Jodie Forrest Astrology: Stardate, mid-October, 2018

Welcome: Stardate, mid-October, 2018

The Sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd of October, 2018, at 4:23 am PDT. (For a handy time zone converter and much more, please go to .) The next day, the 24th of October, the Moon will be full at 2 degrees Taurus (Moon) while the Sun is at 2 degrees Scorpio. This full Moon conjoins the planet Uranus, also in 2 degrees Taurus.

Full Moons typically mean that we, as a planet, have something to work out between the energies of the two opposing signs in the full Moon, in this case Taurus and Scorpio. The presence of Uranus with the Moon indicates that a new, reform-centered, groundbreaking, liberating approach to what Taurus rules is needed.

What does Taurus rule? The Earth: its land, its core, its poles and ice caps, its oceans, its seasons, its climate, its flora and fauna, including human beings. Taurus rules Nature, and our lives as primate inhabitants of this planet. It rules our connection to the Earth and to our instincts. It rules farmers and ecologists. It rules the environment.
What does Scorpio rule? It rules how we, as intelligent primates, choose to deal with our Taurean instincts. It rules how the foreknowledge of our death interacts with our survival instinct. It rules our unconscious minds, which have a common anatomy that we can glimpse in the archetypes of the collective unconscious, cross-cultural mythology and fairy tales. It rules how we interact with our collective and individual unconscious minds. It rules our shadow, and how we deal with it as a culture and as an individual: contain it, deny it, repress it, suppress it, project it (by scapegoating someone else), or attempt to integrate it? It rules how we deal with our sexuality. It has a lot to do with our real or perceived power versus powerlessness, and of control versus the lack of it.

Hint: where there’s a cultural taboo, there’s probably a Scorpionic attempt to deal with our instinctual life somewhere close by. What topics do we avoid at Thanksgiving dinner with the extended family? Sex, death, religion (or how we deal with the knowledge of our death), and politics (power and control). What do stand-up comics talk about? Why do we laugh so hard, but rather uneasily? They talk about sexuality, death, religion, politics, and our various shadows . . .

If you agree with astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson that “science is not a liberal conspiracy,” and if you haven’t been cut off from the world for the past fifty years or so, then you know that our relationship with the Earth, and our life as we know it on the Earth, are both threatened. If you were alive in the sixties, you’ve been hearing about it since then. So have I.

It isn’t new. It is extremely urgent. Please read this article from the BBC. It’s their report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was just held in South Korea. After three years of research and a week-long conference, they released a 33-page report, “Summary for Policy Makers.” You may not have time to read the report, but you have time to read the article. It’s from the BBC, folks, not a wild-eyed fringe element. Here’s what they say about it:

The critical 33-page Summary for Policymakers certainly bears the hallmarks of difficult negotiations between climate researchers determined to stick to what their studies have shown and political representatives more concerned with economies and living standards. Despite the inevitable compromises, there are some key messages that come through loud and clear.

"The first is that limiting warming to 1.5C brings a lot of benefits compared with limiting it to two degrees. It really reduces the impacts of climate change in very important ways," said Prof Jim Skea, who co-chairs the IPCC.

Here’s a link to the article that summarizes the report:

I thought about writing something lighter-hearted for this mid-month Stardate.

I have a lot of fun picking your Theme Songs of the Month for the first of the month Stardates. They’re seriously based on how the current astrological energies affect your Sun sign, particularly if you were born at sunrise. I enjoy finding the music for you very much.

However, after another major hurricane—Michael, the fourth most powerful to strike the U.S. since records have been kept—hit Florida and tracked through the Southeast, only weeks after Hurricane Florence, and after a hard look at the Uranian signature of this full Moon, I felt I needed to post what I’ve written here.

We can save the Earth, our Taurean home, if enough of us stop being in denial (one Scorpionic reaction to a threat that bothers our survival instinct) and act to change our behavior (Uranian reforms). How? Check out the link above.

This is THE major issue of our day, and THE major threat to us all. Please act. And please vote for people who are not in denial about our collective danger, and who are motivated to take the difficult actions that we need to take.

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map"

copyright 2018, Jodie Forrest

Nov 27th: Interpreting the Ascendant in Readings

Beginning in November: "Interpreting the Ascendant in Readings".
(class course study: 4 weeks at 90 minutes per class).

Class 1: The Ascendant, its meaning and significance in a birth chart, and its ruler(s)
Class 2: Natal aspects to the Ascendant
Class 3: Transits to the natal Ascendant
Class 4: Progressions and directions of or to the natal Ascendant

Course Description:
Instead of rote definitions or jargon, Jodie focuses on creative, accessible interpretive strategies that will help your readings come alive, engage your clients, and leave them well-informed and smiling.

You’ll learn some practical techniques, developed over Jodie’s 35 years of doing readings, for analyzing the significance of the Ascendant, its ruler and natal aspects, and the dynamic events involving this crucial part of a birth chart.

There is a difference between the depth of an astrologer’s knowledge of an astrological configuration, and how that configuration is best presented in order to maximize a client’s understanding and retention, while minimizing the chance that he or she will leave the reading feeling confused or overwhelmed. In other words, there’s a difference between what you know versus what you say and how you say it.

All too often, the Ascendant, our entry vehicle and “spaceship” for navigating the outside world, is given short shrift in readings.

Since the Ascendant is the primary interface between your client and his or her life in the outside world, astrologers should give it just as much time and attention in their interpretations as they give the Sun or the Moon.

Without a healthy response to his or her Ascendant, it’s as if your client is locked into low Earth orbit but has neither fully landed nor has much clarity about what to do after touching down here.

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of natal astrology, and the general significance of transits and progressions/directions

Sign up today for your first class beginning November 27th, 2018 at: International Academy of Astrology

Audience: beginners to practitioners

Handouts: will be provided for students to download

Interpreting the Ascendant in Readings is a four weeks, 90 mins per class course. (Pacific time zone.)

Bio: For the past 35 years, Jodie Forrest has maintained a busy practice as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and editor (Seven Paws Press).

She’s a frequent contributor to The Mountain Astrologer and other astrological journals, and travels widely to speak on astrological topics.

Her solo books include The Ascendant and a Nordic-Celtic historical fantasy trilogy beginning with The Rhymer and the Ravens, and she’s currently working on a book about solar arc directions.

She co-authored Skymates One and Skymates Two (with Steven Forrest) The Composite Chart, and the text for three synastry report writers.

She humbly serves her Feline Masters at one of her southern CA home, where an uppity cast of her fictional characters and her painting studio compete for her spare time.

Jodie Forrest
"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."
PO Box 1311
Ramona, CA 92065
Phone inquires: 919-270-7749