Ask Storm Returns — After 14 Year Hiatus

Ask Storm — Real Answers To Your Questions

Let me tell you something strange.

I usually never return to the past — I tend to move beyond it, and when I stop doing something, I tend to move on to other projects.

Repetition often drives me crazy and its part of the reason why we ended Keep It Magic after 6 seasons. I just felt that we had covered every single area of life and that the body of work that Jacki Smith and I could do in the podcast world was complete.

About 13 years ago, I did a column for AOL called, “Ask Storm”. It was an astrological/psychic advice column that I did for two years. I enjoyed doing it, but as AOL began to lose traction in the online sphere, they changed many of the content providers they were working with which resulted in the column ending.

A few weeks ago, I began to think about ways in which I could help people on a broader scale. I have Astrology 101 — which I will be completing and adding fresh content, I have several Kabbalistic astrology based articles in the oven, but I needed to add something else.  And, as things often happen, I was cleaning up some old folders and found an article I was working on for Ask Storm. I found the question really interesting and then thought that I should bring this column back.

So, here we are the Ask Storm column is back in blog form.

Let’s get to the question and then I will tell you the ways you can send me a question of your own.

Dear Storm,

I’ve been studying astrology for about a year, and I am a little confused. Should we only use the modern rulers of Scorpio, Aquarius, and Pisces or should we use both?

Thanks for any help you can give me.


Aquarius Rising

Dear Aquarius Rising,

This is a great question. I think many people are confused when it comes to the outer planets because there is really no astrological consensus of how to work with them. Some people feel that they rule signs and others do not. Some astrologers use them, and others do not. I can completely empathize with you.

Personally, I use them. I have not found it necessary to throw out the old in order to accommodate the new.

Let me tell you why.

I do feel that the three signs that are ruled by outer planets — Scorpio, Aquarius, and Pisces are connected to something that is larger than life. Jung called it the ‘objective psyche’ and many astrologers call it the collective unconscious. The main thing to know is that these signs are bigger than you and me (transpersonal), and seem to reflect urges that are more complex than the issues we have in our day to day life. However, when one of the traditional planets (Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) are transited by a planet or triggered by progression, you will often see theme highlighted by the houses Scorpio, Aquarius, and Pisces are in. You can also see planetary aspects highlighted in the same way.  For example, Sun conjunct Jupiter can often be seen in the house where Pisces resides as strongly as it does Sagittarius.

I took a look at your chart and you have Aquarius rising, which reflects a path through life in which you need to understand the inherent schemes and patterns of things. Ethics and morality are important and there is a high sense of justice — at least on the intellectual level. Your ruler Uranus is in Sagittarius in the 11th house, which means that your friendships, group alliances, and the larger world are where you will find these patterns, and it even explains your interest in astrology.

We could easily stop here and we would have a layer of meaning that is valid and explains your path through life, but when you add Saturn to the mix you get another layer. Saturn is in Libra in the 9th house. Saturn in Libra fears unfairness and will often see the injustices in the world on a much deeper level than most people, and because of Libra’s idealistic nature can often have difficulties in relationships, not because it is incapable of relationship or is denied them, but because it’s often hard to find someone that will fit into our vision of what we find idealistically desirable. Also, Saturn ruling the Ascendant and being in the 9th makes your beliefs about life very important to you, and any idealistic movement that you get involved with gives you great meaning and a cause to fight for.

The humanitarian warrior is definitely an image I would use for Aquarius rising.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,



If you would like a question about astrology answered, you can send an email on Keen with the subject header,  “Ask Storm”.  If I need more information, I will email you back.  This column is for astrological information only, please direct email readings to me on Keen or schedule an appointment.

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