Lunar Year of the Metal Rat & Navigating Natal Years

The Rat is the start of the zodiac cycle, much like Aries in the Western zodiac. Thus, any year of the Rat is going to be prognosticated as a year of beginnings, of starting over, and new opportunities that come your way.

The Rat is considered to be business-savvy and entrepreneurial, so sole proprietorships are going to be more prosperous than usual. It’s a lucky year for small businesses or new startup ventures.

With 2020 being the year of the Metal Rat, we’re going to see a global focus on technology.

Metal years, no matter what the animal sign, are also more prone to social conflicts, so we may see more of that across the world stage. This is a year of nations and leaders trying to show off their power.

On the other hand, in terms of culture and humanities, it should be a great year for music.

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The Star of Bethlehem in 2020

March – April, 2020

The “Star of Bethlehem” is when Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars are in conjunction under the same sign. It is based on the mythology that around 2 B.C., there was a conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars and three sage astrologers, or the “three wise men,” predicted the birth of a child to be a savior to the people, located at the point where the terrestrial latitude and longitude of the triple conjunction is the same as the celestial latitude and longitude (and in the midheaven) of that geographic location. Such a child would become the initiator of a new epoch in world history.

The last incidence of a Star of Bethlehem was in the year 2000. This coming year in 2020, there will be a Star of Bethlehem. Then the next Star of Bethlehem won’t be until 2040. So basically, they occur about once every 20 years, give or take.

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Saturn-Pluto Conjunction & the Great Conjunction 2020

From January 5 – 14, 2020, and then again from January 19-22, Saturn and Pluto will be within 5° of each other. This event is called the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction. Note that some astrologers expand the definition of a conjunction to planets within 10° of each other.

Another significant conjunction, one between Jupiter and Saturn, comes at the end of 2020, called the Great Conjunction, which will take place between November 18 and December 16, 2020. From December 14 – 16, the two planets will be side by side at 29°, or the Anaretic Degree.

Let’s talk about all this.

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Planetary Lithomancy by Micki Klein

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I can’t fully convey to you how excited I am about Micki Klein’s Planetary Lithomancy divination set. A while back she had launched a crowd-funding campaign over on Kicktraq to self-publish the divination set, but sadly it did not gain the traction it absolutely deserved. I wish she had reached out to me at that time to help her signal boost, because I would have promoted the heck out of this! I’m so in love with what Klein has created. This YouTube video, “Planetary Lithomancy” by Micki Klein, explains the divination system pretty well.

I confess that I got to tinkering with the divination system before even opening its companion guidebook, but don’t worry– I’ll be reviewing it with the guidebook and getting to Klein’s approach. First, my own. =)

As soon as I saw the board with the astrological houses and keywords, as an astrology enthusiast I felt I immediately knew how to operate this thing. I was so excited by the concept I didn’t even continue rummaging in the kit that Klein had sent me. Instead, I ran upstairs and started picking out gemstones all on my own, from my personal stash, for the seven sacred planets and two of the main Hermetic Lots.

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Uranus in Taurus

Yeah, yeah. This post comes really late. Everyone else with a blog or YouTube channel who is into astrology has already given their two-cents on this. So I wasn’t going to. But you guys keep pestering me about it. So I’ve been meaning to get to this, but blah. Okay, here you go. Uranus in Taurus. According to Bell.

Source: U.S. Information Agency

What happened the last time Uranus was in Taurus?

On May 15 of this year, Uranus entered Taurus during a new moon. To consider the implications, we start by looking to history to see if we might spot patterns. The last time Uranus was in Taurus, it was just after the Great Depression and into the start of World War II. In other words, it was approximately 1934 to 1942.

Nazi Germany came in to power during this time. It was a period of divisive social politics in many parts of the world. Invasions, smaller wars, and border conflicts were happening on multiple continents. Dramatic changes were taking place when it came to U.S. policies affecting the economy, such as the New Deal (to counter the effects of the Great Depression).

Over in the corner of modern witchcraft, Gerald Gardner was traveling through East Asia, and as that particular Uranus transit came to its close, Gardner was initiated into the New Forest coven. All this, to me at least, is an interesting synchronicity, because I talk about these points in the course I’m offering at Tarot Summer School 2018. In Module 5, “Witchcraft and Tarot in Modernity,” I cover these periods of modern history and the relevance to occult history.

Oh, and then the last last time before that when Uranus was in Taurus? Uranus entered Taurus on April 16, 1851 and stayed there until March 14, 1859. You had the Crimean War ravaging through Europe, the Opium War in China, along with the Taiping Rebellion. Over in the U.S., civil rights is in contention and several landmark events shape this period and the periods to come: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Dred Scott decision in the Supreme Court– once again, divisive social politics– and the Republican Party is founded in 1854 on anti-slavery and pro-immigration ideologies. (I just mention that because there are some interesting parallels going on in the U.S. at the moment, during our present day Uranus in Taurus.)

Then before that, May 1767 to April 1775. Oh. Shit. Guess what. That’s the American Revolution. So yeah. Uranus in Taurus, where the planet is in detriment*, is, in short, a time when we tend to. ahem, make history.

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Your Saturn Returns (Free Saturn Return Survival Kit)

In Episode #29 of “Bell Chimes In,” I talk about the Saturn Return. I also make reference to the Decisive Age and how it may relate to your Saturn Return. (What is a Decisive Age? Find out more here.)

A Saturn Return is a period of time, typically within a year, when the transiting or present Saturn’s positioning is at the same degree in the same zodiac sign as it was in at the moment of your birth. In other words, if Saturn was positioned at 3° in Capricorn when you were born, and currently Saturn is at 3° in Capricorn, then you, my friend, are in the throes of one of your Saturn Returns. Typically, there are three: the First Saturn Return, the Second Saturn Return, and your Third Saturn Return.

For the general population (there are a few astrological exceptions, which I get into in the video), Saturn can create a large weight or obstacle that holds you back. People cross a major threshold in their lives during a Saturn Return. You’ll hear astrologers talk about the First Saturn Return as a coming-of-age, when the process of growth may be difficult, but is the necessary rite of passage that must be crossed in every person’s life path.

You can find free Saturn Return Calculators online. Here’s one that I like. Input your birth details, click “Calculate,” and the dates of your three Saturn Returns, all Saturn Oppositions, and Saturn Squares are provided.

Going through or about to go through one of your Saturn Returns? Here’s a fun Saturn Return Survival Kit you can download for free.

DOWNLOAD PDF:

Your Saturn Return Survival Kit

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General Readings and Specific Readings

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The issue of general readings versus specific readings is pertinent to most divinatory forms, whether we’re talking tarot, astrology, the I Ching, or even in terms of configurations for feng shui analysis. Rather than frame this post as general commentary, I want to talk about my personal approach, and since most of the divinatory work I do for people are in the modes of tarot and astrology, that’s what I’ll focus on.

Let’s start with my definitions.

A general reading is when a seeker doesn’t have a cogent, cohesive question to present for divination, but just wants insight for moving forward at the particular juncture point the seeker is at. For example, a seeker sits down in front of a tarot reader and the reader simply begins casting cards and reporting back what the reader interprets from the cards. Another example is a solar returns or birthday chart reading in astrology. A reading service such as a twelve-month forecast is also considered a general reading. In theory for a general reading, any subject matter that comes up in the reading is game.

A specific reading is when a seeker has a question in mind that is narrowly tailored and will require a direct, responsive answer. For example, the seeker wants to know about romantic prospects up ahead, or which career path to take, or which of three possible office site locations would be optimal for setting up a business. Here, even a broadly-cast inquiry such as “just whatever comes up that’s money related in my life” is an inquiry I’ll tuck under the category of a specific reading.

One more point before we proceed. To debate which is better, general reading or specific reading methods, is absurd. Readers also come with different strengths. No reader is all-powerful. Some excel at the general reading. Others excel at the specific reading. Play to your own strengths. That’s all there is to it.

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Astrology Course for Beginners (Independent Study)

$65.  USD

Custom: Including your birth charts in 4 systems:

$75. USD

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.

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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.

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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
  • 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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