The Astrology Of Relationships (Free PDF Download)

Being fluent in the symbolic language of astrology is nothing short of a gift. If we open our hearts and our minds to what astrology wants to teach us – we realise that embedded into astrology’s structure is a whole way of viewing life and existence. We realise first and foremost that there is a fundamental order to things, there is meaning, and there is logic in life’s cyclical unfoldment. We also realize one more thing: astrology does not explicate, so much as it reveals that there is an underlying pattern of existence.

To engage with astrology is to have a bit of a glimpse into the Cosmic Order. But that Cosmic Order, does not, certainly from this third dimensional level of existence, reveal all of its inner workings. As we expand our awareness and therefore have greater dimensional access, we see more. The more our consciousness expands, the faster our vibratory rate becomes, and more pours in to our perceptual awareness. As we expand our awareness, the more astrology will reveal to us.

When we penetrate deeper into the mysteries of astrology, we also intuitively realize that the energetic pattern revealed by someone’s birth chart isn’t accidental – it is supposed to be that way. As I see the birth charts of clients, friends and family members, I am always struck by how unique each one is. Astrology reminds us that we are each our own profound Universe, and it points us toward the self-love and self-acceptance that comes when we realize that we were not designed to be like someone else.

In relationships, even in challenging ones, we may begin to realise that other people are designed to be the way they are. Differences in energy attunements between people are a perfectly right and natural part of existence. People are not wired to perceive reality exactly the way we are. This is okay.

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Ascension Codes: The Structure Of Your Karmic Experiences (video)

Ascension codes: the structure of your karmic experiences - Tara Nikita

In this video I explain how individual karmic experiences, such as the experience of a “karmic relationship” are “ascension codes.” Ascension codes are energetic opportunities given to us a personal, individual level to heal and restore the collective human DNA structure.

I explain how individual karmic events are designed for individual soul expansion and growth, but they also have a built-in collective coding. I also share how astrological transits can be understood as the symbolic language of ascension codes. The implications or the meaning of a karmic experience goes way beyond our individual lives.

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Approaching Social Media After A Spiritual Awakening (video)

Social Media After Spiritual Awakening - Tara Nikita

Your orientation to social media may have changed after your spiritual awakening process. (This certainly happened to me!). Social isolation, as well as a complete shift perception and interests, are characteristic experiences of the awakening process, and they can have implications for one’s social media habits.

In this video, I share some guidelines for approaching social media after a spiritual awakening, and some tips to stay sane in our over-saturated digital world. One of the topics I remain interested in is just this business of electronics, and maintaining a state of mindfulness/groundedness even as we coexist with our devices and the internet.

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Astrology: Why You Should Pay Attention To The Quincunx Aspect (video)

Why You Should Pay Attention To The Quincunx - Tara Nikita

In this video I talk about the rather esoteric and obscure-sounding aspect in astrology called the “quincunx” or “inconjunct.” I explain why it isn’t a so-called “minor aspect”, and how the natural 150 degree relationship between Aries and Virgo helps us to decode its meaning and function in the psyche.

I share two real-life examples of the quincunx or inconjunct in action from my counseling work with clients. Some food for thought on why the quincunx is absolutely worth paying attention to, especially if the quincunx aspect is between two planets that represent critical psychological functions.

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Astrology in Anecdotes: A Case of an Awakening

Some time ago, a friend reached out to me for a listening ear. He spoke of how misunderstood he felt as his worldview changed – he was undergoing a spiritual awakening. He began to voraciously read new literature, he found new friends who were exploring the same spiritual and political ideas he was, and much to the chagrin of his family, he felt increasingly alienated from his devoutly religious upbringing. I noticed how strikingly different he looked from the last time I saw him – it was as though his body morphed into a new one, mimicking his inner journey as his mind mutated to accommodate new philosophies and conceptions of reality.

(I should point out that this is quite typical of a spiritual awakening. Inner energetic shifts often result in striking physical/outward changes. New thought forms alter the frequency we broadcast, and because we are, as humans, bio-energetic beings, these new thought forms give new commands to our biological/physical systems. If you are going through an awakening process at the moment, you may find want to check out this page for some support).

Naturally, the first thing I did was ask him for his birth data. I cast his natal chart with his current transits, and there it was: transiting Pluto in Capricorn was closing in on an exact conjunction with his Ascendant, and was opposing his Cancer Mercury. And as if the action of transiting Pluto wasn’t enough, transiting Uranus was also closing in on an exact conjunction with his Aries I.C, and squaring his Moon. Big stuff.

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Jamaica: a quick astrological profile

Jamaica - an astrological profile - Tara Nikita

So, for fun, I decided to have a look at Jamaica’s astrological chart – cast for August 6, 1962 (12 p.m.) when we became an independent nation, and separated from Britain. What a fitting time for nation-building it was, with Saturn in Aquarius, right there on the IC. We were forming/crystallizing (Saturn) a new collective identity (Aquarius), a new nation (IC – 4th house). There’s a reason why both Saturn and Uranus rule Aquarius. Aquarius reforms and changes a system (its Uranian side), but it also builds (Saturn) a new more progressive collective structure. In this case, we were throwing off colonial rule (Uranus), and building a nation (Saturn-IC) founded on new values.

Jamaica has its Sun at 13 degrees Leo, right up there on the Midheaven with Mercury and the North Node also in Leo. What is Jamaica known for? Our performance and our creativity (Leo) – whether that performance or showmanship is in sports, or music. With the Sun right on the Leo MC, this is what we contribute to the world. We gift the world with our creative self-expression. Leo/Sun on the MC also reinforces how, for such a small country, our public image and the extent to which we are globally recognised are so strong! North Node in Leo conjunct our MC lets us know as Jamaicans that our highest path and destiny, the highest expression of our collective soul is the contribution of our creativity to the wider global collective.

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Talking Astrology: Why Your Birth Time Matters – interview with Wayman Stewart

I was saying to my email list recently that it really makes me sad when a client gets in touch with me to say they’d like to come for an astrological counseling session…but then, they don’t have an accurate birth time. I think of all the potent therapeutic insight we can get by having their chart on hand, and then my heart sinks.

“Can I come for a session? I don’t know my birth time though.” (“No you may not, and I’m actually really sad about that.”). Like any other conscientious astrologer, I insist that a client have an accurate birth time, and will ask someone to make every effort to find out their time of birth before they book a session.

When my professional astrologer colleague and fellow astro-nerd internet friend, Wayman Stewart, emailed me recently, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to co-opt him for the purposes of helping people understand more about this notion of the birth time, and what astrological remedies are available if the birth time is uncertain. (I do have a selfish agenda though. Whenever anyone explains that they don’t have an accurate birth time but would like to come for a session, I plan to just send them a link to this interview. Wink, wink).

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Astrology in Anecdotes: A Tale of Taurus & Sagittarius

A few years ago I went out to a trendy new night spot with some friends. The nice thing about this new spot was that there were tables outdoors. Feeling the balmy Caribbean night air while sipping on a couple of drinks was a welcome change to the usual stuffy, air-conditioned room.

As my friends chatted away, I noticed myself zoning out, increasingly drawn to the light of a star overhead. I took out my Blackberry (remember those?) and checked: it was Jupiter, visible in the night sky.

I nudged my friend, “Hey, look up! There’s Jupiter!”

“Oh, okay”, he shrugged. He went back to his drink, fixed on the straw as he spun the ice in the glass.

That was it.

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Astrology in Anecdotes: “I missed my Saturn return!”

Astrology in Anecdotes - I missed my Saturn return - Tara Nikita

Recently I had a client whose Saturn return in Sagittarius had occurred within the last 18 months. Predictably, this had much to do with what she was experiencing, and the specific choices she was facing.

So I brought it up, explaining the nature of the developmental tasks that her Saturn return – in the 4th house, and passing over her Mars and Uranus – was bringing into the foreground.

I saw the recognition on her face (indeed, she had heard of the dreaded “Saturn return” before). Her eyes widened: “Oh my god! I missed my Saturn return!”

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