Sunday, September 27, 2015

Reading your Chart Like a Professional Astrologer pt 4 The Houses 1 - 6

The horoscope is divided into twelve pie-shaped wedges that are known as "houses." Like rooms in a house, each area represents an area of our lives and the sorts of experiences we will have there. For example, the Fourth House represents our home and family. If you have your Venus here it indicates that there was be a feeling of love in your childhood home and maybe the house itself is beautiful. The Ninth house represents travel so if you have your Venus in this house love would come into your life through experiences away from home. You might even fall in love with someone while traveling and maybe a beautiful foreigner who's background is very different from your own. The sign (Aries, Taurus, etc.) on the cusp of each house tells us something about the experiences you'll have in these areas too. Someone with Leo on the cusp of the Second house which rules possessions will tend to surround themselves with grand objects that create a bit of drama, whereas someone with Capricorn on the second house would only want utilitarian items that served a purpose.

The First Six Houses

The First House
The first house shows the sign that was ascending over the horizon at the moment you were born. This sign is therefore known as your rising sign or ascendant. The degree on the ascendant changes every four minutes which is why it is so important to have an exact birth time to find out the exact degree of your rising sign. The first house describes your personal point of view, that first impression you got when you popped out and saw the world for the very first time. Therefore the sign on the ascendant is considered the most important bit of information in a chart, even more than the Sun or Moon because it can tell us so much about ourselves, our attitudes, our likes and dislikes and it also tells about the first impression we make on others.

The Second House
If the first house is ourselves, then the next house is our possessions, what gathers around us and what we value. Venus in the second house tends to attract nice things. Uranus in the second would more likely manifest as electrical equipment or unique items that appear suddenly and then move on.

The Third House
The third house tells about things beyond ourselves and our possessions so it rules other people who are still close by, like brothers and sisters and neighbors. Saturn in the third could indicate an older brother or an elderly neighbor who has a significant influence. The sign on the house cusp will also tell us something about our relationship with our siblings and something about the neighborhood we live in. For example, Pisces on the third could give a strong intuitive bond with a brother. It also might mean the neighborhood is without boundaries with plenty of opportunities to roam but also perhaps a danger of getting lost.

The Fourth House.
This house is at the bottom of the chart and so tells a lot about a person's foundations. Saturn here could mean the person grew up in an environment where conditions were somewhat harsh. Maybe only a basic structure for the house or little money for extras. Jupiter in the fourth on the other hand promises a home filled with abundance and learning.

The Fifth House.
Welcome to the fun house! A house is not a home without fun and children so it naturally follows that once the fourth house foundation is secure, children and creative endeavors come next. The sign on the fifth house cusp describes the setting that gives you pleasure and the planets there tell the activities you love. Thus if you have Taurus, the sign of beauty and comfort, on the cusp and the Moon, ruler of children, in the house you will enjoy being involved with children, perhaps as a nanny or you may enjoy painting pictures of children.

The Sixth House.
After the fifth house of creativity, the sixth house defines our regular fixed schedules and routine thus it is often considered to be the house of work and we can look to the sixth to see what sort of daily routine, work, would most suit us. If a person has Gemini on the cusp of the sixth they will want to talk and share information as part of their daily routine so work as a teacher might appeal. On the other hand if a person has Pisces on the cusp of the sixth house they may crave music or they may need a schedule that is very flexible.

This is a lot of information to take in at once so I will leave off telling about the other houses until next week. Meanwhile if you would like me to set up your chart for you complete with your exact ascendant please give me a call. I will need to know your birth date, time and place of birth. It only takes a couple of minutes and if you're going to read a chart like a professional you've got to have an accurate chart!

You're worth it!

Rosada, EXT 2340

Sunday, September 20, 2015

How to Read Your Chart Like a Professional Astrologer pt.3 The Signs 7 - 12

Today we continue with our discussion of the signs.

Libra (September 23 - October 23) is the seventh sign of the zodiac. It rules balance, fairness and marriage. If you consider that Virgo is the sign of the bachelor than it makes sense that Libra rules the opposite, the marriage partner. Planets in Libra will reveal what we are looking for in a relationship. Venus, the goddess of love, rules Libra emphasizing that relationships thrive best when people have an attitude of acceptance towards their loved ones rather than attempting to change a partner or to impose restrictions. The previous sign,Virgo, had a reputation for being critical because their job is to look for errors. That's not always the best approach in partnership however, so Libra is known for having developed diplomatic, gracious, good manners.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 22) is the eighth sign of the zodiac. It is the most intense sign of all, as if here the balanced scales of Libra have been swinging back and forth so wildly that now planets in Scorpio manifest their most extreme characteristics. Pluto, the god of life and death and the underworld, is the ruler of Scorpio and where you find Pluto in your chart tells you where you are going to have your most extreme life changing experiences.

Sagittarius (November 23 - December 23) is the ninth sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion, planets in Sagittarius tell how you will broaden you mind and widen your world. It's as if after all the intensity of Scorpio the soul says, "This is too much! I gotta get out of here. I need to go on vacation, travel, clear my head, get a new perspective."

Capricorn (December 23 - January 22) is the tenth sign of the zodiac. It is ruled by Saturn the planet of experience and harsh reality. it's as if after all the traveling in Sagittarius a soul has accumulated enough experience to have a fairly realistic view of the world. There's a feeling of now wanting to organize the parts of our lives that have become scattered, to make sense of it all. Planets in Capricorn tend to be organized, practical and businesslike. The sign brings out the the dutiful, cautious, and pessimistic side of us.

Aquarius (January 22 - February 21) is the eleventh sign of the zodiac. After the rules and restrictions in Capricorn, Aquarius brings out the rebel. I think of the saying, "You first have to know the rules in order to break them," and that other well used phrase, "Think outside the box." Aquarian energy shakes things up. Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius and also the ruler of electricity. This makes sense when you consider what a game changer electricity was when the electric light bulb first came on the scene. Whenever you see planets in Aquarius know you are dealing with a player who isn't going to toe the party line. Planets in the sign of The Individual think for themselves and sometimes do unexpected things just to show they can.

Pisces (February 22 - March 21) is the twelfth and final sign of the zodiac. Aquarius launched you in whole new directions - Pisces gets you utterly lost in space. Here planets are successful depending on how willing they are to trust their instincts. Neptune, the god of the seas, rules this sign of dreams and things that are nebulous, not solid. Where you have Neptune in your chart shows where you are most likely to be aware of your intuition, where feelings mean more than facts. Planets in Pisces tend to have a hard time maintaining focus but can lead to great spiritual insights.

Okay, now you're ready to start putting together the planets in combination with the sign they are in. A good exercise is to pick a planet and then just run through your mind how that planet might function in each of the signs. Let's take the Moon as an example.

When the Moon, ruling focus and feelings and what one notices or responds too,, is in the sign of the self, Aries, people tend to be self absorbed.
Moon in Taurus = we seek peace and quiet, stability and creature comforts.
Moon in Gemini = we want to communicate, to feel mentally connected.
Moon in Cancer = we want emotional security, a sense of home and family.
Moon in Leo = we respond to children and things that are in a state of developing, being created.
Moon in Virgo = there's a pull towards tidiness, a sense of order.
Moon in Libra = makes us aware of others.
Moon in Scorpio = pulls us towards privacy.
Moon in Sagittarius = gives a desire to travel, to leave past dramas behind.
Moon in Capricorn = a longing for simplicity, system.
Moon in Aquarius = now a desire to change the system, to be unique, original.
Moon in Pisces = a feeling to blend in with the flow, to be one with the greater system.
Now try this exercise with the other planets and soon you'll be talking to the planets like a professional!

Meanwhile, thanks for talking to me!

Rosada, EXT 2340

Sunday, September 13, 2015

How to Read Your Chart Like a Professional Astrologer pt.2 The Signs 1 - 6

Reading what others have to say about the stars can be interesting, but getting that sudden flash of clarity on your own is the really fun part - and once you've memorized a few basic principles the planets will indeed begin speaking to you directly. So let's get started on the meanings of the twelve signs and let the "Ah-ha!" moments roll!

Aries (March 20 - April 20) is the first sign of the zodiac. (By the way, when you're talking to someone about their chart and their birth date falls around the 20 - 23 of the month check an astrological calendar to be sure you've got their sign right as the sign doesn't always start exactly on the 20 day of the month.) Just knowing that Aries is the first sign can tell you a lot about the Aries nature. They are known for being courageous, enthusiastic and always eager to try something new. The sign is also associated with sports and competitions where there are rewards for being first. Aries natives rarely hold a grudge which I think explains why they so often end up crossing the finish line first - they don't waste any time worrying about the past!

Taurus (April 20 - May 21) is the second sign of the zodiac and you can remember Taurus traits because they are the exact opposite of Aries. Where Aries is known for moving fast, Taurus is famous for creating stability and being stubborn. Aries travels light, Taurus doesn't want to travel at all and furthermore likes to accumulate stuff. Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of war. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the goddess of love. Aries burns energy, Taurus cultivates food, the source of energy. A person born with the Sun in Aries will get things started, a person born with Sun in Taurus will stabilize them.

Gemini (May 21 - June 21) is the third sign of the zodiac. Known as The Twins, you can remember the Gemini characteristics if you think of Gemini as being the result if Aries and Taurus had a kid = one day the Aries energetic nature hops out, the next you meet calm Taurus. So Gemini is known for being a split personality able to change and adapt. It's ruled by the planet Mercury, the messenger who's full of ideas but may not understand them too deeply. If you have a Gemini friend they often delight you with their snappy one-liners but they wont stick around for heavy speeches.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) comes next and rules the idea of family. It's as if Aries married Taurus, they had the Gemini Twins so now they can create a sense of home with Cancer. Home is where feelings matter more than facts and likewise planets in Cancer will express through moods and intuition rather than logic. It's as if the fast talking Gemini only needs to say a few words and Cancer intuitively grasps the whole concept.

Leo (July 22 - August 23) is the fifth sign and is ruled by the Sun. Thus Leos are known for being the shining Sun/star of the (Cancer) family - and what character is the star of the family? The child of course. So Leo rules children and as children grow and change, Leo is also known for creativity. Children think their parents are the best in the world and likewise Leos want to be proud of their family and are fiercely loyal. Planets in Leo wont hide themselves like the shy-signed Cancer and many successful stage performers have Leo or the Sun prominent in their charts.
Have you noticed how each sign seems to be in some ways the exact opposite of the previous one? Silent Taurus/Talkative Gemini. Shy Cancer ruled by the Moon/ Center-stage Leo ruled by the Sun. If you are wanting to understand a sign you can get some powerful clues just by considering each sign as the flip side of the one that came before.

Virgo (August 23 - September 23) is the sixth sign and is known as the sign of the perfectionist. Flamboyant Leo needs someone to follow after them and tidy up their creative frenzies and polite refined Virgo is just the sign for the job. Planets in Virgo express themselves best in situations that reward precision and a love of doing a job for it's own sake rather than for recognition and applause (I guess Leo got all of that - another example of one sign being the reverse of the previous one).

The first six signs cover the path of a person by themselves. The signs 7 - 12 describe the experiences we encounter when we pair up with others. We'll cover these signs next week.

Until then,
Rosada, EXT 2340

Sunday, September 6, 2015

How to Read Your Chart Like a Professional Astrologer pt.1 The Planets

Have you ever wished you could read your own chart but have been overwhelmed with all there is to know? I've decided that over the next two months I'm going to write out an astrological handbook and post it here. If you follow along with me and do the exercises you should be ready by the end of October to do readings yourself - just in time for Halloween!

First of course you need to set up your astrological chart. This used to be a long complicated process but now you can get a chart instantly on the internet by going to If you have any difficulty give me a call and I'll walk you through it.

Once you have your chart the fun of interpretation can begin. There are three basic things we need to know to interpret a chart: The planets, the signs and the houses.

This week we will begin with the study of the planets:

The Sun.
 Every organization needs a creator or boss who guides the crew. The Sun in a chart represents this Creator and the Creator is you, your true self, and the sign the Sun appears in describes the role you create for yourself. Although the other planets in the chart are important, they all circle around the Sun just as while other people are important and have an influence, ultimately you must take responsibility for all that happens in your life - you created it!
Where you find the Sun in your chart, the "house" it is in, tells where you will shine. If the Sun is in the 1st house of the self, you will have radiant good health and will attract attention whenever you walk into the room. In the other hand, if your Sun is in the 7th house of other people you most likely will be at your best working in partnership and could be very successful as a counselor as you help others shine.

The Moon.
  The Sun tells us about our conscious self. The Moon tells us about our unconscious. Her mode of communication is feelings so where we find the Moon in our chart tells us where we have our strongest emotional reactions - what we feel for, what we care about. How smoothly the Sun and the Moon harmonize in a chart will give a clue as to how well our conscious drives mesh with our unconscious desires.

 Messenger of the gods, Mercury tells how you communicate. A strongly placed Mercury - that is, one who is in a sign it operates well in (such as Gemini or Virgo) or that has positive connections to other planets - promises a good mind and indicates the possibility of success in a career that rewards communication skills. A poorly placed Mercury (such as one that is in difficult aspect to Neptune, the planet of lies and deception) warns this will be a lifetime in which one will need to pay particular attention to what they are told and what they sign to be sure there are no misunderstandings. Mercury is in Libra this month where it does well because Libra is the sign of partnership. So it's a good omen for successful negotiations with partners over the next several weeks.

Venus, the goddess of love, tells what you want and how to go about attracting it. Knowing where your Venus is and when you will be having good Venus days is one of the most practical bits of advice you can get from your chart. Venus in Aries loves to be first and often Venus in Aries people will fall in love at first sight - but Venus here can be very fickle and want to move on once the newness wears off. Venus in Capricorn on the other hand, is slow to commit but don't let their careful pace discourage you - they only invest their time where they feel sure it will pay off. Venus turned direct today so friendships should have a feeling of moving forward this week.

Mars is the god of action and also of self-defense. Where you have your Mars in your chart tells you where you are going to want to put your energy. A third house Mars - that is, Mars in the third house, the sign of communication and near neighbors - will be active in the neighborhood and may be known as a bit of a gossip or at least someone who is never at a loss for words. A 9th house Mars - Mars in the house of travel and distant neighbors - will leave home at an early age and travel in this lifetime, always wondering if the grass might be greener over the next horizon. This month Mars is in Leo the sign of showmanship, so we're seeing a lot of flamboyant politicians grandstanding in the news.

Jupiter is the god of expansion, abundance and good fortune. Where he appears in your chart shows where you can expect to have some extra good luck and wiggle-room. Jupiter in your first house could give an expansive nature - and possibly a problem with weight if the person is too generous at the buffet table as Jupiter here can expand your vision but also your waistline. This year Jupiter is in Virgo ruling work and health issues. Could bring expanding work opportunities (or just seeing a lot that needs to get done) and also we should see some health related breakthroughs in the year ahead.

Saturn keeps track of the rules. Where he appears in your chart says this is the area that will suffer if you take short cuts or don't fulfill your commitments. Saturn is usually considered to be a "bad guy" but he can also bring rewards for steady effort over time. Saturn is moving into Sagittarius this month so projects may feel like they are slow to get off the ground (Saturn at the beginning of a sign indicates things getting off to a slow start), but it's always good to have a solid foundation and Saturn will be helping with that over the next couple of months.

 Saturn guards the jail, but Uranus always finds a way to break out. Where Uranus lands in your chart reveals where you are going to shake things up and refuse to be tied down by The Rules. Uranus thinks outside the box and if you have Uranus prominent you may be known for your unusual ideas and unique understandings. Uranus is in Aries these days and as Aries rules the individual we are manifesting stories of people feeling rebellious and refusing to follow the law (Saturn) such as the woman who has gone to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses.

Whenever your feeling confused or sleepy or even romantic - any feeling that is not related to the solid here and now, you're under the influence of Neptune, the god of dreams. Where you find you're Neptune you'll find where you are most likely to have inspiration and compassion but also where you must guard against deception. Many movie stars have elevated Neptunes - that is, Neptune positioned towards the top of the chart meaning it's influence is out in the open. These people enchant us with their magic even though we know it's all a deception. Neptune is strong in Pisces this year, the sign that rules refugees but also compassion. Pope Francis has taken up the cause of the refugees in Europe, a wonderful opportunity for Neptune to dissolve boundaries.

Death, re-birth and transformation. Where you have your Pluto is where you are going to have life changing experiences. I spoke to a woman recently who had Pluto next to the Sun in her chart. She worked as a Life Coach, a perfect manifestation of the Sun-Pluto Transformation influence!
Pluto is in Capricorn for the next several years. As Capricorn rules structure and governments we're seeing tremendous change all over the world in governmental institutions. The old ways are breaking down. Hopefully something better will be reborn. 

Okay, those are the key players. Next week we'll discuss the meaning and influence of the signs.

Meanwhile, circle the calendar for Saturday night, September 12. There will be a New Moon in Virgo. A perfect time to launch a new job and a new health regime.

If you do not have your astrological chart call me and I can give it to you over the phone.

Thanks for reading,

Rosada, EXT 2340