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The Moon Through the Houses in the Natal Chart

The Moon Through the Houses in the Natal Chart

February 19, 2021

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.

Sun Through the Houses in the Natal Chart

Sun Through the Houses in the Natal Chart

February 5, 2021

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.

Solar Return Charts

Solar Return Charts

January 15, 2021

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.

Astrology in Your Hands with James Divine

Astrology in Your Hands with James Divine

January 1, 2021

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!


Out of Bounds Planets

Out of Bounds Planets

November 13, 2020

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.

Rising Sign Overlay Patterns

Rising Sign Overlay Patterns

October 23, 2020

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. 

Magickal Timing with Astrology with Madame Pamita

Magickal Timing with Astrology with Madame Pamita

September 25, 2020

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.

Final Dispositors

Final Dispositors

September 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. 

House Rulers

House Rulers

September 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!

Dispositors of the Planets

Dispositors of the Planets

August 21, 2020

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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