All posts by Dorje Kirsten

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

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.

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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.

The Cardinal Grand Square.

I have been asked by friends to comment on the Cardinal Grand Square occurring this summer. So I will weigh in over the next few days. First, today, what is it. It is a combination of planets, interacting with stressful angles in relation to the earth this summer. Which planets, the Planet Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto are the main players. Saturn, Venus, and Mars will square Pluto, while opposing Jupiter and Uranus. When will this happen, August 6-9th will be the peak date. Why will this happen? It is a natural cycle. It has happened before and will happen again. Astrology is the study of Cycles. The planets can tell us what happens in these cycles by looking at there signs. We have three types of signs, they are Cardinal, Mutable, and Fixed. What is remarkable about this aspect is that it is occurring in a Cardinal sign. Cardinal means new beginnings. How new…well, not that new, new beginnings are really ruled by the Jupiter Saturn conjunction cycle, and this is not one of those. This is an opposition Jupiter and Saturn, so it is actually the fruition of a cycle that was indicated 14 years ago when Jupiter and Saturn conjuncted. The Jupiter and Saturn cycle conjuncts in Cardinal Aries every 720 years, and that, according to traditional astrologers who have been recording the cycles of humanity and the stars for over 5000 years, is when new epochs for humanity begin. So…please do not worry too much, we are not about to be invaded by aliens….

What is about to happen, we will start to explore that in tomorrows post.

Dorje Drollod was known for Taming the Planetary Maras....

Metal Tiger year.

Well, we find ourselves deep in the heart of the Metal Tiger year, the third year in the 60 year chinese zodiac cycle. The chinese Zodiac is made of 12 symbolic animals, making there way through 5 elements. The Metal Tiger is a fierce year. Metal is on top, it is the Heavenly stem, and Tiger is wood element, it is the earthly branch. The chinese zodiac known as the Four Pillars, or in Pin Yin, the Ba Zhi, is analyzed not only through the animal involved, but how the elements interact. Metal above, wood below. Here we see authority, cuts down the working class people.

This is exactly what just happened in Thailand, and we can expect to see more failed revolutions this year. Key point, if you are planning on starting a revolution … wait till next year.

The meaning of the houses in Astrology

A wonderful woman named Teresa, who came as a client,  asked for a quick explanation of the  Houses in traditional astrology. This is a technical explanation, meant to benefit those who are interested in learning a little bit deeper how to use the horoscope to predict events.

We have planets and Luminaries, which are forces and energies. We have Signs, which are Archetypal ways those energies display themselves. Finally we have houses which is where those energies display themselves.

The first thing to know about the twelve houses is that they have different degrees of power. The 1, 4,7, and 10th are called angular, and a planet found in them will express its energy and intention with full force. the 2, 5, 8, and 11th houses are called succedent, and a planet there will effect its power when goaded on by others. The 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th houses are called cadent, a planet there has not much capacity to effect its power in the world, and is prone to serve. As you read more and more charts, you will find this to be true.

Their are two ways to read the houses, psychologically internal, and manifestly external. In this case I will explain the manifestly external,

The first house is the house of the Horoscope and Ascendant. It signifies the native, its three triplicity rulers signify the quality and condition of the 3 phases of life, beginning, middle, and end.

The second house signifies the finances and possessions of the native. Its three triplicity rulers signify the condition of the possessions and financial well being of the native during the beginning, middle, and end of the natives life.

The third house signifies the brothers and sisters of the native. The first triplicity ruler is the elder, the second is the ones of like age, and the third is the younger.

The fourth house signifies father, family, and home. The first triplicity ruler signifies father, the second home, the third ability to negotiate well.

The fifth house signifies, children, creativity, leisure and sensual enjoyment. The first ruler signifies children, the second enjoyment, and the third honors.

The sixth house signifies, health, servants, and ones toil. The first trip ruler signifies health, the 2nd servants, and the third toil.

The seventh house signifies: marriage, open enemies, and business associates. The first trip ruler signifies marriage, the second open enemies, the third business associates.

The eighth house signifies death, inheritance and the money of others. The three rulers signify in order, death, inheritance, and money.

the ninth house signifies distant lands, education, and religion. The three trip rulers signify in their order, journeys, faith, and wisdom.

the tenth house signifies, ones role in the world. The three trip rulers in order signify, work, leadership, and stability.

the eleventh house signifies friends, hope and joy. The three trip rulers signify, faith, friends, and success in your efforts.

finally the 12th signifies, imprisonment, drug use, the undoing of the self. The three trip rulers speak to hidden enemies, labor and prison, and the collective.

this is a brief listing, in general it is very accurate, more details are found through more studies.