I realize the lifehack to this lifehack list is basically “Use an ephemeris or astrology software”. But even I, as someone from the tech-addled millennial generation can recognize the value of not exporting all brain functions to software and apps. There are some ways in which making quick calculations in your head enable you to make astrological connections that might not otherwise be so obvious. You can do astrology anywhere, whether you’re scanning magazine headlines at the grocery checkout or scrolling through Twitter on the toilet. Isn’t that the dream? Every astrologer should know these, but if you’re just starting out, here are 5 lifehacks I wish I knew about way back when.
5. Easily Figure Out When New/Full Moons Occur/red With Basic Math
Want to pull off the least impressive party trick ever? Try this one out.
- For an upcoming New Moon, divide the degrees between the Moon and the Sun by 12, and add the result to the Sun. For the previous New Moon, subtract it.
- For an upcoming Full Moon, divide the degrees between the Moon and the point opposite the Sun by 12, and add the result to the point opposite the Sun. For the previous Full Moon, subtract it.
And that’s the sound of panties dropping.
4. Know Whether a New or Full Moon is an Eclipse, Like a Boss
If a New Moon is within 19° of the Nodes, it’s a solar eclipse.
- If a Full Moon is within 13° of the Nodes, it’s a lunar eclipse.
I looked at John Wayne Gacy’s chart to see if I could have told if he was a murderer. Once I realized his New Moon was actually a solar eclipse, his chronology fell into place. (He was executed on the day of a solar eclipse.) Turns out serial killer clowns have their purposes after all. #notallserialkillerclowns
3. Have an Idea of When a Planet is Retrograde Without an Rx Symbol
Retrogradation is not random! Any time the exterior planets (everything past Mars) are trine, “quincunx” or opposite the Sun, they are retrograde, or otherwise very close to stationing retrograde or direct around the trine.
“What about Mercury and Venus?”, you may be asking. They’re interior planets with a limited maximum elongation from the Sun so you can’t tell just from looking. “What about the Sun and Moon?”, I hope you’re not asking. If you don’t know this, consider yourself personally bitchslapped by the spirit of Copernicus.
2. Figure Out Someone’s House Issues Without a Birth Time Like a Freaking Wizard or Something
Count from someone’s age to the nearest multiple of 12 to know which house issues and natal aspects are paramount that year. If someone’s 45, the closest multiple of 12 is 48, so age 45 is a 10th house profection. Career and reputation are most important that year.
Say they have Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Pisces. During 10th house profections, Saturn hands to Jupiter, indicating circumstances move from worse to better. During 4th house profections, Jupiter hands to Saturn, showing the reverse.
1. Discover Astrological Connections By Memorizing Planetary Cycles
Just memorize all the years when (a) planet(s) comes back to the same place in the zodiac.
Solar/Lunar Eclipses – 19
Mercury – 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, any combo of (6+7+7) etc.
Venus – 8, 16, 24, 32, multiples of 8.
Mars – 15, 17, 32, 47, multiples of 15, plus 2.
Jupiter – 12, 24, 36, multiples of 12, minus 1 every 84 years.
Saturn – 29, 59, 88
Uranus – 84
Neptune – 165
Pluto – 248
Divide the base returns by 2, 3, 4 and 6 to get the ages/intervals of oppositions, trines, squares and sextiles, respectively. As you memorize these returns, the more you’ll instantaneously make connections between things you hear about in the news and historical events.
Thinking about astrology in this way makes the world intelligible in a way that few people experience except for astrologers. It can make you look downright psychic although you’re just memorizing patterns in the ephemeris, as you can bet astrologers worth their salt are doing. It’s overwhelming at times. It’s like seeing the world in Matrix code or something. Except instead of doing fancy reality-bending kung fu, you’re sitting on the toilet.