The Natal Chart
“I can’t help it. I’m an Aries. Of COURSE I have a temper.” “The Moon was in Taurus. It triggered my sweet tooth. I HAD to have dessert.” “Mars squared my ascendant, so of COURSE I got angry.”
We’ve all made statements like these and, in essence, blamed the planets for our actions and the events in our lives. We look to the stars for guidance, praise them when we do well, and blame them when things don’t go the way we’d like.
- Don’t the stars affect our lives?
- Don’t they influence us?
The stars do not MAKE us do anything any more than seeing a great pair of shoes in a store window MAKES you run in and buy them, or passing a restaurant when you are hungry MAKES you rush inside and grab a meal. There is a synchronicity to the universe that puts you intuitively in tune with the world around you. Subconsciously, you give and receive messages that guide and direct you to your spoken or unspoken goal, thus creating those events and circumstances that fulfill your desires.
You, then, are the Creator of your life. You created being at the restaurant when you were hungry so that you could eat. YOU were the cause, not the restaurant. Similarly, you created being in front of the store window in order to see the shoes. YOU were the Creator, not the shoes.
In the winter, the leaves fall from the trees. At the same time, we put on heavier clothing. The falling leaves do not MAKE us put on heavier clothing; the cold weather does. We and the trees are responding to the same cause—the change of seasons. As part of God’s plan, we, and all of nature, are responding to the larger order of things. So, too, in astrology, the planets reflect what is occurring in our personal worlds and the lessons we are learning. They are not the lessons themselves, but the reflections thereof.
As such, you are free to interpret each planet in your chart on its highest and best level, thereby being the highest and best manifestation of God you can be.
YOU determine the level of functioning of your chart and the degree of happiness and success in your life. When you function on this level, your life takes on a richness of dimension it has not had before. You take the responsibility for creating your life the way you would like it to be. You see the planets as those gifts and talents you have chosen to express in this lifetime. You fulfill your limitless potential because you see what CAN be, rather than what cannot.
The chart then becomes a guide, rather than the source of your happiness or unhappiness. It becomes a reflection of your own spiritual evolution.
When you express the Truth of who you are by being your highest and best, you lift those around you and inspire THEM to be THEIR highest and best. They, in turn, inspire others, and so the Light is awakened in one person after another, spreading love, joy and peace across the face of the earth.
YOUR GIFTS, TALENTS AND ABILITIES PLANETS IN HOUSES
In a theatre production, the Sun would be the main character. The Sun in your chart represents your greatest power and creativity in this lifetime. Its house placement indicates that area of life in which you are free to express this power and creativity–that area of life in which your Light shines most brightly.
The ascendant is the most personal point in the chart. The sign on the ascendant gives a powerful description of you. By knowing its most positive qualities, you may use your ascendant on its highest and best level. It is like your overall temperament. The character if you like, of the ‘main character’.
THE CHART RULER
The ruler of the sign on the ascendant is the “chart ruler.” It is a key planet in the horoscope because the ascendant is the most personal point in the chart. Its sign, house placement and the aspects it makes to other planets explain how you express YOU. (Refer to chapters: Planets in Houses, Planets in Signs and Aspects.)
When you believe you are intelligent, you act intelligently. When you believe you are loving, you act lovingly and attract love. When you believe you are limitless, you act limitlessly and attract success. Why not accept the truth–that you were born to be happy, to succeed and to live life abundantly? By putting your attention on the most positive manifestation of your chart you create love, joy and peace in your life. It’s your life—live it!
Transits Forecast Report
There are 3 major general techniques used to forecast the future in western astrology: transits, progressions, and returns.
WHAT ARE TRANSITS?
Transits are perhaps the most intuitively obvious of the 3 major predictive techniques to understand.
If I want to predict what will happen today to a particular person, then compare the positions of the planets in the sky today with the positions of the planets in that person’s birth chart. The positions of the planets in the sky today are called the transiting planets. For example, if Wendy’s natal Venus is at 10 degrees of Gemini and transiting Jupiter (the position of Jupiter today) is also at 10 degrees of Gemini, then transiting Jupiter is conjunct Wendy’s natal Venus. Consequently, today is a Jupiter-Venus day for Wendy, a good day to entertain people, go to parties, and generally have a relaxing, good time.
In addition to looking at aspects formed by the transiting planets to the natal planets, you can also study the placement of the transiting planets in the houses of the birth chart. Some astrologers also compare the zodiac signs of the transiting planets to the zodiac signs of the natal planets.
Almost all astrologers use transiting planets to natal planet aspects, and the great majority of astrologers believe that transits across the angles (that is, crossing the Ascendant, Descendant, MC, or 4th house cusp) is very important.
Solar Return Report
The Solar Return is a chart calculated for the time that the Sun arrives at the exact position of the Sun in your natal chart. It makes a great birthday gift.
That happens once every year around your birthday, but at a different time. This chart is calculated for the time of the Sun’s return this year and marks the principal events for the year from birthday to birthday. This report also gives the location of your Solar Return; from it can be determined that some places are more favorable than others. With the aid of more than one report you could analyze the changes that are produced in the Solar Return Reports, choosing from different locations where you would want to spend the day.
This report essentially is divided into two parts. The first part analyzes the general external conditions of the year; opportunities and problems that could occur in different areas. For the benefit of students of astrology, the influence of the Ascendant and Midheaven of the return are described as well as that of the Sun and Moon.
The second part analyzes the twelve astrological houses, marking specifically in what area of your life the various astral influences will be manifested, emphasizing your probable responses and inner changes. This section analyzes the position of the solar houses on the natal houses, the planetary conjunctions, and the location of the planets in the houses. You will be given a description of the most important matters derived from the placement of the planets in the houses, which are outlined in the text for each of them.
In some cases you will find contradictions; a planet may be beneficial in a certain area, while others may indicate the opposite. This means that you could have two types of situations during the year. For example: a lover’s quarrel and a following reconciliation. To get the most out of this report, it will be necessary to use your own logic and intuition, fitting the descriptions outlined here to your own particular case.
The objective of this report is to offer you a practical guide that helps you to analyze this year’s prospects and to learn from them using your free will.
SYNASTRY – COMPATIBILITY REPORT
Synastry is the art of relationship astrology. It is a fascinating and illuminating study of how individuals interact with one another.
Each individual is born with a personal birth chart, which is a map of the heavens for the moment they took their first breath. Some might say the birth chart has the effect of stamping, or imprinting, the energies of the planets and signs on an individual. Each and every one of us has all 10 planets and luminaries in our charts, but their positions by sign, house, and aspect are individual to each. When we interact with others, the individual energies of our natal charts form special relationships with their individual energies. The resulting interplay is as complex and unique as our own personalities.
Many of us are familiar with the study of Sun Sign Compatibility. Some will ask, for example, “Does a Leo get along with a Scorpio?” While these comparisons have some value, they are very general. Many other factors are involved when evaluating the compatibility of two people.
Although synastry is complex, we can turn to some especially useful methods of studying relationships that will help shed light on our interactions.