Time…it’s such an interesting concept of Man’s creation. As a natal astrologer, I’ve discovered the importance of time. “What’s that?” You ask. Although many still pooh-pooh away astrology, stating it’s a pseudo-science, it cannot be denied that the casting of an astrology chart, of any kind, is an astronomical process. In the case of a natal chart, the exact date, time, and place of birth are necessary to create the equation that determines the Ascendant or Rising sign, thereby determining the placement of all the houses of the chart and the degree of each of the planets on that day and time of birth.
What many don’t realize is that, if you do these calculations by hand (and mind) rather than computer, it requires you to have a working knowledge of time zones, time changes, Greenwich Mean Time and a smattering of math.
Our time zones are created, for the most part, every 15 degrees of longitude, beginning at 0 degrees in Greenwich, England. Originally, it was called Mean Solar Time and now is sometimes referred to as Universal Time.
The time you were born is not the true local time of the place you were born. It’s a generalized time for the time zone you live in. When you’re constructing a birth chart for someone, it becomes necessary to adjust the birth time to that “true local time” and that requires a little math on your part. Let me explain with an example. I was born in Davenport, Iowa. That’s 91 degrees west longitude. It’s in the Central Time Zone which begins at 90 degrees longitude. I was born at 1:05 a.m. CST (the “S” standing for “Standard”) so it’s necessary to find the “true local time” (TLT). Each time zone represents 60 minutes of time and there are 15 degrees in each time zone. That means that each degree of longitude represents 4 minutes of time. For me, 1:05 a.m. CST becomes 1:01 a.m. TLT because my place of birth was 91 degrees and the time zone is at 90 degrees: 91-90=1; 1 degree x 4 minutes = 4 minutes; 1:05 – :04 = 1:01. It is necessary to know how to get this number in order to correctly construct the chart.
I know most people would say, “Why don’t you just use a computer program to figure it all out for you?” That’s a fair question. I can only speak for myself when I say that I really value my mind and, since I learned to do these calculations way before there were computer programs, I prefer to exercise my mind and challenge my expertise by continuing to do them this way.
I will say there have been times, since I’ve had a computer, that if a calculation was in doubt because of an uncertainty concerning the time zone or a time change I have checked it against calculators that can be found on line. This is a rare occasion for me though.
My point is, even if you use a computer to calculate this for you, time is of the essence. Without knowing the time someone is born it becomes much more difficult to construct the chart.
Time…it may be a human contrivance, but it seems to serve us well in this reality.
So now it’s time for the Full Moon. That will be happening on Tuesday, April 15th at 3:42 a.m. EDT with the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Libra. There’s a Lunar Eclipse for this one that will be visible in North America and numerous other places in the world.
The energies of this Sun/Moon combination are keenly sensitive, alert, observant and companionable. You may find yourself very receptive to music during this time and also disliking living and working alone.
This is an excellent time to both give and receive counsel and advice about matters of the heart as well as finding balance and harmony in life.
Magically, a lunar eclipse is always a good time to rid oneself of emotional and psychological issues that no longer serve to get you to your goals and desires. This can be done through rituals of grounding and clearing your aura and/or actual rituals of symbolically burning the issues you wish to rid yourself of.
Being a fixed Earth sign, this is an excellent time to get your feet on “solid ground” in any area that you feel shaky in right now. Planting seeds, whether actual seeds or metaphorical ones, is favored now for prolific growth.
Taurean energies are practical, charming, affectionate, stubborn, patient, reliable and have endurance. If you don’t allow inertia to overcome you during this transit, a lot of progress can be made in any area of life where you are desiring change.
Taurus is the natural ruler of the house of money in an astrology chart, so this is also a good time for matters concerning money and business.
Venus rules Taurus which makes it a good time for the creation of anything of beauty whether it’s a garden, a painting, or a good meal.
To all those who were born during this time…
Be kind to yourself and the Earth – get out in Nature on this day, put your hands and/or feet in the Earth and connect with this wonderful planet we live on! Plant a tree, tend a garden, take a walk…just be in and enjoy our Mother!!!
Mercury in Taurus makes one’s thinking more practical but can also cause mental stubbornness. Once you (or someone else) decides on a course of action, it will be almost impossible to change your mind (or theirs).
This will be a time when more is learned from actual “hands-on” experiences than from anything learned from books or in school. Slowly, steadily, surely things are built. Determination steam-rolls over distractions and opposition. A time of practical accomplishment is at hand.
The Earth continues to awaken from its long sleep and Nature begins to grow, bloom and bear fruit. These are energies we can all tap into and use – for ourselves, others and the good of the Planet itself. Why would you not want to be part of that?
Until we meet again…