Book Project: The Transit Cookbook

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For years I have struggled regarding the subject matter of my first published book. I have finally made a decision. My first published work will be in the genre of Astrology. The theme is planetary transits. Here are some reasons for coming to this decision:

  • A new, fresh perspective on planetary transits is long overdue.
  • I’m not completely satisfied with the transit books on the market.
  • The Astrology world needs a transit book that can be applied to more real world situations and circumstances.
  • I have yet to find a comprehensive and clear book on transits that include all of the transits of Chiron and the North Node as well as planetary contacts with natal Chiron and the Nodes.
  • Most if not all books on planetary transits do not include the minor aspects such as the semisquare, quincunx and sesquisquare. I will include these important aspects in my transit book.
  • Transits are in the realm of Predictive Astrology which is one of my specializations and I’m always looking for ways to improve my technique.
  • I need an extensive go-to reference book on planetary transits that reads more like a cookbook rather than a theoretical treatise.
  • I will use my own experience with transits as well as the experiences of others when compiling the entries for this book.

The last bullet point brings me to this invitation. All good academic books require extensive research and empirical evidence in order for the claims contained in the work to be substantiated. I am extending an invitation to anyone who is interested in participating in my research study on planetary transits. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Send me your birth information via email to Karma3675@aol.com. You do not have to provide your name. The birth information must include: date of birth, location (city and state), and the time of birth. You must know your birth time to be included in this research study. On the subject line write: “Transits Research Study”.
  • Upon receipt of your birth information, I will send you a graphic of your natal chart along with a computerized natal chart interpretation report. This will be confirmation that you have been accepted into this study.
  • I will send you a 2nd email with 4 questionnaire forms attached (1 for each week).
  • You will need to document your feelings, moods, what took place, any good or bad events, opportunities, challenges or problems, etc. over the course of 4 weeks.
  • You will complete the daily questionnaire and send your responses by the following Sunday of each week. You will be sent a total of 4 questionnaires, 1 for each week of the study.
  • Upon completion of the 4-week study, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to be used towards Tarot and Astrology readings featured on my Etsy shop (Readings by Rahbinah).
  • You agree to have your data included in the book. All participants will remain anonymous.

I am excited about this literary project and I anticipate that it will be approximately a year in the making. My goal is to have this book published by early 2017. Thank you in advance to all who are willing to participate and assist me with this major endeavor.

 

Namaste

 

~Rahbinah

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Venus in Capricorn: Love You Long Time

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Venus is now in Capricorn, the workaholic of the Zodiac. For Venus in Capricorn, love and relationships may as well be forms of work. The blessing in this is that Venus in Capricorn will always be there when she is truly needed. She is ever so stable and responsible. It’s the day to day existence of a relationship and what she sees as trivial matters that can be the source of frustration for a Capricorn Venus’ partner, however. Venus in Capricorn is not one to be emotionally needy and she expects her mate to be just as self-sufficient.

She wants a partnership for life and she is apt to hang on to a lover in some way, shape, or form long after the relationship has died. This is Venus in Capricorn’s Achilles’s heel; it often being so hard for her to let go of the past. To the extreme, Venus in Capricorn can be a glutton for punishment and can be drawn to partners who set out to hurt and humiliate her. This is because for Capricorn, without a constant struggle, life really does not carry much meaning. On the other extreme, Venus in Cap can be the classic gold digger or executive who sleeps her way to the top.

She may be a bit emotionally distant, but she is very sentimental and will retain all of the little messages and gifts that you bestow upon her. She will be devoted to her career, but also her family. Sometimes she finds it hard to find the right balance between work and home with the latter often being on the losing end. Venus in Capricorn could easily find love in the workplace or somewhere along her career path. She’s of the few who could successfully be business partners with her spouse. Sexually, this she-goat can get down and dirty. She’s the epitome of “a lady in the streets and a freak in the bed”.

Financially, she is extremely resourceful, frugal and can be prone to miserliness. Money will only come through hard work in most cases, but she will have plenty of it. She is attracted to the classic, the vintage and the antique in terms of personal style. Rarely will you find her in busy dresses and skirts, yet she’s not necessarily a tomboy. She prefers clothing that is practical, comfortable and unassuming. Black and other utilitarian colors dominate her wardrobe. 

Venus in Scorpio: Creamy Espresso

 

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Venus has been immersed in Scorpio for some time now so it’s important that I get this post in before the Scorpion releases her from its nasty little claws. Venus is a little uncomfortable in this intense watery sign because of its raw, power-seeking, and all-consuming nature.  Venus in Scorpio is like adding Madagascar vanilla-infused cream to deep, dark, bold espresso. She’s bound to get totally consumed by what is most appealing and that which supplies the most power whether it is love, vocation or recreation.

It’s either all or nothing in relationships. You either love hard or you don’t love at all should be Venus in Scorpio’s motto. Rarely does one find Venus in Scorpio without some form of partner. She really does not like going it alone, albeit she is more than capable of doing so. People are inexplicably drawn to Venus in Scorpio so she has many opportunities to mate. Sexually, she can be well-versed in a multitude of erotic techniques. However, her responses may be tightly under her control. This is where Venus can either become the dominatrix or willing submissive when taken to extremes. 

Venus in Scorpio possesses a natural talent for getting others to invest in her success and well-being. Venus in Scorpio is the wife who becomes wealthy through marriage and/or divorce. She’s a good money manager and others entrust her with their nest eggs. 

In terms of fashion, Venus in Scorpio needs to make bold statements through her apparel. Dark colors are preferred to pastels. Black, rich reds, wines and sultry browns dominate her wardrobe. Hairstyles change with the seasons and her emotional landscapes. Venus in Scorpio is certainly not afraid to cut her substantial locks. When she goes through a break up, economic downturn, or some other critical event, her hairstyle will change accordingly. There’s always an edgy element to her style. Venus in Scorpio also has a tendency to adorn herself with tattoos and piercings as a way to express her intense persona. 

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Eight Things Skeptics of Astrology Don’t Get

Eight Things Skeptics of Astrology Don’t Get

Written by: Matthew Currie    Tags:  , , , , , , , , , ,     Posted date:  November 28, 2013  |  No comment

 

Or the most common arguments skeptics use when they try to poke holes in it

Astrology is an incredibly ancient art, but there is at least one method of seeking The Truth that is older: doubting things. As long as there has been astrology, there have been those who didn’t (or didn’t want to) believe that it works, or could work, or could in fact have any usefulness whatsoever. For about that same amount of time, astrologers have faced most of the same objections repackaged into different forms.

If you are a person who uses astrology to make your life a better, happier, and more meaningful place… or even if you’re just open to the idea… take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the most common arguments skeptics use when they try to poke holes in it. Then, next time someone tries to make you feel foolish about it; you’ll be able to provoke some real thought.

THE OBJECTION: “There are really 13 Signs, not 12, because of the constellation Ophiuchus.”
THE RESPONSE: “That’s not what ‘Signs’ are.”

The whole Ophiuchus thing got a lot of press a couple of years ago, when a news story hit claiming that the 13th constellation in the Zodiac (Ophiuchus) meant you weren’t really a Virgo anymore, or whatever. You might be surprised to know that long before there was even a distinction between Astronomy and Astrology, we knew about this.

When astrologers refer to “Signs,” they are actually referring to a system that divides the sky into 12 equal sections that do in fact roughly correspond with 12 constellations, which is where those Signs get their names. But the Signs are not entirely dependent on those constellations. If that were the case, “Pisces” would take up a much larger chunk of the calendar than “Cancer,” which (visually) is a much smaller constellation. This also covers the whole argument about how The Signs keep moving over time against the backdrop of the stars — which is called “precession” — thus if you’re a Taurus you’re “really” an Aries.

THE OBJECTION: “Astrology doesn’t line up with any known force, like gravity or electromagnetism, so how can the planets influence us?”
THE RESPONSE: “Take a pill.”

People have been taking acetylsalicylic acid (most commonly known as Aspirin) for a long time now to get rid of pain and inflammation. Long before Aspirin was developed, people used a very similar molecule — salicin — for the same purposes. Its use dates all the way back through known history, in the form of things like willow bark tea or wintergreen. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the actual physiological mechanism by which salicin works was clearly pinned down. Not knowing how a thing works doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work.

THE OBJECTION: “How can 1/12th of the people on Earth all be having exactly the same kind of day?
THE RESPONSE: “Obviously, they aren’t.”

“Sun Signs” are the great double-edged sword of modern astrology. On the one hand, everyone knows their birthday and can look up their “Sign,” and can see certain personality traits of that Sign that line up with their own. Astrology, like humans, is a lot more complex than just that. Most people get into astrology because a birthday is easy to look up… but how many people know how to find their Moon Sign or Mars Sign or Jupiter Sign, which all have a bearing on your life and personality too?

If your parents were alcoholics, that doesn’t mean you automatically become one too. If your first business went bankrupt, it doesn’t mean subsequent ventures will fail too. And if you’re a Scorpio, no… you’re not always seeking revenge against someone.

THE OBJECTION: “Astrologers are just making money off of the gullible!”
THE RESPONSE: “Got any stock tips?”

The argument that something is a scam just because someone makes money off of it is an interesting one. In fact it can be used to dismiss the validity of pretty much anything a person can make a living at. “Drugs don’t work — pharmaceutical companies are just exploiting the fears of the sick!” “I’m still depressed — psychiatry is a scam!” “It rained at the company picnic… meteorology is a fraud!” and “I pay my investment adviser plenty, and I’m STILL not a billionaire!” all come immediately to mind.

Okay: maybe there’s some validity to that last argument. Long term stock predictions have been demonstrated time and again to usually be about as accurate as throwing darts at the Stock market page and choosing your investments that way. Also: believe me, there are a LOT of ways to make a living that pay better than being an astrologer… like being an investment adviser, for example.

THE OBJECTION: “Other planets have been discovered since Astrology began, so how can that old Astrology still be accurate?”
THE RESPONSE: “I have a bone to pick with you.”

This is one of my favorite objections to Astrology, because it’s one of the most fun to pick apart. Long before medicine determined how cells differentiate into different body parts, medicine still managed to figure out that there are different body parts. Yes, (shockingly!) thousands of years ago healers could tell the difference between a broken fibula and an infected wound, and they knew which one to put in a splint and which one to plaster herbs on. This, despite not having college dark degrees. Likewise, the roles of the Sun and the Moon in the birth chart remain the same, even though we now have Uranus and Neptune to work with.

THE OBJECTION: “Where’s your proof that Astrology works?”
THE RESPONSE: “Can I borrow a cup of Dark Matter?”

Astrology has been used successfully for thousands of years, and it’s only relatively recently that it has fallen so out of favor with the intelligentsia. Of course, science is an incredibly good and useful thing… but it’s not every idea that gets sufficient funding to properly test and experiment upon. Also: a lot of ideas that mainstream science “believes” in have not been demonstrated properly yet anyway. Billions of dollars in research salaries and scientific instruments have gone into finding out what “dark matter” is — the mysterious force/substance that explains how much of the Universe appears to work — and yet so far we haven’t found any. That doesn’t mean the Physics Department of your local University is filled with con artists.

THE OBJECTION: “Isn’t Astrology just another form of bigotry?”
THE RESPONSE: “Sure… if you’re a bigot.”

Yes, there are people out there who will say things like “don’t date him, he’s an Aquarius and they’re unfaithful” or “I’d never hire a Gemini because they’re too scattered” or “don’t get a dog unless it’s a Virgo, otherwise it’ll be too messy” and so on. That sort of thing isn’t astrology’s fault… it’s how people use it to back up their own biases. The same impulses that make people look down their nose at others based on ethnicity or religion or handedness or belief in astrology or whatever can just as easily be twisted around into astrological terms. Having said that: Yes, Virgo dogs are usually fairly easy to housebreak, in my experience.

Read the rest of the article here:
http://astrologynewsservice.com/articles/eight-things-skeptics-of-astrology-dont-get/

 

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