Saturday 21 September 2013

Solstice Points in Synastry

European astrologers much more use traditional astrology that incorporates the method of the solstice points in chart analysis.

In most European astrological software programs, the solstice points are calculated in many ways while in English astrological software programs, the solstice points are not featured in the same way, not implemented very well or just lacking.

That's why doing astrological research pertaining to the solstice points is not easy and very time-consuming.

What are solstice points?

Solstice points are actually mirror points.

Every single degree in a horoscope wheel has a mirror degree or counter degree, mirroring its distance from the solstice axis on the opposite side of the chart wheel.

Because planets, bodies (like Asteroids), midpoints, Fixed Stars and sensitive points (the angles, the Part of Fortune, hypothetical planets,...) are posited at a certain degree in the horoscope wheel they too have their mirror point or counter or solstice point.

For a more in-depth understanding of solstice points or antiscia, we refer to this article by Deborah Houlding .

How to find the solstice points?

The zodiac signs for antiscial connections are as follows:

Sagittarius - Capricorn
Scorpio - Aquarius
Libra - Pisces
Virgo - Aries
Leo - Taurus
Cancer - Gemini

This denotes that every degree in Sagittarius has its counter degree (solstice point) in Capricorn, every degree in Virgo has its mirror degree in Virgo etc.

The Contra-antiscia (mirror) signs are:

Aries - Pisces
Taurus - Aquarius
Gemini - Capricorn
Cancer - Sagittarius
Leo - Scorpio
Virgo - Libra

This denotes that every degree in Taurus has its counter degree in Aquarius, every degree in Cancer has its mirror degree in Sagittarius etc.

You can find a conversion table of all the degrees in this pdf document by Darrelyn Gunzburg.

However, you can easily calculate and find the solstice points yourself, as follows:

The sum of the degree and its mirror degree (or solstice point) always equals 30°.

To calculate the solstice point subtract the degree placement of the planet from 30 (take 29°60').

This makes 29°60' - degree A = solstice point A and the zodiac sign can be read from the list above.

If Venus is at 14°58' Aquarius, its solstice point is at 15°02' Scorpio (14°58' + 15°02' = 30°00').

It's the same workflow to calculate the contra-antiscia.

Note that the contra-antiscia of a certain degree is always 180 degrees opposite the antiscia point.

The meaning of solstice points

These mirror points reflect hidden connections that are not visible to the eye.

When planets or bodies in the chart of person A hit (conjunct) a solstice point in the chart of person B, it can represent a hidden connection between both persons.

The orbs to be used may not exceed 1°. Only exact-to-the-degree (at the same degree) conjunctions count, and for a reason.

Because every single degree in a horoscope wheel has a mirror degree and every degree can be occupied by many different objects (planets, midpoints, Asteroids,...) you can prove anything when using wider orbs.

This is unscientific the more so because when using wider orbs, you will have overlapping influences of other mirror degrees (of midpoints, Fixed Stars,...).

This way 'everything can work' and that's not what builds the essence of a chart comparison.

We always use very narrow orbs and exact aspects. It's not one single aspect (or solstice point) that marks a relationship, but the combination of them.

After all and similarly, it's not one single piece of the puzzle taken in isolation that gives you the cover of the puzzle!

The interpretation of the solstice points is similar to interpreting conjunctions but may act more like a hook -- for good or bad.

Solstice points bind together, but not always in a positive way.

Actually, it's still the planetary combination that is important and that will tell if the connection is challenging or not.

Venus at the solstice point of one of the angles of the partner work out in a very auspicious and affectionate way for example, while Saturn-Mars connections may work out more difficult.

Thursday 19 September 2013

Natal Midheaven in Sagittarius

(Bernice Grebner)

First Decanate (Sagittarius-Sagittarius): These visionaries are lucky in their choice of vocations and setting of goals. They are best in a travelling job, for they are using their restless, wandering-type natures creatively rather than in a nonproductive way. They are also good counselors. Their ideas are expansive and, because they are, the natives are bound to advance.

With Gemini-Gemini on the IC, the person is influenced not to stay in one place too long but to move around from home to home. If he does stay in one place, he may not be in that home very much. This 4th house Gemini likes people and prefers to live among a wide variety. This can give more than one home at the same time (this is the ideal). It may give brothers and sisters living in the same home (after marriage, that is), or the sisters and brothers visit a lot, so it seems as if they live there.

Second Decanate (Sagittarius-Aries): They have a certain amount of luck and, by exerting much energy along with it, they succeed and acquire quite a bit of money. However, they spend it pretty fast. They are out in the open with beliefs, and are desirous that faith should inspire others to do something special.

With Gemini-Libra on the IC, the mental indecisions come in connection with a home and the domestic life. They want homes very much but cannot make up their minds where they are happy. They need only the proper balance, but can't seem to find this balance. Although they seem quiet and peaceful, they are not. There can be too much emphasis on the partner's finances and what the partner contributes to domestic expenses or how much the partner spends.

Third Decanate (Sagittarius-Leo): They have big ideas, but their hearts must be in their careers or they don't do as well. If they can have strong leadership roles, they will put everything they have into their work. They are charming and know how to attract people to them because they know just what to say. They think big, and usually get big results. The vocation may require travel, but behind every business trip you can bet there will be fun and games included.

With Gemini-Aquarius on the IC, they are restless to the core of their being and like to move from place to place. They like to rebel against tradition. They can be very radical. They renew themselves easily through liberal ideas. They are not bound by crystallized opinions that keep others in bondage. At their soul's point they are free. Their hang-ups may be their friends; perhaps they are driven by an insatiable urge, which makes them feel as if they never have enough comradery in their homes.

(Frances Sakoian and Louis Acker)

These people can succeed as executives who have a great deal of vision, but they are not always practical. They often work in the fields of education, religion, and travel, achieving fame in these areas through their religious and spiritual accomplishments. They are likely to be considered philanthropists and are generous in their professional contacts.

With Gemini on the IC, these people travel a good deal and often change their residence. They have a tendency to establish two homes. There is usually a large library in the home. They communicate extensively with family mambers and give a great deal of thought to domestic affairs.

(Dane Rudhyar)

Gemini at the cusp of the fourth house tends to provide changing situations while the process of personality integration takes place. The tree of personality may be like a palm tree or a sequoia with a very wide and extensive network of roots not far below the surface, instead of a deep-reaching taproot. Concentration on very basic feelings may be somewhat difficult. The individual may have antennae feeling for multiple impacts and stimuli for growth, rather than a solid and secure realization of what he actually is and stands for as a person. The danger is for a strong and clever ego to develop as the efficient and perhaps proud organizer of complex life experiences.

Much depends in such a case on the sign at the Ascendant. In most instances it will be either Aquarius or Pisces; only in the far north could it be Capricorn, a steadying influence. An Aquarius Ascendant may stress idealism and / or social discontent; a Pisces Ascendant would tend to give a touch of transcendance and perhaps psychic instability to the Gemini foundation of the personality. And the positions of planets in the fourth house could considerably modify and polarize the typical Gemini characteristics, either adding restlessness or stabilizing the intellectual structures upon which the person depends for inner security.

(Jeanne Avery)

With the luckiest planet in the zodiac ruling the tenth house of career, the Sagittarius MC person can have great good fortune in areas of public life. Jupiter is the planet that is associated with enthusiasm, humor, sales, wealth, wealth of spirit, and good luck. Sagittarius on the cusp of the tenth house describes optimism and the constant need for goals and challenges in career matters. There is a strong possibility that one with this Midheaven will have several careers in one lifetime, as he becomes bored if a challenge is missing. If he can find an occupation that he cannot conquer completely, he will be successful.

When Jupiter is well aspected in an individual chart, the photographs he took of the parent of the same sex describe a happy-go-lucky parent, optimistic, perhaps religious, wealthy financially or wealthy of spirit. He sees that parent as one who is successful as a result of contagious enthusiasm and optimism. If Jupiter is not well aspected, the parent may have had severe disappointments in life that precondition the normal optimism of the personality. Since there is strong identification with the parent of the same sex in choice of career, it can be important to realize how devastatingly a parent's disappointment in the career arena can affect this person. In this event, the Sagittarius MC person may hesitate to be truly successful, in order to remain on the same level as that parent.

With a strongly aspected Jupiter, the parent encouraged the child to set goals and express enthusiasm in public life. If not, the parent may have inadvertently warned the Sagittarius MC personality about the danger of disappointment. In the positive sense, the relationship between parent and child was happy, optimistic, philosophical, and enjoyable. With a difficult Jupiter, the Pisces personality may have experienced great disappointment from that parent.

A certain degree of spirituality, perspective, or vision and hopefulness is necessary for involvement in film or theatre.

Home life, later life, and the parent of the opposite sex are described by the fourth house in a chart. With Gemini ruling here, the individual photographs the parent of the opposite sex as being especially witty, verbal, interesting, and exciting intellectually. Depending on the aspects to the planet Mercury in the individual chart, he will either have exceptionally good communication with that parent, respecting his or her ideas and thoughts, or have disagreements.

The planet Mercury, ruler of Gemini, is the planet associated with the adult ego state, in terms of Transactional Analysis. The adult part of oneself is the fact collector, with clear thoughts and ideas to be expressed. Strong opinions can be associated with the planet Mercury, as well as any intellectual activity such as writing, analyzing, researching, or studying. If that planet is well aspected in a natal chart, the association with the parent of the opposite sex is mentally stimulating, with shared ideas and witty discussions. The joy of the exchange of opinions and ideas leads to a later desire to have a home where ideas and thoughts are shared and examined.

If Mercury is not well aspected, the potential for disagreement with that parent is strong, and photographs of that parent are apt to focus on mental stress, flightiness, and criticism. If Mercury is badly aspected to Saturn, for instance, the parent may tend to think negatively, or be insecure about his or her intelligence. If Mercury and Mars are in difficult configuration, the parent may be sarcastic or caustic in discussions or with expressing views. When the Moon and Mercury are badly aspected, there is a tendency to speak and think emotionally or with lack of precision or clarity. Difficult combinations between Mercury and Jupiter can bring about a tendency to say too much, oversell, or promise more than can be delivered.

Whe Mercury and the planet Uranus are not in good aspect, there is potential mental stress for the parent of the opposite sex. He or she may have an erratic way of speaking, with thought and ideas tumbling forth in jumbled profusion. In extreme cases, the parent may have feared a mental breakdown at some point in his or her life. Too much 'electricity' coming into the brain may produce scattered ideas, rapid speech, and confusion in mental expression.

When Mercury and Pluto are in difficult aspect, there is a tendency to manipulate with words; the individual tends to say what he feels the weather will bear. The parent may have been a compulsive talker as well, fearing he would go unnoticed unless he poured forth a marathon of words. Mercury and Neptune in difficult aspect describe a tendency to overanalyze concepts and destroy dreams by nit-picking. The parent may have stressed practicality instead of encouraging the Gemini IC child to follow his dreams. These aspects describe not only the personality of that parent but also the quality of the relationship between parent and child.

Home life tends to be a place of activity with Mercury ruling this house. If Mercury is well aspected, the constant sharing of ideas will be stimulating and enjoyable, but if that planet is not well aspected, the personality may periodically have to get away frmo the overwhelming mental activity. Ideally, this person would like to have a salon where he could combine fascinating people from literary and artistic worlds, making his home a meeting place for the exchange of great thoughts. He will no doubt have a vast library or at least a special place for the books he collects. Since Gemini is a dual sign, he may need two homes in order to gain perspective and find occasional mental peace. One home may be more of a hideaway, the other a more public place. Each place may have a distinct personality of its own. The Gemini IC may find that his inclination to writ and express concrete intellectual ideas increases as he grows older. He begins to bring many of his idealistic views into clearer focus, and learns how to clarify many of the vague ideas that formerly floated through his mind. He can become a brilliant speaker or writer, lecturer or teacher. Mental stimulation will certainly continue all his life.