We all have different sides to ourselves and to our personalities, but some people seem to be two-faced. We’ve all met someone like this who has one face to them that may seem nice, but another side that’s entirely too dark or chaotic.
Gemini is the sign of the Twins, so this is the sign that often pops up with people who are two-faced. This is especially true with a personal planet - the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars - or with the Rising at a critical or anaretic degree in Gemini. The anaretic degree in Gemini in particular seems to bring this two-faced quality out, and you’ll usually see it in men when it’s their Sun or Mars (since the Sun rules men and Mars is the male alter ego, ruler of masculinity), and in women with their Moon or Venus (since the Moon rules women and Venus is the female alter ego, ruler of femininity). With Mercury and the Rising, it may be more in the way they come across rather than who they genuinely are, so it’s more of a two-faced mask than their real face.
You’re not doomed to be two-faced if you have this in your chart, but it does likely mean you have to be more aware of this tendency. In typical astrology fashion, you may not even know you’re doing it! Or it may be something you’ve developed as a defense mechanism that needs to be addressed. This is something that can be a detriment in your life if you don’t control it. Once you do get control, it can be very beneficial and give you the ability to adjust to people and situations with ease, and develop an interesting, multi-faceted personality rather than one that drives everyone bonkers!
rehash from the December 5th 2016 newsletter
Having an astrology reading/consultation can be a wonderful experience, and your astrology reading can be used as a tool to help you get more control over yourself, your life, your future. But odds are, you’re probably not all that familiar with astrology readings before you have your first. Without really knowing how to prepare or what you should prepare for, you’re not going to get the most out of your astrology reading. And that should absolutely be a goal! So, let’s go through the process of what you should be doing to maximize the reading you get.
1. Figure out what you want your astrology reading to cover first.
hat you want your reading to cover decides pretty much everything else, including the astrologer you'll consult. You need to drill down on a topic or question for your reading. Whenever I’m asked, I almost always recommend having no more than 2 focuses in a reading. I know that doesn’t seem like very much (especially if Mercury is retrograde :p), but a lot of work goes into an astrology reading, and the more you want covered, the more diluted your reading will be. If an astrologer is able to focus on just one or two topics or questions, they’ll *really* be able to focus on it, and this should get you a better answer and better reading. If you have lots of stuff you want to know about, meditate on what is most pressing to you at the moment (maybe literally meditate!), and make a choice.
2. Choose how you want to have your astrology reading.
You can have your astrology reading a variety of ways these days - by phone, via Skype, via video, via audio, in person, via email. I’m sure there are some who even do them via social media! So you need to choose which medium you want to have your astrology reading delivered. If you want it done live, you’ll need to have your reading done in person (if you want personal interaction), via Skype (if you want to see the astrologer), or over the phone (if you’re prefer to listen). Only go for a live reading if you’ll be able to make the time for it. If you can’t, then opt for a reading via video (usually posted in Youtube as private with a link sent to you, or as MP4 video files emailed to you to download and watch), via audio (usually recorded MP3 files you can download and listen to), or via email (written out and emailed to you or sent as a PDF or other text file to download and read). It’s all about personal preference and what method of communication you feel most comfortable using and is most compatible with your life.
3. Book an astrology reading with an astrologer who specializes in what you want your astrology reading to cover.
Every astrologer has a specialty or two. Once you’ve determined what you want to focus on with your reading, find an astrologer who specializes in that. It can be as simple as typing in astrology and whatever your focus is in a search engine. If you prefer a list, the American Federation of Astrologers has lists for astrologers around the world certified with them, or use Find an Astrologer. Social media can also be a good way to find astrologers nowadays, and you can read through their postings to see if they’re a proper fit for you. Astrology forums like on astro.com or astrologyweekly.com can be good places to find astrologer recommendations as well.
Tip: I also recommend you go to an astrologer who speaks the language or one of the languages you’re most fluent in. Your native language is best. This avoids anything getting lost in translation, and allows the astrologer to fully understand what you want to best help you.
Another Tip: Don’t get one reading expecting a different reading. This only serves to confuse and annoy everyone involved!
4. Before contacting an astrologer, make sure you have your correct birth data.
Birth data is your date of birth, your place of birth (town & state or country), and your time of birth. Time of birth is usually the tricky part of the equation if your mother doesn’t remember (since they’re usually the ones who would) and you don’t have a birth certificate. You’ll want to try to get a copy of your birth certificate so you can get the time of birth. But there are some instances where you can’t get a full copy of the birth certificate (for example, the hospital my mother was born in closed decades ago, and the original records apparently were lost in a fire, so even though she got a copy of her birth certificate, it doesn’t have all of her birth information, including time of birth; I also know there are many countries around the world that didn’t keep birth records until more recent times, and some who still don’t!).
If you can’t find your time of birth, you can try to find an astrologer who will work with a partial natal chart (which only uses your date of birth and place of birth), try to find an astrologer who does chart rectification (with chart rectification, the astrologer will take dates from major events in your life and work to determine your chart from transits; I only recommend this is you have no more than a few hour window for your birth time), or you can get an horary astrology reading (which doesn’t require your birth data at all, instead a chart is created for a specific question by the astrologer and the reading is done based off of that chart).
Extra: When you do give the astrologer your birth data, make absolutely sure that you’ve provided the correct data. Often excitement can get the better of us, but if you provide the wrong data by accident, your reading won’t be accurate, and while some astrologers may do it over again free (but you’ll burn that bridge with them), many will not (and you’ll have to pay all over again). Try this tip: write your birth data somewhere (word file, email draft, post-it) before you actually book the reading so you can just copy and paste it and not have to worry about your excitement messing up your fingers :)
5. Once you’ve chosen astrologers you’re interested in, check out their policies for astrology readings.
Many times, astrologers will have policies listed somewhere (usually on their website or blog) of how to proceed with your astrology reading, what to expect, what rules they may have, their cancellation and refund policy, like an FAQ. This can answer a lot of questions you may have. If they don’t have policies/rules/FAQ’s available, you can ask them what they are.
6. Ask them what their policy is on followup questions, if it’s not outlined in their policies.
This is probably one of the most important parts of their astrology reading policy. There’s a very good chance you’ll have questions after the astrology reading about something in it, so you should find out what their followup questions rules are. If you have a live astrology reading, you may not be able to ask followup questions. The advantage of the live reading is you can interact and ask your questions throughout the reading, but the downside is, if you forget to ask something or something comes to you later, you usually can’t ask them without booking another reading. Astrology readings, via email, audio, or video will often allow for followup questions, but you always need to be mindful of how much you’re asking. Sometimes your followup questions can take more time than the original reading! My own followup readings policy now says if your followup questions will take longer than a half hour for me to do, you’ll need to pay for another reading. If they allow for followup questions, make sure you ask about what you need clarification with.
Tip: Make sure you ask your followup questions quickly after your reading. I usually recommend no more than one week for myself. I’m super forgetful and won’t remember anything from a reading after about a week (plus I’ve usually done several more readings in that span). Others may have a better memory than I, but it’s still polite to not wait too long (I'd say a max of 2 weeks).
7. If the astrologer you want is not available to book an astrology reading, don’t badger them into giving you one.
A lot of people do this one, but trying to guilt someone into giving you an astrology reading, or contacting someone constantly, or trying to trick them into it isn’t going to do you any favors. There are thousands of astrologers out there, so if the person you want isn’t available, don’t badger in desperation. Pick one of two options:
8. Be clear and concise with what you want to focus on, but don’t leave out important details.
I find people tend to fall in one of two camps when it comes to sharing details - they totally clamp down, not wanting to share anything, or they gush their entire life story, single-spaced. (LOL!) To get the best astrology reading possible, avoid either.
Clampers: You need to provide relevant information, so if you’re not comfortable with that, don’t get an astrology reading until you’re ready to reveal. If you get an astrology reading and tell the astrologer, don’t tell anyone xyz, guess what? You’re gonna insult them! No astrologer worth their salt breaks confidentiality (unless something in the reading prompts them to go to the authorities, like you threaten them).
Gushers: On the flip side, if the details you provide are the length of a novella, you’re saying too much. If you provide too much information that isn’t really pertinent, the astrologer will have a more difficult time parsing through it to figure out what’s real and what’s word vomit. Like with your birth data, this may be one where you’re better off writing it down before you get the reading so you’re not consumed with excitement and start regurgitating every word in the human language.
9. Let the astrologer know how much astrology you’re familiar with.
This one can be a little dicey though, because I find people often have a hard time gauging their level of learning astrology, but you can give a little info about what you know so the astrologer doesn’t have to explain it (saving time and not pissing you off by telling you something you already know). If someone doesn’t say how much they know, the approach is that they don’t know any astrology and the basics need to be clarified.
10. Once the astrology reading is booked, don’t push before the date/period the astrology reading is scheduled.
Impatience can get the better of all of us sometimes, but that won’t get your astrology reading done faster. This is usually only an issue with readings via video/audio/email and not in person. Wait for when your reading is scheduled to be done, and if the time passes and there’s nothing, then you can get impatient because that’s not very professional. But if it’s like 3 weeks beforehand, keep your yap shut.
If you need the reading sooner, you may not be able to push it up with the astrologer you’ve booked your astrology reading with unless you’re willing to pay extra (and sometimes a lot extra). Your other option is to try to cancel and book with someone else who can get you in right away. The astrologer might be able to refer you to someone who can get you in quicker.
11. If it’s going to be a live astrology reading, write down what you want to ask beforehand, and keep notes during the reading.
This is important, because during the live astrology reading, you can often get really excited and distracted by whatever the astrologer first presents, and then you end up forgetting what you wanted to ask. Write down your questions before the astrology reading takes place, and write down what the astrologer tells you. You’ll often get a recording of the reading later on for you to come back to, but in the meantime, take note of the things you want to make sure you remember.
12. Keep an open mind with your astrology reading.
You’re most likely not going to hear what you want to hear, so get that idea out of your head before you have the astrology reading. Try to keep an open mind for whatever the astrologer finds. It might surprise you, shock you, even anger you, but astrologers don’t control the planets any more than you do.
13. Don’t drunk/high contact the astrologer.
Ha, this should be common sense, but it’s happened to me multiple times (yep), so I had to throw it in there!
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
Aries September 2017 Monthly Horoscope
The month of September begins with Mercury retrograde (appearing to move backward) in fellow fire sign Leo until September 5th, and you can start the month feeling like you don’t have enough time for fun, lacking inspiration, feeling lazy, or wanting to get more attention. With the retrograde ending, you can focus on being more creative and fixing anything that may have been thrown off. Mercury moves into earth sign Virgo September 9th, and you can get back to focusing on the details, getting work done, and being more productive with your time. Mercury ends the month in air sign Libra, the sign opposite yours, on September 29th, joining the Sun in Libra (as of September 22nd), and you can spend more time with other people, give more attention to the people in your life, improve your relationships, or do your best thinking with a partner. You can be more compromising, fair-minded, and supportive.
September brings a full moon in Pisces on the 6th at 3:03AM ET, and Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, so we can see some wrapping up with this full moon. We can take time to clean house, and get rid of what's holding us back, weighing us down, and keeping us stuck in the past. This can be a great time to let go, and that's especially needed after the August eclipses and Mercury retrograde, which ends the day before this full moon.
We can be more sensitive with this full moon, and need to be handled with kid gloves. Our emotions can be strong, but we can keep what we're feeling to ourselves, not wanting to be a burden to anyone. We should work to be more compassionate and understanding, no doubt needed after the wonky energy we're coming out of.
The full moon is conjunct (aligned with) the natural ruler of Pisces, Neptune, amplifying the energy of Pisces and making it even more important for us to be sweet, gentle, kind, and caring. Step outside of yourself and lend a hand to someone else. The world needs a little sweetness.
The full moon occurs at 13 degrees 53 minutes Pisces. The aspects for this full moon are:
Conjunction: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Pisces
Sextile: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Opposition: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Virgo
The new moon for September occurs on the 20th at 1:30AM ET in Virgo, and this is the sign the Mercury retrograde began in back in mid-August, so this can be a good time to bring everything full circle and take advantage of opportunities that get put to the side mid-August, and make progress with the things that got slowed down. Virgo is highly productive and efficient, so get working, get organized, make lists, and focus on the small tasks and chores and projects that need your attention pronto.
Virgo can be good for paying closer attention to the details, being more practical, and being of service. The more we do, the more we want to do, and we can push ourselves to the limit. Just make sure you're not pushing yourself over the limit and causing unnecessary stress.
The new moon is opposite transit Chiron in Pisces, the asteroid of wounds and healing, so we may be dealing with some collective wounds that need to be worked on and healed. There can be some harshness in the world, but continuing from the full moon, a gentle touch is required.
The new moon occurs at 27 degrees 27 minutes Virgo. The aspects for this new moon are:
Conjunction: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Pisces
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts a house cusp, this can be an important trigger for an event or development in your life during the retrograde, so it's a period for you to pay close attention to. Here are interpretations for Mercury retrograde conjunct each house cusp:
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 1st house cusp, this can bring about a major setback or delay, something important needing to be redone, a big miscommunication or fight, or almost anything else since the 1st house rules you. Try to focus the energy of something you want a second shot at to mitigate it.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 2nd house cusp, this can bring about a major financial development, and you have a financial issue to work out, a major transaction to perform, or a loss of money in some way. Work on your budgeting and stick to it to try to avoid difficulties. You can also be extra lazy, extra stubborn, and may lack confidence.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 3rd house cusp, this is one of the houses Mercury naturally rules and governs communications, so there’s usually going to be a fight or misunderstanding, lacking attention and focus, or difficulties over your ideas and plans. You may need to make adjustments with your plans and be more open to new ideas.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 4th house cusp, the house of home and family, you may experience a development at home (those leaking faucets and broken appliances!), or with family (some sort of setback or issue with them, or a fight or misunderstanding). Emotionally, you can be quite spent as well. Work on trying to give yourself more support and comfort. You may also experience a bottoming out of something or hitting a low point, requiring adjustments.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 5th house cusp, you may end up in a situation where you get attention you don’t want, make a bad impression in the spotlight, or lack attention you’re looking for. You can get into fights or misunderstandings with loved ones, especially anyone you’re dating (if you’re dating someone at the time), or your children (if you have any), and a development can come about with them. Make sure you have creative outlets.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 6th house cusp, you can experience a development with your work, needing to do a project over, missing a deadline, or getting into it with employers/employees. There can be an issue in your daily life, or you can experience a health issue, or feel sudden extra stress.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 7th house cusp, you can experience a development in your relationships, with someone in your life, or see the re-emergence of an old enemy. You may feel unbalanced (sometimes literally) and indecisive. Work on maintaining some peace and harmony to manage it.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 8th house cusp, this can trigger a development that stirs up something deep inside of you, some deeply held issue that you’d rather avoid, and you can be suddenly rageful. Work on small transformations and take baby steps. There can also be financial developments that impact others.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 9th house cusp, you may experience sudden space you don’t want/need, or experience sudden restriction. There can be an issue with learning, speaking, or writing, and you can experience travel issues, though this is good for traveling somewhere you’ve been before.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 10th house cusp, you can experience developments with your career, goals, and ambitions, and experience setbacks or delays, make a bad impression, or are in the public eye, but not in a way you’re comfortable with. You may be kicked down from a high place and experience a long fall (sometimes literally, so maybe avoid a ladder).
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 11th house cusp, you can experience developments in your friendships, in a group you belong to, or with your dreams. You may give up on a dream or friendship, or leave a group. Most often, this aspect triggers some sort of sudden, unexpected development or change you need to adjust to.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 12th house cusp, this can trigger an ending of some sort, or you may need to let go of something or get rid of something. You can also become privy to a secret, expose a secret of your own, or something from the past can come back into your life. You can also experience an event or situation that feels a little like karma catching up to you.
Saturn is a planet that a lot of people fear. He's the teacher, and sometimes his lessons are learned in the hardest ways (actually, most of them are, but that's because we're stubborn!). We can often view Saturn as a burden in our natal charts and in transit, but this shouldn't be the view. Saturn is only a burden if you don't deal with him properly. But if you can work with him, then you can take some control, and once he sees you're doing the right thing, he'll start helping you out.
One of the keys to managing Saturn is to take responsibility. Again, something humans aren't too fond of! But Saturn requires you to be more responsible with whatever areas of life are ruled by the sign and house he's in with your natal chart, or house he's transiting or planet he's aspecting. It can often be very difficult at first, and you may not see much progress made right away. But after some time, Saturn can come to your side.
Taking responsibility can helps you to take control over your life, and Saturn can give you more in terms of progress and success when you are responsible. Saturn's requirements are for you to be smart about what you do, so you need to do your homework with any actions you take and decisions you make; he requires you to work hard for what you want to achieve or to get to where you want to be, because he wants you to earn it and deserve it when you make it or get there; he requires you to really care about what you're doing and what you want, and not do things or want things for the wrong reasons; and he requires you to be responsible, to do the right thing in life and by others.
All of this can feel like a burden when you don't want to adhere to it, which usually means you're running from something you don't want to face or being self-sabotaging. Then it's even more important for you to work with Saturn though. Be mindful of Saturn instead of fearful. Take on the responsibilities head-on rather than seeing him as a burden. Saturn can be a great ally in life when you've worked with him and seen him as the wise teacher he is.
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