12 More Things you Didn’t Know about Astrology

1. Many cultures in the past viewed Venus as the goddess of war when she’s the Morning Star and rises before the Sun as opposed to the goddess of love when she’s the Evening Star and sets after the Sun.

2. The dates you see for Zodiac Signs are approximations. When the Sun goes into a sign is based on the relationship between the Earth and Sun, not our flawed Gregorian calendar.

3. The Bible states the Sun, Moon, and Stars are for “times and for seasons.” Using them for calendars results in a far more accurate time-marking device than a calendar created on the whim of ego-maniacal emperors.

4. In esoteric Judaism the influence of the planets does not depend on their position in the sky, but on the hour of the day as discussed in several Talmud and Kabbalistic sources.

5. You natal chart is the template for your life based on the place and moment of your birth, but it changes with time.  Known as your “progressed chart,” it adds another dimension to who and what you are, similar to if you move to another country, state, or cultural area.

6. You will experience different astrological effects in different locations. Some are better than others for love, career, friends, creativity, education, and so forth.

7. Companies and corporations have a natal chart, too. Financial astrologers who tend to call themselves “cycles analysts” use them to predict the behavior of the stock markets, gold, and silver.

8. There is no such thing as being born on a “cusp.” Your natal Sun will be in one sign or another. Any blending effects will often relate to the location of Venus and Mercury, who could be in a neighboring sign.

9. By the end of the 1500s physicians across Europe were required to learn astrology to help with diagnosing disease. Check the Old Farmer’s Almanac for astrology’s connection with the human body. In fact, the timing recommendations found in that publication are all based on astrology.

10. Asteroids can have a strong influence on a person’s identity, love life, and career, again proving size doesn’t matter in astrology.

11. Being familiar with the Greek gods and their stories as well as the concept of archetypes makes understanding astrology a piece of cake.

12. Predictions without sufficient context are difficult if not impossible. Each sign, house, and planet has multiple interpretations. Astrology is not deterministic, but recognizes free will. Yoda recognized this fact when he told Luke, “Always in motion the future is.”

The Astrology in These Books is Real

Excerpt from “The Curse of Dead Horse Canyon: Cheyenne Spirits.”

As a physicist who’s also a professional astrologer, clearly I’m a bit of an enigma…

A bit?

Probably more like a humongous anomaly.

However, as a novelist, my affinity for the unknown and all things weird and wonderful comes in handy. All my stories have a touch of technology as well as the paranormal and supernatural. Of course in this book, my coauthor, Pete Risingsun, provided plenty of support for Charlie’s experiences as he returns to his culture with its intimate connection to the Earth and its Creator.

I didn’t plan to have a character in the story who was an astrologer. However, rarely do I actually “create” a character. They just show up. And that’s how Patrice came on stage.

While Patrice Renard is a fictitious character, the astrology represented in this story is real. I swear I am not making this up. No one is more astounded than I am. The birth dates of the characters were made up and used with places close to the imaginary ones in the story. How the astrological influences on fictitious characters for the time frame chosen for the story could tie in perfectly with the plot is beyond my comprehension. To be honest, it actually blew my mind.

For those of you who might be astrologers or interested in it, here is the hypothetical Birth Chart for Bryan Reynolds, one of the story’s characters.

In fact, at times when I wasn’t sure what would happen next, all I had to do was refer to the astrological implications of that moment to figure it out. Being a professional astrologer, this was easily done. Ironically, this is one of the few times when my dual career with that of an author has been in my favor.

Many times I have been ridiculed and even ostracized as an author because of the prevailing prejudices in modern society against this ancient art. The most avid debunkers tend to hail from religious and scientific circles.

I live in the “Bible Belt.”

Do the math.

Many years ago as a physicist I set out to disprove it myself. Pardon the cliché, but it’s not exactly rocket science how that turned out.

You astrologers out there will recognize this as a “biwheel.” It comprises Bryan’s chart with the transits for when the accident occurred, which is what Patrice is delineating in the first graphic.

If you think astrology is weird, study some of the speculations associated with quantum theory and entanglement which, to any rational person, are even farther out than us having a relationship with the stars. Even astronomers are the first to admit we’re all made out of “star stuff.” As a physicist I personally think the concept of parallel dimensions where we exist in all of them is ridiculous, regardless of what the math may say. Seriously! I’ll admit to random memories of past lives, but simultaneous existence in more than one dimension? One is enough to handle, thank you very much.

Another irony in this technological age is the renewed interest in energy healing and various other ancient techniques long practiced by medicine men and healers among indigenous people worldwide. The Great Spirit is once again revealing them to those with an honest heart and open mind. And there’s more evidence for that, albeit anecdotal, than most of that supposedly scientific hocus-pocus.

Also of interest in the context of this story is the fact that Indigenous Americans have a form of astrology associated with the Medicine Wheel. While it doesn’t employ the predictive side like Western, Traditional, or Vedic astrology, it delves even deeper into the psyche and seeking inspiration as needed.

Rather than the familiar zodiac signs such as Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc., the Medicine Wheel includes animal, plant, and mineral totems along with various other analogies, all closely tied to the seasons and nature. The moons associated with the Medicine Wheel line up exactly with those that define the zodiac signs of western astrology, their meaning essentially the same.


Not in my world.

If you’re interested in reading the story you can get a copy from Amazon here. I’d love to hear what you think.

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Astrology

Glyphs for the Signs of the Zodiac

1. Kepler, Copernicus, and Galileo were all astrologers first and astronomers second. They studied the planets to obtain more accurate data regarding planetary movement to use in their astrological readings.

2. Your sun sign does not necessarily reflect the constellation where the Sun was located when you were born. The Tropical Zodiac is aligned with the Earth, not the stars.

3. The equinoxes and solstices reflect the sun’s ingress into what is known in astrology as a Cardinal Sign, or turning point.

HemisphereSeasonEventZodiac Sign Ingress
NorthernSpringVernal EquinoxAries
SouthernSpringVernal EquinoxLibra
NorthernSummerSummer SolsticeCancer
SouthernSummerSummer SolsticeCapricorn
NorthernFallAutumnal EquinoxLibra
SouthernFallAutumnal EquinoxAries
NorthernWinterWinter SolsticeCapricorn
SouthernWinterWinter SolsticeCancer
Seasons Association with the Zodiac

4. The markings on a globe known as the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn are where the Sun is directly overhead for the respective solstices. The Sun is directly overhead on the equator for the equinoxes.

Earth’s alignment with the Sun creates the seasons.

5. Many Native Americans have sacred sites known as Medicine Wheels where they go to pray and meditate. It has twelve divisions based on the lunar cycle with meanings that line up with those of the Tropical Zodiac used in western astrology.

6. There are several different zodiacs. Western astrologers use the Tropical zodiac described above. Vedic astrologers in India use a sidereal zodiac based on the constellations which is approximately 23 degrees different from the Tropical version. Some use a whole sky zodiac that uses all constellations.

7. Certain cultures interpret the meaning of constellations differently depending on the season.

8. Authority figures from the emperors of the Roman Empire to modern day Popes know astrology works but don’t think their subjects are to be trusted with what it can reveal because they want to maintain control.

9. The Magi’s knowledge of astrology is what led them to the Christ child.

10. Total solar eclipses carry strong astrological implications along their path of visibility. When an eclipse path crosses a country (like the one on August 21, 2017) it portends a country divided.

11. Your sun sign is only one small part of who you are. If you don’t feel as if you “fit” the description it can be explained by the placement of the Moon, ascendant (sign on the eastern horizon when you were born) as well as the planets. Another possibility is a cluster of planets (known as a stellium) in another sign.

12. Mercury and Venus are never more than two zodiac signs away from the Sun. Astrology is geocentric with those two planets between Earth and the Sun, limiting how they are viewed.

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