IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Astroblogs on hold

I hope you all had a lovely new moon! It was certainly a powerful one for me, and I have a big announcement to make…I’m going to be putting the podcast and blogs on hold for the foreseeable future. It was not an easy decision to make, but these were both projects that I started in the fall of 2017…back when I was working a different day job, before I owned a store, before I illustrated a deck, before I stayed fully book with client work, before Sam and I took on The Witches Ball…before…a lot of things, I guess.

 I’m going to be honest. I’m burning out, so some tasks had to be cut in favor of my health and overall wellness. I think it’s important to share honestly on this. Everyone wants their own business, but very few people (myself included) understand what opening a business takes out of you if you don’t plan for rest time. It’s too tempting to just white knuckle your way through everything, but that isn’t sustainable long term.

 I guess it all happens innocently enough…we start projects which open doors for new projects and opportunities, and we keep adding and adding and adding to our to-do lists, but before we know it we’ve booked every minute of our time, and we forget why we were starting those initial projects in the first place.

 I will be leaving the blogs and podcast episodes recorded to date up on all platforms – there were so many fun conversations, and I hope people continue to find them and enjoy them, and one day, if I ever have more time, I may bring the podcast back. But, for today, what I really need is less on my to-do list.  Thanks for understanding!

Astroblog 10 - April.15.2019 - The 3rd House

Hi! We’re going to continue in our series on the planets/signs through the houses - this month we’re covering the 3rd House.

Our 3rd House has a very “swords” vibe to it (if we’re thinking in terms of tarot). It’s all about our brain chemistry - specifically, how we communicate, how we learn, what we like to learn, and our thought-patterning. Sometimes siblings can show up in our 3rd House as well.

Mercury and Gemini are associated with the 3rd house on the birth chart. So, naturally, the 3rd house has a very Mercury/Gemini feel to it.

3rd House in Aries/Mars in 3rd House: These placements indicate someone who is likely determined/active/assertive (and possibly even competitive) in the ways of learning, communication, and thought patterns. These are people who are natural leaders and hate to be patiently on a “learning curve.” They want to know and communicate everything now, and can be a bit argumentative. The upside to these placements is that the persuasive and aggressive nature ensures that these people are good at getting their way. Also, these people are full of energy and ideas.

3rd House in Taurus: This placement represents our kinesthetic learners. (They learn by doing). Taurus needs to be able to take everything in with the five senses. A Taurus in the 3rd person typically has a learning, thinking, and communication style that is slow and steady. However, they have incredible retention for the things that they absorb.

3rd House in Gemini/Mercury in 3rd House: This Mercury/Gemini’s natural home on the chart. These are people with highly alert minds. They’re great at juggling many ideas/commitments/projects/people all at once. These people are sharp, quick, and witty. On the low vibe side of things, these people have a lot going on mentally and can be prone to worry and nervousness.

3rd House in Cancer/Moon in 3rd House: These are our emotional folks. They think/learn/communicate from an instinctual/emotional place. These people don’t do well in learning environments which require a lot of structure, as they have active imaginations and think heart first rather than head first. These people are definitely cut out for projects which afford them the opportunity to nurture others or work with the public. The downside to this placement is definitely the moody/unstable quality that comes with the moon - sometimes it can make their communication a bit on the unpredictable side.

3rd House in Leo/Sun in 3rd House: These are our natural teachers. These folks exude creativity, and feel a strong pull to share their ideas with others. So, they are a natural fit to be placed in teaching roles. These people are outgoing and inviting as learners and communicators. However, the downside to this placement is that they need to watch out that they aren’t being too arrogant.

3rd House in Virgo: These folks work/learn/communicate incredibly well in a structured environment. Virgo loves logic and order. So, these people are most effective with learning and communicating when they can be given the opportunity to work within a well-organized system or to create one. High vibe Virgo loves to be of service. So, any opportunity to help others in this way will be perfect for them. Like Gemini placements here (both Gemini and Virgo are ruled by Mercury), these people are very sharp mentally. However, Virgo needs to watch being too critical in their learning, communication, and overall thought process.

3rd House in Libra/Venus in 3rd House: These folks have a natural talent for learning and communicating on the creative in life - art, music, writing, etc, and they know how to get noticed for their artistic ideas. On the downside, these folks need to watch superficiality and tendencies towards laziness.

3rd House in Scorpio/Pluto in 3rd House: These are our intense learners, thinkers, and speakers. These people have an insatiable curiosity and obsessively study the topics that interest them. These people make incredible writers and speakers. However, they need to watch that they aren’t being manipulative, domineering, or self-sabotaging when they communicate with others.

3rd House in Sagittarius/Jupiter in 3rd House: These folks have a natural curiosity and an optimistic and expansive flavor to their learning and communication style. They learn, think, and communicate the most effectively when they are traveling and experiencing things firsthand. People with these placements do need to watch out for being too reckless and impractical in their pursuit of knowledge and in how they communicate.

3rd House in Capricorn/Saturn in 3rd House: These are our practical learners and communicators. While their language and learning may be no-frill, these folks are interested in learning and communicating useful information, and they deal in facts and reality, and they build solid/usable skillsets. However, these people need to watch being too rigid and pessimistic in their learning and communication style.

3rd House in Aquarius/Uranus in 3rd House: These people are our progressive innovators. They love to bend and break the traditional rules of communication and learning in an effort to further the collective. We need these people to push us forward. However, these folks need to watch creating friction with others as a result of their forward thinking. Sometimes we should be pushing and innovating, but sometimes traditional convention is something to be valued.

3rd House in Pisces/Neptune in 3rd House: These people have a dreamy and impressionable quality to their communication and learning style. They learn intuitively, and often enjoy learning and communicating on subject matter related to fantasy and/or the occult (there is an escapist quality to this placement). These folks can sometimes feel like emotions cloud their analytical abilities.

In the next blog, we’ll be working our way through the 4th house!

-S

Astroblog 9 - February.24.2019 - The 2nd House

Hi! We’re back with another blog in our series on the houses! This month, we’re covering the 2nd House!

The second house is is the House of What We Value. Traditional astrology will often cite this house as the house of money. Which, yes, it can be - but, there’s really more to it than that. This house really represents all the things we value.

The second house is ruled by Venus, and it’s Taurus’ natural “home” on the chart. So, when we think of Venus from a Taurus perspective, what comes to mind? In my experience, Taurus is all about anything that can be taken in with the five senses. It’s all about beautiful and delicious things that can be smelled, touched, tasted, felt, and heard. So, when we look at the second house from this broader standpoint, we can see where art, food and drink, relationships, and yes - money - all have their place in the second house.

I also like to think of this house as a cue for our preferences around how we manage our resources (this falls a little under 8th House territory too), but in many of the charts I’ve read, the second house really clues you in to someone’s relationship to resource management.

Aries/Mars in the 2nd House: There’s big earning power here. This is a natural entrepreneur placement. Folks with Aries/Mars in the 2nd house aren’t afraid to work hard to earn the things they value, and Aries/Mars’ natural competitive nature in these placements helps assist that. On the high vibe side of things, these placements are efficient and entrepreneurial. On the low vibe side of things, these placements can be careless spenders, impulsive, and susceptible to losses as a result of hasty decision-making.

Taurus in the 2nd House: This is Taurus’ natural home on the chart. These are folks with expensive taste, but what’s interesting with this placement is that these people are disciplined in their approach and not frivolous at all. They will only spend the money they have - not money they don’t have. There’s a lot of opportunity to make money through a very quintessentially “Taurus” field - food, art, music, massage, etc. On the high vibe side of things, these folks have a natural keen understanding of intrinsic value, and they just “get” resource management. On the low vibe side of things, these folks can definitely be materialistic and can place too much value on material wealth rather than other important things like relationships. They can also be a bit stubborn with regards to resource management.

Gemini/Mercury in the 2nd House: These placements suggest that the individual is likely to earn the items of value through communication - writers and teachers are a good example (although - to be fair, there are a lot of 9th House placements which can also be an indicator that someone is cut out for teaching as well). Popular ways to attain items of value and spend money are through traveling. With Gemini’s duality, there’s also a chance that more than one income stream exists for folks with these placements. On the high vibe side of things, these placements can be great at negotiating and have a natural talent with sales. On the low vibe side of things, these placements can be impractical with regards to items of value and can become bored easily with them (for instance - they’ll be all about a coveted item, and once the newness wears off, they move on quickly).

Cancer/Moon in the 2nd House: Folks with Cancer or their moon in the 2nd House have a penchant for making money and attaining items of value in creative fields as well as in fields related to care-giving - think…kindergarten teacher or art therapist. Resources can fluctuate quite a bit for folks with these placements. (The moon is constantly changing). So, very often, I see folks with these placements go through periods of feast or famine, so to speak. On the high vibe side of things, these placements are security-minded with a keen understanding for future planning. On the low vibe side of things, these folks can be emotional spenders and even a little greedy at times.

Leo/Sun in the 2nd House: With Leo or the Sun in the 2nd House, these people can be like a magnet for resources, and they likely make their money in a role that allows them to be somewhat of a “performer” - the first thing that comes to mind here is a salesperson or an actor/actress, but there are tons of other options. These folks spend their money on flashy things. They like to be seen, and their wealth/resources are a central part of their identity. On the high vibe side of things, these folks are generous and creative with regards to resource management. On the low vibe side of things, these folks can hide behind money and possessions as symbols of status and can be a little possessive.

Virgo in the 2nd House: These are our penny-pinchers. Virgo firmly believes the devil is in the details, and Virgo in the 2nd House is no exception. These folks keep track of every little bit of their wealth and resources and are likely to earn their money in a field that relies heavily on their natural detail-oriented nature - think quality control or auditor. On the high vibe side of things, these folks are great at saving and tracking their wealth and they are very practical with their finances. On the low vibe side of things, if/when Virgo in the 2nd has a slip up, it can get the into trouble and the financial worry can affect their physical health (Virgo is tied to the 6th House and our physical bodies).

Libra/Venus in the 2nd House: With Venus/Libra in the 2nd House - we’re talking about folks who amass resources through relationships - think business partnerships or marriage. These people will have tremendous luck with joint ventures involving partnerships. The spending preferences for these folks tend towards all the things that Venus loves - clothing, jewelry, food, art, etc. On the high vibe side of things. these placements are generous, fair, and have a keen eye for making money using beautiful things. On the low vibe side of things, these placements can be a bit extravagant and lack willpower with regards to resource management.

Scorpio/Pluto in the 2nd House: Folks with Scorpio/Pluto in the 2nd House are our financial risk-takers - think investors. Pluto is the planet of transformation, so it’s not unusual for someone with these placements to change their source of income one or more times in their lifetime. There’s also an aspect of making money off of other peoples’ money in these placements (which is a bit shared with the 8th House in it’s flavor). On the high vibe side of things, these placements are resourceful, and due to their unique ability to take financial/resource risks, they can earn high rewards. On the low vibe side of things, these placements can be sneaky and selfish with resources - there’s almost a little scarcity mentality in the backs of the minds of many folks with these placements.

Sagittarius/Jupiter in the 2nd House: Folks with Jupiter/Sagittarius in the 2nd House are our lucky ducks. These folks tend to stumble blindly onto resources. They have an optimistic outlook with regards to money and resources and tend to have a lot of success making money in a social way or by traveling for work. On the high vibe side of things, these folks are very honest and generous as well as being real visionaries with respect to resource management. On the low vibe side of things. these placements can be a bit naive or careless with regards to wealth and items of value which can make them a bit of a target for issues.

Capricorn/Saturn in the 2nd House: People with Capricorn/Saturn in the 2nd House are playing the long game. They manage their resources conservatively and with great patience. Graced with incredible willpower, these are people who are very much of the “a penny saved is a penny earned” mentality. They’re likely to amass wealth the slow and steady way - by working hard and squirreling their resources away for a rainy day. On the high vibe side of things, these folks are hardworking, practical, and stable with regards to resource management. On the low vibe side of things, these people can be stingy and overly cautious with their money (remember - you can’t take it with you when you die - enjoy at least a little of it while you’re here!)

Aquarius/Uranus in the 2nd House: Folks with these placements are likely to attain their wealth in unusual or unconventional manners - often working directly with the community in progressive ways - think grass roots politician. Financial opportunities can pop up and disappear with little notice for these folks. On the high vibe side of things, these folks are inventive and have an unusual and unique eye for value. On the low vibe side of things, these placements can represent unforeseen losses and erratic/unreliable resource management.

Pisces/Neptune in the 2nd House: Folks with Neptune/Pisces in the 2nd house are able to attain wealth using their imagination and creativity - think artists/poets/musicians. However, with this placement, there is often little to no structure to the resource management. It’s much more intuitive for these folks, and there is an aspect of value being placed more on aesthetic than actual dollar amount. On the high vibe side of things, these placements can be non-materialistic and excellent at turning their passion projects into profit. On the low vibe side of things, these people can be a bit on the lazy side, procrastinators, and easily taken advantage of.

In the next blog, we’ll be covering the signs and planets through the 3rd house!

-S

Astroblog 8 - January.27.2019 - The 1st House

For 2019, the astrology blogs will be taking a journey through the houses. We’ll look at planet/sign placements throughout each house on a monthly basis.

First up is the first house!

As we’ve talked about in earlier blogs, the first house is the "House of Self.” The cusp of the first house is known as our “ascendant” or “rising sign,” which is the sign that was coming up over the horizon in the East at the time of birth.

Our ascendent is an important part of our charts. A lot of people describe it as “the mask" we wear in the world. To some degree, this is true, but I also think that it’s more complex than that. Wayman Stewart and I have spoken about this on the podcast a little bit, but in stating that the ascendent is a “mask,” there’s a sort of implication that once you get to know someone, those ascendant traits dissipate or go away…which isn’t always the case. Our ascendant is always part of us. I think of our ascendant as how the outside world perceives us. It’s the way we unconsciously show up in the world. That information may not be the entire picture of who are we, but it is a part of us, and not a part of us that necessarily goes away as soon as someone gets to know us better.

In my work, I’ve found that what we actually project out into the world is a blend of our sun sign and ascendant…this is what makes us all unique!

The first house governs our sense of self. It covers what we look like, our personality, and our drive. It also covers our ego, the way we present ourselves to the world, and our energy.

Aries/Mars in the First House: People with Aries or Mars in the first house are enthusiastic. These are people who come off as preferring anything over nothing. On the high vibe side of things, Aries/Mars in the first is brave, independent, and a natural leader. On the low vibe side of things, Aries/Mars in the first is ego-centric, domineering, impatient, and even a bit clumsy.

Taurus in the First House: People with Taurus in the first house have a calm and easygoing demeanor. These are often people who have a penchant for the creative. On the high vibe side of things, Taurus in the first is stable, sensual (it loves anything that can be taken in with the 5 senses), and artistic. On the low vibe side of things, Taurus in the first is lazy, stubborn, materialistic, and jealous/possessive.

Gemini/Mercury in the First House: People with Gemini/Mercury in the first house have a busy and energetic feel to them. These are people with very active minds. On the high vibe side of things, Gemini/Mercury in the first is excitable, articulate, and intelligent. On the low vibe side of things, Gemini/Mercury in the first is a worrier, over-analytical, egotistical, and fickle.

Cancer/Moon in the First House: People with Cancer/Moon in the first house are emotionally in-tune with themselves and others. These people are natural nurturers. On the high vibe side of things, Cancer/Moon in the first is highly intuitive, warm, and giving. On the low vibe side of things, Cancer/Moon in the first is overly-emotional, can feel a little sorry for themselves, and can be quite moody.

Leo/Sun in the First House: People with Leo/Sun in the first house are incredibly charismatic. These are people who love an audience. On the high vibe side of things, Leo/Sun in the first is all heart - it’s generous and kind. On the low vibe side of things, Leo/Sun in the first can be arrogant, and temperamental.

Virgo in the First House: People with Virgo in the first house are problem-solvers. These are people who understand that the “devil is in the details.” On the high vibe side of things, Virgo in the first is analytical/logical, patient, and great at building and managing systems. On the low vibe side of things, Virgo in the first can be overly critical or judgmental, a bit of a hypochondriac, and a big worrier.

Libra/Venus in the First House: People with Libra/Venus in the first house come across as harmonious and balanced. These are people who are great at finding and understanding the common middle ground in any situation. On the high vibe side of things, Libra/Venus in the first is a person who really values human connection and relationships. People with Libra/Venus in the first naturally possess a certain charisma or magnetic quality. On the low vibe side of things, Libra/Venus in the first can be lazy, self-indulgent, can cause conflict among people, or can be superficial/vain.

Scoprio/Pluto in the First House: People with Scorpio/Pluto in the first house come across with an unspoken intensity. These are people who are comfortable quietly exploring the inner depths. On the high vibe side of things, people with Scoprio/Pluto in the first are truth seekers. They have deep strength. These people are natural “survivors.” On the low vibe side of things, Scorpio/Pluto in the first can be manipulative, controlling, paranoid, and jealous.

Sagittarius/Jupiter in the First House: People with Sagittarius/Jupiter in the first house are gregarious. These people have a certain expansive quality to them. On the high vibe side of things, Sagittarius/Jupiter in the first is curious, generous, and light-hearted. On the low vibe side of things, Sagittarius/Jupiter in the first can act impulsively, can be prone to risky behaviors/activities, and can be a bit on the fickle side.

Capricorn/Saturn in the First House: People with Capricorn/Saturn in the first house are super in-tune with what’s practical. These are people who are very grounded. On the high vibe side of things, Capricorn/Saturn in the FIrst House is responsible, comfortable in a position of authority, and patiently determined once they set a goal for themselves. On the low vibe side of things, Capricorn/Saturn in the first house can be pessimistic, stubborn, and a bit of a know-it-all.

Aquarius/Uranus in the First House: People with Aquarius/Uranus in the first house are unique. These are people who march to the beat of their own drum. On the high vibe side of things, Aquarius/Uranus in the first is creative, a humanitarian, and an innovator. On the low vibe side of things, Aquarius/Uranus in the first can be aloof, cold, stubborn, and eccentric.

Pisces/Neptune in the First House: Pisces/Neptune in the first house has a strong imagination. These are people who are deeply sensitive and in touch with the collective unconscious. On the high vibe side of things, Pisces/Neptune in the first is empathetic, dreamy, and artistic. On the low vibe side of things, Pisces/Neptune in the first can be absent-minded, a procrastinator, and weak-willed.

In the next blog, we’ll be covering the signs and planets through the 2nd House!

-S

Astroblog 7 - October.23.2018 - Aspects

Hi out there, everyone! It feels like it has been forever since I’ve posted a blog. October is always a crazy busy month for me (and anyone in the witchy hustle, honestly…)

As we move into November, I’m hoping to have a much more steady release on content.

Also - if you’ve been listening to the podcast, then you know that I’m opening up a store! So, that’s been a lot of work as well.

Thanks, as always, for your support and patience in all of this!

In my last Astroblog, I promised we would go over aspects here and I would share some summary charts that kind of summarize everything we’ve discussed in the blogs to date. So, that’s what we’re gonna do.

In keeping with our theater/film model for understanding the chart, in the astrological language, aspects are how the planets “talk to one another.” They describe how our planetary placement plays out on the stage with all the other players (planets) in each of us.

A brief note on aspects: While we describe aspects as “easy” or “hard” in the astrological language, I’m not a fan of those terms. They hold positive and negative connotations, respectively. However, nothing in a chart or in nature is good or bad (including aspects.) Easy aspects bring ease and harmony, but also blind spots. Hard aspects can be more challenging to work with on the front end, but the spoils of working with a hard aspect appropriately hold great positive potential for the individual. It’s the yin and the yang, the wheel of fortune (if you’re a tarot person) – for every upside, there is a downside. We will all experience good luck and bad luck, positive and negative, light and dark – it’s all about the balance.


Conjunctions (Conjunct) - Easy Aspect - 0° – planets are very close together (same sign):

The energy experienced here is BLENDING.

The energies of the planets blend – they form an alliance

Opposition (Opposite/Oppose) - Hard Aspect - 180° - planets are directly across the chart from each other (6 signs apart):

The energy experienced here is POLARITY. BALANCE. MIRRORING.

Oppositions bring opposing energies – there is an “either/or”, pulling feeling, but the work and reward come in finding the higher, third order of “both” – it’s all about compromise

Trine - East Aspect - 120° (4 signs apart):

The energy experienced here is EASE. HARMONY. LUCK.

Trines = synchronicity. Since all the planets involved in a trine are in the same element (being 4 signs apart), they are all working on the same agenda and supporting each other in doing so.


Square - Hard Aspect - 90° (3 signs apart):

The energy experienced here is STRUGGLE. CONFLICT. TENSION.

When planets are squaring one another, you can expect to feel some conflicting energy. Rather than having planets in the same elements (as with a trine), the planets involved in a square will be of the same cardinal/fixed/mutable nature – so expect each side of the square to be stubborn – like with an opposition – compromise is key.


Sextile - Easy Aspect - 60° (2 signs apart):

The energy experienced here is COMPATIBILITY. COOPERATION

In Sextiles – the planets are in earth/water (yin) or fire/air(yang) pairs – everything flows and cooperates with each other within the sextile. *Sextiles are an aspect of lesser strength than a trine or conjunction.

*There are also some additional aspects not covered in this blog. Semi-Sextiles, are a hard aspect (1 sign apart), and Quincunx’s are another hard aspect (5 signs apart). For the purposes of this class, we’ll mention them, but focus in on the heavy-hitters in the chart above).


Additionally, I’ve listed out some common aspect patterns below. These can take a little time to be able to spot with the naked eye in a chart, but like with anything, practice makes perfect. While you’re learning to spot them, I recommend using apps like astro.com or Time Passages which can help you identify special aspect patterns.


Notable Aspect Configurations:

Stellium – A stellium occurs when three or more planets are sitting in one house or sign on a chart. Stelliums show a heavy and dedicated focus to the house or sign in which they fall in – meaning that the traits or area(s) of life governed by that sign/house would be a primary meditation for the chart owner and an area of life that receives great focus and attention.


Grand Trine – A grand trine occurs when three planets are all in trine with one another. It forms an equilateral triangle on the chart. In order for it to be a true grand trine, all of the planets must be in the same element (i.e., you could have a grand trine in earth or a grand trine in fire, etc.). Grand trines are somewhat rare, and they give a person a natural set of talents/gifts/abilities in the element in which the grand trine occurs. However, with everything good, there is always a downside…these people also tend to experience “blind spots” in one or more of the areas that the grand trine doesn’t occur in.


Grand Cross/Grand Square – This occurs when 4 planets are in square with one another. The aspect pattern forms a cross pattern on the chart. This is a difficult, but productive aspect pattern to have. The pattern forma a series of squares and oppositions. We already know that both of those hard aspects pull us in different directions. So, these people can constantly feel like inner parts of themselves are dueling. The grand cross/grand square requires the utmost ability to compromise, balance, and negotiate in order to get all of that square/opposition energy to work together rather than acting for cross-purposes. However, the people who master this aspect pattern are really productive. So, there are certainly rewards to reap by working with this planetary energy constructively.


T-square – A T-square is formed when three planets are locked in tight 90° squares. It basically becomes a three-way battle of wills (each planet with its own agenda) and one planet attempting to be the peace-maker. Like the Grand Cross/Grand Square, the T-square requires a strong ability to balance and compromise. Also, like with the grand cross/grand square, the people who can learn to manage this energy effectively are productive and flexible.


Yod – A yod, sometimes referred to as “the finger of fate” or “the finger of God,” is a rarely occurring aspect pattern that involves three planets forming an isosceles triangle. Two planets will be sextile to one another, and both of those planets will be quincunx a third planet. This is a widely debated aspect pattern. Some astrologers believe it’s supposed gravity in a chart is bogus. However, many believe that a Yod denotes a special mission or destiny in life. This is considered to be a hard or challenging aspect pattern to have, but it holds great potential for spiritual evolution and increased awareness in the individuals who master it.    


Now that we’ve covered aspects, I’d like to switch gears a little bit and provide some summary charts to wrap up and summarize everything we’ve been discussing for the past few months.

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Alright folks - that’s all for now! That’s a lot of information to soak in! Hopefully these charts help to summarize and group the information in a way that highlights how everything locks together.

I’m probably not going to be posting another Astroblog until November. I just need to make some time and space to work on the store a bit.

-S