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Planet Profiles

THE SUN

General meaning:
The Sun composes the basics of one’s identity; it is the foundation of one’s personality, the ego, the sense of self, the backdrop to the rest of one’s natal chart. Its positions describe the base assets of a person.

Domicile: Leo
Detriment: Aquarius
Exaltation: Aries
Fall: Libra
House: Fifth
Glyph:
Energy: Masculine
Type: Luminary


THE MOON

General meaning:
The Moon embodies one’s emotional realm. It constitutes one’s instincts, habits and behaviors formed from childhood, immediate reactions – its positions illustrate our needs and core tendencies.

Domicile: Cancer
Detriment: Capricorn
Exaltation: Taurus
Fall: Scorpio
House: Fourth
Glyph:
Energy: Feminine
Type: Luminary


MERCURY

General meaning:
Mercury is all about thought and communication. One will find that they operate much like their Mercury sign – mental processes and lingual expression have everything to do with this planet.

Domicile: Gemini & Virgo
Detriment: Sagittarius & Pisces
Exaltation: Scorpio
Fall: Taurus
House: Third & Sixth
Glyph:
Energy: Masculine
Type: Personal Planet


VENUS

General meaning:
Venus is the planet of love & beauty. One’s view of art and romance may be attributed to this planet, as can their needs and desires in a relationship. The love language of a person has to do with their Venus positions.

Domicile: Libra & Taurus
Detriment: Aries & Scorpio
Exaltation: Pisces
Fall: Virgo
House: Second & Seventh
Glyph:
Energy: Feminine
Type: Personal Planet


MARS

General meaning:
Mars constitutes the drive of a person, be it sexual or ambitious. It has to do with strong emotions, passion, aspiration, intention, determination, sex, primal urges, and self-control.

Domicile: Aries
Detriment: Libra
Exaltation: Capricorn
Fall: Cancer
House: First
Glyph:
Energy: Masculine
Type: Personal Planet


JUPITER

General meaning:
Jupiter’s positions in a chart indicate the way one treats other people and one’s attitude toward knowledge. Generosity, education, journeys, mentors, and travel are all associated with this planet.

Domicile: Sagittarius
Detriment: Gemini
Exaltation: Cancer
Fall: Capricorn
House: Ninth
Glyph:
Energy: Masculine
Type: Social Planet


SATURN

General meaning:
Saturn influences the roles one feels obligated to adhere to. It causes trouble and strife, but spurs on growth and the learning of lessons. Inhibitions, fears, self-control, work ethic, maturity, and responsibility are associated with Saturn.

Domicile: Capricorn
Detriment: Cancer
Exaltation: Libra
Fall: Aries
House: Tenth
Glyph:
Energy: Masculine
Type: Social Planet


URANUS

General meaning:
Uranus has everything to do with the way a generation views progression, technology, and revolution. It influences the trends, developments, and changes a particular era makes (or fails to make).

Domicile: Aquarius
Detriment: Leo
Exaltation: Scorpio
Fall: Taurus
House: Eleventh
Glyph:
Energy: Masculine
Type: Generational Planet


NEPTUNE

General meaning:
Neptune is about fantasy and reality, truth and deception, confusion and clarity. It influences a generation’s worldview and sense of actuality. Dreams, uncertainty, ignorance, mysteries, and perplexity are associated with Neptune.

Domicile: Pisces
Detriment: Virgo
Exaltation: Cancer
Fall: Capricorn
House: Twelfth
Glyph:
Energy: Feminine
Type: Generational Planet


PLUTO

General meaning:
Pluto is about power, transformation, and discovery. It influences the destruction an era will face and the rebirth that will come from it. The way a generation uses or reacts to dominion is heavily colored by Pluto.

Domicile: Scorpio
Detriment: Taurus
Exaltation: Pisces
Fall: Virgo
House: Eighth
Glyph:
Energy: Masculine
Type: Generational Planet

Advice For Beginners From a Fellow Student of Astrology

1. You will never understand everything about astrology. The reason for this is that it’s much bigger than us, and it’s also a skill. This means that it’s limitless and limited at the same time; there will always be progress to make through your research, but there will never be a finish line. I’ve been studying astrology for ~2 years and I don’t even want to say how little I know in comparison to the endless reservoir of information I don’t have.

2. Remain objective. This is so important that I would have made this #1 if the previous tip had been less relevant. I can’t stress it enough. It’s not possible to be 100% objective, but the result of that number dropping to zero is terrible, so keep your interpretations as neutral as you can, especially when reading your own natal chart (which is the most difficult). Identify your bias & manipulation of the facts when they arise and get rid of them. Astrologers are messengers, not dictators of reality. Don’t distort this craft if you want it to actually work.

3. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Astrology isn’t supposed to limit us, it’s supposed to help us grow, progress, and expand. Don’t confine yourself to someone else’s opinions, and don’t confine yourself to your own. There is always another way to look at it, and every (educated) perspective is valid.

4. “Thinking outside the box” is not the same as “disregarding fact and making shit up.” Learn to see the difference between the two.

5. Try not to rule anything out. Astrology is a massive subject that encompasses thousands of different practices and methods and uses; all of them are useful & insightful in their own ways. All of them are valuable. Learn what works for you, and then learn about what doesn’t, and see where that takes you. Struggles you will encounter with the field(s) you’re comfortable with may be solvable by other fields you don’t know how to use yet.

6. Observe, observe, observe. Watch your family and friends. Ask them questions. Analyze their words, actions, and feelings. As you get to know other people, you will get to know the signs and planets as well. You’ll begin to notice so many patterns; this is enlightening and helpful in so many ways.

7. Cut that arrogant elitist bullshit out. You’re not fooling anyone with a superiority complex about an art form. There is a structured, empirical side to astrology, but the rest of it is creative, personal, and flexible. You don’t get to decide what other people use astrology for or what beliefs they have about it. If they’re misinformed, inform them, but anything beyond that crosses the line.

8. Listen to other astrologers. Be wary of yourself when your first instinct is to say “no” to someone’s perspective on something, because that’s usually a good indicator of opinion getting in the way of actual learning. If there are no legitimate errors in their knowledge, you need to reevaluate.

9. Please don’t underestimate the value of books. The internet seems like it holds everything, and there is an immense, rich array of information to soak up online, but I used to assume it had everything I needed to know and this is plainly incorrect. There is a lot of great knowledge to find in books.

10. Try not to get into too many arguments with non-believers. Unless they’re willing to listen to you, it’s a waste of everybody’s time. The only way for someone to actually learn astrology is to seriously study it themselves.

11. Remember that astrology does have limits. Some things just can’t be explained astrologically. Biology, environment, upbringing, psychology, genetics, exposure, experiences, and countless other factors have just as much of an influence on an individual as the natal chart. When you disregard these things is when you turn astrology into a faith, and that’s abusing it.

12. On the same note, remember that there is an absolute side to astrology. Some things can’t questioned. The things that have lasted for thousands of years, such as the general meanings of the archetypes, aren’t up for interpretation. Astrology is only subjective beyond or within the frames of its structure. Understanding & accepting this is a key factor in objectivity, as well. (That said, it is still like 60% subjective. Don’t forget the other ~40%!)

13. Share what you learn, and don’t ignore constructive criticism. This is a very important way to expand, correct, and refine your knowledge.

14. In relation to #7: ignore destructive criticism. Some astrologers just want to feel ~correct~. Disregard people who want to take away the personal creativity of astrology; they’re ruining the beauty of it, and the usefulness.

15. There is no “right way” to use astrology. If you want to make memes about it, make memes about it. If you want to predict the end of the world with it, go ahead & predict the end of the world. As long as you’re educated & not trying to turn astrology into something it’s not, you’re golden.

There is a lot more to say, but I think I’ll end it here so I don’t overwhelm anyone. I may add more later, and if you want to add to it as well, you totally have my permission. I hope this gives you a better grip on the whole thing.
Ask me questions here if you need to!

wondering if anyone would be interested in me posting things about Unreal/C++ as I learn?

It doesn’t seem as though there are very many beginner-friendly tutorials/resources that help newbies learn Unreal and C++ like there are Unity/C# tutorials. It’s kind of frustrating as a novice programmer, but then I thought maybe the lack of resources was a lack of unexperienced programmers wanting to learn Unreal/C++? 

If that’s the case, I’ll keep my journey focused on releasing progress rather than tutorials/resources, but if anyone is interested in learning it from a beginner programmer standpoint, I definitely wouldn’t have a problem drafting up what I learn.

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Goldfish Crash Course!

Friends, I am but a humble Betta keeper, who is about to suddenly own a 75 gallon tank with two goldfish. I’m pretty sure their needs will be different from my Bettas haha. Can someone recommend good, concise care sheets? Some things I need to know:

1. Is 75 gallons enough? Tank comes with established filter

2. Is a heater needed ever?

3. I see so many goldfish with bare bottom tanks. Is this a requirement or just a common thing?

4. Good food brands?

5. I have really hard water. Is that going to bother them?