Dials and asteroids are magic! The dial format, (where all Cardinal points are entered by degree in the first thirty degrees of the dial, all Fixed factors entered by their degree in the 30-60 degree area of the dial, and all Mutable points in the 60-89 region,) serves as instant information management, visually grouping and graphically illustrating the more challenging aspects, freeing the astrologer to focus on delineation. The asteroids do what they always do: add succinct and clear detail.
Although instruction on dial techniques* is beyond what we are trying to accomplish here, I thought it would be helpful to present a dial with asteroids. Shown here is the 8:00 am chart of William Jefferson Clinton. Although the image may not make it apparent, there are actually two dials shown: the dial with his chart, and, on top of it, a “working dial.” In practice, a working dial is affixed over the chart dial and then rotated in accordance with various methods. Although Uranian astrology often has the reputation as being difficult, when you realize that the working dial accomplishes mathematical computations with a spin (and without doing ANY math problems,) your sense of it as a system can change!
Notice the four arrows on the working dial, especially the one toward the left with an Aries symbol inside. These arrows indicate “the axis” of the chart factors they touch. Even without doing some of the more sophisticated dial techniques, just delineating the axis of a factor (an angle, a luminary, a planet, TNP or asteroid) can be dramatic.
For instance, here I have turned “the pointer” of the working dial to a grouping in Clinton’s chart that includes the transneptunian, Hades, and the asteroids: Juno and Tantalus. Owing to space limitations, these interpretations are abbreviated, but think of Juno as both the relationship model he learns from his parents, and the relationship dynamic he follows. Include Hades as secrecy, as denigration, as shame. Add from Tantalus a failure to appreciate, giving the wrong thing to the wrong people, an aura of temptation and a tendency to do things “just to test and see if others find out or know.” Rework those ideas into sentences like: He deals with temptation to form secret relationships; he demeans others in relationship; his partners find embarrassment or a sense of shame. (Note that the retrograde nature of Hades and Juno emphasize the importance of the childhood script regarding examples of their energies.) In 03 Cardinal (part of the axis of Hades, Juno and Tantalus,) the asteroid, Apollo, details that relationship problems involve a level of naivete; they recur in part because this is an area of his life where he’s something of a “slow learner”! Opposite Apollo, and also in the axis, are the asteroids, Hebe and Persephone. Hebe is service personnel…uh, yeah, like INTERNS! But it’s also the expectation that others will go along with attitudes and behaviors expressed in the axis. Among other things, Persephone represents the perception that one is “on their own,” alone, with no one to turn to; at Persephone (and Proserpina,) we find that we have, at least metaphorically, one foot in one world; the other foot in another, and yet we feel we belong to neither. As you “work” (extend) the delineation, you see that these Persephone ideas apply to Hebe (as Monica,) and to other “servers” in his circle, but also that he would expect others to (Hebe:) be supportive BECAUSE he was “out of his element” and having to find his way in unfamiliar situations.
With the pointer still on the Hades-Juno, dial work would include using the working dial to accomplish location of midpoints. For instance, the working dial shows that Hades-Juno is the midpoint of Eros and: Kronos, Zeus, and Bacchus. So all of these statements are shown: Eros/Kronos = Hades-Juno; Eros/Zeus = Hades-Juno; Eros/Bacchus = Hades-Juno. Retain the idea of Hades-Juno as denigration of partners, relationships with those of the working class, and deterioration of equality. See Eros as sexuality. There are incredibly complex issues here: Eros/Kronos is “sex with the boss,” it’s also concern about sexual competency, and “fame” or publicity through the sexuality. Kronos is “laws” and legalities… = Eros, in connection with sexual activity. (Pretty neat, huh?) Eros/Zeus characterizes sexual excitation (= Hades-Juno…secrecy, disparate class, etc.,) and the level of control and restraint in intimate interaction. Eros/Bacchus suggests a form of sexual addiction (and Kronos-Bacchus can be intoxicated with the power of position;) the denial and immaturity expressed at Bacchus is routed to the sexuality and results in… Hades-Juno. (Note that Juno = Hebe, meaning that they are in the axis with one another, also indicates that partners will “put up with a great deal without holding him truly accountable.)
There’s SO much more in just this one little part of the chart. I mean, Zeus is guns and the military. Kronos-Zeus: he’s interested in anti-gun legislation; Zeus-Eros: he orders missile strikes when the (more Zeus) “heat’s on” about his sexual dalliance!
Even given these condensed delineations, can you see why the combination of dials and asteroids are so exciting? You may have thought (B.A. – B-efore A-steroids) that you weren’t interested in learning about dials, but maybe this brief example will help change your mind! As fascinating as his chart is from the dial perspective, wait ‘til you see YOURS!
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