Many of us are hearing the catchphrase, “be your own guru” fluttering down the grape vine. In our modern day New Age Era, we’re all being encouraged, both by external influences as well as the nudging of our soul, to pursue our own Sovereignty, to be our own spiritual teacher, and to find the leader that lives deep within our hearts.
And much like we’re become reliant on priests, priestesses, shamans, etc, to be our spiritual healers, we’ve also relied on various Astrologers to show us the true nature of our soul so we can discover our purpose, our career, our spouse, you name it! But what if we can use that astrological tool belt on our own? What if we can be self reliant and understand how the Cosmos affect us on a micro every-day level, as well as the macro level of setting the major themes and chapters of our lives?
Many find the initial steps of diving into the ocean of astrology much more daunting than say learning the Periodic Table of Elements by heart. All the planets, signs, symbols, asteroids, stars, you may be thinking, gosh, I can hardly remember my own sun sign! But what if, with a little dash of intuition, and a little pinch of faith, it’s not so overwhelming but rather an exciting journey that allows you to unfold into yourself and your purpose?!
If I caught your interest, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to commence the journey of becoming your own astrologer:
Follow the Moon
Consider this a trial version of astrology, much like you can get a trial version of various services. The moon passes through all 360º of the zodiac, all 12 signs, in about 29.5 days. Just by following the moon for a month, you can begin to foster a personal relationship with every sign, get a feel for astrology, and see how much of an acquired taste it actually is.
Now how do you do this? Well, I highly suggest you become familiar with an astro-website, or for all those Gemini’s out there, an astrology app for your phone. Pick a website that you resonate with that tells you the phase and astrological sign the moon is currently situated in. Various options include planetwatcher.com, moontracks.com, lunarium.co.uk, or apps such as Time Passages (AstroGraph Software) or Time Nomad (Denis Zubkov). And simply keep track of what sign and phase the moon is in as the days pass you by, and perhaps keep a moon journal to record all of your observations. This can be as extravagant or as simple of a process as you wish it to be. You can journal each and every day and write extensively on your experiences; or you can merely for each sign — not even every day — jot down a couple of words, such as energized, full of ideas, focused, sleepy, cautious, jittery, unfocused, etc. If you choose to do this for more than a month, you’ll most likely notice that the same energetic patterns repeat and certain moon signs and phases influence you in consistent ways.
By doing this, you’ll create a relationship with each sign and understand how you can work with it better. Personally, I know gemini moon days make me nauseas and nervous, so I take extra care to ground myself so that my day isn't as hectic as it could be. Following the moon can help you can better schedule the month ahead of you and plan your activities and meetings. If you know you’ll be jazzed to do a project on one day and not another, or if you know you’ll be easily angered or not, you can figure out what days would be best suited for each activity.
Manifest with the Moon
Continuing off the moon theme, just like the signs you can follow the phases of the moon and manifest with the lunar energy. Plenty of woo-woo witchy folk (and regular folks too) have been manifesting with the lunar energy for eons. Heck, I use that lunar flow to manifest fruits and veggies in my garden.
There is a common school of thought here with what each lunar phase means, varying ideas as the idea weaves through minds and souls, coming and going among various people. So you may have heard similar ideas or slightly varying ideas, particular with whether a certain phase is associated with feminine or masculine energy.
New Moon — Set intentions, plant new seeds — During this phase, and at the exact new moon point in time, the Moon joins up with the Sun in the sky. I often recite the catchphrase: our solar, divine, aware consciousness aligns with our lunar, hidden, subconscious, ie what we think we want lines up with what our higher self wants of us. The magician joins forces with the High Priestess, so that with finite divine wisdom, and infinite divine power, magic and miracles happen. I consider this phase to be feminine, since we typically withdraw into our souls. Since the moon is out with the Sun during the daylight hours, the night is fully immersed in darkness and the Stars are bright. We need to rely on the light within our souls to guide us. This phase is the ideal time to plant a seed, to set an intention, and to begin a new cycle of sorts. The sign and natal house that each new moon in is gives you hints as to what you have the most potential and power with manifesting with each lunar cycle
First Quarter Waxing Moon — Take action; set the energetic tone — This lunar phase is associated with growth. It is the time that we take inspired action towards our intentions. It’s when we set out and actually do the things we want done. With a waxing, or growing moon, energy has the potential to exponential multiply upon itself, so we need to make sure we are cultivating our desires and our intentions so that they can grow and bloom, rather than find a hiatus. It’s a very masculine time when we need to externally take action and put out into the Universe what we want to see come back to us. During this time the moon appears slightly after the Sun in the sky, showing up sometime in the late morning and beautifully visible on the horizon in the post-sunset painting of the sky.
Full Moon — Celebrate; Find clarity —The full moon aspect of the lunar cycle is the point at which we observe our current position in our present cycle. We, as solar energy, have a clear and full view of what is happening in the subconscious waters of our lives, our lunar energy. The moon and sun are as far apart as they could possibly be in the sky, so we can look at each one individually and understand our situation better. Full moons are a time that things begin entering a mode of culmination, fruition, climax, etc. It’s when we can see the consequences of the intentions we took 6 months prior and all the actions that have happened since that initial moment. It’s a time of a-ha moments, a time of celebrating, and sometimes a time of the opposite, and we realize we are on the wrong cycle and need to cut it short. Regardless, it’s a time of clarity. And going back to that tarot theme, we can see full moon as the emperor and empress joining forces, nurturing and grounding us, and showing us the real, material, tangible results of feminine and masculine energy coming together, ie creation. I see this lunar phase as both masculine and feminine. Historically, women celebrated and danced under the full moon, representing an energy of people coming together, relating to one another, and connecting; and connection to me is a feminine thing, compared to masculine individuality. But at the same time, there is a sort of masculine rationality to this phase, by seeing what’s at play, by observing, we can make rational decision with out newfound wisdom. So, we can see a combination of feminine and masculine energy here.
Third Quarter Waning Moon — Reassess, reevaluate; clean up the details —As the lunar energy decreases, and as the moon rises and sets later and later in the night sky, we are influenced by the energy of the waning moon. The main theme of this phase is decline. It is a time to reevaluate and reassess the things that have happen throughout the first 3 phases of the lunar cycle. A time to close loose ends, to fix mistakes, and to settle things that have gotten out of order, whether that’s simply a chaotic schedule or a dispute with a person. I find waning moons a good time to clean and declutter so that there is a clean fresh start when the new moon comes. Waning moons are ideal for releasing ego and expectation of what is to come next. It is a rest period before the next new beginning. So it is important to prepare oneself for the next introspective phase. It good to get all the small affairs in order, cross things off our to-do lists, so that when the time comes to introspect and listen to our inner soul, we aren't pestered by all the things we need to do.
Take It Slow
Another way to slowly hop onto the Self-Astrology train, is to psychoanalyze yourself planet by planet in your natal chart, but most importantly, at your own pace.
There are a myriad of things going on in each individuals birth chart, and a way to not get overwhelmed by it all is to pace yourself. Pick one planet to start with, and stick with it until you feel fully comfortable with its energy, meaning, and can explain to someone else what this planet means to you. Read articles, books, and watch videos that explain how this planet expresses it self in its sign in your chart, as well as all the other signs.
If you followed the moon, you probably have a slight feel for the energy of each sign, so you can guess how this planet would act in those signs too. You’ve already spent a month creating a relationship with each astrological sign. So, if you haven't guessed my theme yet, I suggest you also create a relationship with each planet too. Really get to know how you work with it and how you can incorporate its energy in your life to the fullest potential. By tapping into the relationship you have with the planet you cantune into the place and trace the planetary energy already has in your life.
Excavate Your Past
My last tip for you is to dig deep into your past and think back on all the major shifts you've had, all the huge changes, and upheavals of your life as you knew it. I would bet that all of those events were marked by exterior planets majorly affecting a prominent point in your chart.
When I began learning astrology, I did this. I went back to see what the planets were doing during the crazy moments of my life; and all of those moments had a transit from Pluto, Neptune, or Uranus impacting a point in my natal chart. Seeing how the major planets influenced me on a personal level allowed me to truly understand how they work and what changes they can bring.
If you try seeing how one of these planets are affecting you in the present moment, you might not fully understand the whole picture. These planets’ influence lasts from about 1 to 2.5 years, and it’s hard to predict who you’ll become when you come out of it. But when you look back to see how they molded and shaped you thus far, you can more easily predict what plans they have in store for you in the future.
To reiterate my point, create a relationship with astrology and its influence on you. Understand the connection you have to each planet, each sign, and each astrological energy that you come across, whether it’s a star, asteroid, or galactic energy. By doing this, you can empower yourself to see how the Cosmos have shaped you on your human journey thus far and you can prepare yourself for all your future experiences to come.
In love + light,