Life Path 7

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This article is part of a series about the Life Path number in numerology, which represents the essence of who you are, and your purpose. To calculate yours, just add up the numbers in your birthday and reduce (please read this article for clarification).

If you are a Life Path 7, you walk a lone road. This is the number of mysticism, often associated with Neptune, the planet of illusion. Neptune is also the great dissolver, and its touch transcends us into the higher dimensions where any sense of self is lost to the collective consciousness. The tarot card associated with a 7 is the Hermit. While these two ideas may seem juxtaposed, when you think about it, they make perfect sense; in order to dip into the spiritual realm and connect with collective intelligence and divine inspiration, we must escape reality through seclusion.

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This is not the only dichotomy that you will experience as a 7. You have two opposing thirsts: a need for spiritual growth, and a need for data. The first is driven based on a desire to have your questions answered. The second….is also based on a desire to have your questions answered. You have a lot of questions! You spend much of your life learning, and at times may find yourself either too zoomed in on an issue, or too zoomed out.

What I mean by that is, if you hyper-focus on collecting data and as much scientific knowledge as you can to feed the brain (your ego), you will lose perspective on the issue. Likewise, if you let go of all the details of an issue and do spiritual bypass (a form of escapism), you’re just avoiding the real world entirely. In either of these cases, you are operating from fear based beliefs and the sooner you can recognize your own self-destructive behavior, the quicker you can get back on your path. 7’s often have trust issues and need to work on their openness.

These polarities are challenging, and the constant goal is the balance point. This is not an easy feat, nor an easy life path. You are a natural outcast, much like life path 1’s and 9’s. But in order to find answers, you often must be alone. Many 7’s don’t in fact start out loners, they become loners. They actually seek out isolation and a different road than the one of their parents and/or peers, and purposefully go against the grain. This isn’t always rebel-without-a-cause energy, although it can be in its negative expression. But 7’s instinctively know that they must separate in order to pursue their spiritual growth, and to do their research.

Because your previous incarnation was (in theory) a life path 6, packed full of responsibility and obligation to family, you feel a sense of worn-outness early on in life. I know many 7s that are sooooo over their family, and the requirements of their station, early on in life. They roll their eyes at the obligatory holiday photo sessions, they rail against the status quo and all the expectations on them. They end up moving across the country at 18. They just can’t take it anymore, the hypocrisy of it all. 7s can come across as jaded, but also petty…unappreciative, but more real than anyone around. Direct, but mysterious. Honest, but kind of mean. They are a walking contradiction!

As you move down your path throughout the course of your life, you are headed towards the next incarnation, a Life Path 8 which is deeply rooted in the material plane and here to master the art of manifestation and the delicacies of power. You, on the other hand, could often care less about the material plane and are the most likely life path number to neglect your physical body. That’s a problem, because your 3D body is the vessel that you need to play this game we call reality. You may often neglect other material things such as your finances…again, a problem because you are here in the matrix whether you like it or not. You chose to play this game. You need to take care of basic needs because those are the rules of the game, and I know you like to push against rules. But the more you neglect your material needs, unfortunately, the less energy you will have to focus on those “what does it all mean” questions and you will become more and more imbalanced.

On the flip side (are you sensing a pattern?) 7’s can hyper-focus on nutrition, fitness, supplements, anything and EVERYTHING health and body related. This is well and good but when it turns into obsession, or a very clinical approach that ignores the spirit’s part in health, things can go south. We’re talking about psychosomatic symptoms, compulsive disorders, obsession over illness, etc. Again, balance is key and for this life path, meditation is not even an option, it’s a must!

If you are a 7, you are highly intuitive, often psychic, have a cool intellect, and can tap into the collective consciousness and your own unparalleled intelligence at any time. You can also damage yourself with drugs and alcohol, become dependent on others, literally become a hermit and live off the grid, wind up destroying your own life in an effort to go against the grain (and other people’s lives, too!), and a myriad of other sad ways to waste this beautiful gift. The choice is yours!

Progressed Moon in Capricorn or the 10th House

goat-2153622This post is part of a series on lunar progressions. You can read this post for more about progressions in general 🙂

The progressed moon represents evolving needs, emotions, and relationships. It takes about two and a half years to go through each sign, and the lessons you learn during this progression alter you forever.

When you switch from PR moon in Sagittarius to Capricorn, your life gets very serious. They were definitely not that serious in Sagittarius, and unless Sag rules your 10th house of career, play and recreation were the priority. That will end, and possibly abruptly when PR moon enters Capricorn! Something may be a catalyst to this, such as a life crisis that causes you to question what you are doing, and in what ways you lack self-discipline, ambition, and structure.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, planet of restriction. This is Kronos, in Greek mythology, the ruler of time. Unlike the moon which rules Cancer, Capricorn’s opposing sign, this time is not cyclical. This is man-made time, the calendar, the clock. You are reminded during this lunar progression in what ways you are a subject of time, and of this world. This is an earth sign and it will ground you, sometimes painfully in the beginning of the progression. You are brought back down from the heights that Sagittarius brought you to, but this isn’t meant to be a punishment or inflict pain. It is meant to tone and strengthen you so that you can materialize with ease, through the rigors of self-discipline. How else will you make your dreams happen in the 3d world?

Like everything else, it is all in the way you perceive this phase that matters. And matter will be your concern – that which our world is made of, and how you can wield your power to gain the greatest amount of success and recognition you can. This is especially true if your PR moon is moving through your 10th house, the house of career and worldly ambitions! You may also find that you are attracted to relationships (friendships and romantic) with older people/mentors/bosses, OR you can go the opposite route and become the older, “parental” figure to younger/childlike people. It’s often an either/or situation (or both) with Capricorn, but there is something about teacher/student or father/child with these dynamics.

Capricorn is a Cardinal sign which represents the beginning of winter, so it is an initiator. You will initiate during this lunar progression, and it will be anything having to do with career, work, new ambitions, material success, and money matters. You may access the inner CEO in yourself and find leadership skills you never knew were there. Emotions themselves will not be on public display during this progression. It is not the most comfortable place for moon to be, given that it’s the opposite sign from her natural home (Cancer). Emotions are under extreme self-control and discipline and will only be released as is situationally appropriate, typically.

Capricorn is the mountain goat, and like a goat you will become both resourceful and ambitious. The pluses of this progression are that you will learn to spin gold from straw, making riches from virtually nothing and using all of your resources in the most effective and efficient manner possible. You can become a true strategist. The pitfalls of Capricorn are materialism, and becoming overly concerned with status at the cost of actual enrichment and happiness. Capricorn can also be emotionally withdrawn and use work as an escape from tending to emotional issues, including home and family related things.

Again, these are just things to watch out for, and it truly is about your vibration while you are learning lessons. Like everything else, even a Capricorn/10th house lunar progression can be a fun ride or a miserable job. Saturn tends towards the depressing because it represents the epitome of negative energy – limitations, restriction, isolation, separation – yet without the darkness you cannot see the light. A photograph would be a blank white page without contrast. This lunar progression can teach you the joys of work, focus, dedication, and earning/making your own way. It can teach you the true liberation that comes from being self-disciplined, trained, and masterful in your area of choice.

One final word, Saturn has the “Benjamin Button” effect (is that an old reference?) in that it starts off old and grows young with work and time. So your Cappy lunar progression may start off depressing and feel sluggish, as if you have all this work ahead of you and it makes you feel tired and a bit isolated from everyone else that seems to be playing. But as you work it and see results over time, by the end of the progression you will feel much lighter and freer, and start to let your hair down so to speak.

This progression is challenging for most, but easiest for those with natal moon in another earth sign (Taurus, Virgo). It will be the most challenging for those with natal moon in another Cardinal sign (Aries, Libra, and especially Cancer), or heavy personal planets. For example, I have four planets in Aries and three in Libra, and my progressed moon is just about to enter Capricorn…should be LOADS OF FUN!!! 😛

Solar Return 2018

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Yesterday was my birthday, and I went to a salt cave. It was a numerology personal 9 day so I was feeling the release, but got a little moody and emotional by the end.

I also thought this is a great time to do a post on the solar return. This is the time of year when your sun returns to the exact degree (right down to the minute and second of the degree) that it was when you were born. It is usually on your birthday, or a day before or after.

It’s easy to calculate if you use astro.com, because their extended chart selection has a solar return option. Here is mine for this year:

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It is interpreted much like a natal chart, but only good for one year. I usually refer to Mary Fortier Shea’s Solar Return book when trying to figure out what areas a person is going to focus on during their upcoming year….it’s a phenomenal guide, and very detailed. The sun is the most important part, specifically what house it falls in and the aspects it makes to other planets.

The sun will be in the same degree as your natal chart, but everything else is generally different. Your rising for the year depicts how you will interact with people, the SR moon represents your general emotional climate for the year, Mercury represents how you will give/receive information…same as a natal interpretation. You can look at the chart as is, but it also reveals more depth when you compare it to your natal chart:

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You can see aspects between the charts when you use the “synastry” option under extended chart selection. You can also look at how the houses line up with one another: all those Capricorn 12th house planets line up with my natal 11th house. Issues regarding friends, groups, hopes and wishes are going to be significant this year, but I may not be able to access them on a conscious level because they fall in the SR H12…that’s one interpretation of how that will play out.

There is another method I have read about using for the Solar Return chart calculate, called a “precessed” chart. This is when you find the time of the SR in sidereal (used in vedic astrology) then use that time to make a chart in tropical. I have read that some astrologers have more success with this method, so I usually look at both. Here is my precessed 2018 SR chart:

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Equally interesting, because the AC/DC line is exactly opposite my natal, same degree. This also makes the coming year more significant because there is a planet and asteroid conjunct one of the angles (those are always the most significant years)…moon and Juno. When I have looked back at my solar returns, the precessed chart does tend to be a more accurate depiction of what occurred that year.

The SR is not great for timing but more where you focus your energy on that year, and the internal changes you experience. Since the sun is your identity and life purpose, this is a chart primarily about how you are evolving in those areas. You can do return charts for other planets like Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and the dreaded Saturn return. (Again, interpretation is based around the planet you are focusing on.)

The worst SR I ever had included a grand cross. Major year! I ended up growing through a lot of contrast. Those years you have all trines and sextiles, you might not do much. Years you have a lot of water will be emotional, a lot of Cardinal will be self-starting years (maybe not a lot of follow-through), if you lack earth you may not be too practical that year, etc. I’m happy to see a nice little bucket formation in this year’s SR, and hopefully things go well…I’ll let you know next April!

Whole Sign House System

I made a significant change to my astrology practice a couple months ago: I switched to whole signs. Prior to that, I was using Polich-Page (which is more or less identical to Placidus, the most popular Western astrology house system and typically the default on any website that generates charts). However, I read some compelling arguments that convinced me to make the switch.

It started with this article by Michelle at AstroFix, who attended a lecture by Demetra George about the topic. To be honest, Michelle’s article alone was enough. Reading this was an epiphany… it changed my whole perspective!

Also, this article by Marina at Darkstar which goes into more depth about the history of whole signs and how it fell to the wayside, and a PDF by Chris Brennan listing 12 reasons why WSH is best. I’m not going to try and explain it myself, because they have done an excellent and thorough job already.

Whole signs offers what I have been looking for: simplification. WHS does not take the Ascendant and put it on the cusp of the 1st house, nor does it put the Midheaven on the cusp of the 10th (gasp!). Instead, the sign of the Ascendant is the 1st house, and the zodiac lines up from there. No splitting signs between houses, no intercepted planets. The angles are no longer house cusps, but sensitive points.

To illustrate the difference, here is my chart first in Placidus, and then in whole signs:

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You can see in Placidus I have multiple intercepted signs and planets, but all of that is removed in WSH. Signs line up with houses perfectly. This speaks to me because I already practice the concept that sign boundaries are hard lines (Mars at 29º Cancer and Venus at 0º Leo are not conjunct, as an example). To be frank, it spoke to me on a personal level first, because in WSH my Aries and Libra planets moved to H2/H8 respectively, and it was like I saw myself for the first time. Everything in my life made sense in an instant!

It’s nice to still be able to have those aha! moments, even after a lifetime of practicing astrology. Although I haven’t done any readings since the switch, I will be using this house system for all readings going forward, and I feel like it will really take things to the next level.

A New Year of Numerology

I can’t believe it’s 2017…where did this past year go? It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting down to figure out all that I was going to accomplish in 2016, my personal 8 year.

This is a universal 1 year for the world. That means that unlike last year, which was filled with death and emotional turbulence, this year will be about new beginnings. For me  it is a personal 9 year, which will be filled with….death and emotional turbulence (yikes!)

What’s yours? To calculate your personal year, just add your day and month of birth to the current year. For example: my birthday (April 13th) added to 2017 goes like this:

April = 4

13 = 1+3 = 4

2017 = 2+0+1+7 = 10, and 1+0 = 1

4 + 4 + 1 = 9

Easy, right? Here’s what to expect in a nutshell:

1 – New beginnings, the start of your new 9 year cycle, learning lessons of authority and independence, change

2 – Ego takes a back seat to relationships and harmony, learning lessons of compromise, diplomacy, and patience

3 – Creativity and self-expression are paramount, expanding your life, experiencing joy and stretching to new heights

4 – Laying foundations under the dreams of last year, hard work, fixing what’s broken, creating stability

5 – The “snow globe” year that shakes you up, expect the unexpected, go with the flow, live in the now

6 – The love year that focuses on commitments, duty, family, giving and receiving love, and home

7 – A quiet, contemplative, and solitary year of retreat. Time to meditate, do research, and center yourself

8 – The power year of accomplishment. Learning lessons about personal power, financial gains/losses, and success or failure in business and career

9 – The end of a cycle, emotional release, giving back to others, letting go of outdated people/places/things

These are basic explanations, but you can hone in on what’s happening month-by-month by adding the number value of current month we are in to your personal year. For example, if you are entering into a personal 5 year, then January is a 6 month (5 + 1 = 6). So although you are entering into a year of change and turbulence, January in particular will be focused on responsibilities and loved ones.

Happy New Year!

Happy Sagittarius Season!

The Sun has entered Sag! I love this season because everyone is so much happier and full of hope.

The Sun entered Sagittarius on November 21st and will leave on December 21st. So it starts with a gluttonous feast (Thanksgiving) which is appropriate, and ends on the first day of Winter. I have a theory that most people don’t start worrying about Christmas until the Sun moves into Capricorn, and that’s why there is such a ridiculous rush to get all the last-minute shopping done!

But December is all about parties, fun, decorations and lights, and eating nice things. That basically sums up Sag. To me, the Sagittarius spirit is embodied in Santa Claus. The only way the magic works is through belief (a major Sag/Jupiter theme). That belief can control a child’s behavior the entire month. Just think about what organized religion has done to control the mass population for millennia!

Remember when you were a kid and how magical this time of year was? Yes, you had to try to be good or Santa wouldn’t bring you any presents, but that never actually happened. But mostly it was the thought that someone was out there waiting to shower you with presents.

I think that’s the real magic, having faith that something is out there and loves you unconditionally. It’s a time to enjoy life and realize that most religions are celebrating in their own way this season… the same miracle in different cloaks. Sag’s ugly side (argument and competition) can get people on a soap box about their POV, and that would be a shame….to waste the holiday season arguing semantics.

Happy Holidays 🙂

The Jupiter-Pluto Square

There is a major square coming up that will hit three times between now and 2017: Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn. The first one will be exact on November 24th at 15º (so you can feel it building already), and the other two will happen on March 30th and August 4th of 2017, respectively.

Jupiter is all about expansion, and in Libra, it’s currently magnifying relationship goals and social ideals. The house it’s riding through in your chart represents what life areas are taking larger significance. In my chart, Jupiter is transiting the 7th house – Libra’s natural house of committed partnerships – so I’ve got a double-whammy of focus on idealistic relationships. For you, it might be your 5th house of children and romantic/creative partners, or your 10th house representing business/professional partnerships and connections.

Pluto is about transformation, and in Capricorn (where it’s been riding for eight years) it examines and breaks down traditional power structures. On an individual level, this could mean a slow but permanent change in your professional life, hierarchies such as family or work structure, and how you interact with government. If Pluto is in your 2nd house, your self-worth and personal finances are going through permanent changes. If it’s transiting your 4th house, family and home hierarchy is being transformed.

So what happens when Jupiter and Pluto clash? A square means tension, crisis, and/or conflict of interest. In this case, the Libra idealism/hyper-focus on equality clashes with Capricorn traditional hierarchy. Capricorn’s natural ruler is Saturn, Jupiter’s opposite planet: where Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts.

Globally, Jupiter’s strong ideals and high hopes are being stymied by those in power. I’ve already talked about the U.S. election on this blog, and this square would certainly apply to those who oppose our current president elect. Like Jupiter ramming itself against Pluto’s iron fist, people may attempt to push their ideals even more strongly when told, “no.” It would also apply to his supporters who have high hopes (perhaps too high, and he won’t be able to live up to them).

On a personal level, check the square against your natal chart. If you have personal planets, angles (Ascendant/MC), or Lunar nodes from 14 – 19 degrees of the Cardinal signs then you will be more personally affected by the square. Just try to remember that if you find yourself thwarted, and attempt to fix that by pushing your ideals even further down people’s throats….you’re not handling this well.

Make use of this energy by allowing yourself to compromise and work with any restrictions that come up, not against them, especially if this transit manifests for you via a person in a position of power limiting you in some way. Ultimately squares spur us into growth, once we accept the challenge they present.