Do You Have “Joyful” Planets In Your Chart?

 

This has nothing to do with how joyful you are as a person, but brownie points to you if you automatically replied “yes!” before you even read beyond the post title!

 

“Planetary joy” is something of an older, traditional thing that’s not used as often anymore. It designates each of the seven traditional visible celestial bodies a house that they are/were purported to really express their inherent qualities the best in. A planet in a house it “rejoices” in gives that planet a type of dignity. A lot of people know what essential dignity is: a planet in its domicile, for instance. (Mercury in Gemini -the sign it rules- would have essential dignity.) Planets can also have dignity if they are in a house of their jollies. These things did not come about by guesswork or accidents; there was good reason underlying the matchmaking or it wouldn’t have stuck around for long.

 

So, what houses do the traditional planets find “joy” in?

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Stop What You’re Doing Immediately And Find Where Freddie Mercury Is In Your Chart!

Freddie Mercury astrology asteroid

Good old fashioned lover boy.

 

Just when Mercury retrograde was starting to get me down, the real star powered Mercury made everything right again!

 

There’s been a dizzying amount of astronomical discoveries so far in 2016 (the non-discovery of Planet 9 or Planet X or whatever notwithstanding) that I’ve been meaning to write about but haven’t got around to yet (with Mercury retrograde, I’ve been doing battle with people plagiarizing my writing, for real). But today, September 5th, 2016, the most important moment in astrology and astronomy history (maybe ever) was announced. Today, to commemorate what would’ve been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, asteroid #17473 was renamed Freddiemercury. Asteroid #17473 was discovered in 1991, the same year Mercury left this world, providing proof he really was from another dimension. As I’ve written about before, any celestial body worth its salt will have a synchronistic connection and backstory to its name; the synch of Freddiemercury is all the proof I need that this virtuoso cosmic body should be used in every astrology reading henceforth!

 

No, seriously, find Freddiemercury in your chart. Now. Go to https://astro.com and put in your birth data to make a free chart. Once you’ve saved it, at the top of the screen click “Free Horoscopes” and click on “Extended Chart Selection”. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the screen. You’ll see an empty bar that allows you to enter asteroid numbers. Put in 17473 and click “Click Here To Show The Chart”. Boom! You now know where Freddie Mercury lives on in each of us!

 

Since it’s Mercury’s birthday today, let’s have a look at his chart:

 

Freddie Mercury asteroid astrology

 

(You’ll notice he had his own namesake asteroid Freddiemercury in very tight conjunction to his planet Mercury. Tee hee.)

 

No surprise he was a Leo rising, is it? Sun in the 1st house, beautifully artistic Sagittarius Moon in the 5th, Venus raunchy in the via combusta. Jupiter in Libra. And, like many celebrities, he was a 12th house person as well; for him it was Pluto and Saturn behind the scenes. Underneath the flashy exterior, a world of pain and dreams and beauty and lonesome yearning for something this world never offers. Saturn in hard aspect to Jupiter lead to his overbite caused from having four extra teeth, which he wouldn’t remove because he believed it created the beautiful sound of his voice, and who’d ever want to lose this:

 

 

The piano playing, though? That’s all Mercury (no pun intended). Venus and Leo and the 5th house and Jupiter in Libra, etc.: these are things in astrology that show creative artistic appreciation and potential but the manual dexterity performers run on is, more often than not, their Mercury and/or Mars. (Which is why I’m currently writing about a musician and not playing music myself…) Freddie Mercury was a Virgo and Virgo runs on proper skills. Those people who go on and on about what a flamboyant “showman” he was are doing his memory a disservice; he was a proper songwriter, producer, and multi-instrument musician as much as, or more, than anything else. He did it so well he made it look easy.

 

So, happy birthday Freddie Mercury and thank you for even glamming up something like astrology.

 

 

 

The 3rd House And Depression (And Other Quirks)

 

Mental health issues -whether something we were born with a propensity for or aquired through our lives- come in a wide variety of flavors, each with different root causes and paths to healing. Mental health in astrology is equally varied, and can be attributed to many different combinations of planetary aspects, transits, and so on. Astrology is a fairly reliable tool in getting to the source of the problem and pointing out the deeper philosophical and spiritual reasons for why one is going through such an experience. It’s been interesting to me throughout my years of astrological observation that the relationship between the 3rd house and mental health, specifically depression, doesn’t seem to be as common knowledge as some of the other astrological influences. So, I thought I’d make a brief overview of the 3rd house, depression, and some of the different ways this plays out in real life.

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Mercury In Gemini Gets The Word Out!

 

Time to spill the tea! Mercury entered its home sign (or domicile) Gemini tonight, Sunday June 12th at 6:22 PM CST. Mercury will remain in its happy place until Wednesday, June 29th when it enters Cancer at 6:24 PM CST. The winged messenger planet of all things communication and information and data hasn’t done us many favors so far this year; in June, while on its own turf, a valve has been opened to allow the words to flow.

 

Mercury in Gemini isn’t just eager to throw the mental shackles off and get our synapses cracking, it has a lot of important messages to deliver and the savvy readers of Viva Combusta! will want to take advantage of this time. A lot of confusion and vague fears are circulating through the psychosphere this month, [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Sagittarius June 20, 2016

 

Unfinished business is the theme of the Full Moon at 29 degrees Sagittarius on Monday, June 20th at 6:02 AM CST. This is the second of two Sagittarius Full Moons in a row (the first was in May). The Full Moon will of course oppose the Sun at 29 Gemini, as well as opposing Venus at 3 degrees Cancer, trine Uranus at 23 degrees Aries and squaring Chiron at 25 degrees Pisces. Except for the square to Chiron, the other aspects aren’t particularly troublesome and in fact are nice ones to have, especially the opposition to Venus. The troubles arising during this Full Moon are in the details and in the background noise.  [Read more…]

Mercury Retrograde In Taurus Crosses The Face Of The Sun

 

A somewhat rare celestial event occurs at 9:57 AM CST on Monday, May 9th as Mercury, currently retrograde in Taurus, crosses the solar disk or “the face of the Sun”. This particular transit of Mercury to the Sun will occur at 19 degrees of the Bull and typically occurs only about 13 times per century; [Read more…]

The Viva Combusta! Request Lines Are Open…

 

Collage by Eugenia Loli

Spacy romance. Collage by Eugenia Loli.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love in Aquarian season has a different feel to it; less gushy sappy romance, more intellectual rapport and fellowship. Aquarius is a sign focused on friendship, and can love friends as much as family or lovers. While Valentine’s is often portrayed as a day g or purely romantic love, astrologically speaking it falls in the season of love for human race.  [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: November 2015

The astrology of the month of November starts with the magic of alchemy and ends with the need for separation of fact from fantasy. This month is a rapidly changing month but the changes are more subtle, more likely to sneak up on us rather than announce themselves.  [Read more…]