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Gary Goldschneider was quite old when he died last year, and even by the time he released his first Personology book, The Secret Language of Birthdays, in 1994, he had already done about three decades of biographical research to come up with a system that not only catalogued every day of the year — which many other authors have done as well — but began his division of the zodiac into 48 periods.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, the 48 periods go like this:

  • Pisces-Aries cusp
  • Aries I
  • Aries II
  • Aries III
  • Aries-Taurus cusp
  • Taurus I

and on all the way through Pisces III.

He has gotten a lot of mileage out of his division of the zodiac that way. The book The Secret Language of Relationships (1997) handled the Sun in each of these 48 periods. The Secret Language of Destiny (1999) handled the North Node in each of the 48 periods. After that was The Secret Language of Luck (Jupiter/Saturn) and eventually, “Personology” (which handled every planet in each of the 48 periods and had probably the most voluminous ephemeris, taking up hundreds of pages of the book — mostly because it wasn’t in tiny print like most ephemerides.

I want to explore a bit some of these books and then explore what came after them.

As you read, realize that Goldscheider meant for you to read a book about yourself, to a large extent. Yes, if my secret love interest was born on June 7 and I was born on December 10, I’d be interested to know not only the June 7 entry in the Secret Language of Birthdays, but also the Gemni II (covering June 3-10) in the Secret Language of Relationships. And then whatever period her North Node happens to be, in the Secret Language of Destiny.

But still, these three books are meant about you or maybe someone you’re close to or want to be close to. Remember this for later.

Each birthday will have its own strengths and weaknesses listed — usually three of each. Each of the 48 periods will also have its strengths and weaknesses, also three of each. I was a bit disconcerted when I showed this relationships book to someone who worked in a coffeehouse that I frequented (in 1999) and, instead of reading the entire four-page entry, she zeroed in on the strengths and weaknesses. It’s like she didn’t even want to read them; she just got straight to what she thought the point was.

(I wanted to scream, ‘You’re missing the point!’ But it turns out she had some influence on me, as I do place a fairly high weight on these.

Somebody could be born on September 18 — for which it says

  • “Thoughtful
  • Serious
  • Aesthetic”

and:

  • “Isolated
  • Troubled
  • Negative”

That also puts this person (barely) in the Virgo III period, for which it says

  • “Composed
  • Nurturing
  • Capable”

and

  • “Sensationalistic
  • Judgmental
  • Ruthless”

Interestingly, when you look at June 16, you’ll get:

  • Shrewd
  • Patient
  • Success-Oriented

and

  • Self-Satisfied
  • Indecisive

But when you look at the Gemini III, which June 16 is within, it goes:

  • Exploratory
  • Risk-Taking
  • Money-Wise

and

  • Emotionally Volatile
  • Disillusioned
  • Impatient

So there is one, and only one day within the Gemini III that both “patient” and “impatient” should apply to. One wonders if this is an exception to the rule, or if rather the person tend to have threads of both in different contexts.

Regardless, I’m moving on to the Secret Language of Destiny, which is a landmark book in terms of highlighting the North Node. Let’s review what the North Node is:

  • The Moon revolves around the earth in a plane.
  • The earth revolves around the Sun in a plane.
  • The Moon’s orbit is slightly tilted relative to the Earth’s orbit — about 5 degrees. If it wasn’t, we’d have a solar eclipse every month and a lunar eclipse every month.
A five degree tilt of the Moon’s orbit relative to the Earth’s orbit. It looks like the nodes are hanging out around the orbit, so approximately square the Sun (and Moon, at this moment.)
  • The points on the orbit where the planes intersect are the Nodes.
  • There is a North Node and a South Node, directly opposite each other.
  • Both Nodes move backwards through the zodiac and take roughly 19 years to go full circle. There is a ‘true node’ and a ‘mean node,’ but I’m not going to get into that here.
  • The South Node is what you came into this life already having — strengths and skills brought forth from a previous life. You are not particularly rewarded for using the talents that the South Node gives.
  • The North Node is what you were meant to grow into in this lifetime.

The North Node (the Nodes in general) is a hot astrological topic, relatively speaking to other areas of astrology. The Secret Language of Destiny, on the other hand, is now 21 years old and was way ahead of the curve in terms of giving rich explanations of each of the 48 periods the North Node can be in (approximately speaking, the cusp signs cover 26 deg 15 min to 3 deg 45 min, the I’s are 3 deg 45 min to 11 deg 15 min, the II’s are 11 deg 15 min to 18 deg 45 mins, and the III’s are 18 deg 45 min to 26 deg 15 min).

Like the Secret Language of Relationships, each of the 48 periods gets a four-page spread. When the 2016 election was going on, I was really interested in Hillary Clinton’s Taurus III North Node. It explained so much about her. (Yes, you can use due diligence and look at her entry in the book — it’s too long to post here).

Gary Goldschneider died last year at the age of 80. But in 2009 he correctly surmised that the new generations, and just the times in general, were not as interested in themselves as they were interested in others. So he published his book Everyday Astrology. And boy, does it look different while it looks the same. It’s subtitled “How to Make Astrology Work for You”. Just to give you an idea.

He covers three categories, and several subcategories within each, for each sign, e.g.

Work

  • The Cancer Boss
  • The Cancer Employee
  • The Cancer Coworker
  • The Cancer Client
  • The Cancer Partner
  • The Cancer Competitor

Love

  • The Cancer First Date
  • The Cancer Boyfriend/Girlfriend
  • The Cancer Spouse
  • The Cancer Lover
  • The Cancer Ex

Friends and Family

  • The Cancer Friend
  • The Cancer Roommate
  • The Cancer Parent
  • The Cancer Sibling
  • The Cancer Child

Each of the subcategories, in turn, gets several subsections devoted to it, e.g.

The Gemini Lover

  • Meeting the Gemini Lover
  • Location and the Gemini Lover
  • Sex and the Gemini Lover
  • Holding On to the Gemini Lover
  • Entertaining the Gemini Lover
  • Breaking Up with the Gemini Lover

Each of these subsections gets a paragraph.

Remember the positives and negatives? Well, in this case they’re on the subheading level, so you’ll have a total of 16, and it’s per sign — only 12 signs, not 48 periods. (Trying to do it for 48 periods would create a book that would be nearly 1300 pages long).

But the positives and negatives are very interesting! For, say, the Sagittarius competitor, you’ll get:

Strengths

  • Energetic
  • Changeable
  • Unsettling

Weaknesses

  • Asocial
  • Overly aggressive
  • Scattered

Interactive Style

  • Undermining
  • Shifting
  • Confrontational

I’m very much a Sagittarius, and this does resonate with me.

Like, for the Libra parent, you have

Strengths

  • Goal-oriented
  • Ambitious
  • Supportive

Weaknesses

  • Pushy
  • Stressful
  • Demanding

Interactive Style

  • Insistent
  • Involved
  • Evaluating

Or, picking out the Leo Spouse, it begins as follows:

Leo spouses tend to be loyal and will remain so for years. Loyal, however, does not necessarily mean faithful, and at the first sign of disinterest on the part of their mates, the days of their faithfulness may be numbered. Leos need to be treated regally, royally, put up on a pedestal and worshipped like the king or queen that they are. Supreme actors, Leos can continue in such a marriage for the sake of their children, their social status, or their career, but their hearts and thoughts may be elsewhere. Treat Leo spouses well — very well — and your efforts will be rewarded and your gifts returned many times over.

The strengths, weaknesses, and interactive style are listed. The subheadings are:

  • Wedding and Honeymoon with the Leo Spouse
  • Home and Day-to-Day Married Life with the Leo Spouse
  • Finances and the Leo Spouse
  • Infidelity and the Leo Spouse
  • Children and the Leo Spouse
  • Divorce and the Leo Spouse

I hope I have illustrated with all these examples that Goldschneider took Personology to a whole new level toward the end of his life. And yes, more than anything, it is useful.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on relocationastrology.guide.

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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