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more about horary
by Carol Wiggers.
Progressed New Moon is on April 13, 2006. Learn more
about the Progressed Lunation Cycle
Lunation Cycle: A
Key to Understanding of Personality
Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and in the article, An
Overview of Dane Rudhyar’s Approach to Cycles
2/98), by Nicki Michaels.
are the fastest changing points in the
chart; they differentiate the native from others
born within weeks, days, or even hours of them. The
personal points include the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus,
and Mars, as well as the angles (Ascendant, Descendant,
Midheaven, and IC).
a 2° orb, transiting Neptune opposes natal Sun
from January 18, 2004 to January 11, 2006; conjoins
IC from March 29, 2004 to January 19, 2007; and opposes
Mercury from April 12, 2005 to January 29, 2008.
Transiting Pluto opposes Moon from January 20, 2004
to November 9, 2006. Transiting Uranus opposed Mars
from February 5, 2004 to February 9, 2005. To deepen
your understanding of the outer-planet transits,
read Dane Rudhyar, The
Galactic Dimension of Astrology: The Sun Is Also
, Aurora Press.
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Mountain Astrologer, October-November
I am an
anthropologist and an English teacher, almost
63. Only in recent years have I had a really
good job. I was ganged up on, so I finally
handed in my resignation, and I will retire
one year early (at 64) with a very small pension.
Was it a good idea to resign, or should/could I have
stuck it out? I see very difficult transits, whose
definitions say: "You feel like throwing in the whole
business." But I could not find out whether one should
actually throw it in or wait until the feeling has
gone away. Was it a good idea to hand in my resignation?
Can astrology give advice on what course of action
to follow, or can it only describe situations?
— Clearly Confounded
A. Yes, astrology
can answer specific questions accurately.
Horary astrology 1 allows
you to pose a question such as, "Will I benefit
from early retirement?" The astrologer erects
a chart for the moment the question is asked,
and a highly skilled practitioner can offer
quite precise assessments. Astrology "cookbooks,"
on the other hand, will generally not tell
you exactly what to do during any particular
transit, because this depends on many variables,
such as concurrent planetary events and the
Since you have already chosen to retire
early, the question of what might have been
is both irrelevant and counterproductive.
With your retirement less than a year away,
you are in the Balsamic phase (final 8th)
of your current progressed lunation cycle, a time
to acknowledge your achievements over almost
30 years. Begin the process of releasing
the past, as you start to envision your future.
Honor the woman you were as this cycle began,
as well as the wise, mature woman you have
since become. Ask yourself "What is it to
inhabit the realm of all possibility?" as you move
toward a symbolic rebirth next spring at your Progressed
New Moon, within months of your retirement.2 How
Natal Chart - Clearly Confounded
Source: Birth Certificate
this transformation, you have the relentless
"help" of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto—those
"difficult transits" you mention.
While there's no denying that transits from
even one of the Big Three is demanding, a
period during which all of them are hitting
personal points3 in
your chart is both unusual and extremely
stressful. Thus it is completely understandable
that you would choose to remove yourself
from a difficult work environment sooner
rather than later—and then second-guess
your own decision. In fact, you may be questioning
absolutely everything, including whether
the earth is round: Old assumptions are now
up for grabs.
Focus your attention on forward-looking
curious and even excited about the possibilities
you can create for yourself, and how your
life might look two and five years from now.
Think big—it costs nothing to dream,
and there's no telling what seed you might
plant that will develop in the next phase
of a life filled with abundance, meaning,
and no regrets.
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