Susan’s Astrology Charts

Grand Trines

Thank you to all who sent me emails about also having a grand trine in their birth charts. A grand trine indicates a good life of ease and harmony. A grand trine is created from the harmonious balance of each of the four elements Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. These four elements compose the universe, and are the structure of astrology and tarot.

Water Trines

My birth chart shows the grand Water trine of Sun in Pisces, Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer, and Saturn in Scorpio: 

All three Water signs are harmonious: Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Water people excel by following their intuition, and doing what feels right. 

Fire, Air, and Earth Trines

All three Fire signs are harmonious: Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo. Fire people excel by doing things in a big, fiery, dynamic way without restraint or being told what to do.

All three Air signs are harmonious: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Air people excel by doing things in an problem-solving, innovative way that includes many points of view.

All three Earth signs are harmonious: Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus. Earth people excel by doing things in an grounded, solid, practical, and realistic manner. 

Element Water

water loveI’m the Water person who follows her intuition and does what feels right. It is not always easy for us humans to trust and following intuition. To do that can feel like an irresponsible aspect of The Fool tarot card. But following feelings is easier for me due to the grand Water trine.

See the big triangle in the inner circle of the chart above? That’s a grand Water trine. Each point of the pyramid is one of the Water signs: Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Plus Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, the best sign for expansive, generous Jupiter.

Planets in a Grand Trine

Life can be good in this incarnation from that four-planet grand Water trine of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. People often ask me if I’m “psychic” because I read tarot cards. Being a Pisces with a grand Water trine — of course I’m psychic!

Air Trine

Communication planet Mercury in Aquarius trines Neptune in Libra, making an Air trine. I can communicate articulately from the unseen Neptune Water world of inner knowing, wisdom, dreams, and subconscious realms. Plus Mercury is exalted in Aquarius, the best sign for Mercury. 

Do the same in your birth chart; look for good luck and ease with your trines and your sextiles. These are the areas to cultivate, where your natural talents lie, and where you’ll find the most peaceful and rewarding path in life. Where you have squares or oppositions in your chart is where there is work to be done, or consciousness to be raised.

Planets in Water Signs

The Sun in a chart symbolizes the self, your ego and identity. My Sun is in the sign of Pisces, so I’m a Pisces. Sun signs divide the solar year into seasons. I am born close to Spring Equinox, when the Sun enters Aries and begins the solar year.

JupiterJupiter is the largest planet and symbolizes opportunities, expansion, and good fortune. My Jupiter is in the Water sign Cancer. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, meaning that Jupiter’s expansive generosity is best expressed through the motherly and compassionate Water sign Cancer.

Sun trine Jupiter indicates luck in life, opportunities for travel, and a quest for knowledge. For knowledge, I enjoy studying mythology, astrology, and Chinese medicine. And I’ve had many fortunate travels, including doing tarot readings in Mexico.

Saturn is the planet that symbolizes hard work, duty, and discipline. Sun trine Saturn indicates maturity, the ability to accomplish tasks, and acceptance of responsibilities. I don’t mind hard work. And I’m interested in what I do so it doesn’t feel like a struggle.

Uranus is the planet of change, rebellion, and freedom. Sun trine Uranus indicates inspirational ideas, creativity, and an avant-garde approach. I an grateful that I live in San Francisco where every day are all types of self expression, and where people tend to be accepting and open minded.

Jupiter trine Saturn indicates common sense — which isn’t so common — and the ability to plan or organize. This helps to stay grounded and pragmatic. I appreciate learning feng shui, where the inspiration of Jupiter is blended with the Saturnian organized structure of the universe, and to how we live day to day. My hobby is I’m a slow foods chef, aided by Jupiter trine practical Saturn. 

Jupiter trine Uranus indicates expansion through and interest in many types of people from all walks of life. Plus love of travel and adventure is shown in this Jupiter trine Uranus. Jupiter rules publishing, and Uranian and quite different are my book topics. My books are pushed in this Aquarian Age, so are in hard copy and e-books! 

Saturn trine Uranus indicates blending teachings of the past (Saturn) with sensibilities and values of the future (Uranus). Ideas are progressive yet realistic. This aspect may have saved me from being an overly- subjective, sentimental Pisces. I have unconventional Uranian ideas, but they can have practical application from the trining influence of Saturn. Fellow Pisces Anais Nin wrote, “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” With my strong Saturn in Scorpio, part of the grand Water trine, I can distinguish the difference.

Exalted MercuryOur Boy Mercury

People ask me how I wrote five books, and have a knack for languages. This may be the due to the house placement of Mercury. Mercury in the tenth house is conjunct the Midheaven so communication is my career. Mercury exalted in Aquarius trines Neptune in Libra which indicates ease with writing. Mercury trine Neptune also helps with intuition.

Mercury is opposite Pluto so I’m fascinated by ancient cultures and the history of myths and religions. Mercury squares Saturn hence a strong memory and love of languages. But I can be very serious at times because of that Saturn square. Squares are the teachers in your birth chart, showing you challenges to claim and overcome.

Three Squares

Every birth chart offers both gifts and challenges. Not so easy are squares, which can indicate challenges in life. But it is through our squares that we learn and grow. Mars, the planet of power, passion, and strength squares Venus, the planet of love, beauty, art, and pleasure. Mars is in strong steady Earth sign Taurus that squares Venus in innovative Air sign Aquarius. Mars is in its detriment in the sign of Taurus (Venus rules Taurus), but Taurean Mars is good for working steadily to accomplish goals.

Saturn in Scorpio squares Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth. This opens the door to issues of time and death. I can empathize with clients when they experience face-of-death situations such as car accident, incest, miscarriage, cancer, or AIDS. My hard-knock life growing up in Chicago is indicated by Saturn square Pluto, but those experiences strengthened me and made me who I am today.

I specifically avoid the problems of Uranus square Neptune, illusion and artifice, by not drinking booze and not doing drugs — unlike the Pisces stereotype of addiction and escapism. On occasion, I appreciate food parings with wine or beer, and support legal medical marijuana for those who want it — but I’m hardly a party girl. Uranus square Neptune also influences one to not be part of the status quo.

Piscean Nostalgia

I remember back in the ’70’s doing charts by hand at the Astrologer’s Guild on Halsted Street in Chicago — unlike today when we astrologers hit a button and, in seconds, have advanced astrological calculations. Astrology is forwarded by the software engineering and scientific breakthroughs that have helped to popularized astrology on a global scale in the 21st century. I remember the old days of work, but gladly embrace new technology. My Mercury is in Aquarius in the 10th house, my mid-heaven is Aquarius, and my Venus is in Aquarius in the 9th house so fine with me to work with computers!

saturn_04-16-2012_cartesdicielSaturn Returns

On my first Saturn return, I moved to San Francisco! Here I found support for being an astrologer and tarot card reader. At my second Saturn return 28 years years later, I have a thriving clientele who I so appreciate and am interested in. And I am the author of books published in many languages about tarot, astrology, and Chinese medicine. I followed my bliss and interest in metaphysics to discover that my second Saturn return is very emotionally rewarding! THANK YOU to all my clients who supported me over these decades.

My second Saturn return began on January 8, 2014. Transiting Saturn conjuncted my natal Saturn, but also trined my Sun, Jupiter, and Uranus. That is the best part of a grand trine, it makes transits easier. 

Saturn often represents the father in astrology, and the Moon represents the mother. My father died during my second Saturn return. But he was just a couple of weeks from his 92nd birthday, so he lived a long life. Saturn represents skin, teeth, and bones in medical astrology. I  spent my Saturn return year doing dental work. 

Everyone has their second Saturn return at age 59, one year before their Taoist astrology return that occurs every 60 years.

Taoist 60 Year Cycle

I turned 60 in 2015 the year of the Wood Sheep. I was born in 1955 the last Wood Sheep year. Wood Sheep years occur every 60 years. Sheep years occur every 12 years, and experience all 5 elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

Twelve years after Wood Sheep 1955 was 1967 Fire Sheep year, then 1979 Earth Sheep, 1991 Metal Sheep, 2003 Water Sheep, then 2015 again the year of the Wood Sheep.


Taoist Astrology

I have a grand trine in my Taoist Four Pillars chart too! Life is good due to a three animal grand trine, a trine comprised of three of the four animals that are your life pillars.

The Four Pillars are the Chinese zodiac animals of your birth year, birth month, birth day, and birth hour. My birth year is Wood Sheep, my birth month is Earth Rabbit, and my birth day is Wood Pig. Sheep correlates to the Western water sign Cancer, Rabbit to Pisces, and Pig to Scorpio (but Scorpio without the sting). So I have a grand Water trine in both astrological systems.

Chinese Astrology Trines

I’m balanced if I stay true to the ways of the peaceful and gentle Sheep, the artistic Rabbit, and the kind generous Pig. I’m content reading Tarot cards in my peaceful home, casting horoscopes, being creative at feng shui consultations, quietly studying and writing, and living simply. I prefer working behind the scenes and being supportive of others, which is all in accord with the gentle ways of the Sheep.

I became a professional Tarot reader and Astrologer in 1986, a Fire Tiger year. I took this big career risk because in a Tiger year if it didn’t work out, I’d have good luck in the following Rabbit year to find another art job. Due to my grand trine, every Hare, Sheep, and Pig years are fortunate. So at the end of Ox year 1985, I completed my last “day job” with an architectural firm in Berkeley CA. 

Over 30 years later, still I enjoy what I do, and find it interesting. A big hug and eternal thank you to the many souls whose tarot cards I’ve read, whose astrology charts I’ve cast, homes I’ve feng shui’ed, and to the readers of my books!

Animal Years

Some animal years are more fortunate than others depending on your Taoist Four Pillars animal signs and elements. Clearly I have luck in Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig years. But a general guideline is to cultivate the specific qualities of each animal during that animal’s year. Strive to match the chi of each year so you will have fewer problems and life can flow more easily.

So in a Rat year be smart, clever, focus on work, and invest your money. In Ox year work hard, stay focused, and don’t complain. In Tiger year take risks, be brave, and pounce on new opportunities. In Rabbit year be peaceful, diplomatic, and develop your artistic abilities. Dragon year is a time for extremes, grand passions, and drastic successes — or failures. Snake year is time to be wise, plan, contemplate, and not show your intentions. In Horse year explore, travel, and be as free as you can. In Sheep year cultivate spirituality, kindness, and gentleness. In Monkey year pull off all kinds of wild and crazy schemes. In Phoenix (Rooster) year being organized and structured leads to rebirth and transformation. In Dog year be loyal, honest, and speak the truth. During a Pig year be kind, open, and honest. Pigs enjoy a good time so Pig year is the time to eat, drink, and be merry.

Lunar Months

Each month correlates to an animal sign. February is Tiger month, March is Rabbit month, April is Dragon month, May is Snake month, June is Horse month, July is Sheep month, August is Monkey month, September is Phoenix (Rooster) month, October is Dog month, November is Pig month, December is Rat month, and January is Ox month. Note that each month does not start on the 1st day of the Gregorian calendar month. Animal months start on a new Moon because the Taoist calendar is a lunar calendar.

Neptune Now in Pisces

The planet Neptune is in the Water sign Pisces for the next 14 years until spring 2025, a perfect pairing of the Ocean God in a Water sign: creativity, intuition, spiritual connections. This sets the tone for an entire generation, the new Piscean Neptunians, who are born at this time!

As Neptune travels through the sign of Pisces, it will join my Pisces Sun in spring 2022. (2022 will be the Year of the Water Tiger, the black Tiger.) Neptune conjunct Sun can be an inspiring, creative, and spiritual time, or a fatiguing time without clarity about life direction.

What to anticipate when Neptune conjuncts your Sun? Here’s where my four-planet grand trine comes in handy; Neptune will trine Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus as it conjuncts my Sun. Even if the Sun is experiencing stress, it’s saved by other planets in the trine. Neptune trine Jupiter makes for optimism, confidence, and fortunate travels. Neptune trine Saturn brings a balance of idealism and reality. Neptune trine Uranus influences wide interests, and heightened intuition.

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