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Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:45 am    Post subject: Re: planet verses sign as the basis for the expression Reply with quote

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what i am curious to know is how others see the basis for the energy of a planet and whether they see any separation between the nature of a planet, verses it's expression in a particular sign or house. i realize this is tricky to impossible to break apart, but i am curious either way..


I agree with Mark that we can separate the planet from the sign, I appreciate in a later post you clarify your intention better but I just wanted to reiterate that really there is no major problem in separating the planet from the sign - as waybread points out, many modern astrologers do it also, though equally many of course conflate the two in the astrological alphabet.

My way of delineating a chart is not too dissimilar from Waybread though I tend to be much more along the lines of a traditional astrologer when it comes to examining particular topics or forecasting. For me I see the planets as representing (in natal astrology) functions or expressions.
Venus is the function/urge/expression of how we arouse and please, and are aroused and pleased ourselves. It is also descriptive of the arenas of experience as described by the house cusps that it rules. How this function/urge is expressed and experienced is described by the sign, and modified by its interactions with other planets by way of aspect. How prominent in terms of outward expression or manifestation is seen by angularity or cardinality etc. with angular the most prominent or the most in the driving seat, with cadent planets being more like sitting in the back seat, perhaps whispering directions in the driver's ear, or operating more on the mental, the less manifest, and the less obvious spheres of life.

By removing the signs and houses we can still examine the basic functions of the planets and how they interact with one another, but we lose the context in which they express and how forceful they are in their operation.

If I was to be simple, I would say that Mars is the urge to assert ourselves, or is the principle and function of assertion in general. How easily or most according to its nature it can act, though, will be seen by the sign which modifies its expression, the planet which is its host in that sign, and the intercommunication it is involved with by aspect to other planets. In natal astrology I use the traditional dignities in this way - seeing how 'true to the planet' it is able to operate. A planet in detriment or fall struggles to do that planet in its typical way, and so its operation becomes more outside the box, which is both stressful as well as potentially creative. Depending on the planet, it may also describe areas with which we struggle to maintain.

So whilst we can separate the planets from the signs, for me, in doing so we lose a great deal of context.
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Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To follow from Paul's post.... while a modern astrologer probably wouldn't look at a planet-in-sign in terms of (oops-- pun) its smaller sign divisions, I find it very helpful to consider signs in terms of their element, and sometimes quality. I got this from Stephen Arroyo's book on the four elements years ago. He asks, "What is very real to a person?"

A planet in an air sign acts mentally, even intellectually.
In a fire sign, with action and initiative.
In earth, practically and materially.
In water, emotionally.

In a fixed sign, with determination, persistence, or stubbornness.
In a cardinal sign, with leadership (for good or ill.)
In a mutable sign, with adaptability, flexibility.

So you see why we Aquarians stick to our guns (fixed) when our beliefs (air) are challenged, and why we habitually (fixed) live in the wonderful world of ideas (air). To a Virgo, however, this approach is impractical (earth) and inflexible (mutable.) Virgo becomes the applied, material face of Mercury, sharing its versatility.

So a planet in a sign has a further double meaning unless it is in the sign it rules. Because you will have the planet's own meaning, plus the meaning of the sign or house cusp ruler.

Mars (aggression, assertiveness) may or may not work well in Venus-ruled Libra, the traditional sign of its detriment. For sure, a successful navigation of Mars and Libra requires a serious "balancing act" between two different principles. Successfully, we could envision a champion (Mars) of the arts (Venus) or a soldier (Mars) in a UN peace-keeping (Venus) mission. Similarly, Venus in Mars-ruled Aries may be the lady (Venus) who wants to jump out of airplanes and rapel off cliffs (Mars,) or the one who takes the initiative and invites the man out for a date (Mars) and then proposes marriage to him (Venus.)

There's more to get to, but the above is a reasonable way to sort out the jumble.
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Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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nixx - yes. that is sort of what i am suggesting. these systems get built up that we end up taking for granted. there are a lot of them - houses, signs, aspects, planetary phase and etc. etc. all of them seem to help in some way to form a viewpoint on a particular planet, but they ultimately take us away from understanding how a particular planet might actually be expressing itself depending on our bias.. a typical astrologer will try to incorporate all of these different systems of understanding the planet which is why we get a lot of diversity in regards how a planet works. of course i am including the sun and moon in my use of the word planet here.


As well as different Astrologers/Schools emphasising signs more than planets or aspects or quadrants or nodes, or whatever, (such a spectrum nowadays) or vice versa, there is also the issue of divergent and alternative meanings. We saw this recently here on the Uranus thread where for example, Therese brought in the ‘Caycean’ dynamics for the outer planets, seemingly very different to the Psychological ones, and perhaps those others here employ for these 3 planets.
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as for cobains moon, it would be seen as quite important - the light of the nocturnal sect - something that some astrologers may or may not even consider. it would be considered favourable from the pov of planetary phase - waxing trine from the sun. it's last aspect would have been this trine to the sun and it's next would be a conjunction to the jupiter - that would be considered all favourable as well.. still, what does that tell us about the moon without use of the sign cancer, or the house position - 10th or 11th depending on your persuasion? or - lets put it in sidereal to get a different spin if you want to attach a sign position to it.. you see, i am thinking their is something to the moons inherent meaning that transcends the sign position. perhaps i am guilty of falling back on other options to get at my understanding of it - planetary phase and etc. etc. in this chart i would say the mercury/pluto opposition has more power to act and ultimately calls the shots in the chart, as opposed to the moon.. that is probably heresy to some in the trad astro community, but it is how i see this chart.. how much of my viewpoint is based on knowing some of his life and how it unfolded? probably a lot.. talk later


So attempting to cut to the chase here, if it is, if I was to say Cobain’s Moon hinted at a deep instinctual bond with the biological mother and / or mother figure(s) in his life is this because it is in Cancer or because it is in the 10th, or both or neither, or is the premise a foolish one?

Or we can consider what seems to be a fact about Cobain’s life, namely this chronic stomach condition of his, what on the chart talks about this, if anything?
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Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So attempting to cut to the chase here, if it is, if I was to say Cobain’s Moon hinted at a deep instinctual bond with the biological mother and / or mother figure(s) in his life is this because it is in Cancer or because it is in the 10th, or both or neither, or is the premise a foolish one?

Or we can consider what seems to be a fact about Cobain’s life, namely this chronic stomach condition of his, what on the chart talks about this, if anything?


nixx - i think this is a very common question that all astrologers answer in their own way.. i think it is also common for astrologers that once they have answered this in their own way, they continue to shut the door on how they might have answered it differently, or that perhaps they might not have gotten the correct answer based on their particular choice of astro theory and instead think they actually know something.

but to answer your question in my own way, the moon as most elevated planet in the chart would suggest what you say in your first paragraph.. i suppose that is a bit like the 'moon in the 10th' concept, but a bit different.. being the most elevated planet in the chart takes on a certain eminence in itself as i see it. in my previous post to you i neglected to mention how i think the moon in cobains chart who cast a more feminine and subjective orientation towards life too.. none of this has to do with what sign, or house it is in, so much as it's prominence in the chart as much elevated planet.. the chronic stomach condition could be read a number of ways too. the first one i wonder about is moon at the exact mars/chiron midpoint, but i am not digging too hard here.

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The planets' characteristics (with some subsequent modifications) got assigned by the Babylonians prior to the development of our 12 zodiacal signs. The planet Mars was associated with the war god (Nergal, Ares) for a few thousand years, which is why it rules soldiers.


waybread - this is more along the line i was aiming for.. now that we have added all the other popular means of reading a chart, we have gotten further away from the essential meaning that some might say is the essence of the planet. instead we water it down with what sign, house, element and etc. etc. it is broken down into..

i thank everyone for there comments here.. i appreciate this is an opportunity to clarify the different ways of doing astrology and the approach that you personally take when using planets - which is of course the focal point that brings all the other astrology together. i like what paul and waybread have said on how this all comes together, but i was hoping to see if there is something else out their beyond ( and i mean this in the most polite way i can say it ) a rehash of everything i have already read for the past 20-30 years in astro literature.. to be fair, it doesn't hurt to revisit how the basic elements of astrology go together and reconsider how they can be built up on one another.. it is fair to take a pot shot at modern astrology which equates mars, the first house and the first sign as along the lines of a big mush of all the sameness too.. of course they are not, but a person new to astrology can't help notice all the overlap that goes on within the astro elements too.. one can easily find themselves circling around to the same basic meaning a few different ways..

i suppose i was motivated by the deep attachment everyone seemed to have towards uranus and a particular sign! i thought it would be nice if one could consider the planet without the need to give it a sign. when i think of it, the rationale for giving one planet to two signs doesn't really add up for me that well. i know the theory- nocturnal and diurnal signs, but i still don't know that it is all that solid. it reminds me a bit like putting square pegs in round holes. it is why i am more inclined to want to consider a planet from a different angle then the sign it is in.. of course the tropical/sidereal issue can rear it's head and be cause for more concern for anyone who is attached to this particular method of attaching a planet to a sign as well.. what about the idea of removing or living without the idea of 'this planet is most connected to this sign' ideology that forms so much of astrological theory? that is my best attempt at getting at an idea here.
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Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Therese brought in the ‘Caycean’ dynamics for the outer planets, seemingly very different to the Psychological ones, and perhaps those others here employ for these 3 planets.

Certainly the examples I gave above for Neptune either conjunct or trine the ascendant support what Cayce said in trance about Neptune. By the way, during one trance discourse on astrology, a person asked Cayce "who is giving this information?" Cayce replied "a student of Zoroaster!"

The examples I gave reflect astrological or occult interests, activities or professional occupations. But isn't there some psychology behind those choices? What causes one person to be fascinated with the occult or astrology and another person to be more interested in law or business?? As for the Neptune link to psychology (mentioned by Cayce), the professional symbol for psychology is Neptune's trident.
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Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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nixx - i think this is a very common question that all astrologers answer in their own way.. i think it is also common for astrologers that once they have answered this in their own way, they continue to shut the door on how they might have answered it differently, or that perhaps they might not have gotten the correct answer based on their particular choice of astro theory and instead think they actually know something.

but to answer your question in my own way, the moon as most elevated planet in the chart would suggest what you say in your first paragraph.. i suppose that is a bit like the 'moon in the 10th' concept, but a bit different.. being the most elevated planet in the chart takes on a certain eminence in itself as i see it. in my previous post to you i neglected to mention how i think the moon in cobains chart who cast a more feminine and subjective orientation towards life too.. none of this has to do with what sign, or house it is in, so much as it's prominence in the chart as much elevated planet.. the chronic stomach condition could be read a number of ways too. the first one i wonder about is moon at the exact mars/chiron midpoint, but i am not digging too hard here.



Yes Astrologers attitudes can be as hard to shift. I took the view 30 odd years ago unless you were Vegan, voted Green, had less than 1.76 children, etc you were in the wrong job , and still pretty much think this, although I might not know it to be true. Confused

Are you throwing me another curveball here in suggesting an elevated Moon could indicate a deep instinctual bond with the mother, if so why?
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Therese Hamilton wrote:

Certainly the examples I gave above for Neptune either conjunct or trine the ascendant support what Cayce said in trance about Neptune. By the way, during one trance discourse on astrology, a person asked Cayce "who is giving this information?" Cayce replied "a student of Zoroaster!"

The examples I gave reflect astrological or occult interests, activities or professional occupations. But isn't there some psychology behind those choices? What causes one person to be fascinated with the occult or astrology and another person to be more interested in law or business?? As for the Neptune link to psychology (mentioned by Cayce), the professional symbol for psychology is Neptune's trident.


I can't see any evidence for something in your post, empirical or otherwise, I'm also not sure what your hypothesis is. Off the top of my head, Neptune in the 9th tends to be seen as a disposition towards 'blind faith' the wrong side of the Law at Waco sort of thing, do you agree?

It might be an idea to start a thread on Cayce one day and we can look at his chart, explore his regurgitations of Blavatsky or lack of and ponder on his role, if any, in the gassing of the Jews, Disabled et al by the Third Reich. Some background reading if this gets off the ground here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Occult_Roots_of_Nazism

Neptune’s postulated linking to Psychology seems a little odd, but I'm not sure how you interpret Neptune more fully. In the Psychological schema Psychology is seen as an Air/Water interest as it is associated with a curiosity about the behaviour of Human Beings. If one were to sample a 100,000 Psychology Undergraduates the hypothesis might be they would have the Sun more often in Scorpio and Libra, so where Neptune comes in, other than the charts of musicians, you might have to enlighten me on.
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Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes Astrologers attitudes can be as hard to shift. I took the view 30 odd years ago unless you were Vegan, voted Green, had less than 1.76 children, etc you were in the wrong job , and still pretty much think this, although I might not know it to be true. Confused

Are you throwing me another curveball here in suggesting an elevated Moon could indicate a deep instinctual bond with the mother, if so why?


i sorta fit the description in the first paragraph, lol! i guess i am 30 years late though. oh well.. as for astrologers attitudes being hard to shift - that is how i see it..

nixx - i suppose i am throwing a bit of a curve ball their with the elevated moon concept.. i do think it is a factor, although how to explain a deep instinctual bond with the mother has to be explained astrologically somehow.. interestingly my wife has a moon in cancer and she has no deep instinctual bond with her mom.. how much of this in cobains chart has to do with it being a night chart with an elevated moon? i have no idea, but like you, i am tossing ideas around to see if we can remove some of the layers to our approach to planets - naked planets if you will - dancing around in a particular way, but not boxed into the format we usually define them.

do planets operate outside or above the sign, or house position they hold? i would say that they do, although i am more attached to house position- not so much the 12 house system as an appreciation for the importance of the angles in astrology which is a much more obvious basis for all house systems... going back to cobains chart, assuming it is very close to accurate - the presence of pluto/mercury along the ascendant axis weighs more heavily then the moon in many respects.. of course we have to combine all this in some type of synthesis but i would be vying for planets on angles demonstrating the strength of their nature more strongly then signs.. i realize astrologers typically use all these elements to further a better understanding of the chart.. i would like to strip some of the extra layers away to see what it might look like, that's all..
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i am tossing ideas around to see if we can remove some of the layers to our approach to planets - naked planets if you will - dancing around in a particular way, but not boxed into the format we usually define them.

do planets operate outside or above the sign, or house position they hold?


But of course, at least if you focus on aspects. I sort of took this for granted, having cut my astrological teeth on Robert Hand's Planets in Youth and Planets in Transit.

These are two large detailed cookbooks with delineations based almost entirely on planets in aspect with no necessary reference to houses and signs. These come in in separate sections, but the cookbook "recipes" are almost entirely planets in aspect.
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waybread - yes of course.. including aspects is even more of a barrel of monkeys that thinking about tropical verses sidereal signs.. which aspects will you include, or will you go a step further and think of how aspects are a type of harmonic and just start working with harmonic charts too?

actually growing up on that kind of stuff, i am a sucker for aspects and the importance for them. one problem with them or not, is some folks don't bother using anything outside the ptolemaic ones... people see what they want to see. really i suppose i am talking about the art of perception more then i am astrology at this point!

there is such a thing as putting blinders on in order to look in a more focused way on something.. or, it means you are never going to see something becuase of a refusal to even consider an alternative way of looking at something.. i think i am guilty of all of it, lol..
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Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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..... i am more attached to house position- not so much the 12 house system as an appreciation for the importance of the angles in astrology which is a much more obvious basis for all house systems... going back to cobains chart, assuming it is very close to accurate - the presence of pluto/mercury along the ascendant axis weighs more heavily then the moon in many respects.. of course we have to combine all this in some type of synthesis but i would be vying for planets on angles demonstrating the strength of their nature more strongly then signs.. i realize astrologers typically use all these elements to further a better understanding of the chart.. i would like to strip some of the extra layers away to see what it might look like, that's all..


Hi James,

One thing I would like is software that just displays the planets and angles as you suggest above. I have an out of sign hard aspect in my chart which is less obvious with signs displayed. Things like that are arguably easier to study without signs initially. I have never agreed with those astrologers that dont look at out of sign aspects. Even traditional figures like Lilly considered them if planets were in orb.

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actually growing up on that kind of stuff, i am a sucker for aspects and the importance for them. one problem with them or not, is some folks don't bother using anything outside the ptolemaic ones... people see what they want to see. really i suppose i am talking about the art of perception more then i am astrology at this point!

there is such a thing as putting blinders on in order to look in a more focused way on something.. or, it means you are never going to see something becuase of a refusal to even consider an alternative way of looking at something.. i think i am guilty of all of it, lol..


I know you are a fan of the minor hard aspects ie 45 + 135. I suppose my experience was formed a lot by horary. I just never found these minors that useful there.

Hence I dont tend to bother with them much in natal or mundane.

I think there is a fundamental philosophical difference here in what modern and traditional practitioners even mean by the word aspect. Basically , traditional aspect theory derives from the 'orbs' of the respective planets not the aspect type. Hence even without signs we are going to see things differently in terms of when an aspect is being formed.

Traditional technique also gives us several factors that modify the influence of planets beyond signs. In particular planetary sect and the solar phase of a planet. I always look at these in a chart.

Another topic I am personally interested in in declination. This is a very clear example of planets operating outside the dimension of signs. I have found 'out of bound planets' quite useful in mundane work.

I wonder if there is a difference in the usefulness of working without signs or houses depending on the branch of astrology? This approach seems hard to contemplate in horary. It has some uses in natal but I think most astrologers would miss the house dimension not just for topics but as a measure of planetary strength.

On the other hand I have seen some good mundane work that doesn't rely on horoscopes at all. For example the work of Bernadette Brady with looks at the visual phases of the planets. Maybe as we move to the more impersonal perspective there is a stronger case for this kind of approach?

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Certainly the examples I gave above for Neptune either conjunct or trine the ascendant support what Cayce said in trance about Neptune. By the way, during one trance discourse on astrology, a person asked Cayce "who is giving this information?" Cayce replied "a student of Zoroaster!"

The examples I gave reflect astrological or occult interests, activities or professional occupations. But isn't there some psychology behind those choices? What causes one person to be fascinated with the occult or astrology and another person to be more interested in law or business?? As for the Neptune link to psychology (mentioned by Cayce), the professional symbol for psychology is Neptune's trident.

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I can't see any evidence for something in your post, empirical or otherwise, I'm also not sure what your hypothesis is. Off the top of my head, Neptune in the 9th tends to be seen as a disposition towards 'blind faith' the wrong side of the Law at Waco sort of thing, do you agree?

No, I don't agree. I believe a planet needs to be in aspect to the Sun or Moon or perhaps Mercury for psychological traits of that nature. A planet in a house relates to life emphasis more than psychology. "Topics" as the ancient astrologers would say.

I have no hypothesis. I simply correlated what Cayce said about Neptune with charts of those who have Neptune conjunct or trine to the ascendant. But I see that I didn't include any quotes from the Cayce readings. I've been working on an article on Neptune, and it was an oversight not to include Cayce quotes on the forum.

To remedy that I'm including here a few of the many, many hundreds of statements Cayce made about Neptune. (I will post an article on Neptune on the sidereal part of the forum because there are fewer discussions there, and I want to correlate the outer planets with signs. Here there are several discussions, and I don't want to dominate this topic.)

Edgar Cayce on Neptune

One loving mystery...and of the sleuth or detective nature. (2213-1) (Gilbert who became a secret agent from the list in my earlier post)

One who will find the...greatest abilities...in the study of occult forces. (22-13-1)

Those influences in Neptune and the Moon make for the interests in those of spiritual influences, mysticism and rites. (355-1)

In the application of the influences, we find in that of Neptune, and of the influences in the occult--these being for unusual experiences in visions, in dreams, and in that of the occult and mystic forces...(543-11)

In Neptune we find an influence that is most in the making of the present experiences of the entity so that those things that are mysterious, those things that are psychological, those things pertaining to the mental mind of man and the mysteries of life... (585-2)

In Neptune, those of the mysticism, mystery, spiritual insight, spiritual development...(900-14)

In Neptune, the artistic temperament--both as to material things and the mental or spiritual relationships...(1533-2)

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It might be an idea to start a thread on Cayce one day and we can look at his chart, explore his regurgitations of Blavatsky or lack of and ponder on his role, if any, in the gassing of the Jews, Disabled et al by the Third Reich. Some background reading if this gets off the ground here

Cayce did not “regurgitate” Blavatsky or anyone else. His sources were spiritual, and his only concern was either helping to cure his clients of physical illnesses or advising them on ways to live a life more attuned to spiritual principles.

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Neptune’s postulated linking to Psychology seems a little odd...

Not odd at all. All you need to do is study the charts of those who have devoted their lives either to the study or practice of psychology. It’s no accident that Neptune’s trident is the Psi symbol. Cayce freuqently linked psychology to Neptune. In his time psychology was more of a "mystery" as it dealt with emotions and motivations that hadn't been talked about before.

Cayce also attributed the influence of Neptune to inspiration in music and the arts, and frequently advises those with a Neptunian influence to live near large bodies of water. But I’ll cover that in more detail in my article on the sidereal forum and later a more expanded article on my web site. Or perhaps I’ll submit an article for publication in an astrological journal.
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Here is a fascinating quote on Uranus and Neptune I found when researching Cayce's statements on Neptune. The quote is especially interesting in light of the discussion of the possible affinity of Uranus and Aries on the thread Mark started. Those present at Cayce's trance readings generally asked various questions after the readings. (ALL Cayce's statements were made in deep trance. He had no knowledge of what he said upon waking.)

Edgar Cayce on Uranus and Neptune

Q-9: Explain our urges from the Uranian and Neptune influences as they affect us in the present life.

A-9: These of course come as innate urges. One [Uranus] as of the philosophical nature, the other [Neptune] rather as of a passive nature. These we find then become as sudden conditions arising, extremes. And these are as dashing fire and water together. [my bolded text] For they represent the elements in the earth and those differences. Yet doth not water temper the steel? Doth not the steel supply the manner or means for the preserving of the influence of the water forces...?

Hence these understand; and as has been indicated, seek not the differences but seek rather the oneness. See the beauty in each...(688-4)
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i sorta fit the description in the first paragraph, lol! i guess i am 30 years late though. oh well.. as for astrologers attitudes being hard to shift - that is how i see it..


I was confident in time, with support, you would emerge as a valuable human being and an astrologer with integrity!

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nixx - i suppose i am throwing a bit of a curve ball their with the elevated moon concept.. i do think it is a factor, although how to explain a deep instinctual bond with the mother has to be explained astrologically somehow.. interestingly my wife has a moon in cancer and she has no deep instinctual bond with her mom.. how much of this in cobains chart has to do with it being a night chart with an elevated moon? i have no idea, but like you, i am tossing ideas around to see if we can remove some of the layers to our approach to planets - naked planets if you will - dancing around in a particular way, but not boxed into the format we usually define them.

I'm not tossing ideas around here much, I'm quite comfortable at the moment with the idea the Moon in Cancer predisposes one to drink 342 pints of milk a day, need a safe and emotionally nutritious home environment and a tendency to cuddle up with ones loved one and/or the cat (both mother surrogates of course) of an evening. For me without the sign component, a third give or take, depending on the chart, of the brain/psyche/life is missing.

Where the 10th house,(Career/Vocation, Ambition / Status - both ‘topically’ and as regards their psychological underpinnings), comes in is narrating how the pubic behaviour ( perception of others) is manifested. It could be a shame Cobain did not pop into see me as I might have said to him give up this grunge muzak nonsense and do a Degree in Nursing, then you might want to live, we’ll never know.............

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do planets operate outside or above the sign, or house position they hold? i would say that they do, although i am more attached to house position- not so much the 12 house system as an appreciation for the importance of the angles in astrology which is a much more obvious basis for all house systems... going back to cobains chart, assuming it is very close to accurate - the presence of pluto/mercury along the ascendant axis weighs more heavily then the moon in many respects.. of course we have to combine all this in some type of synthesis but i would be vying for planets on angles demonstrating the strength of their nature more strongly then signs.. i realize astrologers typically use all these elements to further a better understanding of the chart.. i would like to strip some of the extra layers away to see what it might look like, that's all..


I’m exploring the pros and cons of factoring in more layers rather than less, thus my interest in the ‘forgotten’ older notions, and newer bodies. If someone gets ‘mystery charts’ right consistently with options such as Time lords, Lots, Eris...blah blah blah, to date not in my toolbox, I’ll be raising my eyebrows and probing into their matrix. Common sense, as I see it.

With Cobain, we can speculate a little knowing he had this very nasty, at times all consuming, stomach pain. Mum has flown the nest early doors apparently, aged 8 or so? And there could be a link here (psychosomatic – issues around emotional digestion?), tight (Cancer-stomach) symbolism if nothing else. He claims he becomes addicted to heroin to help him tolerate/dull this pain and eventually albeit indirectly perhaps he dies aged 27 a physical and emotional wreck. So was this behaviour fundamentally related to Mum not giving him what a typical Moon in Cancer boy needs, and if so to what degree was this 'played out' in public. Or am I nibbling at the wrong breast as the Moon is strong in Cancer supposedly and not on the face of it bombarded with tricky aspects. Although we can advance his chart to a later age and see ‘heavy’ Uranus, Saturn and Pluto squares in childhood to the natal moon.

It might be interesting to analyse his lyrics. The only classical aspect the Moon forms is with Mercury (a trine,) and ruler of the MC! So he might want to talk/write about this 'mothering' , and find it relatively ' easy’ to do so. Mercury is in the 6th (the my craft is/what am I good at /how can I make a living with my abilities - house ) so he is potentially drawn to and good at linguistic communication. Plus the nodes, so the Moon has a ‘fated’ quality to it perhaps, (no amount of ‘consciousness’ is going to change the inevitable?!)

I was just trying to isolate this sign/planet/house dynamic, conflation of meanings question, which you were interested in initially, with his Moon, I‘m sure the rest of the chart has some narratives which could modify the above brief and abstract (never met him) impression.
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Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark wrote:

Hi James,

One thing I would like is software that just displays the planets and angles as you suggest above. I have an out of sign hard aspect in my chart which is less obvious with signs displayed. Things like that are arguably easier to study without signs initially. I have never agreed with those astrologers that dont look at out of sign aspects. Even traditional figures like Lilly considered them if planets were in orb.


if you remove the aspect lines across the chart, i find that helps. i don't bother with aspect lines partly for this reason. i probably miss some stuff, but one can see an out of sign square pretty quickly. that is a novel idea though for the software makers.. i am sure that would be easy to do for them. i am curious how you have resolved the issue of signs that can't see one another and the quincunx or 150 type aspect whatever one calls it? this is a clear separation between trad and modern astrology that seems strong. i suppose if one goes with this older view of signs not seeing one another, then it is harder to integrate this with the concept of orbs as defined by lilly - 15 for the sun and etc.. when did this orb idea start anyway? it is a curious twist that i would be curious about how trad astrology resolves..

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I know you are a fan of the minor hard aspects ie 45 + 135. I suppose my experience was formed a lot by horary. I just never found these minors that useful there.

Hence I dont tend to bother with them much in natal or mundane.

I think there is a fundamental philosophical difference here in what modern and traditional practitioners even mean by the word aspect. Basically , traditional aspect theory derives from the 'orbs' of the respective planets not the aspect type. Hence even without signs we are going to see things differently in terms of when an aspect is being formed.


it seems with the re- release in the late 80's there has been a huge interest in horary to the point it seems to have overshadowed what was typically a huge interest in natal when i first started doing astrology. i know very few people that were practicing horary in the circles i was in way back when first starting astrology. needless to say it is the one area of astrology i am weakest in and the one area that relies heavily on rules and general agreement with house systems and etc. etc. i have a pet theory that anyone with a strong emphasis on the cap or cancer signs have more of a predisposition towards rule based astrology. for those with more of an aries/libra focus - not so much.. depends on which axis is emphasized - but it is just a pet theory.


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Traditional technique also gives us several factors that modify the influence of planets beyond signs. In particular planetary sect and the solar phase of a planet. I always look at these in a chart.


well those are good techniques to use as i understand them too. they don't get discussed much and it would be nice to see more discussion on this.

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Another topic I am personally interested in in declination. This is a very clear example of planets operating outside the dimension of signs. I have found 'out of bound planets' quite useful in mundane work.


this is another area that i think gets largely overlooked by many in the astrology community today. it was taken up by astrologers like jansky and johndro, that i remember reading, but for the most part one has to go out of their way to read other astrologers talking discussing declination or being given examples where this is emphasized. it is an ignored area that i am interested in too.


Mark wrote:

I wonder if there is a difference in the usefulness of working without signs or houses depending on the branch of astrology? This approach seems hard to contemplate in horary. It has some uses in natal but I think most astrologers would miss the house dimension not just for topics but as a measure of planetary strength.

On the other hand I have seen some good mundane work that doesn't rely on horoscopes at all. For example the work of Bernadette Brady with looks at the visual phases of the planets. Maybe as we move to the more impersonal perspective there is a stronger case for this kind of approach?

Mark


good question! that was part of my motive for the topic thread and i do think practicing horary for example has signs and houses as fundamental to it's practice.. well, natal does too and maybe mundane not so much. it is interesting to think about why this might be, aside from your suggestion of the moving from personal to impersonal might be part of the reason for it. i suppose one could go further and suggest that heliocentric placements might have more to say about mundane or financial astrology too. i know some financial astrologers put more emphasis on helio positions - george bayer for one.
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