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Leo 27 DaybreakSunology is an idea whose goal is to help people broaden their minds and shift into a clearer, more-aware, and better balanced consciousness. Its philosophy addresses how our world is made and how it works, while introducing mindfulness exercises to explore the veracity of the idea. It shows you how every-day life operates on different levels,  in that experience is what it is existentially but also symbolically, revealing a deeper life experience,  and also holistically, in terms of its expression in relationship to a great cycle of “everything.”  Sunology also aims to teach you about your own personal symbolism to increase your faith in the intelligence behind your life.

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The Third Consciousness

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There are three main states of consciousness. The first of these states, Oneness, is hard to conceive, as this is a place prior to our normal consciousness. It’s related to all the points in accumulation in a circle of wholeness … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Sabian symbols

IMG_1964Sunology uses the Sabian Sun symbols to add richness and definition to the meaning of the Sun Numbers (degrees of a sign). These symbols are a set of images that were intuited in the 1920s when the meaning for the zodiac degrees was sought. Click here to see the complete list of Sabian symbols by sign and degree/Sun Number.

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Each symbol is deep and complex, containing a massive amount of information. As it goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. These pictures present such depth that words alone are unable to express them fully, because feelings, which may help you identify the various vibrations more completely, are held within them. Looking at the symbols under the umbrella of their Sun Number will help you to understand a more precise meaning for both the Sun Number and the symbol. The Sun Numbers are given main meaning through correlating the degrees to the zodiac.  The symbols support the Sun Number energy. They supply more detail and information while personalizing and adding life to the Sun Number meanings. Additionally, they stimulate your intuitive faculties to help you understand the Sun Numbers even better.

A study of the Sun symbols validates the theory presented in the clock. Again, applying correlating astrological meaning to a zodiac degree is the key to knowing the meaning of the days/degrees/Sun Numbers. It is imperative to have a consistent basis for interpretation in order that one’s own subjective filter does not interfere with the degree definitions. It is this foundational basis that has been missing for the eighty-plus years that the symbols have been around. The history of the symbols shows how this happened.

The History of the Sabians

Picture of Elsie Wheeler

Picture of Elsie Wheeler

In 1922, an astrologer, Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, and a well-known psychic, Elsie Wheeler, met in Balboa Park in San Diego, California, with the intention of creating a set of symbols that would help give meaning to the degrees of the zodiac. Dr. Jones had some spiritual experiences that led him to believe that symbols existed on the more subtle planes, dating back to ancient times, and that they were accessible via clairvoyance. These symbols are the manifestations of the naturally occurring blueprint that mirrors the paradigm of cycle that humanity lives within. They result from each symbol’s placement in the progression of a cycle.

These Two Together Actually Came Up With 360 Images in Six Hours!

Dr. Jones brought a stack of 360 index cards to his meeting with Ms. Wheeler. Each card had a number for the degrees, one through thirty, and an astrological sign (Aries through Pisces) on it. The cards were well shuffled, so as not to be in sequential order. Dr. Jones pulled a card, upside-down, and while neither of them knew what sign or number was on the card, Ms. Wheeler provided him with the image that she sensed through intuition. According to his diary, they did a three-hour session in the morning that revealed 180 images. They took a break and then did another three-hour session in the afternoon, during which they came up with the remaining 180 images. These two sessions yielded Dr. Jones’ complete set of Sabian symbols. He hoped that these symbols would provide the astrological community with insight into the meaning of the degrees of the zodiac.

Dr. Jones Worked With a Group To Interpret The Symbols

Originally, Dr. Jones and a group of his students studied the symbols extensively. His first book on the symbols, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, was published in 1953. This book seeks to interpret each symbol based on the symbols of its opposing sign (Aries against Libra, Taurus against Scorpio, and so forth), finding and comparing the similarities. Their study and excitement about the symbols aroused the interest of another astrologer, Dane Rudhyar.

Dane Rudhyar Reworded and Raised Interest in the Symbols

Rudhyar was a famous astrologer of the mid-1900s. He was the founding father of humanistic astrology and used Carl Jung’s theories about psychology to present a new and progressive look at personality astrology. He transformed the practice of astrology for generations to come. He decided that he, too, wanted to unravel the mystery of the Sabians and offer meanings of the signs down to the detail of degree.

Rudhyar adopted the Sabian symbols as his own and used his own intuition to perceive interpretations for the symbols, and then wrote about them in The Astrology of Personality and An Astrological Mandala. Rudhyar changed the wording of the original symbols in both of his books, perhaps thinking this would help cement and clarify what he saw as the interpretations. Unfortunately, in doing so, it set the stage to lose the usage of the original wording for several decades. His re-wordings definitely contributed to confusing the matter for others to interpret the Sabian symbols, because everyone was now using his wordings (or even making up their own, in reflection). Finding the systematic method to know meanings just became harder.

Ultimately, it was important to maintain the original wording of the symbols to make the connection between the correlating method (to the zodiac) and the Sabians. The wording that was sensed by Elsie Wheeler was created by virtue of her psychic ability and needed to stay exactly as it was when it originally came in.  It was those wordings that I used in my daily meditations, over a period of several years, that yielded the realization of a systematic method.

Although Sunology’s method to understand them is obvious and simple, this objective approach was veiled until now.  Rudhyar was convinced that the Sabian symbols would be the symbols that would define the degrees in a way that all astrologers would be able to agree on. A simple perusal of the original symbols shows them rich in double meanings, clever wording, and precise arrangement. In fact, the meanings that are interpreted from the original wordings align with the meanings that come from the Sunology method so well, that the symbols’ origin and existence are miraculous.  They don’t really line up so well with Rudhyar’s re-wordings – just take that as a caution. You will be able to see their magical quality when you take a deep look at them.

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All this said, if you’re a Rudhyar fan (and it’s hard not to be!), his different wordings still offer more clues for you. It can be fun and illuminating to choose a few of those alternative wordings and work with them, too. Over the years, the Sabian symbols have astonished astrologers because they clearly express several levels of meaning simultaneously. Other people have made interpretative attempts that have merit and have added to the wealth of knowledge about the symbols. There are several books written on the Sabian symbols. These books are good references that can add other perspectives to your understanding and stimulate additional personal insight. Those who have worked with the symbols over time consistently find meaning in them.

Sabians Offer More Detail To Give More Ways to Flex

Obviously, the Sabian Sun symbols offer more depth and breadth to the moods and energies of your Sun Numbers than simply knowing that you are, say, an Aries. Honing in on your personality doesn’t put you in a box. Instead, it helps you see the box from which you view the world so that you can step outside your own constraints. When you gain a better sense of how you unknowingly and automatically limit yourself, you will improve the health of your relationships; lead a more creative, productive and fulfilling life; and experience your true self. Sunology stresses that the meanings of the symbols are not arbitrary or based on impressionistic interpretation. However, in your own interpretative efforts, the meanings for the symbols gain richness and depth when taken on their own, melded with your life experiences and not set within a strict rule.

There are other places around the web that you can read about the Elsie Wheeler and the creation of the Sabian symbols.

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Natural Order (Continued)

A sense of natural order is buried deep within the core of our cells. The 360 steps that the sun makes around the circle of the year – the repetitive influence of the same relationships made between sun and earth, … Continue reading

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Natural Order

Now that we have talked about One, Two and Three, and how One becomes “more” so quickly, let’s talk about that “more.” So, how many different ways can we split wholeness? Obviously, to infinity. Depending on how many times you do split, … Continue reading

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Moon-OON or Void of Course Moon

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Moon Out of Network (Moon-OON) or Void of Course Moon Is there is a way to tell what actions to take on a particular day? There is a major indicator that is taught to be aware of. It’s called the Moon Out of Network … Continue reading

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If Astrology is Real Then Why Can’t It Predict Any Big Event?

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Astrology is more of a pastime of research or enjoyment of energies and seeing correlations, synchronicity and developing your intuition than a way to predict the possibility of a cataclysmic event. Using weather prediction as an analogy, astrologers are best … Continue reading

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How Sunology Can Shift Consciousness

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Who cares or who knows? This koan, by definition, is not about an answer. Its purpose is to stimulate your higher mind, in order to expand your awareness to the idea that … Continue reading

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Virgo 2: A large white cross upraised

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Virgo 2: A large white cross upraised             No sooner did I type this and Shelley Long (yes, from Cheers) popped up on my computer. It’€™s her birthday! I know someone else whose birthday is today. The two of them … Continue reading

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Virgo 1: A man’s head

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Just the Facts, Ma’am Put the practical expression of the Virgo month together with an Aries kind of day (the first degree!) and you get this simple, basic symbol. What’€™s going on? Thinking. Mercurial activity, for sure. Virgo is known … Continue reading

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You Got Mail!

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Leo 30: An unsealed letter Dear Reader, Here I am, the self, the whole Self, and everything/ nothing but the self. You can read between the lines, if you like. There’s probably nothing left to say about the self and … Continue reading

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Something Missing in the Area of Pisces?

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Leo 29: A Mermaid Here’s where even wisdom falls off into the mist of sign lateness. A fantasy figure, she’s Piscean, right down to being a fish with a focus on feet. And, of course, we are correlating with the … Continue reading

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The Fleeting Moment of Self-Expression

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Leo 28: Many little birds on the limb of a tree*  You know how you want to catch something fleeting on your camera and it passes you by? Sometimes – or more often! – there’s an impossibility of capturing that … Continue reading

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Leo 27: Daybreak 

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  Every Day a New Day, a New Self Perspective  How can something so obvious and noticeable be the most esoteric symbol of source and enlightenment on earth, while also being something that we  “don’t look at”? Say hello to … Continue reading

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Leo 26: The Rainbow


Leo 26 A rainbow

The Beautiful Wild Self

A rainbow is one of those things that is real but looks like magic.

The 26 days have a special feel.  I think it is the balance that is felt when tapped into the space between this Leo month and Aquarian day (the 26).

Like the camel, the rainbow is holding water. Correlating to early Aquarius, this is the water-bearer energy. The rainbow is colorful and prismatic – €œnow you see me – €”now you don’t! € The presentation has a spirited, willful and futuristic quality of unique and solitary detachment.  The intangible gifts that are received are to lighten your load from a larger perspective. So late in the cycle, this early masculine energy is multifaceted and reflects light so that all of the colors of the rainbow shine through the self.

The 26 retains what’s been learned recently about mastering the material world while breaking out of the conservative box that confines its freedom of individual expression. Just think of the dual rulership that Aquarius has with Saturn and Uranus and see that 26 is a boundary area that the end of Capricorn used to be.  As our consciousness expands, the 26 is able to look magical but be factual. It’s like being on the edge of physics and metaphysics.

As we really release freely (this is the spot of the true rebel at this level of selfhood), a love of the intangible sets in. Here is the beginning of the end: looking forward and seeing the end and wanting to live now, while there is time. The friendly planet, Uranus, is an energetic surprise. We can see that energy and intangibility are in a mental realm beyond the normal senses ”and that just the existence of it brings a bearing on the world. If you could make this real, it would be what is coming up.

A rainbow is a hopeful image. It’s a super-amazing symbol for all that it means. It holds a future we sense but don’t see. There is a pot of gold if you could ever hike to the end. But oh, that’s imagination. The rainbow is real but the idea of an end is make-believe. The cycle of weather (perhaps symbolizing the moods of the self) is highlighted. Magic at the 26, of course, We’ve just jumped off the edge (if you’ve been reading along through the cycle) into the questionable, which leads to the unknown.  Wholeness is further realized through accepting that the €œreal world of duality has already divided wholeness and oneness in its myriad of ways, and that, in itself, validates its natural beauty of cycle.

Key words

Conceptualization; unique; intangible; objectivity; community issues; free will; radical thrust; shocking; future-orientation; dryness; detachment; energetic expression; free-agent.

The Last Five Days

When I worked for hospice, I noticed older people suspect conspiracies more than younger people. They just have a sense that perhaps the doctor is trying to kill them or their loved one. The truth is that towards the end of the cycle whatever it is that was peaking – be it the people or the energy, that thing will be released and let go and something new will come in.

So perhaps after a certain age, a doctor might see a person as on the downside and treat them differently. He might give a medicine that will hurt in the long run for a short term gain instead of advise a weight loss or exercise program. Obviously it is not a conspiracy. It is the nature of nature. When it is realized at the 29, it really sucks – it’s the worst of the worst, missing that last piece. It’s also the best of the best, knowing with more certainty than ever the truth of the cycle. The theory of relativity tells us that. Voila, mid-Pisces. I’m only bring this up now so you can see where the cycle is headed.

Some Basic Ways to Use This to Read Your Chart

There are three levels of this that will help you grasp it.

  1. There is the self. Look at that degree of the sun.
  2. There is the progressed moon and the progressed sun – see them as somewhere in the 30 degree cycle. Whatever degree they are at. learn about these degrees and see yourself (natal sign and degree) in a cycle of creativity that lasts a year (sun’s progressed sign and degree), in an feeling/event cycle that lasts a month (progressed moon).
  3. Finally, we are going through the daily cycle (transiting sun’s sign and degree) together as a group. If you are a solar personality, everything else is secondary to this.
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Leo 25: A large camel crossing the desert

camelnessIntroducing Leo –  the Camel (?)

He’s grounded as solidly as the desert and shows just how far one can go on a little fuel, storing up for the next cycle. Here’s a reference to the promise of a new cycle in the future (planning and conserving), the late Capricorn degrees – the most stalwart and conservative energy, the amazing physical body and what it can do for you (Virgo), gathering and holding meaning (water in the humps) as the way we perceive source and the way to get through  (rather than original consciousness), dwelling under the hottest sun (late Leo) all day.  The largeness of the camel is a reference to its aged-ness.  Will we have enough as we move forward? Things can get a little tense here. It’s hot as hell, maybe scarcity in the future, and we need to conserve. On the other hand, this energy is set up for success, is following the pack, and has lots of experience.

The 25

You rarely see a camel crossing the desert alone – usually there are groups of them. Referencing “a” camel takes us back into the self. We are the final, latest, oldest Capricorn place – the most  and best manifestation of this sign we will find. Here is in-your-face paradigm. He is pulled in conservatively. The structure of the world, the rules we’ve established for the higher good (which the “self” only kinda gets since these ideas are so advanced). We don’t lose our past experiences. We build upon them.

What’s Next?

It is the last earth you’ll see until Virgo goes into the Taurus numbers, in 7 days. The moon is moving out of Capricorn and into Aquarius around 8 a.m. ET.  So expect the days after this to be about this of the self which is more esoteric, working towards wisdom of releasing, looking into the future (yet not being there), and for the early part of Virgo (first 2-3 days) to be difficult to experience what feels substantial.

Much exists beyond this earth place that there is debate about. Here is the border of scientists –  where-after everything not proven like purely mental higher connections, things of the whole of the flow – astrology, intuition, angels, paranormal, fantasy, music – even God (the whole thing)….All of these things exist as part of the whole but exist after earth is over (end of Cappie) – when the Aquarian numbers come in.  As we live through history, it is lovely to see the things that used to be past the normal paradigm being incorporated – now called “diversity” :-)!!! Science does expand the boundaries! I’m talking late now and we’re only at the 25. Dialing back….

The Patriarch in Late Capricorn

I always think of my dad when I see this symbol. He is a Libra 25, and the most responsible father ever. He has a lot of integrity. These 25 people tend to be in charge of managing the law for the rest of the scallywags. He was one of them, working with the police force. The police must feel as alienated as the astrologers at times, being so late! It’s true, based on my observation and the events in the news recently.

Yesterday’s Cool 24 Experience

My wonderful experience on the 24 was that a reader wrote in with her example of seeing the symbol in the day as reflected through a “personal sun” – a person or experience in the life. It was as simple and amusing as seeing her grandson/”sun”  sleeping until 11 and then staying in his pajamas until after 1. The picture just clicked. She saw his unkempt self.

Many people have not the slightest idea of what I am talking about and as for the ones who do, they don’t experience it enough, imo. Yet it is the piece I keep going back to as a practice for people, to have that little experience of seeing God, and knowing “God” (the sense of wholeness within, an intelligence beyond your own, everything beyond you, plus you) telling you, “Yes, I am.” So when you do get it, there’s a click, and a little cellular shift, and then once you are open to it, it starts to happen more and more.

Eventually, it becomes more about the number of the day in the sign, and not the sign and number, in a way. This is because the day, like Leo 25, today, has a consciousness that can be found in Aries 25 ( “A double promise,”  where at this point, you realize your Higher Self is much more present than you thought, so the promise is on two levels as the physical is obviously wrought from something higher), a material reality shown in the Taurus 25, a way of naming things that is shown in Gemini 25 – so there become many more places that you see can “see the day” until eventually you see that it plays out every day perfectly, in those you meet and the things that happen to you. It’s like observing the matrix.

thought 24 was a good day for some of the manifestation of what we’ve been talking about to be realized! If you want to try to find the symbol in your day, here are other 25 symbols you can also work with:

Aries: A double promise
Taurus: A large well-kept public park
Gemini: A man trimming palms
Cancer: A dark shadow or mantle thrown suddenly over the right shoulder
Leo: A large camel crossing the desert
Virgo: Flag at half-mast
Libra: Information in the symbol of an autumn leaf
Scorpio: An X-ray
Sagittarius: A chubby boy on a hobbyhorse
Capricorn: An Oriental rug dealer
Aquarius: A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed
Pisces: A purging of the priesthood


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Leo 24: An untidy, unkempt man

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This is what happens when the ego sees the higher truth. The man symbolizes Leo in his current state – falling out of cycle. There’s a sense that the self is flailing a little bit now that it’s commencing a week-long decline towards the 30th day and movement into Virgo.  It certainly wasn’t long after the peak that the self fell into disarray. The rest of the fall isn’t so bad (until you get to 29, which can be).  This is just the result of a combination of the initial panic and sharp pullback of falling. Here is a point of realization – creativity needs to come down into something physical so something is still needed. May as well rest until we figure out what it is.

If you recall back on Leo 13, at the end of the blog, I talked about how, when we’re in an early sign, that the daily cyclical energy goes into places that the sign’s energy hasn’t been yet. In that same way, because of this, I’m not sure the self really cares at this point. It’s getting a little complex to be fun, and things are supposed to be fun in playful, spirited Leo.  It gets a lazy here. Leo has that reputation sometimes but I think it is the 24 that does that. Remember that besides the degree showing us the day, it also shows the creative side of the 24 degree personality – those born at the sign’s 24th degree.   Leo shows the creative side of each number. So, it’s not just Leo 24, but the 24’s in general who are falling.

How It Seems To Me

So there is fear as there is now a sense of letting go to the peak. There is a stricter perception of oneself and what is required and it all must be overwhelming. We are very able to see the flaws from the top, as I said yesterday.  The restricting energy is coming in and now we might feel ashamed of not fulfilling responsibilities. This contributes further to the fallout of the energy of Leo. Capricorn comes in and all of a sudden it is very hard to play and have fun and be sunny when there are so many rules and responsibilities. This is what happens when the child is all grown up. The upcoming tasks are daunting to this particular fiery energy.  It is very complex now. The responsibilities are heavy and weigh down the light expression. Our creative expression starts to look more like work (trust me on this, haha). As we release, the singular pointed energy becomes less cohesive because there are so many other points.

So as this sign falls out, it will look like some hopelessness, but yet a push to make it not so. There becomes a concern about one’s health and a commitment to stop playing around so much and start taking care of the self. I’ve gotten to know the pure Virgo energy and I do notice it is serious and grown-up here as it gets later in the sign.

Do We Care At All About the Moon?

Yes, yes, of course! All the planets eventually play in. We are just trying to get a feel for the sun and its expression in the degree so we know what color to paint all these other personality aspects (as represented by the other planet).

The moon is in the mid-late degrees of Capricorn, so the moon’s energy is still tracking  with the sun’s.  So, the moon is helping us to get a further grasp on the day’s energy. In fact, it puts a stronger emphasis on Capricorn and brings us even more down to earth.

Funny how this unkempt man would be the opposite of what Virgo would be. Another thing is that there is a positive aspect in today’s chart that lasts until tomorrow where the sun is in a nice angle to Uranus, which can help you to better key into how this energy progresses over time.  I would expect a really nice day, beautiful, productive with some grounding of our creativity, especially when your solar energy is well-directed, i.e. when you are being your creative self.



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Leo 23: A Horseback Rider

horsebackrider I Know You, Rider*

Today is the day that holds the perspective of being more astutely aware (than usual) of the ways you, the Self, are able to be above you, the points of lower self.**  It’s a day representing having a sense of oversight regarding the nature our personality points.

In terms of the self, there are many ways to be atop our own self – in terms how we communicate, behave and treat others. One of the best case scenarios is that you’re being the self while observing from a higher perspective and respecting the other selves that you encounter. You can see from your Higher Self what is right and what is wrong – for you. You honor that although the day is tiptop, not everyone is in the day yet, so there is greater patience in slowing down the energy and allowing others to have the path for themselves. The Self has a choice, the free will, and a responsibility to behave how it will.

Giddy up, Leo 23

hbr3The Leo 23rd degree represents the self at the top of its game and shining brightly. This degree is one of those that has the triple mix of energies – Sagittarius, Capricorn and everything in-between. The Sag is a highly self-confident, passionate and fiery energy that is similar to a heightened 22 (loving philosophy and religion of all natures). The middle (very top) is a blank space between the first and the third -€”something unfathomable, a quiet place of light silence and connection with the zero-point of breaks, rests and emptiness. The third is the earthly, physical realms of success and achievement. This is where things happen on the material plane (early Capricorn).

Thus, the friendly planets are the Sun, which symbolizes a creative, outgoing and ardent nature, and Saturn, which then confines and constricts this fiery energy to result in an archetype of societal status, duty and perceived success. Because there is a constricting influence of this tiptop sign (because we grow grow grow in 20, 21 and 22, and now we have to pull back, to stop growing and start atrophying)  there is a sense of respect and responsibility that becomes strong. This is real – it comes out of  heightened, passionate and “right” positive thinking.

Look at the way you treat yourself. Do you beat the self in the places you feel you are inadequate? Don’t handle your horse that way. Introduce that zero point of the tippy top into your thoughts and be kind to yourself in all ways. Self love is a theme today as well.

As a Point of Personality

People look up to the 23 naturally, as it the top of the cycle. The 23 person will express the  beliefs that the Higher Self has about the self’s points and make them a reality. There is also a very slight implication of falling, which is of course the next step after peaking. In essence, at this step we fall into more structure, thus showing the paradigm becoming the paradigm. The cardinality has the strength of vim and fire for us to stay upright, a little like walking along the ridge of a mountain.

In terms of energy, there is very little difference between the points of the self and points of the others. Some “others” (close family members for example) are really present all the time. They are a point of reflection, surely, logically. These who are acquaintances are other lesser known or points that need less exercise? If you are completely insular, you better relate to “God” in some way -different points, like hobbies, music, films or books.

Self-Confidence in Every Case

Speaking of reading, I really like this article for today, and the lady’s nickname (Zebra) shows a certain synchronous connection. If you read to the end, you can find some good advice on being the strong confident true self to your flaws along with your beauties. Flaws are something that are identified at the top, of course.  Here’s the article: She was Teased Because of Her Skin


horsebackrider2This was my favorite horseback rider image that had the proper usage rights :-). Notice the presence of the sun. This young draw-er has a good grasp on the basic solar nature.

I hope you have a wonderful day. Think I’ll go horseback riding and see what I can see!


*It’s from a song that Jerry Garcia used to sing. He was a Leo who achieved stardom.

**The self is the singular point of duality and the Higher Self (or Self) is that whole thing inside of you that observes and knows what is right and best for the singular point.


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Leo 22: A carrier pigeon

carrier pigeonAnother bird known for its domestication and practical purposes, now there’s some flying. It sees far and wide, in a way, with the Cancer energy (“homing” pigeon) and even the Virgo energy well-managed. So, it’s a focused and directed man-like energy that is doing more than just entertaining us with its drunken antics like yesterday’s chickens (and we’ll get back to that interpretation later).

It seems the 20 really changed things, in a way.  I had this sense in my morning meditation that it (the energy 2 days ago)  really brought in a powerful personal revelation that transformed the energy into a complete expression of Leo.

The 22

The 22 is late fire, a mid-Sagittarian concept. It truly is mindfulness, in a pointy way.  There is now the ability to direct the passion of the mind better, since there is the maturity of a man, rather than the more boyish 21.  The challenges are still around the ego and the self, even once we know the Self. This is because the only way we can know the self (personality point) is to know it in the context of the whole. Now that we are above it, we have a passion for the message we are to bring.

At the 22, we are also looking at concepts around that which is basic relatedness. We’re back to the 4 – two 2s. There is a back-and-forth between the negative and feminine and high up enough to be more balanced, even though it’s a lot more complex than 4, of course.

You may notice here that there is no more fighting. There is now peace and the ability to contain the energy because there is such a good mix of masculine and feminine in the 22. 22 in the base 30 has same reputation for mastery as the double digits in numerology. The mastery is really over the self, self-love, seeing the Self, that kind of thing. It’s accessible to everyone!

At about this point, I notice that when I’m not thinking about how to define the symbol, I’m thinking how do I get my message out (my Mars on the MC at PI 21)? How do I tell people what I’m seeing here? Is the answer to get above? Go directly to the top (meditate), relay the message (in the meditation, through the connection with God) and allow it to cascade? Maybe the answer is to soar and coast a bit.

The Message is a Virgo Thing 

In being in the heights of the self, the pigeon represents the higher realization that the self has an even more meaningful purpose than just the message it brings. Virgo is coming after Leo and the health (or, wholeness, presumably fulfilled by 30 days of feminine energy) of the point is necessary. In having this wholeness, the true purpose of the self will be revealed.

So, the carrier pigeon has a double message and it operates on two levels, still a little split one from the other but complete together.  And when Virgo is finished, we’ll be half-way through, have that full-moon experience of reflection about the wholeness of the self, and take the next step into partnership. Yet here, the message is still quite high up – in flight – and has yet to be realized.

A Quick “22” Comment

We want to tell the world whatever it is we bring (the message of our self) but it ends up coming out sounding like ego talking for everybody who is still on that self level.  Which is everybody, of course, what with being human and all. That’s duality. Yet all men really are created equal.

Because All Points = Equal

It’s funny because with a trinity consciousness (“it’s all good”), it’s true that all points are equal (due to the basic positivity of oneness, and the points just reflecting variations of this oneness, like a rainbow). Yet in the duality consciousness it is not true (because all men are not equal on earth. We see some who are advantaged and some who are not). And we see some challenging points, and we see whole and complex points that take the good, bad and everything in-between into account. The trinity is now a real thing – on the top,  expressing in late Sagittarius . The 22 is the master and can see above.

Chickens Intoxicated Revisited

The 21 was a good point, especially in Leo. It is fun, it is wild, it is up and down, and ultimately, it is about love, Here we first encounter the trinity consciousness – the 2, plus the 1, of 21 = 3 – and being in Sag) is a higher way – love consciousness, and acceptance in all its true glory. It’s real.

So, that is pretty good and reshapes a lot of what was said yesterday, in a way.  One Leo 21 day, I was a non-famous extra on a famous TV show. It was my second time. There were a lot of people running around doing nothing like chickens with their heads cut off. There was lots of love on the scene, it seemed. Besides the general good vibe among the the cast and crew, there was a budding romance between extras, and the beauty of the pure solar types all around me. I was captivated. And held captive…until it was over. There was definitely a boring side to it, and also a social side and a third side that was hungry, exhausted, tired of dealing with egos and the need for attention and stardom – mine and everyone else’s side.

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Leo 21: Chickens Intoxicated

chickenHello, Transpersonal Realm

It’s a very silly place, where Leo is like a chicken. Leo is usually the cat. Or the lion. But placed in this spot in the cycle, here we have Leo the chicken. I can see the egg looking like a sun when it’s cracked. And….?

We just finished up correlating to the Scorpio degrees, where the self had an orgasmic experience with the sun – the sense of wholeness (at 20 – the Zuni sun-worshippers). Coming out of this transforming energy is the self that knows the self in terms of its potential (the Self – or the knowing of self as wholeness) and, although we are not quite there yet in terms of timing (that comes in another 10 steps – a third of the total cycle), it wants to apply the new-found knowledge to themselves and for everyone else’s life.

Leo 21

This 21 day/degree is associated with Sagittarius energy, so we have that intoxicating influence with lots of fire and spirit. Correlating, Sag is the 9th step in the 12-step cycle, and it is where religion and strong passions come in. Yet, we are still very much in the personal realm of the yearly cycle – between 7:00 and 8:00. Saying, we are late in the month/sign but not quite that advanced from a yearly perspective. Here we have fire on fire and looking like the coops been flown.

An Ego A-fired

Leo gets set in its ways, what with the energy accumulating over 20 -some days. Of course, the intoxicated chickens are making for a good show. Normally, they can’t get off the ground very easily, but lift them up with some spirit – perhaps some form of fermented berries or grapes – and freedom reigns.  I wonder if they would all be fighting each other like the pugilist of Aries 21 (A pugilist entering the ring)? I picture them all trying to fly around. I hear a lot of squawking. It is a frenetic deal.

The ego has a place. It needs to be strong such that we can make our way in life. On the other hand, too strong and it is a hindrance. Obviously, once a self gets a set of beliefs about the world, incorporating these into who they are is helpful, as a kind of roadmap for handling situations for that self.

On the less-wonderful side, there’s a self-righteous vibe here. Once we know the self as the Self and then go back to being the self again (since we’re always in a cycle we forget we’re in), there’s a holdover and we think maybe we can set up the rules  or a sense of order for others. The self’s point of falseness is typically to see all of the world as the self’s point, which it is not. The world can see this and it looks a little funny. (Think about this in terms of religion and philosophy.) This doesn’t matter to the self.  Each strong ego wants everyone to see the wisdom that they bring and only the super-wise do not expect others to adopt their way.

Flightless in Flight?

If Aquarius is the domain of symbolism, and birds in flight symbolize symbolism and the interface between Heaven and the world, then does a flightless bird, full of vim, vigor, vino and trying to fly, symbolize an opposing point (Leo) in the cycle where there is mostly flapping and squawking and little substance – like pointless fun? Too much fire might be hard to direct. It seems there’s not as much intuition (sense of community mind) this early but lots of early passion to preach things that may not make sense to others.

Chicken Videos, To Make Your Day Complete

I could not find a video of chickens intoxicated, so instead I am attaching a video of chickens made by a drunk person.

Or how about a video about a dance you can do if you are drunk, that will make you look like a chicken?

On a more serious note, I think astrology should be approached from a scientific perspective – ordering nature as it exists (which is what the zodiacal circle has already done, is the idea) in detail down to the day. If a common language was created around the yearly, monthly and daily cycles, everyone could appreciate and accept the whole of the world so much better, as well as others’ and their beautiful selves.

Note how the language is now more “seeing things from above?” In the cycle, we are at 11:00, top of the cycle. (Sorry I forgot to put the clock in the sidebar. I’ll do that now.)

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Leo 20: The Zuni Sun Worshippers

zuni3 The Zunis are an Indian tribe that have a reservation in New Mexico. There is a brief bit on their religion in wikipedia, naming the Sun Father as one of a trinity that also includes Earth Mother and Moonlight-Giving Mother. Just taken symbolically – well it’s clearly a Leo symbol. They’re worshipping the sun, for goodness sake. Where every month has its own “planet”, the sun is Leo’s (actually a luminary, of course).

I Do Need a Miracle – Every Day

You may think what is the big deal but the big deal is that the Sabian symbols were assigned randomly, you know – by the universe. I didn’t make up the symbols – they’ve been around since the 1920’s. I’m not making up meanings for them. I mean I am, but, I use a systematic method (using astrology’s symbolism and established ordering and defining) to arrive at meanings for the degree. Then I go to the Sabian symbol to see if it looks anything like that particular energy. And it always does.

zuni2So, this is a little more than a coincidence here, folks. It is perfect synchronicity, not my intuition, that causes the symbols to (practically) always reflect the sign and degree meaning – which is always assigned based on natural order.  If I used a different set of  symbols, would this work? NO. If I reworded these symbols, would this work? AGAIN, NO.It’s like a daily miracle no one is aware of – even astrologers!

What do I mean by Natural Order?

I wrote my thesis on it for my master’s so believe me, I could get into this. But for the sake of the blog…Here’s an example: What comes first, self or relationship? Natural order dictates a strong self that is then ready for partnership. Natural order. Common sense.

Another way natural order can be understood is to think of the life cycle – development through the life is very much a reflection of the natural order. What comes first, marriage or children? Religion or politics? Philosophy or society? Society or community? Or, see the clock. 

Leo 20 – What it Is and Seeing it in the Symbol

So, anyway,  Leo gets a little more dramatic every day. We’ll see when we get to Leo 30 that the creations of the self are messages from the whole (God). In the meantime….

Way beyond the sun being ruler of Leo, there are many more alignments between the meaning given to Leo and the meaning given to 20, and the Zuni sun-worshipper.

The 20…

2o is a highly feminine number and one that is most focused on intimacy and fulfillment of relationship – on all levels – emotionally, intellectually and physically. It correlates to the late degrees of Scorpio. This is a very complex energy which is quite fixed, meaning very stubborn to be changed. It’s all about fulfilling relationship to realize deep inner transformation. This is the kind of transformation that gets us above ourselves.

The symbol shows the Zunis in relationship. Is the ultimate transformation realized through relationship with the sun as a (physical) symbol for the Higher Self?


So right, the sun typically represents the whole Self, with the various days of the year symbolizing the myriad of points of perspective and personality within this. So, they’re embracing something that’s outside of themselves but something is very close to themselves, at the same time. Through the emotional passion projected into the sun, perhaps they increase the passion and energy that relays to their chakras. And they actually do realize personal transformation through this relationship with the sun.

Leo + 20 = Zuni Sunworshipper?

zuni4I’m not sure what it means to be a sun-worshipper but they may have to chose between themselves and their relationship, like it might require them to throw themselves into fire or burn their eyes out or something.  And there is certainly an implication of long-lasting-ness. Like the American Indians. And the sun.

Ultimately, there seems to be this sense of having to chose between self and the partnership (with Self/love/wholeness) that you’ve created. Here, the self could be sublimated by a greater and transformational experience with “the other” (who is really just a projection of the self as a Self- probably not the who of the other that is at all). This experience is a catapult to the next step.*

Embracing the Fire Within

Again, here is an energy that I relate to.  Of course, the sun in the sky is still within orb of that nice trine with my solar point.  I have a sense of a relationship with the sun in that I mindfully foster.

I like to think of the sun as my friend, who will express in a benevolent way that I can adopt.  I try to get more sun in my life. I do like to be outside, but there are other ways to get sun, too. I think eating raw foods bring in the particles of sunlight, drinking pure water, watching the sunrise, taking pictures of the sunset – those kinds of things. I see my Sunology practice as serving as another way I get more sun in my life. Ultimately, any interaction or experience in life could be considered a solar practice. One day at a time, right?

Will the Sun be the Great Healer of the Future?

zuni sun 1In the future I expect that embracing the sun (fire) in its many manifestations will be found to be a predictor of good health and vitality. I read in the news today that spiritual (again, fire/air) people handle cancer (yes, the disease this time) better than non-spiritual people do. They made a point of saying these are not people that go to church but it’s the people who relate or say yes to being spiritual, which in my opinion means that they have a strong fire component to their personality.

Of course, anybody can be spiritual but most people are not focused there naturally (as it, too, is just one point of many for humanity). Many do not have that strong fire component or realize the benefits (strength of the blood and the heart and general vitality). But when those without a strong fire component learn to direct what they do have in a healthy way, it can be used like REIKI.

Extra sun means an extra sense of connection. The more connected I find myself, the more I can see the whole thing. In a world of duality, where I am a self, it helps to have the Self on my side.

OK, until tomorrow! Enjoy the sun!

* although I’d say the daily rising of the sun is probably the most basic catapulting influence (on our consciousness). It’s a push from a fire/spirit influence, either way.

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Leo 19: A Houseboat Party

houseboat party

A houseboat party can be a pretty sexy thing, I see while I am perusing the images. Everyone dresses in swimsuits and prances around tipsily. The champagne is flowing, the canapes are passed and the band plays on.

I used to live on a houseboat. Perhaps there was a party or two. That nice astrological angle from yesterday still exists for me. Yes. the resonance still vibrates nicely but the energy takes another step, further along the cycle…..

Now it has moved out of the lowest degrees of Scorpio, where things can stay general and lacking in detail (thus a little more acceptable), into more specified kinds of teen-aged degrees that act up, show off, and and cause drama. In a good way, because it is Leo.  We can’t get off this boat, so we better get along with everyone. Things can get intimate and thus more emotional and extreme.

Something reminds me of this scene on an airplane…I think it was Spinal Tap – where everyone thinks they are going to die and start confessing and apologizing, and then everything is OK and they all have to stay side by side for another few hours, dwelling and wallowing in their self-revelation. Right? That is very 19.

We do project, you do reveal yourself through your words and actions. Yes, I can be negative in a positive degree. This degree is actually more Neptunian (about the water) than Plutoian (about endings). But I’m trying to make a point about the level of intimacy this perspective appreciates. I have a friend who is a 19 and she writes erotica. She hasn’t branched in the niche of houseboat erotica yet but when she does, watch out, world!

That which is focused on at a day like this shows your personal needs from others and the issues of dependence and independence start to play out. The self will prevail in this little game of being in the emotions and above the emotions at the same time, and the ego can be more concrete by putting the emotions in a place of simultaneous control and submission.  Notice how the houseboat is its own little island. You and everyone else, all in the same boat, geared for strong egos about what life means to them and intimate conversation.

Sea-sick? Tough luck. Go lie down. Someone will probably fall on you, ruin one of your possessions or  humiliate you; it’s just that kind of perspective. No, I’m joking. Best case scenario, you’ll read something that implies all this (like this does) and that will be the extent of your experience with the energy. There are benefits to aligning yourself with the point of the day. Gentler encounters may result.

houseboat2Is this your point? It’s Leo. It is really fun, because there can be dancing, eating, stepping outdoors, changing the environment completely. There’s confidence at the 16, freedom earned at the 17,  solitude in the intellect at the 18, and now it’s given meaning and depth while keeping one’s ahead above the water. Remembering this perspective is also about your relationship with what you’ve created.

The symbol is alluding to the state of being above the water. Following normal symbolic understanding of water, it references the personal emotional state in relationship with a loved one. In context, it is specifically about the emotion of interaction with another point, one that reflects you, one you might see in a partner or in something you have created, like a child or a self-expression.

Yes, 19 is a water number, associated with the dark/feminine sign of Scorpio. The darker, the deeper, is what I gather. And yet in Leo, we have a party. In all the pictures, it is day time not night time. And we are above the water. What a relief to be able to be so grounded in the self and ego that we can be above our emotions and have so much fun. It’s almost like the 19 day is overshadowed by the sunshine that Leo brings. And it’s really no wonder. Four more days of building the creative expression (day 23 is the peak) and then  a release.

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Leo 18: A teacher of chemistry

chemteacher two

Please, Stay With Me

Well, it’s my day in a way – what with being born on the 18th degree of a different fire sign. I see my “Sunology” creation in this symbol of the teacher of chemistry.

For example, in chemistry, you are learning the Periodic Table of Elements. In Sunology, you are learning the degrees, each with its own symbol. Each element is an individual and can build upon others, as is true with the degrees around the zodiacal circle. What is “chemistry” about what I do? 18 is the middle number in the five partnership numbers, so it is about the poles of positive and negative energies.  I usually break the 12 into two pieces to begin with, to explain basic masculine and basic feminine energy – what these look like, and go from there. It is also about the mysterious empty spot that makes the connection in between. I talk plenty about that!

But when I go…I really go into too much detail and everyone gets confused.  I talk about base systems. Base two is easy – positive/negative. Yet the more I break it down, the more confusing it becomes. Diagrams help. A lot. The real rubber meets the road when the intellect spins itself into what-if scenarios between one element and another until an experiment must be done for proof. Then in that in-between place, the zero-point between the masculine and feminine poles…Poof! An explosion? That grounds us down and gets us closer to the truth of fusion (Libra intellect into Scorpio emotional bond).

Quick Lesson

There are a few different uses for these degrees. What we’ve been talking about so far is seeing them as daily perspectives. Today I am identifying with a degree (my “birthday” degree – the degree the sun was in when I was born, the 18th). I really think the Leo symbol shows you how that point creates or how it is the self, or how the person expresses or what the creativity looks like. The rest of the “18” symbols make up more about me as an 18. I can look to the Aries symbol to see my basic consciousness. I see Taurus the way I experience the physical. The Gemini is great for showing the way my mind works and perhaps how others perceive my communication….on and on, the same for you.

If you would like to know what yours is,  send me your birthday, time and place and I will tell you.

More Comparisons with the Symbol and Sunology

I know my stuff is quite teacher-y. Maybe too preachy. I want to interact but sometimes it comes off a little dry – until it sinks in. To understand Sunology, your intellect must be able to go broad – able to extrapolate into a beyond-ness beyond our current beyond.  The silent place is actually where all the action finally happens. And then I put myself in the other’s place almost too much – trying to be a student from the teacher’s perspective. And I tailor it ever more carefully, until again it goes to nothing.

Clearly the 18 is not without its faults. It’s a wonder anything can be taught at all. 🙂  So, yes, I know I’m a natural 18. Can anyone fix me? LOL! No…although I can become more through awareness. I can balance my approach, less intellect, more connection. I can try to throw some real life examples in, not just the experiments! Show, don’t tell! Be factual, be practical, be relational, be social, be intellectual…Be what’s real. Deliver proof!


chemteacherThe Teacher in Me, Popping Out

Would another number do to describe me? Yes, but not very many of the other numbers would be so perfect to represent my creation. Other numbers would describe different aspects of me, but that gets too complicated for this lesson. Later, you’ll be able to synthesize for yourself.

Once you know the cycle half-way around pretty decently, then you can find where you are in it, in lots of different ways, and where your friends are. Also, you’ll be able to look at personal cycles from a 30 month and 30-year perspective. There’s lots of interesting stuff to come, and it becomes richer as you study longer. Like chemistry.

I also like the idea of chemistry in terms of partnership, of course. One thing I have specialized in is relationship astrology and I always thought I’d like to have a dating service and match people up astrologically.

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This is a Libra/Scorpio day with silent mid-point; partners and relationships; other-oriented; suspicions; people-pleasing; well-mannered; high social focus; symbolism; connections; mysteries; flirtation with darkness; love of puzzles (putting things together); analysis; issues of reciprocity; control around dark emotions; meditation; slow release; change-agent.

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Leo 17: A nonvested church choir

nonvested church choir

Check Out the Talents!

Leo 17 can be a very dramatic and interactive approach! Granted – it’s a spirited day and in Leo, and it likes to show off this self, in all its many voices and expressions. It’s also like a day of being equal in partnership when the higher interest is the self. So, there is a focus on the partner but it is mostly in terms of what passion the self wants to bring. It’s very individualistic.

Why a nonvested church choir? Leo can be unrelentingly upbeat and positive. Every man for himself! Yet stick with the group! Non-vested, so there is that implication of freedom. The lack of commitment comes from an association with the planet Uranus. You see another reference to religion with the Sagittarius symbol, “an Easter sunrise service.”

Anyway,  you can hear this Leo coming! It’s teen-aged level masculine energy, so this is especially artistic, creative, and pulling from the self’s inner resources.

Now we are past the midway point in Leo and in an exciting number.  There is a pattern when you correlate the 12 over the 30, which is for every 2 signs, there are five degrees (see the clock in the sidebar). So, the ones ending in 7 are heightened expressions of the mental faculties. Meaning that there is a bright and interactive quality to this perspective as well.

Can you see that with the symbol of the non-vested church choir?

That connection to 17 gives this Leo energy more of an ability to grasp intangibilities and synchronicities better than other days. If you resonate with this energy, it can be an exciting influence. 17 asserts freedom from the dependence-oriented 16 and is prone to radical and surprising swings.

There is also a twist or a sense of edginess due to a kind of separateness and erratic nature of the basic consciousness of 17. Seventeen is also idealistic when it comes to one-on-one relating and creates reciprocity, equality and independence within dependence. This can be really good because there is a humanitarian appreciation for others that leads to self-love. At 17, the ultimate heightened awareness comes through seeing the path as a dance of impartiality and love consciousness for the God in the other. After all, they are the mirror for you to know yourself better.

Key words:

Ideals; marriage equality; uniqueness, need for space; commitment issues; independency; freedom; unpredictable and unusual; being progressive or alternative, seeing differences between people yet still relational; intellectual or highly alert approach; detachment from identity and dependency; independence in togetherness; socially aware and impersonal. 17 rules concepts like homosexuality and androgyny.

All the 17 Symbols

Aries: Two prim spinsters
Taurus: A battle between the swords and the torches
Gemini: The head of health dissolved into the head of mentality
Cancer: The germ grows into knowledge and life
Leo: A non-vested church choir
Virgo: A volcano in eruption
Libra: A retired sea captain
Scorpio: A woman the father of her child
Sagittarius: An Easter sunrise service
Capricorn: A girl surreptitiously bathing in the nude
Aquarius: A watchdog standing guard
Pisces: An Easter promenade

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Leo 16: Sunshine Just After a Storm


Sweet Sixteen Shows Her Sunny Side

This 16th day/degree, correlating the the first 12 degrees in Libra, does well in Leo. It is positive on positive, so a very masculine (out-going), lighter day. How do you handle hot socialization? By sparkling? Or perhaps, with Libra, the answer is also about reflecting. We look in the water – drops on trees, in the grass, puddles in the road, and we see a light shining back at us, in this symbol.

Relating works in many ways. Three come to mind. First the other person acts to reflect you and clarify your own point of consciousness. Second, the “other” is a whole other group of points of perspective, and thus offers a way to learn about these other points. This helps to make you more whole, to help you accept more. Third, profound personal transformation comes from relating! We’ll see how that works, as we progress through the next five days, which are the relationship days of the month.

16 is partnership. This partner shows you you. Opposite-ness. Here are two halves – balance. At the Sixteen, the perspective takes pursuit, in order to get some experience with the other. The energy is about partnerships, socializing, issues of co-dependence, a lot of together-ness, and having peace vs. tension. Well, of course it is getting complicated when you add the other into your mix, as if they were part of you! Clearly, you cannot have relationship before the self is developed, because you are going to need that strong self to figure out what the heck is going on. So that’s what we are really doing here. We’re evaluating the other in terms of who we are. Sunshine realizes it needs a storm to make others appreciate it.

Maybe the self as a point typically views their side as right and the other side as something like a storm – a piece outside of them blowing through or an emotional complicated troublesome influence? Especially when being assertively the self, as the 16th degree would. See how the sentences I say about what Leo would look like at the 16th degree fit the symbol so well? That’s how it works.

More on the 16 at the academy…..

Quick Sunology-Related Thought

Speaking as broadly as the 30-day cycle or even the yearly cycle (roughly twelve 30-day cycles), there do not seem to be “good” days and “bad” days. Some of the symbols look a little rough but this still doesn’t pan out to good and bad. Follow the cycle to find what days you resonate with. Every day is taken from a matter of your perspective.

Over time, watch the moon go through the Sun’s degree perspectives. Try to imagine it like that, and how it is different for men and women! The moon is actually amazingly accurate in revealing the events of the day. Sometimes when I want to be even clearer on the day, I will watch the moon’s degrees tick through the hours. You can also watch the degrees as the tick a single degree every four minutes….at the ASC and the MC. These points represent both the paradigm’s peak (MC) and the zero point of all/nothing. I love to feel the shifts. Because the entire cycle is love, there is love in every piece.

All of Sixteen’s Sweet Symbols

Aries: Brownies dancing in the setting sun
Taurus: An old man attempting vainly to reveal the mysteries
Gemini: A woman suffragist orating
Cancer: The man before a square with the manuscript scroll before him
Leo: Sunshine just after a storm
Virgo: An orangutan
Libra: The boat landing washed away
Scorpio: A girl’s face breaking into a smile
Sagittarius: Seagulls watching a ship
Capricorn: Boys and girls in gymnasium suits
Aquarius: The big businessman at his desk
Pisces: The flow of inspiration



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Leo 15: A pageant

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We’ve made it to Leo 15, the midsummer celebration degree. It’s patently beautiful, shows a cycle of events, and has a quality of passion and movement. Passion plays can be pageants. It’s full of self, with the varied perspectives being played out as performers. It is demonstrating in a very way and getting attention, front and center, with an audience and maybe even a stage. Certainly there are refined and beautifully-dressed women. Imagine the fun and excitement!

Personal Experience

When I first started studying the Sabian symbols, I was focused on the north node for a while. I understood it to mean one’s highest potential, or what to move towards and aspire to, whereas the south node was the easy way out. In any case, mine is at Leo 15, so I saw in Rudhyar’s book, “The Mardi Gras carnival crowds New Orleans’ streets.” Awesome. I got to know about Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday and all that. I was young then and I bought an amazing Mardi Gras dress. Then New Orleans was hit with the floods and the synchronicity piled up. Neptune at AQ 16 rx pushed back against my south node, opposite my north node, and I could see myself projected  – not just in those I attracted but my everyday experiences and even the larger world around me.

After a while, I learned it was “A pageant,” originally. This was vastly broader and meant much more to me. It was a point I came to relate to the idea that using the originals speak to the pure intuition. What right does anyone have to re-word? I became disappointed in Rudhyar. :-). Then somehow he spoke to me in spirit once in a while and I came to appreciate him again, ha ha. I really see how the right symbol will come along for the right time for a person (be it whatever set of symbols). It’s a matter of the general approach versus a personal approach. I want to teach these, so my approach is more structured and wants to be founded on something that was real – the actual meeting of Elsa and Marc.

I recall being in a pageant around the age of 12. It was a large stadium-sized re-enactment of the historical event of people coming from the east to settle California. I was born in Sacramento and we traveled everywhere, since my dad was military. My mother was also in the pageant. She took me. Her connection was Jupiter at Taurus 15.  I think a square at identical degrees is less “tensional” then other squares.

How Does it Work Again?

Leo 15 is one of the 360 different positions that the earth travels through, moving one step a  day (in relationship to the sun). It makes a full circle every year and in doing so, makes a pattern of energy that forms all energies that eventually manifest as everything that is. So this day, like all the Leo 15 days in history, symbolizes one step/day along a whole circle of steps, the year, that ultimately expresses everything in its natural order (the circle being a year). It has its own meaning, unique to the other 359 days/steps, that is based on where it exists in relationship to both the other days in its month and to the whole of the year.*

This is a very simple and basic understanding, because the sun is in constant motion as it moves through the degree. There are gradations.  Plus, the sun is the integrator of all the other influences (moon, planets, asteroids, what-have-you), so in real life, the characteristics are weighed together to make up the day. So what I am trying to do is give a tool that might better fine-tune each degree, so a new level of integration can be utilized. Yes, it is complicated for astrologers. But to have the degree better nailed down, that is a pretty decent level of detail, and with the associated set of symbols that seem to reflect what we would predict it would look like, it’s rather miraculous! I believe predictions can be made because the cycle will play out step by step. The questions are, how many steps are there in the cycle, where are we in that cycle, and how long does each step last?

What’s Leo and What’s 15?

beautiesSo, the energy of the day at the 15th degree of the sign/month is understood to be of functional structure, femininity, gentility and a bit routine.  There is exactness and refinement. Leo is naturally a lot of show in a fiery, proud way, but this particular breed of demonstration is a little more pulled in. You see the aspect of  repeat or pattern that comes up at 15. This degree appreciates perfection in presentation. The style, routine, predictability, fashion, beauty and natural Venusian expressions are highlighted. You can feel the heat of Leo building. There *is* going to be a party. Look to the peak of the cycle, at step 23.

beauties 2The friendly planet is Venus, in both 15 and 16. Leo’s 15 is not the Brazilian beauty, dressed in feathers and stilettos. I would think that would be 16.  At 15, like the pageant, there is a showing of the self, but in a way more grounded and natural. An earthy Venus is one of a more comfortable loveliness. There is exquisite-ness and the maintenance of  feminine mystique. 15’s form follows its function in practical signs. In Leo, it is a bit looser but still demanding to form.

* This is a two-dimensional explanation for a multi-dimensional process, so it’s flat, to make it easier to understand.

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Leo 14: A human soul awaiting opportunity for expression

soulwaitingInteresting that this one is so keen on waiting. There is a certain tightness, a Virgo-esque quality, to this symbol, for a soul would normally be free, without the waiting constraints of the world of duality. But today is a 14, and a Virgo/earth day, in a fire month and the friendly planet (decanate ruler) is none other than stern task-master Saturn. Assuming this human soul is as free as the next, the waiting must be a conscious action. Underneath the apparent holding back is a sense of timing. A track that this soul is on, patiently or maybe not…..maybe wisely and with discipline, making his or her way into the world of play. It reminds me a bit of little girls doing that thing with their hands right before they jump into the jump rope. The soul has also the ephemeral quality that is fitting for a fire sign.

When Light Plays With “Hardship”

This is the anniversary day of a wedding I officiated in 2012.  You know, I don’t like to call the 14 a “day of hardship” but it can be known as such, if understood properly, objectively. Just a friendly reminder that the featured planet is Saturn. Saturn is the stern taskmaster and there is a focus on personal karma (since we are still connected in a continuation of the previous Leo energy). There’s structure around some free fiery thing. These actions of the self are perspectives, all of which create more perspective (karma).

Highlight on Health and Sickness – Virgo Things

In this case, the bride’s mother was too sick to travel and her father needed to stay with her so he could not walk the beauty down the aisle. The groom was a young man and very ill with a serious form of leukemia. In retrospect, he was the soul awaiting the opportunity, because he died in October, a few months after the wedding. Both bride and groom had their priorities in line because of the struggles they had endured.

Seeing what a magical day it was, with the moon in Pisces (2012) and the delight of his and her family and friends to be had, I predicted a good day. I also said I would pray for no rain, which came true, which was good since there was no back-up indoor plan B.

What wasn’t taken into account was the wind, humidity and heat (thank you summertime Leo). But it was at a beautiful setting on the bay (mid-earth, nature). The groom fell down after chasing the children, ripping his pants and banging his ear. He was okay. The groom’s mother and I had connected before at her ex-husband’s funeral and she was upset that he was stressing himself. She said his five sisters were keeping him well medicated.

At some point, I met the bride in the ladies’ room, early-on, while she was talking about her parents not able to come and she said, (with a somewhat accusatory tone), “I thought you said it was going to be a good day.” Well, actually, I knew it was a 14 so I must have whispered “day of hardship” at some point during our first meeting. The only thing, with the sun in Leo, there is always going to be some sunny benefit to fall back upon.

When Grand Idea of Self Faces a Slight Hesitation

But in fact it was….another day in the heaven of this earth, another day to talk and hear about love consciousness and the trinity and be met with blank stares as if I was from another planet. I tried to explain adding three-ness to the life; no use. The thirty day cycle – making it a priority in one’s thought, to add more trinity, more goodness, more flow, better luck, an ability to create heaven on earth, at least for a moment…. and somehow some people hear that I want to structure the entirety of experience and box us into certainty and assign blame. Voila, day 14! (Notice how I make it personal, also 14.)

It’s Leo, Right?

Right, we are in the middle of the Leo cycle now. Some of the Leo themes have been ego, self, love (heart), passion, and Self. I would equate the “human soul” to self, in one way. My grandmother used to say I was a “sweet little soul” but there was always implied some impish human component. So, there is discipline that could benefit the situation of Leo – think of it as a cooling-off period.

What’s Next?

It’s been a good party so far. Tomorrow’s a service and refinement day and then we get into the five relationship days (16 through 20, or Libra/Scorpio), where a lot of growth can be experienced. Then we have the highlights of the sign in the five days after that. So enjoy yourself now that we are in Leo and going to have fun for a couple of weeks.

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Leo 13: An old sea captain rocking


Keep on Rockin’

Thirteen is the energy of Leo, Virgo, and that special place in-between. This space is between the highest personal fire (self-expression) and the most general expression of useful purpose (one’s daily grind, my work, routine). Yet we are in the sign of Leo so the energy of fire is maintained at the core. You have the rocking, and it is perfect, because it is that mutable and mercurial energy of Virgo and shows the vacillating routine and alludes to back and forth between Leo and Virgo. There was rocking on the ocean, when the self was the full self, and it remains, even as this energy ages.  The sea is the whole thing, an ocean of all-ness, emptiness, everything, nothing – the middle point. The captain is the boss, the king, the captain of his own ship, the self.

Looking Back to “Get” What’s Now

Let’s understand we are all self (ish) and we have no choice but to follow the path of the self. Therefore, it is better to accept this for ourselves and that this is the same for others (although it will probably look different). Doing so broadens us and gives us more points of self, thus less ego – which is like the focus on a singular point above all others. Here we can see that when the ego’s passion is removed from the equation, creativity can speak for itself. It’s the flow of spirit through that space which creates and when one is self-aware, the creation is god-like (late Leo of the 13th degree, since this energy coincides with Leo 25 – Virgo). With the healthy ego that was formed in 11 and 12 now held in check, there is time to give what you have to show as well as show what you have to give. It’s also a good day to release the past and embrace this new stronger sense of self and Self. Leave the ego behind.

Why an Old Sea Captain?

At first, when the captain used to sail off, no one would know if he would come back alive. Now he can reach people on a satellite phone and his movement is tracked with GPS.  So now the sea captains are not so alone but they used to be completely cut off from the world. The old ones would know about the solitude. Also consider the rocking of the boat that is a constant (the zero point again), and which is carried forth in the next step.

Virgo is crazy about precision. The sea captain has to be ever on guard for mistakes of his own. He also must be very intuitive and tuned into the self when out crossing the seas. When we get into these numbers that represent concepts past Leo (13 and beyond) while in Leo (the first self-aware sign), it gets a little funny because “they” (this perspective, mind you) start talking about things that are beyond them. For example, there might be a conversation about actual work (#14 and 15). The job of sea captain is quite a bit of lolling about. Or maybe relationships (#16 – 20). How difficult it is to be alone all the time, out at sea, while leaving the “other” in their life alone. Notice the fact that relationship with others is not encountered (in the natural cycle) yet.

Leo Shows Some Love

One of the many affinities of Leo is “love.” I put it in quotes because it becomes the greater “agape” kind of love later, when the cycle has been completed in its fullness. It’s not really the high objectivity and appreciation of the friendship (Aquarian) love. This is the love of the heart, that person (or maybe even a thing) that the self cleaves towards. It is a selfish love. It is loving because we are getting what *we* want. When the self comes alive in a sense of union, the other is also enlivened and filled with the spirit, this fiery passion of the sun of self. It feels like the meeting of two “fullnesses,” lol, and it is contagious. Love of another, love of life, love of the play, love of the brilliant self? Leo begins to look like love (more consciously) around the 10th degree, when compassion is encountered in the gentle fulfilled feminine. Now the love is that meditative place of peace between the ages.

Words for the 13th Day

Leo/Virgo type of day, Thursday, August 4 : creative frustration; dedication to service; nervous energy; dependability; seeking dignity in service; whole-heartedness; perfectionism; self-expression to the point of grounding down into the mundane; stability; order; purity in service. Click here for more on the 13th degree. 

The sea captain symbol can help define this point of the zodiac when taken in context of where it falls in the year and thus in relationship to the other points that grows the whole (of everything!)


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Pay Attention to Whoever is Talking the Loudest, Then Listen

evening lawnpartyLeo 12: An evening lawn party

Today is a 12! It’s a sunny day in Leo’s world, with the sun in its own sign and its own degree. It’s barely daybreak.  I’ve watched the sunrise. I’ve eaten a dozen fresh figs off the tree outside. I am working on a response paper to my own artwork. Leo and 12 are both creative expressions so that might make it easy. But how can one respond to one’s own artwork? While creating it, I was just doing what felt right and  natural. Is that so special? Does anyone care? Isn’t art the flow of God through one’s self? I mean, on the best days. Was that what it was?

It sounds like a tropical rain forest outside the door because the two huge fig trees are brimming over with ripe figs and the birds are eating all the ones I can’t reach. The evening lawn party is fully in the swing of the fun and playtime that Leo brings. Some of the keywords include a sense of the child-like fun, a noisiness that leads, leadership; up-beat; pride; fiery; open; self-expressive; proving the self for the self’s sake; passion for the self; fired-up with confidence; new approaches; sunlight-filled; self-assertive; kingly and queenly; fun-filled and lifted. Why is the party in the evening on a day like today? Because, the sun hasn’t set yet and it is so close to the horizon, it is almost as though it is at the party, too. Find and feel the energy and the passion of the vibe in the day.

I just had this thought, it is well to remember that fire is more flowing than angular. It goes back to the foundation of the glassblowers at 9. We are working with something that can be shaped more than a typical fixed sign. Leo is like a new teenager, in a way. The child was completed in the development of Aries through Cancer, and now there’s a fair bit of movement

I believe we become (at least in the moment!) what we focus upon. Think about astrology. This is why I implore you to focus on the sun, especially in Leo. Build a strong sense of self. Take care of you. Know what is good for you. Live the dream of the self but know that this too evolves and becomes something greater in its broader consideration. Think and talk about love, children, play, lightness, parties, heat, energetic energy, cats and hair. Yesterday’s old moon in the morning had me reading a very childish article about a young woman who had cut her hair into a pixie and suffered, haha. Letting go of the hair. New hair.




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Leo Shows it’s Fun Side

children swining

New Moon at Leo 11:  Children on a swing in a huge oak tree

The sun is in Leo, in the young part of a Leo degree (11), expressing a super up-beat playful vibe. The day is like a double Leo!  Between the children and the swing is clearly a lift, needed at this point. We’re feeling enthusiastic and celebratory.

And what a wonderful day for a new moon. There is such a difference between the 10th degree and the 11th. Here, we are really embracing the self. As I greet the day, lying in the morning dew (leaving it behind), I look up and ponder that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen so many playful shapes in the clouds. There are fluffy animals, and towering sea creatures, and even one reflecting me reclining on the earth. The difference between 10 and 11 is that the 10 is both natural and saturated, offering deep security, but it is feminine, fated, unconscious. There’s some faith here. Then, the deep sense of security is carried forward into the 11 (symbolized by the oak tree), but the unconscious is no longer the focal point. Now there is conscious empowerment – the self-power of the legs pumping, fed by the energy of the sun, the solar plexus of the children, united.

Notice the partial cycle. There’s a going back and forth, but effort is extended half of the time and the fate drops you back the other half. When I was a child, I had a recurring dream of looping all the way around.

Leo 13 also has the back and forth movement but whereas that seems more like moving back into a glorified past of self and forward into the settling of Virgo, Leo 11 is more about being in two separate moments, both of them good. Eleven has a head-to-head tendency. The fire of our self or energy pushes us forward and allows a playful falling back, being held securely. If the children are the aspects of the self, the various points building from the egoic base, they’re gearing up now for fuller and healthier expression as time marches on.

The huge oak tree conjures the impression of being firmly grounded, or secure, in the sense of self. There’s a chance to fall but not too far. This perspective is the basic ego growing into an independent self with personality and all its associated cycles. It knows itself and wants to be itself – yet this is prior to being grown-up and having to work to care for this self.

There is an awareness about the self and its freedom (or spirit or maybe even birth right) that each individual person has to follow the circumstances of their self in their efforts to become aware of the Self.

What Have We to Look Forward to?

And yes, if you’ve been following along, you’ll know we are back in the positive way of looking at things. There’s a sense that things will get better just by having a clearer understanding of who we are. We can always draw connection and energy from the sun. The self’s communicating faculties are ready to fully express themselves. There’s a touch of innocence again. Yet it’s more advanced than that. Because Leo 11 lands in the first twelve degrees of a masculine sign, there is a forthright and frank expression that knows how the self is best expressed. Degree 11 knows wholeness by pursuing and expressing the true self without worrying about the rest of the world too much. In exchange, it honors that others must do the same.

Check out the other Eleven symbols and the keywords here. 

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