4 Jul 2016

Conflict and Tension

Conflict? I spotted this man telling these boys off for messing around on his beach picture!
I'm continuing this series of Astrology Tips with a look at how to identify potential inner conflict and tension in the natal chart. Given that I use astrological psychology, and that you are probably reading this because you're interested in astrological psychology, I'm assuming that

  •  You'd like to know more about inner conflict and tension in your own chart, and
  • You might want to apply this to other people/charts you are working with 
Conflict and tension can be identified by opposition aspects, the planets which pin them and the house axis which they are lie across. They can also be identified when there is a stellium or a strong conjunction of planets in one house or area of the chart. There doesn't have to be an opposition for conflict and tension to exist.


This chart shows potential conflict and tension with oppositions across the 3rd/9th house axis, associated with thinking, ideas and learning. The individual concerned may get caught up in a mental bind in this area of life. If this is so (don't automatically assume that if there are oppositions, there will be trouble! You have to relate what is seen to the WHOLE life experience and situation of the person) the solution would lie in focussing more on the 6th/12th axis of existence. The way out of the conflict would be to bring the results of the thinking/learning into reality and do something with them, possibly via the 6th house of work and service to others.


There are no oppositions in this chart but the stellium and group of planets focussed on the 4th and 5th houses will set up potential tension on both 4th/10th (Individuality) and 5th/11th (Relationship) house axes.

This can be overcome, eased or balanced if the person concerned consciously activates both the 1st/7th Encounter axis and the 2nd/8th Possessions axis. Some help is on hand in this chart to help in connecting with the Possessions axis, as Mars in 2nd house can be brought into play.

There's no easy fix in working with conflict and tension. What I've offered here is very much the bare bones and you'll need to read up on it, study it, apply it to your own chart to see if it has meaning and validity for you in the context of your life experience. 

Using the house axes is undeniably useful in astrological psychololgy, since we live our lives out in the environment around us - and that's what the houses represent.
 Take a look at these recommended books for more info:
 
The Astrological Houses by Bruno and Louise Huber 

and my co-authored book The Cosmic Egg Timer 
by Joyce Hopewell & Richard Llewellyn

4 Jun 2016

Astrology Tips - unaspected planets

An unaspected planet is like a dog off a lead....

How do you interpret unaspected planets? Are they easy to get a handle on, or do you find them confusing and challenging? Using astrological psychology it's clear to see that an unaspected planet is one which is not connected at all to any of the aspects in the chart. It appears to stand outside, like a loner, not joining in and is maybe not even invited into the scene of the main action. 
The chart shown below has an unaspected Jupiter, which stands very much alone and islolated in the 2nd house. You may speculate on how this Jupiter might suggest good luck, boundless opportunities, the urge to travel or to live the good life (it is in Taurus). But none of these would be correct for the person concerned. This unaspected Jupiter for them was about gaining wisdom and learning from experience - real life experience - and understanding that unless certain safeguarding procedures were undertaken, they would fall ill. 


An unaspected planet acts rather like a dog off a lead, which has the full range and scope of the environment to explore, sniff out, and gather information from, and this can be a huge asset. But unless the individual is consciously aware of this tendency, and forgets to call the dog back (for dog read planet here!) to check out what it has discovered out there in the wide world, then the unaspected planet will behave rather like that untrained, unruly dog!

Unaspected planets tend to be stimulated by the environment and are far more under its influence than planets which are connected to the overall aspect pattern in a chart. An unaspected Venus for example might take its prompts and stimulation from the environment. In the chart of a woman it could lead to being influenced by fashion trends and commonly held perceptions of what a woman "should" be like, so the individual may try hard to please what they perceive as the expectations of others in this aspect of their life.

An unaspected Mercury is likely to have a field day responding to all the verbal and communicative stimuli in the environment. But for the person who has this planet unaspected in their chart they may struggle to ground and put to use the information they have coming in via these Mercurial interactions. They may also talk rather a lot!

For more on the energies and expression of planets, see the definitive discussion of each of them in the book written by Bruno and Louise Huber.

And if you have an unaspected planet in your chart, don't forget the dog lead/leash! 

4 May 2016

Astrology Tips - the quadrants

The Four Corners, USA
You may be wondering what the Four Corners - a place in the desert where these four American States meet - has to do with astrology. Quite rightly so as on the face of it, it appears to have absolutely nothing to do with astrology at all. Or does it?

In the Huber Method of Astrological Psychology, the natal chart is divided into four very similar sections, known as quadrants, using the dividing line made between the Ascendant and the Descendant, and the IC (lowest point of the chart) and the MC (highest point of the chart).  

For the sake of comparision, we could liken the first quadrant below the horizon to Arizona and the second to New Mexico. The third quadrant, found above the horizon, relates to Colorado and the fourth to Utah - you get the drift.

Look closer and you'll see that each quadrant has it's own key words and attributes, all of them relevant to personal growth and encouraging awareness of where the individual - or you - might be coming from in your interactions with others. Any quadrant which has an emphasis of planets will be a good indicator of where that person (maybe yourself) might launch themselves from. There would be a good chance that someone with a lot of planets in the first quadrant would an impulsive, self-assertive type, and that someone with an emphasised third quadrant would be more consicously aware of how they interacted with others. They would be less likely to take the assertive/impulsive route in favour of considering the stance of others around them. 

 A few examples here might help. This chart has a strong first quadrant emphasis; act first and reflect at leisure behaviour would be likely here, coupled with the Sun and other planets in the go-ahead sign of Aries.

This chart, on the other hand, has a lot of planets up at the top of the chart spanning both third and fourth quadrants. Here is someone who would be very aware of what they do and what they say might affect others on the receiving end. Of course, both of these examples are quite simple and this is  more complex technique which requires study and observation, based on real life experience. A good resource here would be The Astrological Houses by Bruno and Louise Huber - this offers the definitive description of the quadrants.

Of course, the ideal would be to have the fluidity to move psychologically between all four quadrants, regardless of whether they are tenanted with planets or not. This is quite simple really, and is ably demonstrated by the child at play with hands and feet in all four of the quadrants. All of them are included as part of the whole. There's something to aim for.

4 Apr 2016

Astrology Tips - doorstep planets

A doorstep planet sits, like a sentinel, close to the DC
A doorstep planet is one which sits, like a sentinel, close to the DC or the descendant area of the chart. It may be in the 6th or 7th house, but it's always the planet or planets closest to the DC.

It's usual, in astrology, to look at the sign on the AC/ascendant and the 1st house planets to assess how a person might come across to others. In the Huber Method of Astrological Psychology we still acknowledge this, but first of all we look to see what is on the "You" side - the DC side of the chart - to get an idea of what others might pick up first about the person.

It is very often the planet or planets close to the DC.

A few examples will illustrate this.

In my own chart I have Moon close to the DC.  The Moon absorbs the feelings, needs and emotions of others, and is empathic. I've lost count of the times a complete stranger on a bus has poured out their problems to me. Of course, with a sensitive planet so up for grabs, I've had to learn ways to avoid this kind of thing so I don't get bogged down with the woes of others, but that Moon is an invaluable tool when working in an astrological counselling situation with a client.

This chart, that of a good friend, has several planets in the 6th/7th house area, with Jupiter above the DC and Mercury/Venus below it. Meeting him for the first time you would without a doubt be met with with genial sociable friendliness as you were regaled with traveller's tales of places visited and things experienced along the way. The doorstep planets would eagerly seek contact.

The current US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has no less that four doorstep planets, all clustered around the DC in his chart. A stellium like this can be blessing and a bane - which planet dominates? How can the individual separate out which one to draw upon in different circumstances? Saturn, Moon, Mars and Uranus offer quite a wide scope here! Note all four planets are in aspect to his Sun, putting him firmly in the driving seat when it comes to choosing which planet is appropriate. Saturn will be firm, Moon will add empathy, Mars brings energy and drive and Uranus offers a wider perspective and innovative potential. If they all work together, co-operatively, this could bring success in diplomatic initiatives.

These are just a few examples. Try this out for yourself on your own chart - draw on your life experience and observations of how you meet and greet others, and how they respond to you. And for more practical tips and ideas on looking at charts in this way, especially using the AC or "I" side and the DC or "You" side of the chart, see my book The Living Birth Chart.

4 Mar 2016

Astrology Tips - colour and motivation


If you're an astrologer, budding or otherwise, working with a Huber style chart and using the Huber method of astrological psychology, one important tip is to take some time using your Jupiter (which is associated with perception, the eyes and the senses) and absorb the balance of colour in the aspect structure present in the chart.

The three main aspect colours used are RED GREEN and BLUE. Conjunctions of planets are shown in ORANGE. You might like to note this, but initially it's the red/green/blue - ness ratio of colour in the chart which should be focussed on. This is because it's a useful indicator of what motivates and drives the person from within.

Red aspects = doing energy/mode of behaviour
Green aspects = thinking & awareness energy/mode of behaviour
Blue aspects = "being" energy/mode of behaviour

So a chart with a large number of red aspects suggests an inner motivation of activity; a large number of green aspects indicates a prime motivation of thinking, sensitivity and awareness; a large number of blue aspects can point to a certain laid backness, possibly to the point of inactivity!  

Some astrologers pooh-pooh the idea of even using aspects; some have jumped on the colour bandwagon and now use colours for the aspects (as far as I'm aware, the Hubers led the way in this - I was introduced to the Huber Method of using colour for aspects in this way in 1986, and found it extremely meaningful and useful).

There are more details about colour and motivation, how to work out the ratio of colour and how to use it with charts, in my co-authored book The Cosmic Egg Timer, available in colour both in paperback and on Kindle.