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Astrology Bytes with Theresa Reed
8 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Saturn Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 136. Saturn is the “ringed planet.” In astrology, it is associated with lessons and limitations. Where Saturn is placed in your natal chart shows the areas of your life where you may experience challenges and must shoulder responsibilities. If you lean into it, you can develop discipline and grow. 1st: Saturn in the first house indicates a disciplined, serious personality. You may appear aloof or unfriendly. You’re hardworking, logical, and not afraid to take on heavy responsibilities. If afflicted, you may be selfish and materialistic - or overly concerned with your status. 2nd: Saturn in the second house means you’ll work hard for the money and are ambitious to acquire wealth. You have shrewd business instincts and might be frugal with your resources. If afflicted, you might be overly preoccupied with material objects - or anxious about your money and unable to enjoy it. 3rd: Saturn in the third house creates mental discipline and a fine, practical mind. You might work in publishing or education. If you have this placement, you’ll want to exercise caution with contracts. If afflicted, you may have difficult relationships with siblings - or you might be a Debbie Downer. 4th: Saturn in the fourth means you may be responsible for your family. For example, you may be a caretaker for your parents. This is a favorable placement for those who have home-based businesses or are involved in building or real estate. If afflicted, you may be the black sheep of your family - or may have trouble cutting ties with them. 5th: Saturn in the fifth house indicates challenges with parenting and romance. You might be too serious with children - or may have to take the lead in romantic relationships. This placement is good for artists, investors, or entertainers. If afflicted, romantic opportunities may be scarce or you may suffer creative blocks. An afflicted Saturn in the fifth could also indicate strained relationships with children. 6th: Saturn in the sixth house brings a great work ethic and a serious attitude toward health. You may be a health nut - or a workaholic. This is an excellent placement for careers in health care, science, or engineering. If afflicted, you might have trouble with employers. 7th: Saturn in the seventh house creates a serious attitude around relationships. You enter into every partnership with a desire to make it last. You have a keen sense of justice and would make an excellent lawyer. If afflicted, you might experience loss through relationships or lawsuits. 8th: Saturn in the eighth house indicates responsibilities with joint finances, inheritances, or taxes. For example, you may be in charge of an estate or could be the main breadwinner in your household. If afflicted, you might be denied an inheritance or could be subject to heavy taxation or loss through alimony. 9th: Saturn in the ninth house could mean a serious interest in academia, religion, or philosophy. You may choose a career in one of these fields or become an expert. It’s also possible you may be interested in publishing or international law. If afflicted, you could become narrow-minded or a hypocrite. 10th: Saturn in the 10th house means your ambitions will lead to success and status. You could be a politician or public figure. In some way, you’re born to lead. If afflicted, you could experience many obstacles on the way. If you abuse your power, your fall from grace will be swift and fierce. 11th: Saturn in the 11th could mean you take a serious approach to friendships. You might even take care of your friends in some way. If afflicted, your friends may use you - or vice versa. 12th: Saturn in the 12th house indicates you may spend time in seclusion. For example, you may choose to live in an ashram or work behind the scenes in a large institution such as a hospital. If afflicted, you may struggle with loneliness or may have secret enemies who cause trouble at the worst possible times. Those are some mini thoughts about Mars in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
44 minutes | May 28, 2021
Tracking Your Transits with Jessica Lanyadoo
Episode 135. What are transits and why would you want to track them (or not)? Jessica Lanyadoo joins me on the latest Astrology Bytes to talk about that - and so much more. I've been a huge fan of her work for many years - and I love her perspective on all things astrology. In this conversation, we also discuss our thoughts on moving with the flow of the planets, learning astrology, internet experts, Gemini's obsessions with magazines, our mutual love of Saturn, and her new app, Astrology for Days (my newest fave way to track the transits!). Listen in and learn as Jessica shares her wisdom with that cool Capricorn dry wit.
28 minutes | May 14, 2021
Postcolonial Astrology with Alice Sparkly Kat
Episode 134. Postcolonial Astrology by Alice Sparkly Kat is a thought-provoking, bold, and fiercely smart book. In this week's Astrology Bytes, the author joins me to talk about her book, gender, Venus as a war goddess and so much more. I love this book and think it addresses many questions about white supremacy, colonization, inclusivity, labor, race - and how astrology can be more responsible going forward.
8 minutes | May 7, 2021
Jupiter Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 133. Jupiter is the fifth planet in the solar system - and the largest of all the planets. In astrology, this big guy is associated with luck and expansion. Where Jupiter is placed in your natal chart shows the areas of your life where you are fortunate and gifted. It’s where you can expand. If afflicted, Jupiter can bring foolish optimism or a lack of moderation. 1st: Jupiter in the first house indicates an optimistic, outgoing personality. You’re easy-going, generous to a fault, and confident. There is an element of spiritual protection around you as well - no matter how bad things get, you always find help, even it comes at the last possible moment. If afflicted, you could be prone to “big talking” or shooting your mouth off. 2nd: Jupiter in the second house means you’ve got business acumen and are lucky at attracting money. You may have financial support in your life, such as a well-to-do family. If afflicted, you could burn through money quickly or gamble it away foolishly. 3rd: Jupiter in the third house creates a positive, proactive mind. You love to learn and might be keenly interested in pursuing higher education. You enjoy travel and may take many journeys in your lifetime. If afflicted, you are reckless on your travels - or a bit of a Pollyanna. 4th: Jupiter in the fourth grants luck with home and family. Because this house is associated with the sign of Cancer, Jupiter is exalted here. You get plenty of support in childhood and might be a good parent yourself. You could be fortunate with real estate - or may live in a large, beautiful home. If afflicted, the family could be a financial burden or religious fanatics. 5th: Jupiter in the fifth house indicates many opportunities for love and pleasure. You may be fertile and blessed with a large family. You also have creative gifts or could be an inspiring teacher. If afflicted, you’ll need to be careful with speculation. You could lose large amounts of money through the stock market or gambling. 6th: Jupiter in the sixth house brings blessings through employment. You may be lucky in your career and always able to find a job. It also confers an interest in service - your career could be based around healing, charity, or medicine. If afflicted, it could indicate laziness or overindulgence. 7th: Jupiter in the seventh house creates harmonious relationships. You attract beneficial people into your orbit. Marriage or business partnerships usually bring good fortune. You’re fair in your dealings and may be an effective attorney. If afflicted, you may become codependent or be naive about certain relationships. 8th: Jupiter in the eighth house indicates inheritances and money through other people. For example, you could marry a wealthy person. Intuition is amplified and some people may be intrigued with life after death. If afflicted, there could be trouble through taxes or probate. 9th: Jupiter in the ninth house could mean lots of travel. You might see the world! Or perhaps you’ll have a deep appreciation for higher education or spirituality. You’re a seeker, always looking to connect to something greater than yourself. If afflicted, you could become a religious fanatic. 10th: Jupiter in the 10th house brings good fortune in the career. You can rise to a high place and may experience plenty of support along the way. Opportunities fall in your lap, and recognition is possible. Many famous people with blessed careers have this placement. If afflicted, you could be a braggart or a hypocrite. This could turn people against you fast. 11th: Jupiter in the 11th indicates an expanded social circle with people of influence. Friends will help you reach your goals or you may be involved in humanitarian groups. If afflicted, your friends may take advantage of you or vice versa. 12th: Jupiter in the 12th house often means you’ve got protection around you. No matter what happens, there is hidden support. Time spent in retreat can be meaningful for you. You might also be drawn to spiritual studies or working behind the scenes in large institutions. If afflicted, you may be on a perpetual pity party, and feel as if the world is against you. Those are some mini thoughts about Mars in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
8 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Mars Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 132. Mars is the Red Planet and is named after the Roman god of war. Where Mars is placed in your natal chart shows the areas of your life where you must take action. This is where you express your desires, passion, and leadership. If Mars is afflicted, it can indicate where conflict or anger shows up. 1st: Mars in the first house indicates an aggressive, outgoing, and courageous personality. If you’ve got Mars here, you want to be where the action is. You’re bold and not afraid to take risks. If Mars is afflicted, you may be headstrong and prone to temper tantrums. You’ll need to learn how to think before acting if you want to avoid drama. 2nd: Mars in the second house means you’re not afraid to hustle for your cash. You’ll work hard to achieve your financial goals and you may possess business acumen. You’re also competitive when it comes to money matters, which means you’ll do what you can to protect your own interests. If afflicted, you might be ruthless in your pursuit of material goods and not above using dishonest means. 3rd: Mars in the third house creates a fiery, passionate mind. You’re direct in your speech and can be aggressive when debating a point. Daily life is active as you’re not one to sit still for too long. When afflicted it produces a sarcastic, cruel tongue, and reckless driving. 4th: Mars in the fourth means you put a lot of energy into your home life. You may want to be the “boss” in the domestic sphere and could dominate family members. You’ll also want to improve your surroundings so may become handy around the home. If afflicted, you may have problems with your parents or other family members. 5th: Mars in the fifth house indicates you’ll be assertive in romantic matters. You’ve got a strong flirt game and will aggressively pursue the objects of your affection. You’ll probably possess a strong libido as well. If afflicted, Mars in the fifth could indicate sexual jealousy or unplanned pregnancy. 6th: Mars in the sixth house means you’ll be a hard worker and may bring a lot of energy to your working environment. You may be well suited for physical labor or a leadership role. You may not like to follow orders so you could be an entrepreneur too. If afflicted, you may experience burnout from too much work - or conflicts with coworkers. 7th: Mars in the seventh house indicates an aggressive role in relationships. You like to take control - and can get a lot done with partners if they don’t mind you taking the lead. This placement can also indicate an aggressive salesperson or PR agent - the kind who will push past boundaries to get what they want! If afflicted, it brings arguments with partners and acrimonious splits. 8th: Mars in the eighth house indicates a powerful intuition, strong desires, and sexual intensity. People with this placement are aggressive with other people’s money - which could be good or bad depending on the condition of Mars. For example, if afflicted it could mean criminal tendencies such as embezzlement. There could also be arguments over inheritances or taxes. 9th: Mars in the ninth house creates an adventurous spirit, one who wants to see the world and what it has to offer. If you have this placement, you’ll want to broaden your mind as much as possible through travel and education - but if afflicted, Mars in the 9th could produce a religious zealot or worse yet, a religious hypocrite who wants to force their fanatical views on others while not practicing what they’re preaching. 10th: Mars in the 10th house folks want to be recognized. They clamor for the limelight and will seek fame. If you’ve got this placement, you’ll be competitive, and willing to take initiative to get to the top. You could have political leanings and might make a fine politician. If afflicted, you’ll use whatever tactics you can to get ahead, even if they are unfair or ruthless. This could lead to a rapid climb followed by a downfall. 11th: Mars in the 11th mean you’ll put a lot of energy into friendships and group activities. You may be a leader in your community or involved in humanitarian causes. If afflicted, you’re a rebel without a cause or a rabble-rouser who wants to overthrow the status quo. Arguments with friends could find you alienated too. 12th: Mars in the 12th house indicates someone who prefers to operate in secret. Many actions are happening behind the scenes - and are perhaps influenced by the unconscious mind. This is a secretive Mars, which also means you could be a treacherous enemy because no one will see what you’re up to. By that same token, if afflicted, you may have plenty of secret enemies too. Those are some mini thoughts about Mars in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
19 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
How to Avoid Making Astro-Excuses with Ben Katzman
Episode 131. What happens when you get a music-loving astrologer together with an astrology-loving musician? This great conversation between Ben Katzman and yours truly! Ben, along with his band DeGreaser, is the musical genius behind Astrology 101, an astrology-inspired album with songs for every sign of the zodiac. (You MUST check out the video "My Mom's A Capricorn" - it's hilarious!) In this episode of Astrology Bytes, we discuss how to avoid making "astro-excuses" aka blaming astrology for things! (Ex: "well, I can't help it...I'm a Gemini!" WRONG!) Of course, we also talk a bit about music and his new album too. Listen in and let's shred those astro-excuses!
6 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Venus Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 130. Venus is the goddess of love and is associated with romance, art, beauty, and how we express ourselves socially. Where Venus is placed in your natal chart shows the areas of your life or activities where you find beauty, art, and pleasure. 1st: Venus in the first house indicates a pleasing appearance and loads of charm. You’ve got that “it” factor and always look pulled together. 2nd: Venus in the second house means you can attract money and resources with ease - or you may make a living in the arts. You may have a love of beautiful things and could acquire wealth. You might even marry into it! 3rd: Venus in the third house gives interest in the arts and cultural pursuits. You may enjoy reading poetry or could be a talented creative writer. Artistic scholars sometimes have this placement. Sometimes Venus in the 3rd indicates people who write beautiful love letters. 4th: Venus in the fourth usually indicates a happy childhood and beautiful nest. You might be attached to your home - or your mother. Interior designers or people who enjoy architecture sometimes have this placement. 5th: Venus in the fifth house means you are a pleasure seeker and have a highly romantic nature. You love being in love and have no shortage of admirers. You’re also a lover of the arts or may possess creative talent yourself. If you have children, they will be beautiful and the love of your life. 6th: Venus in the sixth house indicates romance on the job - and a need for a harmonious working environment. You usually get along well with coworkers - and may base much of your social life around work. 7th: Venus in the seventh house could mean happiness in love and committed relationships. When you marry, it’s for love and love alone - and keeps. You also have an ability to charm the public, which would bode well for a career in public relations. 8th: Venus in the eighth house gives an active sex life - and the possibility of financial gain through marriage. In some cases, this could indicate an inheritance. If Venus is negatively aspected, you might marry for money. 9th: Venus in the ninth house indicates a love of travel, foreign cultures, philosophy, and religion. You might meet romantic partners on trips - or through universities and churches. Art historians sometimes have this placement. 10th: Venus in the 10th house means the public loves you - and you love them. You may choose a career in the performing arts or something that puts you in the spotlight. Sometimes this placement indicates a social climber. 11th: Venus in the 11th brings many friends who are helpful towards achieving your goals. Friends support you and vice versa. Some of your friendships could be with musicians or artists. You might even meet romantic partners through your social life. Friends can become lovers, and lovers can become friends. 12th: Venus in the 12th house indicates a love of mediation, solitude, and working behind the scenes. You don’t mind being by yourself - you enjoy your own company. Sometimes this placement can bring secret lovers. Those are some quick thoughts about Venus in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
42 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Understanding Your Loved Ones with the Celestial Trilogy with Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
Episode 129. Before you start making assumptions that you simply can't get along with that Taurus or you can only date "certain signs," hear this: you can learn how to foster healthy relationships with anybody, no matter what their sign may be. Astrologers Amy Zerner and Monte Farber join me to talk about how the "celestial trilogy" can help you learn to understand the people in your life better - and create stronger partnerships, even if the stars aren't aligning. Once you know how someone operates (and what you both need), you can work together in a way that is best for both parties. We talk about this - and their new book, Mindful Astrology, a helpful guide to the celestial trilogy, the three most important points in the zodiac chart.
7 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Mercury Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 128. Where Mercury is placed in your natal chart shows the areas of your life or activities that occupy your mind or impact your communication. 1st: Mercury in the first house indicates a personality that is curious and talkative. You have an intellectual outlook on life and might be intellectually competitive. It may be hard to shut you up at times though. 2nd: Mercury in the second house means your mind is preoccupied with money and business. Like Snoop Dogg, “You’ve got your mind on your money and your money on your mind.” You might make your living through a career in writing, teaching, or communications. 3rd: Mercury in the third house is accidentally dignified since this house corresponds with Gemini. If you have Mercury in the third, you’re probably quick-witted, intelligent, and a great speaker. You have a way with words. This placement can also indicate a nervous mind - or a tendency to gossip way too much. 4th: Mercury in the fourth means a lot of mental activity happens in the home. There may be noisy family life, or you may work from home. It’s also possible that home may be a place of study or your parents were well-educated. Sometimes this can indicate many moves or a nomadic lifestyle. 5th: Mercury in the fifth house gives an intellectual interest in the arts. For example, you may be a critic or screenwriter. You can express your ideas in a bold, dramatic fashion. Because the 5th house is associated with speculation, it can also indicate an interest in the stock market. Parents or teachers who invest a lot of energy into children’s education may have this placement as well. On the low vibe, it can also mean you’re approach to romance is too analytical. The “no one is good enough” vibe can be an afflicted fifth house Mercury. 6th: Mercury in the sixth house means you need work to be mentally stimulating. You may go into a specialized line of work or might be interested in medicine, science, or technology careers. Disorder of any sort can affect your health. 7th: Mercury in the seventh house indicates communication is vital for your relationships. You need to have mental compatibility in order for harmony. This placement can be great for anyone who works in law or public relations. However, it can also indicate a preoccupation with what other people think. 8th: Mercury in the eighth house might mean you’re interested in researching the mysteries of life. You’re psychic and great at getting to the bottom of things. You may also possess mediumship abilities. It’s often thought that people with this placement are secretive - or like to plot revenge! 9th: Mercury in the ninth house creates a desire to broaden one’s horizons through higher education and travel. There may be an interest in philosophy, law, or religion. If you have this placement, travel is a balm for your soul and you may visit many countries in your lifetime. If negatively aspected, you could be an intellectual snob or religious hypocrite. 10th: Mercury in the 10th house can mean you pursue education to further your ambitions - or you’re in a career where you engage with the public in some way. For example, you may be a politician, speechwriter, journalist, or public speaker. You can communicate with the public well. If your Mercury is afflicted, your words could get you into trouble. 11th: Mercury in the 11th indicates an interest in mentally stimulating friendships and associations. You may have many friends that you like to keep in contact with or a broad network of associates that help support your goals. You might also be involved in humanitarian work. 12th: Mercury in the 12th house indicates a mind that needs quiet from time to time. Periods of solitude benefit you greatly. You might be secretive with your thoughts - or you may be hesitant to say what you mean. In some cases, Mercury in the 12th could indicate psychic ability or neurotic tendencies based on past experiences. Those are some quick thoughts about the Moon in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
34 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Lunar Cycles for Business with Leslie Tagorda
Episode 127. I follow the Moon closely for everything. I'm serious about that. It's especially useful for business. Brand astrologer and host of The Savvy Luminary podcast Leslie Tagorda knows this - and guides her clients to success using lunar cycles for business. In this episode of Astrology Bytes, she shares her wisdom so you too can make your biz swoon with the moon! Leslie is the author of Star Powered Brand and New Moon Rituals for Entrepreneurs (I HIGHLY recommend both). *Note: I mistakenly say this is episode 203 but it's actually 127.*
7 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
The Moon Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 126. The Moon symbolizes your emotions, needs, and how we respond to others and the world around us. There are twelve houses in the natal chart. You can go back to older episodes to learn about the attributes of each house. Where the Moon sits in your natal chart shows where you get emotional. Because the Moon is changeable, this can also indicate where conditions in your life may fluctuate too. 1st: The Moon in the first house indicates a personality that expresses feelings outwardly. Your heart is right on your sleeve. Sometimes, you may be too reactionary. 2nd: The Moon in the second house means money is important to you. It comes and goes, which can create anxiety. When you have enough cash in the bank, you tend to be more chill. 3rd: The Moon in the third house indicates emotions tend to color your thoughts. You’ve got a great imagination and might be intuitive. At times, you need to work hard to keep your feet planted on the ground. 4th: The Moon in the fourth is at home since this is the natural placement for la luna. Home is where your heart is and you’re probably close to your family. You might have a comfy home too. You’ll need to guard against holding on to the past. If you can’t let go of the old, you can’t be present. 5th: The Moon in the fifth house makes you a hopeless romantic. You want true love, and nothing less will do. You’re probably fertile, could have many children, and would make an excellent parent. But watch out that your pursuit for pleasure doesn’t cause you to leave a trail of broken hearts behind you. 6th: The Moon in the sixth house means work needs to be emotionally satisfying. You may choose a career as a caregiver or in the food industry. Drama at work can affect your well-being and could sometimes be a catalyst for many job changes. 7th: The Moon in the seventh house places emotional emphasis on relationships. You crave security through a long-term partnership. You’re highly empathic but can also become codependent. 8th: The Moon in the eighth house heightens intuition. You can feel things - and people out with ease. You also have good instincts for handling money. However, boundaries can be weak or you may struggle to find emotional intimacy. Hot and cold? Yep. 9th: The Moon in the ninth house creates a desire to see the world or feed your head. You love to learn about other cultures and may have a strong moral compass. But this placement of the Moon could also indicate restlessness or religious hypocrisy. 10th: The Moon in the 10th house means the public loves you and you love them. You want recognition and you probably get it. The negative side of this placement could be someone who does whatever they think will get the most applause. 11th: The Moon in the 11th brings close emotional relationships with friends. Friends often become members of the family - or you may have a chosen family of buddies that replaces an unhappy birth family. The Moon in the 11th can also make you susceptible to peer pressure. 12th: The Moon in the 12th house indicates a deep, emotional need for solitude. Too much time spent with others drains your batteries. Frequent sabbaticals or therapy helps you to restore your sense of emotional balance. You’ll need to be careful that your past experiences do not color the present moment. Let go of those old stories! Those are some quick thoughts about the Moon in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
7 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Sun Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 125. Today we’re starting to look at the planets in the houses on the natal chart. I’ll give brief descriptions of possible interpretations for each planet in upcoming episodes. Once we’ve gone through every planet through the natal chart, we’ll start looking at planetary transits through the houses. We’ll begin this part of the series by talking about the Sun Through the Houses in the Natal Chart. When you read the horoscopes in a magazine, they are focused on the Sun sign. The Sun represents your basic personality. This is your ego and your vital life force. It’s “you” at your core. There are twelve houses in the natal chart. You can go back to older episodes to learn about the attributes of each house. Where the Sun lands in your natal chart shows where you can shine brightly. This is where your power lies and where you can express yourself fully. 1st: The Sun in the first house indicates a warm, magnetic personality. You can be a leader. People are drawn to you. However, you’ll need to keep your ego in check. 2nd: The Sun in the second house can mean you’ve got mad skills at making money. Or great ambition for cash. Material success drives you but you must be careful not to put things above people. 3rd: The Sun in the third house indicates intellectual strength. You love expressing your ideas and you’re proud of them too. Relationships with siblings and neighbors tend to be positive. 4th: The Sun in the fourth house puts the emphasis on family and home. Your loved ones mean the world to you. You work hard to create a comfortable household but can be domineering. 5th: The Sun in the fifth house is the natural placement for this planet. You can express yourself powerfully. You love being on stage and could be a fine performing artist. Your heart is huge, and you could be a wonderful parent. When you fall in love, it's with all your heart. You just gotta remember to leave room in the limelight for other people to shine. 6th: The Sun in the sixth house means you take great pride in your work. You also enjoy being of service in some way. Meaningful work is important to you but you must be careful that you don’t make work a god. 7th: The Sun in the seventh house puts an emphasis on relationships. You attract a lot of people in your life and some of these relationships will be powerful. Even when in a relationship, you maintain your own identity. Compromise could be challenging. 8th: The Sun in the eighth house produces a deep, sexy, and intense personality. You’re smoldering! Intimacy is your thing. This placement can indicate psychic abilities and the ability to get to the bottom of things. There is also an ability to handle other people’s money. When wronged, this Sun placement could turn vengeful. 9th: The Sun in the ninth house indicates a desire to broaden your horizons through education, travel, and spirituality. You may be a globetrotter, religious scholar, or a perpetual student. Writers and publishers often have this placement. When negatively aspected, it can produce a fanatic. 10th: The Sun in the 10th house can bring fame. You want to be recognized for your contributions to the world and most likely you will. This is the placement for world leaders and politicians - or anyone that loves to be in the spotlight.The public loves you. However, if the ego gets in the way, you easily move into dictator mode. 11th: The Sun in the 11th house brings a wide circle of acquaintances. Friendship is important to you and you may popular. Tolerance and compassion make you a do-gooder. You just need to be mindful that you don’t pick up any bad influences along the way. 12th: The Sun in the 12th house shows a quiet, retiring nature. You don’t need the spotlight - you need your space. Time alone and introspection are important. You’re an excellent researcher and caregiver, so you may be attracted to the medical field. Too much lone wolf vibes could make you lonely at times. Get out of the house! Those are some mini thoughts about the Sun in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
4 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Solar Return Charts
Episode 124. The Solar Return is one of the methods astrologers use for predictive astrology. A Solar Return is basically a yearly chart that is calculated for the exact time the Sun returns to the position position in your natal chart. For example, my natal Sun is at 20º Gemini. Every year, when the Sun is at 20º Gemini, that marks my Solar Return. What’s the Solar Return all about? Well, it shows you the themes for that particular year. For example, let’s say your Solar Return for the year puts the Sun in your 5th house. That would indicate creative self-expression, romance, and children could be a major focus for the year. Maybe you’ll be engaging in the arts, finding true love, or having a baby. Learn more in this fast lesson! You can get a copy of your Solar Return Chart at Astro-Seek.
50 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Astrology in Your Hands with James Divine
Episode 123. Did you know that every part of your hand is connected to astrology? For example, the middle finger is associated with Saturn. Once you understand how these two go together, you'll see why "flipping the bird" is a powerful gesture. In this episode of Astrology Bytes, palmist James Divine teaches about the astrology in your hands. Learn about the mount of Venus, what the Jupiter finger says about leadership (and why world leaders tend to bend this finger in when they address the public), and so much more in this fascinating episode. You'll be looking at your hands - and astrology - in a whole new way!
5 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Out of Bounds Planets
Episode 122. Every so often, you’ll hear an astrologer refer to a planet as “out of bounds.” If you’re wondering what that means, here’s the deal: The Sun travels through a particular area in the sky which is a band of about 23° 27 minutes on both sides, north and south of the equator. The planets follow along for the most part but on occasion, they might stray off this path and reach higher declinations. When that happens, the planet is considered “out of bounds.” Think of it as a planet that is marching along a well-trod path behind all the others, and suddenly, they see another path that appears more interesting. They break ranks and go off on their own, which may disrupt the formation in some way. When this shows up in a chart, it means the planet is marching to the beat of its own drum, and not according to the rules. That means the planet is uncontrolled and perhaps a bit wild. Some people may consider the expression to be unconventional or creative. I’ve also seen people refer to it as “outlaw” energy. In other words: the planet isn’t doing what’s normal. Is it genius or just crazy? Maybe both. There are a few planets that never go out of bounds: the Sun, Lunar Nodes, Saturn, Neptune, and Chiron. The ones that tend to break off and do their own thing are the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto. Jupiter can be out of bounds too, but not as common as the others.
4 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Rising Sign Overlay Patterns
Episode 121. A rising sign overlay pattern refers to the signs on the house cusps when a particular sign is rising. For example, if you have Scorpio Rising, Scorpio is on the first house cusp. The other signs would move around the chart in sequential order. This means if your rising is Scorpio, you most likely have Sagittarius on the 2nd house cusp. The signs on the cusps of the houses give a clue as to how you handle the issues associated with that sector in your chart. Using the Scorpio Rising example, Sagittarius on the 2nd house cusp would mean you’re fairly lucky with money and may like to invest in education and travel. When using the Placidus house system, the houses may not be equal, which means that sometimes the next sign does not land on the cusp of a house - but instead may be intercepted, something I’ve talked about in a previous episode. If you use the Placidus system as I do, you’ll see that this modifies the way the ascendant typically acts. Listen in to learn more.
29 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Magickal Timing with Astrology with Madame Pamita
If you love spells, magick, and all things witchy, you'll love this episode of Astrology Bytes! Madame Pamita joins me to teach how to use astrology for effective magickal workings. We discuss lunar phases, eclipses, and retrogrades (yes, you can use retrogrades to your magickal advantage!). Madame Pamita is a Tarot Reader, Spellcaster, Teacher, Author, and a Maker of Magic, Music, and Mischief. She is the host of a popular YouTube Channel, also the host of the "Magic and the Law of Attraction" podcast, and is the author of The Book of Candle Magic published by Llewellyn and also Madame Pamita's Magical Tarot published by Weiser Books.
4 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
Episode 119. When an astrologer refers to the final dispositor, they are talking about a single planet in the chart that is in its own rulership. This gives it importance in the astrology chart - and a source of power for the individual. Indirect dispositors form a chain or tree made up of a dispositing planet that disposits another planet and so and so on until you reach the final dispositor. If a single planet is in its own rulership and ends up being the final dispositor of all the other planets, it becomes powerful, perhaps more so than the ruler of the chart. Folks who lack a final dispositor tend to be more indecisive whereas a chart with a final dispositor is more likely to take action and be decisive. Charts with no planets in rulership or more than one do not have a final dispositor. Listen in as I use my chart for an example.
6 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Episode 118. When an astrologer refers to the house ruler, they are talking about the planet that rules the sign that is sitting on the house cusp - and not just the Ascendant. We’re talking about every house. Every house has a ruler. For example, if you have Sagittarius on your 2nd house cusp, it means Jupiter is the ruler of that house. If you have Virgo on the 8th house cusp, Mercury rules that house. Got it? The house ruler gives a clue as to how you “act” with the issues that are associated with that particular segment of the chart. Using our example, the 2nd house connected to money and values. Jupiter as the ruler of this house would indicate a person who is lucky with money - and generous too. They might invest their money in educational or spiritual goals - or travel. Broadening their horizons is part of their values. Once you’ve determined the ruler of the house, look to see where the planet sits in the natal chart. This links the houses - and depending on the aspects, could determine the strength of the house and planet. I've got some examples of house rulers in this episode!
5 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Dispositors of the Planets
Episode 117. When an astrologer refers to a dispositor of a planet, they’re talking about the planet ruling the sign in which another planet is found. If a planet is in the sign of its ruler, then it does not have a dispositor. It disposits itself. Think of it like this: if you’re in your own home, you’re comfortable. But if you’re hanging out in someone else’s house, you may be uncomfortable or you may spruce the place up a bit. That’s dispositors in a nutshell. Let me give you an example. Let’s say your Mercury is in Gemini like mine. Mercury rules Gemini so that means there is no dispositor - instead, it disposits itself. If your Mercury is in Cancer, the Moon is the dispositor of Mercury because the Moon rules Cancer. The dispositing planet will have an effect on the sign and house where it sits. It may not be “in your face” but there is an influence nonetheless. We'll also talk briefly about mutual reception, which I covered in a past episode.
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