Posted by: Donna Cunningham | March 11, 2013

What Positive Effects of Uranus in Aries do You See?

 ©3-11-13 by Donna Cunningham

In the last several posts, we’ve been exploring some effects that we could attribute to the transit of Uranus through Aries. We have nominated quite a few candidates for this phenomenon, but we’ve focused somewhat strongly on the more difficult and even alarming manifestations.

It’s true that Uranus transits can produce the some startling and even somewhat shocking new developments—it certainly shakes up the status quo!  (Not that the status quo couldn’t use some changes!) And yet Uranus transits also bring positive and much needed changes, particularly in inventions and helpful new technology. Aries is an innovative sign in itself, full of youthful energy and hope.

Today I like to hear Readers speculations about what positive changes we might see during this seven-year transit.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | March 9, 2013

More Observations about Uranus in Aries

©3-9-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

When one of the outer planets—Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto—changes signs, astrologers’ first task is to observe closely what changes the new sign placement of that planet is ushering in. These slow-moving planets have such a long orbit around the Sun that they tend to remain in one sign for up to a decade or longer.

In the case of Uranus, the orbit takes 84 years, and its stay in a single sign is about seven years. Very few people are still alive who have Uranus in Aries natally, and I doubt whether a single practicing astrologer has lived through the transit of Uranus through that sign. Therefore, we’re all still groping to understand what Uranus in Aries means, and we may have some theories, but observing what is going on around us is the more valuable tool.

In the last post, I shared my observations about new phrases in our language that could be attributed to Uranus in Aries, and I invited readers to add their own observations in the comment section. As always, there was a lively discussion. It made me continue to think about Uranus in Aries, and to see more correlations between that sign and planet. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | March 1, 2013

Grabbing Some Insight into Uranus in Aries

©3-1-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Uranus is the trendsetter planet, and when it shifts signs, we see new developments in style, language, and innovation. Most of all, it shows what the public is excited about. I’m noticing a couple of ways that Uranus’s shift into Aries has already affected our language. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 14, 2013

Some Pitfalls of 12th House-Based Relationships

This series has brought me many new insights and much to ponder, in particular about the kinds of relationships those of us who are major introverts are prone to having. The isolation some 12th house types experience when we’re uncomfortable with being out in the world can make finding relationships where we feel connected and cherished so important that we’ll put up with all kinds of pain in a secret or codependent relationship.

I also often observe a deep sense of shame in people whose 12th house is prominent. We’ve already spoken about ways our extremely extroverted society tells us there’s something wrong with us. However, the shame can have a deeper cause. Often that sense of being unworthy comes from holding in family secrets that make them believe they don’t deserve love.

Note: If your 4th house or 10th house ruler falls in the 12th or if planets in the 12th aspect the 4th or 10th house cusp, it’s possible that you get into codependent relationships because one or both of your parents was addicted/alcoholic or otherwise seriously dysfunctional. If so, educating yourself about codependency can be the start of changing that pattern.

FREE DOWNLOAD: One of the chapters of my ebook, Counseling Principles for Astrologers explores relationship patterns of adult children of alcoholics, plus codependency and its implications for practicing astrologers in depth. Download it here: ch7 – codependency.

At the same time that some of us suffer with those feeling of isolation, we’re pulled in two directions—part of us wants a deep love connection, but another part of us craves solitude and needs alone time on a regular basis. One painful outcome of juggling this set of conflicting needs is an unconscious decision to get involved with people who aren’t available or who are commitment phobic. Intense periods of merging are followed by crises in the relationship—anguishing break ups and heavenly making up. (Been there, done that to death, but am free of the pattern now.)

Another quality of many 12th house people is a sincere desire to serve, to do something to alleviate the suffering we see around us. But when our own unfulfilled needs enter the picture, we can become addicted to being needed, as it provides a relief from the sense of isolation and boosts our often-low self-esteem. Codependent relationships that spring from an urgent need to feel needed can readily turn toxic.

12th House-Based Relationships you’d be better off Kicking to the Curb: Secret connections, such as extramarital affairs. Drinking buddies, people who enable you and people you enable. Users and abusers. Secret enemies and those who undermine us—the part of ourselves that makes us our own worst enemy.

12th House-Based Relationships to Cherish: Spiritual teachers, inspirational speakers, and companions on the spiritual path. People who support your recovery from addictions and other self-defeating patterns. People you give to who give back by nurturing and supporting you when you go through tough times of your own.

CyberDating is a tempting way for 12th house types who don’t feel comfortable leaving their homes and going out to bars or parties to meet potential partners. We’ve all heard success stories as well as horror stories, so here are two good sites for learning how to ensure your safety: Psych Central – Tips for Safe Online Dating And Online Dating Safety Tips | Experience Online Dating – The Safe Way.

Articles on the 12th House and Relationships by other Astrologers

Here are some articles about Venus in the 12th by other astrologers who have a variety of insights and perspectives. If what they say about your own relationships fits, use it. If not, keep looking for some light on how to use the 12th well when it comes to love.

The Complete Miniseries on the 12th house:

Related Skywriter Posts about Releasing Toxic Relationships:

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 12, 2013

A Book about the 12th House that will Help You Love Yourself

Tracy Marks, who has been an astrologer and licensed therapist for decades, has written several significant and helpful astrological books with a solid psychological foundation, such as her immensely useful book on T-Squares.

In preparing this series on the 12th house, I was, frankly, awed to encounter her remarkably insightful and profoundly healing book on the 12th house: Tracy Marks, Your Secret Self: Illuminating the Mysteries of the Twelfth House, Ibis Press, Lake Worth, FL, 2010.

There’s a limit to how much I can quote without permission from the publisher, but here’s a taste of the jewels in her brilliant analysis of the 12th house Sun: Read More…

©2-8-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

I wish they had a virtual metal detector to help uncover the gold that gets buried in the comment sections of many of the posts on this site. If I can be allowed to brag on my readers, they are a bright, introspective, insightful bunch. Getting back to blogging after more than a year away, I enjoy their input all the more.

 Since many of you don’t follow the comment section, I wanted to share some great exchanges and observations from the recent posts about the 12th house.

About an Empty 12th House: Mun asks, “My 12th House ( in Cancer ) is empty. Will you write an article about the empty 12th House?” Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 7, 2013

A D.I.Y. Tool for Analyzing Your 12th House Sign

©2-7-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Today we’re going to roll up  our collective sleeves to find out how the sign on the 12th house cusp applies to the ways we handle the patterns the 12th house describes. Below you’ll find the tables and techniques to DIY (Do It Yourself.)

Even if your 12th house is empty, you can find out a lot about yourself from analyzing the sign on the cusp of that house.  Further insight would come from looking through your natal chart for the planet that rules that sign, since that’s the ruler of your 12th house.

For instance, if you have Cancer on the 12th, look for the Moon, which would be the 12th house ruler. If you have Sagittarius on the 12th, look for Jupiter. Consider the ruler’s sign, house and aspects to see where in your life you’re likely to act in a 12th house way.

A Template for Interpreting Your 12th House Sign

The tool you’ll work with here is one I’ve used extensively in my books and classes. It can be very productive in stimulating insight into any given combination of house and sign, planet in sign or house, or aspects between planets. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 5, 2013

12th House People as Introverts: the Power of Solitude

©2-5-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 In this Skywriter series, we’re exploring the ways people express their 12th house planets. This little-understood and much maligned placement has traditionally been assigned a variety of unfortunate attributes. I’m hoping that together we can gain new insight into how it can be used in a balanced way, capitalizing on its strengths and avoiding self-destructive behaviors.

My impression, from doing charts for close to 45 years, is that many of us 12th house folks are introverts, and that we both love and need  our times of solitude. Many of us find that being in the company of others—especially in groups—for any length of time can be anywhere from distracting to draining.

One of the things that keeps us from feeling okay about ourselves is that the Western world places a judgment on introversion. It’s seen as being maladjusted, like it’s something we need to fix. We’re told we need get therapy, get a lover, or get a life.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 1, 2013

A Sensitive Guide to Planets in the 12th House—Guest Blog

2-1-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 As readers of this blog know, we’re in the middle of a series of articles exploring the 12th house of the astrology chart. I’m also simultaneously writing a book about stelliums, and this week the writing is going exceptionally well, so I haven’t had time to do anything on the series. However, this post is one of two planned with links to articles on the 12th by other authors.

In searching the internet for articles about the 12th house, I came across this excellent series by an astrologer named Julie O’Mahoney. I didn’t find a bio or contact information, so I couldn’t write to her. Although that kind of omission often serves as a red flag on an internet site,  in this case, the writing is illuminating, insightful and sensitive and the illustrations are exquisite. Perhaps she’s just an extremely evolved and exceptionally private 12th house type. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | January 25, 2013

Has Knowing your Astrology Chart Ever Kept You out of Trouble?

©1-25-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 I don’t know why astrology is never included in those lists they so often print of things you can do to prevent health problems, economic ruin, fallen arches, and other woes. It’s certainly saved my bacon countless times in the nearly 45 years I’ve been following it!

How about you, Readers? Has knowing about a natal or transiting aspect in your chart ever warned you away from a pothole on your path? I’d love it if you’d share the story with us in the comment section of this post.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | January 11, 2013

Planets in Mutual Reception—Join our Online Research

 ©1-11-13 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

I’ve been thinking about mutual receptions a lot lately because when Saturn went into Scorpio on October 6th, it moved into a long-lasting mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn. I’ve been speculating on what that means for the many young people with stelliums in early Capricorn born in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

For those of you who don’t know much about mutual reception, it’s a connection that forms between two planets when they’re each traveling through the zodiac sign that the other planet rules. In this instance, Saturn is in Scorpio, the sign ruled by Pluto, while at the same time, Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign Saturn rules.

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Posted by: Donna Cunningham | January 5, 2013

Saturn in Scorpio—Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?

©1-5-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

This is a time of year when we naturally reflect on the past year, what we learned from it, and where we go from here, and this is especially true when we’re also having important Saturn transits. We often find ourselves in challenging situations that mirror situations and people that have been important during past Saturn cycles—7, 14, 21, or 28 years ago.

 In fact, it is common for the very same people we were involved with during those cycles —or people eerily like them—to suddenly show up, expecting to pick up again at the very same place. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 24, 2012

More on Clearing Toxic Relationships

©12/24/12 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Well, we all made it through the end of the world. What better way to start the Post-Mayan Calendar age than with a new perspective on our more troublesome relationships?

The most painful and toxic relationships often involve bad boundaries on both parties’ sides.

If you’re worried that establishing better boundaries means an end to connections with certain important people in your life, that may not be the case. I am thinking of an intermittently troublesome friendship that went through a big crisis and nearly ended a couple of years ago when I made my boundaries clearer, and it is now a happy, peaceful, and irreplaceable friendship.

Here, to give you some things to consider about those relationships, are links to past articles on Skywriter about boundaries: Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 21, 2012

Stuck in Toxic Relationships? Check your Soul Contract!

 12/21/12, at long last!

Happy End of the World. I don’t believe it for a moment, because the world has already supposedly ended six times in my 45 years of metaphysical studies, and we’re still here. I secretly kinda wish it would happen, because humanity could surely use a do over at this point in time. Maybe if we had it to do all over again, we would be kinder to one another.

 In the unlikely event that today is our last day, there are still a few hours left to work on something practical – letting go of longtime toxic relationships that we feel we have to keep in case it’s karma. Did someone in particular spring to mind the minute you read that? That’s who you should start with.

 To help, I’m publishing an excerpt from Diana Stone’s remarkable new book, Playing the Ascension Game. She’s  both a master astrologer with decades of experience and a long-time shamanic practictioner.  I count the day Diana and I met and became instant old friends the luckiest day in my life.   

This 500-page collection of essays about Diana’s lifetime of courageous metaphysical and shamanic explorations answers many important and puzzling questions about why the spiritual path is so full of potholes in this era. With her permission, I am printing this excerpt that deals with soul contracts, the source of both our most blessed and our most toxic relationships. Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | December 12, 2012

Chart of a Mall Shooting at the Peak of Christmas Shopping

©12-11-12 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 I’m watching continuous television coverage of a shooting in the food court of a local shopping mall by a man in a white plastic  Jason mask at the peak of Christmas shopping this afternoon. Close by, children were in line to meet Santa as a dozen shots rang out. Two shoppers were killed, one critically wounded, and ultimately the shooter turned the rifle on himself. The mall was locked down, and the police forces of several surrounding towns converged on the scene.

The exact time of the shooting is known, because a customer in the adjacent Barnes and Noble bookstore was handed a receipt just as the shots rang out. He showed it when he was interviewed on  TV. It was time-stamped 3:27 PM PST. It took place at Clackamas Town Center, a mall in a suburb of Portland, OR.

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Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 27, 2012

Scorpios in Service Careers—Dealing with Life and Death

Donna says, “The following is an excerpt from Mary English’s new book, How to Win the Trust of a Scorpio, available at http://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Trust-Scorpio-guidance/dp/178099351X. I’ve enjoyed the originality and kindliness of other books I’ve seen in her series on the zodiac signs, and I’m pleased to have permission to publish a sample here.”

©2012 by Mary English

 When someone who is a Scorpio is in what I call ‘their power’ they can achieve great things. I know a number of people that work in social services as social workers, care assistants, care home managers (I’d love to do some research to find out how many matrons and managers of nursing/care/elderly homes are Scorpios) and they’re dealing everyday with ‘life and death’ issues. And it suits them because they’re not afraid of death.

So, what qualities do Astrologers say that Scorpio’s have? Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 2, 2012

Saturn in Scorpio—Your Guide through the Dark

Donna says: Mandi Lockley has written a timely and useful guide for those who will be affected by Saturn’s transit through Scorpio.  Included are interpretations of this transit through all 12 houses and to each of the natal planets. This brief excerpt is reprinted here with her permission.

A book excerpt, (c)2012 by Guest Blogger, Mandi Lockley

Saturn moves into Scorpio on 5 October 2012. On 23 December 2014 Saturn enters Sagittarius. Then, on 15 June 2015 Saturn in retrograde re-enters Scorpio, before finally settling in Sagittarius on 18 September 2015.1

Saturn changes signs approximately every two and a half years. Saturn’s energy typically manifests on a social and physical level, but is also evident on the emotional, psychic, and psychological level.

Whatever sign Saturn is travelling through, we witness a crystallisation of that sign’s themes. From late 2009 to October 5, 2012, Saturn was in Libra (save for a retrograde back to Virgo from April to July 2010). This transit dealt with relationships, boundaries in relationships, peace and conflict and issues of sharing, yielding, compromise, negotiation and fairness.

Saturn was comfortable in Libra. This is because Libra is the sign of Saturn’s exaltation which means that Saturn’s energies are easily and positively expressed in Libra.

Now that Saturn moves into Scorpio, the theme of relationships takes a deeper, darker turn. Unlike Libra, Scorpio doesn’t like to yield or compromise. It likes to be in control and prefers to stubbornly hold its ground. In Scorpio, Saturn does not benefit from exaltation. It’s not a debilitating placement for Saturn. It’s just not an especially good one. Saturn in Scorpio is a bit of a lost soul, trying hard to find expression, often needing to go to extremes to get its job done. Read More…

(c)8-26-12 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 I’m working hard to finish a self-help booklet for people with stelliums or triple conjunctions—The Stellium Tool Kit—that will be available in just a few days. (If you want to be notified, subscribe to this blog.) The example chart used in the booklet is country singer, Taylor Swift. She was chosen because–like vast numbers born in 1988-89–she has a stellium of four planets in Capricorn.

The birth time for her chart, 8:36 PM, was noted on AstroTheme as coming from Twitter, with no other source. The time sounds very precise rather than guesswork, so Swift may have given it in response to a fan’s question. It must still be considered speculative. (Astrology: Taylor Swift, date of birth: 1989/12/13, Horoscope, Birth …) Read More…
Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 6, 2012

Birth Date Puzzle—Wade Michael Page, Gunman in Sikh Temple Shooting

©8-6-2012 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Various press sources are giving his birth date as Veterans’ Day, 1971.  This is problematic, however, because 1971 was the year when the U.S. temporarily changed Veterans’ Day from November 11 to the 4th Monday in October, and kept it that way through 1975.  Some states complied, but others kept November 11. The U.S. Army Center of Military History notes:

“1971-1975  The Federal observance of Veterans Day is held on the fourth Monday of October. Initially all states follow suit except Mississippi and South Dakota. Other states changed their observances back to November 11 as follows: 1972- Louisiana and Wisconsin; 1974- Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, South Carolina, West Virginia; 1975- California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.’ (The History of Veterans Day – U.S. Army Center of Military History.)

Colorado is NOT on the list above, so it is ambiguous whether he was born on Veterans’ Day or not.  According to one article: Wade Michael Page Is The Suspected Wisconsin Temple Shooter“According to Texas court records, Page was born in Colorado and also used the last name Pierson.”   He also gives Colorado as his birthplace in several interviews on the internet including this one:  End Apathy ‘Skinhead’ Band: Wade Michael Page Hardcore Group … 

I’m wondering if the claim that he was born on Veterans’ Day originates with ex-soldier Page’s own publicity for his White Supremacy Rock Band, End Apathy.  In an interview he was asked where he came from, and he said Colorado.

At a press conference aired on CNN today, the Chief of Police for Oak Creek, WI John Edwards named the shooter as Wade Page and gave a date of birth in November 1971. Unfortunately, I was only half listening, having tuned in to see if they’d run film of the Mars landing.  I can’t be clear whether he said November 11 or November 1, but it sounded like November 1. I’m not alone in my confusion, as various internet reports on the conference shift back and forth between the 1st and the 11th.  However, a Veteran’s Day birth was confirmed in an article at CNN online:

“The man who shot six people to death and wounded three others during a rampage at a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb was an Army veteran who may have been a white supremacist, authorities said Monday. Law enforcement officials sources familiar with the investigation named him as Wade Michael Page, 40. ….Page, born on Veterans Day in 1971, joined the Army in 1992 and left the service in 1998, according to Army Spokesman George Wright.” CNN, August 6, 2012 (Sources name suspect in deadly Sikh temple shooting.)

ASTROLOGERS AND ADVANCED STUDENTS:  Are you interested in learning how to interpret the Capricorn stelliums in the charts of vast numbers of young people born in the late 1980s-early 1990s? I’m going to be teaching an online seminar about it starting September 8th. Read about it here: CapricornStellium.com

Readers: Did anyone else hear the CNN press conference, and what date did you hear?  Let us know in the comment section. 

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | July 23, 2012

James Holmes’ Date of Birth Revealed

James Holmes' Solar Chart(c)7-23-12 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

James  Holmes Birth Date—Suspect in Movie Theater Massacre

Solar chart, based on date of birth and location of the shooting, Aurora, Colorado. Note the curious 5-pointed star formation.

Below is a picture of his rifle range application, giving his date of birth as December 13, 1987.  I found this published in the UK’s Daily Mail on 7/23/12:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2177323/Colorado-gun-club-owner-Glenn-Rotkovich-rejected-James-Holmes-just-WEEKS-shooting-spree-freaky-answering-message.html

UPDATE 8/7/12:  Picnics writes, ” http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Holmes,_James_Eagan  astrodatabank is now citing his birth certificate for  James Eagan HOLMES born 13 December 1987  at 21:04 (= 9:04 PM ) PST h8w (is standard time)  La Jolla, San Diego County, California (32n51 / 117w16). Click on the link to see the actual birth chart.  Note that it places his Mars-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio on the IC, and among the things the IC shows is conditions at the end of life.   Thanks so much, Picnics!

James Holmes Birth Data

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 26, 2011

Identity Theft Transits – And Inexpensive Identity Protection

©9-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 One of the ongoing missions of this blog is to spread word of identity theft scams so my readers don’t fall for them. Today I want to mention some astrological transits that might signal vulnerability to identity theft and also to tell you about some inexpensive new ways of protecting yourself.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 14, 2011

Got Trines? You Must Be Living Right!

 

 The following is an excerpt from a longer article on trines in my ebooklet, Aspect Analysis: the Building Blocks of Chart Interpretation. This 8-part tutorial reprinted from my series in The Mountain Astrologer includes step-by-step instructions on how to analyze conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, quincunxes and oppositions.

Aspects are the building blocks of serious astrology, moving you beyond single chart factors to integrating the many features a chart contains. Not only are they crucial in natal charts, they modify the qualities of transiting planets, progressions, and chart comparison. They powerfully impact outcomes in such diverse branches of our field as electional, horary, medical, and mundane.

Got Trines? You Must Be Living Right!

©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Trines are considered a lucky aspect that flows so naturally that accomplishing things seems effortless to the outside observer. Trines are 120° (plus or minus 5°) and four signs apart, though not always four houses apart. Most trines consist of two or more planets in the same element — air to air, fire to fire, water to water, or earth to earth. 

Because opportunities related to the planets in the trine tend to be handed to people who have it, a sense of entitlement can creep in. They may come to regard these perks as their due, simply because of who they are and what they represent to others in that sphere of life.   Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 19, 2011

More About Saturn Returns And The Blog

(c) August 15, 2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Yesterday’s announcement of the opening of the second Saturn return blog was marred by one small mistake, a typo in the link to the blog. If you didn’t get there yesterday, here’s the correct link: 2nd Saturn Return Blog. I also want to share answers to a couple of questions from the comment section.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 18, 2011

Born 1951–1953? 2nd Saturn Return Blog is Open!

©8-11 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Were you born sometime between 1951 and 1953, while Saturn was intermittently within an 8° range of a conjunction to Neptune? (For most of you, both Saturn and Neptune are in the sign Libra, but for some Saturn is in Scorpio, though still within 8° of Neptune in Libra.)

If so, your second Saturn return is coming, off and on, between September 2011 and September 2012. Saturn takes about 28-29 years to orbit the Sun and come back to the sign and degree it was when you were born. That’s referred to as a Saturn return. The first return happens in your late 20s, and the second happens between 58-60.

For your particular age group, this may well be a challenging period, because you were born with a mixture of Saturnian and Neptunian qualities, and this is a period when you’ll be reassessing how well they work together.   

Give yourself time to face and address the major issues and life patterns that Saturn-Neptune conjunction has meant over the years, so that this does not have to be a time when they come to a head in a negative way. Instead, you can use it productively to conquer some of your barriers and build a more solid foundation for your senior years. 

Mimi Boothby, CJ Wright, and I have created a new resource, the 2nd Saturn Return Blog. There will be articles, free downloads, and group discussions on that blog to help you understand the issues at stake in this especially intense second Saturn return. As of today, it’s officially open—if you’re in that age group, drop on by.  If you know anyone who fits, pass the word along.   

Note to younger readers: Are you having your FIRST Saturn return? That would be age 28-29, born with Saturn in Libra during 1980-83. The articles on Saturn in Libra will apply to you, and it’s good to know what house is affected.

Otherwise, the rest of this project is not for you because you don’t have Neptune conjunct Saturn. Instread, many of you were born with Pluto conjunct Saturn, no picnic either. Visit http://saturnsisters.com/ with the Saturn Sisters: Sherene Schostak and Stefanie Iris Weiss, resident astrologers. Order a Saturn return report and have a look at their book, Surviving Saturn’s Return.

UPDATE: 10/29/2011.  In case you think you’re facing this life passage alone, I’m delighted to report that we’ve had well over a million page hits on the Second Saturn Return blog already! Now what we need to get the discussion going is for more of you to share your journey by visiting  2nd Saturn Return Blog.

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 17, 2011

Article Collection for Professional Astrologers

©8-17-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 As my regular readers know,  I’ve injured my hands and have to take it slow with writing, but am filling in with collections  of past posts.  Below is a list of links to articles that have appeared on Skywriter that are meant for professionals or those who hope to become astrologers.

Working with Difficult Transits in a Client’s Chart:

Another Link post: Astrological Insights into Family Life

 Readers, did any of these articles speak to situations with clients that have been hard to handle?  Tell us about it in the comment section.

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 15, 2011

Horary Happenings—Why I’m a Believer, Not a Practitioner

©8-15-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

I’m not in a writing mode while my hands heal, but with Mercury retrograde, I thought I’go back into my blank books and dictate some handwritten articles from months back with voice recognition software. Here are some stories I’d like to share about the magic of horary astrology. I swear to you that they are 100% true.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 13, 2011

Cosmic Piñata #9—Yods and other Oddities

©2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 You know what a piñata is, right? It’s a paper mache thingie filled with candy and other goodies, and at a party, somebody gets blindfolded and whacks away at it. The goodies fly all over and people scramble for them.

 Well, this is a feature for Skywriter in which you’ll get a shower of goodies from time to time that are astrological in nature—sometimes related, sometimes, like today, random. What you get in this series of Cosmic Piñatas are wee bits I’ve collected from the comment section of this blog, from my Dell column, or email exchanges or other venues—treats that I’d like to share.  Read More…

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 11, 2011

Astrological Insights into Your Finances

©2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 I miss you, folks! As my difficulties with my hands continue, I’ll present links to some of Skywriter’s series of articles on topics of special interest. Today’s topic is personal finance. 

If any of these articles give you new insights into your own money patterns, share them in them comment section–or just say hello!

Posts in the Astrology and Personal Finances series:

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Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 6, 2011

Looking for your Alpha Dog Planet? A Tool to Help!

(c)8-11 By Donna Cunningham, MSW

If you’re trying to track the Alpha dog planet in a stellium or major configuration, it helps to know the major issues and qualities of each of the planets. You’ll find a link to a useful new tool below–a table I’ve created that summarizes them briefly.

Here is a segment of the table. I’ve chosen the outermost planets, as many find them the hardest to describe succinctly. Download the full table here: issues of the planets-handout .  Having a bad hand day, folks, so can’t write more.

SATURN ISSUES: Structure; discipline; desire for quality and
accomplishment; maturity; authority; perseverance; realism.

EXCESS: Rigid, perfectionistic, hypercritical,
authoritarian; fearful, depressed; workaholic.

DEFICIT: Lack self-discipline, structure, goals, and planning;
irresponsible, give up easily.

URANUS ISSUES: Finding your uniqueness and where you fit into
groups; friendship; independence; breaking with the past; becoming your own
authority; adolescence.

EXCESS: The rebel, non-conformist; having to prove
oneself and constantly fight authority; inability to accept ­structure.

DEFICIT: Follower, conformist, afraid to
express individuality; can’t establish independence.

NEPTUNE ISSUES:
The desire to transcend the self and surrender to something greater; seeing
beyond apparent reality; service, psychic abilities, spirituality.

EXCESS: Poorly grounded; deceives self/others;
savior/martyr; delusions; addictions, escapism.

DEFICIT: lacks imagination, creativity;
not in touch with spirituality or dream life; little compassion.

PLUTO ISSUES: Power and control; trust; to analyze what lies
beneath the surface and eliminate the undesirable; separateness;  holding on to things or feelings; death.

EXCESS: Alternates isolation/symbiosis; controlling;
mistrustful; overly intense; bitter, vengeful.

DEFICIT: Unable to look deeply within;
lack of psychological insight; insufficient desire for transformation.

Posted by: Donna Cunningham | August 3, 2011

How to Identify Your Alpha Dog Planet

©8-3-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 If you have a stellium, triple conjunction or major configuration such as a T-Square, Grand Trine, Grand Cross, or Yod, it’s quite job to figure out how all the planets involved work together. It’s even more of a job to figure out how to make them all work together smoothly. That’s not a job, it’s s lifetime achievement. A key to making the most of chart features like these is figuring out which of those planets is something I call the Alpha dog planet.  

Among the canines, the Alpha dog is the leader of the pack, the strongest dog, and the first to have access to the food or females. Transferring that principle to chart interpretation, the Alpha dog planet is the strongest of an interconnected group of planets like a major configuration and generally initiates and dominates their action. Read More…

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