Reading the Chart
Part Four: Examples (cont.)
In the previous article, we used the natal and the relocated charts
of Bill Clinton as examples for examining the chart?as?a?whole.
We counted and made tallies of the Triplicities, the Polarities,
and the Quadruplicities. We found his natal chart to be heavily
weighted in both Air and Fire, as well as heavily weighted in Cardinal
and Fixed. The Positive Polarity far exceeded the Negative Polarity.
All of these counts did not change between the natal and relocated
The next step in examining the chart?as?a?whole is to examine both
charts for the occupancy of the houses. The occupancy of houses
obviously does not include a count for the Midheaven or the Ascendant,
so the weighted tally should add up to 12. For Bill Clinton's natal
chart, the count is as follows:
For Angular houses, I find a count of six, based on Saturn and
Mercury in house ten, plus Mars, Neptune, Venus, and Jupiter in
For Succedent houses, I find a count of five, based on Pluto and
the Sun (2) in house eleven, plus the Moon (2) in house eight.
For Cadent houses, I find a count of one, based on Uranus in the
The distribution of planets in houses changes for the chart relocated
to the White House:
For Angular houses, I find a count of four, based on Saturn, Mercury,
and Pluto in the tenth house, plus Jupiter in the first house.
For Succedent houses, I find a count of four, based on the Sun (2)
in the eleventh house, plus the Moon (2) in the eighth house.
For Cadent houses, I find a count of four, based on Mars, Neptune,
and Venus in the twelfth house, plus Uranus in the ninth house.
Each of these distributions adds up to 12 and is correct.
From the analysis of the distribution of planets in the natal chart,
we find a man who easily gets his personality and ideas across to
other people (Angular=6). He is more emotional than he would like
other people to know (Succedent=5). This is not a deep?thinking
philosopher, but rather a man of action and emotion. (Cadent=1).
Bill Clinton's move to the White House also moved his planets. His
relocated chart has a count of four in each of the three categories.
Thus, his personality is more rounded and more thoughtful than in
his natal chart.
To look for the Temperament Type, according to Marc Edmund Jones,
we again use only the planets without regard for Midheaven or Ascendant.
Therefore, the natal and the relocated horoscopes will yield the
same analysis. The Bowl pattern does not quite fit Bill Clinton's
chart because there is not an opposition, and the planets are not
evenly distributed. I would, however, call his chart a cross between
a bowl, which tells us how self?contained he is, and what I call
number eight: the unclassifiable. The unclassifiable temperament
type usually describes a person who is original, unique, and individualistic.
For more information about the Temperament Types, see the articles
that I have written for Astronet. They can be found in the Learning
Next, let us look for the Lunation Cycle, as described by Dane
Rudhyar, in Bill Clinton's horoscope. We are concerned only with
the relationship between the Sun and the Moon, so relocation is
not a factor. Bill Clinton's Sun is at 26 degrees and zero minutes
of Leo; his Moon is at 20 degrees and 18 minutes of Taurus. The
distance between them, counting from the Sun, is 264 degrees and
18 minutes. This distance describes a waning Moon person, someone
who is a seeker of explanations and definitions and meanings. This
distance also puts the Moon into the sixth eighth of the cycle,
describing a person who always wants to show what he knows or has
learned. He will also project his ideas and beliefs, rather than
The distance between the Sun and the Moon in Bill Clinton's horoscope
places the Part of Fortune in the ninth house of the natal and relocated
charts. The person with the Part of Fortune in the ninth house is
one who can find his fortune far from home. His labors are usually
mental, and he finds expression through travel, education, philosophy,
publishing, or the legal system. For more information on the Lunation
Cycle and the Part of Fortune, see the articles that I have written
for Astronet. They can be found in the Learning Center.
Bill Clinton's horoscope has no retrograde planets. Mercury, which
had been retrograde until the week before Clinton was born, is in
its shadow and still fairly slow in motion. This would indicate
an excellent mind and high intelligence. (See my articles on Retrograde
Planets in the Learning Center here at Astronet.) When a person
has zero retrograde planets, we see a great deal of perseverance.
John McCormick found an unexpectedly high number of United States
Presidents had zero retrograde planets. I guess that the road to
the Presidency requires a great deal of perseverance.
So, before we even look at the details of this horoscope, we can
see already that we are dealing with a person to whom relationships
and communication are important; with a person who can bring enthusiasm
to his projects; with a person who is individualistic and original;
with a person who will find his fortune far from home. We are dealing
with a person who strongly believes in his ideas, and who cannot
be swayed from his course.
It is after I have examined all these factors in the chart?as?a?whole
that I begin to look at the details of a horoscope. Much more will
be learned from examining the details of a horoscope. That would
be the next step. For now, you know how I read the chart?as?a?whole.