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A Resource Page
Why this page?
Astrological models (Western, Chinese, Vedic, Tibetan, etc.) sometimes prove very useful
in the analytic assessment of personality. Specifically, such models can facilitate developmental and psychodynamic appreciation of
self-concept, identity, and psychospiritual process. In addition, study of transits to the natal chart may help elucidate
problems of immediate concern and present directions for productive analysis, fostering the recognition of suitable cognitive
coping strategies. Astrology thus serves as a type of interactive cognitive map that can be applied to productive ends in
Introduced to Western natal astrology in 1969, I have never been hesitant to adapt astrological percepts found too restrictive or
lacking in utility. Such judgments of utility, particularly with regard to introspective work, often involve a simple test:
intrapsychic resonance. That, after all, is the measure of utility for any cognitive approach to therapy. If concepts
and insights derived from astrological schemata have ideoaffective relevance at a deep level in personality, and if, through
informed analysis, that relevance can be consciously accommodated, then "value" is evident.
This page is a simple repository for selected Western, Chinese, Vedic, Tibetan and other astrological
information and resources I regularly access and occasionally track.
One of the premier sites for astrology on the Web, Astrodienst provides a chart-creation service that includes a comprehensive database
of birthplace latitudes and longitudes, with manual or automatic correction for Daylight Savings Time. Select from a range of chart types, styles, house systems, and
additional objects (e.g., Pars Fortunae, Vertex), with or without lines of aspect. In addition to the illustrated chart, tabular summaries present planetary positions, directions, triplicities,
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ASTROTHEME provides a range of free astrological services, including tools for webmasters. Using the link below,
your can create a quick and quite detailed natal chart by entering your birth date, birth time, and place of birth. The chart is accurate, without refinements (e.g.,
nodal calculations, aspect lines to all, asteroids, etc. Astrodienst enables you to make those refinements plus a great deal more), and is presented in Equal House
i.e., each of the 12 houses is 30º. The Equal House system is traditional, especially in England, and I still find that it works better
for me than does the Placidian, which is more popular among many astrologers; my preferences are Koch, Regiomantus, then Equal House. The main advantage of this tool is that it's interactive: aspects appear on mouseover,
and an explanation opens, complete with symbology, when you click on any element in the chart. Click the link below to try it for yourself. Your chart will open in the same space.
Planets, Periods, and Rulership
- Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day This data service provides times of Sun and Moon rise and set, transit, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, as was as Moon phase information for one day. US Naval Observatory.
- StarDate Online: Moon Phase Calculator (1951 - 2015)
- Lunar Phase Calculator Dates and approximate times
of lunar phases - be sure to read the instructions.
- MoonStick Find lunar phases for any month, 6999 BC through 10999 AD; accurate to ± three hours of correct phase. ($19.95 USD)
- Lunawheel Finds lunar phase for any date, 1 January 0001 AD through 31 December 4000 AD. ($17.50 USD)
Interpretation & Application
Chinese Astrology : Hour Signs
In addition to years, the Chinese zodiac is also traditionally used to label
times of day, with each sign corresponding to a ... two-hour period...
- 23:00 - 01:00: Rat
- 01:00 - 03:00: Ox
- 03:00 - 05:00: Tiger
- 05:00 - 07:00: Rabbit
- 07:00 - 09:00: Dragon
- 09:00 - 11:00: Snake
- 11:00 - 13:00: Horse
- 13:00 - 15:00: Goat
- 15:00 - 17:00: Monkey
- 17:00 - 19:00: Rooster
- 19:00 - 21:00: Dog
- 21:00 - 23:00: Pig
Astrology and the Enneagram
2 May 2004; 26 March 2006
Last Updated: 16 August 2012
I work with many different schemata in my studies of personality and behavior. It is sometimes problematic to correlate one
model with another because each is designed to apply in a specific context, with a particular universe of variables, a certain set of descriptors, and so on.
Nevertheless, comparison and contrast of schemata often reveals new information that can be constructively applied.
In the diagram below, I present a tentative correlation of the Zodiac and the Enneagram, a nine-element typology of personality.
This typology posits what have been interpreted by various writers as nine "scripts", "neurotic patterns", or "behavioral styles" by which personality may be characterized.
Based on the DSM-III-R (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition-Revised, 1987) and the DSM-IV (1994),
John M. Oldham and Lois B. Morris present a similar theme in their book entitled The New Personality Self-Portrait (1995), a
popularized interpretation of personality in terms of "behavioral styles" which, on the far end of the scale, manifest in clinical disorder.
The tentative correlation...
Point 9 of the Enneagram is aligned with 0º Aries; the arc of Ennea-type 9 extends 20º to either side of 0º Aries - i.e., from 10º Pisces to 20º Aries.
Each Ennea-typic arc is 40º. Significant planets, stellia or positions falling within a particular arc may suggest emphasis of the corresponding Ennea-type in an individual's psychodynamics.
While one's Sun may fall within the arc of one's identified Ennea-type, this is by no means always the case; though the locus of the Sun is important (some regard it as the "ego" or integrative principle of the chart), the distribution of all elements in the
natus is often more revealing of Ennea-type dynamics.
In my natus, for example, the arc corresponding to Ennea-type 8 is tenanted by the stellium in Taurus (Lilith, Moon, MercuryR, Sun), but the Saturn group
in Virgo and the NeptuneR group in Libra more precisely reflect my 5-4 Ennea-type (INTP/INFJ) dominance.
While I can relate with all of the types and feel a core dynamic at 5-4, ennea-type 6 (locus of my PoF, ASC and Pluto) is clearly a reactive point, a motivating factor for me.
My "point of focus" where I look for direction and ordination is Ennea-type 9, the corresponding arc of which is tenanted by Vesta, Venus, Caput and the MC.
In the table below, no arc is untenanted. That makes it fairly easy to assess type dominance. Where a core Ennea-type is identified by an individual, but the natus
shows no astrological elements in the corresponding arc, midpoint analysis among planets and positions may prove revealing.
|Point of Focus
||Vesta, Venus, Caput, MC|
||Lilith, Part of Marriage, Moon, MercuryR, Sun|
||Part of Fortune, Ascendant, Pluto|
|Pluto-NeptuneR Midpoint, Saturn, Juno, Mars|
|IC, Cauda, NeptuneR, PallasR|
||Vertex, CeresR, ChironR|
Once again, this is a tentative correlation I've found useful in my own introspective work, and in working with clients. It has not been statistically assessed.
Bear in mind that many proponents of the schema believe the Enneagram helps them identify a single Chief Feature (a core type, a core + wing, or a two-point sub-type) that
describes the neurotic pattern of the individual. I prefer to read all nine Ennea-types as descriptive of archetypal dynamics in personality, such that some archetypes are constellated and thus have greater ideoaffective
significance than others. Rather than presume that singularity is normative, I often find it more productive to assess personality as a plurality, a multiplicity of interacting patterns, particularly
in times of stress.
With respect to a psychology of Self and in description of egoic role, Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen presents a useful analogy
her 1985 book, Goddesses in Everywoman: A new psychology of women.
...[W]hat goes on in our heads can be thought of as being like a committee, with various aspects of our personalities sitting
around the table - male as well as female, young and old, some noisy and demanding, others quiet and cut off. If we are fortunate, a
healthy ego sits at the table, chairing the committee, deciding ... who should have a turn or take the floor. A chairperson
keeps order by being an observant participant and an effective executive...
Chairing the committee is not an easy task, especially when there are goddesses in every woman, demanding and claiming power,
at times in conflict with each other. When a woman's ego cannot keep order, one goddess may intervene and take over the personality.
Metaphorically, then, that goddess rules the mortal. Or an inner equivalent of an Olympian war can occur when equally strong
archetypal elements are in conflict. When a person is in inner conflict, the outcome depends on how the "members" of that
particular person's "committee" work together...
Bolen works with ancient Greek goddesses and gods, but archetypal presentations are not limited to a single pantheon.
The Ennea-types may be apprehended in terms of different mythoi, consistent with their respective "scripts".
The important question involves what might be termed the "core story", that particular mythos which has the deepest resonance
for the ego, because the core story conveys the egoic connection with the daimon, or genius,
the immanent Self.
There are many ways to approach the identification of one's Ennea-type. Sometimes, reading the descriptors provided by various
writers is enough. In other instances, conceptualizing a community of players proves useful, with ego at center, looking out and
communicating with the nine Ennea-types all around.
Links to articles on esoteric astrology, astrological compatibility, practical astrological techniques,
and current planetary patterns
An Introduction to Esoteric Astrology
Worlds Within Worlds: An introduction to fractal-scaling in astrology
The Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography
The Character of Ancient Astrology and Alchemy
From Lecture Notes: Magic to Science, Gregory A. (University College, London) - Word document
Outline of the Tibetan Horoscope
Choezom T. Mrs., Astrologer
Signs of Mental Illness: An Astrological and Psychiatric Breakthrough
A book by Gibson M.E., Psychiatrist/Astrologer
Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer
A book by Braha J., Astrologer
A book by Barton T.
The Draconic Chart
The Draconic Chart is formed by taking the Moon's North Node ( Caput Draconis, "Head of the dragon" ) as the beginning of the Zodiac, 0° Aries. In absolute degrees, the chart is
calculated by subtracting the True North Node (some astrologers prefer the Mean North Node) from 360°, making the Node 0° Aries. 360° minus the True North Node results in an arc that is then
added to all planets and house cusps. The planets, houses and aspects do not change, but the degrees and signs usually do. If the True North Node is already at 0° Aries in the natal chart, the Draconic
will be the same.
Kim Falconer puts it much more succinctly:
[...] instead of the node being at the particular degree you're accustomed to seeing it, it is 'dialed back' to 0 degrees of Aries. The planets all stay in the same houses and have the same angular relationship
(aspects) to each other as in the tropical zodiac charts but the signs and degrees are altered (unless you were already born with the North Node at 0 Aries. In that case, your Draconic chart is identical to your
natal chart in the tropical zodiac).
You can create your Draconic chart free of charge at Extended Chart Selection, Astrodienst (astro.com), but you have to first
enter your birth data, which you can do as a guest or by creating a free registered user profile (enabling you to save your data, enter new data,
quickly calculate different charts, and so on).
- Under Methods > Circular Charts, select "Draconic Chart". Leave Chart drawing style at "Web default style".
- Under Options, select your desired House System. I choose "Koch".
- Skip down to Additional Objets, and select what you like. I usually choose Pars Fortunae, Vertex, Lilith, Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, (and lower down:) Sirius.
- Then in the right column, select always use True Node [or "always use Mean Node"], add aspect lines to Chiron, and aspect lines to all.
- Finally, "Click here to show the chart"
The Draconic chart is thought to represent the soul's purpose, underlying the natal chart. While there are various interpretations with respect to the significance of the Draconic chart, according to
astrologer and PhD candidate Patrizia Trotta, "One thing is certain -- if we compare the tropical and draconic levels in a horoscope, we will find that certain life-themes will be indicated with great clarity. The links between the two levels
(especially conjunctions and oppositions) are likely to represent what the Higher Self has in store for us by simply indicating what the sould should focus on [...] during the present incarnation."
Interestingly, the "windows" Draconic Astrology opens on other (subtler) dimensions of our being, reflect the multidimensionality many of us are beginning to claim as our "real Selves". → Read more
The Circular Temple Oracle...
John Sandbach is an accomplished astrologer whose site features a useful tool called
The Circular Temple Oracle. The Oracle features a box for direct questions, as well as a degree selector dropdown which
enables you to look up the symbology for any given degree in the chart. This is very useful in reviewing the degrees of the Draconic chart, comparing them with the Natal, etc. I find it best not to round up.
My compliments to John on this work. It's very impressive.
FREE Vedic Astrology Software Jagannatha Hora
Various computations needed by serious Vedic astrologers and Vedic astrology researchers.
List of Features
One of the earliest astrologers to leave us a detailed demonstration of antiscia in practice was the 4th century Roman astrologer Firmicus Maternus, who devoted several pages to an account of its
effects in the second book of his Matheseos Libri VIII. The technique and the philosophy are evidently much more ancient and there is good reason
to believe it was introduced at a very early stage of zodiac development. Firmicus tells us that it is Greek in origin and was taught by Hipparchus in the
2nd century BC. Reference to the technique is found in the astrological texts of Manilius, Ptolemy, Dorotheus,
Antiochus, Palchus, Paulus Alexandrinus, and many others.
The theory underlying antiscia appears to have been influenced by Pythagorean philosophy, which claimed that every force in the universe has a balancing counter-force, and which also laid great stress upon the
symbolic importance of numbers. The Pythagoreans regarded the number ten, the Decad, as the most important and perfect of all numbers and it was their belief that the universe consisted of ten heavenly
spheres. Along with the seven visible planets, the Earth and the sphere of the fixed stars, the Pythagoreans maintained the presence of a 'counter Earth', a paradoxical opposite which balanced the motions of the
Earth and remained invisibly located on the opposite side of the Sun. This was known as the 'antiscion' from anti-cthon meaning 'opposite-earth'.
The Greek term 'scia' means shadows. At some unknown date the philosophy of 'opposite-shadows' or 'reflective-degrees' was incorporated
into astrology in the belief that each degree of the zodiac has its own counter degree, mirroring its distance from the solstice axis on the opposite side of the chart. The solstice axis runs from 0° Cancer to 0°
Capricorn; thus a planet at 20° Sagittarius will cast its antiscion to 10° Capricorn, both planets being an equal distance from the Sun's solstice point at 0° Capricorn. [...] → Read the full article
Jessica Murray's Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer's View of America combines the rigor of a political theorist with the vision of a master astrologer in a keenly intelligent
book that elucidates the meaning of an epoch in distress, and proposes a path towards healing - of the country and of its individual
citizens. Murray explains how each of us can come to terms with this moment in history and arrive at a response that is unique and
creative. This book will leave you revitalized, shorn of illusions and full of hope.
Jessica Murray's Soul-Sick Nation raises the symbol-system of astrology to the level of a finely-honed tool for the
critical work of social insight and commentary. Her unflinching, in-depth analysis answers a crying need of our time.
Murray's application of laser beam-lucid common sense analysis to the mire of illusions we've sunken into as a nation
is a courageous step in the right direction... Just breathtaking!