Posts Tagged ‘frequency-based astrology’

I came back from a potent pre- and perinatal psychology retreat in early September.  I went deep, was fully resourced in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.  However, on returning, I think my usual tendency to expect my expanded capacity to remain the same kicked in.  What I mean is that I needed to slow down, but I tried to do too much.  I was treating infants, treating bodywork clients, working full time and I started painting with acrylics again.  Fortunately, after a few weeks of speeding along and not feeling the same deep organic impulse that I had in Canada, I opted to only do one thing a day aside from my meditation and Dharma practice.  I am resting more.  I’m attempting to be more, and do less.

With that said, as my inner sense of urgency slows down and thaws out, I am noticing the impulse that is arising.  And it seems to be to do more astrology charts.  I have some talent, having put in 10 years of study and practice (hard work pays off)!  But it is different too.  In the past, when I would do an astrology chart, I would prep for at least 2 hours per client.  I would research all their little aspects and basically be prepared to answer any question they might have!  Now, I trust my intuition to take the session in the best direction they need it to go.  And if they ask a highly technical question about an obscure aspect, I may know the answer or I can say let me email you about that.  No problem!  So far people are quite happy with the information I discern from their charts (and their frequency).

I am excited about doing more astrology as of late.  Due to nursing school time requirements, I have only done a few charts in the past year.  However, I am setting up to do 3 or 4 charts in the next few weeks, so that is exciting!

I currently have Chiron transiting across my natal Sun, so I think that is helping my intuition be sharper and easier.  I literally just have to ask about something before I go to sleep and I tend to receive a dream about it.  Or I can occasionally meditate about a question and get an image or a phrase as an answer.  Pretty amazing how far I have come!  My confidence in my intuition is clear and backed up by years of meditating and right motivation.

If it weren’t for nursing school, I think I would be writing a book about Relationship Astrology.  This seems to be one of my areas of specialty.  Although I also do pretty well with Spiritual Astrology for the Natal Chart – psychological and karmic astrology of the birth chart.  Plus I always love Medical Astrology and the Timing aspects – learning the individual’s natal horoscope well and then interpreting how the transiting and progressed planets with affect that individual.  Also quite fun and I love how the process unfolds!  I rarely ever know fully what I am going to say ahead of time.  My intuition guides me successfully most of the time, and thankfully I have had some incredible teachers in the past who have shaped and formed my heart and mind and intuition.

Long story short, I am doing more charts before nursing school gets tough again in January.  Let me know if you are interested in having your chart done!  (a Spiritual Astrology interpretation makes the perfect gift for the holidays!)

Thanks for reading!



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I need to start out by stating that I am not an expert on this subject.  Maybe you could consult Robert Hand or Liz Greene or Stephen Forrest – someone with decades of experience.  For me, I have been studying astrology for about ten years, and I have been on an accelerated path of personal growth work through Buddhist meditation practice and from giving and receiving Process Oriented Bodywork during that same time period.  Therefore I feel I do have a unique perspective on Astrology, but I stress am no expert.

For those of you who stuck with me after that disclaimer…  This post is a little bit of a rant against the oversimplification of Relationship Astrology websites and this post will explain how we practice a more comprehensive form of Relationship Astrology. I want to state that there are at least a couple of good books on this subject – for instance “Planets in Composite” by Robert Hand is a fantastic book for experienced astrologers who can stick with a subject even during a few dry spells – Hand goes so in-depth that he will temporarily lose any superficial readers.  But if you stick with it, this book is a gem of knowledge.

So, for the sake of brevity, I am simplifying the process of appropriate Relationship Astrology interpretations here.

As I mentioned in the last post, where I elucidated the merits of Frequency-based Astrology, you will recall that I mention the horribly simplified statement that “Aries women fit best with Leo and Sagittarian men.”  Yes, maybe this is true for SOME Aries women.  But the reason why it is true is not because of the one-size-fits-all theory of astrology, rather let me use an example:

Say Martha (fictitious name) is an Aries Sun (10th house), Cancer Rising with a Taurus Moon (11th house).  Now would a Leo or Sagittarian man be good for her?  Perhaps.  To know with more certainty, we would need to know the ruler of her 7th house (the house of intimate relationships), in this case Saturn (Cancer Rising means Capricorn is on the Descendant which is ruled by Saturn), and we would need to know its aspects and then we must understand that this is only the first step to see what Martha’s capacity is for relating and who she desires in a partner.  Next we would look at planets in her 5th, 7th and 11th houses, her Venus, Mars and Uranus placements and aspects to see if there are other indications of relationship needs – Mars in Scorpio in the 5th house here would be MUCH different than Mars in Cancer in the 12th house!

Say we determined that Martha would need someone to either be an authority figure to her (Saturn) or maybe she needs someone who can be emotionally intense (maybe some good Scorpio energy indicated by Venus in aspect to Pluto).  Do either of these needs describe the average Leo or Sagittarius?  No!  But, is it possible that a Leo Sun sign man could also have Saturn on his Capricorn Midheaven and be the disciplined, less-than-emotional authority figure that Martha needs?  Yes!  Or could that Sagittarian Sun sign man have a Scorpio Moon and therefore have the depth of emotional intensity that she longs for – Yes!

If you have not gotten the subtle hints, I am trying to say that Relationship Astrology is very complex!  To say that ALL Aries go well with ALL Leo Sun signs is hogwash.  There are many levels and layers to look at first before we can say, “Oh she will match up well with him.  And that relationship has a good chance of being long-term.”  Therefore, if you are searching for a very superficial answer to your relationship questions, then go ahead and use the recipe websites.  But don’t expect to have an accurate in-depth interpretation!

What is the first step in practicing Relationship Astrology appropriately?  I already touched on it a little.  Step One – We must know the individual’s chart or charts in the case of two people.  Without taking the partner into consideration, first we must see what is Martha’s capacity for relating in general.  What does she want?  Does she have several indicators that she wants to be a hermit in a nunnery somewhere and that she would be perfectly content in a celibate lifestyle?  No – of course not!  That is why she is coming to you in the first place – she wants a MAN damn it, but why don’t her relationships work out?!

Once we determine Martha’s relating ability and needs and desires and we determine that she wants to be with a member of the opposite sex, then we must also look at the partner’s chart for his capacities and needs in relationship.  Keep in mind we are blending Frequency-based Astrology with Natal Chart interpretation here.  We know X, Y and Z about him and his chart concurs with what he has told us – so we have a good fit and we know that his birth time is probably pretty accurate (something else to factor in).

That was the first step (individual needs and capacities).  What is step two?  Once we know what the two people’s capacities and needs are, then we need to see if they fit together.  Step Two involves doing Natal Chart Synastry.  We hold up Martha’s chart to his chart – let’s fictitiously name him Earl.  Okay so let’s assume we see that Martha needs someone to either mother (remember her Cancer Rising) or more likely, she needs someone to be a father-figure to her.  And this information would need to come from more than just the Rising sign – that tells us where to start but we need more evidence and strength to come to that conclusion.  Let’s say she has Venus conjunct Saturn in the 7th house (in Capricorn).  She has had some disappointments in love and she appreciate’s how Earl is a disciplined, dispassionate Leo Sun sign who is concerned with his career as a bank vice president and who has been steady in his courtship of her for five years now.  He is also twelve years her senior and they do not want to have children.  So we discover that Earl would meet most of Martha’s needs.

Next we would need to check to see – does Martha meet Earl’s needs?  Remember we are keeping all of this in mind and we are only sharing what is appropriate with the client.  There are never two perfect partners – if there was someone who met all of my needs and with whom there would never be a disagreement…  then I think I would be in heaven, but I still think there would be some conflicts  🙂   So we MUST keep in mind that Martha has the karma to be with Earl in this moment and no matter what we see, we have to support her in her decisions.  And we must be very skillful when describing conflicts and disharmonious aspects.  And of course, if everything were peachy and roses, then she wouldn’t be coming to you (the astrologer) in the first place!  🙂

In the next post, I am going to cover Composite Charts in Relationship Astrology.


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This post is about the practice of Relationship Astrology and because I personally know Western Tropical Zodiac Astrology, that is the perspective I am coming from.  I am writing this post because I want to state my opinion about oversimplification of Western Astrology, specifically around the technique of Relationship Astrology and the problems with doing so.

Who has read websites or books that state “You are an Aries Woman so you fit well with X, Y and maybe Z men (or partners).”  Or to get into the Natal Horoscope a little more, there are always those recipe websites which say something like, “Oh your Saturn squares X’s Neptune so that is going to equal a betrayal of trust at some point [or substitute your own rigid interpretation here].” 🙂

When you read either of these sentences what goes through your mind?  Is Astrology really a one size fits all modality?  No, I don’t think so.

I want to introduce two things in this post: first the idea of frequency-based astrology and second, upon discovering the merits of frequency-based astrology, then we must go deeper into the charts and also go deeper into the client’s history.  In the next post I will expound upon what is Relationship Astrology and how do we practice it appropriately.

First, frequency-based astrology.  What is it?  This is where we realize that due to varying karmic predispositions and backgrounds, we could have a similar chart to someone else and be having a completely different set of experiences and situations in life.  Sometimes you will find really great people with difficult charts – take Mohandas Gandhi for example – he had a challenging (to say the least) T-Square in the Fixed signs.  He had Pluto conjunct Jupiter in Taurus, opposite Mars and Venus in Scorpio with his Moon in Leo completing the squares.  So due to the Fixity of his personality, once he established a belief, he stuck with it to the end.  But he accomplished incredible results in spite of the strong Polarity in his chart.  And of course with these extraordinary energies at work in his chart, to say he would be without idiosyncrasies would be a big mistake – because he certainly had a number.  To make certain it is clear that I have analyzed his chart more in depth, he did have a Grand Trine in Fire signs (Saturn, Neptune, Moon meaning he could make his dreams a reality especially with the utmost perseverance from those Fixed planets mentioned above).

Nonetheless, you can easily find people with planets in a Fixed T-Square who have chosen to be criminals or who have chosen to continue having a victim-identity or another form of listless less-than-productive life (and productivity can take many forms, so know your capacity first and foremost before you take my words too seriously).  And we can find many people with Grand Trines who just coast through life, evading challenges and responsibility.  I personally know people with intense Fixed oppositions who manifest that incredibly overpowering energy with mild to severe mental health issues – maybe a personality disorder as some complex traumas have forced the individual to completely blank out a specific sphere of their lives.  And yet, they may still accomplish a great deal of positive benefit for the world!

I want to be clear – having a Fixed opposition in your chart is not bad.  In fact, I am a firm believer in the fact that we must have some difficult aspects in our charts to get anything accomplished in this lifetime.  I have seen so many people with a double Grand Trine bouncing from activity to activity, rarely focusing and getting down to mastering anything.  You must read and interpret your entire chart.  We all have Fixed signs in our charts.  You have to take your whole chart into consideration and be able to understand the intricacies of the signs, houses and aspects.  Then we can make a judgement about our capacity – and we must also take the next step and take responsibility for our lives.  No blaming our situation on our charts, no saying, “Oh, I’m a triple Pisces so I didn’t have a choice in the matter!”

So how do we know what someone will do with the energy of their astrology chart?  We have to do a little interview – what is their history like?  Do they meditate?  Do they like to do yoga?  If they do yoga, do they use yoga class as a competition or feather-in-their-cap type of dynamic?  Or are they legitimately working to deepen their yoga practice in a way that is truly kind and compassionate to themselves?  We can get a sense of where someone is at just from their voice on the phone – are they embodied?  Are they timid or confident or apathetic, etc.  But generally we need to have a little bit of information about where someone is one their path – whether it is mundane, spiritual, agnostic, whatever.  When someone comes to you asking exclusively when they will get their next BMW, there is probably very little point in telling them about the subtleties of advanced meditation (provided you might know something about the topic and know when it is appropriate to share this information with others) – although I do know a couple of exceptions to even this rule!

There are many spectrums of life – spiritual, material, social, movement / rigidity / flow, aesthetic, etc.  We need to find out what the client wants to know and then discover where they are on those spectrums.

Then we will have a sense of the frequency of the individual behind the energy of the chart.  Why is this important for Relationship Astrology?  What could be more pivotal?!?!  If you have two charts that look pretty good, but then you meet the individuals and he is a yogi who has completed ten years of successful solitary meditation retreat and she is a hardcore Jehovah’s Witness…  Just saying!  Not that this relationship is a guaranteed failure.  But the astrologer would have to search pretty deeply to find out where their interests intersect.

In the next section, I am going to elaborate upon Relationship Astrology and its ingredients: the idea of Natal Chart interpretation for Relationship needs, wants, capacity; Chart Synastry – comparing two Natal Charts; and introduce the notion of Composite Charts.

Thank you for reading.

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What is Timing Astrology?
Timing Astrology uses three or more branches of Western Astrology, known as Transits, Progressions and Solar Arc Directions. Transits compare the current placement of planets in solar system (from our perspective) with the location of the client’s Natal Chart, and the interaction between these planets reflects a variety of events, energies and psycho-spiritual reactions. Of course, in order to be more accurate when indicating the upcoming possibilities, the astrologer must get to know the client a bit. Then the client’s frequency or consciousness is included with the information from the Transit Chart to determine what will most likely arise.

Progressions (Secondary) use a system of gradually advancing the planets for the client’s age. Therefore, Progressions are a slower evolution and these energies tend to manifest through internal shifts and development. When the Birth Time is accurate (which is easy to check), the Progressions provide very accurate and insightful explanations about one’s psycho-spiritual evolution and transformation. Solar Arc Directions are another form of Progressions, and these charts add to the veracity of the interpretation. Solar Arc aspects are generally more subtle, but when they stack up, it indicates upcoming changes and reorientation.

What is possible with Timing Astrology?
When major planets in the Timing Charts make aspects to planets in the Birth Chart, we can glimpse what energy is involved. Certain planets represent expansion, others contraction, where yet other planets represent confidence, mental flexibility, physical energy, visionary abilities and more! There are often several aspects happening simultaneously when we include the Transits and Progressions, so a quality interpretation requires the astrologer to get to know the client. Yes there are many books out there that say, “X” will happen when “Y” aspects “Z,” and these books may be accurate occasionally, but there is so much to take into consideration (house position, other off-setting aspects, additional aspects in the configuration, etc) that a simple book of astrological recipes is bound to merely be oriented toward one type of individual – not the countless varieties of people out there!

Each astrological house (or section of the Natal Chart) represents a particular area of life. And the astrological ruler of each house, the ruler of the sign on that house’s cusp, reveals a lot about what is happening in that area of life. Therefore, in addition to the direct relationships that are discovered in a Timing Chart, we can also see behind-the-scenes as it were to look at the subtleties in each area of life. Hence one Timing Chart can reveal many layers of events, energetic shifts, circumstances and psychological re-evaluations occurring simultaneously!

How often should I look at my Transits and Progressions?
This really depends on the individual. If you are going through a rough stretch, which sometimes last a little while, you might want to have your Timing Chart done once every six months. And if you are really curious about it, you could purchase the Annual Astrological Weather Report which gives personal monthly updates which are unique to you and your chart and your present situation. However, I generally recommend for people to have their Timing Charts done once a year.

Personally, I like to glance ahead and look at what the upcoming year is indicating, and then basically forget about it – except for any challenging aspects. For those I take note and then make any necessary changes as a result (there are certain aspects which indicate increasing or decreasing physical energy for instance and I can make changes as a result of what I see). The only time I look at my Transit Chart with more than once-per-year frequency is when something unexpected occurs – although these unexpected events are generally not too spectacular because I have already looked ahead. But when these little surprises crop up, I look in retrospect to see what was happening in my chart to be informed about the energetic circumstances involved. This allows me to change my perspective regarding upcoming aspects through being educated about new combinations of aspects and their resulting possibilities.

Remember that I practice choice-oriented astrology, which means that certain possibilities will arise within the Timing Astrology charts, but what the client does with those possibilities is up to them. I will inform them of several possible choices, and of course there will be other novel reactions and ways of shifting with the astrological weather. So have your Timing Chart done today and look to see what potentials the future holds!

You can also look back at a difficult or confusing time when certain events unfolded for you but you are not sure why. Or you are not sure what lessons were present for you. The Timing Charts can easily go back to see what the past aspects had in store and this provides valuable insights about the situation and the time. You can look back to see what patterns were present and to learn from them, so that going forward, you can make changes that open your life to new, welcoming potentials.

Kirby Moore has been studying Western Astrology since 2003, having studied under several Western Astrologers with backgrounds in Karmic Astrology, Evolutionary Astrology and Hellenistic Astrology. He sees clients professionally for Spiritual Astrology interpretations both in person and over the phone. His private practice also includes Craniosacral bodywork and healing facilitation through healing touch. To schedule an appointment, you can reach Kirby at area code 434;(USA) 465-0603 or by email at mkirbymoore “at symbol” gmail dot com. Thank you for reading.

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To begin with, Spiritual Astrology is more than “cook-book astrology,” where someone finds out your astrological planets and signs and determines what that means without really getting to know where you are on your [emotional / psycho-spiritual / life-experience-maturity-level] path. Spiritual Astrology is frequency-based astrology which means that it takes the client’s frequency or consciousness into account. When you look at the birth chart, you see a two-dimensional circle that is divided up into twelve sections known as houses. Within these houses are tenanted all the planets of the solar system, including the two lights (the Sun and Moon, which in Western Astrology are basically considered planets too). Therefore we have the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars and all the way out to Pluto, which is still considered a planet by astrologers. So we take this two dimensional circle, along with its unique aspects and houses and we add the client’s consciousness into the mix. This adds another dimension that no astrology software or astrology website can provide. When major asteroids are added to the mix, the range of possibilities in a birth chart is infinite.

I believe an Astrological birth chart is a reflection of an individual’s gross karmas. What the heck does this mean? What I mean is that we all have energetic bodies, we have psychological habits, mental attitudes and dispositions, but without being born in a human body, we would never be aware of these characteristics in the way we are able to perceive them as humans. So what the heck does that mean? What I am trying to say is that we are actually spiritual beings having a human experience, and being born human creates a unique opportunity to experience a world through the five (or more) senses and to interact with other sentient beings in this world. In Buddhism, there is the belief that the only part of someone which goes from rebirth to rebirth when we die is the subtle consciousness. This subtle consciousness comes into a womb around or shortly after the time of conception and stays with the new body until its elements dissolve and the subtle consciousness must move on to the next one. This is why I suggest that we are spiritual beings having human experiences.

Unfortunately, not many of us recall that we are spiritual beings. Rather, we get caught up in the duality of this world – this is MY body (and it HURTS!), that is YOUR car (and doesn’t it look great?!), this is THEIR money (oh! now I’m jealous). I am apart of the 99 % or the 1 % and they aren’t. We easily get tangled in the web of sensed objects and beings and then we get further entangled in our reactions to these perceived objects. And by getting tangled up in life as it were, we are experiencing manifestation of gross karmas – inner or outer events of a perceivable nature, where more than one individual can affirm to have witnessed or experienced it. However, if we are able to realize that this world is more of a playful dance of vast energy and awareness and less a tangled web of dense, solid objects and / or stick emotions, then we can start to take that soothing deep breath and disengage just a little bit more. When we disengage and move toward equanimity and non-attachment, then we move toward subtler karmas; this disengaging is a step toward spiritual awakening and away from the gross karmas indicated in one’s birth chart.

Therefore, whether you are someone who is pursuing spiritual fulfillment, or someone who is after that dream inheritance (or car, or babe, or stud, or retirement, etc), Spiritual Astrology can meet you where you are and proceed from there.

In future posts, I am going to cover Spiritual Astrology and: Relationships – Who am I really dating?, the Secret of Self-Knowledge and Natal Horoscopes, the Benefits of AstroCartography and Relocation Astrology, All the Intricate Components of Timing Astrology – Transits, Progressions, Solar Arc Directions and More!

Kirby Moore has been studying Western Astrology since 2003, having studied under several Western Astrologers with backgrounds in Karmic Astrology, Evolutionary Astrology and Hellenistic Astrology. He sees clients for Astrology interpretations both in person and over the phone. His private practice also includes Craniosacral bodywork and healing facilitation through healing touch. To schedule an appointment, you can reach Kirby at the following number in America: four three four, four six five, zero six zero three. Thank you for reading.

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This is a post about the type of astrology that M. Kirby Moore practices and teaches. It also explains a bit about karmic astrology and the diverse manifestations of aspects depending on individuals’ unique frequencies.

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Recently I was speaking with a colleague who claimed he had been studying astrology for a number of years, yet he seemed to have little understanding of this concept (see the title). So the theory goes: astrology charts have about 24 primary components (10 planets, 12 houses, 2 Nodes to keep it as simple as possible) and if you consider the major aspects, maybe there are several thousand combinations (keep in mind that everyone’s chart is uniquely different, but what I am saying is that our charts are not that different overall – we all have Scorpio and every other sign somewhere in our charts, guaranteed).

Therefore, when we see two charts that are fairly similar (for instance, maybe both people have Leo Rising, Sun in the Eighth House, Neptune in the 5th, Uranus in the 4th plus several other strong similarities), how is it that these people – say they are both men – how does these men lead such different and varied lifestyles? Maybe one is a comtemplative, introverted Buddhist Monk and the other is an passionate, extroverted drama professor? My answer to this question is that we are all at varying frequencies: our individual karma, the choices we make, our conduct each go into determining how our astrology manifests. To explain further…

Our karma is definitely unique, manifesting and ripening according to windows which can be viewed through the lens of an astrology chart. And of course, there is conditional karma – even if our astrology chart looks as golden and auspicious as possible, if we go rock climbing without a rope, there is a good chance something terrible could happen. And at the same time, even if our chart looks incredibly burdensome and challenging, changing our habits and improving our conduct, being of service can lead to a rewarding and beautiful life nonetheless! The choices we make determine our present and future frequency, you could say that the choices we make and the habits that we feed determine how intensely our positive and negative karma ripen. If someone is in a three-year retreat, isolated and only have contact with highly realized retreat-masters, do you think that “nasty” Pluto / Mars / Saturn conjunction is going to manifest in a physical way? Perhaps. More likely though, the person might go through a few weeks of headaches and other minor aches and pains rather than something really serious. They may have signs that they are purifying something intense as their dreams or meditation may change significantly during that time. But what do I know? Having never done a 3 year retreat… 🙂

What I am trying to get across however is simply that each major or minor aspect of Western astrology has numerous manifestations. Sometimes people feel the slightest of perturbations involving their progressed Moons where as nearly everyone is going to notice a combination like I mention above (Pluto, Mars, Saturn) especially if the conjunction falls on a 90 degree midpoint – indicating a Hard Aspect is occurring with a natal planet.

So when I say I practice frequency-based, choice-centered astrology, it means I must get to know someone a bit to see where they are on several “spectrums of evolution.” What I mean by this is: how emotionally intelligent are they? (how well do they know themselves emotionally?) does the person meditate? If so, what is their practice – TM, Zen, Hindu, Tibetan, etc? Are they married? Do they have a kind heart? These questions are vitally important to answer before you try to interpret someone’s birth chart. Because Adolf Hitler had some really trying aspects in his chart and we know what he did with them, while Gandhi had one of the most trying aspects of all – the fixed grand cross – and yet in spite of this, he is one of the most well-known peace-builders of this era… So you must know someone’s frequency before you can try to attempt their chart. For this reason, the type-in-your-birth-info-web-sites fail. This is why fortune-tellers are scorned and why the “horoscope” in the newspaper gives astrology such a bad name.

What I would recommend instead is to see someone who is mentally agile enough to think on the fly, dynamic enough to take into consideration everything I mentioned above. To answer questions based on what the client is going through rather than a 2 plus 2 HAS TO equal 4 kind of philosophy (e.g. Uranus transiting Sun has to equal BLANK). Make sure the astrologer resonates with dynamic predictions or frequency-based astrology. If they try to give you a black and white version – it means they are either amateurs or they have not learned about frequencies or that they don’t have the capacity to do so yet.

So get your run-of-the-mill predictions if you want, but don’t expect everything to be accurate or specific or incorporating psycho-spiritual possibilities. Of course it is good to support up and coming astrologers don’t get me wrong! But do be aware that there are professionals out there who have done significant personal-growth work on themselves, have seen many varying frequencies (manifestations) of life and who blend numerous modalities and understandings to approach many different types of clients in a skillful, practical manner.

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So what is the birth chart exactly?

Regarding terminology, “birth horoscope” equals “birth chart” equals “natal horoscope” – same same. Every new venture, being, country, project, etc has one – if there is a moment of “birthing,” whether it is an idea, a business, a person or animal, then there is a way to track the heavens at the time of that “birth.” Every four minutes the solar system changes such that it will not be the exact same again for another 26,000 years – hence our birth horoscope is truly unique and individual (at least for the next 26K years). Yes, there may be a few people born in the same hospital at the same time as us, but due to varying karmas, this does not mean they will live the same life (and it would need to be a large city for this to occur realistically). For the most part however, varying latitudes and longitudes, at different birth places, make people born on the same day possess differing natal astrology charts.

So what does the complicated mandala of planets, houses and aspects mean? What is its deeper meaning? What are the deeper rhythms represented by our snapshot of the heavens? In addition to what is traditionally known about the birth chart, I’d like to add the following: it is 1) a reflection of the polarities describing the world in which we live and how we interact with and within these polar forces; 2) for most of us, the birth chart is also a reflection of our egos – we have some stuff to work on when it comes to our habitual behavior and belief structures; finally and tying in with the first two, 3) the birth chart is a description of our grosser karmas. And yes, I will explain.

In this samsaric world in which we find our selves (samsaric coming from the Buddhist concept of samsara – living in and of this world leads to perpetual dissatisfaction), there are extremes and opposites. For instance, being calm and peaceful is opposite of being restless and aggressive, right? There are hundreds of these polar opposites (black / white; generous / greedy; anger / joy; rich / poor) – hence we also have the polar opposites of male (yang, action, skillful means) and female (yin, reception, wisdom). This concept is also known as duality – there is self and other according to our perception and this leads to mine vs. yours, etc. So the birth chart shows our proclivities toward certain spectrums of these polarities. Someone born with a stellium (three or more planets) in Aries for example would probably tend toward the direct, less-complex, competitive, pioneering (fearless) traits in that area of the chart. This might be opposite or intensely different from someone having a stellium in Libra, or Cancer, or Pisces in that same area of the chart.

I mention that the chart is a dynamic, shifting reflection of our egos because of several items I mentioned above. When we have the mistaken view that there is self and other, then we end up thinking this object is mine, that object is yours. These situations arise: “Oh – now I want your object, it is more satisfying than mine, I’m sure of it!” 🙂 Then you know where this leads – to conflicts and afflicted emotions (anger, attachment, jealousy, pride, etc). However, we can avert these situations when we start to give our lower selves away, through service and authentic generosity, then as we peel away the layers of our complex ego, the birth chart holds less and less power or sway over us.

Finally, I mention that the birth chart has to do with our gross karmas. I say “gross” meaning less subtle because A) I don’t know much about subtle karmas and B) what little I do know, is that subtle karmas are really only dealt with in dedicated meditation practice and / or retreats. Therefore I doubt most of us have to worry about purifying our subtle karmas for a while. (If you are in a meditation retreat and you are reading this blog, I’d be very surprised). So we each have a subtle consciousness which we “carry” with us from lifetime to lifetime. This subtle consciousness holds within its mind-stream our habits and behavioral tendencies. I might even go so far as to mention that it contains within it the major purification we need (or chose) to do in this present incarnation. Hence we can see when varying flavors of these gross karmas will manifest in the chart.

I want to clarify however that due to our having freedom of choice (choice centered astrology) and also due to the fact that we all have varying capacities and aptitudes, we are at differing frequencies (frequency-based astrology), we cannot make exact predictions about the future. So we must make calculated predictions and once we gain some experience (years) under our belts, we can see how trying aspects previously manifested and get a clue to how they will crop up again in the future. Again, to clarify, I do not practice fortune telling and I do not recommend any astrologer who practices fatalistic interpretation.

In conclusion, the natal horoscope is a beautiful reflection of many things – it is amazing how many levels and layers you can read into a piece of paper with lines, planetary glyphs and house delineations (a birth horoscope). Seriously, there are some people who specialize in doing relationship astrology, others who focus on medical astrology (like me), and yet others who look at location astrology (known as Astro-Cartography) and there is much more to glean from one’s chart. This post is just an introduction to varying possibilities – the birth chart reveals our habitual tendencies toward certain polar extremes, it can indicate where we are in our ego development and the birth chart can reveal the timing of gross karmas – when will events unfold? Who will we be with at that time? How will we feel about it? Many possibilities are indicated and reflected in the heavens – as above, so below. I urge you to get your chart interpreted by a qualified astrologer if you have not done so yet.

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