Being brought up in modern astrology, I found my way to traditional astrology very late in my studies. I would not call myself traditional in anyway, but I would tag myself, modern with a twist of the traditional. Stir, but not shaken, is the saying associated with the popular cocktail which summarizes my kind of astrology, especially working with the planetary sect. I guess the real truth of the matter is that I am the kind of person that will adopt any technique that is going to make me a better predictive astrologer. The bottom line is it going to work and will I be able to merge it with my other techniques, where I will feel comfortable with it. I will adopt and use any system that works. To me the truth of the matter is that the modern astrology is a simplified form of traditional to meet the needs of the modern world.
Modern astrology has dropped and laid aside many of the rules and regulations they felt no longer was necessary in today’s lifestyle. My problem with taking out what is no longer viable, are they the basics that might be needed to accurately predict? Or at least give us some understanding where our foundation came from, in order to understand where we are heading towards. As a beginning artist learning the craft I was always was told one must first learn and master the basics of drawing and painting. After one has the technique under one’s belt, only then can one throw out and begin to create one’s own style. My problem, have we thrown out too much and have handicapped ourselves in being better astrologers? What I realize in my research and study of the old manuscripts and translations that it does no harm in studying it thoroughly, and then deciding the next step one needs to take.
The system of planetary sect has been rediscovered in recent years in which one would categorize the seven traditional planets into two different camps: daytime or diurnal, or nighttime or nocturnal sect. Diurnal or the day time planets, which include the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn, are more comfortable and powerful when the Sun appears above the horizon. The nocturnal planets or the night time planets are more comfortable and powerful when the Sun is below the horizon, which includes the Moon, Venus and Mars. Mercury is the versatile and adaptable planet and its sect is determined by whether it rises before or after the Sun. Rising before the Sun, it is considered diurnal a morning star and after the sun is considered nocturnal an evening star. The planet’s sect indicates it course of action and will determine the quality of the planet and the degree of benefic or malefic influence it will have. In effect, sect determines which of the two is in control of the chart and which plays more of an advisory or auxiliary role.
I personally feel this makes sense as I consider myself a day person who operates better in the early morning. I can empathize with the planets, as I don’t do well as a night owl. Understanding what I lack and have difficulties with, allows me to work with what I can do to achieve my goals. So by using this system we can determine how well and to what degree each planet is performing at, and what we need to supplement or work with in order to fulfill the promise of our natal chart. By knowing beforehand the possible problems and liabilities we may encounter, we are able to come up with better solutions. The value of this technique is that in the majority of charts one can quickly determine with a degree of accuracy which planets will be helping the individual and generally acting as positive and constructive influences and those planets that will be creating difficult or negative and destructive influences in one’s life.