Using Astrology

The articles in this section are focused on techniques for interpretation and how those techniques are applied. This includes approaches from different types of astrological practice. It also includes questions that astrologers find themselves confronted with when they select a particular technique.

Cover for Tales and Stories by Mary Shelley

By Bernie Ashman 

This short article is focused on the unique ability of Mary Shelley to tell a story with great imagination by thinking out of the box. She was born with her Virgo Sun sign in conjunction to the planet that triggers innovation, Uranus. It gave her a strong mind that did not fear what others might think of her even after publishing a book such as Frankenstein during the 19th century. Uranus is the ruler of her 9th house with the sign Aquarius placed upon its cusp. The 9th house has connections to publishing, education and writing. Both Uranus and Aquarius have an emphasis on independence. Ms Shelley was self-educated early in life and loved making use of her father’s vast library. She said that this is where she found peace of mind.

Born Mary Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was the daughter of the revolutionary feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft (see portrait above), whose powerful treatise, Vindication of the Rights of Woman [pdf version], opened up new avenues of possibility for the education of women at the commencement of the 19th century. Her daughter was one such beneficiary of Wollstonecraft’s desire to reform women’s education, going on to publish the wildly popular novel Frankenstein at the young age of 20. A look at the planetary aspects of Mary Shelley’s natal chart, using the perspective of archetypal astrology, can help illustrate how the archetypal energies correlated with the planets of our solar system were expressed in her personal life and in her writing, with a particular focus on her masterwork, Frankenstein. An analysis of the world transits, and the personal transits they form to Shelley’s natal chart, at the time of the publication of Frankenstein provide further insight into Shelley’s writing.

Maya Angelou

A Fully Engaged Life

MA 1993 300x169If we dare compare ourselves with Maya Angelou, most of us will feel we haven’t done anything with our lives.

Originally Marguerite Annie Johnson, Angelou is remembered today as a poet, occasional playwright and actress who recited and original poem at Bill Clinton’s Inauguration in 1993, the writer of the classic autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that was published in 1970, and the source of many inspirational quotes that find their way on social media. This captures a little of her varied career and a complete life.

Captured memorably in Caged Bird was her being molested and later raped as a child, the resulting trauma and its aftermath — but also coming out on the other side. Almost sixty years ago she expressed the reality of these events to the world, long before many were ready for it.  Sadly, this aspect of her childhood continues to be relevant.

Carol Tebbs gives an overview of techniques covered in the "Moving the Chart Through Time" certificate. Using Chelsea Clinton's chart, she touches on the effect of directions, progressions, transits and eclipses during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Taken during the production of ''Wild Strawberries'' (Smultronstället) (1957)

Ingmar Bergman, the celebrated Swedish film and stage director/writer was one of the most influential auteurs of our age. His artistic explorations of death, illness, faith, betrayal and insanity reflected his own preoccupations. This hyper-sensitive and volatile man also led a tempestuous love life and fathered many children while seeking seclusion. How is all this reflected in his nativity?

Ramana Maharshi

Note: This articles gives an example of a delineation using the sideral zodiac.

Eclipses have always played an important role in human history. They have decided over  battles, over the fate of emperors. In this article I will try to link an eclipse to an enlightenment event, of Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950), the great advaita teacher of India. More than 65 years after his death, he still is an inspiration to many spiritual seekers, in both the east and the west.

The techniques used here are a combination of parans (star and planets at the same time on one of the angles, based on the work of Bernadette Brady) and secondary progressions. One lot, the part of death is used because the event studied is a near or total death experience, resulting in enlightenment and a life dedicated to spreading self-inquiry as a sure technique to self-realisation.

Just as the rock that forms over great lengths of time, by the time the evolutionary journey has advanced to Capricorn’s third quarter position around the zodiacal wheel, the conditioning patterns and the realities it has created have crystallized to such a degree that consciousness is primarily resistant and largely impenetrable. At this latter stage of the twelve-fold cycle, preservation is paramount for the Capricorn archetype.

barack-obama smThe daily countdown to the Presidential election has started in earnest. It's the season of prediction, so of course astrologers are feeling right at home. Since the Presidential Panel in May at UAC 2012 to the latest commentary in blogs, newsletters and the Huffington post, astrologers have used a wide variety of indicators to determine how the candidates will fare. Below I have highlighted a few of the more interesting columns that present a variety of techniques, from modern to ancient, Western to Vedic. Although most predict President Obama will win, no one thinks it is going to be an easy path.