Frequently Asked Questions
•How to create
•What if I
can’t relocate or travel to my Transcendental location?
planets as spiritual focal points
•Why the term
our general existential condition: we are forever incomplete
of our relationship with the Primary Transcendental
•The urge for
wholeness is a priori
flesh and blood
•A least aspected
planet that receives minor yet difficult aspects
against certain planets
Planets (neither most- nor least aspected)
Node: how to calculate the Node
with aspect orbs
•There is no
such thing as a malefic or benefic planet
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?
as an interface between deterministic astrology and a nondetermined
fields are metaphorically related to quantum fields
and Transcendental Midpoint-Fields: How to narrow down the choices
horoscopes for cities
•The size of
a midpoint-field affects its power
Planet as a unifying point
a Transcendental location
differences between the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant, and “I.C.”
and most aspected lines cross: “Zones of Intensity”
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
What aspect orbs do you use to determine planetary strength and
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?
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
> 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
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
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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.
question from another direction: does the longitudinal closeness
of the two lines determine whether the midpoint-field has a strong
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.
(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.)
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.
“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
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
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
> In my astrocartography,
Japan is “framed” by a Primary Pluto / Intermediary
Jupiter Midpoint-Field. How will this affect my potential for success
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).