The ‘houses’ refer to divisions of the local sky into 12 parts. They are used to make distinctions about different parts of the life of a person (or question/event).
Beyond this basic premise, there’s a bewildering array of different ways to chop the sky and read its meaning.
Many people seem to be confused about how to read houses. Also, I feel that modern house drawing conventions can be misleading.
Here’s some of my recent thinking on the subject.
Combustion is a state a planet can be in when it is within a certain range of the Sun.
When a planet is combust, it is thought to be ‘burned’ by the Sun, and unable to function properly. In Vedic astrological terms it is nashta which means ‘lost’.
Astronomically, the planet is invisible. The Sun is positioned between the combust planet and the Earth. The planet passes behind the Sun from our perspective, and loses its power to manifest its particular ‘agenda’ here on Earth.
Renowned astrology scholar and author Rob Hand has made two of his books available for free in PDF format.
Whole Sign Houses: The Oldest House System
Night and Day; Planetary Sect in Astrology
The Sun is, symbolically and astronomically, the king of the solar system. He provides the fulcrum that the other planets revolve around.
In traditional astrologies, the relationship of the other planets in regard to the Sun is an important factor in understanding the effects the planets will give.
Heliacal Phase is a term that refers to the position of planets in relationship to the Sun (Helios). Each planet holds a cyclical pattern of motion and spatial relationship in regard to the Earth and the Sun. This is called it’s Synodic Cycle.
If we can understand these cycles, then we can make more accurate astrological judgements.
I’ve been doing a few Alien related posts recently, so why not make it a series?
I thought I would take a look at Sigourney Weaver, who made a lasting impression on the collective psyche playing Ellen Ripley in Alien and its sequels.
In 2008, American Film Institute ranked her as the eighth best hero in American film history in their list of the 100 greatest heroes and villains
What makes Sigourney perfect for the role of Ripley? And what makes Ripley such an affecting and relatable character?
"There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it."
My last post on Michael Fassbender gave me cause to revisit the world of Alien.
I was reminded of the phenomenal designs in that film, the brainchild of Swiss artist, H.R. Giger. His incredible work surely was a major contribution to the enduring success of these films.
Here’s a documentary film about him and his work for the curious.
Let’s examine Giger’s chart and see if we can find the astrological symbolism that gives rise to this strange and fantastic art.
I’ve included some examples of Giger’s art, which can be quite disturbing. This is a warning of sorts.
Experimenting with a Facebook page.
If you’d like to follow what I do here over there, you can! Lucky yous
I’ll be posting what I do here + other useful astrological bits and bobs I find.
Hope to see you there.
Magnetic Moon on Facebook
"I am the last gladiator in the new Rome. I go into the arena and I compete against destruction and I win."
Felix Baumgartner’s recent epic skydiving spectacle put me to wondering about the astrology of the ‘daredevil’.
I don’t have a birth time for Felix, and don’t feel able to assign one to him at this point in time. So what I thought I would do, is to look at other historic daredevils, and see what I can discover. It may help me in being able to puzzle together a time for Felix, and in the meantime, we get to learn something new about astrology.
I think I’ve hit upon a few relevant points… let’s take a look.
Above: 17th Century horary astrology whiz William Lilly, author of ‘Christian Astrology’.
Horary astrology is the art of casting a chart at the time a question is asked or received in order to predict an outcome.
If you’d be interested in a prediction, and would be prepared to stay in touch and share the result with me, then send me a message via the ‘ask me anything’ link (it’s up at the top).
I am often asked how to go about learning Jyotish (AKA Indian, Hindu, or Vedic astrology). To avoid typing the same few things over and over, I’ll make a short post here we can all refer to, and save us all some work.