Bite-sized lessons for Astrology beginners created by Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady.
Curious about astrology? Want to learn the basics—but don’t have tons of time? Want things to be short and snappy? This podcast is for you! With Astrology Bytes, you can learn about astrology in super-short bursts. Each episode is 15 minutes or less. Your host, Theresa Reed, breaks things down into plain, easy-to-understand explanations.
No complicated jargon or tedious philosophical lectures here. Just simple, fun instructions that will get you understanding astrology in no time.
How to Avoid Making Astro-Excuses with Ben Katzman
Episode 131. What happens when you get a music-loving astrologer together with an astrology-loving musician? This great conversation between Ben Katzman and yours truly! Ben, along with his band DeGreaser, is the musical genius behind Astrology 101, an astrology-inspired album with songs for every sign of the zodiac. (You MUST check out the video "My Mom's A Capricorn" - it's hilarious!) In this episode of Astrology Bytes, we discuss how to avoid making "astro-excuses" aka blaming astrology for things! (Ex: "well, I can't help it...I'm a Gemini!" WRONG!) Of course, we also talk a bit about music and his new album too. Listen in and let's shred those astro-excuses!
Venus Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 130. Venus is the goddess of love and is associated with romance, art, beauty, and how we express ourselves socially.
Where Venus is placed in your natal chart shows the areas of your life or activities where you find beauty, art, and pleasure.
1st: Venus in the first house indicates a pleasing appearance and loads of charm. You’ve got that “it” factor and always look pulled together.
2nd: Venus in the second house means you can attract money and resources with ease - or you may make a living in the arts. You may have a love of beautiful things and could acquire wealth. You might even marry into it!
3rd: Venus in the third house gives interest in the arts and cultural pursuits. You may enjoy reading poetry or could be a talented creative writer. Artistic scholars sometimes have this placement. Sometimes Venus in the 3rd indicates people who write beautiful love letters.
4th: Venus in the fourth usually indicates a happy childhood and beautiful nest. You might be attached to your home - or your mother. Interior designers or people who enjoy architecture sometimes have this placement.
5th: Venus in the fifth house means you are a pleasure seeker and have a highly romantic nature. You love being in love and have no shortage of admirers. You’re also a lover of the arts or may possess creative talent yourself. If you have children, they will be beautiful and the love of your life.
6th: Venus in the sixth house indicates romance on the job - and a need for a harmonious working environment. You usually get along well with coworkers - and may base much of your social life around work.
7th: Venus in the seventh house could mean happiness in love and committed relationships. When you marry, it’s for love and love alone - and keeps. You also have an ability to charm the public, which would bode well for a career in public relations.
8th: Venus in the eighth house gives an active sex life - and the possibility of financial gain through marriage. In some cases, this could indicate an inheritance. If Venus is negatively aspected, you might marry for money.
9th: Venus in the ninth house indicates a love of travel, foreign cultures, philosophy, and religion. You might meet romantic partners on trips - or through universities and churches. Art historians sometimes have this placement.
10th: Venus in the 10th house means the public loves you - and you love them. You may choose a career in the performing arts or something that puts you in the spotlight. Sometimes this placement indicates a social climber.
11th: Venus in the 11th brings many friends who are helpful towards achieving your goals. Friends support you and vice versa. Some of your friendships could be with musicians or artists. You might even meet romantic partners through your social life. Friends can become lovers, and lovers can become friends.
12th: Venus in the 12th house indicates a love of mediation, solitude, and working behind the scenes. You don’t mind being by yourself - you enjoy your own company. Sometimes this placement can bring secret lovers.
Those are some quick thoughts about Venus in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
Understanding Your Loved Ones with the Celestial Trilogy with Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
Episode 129. Before you start making assumptions that you simply can't get along with that Taurus or you can only date "certain signs," hear this: you can learn how to foster healthy relationships with anybody, no matter what their sign may be. Astrologers Amy Zerner and Monte Farber join me to talk about how the "celestial trilogy" can help you learn to understand the people in your life better - and create stronger partnerships, even if the stars aren't aligning. Once you know how someone operates (and what you both need), you can work together in a way that is best for both parties. We talk about this - and their new book, Mindful Astrology, a helpful guide to the celestial trilogy, the three most important points in the zodiac chart.
Mercury Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 128. Where Mercury is placed in your natal chart shows the areas of your life or activities that occupy your mind or impact your communication.
1st: Mercury in the first house indicates a personality that is curious and talkative. You have an intellectual outlook on life and might be intellectually competitive. It may be hard to shut you up at times though.
2nd: Mercury in the second house means your mind is preoccupied with money and business. Like Snoop Dogg, “You’ve got your mind on your money and your money on your mind.” You might make your living through a career in writing, teaching, or communications.
3rd: Mercury in the third house is accidentally dignified since this house corresponds with Gemini. If you have Mercury in the third, you’re probably quick-witted, intelligent, and a great speaker. You have a way with words. This placement can also indicate a nervous mind - or a tendency to gossip way too much.
4th: Mercury in the fourth means a lot of mental activity happens in the home. There may be noisy family life, or you may work from home. It’s also possible that home may be a place of study or your parents were well-educated. Sometimes this can indicate many moves or a nomadic lifestyle.
5th: Mercury in the fifth house gives an intellectual interest in the arts. For example, you may be a critic or screenwriter. You can express your ideas in a bold, dramatic fashion. Because the 5th house is associated with speculation, it can also indicate an interest in the stock market. Parents or teachers who invest a lot of energy into children’s education may have this placement as well. On the low vibe, it can also mean you’re approach to romance is too analytical. The “no one is good enough” vibe can be an afflicted fifth house Mercury.
6th: Mercury in the sixth house means you need work to be mentally stimulating. You may go into a specialized line of work or might be interested in medicine, science, or technology careers. Disorder of any sort can affect your health.
7th: Mercury in the seventh house indicates communication is vital for your relationships. You need to have mental compatibility in order for harmony. This placement can be great for anyone who works in law or public relations. However, it can also indicate a preoccupation with what other people think.
8th: Mercury in the eighth house might mean you’re interested in researching the mysteries of life. You’re psychic and great at getting to the bottom of things. You may also possess mediumship abilities. It’s often thought that people with this placement are secretive - or like to plot revenge!
9th: Mercury in the ninth house creates a desire to broaden one’s horizons through higher education and travel. There may be an interest in philosophy, law, or religion. If you have this placement, travel is a balm for your soul and you may visit many countries in your lifetime. If negatively aspected, you could be an intellectual snob or religious hypocrite.
10th: Mercury in the 10th house can mean you pursue education to further your ambitions - or you’re in a career where you engage with the public in some way. For example, you may be a politician, speechwriter, journalist, or public speaker. You can communicate with the public well. If your Mercury is afflicted, your words could get you into trouble.
11th: Mercury in the 11th indicates an interest in mentally stimulating friendships and associations. You may have many friends that you like to keep in contact with or a broad network of associates that help support your goals. You might also be involved in humanitarian work.
12th: Mercury in the 12th house indicates a mind that needs quiet from time to time. Periods of solitude benefit you greatly. You might be secretive with your thoughts - or you may be hesitant to say what you mean. In some cases, Mercury in the 12th could indica
Lunar Cycles for Business with Leslie Tagorda
Episode 127. I follow the Moon closely for everything. I'm serious about that. It's especially useful for business. Brand astrologer and host of The Savvy Luminary podcast Leslie Tagorda knows this - and guides her clients to success using lunar cycles for business. In this episode of Astrology Bytes, she shares her wisdom so you too can make your biz swoon with the moon!
Leslie is the author of Star Powered Brand and New Moon Rituals for Entrepreneurs (I HIGHLY recommend both).
*Note: I mistakenly say this is episode 203 but it's actually 127.*
The Moon Through the Houses in the Natal Chart
Episode 126. The Moon symbolizes your emotions, needs, and how we respond to others and the world around us.
There are twelve houses in the natal chart. You can go back to older episodes to learn about the attributes of each house.
Where the Moon sits in your natal chart shows where you get emotional. Because the Moon is changeable, this can also indicate where conditions in your life may fluctuate too.
1st: The Moon in the first house indicates a personality that expresses feelings outwardly. Your heart is right on your sleeve. Sometimes, you may be too reactionary.
2nd: The Moon in the second house means money is important to you. It comes and goes, which can create anxiety. When you have enough cash in the bank, you tend to be more chill.
3rd: The Moon in the third house indicates emotions tend to color your thoughts. You’ve got a great imagination and might be intuitive. At times, you need to work hard to keep your feet planted on the ground.
4th: The Moon in the fourth is at home since this is the natural placement for la luna. Home is where your heart is and you’re probably close to your family. You might have a comfy home too. You’ll need to guard against holding on to the past. If you can’t let go of the old, you can’t be present.
5th: The Moon in the fifth house makes you a hopeless romantic. You want true love, and nothing less will do. You’re probably fertile, could have many children, and would make an excellent parent. But watch out that your pursuit for pleasure doesn’t cause you to leave a trail of broken hearts behind you.
6th: The Moon in the sixth house means work needs to be emotionally satisfying. You may choose a career as a caregiver or in the food industry. Drama at work can affect your well-being and could sometimes be a catalyst for many job changes.
7th: The Moon in the seventh house places emotional emphasis on relationships. You crave security through a long-term partnership. You’re highly empathic but can also become codependent.
8th: The Moon in the eighth house heightens intuition. You can feel things - and people out with ease. You also have good instincts for handling money. However, boundaries can be weak or you may struggle to find emotional intimacy. Hot and cold? Yep.
9th: The Moon in the ninth house creates a desire to see the world or feed your head. You love to learn about other cultures and may have a strong moral compass. But this placement of the Moon could also indicate restlessness or religious hypocrisy.
10th: The Moon in the 10th house means the public loves you and you love them. You want recognition and you probably get it. The negative side of this placement could be someone who does whatever they think will get the most applause.
11th: The Moon in the 11th brings close emotional relationships with friends. Friends often become members of the family - or you may have a chosen family of buddies that replaces an unhappy birth family. The Moon in the 11th can also make you susceptible to peer pressure.
12th: The Moon in the 12th house indicates a deep, emotional need for solitude. Too much time spent with others drains your batteries. Frequent sabbaticals or therapy helps you to restore your sense of emotional balance. You’ll need to be careful that your past experiences do not color the present moment. Let go of those old stories!
Those are some quick thoughts about the Moon in the natal chart houses. If you want to learn more, be sure to grab a copy of Astrology for Real Life - a No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious. I also recommend Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment Planets by Robert Pelletier.
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