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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Antikythera Mechanism - 2000 year old Astronomical Clock

Life Science writer, Ker Than, covers the inner workings of a beautiful Greek Astronomical Clock.

"Scientists have finally demystified the incredible workings of a 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator built by ancient Greeks.

"A new analysis of the Antikythera Mechanism [image], a clock-like machine consisting of more than 30 precise, hand-cut bronze gears, show it to be more advanced than previously thought—so much so that nothing comparable was built for another thousand years."

  • Scientists Unravel Mystery of Ancient Greek Machine
  • Be sure to click on the picture of the clock to see the original, and the reconstruction!

    Wednesday, November 29, 2006

    Clearing up the "Cusp"

    Have you been told you are "on the cusp" of a Zodiac sign? A cusp is a boundary line between the signs of the zodiac. In newspaper "Sun Sign" Horoscopes, did you know that the Sun changes signs different days each year? Some years it may change on the 23rd, others the 21st. In the newspaper, one choice will be made and followed, although it does not fit all years. So take a look at the dates used to define the signs in different papers, and you will notice this. This is usually how some people get misled or confused.

    There are many people wandering around thinking they are part one sign and part another. In astrology, your planets are either in one or the other. Planets do not straddle fences. Of course you have traits of other signs in your personality! You are a complete person and it is only the energy focus that is different. Please remember that if something is true in an astrological chart, it will be repeated several times.

    It is true that the first degree or less of any sign is always exceptionally strong in influence. So, saying "on the cusp" should really read: "Wow! You really have a lot of emphasis here!"

    Tuesday, November 28, 2006

    What Do Rambo and George W Bush Have in Common?

    What do Sylvester Stallone and President George W Bush have in common? You might be surprised, but they are "date twins". Date twins are two people born on the same date. Find some celebrity comparisons:

  • Date Twins
  • Monday, November 27, 2006

    Steve Irwin Death Tape Stolen & Irwin's Astrological Chart

    The National Enquirer reported that a copy had been made of the tape showing Steve Irwin's final moments. The original is allegedly in the hands of the Australian authorities, but the rag says the bootleg copy has been stolen! Read about it: Steve Irwin's tape of final moments stolen?

    Learn about Steve Irwin's Astrology Chart and the Transits for his passing, memorial and more! Steve Irwin & the Astrology Page

    Hungry for more Steve Irwin Info? Adelaide Now!

    Sunday, November 26, 2006

    Googling Mars

    So there I was, tooling around with Google. I have high respect for the geeks of Google and am always pleasantly surprised at all the new goodies they come up with. THIS one I just had to share with you. I am sure that you are familiar with Google Earth. Google Earth gives you satellite views of any area or address on earth. It might not be real time, but it sure is cool. Perfect for all the Scorpio-inclined folks out there.

    Now, there is Google Mars! You can choose elevation, visible and infrared views of this mighty God of War. There are 9 choices of links: regions, spacecraft, stories, mountains, canyons, dunes, plains, ridges and craters. Suddenly our solar system really is becoming much more accessible. Get up close and personal with Mars on Google Mars!

    Saturday, November 25, 2006

    Learn More About Astrology

    Many of my readers are already professional astrologers. Astrology Talk was designed to be interesting enough for the professional, but easy enough to understand for anyone with an interest in astrology. Where do you go to learn? There are so many resources, how do you know which one is a good place to start?

    First, go to AstroLabe and get your free chart. This chart will show you where all the planets are and you can print out a chart wheel for yourself.

    For an online resource, I would start by going to Bob Marks site. He gives accurate and simple interpretations and instructions. Start by interpreting your own chart. If you are interested in going a step further, then the next step would be to go through an intensive training program at a respectable institute. I will do a further posting on those options, so stay tuned.

    Books that will help you on your journey can be purchased here: Learning Astrology . Books are a great way to have resources that you can refer back to time and time again. You can make notes in the pages and make the resource your very own.

    At first, you might feel a little overwhelmed. That's natural with such a vast subject. When I first started learning about astrology, I had dreams of astrological glyphs. What I wasn't absorbing during the daytime, my subconscious made sure I absorbed at night. Although it takes patience and dedication to become an astrologer, you will find that even with a marginal increase of your current knowledge that astrology in general becomes a lot more fulfilling and textured.

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    Forensic Astrology and Missing Children

    My article on Forensic Astrology was so popular that I thought I would revisit the subject. Forensic Astrology is used much in the same way that forensics are used in a crime lab. In a crime lab, fingerprints, fiber evidence or other clues to crimes are analyzed. In Forensic Astrology, astrological patterns are reviewed and interpreted to give some sort of clue to solving crimes. It can be a murder, theft, assault or, most likely, finding a missing person.

    I stumbled upon a missing persons blog that uses Forensic Astrology in solving the mystery of those who are "lost". A fascinating real time study in Forensic Astrology.

  • "MISSING" A Matter of Perception
  • Friday, November 24, 2006

    Mythology and Astrology

    Astrology pulls much of its symbolism from Mythology. For example, the names of planets come from mythic gods. Mercury, lightning fast, delivering the messages of the Gods. Venus, the Goddess of love and harmony. Jupiter is expansive, lucky and parallels Zeus. Pluto is the God of the Underworld and pulls at the depth of each of us. Each sign of the Zodiac has a planetary ruler, and so takes on some of the colors of that specific planet as well.

    Of course astronomers name planets, not astrologers. Interestingly enough, when new planets are discovered, their energies are particularly visible and identifiable in our world. Their names parallel the energies they represent.

    Using these symbols and mythologies, astrology itself becomes very literal. Visit the Theoi Project, a Guide to Greek Mythology and Ancient Gods to learn more about the mythologies behind the planets and signs.

  • Thursday, November 23, 2006

    The Difference Between Astrology and Tarot

    Many people lump all sorts of different practices into one pile. Due to this, often people consider Tarot readings and Astrology interpretations to be in the same family. This is completely untrue. As I have explained in a previous post, Astrology uses a very precise method of mathematical calculation to show where planets are at the time and place of birth. From those calculations, a diagram called a chart is cast. It is from this chart that very exact and literal interpretations come from.

    Tarot actually began as a card game. In fact, other playing cards were used first in the same way. In parts of Europe assorted "playing cards" are still used for divination instead of Tarot decks. Today, Tarot cards are laid out in specific patterns, depending on the situation and preference of the reader. Each card has a symbolic meaning and helps the reader tap into the unconscious. In this definition, it is believed that unconsciously we know all the answers we need, most of us just don't have the ability to access this knowledge on our own. Tarot is just a tool to point us in the right direction of what we need to hear.

    You may have some overlap in the information that you receive from a Tarot reading and an Astrological interpretation. You can consider the two as different ways to get to the same end. However, if you have had a Tarot reading and an Astrological interpretation, you know that the vast amount of information in an Astrological interpretation can never be touched in one Tarot reading.

    If you wish to have a Tarot reading, I would suggest the same thing that I do with Astrology. Make sure the person who you go to is versed and legitimate. Sadly, many of the readers that set up shop curbside with bright shiny neon signs are scams. They will tell you they see danger, "something bad" or a curse and then ask for money to remove it. A legitimate Tarot reader will never do this.

    I had a neighbor who worked as a barrista. She visited a curb side Tarot reader who said just this to her. After the reading she trotted off to work. While at work, for 3 hours the power went off and she just had to sit there and not make any coffee. She was rattled by this and saw it as the bad omen that the Tarot reader foretold. Oddly, many people in her position would see that as a blessing. It was all in her mind set.

    There are legitimate and very good Tarot readers out there. They tend to be very intuitive and precise in the things that they tell you. They will never create a situation that makes you feel like you need to return to "clear" a curse.

  • WikiPedia on Tarot
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2006

    What is Horary Astrology?

    I have written several articles referring to Horary Astrology, yet never really defined it for anyone. This method is used for finding lost objects, or asking very specific questions. It is a little bit of an intellectual rebel in the world of astrology. It has it's own set of incredibly complex rules.

    Horary Astrology is very popular in modern times. Horary interprets specific questions by creating a chart for the moment that a question is first asked. It follows its own rules, mostly based on common sense. Interestingly, this method places the person asking the question in the framework itself by being represented by a planetary significator.

    Tuesday, November 21, 2006

    Pluto vs Ceres - The Legend Lives

    Astrology is seeped in symbolism. This symbolism makes it easier for us to understand the various energies. At times, watching this symbolism manifest in the world is either very exciting, mind blowing or somewhat awe inspiring.

    Take, for example, the story of Pluto. Pluto is the god of the underworld. He grew very lonely living with dead people. One day, he happened to see Persephone. She was light, bright, and brought joy. Her mother, Demeter, doted on her. Something in Persephone fell for Pluto, but the decided a time share would be the best solution. So, half the year, Persephone was allowed to travel back home (bringing what we now call Spring).

    In the context of this story, I would like for you to read the posting below. It tells the story, not much heard of here in the US, but widely covered in Europe. Natascha Kampusch was abducted and brought to live in a dungeon by Wolfgang Priklopil. The article was written by a well respected astrologer, Adrian Duncan. He not only analyses both of their charts, but also draws the parallels of the mythology.

  • Pluto 0 - Ceres 1
  • US Week Ahead from Nov 18 to 25th

    What is in store for the US this week? Forget to week and look at what you can expect for this year!!!

  • Week Ahead Nov 18-25
  • Saturday, November 18, 2006

    Top Ten Reasons Why Pluto IS or IS NOT a Planet

    We all have reasons for why we feel Pluto should or should not be classified as a planet. In the long run, however, I wonder who it will effect most? Will Walt Disney REALLY turn Mickey's best friend into a "Dwarf Dog"? Will it still be known as Pluto, or will it really be classified by it's solar system catalog number? If they change the classification of my microwave, need I refer to it as ZW4657314324-AF6 or can I just call it "z"?

    Hear what others had to say about the top ten reasons arguing for or against the demotion of Pluto as a planet. Witty, interesting and well worth the read.

  • Top 10 Reasons Why
  • Your Name Sent to Mars?

    The Planetary Society draws people to get involved in space exploration. They find fun ways to do this. You can even volunteer to do a number of things, such as count star dust particles. Might sound boring on here, but when you read about it on their site, it actually sounds pretty interesting. The Planetary Society even keeps you posted of space events local to you and runs contests. All this to get us interested in the space that impacts our lives and understanding.

    You can even fly your name to Mars! Literally! The deadline to have your name included on a DVD that will be sent to Mars is February 2007. You will be in good company on the long journey, traveling with the likes of Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan. It might be a little cramped with all the art and personal messages to the future, but hey, your name is sent to MARS! How cool is that? (Read: Christmas)

  • Planetary Society: Fly Your Name to Mars on Phoenix
  • Friday, November 17, 2006

    Volunteers Sought for Mars

    Mars signifies the physical life. In astrological terms, it measures endurance, raw energy, sex drive, courage, confidence and pride. Often, Mars will indicate both destruction and rebuilding in a shorter term. On another level it also shows temper and tendency towards aggression. Mars is, after all, the God of War.

    If you are tired of hearing about planets and what they mean, I suggest taking a closer look. Through the volunteering of "Regular Folks" like you and me, Clickworks is gathering important information on Mars. According to their website, there are many scientific tasks that require little to no formal scientific training. In that vein, Clickworks uses volunteers to gather and discover information about the craters on Mars. This leave the "experts" the time and energy to focus on other aspects of understanding more about Mars. It is a wonderful thing that Clickworks is doing. How many chances do we get to explore and contribute to the understanding of space?

  • Clickworks
  • Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Astrology of Current Affairs: Astrology of Nancy Pelosi

    Nancy Pelosi has been thrust into the limelight recently in a lists of firsts. Democrats have gained momentum, after the November 7th election, retaking the House and the Senate. What's in store for the Bush Administration and Nancy Pelosi?
    See what astrology has to say about her!

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Debate over Pluto Demotion & What it Means to Astrology

    For over 75 years astronomers have considered Pluto a planet. Recently the IUA (International Astronomical Union) decided to demote our beloved planet. Now, other astronomers are calling the IUA decision into question. For instance, how can you promote a now demoted planet's moon (Charon) to planet status, when it has been categorized as a moon? Is the moon of a dwarf planet a "real planet" when the planet it orbits is now considered something of a minor planet?

    Confusion abounds. In astrology, Pluto signified turmoil. Pluto in your chart is where things are delved into deeply, torn apart and rebuilt. It seems fitting for this type of controversy!

    To an astrologer the differences will be minimal. For years modern astrology has also counted in asteroids, and even "imaginary points", for interpretation. Pluto will still be in charts because it has street cred in interpretations, regardless of what it is called by astronomers. Each time something new is added to an interpretation, it is tested out in real life to make sure it is a valid indicator in astrology. There are so many variables to choose from in an astrological chart, and if something is true, it will be indicated several times by different pieces of the astrological puzzle, not just once.

  • BBC News: Pluto vote 'hijacked' in revolt
  • US Week Ahead from Nov 11 to 17th

    The elections are behind us and the shape of the country is unfolding. With Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, what's in store this week for the United States? Find out:
  • The US Week Ahead
  • Britney Spears Divorce Written in the Stars?

    Would you be shocked to learn that Britney Spears divorce was predicted a year ago by Astrologer Luc De Jaeger? This same astrologer also predicted the divorce of Brad Pitt and the birth of Britney Spears' baby boy. To learn more read:
  • P.R. Web Press Release
  • Your Zodiac Sign and Fitness

    Your Sun Sign can help you maximize your goals towards fitness. It can show strengths and untapped potential. To get a complete, overall view of the best modes of fitness, have an astrologer look at your complete chart. All signs can benefit from swimming, general bicycle riding and low-impact aerobics. Below are some more specific tips for Sun Signs:

  • ARIES: jogging, hockey, football, endurance cycling & fencing
  • TAURUS: light jogging, tennis, open water swimming, sailing, windsurfing, cross country skiing, mountain climbing & belly dancing
  • GEMINI: roller skating, all types of skiing, yoga, martial arts, folk dance, ballet, jazz dance & belly dance
  • CANCER: windsurfing, sailing, walking, folk dance, volleyball, gardening
  • LEO: weight training, rowing machine, yoga, modern dance, jazz dance, folk dance, fencing, archery, soccer, football & hockey
  • VIRGO: all types of dance, karate, tai chi, resistance weight training & yoga
  • LIBRA: mountain biking, racquetball, tennis, ping pong, basketball, ballet & all team sports
  • SCORPIO: all types of skiing, water sports, weight training, running, soccer, ice hockey & competitive triathalon
  • SAGITTARIUS: jump rope, team sports, horseback riding, cross country skiing & hiking in the mountains
  • CAPRICORN: folk dance, hip hop, yoga, stretching, pilates, cross country skiing, team sports NO FOOTBALL & water sports
  • AQUARIUS: pilates, resistance exercise, spinning class, long distance running & triathalons
  • PISCES: hip hop, yoga, pilates, stretching, fencing, water sports, spinning class, water aerobics, rowing & team sports

    If you are currently fitness training, I would love to hear from you. What works best for you?

  • Monday, November 13, 2006

    Stockstars Market Astrology

    Check out the highs and lows in your investment portfolio with this Blog. stockstars market astrology

    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    Astrological DNA - A Glimpse into the Criminal Mind

    Forensics is the study of various aspects of a crime scene in order to solve a crime. It includes such things as DNA, psychological profiling, blood splatter, finger printing, ballistics, condition of the scene or, in the case of murder, the body. Forensics is a complicated list of puzzle pieces that allow experts to discover clues to victims, criminals, and missing persons. Popularized several years ago by TV shows such as "The Profiler" and "CSI", it is a field that has sparked deep interest in the young hearts and minds of today's up and coming students.

    Can astrology help? There is a field of astrology that specializes in forensics. Using charts cast for last seen location, victims, suspect, the crime itself, and more, astrology can give law enforcement many clues to solving crimes. Forensic Astrology can find or eliminate suspects, gain important leads and profile the perpetrator. Consider it Astrological DNA!

    For Books on the Subject: Forensic Astrology

    Yahoo NewsGroup: Forensic Horary

    For those who can't get enough: Crime Library

    First Chart Anxiety

    Thinking of having your chart done by an astrologer, but have a little "first chart anxiety"? You are not alone. One of the largest concerns people have when having their first astrological interpretation, is whether or not there is something "bad" in it. When we are very young, we are told that we are either being "bad" or "good". This black and white description stays with us throughout our lives and we apply it subconsciously almost daily.

    Let me put your mind at ease. To burst your bubble, I type before you and say that there is no such thing as "bad" or "negative". There are difficult things and challenges. It is a well established fact that we as people learn much faster when faced with a challenge than when things are "easy". There is an ancient Chinese proverb which states: "The best porcelain is made where the conditions of life are hard".

    So, forget the black/white, good/bad thoughts and view your first chart reading as a new adventure! Throw caution to the wind and enjoy! You can choose to have an "in person" reading or one printed out for you. A personal one-on-one with a good astrologer allows you to ask specific questions and guide some of the reading towards things you feel are important to you at that time. A chart that is computer generated can be just as accurate, you just don't personally interact with the words on the page. How can a computer generated chart be accurate? Astrology is very literal in it's interpretations, and the chart itself is calculated via a computer. Interpretations for each portion are then printed out. The interpretations are the same ones you would get if you saw that astrologer in person.

    Printed charts are not all created equally. I would suggest the following, and if this is your first time, start with a Personality Profile. Resources - Here you can order charts from:
    * Robert Currey at Equinox - Concise and accurate reports that are easy to understand.
    * Liz Greene - Intense Astro*Intelligence reports. Not for the faint of heart. This chart will leave no stone unturned.

    Can a Planet be "Demoted"?

    In August this year, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to turn our Solar System upside down. Pluto was discovered February 18, 1930 and soon became part of our planetary vocabulary. Our technology now allows us to look more closely and observe the things that make our universe buzz and hum. In the light of that, the IAU has reclassified Pluto as a Dwarf Planet. This is slightly ironic, considering Pluto has always defined transformation!

  • Redefining the Solar System
  • Saturday, November 11, 2006

    Lost and Found

    Ever loose something and could not find it in the usual places? Do you start panicking and looking in silly spots all over the homestead? That's what happened to Molly on her Bog, and she used astrology to find the culprit. It never ceases to amaze me how practical astrology can be!
  • Horary to the Rescue!
  • Friday, November 10, 2006

    What's in Store After the Election?

    We all survived the November elections. The results are wonderful for some, and less than perfect for others. It is an election, afterall. There will always be two sides (at least) to each coin. Read what astrologer Victoria Bazeley says about life after the elections in the Third Age Blog.

    Astro*Carto*Graphy - Your Window to the World

    When I met Jim Lewis, the father of Astro*Carto*Graphy, in London during the 1990's, I was struck by his intense demeanor. He seemed like a Berkeley granola head with a quiet seriousness about him. I grew up in Northern California, so felt right at home with him. Then I heard him give a talk about his brain child, Astro*Carto*Graphy and I was hooked.

    Have you ever been to place that immediately felt like "home"? Or perhaps you traveled someplace and the place was physically beautiful, but all you wanted to do was get out of there? Astro*Carto*Graphy is one of astrology's largest steps forward in modern history. It is based on the premise that as we travel, we experience the world in different ways. Anyone who has traveled can attest to the different emotions that foreign places can inspire in you. People see you in different ways and relate to you differently. You feel comfortable, tired, excited, enthusiastic, depressed, or any number of responses in the spectrum of emotions.

    Thinking of relocating? Get yourself an Astro*Carto*Graphy map and interpretation!

  • Learn more about Astro*Carto*Graphy and Jim Lewis.
  • George W Bush and World Influences

    Regardless of your personal or political opinion of George W. Bush, there is no doubt that he has effected many parts of the world in massive ways. By studying his Astro*Carto*Graphy chart, you will notice certain patterns and how they have manifest outwardly in the world at large. A must read! George W Bush Astrology and Astro*Carto*Graphy Chart

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    Walmart in the Stars?

    Is total domination of American culture by Walmart inevitable? I recently read in Newsweek that any given person is no farther than 25 miles away from a Walmart at any given time. That's mind boggling. That is a better ratio than people to doctor's. And what, if anything, does that say about the views American's hold near and dear?

    To read an in depth analysis of what's in the stars for Walmart read Star IQ: Wal-Mart's Dilemma.

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    Why Don't Twins Have the Same Personality?

    The fact that two twins living in the same house develop different personalities is one of the largest arguments skeptics use against astrology. Don't get me wrong. I love skeptics. Skeptics often become the people who whole heartedly embrace astrology once they see and understand how it really works. Nonetheless, this does a raise a good question.

    There has been volumes of research on this. Two twins would share almost identical birth dates, places and times, off usually by only a few minutes. If astrology is so accurate, then why should these two "time twins" grow into such different personality types? First, let me say that Western Astrology believes in free will and learning as you grow your personality. Second, did you grow up with brothers and sisters? Think of your own household. You grew up in the same environment, yet all had different experiences and grew in different directions. The answer is not only environment any more than it is entirely astrology.

    When you live in a family unit, or any group, everyone takes on different roles. This makes the group whole and it works better. In a relationship, one person who otherwise is a decision maker, may take a back seat and let the other make the decisions. In any individual chart there is a vast number of talents to choose from. A talent is something that you are very good at, but does not need to be artistic. Astrology can show you your potential, but it is up to you to focus on the items you choose to focus on. In a family, an individual fills gaps in the family unit.

    Did you know that twins who are separated at birth are more alike than those who grow up in the same family? Astrology is only a framework. It is up to you as your own artist to paint on the canvas of your life the specifics that define you. My chart shows I am artistic. Other portions of my chart hint at the different ways that I might express that. I can draw, but don't draw often. I am musical, yet not musically inclined (I also had a brother who was a musical child prodigy). I write and have a background in Performing Arts. In my life experiences that made sense to me. If I had other experiences, I might have developed those talents differently.

    Sunday, November 05, 2006

    Astrology as a Language of Symbols

    At first glance, the chart you see might seem like gobblygook. If you saw sheet music and knew nothing of how to read the notes, pauses, measures and bars, it might seem like a confusing array of meaningless symbols. Once you learn how to read those symbols, you can create beautiful music. You can even speak the language of music with others who you have never met, across great distances and time. It is the same with astrology. The houses, planets, aspects and signs all seem complex and puzzling. They aren't intended to be. Just as music allows a quick way to communicate between musicians, the symbols of astrology allow quick communication between those who know how to interpret them. As you learn the language of these symbols, you unravel your first understanding of astrology.

    In astrology, the symbols used are referred to as glyphs. The circle with the dot in the middle is the Sun. When you read your horoscope in the newspaper, you are reading the horoscope for your Sun Sign. The Sun takes approximately one month to move through a sign. This movement is called "transit". The exact date and time depends on the specific year as it constantly changes. The Sun symbolizes all that you are. Your ego, your inner person and it colors it's relationship to all else in your astrology chart with the brightness of the physical Sun. Sometimes, it shines so bright that it "blinds" you to other aspects of your personality. For example, I worked with someone who swore up, down, left, right and center that she did not have a short temper. This shocked everyone around her. She was a lovely person, but definitely had a temper on her, as well as a short fuse. Mars, which looks like the symbol for "man", with a circle and an arrow, symbolizes raw energy and also signifies aggression. In her astrological chart, she had a "conjunction" of these two planets. This is when two planets appear very near each other in an astrological chart. In her case, her Sun blinded her to her Mars. She simply could not see it. One of the great things about astrology is how literal it is!
    A quick explanation of the elements of a chart wheel. You may recognize one or more of the symbols in the outermost ring. These are the 12 signs of the Zodiac and consist of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Aries is the red glyph with the "horns" in the top left on this chart.

    The 12 divisions that slice the chart into a "pie" are called Houses. There are 12 of these as well. Their size will change depending upon the time, date and place of your birth. The Houses tell you how your energy is used. The prominent division line on the left hand side is known as the Ascendant, or Rising Sign. It is the face you put out to the world when people first meet you. The prominent one in the middle top portion is known as the MidHeaven and indicates what you strive to attain.

    The middle ring shows the planets. The numbers and symbols that go with them are for clarity when viewing a chart and tell you the degree of the planet and which sign it falls in. Planets are interpreted as sheer energy. Other heavenly bodies can also be plotted onto an astrology chart, such as asteroids. The planets on this chart are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Also shown are two "imaginary" points called nodes. There is a North Node and a South Node.

    In the absolute middle of the chart you see various colored lines that look something like an unorganized yarn ball. These are aspects and the color determines what sort of aspect it is. Aspects are based on the degrees of difference between planets. Some aspects are considered hard, or more challenging, and others are considered soft, or easy. Aspects are what colors the energy of the planets. In the example I gave above, I showed how two separate planets, with their own energy, can relate to each other and change how the energy is perceived. Some aspects include Conjunction, Semi-Sextile, Sextile, Square, Trine, Semi-Square, Sesiquiquadrature, Quincunx and Opposition. Don't worry about the big names. We will interpret these later on in another post.

    I hope this begins to give you a deeper understanding in unraveling the "secret code" of astrology. It's really not so secret after all. It is a mathematical calculation of when the planets are angular at the time of your birth and then places that information on a "wheel" to be interpreted. Interestingly enough, did you know that music is considered to be closest to mathematics?

    US Week Ahead from Nov 3 to 10th

    This week is a very important one for America. On November 7th, it is election day and both Republicans and Democrats have a lot at stake. Recently, the Republican Party has had it's fair share of scandals from Mark Foley and White House Pages to a cover up about that issue to the usual closets opening and quickly closing. Currently, the Democrats are the minority, so they are hoping for some shift of power in the House and Senate. Regardless of your political affiliation or beliefs, the astrological chart for the US seems to benefit both parties. To see both charts and read an indepth analysis, click on the title of this post to go to The Week Ahead.