Sagittarius ♐ Ingress – Make Your Mark

…but a sanguine temper, for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportion of depression. It soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again.”

— Jane Austen (Sun ☉ and Mercury ☿ in Sagittarius ♐)

If life didn’t feel heavier than usual for you at some point during the past month, you might be one of the lucky ones! Maybe you walked a tightrope of emotional fullness as the Sun was eclipsed by the Moon in November or felt inhibited in a voracious quest for intimacy as the Sun conjoined Saturn in profound, penetrating and intense Scorpio in early October. At last, our Sun has entered expansive, optimistic, adventurous, and outspoken, Sagittarius at 3:51pm CST on November 21st and luck is a fitting theme for this open minded and goal oriented mutable fire sign characterized by the keywords, “I Seek”. Scorpio represents areas of our life where we are often (un)willingly and painfully transformed while Sagittarius is where we begin to derive deeper meaning and a broader perspective from our rough experiences. Eventually, we develop our own system of personal beliefs.

“In a sentence, at the heart of Sagittarius there lies a great craving to explore and understand life.  Whether orthodox or not, Sagittarius, like Leo, is a deeply religious sign, and the word religious is here used in its original sense:  to reconnect.  This means reconnection with the source, with the roots of life, with some sense of meaning.  Whether you find him traveling as a salesman or an archaeologist, a poet or a scholar, whatever profession or job he lands himself in.  Sagittarius is trying to broaden his scope, to enlarge his consciousness.  Life is a curious and interesting thing to Sagittarius.  It is something to be played with, explored, enjoyed, and peered into.  And ultimately, understood.” [6]

Simplified astrology books depict Sagittarius as an optimistic and lucky sign, yet are all Sagittarians so happy-go-lucky? Mass murderer, James Holmes, who shot several people during The Dark Knight Rises earlier this year inside a Colorado movie theater was born under the sign of the archer. I say this to tether some of the broad generalizations of Sagittarius that widely exist. There are two sides to every coin and each sign has its own higher expression and shadow.

Sagittarius is an intuitive, energetic and inspirational fire sign, but it is also a sign that is strongly connected to one’s mental state and personal philosophy. I’ve observed that when the optimistic, expansive and freedom oriented nature of this sign is confined; it can sometimes result in a type of depression or detachment from reality which is in stark contrast to the typically jovial, tolerant and philosophical perspective of Sagittarians. Nevertheless, I meet the energy of the archer in many of my favorite people and I am most fond of their generally positive, adventurous, excitable and philosophical nature. I’ve had some great trips and conversations about the world at large with them!

Chiron⚷ – The Wounded Healer

The constellation of Sagittarius is tied to the mythological centaurs, creatures which highlight the combination of humane and animalistic forces that symbolize human nature. As a combination of human and animal elements, centaurs allude to Sagittarius’s connection to higher meaning as a means to make sense of these conflicting forces of human nature. In myth, centaurs were generally depicted as combative, volatile, and drunken beings.

“The first and most effective race to use the horse in battle was the Scythians, skilled archers who took full advantage of its speed and height to become a race beheld in terror and awe. It is claimed that when the Greeks first saw the Scythians they believed the horse and rider to be one, giving rise to imaginative and fear-inspired tales of the war-like centaur.” [1]

This unabashed nature of the centaurs is reflective of the unevolved Sagittarian’s infamous propensity for immaturity and bluntness that may be taken as abrasive at times. It’s true that if you encounter such a Sagittarian, you may want to avoid spilling your deepest secrets to them. Of course, not all Sagittarians are combustible blabbermouths! Legend tells of one centaur in particular by the name of Chiron that was known as a valuable philosopher, teacher, and sage. In many ways Chiron embodied a bridge between man and beast, and possessed spectacular knowledge because of this. He was considered a maverick of sorts: not quite human, not quite beast, and not like the other centaurs. The story goes that Chiron was accidently wounded by a poisoned arrow, but because of his immortal nature, he could not die. Chiron’s incurable injury led him to become a great healer despite the fact that he could not heal himself, hence his association as the wounded healer.

“Sagittarius with his intuition and his vision, is often in touch with many mysteries.  He may have a deep sense, often unarticulated, that life is meaningful, that man is divine, that all things have a purpose and reach a lesson and offer growth.  But the distance between his vision of light and the limitations of being human is a vast one.  The reality of tangible, physical life is always imperfect, always in a way poisoned when compared to the vision he sees. In some strange way, this is Sagittarius’ true wound.” [6]

Sagittarius ♐ and Jupiter ♃ – Expansion and Growth

Traditional astrology deemed Jupiter, ruling planet of Sagittarius as The Greater Benefic. Where Saturn, the Greater Malefic is structured, judgmental and serious, Jupiter is expansive, tolerant and jovial. Both planets are indicative of great teachers in different ways. During transits of Jupiter, one may encounter bouts of good fortune, goal setting, or spiritual and mental growth. On the day that Jupiter was exactly conjunct my Sun, I received a phone call about an amazing internship that I completed over the summer! The positive influences of Jupiter are how Sagittarius came to be known as a lucky sign. Personally, I think there are other factors at work instead of luck.

“It’s that remarkable eye for the opportunity, that intuitive nose that can spot a potential or a possibility thirty miles away.  And also the impulsiveness, rashness, boldness, call it what you will, that gives Sagittarius the flaming nerves to try his luck, where other signs will cower in the wings waiting for something more concrete…The more introverted Sagittarian may not be found frequenting a new disco or roller skating rink.  But he’ll usually be miles ahead of everyone else with a new novel, a new philosophy, a new film, a new cultural phenomenon.  The same gifted intuition works here, but in a more interior way.[6]

In contrast, Jupiter is not always purely positive and can result in overinflated goals and opinions, overabundance and irresponsibility. With Jupiter as one’s ruling planet, there can be a tendency to overextend oneself, inclinations toward reckless and spontaneous action, and an interest in overly idealistic pursuits that may not be in accordance with reality.

Some of the mythological depictions of Jupiter help to shed light onto the nature Sagittarius. As king of the gods, Jupiter possessed a mighty temper which is a known quality of the fire signs. However, it’s often true that Sagittarians are quick to forget what fired them up in the first place. Another historical quality of Jupiter lies in his ability to shape shift. I’ve mentioned the myth of Europa in my post about Taurus in which he transformed into a magnificent white bull in order to lure her to him.

“Sagittarius loves to play roles – the more theatrical, the better.  Being caught in the same costume twice is quite horrific for him.  His restless mind is always seeking new ways to approach those goals, new costumes, new poses, new techniques.  Change, travel, constant mental stimulus, exploration of unknown landscapes – tell Sagittarius that there really is a hidden treasure under that mountain and he’ll be as happy as any Taurus with his bank account bursting.  Find a Sagittarian who’s forced to circle the same ground over and over again, perform the same routine in endless monotony, and you have found the most miserable of creatures.”  [6]

Sagittarius ♐ and House IX – Broadened Horizons

Sagittarius is also connected with the exciting and adventurous House IX in a natal chart. It is here that themes of higher education, foreign cultures, long distance travel, and belief systems are illuminated. People born with planets in this house often have an affinity for foreign cultures or might be attracted to people with different cultural backgrounds than themselves. It is also where we derive meaning from life experiences and develop our own personal philosophy. I’ve mentioned before that House VIII is where we are often transformed through crisis and House IX often carries the resulting revelations, just as Scorpio flows into Sagittarius.

 “When the hammer falls, we take out the map and look for a new frontier. There’s nothing like a distant horizon to repair a shattered soul. Whenever we reach a personal limit, after a divorce, a career gone bad, when life doesn’t turn out as we hoped it would, to the 9th house we’ll go. We’ll take a trip. We’ll return to school. We’ll seek advice from a 9th house person—an astrologer, lawyer, or priest. We’ll pray for God’s blessings. As we go through the outer 9th house motions, inwardly we’re reaching, stretching and struggling to acquire a new perspective on our world.” [3]

Sagittarius ♐ Vs. Gemini – Philosophy Vs. Objectivity

The polarity of Sagittarius and Gemini could be likened to the relationship of a student and teacher. I think that these two intellectual signs are a pair of opposites that complement each other more than other pairs. Gemini is a quick-witted and cerebral collector of information while Sagittarius exercises a knack for synthesizing what Gemini collects and providing it with true meaning. Gemini often excels at critical analysis while Sagittarius often has a much larger and more idealistic vision.

“You’ll often find that the Sagittarius man does his traveling and his wandering on a mental level rather than a physical one.  They are often the apparent intellectuals of the zodiac, devouring books, absorbing all forms of knowledge like tasty meals.  But Sagittarius isn’t an intellectual in the sense that Gemini is; he’s not prone to analyzing with a fine-toothed comb all the bits of information that come into his head.  He’s much more intuitive, and more interested in relating fields of knowledge than in dissecting them.  And his mind is speculative – whether it’s about philosophy, literature, the arts, or the stock-market.” [6]

Gemini as also represented by House III which is opposite House IX in a natal chart. House III represents the objective facts and data of the lower mind. Sagittarius in indicative of the higher mind: our own personal truth and vision that evolves from the lower mind.

“We seek truth in the 9th house. But what we get there are beliefs, an entirely different matter. Its opposite, the 3rd house, is built on facts. The 9th is knit with theories and opinions. While its ideals can open up new worlds, they can also shut our borders and lock us into conflict. ” [3]

“Perhaps it’s just this mystery that makes the 9th house so appealing–how your world can change with just an idea, a prayer, or a strange ritual. What is this power we petition here? Why has every civilization made offerings to it? How has this power poured into us as new concepts, moral guidance, art that endures for centuries? Certainly our 9th house beliefs can trap us and draw a curtain on our growth. They also can take us so far beyond ourselves that we conceive ourselves anew. That’s why mankind is so devoted to the 9th, connecting with God, searching for answers, believing in miracles. There is much in this house to ponder. And definitely much to love.” [3]

Jupiter in House I Mars in House IX – The World At Large

For whatever reason, I am an earthy Taurus born into a family nearly full of fire signs. My mother was a Leo, my brother is an Aries, and my father was born under the sign of the archer. Needless to say, I’ve experienced the combustible and ferocious tempers of each one of them! However, I’ve also seen each of them accomplish the most amazing feats and I wouldn’t be here today without the generosity and influences from of each of them.

My father was a textbook Sagittarian. He was tall, passionate about sports, religious and owned his own small claims practice for years which was also attuned to his Mars in Libra. When I was much younger, he would essentially say yes to almost anything I asked for in stark contrast to my mother. In a way, I believe this was the result of the freedom oriented values of his Sagittarian Sun. He had a habit of speaking very intensely and was a bit intimidating when fired up, but his generosity and commitment to helping others was unparalleled. He even married more than once.

Nonetheless, my father always did seem to have an eye on the future so that when he did pass, my brother and I were beneficiaries to his property. Keeping an eye on the future is one of the greatest lessons that I’ve taken from Sagittarius. Setting goals requires a certain level of hope and optimism and helps one to step outside of their current situation, if only for a second, to see things on a much larger scale. Having goals hopefully creates the belief that you will reach them and it invigorates life as opposed to  flailing around in a dull routine with both eyes on what lies before you.

I’ve spent an eventful 22 years of my life in Houston and more and more each day, I long to find a home away from home. I’ve always longed to travel abroad with Jupiter in my 1st house and Mars in Pisces in 9th, but early life never provided the resources to do so. Lately I’ve been intrigued by relocated natal charts and astrocartography maps and after noting the building inner compulsion, I briefly and correctly thought to myself that the ascendant of my next solar return chart must be in Sagittarius. There’s a grand vision of my future that is branded in my mind’s eye and it fuels me to pierce the heart of target that I’ve set for myself. To me, this is what Sagittarius is all about. So this month, ask yourself what kind of goals have you set for your future? Will you hit your mark?

Famous Sagittarians ♐ via CafeAstrology

Some Famous People with Sun in Sagittarius: Christina Aguilera (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Tyra Banks, Ludwig van Beethoven (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Sagittarius), Billy Bragg (Sun and Moon in Sagittarius), Benjamin Bratt, Harry Chapin (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Dick Clark (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Sagittarius), Emily Dickinson (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Walt Disney, Kirk Douglas (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Brendan Frasier (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Katie Holmes (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Sinead O’Connor (Sun and Venus in Sagittarius), Ozzy Osbourne (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Brad Pitt, Britney Spears (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius),  Steven Spielberg (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Ben Stiller (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Marisa Tomei (Sun and Moon in Sagittarius), Mark Twain (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Sagittarius).

Damien Rice was born on December 7, 1973 under the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius


  1. Sagittarius The Archer
  2. Star Lore of the Constellation Sagittarius: The Archer
  3. The 9th House
  4. Jupiter
  5. The Sagittarius Myth
  6. Astrology For Lovers – Sagittarius

Scorpio ♏ Ingress – Profundity and Perception

“I have to re-create the universe every morning when I wake up. And kill it in the evening, which is a bit outrageous, but there you go. Heee! Well, maybe not every morning, but maybe twice a year I have to destroy everything.

  — Bjork (Sun , Moon ,  Neptune , and Ascendant in Scorpio )

As the Sun glides towards a sobering conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio, things might seem a bit more serious for some as the realities of our deepest self are called into focus. Unlike preceding sign, Libra, Scorpio is acutely aware that life isn’t always so beautiful. Yet, could this actually be advantageous? The evolved Scorpio has knowledge that having the courage to face and let go of life’s darkest issues is a path to healing and transformation. And those who ignore the call for change? Well, that’s a very different story.

On October 22 at 7:14pm, our Sun transitions from aesthetic, romantic, and diplomatic Libra into transformational, penetrating, and intimate Scorpio. If Libra represents compromise and the initial romantic stages of a relationship, Scorpio is where the relationship deepens through intimacy and shared resources. Sometimes this increase in depth equates to struggles of power or positive and permanent new levels of understanding. Furthermore, realistic Saturn’s recent shift into Scorpio emphasizes the key lessons of the eighth sign of the zodiac: transformation, sexuality, death, rebirth, and power summarized by the keywords of “I Desire”.

Traditional astrology possesses strong words for Scorpio as a fixed water sign, often depicting it as dark, possessive, vengeful, and controlling. Like Cancer, its watery crustacean counterpart, Scorpio is also modeled after a creature with an exoskeleton indicating that the watery emotional nature of those with strong Scorpio energy is oftentimes concealed, yet fully present.

“This means that Scorpio, regardless of his habitual smokescreens – and make no mistake about it, Scorpio has the best smokescreens of any of the signs – is a sign of profound feeling and sensitivity, easily affected by the emotional currents inside him and around him, susceptible to the feelings of others, easily hurt, sympathetic, compassionate, often intensely lonely, and driven by an almost voracious need for relationship.  [1]

However, Scorpio is secretly one of my favorite signs as it holds several of the most difficult yet valuable lessons I’ve learned in my life of all twelve signs. Learn the lessons of Scorpio and you have the courage to transform and heal yourself and others. The truth is that all signs have a dark side. Scorpio is just typically more aware of this within everyone and its ability to see deeply into other people and situations is a unique gift which translates well into the realm of depth psychology, research, and detective work. Therefore, I think that the set of keywords “I Perceive” is most fitting for Scorpio.

“In order to penetrate it must first draw towards it: Scorpio doesn’t walk into your territory, it doesn’t flirt and cajole, it merely let’s its own energy attract, and when penetrating your secrets it does so having lured you to a place where resistance is low. Like Virgo, Scorpio has an analytical gift: it probes the depths, breaks apart, identifies the dross and eliminates the wasteful or insincere.” [1]

Scorpio , Mars , and Pluto , and House VIII – Passion and Power

The most widely referenced myth of Scorpio stems from the inflated ego of Orion, who once bragged that he could hunt and kill every wild beast on earth. Normally Artemis, goddess of hunting, would take a stand against this but was a bit inhibited by her crush on Orion. Therefore, it was Apollo God of the herds who conspired with Gaia to send a giant scorpion after Orion. Different versions of the story state that is was either the scorpion who killed Orion or Artemis who accidentally shot him in the head while aiming for the Scorpion.

In ancient astrology, Mars was the ruler of Scorpio and Aries indicative of the sign’s tremendous drive and determination. Where fiery Aries represents the more extroverted and outwardly combative side of Mars, Scorpio highlights the receptive facets of the water sign associated with strategy and defense.

“It’s worth remembering that, as much as it may seem a contradiction, Scorpios strongest line of attack is always in defence, where their fixidity brings enduring patience and determination, and their natural resilience makes them seem practically impassable. Consider the role of scorpion gods in ancient symbolism and myth; invariably their function is to act as guardians, custodians and protectors; oblivious to external distraction but ferocious in the cruel retribution unleashed on those who break their sentinel.” [2]

The red planet is also known for its sexual nature, representing desire and libido. Similarly, it’s not uncommon to recognize a Scorpio through their highly sexual nature although it is not always apparent. Most people will not initially the grasp the depth and passion that exists within these human beings. Overall, Scorpio is a sign that prefers to appear unassuming, away from the center of attention. However, maintaining a sense of control over life events is certainly a motivating factor for many scorpions. There are many legends about how scorpions, when tightly surrounded by a ring of fire, have been known to sting themselves to death. Astrologer Liz Greene claims to have witnessed a similar scenario.

“Once in the south of France I watched a group of children surround a small brown scorpion with sticks, so that it was completely trapped.  It committed suicide.” The message here is that Scorpio would rather destroy himself, and go down in flames by his own hand – literally or psychologically – than submit to another’s ultimatum or control.  It’s that damnable pride again.  [1]

The more recent discovery of Pluto led to the assignment of Scorpio as its ruler. Pluto is known as the god of the underworld and similarly, transits involving Pluto are concerned with subconscious psychological issues that may be brought into the light from beneath the surface of our psyches. Although in modern astronomy Pluto is known as a dwarf planet, the influence of Pluto in astrology is undeniable with themes such as the transformation, power, destruction, and renewal.

“By house, the position of Pluto shows where individuals search for truths and deeper meaning. This area of life may be associated with change, upheaval, power struggles, and issues of control. Pluto in aspect to other planets in the chart colors those energies with obsessive qualities, power struggles, the need to find deeper meanings, and willingness to explore and examine. Where we find Pluto in the chart is where we either seek change and transformation, or have it thrust upon us if we refuse to accept our deepest needs.” [5]

 Scorpio is also associated with the eighth house in astrology, a division of a natal chart that deals with subconscious psychological themes, crisis, sexuality, death, and shared resources. These issues sound particularly heated and painful, but they serve a crucial function which allows an individual to transform themselves in order to reach a heightened perspective. Therefore, one could say that the ultimate goal of Scorpio is transcendence.

 “If the 7th house describes relationships forged through equality, in the 8th house we suffer (or profit from) relationships based on inequality. When others enter the intimate waters of this house, they get some power over us. Whether it’s the bank, our parents, the IRS, our sexual partners, even a stranger who happens to push our buttons, and let’s not forget the scythe-master Death—through the 8th we become painfully aware of forces beyond our manipulation and control.” [3]

Scorpio Vs. Taurus – Intensity Vs. Tranquility

It’s often said that is polarity that Taurus and Scorpio create is the most intense of all of the signs of the zodiac. As the product to two fixed signs and from personal experience, there seems to be truth in this statement. Students of astrology know all about the tranquil, easygoing, and preserving nature of Taurus. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the themes of Scorpio are well matched in opposition to those of Taurus. A key symbolization of the functions of Scorpio originate from the area of the body that it rules; the groins. Here, processes of attraction, creation, destruction, and regeneration all occur. Taureans are known for exuding a solid, grounded, and stabilizing influence, while Scorpio is known for undergoing periods of deep change and transformation.

Scorpio is the only zodiac sign represented by multiple creatures. In ancient astrology, Scorpio was represented by the serpent, a creature that sheds its skin and was once believed to possess regenerative powers. Next is the phoenix, a powerful creature which represents the crucial Scorpionic themes of death and rebirth. Lastly, the eighth sign has been known to be related to the piercing stare and ability of the Eagle to soar above circumstance.

“Transcendence from the crawling scorpion to the soaring eagle, still predatory, still conveying the essence of patience and penetration, but capable of flight and height, brings together the theme of destruction and renewal as a story of evolution. …All Scorpios feel themselves to be on this spiritual quest of transformation and it should be remembered that their depth of mind is as equally attracted to higher philosophy as it is to depth psychology.” [2]

Saturn in House VIII – Death is a Transference of Energy

From when I was much younger, I have vivid memories of how uncomfortable the prospect of death made me feel. Any talk of life after death would bring me and my Cancerian ascendant to tears. Today, it’s quite the opposite. Three of my immediate family members have passed in the last ten years beginning at the age of twelve and the fact that I remain here on earth, advancing my life is a testament to the reserves of empowerment that I discovered during such trying times. Traditional astrology has some very strong and negative words about my natal placement of Saturn in the eighth house, but as I’ve always said there are no inherently negative placements in my opinion. I like to think that I’ve absorbed the lessons of Saturn in this house well. Some of the astrology books say that individuals born with Saturn in eighth do great in occupations that relate with Scorpionic themes such as death or psychology. As my progessed Sun moves into Gemini, I want to do many things (hence the problem) but I’ve always relished the idea of being a therapist in some way.

Death has been an important theme in my life in so many ways, and the eighth house has served as a reflection of my evolving attitude concerning it. In this way, it also becomes important to think of eighth house decay literally and figuratively is it can oftentimes mean the death of an idea, a process, or an attitude and not just a person. When we let go and allow the things we’ve been holding onto to die, they are then able to transform into something greater that we may have never imagined.

As a Taurus I uphold the typically unusual value that it’s important to reinvent myself, and I owe this belief to the lessons of Scorpio. It’s no secret that Taureans are usually deeply unsettled by change, but with natal Pluto opposite my natal Sun, I almost have no choice but to relent to events that occur outside of my control. There are tremendous reserves of strength and mobilization that await every Taurus who actively face the resistance to change that lies within themselves. I think that what most mattered for me is that I’ve had so many defining events in my life occur outside of the jurisdiction of my control.

Lastly, I want to part ways with this wonderful reference to the nature of Scorpio from Liz Greene. It stems from a reference of Hercules’s battle with the hydra, a creature with nine heads.

“Scorpio is a sign of intense desire; and the hydra’s many heads can mean the many desires of the uncivilized human heart.  Left to grow in the darkness, they can become poisonous, and begin to destroy others.  But they cannot be dealt with by repression.  They must be understood, held up to the light, respected as part of oneself.  And although vanquished, it is a good idea to remember that one immortal head.  For Scorpio, all human beings carry within them the seeds of good and evil.  Evil is not an abstract thing, or somebody else’s fault; it is in everyone.  Human brutality cannot be blamed on society, but ultimately only on oneself.  It is relevant to realize that Freud, the great founder of modern depth psychology, had Scorpio rising.  Therein lies the deepest meaning of Scorpio’s myth:  come to terms with the hydra in yourself, and you redeem the world.”  [6]

Famous Scorpios via CafeAstrology

Ed Asner (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Ascendant in Scorpio), Lauren Bessette (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), Bjork (Sun and Moon in Scorpio), Lisa Bonet (Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), John Cleese (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito, Leonardo DiCaprio (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio), Richard Dreyfuss (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Sally Field, Bill Gates, Calista Flockhart, Jodie Foster (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Whoopi Goldberg (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), John Gotti (organized crime boss – Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), Harry Hamlin (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), Ethan Hawke (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio, Shere Hite (who published the Hite Report on Sexuality – Sun, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio),Rock Hudson, Demi Moore (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Pablo Picasso, Prince Charles, Puff Daddy (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Julia Roberts (Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), Meg Ryan (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), David Schwimmer (Sun, Moon, and Venus in Scorpio), Nicolette Sheridan, Maria Shriver

Andy Hull of Machester Orchestra was born on November 7, 1986 under the fixed water sign of Scorpio


  1. Astrology for Lovers – Scorpio
  2. Skyscript: Scorpio the Scorpion
  3. The 8th House
  4. Scorpio
  5. Pluto
  6. The Scorpio Myth


This year I made three resolutions effective on January 1st, 2012:

1. Creative discipline
2. Self-sufficiency
3. Eliminate all things that have outlived their usefulness.

It’s now three months into 2012 and it feels good to know that I have been staying true to my personal commitments. Of course, Aphelion Blog ties in nicely with resolution number one. I’ve had the idea of creating a blog in the back of my mind for quite some time since I began my radio show, The Ecliptic, with Garron Ballard, in August of 2011 and just recently, as the Sun travels through the sign of Pisces ♓, has this event come into fruition accompanied by a torrent of inspiration and creativity.

I want this blog will serve as an outlet for my many hobbies and professional endeavors including but not limited to:

Astrology | Graphic Design | Music | Photography | Creative Writing | Technology | Science | Sci Fi

As an astrologer, I love to look at natal charts, so here is the chart for the moment Aphelion Blog was created. I quite like this chart for a number of reasons including:

  • Aquarian ♒ Ascendant (progressive and intellectual )
  • Neptune ♆ rising with Chiron ⚷, Pallas ⚴, and the Sun ☉! (creative power pocket)
  • Chart rulers Uranus ♅ and Saturn ♄ are in Houses II (money, talent, and inner values) and IX. ( meaning, higher learning, publishing)
  • Transiting Uranus ♅ and Mercury ☿ are conjunct in pioneering Aries ♈, and also conjunct my natal Venus ♀ at 0 Aries ♈. (wonderful for initiation and mental activity)
  • Moon ☾ in depth-oriented Scorpio ♏ Trine the Sun  in Pisces ♓. (I came up with the words profundity in perspective before I even realized this.)
  • Venus ♀and Jupiter ♃ conjunct in aesthetically focused Taurus ♉ (artistic, espansive, and beautiful)
  • Mars ♂ in Virgo ♍ (Technical and industrious)
  • Grand Trine in Earth Signs (Solid and Practical)

As an astrologer who often examines these charts, I tend to wonder what a human being would be like if they were born at a beautiful moment like this!