©1-16-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Since we’ve completed the series of Question and Answer sessions about the 12 houses, I’ve been wondering what our next topic should be. These sessions are too much fun to stop!
Astrological aspects are a special focus of mine—the basic building blocks of every branch of astrology—so today we’re beginning a new series on this all-important facet of chart interpretation.
We’ll focus today on conjunctions in the birth chart. I often compare this aspect to glass, which is made from sand combined with various minerals and then heated to such a high temperature that the ingredients are fused.
When you look at a piece of glass, you don’t generally recall that it started out as a handful of sand. The two or more planets in a conjunction are fused in a similar way.
First, however, here are some changes in the way Q&A sessions are handled to make them as fair as possible for all readers.
When recent guest blogger, Donna Van Toen, got a staggering 30 questions about the nodes in four hours, the session was closed before the notice even went out to email subscribers.
One frustrated subscriber protested that she never gets to ask a question because the same people always get there first with their questions and they generally ask multiple questions. No doubt many of you find it as unfair as she does, so here’s what we’re doing to shift that.
The notices go out from WordPress to email subscribers at 1:00 PM Pacific. (That’s 4:00 PM Eastern, 9:00 PM in Europe, and I don’t even know what day that is in Australia, much less what time.) I won’t open the session to questions until the notice has come out—and after today I’ll alert you in the day or so before that it’s coming.
Second, rather than one question per email, the new rule is one question per reader per Q&A session.
Now, some of you ask multiple questions that are so doggone good and of such universal interest that I simply cannot pass them up. I am a total sucker for a great question.
If you believe your second question is of that caliber and it’s NOT related to your own chart, ask it anyway. The worst that can happen is that I delete it. The best that can happen is that you stimulate me to craft an answer that lives up to the same standard as the question and we all learn from it.
Third, I will not answer specific and complicated questions about your own chart or anyone else’s, as I do not comment extensively on individual charts on this blog.
I’m retired from consultations, except for my Dell Horoscope advice column. Feel free to write to me via email@example.com with specific personal questions, but do include full birth data and details about the situation.
For today’s post, do not ask detailed personal questions like, “I have Venus and Saturn conjunct in Scorpio in the 7th opposite Mars in Taurus in 1st. Is there any chance I’ll ever get married?”
I will delete your question OR edit out the personal data and answer it in more universal terms.
(Yes, I’m aware that most people are really asking a question about their own or a loved one’s chart, but at least they have the class to make it a more general question that will interest other readers as well.)
Instead, I am happy to entertain questions like these:
- How does the house position change the way a conjunction is expressed?
- Does a conjunction between two planets on the Ascendant confuse people?
- Which planet in a conjunction is likely to be the more dominant?
That sort of thing, phrased in 25 words or less. Here, I’m looking for the kinds of questions and discussions you’d raise in a class or at a conference.
Update: The session is finished. To read other people’s questions and answers—scroll down below this article to the comment section.
Related Posts You May Enjoy:
- How to Analyze a Conjunction
- Aspects 101: Major Astrological Aspects and What They Mean
- Readers Ask: Basic Questions about the 12 Houses
- Readers Ask—Q & A about the Midheaven
- New Insights into the 12th House from our Q&A Session
- Readers Ask: Q&A about the Moon’s Nodes by Donna Van Toen
- Q&A: What Professional Astrologers Want to Know
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