult forces to influence people … . Exceptionally developed individuals can have an important spiritual mission to perform in some sphere of activity for the regeneration of forces controlling society. … . Some of the same perceptions of the workings of subtle forces of the universe as Pluto conjunct the Ascendant are found with this configuration. It provides the necessary spiritual impetus and insight for the natives to fulfill the roles of spiritual leaders.”

ASPECTS REGARDING PLUTO

Jesus’ healing power is especially shown by Pluto aspects. Although the aspects mentioned below traditionally cause great stress, such aspects are almost always necessary for accomplishment because they create great energy, and when the energy is used in positive ways the native is impelled to fulfill his (her) mission in life, to strive hard to do what he or she feels they must do to fulfill their role.

Venus Opposed to Pluto

Venus is opposed to Pluto from angular houses, indicating that this aspect is powerful. Sakoian (ibid.) says “in the horoscopes of highly developed individuals this can indicate the capacity for a regenerating, redeeming spiritual love, capable of uplifting all who come in contact with it. In such cases love is combined with spiritual power and the will is manifested at a very high level. … a valuable spiritual lesson is learned, that the Eternal, as the inner source of all creation, must be worshipped.”

Sun Opposed to Pluto

Sakoian (ibid.) says: Natives who have this [aspect] express their power potential through their ability to regenerate and change themselves and those around them by focusing their wills. Since tremendous energy is at their disposal, they can penetrate to prime causes. … Pluto represents the ability to penetrate dimensions and tap the fundamental dynamic energy of the universe responsible for all manifestation. … Through the mind, the native has the transforming power to re-create individuals into spiritual beings with universal power for good. … It is important that these natives learn to bring their wills into harmony with the Divine Will.”

The latter sentence is exactly what Jesus did, if we are to believe the four Gospels.

Uranus Opposed to Pluto

This planetary opposition is powerful primarily because both planets are in angles. In the birth chart of Jesus, Uranus is opposed to Pluto by just one degree. According to Sakoian, this aspect is about the desire to transform civilization and bring about reform on a large scale. “There are … occult leanings. This aspect causes dynamic action and sudden change, a large part which is brought about … through the occult. … There is an awareness of higher forms of energy and a general unfolding of the intuitive faculties. … [such individuals] have a dynamic will to transform civilization … they institute dynamic progress and sudden change … there is an interest in life after death and an understanding of spiritual rebirth and regeneration. … this [aspect] has a double Scorpio significance because Pluto rules Scorpio and Uranus is exalted in that sign. … Therefore, all of the spiritual and occult qualities of Scorpio find their highest expression in this [aspect].”

Combining the Sun in Pisces (spiritual power) and Venus in Pisces (spiritual love) and Uranus in Pisces (sudden change through spiritual means) opposed to Pluto in Virgo (transformation in a physical sign as Virgo is an earth sign and also rules health) translates into: the power (Sun) to effect sudden (Uranus) physical healings (Virgo) with spiritual love (Venus). This three-aspect combination is critical to understanding the healing ability of Jesus.

Jupiter Trine Pluto

Another aspect to consider is Jupiter trine Pluto. Sakoian (ibid.) says of this aspect: “In its highest expression, this trine indicates a faith that can move mountains. Vast powers of spiritual regeneration, both psychological and physical, go with this aspect. The spiritual life of the natives is strengthened by willpower directed constructively. The natives possess the ability to meditate and to focus their concentration in such a manner as to bring their spiritual inspirations into concrete manifestation. Because Jupiter is ruler of Sagittarius, a fire sign, and Pluto rules Aries [both fire signs are strong in this chart] … the natives have tremendous creative power, enabling them to transform both their lives and their surroundings for the good of all. They have deep insight, knowing instinctively what is wrong with any situation, and what must be done to make it right.”

Moon square Pluto

This is a close square between two planets in angles and is thus very dynamic. The Moon (ruling the emotions) is rising in Sagittarius squaring Pluto (ruling transformation) at the Midheaven. This aspect creates dynamic tension to transform others (Pluto) through emotional intensity (the Moon) of a spiritual nature (Sagittarius rising indicates spirit because it is a fire sign and fire symbolizes spirit).

T-Squares

There are three dynamic T-Squares in the chart involving the Moon in Sagittarius. They are: (1) Venus opposed to Pluto square the Moon; (2) Uranus opposed to Pluto square the Moon; and (3) the Sun opposed to Pluto square the Moon. In all three aspects, the Moon is the primary player, as the planet at the apex of a T-square is always the focal point of the aspect. This would indicate that Jesus had great emotional drive (the Moon) to transform (Pluto) others through the force of his character (the Sun), through love (Venus), and through psychic power (Uranus), and that this power was of a spiritual nature as Sagittarius is a fire sign, indicating spirit.

OTHER FACTORS

Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune in a birth chart is considered by astrologers to be indicative of ease and good fortune. Woolfolk (ibid.) says, “The activities of the sign and house in which the Part of Fortune appears are those in which the native finds success.” In the birth chart of Jesus, the Part of Fortune is at 19 degrees of Pisces, conjunct Uranus, Venus, the Sun, and the Nadir in Pisces. Thus, good fortune would be indicated through spiritual matters and especially matters related to spiritual love, as the Part of Fortune is closer to Venus than to any of the other points mentioned.

Vernal Equinox

The March 19 birth date of Jesus as stated by Edgar Cayce while in trance adds additional symbolism to his chart. This date just precedes the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring, which heralds the birth of new life into the world. (Jesus said in John 10:10 that “I am come that they may have more life and that they might have it more abundantly.”)

CERES AND ERIS

Ceres and Eris play a strong role in the interpretation of this birth chart as they are exactly conjunct one another on the cusp of the Eighth House, one of the two natural houses of Mars and Pluto (the other house being the First House). I hypothesized the meaning of these two planets in an article published in the three astrology journals referenced earlier. I believe the meanings of these planets differ considerably from the meanings attributed to them by most astrologers. I use the Midheaven Equal House System with house cusps as midpoints, which is why Ceres and Eris are conjunct the midpoint of the Eighth House (the most powerful position of a planet in a house in the house system of my choosing).

To continue my in-depth study of Jesus’ horoscope (Figure 3), I’ll discuss briefly these two minor planets and my theory regarding them. My belief is that Ceres and Eris represent the upper octaves of Venus and Mercury, respectively (see correlation in the dual rulership system, Figure 2). Although my original conclusions about the meanings of these planets did not involve the birth chart of Jesus, understanding their meanings turned out to be a key to the interpretation of his chart. I will therefore discuss these planets briefly to give the reader enough background to understand my interpretation in the clearest light.

In my original article I postulated that Ceres is the upper octave of Venus, ruler of Taurus and co-ruler of Libra (see Figure 2), and that this planet involves how humans bind together, cooperate, and nurture each other in groups (its binding expression being more universal than Venus). Thus, Ceres would be strong in the charts of individuals such as social reformers; those seeking to unite competing groups into larger cohesive groups; political leaders seeking world peace through unity; individuals who want to expand unity and cooperation at a transcendental level (such as religious figures); as well as artistic geniuses (especially regarding art and music, as Venus rules beauty).

I also postulated in my original article that Eris is the upper octave of Mercury, ruler of Gemini and co-ruler of Virgo, and that the planet involves high mental ability, as well as possible intuitive, psychic, mystical, and clairvoyant abilities (the latter abilities manifesting mostly in spiritually advanced individuals). Mercury rules the down-to-earth factual understanding of day-to-day affairs and communication; Eris involves higher states of communication, such as those mentioned, as well as the ability to communicate well in speech and writing. The author realizes that the meanings of these planets are hypothetical, yet these meanings are astrologically logical when we examine the Dual Rulership System. It is important to understand, however, that I believe the birth chart of Jesus upon which I am speculating is very powerful spiritually and very much like Jesus even if these two planets are not taken into consideration.

THE CERES-ERIS CONJUNCTION AND HARMONY OF THESE TWO PLANETS

This powerful conjunction of Ceres and Eris creates tremendous harmonious power in the chart of Jesus if my hypothetical meanings are correct (see birth chart and aspect list in Figure 3). Ceres, the upper octave of Venus, ruling social concern, is in exact conjunction with Eris, ruling high mental powers, at the midpoint of the Eight House at 24Cancer08 and 25Cancer29, respectively. This conjunction combines altruistic concern (Ceres) with mental, psychic, and/or mystical power (Eris) in the house of transformation (Eighth House). The Eighth House is, as should be noted, ruled by Scorpio (which, in turn, is ruled by Mars and Pluto). Astonishingly, both planets aspect all other planets, which is quite rare, i.e., each planet has eleven aspects and almost all are very harmonious. Thus, all planets in the birth chart of Jesus are raised up by the combined harmonious aspects of this higher-vibration planetary conjunction. Ceres has five trines and two sextiles; Eris has six trines and two sextiles. Importantly, with regard to aspect, Eris has a near-exact trine to the Sun and an exact trine to the Nadir; Ceres also trines the Sun by just two degrees with an exact trine to the Nadir. Also impressive is that Eris trines Venus by just four degrees and Ceres trines Venus by two degrees (thus giving Venus even more harmonious power in the chart).

To further sort this out, let’s combine the meanings of Ceres and Eris as hypothesized in this article, keeping in mind that the two planets are in almost exact conjunction and that the planets are deposited in the eighth house, the house of Scorpio—the house most associated with transformation (Jesus’ message was one of spiritual transformation: “Ye must be born again”). One meaning of Ceres, as hypothesized, has to do with the desire to create harmony on a universal scale (including spiritual and societal harmony). Eris, as hypothesized, is equated with having to do with high mental ability (being the upper octave of Mercury) with possible access to the subconscious and the super-conscious minds (with psychic and mystical abilities possible if the individual is highly evolved). Jesus manifested both psychic and mystical abilities. Pluto, the planet most associated with Scorpio and the eighth house, is in the powerful Tenth House and is therefore very strong by placement, so we can hypothesize Jesus as one whose deepest desire was to unite humanity (Ceres) by transforming individuals (Pluto and Eighth House emphasis) spiritually (the Sun and Venus in Pisces) though the use of high intuitive, psychic, and mystical powers (Eris).

Interpreting all the aspects of the Ceres-Eris conjunction would take considerable space. Since the meanings of these planets are hypothetical, I will touch only upon a few in the hope that the reader will ponder other meanings of the many harmonious trines and sextiles of these two planets in this conjunction on his/her own. Needless to say, the spiritual nature of Jesus without even considering the Eris-Ceres conjunction and its aspects is very similar to what we know of him. If all of the mentioned aspects are raised to a much higher power by many close harmonious Ceres-Eris aspects, this would denote an individual who is highly spiritual and much concerned with social unity. Importantly, this conjunction lies in the third decanate of Cancer, ruled by Pisces and Neptune; therefore, the eleven aspects from this conjunction infuse the other planets with even more spiritual power from Neptune. Certainly, at a minimum, the near-exact trines of this conjunction to the Sun in Pisces (ruling the spiritual self) and Venus in Pisces (ruling spiritual love) would increase the power of these planets to express their natures in an even more harmonious way.

CONCLUSION

Astrology would benefit as to its authenticity if the birth date and time of Jesus as noted in this article were considered as probably true, as this would imply that the maxim “as above, so below” is not merely conjecture, but fact. Thus, more individuals would be inclined to study their birth charts as a way to “self-actualize,” as the birth chart contains in symbolic form important information about the individual. The Dual Rulership System, which main-stream astrology does not use in full, is implied in this article to be valid and useful for interpretation, as is the Equal House System with midpoints as house cusps (also not in general use). The operational model of planets as polar opposites and octave planets as presented here should be considered as a useful tool for all forms of interpretation (Figure 2). The speculative meanings of Ceres and Eris as octave planets (and polar opposites) should be considered, as should their rulerships and co-rulerships of the zodiac signs indicated. The use of the major aspects as a full 30 degrees each (one zodiac sign), with emphasis on orbs that are less than five degrees from exact on either side of the aspect, should be thought of as how all major aspects work, that is, in three five-degree power segments with power waning up to fifteen degrees on either side of the aspect. The latter theory is not in general use but can be useful for all forms of birth chart interpretation. Lastly, the use of midpoints of houses as the center of power of a house should be considered (for instance, a planet is powerful 15 degrees before it crosses the cusp of the tenth house and becomes more and more powerful as it approaches the house cusp, most powerful as it conjuncts the house cusp, and fades in power up to 15 degrees afterwards).

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