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The Misunderstood Inconjunct

The inconjunct, or quincunx aspect, besides being one of the more difficult to pronounce, is probably the most under-rated and misunderstood aspects by students of astrology. Traditional interpretation has attached a strongly negative connotation to this aspect. Some astrologers of the past have even labeled the inconjunct the “aspect of death.” Granted, it is a hard aspect to contend with, but growth and awareness can be the eventual outcome of the struggles and challenges it creates. What makes the inconjunct such a difficult aspect is the angle it creates. It is a 150 degree aspect. That puts it directly between the 130 degree trine and the 180 degree opposition. The energies of the planets connected with this aspect are neither flowing harmoniously nor involved in a direct head on resistance. The inconjunct is associated with the relationship between the sign of Aries, and the signs of Virgo and Scorpio respectively. In one case the fiery energy of Aries is now forced to contend with the practical and down-to-earth Virgo, and in the other it must deal with the watery, deep, emotional sign of Scorpio. In both instances we have signs that are incompatible by element and well as unlike in quality. Fire is coupled with earth and water and cardinal is now forced to work with mutable and fixed. Here there is no common ground whatsoever. A major adjustment in ones thinking and a complete reorganization of thought and deed is required to act constructively with this aspect. The energy (Aries) must structure itself and be cleansed through service to others (Virgo) or evolve on a much higher level... read more

Releasing Our Anger

Scientists used to think that the fast tempo and intense drive of Type A personalities helped to create health problems in those individuals. But a current study has many scientists changing their minds. The real cause of the illness in these driven people is really deep-rooted anger. Everyone gets angry now and then. If someone cuts you off while driving, the natural impulse is to feel anger. This impulse is an innate reaction that stems from our primordial genes. It’s a body signal that says fight or flight may be necessary. Hatred is the real enemy. Anger must be erased before it turns into hate. Anger is like a knife. When its’ continually held toward the world, it slowly turns in our hands to point at us. Hatred is a terrible disease, sapping one’s precious time and energy in evil plans and ill intentions. The fight response recoils into bitter revenge. The flight response turns into feelings of imprisonment. Anger becomes heated for a reason. It’s too hot for us to hold onto without burning ourselves. We need to let it go. Problems arise when we can’t run away from the source of our anger. Perhaps it’s a spouse who likes to use us as their scapegoat. Whatever the cause may be, long-held anger will manifest itself as illness and pathological problems. We need to find a way to release these negative feelings in order to heal ourselves. Even if we can’t totally forgive, at least we can stop holding onto the anger and stop using it as a channel of unhealthy energy. By seeing that hatred is self-destructive... read more

Astrology and the Bible

Many Christians feel that they cannot support the concept of astrology but there are many mentions of it in the Bible.  In fact the Holy Book is packed with references to it. Even Jesus Christ refers to it in this famous quote – “There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” – (Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25) One of the great astrological stories in the Bible has to do with the star of Bethlehem. It is written that the star was a sign from God signals the birth of the Messiah into the world. The three Magi, who were astrologers, determined the time of this birth by the position of this star. In 1600, Johannes Kepler hypothesized that this star was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which is a supposition that has been confirmed by modern astrological methods. The Star of Bethlehem was indeed probably a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The prediction at the time was of course that there would be a Messiah born among Kings. Saturn is a planet that rules the Jews and Jupiter symbolizes royalty.  What an accurate prediction for the birth of someone who would be known as “The King of the Jews.” Interestingly the twelve tribes of Israel are also associated with the Zodiac signs. According to Flavius Josephus, the famed Jewish historian, the Jewish temple at Jerusalem had the twelve signs of the zodiac embedded in its floors. In the recent past Israel has also issued postage stamps with zodiac signs as recognition of this. In the book of Genesis there are comments about the signs... read more

The Real Day Christ was Born

Every year on December 25th, millions of Americans celebrate the holiday of Christmas. It is the day we use to commemorate the birth of Christ. The fact that we honor the nativity of Jesus on that particular date is of interest because chances are Christ was not born on the 25th of December or any time near it. Not only has there been much debate over what time of the year Christ was born, there is an equal amount of controversy over the exact year of His birth. A major problem in trying to pinpoint an exact month and year is the loose manner in which the ancients kept track of important events. At that time in history, there was no real universal method of chronicling important dates. Events were listed in the reign of “King So-and-So”. This makes it extremely hard to mark the true date that Christ was born. There are a variety of opinions among scholars as to what time of the year Christ was born. Some believe that He was born during the springtime, while others contend that the event occurred during the summer months. Very few believe that Christ was born during the month of December. If such is the case, why do we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th? At the time when Christ was born, the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia. This marked the end of the harvest season and was a time of great rejoicing. Saturnalia always took the end of December. Along with this, the Romans did believe that December 25th signaled the Winter Solstice, when they... read more

The Rising Sign

I tell my clients that the three most important parts of the horoscope are the Sum Sign, the Moon Sign and the Rising sign. Most of them know about the Sun and Moon digns, but very few know about the Rising Sign. The Rising Sign is also referred to as the Ascendant is the zodiac sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of your birth. If you know the exact time you were born the Rising Sign can be calculated to the exact degree of the sign. There is something in astrology that is called the ecliptic. It can be a hard to understand. It basically is an imaginary circle in the sky with the 12 signs of the zodiac on either side of it. This circle also happens to be the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Because of the rotation of the earth all of the 12 signs rise and set. Consequently a different sign appears on the horizon every two hours. In a 24 hour period all 12 signs of the zodiac rise and set. This is why it is called a Rising Sign. It’s the sign that was ascending on the horizon at the time of birth. Astrologers believe that the Ascendant is the mask that one wears in public. It’s the way an individual packages or advertises themselves. Because of this, it usually is the first impression that a person makes on others. The Rising Sign is expressed in one’s image, style and mannerisms. The Rising Sign can be considered your auto-pilot. It tells a lot about how... read more

The Moon

The Moon has been a source of fascination and curiosity throughout history. It’s the biggest and brightest object in the night sky. It influences life here on earth from the tides, a woman’s fertility cycle to our own changeable emotional nature. The Moon is the only natural satellite of the earth. It is also the only celestial body on which humans have landed. The Moon has been known since prehistoric times. In past civilizations the Moon was regarded as a deity. The Romans believed that the Moon was Luna, the goddess of the Moon. The Greeks called the Moon Selene or Artemis who was the daughter of Zeus. Ancient lore and legend tell of the power of the Moon to instill spells with magic, to transform humans into beasts and to send people to the brink of insanity. Lunacy is derived from the Latin, Luna, meaning Moon. In the past some people even believed that the Moon was made of green cheese. This notion was originally formulated as a proverb or a metaphor. This refers to the perception of a simpleton who sees a reflection of the Moon in water and mistakes it for a round cheese wheel. It is widespread as a folkloric myth among many of the world’s cultures, and the notion has also found its way into both children’s tales folklore and modern popular culture. The phrase green cheese in this proverb simply refers to a young cheese, like cream cheese, though modern people may interpret the color reference literally. In 1835, the Great Moon Hoax fooled some people into thinking that scientists discovered life on... read more

Elements & Qualities

The twelve signs of the zodiac can be broken down into different groups according to some basic characteristics. The first means of classifying a par­ticular sign is by the element that the sign belongs to. There are four basic elements: fire, earth, air and water. Each element contains three signs. Signs that are of the same element are compatible in nature. The fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. These signs are fiery in nature. They are positive, aggressive, enthusiastic, spontaneous, ardent and creative. Next are earth signs; these signs are practical and down-to-earth. The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. They are pragmatic, conservative, dependable, resourceful, mundane and reliable. The air signs are the communicators of the zodiac. They are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Air signs are intellectual, social, perceptive, curious, logical, alert and talkative. Finally we have the water signs; these signs are emotional in nature. The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. They are responsive, subjective, receptive, sensitive, intuitive and impressionable. Another classification of the signs are by their quality or mode of expression. There are three basic qualities; cardinal, fixed and mutable. Each quality contains four signs. Signs that are of the same quality are not compatible and feel uneasy with each other. The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. These signs are signs of action. They take the initiative to go out and get what they want. Cardinal signs have the ability to act directly and decisively. They are able to put constructive action into immediate manifestation. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are the fixed signs. These signs are basically... read more

The Presidents and Astrology

Whenever people start talking about astrology and the history of our country, one question is bound to be brought up.  What one zodiac sign have the most presidents been born under? The answer is a tie.  There have been five Scorpio presidents; John Adams, James Garfield, Warren G. Harding, James K. Polk and Theodore Roosevelt. There also has been five Aquarian presidents; William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Second place is also a tie with four presidents born under each of the following signs; Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Capricorn and Pisces. Scorpions can certainly be effective politicians.  Not only is the sign noted for its strength and determination, it is also a very intuitive sign.  This can give a Scorpio the ability to pick up on subtle energies that others may miss.  Having said that, there has not been a Scorpio president since Warren Harding who was president from 1921 to 1923.  It is interesting to note that Hillary Clinton is a Scorpio. People that are Aquarians are very ultruistic in their outlook.  It is the sign of the humanitarian.  Out of all of the signs I believe that Aquarius fits the office of the presidency the best. The great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln was an Aquarius.  He freed the slaves and helped the Union to victory during the Civil War.  Franklin Roosevelt who brought the country out of the Great Depression, also helped guide the country through the Second World War. Some of our presidents have had an avid interest in metaphysics. George Washington, a Pisces, was one of them.  Our first president... read more

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