The Art of Predictive Astrology: Forecasting Your Life Events

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9780738701646: The Art of Predictive Astrology: Forecasting Your Life Events

Are you likely to meet a new love soon? Is the coming year a good time for that major career change you've been contemplating? Are you likely to make a lot of money in your life, or will you always be challenged to make the most of what you have?

The techniques presented in The Art of Predictive Astrology show you how to forecast upcoming trends and life events for yourself, friends and family, and astrological clients. Author Carol Rushman, a practicing astrologer for over twenty-five years, shares her method for astrological prediction, including: the "natal promise" of the birth chart; secondary progressions, including the progressed Moon, and progressed house cusps; transiting planets; lunations (New and Full Moons) and eclipses.

After reading this book you will be able to predict major events such as marriage, and minor events like receiving a small gift. Real-life examples drawn from the author's experience show you firsthand how to practice the art of predictive astrology.

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Carol Rushman has been a professional astrologer―teaching, lecturing, and doing private consultations―for over thirty years. Her clients include television personalities, movie stars, politicians, musicians, and business people from all over the world, as well as many of her professional peers. Carol has taught and lectured extensively, serving on the faculty of several national conferences, and representing the United States at an international conference in Sydney, Australia.

She was a board member of the American Federation of Astrologers, the American Federation of Astrology Network, and the Wisconsin Astrological Society, and was also a member of the International Society of Astrologers and the National Council for Geocosmic Research. Carol has appeared on television and radio in New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago, as well as locally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was featured in a documentary called "The Making of an Astrologer." In addition, she has had several of her own radio and television shows.

Carol currently resides in Bayside, Wisconsin, with her husband, Dr. Jay Meili.

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Chapter One
Psychological Profiles
When I started in astrology years ago, I noticed that it was very hard for me to pinpoint timing in my predictions. People responded very differently to the exact same energy. Astrology is the study of how we deal with, experience, and respond to energy. Sometimes we experience the energy as an inner need or desire to make a change, take a chance, or do something new or different—this is stimulated by a conjunction. Sometimes the energy emerges as an obstacle, a blockage, a challenge, or an opportunity—this is demonstrated with a square aspect. With an opposition, it may be a crisis in a relationship or a learning experience through another person. The aspects, transits, progressions, lunations, and eclipses in a client’s chart create energy, but we all respond to that energy very differently.
To better pinpoint when things were most likely to happen, I went back to the basics. By examining the elemental placements (fire, earth, air, and water) and the modality placements (cardinal, fixed, and mutable), and some of each client’s predominant psychological patterns, I found I could refine my timing of predictions. From that point on, I started all my chart work by looking at these components. These two factors—modalities and elements—began to reveal a pattern of how each individual responds to a given situation.
The Four Elements
The four elements are fire, earth, air, and water. They tell an astrologer much about a client’s temperament. An abundance or lack of an element will show how a personality manifests itself. Certainly the signs the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are in lend prominence to each person’s temperament or psychological makeup, but a stellium (group) of four planets in an element also has a very noticeable impact on a person’s response to energy. The combination of elements in any chart defines the personality and nature of the individual.
Fire Signs
Fire signs respond to energy very quickly and directly, with no holds barred. They can be impulsive, ardent, and spontaneous. They favor action and activity. They are also ready to go someplace, do something, create something, or be somebody. This is particularly true of Aries and Sagittarius, but even Leos, with their fixity, have a strong, adventurous spirit and, of course, the most confidence in the world. All fire signs are willing to take a risk, start something new, begin a new project, start their own business, or embark on a trip. Fire-sign people are also confident and have high self-esteem. They get involved, and they approach life with tremendous zest and enthusiasm.
Earth Signs
Earth signs are more cautious in their approach to energy. Earth-sign people are more practical than the other elements, more realistic, and more inclined to need solid footing before they can go forward. They take a more cautious, conservative, deliberate approach. Taureans dig in their heels and really ponder things. Virgos want to analyze. Capricorns, while they want to climb the ladder, do it with care. They need a vision, a plan, and an organized structure before starting their ascent. Earth signs need to be prepared. They are dependable, thorough, and solid.
Air Signs
Air signs approach energy mentally. They are people-oriented, social, and seek knowledge. They are always ready to start a new relationship or friendship, and they love learning situations. They bore easily and sometimes talk and think about things more than they actually do them. Geminis have great intellectual curiosity. They will enter into a learning situation at the drop of a hat, but their native duality is tricky. Anyone who lives with a Gemini will tell you that it’s hard to know which one of the Gemini’s many personalities is getting out of bed in the morning. Librans are partnership-driven. They need a relationship, love to be in love, and fall in love frequently. Nothing will stop an Aquarian when he or she has a cause or passion. Aquarians need to express their uniqueness. They need freedom, are very independent, and some feel they need to leave their mark on the world. Air signs are communicative, social, and into ideas and other people.
Water Signs
Water signs respond to energy almost unconsciously. They emotionally float into and out of situations. They respond to energy without even knowing they are doing it. I have a water-sign daughter who has seven planets in this element. When she was younger, I saw her emotionally drift into situations, relationships, and careers in a way that seemed to be without a lot of thought. As she matured, this became less apparent. Water signs move with whatever is going on. Cancers are motivated to nurture and be nurtured. They only really find out who they are when they have a home and someone to take care of. Cancers often have issues with getting pregnant and having children. They either get pregnant too easily or they can’t get pregnant at all, or they get pregnant when they’re not married, or when they are married they can’t conceive. The Cancer astrologers I know are real caretakers. Katherine de Jersey, a Cancer, is one of the most concerned astrologers I have ever met.
Scorpios have intense vision. They don’t look to the right or the left, but flow straight ahead with laserlike focus. Nothing stops a Scorpio when he or she wants something. When this happens, I warn my clients to get out of the way.
Pisces are the trickiest to describe. Their energy is chameleonlike and absorbing. I advise my clients whose children have a lot of Pisces (or even sometimes a lot of mutable influences) to make sure their children have the most positive, constructive environment and friends possible because they will adapt or adjust to whatever they’re exposed to. They need to be in an uplifting environment, because if they get in with the wrong companions, they could follow the crowd. Pisces people, or those with strong Neptune influences, are often affected by the moods of others around them. My Sun is conjunct Neptune in Virgo. If my husband is negative or depressed about something, I slide from being happy to being in the pits. If I’m around someone who is in a bad mood, a sunny day can turn to gloom, and my parade is sure to be rained on. I have a girlfriend with the Sun in Pisces who has found that she cannot be around negative people. She confessed to me that she had to stop seeing a mutual friend of ours because every time she was with that person she was depressed afterwards. Pisceans have porous psyches. They pick up and take on the moods of other people and must be careful about who they spend time with. In general, all water signs are fluid and will go wherever their emotions take them.
Lack of an Element
A lack of any element in a chart creates challenges for the person and the way he or she reacts to energy. These people either struggle to compensate in order to have a balanced response to life, or they have no idea that something is missing from their personality. If fire is lacking, these people may have low self-esteem and little confidence. They may be pessimistic, easily depressed, and lack buoyancy of spirit. Those without earth in their chart may lack practicality and grounding. One of my friends who has no earth in his chart constantly struggles to keep his feet on the ground. He always says that he has money for all of the luxuries of life, but none of the necessities. He has been known to buy luxury items instead of paying his rent.
People with a lack of air have trouble being objective and tend to internalize everything. They hunger for social interaction, but aren’t very good at it. I have a friend who has no air and an annoying tendency to lecture. He wants his companion to sit and listen, isn’t good at verbal chitchat, and has trouble with social repartee. He’s most interested in his own point of view. People who lack water try to fill the emotional vacuum. It’s hard for these people to stay in touch with and to express feelings. As a consequence, they tend to get involved with overly emotional people. I have a client who has no water in her chart. When I have a problem and try to talk to her about it, she says all of the wrong things. She cannot commiserate with me and only approaches problems objectively, yet she is a fabulous cook. She may lack compassion and empathy, but she can make me feel better with delights from her kitchen.
If a person lacks an element, he or she needs to develop the missing traits. Those who lack fire must develop self-confidence and an “up” approach to life, and find their own personal spirituality. People who lack earth need to develop practicality and do things to keep their feet on the ground. The remedy for a lack of air is to cultivate the ability to really listen to others and to learn objectivity by consciously putting themselves in the other person’s shoes. A lack of water in the chart can be brought into balance by learning to touch, by consciously nuturing others rather than listening and solving problems only on a rational, analytical level, and by making a strong effort to really feel other people’s pain.
The Three Modalities
After examining the elements, I look at the modalities—cardinal, fixed, and mutable. The modalities most clearly express how people respond to stimuli and especially how they act under tension. Will the individual initiate action? Or try to block, stop, resist, hold back, and not react? Or will he or she stew over things before doing something? The modalities give a clear picture of how each person will handle the energy, especially when there is an overflow of it.
Cardinal Signs
It is easiest to make predictions for cardinal people. If you see a cardinal T-Square or a stellium in a cardinal sign, you’ll find a person for whom things are happening. Tell this client what to expect, and he or she will agree and probably say, “Yes, that’s already going on” or, “I was thinking of doing that.” Life is full of adventure and change for such people. They are the easiest to predict for because of the way they respond to tension. They welcome change and aren’t afraid to initiate it. They also respond well to new ideas and are action-oriented. They thrive on crisis and need it to motivate them. If there isn’t a crisis going on, they’ll create one. One of my cardinal-sign friends says, “When I have a crisis a day, I’m happiest.”
Fixed Signs
Those with a lot of fixity in their chart will go into denial during times of change. They will say, “Nothing is going on. Nothing is happening.” Pluto, Uranus, Saturn (all major forces) can be squaring everything in their chart, and they will still insist that nothing is happening.
This is an astrologer’s nightmare. The astrologer tries to help clients see reality. But these clients believe that if they say something isn’t happening, then it isn’t. The astrologer sees the tension in their chart and the events that should be transpiring, but these clients feel that if they deny it long enough or strong enough, then their life will not have to change.
I sometimes notice this with myself because I have fixed signs on the cusps of the fourth and tenth houses. So I stay in the same career or the same job for years and resist moving even though I could be going to a far better place. I always find reasons not to be happy about it and drag my feet. Once I make the move, I adjust and adapt quickly, but the initial changes in those areas of my life are never easy.
People with fixed energy are very resistant to change, so they need to take time to prepare themselves for the inevitable change. There will always be some who dig in their heels and refuse to make the change or even acknowledge it for as long as possible. Of course, this ability to stay on track and focus is also a great strength. A cardinal sign will respond to the energy immediately, often with the first swing of a transit or the first trigger of a progression. However, a fixed sign may have many triggers, such as a transit, occurring three times, or the aspect can be way past normally accepted orbs before he or she will acknowledge it. Many things happen to these people, but it takes a lot of tension and pressure for them to react or admit it.
I have a client who is a Taurus with Scorpio rising. He has fixed angles and a fixed T-Square in his chart. I have been reading for him for twenty years, and all of that time he has wanted to get a divorce. Ten years ago I told him, “If you’re going to get a divorce, get it now or don’t do it. You’re going to make a lot of money in about three or four years and then a divorce is going to cost you twice as much.” He did not divorce and now he says, “You were so right. I’m so sorry.” He still comes in and talks about a divorce, but he’s in his seventies and I told him I think it’s best to talk of other things.
A fixed man who is very much in love may need to be given an ultimatum to get him to walk down the aisle. Not only does the woman have to take a firm stand, but she also may have to leave him. Fixity can’t stand change, so such a drastic measure may produce the desired result. While this strategy works for some, it doesn’t work for everybody. Nonetheless, the thought of a change is difficult at best for any fixed sign. If these clients are forced to decide between two changes—should they go it alone and start all over (which they really hate) or make the commitment, they will often opt for making the commitment.
Not only are the fixed signs slow to move or change, but they also tend to be late. Taureans are just slow, Scorpios use tardiness as a subtle power struggle, Leos enjoy making an entrance, and Aquarians want things on their own terms. Even though fixed signs are often late for dates, once they get there, they stay forever. A good friend of mine is an example of this. He’ll say, “I’ll be over in the morning.” At two in the afternoon he shows up, and then he’ll stay all night. If you’re on the phone with him, you can’t get off. He is slow to get going and slow to move or change, because fixity is so prominent in his chart.
It’s important to note how energy works when progressions are in fixed signs. I am not a fixed person, but I have some fixity in my chart. When I had a progression in fixed signs, I noticed that for the first two years, when it was applying and exact, very little was happening. At first I said, “It isn’t working.” Then when it was 2 after the progression, the events of that progression took place. I had a fixed progression that worked 2 late, and did it ever work! With the progressed Sun in the ninth house of legal matters squaring Saturn, my chart ruler in the first house, in fixed signs, I became embroiled in a two-year legal battle through the federal courts to get the laws about astrology changed. At the same time, my husband’s partner died, which caused him a great deal of anguish and financial pressure. There was also a bitter one-year legal fight with his partner’s widow. It was a very difficult time, and the progression was 2 past when all of this began. On the positive side, this was also the time when I took stock of my body, lost twenty pounds, and started a disciplined exercise program. I also got into a new business with vitamins and became very health-conscious. In my case, as in those of my clients, I have found that events happen later when there’s a progression in fixed signs.
Mutable Signs
I think the most interesting modality is the mutable. Much of what happens to mutable people is in the head. So many times things are going on mentally rather than in tangible form. Clients with many mutable aspects are often influenced by what’s going on in the rest of the chart. They adjust and adapt to other influences. Because they work on a mental lev...

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