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Why it’s Necessary to go Deeper, Beyond “Having Your Chart Read”

Monday, January 25th, 2010
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“Getting (your) chart done” is a euphemism for interpreting your basic natal astrology chart.

For example, a modern method focused astrologer might tell you, “Moon being your inner-self/more subconscious self and yours being in Virgo equates to being exacting and discriminating; Aries Ascendant means you have a good amount of assertiveness and drive; Venus in 2nd house relates to women connected to your finances; Mars in 7th relates to exciting partnerships…” And so it goes.

However, as the ancients understood, the basic natal astrology (or numerology) chart is only one layer of many to consider.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of professional astrologers today focus only on basic natal configurations and timing methods (transits, progressions, etc.). You can’t see fate in action using such a shallow approach.

Thus, most will erroneously tell you, “Astrology isn’t fate, it’s only possibilities.”

Well, if the full extent of their approach involves exclusive application of modern astrology methodology using the basic natal chart, it’s no wonder they hold that philosophy because such a style is so limiting.

For instance, there might be a few strong indications of a very challenging love life in the basic natal chart, but then there could be many other considerations in the comprehensive charts (ancient astrology, modern astrology, ancient numerology, and modern numerology—multiple levels within each discipline to review) that collectively symbolize a very rewarding love life. Therefore, the adverse indications are completely symbolically mitigated—the subject is fated to have a very rewarding love life.

Then there is the problem involving on which issue in the client’s life to focus.

I stopped doing the sort of readings a long time ago where the client says “Look through my charts and tell me what you see,” because there’s a lot to consider and it creates an enormous amount of work for me if I’m getting paid for the session time only.

The client must narrow down his or her area of interest; having specific areas of focus is optimum.

“Having (your) chart read,” as it is commonly done today, could potentially lead you astray, so it’s best to consult with a professional who applies an extensive system of checks and balances, beyond the basic astrology (and, or numerology) chart.

Copyright © 2010 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.

Signs

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.

Elements

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.).

Eclipses

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.
*Exercise.
*Relax.

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.

Transits

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

Retrogrades

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

Recurring Numbers: Seeing the Same Numbers Over and Over

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
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There is no simple answer to why someone keeps seeing the same number or numbers over and over.

Numbers have specific meanings, and the circumstance of spotting recurring numbers can be complicated—it’s important to know under what conditions and when the person has this experience, as well as other related details about their life.

Three Main Causes

My empirical research has shown that it’s a complex subconscious fixation, a super-conscious impulse, or due to anxiety and stress.

In order to fully answer the question of why someone keeps seeing the same numbers, you must review their comprehensive natal and timing charts to find connections to the recurring number patterns to see if there is a link on that level (super-conscious).

It could take quite a bit of time to determine why a person is seeing specific sequences repeatedly.

It’s possible for a person to have prominent 8, 9, 11, 22, or any of the other numbers they keep seeing in their comprehensive natal and, or timing charts. It’s also possible the person is transiting through some key related timing.

But frequently, seeing the same numbers over and over appears to be more of a circumstance brought about by anxiety and, or stress; it could be an unhealthy impulse under times of duress.

Subconscious Mind Fixation

Just as your mind won’t let go of song lyrics running through your head over and over, it can consume itself with select numbers.

Subconscious fixation (one you are not conscious of) to the numbers for any number of reasons is very common. For example, maybe years ago during an impressionable period in your life, you happened to look at the time and saw 11:09. The number was burned into your unconscious and your subconscious now associates a particular event with that time/number. All memories, consciously known or not, are stored in your subconscious.

Contact From the Other Side

Some would say that someone or some group from the other side (other-dimensional) is trying to contact you. It’s possible, but in my view souls and entities are constantly beaming information via signs to you and it can be through any medium.

Impending Danger as a Remote Possibility

Others would say it’s a warning of impending danger relating to you or your loved ones. It could be, but my experience tells me it usually isn’t. Just don’t give the prospect of a heightened threat to your well-being much energy because if you’re not careful you could make it a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Ascension

Still others would say seeing the same numbers over and over means you are “ascending” to a higher dimension. In my professional opinion, this is doubtful, as the phenomenon has been happening for eons to many different types of people. Besides, people are constantly moving through various levels of spiritual progression and always have been.

Please see part II, More Information About Seeing the Same Numbers Over and Over:
http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2011/02/more-information-about-seeing-the-same-numbers-over-and-over/

Additional Information

Article about the number 11: http://www.howisyourlovelife.com/Aug31st2007.htm

Article about Master Numbers (such as numbers 22, 33, etc.): http://www.howisyourlovelife.com/Sept14th2007.htm

More articles here: http://www.howisyourlovelife.com/column.htm

Information about each of the root numbers 1-9 here (scroll down after clicking): http://www.howisyourlovelife.com/April1st2005.htm

More info. about numerology and our numerology software: http://www.holisticmakeover.com/num_dcdr_software.htm

Copyright © 2006–2009 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

Handwriting Analysis -6 Concerns Addressed

Friday, November 13th, 2009
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Handwriting analysis is the scientific investigation of handwriting to determine personality characteristics.

Although handwriting analysis is gaining in popularity, many misconceptions exist about this complex form of personality analysis.

Below we address six common concerns about handwriting analysis:

Concern:
“If behavioral scientists had found it to be a valid tool, then they would have done so by now and it would be commonly used.”

Answer:
Human behavioral studies involving handwriting analysis exist and it has been found to be a valid tool. More than 200 scientific papers have been published in non-graphological peer-reviewed publications in
the last 58 years: http://tinyurl.com/4cx3nf

Also, handwriting analysis is already commonly used in the workplace (and elsewhere) at this time, although it is more popular in Europe than it is in America.

Concern:
“As a candidate for a job, I want to be considered due to my experience and talent, not the results of
some examination of my signature.”

Answer:
Your signature (and how it relates to the rest of your script) is only part of what is analyzed. At least a
half page handwriting sample is best to properly analyze handwriting.

We and other respected professionals advise employers to hire based on a person’s experience, talent, and the results of personality testing methods, which indicate whether someone has the mindset for a particular job. We recommend the use of a range of evaluations (e.g., graphology in conjunction with other psychological testing methods), in addition to the interview to determine a person’s fit for the demands of any particular job.

As we say on our handwriting sample forms, “Decisions will not be made based only on the results of the graphological analysis, but in conjunction with the interview process, decision-maker observations, and other information.”

Concern:
“What if 10 different handwriting analysts interpret a person’s script 10 different ways? Isn’t there a
problem with interpretation?”

Answer:
We recommend employers hire well-trained graphologists, such as those who have earned certification from a respected handwriting analysis school. In doing so, the problem of varying interpretations is
eliminated.

Concern:
“How does a person’s handwriting tell you ‘this person can or can’t do the job?’ This does not seem like a reasonable tool to help make hiring decisions.”

Answer:
First, through the complex coordination of physical body, the nervous system, and mind function, you express yourself in your writing like no one else. Handwriting is called an expression of your true self because it has been shown to directly link to subconscious character, the real personality behind the public persona. It’s really mind-writing and it’s as unique as your fingerprints. Even twins have different fingerprints and they also have different handwriting, sometimes drastically different, if you delve into the hundreds of indicators used for a comprehensive analysis.

Handwriting analysis doesn’t directly predict the success of a job applicant. However, it does provide
infomation about whether or not the applicant is a match for the job based on the job description.
Motivtions (e.g., social involvement, recognition, money, etc.), intellect, work habits, communication skills, and emotional foundation are some common areas of assessment.

There are many personality traits that aren’t easy to measure by talking to an applicant, reviewing their resume, and having them take standard personality evaluations. Handwriting analysis is so valuable
because it assesses subconscious character, the actual personality, aside from the one presented or
witnessed when an individual is at their best. It goes beyond evaluating an applicant just for the job tasks.

Handwriting analysis is particularly useful in determining specific personality traits needed for a job, such as consistency, flexibility, sincerity, emotional maturity, ability to make distinctions, decision-making ability, analytical ability, problem solving ability, ability to cope with stress, objectivity, and much more.

Concern:
“What if handwriting analysis exposes a questionable personality dynamic that you wouldn’t see
demonstrated on the job, that is totally unrelated to the position? I’d be concerned that this is an
invasion of my privacy.”

Answer:
Established legal precedents exist in relation to handwriting analysis. One U.S. court ruled that your script is “behavior in public” and that using it as the foundation of personality evaluation can’t be viewed as an invasion of privacy. U.S. vs. Hazelwood School District 534 F 2nd 805 states that graphology is “not precluded in hiring if it is related to the job.”

Invasion of privacy hinges on the expectation of privacy, which vanishes when you fill out a job application in your handwriting and acknowledge that the employer will read it. Also, employers understand (e.g., through performance agreements, such as the one we use) that only the employer’s decision-makers (i.e., your interviewer, etc.), those supervisory personnel who have a “need to know,” are entitled to see the results of the analysis. The contents of each profile is kept confidential, as per the client-analyst agreement.

Besides, no ethical handwriting analyst would tell your prospective employer about your possible early-life sexual abuse, for example, because it’s not directly related to the job. It’s the responsibility of the graphologist to focus exclusively on personality traits required for optimum job performance, i.e., identify personality strengths and challenges related to the job position.

Concern:
“The majority of adults entering the workforce today can’t even write. It’s becoming an obsolete skill due to computers.”

Answer:
Although people aren’t writing as much as they used to due to computers, we believe almost everyone can still write, even those who just graduated from high school. Even if they use only printing and not
cursive, their script can still be analyzed. It’s very doubtful the ability to write will become totally obsolete.

We recommend handwriting analysis as one of the most effective forms of personality analysis in
existence.

Copyright © 2008 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

5 More Handwriting Analysis Concerns Addressed

Friday, November 13th, 2009
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Handwriting analysis (graphology) shows how a person thinks and acts, along with their emotional balance, maturity, and much more. It denotes past conduct and displays potential for future behavior.

The fascinating thing about handwriting analysis is that you can interpret beyond the persona;
subconscious personality is revealed.

Common mistaken beliefs about handwriting analysis abound, such as that it involves only scrutiny of the signature or how attractive the script appears.

Below we deal with five common concerns about the science of graphology.

Concern:
“My writing looks horrible! Will this rule me out?”

Answer:
No. How your writing actually looks (form, etc.) is only one indicator of hundreds. Don’t worry. There are highly skilled and talented people throughout history who have messy-looking handwriting. The world is also replete with sociopaths who have very attractive-looking handwriting.

Concern:
“What if I have a physical limitation, such as arthritis that limits my handwriting?”

Answer:
Handwriting analysts take any physical limitation into consideration. As we list on our handwriting sample form, “Please explain any physical limitation that affects your handwriting…If you are using medication that you feel might alter your handwriting in any way, please say so and list the medication.” We also state on our “How to Prepare a Handwriting Sample” document, “Please state if you have suffered any emotional or physical trauma during the last year that might affect your handwriting,” and take such things into consideration when doing the analysis.

Concern:
“What if my handwriting changes depending on the writing instrument and the surface on which I’m
writing?”

Answer:
A well-trained handwriting analyst gives specific directions to the person writing the handwriting sample to avoid any such concerns. Please see “How to Prepare a Handwriting Sample”. In this document, we ask that you use a regular ball-point pen, unlined paper, be seated comfortably at a desk or table, and write at least a half page, among other advice:
http://www.scottpetullo.com/howtopreparehandwritingsamplepdf.pdf

Also, most of the 300+ indicators of your handwriting change far less than you realize no matter with what or on what you are writing.

Concern:
“If artists can alter their handwriting when they want, doesn’t this mean it’s not a useful personality assessment tool?”

Answer:
If a person is applying for a job and they are told that as part of the hiring process they will be asked to submit a handwriting sample, and the sample directions list the following (among other requests): “The writing sample should be done in your normal writing style while you are comfortably seated at a table or desk. If you habitually print, then please also include a paragraph of cursive writing. If you normally have several styles of writing, you may also include samples of each,” then chances are they will not attempt to alter their usual script. Even if they do, a good analyst can spot affectation and bluff. By attempting to significantly alter his or her writing, the writer also would risk misrepresenting themselves to the detriment of appearing to not be a match for the job.

Concern:
“According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, handwriting analysis might seem to be discriminatory since if anyone who has a disability cannot take a test, then nobody can; evaluations that can’t be adapted for use by those who are disabled, such as a blind person, can’t be used by a
potential employer.”

Answer:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated, “We are not aware of any evidence or cases which suggest that graphology has an adverse impact on a protected class.”

Anyone who can write a few paragraphs of spontaneous writing, even if it is with their foot or mouth holding the pen, can have their handwriting analyzed. Despite what some might claim, a handwriting analyst can’t distinguish sex, sexual orientation, race, age, weight, height, religion, or marital status from a handwriting sample. Handwriting analysis might just be the most non-discriminatory personality profiling method in existence. Firm correlations between specific protected classes and handwriting
analysis indicators have not been identified.

An employer should make sure that every job applicant submits a handwriting sample, whether or not that applicant’s handwriting sample is to be analyzed, if the employer plans to analyze handwriting as a form of evaluation for the job.

We advise the utilization of graphology as one of the most valuable forms of character analysis available.

Copyright © 2008 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

In Support of Handwriting Analysis

Friday, November 13th, 2009
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Skeptics of handwriting analysis say they want statistics on the validity of handwriting analysis, such as those involving published medical studies. Yet time and time again the outcomes of such scientific studies are proved unreliable due to bias (e.g., the study that found the drug superior was sponsored by the company that makes it).

Or, skeptics suggest that a handwriting analysis study should be “peer-reviewed.” However, there are many studies showing that peer review doesn’t enhance the accuracy of scientific work at all.

Even so, if they insist on scientific reviews, there exist many involving the science of handwriting analysis. The best anyone can do is to conduct objective empirical investigations, such as the ones here (extensive list–over 200, many from the past decade–of scientific papers published in non-graphological peer-reviewed journals since 1950): http://tinyurl.com/4cx3nf

You can’t prove that something has scientific validity. But you can prove a practice invalid. So far , handwriting analysis (or comprehensive astrology, or comprehensive numerology, etc.) has yet to be proven invalid. The above studies very firmly lend authenticity to the science of graphology.

An aside, handwriting analysts never claim 100% accuracy, and there doesn’t exist any psychological assessment tool that is 100% accurate.

Handwriting analysis is a valid supplement to other testing methods. It’s extremely useful in determining if a job applicant fits a job description, thereby saving the company time and money, along with helping to reduce security risks. It does not, however, directly predict the success of the applicant on the job.

Handwriting analysis is also extremely effective in assessing already existing employees’ strengths and challenges. It can go a long way in helping to improve workplace productivity and morale by uncovering true abilities and compatibility.

Reasonable levels of accuracy are assured if the graphologist has extensive training, such as by earning certification from a respected handwriting analysis school. An analyst knowledgeable in both trait-based and holistic approach graphology is best, rather than only one of the two methodologies.

A graphologist’s analysis is relative to the time the handwriting sample was written. Although it’s possible for a person’s script to change somewhat over time, the basic structure (organization, form, zonal balance, spacing, etc.) most often remains the same. But it is a good idea to have the person offer an updated writing sample for a current analysis if the person has gone through some major life changes, or if the last analysis they had done was when they were 23, and they are now 43, for example.

For those who are still skeptical of graphology, recall that many respected scientists in the earlier part of the twentieth century insisted that psychology could not be a science. It took decades for psychology to be accepted as the valid science it is today.

The U.S. Library of Congress catalogues graphology (handwriting analysis) books in the psychology, document examination, and personnel screening categories.

“Graphologist” (handwriting analyst) is listed in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Directory of Occupational Titles (DOT) as “miscellaneous professional.”

The U.S. Department of Labor Dictionary of Occupational Titles lists the profession of graphologist (handwriting analyst) as follows: http://tinyurl.com/52wb9u

199.267-038 GRAPHOLOGIST Analyzes handwriting to appraise personal characteristics: Obtains handwriting specimen to observe overall appearance of writing and detailed formation of letters. Measures height of letters and slant of writing, using calibrated templates. Observes individual writing strokes to determine unique or distinguishing characteristics, using ruler and low-power magnifying glass or microscope. Evaluates handwriting sample and interprets findings, according to theories of handwriting analysis. May use diagram to plot writing characteristics. GOE: 02.04.01 STRENGTH: S GED: R4 M3 L3 SVP: 6 DLU: 89

Evidence of handwriting analysis having doneharm in personnel selection or in other applications in the workplace is non-existent.

Over 300 handwriting indicators must be considered in doing a thorough analysis. Some of the more notable considerations are as follows: consistency; compression; down-strokes; elaboration; expansion; finals; fluidity; form; harmony; lead-ins; loops; margins; movement; organization; pressure; rhythm; signature compared to the rest of script; size; slant; overall arrangement and picture of space; spacing (letter, word, line, etc.); speed; zonal balance and much more.

Does any single consideration, such as excessive elaboration, override the cumulative strength of the collective body of other considerations? No.

All of the hundreds of indicators in a handwriting sample collectively either support or reduce the energy of any one consideration. Any single indicator must be corroborated by other indicators. The analyst weighs individual considerations and then views them in the context of the entire writing sample; the sample Nis dissected then re-built into a profile outlining the personality.

Graphology is grounded in common sense. For example, pressure of handwriting is symbolic of emphasis in speech; size is representative of how much attention you want; slant is how you react (left = withdrawal, right = outwardly expressive); writing movement is how you act (e.g., appears to be moving forward quickly equates to high drive, etc.); and signature could be interpreted as how you want others to view you. Handwriting is like mind-writing and handwriting analysis is a mind interpretation method.

Graphology is a valid, ethical approach to help define a person’s abilities and challenges, and it can help employers run their businesses more efficiently (before and after hiring). It can also be used by parents, singles, couples, teachers, and anyone else who is seeking more understanding about themselves and others.

Copyright © 2008 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

Calendars, Time, and Numerology

Friday, November 13th, 2009
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Civilization has always depended on accurate time keeping systems. Success with the timing of agricultural matters, financial concerns including markets, accounting and taxes, and seasonal celebrations such as festivals, all require an accurate method of counting time. The rhythm of time is defined as ordered recurrence in fixed intervals.

Regular astronomical cycles such as the daily rising and setting of stars like the Sun and the waxing and waning of the Moon, and their connection to the Earth’s seasons and seasonal events, gave the ancients standards by which to form calendars and time counting systems.

Calendar Formation isn’t Arbitrary

The obsession with time-keeping and its link to numerological calculations eventually reveals the awareness of an unexplained, ordered, omnipresent intelligence; a sort of cosmic, or “universal time,” and how it’s intimately linked to calendar formation and reform, no matter how random each may seem.

The Real Meaning of Time

Time is far deeper than a simple clock reading, it’s a rhythm that ties everything together and links the human microcosm to the macrocosmic “all that is.” Calendar numerology allows you to recognize its pulse and therefore forecast personal circumstances and events linked to its tempo.

Mathematical Precision of the Modern Calendar

In addition to the prevailing calendar, in our view, being automatically and mysteriously coordinated to everyone’s life through various forms of numerology, there is a surprising amount of mathematical precision involving astronomical cycles relating to the history of the formation our modern calendar. We feel this lends a great deal of reliability to its successful use as a basis for numerological calculations.

Your Fate is Mysteriously Synchronized with the Modern Calendar

We believe that souls incarnate on Earth with the timing of their fated life circumstances and events (symbolized by comprehensive cyclical timing and delineation methods) synchronized with the predominant calendar of the time, that being currently the modern solar-cycle based Gregorian calendar with its 365 days and 12 months. Our research tells us that modern and ancient numerological date-based methods produce the most accurate results using the modern, every-day calendar as mentioned above. In most places in the world, if you ask what date it is, you’ll receive an answer reflecting a Gregorian calendar date; it’s a universal calendar (unlike others) and the main synchronization system for most of the Earth’s inhabitants. We’re convinced it’s intimately connected with “what is,”seen through personality and predictive techniques that utilize its configuration.

The modern calendar is the international scientific, commercial, and administrative standard today. It represents the pulse of humanity and its roots are in ancient Egypt.

Historical Calendar Revisions Represent Closer Alignment with the Progression of Time

Calendar revisions throughout history have represented shifts toward a closer alignment with the progression of time. Multitudes and multitudes of constantly operating short, medium, and long-term time cycles tied to our solar calendar symbolize time, how it operates on a universal level, and its relationship to everyone under the Sun as it transpires on this plane, displayed through personal time cycles. These cycles outline fated personal circumstances and events, including spiritual progression. Being “in the flow,” or “at the right place at the right time,” are ways of noting harmonization with the advancement of time, both on a universal and personal level. Some claim that the “consciousness” of the Earth’s inhabitants changes due to calendar revisions, but we believe that all changes are simply illustrative of what was fated to happen anyway. They don’t, by themselves, make things happen any more than changing one’s hair color makes one younger.

Ancient Calendar Formation

Ancient astronomers (frequently priests of various faiths) perched on their temple towers, working in conjunction with the land’s king or ruler, would meticulously record astronomical observations, eventually developing systems by which to measure some of the natural cycles of this planet.

Sumerian Calendar

Evidence shows that the Sumerians, around 4000 years ago in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq and surrounding area), were possibly the first culture in the Earth’s recorded history to formulate a formal solar calendar, which had 365 days.

Babylonian Calendar

The Babylonians (after approximately 2500 BC) also devised an official calendar, but based it on solar and lunar cycles (lunisolar).

Hebrew Calendar

The Hebrew calendar is also lunisolar and its origins are believed to be linked to the Babylonians.

Chinese Calendar

The most accurate ancient lunar calendar may have been formulated by the Chinese after approximately 500 BC. Although based on lunar cycles, it’s really a lunisolar calendar, like the Babylonian and Hebrew calendars; its starting point varies each year being roughly synchronized with the solar calendar/tropical year (about 365 days long).

Mayan Calendar

The Mayans appeared to possess the most accurate calendar in recorded history up until around 1000 AD, varying less than 1 minute a year from our modern Gregorian.

Persian Calendar

The Persian calendar in the Middle Ages around 1070 AD, thanks to astronomer Omar Khayyam, surpassed the accuracy of the Mayan model. This is not surprising, considering the Persians’ and Arabs’ superior scientific (especially astrological) contributions in the Middle Ages. After Omar Khayyam’s Persian calendar corrections were officially adopted, this calendar was also more accurate than the Julian calendar, which preceded our current Gregorian calendar. Omar Khayyam calculated the solar year to be 365.24219858156 days long, accurate to the sixth decimal place.

Egyptian Calendar

The ancient Egyptians formed a calendar (twelve thirty-day months plus five days to equal 365 days) before 2400 BC based on the star Sirius (they called this star Sothis). They noticed that this star would appear in the east just before sunrise every year around the time of the Nile’s annual flood. A Sothic cycle is 1460 years and is defined by the heliacal rising of Sirius returning to the exact same point. Respected for its mathematical reliability, this calendar was used by astronomers in the Middle Ages.

The Egyptians’ seasonal year, the time between the consecutive heliacal risings of the star Sirius, is remarkably close to the actual length of the solar year. However, the approximate six hour difference means that over just a couple of centuries their calendar would have been totally out of synch with the timing of the seasons in relation to the solar year. The Egyptian astronomers quickly identified this problem and apparently tried to compensate by using a second lunar calendar, which tied into the solar cycle. A lunar calendar was also followed for festivals.

Roman Calendar

The Romans, under Julius Cesar, influenced by the astronomer Sisogenes of Alexandria Egypt, recognized the sophisticated astronomical skills of the Egyptians and adopted the Egyptian star (Sirius) calendar around 50 BC, and added one day to the calendar every four years (leap year) to adapt to the solar cycle. They abandoned their lunar calendar and the Julian calendar, forerunner to our modern Gregorian calendar, was born.

Metonic and Callippic Cycles Linked to Julian Calendar Formation

An aside, a Metonic cycle (invented by the 5th century BC Greek astronomer Meton) is 6940 days including 235 lunar months comprising almost exactly 19 solar years. The 19-year cycle is significant as every 19 years the Moon and the Sun are aspected identically, on the same day of the year (the Metonic cycle’s error rate is about 12 hours every 109.5 years: 19 tropical years = 6939.602 days and 235 synodic months = 6939.688 days).

A Callippic cycle (presented in 4th century BC by the Greek astronomer Callippus) is a 76-year cycle equivalent to four Metonic cycles, less one day. It’s a modification of the Metonic cycle. These cycles, widely used by ancient Egyptian and other astronomers before the Alexandrian calendar reform (under Julius Cesar), are important for sequential functions, and are superb cyclical timing considerations that can be used to outline fated life circumstances.

Even though the .25/day addition every year resulted in the Julian calendar being only about .00781 days from the true solar cycle, this difference yielded about a ten day error by the 1500s.

Gregorian Calendar

In 1582 the Gregorian calendar reform was adopted under the reign of Pope Gregory XIII to correct the inaccuracies of the Julian calendar. Striving for mathematical exactitude in calculating the length of the tropical year (the cycle of the seasons or solar year, defined as the time interval between vernal equinoxes), the scientists of that era dictated that the new universal calendar first drop 11 days from the old calendar as of October 4th, 1582 (making that day October 15th) and then initiated a leap year system adding a day every four years (except in century years evenly divisible by 400 or 4000). Although not perfect, this improved the solar calendar year to 365.2422 days, an error of about one day every 3300 years.

Why the Modern Calendar Begins in January and the Seven Day Week

Today’s calendar year begins in January conceivably because it’s the first full month when the days start growing longer (minutes of daily sunlight increasing in the Northern Hemisphere, which includes most of the world’s land and about 90% of the human population), after the Winter Solstice at the end of December. Additionally, the planet Saturn mutually ruling time and the sign of Capricorn might have something to do with the selection of January as the first month of the calendar year. The seven day week division is probably linked to ancient farmers planting by the moon’s phases (seven day quarters). As to why the day officially starts at 12:00 a.m. and not sunrise, it’s possibly due to the fact that after 12:00 a.m. the Sun departs from its daily nadir (in relation to the Earth) as it begins its ascent to the midheaven, which it reaches at Noon.

After the 1600s the Gregorian calendar was finally used throughout most of Europe and was adopted by what is now the east coast of America in the mid 1700s, before 1776, the recognized birth year of America. Greece and Russia avoided using it until the early 1900s. Japan formally implemented it in 1873, Korea in 1896, and China in 1912.

We feel accuracy in date-based numerology has always been due to a combination of the soundness of empirically-based numerology calculations, a mystifying link to the prevailing calendar of the day, along with the precision of that calendar in relation to cyclical earthly occurrences (like the solar cycle).

Other-dimensional forces beyond human comprehension serve to automatically synchronize one’s birth data (day, month, year, etc. of the calendar system) with one’s timing and personality (each mirrors the other), as symbolized by the numerology aspects that comprise the patterns that are the basis for delineation and prediction.

We conclude that the current universal calendar’s gradual formation was very deliberate and calculated, and its mathematical soundness and link to cosmic time, or universal intelligence, allows for calendar-based numerology, like that found in our Numerology Decoder and Time Cycle Decoder software programs, to precisely outline how every person is uniquely connected to the all-encompassing rhythm known as time.

Copyright © 2007 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo