Astrology Book Review: Traditional Medical Astrology

March 3, 2012 by  

 

Lee Lehman’s latest book, Traditional Medical Astrology, is out, and it is a rich work with copious detail.  As she points out in her preface, “the study of medical astrology is not especially sexy,” but when we need it, we really need it.   The same is true for this book; there is little flash here but much substance for when the need arises.  Lehman’s book is a good start for those interested in the historical underpinnings of medical astrology – and historical they surely are, since the Western and Middle Eastern application of astrology to medicine originated in antiquity and lasted until the 17th century.  Lehman’s focus and sources are strictly traditional, though she will use the outer planets on occasion to fill in an interpretation.  Note that Lehman is not a medical practitioner.  As a result, we do not see the application of medical astrology to cases under the author’s care, an essential perspective that distinguishes the classics in the field, such as the works of Nicolas Culpeper.  As an overview of the many astrological methods applied to medicine, however, this thorough book is outstanding.

Briefly…

Traditional Medical Astrology is a well-researched overview of traditional astrological medical methods, with a good historical and conceptual overview of the key basics of ancient medicine.  The book covers natal topics, such as the temperament and length of life calculations, in addition to decumbiture/horary charts for specific instances of diseases.  The last few chapters are devoted to electional astrology and prediction of the course of a disease.  A solid reference book for those of us interested in the theory and practice of traditional medicine.

Contents and Structure

In an early chapter, “A Word to the Modern Astrologer,” Lehman encourages readers coming from a modern astrological tradition to dive in.  This strikes me as sensible, given that traditional astrology can be intimidating, due to its plethora of foreign terms and frequent reference to ancient books.  Few of us in this age of superficial knowledge have been educated to grapple with intellectual difficulty, but as with everything, more effort usually equals better results.

Chapter 1, “The History of Medicine and Astro-Medicine” is a good summary of the historical movements of medicine starting with prehistory, with a strong section on the four-humor structure, especially as applied to astrological diagnosis and theory.   In the chapter, Lehman articulates a theory I have long held myself – traditional medicine worked hand in hand with electional astrology to assist in determining the best time for preparation and administration of treatments.  The theory is that astrology fell out of the picture at the end of the 17th century and the treatments were timed according to what is convenient/practical for the practitioner.  Perhaps for this reason, traditional medical treatments lost much of their effectiveness, and modern medicine began to be born from the search for a better alternative.

Chapter 2, “Understanding Hippocratic-Galenic Medicine” provides background on ancient ways of thinking about health and disease, and gets into the specifics of establishing and maintaining humoral balance by keeping the hot, cold, wet, and dry qualities in balance.  This chapter provides some background on the four complexional types – choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholic – their personalities and predominant diseases.   There are a few valuable tables here, notably Hippocrates’ injunctions for balancing health practices by the season.  In winter, for instance, we would be required to do lots of walking but eat only one meal daily.  The austere winter regimen is offset by Hippocrates’ recommendation to have as much sex as possible to heat the body (“But honey, the doctor said it’s for my health!”).  In summer, we are encouraged to wrestle in the dust and keep our exercise short and infrequent.

Chapter 3, “The Body, Its Health, Temperament, and Virtue as Shown by the Natal Chart” gets into the eternally disputed methodology for calculating temperament.  Lehman makes a few good points, notably the element of the Sun being used, rather than the season.  I am not convinced that a perfect calculation exists, seeing the temperament as one of the tools in the astrological toolbox, but not necessarily the most important one.  The author then provides a few temperament calculations of celebrities.  It would have been nice to see a few charts for people known to the author that she can comment upon personally; with public figures; it is difficult to know what is reality and what is the public image, especially when it comes to health and the overall constitution.  I enjoy speculation as much as anyone (possibly more), but for teaching purposes, the more first-hand information, the better.

There is an interesting section on Richard Saunders’ natal Almuten of Virtue, which looks to the 5th cusp almuten to see which bodily functions were likely to be impacted for someone.  The 5th house is an unusual choice for a health reading, since we initially look to the 6th or the 1st houses of disease and vitality, respectively.  The 5th rules the liver, however, the traditional seat of vitality, which regulates the humoral balance.   I would have enjoyed seeing additional analysis and examples of this method, especially since Saunders’ method was of his own invention.

Chapter 4, “The Body and Its Diseases As Shown by the Natal Chart” starts with an interesting observation; unlike classical astrology, which mostly cared about the timing of one’s death, modern astrology tries to determine the exact cause of death – will it be cancer or heart disease?  One can hardly wait to find out.  There are difficulties with the modern approach.  The Pluto in Leo generation, in a most inconsiderate fashion, has 36% lower rates of death by coronary heart disease than preceding generations, happily ignoring the fact that Pluto is a malefic and Leo rules the heart.

This chapter is where the author gets into some data crunching.  It would be ideal if she delved into the statistics, and I hope to see more information in Lehman’s future articles or talks.  Comparison of each factor to the norm to see the deviation, a discussion of the sample characteristics, and controlling for variables such as age and sex would be outstanding.   Lehman looks at a sample of about 700 A-rated charts and the natal planetary hour and 1st/6th house rulers represented in heart disease, cancer, and drug abuse.  There are a couple of short sections on traditional analyses of disease, namely by Lilly and Gadbury.

Chapter 5, “The Body and Its Longevity” deals with the traditional length of life calculations.  As in many other books on this topic, the author starts with an apologia, presumably to comfort the more sensitive readers who may be learning of the existence of death for the first time.  This is followed by a substantive listing of Arabian parts around mortality and morbidity, and Morin’s own list of significators for the same.  The author shares some statistics and bar graphs describing the placement of the Arabic parts and planets in heart disease and cancer deaths.

Lehman then walks us through the hyleg and alcochoden calculations that lead to a length of life estimate.  This is a rather complex and hotly contested area of astrology, so the interested reader will want to review as many sources as possible, test many charts, and draw her own conclusions.  As with calculating temperament, no one method works 100% of the time, but some are better than others.  Ten examples are given for the reader to follow along with the author.

Chapter 6, “Astrological Iatromancy” is my favorite chapter, not only because iatromancy is a great word, but also because this is where we learn to apply some of the most useful techniques of medical astrology.   The author discusses the difference between horary (question) and decumbiture (start of illness or diagnosis) charts, and a checklist for evaluating such charts.  Then we are off.  This chapter is where Lehman’s skills and insights as a researcher and compiler really shine.  There is a handy six-step checklist (I bookmarked this page, as it is a great summary), followed by a lengthy list of medical aphorisms (of which there are thousands) from traditional sources including Saunders, Culpeper, Lilly, Hermes Trismegistus, and Blagrave.  She then provides a few charts that she has run through a computer program that has all – yes, all – of the aphorisms in Lehman’s sources.  It is interesting to see all the aphorisms fighting it out amongst themselves, and one cannot help but reach the same conclusion as Culpeper; let us keep our brains in our heads and not in our books.  Each chart is different and applying thousands of rules to it will not give us a magic answer.  The author seems to come to a similar conclusion, as most of the charts consist of her analysis with her six-point checklist, rather than a mindless application of aphorisms.

Chapter 7, “Prediction through Time: Crises and the Development of Disease” is a fascinating topic, as the ancients spent a lot of time evaluating the changes in a disease.  Specifically, astrologers and doctors set charts for the crisis points of the disease and watched for the good and bad aspects in those charts.  Crisis times are when the transiting Moon makes a major hard aspect to the decumbiture Moon.  Judicial (intermediate) times are when the transiting Moon makes a minor hard aspect (semi-square and sesquiquadrate) to the decumbiture Moon.   For chronic illnesses, we look at the same positions of the Sun relative to its decumbiture position. I have used this method for myself when ill, and it works extremely well.  We then see some of the predictive value of solar return charts when it comes to illness and injury.

Chapter 8: “Surgery: Electionals and Events” shows us some rules for surgery, as well as examples of surgical elections and charts for surgeries done without astrological consultation, with discussion of how the procedures had turned out.  The attentive reader will not be surprised to know that the surgery where the #1 rule of medical astrology was violated – never have the Moon in the sign ruling the treated body part – turned out terribly.  The patient almost died and had to have multiple re-dos of the surgery.

Chapter 9: “Non-surgery Electional Astrology: Purges, Diets, and Breaking Habits” provides more opportunities to apply the art of electing the right moment for treatment.  These are the moments that are more electable than surgery; few surgeons have very flexible schedules, but if we want to find the right moment to quit smoking, start a new drug regimen, or start a diet, elections can be helpful.  We see a summary of the therapeutic methods of the Hippocratic/Galenic practitioners, few of which are in common use today; bloodletting, vomiting, purging, enemas, sweating, and diuretic procedures.  Even for today, there are some helpful rules here, e.g.: to stop a nasal discharge, put the Moon in Earth.  Lehman applies the ancient rules for more modern problems, like beginning a weight loss regimen: eat your first “diet” meal on a waning Moon, then once you enter a maintenance phase, do a second chart with lots of fixed signs to keep the weight off.

In Chapter, 10, “Conclusion: When We No Longer Engage in Bloodletting,” the author puts the study of traditional medical astrology in context.  As she points out, U.S. medical expenses have tripled in the last 50 years, yet life expectancy has only risen 10%.  She expects that inevitable cutbacks in medical funding will lead to more alternative treatments, where medical astrologers could find a niche combining their skills with alternative medical modes such as herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, or homeopathy.

Finally, there are a helpful few appendices: classical concepts necessary for horary (for those brand new from the land of modern astrology), a glossary of terms used in the book, where we may learn the meanings of words such as abstergent and spagyric.  There are a few worksheets for temperament calculation, and medical rulerships of various body parts.  Don’t miss the small but useful table comparing indications of a physical vs. mental or spiritual disease as indicated in horaries.

Observations

I enjoyed delving into this book, as it summarizes many of the traditional medical books on my bookshelf in easy-to-understand modern language. Though it is not a substitute for the classical texts, it provides a painless, accurate introduction to many essential topics that one can learn about in more depth from the masters themselves.  This is not astrology lite by any means, but rather straddles the ground between a reference work and a critical text, as many of Lehman’s books do.  Highly recommended.

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Traditional Medical Astrology

By: J. Lee Lehman, Ph.D.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2011

34.99 USD

Available at amazon.com and leelehman.com

Astrology Book Review: The Latin Picatrix, Books I & II (Trans. Greer and Warnock)

November 30, 2008 by  

The Picatrix (also known as “The Goal of the Wise”) is a renowned book of astrological magic, translated for the first time into English by a practicing astrologer (Chris Warnock) and a magician (John Michael Greer). It was written in Arabic around the 10th century, and translated into Latin in the 13th century. The original author is anonymous, but it is quite possible that the book was written in the Arab world of al-Andaluz, which was fascinated with astrology, magic, and philosophy. The fact that al-Andaluz was relatively lax in its observance of Islamic law, which strictly prohibits dealings with magic, points to a fertile ground for a text such as this.

Briefly…

The Picatrix is for advanced astrologers only, specifically those comfortable with electing horoscopes. This is only half of the work, as the reader is then expected to fashion talismans during the elected moment. Not being a seasoned talisman maker, I cannot attest to the efficacy of the Picatrix talismans, but there is something here for everyone: Charms for love, the founding of cities, business and trade, the safe escape of convicts, and stopping gossip. It is important to note that this is a “limited review edition” of a finalized version that will come out in the next year or so. This means that the cover and layout of the preview is very basic, but serviceable. The most important point is that the translation was done by a knowledgeable astrologer for an astrological audience, and is therefore very clear and easy to read. The same is not true of other English translations of the Picatrix.

Contents & Structure

This edition of the Picatrix contains the first two books of the entire four-book text. First, there is a prologue by the translator, appended to that of the author. The prologue describes the author’s purpose in writing the book, stating that the wisdom of the past has at last been revealed in this book “to reveal the highways and byways of this science.”

Book I, On “the nature of the heavens and the effects caused by the images [talismans] in them.”:

The first book of the Picatrix starts with theoretical and philosophical chapters. These contain a fascinating discussion on the nature of magic, and its connection to astrology, which is seen as a kind of bridge through which one must pass to create magical effects in the physical world. Then, we are introduced to the 28 Lunar mansions, and other conditions of the Moon to be learned before electing horoscopes. In Chapter 5, the author gives a list of talismans and their electional “recipes,” which is the heart of Book I. The final two chapters of Book I continue the explanatory and theoretical theme from the earlier chapters.

Book II, On “the figures of heaven and the motion of the eighth sphere [of the stars], and their effects on this world:”

The first chapter exhorts the would-be astrological magician to learn the classical Pythagorean sciences before approaching magic: arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. The author means the esoteric aspects of these disciplines, rather than assuming that one’s mastery of 1+1=2 qualifies one as a classical arithmetician.

Then, we get two chapters devoted to basic astrological concepts, such as the nature of the Moon, and some electional precepts. This section presents the basics of electional astrology in a practical, succinct manner, and it would be useful to all astrologers interested in this field, not just magicians.

The following few chapters expand on the “why and how” of astrological magic and the universe, including the relative strength of the planets and the fixed stars, the relationship of the four elements and similar topics.

There follows a short chapter with some talismanic glyphs, evidently based on magic squares (the ones where the numbers are arranged to add up to the same number horizontally, vertically, and diagonally). The next chapter lists the planetary affinities of stones and metals, and the talismanic images associated with the planets and their seals. For instance, one image of Mars “is the form of a crowned man with an inscribed sword in his right hand.”

The last two chapters discuss the images associated with the astrological decans, and the kinds of talismans best for each. So, if you wish to increase the milk given by your goats, make a talisman in the second face of Capricorn. These recipes are nothing if not down-to-earth.

Observations

The Picatrix is a classic in the magico-astrological field, and, most likely, in the Top Ten Banned Books of All Time list. The Greer/Warnock translation is excellent; clear and non-intrusive, their easy prose does a complex, very niche topic justice at last. The cost is steep for a 140-page paperback, but presumably this is because of the small number of printed copies. Yet, a would-be astrological mage might consider this a low price to pay for lessons in controlling the very fabric of space-time (cue dramatic music). Let us join the anonymous author in hoping that the book “might come only into the hands of the wise…and that whatever will be done by its means be performed for good and in the service of God.”

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The Latin Picatrix, Books I and II

By: Anonymous (author), and John Michael Greer and Christopher Warnock, trans.

The Renaissance Astrology Press, 2008

54.95 USD, with 9.95 USD shipping (paperback), 74.95 + 10.95 for the hardcover.

Available at RenaissanceAstrology.com

Mercury Retrograde Turns Direct – November 1, 2007

October 22, 2007 by  

Mercury Retrograde Turns Direct - November 1, 2007 - The Warriors

Mercury turns direct in Libra on November 1, causing the astrological world to heave a sigh of relief. If you were holding off on Mercurial projects (mailings, business deals, legal affairs, leaving your house), now is a good time to resume what you want. In the few days following Mercury’s second station – another term for the point at which Mercury turns direct – Mercury will still be moving slowly as it picks up speed. But there is a silver lining to this: Mercury will be conjunct the benefic fixed star Spica, which should make your work go more smoothly.

Mercury is happier in Libra than in Scorpio (which Mercury enters on November 11) because the airy nature of Libra is much more compatible with Mercury’s communication- and movement-oriented personality. Also, Mercury rules the air triplicity by night, so for optimal Mercury strength, it’s best to start your Mercury projects after sundown before Mercury enters Scorpio on 11/11.

Mercury in Scorpio is not as favorable as Libra, though by no means terrible. There are some areas of incompatibility between Scorpio and Mercury. For one, Scorpio is one of the mute signs, which does not go with talkative Mercury. Similarly, Mercury is not as quick and cerebral in the water signs – Mercury’s winged sandals don’t help him as much in the water as they do in the air. While there are a few powerful fixed stars in Scorpio, acting while Mercury is on Spica is a rather better bet.

Scorpio: the Sign of Mars. Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, 2007

October 13, 2007 by  

Saint George Fighting Dragon illustrating Scorpio: the Sign of Mars. Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, 2007

Scorpio is the sign that is über-Marsy, which is why modern astrology had to assign Scorpio a planet as extreme as Pluto*.

The sign Scorpio is ruled by the planet Mars, and Mars also rules Scorpio by triplicity. During the first few degrees of Scorpio, Mars rules even the minor dignities. There are few equivalent situations in the zodiac, where one planet so completely dominates a sign. As a result, Mars is very happy when it is in Scorpio, but the gentler, softer planets are all but decimated. This is why Venus is in its detriment in Scorpio throughout the sign, and the Moon is in its fall.

The Sun’s entry into Scorpio, a fixed sign, marks the second month of autumn. The Sun is not terribly strong in Scorpio, which makes sense, as we don’t get to see the Sun very often this time of year. In many traditional cultures, Sun’s entry into Scorpio marked the time when the dark forces started ruling the world, and their hold on the earth increased with the longer nights. Frequent house cleansings were performed to keep harm at bay.

If you have solar things to do, such as talking to your boss, attempting to rule over something, or any other activity ruled by the Sun in your natal horoscope, you will do well if you wait until the Sun enters Sagittarius. The Sun will rule the triplicity by day, and it will be considerably stronger than in Scorpio. To top it off, the Sun will sextile Saturn and trine Mars shortly after its entry into Scorpio. Neither is considered beneficial for the Sun.

To find the best time for major events or activities, you can use electional astrology. Learn more about electional astrology here.

* I have a fondness for the belief that violence, extremism, and even death existed before the discovery of Pluto. Just recently, I read a social history of England, which said that the per capita murder rate in medieval England was a few hundred times greater than England’s murder rate today. How the medieval English accomplished this without Pluto remains a mystery.

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio and Libra October 12 – November 2, 2007

October 9, 2007 by  

Hindu Merchants illustrating Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio and Libra October 12 – November 2, 2007

Mercury will go retrograde at 9° Scorpio on October 12, and turn direct on November 2 at 23° Libra. By the end of the year, Mercury will be zipping along near top speed, flying through the zodiac.

Unlike some, I personally don’t believe that Mercury retrograde sends the world into complete chaos, but there are people who seem to be more affected by it than others. If you find you’re one of these unlucky few, it will be best not to mail important documents during Mercury being retrograde, or close major deals. Alternatively, prepare for administrative and bureaucratic processes to take longer than usual, and make sure you have at least one copy of everything.

Even the gray clouds of Mercury have a silver lining, however, and this time is no exception. Note that Mercury is in its own triplicity by night when it is in Libra. So if you must do something mercurial (commerce, mailing, important writing projects, etc.) during this period, you can wait until Mercury regresses into Libra on October 24, and then act after sundown/before sunrise.

Alternatively, you can wait until Mercury stations around 23° Libra, where it is conjunct the benefic fixed star Spica, and gets extra juice that way.

Despite these dire warnings, there is some historical evidence that our ancestors dealt with Mercury retrograde much more boldly than ourselves. I would draw your attention to Marcantonio Michiel’s statue of the god Mercury, made for a Venetian merchant in the 16th century. The statue is interesting astrologically, because it has a plaque on its side listing the zodiacal positions of all the planets, suggesting a purpose beyond mere decoration. Mercury itself is retrograde, an interesting choice of timing for a Mercury statue. Perhaps the merchant patron was concerned about his ships coming back from their voyages, an excellent example and use of Mercury retrograde. (Watch for an article about the Mercury statue soon.)

Horary Astrology: Free Reading – “Will They Meet with Me and When?”

August 29, 2007 by  

Pelt Merchant of Cairo - illustrating Horary Astrology reading

Horary Astrology Question:

I have been pursuing the director of EA Sports video game company with an innovative idea I had in a dream. I have emailed him numerous times with no response. I got the director’s email from an online associate who has worked with EA Sports in the past. If it was not for this online associate, I would have never had the opportunity to get the email and make suggestions. I have not told my idea to EA Sports yet, but I feel when they hear and see it, a contract will be negotiated. I’ve been telling the director of EA Sports Los Angeles (EALA) that this concept I have will change the gaming world and that it’s an opportunity to be the trailblazer of the bunch. Once we implement this idea, the rest of companies will follow our lead. In other words, I’m “pitching” to them.

—R.

Nina Gryphon:

Dear R.,

Thank you for writing to me. I cast a horary chart for the time of your question:

Horary Astrology - Will they meet with me and if so, when?

In this horoscope, you are represented by Mars, ruler of the first house of self. Your code significator is the Moon. The company is represented by Venus, ruler of the seventh house of other people. We will look at how these planets relate to one another to get a sense of how interested they are, and whether/when you will get a meeting with them.

We see that the Moon is inside the fifth house, in the exaltation of Venus. So we can tell that you are rather emotionally involved with your creative new idea, and at the same time have perhaps an exaggerated expectation of the company’s response. The Moon is void of course, which means that it will not make any major aspects in its current sign. In the absence of other testimony, this means that nothing much will happen in this situation.

Meanwhile, Mars, your primary significator, is in the eighth house, which rules the company’s money. Obviously, you’re interested in them funding this idea. At the same time, neither the Moon or the Mars are strongly placed in the horoscope, which indicates that you do not have a lot of power in the situation.

Now let’s take a look at how the company views you. They are symbolized by Venus conjunct the midheaven, so we see that all of the power to act is in the company’s hands. Venus is not interested in the Moon or Mars, so getting a very positive response, especially committing money to your idea, it seems unlikely. We would want to see somewhat more enthusiasm on their part. Venus and Mars will sextile at 17° of their respective signs; which would indicate a possible communication or even meeting between you and the company in two to three weeks. However, as I mentioned, I don’t think that they are going to show a great deal of interest. If that’s the case, why don’t you create the product yourself?

—Readers who wish to get a horary reading from Nina Gryphon may purchase one at top left.

Astrology – Map of the Planets: Mars in Gemini on August 7, 2007

July 31, 2007 by  

Demosthenes Practicing Oratory - Astrology - Map of the Planets: Mars in Gemini on August 7, 2007

Mars’s ingress into Gemini will be a bit of a relief, since Mars in Taurus is in the sign of its detriment. Combined with Venus in Virgo (its fall) and Saturn in Leo (its detriment), having yet another weak planet has made electing just the right astrological moment somewhat difficult.

Let’s talk about the meaning of Mars in Gemini. Mars is not particularly strong in this air sign, since Mars is a fiery, hot planet. While this is not a terrible combination, it’s like putting a soldier in an office job; it can be done, and one can achieve some measure of success, but it’s really not a perfect fit. All that Martial energy will be put into airy pursuits, such as communication, which will become turbocharged. Maybe even aggressive and argumentative. William Lilly describes Gemini as a lover of arts/learning, and Gemini is also one of the human signs. None of these characteristics mesh very well with Mars’s aggressive, animalistic energy.

Electional Astrology Advice

If you are going to do anything Mars-related, I highly recommend that you do it before September 29th, when Mars enters its fall in Cancer. Mars will spend the rest of the year in Cancer, as it turns retrograde, and ever-so-slowly makes its way back to Gemini. What kinds of activities are ruled by Mars? Sports, surgery (though the rules for finding a good moment for surgery are far more complex than Mars’s placement), anything requiring courage, warfare, debates (along with Mercury, so especially appropriate for Mars in Gemini), tyranny (good time to lay down to law to your kids and inspire the proper measure of terror, for example).

Some Famous People with Mars in Gemini

Donatella Versace, Aaron Spelling, Neil Armstrong, Tom Foley, Steve Forbes, Julio Gallo, Uma Thurman, Courtney Love, Louis Vuitton, Antonio Banderas, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Tony Blair, Al Pacino.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Saturn enters Virgo on September 2, 2007

July 30, 2007 by  

Voyage of Life - Old Age illustrating Planets in Your Horoscope: Saturn enters Virgo on September 2, 2007

After over two years in Leo, Saturn enters Virgo, which is a much more auspicious placement for Saturn. As I repeatedly harp on in this blog, Saturn in Leo is in the sign of its detriment, so it is particularly malefic in that sign. So we can all breathe a sigh of relief, especially those of us with important planets in fixed signs. This is because by moving through Leo, Saturn either conjoined, opposed, or squared any planets in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius).

Now, unfortunately, the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces will get to experience Saturn’s weight. The good news is that it’s all temporary, and as long as you have done your homework and brushed your teeth, Saturn’s transit should be relatively uneventful.

Electional Astrology Advice

If you are thinking of undertaking some Saturnian activity, such as building a house or planting trees, or something along those lines, waiting until Saturn enters Virgo will be much more auspicious than starting now. This is also the case if Saturn rules an important house in your horoscope. So for example, if Saturn rules your 10th house of career, career related moves will go a lot better after September 2 than before.

An important point is that Saturn’s transit will have some effect on your horoscope regardless of the position of your planets or angles. From my experience, Saturn passing through a house, whether there are planets in it or not, will challenge the affairs of that house, and will force you to “get it right.” For example, if Saturn passes through your tenth house of career, there will be a need to restructure your career.

Some Famous People with Saturn in Virgo

Jesse Ventura, Carol Channing, Giulietta Masina, Betty Friedan, Timothy Leary, Linda Tripp, Squeaky Fromm, King Farouk of Egypt, Charles de Gaulle, Gustave Eiffel.

Planets in Your Horoscope – Electional Astrology: Venus Retrograde on July 27, 2007

July 10, 2007 by  

Planets in Your Horoscope - Electional Astrology: Venus Retrograde on July 27, 2007 - Venus and Cupid Sleeping

When Venus turns retrograde at the end of July at 3 ° Virgo, this will be a mixed blessing for Venus. As we know, Venus in Virgo is in the sign of its fall, so it is rather unhappy in that sign. However, as it turns retrograde, it will exit Virgo and go back to the previous sign, Leo, where it is somewhat stronger. Both Leo and Virgo are barren signs, but Leo promises a lot more Venusian fun than Virgo does. Below are some tips on how you can use Venus retrograde for your own purposes.

Electional Astrology Advice

Obviously, if you’re planning some Venusian activities between July 27 and September 9 (when Venus goes direct), you’ll have to be extra careful to choose times when Venus is strong, to compensate for its retrograde weakness.

Now, let’s backtrack a little bit, and talk about some potential Venusian activities. Anything having to do with art, beauty, fashion, and women is of the nature of Venus. If you’re an artist, and your show is opening during this time, to the extent that you can, there are a few days where Venus will be very strong, despite its retrograde status.

Venus also rules sex, pleasure, and partying, so if you’re trying to make your move during Venus retrograde, you will have to be very careful.

First, please don’t do anything until August 9, when Venus returns back into Leo. The few days between August 9 and 12th are particularly auspicious if you’re trying to get some kind of public acclaim or wealth. This is because the Royal fixed star Regulus is at 29° Leo, and Venus will retrograde right over that degree.

Second, it is best if we can take advantage of Venus being in cazimi, or in the heart of the Sun. This is a state where a planet closer than 17.5 minutes in either direction from the Sun is considered extremely strong due to its proximity to the Sun’s life-giving essence. Venus will be in cazimi approximately between 11:45 p.m. GMT on August 17 and 10:45 p.m. GMT on August 18, 2007.

Some Famous People with Venus Retrograde

Tom Hanks, Johannes Brahms, Charles de Gaulle, Jean Luc Godard, Donald Rumsfeld, Cybill Shepherd, Adolf Hitler, Ken Kesey, Charles Lindbergh.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Venus in Leo on June 5, 2007

May 30, 2007 by  

Venus in Leo on June 5, 2007

Venus enters the sign of Leo on June 5. Venus has little strength in Leo, and it is Peregrine for most of the sign. The hot, dry, and barren nature of Leo is rather inimical to Venus, which thrives in a more hospitable and fertile environment, such as Pisces, Libra, and Taurus. Of course, Venus will spend a lot of time in Leo this year, because shortly after its entry into the next sign, Virgo, it will turn retrograde, slowly make its way through Leo, and will finally leave Leo on October 8.

Electional Astrology Advice

Venus’s extended passage through Leo puts many people in a bind this summer, because the planet’s weakness comes at the height of wedding season. I heard that July 7 of this year is a very popular wedding date, and has had venues booked for several years in advance. If the people who insist on getting married on 7/7/07 knew that Venus on that date was peregrine, slow in motion (about to turn retrograde), conjunct Saturn in Leo, and about to enter its fall in Virgo, I imagine they would be somewhat less enthusiastic. It is true that a wedding electional chart does not live or die only by the position of Venus, but there really are much better dates to get married this year.

So where does this leave you, if you want to do something Venusian, like get married, or ask someone out on a date while you are still young? First, make your move before Venus enters Virgo, where it is in its fall. This happens on July 15. Venus in Leo is not great, but Venus in Virgo is downright bad. Second, definitely try to act before the last week of June, if at all possible, because then Venus will apply to conjoin our nasty Saturn in Leo. This is certainly not something you need either in your marriage, or even on a date.

Some Famous People with Venus in Leo

Andy Warhol, Pamela Anderson, Abdul Al-Biruni (famous Arab astrologer of 1000 years ago), Barbara Walters, the Dalai Lama, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Claude Debussy, O. Henry.

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