Welcome to those of you who are subscribers as well as those who are reading my newsletter for the first time. I hope all of you had a lovely summer and are back into school, work, and your usual schedule. After celebrating the Jewish New Year 5782 this past week, we will be observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, from sundown to sundown September 15-16. In most religions, there are holy days like this one, where we reflect on what we have accomplished in the past year, and where we fell short, and we apologize and make amends for anyone we may have wronged, or any other situation where we may have unintentionally caused harm. We fast on that day in order to cleanse and surrender to higher powers. We also honor those we have lost, and we say a special prayer and light the yahrzeit, or memory, candle in their honor, which lasts the entire day. I am not observant Jew but as I studied world religions I realize that this type of ritual is constant in all religions and even in any program that encourages forgiveness and making amends. There is always a time when we reflect, atone, and honor those who have passed. This is universal so I wanted to share some of what I still come back to on this one day in the year.
If you missed the last newsletter you can read it here conta.cc/3mzxRSq. This is a very unique time since the five outer planets--Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto--are all currently retrograde and will be joined by Mercury, which will retrograde on September 27. Please scroll below for more information on this particular Mercury retrograde along with the current retrograde parade.
Please scroll down for the conferences where I will be presenting in the coming weeks. Please note that The Astrology Gathering (TAG) and the British Astrological Association conferences will both be hybrid which means you can attend online or in-person if you cannot be there. And you will be able to get the recordings after. I will be attending TAG in person and that will be exciting as it will be my first visit to Lily Dale, a place where I have wanted to visit for quite some time. I will be unable to attend the British conference, but I am thrilled that they are having many international speakers who can speak online. It is an amazing conference if you can make it in-person having attended at least five times as both an attendee and a presenter.
You can still purchase the Intermediate Jyotisa classes which are in its 6th week but you are welcome to purchase the recordings and attend the next four sessions live. Info and reg at www.ronniedreyer.com.
Please mark off the date of the annual 2022 Sensitive Degrees webinar which will take place on Sunday December 12 (not the 5th) from 12 -5 PM EST, with early early bird rates appearing in October, so look for that in the October News & Views.
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Mercury/Budha Stations Retrograde
Mercury/Budha enters Retrograde Arc or Shadow. September 6, 2021. Tropical 10° Libra 07'. Sidereal. 16° Virgo 03’. hastā
Mercury/Budha Stations Retrograde. September 27, 2021. 5:10. Tropical. 25° Libra 28'. Sidereal. 1° Libra 24'. citrā
Sun/Surya-Mercury/Budha inferior conjunction. October 9, 2021. 16:18. Tropical. 16° Libra 35'. Sidereal. 22 Virgo 31'. citrā
Mercury/Budha Stations Direct. October 18, 2021. 15:16. Tropical 10° Libra 07'. Sidereal. 16° Virgo 03’. hastā
Mercury/Budha Leaves Retrograde Arc or Shadow. November 3, 2021. Tropical. 25° Libra 28'. Sidereal. 1° Libra 24'. citrā
During the entire month of September, we have another retrograde parade with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all retrograde. Since these planets are retrograde all month, and with at least Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter stationing direct in October, this Mercury retrograde focuses the effects of the slower motion of the retrogrades and moves it from the realm of the collective and the world around you to the realm of the personal especially if the degrees of the Mercury direct and retrograde planetary stations, and the span in between the station hits on a planet, point, or angle in your chart. But remember whichever house it travels in will also be a focus of reexamination and reflection since retrogrades slow things down and cause that to happen. Because Pluto is the first to go direct on October 6th the first 9 days of the retrograde Mercury will be the most intense since 6 planets will still be retrograde.
Some of this is a repeat from other writings on Mercury retrograde in this newsletter except that the dates apply to this Mercury position but the meaning of that planetary station is the same. Planets retrograde when they "appear" to move backwards, slow their speed and move closest to the earth in their orbit. They slow their speed, and halfway through the Mercury retrograde cycle is the Sun-Mercury conjunction. With Mercury, it is always interesting to look at the dates that Mercury enters the shadow or retrograde arc, which is the date that it stations direct, and leaves the shadow or retrograde arc, which is the date that it stations retrograde. The period between the retrograde arc and the stations are not when Mercury is retrograde but could create snafus in travel, communication, technology, business, signing papers, and all the things that Mercury represents in general and the area that it travels through in your chart. A case in point. I presented a 90 minute webinar for the NCGR on Venus on May 16, the day after Mercury entered the retrograde arc, and is presently travelling through my tenth house of career and the public. Sure enough there were glitches in the webinar, and since I teach and present all the time, it was odd for that to happen. On Monday I had to re-record portions of it, but it worked out fine and it will be available on Youtube. Would that have happened if Mercury was not in the retrograde arc or approaching the station? Quite possibly. But it always is a time to give things extra attention.
Even though we may have the difficulties as outlined above during the entire retrograde arc period, but it is especially focused during the three weeks of Mercury's actual retrograde motion. When Mercury is retrograde we may begin to see the flow of information slowing down, getting delayed, confused and completely misunderstood. We have to work even harder to be clear in our communications, since that really is what Mercury retrograde is all about. We cannot always control if our computers slow down, or if there is a lot of traffic and delays, but what we can do is just take deep breaths, call up patience, and really focus on what is most important and to choose our battles wisely. there is no reason to get bent out of shape if your train is delayed, and if you are late for an appointment, just be clear what the problem is and the person on the other end will understand. Watch machines, especially computers and cell phones, since they tend to break down, and since we use them for communication, it definitely comes under the purview of Mercury.
Ditto for signing contracts and any other important papers. Make sure you are clear, and you have asked all the questions you need to ask. Do not hesitate to ask for a re-wording of something, and just make sure you cover all your bases. It is always good to show the contract to someone who understands what it is about.
What I am suggesting is something you should do all the time, but especially during periods of retrograde Mercury. Sometimes we just have to sign contracts, leases, or papers for buying and selling homes. In that case you can try to choose a good day and hour. In general, you want to do things on a day ruled by a benefic planet, therefore, Monday (Moon), Wednesday (Mercury), Thursday (Jupiter) or Friday (Venus). Try to do that on a waxing moon, meaning between the new and full moon, but begin about two days after the new moon when we can see a sliver of it in the sky. We can also extend a positive period until three days after the Full Moon since it is still able to be seen in the sky. Of course this is general, but these are general tips for diverting Mercury retrograde.
If you have any planets, points, or angles in between the degrees of the Mercury stations, see what those planets mean in a generic sense, and which house it occupies and rules since it will cross those planets three times. If you have anything 1-2 degrees of one of the stationary points, it will hit that degree twice but will be especially important for that planet when Mercury stations retrograde or direct. Just take care and take deep breaths. All times are in GMT.
It is vital to see the eclipse degrees see if the degrees of the stations or the conjunction affects a planet, point, or angle in your chart. The houses where tropical Gemini and sidereal Taurus are located is where things may slow up, or create problems that will get cleared up but that will be drawn out and take more time to resolve than usual. This area of your life might become unpredictable, may slow down, or may take an unexpected turn. You may not get the results you want so either explore the new expression or be patient and wait for things to straighten out. Use the retrograde energy to think about plans but do not put them in motion until after Mercury goes direct.
If you use Indian astrology. If Mercury retrograde, between 16 Virgo and 1 Libra conjoins a planet, point or angle in your chart, this is what may be awakened, activated, and transformed.
Sun. power, vigor; Moon. maternal, mind; Mars. strength, courage; Mercury. speech, learning; Jupiter. knowledge, wealth; Venus. love, happiness; Saturn. sorrow, fear; Rahu. intensity, compulsion; Ketu. extremes, spirituality; Lagna. destiny, vitality. If you want to use Uranus, Neptune and Pluto you can look below at tropical Western astrology for their keywords.
If you do not know which houses sidereal Virgo and Libra occupy, look at your ascendant, or Moon, or even your Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for bhavas (houses) are as follows:
1. appearance, destiny, temperament, personality, constitution; 2. Money, family life, food, speech, early childhood; 3. Siblings, Fine arts, courage, desires; 4. Mother, happiness, real estate, vehicles; 5. Children, romance, investments, speculation; 6. Open enemies, work, competition, obstacles, illness; 7. Marriage, partners, contracts, passion; 8. Life and death cycle, research, accidents, other's money, inheritance; 9. Father, teacher (guru), religion, higher learning, opportunity; 10. Career, status, public recognition, reputation; 11. Profits, rewards, gains from work, awards, older siblings; 12. spiritual practice, secret enemies, foreign travel, debt, confinement.
If you use tropical Western astrology
If Mercury retrograde between 10-25 Libra conjoins a planet, point or angle in your chart, this is what may be awakened, activated, and transformed. Sun. vitality, individuality, ego; Moon. emotions, habits, conditioning; Mercury. communication, intelligence; Venus. love, beauty, creativity; Mars. physical energy, aggression, courage; Jupiter. expansion, abundance; Saturn. limitation, disciplined, fear; Uranus. originality, independent, rebellious; Neptune. spiritual, immaterial, imagination; Pluto. intensity, power; North Node. power, place where you must strive; South Node. place where it is easy, habits; Ascendant. personality, destiny; IC. home, family, mother; Descendant. partnerships, contracts; MC. career, father
If you do not know which house tropical Libra occupies, look at your ascendant, or Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for houses are as follows:
1. personality, body, appearance; 2. finances, possessions, values. 3. communication, siblings, short journeys, learning; 4. family, mother, home; 5. children, recreation, entertainment; 6. health, service, pets; 7. marriage, contracts, partnership; 8. business transactions, sexuality, life and death matters; 9. higher education, travel abroad, publishing, law; 10. profession, status, father; 11. gains, friendships, hopes, dreams; 12. compassion, spirituality, limitations, solitude
I am available for phone or video chat (I will send a gotomeeting link) consultations at the prices below. I am no longer doing in-person consultations in New York City for the immediate future. I record the consultation with a digital recorder, and email you the mp3 file, which you can easily download onto your computer or device and listen to it. If you wish to give a horoscope reading as a gift, please make sure the person you are gifting would like to have one done. Please email me if you would like a reading at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will then reach out to you with dates and times I am available and will send you a paypal invoice.
My next opening is Thursday October 7, but they go quickly so contact me if you would like to book a reading. I accept credit cards, or checking account with the paypal invoice that I send. I can also accept Zelle and Venmo. I accept payment upon booking.
. Phone or Video Initial Consultation. $295 (up to 90 minutes with opportunity for questions after).
. Phone or Video Update for the year ahead. $200 (60 minutes with opportunity for questions after). This reading is for those who have already consulted with me.
. Additional people you want to look at in the context of your reading. $30 for each additional chart.
. Compatibility reading for an hour. $200. (60 minutes) This is NOT an individual reading but a look at the relationship and timing for the relationship. Opportunity for email questions after the reading.
. Choosing an Auspicious Date for an event. $200 for research and consultation.
. Astro*Carto*Graphy or locality readings or "Where in the World?" $200. (60 minutes) This is NOT an initial reading but only a look at location and timing for moving. Opportunity for email questions after the reading. You must provide places you are interested in.
. Answering one specific question or examining one topic or area. $160. (60 minutes) This is NOT a horary chart but examination of only one specific area or question. Only for people who have had an initial reading.
Celestial Events. September 2021
September 7 2021. New Moon. 0:51. Tropical. 14° Virgo 38’. Sidereal. 20° Leo 34'’. pūrvaphalgunī
September 20 2021. Full Moon. 23:54. Tropical. 28° Pisces 13’. Sidereal. 4° Pisces. 10'. uttarabhadrapadā
September 27, 2021. Mercury stations retrograde. 5:10. Tropical. 25° Libra 28'. Sidereal. 1° Libra 24'. citrā
September 10, 2021. Venus enters Scorpio.
September 15, 2021. Mars enters Libra.
September 22, 2021. Sun enters Libra.
September 5, 2021. Mars enters Virgo.
September 5, 2021. Venus enters Libra.
September 15, 2021. Jupiter R re-enters Capricorn.
September 16, 2021. Sun enters Virgo.
September 21, 2021. Mercury enters Libra.
The times above are all noted in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) & the Krishnamurti Ayanāṃśa is used for sidereal calculations.
Lectures and Upcoming Conferences where I will be speaking.
To sign up for my classes and webinars go to my website www.ronniedreyer.com
To register for all other events and conferences, use the links below.
Thursday September 23-Sunday September 26. The Astrology Gathering (TAG). Lily Dale NY. This conference will take place at the spiritual center of Lily Dale. If you have never been to this beautiful special area, which was the subject of an HBO documentary a few years ago, try to attend. I am thrilled to be speaking along with Sandra-Leigh Serio, Ellen Bourn, Gary Caton, Brad Kochunas, Dawn Silver, and many others. My lectures: Friday. Sept. 24. Venus and Mars Cycles: Do Opposites Really Attract? Venus and Mars retrograde cycles are as different as day and night…but are they really? We will examine their cycles and see what happens on a natal and mundane level when these planets go retrograde and direct with an eye towards Venus as a morning and evening star. Sunday. Sept. 26. Astro*Carto*Graphy Secrets Revealed. Using the late Jim Lewis’ concept of seeing where in the world your natal planets are angular, Ronnie will draw on years of working with ACG and with Jim himself to show how to pinpoint locations that do and not resonate. Case studies with angular planets, transits and parans (mundane aspects) give informative and surprising results. Info and reg. www.theastrologygathering.com. You can attend this conference in person or online.
Friday October 29- Sunday October 31. Astrological Association of Great Britain conference: Potions for the Future. So many amazing astrologers and you can attend in person or online. This is one of my favorite conferences and I have spoken there a few times and am sorry I cannot attend in person. My online lecture: Sunday October 31. The Power of Eclipse Cycles. Eclipses are the most important predictors of life-changing events especially when planets reach and activate the eclipse degree. We’ll uncover amazing examples of how eclipse cycles work in practice, and how the upcoming ones in November and December affect you on a deeply personal level. Info and reg. www.astrologicalassociation.com/conference-2021
. You can attend this conference in person or online.
Thursday November 18-Monday November 22, 2021. Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference. Sedona AZ. This conference takes place in magical and beautiful Sedona AZ. I will not be there this year but if you wish to learn from some great teachers and meet other like-minded people, think about attending. Info and reg. www.sedonavedicastrology.com
Sunday December 12. 12-5 PM EST. 2022 Sensitive Degrees Webinar (according to sidereal Indian and tropical Western). Put aside the date if you want to attend the webinar live, but you will always get the recordings and presentation right after. 2022 will be a very important year. In addition to the usual lunations, eclipses, retrogrades, ingresses and aspects, the Nodes will be changing signs in both systems and Venus and Mars will be retrograde. Details to be sent in the October News and Views.
Sunday January 30, 2022. 3-4:30 PM EST. ISAR Star Club. Lecture on Saros and Metonic Eclipse Cycles. History and explanations of these cycles, with a focus on the eclipses of 2022 and how they repeat from the years 2004 (Saros) and 2003 (Metonic). Info and reg. www.isarastrology.org
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy
Purchase a copy of The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy, by Jim Lewis with Kenneth Irving, priced at $24.95 including postage. The book, which was first released in 1997 was re-released in 2012 with added notes, and revisions and additions, including a new foreword and epilogue and larger print. The book was taken from Jim's notes, and was compiled, edited, and added to by Kenneth Irving after Jim's death in 1995. It is now published by Words and Things, a publishing venture by Kenneth Irving and myself. Allow 7-10 days for delivery. If you wish to receive copies outside of the U.S. there will be additional mailing charges so it may be a good idea to see how you can purchase the book from Amazon or other booksellers where you live. You can order only domestic copies at www.wordsandthings.com. To get certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy please go to www.continuumacg.net
Ronnie's Website (including my schedule and my books for purchase) www.ronniedreyer.com
TAG (The Astrology Gathering). Lily Dale NY. Sept. 23-26, 2021. www.theastrologygathering.com
AFAN (Association for Astrological Networking). www.afan.org
ISAR (International Society for Astrological Research). www.isarastrology.org
NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research).www.geocosmic.org
ISAW (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World). www.nyu.edu/isaw
ASP (Astrological Society of Princeton). www.aspnj.org
ACVA Online (American College of Vedic Astrology). www.acvaonline.org
ASC (Astrological Society of Connecticut). www.myasc.org