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The last time that I updated the Astrological Energies section in Chapter 3 of my training manuals, I thought it would be a good idea to post it up on the website as it contains useful information for everybody. This page is a reproduction of the most recent update to files #16 and #17 in Chapter 3. The Microsoft Word version of this can be found by clicking here
The Energies of Western Astrology
The cosmos is a giant multi-dimensional web of interacting energies, these manifesting in different forms and all with their own consciousness. The human energy field and our planet are part of that web. In present day Western Society, we have forgotten that connection. However, in ancient times, the priests and spiritual leaders were able to call down cosmic energies into their energy fields and to pass them on, as the Tibetan Lamas were able to heal people with the touch of their hands and as the priests of Ancient Egypt were able to help the fertility of the land by this ‘channelling’ of energy. The astrologers were able to give guidance on the best times to work with the energies of the planets and stars which could be channelled in the same way.
The energies in this multi-dimensional web are constituents of what we call the life force or universal energy which is all around us and which we absorb into our physical and energy bodies through the chakra and meridian systems. These energies can affect our emotional, mental and physical states – both positively and negatively. Amongst these energies are the astrological energies. As a future healer, it is likely that at some stage you will come across a person who is suffering negatively from the effect of astrological energies so it is helpful for you to have a conceptual understanding of how these work. I include therefore, an overview of astrology in my foundation material for my training courses. There are a number of different kinds of astrological systems, but in this manual we focus on what is called the western (or tropical) astrological system.
The western astrological system
A number of energies flow through our solar system and are the basic energy building blocks supporting the manifestation of energy in physical form. These energies flow through our Sun and through the planets in our solar system, all of which have their own individual of consciousnesses. They include the astrological energies.
Our planet moves in orbit around the Sun, taking a year to complete an orbit. As our planet progresses through its orbit, it is exposed to an energy grid called the zodiac of signs. The zodiac of signs has 12 separate segments or signs, each of which has its own energy characteristics. As our planet orbits the Sun, the Sun appears to move through each of these 12 signs in turn, and the energies of these signs connect with the energy of the Sun and flow towards our planet. Therefore, the energy of the Sun is augmented by these other energies. In addition, the planets in our solar system also move through these signs and the zodiac energies connect with their energies and flow towards our planet. Please note that in western astrology, the signs of the zodiac are not the same thing as star constellations. The star constellations which bear the same names as the signs of the zodiac have no connection with western astrology.
When we descend from the non-physical world into the physical world and are born, our energy field is attuned to the energies of the signs of the zodiac and their interaction with the Sun and with the planets of our solar system as they stand in aspect to each other at the time of birth. This is a process something similar to the attunement process that you will go through with Reiki and with any other healing or personal development energies that you will learn with me. Consequently, although we are all continually absorbing the energies of the zodiac and of our solar system, in particular we absorb in a more intense way the energies relating to the astrological attunement that that we receive at birth. Although we have our own free will and our own individuality, it is this attunement process at birth and the subsequent intensity of the related astrological energies that we receive into our physical and energy bodies that bring some influence to bear upon our personality and behavioural development. These astrological energies have their own consciousness and interact with our own consciousness, usually at an energy frequency beyond that which our day to day senses can perceive so we are not aware of what is going on.
An astrologer is a person who understands how these processes work and who can give advice accordingly. From time to time, I give astrological readings. The main focus of any reading that I give is to indicate to the receiver the astrological energies to which they have been attuned and how they might choose to work with these energies to assist in their development through life. I also give an indication of how the energies might have affected past progress through life. It is common practice for some astrologers to say that xxx will happen next month and that yyy will happen next year. As a generalisation, because we have our own free will, and because of all the other interactions that we have with the world around, it is not usually possible to be very specific about future events in this way so some astrologers mislead their clients a great deal.
Let us now look at the nature of the astrological energies in the western system.
Firstly, the system deals with the energies of the following signs of the zodiac. The signs shown below are the standard astrological glyphs (or symbols) for the signs of the zodiac.
It also deals with the energies of the following bodies within our solar system: The lunar nodes (the energy relationship between the orbit of our Planet Earth as it orbits the Sun and the orbit of our Moon as it orbits around our planet), the Sun, the planet Mercury, the planet Venus, the planet Mars, the planet Jupiter, the planet Saturn, the asteroid Chiron (not referred to by all astrologers), the planet Uranus, and the planet Neptune, the planet Pluto.
A person’s horoscope is a diagrammatic representation of the attunement to the astrological energies at birth. Horoscopes can also be adapted to show the energy relationships between the planetary and astrological energies at birth and also in the present day as the various planets change their relative positions to each other. Horoscopes can also be adapted to show the astrological energy relationships between two different people. We will look at simple horoscopes later in this section.
The Signs of the Zodiac
Each sign of the zodiac has a multi-dimensional aspect to the energies that it gives, thus giving it its own particular characteristics. Any astrology book will give you an understanding of each sign’s attributes. Simply, though, they can be understood as follows:
Each sign has an elemental energy predominance as shown in the table above. Elemental energies are essential energy building blocks of the universe. In the western system of understanding of the elements, we work with four primary elemental energies: water, earth, air and fire.
- The element of water is the energy of emotion, of feelings, of attachment, and of the feminine receptive polarity.
- The element of earth is the energy of materiality, of physical substance, of attachment, and of the feminine receptive polarity.
- The element of air is the energy of mental processes, of communication, of detachment, and of the masculine active polarity.
- The element of fire is the energy of spontaneity, of moving forward, of detachment, and of the masculine active polarity.
Consequently, a person with a horoscope containing a lot of planets in water element signs of the zodiac (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) is likely to have an emotionally biased personality. The key characteristics here are feelings and caring for other people in close personal relationships.
A person with a horoscope containing a lot of earth element signs of the zodiac (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) is likely to orientated towards physicality and materiality, manifesting in a personality characterised by a need to accumulate possessions of various types, e.g. property, money, or to be in a very physical relationship with the world and people around.
A person with a horoscope containing a lot of air signs of the zodiacs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) is likely to have a mentally and communicative orientated personality, but with the ability to be relatively detached from the world. Air signs are the signs of the thinker and of people who do not always feel comfortable in very close relationships.
A person with a horoscope containing a lot of fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) is likely to have the need for spontaneous action and freedom to move and to make things happen. Fire sign people tend to have the ability to be relatively detached from the world and need a lot of personal freedom in life.
Each sign has an ‘energy indicator’ in additional to an ‘elemental indicator’. This energy indicator will modify the above elemental characteristics as follows:
- A fixed sign is one that is relatively fixed in nature, likes to maintain the status quo and may not be receptive to change. It often likes to be in control of situations or people. Expressed positively, it is a sign of stability and can be very reliable, and is a good organiser. A fixed sign is usually one that you can rely upon to look after your business when you go on holiday. Expressed negatively, the fixed characteristic can result in stubbornness, refusal to change and refusal to explore and to grow into the unknown.
- A mutable sign is one that is able to change direction easily. Expressed positively, this indicates flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Expressed negatively, it can also mean unreliability or inability to commit to a person or situation. A mutable sign is more of a follower than a leader.
- A cardinal sign has the ability to make things happen. Expressed positively, it is an indicator of initiatory or leadership energy. This is the sign that can start off a new project from a ‘clean sheet of paper’. Expressed negatively, a cardinal sign can be so single minded about a particular piece of work or activity that it forgets the need to have a balanced life and to pay attention to the needs of other people. Alternatively, it can just trample over other people who get in the way of achieving a specific goal. This is not the sign of a follower or somebody who is happy to be told what to do in life.
So how do the elements and the energy indicators work together to give a sign of the zodiac its particular characteristics? Well, to refer back to the table and to pick an example, Scorpio is a water sign with fixed energy. This means an emotions and feelings based behavioural pattern from the water element. The positive expression of the fixed energy aspect together with the water aspect can mean really deep and consistent feelings of care and love for another person or for a situation or for a place or for an activity. The negative expression of the fixed energy aspect together with the water aspect can mean that a Scorpio person finds it difficult to let go of emotional grievances about somebody who has done him / her wrong in the past, and will tend to hold all the hurt and anger inside for a very long time. To take another example, Aries is a fire element sign with cardinal energy. The fire aspect of Aries indicates the ability to be spontaneous and to get on and do things. The positive expression of the cardinal energy aspect together with the fire aspect can mean that the Aries person is unsurpassed at starting off new projects and activities with an enormous build up of energy. The negative expression of the cardinal energy together with the fire aspect can mean that Aries can be so headstrong that he / she is not really a very good team player and can bully other people a bit if their input is needed to get something done but cannot move as fast as the Aries person. Additionally, the fire aspect of Aries might find it hard going to stay the full course of a long project if this restricts the natural spontaneity and love of freedom of fire and might not be around to finish the project.
The analysis of zodiac signs included comment about feminine receptive polarity and male active polarity. There are many dimensions of consciousness. When we are in physical body, we are living in the dimension of consciousness of linear time and polarities. This means in part that we live in a dimension where there is not unity of energy and where energy has been fragmented or polarised into what we term male and female. In terms of the astrological energies, the manifestation of this is that some of the astrological energies are magnetic and some are electrical. The female energies are magnetic and the male energies are electrical. The manifestation of this in behavioural terms is that the male astrological energies represent active or action orientated energies and the female astrological energies represent passive and nurturing energies.
The planets of the horoscope
The natal (birth) horoscope is produced by identifying in which sign of the zodiac each planet is in when viewed from planet Earth at the time of birth. The Sun and Moon are called planets. The signs shown below are the standard astrological glyphs (or symbols) for the planets and the lunar nodes.
Each planet influences certain characteristics.
Although the Lunar Nodes are not planets in their own right, they are calculated at the intersection of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth. Everybody has two Lunar Nodes (a North Node and a South Node) in their horoscopes which are in opposite signs (we look at opposite signs later in this section), e.g. Taurus and Scorpio, or Gemini and Sagittarius. We will have chosen to have been born at a particular point in linear time to work with a specific set of opposite energies at the soul level. In everyday life, we might not be very aware of the higher energy frequency aspects of ourselves, but the energies of the Lunar Nodes will be flowing through us at the higher frequency levels and ultimately will have some influence on our progress through the current lifetime. In this paper, I will refer to the lunar nodes as planets.
The Sun sign indicates the general way in which we relate to and grow in the external world in the current lifetime. It indicates the general characteristics of the person that we are trying to become in this lifetime. The Sun is like the central astrological energy which the other planetary energies link into. For this reason, it is the Sun sign which is the (star) sign that the horoscope columns in the daily newspapers refer to. Although the Sun is a star and not a planet, in this paper I will refer to it as a planet.
The Moon sign influences our innermost emotional nature, and how we interact and respond to the world around emotionally. Our emotional nature is one of the most important parts of us. Life situations in which we cannot express and nurture and develop our emotional nature can result in emotional and psychological difficulties. It needs to be noted that we all have very different emotional natures and that we should not assume that other people have the same emotional patterns as us. Because the Moon sign indicates in particular our deepest emotional responses to the external world, they are sometimes difficult to rationalise in a logical mental way.
The Mercury sign is very connected to our mental and thought processes. It is also very connected to the ways in which we learn and in which we communicate with people. It can be connected to desire for travel or for reading or for studying as ways of manifesting learning, and to writing books or making films or teaching as ways of communicating to other people about what we know.
The Venus sign represents attraction and indicates what we are drawn towards so that we may give or receive by the way of love and affection, beauty and happiness. It also indicates how we relate to others and our artistic expression.
The Mars sign represents the energy that we have to get things done. It can be described as the urge to get what we want, and relates to our wants and to our sex drive. It relates to the energy with which we go about our daily business. Expressed negatively, it can relate to anger and to aggression.
The Jupiter sign is related to how we grow and develop as people during the current lifetime. Linked to this usually comes change through the years in the way that we are in relationship with the world around us – as we grow and develop, this affects the way that we see the world around us and how we interact with it. Jupiter can be related to abundance in a number of different ways – possessions, money, spirituality, etc..
As humans, we have so much natural energy that it can be a bit ‘all over the place’ and we can find it difficult to focus it towards achievement - a little bit like a Catherine Wheel firework just going around in circles and eventually fizzling out. The Saturn sign is connected to learning to work with structure in life – through structure we learn to focus our energies so that we can focus them towards achievement. Structure can manifest itself in a number of ways – study routines, daily physical exercises, regular maintenance of the decoration of the home, taking the time to meditate to clear the mind, etc.. Sometimes, Saturn energy can feel as if it constraining us by making us work hard in a disciplined way so does not always get a good ‘write-up’ amongst astrologers, but is in fact a really useful tool to have in our astrological toolbox.
All of the planets referred to so far are
considered to be personal planets, i.e. they are very specific to an
individual. The rest of the planets which will now be referred to are the planets which move around the Sun very slowly.
Consequently, everybody within a certain generation may have the same Uranus
Chiron is the asteroid of healing energy. It is the link between the outer planets and inner planets (it orbits between Saturn and Uranus) and acts as a focal conduit for energies moving between the outer and inner planets planets. Healing can take many forms such as teaching, counselling, psychic healing, emotional healing, physical healing, etc..
Uranus energy relates to individuality and to non-conformity with the status quo. Uranus energy can sometimes be what is needed to make a radical breakthrough in ideas or change of direction for societies. It relates to sudden unexpected and unpredictable change and upheaval. It is the energy of breaking down established structures to make room for them to be replaced by more relevant structures. It is the energy of making lightening leaps forward in terms of understanding or technological achievements. There is a strong electrical nature to Uranus energy which gives it a really powerful momentum.
Pluto energy is the energy of transformation. It helps to bring hidden and very deep rooted energies and issues and baggage to the surface where they can be evolved or destroyed if they no longer have any purpose or are not good. Through this process, it is the energy of regeneration through the constant cycle of death and rebirth in the universe. Pluto energy can act as a great catalyst for change by going deep and bringing causes of behavioural patterns to the surface – it is a very powerful energy and will push issues straight into a person’s face in such a way that they cannot be ignored, no matter how painful a process that can be.
The interaction between the energies of the signs of the zodiac and of the planets
Having looked at the characteristics of the energies of the signs of the zodiac and of the energies of the planets separately, what is the energy influence upon us as humans of their combined influence?
Well, to take an example, this is what I wrote about Scorpio energy earlier in this section:
Scorpio is a water sign with fixed energy. This means an emotions and feelings based behavioural pattern from the water element. The positive expression of the fixed energy aspect together with the water aspect can mean really deep and consistent feelings of care and love for another person or for a situation or for a place or for an activity. The negative expression of the fixed energy aspect together with the water aspect can mean that a Scorpio person finds it difficult to let go of emotional grievances about somebody who has done him/her wrong in the past, and will tend to hold all the hurt and anger inside for a very long time.
And this is what I wrote about the Moon sign earlier:
The Moon sign influences our innermost emotional nature, and how we interact and respond to the world around emotionally. Our emotional nature is one of the most important parts of us. Life situations in which we cannot express and nurture and develop our emotional nature can result in emotional and psychological difficulties. It needs to be noted that we all have very different emotional natures and that we should not assume that other people have the same emotional patterns as us. Because the Moon sign indicates in particular our deepest emotional responses to the external world, they are sometimes difficult to rationalize in a logical mental way.
So, if somebody has their Moon sign in Scorpio, their innermost emotional nature will be influenced by the Scorpio energy vibration. As Scorpio is a very emotional energy anyway, somebody with a Scorpio moon sign is likely to have a very deep emotional nature and will be very sensitive emotionally. An important part of the personality is likely to be feelings and emotions orientated, particularly if there are also other planets in water signs. With the Scorpio energy expressed positively, somebody with a Scorpio Moon sign might well be prepared to lay down their own life to save the life of a loved one, the Scorpio Moon love and caring for the other person being so deep. With the Scorpio energy expressed negatively, somebody with a Scorpio Moon sign who cannot let go the emotional memories of something which has gone wrong might build up such a wall of negative emotional energy around them that they might become ill or might never be able to have proper relationships with other people again. Or they might become a walking body of anger or resentment.
As you can see from the Scorpio Moon sign example, the basic approach therefore to understanding the possible combined influence upon a person of the energies of the signs of the zodiac and of the energies of the planets is to look at the part of life that a particular planet relates to, and then to apply the energy influence of the particular zodiac sign. If you are very interested in this kind of understanding, maybe you could buy some astrology books and start to work through all of this in more detail yourself.
Understanding the natal horoscope – the interaction of the energies
We have already looked at each planet’s and zodiac sign’s energy influence on particular parts of our lives – but in isolation to the energies of the other planets and signs in the horoscope. However, it is also necessary to take an overview of how the various planetary and zodiac sign influences affect us in combination with each other. It is possible to take this overview by considering the angles between the different planets on the rim of the zodiac wheel as follows.
The zodiac wheel as below is drawn with twelve segments representing the twelve signs of the zodiac. Each zodiac sign is represented by 30 degrees within the full 360 degrees of the zodiac wheel. The signs are drawn in the order shown. It is the angles between the different planets which show how the different energies interact. Graphically, if lines are drawn from the rim location to the centre of the wheel, the angle will be the number of degrees between the two lines for the planets being considered. So In the example below where the Sun is at 10 degrees in Scorpio and where the Moon is at 10 degrees in Aquarius, the angle between the Sun and Moon signs (as represented by the red broken lines) is 90 degrees. The angle is normally calculated on the basis of the shortest distance between the two planets going around the zodiac wheel.
Such angles are called ‘aspects’. Some of the important aspects between planets are as follows:
0 degrees – conjunct aspect. With this aspect, there is a great concentration of energy because the two planets occupy the same place in the horoscope. It can sometimes be challenging for the person to integrate this great concentration of energy. However, these two energies should work well together.
30 degrees - semi-sextile (semi-sextiled). This is similar to the quincunx aspect with no common ground between the two signs either in terms of elemental energies or the energy indicators (fixed, mutable, cardinal). This means that they do not work in relationship with each other. It is almost as if they can contribute to separate personalities.
60 degrees – sextile (sextiled) aspect. This is similar to the trine aspect with natural harmony between the two energies, although the influence is weaker with the sextile than with the trine.
90 degrees – square (or squared) aspect. With this aspect, there is not a natural harmony between the two energies, and it can be hard work to integrate the influences of the two energies. This aspect can contribute to creating conflicts within the inner personality. Tackled positively, these conflicts can provide the stimulus for personal growth and development as a person progresses through life. More negatively, a person who does not work at overcoming the challenges that this aspect represents can become stuck in life and not progress very far, and might have some state of inner disharmony.
120 degree – trine (or trined) aspect. With this aspect, there is natural harmony between the two energies, and the two work well together. This aspect can be quite supportive and comfortable, but does not provide many challenges.
150 degrees – quincunx aspect. With this aspect, there is no common ground between the two signs either in terms of elemental energies (earth, air, fire, water), the directional energies (fixed, mutable, cardinal) or the polarity energies (masculine, feminine). This means that they do not work in relationship with each other. It is almost as if they can contribute to separate personalities.
180 degrees – opposite (opposition) aspect. This is an indication of energies pulling in opposite directions, and there is a challenge for the person to integrate these energies and to work with them. Difficulty in working with these energies can dissipate effort with no real achievement, whilst the ability to achieve balance between the two opposite energies will enable the person to work successfully with both energies. We noted earlier in this section that the soul works with a set of opposite astrological energies in the Lunar Nodes.
The exact aspects referred to above reflect the most powerful energy connections between two planets in a horoscope. However, it is almost never the case that the horoscope of a person has such exact aspects between all the planets. The effects of the aspects are still relevant but weaker where the angles between two planets in the horoscope are just a few degrees more or less than the exact angles described above. These ‘wider’ or ‘narrower’ aspects are called orbs (as within orb or sphere of influence). To change slightly the example above, let us assume that a person has the Sun at 10 degrees in Scorpio and the Moon at 13 degrees in Aquarius. The angle of the aspect becomes 93 degrees. The squared aspect of these two planets will still be felt but will not be as strong as the exact 90 degrees aspect.
If the aspects between planets are more than a few degrees away from the exact aspects, the strength of the energetic connection will still be there to some extent but will be considerable weaker. In such situations it is advisable to adopt a more generalised approach to understanding the energies in a horoscope as follows.
There is compatibility of signs in the same element. There is general compatibility between earth signs and water signs. There is also general compatibility between air signs and fire signs. Earth signs are generally incompatible with air signs and fire signs. Water signs are generally incompatible with air signs and fire signs. Air signs are generally incompatible with earth and water signs. Fire signs are generally incompatible with earth and water signs.
As some people prefer to look up compatibility from tables, the following two tables give some idea of how this works. The tables show the relationship that the sign in the left column has with other signs in the same row. A simple rule to follow is that signs which are next to each other, three signs and five signs away from each other in any direction in the zodiac wheel are incompatible with each other. Signs which are two, four and six signs away from each other in the zodiac wheel are compatible with each other.
When using the terminology compatible I mean that the energies work together easily. When using the terminology incompatible I mean that the energies do not work together easily. This creates a challenge for the person affected as he / she has to be able to integrate and to work with incompatible energies even though this might not be easy. If the person has difficulty integrating the energies, it can cause internal stress. It can be confusing for other people as they are never quite sure which part of a person’s personality they will be dealing with and this can cause stress in inter-personal and working relationships.
The first table is for what I would call compatible aspects within the same element. These aspects will be for signs which are four away from each other on the zodiac wheel. The first line shows Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. These are all fire signs. Any planets in fire signs in a horoscope will have a compatible relationship with each other even if the angles of the aspects between then are too wide for the full power of a trine relationship to be present. In the second line are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Any planets in these signs in a horoscope will all have a compatible relationship with each other because they are all in the element of earth even if the angles of the aspects between then are too wide for the full power of a trine relationship to be present.
The second table is for what I would call compatible aspects with planets not in the same element but excluding opposite signs. These aspects will be for signs which are two apart on the zodiac wheel. The first line shows Aries, Gemini and Aquarius. Aries is a fire sign. Gemini and Aquarius are air signs. Any planets in Aries in a horoscope will have a compatible relationship with other planets in Gemini and Aquarius. In the second line are Taurus, Cancer and Pisces. Any planets in Taurus in a horoscope will have a compatible relationship with other planets in Cancer and Pisces.
A full range of such tables has been created in a separate file which may be found by clicking here.
A concentration of planets within a particular zodiac sign will also affect the balance of the astrological energies.
By looking at which signs of the zodiac particular planets are in and then looking at the aspect relationships between the planets, it is possible for the interpretation of the horoscope to give a person an idea of how the astrological energies may be affecting his/her progress through life and to give some useful advice on how best to work with the astrological energies for the future. For example, a square aspect between the Jupiter sign and the Saturn sign in a horoscope could indicate that the person will find working with structure (Saturn) as he/she develops and grows through life (Jupiter) very challenging and hard work. However, if the person perseveres with these two energies and is able to work with both in balance, the ability to work with structure will support growth in life and will enable the person’s personal energies to be focused in such a way that good achievements are manifested. To take another example, a trine aspect between the Venus sign and the Moon sign in a horoscope would indicate that the person would be able to connect love energy with inner emotional energy very easily and this would be a contributory factor in establishing good relationships with other people.
If the exact time of birth is known, another dimension of the natal horoscope can be considered. A secondary wheel can be superimposed upon the zodiac wheel already described. This secondary wheel is also divided into twelve segments called houses. Each house indicates a particular aspect of a person’s life as follows.
1st House - The physical appearance of the body and the way that we appear to others. Our self expression.
2nd House - Money, possessions and property, attitudes towards personal resources.
3rd House - The rational mind and communications with others.
4th House - Home and security. The family in both childhood and adult life. The parental figure most usually associated with emotions - often but not always the mother.
5th House - Pleasurable activities. Sports, hobbies, interests. Creative self-expression.
6th House - Health and illness. Being of service to others. Unequal relationships such as employee/employer.
7th House - Personal relationships with other people – family, lovers, work colleagues, clients.
8th House - The experience of true sexual union. Personal transformation through intense experiences with others. Shared resources.
9th House - The higher mind. Philosophy and religion. Long distance travel.
10th House - Ambition through one’s work. Social status and reputation. The parental figure most associated with structure in early life. Responsibility to others.
11th House - Group connections with people, work colleagues, interest groups, social circles.
12th House - Withdrawal or isolation from the mainstream world or from people. Selfless giving. Reconnection with the universal consciousness – psychic ability and mediumship. Secrets and invisible enemies
The term ascendant or rising sign marks the beginning of the First House. The Ascendant reflects the Zodiac sign that was ascending on the Eastern Horizon at the time of birth.
In the following diagram, the blue lines represent the boundary lines between the houses, and the black lines represent the boundaries between the signs as before.
Our Sun in Scorpio from the earlier example now becomes Sun in Scorpio in the fifth house. The Moon in Aquarius from the earlier example becomes Moon in Aquarius in the eighth house.
The connection with healing
It is possible to analyse the horoscope in the following ways which helps to go give further meaningful interpretation. Let us work on the basis that there are 13 planets in the horoscope – 2 lunar nodes and 11 planets.
We can look at the balance of zodiac signs across the different elements.
If somebody has 3 planets in air signs, 4 planets in earth signs, 3 planets in fire signs and 3 planets in water signs, we would say that their astrological energies are broadly in balance across the elements.
However, if somebody has 8 planets in air signs, 2 planets in fire signs, 1 planet in earth signs and 0 planets in water signs, the analysis would be that the person has an imbalance or excess of air element energy and is likely to be a very mentally based person who is lacking in other aspects of the human personality. In particular, the lack of planets in water signs would indicate a very inhibited range of normal emotional behaviours. The lack of planets in earth signs would indicate potential difficulty with physical resources and with making things happen in a physical sense. Such a person is likely to have relationship difficulties with other people.
If we change the example around to somebody who has 1 planet in air signs, 0 planet in fire signs, 1 planet in earth signs and 9 planets in water signs, we would say that the person has an imbalance or excess of water element energy and is likely to be a very emotionally based person who is lacking in other aspects of the human personality. In particular, the lack of planets in air signs would indicate a very inhibited range of normal mental behaviours and the ability to rationalise. The lack of planets in fire signs would indicate a lack of spontaneity and action orientation. The lack of planets in earth signs would indicate potential difficulty with physical resources and with making things happen in a physical sense. As with the other example, such a person is likely to have relationship difficulties with other people.
We can also look at the balance of zodiac signs across the different energy indicators of cardinal, fixed and mutable.
For example, if somebody has 4 planets in cardinal signs, 4 planets in fixed signs and 3 planets in mutable signs, we would say that their astrological energies are broadly in balance across these indicators.
However, if somebody has 8 planets in cardinal signs, 2 planets in fixed signs and 1 planet in mutable signs, the analysis would be that the person has an imbalance or excess of cardinal energy and a deficit of fixed and mutable energy. The excess of cardinal energy would enable the person to be a great starter of projects and for making things happen. However, if projects and work have to happen in relationship or in partnership with other people who do not have the same amount of cardinal energy, the person with the cardinal energy could feel very frustrated with the other people because they cannot move as fast. If the person with the cardinal energy just goes ahead and does his or her own thing, team work could break down and there could be problems with relationships with other people. The lack of mutable energy is likely to mean that the person with all the cardinal energy is inflexible which could cause further relationship difficulties with other people.
Similarly, if we change the example to one in which somebody has 8 planets in mutable signs, 2 planets in fixed signs and 1 planets in cardinal signs, the analysis would be that the person has an imbalance or excess of mutable energy and a deficit of cardinal and fixed energy. This person is likely to find it difficult to summon up the energy to follow a course of action and to stick to it. This is more the horoscope of a person who is going to change direction all the time either because he / she cannot make up his mind or because he / she allows himself / herself to be buffeted all over the place by external factors.
The third of these extreme examples would be somebody who has 8 planets in fixed signs, 2 planets in cardinal signs and 1 planet in mutable signs. The analysis would be that the person has an imbalance or excess of fixed energy and a deficit of cardinal and mutable energy. This person is likely to be extremely reliable because of all the fixed energy but is also likely to be somebody who does not change direction easily and is likely to become stuck in life. The lack of cardinal energy would make it difficult to make things happen and to set new courses in life. The lack of mutable energy would mean that the person is very inflexible and that other people would find him or her stubborn and not easy to get on with.
We can also look at the balance of zodiac energies across the male / female polarity split.
If somebody has 6 planets in male signs and 5 planets in female signs, it could be considered that they have male and female energy broadly in balance.
If however somebody has 9 planets in male signs and 2 planets in female signs, they would have a very male type character and be very lacking in female behavioural characteristics. The person could be somewhat pushy and impatient with other people and be more considered with action and making things happen than with doing anything in relationship with other people. I would expect relationship problems to predominate with such a person. If a person in a female gender body has such an excess of male energy, it is possible that she could find it very challenging to conform to stereotype female behavioural patterns. It is also possible that she would find a heterosexual life style difficult and would follow a lesbian lifestyle.
If we change the example around to somebody who has 9 planets in female signs and 2 planets in male signs, they would have a very female type character and be very lacking in male behavioural characteristics. This person could find it difficult to take action to make things happen. If a person in a male gender body has such an excess of female energy, it is possible that she could find it difficult to conform to stereotype male behavioural patterns. It is also possible that he would find a heterosexual life style difficult and would follow a homosexual lifestyle.
The teaching from this part of the training manual is that whilst we have our own consciousness independent of the astrological energies, these do also have their own consciousnesses and interact with us in many ways such as in the examples above. They influence our behavioural patterns and personal development to varying degrees. Sometimes, they can contribute to stress in a person which affects emotional, mental and physical health. The mainstream medical profession have undertaken research into the effects of stress upon the physical body and this has shown that the production of hormones and the subsequent chemical reactions which they should trigger around the body can be adversely affected by stress.
So far, we have just looked at the natal horoscope which indicates the placements of the planets at the time of birth. Because the planets are orbiting the Sun continually, they keep moving through the different zodiac signs – some move quickly, others move slowly. What is called a transit occurs when a planet moves in today’s time to make an angle or aspect to a point in the zodiac wheel which was occupied by a planet at birth. In the case of the planets which orbit around the sun very quickly, transits occur frequently. In the case of the slower moving planets, transits are much less frequent. A transit is considered to have some impact upon the influence of the planet within the natal horoscope which is being transited. Generally speaking, a transit by one of the outer planets is much more significant than a transit by one of the inner fast orbiting planets. Astrological prediction tends to be based upon an analysis of forthcoming transits.
A planet will transit its own position in the natal horoscope, and the aspect between present day and natal positions can be easy or challenging in accordance with the aspects described earlier, and which can affect health. So for example, the energy of Saturn challenges the day to day structures of our lives at the age of 14 to 15 as it moves into what the astrologers refer to as an opposite transit to where it was at the time of birth. For young people, this represents an opportunity to experience the challenge of growing out of the day to day structures which their parents have given them and to find their own structures in life. This can be quite stressful, especially as they will also have been coping with a lot of hormonal and chemical changes in their bodies at that age.
If you know how long it takes a planet to go around the Sun (see the following table), you can work out approximately when in your life important transits will occur – for example, square transits will occur approximately a quarter of the way through a complete orbit from your time of birth (this represents 90 degrees). Some of the orbits around the Sun are slightly elliptical rather than being pure circles, so this is not a mathematically exact way of calculating transit periods.
The effect of transits can be felt through aspects with any planet / zodiac combination in the birth horoscope. For example, the movement of Pluto through Sagittarius from 1995 through to 2008 impacted upon the horoscopes of people with planets other than Pluto that are also in Sagittarius.
Synastry is the name given to the study of the influence of astrological energies upon inter-personal relationships, usually for very close relationships such as husband and wife. The natal horoscopes for both people are drawn up, and the aspects between the planets across the two horoscopes are compared. The influence of the aspects is as has been outlined earlier in this section. For example, trines will indicate easy astrological influences on the relationship, whilst squares will indicate challenges in the relationship.
Important synastry aspects for husband and wife relationships are the Moon to Moon aspects for the inner emotional connection, the Venus to Venus aspects for love connection, the Mars to Venus aspects for physical love making and the Mercury to Mercury aspects for mental and verbal communication. Such very personal relationships tend not to stand the test of time if the Moon signs are not compatible. Even if the Moon signs are compatible, a love relationship may not be long lasting if the Venus to Venus aspects are not compatible. If the Moon to Moon aspects, the Venus to Venus aspects and the Mars to Venus aspects are compatible, there is the start of the possibility that the two people might find heaven on earth in their love relationship as these key astrological influences will be backing their relationship. Of course, a love relationship can be influenced by what else is in the horoscope so there are never any guarantees. Interestingly enough, the Sun sign is not usually a critical influence on love relationships, despite this being what is used in the daily stars columns of the newspapers and is what regular callers to premium rate horoscope telephone lines pay a small fortune for.
take a practical example, the breakdown in the interpersonal relationship
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Synastry techniques may be applied to all kinds of human relationships such as family and work relationships.
Given that inter-personal relationships are a key part of our lives as human beings, difficulties in these relationships can be a great source of stress and disharmony in life and subsequently affect our health situations. As healers, it helps to understand what is going on in the lives of clients and to identify the original causes of stress. Synergy helps with this as it can contribute to an understanding what is going right and what is going wrong in inter-personal relationships.
Associations with particular parts of the body
Traditional astrological teaching refers to associations between the different planets and zodiac signs with parts of the body. I have not worked with these associations before, so cannot make much comment based upon practical experience. Additionally, different teachings give different bodily associations for the same planet or sign, the reason for which I have never taken time to look into. Consequently, I do not include any teaching in my manuals regarding astrological connections with different parts of the body as this is beyond my personal experience. I do believe, however, that there are associations, so mention this in case anybody reading this manual would like to do some follow up work themselves. The theory of this works along the same principles as outlined already in this chapter. For example, if two planets are in a stressful 90 degree angle to each other, then the body parts (for example, glands or organs) associated with them will also suffer some energetic stress.
Chiron is an asteroid with healing properties. As it makes its transit around the natal horoscope, it will aspect every planet in the natal horoscope at some point in its 51 year progression through every sign in the zodiac. Each time Chiron transits a planet in the natal horoscope, there is the potential for some kind of healing at spiritual, mental, emotional or physical level to take place. The nature of this healing will be influenced by what sign is being transited and by what other planets are in aspect to the planet being transited by Chiron. It is helpful for the healer to be aware of Chiron transits as the healer might be called upon to treat some stress or health condition influenced by a Chiron transit. Healing, as we will read about later, can sometimes make people feel unwell as the healing process takes place.
In the interests of completeness, my natal horoscope follows so that you can see what a proper horoscope looks like. In the main horoscope wheel, the lines running through the outer circle represent the divisions between the houses and the lines running through the next circle inwards represent the divisions between the signs of the zodiac. The numbers in the next circle going inwards represent the house numbers. The lines in the inner circle represent diagrammatically the aspects between the planets.
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Preparing a horoscope
Traditionally horoscopes were prepared by reference to an ephemeris. An ephemeris is a set of tables showing in which signs of the zodiac different planets were at different times for specific dates.
In the present day horoscopes tend to be produced using astrological software which holds the same information as in an ephemeris but in the form of an electronic database.
Not all the astrological software packages that you can buy are of good quality. I use astrological software produced by a company called Astrocalc and can recommend it. Information about Astrocalc is available in the Astrology and in the Suppliers sections of the Information Centre on my website.