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Tuesday, 06 October 2020 19:34

Aries: Diamond

diamondsDiamond began to be appreciated long before our era, with the belief that it combines the power of four elements: fire, water, earth and air. In Europe, diamond began to be noticed in the 15th century, after which it became one of the most expensive and desired gems. There are different colors of diamonds: from white to brown.

It is believed that diamond has incredible energy that can completely change a person’s sense of self, making them more ambitious and confident. The main thing is to treat the gem with respect, otherwise it will have an overwhelming effect on the identity of its owner. It is believed that diamond is a symbol of innocence, which is able to cleanse a person’s thoughts from bad ideas. The gem is also attributed some healing properties: the water in which the stone may be placed for some time is used to provide a tonic effect on the body. Diamond also improves the emotional state of a person, calming the nervous system.

For Aries, the gem is important as an assistant in achieving goals, as this gemstone is able to develop determination and help to concentrate on tasks. For an active representative of the elements of fire, a red diamond is best suited. Pendants are especially recommended. Located close to the solar plexus and the heart chakra located in this area, the diamond will not allow the fire to die out in the heart of an Aries, and will not allow you to stop on the way to achieving the focused goal.

Gems for the Aries Man

The Aries man is decisive and purposeful, with his ambitions and desire to succeed. Men of this sign do not fear responsibility, their strength of character and energy can only be envied. In addition, Aries have flexible thinking, they can adapt to any situation. Their main weaknesses are obstinacy, unwarranted aggression and excessive emotionality. The following additional gems will help to cope with these character flaws and find harmony with a man Aries:

zirconZircon is a source of vigor that helps to produce energy “reboot”. Thanks to this stone, the Aries man will be able to forget about the problems associated with emotional instability. Zircon calms and helps to realize the highest goal of existence. Wearing a watch encrusted with this gemstone, Aries will be able to cope with outbreaks of aggression and will understand that there is something more important than material things that overwhelm the physical world.

amethystAmethyst is a traveler in the world of hidden talents. This gem will help to see the Aries man unrevealed abilities. The stone will teach to value the people around and take into account their opinion. He is able to overcome egocentrism and inability to listen to other people’s opinions. Amethyst expands the boundaries of thinking, making a person less principled, but more flexible and tactful. The keychain will be a great accessory for the Aries man. And if it is a gift from a beloved woman, then their relationship will be poised for success.

citrineCitrine is an “energy orderly”  and allows you to get rid of negative emotions, avoiding conflict situations. This gem activates intuition, taking it to a new level. Citrine is good for use in meditation practices. For an Aries man, he will become an assistant in accepting himself and realizing his own shortcomings. Thanks to him, a person will embark on the path of correction: get rid of mood swings and other problems that impede the building of healthy relationships with people.

Gems for the Aries Woman

Women of this zodiac sign are extremely charismatic. Usually they have many friends and a successful career, especially in the case of choosing a professional path associated with direct communication with clients. Representatives of Aries love to be in power and they like to realize that the situation is under control. They can hardly be called soft, because it is extremely important for them to defend their position and realize themselves as individuals.

sapphireSapphire is a gem that attracts love to its owner. Thanks to this mineral, the Aries woman will be able to find her happiness by finding a person equal to her in all respects. Sapphire will develop its insight, which is necessary in order to determine that “the very one” has appeared on the horizon. The stone is also attributed the ability to develop the spirituality of its owner, giving the woman wisdom. In addition, sapphire is a faithful assistant in recovering from painful failures, not allowing the occurrence of depression and the manifestation of symptoms of energy burnout. A pendant on a long chain will be a wonderful decoration with sapphire.

carnelianCarnelian is a source of vital energy that helps to cope with selfishness. It has a complex effect on the personality of the owner, making her more sensitive and mature for a serious relationship. Carnelian traditionally serves as a talisman, attracting new love or helping to maintain an existing connection, breathing new life into it. The mineral will protect the Aries woman from conflict situations, teach her to be more tolerant of other people’s shortcomings, and not a meticulous perfectionist. The gem helps to achieve financial well-being. A beautiful decoration with a carnelian will be a ring. It is better to wear it on your right hand to create an energy channel directed to the outside world, to get rid of all the flaws of character.

rockcrystalRock crystal is a magnet for good people and the right decisions. This gem will fill every day with meaning, making it unforgettable. Rock crystal has an amazing feature of attracting to one who chooses jewelry with her, love and harmony in relations with others. The Aries woman will forget about all mental problems and begin to live at full strength, not afraid that something might go wrong. In addition, rock crystal expands the boundaries of thinking, making one more open to new ideas and opinions, which contributes to a shift in the focus of attention from oneself to what is happening around. A rhinestone bracelet will be a wonderful decoration for a woman of this zodiac sign. It will protect her peace of mind every day and will not allow her to turn off the road leading to personal happiness.

moonstoneMoonstone is the key to alleviating the imperious nature of the Aries woman. This gem teaches her to be closer to nature. Thanks to its influence, you can become a calmer person who does not try to prove that she is better than others. Moonstone helps relieve nervous tension, makes the one good-natured and caring. Wearing jewelry with this gem, you can completely get rid of the habit of transferring a model that works at work to the family. If an Aries woman wears moonstone earrings, she will not only become a more pleasant person to communicate with, but will also establish relationships with loved ones.

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Tuesday, 06 October 2020 04:45

The Houses

housesAstrological houses describe a specific field of experience in your real life. They indicate how the you function, whether in your interactions with other people, your work, or your love affairs, etc. As with the 12 zodiacal signs, there are 12 astrological houses, and each house is in analogy with one of the signs. However, contrarily to signs, which spread invariably over 30 degrees of the zodiacal circle, house sizes may greatly vary from one house to the other. House calculations are based on your exact birth time.

House System

Emphasizing the type of house containing planets in a natal chart helps one to see the chart as a whole. One familiar way of defining the houses is to separate them into the classifications of angular, succedent, and cadent.

Angular houses (1, 4, 7, 10)

The angular houses (1, 4, 7, 10) are associated with a self-activating quality and have impact on the structure of one’s life. The keyword for this type is ACTION.

Succedent houses (2, 5, 8, 11)

The succedent houses (2, 5, 8, 11) are associated with individual desires and the areas of life we want to control and consolidate. The keyword for this type is SECURITY.

Cadent houses (3, 6, 9, 12)

The cadent houses (3, 6, 9, 12) are areas where there is input, exchange, and distribution of thoughts and observations. The keyword for these houses is LEARNING.

The progression of houses from angular through succedent and cadent and back to angular again symbolizes the flow of life experience: we act, we consolidate the results of our actions in order to gain security, we learn from what we have done and become aware of what remains to be done; and therefore, we act again. Thus, a person with a strong emphasis on one of these three types of houses by planetary placement invariably pours a lot of energy into and experiences many challenges related to action, security, or learning.

The houses can also be divided into groups of three, depending upon the element of the signs associated with that group of houses. Key phrases and guidelines for understanding these groups are as follows. (Psychic Trinity, "Trinity of Wealth," etc. are quite old terms, and are used here primarily as convenient labels.).

fireFire Houses (1, 5, 9)

These houses are associated with one’s attitude toward life and the experience of being alive. They represent an out pouring of energy into the world and aspirations that motivate us to do so. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives in his or her enthusiasms, ideals, and dreams for the future. Faith and confidence (or the marked lack of it) and the need to see an effect on the world at large through one’s initiatives dominate much of the person’s life activity.

The person experiences self most immediately through projecting dreams into the world and seeing them manifested as reality. Planets in the fire houses affect the individual’s ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFE ITSELF and the person’s entire sense of faith and confidence in self. The keyword that sums up the essential meaning of the fire houses is IDENTITY; for our sense of identity, our sense of being, determines our attitude toward life in general.

earthEarth Houses (2, 6, 10)

These houses are associated with the level of experience wherein we try to satisfy our basic needs in the practical world. Planets in these houses indicate energies that can most easily be put to use in dealing with the physical world, and that can be developed as expertise in management of resources. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives energetically in the physical world, building, doing, achieving, acquiring, and defining his or her purpose in life by the status and security achieved.

Those with a strong emphasis in the earth houses tend to want to settle into a niche in life, as they are searching for the place where they can be the most productive and most easily satisfy their practical needs. This person experiences self most immediately through work, through feeling useful, and through practical achievement. He or she wants to fulfill a calling or role in the great world outside. Planets in the earth houses affect the individual’s attitudes toward vocation, career ambitions, and the capacity to produce effective results. The keyword for these houses is MATERIAL, for the earth houses deal chiefly with concerns of the material world.

windAir Houses (3, 7, 11)

These houses are associated not only with social contacts and relationships of all types, but also with concepts. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives in the mind and in relationships. Concepts and the sharing of those concepts dominate much of the person’s life activity. The person experiences self most immediately through a sense of mutual understanding with others and through discovering and expressing the reality and importance of specific ideas or theories. Planets in the air houses affect the individual’s interests, associations, mode of verbal expression, and social life. The keywords for the air houses are SOCIAL and INTELLECTUAL.

waterWater Houses (4, 8, 12)

All of these houses deal with the past, with the conditioned responses that are now instinctual and operate through the emotions. Planets in these houses show what is happening on subconscious levels and indicate the process of gaming consciousness through the assimilation of the essence of the past, while simultaneously letting go of the useless memories and fears that hold us back. The person with an emphasis on these houses lives a great deal in the feelings and in his or her deeper yearnings. The emotional and soul needs dominate much of the person’s life activity and energy expenditure. Planets in the water houses affect the individual’s emotional predisposition, how he or she copes with fulfilling private needs and confronting obsessive feelings, and to what extent the person lives in a private way or in the inner life. The keywords for the water houses are EMOTIONAL and SOUL.

Houses Meaning

1st House (Ascendant) – The individual personality. Together with the Sun and Moon the ascendant is one of the most important single factors in a horoscope. The sign at the beginning of the first house tells us a lot about someone’s personality, temperament and constitution. It typifies our immediate, instinctive reaction and shows how we present ourselves to the world. The planet ruling the ascendant sign is of particular importance for the interpretation.

2nd House – Values and Possessions. The second house and its occupants tell us about the material circumstances, the acquisitive urge and how we deal with possessions and material means. This includes the relationship to our own body.

3rd House – Communication. The third house and any planets occupying it tell us of our siblings, the manner in which we communicate on an everyday level and the relationships which determine our daily life.

4th House – Roots and Origins. This house describes our origins, the parental home and the circumstances influencing childhood and youth. It describes how we relate to “family”, our attitude towards “hearth and home”. The father image and the relationship to the real father are also to be found here.

5th House – Pleasure and Creativity. Sexuality and eroticism are at home here, along with play in general and all types of creative expression. This house also describes how we relate to children, pleasure and simple fun.

6th House – Work and Routine. The sixth house describes the circumstances surrounding us in our daily lives, including the work environment and daily routine. This includes our behaviour towards subordinates. Bodily hygiene and care also belong here, as well as tendencies to certain acquired illnesses.

7th House – Relating. The descendant sign and planets occupying the seventh house tell us about how we select our partners and describes the partnerships and relationships we seek. Often we are involuntarily attracted to people whose horoscopes carry a strong emphasis of the sign in our seventh house.

8th House – Loss and Common Property. The eighth house shows how we relate to communal goods and how we deal with material loss. The taxes levied on us each year are a good example for this and show how closely related these areas are. Traditional astrology maintains that this house has an affinity to death and all things metaphysical. Death would then be the ultimate material loss. Amongst other things, the study of metaphysics can be a very differentiated way of dealing with this loss, which inevitably comes to us all.

9th House – Philosophies and Far Countries. The ninth house describes our spiritual leaning, life philosophy and our world view. In fact, these are often influenced by journeys to foreign countries. The attitudes cultivated and formed in this house can greatly influence matters of the 10th.

10th House (MC) – Occupation and Calling. This house is of particular importance, since it affects not only our choice of profession and our sense of calling - it also has a bearing on our general development, what we become. This continues throughout our lives. According to tradition, as well as more recent experience, this house describes the mother image and the relationship to the real mother.

11th House – Friends and Acquaintances. The eleventh house describes how we relate to friends, benefactors and teachers - people who wish us well or from whom we can learn. It also shows us in these roles. This house shows how we relate to the society in which we live.

12th House – Beyond the Personal. This house represents those spheres of life in which the individual no longer plays a part, where we step back for a greater whole or lose ourselves in one. Traditional astrology sees hospitals, prisons and psychiatric institutions in this house. It is also associated with monasteries and any other retreats.

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 16:06

Retrograde: The Complete Guide

Everything (and we mean it) about Planetary Retrograde!

Have you ever wondered what that one friend you’ve got is on about when they’re posting about Mercury is Retrograde? Now, that may seem like a great excuse, especially as it happens several times a year but, if that’s the only retrograde you know about - boy, you’re selling yourself short. In our heliocentric solar systems there are lots of things that according to astrology, can have a tremendous impact on your life beyond making your friends and loved ones roll their eyes on social media.

Technically speaking, from an astronomer’s standpoint, there are really only 7 planets that exhibit apparent retrogradation. Pluto is forever getting shafted here, but it, along with Kuiper Belt objects and asteroids also do this. There is also speculation of something we call The Hypothetical Far-Out Planet, which you may be saddened to know is not something Cheech and Chong discovered. I know, I was crushed, too. The point is, pick your poison. At any given time, the odds are pretty good there’s a planet or object or otherwise in retrograde.

But what is Retrograde? What is apparent retrograde? What’s it all mean, man?

Given many of our current political environments it seems perfectly appropriate to take you back prior to the Age of Reason. The short answer, which is just about the only thing scientific sites and fluffywoo sites have in common: retrograde motion is just an illusion of a planet moving backwards. There is, a bit of irony and perhaps some philosophical fun to be had in unpacking the fact that something like this would have such great impact. Times as they were, astronomy and astrology were like two sisters in the same family but no one had figured out one was a little weird, just yet. In fact, we owe most of the solid science and understandings of astronomy to ancient belief in astrology. Astrology has since started hoarding way too many cats and is burning incense to try to cover the smell.

Typically, planets move from west onward east through the starry sky. Many astronomers had noticed this and were a bit confused. It was Galileo who, at the time, mistaking Neptune for a fixed star, started noticing and drawing something weird he’d observed two years in a row. In 1612 and 1613 he had essentially discovered Neptune, but because he didn’t think it was a planet, he gets no credit.

In his defense, at the time, since about AD 150, astronomers had been working with what’s known as The Almagest. We can get into the linguistics there but essentially, “The Greatest.” The work was written and presumably worked out by Ptolemy. Also originally known as Mathematike Syntaxis, or The Mathematical Arrangement, this explained retrograde planets based on something called deferents and epicycles. It was actually a total of 13 books, based on an argument of a geocentric, spherical cosmos. It is pretty compelling stuff, but, as with most loudly-proclaiming to be the greatest, it was wrong. Not only was it wrong, it had been based on the work of Hipparchus to the point that some historians believe Ptolemy may have been one of history’s most successful frauds.

In a nutshell, it explained that a planet moves in a small circle, called the epicycle. At the center of said epicycle is moving in a much larger circle called the deferent. To visualize this: put a marble in the center of a hula hoop. The marble is Earth. Now, take one of those unmanageable Stevie Nicks style bangle bracelets on the hula hoop. The bangle is slowly making its way around the hula hoop, but, as it does, there’s another marble ON the bangle, which is rapidly moving around it: and this is the planet. This all made much more sense at the time, until about the Middle Ages when they found they had to just keep adding more and more epicycles. It kept getting more complicated trying to keep Earth as the center of the universe.

“Of all discoveries and opinions, none may have exerted a greater effect on the human spirit than the doctrine of Copernicus. The world has scarcely become known as round and complete in itself when it was asked to waive the tremendous privilege of being the center of the universe.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

So, enter Copernicus. Now, at the time, astronomers and other “learned men of science” were not really held in high regard by the biggest and most powerful entity at the time: The Catholic Church. Copernicus, on the other hand, actually was. It was another rising religious super power at the time who had a big problem with the idea that the Earth wasn’t the center of the universe: The Protestants. While that’s a very interesting sidenote to the point here, scientists are used to churches having issues with science. It's when other scientists start in that you tend to have problems, and he did. He essentially said “All these theories based on Aristotle’s work ages ago, they don’t really explain a unified universe. How about we stop with this “save the phenomena” and get some facts? What if, hear me out, The Sun is the center of the Universe?

No one’s exactly sure when he started promoting this theory. We believe it may have been sometime between 1512-1514. We do, however, know that in The Commentariolus, he essentially said something like this:

You know, those widespread theories of Ptolemy and almost all the other astronomers have good, consistent math, and that’s great. But, though they’re super complicated, I notice they don’t really conceive certain equalizing circles and that’s kind of necessary because if we’re explaining how planets move like that, it doesn’t make sense without those. I’m kind of wondering if maybe, since the rule of perfect motion requires it, would it not be a little more reasonable arrangement here that we could use to explain the irregularities even as things are moving uniformly?

Which is essentially what most scholars believe was his tactful way of saying “Ptolemy's equant is a fat load of crap, which probably means the rest of this is, too.” And essentially, this is when Copernicus went through and started fact checking everything in respect to other possible violations of uniform circular motion which, led him to posit the heliocentric theory. Much ado has been made about how the Hermetic and Neoplatonist philosophies may have factored, but the more likely answer here is that he carefully analyzed the existing planetary models and just deduced that they didn’t make any damn sense. Considering his heliocentric model was initially much more complicated than the Ptolemaic Word and Numbers Salad, theories it may have been for aesthetic reasons also fall a bit short. In any case, the geocentric model didn’t really explain why sometimes the planets go backwards, but the heliocentric model did.

Around the same time that Galileo was mistaking Neptune for a fixed star, you then had Kepler, fleshing out Copernicus's work to correctly define planetary orbits. Another interesting piece of history here is he was tasked by his teacher, who also held the belief that the Earth was the center of the universe, to do it. Eventually, you’d get into Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, but basically, all this work in addition to explaining quite a lot more. It explained why retrograde planetary motion is an illusion and this is because of the relative positioning of these planets, the Earth and how they orbit the Sun.

As Above, So Below

So though it is clearly quite possible as evidenced by hundreds of sites out there doing so, I don’t feel like it’s really possible to get into astrology without illustrating the history of astronomy. They are intrinsically linked for many highly debated reasons, but it is what it is. This holds particularly true for me in respect to these retrograde planets and their influence in astrology. Because just like astronomy evolved from the primordial goo of theology and other wild influences, you can, too.

Retrograde cycles and understanding them are a great way to outline how you do it.

Why is it we see so much more emphasis placed on Mercury Retrograde? Well, that one’s an easy answer: Mercury is a zippy little shit and it “goes retrograde” 3-4 times a year. It began picking up steam in about 2009 as the raison d’être for all things tech, communication, and scheduling FUBAR but really, the trend goes back to about 1980. This coincided with a couple of things in the timeline which may explain it. First, newspaper horoscopes began making a nice comeback in that time. Though Naylor had written the first newspaper horoscope in 1930, he sort of screwed the pooch when it came to predictions about WWII and their popularity waned for a while. What else was just starting to gain some traction in 1980? Home computers and the internet. Even by 2005, though, social media wasn’t really a popular thing, boasting something like 5% use in the US. Some of you whippersnappers will talk about Myspace: but do you remember Friendster? Maybe Six Degrees? Get off my lawn. That said, in 2009, Myspace, on the other hand was going like sparkly glitter vomit gangbusters, though Facebook, having just expanded its userbase had surpassed it in 2008.

Coincidence? Look, this is astrology so: I THINK NOT.

Given what Mercury rules, well, it’s kinda a given. Mercury rules communication, technology, intellect and awareness. Kind of a no brainer, then, his backwards moonwalk’s going to become popular on the internet for causing all sorts of problems.

And that’s actually how the rest of the planetary retrogrades work in a nutshell! Whatever that planet happens to rule is going to go backwards during their retrograde, save for one.

Whether you believe Pluto is a planet or not: when Pluto retrogrades, Pluto just gets even more Pluto. Little, weird, and hotly debated, this probably sounds like a great reprieve from all this retrograding, throwing wrenches into all kinds of gears. It is not. When you’ve got a planet that rules the subconscious, the transformative, an obsessive desire for control and power, but also to use the new age vernacular “growth,” the very last thing you want is for it to turn it up to 11 and, well, that’s exactly what it does.

Throw in that each one of these cycles interacts with the unique cosmology of your own birth chart, as well as that in a general overall sense, my god, man, you are at the whim and will of planets at all times! Could make for a really effective, albeit shaky, alibi that doesn’t hold up in court. You could stop posting ridiculous meme after meme about how all of this makes you a giant asshole.

There really isn’t a planet, retrograde or otherwise that you can use to explain that decision you just made. For that, you’re on your own. We’re just here to help you navigate the myriad of influences you’ve got on you all day every day.

Gods’ speed, you cosmic chuckleheads. Buckle up, even Saint Sagan can’t help you now.

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