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Astrology for Magicians and Metaphysicists - Introduction

In the following lessons you will find an introduction to natal astrology. I am using the key-word method, because I realized that this is the most efficient way to gain the skills of natal chart interpretation. Horoscope love tarot reading. Conversely, you may use the same method to set up your astro trend generation units for the purpose of taking control of your stars!

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Astrology is the observation of the interplay between the planets and our Earth. ( Astrologers call the Sun and the Moon planets for the sake of convenience, although they are actually luminaries. From this point forward, “planets” refers to the planets and the sun & moon ). To help you assess the quality of the course materials you can download a free 12 page PDF of sample course materials and listen to four sample teaching audios. Please Note: This is a course in astrological interpretation specifically. You will not, therefore, be taught how to calculate and draw up a natal chart from scratch.

How to Draw and Evaluate an Astrological Chart


The astrological chart is a representation of the astrological factors at the time of the event it describes. In the case of a birth chart, it represents the positions of the planets and houses as seen from the place of birth at the time of birth.

The following is not designed to give you an understanding of the astronomical factors involved. I will rather give you a step by step introduction that helps you understand the structure of a chart, to design it and to understand it. You need not know the astronomical basis of astrology for this task.

I am going to use the method that shows the planets as they are in the zodiac (European method) rather than the twelve-equal-wedges method that is still practiced in the Anglo Saxon countries. This latter method shows the astrological signs and planets in the houses. With this antiquated method it is rather difficult to see and evaluate midpoints and structural patterns of aspects, both of which are important for our task to generate astrological trends. If you have a computer program that calculates your charts, be sure to have a printout that shows the planets and houses in the zodiac -- the way you are going to learn in the following pages.

It is the ZODIAC in which you will draw all the planets, house cusps, and other factors of the chart. This zodiac is represented by a circle of 360 degrees. The degrees are counted in a counter-clockwise manner.T

The circle on the left shows the twelve signs of the zodiac.

The zodiac is always here. Everything else moves through the signs of the zodiac at its own speed. The Sun completes one orbit through the zodiac in one year, the Moon in 28 days, Jupiter 12 years, etc. The system of the houses makes one rotation through the zodiac every twenty-four hours. This movement is cause by the rotation of the Earth around its axis.

Rulers of the signs

Each sign is affiliated with one or two planets whose action, or function, best corresponds to the energy of the sign. Traditionally these planets were called the 'rulers' of the sign. The following diagram shows you the rulers of each sign. The outside circle shows the day-rulers, the central circle shows the night-rulers, the inner circle shows the signs.

Elements (Triplicities) and Quadruplicities

You learned about quadruplicities in the course material. The chart below shows you the distribution of elements and quadruplicities.

Inscribing the houses

The first thing we do is draw the cusps of the twelve houses into the circle of the zodiac. We work with a chart for September 14, 1974, at 1:33 p.m. daylight savings time in New York.

The twelve houses are twelve sections that are distributed in the zodiac in a counter clockwise manner. Unlike the signs of the zodiac, the houses are not of equal size.

The cusp (= beginning) of the first house, or ascendant, is at 13 Sagittarius and 12 minutes of arc, or 13:12 degrees of Sagittarius. This, then, was the point of the zodiac that was rising in the East at that time.

The beginning of the tenth house is at 2 degrees Libra and 46 minutes of arc, or 2:46 degrees of Libra. The beginning of the tenth house is called Midheaven. This is so because the midheaven is the point of the zodiac that is 'in the middle of the sky.' It is at the point where the sun is at Noon.

The cusp of the seventh house, or descendant, is the point in the zodiac that is exactly opposite the ascendant. It is 13 degrees Gemini and 12 minutes of arc, or 12:13 degrees Gemini.

The cusp of the fourth house is on the opposite side of the tenth house cusp, in 2:46 degrees of Aries.

We proceed to draw all other house cusps into the chart. With the houses drawn into the chart, you see that the houses are not equal. The first house measures from 13:12 Degrees of Sagittarius to 17:22 degrees of Capricorn. It is slightly larger than 30 degrees, while the eleventh house measures from 1:11 degrees of Scorpion to 23:39 degrees of the same sign, hence it is much smaller than 30 degrees.

The axis from the first to the seventh houses marks the horizon.

The axis from the tenth to the fourth houses marks the extension of the meridian.

The houses from one through six are always below the horizon.

The houses from seven through twelve are always above the horizon, visible from the place of the event.

The houses are always in the same sequence, from 1 through 12.

I prefer to write the house numbers in Roman numerals. I do this so that they will not be confused with numbers that mark the position in degrees.

The ascendant, or the point of the zodiac that rises in the East at the time of birth (or at the time of an event) is by far the most influential part in a chart. It exceeds even the sun in importance. In pop-astrology, the person who was born at the time for which the sample chart was erected, would be considered a Virgo, because this person has the sun in Virgo. However, considering the importance of the rising degree, I would say that this person is a Sagittarian with the sun in Virgo.

Inscribing the Planets

The next step is inscribing the planets into the chart. Here we proceed in the same fashion as we did when we inscribed the twelve houses: The sun is marked into 21 degrees of Virgo 31 minutes of arc (roughly 21 1/2 degrees on the chart), the Moon is 2:08 Virgo (the mark is close to the two degree line), etc.

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Inscribing the Aspects

Our next step is to find the aspects between the planets and inscribe them into the chart. Here you will already see the advantage of the chart pattern that you learn to use: With a bit of practice, you can directly read the aspects from the chart.

As you have read in the course, an aspect between two planets exists if the planets are within the range of specific angles from each other.

For the beginning, we consider only the major aspects: The opposition, or 180 degrees apart (opposing), the trine, or 120 degrees apart, the square, or 90 degrees apart, the sextile, or 60 degrees apart, and the conjunction, where the planets are close to each other.

An exact aspect is very brief. This is so because the planets are always in motion. However, an aspect is valid within a certain range of accuracy. This range is called 'the maximal orb' of an aspect. Consequently, an opposition is valid when the planets are between 172 and 180 degrees apart. This means that the maximal orb for an opposition is 8 degrees. The same holds for a conjunction that is good up to a distance of 8 degrees. The square has an orb of 7 degrees, the trine 7 degrees, and the sextile 6 degrees. The effect of an aspect is strongest when it is exact. It is weakest when it reaches the orb. For instance, two planets exactly 60 degrees apart are in their strongest mutual aspect, while when 54 or 66 degrees apart, the influence of the aspect is still noticeable, but it is very weak.

We inscribe the aspects as lines that connect the planets in aspect. Draw blue lines for soft aspects (trine and sextile) and red lines for hard aspects (squares and oppositions). In our sample chart we used two different dotted lines.

Abbreviations and Symbols

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You are familiar with the symbols for planets, signs and aspects. In the following I am showing you a system of abbreviations that allows you to enter the signs, planets, houses, etc., easily into any computer, or write it with any typewriter or word processor. These abbreviations are also an excellent tool for another purpose: You can use them to write astrological 'formulas' that you can then translate into statements using the key word method that you have been taught in this course.
Planet or House Cusp
H (=hermes)
A (=ares)
K (=kronos)

Aspects: write the degrees for the exact aspect: 60 for sextile, 90 for square, 00 for conjunction, 180 for opposition, etc.

Examples for AbbreviationJupiter in Leo -- J le
Jupiter in Leo in the Third House -- J le 3

Jupiter in Leo in the Third House Sextile Mars in Gemini in the First House -- J le 3 60 A gm 1 etc.

Astrology is the observation of the interplay between the planets and our Earth. (Astrologers call the Sun and the Moon planets for the sake of convenience, although they are actually luminaries. From this point forward, “planets” refers to the planets and the sun & moon). Through thousands of years of observation, two things have been noted:

  1. Each planet represents an energetic part of our being, or a component of life (i.e. emotions, communication style, love style).
  2. The position of each planet in the heavens indicates the style in which the planet’s component is manifested.

Natal astrology observes that the positions of the planets at the moment of your birth indicate the style in which each planet's component is manifested in your life.

As far back as ancient Babylon, astrologers divided the heavens into the 12 sections of different styles(or archetypes) that had been noted. Those are the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Basic astrology takes four things into account:

  • The planets (including the Sun and the Moon)
  • The zodiac signs which the planets are in
  • The Houses
  • Aspects

From our view on Earth, the planets, sun, and moon appear to orbit around us along an apparent path near the ecliptic. (A geocentric view is effective in astrology because we study the interaction between the rest of the universe and us here on Earth.) As they orbit, they travel through the 12 zodiac signs. Most of you know the sign in which the sun is at any given time – Aries from the end of March through most of April, then Taurus, then Gemini, etc. The sun takes one month to travel through each sign, and circles the entire zodiac in one year. As a matter of fact, that is where our concept of 'year' comes from. The moon travels the entire zodiac in one month. In fact, our word 'month' comes from 'moon.' Our entire concept of time came about because of the solar and lunar cycles around the zodiac. The first ancient astrologers were very observant.

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Because this apparent path along the ecliptic is basically flat (maximum deviation of about 8 degrees), we can draw a flat, 2-dimensional drawing to represent it. Naturally, we draw a circle. This circle is sliced into the 12 zodiac signs. The planets, as designated by their actual positions in space, each fall into one of the 12 zodiac signs. Each planet also falls into one of the 12 Houses. The Houses will be discussed later. Aspects are certain angles, or degrees of separation between planets, or between a planet and a point. Astrologers divide the heavens into a 360-degree circle, and the planets are arranged upon it. When planets are 0, 60, 90, 120, or 180 degrees apart, they are said to be in major aspect. Other degrees of separation are considered minor aspects. (See detailed information on aspects.) Planets in aspect have a dynamic relationship, which astrologers study carefully. Aspects between planets are, by and large, the determining factor that decide whether a planet’s energy is manifested easily or with struggle (positively or negatively) in your life. This is because, traditionally, some aspects are considered negative while others are considered positive. Modern astrologers have evolved and proclaimed that all aspects can be used constructively. In astrology, aspects are where the action is. Without aspects, the celestial stage and planetary actors are silent and still. Aspects awaken the planets into the full expression of their energies.

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For organization, astrologers make charts to include everything mentioned above. The astrology chart is a map of the heavens for a specific moment in time. The astrology chart is called a horoscope. In ancient days, they were not customarily drawn up for people's birth times. They were cast for the time of certain events, such as wars, crownings, or festivals. Only pharaohs and kings would have one cast for their birth time. Nowadays anyone can get his or her birth chart drawn. A birth chart is interchangeably called a natal chart or horoscope. Your birth chart is your real horoscope, but we don't use that word much anymore because it has been devalued to mean 'a false daily prediction based only on your sun-sign.' Your natal chart can only be cast with an accurate birth date, birth time, and birthplace. We believe that your birth chart is the most valuable tool you can have in your possession.

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For convenience, astrologers use glyphs (symbols) instead of words on charts. This makes it easier to see all of the information arranged on the chart. Please take a moment to learn the glyphs used in astrology (see Lesson 2). After that, you can continue to Lesson 3: “Birth Chart Layout.”