Star School – An Intro to Astrology for Total Beginners.

star school an intro to astrology for total beginnersWelcome to Star School – An Intro to Astrology for Total Beginners.

What is Star School, you ask?

Star School is a free educational blog series for curious star seekers who feel intimidated by astrology.

Each Star School lesson is super straightforward, with explanations written in plain English. No esoteric cosmic gobbledegook or bewildering diagrams that twist your brain into a knot. I promise: I’ll make astrology feel as simple as possible… and I won’t make you feel like the classroom dunce!

So if you’re curious about astrology… if you want to learn how to read star charts for guidance, for life and business planning, or just for fun… if you want to learn more about star signs, retrogrades, ascendants, arcs, and all that cool stuff so that you can impress your friends with your astro-smarts… you are gonna love Star School.

Pull up a chair. Sharpen your pencils. Gaze up at the heavens. School is officially in session!

Keep gazing at the stars and stay curious,


PS there is nothing to sign up for.  This series will not be sent directly to you.  Just keep an eye on the blog – or here.  All the lessons past and future will be posted here.

Lesson 1: Meet your teacher…and the symbols.  A little on my astrology background + philosophy, what you need for this series, plus the symbols!

Lesson 2: Characteristics of the Zodiac Signs. Breaking down some of the traits of each Zodiac sign, patterns to watch out for, a cool little color coded chart, plus why I think a Virgo created the whole astrology thing.

Lesson 3: The Planets. Let’s get acquainted with the planets, shall we? A brief primer on what the planets represent.

Lesson 4: The Astrological Houses.  We’re pulling back the curtains and peeping into the Astrological Houses!

Lesson 5: The Aspects. Time to get your geometry on as we dive into the main aspects. Aspects are the angles between planets – and they can influence ’em for good or ill.

Lesson 6: The Moon. The Moon can give clues to your emotional nature, parenting skills – and what a man needs.

Lesson 7: Mercury in the natal chart.  How we think, learn and communicate.

Lesson 8:  Venus in the natal chart. Venus rules romance, art + commerce. It gives clues to our romantic style.

Lesson 9: Mars in the natal chart. Mars rules ambition, aggression, and sexuality. I’ve added some Game of Thrones archetypes for fun!

Lesson 10: The Ascendant or Rising Sign. What’s your public image? This is how the world sees you.

Lesson 11: Chart patterns.  The chart patterns hold clues.

Lesson 12: Aspect patterns. T-Squares, Grand Crosses, Grand Trines, and Fingers of Yods – oh my!

Lesson 13: The Hemispheres. Is your chart bottom-heavy, top-heavy, to the left or to the right?

Lesson 14: Dignities and debilities. Is your planet exalted or not? Find out which signs the planets love…and loathe.

Lesson 15: Element – Strength and Weakness. Which element is dominant or weak in your chart?

Lesson 16: Qualities – Strength and Weakness. Which quality is large and in charge – or not?

Lesson 17: Retrograde planets in the natal chart. We’re not going back – we’re going in.

Lesson 18: Jupiter in the natal chart. Feeling lucky, punk?

Lesson 19: Saturn in the natal chart. The bad boy of the cosmos ain’t so tough…if you know how to work with him.

Lesson 20: Uranus in the natal chart. Let’s check out what the David Bowie planet through the signs.

Lesson 21: Neptune in the natal chart. What’s this mystical planet gotta say about your generation?

Lesson 22: Pluto in the natal chart. Pluto is still a planet to reckon with, yo.

Lesson 23: The Sun in the houses. The Sun shows where you shine brightly.

Lesson 24: The Moon in the houses. The Moon shows where you’re all emo ‘n stuff.

Lesson 25: Mercury in the houses. Mercury shows where you’re thinking.

Lesson 26: Venus in the houses. Venus shows where you’re lovin’ and attractive.

Lesson 27: Mars in the houses. Mars will give you an idea of where you’re aggressive ‘n stuff.

Lesson 28: Jupiter in the houses. Where Jupiter sits is where you’re a lucky duck.

Lesson 29: Saturn in the houses. The house Saturn resides in is where you betta work.

Lesson 30: Uranus in the houses. Where Uranus sits is where you need freedom.

Lesson 31: Neptune in the houses. Neptune gives a clue to where you’re mystical and capable of making sacrifices.

Lesson 32: Pluto in the houses. Here’s where transformation is possible.

Lesson 33: Lunar Nodes, Chiron, and the Part of Fortune. A brief look at these guys.

Lesson 34: Chart interpretation basics + resources. A mini primer in chart interpretation plus some great astrologers to hire!


These are not Star School lessons but they are insanely useful:

What is the Dark Moon?

No bull: a no-nonsense guide to maxing out the Uranus in Taurus transit.

How to have a happy and productive Mercury retrograde.

Whoop That Trickster: 3 smart business moves to make (and 3 to avoid) during a Mercury Retrograde


Podcast fun:

Want more astrology? Check out Astrology Bytes, my podcast with mini-lessons for folks who want to learn…but don’t have all day.