Learning Traditional Astrology at the AFA

Chris Brennan

Chris Brennan

(Astrology Explored) Tempe, AZ–Astrology as it is practiced now is a recovered art. The methods and practices of ancient astrology has been lost to modern practitioners when astrology fell into disrepute in the 17th century. When astrology resurrected in the late 19th and 20th century, energized by fresh insights of the new practice of psychoanalysis, astrology was transmuted in a model of understanding the human psyche. However, Western astrology bears little resemblance to astrology as it was originally practiced.

With the translations of ancient works by James H. Holden, a flood of new information became available to the modern astrologer and created interest in a new generation of astrologers in learning from ancient texts.

Here in Tempe, Arizona, the American Federation of Astrologers brought together Demetra George, Chris Brennan, and Benjamin Dykes to give a comprehensive treatment of traditional astrology.

Though a basic form of astrology existed for 2 thousand years prior, Hellenistic astrology formed around 1 century BCE as a fusion between Mesopotamian and Egyptian astrology.

To interpret a chart traditionally you need first to put aside what you’ve learned about planets, zodiac signs and houses.

To first start you need to put aside the use of the idea of the “12 letter alphabet”. While in Western astrology we tend to interchange zodiac signs, planets and houses, this is not the case with Traditional Astrology.

We only use the 7 visible planets and traditional rulerships.

We use a whole sign house system.

In traditional astrology great weight is given to judging the “condition” of a planet. The starting point is whether you have a day or night chart, judged by whether you Sun is above or below the horizon in your chart. A day chart or a night chart will assign you to either a diurnal sect or a nocturnal sect where particular planets of either sect are more prominent in your chart than others.

This certainly is a different way to look at a chart and something worth learning about.

The Astrology of Aspects–The Age of Aquarius and the Transiting Yod in Your Chart

Yod AspectWe see the Age of Aquarius all around us. Advances in technology and communication make it possible to reach the other side of the world in an instant—from our “smart” phones. True to the Aquarian ideals of honesty, concepts like “transparency” have taken a foot hold in the marketplace. Discussions about of what is private and what is not take round robins through our legislatures and nearly each day we receive notifications from businesses we deal with about their privacy policies. “You can be sure we won’t share your information with anyone except . . .). And for the first time in human kind’s history we now have electronic social media, and the instant sharing of what we’ve had for breakfast or our random thoughts during the day. Never before has individuality been so celebrated.

Yet, according Don Cerow, the Age of Aquarius is not to start until February 12, 2013 when the Vernal Equinox is parallel to the fixed star Omega Piscium the last fixed star in the constellation of Pisces.

As such we are straddling the old age and the new. I have often thought that those born with a significant Aquarius/Pisces signature in their horoscope are the harbingers of the New Age. With one foot fixed in the past and their head in the future, these special folk can be our native guides into the New Age. Continue reading

Celtic Astrology: The Harvest Moon–Remembering the Future

Harvest MoonThe Celtics were a people that reconciled opposites, day and night, dark and light as the continuum of the same forces that bound the lives of men and gods together. Unlike us, with our 9 to 5 routines, the Celts viewed Time as fluid, as having the ability to flow back on itself. The Druids called prophecy “remembering the future”.

Also, unlike us, the Celts found the seeding of things in the darkness. A Neolithic people of the land, they were keyed to the rhythms of life and death, the fertility of the land and of their tribes, and the phases of the Moon. As the Sun dipped below the horizon, the moon rose, and literally, a new day began. Continue reading

Weekly Astrology Forecast: Pie Eating and Button Pushing

Weekly ForecastFor the Week September 10, 2011 to September 16, 2011

Unless you are an earth sign you might be feeling that the Universe is working pretty hard to push your buttons.

If you are Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn the world is a hunk of (insert name of favorite) pie as a Grand Trine forms between Jupiter in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury in Virgo. You have a choice here to either make some sweeping, life altering changes, or sit on your couches and eat pie. Mind you, with that Jupiter hanging in there eat too much pie and you’ll find it hanging around your waistline.

For the rest of us it is just one annoyance after the other.

Annoyance # 1—Your love life

Venus the planet of love makes an entrance into the partnership-oriented sign of Libra. She makes a stress aspect to Chiron. Imagine a wounded Centaur cavorting with the high priestess of romantic love and you get the picture. Actually this was one character Venus didn’t go to bed with, which was a pretty small soccer field. So the image here is wanting something and hurting because you can’t have it. Or hurting because you do have it. It’s all the same with Chiron.

Annoyance # 2—Your responsibilities.

Saturn in Libra has been tugging at all of us to “play nice” when it comes to our responsibilities and our partnerships. “Can’t we all just get along?” Big fatso Jupiter makes a stress aspect to Saturn asking us to “make an adjustment” to accommodate the other guy. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired taking it for the team. I imagine many of you are too. My advice though, suck it up just one more time.

Annoyance #3—Your home

Mars is getting ready to wind up it tenancy in the zodiac sign of home loving sign of Cancer. You may have noticed, with the Eastern seaboard hurricane, flood waters and continuing rain that you’ve had to pay more attention than usual to water issues in an around your home. The aspects make it look like there might be another major blow at the end of this week. I say this because Mars moves into the 29th degree, what we call a critical degree, and it is in stress aspect to Neptune, which makes a friendly energetic connection (sextile) to Pluto. Only anytime Pluto is involved its not all that friendly. That Pluto is at the apex of T-square to Venus and Uranus. Stock up on batteries and haul out your wet-dry vac. I think you’ll need them

Aries—If a sudden love interest captures your attention you might want to tread cautiously. As if Aries could. Pluto making challenge aspects to the planet of love shows that there is more to this situation than meets the eye.

Taurus—Use it or lose it sweetie. If you’ve been holding off on an important communication now is the time to let it fly. This is an important week, if you take advantage of it. Don’t let other people discourage your vision.

Gemini—You’ve got issues, Gemini and you keep mulling them over. While other people seem to be coming out on top you feel mighty dissastisfied you aren’t there too. Whether it is someone or yourself nagging you to do better, the real issue is that you aren’t honoring who you really are. Don’t expect to be something you are not and have everything work out just hunky dory. Just saying.

Cancer—Unlike you, you are willing to do some things that are quite unexpected. Like you, you are anxious things aren’t going to work out. Luckily you have some good friends to support you. Look to them for advice.

Leo—Usually center stage, Leo is a bit put out that your starring role has morphed into a bit part. Be patient dear Leo. You’ll be called to action very soon.

Virgo—All the things you like to do are likely to go well so plan your week well. You might think that you can get “everything” done which is unlikely. Prioritize your week and you’ll come out feeling accomplished and energerized. Overwork yourself and you’ll dissolve at the end of the week into a complete mess. Word to the wise.

Libra—Ooh la lah, Libra! Always attractive to the opposite sex, you manage to be even more appealing. How you choose to handle this energy is up to you. Mind what I said about the Chiron connection. You don’t deserve to fall into a hopeless love affair.

Scorpio—So everything just right and everything will get straight. The stars favor measured and precise actions. Look to the things that need to be improved and implement a plan of action for achievement.

Sagittarius—The Archer always has a lucky star shining on his or her shoulder, but right now that star might miss the mark if you don’t focus on the issues. Look to your significant other for clues.

Capricorn—The Seagoat is always willing to work but this week lulls you with its easy aspects. If you put effort into your work you’ll see the gains for which you’ve been looking.

Aquarius—This week has you working on defining your goals. Just who do you want to be when you grow up? This seems to be the burning question as you beat yourself up for what you haven’t done. This is unproductive, but if you need an outlet for your angst try writing to express your feelings.

Pisces—A sense that a situation has come to a head follows you this week as the full moon for this month is in your sign. You are feeling responsible for someone or something, but also find that things are quite out of your control. Keep a tight watch on spending and try not to do a salsa dance on your own head.

The Astrology of September 11, 2011

Attack on Twin TowersOn September 11, 2001 this astrologer was sitting at her desk at her new job working on reports. This was a small office of 5 people and the radio was on. When we heard about an aircraft hitting the Twin Towers, I thought that some small airplane had gotten off course and slammed into the building by mistake.

But it was no small plane, and no mistake. Continue reading

Sun Sign Astrology: Your Personal Yearly Cycle

Did you ever say, “I hate that month?” Well perhaps it just isn’t about the weather or the pollen count, but when that month falls in your yearly cycle.

Steven Forrest wrote quite elegantly in his book The Inner Sky about the cycles of the outer planets and their effect on the birth chart. This grand broad canvass neatly points out the periods of serious personal development in each human’s life. But there are other cycles that are perhaps a little more immediate, one of them being your yearly cycle.

Your Sun sign is the start of your personal year, a reason why astrologers like to cast a chart called a solar return chart for some readings. As much as some astrologers disparage Sun Sign astrology, your Sun sign is the keystone for your whole approach to life.

The cycle looks like this: Continue reading

Astrological Society of Connecticut Lecture: Neptune in Pisces–From Collective to Personal Meaning

On Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM astrologer and therapist Jacqueline Janes will lecture on “Neptune in Pisces: From Collective to Personal Meaning” at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.

Discovered in 1846, the planet Neptune is identified among astrologers as the planet of our highest aspirations and our basest desires. Spirituality, faith, dreams, illusions, delusions, meditation and substance abuse are ruled by this planet named for the Greek god of the seas. Sited a scant 163 years ago, it is just about to complete the first obit of the sun since its discovery. At the time of its discovery the United States experienced tremendous changes. Historically, in the United States it was a time of great religious revivals and the formation of new religions. An interest in spiritualism and the occult was reborn. Urban growth went off the scale as the Industrial Revolution brought steady work to the cities drawing people off the farms in search of a better life. It was a tumultuous time, bursting to seams with the growth of human potential. Continue reading