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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WSH

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.

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Website Updates, and Mercury’s not even Retrograde

I have transferred the contents of my old blog to free WordPress in order to cut costs, and now everything is a little discombobulated and all the photos have mysteriously disappeared. So thanks for your patience while I put everything right again!

I’ve been confused about where to go with my astrology blog and YouTube channel, to be honest…lots of changes are happening in my communication style (aka Mercury issues!). I’ve been leaning towards a simpler style. But while writing or recording a video, I waiver a ton: am I being too emotionally distant? Am I rambling?

In truth, I have always had this struggle. Thanks for bearing with me while I figure all this out.

Have a happy holiday season!

The Week Ahead: April 25 – May 1

 

Monday April 25 (no major aspects). Moon is in Sagittarius.

Tuesday April 26, the Sag Moon is void of course from 11:50am to 7:54pm, when it enters Capricorn. A great evening for good times with old friends!

Wednesday April 27, Taurus Sun inconjuncts Mars Rx in Sagittarius. There may be a little discomfort between your actions and objectives; you have practical goals, but restless/scattered energy today means you may not see them through. Go easy on yourself.

Thursday April 28Mercury stations retrograde at 23º Taurus. Good luck! Although you may feel it beginning from Monday on, today is the day technology starts going haywire, traffic becomes unpredictable, and paperwork is a mess. Have patience!

Friday April 29, the Aquarius Moon reaches Last Quarter at 11:29pm. As energy from the Full Moon is released, you may experience a personal crisis. Aquarius isn’t emotional, however, so it would be expressed via sudden detachment. Venus enters Taurus today, as well.

Saturday April 30, Aquarius Moon is void of course from 10:55pm until 10:33am on Sunday, when it enters Pisces.

Sunday May 1, the Sun sextiles Neptune. This is a great day for imaginative work or play, and especially artistic or musical expression, due to the combo of Taurus/Pisces. Enjoy going to the movies with family, escaping into a good book, or spiritual pursuits.

The Week Ahead: April 18 – 24



Monday April 18, Pluto stations retrograde at 17º Capricorn, beginning a period of internal reflection and intense focus on the activities of the house it’s in. Pluto is Rx nearly half the year (it stations direct September 26), so unless you have natal planets around 17º of the Cardinal signs, you may not feel this transit strongly.

Virgo Moon is void of course from 8:29am Monday to 7:23am Tuesday (when it enters Libra).

Tuesday April 19, the Sun enters Taurus, beginning the season of the bull! Taurus is most concerned with self-preservation, peace, beauty, and things it can experience with its five senses. This is a great season to get your finances or budget together, look at real estate, garden, fix up your home, or re-decorate.

Wednesday April 20 (no transits).

Thursday April 21, Libra Moon is void of course from 2:13am to 8:17pm, when it enters Scorpio.

Friday April 22, the Full Moon occurs at 2º Scorpio. This is an intense culmination, and Scorpio takes an all-or-nothing approach: you can have laser-focus on the truth, or cut something out of your life entirely. Venus and Uranus are conjunct as well today, so there is an element of the unpredictable, especially concerning your desires in love, friendship, or finance.

Saturday April 23, Scorpio Moon is void of course from 5:45pm on.

Sunday April 24, Moon enters Sagittarius at 8:46am.

Horoscopes April 11 – 17

 

Aries

Tuesday, Venus in your sign trines Mars (your ruler) in your opportunities sector, as we enter the last week of your season, Rams. This is a nice way to go out, however! The trine may give you a bit of wanderlust, and surely encourage you to take a chance on opportunities that will expand your horizons (especially travel, educational, legal, and publishing matters), but be mindful of your inclination towards being too impulsive. This weekend, when your ruler (Mars) stations retrograde, you enter into a 10-week period of back-tracking, reconsidering actions you’ve taken these past couple months, and intense, internal review. So, developments on the Venus-Mars issues may be delayed until July, but you’ll have lots to think about! Meanwhile, asteroid Ceres enters your sign on Thursday, and may suss up mothering/abandonment issues, or feelings of needing nurturing/to be nurtured. The way to handle them is your very own style of assertion, independence, and taking physical action.

Taurus

Tuesday, Venus (your ruler) in your hidden sector trines Mars in your sector of intimacy and shared resources. This aspect is more subtle for you, Bulls, as it can involve secret, private desires you decide to take action on – perhaps a relationship you want to take to a deeper level – but can just as easily be about dealing with unconscious fears, such as debt or tax issues (or your partner’s financial woes) that keep you up at night. Whatever it is, on Sunday, when Mars stations retrograde, you’ll have to back off of it for the next 10 weeks because developments are delayed until July (although internally, you’ll be intensely reviewing intimacy/debt issues). On Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your hidden sector, and mothering or abandonment issues may crop up via dreams or other subconscious ways. While you may not be able to take direct action, you can deal with your need to nurture/be nurtured by lending an ear to loved ones.

Gemini

Tuesday, Venus in your social sector trines Mars in your relationship sector, and your social life can see a boost of energy. Not that you need any help in the arena of networking, but this aspect could prompt the development of a friendship into a partnership (romantic or business). If not, friends and contacts are still charmed by your graceful and diplomatic way of putting others’ needs at the forefront. This weekend, Mars stations retrograde, and developments that began under the Venus trine take a backseat until July. For the next 10 weeks, you’ll be going back over actions taken in committed relationships, and doing a private, internal review of the subject. If you’re not currently attached, you may even encounter a partner from the past. Just remember, whatever you initiate during Mars Rx will take a different turn after it stations direct this summer! Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your social sector, and friends/groups may bring up mothering or abandonment issues. Deal with it by asserting your independence and taking action.

Cancer

Tuesday, Venus in your career sector trines Mars in your routine sector. This can mean great things on the professional front; you have the inspiration to act on a larger career goal, or get noticed by superiors for your attention to detail and diligence. Likewise, this aspect can make your professional relationships (with the boss, or co-workers) harmonious. When Mars stations retrograde on Sunday, initiative you took in your job, daily schedule, or health and personal habits can take a backseat; things have to be re-assessed for the next 10 weeks, which will be an intense time of quiet self-examination. You may have to rethink some health/fitness moves, or how you are approaching things at work. You’ll be able to revisit whatever the Venus/Mars trine inspires in July (your month, Crabs!). Thursday, the asteroid Ceres enters your career sector, and may stir up mother issues or feelings of abandonment (which you relate to well, Moon-children), ironically on the work front. Deal with them by being assertive and taking independent action, professionally.

Leo

Tuesday, Venus in your opportunity sector trines Mars in your creative sector. This is a great aspect for exciting romance! Your fellow Fire signs (Aries and Sagittarius) are involved, and along with you Lions, ignite a spark in your belly: creative projects, performance, self-expression, travel, publishing, and children are just a few of the areas you may be inspired to act upon! However, on Sunday, Mars stations retrograde; whatever gets started with the trine will be on the back burner for the next 10 weeks. You will be going back over actions taken in the area of projects, talents, children, romance, and ego-expression. There needs to be some intense, internal review of actions taken here, before you’ll see any developments (Mars will station direct again in early July). Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your opportunity sector, and you have a chance to deal with some mothering or abandonment issues directly, and through action. To nurture yourself and others, think independence and physical activities.

Virgo

Tuesday, Venus in your intimacy sector trines Mars in your domestic sector. The link here may progress an intimate relationship to a joint-living situation, or at least have you begin the process. Too, joint financial issues or debt/tax items can be assisted by actions taken at home or with family. Whatever you are inspired to do, when Mars stations retrograde on Sunday, developments temporarily halt. Over the next 10-week period, you’ll be reassessing actions pertaining to home and family, and will be able to move forward again in July, when Mars stations direct once more. Thursday, the asteroid Ceres enters your intimacy/shared resources sector, and a physically or emotionally intimate relationship (or debt problems) touch upon your mother or abandonment issues. The way to deal is via independence, assertion, being direct, and especially through physical activity. Take chart in this area!

Libra

Tuesday, Venus (your ruler) in your partnership sector trines Mars in your communications sector. This is a fabulous aspect for initiating new relationships, or breathing life into existing ones with some fresh, exciting communication! Likewise, you can charm anyone with your words at the moment, because your natural charisma – rooted in grace, diplomacy, and putting others’ needs at the forefront – is really shining through. You may feel the inspiration to act (something that is typically hard for you to decide upon), but just know that on Sunday, Mars stations retrograde for a 10-week period. During this time, activity on the aforementioned will back off, and you’ll have to privately review what actions you’ve taken in written projects and contracts, with siblings, and in all areas of communication. Come July, you’ll see developments once again. Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your partnership sector, and feelings of abandonment/mother issues may arise within relationships. The way to deal is independently (NOT by projecting onto your partner!)

Scorpio

Tuesday, Venus in your routine sector trines Mars (your co-ruler) in your resources sector. This can mean some nice developments in finances, perhaps related to a new position you’ve attracted at work! It can also represent a positive connection between your health and fitness routine, and your self-esteem. Keep up the good work! Sunday, Mars stations retrograde, and a 10-week review period begins, specifically about actions you take in your personal finances, real estate, and self-worth issues. Until July, you may not see real developments in the areas inspired by this week’s Venus trine. Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your routine sector, and you may feel that mother or abandonment issues are being brought up daily; in your job, schedule personal habits, or health. Deal with them through physical action and asserting your independence.

Sagittarius

Tuesday, Venus in your self-expression sector trines Mars in your sign. You could not have a better aspect to promote personal confidence and creativity, even a possible romance! Also, enjoy time spent with your children. It’s all about joy right now! Now is a great time to do something different with your appearance. Sunday, Mars stations retrograde, and for the next 10 weeks you’ll go through a private reassessment of actions you’ve been taking in your life. This doesn’t have to be heavy – you Sag’s enjoy lightness – but you’ll have to take your time, and wait until July for developments. Thursday, the asteroid Ceres enters your creativity sector, and you may feel mother or abandonment issues creeping up as you work on creative projects, romance a lover, or spend time with your kids. Deal with them (and show nurturing) through physical activity and asserting your independence.

Capricorn

Tuesday, Venus in your domestic sector trines Mars in your hidden sector. Although this is a subtle aspect for you Goats, you can tap into your intuition through meditation and dreams, to figure out how to proceed with plans regarding home and family (especially renovations, decor, and relationships). You may get some great ideas, but Sunday, Mars stations retrograde, and actions on the home/family front may take a backseat until July. For the next 10 weeks, you may feel weird as Mars Rx has you doing an internal review of actions you’ve taken recently, in regards to secret desires and fears. You may not even fully understand what is happening, but have patience as your subconscious works it all out. Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your domestic sector, and mothering/abandonment issues come up as you deal with your family stuff. Show nurturing to yourself and others through physical action and encouraging independence.

Aquarius

Tuesday, Venus in your communication sector trines Mars in your social sector. This aspect is excellent for improving your network and making some new, helpful contacts. You have the ability to say just the right thing, right now! Sunday, Mars stations retrograde, and any advances you make this week may be put on the back burner until July. You’ll be doing a 10-week review of actions taken regarding your group of friends, your social network, and on social media (especially conflicts). Also, you’ll have a private and intense review of what you’re doing to act upon your bigger hopes and wishes. Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your communication sector, and you may find yourself talking or writing about mothering/abandonment issues more and more. The way to deal is to assert your independence, and take action to nurture yourself.

Pisces

Tuesday, Venus in your personal resource sector trines Mars in your career sector. This can mean wonderful developments in your finances, relationships, and professional endeavors! Your ambition and image can really get you what you want, right now. Sunday, when Mars stations retrograde, these things may take a backseat for a while. You are entering a 10-week review of actions taken on the professional front (and reconsidering any conflicts with your superiors). Although you may be intensely focused on a specific career issue for a while, you can expect developments with work/finances to leap forward once Mars is direct again, in July. Thursday, asteroid Ceres enters your personal resource sector, and mothering/abandonment issues come up surrounding your need for material security. Deal with them by taking action, and asserting your independence (NOT overspending!).

The Week Ahead: April 11 – 17


Monday April 11th, the Gemini Moon is void of course from 2:56pm on, so use the morning to begin (many) new projects, and the afternoon for edits/revisions.

Tuesday April 12th, the Moon enters Cancer (4:06am). A good day for nurturing others. Mercury sextiles Neptune (5:41am), making today an imaginative and visionary one. You can speak with compassion and empathy to others. Venus trines Mars in the afternoon (3:15pm), which allows masculine and feminine energy to work fluidly; great for group projects, or a mid-week date night.

Wednesday April 13th, the Moon reaches its First Quarter at noon, marking a pinnacle in the growth cycle of whatever you began during the Aries New Moon. An emotional crisis can occur, prompting you to meet a challenge.

Thursday April 14th, Moon is void of course until it enters Leo (9:52am), so don’t initiate new projects until mid-morning. Mercury in Taurus enters the shadow zone for its upcoming retrograde (April 28 – May 22). What happens in written projects, contracts, and finances from now until then is what will breakdown during the retrograde. Asteroid Ceres enters Aries today, and the way to nurture/mother/get over abandonment issues is through physical action, and by asserting your independence.

Friday April 15thMercury trines Saturn Rx (10:30pm), making today a good one for structured thinking and disciplined communication. Don’t put off meetings or written projects until next week; you can see tangible results with a little effort, today.

Saturday April 16th, the Leo Moon is void of course from 1:48pm – 7:22pm, making this afternoon a good one for spending time with the kids, or revising a creative project. Venus is inconjunct Jupiter Rx tonight (9:26pm), so take caution in matters of the heart (and wallet): you could go a little further than you intended!

Sunday April 17th, Mars in Sagittarius stations retrograde at 8º (8:14am), and from today through June 29th, actions taken over the past few months will have to be gone back over. Mercury trines Pluto at 5:25am, making today a good one for intense focus on research or reading, and also good for deeper, more truthful/intimate conversations.

Horoscopes April 4 – 10


Aries

Venus enters your sign on Tuesday, and you can enjoy the power of your own brand of attraction: feisty and genuine! Mercury enters your security sector same day, so what you attract has do with where your thoughts and words are newly focused: earned income, property, personal needs, and self-worth. Thursday’s New Moon in your sign begins a new chapter, and with a bang! You’ll feel excited or anxious with electric Uranus in your sign, and Pluto drives you towards action based on gut-instinct. What you’re striving for has to do with Saturn’s area: profession, business, legal matters, and educational goals.

Taurus

Venus enters your hidden sector on Tuesday, and you start paying attention to secret or subconscious desires. Mercury enters your sign the same day, so you will be able to articulate what you want more clearly, and with stronger conviction. Thursday’s New Moon in your hidden sector illuminates a possibility that was previously in your blind spot. Uranus close by means that realizations can be sudden and electric, and Pluto adds secrecy and self-control to an already private issue. What you want may involve Saturn in your intimacy sector: emotional connection, sex, or action on shared resource (debt/tax) issues.

Gemini

Venus enters your social sector on Tuesday, and your desire to make new friends, or go out on a limb with a new network contact, will increase. Mercury enters your hidden sector same day, and (for once) you may be speechless…is that even possible? Articulation becomes a challenge, and information is hidden from you (gossip may arise). Thursday’s New Moon in your social sector can spur a new connection, an unexpected attraction in a friend, or an unexpected happening on social media. Uranus ensures a disruption is involved in your social circle, and Saturn indicates an established partnership may be involved. 

Cancer

Venus enters your career sector on Tuesday, and your career opportunities and professional contacts are infused with charm, especially if you promote yourself. Same day, Mercury enters your social sector, meaning you can gain information through networking and groups of friends. Your public image is heightened right now, so make the most of it! Thursday’s New Moon in your career sector can mean an abrupt new beginning on the professional front, either with your actual job, an authority figure, or your career image. A relationship with a co-worker can anchor you during turbulent times, as well as your personal health routine.

Leo

Venus enters your opportunity sector on Tuesday, and you can attract new windows for growth or romance, particularly in the areas of travel, education, publishing, and law. Same day, Mercury enters your career sector, helping you to think practically and realistically about professional matters (which may be assisted by what you attract). Thursday’s New Moon in your opportunity sector means travel plans or legal matters can take an unexpected turn, or you can have an unforeseen chance to expand. Saturn helping from your self-expression sector means your anchor lies your children, or a creative project.

Virgo

Venus enters your shared resource sector on Tuesday, and you can attract a whole new level of intimacy with a partner, as well as financial assistance. Same day, Mercury enters your opportunity sector, helping you to methodically organize what you’re doing in an area of growth (especially travel, education, or legal matters). Thursday’s New Moon in your shared resource sector means unpredictable developments in a shared financial issue (think debts, taxes, and partner’s funds), or an equally sudden intimate relationship (think sexy!). Saturn anchors you with duties to home and family.

Libra

Venus enters your partnership sector on Tuesday, and you can use your charms to make a fresh start in personal (or business) relationship. Same day, Mercury enters your shared resource sector, helping you to think practically about financial issues (debts, taxes, partner’s funds), and also communicate your needs within an intimate relationship. Thursday’s New Moon in your partnership sector means sudden happenings within the context of a relationship. You can take the reigns – something you typically lack the gusto for! – and initiate change with another. Saturn ensures you communicate clearly and with integrity.

Scorpio

Venus enters your routine sector on Tuesday, and you can charm people at work with a positive, assertive attitude. Same day, Mercury enters your relationship sector, helping you to think and speak practically with a partner. Now is a great time to express your needs within relationships (including co-workers). Thursday’s New Moon in your routine sector may mean a new job or an unexpected change at work, and sudden improvements in health and fitness issues. Pluto adds power to this Moon involving shared information, and Saturn anchors you by reminding you of your existing financial considerations.

Sagittarius

Venus enters your self-expression sector on Tuesday, and you can pump up the charm with a new love interest by flaunting exactly who you are, no facade. Same day, Mercury enters your routine sector, and practical matters take over your mind, concerning health, fitness, work, and personal habitsThursday’s New Moon in your self-expression sector can mean a sudden development with a new romance, or involving pregnancy/children. You may take a gamble and wind up in the spotlight for your talents. Although there’s nervous or exciting energy involved, remember to stay focused on long-term objectives.

Capricorn

Venus enters your domestic sector on Tuesday, and you can make a new start on the home front, perhaps involving a new decor project or family activity. Same day, Mercury enters your self-expression sector, and you can speak frankly and practically about your needs to a new love interest, or with your children. Likewise, a creative project can now be considered as a potential money-maker. Thursday’s New Moon in your domestic sector means sudden disruptions at home or with family, and with Uranus’s involvement, tradition goes out the window. If there are arguments or changes about, use your intuition.

Aquarius

Venus enters your communication sector on Tuesday, giving your words charm and appeal. Same day, Mercury enters your domestic sector, and you can think practically about home and family related matters. If you are looking into a home business, you can gain insight right now. Thursday’s New Moon in your communication sector brings an unexpected bit of information, or unpredictable argument. You can gain a fresh start with a sibling after having an unplanned conversation, as well. Subconscious desires drive you into action, but your social network and friends will help you stay grounded.

Pisces

Venus enters your sector of personal resources on Tuesday, and you can attract new ways to bring in money, as well as ways to fulfill your sensual needs! Same day, Mercury enters your communication sector, and any written projects or contracts will be approached in a sensible, methodical wayThursday’s New Moon in your personal resource sector can bring some unplanned financial activity (in or out), and you may feel the compulsion to act on spending desires (or sensual urges). Careful! Your long-term professional plans should keep you grounded, if things get too out of whack on the financial front.