SOL-LUNAR THREE-PEATS – A NEW VIEW OF LUNAR CYCLES
The Sun and Moon are the only “planets” that don’t go Retrograde. But between them, they traverse the same territory three times in a lunar cycle, presenting opportunities for three stages of development or of events. We’ll examine the phenomenon of repetition in natal charts (the lunation cycle in which one is born), by transit, and in progressions (where this technique really shines!) and lunar returns.
THE VERTEX – COSMIC APPOINTMENTS
In the western sky a “secondary descendant” called the Vertex (symbol: V or Vx) shows the involvement of others in one’s life – with a quality of “beyond one’s control.” Janet’s been keeping an eye on the V in the sky since the late ’70s and will share her findings, drawing upon numerous examples from her chart files and the lives of famous people. She’ll illustrate the significance of the Vertex’s natal house position and aspects, and influences associated with progressions or transits to or from this important chart point, which is active in many accident and event charts, and serves as a great tool in synastry.
RETROGRADES – TIME TO REVIEW AND RE-DO
All but 9% of the population are born with at least one planet in apparent backward (retrograde) motion. Most of us have a need to relearn lessons in certain areas as presented by these retrograde planets. In addition, each transiting planet (with the exception of the Sun and Moon) retrogrades on a regular basis bringing us opportunities to review and re-do. In this lecture, Janet will examine the meanings of the retrograde planets, natally and by progression and transits, the impact of the degrees where direction of motion changes (“stations”) and how to work with the aspects made during the retrograde periods. She will share her ‘Retrograde Calendar,” which she developed in 1986, as a handy one-page tool for gathering important transit information.
THE FINGER OF GOD – A DIVINE DETOUR
Sometimes the planets form a triangle pattern called the Finger of God (also known as a Yod), showing areas in our life where we detour off the path we think we’re consciously choosing. We’re not sure if God is pointing the way or showing us a different finger! Janet explains the main component of such triangles, an aspect of mismatched energies called the quincunx or inconjunct. Using famous examples as well as the charts submitted by participants, we’ll explore ways to get the best out of the combinations of signs. (Note: not all charts have this pattern.)
Eris, the newest addition to the solar system set, is a dwarf planet far out past Pluto named for the sister of Mars. We’ll look at its mythological roots, chart examples from the famous and infamous, and its implications in mundane astrology and modern history. For instance, it seems to play a part in women’s issues. This lecture does not present definitive research but rather ideas and speculation about interpretation. Attendees can bring their charts and offer input.
FOLLOW THE RULER
With so much to look at in charts and forecasting, it’s easy to drown in details. Going back to the basics can be very revealing! Using chart data provided by participants (their own or those of people they want to study), we’ll follow the rulers of the Sun and Rising signs to see high and low points indicated by progressions (birth chart updates) and transits (influences from the planets in motion).
HINTS OF OUR PAST LIVES
The South node is suspected of telling us about our past lives and relationships, so of course we’ll examine this important chart point by sign, by house and by aspect. But what other clues do we have to your prior incarnations? We’ll take a peak at Astro *Carto*Graphy and geodetic degrees, and we’ll look beyond the astrological arena to some possibly surprising but revealing suggestions.
THE HEAVENLY CHEMISTRY OF SYNASTRY
What is the magic that brings a couple together and the glue that holds them in a relationship? SYN is Greek for together; ASTR = the stars. Janet examines the stars together of two charts, usually for two people, but also useful for families, groups, and pets and their owners. Using numerous example charts, we’ll cover the indications of personal planets and chart points in relationships, as well as how to use techniques of chart comparison, including composite charts. We’ll touch on the time of the first encounter, the Vertex and the Arabic “Part of Marriage.” Janet will share the surprising findings of statistical studies of couples’ charts done by the AstroInvestigators, research in which she assisted as part of Alphee Lavoie’s group.