“But I don’t know my birth time so I can’t have an astrology reading”
One of the questions that occasionally comes up. This is especially when I’m out and about and someone wants an astrology reading in the spur of the moment!
You absolutely can!
And it is almost always, 99.99% possible, to give you a very sound, solid and accurate reading.
The Science bit
A birth chart, horoscope, is drawn up using the place, date and time of birth. This information gives you your position when you were born – the chart is a map of the stars at any given moment.
Your birth chart is shown with the horizon going from right to left across the centre. This is the ascendant/descendant axis and shows which planets were above the horizon at the time of the birth and which below. The chart is divided into 12 segments, or houses, and each one represents a different area where the planetary energy is expressed.
The signs of the zodiac show us how to use the energy and the houses show where. Planets and stars give the extra special information you need as an individual in order to practically use all of the gifts & talents you were born with.
All of the information helps unveil your soul pathway.
My Birth time is missing
There can be several reasons for this. Maybe parents are no longer around or disagree about the time – or perhaps an adoption is involved. Some countries (for example Scotland) record the time of birth on the birth certificate but many don’t. It’s getting better though and you may well find that there are more birth time information available now.
The birth time is important as, in the case of twins, the chart will be different when a number of minutes have passed. Thinking of twins and the differences in their charts (obviously the place of birth is the same!) the planets and stars are constantly moving. And so the moon will be at a different degree as well as the pattern of the houses – subtle differences.
However it is mostly fine if we know the time of birth within 15/30 mins either side as it gives a great chart to work with. There will be enough information for life lessons and soul pathway to be available for our work here on planet earth. It is just more accurate the closer we can get to birth time!
What we can do
There are certain ways that we can get to a more defined chart reading though if the time is still not known. I have three main systems to turn to!
Ask family again if you are in contact with them. Sometimes questions which relate to times of day trigger memories … for instance had Mum just had breakfast or was it before evening meal. Had dad just left for work or on his way home. I have seen astonishing results by using questions such as those. Even had one client told me her mother realised the birth was twilight rather than dawn!
The process of rectification – This is where we work backwards by plotting out life events and then looking at the charts which would have given the opportunities for those changes. For instance a wedding, significant job or career promotion, house move etc. There is a lot of depth to the process and would require several sessions with quite deep work.
My recommendation if the time just isn’t available
To use the Sun-rise. I use sun-rise charts for many purposes and always where we really cannot establish a time of birth. I consider the sun-rise to hold all of the potential for the day ahead and have had great results with using those charts for horoscopes.
The moment of sunrise is magical and gives us so much information to connect in with ancestral memories. You’re possibly thinking that it is at odds with most of what I’ve said already. However that magical potential opens up more doors and gateways than you would think!
And the chart gives us the unique patterns created by the planets and stars within the signs of the zodiac for you! And so this is the option I would most likely recommend especially for soul pathway work.
It’s all natural knowledge
By watching the cycles of the moon & the stars you’re tuning into what our ancestors have done for aeons. There is so much information available even without setting a precise chart in place.
Observe the rhythms and cycles of our seasons and you are in the planetary flow that is living on planet earth!
Let me know how this resonates with you! Each and every interaction I have with another being is special to me.
As always with love from Alison
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A full Moon is an amazing achievement for our journey through time and space.
Think about it for a moment … the Moon has travelled halfway around our Earth and is now directly opposite the Sun. This means that whatever zodiac sign the Sun is so the Moon is in the opposite. A balance of inner and outer energy across a zodiac axis.
Plus the Moon is now reflecting as much light as she possibly can from the Sun! Full beam headlights on clarity …
I get asked many questions at this time and they usually break down to:
1) What is the message
2) What do we do
3) Does a full moon really affect us
The messages abounding at the time will vary according to how the Moon affects you however, and after so many years of watching this phenomena occur, I can put my hand on my heart and say that there will be insights … we just need to listen!
The following video explains, in just a few minutes, how to ground, align and enjoy the energy!
As to whether the full moon affects us – I believe that we are all more aware of the lunar energy than, perhaps, we realise. And, when we open ourselves to the thoughts and experiences at this time, so we begin to sense just how amazing all of the planetary energy can be!
As always, with love from Alison x
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Most of us know our Star sign, the sign of the zodiac that the sun was in at our birth, but it’s only a recent way of looking at the stars!
Some history …
Star sign/ Sun sign horoscopes have only been around for the last 80 years or so. A newspaper published the horoscope for the birth of Princess Margaret in 1930 and, just after that, a star sign column was introduced as entertainment. Even today horoscope columns are usually to be found in a tea break section of a newspaper or the back of a magazine and are regarded as light and entertaining. And so the recognition of Sun sign astrology has become mainstream, sometimes fun, and I whole-heatedly think this is a good thing! After all most of us know our Star sign, or rather the sign of the zodiac that the sun was in when we were born, and so any extra information that we can glean from that knowledge can only be of interest … as long, of course, that the information we read and absorb is solid and helpful!
Is it Useful?
By segmenting everyone into 12 signs of the zodiac it does give an ease to publishing advice and guidance based on what the stars in the sky offer day by day to each person. However it is only the smallest percentage imaginable of the wealth of help and energy available from the Universe.
Do the number of different sun sign horoscopes available diminish our appreciation of astrology? It may well do but I’m here to remind you of the usefulness and uniqueness of looking at an individual birth chart!
A birth chart is a map of the stars and planets for the moment in time of that birth. By casting a chart for the time, date and place we have a unique and very special snapshot of the astrological universe at that moment. And all of the stars and planets blend together the different energies to give an individual their characteristics, loves, values, history and potential for growth.
What does a birth chart offer?
Where the Sun was at the moment of birth offers so much for showing character and the creative energy available and is a very worthy first point of introduction to your own personal astrology.
The position, and phase, of the Moon at the moment of birth also tells a story about emotion, imagination, deeply held beliefs, triggers …
Chiron, an asteroid, has an energy to remind us of our soul journey and the tasks we are here to do.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto also have their parts to play in the story of our arrival onto planet earth. And the positions of places such as the Nodes of the Moon and Lilith.
So what use is it to know more about our birth charts?
There are so many different uses that would take a universe to tell. However how about just three?
- What field of work or career am I best suited to?
- How do I work through an issue which comes up time and time again around money?
- Do I have a soul purpose?
And so …
And in conclusion I would say begin with your Sun sign. Read about it. Watch the newspaper horoscopes for general trends of what may be being offered to you by the stars above. Take control of your moment of birth by looking at where the other planets were at that moment. Consider the aspects they made with each other to give you your uniqueness. And then see what is going on in the sky above right now at this moment … and apply it to your chart to see just what choices and potentials are there for you!
As always with love from Alison
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The Festival of Lammas
This festival of Lammas (also known as Lughnasad) is celebrated at the beginning of August when we see the colours of ripening crops and fruit. Everything’s getting ready for harvest. Flowers are abundant, nature is blossoming and our hedges are so full of wildlife. The passion and joy is just what this agricultural festival is all about!
It’s known as the festival of Lammas in Anglo-Saxon as it relates to the first loaf made from the first crops.
It is also known as Lughnasad after the Celtic Feast of the sun god Lu. Lu was the god of the sun and his spirit was said to be held in the corn.
What is the Wheel of the Year?
It has always made so much sense to me to be in touch with the ever changing way that our Earth, Gaia, interacts with the Universe. By observing the stars and the planets we learn so much. And the Sun, as we observe it through each zodiac sign, brings a rhythm and a cycle to our days, months and years.
By watching this rhythm unfold we find ourselves in tune with the natural cycles, the agricultural year and the turning points within the year celebrated by our ancestors. Ancestral memories are buried deep inside every one of us and, by raising them up into our awareness, so we are connected to the whole in a very real way. We see time moving on, but not in minutes and hours and days necessarily, more in the cycle of life and death and rebirth.
Life, a spiral of life.
What can we do for the festival of Lammas?
A tradition, at this time, is to make a corn dolly from the first corn that’s harvested. The dolly is kept in the home as the seed for next year’s sowing. So there we have the cycle again and an attunement with nature.
We give thanks as we watch the crops ripen and begin the harvest. It’s probably a time to keep tidy or clear so that we can see what’s there.
It’s all around seeing what is coming to fruition at this time of the year. Bread being baked. Berries and juices. Celebrating all of that is nature’s bounty. And your own of course!
And the wonder, because there’s a mystical side as well. There’s a symbolic side to every single Festival, and we will light fires in the evening to celebrate, to enjoy, to extend our day. It’s also a time, August when we tend to see crop circles appear.
What can you vision?
What’s come to fruition for you this year?
What will you truly be taking forward to Harvest Festival in September in acknowledgement of your gifts?
Would you make your own corn dolly or perhaps paint a stone?
In some small way find something to take this energy, this amazing abundant sun filled passionate, joyful energy, forwards.
As always, with love from Alison.
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Cycles & Rhythms
Our ancestors watched the seasons, the cycles & rhythms, of the year with great interest. It was with the knowledge that the basic building blocks of life itself depended on the elements brought in by each season. Food, warmth & shelter all depended on the Sun and Moon giving the different energies to the abundance of crops. Light and warmth from the Sun & Moon made travel and socialising possible at different times of the year. Time was measured and plans made by these most natural of calendars. I’m concentrating on the Sun and the Moon for this article yet it is worth remembering that the other planets have their own cycles and rhythms. All adding into the curious and amazing blend of energy available to us all from living in this Universe!
The Sun is our star. It is by the position of the earth in relation to the Sun that we know the time of day and the season of the year.
And so if we consider this celestial body for a moment, and appreciate that the Sun is a star that constantly burns in the sky, then it follows that it sends us light and heat in order for our planet earth to have life.
Our planet Earth orbits the Sun. However it takes more than the 365 days of our Gregorian calendar (only in use since approx. 1582) year. We add a leap day every four years to make the calendar ‘fit’ with the rate of orbit. And so we need to consult an ephemeris for a particular year in order to be certain of the exact day/time that the Sun will appear in the next zodiac sign. The Sun entering a constellation (from our perspective) may be from the 19th through to the 23rd of a month.
There is no such thing as a planet being on a cusp. A star/planet will always be in one sign or another and this will vary from year to year. By consulting an ephemeris we find the exact day/time. Are you ‘on the cusp’ and unsure about your zodiac sign? A reputable astrologer will be able to work it out given your date of birth and year!
And now we consider the cycle & rhythm of the moon. From the sliver of light that is the New Moon, through the growing towards fullness. Then the diminishing of energy to the darkest of the cycle before the next new moon. The Moon has no light and reflects light from the Sun. The amount of moonlight that we ‘see’ shows us the phase of the moon.
New Moon = astrologically in the same sign of the zodiac as the Sun as it occupies the same part of the sky. We only see a very small amount of light growing as the Moon separates away from the Sun.
Full Moon = astrologically in the opposite sign of the zodiac as the Sun as these two celestial bodies are opposite each other. And the light is at the fullest, maximum beam, as the Moon reflects the full amount of light available to it from the Sun!
Symbolically we can look at this cycle as:
New Moon = new beginnings, inspirations, joy of the light returning
Growing / waxing = light & energy. What has been planted at the new moon grows and expands.
Full Moon = appreciation of growth, celebration. This is a time of maximum light and vibrant energy.
Lessening / waning = time for the energy to be grounded, embedded and thought about.
Dark of the Moon = no moonlight and a time for inner reflection.
There is a power and usefulness in observing the cycles & rhythms of the earth, and our universe, for the key to how we ‘fit’ in! And even more information to our belonging in this Universal system of ours is the observance of the 8 seasons of the year. Here is a link to an article about the cycle of the Wheel of the Year through the astrological & agricultural seasons – just click the image:
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I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the Cycles & Rhythms in astrology. There are many more as, just like our home universe, the information and potentials are ever-unfolding.
As always, with love from Alison x
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