September 24, 2018

Will the Business Succeed?

Hi Lesia, 

I contacted you a few years back and thought maybe you could help me with this question. What do you look for when someone is going to go into business for themselves? Is there a way to tell if the business will succeed? Any help would be most appreciated. The person who will be starting a business was born March 31, 1980 at 3:01 A.M. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Any help would be most appreciated. 


Dear Canadian,

It's nice to hear from you.

First, please excuse our President. We don't seem to be able to fix him. We're so sorry.

I can't find where I might have kept a copy of this chart, because I normally do keep them. *shrugs* I would surely have noticed and mentioned the Grand Cross, and the mutual reception of the Sun and Mars. That's really fortunate for an Aries. While there are quite a few challenging squares (Does Aries really mind? They love a good challenge!), there are also many sextile-opportunities, and an outlet for the square in Neptune, ruler of the intercepted 2nd house of money in the 11th house of friends, associations, and unexpected twists of fate. The 11th house is also the house of income from self-employment. In spite of the Cross, there's a lot to like in this chart. 

With Uranus in the 10th, ruling the 2nd, and spiritual Neptune in Sagittarius in the 11th, co-ruling the 2nd, should I assume it's an astrology business in question? Uranus disposits the moon's south node on the cusp of the 2nd house, and the nodes are half of the Grand Cross. Mercury in Pisces is highly intuitive. It rules the 5th house of creativity, risks and gambles; the 6th house of work; and the 8th house of other people's money and values. 

Regarding your question, there are a couple ways to go about this. One is to cast electional charts to find the optimum time to open the business. Every moment in time is the birth of something, and while we can't choose when people are born, we can choose the best date and time for grand openings, groundbreakings, ship launches (the Titanic was never christened - what does that say?), weddings, coronations, new jobs, buying a house, literary queries, etc. Electional astrology is used when you know what you want, and need the best time to attain it. Sometimes there are limitations, such as a wedding that has to take place on a Saturday in June on the cliffs in Maine (now which Saturday, and at what time?), and those are incorporated in the search. No chart is perfect. Some kind of compromise is almost always necessary. 

There are specific rules for electional astrology. 

Only applying aspects are used.

The moon is the most important consideration: 

  • Avoid squares from the moon 
  • Avoid a void-of-course moon. 
  • The moon should be waxing in light. New moons are okay, but the project should be put off until at least a sliver of its light can be seen. Never begin a project in the dying light of the moon unless the goal is to kill it.

Unless the project or event is represented by a "malefic planet," they should be kept out of angular houses if at all possible. Example exceptions would be if the chart is about a competition, or the business is a gym, Mars in an angle would be fine. If the project is about building or architecture, Saturn could work in the angles. An astrology or computer business could succeed with Uranus in the angles, but in each case, you would want them to be well-aspected by other planets and the moon. You don't really want them in the 12th house, either.

You want the rising sign to represent the subject of the project: Libra for a wedding, Taurus for a gourmet food shop or restaurant, Virgo for a grocery, Scorpio for taxidermy or a funeral home. But keep an eye on which sign that puts on the midheaven.

The angles of the chart are, of course, the strongest positions for planets. Try to place a planet that represents the subject near an angle. Venus on the ascendant or midheaven is good for a wedding or party. Jupiter for travel, teaching or publishing. Neptune on the midheaven is good for things like film and photography, art, music, dance, and other creative matters.

Four planets that you should try to keep above the horizon are the Sun, Moon, Venus and Jupiter. 

Avoid retrograde planets that represent the matter in question. It's a bad idea to marry under Venus retrograde, and a bad idea to sign a contract under Mercury Rx. Don't start a mechanical repair shop while Mars is Rx.

The second way of approaching the question is to examine the natal chart to see if the person has the talent and means to succeed at the business they want to start. Check to see if the transiting planets at the planned opening time are beneficial in the natal chart. Be careful about all-trine transits because they can indicate a lack of persistence or effort in some cases. Probably not in this case, because this person is driven to succeed and conquers challenges, but in other charts, use caution. 

You'll want to look at the midheaven because it represents the body of work, career, and public reputation of a person. It shows our purpose in life, our raison d'etre, our ikigai. Also look at the planet that rules the sign on the midheaven. Where is it and what kind of shape is it in?

Check the 6th house of work, jobs, employment and the daily grind, and the ruler of that house. Are the rulers of the 6th and 10th in aspect to each other? Do either of them make good aspects to the midheaven? 

You'll want to check transits (especially long-term, outer planets) to the 2nd house of money and the rulers of the 2nd (as well as the midheaven). Also check the 11th house and its ruler because that's the house of income from self-employment.

Also check the house that represents the type of business in question. For writing / publishing, check the condition of the 3rd and 9th houses. For real estate, check the 4th. 

Basically, you have to be able to read transits (as well as progressions, directions and eclipses, hopefully) to see how the next few years of the person's life will go. The statistics for business failures are daunting: 20% the first year; 50% in the 5th year; 96% within 10 years. You want to look ahead to those years to see how things will be going. It might be possible to follow the dream for a few years, then get out, only to begin again under more fortunate stars, or to make adjustments to the dream. Many people work for the pleasure of doing what they love, while a spouse is the primary breadwinner. Many financially independent people still work, and don't measure their success in dollars. Take those possibilities into consideration. I hope this helps. 

May 16, 2018

Supernatural Synchronicity of Celestial Rocks

Carl Jung defined synchronicity this way: “Events are ‘meaningful coincidences’ if they occur with no causal relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related.”

According to, there are 20,809 named or numbered asteroids, and millions more waiting to be discovered. First they are numbered, and then the discoverer submits a suggestion for a name. I have no idea how the final decision is made because I haven’t discovered any. If you do, please consider naming one Lakshmi!

Stop and think about those numbers for a minute. Almost twenty-one thousand asteroids, each with its own meaning, often derived from its name, or sometimes as with planets, from earthly events occurring around the time of discovery. We’d need paper the size of a wall to apply each of them to our natal chart, and probably months to delineate them. For now, we’re going to look at those of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

The day that Elvis was born, asteroid #17059, “Elvis,” was at 00 Scorpio 23.
The day Priscilla was born, asteroid # 2137, “Priscilla,” was at 12 Virgo 26.

On the day that Elvis was born, asteroid # 2137, “Priscilla,” was at 12 Sagittarius 51, conjunct his ascendant.
On the day that Priscilla was born, asteroid #17059, “Elvis,” had reached 06 Cancer18, only 9 minutes across her descendant!

On the day that Elvis and Priscilla were married, asteroid #17059, “Elvis,” had reached 12 Taurus 32, and asteroid # 2137, “Priscilla,” had reached 23 Cancer 06.

Asteroid “Elvis” was conjunct the marriage sun and square the moon.

Asteroid “Priscilla” formed a Grand Trine with the marriage Midheaven and Neptune, ruler of the Midheaven, in the 5th house of romance.

ABOVE: At the time of his birth in December 1935, the asteroid #2137, “Priscilla,” was at 12 Sagittarius 51, conjunct his natal ascendant!

BELOW: Priscilla (née Beaulieu) Presley was born on May 24, 1945 at 10:40 PM in Kings County, New York. The asteroid “Elvis” on that day was at 06 Cancer 18, directly on her descendant! Asteroid Elvis, which was at 00 Scorpio 23 the day Elvis was born, conjuncted her natal Midheaven.


Elvis and Priscilla were married May 1, 1967 at 9:41 AM PDT, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The asteroid Priscilla (#2137) had reached 23 Cancer 06, conjunct Jupiter and completing a Grand Trine with Neptune, ruler of the Midheaven in the 5th house of romance (and children – their daughter Lisa Marie was born exactly nine months to the day later), and with the Midheaven of the moment at 23 Pisces 29.

The asteroid Elvis, (#17059) had reached 12 Taurus 32, just one degree and 56 seconds past a conjunction with the sun, and 1 degree and 2 minutes shy of a square with the moon, the chart ruler.

On a personal note, both my husband’s and my name are spelled oddly, and neither of us have an asteroid for our first names. However, we both have one for our last names.

On his date of birth, his surname asteroid was at 12 Capricorn 16.
On his date of birth, my surname asteroid was at 11 Capricorn 31.

On my date of birth, my surname asteroid was at 18 Taurus 11.
On my date of birth, his surname asteroid was at 18 Capricorn 29.

On the day we met, his surname asteroid conjuncted his ascendant and opposed his Venus. My surname asteroid conjuncted his Midheaven and trined his sun.

On the day we met, my surname asteroid conjuncted the ruler of my Midheaven, and trined my Jupiter. His surname asteroid activated my Grand Cross. If I’d understood that then, I would have known to run!

I saw this interesting video about the sheer volume of asteroids that circle the earth on You can click on the title, or copy and paste the link yourself. It makes the synchronicity of celestial rocks even more miraculous.