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An astrological portrait of Billie Jean King

The complete chart interpretation covers four main sections: Personality, Relationship Needs, Relationship Wants and the Marriage Blueprint, and Career. This is a "classic" example of an astrological portrait, first published in October 2013. 

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An astrological portrait of the inimitable Mae West.

The complete chart interpretation covers four main sections: Personality, Relationship Needs, Relationship Wants and the Marriage Blueprint, and Career. This is a "classic" example of an astrological portrait, first published in September, 2013. 

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An astrological portrait of Edward Joseph Snowden.
This interpretation is an example of how to apply the specific interpretation techniques and the rules of grammar and syntax in the language of astrology that I present in The Real Astrology Academy's Online Natal Astrology Class.  The complete chart interpretation covers four main sections: Personality, Relationship Needs, Relationship Wants and the Marriage Blueprint, and Career. This is a "classic" example of an astrological portrait, first published in July, 2013. 

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In a previous post, in answer to an “Ask Kevin” question submitted by Scott, I explored the meaning (if any) of the 29th degree in the chart, for both angles and planets. (Spoiler alert: it’s just not that big of a deal, especially in the context of the natal chart.)

At the end of that article, however, I hinted that there may, in fact, be some significance to having the Sun at 29 degrees in a natal chart … and then I made you come back to read this article to find out why.

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Have you ever noticed how certain ideas just start popping up all over the place at once? I recently received an “Ask Kevin” question from Scott, asking my thoughts on how to interpret the end of a sign — in his case, his Ascendant at 29 Virgo. Within a few days of this, I came across spirited debate about “critical degrees” in the Professional Astrologer’s Facebook Forum. And then there’s the birth chart of the future King of England, with his Sun at 29°56’44” Cancer.

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I recently attended an astrology lecture, and during the discussion, several audience members seemed to insist that a planet in an example chart with no Essential Dignity was actually well disposed because it happened to be in the First House, which is an Accidental Dignity. The question of which dignities are more important comes up quite a lot, and the short answer is that Essential Dignities are always primary. When you have a planet with no Essential Dignity (or with Essential Debility) that has Accidental Dignity, what you have is lipstick on a pig.

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One of my students in the Chart Interpretation Forum explored the idea that Mae West’s chart seemed to point to a career in politics. West’s chart suggests a tremendous amount of charisma and a need to express her individuality in a very big, extroverted way. And when you also include West’s Mars in Aquarius in the 10th house, which seeks to take humanitarian action in a very pubic arena (and which is also heavily involved in West’s identity and personality), it does indeed suggest an inclination towards public service. Whether that career in politics would be distinguished or successful is another matter entirely. West’s strong personality also carries a strong 12th house emphasis, which brings up self-sabotage and hidden enemies; plus, her Mars is retrograde, which suggests resistance and backlash surrounding her public actions. On reflection, this describes a typical career in politics, including the scandals and public humiliation.

Everything about this interpretation was astrologically sound and well argued. There was just one problem: it was virtually impossible.

I’ve noticed that many astrologers seem to take the outer planets personally, and this is a huge mistake. The outer planets are extremely important; however, you have to understand what they represent, and how they function in the context of the natal chart. Most astrologers have a general understanding of how each of the outer planets expresses. What they lack, however, is the context that allows them to incorporate this information in specific, practical ways in a natal interpretation.

This is one of many key concepts missing from most astrologers’ education. Fortunately, it’s an easy problem to fix. All you have to do is consider what you already know about the outer planets, and then connect the dots.

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This is an excerpt from Week 1 of the Fundamentals of Astrological & Spiritual Counseling class. In this video, we explore what Spiritual Counseling is…and what it isn’t. We cover the difference between Spiritual Counseling and other modalities and therapies, and also the relationship between astrology and Spiritual Counseling. You’ll learn the only reason a client ever comes to see you, and how to distinguish between reality and Truth.

This is an excerpt from Week 1 of the Fundamentals of Astrological & Spiritual Counseling class. In this video, we the true nature of healing. True healing involves a shift in consciousness that transforms the context and meaning of the experience. It may or may not result in a change in the physical symptoms or the end of pain and discomfort. As a Spiritual Counselor, it’s essential that you understand that healing is not about “fixing the problem,” and instead align with the deeper, more profound Truth.

There’s an old saying, “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Broadly, it means that when we’re skilled with a particular tool, we tend to use that tool in every situation, without considering if it’s the right tool for the job at hand. Most people encounter this when dealing with health issues. A surgeon will almost always recommend surgery to fix any problem. Surgery is the right tool for many health issues, but it’s not the right tool for every issue. If you break a finger, you want a doctor who will put it in a splint, not one who will schedule you for an amputation.

Regrettably, one of the more frequent questions I get asked is some variation of, “How can you tell someone’s sexual orientation from the birth chart?” I say regrettably because the short, and entirely accurate answer, “You can’t,” rarely satisfies anyone. It never satisfies astrologers who have their own pet theories about the “gay aspect” or the “gay signature” in a chart, and I’ve just about learned not to engage in those debates. At least not directly.