An Overview Method

Every person has multiple signs in their chart, each playing a part with a different kind of influence. Looking at those individual parts can provide a great deal of insight into specific areas, but each part is also merged and mixed to become the whole personality. Sort of like cookie dough is made up of flour and sugar and eggs and whatnot, but taken as a whole, it is still cookie dough.

There is a point-based method for getting an overview of a personality, but it is most helpful if you know the part Elements and Modes play in a sign (I've gone into both of those things in previous posts). This method ignores two very important things: specific details and the influence of the subconscious. But what it provides is a sort of bird's eye view of the personality, a way of noting what Elements and Modes are emphasized and which are ignored, in a person's conscious behavior. That way, you can make reasonable (but vague) assumptions about someone's general world view. To stick with my rather silly analogy: you can forego the ingredients and just identify the kind of cookie it is.

So here's how it works. First, you take a list of the signs and placements in a person's chart. For each placement, note the following point value:

The Sun, Moon, and First House each have a value of 4, because they are the most ever-present and conscious.
Mercury, Venus, and Mars have a value of 3, because they are less ever-present but still very active in the conscious.
Jupiter and Saturn get point values of 2, because they are introspective (and thus infrequently conscious).
Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all at values of 1, as they are almost never part of "awareness" but still present an subtle effect on the conscious.

Secondly, list 7 categories. You will have two sets: one for each element (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water) and one for each Mode (Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable). These 7 categories will act sort of like scoreboards.

Then start with the first sign. Let's say it is the Sun Sign. Divide it into its Element and Mode (you can refer to this post for help). Since the Sun has a value of 4 points, then give 4 points to both the sign's Element and the sign's Mode. For example, if your Sun Sign is Leo, you would give Fire 4 points, and Fixed 4 points. Repeat this with the Moon, First House, and the various planets, keeping in mind the values listed above.

Then, if you haven't done so along the way, add up all the points for each individual Element and Mode. Those final figures will probably not be equal, but they should total 28 in the four Element categories, and 28 again in the three Mode categories.

Taking each individual category, you can see which Elements and Modes are emphasized in daily life, and which are not. The higher the number, the more it is emphasized, and vice versa. Generally speaking, you can use this chart for Elements:

A score of 0-4 means that Element is not acted upon as though it were very important.
A score of 5-9 means that Element has an "average" emphasis; it has its place, but it is neither profoundly important nor unimportant.
A score of 10 or higher means that Element has a strong dominance in day-to-day life, and most conscious thoughts and decisions will be cast in its light.

The same thing for the Modes goes like this:

0-6 means the Mode is less emphasized.
7-13 means the Mode has its place, but not far in either direction.
14 or higher means the Mode leans towards a dominant presence.

If you take the highest Element and Mode and put them together, you often find that it is not the same Mode and Element of the Sun Sign. A Pisces friend of mine, for example, has a strong Fire and Mutable emphasis, even though Pisces is a Water/Mutable sign. Thus, although he bears core Piscean talents, he also places a high degree of importance on Fire tendencies in day to day life, even more than Water concerns.

One other thing: I have a horrible time remembering names and sources, to the point where a required bibliography is a nightmare for me. This failing of mine is really too bad, because I have found this method quite useful, and I'd like to be able to give due credit to the astrologer who originally came up with it. If I ever find out (her?) name, though, I will.


Blogger LisaPal said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm looking forward to trying this method at some point in the near future, when I have more neurons firing.

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