Astrology Workshop in Providence, RI: Work and Money

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I’ll be teaching a FREE one-hour workshop today in the Providence, RI area. We’ll be going over some Astrology basics, covering the necessary steps for generating your own free birth-chart, and then focusing on how you can find clues in your chart about your own intrinsic wiring with respect to work and money.

What’s your relationship with money? What does it mean to you? How are you inclined to approach the doing of work itself, and what kinds of work are you best equipped to do in a career context…?

We’ll be talking about which astrological symbols in the chart are most on point here, and how you can pull some useful data from them. The workshop runs from noon until 1pm at the HOPE ARTISTE VILLAGE in Pawtucket, RI. We’ll be in Suite 707, at a place aptly named THE EMPOWERMENT FACTORY. Please consider this your official invitation to join us if you’ll be in the area!

Guided Meditation in Providence – 2/22

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One of the questions I find myself asking clients again and again during counseling sessions is this:

“Do you meditate…?”

And most of the time, the answer is an uneasy and somewhat apologetic or guilty-looking, “No…”

Our society gives us a somewhat inaccurate and often unhelpful picture of what meditation is, can be, and “should” be. Meditation can actually take many forms, and very few of them demand that you remain in lotus position for hours on end while levitating.

Later today, I’ll be hosting a guided meditation at a local nexus of benevolence here in the greater Providence, RI area called The Empowerment Factory. TEF lies within the confines of the Hope Artiste Village complex in the town of Pawtucket.

The event will run from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, although we won’t be sitting in silence or chanting without pause for 90 minutes straight. This is meant to be a beginner-friendly, undemanding session. All are welcome, and this is a donation-based gathering (in other words, if you want to contribute something to help TEF defray costs of operations, that will be cheerfully accepted, but it’s not required).

If you’re in the area, please join us!

How To Generate Your FREE Birth-Chart

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Astrology occupies an odd place in our culture. Outside of the community of believers and practitioners, the field generally elicits responses that range from mild curiosity at best, to  widespread indifference, to outright scorn at worst. Much of this state of affairs stems from the associations that Astrology has with “fortune-telling.”

But while this discipline can definitely be employed to take a look at prevailing trends and probabilities that might be looming on the horizon, Astrology has another use, and it’s one that I personally recommend…

It’s possible to use your astrological birth-chart as a lens through which you can gaze into your own psyche in order to gain astonishing clarity and insight. Like the greatest inkblot ever committed to paper, the birth-chart has been described as the fingerprint of the soul, the wiring diagram of your personality, and the owner’s manual for your own self. Understanding it can enable you to live a happier and more fulfilling life. This process enables you to seek out the experiences for which you were made, while leaving gently by the roadside those not really meant for you, so that you can travel through the world more freely.

All of which sounds great. But how do you obtain this “birth-chart” that I speak of, and once you do get it, how do you make sense out of all the teeming little symbols buzzing around it like a plague of esoteric locusts…?

Since these questions seem to come up all the time when I chat about these concepts with non-astrologers, I’ve created some guidance for the newcomer. Not only will the steps I’ve outlined below help you to generate your own unique birth-chart, but they’ll also point you toward some basic but handy initial blocks of interpretation of your chart.

And have no fear: the processes I’m describing are completely FREE to perform. Also, I have no affiliation with either website toward which I’m directing you, and I get nothing out of the deal if you work through these steps. I’m offering the following write-up as a public service announcement and nothing more, because a) I’m nice like that, and b) I truly believe that a great measure of the unhappiness felt in the world by humans stems from a lack of clear self-knowledge. If we pitched the content of our lives toward our true selves, we’d thrive, and then so would the world…

Now, if you do go through these steps, and you digest the initial wave of info, and then you still want some help to go further, I’ll be thrilled to set up a session with you and guide you into deeper astrological waters – you can line up an appointment with me via my READINGS page. This would be totally at your option, though!

So with that all being said, go ahead and get busy cranking out charts (including not only your birth-chart, but also some additional relationship-centric ones!), and better know thyself:

Astro.com

  1. Go to astro.com
  2. Hover your cursor over the “Free Horoscopes” tab toward the upper left of the screen.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select the “AstroClick Portrait” option.
  4. If you have no account already set up at this site, select the “guest users” option.
  5. At the “Birth Data Entry” page, fill in the information requested: your name, gender, birth date, birth time, and birth place.
  6. IMPORTANT: If you don’t know your exact time of birth, you can enter any time in order to generate a chart, but you will not be able to rely on information given regarding your Rising Sign, or any information having to do with the Houses, your Ascendant (“AC”), or your Midheaven (“MC”).
  7. Once the AstroClick Portrait chart appears, you can use it in interactive fashion by clicking on any of the features to see what they reveal about you. You will be able to get information about any of the Planets, Signs, Aspects (the colored lines that connect various Planets), and if you entered a reliable birth-time, then also your Ascendant, Midheaven, and any of the Houses.
  8. Other interactive options include:
    1. AstroClick Travel – This function projects the information from your birth-chart onto a map of the world. By then choosing the “Scalable Google Map” option from the pull-down menu, you can surf the map of the world and then click on places of interest to you in order to learn how any given location might affect you, based on the your own unique chart.
    2. AstroClick Love – This function is much like AstroClick Portrait option, but your chart features are interpreted here in the context of love and romance.
    3. AstroClick Partner – This function asks you to enter birth data for two people, and it then creates something called a Composite Chart. This new chart is not for either of the individuals involved, but is rather a chart of their relationship itself. This chart is again interactive, and clicking on features will yield pre-written summaries of the various chart features.

 

Astromatrix.org

  1. Go to astromatrix.org
  2. Click on the “Free Horoscopes” tab toward the upper left of the screen.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select the “Birth Chart” option.
  4. On the next page, fill in the information requested: your name, birth date, birth time, and birth place.
  5. IMPORTANT: If you don’t know your exact time of birth, you can enter any time in order to generate a chart, but you will not be able to rely on information given regarding your Rising Sign, or any information having to do with the Houses, your Ascendant (“AC”), or your Midheaven (“MC”).
  6. Once the chart appears, you can read the pre-written summaries of your chart features by choosing the various menu items listed in a row above the chart: Summary View, Personality, Emotional, Mind, Vitality, Opportunity, Generational.
  7. In addition to your birth-chart, you can also obtain Daily Horoscope, Monthly Horoscope, and Relationship Compatibility reports by selecting these from the row of options along the top of the screen. The Relationship Compatibility option here is not the same as the AstroClick Partner option available at Astro.com. That option offers a Composite Chart, which is like a mathematical average of the charts of the two individuals involved. Here, Astromatrix offers something called a Synastry chart – instead of combining two individuals’ charts into a single composite chart that captures the essence of the relationship itself, Synastry lines up the two individual charts alongside each other, and then describes how they will tend to interact. It can be helpful and fascinating when investigating a relationship to look at both the Composite Chart and the Synastry analysis!

Love and Astrology

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Are you in the Providence, RI area? Tomorrow (Feb. 14, 2017), in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ll be putting on a workshop focusing on “Love and Astrology.” This will be a FREE, one-hour lunchtime presentation starting at noon at a great local venue called The Empowerment Factory, which is a part of the Hope Artiste Village arts collective.

I’ll be giving an overview on what Astrology is in general, what the major components of an astrological chart are, and how you can start to analyze your own chart. Given the timing, this session will place special emphasis on Venus, the Planet named for the Roman Goddess of Love. As added incentive, there just may be free handouts…and I’ll definitely be offering a special, hefty discount on a chart reading by me to all attendees!

Also, on Wednesday evening – the day after Valentine’s Day – I’ll be hosting a FREE Reiki share at the same space. The event starts at 6:30pm, and will last for approximately 90 minutes. Whether you’re a Reiki veteran or a total newcomer, you’re invited to join us!

Polarity in Astrology

img_6286There are three primary sets of symbols that we work with in Astrology: the Planets, the Signs, and the Houses.

In brief:

The Planets are drives and imperatives within us. The Planets are what we do.

The Signs are like modifiers that color the ways in which the Planetary forces go about their business when we let them work through us. The Signs are how we do what we do.

The Houses are various areas in our lives, like differently themed rooms within a single building. The Houses are where we do what we do.

The Planets are extra tricky in that astrologers can’t seem to agree on which ones equal essential members of the set. Traditionalists stick to the seven visible bodies that we track across the sky: the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. More modern astrologers tend to add in additional bodies, such as the Outer Planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) and various Planetoids and Asteroids (Chiron, Ceres, Juno, Pallas, Vesta, Eris, etc.). The Planets also represent a scattering of points within a birth-chart. For these reasons, they don’t easily lend themselves to the kind of polarity analysis I’m about to get into…

The Signs, though, and the Houses, comprise a different story. Each of these two primary sets of astrological symbols does embody a closed group whose members virtually all astrologers do agree on (excepting those minority voices making their case for the inclusion of the so-called “thirteenth Zodiac Sign,” Ophiuchus, which I won’t be addressing here…).

But another interesting trait which separates the Planets on the one hand from the Signs and Houses on the other is the notion that while the Planets show up in a chart as a volley of distinct points, the Signs and Houses both add up in their respective ways so as to form the overall circle of the chart. The Signs combine to make up the outer circumference of the chart’s circle, while the Houses are the sort of “pie slices” into which the chart-circle’s interior is divided.

Taking this reality a step further, it’s possible to then note that each Sign and each House has an opposite number that lies directly across the circle from it: Libra lies opposite Aries…the Eleventh House lies opposite the Fifth.

And here’s the interesting part, which can be used as a tool to help with retention of the meanings of some of these symbols: the opposing pairs of Signs and Houses can each be seen as a distinct axis, the poles of which share a conceptual link. They’re like the two far ends of the same spectrum, or the opposite sides of the same coins.

The following table is admittedly a vast oversimplification, and shouldn’t at all be taken as a substitute for actually studying and living with all of the symbols mentioned…but it can be a tremendously helpful aid in getting more familiar with the symbols involved. And with that being said, here are some ways in which you might see the Signs and the Houses not just as sets of 12 unique personalities, but also as six pairs whose members share some very thematic connections:

Sign

Opposite Sign

Axis Themes

Aries Libra Aries = war / Libra = peace
Taurus Scorpio Taurus = simplicity, serenity / Scorpio = complexity, intensity
Gemini Sagittarius Gemini = gathering evidence / Sagittarius = taking things on faith
Cancer Capricorn Cancer = nurturing, “maternal” / Capricorn = serious, “paternal”
Leo Aquarius Leo = self-focus / Aquarius = societal focus
Virgo Pisces Virgo = earthly service / Pisces = service to the Universe

House

Opposite House

Axis Themes

First Seventh First = “I” / Seventh = “You and I”
Second Eighth Second = one’s own possessions / Eighth = others’ possessions
Third Ninth Third = local focus (the “trees”) / Ninth = global focus (the “forest”)
Fourth Tenth Fourth = private, home / Tenth = public, workplace
Fifth Eleventh Fifth = “I speak alone” / Eleventh = “We speak together”
Sixth Twelfth Sixth = physical maintenance / Twelfth = spiritual maintenance

Be The Change…

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Mahatma Gandhi said that we should be the change we wish to see in the world.

With that sage advice in mind, I’ve decided that the change I wish to see in the world is less hatred, less closed-mindedness, and less bigotry in all its forms. I’ve been contemplating the chat that the current occupant of the White House had with Billy Bush a few years back – you know, the one in which he boasted about how happy he was to be able to sexually assault women with reckless impunity –  so I’ve been especially focused on misogyny as a toxic mindset (it’s just one of many that we humans employ, but I have to start somewhere…).

I’ve always been left feeling sort of embarrassed and squirmy whenever I encounter the old time-y convention of referring to our entire species as “man” or even “mankind.” It feels to me like a very outmoded and unhelpful way of reinforcing the notion that male humans are somehow inherently more important and valuable than all the other kinds of humans. And every time we adhere to this convention, we’re preserving and feeding that notion in some small but definite way.

I decided to use a Carl Jung title as an example here. And please don’t get me wrong: I love many of Jung’s ideas, and I feel that his work has had lasting importance. I’m a huge proponent of the benefits of looking at existence through a metaphysical lens, and Jung’s work is hugely influential throughout all of modern metaphysics. This was, after all, the man who gifted us with such worthy concepts as archetypes, synchronicity, individuation, the collective unconscious, the psychological “shadow,” the anima and animus…

But take a look at one of Jung’s well-known works, the last one to occupy him before his death in 1961. It’s called Man and His Symbols.

Man.

His symbols.

This is a highly misleading title. Symbols are undeniably a gigantic part of both our inner and outer worlds…but they’re hardly the sole province of the male. And men are hardly the sole component of humankind, or even the sole important component of it. Letting this convention persist in our culture is a backwards-looking move that feeds into the agendas of people who want to keep other people down, even if it seems to be doing that only in small and mostly innocuous ways. The problem is that repression is actually never small or innocuous…especially when you’re the one who’s being repressed…

So I’m suggesting that whenever possible, we try to repair our world by overturning this obsolete convention. I know we can’t retroactively change the title of Jung’s book (even if I did enjoy changing it for the accompanying image) or the million other such references already out there…but moving forward, we can do our best to not rack up any further usages of “man” and “mankind” when what we really mean to say is “humanity.” I guarantee that I’ll be doing my part in this, practicing what I preach.

This is how we shape the world, and how we can be the change we wish to see in it:

People

…and our symbols.

 

A Non-Standard Way of Linking Tarot and Astrology Symbols…

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I was shuffling my deck earlier today, when the three cards shown in the accompanying image all fell out together in the order shown, like three pals making a jailbreak.

One of the first things that might jump out at you from this little cluster is the fact that they’re all Major Arcana cards. This is a bit unusual, and whenever I get a disproportionately large percentage of Majors in a reading, it alerts me to the possibility that big things are afoot. That is, the situation being examined now could be generating significant effects for quite some time to come.

But something else also jumped out at me upon seeing these cards, and this may have only happened because I’ve been doing some concentrated Astrology work of late…

Now, the numbers generally attributed to the Majors aren’t included on those cards in this particular deck…but as you may know, the traditional number assignments for these three cards go like this:

The Magus is Card I (1).

The Hierophant is Card V (5).

The Hermit is Card IX (9).

So cards 1, 5, and 9 rained down from out of my deck. What immediately occurred to me is the fact that in Astrology, the symbols that correspond to the numbers 1, 5, and 9 are all linked to the Element of Fire. That is, the first, fifth, and ninth Signs in the Zodiac sequence (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, respectively) are the three Fire Signs…and the First, Fifth, and Ninth Houses are the three Fire Houses.

If you use the widely-embraced astrological Tarot correspondences devised by the mystical society known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, then you’re pairing The Magus with a Planet (Mercury) that’s most often associated with the Air Element, and you’re coupling The Hierophant and The Hermit with Zodiac Signs that represent the Earth Element (Taurus and Virgo, respectively). But I don’t know that we need to be unwaveringly yoked to the Golden Dawn’s work…

It could be that in a reading such as this one – even when using a deck that includes the Golden Dawn’s astrological attributions right on the faces of the cards! – we’ll still be doing ourselves a favor if we take a look at our own current standing with respect to Fire. In metaphysical thought, the Fire Element is all about the spark of life. It’s about passion, courage, impulse, adventure, and lust in its many forms. These three Major card characters may be asking us to consider whether our own Fire Element requires some stoking at this time so as to be blazing brighter, or if it instead should be taken down a notch or two from present levels.

If you’re completely happy with the Golden Dawn’s work, then this approach might not hold much appeal for you…but the synchronicity of cards 1, 5, and 9 falling out of the deck perfectly in that order is a bit more than I can just ignore! I’ll therefore be spending some time looking at transits moving through the Fire Signs and Fire Houses in my own birth-chart this evening. If you’re at all intrigued by this approach, you might consider doing the same thing with your own chart…