There is a mix of astrologers, new-to-astrology, and don’t-know-astrology visitors to this site. I thought it would be appropriate to offer some basic guidance to those who know less or nothing about the stars and planets as tools-of-understanding-us in this first discussion blog. Note that under the Menu: Basic Astrology that there are explanations in simple format for your review.
Let us first look at Eban Alexander’s t/Moon-n/Sun Return which has been advanced to Nov. 10, 2008 — the date he fell into a coma brought on by a E-coli type of bacterial meningitis. First, here is the astrological chart, to be followed by a simpler form of that same chart.
This chart is relatively easy for astrologers to understand and to interpret the individual symbols, and to then ‘synthesize’ them into statements that make sense. In this form of charting I place the natal chart’s planet in the outer ring and the transiting or ‘current day’ (for the date of the chart) planets inside. The technical reason for that is that the astrological software permits me to rotate or ‘advance’ the inner chart area to any other date, but I can’t advance the outer chart.
In these charts the focus for the reading is to use the planets on the angles, that is planets positioned on/near the horizontal axis (Ascendant on the left, Descendant on the right side) and the ‘vertical’ axis — which in this case is slanted to the left a bit. Below is a simplified version of this chart.
Notice that only some of the planets of the full astrological chart are shown. Mostly these are the angular planets, but I’ve added some exceptions.
- Notice the natal Part-of-Fortune and Sun at the Ascendant angle. I have labeled this as “throwing oneself into life’s experiences.” This is one of many plausible interpretations. This is born out by his love of sail plane flying and sky-diving.
- On this fateful date, the transiting Venus and Pluto are also at this chart’s Ascending angle. I have said that this is a “transformational love experience.” The coma wasn’t such, but his experience in the spiritual world certainly was. And this is the only thing he was conscious of; his brain and thinking functions were dead or dying.
- At the opposite end of this horizontal axis, the Descending angle, we find natal Jupiter. Again, we can view this in many ways, but I have said that this is “seeking more thru others.” Jupiter rules opportunity, luck, expansion, legal and religious affairs among many other things.”
The hardest thing to learn for early-studies astrologers is how to choose and use one of the many meanings of a planet, an angle, a sign, a house, an aspect between two or more planets. There are some 1800 basic factors to consider in a natal chart, more in any type of combined chart such as a natal and a return chart. The art of synthesis is both complex, simple and crucial to learning astrology.
- Notice the transiting Moon at the bottom of the chart, opposite the upper MC angle of the chart. This chart area represents endings and beginnings. The Moon represents our emotions, feelings, reactions to life, empathy, rhythms, the past, women and mothers in general, etc. Here, I have indicated that Alexander’s emotions will take him into a new place. How can you simplify a statement that covers an introduction into exploring heaven as if for the first time?
The reader can view and think about the other statements shown in this simplified chart. The point here is as follows: How many of the readers of this blog site, which are few in number at this early stage, need to have the ‘astrology’ more fully explained to them? Is the story enough? This is the sort of thing that these early blog discussions can address. Dave.