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.

4 Feb 2016

Astrology Tips - essential information

Stepping stones, WWT, Martin Mere
This month's astrology tip is about the steps you, as a budding astrologer, could take before starting to set up or interpret a chart.

My tip is that you should have some essential information in place before you begin. 
  • Make sure you have an accurate birth time. if you're using the Huber Method, and you want to stray into using Age Progression, this can only work reliably with an accurate time of birth.
  • Make sure the time of birth you are using has been adjusted if needed - this will be especially important if the birth was in a place which has a different time zone. I wrote a post about time zones in 2008, so take a look at it by clicking here.
  • If you don't have a time of birth, then use noon, but be aware that your interpretation will be more limited. You'll still be able to get a good general feel for the person, but the hint is in the word "general". 
  • There's one very important thing to bear in mind when you're honing your skills. When you're being offered some data along with a request to look at the chart involved, remember to ascertain if it's the chart of a real person! That may sound a bit strange, but rather than pounce on the data and set up the chart, first find out who the data belongs to. It has been known for some eager astrologers to start dissecting the chart of a pet dog before finding out whose chart they were actually being asked to look at!
So, engage with Mercury before you start and get the facts in place, then go on to taking a more Jupiterian approach when you're clear about the data you have!

4 Jan 2016

Astrology Tips - new for 2016

 NEW!!  Astrology Tips
Some hints and tips on how to go about looking at and interpreting a natal chart. Watch out for more of these throughout 2016.......
  • Always stop...pause...focus....and centre yourself on the chart you are about to look at.  
  •  Allow your eyes and senses time to absorb the chart as a whole. 
  • Remember, the chart represents the person - the whole individual - so honour that and listen to what your senses offer you in that pause before you begin interpreting anything.

  • Rein in your Mercury and let your Jupiter have first go at the chart.

    For more on "How to start with a chart" techniques, see my co-authored book The Cosmic Egg Timer.