Welcome the final Mercury retrograde cycle of 2016. It officially begins December 19, 2016 and ends January 8, 2017, but see the larger zone below. We'll be talking about this on the December Align with the Stars Call, and here, in the comments. For more depth on planetary retrograde cycles, check this short youtube tutorial.
The best approach to Mercury Rx is to review, reconsider, reflect, remake, rewind, redo, and reveal in alignment with the houses Mercury Rx is transiting. This means checking where 28 degrees of Sagittarius to 15 Capricorn lies in your natal chart. Are there any planets or points there? It may well cross two houses. Check that as well.
Mercury is Out Of Bounds for much of the Rx cycle. In what way will you push your communications, within yourself, and with others? For more on planets out of bounds of declination, check the post on Parallel Aspects.
By reflecting on the area(s) of life indicated by Mercury's apparent backward motion, you can make the most creative use of this transit.
Here are some hints on what each house represents. Need help creating your chart and finding where Mercury is traveling? Put your hand up in the comments and we'll take a look.
This is where you want to contemplate, rethinking your previous ideas, approach or beliefs.
1st house - Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house - $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house - Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house - Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house - Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house - Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house - Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house - sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house - New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW
10th house - Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house - Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house - unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states
Remember Mercury Retrograde is not a time to push forward until you reTHINK your goals and actions. AFTER the 8th of January, the energy starts to free up and move forward at a better clip, but the Zone is from December 1, 2016 to January 27, 2017.
This starts on December 1st (EST). Of course you still move forward with projects, ideas and proposals, but you do it with more awareness. Think: willingness to change.
The trickster comes along when we are stuck, feeling trapped, or out of touch with authenticity of SELF. When we get into such a state, sooner or later the Trickster will blow the doors and windows open so we can breathe fresh air again.
In the sign of Capricorn, the trickster turns our deepest, most powerful ambition upside down, so we can get ourselves correct.
Where is this happening in your chart?
See Align with the Stars December Call for details.
LA – Tuesday – 2pm
NY – Tuesday – 5pm
Lon – Tuesday – 10pm
SYD – Wednesday – 9am
We will be talking about Mercury Retrograde – December 19th to January 8th – between the degrees of 28 Sagittarius and 15 Capricorn. This is the area of your chart we will explore, finding the best ways to leverage this Rx energy.
The Marduk dragon – restored Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin
Hi Everyone, this is one of my favorite astro-techniques, straight from ancient times!
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.
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.
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  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  degrees to it [13 Sag + 29 = 42 (-30) or 12 degrees of Capricorn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
With 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.
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:
In 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.
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.
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.
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. 2 23′
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. 223′ – 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 223′ – Loves communication, offers curiosity.
1b. Draconic 1525′ – 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. 10 34′ – Initiates in unique ways, zany energy.
1b. Draconic ASC 29 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?
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.
I wanted to re-post about the Zero Degree Aries point as we have strong activation there via Mercury Direct, Rx and Direct in Dec-Jan 2017, various transiting midpoints in 2017. If this is activating anything you your chart, let's discuss. I know these midpoint transits will be lighting up four different houses, if nothing else.
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Review from earlier post on FalconAstrology.com
What is the ZERO Degree Aries Point? The Aries point, or vernal equinox in the tropical zodiac, is a NODE. It marks the place where the sun crosses the equatorial plain going north. Think of it as a Sun/earth node, as opposed to the Lunar nodes which involve the Sun/earth/Moon).
In the Uranian system, the Aries Point, or AP, also links to zero degrees of all the cardinal signs (as seen on a 90 degree dial). Every chart—natal, progressed or horary—has the AP at exactly the same zero degrees, yet each chart will be unique as far as the house placement of this degree and the planets and other points that relate to it. Think of the AP as a 0 degree cardinal cross involving Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
What is the significance of the AP?
The AP represents a movement (cardinal) from an inner quality to an outer manifestation. It orients us towards the world at large—society, public events and all relationships propelled from the individual to the collective. Sometimes it represents a "spectacular out rush of energies... and involvement with the world at large" Celest Teal
The AP also seems to relate to meetings with those famous, respected or expert in their field.
As the first degree of Aries, this point suggest how our “will to be”, or sense of I AM, moves out from the subjective and into manifest reality.
As the first Degree of Cancer, this point suggest how our need to love and nurture, our sense of “I Feel”, moves from the subjective into the world.
As the first degree of Libra, this placement says, “I relate”, suggesting how our drive to interact with others in socially significant ways moves from our inner world and out towards other individuals.
As the first degree of Capricorn, this placement says, “I produce”, suggesting how our urge to bring tangible results moves from “self” to society as a whole.
Isabel Hickey said that it the AP is the initial point where the spirit incarnates, the starting point of the SELF. By house and aspect contact, the AP indicates how we project out into the public, meeting life in distinct ways that the collective recognizes, acknowledges (or judges) and remembers us by.
What does it mean if a planet or point conjuncts the AP?
Don McBroom calls the AP the “Power behind dominant traits and public projection. He says, “…the AP can be an indicator of an individual's Potential for Public Projection. Often this measurement was uncannily related to the person's claim to fame or for what they will be remembered. When there was direct contact between a specific Planet or Point (i.e. Ascendant or Midheaven) and the AP (within a two-degree orb), there was frequently a distinguishable relationship with the energies traditionally associated with that planet that was publicly observable in the individual.”
Read his article at: http://www.noeltyl.com/techniques/010130.html
When a planet or point conjuncts the AP the nature and energy drive of that planet has the added thrust or urge to express collectively. It may also represent what the public at large recognize most readily in us, or remember us for.
Sun-AP Can mean our energy, vitality and drive seeks to express through society. People see us for our solar qualities and we propel our creative drive into the collective. The famous individual.
Moon-AP Suggests that our inner world of feelings, reflections and intuition expresses in public ways, and these qualities are noticed by the collective. The famous psychic.
Mercury-AP Can mean our intellect, thoughts and ways of communicating capture the public eye. We are recognized as being witty, bright, mercurial, and clever. The famous writer.
Venus-AP Can mean our sensual, accommodating ability to connect and bond with others moves out into a greater social arena. People see us for our capricious, artistic and ingratiating qualities. The famous artist.
Eros-AP Suggests our passionate desire for erotic transformation is noticed by the collective. People see our potent energy as tantalizing or threatening, according to their own views. The famous courtesan.
Mars-AP Suggests our assertive, direct and action oriented qualities grab the attention of society. We are seen as commanding, raw and imposing. The famous warrior.
Jupiter-AP Can mean our leadership qualities, expansiveness, optimism and call for justice capture the attention of the collective. We are seen for our vision, immensity, and joviality. The famous world leader.
Saturn-AP Suggests our ability to build tangible results through persistent and sustained effort is highlighted by public acclaim. We are seen for our ambition, caution and pragmatic detail. The famous corporate director.
Chiron-AP suggests renown for our ability to teach, understand, strive for the impossible and restore compassion. We are seen as a healer for those who have lost faith or are in despair. The famous Guru.
Uranus-AP suggests our ability to make sudden changes, rebel against dogmatic convictions and break out of the safety zone is noticed by society. We are seen as surprising, inventive and inspiring. The famous revolutionary.
Neptune-AP The longing for the divine and the desire to merge with the collective unconscious is captured by the projection of society. We are seen as the public want to see us. The famous movie star.
Pluto-AP The ruthless drive for power and control is noticed socially as it wrestles with the need to plumb the depths of the unconscious mind. We are seen for our potent qualities, the dark hero who can be transformed. The famous eccentric.
Ascendant-AP Being known for personality traits and interactions in the world. Having famous friends!
Midheaven-AP Known for social achievement through career, mission or profession. Working with famous people!
North Node-AP Being known for following the path to the future. Having a famous guide!
South Node-AP Being known for redeeming the path of the past. Being a guide to others.
What Orb is used with the AP?
Orbs are always controversial. Some astrologers use a 2 degree orb, allowing anything from 28 degrees of the mutable signs to 2 degrees of the Cardinal. I use a little tighter, say 1.5 degrees either way. As in all things, if it acts like it is in orb, then it probably is! Still, the idea here is to keep it tight.
How is the AP different from the MC and the Asc?
The ASCENDANT describes the way we put ourselves out into the world: “Hey, this is my personality! This is how I initiate things and assert myself. This is how I look.” Isabel Hickey said the Ascendant was the window through which we view the world and that seems to work both ways. It is often the way the world sees us, on a PERSONAL level. Think of Aries as the natural ruler of the Ascendant and first house with its emphasis on personal self-awareness. This is Me, Here Now!
The MIDHEAVEN is not personal, like the Ascendant. It is public. It has to do with our social standing, career in life, mission or profession. Now, instead of personal appearances (Asc.) we are in the realm of PUBLIC APPEARANCES. This is our social identity and often reflects how we interact with “the public” or the collective. The Asc. is individual identity, the MC is social identity. Think of Capricorn as natural ruler of the MC with the Sea-goat’s ambitious, pragmatic (and sometimes mystic), social awareness.
The Ascendant is always that moment of ascension, and the MC is a moment of culmination. The AP, however, can occur anywhere in the 365 degrees! It is always 0 Aries but where it falls is unique to us (if we know our birth time!)
By contrast to the Asc and MC, the AP is a solar node. It’s energy is about INSTIGATION, beginnings, and action, not in terms of personal needs and drives or even for career or profession, but for Solar manifestation and distinction.
It is not so much how you see the world or leap (or tip toe) into activity (Ascendant) and not so much what you will encounter and express as you pursue your social ambitions or mission in life (MC). The AP isn’t so much how we interact with society (MC) but how and WILL the world see us! It can indicate the relative “fame” of an individual (or infamy) and how society at large or world events may effect our lives.
We are not all touched equally by these kinds of things! The AP has to do with who, or what, in society, we notice and, like the two way window of the Asc., who or what will notice us. According to the Uranian School, the AP is also our concept of the world, people in the public life and our approach to manifest reality!
What about the house(s) where the AP is found?
The AP is literally, and symbolically, the point where the spirit (SUN) enters manifest reality (EARTH). For everyone, that is an ARIES thing (or a cardinal thing: action, initiation, inauguration). WHERE that initiation of spirit into matter occurs, is what becomes important. What house is it in? What area of life will evoke the feeling of connection to and action with the collective? The answer here tells us where it is we “begin” in relationship to the world at large.
What about midpoints that include the AP?
The authors of "Working with Astrology" state that the Aries Point and the midpoints to it were considered by Alfred Witte to be of great importance in every chart, and next in importance only to the MC.(page 437). For Robert Hand the Aries Point, which was used by the Greeks and also in the beginnings of our modern horoscopic astrology, is very subtle. “It isn´t an energy supply like a real planet but it is considered like the last one because it forms aspects and it can be the focus for the combinations of midpoints”.(Horoscope Symbols", Robert Hand)
The AP is the connection to the world in general, our link to manifest reality. To unravel what this means, look at the CLOSEST planet or mid-point between 28 degrees of mutable and 2 degrees of cardinal signs in your chart. What would that be? What does that say about your relationship to society? How do they see you?
What about Transits or progressions to the AP?
Transits to the AP awaken the way and means of projection out into the collective, tending to indicate events more public than private, more famous than obscure.To unravel the meaning of transits to the AP, start by observing the planets, asteroids or points that are transiting. What dose that transit want to wake up? What does it need? What does it have to offer? Answers to these questions will help in understanding what the AP means in practical terms, and how that applies to the immediate moment.
Not sure how to find the Aries Point in your chart? Here are the quick step tutorials to get you there!
Chart of the character James Bond with the Zero degree Aries Point highlighted in the 7th house
1) Create your chart online
2) Find your Ascendant and any other point in the chart
3) Look for the Aries glyph - and remember the signs run counter clockwise around the chart. In the case of James Bond, on the right, 8 Aries rules (sits on) the 8th house cusp, so we go back 8 degrees into the 7th house to find 0 Aries (8-8 = 0)
Where you find 0 Aries, you want to take positive action from within. Amp up your physical and mental activities, be the boss, lead the way and nurture (respect) your inner warrior. For bond, this would probably mean facing ‘open enemies’ or taking over direction in a partnership.
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Hi Everyone, I want to share a technique I think you will find very useful. The Solar Chart!
Solar Chart, AKA Solar Houses, Sun Sign Houses or even Sun Sign Astrology. It’s used in both eastern and western schools, with tropical, sidereal or Draconic zodiacs. Solar Charts were developed by ancient astrologers, went underground, then resurfaced in the 1930s when horoscope columns started appearing in newspapers and magazines.
You can use Solar Charts as a handy way to create a birth horoscope when there is an unknown birth time, or, as a predictive tool. It's also a cool way to look at daily transits. You definitely want to get a handle on this if you’re going to write sun sign columns!
Solar Charts are simple, easy and effective. Here’s what you need to know.
Solar charts are created by putting the natal sun sign on the Ascendant and using whole houses from there.
For example, if you are a Leo with Scorp rising in the Placidus house system, in the solar house system you would place zero degrees of Leo (the Sun sign) on the Ascendant. Zero Virgo is on the 2nd house cusp, zero Libra on the third and so on. If you are a sun in Aquarius, then zero Aquarius goes on the Ascendant, zero Pisces on the 2nd house, zero Aries on the 3rd and so on. Whatever sign of the zodiac the Sun is in, zero degrees of that becomes the first house, and then zero degrees of the sign after that becomes the second house, right around the clock. Try that right now with your own chart.
Task #1 Hand drawn your solar houses chart, placing the planets where they fall with zero degrees of your sun sign as the Ascentant. It might be only marginally different, or maybe wildly different!
There doesn’t appear to be an option for Solar Houses in Astro.com’s drop-down box, but hand working charts is a wonderful practice and connects you to the symbols by drawing them in. You can down-load and print this blank wheel, or google one of your choice,
NOTE: The technique of putting the Sun sign on the ascendant to create a whole sign house system can be done with ANY of the planets. Your Venus houses puts zero degrees of your Venus sign on the ascendant and then zero degrees of the next sign on the 2nd house … your Mercury houses puts your Mercury sign on the Ascendant (which is always the sigh before, the sign of or the sign after the sun), the Saturn houses puts your Saturn sign on the Asc etc. Each planetary house chart can be used to understand more how the nature of that planet sits in your chart. You’ll see the Solar Houses most often though as the significance of the Sun in our culture (distinction, individuality, life purpose) is elevated.
If you want to write the horoscopes for the day, you do a Solar Chart for noon that day for EACH sign. So there is a chart with Aries on the Ascendant, Taurus Ascendant, Gemini Ascendant etc. Practicing astrologers will do one for Aries and ‘turn the wheel’ to place each signs on the Ascendant, but effectively there is a solar chart for each sign.
Below is the example of the full moon done as a solar chart for Aries and one for Taurus. I didn’t create all 12 sign solar houses, but you get the idea of ‘turning the wheel’.
In writing a horoscope column, one approach is to focus on the solar houses that the sun and moon fall in for each sign: Aries has this lunar event in the 2nd and 8th so we might talk about core values and shared resources. “Money troubles with and ex . . .” With Taurus’ solar house chart, it’s right on the Ascendant so personal desires versus share desires are highlighted. It might be “Partnerships shine a light on your happiness meter …”
If you want to really study how this works, do a chart for noon each day, put 0 Aries on the Ascendant and ‘turn the wheel’ for each sign as you read Mystic’s horoscopes. Try this yourself, writing your own take, to practice interpreting the daily planets. It’s a valuable exercise.
What else can you say about April 22nd for Aries versus Taurus?
What is Mars Rx doing in these solar charts, for example? Where will Mercury go retrograde? The Venus/Uranus conjunction? Ideas?
You can play with your own solar houses with transits, checking where major events are occurring by house. For example, I have Mars Rx in my 4th house using the (usual) Placidus system, but in my solar houses it’s going through my 7th! And guess what? I can relate to home energy AND partnership energy! You can also look at solar versus traditional ascendant charts for natal interpretations.
Don’t think of one being ‘better’ than the other or one being ‘right; and the other being ‘wrong’. Both give us information but with a different emphasis.
You will be amazing at how accurate Solar House Charts can be.
Here are two charts of Judy Garland to compare, one done in the Placidus system and the other in the Solar House system. The Solar Chart turns the wheel, but not by much. She still has Uranus in the 10th, but let’s look at the placement of the personal planets to start with.
In her Placidus chart she has Cancer rising and oh boy . . . she had that watery, emotional, warmth . . . people would say she always looked like she was about to cry when she sang, even uplifting songs. Very Cancer/Kataka ‘shop window’. We might say that Venus in the first house gave her incredible charm, and the 12th house sun, perhaps, expressed through her times institutionalized … the drug abuse and depression (which is of course is only one way a 12th house sun might find to express, but the 12th does represent hospitals and institutions).
Now let’s check the Solar chart – The stellium of planets in her 2nd house speaks of her VOICE as a talent. Here the sun is in the first house and on stage, people saw her as extremely versatile, flighty, unpredictable.
Her Placidus house chart has Cappy ruling the 7th and the Part of Fortune there which might suggest long-term, enduring and committed relationships in business and marriage. But the Solar chart tells another story. Mars in the 7th in Saggo certainly isn’t always violent/cruel partners but Judy had 5 marriages and reported such aggression in more than one. Where Saggo is in the chart, things expand (more than one?) Don’t fence me in?) and Mars, well, he is the god of war. Maybe she could have partnered with a martial arts academy director and found success and delight, but that’s not the way she went.
Note that in March 1955, when Judy was up for an Academy Award for her performance in A Star is born, Jupiter was conjunct her Venus, Saturn trine her Venus. In the Placidus chart it occurred in the first house, angular and full of portend of success. Everyone expected her to win. But in her Solar Houses we see it falls in the 2nd of core values and self esteem. It was a shock to everyone that she didn’t win the award. At the time, she was in hospital having just given birth to a son. Perhaps the Solar Chart reflects a different kind of success and purpose.
She died of a barbiturate overdose at age 47 with Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto conjunct in the 4th house, either chart. As Jupiter represent expansion, freedom and new horizons, I like to think that Judy Garland found a welcome home.
The best way to understand the Solar Houses system is to use it. Let’s start now with your own charts. Check your house positions of personal planets and compare/contrast. Take a current transits (Venus/Uranus conjunct in Aries perhaps) and check where that is in both solar and Placidus houses.
Report your findings, questions and comments below.
See you there!
Commonly known simply as Progressions, this is a type of ‘transit chart’ with a rich and useful history. Let’s cover the basics so you can jump right in. I think you'll find secondary progressions amazing to work with.
There are a few ways to progress a chart including solar arc directions, primary progressions, tertiary progressions, converse progressions (progressing backward!). Today, We’ll focus on Secondary Progressions, probably the most commonly used. They are the ones I use 90% of the time.
Go to Astro.com and click on extended chart selection. Then choose from the drop-down “Natal and Progressed Chart”. Add whatever asteroids and points you want. I suggest you learn the primary planets first) and click “show chart”.
From there, if you click it again, you will have the PRINT VERSION, which is the chart you can 1) save to your computer 2) upload to Drop box or photo bucket etc.
The thing to keep in mind is you are creating a chart based on “a day for a year” where you “progress” the chart forward depending on how old you are. Example: If you were born May 1st, of any year, and wanted to look at your progressed chart for when you turned 26, you count forward in the ephemeris, from the day AFTER your birthday, 26 days, and that shows your progressed planetary positions. (See image #2) If you are 30, it’s the chart done for 30 DAYS after. If you are 50, then 50 days after. The computer (or hand) calculation is more precise, but you can look at the ephemeris for the year in question and get a very good idea of your progressed chart.
What you’ll find right away is that the slower moving planers barely move. Pluto may only change a few degrees in a lifetime, so unlike transits, the OUTER PLANETS are less significant. The progressed Moon, however, moves at the rate of 2.5 years per sign (as the real-life moon travels 2.5 days per sign). The Sun, Mercury and Venus travel about 1 degree a year and Mars Varies.
The progressed Ascendant, Moon and inner planets are the ones you want to watch. Like any transit chart, always relate the progressions BACK to the NATAL chart. You can read it as a standalone, but ONLY if you think of WHAT has been progressed in relationship to the Natal.
Transits are the daily motion of the planets. We use them to understand significant inner and outer events. The progressions show the ‘day for a year’ advancement of the birth cart. Here’s how Isabel Hickey in the 1950s described the difference. (Long before ‘law of attraction’ became popularized).
The progressed chart works from within, showing the changes of consciousness occurring in the individual, bringing changes in the outer world. Only by changing our attitudes and consciousness first can we change what will manifest in the world around us. With the support of progressions, we can change our thoughts before they manifest negatively, as we have the power and the privilege of changing events before they “happen”.
I agree with her. The progressed chart can give us powerful insights into what’s coming up and how we might want to THINK about it to deliberately create what we want, using the energy to propel us forward in our lives.
The secondary progression Ascendant moves about a degree a year + or -. If everyone would like to find their progressed Ascendant to start with, we will launch from there. It might be a good time to review some of the qualities of the Ascendant sign, and the identity awareness they bring. It is ALWAYS significant when the progressed Ascendant changes sign. Think of it as a new dressing in your shop window to the world!
The prog Moon is the fastest moving progressed planet, moving about 1 degree a month.
We only allow ONE degree of orb for progressed aspects (where transits can go up to 10 degrees of orb) so with the moon, you are looking at one month before (the degree before exact), the month of exact and one month after – a three month time frame for the progressed conjunction, or other aspect, vibe. The sign, house and aspect will be significant and relate to your true feelings at the time. For example, when the progressed moon comes up to conjunct your Mars, the month before, of, and after will HEAT up emotions in that area of life, depending on what house it is in. If your Mars isn’t happy ie, you aren’t the boss of you, leading the way to new adventures, you will FEEL it. If you are expressing your Mars, you’ll have strong feelings of joy and bliss! You can’t predict if it will feel ‘good or bad’ unless you know how aligned you are with the core energy of the planets.
The HOUSE the moon progresses through is where the focus is for about 2.5 years. It tells you WHERE you can get in touch with what you really want in new ways. It activates the house! Think of it as a massive core value check in. What feels nurturing to you now?
The best way to see how this works is to check the Prog. Moon in action. Go to your current progressed chart and spot the moon. Plot that in your natal chart and discern:
1) the house/area of life of focus
2) the sign that is wanting to wake up in you (add to your identity)
3) the aspects to natal planets and points, within one degree.
4) some astrologers consider not just the Progressed to Natal aspects but the Progressed to Progressed aspects. I look at them as an overall indicator of change (as when a natal applying aspect comes to exact, or goes out of orb) but focus first on Prog to Natal).
The prog sun moves about a degree a year, so contacts from it last about three years – the degree before exact, the degree of and the degree after exact. Think of the progressed sun as shining a spotlight on the house, planet or aspect it connects with. Also note when your prog sun changes signs (every 30 years after the first change). It adds a new flavor to your sense of individuality, purpose and power.
Note when a progressed planet changes direction. You might have been born with Mercury Rx and 20 years later, your progressed Mercury turns direct. Or you might find that when you turn 45, your progressed Venus turns Rx. These changes of direction are always significant. You are able to see, and utilize, the energy of the planet in new ways. For example: My natal Mars is 8 Capricorn rx and it’s been progressed at 26 Sagittarius Rx for most of my life. It will turn direct when I’m 68. I’ll let you know! I was also born with Saturn Rx and when I turned 36 it went direct for the first time in my life. I never really felt free until then!
When a progressed planet changes signs, either moving from 29 to 0 or 0 to 29 Rx, that is always a BIG shift. Use the new energy to expand your playing field, broaden your perspective and embody the energy the sign represents. Same goes with leaving one house and entering another. What new area of life are you ready to explore?
Here's your secondary progressions check list:
Progressed Ascendant - What natal house is it in? Sign? Aspects to the natal? Advanced: Note progressed decan and dwads when they change.
Progressed Aspects - to use are the conjunction and opposition. You can consider more, but these are the ones you look for first. They usually matter most.
Progressed Moon – What’s it saying about your feeling body, health, and how you nurture yourself and others?
Progressed Sun – Where’s the spotlight? Are you dancing in it? How’s your individuality and empowerment? Creative self-expression? Accolades?
Progressed Mercury – Where are you applying your curiosity and moving energy forward? Communicating?
Progressed Venus – Living your core values? Playing well with others?
Progressed Mars – Where are you being the boss, standing up for yourself and taking inspired action? Vitality? Energy?
Armed with these basics, let’s explore our progressions in the comments. If you want specific feedback, it helps me to see the natal and progressed charts so pop them up in the gallery if you like.
Happy progression hunting, everyone.
Let’s jump in straight in with a few key points on the ancient practice of medical astrology.
Each sign links to a particular part of the body, starting with Aries ruling the head and ending with Pisces ruling the feet. Although focus can be placed on powerful health indicators like the Sun, sixth house and the Ascendant alone, it helps to remember that we all have the twelve signs of the zodiac in our charts. By looking at the houses and their associated signs from a health perspective, we can learn about our needs for vitality, and genuine expression in the various areas of life.
This approach can answer questions about how best to strengthen and nourish our natural energies as we acknowledge each sign according to house position. Understanding what it means to have Aries in the fourth house, as opposed to Taurus there, can lead to a more fulfilling home life, and quite possibly the reduction of any unexplained fevers or headaches. Discovering the difference between Capricorn on the Ascendant as opposed to Gemini can initiate a more creative access to the outer world, and minimize chronic lethargy, depression or problems with the knees and joints.
Looking closely at the signs around the horoscope and how they currently express is one way to ascertain what is not right in life and make meaningful adjustments that lead to a greater sense of well being. By honoring the individual needs of the signs through the houses, the door opens to natural vigor, energy flow and zest for life. Think of it as your own, personal feng shui for well being.
Remember, we are looking at the body and any “dis-ease” or lack of balance as a message, not a diagnosis. Use astrology to approach health in a more holistic way.
For example, the sign Cancer/Kataka rules the stomach. This water sign has to do with making connections, feeling nurtured and ‘needed’ by others. If my stomach is upset, my nurturing life may be out of balance. With that knowledge I can start to ask the right questions such as, “Am I feeling loved. Am I looking after myself?” Particularly, I look to the HOUSE ruled by Cancer/Kataka. Am I giving and receiving love and nurturing there? In my own chart, it’s the 11th house so I might ask if I’m feeling loved by friends, or if I am in groups that resonate as my clan or tribe. In this way, tummy trouble helps me look at my life in a new way. The alternative is to take an antacid and hope for the best.
Another good example is a headache. The head is ruled by Aries, the sign of independence and action. Aries likes to initiate projects, start the ball rolling and above all, be the boss. If I get a headache I ask, where am I not being independent and assertive in my life? Where have I taken a subordinate role when really I want to be top dog? I look at the house ruled by Aries to suggest where I really need to be the boss. I can assert my healthy aggression there, or I can take an aspirin. You see how this work?
If we treat aches and pains and even life threatening diseases like spam and ‘bulk delete/treat’ without reading the message, a great opportunity for true well being is missed. Knowing the medicinal zodiac can help highlight were in the chart (in the life) something has gotten out of balance and how honoring the sign ruling that house can be restorative.
Again, Medical Astrology is informative and fascinating, but never a substitute for proper self care and medical attention where appropriate.
Let’s play with this, with your own chart and charts in your files. Study with the mindset that we aren’t trying to fix anything. We are reading a message.
What messages do you see?
Ready to explore the amazing branch of astrology known as electional charts?
To get started with this different way of viewing a chart, realize first that it’s still a BIRTH chart, just not of a human being. It’s the birth of a relationship, idea, project or business. Working with these “electional” or Origin/first meet charts can be surprisingly insightful, and revealing.
Horary Charts – A horoscope drawn the moment a burning questions is asked. Use the time, date and place of the astrologer, the moment THEY hear (or read) the question.
Electional Charts – A horoscope drawn for the best time to take a desired action. Use the time/date and place of the planned event/signing, ceremony, launch.
First Meet/Genesis/Origin Charts – A horoscope drawn for the moment of the first meet/date/brainstorm/idea. Here we use the time/date and place of the ppl involved. If it’s face, the “birth place” is clear. If it’s an online “first meet” there are two charts, each with their own local date/time/place.
Once the chart is created (on astro.com for free or with your own fav astro software), the fun begins. Here are the basic tools you will need to read an election/origin chart:
Numbers 2 & 3 are very important as much of the old literature on reading electionals, horary and first-meet charts is black and white, good and bad where in reality, we make of the energy what we will. Keep an open mind. If Mars square Uranus falls in the 10th and 7th, it doesn’t mean that the new biz partnership is doomed. You do want to be aware of the kind of approach required, as in not trying to control and manhandle but putting a lot of innovation and empowerment into everything you do together.
We aren’t the way we are because of our birth data. Turn it around. We are born at a particular time because of who we are, and the same holds true for our ideas, our partnerships, our events and ceremonies. None of us come here with a clean slate. We have core values, beliefs, likes and dislikes from ‘before’, and so does anything that has a ‘beginning’ in manifest reality.
Law of Attraction says ‘like attracts like’. Everything in our lives is in alignment with our energy, our vibration. We get what we vibrate, which holds true for book launches, festivals, weddings, dates and brainstorm sessions. Astrology is not in contradiction to this notion. People, places, questions and ideas are born when they are (the sun, moon, and planets in a certain place) because that moment in time is a perfect match to WHAT they are.
In many ways, we read these charts just like a person’s natal. Working with electional and origin charts are great practice for honing your delineation skills including:
Rulerships – For a very basic tutorial on this, go HERE. If you just need a chart of the rulerships to brush up, see below. We use rulerships to identify the state and action of the relationships/meet-up/event. For example, if Sagittarius is rising in a first-meet chart, we know that Jupiter Rules the moment. We look at where and how Jupiter is placed to learn more about what the connection is all about.
Dignitaries – Not all planets are equally well disposed in each sign. They have their favorites and their challenges. Here is a chart of the classical dignitaries.
In some signs, the power of a planet (energy) is able to flow without any kinks because it is in a natural alignment with that sign. In other signs, it is more convoluted, because the energy of the planet is contrasting or a resistant to the nature of the sign.
Ruler – Planets in the signs they rule are like being on easy street for expression. Home. Empowered.
Detriment – Planets in the opposite sign to the one they rule are in the ‘shadow’ sign, or ‘contrast/detriment’ or ‘resistance’. Their power is not as free flowing because the sign is not aligned to their mode of expression (put a warrior in a tutu . . .Mars in Libra, or put Saturn, a corporate executive, in a pre-school teacher’ outfit). The ‘detriment’ or shadow sign is always opposite to the sign the planet rules.
Exaltation – Every planet has one sign other than the rulership sign, that it expresses completely freely in – that is the sign of the exaltation. (Saturn exalted in Libra, Mars exalted in Capricorn)
Fall – The opposite sign of the exaltation is the ‘fall’ or give . . . this shadow sign is also a contrast to the easy alignment, and through contrast, we grow in experience, gain self awareness and become more self-aware. Fulfilled.
A planet in the sign of his rulership is like a person entertaining in their own house. They feel at easy. natural and in control. In Detriment or Fall, it’s like entertaining in another person’s house – not able to do as exactly they please.
Other things to check in the electional/first-meet chart is the Moon and her “applying” aspects. They show the actions that come next. Also note the house position of the moon and the lunar phase (the aspect to the sun). The moon is considered the co-ruler of the chart, along with the Ascendant ruler so we put a strong focus there. Also we look at mutual receptions, and maybe Arabic Parts and some fixed stars and asteroids. Don’t clog the chart up to start with though. Get the essence and then gradually add in other elements IF they have something to offer the situation.
Houses – You will want to have a handle on “where” in the chart we find the other person (if another is involved). This is where you build your journal as a resource, keeping notes on the houses that rule different types of connections – 1st – Self, 2nd – Aunts and Uncles, 3rd house is siblings, 4th, a parent, 5th, first child, lovers, 6th, employee, 7th, “the other” 8th, banker, 9th, guru, teacher, 10th, boss, a parent, 11th, friends, 12th, the unknown other . . . that’s just to get you started.
Each chart tells a story and as you practice with these electional and origin charts, you’ll start to understand what that story is.
I would love to look at one or two examples from the class to give you all a feel for how to jump in, so make note in the comments of the chart (is it a first meet, launch time or start up of a biz?) and have a link to it that everyone can click on and view. Obviously I can’t run through too many but you all can have a go. Let’s see what examples come up.
In the meantime, here is a chart of the moment. Let’s pretend it’s a first meet chart and I’m wondering “what to expect” of the energy of the connection.
Okay, now I wish I just met someone at this moment for real LOL! I didn’t time this out but really, look how cool it would be.
I’m a Gemini Sun and there it is, Gemini on the Ascendant, with the Part of Fortune. That’s me! Curious, flirty and having fun.
The chart ruler, from my perspective is Mercury, and he’s not thrilled to be in Capricorn but he’s “dignified” in the 7th house (because it is angular) and is applying to all kinds of fun aspects, ending with a trine to Jupiter and the Node. We might say that though I’d experience some shocks along the way (Mercury applying to a square to Uranus, (Yes , out of orb of 10 degrees but we are looking at all applying aspects by sign) but still, the feeling is all’s well that ends well with Jupiter node.
“They” (my hypothetical meet up person) are ruled by Jupiter (Saggo on the cusp of the 7th house of “the other”) and in his detriment (Virgo), but again, my ruler and their ruler are applying to a trine by sign. We would say that I have the better standing, the “hand” or upper hand/control, at least at the start.
The Moon is in the last hours of DARK, which isn’t what you’d plan for an electional chart. Make sure that the New Moon is complete, if you are planning an event. But still, Moon conjunct sun in the 7th bods well for this hypothetical connection. I would say we would definitely meet again, though with the dark moon and co-ruler moon square their ruler Jupiter, this intriguing other is committed elsewhere. The dark moon has a 12th house feel to it. We’d be sneaking around, for one reason or another! OR, we are collaborating on a mystery novel! Remember, keep an open mind on how the energy might play out.
All this from just looking at the rulers of the two people involved, and the co-ruler moon.
I hope it whets your appetite for more. Questions? Comments? Ideas?
PS THE author to read if you want to specialize in these kinds of charts is Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson.
Hi everyone, I want to introduce the idea of the Astro-Wheel of Life.
Recently on a GVA call, we talked about the wheel of life as a coaching/self-help tool for identifying areas that might desire our attention. You can read more about it here --> https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_93.htm
But, I took it a step further though, adapting the Wheel of Life into the horoscope of 12 houses:
What you do is, at the start of each house, give it a score of 0 - 10. Zero means you do not engage with the activities of this house in any way, shape or form. Ten means you're rocking it to the moon.
Next, connect the dots to get a map or where you are putting your focus and where you are not.
If the intention is to live a balanced life, or if you find you have personal planets in a house that you don't touch with a ten fool poll, or if there is 'nothing happening' in a house with massive transit activity, you might want to tune in, listen and explore.
Ask, 'What am I resisting?'
We'll talk about activation techniques here so please feel free to share your results.
Here's my example for January 2016. I'm going to go through it again and see if there is a shift, and also do it over a chart with transits!
I'm pretty sure these results can vary according to mood and general vibe, but it's basically the same as January.
Note that Neptune and Chiron by transit aren't getting much of a look-in when it comes to the 7th house. I will say that my biz partnerships are up, but there's a strong 'lone wolf' in me right now that could easily be resistance to Neptune or the illusion of loss.
Soon I'll be signing a book contract, so my plan is to OPEN my heart to the 7th, fearlessly and with compassion. No more hiding! Pisces is where we can 'disappear' which is cool for 12th house activities but I want to find a way to make this work in the 7th.
Thoughts are welcome in the comments.
Jeannette and I recorded a short conversation about expecting Good/Bad Transits.
* What do you do when things don’t unfold the way you thought they would?
* What do expectations and assumptions have to do with it?
* Is attachment helping?
* LOA tips to turn things around.
Your thoughts, questions and comments most welcome.
This is a quick tutorial, but if you spend a little time working it by hand, you’ll have a chance to engage more deeply with what this point represents.
The Part of Fortune (not to be confused with asteroid 19 Fortuna) is a point in the chart that indicates a certain kind of well being. Think abundance, richness, happiness and joy. Knowing where this point is in your natal chart can be a key to tapping into your own personal brand of fulfillment. The symbol for the Part of Fortune is the circle with an X (astro.com uses a cross though that is traditionally the symbol for Earth).
A little history: The Arabic parts or lots are points in the chart combining planets and angles. They aren’t really all Arabic, but were compiled in 1029 AD by an Arab, so they copped the tag. Some definitely predate Islamic astrology.
We’re going to focus on the Part of Fortune in this hack, but know there are many Arabic parts from the Part of Action to the Part of Health to the Part of Marriage, Part of Disgrace . . . (oh boy). Choose wisely which of these you focus on as energy follows thought . . .
Important Note: The POF is always the same distance from the Ascendant as the Moon is from the sun. In other words, the POF is symbolic of the Sun/Moon phase. So if you have a New Moon the POF will be in the first, full moon, POF in 7th, first or third quarter, 10th or 4th.
Also note, the point 180 opposite the POF is called the Part of Spirit. You might want to play with that too.
Calculation Via Computer: This is easily done at Astro.com by including it in extended chart selection.
If you want to try it, calculating by hand is a way to connect to the meaning of the POF more literally. Follow this tutorial on Youtube.
Find your Part of Fortune and note what modality, element and house it is in. What planet “rules” the sign your POF is in?
How do you nurture this part of you? Activities of the house? Feeding it by element? Modality? House activity?
Before we start discussing the Part of Fortune, comparing different placements, feel free to watch this short tutorial on the Day/Night Part of Fortune. Those with a nighttime birth will be particularly interested.
As an example of how the POF might function in a chart, look at this natal horoscope above. Before I reveal who it is, list a few things that you imagine would resonate for them. What might really light this person up, or bring them success, abundance, health and joy? We aren’t trying to guess who it is, but, using what we know about the Part of Fortune, what do you think happiness looks like to them?
The chart above belongs to Charles Dickens ...
Not just an amazing storyteller (POF in 3rd), his critical social commentary slammed the class system in Victorian society. He shocked readers (POF conjunct Uranus) out of complacency, revealing the ugly, horrific truths of poverty and injustice. His works are deeply emotional, dark and fearless in the exploration of death, grief and transformation (POF in Scorpio).
He had audacity, speaking out against slavery while touring in the South. He used his celebrity status as a platform for social change, and people listened. His love of debate was evident in Bleak House with its court cases and legal arguments. True to Scrop, when he killed off one of the main, and most sympathetic, characters in the serialized “Old Curiosity Shop” his readers where so shocked, so outraged, he received hundreds of death threats. But they kept reading. His popularity was unprecedented in his time. Any time!
Note, sun in the 5th, in Aquarius, he had 10 children and fought for children’s rights and education.
I think dying with his last novel, one unlike any of the others, half finished, is POF in Scorp in the 3rd’s way of singing off. or flipping us off. He grew more and more critical with age. (Saturn in the 4th?)
Read about his life with his chart in hand. It’s amazing to connect the dots.
In ancient times, the Part of Fortune represented another kind of house system. Whatever sign the POF was in, that becomes 0 degrees of the Ascendant. In the chart above, the “Fortune” chart would turn the dial clockwise until 0 Scorpio was on the Ascendant. They’d use whole houses, so 0 Sagittarius would be on the 2nd house cusp, 0 Capricorn on the 3rd etc. It would be used to guide prosperity and health.
Try this, for fun, but only if you feel ready to take it further. There’s plenty to discover with the POF by house and sign, in your natal chart! Do what feels good. No stress.
Keep it simple.
Nail that first before you head to aspect and transit land.
Part of Fortune in Aries needs to feel adventurous, questing, challenging, leading and winning.
Part of Fortune in Taurus needs to feel sensual, practical in natural ways with tangible results.
Part of Fortune in Gemini needs to feel intellectual, communicative, teaching and learning.
Part of Fortune in Cancer needs to feel needed, nurturing, protective and comforting.
Part of Fortune in Leo needs to feel special, honored, creative and flamboyant.
Part of Fortune in Virgo needs to feel discerning, articulate, detailed and analyzing.
Part of Fortune in Libra needs to feel fair, balanced, beautiful and harmonizing.
Part of Fortune in Scorpio needs to feel intense, deeply entrenched, powerful and in control.
Part of Fortune in Sagittarius needs to feel expansive, exploratory, meaningful and energized.
Part of Fortune in Capricorn needs to feel ambitious, productive, achieving and recognized.
Part of Fortune in Aquarius needs to feel detached, knowledgeable, humanitarian and free.
Part of Fortune in Pisces needs to feel merged, understood, compassionate and connected.
1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house – $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – Sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, edu, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house – Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative state
Let's share in the comments your thoughts and ideas.
Hi Everyone, Ready to look at the Venus Synodic Cycles? It helps explain the movement from evening start to morning star, as we are about to see with the Rx period in 2017.
Most importantly, we are doing a call on this, March, 7, 5pm eastern. Check Align with the Stars calls for details. We'll be looking at your chart live!
Note, the cycles can seem a little complex, but I hope you embrace the mystery and wonder. It really is spectacular.
Don’t let the word Synodic scare you! It’s Latin for ‘hook up’ or meet, and here we mean the cycles in which Venus is conjunct with the Sun. There is a pattern. An amazing one.
Watch this tutorial on the Transits of Venus for full understanding, definitions, animations and connections. Note: The position of Venus in this video ephemeris and astro clock is 2013-2014, but the concepts remain the same. See below for current position and upcoming retrograde in 2017.
As in the tutorial, Venus is the Morning Star when she rising AHEAD of the sun. She’s seen as the Evening Star when she sets AFTER the sun. For 60 days between retro and direct, she’s in the underworld (Inanna) and we can’t see her at all because she’s so close to the sun, his light obscures her own.
We start the cycle with the inferior conjunction, like a New Moon phase. It happens when Venus is mid-Retro and moving very slowly ‘backwards’. She rises before the sun, and is so close we can’t see her, like a dark moon.
When the sun and Venus are about 10 degrees apart, (Venus rising 10 degrees AHEAD of the sun), we can see her in the pre-dawn. At this point, she is called Phosphorus or Lucifer, the “light bearer.” The Morning Star.
Twenty-one days after the inferior conjunction, Venus turns direct, called Direct Station.
Thirty-six days after the inferior conjunction, Venus is most brilliant in the morning sky.
Another thirty-six days Venus reaches its maximum distance from the Sun or Maximum Elongation (never more than 45 degrees away). At this time, Venus is moving at the same speed or faster than the sun. Catching up!
Two-hundred and sixteen days (6 x 36 days) later, Venus reaches the superior conjunction with the Sun, when she is moving close to her maximum of speed of about 1°15′ per day. Think of this as the ‘full moon’ stage, where Venus is farthest from the Earth. She’s back in the underworld again, not visible in the morning or evening.
Thirty-six days after the superior conjunction, when the Sun and Venus are about ten degrees apart, Venus reappears from the underworld as the evening sky, setting AFTER the Sun.
Finally, we have thirty-six days later, the Retrograde Station that leads back, Rx, to the new synodic cycle starting with the next inferior conjunction where we can’t see her. She’s in the underworld yet again, until she moves 10 degrees AHEAD of the sun, appearing as the Morning star.
Now that you have that under your belt, check the Astro clock and see where Venus is now in her Synodic Cycle:
You’ll find she’s in the middle of the Synodic Cycle, post superior conjunction, with Venus at 25 Leo (today as I type) setting 24 degrees after the sun at 1 Leo. She’s our evening star, with the Maximum Elongation occurring in January 2017 with Rx Station in March 2017. By May 2017, she rises as our Morning star once again.
Starting to make sense?
584 x 5 = 365 x 8 = 2920. i.e. there are exactly 5 Venus cycles in every 8 years, and the significant points migrate slowly retrograde through the zodiac. This means that every 8 years the same Rx loop occurs at the same time of year, covering the same degrees of the zodiac. Psychologically, it represents a time of the most profound maturing of the soul through the purification of the heart. We are invited to include that which has been excluded, to make amends internally, to seek forgiveness and to process unfinished business so that we may be renewed and released.– Melanie Reinhart
Now that you have gleaned all this cool science, how do you apply it to your chart?
First, work out which part of the Venus synodic cycles when you where born. Was she the morning star? Evening? Direct” Rx? In the underworld (invisible)? Do you connect this energy to your relationship MO? Here is a lengthy Venus Cycle PDF to work off of. And for delineations and deep details, this article by the humanistic astrologer, Michael R Myer.
Next, check the house Venus was in when the cycle began (where was the inferior conjunction before, or during, your birth?) It may have been a year or more back. Do your relationships spring from the matters of this house? Interesting, right?
Now, check your loves, family and past loves charts. Are they in the same Venus synodic cycles as your chart? Different? You may notice a kind of simpatico with ppl in the same cycle as you.
Hopefully, this will get you in touch with the connection between astrology (the symbolic and energetic correlations between the planets and person/place and things on Earth), and astronomy, the the branch of science which deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.
Let’s share our thoughts!
Most of all, anyone confused about the Daily Motion of the Planets through the chart, this 2 minute tut will help. Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂
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!
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!
Enjoy, and see you in the comments for Q & A.
It's Kim Falconer here with a tutorial on the very cool and useful midpoint magic.
the exact middle point.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
3. 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.
Hi everyone, Kimmy here with one of my favorite applications – the Horary Astrology Chart.
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:
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.)
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.
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!
The 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.
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.
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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