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Use Astrology To Find Your Purpose
6 Rules for Consulting Astrology to Improve Your Life
’ve been following astrology for many years. I like how it connects me to the universe—to the whole—and with the larger, Divine cycles. When used properly, astrology can help bring meaning to seemingly meaningless events, especially the ones that test our resolve.
When someone questions my belief in astrology, I reply by asking “Do you believe in the phases of the moon?”
The phrase “moon time” was used for eons as a euphemism for menstruation. When women lived together in clans, their menstrual cycles were synchronized with each other and with the moon. As an OB-GYN, I can tell you that more babies are born during a full moon than any other time of the month!
New moons signify new beginnings, and when a new moon occurs with a solar eclipse, it’s a new moon on steroids! A few years ago, I signed a contract to write my book, Goddesses Never Age. Underneath my signature, I wrote, “New moon in Taurus, solar eclipse.” I loved the idea of marrying the energy of this particular new moon with the left-hemisphere legal contract, which I’d been negotiating for months. The fact that everything came together on this new moon felt highly significant to me—like the culmination of forces much bigger than my own rational intellect.
You see, astrology is about aligning with the forces that rule the moon, the tides, and the turning of the planets, and then finding your unique place within this system based on how the planets were lined up at the moment of your birth.
The whole point of astrology is understanding there are universal forces acting on us that are far greater than we know, and far greater than we can control, but with which we can work consciously for maximum effectiveness and fulfillment.
6 Rules to Remember When Consulting Astrology
People often seek out astrological readings when their old ways of being aren’t working for them. And astrology can be a very good blueprint. Astrology acts as a reminder that your soul chose this. It reminds us that we are part of a much bigger cycle and that we are not meant to suffer.
When it comes to astrology, I have a few rules that I live by:
Don’t give it power over you. Astrology is simply a tool. It’s like checking the weather forecast to see if you should pack a raincoat. But it has no real power over you.
There are no bad astrology charts. Astrology is like a roadmap designed to help you access your soul’s original blueprint. But there aren’t any “bad” charts. Every chart has its challenges and its gifts.
Align with the Divine. My friend, Astrologer Tosha Silver, teaches that there are no “bad” transits if you know how to align with the Divine. In other words, you are not a victim of your astrologic chart, though some aspects will test your soul’s resolve more than others. For example, wherever Saturn is going through your chart (a transit), it’s likely that that particular area of your life is undergoing a bit of “breakdown to breakthrough.” It all depends on how the degree of orbiting Saturn in the sky coincides with a particular portion of your own natal chart (the position of the planets at the time of your birth.) And each of these positions is associated with a different area of life, such as home and roots, partnerships, career, etc.
Ignore newspaper sun sign astrology. Sun Sign horoscopes were started in the early the 20th century as a way to sell more newspapers. However, your sun sign is just one aspect of your individual astrologic signature. And it won’t give you much information unless you also know your rising sign, moon sign, and the positions of your personal planets, including Venus, Mars, and Mercury.
Avoid “doom and gloom” astrologers. When looking for a trustworthy person to work with or follow, avoid “doom and gloom” astrologers. These are the astrologers who call planets like Saturn “malefic”—as if a planet could reach down and make your life a living hell.
Surrender to the process. A number of years ago I listened to Daniel Giamario talk about Pluto transits, and what we typically do when things get difficult: 1) Act/react, 2) Try to solve with our minds, or 3) Deny it with drugs, alcohol or sugar. When you’re going through some of the transits, there’s nothing to do but surrender to the process, and this is when having a blueprint of your soul’s journey and why this is happening is so helpful.
How to Find a Good Astrologer
There are many different schools of astrology. For example, there is Vedic, Sidereal (most predictive), Tropical, Constellation, Shamanic, Evolutionary and many others. They are all different. And there is no one way that is better than another – they are just different schools of thoughts. Plus, there are many types of readings. And astrologers use different techniques to get information.
I believe that the school of astrology the astrologer derives the information from is less important than their level of expertise and accuracy of insight. When choosing an astrologer, you want someone who understands that every single cycle is actually serving the purpose of your soul’s growth.
Here are some more tips for choosing an astrologer that is right for you:
Find an astrologer who is helpful and informative. Of course, a professional astrologer needs to know astrology inside and out, but they also need the ability to convey their knowledge to you in a way that is useful to you. This will make the difference between having an OK reading, and one that gives you the support and information you seek. And be sure to avoid anyone who says you are in a “bad transit” or that you have an “unlucky chart.”
Ask if the astrologer makes birth charts. Good astrologers will typically ask you for your birth time and place and then make a complete birth chart. Even if you have a prior birth chart, many good astrologers prefer to make their own.
Ask for referrals. Choosing an astrologer can be a lot like finding the right health care professional, massage therapist, or yoga instructor. Be sure to ask your friends who they like. (You’ll be surprised how many consult astrologers.) Of course, check out the astrologer’s experience and education. And, once you have narrowed the field down a bit, use your own intuition.
Know what you want to gain from astrology. When looking for an astrologer, it’s important to know how you will use astrology in your life. Are you looking for specific answers? For example, are you wondering about a relationship, a job change, a move or looking to understand some recent event? Or are you seeking high-level information? Do you prefer that your readings be in person? Or are you OK with virtual readings?
How I’m Looking to Astrology in 2023
Shifts, transits, and eclipses affect us as individuals, but also as a collective. One of the ways I like to view astrology is through a big picture lens of what is happening in the world. How great or subtle the energy of a particular transit feels is often reflected in how significant the events are that occur during it. It’s always interesting to see events unfolding and then look at the planetary movements to see how they support what’s happening.
Another thing you can do is look back at the planetary alignments that occurred during past events. For example, in March 2020 Saturn (rules, responsibility, discipline, restrictions, and control) moved out of Capricorn (“top down” authority, hierarchy, and process) and into Aquarius for a brief stay until July 2020 then re-entered Aquarius in December 2020. Of course, March 2020 was early in the COVID-19 narrative. After Saturn entered Aquarius, we saw the lockdowns and mandates begin. But with Saturn in Aquarius we also saw “pushback” in the form of the masses starting to rise up. We still had Saturn controlling our lives, punishing us for not complying with restrictions, even surveilling us online. But many people found their true voice and learned to assert their autonomy. These were the people who opposed mask mandates in schools, refused to get the jabs even when it meant losing their jobs, started new companies, defied censorship, and more.
In short, while the last several years have felt difficult the cosmos has still been supporting “we, the people” in stepping up. Now, as Saturn gets ready to move into Pisces on March 7, 2023 (until February 2026) can we predict what will unfold with absolute certainty? No. On the other hand, we can guess what areas of our lives and which industries may be affected. For example, oil and gas, Big Pharma, and hospitals may be affected by this energy. Just how it will play out is not clear. Will Saturn’s restrictions mean more shortages when it comes to fuel and medications? Or will it mean lowered costs of these items? Our spiritual beliefs may also be called into question under this energy.
Another big transit on the horizon is Pluto leaving Capricorn (patriarchy) and entering Aquarius on March 23, 2023, where it will remain until 2044. This is big transformational energy. By comparison Pluto was in Aquarius during some of the biggest revolutions in history including the Protestant Revolution, The French Revolution and the American Was for independence. So, this energy is truly about “we, the people”. It’s about exposing what is not working in our society and correcting it. (By the way, Pluto’s return occurred on February 22, 2022. This is when the cracks in the financial structures of the world really started being exposed.)
I know a vast number of people have transformed their health, their lives, and their views about the world in the last 3 years. And, as a collective many have learned to embrace their autonomy while also stepping up and contributing to what will become a more productive society that values freedom, autonomy, and true community.
So, what’s next? I expect a lot will be happening on a global scale.