Can You Pursue Harmony Over Hassle While the Sun is in Libra?

Image by Sarah Cervantes/ Unsplash

Image by Sarah Cervantes/ Unsplash

Natalie Reynolds, author of ‘We Have A Deal: How to Negotiate with Intelligence, Flexibility and Power’ speaks of the need for difference of 'thought, opinion, background, perspective, approach and style’ at the negotiation table.  

How fitting that she highlighted gender diversity as a critical factor for success on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, on the eve of the Sun's move into Libra: the zodiac sign of finding common ground.  

venus, mars and gender diversity

This is not about women against men (or the other way round).  Every person's astrological chart has a Venus and a Mars.  

How much can your Venus collaborate, make peace and unite?  How much can your Mars compete, challenge and take charge?  Both have a role in negotiations of all kinds.

My way or our way?

Compromise is a dirty word when you want everything your own way.  But how do you maintain relationships without give and take?  

While the Sun travels through Libra between 22 September and 22 October 2017, we all have a chance to practice being better partners in all areas of our lives.  Libra is ruled by Venus.  

make peace not war 

Make sure your partnerships cater for what each party wants.  Aim to restore balance when things go too far in either direction.  Be specific and diplomatic when 'calling out’ unacceptable behaviour.  

Shine like the Libran Sun by sustaining the relationship.  Not by tearing the other person to pieces.  

observe the ORDINARY

Venus is in daily life-oriented Virgo for all but the last week of the Sun’s time in Libra.  Pay extra attention to your everyday interactions.

Mars is also in Virgo so being thoughtfully assertive is the best way to get your own way.  

partnership power

Yesterday, I met a professional couple where the woman is the business brain and the man is the technical genius.  Libra rules all committed one-to-one pairings not just romantic ones. 

They share a strong work ethic, recognise each other’s complementary talents, and acknowledge they need each other.  In their words, ‘together we are greater than the sum of our parts’.

do you prefer to lead or follow?

Knowing and being honest with yourself about the the balance between your capacity to yield and your urge to dominate helps you to negotiate partnerships that fit you.

An astrological consultation reveals more about your personal preferences so that you can enjoy the kind of harmony that suits you.  And your partners might appreciate that too.  

your SUN IN LIBRA ACTION

Over the month ahead, try to be more Venus than Mars, whatever that means for you.  What do you notice about the harmony versus hassle factor? 
 

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Astrology As A Problem-Solving Conversation

The idea that the stars might somehow determine the course of our lives without any say on our part is an unsettling one.  It is also a common misconception about astrology.

This ancient subject can be immensely helpful for dealing with all kinds of challenges.

An astrological consultation is a problem-solving conversation with the aid of a chart. 

This exchange imaginatively and realistically opens up possibilities rather than laying down some kind of inescapable life sentence.

After all, why bother with astrology if all it does is tell you what is going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it?


It all starts with the chart

The basic idea of astrology is that the planets above us in the sky act as a great big mirror to life on earth.

An astrological chart is a symbolic map of the planets in time and space, at a particular moment in time.

The chart can provide a huge amount of extremely valuable information and insight about the chart owner and what is happening for them, at any given time.

Individuals, organisations, countries and events can all have their own charts.   


What aN astrological chart looks like

Chart by Astro Gold

Chart by Astro Gold

Here is a simplified chart for when this blog post was published.  It is a snapshot of the planets as if you were looking up at the sky in London at noon on 27 March 2016.   

Do you see Venus?  She is right next to the arrow in area 9 on the inner circle. 

The other nine main astrological planets are also shown. 

All their planetary positions are astronomically correct because the chart has been calculated using an ephemeris, or planetary timetable. 

The planets are shown against the zodiac, an imaginary circle rooted in star constellations and their mythology. 

Imagination and science both have their place in astrology. 


Correspondence is the name of the game

Each of the ten core planets is a symbol for a basic theme in life.

Their arrangement in the chart says something about – without setting in stone – the character of the chart owner. 

The unfolding of their interrelated planetary cycles reflects the development patterns of that character, and the timing of those processes.

An astrological chart is a symbolic, not a literal, map.  The relationship between the chart and the chart owner is one of correspondence.  The connection is not causal.  

Neither the planets nor the chart 'make' the chart owner be or do anything.        

What the chart owner experiences is matched by what is shown in the chart, and vice versa.  This is happening on many different levels and in many different ways.
 

IT IS STILL YOUR CALL

The symbolic way in which way charts work means there are many possible options for bringing the chart's symbols to life.

In other words, you are still responsible for your choices and responses.  There is considerable room for manoeuvre.    

Engaging with your chart enables you to see all of yourself and what is happening for you afresh and more clearly, including what may otherwise be hidden from view.

Discussing what your chart brings to light equips you to make better decisions as you become better informed about who you really are and the lie of the land.

In addition, astrology gives you the gift of timing.  Knowing about different periods of time and their qualities and duration means you can plan and act, or not, as most benefits you.


Taking A symbolic approach

The true value of astrology in problem-solving lies in its symbolic nature. 

A symbol has many layers.  It contains a variety of inexhaustible associated meanings, all somehow true to its essence.

A symbol is not the thing itself: it represents or stands in for something else.

What that ‘something else’ is, is what the client brings to the consultation.  That is, their story and the issues they want to address.  The astrologer brings the chart and their expertise.  

Prior to the consultation, the astrologer will spend time studying the chart to identify its most significant astrological symbols and patterns, taking into account the client's outline brief.  Some kind of forecast, usually for the year ahead, is also part of the groundwork.  

The astrologer comes to the consultation with a chart-based foundation to guide the discussion.  
 

Aha moments

The actual interpretation of the chart happens ‘live’ in conversation, in collaboration with the client.    

During the consultation, the astrologer is listening very carefully to the client in order to translate the symbols noted as abstract principles during preparation, into something real and relevant to the client's personal situation. 

What the client says and how they are gives the symbols a form and expression that has a meaning and application unique to them. 

Mixing symbols and real life circumstances in this way is what leads to a conversation that rings true for the client.  

Astrological dialogue enables you to find a new way through by uncovering a fresh perspective, greater clarity and invaluable timing guidance.
 

Take a look at your own chart

See what your own chart looks with this free chart calculation tool at www.astro.com.


To find out whether an astrological consultation is right for you, book an initial complimentary consultation.

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Why Astrology Can Give You Much More Than Your Horoscope

‘What’s your star sign?’  Most people know the answer to this question.  Many of them regularly read their horoscopes.  Some with hope, others with cynicism. 

But, there is a whole lot more to astrology besides horoscopes. 

Read on to discover its real power. 

Image by MaFelipe/ Getty Images

Image by MaFelipe/ Getty Images

What is really going on

The sky is like a great big mirror reflecting what is really going on for and around you.  This is the basic idea of astrology. 

Astrology plugs you in to a much bigger picture of meaningful planetary cycles.  Observing these eternal planetary patterns provides invaluable insight and information. 

This can be enormously helpful when you get stuck and need help to find your way through.  Sometimes, your usual problem-solving routes and resources are not enough. 


There is more to astrology than you might think

An online or printed horoscope is inevitably a restricted view.  It is based on the position of the Sun on your date of birth in one of a dozen zodiac signs.  

By contrast, an astrological consultation offers more detail and nuance by taking your date, time and place of birth into account.

A consultation draws on a map of at least ten planets in twelve signs, in twelve areas.  Each planet is more specifically located within one of the thirty degrees which each sign comprises.  The planets are linked by a minimum of five basic connecting patterns, operating in multiple combinations.  Various forecasting techniques add motion and timing to the mix.

There is more to come on all these essential factors in the coming weeks.

 

A tiny glimpse of what astrology can reveal

Let us imagine you are an Aries.  In other words, the Sun was in the part of the sky called ‘Aries’ on the day you were born.

Today, 20 March, is the first day that the Sun is in Aries this year, and where it will remain until 19 April 2016.      

Your horoscope might describe you as an enterprising, ‘straight to the point’, go-getter.  That may be spot on.  Or, that description might not sound like you at all. 

After all, horoscopes are a generalized kind of astrology. 

If when you were born the Moon was in, say, the sign of Cancer, you are also emotionally sensitive and tend to respond indirectly. 

The kind of Aries you are is shaped by the Moon, plus the other nine planets, along with the other key factors flagged above, and yet to be explored.    


Look skyward

A private, one-on-one astrological consultation allows you to uncover a fuller reflection of the real you.  Seeing the whole of who you really are equips you to navigate your life experiences in much better ways.

Working with astrology in this way can be very rewarding.  The perspective, clarity and timing you gain goes far beyond the much more limited remit of horoscopes.   

Next time you feel unsure or lost, look up to the sky and remember that whatever is happening is part of a bigger story.  Astrology is a great map for understanding what that is so that you can choose the best road ahead.    


To find out whether an astrological consultation is right for you, book an initial complimentary consultation.

Email me at leena@astrologerlondon.com 
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