The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Robert Couteau.
All text © Copyright 2005 Robert Couteau
|Charlie Chaplin’s relocation to Hollywood placed him precisely under his Primary Sun line, which runs directly over Hollywood in a vertical, Transcendental Midheaven position.|
Instead of using the maps to “explain” the subjects, I examined key transformation experiences (and their corresponding locations) in the biographies of noteworthy and historical personalities. Beginning with biographies with which I had already gained familiarity, I soon discovered a principle linking astrolocality patterns in the lives of significant culture bearers. Michelangelo’s Venus line over Florence; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Pluto over France; John Lennon’s Sun over Liverpool; Arthur Rimbaud’s Pluto over Charleville; Madame Blavatsky’s Neptune over Tibet; Charlie Chaplin’s Sun over Hollywood: all shared a particular astrological factor.
Each of these cases exemplify the significance of location in historical biography. Bearing this in mind, I calculated maps for each subject in order to examine the planetary lines near the location in question. Finding the planets was the easy part; in each case, there was at least one planet in the “key” location. The next (and more difficult) question was: why this particular planet?
The answer involved such a basic tenet of astrology that I may easily have overlooked it: the planet corresponding to the key location was the least aspected planet in that person’s birth chart: the planet with the smallest number of significant angular relationships (or special positions in stellar degree traditionally deemed meaningful) with the other planets. In astrology, we call these meaningful relationships of degree aspects. Thus, the “least aspected” planet had few of the major aspects, minor aspects, or aspects to the Ascendant or Midheaven routinely analyzed in natal chart interpretation.
In traditional astrology, we are taught that the less aspected a planet, the less “tied-in” are the life energies represented by that planet to the other planetary principles. Until my research into this subject, an underaspected planet was usually thought to represent a free floating and not very well integrated quotient of psychic energy–a psychic quality that had little, if any, rapport with the other energetic complexes represented by the various planets and horoscope factors. By now I hope, this notion has not only been disproved but also reversed, i.e., the least aspected planet (LAP) is the sin qua non: the most fundamental symbol in the horoscope. Due to its lack of traditional aspect relationships, the LAP operates in a relatively pure, free, and unfettered manner. Perhaps, this is the key to its strength. The LAP symbolizes the central spiritual goal and character trait of the native. More than any other horoscope element, the LAP is the archetypal portrait of what we are at a core level.
Bearing this in mind, I have referred to this especial planet as the Transcendental planet, as it forms a link between the superficial levels of consciousness, represented by the most aspected planets (MAPs), and the core, inner dynamic of the higher Self, symbolized by the least aspected (or Transcendental) planet. The Transcendental Planet forms a bridge between the habitual (but not always effective) modes of psychic functioning and the vital springs of a deeper, more soulful, “future-oriented” potential personality. It is “transcendent” because, by coming to terms with the symbol of the least aspected planet, we go beyond the limits of habitual psychic complexes rooted to the ego (or smaller self), and we instead encounter the more resonant, meaningful will of the higher Self.
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