The Unaspected Planet

Aspects are an important component of any chart synthesis. Each link provides an additional influence on a given planet (aside from sign and dignity). Sometimes, the planets work well together.  Sometimes, they don’t.

It sometimes happens that one planet in the natal chart makes no major aspects to any of the other planets. These planets stand alone. They’re unintegrated with the rest of the chart. Untied to the rest of the chart, they’re free to have extreme effects or little to no effect at all.

Noel Tyl notes that the unaspected planet “. . .  can run away with the horoscope, if conditions of talent, energy, and plan are poised for action.” Simply said, unaspected planets can be quite singular in their effect.

This article takes a careful look at the unaspected planet. When and how they play an active role in our psyche.

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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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