*smooch* (ldy) wrote,

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Since so many asked, here's a very limited explanation of why that chart's so cool.

Before I start, I think I should mention that I don't take astrology as truth (that daily stuff is laughable), but inspection of a chart carefully created with one's birthtime and place has always revealed to me something worth thinking about. Your mileage may vary.

OK, here's a very limited explanation of this chart:


This is a composite chart which is created by finding the midpoint between each planet in two people's charts. These midpoints comprise a third chart-- a chart that does not actually exist in reality, but which can give illumination to a relationship of any sort. The science/art/whatever of comparing two people's charts is called synastry. I believe this particular chart uses the Placidus system.

The numbered boxes around the circle are houses, each of which represents an aspect of life. Each, by its nature, is associated with a certain sign; however, this is not to be confused with the influence of the signs around the outward edge of the chart itself. The houses begin at the ascendent, at the 9 o'clock position of the chart. The first house is associated with Aries, the first sign, and so on along the circle ending with the twelfth house, associated with Pisces.

However, though each house has a correspoding sign, each chart's houses are influenced by certain signs as indicated by the symbols on the outer ring of the chart. In this chart, the first house begins in Leo.

The doohicky symbols within the houses are the planets. The spot of red that appears between close planets on the circle indicates a conjunction (planets that are within ten degrees of each other). And the lines between the planets that stretch across indicate strong relationships-- blue tend to be favourable (trines and sextiles), red tends to be more difficult (squares). For instance, the single blue line that runs near the bottom between the moon (shown as, um, a moon) and Pluto (shown as a P) indicates a trine relationship-- i.e., they are at a 60 degree angle to each other. Meanwhile, the moon is squaring the sun, Mercury, Saturn and Venus, as shown by the red lines extending upward from the moon.

So here's why this chart is so very unusual. A lot of stuff is clustered together-- or to be more technical, many planets conjunct each other, and very very tightly. This is unusual in and of itself.

The planets' locations in both houses and signs tell a tale all by themselves. However, even more interesting is that are all interrelated. Those red and blue lines indicate a lot.

Everthing is constrained to a few houses; specifically, the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 9th. That 9th house is particularly crowded. The ninth house is the house of ideas, understanding, philosophy, and the expansion of consciousness (hello, Joseph Campbell). Also, the ninth house is almost entirely in Aries.

The sun is in Aries, and the ascendent is in Leo. The ascendent is also called the "rising sign" and bears a strong relationship to the sun sign. That the sun and the ascendent have a trine relationship is very beneficial; that they are both fire signs indicates certain things as well.

Also, the ascendent has an influence on the other planets (not just the sun), and is, in fact, conjunct to Mars and Jupiter and trine to the Mercury, Venus and Saturn, in addition to the sun.

Then there are contextual meanings. For example, the first, fifth and ninth houses are the Houses of Life -- first is physical, fifth is soul, ninth is spiritual-- and represent the element fire. That the sun sign, Aires, and the ascendent, Leo, are both fire signs, and that so much occurs in the first and ninth houses may be significant.

The positioning of the planets in relation to the dark lines between the first and twelfth, third and fourth, sixth and seventh and ninth and tenth houses tell a story, too. For example, only the ninth house is "above the horizon" and apparent. The rest are hidden.

So both the planets' locations and their interrelation make this a highly unusual chart.

Every planet, every house, every conjunct, every sextile, every trine and every square has meaning. To elaborate on every one of them here would take hours. To try to describe how the meanings all affect each other could take days (erm, considering that I'm not that terribly skilled at chart reading, make that years). Suffice it to say that this is a highly unusual chart in many ways.

And it makes for a keen eight (the number of repayment of karma and of evolution), and infinity symbol, too.


Figure eight, as double four.
Figure four, as half of eight.
If you skate, you would be great,
If you could make a figure eight.
That's a circle that turns 'round upon itself.

One times eight is two times four.
Four times four is two times eight.
If you skate upon thin ice,
You'd be wise, if you looked twice
Before you made another single move.

Figure eight, as double four.
Figure four, as half of eight.
If you skate, you would be great,
If you could make a figure eight.
That's a circle that turns 'round upon itself.

Place it on its side and it's a symbol meaning infinity.

--Bob Dorough, schoolhouse rocks

Note to self: In future months, spend some time ruminating on the kabalah, astrology, and the symbology in the tarot that binds them together. Also, read Patrick's books cover to cover.

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