Astrology describes the structure of the astral body which is created at birth. The birth chart describes the flow of energy into and out of the astral body. The soul creates the astral body at the moment of birth in order to have a link or interface to the physical body. The energy structure that is created at that time is linked to the structure of the geocosmic sphere at that instant. Different moments in time can see each other within the astral plane because it is intermediate between this world of space-time and the infinite-eternal center of being.
The Sun and Moon Selves
Every person has a dominant self and a subordinate self. Within the astral body the dominant self comes from the sun and the subordinate self comes from the moon. As the center of the solar system, the sun is the vital self at the center of the person. As the earth's cold, reflective, fast-moving satellite, the moon is a self of changing moods and reactions to the dominant self and to others.
The sun corresponds to the dominant brain hemisphere, which is usually the left hemisphere. The left hemisphere is the verbal, conscious, unselfish, asexual, and socially cooperative portion of the brain. The moon corresponds to the subordinate brain hemisphere, which is usually the right hemisphere. The right hemisphere is the pattern-recognizing, unconscious, selfish, sexually motivated, and socially rebellious portion of the brain.
Role of the Planets in the Soul's Learning Process
Whereas the sun and the moon are the outward and inward self-principles within the astral body, the planets play more specialized roles. The planets control stages in the soul's learning process. These stages are:
1. gathering information;
2. creating desires;
3. performing action;
4. experiencing results; and
5. analyzing and learning the consequences of one's desires.
The five visible planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn correspond to these stages or functions within the astral body. The visible planets govern the conscious self that deals with the external world. A similar sequence of stages involving the unconscious self and the internal world appears to begin with the invisible planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In order for the sequence to be complete, two additional planets must exist.
The positions of the planets at the birth of the astral body define the invisible structure of the person not because of any gravitational or magnetic influence on the physical plane, but because the creative agency that is responsible for souls experiencing life in physical bodies structured the astral plane in this manner. Because the planets correspond to different aspects of life within a body, these correspondences make it possible to plan a life starting at a particular time and place in order to work on particular life lessons or areas.
Incarnating Through the Planetary Stages
souls have been progressing through the stages represented by the sun, moon, and planets in successive lifetimes. The historical stages of civilization then mirror the progress of souls through the planetary stages. The sun and moon lifetimes come first and give the soul the opportunity to define the characteristic expression of the soul's dominant/outer self and of the soul's subordinate/inner self. Because the sun lifetime comes first, the moon lifetime can be a reaction to it, in a subconscious effort by the moon self to become its own independent person.
Following the luminary sequence, the first planetary sequence progresses through the visible planets. It therefore focuses on left-brain-type goals and activities. Different souls are working through the planetary stages at different times, but to focus on the initial appearance of the stages within Western civilization, we have: 1) the exploration typical of Mercury in the philosophical inquiry of Hellenistic civilization; 2) the feelings of Venus in the religious enthusiasm that swept the civilized world around the time of Christ; 3) the attempts to implement God's kingdom on earth during the stage of Mars; 4) the Jupiterian expansion of the external man and world during the Renaissance; and 5) the scientific revolution, puritanical reaction to excesses, and more sophisticated political forms characteristic of analytical, controlling Saturn.
The current planetary sequence is progressing through the invisible, newly discovered planets. It therefore focuses on internal or right-brain forces and activities. The stages of this sequence are: 1) the discovery of Uranus in 1781 corresponding to the age of invention, the great classical music composers, and the Age of Enlightenment involving liberation from the shackles of narrow, left-brain thinking; 2) the inner feelings of Neptune (discovered in 1846) as expressed in the Romantic movement in the arts, bohemianism, spiritualism, and communal social experiments; 3) attempts to transform the inner person through psychoanalysis, or through Prohibition together with the rebellion that followed, in fascist and totalitarian attempts to remake both the world and the inner man, and the liberation of atomic energy, all characteristic of Pluto which was discovered in 1930; 4) the flowering of personal growth and exploration movements which began in the 1960's, together with the information revolution, marks the stage of the next planet, a planet which expands the inner world in the same way that Jupiter and the Renaissance expanded the outer world (in 1977 an astronomer discovered a small planet orbiting between Saturn and Uranus - Chiron the Centaur); 5) the final stage will be marked by inner science and holistic science - genetic engineering, fine control of atomic forces, nanotechnology, chaos theory, fuzzy logic, understanding of global ecology, knowledge of sociobiological programming, use of hypnosis to research the astral plane and past lives, medical understanding of the body's energy system, and direct, mystical access to and control of one's brain pathways by the conscious individual.
The Framework of the Horoscope
Astrologers calculate a chart of the sky at the moment of a person's birth in order to see the corresponding structure of that individual's astral body. The base structure of the astral body, into which the planets are plugged, is defined by the geographical birth location. The line between the east and west horizon points and the line between the upper and lower meridian points act as lines of energy flow within the structure of the astral body.
The horizon line describes the person and the meridian line describes the environment. Astrologers call the point where the eastern horizon intersects the ecliptic the Ascendant. The Ascendant controls the energy flow relating to the private selfhood of the individual. Its opposite, the Descendant, controls the energy flow relating to the individual's public selfhood.
The lowest point in the sky, the Imum Coeli or lower meridian, describes the type of energy flow relating to the individual's private environment. Astrologers call the intersection of the highest point in the sky with the ecliptic the Midheaven or upper meridian. The Midheaven describes the energy flow relating to the individual's public environment.
Astrologers divide the sphere of the sky at birth into twelve divisions called houses. The horizon and meridian lines define four quadrants, each of which is trisected by various systems into three houses, making a total of twelve houses. The houses are numbered counterclockwise from the Ascendant at the left of the chart, which point marks the cusp or start of the First House. The ImumCoeli at the bottom of the chart marks the cusp of the Fourth House. The Descendant at the right of the chart marks the cusp of the Seventh House. The Mid heaven at the top of the chart marks the cusp of the Tenth House.
The lower hemisphere of the chart, consisting of the six houses below the horizon, deals with the individual's private world and inflowing energies. The upper hemisphere, consisting of the six houses above the horizon, deals with the individual's public world and outflowing energies. The first quadrant of each hemisphere relates to the body or self of the person while the second quadrant of each hemisphere relates to the environment or society in which the person lives. The first house of each quadrant relates to building the character of that quadrant's focus. The second house of each quadrant relates to the physical structure or support network for that quadrant's focus. The third house of each quadrant relates to motion, activity, or change within that quadrant's focus. Let us now put all of this together.
The SUN is WHO you are (essence).
The MOON is HOW you FEEL (unconscious).
Your ASCENDANT is WHAT (sign) others see you as (first impressions).
Your MID HEAVEN is the WAY you express yourself (to the public).
Your I C is WHAT you NEED (for security).
Your DESCENDANT is WHO and HOW you relate (to others).
The PATTERN made by the planetary concentration or dispercement determines how future Transits (energy/triggers) will effect you.
HEMISPHERE placement determines inner/outer, me/you, early/late activity
The total of ELEMENTS determine HOW you REACT.
The total of QUALITIES (modes) determine your Spiritual ATTiTUDE.
HOUSES occupied are WHERE energies (planets) WORK (issues involved).
SIGNS are HOW the energy (planet) deals with the issue (subject).
PLANET involved is WHAT kind of energy (noun/subject) we're discussing.
ASPECTS are the WAY the Planets interact.
TRANSITS are present Planets TRIGGERING aspects.
GENERAL Information (words)
PLANETS - WHAT essence we are dealing with,
...."parts" of the psyche.
Inner planets - quick moving, self related, personal
Power; Vitality, Self-expression, Individuality, Will center of being, ego, authority, success, character, conscious self, self-awareness, purpose, confidence, center, creative force, guiding light, combined whole, potential, inner purpose, courage, strength, nature, direction, self-recognition, synthesis, identity, healthy, happiness, integrating,
Response, Intuition, Feelings, Fluctuation, Reaction emotions, feminitity, nurturing, belonging, security, instincts, infatuation, vital body, unconscious self, connectedness, imagination, caring, protective, fertile, growing, cyclic, habitual patterns, sensitivity, shyness, kinship, need to belong, automatic reflexes, reflection,
Communication ( Mentally & by Transport ), Connections, Reasoning messages, decisions, versatility, listening, traveling, perception, thoughts, language, learning ability, acquired skills, nerves, mental, translator, thought processes, concepts, connections, invent, speed, music, wit, ideas, five senses, nervousness,
Appreciation, Harmony, Personal affection, Relatedness love, gifts, popularity, (earning) ability, social skills, unison, rhythm, values, giving, attraction, mutual benefit, co-operation, beauty, sensuality, passive, sympathetic, sexual interaction, possessing, balance, artistic and musical creativity and expression, connection, comfort, peace, fairness, equality, refining, forgiving, compassion, unselfish,
Energy, Activation, Drive, How something or one will act ambition, athletic ability, heat, selfish desires, passionate, raw and rude force, unsophisticated, initiating, starting, courage, warrior, soldier, endurance, pushing, motivating, adventurous, danger, vigorous, assertive, sexual actions, fighting, competitive, dynamic, reckless, vitality, anger, frustration, violence, aggressive, recuperative powers, adrenaline, direct, strength, masculinity, Outer planets - slower moving, major lessons, Teachers
Expansion, Growth, Higher mind, Abstract optimism, Truth luck, gifts, prosperity, good humor, allies, lofty aspirations, mercy, faith, philosophy, religion, scientific, higher realms, exploration, wisdom, ethics, belief, social involvement, generosity, opportunity, massive, inflate, grandiousity, broadening, depth of existence, speculation, awareness of purpose, social morality, excessive, over-consumption, travel, translating, rituals, politics, teaching, gambling, preservation, opportunity,
Limitation, Discipline, Obstacles, Concrete achievement
career, security, parents, authority, prestige, solid, persevering, contain, organizer, promoter, executive ability, chastity, mechanical, regemented, reaper of, consolidate, commitment, maturity, structure, stability, reassessment, human mortality, aging, cold, depression, serious, foundations, priorities, workaholic, reflective, difficult, frustration, disillusionment, tested, individual worth, involved, fear, barriers, loss, responsibility,
Change, Sudden, Disruptive, Rebellious, Originality.
charisma, creativity, ingenuity, genius, different, electrical, detachment, individuality, invention, eccentricity, revolutionary, idealism, practical, adolescense, upheaval, chaos, visionary, trend setter, misunderstood, misfit, contradictions, shock and humor, non-conformists, homosexuality, outsiders, insanity, arrogance, alienation, loneliness, insight, unique, surprise, revitalising, impulses, social diversity, possibilities,
Impressionability, Inspiration, Intangible, Compassion.
artistic expression, understanding, spirituality, nebulous, dreams, illusion, fantasy, boundlessness, transcendence, empathy, telepathy, psychic, mystic, estacy, escapism, addiction, chameleon, hypnotic, substance abuse, trance, states of consciousness, formless, boundless, prayer, meditation, chanting, singing, dancing, artistic, enlightenment, atunement, universal oneness, self-destructive, sensitive, intuitive, vulnerable, healers, caring, accepting,
Elimination, Renewal, Regeneration, Transformation.
subconscious motives, desire, obsession, sexuality, manipulation, psychic, compulsion, control, latent, initiation, confrontation, reincarnation, faith, descending, stripped, emerging, underworld, survival, power, rage, control, domination, influencing, healing, investigating, discovery, teaching, trust, volatile, explosive, destructive, possessive, hatred, revenge, integrity, rules death, reincarnation, immortality, (the world beyond),
Angles - points of intersection, based on the Horizon.
ASCENDANT - Way we reveal ourselves when first met. First impressions
(east) Outward personality and mannerisms of the individual. (Health) What others see in you. Framework and general nature. Dense body
MIDHEAVEN- Self-expression in outer life. Relationship to parents.
(north) What we are reaching for, (Status) Way we achieve recognition, How we express ourselves to the world
IMUM COELI -Need for security. Family orientation. (Inner Person)
(south) Shows part of self most deeply buried in the unconscious. Early life and old age issues. What do we need to feel secure.
DESCENDANT- Intimate relationships, (Partnerships)
(west) Shows part of self we only express thru others. What do we need to relate, What kind of relationships,
PART of FORTUNE - area naturally easy to express, some kind of success.
NORTH NODE - future towards which a person is growing. Destiny.
SOUTH NODE- patterns of a persons past. Instinctive behavior.
POSITIVE - self-expressive,
NEGATIVE- more receptive, notice things others don't
SIGNS - How planets show their energy
I Am, Egotism, Courage, Daring, Energy, Beginning
assertive, self-starting, forge the way, true pioneer, aims one-pointed, me first, unable to be sublte, selfish, headstrong, strong sexual feelings, child like, better as the boss, need games and outdoors, abrupt,
I Have, Reliable, Careful, Steadfast, Content w/ things
practical, charm and love of beauty, stubborness of resistance, endurance and stability, refusal to "let go", sluggish, fixed opinions, suspicious, like rules and routine, greedy and grasping, inert, dependable, established, trusted responsibility, interested in property, need country pursuits,
I Think, Versatile, Inquisitive, Debating, Moving
adaptable, duality, quick change artist, quick witted, diffusive, not finished, fluctuating moods, heartless and diffusive, aloof, uses intellegence, slick, trendy, imitative, short attention span, good at selling, need to communicate, on the go, short travel, rarely deep, superficial, listening, speaking,
I Feel, Nourishing, Emotional, Collector, Domestic
instable, hidden, beneath the surface, protective, absorbing and reflecting, immitate, soft and easily offended, intuitive and psychic, responsive, careng, devoted to home and parents, vivid imagination, over-sensitive, cautious and economical, cater to the public, can move a lot,
I Will, Resistant, Dominating, Strong-willed, Cheerfull
stable and upright, commanding and powerful, opinionated, self-assured, sincere and affectionate, conceited and snobbish, has power-complex, bossy, ardent, leadership, ardent, gay and happy, light-hearted, organizer, enthusiastic, not a follower,
I Analize, Detailed, Practicle, Retiring, Server, Worker
not a leader, cool and retiring, stand-offish, sometimes lonely, distant, irritable and demanding, dainty, lively, busy, stays youthful looking, worry, productive, virginal, power behind throne, run errands, do chores,
We Relate, Companion, Relationships, Balance, Harmony
need another, bring others together, love beauty and charm, tactful, attracts, weigh pro's and con's, indecisive, notices details, marriage is important, sweet and loveable, rarely quarrels, well proportioned, almost effeminate, pleasing, diplomatic, needs a learned profession, delightful, peaceful,
We Investigate, Intense, Transforming, Secretive, Deep
people orientated, firm convictions, at war within self, venomous power, forceful, considerations, can be cruel or rise above, private, extremes, connected, mysterious, smouldering resentments, bitter misunderstandings, hypnotic, watching and waiting, penetrating, probing, healing purposes, persistant, good detective, intuitive, creative work, lofty, arts and the occult,
We Comprehend, Philosophical, Expansive, Jovial, Free
profound studies, delve deep in thought, constantly needs experience, stimuli, talkative, alert, clever, lucky, intellectual, loves horses, law, constantly exercising, athletic, looking, dignified, widening, often wounding, reaching further, dignified, always searching, adaptable, fits of temper and sulking,
We Govern, Practical, Organizing, Ambitious, Steady
security for others, withdraw and wait, concrete application, responsible, limited boundaries, necessities of life, strictly sticking to point, heavy, sensible work, mounts higher to top, live seriously, cautious, hard worker, political organization, business orientated, church or army, will carry out orders, dedicated to duty, looks before leaps, slow developer, happy alone,
We Revolutionize, Change, Humanitarian, Original, Rebel
mentally inventive, widespread objectives, waves of enlightening, broadcasting, radar, sensible ideas and notions, freedom-loving, insistent, inspirational, independent, difficult to adapt, faithful to friends, regal, firm, inclined toward science, carries ideas thru groups, clubs, lodges, society, visionary, flash of genius, intangible, faithful allegience,
We Become One, Spiritual, Dreamer, Medium, Sensitive
duality of man united, feels pulled apart, boundless imagination, escapism, reaching for intangible, shifting weaknesses, desire to serve others, soft, gentle, dainty, over-sensitve, cuddling, prone to inspiration, withdrawal, needs heaven on earth, self-pitying, cloudy, confusion of thought, burdened, puts self last, martyr, needs to help others, impressionable, sacrificing, irresponsible, partner becomes vessel, love poetry, music, dancing
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