Today I have a livestream for you, where I'll be exploring Jupiter's entrance into Pisces and answering some of your questions.
Welcome everybody. I hope that you're doing well. This is Acyuta-bhava from Nightlight Astrology. Today I'm going to be talking about Jupiter's entrance into the sign of Pisces. And I'm also going to be doing some live q&a. Before I dive into Jupiter in the sign of Pisces, we're going to talk about Jupiter's dignity placement in Pisces, and what that might mean. And then I'll do some of that q&a at the end.
In the meantime, let's bring up the astrology of the day. I'm going to bring up the real time clock and we're going to talk about Jupiter in Pisces now. So here's the real time clock and Jupiter is just about to enter the sign of Pisces. You can see Jupiter right here at the tail end of Aquarius. And what's going to happen is on the 13th and into the 14th of this month, here's Jupiter, you're going to see there's 29'58" on the 13th let's let's move it forward a few hours. So it's around like 5pm or 6pm in the evening on May 13. There you can see it there's Jupiter having moved into the sign of Pisces.
Now, I'm going to go through Jupiter in all 12 houses next week. I've already done it once but I'm going to do it again. Just to give people a sense of what might occur as Jupiter changes signs. That's really important because when Jupiter changes signs that changes whole sign houses the topics activated when Jupiter enters a new house in your life are going to be pretty profound especially because Jupiter's really well dignified in Pisces and it's going to bring more of the preferable, awesome Jupiter stuff. Certainly, that depends on every birth chart of course, which house but this is a good Jupiter's is a Jupiter that's moving back into its home domiciled after consecutive sojourns through Saturn signs. And you know, when Jupiter is in Saturn sign it's a very different Jupiter. It's you can't underestimate how different it's going to feel when Jupiter is back into its own home domicile. So I want to talk a little bit about that today and what those differences might look like, by looking at the dignity signature of Pisces. So what does that mean? Well, in every sign of the zodiac planets behave and act very differently.
So for example, Pisces is the double bodied water sign that's at the end of winter and on the cusp of spring. And for that reason, there are a variety of planets that act and behave in different ways in the sign. This is the sign of hope. This is the sign of rebirth, because we're at the end of winter and on the cusp of spring. So it's an aspirational sign that's moving out of darkness and into light. And this is Jupiter's feminine domicile. The feminine in ancient astrology metaphysically philosophically not in terms of like gender or sex, but like Yin would be in the I Ching or in Eastern philosophy. The feminine is always moving toward but never reaching. In the same way that our material lives, move toward ideals, but never fully reach them. In fact, we all we all die someday. And so the the nature of the material world is to move toward the object of desire, but to only experience the results of our desires in a temporary fashion, in a fleeting impermanent way, and that is in Pisces, represented by the light that's coming that has not yet been reached, the ideal toward which we're moving from winter towards spring, but we have not yet tasted. This is an archetypal domain of human experience. And that's why it's considered to be this double bodied feminine sign. It's the exaltation of Venus and the Goddess, one of the things that defines the feminine and the goddess in the ancient philosophy, is that it that the Goddess is always moving toward the object of its desire and is also the object of desire itself. So there's this that's a really funny thing, if you think about that, if you really sit and think about that, that that, that you think of Venus and Pisces, for example, you think of a planet that represents the object of desire toward which we are moving. But it also represents the object of desire itself. So Venus is the thing that is desired as well as the state of desiring something that it that Venus does not have. This is one of the reasons why Venus is such a difficult character to be married, right? Like she can't be married to like anyone, because it would cause this reckless, chaotic, totally violent struggle with all the other gods that have envy and possessiveness, and lust and so forth. So it's like, well, you can't really you can't really marry Venus to anyone. Because if Venus is possessed by anyone, it causes war. So Venus can't really be possessed. The Goddess can't be possessed. Venus is also herself as a goddess always desiring things which can't be possessed, for example, she's married to Hephaestus, but wants Mars, she wants Ares sheep, she wants that which she can't have. So just as much as we want Venus but can't have her Venus wants things that she can't have as well. So it's like a perfect little Venusian mind puzzle to think about that. Now this is this is part of why Venus is exalted in Pisces, because we're talking about a time of year where we're moving toward but cannot have the light. And that exact that that exact state is the reward, if we can relish that state, then we've understood something very profound about happiness. So on the other hand, if we don't understand that state placement, like Venus, and Pisces will tear us apart, we will feel frustrated by not being able to possess or have or fully consummate some divine discontent. And that's when you see people getting into things like drugs, anything that's an escape, an attempt to have that which can't be had or an anchor about not being able to have something that turns destructive. And so Venus is exalted in Pisces. And people will say, well, that must mean something really good for Venus. Well, it does if you're able to hold the tension of desiring and longing, but not consummating. That's why Venus is so profoundly romantic and powerful in Pisces, it's that exalted state of the goddess where it's so beautiful, it's so attractive, but it's like a foreplay that won't climax. And something of Pisces is like that.
And this will either be a source of, you know, gentle, contented, patient, blissful Venusian energy, which is very delicate and compassionate and sensitive and sweet and romantic and so forth, and sensible, or it's going to be a source of discontent. And then it gets really Shakespearean, it gets tragic, it gets dark, it gets addictive and stuff like that. So you have to understand that Pisces is not just when Jupiter moves into Pisces, sure, it's one of Jupiter's home domiciles but Jupiter is also moving into the territory of these exalted, you know, in complex Venusian dynamics. Okay, So you you, if you can, if you can kind of grok that Venusian vibe of Pisces, that's an archetypal experience in this human world, we can either alchemize that and spiritualize that or get torn apart by it. And most of us get torn apart by it if we're honest, you know, we get torn apart by longing for things that we can't have. Coming up with really poor coping mechanisms, having totally unrealistic expectations about what's possible. Being really frustrated when we we consume the object of our desire are satiated and then disappointed or you know, feel betrayed or upset that it goes away or that it doesn't last, like in all of that is that it can be the madness, the sort of Dionysian dismemberment of Venus in Pisces, in most of us like struggle through life like that is like, well, if I get this thing, if I have this, if I have that, if, you know, if I get this relationship, whatever, then I'll be happy, then we, we get all that stuff, or we get part of it, we struggle to get it and then it's just it's painful. It's not what we expected. And, and we're but we're still in love with the next image and this is a kind of soap opera of our lives, right? And that's, that can be Venus in Pisces, that's, that's piscean territory. On the other hand, you know, in Bhakti, and Sufism and even in Buddhism in different ways, there are so many teachings about how to relish that emotional sense of desire.
There's, there was a study that was done, and the study said that one of the reasons that men and women have decreased sexual encounters with one another in monogamous relationships over time, was because, in the beginning, men were more game for foreplay. And as time went on, men developed less taste and interest in foreplay. And the part of the study was to suggest that, that the health and longevity of relationships depended upon men having to more unnaturally focus on or force themselves to develop a taste for foreplay. And not just one kind of foreplay, but many kinds of foreplay, emotional, foreplay, linguistic, foreplay, like, for example, building up to a sexual encounter over several days, through flirtation, all sorts of different kinds of foreplay, that if men were able to develop a taste for, that the health the sexual health of the relationship was much more likely to last. And I just thought that was so fascinating because you know, essentially if you translate this back to to Venus and Pisces, the exaltation of Venus and Pisces, if you're not able to develop a taste for the foreplay of life, let's call it a cosmic foreplay, a soul foreplay, if you're not able to develop a taste for the way in which the pleasures of life tease and flirt their way into our hearts, that the best climaxes in life are pale in comparison to the foreplay that leads up to them. And if you if you can develop a sense of that existentially, that you're more likely to be happy spiritually, you're more likely to evolve spiritually. And that's that is essentially what a good Venus in Pisces looks like. That's what the good sort of Venusian dimension of Pisces looks like. Otherwise, the alternative is this kind of dismemberment that the being torn apart by desires and frustration and grass is greener on the other side and you know what I mean? So I just wanted to just like Jupiter is moving into Pisces, and it might feel like let's talk about Jupiter. But no, let's also talk about Jupiter moving into the double bodied feminine water sign of the fishes, exaltation of Venus. Get that feeling for it because Jupiter acts and behaves very differently. In its feminine domiciled the exaltation of Venus, this double bodied water sign on the cusp of spring where the light is growing. It's totally different in that sign than in any other sign. So traditional astrologers will often be like Jupiter's moving into its own domiciles it gains dignity, it gains strength, good Jupiterian things will come. And like Yeah, that's true, but the dignities are there to, you know, help us understand the archetypeal and mythic texture of the planet as well. So what does a feminine Jupiter look like? Well, it's going to look and feel like an exalted Venus in many ways, it's going to amplify those qualities. On the other hand, we have to recognise that the sign of Pisces is also the sign of Mercury's fall and detriment. Okay, so what does that mean?
Well, Mercury and Venus were said to be archetypal opposites for a few reasons. One of them is that the intellectual or rational is contrary to the sensual, they don't have to be, but they have a tendency to be. Anything can mingle and mix, you can see people who are very sensual and intellectual at the exact same time. But generally speaking, there's a difference between you know, mechanical engineering and interior designing, or mechanical engineering, and let's maybe use a better example of, you know, if you want to sit and think and talk about calculus, it's a different conversation than someone sitting down and, you know, playing jazz music on a piano. Right, so my point is that Mercury and Venus have a tense relationship with one another insofar as we have to work out the balance between the mental and the rational, and the romantic and the sensual, that that there's a tension between those, no one's going to deny that, like, if I go down for dinner, and I just start talking about all of the technical aspects of an astrology reading that I just did, my wife very literally will sit down her fork, and she'll look at me and she'll be like, dinner, you know what I mean? And it's good for me to have that reminder too because, you know, as an astrologer, it's really easy, or astrology was called the was said to be invented by Hermes, Mercury. So it's this crazy, you know, coded matrix of associative, symbolic language that's used in all of these technical philosophical ways to delineate fate and karma. And there's Mercury and astrology. But if in delivering astrology, if we fail to be mythic, if we fail to be poetic, archetypal, suggestive, subtle, if we fail to read the emotional reality of a client, if we don't have good bedside manner, if there's if there's not a touch of grace, and sensuality, to the way that we read and describe the symbols, then they're dead. You know, they're not life giving in that way.
So there's always there's always a tension between Mercury and Venus, and it's built into the structure of the zodiac. That's the point. So what we're also saying when Jupiter moves into the sign of Pisces is that we're going to be dealing with a Jupiter that's flying high on Venusian things will, potentially to the diminishment or detriment of Mercurial things. So what would that look like? Well, that would mean that it might be a nice needed vacation from mental and rational, cold, distant, objective saturnine stuff Saturn in Aquarius tends to be more mental, more rational, more objective and more distant, funny that it's called an egalitarian sign, right? Because most of the time, Aquarius as a sign and I love Aquarius, I have Aquarian family members, so I'm not trying to hate on the sign, but it's funny how people you know, will think of Aquarius as the most egalitarian sign the one that wants equality for all and this kind of elevated sense of community and things like that. And yet, you know, Saturn, generally speaking is is more cold, detached, objective and rational. And it's funny how cold detached, objective non human, non relational, you will find people who are the most dogmatic about equality, peace, community, and so forth. So you always have to be careful of that. I'm not saying I'm anti community, either or anti, you know, equality or rights or freedom, but all all like progressive liberal values, right? Which I grew up in a progressive liberal family, but aquarians, right. But all progressive liberal values, if not embodied, if they don't pass the eye test, you know, if they don't pass the heart test, if they don't pass the emotional test, then they too can be nothing more than, you know, high, lofty but very rational and objectifying standards, and they can be very merciless, actually. So that's something we have to be aware of as Jupiter is transitioning from Aquarius into Pisces, we're going to get, I think, a very needed injection of emotional, sensitive, empathetic, feeling oriented qualities that will come in and and sort of assert themselves a little bit more.
What does that look like? Well remember Jupiter is Jupiter is the God of like religion, education, basically anything that provides order, structure and unity on the on. On a larger level, of course it's going to be individual to but your institutions of law your institutions of education, religion, government, anything that tries to provide a larger sense of societal or social unity, togetherness, orderliness, etc. That's Jupiter, people. Sorry, I keep doing this people. people commonly think of Saturn as like the law giver, you know, it's like, no, that's, that's not it. It's Jupiter, Jupiter, Jupiter, Jupiter. Jupiter is the cosmocrat, he was the king of the gods and the one who provided that sense of, of cosmic cohesion to the Greek Pantheon. And Saturn is a representative of that which is decaying, or that which is dead, or that which is old, or that which is distant or remote or contemplative, or vassal. Saturn is much more Neptunian in a sense, I've done many talks about this before, but it's important to understand that distinction, because when Jupiter has been in Saturn sign for several years, a lot of what we've been dealing with has been the break down, evaluation, reformation, revisioning of or conversation about the ordering structures of society and their decay, and their death, and their the need for reform or their breakdown. We've been dealing with themes of the old versus the new, but they've been very objective and much more mental and rational is the point. Now, when when Jupiter enters Pisces, you have the same need for unity, order, togetherness, but now it's being infused with the sensual Venusian feminine, watery dimensions of Pisces. And this is great, because what it does is it starts it starts helping us to bring back the spirit of these institutions in our lives. And that could be very personal to doesn't have to be collective. What is it? What is a personal institution look like in your life? Well, it's those practices, traditions, beliefs that grant some sense of unity to your life. What do you do? And what do you believe that holds your life together with some greater sense of unity with the cosmos or reality? For some people it's going to be working out, it's going to be the way that they raise their kids, it's going to be the job that they're doing and what motivates them to do it, it's going to be how they take care of themselves. I mean, all of us have a little religion in us. You can't be a neutral participant in reality, everyone's got some skin in the game. So what is what is your skin in the game look like? And how does how, what kind of bets have you placed as to the meaning of your life? The reason that you're here and how you're going to participate in and how do you hold that all together with a set of values, beliefs, assertions practices, that's Jupiter in your chart. Now when Jupiter transitions into Pisces we're going from two signs in a row where Jupiter has been evaluating things with Jupiter Saturn contact that we had the great conjunction of Jupiter Saturn in Aquarius, Jupiter in its fall in Capricorn with Pluto and Saturn. Those have been phases of breakdown, decay, evaluation, reformation, disappointment, questioning. Jupiter, Saturn almost always has to do with the breakdown, and then the rebuilding or reforming and it's a very objective mental type of process. And you can see that for example, when you look at what, what happened with Jupiter in Capricorn and COVID-19 and everything, you know, everything is happening around the world, the elections, the political dramas, blah, blah, blah, and then Jupiter into Aquarius, when they conjoin, there's usually this desire for re formation, recreation, restructuring, reordering. And you will see that in the mythology as well of course, Kronos/Saturn is overthrown by his son Zeus, who comes in as a reformer and as the next order. So the Jupiter Saturn is a lot but again, you can't do all of that kind of reformation reconsidering and evaluating of the structures of your life or of society etc. without a very kind of mental rational process on board, when you're in the sign of Aquarius, in particular. So it's been very ideological. It's been very much about ideological, intellectual combativeness, restructuring, trying to kill off the ideologies that we don't like assert the ones that we do like, and that that's been happening both personally and collectively. Now, again, all of that shifts when you get into Pisces. All of that shifts when you get into Pisces.
When Jupiter moves into Pisces, now, it's again that it's, it's in the detriment of Mercury. So it's saying, Look, I don't care what you're saying, I care how it feels. I don't care what you believe I care about whether it passes the eye test. By the eye test, we mean, you know, the eyes of the windows of the soul? Does it feel right to me? Like if a teacher is in your life and your teachers trying to help you learn something, or maybe a spiritual teacher or something? Does the teacher speak to your heart? Do they move you emotionally? That's Jupiter in Pisces concerned far more than is it rational? Do you see my point? Do you see why this doesn't work and why this other thing should work? This is the problem I've diagnosed it. So Jupiter in Pisces is are you inspired? You know, do you have faith emotionally in what you're doing with your life? Does it does it pass the sincerity of heart, mind and soul test? And that's like, I frankly, I think that we really need that. I think that it's really easy ironically, for there to be a total lack of emotional civility when you have Jupiter going through Saturn's signs, we're so we're so sure about what's working or what's not working about the past versus where the future needs to go and all of that and it's easy to get really lost in that even though it's also archetypically necessary on some level, but it's easy to get lost on it and to forget how does the heart feel.
So anyway, to the detriment of Mercury, Jupiter enters Pisces and says, look, I'm going more on feeling I'm going more on hope I'm, you know, Jupiter in Pisces encourages the etymology of the word encourage the word when you get the core in there, that little piece of the language points to the heart, right. So encouragement means to it sort of like enlivening the heart. When you talk about enthusiasm or entheos, the god inside like encouragement and enthusiasm. Those are qualities that Jupiter in Pisces wants to bring back into our lives into the structures of our lives that are meant to give us unity that are meant to give us. In the last two signs that are like that song, from REM losing my religion, and Jupiter in Pisces is like No, well, I'm coming back to my religion, I'm coming back to my faith, the easiest way to define Faith is the, the the way in which your beliefs are motivated into action. You can't really have beliefs unless you're acting upon them, right? And you can't act upon beliefs unless you are moved by them emotionally and inspired by them emotionally. And there's going to be a lot of that. And not only that, but a lot of valuating of beliefs that don't pass the emotional test. And all of that may come at times at the detriment of Mercury. Like wait, I have the perfect argument here. I have all of the rhetoric on board but somehow it doesn't feel right to me. So Venusian things are getting prioritised, you could say over Mercurial things while Jupiter is in Pisces. On the other hand, you could say that Jupiter to the detriment of Pisces could very well increase a kind of emotional fanaticism. So that's the dangerous part about Jupiter in Pisces in the detriment of Mercury. I really have more hope and faith that the goodness of this placement will amplify the the need for encouragement, enthusiasm, inspiration that those things need to make a reappearance in our lives right now. We need to become believers, true believers again, on some level that are in that it looks different for every person, but I feel like that's the best of this. And that's really where I'm, I'm hanging my hat on this transit.
But the downside is, Well, look, if a person hasn't been rational, that saying, Don't try to use reason to talk someone out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into. Well, if people are entrenched in positions that are not very thoughtful, that are not incredibly well reasoned or thought out, if they haven't asked important questions, if they haven't had their faith tested in any way. Then Jupiter in Pisces in some ways, will get people doubling down on a kind of religious and emotional zeal about whatever their convictions are. So that's the danger of that of that transit, Mercury's in its detriment and fall in Pisces. So a degree of irrational fervour or zeal for things might be the, the price tag of the transit. But I suspect that that we will see overwhelmingly, in our lives personally and collectively will be some really positive resurgences, of good faith, of forgiveness, of grace. You know, one of the tests if you really deeply believe that something is true, eternally valuable for your life, the virtues or adornments of spiritual life, you know, that people like the Buddha or Jesus exude, or it's like, if you if you really believe that those things are valuable, and that they are worth embodying what comes along with it is a very deep feeling of security in the appropriateness of those values in your life. And if you feel really emotionally convicted about those values, you become a much more humble, forgiving, compassionate, peaceful person. You know, one of the quickest ways to tell that someone hasn't really deeply taken those beliefs into their life is if they aren't kind, you know, if they're, if they're saying things that, you know, it's like, well, it sounds good on paper, and your beliefs or your views sound good, but you feel like a really angry person to me, or you feel like a really frustrated, judgmental person to me.
I mean, in a way, that's each of us, whenever we notice those qualities in ourselves, if we're being honest, it's like, well, I'm not I'm not passing some of the emotional tests of my faith, which can be a call for us to become more sincere and to try to grow and make it more real. And I think, you know, we all have, we have to be patient with ourselves, because we all on some level are sort of hypocrites, and we have to do that. But I guess my simple point is that, you know, if people's emotional zeal for what they believe in is rising, and becoming more intense, but they're not becoming more peaceful, patient, kind, tolerant, compassionate, forgiving, and merciful, then it's just bogus. And we should apply that test to ourselves. First and foremost, these are the kinds of things that Jupiter in Pisces will give us a lot of insight about. Now, another thing that's really profound about Jupiter in Pisces is that there's, it's a very, very fertile placement. So water signs make things grow and Jupiter makes things grow. So when you have Jupiter moving into this very fertile water sign of Pisces, whatever whole sign house, it touches in your life, you're going to see things proliferate and grow. I will not be surprised to see a lot of pregnancies in my practice, I will not be surprised to see businesses flourishing, for there to be an like an economic uptick in the next year, it's going to be there in 2022 as well, we're just getting it now from mid May through late July. But next year, we get it for a good portion of the year, back and forth to we're going to see the rain coming down and the crops growing. Now that could be totally mundane and totally materialistic. Jupiter will make things grow and it doesn't you know, it will do so in the lives of, you know, a selfish, vain investor on Wall Street as much as it might do it in the life of someone who's trying to grow a garden in their backyard or something, you know what I mean? Rain falls everywhere, right? So the Jupiter in Pisces blessing, though may be that you're really going to see a fertile new developmental period happening, where there's like let's say if it's coming into your career house, you're going to see a lot of growth and change and development and this kind of fertile energy coming into that area of your life. If it's in your 11th house community friends groups your relationship house growth for your partner growth for a relationship meeting someone new, spiritual growth in a relationship, a mentor, a guru entering your life, maybe it enters the ninth house, you're going back to school, your imagination and mind is just totally, you know, growing with new things. It's a spring sign basically it's on the cusp of spring Venus is proliferating here, so you're gonna see things grow. The main thing of course, the downside is now it's kind of that proverbial don't go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. You want to be really careful that you don't spend too much eat too much go overboard with the desire for the kind of the spring craze. Actually, like two days ago I was watching this that I was watching the movie Bambi with my daughters and that movies like intense for By the way, if you guys have seen Bambi for a while, that was like, wow, this is really intense. And there's this, I think the word that's used at some point is twitterpated. They were it was like springtime, and all the animals are basically like, like horny, you know, they're all they're all like, they're all they're all trying to find a partner. And there's this really cute scene where they're all like, you know, just kind of going crazy in love. And I was just thinking, God, you know, that's Jupiter in Pisces, here it comes. There's going to be this, just this proliferation of this growth of that, that kind of twitterpated energy. Of course, my daughter when she was my five year old, who was starting to like grok it a little bit more. She, she stuffed her head under a cushion under a pillow. Don't look at me. I was like, oh, man, she came back. Oh, this is the funniest thing. So she came back from preschool the other day. And there was like a boy at her preschool. And the teacher said, you know, ask her about so and so today. She made him a piece of art. So she had made some little boy or preschool piece of art that said, I love you. She's so it was so innocent, you know? And my wife goes, so what do you what do you love about him? And she goes, Well, he has these beautiful brown eyes and these, this long brown hair. And she says, and she pauses, she goes, Oh, Krishna. I just about died. Oh my god, it was so funny. Oh, Krishna.
And anyway, so you might be about to go into a mode where you know, your your, your, your twitterpated and you're like, ah, Krishna, the Jupiter in Pisces will just really amplify that fertile spring, romantic, you know, energy and like, I hope it's really healing for everyone. I hope that wherever wherever it touches your life, I hope that it's something that brings a lot of healing because I think we need it. As much as I love Jupiter in Aquarius, and I'm not trying to hate on it today. But I'm trying to offer a stark contrast so that we can get excited about Jupiter in Pisces, which is just to say that like, Look, you know, Jupiter in Aquarius is like being in a warehouse full of like, big ideological cubes, and you have a forklift, and you're like, moving them around trying to fit all these ideological puzzles in your head into place. And it's very, it's noble in its lofty and it all feels very important. But a lot of it just totally misses the iron heart test. So we need that balance. Right? So we'll see, we'll see what it's like, we're gonna get a good taste of it between May and July. And I hope that this helped you get some good thoughts about it.
Okay, so as promised, I'm going to move into some personal q&a. It's funny to me that, you know, I get these personal questions from people, I would never think people would be interested in this. But I just, I just thought, you know, maybe they're, you know, I said, I kicked out, I was like, there's certain questions here. I was like, No, definitely not answering that. But um, you know, people had really fun questions for me over time. And so I aggregated all of them and just thought I'd do this episode. Who are your best Astro buddies? Who are you on the same wavelength with when it comes to your approach to Hellenistic astrology? Well, that's funny, because I'm in the larger astrological industry, I would consider myself to have a lot of friends from a lot of different schools and traditions. Even though philosophically I may sort of go toe to toe or, you know, I think like, there's a competitiveness and a natural kind of turf war that happens between different schools, and philosophies and astrology. And I feel like I tried to hold that tension, while also having friendships like across the board. So like, I have friends that are evolutionary astrologers. And I'm like, Yeah, I think I think your philosophy is garbage. I think you're a beautiful person, you know, like, like, how do I I'm just kidding about garbage. But you just you see what I mean? Like, I don't like your philosophy, but I really like you as a person. I feel like I have that relationship with with schools that I may not necessarily agree with, and individual practitioners, like all around the field of astrology, I really love people. I just have, you know, committed set of beliefs and you know, principles that I work with as an astrologer. So, yeah, I don't know like, I just feel like I have friends like all across it. The other thing about the astrological industry is that you don't see each other a lot like I'm I'd see my colleagues like once a year at a conference or something like that. Otherwise, it's like online. So a lot of the friendships that I have in the astrological world have been primarily like online relationships, and, and then you get together in person. And there's so many people at a conference that you want to see and spend time with. And so I'll end up kind of making the rounds and like every conference, I feel like I'm spending a little bit of time with different people that I've wanted to get to know a little bit better. So it's kind of been a scattershot, you know, like, I feel obviously, like my Hellenistic, that the people that I like, whose work I like, and I naturally jive with or be like the people that I've had in my speaker series from Kelly Surtees, Demetra George, Chris Brennan, Austin Coppock, you know, your usual suspects, you know, in the, in the Hellenistic world that, you know, I like all these people, and I like their work and so forth, even though I know, I am also different from them in different ways. I don't have particularly close friendships with any of my colleagues in the Hellenistic world. But I have like, kind of a mutual admiration and respect, I guess you could say, at least I hope it's mutual. I assume it is, we end up we end up seeing each other and hanging out for dinner at conferences here and there. And so yeah, but um, you know, there's like in the Hellenistic world, the people that I've been closest to have been my teachers, and not necessarily my colleagues, like my peers. So that, like Robert Schmidt, for me, has had more personal closeness and impact on my life than, you know, any of my colleagues who, you know, I've had probably more personal time with so that's kind of a it's a weird thing. Robert Schmidt is one of them might, one of my horary teachers Chris King, Rebecca Gordon, she was my very first astrology teacher and is probably one of my dearest friends in the astrological community, she was she moved and then she was still subletting her apartment. So I like lived in her old apartment for a while in New York, and was one of our students and I've had her speak many times, I was always go out for dinner with her at conferences with my other friends, John Oliver, he's a psychic, and he owns a bookshop in Richmond, Virginia. And he's like, I would consider him like a closer friend. You his he has a employee named Nick that I'm also friends with, I can't remember his last name, but he's an astrologer too.
My best astrological friend is my friend, Tom, who's just like, he's not like a, he doesn't have like a public astrology practice. But he consults with people privately. And he's from Hong Kong. He's a yoga studio owner from Hong Kong, and also a devotee of, you know, he's a, he's a, he's a bhakta. So he, he and I met at a Norwac conference in Seattle. And he's like, I talked to him, you know, late, late hours, you know, in the evening, early hours, his time in Hong Kong, we talk astrology, bhakti, and life like probably three or four times a month for, you know, three, four hours at a time. So he's probably like my best astrological friend. So yeah. And then there's tonnes of other people like, you know, I just about what the bed when Stephen Forrest sat in the front row of one of my lectures one time and gotten several readings from him. Though I sometimes feel like, you know, he is like, the evolutionary philosophy is not something I've like departed from. I consider him like one of my favourite elders and mentors in the field. And now, there's lots of other people too, that have meant a lot. I couldn't possibly name all of them, but yeah, okay.
Anyway, what concept of traditional astrology is most fascinating to you at the moment? Well, right now, for me, I've been working for several years trying to define or distinguish the difference between domicile ruler ships and exaltation rulerships, that plays a really big role in one of the experimental lectures that I give in my courses right now. Really fleshing out with it. What is the difference between a domicile ruler and an exploitation ruler? What do they do? How are they different? What are they? How are they conceptualise philosophically, that's something that I'm really interested in at the moment.
Most rewarding or challenging Natal placement, Mars and Gemini for sure. I have always had the gift of gab, you know, talking articulating, kind of an incisive analytical mental quality, but yeah, have a sharp tongue. It just slips out at times. And I feel often like, ashamed of it, can't get under control. It's, you know, it's like a, it's like a very explosive mental it can be very mentally sharp and it can be towards myself or towards people around me. Like sometimes I'm just sharp tongued, and I feel like that's like my greatest nemesis. Yoga has helped me tremendously with that. But like, that's probably, you know, one of my more challenging placements. It's funny people always think that they always think well, it must be your Capricorn Moon. And actually, I feel like my Capricorn moon has been one of the most deep and meaningful parts of my chart that I have a really good relationship with. But my Mars in Gemini is one that I struggle.
How would your best friend describe your personality? Devoted that would be for sure. I think that probably one of the words that my best I have a couple best friends but my probably my number one best friend, his name's Nick, I think he would describe me as someone who's devoted maybe to the point at times of being like a little obsessive. Like, I'm really I'm someone who puts a lot of care and consistency into the things that I love and do. You know, I have I'm really like, consistent with my practices, my studies, my professional life, my relationships. I'm very attentive and devoted to them. Always room for more, I don't always feel very devoted to them. But I know that he said that to me before. And he's also told me that, you know, sometimes I have to let go a little bit more, I can be a little obsessive. I think, you know, but like other I think he would also say that I have like a really dry and on probably kind of fly under the radar sense of humour that people wouldn't always see in me right away like that. Sometimes people they meet me and they think like, kind of astute or disciplined or serious or like kind of the kind of mature saturnine qualities that they might feel like I'm like a mental rational qualities. But when you get me like outside of the context of like, my professional work, and you're just hanging out with me, like I'm a lot looser and funnier. And that comes out more now that I have a YouTube channel than ever, because, yeah, for whatever reason, on video, I tend to let loose a little bit more. So it comes out sometimes.
Do you get in trouble for your sense of humour? Oh, that's an interesting question. I had looked at all these I had some help aggregating them, and I didn't actually read all of them. Do you get in trouble for your sense of humour? Yeah, yeah, I've gotten in trouble for my sense of humour. It always kind of it always kind of sucks when I do because I'm not I don't really think I'm a mean person. Like, I feel predominantly like I'm really caring person. But yeah, I mean, like, sometimes I just have a really dry, dry, sometimes sort of cynical or sarcastic wit. And I just find the absurdities of life so worth laughing at and I'm so game for laughing at my own and, like, you know, calling myself out and having fun with it. And so it's kind of unimaginable to me that other people aren't. I drank ayahuasca for 10 years I'm very interested in processing, trauma, grief, looking for alternative and intelligent ways of healing ourselves from the wounds inflicted upon us, you know, from from just poor ways of living, and I'm into healing generally speaking, I wouldn't do all of this if I wasn't but for example, you know, being in a sort of New Age healing yoga astrology industry for so long, like, I also have seen a lot of like, they might as well be SNL skits of people who are so like, absurdly, absurdly buried in self pity and like narcissistic victimisation and I try to like sometimes I feel like we need to make light of it and just have a little bit of fun with it. Like everyone needs their thunder jacket. We're all just so freaking sensitive. At the same time that everyone's so sensitive and has their thunder jacket on. They need to feel like they're a level 10 healer, who's the most powerful being in creation? I think. I feel like when I see that when I see those kinds of paradoxes like I laugh I just think they're funny. And I think they're funny in the most harmless way like I'm not wanting anyone to be damned to hell for them. I don't lack any compassion for that situation because I can recognise how I've been in that situation myself. Oh, I'm such a strong evolved mature astrologer and yet you know, like I'm also like, like really overly sensitive and sometimes I just need to grow you know, just grow a thicker skin a little bit sometimes. So, I just I feel like some of those absurdities if you can't laugh at them, those are the ones that I tend to get in trouble for. The thing is, too is that we're the people who are into healing and you know, kind of broad minded eclectic topic. So willing to eat our own, you know that people who are into spiritual life so willing to eat our own, and I find that to be, you know, also like the this feeling like humour and satire are like partly a way in which like, like cosmic justice is like administered to like, you know, some things just don't pass the eye or heart test no matter how virtuous they look, and there's a lot of self righteousness out there. And if I can't, If I can't have a sense of humour about it, I think humour is the way that that kind of stuff is held accountable. I think humour, satire, comedy, absurdity, self effacement I think that's how you hold those things to task in a way that is still inclusive. It's still like, you know, we're all part of the same team here. But like, come on, this is just ridiculous. So that's, that's how I feel about it. So that that gets me into trouble. My sense of humour sometimes.
How do you show appreciation to your wife? How do you show your appreciation to your wife? Hmm. There's just so many different ways. I feel like in a relationship over so many years that you know, you show appreciation, I think the number one thing that I've learned with my wife in particular, who's a double Taurus cancer rising, is that appreciation. You know, we all have a love language, you guys probably read that book where there's certain things that, you know, obviously, my wife likes to know, she's appreciated. But I think it's daily things, it's small things, and it's daily things. It's lending a hand in a situation that I can tell she's getting overwhelmed by, it's saying, Hey, why don't you go take a walk, I'll take the kids like, I don't know, it's just it's, it's like small, everyday kind of constant watering of her and her life and her needs in in the small ways. Like, it's not the grand big stuff, it's the small stuff. And she's really taught me that she's taught me how to be attentive to her needs by by telling me it's the small stuff, and not necessarily that I have some great aptitude for knowing what people need or want. But I think Cancer Sun and Mercury in my chart, if there's one thing that maybe cancers are good at, it's being able to sense if someone isn't getting their needs met, and then, you know, trying to figure out what to do what, what one could do to nurture or help or whatever. So, um, yeah, I'm like, you know, it could be a million different things, though. I mean, you know, it might be like, the other day, my wife was unpacking some stuff, and I had a busy day to. So you know, she was going to go pick up my daughter from preschool, and I just said, Whoa, I'll go get her you keep doing that stuff. And she just stopped and put down the box and looked at me and, you know, almost started crying and was like, thank you. It's just I think it's stuff like that, really, in relationships. That's what I like the most to in terms of getting appreciation, just small stuff. It's kind of staying attentive to the moment and to the space you're in and not getting too outside of it. If you can be attentive and caring in that space of this moment, this situation, this hour of our evening, then I think that you can string together some victories, and they tend to lead to a feeling of being really deeply loved over time. Anyway, not that I'm a relationship guru or anything.
So do you have any further plans blending your passion for astrology and herbalism with your wife? Yes, we do. But you know, the reality of it has been every year that we've been ambitious about getting it started, like, you know, the kids, it's two kids and me doing this work and my wife doing our herbal work, and then trying to create more space for that outside of the space that we already need to just care for our relationship. You know, that's just really tough to do. So we're just prioritising raising kids doing our individual work and prioritising our relationship at the moment and our Bhakti our spiritual lives and community. And the hope is that in you know, in time, naturally, as the kids get a little bit more independent, that more space will open up for that. But yes, it's hard because it's something we both when we started off, you know, in our early 30s, like two, you know, starry eyed kids who just started a yoga studio out of a house, and then it gradually developed and grew into this big community. And that that has been, yeah, it's been like, the impulse to create things together has been there and we just didn't know what a powerful thing it was to create babies together. Because that's like a whole nother level of you know, I think I honestly think we were a little naive. I think we were like, oh, they're just gonna be like accessories to our careers and our creative life as a couple which was very, very yoked together like, worked in the same office, worked out of a studio together like, then kids came along and it was like, Whoa, like, okay, we didn't, we did not know what we were getting into, revealed a lot of selfishness within both of us, helped us grow up. You know, I couldn't have asked for something better for the two of us, but it has forced us to put on hold more of the creative professional aspirations that we've had as a couple.
Let's see, I recently finished your remarkable book. But notice that the subject of astrology was totally absent was this deliberate request from your editor? So Fishers of Men, the gospel of an ayahuasca vision quest was written before I was a professional astrologer. That's the only reason that it wasn't included in the book. Also, any plans to write another book? And if so, what would it be about? Yes, for sure. And it will, I already know what it'll be about. It'll be about astrology. But more specifically, it will be storytelling, it will not be a technical book, it will not be a manual of delineation or techniques or history or anything like that. Maybe at some point, I'll write something like that. But the book that I really want to write next that again, like my wife, and I like it's just something I'm waiting on until space opens up in my life. And I know it will. And this is also not about me, like, I don't need to write a book, God doesn't need another book from Acyuta-bhava, you know, or whatever. Like, I don't, I don't take that view that I have something so important to say. I just like writing and I feel that there's, there's something that I feel inspired to write about, which I take as a sign that maybe, you know, maybe Krishna has something that you know, wants to come through me so to speak. But I don't know, we'll see. But the one that I feel like I have inside of me is a collection of essays and stories about the practice of astrology and the life of an astrologer and the spiritual path of astrology, which, as you guys know, is something I'm I, you know, kind of blend in to everything that I do.
How did you know your wife was the one did you use synastry this is really funny. My wife came into my life because I did an astrology reading for her. I was going through a breakup, and my girlfriend at the time, who had been engaged to us, we were breaking off an engagement and she was moving out. And I was just at the start of my professional practice. And I was pretty sick. And I did a reading for my wife over the phone. I couldn't see her face, I could just hear her voice. And the double Taurus Cancer rising with the Aries stellium that she has in her 10th house, to me was like, it was really silly. Because it's so it's so like, if you're an astrologer, only an astrologer can get this joke, but when I saw it, and I heard her talking, and I was like getting a feel for her, I was like, Oh my god, she's so hot. I was like, I was like, you know, really, like, I liked her so much. And I was like, I hope she hope physically I'm attracted to her. Because if so, I'm really I'm definitely going to throw my hat in the ring and be like, Hey, you know, do you want to go out? And then I then I connected with her after the reading on Facebook, which in the reading I kept professional, except for one thing, which my wife always teases me about, which was what it's like, at the end of the reading, you know, and she was saying how pleasant it was and what a nice reading it was. And she liked it and stuff like that. So yeah, you have a beautiful chart. So, I was like, Oh, I got the phone. And I was like that is that is so unprofessional, because it was totally like a flirt. I said it in a really flirtatious way. So anyway, um, then I connected with her on on Facebook and and I was like, Oh, she's from Minnesota, which is where I'm from. And she's totally Minnesotan, like, down to the bone. And, and she's really hot, I like her and she's really super beautiful personality. And not only that, but then she at the end of the reading was like, you know, you're really sick. Because I was I had a call that a bad cold that I was dealing with. And she was like, she's an herbalist, right and a yoga teacher. So she was like, Well, why don't I send you some herbs? And I was like, No, I'm not actually pay for your time. And she's like, No, no, you're not going to take the time because you're working so much. And like I'm giving you herbs. And just the way that she kind of like, took over and push me around and just made me take some of her medicine, it was so attractive to me. I was like yeah, you just Just tell me what to do. You just you tell me I'll do it. So that's that's how I felt and I didn't really look at the synastry like I'm not really a big ministry person in general. I think it's kind of overrated I'm not saying that it doesn't exist I'm just saying like looking at the two charts in me like oh my god she right. I was like double Taurus Cancer rising? You know, I've got my Venus in Leo, she has her Venus in Aries. So there was just like a fiery kind of Venus connection between us. And then of course, I'm Capricorn, Moon and Cancer, Sun. I'm Taurus rising. She's Cancer rising with Taurus, moon and sun. So there was, like, really good synastry between us just in the feel of are talking to each other. And I didn't really need anything more than that. But yeah, so I, yeah, that's, that's how I knew I knew she was I knew that she was the one really, I think when she came back for another reading, like, within a month or two, she came back for another reading. And then she invited me to come and teach astrology at a yoga retreat that she was leading in West Virginia. And so I went and did that. And when I met her at the retreat, you know, it was like, you know what that chemistry is like, it was just like, neither of us could hide the kind of overwhelming attraction that we felt for each other, and just wanting to be around each other, but also not wanting to make it look like we wanted to be around each other to a group of people that we were teaching and leading for the weekend at this retreat centre. And I had originally asked her out, and she had said, No, and then we were at the retreat. And at the end of the retreat, she came up to me, and she said, Would you still want to go out? And I told her, no. I was like, no. And she and she was like, oh, okay, well, I thought you would, no, I was like, No, I mean, you you had a chance. And like, I've kind of moved on, you know, it's like, I don't want to feel like I had to convince someone, you know, and that's how I felt at the time. It was just my pride, you know. And she later on, it was funny, like, later on in the summer, like three months later, after I said no to her. She sent me this random text message. And she was like, you know, the gist of the text message was, will you reconsider, please, can we go out? And I was like, alright, yeah, let's go out. And, you know, and then when we went out, it was that was it like, literally, we, we went out and then within a week, we were cooking up plans to start a yoga studio together. How crazy is that? So? Yeah, so then, you know, that's it. That's the history.
What was the most rocking scary prediction that you have done? And it came to pass? Oh, yeah. Um, I one time predicted. I don't predict death. But I predicted that a man's wife was going to have a really serious health episode, most likely a mental health episode within a particular month of a particular year, and she ended up taking her life that month in that year, and he contacted me, thanked me, you know, I think probably became a much bigger believer in astrology at that point. And that one always kind of haunted me because it just, yeah, just looks like a really bad transit. And I've just thought, Oh, you know, so that's probably the scariest one that I've ever done. There's, you know, there's so many over 10 years, it's like, hard to say, and I much prefer to talk about the ones that I got, right, that were pleasant, obviously.
Would you advise anyone to abstain from ayahuasca, or wait and prepare in a certain way. I mean, you, you need to make sure you're not on certain kinds of medications. And you have to make sure that you have a really good support network in place, especially if you have a history of mental health problems. You know, I like any kind of psychedelic medicine can be very helpful, but it can also trigger and amplify things that aren't necessarily wanted or desired. And it's not always easy to know, which is, which I think by and large people prepare in the right way, cleanse their bodies in the right way, go to the right place. Good, make sure they have the medical background check and stuff like that, that a lot of these centres require, you know, mostly it's going to be safe, and it's going to be fine. And I don't think you need to just do it when you feel called to do it and prepare in the right way and follow the correct procedures. But, you know, there's also this kind of wildcard element and I'm always somewhat uncomfortable to tell who should or who shouldn't I kind of just, like, want to steer clear of that, because I don't I don't want that karma on me. Just being selfish, but, you know, yeah, I feel like you know, there's no reason to do ayahuasca just to do it. Like I think you should feel called to, to take on something like that. And you should know your own background and you shouldn't Know what kind of life you have in place to come home to, I had a really incredible support system not that was perfect but coming home from drinking Iosco, which was helpful. People who come back from drinking Ayahuasca, and they have really poor living conditions, poor health conditions, poor support network, really rocky relationships. You know, that might not be the best setting in which to bring those insights and realisations back initially, you might, you might want to be careful that your your life can support you, at the same time that ayahuasca will transform and encourage anyone to change the support structure of their life in ways that are needed. So it's it's kind of a hard thing to balance out.
As a monk, are you hoping to have a sanctuary? That's interesting? One of our long term goals in the next say, 10 years, would be to build a not a not a massive operation or anything, but basically the equivalent of a retreat centre, probably up here in Northern Minnesota, where people can come, we can have, you know, bonfires, and be in nature and be on the water on a lake and have something like a teaching hall, like a building that can be used to teach astrology, and teach herbal medicine have our herbal medicine garden there. And, you know, like a temple altar space for bhakti. It's kind of bhakti, herbs and astrology space where we can host maybe gatherings of, say, 50 people, you know, once a year or something like that, I'd really like to do that's a dream of mine. So if that's the sanctuary, then I guess maybe that counts.
How did you come to your spiritual name? Well, my guru gave it to me. I didn't choose it. He he gave it to me.That's part of initiation and the bhakti yoga tradition. So yeah, why do you use different names? Well, I don't I go by Acyuta-bhava. Now exclusively. I mean, at times, if I'm talking to I don't know, the people installing the cable box or the internet or something, I go by, you know, my billing name, obviously, I'll just go by Adam. Because one of the things that's really challenging sometimes is, you know, you go into some setting and you're like, Okay, what's your name, and they're, you know, you're buying something at a store. And you're like, uh, my name is a Acyuta-bhava. And then you have to, it's like, a 10 minute conversation that unfolds at that point. And I have to go through I have to, like, steward people through their little discovery process of, you know, religious diversity or whatever. And I'm like, No, I just just want to, you know, I jus want to get my tires, my oil changed and go home, please. So, so, you know, like, I don't I sometimes use my given name, because it's convenient. And I don't feel like, you know, just like, I'm a public person doing this all the time. And every single day of my life, I get shitty people saying shitty things to me, that are really hurtful on social media, and you get, of course, people that are really like, loving what you're doing. And it's hard to just like, step out of that. And not think of yourself in terms of what other people think about you whether it's good or bad. And to just be like a normal person. And to like, just just kind of check out of this whole, like reality of the YouTube and astrology and whatever, public persona. When I do that, it's just like, I don't have the energy sometimes to like, you know, deal with people trying to figure... it's like when people encounter yoga in your name, or when they encounter that you're an astrologer or whatever, like they have to have like, they suddenly are faced with reality. Like, you're an astrologer, like what does that mean? Is astrology real? Am I real? Like I just don't feel like I want to be on all the time like that. So sometimes I hide that I'm an astrologer. And I tell people in my yoga studio owner, sometimes I say my name is Adam, because I just don't always feel like dealing with it. But that's usually just in public. And I don't use different names on this channel. I go in most part in most areas of my life, I go by a Acyuta. You may have watched older videos of mine where I introduced myself as Adam.
When did you realise that there was something very real about astrology? Oh, that's a good question. Okay, yeah, this is a this is an easy one. And I've told this story before but I was in an ayahuasca ceremony and the moon was coming in through into the mesa and I had spilled a cup of water in my arm was like soaking in the water and I didn't realise it because I was just in an in another dimension. And I started seeing this tapestry of lunar goddess symbolism and some of what I saw was also the crab. And I realised, oh, I'm a Cancer Sun. It was like the first time in probably a decade, or more that I had even thought about what my astrological sun sign was. And it was this realisation that I'm a Cancer. And then it was this whole, it was just mind bending, realisation that about what that actually means. And that it was this archetypal imagery and symbolism that somehow embodied part of my behaviour in psychology and it was so beautiful. And so, I mean, that's what turned me on to astrology was that vision, that was the very first one. I didn't start actively even studying astrology until like a year after that. But that was the first vision that I had, where I was like, there is something to this, that that there is and it's like, Terence McKenna says, you know, this reality is stranger than you can possibly imagine. That's how I felt, I felt like astrology was real. But yeah, as soon as I started studying and actually practising it with charts, it took like, two seconds for me to you know, I mean, it wasn't, didn't take long at all to be like, wow, this really works like there's this is, this is amazing. So, yeah, every single day, I feel like it's the first day to in that regard.
Are you a veggie or vegan? If so, why I'm a vegetarian. I have been a vegan in the past, I'm a vegetarian. Because in the Bhakti tradition, we use like ethically sourced, you know, dairy ingredients, like ghee, and, you know, sometimes milk. But these in the Bhakti tradition, you also have to understand that cows are like, revered. So they're the relation. It's not like factory farming, we're talking about the use of, you know, Cow Cow products as a sacred part of the religion. So there's some of that, I also don't really have a problem with like, ethically sourced, I don't have a problem with people who, ethically, you know, source eggs, or something like that. And, you know, I, here's the thing, I, here's my thing about vegetarianism and veganism, and also some of them, and I don't want to sound judgmental, but since people ask, I'll just tell you what I really feel about it. And I feel like one of the most basic ethical ways that we could change the world and make it a better place has nothing to do with politics has nothing to do with policy. It has nothing to do with, you know, changing systems and structures of government and, you know, lawmaking. And I honestly feel like it's as simple as recognising that animals are living beings, and that their souls, and that if we have all of this virtue, that we're so excited about in human life, but murder animals, and crush the environment, that we're, we're raging hypocrites. So for me like vegetarianism, and I'm not like, I it's not black and white for me, I know that there's that because plants are alive. You even the Shastras tell us this, and my spiritual teachers make a point of it. In bhakti we don't even really consider ourselves vegetarians. You know, we consider ourselves like pacifists who tried to do a minimal amount of harm, knowing that doing harm is inevitable part of the material world, you're killing plants when you eat them. And if you don't think plants have souls, then you're you're just, you're just as bad as someone who doesn't think animals have souls. So like, I've never really bought the vegan principle that, you know, you're not killing life or taking animal life when you take plants. Like, I just think that's bad logic. But a lot of my friends are vegan, so I, you know, it's like, not a personal thing. But to me, I just, I feel like, you know, the easiest way to make the world a better place is to try to minimise the amount of harm that we're doing, try to eat in the most sattvic and peaceful ways possible. And if people have ethical conscientious ways about taking a life, whether it's plant life, or even, in some cases, animal life, I have hunters in my family who are very ethical, and when they hunt, they use every part of the animal and they only do so once a year and you know, something like that. I mean, I don't I don't go around judging people really. But I do think that like one of the biggest problems in our in our world, actually, is the hypocrisy of trying to do good or be good or create good in the world when it's really coming. We're stomping our heels on other beings. So that's one of the main reasons that I'm a vegetarian is because I just try to, I'm trying my best to minimise that kind of relationship with the world that I have. And I'm not perfect at it and others in consistencies. I'm not trying to be puritanical or judge anyone but that's like how I feel about it. And again, like I also think that if you're someone out there who's like, you know, I'll just I'll just put it to put it very bluntly if you're someone out there who's advocating for the rights of a of any group whatsoever from any part of the world, any race, any gender, any area whatsoever, you're advocating for their rights because you believe that they're suppressed, but you have no problem eating a steak, there's something seriously wrong with you, in my opinion. Now that's like that's my most judgmental like inner thought about it. Right? But like, that's where I'm coming from. So that's, that's where I stand on it. I just feel like one of the easiest and most basic ways that we can try to embody or actually walk our talk when it comes to the dignity of other beings is to eat vegetarian or eat mostly vegetarian even just eating mostly plants, like mostly just to have a good portion of like a plant based diet on your plate. I think that goes a huge way to becoming a better cleaner Earth. So that's that's me but I try I'm really careful though, because with food, you know, it's like you Yeah, it just it just, I just keep keep coming back to like not being judgmental about it. One of the main reasons that I stopped being a vegan was because I felt that it was it was amplifying within me, a spirit of judgement. It was too puritanical for me. And also sort of hypocritical in different ways. But no offence to my vegan. Again, vegan friends out there. I support you guys. But yeah, so that's my vegan vegetarian story. All right. I think that's it on the list.
I'm going to turn now to the YouTube comment box and see if you guys have any other questions. So if you if you guys have any other questions for me, I'm happy to take them now. I probably want to say I probably won't do one of these for a while because it's a it's a little bit more uncomfortable for me to talk about myself. But if you guys have any other questions for me, I will answer them before we go.
Having Mars Gemini, do you have any other Gemini Virgo or other strong 6/3 house placements? I asked. Because yes, you speak a lot but also with clear detailed articulation. No, I just have Mars in Gemini, nothing in Virgo. See, what steps did you take to build your astrology business in the beginning or your career? Oh man, I just made it up. As I went, I'm serious. Like I didn't I was I didn't know what I was doing. You know, I built a website on my own through what was that place called Weebly? I built a Weebly website. You know, and I had a platform because I had written a book about ayahuasca. So I had like a public space. I was writing for reality, and which all the time and I was speaking a lot and had engagements about ayahuasca. So I started naturally talking about astrology in those places. And that sort of building me an online following for my blogging and I started writing every single day about astrology because first I wanted to but then second, I also realised that creating content was a way of developing my career. And so you know, it just that was that was a part of it. And the challenge of coming up with new ways of relating to astrology every day was just, I was totally in love with that challenge. I really liked that. Astrology is perfect for daily content creation, because there's always something new happening. And the more that you relate to the astrology every day in new ways, and you're forced to do so because, you know, we aren't creatures that like doing things in the exact same way over and over. We like the variety. So if you have to do something over and over again, but you're forced to find variety, you grow you is especially as an astrologer, that's how you grow you need to see different charts, different circumstances, different transits need to experience them, you need to write about them, you need to talk to other people about them. So I just was doing that literally every single day and the audience was growing and I guess I just got creative and innovative. I did donation based readings and classes and just slowly building experience and coming into trying things and failing and, and so forth. But I think the number one thing that I'd recommend to anyone else that would be like in this day and age it's it's find a way of getting that experience and probably putting yourself out there in some way through through blog or I mean, that it's kind of cliched. I know not everyone feels that they want to have a YouTube channel or you know, some some some kind of public presence but you know, you have to do astrology like every day and and kind of people have to know that that's what you're doing for a while before it seems that clientele naturally start coming. That's my experience. This is okay, these are these are these are good ones. Now I'm liking these. See personal questions, not astrological ones for today.
Any books you recommend an ancient Vedic Astrology and history? Not off top my head. Did you take a while to reintegrate Christianity as a faith you can work with? Or did you always keep it with you? I've always kept it with me. It's never gone anywhere. It's just like now I see Jesus, Krishna, the Buddha. I see them all as you know, these cosmic Spaceman avatars who are they're archetypal, they're emblematic of an end. There's women too, obviously, like that have meant a lot to me. In the Christian tradition, Teresa of Avila comes to mind, Mother Teresa in many ways. Yeah, there's just like, the idea of saintly, like, exalted personalities. And, you know, great examples of compassionate people have done the work and blaze the trail. And they've just they don't go anywhere for me and Jesus, like, how could I ever? Like how could I ever not have faith and love for Jesus? Like, it's Jesus, you know? So that's how I feel like that's, I mean, when I was a kid, you know, I was, I was, I was in praise bands. I was a youth pastor, I grew up being taught that love, loving others and loving God was the meaning of life. And like, that has not changed one bit for me since I was a little boy. So I'm not that I live up to it. But that's never changed for me. And I don't, I don't see Christianity. I of course, like everyone else, I find the faults and flaws and, and so forth with the religious institutional side of things. But when I read the teachings of Jesus, and the encounters that I've had with Jesus, as an archetypal figure in Iosco ceremonies and so forth, has only deepened and intensified my Christian faith, but it's also universalized it like, you know, obviously, I don't see, like, when Jesus says, I am the way, you know, I don't think that I don't think that that's exclusive to people approaching Krishna, or people approaching another like, God takes many forms, in my opinion. So anyway, yeah. So no, it hasn't been really hard to reintegrate Christianity, because it's always just been there. It's it's been more about how it's become more inclusive and how it's really become universalized understanding of the Christian message. Yeah. How do you read alcohol on your Ascendant? Well, I mean, a good portion of my earlier life was spent completely losing my mind and in psychedelics, drugs and sex. So like, like, you know, from like, late teen years through, you know, mid 20s was like, a huge amount of like drugs, sex and rock and roll, like really unhealthy. And so I don't think that elbow has to be in your life 24 seven, but if someone has elbow on the ascendant or a powerful degree, it could be that there are portions or chapters of your life where you know, you're going to go completely bonkers with the with the the desire body, which is often with that eye of Medusa stars about on the other hand, I've kyron on that degree on the ascendant and I think, you know, like right now, my dog's a girl, I've got two girls, two and five. My wife's a girl. My mom and my sister rely on me in many ways, after my dad and my mom split, so I in 90% of my clientele, and my viewership are women. So there's been a lot of that feminine energy in my life. And I think it's really, it's really, it's really been nice. It's really been a lot a lot to say about learning how to to embody that as a man or relate to it. And I think that's part of what Algol is about as well. But I don't know it's it's it's like a more hesitant to comment on it in any conclusive way, because I'm not even 40 yet. I turned 40 this summer, so, who knows? We'll see. We'll see what else algo has in store for me.
What's your funniest Mars Gemini moment? Um, gosh, there's, I can get me I can think of some that I will not share. But funniest Mars Gemini moment. I used to as a kid, like, I look back at this now. And I think it's pretty hilarious that when I would get really pissed off at my dad, Mars is in my second house in the in the house of like money and finances and resources and things like that, I would get really pissed off at my dad and I would steal the keys to the church after they were in bed and asleep. And I would sneak out my window. And I would take my bicycle to the church with the keys. And I would I would, I would go into the janitors office. Take the janitors key to the pop machine. I don't know if you guys call it pop we that was what we call it here in Minnesota. Take the keys to the pop machine I would open it up I would fill a pillowcase with pop and pop cans you know to take home stash them and and then I would empty like a good amount of money into the pillow case from the pot machine as well. And then I would take out the floor hockey equipment drink soda in the basement of the church and play floor hockey by myself and and feel like a boss. So I just feel like that's like the funny absurd that is but yeah, you like so that's what I did. That's that's what I would do. And that always reminded me of Mars in Gemini just a mischievous little punk. So yeah, I think of that a lot. Let's see. Please do more sports speculation readings. Yeah, I you know, I'm a closet sports, attic basketball and football. And I often write in private where no one can see that I'm not. I'm not. I'm not so holy i i partake and then try to sometimes look at the charts of athletes that I like and stuff like that. Let's see.
Oh my gosh, there's so many questions that came in. Thank you guys. These are all really nice. Okay, here. How much do you relate to your Ascendant ruler, Venus? Yeah, Venus in Leo? A lot. That's like my, that's probably more of my private side in some ways is Venus in Leo, because it's in the fourth. So it's not like everyone really sees that part of me. Which is why I thought I would do this video, in fact, because I was like, you know, I get these questions all the time. And I'm always like, Oh, I don't want to, you know, so I thought, well, maybe I'll just share a little bit more about myself. Let's see.
Do you think your kids will eventually follow in your footsteps and go into astrology? I would love it if they did. But I also am not like attached to it. I will see my daughter knows that I'm an astrologer. And you know, when we've one time we asked her what she wanted to do and she said she wanted to be an herbalist and as an astrologer, like mommy and daddy and we were like, well, we can we can set you up for that. If so, who knows though we'll see. Who was your second astrology teacher. And why use Chris Magnus I should say. And he I met him at an NCGR meeting. He asked if I would read his chart for him and an exchange he would do a horary reading for me. I loved the horary reading that he did so much that he became my horary teacher. And he ended up doing my wedding and baptising my daughter. He's a Episcopal priest and an astrologer. Not like a public he's not publicly out there though with his astrology so he still is very dear to me. Are you replacing any of your studio gear in your office rebuild or getting rid of anything? Oh yeah, it's totally new. Like I'm really excited about it. In this new studio space, there's a new colour new wall colour. I i got i just i got a convertible desk so it can be standing or seated because I work at my desk with readings and so forth like five to six hours a day, usually at least. And so I have to, I just need to be able to stand and like even now the bench I'm sitting on sucks. So I've been standing and sitting and standing and sitting. And I'll probably continue to do that with this new office space. And then there's, there's, yeah, there's like a couple of concepts I'm working with. And until at least one of them is installed for shooting in the office, and my desk isn't even here yet. Until all of that setup, I'll just be sitting here. Because I don't want to reveal my new office until it's set up. So I'm particular about it, I guess. How do you deal with inaccurate readings if you've had any from egotistical professional place? Oh, it doesn't bother me at all. I've had to get really used to it. Because over the years, like how could you get better at astrology? You know, how could you possibly get better at it unless you were getting you were inaccurate and had to become more accurate? Like, it's just like basketball? It'd be like saying, how do you deal with not being able to dribble a basketball? It's like, well, you just deal with if you if you want to learn how to dribble one, you got to figure it out. And at the beginning, you're not going to know how so and that's still true. Like, today, there's you just you're always learning as you go. So you just have to keep that kind of beginner's mindset and you know, then you you get better at it as you go. I'm gonna go through the last remaining questions, and then we'll be done for the day. Thank you guys so much. This has been fun.
Have I tried any other psychedelics? Yeah, lots of them. And, you know, they were they played an important role in my life for a little bit. They're not not any longer now. But yeah, at one point I did. Have you ever noticed really good transits coming up and took a trip to Vegas? No, okay. The only only story like that in my life is like this. So I was visiting a really good buddy of mine in Colorado, okay, friend from childhood, and there was a casino near his house. And he was like, do you want to go to the casino? And he was like, we could just, you know, go in with 50 bucks or something. And, you know, just put a cap on it at 50 bucks and play quarter nickel, like whatever. Like I like, that'd be fun. Let's go. And one of the reasons that I said yes, let's go is because Jupiter was exalted in Pisces and conjoining Mercury, the ruler of my financial house. So I was like, Yeah, let's go to the casino. And I shit you not, we got to the casino, nothing happened. I was down to 10 bucks left. And I put $10 a $10 bill into a slot machine that was a $10 bill slot machine. And I won 800 bucks. And I've never I've only been in a casino a couple times in my life. And I was like, okay, astrology works. And I'll take my money and peace out. So I like I was like, you've $800 who's like you want to keep playing? And I was like, No, no, I do not. I want to take my Jupiter luckiness and I want to go home. And let's go like let's go out to dinner on the way home and I'll treat. So that was it. That was my big that was the only time I've ever used astrology for you know, that kind of thing.
Let's see, in your astrological opinion or prediction? Do you see this social distance ending? It's kind of funny because I feel that the social distancing thing is actually a metaphor for something that's happening psychologically in our culture. And I feel like that part is probably only going to get worse. But the literal physical part, I think, when Uranus Saturn are done, you know, duking it out, probably within a year from now, I would see it like maybe next spring, by that time, there'll be pretty far apart, I would imagine things will relax quite a bit within a year. At first sight when I first was doing COVID stuff, like a lot of people I didn't think it was going to be as long I kind of thought, by the very end of 2020 things would loosen up quite a bit as I was looking at what was happening around November, December. And the great conjunction and I thought things are gonna start to really loosen up by the end of the year, and I was right about that in a certain way. But also, Uranus, Saturn, coming right afterward, I wasn't really anticipating would still perpetuate a lot of the same dynamics.
All right, so thank you guys so much for making this a fun, just random q&a day. I hope you guys got something good out of Jupiter and Pisces as well. I will be back tomorrow with wrap up content for the week we'll take a little bit of a look at Venus entering Gemini along with mercury so that's what's coming up. Remember my new course ancient astrology for the modern mystic starts in June. Go check it out on my website, nightlightastrology.com and go to the courses page, the first year course page in particular. If you have any questions about details in the course happy to talk it over with you guys. I think I gave my email address already. So Alright, have a great afternoon, everyone. We'll see you again soon.