In 2010 I visited London’s Natural History Museum with friends, one of whom was an engineer from France. To my untrained eye, the architecture at this museum is the most stunning in London. My French friend commented that:
“This building isn’t that old, look at the use of iron,” she pointed at an arch.
“Oh, when do you think it might have been built?” I asked.
“Late 1700’s” she replied. “That type of welding didn’t exist before 1760.”
I laughed. To my California-raised mind, anything before the 1950’s was old, and anything before the 1920’s was ancient. But for my French friend, who grew up in a large city that predates the United States by a thousand years, the 1700’s belong to modern architecture. Along the same lines, natal astrology, as we know and practice it today, could be viewed as a modern development. Before the 1700’s birth data was less precise. It wasn’t all that common for people to know their exact date or place of birth, let alone the hour. Astrology consultations were largely focused on Horary Astrology, where one asked a question (i.e. Can I trust this person in business?) – then using the question’s birth chart to glean a reply.
Astrology Before Psychology Was “A Thing”
Astrology was also used to ask: “Is it a good time to begin X, Y or Z?” The answer to this type of question was found by looking at planetary transits. The belief was that if the planets were well placed, good fortune was likely to follow.
This approach can be used to:
1) Minimize risk associated with new projects (keep in mind, the analysis goes far beyond a single transit). This could include anything: when to marry, negotiate a contract, ask for a raise, or sail across the Atlantic.
2) Download the undiluted energy of a planet as it travels through compatible Zodiac signs so that we can benefit from the planet’s qualities.
The second use is pure magic. It allows us to complement our personalities with skills or qualities that we might be short on, for example, confidence, business acumen, and communication skills - or soft skills such as empathy and diplomacy.
Empowering Yourself With Astrology
We can download and integrate any given planet’s qualities and attributes when that planet transits the Zodiac signs that enhance its energy – usually rulerships and exaltations. So for example, we might look to the Sun for courage, Mars for ambition, Venus for friendship, or the Moon for intuition – just as we would turn to Mother Earth for grounding. In this case, we use Jupiter in Sagittarius to spread our wings and fly.
This week, Jupiter begins a 13-month transit through its rulership in Sagittarius. Jupiter takes 12 years making the rounds through the Zodiac, presenting us with a unique opportunity to harness its lovely energy.
Jupiter can give us a boost in many ways. Here are a few ideas.
Want To Go Deeper?
If you’d like to learn more about planetary magic, Christopher Warnock’s book, Secrets of Planetary Magic, gives a thorough introduction to pre-1700 astrology and how best to connect with the traditional planets. This includes an overview of themes for each planet, and how to go about selecting the right time and day.
We can then combine this with energy healing meditations, as discussed in an earlier Dark Pixie Astrology blog post on Chakras, Energy Healing and Planetary Magick.
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May 2019 New & Full Moons
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