Virgo - astrology 101


Happy Virgo season. It either starts August 22 or 23. I usually say it starts August 23 and lasts until September 22. ⁠⁠Virgo is ruled by Mercury. Virgo is an earth sign. It is mutable and the polarity is considered negative/feminine/yin.

.⁠Virgo can be described as quiet, narrow-minded, realistic, modest, critical and practical. The strength of a Virgo is their reliability and their attention to detail. Weaknesses include being too analytical and perfectionism. Excellent careers for Virgos include nutritionist, scientist, librarian, and personal assistant. ⁠⁠

The great astrologer, Robert Hand, says "While Virgo does not insist on being boss, it needs to feel effective. Yet the world is not an entirely reliable place: things go wrong even with the best of plans. That bothers Virgo more than most signs. The concern for order may also cause Virgo to become extremely neat in personal habits, but if Virgo cannot achieve perfect order, it may give up completely".⁠⁠

Uranus - astrology 101

Uranus doesn't rule any zodiac sign in traditional astrology. In modern astrology, Uranus rules Aquarius.


⁠⁠Uranus has rebellious energy. Keywords for Uranus include change, alienation, technology, nonconformity, and invention.

⁠⁠A well placed Uranus is inventive. An ill placed Uranus is chaotic and eccentric. The worst place for Uranus to be is in Taurus. The best place is in Scorpio or Aquarius (in modern astrology only).

⁠⁠Astrologer Robert Hand says, "In order to deal with Uranus, detachment is necessary. One must not be wedded to the status quo. One must be ready to experience anything and to give up anything. The more easily one can let go, the more easily one can use the energies of Uranus positively". ⁠

Overview of the Moon phases

New Moon - Where are you stuck? Time for a new start⁠.⁠ 🌑⁠ Waxing Crescent - What do you want to accomplish? Set your intention and keep the faith⁠.⁠ 🌜⁠ First Quater - You may see challenges when it comes to your goals. ⁠ 🌓⁠ Waxing Gibbous - You need a new perspective. ⁠Reaccess and make a decision. Don't give up. ⁠ 🌙⁠ Full Moon - New opportunities will occur.⁠ 🌕⁠ Waning Gibbous - Be grateful and share.⁠ 🌔⁠ Last Quarter - Listen carefully it may be time to let go of something. ⁠ 🌓⁠ Waning Crescent - Surrender and relax.⁠ 🌑⁠ And then the phases start all over again!⁠

Self-help books no longer helping?

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Astrology can help. It is like a self-help book written just for you!⁠ Learning astrology can open up your world. It can show you your hidden talents and desires. Astrology can help you avoid influences that can distract you from your goals. Astrology is personalized because no one's chart is like yours.⁠

You can use astrology to see your relationships more clearly. ⁠I had a tough relationship with an Aries. I'm a Taurus. No book was going to help me get through this. I tried every self-help technique I knew. It worked for a while, but eventually, I would get frustrated. Then I looked through the lens of astrology. She happens to fit Aries to a T. Yes, we clashed. Once I understood that I no longer took what she said and did personally. I accepted her for who she was. Things are much better now.⁠ ⁠

Saturn - astrology 101


In traditional astrology Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius.

⁠⁠⁠⁠I love how Roy Gillett describes Saturn: "Saturn indicates where problems, restrictions, and barriers are likely in our lives and confronts us with the reality of impermanence. But Saturn presides over much more than failure and endings: as the planet of firm foundations, it can show us how to strengthen our endeavors and make them more sustainable". ⁠⁠⁠⁠

Saturn is necessary for the human experience. Keywords for Saturn include discipline, responsibility, structure, pragmatism, and anxiety. I have also seen it represent the father figure in birth charts. ⁠⁠⁠⁠

A well placed Saturn is reserved. An ill placed Saturn is mistrustful and jealous. ⁠⁠⁠⁠Saturn is most at home in Capricorn, Aquarius, and Libra. It doesn't do as well in Cancer, Leo, and Aries. ⁠

Jupiter - astrology 101


Many think of Jupiter as good and while it has many good qualities if the energy is used unwisely, it leads to excess. ⁠

In traditional astrology, Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces. It is known as a planet of encouraging a broader perspective. Jupiter is also the planet of gambling. ⁠

Keywords for Jupiter include optimism, abundance, hope, luck, and expansion. ⁠

A well placed Jupiter is cheerful. An ill-placed Jupiter can lead to extravagance and procrastination. ⁠

Self-help book overload?

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⁠Do you read self-help book after self-book trying to understand yourself? You don't always have to change. Change isn't bad and sometimes helpful but, what if you tried accepting yourself? Instead of reading generic self-help book after self-help book, maybe you should learn about yourself in a personalized way. ⁠ If you want specific and reliable knowledge about yourself, I suggest you consider astrology. Learn it yourself or get a reading.

⁠ One of my favorite things about astrology is how helpful it can be. There are many examples I can give about how it helped me. One thing that astrology has personally helped me with is acceptance. I am accepting myself as is. I used to think something was wrong with me because I'm slow until I grasp something. I'm a Taurus. I'm a fast talker, eater, and walker. But when it comes to writing, learning new things, and reading I'm slow. Then I started reading more about Taurus and how it is the most earthy sign. I fell in love with the earth and the slowness. What's wrong with being slow and steady? What's wrong with being practical? What's wrong with just sitting and being? ⁠

⁠ Self-help books can be helpful. Write it Down, Make it Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser changed my life over a decade ago. I still use the skills I learn in that book today.

Mars - astrology 101


In traditional astrology Mars rules Aries and Scorpio. In our birth charts, Mars works best when we can train its energies instead of just letting it do whatever it wants to do.⁠

Keywords for Mars: assertiveness, energy, aggression, courage, self courage, impatience, passion, & anger.

⁠ A well placed Mars gets things done and stands firm. An ill-placed Mars is aggressive and quick to lose control.

⁠ Astrologer Robert Hand says, "Nothing exists in nature without the energy of Mars enabling it to survive. Everything maintains its true nature through Mars energy."⁠

Venus - astrology 101


Venus is always close to the Sun. It is closer to the Sun than any other planet. Venus can represent attraction, love, beauty, and creation in the astrological chart. Venus has passive energy. It isn't assertive. Astrologer Robert Hand likes to say that Venus attracts things to you. It isn't about you going after what you are attracted to.⁠⁠

People with a strong Venus tend to be loving and charming. They don't do well by themselves. Venus is a sociable planet. ⁠⁠

Venus rules Taurus and Libra. It doesn't do well in Aries and Virgo. A well placed Venus is warm, affectionate, and quiet. An ill-placed Venus is shameless, hedonistic and recklessly extravagant.⁠⁠

In the birth chart, Venus indicates what a person values, what/who a person is attracted to, and whether the person believes they are worthy of happiness. ⁠

Leo - astrology 101


"The lion is called the King of the Beasts, and astrologers think that this animal is a good symbol to represent the kind of personality which seems to belong to most Leos. If you watch a lion you will see that he is always dignified, proud-looking, and relaxed. He seems to know that he is king". - Liz Greene, Astrologer ⁠⁠.⁠

Leo season is from July 23 to August 22. Leo is fixed fire and ruled by the Sun. ⁠⁠

⁠Leos are known for being excellent leaders and ⁠charming. They like applause, the arts, and passion. Keywords for Leo include pride, self-assured, enthusiastic, boisterous and patronizing.

⁠⁠⁠⁠A skilled Leo is good-natured and creative. An unskilled Leo is snobbish and arrogant. ⁠⁠

⁠Good careers for Leos include teaching, politics, acting, and lawyer.⁠