The Aries Point

The Aries Point (AP) is an indicator of our potential for public presentation. Our claim to fame. What we’ll be remembered for.

Most of what has been written on the AP comes from my mentor, Noel Tyl, and from his student, Don McBroom.

The AP is more than a single point. There are four of them around the horoscope. 00 degrees of any cardinal sign is an AP. That’s 00 Aries, Cancer,  Libra, or Capricorn.

We typically apply a 2 degree orb.

The result is that 4 1/2 percent of the zodiac is covered by an AP. (The image to the left comes from Don McBroom’s book, “Midpoints.”)

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Sun – Moon Blends (and the Ascendant, Too)

Grant Lewi wrote a book way back in 1935 that enabled the reader to “interpret” a horoscope in just 10 or 15 minutes. “Heaven Knows What” was an early example of cook book astrology. It relied upon a simple, yet profound piece of chart synthesis – the Sun-Moon blend. Lewi walks the reader through the interpretations for all 144 combinations of Sun and Moon.

My mentor, Noel Tyl, modernized the interpretations of Lewi (and made them more compact) in his book, “Synthesis and Counseling in Astrology.” He argues that the Sun-Moon blend establishes “a basis for synthesis that is all-pervasive within analysis of a particular horoscope.”

Like hemisphere analysis, the blend of the Sun and Moon is one of those pieces of analysis that an experienced astrologer can interpret with just a glance at any horoscope.

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What Hemisphere Are You?

There are so many factors to consider, when reviewing a horoscope. The beginning astrologer can peer at one for hours, even days, trying to make sense of all the information.

Chart synthesis is the skill that separates the professional from the amateur astrologer. The professional astrologer learns to be efficient. We can’t afford to spend hours peering at a chart before a consultation.

Professionals can learn a lot, just from a glance at a birth chart. Consider the chart above.  A professional would notice — in an instant — that all of the planets except one are in the northern hemisphere. The one planet in the southern hemisphere is very close to the northern hemisphere. This would definitely qualify as a chart with a Northern hemisphere emphasis.

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Why Is Time Of Birth So Important?

Most people, even if they have no interest in astrology, know their Sun sign. All you need for that is an accurate date of birth.

You can determine the astrological sign for any of the planets with just an accurate date of birth, too.

The Moon moves too fast to use date of birth alone. Why? Because in the span of a single day, it can easily cross from one sign into another. We need an accurate time of birth to determine its sign.

Two other important astrological symbols move even faster. The Ascendant (the Rising Sign) and the Midheaven. They zoom across all twelve signs of the zodiac in a single day. That means they change one degree on the zodiac for every four minutes of time. Without an accurate Ascendant and Midheaven, an astrologer cannot accurately determine the signs on the cusps for the twelve astrological houses.

The Moon is incredibly important in forecasting. So are the “angles” of the chart, especially the Ascendant and Midheaven. That means any forecast depends on an accurate birth time.

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Context Is Everything

Some clients confuse astrologers and psychics. They assume, once they give us their birth details, we’ll know everything there is to know about them as individuals.

Astrology doesn’t work that way. It’s not a crystal ball.

I can tell you, with near certainty, you have one or more “astrological twins” in the world. Somewhere there are people with birth charts so similar to yours, it makes no practical difference at all. Their lives, also with near certainty, will be very different from yours. The contexts in which your life and theirs unfold will be different.

Another way to think about this, is multiple births. Twins, triplets, etc. They’ll share the same horoscope, except for a degree or two difference on the angles. Do they lead identical lives? No. The contexts of their lives differ.

Horoscopes represent contingent possibilities. Most of the features in our horoscopes become manifest at some point in our lives, as features of our personality, events in our lives, etc. Some, however, do not.

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Readings vs. Consultations

An astrological reading is a performance. The astrologer does all (or very nearly all) the talking. They proceed from one measurement to the next, telling the client what it means. They’ll throw around lots of jargon, too. Uranus in the 10th house means this. Sun opposed Pluto means that.

Astrological reports you can buy here or elsewhere on the Internet are computer-generated readings.

A consultation is very different. It’s a discussion. The astrologer doesn’t dominate the conversation. We talk together about your life, based on your horoscope. There’s no jargon. (Not unless the client has some knowledge of astrology and introduces it.)

We tend to think every horoscope is unique. This isn’t so. Many people can share nearly-identical horoscopes and these individuals can lead very different lives.

It takes discussion to put your life and your horoscope in context. To give you that, we can’t just perform. We need to ask questions.

If you want to be treated as a unique individual, you want a consultation, not a reading.