Additional information from Astrology 1-on-1s
Updated: Jun 2, 2021
When you become a student of ours, you gain access to an online chat platform, with a list of resources, a general chat for past and present students, and a chat platform for your specific cohort of students.
Our courses include Live Teaching, Group Practice, and optional 1-on-1 time with the teachers. So much is gained at each level of support!
When there are no courses running, we offer ongoing Group Practice and 1-on-1 sessions. Below are some of the questions that were asked and answered in some of the 1-on-1 sessions, so you can see the value of booking a session like this, to expand your learning.
1) Although it is tempting to want to read and read and read until you get many people's opinions on the planets in signs in houses, this can be a danger because the words you read will become your words, and we have taught you well enough to be able to find your own words with practice, for what resonates for you, for each planet, sign, and house. If you want more, it is best to stick with the resources below (see samples of each below to aid in your decision making, click on an image to get a better view, and scan through them all to see what information/writing style you like the best). We recommend these resources because they are most aligned with giving you multiple perspectives for each component, so you can build your unique truth, rather than having someone else tell you their unique truth.
Stephen Forest "The Inner Sky":
Stephen Forest "The Changing Sky":
Linda Goodman "Sun Signs":
"Astrology - A Cosmic Science":
and maybe Dana Gerthart's work:
Don’t just look up the planets in the houses and signs you see in the chart you are interested in. Look at how the planets change flavour as they move through the signs and houses, or how the houses change when different signs are on their cusp, or how certain combos may work well together etc. Then continue to attend class, Group Practices, and 1-on-1 sessions, to refine your understanding, for your unique chart, and then expand to others. Worst is to read daily horoscopes, and take what you read as truth, to worry about or to count on.
2) If you want to know your "strengths", you can focus solely on the Personal/Inner Planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, even skip your Ascendant) and what half, quadrant, season, element, or mode they sit in. Our classes are very geometry/cycle based, so you can orient yourself well. Maybe re-listen to a class or two, and ask us questions to clarify your understanding, in our next class, Group Practice, or book a 1-on-1 session.
3) Understanding signs may be easiest, as people tend to talk about signs more, but planets, and especially houses, may be harder to gain good understanding of what each means. Again, see the recommendations in 1) above, and consider that when we get into Level 2 (with transits and progressions), you will get a deeper understanding of the planets and houses, as you will see how the planets move through the houses, and at different rates, and what this means for development, as well as the greater role each planet plays in our lives. Remember: this education is layered. The more you learn, the more the basics make sense, but you also have to try, which is what the Group Practice and 1-on-1 sessions are for. Please take advantage of them! We don't know what your questions are and what you don't know, until you try and ask.
4) We hope that you feel safe enough to discuss you real questions in class, but sometimes you may prefer to ask your questions without the rest of the class present (either so you can be more honest, or because you don't want to take up too much class time), this is what the 1-on-1 sessions are for.
5) When you want to understand parts of your self, you can look to your Moon and Saturn placement, how your parents were with you, and how they treated each other. Like it or not, we are formed by our upbringing, and there are positives and negatives to everything. When we can honour the good in our parents, and in our role as parents (if we have kids), and in our kids (and where they are in their development, this is actually true for all relationships), life can just be as it is, with less drama, and more just being who we are. We don't and shouldn't change to be more like what anyone or society wants. But we can give ourselves permission, to be more at peace with our selves, knowing who we are serves the development of others, and because there is no one else for us to be.
6) Finally, when you see an interesting pattern in a chart, before making a big deal about the uniqueness of this pattern, take a look at a series of months or years in an ephemeris to see if the pattern truly is unique, or if it’s just the first time you’re noticing it. Finding a neat pattern that applies to many is just as cool because it expands your understanding of how things work. For example, I just learned that all the outer planets go retrograde for half of each year! The images in the gallery below are the months in 2021 with some retrograde action (look for the R) in the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto). As you can see there are 8 of 12 months shown here, because their retrograde action is not completely in sync, and there are some months when all outer planets are retrograde and some months where none of the outer planets are retrograde (i.e., the 4 months not shown below) for 2021. Enjoy your learning! Another great way to see an image of how things move/interact over time, is by scanning day by day, week by week, month by month using the Animate chart feature in AstroSeek. You need to get curious and check your hypotheses, if you truly want to learn Astrology.
I hope the above gives you some sense of the value of learning with us, and the various levels you can use, to get the most out of your education.
Here is a testimonial for the 1-on-1 sessions, more to come:
"I requested to have a one-on-one session with my astrology teachers to ask about my struggles in studying astrology as a beginner without feeling worried that I may take the group's time. The one-on-one setting made me feel very comfortable asking my questions, and I appreciate the great interaction we had and their patience with my basic or repetitive questions and confusions. What I loved about it was that both Stan and Alahnnaa took their time to explain their perspectives on different factors that influence my natal chart. I enjoyed understanding more things about myself, asking the "whys" that came up, and I am now clearer on how I can have my own unique creative way to continue learning astrology. Thank you for being super supportive!"