All posts by Dorje Kirsten

An astrologer, artist, feng shui practitioner, father of 4, and long time practitioner of Buddhism.

The Art of Timing…Marriage

Since Mars and the Venus are still conjunct in Scorpio, I would like to speak about the topic of marriage in relation to the art of time.  The art of timing, as I stated in my previous post, is about using the 4th dimension of time in your creative engagement with life. We can create through physical, emotional, and mental avenues of our being. The ability for those creations to endure and last, depends upon our skill. The Timing of Marriage has to do with how it will play out. There are some complicated rules for this. There are some simple rules too.

The philosophy is that these planets, they act as forces in our lives. and the mood we they are in when we begin an endeavor, colors the experience of that endeavor, from the moment it starts, until the endeavor ends. Thus if Mars is squaring the Moon at the time of your marriage, then the Moon which is emotions, will always be challenged by fighting (Mars) for as long as it lasts. Why, that is what the interdependence of time and form was setting into place at that moment. On the other hand if Venus was Trine the Moon at the time of your marriage, then Venus, sensual joy, will easily support your shared emotions, the Moon. This is how the timing works. The planets are like cogs in a clock, and they show what the “Divine” is intending for the moment a form, whether physical or symbolic is created.

So when you are married, at least insure that Saturn or Mars are not squaring or opposing the moon. Likewise, the Ascendant will be the identity of the wedding, make sure its ruler is in a good house and a good sign, not squared by the aforesaid malefics. If you can do just that you are probably fine. You might be surprised about how few days that is though. Weeding it out is what professional astrologers are for. Rely on them.

The simplest rule is choose your time well, for everything.

May all your marriages be full of love

I do astrological elections for weddings, please contact me if you are interested.

Mars and Venus together again in Scorpio

As we discussed before Mars and Venus together are a great creative energy. They are together again, so how to work with that. Well, we have to look at how they are together this month.

Mars and Venus are conjoining today in Scorpio. This is the 2nd of a 3 part dance the two are doing in the sky. This time Mars has the upper hand, revitalized and energized in Scorpio. He takes the lead in the dance. When we talk of Mars with dignity, which he has in Scorpio, because he rules the land of Scorpio, we talk about invincible courage, force, and abundant energy, seeking victory in all things, and prudent behavior. Think of a fierce and noble general willing to speak his mind under all circumstances.

Venus is now in its detriment in Scorpio. Here Venus does not behave well, Venus likes to love, to be sensual, to be soft. The place of Mars is one of enthusiastic energy and combat. So Venus is down on her luck, the next month is not going to be about sensual enjoyment, it is going to be about where can you apply energy and vigor into your life to create the creative results you are seeking.

The where is answered by your own birthchart. Where is your natal Mars, that is where. What houses does your natal mars rule, that is where. Look to those places to find where your energy and vigor will pay off with dynamic positive change.

Now look to where Venus is for where your going to have a rough spot, that is the spot that needs to be put into service to Mars’s goals at this time.

Best of luck during this time of radical energy.

As you can see in the photo, Mars is on top this month.

A beautiful way to think about Saturn.

Traditionally Saturn is called the greater malefic. It is considered cold and dry as its nature. When we look at planets we find that according to the Greek writer Ptolemy they had various natures, these natures were combination of the following qualities, warm, moist, hot, cold, wet, dry. Warm and moist were good qualities, they promoted life. Cold and dry though, this is not supportive for life. Thus Saturn was classified as the greater malefic.

Where Saturn is in you chart, there is suffering. A burden, something you must deal with. It is one of the ways we look at Saturn. When Saturn conjuncts, squares, or opposes a planet in your natal chart, it is considered to damage the goodness of that planet. That is how hard Saturn is. It hurts goodness in your chart. What do we mean by goodness, really we mean ease. Yes, if something is easy, it is good. This is the standard. So people say Trines are good, because they are easy. Squares and Oppositions are bad because they are hard. Now, we modern astrologers like to say that Trines are too easy. that Squares represent opportunities to grow, and Oppositions represent opportunities to understand.

What do we say about Saturn, how do we spin it positively, well one way is we say it is where one becomes disciplined. That if you master its discipline it is where you become very talented and capable. Where you can move mountains with your capacity. But you must master its discipline, because Saturn wants you to work where it falls in your chart.

Also, a brilliant astrologer, Tsering Everest, she likes to say Saturn is Emptiness. This is in opposition to the Luminaries, which are fullness or form. This is a great way to think about it to. It is also referred to in Horary astrology as the end of matters. Emptiness is the end of matters…isn’t it. We could even say that emptiness is the end of matter.

In an esoteric sense Saturn is considered resting the mind. Where Saturn is, shows you a practice you can use to rest the mind. For instance, Saturn in the 5th might indicate work as an artist, and the capacity to rest the mind through work in that realm. What can one do with emptiness…rest the mind in it.

Saturn will devour his children and you are his child.

Jupiter. Uranus. and the Thunder of Opportunity.

Traditionally in astrology Jupiter is considered to be the god of Storms. In Norse Myth this was the god Thor. He was Zeus in Greek mythology, which you may remember yielded thunder bolts upon the unsuspecting. This is because Jupiter Ruled storms. It was by tracking the movements of Jupiter that storms were predicted. To this day, weather astrologers have amazing accuracy in predicting weather, for example visit weathersage.

Now when Jupiter the god of storms meets Uranus, the god of the sky, in Pisces what do we get. Well these two have been dancing for all year in and out of Pisces and Aries and they are about to conjunct again. In fact, we will see them conjunct in just a few days. This is of course a combination that makes, storms. Well, we did have a tornado in Brooklyn already. We also have Hurricane Igor, which thankfully is not going to make any significant landfall, aside from the Bahamas, as it is a beast of a storm.

The last time the two planets conjoined we also had severe Tornadoes in the states, these were in the Greatlakes area and were very destructive. Now what is this to us. I mean how is this useful other than watch out for tornadoes or storms in your area, (which is not very useful to most of us)It is because outer and inner correlate. Watch out for upheaval this weekend. Watch out for insight this weekend. Watch out for things to get all wound up and blown out of proportion. This does not mean they will, but watch out, just in case.

Like wise, you may be visited by a sudden opportunity for change this weekend, that opportunity would come in the house where the conjunction is occurring. Jupiter is opportunity, and Uranus is the sudden. So keep your eyes open and make a leap of the benevolent God Jupiter sends you a gift.


Jupiter Gives a Gift

Using Astrology for Medical Elections.

I would like to continue the theme of Astrology as incorporating the fourth dimension of timing to insure success in endeavors. One of the classical arts that was lost to the west was the use of astrology in determining when to see a doctor. Why is it that some healthy people have surgeries and everything goes wrong. Why is it that some sick people have surgeries and everything goes right. It is the art of timing that helps contribute to these differences. Astrological elections can be a determining factor in whether a medical procedure is successful or not.
It was even believed, and is worth contemplating and even researching if one had the time and funding, that even when you first go and see a doctor about an illness makes a difference in how well you will be cured, or whether the root of the disease can be addressed or will be addressed.

My mother, a very sweet yet fragile woman, was to have spinal reconstruction surgery. I looked at her chart and fortified Saturn, which rules the bones, made sure the Moon and the Ascendant were not afflicted, the rulers of her spirit and body. The doctors were a little upset but we came up with a good day. The result was the surgeon said it was the most successful spinal reconstruction surgery he had ever done.

In Surgeries one should always avoid the ascendant, or moon being afflicted by Mars. for example Cardano says : “It will be a fatal time to suffer an amputation or lose any member when the moon is in an oblique sign or under the Suns beams and opposed by Mars.” Here we see a strict admonition to avoid certain kinds of surgeries when astrology is engaged in certain aspects. It is a clear statement to watch the afflictions of Mars during a surgery. The moon rules liquid and Mars rules blood. The two square or opposed indicate injury and harm through excessive bleeding. Very simple then. Never go under the knife when Mars and Moon are square or opposed. That is my electional advice to you today, and it may save your life.

If you do have a major medical operation coming, you must consult a good astrologer to pick the date, give your doctors that extra edge. I insist, start using astrology to your benefit, in this way. Astrology is not just about whether you feel good today or why you don’t feel good, it is a very powerful tool that can greatly enhance your life.

Electional Astrology

Their are 3 main branches of Astrology. These three are Natal, Horary, and Electional. Most people are familiar with Natal readings. This is where an astrologer looks at a chart for the time and place where you were born and can then tell you about your psychology, your spirituality, future likely life events, good and bad habits that you might have etc. Of course this is very useful. Horary astrology is also something a good deal of people are interested in. This is when an astrologer looks at a chart for the moment a question is asked, and from that can determine, not only the answer to the question, but also the details of the story surrounding the question. This is also very useful.

There is a third type of astrology called Electional astrology. Electional astrology is based upon this idea.”The forms of this composite world are obedient to the forms of heaven(Ptolomy, The Centiloquium)” or “All that is and becomes in this world, that is, by means of generation and corruption, is caused by the 120 conjunctions” (Ptolomy, The Centiloquium ). The meaning here is that the interdependence of form and experience on earth is indicated and ruled by the motion of the planets and stars.

This then becomes something that a wise person can use to the benefit of themselves and others. A good astrologer can determine when to start a project in accordance with the stars and planets, thus maximizing the  chance of the desired outcome for the project. This is a profound thing to think about. Here we have a fourth dimension to our activities. The dimension of timing insuring the capacity and durability of things. It is only the art of astrology which can help accurately give one an advantage in the art of timing. This is the advantage of elections. Learn about them. Use them. You will thank me in the future.

The love of Mars and Venus.

Mars and Venus will be entering exact conjunction again on October 3rd. What does this conjunction foretell? If it falls on a point of personal power for you, that is in tight aspect to a inner natal planet in your chart, if foretells of great transformation. It was suggested by Robert Blasche and Stephan Arroyo, that this is a conjunction of spiritual transformation. To examine this ourselves we need to appreciate the myth of Venus and Mars. The reason for this is that the best way to connect with and make use of astrology, is to relate to the planets as living mythological forces in your life.

Mars is the energetic god of war and Venus is the sensuous Goddess of creative pleasure and delight. In your chart, as well as for the world, they are playing out mythological archetypal roles. Mars is sending you challenges that you must rise up to in your chart, He is being helpful, neutral, or really has it out for you, depending on his sign placement and aspect. The same goes for Venus.

Think of it this way, where Mars falls in your chart, that is a place where you must rise to the challenge and be a warrior. Where venus falls in your chart, that is a place where you will find delight and pleasure. If Mars is in Aries in the 2nd house then, for example…well Mars is happy in Aries, so you are going to find many allies in your war to gain possessions and good loot! congratulations. But if he is in Aquarius, where he is bored stiff and completely neutral, you are going to have to invoke consciously that warrior spirit to make it happen. If he is on the other hand, in Cancer, then he is going to create obstacles for you, and you are going to have to overcome them to be financially victorious. (Of course there will be other factors to be judged but this is a succinct example).

The same will go for Venus. Venus in Libra in the 5th is going to grant you all kinds of pleasure and love. put her in leo and the 5th and she will be completely neutral, you are going to have to summon consciously the creative goddess, but she will work for you if you do. However put her in her fall in Virgo in the 5th, and she is going to be so critical you and difficult, it will be a great challenge to you.

But Mars, and Venus, that is the Gods, are lovers. They actually worked really well together, Mars would calm down. He really loved killing people and things, it was his great joy, to create havoc and destruction. He was not a nice sort of God from a modern humanistic view, but when you got him together with Venus, it was really wonderful. He would lay down his arms and they would make love. They even had a child, Harmonosia, She was named harmony. That really says something. The aggression of mars, combined with the beauty and art of Venus, creates Harmony. That is the negatives are canceled out, and creation of something beautiful comes into effect. So it can be like that right now. Mars and Venus are conjunct in the sky, and this means you can have magic occur for you, the creation of harmony. Look for it in the sign and house they are conjuncting in.

If your natal chart has an aspect to the next conjunction, which will be at 12 degrees Scorpio, then look for the gift, the gift the two lovers have a really potent gift to offer you.

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo.

On Friday Aug. 19th, 2010 Mercury is going retrograde in Virgo. Mercury likes Virgo…Mercury really likes Virgo, so here, retrograde motion is not to bad. Virgo is in a psychological sense about healing, nurturing, feeding, and refining. It rules the intestines, the organ of digestion. It also rules the art of analyzing. So as is usual with Mercury Retrograde we should be taking a second look at these things.

It is said that contracts are often dysfunctional, electronics that are bought during Mercury Retrograde fail, or Automobiles, airplanes, mechanical transportation vehicles fail. Why is this said? It is that Mercury rules negotiations, going from here to there swiftly, electricity, sales, communications. Everything under this influence is effected in a Mercury Retrograde period, but does it mean they stop working or don’t. Of course not, you are looking at your computer right now. One astrologer friend worked at a computer/ software help center. His own private research suggested that repair/ help requests went up around 10 % during Mercury Retrograde. This is not that much, but a noticeable effect on computers.

I tend to always buy my computers on Mercury Retrograde, and …they work fine. I also tend to always do repair work on my car during Mercury Rx. I do it on purpose, I plan it as a way of honoring Mercury. Hey, if Mercury is asking for a little attention, perhaps we should give him some, that is how I think about it.

Retrograde means not going to go with the flow. That is how this all comes about, that is why they say travel plans don’t go well, but does that mean don’t go, not at all, sometimes, not going with the flow is the greatest adventure one can have. Sometimes miscommunication becomes the communication that was needed to get out of a rut!

One friend of mine has been planning to move for a month to Florida now, she canceled the whole thing yesterday (she is highly Gemini, and thus very influenced by Mercury) Canceled the Movers, canceled the apt. she was moving into, everything. That is Mercury Rx, just revisiting the whole damn move. She says she will be happier. You see …benifits to Mercury Retrograde! Because you get to rethink a few things, and you might even Rethink them for the better.

By the way, I am starting up a monthly newsletter again, the sign up is on the side of the blog. Please register, lets keep in touch!

Here he is, better pay attention to him when he is Retrograde

The Lunar Eclipse of June 26th.

The beauty of the Lunar EclipseOn June 26th there will be a lunar eclipse visible over the western half of the united states. It will occur around 430 am on the west coast of the United States. All eclipses are traditionally viewed with caution. The idea is that they are eclipsing the natural light of the universe, and thus meant to be handled with care when they occur in the natal chart. Likewise they can portend disaster in a Mundane chart to. Mundane refers to worldly events. As an example of this, on April 25 1986 there was a total lunar eclipse that occurred. This eclipse had the rare coincidence of conjuncting the planetoid Pluto.  What happened the next day? The Cherynobl nuclear accident.

Now it just so happens that this Lunar Eclipse is also going to conjunct the planetoid Pluto. It does that while there is a tremendous amount of tension in the sky due to the opposition of Jupiter and Uranus, to Saturn, which are squared by Pluto. This is something to take note of for certain. In the Tibetan Astrological school, it is believed that eclipses fortell of the virtue in the world leaving. They are also a time when whatever acts of virtue one does engage in can have tremendous benefit. Thus… an eclipse is an important time of prayer. Now astrologically speaking, I would say this eclipse is exceptionally important. So please…take some time Friday night, to pray, do rituals for the benefit of other beings, or at least find peace for yourself. Lets create enough positive energy, to negate any negative worldly circumstances that might arise out of this eclipse.

On a positive note, this eclipse is associated with the Saros Cycle no 12 south, which has the connotations of ” a long emotional worry or sickness comes to a successful and happy conclusion”  -B.Brady in her book: Predictave Astrology, the Eagle and the Lark. So perhaps it bodes well for a postive ending to the Deepwater Oil Crises in the gulf in August.



Tuesday is Mars day.

According to the Chaldean order of the days, which may be far more ancient than the Chaldean civilization,  that is just the first written recording we have of days being named in such a way, Tuesday is ruled by Mars. This means that on Tuesdays, the energy of Mars is more palpable and can be felt more directly.

Now there is a real good way of subtly refining the way you work with the lunar calendar through the signs. You add the current moon sign to the Chaldean order of the days. If we were to do that today we would get a Mars day in a Moon sign ruled by Scorpio. So what does that mean for the vibrational energy of humanity today. Well, here in America, we get General McChrystal (Mars, the Warrior), being called to task for emotional revelations (scorpio) of his personality clash to President Obama (Scorpio also rules relationships). This was the dominate news story of the day and fits perfectly with the natural energy of the day.

So experiment combining them both in your meditations and your activity. Try using this refined meaning of the energy of the day to your advantage, and know on which days to be cautious. You may find this very helpful. I will post more examples as they arise.