"The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world." ~ Thomas Aquinas


Oh my!

The three simple basics you need to know to read any BirthPrint are PLANETS, ASPECTS & SIGNS. PLANETS are the mechanism that manifests our experience of reality; ASPECTS are conduits that connect and modify planetary dynamics; And SIGNS are a prism of personality traits that color planetary dynamics with the elemental qualities of fire, earth, air and water.

PLANETS, ASPECTS & SIGNS are clearly displayed on a BirthPrint and make the dynamics of every psyche an open book.

Using a musical analogy, imagine your mind as a melody..

The PLANETS are the notes
The ASPECTS are their arrangements
The SIGNS are the instruments

To use a math analogy, knowledge of only your zodiac sign equates to single digit addition, while knowledge of the PLANETS, ASPECTS & SIGNS equates to basic math. That's a huge leap that requires little time and effort. And like math, you can stop at the basics and do just fine, or explore it far beyond, into the woowoo realms.


conscious planets:

SUN: will ~ vitality ~ purpose ~ ego
MOON: intuition ~ instinct ~ feelings ~ reactions
MERCURY: intellect ~ reasoning ~ communication ~ discernment
VENUS: desire ~ magnetism ~ creative/procreative expression
MARS: drive ~ assertion ~ stamina ~ physical/sexual expression

subconscious planets:

JUPITER: aspiration ~ principles ~ optimism ~ faith
SATURN: ambition ~ purpose ~ caution ~ discipline

unconscious planets:

URANUS: deeper/higher intellect ~ ingenuity ~ genius ~ gestalt
NEPTUNE: deeper/higher intuition ~ inspiration ~ imagination ~ enlightenment
PLUTO: deeper/higher will ~ insight ~ transformation ~ regeneration

Dr. Carl Jung based his theory of the conscious, unconscious & collective unconscious on planetary dynamics. To simplify, I refer to them as conscious, subconscious & unconscious.


CONJUNCTION: 0°: integrating; strengthening
SEXTILE: 60°: facilitating; balancing
SQUARE: 90°: frictional; challenging
TRINE:120°: harmonizing; mellowing
QUINCUNX: 150°: driving; frustrating
OPPOSITION: 180°: polarizing; see-saw effect
[each aspect has an orb of effect, from 2 to 9 degrees]

The best known aspect is the opposition between the Sun and Moon, though most know it only as the full moon.


12 signs are divided into 4 elements . . .
FIRE/passionate EARTH/grounded AIR/mental WATER/emotional

& 3 triplicities . . .
CARDINAL/assertive FIXED/willful MUTABLE/adaptable

ARIES: impulsive ~ headstrong ~ playful ~ independent [cardinal fire]
TAURUS: stubborn ~ sensual ~ loyal ~ hard-working [fixed earth]
GEMINI: communicative ~ mercurial ~ adaptable ~ highstrung [mutable air]
CANCER: sensitive ~ moody ~ dramatic ~ nurturing [cardinal water]
LEO: strong-willed ~ dramatic ~ creative ~ affectionate [fixed fire]
VIRGO: analytical ~ practical ~ hard-working ~ high-strung [mutable earth]
LIBRA: artistic ~ fair-minded ~ idealistic ~ attractive [cardinal air]
SCORPIO: intense ~ private ~ willful ~ passionate [fixed water]
SAGITTARIUS: philosophical ~ optimistic ~ adventuresome ~ athletic [mutable fire]
CAPRICORN: ambitious ~ hard-working ~ determined ~ competitive [cardinal earth]
AQUARIUS: inventive ~ rebellious ~ independent ~ philosophical [fixed air]
PISCES: imaginative ~ intuitive ~ sensitive ~ dramatic [mutable water]

The all-time best book on the zodiac is Linda Goodman's Sun Signs


PLANETS: Essential psychological dynamics
ASPECTS: Connect planet dynamics
SIGNS: Elemental personality [fire, earth, air, water]

PLANETS: Essential psychological dynamics of each individual
ASPECTS: Connect planet dynamics between individuals
SIGNS: Elemental compatibility/incompatibility [fire, earth, air, water]

PLANETS: Essential dynamics of action/events/change
ASPECTS: Connect planet dynamics above to planet dynamics within
SIGNS: Elemental qualities of passing time [fire, earth, air, water]

"Astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity."
~ Dr. Carl G. Jung

Unknown to most people, Dr. Carl Jung based Analytical Psychology on planetary dynamics. His teacings have been profoundly useful to astrologers as well as psychologists unaware of the celestial source. Dr. Jung kept his true inspiration under wraps to avoid the academic ridicule that persists to this day, despite the great minds who've utilized astrology through the ages.

Dr. Jung's astrological roots are still unknown to most analytical psychologists, who take months and years to gain insights they could gain in a day if only they knew. But professional skeptics are gatekeepers of 'acceptable' ideas, where arrogance trumps evidence and ridicule suppresses curiosity. It's censorship in different disguises and none of it serves humanity.

SPIRIT: the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a person
PSYCHE: Classic Greek word for soul
from Merriam Webster's Dictionary

Psyche is the classic greek word for soul. And planetary dynamics define and guide every soul and every relationship through time. Physicists note that electromagnetism goes on and on across the universe and makes all telecommunications possible. What they don't take note of is the mechanism for the magnetism that also animates nature's supreme transmitter and receiver - the brain. But that's okay, the learned ancients got it covered.

Your BirthPrint is the one true map of your psyche that your spirit inhabits like a temple, with windows through which you perceive the world while it perceives you. Though your spirit is limitless, being embodied brings perceptual limits and potentials you can read to reach your fullest potentials. The Creator has drawn us each a map!

Childhood conditioning determines how you develop your celestial characteristics. So two people born on the same day and year, called 'astrotwins', will share the same dynamics, but their early environment will determine how they express them. Some may be amplified in one person and suppressed in another; or creative in one person and destructive in another. Environment also shapes some genetic tendencies, primarily diet & lifestyle.

Take for example Angelina Jolie & Russell Brand, astrotwins born June 4, 1975. They share the same dynamics and have followed a similar path into the entertainment field. . .

Once you're familiar with the planets, aspects & signs you can easily read their dynamics on their BirthPrint, their mentally-focused Sun-Mercury conjunction in Gemini; their frustrated desires with their Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer, square erratic Uranus; and their emotionally expansive, explosive and fiery Moon~Mars~Jupiter conjunction in Aries, opposite intense and brooding Pluto, all defining dynamics for them both. . .


The ascendant, also called the 'rising sign', is the sign on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. The ascendant is defined as your persona - it modifies, mutes or intensifies your planetary dynamics.

If you're wondering why I haven't mentioned the ascendant until now, it's because an EXACT birth time is required to calculate its position - just a couple of minutes off can give a false analysis.

The good news is, the essentials - planets, aspects & signs - do not require an exact birth time.* And though the ascendant is informative, it's not essential.

There are two kinds of birth charts - a natal chart requires an exact birth time, puts the ascendant on the 1st house cusp and involves the 12 house wheel of life. The houses your planets inhabit indicate the areas of life you're most focused on, with each house correponding to a zodiac sign. For instance, 2nd house is finances/taurus; 4th house is family/cancer; 6th house is service/virgo; 10th house is career/capricorn.

A solar chart does not require an exact birth time, the Sun is always in the 1st house and the houses are a silent backdrop to the planets, aspects & signs. All BirthPrints are solar charts, except by request. A detailed overview and analysis of your ascendant and 12 houses are included with a requested natal BirthPrint.

* The Moon is the only planet that moves more than a degree a day, moving about 12 degrees daily. When an exact or approximate birth time is unknown, using a noon birth time means the Moon won't be more than 6 degrees off, usually less. Not ideal, but workable


Free will and cause & effect are the divine laws in which planetary dynamics operate. Though 'luck' may seem random, it's an earned effect, whether or not we remember the cause. The Creator set the planets in motion to manifest the intentions of every soul, then sat back to watch the show, so to speak.

The heavens bespeak the glory of the Lord and the vault of heaven reveals His handiwork." ~ Genesis

Energy never dies and rebirth of the spirit is part of divine law - what goes around comes around. . .and around and around. And we collectively create the world we return to, so we're truly all in this together.

Whether conscious or unconscious, we're driven by the spirit's impulse to evolve and grow. And because free will reigns supreme, whether embodied or in spirit, we choose the circumstances we're reborn into, always an echo of past actions and relationships - no square pegs in round holes.

Divine intervention is known to occasionally bypass karma.

The "Helix Nebula". . .so they say

And reincarnation is no longer speculative. For over forty years, Dr. Ian Stevenson did groundbreaking research into children who remember their past lives, shedding exciting light on the process of reincarnation. Since his passing in 2007, the research continues under the guidance of Dr. Stevenson's collaborator, Jim B. Tucker, at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Stevenson's meticulous, exhaustive case studies are all available in print, and his book Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect is a must-read. And Jim Tucker has written a new book, Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives.

"All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles, all things and phenomena." ~ Nikola Tesla

"[N]one of us so much as know our letters in the stars yet - or seem likely to do it in this state of existence -
and few languages can be read until their alphabets are mastered."~ Charles Dickens

"A most unfailing experience... of the excitement of sublunary natures by the conjunctions and aspects
of the planets has instructed and compelled my unwilling belief." ~ Johannes Kepler

"Astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity." ~ Carl Jung

"Though free to think and act, we are held together., like the stars in the firmament,
with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them." ~ Nikola Tesla

"The controls of life are structured as forms and nuclear arrangements,
in a relation with the motions of the universe." ~ Louis Pasteur

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of
energy, frequency and vibration." ~ Nikola Tesla

"The energy of the mind is the essence of life." ~ Aristotle

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