Let’s Get (Meta)Physical

Refinery 29 interviewed Brené Brown and asked about her take on astrology (Brené Brown on Scammers, Astrology & Influencer Culture). Here was her response:
“It’s funny that you ask that, because I recently did my enneagram. I’ve never really understood the allure of astrology, to be honest with you, but after I did the enneagram. I was like, I want this to explain everything. I want this to give me answers, I want this to give me insight, I want this to give me parameters about how to make choices. I think there is something very powerful, especially when the culture around us feels like a shit show so often, there’s something so seductive about any system that can make sense of that for us.
To not be interested in that is unheard of. People do this in different ways: people use theology, astrology, enneagrams, science — we all use something. We have to have a scaffolding, like a taxonomy, a place to file things to make sense. Astrology is just one of those things, and I don’t ever really doubt that there are kernels of truth or grains of wisdom in a lot of these things. There are probably kernels and grains across those things, just explained with different metaphors. I think people want to give some order to things, I just think you have to be super careful.”

On November 4th, 2019, I wrote:  “I don’t think either of my interests: the hard sciences and the metaphysical world are the ultimate truth. They are simply lenses that you can choose to put on or take off to view different versions of reality.”

Today I’ll be sharing my “charts” as defined per different systems of atypical knowledge. Prior to sharing, I’d like to state the following: I don’t believe in pre-destination nor divination. The future can’t exactly be predicted because humans have agency and free-will. Our agency and free-will is inextricably linked with our collective destiny. All of our decisions (individual and collective) lead to the creation of outcomes. If we don’t like where our story is heading, we (individually and collectively) have the power to change it.

Astrology: the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world (Source).

Western/Tropical Astrology

Below is a list (not chart) of my planetary and house placements. This particular list can be generated at cafeastrology.com .

Screen Shot 2019-11-23 at 1.13.17 PMBelow you can find my Natal Chart or a snapshot of the sky in my city of birth on my birth date at the exact time I was born. This particular chart was generated at astro.com . The image below, also contains my list of planetary and house placements. In addition to that list, the circular diagram (the chart), shows which house each celestial body was placed in at 7:00 PM on December 23, 1990 in my city of birth. The circle is divided in 12 different sections. The inside of the circle is labeled with the numbers 1-12, a number for  each house.  Each section on the outside of the circle is labeled with an icon that represents each zodiac constellation (Here’s a key that shows which symbol is which sign – scroll down a bit! ;)). The houses are naturally ruled by the following: 1 – Aries, 2- Taurus, 3- Gemini, 4- Cancer, 5- Leo, 6- Virgo, 7- Libra, 8- Scorpio, 9- Sagittarius, 10- Capricorn, 11- Aquarius, 12 – Pisces. For my particular chart, my houses are placed in the following: 1- Cancer, 2- Leo, 3- Virgo, 4- Libra, 5- Scorpio, 6 – Sagittarius, 7- Capricorn, 8- Aquarius, 9 – Pisces, 10- Aries, 11- Taurus, 12- Gemini (Here’s an article that gives you an explanation of what each of the houses represents.) If you look at the image below, you’ll notice that some sections of the circle have icons/ drawings inside of them. This is where the planet list below becomes helpful – it serves as a key. For example, if you look at the key below you’ll notice my Jupiter is in Leo (outside circle icon) in the 2nd house (inside circle label). The little numbers on top of each planet icon represent the degrees. My Sun, Venus, Uranus, Neptune, and Mercury are in Capricorn  in the 6th house. If we keep looking at the chart, you’ll notice my Saturn and North Node are in Capricorn in the 7th house. My Moon is in Pisces in the 9th House. My Midheaven (labeled as MC in the chart) is in Aries – placed in the 10th house. My Mars is in Taurus in the 11th house. My Ascendant (listed as AC in the key below) is in Cancer in the 1st house as well as my Chiron. I would have normally started reading from the first house, but my chiron is also in the first house and I found it to be confusing to communicate for the first example as chiron is not one of the main 12 celestial bodies. In my particular chart I have what is called a Stellium in astrology. A stellium is when you have 4 or more planets in a particular house and/or constellation. I have a Capricorn (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) stellium as well as a 6th house stellium (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Neptune). The stellium simply means that I may exhibit more qualities of the Capricorn constellation and the 6th house. What does all of this mean? It’s not as simple as your Sun is in Capricorn, it must mean this. Astrology is not algebraic, where x=a, it’s relational. When looking at your Sun sign you’ll ask additional questions like – What house is the sun is? How does it aspect other placements in the chart (ie. Ascendant, Moon, etc.)?  What are the degrees of your sun sign? This is where an astrologer can help! Each astrologer will give a story of what your particular chart could potentially mean. I’ll list my favorites in a bit.

To access your own chart, go to the website, select the Free Horoscopes tab, hover over to the Drawings & Calculations section, then select the Extended Chart Selection. You’ll need your date of birth, city of birth, and exact birth time to get an accurate chart.

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Below you can find my Progressed Chart or how far the planets have moved from their placements on my birth chart. Your progressed chart can serve as a map of where you’re headed in life. As my birth chart, this progressed chart was generated at astro.com .

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I’m not an astrologer, just an enthusiast. If you’re interested in learning more about astrology (even if you don’t have your birth info) or the specifics of your chart(s), I’ve listed my favorite astrologers below:

  1. Colin Bedell –  Website | @queercosmos
  2. Chani Nicholas – Website | @chaninicholas
  3. Dani Beinstein – Website | @danibeinstein
  4. Sandy Sitron –  Website | @sandysitron

Vedic Astrology

There are different schools of astrology. Vedic astrology, known as Jyotisha, traces back to Ancient India. The interpretation of the planetary placements in the heavens differ, so there is often a difference of degrees between your Vedic chart and your Western/Tropical chart. The difference in degrees means that it’s likely you’ll have a different sign than your Western/Tropical natal chart. For example in my Western/Tropical natal chart, I am a Cancer Ascendant, a Capricorn Sun, and a Pisces Moon. In Vedic Astrology, I am a Gemini Ascendant, a Sagittarius Sun, and an Aquarius Moon. I haven’t researched Vedic Astrology as much as Western/ Tropical. To learn more, Tracy Atkinson is a Vedic astrologer – Website | @tracyatkinsonconsulting

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Numerology: the branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers (Source).

Below is my Numerology Chart. This particular one was generated at Numerologyworx.com . To generate an accurate chart, you’ll need your exact name as listed on your birth certificate, your birth date, the city of your birth, as well as your exact time of birth. If you go by an alias, pen name, stage name, etc., a numerologist can give you more insight on what numbers you’re embodying depending on which name you’re using. Some of the terminology this site used in the chart was a little different from how I initially learned it, but I was able to figure it out. Some numbers that are important: Life Path (mine is 9), Heart’s Desire (mine is 4), Personality (mine is 7), and Destiny (in the chart below it’s listed as Maturity, mine is 11).

Screen Shot 2019-11-23 at 4.29.57 PMMost of the information I find about numerology online doesn’t quite sit well with me. A lot of it feels a little too new-agey for me. *Natalie enters and saves the day!* I still remember the day in 2013, when I sat on the phone with Natalie as she read my chart. Natalie has been an incredible source of inspiration over the years. Her take on numerology is holistic. She’s a brilliant storyteller whom knows how to weave different areas of knowledge to explain what each number means, how it plays a role in your personal numerology chart/circumstance, and brings it back to what’s occurring numerologically for us all. To connect with Natalie Olson: Website | @numerololgychick. Also, I’d like to share that she has a really entertaining podcast with short episodes that has lots of little wisdom nuggets:  The Numerology Chick

Human Design: It’s a logical system that brings together principles of The I Ching, astrology, Kabbalah, Hindu-Brahmin chakra system, and quantum physics (Source).

Below is my Human Design Chart. You can generate your own chart at mybodygraph.com.

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In human design, I’m a projector with self-projected authority. Human Design is a newer system developed by Ra Uru Hu (Alan (Robert) Krakower) in 1987 after an encounter with a voice that channeled the information to him. Similar to my experience with numerology material online, a lot of the information that I have found online about Human Design doesn’t quite sit well with me. Most of it has fatalistic and pre-deterministic tones. In my human design wanderings, I discovered Jenna Zoe. Jenna Zoe has a unique perspective on the system that steers away from claims of extreme certainty.  To find Jenna Zoe: Website | @jennazoe | Podcast 


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