ASSEMBLY OF THE STAR DIAL SYSTEM
Remove contents from separate envelopes. Separate the clutch
from the tack, by pulling on the upper part of the clutch. The clutch
slides up: it does not unscrew. The second tack is a spare and should
remain in the small evelope, with the tip stuck in the small eraser.
Place the tack through the prepunched hole in the plastic 8_
by 11 inch tack mount. Be sure that the point of the
tack sticks out of the shiny side of the tack mount. Notice the
hole in the tack mount is slightly off-center. Place the tack mount
underneath the clipboard clip, flush against the vertical stops
on the clip. Position the tack mount so that the tack is closer
to the edge of the clipboard away from the clip. Place the Star
Dial over the tack. Slide the clutch over the tack to protect your
skin. Place the clipboard aside while the natal chart is placed
on the 90° chart form.
After the chart is completed, punch a small hole in the center
of the star on the chart form. Use a tack, pencil, compass, or other
sharp object. Remove the clutch and Star Dial from the clipboard.
Place the chart form over the tack, so that the Star Dial logo is
near the edge of the clipboard away from the clip. Do not place
the chart form under the clip until chart is aligned. Place the
Star Dial over the tack. Slide the clutch over the tack.
Be sure the clipboard is on a flat horizontal surface, such as
a desk or table. Rotate the Star Dial until the large black arrow
is exactly aligned with the blue line passing through at the top
of the chart. The chart form is properly aligned when the blue lines
at 22_°, 45° and 67_°,
line up with the remaining three ends of the Star Dial Cross.
Hold the Star Dial stationary and pull lightly on the ends of the
chart form until this is so. The next step is to lock the chart
form in this position, beneath the clipboard clip. Hold the Star
Dial and chart form in the aligned position, using the right hand.
Press down on the clip with the left hand. Release the clip with
the chart locked beneath it, in position for accurate analysis.
The alignment procedure is necessary whenever a new chart is placed
on the clipboard. It is prudent to verify the alignment, when the
clipboard is left unattended for a long period of time. To prevent
the tack from bending, it should be removed whenever the clipboard
is being transported.
In case the edge of the chart form does not reach the clipboard
clip, perform the following adjustment. Position the left
thumb _ of the way down the clip, and press down raising
the clip. Grip the edge of the clip with the right hand and pull
upward, bending the edge of the clip outward. The chart form will
now extend beneath the clip.
UNDERSTANDING THE STAR DIAL
The Star Dial and chart form are divided into 90° rather than
360°, to identify challenging planetary aspects and planetary
symmetries easily. This layout groups planets by cardinal, fixed,
and mutable qualities, in separate thirds of the chart. To understand
the concept of symmetry, imagine a vertical line running through the
center of the human body. The ears, arms and legs are symmetrically
placed about this axis. The essential theme here is equal distances
from a given axis. Planetary symmetries quickly reveal basic dynamics
within the individual, unlock personality characteristics sometimes
hidden in the 360° chart, and dramatically increases one's ability
to time events accurately. Dial techniques do not invalidate traditional
astrological methods: they add a new dimension to astrological interpretation