Astrology is a useful tool for self-understanding and understanding of others—the best I’ve ever found. Studying astrology led me to unique understandings of the universe and our human place in it, an understanding both startling and enlightening. It renders our enormous universe meaningful and alive, even for us tiny specks at the edge of it.

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This blog is my opportunity to tell you everything I can think of and everything I experience about living well and how astrology can be used to do that. I’ve been blogging about astrology since April of 2007.

(These instructions will allow you to find some of the more obscure data,
like your Ascendant degree or positions of Ceres, Pallas Athene,
Juno, Vesta or Chiron, as well as the basic 10 planets.)

Before you begin:
Your astrology chart is the go-to map of your life. Your Whole. Entire. Life. It’s worth digging up your accurate birth time for this, because some things in the sky move quickly and can cause a difference in your chart (and therefore your personality) in as short a time as 10 minutes.  The time listed on your birth certificate is usually better than what a relative remembers. Find a written source with a down-to-the-minute-accurate birth time in it. You’ll be glad you did.

No birth time?
If you have no birth time, list noon as the time. Many things about the resulting chart will not be accurate, including your Ascendant (aka Rising sign) and the house placements of all the planets. Your Moon sign may also be off, if you were born on a day when the Moon changed signs.

How to cast your chart on Astro.com:
Use this link to get to the birth data entry window at astro.com: http://bit.ly/makechart

When you get to the part where you enter your birthplace, the box will show you your Sun, Moon and Ascendant signs right away, before you even hit “continue.”

Hit “continue.” This brings you to your chart and also a triangular graph showing aspects in your chart (it’s called an “aspectarian”). Now you have the basic 10 planets, but you don’t have the asteroids.

2 Astro dot com sample chart window

To get the asteroids, next you’ll need to go to the Extended Chart Selection page. You don’t need to change much here. Just mark things under “Additional objects” as shown in the image below and hit “click here to show the chart.”

Now the chart you get has more objects inside it.

And NOW, when you use the button at the top left of this page, “Additional tables,” you will find that the asteroids appear in it (see image below).

This person has the Sun at 26º of Aquarius (circled in purple), Juno at 15º of Taurus (circled in blue) and 11º of Gemini Rising/Ascending (circled in red). The funny-looking symbol circled in pink is Capricorn.

You may be wondering about the sign and planet symbols. The symbols can differ from one font to another (as if astrology wasn’t confusing enough already!). Here are two keys to help you:

zodiac symbols A zodiac symbols B

What can you do with this information?
On my blog, there are a lot of things you can do. Here are just a few of the options:
What does your Sun sign mean about your creativity?
What does your Moon sign mean?
What does your Venus sign mean?
What does your Juno sign mean?
What does your Mars house position mean?
What does your Mercury sign mean about your learning style?
How does your Jupiter sign bring you joy?

Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Cancer in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need July’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Cancer that astrology has to offer. To find out more, get this teleclass call recording: The Great Work of Cancer.

In it, you’ll discover:

  • What’s behind Saturn in Cancer’s greatest fear—and crowning achievement
  • More about apt career directions for you if you have Saturn in Cancer
  • Cancer’s Mission Orders—and how fulfilling on them can bring success and satisfaction

The Great Work of Cancer is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP3 download. May it speed your success!

You have Saturn in Cancer if you were born in these dates:

  • 6/20/1944 to 8/2/1946
  • 8/1/1973 to 1/7/1974
  • 4/18/1974 to 9/16/1975
  • 1/14/1976 to 6/5/1976
  • 6/3/2003 to 7/16/2005

If you don’t have Saturn in Cancer, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by purchasing the teleclass for it.

Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Gemini in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need June’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Gemini that astrology has to offer. To find out more, get this teleclass call recording: The Great Work of Gemini.

In it, you’ll discover:

  • What’s behind Saturn in Gemini’s greatest fear—and crowning achievement
  • More about apt career directions for you if you have Saturn in Gemini
  • Gemini’s Mission Orders—and how fulfilling on them can bring success and satisfaction

The Great Work of Gemini is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP3 download. May it speed your success!

You have Saturn in Gemini if you were born in these dates:

  • 5/8/1942 to 6/20/1944
  • 6/18/1971 to 1/9/1972
  • 2/21/1972 to 8/1/1973
  • 1/7/1974 to 4/18/1974
  • 8/9/2000 to 10/15/2000
  • 4/20/2001 to 6/3/2003

If you don’t have Saturn in Gemini, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

Sign Up For Free Saturn Teleclasses

Astronomers agree that Ceres is the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt, and that the belt falls in the zone predicted by Bode’s Law. Ceres’ size and regular shape and other factors cause some astronomers to designate it a “dwarf planet” along with Pluto and other bodies in our solar system. (You can read more about the great debate over Ceres’ designation here) Ceres’ planet-like size suggests perhaps astrologers should take it seriously (no pun intended) as a possible ruler of a zodiac sign. Ceres certainly was one of the movers and shakers in Greco-Roman mythology.

After working with the 4 major asteroids for more than two decades in my astrology practice, I’ve concluded that Ceres makes a great ruler of Taurus and that using Ceres as a ruler of Taurus illuminates both the sign and the asteroid. (Or planet, whichever you prefer.)

Ceres’ themes and their mythological roots
Ceres (Demeter in Greek mythology) rules the things that connect us to the physical world: our physical bodies, the food we put into them and the money we use to sustain them. These are all parallel themes, branches from the same tree-trunk, which is rooted in our ability to feel that we belong here in the material world. Ceres is the archetype we call “Mother Nature,” through her mythological connection with the rhythm of the seasons. Her mythology also connects her to mothering, as her primary relationship was with her daughter, Proserpina (Persephone to the Greeks), who was kidnapped by Pluto, Lord of the Underworld and made to be his queen and while Proserpina was missing, Ceres’ need to go on mothering was so strong that she fostered an infant prince. There’s a whole other dimension of Ceres there, which I’ll have to put into another article. For now, I’ll just say that Ceres the goddess is mother-identified and we know her as Mother Nature and the Earth Mother.

When adding the asteroids to my astrological toolkit, I have found that they usually end up taking turf that used to belong to other archetypes, resulting in limitation and clarification of those archetypes’ themes. And so, in using Ceres to rule an aspect of mothering, it’s reasonable to ask, what does she do that the Moon doesn’t? I have come to see Ceres as ruler of all physical aspects of mothering, while the Moon rules all emotional aspects of mothering. Clearly there is some overlap between their themes, as the Moon continues to rule the breasts, and breastfeeding, but the Moon has to share rulership of all aspects of feeding and physical care with Ceres. My sessions with clients have been the proving-ground of this interpretation and my clients have responded strongly to interpretations of Ceres as another aspect of mother and mothering.

Ceres governs these areas of life:
Food: growing it, cooking it, eating it, appreciating it, nutrition from it, farming, gardening, animal husbandry
Body/touch: massage, yoga, hedonism, sensuality, sensate awareness
Money: earning, acquiring, saving, spending, wealth-building, “havingness” prosperity vs. scarcity consciousness, ownership
Mother: all things perinatal, especially pertaining to pregnancy, breastfeeding and physical care of infants and small children. Also fostering and adoption.
Animals: particularly pets, our own “animal bodies” and the kinesthetic wisdom and cell memory our bodies contain

What about Exaltation, Fall and Detriment for Ceres?
When you want to see what a new planet rules, you have to look at the table of rulerships and see what’s missing. You also have to understand how the table of rulerships works. One basic principle of it is that rulerships happen in polarities. A planet which is at home in a given sign will also be at detriment in the sign opposite to the one it rules. A planet’s sign of exaltation will similarly be opposite to its sign of fall.

Rulerships of the modern planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are well-established at this point, even though Pluto is still a relative newcomer (having been discovered in 1930). Uranus clearly rules Aquarius, taking it from Saturn, traditional ruler of Aquarius, while Neptune takes Pisces from Jupiter and Pluto takes Scorpio from Mars. Two planets remain with dual rulerships: Mercury, ruling Virgo and Gemini, and Venus, ruling Taurus and Libra. This suggests there may be more planetary bodies yet to be discovered. For myself, I’m happy with the rulership of Ceres over Taurus and am content to wait my whole lifetime for an additional planet to rule Virgo, because Mercury is so dual in its nature that it might well rule two signs.

Modern astrologers are still in process of coming to agreement about exaltations and falls for the modern planets, and even some of the original/traditional ones. It’s a messy, impassioned debate and I’ll only minimally add my voice to it here. I’m taking Pluto as exalted in Virgo, Uranus as exalted in Scorpio, Neptune as exalted in Leo. I’m also taking Mercury as dually ruling Gemini and Virgo, and being exalted in Aquarius. I have very good reasons for all of these, but this article isn’t the place for sharing them or for getting on a soapbox about them (which astrologers will readily do). Suffice it to say that the signs left in need of planets to be exalted in them include Gemini and Sagittarius. I don’t follow some other astrologers in seeing the north and south nodes of the moon as being exalted in these signs, because the nodes are not physical bodies, but intangible points along the orbit of another body (the Moon).

But of Gemini and Sagittarius, which for Ceres? It’s an important question because these two are a polarity and whichever sign is chosen will yield the other as the sign of detriment. I’ve worked on this problem in my practice for 20 years and I’ve come to a conclusion. But first. . .

. . . What do rulerships mean?
The sign a planet rules is the sign where it is at home. In its home sign, a planet is comfortable and has the fullest scope for its expression.
A planet’s sign of detriment is always opposite to its sign of rulership and is the place where the planet is the most uncomfortable. This sign gives the planet the narrowest scope for expression.
A planet’s sign of exaltation brings the planet’s finer qualities out into sharp relief the most effortlessly. It’s possible for this to be taken too far and to become excessive (too much of a good thing), but by-and-large it’s a nice placement for the native.
A planet’s sign of fall brings the planet’s worst qualities out into sharp relief and is the hardest place to express the planet well. Difficult for the native, but not impossible and sometimes yielding hard but useful life-lessons.

Ceres as ruler of Taurus
Ceres is very comfortable in Taurus and Taurus gives Ceres a lot of scope. In this Fixed, Earthy sign, Ceres can fully express her sensual, sensory nature. A well-expressed Ceres leads to the experience of living in the lap of a warm and loving Mother Nature. Ceres in Taurus yields a broad range of experiences from abundance to scarcity (summer to winter, harvest to lean) and assists the native who has this placement to develop what I call “havingness,” which is your capacity to receive, accept, have and make your own. A person with high havingness is able to receive the abundance of the universe; a person with low havingness cannot hold onto wealth, even when it is freely given to them. Ceres enjoys wealth-building, in a slow way that allows you to fully “own” and “have” what you accumulate. Ceres at her best can be described as a feeling of endless summer, when the fruit drops from the trees right into your hand, ripe, luscious and ready for consumption.

Watch for more to come in this thread, including Ceres in its signs of detriment, exaltation and fall.

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Darth Vader iconical SW imageIn April of 2016, Mars turns retrograde in 8º Sagittarius, travels backwards into Scorpio, turns direct again and finishes its journey by returning to 8º Sagittarius by the end of August. There isn’t a better representation of Sagittarian and Scorpio themes than the loss of innocence and the encounter with evil—and there isn’t a better telling of this story than Star Wars.

Mars is the archetypal hero of the zodiac. When Mars turns retrograde, the Hero in all of us goes on a symbolic journey to discover what it really means to be a hero and how to take heroic action in our lives. The sign or signs Mars travels through will tell us much about the nature of the journey while any planets Mars encounters along the way will bring experiences or characters that shape the hero’s development.

Here’s the chart of the moment when Mars turns retrograde. In it, we’ll find inspiration and insight, along with clues about how to navigate this Mars retrograde period. In the blogpost thread to come, I’ll interpret these clues using a very famous story to answer a question all heroes must face, if they are to remain heroes and not “turn to the Dark side.”

1 Mars turns retrogradeIn this chart, Mars is conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius and is squared by Neptune, Jupiter and the Moon. We know that Mars will retrograde back into Scorpio. Sagittarius represents hope, adventure and a quest—and so the story begins with a youthful innocent. But evil threatens to consume the innocent hero, and thus Mars travels back into Scorpio and the encounter with evil shapes him.

Luke Skywalker watching the sunsetOur story begins with a boy, not yet a man emotionally, although he is an adult physically. His name is Skywalker–a very Sagittarian name. He longs for adventure and watches the double sunset wondering what’s out there for him. A pair of droids enters his life bringing vital information that must be delivered somewhere. Luke will have to go on a journey, but at first he resists, because he has a life here on Tatooine.

Through the droids, Luke meets Obi-Wan Kenobi and discovers Kenobi knew his dead father. The father theme is brought in by Saturn’s presence conjunct Mars and so Luke finds in Kenobi a surrogate father and a mentor. Neptune square Mars suggests the mystery surrounding his father’s death and Jupiter square Mars suggests the unexpected journey. The Moon square Mars is an apt symbol of the scene that struck me hard when I first saw it—the corpses of Luke’s aunt and uncle burning after Imperial stormtroopers came looking for Kenobi. They are the only family Luke has ever known and now there is no longer a reason for him to remain on Tatooine. He is propelled on a journey to discover more about his father and deliver the message to the rebellion. He is also struck by the beauty of the princess for whom the message must be delivered. And so begins the saga, during which he will face his darkest enemy, discover the truth about his father, and become a man.

The question Star Wars asks is one fundamental to human nature and I’ll ask it in 3 different ways:
“How do you defeat evil without becoming evil?”
“How do you incorporate the possibility of evil into your worldview without becoming consumed by it?”
“How do you encounter evil without having it shape you into something darker, whether by embracing it or rejecting it?”

In many stories of the encounter with evil, the villain seems to have distinct advantages that stem from his rejection of love and ethics. This liberates him to fight strongly for his own selfish purposes. To fight a strong enemy, the hero must also be strong. But is it justifiable for him to sink to the villain’s level? The hero cannot afford this—he must maintain his ethics and his heart and his connection to those he is protecting or saving—or else he himself becomes evil and then evil has won.

How does the hero fight strongly and resist the call of darkness and its implied liberation and power? Luke Skywalker’s story contains answers to all these questions and more.

Over the course of the next few months, I’ll post articles showing milestones in this year’s Mars Retrograde journey and relating them to plot threads in the Star Wars saga. (beware please that there will be many, MANY spoilers in this post-series. If you haven’t gotten current with the world of Star Wars you may want to before reading this thread. You’ve been warned.)

You can find out more about Mars retrograde here.

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Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Taurus in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need May’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Taurus that astrology has to offer. To find out more, get this teleclass call recording: The Great Work of Taurus.

In it, you’ll discover:

  • What’s behind Saturn in Taurus’ greatest fear—and crowning achievement
  • More about apt career directions for you if you have Saturn in Taurus
  • Taurus’ Mission Orders—and how fulfilling on them can bring success and satisfaction

The Great Work of Taurus is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP3 download. May it speed your success!

You have Saturn in Taurus if you were born in these dates:

  • 7/5/1939 to 9/21/1939
  • 3/20/1940 to 5/8/1942
  • 4/29/1969 to 6/18/1971
  • 1/9/1972 to 2/21/1972
  • 6/8/1998 to 10/25/1998
  • 2/28/1999 to 8/9/2000
  • 10/15/2000 to 4/20/2001

If you don’t have Saturn in Taurus, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

Sign Up For Free Saturn Teleclasses

Aries, this post is all about you, which must mean that I have your full attention! Your sign is the hard-headed ram (born between March 22 and April 20) and like a ram, you literally plunge head-first into life. You’re a natural leader, and the world needs people like you because it is full of followers. But when are you being a pioneering maverick or just an obnoxious blowhard?

Aries, when you’re at your best. . .
…you are being honest, direct and forthright. Nobody has to be a mind-reader around you, because you say what you are thinking with little hesitation. And people like your friendly and transparent nature since ‘what you see is what you get.’ There is a beautiful simplicity to you, and you can get a lot accomplished in your life solely because you know exactly what you want. The sun is exalted in Aries, which means that your ego’s desires translate directly into action. You are also great at pursuing things in all aspects of your life—relationships, jobs, money—so you quite often end up getting the things you need.

…and at you’re worst…
There is another side to your go-getter nature which can actually alienate others. You are the solipsist of the zodiac, so you have a hard time seeing how your actions affect others, or that there are other dimensions to reality beyond yours. You can seriously lack self-objectivity, and lose perspective on your own behavior. Know how irritating a screaming, self-centered infant can be? Well that may be an accurate metaphor for how others view you at times. You can be hasty, rushed, and while you are good at starting things, completing projects is more of a challenge. Your ‘honesty’ (which you value so much) can really just come off as abrasive, blunt and unnecessarily provocative. Your irascible nature means that you can also fly off the handle easily, while others are left spinning in your wake. 

Handling your Aries nature
In order to accomplish things at a pace which keeps you interested, try the method of ‘fail fast, fail often’ where you allow yourself to jump right into a project and fail (without penalty) as many times as it is necessary to successfully complete it. If you spend all of your time dwelling on one aspect of a project, you’ll get bored, and boredom is anathema to you. Also, try to dial down your behavior around others who are slower or have lower energy than you—otherwise you will end up bulldozing them. And lastly, have an apology ready at hand. You will inevitably step on people’s toes so be prepared to apologize quickly and gracefully. That can smooth things over and get you back on the fast track, where you belong.

Clueing others in about you….
Tell others that you appreciate it when they shoot from the hip—let them know that you need strong feedback in order to curb your behavior. Skywriting their words from a plane should do it. Also let others know that every once in while, your Aries bubble may pop and you will feel deflated. Don’t let them ever assume it’s their fault, since you, Aries, will re-inflate your own bubble in no time. And in a similar vein, let others know that if you get angry (which you will), they shouldn’t feel responsible for it nor should they take it personally. Your emotions are like a monsoon season—the skies will be bright and sunny until a torrential downpour strikes. Ten minutes later, the sun will come back again. Let others know that they can run for cover, but that you won’t hold a grudge and will quickly let go of whatever set you off. You’ll always do best with companions who also don’t hold a grudge and who are able to let go of any of your stupid mistakes right away, as being reminded over and over again of what you did wrong brings you unnecessary pain. Then you can get back to barreling through life in your usual way!

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March’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, with Shadow Agents Mars and Mercury in attendance. Mercury aligns with the Sun in Aries, demanding logic and swift thought. Mars cheers from the sidelines in support. But the Moon in Libra wants balance instead of impulsivity. And all the while, the thoughts are flying thick and fast. What to do? Make a mental net to capture all the ideas that may come along this swift, intuitive stream. Do you have a good idea-capturing system? Now might be the time to begin.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 23, 2016
Time of eclipse: 5:01 AM Pacific Time
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in: North America, northwest part of South America, Australia, eastern Russia, China, Japan, Mongolia, India.
At: 3º Libra
Nodal Orientation: the eclipsed Moon conjunct North Node creates an Initiating (not Releasing) nodal orientation
Shadow Agents:  Mars in Sagittarius, Mercury in Aries

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 18 to 28
June 19 to 29
September 21 to October 1
December 19 to 29

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).

This lunar eclipse falls at the North Node, making this an initiating eclipse, one which is capable of sparking events that can lead to a new beginning. Be courageous and try new things under this eclipse. You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You are resting at home, when the doorbell rings. Not expecting any company, you walk to the door and curiously open it a crack. The Sun in Aries, and his small, feisty pal Mercury in Aries, come bursting through the door. “We REFUSE to compromise!” they both scream in unison. Before you have a chance to open to your mouth and ask questions, both planets begin ranting. You suddenly realize that once you’ve let unbridled, Aries energy into your house, there is no way to simply ask it to leave…

“I just moved in with my girlfriend, the Moon in Libra,” whines the blowhard Sun in Aries. “And now, my life has been totally hijacked by this relationship! When I was living on my own, I could do whatever I want! If I didn’t feel like washing the dishes, guess what? They wouldn’t get washed ‘till I felt like it! Also, I could come and go every time I pleased, without ever having to check in with anybody!” The Sun was puffed up with anger. His face became redder and redder as he continued his petulant tirade.

“Ever since my girlfriend moved in, everything I do becomes a long discussion. If I want to decorate, I have to clear it with her first. If I want to invite my buddies over, I have to ask her if it works for her too. I’m sick of this! I want to be a bachelor again!”

The Sun and Mercury storm into your living room and plop down on your couch. They put their feet up on your coffee table. You hesitantly offer some advice, “Well relationships can be tough, because they require lots of communication…” but then you get interrupted by brash Mercury in Aries.

“Who is better at communicating than me?” he exclaims as he clearly hasn’t heard anything you have just said. All of a sudden, a text pings on your phone. It’s from the Moon in Libra: “Excuse me, but would it be all right if I stopped by? I’m having problems with my boyfriend, the Sun, and I’m at my wit’s end about what to do with him. I would appreciate some advice about it.”

As the Sun and Mercury whine on about how lame it is to have to talk about everything, they don’t even notice you texting the Moon back. You write: “Of course you are welcome to come over. But the Sun has already beat you here!”

Half an hour passes, and the Sun and Mercury have not stopped talking about how much the Sun is ready to move out from his home with the Moon. In fact, neither of them has even asked you one question about how you are doing. You’ve already begun to sense where the root of the problem in communication may lie…

The doorbell rings and you get up to answer it. As you expected, the Moon in Libra is at the door. She is standing there politely, and has even brought over some flowers in a gesture of consideration. Behind her is Mars in Sagittarius, one of the Sun’s best friends. As they enter the living room, the Sun and Mercury jump up from the couch. “Hey, Mars buddy!” the Sun exclaims. “Did my girlfriend drag you over here? Oh, hey babe….” the Sun says as he glances over at Moon.

Mars in Sagittarius has often played the mediator between the couple, diffusing tensions and suggesting actions that can help things move forward when they’re stuck. The Aries Sun loves his bluntness, and the Libra Moon enjoys his travel stories. They’re both happy to see him, sensing an end to the tension between them.

“Guys, it’s time you two sit down and discuss you problems,” Mars says, as the Sun rolls his eyes. “Discuss?! That’s all we ever do! I guess I have no patience for living with someone else. I’m not much of a compromiser.”

“Oh, shut up and grow up, Sun!” replies Mars in his typical shoot-from-the-hip style. “You’ve been hanging around with that Peter Pan Mercury in Aries too much. He may never want to grow up, but you’d better, if you expect to have the lovely and talented Moon in Libra in your life.” It’s just the kind of directness that the Sun in Aries needs to make him actually listen. “I could never have said that to him,” whispers the Moon in your ear.

“There’s no reason to be afraid of having your independence taken,” says Mars. “The Moon is in an Air sign. She’s perfectly capable of giving you space when you need it. But now that you and she are living together, naturally she expects you to tell her about things ahead of time, because they affect her too.”

For the first time you can ever remember, the Sun is at a loss for words. Even Mercury in Aries can’t argue with that kind of logic.

Mars in Sagittarius continues, “Sun in Aries, you don’t want to be single. You’ve been on your own for most of your life. This is merely a new experience—and there’s no one better than you at trying new things. Maybe underneath all of your complaints, you are just really afraid of something…maybe it’s becoming more mature, maybe it’s losing your independence…but those fears are all ungrounded. You see, Libra Moon isn’t your adversary, she’s your teammate. And with her, your life is so much better. You live in a beautiful home with someone who cares about what you’re up to. What could be better than that?”

The Moon in Libra relaxes noticeably because Mars has cut straight to the point. And the Sun relaxes too. “Thanks, my brother,” he says. “I needed that.” Mercury looks on in amazement that Mars has stated both positions and brought the two into alignment by being soft on the Moon and tough on the Sun. It looks like magic to him. He sidles up to Mars, whispering, “Can you teach me how you did that?” Mars signs him up for a teleseminar on the spot.

The Sun in Aries and Moon in Libra look adoringly into each other’s eyes, then link arms and happily stroll out of your home towards their own, trailing a cloud of little pink hearts.

Read about 2016’s eclipses here.

If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above
contact Jamie for a reading.

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March’s New Moon in Pisces is also an eclipse and oh boy is this a complex one! Shadow Agents in attendance include Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Chiron, Ceres and Juno. The mood is one of new beginnings that emerge from muddy origins. The healing themes present in the Jupiter/Chiron opposition are also a part of this eclipse. Imagine yourself pulled in two directions, toward both chaos and order. Now imagine that there are many more factors to consider than you can even cope with. The result: total overwhelm. The solution? Slow down, relax, find your center and re-approach when you are ready.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 8, 2016
Time of eclipse: 5:54 PM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: eastern Asia, southern China, Indonesia, northern Australia, Korea, Japan, eastern tip of Russia and western Alaska.
At: 18º Pisces
Nodal Orientation: the eclipsed Sun conjunct South Node creates a Releasing (not Initiating) nodal orientation
Shadow Agents:  Jupiter in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Sagittarius, Juno in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces, Ceres in Pisces

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 3 to 13
June 3 to 13
September 5 to 15
December 5 to 15

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  This solar eclipse falls at the South Node, making this a releasing eclipse, one which is designed to force you to let go of old things you may be attached to, but don’t really need anymore.  Let go of attachment and this eclipse will go more smoothly.  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. There stands a veritable crowd of planetary archetypes, pushing and shoving to get in your door.
You: Oh no, you don’t! There are too many of you. Please go away.
You shut the door. Through the door-window you see the Moon cast an arc of sparkly energy in the air. The door dissolves.
Moon: When I’m in Pisces, I specialize in dissolving things. Especially boundaries.
The Moon enters the living room and stands there for a moment silently, with her eyes closed. You notice that a light mist, or possibly a smoke arises from her feet and her hands and fills the room with a foggy glow.
Moon: Ok, everybody, come on in.
You: I didn’t ask for this!
One by one, the planets troop across your threshold: Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Juno, Chiron and Ceres. They are followed by the Sun, who is quite dark and weak, and who fumbles for a chair. The Moon stands over him, making more sparkles in the air.
Sun: I keep trying to establish my center, but I’m so confused.
Jupiter: You remind me of Superman with kryptonite.
Sun: Yes, it feels like that. I feel so weak and unclear.
Jupiter: Hey everybody, what can we do to help the Sun get his center back?Saturn: You would ask that. You’re at the North Node. You want the Sun to take the high road. But how can he do that, when he’s at the South Node? I’m critical of your method.
Juno: Maybe I can help. The Moon is eclipsing the Sun in the House of Partnership. I am an archetype of Partnership too. Perhaps the answer lies in balance, mirroring and consulting with others.
Saturn: (warningly) It’s possible to do that too much!
Pluto: I have a helpful thought to offer too. Vulnerability and a willingness to share one’s innermost thoughts can bring the Sun all the way through the fog and out the other side. Because, as I like to say, the only way out is through.
Chiron: I agree. Healing is what’s needed, and that takes time and openness. You have to go deeper before you can get through the fog and come out the other side.
Ceres: I think it’s time to check in with bodily wisdom. Sometimes your body knows things you are unaware of. (to the Sun) What is your body telling you now?
The Sun just moans in confusion, thrashing about a little.
Jupiter: All those things are true, but if being near the North Node in Virgo has taught me anything, it’s this: Languishing in a state of confusion and mud can only take you backwards. Onwards, then, into boundaries, common sense and clarity!
Chiron: But don’t leave compassion behind.
Jupiter: True enough. But compassion is no excuse for boundarilessness.
Sun: You’re all speaking in abstracts. I’m more confused than ever.
Moon: Let’s go watch a sad movie together.
Sun: That actually sounds like a good idea. A really sad movie, that will make me cry.
Moon: Then maybe you’ll know what you feel.
Sun: And maybe then I’ll find my center again.
The Moon turns on Netflix and finds some choices. Ceres makes the popcorn, and the Pisces bunch (Sun, Moon, Ceres, Chiron) settle on the sofa to watch. Pluto and Juno join them.
Saturn: Ridiculous!
Jupiter: Idiotic!
Jupiter and Saturn sit in separate corners, reading their phones.
The movie-viewers happily snuggle together and start the movie. Soon tears are streaming down all their faces. After an hour and a half, and a whole box of tissues, they are all hugging.
Moon: That was so sad!
Sun: But also life-affirming—
Ceres: I really felt it in my heart and gut—
Pluto: I let myself be vulnerable to it—
Juno: I was able to feel the main character’s pain—
Chiron: And the pain mixed with my own pain—
Moon: And then when I cried, it all was released together!
Jupiter and Saturn shrug at each other as the still tearful but now happy group gets up and leaves the house in a bunch, punctuated by the occasional hug, back-slap or handing over of another tissue. Saturn and Jupiter follow them.
Jupiter: There’s no accounting for tastes!
Saturn: None at all.

Read about 2016’s eclipses here.

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Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Aries in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need April’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Aries that astrology has to offer. To find out more, get this teleclass call recording: The Great Work of Aries.

In it, you’ll discover:

  • What’s behind Saturn in Aries’ greatest fear—and crowning achievement
  • More about apt career directions for you if you have Saturn in Aries
  • Aries’ Mission Orders—and how fulfilling on them can bring success and satisfaction

The Great Work of Aries is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97.
To get the recording, use this webform (the same one used for signing up for the teleclasses as they happen) for a fast and easy MP3 download. May it speed your success!

You have Saturn in Aries if you were born in these dates:

  • 4/25/1937 to 10/17/1937
  • 1/14/1938 to 7/5/1939
  • 9/21/1939 to 3/20/1940
  • 3/3/1967 to 4/29/1969
  • 4/7/1996 to 6/8/1998
  • 10/25/1998 to 2/28/1999

If you don’t have Saturn in Aries, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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The symbol for Pisces is two fish, swimming in opposite directions, an apt metaphor for the ambivalence that characterizes those born under this sign (between February 21 and March 22). Pisceans are the most ethereal and otherworldly people in the Zodiac, dreaming more about what could be than living in what actually is. Visionary and prone to flights of fancy, Pisces folks add a compassionate and artistic dimension to our world. But when are you, Pisces, being an inspired dreamer, or just a cosmic escape artist?

Pisces, at your best. . .
. . . you are endlessly compassionate to every living being in the world. You are capable of a deep, egoless transcendence and tend to look for and value a spiritual connection with other people instead of a solely materialistic one. You don’t get caught up in all of the earth-bound issues that ensnare most people’s focus: money, status, looking cool, etc. Your values are more transcendental than material. This is because you can easily become anyone, and you can fit with any type of partner or become anyone’s friend. It is because of this chameleon nature that you feel so connected to everyone in the universe, because you can see a part of yourself in everyone you meet.

…and at you’re worst…
Feeling like you’re the next Mother Teresa? Well, a transcendental nature can run both ways. In fact, it can backfire into sheer escapism–yup, that vibrant inner fantasy life of yours can manifest into less desirable behaviors such as binge-watching Netflix and finishing another bottle of wine. You can wrap yourself up in a really cushy comfort zone, but it often results in you being unfocused, wishy-washy, and go-with-the-flow even when the flow ain’t going anywhere! Sometimes, it’s hard for you to be the driver in your own life, and you view everything fatalistically and superstitiously. You can be melodramatic and self-sacrificing to a fault, playing the martyr instead of accepting the consequences of your actions and taking initiative. Because you morph so easily, you sometimes forget to ask for what YOU want, leading to unsustainable relationships loaded with drama.

Handling your Pisces nature
Take measures to fully occupy your life by taking it in YOUR own hands. Don’t play the victim by lamenting about how everything bad magically happens to you. Don’t just stagnate in the cushy comfort zone you can conjure for yourself—actively harness your imaginative powers, shaping your visions into realities you can live, instead of just dream about. Get lots of REM sleep, solitude away from others’ demands, and unstructured time where you don’t need to accomplish anything in particular—or watch your escapist tendencies permeate into more serious parts of your life, causing things to fall apart. Use your feeling of connectedness to all living beings to do volunteer or charity work. This will make it possible for you to devote your spiritual nature to giving to those who can give back, instead of sinking it into family and friends who are losers and who just drain you.

Clueing others in about you….
…by telling them that you need solitude—a quiet, peaceful place where you can escape from life’s demands. Insist on taking time for yourself, because your kindness is a valuable resource that should not be depleted. Learn from every experience where your boundaries have been crossed or you’ve been taken advantage of. Set healthy boundaries and let other know what they are. Hold to them in a loving way. Build a spiritual practice into your life—you’ll be amazed by how it sustains you. And let all your friends know that, while you may seem like a follower, a shapeshifter, a morpher, that you do infact lead—but not in material ways. Your leadership is in the spiritual, the eternal realms, which is where you really live. When plugged into the divine and into a moral sense that sustains you, you are a guiding light for everyone around you.

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benfranklin2Have you ever wondered why Aquarius is called the Water-Bearer, when it’s an Air sign? Air is the right element for Aquarius because this sign is unemotional and concerned with things intellectual and abstract, whereas the three Water signs are emotional and warm-hearted in their nature. But if Aquarius is an Air sign, why does its name have “aqua” in it, which comes from a Latin root meaning water?

Uranus, planetary ruler of Aquarius
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, a consummately Airy planet. Uranus rules electricity, lightning, computers, electronic media, technology, the internet, networking, social media and everything virtual. It is associated with innovation, invention, social change, political activism, humanitarianism, edge cases and all things radical. Uranus’ process is best described using phrases like “cascade,” “domino effect,” “tipping point,” “reframing” and “paradigm shift.”

With the discovery of Uranus, Aquarius gets a ruler of its own
In the history of astrology, Aquarius has been a late-blooming sign, being among the few that had to share planetary rulership with another sign for most of recorded history, that other sign being Capricorn. The discovery of Uranus in the middle 1700’s was followed by a scramble among astrologers to determine which sign Uranus might rule. After some thought, astrologers realized that Uranus rules Aquarius. This occurred several millennia after Aquarius was first named by ancient astrologers.

When a planet is discovered and ascribed to a sign, new understanding of that sign becomes possible and traits that never made sense before begin to fit into the picture of that sign’s nature. A planet’s discovery is also often accompanied by a general emergence in the collective consciousness of things associated with that new planet.

Uranus, ruler of electricity
Uranus rules electricity and everything that runs on it. With the discovery of Uranus came the discovery that lightning contains power. The harnessing of electricity followed—and with it an outpouring of things designed to utilize it. Electric lighting changed our lives radically, and then the era of telecommunications began, including telegraph, telephone, wired and wireless communications, followed by computers, software and then the internet. If Saturn (Aquarius’ traditional ruler) rules mechanistic machines, Uranus (Aquarius’ modern ruler) rules electronic ones.

Uranus has given us a lot of things that have no perceptible physicality, but which affect our lives greatly–as is appropriate for an Air planet. And its sign Aquarius has benefitted from a new understanding of its planetary ruler. This rulership explains why Aquarians have always been progressive, inventive and unlikely to fit the mold—they have always marched to a different drum, beaten by Uranus. Because Uranus has finally emerged into collective consciousness, Aquarians have come into their own. And just in time for the Age of Aquarius too!

Currents, waves, brain waves
You might say our bodies run on electricity as well as fuel. Electricity runs in currents, whether direct or alternating. Our electric brains also run in currents, creating brain waves that are non-physical, yet measurable by an electroencephalogram or EEG. The electricity in our body moves through our nervous system–our nerves fire impulses that send information which tell body parts what to do or what is happening to parts of our body: this feels cold, that feels heat, there is danger, here is food! Our brains in many ways resemble computers and you might even say that our invention of computers is an attempt to create a brain much like our own. Buildup and release of electric charge in the body leads to nervous tension and twitchiness–another Uranian phenomenon.

Uranus, cascade effect and cracking your knuckles
Uranus also rules the process of paradigm shift: the Uranian process involves a buildup of tension or charge, leading to a cascade effect and a sudden shift to a new level or new framework. Each zodiacal sign rules an area of the body–Aquarius rules the ankles and the joints. The joints are intersections, forming a bodily network (a Uranian word) through which our nerves carry electric (another Uranian word) impulses that relay messages (an Air word). Our joints also contain pockets of gas (Air) that pop when we crack our knuckles, which activity is usually considered to be somewhat eccentric (yet another Uranian word). A buildup of gas to a pop-release is a sort of cascade effect leading to a state-based shift and this is Aquarius’ core process.

Water equals waves, as a concept
Now that we’ve established that Uranus is connected with electricity and that both Uranus and electricity were unknown when Aquarius was named, take a moment to think back with me to ancient times, when the zodiacal signs were being discovered and described. My guess is that, in naming Aquarius, the ancients were attempting to explain the nature of a sign that generates waves, fires electrical impulses and creates cascades, but their only reference point for understanding waves was water. They didn’t have the benefit of our modern understanding of electricity, but it’s clear to me from today’s viewpoint that the Water Bearer’s waves are a crude understanding of electricity. It’s not about water waves, but brain waves and electrical waves.

Another meaning for “making waves”
There is another meaning for “making waves” that’s very relevant to Aquarius: it means upsetting the normal routine, “rocking the boat” or bringing change. Aquarius is the rabble-rouser, the rebel or revolutionary who brings change in waves. The discovery of Uranus was accompanied by revolutions on two continents. Aquarius is known for its tendency to rattle cages and bring about new ideas that trigger a state-based change known as a paradigm shift. Aquarius gathers groups and networks of people together under the banner of a shared ideal or paradigm, and presses for social change. Aquarius is the political activist, agitating for the needs of their group. Aquarius well and truly makes waves, both electrical and social.

Time for a new name?
The ancients weren’t capable of this understanding of Aquarius in the way that we are. But we, from our modern viewpoint, can see how all these various phenomena are connected and add up to a single clear theme: Aquarius is about buildup and release of charge. Aquarius makes waves. For this reason, I think we should change Aquarius’ name from the Water-Bearer to the Wave-Maker, because it’s simply more accurate and descriptive of Aquarius’ true nature and behavior. It just fits.

You can read more about Uranus’ discovery and rulership here: Aquarians, Your God Is Not Who You Think

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Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Pisces in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need March’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Pisces that astrology has to offer. To find out more, get this teleclass call recording: The Great Work of Pisces.

In it, you’ll discover:

  • What’s behind Saturn in Pisces’ greatest fear—and crowning achievement
  • More about apt career directions for you if you have Saturn in Pisces
  • Pisces’ Mission Orders—and how fulfilling on them can bring success and satisfaction

The Great Work of Pisces is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97.
To get the recording, use this webform (the same one used for signing up for the teleclasses as they happen) for a fast and easy MP3 download. May it speed your success!

You have Saturn in Pisces if you were born in these dates:

  • 2/14/1935 to 4/25/1937
  • 10/17/1937 to 1/14/1938
  • 3/23/1964 to 9/16/1964
  • 12/15/1964 to 3/3/1967
  • 5/20/1993 to 6/30/1993
  • 1/28/1994 to 4/7/1996

If you don’t have Saturn in Pisces, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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Those born under the sign of the Water Bearer (born between January 20 and February 18) are the most future-minded and progressive people in the zodiac. At times, they can even be too ahead of their time—to the point where the rest of us are scratching our heads and wondering when they will be returning back to the mother ship. No doubt you know an Aquarius, because Aquarians are truly social creatures. The paradox of Aquarius is that they can be both extremely tolerant and extremely intolerant at the same time…

Aquarius, you are at your best. . .

…when it comes to your friends and your community. Friendship is of the utmost importance to you, and when you call someone your friend, even if they are your lover, you are actually expressing a big compliment, even affirming the permanence of the relationship. You are all about discovering your tribe and knowing everyone in it. Overall, you are tolerant of and interested in many types of people. In fact, you can be friends with almost anybody and fringe types are especially interesting. If we looked through your Facebook friends, we’d see anybody from gypsy guitarists to wall street bankers to Midwestern schoolteachers to yogis from India.

. . .and at you’re worst. . .

Your affections can be a little, um, flighty. You tend to love everyone equally, which is nice in theory but annoying to your significant other, who wants to feel more special. But public declarations of ownership are anathema to you, who can easily feel smothered by a possessive or emotional partner. And here’s another thing: your political sensibilities and rebellious tendencies mean that you complain about social evils more than is necessary for all those of us who have to hear about it. You also can be quite rigid (Aquarius is a fixed sign, after all) and self-righteous, and may feel that you must stay on the inside edge of the norm or face persecution.

Handling your Aquarian nature

Be careful of reverse psychology, since you are easily manipulated by it due to your tendency toward knee-jerk rebellion. Your habitual mistrust of authority figures could also mean that you miss out on some good mentorship. Also, know that you will adapt to the future before everyone else, so don’t get discouraged if you feel like you were born out of your time. We will all finally get what you’ve been ranting about one day—it just may take us an decade or so longer. Since you always feel like an outsider, it is crucial that you find a tribe. Hang out with like-minded people—community is where you thrive!

Clueing others in about you. . .

Practice patience with those who are a few steps behind your progressive views. And while you feel at your best with a tribe, go the extra mile to make your partner feel special. Let them know they come before anyone else, and they will be more tolerant of you spending your free time with 100 of your closest friends. At work, make an effort to maintain an attitude of respect toward your boss. It is not easy for you to be under an authority figure, but this is life, and you have to get a job (unless you are waiting for a futuristic world where robots can do all our work for us). This will build you up some cred with your boss, who may then feel less threatened when you inevitably propose those radical changes you’re always thinking of.

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Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Aquarius in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need February’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Aquarius that astrology has to offer. To find out more, get this teleclass call recording: The Great Work of Aquarius.

In it, you’ll discover:

  • What’s behind Saturn in Aquarius’ greatest fear—and crowning achievement
  • More about apt career directions for you if you have Saturn in Aquarius
  • Aquarius’ Mission Orders—and how fulfilling on them can bring success and satisfaction

The Great Work of Aquarius is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97.
To get the recording, use this webform (the same one used for signing up for the teleclasses as they happen) for a fast and easy MP3 download. May it speed your success!

You have Saturn in Aquarius if you were born in these dates:

  • 2/23/1932 to 8/13/1932
  • 11/19/1932 to 2/14/1935
  • 1/3/1962 to 3/23/1964
  • 9/16/1964 to 12/15/1964
  • 2/6/1991 to 5/20/1993
  • 6/30/1993 to 1/28/1994

If you don’t have Saturn in Aquarius, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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Where would we be without the Capricorns of the world? Half goat, half sea creature (and all workhorse!), those born between December 21 and January 20 know how to roll up their sleeves and get down to business. But when are you being ambitious, or becoming a complete workaholic? Ruled by Saturn, the planet of commitment and challenge, Capricorns can go from being the glue that holds everything together, to the chain that holds it all back.

Capricorn, when you’re at your best. . .
…you are utterly dependable. You are the friend who withstands the test of time because you don’t flake out. When you RSVP for birthday party, you will actually show up. With a present. That’s because a Capricorn knows how to deliver. You cringe when other people over-promise or make flimsy commitments. You operate with integrity, and know how to keep a secret. You can comfortably step into leadership roles without being flashy or vainglorious. While you do like to be in charge, you also respect the authority of the overall hierarchy in which you take part, so you don’t overstep your bounds. You’re also fairly self-contained, and capable of deferring short term gratification for a long term goal. People turn to you for down-to-earth advice. Too bad they don’t usually take it.

…and at you’re worst…
Sometimes, you can defer gratification TOO much—to the point where you have trouble relaxing and enjoying the present. It’s kind of like waiting months to use a gift card you received on Christmas to only find out, in the checkout line, that it has expired. Does it ever seem that you actually get punished for being so self-abnegating? Maybe there’s a message there for you, Capricorn. At times you can be overly stoic, repressing your emotions to the point where they are hard to read. You can be realistic to the point of pessimism, since you overly anticipate the bad things in life, and have a tendency not to expect positive outcomes. In fact, if you are a Capricorn reading this post, you have probably barely glanced at the above ‘best of’ section to only focus more on this section since you feel more comfortable with criticism. Capricorns can also become obsessed with their careers, and often neglect the softer side of life—family, friends, a home-cooked meal. And your reward for getting on a power-career track is. . . well, more work.

Handling your Capricorn nature
You have always had a serious side to you, and you may feel that as a child you practically raised yourself. Learn to be patient and don’t be hard on yourself—a grave demeanor may be off-putting in a child, but adds to your authority as an adult. Over time, you’ll learn to relax and be more flexible, silly, spontaneous, and emotionally open. Capricorns get better with age, so view yourself as a fine wine or quality scotch. Since you identify with your work, find a career where you can advance and develop. A dead-end job would feel literally like death to a Capricorn (perhaps because you would persist anyway). There is also one more thing you must do, and it this may be the hardest: don’t worry so much! Your mind naturally gravitates towards the worst-case-scenario, and that has become your coping strategy. In a sense, you have earned the right to relax. And if you ever get called a Debbie Downer, remember that the original Debbie, always pouting at social events, was probably a Capricorn. What I’m trying to say is that it wouldn’t hurt if you smiled a little more at parties and worried a little less.

Clueing others in about you….
You should always let others know that you are feeling more than you are probably showing. You are great at taking action to be dependable and reliable, but you are not as good at expressing feelings. You don’t have to throw a tantrum or speak in a shrill voice to be heard, but it helps if you use sentences that begin with “I feel …” to clue others in. You also don’t appreciate it when your earning power is taken for granted by others. Gold diggers may want to cozy up to you, but don’t lead them on with your resources and be clear that you are not a free lunch ticket. Also let others know that when you are being cynical, you are not just bursting their bubbles for the fun of it. Tell others that giving realistic feedback is your way of trying to help, and they should view it as a signal that you are taking them seriously. Try to find ways of cushioning your criticism, by offering a few positive (gulp) statements first before you slam down the hard hammer of reality.

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Those born under the sign of the Centaur (born between November 22 and December 20) are well known for being the fun-loving, merrymakers of the Zodiac. After all, they are ruled by Jupiter, the planet of Benevolence. But when are you the life of the party, or just being the class clown? Everyone appreciates some joie de vivre, but there’s a time and a place for humor.

Sagittarius, when you’re at your best. . .
. . . you’re uplifting to those in life who are downtrodden. Your optimism can be infectious, and people may turn to you to brighten their day. You know the expression “Every cloud has a silver lining?” I’ll bet that was penned by a Sagittarian. You exude confidence, and people invite you over because you are gregarious and vivacious. You’re also resilient, if not a little bit lucky, so you can always rebound—like those Weeble toys with the weighted bottoms that pop up every time they get toppled over. Use this magnificent gift of yours to help others when they’re facing challenging times. “It’s always darkest before dawn” was probably said by another Sagittarian!

…and at you’re worst…
Now here’s the rub: there is such a thing as being TOO optimistic. At some point in your life, you have probably made a Capricorn’s eyes roll. You have the tendency to offer more than you can deliver. And there’s also having TOO much fun; you don’t want to always be the guy that the bartender has to kick out after last call. Do you know the expression “To assume is to make an ASS out of U and ME?” That was probably told to a Sagittarian. Being opinionated is fine, but sometimes you mistake your opinions for the gospel truth—so chuck the soapbox. You may have a tendency to tell tall tales by mistaking stylistic embellishments for actual facts. And at other times, you can be a little uncouth and overly blunt with the truth.

Handling your Sagittarian nature
Practice adding the phrase “Well, it is my belief that…” as a qualifier before spouting any opinions that might come off as sweeping generalizations. Demonstrate that you are capable of listening to reason, so that you develop some cred for times when you don’t feel like being sensible. Be aware of your social footprint—you tend to be bigger and louder than others so just be conscious of your presence to make room for the mousier, shyer people out there. Overall, just tone it down a bit.

Clueing others in about you….
Let people know that you are always well-intentioned (because, quite frankly, you actually are). What you have to understand is that despite the positive vibes you put out there, not everyone will respond well to them. For some people, the results of what you do are more important than your intentions. Let others know not to take you too seriously—that you, in fact, don’t even take yourself too seriously. Also realize that when you are fired up about something, you have a way of talking about it as if it’s real and present. Others may end up believing that you are promising something that you actually have not thought through well enough. This can lead to others feeling betrayed, so make sure you are expressing that “I’m not promising anything yet” or “I’m not fully committed to this, but…” For a Sagittarius, it’s good to have a few qualifying statements on hand!

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Saturn in your chart points down a career path that can satisfy you and bring you success.

Knowing your Saturn sign orients you, motivates you and gets you unstuck. 

Do you have Saturn in Capricorn in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need January’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of Saturn in Capricorn that astrology has to offer. To find out more, get this teleclass call recording: The Great Work of Capricorn.

In it, you’ll discover:

  • What’s behind Saturn in Capricorns’ greatest fear—and crowning achievement
  • More about apt career directions for you if you have Saturn in Capricorn
  • Capricorn’ Mission Orders—and how fulfilling on them can bring success and satisfaction

The Great Work of Capricorn is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97.
To get the recording, use this webform (the same one used for signing up for the teleclasses as they happen) for a fast and easy MP3 download. May it speed your success!

You have Saturn in Capricorn if you were born in these dates:

  • 3/15/1929 to 5/4/1929
  • 11/29/1929 to 2/23/1932
  • 8/13/1932 to 11/19/1932
  • 1/5/1959 to 1/3/1962
  • 2/13/1988 to 6/9/1988
  • 11/12/1988 to 2/6/1991

If you don’t have Saturn in Capricorn, you can find out about YOUR Saturn sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

Sign Up For Free Saturn Teleclasses

This year, Saturn enters into a square with Neptune, which lasts almost a year and spans 7 to 12 degrees of Mutable signs, affecting those with Sun in Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo everywhere. Neptune is the planet of dreams and visions while Saturn rules constriction and fear. What could this stressful planetary aspect mean? The script at the bottom of this page describes one way it could go, but first, how will you know if this even matters to you?

Does this transit affect you?

If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit strongly:
Feb 25 through March 3 of any year
May 28 through June 3 of any year
August 30 through September 5 of any year
November 29 through December 5 of any year

This post is for you if. . .

  • You’re trying to get clear on your career vision and put it into practice
  • You have difficulty manifesting your dreams because your mind fearfully asks “but how do I get there?” and “but what if things go terribly wrong…?”
  • You’re ready to live the dream instead of escaping the responsibility

How the Saturn square Neptune works
(this part is technical, but brief)

If your birthday falls on November 26, 2015, June 17, 2016 or September 10, 2016, then Neptune and Saturn will have powerful lessons expressly for you in this birthday year.

Saturn will square Neptune 3 times this year. The first pass happens on November 26, 2015, while Saturn is direct at 7º Sagittarius and Neptune (also direct) is at 7º Pisces. If you have anything in 7º of a Mutable sign–like your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, etc –you will feel this (see diagram for pass 1).

Saturn square Neptune, pass 1

The second pass happens on June 17, 2016, while Saturn and Neptune are both retrograde and at 12º of their signs. If you have anything in 12º of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or VIrgo, you will feel this (see diagram for pass 2).

Saturn square Neptune, pass 2

The third pass is where this transit ends, on September 10, 2016 with Saturn direct at 10º Sagittarius while Neptune is still retrograde in 10º Pisces. This will affect you if you have anything in 10º of a Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo (see diagram for pass 3).

Saturn square Neptune, pass 3

What could this stressful planetary aspect mean?
The following story illustrates one way it could go. . .

Neptune is floating along on a cloud of dreams, idly making multicolored waterfalls and pretty sparkle patterns in the air. She has just made a very satisfying sky painting when the cloud she’s wafting on encounters Saturn. Saturn is packing 10 suitcases and weeping.
Neptune: What are you doing, Saturn? Why are you crying?
Saturn: (wiping a tear) I have to go on a trip and I’m trying to get organized. I’m SO overwhelmed.
Neptune: I’m really good at envisioning things. Tell me about your trip and I’ll make the mental pictures that can help you get organized.
Saturn: Well I have to visit 3 countries, all of which have different weather and speak 3 different languages. In Sagittarius I have to practice being a world traveler, but to tell you the truth, I’m afraid of heights, big places and going outside.
Neptune: But just imagine the fabulous views you’ll see in an airplane!
Neptune grabs some cloud-stuff in her hands, sprinkles a sparkly dust into it from her sleeve and a vision appears—of distant landscapes viewed from high above.
Saturn: You’re going to make me ill!
Neptune: And imagine all the fun you’ll have meeting people who are new and different!
She conjures an image of a variety of people, dressed in exotic costumes and of many ethnicities.
Saturn: You mean all those strange people with strange customs and places where I’ll be out of my element?
Neptune: And imagine all the amazing sights you’ll see in far-off lands!
She shows him the Sphinx, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. Upon seeing the Grand Canyon, he turns a little green.
Saturn: I really just want to crawl into a hole. A small one. Where I don’t have to go outside at all.
Neptune: That can be arranged.
Suddenly, with a gesture, they are in a dark cave.
Saturn: Wait a minute—I didn’t mean—
Neptune: Remember who you are talking to? I am the goddess of visions, fantasies, imaginings. I make dreams come true.
Saturn: You mean nightmares!
Neptune: Nightmares are dreams too.
Saturn: But this is REALLY dark!  What if there’s a bear?
Neptune: A bear, you say?
They hear a growl emanating from a tunnel leading off the cave. There’s a shadow on the wall.
Saturn: What if the walls cave in?
Neptune: Ah, what if they did?
The walls do begin to move. The space is becoming noticeably smaller.
Saturn: I can’t breathe!
Neptune: Why do you need to breathe? You’re an Earth planet.
Saturn: But I’m in Sagittarius—a Fire sign! I need Air!
Neptune: Be careful what you wish for!
Suddenly they are atop a mountain, wind whistling all around. They sit on a craggy peak, with barely enough room for the two of them.
Neptune: Is this enough Air for you? Enough Earth?
Saturn: Aaaaahhhh!
He grabs onto her cloak, trying not to fall down the icy mountainside.
Neptune: Haven’t you figured this out yet?
Saturn: What is there to figure out?
Neptune: Don’t get caught up in fear. Fear turns dreams into nightmares.
Saturn: I think you should tell that to those frightened little humans down on Earth.
Neptune: I just did.

If you are feeling this transit
and want to understand its meaning in your life,
an astrology reading will clarify this and much, much more.

How to find out more

You can read more about Neptune’s activity this year here.
You can read more about Saturn’s activity this year here.
You might also try Are You Currently In Transition? 
And to get oriented to the many transits going on this year, check out Transits This Year. 

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This year, Jupiter meets up with Pluto in a harmonious trine in Earth signs, benefitting those of the Earthy persuasion (Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus) and also prodding those of the Watery persuasion (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio) to become more organized and collected. This transit lasts over 9 months and spans 13 to 17 degrees of Earth signs. Pluto is the Lord of Death and Rebirth while Jupiter expands and grows everything he touches. What could a harmonious connection between them mean? The vignette at the bottom of this page describes one way it could go, but first, how will you know if this even matters to you?

Does this transit affect you?

If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit’s positive effects strongly:
September 5 through 10 of any year
January 3 through 8 of any year
July 5 through 10 of any year
March 3 through 8 of any year

If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit weakly, and can choose to cultivate its positive effects:
November 5 through 10 of any year
May 3 through 8 of any year

This post is for you if. . .

  • You are involved in a top-to-bottom metamorphosis of your career and are ready to receive help moving to the next level
  • You are overwhelmed at the sheer volume of details that need to be handled
  • You’re ready to up-level your craftsmanship and integrity

How the Jupiter square to Pluto works
(this part is technical, but brief)

If your birthday falls on October 11, 2015, March 16, 2016 or June 26, 2016, then Jupiter and Pluto bring powerful help expressly for you in this birthday year—but blink and you might miss it because it may be subtle and not dramatic.

Jupiter will trine Pluto 3 times this year. The first pass happens on October 11, 2015, while Jupiter is direct at 13º Virgo and Pluto (also direct) is at 13º Capricorn. If you have anything in 13º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces—like your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, etc.—you will receive strong help this year (see diagram for pass 1). If you have anything in 13º of Scorpio or Taurus, you will also receive help but it may be so smooth and easy that you’ll have to pay close attention, notice it and cultivate it.

Jupiter trine Pluto, pass 1

The second pass happens on March 16, 2016, while Jupiter is retrograde and Pluto is direct, each placed in 17º of their signs. Those people with anything in 17º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces will receive strong help, while those with anything in 17º of Scorpio or Taurus will also receive help of the smoother, less dramatic variety. (see diagram for pass 2).

Jupiter trine Pluto, pass 2

The third pass completes this transit, on June 26, 2016, with Jupiter direct in 16º Virgo and Pluto retrograde in 16º Capricorn. If you have anything in 16º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces, you will experience strong help and serendipity during June. If you have anything in 16º of Scorpio or Taurus, you’ll also receive help, but it won’t necessarily come looking for you. (see diagram for pass 3).

Jupiter trine Pluto, pass 3

What could this stressful planetary aspect mean?
The following story illustrates one way it could go. . .

Pluto in Capricorn woke up in a mess, feeling more than a little hung-over from a business trip the night before.

“Business class is not what it should be.”  He stretched and yawned, then looked around. “This place is a real wreck! Damn that Uranus in Aries aspecting me by square—that’s the longest five years I’ve had in decades. Just when I’d gotten into Capricorn and was getting ready to build a real power base, the planet of chaos shows up. He did nothing but throw lightening bolts through my roof and fill my bedroom with Mickey Mouse balloons.” Wearily, Pluto surveyed his domain, an ancient and venerable castle with good bones but in poor condition.

“I need a stately and dignified home to befit my Capricorn status, but look at this place! The roof is falling apart and water leaks into the dining room. My bedroom is small, cramped, and filled with junk. How am I supposed to seduce anyone in there? The plants in my garden are in complete disarray—overgrown with weeds. Not that I’ve ever been good at gardening anyway. How can any of the other planets in the solar system take me seriously? I have got to upgrade my living situation. I’m going to need a lot of help.”

Disheartened by the sheer volume of work to be done, Pluto opened up a skylight and looked across the heavens for help, wondering who would be coming into aspect with him.
In the distance, Jupiter was arcing across the celestial sphere, passing through the meticulous sign of Virgo. Pluto’s heart skipped a beat. “This may be my lucky day,” Pluto thundered with delight. “Who could be better help with any big project than Jupiter?”

As Jupiter approached Pluto and his dilapidated castle, the benevolent planet was bringing order to the cosmos by organizing, fixing and tidying everything he passed. Bouncy Jupiter seemed more humble than usual in the sign of Virgo, and he soon appeared at the gate, wearing overalls and carrying an enormous and meticulously organized toolbox. “Need a hand?” said Jupiter, “I am happy to be of service to you in any way I can.” Wiping his feet carefully at the threshold, Jupiter stepped inside and followed Pluto on a tour of the castle.

“Yes, thank you. I do need your help transforming this place,” replied Pluto. “I need a home that befits my dignity. While in Capricorn, I have changed my look. See what I mean?” Pluto pointed to his closet, which contained an assortment of high ranking and distinguished outfits, including ceremonial robes for political office, coronation and even a pope’s hat. Out of a drawer peeked jeweled cuff links and a variety of military medals. Today, he was wearing an executive’s business suit, with sleek, though not flashy, Italian shoes.

“Listen Jupiter, this house needs a lot of work to catch up with my dignified and respectable appearance. I have a vision that I want to execute. I’m ready to initiate this project, and work from the ground up. While I usually like to do things on my own, I need a subordinate to contract for this project. Would you be willing to work under me?”

Jupiter in Virgo, with paint stains on his overalls, nodded his head in agreement. “Just tell me what to do, boss!”

“Well,” replied Pluto, “ what is your area of expertise?”

“I’m good at everything and I can do the job modularly, assembling it into a finished whole that takes the big picture into account.”

“Great, then let me direct you on where to begin.” Pluto led Jupiter to his bedroom. “Uranus just left all of these stupid balloons everywhere, and I can’t stand them. They make me look silly.” Jupiter immediately started clearing all of the Mickey Mouse balloons by deflating and throwing them into a big garbage bag, carefully checking in all the corners and popping everything into a giant recycling bin he conjured up in the air, which immediately disappeared afterwards.

Pluto became more and more pleased. He led Jupiter to a courtyard and pointed up.   “Uranus also ruined my roof with lightening bolts. Are you able to fix it?”

“Roger that!” exclaimed Jupiter, who was gratified by the results of his efforts thus far and eager to please. He waved his arms and a massive pile of shingles appeared in the air and began sorting themselves onto the roof, with nails flying into position. Each shingle was nailed down tightly and as Jupiter caused a little rain to fall on the roof as a testing mechanism, the water streamed off neatly with no leakage anywhere.

“Fine craftsmanship!” exclaimed Pluto. “And fast too!” But don’t you want to attend to that detail over there?” He pointed to a gutter that was sagging. Too late— Jupiter was already on it and soon all the gutters were draining water in the tidiest possible way. “Wow, Jupiter, you’re as perfectionist as I am, when you’re in Virgo!”

“True,” boomed Jupiter, “in a Mutable Earth sign I run a really tight ship. It’s nice to work with someone who appreciates that.”

Pluto was really starting to relax. “You know what, Jupiter? Let’s work together to turn this place into something spectacular. I’ve always felt that my true home would be austere, yet grand. Imposing, yet sexy. I’d like it modeled after Eastern European castles, but with all the modern amenities. I think that would suit me very well. It’s time for me to completely transform my life into what it was meant to be—even if it takes lots of work.”

Jupiter bounced up and down on his toes, getting very excited by the prospect, and the two spent several weeks working night and day to create a stately home for Pluto. When the project was complete, Pluto sighed with deep satisfaction. Even the dungeons were perfect and the underground tunnel to his main digs back home in the Land of the Dead was cleared and broad enough to transport a war’s worth of human souls if necessary. He now had a home that reflected his status, and all of the other planets in the zodiac would look to him with respect, which was what he craved more than anything. Jupiter was just as satisfied, knowing that he had provided excellent service resulting in a structure that would last through the centuries. Shaking hands, the two parted the best of friends, full of camaraderie and the pleasure of a job well done.

If you are feeling this transit
and want to understand its meaning in your life,
an astrology reading will clarify this and much, much more.

How to find out more

You can read more about Jupiter’s activity this year here.
You can read more about Pluto’s activity this year here.
You might also try Are You Currently In Transition?
And to get oriented to the many transits going on this year, check out Transits This Year.

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