Welcome!

I hope you find something interesting and informative on the pages inside. I have a passion for astrology that began at age 5!  I have studied many forms of astrology and Western Karmic Astrology and Evolutionary Astrology are my favorite so far.  Since astrology is an ever expanding wisdom there’s always a new idea or perspective on the horizon.

Through the years I’ve noticed the most challenging aspect of astrology for beginners is where to start.  Studying the twelve signs is the best place to begin so each month I provide the current placement for the Sun, but every sign is also applied to the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and a plethora of other astral bodies, as well as the houses that make up a horoscope. Learning the twelve signs is quite simple and will open up a whole new way to see the world. Everything has a birth: your home, your car, your cat and, of course, you!

In addition to posting the sign of the month, I will also be writing about simple upcoming celestial events like Eclipses, Retrogrades, New and Full Moons, and Solstices and Equinoxes to add a little spice to the month and make learning astrology a little bit more interesting.  I’ll post these on my Facebook page as well.  If you’d like to join the site, please go to Jo’Ann Ruhl (can we place a Facebook icon or link here?) and you’ll get any monthly updates instantly!

The Sun enters Sagittarius on November 22, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. PST and 4:38 a.m. EST

Sagittarius, our final fire sign, is half man and half horse, a Centaur shooting the arrows of truth into the sky. The symbolism is about how Sagittarius brings the sacred messages from spirit to our humanness.  In many ancient beliefs the horse is a messenger from the spirit world.  Fire represents spirit or inspiration, Aries is fire of the mind and Leo, fire of the heart. Sagittarius is fire of the soul.

Sagittarius is about all the ways we are inspired by our soul; the ancient books of wisdom that our societies rely on for guidance, the Shamans that bring us the wisdom and messages of spirit. 

This ninth sign shows us the freedom and spiritual expansion we develop through wisdom and truth. They are perpetual students and love to share wisdom and are natural teachers. Their love of freedom has made them one of the most commonly unmarried signs of the Zodiac. They see boundaries as a starting point. They are very committed in relationships but need to have open boundaries in them. A marriage is a signed contract that provides rules and boundaries in our society, the minute the Sag feels that fenced in sensation something in them wants to break free. 

Sagittarius is also about venturing into life very far from where and who we are; it is the sign of foreign travel and foreigners. Travel to a Sag is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. They explore the world without judgment, observing new and different ways cultures live. Sagittarians can be very good at learning foreign languages and also teaching us about philosophy and religions.

Their polar opposite, Gemini, are very talkative; Sagittarians can be talkative if they have something to share that they feel is important otherwise they can be very quiet. Quiet time and meditation come very naturally to them and is important for them to have on a daily basis. Dance, Yoga, Tai Chi, are good for them because they are all associated with spiritual practices from ancient cultures.

The most important characteristic of Sagittarius is truth, they are ultimately seekers of the truth and this is why they are constantly searching through the wisdom of the ages. Being truthful with them and allowing them to speak their truth is at the core of their being.  However, as with all signs, we have both sides of the coin, when you encounter a Sagittarius that lies, and thankfully it is rare, they will be the best pathological liar you will ever meet.

Sagittarians help us understand the world that is different from our own culture and show us the beauty in diversity. They must learn how boundaries in the physical world help us from going too far and overdoing it!

Full Moon in Gemini

December 6th at 4:27 a.m. PST and 7:27 a.m. EST

The Full Moon phase window begins on Dec 5th but the Moon is not completely full until Dec 6th at 4:27 a.m. PST and 7:27 a.m. EST. On Gemini Moon Days we are more talkative and find ourselves communicating but not really saying anything; the Full Moon asks us to be quiet and listen more.  It’s a wonderful moon to have a holiday party or gather with friends. Write a letter to Santa and ask for what you really want! Imagine he’s really a wizard and all you have to do is tell him your heart’s desire.

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Winter Solstice!

December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice marks the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s actually considered Summer Solstice. Essentially the tilt of the Earth reaches it farthest point from the sun on its orbit leaning outward and then it begins its journey back toward the Vernal Equinox (when the light will be in complete balance of night and day and the Earths tilt is balanced). Think about being on a carnival ride and how it sweeps outward and reaches a point where you can feel the centrifugal force pulling at your whole body and then it moves back toward the center. This year Winter Solstice occurs at 3:03 p.m. PST and 6:03 p.m. EST on December 21st. Also the New Moon in Capricorn compliments the Winter Solstice. Truly a gift of the Gods as they open a window of New Moon energy to enhance the light even more brilliantly that begins to return and ushers us into the New Year! This moon will be imbued with infinite transformative abilities because of the sun and moon transpiring at zero degrees, Pluto’s influence also in Capricorn, and Uranus moving into direct motion, all occurring within 18 minutes of each other! A sonic boom of energy!

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