The second use of Planetary Pictures is for timing of events. For questions of timing,
the Uranian astrologer makes use of Solar Arc Directions, a very precise technique. The Solar Arc
is defined as the amount of zodiacal distance (number of degrees, minutes, and seconds) between the
Natal Sun and the Secondary Progressed Sun. For timing purposes, the Uranian astrologer calculates
a range of this measurement to establish a range of dates for a possible event. Let us consider the
question, “When will I move?” The astrologer knows there are at least three planetary pictures to
Me + Sa - Asc
To move. To take leave.
Me + Sa - Pl To
Asc + P l - Sa
Moving. Change of location
The 90° notation horoscope of the woman who asked this question
is shown in figure 8. This woman, with a birthday in April,
will always have a Solar Arc smaller than her age. Indeed,
on her 56th birthday, her Solar Arc was only 53°59'39", i.e.,
her Progressed Sun, moving slowly, had traveled only 53°°59'30"
of arc in 56 years of life. Figure 9 shows her horoscope with
the arrow pointing at Me + Sa - Asc at 51°11'. This figure
provides a clear example of a planetary picture A + B - C
where there is nothing at the sensitive point D. The sensitive
point will be activated by a Solar Arc direction. The Uranian
astrologer employs several different Planetary Pictures, and
measures when they are due. By compiling a list of “due dates,”
the astrologer looks for a cluster of times. He then knows
when the event will occur. Only when there are many Solar
Arc Directions due on the same date can the astrologer make
a firm prediction. For this example, this formula was chosen
first because, in simplified Uranian analogy, Mercury is “to
say,” Saturn is “good-bye,” and the Ascendant is “the environment.”
Me + Sa - Asc means, “To say
good-bye to the environment.” Therefore, this is another way
of saying “to move.”
The next step in determining whether a move is imminent (within the next year or two)
is to establish the range of Solar Arc to be studied. In this case, the range of 54° to 55°
is selected as the range of interest because this woman was concerned with her immediate future.
With the arrow of the 90° Dial pointing at 51°11', the sensitive point, the procedure is to
look on the dial to see whether any planet or personal point of the horoscope can be located
displaced from the arrow by the Solar Arc range of 54° to 55°. The sensitive point in question
will “come” to the Ascendant at Solar Arc 54°09', which occurs on June 18, 1987. It will “come”
to Uranus at Solar Arc 54°55' which occurs on April 7, 1988. Meanwhile, the Equatorial Ascendant
will “come” to the sensitive point at Solar Arc 54°57', due on April 19, 1988.
Figure 10 shows the 90° Dial turned by 22°30', pointing the arrow at 73°41', a point
synonymous with Me + Sa - Asc. Pluto will arrive at this point at Solar Arc 54°56', which will
occur on April 13,1988. The Sensitive Point will reach Zeus at Solar Arc 54°40' which occurs on
January 1, 1988. The formula Mercury plus Saturn minus Pluto calculates to 47°46' on the 90° Dial.
The arrow in figure 11 is pointed at 70°16' because the dial has been rotated 22°30'. This is the
equivalent of 47°46'. The Ascendant will “come” to this point at Solar Arc 54°56', which will occur
on April 13, 1988. The formula Ascendant plus Pluto minus Saturn means “Change in the environment
because of separation. Separation from the environment.” The astrologer must be aware that when a
client asks, “Will I move?” she may really be asking, “Will I sell my house?” or
“Will I get married?” or “Will I leave my husband?” or “Will that man in San Diego ask me to join
him?” Figure 12 shows the arrow pointing at 78°28', which is 22°30' away from 10°58', where
Ascendant plus Pluto minus Saturn falls. This Sensitive Point will contact Mercury at Solar Arc
54°56', which will occur on April 13, 1988.
A tabulation of Solar Arc “due dates” reveals:
| Solar Arc 54°09'
June 18, 1987
||Jan 01, 1988
||Apr 07, 1988
||Apr 13, 1988
||Apr 13, 1988
||Apr 13, 1988
||Apr 19, 1988
It is apparent from this tabulation that there is a cluster of dates
around April 13, 1988. Since a Solar Arc moves approximately one minute
every six days, one or two dates may fall six days before or after the
actual event, because of the round-off of 30 seconds in calculating planets.
Experience has shown that the Solar Arc technique does provide a timing
precision of six days on either side of the center of the cluster. The
preceding discussion used Solar Arcs derived by 90° Dial manipulation
to arrive at the list of “due dates.” Below will be shown how one of these
dates was determined for this horoscope.
Getting precise, technically: an examination of any printed ephemeris
will show that the daily motion of the Sun ranges from 57'12” to 1°01'10".
The slowest motion occurs about June 21 when the Sun is at 0° Cancer,
and the fastest motion occurs about December 21 when the Sun is at 0°
In our example horoscope about moving, a Solar Arc of 54°09' was developed
from the dial manipulation. Recall that the birth date of the client was
April 19, 1931. By adding 54° to her natal Sun, it is seen in the ephemeris
that the progressed time of interest is between June 14 and June 15, 1931.
The Sun’s rate of motion on that ephemeris date is 57'19".
June 14 in the ephemeris is 56 days after birth, and equivalent to the
client’s 56th birthday, April 19, 1987. On this date, her Solar Arc is
53°59'39" when calculated from a noon ephemeris. The noon (GMT) ephemeris
was chosen because the client’s natal GMT was 14:52:20. This Solar Arc
of 53°59'39" was arrived at by subtracting the position of the Sun in
the ephemeris on the date of birth from the position of the Sun in the
ephemeris on June 14 (56 days after birth). A similar technique, using
high-speed computers with modern astrological software for the exact birth
time will yield a slightly different result.
On the client's 56th birthday, her Solar Arc is 53°59'39", and the Sun
is moving at the June 14 rate of 57'19". In order to reach the first calculated
Solar Arc of 54°°09' (recall our due date table), how many additional
days must elapse? The difference in Solar Arc is 9'21". At a rate of 57'19",
it will take 3 hours and 55 minutes of ephemeris time to traverse 9'21".
Here’s how that works: since each hour is equivalent to 15.2 days of elapsed
time, the Solar Arc of 54°09' will be completed on June 18, 1987, 60 days
after her birthday. The arithmetic to support these last few steps is
easily done on a hand calculator as follows: 3 hours and 55 minutes equates
to 3.9166 hours multiplied by 15.2 days to arrive at the number of days
(60) to add to the birthday. (Some of the above calculations can be expedited
by using Diurnal Motion of the Sun tables such as those used to erect
a horoscope. It should be noted here that if the astrologer has the person’s
birth data and the date of an event in the person's life, the astrologer
can calculate the Solar Arc for the date of the event by taking the above
steps in reverse. A list of such Solar Arcs is needed to rectify or validate
the person’s birth time. It just takes practice and familiarity to make
all of this second nature!