Your Soul Planet

Your Soul Planet is the planet in your natal chart with the highest degree excluding the North Node and South Node of the moon, and the outer planets- Neptune, Pluto & Uranus. It is believed that a person becomes the living archetype of this planet. A person’s entire life will be largely influenced by this planet-physical appearance, personality characteristics, karmic evolutionary intention, and disease and illness. In Astrology we view the natal chart as the cosmic blueprint of a soul’s experience in this lifetime,  therefore we view the chart holistically. This does not mean that the other planets and asteroids have no impact on a person’s life. Everything works together. It is a divine system. The Soul Planet just so happens to contain the largest amount of frequencies that will align you to your predestined path.

The Planetary Dimensions

According to various sources including Edgar Cayce and Theosophists, as the soul enters the universe through the galactic centre, it first travels to the star Sirius- the brightest and largest planetary body in our galaxy to receive its divine path. Some believe these are where the Akashic records are stored. From there the soul enters our visible Sun and enters Earth.

As the soul descends through the planetary dimensions, it gathers frequencies from each dimension. It will collect the most frequencies from a specific dimension of a planet which becomes one’s Soul Planet- the planet with the highest degree. Planets in your horoscope with high degrees… 24 degrees and up showcase very strong karmic implications of those planets. Think of it as the planet reaching maturity, consolidation, strength, and wisdom.

The following image is based on Aristotle’s depiction of the planetary dimensions

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The following information about each Soul Planet that I’m about to share is from a variety of sources that I have compiled since stuyding the Soul Planet. I am using information primarily from Edgar Cayce, Theosophy, Vedic Astrology, and Babylonian Astrology.

The Soul Planet goes by a couple of different names

Vedic Astrology: Attmakaraka

Babylonian Astrology: Almuten

Your Soul Planet

Read about your Soul Planet down below once you have found it in your natal chart. If you’re not sure how to find it, you can comment your birth details and I can find it for you.

**Watch what your Soul Planet does in the sky. Every movement will have a very important impact upon you.

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Sun– If the Sun is your Soul Planet you have a life of tears and laughter. There is something innately royal about you- dignified & stoic. If you were born in the daytime the Sun is your Soul Planet, however if you were born at night and the Sun is still the planet with the highest degree in your chart, the Moon will have more impact on your life as the Moon reflects the light of the Sun. You are a bright soul that radiates goodness wherever you go. However, even the slightest negative emotion will radiate, so be careful that you don’t push people away with your strong energy. One of your greatest lessons is to learn to overcome your ego and to learn humility and compassion. Your Father or Father figure will play a key role in helping you evolve and fulfill your purpose.  Your reptuation precedes you and people can read you like a book. You tend to view things on the surface level and some might even think you are superficial. You also take yourself too seriously and can have a feeling throughout your life of missing something.

 

Moon– If the Moon is your Soul Planet you are social, caring, empathetic, psychological, & strong. It is best to have a Moon Soul Planet if you were born at night because this will give you royal qualities. If you were born during the day, your Moon will be weaker. You can become easily influenced by other people, susceptible to psychic attack, & you can be very angry and hateful. You are deeply connected to the emotional body and will learn how to navigate your emotional waters. You will be very connected to all that the Moon represents: your mother, homeland, ancestry, food, and intuition. If your Moon is in good dignity, you will be soft spoken, graceful, and compassionate. If your Sun is in a much lower degree than your Moon or if it is the planet with the lowest degree in your chart, you will feel disconnected from your Mother, and your parents may not have had a good marriage. Following the phases of the moon and taking baths will help you to cleanse unwanted energies that you pick up during the day.

 

Mercury– If Mercury is your Soul Planet this is considered one of the most rare soul planets. Your Mercury must be visible according to the heliacal phases of the planets. Basically, check to see if your Mercury is conjunct the Sun. If it is, it will become invisible…unfortunately most people have Mercury conjunct the Sun because Mercury can never be more than a few degrees away from the Sun. You are very inquisitive, intellectual, studious, versatile- you can actually possess the qualities of all the Soul Planets. You are a mediator and know how to make money. One of your karmic challenges that you will have to overcome will involve the truth. You must learn to be pure and honest in your communication. Your pineal gland is highly activated during your life allowing you to merge your soul with the holy spirit or God or source. You must watch out for self-aggrandizement because this can inhibit the strength of your mind.

 

Venus– If Venus is your Soul Planet, you possess the luckiest soul planet. You are friendly, soft, magnetic, attractive, and always seem to get things for free. You can advance in your career through your friends and partners. You have a very predictable life that will bless you with material comforts. Remember, Venus’ path in the sky makes a pentacle- the symbol for Earthly pleasures. You need to work on your self-discipline because you can be too lax. You need pushes in order to get your life going. The thymus gland is the gland which will be strongly activated during your life. It is a lymphatic organ of the immune system located behind the sternum. When the thymus gland is activated, you find yourself sympathetic, and seeking love, beauty, and music. You will also be strongly attracted to the opposite sex. One of your most important karmic lessons will involve the process of creation and sexual relationships. Learning not to abandon projects and people when the lust wares off will ensure that you keep your integrity intact which will help you to understand the spiritual process of creating something from start to finish.

 

Mars– If Mars is your Soul Planet you are driven by anger. You are unpredictable, & you will change your mind often. You are a self-made person- you cannot depend on others during your lifetime because you will be repeatedly let down. You will have troubles with your boss. You hate rigidity and find yourself getting into trouble quite easily. If you were born at night, Mars is weaker and you can find yourself feeling sexually inferior to others. It will feel as though your life is hanging on by a thread. Everything for you is do or die in this lifetime. If you were born during the daytime, Mars will take on more of a destructive force in your life. The Adrenal glands will be strongly activated during your life. It is believed that the adrenal glands are the storehouses of our karma. This means that you will encounter many karmic people and situations in your life. It is fair to say that you are not here to initiate a new karmic evolutionary cycle. You are here to repay the debts from your previous lifetime, more than paving a new path. You will learn how to control your warrior like power, aggressions, and urges. You will need to cultivate self control. You also have a very high opinion of yourself which makes you very courgaeous.

 

Jupiter– If Jupiter is your Soul Planet you are morally and ethically the best out of all the Soul Planets. You want to save the world, and help everyone you can. You love people and people love you. You are generous and very lucky- lucky in the spiritual sense so you will be able to easily attract good karma to you. You most likely come from an affluent and harmonious family. If you were born at night, you will possess more setbacks than someone born during the day with Jupiter soul planet. The pituitary gland will be strongly activated during your life. It is the master endocrine gland in the body located at the base of the brain. Awakening will come to you in this lifetime. Meditation and prayer are highly favourable because you have the ability to access God directly. You possess high mindedness and an affinity for large groups. You come to Earth with universality and nobility. You have grand ideas and notions. One of your greatest karmic lessons will involve acceptance. An imbalanced Jupiterian energy looks down upon those who are less knowledgeable and capable. Keep in mind that your enemies are your gurus, as are the homeless, and sick. The Jupiter planetary dimension is the most sacred dimension at is is believed that the energy here allows one to experience atonement. We can relate the pituitary gland to the crown charka. When this chakra is balanced, it assists the other chakras in aligning.

 

Saturn– If Saturn is your Soul Planet, you are withdrawn, suspicious, hold grudges, don’t like to give and lonely. You are a person of your word, talk slowly without emotion, you have a big frame, and you don’t like to smile or laugh. If you were born during the day, Saturn will soften. If you were born at night, you will be more harsh. The gonads will be strongly activated during your life. It is believed that prior to incarnating on Earth, the soul spent time in what Christians call “purgatory” a place of cleansing, purification, and starting over. A soul may choose to banish itself to the realm of Saturn if it needs to be reborn. Metaphysically, a soul may choose to start over when it cannot overcome its karmic lessons after trying countless times to no avail. We build up our karma over eons, so going into the Saturn dimension prior to incarnating erases all previous attempts. This is why the gonads are associated with this realm. Sex is viewed as a basic primal instinct that is often abused. A Saturn soul planet gives one an inner sense of frustration and naivety during life, but also an incredible gift of perseverance and strength. You understand suffering more than the other planets, so you come to Earth with a great responsibility to ease human suffering. This does not mean you are meant to end wars and poverty, but volunteering your time in a shelter or working in hospice care will greatly reward you.

 

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4 Things I Learned from My MOON MATURITY

According to Vedic Astrology, planets mature at certain ages which means they come to their full potential. The ages of maturity for the planets are as follows:

Sun- 21

Moon- 24

Mercury- 32

Mars- 28

Venus- 25

Jupiter- 16

Saturn- 36

Rahu- 42

Ketu 48

A planet that has not reached its maturity will improperly express its attributes. Saturn at 22 will lack the responsibility and structure it so desires until age 36.

I will be turning 25 on March 22nd which will be my Venus maturation which can mean that the Venus ruled houses of my chart will be growing up, and the area of relationships, self worth, values, beauty, and so forth will be realized.

Moon Maturity

This past year I experienced by Moon maturation at age 24. As a Cancer Ascendant in Western Astrology this was a pretty big deal for me as it rules my first house, but sits in my 10th house in the Placidus system but actually rules my 9th house. As a very lunar soul, I can say that I felt this maturation quite strongly.

The Moon rules the emotions, our mind, and our mother. All of these areas underwent their transition into adulthood.

2017 was a year of rapid change for me and it normally doesn’t take alot to get me emotionally overwhelmed. However, 2017 I didn’t cry as much as I normally do, and had a more surrendered approach to all of the instability in my life. I was less emotional in the typical moon child way a.k.a crying about every little thing. I had a more adult approach to things in my life. I had more responsibility with regards to my job (10th house), and my perspective on life and spirituality took a more serious tone (9th house).

What I Learned:

  1. You can’t change anyone

Last year I got my first real job at a New Age shop and found myself embroiled in unwanted office politics. I was very dedicated and hardworking. I have a strong business sense, so working there, I immediately noticed everything that wasn’t working at the store. I suggested a lot of changes, and even went out of my way to initiate them, but I soon realized that it’s not my job to educate someone about their own business. If they don’t want to fix it because it’s simply an income for them, then my passion is being wasted. I’m not here to change anyone, it’s not my responsibility, so sometimes cutting your losses and moving on is the only way to get through to some people. Prior to my Moon maturation, I would have had an emotional breakdown at the thought of not receiving recognition, but thankfully my Moon’s growth spurt helped me to emotionally detach.

2. Everything happens when it’s mean to happen…..

As I mentioned, last year I experienced a lot of life changing things. I quit school unexpectedly, moved temporarily, got what I thought was my dream job, and started doing professional book reviews. When I quit school it was around the eclipses in February and it took me until August to secure a job. Prior to my birthday Moon maturation, I was an emotional mess. I sent out tons of resumes and even went to a career counselor who was stumped as to why I couldn’t find a job? Quite randomly one afternoon in August I was perusing a local new age shop’s Facebook page and saw that they were hiring. I felt an overwhelming feeling of needing to apply, even though I thought I would never get it. Low and behold a few minutes later I got an email back from the owner asking me to come in for an interview the next day. I did, and was hired on the spot! It had to take the most obscure job and advert for me to find the job that was destined for me. My Moon maturity helped me realize that as much as I think I have some sense of control over my life, I really don’t. Now I try not to stress so much about things not happening at the speed I would like them to. Waiting it worthwhile.

3. Dont’t be so pessimistic

Yes, I am a former pessimist. I’m a late bloomer, so it takes a lot longer for me to materialize things in my life which creates an unhealthy cycle of self pity and self criticism. Out of the blue this year I had many happy moments. I started to see that my career and life were finally coming together which gave me a sense of hope for the future. My Moon is in Pisces so I tend to get addicted to melancholy and sadness so my first reaction is normally negative or pessimistic. 24 was a big year for me because I finally had a taste of material success. It made me more optimistic, and the more optimistic I was, the more magnetizing I was doing. I didn’t realize how much harm pessimism was causing me, but my Moon maturity helped me understand that life is what you make of it, and we have to find our happiness everyday.

4. Mom’s aren’t perfect

I also would like to add that the Moon rules over our Mothers, so my relationship with my Mom matured as well. For the first time in my life I started to see her flaws and felt a strong need to emotionally detach from her ( we are super close). We also started talking about more serious things about my life such as relationships, if I ever want to get married or have children, when I want to move out, and so forth. These were things that we normally didn’t talk about so it was nice to have a more grown up connection with her. I started reflecting on my relationship with her, and how she raised me which helped me to form an adult opinion of her.

To conclude….

So tomorrow is my 25th birthday (March 22nd) and I am definitely looking forward to my Venus maturation. My Moon maturation completely transformed my emotional world, so I can’t wait for my Venusian qualities to become the ladies they are meant to be.

What did you experience during your Moon maturity at age 24? I’d love to know!

 

xoxo

New Moon in Pisces March 17, 2018: Rear Window

Our final New Moon before the Cosmic New Year is starting off with a bang! There is a build up of tension right now as you are itching for something new and yet it’s taking its sweet Pisces time. This is a unique NM because it has happening just a couple of days before the Spring Equinox. We have an ending and beginning together- it feels like you are looking through your rear window into your front window. New things are coming, but you can’t seem to grasp it yet.

What is New Was Once Old

The New Moon is taking place in the Nakshatra of Purva Bhadrapada- the feet of the funeral cot.
The energy here is asking you to leave behind the old in favour of the new. We need to be looking at the glass as half full and not empty.
A New Moon in Pisces is always tricky because we have foot in the past and one foot in the future. I have noticed people who have this natal placement struggle with change as they are too attached to the past and usually experience things in their life that forces them to detach from their known identity. I happened to be born on a New Moon in Pisces so I definitely know how it feels to be looking both ways at once.
Grace Kelly was born on a New Moon in Pisces in the Nakshatra of Purva Bhadrapada and her life story is a classic example of how these energies can play out. She was a successful Hollywood actress who was forced to give up her career for her new royal title of Princess of Monaco. Her acting career haunted her throughout her royal life as it was believed she never quite got over her retirement. She made the best of her royal career by playing her most important role yet- the role of Princess of Monaco.
Case in point- if you feel a sense of anxiousness about letting go of the past and what awaits you after the Spring Equinox, know that you have created a firm emotional foundation this year with all of the Pisces energy we experienced thus far which will carry you into your next phase.

Rear Window
Rear Window, the Hitchcock suspense film that was career defining for Grace Kelly is the perfect New Moon in Pisces metaphor. It’s helpful to look out your rear window every now because you never know what you might see. Our past informs our present which dictates our future. At the end of the film, James Stewart was able to catch the murderer because he looked out his rear window into the lives of his neighbours. Look back on your past at this New Moon, because it will tell you a lot about what’s to come and will minimize feelings of frustration.

The Aspects:
We have some intense action with Mars which shows an inner frustration with how little is manifesting for you right now.

A semi sextile to Uranus suggests looking at things from a different perspective by paying extra close attention to omens at this lunation.

Mars trine Uranus will help to combat some of the frustrations you have by helping you to think differently about your situation.

 

New Venus Cycle February 2018

The Venus Evening Star 2018

Venus became visible on February 7, 2018 and will remain visible until November 2018. Planets have the ability to appear invisible and visible depending throughout the year, depending on their path in the sky. Venus was invisible from the beginning of December 2017 until the end of January 2018 which made all Venusian things very difficult to manifest. Women were cranky, food lacked flavour, relationships were more challenging, clothes didn’t fit right, etc. With Venus becoming visible as an evening star, we can expect all of the above mentioned things to manifest much more easily.

Venus goes through 19 month phases where she rises in the daytime or she rises in the evening. Both phases bring fated events to women and affects every aspect of their lives. It’s important to know where your own natal Venus is placed in order to know what specific things in your life will manifest, however, because Venus rules women- every woman will experience the blessings of her energies during these next nine months.

This year, Venus will appear as an evening star in the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of visions, inspiration, eccentricity, groups, and spirituality. We can expect women to be more spiritual as fated karmic events will happen, and you will find yourself wanting to socialize more and perhaps buy more crystals and oracle cards.

Venus in Aquarius as an evening star is the archetype of the Soul Sister. She wants to live life as a bohemian- spending the day lounging in a field of flowers while tufts of incense smoke impregnate the ether with philosophical ideas and artistic visions. On a more practical level, you will be much more inclined to want to join groups of like minded people and live your life on your own terms.

Find your tribe and enjoy the initiation into this mystical new time.

 

What we can expect with Venus as an Evening Star:

More Romance

Pleasant disposition

Food will be more flavourful

More interest in Fashion- you’ll want to wear high heels as opposed to flats

You will be more attractive

Less arguments amongst women- conversations will be smoother

You’ll be in the mood for shopping

 

If you would like to make the most of the powerful Venusian energies coming through this year, here are some folk magic tips to help you harness her special energies.

  1. Clean your house

Venus rules the house, so you will want to ensure it is neat and tidy. Vacuum, dust, mop, and declutter. It is believed that when the home is dirty, all Venusian things in your life also become dirty, meaning they have trouble expressing their positive qualities. Venus also rules mirrors (did you ever notice the glyph for Venus looks like a hand-held mirror?). Clean all of your mirrors and replace any that are scratched or dated.  Venus rules specifically the bedroom and the south-east corner of your home, so make sure those areas are sparkling!

 

  1. Wear Green and Pink

The colour green is ruled by Venus because she rules the heart and the heart chakra is the colour green. Green is also the colour of money and abundance along with  nature- all of which Venus rules. She also rules the colour Pink- colour of love and femininity. By wearing both of these colours (not necessarily at the same time) you are magnetizing all Venusian things to you.

 

  1. Wear a Copper Ring

Copper is an element ruled by Venus. Copper is highly conductive representing the receptive nature of the feminine. Copper is known to absorb water and fluids changing its form and colour which relates to the divine feminine. Women retain more fluids than men and we have the ability to synthesize our emotions much easier than men. Copper is abundant in female sexual organs (ruled by Venus) and is used up during sexual activity. The peacock- a bird sacred to Venus, owes its greenish plumage to its high Copper content. The bluish coppery colouring in crystals such as Malachite, Azurite, Peacock Ore, & Bornite are all Venus ruled and have a feminine sound to their names. Wearing a copper ring is believed to attract a partner and Venusian energies to the wearer. Wear a copper ring on your left ringer to bring forth a relationship.

 

  1. Put Sugar in Your Garden

Sugar like all other sweet foods are ruled by Venus along with gardens and flowers. Take a spoonful of sugar and bury it in your garden. Treat this as an offering to Venus and ask for Venusian blessings in your life when you do this. A Friday evening will be the best time to perform this mini ritual.

 

  1. Beauty Tricks

Venus rules the eyes as they are the most commented on feature for women. Wear bluish or greenish eyeshadow to help activate your own Venus. The Ancient Egyptians knew this, which is why they used crushed malachite (a copper based crystal) for eyeshadow. Place a piece of Rutilated Quartz under your pillow at night to make your hair more luxurious. Rutilated Quartz is also known as Venus’ Hair due to the golden needles found in this stone. The ancients believed that Venus had curly golden hair.

 

Remember to put your heart into all of these little tricks and Venus will reward you, as she loves receiving gifts.

XOXO

Photo Credit: The Women of Venus from Abbott and Costello Go To Mars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunar Eclipse in Ashlesha

I’ve been researching Vedic Astrology for the past couple of years, and to be honest, there is a darker more sinister energy that I have been picking up from this Eclipse. It’s more Serpentine, and less Leonine. According to Vedic Astrology, this Lunar Eclipse is happening in the sign of Cancer and in the nakshatra (or lunar manion) of Ashlesha.

Ashlesha means to embrace, cling, and entwine. The deity that rules this lunar mansion are the Nagas- the Serpent God.

Snakes are secretive and deadly, and have very strong occultic meanings, but they also have very keen senses that can sense danger from very far away.

The Lunar Eclipse according to Vedic Astrology is occurring in this lunar mansion, meaning we have the power to illuminate our own serpentine nature by having a heightened awareness of underlying motives and false friends.

Since Eclipses are cosmic resets, we have the power to shed our skins and let go of the accumulated karma of the past 6 months. Snakes are very strong creatures that do not attack unless provoked. If you find yourself lashing out at others, then this is a clear indication that you are being threatened and provoked by your secret enemies.

I don’t know about you guys, but I have seen a lot of snakes come slithering out from the grasses lately…….

 

 

Lunar Eclipse in Leo: Rise Like Lions After Slumber

Date: January 31st

Moonbeams: Rising up, completion, fruition

A Blue Moon (second full moon in one month), Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse, & Full Moon all wrapped into one nice big lion pride!

A Full Moon is about completion and reaping what you have sown. What began 6 months ago during our last Leo Eclipse is coming up for completion now. If you started a new job then, you might be re-evaluating that job now or you might see some results. Things are finishing up. The Nodes of the Moon are karmic points, hence whatever is finishing up right now is fated.

A Lunar Eclipse is much softer than a Solar Eclipse so don’t expect to experience any major life changing events……you’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for that when we have a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius. The Moon rules our mind and emotions, so this eclipse will see you change the way you think and feel about whatever house Leo rules in your natal chart.

The Leo/Aquarius axis is being illuminated right now with regards to your Leo ruled area of your life. Where have you been too self sacrificing? How have you allowed others to take your power?

Eclipses are check in points. Are you going to sleep the day away like most lions, or are you going to rise from your slumber- hungry and ready to pounce and defend what is yours? When a lion feels its territory is being threatened, it will attack. Take your cue from royalty. Act with dignity and honour.

 

My Astrology Conundrum

Thoughts……

Astrology is a complex science that can be scary for many people. The scariness comes from the idea that you have no control over your life and that free will is non-existent. That’s a whole different blog post (coming soon), but I wanted to address the idea and fact that the planets don’t control us, rather, we influence their movements.

If you think about it, if we choose what kind of life we are going to incarnate into, then that must mean, the planets have to acommodate this, by aligning a certain precise way the moment we are born, and continue to play their cosmic chess game in the sky.

I believe it is our range of consciousness that determines the movements of the planets. The intensity we experience here on earth directly affects the heavenly bodies up above. I don’t believe the planets force us to experience certain events in our lives, but rather, as we evolve the planets help to facilitate this. I’ve noticed when I have gone through hard times in my life, the cosmic energies at the time were very gentle and soft. Of course when we’re ready to experience struggle- the planets will make it happen up there too.

Everything is a mirror of us. The further people have moved away from source, the higher the cancer rates (people are literally rotting away). The more fiery people are, the hotter the weather. The more open people have been about taboos, the more naked society has become (the rise of nudity). The more we search for meaning in our lives, the more awakened we have become (the rise of mainstream spirituality).

Next time you dread that planetary alignment or “bad” transit, pay attention to what you’re thinking because that is the magnet to the planets.

And so it is.

 

New Moon in Taurus April 26, 2017: Let Them Eat Cake!

Moonbeams- nurture yourself, presence, mindfulness

New Moons in Taurus are always about taking time for yourself to indulge, by practicing mindfulness through being present in each and every moment. Venus the ruler of Taurus will still be in its shadow phase during this time conjunct Chiron in Pisces a 29 degrees signifying the cusp of great change with regards to self worth before moving back into Aries. Seeing as there is strong Neptunian energy during this NM, there is a certain mystical threshold that is being crossed, synchronicity’s, dreams, divination, déjà vu will all be very heightened. Saturn still at the galactic centre is representing a major shift in the space time continuum where the future, present, and past are colliding, creating out of body experiences for us. We don’t have any control over this, but what we do have is the fixed earth energy of Taurus which is teaching us a major lesson of being present and rooted in our nature. Coming back into our bodies is in itself a spiritual practice because our 5 senses allow us to stay connected to our earthy sensuous being, creating a fertile ground for new roots to take hold. The polarity of Taurus is Scorpio which is forcing us to let go of co-dependency- depending on spirit to bring us the answers we need. Everything we need to know is within ourselves. Self reliance is Taurean energy in its rawest form. If we are not grounded, it doesn’t matter how much information is being downloaded. We have a choice during this New Moon of whether we are going to embrace the lessons of Taurus’ ruler Venus from its retrograde cycle of loving ourselves by honouring our needs by listening to our inner voice (Taurus-throat), or are we going to get lost in the Piscean current? As Marie Antoinette (archetype of self indulgence)- who had her Venus in Scorpio said- “let them eat cake”, a.k.a, let us get real with ourselves by understanding that we have all the information we need going forward, so let’s make the most of it!

Tips

Set intentions around trusting your voice

Happy International Astrology Day!

In honour of International Astrology Day, I thought I would share a story about my Astrology journey.

Wearing a crown of stars, peering through a telescope up at the majestic night sky, and jotting down my observations in a dusty tattered book in my esoteric library. This is how I picture myself, but to most people I am known as the crazy girl who seems to remember everyone’s birthdays, blaming the planets on every fortune, misfortune, and event in the world. Yes, I do believe that the planets and stars are the magicians of the universe, putting on a show for those with the sight to see. I believe that we all have the ability to witness this show, some of us have front row tickets, and some are lined up outside the theatre, with not a clue as to what they’re missing. This is the reality of astrology, some of us get it, and some of us don’t. But even if you don’t understand it, the magic is still there, adding a sprinkle of cosmic dust to each of us, affecting us in magical ways. We all have a ticket to see the show, but few will be privileged enough to see it backstage.

My journey with astrology began when I was around eight or nine years old. My mother had a stack of large dusty Astrology books in her closet that she consulted on many occasions. I remember spending countless afternoons perusing those books, while the rays of summer light shone through the lacy curtains illuminating the pages of astrological illustrations, a centaur for Sagittarius, fish for Pisces, crab for Cancer and so on. I was mesmerized and so began my journey with the planets. The next day I visited my local craft shop looking for some paints for a project I was working on, when I serendipitously came across a fortune teller’s kit for kids, in it, a guide on palmistry, a magic 8 ball, mini tarot cards, and a small book on Astrology. I gasped, I knew it was a sign, as just the day before I had spent the afternoon absorbed in my mother’s Astrology collection. The magic had cast its spell on me.

Throughout my childhood I would constantly read up on Astrology, whether it was in pre-teen magazines in which I would automatically flip to the back to read up on the commercialized horoscopes, or spend countless hours on Astrology websites. The big turning point came when I was in high school. At this point, after reading very generic astrological books, something was no longer sitting right with me. I would read up on my sun sign but feel very disconnected from it. I am an Aries sun, but only a 2 degrees Aries sun, born on March 22. Technically, I was born right at the beginning of Aries. This conundrum was frustrating. I fall on the Pisces-Aries cusp, but could never wholly identify with being an Aries. This is when I began searching online for answers. I came across websites which would generate your natal chart with interpretations of the configurations. Upon doing this, I learned that I have a Pisces Moon and Pisces stellium in my chart, and am a Cancer rising. Knowing the characteristics of those signs, it made perfect sense to me. I am not your typical Aries, rather I am a more docile, sensitive, psychic version. Not only was this a huge a-ha moment for me, but it reinvigorated my passion for this cosmic science. Ever since learning about the different houses, planets, and transits, what once seemed like an occult hobby, turned into a starry exploration of the psyche, heart, and soul.

Studying Astrology full time as a hobby has been my life for as long as I can remember. While other people in their twenties are out partying and rebelling, I sit at home reading up on astrological news, interpreting charts for friends and family, and researching other Astrological systems such as Babylonian, Egyptian, and Vedic Astrology. When I see friends going on job interviews during Mercury Retrograde, I cringe. When I hear people brag about all the wonderful things happening to them, without them knowing they’re experiencing their Jupiter Return, I smile to myself. When a close acquaintance is forever lamenting on her struggle with finding the “one” I have to gently remind her that Saturn in the 7th House makes it a little more challenging…. much to her chagrin. Once you delve into the galactic abyss of Astrology, it can be consuming, life changing, and a little scary. I believe that anyone who studies Astrology, or enjoys Astrology will at some point in time be faced with its paradox. Do the planets control every aspect of our lives? Every breath we take? Every person we meet? Is there such thing as free will? Do we have any control? Regardless, the planets need Astrologers as much as Astrologers need the planets. I’m sure it must be a little frustrating for them up there, watching millions of people working against their energy every day. Every opposition, trine, square, and conjunction, contains lessons and learning opportunities for us. Without knowing what these energies have to offer to us, life can become very difficult.

It is my goal to take Astrological courses and become a professional Astrologer in the near future. When I look at my chart as whole as an entire system I can see quite clearly that this is my destiny. Astrology always runs the risk of being a little choppy, this planet means this, therefore this will happen. We have to remember that it is a system, a map, and we as astrologers are the cartographers, drawing connections between opposing and complementary energies, creating a navigational tool for people to use. We are yesterday’s astronomers, today’s astrologers, and tomorrow’s psychologists.

One of the first questions I ask when I meet someone is “when is your birthday?” If they refuse to answer, then I enjoy trying to figure out their ascendant. If I know they’re time of birth, even better. So maybe I am the crazy girl who remembers everyone’s birthdays, but I still like to think of myself as the girl wearing a crown of stars decoding the cosmos, who just happens to have a backstage pass to the greatest show there is…….Astrology.