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Get Your Natal Chart Zapped

March 23, 2017

Heyo Astro Students!

This post is to let you know about a new feature at Astro Hacks. We call it Get Your Natal Chart Zapped.

What to do

Basically, if you’re up for it, you send in your chart and one pithy paragraph about yourself. Make it read like the author bio on the back of a dust jacket. (No need to get too forensic about it). But, i you need inspiration, here’s an example from Mr Von Flanagan. He clearly has Mercury conjunct Saturn in the 11th trine Uranus in the third … with Aquarius rising on the Mercury/Uranus midpoint.

McSweedy Von Flanagan the Third is the author of several brilliant literary masterpieces, the most notable of which being, The End Is Near! A story distributed in spoken word by this team of homeless doomsday prophets. An amateur archaeologist, and self proclaimed aficionado of everything really old, Von Flanagan has etched his newest book, I’m Not Crazy, You Are, into clay tablets using only Sumerian hieroglyphs and the letter Q. Asked about his unorthodox approach to publishing, Von Flanagan said, “I’m a genius. If people want to read my books they should have to translate them. They’ll appreciate them more.”

Have fun, but make it relevant!

What happens next

From the submissions will be chosen a chart that Mystic, Kim Falconer and all of you students can give their opinion on.

It’s awesome practice, weather you’re doing the reading, or being read, so jump into Get Your Natal Chart Zapped, if you are keen.

We’ll put the first few examples here, depending on how many comments pour in. It would be amazing for this to be an ongoing thing.

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Chart #1

Note: The glyph for Uranus is in alt form – like Mars with a dot in the middle.


Melissa is a charming witch.

The crown on her head is made of polished mountain crystals and she wears it day and night. Especially when driving. It helps so much against the road rage. And her road rage can be intense and unforgiving. She can stalk your car for miles.

You know she’s your friend, if she starts prescribing you immune boosting herbs and mushrooms she’s gathered in the wilderness at full moon. And offers to „look into your future“, while she shuffles her cards and polishes her Crystal.

If she’s not your friend, you’ll be the last to know. Ground up herbs all looks he same.

She trusts no one, because she’s seen it all. Her pattern recognition skills are on CIA levels, and her friends, worshipers and lovers call her Sherlock only half jokingly. They would never dare make a full joke.

Her army of tiny lapdogs is trained with the discipline of a dictator. All sit, salute and bark to the beat of her Tibetan drum. Men do, too.

Yet, she is a wanderer. Here today, gone tomorrow. Off to China, India, Miami or the Moon in the wink of a green eye. If you’re her friend, she will leave the lapdogs with you. You will be so proud at this rare sign of trust.

When she returns, she will dazzle you with the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen.
And maybe bring you the man bun of the guy that broke your heart.

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Image by Charlotte Wales


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  • Reply batshley March 23, 2017 at 3:04 am

    This is too good! I had fun writing and submitting for this. Can’t wait to see what people come up with.

  • Reply Somnambulista March 23, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Ooh, my Chart has been sent. I’m crossing my fingers that you’ll choose me.!

  • Reply VFS March 23, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I want in! #yas x

  • Reply Stephanie Pierre March 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Just sent in my rap sheet, lol. This is gonna be fun!

  • Reply Keltron March 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    What is the email for submissions? The link force-opens my defunct mac email account which is…. unhelpful.

    • Reply Astro Hacks March 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm



      Everyone’s sending such amazing charts/bios!

    • Reply Mystic Medusa March 24, 2017 at 6:33 am


      That is weird – will look into it!

  • Reply Tyler March 23, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    hahha this was fun

  • Reply jacqui March 24, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Thinking of using third person at home this weekend. “The wife will be fed oysters and served wine promptly on arrival. The plebs must note the sensual scent of Aphrodisia and be alert at all times, awaiting further commands of said wife.”

  • Reply MoonstoneMagnolia March 24, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Done, thank you Astro Hacks. Love your notion of a community Natal Astro Zap and sage wisdom. Best of luck to all fellow Hackors & Hackettes.

  • Reply kel March 24, 2017 at 6:47 am

    So so looking forward to this being a regular feature and to zap away at fellow hacker’s charts!! Boom! What an awesome way to jooj up sometimes week 🙂

  • Reply Astro Hacks March 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Hi everyone! The first chart is up.

    All your submissions are wonderful, and we’ll be putting up as many as we can.

    The intention is to keep Chart Zap running all year, so watch for your turn, and please comment and offer your insights when inspired.

  • Reply Kim March 24, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Everyone, this is such a cool idea, getting your chart zapped!

    With Melissa, the first thing that strikes me is the incredible focus. All the traditional planets are within 123 degrees, a tight bundle. If that wasn’t focusing enough, Scorp rising and Saturn in the first add to the laser beam. It’s a cool balance to having Sun, Moon and Mercury in Mutable signs, which otherwise might be a bit scattered. She may actually go through spells of intense, in the moment focus contrasted by off-with-the-fairies wandering. It could be extremely creative. Over time (Saturn in 1st) great things are accomplished, much to the joy of the Leo MC.

    The road rage ref made me smile.

    Mars AND Pluto ruling the Asc, with Pluto conjunct, Mars square, is a LOT of warrior energy looking to express. It can come out as healthy aggression, as in keeping good boundaries, not being anyone’s doormat, standing up for what she believes in, not letting others sway her (Sun/Uranus too – very strong will) but if Venus in Cappy, trying to keep to social customs and expectations, bottles up angst, it can blow like a volcano. Release the Kracken!

    Which compassionate, sensitive, psychic Moon in Pisces would NOT like. She’s trine the Asc. I wonder how much she gets a look in? At home in the 4th, but square Uranus, it’s hard for this moon to relax. Or trust. She wants to be warm, safe, loved and loving, but when she is, Uranus fights the vulnerability in favor of freedom, autonomy, exploration, revolution … There are ways to make the two work together, have the security/closeness AND the freedom …

    North Node in the 7th draws her toward connection, collaboration, relationship. She KNOWS how to stand on her own, make her own way, be an individual. The greatest adventure into the unknown might be the world of committed relationship with all it’s … you know, challenges. And joys.

    That’s the tip of the iceberg, of course.

    Looking forward to Mystic’s impressions, and all your fabulous Hackers!

    • Reply jeskile March 25, 2017 at 3:59 am

      Wow. That was great. Thanks Kim! Tip of the iceberg? I’m sure, but god that was such a complex tip!

      • Reply Sirencreatrix March 26, 2017 at 1:33 am

        yes that was great.

    • Reply Melissa March 25, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Dear Kim,
      Thank you so much for your insightful analysis. You are so on point with everything, and when you state that Uranus is fighting the emotional desires of the moon, I have to say I am happiest in (very) long distance relationships. Actually, long distance relationships are the only ones I ever had. This is my comfort zone… I’m an introvert, so if I could spend five days a week home alone and in nature (with the lap dogs) and two with friends or my partner “going out”, I am totally fulfilled. The Idea of living with a partner 24/7 scares me to death!
      Thanks again for this insanely cool Hack,

  • Reply Kel March 25, 2017 at 12:50 am

    First and foremost, you sound like an amazing woman and i would totes housesit your hound posse.
    I love that amongst all the fixed signs holding immense stable energies around all the angles of your chart, there is a flourishing of planets thrown in mutable and cardinal signs… Sun, Merc, Uranus and Neptune all Second house in sag , i mean if that ain’t the perfumed whiff of a mystical wanderer then i don’t know what is!
    Mars in fourth house, there must be huge drive for emotional roots… Moon is swimming around pretty close to that IC too. I’m guessing that even though you like to wander you do also like to return to your own place a lot 🙂
    Yay for Virgo 11th house prescribing friend medicinal mushrooms and herbs

    • Reply Melissa March 25, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Hey Kel,

      you’re so accurate with the drive for emotional roots, and also loving my home. I’m actually a bit obsessed with this. I think this is one of the most important thing for me- my home. I would definitely divide my life into before and after “I got my own place”. It was such a huge turning point for me. My ideal life would be 50% travel, 50% home.

      I also love the connection you make between “prescribing herbs to friends” and Virgo/11th.

      I never saw it that way, but now that I think about it, you’re so right. When Mystic mentioned the herbs Reishi and Gotu Kola in past posts, I extensively researched them (to the point of obsession) and am totally convinced of their super powers. And if I’m convinced of something, I just can’t stop talking! 😉

      Also, thank you for sitting the lap dogs! <3

  • Reply Kel March 25, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Haha I’m all up in dat reishi/ Chaga action too….Gotta love the ancient adaptogens

  • Reply Mystic Medusa March 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Hmmm. i am not loving this chart format but here goes. This is totally in the order i notice things, not how i would finesse it to a client, more like my notes-thought flow.
    PLUTO as chart ruler in sync to Moon – free flowing intuition vibe re Pluto type things – secrets, lusts, enmities, money weirdness, lies…DID Melissa learn/inherit this off female witch ancestor relative. This is where i would have fun throwing in some of the witch asteroids – Circe, Hecate – if i had this chart on my system.
    Sun-Uranus in Sagittarius – yes wanderer but also inventor and see how it is square Moon in 4th – is there or could there be a conflict between needs of Moon to lurk in sanctuary and lucid dream, wax poetic etc. They are square so sometimes in this case, one of the two gets repressed and Uranus arguably makes the Sun stronger….Chiron in Gemini – if included here turns this into a t-square with early Virgo in the 10th as the outlet…
    Saturn over that Mercury-Neptune (29 Sagg-O Capricorn) in December is going to be stunning – visionary awakening, seriously this is giving me Carlos Castaneda only sane vibes here.
    Mars square Pluto – hello the road rage but also the need to WRITE. Mars in Aquarius here has unique perceptions —FYI Lola Montez had this Mars AND your Ascendant.
    Venus Jupiter in Capricorn seems super-sensual and worldly – like a sophisticated raconteur – I would like to know Melissa’s thoughts on (1) expressing the Luna in Pisces and (2) satisfying the Scorpio Rising stealth mode needs with the demands of Midheaven in Leo – Vladimir Putin has this! So does Katy Perry…they seem to live quite comfortably in the spotlight and yet stir spooky vibes in people (via completely different ways, of course) i love this energy – all of it – but really the out of sign Merc-Neptune conjunct and the Sun-Moon square are the closest in the chart…Neptune rules the Moon and is close sextile the Pluto chart ruler which trines the Moon…i feel the Moon is the Everything here…

    • Reply Melissa March 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Dear Mystic, of course and as always you are spot on. I used to work as a fashion journalist and am currently penning out a novel. Ive been journalling since i could hold a pen (my mom gave me my first diary when i was 5)- so the desire to write is extreme. It’s more of a basic need for me. Journalling is like self therapy and has helped me through a lot of things. My mother died of cancer when I was quite young, and processing it all in my diary was what helped me through. It’s funny that you mention that Katy Perry has the same rising as me- I didn’t know that, yet her lovely purple hair I’ve always admired, and even wrote you an ask mystic question about that special issue… 😉
      I think the Moon in Pisces expresses itself in my love for great bodies of Water. If I’m by the water it calms me down immediately. And a large number of my (night) dreams just involve the ocean. I even have a dream bay that doesn’t exist in real life, but that I frequently revisit when I sleep. Pisces Men really love me, its amazing, and I can spot a Piscsean a mile away. Although they are a bit too nice for my taste.
      My formula for Scorpio rising with Leo MC has been to secretly seek fame trough writing. Writing a blog, writing popular articles for magazines, now writing a book… Yet not “leaving the house”. It makes it possible to be present and show myself without ever showing myself, if you know what I mean. Maybe that sounds a bit crazy 😉
      Yes, probably the moon is everything. The Sun -Moon square is an energy that has been a challenge for me all of my life. I’m still learning to work with it.
      Thank you so much for your amazing insights!

      • Reply Melissa March 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm

        …BTW I checked and Ceres is conjunct my DC. What could that mean?

    • Reply Sirencreatrix March 26, 2017 at 1:35 am

      love the t-square analysis with the outlet being Virgo 10/11th house……

    • Reply Melissa March 26, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Dear Mystic, I checked the asteroids. Hecate is on the Venus/ Jupiter Conjunction, Circe is very close to the IC. I don’t know these asteroids (or any asteroids) well, so when you add asteroids, what importance do you give them? Thank you for all your insights and wisdom!

      • Reply Sagitta March 27, 2017 at 1:14 am

        Hi Melissa, I’m really interested in the asteroids, so I’d like to chime in. I have found that reading up on the myths about the asteroid in question is a big help. For instance, the story about Hecate says that after Persephone returned from the Underworld, she was always accompanied by Hecate. I think this implies that Hecate is the kind of intuition or wisdom that people who have experienced and survived trauma carry with them.
        Circe is a very interesting character– the sole ruler of an island kingdom, an expert in herbal medicine, a witch, and a tamer of wild beasts. Your words here are very Circe: “Her army of tiny lapdogs is trained with the discipline of a dictator. All sit, salute and bark to the beat of her Tibetan drum. Men do, too.” The herbal prescriptions and empowerment through home ownership–they sound very Circe too.

        • Reply Melissa March 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

          Hey Sagitta,
          Wow this is so interesting! Thank you for all this info! I always considered my Venus/Jupiter conjunction my “lucky stars”. Now if Hecate is part of the mix, it enforces this feeling of being guided, and this is such a nice thing to know. What you say about wisdom and intuition that comes from surviving Trauma is absolutely spot on- I guess (like most people probably) I had my fair share of heartbreak and loss. But it does make you so much stronger and gives you the feeling that no matter what happens- you’ll be ok.
          Haha I see the Circe connection now- didn’t she turn Ulysses travel buddies into swine? I absolutely didn’t think about her when i typed it out, but now that you mention it… 🙂
          I found an article on Circe on Mystics Blog, it shows up if you type in “Circe”. I’ll definitely do some more research on the witch goddesses…!

        • Reply Mystic Medusa March 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm

          YES – this is a brilliant take on Circe. Asteroids are clearly less important than the classic planets and all but they add an eerie extra zing to charts and sometimes there can be amazing correlations. My favourite Circe quote: Every sorceress is a pragmatist at heart.”

          So okay – hands up who would like a post on Witch Asteroids….?

          • Melissa March 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm

            Yes, please! This would be amazing.

          • Somnambulista March 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm

            Yes on the witch asteroids!!!

          • Starlush March 28, 2017 at 1:26 am

            Woot Woot!!! on the asteroid witch magic bring it on! xoxo

  • Reply Sirencreatrix March 26, 2017 at 12:57 am

    I love the beautiful mutual reception between chart ruler (Mars in Aqua) and Saturn in Scorpio. You are no doubt highly intelligent, brilliant and powerfully intuitive and creative!
    There are several factors that make me question whether you have or have had anxiety ?
    Your chart is so beautifully set-up to invite you toward finding yourself more rooted in your body, your home, your roots and develop a different kind of relationship to your body. One where you can listen to your body in order to intuit your answers. Not just a gut instinct but an intimate connection to all the ways our bodies speak to us. One that perhaps allows you to feel increasingly confident to continuing rise up from indecision and/or solar plexus control and power and into love, ease, flow and grace in your heart.
    Pisces Moon, Sun conjunct Uranus, and Mars in Aqua all suggest this and the remedy lies in not seeing relationships as limitations but instead as opportunities to expand your connection to your inner authority.
    I also see potential as a spiritual leader/teacher that may take time to reveal, at least to the world at large.
    Leo Midheaven, Saggo Sun conjunct Uranus, and Venus, Jupiter in Cap.

    • Reply Sirencreatrix March 26, 2017 at 1:11 am

      oh and yes you are a marvelous storyteller! I loved your description of your crown and mountain. Books!!!! Movies….?

    • Reply Melissa March 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Dear Sirencreatrix, I used to have anxiety as a child, but back in the day it wasn’t really something that would have been treated, nor was I open to my parents about it so in the end I dealt with it myself. Today when I feel this pointless anxiety creeping up, I just literally have to sit me down and discuss with myself if I have a point or if its just being anxious for absolutely no reason. Usually there is absolutely no reason, and by recognizing this, it vanishes. Reishi hepls, too 😉
      Thank you for taking the time to look through my chart! I really appreciate your insights. X

      • Reply Sirencreatrix March 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        Of course. Thank you Melissa. I adore Reishi myself! I find that mushroom allies are very much suited for work we need to do or for those of us that are “liminally inclined” as mushrooms are also in-between plants and animals– they are neither. But they have similarities to each and seem to have the qualities of dancing between the worlds. ❤

        • Reply Melissa March 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

          …English is not my mother tongue so I just looked up what it meant to be”liminally inclined”, and I found what came up really interesting, in connection to what you say about the mushrooms, being something like borderliners themselves… I love this! Popping two more Reishis this instant 😉

  • Reply NinthHouse March 26, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Also so much Lilith in Aries in that Bio!

    • Reply Sirencreatrix March 26, 2017 at 1:26 am

      Second that! Kudos to you spotting Lilith in Aries….;)

  • Reply Electro March 26, 2017 at 2:24 am

    I love your Uranus conjunct sun in the second. I would imagine it would give you an atonomy to own your strengths within your body and instincts.

    • Reply Electro March 26, 2017 at 2:47 am

      And, as a fellow Scorpio rising, I’m intrigued with your Pluto in the 12th and it’s journey since then. Wow, it sure has hit many of your personal planets. It seems as though you have had deep transformations thus far. It seems as though you’ve had the type of experiences that make a person, make a personality, define it distinctly. Looks like you have more groundbreaking experiences coming your way. Godspeed.

      • Reply Melissa March 26, 2017 at 9:39 am

        Hey Electro,

        Pluto rising really was a challenge, that I am slowly learning to turn into a strength. Its funny, with this aspect people either seem to love or hate you for absolutely no reason. There seems to be no “in between”. Now add the Scorpio Ac that you well know, and voila.
        I read that Kurt Cobain had the same aspect, and Pluto on the Ac means that when you’re a kid, it wanders through your first house. This definitely is tough, and an astrologer once said to me that “this should not be allowed to happen to children”, and I agree. But I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… 😉
        Thans for taking the time to check my chart!

        • Reply Sirencreatrix March 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

          The Pluto crossing the ascendant… I had that recently happen to me as a “quasi adult” although for a child… I imagine this would have forced growth for sure.
          Do you work with children? I mean is your profession somehow related to that? I agree with Mystic in that this format is challenging for me as I am picking up so much from your chart energetically and yet doing my best to be delicate. And yes Pisces moon or any Neptune influence can make it easy to be projected upon and vice versa. No? Do you find that in your life? The projected upon bit?

          • Melissa March 27, 2017 at 9:36 am

            Hey Sirencreatrix, no need to be delicate. I can handle it 😉 and probably whatever you are picking up has already been an issue or topic in my life.
            No, I’m not working with children, I’m a writer/ journalist, studied art history and used to work as a model before that. But the age group I am writing for now is usually a few years younger than me. What gave you the idea bout the children?

          • Melissa March 27, 2017 at 10:09 am

            And yes, I find it very telling what somebody choses to see in me. It says a lot about the other person. Hello, projection!
            But also the other way around, if I once make up my mind to trust/love/believe in someone, it is almost impossible for me, or at least takes me YEARS to let go of that person, against all better judgement. I literally gave my ex boyfriend one billion “last chances”, just because i had trusted him and this couldn’t just all have been in vain. But then again, if after all those years that person has finally been ejected from my life, they won’t ever come back in, no matter how hard they try.
            But one more thing about the transits- two days ago i met a guy I had known a few years ago, before my recent Pluto conjunction / Neptune square transits, and he said i was a completely different person now. Did you have similar experiences with your Pluto transit? I feel it changed me 180 degrees, and for the better. But not everybody can handle it, if you grow up.

          • Mystic Medusa March 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

            No i just meant that actual way the chart was presented…i like the degree numbers visible…just the classic Astrodienst format…And i agree re Pisces/Neptune…

          • Starlush March 28, 2017 at 1:48 am

            Re: Pluto transit.
            Yes, because it crossed my ASC it was visible i.e. I lost all my belly weight (hello solar plexus) AND I had developed acne which magically disappeared once Pluto did his thang. People also wanted to give me money all the time (at lot more than I was used) Ie instead of working hard and earning it is, it was more like people literally would ask me “Can i just deposit money into your account kinda thing.” For me at that time…it was strange. Lol

            Re: The children
            All your work houses 2nd, 6th, 10th are fire signs which to me is very childlike element and i have found that people that tend to experience trauma as children do well working through the layers and morphing the unconscious by working with children. Also the ruler of your Saturn, Mars is in 3rd house…very playful house..Gemini house feels very childlike. Same goes with Leo Midheaven, ruled by Sun, whose ruler Jupiter is also in 3rd house…
            That 3rd house feels so magical and alchemical. BTW
            You used to model? But now you prefer to be more hidden? Any transit you feel spurred that change?

          • Melissa March 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

            Oh yes. Within the last four years I had the most intense Transit-Time I ever had in my life.

            -my Saturn return
            -Saturn crossing my AC
            -Saturn conjunct my Sun and square my Moon
            -Neptun conjunct my Moon and square my Sun
            -Pluto conjunct my Jupiter and my Venus
            -Uranus square my Venus

            and that are just the transits I consider most important. The thing was, it all happened extremely condensed. It started with Saturn approaching my AC a few years back, and then all the other transits just kept piling up simultaneously.

            It was a huge transformation within a relatively short period of time, but there were moments when it felt like torture and everything was falling apart…

  • Reply Meredith March 26, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Question To: Kim, Mystic, and anyone else!

    When we see things in a chart that mirror our own – in what ways are you careful to not project your own personal experiences onto the interpretation. OR is that what should be done? Just curious as in Melissa’s chart, I see a lot of things that mirror myself. “Bundle Chart” (even the same houses) Exact Sun Sign and degree, too. I want to get away from looking at a chart and immediately “zapping” things that are personal or about myself. I mean unless we just can’t avoid it. In other words: this chart is not about me, it’s about someone else. (despite that we’re all connected). Thoughts?

  • Reply moonstone magnolia March 26, 2017 at 3:27 am

    A newby’s thoughts. The first word that came was forensics.. The Sherlock personality, investigator, stealth secrets a “no shit Sherlock!” With Scorpio rising and pleth of Saggi, warrior princess planets, the traveller, seeking truth at all costs. Bet you were chosen for the netball team first! The first 3 houses loaded with personality, dollars and grit. The longest line and protecting the other aspects on the inside (don’t know correct name) being the Pluto to Moon aspect, the 4th house of family and ancestors. Moon in Pisces, soft, squishy and magical, hence the mushrooms investigations and kindness to friends and dog posse in the privacy and safety of your own four walls, sanctuary. I saw your answer saying you love to journal and write, soothing the inner turmoil and Leo IC, identifying with Katy Perry and her purple hair. Getting it out there, the truth, but softened hard edges with the moon, your crystals and reflection. I wasn’t confident to send my “instinctive” comment last night as a new Hackette as there is a strength to your chart. I was scared of it, but when I saw your comments, I felt your softness and vulnerability. There are many jewels under the warrior’s maille, via your leather bound journal and words. Also the metal element being important, not just water.

    • Reply Melissa March 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Dear Moonstone Magnolia,
      I love your comment. I think you are very insightful and when you mention the metal element I wonder if you mean as in Chinese astrology? 🙂

      • Reply moonstone magnolia March 26, 2017 at 10:41 am

        Thank you Melissa. I “freefalled” my answer, tried not to read others’ responses first (but couldn’t resist) as I picked the Moon strongly too, perhaps cos we share Moon in the 4th house, though my 1-3 houses derelict and empty. No, I didn’t mean Chinese Astrology, but note you are born in the year of the Wood Rat (also canny and so clever with real estate) though Metal destroys wood (ie axe cutting wood). I tried to keep it to your chart and not bring in any other modalities. Perhaps more, with the use of crystals, there can be a floaty imbalance, esp in the bedroom. Something more like your warrior princess maille and maybe an old iron bed, just like they had in the old days, when the damsel was rescued by her prince….. or vice a versa. Do you like wearing silver or gold jewellery? I’m also a wood element and loathe stainless steel kitchens etc for this reason I think, but like silver bangles etc. as long as they’re not too heavy, esp for you not to weigh you down as you charge off on your latest crusade!

        • Reply Melissa March 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

          This is so interesting! My kitchen has zero steel too, so funny! Unfortunately I don’t have a metal bed, and usually limit my wear of jewelry to a watch and maybe earrings (as other things tend to get in my way), but recently have become a huge fan of the jewelry by LA based designer Jaquie Aiche, who’s designs have such a mystical feel to them… So nice we share a moon in the 4th- how do you experience it?

          • moonstone magnolia March 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

            Thanks Melissa, the site you mention indeed mystical and becoming for you. My moon in Gemini, a different flavour to your Pisces, though I have quite a watery chart. Till recently, believed I had moon in Taurus, had to adjust as an introvert, that indeed I do like mental stimulation and chat, but with the right folk to hit the mark. Find superficial chat in unknown or large groups difficult, yet love a one on one and hearing the back story. Like you, a love of writing, the spoken word and foreign film. I plant by the moon, feel her pull and a deep connection to her energy. She has always fascinated me. Like you, my cottage is my sanctuary where I can pull up the drawbridge, though I don’t have a moat!

  • Reply jacqui March 26, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Novice question- what determines the width (?) of the houses? I was born the day after Janet Jackson and obviously the planets form the same squares, conjuncts etc but her houses are different due to time moving on but what speed do these click over? Melissa has a small 12th/6th houses. Mine are even, my husbands are all over the place…

    • Reply Kim March 26, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Good question, Jacqui.

      The houses are what astrologers have created as a backdrop, or frame of reference for the zodiac and planets. Each house system (0ver 30 of them) use slightly different mathematical equations, and divide by either time or space, but a key factor in our commonly used house system, Placidus, is latitude. WHERE you were born.

      On the equator, the houses are all about 30 degrees, nice and neat, no intercepted signs (see the tutorial on intercepted signs for further reading)

      On the equator, the houses are all about 30 degrees each, nice and even because of their relationship to the ecliptic. But when you get further north or south, you can have several very large pairs of houses, and some very small. Get up to Anchorage or down to Hobart and things can even start to brake down and you might be better off using equal house systems.

      So the ‘width’ of a house is determined by how many degrees long it is, which depends on WHERE (space) and WHEN in the year (TIME) you were born.

      Check the birth PLACE for JJ compared to your and see if you spot a difference in latitude.

      Let us know!

  • Reply 5 star Sag March 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Pluto rising from the 12th house in a Pluto ruled chart- with Moon in Pisces. I would say the boundary between mysticism/occult works and secrets&lies is thin!

    Born on a first quarter moon…. there must be some kind of struggle between that homebody feel and the urge to amp it up and shine brighter.

    And as for the literal zap zone, we’ve got Pluto throbbing on your natal Venus in Capricorn. 3rd house Pluto transit redefining communication but also breaking down to the bare bones aesthetics and taste. Throwing in the Jupiter transit the 11th house- you forming a new network right now? Or dismantling the old one?

    • Reply Melissa March 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Haha Secrets yes, lies no (although if I have to, I can definitely come up with a bulletproof story, delivered with the straightest face), but the problem with the Secrets is the Sagittarius proneness to blabber! So now you know the real secret: you shouldn’t tell me anything, you wouldn’t also post on Facebook… 😉

    • Reply Melissa March 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

      But to answer your Pluto question, the Pluto Transit to my natal Venus feels easy breezy (a little more leather and a little more black) compared to the Neptune Square to my sun that i was dealing with on and off for the last 4 years and that finally went away this Valentines day. Believe me, I popped the champagne. That square was so terrible in so many ways, silently dissolving my life and everything I loved and believed in like an aquarelle painting in water. Of course, fake friends, lying lovers and outdated beliefs all went out the window in the process. The lap dogs loved this transit though, I spent so much time at home… I often wonder how our transits affect our pets…

  • Reply batshley March 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Chart #1

    I love the Pluto-Moon shield strategically casting itself over the rest of the chart. It’s like your 12th house Pluto knew it needed to put up a mystical quartz field, perhaps with a few claymores planted for trespassers lol. I imagine it’s such a strong force that in draws in those wanting to dissolve that barrier and see where the power generates from, which the Scorpio hates and the Pisces is thrilled about.

    • Reply Melissa March 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Hey Batchley, I love your take on this! It’s true- if you look at the chart the moon/pluto combo really has a protective feel about it. And the claymores and quartz makes me smile- this really is so true in so many ways! 🙂 Thanks for your insights!

    • Reply Mystic Medusa March 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Yes i love this but why would the Pisces Moon be thrilled out in your opinion?

      • Reply batshley March 28, 2017 at 1:51 am

        I saw the Pisces Moon as being drawn to boundary dissolution, especially when another soul pings close to what represents home… or what memories of home have taken root in the psyche. Have probably learned from hard experience to not trust just anyone, but the distant echo of Neptune may still be heard singing “what if you saved them all?”

  • Reply ICPluto March 26, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I read the chart using Whole Signs system, so I hope it offers a complementary insight.
    Pluto would be in the 1H reinforcing the Scorpio rising. I noticed that Pluto (or Mars, if one uses traditional rulers) is not only this chart ruler but also its final dispositor.
    Neptune would shift to the 3H, and with Venus conjunct Jupiter already there I see beauty, writing, publishing and reaching the masses.
    This house system shows a 5H Moon, and this goes well with the Leo MC. There is no discomfort being in the spotlight. This Moon also knows what the public wants and how to give it to them. The Moon rules the 9H – once again pointing to publishing.
    I see Saturn square the IC/MC axis. There is a need for discipline and strong work ethic. I’d also point out that Saturn conjoins the South Node in the 1H.
    Lastly, both Mercury and Venus are Out of Bounds. Can it be someone who thinks outside the box (that would give more oomph to a debilitated Sag Mercury) and a rule breaker (would also soften a possible rigidity of a Cap Venus)?

    • Reply Mystic Medusa March 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Yes I would say that there is a strong Saturn underpinning here. I don’t work with the out of bounds concept much though i know Kim does. I also think this was covered in a post ages ago but i think it can be amazing to strip everything back…even take out the houses…and narrow orbs…that is honestly my fave thing to do…and it works HORRIFYINGLY well with composite charts.

  • Reply Lux Interior is my Co-Pilot March 27, 2017 at 12:41 am

    The moon pluto conj is the first thing that hit me about this chart.

    Deep and dark and secretive.

    But there’s the freewheeling saggo sun and venus in aqua for extra space and detachment.

  • Reply Sagitta March 27, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I used the Chart tone exercise from Astrohacks #11 and found that the chart tone is Mutable Water (Pisces):

    There are 4 planets in Mutable signs (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Uranus) as opposed to 3 in Fixed signs (Mars, Saturn, and Pluto.) Even though the AC is Fixed (Scorpio) I used “Kim’s Rule” (“Let the Sun/Moon be a tie-breaker) so I gave more weight to the Mutable signs that have both Sun and Moon.

    As for the Elements, there are 3 planets in Water signs and the AC is also in Water. That is how I came up with Mutable Water –Pisces–for the chart tone. It’s so amazing that Mystic zeroed in on that Moon in Pisces right away and said it’s “Everything.”

    • Reply Melissa March 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Maybe this is why I really feel aligned with the introverted water element, and everything fiery and outgoing is more of a challenge for me. So cool, I have to check out Astro Hacks 11! I joined the hacks quite late, and must have missed this one… I love the idea of the mutable water Pisces energy as a chart tone!

  • Reply em price March 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I keep noticing how much I love your writing style! I definitely think it’s that beautiful Merc-Neptune connection, coupled with Pluto/Scorp Rising and Pisces Moon. I feel almost as if you’re SO precognitive that you’re intuiting exactly how to make a connections between your readers + your words. I love what you wrote about gaining fame in a hidden way — that’s a great interpretation of that Scorp-Leo vibe

  • Reply em price March 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I keep noticing how much I love your writing style! I definitely think it’s that beautiful Merc-Neptune connection, coupled with Pluto/Scorp Rising and Pisces Moon. I feel almost as if you’re SO precognitive that you’re intuiting exactly how to make a connections between your readers + your words. I love what you wrote about gaining fame in a hidden way — that’s a great interpretation of that Scorp-Leo vibe

    • Reply Melissa March 27, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Thank you! But everyone also has such great insights, and it’s so interesting to read it all. I’m so happy we are doing this exercise, and i feel so lucky that so many of you are taking the time to have a look at my chart and offer their interpretations. Plus of course Mystic and Kim! This chart zapping definitely is an amazing idea. 🙂

  • Reply Meredith March 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Melissa’s Chart: This chart has no oppositions. There is conflict of expression between the inner (Moon) and outer self (Sun), the Sun has an unconventional way of expressing outwardly (Uranus), of being. You may appear differently to others, or it might be noted by others something about you that stands out that is unusual – and unique. Pluto (trine) actually eases your Moons challenges with the Sun – and encourages inner development. Anything related to change or metamorphosis (Pluto) in your life would fuel the “inner” you. Mars put’s focus on Pluto (square) strengthening in the sense that there is a tension and need for expression both on the soul level and interactively. Neptune softens Pluto’s (sextile) rough or abrupt edges – and is a reminder of what tools (2h) you have at your disposal to make ideal dreams happen (12h). You have strengths in a creative vibrational connection between material and immaterial worlds.

    • Reply Mystic Medusa March 28, 2017 at 1:47 am

      I love this!

    • Reply Starlush March 28, 2017 at 1:54 am

      yasssss brilliant

    • Reply Melissa March 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Thank you for your insights! I find it really amazing that you say that Pluto could help ease the Sun/Moon challenges. It actually took me 30 years to realize that…

      • Reply Meredith March 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

        You’re welcome! I feel you though, I’m actually only just now (at 36 tapping into some of my charts strengths). I think that might be part of the process in a lot of ways <3

  • Reply Renata April 12, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Your love of writing/communications would be reflected by your 29 degree Mercury. I think this is brought forth through this lifetime for you to fulfil a karmic experience. Also your Midheaven trine Mercury shows this and your Midheaven trine Uranus means your probably going to do it in unique and creative sort of way.

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