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“Stir but not Shaken is the way I blend Planetary Sect with my Delineation of the Natal”

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.

“Do I as an Astrologer Heed My Own Warnings or Advice?”

It has been my belief that one of the Universe’s gifts to the world to confirm its existence, its connection and its love for its creations was through the spiritual and occult arts, which astrology is one of them.  The more one tries to master any of the arts, the more one realizes that everything is connected with one another in someway.  What happens to one of us is felt or understood by the other, even if we are not consciously aware of it.  The axiom “As above, so below” can be compared to  the part that stores the essence of the whole, although in actually, it still only represents the part.  The ancients were aware and understood the importance of working with the laws of the Universe and our connection with it. I believe we have lost the keys to astrological prediction and are regaining some of the lost knowledge through translations of old astrological texts.  I suspect the reason we lost this knowledge is because we were trying to modernize, and we accidentally threw out the baby with the dirty bath water.

What we did have in our tool box to predict with, is still amazing, and with some of the new discoveries that have been revealed through the translation of old texts has been incredible.  What is still to come will probably astound us all.  I am having enough trouble just to sort through what is available and to digest it to a point where I can really understand what I am reading.  I have been trying to understand the translation of Morin, and it seems every time I restudy a section of the book, something new comes to light for me.  Sometimes it is months after something I read that I have begun to even have any glimmer of understanding of what one sentence might have meant.  The thing I am sure about Morin is that he believed that astrology proved to him that God truly existed in all it s glory and goodness.  Astrology allows us to choose and to see our destiny.  Being involved in some of the astrology egroups as they work through some of the delineations, I am always bowled over by the results.  Some times the completion to the delineations comes many months after the answer and the conclusion was given, but the excitement and the exhilaration that comes from knowing the predictions were correct, is incredible.

Now getting back to the question to whether as an astrologer do I heed my own warnings and advice?  As an astrologer and a student who truly loves the study, and realizes that if one has mastered the techniques, the answers are definitely available.  I don’t seem to have any problems delineating another person’s chart and giving my opinion on what the chart seems to be indicating and the direction it seems to be pointing to.  Unfortunately when delineating for myself, I find it very difficult to be objective, I find myself trying to see how the aspects could explain what I hope for, instead of allowing the answer to come forth on its own.  The more the question or situation has a deep emotional attachment, the less likely I am able to delineate with an objective temperament.  As far as heeding my own warnings and advice, it is easy to do as I am not expecting anything from the situations because I am taking precautions indicated by the aspects to avoid any complications that may develop.  Unfortunately if one is looking for a favorable outcome, it is easy to interpret the facts to meet one’s expectation.  If I am honest with myself and am seeking a truthful answer, I usually seek the advice of someone who is able to be objective with the question at hand.

“Night and Day, You Are the One Sings the Sun’s Position in Your Natal Chart”

Astrology like any other subject one decides to study, because one loves and enjoys it, becomes second nature that continues to grow, until one no longer can control the urge, but to allow it to go its merry way.  This has become my obsession, in that the more I learn, the more I have realized that I have not scratched the surface with so much available at our finger tips through the internet as paperbacks, hardbound, eBooks or PDF downloads.  There are so many areas to be discovered and to be mastered that one begins to wonder where one should start?  My choice was to begin with the very early writers of the art, and I am lucky to commence at a time when the translations of early writings into English are beginning to be more plentiful and easier to obtain.  Some of the translations are still difficult for me to comprehend and to get a handle on the meaning, the transcripts hoped to convey. 


How bless are we, who desire to acquire more information and knowledge, that by diligently studying what is available we will have a better grasp and understanding of where we came from and where we are going.  As more traditional and classical astrology manuscripts have become available, a surge of interest has gained a momentum and continues to grow, and more is sure to come.  Although I still consider myself a modern astrologer, my deep desire to study the classics has made me a hybrid that works well with what I have already learnt and mastered.  Working with both systems and not giving preference to either is my goal.  Since I was born in a culture very different from my parent’s, I am comfortable combining the two worlds, so that it would work for me, and represent who I really am.  It comes naturally to me to see both sides and to reconcile the apparently opposites to work together as one unit.


With this in mind, the traditional system of sect is determined by the placement of the Sun in a chart to decide on the order of placement, the amount of energy, the amount of power, the qualitative performance of each planet, is implemented by dividing them into two categories.  One consisting of the planets that work in sympathy and empathy with the daytime, which is termed as diurnal, which is led by the Sun followed by Jupiter and Saturn, while the Moon, Venus and Mars, comprise the nighttime or nocturnal team of planets.  Mercury is considered neutral, depending on whether it  appears on the horizon as a morning star, in which it allies itself with the diurnal sect, and likewise if it appears as an evening star in the chart, the nocturnal sect. 


An important point to note is that planet’s sect whether it is considered malefic or benefic is a qualitative measurement of how well it will perform.  It is said that a planet in its own sect, whether benefic or malefic will perform better, and in its opposite state, be in a weaker position to carry out its duties.  Malefic planets appear to be more problematic and can be quite benign and at the same time even beneficial if not more constructive then the benefic planets in some circumstances.  Lately my thoughts about a planet out of sect have changed, and have taken a twist I did not expect because of my own personal experience.  I have always felt the axiom “As above, so below” to be true and is demonstrated all around us, every moment of the day. 


All my life I have considered myself a day person, who performs everything better in the daytime.  Late one evening I needed to think and work something out and was at a point of exhaustion when I finally thought I had the project finished.  The next morning with a clearer mind and hoping to see and benefit from my hard work, I was disappointed with the outcome.  Not only did I have to redo the project, but for some reason it seems that what I was trying work out, gave me the inspirations for other avenues in approaching any solution to any problem.  I began to wonder if this would apply to a planet in the wrong sect, is it possible that not only does it operate in a weaker position, but would it operate in a more erratic and unexpected way then anticipated? 


Whether it was a benefic or malefic, could it perform as it’s opposite and out perform it, depending on the situation and aspects?  Studying and looking at my own natal chart applying the essential dignities and the bounds, I found this to be true.  Mars in my day chart below the horizon and Venus on the midheaven seems to display attributes of Uranus, surprising me at every turn, but I find that my stellium in Gemini finds this quite agreeable.  My conclusion on the matter, is when ever I see a chart with planets out of sect, I will proceed with caution, and not jump to the obvious conclusion and see if it might act in a more erratic manner than one might expect.  The keyword is caution, as the assumption of what dos and don’ts a planet should follow and stick with may derail one’s delineation of a chart.  My personal opinion is that one needs to use caution, wisdom and intuition to separate a great delineation from a good one when applying the technique of sect.


“Will Being on the Very Edge of the Orb of the Sun Cause a Sunburn or Tan?”

My study in Astrology seems to be “The Never Ending Story”, which sounds like a wonderful title for a movie and book.  Like the story, astrology is an adventure.  The books that are available today on the stars are endless without a dull moment with new, interesting and exciting areas to be explored, no matter what your interest and expertise is.  Always leading to discoveries to enhance the knowledge anyone already has under their belt for further understanding and growth.  Within the last thirty years with the growing interest in the translations of older astrological material, the field is a gold mine to be harvested and devoured.  One can not pick a better time to study astrology, with so much available and with the ability to access the information without much difficulty or wait.  There is no excuse for not having a well rounded general knowledge of what is being offered, as much of the descriptions and information are available on the internet.

Recently I ran across the book, “On The Heavenly Spheres – A Treatise on Traditional Astrology by Helena Arelar and Luis Riberio” which is laid out as a textbook with a systematic approach for study.  One of the best books at the moment for a general overview of what traditional astrology has to offer.  For those who have started with the modern approach and wish to understand what traditional astrology has to offer in this contemporary world, this book may give one the clues?  Not only will this textbook allow us to discern whether we want to continue with this branch of astrology, it will give us the origin and history of the astrology we work with today.  I have always felt that for us to develop, to progress, and to grow into new areas of our studies, we need to know where we came from.  Understanding our roots gives us the knowledge and foundation to expand into the unknown.  The authors cover all the rules and steps in delineating a chart, even those we don’t use as much, or have modified for today’s lifestyle. 

One of the rules I worked with in the beginning was the orbs that were allowed when the planets were making an aspect.  My first teacher’s attitude was that I needed to memorize the rules, but she always emphasized that the closer the orb, the more important it was.  Her attitude was, the wider the orb, the less influence it would have in the delineation, so therefore she saw no reason to pay attention to them.  If the orbs were larger then I thought they should be, I followed my teacher’s advice and usually ignore it.  This mind-set was easy for me to adopt.  The ancients thought the wider orbs still had an influence, a subtle coloring that modern astrologers, including myself, did not take into consideration.  This subtle difference gives a diverse picture when combined with other understated aspects of the chart.  My attitude about them has change after reading this book, because I saw results when applying the principles suggested. 

The orb of the Sun was larger then I remembered, with the orb reaching fifteen degrees on each side, totaling thirty degrees.  Following this rule my Sun conjunct my Uranus with thirty seconds before it was out of orb.  This made me wonder if my planet was too far from the Sun to be affected or was it in a weak state.  Mercury is conjunct my Uranus by one degree in the ninth house, but luckily out of the rays of the Sun and its harmful effect.  As I contemplated on what I learnt from the authors and began to look at the aspect more seriously, I came to the conclusion that Uranus was affected by the rays of the Sun.  As comfortable as I have become with myself in seeing things differently, I realized that I am very uncomfortable in relating these different and unusual ideas to others.  I see this as being under the rays of the Sun in which the confidence I have in how I think and how I see things needs work.  After serious consideration and pondering, I definitely have come to the conclusion that being on the very edge of the orb of the Sun may not give one a sunburn, but a tan, that lets you know that the Sun has touched one in someway.  It may have a malefic or benefic outcome depending on the planet or planets involved within the rays of the Sun.

“The Ascendant and the Lights Describes Who We Are as Mercury Defines Us”

The one thing I have learnt in the study and application of the art and science of astrology is that no matter how one has attained their information and knowledge, whether by self study, real classroom discussions, or by the internet, one needs to work with what one has learnt to recognize how much of the information we have absorbed and comprehended.  Memorizing formulas and aphorisms may give us the basis and foundation of the subject matter, but understanding the groundwork of where it came from, to the point where it is today, allows us to go forward and discover new realms of understanding and exploration we never saw before.  My first teacher and my first home study course, both agreed that the first thing one does in delineating a chart is to look at the ascendant to describe the individual, and to see how the first house colors and expresses the energies of the Sun and the Moon.  The Sun allows us to see the essence, and the Moon the emotional and caring qualities, and the ascendant allows us to see what the person cares for, or wants us to know. 

Most of the time this definitely works, and at other times it seems a little off with the individual in question, not having the confidence or conviction of the liabilities or assets described by the chart.  This puzzled and perplexed me as I always was taught to integrate the aspects and signs before coming to a conclusion, but by making this first observation, it should give us a clue to build on and to develop the whole picture.  In some charts the person did not seem to fulfill the promise it indicated, and why not?  I could not understand why some of the traits where well developed as shown in the charts and not as well developed with others, although one could see the assets and liabilities subtlety being expressed through the individual, even if the person could not see it.  What caused this I wondered?  The more I analyzed the chart, the more perplexed I became, and until I began to look at Mercury and the conditions it is in.  Going back and applying the essential dignities and reapplying the old traditional methods I began to see a pattern emerge which really surprised me.

The condition Mercury is in, seem to determine how well we understand and adapt ourselves to situations that constantly challenge us into new directions and growth.  I had to remind myself that Mercury is a neutral planet that assimilates the qualities of the planets surrounding it, representing the rational mind, thinking, communications, verbalization, education, besides travel and transportation.  In some signs and zodiacal houses, it rules and has its exaltation and joy in.  According to bounds, it has certain degrees in each sign that it would be safe in and is allow to be it self, even if the sign is not conducive for the planet to operate at its full potential.  Mercury is essential to communication and if it is in a sign which is not conducive to conversing to others, is it not possible that we are not able to communicate our self worth, abilities and liabilities to our own being for further understanding of who we really are?  This made sense to me, and when I began to apply it to myself and friends, it was mind blowing.  This explains why people with similar aspects, but in different degrees of the sign expressed their characters and personalities differently and were more or less successful in their own eyes, not necessarily fulfilling their potential in life.

This does not mean that Mercury indicates success in life, but it does indicate how well we absorb information and how well we disseminate this information to help our growth and success in whatever endeavors we choose.  Our ability to communicate to others translates to how well we communicate and understand ourselves to be able to work around our liabilities and to use our assets to our advantage for happiness in this life.  It is not important, the state Mercury is in our chart, what is important is to understand how to use our Mercury in whatever state it is in, to achieve our highest potential.  Knowing what Mercury lacks is being forewarned, and as I have always been adamant about, that being forewarn is being forearm for any situation, one encounters.  Success is to understand who you really are, and working with who you are to your best ability, brings joy and contentment.  To reiterate, the lights in your chart and your ascendant describes you, but the state Mercury is in defines who you are and allows one to use its energy to achieve happiness, and joy.

“An Astrologer Like a Great Actor Creates the State of Mind ▬ To Be or Not To Be”

As we begin the New Year, many people including myself have a list of New Year resolutions we hope to accomplish in the coming months.  How this tradition got started and whether it really does any good in our life is questionable, but it is something we may or may not look forward to, but tend to have a list ready when asked.  As I have grown older I realized if I am to finish any of the projects, I need to be realistic on what I want to bring to fruition.  Many times I think I have started projects to please others, instead of trying to accomplish something that would really please me.  As I begin the year 2011, I recognize the most important thing I want to perfect in the coming period of time is to be a better and more predictive astrologer.  To accomplish this, I plan to do an intensive study of the classical and traditional astrological material that has been translated into English.  Normally when I find an area of study I find to be important and enlightening, I try to convince everyone to do it my way.  I am not sure if my state of mind has become more mellow, or has wisdom taken hold of my consciousness, but my thoughts to bring others to my side of the conversation, is not as important, any more.  What I do find important is that what ever idea, thought or project we wish to accomplish, we do it with intensity and for the love it.

I consider myself, a modern astrologer with more then a curiosity for all the other avenues of astrology, with the traditional pulling at my coattails.  The different avenues and approaches the study of the stars has to offer, only makes the art that much more diverse and interesting.  I don’t think any one approach is the right way for every one.  We all have our own ways of doing things, and certain things work better for us then others.  Finding our groove and working with it will be a key to a successful and a satisfying life well lived.  It is not the area of astrology we study that is important, but how we approach the topic at hand, which will determine how proficient we become in the subject matter.  I have come to understand that learning all the rules and definitions will give me a handle on the subject, but understanding and being in tune with the chart was missing.  As I contemplated on this I remembered that my other great love is the movies, theatre and watching great actors at work.  It dawned on me that we must be like the great actors who are so into their character that we don’t see the real actor, but the character he or she is portraying.

This made sense to me as memorizing rules and aphorisms of the planets, signs, aspects and et cetera will give us the foundation for delineating a chart, but it won’t give us the subtle difference to the essential motivation of the chart.  It is not just being able to give further details on the delineation of the signs, planets, and aspects, as astrologers and those interested in astrology, but to be the chart itself and to feel what it is feeling.  To be so involved and connected to the chart that chart takes on a life of its’ own.  Understanding and feeling how the planet feels in the sign it is in, and the house it is in, and the fundamental feelings that is brought about by the aspects with the other planets.  Some planets and signs are considered hot and dry expressing a certain nature and disposition, and we must understand and feel what it is like to be in the company of a different temperament.  Is there a problem and what that situation would create?  Understanding these differences may be very slight and subtle, but that type of delineation, separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls.  My final comment is that if we are to really understand and delineate a chart with intuition and insight we need to be the chart inside and out.  We must be like all great actors and become that which we are interpreting.  At the moment of consultation, one should not be able to tell the difference from the consulting astrologer and the chart that is being delineated.  “To be or not to be” is the state of mind any individual, whether amateur or professional should have in delineating any type of astrological chart.

“Mercury and Jupiter is the Yin and the Yang of Thinking and Ideas”

As far back as I can remember I was instilled with the thought “knowledge is power”.  How that thought came to become so powerful in my life was a mystery to me at that time.  It has been a motivating source of energy that seems to originate from my childhood trying to blend two different cultures into a viable one.  The fact that I was called a nerd because I needed to wear eyeglasses when I was four years old isolated me into my own world of imaginations, fantasies and books.  This started me on the road to educating and broadening my mind.  Although I have always considered myself intelligent, I have never considered myself an intellectual.  In making this statement, you the reader may find this a contradiction or an odd statement, at best.  I am capable of inductive and deductive reasoning, but to explain how I came to the final conclusion is hard for me to articulate.  The problem I have, is I am not sure how much is my ability to reason, or how much of it is my intuition, which goes into the decisions and choices I make.

It was during my sojourn into the study of astrology that I became aware that the ruler of my ascendant and my midheaven was Mercury in the signs of Virgo and Gemini, respectively.  This was like a light bulb that just got turn on, allowing me to begin my journey into understanding how I think, and where my philosophy of life comes from.  Astrology gave me the keys to why I do certain things the way I do.  It opened doors to new vistas of doing and solving problems in my life.  To me to understand how we think and operate, are the first steps in achieving one’s goals and ambitions.  Suddenly I realized that my curiosity into knowledge and information was already foretold in my natal chart, and that was a pleasant and a wonderful surprise, proving that astrology works.  Morin, my mentor in traditional astrology always connects the dots by comparing and relating the opposite houses, planets and signs to get a broader interpretation in what is going on in the natal chart. 

An example in my chart, Mercury in Gemini in the ninth house faces an empty house in the third in Scorpio.  Mars the ruler of Scorpio is in the sixth house in Pisces, and the ruler of this sign is Jupiter, which is in Cancer on the cusp of the eleventh house.  Connecting the dots, one realizes one can’t just delineate and interpret Mercury without seeing how Jupiter colors it by revealing that it is the mirror image of each other; an eternal circle with variations of thought that go to one end of the spectrum, and then returning back to the other end.  Mercury makes me see things in a practical and pragmatic light, and my philosophy of life is not just ideas, but a way of life that fulfills itself.  Jupiter in Cancer makes me develop a philosophy that will not only work for me, but includes the welfare, dreams and wishes of all those I am connected with.  The way I see life is the way I see a perfect circle, no beginning and no ending.  As the saying goes “all for one, and one for all”, declares that one must walk the talk as shown by Mars.

One realizes that one cannot interpret Mercury, without considering Jupiter as the yin to the yang.  When seeing the Zodiac as the traditional astrologers have, one sees Mercury in Gemini in the third house of communications opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius in the ninth house of philosophy and ideas.  The strangest coincidence, or is it, with Virgo in Mercury in the sixth house of service and health opposite Jupiter in Pisces in institutions and the sacred mysteries.  If we look at the planets with its’ inner opposites, the delineations become clearer with complexities that give many dimensions to the individual.  Combining Mercury and Jupiter together, paraphrases what Agatha Christie’s greatest detective always comments about “we need to let the little grey cells do their work”.

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