Astrological Keywords : Introduction
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Imagine having more precise astrological points in a chart; imagine having very definite placements to refer to events both past and future! This is exactly what adding asteroids and the transneptunians do. Their meanings often parallel the exact wording you or a client uses to think of and describe experience. For this reason, they are easier to learn than beginning students think they will be.
So how can YOU get started?
First of all, remember that all the things you already know about signs, houses, aspects and planets in astrology will just be applied to the new points. All you have to do is learn the range of meanings of the additional points.
Take the bite you can chew. Maybe you have a brain that can easily tackle adding 60 or more factors to charts, but probably it will be easier to work with a few at a time. After you review the following list of TNPs and asteroids, pick four or five that feel really important to you. Jot down their key words and names; refer to the reference texts or to the glyph key on this site for their glyphs; and find where those four or five are in your chart and in the charts of a couple of people who have given you their permission to study their charts.
Take a copy of your chart (just as you usually use) and enter the asteroids you’ve chosen at the sign and degree of their place in your chart. Then write their key words beside them. Later, when you add more asteroids and TNPs, you’ll have a more complete picture of what your initial four or five asteroids are describing, but, at this early stage, work with the fragment of a story that they’re telling you. Sometimes it’s immediately apparent. Other times, it will take more information to make the story complete. There are a number of charts posted on this site under the seminar section; these too offer study examples.
Then repeat the exercise with those same asteroids in your other study charts. Please remember to approach the charts (lives) of others with respect and reverence. Asteroids can reveal very honest and very private information—and ethics require that when you ask to use someone’s chart for study that you tell them that. This applies to your chart too. Working with asteroids can graphically sketch parts of your past and Being, so you need to be kind and gentle with you (and with what you do and don’t want to know about who you are!)
In the beginning, your phrasing may feel stilted or awkward. Okay. As you work with the new points and gain experience in a variety of charts, you’ll be better at it. And it does take working with and studying actual charts. Surfing the Internet is no substitute! You will need to review enough charts to see the full repertoire of a point (as it aspects other factors in a chart) to develop confidence in the point—and in your ability to interpret it.
When you’re ready, review the list of key words again and select a couple more to add. Then proceed as you did with your first group. With some effort on your part, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re “speaking the language” (and hearing asteroid key words whenever others open their mouths!)
Do you have to be an advanced level astrology student to do this? Definitely not. In fact, some who are virtually brand new to astrology find that adding the asteroids speeds their learning curve. The accuracy and detail of the asteroids also speeds that important, crucial step of Believing the Chart—trusting that what the symbology indicates has Truth (on more levels than most of us want to know!)
“But Wait,” you say. “How can a person use that many points with transits (and directions or progressions)?” Systems. Techniques. Information management. Later you’ll learn methods to find WHICH points are in high focus for a given time period, and it’s only those you’ll delineate.
For now, let’s get started! Read through the following list and find four or five (or six) “ideas” that seem especially relevant in your life….
The Transneptunian or Uranian Points
THE ARIES POINT Contact with public events or the world at large; being brought to public attention; interaction & comparison with “the man on the street;” awareness of public sensibility; reaction to the external world; (00 Cardinal: Action point re natural angles)
ADMETUS: Facing blockages; biding your time; encountering delays, frustrations, complications or the need for something else to happen BEFORE success or progress; dealing with raw materials (including stone, lumber, etc.,) packaging, inventory and storage; having cramps or other indications that reveal a tightening to endure/persevere/hang in there; issues with self-containment, shunning; literal and behavioral “cold.” Narrowing or specialization.
APOLLON: Multiple interests and developments; many irons in the fire; more than one; combining; career opportunities; travel or study associates; long distance/cosmopolitan connections; divided interests.
CUPIDO: Issues in the family history; group unity or dynamics; comments on the home, residence or household themes; decor; artistry; sense for art.
HADES: Disgust/distaste; debilitation or deterioration; interest in the past (inc. past lives)—thus history and primitive origins; handling highly detailed work, chores or drudgery; “messy” situations; depressing emotions; research; investigation into the root cause of problems.
KRONOS: Authoritative positions; questioning of competency; having differences of opinion; dealing with “red tape,” timing or jumping bureaucratic hoops; laws; police; legislators; the father; executives; governmental leaders; events through people in the public eye; measurements (especially of height;) rising, altitude, flights; overhead/above. Assessment of your own competency.
ZEUS: Restrained or creative fire/energy; enthusiasm; controlled & directed forces (thus both planning and controlling strong emotions;) guns, power tools, machines, motors, fireplaces, fuels; excitement; to incite; military; blood pressure; ability to harness energies for accomplishment.
VULCANUS: Surge of power/strength; feeling forced to associate; compulsion; awareness of invisible power & the power of influence; periods of burn-out alternate with a “whatever it takes” attitude.
POSEIDON: Uplifting people/ideas; psychic vibrations; persuasion; intellectual or spiritual influences; ideological or moral stances; spread of ideas; advertising; interest in business practices/ethics; inspiration; religion; mediums; clarity; enlightenment; receptivity to The Force; reactions to the media; windows, mirrors, refraction of light.
For a great many detailed examples of asteroids and TNPs in aspect to angles, planets, luminaries, and other asteroids and transneptunians, see the texts, “Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids,” “The Orders of Light,” and “Architects of Time.” Each features natal and predictive chart and delineation examples in both 360 traditional and 90 Degree Dial Techniques
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