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Benjamin Dykes

Benjamin
Dykes PhD



 



Benjamin Dykes, Ph.D., AMA, Astrologer



Ben's reports do not include the technical information from which he establishes his judgements. To give you an example of the background work that goes into the preparation of his reports, an extract from his delineation of Michael Jackson's chart demonstrates the summary information given and the detailed analysis from which it is drawn. Please be aware that this interpretation was primarily prepared for an astrological audience and an actual report will avoid technical terms.

Summary of Michael Jackson's overall character and physical form

"Native is a sanguine personality, creative, liberal, artistic, engaged in people-oriented activities. He is hard-working, suffers and is aware of suffering; tends toward dreary and sad, achieving wisdom through suffering and experience, and with an anti-social streak.

He lives more according to the pleasures of the senses than the intellect. The emotions are more changeable, it is difficult for him to know what he seeks, and there are signs of dishonest emotions; emotions diverge from and conflict with his intellect; his intellect is more fixed and stable but he has a quarrelsome mind. Still, the general thrust of his mind is honest.

Native's body is masculine, with short trunk and longer arms and legs; broad shoulders and narrower waist and hips suggesting a triangle superimposed on a longish rectangle. His height is about 6', and normal weight between 157-170#.

In terms of his personal happiness, the native seeks the freedom of expression and movement, using speech, interactions, ideas, seeking a glamorous, fantasy reputation and position; he has a love of home and family, and tends to engage in contentions with enemies and marriages that are sad.

He is successful in achieving this happiness through his family (using speech, ideas, business); through entertainments, children and having fun, esp. through singing, travel, generosity and money-related ventures; and less so through Venusian activities involving the home, i.e., a beautiful home, partying, etc. The native will be unsuccessful in attempts to achieve this freedom in his private life; indeed he has secret enemies and these private, hidden things will work against him. He should also be careful about his partnerships with others - any marriages will tend to be gloomy and sad; but perhaps if they involve business or property relations (Saturn) they will contribute more to his happiness.

The first third of life will see him finding what he wants out of life on account of family, but he will also be afflicted and encounter difficulties here. The second third of life will see him in sad and difficult relationships and encounters with enemies, though his efforts and activities are strong. The last third of his life will see him enjoying himself more and being happier - pleasure, travel, enjoyment, perhaps teaching or being wise; good relationships and friends."



Ben demonstrates how he arrived at this conclusion:

To delineate Michael Jackson's body and character, we add up the elemental qualities of the native's rising sign, certain rulers of the Ascendant (ASC), and planets in or aspecting the Ascendant. The qualities with the highest scores determine what the native's temperament will be, which basically describes how the native's energy level makes him interact socially and professionally. It also contributes to the native's health (omitted here).

After that, we look at aspects to the Ascendant and the degrees it falls in, to determine something about the native's body structure - which again contributes to some character and health issues. In Jackson's case:

Ascendant (Gemini): Hot and Wet
Almuten of ASC (Mercury): Hot and Dry (look at aspects)
Moon squaring ASC: Cold and Wet
Venus sextiling ASC: Hot and Wet
Saturn opposing ASC: Cold and Dry

Hot and Wet win out with 3 points apiece, making the native sanguine: humanitarian, liberal, artistic, creative; an artist, musician, active, a people-person.

The rising sign, the majority of planets aspecting the ASC, and the almuten (most powerful ruler) of the ASC confer "masculine" body structure; and the sign and degrees the ASC make the native's body a combination of a long rectangle with a triangle superimposed over it. The native's body is masculine, with long legs and arms, but a short trunk; a longish body with broader shoulders and narrower waist and hips.

Of the planets aspecting the ASC and its almuten, Saturn is the most elevated, aspects both, and his body structure is more akin to the other testimonies above. The native has a Saturnian body and character: hard-working, suffering, serious, scientific, criminal; suffers in silence; dreary and sad. Wisdom achieved through suffering, experience and study. An anti-social streak.

Next, we look to see what personal needs for happiness make Michael Jackson tick. Again, we look to the ASC and its rulers and aspects to see what sorts of things, if present, will make Jackson happy and flourish. We look at the rising sign, and the rulers that are the most powerful and in the best condition.

The native's rising sign is Gemini, so that to be personally happy Jackson needs to freely express and move, using airy means like speech, interactions, and ideas. Of his rulers, Mercury is seriously afflicted in the 4th. So the native tries to find this happiness through his family (4th), using speech, ideas, and business. He is somewhat successful because of his strength, but with fear, setbacks, and difficulties. Of the other rulers, Saturn is in the 7th, Jupiter is strong in the 5th, Venus is afflicted in the 4th, and Mars is very afflicted in the 12th.

If we add the aspecting planets, then the native's character and experience of life is also connected to a glamorous, fantasy reputation (Moon in 10th), a love of home and family (Venus in 4th), and conflicts with enemies and a sad marriage (Saturn in 7th). Putting these all together, we say:

"The native seeks freedom of expression and movement, using speech, interactions, ideas, seeking a glamorous, fantasy reputation and position; he has a love of home and family, and tends to engage in contentions with enemies and marriages that are sad. He is somewhat successful in achieving this happiness through his family (using speech, ideas, business); and more so through entertainments, children and having fun, esp. through singing, travel, generosity and money-related ventures; and less so through Venusian activities involving the home, i.e., a beautiful home, partying, etc. The native will be unsuccessful in any attempts to achieve this freedom in his private life; indeed he has secret enemies and these private, hidden things will work against him. He should also be careful about his partnerships with others - any marriages will tend to be gloomy and sad, and he has open enemies; but perhaps if they involve business or property relations (Saturn) they will contribute more to his happiness."

Next, we look at the balance between reason and emotions in the native, and what their qualities are. Mercury (standing for the intellect and cleverness) is afflicted in a fixed sign; and he bears no aspect to the Moon (standing for emotions and desires), who is angular and strong, but afflicted by Saturn, and in a mutable sign. Jupiter rules the Moon and aspects both Mercury and Mercury's ruler. So the emotions are stronger than the intellect, but more changeable; there is some instability and trouble there; and Jupiter's characteristics have a governing role. Putting these together, we say:

"The native lives more according to the pleasures of the senses than the intellect; and these will tend to diverge from and conflict with the intellect. Emotions/desires are more changeable and it is difficult for him to know what he seeks; but his rational mind is more fixed and stable. The thrust of his mind is honest, gentle (Jupiter). But on account of the afflictions there is less stability and sharpness; a harshness of emotions. Mars shows a quarrelsome and unjust mind; Saturn shows dishonest emotions."

Note that Jackson, like many people, could be both basically honest and gentle, and yet be emotionally agitated enough that he is quarrelsome or dishonest; or gloomy (melancholic temperament). These types of seeming conflicts are present in many people. What is remarkable is that medieval astrology can get such complexity out of only a few techniques.

Next, we look at the triplicity rulers of the ASC and the Midheaven (MC), and judge by their condition and strength whether and when the native will feel like life is going well, or he is being most effective. We assign each of the three rulers to 1/3 of life. It is difficult but possible to predict the native's longevity, but without using those techniques we can assign about 25 years to each 1/3 of life (making 75 years total. In Jackson's case, we say:

"The native's ability to achieve what he wants out of life is realized, but afflicted by, his family members, in the first 1/3of life; he becomes known for, and engages in, sad and difficult partnerships and encounters with enemies in the middle third. In the last 1/3 of life, he achieves more happiness and peace, being known for actions that are generous, fun, wise; travel, children, etc."


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