General Astrology

The Moon Through The Twelve Signs

by Steven Forrest


With the Moon in Aries, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart courage. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for adventure. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires challenge, newness, and some degree of tension. The ambient mood is one of urgency, edginess, and often of competitiveness.  Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through teasing. The domestic environment tends towards explosiveness and hair-on-fire pressure, yet there is a fierce sense of protectiveness toward it. Gone sour, the Aries Moon degenerates into an attitude of rage and resentment.

With the Moon in Taurus, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart earthiness, peace, and acceptance of the animal nature. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for naturalness and ease. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires the presence of Mother Nature, creature comforts, and unchallenged serenity. The ambient mood is one of earthy physicality.  Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through touch. The domestic environment tends towards predictability and steadiness, and there is a deep love toward it. Gone sour, the Taurus Moon degenerates into an attitude of stubborn rigidity.

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How to Calculate Progressed Angles

The Problem Calculating Progressed Angles

by Steven Forrest

Progressed AnglesHow to progress the four angles? The question is difficult and in all honesty it lies on the far side of my own understanding of astrology’s various spherical coordinate systems.
All the systems I know are based on progressing the Midheaven—somehow—then deriving the current Ascendant based on the latitude of the birth place.

We can progress the MC by Solar Arc. In this method, see how far the Sun has progressed by standard “secondary progression” methods and then add that same number of degrees to the Midheaven. This is based on the familiar day-for-year method of progression. If the Sun has progressed 20° since you were born and your natal Midheaven is at 5° Aries then your progressed MC is currently passing through 25° Aries (5° + 20° = 25°).

We can also use the Naibod method of progressing the Midheaven. This is very similar, except that instead of using the actual daily motion of the Sun, we use its average daily motion, which is 59'08"—a little less than one degree.

Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.

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Julie Andrews and the Moon Jupiter Conjuction

by Tony Howard

Julie Andrews My Favorite ThingsAs a child of the 60s, I grew up on the The Sound of Music, which seems to have aired on TV at least once a year. Like many of you, I never grew tired of it, and looked forward to it every time (and still do!). The film’s release chart is of course, very interesting. But it is Julie Andrews’ lovely and memorable performance that provides the film’s backbone. Sure, the music is amazing. The cinematography and art direction is first-class. But just ask Carrie Underwood if the musical itself is a sure-fire recipe for success. (1) Unfortunately for Underwood, Julie Andrews emblazoned that character on our hearts and minds. And for good reason. With her natal Moon sextile Neptune and conjunct Jupiter, she was the perfect fit for this once-in-a-lifetime role embodying the Great Mother as an inspiration to generations of adoring fans.

Let’s explore the Moon-Jupiter conjunction in more detail by looking at Julie Andrews’ role in The Sound of Music. Through the magic of synchronicity, actors are often attracted to roles that embody the strongest aspects in their birthcharts, which lead to their most memorable performances. Andrews is no exception.

Jupiter has a reputation for being the planet of exuberant expansion, the Santa Claus planet dolling out good luck and blessings whenever it makes a harmonious aspect. Jupiter elevates whatever it touches, for better or worse. It is the planet that compels us to dream big, and reminds us to never underestimate ourselves.

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Uranus Square Pluto 2011-2016

Arab Spring TIMING: Between 2012 and 2015, Uranus will square Pluto seven times. This square came into orb in 2009 and will remain in orb through 2016. Here are the dates of the exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn:

  • June 24, 2012 at 8° 24
  • September 19, 2012 at 6° 57'
  • May 20, 2013 at 11° 14'
  • November 1, 2013 at 9° 26'
  • April 21, 2014 at 13° 34'
  • December 15, 12° 35'
  • March 16, 2015 with Pluto at 15° 18'

Before the first exact square in 2012:

  • July 5, 2010 Uranus stationed at 0° 35' Aries, with Pluto at 3° 52' Capricorn.
  • July 9, 2011, Uranus stationed at 4° 34' Aries with Pluto at 5° 54 Capricorn.

After the seven exact squares, on December 25, 2015, Uranus will be stationary direct at 16° 33' Aries, with Pluto at 14° 51' Capricorn. The squares will then fade in intensity through 2016 and 2017.

The 2012-2015 squares are part of a longer Uranus-Pluto cycle that began with the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions on 10/9/65, 4/4/65 and 6/30/66. Both planets were within reasonable orbs of the conjunction aspect from 1961 through the end of 1969.

The historical cycle of Uranus-Pluto conjunctions alternates between approximately 111 and 143 years, due to Pluto's highly eccentric orbit.

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Neptune in Pisces Timeline

BuddhaThe following is a timeline of dates and notable events under the transit of Neptune in the sign Pisces.

  • 281 B.C. - 266 B.C.
    • First Punic War - Roma vs Carthage, 264 BC (ends in 241)
  • 117 B.C. - 102 B.C.
  • 47 AD - 61 AD.
    • Paul begins journeys in 45 A.D
    • 58 A.D - Emperor Ming-Ti intro’s Buddhism to China.
    • 61 A.D - Boudicca queen of Iceni defeated and killed by Seutonius Paulinus
  • 4/210 A.D. - 2/225 AD
  • 3/374 A.D. - 1/389 AD
    • Theodosius the Great, Emperor in East to 395.Roman Emperor from 379 to 395. Reuniting the eastern and western portions of the empire, Theodosius was the last emperor of both the Eastern and Western Roman Empire. After his death, the two parts split permanently. He is also known for making Nicene Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire. In his early reign, Theodosius was fairly tolerant of the pagans, for he needed the support of the influential pagan ruling class. However he would in time stamp out the last vestiges of paganism with great severity.[12] His first attempt to inhibit paganism was in 381 when he reiterated Constantine's ban on sacrifice. In 384 he prohibited haruspicy (entrail-reading) on pain of death.
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