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The Astronomy of Astrology

The astronomical basis for astrologyI am going to begin this lesson so we can understand the basic astronomy of the solar system.   As I discussed in the history of astrology, it was not so long ago that both astronomy and astrology were one body and I do feel that it is important to understand where the planets are in our solar system.  Although this could be rather tedious for individuals that would prefer to jump to interpreting their charts, we will use our understanding of the solar system in follow up lessons.

One of the interesting things that I have found about “our understanding” of the solar system is that many of us do not understand it at all.  We know that there is a Sun and a Moon, but beyond that many people do not know how many planets there are.  I recently queried a bunch of my friends and I got random answers from 6 to 11 to 13, and several did not know that Pluto was no longer a planet. That’s right – for those of you that did not know — Pluto is no longer a planet.   Before any Scorpios (Pluto rules Scorpio) start to develop an identity crisis over Pluto’s demotion, in astrology we still consider Pluto a planet.

I am sure that some of you are wondering how this happened?   Why did Pluto get demoted?   We can some this up in one word – ERIS.

OMG…. The Solar System Has Dwarves! (No Dwarves allowed)

dwarf planets in the horoscopeIn January 2005, Mike Brown and his team located in San Diego, CA discovered an object in the solar system that appeared to be larger than Pluto.  Brown and the astronomers at NASA initially called the object the “tenth planet” and gave it the provisional designation of 2003 UB 313.  However, the size of the object would end up becoming a huge problem and internal arguments and debates erupted in the Astronomical Community.

In August 2006, the IAU agreed upon a new definition of a planet in the solar system.   The adaptation of the new requirements for planethood (orbits the sun, has a round shape, and has “cleared the neighborhood” around its orbit) led to the demotion of Pluto to a new category of dwarf planets.  In addition, the asteroid Ceres (which was a planet until 1802 and herself demoted to an asteroid) was promoted to a dwarf planet.   The new dwarf planet that caused such a ruckus was named Eris who (perhaps by synchronicity) was the Greek Goddess of Strife and Discord.  In September 2008, the IAU admitted Haumea as a dwarf planet followed by MakeMake.

OMG MORE DWARFS?

There are several other trans-Neptunian objects under consideration.  Some of these include Orcus, Quaoar, 2007 OR10, Sedna, and the asteroid Vesta.   In this course, I will only be covering dwarf planets Ceres, Pluto, and my preliminary understanding of Eris.   The other dwarf planets Haumaea and MakeMake I may include in the next course if I have had time to work with them.

THE ASTROLOGICAL SOLAR SYSTEM

The solar system in astrology

On the left hand side of this diagram, you will see a yellow glow.   This is the Sun and it is the center of our solar system.  Every planet, dwarf planet, and asteroid revolves around the Sun.

The Inferior Planets 

Mercury is probably the most famous of planets.  In recent years, pop culture has become very familiar with the astrological phenomena of Mercury retrograde.   Mercury moves around the Sun very quickly and it takes it 88 earth days to circle the Sun.   Mercury never gets more than 27 degrees away from the Sun, so it is usually found in the same sign or the one before or after it.

Venus is the next inferior planet.  It was named after the Goddess of Love in Roman Mythology, and like Mercury moves around the Sun rather quickly.  A Venusian year is 224-225 earth days.   The great irony about Venus is that one of her days is longer than it takes for her to revolve around the Sun.   Venus rotates very slowly on her axis and one day on the planet is 225 earth days.   Venus is never more than 48 degrees from the Sun.

Earth and Moon

This is where we live, and because we stand upon the Earth we do not measure the location of Earth in a chart in western astrology.   Since it is the observation point of the solar system, the Earth is always in the opposite astrological sign to the Sun.  For example, if you lived on the Sun right now (please bring a large air conditioned igloo) you would find the Earth in the sign of Pisces.  Why?  The Sun (as of this writing) is in the sign of Virgo.  It takes the Earth 365.25 days to revolve around the Sun.  This is called 1 year.   Further, the Earth is the only planet in the solar system (as far as we know) that intelligent life exists.

Earth is the first planet in the solar system that has a satellite that orbits it.  Although we refer to it as the “Moon”, its name is actually Luna.  The Moon revolves around the earth every 28-29 days.   Every month at the New Moon we begin a new lunar month, which is still part of many religious systems.

The Superior Planets:

The first superior planet in the solar system is Mars.    Mars is a rather interesting planet, because it has a rather elliptical orbit and with its striking red color it is very noticeable when it is the closest to the earth.   Mars was named after the Roman God of war and is often associated with bloodshed and anger.   In traditional astrology it is considered the lesser malefic and is often associated with bad omens.  Mars is about half the size of the earth and revolves around the Sun every 687 days or roughly every 2 years.

We Now Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program…

There are many theories about the asteroid belt.  One is that there used to be a planet that existed between Mars and Jupiter, but it was destroyed by either an impact or due to the gravitational pull of Jupiter.  This is now home to thousands of asteroids ruled by their Queen – dwarf planet Ceres.  Ceres takes about 4.60 years to revolve around the Sun.   Within the asteroid belt are three other large sized asteroids which many astrologers use in their forecasting:  Pallas Athena, Juno, and Vesta.

Now Back To Your Regular Scheduled Program…

We now leave the realm of the personal planets – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and dwarf planet Ceres.   The next two planets are considered the social planets.  By social, I do not mean Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

The first social planet is called Jupiter.   Jupiter is named after the Roman King of the Gods.  Jupiter is the biggest of all the planets in the Solar System and he is most noted for the ‘huge red eyeball’ structure on his surface.   I suppose, the King of the Gods has to keep an eye out on the universe.  Jupiter takes 11.86 years to circle the Sun.   This is approximately 1 zodiacal sign per year.  In traditional astrology, Jupiter is considered the great benefic and is known to bring luck to those who had his favor.  This could have arisen out of the idea that Jupiter is the giant vacuum cleaner of the solar system, and he protects the inner planets from cosmic debris that might have cataclysmic effects.

The Saturn return is probably the 2nd most talked about astrological phenomena (tied with Eclipses) that occurs around the age of 30 for everyone.  Why?  It takes Saturn 30 years to go around the Sun.   Although Saturn is probably one of the most beautiful objects in the solar system, it is considered the Great Malefic in astrology.   Saturn has many rings that surround it which many feel symbolically represent the limitations and boundaries which confine us to physical reality.   The fact that it is the last planet that is visible to the naked eye amplifies this feeling that Saturn is the barrier to a much larger universe that we fully do not understand.

WTF… First Dwarves and Now Centaurs?

Chiron is a planetoid in the outer solar system discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977.  He became the first of a new breed of galactic objects known as Centaurs.   Although Centaurs travel as close to the Sun as Jupiter and many far past Neptune, Chiron has an elliptical orbit between Saturn and Uranus.  It takes Chiron 49-51 years to revolve around the Sun.

Unlike dwarf planet Ceres, Chiron is not the largest of his kind – that distinction belongs to Chariklo.   There is some debate in astronomical circles that believe one of Saturn’s Moon’s – Phoebe – may have been a centaur that got trapped in Saturn’s gravitational pull.   Other notable Centaurs are Nessus and Pholus.  In this course, I will only be using Chiron and may bring the other Centaurs into a future course.

The Outer Planets:

The first of the two outer planets is called Uranus.  It was discovered in 1781 using a telescope and is considered the first planet of modern times.  Uranus is unique in that he tends to break all the rules, and immediately upon his discovery doubled the size of the known universe.   Uranus is very unique because he spends 42 years with one pole facing the Sun and then 42 years with the other poll facing the Sun.   In total, Uranus takes 84 years to go around the Sun or roughly 7 years through each sign of the zodiac.

Our next planet is Neptune who was discovered in 1846 by Johann Galle.   Neptune has a beautiful blue surface almost the color of the deepest parts of earth’s oceans.   He is named after the Roman God of the Sea.   It takes Neptune 165 earth years to circle the Sun and around 14 years per astrological sign.

The Dwarves:  Hi Ho, Hi Ho It’s Off To Work We Go…

The most famous of all the dwarf planets is Pluto.  As I stated earlier, we still consider Pluto a planet in astrology and there are no plans to kick him out of the planetary pantheon as our close cousins the Astronomers did.   Pluto was discovered in 1930 and has a rather eccentric orbit sometimes coming closer to the Sun than Neptune.  It takes Pluto 248 years to go around the Sun, but he quickly moves through the zodiac sign of Scorpio and crawls through the sign of Taurus.

On December 28, 2004, Mike Brown’s team in San Diego, California discovered Haumea.   Haumea is the strangest of the dwarf planets because she looks like a gigantic Easter egg.  After naming Eris (she is coming), the IAU decided that it would name all ‘outer planet like objects’ after characters in creation myths.   Haumaea is named after the Hawaiian Goddess of childbirth.   It takes Haumaea 283 years to circle the Sun.  Haumaea is currently in the sign of Libra.

The third largest dwarf planet is called MakeMake.  He was discovered by Mike Brown in San Diego on March 31, 2005.   He is named after the Rapa Nui God of humanity and was the chief god of the bird man cult.   It takes MakeMake 309 years to circle the Sun.  MakeMake is currently in the sign of Virgo.

The Fairest of Them All

Now is the final member of Dwarf planets – Eris.   Eris is the dwarf planet that caused all the controversy.   Eris is named after the Goddess of Strife and Discord and as I stated earlier she surely lived up to her name.  Eris is the 9th largest body in our solar system and is believed to be larger than Pluto.  Eris is the slowest of the dwarf planets and takes a whopping 557 years to go around the Sun.   Like Pluto, she has a rather elliptical orbit and moves very quickly through the sign of Libra and crawls slowly through the sign of Aries.   She has been in Aries since the early part of the 20th century and is still currently in the sign.   I will be covering Eris at length towards the end of this course.   I feel that she is very important in astrological charts – especially in Mundane Astrology.

Storm Cestavani – Updated May 2017

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Down and Dirty History of Astrology

The Down and Dirty History of Astrology:

In January 2011, Parke Kunkle (an astronomer) rocked the world when he said that due to the changes in the Earth’s alignment the dates of many zodiac signs have changed.   This led to mass confusion that spread over social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, and ultimately landing on popular television shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper.   As an astrologer, I found this very humorous and even spent an entire episode on radio discussing what turned into viral panic amongst those that did not wish to be the sign they were now assigned to.    For better or for worse, depending on whether or not you like the sign of Scorpio or take issue with it, the sign was reduced to a mere 6 days.

I suppose the most amusing part of this whole viral astrological insanity, was that many of the newscasters were laughing about the absurdity of peoples interest in astrology – yet at the same time were reporting about the change of astrological signs because it went viral.  I suppose that they do not sit back understand the great irony that what they admonish was alive and well within the psyches of the collective consciousness, and although it does not matter too many; astrology is still as powerful as it was 4000 years ago.

As Ophiucus (the supposed new zodiac sign) made his way across popular websites, Facebook, and twitter feeds, it took Kunkle sometime to acknowledge that his theory is nothing new, yet simply a 2100+ year old theory developed by Greek astronomer Hipparchus.   According to his math (and a strange wobble of the earth on its axis), Hipparchus realized that the heavens slowly move over time – so what was once in the sign of Aries, is possibly now in the sign of Pisces or Pisces. This theory is known as precession of the equinox, and although some astrological traditions (such as Sidereal and Vedic) use the current constellations as the backdrop of their astrological forecasting, Western or Tropical Astrology is based upon seasonal activity and therefore 0 Aries is always the first day of spring.

I suppose Kunkle needs to take this course!

Although much of the collective consciousness (fancy word for group think) believes the study of astrology is for people who spent too much time watching the movie “Hair” or believing in such hooey as the prophecies Nostradamus, in the ancient past astrology was an honored profession.   The empirical art of astrology, as we know it today roots lie within the ancient Sumerian and Babylonian culture (modern Iraq), which dates back to 1950 BC.   Recording planetary alignments and weather patterns, the priests of Babylonia developed a rather sophisticated understanding of the will of the Gods upon the nation.  Although astrology in Babylonia was not real concerned with individual lives, whether or not the current governmental leader was aligned or in good favor with God had a trickle-down effect upon the citizenry.  The astrologer of this era was a respected member of the governmental hierarchy, and had much influence on the affairs of the leader — after all who would want to irritate the Gods?  Astrology eventually spread to other parts of the world and was an important function in both Judaic and Egyptian cultures.

Whereas the roots of Mundane Astrology began in Babylonia, the roots of Horoscopic or Natal Astrology began after Alexander the Great conquered Egypt.   There were enormous differences in the psychologies between the Babylonian and Greek astrologers.   Whereas the Babylonian astrologers were very concerned with agriculture and understanding the messages of the Gods in order to survive, the luxurious Greeks were more interesting in understanding the dynamics of how the universe operated and were more scientific and mathematically inclined.  The most famous astrologer of the Greeks was Ptolemy who wrote the book “Tetrabiblios”, and along with other astrologers of the era developed the system of Western astrology which included the time of birth of the native, the planets, houses, and signs of the Zodiac.   Since the time of the ancient Greek astrologers, not much in regards to Western astrology has changed concerning our understanding and comprehension of the cosmic science.  Like the astrologers of Babylon, the Greek astrologers were widely respected and held great notoriety in their society.

As Christianity and Islam began to take hold of the religious world during the ‘Middle Ages’ and Renaissance, a curious change began to occur in astrology.   Politics became involved since both Christianity and Islam were religious idealisms based on the God of Abraham whose will should never be questioned and whose timing should never be pronounced.  Although astrology was practiced by many astrologers during this period, there began to be little religious tolerance for practicing astrologers who went underground and began the art of “fortune telling”.   This intolerance continued through the Age of Enlightenment.

In the 20th century astrology began a renaissance of its own, yet unlike centuries prior astrology began to become person focused as the psychology movement began to take hold.  The most noted psychiatrist that took an interest in astrology as a symbolic tool was Carl G. Jung.  His interest has influenced some of the most noted astrologers of the 20th century including Dane Rudhyar, Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, Charles Harvey, and Richard Idemon – whose contributions to psychological astrology have been substantial.  As we move into the second decade of the 21st century, astrology continues to evolve and expand with various specialized interests including harmonics, a revival of Hellenistic astrology, horary, astrometeorology, and much more.  It is safe to say that astrology will continue to expand through the decades in ways that are probably not even imaginable at the time of this writing.

Further Reading:

Nicholas Campion, A History of Western Astrology
Nicholas Campion, The Great Year:   Astrology, Millenarianism, and History in Western Tradition
Liz Greene, The Astrologer, Counselor, and the Priest

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Psychological Model of the Psyche

dreamstime_xs_27780980My purpose for writing this article is to provide knowledge of the use of the astrological horoscope as a self-help tool or to begin to study astrology in order to use it professionally.   As I have stated, it is my opinion that the horoscope is the best self-help tool that we can use to make great and lasting change in our lives. Further, I believe that it is probably the most powerful psychological tool that a therapist can use – despite the (still) archaic belief that the horoscope is the past time of those who live in a fantasy world, yet those with a cynical understanding of astrology pour over their own psychological models and maps that are similar in structure.

In order to learn how to use astrology in a more reflective (as well as interpretive) capacity will require us to learn some new terms.  Since the type of psychology that I study is more Jungian in nature, I will be using Jungian terms and models throughout this class.   However, I would like to mention that the Jungian model is not the ONLY model.   There are many other areas of psychology, such as Freudian and Adlerian that have their own psychological models and own languages.   The Jungian model is simply a starting point to give you some understanding of how the psyche works and operates, yet I encourage the study of other psychological models and theories.

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It’s Back to School Time + Exercise 1

back-to-school1It’s Back to School Time…

I remember my favorite time as a child was getting ready to go back to school.  All those new pens, paper, glue, crayons, trapper keeps, spiral notebooks – it was the best fun for me.  It was like Christmas in September.  Now as a teacher, it is equally enthusiastic for me!  I am excited to teach a class as it gives me the opportunity to use all the items that I desperately cherished and are old reliable friends to me.

Although you do not need any materials for the class, I do suggest that you study with whatever supplies make you the happiest.   There will be journaling and written exercises to help you grasp the material easier.   For me, part of the fun of learning any new subject is materials to make the experience unique.  I hope that you make this experience uniquely your own and that you have fun doing so.

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Astro 101 – Introduction to Astrology

Astro 101 -- Beginners AstrologyAstro 101 – Introduction to Astrology

Welcome to Astro 101 – my first internet introduction to Astrology as a self-help course.   I hope you enjoy this material because it is my belief that the more people that know about themselves and the people are around them the better we will be able to achieve our deepest desires and participate in meaningful relationships.

Now, before you think – “oh another astrological course, I am not really going to understand,” I assure you that this program will be different than ANY you have ever seen.  I have purposely designed this course so that everyone (regardless of astrological knowledge) will be able to use this information to change their lives.    As you continue through this course, you will begin to understand yourself and those around you on a deeper more complex level.  You will understand what motivates you, why you act and behave the way you do, why you choose the relationships you choose, what career fields you are attracted to, and even understand the parts of yourself that you may not acknowledge – even to your closest friends.

It’s a fascinating journey and an exploration that I believe is well worth it!

Why Astrology?

After years of working with different tools of the arcane sciences, I have become convinced that astrology is the most accurate tool for self-exploration.  In fact, astrology has fascinated many of the great minds of history including Plato, Socrates, Galileo, Thomas Jefferson, and Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung.

But, why were they so interested?

The heavens have fascinated man since the beginning of recorded time.  Recorded evidence of lunar cycles have been noted as far back as 25,000 years ago, yet the oldest astrological writings were attributed to the Babylonians.  The search for meaning in the sky (which is as valid a definition of astrology as any other) became rather sophisticated by 3 BCE and many of the most noted scholars of that time contemplated the effects (if any) that the heavens had over the earth.  However, astrology up to this point was more concerned with mundane (worldly) events rather than its influence over individuals.  The eerie thing is that many of these events happened especially during great conjunctions and eclipses which cause the most astute minds to take notice.

In the 21st century, astrology has grown by leaps and bounds.  The noted works of astrologers such as Liz Greene, Charles Harvey, Noel Tyl, Howard Sasportas, Richard Idemon, and many others has paved the way for a new generation of astrologers to delve into this ancient art to understand not the workings of seasonal influences and worldy events (although there is a body of Mundane astrology devoted to these interests), but to explore the world of the psyche and the hidden drives and motivations that create the life structure of an individual.  In essence, astrology is probably the BEST (although not acknowledged) psychological tool available because it is a blue print of the human psyche at the moment of birth.

Astrology as a Self Help Tool

Before we get into using the astrological horoscope as a self-help tool.  Let’s explore just what self-help is!

This is what Webster’s says about self-help:

: The action or process of bettering oneself or overcoming one’s problems without the aid of others; especially: the coping with one’s personal or emotional problems without professional help.

In the late 80’s self-help emerged as a viable option for people seeking relief to emotional problems that may ail them.  Authors such as Melody Beattie and John Bradshaw paved the way for individuals that could not afford or did not feel they needed psychological treatment to begin to look within at the issues that were problematic in their lives.  Since then, several noted authors have appeared on the scene such as Yehuda Berg, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Jacki Smith (co-host of Keep It Magic) that have continued the tradition of taking control of your life by seeking within for the answers to EVERYTHING.  In essence, self-help has become spiritual help because as the inner spirit is repaired true and lasting fulfillment begins to occur.

Guess, what?  Thanks to these authors and many more – IT WORKED!  People began to heal from problems such as addiction, low self-esteem, family of origin issues, shame, codependency, and began a powerful spiritual journey.  Moreover, something alchemical begins to occur when you begin to recover from spirit based issues.  You no longer seem to be able to sit in the pain of dysfunction once it occurs again.  We begin to know better, we know another way.

So, I am sure you are wondering how astrology fits into all this?

Well, the astrological map (the horoscope) tells you every bit of knowledge you need to know.  It allows us to get to the source of our problems.  For example, a client came to me about her relationship problems.  She was having difficulties being happy with her marriage and she felt that the problem was that she no longer loved her husband.  She was depressed and unhappy because when she married her husband she felt that she connected with her soul mate.  After getting past her initial problems and offering her advice on how to improve her marriage, I noticed that the problems in her marriage were directly connected to her relationship with her mother.  After a bit of dialogue and exploration, she felt that her mother never truly lived her life to the fullest and that she was basically trapped in a marriage and the slave to her father and her siblings.  My client was afraid that this was going to happen to her, and as a result she started to project this onto her marriage setting the stage for a divorce that would free her.   The client informed me that she would have never been able to connect her current ambivalence about her marriage to her mother without the use of astrology.   In fact, astrology let her get to the core of her issues much faster than traditional psychotherapy could, and she is now enjoying her marriage once again.

What Issues Can Astrology Help Me With?

As I stated earlier, the astrology chart is the map of the individual at the moment of birth.  It’s a blue print – the blueprint of your soul.   Therefore, it reveals everything about you that you would ever need to know.   However, areas that you can use astrology to improve the quality of your life are:

Discovering who you really are
self-worth
self-esteem
communication issues
mindset
early childhood develop
giving love to others
relationship with children
health concerns
employment
work environment
relationships
partnerships (such as business)
marriage
education
belief system
career and vocation
relationship with mother
relationship with father
relationship with siblings
psychological inheritance from the parents
values
receiving love from others
relationship with friends
ones social circle
familial and generational inheritances (curses)
and much more…

What You Can Expect?

My online astrology course is designed for you to begin to explore yourself in a way that you never have before.   You can go as deep as you want to go because the chart simply will describe the issues of your life that you may need assistance with and you will be presented with many opportunities over the course of your lifetime to integrate and grow from your experiences.

If you only want to learn about yourself and how you interact with your environment or you want to learn why your partners and friends respond to life in the way that they do, then that is definitely something you can learn in this course.  However, if you want to go deeper and really become the person you were born (and the chart gives all your potentials) to be, then this course will be a great stepping stone for you.

Over the period of the next several months, I will post course material online.  In most cases, a new post will come up every week.  I suggest reading over the material twice and when applicable applying the information to your life by examining your own horoscope.   If you need a copy of your chart you can find many free services that offer charts.  Just google ‘free astrology chart’.

See you in the first lesson post!

Storm Cestavani

 

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The Astrology of 2018

Astrology of 2018

So, do you know who Dorothy Morrison is?

If not, you should.  She has authored several books, has an amazing set of products, and is a member of the Coventry family.

She recently called me in frustration and asked me the following question:

Is 2018 going to be better?

And, I responded calmly, “No.”

Now if you know Dorothy, the great Taurean she is, that answer was just unacceptable, and she will do everything she can to make the most of it – because that’s what witches do.

And, you should make the most of it as well!

Every year we get cosmic obstacles that need to be worked through for change and self-fulfillment to occur. Invariably, since the New Years chart is a collective map, and signifies energies that we all will experience on one level or another.  Some personal charts may be more influenced than others, and I suggest that you get to know your chart.

This year, the biggest highlight was the spectacular eclipse season, Jupiter moving into Scorpio, and Saturn returning home to Capricorn.

2018 will have its own astrological signature, and although we do not have the cosmic spectacles that we had this year, two more planets – Chiron and Uranus – change signs, and we are at the start of a new ball game that will conclude in 2023.

Before I dive in, I would like to do a bit of a recap because I think it is helpful to understand the big picture in astrology.  We tend to look at the day to day events, and although these events have meaning, they often are not helpful in creating change and happiness.

And, what do we all want?  TO BE HAPPY!

Clash of the Titans

Recently a client was discussing the current state of the world with me.  She told me she was very nervous and that this was causing her distress.  She asked me whether this was the transit of Saturn and Neptune that was making her this uneasy.  I discussed it with her for a while, but there is no really concreate answer for this.   It comes down to this:  what comes first, the chicken or the egg?  I personally am convinced it is the rooster.   However, there is much in the cosmos that we must consider.

At the beginning of 2008, Pluto moved out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn.   During its transit through Sagittarius, we experienced a rise in terrorism, terrorists using planes as missiles, two wars in the Middle East, a massive Hurricane that hit the Gulf of Mexico and destroyed much of New Orleans and the Mississippi coast.

Pluto is the planet of survival and it will uproot issues within the sign it is transiting and eliminate what is no longer working.  Sagittarius has to do with religious idealism, higher education (whatever that means), and our relationship with things that are foreign.  Essentially, the transit of Pluto in Sagittarius was a clash of civilizations.

As Pluto moved into Capricorn, the issues regarding hierarchy, class status, and government became the object of Pluto’s crosshairs.   We had two very different Presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton – that did not fit the mold of what Presidents normally look like (white men), and the stock market crashed and led us into the Great Recession.

Barack Obama would eventually become President of the United States, but there were several issues that came out of his Presidency; most notably, was whether he qualified to be President of the United States or not.  And, although recently, Donald Trump has claimed that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the beginning of ‘birtherism’, she was not.    It was a politician from Illinois named Andy Martin, who claimed that Obama had multiple citizenships and was a Muslim.  Of course, on March 23, 2011, Donald Trump effectively started his Presidential Campaign for 2016 appearing on the View claiming that Obama had something to hide on his birth certificate.  He went on to claim that investigators had proof that Obama was secretly born in Kenya forcing Obama to release a long-form birth certificate, and despite the proof, Trump continued to claim that he was unsure of whether Obama was an American.  During the 2016 Presidential Campaign, he refused to answer questions about it and deflected interviewer’s questions.  Eventually, he admitted that Obama was a US citizen.

On the surface, questioning whether Obama was an American was simply a civic questioning of who can be legitimately elected President.  But beneath the surface, was a larger issue about hierarchy, class status, and nativism.

As Uranus began its square to Pluto in 2011, the issue about government corruption became the focus of the evening news with groups such as Occupy Wall Street, labor union squabbles, and revolutions in the Middle East.  Uranus in Aries is concerned with freedom, and its combination with Pluto became a stew that everyone wanted to taste.  The rights of LGBT citizens, women’s pay issues, marriage equality, and religious issues all resurfaced, but the feeling was not about the desire to have them, but more about people denying individual rights because of special interest groups that politicians were beholden to.

The square between Uranus and Pluto would eventually be enhanced by the square between Saturn and Neptune.  Saturn and Neptune tend to bring out ‘populism’ and fear of ‘unknown entities’ regardless of what the aspect is.  At the turn of the 20th century, Saturn was in opposition to Neptune and a wave of populism was ignited by Theodore Roosevelt who brought the issues of the “little guy” onto the national stage.    During the mid-30’s, a rather curious Governor turned Senator from Louisiana – Huey P. Long – road another wave of populism, and if anyone was a predecessor to Donald Trump, it would be Senator Long, who had an ongoing war with the media that he considered corrupt and adversarial.  And, this past square between Saturn and Neptune involved individuals on the left and on the right who felt that they were left out of the conversation and that their needs were not addressed, and these groups formed the base for both Senator Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

When you combine all these aspects (and for sake of brevity, I am not going to go into Uranus conjunct Eris), then you can clearly see how we have got to the point of hyper-partisanship we are in.   This is not just a US phenomenon; it is happening in other countries as well.   But, the issues of government corruption, the general population is left out of the conversation, and the battle between the have’s and the have not’s rages on.

Will it continue in 2018?

Unfortunately, yes.

Planetary Sign Changes for 2018:

I have already written about Jupiter in Scorpio and Saturn in Capricorn, so I am going to refer you to those articles for review.  In this article, I would like to discuss two other sign changes which are important and should be considered – Chiron moving into Aries and Uranus into Taurus.

In April, Chiron will move out of Pisces and into the sign of Aries.   Chiron is an interesting planetoid, which I feel reflects where life has been unfair and wounds that ultimately are incurable. Although the wounds of Chiron seem to be manageable through acceptance.  While Chiron has been in Pisces, our loss of faith in a world that has seemed to be against us created wounds that have resulted in bitterness and disappointment in others, our bosses, our local towns and cities, and the government.  Since Chiron is moving into Aries that energy is going to shift, and rather dramatically.  Rather than our being disappointed in others, there is a deep sense of disappointment that occurs within ourselves.  We will feel blocked and our sense of individual expression will be stymied and stifled leading many to give up on pursuing life because of resistance from the outer world.  Although finding a personal identity may be difficult while Chiron is in Aries (and it is in Aries longer than any other sign), it is necessary for us to strive towards being our own person and realizing that although we may feel, at times, alone in the world, it is that sense of separateness that urges us upon our own journey.

In May, Uranus is going to move from Aries and into Taurus.  Uranus is a rather interesting planet because many astrologers have given it the keyword, individuality.   Personally, I find nothing individual about Uranus because it’s an outer planet that is concerned with collective ideals and operates on behalf of the collective rather than individuals.  Uranus likes to break free of social norms that have become stale and is concerned with fresh ideas for the sake of progress.

While Uranus is in Taurus, it is going to come face to face with earthy reality in its most fixed form.  Taurus does not like change and it rules areas of life like money, resources, the banking industry, and our values.  So, this is going to be an interesting transit (let me get Dorothy Morrison a Klonopin) to say the least because during the past few years the economy, financial sector, and markets have been on the rise, and the last time Uranus was in Taurus was during the 1930’s, which historically is known as the Great Depression.

So, you can expect changes in areas that Taurus rules and we might even see a LARGE correction with the markets, but the underlying urge of Uranus in Taurus has to do with relying upon inner resources and not outer ones.  Of course, since money is one of the most powerful symbols of security, our ideas of what it means to be secure and stable in life might also go through changes.  It is necessary while Uranus is in the sign of the bull for us to redefine what money means to us and rely upon resources that might ultimately be more meaningful, so we can experience a true freedom in life.

Overview:

2018 bring us a new set of aspects to ponder.

Jupiter trine Neptune:

Jupiter trine Neptune could be the saving grace aspect of the year.   I am not going to sugar coat things; it’s going to be tough.  However, Jupiter and Neptune are the two planets that are associated with our belief in life and our connection to a spiritual existence.  Jupiter trine Neptune is uplifting and an aspect that is needed when we are going through a crisis.  It lets us focus on the positive and not get too bogged down by the events of everyday life.    We all need to have faith in life or we would fall into a dark hole of depression, so no matter how difficult things get, we need to always keep our eye on what we can do to change our personal tomorrows, and the need to accept that WE CREATE OUR OWN MIRACLES.

The Great August Grand Earth Trine:

Last year, we had the Great American Eclipse in August, and this year we have another astrological phenomenon that takes place.  The Sun in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus, and Saturn in Capricorn all form a triangle in the heavens, which is called a grand trine.

On one hand, I am always suspicious of trines.  Trines make things very easy and some of the most horrific events in the world have occurred under them, including 9/11.  The financial industry will continue to climb throughout the first part of 2018, but this trine makes me a bit uneasy.  So, it is something to keep our eyes on.  However, trines can also be favorable.  Since this aspect includes the Sun, individual destiny is part of the equation.  We can use this aspect constructively to learn from the past and make better decisions in the future.  Uranus can give us insight and Saturn can give us the ability to bring form and structure into our lives.   This combination could also reflect that we need to shut down the events of the outer world (not ignore them, but instead limit the control they have over us), and focus on how we are creating our personal worlds.  Regardless, one of the main themes of the year is that it is not up to ‘THEM’ to create our realities, it is up to ‘US’.

5 Eclipses:

2018 brings us 5 eclipses.  I am not going to cover theme significantly this year because they are in the signs they were in last year – Aquarius and Leo.   However, I will cover them during eclipse seasons and the first one begins on January 31.  So, watch this space for those posts.

The Chart for 2018

I am going to change things up a little this year with my forecast.  Normally, I would use the chart for January 1st and then read the energies that are available in that chart.  However, I could never really get past the fact that Libra is always rising, and the Sun is around the 4th house of the chart.  The bulk of the planets would be below the horizon, which could reflect internalized energies that burst out onto the world stage, but I never felt that was good enough.

After studying several mundane astrology books over the last year, I have concluded that the chart that should be used to chart the new year is the Capricorn Ingress, which occurs on December 21st when the Sun moves into Capricorn and is considered the most important ingress chart and the beginning of a new cycle.

Let me provide you a paragraph from ‘Mundane Astrology’ by Baigent, Campion, and Harvey:

“However, in modern times the great pioneer of astrology in Germany, the highly innovative Alfred Witte, and Britain’s leading astrologer Charles Carter, both independently suggested that in fact the more fundamental ‘birth’ of the year might be considered to be at the winter solstice, when, on entering 0 Capricorn, the Sun actually begins its journey northwards.  This agrees with Julian’s reasoning in the fourth century.  This is after all the time of the year when we do in fact symbolically celebrate the ‘birth’ of the year with Christmas, and the ‘New Year’ festivities.”

Let me explain what an ingress chart is.

An ingress chart is a frozen moment in time.  It is when the Sun moves into one of the cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn) and is known as the change of the seasons.  Sorry to all of you that believe summer starts Memorial Day weekend, it does not.  It starts when the Sun moves into Cancer, which is on June 21st.

These charts are used in both Mundane Astrology (political) and Astrometeorology (Weather), and they are collective charts.  However, we are all influenced by the collective and we can read them for personal astrological trends as well.

The sign that rises in an ingress chart reflects the people.

It’s us.

In this case, the rising sign is Pisces, which reflects that there is a deep emotional sensitivity to movements and trends that are going to occur over the next year.  With the current political atmosphere and with nobody willing to budge, you can expect ‘true believer’ syndrome to continue and possibly stronger than ever.  People have picked sides and they are going to stick with those sides regardless of the situation or consequences.

The ruler of Pisces is Neptune and it sits on the Ascendant of the chart.  I have mentioned Neptune frequently over the past few years because of the Saturn square Neptune aspect in the heavens, and it is the planet that I associate with redemption. Neptune tends to be projected on select mouthpieces that are willing to speak the language we as a collective want to hear.  He is a redeemer god, and Neptune being strong in a chart reflects the need for us to seek out other people to do our fighting for us.  In many cases, messianic figures are not going to be able to deliver in this type of atmosphere and it historically ends badly for them.  Further, you can expect more conspiracy theory activity on the state of the world, and #fakenews will continue to be the phrase de jour of anything that has been communicated that one does not particularly like or agree with.

This dovetails into the Moon sitting in Aquarius in the 11th house, which needs people and needs a group.  We all want to belong and be apart of something, but the price that we often pay for group acceptability is losing our own individual identities in the process.  This is not to say that we shouldn’t belong, or we should shun everything we participate in; instead, it means that we should stay true to our own values and our core identity.

Politics:

The Sun sits in the 10th house conjoined to Saturn, and I would like to quote from ‘Mundane Astrology’ again:

“Saturn or Uranus in the tenth or fourth house, with the Sun in one of the four angular houses.  Signifies fall or overthrow of governments, revolutions; changes of government; beginnings of new historical periods; deaths of leaders.”

This does not bode well for Donald Trump who is currently embroiled in an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and a resurgent sex scandal.  The Sun is the natural ruler of the leader of the nation in a mundane chart, and it is conjoined to Saturn implies frustration, limitations, and great difficulties – all of which President Trump abhors.  Could this lead to an impeachment or resignation?  With this combination it is possible.  It could also reflect difficult problems with our current government, which is equally as culpable as Trump to the current problems that the country faces.   It is becoming painfully obvious, that regardless of party, most politicians are interested in themselves and their own self-interests.

Job Growth:

Despite the claims of politicians, if a tax bill is passed, and it most likely will with Mars in the 8th in sextile to Sun conjunct Saturn, jobs will not flourish as expected.  The sign on the 6th house (jobs) is Leo and its ruler is the Sun conjoined to Saturn. As I mentioned earlier, this means frustrations and limitations.  Job growth could subside or go down in the next year, and the mass hiring of people that politicians are promising with the tax cuts will not happen.  Most likely, corporations will use the funds they receive from tax cuts to purchase back their own companies stock.   Remember, corporations are not beholden to employees, they are beholden to their shareholders.  Of course, this could lead to some disillusioned voters who elected Trump on the promise of bringing back jobs to the mid-west and could lead to Democrats taking over the House and Senate in 2018.

Finances:

The financial outlook for the next year is rather curious.  The 2nd house is ruled by Mars, which is in the 8th house of other people’s money.  This usually means debt.  It is conjoined to expansive Jupiter, which could reflect increased debt or an increase in lending might begin.  My concern is that shocking Uranus is on the 2nd house cusp and rules the unfortunate 12th.  Could we be setting ourselves up for a situation like the one in 2008?   Pay close attention to your financial situation when Venus goes retrograde in October.

Media:

If I was a 17-year-old in high school, and I was preparing to go to college, the last career I would consider right now is one in journalism.  If you thought accusations of FAKE NEWS was over the top in 2017, buckle your seat belt!  Cancer is on the media 5th house cusp and its ruler is in the 11th house and on the cusp of the 12th.  In its quest to get the headline and eyes faster than anyone else, many media companies will have difficulties throughout 2018.  Many organizations that are not in favor of the administration may go through hostilities and possible attempts to silence the media may occur.  Coverage of the 2018 elections will be off the charts and will start immediately after Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.   It’s going to be a bloodbath!

How Does This Affect Me?

Yes, an ingress chart is a collective chart and it tends to influence events on the world stage.  However, those events ultimately have a great impact on your life, and as a result, you need to know about them.

It’s not suggested to sit with your head in the sand, allowing the world around you to dictate how you live your life.  It is up to you to understand how things are working to operate your life effectively.  All astrology charts are maps, and you can use maps to get to your destination.

Perhaps, one of the biggest aids will be to learn about your own horoscope.  Energies are constantly changing, and they influence us in different ways, for good or for ill.  It’s up to us to use the tools that are given to us; to make our life easier, and know how to manage in advance what is coming.

I wish each of you an amazing New Year!

Storm Cestavani
December 14, 2017

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Saturn in Capricorn & How to Survive It!

So, in October, I wrote about Jupiter’s transit into secretive Scorpio and how the Harvey Weinstein news story completely blew up.  Since then, a day has not gone by without new allegations and an emboldened #metoo campaign initiated by actress, Alyssa Milano.

Sexual crimes are nothing new and not part of a ‘new’ society gone wild.  Cases of women (and men) being abused by the powerful reach back for thousands of years, and there are three cases of sex crimes in the book of Genesis including the rape of Dinah by Prince Shechem.  Allegations are not enough to stop rampant sexual abuses.  Instead, we need legislation, prosecution, and convictions for the bulk of abuses to end.

But, how is that going to happen?

Enter Saturn:

On December 19, 2017, Saturn will move out of fiery Sagittarius and into earth Capricorn.  Capricorn rules governments, big business, corporations, the economy, authority figures, and banks.  So, we will be dealing with some rather interesting folk for the next 3 years.

But, let’s first get to what Saturn means, which tends to be negativistic if you read most pop astrology blogs.

Saturn is restrictive, limiting, self-defeating, critical, disappointing, frustrating, envious, and considered the great malefic in traditional astrology.

After reading all that, you may need a cocktail.  (May I suggest a martini, extra dirty?)

Even in mythology, the Greek Kronos (Saturn) is a rather peculiar and paranoid god.  His story begins by leading his titan brothers and sisters to defeat their father Ouranos, who found the Titans disgusting and imperfect.  Armed with a sickle, gifted by his mother Gaia, Kronos castrates his father and tosses his testicles into the ocean.

One day, Kronos decides to visit an oracle (never a good idea in myth) and is told that one day one of his children would overthrow him and take over the throne.  Kronos then would snatch his children from their mother Rhea and would swallow them to prevent them from growing older and rebelling against him.  Of course, Rhea becomes completely bitter and angry at the destruction of their children, and eventually deceives Kronos by disguises her newborn son Zeus as a rock, and feeds him to his father.

Rhea sent Zeus to be suckled by the sea goat Amalthea in the wild until he grew up.  Allied by several of the Titans that were opposed to Kronos rule, Zeus led a rebellion and overcame Kronos and released his siblings from their gastrointestinal prison.  The oracles prophecy comes to pass when Zeus becomes King of the Olympian Gods.

This version of Saturn is where the bulk of the keywords associated with the ringed planet comes from, but there is another part of the Saturn myth that is often overlooked, and this dimension of Saturn is equally important.

In Hesiod’s, “Work and Days,” he divided the timeline of humanity into ages — Gold, Silver, Bronze, Heroic, and Iron.  Each of these ages represented a decline of individual values from spiritual to the material.  Currently, we are in the Iron Age.

Kronos rules most of the Golden Age, which was a time of great peace and prosperity for mankind.  As the god of time and cycles, he ruled over the seasons and earth was so fertile and abundant that humans were not forced to work because mother earth ALWAYS provided.  During the Golden Age, people lived very long lives and died with honor and nobility.  There was no such concept as war, pestilence, disease, or strife.  And, the concept of the Golden Age exists within many mythic structures including the biblical story of Adam and Eve before Original Sin.

The Golden Age even exists and holds power over us today.  You can see it come to life if you open Facebook and see a post from someone that has reverie over past time.  We have even terms like ‘back in the day’ to remind us that the world used to be a different place and that we have nostalgia for what ‘once was’.   There is also a throwback to times long past values.  You can see this all the time when people talk about the values of their childhood, even though they abhorred the rules and regulations forced upon them then.

In myth, Prometheus, one of the Titans, eventually led to the end of the Golden Age by gifting humans with the gift of fire, which in Jungian terms is symbolic of inspiration, individuality, and foresight.  The gift of fire made it possible for humans to abandon their devout worship of the gods and rely on their own ingenuity, creativity, and passions.  Despite our musings of the past, most are concerned about their future.  We tend to ignore the gifts of the now in favor of something wonderful that is going to happen next year.  And, this is why Saturn is often so difficult.

Saturn is not a god of heaven; he is a god of the earth.  His domain is reality and not the potentials and possibilities of tomorrow or an afterlife.  Violating his laws have consequences and are not easily swept away by confessing your sins, and the belief that the price has been paid for in advance by a savior god that suffered for you.  If you follow Saturn’s laws, then life blesses you with peace and prosperity, but if you force your own will upon nature, Saturn’s punishments are often brutal and unforgiving.

The word Saturn in Latin means ‘to sow’ and Saturn is usually seen in paintings with the sickle his mother (Gaia) gave him.  He reflects that what we sow, we reap, and this can be for good or ill.  It is through Saturn that we become responsible (he is the Karmic Cop, after all) for all our actions, and we will either get our reward or comeuppance.

There are a lot of rules (Saturn loves that) to receive Saturn’s rewards:

  1. He requires discipline.
  2. productivity
  3. Building endurable structures
  4. Security and order
  5. Preserve values of the past
  6. Self-sufficiency
  7. Self-preservation

Most of the items on the list are boring and could be considered banal drudgery.  But, we need structure and foundation to protect ourselves from a chaotic world, and the way Saturn expects us to do that is by going out into the world and achieving something.

The good news is that you always know when Saturn is coming, and you can offer him the homage that he requires.  If Saturn is transiting a part of your chart, you can begin to build structures and foundations in that area and prevent some of the more difficult dimensions of the transit.  For example, if Saturn is about to enter your 2nd house, the traditional meaning would be frustrations and difficulties with finances.  Now, a more productive way of working with this transit is to begin to look at your finances and honestly make choices and decisions to conserve more money.  Since the 2nd house is also about values, then analyzing what you value is also important.

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Saturn moving into Capricorn:

I am always in awe of synchronicity when I am writing an astrology article and the news of the day seems to coincide with my content.  As Saturn finishes its last few days in Sagittarius and gets ready to move into Capricorn, President Donald Trump is retweeting questionable tapes about Islamic extremism and on Capitol Hill, lawmakers in the Senate are about to sign a new tax bill, which many consider highly slanted towards the wealthiest of Americans.

Saturn in Capricorn will manifest in several ways, but one of the paths of least resistance is through hierarchy and the preservation of what has already existed.   However, I think this go-around we are going to see hierarchy not just about who has more money than someone else and stations in life, but also through sexual roles and racial dominance.  And, although there has been enormous progress made, the general attitude of this transit is to preserve the status quo.  So, there could be heavy blowback in racial relationships, gender roles, and sexual orientation laws.

Each sign that Saturn transits through has a fear that needs to be addressed.  In the case of Saturn in Capricorn, that fear is the chaotic aspect of human nature.   Life is just unpredictable, and like Cronos swallowing his children to preserve his status and fear of the unknown, we may see laws enacted that attempt to protect us from ‘outside forces’ that are unknown and unmanageable.  For example, net neutrality is one likely suspect, but the issue regarding cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin) and their tendency to attract alleged unsavory individuals could come under investigation and regulation.

Security and stability are also important to Saturn in Capricorn.  Of course, the process of feeling secure and stable could ultimately lead to difficulties on the world stage and the potential for warfare, but with Uranus moving into Taurus (I will write about that transit in my 2018 article) issues surrounding money and sudden shifts financially could occur.

During Saturn’s transit through Capricorn, he will encounter Pluto in 2020.   Pluto’s transits through a sign reflect an underlying need to eliminate what is corrupt or life-threatening to secure the survival of the species.  Pluto is not concerned with individuals and individual desires, he is concerned with survival, and when conjoined with Saturn this can lead to some rather nasty business.  Each sign Pluto transits through an enemy is invoked based upon the sign he is in, which in this case is Capricorn.  Leaders and those at the top are under fire and Pluto will seek to root out those leaders that are corrupt.

Now leaders are not just going to roll over and give up power and the corrupt are not going to willingly reveal their schemes on the evening news, instead, they will try to hold vigorously onto their positions.  Of course, we are seeing the seeds of this now beginning to blossom with the attack on the press and terms like ‘alternative facts’ making their way into pop culture.  Information is being distorted to serve the powerful, and more of this will occur because Saturn in Capricorn likes preservation.

I am sure you are thinking, “Storm what can I do about it?”

Well, a lot.

Saturn in Capricorn does not just happen on the world stage.  It happens to every one of us.  We have a Saturn in our charts, Saturn is currently transiting through a house in our chart, and Saturn will make aspects to planets.   As I discussed earlier, Saturn requires homage and if we are brave enough to listen to his cues, then we will be blessed with rewards, but if we try to usurp the god, then frustration and limitations will occur.

I think with any transit, we can begin by asking ourselves tons of questions.   Let me give you the ones necessary to make a relationship with Saturn, and then you may experience some of his blessings, as well.

  1. Are you building structure and foundation in your life? This is highly important because Saturn loves this.  He doesn’t like that you just have a job and you are paying your bills, he likes saving for a rainy day, building up a surplus of funds (Susi Ormand recommends 8 months of salary in your savings), do you own anything, are you taking responsibility for your life or are you dependent on others?
  2. Are you ambitious? Do you have goals for the future AND a plan to manifest them?  Saturn does not like dreams, he likes what is real, and if you DON’T have a plan, it isn’t real.
  3. What are the rules you live your life by? Do you REALLY live them?
  4. What order do you have in your life?
  5. Are you concerned with your social standing, and has this concern made you corrupt? In other words, are you doing things to remain in power (vilifying others, gossiping, manipulating situations, and preventing others from achieving their goals)?

These questions are just a start and I am sure that you can spend hours finding sub-questions to analyze where you stand with these.   The best way to develop a relationship with a planet is to start living what it requires, and developing a relationship with Saturn is extremely important.  Saturn is our psychic skin; he protects us from the outer world.  He can provide us with tremendous gifts.  But with Saturn, you just must have the courage to work for them.

24If you are frustrated and tired of the rollercoaster of life, then getting a full look at how Saturn is going to influence you over the next few years may be the answer.  You can schedule a consultation with here.