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Advanced Astrology (cont.)

The Lunation Cycle
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune in the Signs

Part of Fortune and Planets

Part of Fortune Surprises

Retrograde Planets
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets A

   Part Four
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets B

   Part Five
   - Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets

   Part Six
   - More Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets


Libra Ingress 1997

The Void of Course Moon
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Advanced Techniques
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Planetary Hours
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four

Capricorn Ingress, 1997

New Year's Resolutions

Lunations 1998

Using New and Full Moons

Eclipses

Reading the Chart
   Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Two: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Three: Examples
   Part Four: Examples (cont.)

Total Solar Eclipse

Astrologers' Dilemma
   - Clinton's Birth Data


Lunar Eclipse

Aries Ingress 1988

Decanates
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four
   Part Five

Advanced Techniques:
Part Two


In the previous article, Alfred Witte was described as an astrologer who felt that the classical astrology practices by his contemporaries failed to explain the experiences of World War I and the chaos of life in post-war Germany. In his search for an improvement to astrology, he resurrected some ancient and almost forgotten techniques and added some new ones. The new form of astrology that he taught became known as the Hamburg School of Astrology.

Several of Witte's students came to the USA. They wrote about Witte's work and taught American astrologers. Uranian Astrology traces to Hans Niggemann, a student, colleague, and friend of Witte. It was Hans Niggemann, after he came to the USA, who coined the name "Uranian System of Astrology" for the English-speaking astrologers. (I had the honor and privilege of being Hans' student and a close friend until his death.) As the Uranian System evolved in the United States, another group of Witte's students continued work in Germany, and a third group, headed by Reinhold Ebertin, developed a simplified version of the Uranian System, which became known as Cosmobiology.

The Uranian System of Astrology has three major elements which distinguish it from the more classical approaches. These are "Planetary Pictures," the use of a movable dial, and the use of additional astrological forces known as the Trans-Neptunian Planets (TNP.) These eight Trans-Neptunian "Planets" receive the most opposition from astrologers who are loath to experiment with new ideas. I always refer to the Trans-Neptunian "Planets" with quotation marks because I know that they are hypothetical, and have not been sighted to date. I am intrigued by the possibility that these Trans-Neptunian "Planets" might be found as we further explore the De Kuyper Belt at the farthest reaches of our solar system.

Midpoints and a movable dial, in modified and simplified form, are used by the Cosmobiologists. But, in lieu of the eight Trans-Neptunian "Planets" of Uranian Astrology, Cosmobiologists use a single unseen "planet" beyond Pluto which is called Transpluto.

As stated earlier, the "father" of Cosmobiology was Reinhold Ebertin, whose mother, Elsbeth Ebertin, was part of the Hamburg School with Witte and Niggemann. Reinhold Ebertin's "The Combination of Stellar Influences" is the "bible" for Cosmobiology. The book, originally written in German in the 1940s, was finally translated to English, and Cosmobiology was formally introduced to the United States.

Typically, when I teach my most advanced astrology students, I guide them through the "Combination of Stellar Influences" and Cosmobiology on their journey to Uranian Astrology and the richness that it provides.

Cosmobiology makes extensive use of Midpoints. These are defined as the point equi-distant between two planetary positions. For example, if planet A is located at 10 degrees Aries, and planet B is located at 20 Aries, the midpoint of A and B would be located at 15 Aries. There are many midpoints in a horoscope. Mars, for example, has a midpoint with Jupiter, another with Saturn, another with Uranus, and so on. The midpoint of A and B is written as A/B. For the examples using Mars, they would be written Ma/Ju, Ma/Sa, Ma/Ur, and so on.

The location of Midpoints can be ascertained with the use of a movable dial (90 degree or 360 degree dial), by hand calculation, or, nowadays, with the use of a printout from modern astrological computer programs. Ebertin has defined the meaning of each possible Midpoint, and Cosmobiologists use Ebertin's definitions plus their own experience for analysis when these midpoints are activated. Such an activation might occur natally by a hard aspect from another planet in the horoscope, or by a similar hard aspect from a planet advanced by Solar Arc Direction, or by a similar hard aspect from a Transiting planet. Cosmobiologists also find it useful to compare two charts using both planets and midpoints.

Typically, I teach my students of Cosmobiology and the Uranian System to examine a traditional horoscope in a traditional manner, in order to gain whatever insights might be available from this "flat" chart. For example, Marc Edmund Jones' Planetary Patterns, Dane Rudhyar's Lunation Cycle, location of the Part of Fortune, Retrograde Planets, the cycles of Saturn, the transits of the outer planets, and the position of the Secondary Progressed Moon can best be seen in this way. There are teachers of Cosmobiology and Uranian Astrology who prefer to omit the analysis of the "flat" chart.

I was one of the earliest students of Cosmobiology and found the study exciting and rewarding. It was certainly an improvement over the classical astrology that I had been practicing. But I felt that it was not enough for me. I had questions that were not answered by classical astrology or by Cosmobiology. Then I met Hans Niggemann and the Uranian System and I moved ahead. A whole new world opened for me as I studied Uranian Astrology.

In Part Three, I shall further describe the Uranian System of Astrology.

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