Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 21, 2014

Travel Alert—No Security Guards at Many Baggage Claim Areas!

(c)10-21-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 I heard an item on last night’s local news about the many airports around the country that have discontinued the security guards at baggage claim areas in order to cut costs. No employee looks at the baggage claim checks any more here in Portland, or in Seattle or many large cities around the country. There are gangs who walk in off the street, pick luggage off the wheel, and walk out with it.

Those with black suitcases or other common types that come through baggage claims by the hundreds are especially at risk because the thief can easily say it was a mistake. You’re advised to pack anything valuable into your carryon luggage and, once you land, to hurry to the baggage claim area. If traveling for the holidays, don’t pack gifts in your luggage, and if possible, send them ahead by mail.

Still another reason air travel has become far too difficult for the likes of me!

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 2, 2014

Pluto’s a Planet Again! Now We Can Breathe Easy!

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Were you, like me, perturbed when Pluto was demoted from planet status several years back?  I mean, what were we supposed to do about Scorpio, and what if Pluto was one of the strongest features in our charts?  What about Pluto transits that kicked us in the keister on the way to transformation? And how were we going to explain it to our clients?

It just didn’t make sense somehow to dismiss Pluto’s role in astrology when its expressions were so hard to ignore. (Here’s the backstory: Planet or Not—Pluto IS Powerful! )

Well, there’s good news today. Astronomers have reconsidered. (Who made them God in the first place?) And now Pluto is back on the rolls. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 29, 2014

Announcing My New Ebook Collection of Astrology Articles!

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Dear Readers,  Today I’m releasing New Insights into the Astrology Chart, a collection of 25 articles on various facets of the horoscope. This month began with a spectacularly huge Super Moon, the largest in a series this year.

It was also the Harvest Moon, the autumn Full Moon that marks a time of harvesting crops and preserving them for long-term use. It couldn’t have been more a more fitting time to add the finishing touches to this book, because its purpose is to harvest articles published over the years in The Mountain Astrologer and here on Skywriter.

These readers’ favorites are now preserved for many years to come. To learn more about the book, download a sampler of its contents here: Sampler–New Insights-Cunningham

Each essay stands alone and is related to those around it only by virtue of the fact that they all arise out of my personal perspective on the horoscope and my 45 years of astrological practice. In my ongoing series for intermediate students, “Essential Elements of Chart Interpretation,” The Mountain Astrologer has provided a rewarding venue for examining single chart features in depth 

I’d also like to acknowledge Skywriter’s readers for their enthusiastic participation in our exchanges on various topics. We were able to collect valuable examples of how natal chart features and transits manifest in life experience, and some of our insights are reflected in this collection.

The ebook will ordinarily be $15, through PayPal or a check or money order drawn on a US bank. However, see the special introductory offer below.  (For instructions on how to pay by check, write to me at  This ebook can be viewed on laptops and 10″ tablets, but not yet on Kindle or iPhones.

 Astanal 2014 cvr smNote: If you like this ebook, you might also enjoy my earlier essay collection, Astrological Analysis: Select Topics in Chart Interpretation. Download a sampler here: Sampler–2014 Astrological Analysis and order here: My Books.

 That ebook is also $15, but if you order both collections at the same time between now and October 11, the special price for the pair would be $25, rather than $30.

What’s next?  Believe it or not, I have another whole collection of essays waiting in line to be written, this time about vocational astrology.

I’m actually excited about the upcoming Mercury retrograde period  (October 4th-25th), because I’ll start pulling those articles together to see what I’ve already got and what needs to be added.  One thing I know will be added is a process of how to analyze your own vocational houses and other career aspects, plus more about career crossroads in our lives.

(As a writer, I cherish Mercury Rx periods as times to go back over my work and refine it.  See: Mercury Retrograde Projects–Use the Energy to your Advantage and  Enough with the Mercury Retrograde Hysteria!.)

Do you ever wonder whether books have natal charts and transits?  I believe the release date and time is the birth chart of the book, while the chart of the moment you actually started writing the book is like a conception chart.

The electional chart for today’s release has some terrific aspects:  a Grand Trine in Fire consisting of:

  • The Moon and Mars in Sag in the 10th conjunct the Midheaven, a potent position
  • Trining Uranus in Aries in the 2nd
  • Trining Jupiter in Leo, which is in the 6th but on the Descendant also, and thus very strong.

(Sure there are some difficult aspects too, but I don’t want to wait forever for a perfect chart. We’re in very trying times and no current chart is without tough, long-lasting outer planet aspects.)   The launch time is 5:00 PM, PDT on September 29th,  2014, in Portland, OR, and, yes, I still use Placidus houses.

Readers, you’re invited to share your observations on this chart or on electional charts in general in the comment section below.





Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 15, 2014

Love Mysteries? Here are two Free Astrology-Based Mystery Novels!

Free Mystery Novels: My two mystery novels are now  free e-books!

These two novels chronicle the adventures of astrologer, Jillian Malone, and Tarot reader, Robert Pierce, friends who–under duress–leave New York City and move to Port Townsend, Washington, to work on a psychic hotline. The astrological charts of major characters are shown in the book, and they work–even by transit!

Download a copy  of Hotline to Heaven here: hotlinetoheaven07.  And the sequel, Angel in Peril here: Mystery-angelinperil.

For more free offerings here on Skywriter,  go to the Free section on the tool bar: Free and to learn about more of my ebooks, go to My Books.

COMING IN TWO WEEKS:  My latest ebook,  New Insights into the Astrology Chart, a collection of 25 essays on various facets of chart interpretation.

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 31, 2014

Neptune and the Cosmic Soup–How Psychic Contagion Depletes Us

©8-31-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Note: This blog article was originally posted in 2009, but current world conditions are so worrisome and the headlines so relentlessly bad that I thought you might find it helpful to see again.

If you went out shopping, came home anxious, depressed, or angry, and couldn’t shake it for hours, then while you were out, you may have had a hefty helping of what I call the Cosmic Soup.

The Cosmic Soup is the energy of the Collective, an immersion into the field that surrounds the earth and all the Beings on it. It contains the Spirit but also the emotions—good and bad—of everyone around you and of the world at large. In short, it’s the very essence of Neptune.

The current batch of Soup has been split-pea level or thicker in recent months, since we’re in a phase when Neptune is very strong. That’s because transiting Neptune is in Pisces, its own sign—and will be there for a total of 14 years. That pot has been bubbling on the back burner since 2012, but it’s served up in huge tureens during times when we’re more open and vulnerable.

There’s both good news and bad news for those of us who’ve entered the Cosmic Soup through a period of a spiritual growth and psychic awakening of the sort that often accompanies a Neptune transit. The good news is that you come to experience moments of knowing that all of us are one with All That Is.

The bad news is that you soak up more of the collective turmoil during trying intervals like these past several months. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, empathic people can be deeply affected by it. If you have any current issues of your own that collide with the Cosmic turbulence, exposure to other people’s suffering is bound to intensify your own emotional turmoil.

Are YOU Susceptible to Being Immersed in the Cosmic Soup? Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 12, 2014

Robin William’s Two Astrology Charts—Only One Makes Sense

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 A reader wrote this morning and asked, “Would you be willing to elaborate in your blog on the issue of predicting suicide in charts that are so heavily impacted by this year’s astrology in light of Robin Williams’ suicide? I think his death has torn up half the world, and shocked us all. I would love to hear your comments, as opposed to what else I’m seeing out there in the astrological section of the web.”

I’ve been devastated by these events and haven’t had the heart to venture out onto the web, but it’s easy to imagine what she might have encountered in the blogosphere. Unfortunately, there are astrologers who glory in the negativity and get a thrill out of making astrological interpretations that are terrifying to people whose chart or loved ones’ charts have related natal or transiting aspects.

Back in June, Liz Howell created a guest post here about the charts of several young men who committed massacres and then killed themselves. Eventually, there were so many comments that reveled in the negativity and speculated on its origins that Liz and I agreed to delete the post and the comments. (Eventually, I put up some posts on the ethics of the situation, and on predicting suicide—see the links at the end of this post.)

I find myself not wanting to put up this post or to open the comment section because it would be disturbing—and infuriating—to get comments like those.

I feel such a compassion for this man whose work so many  of us have loved for decades. Having worked in mental health settings and seen non-medicated manic people in action, I believe he was bipolar (manic depressive), as his comedy was wildly manic and because he struggled often with a deep, bleak depression.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | July 26, 2014

Counseling Principles for Astrologers—2014 Expanded Edition!

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 Today’s New Moon conjunct Jupiter in Leo seems like a great day to announce the release of the new, expanded edition of my classic ebook, Counseling Principles for Astrologers: Becoming an Effective Change Agent. 

It draws on my decades of practice as an astrologer and social worker, and is full of tips for professional astrologers and those who want to turn professional. It shows how to focus the session on clients’ concerns, explain the chart in plain English, and boost clients’ problem-solving skills.

Chapters include effective interviewing, vocational astrology, crisis counseling, relationship issues, and doing children’s charts. This ebook has regularly been used as a text for online astrology classes at Kepler College .

Here’s what’s new about the 2014 edition : 74 pages of added material, including these new chapters:


This ebook is $15  Download a sampler here: Sampler–2014 Counseling Principles for Astrologers.


Read More…

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An often-missed aspect in astrology charts is the out of sign conjunction, which consists of two planets 8° degrees apart or less, but placed in adjacent signs rather than the same sign. Several days ago, I asked Skywriter Readers who had out of sign conjunctions to share their observations of how those aspects played out in their lives. Here are some excellent examples.

One Reader observes, “I have my Sun at 5° 57’ Virgo and Mars at 27° 09’ Leo, both in the 7th house with my South Node sitting between them. It’s a bit wide – not sure it counts (Virgo nit picking?!) I get a lot of push and pull between wanting to hide out in the background and not be noticed or make a fuss, and being more forceful and direct.

“I always attract and am attracted to very creative men, often with Leo in their charts or other fire signs. I have my moon in Leo too, right on the descendent. There has been a dynamic of me being the practical, sensible one and my partners being the creative one. And then I would get resentful that they seemed to be having all the fun while I was stuck making sure the bills got paid. I’m managing to express more of my creativity now but that seems to have been at the expense of my relationships – to date, at least.”

I assured her, “No need to let those few minutes deter you from looking at that conjunction–especially since aspects to the Sun (or Moon) get a wider orb.

My rule on orbs is that when an aspect seems like it might be a bit wide, I describe the aspect to the person to see if they relate to it or not. They often respond strongly to even a bit wider orb than you’d think, especially with the Sun or Moon. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | July 4, 2014

My 2014 Solar Return—and Yours!

©7-4-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Though my actual birthday is tomorrow, today is my 2014 solar return. It seems like a good time to say a few words about solar returns in general and about the difficult patterns many thousands of us are seeing in our solar returns this year.

For those of you who are fairly new to astrology, the solar return happens once a year within a day of your actual birth day. It results in a chart drawn up for the date and time the Sun returns to the exact sign, degree, and minute that it occupied when you were born.

That chart describes the most important trends, issues, and events that you’ll experience in the year that follows from that date to next year’s return.

(There’s always been controversy among astrologers about whether the chart should be drawn up for your birthplace or the place you are on this year’s birthday. I fall into the current location school of thought.)

About this year’s solar return—mine and yours—I do know that most of us aren’t having easy ones. But, then, we’re living in an extremely difficult time. Remember the transiting Cardinal t-square or Grand Cross that astrologers have been fretting about for many months? Though it’s a transit, the solar return is based on those same current placements. Thus these formations will appear in the return charts of most of us this year. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | July 2, 2014

Out of Sign Conjunctions: Your Input Needed

©7-2-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Any time you find one planet in the last few degrees of a sign and another in the first few degrees of the next sign, it may be an out of sign conjunction. If the two planets are within 8° of one another, they’re conjunct. Many astrology students and practitioners ignore them, most likely because they’re complicated to interpret.

I’ve started to research out of sign conjunctions, and I’ve come to the conclusion that not only do they work; you run a risk in ignoring them, because they can represent an important dynamic in your life.

Suppose that you had a Sun-Neptune conjunction. It’s hard enough to understand these two planets merged in a single sign—lots of confusion and denial about who you really are. If they were straddling two signs and you ignored the aspect, you’d have an even harder time seeing your true self clearly and realistically. Read More…

©by Donna Cunningham, MSW on 6-22-2014

 Note: the following is a brief excerpt from a chapter on counseling clients in crisis in my ebook for professional astrologers,  Counseling Principles for Astrologers: Becoming an Effective Change Agent. Ordering information here: My Books.

 Occasionally, astrology clients will express suicidal thoughts­ during the session. Sometimes they do it indirectly by saying­ something like, “I just don’t know how much longer I can go on.”

 You first need to assess the seriousness of the client’s ­desire to die. Can you tell from the chart? I think not.

The ­National Council for Geocosmic Research, one of the major­ astrological organizations, conducted a ­painstaking and well-designed research project on suicide. They­ did it over a span of six years, from 1974-80, coordinated by ­Nona Gwynn Press. Read More…

6/20/2014 From Donna Cunningham, MSW

 This is a bit off-topic from suicide, but, then again, perhaps it’s not. I subscribe to Scientific American Mind, a magazine connected to Scientific American, but focused on emotions and psychological principles.

In the July/August 2014 issue on page 15, I found an article reporting on several important research studies into the ways that women’s bodies react differently—usually more strongly—from men’s bodies to medications for things like depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and pain. The side effects of these medications on other bodily functions are much more likely to be toxic or overly strong when women take them.

For instance, with sleeping pills of one kind or another, women typically have more of the drug left in their system the next morning than men do, creating problems in being alert for work and driving. Read More…

©6-18-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 My recent post that came out strongly against predicting violence or suicide stirred up a lively—and productive—discussion in the comment section. (Why Astrologers Cannot and Should Not Predict Violence or Suicide.) You might have a look and something to add.

Serendipity is the law of my life, and it’s at work here. It finally got clear this morning that materials from this series need to be included into the new and expanded edition of my Counseling Principles for Astrology that’s in process now. There’s already a chapter on clients in crisis that has a section on suicide, but it needs some of the material we’ll be covering in this and upcoming posts.

Apparently, some readers took my comments to mean that we shouldn’t address people’s difficult chart placements and transits that are driving them to the brink of drastic actions like violence or suicide. Long-time readers know better. I’m not one of those terminally positive astrologers who look at charts through rose-colored glasses and only talk about the woooooonderful effects of tough transits like the Pluto-Uranus square.

People are hurting now with these astrological conditions and hurting badly, and we need to be prepared to let them talk about their realities. In a coming post, we’ll learn more about suicidal people and the warning signs.

 What Can You Do for Desperate Clients?

 However, those who come to us in a desperate ­state need hope for the future. With severely depressed people, I tend not to do­ long-range forecasting. The client can find it terribly discouraging to be told that the same astrological conditions accounting for this current emotional ­black hole are going to repeat themselves several times over the next two to three years. Instead, look for where help can come from, in terms ­of chart aspects such as trines and sextiles both natally and by transit. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | June 15, 2014

Why Astrologers Cannot and Should Not Predict Violence or Suicide

 ©6-15-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

There have been an alarming number of tragic mass murder events over the past few years. On several of those occasions, when the age and birth date of the killer were revealed by the press, it was clear that they fell into the range of 1988-90, the period when Uranus, Saturn, and Neptune were closely conjunct in Capricorn. The younger ones tended to have concentrations of planets in Aquarius, including Uranus and Neptune.

A guest blogger created a post, published on Skywriter a week ago, in which the birth charts (mostly without birth times) of shooters in several of these events were presented—in particular, several who were behind school shootings. Readers were invited to look for astrological patterns in the charts and report their observations in the comment section. 

The intention behind the discussion was a positive one. She asked readers, “What be learned from the astrological makeup of the few who did kill? Can we use astrology to identify those of this generation who might be at high risk for a tragic meltdown if they don’t get help?” 

I would add a caution for readers to keep in mind when doing an analysis of a chart in that age range: Of course, very few of the people born in that period with that conjunction have resorted to violent behavior—after all, there were 138 million of them born worldwide in 1989 alone, and nearly as many as that divided between 1988 and 1990. Thus, on any of the 365 days of 1989, about 378,000 people were born around the globe and thus had most of the same planetary aspects.

Given that each rising sign is on the Ascendant for two hours a day, that makes approximately 31,000 kids born with the same house placements. And getting the same transits to their natal placements. How many of those 31,000 kids wound up doing a massacre?

Rather than making dire conclusions about an individual’s astrology chart, we need to view the chart through that perspective of a long-term, world wide generation of people.

The discussion in the comment section was lively, but I grew uncomfortable with the tone of the comments, as did the guest blogger. We weren’t just uncomfortable, frankly, we squirmed at things like speculating that one shooter’s mother might have been raped or violently assaulted. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | June 10, 2014

Fake Credit Card Scores–Newest Identity Theft Scam

(c)6-10-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Identity theft is a major problem–one that can be financially ruinous and take years to clear up. Identity thieves are extremely brilliant and come up with one after another tactic to scare people into revealing crucial personal information like date of birth, address, Social Security number, and bank account information.

What people should know is that they will NEVER be contacted by the bank by email for any reason. They will only be contacted by the credit reporting agencies if THEY set up an inquiry and receive a response within 30 days. Any unsolicited email from anyone claiming to be these companies is not from them and should be sent to junk.
Many people think, “but I don’t have any money or property, so why would they bother stealing from me?”  Unfortunately, you don’t have to be rich to fall prey to thieves, because they can counterfeit driving licenses or other identification easily and open credit card accounts in your name. You must also guard any insurance card numbers, because they can use your insurance accounts to charge expensive medical or dental procedures.

Often, as a scare tactic, they will send you a frightening email that claims something has gone wrong with your bank account or credit card, something that makes you alarmed enough to open up the email and click on a link that supposedly goes to your account. They are capable of copying and counterfeiting any commercial website.

The newest scam for the past week or so is to announce in the email header that your credit score has changed. It may claim to be from credit score bureaus like Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion, or even from LifeLock.

The thing is these firms are not going to just contact you out of the blue. You have to PAY them to do that. Even if you are a customer of any of these firms, do not ever click on a link, and you are better off not even opening the email, in case it contains malware. Instead go directly to your account with them on line to see if there is legitimately a problem.

One thing that will tip you off to a fake email is to look at the email address. The ones I’m receiving start with Experian@  but what comes after the @ is totally unfamiliar.

More Identity Theft Information:

Crucial Information about Preventing Identity Theft.

Identity Theft Transits – And Inexpensive Identity Protection

Fraud Alert for PayPal Users–Fake Account Statements sent by Identity Thieves


Posted by: Donna Cunningham | May 26, 2014

The Pluto-Uranus Square: Go Big or Go Home

From Donna Cunningham, 5-26-14

 I’ve often noticed how the newest buzzwords and slogans reflect the current signs and aspects of the slow moving planets—Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  One that strikes me in the past year is, GO BIG OR GO HOME. 

It urges us all to take our performance up several notches if we want to stay in the race. I believe it expresses the energies of the long square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. The impact of a transit is in affect within a 3° range, and the pair them together have been strongly affecting  natal planets in the early to middle Cardinal signs since 2010.  (That would be Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.)

Lately, of course, that’s been further complicated by aspects from Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Libra—that Cardinal Cross we’ve all been hearing about. Cardinal signs are action-oriented and work hard toward their own personal goals, depending on the planet, sign, and house involved. Read More…

©5-15-14 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Recently, I held a contest contest, where readers were asked to suggest a topic for a contest to be held here on Skywriter. The entries with the best suggestions would win one of my ebooks of their choosing.  I started with Eunice’s suggestion of the best thing that happened to you under a Pluto transit.

I liked it because we hear so many tales of woe about awful things that happened to people under Pluto transits, but seldom does transiting Pluto get rave reviews. Admittedly, sometimes we only see the transformative effects by hindsight, because events under Pluto transits are often intense and life changing.

 So I asked Readers to tell your positive Pluto transit story in the comment section. Include the sign and house of the natal planet or angle (Ascendant, Midheaven, IC, or Descendant) as well as the sign and house of transiting Pluto. Then tell us the transit story, in simple, clear language, but not your whole life story. Be succinct. (Be advised, also, that a blog is a public venue, so don’t tell what you’d want kept private.) Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | May 4, 2014

Great News!! A Capricorn Stellium Group Forms on FaceBook!!

As Skywriter’s regular readers know, every single child born on the planet in 1989 had a triple conjunction of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn in Capricorn. The conjunction was also in range during seven months of 1988. During the winter months of both years, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars created stelliums of as many as seven planets. We’re talking about millions of them! There were also many millions born throughout the late 1980s-mid 1990s with stelliums of anywhere from three to seven planets in Capricorn.

Many of them have struggled to find themselves and to learn how to use their special gifts and abilities through their teens and early 20s, but it’s become even more difficult during Pluto’s stay in Capricorn, and many of them are experiencing the Pluto-Uranus-Jupiter transits to those mid-Capricorn planets.

 Recently, I had an exchange about them with a reader who is part of a FaceBook group for people born with a big stellium in Aquarius in the 1960s. I expressed a wish that someone would form a group like that for the Capricorn stellium group. And, bless her, she went ahead and did just that!

Here’s what Carol wrote: Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | May 2, 2014

New Free Offering for Skywriter Readers!

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Hi, Folks, I’ve been occupied with several major projects in the past few months, such as new and updated versions of six of my ebooks. That’s why I haven’t been able to check in with you as regularly as I’d like.

I’m pleased today to announce that another of the projects is finished–a free 35-page ebooklet with short bits from all of my books and ebooks that are currently available, including three books that are on Kindle.  (The booklet is a new and much expanded version of one of my free earlier offerings.) Many thanks to Catherine Zola Allen for her help in preparing it.

Download a copy here Cunningham Book Sampler-2014 and pass it along to anyone you think might like a copy.  I hope you enjoy it!

PS:  When the file opens into your browser, it might look like it’s at 150%.  When you save it to your hard drive and open it, it should be normal size.  If not, look on the top right hand side of your tool bar and reset it to 100%.

In last week’s discussion, we were talking about huge  computer problems people have been experiencing during this exact Grand Cross of Pluto, Uranus,  Jupiter, and Mars.   I jokingly spoke of some mysterious virus that might be at the root of these problems.   It turns out that there is a big one out there that we all need to take action to protect ourselves from.

It is called HeartBleed, and by using it, identity thieves can find out your financial information from any online source that uses it, such as your bank or credit cards. You also need to check on your virus protection software.  It is important to change your passwords, especially if you are in the habit of using the same password for multiple sites. If you bank online, you need to be especially alert and change your password.

Below you will find information and instructions that Norton sent out.  In the middle, you will find a tool to check to see if your financial institutions are protected.  Y0u can use it even if you aren’t a Norton customer.   I am happy to report that my bank accounts and PayPal account are protected, but I am changing  my passwords anyway. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | April 5, 2014

Reviews of The Stellium Handbook


 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.

(See instructions on how to order Donna’s ebooks here:  1-How to Order Donna’s Books.)

 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.


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: <>

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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:

 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…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 20, 2014

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

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…

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