Author: That Astrologer, Fairlie

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The Whole Picture: a Case Against Clickbait Astrology

I started to see this meme pop up over the last few weeks. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, assuming someone had done some research before posting it, and simply tried to emphasize that this is an example of Planet-Sign astrology which paints an incomplete picture at best. You need to look at the aspects, the flow of the chart in order to fully understand the situation. You always need the full horoscope to assess the whole picture. This meme is the astrological equivalent of the news stories that drive me insane. We’re given soundbites and cherry-picked information in order to evoke the exact emotion an outlet wants us to feel. In a clickbait economy, you don’t need to be thorough–you need to be impactful. And this meme is no different. Except that it’s wrong. 

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Medusa: Protectress of Secrets and Hidden Trauma

Over the last few months, I’ve felt a strange pull towards asteroids. I’ve read their names over and over again, looked at the ephemera, combed through their placements in my own chart and the charts of others. The absence of research into their influence felt like a gaping hole, a darkness begging to be illuminated. And who more appropriate to begin with than the Protectress of Secrets herself, Medusa? Hers is a story that forks in infinite directions. At almost every turn there is an alternate version of her tale. And all of it speaks to important indicators in our karmic cycles.

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The War For Weirdness: Why Uranus Doesn’t Deserve Aquarius | Astromythology Vol. 1

Human beings learn best through narrative. We remember best through narrative as well, and creating stories around the systems in our lives helps us remember all the moving parts. Astrology is no different. It comes with a wealth of stories to help us unravel many of the complex meanings within. And it’s entirely what introduced me to astrology in the first place: mythology.

The traditional planets of astrology are all named for Roman gods, giving a good indication of their roles. But the real magic comes in when you apply this narrative system to the relationships between each planet and other objects in your chart. Over the next few weeks, I’d like to explore some of these relationships with you. I’d like to excavate some of these stories and examine them under the modern astrological lens to illuminate the narratives these bodies help us weave.

And I’d like to start with Uranus.

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Why I Didn’t Want to be “That Astrologer,” and Why I Actually Totally Am

I firmly believe that astrology is an incredible tool for personal development. But personal development goes way beyond “love and light” new age affirmation. It’s more than soft words and encouragement. When I look at a chart, the first thing I look for is the most challenging aspect. I want to see the hardest opposition, the most agitating square, the Yod completely covered in karmic gunk–that’s not because I focus on the negative. It’s totally the opposite: these challenging aspects are our strongest points of growth. When I see a chart that’s covered in beneficial aspects, it usually comes with a good deal of stagnation. If everything is going great, why bother trying anything new? And in my practice, astrology is a tool for evolution. It’s a compass to point us in the direction of our soul’s greatest growth. Challenge is how we grow. It makes us stronger. It helps us evolve. So why wouldn’t I focus on these challenges in the world around us?

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