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Planetary Positions

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Crescent Moon
Waxing Crescent Moon

The moon is currently in Gemini

Beginning Astrology Class – Putting It All Together

I have found that there is a huge gap between taking a beginning astrology class and being able to actually interpret an astrology chart. This series of 8 astrology classes is designed to change that.  Each class is 1-1/2 hours long. In the first hour, I will teach you about the planets, houses, signs and all kinds of other astrological knowledge. The last half hour of each class is devoted to interpreting your individual charts. The magic is that you will get actual hands-on experience interpreting each other’s charts. We all learn by doing.


Thursday, February 17 through April 7, 2022, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Mountain Time; the starting time is flexible if the class agrees to a different time.

Online via Zoom

$280 for 8 weeks, payable through Paypal (you don’t need to join Paypal to pay)


This class is for total newbies, and for those who know some astrology, but have a hard time putting it all together.

We will start with the basics including:

  • What is a zodiac chart?
  • What are the astrological houses and what do they mean?
  • How do the signs express in the houses and what do the signs mean?
  • What do the planets do and what do they mean in a chart?
  • What are planetary transits and how do they affect you?

By the end of the class, you will be able to read and understand your birth chart and to have a basic understanding of how transits affect you.

The last 30 minutes of each class will be devoted to looking at your individual astrology charts and to answering your astrological questions.

I need at least eight people to sign up for the class, so tell all your friends and relatives.  The more people there are the more we learn from each other, but class is limited to eight people to allow for more individual interaction. 

Please email me at at to sign up for the class.  Please send me your birth date, birth time and birthplace. Please also contact me if you have any questions.  I’m looking forward to talking to you.

Ruby Burkhalter
Astrology by Ruby


Astrology Transits June 2019 – Ideas, Duality and Family




I have put duality away. I have seen that the two worlds are one.— Rumi


No matter what people tell you words and ideas can change the world. — Robin Williams







I have used two quotes this month to honor the Gemini energy that is in effect most of the month. Gemini, the sign of the twins, is a mutable air sign that rules ideas, communication, connection, duality, playfulness and all mental pursuits.  The mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will feel the Gemini energy the most.

May ends with Mercury square Neptune at 18 degrees of Gemini/Pisces.  Along with the Mercury/Neptune aspect, Mercury opposes Jupiter at 19 degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius.  Be prepared for travel delays and garbled communication.

This aspect speaks to fuzzy thinking or a general feeling of spaciness.  “fake news” will be part of the conversations of the day.  Our job as aware and caring individuals is to separate the untruths from the truths and to make our choices accordingly.  It might be wise to put off any major decisions until after the new Moon on June 2nd. 

After June 22, when the Sun joins Mars and Mercury in the cardinal water sign of Cancer, we become more attuned to our emotions and matters related to family, home and security will take center stage. 


June 3: New Moon in Gemini at 12 Degrees.

The new Moon in Gemini gives a big boost to anything relating to ideas, thinking, words and relating to others through communication.  Those of you who are writers, composers, lecturers, etc. can use this new Moon to boost your ideas and to supercharge your activities during the month of June 2019.  Whether you are a writer or not, this Moon opens up inspired opportunities to transform your ideas into action.  Take time to play under this whimsical new moon.


June 4:  Mercury enters Cancer.


June 6-7:  Mercury Sextile Uranus at 4 Degrees Cancer/Taurus.

Put on your thinking cap and let the ideas flow without censure. While you’re at it, call up your open-minded friends and run your wildest ideas past them.  You may be surprised at the unusual, but possibly usable, ideas that you come up with.  Mercury (ideas) in the water sign Cancer (emotional fluidity) sextile Uranus (unusual, even weird) in the grounded earth sign of Taurus indicates a  high probability of those ideas having a beneficial germ of wisdom within.


June 9 to 21: 

Jupiter Square Neptune at 18 Degrees Sagittarius/Pisces

Saturn Sextile Neptune at 18 DegreesCapricorn/Pisces.

Idealism and religious extremism will be at a high level during this time period which could lead to heightened social and/or political conflicts.  Saturn sextile Neptune is a moderating influence on this head butting around beliefs and set opinions.  If you have 14 to 22 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) or 14 to 22 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) prominent in your natal chart, be aware of the dangers of being stuck in your beliefs and idealisms.  Neptune as a spiritual pointer is much better used to practice and internalize the ideas of compassion and love for all sentient beings.  Your neighbor who has beliefs that are 180 degrees from your beliefs, still deserves your love and compassion (Neptune’s highest calling.)


June 9-10:  

Venus enters Gemini on June 9.

Sun Opposition Jupiter at 18-19 Degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius.

International matters will be in the limelight when the Sun opposes Jupiter.  Diplomatic matters may be blown out of proportion (Jupiter) with each side wanting to fulfill their ego needs (Sun).  Venus in Gemini does help to smooth out conflicts.  Venus in Gemini is also an excellent time to press forward with ideas around boosting your income, especially as it relates to any form of communication or connection with others.


June 13-16:

Mars Trine Neptune at 18-19 Degrees Cancer/Pisces;

Mars Opposition Saturn at 18-19 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn;

Mercury Opposition Saturn at 18 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn.

Watch for conflicts around social, political and religious belief systems to heat up, which could express in personal and public power conflicts.  With Mercury opposing Saturn you (and others) will not be shy about expressing your ideas.  However, Saturn is not easily swayed by Mars’ aggressive stanch.  Mars trine Neptune can muddy the very issues that are being discussed.  Your arguments during this time period could be much less than rational.

The best way to weather this time is to simply keep your own counsel and to practice the art of listening.  That is really listening (Mercury), not half listening while you indulge in your own daydreams (Neptune).  Put these skills to use on Father’s Day on June 16th.  Family gatherings are often testing grounds for how well you are doing in your spiritual development.


June 17:   Full Moon at 26 Degrees Sagittarius/Gemini.

The Sagittarius full Moon amplifies the themes of idealism versus rational thought that we have seen all through the month.  Because full moons are always a time of heightened emotion, be aware of the pitfalls of discussing politics or religion.  Instead, take advantage of this optimistic energy to study a spiritual or uplifting text or story and/or to write your own uplifting story.

June 18-19:  

Mercury Opposes Pluto at 21-22 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn;

Mercury Conjunct Mars at 21-22 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn;

Mars Opposition Pluto at 21-22 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn.

You may be asking:  “Who turned up the stress dial?’  Mercury rules communication and connections of all kinds, while Pluto rules control and intensity.  Mars is the planet of action, aggression and forward movement.  As always, the aspects in question are a mixed bag.  Confrontations (especially with angry words) are the order of the day.  However, Mars conjunct Mercury opposing Pluto can bring unprecedented success and the ability to move forward despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles.

You can get the most use from this transit by watching your reactions to those people, places and things that seem to be holding you back.  Let your reactions go, and just move forward despite all of the surrounding hurdles.


Next Month

Solar eclipse on July 2 at 10 degrees Cancer. 

Lunar Eclipse on July 16 at 24 degrees Capricorn/Cancer.

Mercury turns retrograde on July 6.


As always, I will be offering a special rate on my astrology readings during the eclipse period from July 1 through July 31, 2019.  Treat yourself or a friend to an eclipse reading with a 15% discount off of a half-hour or one hour reading.  I will look at your transits, progressions and solar return (year ahead).  All readings are by telephone or online and payment is by Paypal.  Sign up here



Astrology Readings  

Many of you have inquired about my astrology readings.  My full readings cover your current solar return year ahead, the current transits and your progressions. My astrology readings are $140 for one-hour readings and $70.00 for half hour readings and include a recorded MP3 of the reading.   Readings are via telephone and online.  Payment is through Paypal. 

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Thank you again for your continued support.  If you wish to contact me, please send an email to or call me at (720) 362-3305. Ruby, 60 John, Carbondale, CO 81621, USA

Sabian Symbols in Horoscope Interpretation

I often mention the Sabian symbols in my articles as a way of showing the deeper meaning of an eclipse or other event.  If this is a new concept for you, it may be helpful to you to understand what the Sabian symbols are.

The Sabian symbols came into being in 1925 when renown astrologer Marc Edmund Jones teamed up with clairvoyant Elsie May Wheeler to produce the symbols.  At an unknown date in 1925, they met in Balboa Park in San Diego, California to work out the meaning of all 360 symbols.  Marc picked cards at random from a deck of 360 white, unlined 3” x 5” index cards with a degree (1 degree through 360 degrees) of the zodiac written on each one and placed it face down in front of Elsie. Neither person knew the degree written on the card.  Elsie psychically reported her vision for each card as Marc quickly wrote her interpretation on the card.  Marc later wrote a book about the experience entitled The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.  Dane Rudhyar, considered by many to be the greatest astrologer of our time, endorsed the symbols and helped make them popular.  Astrologer Lynda Hill is the modern expert on the symbols.

When I first heard of the Sabian symbols, I thought they were fascinating but I doubted whether they really worked.  Through testing the Sabian symbols over time, I have come to appreciate the amazing, nuanced insight they can add to an interpretation of a degree of the Zodiac or to a number in numerology.

You can have fun with this by looking at your chart for significant degrees.  For instance, if you have the Sun at a certain degree of the Zodiac it might be enlightening to look up the Sabian symbol for that degree.  However, there is a twist here; you always use the degree following the degree in question.  The reason for this is because the Zodiac starts at zero degrees and zero minutes of Aries and the symbols begin at one degree of Aries.

This can be a little confusing, so here is an example:  If your Sun is at 18 degrees, 20 minutes of Taurus, the Sabian symbol for your Sun would be the symbol for 19 degrees of Taurus, “A new continent is arising out of the ocean.”  This might describe a person who often has new opportunities arising, but not without a certain amount of chaos and disruption.

The degree before is the karmic symbol for the significant degree.  In the above example, with the Sun at 18 degrees, 20 minutes of Taurus, the karmic symbol for the Sun would be 18 degrees Taurus, “A woman airing an old bag through a sunny window to give it air and sunshine.”  The karmic meaning for the Sun would be the need to regularly clean out old habits, possessions and ideas.  This is especially apt for Taurus, who often likes to tightly hold on to things.

Putting the two together, the interpretation for this Sun could be along the lines of “You are a person who has a certain amount of luck in attracting new opportunities but going after those opportunities can sometimes cause anxiety and a sense of disruption because your natural tendency is to hold on to the status quo.”

Have fun with the symbols.  You will be surprised how often they shed light on an otherwise obscure meaning.



Astrology and New Year’s Resolutions

Its New Year’s day. As I sit here musing about the new year and the resolutions that many of you will be making, I decided to add some astrological insight to the mix. Many of us start the New Year with great gusto and vow to change everything “bad” about ourselves. While that is a good intention, astrology would say “not so fast.”

It would be wise to assess your own birth chart for your ability and need for such resolutions. Then use that knowledge, along with knowledge of the transiting planets in relation to your birth chart, to decide:

  1. What is my likelihood of sticking with my resolution?

  2. How can I pick a resolution that will really fulfill me as a person—not a resolution that is based on other people’s expectations of me?

 Let’s look at each of these questions, one by one:

1. What is my likelihood of sticking with my resolution?

This question asks that we look at two issues. How calm is your birth chart at this time? Are you being overwhelmed with planets transiting your birth chart. In particular, if you have several outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) transiting key points in your birth chart, you are probably very busy just keeping up with those energies. If you were to make a lot of resolutions you are just setting yourself up for quadrupled stress. That stress can lead to various health issues. A much healthier approach would be to resolve to learn all you can about the energies evoked by the outer planets and how you can work with their energy. Maybe it would be better to wait until things have quieted down in your chart to make new resolutions.

Second, some sun and moon signs are better at sticking to resolutions than others, for example:

Earth Signs. If you are a person with many planets in earth signs you have a greater chance of sticking to any long-term commitment to a New Year’s resolution.

Capricorn will stick with a resolution because they absolutely hate to fail and to lose face. If you are a Capricorn tell everyone you can about your resolution so that you have something to live up to.

Taurus will stick to a resolution so long as it is not too demanding. It is important that a Taurus Sun or Moon generously reward themselves as they move toward completion of their resolution.

Virgo can be quite focused and can be very good at making and keeping resolutions. Their downfall comes when they perceive that they have not been perfect. The thought of that imperfection can so upset them that they abandon their resolution altogether. Virgos must build a small cheat factor into their resolutions—that is, “even though I wasn’t perfect, I can still complete the resolution.

Water Signs.

Scorpio (and those with many planets in Scorpio or a strong Pluto), out of all the signs, has the best chance of sticking with a resolution. For absolute will power no one can compete with a Scorpio. They will stick to something that is important to them against all odds. The key is for them to completely commit. Once they have done so, get out of the way, because chances are they will complete their resolution with flying colors.

Cancer as a Cardinal water sign has the ability to be very strong in starting something. It is important for Cancer to implement a resolution when they feel emotionally centered. The biggest obstacle to a Cancer in completing their resolution lies in their emotional ups and downs. A key strategy for Cancers is to track the movement of the transiting Moon around the zodiac. When the Moon is closely aspecting a natal planet (especially natal Moon), they need to be careful not to abandon their resolution.

Pisces will often find it hard to stick to a resolution. They would do best to see the resolution in broad, universal terms and to frame their resolution as working toward the ideal rather than as a hard, pinpoint target. They do much better when the resolution is framed in that manner.

Air Signs.

Gemini can be easily distracted from their goals. Always curious, and always seeking new information, it is not easy for a Gemini to stay focused. Geminis do best in keeping a resolution when they pick short term goals. That is, instead of saying I will lose 20 pounds this year, it would be better for a Gemini to set a goal of one pound in two weeks. When the two weeks are up they can set a new goal (and possibly a new diet).

Libra can be somewhat wishy washy when deciding between two options. They are also the sign most likely to let others influence them. However, once they set there minds on a goal and are fully committed to it, they are often very good at accomplishing their goals.

Aquarius as a fixed air sign is usually very good at following through to reach their goals. Aquarians do especially well if they work with a friend or in a group that has a common goal connected to their resolution.

Fire Signs.

Leo as a fixed fire sign can really become enthusiastic about their goals. However, to keep their resolution over a long time span, they need to keep a spirit of play, fun and creativity within their goals. It would also be very helpful if they had a cheering section to applaud their every move.

Sagittarius do best in meeting their goals by following their intuition and higher mind on what goals to set and how to achieve them. When they can attach a higher meaning to a goal, it serves to give them the push to reach whatever goal they set for themselves.

Aries as a cardinal fire sign is very goal oriented and has no trouble enthusiastically taking up a new cause or goal. The trouble lies in being able to sustain the enthusiasm over time. Aries are the best in the zodiac when it comes to starting things. However, when things get boring or routine, they would really much rather go marching off to the next challenge.

How can I pick a resolution that will really fulfill me as a person—Not someone else’s expectations of me?

Look to your natal moon and your progressed moon (the sign, house and aspects) to find the area of your life where emotional fulfillment is imperative. Next, look to your ascendant and first house (natal and progressed) to determine what your expression of yourself is, and is evolving to be. Be especially wary if the proposed resolution is something that shows up in your 7th house (relationships), 11th house (friends) or 4th house (family). It may be something that the people in your life wish for you, but may not be exactly what you wish for yourself.