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The Real Truth About Your Favorite Astrology Horoscope Website

Monday, May 27th, 2013
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It’s understandable. You’re curious about astrology or some other form of divination like numerology. You do a quick search on-line, having only a limited amount of time in your busy schedule, and you scan the first entries that come up in the search engine results, finding what appear to be reliable resources.

‪Seeing the big-name testimonials and media exposure (arranged by their public relations consultants), high-ranking status in the search engine results (arranged by their search engine optimization expert) and ultra-professional website, you expect very accurate astrology readings and reports.

Yet, you are disappointed because all the information, even from the more expensive computerized reports, is so general it could almost apply to anyone. You may even begin to question the validity of astrology.

‪But you keep going back because you’re hoping that you might eventually get an actual glimpse into your future. You’re not alone if you’ve developed this bad habit.

‪I’m all for supply and demand, (non-crony) free-market capitalism. The market demands a quick fix, and the trivial astrology and other divination sites supply it.

Many of those astrology sites offer a good introduction to the science, albeit a very incomplete one.

I respect the owners of the very popular astrology sites in one way: they’ve managed to profit very handsomely in their marketing. Though it’s important to understand that they are exclusively marketers; that’s what you are when you market a superficial form of astrology (or numerology, etc.).

The core problem is that none of these entrepreneurs make clear that what they offer are mere incomplete fragments of ancient methodologies.

‪Do you want the truth about today’s astrology‪, the astrology found on your favorite horoscope website? You do if you want to stop wasting your time with inconsequentialities, which ultimately don’t serve you other than creating a diversion, an escape from reality.

Since the late 1980s I’ve tested every methodology and system I could find—call it an obsession—and I’ve found what works and what doesn’t.

While those ever-popular “horoscope” sites offer a light introduction to the science of astrology (or numerology, or other divination methods), know that the quick fix horoscope readings you find on those sites are purely for entertainment purposes only.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

The Horoscope Trap

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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In your thirst for spiritual guidance you fall into the bad habit of following on-line, magazine, or newspaper horoscopes.

While you fool yourself into thinking the prose is going to give you some magical insight to help you reach your goals, your gut tells you that every single horoscope could apply to anyone if they suspend their sense of discernment and critical analysis.

You’re Not Alone if You’ve Fallen For it

Many people have become ensnared in the trap of wasting precious time following New Age, fortune cookie poetry, otherwise known as horoscopes. All horoscopes—those based on Sun signs, Moon signs, transits, numerology, and others—will tell you little of value.

Authentic horoscopic astrology includes the Ascendant (Rising sign), the degree of the rising Eastern horizon at the basic chart’s inception, and house divisions; the term “horoscope” in today’s astrology is a misnomer.

Very similar to horoscopes, rotting in the dark, dirty, dungeon level of the 100-floor skyscraper of delineation and prediction, are the learn-all-the-secrets-of-your-birthday astrology and numerology books.

Whereas you’re up a creek without a paddle relying on horoscopes, those New Age guidebooks are akin to having a toothpick of a paddle, and that creek isn’t any more welcoming.

The Real Reasons to be Wary of Horoscopes

Universal factors, such as a Pluto, Neptune, Jupiter, Saturn, or Moon transit, or a retrograde or eclipse, are surface indicators, as are modern numerology factors like the Universal Year and Month, and the Personal Year and Month.

The typical horoscope weighs the relationship between such indicators and your Sun sign (otherwise known as your Star sign) through Ptolemaic aspects (e.g., oppositions, squares, conjunctions, etc.), which amounts to less than 1% of the collective body of factors to consider in comprehensive charting. It’s not even the tip of the iceberg.

It goes without saying that a horoscope intended for a huge segment of the world’s population, everyone born between April 21st and May 21st, for example, is too generalized.

Unfortunately, you’ll also see generalized proclamations like this, applying to everyone: “Look out for risky love connections during the month of June!” or “August 25th is the luckiest day of the year!”

Worldwide, roughly 1300 murders occur every single day. Surely, the families of the August 25th homicide victims will disagree with that day being “the luckiest day of the year.”

It’s no wonder astrology is viewed as a “pseudo science,” considering the “astrology” people have been exposed to on-line and elsewhere.

Self-fulfilling prophesy through the proxy of self-deception is fairly common and it’s not limited to spirituality and divination.

However, if something is predestined to happen in your life, rewarding or challenging, my findings tell me it will happen no matter what; key life circumstances and events are plainly symbolized in the comprehensive charts.

How to Escape From the Horoscope Trap

The first step to get out of the horoscope habit is to acknowledge that no matter how famous and celebrated the horoscope author is, today’s horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only.

Prediction with astrology and numerology isn’t like forecasting the weather; there’s no universal configuration that equally applies to everyone. The patterns in each person’s comprehensive charts are unique, based on their full birth data. Universal factors, such as those listed above relate to each individual differently. You can, however, gain a sense of the cyclical nature of life by tracking some basic factors. More information here.

Genuine, usable guidance based on astrology and numerology is derived from comprehensive charting, beyond the typical modern astrology transits and progressions (like from report-generating software) and is based on your full birth data: full date of birth, legal birth name, location, and exact time of birth.

There is no “this (one single, or a handful of factors) means that (a specific circumstance or personality trait)” in real astrology. Real astrology is pattern recognition, using hundreds of factors.

Using my proprietary systems of analysis, I routinely get essential, relevant information using just the full date of birth, or even important fragments from just the month and day of birth, but I prefer to back up such appraisals through comprehensive analysis using all birth data. Involving personality assessment, handwriting analysis is also extremely useful.

Don’t have the patience or time to learn the languages of personal fate, authentic astrology and numerology? Considering the required discipline and time it demands, as much as learning any other language, that’s to be expected.

However, there is a way to get regular spiritual guidance. Daily meditation can help you get in touch with your inner guidance and cut through the distractions of an over-active mind. Don’t have time, even 30 minutes? Yes, you do. Turn off the TV, get up earlier and, or otherwise rearrange your day to make time.

Note: I believe there exist individuals (e.g., Stephen Petullo) who innately possess potent intuitive ability that allows them to achieve consistently high levels of predictive accuracy while using only very basic astrological and numerological factors as touchstones. But these people are rare, and if they’re candid with you, they’ll also recommend that you avoid the horoscope trap.

Follow the advice above and you’ll never waste time on the horoscope trap again.

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

Astrology Accuracy: 5 Reasons Your Astrology Isn’t Accurate

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
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“My question is motivated by experiencing a long and bad period of time (career wise). According to my horoscope, however, this should be the most fortunate time of my life – so I am doing something wrong and I’m wondering about astrology accuracy. Comparing to the law of attraction movement – It is only me who is attracting a bad time…How does astrology and Law of Attraction relate to each other? How much is it my own fault – and how much is it the positions of the planets that I cannot alter? Then I read a bit about Vedic astrology – that it seems possible to work with ‘bad’ times and change bad into good times. How does one do that ? Your answer is highly appreciated – this situation is not good. Thank you very much in advance.”

Sorry to hear about your current career challenges.

You say, “according to my horoscope,” but you don’t specify to what exactly you are referring.

5 Reasons Your Life Circumstances Don’t Harmonize With Your Astrology:

  1. You believe the full extent of your astrology is your “horoscope,” found on-line or in a magazine, written by a mainstream, modern-method-focused astrologer. Since they’re famous, they must offer high accuracy rates, right? Wrong. Horoscopes, based on Sun sign astrology and, or transits aren’t substitutes for authentic astrology. Entertaining and poetic, perhaps, but extremely generalized and void of any accuracy.
  2. Your astrology consists of free reports found on the Internet, or reports generated by astrology software. Unfortunately, all computer-generated astrology reports (even the expensive ones) are based on only a limited collection of astrology factors including transits, progressions, solar and lunar return charts, and other surface components. Besides the reports failing to synthesize the indicators, they are based on minor factors that should only be used to firm up an analysis derived from more comprehensive methods. Since genuine astrology is exceedingly complex, it would take programming beyond what is possible by humans, and besides, computers can’t yet reason and analyze like humans.
  3. Your astrologer only includes trivial factors (see above) in his or her analyses, missing the vast bulk of the collective energy accurately symbolizing your fate. It’s akin to an archeologist refusing to probe more than one meter below the surface, saying something like, “modern archeology is all about possibilities, not concrete particulars, and those possibilities below the surface are up to you.” A sure sign of an astrologer to be avoided is one who denies the tenets of unavoidable personal adversity and personal fate.
  4. Your astrologer does include an adequate collection of comprehensive factors in his or her systems of analysis, but you didn’t phrase your question adequately, you misinterpreted the feedback, or your concern was too complex to be covered through one session and you need to explore the issue further.
  5. Your astrologer was wrong. It happens occasionally, considering no analyst or reader is 100% accurate, all the time.

Regarding the law of attraction, the law of attraction proponents don’t take into consideration other spiritual laws, such as the law of predetermination and the law of karma. While you do have free will to make the most of your situation and also to create quite a lot within your predestined framework, our findings clearly show that you can’t cheat your personal fate.

I recommend that you download our free Direct Your Destiny e-book, which includes a lot more on the dynamics of fate and free will, and how to make the most of your life.

I believe the Sidereal zodiac, which Vedic astrology uses, is still useful, but not in a superficial sense. Please be cautious with Vedic astrology.

The only way to “change” immutable negative circumstances into positive ones is to view them differently, such as through detachment. Be wary if you’re told you can wave a magic wand, or use “cures” such as gemstones to change or manifest anything. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Ultimately, you can change some things about your life, but there’s a lot you can’t change. This blog post addresses what you can and can’t control in your life.

Copyright © 2011 Scott Petullo

The Cyclical Nature of Life Reflected by Various, Minor Astrology factors

Monday, January 11th, 2010
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The following information is to be used as a helpful guide in conjunction with the information Scott offers in periodic Facebook and Twitter posts, such as dates and times of astrological phenomena including, but not limited to, select transits, solar and lunar eclipses, retrogrades, New Moons, and Full Moons.

Would you like to see how astrology reflects your life’s circumstances, and possibly even benefit from that wisdom?

By tracking some easy to follow, elementary, universal considerations, you can get some idea.

Watch how they relate to your basic natal chart and you can get more of an idea.

Observe how they connect to your collective natal charts and you can get an even better understanding, and even avoid some of life’s hassles and capitalize on positive trends.

However, comprehensive astrology and numerology, beyond the scope of the information presented below, are the dialects of personal fate, are as complex as any foreign languages, and must be utilized correctly for respectable accuracy rates.

Sporadic vs. Everlasting Timing Indicators

Transits, conjunctions, retrogrades, eclipses, Moon Voids of Course, and other commonly known astrological occurrences are considered intermittent indicators because they are sometimes active, and sometimes not.

For example, solar eclipses occur between two and five times every year, yet during the bulk of the time they are not a concern at all.

Another example is the supposed harsh transit of Saturn through your natal 7th house, the house of love relationships and marriage (among other things). While it’s true it can represent relationship troubles and even collapse, depending on supporting or mitigating natal and timing indicators, this transit only happens for about 2.5 years every approximately 29.5 years.

The meager temporary functioning symbolism of irregular cycles, which are heavily favored in modern astrology, is a problem in prediction. Modern astrology, unfortunately, rejects most of the more valuable predictive methods of ancient astrology and number mysticism, such as using natal patterns to forecast, making use of the cycles represented by uniquely potent natal heavenly bodies and other natal factors, and using uninterrupted cycles such as 3, 7, 12, 19, or 27-year cycles, which have proven to be of more value.

NOTE: Although the infrequent cosmic events outlined below amount to less than 10% of a reasonably solid system of checks and balances, are mostly modifying indicators, and are best used to firm up an existing comprehensive analysis derived from perpetual cycles (astrological and numerological), they are easy to track and doing so helps to allow you to grasp the omnipresent, cyclical nature of reality. They can even help you plan your days and have more success reaching your goals.

Today it’s common to hear of someone (even a professional) erroneously linking a single universal astrological or numerological consideration to a specific happening, such as “There is an eclipse, so there was an argument.” Or, “Venus is in Libra so people are more pleasant today.” There’s a reason the science of astrology isn’t in very good standing today; the immeasurable amount of misinformation on the topic in circulation on the Internet and in print makes a mockery of the ancient tradition. Below are some important points to help you cut through the bull and gain more clarity about astrology and numerology.

Five Crucial Truths Regarding Astrological or Numerological Indicators:

  1. Any single universal indicator, even the most notorious, relates to any given person in a unique way, in various amounts of reward or challenge. The universal energy is important, but how it harmonizes with your natal charts prevails.
  2. Even the worst of the universal indicators may not apply to you personally or symbolically make any impact whatsoever on your life.
  3. Any one indicator’s energy (negative or positive, balanced, over-balanced, or under-balanced) alone may be corroborated or even completely mitigated by the energy of the rest of the indicators (500+) in the comprehensive charts. Therefore, focusing on only one or even a handful of indicators to delineate or predict is unwise.
  4. Numerous universal afflictions are always transpiring at any given time. The more commonly known ones include retrogrades, eclipses, and Moon Voids of Course, for instance.
  5. Nothing “affects” you in astrology or numerology, it symbolizes; indicators don’t “make” something happen. Also, collections of indicators, not single ones, represent life circumstances. There is no “this means that” (a single factor relating to a specific life circumstance or personality trait) in astrology or numerology.

As mentioned above, tracking such minor factors serves as a valuable introduction to the ever-present cyclical nature of life.

Astrology Basics

It’s not easy relaying exactly how you should view each astrological dynamic in this limited overview without trivializing the science. But here are some very, very generalized meanings of the 10 core heavenly bodies:

Sun = vitality, recognition, conscious identity, charisma
Moon = inner being, personality desires, moods, emotional self
Mercury = communication, messages, mind, changeability
Venus = pleasure, socially-oriented matters, romantic life
Mars = utilization of energy, action, aggression, strife, dissension
Jupiter = abundance, philosophy, opportunity, ease, expansion
Saturn = restraint, challenges, endurance, fear, anxiety, efficiency
Uranus = the unexpected, technology, unconventional, individuality
Neptune = dreams, fantasy, deception, illusion, idealism
Pluto = power, transformation, upheaval, destruction, renewal

Keep in mind that there is much more to each heavenly body than listed above. For example, Saturn has a bad reputation for being all about hardship and restriction. But if you have a very potent, healthy, well-placed natal Saturn for instance, it’s not symbolic of limitation, but of opportunity, unique to its condition, sign, placement and everything connected to it.

Another example could involve Jupiter, which is commonly known to be symbolic of rewards and the good things in life. However, if your natal Jupiter is in very bad shape, it’s possible that it could represent tragic excess and over-indulgence, if supported by other indicators.


Basic sign particulars are as follows:
Aries = action oriented, drive to be on top
Taurus = propensity toward material and sensual things in life
Gemini = clever, eclectic, mentally oriented
Cancer = oriented toward emotions and home
Leo = propensity to seek honor and the spotlight
Virgo = critical analysis, details, discernment, precision
Libra = evenhanded, socially-inclined, diplomatic
Scorpio = mysterious, control-oriented, acute intensity
Sagittarius = independence, freedom, adventure, idealism
Capricorn = determined, calculating, pragmatic
Aquarius = humane, need for autonomy, originality, inventive
Pisces = sensitivity, feelings, compassion

To give you a very basic idea of planet and sign combinations, combine Mercury and Aquarius, for instance, and you could have original thinking, contingent on other factors. Or, blend Venus and Taurus, and it might equate to a strong interest in romance and, or sex, depending on other considerations.


The elements of the signs offer some additional basic awareness. Generally, fire and air are harmonious, and earth and water are harmonious. Also, each element commonly blends well with itself (fire and fire, etc.). But just keep in mind there’s a lot more to compatibility assessment than signs and elements.

Fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Fire = dynamism, vigor
Earth = sensibleness, pragmatism, tactics
Air = active mind, communication
Water = compassion, empathy, feelings

Ptolemaic Aspects

Even though contemporary astrology, in my view, emphasizes Ptolemaic aspects too much, it’s good to have an understanding of them. They relate to the amount of ease or friction between two entities or points (such as between two planets, or between an Arabic Part and the Ascendant, etc.)

The major Ptolemaic aspects consist of oppositions (180 degree angle), conjunctions (0 degree angle), squares (90 degree angle), trines (120 degree angle), and sextiles (60 degree angle).

The “hard” aspects include oppositions, conjunctions, and squares, and they typically symbolize life’s challenges, which many people consider to be opportunities in a spiritual sense.

Oppositions include the following:
Aries is opposed to Libra.
Taurus is opposed to Scorpio.
Gemini is opposed to Sagittarius.
Cancer is opposed to Capricorn.
Leo is opposed to Aquarius.
Virgo is opposed to Pisces.

Square aspects are combinations of signs that are of different elements (see above), like Scorpio with Aquarius, and suggest challenge and tension.

Conjunctions (same sign combinations) relate to an intensification of the sign’s energy, and are sometimes positive and sometimes negative, depending on related factors.

Trine aspects are combinations of signs that are of the same element, such as Cancer with Pisces, and are largely harmonious, as are sextile aspects: combinations of signs that are of compatible, but in different elements such as Scorpio with Capricorn.

Moon opposing Sun, as what happens during a Full Moon, is an example of two heavenly bodies in aspect.

The Horoscope and Houses

Horoscopic astrology, which includes the basic astrology chart system with its Ascendant (the degree of the rising Eastern horizon at the chart’s inception), or “rising sign” and house divisions, is believed to have originated in Hellenistic Egypt (approximately 330 BC – 30 BC).

It’s inappropriate that much of today’s Sun sign astrology (i.e., poetry and entertainment) is referred to as horoscopes, since it has nothing to do with the Ascendant.

Natal astrology involves establishing horoscopic charts (natal charts) at the precise time and location of a person’s birth to determine personality traits and fated life circumstances and events.

Basic meanings of the 12 house divisions:
1st house = self, physical body, talent, life force
2nd house = money, possessions, personal resources, earning ability
3rd house = siblings, communication, state of mind, neighbors, education
4th house = home, father, family, real estate, end of life, endings and new starts
5th house = social life, love life, sex, pleasures, performing arts, speculation, children
6th house = work, service to others, health—minor illnesses, work environment, skills
7th house = partnerships, relationships, marriage, litigation, public relations
8th house = matters relating to death, taxes, inheritance, other people’s money, sex, occult
9th house = international interests, spirituality and religion, higher education, publishing
10th house = career, status, public honor or scandal, your actions and fate
11th house = friends, clubs, associations, wishes, rewards from others, goals
12th house = health—major illnesses, limitation, secret enemies, self-undoing, confinement, large organizations, secret activity, inner world

Please keep in mind that the meanings listed above are only a preview.

A very simplified illustration of a heavenly body in a house includes Mars in the 7th house, which could imply discord in partnerships. In order to authenticate such a life circumstance, it would have to be corroborated by the collective natal patterns, comprised of multiple indicators.

Phases of the Moon

The Moon orbits the Earth through an approximate 29.53 day cycle. The phases of the Moon are as follows:

New Moon
Crescent Moon
First Quarter Moon
Waxing Gibbous Moon
Full Moon
Waning Gibbous Moon
Last Quarter Moon
Balsamic Moon

New Moon rises and sets with the Sun; it is conjunct (in the same sign) the Sun. Full Moon is opposed the Sun (in the opposite sign).

Generally, the period between the New Moon and Full Moon is viewed as favorable, and the period between the Full Moon and New Moon is unfavorable. But don’t be alarmed if you were born between a Full Moon and New Moon, as it’s only one consideration of hundreds in doing comprehensive analysis. By itself, this indication is not directly symbolic of a blessed or wretched life by any means.

Pay attention to which house in your basic natal chart the New and Full Moons occur. Full Moon in your 4th House, for example, draws attention to life concerns connected to the 4th house (home, father, family, real estate, etc.).


Solar and lunar eclipses usually occur within the same 29.53 day cycle of the Moon (solar eclipse during New Moon, lunar eclipse during Full Moon), and take place between 2 and 5 times each year.

During a solar eclipse (which is always during a New Moon), the Moon moves between the Earth and Sun, masking part of the Sun, and the Moon’s shadow hits the Earth. Only during the New Moon periods where the Moon’s shadow connects with the Earth does the solar eclipse happen.

The Moon is eclipsed during a lunar eclipse (which is always during a Full Moon), which is to say the Moon travels through the Earth’s shadow during a Full Moon, but this doesn’t happen every Full Moon, just as a solar eclipse doesn’t happen every New Moon.

Astrologically, eclipses relate to, in part, symbolic death and rebirth or transformation. Generally, important beginnings can relate to solar eclipses, and key endings can be symbolic of lunar eclipses. Breakthroughs in some way or another tend to be themes.

For instance, if you have natal Moon and 10th house cusp (MC, or Midheaven, the peak or apex of the basic natal chart) close enough by degree in the same sign to a particular lunar eclipse, it’s one potential sign of many that you have some significant changes and completions going on at that time in relation to your 10th (career, status, actions, etc.) and Moon (emotions, habits, personality needs/the inner self, behavior patterns, etc.—the definitions I list here are only meant to offer only a preview).

New and Full Moons which include eclipses are periods of intensified energy and emotions (more so during a Full Moon/lunar eclipse), and unexpected occurrences are common. On average, the heightened sense of liveliness and even drama of each spans 10 days prior and 3 days after an eclipse, with the intensity peaking at the time of the eclipse.

Eclipses can be symbolic of weighty changes and during eclipse energy it’s a good idea to be extra cautious about important purchases, signing legal documents or contracts, working out the details of vital arrangements in your business, career, or personal life, and any other higher than average risk-oriented areas of concern.

Be somewhat wary of inspired and, or unusual ideas that you develop near and during an eclipse if they involve financial or other risk of any kind because chances are higher than usual they won’t manifest as you expect due to your reasoning being somewhat distorted. Wait a few weeks to review new ideas before initiating.

As always with all universal indicators, take notice where it occurs in your natal charts.

Moon Voids of Course

Moon Void of Course is, in my opinion, a critical affliction. Yet as I always say, I recommend you avoid relying on only one or a few astrological or numerological indicators since a comprehensive approach involving hundreds of indicators is necessary in order to achieve consistently high levels of accuracy in prediction and outlining personality.

By itself, a Moon Void of Course is minor, but combined with several other key afflictions, it becomes more important. You can benefit even if Moon VOC is the only phenomenon you follow, but please acknowledge that there exist hundreds of other considerations, which collectively, can symbolically void any given Moon VOC.

The Moon is intimately connected to your instincts, subconscious, and intuition, so any affliction or fortunate indicator connected to it is good to track in relation to your decision-making and perception. An appropriate analogy of Moon VOC is like traveling through an underground tunnel where your phone signal is cut off. During a Moon VOC, especially a worse than average one (Moon VOC varies in intensity—some are more dreadful than others depending on other indictors), you’re in a temporary vacuum and your discernment is distorted. Time seems to slow down, your focus isn’t as clear, and unfounded fears and unrealistic ideas are more common.

NOTE: as with any consideration, how it relates to your personal comprehensive charts rules. If your natal Moon, for example, is the most potent heavenly body in your charts, then Moon VOC is more important to you.

The Moon orbits the Earth just about every 29.53 days and spends an average of 2.5 days in each of the 12 astrological signs. The Moon is Void of Course if it fails to form a major Ptolemaic aspect to another planet before it leaves the sign it’s in. The duration of a Moon VOC can be as brief as 10 minutes, to as long as about two days.

Also, it’s been said that an area of concern, such as the initiation of a new enterprise, under a Moon VOC will “come to nothing,” but I believe that’s only true if the other relative considerations support the notion en masse. Still, it’s a fascinating astrological indicator to track.

During a Moon Void of Course, do:
*Routine work.
*Creative hobbies.
*Routine cleaning.

During a Moon Void of Course, don’t:
*Make important plans—they may not happen or will happen differently than expected.
*Brainstorm—new ideas never manifest or will backfire.
*Start anything new—things initiated are never finished or take much longer than expected to complete. If you meet someone during a VOC, the interaction will not be meaningless, but probably different than you expected, and may be short-lived.
*Buy anything of importance—purchases made will never be used, will break down, or will have to be returned for unforeseen reasons.
*Schedule important appointments: they may have to be changed or rescheduled.

If you would like to investigate this phenomenon, observe other people’s actions during Moon VOC. Without telling them about VOC, notice what plans they make, what they purchase, people they meet, and ideas they generate under the Moon VOC.

Your perception about a new acquaintance, for example, during a Moon VOC is much more likely to be inaccurate. Sudden apprehension often proves to be baseless: you wake up after a nightmare during a Moon VOC and you’re concerned about the terrible vision of a friend in danger, yet it never manifests. However, over-eating and drinking, and otherwise generating an ill-at-ease feeling through over-consumption is common, as are things like overlooking your time in the Sun and inadvertently getting bad sunburn.

Four classic examples of Moon VOC related occurrences:

  1. You meet a new friend during a Moon VOC. Although you realize it’s a VOC, it seems to be a great connection, yet later you attempt to get together a few times but your schedules never coincide. Then, a couple months later your new friend tells you she’s relocating to a different country.
  2. During a VOC you’re suddenly concerned about a physical symptom you’ve just become aware of and you’re panicked about your well-being. After consulting with your doctor, you realize that your fears were unfounded and it was only a reaction to something you ate.
  3. You get dressed one morning during a Moon VOC and realize later that what seemed like a great fashion choice turned out to be a fashion crime.
  4. Your Internet connection completely disappears during a long Moon VOC and you’re worried you may not be able to access the Internet for days. A couple hours later you regain your Internet access.

Additional information about Moon Voids of Course, along with a full Moon Void of Course calendar, can be found in the Direct Your Destiny e-package.


I view transits and other minor indicators mentioned in this article as modifiers. For example, transiting (i.e., in motion) Moon in Taurus is an exalted Moon and lends a distinct flavor (the specific type depends on your natal indicators) to whichever house in your basic natal chart it’s moving through.

Saturn transits (and everything connected to them) are, in my view, some of the more important transits to watch.

At the time of writing this (January 2010), Saturn is at about 4 degrees Libra (each sign has 30 degrees). It takes roughly 2.5 yrs. to move through each sign. About every 7 years it moves through an angular house (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house) in your basic natal chart. Angular houses are more important; they represent the most potent positions (1st and 10th in particular) of the fundamental natal figure. If you have a Libra Ascendant, for example, Saturn is hitting your 1st house at this time.

This is to say it brings the energy of the universal transit to your 1st house, along with the significance of your exclusive natal Saturn energy to your 1st house. The uniqueness would be different for each person, and you must factor in everything else that is connected to your natal Saturn (e.g., its ruler or rulers, Ptolemaic aspects, fixed stars, et al.) and first house.

If a heavenly body in a person’s comprehensive charts is the most potent heavenly body of their natal configurations, special emphasis is given to related universal considerations. For example, if Venus dominates a person’s natal charts, it’s a good idea watch anything universal related to Venus more carefully.

Again, you must look at any universal indicator in relation to the person’s distinctive, comprehensive charts. First contemplate the planet or heavenly body. Then consider the sign. Then take into account its location, the specific natal house it is in. That is a good start.

Miscellaneous tips about transits:
*Pay attention to transits of Mars, Saturn and any planet or heavenly body in your natal charts that dominates. Also watch when such transiting heavenly bodies enter your natal 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th houses (the angular houses of your basic natal chart), as well as when universal indicators replicate your natal indicators, such as Universal Year of 2014/7 matching your year of birth of 1960/7, or when Sun squares Saturn, if your natal configurations include that. Also notice what transpires when they (Saturn and Mars) connect with your Sun, Moon, or Ascendant through hard aspect (conjunction, square, and opposition).
*Transits symbolically temper the collective energy of the other, more important indicators, such as constantly-in-effect cycles like 3, 7, 12, or 19-year cycles, cycles represented by natal patterns, and cyclical timing phases symbolized by outstandingly potent natal considerations, and other factors. By themselves, transits aren’t significant enough to reflect key life circumstances. They are useful to firm up an existing comprehensive analysis, and they can help to give you an idea of the cyclical nature of life and how it is reflected by astrology.
*Planetary returns are beneficial to take notice of. A return is when it moves all the way around the basic natal figure, back to where it was when you were born, such as a lunar return, which is when the Moon enters the same sign (and exact degree to narrow it down) as it was in when you were born (which happens every approximately 29.53 days).

Each heavenly body transits as follows:
Sun remains in each sign for about 30 days, on average
Moon remains in each sign for about 2.5 days, on average
Mercury remains in each sign for about 18 days, on average
Venus remains in each sign for about 18 days, on average
Mars remains in each sign for about 50 days, on average
Jupiter remains in each sign for about 1 year, on average
Saturn remains in each sign for about 2.5 years, on average
Uranus remains in each sign for about 7 years, on average
Neptune remains in each sign for about 12 years, on average
Pluto remains in each sign for about 20 years, on average


Though retrogrades aren’t really about planets actually spinning around and reversing course, retrograde planets look like they reverse direction during retrograde. It only appears so because of our vantage point in viewing the retrograde planet’s orbit during Earth’s orbit. A post-retrograde planet (i.e., when it goes “direct”) appears to turn back around and move forward. It then continues to progress through the astrological signs.

Retrogrades are an affliction, but don’t get too concerned about it. It’s only one of many possible afflictions and any one retrograde by itself won’t symbolically wreck havoc on your life, nor does a retrograde planet in your natal configurations symbolize misfortune, by itself.

As with any universal event, watch where it occurs in your natal configurations.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto all appear to go in retrograde motion every once in a while. At least one of these planets is retrograde at any point in time, and the further it is away from the Sun, the longer the duration of retrograde.

Every retrograde has three periods, including the first “station” when it turns retrograde, the second “station” when it stops going retrograde, and when it moves direct again, advancing through the signs.

Approximate Duration and frequency of Retrogrades, on average:
Mercury: 24 days, about every 4 months
Venus: 42 days, about every 18 months
Mars: 80 days, about every 2 years
Jupiter: 120 days, about once every year
Saturn: 140 days, about once every year
Uranus: 150 days, about once every year
Neptune: 160 days, about once every year
Pluto: 160 days, about once every year

Retrograde periods are reflective of reconsideration, reviewing the past (and potentially finding solutions to old problems), delays, holding back, internalizing, repressing, rear-view mirror perspective, reviewing existing ideas, et al. Combine these concepts with the planet’s energy (see below) to get a better idea.

Mercury = communication, messages, mind, changeability
Venus = pleasure, socially-oriented matters, romantic life
Mars = utilization of energy, action, aggression, strife, dissension
Jupiter = abundance, philosophy, opportunity, ease, expansion
Saturn = restraint, challenges, endurance, fear, anxiety, efficiency
Uranus = the unexpected, technology, unconventional, individuality
Neptune = dreams, fantasy, deception, illusion, idealism
Pluto = power, transformation, upheaval, destruction, renewal

Someone born under Mars retrograde is more likely to (depending on other factors), in part, naturally direct their energy inward vs. outward resulting in repression, and a Mars retrograde is more important to that person. During mars retrograde period, there is an increased focus on faulty execution of personal energy, for example, but again, the phenomenon is unique to each person—for some it’s a non-event, for others it represents key life circumstances, if supported by other indicators.

Or, someone born with Mercury Retrograde might have a higher tendency than average for subjective thought when an objective viewpoint is required.

Mercury retrograde is one of the most well-known astrological events, aside from the phases of the Moon. It occurs about every four months, lasting about 24 days as outlined above (excluding pre and post-retrograde energy periods).

Mercury retrograde is notoriously known for such things as communication screw-ups and misunderstandings, computer and other technology glitches, travel delays, scheduling conflicts, machinery break-downs, setbacks, and complications with new project launches. But Mercury retrograde doesn’t make such things happen, just as any astrological or numerological consideration doesn’t affect your reality; it’s just symbolic of the circumstances. As above, so below.

Re-doing things, reconsidering matters, slowing down and exercising a bit more caution in relation to communication, and finishing up projects that are already in motion are appropriate for Mercury retrograde.

Note that if the planet Mercury isn’t a potent planet in your natal comprehensive charts, then Mercury retrograde won’t be as much of an issue for you. However, if you have Mercury retrograde in your natal configurations, any Mercury retrogrades will be more important to you, depending on other indicators.

Also pay attention to where a transiting retrograde planet falls in your natal charts: if it’s in an angular house (1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th), it’s more important to you than if it were in a cadent (weak) house, such as 3rd, 6th, 9th, or 12th.

Too much importance is given to Mercury retrograde, in my opinion—it’s too often the scapegoat for life’s challenges when it really isn’t the problem, while dozens more other indicators are collectively more symbolic of the particular events and circumstances.

One key point to keep in mind is that up to 17-28 days before Mercury goes retrograde (pre-retrograde period), Mercury retrograde related circumstances can be worse than the actual retrograde period. Also, the second half of the approximate 24 day Mercury retrograde period usually, overall, goes more smoothly than the first half.

It’s recommended to be cautious of great new ideas involving any risk during Mercury retrograde periods because after Mercury retrograde it’s typical to see the idea from a different angle (i.e., more clearly), changing your view of its prospects.

By all means, go ahead with anything you have planned during retrogrades or other universal afflictions mentioned in this article, but just make sure to be a little more cautious in your dealings.

If you were born under retrograde of any of the following planets, listed are possible personality traits:
Mercury: subjectivity, over-analysis, possible trouble with written or spoken communication
Venus: later than usual marriage or meaningful love relationships, repression of love-related emotions and affection, relationship issues, social/sexual withdrawal
Mars: aggravation, drive and personal energy is subdued, possible eventual sublimation of aggression into constructive initiative, impulsiveness, timidity
Jupiter: rewards come later in life, comfortable with solitude, truth seeker, extravagance, recklessness, muted eagerness and excitement
Saturn: anxiety, frustration, burdens, father absent or inactive, success is more difficult to come by, issues with authority (from either standpoint—as an authority as with misuse of power, or with authority figures)
Uranus: eccentricity, inhibited sense of independence, possibly rebellious tendencies, unpredictable
Neptune: escapist tendencies, possible addiction problems, excessive imagination
Pluto: bottled up personal power, secretive, possible control and power issues—either controlled by another person or possesses a controlling personality, possible past life pattern of being banished or sent into exile

Possible transiting retrograde circumstances of planets, Mercury through Pluto:
Mercury: past associations come back to you, communication and transportation problems
Venus: relationship concerns come up, past loves return, examination of relationships
Mars: enemies return, strife revisited, misdirected anger, anguish, destructive activity
Jupiter: assessment of life philosophies, questioning spiritual and religious beliefs
Saturn: decent time to restore, re-model, and reconstruct, goal reassessment, issues with authority, progress is sluggish
Uranus: unforeseen circumstances arise, technology problems, radicalism, restlessness
Neptune: illusion, dreams and fantasies take over, possibly with detrimental effects, deception
Pluto: destruction and rebuilding, misplaced power, struggles, manipulation, secrets

Final Note

Retrogrades, eclipses, transits, progressions, Moon Voids of Course, solar returns, and other modifying agents are largely superficial compared to tried and true comprehensive charting methods and only amount to less than 10% of all indicators and methods of a reliable comprehensive system. However, they do offer a decent introduction to the cyclical nature of life, as I say above. Accuracy in prediction and delineation of character has everything to do with a solid system of checks and balances. It’s pattern recognition. If I find 88% of all possible natal indicators favoring recognition, for example, and that person is moving through favorable collective timing for recognition, they will be known.

Copyright © 2010 Scott Petullo

Astrology in its Modern Form: a Rotten Shell of its Original State

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
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Astrologers enamored with modern methods claim that astrology must “…promote human freedom…” and that ancient astrology “…is not aligned with modern times…”

Instead, our findings tell us this: modern astrology’s psycho-speak, trippy subjectivity and softened-up-reality-to-the-point-of-distortion drives you to cloud and misjudge reality and tells you what you want to hear. The escapist and fly-in-the-face-of-truth inspirational babble of modern astrology makes it easier to sell books and drawn-out counseling sessions through its exclusive application. This is by design.

Ancient astrology calls it like it is, pointing out the hard, cold realities of life and giving you infinitely more clarity.

There’s nothing “limiting” about ancient methods involving astrology (and numerology) other than helping you limit delusional thinking.

The revered astrologers and number mystics of days of old wouldn’t be amused if they learned what has become of these ancient esoteric sciences.

There is no room for political correctness in delineation and prediction, and you have to wonder about those who promote such programs. Distorting the foundation of a body of science (based on empirical observation) to make it sexier, more appealing to the masses, and adhere to a sales target and philosophical agenda is a crime against those who worked so hard to develop the practices since the dawn of humanity. This tragedy has been occurring during the last 100 years or so. The truth will eventually come out, and we are happy to be a part of the process.

Although, thankfully, the world is moving towards equal rights for all, not everyone is born with the same levels of ability and the same amount of karmic reward in life. Your soul (not your personality in this life) may have chosen steep adversity in any number of life situations, yet being promised a magic solution, an imaginary escape through feel-good astrological poetry, is preposterous and snake-oil marketing at its worst.

Most Core Life Experiences Are Fated

The Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” notes “…there’s still time to change the road you’re on…” and there is in some cases (which is likely fated too in our view), but remember our theory that at least 75% of all life circumstances—the main stuff, the core events of your life—are predestined.

Some have asked if it’s possible to use that remaining 25% to create whatever you want, no matter what, and if it would alter the rest of your personal fate. While we do believe it’s possible to “create” within the framework of your fate, we’ve noticed through empirical research that no one, no matter how aware or spiritual they are, can change the major conditions that are fated (and predictable) in their life. You certainly have free will, but it will not allow you to sidestep destined experiences. “Creating reality with your thoughts” only goes so far.

Outrageous Claims by New Age Marketers

We understand that our convictions contrast with some of the “experts” on the best-seller lists, such as those who claim “anything is possible.” Without having actually done the intuitive/psychic work and, or work involving comprehensive charting with astrology and numerology to test the “anything is possible” belief–we’ve found no other ways to properly examine the idea that immutable life circumstances exist for everyone—you must ask yourself how any ethical person in their right mind can make such wild claims as “infinite blessings are available to you–all you have to do is read my book, pay for my seminar,…” et al.

By declaring that the law of attraction alone was responsible for creating something, yet not having thoroughly examined if that something was already fated to happen, you must ask yourself, how can the author of The Secret legitimately make such claims? What about the many people who have bought the book or seen the movie who gave it their all in the context of The Secret guidance, but couldn’t manifest what they wanted? What is the author’s response to those people, besides holding them accountable, e.g., not “believing” enough, or ignoring an additional angle to The Secret that they must investigate for another $19.95?

Trap of Using Modern Methods Exclusively

Astrologers who move beyond modern methods eventually discover that a huge amount of information, past, present, and future, about your life can be seen in the comprehensive charts.

Those who don’t move beyond modern methods and philosophies speak of fate and destiny as two different concepts: “Destiny is just potential and fate is what happens if you don’t make an effort to reach your destiny.” In this line of thinking, the term destiny is made inspirational and fate is designated as something to be avoided at all costs. This is false and misleading, of course, and it’s the type of pull-the-wool-over-your-eyes, creative language that steers you away from truth.

Personal Adversity is Necessary for Growth

Such an approach inherently denies the necessity (spiritually speaking) and unavoidability of varying degrees of personal adversity. Destiny and fate show up in the comprehensive charts as the same thing, we’ve found, and we believe anyone who tells you otherwise may mean well, but ultimately is merely reading poetry to you instead helping you to constructively face and deal with the actualities of life through constructive analysis of your charts.

Copyright © 2009 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

Astrology, Numerology & Compatibility – Why You Need to Scrutinize a Lot More Than Just Sun Signs

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
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Instead of considering only astrological Sun signs, we believe that the comprehensive astrology and numerology charts must be scrutinized if one wants to consider true personality, compatibility, and personal timing (prediction and forecasting).

Also, thorough handwriting analysis done by a well-trained professional adds a great deal of additional insight about subconscious character, much of which that can’t be found through modern, psychological astrology.

On the surface, you may think you have great astrological  compatibility on paper with two seemingly easy-going, compassionate people (signified in part, for example, by both having an abundance of Pisces and Cancer energy).

However, it’s discovered that one has very compressed, narrow, extreme right-slanted, sharp, angular, heavy pressure script with rigid baselines and downward slanting, weak-ending, pointed letter t-bars. Plus, strong patterns of over-balanced “8” and “1” energy are found in the comprehensive numerology charts. All of this with other corroborating information alerts the analyst to the strong possibility of that person being a domineering abuser (please note: such findings as depicted by clinical terms would not be reported to anyone other than the subject, and then only if the subject asked to be told of such potential).

The other person’s comprehensive charts involve, in part, lots of under-balanced “2” energy which suggests dependency and self-deprecation. In support of these notions, that person’s script includes martyr/victim traits such as small overall script size, light writing pressure, close word spacing, excessively rounded and immature-looking writing, droopy rhythm and connectives between letters, pinched circle letters, low and weakly crossed letter t-bars back to the left instead of to the right, and x-formations where the letter x is not present (please note: such findings as depicted by clinical terms would not be reported to anyone other than the subject, and then only if the subject asked to be told of such potential).

In this case, a surface astrology interpretation would unfortunately leave open the potential for a very toxic, if not dangerous match.

An aside, psychology was not part of astrology until about 100 years ago. The approximately 2000 year tradition of the science of astrology involves mostly prediction instead of psychological character analysis. Unfortunately, in our view, most astrology found today in print or on-line is primarily modern, psychological astrology, and involves a frivolous and distorted approach to the science.

Astrology that’s largely for entertainment only (although usually not presented as such) includes, for example, Sun or Moon sign horoscopes, and readings done by astrologers who commonly promote falsehoods such as, “…(numerology or) astrology isn’t predestination or fate…how things play out is going to be up to you,” stated to cover a refusal to do in-depth delineation, or mask an inability to do accurate prediction.

Some popular modern astrologers even go so far as to offensively suggest escapism, wishful thinking, self-fulfilling prophesies, and a failure to take responsibility for one’s actions and life in response to the idea that some astrologers and numerologists (like us) say it’s possible to measure and outline personal fate (i.e., impart the general inclination of fate, and frequently, even precise future circumstances and events). Worse, they deny that fate exists, and also deny the reality that varying degrees of unavoidable adversity (which is also measurable) in people’s lives serves a divine purpose. The truth is that their form of astrology or numerology isn’t about predestination or fate and that original ancient predictive astrology and numerology are absolutely about predestination and fate. It’s ironic how fully embracing the concepts of karma and fate is directly related to taking responsibility for one’s actions and that much of the modern astrology found today offers mainly an escape from the hard realities of life.

Reviewing Sun Signs, Moon Signs, or any other individual aspect without considering the rest of the charts’ contents and patterns within those charts, will only give you surface insight. It tells you virtually nothing about the reality of the personality, or the compatibility between you and another person.

For example, the Sign of Aquarius is considered to be relatively harmonious with the Sign of Sagittarius. If you select ten random people with Aquarius Sun Signs and match them with ten people with Sagittarius Sun Signs, it’s entirely possible that none of them will get along with each other. It’s also entirely possible that all of them will get along.

The best romantic matches for a Libra Sun and Cancer Moon combination, for instance, depends entirely upon the health of the respective planets (strong and well, or involving afflictions including planets in detriment, badly aspected planets, weak house placement, retrogrades, etc.), their rulers and the health of those rulers, along with the rest of the several hundred aspects, and patterns comprised of those aspects, throughout the comprehensive charts of each person.

It’s possible for a person with a Libra Sun and Cancer Moon, for example, to have wonderful compatibility with a person with an Aries Sun and Capricorn Moon, both oppositions.

Oppositions are commonly considered to involve poor compatibility, but sometimes very close oppositions (opposing planets that are very tightly aspected by a degree or two, within the compatibility charts) offer more reward than challenge, especially if the remaining compatibility energy is harmonious.

Oppositions are as follows:
Aries is opposed to Libra.
Taurus is opposed to Scorpio.
Gemini is opposed to Sagittarius.
Cancer is opposed to Capricorn.
Leo is opposed to Aquarius.
Virgo is opposed to Pisces.

Conjunctions, same sign combinations, represent intensification of the sign’s energy, and is sometimes positive and sometimes negative. Generally, it’s a “hard” aspect, and not as easy flowing as trines and sextiles.

Although we feel that modern astrology places too much emphasis on Ptolemaic aspects, it’s good to have an understanding of them.

The basic, major Ptolemaic aspects include oppositions (180 degree angle), conjunctions (0 degree angle), squares (90 degree angle), trines (120 degree angle), and sextiles (60 degree angle).

Square aspects are combinations of signs that are of different elements (see below), like Taurus with Leo, and generally indicate challenge and tension. Trine aspects are combinations of signs that are of the same element, such as Scorpio with Pisces (both water), and are generally agreeable. Sextile aspects are combinations of signs that are of compatible, but different, elements such as Cancer with Virgo, or Leo with Libra, and are also generally favorable.

If you accept the trivial approach of reviewing only the Sun and Moon signs, which might offer a preview at best, then it’s good to look at the elemental combinations of the signs for some basic awareness.

On the surface, fire and air are harmonious, and earth and water are harmonious. In addition, each element commonly mixes well with itself (fire and fire, etc.).

Fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

A surface approach will involve Libra Sun, Cancer Moon compatibility with an air or fire Sun, along with a water or earth Moon, but that’s just the beginning.

If you want to go a little deeper, yet still not get into comprehensive analysis, considering the nature of the sign is also helpful (Fixed, Mutable, or Cardinal), as is considering the masculine or feminine nature of the sign (fire and air are masculine, and earth and water are feminine).

We also strongly recommend contemplating each person’s personal timing when considering compatibility.

Personal timing, comprised of scores of short, medium, and long-term continuous and non-continuous numerological and astrological cyclical timing methods, regularly symbolically makes or breaks relationships. The collective cycles can be divided into groups that are the basis for pattern recognition.

Two people can seemingly have nothing in common aside from their current personal time cycles (some as short as a day, others as long as many years), and when those time cycles change, the relationship changes, or even dissolves.

It should be noted that we understand that it is possible for someone who has strong, solid psychic ability and a good, general understanding of astrology to successfully use Sun and Moon signs exclusively as psychic touchstones. But few have this talent where they can get consistent, accurate reads without a comprehensive approach.

Again, an astrologer must consider all comprehensive charts in determining compatibility, along with the comprehensive timing charts, and not just the Sun and Moon signs if one really wants to uncover existing compatibility. Again, we have found that you also must consider the comprehensive numerology charts, along with handwriting analysis (subconscious fears and defenses, etc.), if you want a high level of accuracy.

A skeptic saying that they “…don’t believe in astrology,” to us, is a reasonable and understandable statement if they have only been exposed to Sun Sign astrology, which is the basis for most astrology horoscopes today.

Comparing Sun Sign astrology to an in-depth analysis as referred to in the above paragraphs is like comparing conspiracy theory half-truths to confirmed CIA intelligence.

Copyright © 2007 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo