“Reevaluating and Understanding Bounds in Astrology Creates New Insights”

As an ardent student of the astrological arts in all its forms, I am very grateful and thankful to the Universe for my eternal curiosity and my ability to be open minded to all thoughts and ideas.  This I am confident to be attributed to my Mercury conjunct Uranus in Gemini in the ninth house trine Jupiter in Cancer on the cusp of the eleventh.  As for all beginning students, one needs to memorize certain symbols, thoughts and aphorisms which are the foundation of any subject to be mastered.  This is definitely true with astrology and one subject matter to have under your belt is the essential dignities which include the Domicile, Joys, Trigons (Triplicities and its ruler) and Bounds, also known as Terms.  Memorization is not one of my strong points, and the Bounds gave me trouble as they are irregular in length and different in each sign and they only utilize the five traditional planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, leaving out the Sun and the Moon.  My problem with the word Bounds, is that I didn’t understand the meaning in terms of how the planets reacted with their sign, and if a planet was weak and detrimental in a sign, how could it function normally within a limited space in the sign?  For years I avoided the subject matter as I could not find any explanation of how to use the Bounds that satisfied my ability to understand how it works.

I ran across two articles written by Douglas Noblehorse on the subject matter which was well written and gave examples by comparing and synthesizing the inter-relationships of any astrological point or planet in charts of couples with the possible fundamental connect or disconnect that would contribute to the harmony or disharmony of the relationship.  I still was not able to work with it, as I was still confused on the role of the planet and the role of the sign.  It was not until I read a discussion on the role of the signs and planets in one of my astrological egroups I belong to, that the light bulb came on.  Unfortunately I was half paying attention, and the information was stored away in my subconscious, until one day it pop out and I am not sure if I got it right or was I confused by my active imagination.  The jest of the matter I think was that the planets don’t choose the sign, but the sign which represents a constellation in the heavens grants sanctuary and freedom to the planet as it travels through the night sky.  This really made sense to me, as in my mind the planets were visitors or refugees and the signs were countries that gave the planets safe haven and a place of there own, to be who they were as long as they were in their allotted and limited space (bounds).  Wow was the only word I could voice as my thoughts race to see how I could put this idea to work and come up with a delineation of my own chart which would make common sense.

I decided to start with the ascendant, Moon and the Sun which would describe who I am and if it worked out as I was hoping, then try to describe what the other planets and angles have to say.  Using the Bounds according to the Egyptians, the Gemini ascendant (with Mercury as its ruler) falling within the Mar’s bound, made real sense to me, in the energy and accomplishment I place on things I believe in.  It describes me to others, as my actions speak louder then my words.  The Moon conjunct Venus in Gemini in the tenth house (with Mercury as its ruler) falling within Saturn’s bound which describes the structure, limitation, restriction, responsibility and organization I apply to my emotions, career and vocational objectives.  The Sun in Taurus sextile Jupiter in Cancer on the cusp of the eleventh house falling within the bounds of Jupiter convinced me this system really and truly gives a subtle insight that makes a difference in the delineation of a chart from being good to great.  This explains why I always want to see the good and positive side to everything and where I look for ways in which to turn a disruptive and destructive situation into something less malefic.  This method allows us to explain why apparently some people with signs that should really be compatible, but because of the difference in the degrees and the signs, falls under different planets. causing some tension and difference to an otherwise well-matched situation.  The bounds are used in Horary and I am sure it can be applied to transits, solar and lunar returns, and the directions.  I have applied the Bounds in delineating my friends’ charts, and have come up with new insights in giving a more subtle and clearer interpretation of the nature of their being and their future.  Try it and see what you think and let us all know how it works for you, and if it gives you new insights in interpreting charts?


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Amy on April 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I lean toward Hellenistic Astrology as well. I have been trying to work out when the Trigon Lords change as I’m due for good luck! lol.

    The Trigon Lord and bounds for my Aries moon in 24 degrees Aries gives me a double Mars influence and moon is my Trigon Lord as I have a nocturnal chart.

    It does make sense to me and while, like you, I have difficulty memorizing especially the bounds – I keep a Hellenistic chart by my side and let that be my guide.

    I also have Delphic Oracle software which does it for me. I do wish astro.com included this in its software since it’s such a valuable resource.


    • Posted by linknjoe on April 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks for the comment and the information on Delphic Oracle software, I need to look into it, although the software i have is solar fire, which I am very happy with, is continually improving their product.


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