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Astrology Archive

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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“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?”


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

Q&A: Organized Religion Compatible with Astrology?

Monday, October 24th, 2016
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“I’m doing a research paper for my intercultural communications course. I would like to represent astrologers as a cross cultural sub culture. One of the subjects I have to touch base with is religion, is there a pro-dominant religion that astrologers belong to or does it coincide with most religions? Also I had this guy calculate how many lives I’ve had and will have, is that a part of astrology as well or is this something different?”


Generally, astrologers tend to be spiritual, non-religious, and don’t subscribe to organized religion, though some do.

You would have to clarify what you mean by “coincide with most religions.” In my view, it’s entirely possible to accept many tenets of organized religion while concurrently accepting the science of astrology.

For example, as an astrologer, I embrace the idea of archangels (particularly Archangel Michael for protection against dark forces), a principle of many faiths. I also recognize the divinity of ascended masters of various sects. Daily meditation and regular protection prayers, which include asking for help from deities from various religions, help to keep me grounded.

The problem is that many leaders and subsequently the followers of various organized religions relentlessly demonize astrology and other esoteric practices. Demons and hell have nothing to do with astrology, despite their claims. Conventional science authorities mock astrology too.

Authentic astrology, going back to ancient times, outlines personal fate and is based on the theories of predestination and reincarnation. In light of this, it may not be compatible with some tenets of certain organized religions, aside from Buddhism and select others that embrace reincarnation and personal fate.

Calculating how many past lives you’ve had and how many future lives you will have isn’t directly linked to astrology, though there is a tenuous tie. It’s a complex issue, but it’s possible to get an idea whether a person has a long way to go, or if they have made significant spiritual progress.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Astrology: Predicting Betrayal

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
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Everyone experiences various forms of betrayal throughout their life, some people more than others.

Betrayal of trust, or deliberate disloyalty, is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “…to give information about (a person, group, country, etc.) to an enemy, to hurt (someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative) by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong…”

It can involve failing to follow through on a promise, contractual or otherwise, whether it be marriage vows, familial obligations, or a business arrangement.

The most common form of betrayal seems to be romantic infidelity, though disloyalty can manifest in countless ways.

The concept of victimhood is complicated. I recognize that sometimes people are treated unfairly, yet my findings show time and time again that it’s fated, like an unstoppable force barreling down a mountain.

Seeing predetermination manifest time and time again, clearly represented in the astrology and numerology patterns, makes you reconsider reality as perceived by the mainstream. The objective conclusion is that betrayal is frequently fated. That may sound horrible, but I’m just reporting my findings.

One way to ease the pain of betrayal is to avoid expectations. Sounds easy, but it isn’t. Everyone has expectations about how others should behave and many times they seem justified.

You may suggest that the perpetrator could have behaved differently, but the fact is they didn’t and if given another opportunity, they would likely do it again. I’m not making an excuse for bad behavior; I’m simply saying there’s a lot in life you can’t control, especially other people’s behaviorAlso, if you’re inclined to believe the spiritual laws of karma and fate, nobody gets away with anything—the wrongdoer doesn’t get a free pass.

It’s not easy to predict the exact nature and precise timing of a major episode of double-dealing, but I do predict the general nature of the betrayal and the approximate timing, usually in a six to twelve month time frame.

The first step in predicting betrayal is to review your comprehensive astrology and numerology charts–you may have a karmic date with destiny involving betrayal. I’m not saying you deserve it; my role isn’t to explain the why, but instead link life circumstances with patterns in the charts to help you prepare for and mitigate the consequences.

Those who are forced to endure significant betrayal, whether it be related to their love life, career, family, or otherwise, share a commonality: they possess the related natal and timing patterns, those unfortunate grimace-inducing signposts.

The next step in identifying the potential for treachery and predicting it is to consider the other person in question. Red flag personality traits such as dishonesty, in excess, all but guarantee deception. Unfortunately, if you’re in denial about the person’s true character, and you ignore all the warning signs, you have only yourself to blame.

People never change much. It’s up to you to get to know someone well enough before opening yourself up to excessive risk.

Three different groups emerge from those fated to endure excessive betrayal, as symbolized by the astrology and numerology patterns: those who are in denial about it; those who suffer greatly; and those who surrender expectations, do what they can to limit risk, and accept what is out of their control, adopting a mystic’s outlook.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Your Sun Sign Has Not Changed and it Never Will‏

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
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Every so often there’s a news story about a scientist that claims your astrological sign has changed. Your sign has not changed and it never will change.

Such news stories usually include the obligatory statement by the cynic about astrology not being a science.

I agree that Sun sign astrology, the type of astrology conventional scientists and other skeptics refer to, isn’t a science.

Merriam-Webster dictionary’s definition of science is, “systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.”

Moving beyond superficial forms of astrology including Sun sign horoscopes, and computer generated reports based on a mere handful of factors like progressions and transits, you find that the astrology covering complex protocols originating between 300 BC and 1700 AD is genuine science.

It’s bewildering how seemingly well-educated scientists appear to be incapable of doing the most basic research regarding astrology. Their blanket dismissal of all astrology isn’t scientific.

If they actually did study the topic, they would learn the following:

  1. Astrologers have acknowledged the precession of the equinoxes for over 2000 years. Precession makes the solstices, such as the winter solstice around December 21st each year, begin a little earlier each year. The result is about a degree every 70 years (there are 30 degrees in each of the 12 signs).
  2. The disparity is reflected in the Sidereal zodiac, but not in the Tropical zodiac. The differences between the two zodiacs are outlined in this article. The vast majority of people in the Western world use the Tropical zodiac, thus your Sun sign remains the same no matter what.
  3. Even those who use the Sidereal zodiac to determine their Sun sign have the same sign they were born with.
  4. Concerning calculations in astrology software that are affected by precession, such as transits, the software adjusts for the variation.

Regarding using Sidereal zodiac based astrology (i.e., Hindu, Jyotish, Vedic), it won’t give you your “real” Sun sign (or Moon sign, or Ascendant, etc.). The only thing it will do is confuse you if you’re cherry picking single factors instead of learning the comprehensive language of astrology.

Although I advise against relying on mere Sun sign astrology, rest assured, if you were born under a Leo Sun, for example, you will always have a Leo Sun sign. Nothing has changed.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo