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Some of you know that I happen to be a certified Astrologer (NCGR Level 1).  Evidently, this past week, *I* forgot that I was.

Here’s a Twitter conversation Monday night between me and Jestertunes (my token gay online friend :))

Me: anyone else see two bright stars just under the crescent moon? and nothing else in the sky?
Jestertunes: @whall those aren’t stars. it’s Venus and Jupiter. Venus is the brighter one.
Me: @Jestertunes I’m the certified astrologer here; I shoulda known that! I mean yeah, um, I knew that /rollseyesatself
Jestertunes: @whall uh… don’t you mean “astronomer?” Or are you planning to give me a birth chart and analyze all my relationships?
Me: @Jestertunes nope, i’m a certified NCGR astrologer. did so to help support wife’s career, she’s the REAL astrologer
Jestertunes: @whall Learn something new everyday.

I heard the implied smiley at the end of “all my relationships” and chuckled to myself.

Granted, I don’t “do” astrology for a living.  My wife does.  I don’t write about her very much (at her request) but I will say this: she’s an incredibly gifted astrologer.  Real astrology has little to do with pop culture horoscopes and more to do with personality profiles, synastry charts, decision making, and analyzing the influences imprinted in you when you’re born along with the transiting influences in the sky and meshing them with the other two factors of who makes you who you are: DNA and environment.  The Natal chart is like your celestial DNA, encoded within you at the moment you take your first breath as a snapshot of the heavens at that moment.

My certification had more to do with helping her continue with her career (I do math pretty good, and certification requires a lot of math to hand-calculate a chart).  I gained a valuable bit of knowledge of the planets, signs, houses, and have come to trust the readings she does.  Even just knowing Mercury retrograde info and staying on top of backups and redundant systems has proven quite worthy.  Sometimes I’m seen as a psychic at work after pressing and pressing on making sure a backup system is up and running only to find that it was down and then we fix it just in time to make a difference.  I credit my wife for those instances for her little reminders.

The Venus – Jupiter – Moon conjuction we saw in the sky Monday night was a pretty big thing for astrologers to watch and comment about.  Any celestial show is fun to behold analyze, but this one held special meaning for me, because it was a celestial smiley face:

Image from Martins Skywalk

Image from Martin's Skywalk

Seems the heavens has a sense of humor.

And lo, the people did comment thus:


  1. Becky says:

    I remember when you tweeted about that…I immediately ran to my window to look, but then I remembered that it was snowing outside. I was bummed. I never realized that there was so much more involved in astrology, that amazes me! Then, I came to the conclusion that I need a PhD to understand what else you were talking about…like when you start talking about computer stuff…half the time I think you’re just making words up:)

    Becky´s last blog post..I’m Sorry

  2. Sandi says:

    Oh, I was so bummed not to have seen that! We had so much cloud cover here in South Florida that I missed it! 🙁

    Thank you for sharing the great capture for us!

    Sandi´s last blog post..Holidays and the “Family With Autism”

  3. martymankins says:

    Hell, you aren’t the only one that learns something new each day. I didn’t know (although I knew you were into the charts and signs).

    And that is a cool photo. Sense of humor is right.

    martymankins´s last blog post..Snowy Sunday #03

  4. marilyn says:

    I knew it was an important conjunction… but I was coming at it from an astronomy perspective. What’s you’re wife’s blog address anyway? Can you e-mail it to me?

    marilyn´s last blog post..Economics?

  5. Tug says:

    I heard that this means good luck for Virgos (& 2 other signs I don’t remember ’cause I’m all about Virgo duh), too – know anything about that?

    Tug´s last blog post..For a friend

  6. stinkin clouds! i love when the heavens smile on me!!

    hello haha narf´s last blog post..Speaking of Ouchies

  7. Miss Britt says:

    I have an overwhelming urge to yell “do me! do me!” right now.

    And I can assure you, it’s entirely appropriate.

    Miss Britt´s last blog post..Because Edward Cullen Would Kick Nintendo’s Ass In A Fight

  8. Oh wow! It IS a smiley face! Very cool!

    BlondeBlogger´s last blog post..Seeing the Good in Bad Times

  9. Giggle Pixie says:

    Maybe the stars are enjoying a little schadenfreude over America’s financial crisis. 🙂

    Giggle Pixie´s last blog post..For the Love of Random

  10. Hilly says:

    I saw that from my bathroom window when I went tinkle and immediately thought of you. True story….

    Hilly´s last blog post..Semi-Speechless In Southern California…

  11. Cris says:

    I saw that the other night. It was cool. I was surprised to see those were the only lights in the sky… then I turned around and the Eastern Sky was full of stars. It was odd.

    I suspect it means something disastrous for me.

    Cris´s last blog post..History Depot

  12. whall says:

    Becky, I sometimes struggle with how technical I want to be when I write and often think of starting a 2nd blog just to be technical. I have lots to say, howto’s to write and stuff, and maybe I’ll do a podcast. Then again, I could just be making that last part up 🙂

    Sandi, yeah, that pic was from Martin’s Skywalk – go check out that post and look at the closeup picture.

    martymankins, I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumours….

    marilyn, sent you the info via email.

    Tug, I personally don’t know, no, but I follow (read: skim) a lot of astrology lists and they’re talking about it. But I really skim a lot.

    hello haha narf, heaven does indeed smile upon you, as do many bloggers.

    Miss Britt, good thing I’m excellent at detecting inflection. Your emphasis is on the “ME” instead of the “DO”

    BlondeBlogger, it would have been neat if Saturn was there for the nose, with the nose ring.

    Giggle Pixie, all we need know is a stern finger shaking saying “I told you so!”

    Hilly, Tinkle, tinkle, smiley star… how I wonder where whall are…

    Cris, I think it’s a foreboding omen indicating a foreshadowing of pessimism. Oh now! it’s already hit!

  13. Janna says:

    Wow…. so the universe invented emoticons long before we did.
    Who knew?

    Janna´s last blog post..Thirteen things that would be inconvenient to lose in four feet of snow

  14. jester says:

    I knew you heard the implied smiley. I think I was butting up against the 140 character limit.
    Heh. I said “Butting Up.”

    jester´s last blog post..A Life Changing Moment

  15. True….and then a well-placed cloud-cover to make a mustache.

    BlondeBlogger´s last blog post..Guess Who’s Going to Britney Spears’ Circus Tour?

  16. whall says:

    Janna, well, more like “discovered” than “invented.”

    jester, heh, you said “the imp lied smile”. You know, it’s funny that I mention you, a “token” gay friend in my post about astrology and then I just got done reading about the parallels and similarities to what the Astrological community is going through and the gay community. Read about it over at Chris Brennan’s blog – our Astrological Society is hosting Chris in February down here in Texas for Texas Retreat 2009. Actually, that’s just the coincidental part. The funny part is I’m listening to Frankie Goes To Hollywood (the entire album) as I type this comment and catch up on blogs. “Shooting stars never stop, even when they reach the top. There goes a supernova, what a pushover, yeah.”

    BlondeBlogger, heh, and then a firework or two for pom-poms, and a pair of slight jetstream vapor trails for eyebrows!

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