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What is a harmonic and what is a harmonic chart?

Harmonic charts are not the primary issue with relocation astrology per se. The planets are going to be in the same signs when you relocate, and most of harmonic astrology has to do with planets being at specific angles to each other in a harmonic that it wouldn’t be in the natal chart. The only differences are with the angles of the planet to the relocated ascendant and midheaven. This will change, and Astro Maps, specifically the ones that you can see on the Sirius program, and especially with Treasure Maps show that quite clearly.

So, with that in mind, I’ll explain what a harmonic is.

If two planets are 10 degrees apart, they would be 50 degrees apart on the 5th harmonic. The 5th harmonic magnifies everything five times. So two planets that are 100 degrees apart would be 500 degrees apart in the 5th harmonic. Because there’s only 360 degres in a circle, the distance ‘wraps around’ the circle; if you subtracted 360 from 500 degrees those planets would then be 140 degrees apart.

Two planets that are 180 degrees apart would be 900 degrees apart in the 5th harmonic. This time, you have to subtract 360 twice, and you end up with 180 degrees distance. Now, two planets that are 72 degrees apart end up as 360 degrees apart, or zero (conjunct), and two planets that are 144 degrees apart end up as 720 degrees apart, or, again zero (720 – 360 -360 = 0), conjunct.

We call planets 72 degrees apart quintiles and planets that are 144 degrees apart biquintiles. I myself have a quintile-biquintile-biquintile aspect pattern in my chart between Venus, Saturn, and Pluto. Venus and Pluto are quintile, both planets are biquintile Saturn. No part of the wheel is uninvolved. The orbs aren’t super-small, but they’re small enough that it counts.

Fifth harmonic aspects, or quintiles, tend to have to do with creativity and play. Someone with a lot of quintiles tend to dislike drudgery and have to come up with more creative ways to make money. (That is what David Cochrane planted into my head five years ago, anyway, and I identify with it.)

Harmonics are synonomous with vibrations. When I finished Cochrane’s Vibrational Astrology program last year, we had been taught the meanings over every one of the harmonics, or vibrations, up to a specific point. (The research has made it to the 43rd harmonic, at this point).

Two planets 10 degrees apart in the natal end up 90 degrees apart in the 9th harmonic. 9th harmonic has to do with how one integrates in one’s community. Communitarian ideals are often associated with left-of-center politics, and if there’s a strong 9th harmonic in the world our society would be structured in more liberal ways. Joe Biden and Barack Obama both have strong 9-vibration in their charts, and they are both very compatible in the 9th harmonic as well, which is a major reason why their relationship was so successful.

(At this moment we are in a strong 13 vibration. Neptune and Pluto are in 13th harmonic from each other, specifically 2/13 of the zodiac from each other, or just over 55 degrees. Because Neptune and Pluto are such slow moving planets the 13th vibration will be here for a long time, actually from 2015 until early 2024. If another planet activates them in the 13th harmonic the influence is even stronger. 13 vibration tends to favor right wing ideologies overall. It’s a major reason why there are so many right wing governments in power all over the world right now. 13 vibration has to do with things like individual greatness, heroism, rising above mediocrity, inner individual personal responsibility. 13 vibration would not favor someone successful paying a lot in taxes to help the community, because the basic premise is that the individual has ‘earned’ it. This doesn’t exclusively have to be the province of the right — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has strong 13 harmonics in her chart — but it often ends up that way.)

Two planets 10 degrees apart in the 37th harmonic would be 370 degrees, or 10 degrees apart. This is a good explanation of 37, 41, and 43 harmonics. I have a very strong 37 harmonic and a pretty strong 43 harmonic. I definitely identify with the ‘bad-ass witch’ moniker — in my creative outlet (radio show) and on the decisions I make in life.

Each of the harmonics has its own theme and we will have a definition of it through the 43rd harmonic at least, especially if it is a prime number.

So how are these harmonics expressed on an Astro Map?

Because the Ascendant and Midheaven change whereever you go (especially if the changes are in longitude and/or at a high latitude), this is something that David Cochrane has addressed on his Sirius software. Unlike the Time Passages software, his maps include many different types of aspects to the angular lines, not just the lines themselves.

There are four settings and for this map that’s below, we have an ‘extremely detailed’ map of Hawaii:

Hawaii has a lot of lines in the “Extremely Detailed” setting. There are lines that have to do with 9-vibrations, 7-vibrations and 5-vibrations to the Ascendant and Midheaven, along with the more traditional aspects (square, opposition, sextile, trine, conjunction).

As noted in the caption below the map, we can see a line that says Sun 100 degrees from the Ascendant, moving somewhat diagonally (northwest to southeast) through Oahu. That means that the Sun is 80 degrees from the Descendant. (We are using the Zodiac Longitude settings in this map, and they’re generally simpler to understand.) We can see lines that say 51 deg 26 minutes and 128 deg 34 minutes. These are examples of septile (7th harmonic) lines. (We didn’t cover 7th harmonic yet — but I will say that it has a lot to do with quiet, introverted discipline — think of the young child spending hours each day learning the piano until she is good enough to become a concert pianist. That’s basically the idea.)

It’s unclear what this all means, although if you to click on the Jupiter septile line that runs in between Oahu and Kauai, you get this interpretation:

*** Ascendant Septile Jupiter ***      (Orb: 0 Deg 00 Min)
        Professional and business relationships work out well in this area, and you are able to find good service people (doctor, dentist, car mechanic, plumber, etc.) to work with.

This is something of a canned interpretation, but there is a good deal of truth in it in most cases, and that’s one reason I use Astro Maps in my interpretations for clients.

All of this can be distilled by Treasure Maps — in other words, each Treasure Map ‘category’ distills certain types of aspects and planets within it, leaving out the aspects and planets that don’t have to do with its ‘theme.’

Here’s a Friendship & Family, detailed, for a certain person (me):

My Friendship and Family, detailed map has to do with ‘comfort zones’ on a business level. It involves most planets, not just Moon and Venus — which would be on the basic Friendship & Family map. You can see that most of the lines are multiples of 20 degrees, such as the Jupiter 140 degrees from the midheaven — which means it’s 40 degrees from the nadir — going through Molokai, and the Mercury 160 degrees from the midheaven, going east of the Big Island.

So the Friendship & Family, detailed map has mostly to do with 9-harmonic aspects to the Ascendant and Midheaven, which would make sense because favorable business relationships in a location require integration with the community in some fashion, that fashion having to do with the planet involved.

I’m not seeing too many of the other aspects being expressed in Treasure Maps — by that I mean the 5- and 7-harmonic aspects. With one exception — Culture & Creativity, which is a map that I don’t typically use for clients unless asked or unless I’m doing just a Basic Astro Map workup (see my consultations page).

Here you can see two quintile-oriented lines on this map — including a 36 degres from the midheaven line involving Saturn and a 108 degrees from the midheaven line involving Pluto. Also right to the west of the map is a 144 degrees from the Midheaven line for Jupiter.

The generic interpretation that Sirius uses for the Pluto aspects in these cases is as follows:

*** IC Quintile Pluto ***      (Orb: 0 Deg 00 Min)
        Your career or profession is likely to head full steam ahead here, but whether it brings happiness or disillusionment depends largely on your depth of perception and ability to be true to your deepest values and feelings.

*** IC Quintile Pluto ***      (Orb: 0 Deg 00 Min)
        Your career or profession is likely to head full steam ahead here, but whether it brings happiness or disillusionment depends largely on your depth of perception and ability to be true to your deepest values and feelings.

* IC Biquintile Saturn *      (Orb: 0 Deg 41 Min)
        You may be drawn into a world of elegance and snobbery, or become painfully aware of differences between the rich and poor. If handled properly, a good place for perfecting professional skills.

This doesn’t tell us very much about how the creative powers that quintile aspects give us to Pluto and Saturn. Pluto energy comes from something very deep within us, to the point that it’s coming from past lives and the occult and forces beyond our comprehension. Saturn energy, in the best sense, has to do with valuing things that are real, deep, and lasting — things that last past death (as David Cochrane taught us). Our creativity, depending on the line (and it looks like the two areas that Saturn and Pluto dictate for this map overlap), is going to have to do with these areas of life.

All of this gives us a pretty good idea of how harmonic astrology does and does not affect relocation. It’s important that we work that out. Remember, a harmonic chart is not a ‘real’ chart. It is an illustration of aspects that we wouldn’t easily be able to see on a natal chart — really, are you going to be able to identify two planets that are 51 degrees 26 minutes apart? — that are just as valuable as the things we can easily see.

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Chiron lines

Although I didn’t remember that I did this, I covered Chiron house placements from a different source — Parker’s Astrology — on my September 18 and September 21 posts. These interpretations are lengthy and more than make up for the Round Art and Mapping Your Travels interpretations that exist for every other major planet.

Chiron has a highly elliptical orbit that is 50 years long. It spends roughly 9 years in Aries, but roughly 2 years each in Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. Those of us in our 40s and early 50s have Aries in common among most of us. (Our Chiron return, which happens at around 50, can be a very difficult time.)

This will be the final post on astrological lines that Time Passages and Dan Furst’s “Finding Your Best Places”. Here’s the standard explanation and disclaimer:

  • The ascending line is the location on the earth where the planet is rising. (As a corollary, the ascendant is the point on the horizon — northeast, southeast, or anywhere in between — where the sun would be rising at the time of birth). A planetary ascending line is the planet on the cusp of the first house.
  • The descending line is the location on the earth where the planet is setting. (The descendant is the point on the horizon — northwest, southwest, or anywhere in between — where the Sun would be setting at the time of birth). A planetary descending line is the planet on the cusp of the 7th house.
  • The MC lines are where a planet would be at its highest point of the day in the sky, or essentially on the prime meridiem. They will be directly south above the Tropic of Cancer, directly north below the Tropic of Capricorn, or overhead (the possibility for being overhead only exists between the tropics). A planetary midheaven line is the planet on the cusp of the 10th house.
  • The IC lines are where a planet would be at its lowest point of the day underneath the earth. A planetary IC line is the planet on the cusp of the 4th house.

It should be emphasized again, that you should spend some time on or near a line before taking the plunge, picking up, and starting over. As would also be true for analyzing a planet in a house at a new location.

Besides using the Time Passages interpretation, I’ll be using Dan Furst’s “Finding Your Best Places: Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life”. This is a very recent book and I like his interpretations.

Here’s an Astro Map of the whole earth for a recent client:

An Astro Map of the Earth for a client. You can see that the lines converge to a degree in a couple of places — one, on Anarctica west of South America, and the other, in northern Russia. In Astro Maps, the two convergences of lines do tend to happen around the latitude of the Arctic and Antarctic circles.

The Chiron lines are a dark blue line, and, as you may well know, the symbol for the Chiron looks like a key; so, you’ll see the MC line for Chiron at the top of the screen:

You can see here the MC line for Chiron (always a vertical line, as it’s the point in the sky where Chiron would be at its highest point at the time of birth), run through central-west Canada, down through the Rocky Mountains; in fact going very close to Denver, which is a major metropolitan area, south through New Mexico and Mexico. It doesn’t hit any other population centers south of that.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation for Chiron on the Midheaven:
Chiron on the Midheaven indicates that wounds to your sense of authority or trauma that came at the hands of important authority figures from your past could arise in this location for healing and transformation. People or events that you encounter here could stimulate you to recreate ancient patterns. You may at first undergo a period of disillusionment and difficult realizations, but as you begin to accept yourself more fully and to heal, the very issues that held you back can become a profound source of experience and wisdom. You may find that in this part of the world you embody the archetype of the Wounded Healer – the Chiron archetype – in a publicly recognized way. Careers in any of the healing arts are likely to bring success. The inner journey you undergo may actually inspire you to shuck off outmoded tradition and develop your own values, which could eventually gain you recognition. Here, you have an opportunity to transform wound into wisdom, to enter the outer world with your whole truth and to fully shine your light to others.

Here’s Dan Furst’s take:
Chiron on the MC lines point to professional activity, success and recogntion as alternative health practitioners, and to our wounds concerning our professional path, spiritual direction and sense of connection with the universal energy field. Such lines may also be present in places where we have a strong sense of what we ought to be doing .. but are not doing.

Moving along to the Chiron Ascending line, we see:

Chiron on the Ascendant notably goes through Eastern New Zealand and some outerlying islands in Oceania quite some distance away from Indonesia, then goes between northern Japan and Siberia. Other than New Zealand, this misses population centers.

Time Passages’ interpretation of Chiron on the Ascendant goes as follows:
Chiron on the Ascendant indicates that time spent in this location provides you with a golden opportunity to work on healing your vital force and your deepest sense of self. You may feel a bit haunted as you travel through this part of the world because disturbing insights and painful memories could arise. This place in some way stimulates deeper issues and wounds of yours that have resulted from painful experiences as far back as early childhood. You might find that here you have no choice but to look your fears and failure-based patterns straight in the face. You might also be able to summon up a great deal of sympathy for others that you encounter that have experienced similar trauma in their own lives. You could discover that this locale provides you with unexpected resources that can help you to accept your flaws and exchange the painful feelings arising from the past into a profound and experience-based wisdom. Your voyage within then becomes a healing journey for yourself and for the outer world also, as you help others around you to likewise heal.

Here’s what Dan Furst has to say about Chrion on the Ascendant:
Chiron on the Ascendant often applies in places where we are seeking to establish ourselves as health practitioners, or are seeking in other ways to gain the courage and assertiveness to project ourselves more confidently into the “outer” world and tell the planet who we are. Issues of worthiness and deserving, or of being in retreat from the inhibiting effect of one’s own shadow, often apply here.

Here’s the map indicating Chiron on the nadir (IC):

You can barely see the Chiron IC line; it’s to the west of the yellow Mercury MC line. It runs through western India, where there are no doubt many population centers. North of there is Central Asia, and, finally, Russia.

Time Passages has it as follows:
Chiron on the Nadir indicates that in this location your deepest feelings regarding yourself may alter, causing you to undergo a potentially painful period of re-examination, transformation and eventual healing. Old trauma, perhaps buried away behind walls of shame since early childhood, could be stimulated by situations or people that you encounter here. These issues may have been up to now a source of painful feelings without any concrete understanding of how they arise, so that greater recognition can be hugely beneficial. You could find that this place becomes a central focus for psychological, educational and spiritual quests. You could also find that much of your healing work in this locale centers around home and family. Retreats and forms of contemplation could be appealing, and could help heal your relationship to your parents, your family, or your roots. As you confront these psychic wounds and begin working through them, you discover more about your own essence and spiritual purpose. This tends to bring out the healer in you and you may find that over time, you become a better source of trust, peace and nurturing for those around you.

Dan Furst’s take:
Chiron on the Nadir can mark a place where we come to terms with our struggles to support ourselves on the Earth plane, whether as health practitioners or in other livelihoods. This line can also be present in places where we address inherited and self-imposed limits of scarcity mind, or assist others in their efforts to dissolve their own poverty consciousness.

Finally, here’s Chiron on the Descendant:

There’s more potential for the client to end up on their Chiron Descending line: it runs through western Africa, including Morocco, and then through Spain, near Madrid, and France, near Paris, Amsterdam, Denmark, and Scandinavia (near Stockholm).

Here’s Chiron on the Descendant, per Time Passages:
Chiron on the Descendant indicates that in this locale you could experience powerful healing through partnership with others. You also may be forced to encounter in some way your own deeper issues involving relationship. If you have any interest in the healing arts, time spent in this area will surely deepen your practice. You may enter into important relationship here with people that catalyze connection with your own healing modalities. In this region, the wounds and blocks that have kept you from connecting more deeply could come up and undergo transformation. You could make strong contact with your “shadow side” in these parts, either through events that bring these parts to light, or by attracting important people who reflect back to you these difficult-to-see places within yourself. Experiences here may help you get in touch with a profound sense of inner loneliness that you might have been largely unconscious of up to now, as well as the means for healing this issue. Eventually, through your own healing journey, you may also be enabled to help others who are on a similar path.

Dan Furst has it as follows:
Chiron on the Descendant is relevant to the work of medicinal teams and projects, our own wounds of love, sex, intimacy and partnership, and the wways in which we may retreat from the challenges of professional teamwork and the rough, sometimes competitive pressures of creative and marital collaboration.

After you read this, you should have a pretty good idea of what Chiron is about, whether or not you end up on a Chiron line. Chiron is a planet that has us deal with our wounds in whatever capacity the theme is, so the different houses Chiron can be in also have telling interpretations.

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What is NOT affected by relocation

I have a friend who I’ve known for over six years. She’s as into Astrology almost as much as I am, and we’re essential to each other’s growth. She has expressed skepticism about relocation astrology in the past; she may be coming around somewhat and I hope this post can further act as proof that there are certain things that change when you relocate and certain things that DON’T.

She said, and I paraphrase, “so you don’t agree with the saying, ‘Whereever you go, there you are?”

I said, I half agree.

Possibly the most effective way to illustrate this is by discussing Parker’s astrology, a source which I use heavily in each client’s astrological reading. Direct midpoints are exactly in between two bodies (usually planets, but can be the Asc or MC). That means the 0 degrees and also 180 degrees, since they’re directly in between.

Indirect midpoints are 45, 90, or 135 degrees from the direct midpoints. These are “8th harmonic midpoints” — if you do an 8th harmonic of the chart (in other words, blow up everything 8x so that two planets that are 10 degrees apart are 80 degrees apart in the 8th harmonic), those indirect midpoints will become direct midpoints. 8th harmonic is important; as astrologer David Cochrane noted, it’s basically our ‘driving force’ in life.

Every midpoint that involves the Ascendant and Midheaven is going to be affected when you move. The number of said midpoints averages 30, though it varies a lot — I’ve seen it below 15 and above 45.

That leaves all the midpoints that only involve the ten major planets. I don’t yet, but I may offer such a reading where I do this for clients, because it’s the stuff that will never change no matter where you are. So I don’t know what the average number of such midpoints are for someone, but I know how many I have.

49.

And I’m going to post them here. Not because I’m particularly an exhibitionist, although I may enjoy being in the public eye (on a good day, anyway). I’m going to post these as examples of the kinds of things people have — the negative stuff is the stuff we have to do our ‘work’ on if we’re going to overcome it at all. We can have some success at this. So it’s important to get this out there.

The highlighted ones are either direct midpoints and/or they’re midpoints with an orb of 1/2 degree or less. To make it to this list (and to make it on the report I give clients), the orb must be 2.0 degrees or less. These are in theory the strongest ones. In theory.

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Midpoints not dependent on location

  • Sun = Mars/Uranus (0, 1.0) – Very quick reactions to all situations in life.  A dynamic and highly sexed individual.
  • Sun = Venus/Pluto (45, 0.9) – Extremely powerful feelings and sexuality.  A need to dominate.
  • Sun = Uranus/Neptune (45, 0.5) – Physical sensitivity to exterior and psychological influences.  Originality and inspiration.
  • Sun = Mercury/Venus (0, 1.1) – A friendly individual.  Ability for creative/artistic work.  Appreciation of beauty.
  • Sun = Moon/Venus (0, 1.5) – The desire for permanent relationships.  Appreciation of art.  Creature comforts very important.
  • Moon = Saturn/Neptune (45, 1.2) – An over-emotional individual who will have a pessimistic outlook and bouts of depression.
  • Moon = Uranus/Pluto (90, 0.7) – A receptive person with powerful, immediate reactions.  Easily angered.
  • Moon = Venus/Jupiter (45, 1.0) – Natural charm.  Kindness and sympathy is freely expressed.  An instinct for knowing when emotional support is needed.
  • Mercury = Mars/Saturn (90, 2.0) – No one ever seems to take any notice of what the individual is trying to do or say.  A victim of bullying.
  • Mercury = Moon/Pluto (45, 1.6) – A plotter or schemer.  Detective ability.  Good researcher.
  • Mercury = Saturn/Neptune (45, 0.4) – Inhibition blocks positive thinking.  The person may moan: “If only I’d had a better upbringing/education/my relationship hadn’t ended.
  • Mercury = Uranus/Pluto (90, 1.5) – A deep thinker who soon motivates action.  The ability to sway the masses through oratory.
  • Mercury = Venus/Jupiter (45, 1.8) – A flair for craftwork.  A charming, happy individual who adores being in the company of lively, talkative friends.
  • Venus = Saturn/Uranus (135, 1.9) – Difficulties in sustaining long-term emotional relationships.
  • Venus = Mars/North Node (90, 1.1) – Someone who falls in love far too frequently and easily.
  • Venus = Sun/Mars (45, 0.1) – The ability satisfactorily to combine love and sex within relationships.
  • Venus = Neptune/North Node (45, 0.4) – The tendency to idealize lovers.
  • Venus = Sun/Neptune (0, 1.4) – Artistic flair which should be nurtured.  The need for love, but some confusion in this sphere.
  • Mars = Saturn/North Node (45, 1.7) – Acceptance of vulnerability to depression and a desire to rid the self of it, but an ongoing battle.  An unpredictable friend.
  • Mars = Sun/Saturn (0, 0.8) – Imbalance in the use of energy leads to periods of over-activity and lethargy.
  • Mars = Jupiter/Pluto (135, 2.0) – Will inspire and spur others into great achievement.  Usually good organizing ability.  No time for fools.
  • Jupiter = Sun/Venus (45, 1.2) – Generosity.  The belief that it is better to give than to receive.  An easy, relaxed attitude to partners.  Natural charm.  A “lucky” person.
  • Jupiter = Neptune/Pluto (0, 0.7) – Will cause disruption simply to have a bit of peace!  A kind and sympathetic individual who will willingly assist other people.
  • Jupiter = Mercury/Mars (90, 0.2) – Natural ability to teach.  A jovial person, excellent communicator.
  • Jupiter = Moon/Mars (90, 0.2) – An uncomplicated person.  Flair for solving problems easily and succinctly.  Optimism.  In tune with the emotions.
  • Jupiter = Mercury/Neptune (45, 1.3) – There are no bounds to the imagination, which will be inspired by the best of motives.  An idealist.  Talent for poetry.  Religious vocation.
  • Jupiter = Moon/Neptune (45, 1.7) – A big personality who is much loved.  Good imagination and understanding of people.  Compassion and kindness.
  • Saturn = Moon/Neptune (135, 2.0) – Possibility of above-average disappointments in life and the inability to make the best of things.
  • Saturn = Mars/Uranus (135, 0.4) – Frustration inhibits the full development of potential.
  • Saturn = Sun/North Node (90, 0.4) – The tendency to put other people down and be heavy-handed or over-strict.
  • Saturn = Venus/Pluto (180, 0.3) – A difficult partner subject to unpredictable moods.  Money is more important than love.
  • Saturn = Uranus/Neptune (180, 1.1) – Underhandedness.  Possibly creative ability.  Lack of stability.
  • Saturn = Mercury/Venus (135, 1.7) – Lack of self-confidence in creative effort.  Sculpture could be rewarding.
  • Uranus = Jupiter/North Node (90, 0.7) – A lively, somewhat unpredictable friend.  One who likes to surprise others.
  • Uranus = Sun/Jupiter (45, 0.3) – An optimistic outlook on life.  Self-belief.  Successful enterprise.
  • Uranus – Saturn/North Node (180, 1.1) – The need for freedom of expression and to encourage others to take drastic action.
  • Neptune = Jupiter/Pluto (45, 1.1) – A sly, untrustworthy tendency.  Will complicate matters unnecessarily.
  • Neptune = Saturn/Pluto (135, 0.8) – The tendency to cheat and defraud.
  • Neptune = Mercury/Jupiter (0, 0.9) – An extremely powerful imagination, which needs positive direction to work brilliantly – otherwise, confusion and unfounded worry.
  • Neptune = Moon/Jupiter (0, 1.4) – A poor sense of perspective.  The tendency to over-dramatize situations or give up.  Irrational worries or blind optimism.
  • Pluto = Uranus/North Node (90, 0.0) – The tendency to force opinions on to other people, which will lead to unpopularity.
  • Pluto = Mars/Jupiter (90, 0.3) – An enterprising person keen to “make good”, improve life and be prosperous.
  • Pluto = Sun/Uranus (45, 0.9) – Political aspirations.  The liking for power to exert over others.
  • Pluto = Jupiter/Neptune (45, 1.8) – Uncertainty whether being kind and easy-going will clash with the need to take a much harder and more materialistic attitude.
  • North Node = Mercury/Neptune (90, 1.0) – An enthusiast for clubs and groups of people with esoteric interests.
  • North Node = Moon/Neptune (90, 0.6) – A rather shy person who lets results of work speak for him or herself.
  • North Node = Jupiter/Saturn (90, 0.5) – A sensible person who will give sound advice to other people.  A stalwart friend.
  • North Node = Mars/Uranus (90, 1.0) – An interesting and lively, but very unpredictable, friend.
  • North Node = Venus/Pluto (135, 1.0) – A need to be with, and enjoy the company of big-business people and at the same time to aspire to be like them.

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I’ve generally said that about 80% of this ends up coming true if it’s a relocation. I’d also say that what you’re reading above — that’s also at about 80%. For whatever reason, legitimate or illegitimate.

These are midpoints. This system also applies to the planets making aspects to each other as opposed to the Asc or MC. It also applies to the planets themselves — your planet can change houses, but it will NEVER change signs.

It may, however, progress out of a sign, usually into the next one. Progressions known as secondary progressions use the ‘day for a year’ — so the progressed Sun moves through a sign over about 30 years, a progressed moon moves about as fast as transiting Saturn, and in my case Neptune progressed from Scorpio into Sagittarius when I was about 26. This is uncommon, even rare, and perhaps I am fortunate, given the problems that Neptune in Scorpio can bring.

Progressions do not delete the birth chart any more than relocation does. They add overtones. The natal effects can diminish, but they don’t go away. Just as a wild guess that could be an educated guess, the original influences could be 50% as strong (I’m just throwing that figure out there; other astrologers may weigh in.) It’s always circumstantial, also — whether that be what comes to us in life or any other astrological influences that can accentuate the any kind of influence.

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Astrology and Science

(This article starts with an article I posted on my first site (that gets no traffic), The Evening Shift Astrology. (theeveningshiftastrology.com). The Evening Shift Astrology is the name of my business, I had originally developed that name as I’m not a morning person and figured I wouldn’t start consultations until at least 1pm MT each day. Just so you know.)

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When I started studying Astrology two decades ago, it wasn’t long before I made a couple of observations. Those observations have to do with perceptions of Astrology.

I noticed that the scientific community was largely hostile toward Astrology, and the religious community was more mixed. I have atheist friends who are not especially affirming of astrology, thus not entirely unlike the scientific community.

I learned much later on that this was not always the case.

Hippocrates, considered the originator of Western medicine, is quoted to have said, “A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

This article relates the history of some of the greatest scientists who ever lived in the second half of the millenium, including Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, as well as (much later) Carl Jung.  Reading these great scientists’ varying points of view of astrology, it seems clear that they saw something that most of us don’t.  The scientific method and point of view — against all things mystical and esoteric — started to take hold in the 17th century, but didn’t become complete until late in the 19th century.

Jung, who used all manner of symbolism and astrology, is a major exception, of course, and I feel like I need to ask my atheist friend whether she could accept his work as valid.  I feel that modern science and mainstream media tends to intentionally ignore the contributions of Jung, “sweeping them under the rug,” as it were.

Astrology, being an esoteric field, can be thought of to say, “Science is important. But there are things that science can’t explain.” I have believed that astrology relies on the “astral plane” which is a plane of existence — a dimension, if you will, that coexists with the three physical dimensions we experience and the one (that we know of) dimension of time. The astral plane can’t really be seen, though those of us who are more sensitive or psychic might see it, in an intuitive manner, very clearly.

It’s questionable what the astral plane has to do with true spirituality. Even as we use the Western versions of astrology in the Western world, it seems to me to hew closer to Eastern spirituality — maybe Hinduism or Buddhism. I mean that the astral plane seems to have a lot to do with karma, reincarnation, and other things that modern scientists might be hostile to.

Additionally, astrologers have served the scientific community greatly, especially in the past, with our help gathering useful astrological data for scientists. I will try to write more about this later.

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Repost: What interpretations do you prioritize, and why?

(This is an article I posted on July 11 of last year. Take note as per the reference to Mercury retrograde at the very bottom of this article: Mercury retrograde just ended. Yay!)

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Every person who is into astrology — from the beginners to the world-renowned astrologers — read and follow certain things and not others. David Cochrane mentioned in our Vibrational Astrology classes (I’m paraphrasing) that “each of us takes a very specific slice of astrology,” a small slice, really. He also said that we shouldn’t try to know everything — because we can’t; not even the greatest astrologers are capable of this. Trying would just stress us out and even demoralize us.

So when two people who know a lot about astrology but haven’t interacted with each other get together and talk, they very well may be talking past each other. There could even be an expectation (which is unfulfilled) that their counterpart know certain things that they actually don’t know.

The other day I was talking with Aria Gmitter, who was in our Vibrational Astrology class and who edits YourTango, an online magazine with a rather large readership, about different things (including syndicating my articles on her website, which is great) and we also talked about astrology for part of that conversation.

She mentioned something about critical degrees. I have to admit that I haven’t paid that much attention to critical degrees, which is just where a planet it — where I think it means it’s either between 29 degrees and 30 degrees of a sign or 0 degrees to 1 degree of a sign. Or maybe it involves other degrees — 7 to 8? 15 to 16? It’s not my focus.

I will say that I do, as I’ve written about before, tend to evaluate the degree of a planet on a scale of 0 to 30 degrees, where the higher the degree the more mature expression of a planet. Somebody with Moon at 2 degrees of any sign may be dealing with very primitive emotions, and I have to say that a woman I’m about to have a date with has Mars at 29 degrees, which is great — a mature expression of ego. My Mars is at 26 degrees (Aquarius) and I do tend to appreciate people with mature egos.

My point is that Aria has been studying astrology for a lot less time than I have and yet she knows things that I don’t. This should not be overlooked.

My background in astrology started in late 1997 where my friend Gina exposed me to something called “Personology” which was a newly formed form of astrology that evaluates people for their personality. I don’t know how she found it, although she is a librarian so she has a keen eye for this.

(Actually, a few years earlier my esoteric practice started with the Pythagorean Numerology of Dan Millman as expressed in his book, “The Life You Were Born To Live.” But that’s numerology, not astrology.)

Back to Personology. I read The Secret Language of Relationships around the end of 1997, and The Secret Language of Birthdays came out the same year and I looked at it a little bit. I’ve mentioned the book in a recent post, but I’ll review — it divides the zodiac into 48 periods, defines them, and does each period’s relationship with each other period, which is 482 divided by 2, or 1152 possible matchups.

I was excited to learn this. I told people it changed my life. I was practically bragging about it to my hair stylist, and she said, “But what’s your ascendant?”

What’s that? I asked. If you read this blog, you probably know what an ascendant (or rising sign) is, but she pointed me to Jeanne Avery’s book “The Rising Sign : Your Astrological Mask.” This is an older book; it came out in 1983. I learned I was a Scorpio rising — wow, intense, incisive, powerful. (I was proud of my Scorpio rising, and didn’t really think of the drawbacks of it that much until I endeavored to leave it behind — which is all about relocation). Avery’s book just allots about 40 pages to each rising sign and tells a very long story about each.

From there I found “The Idiot’s Guide to Astrology” sometime in early 1998. Yes, that is a thing. A comprehensive book going into all facets of astrology. It makes it easy. The book had just come out, too. It was praised on the cover by the late Noel Tyl. Wow, my timing was pretty good for going into this field, even as just a student. Do not feel like an idiot for reading this book; it systematically and orderly fills in almost every gap that a beginning or even intermediate astrologer has.

The fourth and final of my formative early sources came from a co-worker. It was called The Round Art : The Astrology of Time and Space. This is a very difficult book to describe but it has beauty and brains and profound powers of observation. The book was so profound that it even contributed to my instability and was one of the reasons I checked myself into the main psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh for the fifth and final time around the Summer Solstice 1999. (Some books are dangerous, even if they are incredibly useful. Embrace the danger, or don’t.)

I got into many other books over the following years and I’m going to try to distill them in some orderly way into this article, unless that makes the article too long. But those were the “big four.” They were books I related to in a way, that other books that many astrologers swear by, I didn’t.

What does this say about me? That I’m interested in personality and character, that I’m interested in the “story” behind a planetary position (Avery and the Idiot’s Guide are great about stories), that I’m interested in psychology in a basic yet profound way.

My father was an educator. He wasn’t a university professor. He was a teacher, covering social studies, mainly for junior high school students; he also taught Special Ed and spent years as an evaluator of children. All of this was in NYC schools, and he retired in 1990. (Mom always said he didn’t know how to run a classroom, but that’s a different story).

The basic environment I grew up in had to do with concepts of basic education — things that are relatively introductory but have a good deal of depth and clarity — things that can still be incredibly useful. I dabbled in a lot of areas of life — I was particularly good at math in my early years, then became disillusioned when I had to take more advanced calculus and basically abandoned that kind of math and went into the humanities.

I studied journalism, politics, philosophy, activism, and, eventually history. I try to be broad-minded in what I try to get into. That does also apply to the astrology I study. The four “big, introductory” sources I read when I got started could not be more different.

I was a big fan of Listening to Prozac, the book that came out in 1993 that talks about how antidepressants not only correct a chemical imbalance (which is measured kind of arbitrarily by clinical personnel, anyway) but can transform the personality (with stories, there are always stories). This was a very influential book for me in trying to get a handle on my own brain, my own cognition. And it wasn’t until 2010 that I got where I needed to be on it.

When I showed the book to a psychiatrist sometime in the mid-1990s, he derisively referred to it as a “pop book.”

Now, what is a pop book? To the psychiatrist trained in medicine through a post-secondary education lasting 10 years (or more) — well, don’t get me started. There is a certain lack of “human-ness” (or humanity) among many trained in that field — it is not “medicine,” it deals in unquantifiable things. It may, I must say, be the reason that outcomes for psychiatric patients run a spectrum, but average mediocre at best. Outcomes are not that good precisely because the humanity of such a doctor has been trained out of them. (There are some really bright exceptions!)

Psychiatrists can be snobs but most people are hungering for something a little different. It is not hard for me to argue that the salaries for (good) therapists vs. (average) psychiatrists should be reversed.

Why is that? A good therapist should at least have the tools for a humanistic practice. She should at least be interested in the humanity of the person she is talking to. Chemical imbalances are real, but they cannot be solved by medicine alone. They require a thing called love.

And again, medicine does often do different things than what psychiatrists think it does. Having more serotonin or dopamine in the brain, if fully understood as to the implications (which is what good discourse does) can in fact transform the personality. I am a living example of this.

Bringing this back to the practice of astrology, I am struck by the advanced nature of some of the sources I have. Some of it is challenging and I’m going to try to distill some books I have lying around me.

Right now I’m looking at Communicating the Horoscope (1995, Llewellyn Publications). This is up my alley. I’m not so impressed by Noel Tyl’s introduction (he edited the book), it gets into abstractions that go over my head. What I’m interested in are the chapters, each written by a different astrologer with a different training, most written by women. I’m going to go down the list and distill some of the chapters for you.

  • The Magic of the Consultation Time — Christian Borup
  • Creative Listening and Empathy — Haloli Q. Richter
  • A Communication Model for Astrologers — Diana Stone
  • Solving Problems: Key Questions to Ask Your Client — Donna Cunningham
  • When the Client Avoids the Issue — Karen M. Hamaker-Zondag
  • Bottom-Line Astrology — Susie Cox
  • Telling Stories To Make Your Point — Jeff Jawer
  • Working with Measurement, Memory, and Myth — Wendy Z. Ashley

Because all of this is so important for an astrological counselor to grasp, I’m going to be distilling this further in a future post. It looks really good.

For the longest time I figured that even though I knew a lot about astrology, and learning more constantly, I would never make a good astrologer. A good astrologer will listen to their client — will empathize with them, identify their problems, come up with helpful solutions. Maybe it was about four or five years ago that started to change and I began to become more confident. Moving to Denver, CO, with Jupiter moving into my first house really helped. Having a strong 17 vibration (strong connections in my 17th harmonic — empathic, interested in the stories of others) helps too.

Whether I am such a good astrologer or not is kind of irrelevant. What is relevant is that there is a skill set and a certain personality needed. For Myers-Briggs, I am an INFP. Let me say this in a different way. I am not an INTP, although maybe I was much earlier in life. The kind of astrologer who can act as a life coach generally requires the “NF” type, whether the ENFP, ENFJ, INFP, or INFJ. They are not the ones writing hard-to-read books or trying to “outthink” (or outrank) their fellow astrologers.

If you can create such a bond with your client, to resonate well, that ultimately matters a lot more than your grasp of a certain concept unless that concept is directly relevant to the client’s psyche. And, as I’ve said, each of us has our own slice of the astrology pie, not the whole thing.

Okay, just to reinforce the sense of pop literature, I’m going to end this with an article on Mercury Retrograde. Y’all are probably waiting for it to end.

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Neptune on my mind

Mapping Your Travels and relocation — if we are interpreting correctly — considers the three most difficult planets (in order) as Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. (After that, the three ‘middleweights’ from hardest to easiest are Mars, Uranus, and Jupiter; and the ‘favorites’ in ascending order of favorability are Venus, Mercury, Sun, and Moon.)

I’ve covered Neptune in prior posts (December 28 of last year and January 9 of this year). You can refer to these posts — specifically the December 28 one — for more information about what Neptune is and does.

I want to work with Neptune and I want to use the parts of Neptune that are favorable and believe they are favorable. Particularly as I am contemplating picking up and moving to Hawaii; so the issues here are having Neptune in my 1st house by birth, the 2nd house where I’ve been in Colorado since 2016, and the 3rd house in Hawaii.

I found a great go-to book that I have been reading a lot over the last couple of weeks. It’s by Steven Forrest — The Book of Neptune. I’ve used it before in another post about Steven Forrest — a post on September 11. I’m going to ignore that post right now as I write, although you can read back to it and decide for yourself if I’m quoting redundant information.

There are so many things — astrologically — to consider when considering a move. But it’s okay to ponder only one and dwell on it for a while. Forrest has his own opinions on what importance relocation presents in the grand scheme of what astrology tells us we are supposed to do on this earth. I admire his skills and accomplishments greatly, but I might have a disagreement on whether location can dicatate something about whether a new location is supposed to change our life purpose.

And reading his book about Neptune in my view proves it. Let me show how.

I’ve read his chapters 20, 21, and 22 (Neptune in the first house, second, and third houses). Here is what he said as a summary to begin his Neptune in the 1st house:

Seemingly selfish or egocentric actions facilitate the evolution of consciousness. Leadership. Defense of boundaries. Growth-triggering experience claimed assertively.

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

Leaking energy: A deer-in-the-headlights state of paralysis or psychic shock. Feeling trapped in a “role.” Watching one’s life in a daze, as if it were a movie.

His book is copyrighted 2016, and I got it just after it came out but a couple of months before I picked up and left Pittsburgh. I was contemplating whether his first house Neptune would apply to me more than a second house Neptune would be in Colorado (at the time, I thought Boulder, but it was pointed out to me not long after I arrived that it was known as “The People’s Republic of Boulder,” and there’s a reason for that).

Looking at his 2nd house Neptune, it goes as follows:

Honoring your attainments on the Path — and avoiding the underestimation of your actual evolutionary state. Choosing appropriate and effective levels of inner practice. Being “willing to pay for it.” Benefits deriving from relationship with sacred objects: statues, stones, relics. Proving one’s self spiritually.

Bet the house.

Leaking energy: Wasting time on practices that are no longer useful given your actual evolutionary condition. Dithering self-doubt. Complications stemming from financial confusion.

It makes sense that 1st house Neptune would have something to do with leadership and 2nd house Neptune would have something to do with material status. And it’s true that I’ve only quoted the beginning summaries for the first two houses, and although they are excellent studies, they only capture what he’s saying so far. There’s not enough space here to quote the entire chapters and I can say he’s full of insights.

If I’m going to bottom-line anything here it’s that I think my priorities shifted from 1st house Neptune to 2nd house Neptune within about 3 years of getting here. It seemed entirely natural that I would do this.

I was somewhat politically involved the first couple of years, particularly as 4 months after I got here I became involved in the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the congressional district I lived in was slightly Democratic leaning but still had a Republican congressman (Mike Coffman) that we were trying to defeat. (He was very good at winning elections — very adaptable. He didn’t lose in 2016 but he did lose in the 2018 Democratic wave. They split their tickets in 2016 — Hillary won by about 9 points but the Republican congressman ALSO won by about 9 points).

I spent a good part of 2017 rallying in any way I could to save the Affordable Care Act. The state also had a Republican senator who was finally defeated in 2020, and in 2017 in particular I went to his town hall meeting in August 2017 (and reported on it, particularly his demagoguing of the health care issue) and marched into his office no fewer than six times that year to protest against his support of repealing the ACA, and some other ancillary issues.

There were opportunities to lead. I was involved in the local Indivisible group — the FB page has slighly fewer than 3000 people — and may have been at least partly responsible for ending a politician’s career. A long story involving homeless people’s rights, my being a delegate for governor and state representative — a story that mostly played out in the spring of 2018.

More importantly, I tried leadership through my writing. The pen is mightier than the sword, as the old saying goes. It was on the Indivisible Denver CD1 group. It was me presenting discourse on political matters — all so important as this played out between early 2018 and the 2020 pandemic, while Trump was in office. I did my best to offer insights on political matters, get people to think in new ways, offer some sort of moral authority on things. I’d post nearly every day, sometimes more than once per day. I was awarded the designation of “conversation starter”.

When my vibrational astrology program started, I met with one of the students, Elizabeth Dietz, in Denver. (It was an online program; she lived in Long Island, but was selling a condo that she owned in Denver). The program had stared only weeks earlier and we were being presented some of the newest information, with the astrological math. I have a strong 17 vibration in my chart, which makes me interested in the stories of others and can generally offer empathy, things that are hopefully serving me well in my practice.

She, on the other hand, has a strong 19 vibration. 19 vibration still engages with the stories of others, but more in a director role. So directing the stories of others, which can be very useful as a consultant or as a therapist who uses astrology in their practice (or an astrologer who offers therapy, etc.)

We were both so new at this, but she gave me an amazing reading. She basically concluded that, because of Mercury’s influnce, the reason I was put on this earth was to offer leadership through communication. Or, at least, some kind of service to others — but the communication part of it was key. And it made sense that my commitment to write for Indivisible Denver CD1 would be a part of that.

I rarely write for them anymore — I believe my last post was on Elijah McClain, the Black massage therapist murdered by Aurora, CO (a major suburban city right next to Denver) police more than a year ago (Generally, I post an article with commentary as much of my writing — in this case I mentioned that I was pretty sure that he was on the autism spectrum, indicating that Aurora police were not only racist and in many cases brutal, but that they were completely ignorant about, and uninterested in, how to interact with an autistic person.) McClain’s murder went viral around the middle of last year, and I added to the discussion.

My posts were almost always approved, but around the time the pandemic hit, my posts were being removed because I was posting New York Times’ and other papers’ Op-Eds, because I thought that they added to the discussion. They were posted up until about March 2020, but no longer. Most of my political posts now are on a site of people who practice witchcraft, specifically to stop Trump. (There are more than twice as many people in this group as there are in Indivisible Denver CD1!)

But even in the months leading up to the pandemic I was doubting whether the discourse-as-leadership was what I was supposed to be doing. It wasn’t a fully conscious wondering, but it’s relevant to the question of, do you buy that your life themes are going to change and that what was influencing me in Steven Forrest’s Neptune-in-houses write-up is no longer 1st house Neptune but instead 2nd house?

I think it is:

Honoring your attainments on the Path — and avoiding the underestimation of your actual evolutionary state. Choosing appropriate and effective levels of inner practice. Being “willing to pay for it.” Benefits deriving from relationship with sacred objects: statues, stones, relics. Proving one’s self spiritually.

Bet the house.

Before I go into “Bet the house,” I want to say that for me, my giving has less to do with the public now and more to do with personal, one-to-one interactions — helping the person in front of me. It became clear to me not long after starting the blog that it was about that.

I am completely winging it in terms of my astrology practice — putting all my eggs into it. There truly is no safety net here. I am betting the house that the practice will work out. The 2nd house is, among other things, the house of money. Other astrological texts (Isabel Hickey, as I recall, and there are others) will say that 2nd house Neptune is a problematic placement — that it completely dissolves our finances. Forrest is a little bit more positive about it. “Bet the house” is new information.

And betting the house isn’t easy for me. Much of it has to do with family scripts — from my late parents to my sister and her husband, who live very conventional lives. The idea of ‘winging it’ is anathema to them. They don’t approve. I am truly on my own. Honestly, I’d rather not talk to them until and unless I’m successful.

In the meantime, I look at Hawaii, which has a lot of positive things for me if you believe the midpoints, in particular. And Hawaii is far enough away that Neptune ends up in my 3rd house. And here’s what Forrest says.

The five senses are attuning to the Otherworld. Visions. Free-associative conversation with the Divine; “Channeling.” Learning. Reading omens, symbols, and synchronicities. Clairvoyance.

I didn’t know I knew that.

Leaking energy: Worry. Scattered speech and thoughts. Wool-gathering. Dithering. Not believing your own eyes.

The most attractive thing to me here is “I didn’t know I knew that.” In the context of things like clairvoyance.

He writes:

So, maybe you have Neptune in the 3rd house, and you encounter someoen who has gotten wind of the fact that you’re interested in metaphysics. She bumps into you in a shopping mall, starts a conversation, and quickly progresses to asking you, “Do you believe that if you visualize yourself being in love with the perfect person that you’ll attract that kind of love into your life?” Out of the blue you are confronted with that question. And it’s in the framework of a conversation — feel that third house context? You open your mouth and words come tumbling out. And they are exactly the right words. You have the experience of saying something that you didn’t know you knew.

It’s interesting to contemplate how this environment might affect me as an astrologer — in other words, my abilities. Additionally, it takes me out of the material realm to a large degree. And it’s just interesting and fulfilling — knowing things that you didn’t know you knew. I would think, regardless of whatever else the move would bring, that I’d really enjoy being in that situation.

I visited Hawaii twice (2015 & 2019) mostly as a tourist — and didn’t get to implant myself into a community that might be doing practices where I’d get to shine in that kind of way. There were things (I’m primarily referring to midpoints, but not exclusively) that I noticed immediately that showed up on the astrology, and there were things that I hadn’t been there for long enough to notice.

I suspect it might take a Mars return (usually about 1 3/4 years time) before I’d be fully immersed in whatever culture in Hawaii that I’d be a part of. (Actually, it was at least a few months, and probably several months, after the Mars return of the move here before it felt like “home.” For those of you who are keeping score.

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How I use midpoints to do an astrological workup, using Parker’s and Time Passages

(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:

If we want to use Time Passages to find out Midpoints, an integral part of the process I use, we can get information about Midpoints through “Display -> Reports -> Midpoints.”

This takes me to the following screen:

Following the instructions in the “Reports -> Midpoints” process

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:

The beginning of the “Midpoint Report” that Time Passages uses to determine what midpoints exist. See the next image below.

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:

A little further down, the beginning of the “Midpoints” list that I use from Time Passages. See the next image for an explanation.

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:

You can see the symbols for Venus, Mars, and Jupiter — as the midpoint between two other bodies, whether they be two planets, one planet and the Ascendant (horizontal line), one planet and the Midheaven (vertical line), or Ascendant/Midheaven (which is somewhat uncommon in a given client’s report). So for the purposes of relocation we can only use some of the things on this part of the list.

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.

Venus=Node/Midheaven indicates:

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:

Toward the bottom of the list are Ascendant (circle with horizontal line) or Midheaven (circle with vertical line) midpoints.

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,

and Midheaven=Jupiter/Pluto:

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.

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North Node lines

Time Passages does offer North Node lines on its Astro Map. So we’ll be covering these today. As usual, the explanation goes as follows:

  • The ascending line is the location on the earth where the planet is rising. (As a corollary, the ascendant is the point on the horizon — northeast, southeast, or anywhere in between — where the sun would be rising at the time of birth). A planetary ascending line is the planet on the cusp of the first house.
  • The descending line is the location on the earth where the planet is setting. (The descendant is the point on the horizon — northwest, southwest, or anywhere in between — where the Sun would be setting at the time of birth). A planetary descending line is the planet on the cusp of the 7th house.
  • The MC lines are where a planet would be at its highest point of the day in the sky, or essentially on the prime meridiem. They will be directly south above the Tropic of Cancer, directly north below the Tropic of Capricorn, or overhead (the possibility for being overhead only exists between the tropics). A planetary midheaven line is the planet on the cusp of the 10th house.
  • The IC lines are where a planet would be at its lowest point of the day underneath the earth. A planetary IC line is the planet on the cusp of the 4th house.

It should be emphasized again, that you should spend some time on or near a line before taking the plunge, picking up, and starting over. As would also be true for analyzing a planet in a house at a new location.

Besides using the Time Passages interpretation, I’ll be using Dan Furst’s “Finding Your Best Places: Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life”. This is a very recent book and I like his interpretations.

Here’s an Astro Map of the whole earth for a recent client:

As I’ve done with every planet up to now, I’ve posted the Astro Map of the entire Earth for someone. You can see Ascending and Descending lines — the more diagonal lines — coming from the left side of the screen and crossing nearly all together as a ‘singularity’ in Northern Canada, as well as on the opposite side of the earth near Antarctica and south of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Australia. Near each singularity, planets’ lowest point in longitude (or, conversely, highest) there will either be a Midheaven (MC) line or a Nadir (IC) line. If the line coming from the west of the peak or trough is a Descending line, it will be an IC line; if it is an Ascending line, it will be an MC line. Conversely, Ascending lines coming from the east peak at an IC line and Descending lines from the east peak at an MC line.

The North Node lines are in a light blue, a color distinct from those of the other planets. Here’s an illustration of both their North Node Nadir (IC) line and their North Node Ascending line.

In this particular person’s case the North Node IC line — where the North Node is on the cusp of the 4th house — is a dashed line that goes from Eastern Siberia near the Bering Strait and heads south (IC lines are always vertical), not really hitting any land on its way to Antarctica, although there may be some islands nearby. The person has more luck with their Ascending line, which extends from the IC line heading southeast into the Western Hemisphere, crossing through the middle part of North America, near Winnipeg, Kansas City, the Louisiana-Texas border. It then hits near the border of Mexico and Central America, near Belize. It pretty much misses South America before reaching Antarctica.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation for the North Node ascending line:
With the Moon’s North Node on the Ascendant, South Node on the Descendant in this location, you will feel an alteration and eventual transformation here in the areas of partnership and close interpersonal relationships. While you are here you are moving in the direction of forming a better sense of your own abilities independent of others. No matter what brings you to this place, it will likely end up serving as the environment for your very own personal growth workshop. You could meet people who are important for your personal development. Significant people here (or who are from here) can help you build self-esteem and discover a stronger sense of self. You may find you receive support here to follow your personal interests and inspirations in a fresh new way. You could perhaps find that when here, you get the mirroring and validation you need in order to mature into a more autonomous and independent being. As your self-confidence grows and your trust in yourself deepens, energies that were blocked in you will get the chance to shine.

Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation:
Moon’s Node on the Ascendant lines exemplify the general theme of interaction and potential tension between our individual personalities, and the way we project and assert ourselves in the world, and relationships, especially with groups; work teams and projects, professional societies and organizations, families, social circles, every group that may influence our self-expression into the wider environment of the world. There is a strong emphasis here on leadership and the gaining of support for our endeavors, and on introducing new communal values and ideas, to which others, and community as a whole, may be receptive.
In some ways Dan Furst’s interpretation for the Ascending line is very much like a Descending line set of traits, illustrating that for everywhere the North Node is on its Ascending line, the same line is South Node-Descending.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation for the North Node IC line:
With the Moon’s North Node on the Nadir, your focus in this locale will be on getting a better sense of who you really are at the level of your emotional roots. You will find your private life increasingly important to you while you are here. Exploring the depths of your being through meditation or some sort of process work could prove extremely beneficial. You may in fact experience a powerful rite of passage while in this location. You might learn in a significant way that security comes from following the inner dictates of your soul rather than the outer path of social expectations. You could also rediscover your roots while here or have a meaningful encounter with someone or something from your past. You may develop a sense of trusted family in the people that you meet here. However this looks, you tend to put the worldly aside when in this location and turn your attention inward toward the more personal aspects of your life, perhaps to discover important gifts that you have always had inside you to bring to the world, and are seeing as if for the very first time.

Here’s Dan Furst’s take:
This line favors work with production teams on large-scale projects, community building and social activities involving extended families and other group of like-minded friends who bring a satisfying social dimension to your life. On this line you may work from your home, which may also be an active social center. As the 4th house of the mother is next to the Nadir, maternal karmic resonances may surface here. This line often marks locations of family lineage.

Looking at South Node on the Descendant:

Here we see the Saturn Descending line cutting through Russia, Mongolia, and China, mostly away from population centers; and then going through Southeast Asia, including Bangladesh and Myanmar. The next land it hits is in Antarctica.

Here’s Time Passages’ interpretation:
With the Moon’s North Node on the Descendant, South Node on the Ascendant, in this location you will encounter events, people and situations that help move your perspective away from yourself and toward connection to others. There may be a fated feeling to relationships you have in this place. You are likely to form strong bonds, perhaps based on karmic or past-life contacts. You are not only drawing people to you who provide a sense of companionship. You may find that parts of yourself that you usually cannot see become more visible, reflected by those around you. People that you meet here could enable you to focus your awareness on deeply held instinctual patterns which you are ready to outgrow, increasing your sense of self-esteem. You will likely find that this process becomes your central focus while you are here, whether you struggle to integrate these realizations into your evolving sense of self, or simply sit back and enjoy the connections that you create.

Here’s what Dan Furst says:
Moon’s Node on the Descendant concerns partnerships of all kinds, including love unions and marriages. Combinations of this line and other lines, whether in parallel or crossing, help to identify which kinds of relationships — professional, personal, spiritual, social — are most applicable here, but the common element is that here you are most likely to come into contact and friendship with congenial, like-souled people who nourish your heart with a strong sense of acceptance and belonging.

Here we see the client’s North Node going straight through England, France, and Spain, and then down through western Africa. A lot of opportunity to live near the line.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation:
With the Moon’s North Node on the Midheaven, South Node on the Nadir, in this location you will experience a fated sense of connection to a larger purpose. Here, you may find that your gaze turns away from the purely personal and toward the worldly. In turn, you also may find that the world returns the favor and gazes back at you. Although you are likely comfortable in your private life here, the energy of this place tends to move you out into the wider world. This place encourages you to think big and climb the ladder high. This can also be a locale where you revisit issues from your childhood and early parental care. While here, you likely to form alliances that help connect you to a larger picture of social commitment and service. Recognition and support could come with little effort, or on the other hand you may find that you experience challenges and breakthrough as you make this outward move. Regardless of what obstacles may arise, when you are here, you will find that you gain greater trust in your inner sense of authority and are better able to share it with the larger world.

Here’s Dan Furst’s:
Moon’s Node on the MC directs the Node’s energy to the professional and spiritual dimensions of our lives, showing places that involve alliances with professional teams and collectives, rather than solitary work; and involvement with spiritual study groups and religious communities. This line may suggest higher and deeper purposes to the relationship than social and family lines do, so that under this line way may be attracted to our true spiritual family and find our soul brothers and sisters. We may also address karmic relationship with our father, as the 10th house in our birth charts, next to the MC, is our father’s house.

I probably won’t have the opportunity to live on a Nodal line, but you might.

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North Node house placements

This will be a quick post. I am skipping over Chiron for now as a planet but there will be ample opportunity to at least discuss Chiron lines, as Time Passages supplies that. Instead, I’ll be focusing on the North Node.

As far as house placements, the North Node is not covered by Mapping Your Travels and Relocation. It is, however, covered by the Round Art, so I’ll be using that today.

There is so much one could say about the North Node — MANY books have been written, and many more books feature the North Node prominently.

I like Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul — a book that came out originally in 1997. I like that, for the twelve chapters she presents, she acknowledges that the house can be read as much as the sign — and most people will have two to work with. When I first got to Colorado in 2016, I was confused and couldn’t figure out whether I should read the fourth house or the fifth house. In the end it ends up as a matter of personal choice. We add to our possibilities when we move, as long as we are sufficiently prepared.

I’ll be covering North Node lines sooner rather than later. Those are always very revealing — living near a nodal line is thought to be very profound, the question is whether a house placement is just as profound. I relocated my North Node from my 4th house to my 5th house when moving out west 5 years ago. Here is what it says for that:
Lunar North Node in the Fifth House (or sign). South Node in the eleventh house or sign. This placement gives a personality with a focus on being recognized and admired for the personal creativity that you manifest. You are fortunate in this lifetime, for few people have the capacity, as you do, of actually making your dreams come true. You are engaged in a life-long process of concretizing your thought images, turning the products of your extraordinarily clever intellect into actual manifestation in the world. In the past, or in past lifetimes, you specialized in ideals and imaginings, without giving much thought to working these out in the real world. But as you get on with your life’s journey you find that actually manifesting these thought forms becomes more and more your focus. When you are on your true path, you find that you must act and create, for in acting you give form to the otherwise formless and ideal, and in so doing fulfill your destiny.

You can see from the above one major reason I came here and one reason I would be reluctant to leave. And yes, those Time Passages interpretations are very revealing when it comes to the North Node. If you would like to order a Time Passages report (the first item on my consultations page), feel free and know you will get a very comprehensive take on not only your North Node, but everything else. For North Node, the Time Passages may be more accurate than what I’m posting from the Round Art below. Your judgment also matters.

You can also associate the houses with the signs — 1st house/Aries, 2nd house/Taurus, so you can see your Moon’s Node sign from the list below.

  • 1st house: self-expression, wish to rule, love affairs, honours, wealth, associative urge, social success; extroverted, social, ardent, enthusiastic, organizing.
  • 2nd house: permanent unions, perserved alliances, affluent partners, material advantages through others; self-seeking, exploitative, devoted, loyal, reliable.
  • 3rd house (Exalted): multi-faceted relationships, ideas from others, cultivation of contacts, superficial associations; relatives and neighbours, shortlived contacts, education, preferment.
  • 4th house: family ties, continued parental contact, soul uions, ancestry confused, discordant family life; attached, dependent, obliging.
  • 5th house: popularity, speculations with tohers, many children, festivities and entertainments, many love affairs, organization; wasteful, over-extended, social.
  • 6th house: associations in teaching, science and health, small animals, research, disagreements through criticism; health, employees, gain through service, working relationships.
  • 7th house: love affairs, team-work, public welfare, profit through others, gain through partner, inability to be alone, contention with partner; communal, social, dependent.
  • 8th house: associations, fighting for a common aim, subversive groups, sexual relationships, undermined cooperation, secret relations, groups advocating violence or praticising deception.
  • 9th house (in Fall): joint utopian ideas, associations of kindred souls, legal teamwork, educational and humanitarian groups, dreams, voyages; political, egalitarian, academic, idealistic.
  • 10th house: business organizations, responsible to tohers, positions of authority, social climbing, exploitation, loss, deception, clear objectives.
  • 11th house: multi-faceted relationships, numerous friends, love of social contact, lack of independence, compulsive joining, helpful associations; sociable, communal, helpful.
  • 12th house: secret associations, occult groups, institutions, undone by relationships, harmful communities, subversive societies, enemies, restraint through others.

Nodal aspects to the angles are as follows:

  • North Node conjunct Ascendant: ability to relate to others, many loves, intense partnerships, a good companion, love of entertaining; sociable, extraverted, obliging, charming.
  • North Node sextile, trine, or quintile Ascendant: social conscience, concern for others, shared interests, dislike of living alone, happy associations; amenable, engaging, humane, communal.
  • North Node square or opposition Ascendant: socially maladjusted, short-lived relationships, estrangements, inability to live with another, disturbed domestic and family life, antisocial, difficult.
  • North Node conjunct Midheaven: individual associations, a destiny determined solely by relationships, idealistic attitude towards friendships, like-minded people.
  • North Node sextile, trine, or quintile Midheaven: advancement through one’s associations, community spirit, fortunate contacts, working with others, joint aims, shared interests; humane, understanding, unselfish.
  • North Node square or opposition Midheaven: exploiting others, social climbing, difficulty in relationships, inability to act with others; selfish, inconstant, aggravating, unpopular.

Maren Altman has a quick video and she discusses North Node lines about 6 1/2 minutes in.

North Node lines will come, and they’ll be revealing.

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“Canned” interpretations

We newer astrologers are standing on the shoulders of giants. I studied under David Cochrane, and his accomplishments in vibrational astrology and astrology in general are epic. Other newbies have studied under other internationally renowned astrologers like Noel Tyl. I don’t have a list of which world-renowned astrologers are teaching and which are not, but suffice it to say the greats have built up a body of knowledge that we all draw from.

Cochrane, at least, is a Boomer as I define it; and how I define it is unorthodox, to say the least. I define it as the Pluto in Leo generation — covering 1937/1939 – 1956/1958 (in the first three years and in the last three years, Pluto goes retrograde for close to half the year, so the planet at the beginning bounces between Cancer and Leo, and at the end bounces between Leo and Virgo).

Say what you will about Pluto in Leo (and I often have said things that were not very charitable) they are capable of extraordinary achievements. We of the Pluto in Virgo generation have our own strengths, but it’s fair to say that every generation after Leo is going to draw from the impressive body of knowledge that the “Boomers” have. The younger generations are going to come up with new values, in particular, but that’s something else.

In my consultations I “borrow from the best.” The Round Art has in many ways been my go-to since its last printing in 2003 (I was aware of it before then, but didn’t have it in my possession). The author A.T. Mann is — guess what? — in the Pluto in Leo generation, born in 1943. (Gary Goldschneider, who passed more than a year ago, just barely missed the cut; born on May 22, 1939, he’s a Pluto in Cancer. I use his books extensively in my ‘General Astrological Services’ product. And no, I couldn’t find Joost Elffers’ birthdate.)

I use Parker’s Astrology’s interpretations for midpoints in my practice. (Julia, who is still with us, was born in 1932, so she’s definitely Pluto in Cancer.) I use Mapping Your Travels and Relocation as well. And finally, I use David Cochrane’s Sirius software, particularly Treasure Maps but also as a good source for Vibrational Astrology — it’s the most complete astrological software programs I have seen.

Nobody has accused me of using ‘canned’ interpretations but I imagine it is only a matter of time. Actually, that’s not true. When I emigrated to Colorado in 2016, before I was able to settle in and while a lot more naive than I am now, I stayed in an AirBnb house for four weeks in Nederland — a high altitude mountain (kind of hippie, but a real mix; I was surprised when I found out how blue it is) community.

I was there in the late spring/early summer, so I had the opportunity to be out and about, but, being something of a recluse, didn’t go out to restaurants that much. My hosts were pretty wonderful people — a young married couple with one child; as soon as I had arrived the male in the couple greeted me by telling him what a profoundly sensitive person I was (he had never met me before; maybe he was reading my emails?)

I offered an astrological interpretation of him and he accepted. I wasn’t even really getting started, but I thought I wanted to develop a website for astrological chart services like Time Passages (only one of the things I offer now). So I believe I gave him an interpretation from the Round Art. It might have been a relocation chart so I might have used Mapping Your Travels. I’m not sure.

He rather laid into me at this point — not really characteristic of him in general, but it was what it was. “I want to hear what you have to say, not your sources.” It was an accusation that my reading was ‘canned.’ It was almost five years ago and, although I had already found out that I seemed to be more capable of this in general, I had not nearly the level of confidence that I gained over the proceeding four-and-a-half years.

Several weeks earlier, as I was staying in a tiny house in Golden, I had the opportunity to do some fun interpretations of the woman hosting me. I invited her into my tiny house and did a general interpretation of her through Time Passages. This was the first time I recognized the difference in location actually making me more capable (hooray 1st house Jupiter!) because I was able to offer insights, and in an organized way, that I would have absolutely no abilities to offer in Pittsburgh. There wasn’t the awkwardness I’d find in the later attempt at a reading, but she was a different person.

I mention to all my clients the “80% rule” with regards to interpretations — 80 percent of it ends up coming true. All of the authors I mentioned did large amounts of research to come up with their interpretation. Some of them also have some psychic and intuitive ability and vision. That always helps in astrology.

With regard to ‘canned’, the extreme of not having anything to offer on your own is called neo-logistic disorder. Those with such an affliction talk a lot, but none of what they say has any content. Most of us are closer to this disorder earlier in life than we are later in life. (Including myself; I learned to read before I learned to talk, and most of my early speech was just reading from a book. In that respect, I had further to go than most people of my level of aptitude, and was probably close to 30 before I knew something of “the content of the world”. Part of this had to do with not having enough serotonin or dopamine going through my brain, but that’s another topic of conversation)

In our Vibrational program, David Cochrane offered us something of a formula to identify planets, 2-planet patterns, 3-planet patterns, 4-planet patterns, midpiont structures, etc. There are so many possibilities to consider that in the end, you have to refer to the text for the most part.

I think the main takeaway is that it takes experience for an astrologer to make it more about their understanding. But in terms of the interpretations, they always remain important. What’s also important is which ones we choose to use, and why, and how can we work with them to add additional value to what we’re presenting.