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 on: January 30, 2007, 09:13:51 AM 
Started by paloma - Last post by paloma
Dear Eric & team:
I have two basic questions on my chart.
1) What would you figure is my "role" or mission in life?  Being almost 46, many accomplishments to show, I feel I may in a near future approach a time to develop something new and perhaps more meaningful.  I wonder what that is.
2) Broken heart - Long love story, started in 1978 - what is happening now that has a relation to that?  It "sarted coming back" in June 5, 2004.  I don't know if I could be insisting in something that's finished or about to innaugurate a new chapter of the story.

Thanks a lot for any possible insight.

Love and light, Silvia O.

 on: November 27, 2006, 06:59:08 AM 
Started by deirdre - Last post by deirdre
Dear James

Have you ever seen an astrology chart? It is round, 360 degrees round, like a dinner plate with symbols scattered about the rim. Astrologers locate the symbols along the rim of the chart measuring in degrees. There are different general categories to describe the energetic effect of the degrees. One category is 120 degrees and it is called a Trine. The energy is described as one of ease

 on: November 27, 2006, 06:53:40 AM 
Started by deirdre - Last post by deirdre
Dear ASR,

What is a Grand Trine? An Astrologer said I have that
in my chart but I do not know what it means.

Thank you,

 on: November 16, 2006, 06:10:25 PM 
Started by deirdre - Last post by deirdre
Hi Deirdre:

I was so happy when I read your response! I didn't think anyone would! Basically, I breathed a hugh sigh of relief. Like, ok Carolyn, it's ok for restructure. It's time to get to the right place.

I also am amazed that you focused in on the "quiet" issue. I currently am surrounded day and night by noise. My job is very, very high tension and I am "taking in" people's problems all day (I pre-screen people for mental health and substance treatment). My current apartment is so loud. My son and I are very quiet people. The people upstairs are very inconsiderate and very loud. I thought it was me, my PTSD from childhood abuse. I shake inside at times when they jump and drop loud things while I am sitting quietly and doing whatever it is. I realize now that I need to focus in on seeking quiet time. It is really important.

I am intrigued by the transit this spring! More on that, please. I am ready to prepare for it.

Basically, I want as much advice as you (or any of the other astrologers) can dish out. I am a sponge. You were very loving in your response.  I need direction very much.

As far as sex, that would be...huh? Since my boyfriend broke up with me in June, I have not had the strength to put out that kind of vibe to look for another man. I feel pretty shredded up in the relationship department. I miss him and I miss the wonderful sex life we did have. I look forward to much, much more advce from you, Dierdre. If you are willing to spend the time with me, I am very open.

Peace and love,

 on: November 16, 2006, 05:31:53 AM 
Started by deirdre - Last post by deirdre
Dear Carolyn,

I can certainly understand that after raising kids and working so hard that you ARE exhausted. There is a message in your chart that to access the creativity you long for, the path is through the spiritual. I think the hamster wheel upon which you are running is not far at all from this path, but as long as you are on the wheel, the path is hard to see.

I have a delicate question for you. Are your kids also on a hamster wheel? Are they working hard to achieve thieir academic and financial goals? Are there boundaries you would like to set here?

I would say that from an outside point of view, this is not working for you to have a full time and a part time job. I say this only because of what you say, being exhausted not getting to express yourself creatively, and where is your sex life? Isnt the answer that there is no time?

You are a Virgo ascendant so lets talk about increments of time and how scheduling works out in your chart. Your ruler is Mercury retrograde in Libra. How has this current Mercury retrograde been for you? Have you received some important signals from the depths of your being? What were they? Your Mercury is conjunct Neptune in the 3rd house. Dear Carolyn, you need pleasant quiet

 on: November 16, 2006, 04:40:06 AM 
Started by deirdre - Last post by deirdre

I'm just going thru so much right now. I'm the proverbial "empty pitcher", a single mom with one in college, one a senior in high school. Struggling as I maintain FT and PT jobs. I just am exhausted.

It seems on every plane of my life, things are closing. My kids are leaving the nest, my relationship broke up, I'm burnt out at my jobs and want to be creative. I know my life work is in the arts. Right now I satisfy my creative urges in the fiber arts, knitting, spinning wool, while my other art supplies sit in

I would be very grateful for any feedback.

Carolyn H

natal chart:

 on: November 09, 2006, 07:40:50 AM 
Started by paloma - Last post by paloma
Dear Paloma - I have read this three times now and I am completely blown away by how amazing it is in its clarity. You have no idea how brilliantly on target you are. For example, when you mentioned my 9th house pursuits ("connected with.... aesthetics, art from other cultures and civilizations") you were exactly right: I studied both art history and cultural history/world civilizations, and the cultural and historical study of religion was the subject of my graduate studies. I had always wanted to take actual art classes and be creative (for example, I wanted to learn HOW to paint or write, rather than writing intellectual analyses ABOUT paintings and writers), but I believed that being an artist wasn't "practical" (among other things) and therefore wasn't worth pursuing. I had always wanted to travel, but believed that it was flaky and selfish to run off and do what I wanted to do.

Your assessment of my "parental influences" was so accurate that it gave me shivers. Every single point was correct, and it was as if you were able to actually see my childhood. Even as a small child, I was always the "responsible" one, the one who took care of everyone and everything. Linked to that are your comments on anger and passion, which I found very interesting - I have always been extremely angry, to the point of rage at times, but never really could figure out why. I believe now that I know why. I understand now why they say that depression is anger turned inward. It's almost as if I seek out confining sitatuations that mirror the inner shackling. I wanted to be free, but all along, it was only me keeping me locked up.

Paloma, over the past couple of weeks you have been able to shed a light on what has been hidden in a way that I think I understand at my very core. I'm sure more will be revealed over time. It's funny because it is what a part of me deep inside has seemed to always know, but which another "outer" part of me constantly denies. It's like you just stepped in and shook me awake, reminding me of what I had forgotten long ago. I am so grateful to you for writing in such detail and for helping to light my path of freedom.

I really cannot thank you enough for this wonderful gift.

Many, many blessings,

Travel_ Chick

 on: November 09, 2006, 07:39:08 AM 
Started by paloma - Last post by paloma
Dear Travel_ Chick,

A chart is a whole story. Things are not separated from one another... something that happens on a superficial level can have a inner resonance that can go back for years, or an event that seems to have no connection with other aspects of our lives can be totally related on a deeper, hidden level. The 12th house is the hidden, and the subconscious factors that operate without our knowing. Our personality and desires (the conscious part of our minds) might want to move one way, and then "something happens" that changes our life's direction. The 'hidden enemy' aspect of the 12th house , presupposes the idea of some sort of 'attack' that make us feel like victims of fate; usually hidden enemies are currents that come from our geneaological tree, or past lives information (both points to the concept of remote past) that needs to be made visible, then released in order to be healed... so with two major transformational forces, Pluto and Uranus, in this placement -especially Pluto squaring Sun and Venus; and Uranus opposition to Chiron- my take is that some hidden aspects of your past interrupted the manifestation of your desires (Sun Venus), to put it at it's simplest. And this happened trough a healing crisis (Chiron in the sixth house).

Pluto works as a destroyer so we can transform ourselves on a cellular level and be reborn; it will take from our life anything that is not useful for our evolution; it has the quality of the shadow that need to be crossed in order to reach the light behind it. It has an energy of initiation. Usually Pluto works with our deepest fear and its lesson is to let go of the hold the past has on us. Uranus works as a reformer; the changes it brings are sudden, like a lightning bolt with which the reality we used to be bound to is, all of the sudden, a different one. It breaks the wall that confined us so we can experience freedom. It can be harsh.

My take is that what you felt as a strong urge and desire to be an academic, and study a Phd, was what we call a manifestation of a 'wrong desire' ( i think you have come this conclusion yourself by telling me 'i would have traveled instead', right?). What do we mean by 'wrong desire'? Well, here is where i find the concept of esoteric astrology to be somehow helpful. It establishes the human path as a relationship between the soul and the personality; soul's purpose is the drive that makes us evolve into the best we can be; we can call it spirit, inner truth, sense of self, higher self, etc, and the personality, would be the social self, the person we are in relationship with the world; the personality is built by our environment, and our upbringing; it is subject to influences that have molded us into being. From an esoteric astrology standpoint, the personality is a vehicle for the soul's purpose manifestation, and usually, it points out to any  blocks that would make the personality be disconnected from the soul's purpose. This theory adds the fact that the path of the soul is a path of joy; that is, that finding our true calling will bring us the sense of joy we all look for, and that when we are disconnected from this, we feel lost, sad, confused, etc.

So let's take a look at this: it points out, one, to the idea of a inner calling that we all have, a particular path that if we find it and follow it, not only will bring us the reward of 'spiritual growth', but also the satisfaction of doing the right thing and that we will feel by the sense of joy, peace and accomplishment; and, two, to the fact that we might have been conditioned to be/ to choose/to do,  something else... this, translating itself by the personality making choices that are not in accord with the soul's purpose.

My first look at your chart points to me to a very intelligent, articulated well educated person; your mental and intellectual abilities and curiosity are highlighted; you have  lost of planets in Gemini plus Libra rising. My take was that your intellectual and higher knowledge pursuits (ninth house) were connected with either aesthetics, art from other cultures and civilizations.. or maybe law and the judicial system. Your Libra rising  gives you a high sense of balance, ethics of beauty, and  boarder sense of social justice which is the  highest expression of the need for peace and harmony that this sign represents. This is a quality that seems to be very present in your life that is, the need for equilibrium, peace, harmony, beauty. So, your desire to expand your field of knowledge and to highre studies seemed to me to be on the right track.

Then, the fact that this pursuit you were following was first delayed three times, and then when you were on track, was suddenly interrupted by illness, asks for a deeper reading of your chart, that is to find out the hidden connections behind the situation; to do so, i choose diving into the 12th house, and working with esoteric rulerships (more on that later) in order to break the chart and see the WHOLE picture.

Let's do this in parts. Health and healing is a sixth house matter, as is service and work. You have Chiron (the wounded healer arquetype) in the sixth house in Aries; Chiron in Aries points to an identity crisis, a wounding of the 'i am'... in the sixth house this is manifested as a healing crisis that makes this identity crisis visible. Your natal Chiron is opposing Uranus in the 12th house, who's cusp is in Virgo, the sign associated with the sixth house.... so there is an important connection here.

Barbara Hand Claw in her book on Chiron says: The body/mind balance is critical to those who have Chiron in the sixth house, because Chiron's rulership of this house is the prime example of how we must know Chiron by experience. Thus, our actual experiences in work (sixth house) and our search for a meaningful goal in life are our healers.' '

The day you had your diabetes attack, you had Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury transiting your sixth house, opposing Pluto and Uranus in the 12th, and squaring natal Sun, Venus and Mars in the ninth house of higher goals and studies. Mercury the ruler of your Sun and the ruler of your 12th house is in your natal chart squaring Chiron and squaring Pluto and Uranus. This feels to me like the lightning bolt of Uranus bringing the transformative powers of Pluto, activated by all this condensed energy of planets' transit; this opened  the healing crisis and stopped your ninth's house plans of higher knowledge and studies.

Why we may ask? Well, whenever we have these big players together, i would say we are in spiritual crisis territory, that is, a benefit disguised as disgrace that occurs so we can awake. It is a call for awareness.

What is the awakening about? well...

I want to take a look at your parents influence in your sense of self, and see if i can convey to you the principles i see behind this. We are tracing subconscious patterns (12th house material) that might have been at play.

With Libra rising, Pluto rules your second house, the house in which we asses our sense of self value, self worth, self needs etc.; this placement is about a sense of responsibility to keep the peace in the family and to put the needs of others before ones; there is in the background the feeling that if one is good enough any upsetting conditions will disappear from the family scene; it makes you feeling not safe and secure in showing feelings of anger and jealousy and competitiveness;  and it gives you the ability to hide real desires.

With Cancer ruling your tenth house, one of your parents must have appeared vulnerable in your eyes, maybe with emotional needs that your felt stronger than yours, so you might had to put your emotional reactions aside in order to protect that parent, or to keep the harmony in the home front; usually keeping the harmony means repressing anger.

Capricorn ruling your 4th house suggest to me that there is a fear of expansion related to an overly restrictive and cautious parent (probably father of father figure) that transmitted powerful judgmental messages during childhood. Usually there is a fear coming from this parent, of seeing the child flying the filial duty... and going out into the world; this gives the sensation of being trapped home while wanting to travel and expand. To fly out of the playpen created by Saturn (Capricorn's ruler)

This restrictive pattern coming from childhood plays itself into relationships. You have your natal Saturn in the Seventh house of marriage, partnerships and associations. With Libra rising, again your are a peace keeper, and the Aries (your seventh house cusp) expression of anger is repressed and contain. This can build up as a destructive energy that instead of being expressed outwardly into healthy expression, is kept inside in a self destructive way.

It is important to point out that when we talk about anger, we are really talking about passion, and that connecting with our anger is connecting with the fire that makes us burn, and that passion is the fuel that make us move toward the direction we want to go. If we repress our anger, we repress our passion.

So, the story i get is that in your choosing studying a phd you were really going against your real need to break free from these restrictive structures; you were going against your desire to feel free and fly away home, restrictive relationships, etc. but probably an inner sense of duty, guilt and containment pushed you to choose a safer path. It feels also that the lack of contact with your anger and passion created a build up of energy, that had a very explosive quality health wise. (Mars squares Pluto, Moon, Uranus and Chiron)

This is the split i mentioned before about soul versus personality's agendas. 

The esoteric rulership system is different from traditional astrology. I am going to use it here so we can try to find the hidden (esoteric) voices of your chart. In esoteric astrology, the ascendant sign is the one who points out the the life's path and the soul's purpose. This because it establishes the personality (the ascendant) as the ally of the soul, it's vehicle of expression.

This is how it works:

The esoteric ruler of Libra is Uranus; Uranus conjunct Pluto is in the 12th house in Virgo; the esoteric ruler of Virgo is the Moon in the 11th house conjunct Jupiter.
This combination is a door that will point out to 'a way' of the soul.

Uranus is the affirmation of ones true genius and individuality. It represents our need to break away from the Saturnian rules and heavy structured walls, so we can affirm our true spirit; it rules freedom. So, there is here a calling to be free and to manifest one's true sense of personal expression; being in the 12th house this need to express one's individuality and personal freedom is deeply buried, it could also mean that there is a family pattern or legacy of repressing creative energy that is passed on through generations. This house rules prisons and confinements; the image is then, that Uranus' call to be free is behind bars. Pluto in the equation, brings us the idea of personal power, that is that once these walls from the past are crossed over, not only one will find one's freedom, but also one's true sense of inner power.

Then we look at the Moon; it's esoteric meaning makes it the ruler of your 12th house, and it is located in the 11th house. The 11th house is the house of 'us', that is that the sense of individuality is built for a greater good; it means that any sense of personal achievement is experienced as a stepping stone towards a collective process, effort, etc. My take is that the key to find your personal expression is through your Moon.

The Moon has to do with nurturing and emotional needs, and it rules the collective subconscious; so any personal experience regarding nurturing and the lack of it, in the past, gives you an understanding of other people's need and the possibility of higher level of compassion that would be very beneficial in collective efforts.

I would say you that through playing a role in any philanthropic  and humanitarian effort, you could connect with a deeper aspect of yourself that could bring you a sense of well being and achievement. You could achieve a healthy a sense of personal honor in participating in projects that have the betterment of the world , or of your immediate environment, as a goal. The 11th is the house of the ideals you seek to achieve; with Jupiter conjunct the Moon i would say that you could connect with the expansive quality of your nature by embracing your own emotional setbacks and limitations and making them your allies through any from of community effort.

You have powerful communication skills, and a genuine interest for other cultures; you have inner personal power, a warm heart, and a philanthropic disposition... if non of this rings a bell, or makes you reflect on your possibilities for change, you need to take time a reflect about all this deeply.

A friend of mine just went to India to spend three weeks on vacation, it was her first time there; she felt such a change within herself that she connected with a deep sense of self that she had no access to, here in Paris; she came back focused and with many priorities clear... one of them was to go part time, cut her expenses, contact some potential investors and start a foundation to teach english to kids in India. She has no idea what is this about, but she feels it's right. Before that she has never felt any social consciousness, nor a particular inclination to do service work, but she says, now she gets it, and it feels right to her.

So i say this is about you giving yourself the opportunity to open some hidden doors and find your power and inner sense of freedom. I can't say to you what to do, because you can only feel it in your guts and heart, but i can point out to some concepts that might help you 'defrost' the sense of loss and confusion. Usually the defrosting process is called awareness.

Chiron orbits between Uranus and Saturn, for this reason it is interpreted as the bridge between the restrictive qualities of Saturn and the liberating ones of Uranus; it is considered the second ruler of Virgo (after Mercury). This gives us another approach to your chart that might lead us to a similar place. Usually this is what astrology is about, when you look at every possible angle and in all sorts of ways they seem to point out to the same door. As i said before, Chiron being in the six house (the house associated with Virgo), tells me the story of a wounding through a healing crisis , or the healing of a wound triggered by a health situation. With Chiron we have to look at the long run, because usually his harsh lessons are blessings in disguise. The blessing comes through under the form of awareness; that is, being conscious is really the first step towards freedom. The 6th house is also a service oriented place; with Chiron there i would think in terms of 'how my wound can be a benefit to others, how my healing crisis can be a form of awareness that i can bring to others as a service, or how my wound can be transformed into a constructive service?' pushing it further, it could also mean 'how my experience of illness, it's limitations and restrictions (the Saturn part of the equation), can be my teachers to free?' and, as Chiron is a teacher, how can i teach others through my experience?'. The twelve house is a collective dimension of the sixth house, so i would think that the opposition of Uranus a Chiron from these two houses have something to do with helping others who are confined and ill, maybe? to deal with there illness, and find their sense of inner freedom. This energy could translate itself as maybe you taking time to accompany the ill in their confined bed and bring some beauty to their lives?.... i am saying this just a an example.

I am stopping here. I think you have enough to think about and to digest. Please let me know how you are doing, and what has all this brought up.

Warm hug,



 on: November 09, 2006, 06:50:42 AM 
Started by paloma - Last post by paloma
Hello Adolfo,

As anything that has to do with communication, messages, readings, understanding, listening and anything related to mental processing of the senses receptiveness, i would say that with Mercury retrograde one has to be extra careful on any message given and received.

My image here is backward interpretation. This is the trick: we have a raw message, the tarot; we have a reader/interpreter, the 'tarotero', and we have a receiver, in this case, you. There is a communication path, and at some point along it, the signal passing through could have some interferences, right? The Mercury retrograding effect, in my opinion, is more apt to be happening either between the reader and the cards -that is his/her interpretation-  or between the reader and you -his message to you and your receptiveness to it. As a human flaw, we could have mixed communication; coming from the tarot reader, it could be lack of clarity in explaining the symbols involved in the reading, muddy messages, or maybe a negative approach to the situation, or maybe a lack of receptiveness from his/her part to your question, for example. In your case, it could be a confused state of mind in which you might not ask the right questions, or maybe a lack or receptivity to what the reader is saying... etc. You get the picture, right?

Mercury is backwards in Scorpio, often associated with the occult and esoteric arts, with research and detective work, with digging for the truth.... so on another note , Mercury here could be working on a favorable aspect regarding the reading; it could make visible things that are occult, and hidden; some important truth might come out, you could have a completely different view to an old situation... the possibilities are endless.

Just remember that Mercury is a trickster, so be careful with traps and tricks, espacially in your own mind... usually words are the trickiest of all, so, my take is, open all your senses wide, be as receptive as you can be, do not have pre-made assumptions of what you want to hear; listen with your body, monitor what you feel, not only what you think; ask questions when you are not clear about what the reader is telling you, do not accept all that is said to you as truth written in stone; take notes, wait until Mercury is back on track, review your notes and see if something has changed in your reception of the message, in the meaning it has to you; and most importantly, do not make important and life changing decisions based on one and only reading... confront the results of your query with other sources, and especially with common sense.

Take this as an opportunity to go Scorpio, that is look deep;

Good luck and let us know how it went.

About the soul mate question, i might take it another day Smiley

Hasta pronto,


 on: November 09, 2006, 06:45:32 AM 
Started by paloma - Last post by paloma
Hola  Paloma :
I would like to know if it is o.k to do tarot readings when mercury is retrograde as it is right now in November.
I'll be having a reading tomorrow thursday the 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Also, I was told that I'm very close to meet my true soulmate within the next 4 months is it true?
Your response will be greately appreciated.
Greetings from Los Angeles !
Saludos ! !

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