Shoaib Kazi قاضی – Jun 22, 2008
thanx, but how can i improve my self to read the chart. what r the basic principles?
Michelle Young – Jul 11, 2008
how can i improve my self to read the chart. what r the basic principles?
My apologies for not replying sooner, Shoaib. I confess: I totally forgot till just now that you asked this! (I’m in the midst of moving, so we have some craziness going on here. lol)
Several years ago, when I was working on my first book, I befriended someone with whom I was working quite closely. His name was Abouali Farmanfarmiani, and he was the educational coordinator for one of the departments at the United Nations. Abouali had a great expression that described what Americans are often accused of–“sari ‘n’ curry.” “Sari ‘n’ curry” refers to the fast food, run-to-the-mall-for-immediate-gratification mentality, and unfortunately, many people around the world tend to try to do this in one area of their lives or another. Astrology often receives this kind of approach.
Learn the foundations of each sign, house, planet and luminary. After you learn these foundations with the understanding that what you have learned are simply cornerstones of learning, key words, concepts and not all there is about those foundations, then consider these things as you look at them interacting with other components of the chart (one by one, but sometimes more). Learn the basic principles of the aspects:
Conjunction – a hard aspect with a guideline orb of 0°, can be positive or negative depending on how the two planets (or planet on an angle, or planet in another sign for an out-of-sign conjunction) are joined, again with the understanding of the foundations
Guideline orbs will vary according to planets/luminaries involved
Sextile/Trine – 60°/120°, considered a soft aspect. This too can be good or bad. If things come too easily for you, you could land on the psychiatrist’s couch because you have no challenges.
Square/Opposition – 90°/180°, considered hard. Challenge is probably my favorite word for these two, although March and McEvers will add “awareness” for the opposition.
Michelle Young – Jul 11, 2008
Quincunx – 150°. Neither soft nor hard, at least in my mind. It’s a tight orb though. 2°. I tend to be quite inflexible with quincunxes (inconjuncts) because of their unique traits. Sometimes I’ll expand a slight amount, depending on how critical the point. If it’s involved in a yod (2 quincunxes with a sextile joining the two at one end), I won’t go past 30′ of flexibility. Consider the foundations of the planets in question. March and McEvers are known for their belief that the quincunx is an adjustment. I wholeheartedly agree. With the quincunx, you are constantly needing to adjust when it’s triggered. If you try to be inflexible or you try to avoid confronting the process of adjustment, it will come back to haunt you.
Quindecile – 165°. This tends to be a point of obsession. Again, it should remain at a tight 2° orb. Barack Obama has a quindecile between his Sun and Saturn. Consider the foundations of these two planets and how they could come into conflict with each other via obsession.
(Sep 4, 2015 – Through the years since I’ve written this, I’ve loosened/expanded my orbs up to 5° and find them viable at this orb.)
There are many other aspects. But if you take the conjunction, the sextile, the trine, the square, the opposition and the quincunx for starters, and perhaps throw in the quindecile later, after you’ve decided you’re ready for more, you’ll find these quite doable and flexible enough for you to begin to have a firmer grasp of the field. 🙂 Do these before tackling more, Shoaib. Better that you know these and feel secure than to know all of them by passing glance and feel insecure with that “fleeting acquaintance.” 🙂