Refuting the Irrefutable

The next phase of #MutableMadness2019 is the Virgo phase. It begins September 9: Is there such a thing as an ‘irrefutable fact’?

Phrases like “evidence-based” and “according to the data” are meant to conjure unquestioned trust in what is said in their context. “Numbers don’t lie”… Well, if that’s the case, why won’t Donald Duck show us his tax returns (an important part of the Virgo phase of #MutableMadness2019!)

The reality is that any and everything is up for interpretation. The question is not about data and evidence, it’s about myth, belief, and identity. The story you tell about the data says everything about you and absolutely nothing about the data or the evidence it purports. There is no such thing as an unbiased hypothesis. The intention behind a question is the basis for interpreting the data. So, why was that particular question asked?

Here lies the crux of that matter: Truth ≠ Fact.

All year the underlying question has been: What stories about who you are keep you from perceiving truth? Truth is what you can verify with your perception and judgment. It’s emphatically not objective. The opposite of truth isn’t lies or falsehood, it’s dogma.

Identity is a myth, a story you tell about who you are. You measure all your experiences against this myth. Your choice is to reject experiences that challenge that myth, defending your identity, or, to consider and integrate those experiences. Discernment is how you know when to defend/reject or integrate. When you take on the task of integrating experiences that challenge the myth of your identity, it threatens your sanity. Defensiveness is the easiest reaction.

Your moral compass is rooted in that myth. So, it’s not just about who you are or who you are not. It’s about making a moral judgment on what you’re capable of. Superiority, pride, and controlling other’s perceptions can easily become more important than integrity. Integrity is the inner [moral] compass that guides us towards righteous action.

The next eclipse is a BIG one. December 26, 2019. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn in Sagittarius. This is rare! That eclipse takes all of our Saturn in Sagittarius work since January 2017 and makes it plain. It sets us on a path into the next chapter.

It seems like we’ve been in a state of collective dissociation, where we cannot process the real consequences of what is happening to us and our world. This is what I mean when I say “identity is a myth.” We are so deeply invested in the story of our comfort and convenience, the one that says we are highly intelligent and technologically advanced. The myth that says that we have it better than any humans in the history of humanity.

Because our identity is rooted in this story, we refuse to acknowledge the consequences of our daily choices on the climate and the economy. It’s easier to say “well our politicians are corrupt and my vote doesn’t count so…”

Since when do you need permission to save your own life? When did you taking action to save your own life require that your politicians first be righteous?

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The next two phases of #MutableMadness2019 are all about truth, integrity, and defense of identity. Are you ready to perceive the truth of who you are? The fiery contagion of conviction can consume you in a fight of defending an identity that is killing you. Or, it can compel you to face the truth of who you are, purging the dissonance between what you profess and what you live.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Sidereal Birth Chart Doesn’t Fit

Read the top 5 reasons why your sidereal birth chart doesn’t fit.

With astrology more popular than it has been in decades, there is a lot of conversation around what kind of astrology is the “right” kind. More specifically, there is much debate around which zodiac is the right zodiac. Should one use the tropical or sidereal zodiac? Is there a reason beyond the astronomy of the zodiac that one would use one or the other? (Read my thoughts on that here.)

But why do people have such an intense reaction around which zodiac to use? And why do people often reject the sidereal zodiac only after looking at their birth chart? I’ve listed the top 5 reasons why people immediately feel like their sidereal birth chart could not be right, and thus reject the sidereal zodiac.

Top 5 reasons why your sidereal birth chart doesn't fit. By Dayna Lynn Nuckolls - The People's Oracle

5. You think the Sun is the most important planet in your birth chart.

The zodiac sign that the Sun occupied on the day that you were born is the gateway (and exit door) to astrology for most people. “I am a [insert zodiac sign]” is an easy way to identify one’s self and communicate to other people certain assumptions about who you are. But who said that the Sun is indicative of who you are?

The birth chart puts every planet in a sign—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, plus the Sun and Moon. Each planet represents something very specific about not only who you are becoming, but how became that way. When you understand the depths of what astrology is capable of articulating, you learn that the Sun may be the least powerful or significant planet in your birth chart.

4. You’re biased against certain zodiac sign.

You once dated “a Cancer” and they did you wrong. Now you ask every person if they are “a Cancer” because you refuse to deal with that moodiness ever again. *insert eye roll*. Maybe you’ve got a thing for “Scorpio” because you believe what they say about their sex. *sigh*

How could you make an assumption about so many people based off of your experience with one or two people? And why does your experience create a factual basis for astrology? That’s definitely not how this works! Read some books, and see number 1.

3. You don’t understand what a zodiac is.

There is this whole debate around constellations and how many signs are there and which zodiac is the “real” one because it aligns with the stars… Blah, blah, blah.

The zodiac is a projection onto the elliptic with segments, 30° each, named after 12 of the 88 (yes, eighty-eight) constellations. The elliptic is the path the Sun appears to follow as it rises, sets, and culimnates each day. The Sun actually isn’t doing anything though. The Sun is stationary, Earth (and the other planets) move. So save your drama about the “real” zodiac versus the “fake” one. And read a book!

2. You think zodiac signs = astrology.

Oh, so you’ve been reading your horoscope since you were 12. Congratulations! Have you ever heard of a birth chart? What about the term secondary motion? Do you know any time lord techniques? What about the concept of sect? Do you know which of the 4 humors are associated with each planet?

Read a book, boo!

1. You know way less about astrology than you think you do.

Most people who see their sidereal birth chart for the first time have a major astrological crisis of identity. They want astrology to be real and true, they know it is. But how could they have identified with the “wrong” chart, or sign, this whole time?

Our brains evolved to be able to come to life saving conclusions with as little information as possible. Our survival depends upon our ability to ascertain threats and to be safe from them. Threats to one’s identity are the hardest to comprehend because identity is such an intangible thing. At least with the body you have a quantifiable medium.

Astrology is vastly complex and is a topic fit only for lifelong study. A few months of internet study, or a year of looking at charts is not enough to make any substantive judgment about astrology or which zodiac or style is “right”. You have to pick one style or zodiac, and stick to it long enough to gather experience, data, and observe patterns that give you a real idea of what you’re working with. I mean, it was 7 years of study that led me to the sidereal zodiac!

Your birth chart is not astrology. Your love for Scorpio or beef with Cancer is not astrology. The identity you’ve crafted from your understanding of the zodiac signs is not astrology.

There really isn’t a clear consensus amongst astrologers on what astrology is and what its function is. But the best designation I’ve been able to make sense of is that astrology is a language. It is more than zodiac signs. Planets, and the two lights (Sun and Moon) are the most important of all, and everything else is derived from them.

So, before you make grand declarations about which zodiac is right or wrong, or which chart is right or wrong, separate your identity from your astrology, read books, and a whole bunch of charts!

Relationships (Synastry) in Sidereal Astrology

Synastry is the branch of astrology that compares two people’s birth charts for an understanding of how their lives meet. Because sidereal astrology is Divination for Liberation—the study of interpreting time as designating seasons for all things at their appointed time—we know that timing is everything, even when examining relationships through astrology.

You can book your Foundational Relationship Reading with an option to also receive a written report to accompany your reading.

Relationships Synastry in Sidereal Astrology by The People's Oracle - Dayna Lynn Nuckolls

Planets are people first. People come from people and are shaped by people. That is to say, we each emerge from the biology of male and female (mother/egg and father/sperm which is Moon and Sun, respectively), and that as individuals we emerge from community.

This is critical when studying individual birth charts and even more so when studying two people’s charts together in synastry. Two people in relationship bring with them the stories and complexes of mother and father. Mother-Moon as home, belonging, family, and the body and its needs. Father-Sun as conscious awareness, perception, and judgement.

Natal Astrology versus Synastry

If natal sidereal astrology is the study of an individual’s emergence from family and community, then synastry (in sidereal astrology) is the study of how those two individuals’ narratives of emergence and becoming intersect at specific times and in specific ways. It is the interpretation of the moments that bring them together, or apart, and the impact it has on each individual’s continued becoming.

That relationship becomes another form of community from which each individual emerges. It is the opportunity and the venue for each individual to become more of who they are as promised in their natal chart.

Some questions answered via synastry in Sidereal astrology:

  • What moment in each individual’s life defines the emergence of this connection?
  • What are the primary narratives articulated by planets in each individual chart that bring the two together?

What About Predictions in Synastry?

In natal sidereal astrology we know that no transit or present astrological configuration can bring about anything that is not already promised in the birth chart. The same is true for synastry. There is no experience or moment that can come about between two people that is not already promised in each individual‘s natal chart.

Basics RE Planets in Synastry

The Sun has to do with how you think, how your mind works. It may also say something about the men in your life. Sympathetic contacts (aspects) to the Sun shows harmony in the way that you both think and how you see things. “Coming from a similar place”. Hostile contacts may show indifference or conflict between your ways of seeing things.

The Moon is a reflection of your background, family ties, or lack thereof. Contacts to or from the Moon relate to one’s sense of family, the mother, and significant women. The Moon tells what home is like.

As with all planets one must examine the way the planet functions in the individual chart before seeing how it connects to another’s. Your Venus conjunct his Moon may not productive or constructive if his or her Moon is in an inferior square with Saturn. Especially if the Moon is in Scorpio. This may be a person that has a tenuous relationship with family and kin. And your relationship with that person could trigger the anxiety or even bring up problems in that area of their life.

  • Are they ready to deal with it?
  • What transit indicates a season of this work for them?
  • And does this work mean that happily ever after for you?

How is your relationship with home, mother, family? If constructive and supportive, contacts to your Moon will magnify your sense of belonging. The person who has supportive contacts with your Moon may fit into your family and home life, your routine and habits.

Venus contacts tend to be the most prized. People think it promises love. Venus at its most positive shows love languages and experience of pleasure that are supportive and sympathetic to each other. But again, if that Venus is problematic showing issues with women or a hostile style of loving, then it might not bring love at all, or maybe unrequited love.

Mars. Again, folks think sex. At its most constructive it can show a similar way of solving problems and a sympathetic conflict style. But when Mars contacts are hostile in some way it can show antagonizing, constant bickering, or inability to work together. It can mean abrupt coming together and breaking up.

Jupiter contacts show how your belief systems relate, your philosophy and worldview. Are they congruent, sympathetic, or at odds.Is religion, community, accountability, and purpose important to you and not to your partner? Contacts to and from Jupiter will show why

And Saturn! That old Devil. Saturn is about your sense of responsibility & authority over yourself/your life, and your authority and power out in the world. It’s about how you reckon with real or perceived limits. It’s a tricky one, though. Sometimes it’s like glue making you feel obligated or responsible. It reflects being serious and committing. Other times Saturn is distance/separation that can’t be overcome. A heaviness and sense of burden and work. Sometimes it’s all of the above.

Now about the angles. This is the juice. This is the meat. Connections to and from the Ascendant are what draw people to each other. Your temperament can be the embodiment of something very significant to the other person. Like, their Venus on your Ascendant, you embody their sense of beauty and there is an ease of pleasure between you. Or, Mercury, an easy flow of communication.

Mercury Retrograde Summer 2019

This Summer’s Mercury Retrograde is loaded with threads tethering back to the Summer of 2018, giving us a serious case of déjà vu, enough to make us feel like we’ve gone mad. Maybe it’s Groundhog Day and we have a chance to see it from another angle and try out a different outcome.

Mercury Retrograde During the Summer of 2019
JUNE 18 – Mercury CONJUNCT Mars [1]
JUNE 20 – Mercury in Rx Shadow at 29° Gemini
Mercury in Cancer
JULY 7 – Mercury Stationary Rx at 10° Cancer
JULY 8 – Mercury Rx CONJUNCT Mars [2]
JULY 21 – Mercury Rx CONJUNCT Sun
JULY 24 – Mercury Rx CONJUNCT Venus
JULY 30 – Mercury Rx in Gemini
JULY 31 – Mercury Stationary Direct at 29° Gemini
AUGUST 1 – Mercury in Cancer
AUGUST 14 – Mercury leaves Rx Shadow at 10° Cancer
SEPTEMBER 3 – Mercury CONJUNCT Mars [3] at 16° Leo

You know all those sayings about the power of words? Yeah, like “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” “The pen in is mightier than the sword.” “Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” “Your word is your bond.” Etc… Hold them all to your chest, very closely.

This Mercury Retrograde properly begins before Mercury even enters its retrograde shadow (June 20,2019). And it lasts until long after Mercury leaves its retrograde shadow (August 14, 2019). In fact, the defining feature of this Summer 2019 Mercury Retrograde is 3 conjunctions with Mars. The first occurs at the degree of the July 16, 2019 Eclipse (29° Sagittarius/Gemini). The second conjunction is actually as Mercury stations retrograde. This one is the kicker. At 10° Cancer it’s right where there was a Lunar Eclipse conjunct Mars Rx in Capricorn on July 27, 2018. The last one is in Leo on September 3, and that one brings the Sun along to the party.

What Does This All Mean?

Mercury takes on the qualities and temperament of any planet it touches, using its capacities to translate and interpret these qualities into words. Mars brings:

  • separation
  • conflict,
  • violence
  • combativeness
  • defensiveness
  • courage
  • aggressiveness
  • assertiveness
  • agency
  • self-preservation
  • strength of will

Words are weapons. Declarations are the barrier between peace and war. Disclosure is the hurdle between agency and disempowerment. That sword that then pen is mightier than? Both possess the power of life and death.

You know what my word is for this Mercury Rx? DISENGAGE. That means only pull out your big guns if you plan to use them. I’ve been telling ya’ll that WORDS MEAN THINGS. And once they leave your lips (or your fingertips), there is no taking them back. AND you likely can’t control how people interpret them.

This one is a doozie. I’ll be talking about each piece of this retrograde in detail as we get there. It’s too much to consume at once. Just know that WORDS MEAN THINGS.So make sure you follow me on Twitter for The People’s Weekly Forecast, and on Instagram for my LIVE videos a few days each week. I also do New Moon and Full Moon Tarot Divinations on my YouTube Channel. You won’t to miss the one’s I do for the upcoming eclipses (July 2 and July 16.)

Guide: Your Personal Monthly Horoscope

In this blog post I will show you how to cast a chart that serves as your unique, personal monthly horoscope.

Time is relative. No tool articulates that as clearly as astrology. There are many different reference points for where one might mark the beginning of a segment of time or an end of one. We know that time (months) as marked by the Georgian calendar, is a matter of consensus. It is a set of agreed upon measurements rather than ones calculated in reference to something tangible or observable. However, time is measured, calculated to begin and end, by observable phenomena in astrology.

It that sense, a month can begin at any point in time. However, your personal month begins the moment the transiting Moon enters the sign of your natal Moon. A chart cast for the precise moment the transiting Moon reaches the sign and degree the Moon occupies in your birth chart each month serves as your personal, unique monthly horoscope. This is called a Lunar Return Chart (LR). This generally happens 12-13 times per year, about once a month.

What is a Lunar Return used for?

A LR can be used as a standalone chart, but functions most accurately and usefully in reference to your natal chart. You can use a LR to:

  • Highlight your personal areas of focus each day in a month;
  • To plan your activities and anticipate changes in your life;
  • Observe patterns of people, circumstances, and events that progress and resurface from month to month, and over the course of the year.

How to cast your Lunar Return

  1. Make sure you have created an account and followed these instructions to cast your sidereal birth chart using Astro.com. You’ll need access to the saved birth data you input for your natal chart in order to cast your lunar return chart.
  2. Click ‘Free Horoscopes
  3. Under ‘Drawings & Calculations’ click ‘Extended Chart Selection
  4. Choose the following settings on the ‘Extended Chart Selection’ page
    1. Horoscope for: Choose your birth chart
    2. Chart type: Scroll down to the section labeled ‘– Solar and Lunar Returns –’ and choose ‘Natal + Lunar Return chart
    3. Chart drawing style: Classical Style
    4. Start date: This part is a bit tricky. If you have the 2019 Sidereal Moon Transits iCal then you can choose the date the Moon enters your natal sign. You still might have to play around with it.
    5. House system: Whole Signs (VERY IMPORTANT!)
    6. Zodiac: Sidereal
    7. Ayanamsha: Hindu/Lahiri
  5. Click ‘Click here to show the chart

Here are screenshots of the astro.com website that go with the instructions outlined above.

The People’s Oracle Monthly Horoscope Workbook provides in-depth instructions on:

  • How to identify and interpret the 4 most important parts of your monthly horoscope;
  • An example using the chart of Queen Victoria of England;
  • How to interpret the New Moon and Full Moon each month in reference to your monthly horoscope;
  • And, a table where you can see patterns across all your monthly horoscope charts for one year.
The People's Oracle Monthly Horoscope Workbook (Cover)

You can download it here.