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Article Topic: Astrology

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Surviving Venus and Mars Retrogrades
Date: 2016-02-01   By: Bernie Ashman
Many people are aware of the trials and tribulations that can come with Mercury retrograde periods. But what about surviving—and thriving—during periods of Venus retrograde and Mars retrograde? Bernie Ashman, author of the new How to Survive Mercury Retrograde (And Venus & Mars, Too), presents some survival tips.
The Moon as Calendar and Timepiece
Date: 2016-01-16   By: Susan Pesznecker
The Moon is a happily familiar sight when we gaze into the night sky. And thanks to cycles of rotation and celestial motion that are both constant and continuous, we needn't simply admire them from afar; we can also use the Moon to judge time of day and the passing of each month. In this article from Llewellyn's Moon Sign Book, Susan Pesznecker illustrates how we can use the Moon as both a calendar and as a gauge of time.
Double Sagittarius Union: Jim Morrison & Pam Courson
Date: 2015-12-14   By: Susan Pesznecker
Brad Kronen's new book, Love in the Stars, profiles the romantic dynamics created between each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac whenever dating one another. The book illustrates that every combination of sign can work together, but that some combos take more work than others just to achieve a state of equilibrium. This is especially true when you consider the astrological rule of thumb that same-signed unions are generally frowned upon, due to each sign having its own unique issues to confront whenever dating itself. Since we're currently in the sign of Sagittarius, he discusses the issues that can arise with same-sign unions through the lens of the double Sagittarius couple Jim Morrison & Pam Courson.
How to Successfully Navigate a Mercury Retrograde
Date: 2015-11-17   By: Bernie Ashman
Every few months, for about three weeks, the planet Mercury goes retrograde, appearing to move backwards in the sky. During this time—which can be a time of anxiety for many—experiences of issues with communication, technology, or travel are not uncommon. So how can we survive—and perhaps even thrive—during a period of Mercury retrograde? Bernie Ashman, astrologer and author of the new How to Survive Mercury Retrograde (And Venus and Mars, Too), provides some great ways to navigate this potentially frustrating time period.
The Mutable Grand Cross from the Perspective of Evolutionary Astrology
Date: 2015-09-30   By: Deva Green
In astrology, a grand cross occurs when four or more planets a form two sets of oppositions that combine to form four squares. These planets are also usually related by mode (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable). This is a difficult configuration, but there is usually great strength accompanying it to endure and develop character. So, there are three modal grand crosses: the mutable grand cross, the cardinal grand cross, and the fixed grand cross. How does evolutionary astrology, which examines why we are here and which lessons we need to learn, view these configurations? This article will focus on understanding the meaning of the mutable grand cross, from the perspective of evolutionary astrology.  
The Moon in Midlife
Date: 2015-06-17   By: Amy Herring
A midlife crisis is a household phrase in Western culture conjuring up images of middle-aged men in red sports cars trying to recapture their youth. Is there more to it than this stereotype? What lies at the heart of the midlife crisis, and does it truly exist? In this excerpt from Llewellyn's 2016 Moon Sign Book, Astrology of the Moon author Amy Herring discusses the psychological purpose of midlife transitions and how your natal Moon Sign can help us anticipate what to expect and to navigate the best outcome of these transitions.
Improving Your Habits with Lunar Help
Date: 2015-03-11   By: Maggie Anderson
Our agricultural ancestors also had health and grooming concerns similar to our own; that's why we've inherited their knowledge about the best phases of the Moon to have haircuts, visit the dentist, and begin a new business. But, personal goals were not the focus—food, family, and community were. However, it is a huge waste of moonbeam power to ignore the Moon and her phases when pursuing a primary focus of modern humans: self-improvement. Discover how to use the Moon's phases and the signs of the zodiac to enhance your self-improvement goals in this article from Llewellyn's 2010 Moon Sign Book.
Reignite Your Relationship’s Spark With Your Composite Venus
Date: 2015-02-01   By: Jessica Shepherd
Love is a many splendored thing, indeed, but often life can get in the way of our relationships' magic. But, knowing the Venus sign of the composite chart of you and your partner can make all the difference in nurturing the love and magic you share. Jessica Shepherd, astrologer and author of Venus Signs, explains what each Venus sign needs to keep the spark alive.
Use Venus to Make New Year's Resolutions That Stick
Date: 2015-01-19   By: Jessica Shepherd
The New Year, and its promise of starting over, dangles the carrot of a clean slate in front of us. It's so important to take our desire to be happier seriously, yet sadly far too many resolutions don't pan out. How can we ensure that our resolutions are made? Jessica Shepherd, author of Venus Signs, explains just how Venus can help us.
The Dark Side of Your Moon
Date: 2014-10-07   By: Amy Herring
The Moon is your heart—your tender, vulnerable insides. Your natal Moon sign is the central place to look in your chart for clues on how to understand your emotional needs, as well as the experiences and types of environments that feel nurturing to you. In this article from Llewellyn's 2015 Moon Sign Book, astrologer Amy Herring discusses why we sometimes have to be willing to explore the "dark side" of our Moon Sign to be able to turn our frowns upside down.

In my new book, How to Survive Mercury Retrograde (And Venus & Mars, Too), I emphasize that a retrograde planet can be used productively. A planet does not have to be moving in direct motion to get positive results. The backward motion of a planet through an astrological sign gets us to be more reflective and does, to some degree, slow down... read this article
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