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May 3, 2021

New Chart Calculator!

I’m very pleased to be able to offer a new course with Sydney Astrology School as well as a FREE chart calculator service in May 2021!Curious about your “Big Three” or which sign your Jupiter or Satrun is in? Well you can find out for free! All you do is go to this link to enter your details in the new chart calculator! A massive thanks to Esoteric Technologies for all their help in setting this up! Special Offers! Did you know I offer special consultancy rates for parents (with the purchase of an adolescent report?Are you interested in learning more about how to support […]
February 24, 2021

Astrology for Teachers

So much has changed since I first wrote this article (based on my research in “Growing Pains”) way back in 2015 that I had actually forgotten I’ve never posted it on my website! In all that time–even with the article published on Astrodienst–there has been nothing but the chirp of crickets for Astrology in Education in the media. “Astrology for Teachers” was intended to help busy teachers organise themselves and streamline their workload as well as address some of the issues that are relevant for adolescents. I had hoped for bigger things for this article. But it does seem to […]
February 20, 2021

Astrology for Parents

In 2020, it was my very great pleasure to write a column on Astrology and Children for the Organisation for Professional Astrologers (OPA). Astrology for Parents is the second instalment. It quickly became apparent to me that addressing the pitfalls of working with children by using astrology needed to be addressed. This area in astrology is unchartered and opinions around the ethics of reading charts for children vary. My opinion is that unless the astrologer has adequate qualifications and experience in working with children (beyond parenting) then it is safer to not offer this kind of service. And no astrologer, […]
June 4, 2020

Safeguarding and Child Protection in Astrology

This article was originally published in the Organization for Professional Astrology magazine, The Career Astrologer in March 2020. It is the first part of a four part series. Safeguarding and Child Protection guidelines are pretty much universal in agreement. These guidelines aim to do exactly as they say. Adults who work directly with children receive special training that enables them to protect the children in their care. The training also protects the adult from unwittingly putting themselves in compromised positions. In schools, this training is regarded to be so important that it is updated at the start of every term. […]
April 24, 2018

Childhood Education: A study by a teacher and astrologer

This article on astrology and education originally appeared in Dell Horoscope, the world’s leading astrology magazine. My new article “When a Flower Speaks” appears in the May/June 2018 issue. Dismissed for their lack of precision, non-replicable results and miniscule databases, modern day astrologers are often ridiculed by their skeptics. Can astrologers step up to the scientific plate or will they go down with the pseudoscience ship? In my role as a schoolteacher, the bias against being an astrologer was so great that I was actually threatened with dismissal should any parent complain about my interests in the subject. As I […]
May 9, 2022

Interview with Pam Gregory!!

I was interviewed by the amazing Pam Gregory and suddenly my life has pretty much exploded! There I was quietly getting on with ridding myself of things that weren’t working and lamenting things that I thought were losses. And here’s where lessons were learned: yup I lost a few things but they were doing nothing but holding me back and making me miserable. Once I realised this, new projects, opportunities and connections (welcome new subscribers!) had plenty of room to take root. So here’s an example: In 2013, after a full Jupiter cycle, I set myself the task of writing […]
April 11, 2022

Mirror Mirror: The Crown

I like to push the limits so I couldn’t resist giving “The Crown” the “Mirror Mirror” treatment. As chance would have it (!) I recently met Leigh Hughes who was in my very favourite (though tragic) episode “Aberfan”. I thought Jason Watkins was amazing as Harold Wilson and was nothing short of perfect (I love you Jason). As you will see from this article published in the ISAR Journal, there are incredible connections! And of course, after a long convo about films, I couldn’t resist a selfie with Leigh! Please do get your copy of “Mirror Mirror” from Amazon! Living […]
April 8, 2022

Another fabulous review

Thank you so much to OPA and particularly Arlan Wise for the thoughtful review of “Mirror Mirror”. Arlan gave me the best ever compliment: “Alex works with children and she knows how to make learning fun”. Thank you Arlan. You can download the full PDF of The Career Astrologer at: https://www.opaastrology.org/publicMARCH2022edition.pdf You can also order “Mirror Mirror” from Amazon at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mirr…/dp/1910531553/ref=sr_1_1… This book teaches synastry from an unusual perspective using the cinematic lens. Author Alex Trenoweth chose 100 biopics (movies about real people) to demonstrate astrological connec- tions between the main character, the actor who portrayed the character, and the […]
April 7, 2022

Cycles of Child Development in Astrology

I believe it is important to work with children’s charts. However, firm boundaries need to be made and only astrologers with the right training in child protection (including police clearence) should be working with  the charts of children. For many reasons, astrologers should never compromise their consultancy practices by working with unspuervised children. However, understanding the cycles of child development in astrology is a useful tool for the toolkit of any astrologer. For a parent who is struggling with understanding their child (particularly their teenager), this tool is particularly useful and can be easily shared by an astrologer. For those […]
April 2, 2022

Amazon’s Top 100!!!

I don’t write the type of astrology books that are likely to make it to the top of Amazon’s Top 100. Sun signs aren’t my thing and goddess help me, I couldn’t write a “how to learn astrology” book. The kind of astrology book I wanted write is the type that demonstrates all the really cool things astrology can do. My first book, “Growing Pains” explored the Jupiter and Saturn cycles and how they relate to child development and education. “Mirror Mirror” explored synastry and transits of famous people, the actors that portrayed them and what was happening astrologically that […]
February 16, 2022

Astrology Parent Hack!

Last summer I had the pleasure of being interview by the wonderful Steffie James who is the astrologer for several magazines and radio stations. We discussed an astrology parent hack that can really help parents and teachers understand the children in their care. Stef and I met at the Astrological Lodge of London a good decade ago. She was just getting started on her astrological journey so it was fun to catch up and see how far she’s come. Stef is a new mother and I love how she wanted to use astrology to bring out the best in her […]
February 5, 2022

The Stuff I’m Getting Up to. . .

Well. . .it seems like life is slowly returning to normal and I have a few astrology events coming up. I’ve managed to return to the classroom and I even had a Christmas getaway at a Devon castle with two very big doggies. But it has seemed a bit overwhelming to pull things together–like I’ve gone from 10kph to 100kph in a very short space of time. Of course all this activity is very much helped out by the success of “Mirror Mirror“. Two of the major accomplishments of this busy time was working with Nadiya Shah again (check out […]
January 18, 2022

Another fab review for “Mirror Mirror”

Getting a new book out there is so exciting. And a lovely review just stokes those fires of happiness. This review comes from Victor Smoot who is the editor of the ISAR Journal. You can buy your copy of “Mirror Mirror” going here: mybook.to/MirrorM “Researcher. That is what her bio says about Alex (check the end of her article “The Crown” in this issue). Her new book is about research into something she just loves – biographical films. ‘Research’ is such a serious word, and an arduous process, but one that ISAR values most highly. This research comes out of the fun of investigating what you love.  The […]
November 18, 2021

5-Star Amazon Review for “Mirror Mirror”

I’ve received such great feedback for my latest book, “Mirro Mirror: The Astrology of Famous People and the Actors Who Portayed Them”. The book was so much fun to write but so heavy with data, it was hell to edit. Anyway, me and my publisher Margaret Cahill (The Wessex Astrologer) finally did it! Here’s the big reveal! And here’s the full review from Anne Whitaker: An original piece of astro-research: a labour of love and obsession Subtitled ‘The astrology of Famous People and the Actors who portrayed them’ Alex Trenoweth’s latest book has given her a great opportunity to unleash […]
September 21, 2021

Astrological Dreamwork: Out With a Bang

I love Astrological Dreamwork because our subconscious very often gives us such a great insight into complicated situations and emotions. In this interpretation, the Dreamer wanted to make a quick exit to stage left. But things take a rather unusual turn. Whatever could it mean? #dreamwork #astrology

Back to School With Astrology

Copyright: Alex Trenoweth, 2018

Teachers, parents and pupils in the northern hemisphere are preparing for the commencement of a new academic year. And what better way to begin the academic year than with a head start? Coming soon is a very special guide for each year group. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter for special offers on professional consultations, webinars and classes. In the meantime, here are a few astrological tips to help children get the most out of their free education.

AND. . .if you ever wondered if LUNAR PHASE has an impact on the behaviour of children, here is a video of my lecture in India! (Don’t forget to ‘like’ the video on youtube!) If you’d rather read the article, here is a link.

Teachers

For teachers, back-to-school can be a time for a last minute scramble to enjoy what remains of their long summer “break” (as a teacher myself, I use this term very loosely!). COMING VERY SOON is a handy guide for helping teachers manage an unmanageable career! Bookings for consultations here.

Parents

For parents, it can be a time of taking great pride in their child’s growth and maturity but it can also be a time of anxiety as they wonder how their little one will cope in a new classroom complete with a new teacher, new classmates and an ever changing academic curriculum. COMING VERY SOON is a handy guide to help parents be the anchor for their tempest-tossed teenager!

Pupils

And of course, for the pupils themselves, starting all over again in a new environment with changing friendship groups, extended learning and pressure to do well, it can be a time of great anticipation as well as nerve-wracking apprehension. COMING VERY SOON is a guide to help parents and teachers help the children in their care learn and develop.

The Astrological Signature

Fortunately, astrology can give an insight into this exciting time of year.

Every academic year has a unique astrological signature and understanding this is the key to delivering stimulating lessons or preparing children for the opportunities and obstacles ahead. Additionally, some year groups will have important astrological milestones that can be utilised to enhance chances of success.

Most people are familiar with astrology through its association with Sun signs. However, astrology is far more complex than just this one facet and so to understand how a child grows and develops, it is important to look further than the Sun and focus on Jupiter and Saturn, which is usually different to one’s sun sign. Together Jupiter and Saturn form an astrological signature for every academic year group and fortunately, this isn’t difficult to work out.

Saturn

We all want the best for our children and regardless of whether a child is a “chip off the old block” or as completely different to us as they can possibly be. We also want our children to be happy and well adjusted. The very fundamental key to achieving this is through understanding ourselves as authority figures first. In astrology we can do this through understanding Saturn. 

The sun takes one year to travel through each of the zodiac signs. Saturn however takes about 29 years to go around the Sun and only passes through (roughly) one sign every 2 and half years. Saturn makes key connections to its natal position about every 7 years and at each stage, we are forced to make a decision that will have a knock-on effect in events for the rest of our lives. A bit of pressure? You bet. This is why an authority’s figure’s input is so crucially important to children. Once you have a good understanding your own Saturn, you are in a wonderful position to help your pupils or children navigate the tricky waters of growing up.

Jupiter

Jupiter takes about 12 years to go around the Sun and only passes through (roughly) one sign per year. Jupiter makes key connections to its natal point about every three years and at each stage, the child learns crucial information and develops new skills. Children born in a given academic year will share the same Jupiter sign and with a little refinement, it is a very straightforward task to work out a child’s Jupiter sign. If a teacher can understand how the pupils in their care learn and develop then they can make their very difficult (and heroic!) jobs a whole lot easier.

So why Jupiter?

Astrologically, Jupiter is about higher learning, distant travel and philosophical beliefs including religion and politics. It also represents the confidence it takes to make that leap of faith so necessary for learning. Parents and teachers intuitively understand and encourage children to learn but can sometimes miss the mark by not realising that what works for one child of a certain age may not work for an older or younger child. Appreciating a child’s Jupiter sign removes the guesswork and eliminates the chances of misunderstanding the learning motivations for that child.

The Building Blocks of Life

Key Jupiter and Saturn transits to their natal points form the basic building blocks of life.

3 Years Old

The first waxing Jupiter square to its natal position occurs when a child is about 3 years old. Important milestones include being able to walk without hindrance, being toilet trained and being able to speak clearly enough to be understood by someone other than their immediate caregivers. How convenient this is for a parent who wants to expand their child’s horizons through travel! No more diapers, playpens or translating to distant relatives!

6 Years Old

The first Jupiter opposition at about the age of 6, builds on what a child has learned during the first square: children learn and develop variations on walking and running such as skipping, jumping with both feet, hopping on one foot and climbing. And just watch children of this age play: they take risks, they have faith that they won’t get hurt or sick and their antics force the people looking after them to enforce every safety measure available. Children of this age also start to put the sound of letters together to form words and sentences. They learn that with a little faith, those squiggles are a wonderful way to communicate.

7 Years Old

At the first Saturn square at around the age of 7, there is usually an event or a problem that means the child begins to understand limitations. They (or someone they love) get hurt or sick, they experience a setback or a knock to their confidence that means they lose interest in something that had previously captivated their attention. Everyone experiences times of trials and tribulations. We all make mistakes and have to admit we have been wrong. We have two choices on how to deal with these setbacks: either we get back up and keep on fighting or we roll over and give in. If authority figures understand a child’s (or in the case of a teacher, the entire classroom) perception of failure and setbacks, they can help them develop coping mechanisms that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

9 Years Old

The first waning Jupiter square to its natal position occurs when a child is about 9 years old. Almost all children have imaginary playmates/adversaries but at this age, children can distinguish between fantasy and reality.  The stuffed animals stop talking and the bogeyman under the closet retreat to the shadows of memory.

Neurological Development

Not so long ago, the behavioural changes observed in adolescence were blamed on “raging hormones”. It is now understood that whilst the influx of hormones are a contributing cause to behaviour, they are not the sole culprit. Instead what is being increasingly understood and more thoroughly researched are the neurological developments that occur at the time of the first Jupiter return at around the age of 11 years 8 months.

Although the precise age at when these neurological developments begin depends on a wide range of environmental factors, it is generally accepted that the brain startss making its transition from the brain of child who thinks with its limbic system (based on reflex and immediate gratification) to the brain of adult who makes decisions with their cerebral cortex (based on logic and reasoning) is during early adolescence. The physical evidence of these changes can be seen in the increase of folds of the brain material in the cerebral cortex. Viewed neurologically, this is a very exciting time indeed. But for parents and teachers, a whole new problem rears its head: adolescent behaviour.

Moving to the “Big School”

Children of Jupiter return age are usually preparing for the transition to the “Big School” where they will meet pupils from different backgrounds and religions, will have more classes and subjects, more teachers (all with different teaching styles) and thus will begin a whole new chapter in their lives. Because there is so little interface between primary school teachers and secondary school teachers, pupils of this age can quite literally feel lost in the crowd: they’ve gone from being the eldest in their schools where everyone knows them to being very small fish in very big ponds. Added to this problem is that secondary school teachers are more focused on the older children who must begin the process of exam preparation. This tendency—as well as the tendency to invest money in the exam year for academic interventions—means that younger adolescents are ignored. This means they find new and creative ways of getting trouble.

And so what happens to “naughty” children (who tend to be boys who develop later neurologically than girls of the same age) during their Jupiter returns? Big, bad Saturn stamps down on them. Data from a London school showed that children of this age received more sanctions for behaviour in general but for disruptive behaviour specifically. But as any busy teacher will tell you, it is important to choose battles wisely by focusing on the most serious offenses. The little stuff is often shrugged off as all being a part of growing up. In other words, children will learn to use the distractions of more serious behaviour to get out of completing work to an acceptable standard for the very simple reason that no one is going to challenge them. All that brain development that takes place during these important early years of adolescence is almost completely wasted. 

Rebel Yell

Problems only exacerbate as an adolescent continues to mature. By the time they reach the age of 13, poor behaviour is at its peak and this age group becomes the class teachers least like to teach. Astrologically, this is when not only as transiting Jupiter is sextile to its natal position but also Uranus makes its first Ptolemaic aspect by transit (also a sextile). Uranus is associated with friendship groups and rebellion and, as Jupiter magnifies what it touches, it’s no surprise that this age group begins to stop listening to authority figures and instead looks to its own peer group for information, advice and ways of getting trouble.

And still that adolescent brain has not finished making its transition to that of an adult’s level of functioning.

The Habits of a Lifetime

At around the age of 14, the rapid development of the brain begins to slow down and with this settling, behaviour also begins to improve. Responsibilities inside and outside of the classroom also increases and as the pupils continues to mature, their brain begins the process of shutting down its unused parts and exercise those parts that are used more often. Think of the implications of this: a child who has been allowed to develop poor habits will only continue to build on these thus fixing these habits that will stay with them for the rest of their lifetime. They will learn how to make excuses for their bad habits and begin selecting people and/or groups that will accept these bad habits. It is the starting point of addictions that can take a long period of time to overcome (if ever at all).

But what if parents and teachers really understood this? There would be some serious changes in the way we raise and educate our children!

Understanding children and how they learn and develop is far more than just being concerned with what they are learning. Instead, there should be more emphasis on how a child learns and develops. Astrology can be an enormously helpful tool not only with understanding how but knowing when.

Want to know more? Why not schedule a consultation? If you’re unsure about a consultation, there is also a large selection of pre-recorded webinars to choose from.

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