Using Astrology

Using Astrology

The articles in this section are focused on techniques for interpretation and how those techniques are applied. This includes approaches from different types of astrological practice. It also includes questions that astrologers find themselves confronted with when they select a particular technique.

Saturn returns to the Saturn/Uranus conjunction of 1988. In this article, Georgia Stathis helps explain how future events in this synodic cycle can be understood by looking at the unfolding of the past. (Excerpt from the new book: Pushing through Time – available at UAC 2018) What are Synodic Cycles? The eight-fold cycle of the Moon is the template for working with Synodic Cycles. This lunar cycle is measured by one conjunction of the Moon with the Sun to the next conjunction of the Moon with the Sun. It is a complete circle of 360º and takes an average of…
Vedic astrology (also referred to as Jyotish or Indian Astrology) uses the lunar nodes in a different manner than the Western tradition. Turkish astrologer, Senay Yangel, offers an example of how the transiting nodes could be interpreted. The sign refers to the sign on the first house. The houses are where the current transiting nodes (Nov 2017) will be found based on the Indian sidereal zodiac. The domain of the lunar nodes Rahu dominates dissatisfaction, panic, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorders, mass protests, passion, ambition, cancer, unlimited expansion, greed, innovativeness, technological developments, electricity and media. Other than that, it vexes non…
Horary is the branch of astrology that deals with answering specific questions. If you do practice horary, there are different methods historically of choosing what planet represents the subject of the question being asked. That planet is called the significator. 
Several terms in contemporary use are huddled under the umbrella of aspects in mundo: mundane conjunctions, squares and oppositions, parans, paranatellontai, mundane aspects and aspects in the mundane sphere. They all refer to that category of aspects which takes the Earth's equator as the point of reference, hence the Latin word mundo from mundus, that is, "the world." Accordingly, instead of celestial longitude, which is the argument for aspects in zodiaco, aspects in mundo are generally reckoned in right ascension expressed in time, or less often in degrees of arc without a zodiacal sign attached. Mundane aspects have fallen out…
In this essay I want to demonstrate how the traditional system of essential dignites can be used to add quite a bit of detail and nuance to the interpretation of a chart. Traditional astrology uses five different essential dignities. There are the major dignities, rulership and exaltation, and their corresponding debilities, detriment and fall. Modern astrology still has these dignities, although they are often not widely recognized or used. In addition, there are three minor dignities, named triplicity, term and face. Each has a different meaning and different level of control. For our example, I want to look at the…
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