It’s Libra season, ruled by Venus, the Goddess of love, harmony, and all things relational so come on over to the Astro All-Starz Podcast to celebrate and get into the astro love zone. Fresh from Cosmic Love, Amazons astrological dating show (and social experiment), special guest Ophi Edut (Astrostyle.com) chats about the astrology of relationships and her newest book SUPERCOUPLE: Astrology Secrets for a Sexy Soulful and Satisfying Relationship with any Zodiac Sign. Sounds good to me! And it is, I had a sneak preview peek! See below for what happened next.
Tune in to learn about composite charts (the Supercouple chart) and go behind the scenes of the Cosmic Love series. Ophi has Sag Sage Wisdom, Scorpio Soul, and decades of experience. I love her warmth, humor, astro Biz Boss achievements (that Capricorn rising!), and quotes like ‘astrology is a tool, not a rule’, ‘relationships are on a big IOS upgrade, there’s got to be a better model’ and I second that motion! We’re both Pluto in Libra generation + Uranus in Libra for that matter, so I love that Ophi and Tali are doing their bit to bring people together, and provide a framework to open the conversation + practical action steps.
Listen in for the AstroTwins well-aimed intentions for Cosmic Love and SUPERCOUPLE.
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I surprised Ophi by preparing the Superchart our natal charts make when combined in a composite (using midpoints). Since we reference them in the chat, here they are!
What do you see?? Email or DM and I’ll add your insights below, I’m all ears! The first chart is the composite. The two charts pictured side by side are our natal charts. That super stellium in Sag in the 9th with Jupiter in sign on the Midheaven and north node of destiny in the career house/public. Traveling to and teaching in foreign destinations? I know I can speak for all concerned and that’s a YES from the Sagittarians in the room. Have you ever created a composite chart that was played out in a textbook scenario either positive or negative? Let me know!
What happened next!
I requested a sample pdf to talk about the book with Ophi. Since it was a later-stage draft (a galley) but not quite the final print-ready version, I spotted a few errors with my by now, three books later, eagle eye (who says Sag misses details?). Since I feel invested and want the best possible for the Twin’s fabulous contributions, I marked up the first few typos and sent them back, offering to mark up the rest as I read through since I was reading it anyway. Ophi asked if I’d ever worked as a professional copy editor and if I had she’d hire me in a second. Well, as you know, I’m three books in, so yes, on my own books (we also have my wonderful commissioning editor, a copywriter, and proofreader on the Power series-it takes a village!) I said I’m reading it anyway, so I’ll mark them up. The Twins felt they wanted to give me a credit in the book as a copywriter, then to formalize with a fee, so, of course, I accepted! Add that to my already multi-hyphen C.V. #mutable life I love working with mutable signs because our natures work well together. We can move and adapt spontaneously, and keep things fresh and full of fun and surprises.
Supercouple is dedicated to the team (that village) who made it happen, which now includes me! So, of course, a story came out of this one, and Sag loves a long-winded yarn. Remember, you always get more with Sag, and Jupiter!!
I’d only just decided I wanted to interview more authors (I hadn’t known about Supercouple coming out at that point) and later thought, ‘I wish I were paid for reading books I want to read’! The rest is well read herstory.
Keep an eye on the sky and predict your destiny (planetary transits) with my new book Astro Power – see below. Yes, you can check transits to your Supercouple (composite) chart-VERY revealing!!
Your understanding of astrology will benefit by understanding the fundamental link between the signs and the Sun’s seasonal journey through the zodiac. The same could be said for our special seasonal holiday celebrations and the mythological stories we attach to them.
Bloom is a beautiful, useful & thoroughly modern take on cultivating nature and our newfound love of it ♥️
Visit BLOOM here & gift your fave green-fingered friends & (chosen) fam. The issues follow the seasons so you’ll have a timeless collection you can draw on year in and year out. Pick up a book while you’re there!
This edition is Autumn, Australia, you’re in the thick of it now. On that note, April showers certainly got the memo this year! Northern Hemisphere, yes the Spring edition 11 is on shelves; pick up a copy of both!
Zena Alkayat is the gifted creator of Bloom and the original commissioning editor of my book Star Power. With Earthy Taurus rising, Zena cleaves to nature, and Bloom expresses the strength of that rising sign! When Zena told me about Bloom, I knew Uranus was heading into Taurus (indicating a massive trend on all things nature) so I also knew Zena was barking up the right tree, (pardon the flora pun) and have been cheering on the sidelines. It’s a highlight to have been able to contribute this astrological take. Enjoy!
PLUS the new and full Moon, the headline act Saturn square Uranus,
and a reminder to live out YOUR chart’s specific potential to the best of your ability.
Make the most of this Capricorn season as we close out the year!
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Venus represents how we relate, what and who we find attractive, as well as our aesthetics and values. What sign is your Venus in? Do you know which house, any aspects to other planets, or major points in your chart? If you want to learn more, book a consult with me and we’ll deep dive your astro!
Venus moved into Scorpio this week — Love, attraction, aesthetics & relational style take on a gothic, deep, esoteric red velvet vibe. Look up at the night sky, you’ll see Venus as the evening star at the moment, you can’t miss it!
Moving out of a tense square with Pluto, we’ll enjoy the flowing sextile plus a high five with exciting Uranus and magical trine to Neptune as Venus makes its way through the underground labyrinth of prisoners of love you’ve kept chained in your heart.
As always with any Scorpio placement, look to face your demons, accept, embrace and ultimately transform so you find freedom once it hits libertarian Sagittarius.
-get intense & embrace it
-use your magnetic charm
-maintain eye contact – stare down your prey/object of passion.
-hold awkward space over people-pleasing
-feel the power of your desire & own it, bask in it
-be sure your beloved has earned your trust before baring your soul
Learn more about the meaning of VENUS in astrology, through the signs, and in your birth chart with Star Power.
Note– you’ll most often read and hear Venus gendered female. It’s important to remember everyone has Venus in their chart –there’s no gender to it unless you’re using your own gender, that you relate to and identify as. By rendering Venus female, we put the weight on women to carry the role and archetype that Venus represents and women don’t owe you pretty, feminine, receptive, or any other quality that’s been allotted to women under patriarchy. We also rob anyone else of natural and easy identification with these traits. Please mix it up. Venus always reps relational style etc, but it doesn’t rep females. Think Venus as a Boy, as Bjork sings it. Come up with your own examples to open up your mind – make a mood board if that helps. Your understanding of astrology will benefit, and so will everyone who comes in contact with your work. 🌞
Vanessa Montgomery and Tony Howard chat about all things Cancer, PLUS the new and full Moon, the major planetary alignments, The Declination Report, Mercury turning direct-Hoorah! + opportune moments to plan by.
Happy summer solstice Northern hemisphere friends, Happy winter solstice here in the Southern. 🌞🌴🔥
Northern Hem, enjoy the incoming Summer, you’ve earned it!
Southern Hem, the only way is up from here as the Sun moving into the zero degree of Cancer, on the cardinal cross, marks the shortest day of the year. From here it’s incrementally longer days.
Who is your ‘classic Cancer’ that fits the archetype like a glove?
I have so many for every sign!!
Pictured, is Cancerian Mexican artist and activist Frida Kahlo, lover, fighter, queer hearted – ahead of her time in so many ways. The emotional connection she made through sharing her inner life on canvas has secured her place in herstory as one of the most famous and popular artists of all time.
FYI, Pluto was transiting Kahlos Sun when she was involved in the accident that caused her severe physical and health issues throughout her life. It triggered the natal Uranus Mars Opposition in her chart resulting in a sudden and unexpected accident (Uranus) when an electric (also Uranus) trolley car collided with the bus she was on. Mars, reps sharp metal that cuts or pierces like a sword or knife, which was the case if you know her story. Her story is so inspiring because she alchemized her pain into beautiful art and continued to live and fight for her ideals. Many people died in that original trolly car accident (Pluto) and it would cause close encounters with the Plutonic; death, loss as well as the personal power and personality she built because of it.
Here’s to a month of feeling the feels, expressing them creatively, and letting them flow and go.
In a pre-lude to Leo season, Venus and Mars hook up in the sign of the heart-led and dramatic Lion, creating a warm vibe. Cancer smooths Leo’s edges and Leo brightens up Cancer. All in all, a gorgeous one. The full moon has a flow of positive aspects, so plan for that!
Just watch that Cancer new moon moment, it comes with a warning thanks to a gnarly square to Chiron. A positive take is that it may catalyze the feeling for the healing to occur.
That Moon Chiron feeling is visceral if you have that natal setup and a past to match. If you don’t it won’t blip on your radar or may express as a positive mentoring moment.
I kept mentioning the camp classic film, Mommy Dearest for this one. As I looked at the chart, that’s what came up from my subconscious/intuitively. It’s a biographical film based about Christina Crawfords difficult early life with her mother, famed Hollywood actress Joan Crawford.
Intuitively I had found a story that illustrated a Chiron square Moon energy, as Christina has this placement in her natal chart. Similar to the square of this month’s new moon except Christinas Aries moon is Square Chiron in Cancer, while this month the New Moon is in Cancer, square to Chiron which is now in Aries. So straight up you’ve got to ask about the nurturing this person received and identify who took the role of that Chiron square moon signature. In this case, it’s her mother.
I looked at both Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina Crawford’s charts, out of curiosity.
In an interesting case of synastry (a relationship chart, when both charts are compared to each other), Christina and her mother Joan have a Sun/Moon mutual reception. Christinas Sun is in Gemini, Joans is in Aries while Joans Sun is in Aries and Christinas Moon is in Gemini.
On contemplation, I couldn’t help but feel sad for people that hold this signature and experienced the textbook expression as they grew up, as they often don’t have their stories and experience acknowledged.
So I’m doing that now, and I remind you that when these transits trigger off a natal chart signature involving Chiron and personal planets, esp in squares and T-square configurations, particularly if Pluto, Mars, Saturn are involved, it can hurt, again. Of course, it’s an opportunity to deal with what’s come up. To leave a situation, or be grateful for the dissolution of one that didn’t serve you.
To move forward, often difficult feelings have to be acknowledged as the first step. To just say the worst of it out loud, journal, until the tears flow, and embrace yourself anyway. eg ‘Even though…..happened, or I feel….about…..I love, honor, and accept myself.’ Repeat it until the charge dissipates. Search ‘EFT’ the tapping technique (often the words are enough if they’re connected to the feeling in your body) for more or schedule with me and we’ll go through it together.
Mothers that don’t fit society’s model. Or more specifically daughters whose experience may be erased because it didn’t fit the usual narrative. As astrologers, we know better because we have access to astrology, birth charts, and in this case, Christinas experience of her life. In post #metoo world, I for one believe her.
Following up on this thread, and on thinking of women I’ve known, or clients who have had an abusive mother, I checked their natal charts, as I had the feeling I’d find Moon/Chiron signatures at the very least. Indeed they had gnarly configurations involving Moon, Chiron as well as a few other challenging placements to further complicate the issue. When this setup is triggered by a transit or in synastry (plus a transit as if often the case), guess what comes up-the old wound.
note*as you know, women have been typecast into the Moon as Mother/nurturer, reflector of others light, and Venus in a girlfriend/harmonizing/support role (an androcentric perspective and not truth, especially if you’re female or not taking on a binary gender role) . The fact is women are human and all humans have charts, transits, and experiences. So women are not always great mothers, and they don’t by nature have to be more nurturing than fathers, because fathers have a moon too. And it’s not up to a woman to express a male’s moon for him. Read the chart as non-binary in roles or realize roles are contextual in this particular culture and you may be blinded to expressions not fitting the dominant narrative.
Emotions are contagious, live in the light, stay cosmic and hug your inner beastie x Vanessa.
Life is for the living, enjoy it.