Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Munchies for Astro-Thought: Moving/Changing House Systems

Munchies © 2015 by Joyce Mason

 Cut each of these pieces in half and
you’ve got the 12 houses of the zodi-yum.

This munchie follows the last one on Chart Tinkering like a tag team. It involves a form of chart tinkering, too—changing house systems.

If you haven’t tinkered lately with a different system from the one you normally use, put out the For Sale sign and move from wherever you are to a different house: Placidus, Koch, Porphyry, Whole Signs or Equal Houses. Better yet, "move" to another country (India) and check out your chart in the Vedic system which will shift it about 23-degrees.

As usual, I’m going to do a self-demo here because I don’t have to ask permission or worry about anyone’s privacy but my own. And the best part is that I can learn or relearn along with you.

But first, a bit of Astro-bio. I started out my astrology studies with the wrong chart. As a Virgo, I was horror stricken to discovery this inaccuracy! I found out that I was born during an era where Illinois births, by law, were required to be recorded in Standard time even though Daylight Savings was on the clock. My discovery was so long ago (the early 1980s) that I was still hand drawing charts from a complex formula using a calculator, taught to me by my first teacher, Gavin Carruthers. (Meet Gavin on his website or low on the sidebar of this blog.) Even my first foray into casting charts by computer was not helpful, as the software I used did not prompt for this wrinkle. I don’t remember how I found out the truth about my birth time. Originally ignorant, since Daylight Savings Time was on the clock, I calculated my 7:31 PM birth time in Central Daylight Time (CDT). It looked like this in Placidus, also the original chart system I used.

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As you’ll see, it has Aries Rising, a crowded 6th House and Moon on the Midheaven. I think the original hand calculations were a little off on the house cusps, compared to today’s very precise software, as I seem to recall the Moon pushed a bit past the MC into the 10th itself.

When we finally uncovered the time zone truth, I rechecked my birth certificate and found out it said, literally, CST—Standard time. To complicate the issue, not all hospitals followed the rule about recording in Standard. I was lucky to have verification that mine was recorded as though Daylight Savings Time did not exist. Here was my new chart:

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Note I actually have Taurus Rising, still a crowded 6th but Moon clearly in the the 9th rather than the 10th House. This made a big difference. Explains my bent for philosophy, publishing and love of travel.

Oddly enough, both charts worked at a certain level. Gavin had a theory that still resonates for me. We sometimes get the “wrong” chart to learn things about ourselves that the “right” chart doesn’t illuminate. It sure made sense to me. I’m a real doer and starter, so Aries Rising worked for me—but I look much more like a Taurus Rising, and I’m clearly a Venus Girl, not very Marsy in many other ways. I chalked up people seeing a lot of fire in me that doesn’t exist to a great degree in my chart—and also my tendency toward action and starting new things—to my dominant Cardinal modality.

I won’t bore you with the details of each new chart, but I had an astrologer I much admired for a while who used Equal Houses. This put Moon in the 8th and also explained a lot in terms of losing my original family by adoption and a boatload of other abandonment issues. (Of course, that theme was found elsewhere in the chart, too.)

But it was when an astrologer I admired swore by the Koch house system that I converted to it because I loved the results: Sun and Venus conjunct in the 5th, not the 6th House. This was the only thing that ever explained my constant creativity and how I totally live to create things. It also explained something else—how I’d rather be a typical behind-the-scenes  Virgo, but life keeps putting me front and center on stage in front of God and Everyone. I have kept Koch for that reason, because it feels most like the real me …

… but I’m always willing to look at a new system. The older I get, the more my Vedic chart makes sense. It’s back to Aries Rising—but get this—a Sag Moon in the 9th! People are forever guessing that I have a lot of Aquarius and Sagittarius in my chart. With Sun square Uranus and a very prominent Jupiter (trine Mars and conjunct the South Node), the flavor is there from another angle.

And that’s just it. Chart systems just allow us to see ourselves from another angle. I always think of horoscopes as pizzas. Some Virgo types cut their pizzas into perfectly even proportions, others are more freestyle with the cutter wheel and you might get more pepperoni on some pieces and not enough olives on others. Imagine how salty the pieces with a lot of Spanish olives would be compared to those with a few or none.

That’s the idea. Taste your astrological data in different ways and be amazed at what you learn about yourself. I just don’t believe there’s one true house system, but I do believe you’ll know the one that explains you best to you … which is why we started this star stuff, isn’t it?

And once you’ve figured yourself out a little bit better, once more, I hope you’ll share what you find out.


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Munchies for Astro-Thought: Chart Tinkering

 Munchies © 2015 by Joyce Mason

There used to be a cartoon feature in The Mountain Astrologer where a doctor performed surgery on charts to take out a temperamental Mars for a hothead or a mushy Ascendant for people who tended to get walked all over, as examples. Have you ever wished for a do-over on parts of your chart?

Today’s munchie invites you to create your dream chart. Draw a circle, divide it into 12 houses and get creative. Don’t worry about how well you draw glyphs or straight lines. Use equal houses to make it easy. Unless you like complexity; then do your thing!

It doesn’t matter if you draw a configuration that’s impossible in your lifetime, such as outer planets that won’t be in that position for another 200 years. As John Lennon sang, imagine. This exercise is purely to get you thinking about your astrological challenges and whether they’re worth wading through or tossing for a different set of ups-and-downs.

Once you’ve drawn this ideal chart, make some notes for your journal about why you want this particular line-up. After that, rethink it. Is it still better than what you’ve got?

This time, I can’t give you a personal example, because my answer to that last question is no. I actually went through a period of time where I did not want to be a Virgo, radical or otherwise. I thought I would have liked to move my chart up 7 hours to have Libra Sun. I even went so far as to calculate the chart for the Sun’s first moment in Libra after my birth. It left me shuddering as I saw a new set of headaches.

For me, I think it amounted to the old saying, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. I saw as many new problems as fixes. But who knows? You might feel otherwise.

And if it’s true that we get to be part of a committee process on The Other Side for determining our lessons and the precise moment of incarnation for working them out, you might be preparing in advance for your next lifetime. Better to do it now while the experience of being human is still alive and fresh! Just one caution: All trines and sextiles would actually make a dull life. To gain pearls of wisdom or to become one the sages that share them, it takes a little grit for polishing.

As always, I’d love to hear your experiences or reactions to this Munchie in the Comments.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Signs – Comparative

Libra loves to weigh and compare.

Earlier this year, we took a look at past articles on The Radical Virgo that featured specific signs. Now it’s time to reprise the huge cache of posts that feature them all. Many of them are part of the Quotes for the Signs series. They were posted previously during April’s Humor Month. For example, Radical Reposts: Humor - Wiseacres of Astro-Wisdom has these topics:

  •          Auntie Joyce’s Astro-Aphorisms
  •          Quotes for the Signs
  •          Quotes for the Seasons and Other Reasons

Rather than repeat them all here, I’m cross-referencing for the most part. I’m relisting here only when a topic would seem naked without some of the reposts that have appeared earlier. Radical Reposts: Astrology and Humor—and Humor about Astrology contains several articles comparing Sun and Mercury signs. All of these articles are tongue in cheek, not to say that some of the others aren’t, too.  Here are some more annotated comparisons for diving in and getting to know the Tribe of Twelve better.

Upside of the Zodiac Series

 This series is meant not just to show you the best expression of a specific sign, but also to give you a sense of how the signs are evolutionary and how they relate to one another.

Aries through Cancer
Learning the potentials of the 12 prototypes is a life-long quest—a conversation we can never have too often or stop exploring in depth—because the zodiac signs are the foundation of the astrological alphabet and our sky-to-earth understanding.

To recap, the initial third of the zodiac wheel represents the following aspects of inner growth process:

  • Conception in Aries
  • Rooting in Taurus
  • Growing conditions in Gemini
  • Protection of seedlings in Cancer

Now we move onto the next third of the cycle from Leo through Scorpio—into the blooming, harvesting, and sharing phases of our growth process.

Sagittarius to Pisces
In Part 1 and Part 2 of High Signs, we covered Aries through Cancer, then Leo through Scorpio. The purpose of this three-part article series is to identify some of the most optimal ways to express each of the twelve signs. A natural process of inner evolution reveals itself in the 12-stage cycle of the signs, as well as hints on how to break through core issues to resolution. This third of the zodiac covers teaching others how to garden and share seeds, agriculture or how to profit and continue to feed ourselves from our personal growth, feeding the world and eliminating world hunger. Finally,
we address the return to seed or dormancy in preparation for a new cycle

Signs by the Seasons and Holidays

Looks like I’ve never covered Autumn specifically, so it’s now on my Round Tuit List! (Too busy enjoying my favorite season to write about it.)

While this article spoke specifically to the retrogrades and Cardinal Grand Cross in early 2014, it has general application to how each sign handles retros and big changes. As the opening graphic suggests, it invites you, take a look at how you do at the crossroads of Same Old Street and Change Boulevard. My alter ego, Auntie Joyce, could not resist putting in her two cents about how each sign fares when they’re far from Easy Street.

The Quotes for the Signs feature seems to have taken on a life of its own. It's out of control, like H.A.L. the computer in "2001, A Space Odyssey." Quotes insist on celebrating everything!

Here's a little combined wisdom and blarney for the whole Tribe of Twelve! This time, Pisces gets a pair from my Mercury in Libra that can't choose between equal goodies.

Here's what I've observed on how the various zodiac signs "do" spring. Aries: Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead. MY season! MINE! Taurus: (Drunk on perfume) So many flowers to stop and smell. Gemini: Birthday time!

The Summer Signs  (06-Jun-14)
In late 2012, I wrote about the Winter Signs. The winter triplets Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are associated with the most contemplative, quiet time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, ushered in by the Winter Solstice. Revisiting the trio of signs that make up any season helps understand the quarter of the year we’re entering and how to make the most of it. This third of the zodiac is concerned with how we shine (Sun), what we reflect (Moon) and how we reflect in another way—how we think and process information (Mercury).

Not long ago, we looked at How the Signs “Do” Spring. Here are the visuals of the Tribe of 12 tanning and otherwise doing their summer thing.

Boo-ware of angry or cranky zodiacal creatures this Halloween season! They may be dressed as your husband, wife, lover, friend or children, but during this celebration of the dark side, be watchful of what goes bump in the night.

The Winter Signs (20-Dec-12)
A Quiet Contemplation of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces
Winter asks us to slow down, regardless of whether we’re Innies (introverts) or Outies (extroverts). It’s a time everyone needs to recharge, even if society doesn’t support it—and even if you’re an extrovert with little experience directing energy inward. It occurred to me that the winter signs would have some hints about ways we can do that in an optimal way, complementing the Sun's movement through each sign during the dark months of the year.

Happy Yule and Merry Whatever You Celebrate! Here are some winter holiday season quotes for the each of the signs with a few inspirations for all of us, sprinkled in-between.

For Holiday Gifts by Chiron sign, see Chiron Signs, below.

Aries ~ New Year's Day is every man's birthday. ~ Charles Lamb Taurus ~ Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~ Oscar Wilde … and 10 more!

That’s Entertainment!

Whether you want to tickle your Jupiter sign, your Sun sign, or a sign where you have a number of planets, this Zodiac Movie Guide is guaranteed to bring signs of laughter.

I got together with my wiseacre alter ego, Auntie Joyce, and we envisioned the favorite books of each zodiac sign. Feel free to disagree—or add to your sign's fave—in the Comments. Who could have just one?

Chiron Signs

What list on The Radical Virgo would be complete without mention of Chiron? This post is an announcement about my eBook, Healing Poems for the Chiron Signs, with sample lines from Scorpio and Gemini. While this is a purchase item (see sidebar), it’s a classic for learning more about your Chiron placement compared to the other eleven. It pairs well with the best-selling Chiron and Wholeness: A Primer.)

These dozen poems in full color, PDF format can read on screen or printed out individually and framed or put on your bulletin board to inspire you. They make great gifts, too. Framing the poem for your Chiron sign it is a nice way to keep your journey to wholeness in mind and in perspective.

Shop their Chiron signs! Give gifts that tame the wild beast of family drama, heal their core boo-boos, and keep giving them soothing benefits all year through. Who knows? You might just shift the energy and feel the love ...


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