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Retrograde Planets: What to do?

In the previous post, I outlined a few ways in which a retrograde planet might affect someone personally: the person is heavily ruled by the planet that is retrograde the person is in a planetary period ruled by the retrograde planet the retrograde planet is aspecting a person’s chart directly So what happens when there’s a retrograde and life must go on? The washing machine breaks, and you have 4 kids at home and no laundromat nearby. The lawn mower blows up and your yard is turning into a field of wild flowers. Your boss has scheduled that important conference, Read more…

Retrograde Planets

Before listing the actual dates (in a later post), let me make a few comments about retrograde cycles in general and what to do with them. Retrograde Cycles Outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) spend almost half the year retrograde, and they don’t rule zodiacal signs, so for most purposes, one can ignore the retrograde cycles. The one exception to this is if the planet changes direction within a degree or so of one of your personal points in a chart (Ascendant, Midheaven, Sun, Moon, for example). Jupiter and Saturn each spend about 4 months retrograde in a given year. So Read more…

Why I do Medieval Astrology, Part 3: Dignity and Rulership

Picking up where the last post left off… Dignity So then what exactly is “dignity”? The simplest explanation is that a planet that is essentially dignified (that is, which has dignity based primarily on what sign it is in), gets to work the way it wants to work. There is a basic harmony between the nature of that planet and the nature of the sign it’s in. This allows the planet to operate in a dignified, or graceful way. (Note that this does NOT mean that the planet and the sign are the same, as some schools of modern astrology Read more…

Why I do Medieval Astrology, Part 2: Dignities and Debilities

When I first learned astrology, I learned from the astrologer who first read my chart. She and her business partner taught some introductory courses, and I was fascinated. I started to read everything I could on the subject. I learned, for example, that Venus “rules” Taurus and Libra, and that she is “exalted” in Pisces. But nothing I read really explained much of what that meant, except to say that if Venus were in one of these signs, it was a good thing. The books go on to say that more recently discovered planets like Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto “rule” Read more…

Why I do Medieval Astrology, Part 1: Houses

This is the first of what will undoubtedly be many posts on this subject. I’ll try to keep each one on the short side. I don’t really like reading long blog posts myself, but occasionally they are necessary to elucidate a point. Astrology from the Classical through the Medieval period was not primarily psychological. As with life, there were pieces of it that one would today certainly label “psychological.” That particular term, however, is fairly new, so our astrological forebears would not have used it. There are techniques that identify a person’s Primary Motivation, Quality of Soul, etc. Some of Read more…

Saturn, Cosmic Gardener by Christopher LaFond

Note: I composed this entry for the blog at EarthSpirit Community, and it was published there simultaneously as here. The EarthSpirit Community is currently finishing its first Saturn Return. At the same time, a number of the founders and members at the heart of the community are in the midst of, or heading toward, their second Saturn Return. This provides all of us, as a community, the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going together. Hey, come back here! Let’s start with: What is a “return?â€� If you hang around with anyone who knows even a Read more…