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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic Venus Retrograde in Leo in the forum Transit Watch August 24, 2015 6:27 pm

    Yeah, the “shame-shame-shame” theme is definitely salient this go around.

    What I’m wondering is, on an astrological level, whether this is a consistent feature of Venus’ retrograde in Leo, or whether it is a product of this particular cycle, which involved Venus’ multiple squares with Saturn in Scorpio.

    Personally, I think the configuration with…[Read more]

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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic Venus Retrograde in Leo in the forum Transit Watch August 22, 2015 6:28 pm

    Oh yeah, this summer’s cup overfloweth with shame, @alia-wesala.

    Also add the Subway guy getting convicted of child pornography charges.

     

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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic Venus Retrograde in Leo in the forum Transit Watch August 6, 2015 8:17 pm

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    – The prominent death of Cecile the lion.

    – The rise to superstar status of female UFC fighter Ronda Rousey

    – The avalanche of celebrity break ups, including Kermit and Ms. Piggy

    What’s interesting about both Cecile’s killer and Ronda Rousey’s defeated opponent is that each experienced immense public humiliation.  I’ve…[Read more]

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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic And the horse you rode in on: Saturn in Scorpio retrograde in the forum Transit Watch July 17, 2015 9:34 pm

    That’s brutal, Nick.  My condolences.

    It also reminds me that sometimes the “hardest” transits aren’t the most acute.  There’s no single, defining loss or tragedy- just a seemingly endless bowl of poop soup.

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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic Venus Retrograde in Leo in the forum Transit Watch July 14, 2015 7:38 pm

    @Lee-Lehman, the connection of Venus and furniture is both interesting and entirely intuitive.  It is, in fact, hard for me to summon images of Venus without at least one figure lounging upon a luxurious couch appearing.

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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic Venus Retrograde in Leo in the forum Transit Watch July 14, 2015 7:37 pm

    @nick-civitello, you should talk to @nick-dagan-best about rock and Mars retrogrades.  He has some great stories about it, particularly concerning Black Flag.

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    Austin Coppock started the topic Venus Retrograde in Leo in the forum Transit Watch July 10, 2015 5:25 pm

    As many of you know, Venus will spend much of the 3rd quarter of 2015 retrograde.  Already deep in shadow, I’m already seeing the effects in my own life, as well the lives of my clients.

    I’m starting this thread as a place post about relevant experiences and insights.

    For my own part, I recently found myself fascinated by RuPaul’s Drag Race.…[Read more]

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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic Responding to questions from skeptics or curious people in the forum General Forum July 9, 2015 5:46 pm

    That’s a great question, Jo.

    The fact is that I don’t think we really have the “how” nailed down.  This might seem like a serious weakness until you consider that physicists still have no idea what the “how” is for gravity.  No one else ever found evidence of a gravity particle.  Yet we can all admit that gravity has a very definite pull on ou…[Read more]

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    Austin Coppock wrote a new post, Interview With Astrologer Leisa Schaim June 16, 2015 6:54 pm

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    Austin Coppock wrote a new post, April News April 8, 2015 3:39 pm

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    Greetings, members and supporters!   We have a few items of news to discuss.

    membershipMembership Director Search

    First, with the recent departure of membership director Maria Wander, we are in need of a Membership director.  We will be taking applications until the New Moon in Aries on April 18th.  If you’re interested, consult the membership director search blog entry and then email us at youngastrologers@gmail.com with a brief description of your relevant experience and qualities.

     

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    Second, there’s a new piece up on the AYA guest blog- Manda Selva’s Roles of Destiny.  In this fun and insightful article, Manda explores the relationship between actors, their charts, and the roles that made them famous. If you’re a member or benefactor of the AYA, we’d love to hear from you about contributing to the blog- please email us at youngastrologers@gmail.com

     

    oparetreatOPA

    Those of you looking to enhance to further professionalize  should consider the OPA retreat in California this October.  Not only does it offer a bevy of courses and workshops, our friends at the Organization for Professional Astrologers have been kind enough to offer AYA members a 10% discount to the retreat.  For more information, visit the OPA page.
     
     

     

     

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    Austin Coppock wrote a new post, Roles of Destiny April 8, 2015 3:37 pm

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    While I was researching and writing on different astrological aspects, I found some interesting coincidences with actors that played out the essence of an astrological aspect in a movie.  Those that had the same aspect in the natal chart were able to really portray the energy in an effective manner, which makes sense because they understand the flavor of the dynamics and probably have experienced and played out the role in some form or the other.

    SuchetThe first person that came to mind in relation to the deep analytical nature of Mercury Pluto aspects was Agatha Christie, the crime novelist.  Her stories were very skillfully designed, as she uses a combination of circumstances, personality and motive to build the profile of the criminal.  But the real success of her stories in the big screen goes to actor David Suchet, who portrays the detective Hercule Poirot.  So it was very interesting to find out that both Agatha Christie and David Suchet had Mercury Trine Pluto and were able to reflect this energy through their writing and acting respectively.  In 1991 David Suchet received the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for his role as Hercule Poirot.

     

    CloseGlenn Close, in the movie “Fatal Attraction,” plays the role of Alex Forrest, a neurotic and complex single woman who has an affair with Michael Douglas and eventually tries to kill him. This role reflects the negative manifestation of a Venus Pluto aspect with the jealousy, manipulation, and intense obsessions.  Glenn Close played this role to a hilt and was nominated for best leading actress in 1987 for this movie.  Not surprisingly, she has a Venus Pluto square in her natal chart and hence was able to accurately feel and express the emotions behind this character.  This is not an easy role to play.  From the chilling smile to the menacing looks, she really understood this character, as there was a part of it within her.

    loneSaturn Neptune aspects are sometimes about being there but without a sense of belonging, having but not owning, an ego that needs to be surrendered and a reality that eventually disappears.  This energy was wonderfully captured in the Oscar winning movie “Last Emperor” which is the story of “Puyi,” the last emperor of China.  Although he becomes emperor at the age of 2, he has no real power and is protected by the staff from being exposed to the real world outside the walls of his palace.  He has no real knowledge or strength in defending himself or his country and ends up becoming a puppet emperor for the Japanese. When the Japanese lost to Russia, Puyi was imprisoned and forced into a communist reform program for many years.  When he was eventually released, he took up a job as a gardener in a botanical garden.  What an amazing journey in one lifetime! This character was wonderfully played by John Lone who won the Golden Globe award for best actor for this movie and has a Saturn Neptune conjunction with the Sun at the midpoint of the aspect.  Throughout the movie he expresses the subtle discomfort involved in realizing that he has no real power. With Saturn Neptune aspects, real power is found by being of service, and Puyi only finds that when he finally becomes a gardener.  The Emperor Puyi himself had a Saturn Neptune trine and hence was able to flow though this aspect without much resistance.

    These instances show that aspects in our natal chart in many ways define the energy we express and what people see in us.  It therefore makes sense that actors are often chosen for roles that are symbolic of a particular aspect in their birth chart, especially in situations where there is a good fit.  Also, when we watch movies, we may be more appreciative of actors that exude energy that is reflective of aspects in our own birth charts.  I admire Agatha Christie and the lead actor, David Suchet, as I share the Mercury Pluto trine with them.  These studies repeatedly confirm that energies seen in our birth chart are archetypal and hence can recognize and connect with similar archetypes all around them.

    About Manda Selva

    Manda Selva is a professional NCGR certified astrologer who lives and practices in San Francisco Bay Area.  She also has a website and blog, http://www.Astromanda.com where she can be contacted for chart readings.  In her practice, Manda uses the principles of Psychological Astrology in combination with the Uranian technique of midpoints.

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    Austin Coppock replied to the topic Clients under the influence (and I'm not talking about orbs) in the forum Group logo of Working with ClientsWorking with Clients April 7, 2015 4:08 pm

    I used to feel like paying clients were purchasing the privilege to waste my time and theirs, but I don’t feel that way any more.  I like doing my job, and doing it well.  These days I avoid or decline clients who would rather pay to someone to waste time with them.

    Perhaps I should locate someone who will allow people to waste their time for a r…[Read more]

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    Austin Coppock posted an update April 3, 2015 7:28 pm

    Who is going to the AFA conference in Arizona next week? I’m looking forward to everything about it except for the talk I’m scheduled to give.

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