Thoughts on Nursing School, astrologically

I have never been as productive and efficient as I am becoming these days.  Nursing school is doing this for me.  In the past, I may have needed to conduct one binge night of studying per week – maybe staying up late as I finished a 6 hour lab project for a neuroscience seminar at UVa.  But then I would go back to studying 1-2 hours per day in between those sessions.

These days (and nursing school is just getting started!) I am studying a minimum of 3 hours per day and sometimes more like 4 or 5 – every day.  For instance, yesterday I watched videos for about 3 hours prior to going to nursing skills lab.  Then I came home and studied for another 3 hours as I have a big test this coming Friday.  And I barely feel like I broke the surface as far as what I need to study to be “ready.”

So what in my astrology chart might indicate that I am ready (or what has prepared me) for this level of intense discipline and arduous work ethic?  Honestly, it could be a number of things.  And I am not the expert on this topic – therefore I will just share my opinion.

First of all, I am 36 years old.  I have been through a number of experiences which have molded me to see that I am not going to live forever.  Obviously.  So it is time to get busy and get to work.  Let’s do something meaningful and positive.  Plus I have been working off and on in food and beverage jobs – mostly restaurant serving jobs – since 1998.  Good lord it is time to get out of that business!  Restaurant work is probably the most stressful work for such a superficial end product.  Sure feeding people is important – but occasionally the stress levels would seem to be life or death back in the kitchen…  No thank you!  If my job is going to be stressful, I would rather be providing real life benefit to customers and clients and in the hospital that will definitely be the case.

And I will come back to my astrology chart: what indicators “say” that I am prepared for this level of overwhelming loads of assignments and assessments and care plans and quizzes and tests…?

Saturn is a good place to start looking.  One of the Lords of Karma, Saturn is also on the best indicators for whether or not someone is capable of really hard work sustained over time.  You can look at the Sun’s placement, you could look at the number of earth signs in the chart and are those planets in positive aspects or are they afflicted?  Is Neptune stronger than Saturn?  Is Jupiter stronger than Saturn?

And even if your Natal Saturn is afflicted at birth, you can still develop good discipline and work hard to attain a lofty goal.  Just look to Saturn’s transit location in the astrology chart.  I forget where I read this – probably Jeffrey Wolf Green or Robert Hand or Liz Greene – but Saturn’s house position as it transits the chart is very important.

For instance, when Saturn is cruising through your first house, that is a time of new beginnings.  Some old pattern is dying off (or died off when Saturn was completing its cycle through the 12th house) and a new rebirth is beginning.  Then Saturn comes to the second house and you start learning a new skill, you begin to get images of what is possible within the next 5 – 10 years.  Likewise this process continues into the third house.  But now you have more grounding in this new idea or dream or concept.  You are starting to formulate what will be needed and who to go to for assistance with this new idea.  Maybe you start a new school curriculum during this time?

Then Saturn crosses over the Nadir in the chart.  And if you have a Cancer Sun or Moon, this could be an intense year in your life (or if you have any personal planets conjunct the Midheaven in your chart, etc).  But for most people, Saturn crossing the Nadir is one of the major times for getting down to business.  If you have been lackadaisical up to this point, now you will start to doubt your “it’s all good” attitude.  It would be better if I were working toward a goal!  I would feel more satisfied!

So the time that Saturn is in your fourth thru sixth houses, this is the time when you really buckle down and get to work.  Because you are preparing inwardly to give these skills back to the community.  You are learning a new skill so that you can be rewarded for your hard work once Saturn crosses into your Seventh house – and emerges back into the public arena.  You may not know this consciously, but this is what is going on under the surface.

And that is where I am presently as I go through nursing school.  My Saturn is crossing into my 5th house – having been in or around my 4th house for the past 2 – 3 years.  It is time to get to work.  To buckle down and study harder than I ever have before.  To prove to myself that I am not a lazy Pisces – that I can be disciplined and intuitive and brilliant at the same time  🙂

Well this has been a quick update on where I stand presently.  Maybe in a few weeks I can make another report.

Thanks for reading!


Published by Kirby Moore

Kirby Moore is a healing facilitator based in the beautiful rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia. He does sessions in-person and long distance via Skype and Zoom, working with Spiritual Astrology, Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Birth Process Work. His healing work is informed by fifteen years of meditation and Qigong practice. He works with client's intentions and deepest longings to attain clear, tangible results. Contact him for more info at (email): kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Nursing School, astrologically

  1. Hi Kirby,
    Thanks for your interesting post. May I know if u studied astrology with a teacher, or are you self taught? Does it help you to be more aware of your actions and choices in life? Do you think however, that some of the insights that astrology offers can only be gleaned upon hindsight? Am asking as I am also interested in astrology and Tibetan Buddhism, just like you. Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily,
      In this current lifetime, I studied astrology with several people, although I would only call one of them a true teacher. That is because I spent the most time with her and I picked up the most from working with her. The other two people I took 1 or 2 classes from and that was it (still good teachers in their own right). My main astrology teacher requested that she remain anonymous as she is an author (and a recluse). I worked with Gary Brand and Terri Saunders early on. I suspect though, because astrology came so easy for me, that I have spent numerous lifetimes studying it (whether Tibetan astrology or Western or another form). I am primarily self taught though as I only worked with teachers for the first 2 years of my practice and study.

      In the past I used astrology to guide my life and some of my choices – I may have looked at my astrology too much. Presently, I am in nursing school, and I rarely if ever have time to peek at my transits. But if something very surprising or shocking occurs then of course I peek at the planets to see what is going on. Therefore I would say that I both use astrology as a guide for the present and future, and a little bit of hindsight knowledge. Here is an example though: knowing that Mercury is presently retrograde, we can start out sooner and drive a little slower, attempting to keep our thoughts on the road and our surroundings more so, armed with that knowledge. Knowing your past history of Mercury retrograde would help, along with which house Mercury stationed in your personal chart.

      Astrology is only a tool which is as sharp as the practitioner using it. I would recommend more study and more contemplation – in moderation 🙂

      And the Buddha Dharma is very beneficial as well. Glad we share these passions.


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