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VIII. Frequently Asked Questions

•Aspect orbs

•How to create the maps

•What if I can’t relocate or travel to my Transcendental location?

•Psyche is a field

•Underaspected planets as spiritual focal points

•The Secondary Transcendental

•Why the term “transcendental”?

•Aspects represent our general existential condition: we are forever incomplete

•The nature of our relationship with the Primary Transcendental

•The urge for wholeness is a priori

•Spirits in flesh and blood

•A least aspected planet that receives minor yet difficult aspects

•Prejudice against certain planets

•Intermediary Planets (neither most- nor least aspected)

•The Transcendental Node: how to calculate the Node

•Experimenting with aspect orbs

•There is no such thing as a malefic or benefic planet

•Transits to least- and most aspected planets

•What are the main factors in enhancing a Transcendental?

•To what degree? Another question about aspect orbs

•What is the “orb of longitude” for a Transcendental Midpoint-Field?

•Midpoint fields as an interface between deterministic astrology and a nondetermined approach

•Midpoint fields are metaphorically related to quantum fields

•Relocation and Transcendental Midpoint-Fields: How to narrow down the choices

•Problems with horoscopes for cities

•The size of a midpoint-field affects its power

•The Intermediary Planet as a unifying point

•“Exhausting” a Transcendental location

•Are there differences between the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant, and “I.C.” lines?

•When least- and most aspected lines cross: “Zones of Intensity”

•The role of the astrocartographer


First, I want to say “thanks”: for the kind and intelligent responses I’ve received from people all over the world. This has provided a great deal of inspiration to continue my research on planetary symbolism. There are many people out there searching for–and finding–extraordinary things. Here are some typical questions I’ve received over the years:

> What aspect orbs do you use to determine planetary strength and weakness?

See my appendix A for aspect orbs. In general, pay attention to any planet receiv­ing less than a “130” aspect rating.

> How can I calculate my Transcendental Planets?

If you want to calculate the least aspected planets by yourself, program your software for the orbs recommended in appendix A, and follow the instruc­tions there. For astrocartography services, see my consultation page at

> What if I can’t relocate or travel to my Transcendental?

It’s important not to be overly focused on the question of location. That may sound like a strange thing for me to say, given the title of my book and its focus on astrocartography. But psychological work is just as important as physical relocation. If we understand what the Transcendental symbols mean, that understanding will be reflected in our outer experience, no matter where we are physically located. That is not to negate the importance of location, but such insight will deeply affect our overall experience.

> How would you describe the nature of the Transcendental energy?

The Primary Transcendental represents a source of great inner strength and meaning. It is “Transcendental” because it represents a transcendence of the dualism (or the block) between the conscious and the unconscious; between the ego and the higher Self. It represents a specific form of spiritual yearning and the existential direction we will explore throughout life.
        Least aspected or Transcendental planets represent focal points of psychic strength. They symbolize who and what we are at a core level. Conversely, most aspected or Leading Planets often represent primitive, outmoded patterns of behavior. Certain behaviors, although unproductive, remain habitual and lead us to one-sidedness or to a lack of emotional balance.

> What is the most influential factor in this regard?

Conscious awareness of what the energies symbolize and of how they manifest in everyday life.
        Psyche is a field: an invisible and uninterrupted one. Locations reflect this psychic dimension. Within that field, through the spiritual connection shared by all things, our movement through time and space will correspond to an inner, psychological dynamic and destiny.

> According to my astrocartography, I’ll have to visit Siberia in order to take advantage of a Transcendental effect!

The Secondary Transcendental is also important (especially if it is below a “130” aspect rating). It will work with the Pri­mary to “portray” your innermost yearning and your desire for wholeness: for the real “you.” Therefore, the location of the Secondary Transcendental may signify important geographical regions.

> It sounds as if you’re describing a way that the impersonal becomes personal and important. Transcendental, yet primary in our daily lives.

I use the term transcendental to signify two things. It describes an energy that transcends the ordinary, mundane condition, yes. I also use transcen­dental in the classic sense of transcending an either/or condition. It’s a function that allows us to reach beyond dualistic conflict and to find a ter­tium non datur or “reconciling third”: a higher level of synthesis.
        The Transcendental symbolizes a bundle of energy that links the conscious and unconscious points of view. I frequently speak of spiritual yearning, because it represents a significant manner in which the energy mani­fests. One may have a cryptic desire: one difficult to articulate, yet one that operates emotionally through an urge or yearning. This represents a goal, which gradually assumes greater clarity. The goal may involve talents that don’t come from the conscious level but, instead, rise up from below. The refinement of such talents requires a difficult labor of consciousness. Yet this process will be supported by a greater Will: by an inner daemon. Therefore, its success is that much more guaran­teed, especially if consciousness recognizes the superior inner will and casts its lot along with it, through discipline and concentration (i.e., the labor of love).
        “Transcendental” is defined as: “to rise above or extend notably beyond ordinary limits (‘transcend’; 14th century)”; “surpassing; lying beyond the limits of ordinary expe­rience (‘transcendent’; 1598).” (Notably, such terms were coined during the Renaissance.) The prefix “trans” says it best: “on or to the other side of: across: beyond, e.g., ‘trans­atlantic’.”

> What kind of planetary energy causes a division between the conscious and unconscious realms?

Astrological aspects represent a general existential condition. In life, we must make choices, which always involves a sacrifice: we cannot be all things, but we must choose specific paths and turn away forever from other destinations. As such, we are forever incomplete. The path that remains untrod continues to exist, but it lies below the surface of con­sciousness. Sometimes, it continues to beckon us. Synthesizing the opposites–the paths taken and those untried–is like trying to bridge various astrological aspects: energies that do not easily intermingle or work in harmony.
        This is largely the case with difficult or “hard” aspects. There, one has the sense that consciousness remains too one-sided. One-half of the aspect structure is operating on a more conscious level, while the other half (usually portrayed by the less integrated planet) remains below the threshold. So-called easy or “soft” aspects seem to symbolize a smoother flow of energy between the planets. Therefore, soft aspects generally reflect flows of psy­chic energy that animate consciousness and that result in fewer blocks or unconscious hindrances.
        Ultimately, this is a metaphysical question and, therefore, unanswerable in any final manner. Perhaps, difficult aspects force the ego / unconscious tension and lead to a dynamic creation (when they do not destroy consciousness with fragmentation or distort it through a fatal one-sidedness). As such, difficult aspects lead to the drama of life and to the inner drama of individuation.
        Planets with few aspects portray a core potential: one finely focused. Especially when enhanced through relocation, such energy manifests in a dynamic manner. Rather than being blocked, it tends toward a creative expression: often, one bearing a syn­chronistic quality.
        Acts of synchronicity are creative acts rendered in time, but their author is the Self, not the ego. Perceived by the ego, they become meaningful. And the perception of meaning (an acausally ordered meaning) often has a transforming effect upon consciousness.
        That’s part of the great power of the Transcen­dental. It is experienced as numinous: as coming from a part of the psyche that Jung called “absolute knowledge.” (And I would add, “absolute feeling.” As a thinking type, Jung often negated the importance of the feeling function, simply defining feeling as a judg­ment: a “like” or “dislike.” Of course, feeling is much more than this. It represents an “is”-ness: a raison d’être and a meaning in and of itself).

> How would you describe the nature of our relationship to the Transcendental?

As we age, the Transcendental begins to push harder for conscious integration. If it hasn’t already been integrated consciously, it will do so through unconscious compensation, e.g., through dreams, synchronicity, or by being projected symbolically, into dramatic events. Therefore, it would follow that projective phenomena are often involved in Transcendental symbolism.
        The Transcendental may manifest in a profes­sion that reflects its energy and symbolism. Many well-known writers have only a few aspects to Mercury, yet they possess a talent for giving spe­cial form to thoughts and for communicating in a precise, logical manner. Nikola Tesla, who might be called the preeminent “intellectual / of electricity,” and who was the “inventor of wireless / communication” (Uranus / Mercury), was born with a least aspected Mercury (and a second-least aspected Uranus). One of the most prominent intellectuals of the twentieth century, he had a “triple-zero” Mercury: one with no traditional major, minor, or Ascendant / Midheaven aspects. His second least aspected planet, Uranus, is the planet that rules invention. He still holds the record for the largest number of patents ever registered in the U.S. Patent Office.

> You seem to emphasize balance as a given.

The urge for wholeness is a priori: a psychological “given,” but one that may take countless lifetimes to achieve. Our one-sidedness is what permits uniqueness in life, yet attempting to transform a unique one-sidedness into wholeness (a task often reserved for the second half of life) doesn’t entail sacrificing such uniqueness. Instead, it demands that we create a unique path to wholeness: a path that expands consciousness.
        The seeker, the path, and the method are unique; the goal is universal. Perhaps, the philosophical difference between East and West is that the East focuses on the universal aspect, while the West focuses on the individual.

> Is this a desire to transcend the personality? Your examples make the Transcenden­tal influence seem very personal.

Of course, the Transcendental is personal. The Transcendental must manifest in the most personal, human manner. We are spirits, yet we are incar­nate. To deny the flesh is not what the individuation process is about. Our role is to incarnate the “universal” (Pluto) in the most “personal, unique human drama” (Sun). “Spiritual” must include an awareness of this. It also means the living of an active life: a full participation in the tragic and the comic dimension of life. It does not mean embracing death or the hereafter. Life must be embraced and fully lived.

> A question concerning a least aspected Moon that receives minor yet difficult aspects.

First make certain the Moon is, indeed, least aspected (for aspect orbs, refer to appendix A). Then determine the order of the remaining planets, from least- to most aspected. Primary Moon will combine with the Secondary and Tertiary Transcendentals to create a symbolic portrait of who you are and of what you’re meant to accomplish in life.
        Which of the least aspected planets have already been enhanced by relocation or birth? If the Moon is angular in your horoscope (rising, culminat­ing, setting, or at apparent midnight position), then it’s been enhanced by your birth under a Primary Location. For the Secondary and Tertiary Transcenden­tals to work with the Moon, you’ll need to analyze and integrate their respective symbolism. If the Secondary and Tertiary Transcendentals form a Transcen­dental Midpoint-Field with the Primary Transcendental, these geographic areas are worth exploring.
        Just because a planet is least aspected doesn’t mean that life will always be easy or pleasurable within the geographic region it enhances or concerning what that energy represents. The things it symbolizes, however, will be of central importance; they’ll remain in the forefront of your life.
        If a Transcendental receives difficult aspects (by birth or by transit), then, just as in traditional astrology, challenges will lie ahead. If the aspects are harmonious, such issues may be resolved with less turmoil. In either case, the Transcendental symbol will be there, in the foreground of our experience. It represents a spiritual focal point: something we must come to terms with, in order to fulfill our destiny.
        The Moon represents a primary emotional foundation. It rules the early childhood and our preconscious emotional imprinting. It reflects our ability to “condition” others through a nurturing sensibility. With Venus, we have a greater tendency to express the soul in intimate, interpersonal contexts: through love or through a “creative interaction” with the environment. With Jupiter, soulful experience is reflected collectively: interpersonal love evolves into an awareness of humanistic principles and of how the ethical, cultural, and collec­tive traditions of the soul are expressed. Examples include an interest in cultural institutions and art museums, philosophical or religious traditions, or the patronage of ethical projects. With Neptune (the transcultural dimension of the soul), one is dissolved, enraptured, or embraced by a blissful dimension of cosmos (that is, when it deigns to smile upon us!). Yet such experience is influenced by the emotional conditioning we receive in early childhood or in our intrauterine existence (Moon). While the Moon experience affects our relationship with Neptune (e.g., our experience of the world soul and our ability to empathize with the world condi­tion), the Neptune principal (e.g., feeling “at one” with the world; spiritual rapture) will transform our most personal, innate sense of emotional security.
        Pay attention to transiting aspects to Transcendental Moon; they represent periods in which you may develop insight into emotional experience. But don’t become trapped into thinking that natal signatures are “limits set in stone.” Benefit from the insights they offer, but remember that astrology is a dynamic process, as well: progressions and transits symbolize the continual capacity to grow and to evolve. (Although the horoscope is not a static phenomenon, it is all too often viewed as such!) With Transcendental Astrology, we examine progressions, transits, and solar returns that involve the least aspected or Transcendental Planet (and that involve the Primary and Secondary Transcendental Houses). These are important factors that I encourage you to explore.
        Again, relocation is not everything. One’s educa­tion is crucial, too, especially as regards the ability to think symbolically. Ask yourself: What do these symbols represent for me: in my life, in the patterns I encounter?
> I was told by another astrologer that, in astrocar­tography, Sun, Jupiter, and Venus lines represent “good” places to be. But the Sun is my most aspected or Leading Planet. My Secondary Transcendental is Saturn, and my Tertiary Transcendental is Pluto. Yet I’ve been told that Saturn, Mars, and Pluto lines always represent “bad” places. How can I resolve this?

In the overall astrological community, there is much prejudice against certain planets. In particular, Saturn and Pluto are viewed as being “bad.” Conversely, there exists a “positive prejudice” toward other planetary principles, especially Venus and Jupiter, which are viewed as being inherently positive or “good.” In part, this is the fault of the early astrocartogra­phy researchers, who portrayed Pluto lines as being inherently dangerous and, conversely, of Jupiter lines as always being “good.” Many astrocartography services continue to promote this erroneous notion. My work attempts to correct such a misuse of astrological symbolism.

> I’ve always felt the urges represented by my Transcendental Planets. My Transcen­dental Midpoint-Field, formed between Primary Venus and Secondary Saturn, has Mars and Neptune running through it. I want to develop the Venus / Saturn Transcenden­tals. But with Neptune around, I’m a bit wary.

Transcendental Midpoint-Fields reflect the core psychic pattern as well as the “geographic destiny” of the person in ques­tion. The symbolism of the least- and second least aspected planets is quite active in such regions. They portray the meaningful experiences you will encounter there.
        In your case, Neptune and Mars are neutral, Intermediary Planets: neither most- nor least aspected in comparison to the other planets. Most likely, their influence is benign; it depends on how you view them, work with them, understand and accept them as integral aspects of life.
        Again, we shouldn’t fear the planetary symbols. If we remain conscious of how they operate in our lives, then even most aspected planets can operate as useful energetic functions. This is the case as long as consciousness prevails, especially if we work with the themes symbolized by the least aspected planets.
        My essays on Transcendental Planets illustrate how the symbols are linked in ontologically. For example, Neptune is related to Venus; each symbolizes a yin energy. One is interpersonal, the other transpersonal, yet each are related. Mars and Pluto represent, respectively, interpersonal and transpersonal stages of yang. It is important to see how such forces are linked, what the symbols represent, and how to integrate them, so as to lead a more holistic life.
        The planetary principals should be viewed as inherently neutral. What isn’t neutral is our atti­tude toward them. If we harbor a negative attitude toward an aspect of psyche, the psyche will respond negatively. For example, minus Pluto, we would not experience fundamental change; we would grow stale and remain the same. And without Saturn, how could we ever structure our time and space?

> I’m assuming you count the Nodes in your least-to-most aspected calculation.

The Node is evaluated as a separate factor from the planets. (See appendix A and my essay on the Transcendental Node.) It may work with the Primary Transcendental, but it is not ranked along with the most-to-least aspected planets.

        Certain traditional astrocartographers focus on good or bad (or bene­fic or malefic) planets and lines. As a result, many readers have come to fear certain planets and planetary lines. I must emphasize: there is no basis for this. Everyone is different and everyone’s relationship to the forces that the planets symbolize is different. One person’s relationship to Jupiter (a so-called benefic) can be more dangerous than another’s relationship to Pluto (a so-called malefic). Individuation means creating an individual path and rela­tionship to such natural forces. We mustn’t generalize about how each of us will relate to them.
        In this context, here’s a response to a question concerning Pri­mary Saturn:

        Underaspected planets symbolize not only our spiritual yearning but also a tal­ent, force, and power with which we have been gifted: an enor­mously fecund source of vitality, energy, and strength.
        Many historic personalities have accomplished great works while living under Pluto lines, just as many others have lived under a Jupiter line that hosted tragedy and fail­ure. Again, there are too many prejudices in the astrological com­munity for and against certain planets. Each case must be viewed individually.
        The attitude we have toward certain planets (and toward the life forces they represent) will reflect the nature (positive or negative) of their relationship to us. If we view Pluto with fear and trepidation, then, surely, Pluto will manifest in a dark, fearsome manner. The unconscious will turn a light or a dark face upon us, depending on the manner with which we approach it. Histori­cally, a fearsome approach was reflected in Gothic attitudes and imagery; the Romantic view reflected a more positive approach (one typically reflected in Transcendental experiences). Historically, these cultural tendencies have always been in flux. At their foundation, they have what Rudolf Otto called the mysterium fascinans (beauty; bliss) and the mysterium tremendum (awe; dread). Ultimately, each view must be united with the other; each principle must compel our respect. We must seek the positive potential–and even the rapture–inherent in any experience that takes us beyond limited, personal self.
        For example, one should never “dread” Saturn (or any so-called malefic planet). As with any planetary principle, Saturn reflects the sublime as well as the ridiculous, and it would be a mistake to under­value it as compared with any other planetary principle. Defining energies as “positive” or “negative” may help us to perceive the dual nature of each principle, but within the perceived duality there is an undivided wholeness. It manifests as “dark” or as “light” only when we limit it to such dualism in the first place. If we view them as energies that work in tandem, then we can approach life not as a series of “good” or “bad” moments but as something else entirely: something wholly other.

> What is your approach when two planets miss a certain aspect by just a few minutes? Would you consider the aspect as existing or not? For example, if planet A casts a sesquisquare to planet B if there is an extra 30’ of orb, would you compute the sesquisquare anyway?

Use my aspect orbs as a baseline, but experiment when customizing each chart according to its particular characteristics. For example, in the case above, whether we call it a sesquisquare or not, there’s still something happening there. The question is, “to what degree?” (as the colloquial expression has it). It may not matter what we call it: what matters is whether it produces an observable effect. Other considerations must be factored, as well: is it an applying or a separating aspect; does it involve a retrograde planet etc. When con­ducting a large study (such as the one that formed my initial research), it is necessary to rigorously draw the line regarding what we consider an aspect and what we consider as being “out of orb.” But you should experiment when working with a single horoscope.

> What is the significance of areas where most- and least aspected lines intersect?

When the lines of the most- and least aspected planets intersect (or are found in proximity), this is called a “Zone of Intensity.” Such zones symbolize challenging locations where the question of integrating most- and least aspected energies becomes paramount. This is a complicated phenomenon; for more information, see my essay, Zones of Intensity.”

> You’ve written that a geographical orb of ten degrees of longi­tude should be considered when a Primary Transcendental is involved. When the Pri­mary and Secondary lines intersect, a “circular zone,” with a diameter of fifteen degrees, should be consid­ered.
        In exploring my Tertiary Transcendental Pluto / Intermediary Jupiter Midpoint-Field (on the one hand), and my Primary Mars / Secondary Neptune Transcendental Mid­point-Field (on the other), I’ve wondered what orb of longitude to look for around the midpoint lines? Jupiter / Pluto are separated by twenty degrees of longitude over Europe. I’ve often traveled to Europe, and I have experienced that not all places are equivalent in their influence.
        Approaching the question from another direction: does the longitudinal closeness of the two lines determine whether the midpoint-field has a strong effect?

When considering the Primary Transcendental, the Transcendental effect is usually experienced within 10-15 degrees on either side of the line.
        The main conclusion to draw from this is that it isn’t necessary to relocate to a position exactly under the line in order to experience its effect. In addition, the “key place” isn’t necessarily directly under the line. This is an important finding that wasn’t brought to light until I completed my research on the role of the least aspected planet in astrocartography.
        Transcendental Intersections (intersections of two key Transcendental lines) are also an important consideration. Such intersections create a circular field, with the point of intersection defining the radius. (See my “Introduction” chapter for several examples of Transcendental Intersections.)
        In midpoint-fields, the region between the two lines is activated in a creative and dynamic manner. In using the term midpoint-field, I stress the “field” just as much as I stress the “point”; that is, the field’s exact midpoint is not necessarily the most important region. Instead, a series of various points are enhanced within the overall region. For example, when we examine historic personalities and events, we find that such fields may operate over large areas.
        So, the question remains: where in par­ticular in this field should we be looking? So far, I don’t believe anyone has answered that question satisfactorily. Perhaps, that’s because there is no cut-and-dried rule (and perhaps, that’s fortunate). Transcenden­tal Midpoint-Fields (TMF) symbolize an interface between a deterministic notion of astrology and a nondetermined (or free will) notion of astrology. They point to “tendencies” in geographic space. They are analogous to quantum fields in that, within the overall field, we know certain things are occurring, but we can’t predict them with any degree of certainly. This suggests particular events are not predetermined, even though they may be operating within a field that represents a general “tendency” or “trend.” In this, I perceive a metaphor for the free will.
        Just as quantum fields operate alongside causal or classical laws (such as those described by Newtonian physics), Transcendental Midpoint-Fields operate in tandem with certain causal, objective factors. For example, a Transcendental Midpoint-Field located over a shark infested region in the mid Atlantic is of negligible value, whereas another midpoint-field that occurs over a habitable region with stable political and economic institutions will prove to be a more advantageous place to live. These are objective “reality factors,” and such factors must be taken into account when analyzing a client’s astrocartography.
        For example, a TMF narrows the choice to an overall world region. Reality factors, including personal likes or dislikes for specific cultures, climates etc. further narrow the choices. Traditional astrology methods can also be introduced to narrow relocation options in a midpoint-field. Relocation horoscopes illustrate how the planets shift their horoscope positions and manifest their energies in a variety of manners from city to city (e.g., different horoscopes drawn for different cities).
        Attempts were been made to work with the “birth charts” of cities themselves, but, as Donna van Toen once explained to me, the founding of cities is nearly impossible to determine with any accuracy; they usually develop gradually, over long periods.
        Fortunately, the “birth” times of nations are often easier to ascertain than the births of cities. National horo­scopes reflect the potential stability and longevity of the nation state. For example, stable nations with enduring institutional struc­tures often have Saturn as a Primary Transcendental. In addition, those destined to work in institutions and social-collective organizations at the highest governmental levels often have a Primary Saturn. (LAP Saturn and LAP Pluto appear more frequently than any other planet in the horoscopes of the presidents of the United States.)
        The size of the field is important. Although there are exceptions, as a general rule, when the midpoint-field narrows and is smaller, the energetic intensity of the field increases. (This occurs when a curving line is involved in a field: that is, a rising or a setting planet). When two vertical lines (Midheaven and/ or IC lines) are involved in a midpoint-point field, the field as a whole is power­ful in direct proportion to its narrowness, i.e., a wide field is less powerful than a narrow field. In general, a field covering half the continental USA is considered to be on the large side. (This is about as large as a TMF can be to have any affect.) A field that frames the New England region is smaller and, therefore, represents a more intense or dynamic field. A field framing a state the size of Ver­mont or New Hampshire would be quite potent. Therefore, an extremely powerful field is formed by two closely conjunct natal planets. In such cases, the size of the field is narrowed considerably.
        Usually, the line of the Primary Transcendental is the principal element to look for (in Transcendental Midpoint-Fields in particular and in astrocartography in gen­eral). When dealing with a midpoint-field, locations within the field that are slightly closer to the Primary Transcendental line are generally advisable.

        There is an important exception to this. That is, when a Tertiary Transcendental or a lightly aspected Intermediary Planet (below 130) enters the field and runs in proximity to the center (or “midpoint”) of the field. Then, the Tertiary or Intermediary line will act as a “conducting” or unifying line, whereby the various planetary principles are brought to a Transcendental focus or harmony.
        Besides acting as a spice in the Transcendental stew, lightly aspected Intermediaries found in proxim­ity to Transcendentals take on Transcendental qualities of their own, i.e., they work to fulfill the higher goals symbolized by the least aspected planet. Conversely, Intermediaries in proximity to most aspected (Leading Planet) lines begin to assume Leading Planet qualities.
        Again, TMFs are meta­phorically akin to quantum fields, and, as such, they are nondetermined because they offer the ego the possibility of exerting its own bundle of psychic force–free will–to interact with and to alter the field in a manner that cannot be pre­dicted ahead. Since the point of consciousness known as the ego inter­acts with the field, the field is altered and “rearranged” through the intercession of consciousness.
        It is for this reason that clients sometimes “exhaust” a field (or cer­tain areas within a field). They live in a Transcendental region and then eventually decide to leave, perhaps to explore another Transcendental region. One field leads to another and is altered by our interaction within it, just as we are altered by the field. There­fore, when we enter a field, we bring the effect of the previous field into the balance. One field alters the next.

> You don’t write much about the effects of planets located on the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, or “I.C.” lines. How does this affect one’s reloca­tion? For example, Fiji is near my Jupiter Descendant while central Europe hosts my Jupiter Ascendant.

Traditional astrocartographers assign different qualities to the various angles. Some feel that depend­ing upon which angle (Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, or “I.C.”) is involved, the energy will find a more introverted or extroverted expression. Others feel that the Midheaven line is the most important one.
        In my studies of historic personalities, I found that such figures often achieved great suc­cess, made important discoveries, had moving internal experiences, and accomplished all sorts of positive things under each of these various lines. My studies did not bear out any of the traditional beliefs in the qualitative differences between these four types of lines.
        There may be, however, a difference in the energetic power (a difference in quantity rather than in quality) of these lines. For example, Michel Gauquelin claimed that notable achievers were born with a higher percentage of certain planets near the four cardinal points, yet the rising and culminating angles hosted the greatest number of significant planets. The orb around the rising angle was the largest, the culminating the second largest, the setting the third, and the apparent midnight position the smallest.
        This has led me to theorize that the difference between the four astrocartography lines is perhaps a difference that is quantitative rather than qualitative, i.e., the rising and setting lines are perhaps the most powerful. If we were to speak of orbs of longitude around the lines, these two particular lines may have a wider orb, i.e., they may exert a stronger effect over a greater geographic distance than the setting and apparent midnight lines.
        Even if this were the case, however, once we introduce “reality factors” into the equation, the importance of such a finding might be greatly diminished. For exam­ple, if Primary Venus runs over the mid Atlantic in a Midheaven pattern, and another Primary Venus line runs over a habitable region in Europe in a Tran­scendental Setting position, which line do we choose for a possible relocation? This example may explain why so many historic personalities found success under lines that were neither rising nor Midheaven lines. We must work with opportunities as they exist–in reality–and not always depend on purely abstract notions (i.e., of how things “should” be).

> In my astrocartography, Japan is “framed” by a Primary Pluto / Intermediary Jupiter Midpoint-Field. How will this affect my potential for success there?

Jupiter symbolizes cultural traditions. Pluto symbolizes “research in-depth” and “uncovering “fundamental truth.” Therefore, you may be attracted to, or desire to operate within this general archetypal pattern. But much depends on what you want to emphasize in your life, at this moment.
        A map is just a tool, which we use to orient ourselves. The language we use when working with this particular tool (astrocartography) is a symbolic one. The role of the astrocartographer is to help you decipher the symbolic code and to instruct you in how and where it is operating in space (outwardly) and in time (within you).


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IV. Psychic inflation    -    Summary of Planetary Symbolism    -    Transcendental Planets        

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