Posted by: Donna Cunningham | April 15, 2014

Temporary Hiatus in Internet and Email Service here. Also a CONTEST!

Hi, Folks, the people in my building received notice from Comcast that there may be up to a week’s interruption in service on both internet and cable, due to the need to do a major rewiring on their equipment.  I MAY not be able to read email, get on the internet, and answer comments or process ebook orders from tomorrow Wednesday, 4/16 through Wednesday, 4/23.

But then again, Comcast may get lucky AND I may get lucky and only be down for a day or so.  I just wanted to let people know in case you’re trying to reach me.

And, no, Mercury is not retrograde.  I’m attributing it to the rather tight Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square.  And/or some weird computer virus. Or, don’t get me started on conspiracy theories.

Are any of you experiencing weird and/or catastrophic computer/internet/electronic difficulties?   Seems like it’s half the people I know, myself included.  Folks, to save yourself major headaches, back up your important files! Seriously!

contest word artOkay, let’s have a contest!  We haven’t done one of those in quite a while. Put your glitch bitches in the comment section, and the two weirdest or funniest or most exasperating stories will win their choice of a prize of a  free  ebook from my collection.  A  consolation prize, literally.   And maybe an honorable mention for the most preposterous. 

Remember, though, I may be off the internet and email, so I can’t determine the winners until I’m back.  The contest cut off date, fittingly, will be 4/23, the day Comcast will have done its repairs. I hope.

An interesting bit of information  fro m NASA Science News for April 14, 2014:  NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/14apr_newmoon/

This is one free newsletter I love hearing from.

Like Arnold Scwarzenegger, I’LL BE BACK.  I just don’t know  for sure when.

 

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | April 5, 2014

Reviews of The Stellium Handbook—AND an Offer for Bloggers!

                                                          

 When my new ebook, The Stellium Handbook, came out, I needed to reach people with stelliums or triple conjunctions with my suggestions on how to make the most of the potential of these high-focus combinations. The major impetus for writing the book was the young generations with challenging stelliums in Capricorn or Aquarius. Their charts have a rare conjunction of Uranus and Neptune, with two to five additional planets in that same sign or house.

Since there are now only two major newsstand astrology magazines, the internet was the best medium to spread the word. My solution was to offer review copies to astrology bloggers. The response has been wonderful, and so have the reviews

 Here are excerpts from some of the reviews, with links to the astrologers’ blogs. They’re a gifted group with much to share!

 From Anne Whitaker: “Master astrologer and writer Donna Cunningham draws on her long and deep experience in astrological and related fields to produce this first ever thorough, in-depth work on stelliums – a very much-needed aid for readers of varying levels of astrological knowledge. Her commitment is to make the book available to everyone with stelliums, not just astrologers or astrology students.

“It is written with Donna’s signature depth, clarity, humour, and compassion. One of her gifts is to be able to be briskly honest and realistic about the most difficult topics, but in such a compassionate, often witty way that the reader feels encouraged rather than squashed by the information provided. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | April 2, 2014

Saturn’s Cycles – The Seven-Year Itch and the Saturn Return

© by Donna Cunningham, MSW

TAGSA cvr 2014 smhe following is an excerpt from Donna’s Cunningham’s classic, An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness, now in a newly updated 2014 ebook edition. Saturn’s complete cycle around the Sun takes 29.4 years. Hard aspects of transiting Saturn to its place in your birth chart (squares and oppositions) take place each seven years. Each 7-year period ends with a new phase of maturing and taking stock of our lives.

At those stages of life, we experience an  “itch” to make more of ourselves and our contribution to the world. The 7-year phases between Saturn aspects to natal Saturn are the normal stress periods of living and growing, which psychologists call normative crises (for example, adolescent turmoil at 14, or moving out on your own at 21). While 21 is popularly considered our coming of age, in reality it’s just an entry-level position into adulthood.

We become true adults at about the age of 28-29, when Saturn has made a complete orbit around the Sun from where it was when we were born. This crucial period is referred to as the Saturn return. At 56-8 years old, we experience the second Saturn Return. These Returns are considered significant milestones in the human cycle of maturing. The person who is 28-30 has now faced most of the challenges of becoming a seasoned adult. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | March 31, 2014

Crucial Information about Preventing Identity Theft.

I received this by email this morning, and felt it was very important to pass along.  Identity theft can be ruinous and take years to overcome, because your information would be passed along  via the internet to networks of identity thieves.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT  “PASS ALONG”

ATTORNEY’s ADVICE on Preventing Identity Theft  (Number 7 is the most important) Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:

1. Do not sign  the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘PHOTO ID REQUIRED.’ 

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,  DO  NOT put the complete  account number on the ‘For’ line. Instead, just put the  last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won’t have access to it.

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never  have your  SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine . Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.  I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards. In case your luggage is lost, take another list in your carry on bag, especially if you are abroad and need immediate access to those numbers. Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | March 27, 2014

My Conference and Lecture Schedule for 2014

Those in the British Isles or Continental Europe may want to know about the Summer Skies Astrology Conference May 15-16, 2014, followed by a special Student Conference, May 17-18 focused on the needs of beginning to intermediate students.

I will be lecturing via Skype on Sunday afternoon the 18th, and my topic will be The Capricorn Stellium Generation. Here’s the description: Every child born during parts of 1988–90 has a superconjunction of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – an event that happened last in 1307. These births had as many as seven Capricorn planets. In this talk, discover how the Uranus–Pluto square is complicating the usual challenges of young adulthood.

See the brochure online: here: <http://www.astroconference.com/SSASC%20Brochure%20web.pdf>

Online Booking: <http://www.mayoastrology.com/conference.htm

In Mid-November, The International Academy of Astrology is holding its 3rd International online conference, Breaking Down the Borders -3. Cyber conferences are held entirely online, so that you don’t have hotel or travel expenses and can relax in the comfort of your own home. My lecture on The Capricorn Stellium will be at 8:00 PM EST on Friday, November 14.

To see the full program and schedule please visit the website at: www.astrologyconference.org.

 And a reminder: Kepler College is currently sponsoring a series of 6 lectures about writing for an astrology market, each session taught by a different published author. It’s held on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT) Students will receive handouts and a recording of the workshop. If you cannot attend on Saturdays, you can still learn from the course, because you’ll get a recording of the session and a copy of the handouts that appear on the screen at the lecture. The sessions are individually priced at $39.00. Although the series has already begun, you can still register for individual sessions.

My lecture is on April 12, 2014: Self-Publishing: eBooks, Blogs & Newsletters – Donna Cunningham

 A very practical session to attend for those who blog or have newsletters would be this one on creating current astrology forecasts: April 25, 2014: Writing for a Weekly or Monthly Audience – Jeff Jawer

Read about the series and register here: Starting March 15: By popular demand – Writing for the Astrology Market.

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | March 24, 2014

Positive Perfectionism versus Pernicious Perfectionism

©3-24-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

We’ve had a lively and productive discussion in the comment section of the recent post about Pluto in Capricorn and pernicious perfectionism. I’d like to share some of our insights with those of you who missed it. One reader described it vividly when she wrote that the level of snobbery and rushing to judgment in the world at large is soul-killing. Several noted that their own surge of perfectionism has their work stalled.

Others thought I was focusing on the negative qualities of Pluto and Capricorn to the exclusion of such positive ones as transformation, healing, and regeneration. It’s true that my frustration at the pain this is causing in the world at large might not have been balanced. (What rant is? Show me someone who can rant and be fair at the same time, and I’ll bow to their superiority.)

My aim–when I’m not on a soapbox–is usually to describe both the positive and the less constructive traits of a planet’s placement so that people know that, given conscious awareness, they can make wise choices. Below are the pluses and minuses we can find in combining Pluto with Capricorn. Mix and match the qualities of the sign and planet to see how you might be using it.

 

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©3-22-14 by Donna Cunningham MSW

Pernicious perfectionism—doesn’t that have a ring to it? It rings, all right, but not the kind of bell you want to hear in the midst of trying to present your work to the world in a positive light. More like a warning bell, perhaps, or a closing bell. The Miriam Webster Dictionary defines pernicious as destructive or deadly, but often in a covert way that is not readily observed.

One of the more grating qualities of transiting Pluto in perfectionistic Capricorn that I notice often is a sort of snobbish—no, wait, I mean snotty—perfectionism and rush to judgment. If something a person does or offers isn’t a state-of-the-art in presentation or operation, it’s summarily dismissed without trying to absorb the material.

It’s like attending to the Oscars in a dress that’s off the rack because you can’t afford a designer dress, and being snubbed, despite the fact that you’ve turned in a brilliant performance that got you nominated. And then Joan Rivers mocks you on Fashion Police. Read More…

If you’re interested in learning to write for an astrological audience or to improve on your articles or newsletters, there’s a 6-week course beginning March 15 at Kepler College’s online site. Last year, astrologers responded to a Kepler survey about workshops they wished were available. The two questions on writing and publishing came out on top. So they asked six published authors to present a series of workshops that cover the entire process of writing for publication.

Each session is presented by a different astrological author, and it covers the field in great detail. (My session, on April 12th, is about self-publishing through blogs, newsletters, or ebooks.) You can sign up for the whole course OR individual sessions that catch your fancy.

Read about it here: Starting March 15: By popular demand – Writing for the Astrology Market. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 20, 2014

How Have You Grown from Saturn in Scorpio’s Transits?

freddy feedburmer cartoonFirst of all, I want to apologize for the triple posting of the post on Venus-Saturn aspects. It wasn’t my doing, it’s some sort of weird glitch that originates in Feedburner.

(Feedburner is the company that manages the subscription list for WordPress and sends out new posts by email to subscribers.)

Every now and then, it takes it upon itself to reissue one of my posts from as long as three years ago—just, apparently, at random. I have no idea why it does it. (Between you and me, I think Feedburner is losing it. Infrastructure decay, perhaps? Cyber-senility?)

I put up the original post a couple months back. Several days ago, Feedburner sent it out to my subscribers again. Then yesterday, it sent it out again. Sorry, Folks. Wish I could say it won’t happen again  Any other bloggers have this experience?

Back to Saturn in Scorpio. In the last post, we  looked at the chart of Olympic skating champion, Charlie White, who won an Olympic gold medal and several US and World championships while Saturn has been transiting his Scorpio stellium.

In the comment section of the article were several reports about the progress people have made during important Saturn transits to their Scorpio planets. I don’t know about you, but I’d sure like to hear more of those stories. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 18, 2014

Transiting Saturn in Scorpio Takes Skating Champ to Olympic Gold

©2-17-2014 by Donna Cunningham MSW

For the past two months, I’ve been very busy on a project of revising and updating five of my e-books. I’m  close to finishing it up, and so I wanted to share something I found interesting and hopeful about Saturn’s transit through Scorpio.

Many of you have had some tough situations to deal with during the time Saturn has been in that sign. I can’t exactly say I’ve enjoyed it either. But there are people who do very well under transits from Saturn. Even in Scorpio. And this morning, I watched a figure skater with a stellium of five planets in Scorpio win an Olympic gold medal. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | January 16, 2014

My Podcast on the Capricorn Stellium Generation

Tomorrow, Friday January 16th at 11:00 AM Eastern, Chris Flisher will be airing an interview he did with me on his  program, Turning of the Wheel.  We’re discussing the Capricorn Stellium generation. You’ll be able to hear it here at that time: The Millenials ~ A Special GenerationIf you can’t tune in then, it will be available afterwards through this link:  View The Archives.

handbookcvrsm Find out more about the book here: Finally, The Stellium Handbook is Here!

 See a sampler of the  book here:  Stellium Handbook Sampler. You can also download information about the extraordinary Saturn-Uranus-Neptune superconjunction that appears in the charts of people born with a Capricorn stellium in 1988-89 here: Capricorn Stellium Fact Sheet-Donna Cunningham.

 And see my invitation to Astrology bloggers here: Review Copies of The Stellium Handbook for those with Astrology Blogs or Newsletters

 My thanks to Chris for helping me get the word out to more of the Capricorn Stellium Generation.

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | January 10, 2014

2014 Ephemeris

Hi, Folks.  You won’t believe this–because I halfway don’t believe it myself–but I’m already writing another book.  I had the idea to pull together an essay collection of my articles in The Mountain Astrologer and on’re this blog about vocational astrology.  Easy, breezy.  But it’s already clear that it’s going to be way more than that.  Vocational astrology was always one of my specialties, and there aren’t that many books in print on the subject.  So, the game is afoot!

Meantime, I decided this morning that I needed an ephemeris  of the transiting planets for 2014, and used Solar Fire’s ephemeris generating function to create it.  One thing I like about it is that it shows clearly the points where the planets are stationary and turning either retrograde or direct.  Then it occurred to me that you might need it too.   So here it is– twice a month positions of Jupiter through Pluto. (If you’re onsite at Skywriter, click where it says read more. ) I hope we all use it wisely to guide ourselves through the coming year.  All the best for 2014!  Donna Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | January 6, 2014

Free Offerings to Astrology Lovers

Donna Cunningham’s Free Offerings gift-stars

The downloadable files on this page are a gift to you, and you may pass them along to others as you like, so long as you say where it came from and Donna’s copyright is maintained.

New To Astrology? Here’s an 11-page Glossary of Astrology Terms 2014-Cunningham including a page with the astrological symbols, showing the connections between signs, houses, and planets: TBL-Astrological Symbols for the Signs and Planets.

Free Astrological Advice: Donna doesn’t do chart consultations now or comment on charts on this blog, but you can get advice from Eileen McCabe, a seasoned professional astrologer with a Masters’ degree in social work by writing to the advice column at Dell Horoscope Magazine at dmclafferty@dellmagazines.net. Send your date, time (including AM/PM), and place of birth and describe your situation. If your letter is chosen, you’ll be notified. Read more about the column here: Astrological Advice.

Subscriber’s Bonus: If you are a subscriber, you are eligible for a copy of Donna’s 44-page e-booklet Mothers, Daughters, and the Moon. If you want to subscribe, go to the box at the top right hand corner of the page.  To be eligible for the booklet, forward the email confirmation that new subscribers get or an email notifying you about a recent Skywriter post to moonmave@spiritone.com.  Read about the booklet here: FREE BOOKLET FOR SKYWRITER SUBSCRIBERS!

Transit Tracker:  This one-page reference summarizes the transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto from 1990-2020. Print it out and use it to look back on past transits and to look forward for the next few years. Download it here: HO-transit trackingtable-1990-2020. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 27, 2013

Compare your Life to your Famous AstroTwin—Is there a Parallel?

©12-27-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Birthday starBack in 1969, when I was teaching my first astrology classes in the East Village of New York City, one of my students was a ballerina. She brought a chart to class for me to comment on—the chart of her ballet troupe leader, Eliot Feld.

I was astonished to discover that he was my astrotwin, since I yearned to dance as a child but am so clumsy that I can’t dance a step without tripping over myself. We were both born on July 5, 1942. I’ve gotten vicarious pleasure out of following his career over the years, as he’s become an international celebrity in his field.

This summer I was rather worried about my future, as it will unfold during a rather long segment of the transiting Pluto-Uranus square. Transiting Pluto will be opposite my Sun and squaring my Moon and Midheaven, while transiting Uranus will cross over my Moon and Midheaven while squaring my Sun .

Since he was born considerably earlier than I was that day, the Sun and Moon are also in earlier degrees. I decided to look him up on the internet to see how he’s doing physically and how his career is going.  Turns out he’s doing quite well on both counts! That was reassuring.

You’ll learn about our charts plus how to find your own famous astrotwins below. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 15, 2013

Readers’ Favorite SkyWriter Articles for 2013

 When I publish a post, I never really know what will appeal to my readers. Fortunately, deep in the heart of WordPress is a summary of how many times a visitor clicks on any given article.  Today I looked to see which articles have been Readers’ favorites this year. Some of them surprise me, and some of them were published several years ago and still speak to Readers.

If you’re new to Skywriter, you may have  missed some of them, so here are links:

7 Secrets You May not Know about the 12th House
Planetary Tests
The Midheaven in Synastry—Meaningful Career Connections
How to Bond with an Aquarian Woman
Things You May Not Know about The 5th House and Children
How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score!
Four Big Things You May Not Know about Stelliums
Why Mercury Retrograde is a Good Thing–Its Helpful Uses
Why Cancer Isn’t a Popular Sign
Venus-Saturn Aspects—Waiting for Love
A Sensitive Guide to Planets in the 12th   House—Guest Blog
How Strong is your Saturn? Here’s the Score!
How Strong is your Sun? Here’s the Score!
How Strong is your Moon? Here’s the Score!
Full Houses vs. Empty Houses in your Chart—What   to Expect

shareit-stickyMany of these favorites have lively discussions going on in the comment section, so if you’d like to  see what they’re saying and join in, scroll down beneath the article.

Skywriter has a collection of over 600 articles on a variety of astrological and metaphysical subjects.  You can find a list, sorted by topic, and with live links that take you to the ones you want to read here:  1-Articles Index Skywriter 1-2013.

2014 is coming soon, and I hope it will be a better year for all of us.

Donna says: The following is an excerpt from Amanda Owen’s forthcoming book Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe. (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014).  Thanks to what I learned from Amanda’s earlier book, The Power of Receiving, I was happy to accept a complimentary copy of the new one. 

I was glad I did. It’s as powerfully  helpful and easy to read as her earlier book.  So many people–myself included–are good at giving to others but find it uncomfortable to be on the receiving end.  This excerpt from Born to Receive is printed here with the permission.  Please contact Amanda before reprinting it elsewhere.

ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT AND ACCEPT IT WHEN IT’S OFFERED

(c)2013, A Guest Post by Amanda Owen

Do you ask for help only after you have exhausted what you can do by yourself? You are not alone. In our pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps society, asking for help is, for many people, a last resort option. Yet, while you may feel it is undignified to ask a fellow human being for help, do you feel perfectly comfortable asking God, the Universe, or a Higher Power for help?

Perhaps we should designate one day of the week as “Ask a Mortal Day” so that we remember that we are all in this together and that being helped is as natural and as important as helping others. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s Astrology Chart, Died 12/5/2013

Folks, I am very rushed today, trying to make headway on some important long-neglected business, but thought you might like to look at and work with the chart of Nelson Mandela, a great man and world figure whose most important contribution to the world was an end to apartheid.  He died peacefully yesterday at the age of 95.  There have been conflicting reports on his birth.  Read about his data and life at AstroDataBank and see a rectified chart here: Mandela, Nelson.

I’ll leave the comment section open so you can share your insights with each other. Here’s an earlier Skywriter  article you may find interesting: Morgan Freeman and Nelson Mandela—Are their Charts Alike?

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 5, 2013

Hear Podcast Interviews with Favorite Astrology Speakers

My brilliant young friend, Kent Bye, regularly attends astrology conferences and interviews speakers who intrigue him. His sites contain those recorded interviews. Below you’ll find links to a selection of interviews with astrologers like Steven Forrest, Rick Levine, Demetra George, Robert Hand, Chris Breenan, Jeff Jawer, and more.

The main list is here: http://www.engagedheart.com/astrology. There are dozens of more interviews in the process of being added to his sound cloud. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 2, 2013

Venus-Saturn Aspects—Good Qualities You Wouldn’t Suspect

©2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSWaspectscvrsm

 Note: For an Astrology student, mastering aspects like the conjunction, square, trine, or opposition is an important step forward in analyzing a chart with confidence and skill. 

Aspects to a planet can override the nature of the sign it is in.  For instance, a conjunction to the Sun from one of the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto) can make you less like your Sun sign than the sign the outer planet rules. Uranus conjunct the Sun can give you some of the qualities of Aquarius; Neptune conjunct the Sun can make you seem like a Pisces; and Pluto conjunct the Sun can make people swear you’re a Scorpio.

The following is an excerpt from Astrological Aspects: The Building Blocks of Chart Interpretation, my ebooklet that includes step-by-step guidance in interpreting all the major aspects and some of the lesser known ones. Ordering information below. I’ve chosen Venus-Saturn aspects here as an example, but the book uses different pairs of planets as examples of each aspect.

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Hi, Folks, I’m  working hard to get the word out about my new astrology/self-help ebook, The Stellium Handbook.   There hasn’t been a book on stelliums until now, but the need is becoming urgent.

Due to a 50-year series of outer planet conjunctions in the signs Virgo through Aquarius and a continual growth in the world population, there are possibly more people alive with stelliums or triple conjunctions based on the outer  planets than ever before.

These people with the outer planets emphasized have an enormous potential to make a difference in our world, but many of them struggle with the considerable challenges of a stellium lifestyle. To reach more people with stelliums and to alert the astrologers who serve them, I am offering review copies of the book to astrologers with blogs or newsletters.

I’m especially concerned with the young people born in the late 1980s to early 1990s with Capricorn stelliums–millions of them around the globe. They’re now beginning to come to astrologers’ consultation rooms with pressing questions about their careers, relationships, and where they fit into society, made more of a challenge given their difficult outer planet placements.

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Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 21, 2013

A Farewell to Medium, Psychic, and Best-Selling Author, Sylvia Browne

I’m swamped with business about my newly-published ebook, The Stellium Handbook, but couldn’t resist reporting on this event. I thought many of you might be fans of Sylvia Brown, the famous American medium.  She worked as a medium, psychic, author, and lecturer for almost 60 years, starting very young. As noted in AstroDataBank, according to her autobiography, she was born October 19, 1936 at 2:00 PM in Kansas City,  MO.  She died November 20, 2013 at 7:10 AM.  See her chart below. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 11, 2013

Finally, The Stellium Handbook is Here!

handbookcvrsm ©11-11-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

As my regular readers know, I have been largely absent from the blogosphere for the past two years because of devoting myself to exploring, teaching, and writing about stelliums.

My goal has been to write an astrology/self-help book on this subject that could be equally easy to read for newcomers, astrology students, and professional astrologers. Today, the book is finally being released, and is available here.

To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever written a book about stelliums, and, as a result, they’ve remained something of a mystery. It’s crucial to understand them now because we’re in an era when an uncommon number of people have stelliums or triple conjunctions.

The most  potent stelliums occur under conjunctions of the slower-moving planets—Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto—because they correspond to major social, economic, and political changes that leave an impact on those born under them.

The slow-moving planets stand conjunct in the sky infrequently because of their long orbits around the Sun, but over the past 50 years, there have been an unusual series of them concentrated in consecutive signs.

Because of this series, there are possibly more people alive today with stelliums than ever before. The world population has continually increased over the past few centuries and is estimated to have reached 8 billion by the end of 2012.

A series of slow-moving conjunctions formed cores of stelliums in the signs Virgo through Aquarius between 1960 and 2010. We’ll explore those conjunctions–and the effects of the stellium’s sign and house. We’ll consider the gifts, strengths, and challenges of each planet in the group.

Here are some features you’ll find: Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 10, 2013

A Treasure Trove of Articles about Combining Flower Essences and Astrology

I just heard from an astrologer who, like myself, feels that the flower essences (also known as flower remedies) are a great addition to the services astrologers offer their clients. In addition to my ebook on flower essences, I sent her a list of a great many articles on how to combine them with astrology. Then I thought, why not share that list with Skywriter readers as well? You’ll find the links below. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 3, 2013

Doomed by a 12th House Stellium? Think Again!

©11-3-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

As I put the final touches on my new book on stelliums, I came across a mind-boggling example. As you’ll see in the chart below, this man has a stellium of five planets in the 12th house, including Uranus, Neptune, the Sun, Venus, and Mercury. Looking at a combination like that, what do you think an astrologer would have told his mother about his birth chart?

 Oh, incidentally, this fellow was born with all his arms and legs missing. So you could say he is both astrologically and physically challenged.

Here are some of the disheartening things you might hear about his 12th house planets if you listened to a traditional fatalistic, negative astrologer:

  •  With Uranus there, he’d be unconventional and rebellious in a self-defeating way.
  • With the Sun there, he’d lack self-confidence and never get to truly shine.
  • With Mercury there, he might lack communication skills, probably stutter.
  • With Venus there, he’d never find a happy relationship, but instead pick losers.
  • With Neptune there, he’d be crippled/addicted/alcoholic/criminal.

Luckily, his mom didn’t go to an astrologer. She did a superb job of raising him to rise above his disabilities and become all he could be. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 30, 2013

Broke but Need Good Astrological Advice? Here’s how to Get It.

©10-28-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

I know times are hard, and with the Pluto-Uranus square nearing exactness again, many of you are trying to figure out what’s happening in your chart and how best to deal with these difficult transits. I’m retired from doing chart consultations for a number of years in order to write. I’d been the advice columnist for Dell Horoscope Magazine for almost 20 years, but the October column was my last one.

I wanted to be sure that my readers would have quality advice from an experienced astrologer with psychological credentials, so I lobbied for my long-time colleague and friend, Eileen McCabe, to replace me. Thankfully, the editors of Dell were equally impressed with her as I was, and now she writes the Astrology at Work column. I feel very good about leaving my longtime readers in her capable hands.

Eileen’s background is very similar to mine. She has a Master’s degree in social work and decades of experience as an astrologer. In addition, she has been a social worker in the junior high division of the New York City public schools for many years, so she is especially knowledgeable about teenagers and their difficulties.

Eileen is very special. She is intelligent and articulate, and is calm and well grounded in working with people in crisis. She’s compassionate and caring, and yet gives honest, common sense advice.  Read More…

(c)10-28-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Hi, Readers,  I’m in the finishing stages of my new book on stelliums. I’m using the current Mercury retrograde period to do one last polish of the entire book. That’s a perfect use of the eagle eye and pointed pen of the Mercury-Saturn conjunction that will be in effect during most of this retrograde period and at least a week after it turns direct.

As my regular readers know, I’m not usually over-concerned about Mercury Retrograde, but I do take into account the long, slow aspects Mercury forms during that time. This one is tougher than usual, however, and so I’m more inclined than usual to advise caution.  Be especially careful of what you say during this time.  Mercury in Scorpio can represent sharp-tongued comments that wound and can never be unsaid–or forgotten. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 5, 2013

Saturn Transiting the 6th: Tests and Lessons at Work

©2013 by guest blogger, Larry Schwimmer

 The following is an excerpt from “What the Hell Is Going On in My Life?” – Using Your Birthdate to Find Answers About Relationships, Career, Money, Sex & Health. The author, Larry Schwimmer, is an experienced businessman as well as an astrologer, and he has also written three books of practical career advice. In his astrology writing, including his regular column at Huffington Post, he excels at conveying astrological information in simple, accessible language. One great technique he uses throughout the book is showing the reader how to create what he calls an “astro action plan.”

The excerpt below is posted with permission of the publisher. This is from his chapter on the 6th house, which includes transits from all the slower-moving planets:

 Saturn’s transit through your 6th will affect you in your work life. This will be a time of tests and lessons in your daily job, where you may feel overwhelmed with considerable responsibility. No matter how much energy you expend, it doesn’t seem to be enough.

Expect that Saturn’s influence will result in your having to work harder than normal, requiring you to be more organized and find more efficient methods to accomplish your goals. “Necessity is the mother of invention.” So, if you have much to do, Saturn’s message is to come up with more innovative ways of accomplishing your tasks. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 26, 2013

Things You May Not Know about Conjunctions

©9-26-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Readers, I miss you and really miss blogging, but these days, rather than blogging, I am slogging through the final chapters of The Stellium Handbook. I’m in the midst of writing not one but two chapters on conjunctions, and thought you might enjoy a short sample.

conjunction-siamesetwins-sm-a2dA conjunction is a potent connection (called an aspect) between two planets in which the planets stand close together and blend their energies. It usually only involves one sign and one house of an astrology chart, although the two planets sometimes straddle houses or signs.

The orb (number of degrees apart) for a conjunction is officially 8°. When there’s a question as to whether the aspect is too wide, I describe the way the two planets work together to clients to see if they relate to it. It’s often working at 10°, even when one of them is a slow-moving outer planet.

With a conjunction, it’s difficult to get a separate perspective on the parts of you that either planet symbolizes. When Mars and Jupiter are conjunct, for instance, the need for action that Mars represents and the desire to expand that Jupiter represents are merged. This suggests someone who is a dynamo with an insatiable appetite for experiences in the areas of life related to the conjunction’s house position. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 16, 2013

The Chart of Machu Picchu’s Discovery!

©9-16-13 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

machu-picchuThanks to all my Readers who made the Buy One Get One ebook sale such a success. (The sale continues until the 20th, and you can read about it here: Final Week on Donna’s B.O.G.O. SALE–Buy an Ebook, Get One Free.)

As you may have guessed from my recent post about the mummies of Peru, the Incans and Pre-Incans are a long-time fascination of mine.

I recently found an entertaining and informative book about the trek of Hiram Bingham, the explorer who was the first modern-day Westerner to discover Machu Picchu, the site of an Incan royal city in the Andes. The city is thought to have been built in about 1450.

In his 2012 New York Times best-seller, Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Mark Adams alternates between Bingham’s account of his quest to find the lost city and Adam’s own parallel journey on foot, under the same rugged, demanding, and often dangerous conditions.

The author notes that Hiram Bingham arrived at that site on July 24, 1911 at around noon, after leaving for this last leg of the journey at 10:07 AM. (P.176 of Adams’ book.) Bingham kept meticulous notes and photographed everything, so the time of just past noon was accurate. Could any astrologer resist the temptation to erect a chart for that time? Not this one! You can see it below. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 2, 2013

Something to Help You Believe that Prayer Works

For the past month,  I have been waiting and anticipating a landmark in Skywriter’s history–my 600th post. I had no idea what it would be, but hoped it would be something special.  This is it! Number 600! Thank you to all my readers–I have truly loved sharing with you these past few years.

 This came in the email this morning, when I was feeling pretty low. I hope it helps any of you out there that are feeling low, too.

THIS WILL TRULY LIFT  YOU UP SPIRITUALLY. Read More…

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