The Hermetic Traveller

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Sample Chart

As you can see the outer circle has the zodiac signs running around the edge of the chart. Cutting across the middle of the chart is a line, this represents where the Ascendant is, and on this chart is marked with the letters AC. The Ascendant is the zodiac sign on the eastern horizon at your time of birth and is also known as your rising sign. The Ascendant is always in the first house of your chart in a placidus chart. Astrologers need to know your time of birth to accurately find which sign your Ascendant is in, the sign changes about every two hours. If your time of birth is not known then there is not only the strong possibility of your ascendant being wrong, but also the signs on the cusps of the rest of the astrological houses are likely to be wrong as well. In this example the Ascendant is in Capricorn. Looking further up you will notice the letters MC. This is the Medium Coeli also called the MC or Midheaven and refers to the highest point on the chart. It is the point of culmination where the planets reach the point on their apparent orbits highest above the horizon. The position of the MC on your chart can reveal how you conduct yourself in the outside world. This includes your role in public and your professional career. The middle circle you will notice in this example is numbered, with the number one in the house to the left hand side middle of the chart (9 o'clock). This is the Ascendant and it then follows around the chart to the number 12. You will also notice astrological glyphs within these segmented parts of the chart. These represent the different planets and show us in which zodiac sign and which astrological house they were in at the time of birth. The placement of the different planets in the various houses and signs reflects in different ways how we are likely to approach or react to situations as well as what areas of our life are likely to be impacted on. In this instance we have also added some additional glyphs representing the Parts of Fortune, Chiron, Moon Node and the black moon Lilith. Within the inner circle we see a lot of different colored lines forming different patterns. This is a mapping of the aspects between the different planets in the natal chart. The aspects relate to the positions that the planets are in, in relation to each other. When planets are squared or opposed to each other this can sometimes indicate that there may be significant challenges to overcome in these areas. Oppositions are not always a bad thing though and sometimes can be seen as an invigorating and beneficial combination between two planets. We also look at the more positive aspects known as trines, sextiles and conjunctions.

Chart Patterns

The overall pattern of a chart suggests certain behavior types falling into seven distinct patterns.

The first pattern is called the Bundle; produced when all the planets are grouped together in one third of the chart. This is the rarest pattern and suggests a specialized or limited range of interests as well as the ability to focus within that range. Stimuli from outside this range may not produce a response or there may be inhibitions. The Bundle precludes an opportunity to become self-reliant and to capitalize upon limited resources.

When the planets occupy half the chart, leaving the other half empty, the Bowl pattern is produced. This pattern establishes a self-contained individual with great inner strength, who may feel cut off from a whole sector of experience. The underlying compulsion is to initiate projects for the betterment of all if the lower half of the chart is emphasized with planets, or to consummate such projects if the upper half is emphasized. The planet leading the others in a clockwise direction may be revealing by its house position.

Where the planets form a Bowl with the exception of one or a pair together on the opposite side of the chart, the Bucket is produced. The lone planet(s) shows a special capacity that brings a compelling orientation to the whole life. Achieving objectives is important to the psychological well-being. In this case, the individual becomes a source of inspiration or an agitator, depending on the development of the overall potential.

With the See Saw pattern in which planets are grouped to form oppositions in a narrow range, two completely opposing types of experiences are calling and the individual feels just as compelled toward one as to the other. This creates such an awareness of conflict that a choice must be made to either find a happy medium or to wrestle continuously with opposing urges. The points of conflict will be found in the opposing houses and signs. Planets exactly opposite one another show extreme conflict and the individual may become caught up in an energy-consuming struggle. The entire ability to relate may be dependent on stimulation from the areas of conflict and the mind jumps automatically to these issues.

The Locomotive pattern is found when the planets are spread out to occupy two thirds of the chart, leaving one third empty. This indicates a compulsion to seek fulfillment, which is based on the feeling that something is missing. These individuals apply drive and are energetic in handling problems. The planet acting as the engine; leading the rest in a clockwise direction, may be revealing. The Locomotive suggests self-seeking tendencies as well as executive ability

If the planets are splashed all over the chart and fairly evenly distributed throughout the houses, the Splash pattern occurs. This suggests that there is such a diversity of stimuli that one will either scatter energies indiscriminately, making it difficult to accomplish one main goal, or be forced into becoming extraordinarily organized.

The Splay pattern results if the planets do not fit into any of the foregoing categories. This pattern type generally shows three points of emphasis and is sometimes found to contain a Grand Trine. It distinguishes one with an iron grip that is fortifying against any type of opposition. It suggests an unwavering individual and sometimes a ruthless nature as these people will avoid being pigeonholed or bound by routine.