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Astrology Archive

Astrology Q&A: Same House Placements Equals Compatibility?

Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Question:
“In the last year, I encountered two other people who have the same house placements as I do. All three of us were born in different years, different continents, different cultures, different altitudes, one is a Cancer, the other is a Libra, and I’m Virgo. Is there any significance to this? What are the odds of someone encountering someone else with the same house placements?”  

Answer:
You mention, “people who have the same house placements,” but offer no other information. How many, and of what type? The actual house placement of a heavenly body is only one factor of many.

The odds of encountering someone with the same Sun sign placement are 1 in 12, as you may realize. There is insubstantial significance to such a connection, considering the fact that the symbolism of any given indicator is made stronger or weakened by the other hundreds of indicators.

By the way, I recommend avoiding Sun sign astrology because it’s ultimately an exercise in futility.

You would find it more worth your while to look for shared heavenly bodies in angular houses (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th), which is a prelude to identifying the most potent heavenly body (not the Ascendant ruler) in a person’s comprehensive charts.

You may also find numerology comparisons interesting. The “birthday paradox” shows there’s a 99% probability that two people will share the same month and day of birth with 57 randomly chosen people. The odds of two randomly chosen people born on the same day, month, and year are only about 1 in 28,500.

Copyright © 2017 Scott Petullo

Astrology Q&A: Astrological Forecasts–Which Ones to Follow

Monday, March 27th, 2017
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Question:
“When reading or listening to astrological forecasts, how would I know whether to listen to Sun sign, Moon sign, or my Rising sign?”

Answer:
My advice is to avoid Sun sign, Moon sign, Rising sign, and other, similar astrological forecasts (“horoscopes”). They’re too general to apply to any specific person.

This type of astrology contrasts with ancient methodologies and didn’t exist before the 1900s. It’s comparable to processed junk food, which ultimately only harms you.

If the forecast is instead relaying information about what’s occurring with the Sun or Moon (quite different than standard horoscopes), for example, then that may be a little helpful because you could apply it to your natal patterns, if you’re familiar with them.

Still, hundreds of natal factors form patterns, and the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are only a small part all the possible patterns. The symbolism of any single factor is either strengthened or mitigated by the energy of the others. Transiting Saturn in Aries, for example, may be part of a complex pattern that symbolizes unwelcome relationship challenges to one person. To the next person, it may have zero relevance.

Although you can get an idea of the cyclical nature of life by tracking basic astrology events, accurate prediction and personality assessment require a highly personalized approach.

Copyright © 2017 Scott Petullo

Mercury Retrograde April 9 to May 3 2017

Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Mercury retrograde occurs soon; it’s an opportune time to observe the cyclical nature of life, and you can also mitigate the risk in your everyday life if you know what to watch out for.

The telltale signs of this astrological phenomenon typically include difficulties getting new endeavors off the ground, communication misunderstandings, and general setbacks. Perception is distorted, so be extra careful with important decisions and contracts.

Revisiting the past is common too. It’s a good time to develop new solutions to old problems of all sorts, along with finally letting go of past issues.

See this page for a thorough list of Mercury retrograde features and a general timeline.

As mentioned in the linked information above, the approximate three-week period leading up to Mercury retrograde is usually more troublesome than the actual retrograde period.

Mercury retrograde April 2017—May 2017 details:

  1. Mercury goes retrograde 4-9-2017 at 4:14 p.m. PDT, 04 degrees 50 minutes Taurus.
  2. Mercury goes direct 5-3-2017 at 9:32 a.m. PDT, 24 degrees 15 minutes Aries.

The bar graph in this blog post includes the April 2017–May 2017 Mercury retrograde period, along with other basic astrology events.

Copyright © 2017 Scott Petullo

Venus Retrograde March 4 to April 15 2017

Sunday, February 26th, 2017
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Look out–here comes Venus retrograde. Ill-advised love life decisions are characteristic of Venus retrograde periods.

Lovers from the past and new love interests seem appealing until after the retrograde period when you wonder what you were thinking. Be careful of hasty romantic commitments, such as reuniting with an ex, because a few months later things won’t seem as agreeable.

For those of you already in a committed relationship, you may find yourself reassessing your current partnership. It’s a good time to appraise things and make changes for the better.

As you can see in the bar graph in this blog post, Venus is retrograde from March 4, 2017 to April 15, 2017.

Although Venus retrograde is merely one indicator and it must be supported by other factors in your unique comprehensive charts to symbolize momentous difficulties, it’s a sign to be a little more cautious in your love life.

Venus retrograde lasts, on average, about 40 days, and it occurs about every 1.5 years.

Read more about the cyclical nature of life and basic astrology factors, including Venus retrograde, in this blog post.

Besides love life, the planet Venus also rules the following: women; gay men; apparel; the building trades, including design and home building; designers of all types; the arts, including dance and music; jewelry and jewelers; glamour; beauty; pleasure; indulgence; bars and drinking; games and gambling; playboys and playgirls; ladies of the evening; romantic commitments.

Read more about Venus here.

Venus retrograde is far from the worst astrological affliction, but it’s worth paying attention to. Proceed with caution in your love life to avoid unnecessary drama, and avoid dwelling on “the one that got away.” Also, avoid impulsive financial commitments related to your love life.

Copyright © 2017 Scott Petullo

Solar Eclipse February 26 2017

Monday, February 13th, 2017
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A solar eclipse occurs February 26, 2017. It’s exact by degree at 6:58 a.m. PST, 08 degrees 12 minutes Pisces.

On balance, eclipses symbolize more challenge than reward, though solar eclipses are typically better than lunar. Generally, lunar eclipses symbolize endings, and solar eclipses beginnings.

How the symbolism relates to you specifically depends on the patterns in your comprehensive astrology charts. For many, this eclipse will be a non-event, but for others the eclipse and the associated patterns can signify big changes.

For everyone, about three weeks before and a few days after an eclipse, judgment tends to be distorted. Some things seem fine when they aren’t, and others are actually better than they seem.

Be careful with consequential investments, important legal contracts, and other high-risk endeavors, including those involving your physical safety.

The bar graph in this blog post includes the February 26, 2017 solar eclipse, along with other basic astrology events.

Read more about eclipses here.

Copyright © 2017 Scott Petullo

Lunar Eclipse February 10 2017

Monday, January 16th, 2017
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A lunar eclipse occurs February 10, 2017. It’s exact by degree at 4:33 p.m. PST, 22 degrees 28 minutes Leo.

Although the date of this blog post is January 16, 2017 and the lunar eclipse is about three weeks away, three to four weeks before the eclipse and a few days after is approximately the window of time that eclipse-related issues manifest. Thus, avoid excessive risk from now until about March 1st, 2017 (solar eclipse occurs 2-26-2017).

See this blog post for more information about limiting your overall risk during an eclipse.

Perception tends to be distorted during eclipse periods, particularly during lunar eclipses. Be more cautious with consequential decisions, avoid recklessness, and remember that things may not be quite as they appear.

The bar graph in this blog post includes the February 10, 2017 lunar eclipse, along with other basic astrology events.

Copyright © 2017 Scott Petullo

2017 Astrology Bar Graph: Retrogrades, Eclipses, and Select Transits

Sunday, December 18th, 2016
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My complimentary 2017 Astrology Bar Graph, below, gives you a general overview of basic, yet relevant astrology factors for the year.

Keep it accessible so you can follow these select 2017 astrological happenings.

Those proficient in basic astrology can use it in conjunction with their basic natal chart to help make the most of their circumstances and diminish risk.

Those who know nothing about astrology can also utilize this 2017 Astrology Bar Graph to help limit their risk.

For example, be a little more careful about important matters and any circumstances involving higher than average risk such as significant investments and purchases, and legal contracts on the days surrounding and including Mercury retrogrades and eclipses.

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See this blog post for information about Mercury retrograde.

See this blog post for information about eclipses.

This blog post includes information about multiple, basic astrology factors, including those in the above bar graph.

Although my 2017 Astrology Bar Graph features relatively few elementary astral happenings, paying attention to these cycles and events, particularly in conjunction with your natal configurations, can help you limit your risk and save time and money. 

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Mercury Retrograde December 19 2016 to January 8 2017

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
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Mercury retrograde occurs about every three months. It’s an opportunity to observe the cyclical nature of life, and if you know what to watch out for, you can reduce the associated risks.

Simply by being aware of the hallmarks of this astrological phenomenon, which include communication problems, delays, and complications with new endeavors, it makes it easier to navigate your way around challenges.

It’s natural to revisit concerns from the past; they have a tendency to come back into focus at this time. It’s an opportune time to resolve old issues, yet perception of the present is distorted.

Current matters typically don’t go as smoothly as expected and awareness is a bit clouded during Mercury retrograde. Ideas you originate during that span of time aren’t what they seem, unless it’s an idea from the past you’re now revisiting.

See this page for a thorough list of Mercury retrograde features and a general timeline.

As mentioned in the linked information above, the approximate three-week period leading up to Mercury retrograde is usually more troublesome than the actual retrograde period.

Mercury retrograde December 2016–January 2017 details:

  1. Mercury goes retrograde 12-19-2016 at 2:55 a.m. PST, 15 degrees 07 minutes Capricorn.
  2. Mercury goes direct 1-8-2017 at 1:42 a.m. PST, 28 degrees 50 minutes Sagittarius.

This bar graph includes the December 2016–January 2017 Mercury retrograde period, along with other basic astrology events.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Astrology Q & A: Common Mistake That Kills Predictive Accuracy

Monday, November 21st, 2016
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Question:

“I wanted to ask you the significance of solar arc transits – Like are solar arc movements to natal planets strong indicator of events happening in ones life or is it usually the general transits to planets that causes the events to happen in one’s life? or do we need to have both for event to happen? and which one, according to you out of the two should get the top priority in predicting events?”

Answer:

Your search for reliable methods is commendable; it’s one every novice endures in order to formulate his or her own system of analysis.

Only by continually and objectively testing everything you learn will you organize a dependable framework of checks and balances. Shortcuts are non-existent, despite what you may read on-line. Like any skill, it demands discipline, time, and repetition.

My findings show that solar arc transits and transits, along with progressions and other modern astrology favored methods, are surface indicators. Modern astrology methods kill predictive accuracy.

Aside from mostly providing a tenuous sense of the symbolism of astrology, such indicators are only useful for shaping up an existing analysis based on more comprehensive methods. My advice is to avoid excessively focusing on modern astrology methods. I recommend your focus be between about 300 BC and 1700 AD.

Also, astrology doesn’t “compel” or make things happen. The ancients had it right—it symbolizes personal fate. That may sound “void of promise,” but that’s the way the real world is, at times. The positives and negatives are both featured in your natal patterns and it pays to consider both.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Rare Supermoon and Full Moon 11-14-2016

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
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A rare supermoon and Full Moon, exact by degree, occurs on 11-14-2016 at 5:52 a.m. PST, 22 degrees 37 minutes Taurus.

The Moon enters the sign of Taurus 11-12-2016 at 6:23 p.m. PST, after a lengthy Moon Void of Course beginning at 7:20 p.m. PST 11-11-2016.

Note: I consider the last Ptolemaic aspect before this Moon Void of Course to be Moon trine Saturn, skipping Moon conjunct Uranus, making the Moon Void of course longer. I prefer this ancient method instead of the modern approach.

The Moon remains in the sign of Taurus, in which it is exalted, until it enters the sign of Gemini 11-14-2016 at 5:23 p.m. PST. A heavenly body in an exalted state, a sign of exceptional health, represents, in part, rewards instead of challenges.

Although the Full Moon is exact by degree on 11-14-2016 early morning PST, the Full Moon phase lasts the entire span of its transit through the sign of Taurus.

This supermoon is rare because it’s the closest the Full Moon has been to Earth since 1948. The next closest is in the year 2034.

A supermoon event is largely superficial in terms of astrological significance. It’s merely a Full Moon occurring when the Moon’s orbit is closest to Earth, so the Moon simply looks bigger.

See this page for more information about the value of tracking Moon transits and Moon Voids of Course. 

More Moon secrets can be found here.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo