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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology. Second Edition

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by Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur and Lisa Lenard

Contents at a Glance

Part 1: All About Astrology
What Is Astrology?
Even astrology has a history, so let’s debunk those myths.
Heavenly Revelations
Using astrology for love, money, and everything else in
your everyday life.
Astrology Basics for Your Personal Forecast 
Your birth chart—and all the mysterious symbols in it.
There’s More to You Than Just Your Sun Sign
Your ascendant, your planets, your Nodes, and your houses.
Part 2: Touring the Zodiac: Sun Signs and Ascendants 
Signs of Spring 
The best and worst of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini.
Signs of Summer 
The best and worst of Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.
Signs of Fall 
The best and worst of Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.
Signs of Winter 
The best and worst of Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
Ascendants: The Mask You Wear for the World 
Finding and understanding your rising sign.
Part 3: Good Heavens: Heavenly Bodies, Houses,
and Your Astrological Chart
10 When the Moon Is in the Seventh House 117
The basics of your planets in their houses.
11 The Inner Planets: WHO Are YOU? 127
An in-depth look at your Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and
Mars—your personal planets.
 The Social Planets: You and Your World
An in-depth look at your Jupiter and Saturn—the planets
that connect you to your world.
The Outer Planets and the Nodes: The Bigger Picture
An in-depth look at your Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and
Nodes—the planets that connect you to the universe.
Retrogrades: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back
Learning about retrograde planets and their energies.
Houses in the First Quadrant: Let’s Get Personal 
A closer look at the First, Second, and Third Houses—
where you’ll find your personality, resources, and surroundings.
Houses in the Second Quadrant: Establishing Yourself
A closer look at the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Houses—
where you live, work, and create.
Houses in the Third Quadrant: Out in the World 
A closer look at the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Houses—
those places you connect with others.
Houses in the Fourth Quadrant: Wishin’ and Hopin’
A closer look at the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Houses—
where you’ll find your career, goals, and subconscious.
Part 4: Getting and Interpreting Your
Astrological Chart 
9 Getting Started 
The basics for getting your astrological chart.
Lost in Space: How a Computer Calculates a
Birth Chart 
The math behind calculating your astrological chart.
All About Me: Interpreting Your Astrological Chart
Beginning your interpretation, plus aspects.
Using Astrology to Map Your Life 
Transits, progressions, and windows of opportunity.
Should You Love the One You’re With?
A relationship astrology primer.
Part 5: You’ve Done Your Chart, Now You Want More
It’s in the Cards 
The basics of Tarot and its astrological connections.
Hand-y Forecasts 
The basics of palmistry and its astrological connections.
 Please Take a Number
The basics of numerology and its astrological connections.
In Tune with Your Cycles: Psychic Intuition and Astrology 
Astrology and intuition; astrology and shamanism.
Part 6: Astrology’s Spin on the Globe 
Moon Phases: Our Unconscious Collective
Mood Monitor 
How Moon phases affect what we do and how we do it.
Astrology and the Natural World
Using astrology for a better garden.
The Best Timing for Better Business 
Using astrology to improve your productivity and profits.

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Foreword
How a Book—Not as Good as This One—Made Me See Stars!!!
I was on a train, going from Grand Central Station in New York City up to New
Canaan, Connecticut. I dug into the book I had just bought impulsively—just as you
have perhaps bought this one. As far as astrology was concerned—and perhaps brain
surgery or fixing electrical appliances—I was at the “idiot level.”
I found myself immediately fascinated: There were juicy new power words to learn,
ways to say things that sounded a little mysterious but, according to the author, were
as clear as the Liberty Bell clanging for my personal freedom, my individuality as a
birthright gift from the gods! “I’M a CAPRICORN because the Sun was located in that
sign when I was born! I MEAN BUSINESS. I GET THINGS DONE. (I can be pretty
melancholic sometimes, but don’t tell anyone) BUT, I’M IN THERE FOR THE LONG
HAUL. I AGE WELL!”

My brain was racing through the pages to pick up more things about my Capricorn
nature. There was something pointed out about my tremendous attraction to any
PISCES woman who ever lived. I filed that away (and remembered it regularly
throughout 27 years with two Pisces ladies!).

There was a lot about my incompatibility with ARIES people (and I knew that that
explained everything about my relationship with my mother, God take her soul!).
Okay. When I finally settled down, I saw that astrology had reasons for these generalities,
that those reasons were tied to the miracle of creation, to millennia of keen
observations by wise people, and that the mysteries of being were easily converted
into strategies of becoming—I was hooked!

By the time I had arrived at New Canaan on that hot summer day, I didn’t need a
cool drink as much as I needed pencil and paper. I was going to follow the guidelines
in the book and start to build my horoscope, the portrait of my birth in space and
time, the portrait of who I am (the nice stuff, the tough stuff, all of it!).
Books, Lines, and Thinkers: How hooked was I? I studied, studied, studied, and gradually
realized that nothing was more interesting to me in the world than astrology—
and it probably was also in a previous life, as I was learning. I saw how I could
appreciate myself and my purpose in life, and how I could help others to do the
same. Time and space now started to mean something more than three meals a day,
a raise now and then, college education for the children, and the IRS.
And that book, with the neat lines and the quotes from all the wise men from
Ptolemy to Newton to Einstein to J. P. Morgan, was NOWHERE NEAR AS GOOD
AS THIS ONE YOU’RE HOLDING RIGHT NOW.
Watch Out! Be warned: Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur has the lines that will hook you,
too; she’s one of those wise thinkers in astrology who really knows what she’s talking about.

And Madeline and her co-author, Lisa Lenard, have STYLE. This book is a breeze. For
example (getting back to the Pisces issue, please), their “Fish Facts for Pisces” talks
about the (delightful) character trait to live largely in the world of the imagination,
the realm of dreams, where objects and events seem to have no connection to outer
reality. (I, the Capricorn warlord of accomplishment, I love it!) But then, they tack on
the lines that show you the substance within all the fun: “Above all, Fishes (Pisces)
are here to give, not just to those like themselves, but to anyone who needs their
help, love, attention, or whatever.” Isn’t that lovely? Isn’t that valid? … And that’s
just the beginning. How do all the traits, powers, and interrelationships among the
planets within the signs reflect your life, the details of your progress, the outlines of
your dreams, the dynamics of your relationships?

Well, my fateful train ride those many years ago took me to write some twenty-four
technical astrological texts of my own, to lecture throughout the world, and to appreciate
this “Complete Idiot’s Guide” to the field I love. I can tell you for sure that, from
now on, when I introduce newcomers to this fascinating world, I will recommend
this guide. They, and you, will be thrilled with Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur and Lisa
Lenard’s introduction to seeing stars. It’s expert, it’s charming, it’s easy.

All Aboard!

—Noel Tyl, world-renowned astrologer and presiding officer of the Association for
Astrological Networking

Introduction
Okay, so you’re probably familiar with Sun sign forecasts, those horoscopes that appear
in the daily newspapers. And you probably know your Sun sign, too. But did you
know that Sun signs are just the beginning of astrology? Did you know, for example,
that all 12 signs appear somewhere in your own birth chart? Or that, in addition to
the Sun, the Moon and planets appear in your birth chart, too? Have you ever heard
of astrological houses?

Based on the date, place, and time of your birth, the planets and signs in the houses
of your birth chart create a metaphor for you. While there are hundreds of astrology
books out there, some general and some so technical they make even our heads spin,
this book is unique because it’s about you. It shows you how your planets in their
signs and houses can help you understand more about yourself and your life. It explains
not only what all those symbols for signs and planets mean, but also how they
connect with your everyday life—who you are, who you love (and who you don’t!),
why you do what you do, feel like you do, live where you live, and work where you work.

Astrology can explain all of that? Yes, it can. Planets are the what of astrology, showing
the various energies at work in your life. Signs show how those energies behave
in your birth chart, and houses are where the various areas of your life unfold—from
relationships to financial concerns! Curious? Read on and find out more about astrology and you.


Table of Contents
Part 1: All About Astrology 1
1 What Is Astrology? 3
Astrology: The First Science..................................................3
Our Calendar Is Based on Astrology ....................................4
Debunking the Myths ..........................................................7
The Planets Don’t Influence Human Behavior........................7
Astrology Is Not a Dark Art ..................................................7
Astrology and Science Can Peacefully Coexist ........................8
Smart People Use Astrology....................................................8
Famous Astrologers ..............................................................9
The Three Wise Men ............................................................9
Pythagoras (580?–500? b.c.e.) ............................................10
Nostradamus (1503–1566) ................................................10
Isaac Newton (1642–1727) ................................................10
Steering by the Stars ..........................................................10
Getting in Touch with Ancient Rhythms ..............................12
An Open Mind, a Curious Nature, and a Sense of Humor ....12
2 Heavenly Revelations 13
What Astrology Can Reveal in Your Everyday Life............13
The Company You Keep ......................................................14
The Signs and Your Career ..................................................15
Healthy in Mind and Body ..................................................16
Cosmic Investments and Money Management......................17
Home Is Where Your Hat Is ................................................19
Horoscope Junkies ..............................................................19
Free Will Versus Your Daily Forecast ..................................20
Can You Believe Everything You Read in the Papers?............21
Hot Lines: The Best Advice or Costly Rip-Offs? ....................22
Astrology Is Everywhere: Going Beyond the Stars ............23
3 Astrology Basics for Your Personal Forecast 25
What Is an Astrological Chart? ..........................................25
Your Chart Shows the Position of the Heavens
at Your Birth......................................................................26
Energies, Qualities, and Elements (You Thought This
Was Gonna Be Easy?)........................................................29
Energies: Two for the Show..................................................29
Qualities: Three to Get Ready ..............................................31
Elements: Four to Go ..........................................................32
Let the Sun Shine................................................................34
What Is a Sun Sign? ..........................................................34
Top Five Reasons You Should Know Your Sun Sign ..............35
You Are Unique ..................................................................36
4 There’s More to You Than Just Your Sun Sign 37
Ascendants ..........................................................................37
The Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and the Nodes ..............38
Every Heavenly Body Tells a Story ......................................39
Nodes? What Are Nodes, Anyway?......................................41
Planetary Rulers ..................................................................41
Planet Power: Where Do You Put Your Energy? ....................42
Houses ................................................................................42
Each House Is an Area of Your Life......................................43
Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Heavenly Bodies in
Your Houses ......................................................................44
Part 2: Touring the Zodiac: Sun Signs and Ascendants 47
5 Signs of Spring 49
Aries, the Ram: Butting Your Way In ................................49
The Ramifications of Being Aries ........................................50
The Best and Worst of Ram ................................................50
Rams in Love ......................................................................51
The Healthy Ram................................................................52
Rams at Home ....................................................................52
Rams at Work ....................................................................52
Rams and Their Money ......................................................53
Taurus, the Bull: Holding Down the Fort ..........................53
The Bull on the Bull............................................................53
The Best and Worst of Bull ................................................54
Bulls in Love ......................................................................54
The Healthy Bull ................................................................55
Bulls at Home ....................................................................56
Bulls at Work......................................................................56
Bulls and Their Money ........................................................56
Gemini, the Twins: Keep on Truckin’ ................................57
Twin Tales ..........................................................................57
The Best and Worst of Twins ..............................................57
Twins in Love ....................................................................58
Healthy Twins ....................................................................59
Twins at Home ..................................................................59
Twins at Work ....................................................................60
Twins and Their Money ......................................................60
6 Signs of Summer 61
Cancer, the Crab: Come to Mama (or Papa)......................61
Crucial Crab-iness ..............................................................62
The Best and Worst of Crabs ..............................................62
Crabs in Love......................................................................63
The Healthy Crab ..............................................................64
Crabs at Home....................................................................64
Crabs at Work ....................................................................65
Crabs and Their Money ......................................................65
Leo, the Lion: King of the Jungle ......................................66
The Lion’s Roar ..................................................................66
The Best and Worst of Lions ..............................................67
Lions in Love ......................................................................68
The Healthy Lion ................................................................68
Lions at Home ....................................................................69
Lions at Work ....................................................................69
Lions and Their Money ......................................................70
Virgo, the Virgin: Service with a Smile ..............................70
Virgin Values ......................................................................71
The Best and Worst of Virgins ............................................71
Virgins in Love....................................................................72
The Healthy Virgin ............................................................73
Virgins at Home..................................................................73
Virgins at Work ..................................................................74
Virgins and Their Money ....................................................74
7 Signs of Fall 75
Libra, the Scales: Judge and Juror ......................................75
Scaling Heights ..................................................................76
The Best and Worst of Scales ..............................................76
Scales in Love ....................................................................77
Healthy Scales ....................................................................77
Scales at Home....................................................................78
Scales at Work ....................................................................78
Scales and Their Money ......................................................79
Scorpio, the Scorpion: Getting to the Root of Things ......79
The Scorpion’s Score ............................................................80
The Best and Worst of Scorpions ........................................80
Scorp in Love ......................................................................81
The Healthy Scorp ..............................................................82
Scorp at Home ....................................................................82
Scorp at Work ....................................................................83
Scorps and Their Money ......................................................83
Sagittarius, the Archer: Shooting for the Truth ................84
The Archer’s Point ..............................................................84
The Best and Worst of Archers ............................................84
Archers in Love ..................................................................86
The Healthy Archer ............................................................86
Archers at Home ................................................................87
Archers at Work ..................................................................87
Archers and Their Money ....................................................87
8 Signs of Winter 89
Capricorn, the Goat: Climb Every Mountain ....................89
Goat Tales ..........................................................................90
The Best and Worst of Goats ..............................................91
Goats in Love......................................................................91
The Healthy Goat ..............................................................91
Goats at Home....................................................................92
Goats at Work ....................................................................92
Goats and Their Money ......................................................93
Aquarius, the Water Bearer: I Gotta Be Me ........................93
Water-Bearer Wonders ........................................................94
The Best and Worst of W-B ................................................95
W-Bs in Love ......................................................................95
The Healthy W-B ................................................................96
W-Bs at Home ....................................................................96
W-Bs at Work ....................................................................97
W-Bs and Their Money ......................................................97
Pisces, the Fishes: With the Flow ......................................98
Fish Facts ..........................................................................98
The Best and Worst of Fishes ..............................................99
Fishes in Love ..................................................................100
Healthy Fishes ..................................................................101
Fishes at Home ................................................................101
Fishes at Work ..................................................................102
Fishes and Their Money ....................................................102
9 Ascendants: The Mask You Wear for the World 103
What’s Rising? ..................................................................103
Rising Signs ......................................................................106
Rising Signs of Spring ......................................................106
Ram Rising: The Aries 1 Ascendant..................................107
Bull Rising: The Taurus 2 Ascendant ................................107
Twins Rising: The Gemini 3 Ascendant ............................108
The Rising Signs of Summer ............................................108
Crabs Rising: The Cancer 4 Ascendant ............................108
Lion Rising: The Leo 5 Ascendant ....................................109
Virgin Rising: The Virgo 6 Ascendant ..............................110
The Rising Signs of Fall ....................................................110
Scales Rising: The Libra 7 Ascendant ..............................110
Scorp Rising: The Scorpio 8 Ascendant ............................111
Archer Rising: The Sagittarius 9 Ascendant ......................112
The Rising Signs of Winter ..............................................112
Goat Rising: The Capricorn 0 Ascendant ..........................112
W-B Rising: The Aquarius - Ascendant............................113
Fishes Rising: The Pisces = Ascendant ..............................114
Part 3: Good Heavens: Heavenly Bodies,
Houses, and Your Astrological Chart 115
10 When the Moon Is in the Seventh House 117
Lessons in Housekeeping..................................................117
A House Is More Than a Home ........................................118
What’s Behind Those Doors? ............................................120
Star Gazing: Heavenly Bodies in Your Astrological Chart ..120
Where Are the Heavenly Bodies? ......................................121
The Planets as Landlords ..................................................122
When Planets Seem Backward: Retrogrades ....................124
Why Neptune and Pluto Are Special................................124
11 The Inner Planets: WHO Are YOU? 127
The Sun !: Mr. BIG ..........................................................128
The Moon @: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered ......128
Moonshine: The Moon in Each Zodiac Sign ..................130
Mercury #: Hey, Hey, Mr. Postman ..................................134
How You Think: Mercury in Each Zodiac Sign ..................134
Venus $: Beauty and the Beast ........................................137
How You Love: Venus in Each Zodiac Sign ........................138
Mars %: War and Peace ....................................................140
How You’re Driven: Mars in Each Zodiac Sign ..................141
12 The Social Planets: You and Your World 145
Jupiter ^: Here Comes Santa Claus..................................146
How You Grow: Jupiter in Each Zodiac Sign ......................146
Saturn &: Just the Facts, Ma’am ........................................148
Knowing Your Limits: Saturn in Each Zodiac Sign ............149
13 The Outer Planets and the Nodes:
The Bigger Picture 153
Uranus *: Born to Be Wild ..............................................153
Your Liberator: Uranus in Each Zodiac Sign ......................154
Neptune (: Dream a Little Dream ..................................157
How You’re Inspired: Neptune in Each Zodiac Sign ............158
Pluto ): Soul Man ............................................................160
How You’re Changing: Pluto in Each Zodiac Sign ..............161
The Nodes N n: Back to the Future..................................163
Coming and Going: The Nodal Pairs in Each Zodiac Sign..164
14 Retrogrades: One Step Forward and
Two Steps Back 167
A Brief History of Planetary Motion ................................167
Understanding Retrograde Planets ..................................168
Personal Retrogrades: Self-Expression ................................168
Transiting Retrogrades: Change Is a Fact of Life ................169
Mercury Retrograde: Crossed Wires # R ..........................170
Personal Mercury Retrograde..............................................170
Transiting Mercury Retrograde ..........................................170
Venus Retrograde: What’s Love Got to Do with It? $ R ..171
Personal Venus Retrograde ................................................171
Transiting Venus Retrograde ..............................................171
Mars Retrograde: Inward Action % R ..............................172
Personal Mars Retrograde ..................................................172
Transiting Mars Retrograde................................................172
Jupiter Retrograde: Stepping Back ^ R ............................172
Personal Jupiter Retrograde ................................................173
Transiting Jupiter Retrograde ............................................173
Saturn Retrograde: Restructuring & R ..............................173
Personal Saturn Retrograde ................................................174
Transiting Saturn Retrograde ............................................174
Uranus Retrograde: The Times,
They Are a-Changing * R ..............................................174
Personal Uranus Retrograde ..............................................174
Transiting Uranus Retrograde ............................................175
Neptune Retrograde: Not Just Blind Faith ( R ................175
Personal Neptune Retrograde ............................................175
Transiting Neptune Retrograde ..........................................176
Pluto Retrograde: Transformation Time ) R ....................176
Personal Pluto Retrograde ..................................................176
Transiting Pluto Retrograde ..............................................176
15 Houses in the First Quadrant:
Let’s Get Personal 177
The First House: Taking Care of Number 1......................179
Heavenly Bodies and Me, Me, Me ......................................179
The Second House: Are You What You Own?..................182
What Do I Have in the House? ........................................182
The Third House: The Street Where You Live..................185
Heavenly Bodies in Your ’Hood..........................................185
16 Houses in the Second Quadrant:
Establishing Yourself 189
The Fourth House: It’s a Family Affair ............................189
Who’s Nesting in This House? ..........................................190
The Fifth House: Do What You Wanna Do......................192
Getting Creative ................................................................193
The Sixth House: 9 to 5 ....................................................196
Heavenly Bodies at Work ..................................................196
17 Houses in the Third Quadrant:
Out in the World 201
The Seventh House: Forever Yours ..................................201
Heavenly Connections ......................................................202
The Eighth House: Sex, Money—and Other, Equally
Important Matters ..........................................................204
Who’s in the Bedroom? ....................................................205
The Ninth House: Don’t Know Much About History......208
What’s Behind Your Beliefs?..............................................209
18 Houses in the Fourth Quadrant:
Wishin’ and Hopin’ 213
The Tenth House: They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright 213
Your Supporting Cast ........................................................214
The Eleventh House: When You Wish Upon a Star ........217
Reaching for the Stars........................................................217
The Twelfth House: Secret Agent Man ............................220
Skeletons in Your Closet ....................................................221
Part 4: Getting and Interpreting Your Chart 225
19 Getting Started 227
How Easy Is It to Do Your Own Chart? (It’s Not)............227
Your Vital Statistics ..........................................................228
Your Most Important Day..................................................229
The Time of Your Life ......................................................229
Where Did You Come From? ............................................230
Resources Your Computer’s Replaced (Just to Give
You an Idea) ....................................................................230
Ephemeris ........................................................................231
Table of Houses ................................................................231
Atlas ................................................................................231
Book of Time Zone Changes..............................................232
Getting Your Chart Done for You ....................................232
20 Lost in Space: How a Computer Calculates a Birth Chart 235
It’s About Time; It’s About Space......................................235
Working in Base 60 ..........................................................236
Converting to GMT ..........................................................236
To Boldly Seek Those Planetary Positions........................237
Daily Travel......................................................................238
What About Retrogrades?..................................................239
A Wrinkle in Sidereal, or Star, Time ..................................240
Calculating Sidereal Time..................................................240
Will the True Local Time Please Stand Up? ......................241
Calculating True Local Time ............................................242
Acceleration ......................................................................243
Correction for Place of Birth ..............................................243
Houses, Houses, and More Houses!..................................245
Desperately Seeking House Cusps ......................................245
The Search for Midheaven ................................................246
Calculating the Other Houses ............................................246
Putting It All Together ......................................................247
21 All About Me: Interpreting Your Astrological Chart 249
Chart Basics: It’s All Greek to Me ....................................249
Aspects: Specifics on Experience ......................................251
The New Math: From Conjunctions to Sextiles ..................253
Getting Along: Venus/Jupiter Aspects ................................255
A Harder Row to Hoe: Sun/Saturn Aspects ........................256
Aspect Grid ......................................................................257
Chart Interpretations Even Idiots Can Make ..................257
Your Astrological Signature ................................................259
Sowing or Reaping: Which Lifetime Are You In? ................260
A Sample Chart Interpreted, or, Let’s Be Voyeurs ............260
Here Comes the Sun ..........................................................261
Moon River (aka Moon in Scorpio) ....................................262
And He’s Got Personality!..................................................263
Happy Trails to You! ........................................................264
When You Need to Know More: Getting a
Professional Reading ......................................................264
22 Using Astrology to Map Your Life 265
What Transits and Progressions Have to Do with You....265
Progressions, or, I Can’t Stand Still ..................................266
Who, Me? Evolve? ............................................................268
How Your Chart Evolves as You Age ..................................268
Transits, or Planetary Triggers ..........................................270
Outer and Social Planet Transits........................................272
From the Terrible Twos to the Midlife Crisis and Beyond....273
Oh, What Fun It Is to Transform Ourselves!......................275
Uranus and Neptune and Saturn—Oh My! ........................275
Unlocking Personal Transits ..............................................276
Astrology Is Your Compass ..............................................277
Windows of Opportunity ..................................................277
Jump or Be Pushed, Your Choice ........................................278
If You Want to Know More................................................279
Diana, Princess of Wales and Her Son, Prince William ..279
Diana’s Life and Her Birth Chart ......................................280
Diana’s Cycles at Her Death ............................................281
The Meaning of Diana’s Death..........................................283
Prince William’s Natal Chart ............................................284
23 Should You Love the One You’re With? 287
Relationship Astrology and You ......................................287
Charting Your Relationships ............................................288
Signposts ..........................................................................290
Planet Placings..................................................................291
House Hunting..................................................................292
Aspects, Heart to Heart ....................................................292
Stars by the Stars: The Relationship Charts of
Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett..........................................294
Matches Made in Heaven ................................................298
Part 5: You’ve Done Your Chart, Now You
Want More 299
24 It’s in the Cards 301
Tarot Cards: Much More Than Works of Art ..................301
Don’t Be an Idiot, Be a Fool ............................................303
From the World’s Oldest Book: The Major Arcana..............303
The Minor Arcana ............................................................304
Wands ..............................................................................305
Cups ................................................................................305
Swords ..............................................................................306
Pentacles ..........................................................................306
What Do They Mean in Your Life?....................................306
“Can I Read My Own Cards?”..........................................308
Simple Reading 1: An Overview of You ..............................310
Simple Reading 2: Ask a Specific Question ........................312
What You Should Do Now ..............................................314
25 Hand-y Forecasts 315
Palmistry and Astrology ..................................................316
“It’s Just a Hand,” You Say? Guess Again ........................316
Geography of the Hand ....................................................317
The Life Line ....................................................................318
The Heart Line..................................................................318
The Head Line ..................................................................319
The Shape of the Hands ....................................................320
The Thumb and Fingers ..................................................324
Thumb..............................................................................324
Index Finger ......................................................................325
Middle Finger....................................................................325
Ring Finger ......................................................................326
Baby Finger ......................................................................326
What Your Hand Knows About You—and How to
Make It Talk ....................................................................327
The Success Story ..............................................................327
The Mentor or the Boss ....................................................328
Money and Love................................................................328
Learning to Live with Others ............................................329
Weird and Wonderful........................................................329
Ahh—Where Life Begins ..................................................330
26 Please Take a Number 333
Numerology and Astrology: Maps for Life ......................333
It’s in the Numbers............................................................334
Your Birthday Numbers ....................................................334
What’s in a Name? ..........................................................335
About the “Y” ..................................................................335
It’s in the Numbers, Again ................................................336
You Can Do More with Numbers Than Just Count ........336
The Numbers and the Signs: 1 Through 9..........................336
The Master Numbers ........................................................338
What Are Your Numbers (and Do They Add Up)? ..........340
Your Destiny, or Name, Number ......................................341
Your Heart’s Desire............................................................341
Your Personality Number ..................................................343
Your Life Path, or Birth Path, Number ..............................343
Your Power Number ..........................................................343
Pulling It All Together ......................................................344
Career Needs ....................................................................344
Foundation Needs ............................................................344
Relationship Needs............................................................345
Personality Needs ..............................................................345
Your Power Center ............................................................345
27 In Tune with Your Cycles: Psychic Intuition
and Astrology 347
You Know What You Know, Even If You Don’t
Know It............................................................................347
How Psychic Are You? ......................................................348
Getting Intuitive................................................................349
Intuitive Insight Exercise....................................................349
Astrology and Shamanism................................................350
Ancient Art Meets Modern Mastery....................................351
Heal Thyself ....................................................................352
Psychic Signs: Your Intuitive Advantage..........................352
Moon in Aries: Born Leader ..............................................353
Moon in Taurus: Born Content ..........................................353
Moon in Gemini: Born Talking ..........................................353
Moon in Cancer: Born Sensing ..........................................353
Moon in Leo: Born Smiling................................................353
Moon in Virgo: Born Logical..............................................353
Moon in Libra: Born Balancing ........................................354
Moon in Scorpio: Born Powerful ........................................354
Moon in Sagittarius: Born Free ..........................................354
Moon in Capricorn: Born Responsible ................................354
Moon in Aquarius: Born to the Beat of a Different Drum ..354
Moon in Pisces: Born Psychic ............................................355
Flavors of the Day: Every Day Tells a Story ....................355
Part 6: Astrology’s Spin on the Globe 357
28 Moon Phases: Our Unconscious Collective
Mood Monitor 359
What Are Moon Phases? ..................................................359
In and Out with the Tide ..................................................360
Everybody Feels the Pull ....................................................361
How Moon Phases Affect the Way We Do Things ..........361
Using Moon Signs to Guide You ........................................363
Beginnings and the New Moon M......................................363
First Quarter Moon: External Challenges / ......................364
Full Moon: The Better to See What’s Happening m............364
Third Quarter Moon: Internal Challenges ?......................365
29 Astrology and the Natural World 367
Who Needs a Weather Report When You
Have Astrology? ..............................................................367
Our Cosmic Garden, the Earth ........................................368
A Time to Plant ................................................................369
Planting by Moon Phase....................................................370
Planting by Moon Sign ......................................................370
Barren Times ....................................................................372
The Joy of Weeding ..........................................................372
Pest Control: Say Good-Bye to Bugs and Blights ................373
30 The Best Timing for Better Business 375
Working with Cycles, Not Against Them ........................376
Time-Outs: Don’t Do It!....................................................376
Swimming Against the Tide ..............................................377
A Message from the Universe: Relax! ................................377
Gearing Up and Reaching Out ........................................378
Listening to Mars ..............................................................378
Warning: Mars Retrograde ................................................379
What Goes Wrong ............................................................379
And Still More Problems! ..................................................380
What to Do, What Not to Do ..........................................380
Communications, Travel, and Computers ......................380
Ignoring the Messenger ......................................................381
Don’t Rush! ......................................................................381
Working with Mercury ......................................................382
Getting to “Yes” and Signing on the Dotted Line ..........382
The Venus Bottom Line ....................................................383
False Starts ......................................................................383
Appendixes
A Astrological Insights to the New Millennium 385
B Online with the Heavens 395
C Resources for the Starry-Eyed: If You Want
to Find Out More 397
Glossary 403
Index 409


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