Starfire by Mary O'Gara, Ph.D., D.D.

What They Say

“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.”
—Jim Tully

Mary O'Gara

Mary O’Gara is a financial astrologer and certified life/creativity coach who work with writers, artists and small business owners. Location and relocation questions are an important part of her work with small businesses. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, and consults internationally by phone and teleconference.




Starfire - August 2016
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August 2016 - Yikes!  I’m Alone with My Own Chart!
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Yikes!  I’m Alone with My Own Chart!

Month after month, I write about planetary transits that affect all of us. Technically, only those transits that make major or minor aspects to the planets in our birth charts impact us personally. In reality, transits that affect our friends, family, colleagues and clients or customers affect us, too. And then there’s social media, all those Facebook and Twitter posts influenced by planetary movements that affect different people in different ways.

There may be something happening to someone every minute on social media–and the more passive the people on social media are, the more the transits look like fate. It’s more accurate to see the planets as living energies within us. Ed Steinbrecher makes a great case for the planets as living energies or archetypes in his “Inner Guide Meditation.” Ed’s book also teaches a meditation method to help you negotiate with those living energies.

Aside from the social media chatter and the moods of the people close to you, none of us are impacted with strong transits every single day.  There are only 10 planets moving around, and most of them (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury and Mars) move so quickly their impact is primarily person (sometimes even private).  Jupiter and Saturn usually affect our social, business and political relationships. The outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, impact us in ways that invite transformation. (Sometimes the invitation feels like a command, but any good astrologer can help you work with the energies to find ways to use them instead of being used by them.)

Sometimes sensitive clients call to ask me “What’s happening?” and the best answer is “Nothing.  You’re feeling your own chart and your own personal energies.”  Or perhaps the only important transit at the moment is the Moon, making you aware of your personal needs in the moment or suggesting simple actions you can take to make your life or situation better.

These “quiet” moments are the times we become aware of our own inherent patterns, our own internal conflicts, and perhaps our unrealized visions for ourselves. They’re not always comfortable, but they represent the core of our lives and work. Most astrologers I’ve worked with have seen the natal chart as representing about 85% of everything that happens in our lives.  Everything else simply emphasizes, energizes, supports or raises challenges to the natal chart.

So what’s the gift of those “quiet” days that often seem more frazzled and harried than days with intense transits?

1. Awareness. You’re hearing from your real energetic self. Pay attention to what’s bothering you, what needs fixing, or what you’re internally eager to set in motion.

2. Plan your steps. Even a few words scrawled in a journal will show those internal energies that you’re paying attention. Then get quiet and notice how your body feels as you plan your next steps.

3.  Sacrifice. The original meaning of “sacrifice” was “to make sacred.”  In the Feminine Journey Story structure, based on the legend of Inanna, the heroine (goddess) has to give up something from her old life at every step toward her goal and her new life. What old coping mechanisms and defenses, for example, are in your way today?

4. Substitute a new habit for an old one. If you want to sacrifice an old habit that no longer serves you, what could you put in its place. (It’s much easier to change by replacing a habit than by dwelling on what you no longer want.)

5. Take notes. Sometimes it’s enough just to notice what comes up on “quiet” days. Your real self is talking.

6. As new transits come along, pay attention to how they relate to what the quiet days revealed. Then plan ways to use the movement of the planets to support the changes your real self suggested. You might want to start by getting a free copy of your own birth chart at Then you can follow transits in the 3000-year ephemeris Michael Meyer provides at

The quiet times are rare. They’re often uncomfortable. And they may be more valuable for our personal and professional growth than any of the transits we chase after day by day.

Mary O’Gara, Ph.D., D.D.