Fun with Derivative Houses

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What are these houses?

The derivative houses have been around for a long time. They are used extensively in horary astrology, but that’s not all. By looking at your natal chart, they can shine a spotlight on other people in your life, showing how you naturally experiences them in different situations. It can really help with deliberate creation and getting into alignment with what you really want.

5 minute derivative houses tutorial
5 minute derivative house tutorial

Derivative houses are also a great tool for finding where joy, abundance, talents and showing where skills, stimulation, contrast and excitement can be found. So, by looking at the natal placements and signs through this lens, as well as considering transits, progressions and synastry placements, the derivative houses offer a wealth of information and insight, explain some quirky MO’s, and line us up, Astro-LOA style. To get a quick grasp, watch this 5 minute tutorial, then come back and we’ll have some fun with individual charts. (it’s all about turning the wheel!)

How to Use Derivative Houses

Now for some fun examples! Who wants to volunteer? Let me know in the comments and we’ll play with ‘turning the wheel’ so you can all practice. (I’ll be putting charts up here, but without the birth data for privacy!

Example #1 – Jacqueline – Her questions are around business, health and home.

Jacaqueline's Chart

Here is Jacque’s natal chart. Her first question is about business, so we look to the 10th house. With the South Node there, part of her really needs to ‘let go of outcomes’ which isn’t an easy vibe for Aries Rising! So we will use derivative houses to get some hints on what will support her best ever business vibe. To do so, we’ll turn the chart to put the 10th house, or MC, on the horizon, making it of first house importance.

janette_Derivative HousesWith the 10th on the first, we see right away that of the actions she listed: coaching one-on-one, group programs, writing/blogging, product creation, the first and most supportive is going to be, ‘get thee a business plan! The 2nd from the 10th (the $$ and support form business) is ruled by Capricorn with Saturn in the house! Set a goal. Set an intention. Aries rising likes to wing it, and Libra can shilly shally, but the Saturn in you wants to have a solid, grounded, well organized plan. Just doing that OPENS the doors to support, success and increased $$. (Note –  the plan itself doesn’t matter. You simply amp up your success by making one).

The Next thing would be to go with the one-on-one coaching. Can you see why I would choose this as major support? Look at her Libra (connect, talk, counsel, coach) Sun and Venus! When we turn the chart to put the 10th on the horizon, the Sun and Venus in Libra are in the 10th house of success! (the 10th from the 10th is the 7th). One on one will support her more than group work (where she has Mars/Neptune – 11th from the 10th – which is super creative, and mystical, but may lose focus in groups – or the group is about as easy to lead as a room full of cats). Making sense?

Jacqueline’s Derivative Houses
Jacqueline’s Chart with the 10th house on the horizon – we have turned the wheel until house 10 is rising.

Turning the wheel

Writing supports her when she is on the perfect-for-Jacque-path as we see the North Node in the 2nd (support) house from the 3rd (writing).

For health boost, the best suggestion is a personal trainer, running buddy, cohort or side kick. Not that when we put the 6th house on the horizon, Jupiter (for enthusiasm and gusto) is in the 8th.  (1st house is 8 from the 6th). That means sharing this journey with a buddy. Also, Saturn (stick to it discipline) is in the 6th (daily routine) from the 6th (health) so she’s going to want to, again, have a plan, and bring a friend.

As for the 4th house of the Home, roots, and ground, when that comes to the horizon, we see the Moon ruling her 2nd (support) from the 4th (home) and that means, self-love. Whatever makes her smile, feels nurturing and comforting, she wants to do more of that. This is a Cancer moon, and Cancer moon is nurtured by 1) loving and caring 2) feeling needed/useful 3) sharing emotions. I am seeing this is perfect alignment with self-care, home, health and successful one-on-one coaching practice (where she is needed, useful and sharing powerful emotions).

Thank you Jacqueline, for letting us use your chart.

Anyone else want to have a go? Let us know in the comments.

See how informative this is? Derivative houses rock!

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What is Chart Tone?

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Hi Everyone, here is a quick tip on finding the general, overall zodiac tone in your horoscope. It's a great technique for getting a feel for how the elements and modalities in the chart work together, and which is your dominant of each.

Chart Tone

What is it?
The overall quality of the chart as a feeling or sound: "the chart tone is fixed AIR, or Aquarius".

Synonyms
noun.    feel - note - sound - tune - emphasis

You find the tone of your chart by adding up the Elements and Modalities and finding the one sign that represents the strongest in both ie abundant AIR and abundant Fixed signs = fixed Air or Aquarius.

Follow the 5 minute tutorial to find the chart tone in any birth chart.

Find Your Chart Tone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's the tone of your chart? Can you relate to it?

The chart tone is also important when considering the current astro weather, as in - are we predominately Fire, or Water? Air or Earth?

Have a play and let us know how you go.


The Asteroid Goddesses

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Hi Everyone, I wanted to give you all an overview of the Asteroid Goddesses, the first four asteroid to be named. They are Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, in that order. They are considered minor planets, but, as Demetra George says, not with major influence. If you're serious about studying asteroids, start with her book!

The Four Asteroid Goddesses

Each of these asteroid goddesses represents an aspect of the feminine, an aspect of inner relationship to the anima, that is meaningful to both men and women. When strong by house placement, sign or aspect in the chart, greater understanding of relationship needs, women’s needs and men’s, can be revealed.

Though their natural affinity with relationship, sex and ambition varies, Ceres, Juno and Vesta (as Demeter, Hera and Hestia) are all sisters. They are devoured by Saturn\Kronos and later, with the help of Zeus\Jupiter, disgorged.

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From ‘extended Chart Selection’ add ‘Additional objects’

Ceres and Juno are both mother goddesses; Juno ever faithful to her husband Jupiter and Ceres never surrendering herself to marriage yet still being a powerful image of mother to her daughter Kore/Persephone. Vesta remains virgin in the sense that she also owes allegiance to no man. Originally, the Vestal virgins who represented her were divine harlots.

Pallas Athene, cerebral and cultured, is the only one without a mother herself, being born from the head of her father Zeus. Her passions awaken on the battlefield where she protects heroes and partakes in contests of skill and strategy.

First Things First

When considering aspects between these asteroids, I like to keep orbs ta little tighter, maybe 8 for conjunction and opposition, 7 for squares and trines, 4 for sextile and the inconjuncts, 1.5 for the minor aspects.  Widen these when the asteroids are on angles or conjunct or opposite personal planets.

Plotting Asteroids in the Chart

Go to “Extended Chart Selection” at astro.com and either highlight the “additional objects” you desire, or add them into the form below by their asteroid numbers.

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1000px-ceres_symbol-svgAsteroid 1 Ceres

Found orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres has been elevated to ‘Dwarf Planet’ status, takes 4.6 years to orbit the sun.

Ceres/Demeter is depicted as divine mother without divine spouse. Most of her instances of passion were traumatic or grudging. As in her relationship with Poseidon, Ceres did not welcome the horse-formed god with open arms. She fled his advances and only the slightest hint of reciprocation comes when she sets aside her rage and bathes in the river Ladon. Since Poseidon is associated with all rivers, streams and oceans, the bathing infers she eventually surrendered, briefly.

She also rejected the advances of her brother Zeus who constantly lusted after her. Yet, with a trick of metamorphoses, he changed himself into a bull and raped her unawares. (you can understand her stance on men here). The offspring of this violence was Kore/Persephone. Later Ceres’ beloved daughter was abducted and raped by Hades, with whom she was forced to compromise.

It seems that only when the gods take the form of animals do they find a way in to the goddess Ceres, perhaps reflecting her devotion to all things of the earth. Interestingly, these acts of violence result in creative offspring.screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-8-52-00-am

In spite of those difficulties, reports suggest Ceres did experience love with the mortal man, Iasion. They met in the finely tilled fields near Crete and mingled sweet love with passion and desire. Some versions say Zeus, seeing Ceres’ hunger for the mortal, struck Iasion. Other stories describe an enduring relationship between Iasion and Ceres as they explored their romance in every field and meadow on earth. Either way, the child of their passion is Plutus, a charmed traveler that bestows luck and good fortune on those he meets.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Ceres

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Where Ceres is in the chart, we may identify with the earth mother and nurturing side of this planet, with empowered nurturing and protective qualities. In a man’s chart, it can be an allegiance with equal rights, feminism and post feminism. A good example is Phil Donahue, a groundbreaking talk show host who spoke out for women’s rights. Note his Ceres conjunct the Moon and Venus in passionate Scorpio, in the 8th house of penetrating insights.

220px-pallas_symbol-svgAsteroid 2 – Pallas

Asteroid 2 Pallas also takes about 4.6 years to orbit the entire zodiac.

Pallas Athene’s brand of love was protective, supportive and reportedly asexual. She also was, at heart, very much her father’s daughter. Leaping from the wound in Zeus’s head after Hephaestus split it with an axe, Athene was born full grown, dressed in golden armor and screaming a war cry. She proceeded to protect heroic men, guard the city of Athens and was worshiped as the goddess of war-craft, strategy, craftsmanship and wisdom.

Unlike other Olympians, Athene was completely trusted by her father Zeus. She even got to use his thunderbolts and aegis. She holds no resentment towards him for swallowing her mother Metis, goddess of wisdom, and seems to reserve her attachments and allegiance to the king of the gods alone.

Born without a mother, Pallas Athene is in some ways a magnificent and beautiful extension of Zeus, representing pure intellect untouched and uncontaminated by the corporeal. His favorite child, Zeus indulges her every wish, even in the face of censure from the other Olympians.

Just as Pluto/Hades may be seen as a phallic representation of the matriarchal principal of death and regeneration, so Athene may embody a female image of the masculine principals of rational thinking, will and intellect. She is a representation of objectivity, fairness and justice. The power of her sword is as keen as the cutting edge of her mind and she was often called to arbitrate disputes, her impartial decisions being final. Athene takes us out of the world of raw instinct and desire, educating us to the realm of objective thought, unbiased choice and organized strategy. Pallas Athene, although regarded as femininely beautiful, is an androgynous figure, a goddess at home in the masculine realm. Athene was also adamantly chaste.

Athene and Love

Her avoidance of sexual intimacy with men or gods appears different from other virgin goddesses who, although they aligned themselves with no man, they still enjoyed the passions of lovemaking and rearing the resultant offspring. Athene, by most accounts, never gave birth and had no direct descendant. Although she shunned intimacy, she was loved and pursued by Helios, Hephaestus and some say Hercules. None of these gods or men triumphed and never, it seems, did Eros or Aphrodite cause her to fall in love, at least not in the traditional sense.

Portrayed as sexually celibate, Athene was passionate about her crafts, battles and the heroes she protected. She is reported to have transformed the blood of Medusa into a healing potion and is associated with the medicinal arts. Creative, multi-talented and dedicated, Athene may not lay with man, woman or god, but she does not withdraw from them either. She seeks the company of men and relates to them as their divine counselor, protector and guide.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Pallas Athene

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Gloria Steinem can be seen as a modern day Pallas Athene. A feminist, journalist and activist, she became a powerful spokesperson for the women’s movement. Note asteroid Pallas conjunct her sun and trine Pluto and the Moon. My favorite quote from Ms. Steinem is (when asked her view on marriage) “I don’t breed well in captivity.” Her Juno (committed relationship) is square her Pallas, Sun and Mars – in direct contrast to her purpose, identity and power expression.

2000px-juno_symbol-svgAsteroid 3 – Juno

Asteroid 3 Juno takes 4.3 years to orbit the sun.

Juno differs from the other asteroid goddesses in her unwavering desire for marriage: Ceres prefers the company of the earth, her daughter and the occasional lover. A staunch virgin, Pallas Athena seeks the company of men as comrades in arms. Although offered the hand of marriage by Poseidon and Apollo, Vesta prefers to stay sequestered in her temple, content with managing the sacred flame of renewal. She welcomes men only as a consecrated act of divine union.

Yet Juno/Hera wanted Jupiter/Zeus, king of the pantheon of Mt. Olympus, to be her lawfully wedded husband. Originally a virgin sky deity in her own right, Hera’s marriage to Zeus is thought to represents a merging of two cults that were once dissimilar. How ever it came about, the marriage of Zeus and Hera was a rocky one.

As he did most women, Zeus made various attempts to seduce Hera early on, but she would not submit to him until he promised to marry her. His desire must have been great, because he agreed and they were married on Mt. Olympus with all the gods and goddesses in attendance.

Although Hera was faithful to her marriage vows, the mighty Zeus was not. The more furious, vengeful, and jealous Hera became, the more he sought the extramarital company of other goddesses, mortals and youths. Their relationship was volatile and laced with domestic violence, threats and deception. Hera also persecuted the illegitimate offspring of Zeus’ escapades with relentless cruelty. In spite of this, Zeus continued his myriad affairs yet still longed for his wife. They had at least three children together.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Juno

Primarily the goddess of marriage and maternity, Hera/Juno rules over all aspects of the feminine. She is the image of the archetypal good wife with long-term committed relationship as her realm.

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Hillary Clinton’s chart has Juno in the second house of core values opposite Uranus. In the beginning, she denied any truth to her husband’s infidelity, but, after the evidence of President Clinton’s encounters with Lewinsky became incontrovertible, she issued a public statement reaffirming her commitment to their marriage. Privately though, she was reported to be furious at him and was unsure if she wanted to stay in the marriage. Juno is also square her Moon in Pisces in the 4th. I’m guessing her true feelings may never become public, but full forgiveness could be lifetimes away.

Asteroid 4 – Vesta

Asteroid 4 Vesta takes 3.6 years to orbit through the zodiac.

Vesta, or Hestia as she was known to the ancient Greeks, was the goddess of the hearth, the flame that burned brightly in every family home. She was also goddess of the sacred ceremonial fires that were used for public rituals. There are almost no images of Vesta, and it is thought that the Vestal virgins, the women that attended her flame, were living images of the goddess. Plato referred to Hestia as the living flame itself.

Like Athene, Vesta is worshiped as a virgin, although the original meaning of the word did not imply sexual innocence. A virgin then described a woman who stood on her own, relying on no man for support, identity or companionship. Many of these virgins had lovers and consorts, although they never married or adapted themselves to life with a man.

In Roman times, the Vestal virgins were like nuns, taking a vow of celibacy and devotion to the goddess. Transgressions were punished by a torturous death. It seems that by the time of Pontifex Maximus, the term virgin had taken on its current meaning.

In pre-Hellenic Greece, the Vestal virgins not only tended the sacred flame but performed a primary role of renewal to guaranteed the continuation of the royal line. As divine harlots, they would initiate men who came to the temple in honor of the goddess. This was not an exercise in sexual satisfaction; it was the symbolic consummation of a sacred union. A child born to a vestal was destined for royal succession if the king had no male offspring.

The conflicts

These conflicting images, the virgin as celibate and the virgin as harlot, seem to signify an inherent confusion with those whose natal Vesta is significantly placed. When that Vesta is aspected to personal planets, the contrast grows.

A strong Vesta in the chart (on an angle, in aspect to a personal planet) may bring out the passion and sexual intensity. Something needs to be honored in this case, a cause, a belief a creative pursuit. It may also, depending on the rest of the chart, bring out a measure of guilt and repression. What is being awakened is very powerful and some individuals will find it easier to express or integrate than others.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Vesta

There can be perceived obstacles between marriage and a single life, career or family, artistic pursuit or practicality, outer adventure or introspective study. The aspect degree, sign and house placements will help indicate how this conflict may manifest.

A woman with Mars conjunct Vesta in Taurus in the tenth house found the struggle sometimes overwhelming. At a young age she nestle herself into the secure surroundings of a family life and had two children. In a few years, she started having clandestine affairs until she broke out and became single again. Later, she remarried and had two more children with the new man, only to find she was compelled to start a career that would keep her far from home for long periods. Eventually, she found ways to keep the family hearth burning, enjoy divine union and release her passions through creative risk taking.

Note Hillary Clinton's Vesta trine Mercury (her chart ruler) on the Ascendant and her approach to career. It makes her drive and passion more understandable, given the 'behind the scenes' Virgo there.

I invite you all to plot these asteroids in your chart and check where they are by transit so we can discuss.

See you in the comments.

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Four Basic Building Blocks of Astrology

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Astrology Building Blocks - 3 minute tutorial on Youtube

Learn the Four Basic Astrology Building Blocks

Hi Everyone! For those just starting out, this Video Tutorial will show you the four basic Astrology Building Blocks , the constructs of the horoscope or natal chart. This includes groundwork on the  planets, signs, houses and aspects - in under 3 minutes!

A Metaphor for the Astrology Building Blocks

Think of Astrology as a symbol system where the planets are the actors. The the signs are the their costumes they wear. The houses are the stages, the sets they act upon, and the aspects are the scripts they’ve been handed. How they are scripted to interrelate.

Remember, YOU are the director, and you call the shots, decide when to say Action and when to say cut!

Exercises for learning the basic Astrology Building Blocks

  • Learn to recognize and draw the planetary glyphs. Follow the online tutorial for help there - learn to draw the signs and learn how to draw the planetary glyphs.
  • Spot each of your planets in your chart and note which sign and house they are in. This goes into your notebook. Leave room under each entry to add more insights and data as you go along.
  • Add planetary themes and energies to your notebook, Pinterest astrology board or vision board.

Enjoy, and see you in the comments for Q & A.

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Aspect Patterns

aspectpattern1Hi everyone, there are a lot of beliefs floating around out there about what aspect patterns mean. Some definitions are misleading. I'm here to set a few things straight.

First up, aspect patterns are still just ASPECTS

Planets and points connected by mathematical degrees. And aspect pattern ties together three or more planets into a geometrical shape. They are CONNECTED to each other. Scripted to interact.

Remember:
Planets are energy - the actors.
Signs are expression - the costumes the actors wear.
Houses are environments - the stage on which the actor struts her stuff.
Aspects are the scripts - the dialog between actors who are connected.

Second point, think of aspects like table legs. If you pick up one leg of a table, all the others come up with it. In a T-Square aspect pattern between Moon, Venus and Mars, if you activate the Moon (pick up that leg of the table), Venus and Mars (the other table legs) ARE ACTIVATED TOO. This applies to all aspects, recognized patters or not. I learned this from the amazing astrologer, Richard Idemon.

Third, aspect pattern are neither good nor bad. They are energy, just as it is. How we utilize the energy is what matters.

Fourth, aspects patterns are not immutable fate. Even the YOD! They are the default. With awareness, you can used them for your own well being and abundance. They don't 'use' you, unless you let them.

Fifth, do consider the Ascendant and Midheaven in the aspect pattern, as long as you remember they are not planets/energies as such but modes of expression/environments. If the Asc is part of a T-Square, you will likely use it, or the Descendant, to express the two planets that are involved. The Asc becomes the conflict resolution or filter for the energy.

Summary: ANY aspect between two or more planets means they are scripted to dialog with each other. They are connected so that if one is active and 'doing something' the connected one wakes up too. They are partners, of sorts.

Let's look at some real life examples. I won't go through all the patterns as once you get the idea, you can work out the meaning yourself. I will cover three favorites of mine: the Grand Trine, T-Square and Yod.

I'm choosing examples that are famous and infamous, to give you contrast and bring home that the patterns don't mean 'good or bad', they are energy for use to put to use.

Aspect Patterns - the Grand Trine

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The Grand Trine consists of three or more planets trine to each other to form an equilateral triangle. The Trine aspect is 120 degrees of the circle, connecting planets and points of the same element. The orb (leeway) is 10-12 degrees. * NOTE 28 Aires is trine to 28 Leo Trine to 28 Saggo, Trine to 28 Aries creating a Grand Fire Trine, BUT, it might be 28 Aries, 3 virgo, 22 Saggo. Aspect patters that include different elements are said to be out of sign.*

People think the Grand Trine is all kinds of karmic money in the bank. They use words like lucky, fortuitous and abundant. If it's a Grand Fire Trine they are super creative visionaries, Grand Earth, incredible with money and finances, Grand Air Trine, eloquent writers and speakers, Grand Water Trine, sensitive, psychic healers. Lucky Lucky Lucky.

Sometimes this is absolutely true when the individual is raised with love and fostered to develop their many abilities. What the Grand Trine can also mean is THEIR vision of the world is so beautiful that the reality of their life is a devastating contrast that crushes them psychologically. It happens. Best leave the notions of luck and good karma out of the equation when reading a chart with a grand trine, until you sus what the client has 'done' with it. Trines are slippery slopes, and inherently lazy. There isn't much to get the energy moving, unless the person feels the ecstasy ... or agony of how it fits in their life. Mahatma Gandhi has a Grand Fire Trine and his creative vision and charisma changed the lives of millions of people.

But then there's Peter, Kürten, aka the Vampire of Düsseldorf, who was a serial murderer, rapists and, well, bad guy all around. Behold his beautiful Grand Earth Trine involving the Asc/Neptune, Uranus and the Moon. He used the energy in very macabre ways. He was the 3rd born in a poverty stricken family of 13 children where he witnessed his father beat and rape his mother and sister. I won't go on. Just imaging how this 'heaven on earth' grand trine, Neptune on the Asc, Venus ruled sensitive child handled it. No DoCS to the rescue. He would run away from home and be dragged back. The unfairness of the world would have been crippling psycholoically. And it was. He murdered his first victims when he was 9 years old. Kürten was executed on 2 July 1931 by guillotine in Cologne.

Not all Grand Trines are heavenly.

The point is we don't idealize aspect patterns. They aren't magical indications of greatness, or even difficulty. They show how planetary energies are connected. If you have a terrible home life like Kurten, and your Moon (home, mother family) is connected to Uranus (unusual, innovative, genius) connected to Neptune (longing for reunion with the divine/madness) on the Asc (outer expression) you might just find pleasure and nurturing in bizarre ways that control life (by taking it away).

Aspect Patterns - the YOD

The Yod aspect pattern is the name for an astrological aspect between three (or more) plants or points where two planets are 60 degrees sextile and both 150 degrees inconjunct (or quincunx) to a third. This is one of my favorite patterns, not just because I have two. They combine planets/energies that are a different modality, polarity and element. ie, nothing gets along easily, at first. Check out Will Smith's yod.

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With the Yod Aspect Pattern - Note WHERE the Finger is Pointing

In Will's case, it's to a 10th house Saturn. Ambitious man. REALLY ambitious, and competitive. It's where all the energy is headed, pulling from the fuel of Jupiter in the 3rd (words that impact LARGE arenas, and Neptune in the 5th, the illusion of the theater/creative drive, imaginations, deception (acting). There is contrast! Saturn is grounded in the real world. Jupiter is all about the vision. Neptune, the ideal. What Jupiter and Neptune 'see' is perfect, imagined without flaw. When it is manifested in reality, aka Saturn, the vision is no longer infinite and perfect. It becomes real, hence flawed. The only way to deal with this dichotomy is to find a balance. Allow both imagined perfection and 'reality' that falls short.

The cool thing about this Yod is that it pulls in Mercury by opposition, so will can achieve his ambition by LEARNING (Mercury). He actually says, 'I have a moderate amount of talent. But what I do know about is skill development. That's where I excel with ridiculous amounts of time/work.' He claims to have a 'sickening work ethic.' Can you see it? Can you imagine what he would do if he didn't have the creative outlet he has gained?

To sum it up, the Yod means that three or more planets are in dialog with each other and it's up to the pointing planet to harmonize the energy. It's called the finger of fate or God/gods because for most people this is a default. Wherever it sits in the chart, (what houses or areas of life are activated) describes where a pattern of behavior or external events occur. More on the YOD here ...

Aspect Patterns - the T-Square

In this aspect pattern, three or more planets (of or near the same modality) are 90 square each other and two, or more, are 180 opposition. The orb is 10 to 12 degrees. There is often tension, and contrast in this aspect, but it MOVES energy. There is a feeling of 'forced growth,' unlike the trine.

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We hear that T-Squares are trouble, right? Meet Oprah Winfrey, according to Wikipedia, the "Queen of All Media", the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America's first and only multi-billionaire of African/American descent. Several assessments regard her as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. Harvard!

Yes, she has a Grand Air Trine with an exalted Mercury trine Jupiter trine Neptune, but check out the T-Square. Mars square Pluto (god of war and god of death, opposite Mercury square Mars. That could be a whole lot of anger, aggression and darkness. She grew up in extreme poverty, born to a teenage single mom, was molested by family members from the age of 9 and had a baby who died shortly after birth when she was 14 ... but unlike Kurten, she didn't become the Vampire of Mississippi.

Whatever your feelings towards her, she overcame incredible adversity both personally and culturally, to be something 'more than' in the world. Note the Grand Air Trine (communication) is in Earth Houses (money, work, career). She was not lazy with this aspect pattern and the T-Square helped her there.

Focusing on the T-Square, the third house Mars can suggest anger/violence and square Pluto in the 12th can bring a whole collective of prejudices, race, gender, creed ...opposite that exalted Mercury. It's like she was a true alchemist, turning a mix of mud, s**t and old carcasses to gold.

When you look at the T-square, note the 'empty' leg (where if there WAS a planet there in Taurus, it would be a Fixed Grand Cross). T-Square people will often attract the empty leg in some way, in Oprah's case Taurean types people, or 9th house things, (like an honorary degree from Harvard!)

And below is the infamous Mata Hari. Her chart shows, like Ophra's, a Fixed T-Square and a Grand Trine, this one in the element of Water.

She was an exotic dancer and courtesan, convicted of spying for Germany in the first world war. The trial was over before it began, and she was executed by firing squad in France at age 41. The idea of an exotic dancer working as a lethal double agent using her powers of seduction to extract military secrets from her many lovers made Mata Hari an enduring archetype of the femme fatale ... I included her in the discussion to support idea that aspect patterns do not dictate a persons reality, but they fuel it in whatever direction we point.

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Here are more aspect patters to look at. Don't go nuts with them, but do familiarize yourself with the names and how they tie energy together.

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Check your chart for aspect patterns like the Grand Trine, T-Square, Grand Cross, Yod, Kite, etc. Explore the example charts too, if you like, or any family, friend, or celeb charts you have. If you can post the chart here, or link to it, all the better for discussion.

This is great practice in spotting aspects with your eye, a skill that will help you in chart reading as you connect with the geometry of the circle.

See you in the comments!

xxxKimmy

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Midpoint Magic

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Hi Everyone, it's Kim Falconer here with a tutorial on the very cool and useful midpoint magic.

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noun: midpoint; plural noun: midpoints; noun: mid-point; plural noun: mid-points
  1. the exact middle point.

The Midpoint Magic

Midpoints in astrology are the half-way points between two planets, points or angles in the horoscopic wheel or chart. (Like the half-way point between your Sun and Moon, or between your Ascendant and Mars.) The emphasis here is on wheel. Don't forget we are working with a 360 degree circle. It's simply geometry. Midpoints are going to be your friends, once you learn how to find them, and integrate the symbolic meaning. You'll also learn here how to find transiting midpoints and what they might mean. Let's get started!

Midpoints are plotted by finding the midway mark between two given planets or points.  Watch this 8 minute video  midpoint tutorial for the basics. Then we'll go through the steps, one by one.

 

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Youtube Midpoint Tutorial

Let's put the Midpoint Magic into practice.

If a person’s sun is 1 degree of Aries and their Venus is 1 degree of Leo, the Sun/Venus midpoint will fall in two opposing places: the nearer midpoint at 1 degree Gemini, and the farther midpoint directly opposite at 1 degree Sagittarius.

Because the horoscope is spherical (a wheel or circle with 360 degrees) and not a linear stack, there will always be two midpoints exactly 180 degrees apart for every combination of planets.  One will form a shorter arc and the other a longer one.  The shorter arc is generally considered stronger, though both are important.

Often it's not easy to see the midpoint at a glance and the quickest way of making an accurate list of them is to follow this simple formula:

FORMULA:  Reduce the planetary positions to their degrees of the circle, add them together and divide by two

Let me explain with an example:

To find the midpoint of natal Moon and Sun when the Moon is 15 degrees Aries 18 minutes and the Sun 27 degrees Scorpio 35 minutes, we reduced the Moon to 15.18 and the Sun to 237.35. Added together equals 252.53. Divide divided by 2 gives a far midpoint of 126.26 or 6 degrees Leo 26 minutes and a nearer midpoint of the exact opposite of 6 degrees Aquarius 26 minutes. The following list reinterprets the signs into degrees of the circle making it easy to convert the degrees of the signs into a degree of the circle, and then back again.

Aries                           0
Taurus                       30
Gemini                       60
Cancer                       90
Leo                           120
Virgo                        150
Libra                         180
Scorpio                     210
Sagittarius                 240
Capricorn                  270
Aquarius                    300
Pisces                        330

Practice finding the Midpoint magic in your chart

I'd love everyone to pull up there charts and find their Sun/Moon midpoint now, using this method. If you get stuck, give us a shout out, in the comments.

The midpoints are a blend of the two planets involved and their sign and house placement can indicate where and how that energy can best express. For example the Sun/Moon midpoint represents a merging of yin and yang, conscious and unconscious, male and female. Where this midpoint falls in the chart can represent marriage, creative genius AND practical application, friendship and love. When it is activated by transit (Uranus on Su/Mo for example) or by another person (someone's Venus on your Su/Mo) it can 'wake up' desires for balance, harmony, creative expression, nurturing and love combined. Make sense? Reinhold Ebertin has written extensively on midpoints. If you want to delve deeper, definitely start with The Combination of Stellar Influences.

The composite or ‘relationship’ horoscope is a chart derived from the midpoints between two natal charts 

See my article on Astro - Compatibility for more details

It can be drawn in different ways but basically it is a chart of the midpoints between two natal horoscopes (Person A’s Sun and Person B’s Sun, Person A's Moon and Person B's Moon etc). The new planetary positions are then plotted in a third chart created from a composite (midpoint) Ascendant and Midheaven.  Although the points do not represent any specific moment in time like a natal or even progressed chart does, it symbolically reflects the nature of the relationship, an entity unto itself. So if you work with composite charts, you are already using midpoints.

Homework for Midpoint Magic

    1. Find two midpoints in your natal chart, the Sun/Moon and the Venus/Jupiter. Plot them in your chart. You will now have FOUR new points in the chart involving two PAIRS of houses. Think about that this might mean in terms of Su/Mo- relationship, self-love, love, partnership, friendship, and Ve/Ju - Joy, happiness, expansion, abundance, core values.

Note if there are any planets conjunct these midpoints. What influence would that bring.

Note if there are any transits coming up to these midpoints.

2. Finally, pick two TRANSITING planets that interest you and find their midpoints. Where do those fall in your chart. For example, Mars at 6 Saggo and Saturn at 9 Saggo make the Ma/Sa midpoint 7.5 Saggo and 7.5 Gemini. That would be an area of YOUR chart where you are driving with the brakes on.

midpoints_astr_com-am3. When you get a handle on finding midpoints by hand, you can double check your work by clicking on your chart at Astro.com, then click Extended Chart Selection. From there, click on PULLEN/ASTROLOG and Aspects/midpoint grid chart.

Let me know what you discover, or if you need help with the maths.

This is an excellent tool for your astro-toolbox so I hope you all give it a go.

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Horary Astrology 101

Horary Astrology

Hi everyone, Kimmy here with one of my favorite applications  – the Horary Astrology Chart.

(If you have a strong horary question you want Kim to read, check out the options in the Astrology Shop.)

Horary Astrology is a deep and ancient practice, not learned in a single sitting, so don’t panic if you feel lost in places. This tutorial is to help you understand what Horary Astrology is, how it works and some of the rules to reading these incredibly insightful charts. If you’re interested in learning more, it’s a lifetime’s study, and very rewarding.

Horary comes from the Greek hora or “hourly”, the root used in words like horoscope and horometry – art of the measurement of time.

The first step in understanding horary astrology is to consider what the astrological chart is: a moment of time depicted in symbolic form. This horo-scope (looking at the hour) can be cast for a person, place or thing. In the case of Horary, it is the chart of a QUESTION and in the chart of the question is always the answer.

How does that work?

Because like attracts like, whatever is ‘born’ at a certain moment in time has a relationship to that moment’s energy signature. In other words, it is a reflection or ‘trail’ of the energy. Note: The chart reflects the natural expression of a person, place or thing, not the other way around.  So, I’m not communicative because I was born with the sun Gemini. I was born with Sun and Mercury in Gemini because I am communicative.

In the case of the Horary chart, we can see this link very clearly. Question and answer, like two sides to the same coin, are contained in the energy of the moment it is asked. That energy is symbolized by the astrological chart. Have a burning question? When it’s ripe, you ask it, wording it clearly, and create a chart for that date, time and place. If a client asks the question, you do a chart for the moment you HEAR it (or read it in an email) and set the PLACE for THEIR location. That’s the horary chart set up, plain and simple.

Now comes the complexities. There are strict rules about reading a horary chart, the most important being, you can’t ask the same question twice (it’s like tarot in this instance) unless something major has changed in the situation.

The next three rules you can commit to memory. They determine if the chart of your questions is “Radical and fit to read.” Using the chart above as the example, let’s see if it’s readable as a Horary Chart:

  1. You must have more than 3 degrees and less than 27 degrees on the Ascendant? Check. (If there are less than three degrees, we say, “It’s too soon to tell.” If More than 27 degrees, “It’s too late to tell.” There are exceptions, but learn this rule first.
  2. The moon must be applying to one or more planets (ie NOT Void of Course). If VOC, the answer is immediate, “Nothing to worry about, or nothing will come of the question.” Because there are no applying aspects, no action will follow.
  3. Saturn is NOT in the 7th house (if so, there is something wrong with the question, timing or astrologer).

Follow along with me and let’s check the example chart.

1) 7 degrees on the Asc – CHECK.

2) Moon applying to Mars and the Sun, CHECK.

3) Saturn is not in the 7th, CHECK.

We are good to go.

Now, to the question. Let’s say this question was from a client who had lost there cat. They asked “Where is my missing cat?” You want to phrase the question as specifically as possible. Vague questions yield vague answers, so make them tight. If someone is asking you face to face or in real time, dialog with them until it’s as specific as possible.

With horary, you need to know, or look up, your rulerships. With missing possessions, we focus on the 2nd house (the house of ‘movable things’), and for a missing pet, we focus on the 6th house. That means we check the ruler of the 6th, the co-ruler Moon, the natural ruler Mercury and the dispositor of the Part of Fortune. If any of these are angular (in houses 1, 4, 7, or 10) the missing kitty is near the home or where she ‘ought’ to be. In this case, the dispositor of the POF is Mercury, and Mercury itself (natural ruler of the 6th) is in the 10th house so the animal isn’t so much lost/stolen but has hidden herself. (When I drew up this chart, I did ask the question, “Where is Ra?” my cat, who wasn’t in any of the usual places.)

Finding the cat

In horary charts, where you find the planet that rules the question, you find the answer, or missing putty-tat. In this case Jupiter traditionally rules Pisces, found on the 6th house cusp. Jupiter is in the 11th house, so I take the directions of the compass as it related to the chart (where the 1st house is East and the 10th is South) and go to the SSE area of the home/yard (the 11th house ids SSE). Kitty will be in that quadrant. Then I look South by West (for Virgo) and ground level for Earth signs. Because Jupiter is near a cusp, we know to look near a gate, door or window. Again,my kit isn’t actually missing, but I have no idea where he is right now. Hang tight while I go look specifically where the chart has indicated.

Ta-Da! Okay, sure enough, Ra was asleep on a pile of leaves on the ground, in the SSE quadrant of the yard, SSW corner, of that quadrant, tucked up next to the gate post – hidden from view and slightly annoyed at being awakened.

Usually, if the pet is missing, you won’t find indicators that place them in the home, like this example, but ask Mystic about it. I have ‘found’ her missing cat on more than a few occasions. There are ways to work out how many miles/KM they are from the last known whereabouts, if another person has them etc etc.

Example Horary Astrology Questions

Another example, and common question for horary is, “Will this relationship be the one?”

To answer this questions, after you check the first three indicators, you look to the relationship between the ruler of the 1st (the person asking the questions) and the ruler of the 7th (the ‘other’). If there is no applying aspect, not much is connecting them, but we also check the co-ruler moon (the moon is always the co-ruler of any question) and if there is an aspect between moon and the rulers of the questions, you have a bond, of some kind. In this example case, it’s not ideal, unless you like to be challenged!

screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-1-57-48-pmThe rulers of the Asc and 7th houses are Mars and Venus. Venus is applying to a square, but, you have to check if she will complete the square before Mars changes signs. We do that by checking the ephemeris. And, no. Mars moves out of sign before Venus can complete the exact square. We can’t count it.

But, we have the co-ruler moon making a square from Aquarius, and the moon will complete the aspect before Mars moves even a degree. We can say, just from this, that the relationship is intense, challenging, possibly compulsive, and may not be headed in the direction the client wants it to go. But if both people have a strong Mars/Aries, like their connections with a bit of clash, it can be great. It’s not everyone’s favorite though. Both rulers (Venus and Mars) are angular so no ones backing down here. To know how the client feels about the outcome, we check the final aspect of the moon before she goes VOC. In this case, it’s inconjunct (150 degrees) to the Sun, suggesting things take a sudden and different turn, a detour. A third person could be involved. (perhaps there is a child, aging parent or ex to consider).

To know what underlying emotion triggered the question, look to the moons previous conjunction, no matter how far back you have to go. In the example chart, that previous conjunction of the moon was Pluto in the third (and here I am teaching (3rd house) occult material (Pluto)) Cool, right?

For more overview of Horary Astrology and the law of attraction, listen in to the first 10 minute of this GVA recording.

Horary Astrology 101 Summary

Through the positions of the planets, the question, it’s background, and where the energy is currently headed is fully described. It works like this:

Everything is energy.

Energy vibrates.

The signature of the vibration is a perfect match to the moment of ‘birth’ be it a person, business, relationship or idea.

Basically, the symbolism in the chart reflects the energy of the manifestation, and we can learn how to ‘read’ that energy, via the horoscope. Reading the Horary chart is less interpretive than it sounds. There are ancient, and very specific rules to the craft. Learn them, and you’ll be amazed at the information embedded in a single moment of time.

If you want to pursue this branch of astrology, find yourself a copy of the master, Ivy Goldstein Jacobson. If you have a question or want to play with ‘turning the chart’ let’s do that here with this example. (Turning the Wheel: This is where you want to know, for example, about your daughter’s relationships and we turn the chart to put the 5th house (children) on the Asc, which makes the 11th house the new 7th. Better news for this “daughter” and her BF as Saturn (ruler of the new Asc) is trine the sun by sign, (ruler of the new 7th) but out of orb. The co-ruler moon is inconjunct, meaning there is a strain, or consideration from a 3rd party … Maybe the inquiring mother?) Fun stuff!

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