I originally got interested in Astrology through the practice of Tarot. There is an intimate connection between the two, as each of the 22 Major Arcana has an astrological correlate. I was immediately struck by how accurately the astrological symbolism worked for the charts I studied, for friends and family and later for those that I encountered in my practice. From being more of a scientist or a rationalist by educational training, it opened up my worldview to the mystical side of life.
For one thing I was at the time dissatisfied with the software that was out there. As I got further into the project, my motivation became to spread the awareness that Astrology really works. I thought that if anyone could see this for himself or herself, by displaying the information about their birth chart, it would make it clear to them that magical reality is more present in our daily lives than we normally think. To that end I created the easily accessed and quality written interpretations that are the hallmark of the TimePassages software. I believe that this startling information can even help with our present world condition by increasing consciousness regarding our true situation.
Actually the best explanatory principle for Astrology was articulated by the pioneering psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, who coined the term Synchronicity, an "acausal" principle; in other words, there is no cause and effect explanation, at least according to our present level of understanding. He used this principle to account for symbolic manifestations in daily life, including Astrology. It's a mystical notion, that there could be a relationship linking two events, with no causation between them. In ancient times the same idea was expressed with the aphorism "As above so below" indicating that a person was a microcosm for the universe surrounding him at birth. Dane Rudhyar declared that the quality of the moment in time was reflected in the heavens and equally in the character of the person or the event born in that moment. I sometimes think of the astrology chart as a Tarot reading for the instant of birth using the position and symbolism of the planets as the cards. In any way that you look at it, it is a mystery, at least in terms of our present state of knowledge about the ways of the universe. But since Astrology does work, the mystery is itself enticing, opening up our minds to the wonder of existence.
Predictive in the event-oriented sense is only a small part of the way Astrology is practiced in the West. These days we are much more concerned with the inner meaning of the events in our lives, where are they taking us; and where in fact are we heading in our life, each one of us? These are the important subjects, the crucial questions for today. Because we have grown weary of the institutions that seem totally irrelevant in modern times we really need to know where to find meaning in today's world, for without meaning the human animal perishes. This includes our business and governmental institutions, and unfortunately some of our religious institutions, although they try to hang on, shoring up the barricades against the obvious decline, and the struggle is all the more poignant right now, with the assault on morality and values that we are seeing. It is in trying to find a sense of life purpose that Astrology can help. With a close look at the birth chart and the underlying symbolic content of challenging events we can begin to form one sort of answer to the question of life direction and ultimate meaning in our lives.
Astrology was practiced in Babylonian times. The Greeks codified it as we know it in the West today, although many difference exist between this ancient form and modern Western Astrology. Planets discovered in the 18th, 19th and 20th century have been added, most importantly Uranus, Neptune and Pluto but including also the asteroids, the planetoid Chiron, and the dark inner core of the Moon's orbit called Black Moon Lilith. Many variations to the basic Western model also exist. The primary departure in our times has been the development of psychologically based Astrology working with the tradition of C. G. Jung as espoused particularly by Dane Rudhyar, who pioneered the modern movement that he termed Humanistic Astrology.
That it works, that it can tell us something real, beyond materialism. Because it makes no sense that it works, in the rational mind approach, and therefore Astrology reveals the limits of the rational mind and opens us up to the Esoteric, a spiritual way of seeing and being.
I developed the Basic Edition of TimePassages to make Astrology available to a wider audience. Although we feel that TimePassages Standard Edition at $129 is a tremendous value and provides the necessary tool to explore Astrology, that price point is high for the interested person who isn't sure about their commitment to something that's new for them. With the Basic Edition, anyone can afford to explore the subject matter of Astrology, with accurate charts using their own birth data, or for an unlimited number of friends and associates, and easily upgrade to the more complete versions of the TimePassages software. The Basic Edition provides all the interpretive power of far more highly priced software, with the click of a mouse, a paragraph at a time. Once people can see the power of Astrology for themselves, their world will never be the same. That's what we're after.
We actually do provide an educational path into Astrology, with a User's Manual and Introduction to Astrology, an Astrological Diary – very useful to gain a personal understanding of this subject matter – and a glossary of terms and bibliography of useful books on the subject. In addition, the user-friendly nature of the software allows anyone to explore charts easily and quickly, including general information regarding the astrological symbolism.
Two major factors: the ease of use and the quality of the interpretations. In these areas TimePassages far exceeds other astrological software. We also serve a complete spectrum of users from novice to expert. The information is professionally complete and accurate as well as easy to access, and there are many professional astrologers who prefer ours for the speed with which they can see what's happening in a particular chart. I have been told that it is especially handy for working with clients live or over the phone or in the context of radio, for that reason.
Self-knowledge; the understanding of what methods Astrologers regularly use in practicing their art; the revelation that Astrology really works, and the tremendous shift in world-view that accompanies that epiphany. By looking into their own chart they can gain self-knowledge, and by checking out the charts of others around them they can help these other seekers with their own growth and transformation.
The Standard Edition of TimePassages contains all the tools that the layman needs to explore Astrology, and may do for some active practitioners as well. You can create and explore and generate reports for natal charts, transit bi-wheels, progressions, and create transit surveys for a 6-month or 12-month period of time. The features available in the Advanced Edition, our flagship product, are Solar Return and Lunar Return charts, relocated charts, which are similar to Astro*Carto*Graphy or locational astrology, and comparison bi-wheels and composite charts for relationship inquiries. You can also purchase separately our Compatibility Report add-on that provides interpretations for the comparison charts.
All the time. There is a new Composite Report coming out. Also, while all this year we have been busy providing the Basic Edition and some important features such as making the parallel and contra-parallel aspects easier to access in the software, now our attention will turn toward the advanced user, with midpoint tables, editable interpretations and a graphic ephemeris. These features will be available in the 5.0 version Advanced Edition of the software, or, in the case of the editable interpretations, for those users who have purchased the Commercial License to sell reports.
The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.