4 Sep 2016

Asleep, Waking or Awake - levels of the planets

The Huber Method is unique in several ways - one of them is that it acknowledges that the planets in the natal chart operate at different levels. 
Asleep, Waking and Awake - we can be all three at the same time!
They may be Asleep - functioning in largely unconscious and reactive ways, where survival is the name of the game and life is lived instinctively and impulsively. The psychological drive associated with any given planet will be expressed in raw, unaware behaviour.

They may be Waking - functioning in a manner where developing awareness and self-understanding is expressed. Energies and drives associated with any given planet will be more directed and controlled.

They may be Awake - functioning in a fully aware and conscious way, drawing on the use of the will with any given planet so there is more conscious choice involved and less need for the demands of the ego to be met, or even to get in the way.

For example, Mercury at the Asleep level can be observed in the babblings and mimicry of a baby or toddler as they play with sounds. Later, as a child at school, they might learn some things by rote, and an asleep Mercury can be observed in someone who talks incessantly at someone but doesn't listen to them.

Mars at the Waking level can be seen in competitiveness, assertiveness and the drive to achieve - the recent performances of athletes at the Rio Olympic Games is a good example of this planet in Waking mode.

Awake, the Sun manifests in behaviour that is selfless and honourable, as the the individual acts as a willing agent for the greater good.

No-one is perfect and getting to grips with these levels and noting them at work in ourselves is a first step. Our planets are unlikely to function all the time at one of these levels; they rise or fall from asleep to awake as if in a lift going up and down - there's nothing consistent! The trick is to be self-aware and observant of how we're responding and interacting.

And that could be a lifetime's (worthwhile) work!

There is more information about the levels of the planets in my book 
The Living Birth Chart 
and in the Huber's book on 
The Planets.

4 Aug 2016

Low Point Planets

The path to the Low Point winds downward, towards the centre of the chart
The Huber Method of astrological psychology is unique in that it recognises two significant house positions for planets. These are the Balance Point (indicated by a small blue triangle on the outer rim of the chart), a place of optimum expression in the outside environment, and the Low Point (indicated by a small green triangle, also in the outer rim).

Take a look at the chart shown here. The Moon in Leo is placed exactly on the Low Point of the 11th house. On a personal level, it may sometimes be  challenging for this person to express their emotions, wants and needs easily or comfortably. This person may feel they are not heard, or are ignored, when their inner needs are expressed. This is how Low Planets function until we take a hand in things by being consciously aware of them.

A Low Point Mercury can lead to difficulties in literally being heard, because the person has a quiet voice. They may have lots of useful input to share in conversations, but are overlooked because they don't come across very audibly. A Low Point Sun may mean that the individual has to develop a stronger sense of themselves and learn how to assert themselves, as they can be easily ignored. A Low Point Mars can come out as a load of hot air, bluff and bluster, but no-one takes much notice when a Low Point Mars shouts and makes a fuss.

Many charts have Low Point planets, and rather than sigh and wonder what can be done about them if you feel you're stuck with one (you'll be able to ascertain this if you have your chart set up using the Huber Method; no other method uses this technique) you can work to develop your Low Point planet(s).

The uniqueness of such planets is that they offer a direct channel to the clear circle left in the centre of the chart, which symbolises the connection we all have with a higher, spiritual plane. Connecting with this, maybe through meditation or mindfulness, we can enrich our lives and create a clear space to move towards when the going gets tough. 

We can also train ourselves to connect with this inner source by using any Low Point planets we may have in our chart. Louise Huber often said that the Low Points are connected to the soul's purpose, so rather than Low Point planets being a bind, they can be a blessing. But they need a bit of help, encouragement and a willingness to work and develop them as we develop our own conscious awareness and acceptance of what they mean for us in everyday life.

You can find our more about the Low Point and Low Point planets in the Huber's book, The Astrological Houses.

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.