Astrology – by Norah Nasturas
Zodiac Sidereal or Tropical? It may be confusing as to what the difference is. The Zodiac Sidereal and the Tropical were at the same sign point as each other, some 2000 years ago. Today, they have a separation of 24 degrees in between each Sign, growing 72 degrees each year. In about 400 years they will be one on top of the other.
The effect of the “ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS” can be a positive or negative in action, therefore one must explore what causes the action and reaction in each sign. The causes that underly the outcome, will come from the position called Cardinal, Fixed or Double Signification. The CARDINAL is the most important factor that shows you what action is occurring. The FIXED in the sign doesn’t want to move and in that moment creates for you a stagnant state or feeling of being stagnant. The Double is interesting in that they have two/2 different significations inside with different possibilities or even combinations of effect. You will need a skilled Astrologer to explain this one to you better! This is what the Old Astrology tells us.
The Astrological signs are “in relation” to the ELEMENTS of Fire, Earth, Air & Water on that action. For example: Aries is Positive, Cardinal and Fire, indicating the origin of that movement.
With the time and discussions between astrologers both oral and written over thousands of years, some Astrologers stayed with the FIXED Zodiac and others followed the tropical Astrology with the movement of the Earth. This was a time of division between the two branches of techniques, Tropical and Sidereal, with some very specific differences between the two schools of thought.
The PLANETS are the ONLY players in the chart because they are the only thing that is moving. They express the Power. So the Power or Weakness of the Planets and their Hierarchy are important in the way they act in your Chart. The action and effect is in relation with each culture & mythology and position; including position in relation to what is currently around them, leaving them or approaching. Very intriguing to explore their movement!
The Greek or Indian Astrology have similar mythology for similar planets. The influence in the chart is the same. For example; Mars is always the energy, war, and activity. Jupiter is a magnifying glass to expand or increase what it touches. Saturn brings restriction, can hold things back or delay.
In Astrology, the Strength or Weakness of a Planet is in relation with the Position in the Sign. This is what gives the hierarchy of the moment. The Planet in a Sign that is the Ruler or Exalted is said to be in a position of power or success with influential effect. If in a Sign that is in Fall/Detriment is a position of weak or less desirable effect.
What are the Houses to us? The houses are the divisions or parts of our life. For the calculation Astrologers need the TIME and PLACE the person, city, business was born. Every house has a focus, work, money, love, relationships, etc.
The Planets are always the same. The Planets behave differently in relation to where they are. So the Seeker in Astrology is the same but their personality changes in relation to the house/home that they are in. Are you in your house where you are in power? Or in the house of another such as a class, church or workplace? In general, the “HOUSES” follow the significance of the sign. For example, the 6th House is similar to the Sign of Virgo and the 10th house is the natural Capricorn.
When an astrologer receives the Birth Data, they need to put together the 3 significations (which takes some time) to do an accurate interpretation of the facts.
The HOUSES also get the effect of the Active Energy & the power or effect from where you are coming from or where you are going to. The transition from House to House and the effect of the Sign of the Moment, the effect from the Planets, inside the sign & inside the house. Once the astrologer looks the Potential in the Natal chart, they need to put it on top of the position of the “Transiting” to know what happens today in how this will be the potential moving in the Future.
This is the preparation work of the astrologer BEFORE the consultation. This is where it is of most importance to look at the consequences of that active energy of the moment from the Planets & Signs on the House and how it affects Us in each area of our Being, our Evolvement & our Lives so we can make EMPOWERED Choices & Changes accordingly to improve the path & the life. Your NATAL chart is the BASIS.
One other significant difference is the Representation on the Paper. How the Chart is displayed or worked out in the two schools of astrology. For example; In VEDIC/Eastern you take the SQUARE to lay out the Chart as was the same presentation in Medieval European Astrology method. The Western Astrology has laid it out in a CIRCLE Chart Only in the last 300 years. Medieval chart, 1600, 1700 was Square.
Common Circle chart: