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To clarify on the matter of my last post: if G. W. Bush wins, this weblog will be discontinued. I will be devoting my time (and writing, and astrology) to something else.

But today I want to do a sort of overview of my style of charts interpretation, to cover the process in a sweeping scale. Hopefully, this will help those who have been reading to know what else can or should be done.

The most useful skill in natal astrology is understanding and comprehension. This is why experience doing charts cannot be undervalued. It is also why I believe knowing the nature of Elements and Modes help promote deeper understanding of the Zodiac signs. But, for a moment, I am going to set the signs aside and look at the varying aspects of astrology.

The sun, the moon, and the Houses are all present in everyone's chart, no matter what signs are there. I call them aspects, but I believe Luminaries is the more common term. Either way, they represent parts of life that all people deal with.

I mean, everyone is attracted to something (Venus), everyone has a way they perceive a lack of achievement in life (Saturn), we all have some kind of method of self-expression (3rd House) and a way of maintaining our day-to-day lives (6th House) and on and on. Understanding what a given planet or House represents to everyone is a major necessity for natal astrology. It is like a standard template with no definition. Definition will be given by the sign that ends up there.

Understanding a sign in a given place is probably the easier part, and this allows an astrologer to comprehend individual pieces of a personality. The harder part is putting it all together, because the natal psychology is interwoven and interconnected into a whole persona. For example, if a person has a Leo Sun, but Taurus rules Jupiter, then he or she may very well visualize personal growth with a non-Leo attitude: financial security, lifestyle safety, with nothing of great value risked. But that Leo Sun is still there as a central power source, giving that person strengths that are not well-suited for simplistic, "bloodless" undertakings. So even though such a person may desire that safe advancement, their skills may drive them to cut corners and answer reality with an expression of willpower.

And so the two merge. The person can be pushed hard by a Leo sun's fiery energy and sense of change, but the Taurean desire for safety tempers the pace of growth, slowing it and demanding an accounting of reality every step of the way. Saying: "Oh, you're a Leo, you take lots of risks!" can immediately feel wrong to such a person, especially if they are in the middle of some great expansion of their life. Then again, it might feel just right, especially for a Fire persona who is not often hampered by Earthy reality demands.

But what about taking the Mercury sign into account, too? That'll be important. And Mars, and Saturn, and the Tenth House, and...

Complication ensues. This is where angles and placements in Houses come in handy. These are astrological shortcuts that don't give the whole story, but allow an astrologer to zero in on personality "hotspots."

Angles work with the natural relationships between signs to point out situations where the personality gets stressed, and where it is at ease, and so on. The example above could be a square (in astrology, that is a stressful angle between two signs), because you have two Fixed Modes (Leo and Taurus) each trying to organize and construct. But Leo does it by directing energy and chaos, while Taurus does it with a well-defined sense of careful application. If you have limited resources to work with, who makes the call on how to use those resources: power or pragmatism? When one is changeable and the other is not, an internal struggle over how to use any available resource can develop easily...and given the permanency Fixed signs prefer, the decision made will have a long-term impact.

In the mind, it may fuse together, and appear like so: "I think I can do this, but I don't want to risk it unless I am pretty sure it will work." Note there: pretty sure is not good enough for Taurus, who usually wants utter certainty. Leo is diluting it to the point of pretty sure. And though Leo may be willing to Just Do It, Taurus causes some hesitation to Leo boldness, bringing in the rather un-Leolike statement: I don't want to risk it. But note also, it is not the absolute statement of won't risk it, but a leeway-giving statement: I don't want to...

Angles, though, are not the only shortcut. Looking at Planets-in-Houses is another way, which shows how planets lend their strength to a House, and vice versa. Every planet will be in a House, and multiple planets may even be in one House, an occurence which makes that House a more emphasized part of the personality.

For example, if the Sun is in the third House, it lends its strength most powerfully to expression. If the Moon is in the Seventh House, emotional issues lean upon the ebb and flow of relationships. Now, the Sun and the Moon would still affect everything else in life...not just communication or one-one interaction. If you saw the Moon was in the Third House, self-expression would certanly be tied to the person's emotional state, but that does not mean they wouldn't be emotional about love. The House a planet is in simply shows where that planet's influence gravitates most strongly. It does not make it the only place that planet has influence.

So, to be able to interpret a personality with competent skill, I'd say: understand the signs, understand the planets and Houses, et al. This helps you know the personality. To aid in dealing with the overwhelming amount of information that follows, narrow your study to the Big Stuff by learning the angles and the placements of planets in Houses.


Blogger VW said...

Thank You.

12:46 PM  

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