Hilary Parry

Ask Me Anything: Elemental Astrology Edition!

Can you believe it? Elemental Astrology has been around for 2 weeks! You all have blown me away with all the pictures of the course in action. Seriously, it's sheer delight to see the work in practice, which was my dream for this thing from the beginning. To everyone who's taken the time to send me your photos and emails and messages about how much you're loving it: THANK YOU.

A few days before the course launched, I asked my wonderful e-letter subscribers to ask me absolutely anything about Elemental Astrology or my personal astrology practice. (Not on the list? Sign up here!) I've rounded them up, and answered them below. Happy reading!

 

I feel the need to celebrate the coming eclipse but I don't know why. Could you suggest something (altar, prayer, whatever)?

You're not alone. Lots of people celebrate the moon's monthly cycle (including me!), and eclipses are like supercharged new and full moons. The average moon cycle can be intense, so it's no wonder you're picking up on Lady Luna's amplified vibrations!

New moons correspond to new beginnings and growth, and full moons align with completions and illumination. With the full moon eclipse coming up, think about what part of your life you want to bring out of the shadows and into the light. You may want to light a candle to represent that desire. Or, try going outside under the full moon's light and simply breathing. Ultimately, the way you celebrate eclipses is up to you. The moon rules your instincts, so during eclipses, expect them to be in high alert. Ask yourself, "How does this eclipse feel in my body?" Do you feel it in your heart, your head, or somewhere else completely? Focus on that feeling, and go from there.

If you want to learn more about eclipses, there's a full chapter on the moon in Elemental Astrology. Sneak peek: I talk about keeping a moon journal and developing your own lunar practice!

 

I have natal Sun conjunct Saturn in Aquarius in 10th - does this mean self-expression will always be crushed?

Oh dear! First of all, the answer is NO. Every planet, sign, and house has a higher and lower expression. The stars can act as allies, challengers, or sometimes both at once. Some astrologers are very negative in their interpretations of traditionally "challenging" planets like Saturn, but if you ask me, they're only giving you half the picture. Saturn rules the tenth house and is also associated with professional accomplishment, so this is an amazing setup to have in your career house!

Having Saturn on your Sun may make you a conscientious or a bit Type-A, but that's only because you've got the potential to be a seriously high achiever, and deep down, you know it. The best way to work this is to approach everything like a boss. Be devoted to your work. Don't be afraid to go after ambitious goals. You've got the makings of a mogul here, sister.

One of my main goals with Elemental Astrology is to teach you all aspects of the stars so that you can be empowered by them instead of stressed out. It doesn't mean you'll be able to avoid tough alignments all together, but you'll be able to recognize them and prepare well in advance.

I already know astrology pretty well. Will Elemental Astrology teach me anything new?

Absolutely! Elemental Astrology is a guide to my personal astrology practice, so you'll get imagery, exercises, and prompts that you won't see anywhere else.

The purpose of this course is to facilitate true intimacy with the stars. To quote exactly:

If you’re looking for a list of personality traits for your sun sign, you won’t find that here. Try a Google search instead. The same goes for your moon sign, rising sign, and so on. This is not a reference book. It’s a space in which you can discover the meaning of the stars for yourself.

To sum it up? It's intuitive, sacred, and all about practice.

 

How do you know the difference between big shake up in the world or culture or politics, and one individual's personal breakdown/breakthrough? Is there a place in the natal chart to look for such things, or a specific planet to focus on to gauge it? (For example: during the time of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, etc., Uranus was Square Pluto...)

This question is from Hilary Parry, my tarot mentor. True to form, she started work on the course the day it came out!

I'll admit, after launch day I completely burned out and hibernated for an entire weekend. After a few days, she replied with this message:

I THINK I may have answered my own question about telling the difference between personal and worldly astrology: is it because of the difference between the Personal Planets and the Outer Planets? For example, my example of Uranus Square Pluto (both outer planets interacting with each other)?

Yes, yes, yes! Gold stars for Hilary, y'all.

So, you see? This course really does teach you how to read the stars for yourself! Mission accomplished.

 

In honor of the Libra full moon, you can use the code eclipse to get 20% off your purchase of Elemental Astrology. The code expires at midnight on Monday, April 6, so get it while it's hot!

Magical Miscellany: 1.12.2015

As I'm sure you've discovered by now, I'm head-over-heels in love with Charleston. I walked in the park with these ancient live oaks a week or so ago, and it felt magical!

If you read one thing this week, let it be Esmé Wang's much needed essay on artistic jealousy and dealing with other people's success.

How do you "close up shop" after reading cards? I'm definitely going to start using this tarot reading after-care checklist from Hilary Parry in my practice.

The 5 of Pentacles is a tricky tarot card, and it always made me nervous. That is, until I read Courtney Weber's excellent interpretation!

Ever wondered how fashion bloggers turn their burned-out luxury candles into gorgeous makeup brush holders or vases? Here's a handy guide.

Gorgeous words from Paige Zaferiou on transition, tarot, and living your purpose in the New Year: "Choosing to live your purpose isn’t a one-time deal: it’s a choice you must repeat each moment, every day."

Susannah Conway and I have the same word of the year: NOURISH. I loved her post on how she's implementing it throughout the year. Laura Simms of Create as Folk has a marvelous take on her word of the year, too! (Hint: it's a little bit indecorous!)

Are you paying down debt in 2015? Sarah von Bargen of Yes & Yes has got you covered!

From XO Sarah: 10 little things that make a big difference in your blog design.

Sarah Bray's gorgeous vignette will make you want to dance in the streets. I promise.

Don't miss Garance Doré's excellent compilation of pieces regarding Charlie Hebdo. Don't ever take your creative freedom for granted. And remember, "L'amour plus fort de la haine."

Magical Miscellany: 12.23.2014

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I found this beauty outside the meeting room at Theresa Reed's Soulful Proprietor retreat. Isn't she lovely?

In the spirit of the holidays, I've prepared an extra helping of link love goodness for your vacation reading pleasure. Eat up!

Want to improve your tarot practice in the new year? This book of 365 tarot spreads will do the trick! (Besides, who can resist a chapter called Lord Shiva's Find a Mate Spread?)

Sas Petherick's mini-memoir about her spiritual journey from skeptic to mystic is intimate and heartfelt. Read it here, here, and here.

Theresa Reed has been dealing some much-needed tough love this week. Tarot readers, take note: her 10 signs your biz is not sustainable and tips to help a client in crisis are wise and supremely useful.

Briana Saussy shares unique perspective on last Sunday's winter solstice and new moon by looking at the contradictory symbolism behind the goat. Is he the wild god, or the Christian devil? You decide.

From Braid Creative: it's okay to start small.

Hey Shenee's behind-the-scenes look at her rebrand is full of good reminders for creative entrepreneurs.  Also, if you haven't tried her Brand Chemistry quiz yet, I highly recommend it!

Can you sum up your focus for the new year in one word?

What's the difference between detachment and non-attachment, and why does it matter?

These two sentences can make just about anything better.

Stop waiting for something to happen before going after what you want.

I love this deep cut from Alexandra Franzen: 10 ways your website is breaking my heart. (Confession: I'm guilty of a few of these! Lesson learned.)

Jacquelyn Tierney is a beautiful soul, and her e-book, Possessed: A How-to Guide on Collecting, Editing, and Manifesting, is equally as lovely. It's a breakdown of reading the energy of your home and other private spaces. If you're looking to feather your nest, this is a must read!