A Sample Reading
Hi JoAnn, your astrological chart provides an amazing guidepost to the most important aspect of your life: an understanding of yourself. As a woman today, you face the challenge of discovering
yourself within the context of many life experiences. You wear a variety of faces and play
many roles, experiences that can both enhance and complicate your feeling of satisfaction
with yourself and your life. Your astrological chart provides indicators, which help to define
who you are, strengthening an understanding of your needs on every level. Each chart is
different in its make-up, and the myriad combinations of influences help to underscore the
importance of each person as an individual. One thing you must remember when working with
astrology: it is through your free will that you make choices. Your chart does not "make" you
Women are finally acknowledging and realizing within today's world, that men and women
experience life differently. The workings of your psyche, symbolized by your astrological chart,
are likely to be experienced quite differently through your filter as a woman than they would be
if you were born male. This report is designed for you, a woman in a world of change, a woman
seeking to become whole.
Your natal, or birth, chart is made up of several factors. Drawn upon a circular wheel, your
natal chart shows the positions of the planets relative to your place, date and time of birth.
Everything is indicated symbolically, with each symbol having specific meanings. The planets,
Sun and Moon are placed around the circle, and each is placed within a particular degree of a
sign of the zodiac. The planets, Sun and Moon are energy bodies, and the astrological signs
indicate how these energies work. Just as you are a complex of feelings, needs, drives and
desires - your natal chart maps these qualities. You will also notice that the planetary symbols
fall within particular segments of the circle. These segments, called "Houses," indicate the
specific environments and relationships, which are part of your life. You may find, upon reading
your report, that there are a few contradictions. For example, one factor may indicate
independence, while another shows strong dependency. It is not unusual to experience
contradictions within yourself and that is just what your chart illustrates about you! But when
you reflect upon these qualities within the context in which they are explained, you may
discover some self-illuminating facts about yourself. Self-understanding has a marvelous way
of emphasizing your personal power!
I have put quite a bit of information on an audio file that I will be mailing to you this week.
Here is an overall glimpse at your astrological Chart.
The astrological signs are defined by one of four elements: fire, earth, air or water. The fire
and air elements have a yang (masculine polarity) quality, and tend to be more outgoing and
assertive in their nature, whereas the earth and water elements have a yin (feminine polarity)
quality, and are more receptive by nature. The elemental balance in your chart is determined by
the amount of energy within each elemental sign. The factors added together to find this
balance of energy include the Sun, Moon, planets and the angles of the Ascendant and
You are a "feeling" type of woman, JoAnn, with water strongly predominant in your chart. Your
sensibilities can range from psychic to moody, but one thing is certain: you are definitely
impressionable. Your artistic endeavors and creative expression may elicit a strong response
from others, since you have a deep sense of passion. You have so much creativity especially
showing in your numerology reading that I am putting on tape as well.
Your insightful nature can be especially keen, and your compassion for others can extend strong
support. You may find it difficult to separate your feelings from those of everyone around you,
and building some emotional boundaries can strengthen judgment of personal relationships. However, your concern for others can be a positive thing if you have a healthy way of channeling it. The elemental balance
in your astrological chart indicates that earth is a weak factor, signifying that you may
sometimes feel a need for greater stability. Practical matters may not always be a primary
consideration when making major decisions. The problem with little earth is usually related to
not being in touch with the physical plane, which can cause you to lose your focus or to ignore
physical reality. During the times in your life when you feel out of touch or uncertain, get back
to nature. Take a walk in the park or woods, garden, hug a tree, work with clay, or get a
massage to remind yourself that you are part physical, too!
Another aspect of your basic nature is determined by the balance of the modes in your chart.
The modes are also defined by sign, which are grouped together as either cardinal, fixed or
mutable. You have fixed energy strongest, which helps to account for your ability to stay with a
project, relationship or idea until you are satisfied or until your responsibility is fulfilled. The
downfall of this strength is not knowing when to let go, and you can be quite stubborn when
facing the possibility of change or challenge. However, you also have a strong level of
cardinality, which is expressed through your motivational spirit and your ability to initiate new
situations or relationships. Your weakest link is in mutability, which indicates that you
sometimes have trouble adapting to change or that you are somewhat inflexible in your
You may also be concerned with the areas in your chart which appear to be empty. Never
fear, these houses are not really vacant! You are just not placing as much emphasis in these
relationships or environments, or you may be satisfying these needs through other dimensions
of your life.
Sometimes showing the world who you really are is not easy, and sometimes the world may
not respond as you had hoped! It's helpful to take a look at the differences and similarities
between the attitudes, impressions and images you project and the person who resides at the
core of your being. With your Sun in Pisces, your ego dances most freely in the realm of imagination.
Your compassion and sensitivity can stimulate your desire to give of yourself for the betterment of
life. You may be quite responsive to the energy of your surroundings, and can be tempted,
chameleon-like, to adapt to the needs and demands around you instead of determining what you
really want, and the manner in which you want to project who you really are.
Your Ascendant is the face you present to the world, and shows how others see you. Your
Ascendant, or rising sign, is Leo. This signifies that you project a definite presence, a factor you
can use to your advantage when you want to make a spectacular entrance. It's easy to command
the attention of others (who may talk about you even when you're not around!). You can be
quite comfortable in situations which call for direction or leadership and can engender loyalty
from those under your influence. You may take extra care with your hair style, hats or other
head adornments, since you know that they say a lot about who you are.
The energy of the Sun is associated with your Ascendant, and with your Sun in Pisces you
can be extremely dramatic when you want to be. But you also feel good about projecting
serenity and peace, which in itself can be a dramatic contrast to many situations!
With Venus in opposition to your Ascendant, you may be blessed with many social graces.
You're quite comfortable around other people, and may enjoy time spent with companions.
Your determination to gain acceptance and to improve your status in life is strong, and you may
use your social contacts to reach those positions. Of course, that's how it's done in life, but you
do need to watch a tendency to use people just because of their status. Developing relationships
from a purely honest perspective is quite possible for you since you do appreciate what others
have to offer.
You must also learn to appreciate what you bring into any situation as well.
Mars is in a square aspect to your Ascendant, indicating a strong tendency to do or say
things which put others on the defensive. In a debate or an athletic event this can be useful, but
in relationship with others the same energy can be devastating unless you are aware of it. You
may project anger more readily than you show tenderness, although other factors in your chart
may offset this somewhat. Asserting yourself in a positive manner is quite different from
boisterous or crude behavior, and you've probably seen the evidence of these differences in
various circumstances. Your need to be seen as powerful drives many of your actions, and
finding positive ways to achieve this aim can help you redirect your desires.
There are many different facets of the Moon in your chart. But when it comes to your
identity, your Moon speaks volumes about who you are at the deepest level: the soul of your
being. With your Moon in Scorpio, you have a sixth sense about everyone and everything. Your
hunger to experience life at its deepest levels adds an intensity to your personality which
radiates from the core of your being. You are a healer, a magician with the ability to create and
act as a catalyst for change. You may be capable of drawing energy from many sources to
create true transformation. But before this is possible, you must learn to heal yourself, to let go
of the pain you may have carried and to know what it is like to be reborn.
Although the temptation is to think that just because you are a woman you are in touch with
your inner feminine self, this is a much more complicated task than it appears to be! First of all,
the model for the true power of femininity has been lost over recent history and is now
becoming re-energized. Recovering this power is a personal task for each woman, and learning
to use feminine power constructively on a collective level is another challenge for today's
woman. This process is the cradle of self-healing, and provides the essence of your personal
The primary energies associated with your inner feminine self are the Moon and Venus, but
Neptune and Pluto are also significant in your experience and expression of this part of your
psyche. The Moon is the energy which filters through your subconscious self, and tells the story
of your connection to the part of you which provides nurturing, support, care and comfort. The
person who projects the model for your Moon energy is your mother, and you see her through
the lens of your own emotional matrix, signified by the Moon. As you mature, you learn to send
this energy into the world, but to be truly effective, you must first own this energy and know
how to use it to care for yourself!
Through your Scorpio Moon you hold the kind of feminine power that is purely
charismatic. Your sensuality radiates through the way you move, speak and express yourself.
You know the ebb and flow of emotion, and you also feel the intensity of emotions ranging
from biting rage to pure ecstasy. With such all-consuming power you approach life with a
fervor that is unrivaled. There's nothing halfway about the way you feel about anyone or
anything, although you don't always expose the full measure of those feelings. Your shadow
insists upon dancing with your lighter side, and once you've embraced the entirety of your inner
being, you have unmatched power. You are definitely a force, and your ability to instigate
change reaches into many dimensions of life experience.
As an agent for transformational change, you can bring healing where there is pain and
suffering. Whether a wounding of the heart and spirit or a trauma to the body, your touch and
support can help bring transformation into the lives of others. Those in your care have an
unrelenting ally. And those who have hurt you or someone you love may face an unparalleled
vengeance. Sometimes, though, you may hang onto old pain like a trophy, and at some point in
your life, you may find that carrying your medals around slows you down or impedes your
ability to experience the full measure of love and happiness. Although it is more difficult to
open to healing energy for yourself, it is necessary to occasionally clear out your emotional
closets and release old pain, resentment and guilt. Guilt is your greatest enemy, not the
situations or people who have caused you pain. And love is the key which opens the door to
With your Moon in a supportive trine aspect to your Sun, you may be quite capable of
integrating the masculine and feminine elements of your psyche. This indicates that your
experience of relationships between men and women has not been especially difficult. In fact,
you may have a strong connection to both your mother and father. Your experience of life as a
woman is not likely to seem especially limited, since you may be quite comfortable dealing
with the world on your own terms without feeling that you have to be in conflict on gender
issues. Self-respect and sincerity radiate through your personality, and men and women alike
may respond to your requests or leadership. But you may not feel particularly motivated to
achieve high levels of success, since it might seem easier to take the easier road. This is fine as
long as you're happy with your life. But if you feel you want or need more, you may simply
need to get moving and set your sights on options which will allow continual growth on every
Your Moon is in a square aspect to your Mercury, indicating possible difficulties in your
ability to be rational. First of all, you do not have to be completely rational all the time - it is
simply not possible. Now that's said, when you do need to make an objective or impartial
decision, you need to be very careful in your considerations. Those people in your life whom
you've learned to trust and value can also be helpful sounding boards when you're facing an
important choice or dilemma. But you must also give yourself a chance to grow up and take the
heat for your own feelings and needs. The problem is that your feelings run very deep. If you
hold a particular prejudice, you may find it quite difficult to release it. When someone or
something challenges the way you feel, you can be threatened. Criticism can be very wounding,
and you may never recover if you cannot objectify a situation in which you are being critically
assessed. If your attitudes remain stubborn and unyielding, you may become quite lonely.
JoAnn, I feel that by spending time with children and dealing with their honesty can be
exceptionally healing for you, and you may find that you really mature once you've taken on the
role of mother. You may always feel stressed around people in authority until you become more
flexible in your attitudes and less sensitive to the idea that you might occasionally be mistaken
about a few things. Through the energy of your Moon in trine aspect to Jupiter, you have
exceptional emotional resilience which is supported by your sense of optimism and confidence.
You are more likely to feel that being a woman is an asset, and may find it easier to flow with
the emotional tides and cycles of change which are a normal part of your life. Generosity is natural
for you, and you have an excellent ability to attract abundance. Nurturing others may flow quite readily.
However, it is also easy for you to take things and people for granted, so it's a good idea to take
stock of your good fortunes and remind yourself to show gratitude and grace. This can be an
aspect of laziness, since positive changes of fortune may seem to occur quite naturally. But if
you recognize and develop your strengths, this same energy can provide an endless reservoir of
emotional and spiritual strength.
Through the conjunction of your Moon and Saturn, you may try to be in control of your
feelings too much of the time. Always concerned about appropriateness, you can limit yourself
by becoming too judgmental. You may be too concerned about whether or not you will be
accepted by the "right" people. You may also be too self-critical, and may resent being a
woman - especially when it comes to advancement in the world. It's easier for you to take
responsibility for things than to ask for help, which can leave you with a rather heavy load. If
you're convinced that hard work makes the difference between happiness and despair, you are
certainly the perfect candidate for workaholic of the year. If you are going to work so hard, tell
yourself that it's a good thing to be proud of your accomplishments and allow others to show
appreciation for your efforts. Try to get a handle on whom you are trying to please. If it's you,
perhaps you can lower your standards just a little in order to indulge yourself from time to time.
With your Moon in trine aspect to Uranus, you present an exceptional level of independence
and autonomy. You're the kind of woman who prefers to develop your own path, to do things
your own way, and to experience a sense of absolute freedom. This does not mean that you
prefer to be alone. In fact, you may be continually surrounded by friends and family. You just
like to have plenty of room! Your approach to dealing with the men in your life is likely to be at
arm's length until you develop a sense of trust and understanding, and you may have a variety
of experiences in relationships. You are most open with a man who can be your friend first. In
your relationships with women, you may have a number of friends, and they are likely to be
remarkably different. Since you're a feminist at heart, you appreciate women who are
developing their own paths. You may also find that those who are as yet unsure of themselves
are drawn to you as a mentor and friend.
You may have mixed feelings about being a mother. Although you might think you would
be happier if children were born walking and talking, you can thoroughly enjoy the experience
and pleasures of motherhood. You'll seek the most innovative ways to approach caring for your
children, and may even be quite inventive in dealing with their needs. Your intuitive sense is
quite a plus in dealing with your kids, and if you are a mom, you've probably discovered this
more than once! You're quite adept at handling teen-agers, since you can identify with their
rebellious attitudes and needs to develop their unique identities. Because of this, you may
always seem younger than your years, and you like it that way.
Through the tense square between your Moon and Pluto in your chart, your emotionality is
extremely intensified. You may hold some deep-seated resentment, and can hang onto guilt
eternally unless you make an effort to release it. Your trust of your own power as a woman can
be undermined, especially if you felt emotionally abused as a child. It is quite possible that you
were mistreated because one of your parents resented your being there, but you may also have
been simply struggling for survival in a situation which provided little emotional nurturance.
Regardless of the particulars of your early conditioning, you do have the capability to healing
these old wounds through the same energy which has sustained their pain.
JoAnn, I feel that you may be drawn to relationships for the pure physical pleasure and
stimulation they provide, but may not want to feel emotionally close due to your lack of trust.
Yet deep within your soul you may long for that bonding which results from the alchemy of two
souls merging. Since you were not issued an instruction manual about how to deal with people
when you entered this life, you need to give yourself plenty of time and room to research human
nature and human emotion. Safe circumstances like a friendship with someone who shares your
interests can give you a chance to learn about trust - but you must be honest about your
feelings! Even though you might think that you would prefer to live apart from society, fitting
into social situations can help you trust yourself more fully, because interacting with others
helps you develop objectivity. To have the love and tenderness you need from others, you must
learn forgiveness, too. That forgiveness begins within yourself, and releasing tension and stress
while also letting go of the burdens from your past will help you feel much more light, alive
and free. Then, and only then, can you feel good about the power of being a whole woman.
Your Moon is in the Disseminating Moon Phase of the Lunation Cycle. The idea behind
this lunar phase is that of broadcasting seeds, and although there is a masculine quality implied,
this phase is definitely one which requires yin, or feminine, levels of continuity. You may feel
driven to teach others, to share what you know, and are quite comfortable in the role of mentor.
In fact, your mentoring flows so naturally that others may not realize that you're passing on to
them a truly powerful depth of knowledge and understanding. Your own understanding of
yourself and life experience can be enhanced when you open yourself and release your power,
creativity and understanding into the world.
The archetypal quality associated with this moon phase is that of "The Companion," the
essence of equality, trust and sharing. It is crucial that you maintain a strong connection with
the core of your being, so that you remain aware and awake, instead of allowing your own
direction to be shaped by beliefs, ideals or attitudes which seem more powerful than your
personal focus. Instead of being driven by these beliefs and ideals, you grow more fully into
yourself when you add your ingredients to the soup and alter the outcome. Your crusade can be
Through the energy of Venus you express your feminine wiles, and also locate the part of
yourself that needs to be emotionally expressive. Your sense of inner beauty and feelings of
personal worth are also functions of Venus. Venusian energy is part of your connection to other
women, and the placement of Venus in your chart can tell you a lot about your openness and
acceptance of your own femininity. Although your Moon may indicate your basic emotional
nature, the manner by which you express your feelings is frequently through Venusian energy.
Through the energy of Venus in Aquarius you harbor a sense of unconditional love, and
need love relationships which allow you to feel free, open and expressive. Your capacity for
friendship is immense, although you may have only a few special friends who share your
intimate thoughts and secrets. Yet everyone who meets you may feel that they have found a
friend, and you are likely to be sincere in your desire to acknowledge the humanity in everyone.
Although your feminine nature is quite strong, in some respects, you may feel almost
androgynous, since you may be able to relate to men and women with a clear understanding and
connection. You may have quite a broad appeal, and if your career places you in the public eye,
men and women alike may respect and admire you. Your sense of personal style is likely to be
quite unique, and you may look great in clothing which is trend-setting or unusual. You may
even create some of your own styles, or have someone create them for you alone. Translucent
colors like violet, turquoise and purple stimulate your energy.
In relationships you may find it difficult to focus on just one person until you know for sure
you've found someone who understands and accepts your uniqueness and individuality. The
man who is looking for the "regular" wife has not found his answer in you! You are most likely
to exchange vows you've written yourself than to feel at home with the old standby of "love,
honor and obey", and certainly would leave out the obey part. You may also prefer to avoid
marriage altogether unless it serves a reasonable purpose and is addressed on your own terms.
Venus and Mars in square aspect indicate an inner conflict between your desires and ability
to attain or satisfy them. Part of the problem may be impatience with yourself and with others:
you want it now. You may also feel some level of resentment or frustration with your inability
to gain the full measure of what you feel you deserve, and this, in itself, can impede your
progress! The core of this conflict can center upon a battle between your feminine and
masculine inner self. It can manifest in ways such as sexual discrimination or sexual
harassment, and if you stand up to these types of injustice and abuse you'll find that you feel
much more powerful and at peace with yourself. But you must be attentive to the ways you give
away your power, because this is the key to understanding how to resolve this conflict.
Although the planets Neptune and Pluto move very slowly and are generational in nature,
they do have an influence upon your psyche. These energies define much about the collective
experience which shapes your inner self. You're experiencing Neptunian energy when you're in
the midst of reverie, when you're deep in dreams and when you're feeling compassionate.
Neptune drives your imagination, the realm of illusion and your psychic sensibilities. Because
Neptune is difficult to grasp on a physical level, there is a lot about this energy that can be
problematic, and when you are caught in the negative grasp of Neptune, you can give in to
addictive behaviors, escapism and deception manifesting. But you do have a way of channeling
this energy. It is through Neptune that you find the heart of compassionate love and
understanding. This is the doorway to your inner self.
With Neptune in Libra, you are part of the generation which has been fascinated with
beauty, the idea of peace and the hope of a perfect world. Perfect relationships are part of the
perfect world, but it is your very generation that has blasted through the illusion of
dysfunctionality. Your role as a woman within a relationship is one you are creating, along with
the other women of your generation, born from 1942 to 1956. By holding a collective image of
truly egalitarian and fair-minded relationships, where each person can fully express themselves,
you have been part of a global change. The effects of this change are still manifesting.
Pluto represents the primordial essence. It is from this level that all transformation occurs:
birth, death, illness and healing. It is also here that the powerful kundalini force continually
regenerates itself. This is the space of all creation and all power. It is the space of origin: the
Now, with Pluto in Leo, you are part of a generation of women born 1938 - 1957 who have had
to learn about manifesting power and breaking the illusion of the patriarchy. You are among the
women who have reshaped society. If you've developed a career, you may have done so against
an old system. Instead of destroying that power base, your task within the collective is to
change the nature of power through love and creativity, and through honoring the sanctity of
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