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DELINEATING THE BIRTH CHART PART III

We are continuing with our chart delineation topic from August 27 and September 1. Again, we are touching on the various techniques used or the tools which are used to find and understand the important characteristics and psychological makeup inherent in a birth chart.


Along with the previous tools mentioned, it is important to also take into consideration the elements (earth, air, fire and water) that the signs and important locations (Ascendant/Midheaven) are in. Also, determine the modes (cardinal, fixed and mutable) and whether they are emphasized, lacking or well balanced. If you were to have six or more counts in any particular mode (the Sun and Moon are counted as two and the rest as one), there is an emphasis on that specific element or mode.


If for example you have an emphasis in water and also an emphasis in cardinal, you would have some Cancer qualities linked to your personality. If there is only one specific emphasis, you would have to consider this as well. Cardinal emphasis is linked to someone who could be considered a “doer”. Someone with a water emphasis has powerful emotions and sensitivity attached to their personality as well as other attributes. This would help in determining some of the character traits linked to this individual.


When you are looking at tight aspects, it is also important to check whether these aspects or planetary links are applying or separating one another. It is thought that an applying aspect suggests that the energies represented by the planetary bodies in question are specifics that have to be worked on and overcome in this life or are specifics that can be used for the benefit of the individual. The separating aspects, however, are understood to be elements within the psyche that are already understood and have been worked on prior to entering this life. As a result, they do not stand in the way of progress.


It should also be understood that the tighter to exact the aspect is in the birth chart (example two planets separated by 15 minutes compared to two planets separated by 7 degrees) the more relevant its meaning and its importance in the individual’s life. Tight or close aspects between the Sun and Moon have particular relevance in the person’s life and should be give particular attention when deciphering a birth chart.


Retrograde planets also play a significant role in the birth chart. Retrograde planets usually indicate energies that aid and add stimuli and energies in the chart. Several retrograde planets, no retrograde planets or only one retrograde planet has specific implications when deciphering the birth chart.


On September 8 we will continue with our chart delineations.


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