All posts by Louisa Tanner Munson

My life changed when my mum told me I was a Sagittarius. It was 4 years later, aged 12 that I would buy my first Astrology Manual to learn EVERYTHING I could about the subject. Fast forward to 40 and you'll find me here, now......blogging, playing with ideas, consulting and recording material. Astrology and the psychology of being happy has been the glue throughout my life.

A bum deal from the stars?

(A lighthearted look at ass-strology!)

I wasn’t sure if you could see getting covered in dog poo in the stars – to be fair I’ve never looked, and can’t imagine there are many astrologers out there who are that bothered, but seeing this in my Facebook News Feed made me curious (I should also admit that it was my son’s yellow welly that was covered in dog poo, and that my friend simply went to cuddle my son at the wrong time) – so I feel a bit responsible to lighten things up a bit.

A PLANET FOR POO?
So I thought I’d have some fun and look a dog poo annoyances from an astrological perspective. First things first, I wasn’t sure where to start. I mean, there’s not a ‘starsign’ responsible for canine excrement (that I’m aware of), neither is there a planet attributed to it that I’m instantly aware of. So this is what I did. I looked at my friend Robyn’s chart, and compared it to the chart of that exact moment in time.

PLANETS ALIGNING
And here’s what I found. At the exact time that Robyn and my son hugged, today’s planets and sensitive points connected exactly to Robyn’s. (A full astrological write up below for those that understand it)

 

PLUTO AND URANUS?
My husband was joking about the planets and that Pluto (the dog), must have had something coming out of Uranus. The odd thing is, is that both these planets actually exactly connected today between the two charts! How ironic.

Anyway. To answer the initial question ‘Can you see the ‘Cr*p’ days in the stars?’, my answer would be this – YES – you definitely can, but for the event that happened today, all the planets did was just trigger an event. There are several triggers to everyone’s chart every single day. So although you can see ‘event’s happening retroactively, there’s nothing that I can see that could have helped you predict getting covered in dog poo.

FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED
That said, it is possible to look ahead of time at your lucky phases and your unlucky phases. Things like your potentials for good health, romance, success and happiness can definitely be observed. As well as your times when things are more challenging. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

If like me (and possibly now my friend Robyn), you’d like to be kept aware of your positive growth phases, and times to watch out for, then speak to me about looking at a yearly energy planner.

 

ASTROLOGY – JUST FOR FUN
At the exact time that Robyn got covered in dog poo, this is what occurred. To my utter surprise, Robyn had 8  EXACT aspects between her chart and that of the moment. I have never seen so many exact connections like this. This is obviously an important time in Robyn’s life where her life is evolving. (As illustrated by Pluto conjunct Uranus, Saturn square North Nodes…)

Here’s what I see as pertinent to the ‘event’

The transiting Jupiter was conjunct the ‘real time’ ascendant, and both were conjunct Robyn’s Mercury in her fourth house, in Cancer

The ‘real time’ descendant was conjunct Robyn’s North Node.

Transiting Pluto (also conjunct the real time descendant), was conjunct Robyn’s Uranus in Capricorn

These were the most interesting connections which I think helped this to be expressed. Jupiter (the playful joker) was rising and had some fun with Robyn through her Mercury. (Mercury representing children, fun, instant communications. Mercury is also a bit of a trickster) – So Robyn saw my son, and gave him a cuddle and got more than she bargained for as a cosmic joke was set.

If you take Robyn as represented by the Ascendant and the incident/boy/dog poo as represented by ‘other’ ie: descendant, you can now see that Pluto (who dredges up the dirt), can connect with Uranus (planet of surprises) to create a nasty little surprise. Just a simple little illustration of the cosmic coding and how weirdly accurate it can be. Thank goodness that we don’t really have the time to analyse every little trigger because we’d be here all day and forget to live! Hope that was useful and not too ‘sh*tty! ;o)

How to look for asteroids in your birthchart

There are a couple of ways that I use to check for the position of asteroids in your birthcharts. Here I’ll mention my favourite two.

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For a comprehensive look at the position of asteroids

1. Go to www.serennu.com
2. Click on Astrological Ephemeris
3. Fill in the online form with your preferences and click Go

Serennu.com will bring up a list of the positions of asteroids, classical planets and other useful references for any time, date and place of birth. You will be swimming in information for sure. This is a wonderful free service, though needs some preparation to use, as you’ll need to know the universal time of birth and also the longitude and latitude of birth.

To look up a few asteroid positions at a time

  1. Go to www.astro.com and Login. If you haven’t already set up a guest profile click here for instructions
  2. Select Free Horoscopes from the menu and then Extended Chart Selection
  3. Under the heading Birth Data, ensure that you have the right name selected from the Horoscope for: drop down menu
  4. Scroll down to the Additional Objects menu and select as many as you would like to see in your chart ie: Juno, Vesta or Orcus
  5. To add in asteroids, scroll down to the box underneath Additional Objects. In this box you’ll be able to type the asteroid number or code for up to 6 asteroids. You need to put a comma with no space in between numbers (for example: 16,33154,H56,10)
  6. Click Click here to show the chart

In my opinion, this option is preferable as it is difficult to look at a chart with more than 6 asteroids, additional centaurs and classical planets. You will however need to know the number associated with each asteroid that you want to find. Whilst you can do this within astro.com, I personally find it easier to use a search engine and type a question such as ‘What is the number used in astrology for asteroid Osiris?’

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As you look at asteroids in your birthchart, you might find that there are some asteroids in prominent places within your chart. Take a note of these as they will be of special importance to you and give you cosmic clues much more related to who you really are. Another interesting thing to note, is where the ‘transiting’ asteroids are in your chart when you first research them. I often find that my interest in researching an asteroid in my chart coincides with the asteroid going over my angles (ascendant,IC,DC,MC) or making a hard aspect to one of my personal planets (Sun, Moon,Mercury,Venus,Mars, Jupiter and Saturn)

Please do let me know what you learn about yourself in the comments field below, or if you have any questions, let’s see how I can help you.

Louisa x

How to create your birthchart online

For many people new to astrology, you might want to look at what your birthchart looks like. Whilst there are many good programmes you can buy to use, In my own practice, I prefer to use the technology of http://www.astro.com, which allows you to set up a user profile for free and gives you the chance to look at your birthchart from many different perspectives.

Like any new skill, it can be daunting, but if you follow these simple steps, you’ll be able to create and begin learning about your unique cosmic coding – your birthchart.

  1. Go to http://www.astro.com
  2. Click on Login (on the top right hand side of the screen)
  3. Click on Create a free registered user profile
  4. Enter your personal details and click OK
  5. Click on My Astro (on the top right hand side of the screen)
  6. Click on Add new Astro data
  7. Fill in all the details pertaining to your birth (or someone else’s). You’ll need to know your time, place and date of birth. Then click continue
  8. Every time you create a new birthchart for someone, you’ll follow the same procedure from step 5-7

Congratulations, you’ve now created your first birthchart. The next step is to learn how to view it and how to add additional objects such as asteroids and centaurs,

The Pursuit of Purpose

What is my purpose in life?

This question has plagued humanity for what might seem like forever. I know it has been one of my most frequently asked questions, followed up by ‘Am I making the most of my life?’ and ‘What will bring me lasting happiness?’

We weren’t always so disconnected. Remember the last time you saw a baby marvelling over its toes or tasting its fingers? Babies are uniquely fascinated by themselves and as they grow they become curious about the world they live in. From their place of innocence they waste no time in the indulgence of ‘who am I?’, they get on with being brilliantly themselves. They automatically know it. Over time they learn to doubt their magnificence, made worse by their community asking them ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’. This question alone implies that to be yourself is not enough.

Uncovering our potential

Enough of the doubting of yourselves. We’ve spent our lifetime with this indulgence. There are many points that we can use in astrology to indicate purpose, and many ways of discovering or rather ‘uncovering’ who we really are and how we can allow ourselves to reappear. With this knowledge to hand, we can learn to flow into our baby-like innocence, where we feel most at home, fascinated by life and reconnected. These are my favored astrological points/planets/asteroids and areas to explore for discovering life purpose:-

  1. North Node/MC/IC
  2. Part of fortune
  3. Vertex
  4. Talent (33154)
  5. Selene White Moon (H56)
  6. Vesta
  7. Chiron
  8. Hygeia (10)

Each of these areas of exploration focus us on part of our path and the recovery of who we might be. Each of these points, when interpreted together brings about a clarity of direction. These points can all be found on Astro.com. You  need to set yourself up with a profile and from there you can research your birthchart through the ‘extended chart selection’. You can add points 3-8 in the ‘additional objects’ section.

Understanding these points together

The asteroid Talent, its position in a chart and the aspects it makes to other points, planets and asteroids gives us a big clue as to what we have a natural aptitude for and how we might find ourselves on that path. The Vertex shows us what the world wants from us. It gives us a clear indication of what others want from us and how we can serve. Selene White Moon shows us our path to peace and how we can find serenity. If she is connected by aspect to another planet or asteroid, we get clues as to how you can find her. Vesta shows us our passion, zeal and the truth about ourselves that we can’t escape. Vesta is the guardian of our sacred flame, and shows us where we are dedicated to a cause. Chiron, the wounded healer is a life teacher. His position in the birthchart indicates where we have a sore spot, but through recognising what this means to us, often leads us to profound soul learning. It is through knowing ourselves that we can master ourselves. Hygiea shows our capacity to heal and learn. Our energy systems are vital to understand when considering our purpose in life. If you’re unable to understand your energy systems, it is difficult to give of yourself in the pursuit of purpose. Once you have a handle on your available energy and challenges to it, it is easier for you to connect into your sacred mission. The Nodes / MC / IC give us our karmic compass points in life which show movement from and to. I use these points more for timing and planning. These are of course essential to understanding your whole journey. If you consider what all of these might mean together, you can see how your purpose could just pop out at you.

In a rush to discover yourself?

if time is of the essence, then I would focus purely on the asteroid Talent and the point Vertex in your chart. These two combined will give you enough of an overview for a real ‘aha’ moment. In my experience with clients, these two points often reveal whether we are on or off course.

Using myself as an example, Talent is in my 3rd house, in the sign of Aquarius, conjunct my IC, asteroid Urania and Psyche. It is also sextile my Sun/Mercury conjunction in the second house and also sextile Chiron/Hygiea in the 6th house. If this was a client’s Talent, I might give them the following meaning:-

‘You shine at articulating diverse and unusual ideas within your community. There’s a natural desire to share and guide in a way that helps others to find themselves. Many of your ideas come from exploring and healing pain from childhood (sextile Chiron) and from expanding on ideas of soul, karma, belief systems and existence (conjunct Psyche). Astrology and cosmic psychology might give you the framework to do this within (conjunct Urania). This will be a natural pull throughout your whole life (sextile Sun), that has been one of your main preoccupations of thought (sextile Mercury). it is likely that your own need to understand yourself in your private moments (conjunct Psyche/IC) has led you to heal yourself and help others find their own healing (sextile Chiron in 6th house of work/health) ‘

The Vertex is even more telling. In my own example, it is in the 8th House in the sign of Gemini, trine Talent in the 3rd and sextile both Chiron and Hygiea in the 6th. If this was a client’s chart, I would add in…

‘You are often called upon to help people when they are in time of crisis. People come to you when they are in a period of transformation. Maybe you have noticed that you’re like a catalyst to change. You are often able to find the words that allow people to learn a more helpful perspective, from where they can find a fresh healing (8th house – teaching/transforming). Your own direct experience of learning about health (Chiron and Hygiea in the 6th) can guide you to help others find their own path to wellness’

As we explore this subject further in subsequent blog posts, we’ll be filling in the gaps and examining all the other points mentioned above. Together, you’ll have a useful overview to how your cosmic coding at birth has always revealed ways to find your peace. With this under our belts the next step is to consider a 360 review of our purpose – by looking through the charts of our loved ones at where we feature in them! Exciting stuff eh?

Drop me a comment, if you have a query in the meantime.

Louisa x