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June 1st, 2010 by Kim Kyte

Astrology Montreal is a non-profit association dedicated to the study, advancement and enjoyment of astrology. Its mission is to organize events and lectures that will contribute to the promotion and development of astrological knowledge in the Greater Montreal area.

We aim to address the needs of as many people as possible, from those who are just beginning the study of astrology to professionals. A variety of astrological resources and information will be posted on this website. We hope you will find them useful and perhaps entertaining, and welcome your suggestions and contributions.

The Trayvon Martin case

August 25th, 2013 by

Was It Self-Defense?

By Marilyn Neuner


To run the chart, use: 7:09:34PM, Feb 26, 2012, Sanford FL

In the astrological study of conflict, it has always been important to figure out who started things. This is far more important than simply an exercise in school-yard finger pointing, on the contrary it’s an extremely revealing step. By doing this it’s possible to accurately assign house cusps to each side of any fight.


The person/nation/faction who has initiated the action is always assigned to the 1st house cusp. This house always shows “what’s coming up.” It tells us who will steer the ensuing event flow that’s being released in that moment. When we assign the 1st cusp accurately, we can go ahead and confidently read the chart.


The person/nation/faction being acted upon is shown by the 7th cusp. It’s in the position of not having chosen the action, but of forced coercion. In astrological conflict, there can never be any assumed exchanges of these two energies mid-battle. The instigator/1st house cannot suddenly become the victim/7th house.  Any changes of fortune mid-battle would happen only if the original mundane chart shows this scenario in its unfolding predictive story line.

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Lost and Found: A Horary Chart

January 5th, 2011 by Sandra Jelmi

By Carole Lalonde

On the morning of November 22nd 2010, I took out my wallet at the counter of a department store, intending to pay with my credit card. But I couldn’t find it! When I got back home, I proceeded to empty my wallet, my purse and the pockets of my coat, but to no avail. I then checked around the house. I could not find it. I then looked at my electronic account to see if there were any unknown items that could have been bought by a person having stolen my credit card. Read the rest of this entry »

Saturn in Libra : an agricultural perspective

November 10th, 2010 by Sandra Jelmi

By Carole Lalonde

Saturn transiting Libra is commonly associated on the mundane level with justice, alliances, equity and /  or false jurisdictions as well as aborted trials, according to the aspects made by Saturn. But I would like to bring to your attention the not so familiar relation between Saturn exalted in Libra and agriculture. Let us go back to mythology and remember Saturn castrating his father Ouranos with a sickle. Read the rest of this entry »

Accessing the Soul through the Tarot

September 6th, 2010 by admin

by Vanessa Starr, M.A.

“Trying to fathom the eternal mysteries is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon.” Saint Augustine

 When I began teaching the Tarot, the first item on my agenda was to expound on what the Tarot is. Inevitably, I would end up talking about its cloudy origins, tracking its nomadic history through many disparate cultures and countries. Or I would listen to myself intrapolate its relationship to the Kabbalah, or use metaphors like “mirror”, or Jungian terms, like “synchronicity”, falling back in desperation on what the Tarot does. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate your Sun Sign

June 2nd, 2010 by Susan Kelly

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good . . .”

So begins creation, as depicted in the first chapter of Genesis. We see the light, and also note that it’s good. Rare is the person who prefers rainy days or finds them anything but enervating or depressing. On sunny days we generally feel happier, more active.

Yet it’s easy to trivialize our Sun sign – the zodiac sign with which we identify when someone asks “What’s your sign?” It doesn’t really mean that much to say “I’m a Pisces, Gemini, Capricorn, or whatever, right? After all, it’s so familiar. One need have no knowledge of astrology whatsoever, nor even be aware of the complexity of this ancient art/science, to be able to look up your horoscope. We can read our Sun-sign horoscopes in the newspaper, hear them on the radio, or unroll a little scroll in the drugstore and find astrological insight. Read the rest of this entry »


June 1st, 2010 by admin

by Deena Grier

When I began to prepare this talk, I felt that I had to get a grip on the astronomy of Venus retrograde. Astronomy and I have never been good friends, but of late, we’ve begun to form an uneasy alliance. Erin Sullivan’s book, Retrograde Planets, was an enormous help. So I studied diagrams of Venus’s retrogradation — an event which occurs about every eighteen months. And I began to absorb the fact that the entire cycle is way more than the five wimpy weeks we see in the ephemeris. In fact, the whole thing could take up to a year. Bearing in mind that Venus can never be more than 48° from the Sun, we can see that point in mid-August of 2002, it’s retrograde conjunction with the Sun around November lst, and its direct conjunction in mid-August of 2003. Amplification of this is found in Sullivan’s book, but isn’t a requirement right now. There’s something far more interesting inherent in the retrogradation of Venus. Read the rest of this entry »

Traditions of Astrological Practice

June 1st, 2010 by admin

by Cynthia D’Errico

Modern Western Astrology is based on traditions handed down by the Babylonians, Greeks, and other ancient civilisations. There is GEOCENTRIC practice which takes the earth as the centre of the universe. Although the earth revolves around the Sun, the astrologer’s point-of-view is how the planets affect us here on earth, the vantage point of sentient life embodied in matter.

There is also HELIOCENTRIC practice which is sun-centered and extrapolates from the planets’ (including earth’s) ever-changing relationships to the Sun information about people, events, and circumstances here on earth. In general, the planets, their continuously changing relationships to each other (called, aspects), the signs, and the houses are the flywheel of astrological practice and interpretation. Astrology is based on centuries of empirical observation of the relationship between the planets’ interaction and position. Read the rest of this entry »

Astrological Crosses in Relationships

June 1st, 2010 by Susan Kelly

Book Review
by Susan Kelly

Astrological Crosses in Relationships:
Understanding Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable Energies
by Pauline Edward. Published 2002 by Llewellyn Worldwide

The great paradox of Astrology: this cosmic art/science has been around for at least 4,000 years, yet it never seems to get old. There’s always something new to discover, or a neglected element crying out to be viewed in a new light.

This latter point was amply and ably brought home to me in reading Montreal astrologer Pauline Edward’s new book Astrological Crosses in Relationships. (Llewellyn 2002). For just when you thought such basic stuff as the crosses has been adequately covered, it turns out they haven’t.

Beginning students are introduced to the zodiac signs through the elements and crosses. Volumes have been written about the elements, for they form the bases for so many branches of metaphysical studies, such as the tarot.

Not so the crosses, for which no other extensive reference exits. They’re also known as the quadruplicities, qualities or modes if you prefer, and are unique to astrology. There are three crosses, called cardinal, fixed and mutable, each containing four signs. And, as Edward sees it, : “By their basic structure, the crosses represent far more dynamic groups than do the elements.”

A respected astrologer since 1985, Edward has studied the crosses for over 15 years. (She’s also Astrology Montreal’s website designer/master and a founding member who now sits on the executive committee). She traces her fascination back to an awakening during a lecture given by another Montreal astrologer, Marc Bériault: “Ever since that moment, I have continued to study and develop my understanding . . . The crosses were the missing link.”

She goes on to elaborate on their dynamic nature: “Over the years I began to recognize the crosses in people’s speech patterns, in the style of their actions, in their methods of self-expression, in the words they chose to express what was on their minds or in their hearts, in the manner in which they carried themselves into a room, and in how they related to others.” (P.3)

The results of these observations is a very cogent outline of the crosses as accessible for beginners as it is for professional astrologers. Edward presents her material in a very personable style. From page 1, the reader has the sense of being able to sit down with a top-notch astrologer who is also a superb translator of ‘astrolgese’ into clear, straightforward English.

I am impressed with not only the extent, but also the quality of the insights and information in this book. The author certainly nailed my fixed cross issues, such as: “Although for the most part productive, fixed signs can find themselves trapped in the immediately perceived reality, and when this occurs they are unable to be creative and can be inflexible in their attitudes and actions.” (P. 58) The above is just a little too true for this Leo reviewer!

There are a wealth of anecdotes to illustrate the crosses and how they play out in the lives of individuals, without relying too heavily on celebrities, as do so many astrology books. Real people with real lives are included, not just such über-successful over-achievers as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey or Martha Stewart. In”The Crosses in Life Experience” chapter. I especially liked the analogy of decorating a room, and how each cross would handle and divide tasks. (p. 129)

This book holds a wealth of insight and information for intermediate to advanced students of astrology. But it’s also accessible to those with only Sun-sign knowledge. Edward provides every opportunity for them to benefit from this book, including a table of Sun-signs clearly indicating to which cross each belongs.

Those wishing to go beyond the Sun-sign are able to send away for a free chart. Edward provides pointers on how to determine if one or more of the crosses predominates in your chart on pages 12-13 (of course, you can always ask your astrologer!). Beyond setting the tone, the Introduction chapter also provides a mini astrology course, and lets you know you’re dealing with an authority.

Practicing astrologers will find not only information, but advice directly applicable in counselling situations. Case in point: the chapter entitled “Mending Broken Crosses” deals with lack of or over-abundance of a quality, and provides suggested coping strategies.

I do have one small cavil with this book, and that is with the title, Astrological Crosses in Relationships. Were I to come across it cold on a bookstore shelf, I might assume it was a book about the crosses in synastry. A more apt title might have been The Astrological Crosses in Relationship – for as Edward writes “. . . it is the aspects, or relationship of one sign to another within the same cross that makes up the dynamism.”

Astrological Crosses in Relationships now has a prominent spot on my astrological reference bookshelf. I will return to it often, in mutable dipping and skipping for immediately useful knowledge, in a fixed desire to spur greater mastery and creative approach to my astrology practice, and in a cardinal obsession with needing and wanting to be in on a very good thing.


Astrological Crosses in Relationships by Pauline Edward (Astrology Montreal original founding member and website designer). Llewellyn Worldwide, 2002. 195 pp, paperback. Accessible for beginning students and beyond. Pros will also benefit. Contact Pauline through this website, or check out

Commonsense Definitions and Some History

June 1st, 2010 by admin

by Cynthia D’Errico

Ancient Astrology:

Ancient Astrology was a religious world-view founded on the belief that man was part of the cosmos and nature around him. This cosmos was imbued with the intelligence and will of the gods (in monotheistic cultures, God). This greater intelligence could be appealed to through the rituals of astrology in order to discover or alter one’s fate. Man could negotiate the terms of his fate when his free will was exercised with sincerity, respect, and reverence for the will of the gods/God. Ancient Astrology was only one part of an integrated science (or, sapientia) which included alchemy and botany.

Modern Astrology:

Modern Astrology is the study of the confluent relationship between man and the universe, founded on the primary idea that planetary motion and cycles correspond to the evolution of the soul as well as life as manifest in matter on earth. This ancient tradition of regarding man as part of, and a participant in, an integrated energistic universe is now being broached in modern physics.. The language of Astrology has changed over many centuries as man’s self-perception and ability to articulate that perception has evolved, but Astrology’s premise remains the same.Astrology is not magic, but rather a way of discovering our place in the vastness of the universe we live in and harmonizing our personal energies with the energies the cosmos continuously emanates.

[Excerpts that I liked from Astrologers I respect]

Soul Food….on the Birth Chart

“…the chart is a mirror of the Soul’s evolutionary intent and plan over the course of the lifetime, an intent that has manifested in matter, in the form of our unique physical bodies….The chart also provides insight into the past life–unresolved complexes and issues contained in the cellular memory (which Jung calls collective consciousness).”

From Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn: The Spiritualization of Matter by Cynthia Hill, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and astrologer (quoted in The Mountain Astrologer magazine, 1995.) ….on Death

“When earlier peoples worshipped the cyclically renewing Moon (as early as 38,000 BC), they had an implicit understanding of rebirth or reincarnation. They saw the Moon disappear, but they also saw her reappear. There was no reason to think that human life was any different from the cosmic and vegetative cycles with which their lives were so attuned.

At this time, humanity operated primarily out of a right-brain consciousness, in an intuitive manner, where the end and beginning are connected, and it sees how things are alike rather than different….Left-brain functioning is analytical and logical, but it is also linear…in which there is a beginning, middle, and end. But the end is no longer connected to the beginning. It was at this point (about 3,000 BC) that humanity began to greatly fear death because it was no longer connected to renewal.”

An interview with Demetra George, cited in The Mountain Astrologer) ….On

“Fate & Transformation” Man’s nature could be transformed “through experience of, and interchange with, the world of images which we would now call the fantasy products of the unconscious….Images had the power to alter or mediate the effects of planetary fate on the physical plane….If one considers the horoscope as the written law of the heavens, then there are different levels upon which fate might enact itself. These different levels are perhaps intimately connected with the inner attitude of the individual and with his relationship, or lack thereof, with the world of images and symbols.”

From The Astrology of Fate by Liz Greene, p. 128-9. ….on Oneness

“…everything in form, in matter, is the energy of the Spirit in various manifestations and functioning at different rates of vibration. All conscious matter, from the most minute cell to the grandest being, is in a constant state of evolution and growth along the spiral Path to the Mountaintop, towards…reunion with the One…. In this way, we take the next giant step on the evolutionary journey towards expansion of consciousness.”

From Cynthia Hill, cited above…..on “Fate & Free Will”

We live out our destiny when we become aware that ‘what happens outside’ is a reflection of ‘what happens inside (us)’. “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual does not become conscious of his inner contradictions, the world must perforce act out the conflict (for him)…..” Carl Jung

How To Choose A Professional Astrologer

June 1st, 2010 by Susan Kelly

Most astrologers consider themselves professionals, and conduct themselves as such. If you’re ready to go see an astrologer, but are unsure about how to proceed, you can use the same guidelines that you would for selecting any consultant. First step: Get a referral from someone whose judgement you trust. Failing that, call your local astrological organization, or local affiliate of a larger group for a listing of practitioners with sound credentials.

Some accrediting bodies do exist for professional astrologers, but not in Canada. In the U.S., the American Federation of Astrologers and the National Council for Geocosmic Research offer professional accreditation. Do ask hard questions about rates and the astrologer’s approach to make certain they are in line with your expectations. You are within your rights to ask what your recourse is should you not be satisfied with the consultation. Keep your expectations within reasonable bounds. No professional can solve all your problems in the course of a one-hour consultation. But you should, at the very least, gain some fresh insight and perhaps learn something new about yourself.


Want to have your chart read? Your astrologer needs three pieces of vital information: your birthdate, place and time. And yes, the time should be as precise as possible. The horoscope is a map of the sky for the exact time and place where you were born. The entire chart is oriented around knowing the precise degree of the zodiac that was coming up over the horizon when you came into being. This point is known as the rising sign. The more precise your birth time, the more accurate a reading you will receive.

Birth records are the most reliable sources. Mothers were often too stressed during labour to recall the birth time with any accuracy. If the birthtime is unknown or imprecise, astrologers use a method known as rectification to calculate a rising sign that is the most likely sign and degree for you.

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