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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

Reading the Chart
Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole

You have just finished erecting a horoscope for a person. You were supplied with the birth data (day, month, year, time, place) and you may have used an ephemeris, an atlas, and a table of houses along with a hand-held calculator for interpolation. (I hope that you are not using logarithms when calculators are ubiquitous.) Perhaps, instead of the laborious calculations, you took advantage of one of the fine astrology programs available for your computer. In any event, you now have before you a horoscope of a real person who is depending upon you for help.

You know the meanings of the planets, the meanings of the zodiacal signs, and the meanings of the houses. Probably, you can talk about the Sun or other planets in each of the twelve signs, and the Sun or other planets in each of the twelve houses. Those are details. Any good text book can tell you what those placements mean. Your computer software might tell you these details. It sounds impressive to the uninitiated, but you know that this is not good enough.

The experts have always stressed interpreting the chart-as-a-whole before one looks at any details. You have but to look at the writings of Marc Edmund Jones, Dane Rudhyar, Charles Jayne, Al H. Morrison, Carl Payne Tobey, Alan Leo, and Grant Lewi, to name a few, to see this theme repeated. How does one look at the chart-as-a-whole? One starts with a basic horoscope, containing the Sun, the Moon, and the eight planets. Of course, you will have a circle divided into twelve houses, with a Midheaven and an Ascendant. Defer consideration of the Nodes, the Vertex, the Equatorial Ascendant, the Fixed Stars, the Arabic Parts, the Asteroids, and the Trans-Neptunian planets for later.

My basic approach to reading the chart-as-a-whole starts with a count of the triplicities, the polarities, the quadruplicities, and house residents. I need to know how many planets are in fire signs, earth signs, air signs, and water signs. Similarly, I need to know how many planets are in cardinal, fixed, or mutable signs. Following the precepts taught by Charles Jayne, I assign one point each to each of the eight planets, and two points each to the Sun, the Moon, the Midheaven, and the Ascendant. Thus, the total of eight planets at one point each plus Sun, Moon, Midheaven, and Ascendant at two points each leads to a total tally of sixteen points. Thus, a particular chart might have a count of eight fire, three earth, two air, and three water, or any distribution that adds up to sixteen. Similarly, this chart might have a count of eight cardinal, four fixed, and four mutable, or any distribution that adds up to sixteen. This fictitious person would be strongly fire and strongly cardinal, and most like an Aries.

As to polarity, the fire and air signs are considered to have positive polarity and to be masculine. The earth and water signs are considered to have negative polarity and to be feminine (receptive and psychic.) So, for the fictitious person described above, there is a count of ten positive and six negative. The total of sixteen is a check on the arithmetic.

The next count concerns only the eight planets and the Sun and the Moon, with the Sun and Moon again each getting two points. The check total will be twelve (eight plus two plus two equals twelve.) Each planet resides in either an angular, succedent, or cadent house. This tally distributes the twelve points in the three house categories.
Next, I take a look at the chart-as-a-whole for the Temperament Type, as described by Marc Edmund Jones. I have described the seven Temperament Types in a previous article for Astronet. You can find it by clicking on the following sequence: Learning Center; Advanced Astrology; Advanced Astrology Archives; Advanced Astrology for 6/30 - 7/06.

You are still reading the chart-as-a-whole, without detail. Next, I look at the Lunation Cycle, as described by Dan Rudhyar. This topic was thoroughly treated in a series of articles that I wrote for Astronet. You can find them in the Learning Center.

All these steps permit me to get an over-all look at the person before I examine the details of the chart. There are many more steps which I will describe in future articles.

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