Intro Class: Apr 10th 2010

Integrating Information for a Chart Reading

Today's lesson we went through the steps of what information to use when doing a chart reading.

The three necessary charts are the transit, the natal, and the progressed charts.

I use the day-for-a-year method for the progressed chart: each day after birth in the ephemeris equals a year after birth. With this method, the outer planets barely move over the course of a month (about thirty years), and so rarely factor in a chart reading. Most important are the progressed Sun and Moon, and their mutual aspect. Important to note any changes in the other planets: changing sign, house or direction.

With the transit chart, the inner planets move so quickly that their energies' seldom leave a lasting impression. They are very important for indicating a trigger for an event, but to discover what kind of event, the outer planets indicate with their aspects and positions. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will transit the same area of a chart for between two to three years. Usually the date of the first exact aspect indicates a strong event, but not always.

The natal chart is the personality and the potential for all experiences; the progressed chart is the background changes of the personality and its potentials; and the transit chart indicates what is taking place.

Brief Example

Progressed Moon separating semi-sextile Progressed Sun
A new way of living began about two years ago. This provides the background for the rest of the reading. If the aspect was the Moon applying to the Sun (getting closer), the current way of living would be ending. Not a time to begin new projects! The Moon separating from the Sun indicates this as the time to study new skills and develop constructive approaches.

Natal chart indicates a necessity to include healing, but the native's current job (Sun and North Node in 10th - the job is very important to self-identity!) involves no healing. Today, Transit Sun was conjunct Natal Chiron - a nice indicator that healing would be enlightened in the class today, right?

The basic question of today was about the native's place in society and what the native needs to do. There were many more factors involved, but just from the above, it seemed that study that helps work was indicated. Right at the end of the chart reading time, the native actually mentioned being interested in studying massage.

Chart readings usually provide an objective analysis of needs, desires, complications and blockages. From my perspective as the reader, the value for the client comes through the experience of having each point verified. The awareness of the key point for the client comes in different ways at different times, and this is what astrology facilitates so well.


Introduction Class

Usually in the middle of the month, I conduct an Introduction Class at Esperanto Kaikan in Kyoto:

The class consists of a one-hour lecture about the basics of Astrology. Afterwards, time is allocated for personal readings. Classes are student-centred so feel free to ask questions!

The lecture is 3000yen, and half an hour chart readings are 3000yen. A discount of 1000yen is given for both the lecture and a chart reading. If only a chart reading is desired, that's acceptable too.

Please make all bookings through kitadran@gmail.com

This class is best for people who have not studied astrology before, but are interested in finding out more.

Beginners' Class

Usually at the end of the month, I conduct a continuing Beginners Class at Esperanto Kaikan in Kyoto:

The class consists of a two-hour lecture including time for a group reading, applying the contents of the lesson. Classes are student-centred.

The lecture is 4000yen, and for continuing students I offer a 500yen discount.

This course is best for people with an interest in developing their understanding of astrology, and who want to apply it their everyday lives.

Chart Signatures

I love the balance inherent in Astrology, and the intricacy of this balance that weaves its way through all levels.

Recently I've been studying up on medical astrology, and was delighted to find just how deeply on a practical level this balance goes.

This morning I received an elemental question from a prize student.

Once the chart has been erected, the signature of the chart is calculated by splitting each planet into its element and mode.

For example, and Aries Moon is one for cardinal and one for fire; a Capricorn Sun is one for cardinal and one for earth.

Once all planets have been tallied up, the maximum for each element and for each mode then indicates the signature: four air, six earth and one water with four cardinal, five fixed and two mutable gives a signature of Fixed Earth. This is the sign of Taurus. Often the signature does not correspond to the Sun sign.

The question today was about balancing energy. For example, with a lack of earth in the chart, practical and hands-on activities can provide grounding. Having seven air planets, I find gardening, building, repairing and organising all very grounding. This is balancing with antipathy.

The balancing with sympathy is to use all that air energy for a purpose: study, talk, calculating, analysing and planning are all examples of balancing with sympathy.

So, what elements do you have in abundance?

And what about the modes?

All my seven air planets are not all in one mode, but the three that aren't are made up by three that are! Mutable energy must disseminate information on or through the element that presides: in my case air. I do spend a lot of energy communicating with people, as any teacher would confirm, and this is what I do. This is through sympathy. Balancing mutable through the modes is starting and maintaining an avenue for that communication with others.

Quiz time!
What is the signature of my chart?
Send your answer to kitadran@gmail.com!