Astrology Course for Beginners (Independent Study)

$40.  USD

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This is a beginner’s course on how to read both a Placidus and a Whole Signs astrological chart with the tropical zodiac (the sidereal zodiac is not taught in this course, though we will cover the differences between a tropical and a sidereal zodiac). Yep, that’s right. Both will be taught. The mission of this course is to get you to know how to read both Placidus and Whole Signs, even if Whole Signs is my preferred system. (Meaning, there’s going to be a bias in favor of Whole Signs…)

This course does not teach chart construction and will only cover how to read a chart that you already have on hand, Placidus or Whole Signs. After covering the basics, you will learn how to read a natal chart, perform transits astrology readings, get a sense of both traditional astrology and modern astrology, dwarf planets and asteroids included, and if I’ll be damned, you are going to have one rock solid foundation in Western astrology that won’t be beat.

Competitive in content, by scope and depth, to beginner astrology courses that cost in the hundreds, Astrology Course for Beginners is intended to be budget-friendly, so everyone can learn how to simplify the complexities of Western astrology.

This is a “quiet” course, taught primarily through your own independent reading and study of a two-volume workbook set, for a total of over 500 pages. The workbooks are intended to be worn in, meaning these pages consist of exercises and practicum. Only by doing the exercises and practicing astrology readings on the charts provided in the workbook can you gain proficiency through this course.

The learning process happens as you follow the practice exercises in the workbook. That’s the core mode of learning– practice exercises in the workbook and then checking your answers against model answers.

You’ll also be expected to assemble your own astrology study journal (what I like to call your astrology grimoire). A blank journal template for your first astrology grimoire is provided along with instructions on how to put it together.

There will also be an introductory video lecture to commence your studies.

Although the course content itself is beginner level astrology, presuming no prior knowledge on the subject, the pedagogical approach is structured after a graduate level independent study seminar. If you have never taken a college-level independent study course before or don’t think you would be prepared to keep up with the rigor of a college-level course, then my instructional approach is not going to be right for you.

The accompanying videos will only guide your use of the workbook and how to approach astrology. Actual teaching and instruction are done through the workbook. In other words, there is a lot of reading involved. A lot. And lots of exercises. You will be doing a lot of writing or typing.

Table of Contents Preview:

From the table of contents, you’ll see how broad in scope this course will be. Look at the number of pages in the workbook and you’ll see how deep we go. Click on any image below to enlarge viewing.

Who Would Benefit from this Course:

  • Those interested in learning how to read an astrological chart, with specific instruction on natal charts and transits charts (solar return charts, progressed charts, and transits for specific dates)
  • Complete astrology beginners interested in learning how to read their own birth chart
  • Intermediate astrology enthusiasts interested in strengthening their core foundational knowledge of the craft
  • Metaphysical practitioners who want to learn the basics of Western astrology and integrate astrology into their spell-working practice
  • Tarot readers who want to integrate an understanding of astrology into tarot (although I never talk about tarot in this course, you will nod with familiarity at the core principles presented here)
  • Seasoned astrology enthusiasts with years of study under their belts might still find a refresher course on the basics to be of use

Course Materials:

  • Introductory Video
  • PDF Workbook (Two Volume Set) [Complete Single Volume PDF also provided in case you prefer one book rather than two.]
  • PDF and DOCX files of the template and structural organization for your astrology studies journal [You will be assembling both a digital study journal and a printed out hard copy one in a three-ring binder.]
  • PDF and DOCX files of references and handouts for your astrology grimoire starter kit [For the three-ring binder.]
  • Zip file folder of dozens of birth charts for public and historical figures to practice on

Content Included in this Course:

  • Understanding the differences between a Placidus and Whole Signs chart
  • Understanding the Tropical zodiac (cf. Sidereal zodiac)
  • Chart shape analysis
  • The foundational building blocks of astrological theory (the binary, the three modalities, and the four elemental triplicities)
  • How to read a Placidus chart
  • How to read a Whole Signs chart
  • Understanding the twelve zodiac signs
  • Understanding the twelve astrological houses
  • The Sacred Seven (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn)
  • Key personal sensitive points (ascendant, midheaven, the north and south lunar nodes)
  • Modern astrological considerations, including Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Chiron, Juno, and Ceres
  • Popular asteroids (Hygeia, Pallas, and Vesta, etc.)
  • Understanding angular aspects
  • How to read a chart specifically for romantic prospects, career prospects, health concerns, personal spirituality, and shadow work
  • Preview of intermediate topics, such as working with planetary rulers, decan rulers, essential dignities, and Arabic Parts (or Hermetic Lots)
  • Your astrology grimoire starter kit
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Private Facebook Group

I will be setting up a private Facebook group where anyone who ordered the course can join if they choose to and connect with other astrology enthusiasts. Discussions won’t be limited to astrology! We’ll talk about all the various metaphysical intersections with astrology, including tarot, numerology, craft, and more. Share your astrological interpretations of charts and offer your insights to others. The private Facebook group will be our best attempt at a classroom setting where “after school hours” the participants in the course can chat with each other and interact.

Please note that due to my schedule, I won’t be able to stay active within the Facebook group and may not be able to join in on every discussion. I’ll try my best to pop my head in here and there, but just maintain your expectations and understanding that the group is more for participants to interact with each other.

Practice Makes Perfect…

…so I’m providing you with a whole bunch of charts to practice on. The course materials includes a zip file folder of birth charts for public figures, historical figures, and charts for a couple of major events that you can study. Many of them are referenced in the workbook as case studies to illustrate points I’m trying to make.

Content Not Included in this Course:

  • How to cast an astrological chart manually
  • Reference material for every planet to planet aspect (rather, this course will teach you how to arrive at your own interpretations for the aspects)
  • Significance of degrees or Sabian degrees
  • Advanced astrology topics, such as reading discrepancies between true node and mean node; in-depth understanding of the co-ascendant and polar ascendant; planetary returns and how to read them; esoteric astrology; midpoints; term rulers; past life astrology; aphesis; etc.
  • Professional-level astrology (this course is not intended to teach you how to become a professional astrologer; the purpose is to teach you astrology)

$10 Add-On

Dozens of sample astrological charts are provided in the course for you to practice the workbook exercises on. However, nothing beats practicing on your own, so I’m offering a $10 add-on service you can get in addition to the course, which will provide you with your birth chart (based on the birth details you send me) in four different versions, as noted below.

You will get your birth chart constructed per…

  • Tropical Placidus
  • Tropical Whole Signs
  • Sidereal Placidus
  • Sidereal Whole Signs

Important Terms and Conditions

There will be no refunds. First of all, this course is already underpriced by maybe $100 if not more and if you don’t believe that, then either you have not been shopping around for online astrology courses or you really didn’t put in the effort to learn the content and use the materials provided, and now seek to punish me for your own lack of effort.

The entry barrier for this course is not price, because even at $40, I’m more than happy to work with you on $10 installment payments over any period of time that’s comfortable for your current budget. The entry barrier is dedication. You are not going to yield any benefit from this course if you are not prepared to put in an intense amount of work on par with a graduate level independent study course.

Although there are no “hidden costs” involved, if you want to make the most out of this course and reap the biggest bang for your buck, I strongly recommend that you follow my suggestion and print everything out to bind or assemble into binders. If you send the files to a third-party professional printer, then it could cost about $20 USD plus whatever shipping fees are involved to spiral-coil-bound the Workbook. Considering the sheer number of pages of content, printing costs are likely to be significant, unless you have free access to a printer that is capable of taking heavy-duty print jobs.

Your instructor for this astrology course: Benebell Wen

Pre-Order Yours Now for $40

E-mail delivery date of all files scheduled for:

March 27, 2017

In case you were wondering, the course materials are done. However, I want to confirm that the formatting on the workbook is going to work for all popular printers and the margins are adequate for binding. Some stylistic details are still in the works.

I’m going to give step by step instructions on how to pre-order the course:

REGULAR PACKAGE: Send $40 (Forty Dollars) USD via PayPal to the e-mail address benebellwen@gmail.com. Yes, it’s going to say “James Zhang from Castro Valley.” That’s the Hubby.

(~or~)

CUSTOM PACKAGE: Send $50 (Fifty Dollars) USD via PayPal to the e-mail address benebellwen@gmail.com PLUS e-mail me at that same address with your (a) date of birth, (b) time of birth, and (c) location of birth (city, state/province, country)

You can also use the following link to pay by credit card:

https://www.paypal.me/benebell

Alternatively, pay by Amazon Gift Card, sent to benebellwen@gmail.com.

Direct link to Amazon gift card orders here.

Installment Payments OK

I’m totally cool with installment payments. Send $10 or $20 or whatever and just let me know you’re on the installment payment plan. We’ll make note of it in our records and it’s all good. Pay when you can, in the installments that you can, until it totals $40 (or $50, if you’re going for the add-on of custom charts). Your delivery date will still be the same as everybody else. You’ll still get it on March 27.

VERY IMPORTANT! When you send payment, please include:

  • Your name or a name identifier for me to reference you by, (~and~)
  • Your e-mail address, so I know where to send your ordered course materials to.

You will then receive a confirmation email response from me acknowledging the order and confirming delivery date. If you don’t receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of your payment, then please contact me at the below email address asap.

That’s it!

But if any of that sounds confusing or you just don’t know, no worries. Email me at benebellwen@gmail.com to let me know you want to place an order. We’ll take it from there together.

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Your Prosperity Adviser: A Personal Astrology Report

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$40

25+ page report

I believe in a Divine, and I believe that we are each born with a map for navigating our lives. That does not mean we have a fixed destiny, but quite the contrary. Our potential is expressed as a garden of forking paths. We decide which forks we take, but we must also live with the consequences.

The map I speak of can help us make sense of that garden, perhaps even shed light on potential consequences before we take a single step, and therefore better ascertain which fork we want to take. By reading our own map, we can best mark a route toward our desired destination.

The map? I believe it is our birth chart. As above, so below. What the Divine sets in the heavens above, if we possess the drive to learn about it, is the grand omen of our success and our failures. Our lives and by extension our birth charts map out a collective tree of if-then statements. If we choose this course, then that will be our outcome. The possibilities of this and that are embedded into our birth charts and availed to us for access, if we so choose to gain that insight.

For $40, you’re getting:

  • JPG file of your birth chart constructed under the whole signs system
  • PDF written reading report of key astrological features in your chart related to career and wealth, word count minimum 8,000 words.

To order yours today, just e-mail me the following:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Time of Birth
  • Location of Birth

Email contact:

benebellwen (at) gmail (dot) com

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How can you achieve fortune and prosperity in your life?

I believe that map—your birth chart—can help us navigate a way.

Your Prosperity Adviser addresses the metaphysical components that play in to your financial success and personal achievement. Of course it should not be relied on exclusively for making career or financial decisions. Rather, it’s a supplement to the more logic- and science- based metrics you’re using for such important decision-making.

Note that this report is limited in scope. It presumes that your primary purpose is fortune and prosperity and operating on that presumption, we examine specific points in your chart to mark the best route to achieving that purpose.

I’m not looking at your happiness or what brings you spiritual fulfillment. There are other divinatory reading options available for that. This particular reading option is about material prosperity and the career path best suited for you for attaining material prosperity and advancing social status.

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The Report

The reading report will focus on your midheaven sign, Hermetic Lot of Fortune, the three Earth houses in your chart, and then a panoramic view of your entire chart, taken in totality, and the conclusions that can be drawn from your chart in its totality. Only the main angular aspects to career or wealth related celestial bodies will be examined.

If that was mumbo jumbo to you, no worries, that’s not how I talk in the reading, at least not for all of it. Let’s break down what all that means and what is covered in Your Prosperity Adviser.

Potential for Highest Professional Achievement

By examining your midheaven sign and any significant angular aspects to it that relate to wealth, status, and career, we will get a sense of which professional paths would lead you to the highest potential for achievement written in the stars for you. In other words, which professional paths are most likely to lead you to gains in status?

Your Financial Earning Potential

The way I read the Hermetic Lot of Fortune expresses how you can earn money. What avenues and forking paths are availed to you for earning potential? How does someone like you, given your personality, your strengths, your weaknesses, and even your karma seek out the path most likely to earn you financial prosperity? We’ll take a look at your birth chart and answer based on your personal astrology.

Career Insights, Employment Prospects, and Your Material Resources

Next, we’ll take a look at the Earth houses in your chart. Earth relates to material resources, foundations, and security. I’ll interpret the sign governing your second house, sixth house, and tenth house. I’ll also examine the celestial bodies and sensitive points in those three Earth houses. If none, I’ll talk about the implications of having that house empty in your chart.

Also, according to your birth chart, what is your likelihood of success if you pursue a career in math or science? What if you pursue a career in a social science? What if you pursue a career in the creative or performing arts?

Your report will have three sub-sections with the foregoing categories and we’ll look at your birth chart, compare it to the metrics I have set up as an astrologer for determining success in those three particular fields, and see how you stack up in each category.

Personal Feng Shui to Metaphysically Optimize Career Success and Wealth

The report concludes with some personal feng shui. From your birth details and the gender you identify as, I will calculate your Kua Hao and then tell you what your most auspicious compass directions are and how to utilize that directionality through feng shui principles to optimize opportunities for wealth, success, and prosperity. I’ll also take a look at elemental dominance in your chart overall, weaknesses, and use that to guide me in curating a recommended prosperity bowl for you.

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Astrological Features Covered

Your reading is a synthesis of Hellenistic astrology and Chinese feng shui (some facets of Chinese feng shui principles are rooted in astrology). The specific astrological points covered are as follows:

  • Your Midheaven Sign. Sign and house analysis (the two can be different when reading under the whole signs system), and discussion of conjunctions, trines, oppositions, and certain select squares only (other angular aspects excluded)
  • Your Hermetic Lot of Fortune. House and sign analysis, and discussion of significant conjunctions, if any
  • Tenth House. Sign analysis and discussion of any planetary influences in the tenth.
  • Sixth House. Sign analysis and discussion of any planetary influences in the sixth.
  • Second House. Sign analysis and discussion of any planetary influences in the second.
  • Overall Chart Analysis for Comparison Metrics. Comparing key astrological patterns in your chart to the “ideal” chart for STEM professional success, social science professional success, creative or performing arts success, and entrepreneurial success based on proprietary metrics.
  • Kua Hao. Your Kua Hao based on your birth details and prescription for personal feng shui measures to accentuate your strengths and support your weaknesses (specifically keyed to career and prosperity only; not for any other area of life).

Not That Spiritual

Whereas the Chiron, Lilith, & Selena reading (the Inner Darkness, Inner Light report) is spiritual in its focus and more reflective of karmic challenges to overcome and inherent divinity, what your life purpose is irrespective of material considerations, Your Prosperity Adviser is just the opposite.

This reading is not spiritual, at least not per my perspective. This reading is about how you can best achieve financial security, chart the route to highest achievement and career potential, and what you as a person would be best keyed for in terms of professional pursuits.

If you’re young and still trying to figure out your professional path, this would be a great reading to help supplement your decision-making.

If you’re older and seeking a metaphysical or divinatory understanding of your personal finances, or are just curious about how the path you’ve chosen compares to the predetermined path of highest achievement ordained by your birth chart, then how fun would this reading report be. =)

The Deliverables

  • JPG of your birth chart, under the whole signs system of astrology
  • PDF written report covering the astrological features mentioned, with minimum word count: 8,000 words – please note that this is quite the long read…

Limitations in Scope

This is not a complete birth chart reading. This is a focused and narrow examination of the facets in your birth chart that reveal your career potential, how you can best earn money or acquire material resources and abundance, and what metaphysical practices (note: not practical stuff; purely metaphysical stuff) you can consider to help amplify and support the energies in your life that help to manifest prosperity, abundance, and professional success.

Furthermore, at the given price point, the main purpose of this reading report is to make such knowledge and personal reading accessible to as many as possible, and to do that, I definitely use pre-written text. E.g., If you are a midheaven sign Gemini, I have text pre-written for my personal, proprietary interpretation of midheaven sign Gemini. If that midheaven sign is in Gemini under the decan rulership of Mars, I have pre-written text for implications of a Gemini midheaven under Mars decan rulership. I also have pre-written text for all the different Kua Hao in the feng shui section. If your career potential relies on metaphysical Fire energy for support, or Earth, or Air, or Water, all that text is pre-written, which I then essentially transfer over manually to prepare your reading report.

However, assessing overall STEM, social science, creative, or entrepreneurial innate strengths is a customized process, as it would need to be, since I’m examining the totality of factors your unique birth chart represents. Also, when I notice intriguing facets of your birth chart that is directly related to career or prosperity issues, then I will write that and weave it in with the pre-written text.

Not Your Career or Financial Advisor

This reading is a form of unverified divination based on your astrological birth chart. There is no hard scientific or rational basis to the reading results. The reading results are based entirely on subjective astrological metrics that I, as an astrologer, have designed and a comparison between your birth chart and those metrics to produce certain astrological, divinatory results that should be read for entertainment purposes only. To rely on this astrology reading to make important career or financial decisions in your life would be, in one word, asinine.

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Cost of Reading:

$40.00 (Forty Dollars) USD

To order, email me at:

benebellwen (at) gmail (dot) com

I will then reply with more info and payment instructions. Payment is handled after your receipt of the completed reading.

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Chiron Black Moon Lilith and White Moon Selena Natal Astrology

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$30 USD

What is your soul’s purpose?

What challenges and trials do you face along your life path that might be sourced from karma, however you define karma?

What facets of your shadow self can be revealed by your birth chart?

How might we express that part of your inner self that is divine? What facet of Divinity do you inherit so that you might carry out missions that the Divine has set for you?

While I won’t be able to answer those questions fully, we can begin the search for the answers by starting with your birth chart and more specifically, your Chiron sign, the positioning of Lilith, and the positioning of Selena…

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For $30, you’re getting:

  • JPG file of your birth chart constructed under the whole signs system
  • PDF written reading report of the house and sign analysis for your Chiron, Lilith, and Selena, word count approx. 3,500 words (about 13 pages).

To order yours today, just e-mail me the following:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Time of Birth
  • Location of Birth
  • To avoid any potential faux pas with pronouns, please also provide the gender you identify as

Email contact:

benebellwen (at) gmail (dot) com

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The Chiron, Lilith, Selena reading is spiritual in its dimension.

It addresses your inner darkness and your inner light.

This is not a reading about your love life, your career prospects, your personality, and none of it is predictive in nature. This is not about “what is going to happen.” This is about “why do certain things happen to you.”

I presume that your birth chart is a map of your personal unconscious, all that you are and the sum of your experiences, your nature, and your karma. I then presume your personal unconscious is connected to a greater collective unconscious, an expression of Divinity, and that you inherit at birth a piece of that Divinity. What piece? What part of you is Divine? Likewise, based on your own past, and presuming there are past lives, what is the darkness within you that you must shine that Divine light on?

For the answers to those specific questions, I believe three obscure points in your birth chart can reveal those insights– Chiron and two personal sensitive points, black moon Lilith and white moon Selena.

Altogether, house and sign analysis of these three points in your birth chart will offer a glimpse into your soul’s purpose, what inner shadows tend to cause rifts and tensions in your life, and what part of you emanates with pure divine energy.

In other words, a Chiron, Lilith, & Selena reading is spiritual in its point of view and framework. The focus is clear and niche: let’s ruminate on your personal spiritual journey. This astrology reading report is about your spirituality and how you are connected to Divinity. I also believe it’s an empowering supplement for your own personal shadow work and exploration of the parts within that need mending.

When you order a reading report, you will receive as a JPG image file your birth chart, constructed under whole signs, using SolarFire Gold. It will look like the following sample chart:

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Sample birth chart generated by SolarFire Gold.

I encourage you to explore every facet of your birth chart later, in your own time. For our reading purposes, we will focus on three specific glyphs in your chart–the one for Chiron (in the sample chart above, you’ll see it as a green symbol in House 11 under Taurus), black moon Lilith (in House 2, Leo), and white moon Selena (in House 6, Sagittarius).

The structure of the reading you will get will be organized in three sections—Chiron, Lilith, and Selena. For each section, I will provide a general overview of that astrological feature and its correspondences. Then I will identify the house and zodiac sign placement of that feature in your birth chart.

The reading will be a minimum of 3,500 words, delivered to you by e-mail attachment as a PDF digital document. The text is not computer or automatically generated by a preexisting program. The text is unique to my interpretive approach to the three astrological features, based entirely on my own studies, observations, and written in my own words. However, the text for the points in the twelve houses and in the twelve signs are pre-written by me, which I then apply and transfer to your reading report as applicable.

When I see notable angular aspects to your Chiron, Lilith, or Selena signs, I’ll make note of that, too. For the purposes of this short,  budget-friendly reading (it’s only $20…), I’ll only be observing conjunctions, trines, and oppositions to key points I’ve ascertained as most influential over your Chiron, Lilith, and Selena.

So what exactly would house and sign analysis of Chiron, Lilith, and Selena cover anyway?

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Chiron: Your Soul’s Purpose

Although Chiron is not unanimously considered a planet in astronomy (some say it is an asteroid, others a centaur), in astrology, for the purposes of analyzing your natal chart, it is referred to as a planetary body. Chiron, known in astronomy as 2060 Chiron, is a minor planet in our outer solar system that orbits between Saturn and Uranus. It was discovered in 1977, named after the centaur, half man and half horse, from Greek mythos.

In astrology, Chiron denotes our deepest wounds and the efforts we exert to heal those wounds. It shows the areas we try to over-compensate as a result of past hurt. However, it also shows how extraordinary the human will is: what once hurt us becomes our greatest strength.

Chiron reveals where our greatest healing power lies. It points the way to our soul purpose—how it is we will best contribute to the world at large, how we influence others, and the type of impact we will have, the legacy we can leave behind after we’re gone.

Your Chiron sign sheds light on global, environmental, cultural, and social influences that will bear relevance on what your weaknesses might be and how you might try to overcompensate for those weaknesses until ultimately, they become your strengths. The house your Chiron is domiciled in then gets more specific, about you as an individual, and how those influences play out for you.

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Black Moon Lilith: Your Inner Darkness

Per modern astrology, black moon Lilith is a sensitive point in a birth chart that represents a point along the elliptic or orbit of the moon around the earth. Black moon Lilith is the apogee of the moon’s elliptical orbit around Earth, where Earth is one of two foci. It is an abstract geometrical point along the moon’s orbit.

Take care not to confuse black moon Lilith with the asteroid Lilith (1181 Lilith). There is also a dark moon Lilith, which is a hypothetical second moon of the Earth. That hypothetical second moon, or dark moon Lilith, is believed to be a literal celestial body orbiting around earth. In contrast, black moon Lilith is only a sensitive point, and not a celestial body like the asteroid Lilith or hypothesized dark moon Lilith.

Interpreting black moon Lilith has risen in popularity among modern astrologers. I read black moon Lilith as aspects of the shadow self that bring on the negative karma, life challenges, and personal trials we experience. These aspects could be transgressions from a past life or dark aspects of our childhood that have a detrimental effect in our adulthood, often on a subconscious level. In a sense, black moon Lilith is about exploring the darkest nether regions of our personal psychology, the skeletons in your closet

Your Lilith sign will reveal what influences you’re being born into and the house it is domiciled in sheds light on how specifically it is going to affect you.

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White Moon Selena: Your Inner Light

The final point we will address in this reading is Selena. White moon Selena is a sensitive point in a birth chart based on a hypothetical orbit that forms a perfect circle around the earth. In terms of its nature, characteristics, and essence, white moon Selena is considered a polarity of black moon Lilith.

White moon Selena expresses pure light within you, that facet of the sentient you that is in part Divine. We are all connected to the Divine, to that God principle, and white moon Selena reveals the essence in you that is Divine, and how you specifically connect with the Divine. It is that part of you that is in resonance with the God principle. Where does your Inner Light shine the brightest and how can you best utilize that Light to fulfill the higher purpose you’re called upon to fulfill? That’s what we will explore with your white moon Selena.

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Guardian Spirits Since Birth

Your “Inner Darkness, Inner Light” reading also includes examination of the Hermetic Lot of Spirit in your birth chart. From the Lot of Spirit, we can see archetypes and profiles of guardian spirits that have accompanied your life journeying since birth and why they accompany you. What is the purpose these particular guardian spirits serve in your life? What greater spiritual mission are they tasked to help you accomplish this lifetime?

The Guardian Spirits section, or “Revealing Guardian Spirits through the Hermetic Lot of Spirit” covers an elemental guardian expressed per Judeo-Christian delineation of archangels and your directional guardian expressed per Chinese Taoism. Then, based on house and sign analysis of your Lot of Spirit, the reading will reveal the specific profiles of your spirit guides and why these particular spirit guides are with you.

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This is not a birth chart reading.

I mean, okay, yes it is, sorta, in the literal sense that I am reading your birth chart to put together this report. So yeah, it’s literally a birth chart reading BUT it is not a birth chart reading. Let me explain.

If you came to me asking for a “birth chart reading,” what I would do for you as an astrologer is scan the entire chart and assess all the key or notable facets of the chart as they relate to your personality, your life path, and various parts of your life like career and love. I might point out what’s unique about your chart, and therefore unique about you. I would definitely tell you about your sun, moon, and rising signs. I may cover the positioning of all the major planets from our solar system and what that might mean about you and your life. That’s what I call a “birth chart reading.”

This is not a “birth chart reading.”

Instead, I construct your birth chart and then zoom in on only and exactly three features in your chart– one feature is a dwarf planet (or asteroid, depending on who you talk to), and two aren’t even objects. They’re certain angles or mathematically calculated points in the heavens based on your date of birth, time of birth, and also location (geographical coordinates) of birth. It’s a geocentric model (meaning it’s from the perspective of where you were born looking up at the heavens at the moment of your birth).

This will not be light reading.

Of course I want to think of myself as compassionate and empathetic. For sure–and I really maintain this–these readings are not judgey. However, I do want to emphasize that Chiron unearths deep wounds and how embracing those wounds lead you to your greatest personal strengths and how it is you were intended to serve a greater good, which greater good you’re intended to serve. Lilith expresses the part of you that’s dark, that’s not so shiny and pretty, that’s not so graceful, and the nature of mara someone like you, per your birth chart, needs to face to transcend that darkness and find inner light. By their definition none of what I just mentioned could be “light reading material.” Selena, though, is comparatively lighter, but of same gravity and weight as what is discussed through Chiron and Lilith. Selena reveals that part of you that is pure divinity, that you inherit from the Divine so that you can utilize that inheritance in positive ways here on earth.

Limitations in Scope

Reading a natal chart for an astrologer can be a bit like deep-diving down a rabbit hole. Once you start, there’s so much to unpack. For instance, without looking at any other facet of your chart, only concentrating on Chiron, Lilith, and Selena, we should also be looking at all the angular aspects between these points and other celestial bodies in your chart. Not just celestial bodies like the traditional sacred seven or the modern planets we observe, but also the Hermetic Lots (Arabic Parts), the midheaven, imum coeli, ascendant, co-ascendant, polar ascendant, it just goes on and on.

We should look at the unique lattice created by the pattern of Chiron, Lilith, and Selena in your chart, but alas, for a $30 e-mail reading, we won’t. It would be impractical to cover the full breadth and scope of what you should cover when examining your Chiron, Lilith, and Selena. So for our $30 reading purposes, we are focusing on house and sign placement only.

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For $30, you’re getting:

  • JPG file of your birth chart constructed under the whole signs system
  • PDF written reading report of the house and sign analysis for your Chiron, Lilith, and Selena, word count approx. 3,500 words (about 13 pages).

To order yours today, just e-mail me the following:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Time of Birth
  • Location of Birth
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Book Review of Shamanic Astrology by Lucy Harmer

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When I cracked open the front cover of this book, I didn’t even know what shamanic astrology was. I didn’t even know spirit animal signs were a thing. So that’s where I’m coming from as a book reviewer– not a place of knowledge or expertise, but the place of a beginner and how this book might serve the beginner.

Shamanic Astrology: Understanding Your Spirit Animal Sign by Lucy Harmer (North Atlantic Books, 2009) introduces the twelve spirit animal signs of the Native American medicine wheel and how these animal signs correspond with our date of birth. Prominent public figures in the metaphysical community, such as Judy Hall (The Crystal Bible) and astrologers Derek and Julia Parker, Dr. Steven Farmer (Earth Magic and Animal Spirit Guides), Vicki Noble, creator of the Motherpeace Tarot, and so many more have thrown their positive weight toward Shamanic Astrology to give their endorsements.

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The book is delightfully comprehensive. An introductory chapter acquaints you with shamanic astrology, the medicine wheel, and both the solar and lunar cycles. Then Harmer dives into the background of how spirit animals are interpreted, i.e., seasons, cycles, winds and directions, elements and clans, metaphysical correspondences, life paths, etc. Each of the twelve animal signs are covered, starting with a profile chart, description of personality, key metaphysical correspondences and influences, and then general insights into that sign’s luck– career, money, health, and then love. In the love section, compatibility with the other animal signs is provided. Shamanic Astrology closes with advanced material on the medicine wheel and the lunar calendars.

Now let’s take a look at the twelve spirit animal signs. Later in this review, check out Table 2.10 from Shamanic Astrology, which outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the twelve spirit animals.

Table 1.1 from Shamanic Astrology. Click image for closer viewing.
Table 1.1 from Shamanic Astrology. Click image for closer viewing.

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What the Universe Has in Store For You: A Sacred Text About You–Your Natal Chart Monograph

Really awful photoshop job but I did it myself and so there it is. Background image: "Dust and the Helix Nebula" (NASA, JPL-Caltech, Kate Su (Steward Obs, U. Arizona) et al., 2008)
Really awful photoshop job but I did it myself and so there it is. Background image: “Dust and the Helix Nebula” (NASA, JPL-Caltech, Kate Su, Steward Obs, U. Arizona, et al., 2008). Why I am off center: because when I pasted my mug shot to the center it looked like I had a halo and that’s just weird. I don’t have a halo. So I put me off to the side. You should be focusing on the helix nebula anyway.

I completed a manuscript on astrology. Yeah, like I wrote a book. The final manuscript came out to a total of 259,428 words. Just to give you a sense, that’s fatter than Holistic Tarot. But instead of publishing it, I have found a pretty cool, customized use for that manuscript (at least for now) and that’s what this post is about– an advertisement and self-promotion post, really, to get you to order a natal chart monograph from me. Read more about the logistics over on the “Book a Reading” page.

I am convinced that everything you need to know about yourself, past, present, and future, is embedded into your birth chart. And by “everything” I mean your natal personality, the physical and metaphysical influences in your personal environment, your higher purpose, the one past life that most affects the karma of your present life, who you are, where you come from, who you love in this world, and where you are headed. We will delve into the emotional, intellectual, and material planes as well. We will also look at slightly more obscure Western astrological points of analysis and reveal that one spirit guardian or spirit guide who has been with you since the moment of your birth and will continue to be with you until your death. I’m providing a sample table of contents later down in this post for your review. The book is meant to be timeless (at least within the span of your life). You will be able to visit it throughout the many stages of your life and glean something new or reach a different depth of understanding about yourself.

Intrigued?

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My Free Randomized Divinations

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This has been going on for a while already and I am having so much fun! However, I don’t know if I’m reaching enough folks, so here is a blog post. You can sign up to get on a list of folks who consent to possible free randomized divinatory readings to be delivered to your e-mail inbox, perhaps when you least expect it. This is offered alongside all my reading services that you can book. More info on my “Book a Reading” page. Scroll all the way down to see the info on the Free Randomized Divination Sign-up.

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Review of Tarot of the Holy Light

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Back in 2011, Christine Payne-Towler came out with Tarot of the Holy Light, illustrated by comic book artist Michael Dowers. It was self-published by her via Noreah Press.

However, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I didn’t become aware of the deck’s existence until last year. You can order the deck over at Tarot University. This deck, along with Christine Payne-Towler, is going down in tarot history, mark my words, and while far be it for me to tell you what to do, I’d get a copy of this deck while it’s still available.

The Tarot of the Holy Light, with its little white booklet
The Tarot of the Holy Light, with its little white booklet

Anyone who has explored esoteric tarot has heard of Christine Payne-Towler. She’s written some of the most compelling, provocative articles on tarot scholarship available, many of which you can find at Tarot.com or at ArkLetters. Payne-Towler is one of my tarot heroines.

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Holistic Horoscopes: Your January 2015 Sun Sign and Tarot Forecast

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Every few months I get the itch to dabble in sun sign horoscopes. To do so, we focus on what’s up with the Sun, Mars, Mercury, and Venus, with an eye on the Moon. I use the day-night rulership approach, running transits animations for January, 2015 and analyze those transits. There’s really no science to sun sign horoscopes and anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is just pulling your leg. Still, they’re fun and every once in a while, by some synchronous fluke, can even be useful. So here we go. January, 2015, and even some additional insights into the rest of the year for each sign.

I’m also going to throw in a tarot card draw for good measure, coming to you from the Voyager Tarot by James Wanless. (Click on any of  the card images for a larger view.)

I like to open with the sun sign of the month, and that’s you, Capricorn.

Capricorn | December 22 – January 19

It could be a hectic start to the New Year and you’ll feel like you are at the center of everyone else’s personal predicaments. That’s only because people see you as always reliable and need you to be their rock. Be alert to curve balls that could get thrown your way. You’re going to feel a child-like fragility and vulnerability this month. Drama may ensue this month and it won’t be your fault. You just have to breathe, hold back, do not overreact, and try not to let the uncertainties of the future unnerve you. You’re contemplating a new course of action as part of your resolutions, but fear of the unknown holds you back. You need to regain confidence in yourself, and then blockages to your creativity can be eliminated.

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Card Drawn. Nine of Crystals: Narrowness

Your hard, impenetrable character grounds you, gives you a sense of stability, but it is also isolating and lonely. There seem to be bars over your view, restricting your perceptions. And yet such narrowness is also what keeps you focused.

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Planets in Retrograde and What It Might Mean: November to December 2014 Edition

Retrograde Mars. Image Credit: Tunc Tezel. Source: NASA APOD.
Retrograde Mars. Image Credit: Tunc Tezel. Source: NASA APOD.

So we, we being all the planets in the solar system, go round and round the sun in our orbits, right. Each one’s orbit is a little different, some are rounder and others more elliptical, and then there’s the tilt of the axis, each one tilted a bit differently from the others. Because of that, at certain times, earth will round a corner at a different pace than one of the other planets on its different-shaped orbit, i.e., maybe a little faster. At that point, from the earth’s perspective, because we’re rounding the corner a touch faster (and on a different-shaped orbit and a different tilt), that other planet appears to move backwards.

So the term “retrograde” kind of stuck.

At least that’s how I understand it. Hey, I’m no astronomer and barely even cut it as an astrologer.

Anyway, let’s just say that’s all about right. Well. Metaphysically, the change of pace is most definitely a change of energy flow and retrograde or not, astrologers are interested in how that change of energy affects life on earth. That’s basically what astrology is all about, whether you’re talking Eastern or Western astrology. It presumes the concept of a cosmic unity, that the whole universe is one being with a collective Spirit, and like our bodies, sometimes, something going on with the hands can affect what’s going on with the feet. So that’s the whole “As above, so below” and also the Dao and Qi concepts distilled into baby terms. And if you ask me, it’s entirely aligned with the concept of God.

We just survived an inordinately brutal Mercury in retrograde and now this. There’s Neptune in retrograde until the 15th of this month and Uranus in retrograde until December 22. It coincides with Jupiter going into retrograde on December 10.

That means right now you’ve got Neptune in Pisces and Uranus in Aries in retrograde (from the earth’s perspective) plus the Northern Node in Libra in retrograde plus Chiron in Pisces with Neptune in retrograde. November 13-14th-ish, the Northern Node goes stationary (but it won’t stay there or be prograde for long; more on that later). By noon Saturday November 15, 2014, Neptune will go stationary. November 16th onward, Uranus and Chiron continue in retrograde. On November 23, Chiron goes stationary; December 9, Jupiter goes stationary. Then December 10 onward, you’ve got both Jupiter and Uranus in retrograde. Oh, also on that same day, the Northern Node is in retrograde again. During that whole time, by the way, after my last statement about the Northern Node, it comes in and out of being stationary, in prograde, and in retrograde. I just stopped jotting down the dates as I cycled through the transit charts. December 22, Uranus in Aries finally goes stationary and is what we would call normal by the 23rd. Now Jupiter and the Northern Node continue in retrograde into 2015. Oh, and by the way, Jupiter is going to stay in retrograde until about April 7 when it goes stationary and then is back to normal after that.

And here’s what it kind of looks like animated:

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Oct. 21 – Dec. 30, 2014 Transits

So what does all that mean? Depends on who you ask. Now let’s say you’re asking me, because– sad day for you– you have no one smarter to talk to about these things.

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Holistic Horoscopes: Your July 2014 Sun Sign Forecast

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Image Source: Eatsleepwork.com

Writing sun sign horoscopes? Oh what fun! I wonder if people wonder where sun sign horoscopes come from. If that’s you, then read about my approach to sun sign horoscope forecasts here. Anyway, here are my sun sign forecasts for July, 2014.

Also, for each sign, I pulled a single tarot card to supplement the monthly forecasts and found every single one to yield a similar message as the stars. I’ve embedded the card interpretations into the forecasts below, but at the end of each paragraph, will note the card (Rider-Waite deck) drawn for that sign.

Cancer | June 21 – July 22

It’s going to be a great month for you, Cancer, thanks to the influence of Jupiter through the first half of the month, but you’re going to feel dissatisfied and perhaps even a bit moodier than usual. Resist temptations and stay focused, and grounded. Earth stones like jaspers and agates could help. There could be some drama and curve balls with spouses, significant others, or close business partners mid-month and onward and a few unexpected challenges late month. Open communication will be critical to smoothing over the ruffled feathers. Overall, though, energies around you in July are optimal for success, so take advantage of it and get ahead at work and in personal creative projects. If you’ve been out of touch with family for a while, get back in touch this month. [Card Drawn: Key 6: The Lovers]

Leo | July 23 – August 22

Finances and money may be a focal point this month and also, you could be feeling a bit more emotionally sensitive than usual. Leos working in the corporate sector will fare well in July and find themselves taking on a more prominent leadership role. Mid-July and on, Leos in creative or unconventional fields might find themselves redirecting energies, refocusing, editing, or changing course due to the aspect influence of Neptune in retrograde. All Leos should be getting an extra surge of intuition and creativity, so be sure to utilize it! July 16 and on will be a time of success, achievement, and results, and you should be proud of yourself, Leo! So don’t worry so much if family members aren’t quite on board just yet. They’ll come around. The 27th or 28th is a good time to start that new project you’ve been mulling over (or regain momentum for work that you’ve been leaving on the back burner). Carnelian could really help you to positively align your personal energies, Leo. [Card Drawn: Queen of Wands]

Virgo | August 23 – September 22

Lately there may have been miscommunications and misunderstandings in your life, so July will be a good time to get away. This Fourth of July weekend will be a great time of opportunity. Any time early to mid-month, consider a short trip out of town. If you have siblings, it’s a good time to reconnect with them. This July will be all about recalibrating your thought process and self-analysis. You’re too hard on yourself, Virgo, especially in the romance department. Love will come when it comes. Rose quartz would be good for you. Grace under fire is the mantra for you this month. Being able to maintain your inner balance will be crucial in July. And remember, things don’t have to be perfect to be good. Late July, around the 23rd, focusing on finances will bring rewards. [Card Drawn: Key 14: Temperance]

Libra | September 23 – October 22

Early in the month, up to the 6th will be great for you, Libra, but then it may get a little rough, with interpersonal tensions heightened through the first half of July. Then after the 23rd, there could be sibling issues, vacation trips that didn’t go as well as they should have, and miscommunications. Happiness could feel elusive throughout July, and planetary aspects with Uranus and Neptune could bring the unexpected, especially in creative projects. If you find your workload doubling this month, hang in there. Amethyst, citrine, or smoky quartz might help you to reduce tensions and work-related stress. Reconnecting with family and loved ones will be an effective way to alleviate mental blockages. Writing and journaling will be incredibly therapeutic for you. For you this July, you’ll want to be realistic with your expectations and reach your desired destination one step at a time. [Card Drawn: Knight of Pentacles]

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