Free Weekly Astrology Class: Learning to Read an Ephemeris

An Ephemeris is a book which shows the planets, Nodes and other factors and the zodiac signs they are in, on a given date. It also shows you the degrees they are in. In other words, the patterns they make.

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An Ephemeris is a book which shows the planets, Nodes and other factors and the zodiac signs they are in, on a given date. It also shows you  the degrees they are in. In other words, the patterns they make.

The generosity of Alois Treindl (pictured left), who I had the pleasure of meeting at The Astrological Association Conference in Great Britain, is legendary. His website astro.com is the go-to source for so much.

He also offers a free, basic Ephemeris (it doesn’t show all the asteroids, but it does show the basics). Download it here and print it out or keep on your computer. It is the 2020 Ephemeris.

Scroll down to APRIL 2020.

This is a numbers game. In astrology, we look for unusual, striking patterns (called aspects) to spot events that stand out. Look across the columns for patterns at zero or 0. Always read the first number, first. Don’t worry so much about the number that comes after it. What you’re looking for is 0 (symbol) and then another number. But it’s the 0 we are interested in.

You should find one in the very first row of numbers. Actually, you will find two. On Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, in this week just past, you can see that Mars was at 0 Aquarius 49 and Saturn was at 0 Aquarius 40.

As I said, don’t worry so much about the numbers that come second. The first one is the degree (the rest are just minutes). The symbols you will have decoded last week. If you need to catch up on that lesson now, do so.

The symbol is what you would expect. Wavy lines of water – it has to be Aquarius the water bearer. So, what you are seeing here is Mars at 0 Aquarius 49 lining up with Saturn at 0 Aquarius 40. That is what is known as a conjunction. Mars is conjunct Saturn in Aquarius.

How do you know the planet symbols? Mars looks like the God of War, and he represents heat, action, competition, conflict, speed, aggression, assertiveness, and so on. Just like a Roman soldier. His symbol looks like a Roman soldier. It’s basically a bloke with a beer gut firing off an arrow. Saturn is shown by a cross with a tail, if you like. Saturn is about a heavy load to carry. A cross to bear. He has a long tail. He lasts a long time, when he goes through a sign – he hangs around for at least two years. As you learn astrology, you’ll make up your own memory-jogging devices. Fat Roman soldier with an arrow for Mars, or some other device. Maybe you have a better way of remembering Saturn.

Now using my website, or my book 2020 Vision: Your Five-Year Horoscope Guide (on Amazon) – or your free Premium Member guides – decode Mars and Saturn.

What do you think they delivered last week, when they were in conjunction on Wednesday 1st April? What news events proved it? What happened in your own life?

Astrology can be so accurate your jaw is on the floor. Make notes. What did you see and how did it work out for you?

If you are really flying ahead with your course, you’ll go back to the chart wheels you had last week and start to see how Mars conjunct Saturn at 0 Aquarius manifested for your partner, friends, family. This is real astrology, in real time. Now look down the page and you’ll see that Venus was also at 0 Gemini on the same day that Saturn was at 0 Aquarius on Saturday, April 4th, 2020. Venus was making a different pattern. A trine. Venus at 0 Gemini was trine Saturn at 0 Aquarius. That was pretty recent. How did that work out for you?

If that’s too complicated for now, leave it. But if you’re flying ahead, you’ll be able to put that together using my website, your Premium Member guides or my book 2020 Astrology.

Keep this 2020 Ephemeris and remember what a fantastic resource astro.com is.

See you next week.

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8 thoughts on “Free Weekly Astrology Class: Learning to Read an Ephemeris

  1. Jessica I went back to re-read your 2020 forecast written in March of last year and in light of what we know and where we are now my mind is blown! Who could have predicted what has happened? Well actually you! Personally having my Sun at 21 Taurus, Venus 22 Aries, Saturn 22 Aquarius, hygeia 22 Aries, salacious 20 Capricorn, NN 22 cancer and SN 22 Capricorn I must admit to being a bit nervous about what is coming but take comfort from your daily, weekly and monthly guides and everything else you put up. You are a gift x

    • Thank you. That’s a quote I have to give my webmasters when they create that category here. It’s really kind of you. Okay, so your chart is set up for 2021 right now. Next year has astonishing with Jupiter on your Saturn in Aquarius in the Eleventh House. Just about everything is connected to the group. It has one or more friends. It’s about using people power. It’s in motion now and will involve so much hard work and learning. If not the first group, then the second group, but by this time next year you will be so glad you are involved. Don’t be nervous. Do play your part in destiny.

  2. Hi Jessica, I have read now that the Spanish Flu in 1918 lasted for 3 years and came in 3 waves. So, if we are in first wave for the coronavrirus and there is so much financial damage, what will happen in the second wave likely in the fall of 2020? How many times can people take this rollercoaster? I think you have written that early May 2020 will see GFC part 2. If so, then will we see GFC part 3 in the fall or winter of 2020-2021? Thanks again

    • Above everything else Gaia must triumph. I am sure you know about the famous Lovelock theory of Gaia. Mother Earth wants her planet back. Greedy people with too much money and not enough brains have taken it from her. Whatever is required to crash the system and save the earth will happen. Try to get away from negative thinking – damage, rollercoaster and so on. This is a reset. It will take until 2025, and part of 2026. That is an opportunity. My longer-term predictions about life until 2026 are in my book 2020 Astrology. All you need to know is that when Gaia wants you to participate in a new green economy, just find your spade and see how you can share in an allotment, community garden – or if you are very lucky – dig your own garden.

  3. Hello, hope you’re coping well in lockdown. It’s heavenly for introverts!

    Ironically, on astro.com (Aloise living his dharma for sure, as Wayne Dyer would say) while ago read current hard times, all areas of life is to make me stronger for future, worse, hard times. Of course, hard times are for the learning. As my life is very unusual, hard times for others, for me, can have good parts. Helps me cope enormously to know when hard times going to be.

    What do I need to look for on the Ephemeris to find them? How many years/decades will each future hard time go for?

    I’d say next wave of bad times won’t be for a while. It’ll take a while for current wave to be over (least another 18mths for unpaid family work due to parent’s death (good thing) to be finished. No inheritance (good thing. Loss much better than lifelong debt). Until able to leave abusive living situation with sister (Saturn in Cancer), that abuse will therefore go on for a while. Will take out restraining order if need be once leave to protect myself (good thing – realisation & strength to do so. Will have gratitude for everyday once (for first time in whole life) living situation free of all forms of abuse. I deserve it and really look forward to it.

    4 pile ups on chart. Imagine they’re connected to the future worse bad times?

    23-26 degrees: Sun, Moon, Uranus, Chiron, Minerva, MC, Ops, IC.
    13-16 degrees: Aes., Psyche, Mars, Des, Venus, Jupiter, Cupido, Fortuna.
    2-5 degrees: Vulcano, Pancea, Saturn, Salaccia, Mercury, Vespa, Pluto, Bacchus
    12H: Vulcano, Bacchus, Juno, Ceres, Jupiter, IC (don’t have psychic ability, not interested in doing that or healing work).

    Thankyou

    • You are tracking Uranus in Taurus in the Ephemeris which is the shock to the world economy, ongoing until 2026. It’s necessary system change to save the earth, its animals, its ocean, its air and its ice caps – its temperature and plant life. Taurus is an earth sign. It also rules the meat industry (cattle). Uranus is the revolution. Beyond that we also have Neptune in Pisces, to watch, which is the new world of escaping, cocooning, hibernating, retreating. In fact Uranus will cross over all those clusters you have, so you can see for yourself what is going on. This will be until 2025.

  4. Don’t feel any effects Uranus in Taurus. I’m Sun Taurus, with only 2 other minor Taurus placements. Lot of ‘Taurus’ doesn’t apply to me. Don’t have mortgage, property, shares, valuables, business. Small super balance. Nothing about the world economy relates to me. Never done travel/been on holiday (can’t afford it). Already walk at lot for exercise and to save petrol money (live frugally so can survive). Own vege patch not my thing. Coronavirus has a very minor impact.

    As don’t have family/friends/employment, lot of time at home anyway. In between unpaid work re parents, do personal development & what I call ‘self love’ & ‘self support’ – stuff learnt from things like CBT. Do all that at home (can’t do things like hug yourself & remind yourself of your achievements out loud, in public!).

    One of my dreams is return to work in office, as have Marketing degree. Even though psychics said it’s not possible/would take too long to be worth it (Marketing is notorious for, after about 50, age goes against you), hope to prove them wrong! Feel working in office better for me than working from home (too isolating. Don’t have work experience, work samples or references – the ‘gig’ thing online not relevant/realistic for me). Realise this return to work, would, in my circumstances, realistiically, take quite a while. May have to do volunteer work to get the ball rolling (difficult, already living in poverty). Retreating time would be a chance to learn the new Marketing ways come in since did degree.

    – So reading between the lines, does that mean after 2025 could be a possible return to work for me?
    – In Melbourne, are any housing alternatives going to eventuate in the revolution? (20+ yr waiting list for public housing, no suitable perm places in caravan parks I can find, not eligible for mortgage/loan of any kind even if return to work, can’t afford rent through real estate agency, too old for sharehouses/can’t afford the rent anyway, no long term housesitting (need ref’s & experience anyway, don’t have). Once even tried to buy small unit in retirement place – forbidden – too young. Upcoming house price reduction too small to help me. Tiny houses too small for me – wouldn’t even fit my personal dvlpmt notes in there!
    Thankyou

    • Suzanne, astrology is a wonderful thing, but there is nothing like picking up the telephone and talking to someone. Or, even at a distance, having a cup of tea with someone. You have a ton of resources at your fingertips which make that possible. Zoom and Skype are okay, but the telephone is quicker and much more simple. I have limited time and space here, with 9,845 Comments in the queue. Having looked at your chart, and replied to you, I now think the next step is to make a call. The idea I like best of yours, is volunteer work. I used to volunteer with Youthline, a telephone helpline for people going through difficult situations. One thing I learned from that, is that sometimes chatting to a stranger is the best thing of all. I’ll leave you with one more comment about your chart before I turn to other people who are waiting in this queue. You are strongly Aquarian and belong with one or more groups. I didn’t say belong inside a group. You can be outside but still involved. As a volunteer, as a part-time employee, as a full-time employee – look to groups. Clubs, teams, associations, societies, charities, of all kinds. It would stretch you in 2020 but reward you in 2021. From 2023 it would empower you. But for now – call someone or arrange to talk to them. Thank you.

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