(This is excerpted from my forthcoming book.)
Parker’s (Julia & Derek Parker) is an excellent, thorough, and all-encompassing 500-page primer on all facets of astrology. It should be on everyone’s bookshelf and to be referred to as much as any other source. It has its own definite point of view, compared to other sources; it’s very well researched to back up their own slant.
For relocation astrology, I use Parker’s Astrology for its interpretation of midpoints. What are midpoints?
Let’s say that Moon is 2 degrees Capricorn and Mars is 26 degrees Aquarius. The midpoint between those planets is 29 degrees Capricorn. That’s a direct midpoint – 27 degrees from both the Moon and Mars.
But also, 29 degrees Cancer is a direct midpoint, as that point is 153 degrees from both the Moon and Mars.
The direct midpoint between two planets is significant because if a planet, or the midheaven or ascendant is there, it resonates and activates the other two planets.
The other acceptable midpoints, which are not direct, are places 45 or 90 degrees from one of the direct midpoints. So this would include 29 degrees Aries and 29 degrees Libra (90 degrees away). It would also include 14 degrees Pisces, 14 degrees Gemini, 14 degrees Virgo, and 14 degrees Sagittarius (all 45 or 135 degrees away).
It has been my experience that the midpoints that are not direct midpoints are not as strong as those that are direct, but they are there, particularly if the orbs are strong. Even the non-direct midpoints are 8th harmonic midpoints, meaning that in the 8th harmonic they are direct midpoints. If there’s an indirect midpoint 45 degrees away from the midpoint between two planets, when everything is multiplied by 8, that midpoint is 360 degrees, or directly in between, the two planets. Since 8th harmonic is considered our driving force, these are still influential non-direct midpoints.
The most influential midpoints, however, are the ones that are both direct and have small orbs (less than half a degree). We use up to two degrees orb for midpoints (so, using my example, the direct midpoint encompasses 27 degrees Capricorn to 1 degree Aquarius). But a midpoint on the high end of the orb is going to be fairly weak.
Parker’s has a 24-page spread of all the midpoint possibilities. There is the midpoint planet and the surrounding planets. The format might be a section called “Neptune/Pluto”, and underneath that a list of all other planets. So under Neptune/Pluto one could select, say, Jupiter, and we’d get the section:
Will cause disruption simply to have a bit of peace! A kind and sympathetic individual who will willingly assist other people.
In doing a reading, I only focus on midpoints where the Ascendant and Midheaven are involved. That’s because those are location-specific and will change when one moves. In fact, there is a great deal of sensitivity – moving only 1 or 2 degrees to the East or West will change many of the midpoints that a client has.
So, where does one find what midpoints one has?
I typically use my Time Passages software to pull up a chart, and then get the midpoints as follows:
This takes me to the following screen:
From here I change the settings to a 2 degree orb and a modulus of 45 degrees. This expands our options to indirect midpoints, as discussed earlier. It will also show the weaker midpoints.
From here you get a window that looks like this:
This doesn’t give that much useful information for our purposes – it only tells us where in the zodiac the direct and closest midpoint is to each of the planetary pairs. We have to scroll down a bit:
Now we’re getting somewhere. You can see the glyphs of the midpoint, shown to the left and in this picture including the Sun and some of the Moon. You can see which planets the Sun (or Moon) is in the midpoint of. You can also see if it’s direct (0 or 180 degrees) or not, as shown by the notation ‘direct’ on some of these. For example, the Sun is a direct Midpoint of Mercury and Venus. In this case, it’s a 1.1 degree orb (as shown). Because these are only planets involved, this midpoint will not change no matter the location.
Before I go any further, it should be noted that the Ascendant glyph looks like a circle with a horizontal line through it (corresponding to 1st house/7th house cusp), while the Midheaven looks like a circle with a vertical line going through it (corresponding to 10th house/4th house cusp).
We can see here that the Sun is an indirect midpoint to Uranus/Midheaven, and since the glyph is a square, it’s 90 degrees from that midpoint (with a 0.1 degree orb). We can also see the glyphs for semisquare and sesquiquadrate. The semisquare looks like a 45 degree angle and the more complex looking one, involving a square with the letter “L” intersecting it, is a sesquiquadrate.
It is rewarding to go through all of your midpoints that only involve planets. The example I used was Sun=Mercury/Venus. The section for this is:
A friendly individual. Ability for creative/artistic work. Appreciation of beauty.
But because I’m focusing on relocation, the more relevant one here is the Sun=Uranus/Midheaven. This only applies to this location, which in this case is the birth location. For this, we get:
A highly motivated person who will work to breaking point to achieve objectives.
The Midheaven generally deals with career, so this does not seem outlandish.
For each location, I run the Midpoint chart and focus exclusively on anything that involves the Ascendant or Midheaven. If we scroll down a bit, we see:
This takes us to midpoints involving Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. We can see, for example, that Venus=Node/Midheaven (direct midpoint with no orb, very strong), and Mars=Venus/Ascendant (square with 1.3 degree orb, somewhat weak). And so on.
A sympathetic individual good at personnel work.
We get a lot of midpoints going through the planets this way. But what’s just as rewarding is when we get close to the bottom:
Here we see that we have everything that the Ascendant is a midpoint of, and everything that the Midheaven is a midpoint of. Most of the things here are going to be midpoints that we can use, including:
Ascendant=Saturn/Neptune (square, 1.7 degree orb)
Ascendant=Moon/Mercury (semisquare, 0.9 degree orb)
Ascendant=Mercury/Chiron (square, 0.7 degree orb)
Ascendant=Moon/Chiron (square, 0.3 degree orb)
Ascendant=Uranus/Pluto (semisquare, 0.2 degree orb)
Ascendant=Venus/Jupiter (direct, 0.5 degree orb)
Midheaven=Venus/Ascendant (square, 0.9 degree orb)
Midheaven=Mars/Neptune (sesquiquadate, 0.6 degree orb)
Midheaven=Jupiter/Pluto (semisquare, 0.2 degree orb)
Midheaven=Saturn/Pluto (semisquare, 1.7 degree orb)
Midheaven=Mercury/Jupiter (square, 1.8 degree orb)
The strongest of these midpoints is the Ascendant=Venus/Jupiter, since it is direct. It indicates:
One who was born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth! Great natural charm. Care needed not to take advantage of others.
Other strong ones that we can use are Ascendant=Uranus/Pluto:
The influence will add a certain fanaticism to the Ascending sign characteristics,
Ambition and strong aspirations. The need to make progress and be noticed by superiors.
I hope you are getting a good picture of the midpoints that involve the ascendant or midheaven and that influence the person in their basic character. Take a deep breath and understand that when you relocate the chart, unless you are moving a multiple of 45 degrees longitude across the earth (45, 90, 135, 180), all or almost all of these midpoints are likely to disappear, to be replaced by other midpoints.
For my move to Denver, CO there were many midpoints, some quite strong. They include:
Moon=Venus/Midheaven (square, 0.2 degree orb):
The individual will be kind and warm-hearted, and have a flair for caring. Moodiness could cause difficulties with colleagues. Sometimes an indication of fame.
Uranus=Sun/Midheaven (direct, 0.5 degree orb):
A ruthless attainment of objectives. Could be a martinet if a boss, but often comes up with brilliant ideas.
Moon=Venus/Ascendant (semisquare, 1.7 degree orb):
A much-loved person with strong maternal or paternal instincts.
Mercury=Venus/Midheaven (square, 1.0 degree orb):
Ability for selling. An effective communicator.
Mars=Moon/Ascendant (square, 1.7 degree orb):
The love life might be stormy but it won’t be dull. Mood swings could cause problems.
Jupiter=Saturn/Midheaven (sesquiquadrate, 1.1 degree orb):
The ability to simplify complex issues when working. A straightforward approach to problems.
The client will need to weigh the positives and negatives of a move, in midpoints, what houses a planet makes, and what aspects that planet makes to the ascendant and midheaven. Having this interpretation in hand allows us to give information and insight that is vital to the client. This, combined with an empathetic approach, allows the client to see the gravity of what is being presented to them, including what they’re seeing right now in their own lives in the location they’re currently in, especially if they’ve been there a while.