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Translating and Collecting the Lights

translating and collecting the lights Phillip Leslie Hale
Girls in the Sunlight by Phillip Leslie Hale

If you've been exploring astrology for a while, you might have come across two terms: Translating and Collecting the Lights. Let's look at the definitions and see how we use these aspect techniques in chart interpretations, and to amp up your manifesting practice.

Translating and Collecting the Lights Definitions

William Lilly, one of the most influential astrologer of the 17th Century, literally wrote the book on this, translating from ancient Islamic and the works of Al-Qabisi, astrologer and mathematician who wrote and taught from 930 - 967 approximately.  The Islamic astrologers made great advances in astrology while the art/science when underground in Europe for centuries. Lilly focused on all aspects of astrology in his translations, but is  best known today for his work in Horary. His definitions of translating and collecting the lights are actually really helpful.

Translation of Lights

Translation of light... is when a light* Planet separates from a more weighty* one, and presently joins to another more heavy... --Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.111

In modern terms, this is when a faster-moving planet (like the moon, sun, Mercury) separates from an aspect to a slower-moving planet. Let's use the example Chart A below to demonstrate. The faster moving planet is the Moon. She makes a trine to Venus and immediately applies to Saturn and then Pluto and then the South Node. This happens while still within orb of the planets she separates from.

Collection of Lights

...When as the two principall Significators doe not behold one another, but both cast their severall Aspects to a more weighty* Planet than themselves... --Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.126

In modern terms, think of it as two planets not in aspect to each other but both applying to a third planet. The third planet collects their lights creating a relationship between them that was not obvious by major aspect. See the sample Chart B.

Practical Application of Translating and Collecting the Lights

MG_2601.gluten-free-fudge.brownies.ingredientsWhat translating and collecting the lights means in the natal chart is a blending of energies that otherwise wouldn't be connected, or connected in such a strong way.

Think of it as making a cake. In the bowl, you have butter, sugar, chocolate and eggs, all in separate lumps. Then in comes the spoon, the planet translating or collecting, and the separate energies are mixed. Suddenly, you have a blend.

The moon, being so fast moving, translates the lights often, and we will see more of it in 2019. Check out how this looks via the astro clock - Chart Example  A.Frosted-Brownies-photo-picture-recipe-1

Translation of Lights Example

In chart example A, we see the Translation of Lights. The Moon in Taurus trines Venus, then Saturn, then Pluto and then the S Node, bringing these energies together as if in exact orb of conjunction. On this day, whatever you have in Earth signs, or what houses are involved, will carry this blend of relationship (Venus), strength/pruning/culling (Saturn) complete transformation (Pluto) and blast from the past (South Node). The house(s) in the natal chart with 9° to 26° Capricorn are the focus in this case.

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Example Chart A - Moon Translating the Lights

Collection of Lights

Below, in Example B, we see that the rulers of the 9th and 11th houses (Moon and Mars) do not form a major aspect - conjunction, sextile, square, opposition or trine. The 30° semi-sextile isn't major, and it is separating in any case, not inadmissible in Horary Astrology. Only aspects the Moon applies to counts there. But, look how Jupiter collects the lights. He pulls Mars into an applying square, and the moon into an applying trine. This creates a relationship between Moon and Mars, via a 'third party'.

Lilly puts it like this:

As many times you see two fall at variance, and of themselves cannot think of any way of accommodation, when suddenly a neighbour or friend accidentally reconciles all differences, to the content of both parties: And this is called Collection. -Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.126

Jupiter collects the lights of Moon and Mars, bringing them together.
Jupiter collects the lights of Moon and Mars, bringing them together.

Leveraging the Translation and Collection of Lights

If you find this translation or collection of lights by aspect, know that it is a time where planets that seem unconnected are actually working together in powerful ways. You can leverage that energy by looking at the focus in your own natal chart, or the chart of clients.

If you the Translation or Collection of lights in your natal chart, you can 'count' on a stronger relationship between the planets involved. This might lead you to better understand of dichotomies or contrast in your chart, or to the discovery of core values you didn't know you had.

If Example Chart B were a natal chart, we would say that contrast between moon and Mars (at variance) can be solved by activating Jupiter, the planet collecting the lights. Perhaps heated emotions (moon/Mar) are harmonized by honoring the core values of Jupiter in Libra - equal relationships, travel with a friend, study buddies, sharing talents and resources, being magnanimous, shared, refined settings.

To explore this further, jump in on the comments or GVA Members, meet us in the Forum.

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Light* planets are inner, faster moving to the weightier* planet as in Mercury is light compared to Saturn, Saturn is lighter compared to Pluto.


Sextiles 101

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Sextiles fall 60 degrees apart. This example chart has 6 sextiles forming the Star of David or Seal of Solomon as it is known in esoteric astrology. You don't see it often, and it requires a Splash chart pattern, and two grand trines, but it is quite a delight for those born July 29/30, 2013, and other years, of course.

Welcome to Sextiles 101. You'll find this the second post and our Aspects 101 Series. Over the course of these posts, we cover major and minor aspects, the angles formed between planets.

Let's get started.

Sextiles 101 - What are they?

First of all, a sextile represents two or more planets 60° apart. If you have the Sun at 2° Libra and Saturn at 2° Leo or 2° Sagittarius, the sun sextiles Saturn. But, that's not all. There is, as with all aspects, a degree of 'orb'.

What is the orb for Sextiles?

Orb of aspect for Conjunctions plus
Orbs for Conjunctions and other aspects, minor and major.

Understand, an orb represents the degrees allowed for the aspect to 'work'. In the case of the sextile, the orb may be tight - 5° either side. Or, it may be wider, 8° either side for the *luminaries.

In the example above above showing the Star of David pattern, all the sextiles fall into a tight orb, within 1-4°s. But if Pluto was 28° Sagittarius, it would still be sextile to Neptune at 2° Pisces because it is within 4° orb.

Take a look at my settings for the aspects in my Io Time Cycles Software program. You can see the orbs are adjustable, and I like them wide, especially if the luminaries are involved.

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Aspectarian for the sample, Star of David, chart above.

The Key to Understanding any Aspect

Richard Idemon taught that the aspects are like table legs. Pick one 'leg' up and all the other legs of the table will follow. No exceptions. In this example, if you feel something on an emotional level (the moon) you will automatically awaken the sensitivity and nebulousness of Neptune and the call to adventure of Jupiter as both are sextile the moon. You can not do one without the others when they link by aspect, even if that means expressing one quality and pushing the other down into the unconscious. (not the best solution in the long run)

Finding the Sextiles

As you practice looking at a variety of charts, your eye will learn to pick up sextiles easily. Even the out-of-sign ones. If you create charts without the 'lines' drawn in the middle, you will learn to see the aspects faster, without relying on the crutch, which doesn't let you practice seeing the chart. Meanwhile, you can double check with the aspectarian, the graph that comes with the natal chart. It shows us how all the planets and points are connected by aspect via symbol. Here is the aspectarian for the example chart.

What does the Sextile Mean?

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Watercolor by Itzchak Tarkay

Now, let's explore the meaning of sextile. This aspect links two or more planets or points that fall between 60°s plus or minus 5-8°s either side. The popular keyword for the sextile is “opportunity”. This comes from the positive nature of the aspect that usually links signs that fall in the same polarity,Earth & Water or Fire & Air. Sextiles also require us to be alert. An opportunity may arise between planets in sextile although we have to utilize it in some way. Even though sextiles represent cooperation and empathy, the nature of the planets involved must be considered as well as the individuals unique way of expressing them together.

If Mars is in a sextile aspect to Pluto, it does not automatically imply that one has transformed their primitive assertive drives in such a way that they are strong yet sensitive, powerful but not dominating. It may just as likely indicate that when they feel assertive or takes action (Mars) they also feel the power of the primeval world move through them in an wave of dramatic and life changing energy (Pluto). It is important to acknowledge the role of the sextile to bring planets together for a single purpose or cause. We decide how that combined energy will express.

Forget about Easy or Hard

Straight away, let's drop the value judgments around the aspects. Sextiles make life neither good nor bad, easy or hard. What they do is link them together for potential opportunity.

Furthermore, the aspect's expression isn't set in stone. It changes as we evolve. A child with Mars sextile Pluto may find their parents strict, controlling, scary at times. As they mature, they might experience the Pluto drive for power and control as bullying at school or, conversely, a charismatic blessing. Eventually, they can become both the Sun and Pluto, taking responsibility for their own power and drives, using the strength to bring fulfillment to themselves and others.

Dalia-LamaThe Questions to Ask of the Sextile - An Example Chart

The above chart of the Dali Lama has multiple sextiles. See if you can identify them all by looking at the chart first before checking the aspectarian.

If we take just Sun sextile Neptune, we can ask, do they have compatible desires?  What happens when these table legs come up? The sun wants to shine, to be seen as distinct, lighting things up via the sign and house it is in. In this case, in Cancer, nurturing, empathic, creative and fiercely protective of loved ones in the house of Spirit, compassion and inner journeys. This is sextile to Neptune, ruler of the 12th and connection to the divine.

We all can't be the Dali Lama (or can we?) but what better way to express these energies than being a spiritual leader.

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Mahatma Gandhi with Sun in the 12th sextile Saturn and opposite Neptune.

Compare with Mahatma Gandhi who had Sun in the 12th house opposite Neptune in the 6th.

Working with Contrast

If there are contrasting drives and goals in sextile to each other, instead of honoring one of the planets and resisting or repressing the other - instead of making it either/or - you engage with and/AND. Instead of creativity (Sun) or spirituality (Neptune), find creativity AND spirituality. If you are thinking partnered or serving others, play with the idea of partnered AND serving others.

The bottom line is, if you think it’s either/or, it will be, so use your awareness to pave new thoughts with and/AND. Freedom AND commitment. Money AND soul. Dream Job AND independence. Security AND love. Accomplishment AND spiritual life. Power AND creativity.

Summary

To conclude, a sextile 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 planet wakes up too. They are partners, of sorts, always. Finding the And/and to the sextiles in your chart can harmonize your desires, smooth out any kinks in your vibe and launch new successes, over and over again.

Try it!

Also, if you missed our first call in the Doorways to Manifesting Series, you can listen to it here:

Doorways to Manifesting - leveraging the contrast in your chart.

Comments on the Fourm and example charts in the Chart Gallery.

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Notes

* Luminary refers to the sun and/or moon.

* Basic Rules:
Planets
are energy – the actors. They show us WHAT is acting.
Signs are expression – the costumes the actors wear. They show HOW the actors move.
Houses are environments – the stage on which the actor struts her stuff. They show WHERE the action is.
Aspects are the scripts – the dialog between actors who are connected. They show WHY the actors are attracted to each other.

*What Activates Aspects in the Natal Chart

Three things will activate any aspects in the chart: time, place and people. Think of it like this:

Time - Transits to the conjunctions

Place - Relocation or Astre*Carto*Graphy

People - Synastry, as when another person's planet acts like a transit to yours.

The Major Aspects Symbols and Key Words

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Find out more about Aspect Patterns - a pattern that ties together three or more planets into a geometrical shape. They are CONNECTED to each other. Scripted to interact.

Comments welcome, or join us on the GVA forum.


Aspectarian for finding the conjunctions

Conjunctions 101

The Dinner Party by Veronica Holland
The Dinner Party by Veronica Holland

Conjunctions 101 is the first post and our Aspects 101 Series. Over the course of these posts, we will cover all the major aspects, the angular relationships between planets and points used in astrology. Then, we'll go on to explore the minor ones. No stone left unturned. We're going to walk through this study step by step.

Let's get started.

Conjunctions 101 - What are they?

First of all, a conjunction represents two or more* planets in the same place. If you have the Sun at 2 Libra and Saturn at 2 Libra, they are conjunct. But, that's not all. There is, as with all aspects, a degree of 'orb'.

What is the orb for conjunctions?

Orb of aspect for Conjunctions plus
Orbs for Conjunctions and other aspects, minor and major.

Technically, an orb shows the distance in degrees allowed for the aspect. In the case of the conjunction, the orb may be tight - 8 degrees either side. Or, it may be wide, 10 to 12 degrees apart.

In the example above, the conjunction is exact. Both sit at 2 degrees Libra. But what if the Sun was 26 Virgo and Saturn 2 Libra? Is it still a conjunction?

Yes! They are only 8 degrees apart and fall within the orb of a conjunction.

Also, an interesting fact, in ancient times, astrologers only considered same sign aspects. They would not call the Sun in Virgo and Saturn in Libra a conjunction, even if they were only 1 degree apart.

But now, we have refined the process. Take a look at my settings for the aspects in my Io Software program. You can see the orbs are adjustable, and I like them wide.

Aspectarian for finding the conjunctionsThe Key to Understanding any Aspect

Remember this: aspects are like table legs. Pick one up and they all will follow. No exceptions. In this example, if you seek to shine as an individual (Sun) you will automatically awaken the containment or authority of Saturn. You can not do one without the others when they link by aspect, even if that means expressing one and pushing the other down into the unconscious.

Finding the Conjunctions

As you practice looking at a variety of charts, your eye will learn to pick up conjunctions easily. Even the out of sign ones. Meanwhile, you can double check with the aspectarian, the graph that shows us how all the planets and points are connected. Here is the aspectarian for the example chart.

What does the Conjunction Mean?

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Painting by Andrea Kowch - like a conjunction, sitting side by side but having different desires.

Now, let's explore the meaning of conjunctions. This aspect links two or more planets or points that fall between 0 to a 10+ degrees of each other.  They sit next to each other at the same table.  Sometimes, they site in each other's laps!

A planet conjunct another planet or angle in the chart unites the energies* of the bodies involved. It brings them together in such a way that it may be difficult to distinguish one from the other.  They can become like Siamese twins, distinct drives yet forever joined.

Are Conjunctions Easy or Hard?

Straight away, let's drop the value judgments around the aspects. Conjunctions make life neither good nor bad, easy or hard. What they do is connect.

Furthermore, the aspect's expression isn't set in stone. It changes as we evolve. A child with Sun conjunct Saturn my find their parents strict, controlling. As they mature, they might experience the Saturn drive for self-sufficiency and accomplishment as a taskmaster at school or a other authority figure. Eventually, they can become both the Sun and Saturn, taking responsibility for their own creative expression.

The Questions to Ask of the Conjunctions - An Example Chart

Conjunctions_ExampleThis is a chart of a woman with multiple conjunctions in the same sign (Libra) and mixed signs (Virgo and Libra) in the same house. We call either combination a *stellium and it indicates a concentration of focus. FIY, she is a couples counselor by profession. Can you spot all the conjunctions in this chart before reading on? Stop now, and give it a go.

Did you get them all? Check the aspectarian above to be sure, but in the 7th house alone, Moon is conjunct Mercury (out of sign). Also, Venus, Venus, Sun, Saturn and Pluto are conjunct within 10 degrees.

If we take just Sun and Saturn, we can ask, do they have compatible desires?  Sun in Libra has qualities of poise, artistic appreciation and the drive to connect.  Conjunct Venus augments those desires, but Saturn in Libra adds something else. Saturn's desire for autonomy can clash with the Sun who wants to bask not only in her own light but the light of others. Saturn may prefer to be alone, or, in the search for the 'perfect' partner throw out other counter-intentions. Is anyone good enough, for example...

Because this conjunction brings together different desires, it can seem like insurmountable contrast.

Working with Contrast

The first thing to do when faced with contrasting drives and goals is to give yourself credit. You are aware of it.

Second, instead of honoring one of the planets and resisting or repressing the other - instead of making it either/or -  you engage with and/AND. Instead of creativity (Sun) or work (Saturn), find creativity AND work. If you are thinking partnered or self-sufficient, play with the idea of partnered AND self-sufficient.

The bottom line is, if you think it’s either/or, it will be, so use your awareness to pave new thoughts with and/AND. Freedom AND commitment. Money AND soul. Dream Job AND independence. Security AND love. Accomplishment AND spiritual life. Power AND creativity.

Summary

To conclude, a conjunction 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, always. Finding the And/and to the conjunctions in your chart can harmonize your desires, bringing pure magic to your manifesting.

Try it!

Also, is you missed our first call in the Doorways to Manifesting Series, you can listen to it here:

Doorways to Manifesting -  leveraging the contrast in your chart.

Comments on the Fourm and example charts in the Chart Gallery.

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 Notes

* A group of four (sometimes considered five) or more planets in a given sign or house is called a stellium.

* Basic Rules:
Planets
are energy – the actors. They show us WHAT is acting.
Signs are expression – the costumes the actors wear. They show HOW the actors move.
Houses are environments – the stage on which the actor struts her stuff. They show WHERE the action is.
Aspects are the scripts – the dialog between actors who are connected. They show WHY the actors are attracted to each other.

*What Activates Conjunctions

Three things will activate any aspects in the chart: time, place and people. Think of it like this:

Time - Transits to the conjunctions

Place - Relocation or Astre*Carto*Graphy

People - Synastry, as when another person's planet acts like a transit to yours.

The Major Aspects Symbols and Key Words

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Find out more about Aspect Patterns - a pattern that ties together three or more planets into a geometrical shape. They are CONNECTED to each other. Scripted to interact.

Comments welcome, or join us on the GVA forum.


What the YOD?

YOD Example
Here the YOD is Moon (150 degree inconjunct) Saturn (60 degree sextile) Mars (150 degree incojunct) Moon.

The YOD aka Finger of God aka Finger of Fate

First know the YOD aspect pattern consists of two planets sextile each other and inconjunct (150 degrees) to a third planet sitting on the inverse midpoint. If you connect the dots, you come up with a lovely isosceles triangle. AKA YOD or Finger of Fate/God.

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Check the examples to the left. The RED lines represent the inconjunct / quincunx (150 degree apart) and the green lines represents the sextile (60 degree apart). You can check your natal chart right now. If you have two (or more in some cases) planets 60 degrees apart AND 150 degrees to a singular third planet, bingo, you have a YOD.

The feature image above shows off the transiting YOD in late November 2018, perfected when the Moon reaches 7 degrees of Leo.

Remember, there are a lot of other chart patterns every bit as exciting as the Yod. For example the grand trine, which is three planets in the trine aspect of 120 degrees, (green lines) or squares and oppositions (red line).

How to read the YOD

So, what does the YOD mean? Here we can review the basic tenants of astrology to unravel it:

  • Planets are the actors
  • Signs are the costumes they wear
  • Houses are the stage or sets they act on
  • Aspects are the scripts/dialog the actors have with each other.

No matter what aspect, a dialog forms between the planets involved. The planets connect, like table legs (as Richard Idemon would say). Pick one up and anything in aspect comes up with it. In other words if you have Moon sextile Mars and get emotional, Mars energy will be there instantly. You may want to stand your ground or fight or take charge. The reverse is true too. If you take charge or get in a fight you might feel very deeply. Battle might be nurturing to you!  With the YOD, you'll find three planets connected, scripted to interact. Interestingly, they will all be a different element and a different modality. It's often not a comfortable match, to start with.

YOD Examples

Let's imagine Mercury sextiles Mars and they are both inconjunct Neptune. If you activate Mercury by communicating, you automatically wake up the other two planets. The energy of Mercury sweeps along to Mars (action) and shoots toward Neptune to express. Ideally, the apex planet channels the energy of the other two.

How might this work out in real life? Let's say you're on a date and Mercury is talking, connecting and asking questions, having a great time. But doing so wakes up assertive go-getter Mars  who wants 'a little less conversation; a little more action'. Mars gets bored and pushes in. At this point the dialog might turn to adventure, MMA, sports or stories about all the amazing things you've done. While that's going on, mystical Neptune stirs. Now things get dreamy, the wine flows and all the talk is about meditation, art, film or higher guidance. This can lead to a tug-o-war over who gets to express. It's a big job for the apex planet to orchestrate it all. A first date might have trouble handling it all.

Summary

To sum it up, the Yod means three, or more, of your planets are in dialog with each other and it's up to the apex planet to harmonize and express the energy. It's called the finger of fate or God because without awareness, and experience, it can be a source or contrast and challenge. Wherever it sits in the chart, (what houses or areas of life are activated) describes where a pattern of behavior or external events occur.

But 'fate' doesn't control you. Your thoughts do. Through awareness, you can learn to turn your YOD to gold.

Members, if you want to chat about your YOD on the forum, I've just made a new thread there.

I'd love to hear how you handle your natal and transiting YODS.


Abundance Through Astrology Prep

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For all interested in taking the Abundance through Astrology, listen in here!

Members can join us on the forum for links to calls, Q & A and discussions.

But first, let's prep for the course by understanding the relationship between joy and abundance and how to boost our joy level by nurturing our natal Jupiter. In the recording below, Jeannette takes us through it, step by step.

Jupiter and Joy

Joy and happiness go together with health and wealth and the first place we're going to connect with this idea is through our natal Jupiter placement. So lets all dust off our charts and find Jupiter by house, sign and aspect. If your not sure how, please put your hand up in the comments and we can walk you through it.

Example Charts

On the recording, Jeannette has four great example charts.

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Guillaume

Fred

Ellen

If you want to use your chart as an example here, post in the comments.

Diving Deeper into Jupiter Abundance

Here's our Astrology for Deliberate Creators talk on all things Jupiter if you want to go further.

Jeannette and Kim discuss scripting in various forms and how focusing on Jupiter, planet of plenty, can boost awareness, confidence and enthusiasm, making those scripts ring true. It is a way to open doors to abundance, and fast!

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Astrology, Karma and the Law of Attraction

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How the past can unlock your future ….

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What is the Karma Course?

The Karma Course delves into the aspects of your birth chart, along with your sign and house placements, to help unlock mysteries and patterns from the past. References on these philosophies include ancient cultural and religious beliefs, along with contemporary speakers on the subject like Bashar, Abraham-Hicks, Deepak Chopra, and astrologers who work with past lives and karma, including Howard Sasportas, Judy Hall, Isabel Hickey and Edgar Cayce.

The goal is to reveal the core meaning of karma, not as retribution or ‘pay back’ but as synchronicity, an alignment. By understanding the continuity of spirit, and why we have certain patterns and contrasts in our lives, we can learn to change what we don't want, consciously. Right here. Right now.

Karma Course Topics

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Ideas of Reincarnation and Past Lives

Astrology as a Past Life Clock looking at:

  • the Sun and Moon
  • Lunar Nodes
  • 12th houses
  • Saturn
  • Conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines and oppositions
  • Synastry and Karma
  • Location and Karma
  • Asteroid 3811 and Karma
  • Transits and Progressions

Turning Contrast into Gold

Prerequisites for the Karma Course

You'll receive the most out of the Karma Course if you have a familiarity with the basic building blocks of astrology – the signs, planets, houses and aspects – and how they relate to the law of attraction. If you aren’t confident in these areas, please take our complementary course  #1 Essential Astrology and Law of Attraction .

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The Draconic Zodiac

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Hi Everyone, this is one of my favorite astro-techniques, straight from ancient times!

Welcome to the world of the Draconic Zodiac

Get ready to be blown away because this is a rich and magical aspect of astrology. Not many astrologers use it in modern times, but I find it extremely valuable.

The word ‘Draconic’ is from the Latin ‘ draconem’ (nom. draco) “serpent, dragon,” from the Greek drakon (gen. drakontos) meaning “serpent, seafish.” In astrology, the Caput Draconis is the ‘Dragon’s head’ or North Lunar Node and the Cauda Draconis is the ‘Dragon’s tail’ or South Lunar Node. The Draconic chart, or Draco/Draconic Zodiac then, is another reference system for plotting the chart but instead of starting 0 degrees Aries at the vernal equinox as the familiar Tropical Zodiac does (the one we use in Western Astrology and is calculated at astro.com etc), The Draco Chart begins 0 Aries at the Moon’s North Node.

Simplified Draconic Zodiac

Hang on! It’s not a complex as it sounds!

It just means that instead of the node being at the particular degree you’re accustomed to seeing it, it is ‘dialed back’ to 0 degrees of Aries. The planets all stay in the same houses and have the same angular relationship (aspects) to each other as in the tropical zodiac (T) charts but the signs and degrees are altered. Here is an example.

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Tropical Zodiac transit chart for December 6, 2007. Notice that the North Lunar Node is at 1 degree Pisces 27′ Rx:

Read this to create your Draconic chart by hand

This will help you fully understand how this ‘other zodiac’ is determined. Or skip on to the next Para if you simply want to trust the ancients philosophy here.

To find YOUR Draconic chart, you can subtract the North Node in degrees of longitude from 360 and and add the difference to all the planets and house cusps. In the case above, the North node is 1 Pi 27 which (rounded) translates into 331 degrees of absolute longitude.

Subtract that from the full circle, [360-331=29]. Add [29] degrees to every planet, point and angle and you have the Draconic coordinates. For example, the Sun in the tropical chart above is 13 degrees Sagittarius. We add [29] degrees to it [13 Sag + 29 = 42 (-30) or 12 degrees of Capricorn.

Read Below to get the Computer Version

For those not wanting to learn the basis for this zodiac yet, you can go Astro.com and choose Extended Chart Selection, then click the Natal Chart drop-down option and click Draconic Chart.

Draconic Zosiac on Astro.com

Below is the Draconic Chart for the exact same moment as the tropical zodiac chart above. All the planets are in the same position by house and aspect but the signs have shifted the exact number of degrees the North Nodes was away from 0 Aries.

draconic Zodiac chart 1aHow do we read the Draco Zodiac Chart?

Like the North Node, the Draconic chart says something about where we are headed, if we chose to reach out, and also like the South Node, it says something about where we have been, what’s comforting, familiar and secure. Some think of the Draco chart as as the “purpose” behind the soul’s intention and link it to a sense of destiny or fate.

Soul Layers

I like to think of the natal Draconic chart as a layer of “soul fabric” that lies underneath the outward personality. You can’t see it unless you look deep. Like the silk lining of a jacket, we never think about it being there and it never fully shows, yet it is a substance that makes the wearing of the coat more comfortable—a better fit—and when the breeze flips up an edge and we get a glimpse of that contrasting color and silky texture, we go “ahhh”.

The Draconic chart is something like that.

In this metaphor there is no “blending.” The Draconic chart is not woven into the natal chart like a tweed. It is the satin underneath, distinct and of its own, usually different, nature.

When the Draconic and Tropical Charts align

If you were born in 1950, 1969, 1987, 2006, check that your Node is exactly 0 Aries. If so, then your Tropical and Draconic charts will be identical, suggesting that your soul fabric is a perfect match to this lifetime’s expression.

Consider the Draconic chart and it’s relationship to the NODES. In the Draco system, the North Lunar Node is ALWAYS Zero Aries and the South Lunar Node is always 0 Libra. This is a major hint as to the meaning and purpose of the chart.

The Nodes

The Nodes, which have so much to do with unconscious patterns from the past and new conscious directions towards the future, are the points in the chart that say “This is where you have been and what is comfortable (South) and this is what you can experience if you reach out into the new and unexplored (North). Life is a balance between the two and the Draconic chart resonates with this theme—where we’ve been and where we are going. Remember, everyone has the SAME nodes in their Draco Chart. That is a KEY to understanding the principles at work.

To top it off, the Lunar Nodes in the Draconic chart are ALWAYS on the Zero degree Aries point! Talk about destiny meeting intention! (North Node on the AP)

Working with the Draconic  Zodiac Chart

North Node as the first degree of Aries, suggests how our “will to be”, or sense of I AM, moves out from the subjective and into manifest reality. The Node here gives everyone an incredible sense of self-assertion and WILL to move forward, IF they choose to develop it.

South Node as the first degree of Libra says, “I relate”, showing how our drive to interact with others in socially significant ways moves from our inner world and out towards other individuals. Because it is “from the past” it can indicate a feeling of too much reliance on “what others think” or letting others do things for us, or even run our lives. In this Libra – Aries polarity we have to make our own decisions and find how growth comes form our own experiences and adds to our capacity to relate.

In the Draco chart, there is no “sitting on the fence” or hesitating about “what to do” if we want to seek our destiny, and any aspects to the natal chart can be quite instructional. Remember, the ONLY thing different in the Draco chart is the signs of the house cusps and the signs of the planets. This tells us about an underlying orientation that we have, but may not always see.

Working with the Draconic Zodiac

There are two main ways to work with the Draconic Natal Chart. It can be read as a stand alone, checking the difference between the orientation of the signs (element, polarity and modality) in the natal chart, and it can also be read in aspect to the natal chart. The fist technique is works best if you compare the two Zodiacs planet by planet, cusp by cusp. For example if the Natal chart has the sun at 2 degrees of Gemini in the 10th house, we might say there is a need to communicate widely and knowledgeably in ones chosen profession–to feel distinct, this person needs to shine before the public in a sharp, dynamic, witty way. If the Draconic sun is there (it will always have the same house position and aspects) in the sign of Capricorn, there may be an underlying need for that public recognition to reap tangible results–something Gemini alone is not too concerned with. It also amps ambition. Going through all the planets and angles in this way brings insights.

Second Technique

The second technique is a way of comparing aspects between planets and points otherwise not revealed. The measurement, remember, is the distance of any planet from the North Lunar Node. If, for example, the original natal chart has the Moon 32 degrees ahead of the North Node and the Draconic Chart has Saturn at 2 degrees of Taurus (32 degrees ahead of the Draconic North Lunar Node or 0 Aries) there is a conjunction between the Moon and Saturn that otherwise would not have been obviousd. This can explain much in charts were there is no original aspect between planets but a powerful conjunction in the Draco to Tropical charts.

Examples

Below is an example of a natal chart (inner wheel) with the Draconic chart placed around the outside as you might place transits or progressions. Here many contacts are seen that are not apparent by the natal alone. (D) Saturn is conjunct (T) Mercury and Venus, (D) Pluto is conjunct (T) South Node, (D) Uranus is conjunct (T) Chiron, and (D) Jupiter is conjunct (T) Part of Fortune.

draco_natWith this kind of comparison it is best to keep orbs tight. Look particularly at conjunctions and/or oppositions within 0 – 2 degrees of orb. Remember, all the planetary aspects in each chart are identical. What is going to be interesting is how the Draco chart relates back to the natal. More examples are in the tutorial below.

The main thing to keep in mind is that there are TWO zodiacs in play here.

Draconic Zodiac Chart Synastry

Synastry describes the technique of comparing the natal or progressed charts of two or more people. It literally means ‘stars in the same place’ such as when one person’s Sun is conjunct another person’s Moon. All aspects between the two charts are important, the angle, or type of aspect, being less relevant than the actual link. Each planet contact brings its own symbolism to life in a relationship and evaluating them in synastry charts can supply information as to the needs, purpose and desires that are awakened when two people meet, connect and interact.

People are like permanent transits

When you meet someone who has their natal Jupiter conjunct your natal Sun, it’s like having Jupiter on the Sun whenever they are around! This is an easy contact to spot when comparing the tropical zodiac natal charts but they many also have their Draconic Pluto on your Mars, and that might feel a little different. It might also go a long way in explaining some intense dynamics in the relationship that might not otherwise be obvious.

There are several ways of using the Draconic zodiac in relationship comparisons. You can look at Draconic to Draconic or Draconic to Tropical natal or progressed charts. In this way, there may be connections under the surface that aren’t obvious in the Tropical Zodiac charts but make a lot of sense when they show up in the Draco. Here is one example:

Examples

draco_synIn this chart the (T) Mars of one person is conjunct the (D) Mars of the other. There is no Mars aspect in the tropical synastry and the feisty, sexy, battle & banter nature of the union is well explained by looking at the Draconic links. There is also a Jupiter/Mercury/Venus contact not see in the Tropical charts alone, and boy can these two talk!

Another method is to make a composite (midpoint) chart of the Draconic natal’s. This may be very different than the tropical composite and progressed composite charts, shedding new light on the purpose and energy of the relationship. Some useful exercises for reading these charts will follow in the tutorial below.

Draconic Transits

Transits to the natal Tropical chart from Draconic positions can be insightful as can the reverse–Tropical transits to the Draconic Natal. Again it may be most instructional to keep orbs tight, within a few degrees, and focus primarily on the conjunction and opposition, at least to begin with.

Transits of any kind are often associated with outer events

Although this may be an accurate association, the initial effect is usually an inner one. Some part of the psyche, some interior figure or archetype, awakens. Concurrent with the nature of the transit, house and sign position, once awake it generally starts looking around for recognition. That means it looks for a crown, a throne and lots of patronage. If the recognition is readily forthcoming and conscious awareness is placed on the needs, desires and offerings of the figure, what it represents can transform into what we consciously express without a hint of an outer event. We simple add the new aspect of being into the multiplicity of ourselves.

Projection

If, on the other hand, the needs and wants of the figure are denied by consciousness, we will meet them outside ourselves. Jung said “We people our lives with bits or ourselves,” and what we deny inwardly we bump into in the daily life as a person, place or thing. In this case, the event can be disruptive. This disruption, (or exhilaration), insures acknowledgement of the waking archetype, one way or another.

Summary

To sum it up, remember, the entire chart needs to be considered when evaluating Draconic Zodiac transits. Those, and the other major and minor Tropical transits and progressions. for example, if there is a Saturn transit to the Sun with a Draco Jupiter transit to the Nodes, the Draconic transit may be less prominent. If there is a transit to the Draconic Moon and a Tropical New moon conjunct the Ascendant, the impact can be far greater regardless of the outer planet transits. Draconic lunar events can also be considered as a “timing” device like Mercury, suggesting when major transits may manifest in an inner or outer event.

How to get started reading Draconic Zodiac Charts

Step One

Construct your natal Draconic Chart by using a computer program or by subtracting the North Lunar Node in degrees of longitude from 360 and then adding that figure to all the planets and house cusps.

Step Two

Start a page with columns. On the left, list all your planets out from the Moon, Sun etc to Pluto (include Chiron and any asteroids you like) It would start for example, like this:

1. moon2degree Gemini23′

Step Three

Add a few key words to describe the ORIENTATION of each planet in that sign. Focus mainly on what it “Wants, Needs and has to offer.” You can be as brief or elaborate as you like.

1. moon2degreeGemini23′ – Loves communication, offers curiosity.

Step Four

In the right hand column, place the Draco sign and degree and its orientation. Focus also on “Wants, Needs and has to offer.” It might look like this:

1a. Tropical moon2degreeGemini23′ – Loves communication, offers curiosity.

1b. Draconic moon15degreeCancer25′ – Loves deep feelings, offers sensitivity.

Continue on with this until all your planets are listed. You can actually SEE the difference in orientation by polarity, element and modality. The Draco positions say something about that silk lining, what is underneath your tropical needs and orientation. Remember: This doesn’t negate your tropical chart or BLEND meaning. It ADDS a new dimension.

You can expand on this by comparing transits, progressions and synastry placements to other people as well.

Step Five

Do the same exercise above using your Tropical house cusps in the left hand column and your Draconic house cusps in the right. It might look like this:

1a. Tropical ASC. 10degreeAquarius 34′ – Initiates in unique ways, zany energy.

1b. Draconic ASC 29 degreeVirgo 12′ – Initiates after much analysis, quick mind.

Continue this through all 12 houses, focusing on the needs of the signs as they apply to the qualities of each house. You can take this further by considering the rulers of each sign on each cusp and were they fall in both the Tropical and Draconic chart. In the example above, the (t) Asc is ruled by Saturn and Uranus where as the (d) Asc is ruled by Mercury.

These above exercises are a great way to become familiar, step by step with your Draconic Chart.

Step Six

Find any aspects (look for the conjunctions and oppositions first) between the natal Tropical placements and the Draconic. As in the chart example above, consider the conjunction between (d) Saturn and (t) Mercury/Venus. How does that make the natal chart different? What is underneath the Mercury/Venus conjunction that was not obvious before?

Homework

Now, approach this at the level you feel comfortable. You might want to run your Draco chart and compare the sun sign, Moon and Ascendant. That’s plenty to start with. Others of you will go through the whole tutorial. It’s all good. My goal here is to inform you of this other zodiac, and give you the tools to get started.

So, any questions? Insights? Let’s all discuss them in the comments.

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