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Astrology {9} ~ Astrocartography

“If you’ve ever had to face the decision of figuring out where you should move or even simply travel where you will have the best opportunities for life or career success, then you will absolutely love to know about the amazing tool that is Astrocartography.

You may already know that your exact date, time, and location of birth has the power to unlock endless insights into your soul purpose and even your ideal career if you’ve been following along with me for any length of time, but did you know that your birth information is also a key that can unlock a treasure map of the best places for you to be in the world?

Astrocartography is the study of energetic influences and how they specifically apply to you based on your geographic location. 

If you’ve been looking for a good place to live, travel, or even hold a retreat or go on a speaking tour for your career, then astrocartography is an amazing way to find out which areas are going to be best for you and which are best to be avoided. You can also use astrocartography to figure out how your current location has been affecting you.

Here is an example of what an astrocartography map may look like ~

The red lines show where there is challenging energy and the green lines show where the energy is favorable. The yellow areas simply show how far out the energy of the line is likely to extend outward. Any areas that do not have red, green, or yellow covering them are considered neutral; not good or bad, they just are. These are areas where you will need to create your own opportunities for success, but like I said, this is not a negative or positive thing, and it can actually be quite calming (and/or boring, depending on how you look at it).

It can also be interesting to look at places you have already traveled to or lived and see how the energy was effecting you there.

For example, I remembered when I was on a road trip through Nebraska of all places that I suddenly had this amazing feeling of joy and unlimited possibilities pass over me. I was literally driving through flat, endless fields in the middle of nowhere at the time and I couldn’t understand what my deal was! For some crazy reason, I was incredibly excited about life more than I had ever felt, and no, it wasn’t because of caffeine. Later, I found out that I had been driving through my Jupiter line. Jupiter is the planet of joy, expansion, growth, prosperity, and good fortune. I don’t know if I could actually handle living in that head space all the time, but it sure opened my eyes to the accuracy of astrocartography.

I also used to live on the Big Island of Hawaii and that is where I learned most of what I know about astrology. My time living there was amazing, of course, and also incredibly challenging, but it ultimately gave me the life experiences that have allowed me to grow into the (way better) person I am today. Despite how beautiful it was living in paradise, it got to the point where I no longer knew if I should keep living there because so many things were going wrong all the time. Using astrocartography, I was able to see that where I was living was indeed very challenging for me because it was on a Venus square Rising Sign line which essentially meant that the energy there challenged me to give up part of who I was to get what I wanted. Challenges obviously help us grow, but I could see that this was a place where I would never stop facing insurmountable challenges in my life, and it was making me physically sick to the point where I actually had more than one near-death experience!

I’m NOT saying this to scare you, but to show you how helpful astrocartography can be in making super difficult life decisions. Eventually, I did choose to move back to my hometown of Minneapolis which is a neutral area for me, before eventually moving back to Hawaii (but on a different island). As soon as I got back, I remember feeling so much more peaceful and like all of the intensity in the air had been lifted. It was a huge relief!

The last story I want to share about my personal experience with astrocartography has to do with the Career Map. Everyone’s maps are completely different, but for me, there is only one super positive line in the U.S. for my career and it happens to be in San Jose, CA. This is a place I have never even been to, but time and time again, people from San Jose will get in touch to collaborate with me and tell me they’ve fallen in love with my work. At one point, I had 5 people in a row reach out to me, and when they ALL told me they were from San Jose, CA, it had gotten so ridiculous that I couldn’t help but laugh.

Astrocartography is really real, people! I have to admit I don’t quite understand exactly how it works or who in the world figured out that this is something we can even have the power to do (similarly to the question I often get asked of how in the world we even figured out how to use astrology in the first place), but I do know that it works and, time and time again, my clients also agree in the amazing power of both astrology and astrocartography as a tool for gaining insights to help us live the magical lives we dream of.”

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Astrology {8} ~ Chinese

Chinese astrology, or Sheng Xiao (生肖), is an ancient astrological practice that can be traced back to the Han Dynasty. This kind of astrology is founded on the concepts of yin and yang, with significant elemental, natural, and lunar influences.

Similar to Western astrology, Chinese astrology has 12 zodiac signs—which are represented by animals. However, in Chinese astrology, the zodiac sign seasons last all year long—as opposed to Western astrology’s four-week seasons.

In order, the Chinese zodiac signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Similar to Western astrology, each zodiac sign animal is defined by certain characteristics. For example, Snake energy is known to be sensual and intelligent while Horse energy is easygoing and honest.

In Chinese astrology, each year is defined by two ongoing cycles: 1) the elemental cycle: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water (called “ten heavenly stems”), and 2) the 12 zodiac signs in their respective yin or yang influences. For example, the year 2021’s elemental cycle is Yin Metal. In the zodiac cycle, it is the year of the Ox. So, 2021 is: Yin Metal Ox.

Another difference between Western and Chinese astrology is that the zodiac sign cycle is founded on Chinese New Year—which begins its calendar based on the moon’s cycles. So, the start of the Chinese calendar year varies; it ranges from late January to early February.

For that reason, it’s possible for someone who was born before Chinese New Year to associate themselves with the zodiac symbol of the year prior. If you were born in January or early February, it’s possible you may have identified with the wrong zodiac sign.

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Astrology {7} ~ Vedic Astrology

The history of Vedic astrology.
The Sanskrit word for Vedic astrology, or Hindu astrology, is jyotiṣa, loosely translating to “light/heavenly body,” and the modality seems to have first appeared in the Rigveda, an ancient Indian text (though some assert it’s been around since 10,000 B.C.).

“Vedic astrology contains within it the rich spiritual traditions and myths of ancient Indian culture,” explains founder of Moondance Vedic Astrology and author of Vedic Astrology for Beginners, Pamela McDonough. “Even today, throughout much of India, Jyotish is an accepted science and, for many, is part of their lifestyle.”

In its earliest days, Vedic astrology was used to determine important dates for sacrifices and rituals. Over time it became increasingly personalized; people started studying its planetary movements in an effort to understand their own destiny.

It’s related to other ancient Indian practices including yoga and ayurveda, and similar to Western astrology, it “offers us a guide or road map to a better understanding of our physical, emotional, spiritual, and even monetary experiences,” McDonough says.

The 12 Vedic signs.
Just like in Western astrology, there are 12 signs in the Vedic zodiac. And interestingly, the characteristics of the signs are pretty much the same, too. The difference lies in the dates. So, if you swear by the identity prescribed by your Western sun sign, prepare to have your boat rocked a little. The Vedic sign dates are as follows and here’s how to calculate your Vedic chart:

Aries: Mesha (April 13–May 14)
Taurus: Vrishaba (May 15–June 14)
Gemini: Mithuna (June 15–July 14)
Cancer: Karkata (July 15–August 14)
Leo: Simha (August 15–September 15)
Virgo: Kanya (September 16–October 15)
Libra: Tula (October 16–November 14)
Scorpio: Vrishchika (November 15–December 14)
Sagittarius: Dhanus (December 15–January 13)
Capricorn: Makara (January 14–February 11)
Aquarius: Kumbha (February 12–March 12)
Pisces: Meena (March 13–April 12)

As McDonough explains, Western astrology bases charts on the “tropical calendar” (which most of the world uses) and the four seasons, while Vedic astrology charts are calculated using something called the sidereal system, which looks at the changing, observable constellations. (Western astrology does not change in the same way and works with the planets’ fixed positions.)

Another interesting distinction is that modern Western astrology has become more psychologically oriented, where Vedic astrology is based upon one’s individual Karma, according to McDonough. “Karma is a very significant element of Jyotish,” she says, “and practicing Jyotish in the United States may take a more cross-cultural approach and a less deterministic viewpoint, to chart interpretation and predication than a traditional Indian astrologer might.”

The two modalities also have a different take on what a retrograde planet actually means and what some of the planetary aspects represent. “All planets in Western astrology share the same type of aspect, such as a square, trine, sextile, or opposition,” McDonough notes. “Vedic astrology utilizes special aspects—each planet has a specific aspect or set of aspects, along with different strengths that are applied to that specific aspect.” Not to mention, Vedic astrology views your rising sign as more important than your sun sign.

“Jyotish will provide insight to one’s dharma, or life path, and reveal our innate gifts and challenges,” McDonough says. “It can help us better understand our relationships with our family, friends, and life partners. Having this fundamental understanding really helps to ease and relieve stress and our emotional ups and downs.”

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Astrology {5} ~ The 12 Houses Of The Zodiac

Like a clock, the zodiac is divided into 12 segments, or houses, each one ruled by a different sign. The zodiac begins with the first house, and goes counterclockwise around.

Each house is associated with a set of traits, beginning from the self, and expanding outward into society and beyond. At the moment you were born, the planets were all in specific signs and houses. When an astrologer interprets your chart, she blends the meaning of each planet, the house it’s in, and the sign it’s in, to map the obstacles or gifts you’ll face in this lifetime.

When planets visit a house, they light up that part of your chart, and energize that house’s traits. Astrologers use the houses to predict which parts of your life will come into focus, and where you can take the best possible action. To learn more about a house, read about the sign that’s associated with it.

The first six houses are known as the “personal houses,” while the last six houses are known as the “interpersonal houses.”

The first house begins the zodiac, and covers the all “firsts”: first impressions, the self and appearance, leadership, new initiatives, fresh starts and beginnings. The sign on the cusp, or starting edge, of this house, is referred to as your rising sign or ascendant. (Ruled by Aries)

The second house covers all matters related to your immediate material and physical environment—taste, smells, sound, touch, sights. The second house also rules income, money, and self-esteem. (Ruled by Taurus)

The third house rules all forms of communication—talking, thinking, gadgets and devices (cell phones, pagers, Instant Messenger, etc.). The third house also covers siblings, neighborhoods, local travel, libraries, schools, teachers and community affairs. (Ruled by Gemini)

The Cancer-ruled fourth house sits at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel, and thus, rules the “foundation” of all things. This includes your home, privacy, your basic security, your parents (particularly your mother), children, your own mothering abilities, nurturing, and TLC. (Ruled by Cancer)

The fifth house is ruled by dramatic Leo, and it governs self-expression, drama, creativity, color, attention, romance, fun and play. (Ruled by Leo)

The sixth house is the domain of health and service. It rules schedules, organization, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others. (Ruled by Virgo)

The seventh house is the sector of relationships and other people. It governs all partnerships, both business and personal, and relationship-associated matters, like contracts, marriage, and business deals. (Ruled by Libra)

The eighth house is a mysterious sector that rules birth, death, sex, transformation, mysteries, merged energies, and bonding at the deepest level. The eighth house also rules other people’s property and money (real estate, inheritances, investments, et. al. (Ruled by Scorpio)

The ninth house covers the higher mind, expansion, international and long-distance travel, foreign languages, inspiration, optimism, publishing, broadcasting, universities and higher education, luck, risk, adventure, gambling, religion, philosophy, morals and ethics. (Ruled by Sagittarius)

The tenth house is at the very top and most public part of the chart. The tenth house governs structures, corporations, tradition, public image, fame, honors, achievements, awards, boundaries, rules, discipline, authority, fathers and fatherhood. The cusp, or border, of the tenth house is also called the midheaven, and it clues astrologers into your career path. (Ruled by Capricorn)

The eleventh house rules teams, friendships, groups, society, technology, video and electronic media, networking, social justice, rebellion, and humanitarian causes. It also rules originality, eccentricity, sudden events, surprises, invention, astronomy, science fiction and all things futuristic. (Ruled by Aquarius)

The zodiac completes with the twelfth and final house, which rules endings. This house covers the final stages of a project, tying up loose ends, completions, the afterlife, old age, and surrender. It’s also associated with separation from society, institutions, hospitals, jails, hidden agendas, and secret enemies. And it rules the imagination, creativity, arts, film, dance, poetry, journals, and the subconscious mind. (Ruled by Pisces)

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Astrology {4} ~ Modalities {3} ~ Mutable ~ Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces

The mutable modality is attached to the signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. The mutable houses are the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth. If a horoscope shows a preponderance of planets in these houses, its energy is weighted toward mutability.

Mutable signs know how to go with the flow. They are adaptable and flexible and can change their form of expression to whatever a situation requires. Standing their ground is of little import to mutable folks. These people would much rather conform to the norm, so long as their doing so will help the greater good. Luckily, mutable individuals are versatile and find it quite easy to change. Consider them the chameleons of the zodiac, since they can take on varied personae.

Mutable people are blessed with a tremendous resourcefulness. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! They know how to squeeze that last drop of juice and make things better in the process. Those influenced by a mutable modality in their horoscope also enjoy learning, play fair and are diplomatic and well-liked by others. To their further credit, they are sharp, sympathetic and can see (via a sixth sense?) the essential elements of a situation. At times, however, their desire to please everyone can get them into hot water. They may come across as wishy-washy, inconsistent and downright duplicitous. All this in the name of aiming to please!

The beauty of mutability is that those possessing it are flexible, versatile and highly resourceful. These folks are quick to help others and are selfless in the process. While they may occasionally stretch themselves to the breaking point, they know how to bounce back.

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Astrology {4} ~ Modalities {2} ~ Fixed ~ Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius

The fixed modality is attached to the signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. The fixed houses are the second, fifth, eighth, and eleventh. If an astrological chart shows a preponderance of planets in these houses, its energy is weighted toward fixity.

Fixed signs understand that steadiness is the key. Those influenced by this modality are happy to forge ahead with their projects, calmly working away until they have achieved their objectives. This is no struggle for fixed folks, rather it’s what makes them tick. These individuals are stable, determined and resolute. They want to get to the finish line and have the persistence and ability to concentrate, characteristics that will get them there.

There is no lack of confidence in fixed individuals. Self-reliance could be a fixed person’s middle name. Those possessed of a fixed nature are powerful, yet purposeful. There are no wasted motions here: Fixed folks move patiently and steadily toward their goals. They are also steady and reliable and always remember those who helped them out. Conversely, those born under a fixed sign can at times be stubborn, my-way-or-the-highway folks. They may have a tendency to get stuck in their ways and to believe that they are always right.

Those influenced by a fixed modality are determined, reliable and persistent. They have great strength, and strength of purpose, and love to get the job done. So what if they refuse to budge? They get results.

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Astrology {4} ~ Modalities {1} ~ Cardinal ~ Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn

A cardinal modality is attached to the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. The cardinal houses are the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth; if an astrological chart shows a preponderance of planets in these houses, its energy is weighted toward cardinality.

Cardinal signs are the initiators of the zodiac. They are also found at key jumping-off points on the chart wheel, specifically the ascendant, medium coeli (M.C. or Midheaven), descendant, and imum coeli (I.C.). Individuals possessing a cardinal modality like to get things going. They are active, quick, and ambitious. Many projects get started, thanks to the cardinal initiative, although a good deal of them are never finished. That’s because Cardinal folks are much fonder of starting things than finishing them.
You won’t find a cardinal person slacking off. These people are full of vim and vigor and possess a drive and ambition that is unmistakable.

Enthusiasm and a zest for life fill the cardinal individual. Some might perceive this rampant energy as domineering, and, at times, it can be. Cardinal people can easily forget about the rest of the pack when they are busily focusing on their own endeavors. Even so, their energetic spirit often wins the day.

Cardinal folks are clever and want to win. They love to start things, and whether they finish them or not, there’s always a lot going on.

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Astrology {3} ~ Elements {4} ~ Water ~ Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces

The element of water is associated with the signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, and it also rules the fourth, eighth, and twelfth Houses. Watery descriptions are well suited to this element: fluid, flowing, wavering. These terms can easily apply to an individual’s emotions — the realm where Water most powerfully exerts its influence.

Water signs are intuitive and sensitive, and they feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing, and like a river, they run deep. How things feel is what matters to these folks, and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect. Water is also about compassion and understanding, since the receptive talents of these individuals are remarkably high. Water sign people can take in the feelings of others, process them, and put forth a plan or solution that will be conscientious to all.

Those graced by water love to take their sense of the world and translate it into the artistic. They desire aesthetic beauty—and for everyone to be happy as a result of that beauty. Much like still water can become stagnant, however, an inactive water sign person is not at their best. Water signs feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they do so in an enchanting, considerate, and even romantic way.

The flip side of this dreamy Water world is the tendency of these individuals to brood. Water signs are susceptible to mood swings, and at their worst, they could become self-indulgent, controlling, and hostage to a fantasy world. This also brings up the ability of these folks to see things more clearly than others. Call it psychic, if you will.

Water signs are emotional, empathetic, receptive, and feel things deeply. Alternately calm like the sea or possessing the force of torrential rain, the emotions brought forth by this element are plentiful, indeed.

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Astrology {3} ~ Elements {3} ~ Air ~ Gemini, Libra & Aquarius

The element of Air is attached to the signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. It also rules the third, seventh, and eleventh houses. It is rarefied air that usually surrounds those graced by this element, as this is the marker of the intellectual. Airy people are smart thinkers and handle abstract reasoning well. They love to analyze, synthesize and probe. Do you have a dilemma? Hand it over to an air sign and watch them go to work.

Air Signs are also about communication. These individuals want to get the word out, and it’s not likely to be fluff. They are alert, curious, and perceptive. The world as seen by an air sign will be an interesting one, as their analysis and subsequent explanation (hopefully in terms we can understand) will indicate. Those influenced by Air are inventive and clever. They see all sides of the equation and are able to glean the best approach. Balance is important to these airy folks.

So, are air signers fresh as a summer breeze, or are they howling like the wind? Probably both, depending on when you catch them. While these folks are often calm and collected, they can turn cold if their equilibrium is upset. A word to the wise: There’s little upside in baiting an air sign.

Another plus with Air is that it manifests itself in a most humane way. Those influenced by air can truly wear another’s shoes, as it were. They are objective, cooperative, and really want to help make a better world. There’s no prejudice with these folks—just a bright and shiny idealism that can accomplish much.

Air Signs are communicative, intellectual, clever, and fair. They can blow hot and cold though.

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