Victor Kalin

Libra is the 7th sign of the zodiac, the place where we officially arrive beyond the development of self ready to attend to others. With its ties to the 7th House Libra is often reduced to its connection to relationships, courtship, and romantic partnership. Ruled by Venus, its associations with love and beauty are certainly compounded. But Libra is an air sign, highly intellectual and conceptually oriented. It’s a study of aesthetics, the ideal of love, with little room for the messy reality. Given the sign’s stellar configuration, though, Libra’s ties to romance feel like another exaggeration of modern astrology…


The occult allows us to empower ourselves within our own stories, offering systems of language to explore the narratives we live within and tools to change the path before us. Astrology guides us through a journey of development and integration, with each sign occupying a unique point of discovery and evolution. It’s an incredible system with the potential to explain imperceivable depths and nuance. Still, I often hear people say that astrology is too rigid, too calculated. It has a reputation as a stone-carved set of truths with no flexibility or potential for change.

However, metaphysics are littered with echoes…


Robert McGinnis

After the shining glory of Leo comes the austerity of the soul in Virgo. Its arrival on the horizon returns us to to the earth in a time when the ancients would have focused on the harvest and the preparation of fields for the winter season. It’s a place of receptivity, a bicorporeal sign owing to the constellation as a woman holding a stalk of wheat or, in some traditions, pregnant. Modern associations of its name piles assumptions on the sign — virginal, pure, self-sacrificing, clean. …


Robert McGinnis

Ascent is never easy. Elevation takes energy to achieve. After the labors of individuation we find ourselves weary, looking for retreat. Virgo occupies an interesting place in the evolution of the zodiac: Leo teaches us the true meaning of heroism, strengthening our identity and instilling us with the generative force required to make our mark in the world, but Virgo is the cocoon in which strength transforms into service. It’s a place of purification, a distillation of the soul. Like the Hermit of the tarot, we find ourselves climbing the mountain path, retreating into isolation in order to be one…


Jean Delville

I can’t tell you when I started working with asteroids. I know it wasn’t from the very beginning, while I was memorizing facts and themes of the traditional planets and their potential expression, but it feels as if the asteroids have always been a part of my practice. Perhaps that’s because the Asteroid Goddesses–the name often given to the four primary asteroids used by many astrologers–speak uniquely to the Divine Feminine which has been a fixture of my magical practice. Pallas, Juno, Vesta, and Ceres give astrologers a new set of signifiers to indicate feminine energy in the cosmic makeup…


George Ziel

The natal chart is a karmic ledger book.

That was my introduction to natal astrology. My first teacher was an evolutionary astrologer and believed that each planet told a story of her clients’ past, present, and future, contained in a singular moment. She conducted her practice out of a tiny Upper East Side apartment, hosting students and clients beneath framed photographs of Aztec ruins and celestial events, most of which she’d taken herself. I’m still not certain whether I believe her cosmology but I couldn’t deny the sense of peace and understanding it brought.

One evening after a lesson, I…


Kelly Freas, 1955

There’s a certain classic story we’ve heard a thousand times: the call to action which thrusts characters onto perilous paths, plunges them into the underworld, and ultimately results in their return as a celebrated hero. It’s a favourite format of filmmakers and storytellers, but it originated in myth. The Hellenistic world brought us countless tales of men made immortal, but astrology has a special place for one in particular. During his time on earth he slayed many of the beasts we still see in the heavens today. …


Virgil Finlay 1939

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Leo is associated with the Lion, a timeless symbol of courage and sovereignty. In this Solar Season we learn about our means and capacity for expression, energetic and physical. To astrologers in the middle ages Leo represented Divine Authority and the nobility conferred upon the kings of men — the lion was the noblest of beasts and commonly stood in for mankind and its regents in poetry and art. Leo emphasized the responsibility of authority to lead with grace and conviction because of the divine order which installed them.


Jeffrey Catherine Jones

Shadow work has experienced newfound popularity but it’s actually part of a larger process — individuation. Individuation is not about collective comfort — it is necessarily about the singular being at the heart of one’s own existence. While knowledge and understanding of the collective certainly affords its own kind of power, it’s all in the name of better personal understanding and strength of will.

We find that heart embodied in the zodiac by Leo. Ruled by the Sun, which was considered by ancients to be the most regal of the Wandering Stars, Leo is the fire sign most concerned with…


Chelsey Bonestell

The Moon has an incomparable magic. There’s something hypnotizing about its glow — it’s haunting, ethereal, ghostly… Yet that light, its most striking feature, is not its own. Astrologers understood this and took it into consideration in interpreting the body’s significance. Looking back into the field before the rise of the New Age, when nativities were a thing calculated only for kings and nations, the Moon was complicated. It was considered the lowest of the Celestial Hierarchy, one of the nine traditional planets with the most fickle, fleeting nature, and yet it was consulted in all matters. Far from the…

That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta

Fairlie Theta is a professional astrologer and a lifelong student of esoterica, marrying symbolism, semiotics, and psychology || See more at ThatAstrologer.com

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