- The 'strength' of a natal chart involves three distinct and interdependent coordinate systems: Ecliptic, Equatorial, and Horizon.
Each of these systems possesses complete integrity and refers to a different order or level of our life activity.
These three systems are inclined to one another by attitudes or angles.
The angles themselves must be appreciated in any attempt to evaluate the "meaning" of the coordinate system.
It is the author's experience that these changes in angle or inclination refer to similar changes in approach or attitude to life perspectives.
There is great opportunity and need for research as to the appropriate use for each of the above coordinate systems.
Each system is as useful in combination with the others as it well-understood in its own right as a "stand-alone" way of looking at an event.
The radix Horizon system should be traced out by students upon both a map of the heavens and a map of the Earth.
The natal horizon provides the most "personal" or unique sense of the individuals orientation to space and time.
The horizon is oriented at a unique attitude or angle to the zodiac, equator, galactic, and supergalactic planes and has a "ascendant-descendant"-type axis to each of these planes.
Sensitive or powerful points in astrological work such as the ascendant, vertex, and house cusps are but the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
The entire Horizon system is sensitive and provides a unique orientation for an individual to all cosmic structure.
The vast cosmic planes, such as the galaxy and supergalactic systems, as well as their centers, are important way beyond our imaginations.
The fact of the matter concentrated along these planes in these directions and at these inclinations or angles is of the utmost importance regardless of any distance considerations.
The fact that the galactic and supergalactic planes are at about right-angles (90°) to one another has yet to be appreciated by the average astrologer.
The centers of these two massive systems are about at right-angles to one another along the ecliptic and near the cardinal points of the tropical zodiac.
The closer center of the galaxy possesses more "attraction" upon our self than the more expansive and inclusive supergalactic center and plane.
The traditional tropical sun-sign meanings take on increased meaning in terms of their alignment to either the axis of the galaxy versus the supergalaxy.
I suggest that the galactic axis (Sagittarius-Capricorn and Gemini/Cancer) may be associated with the more aggressive nature of the Christian religion (as a type), while the supergalactic axis (Virgo/Libra and Pisces/Aries) may be associated with the Eastern religions, in particular Buddhism.
That these centers are in harmony or resonance with the type of religion mentioned or that these religions act out or serve as local representatives of the principles at work in these cosmic centers.
And last but not least, it has been our experience that:
A given an individual will be attracted to those points or parts of cosmic structure that are prominent in their own natal configurations.
That this amounts to a process of self-discovery in a "macro" sense.
That remote events (in space/time) are represented, portrayed, and acted out by individuals on this Earth.
That the KEY to this is the orientation of the various systems to one another.
The Earth/Sun axis has shown itself of great importance in our research in this regard.
Even a simple classification of individuals in terms of whether their Midheaven is more aligned to the galactic or the supergalactic axis may provide a great amount of useful and dependable information.
Our cover illustration is of the Pleiades cluster of young stars in the constellation Taurus. The Pleiades is said to be the most photographed celestial object. This star cluster is aligned by zodiac conjunction with the point or node of intersection of the vast galactic and supergalactic planes. When the Earth stands at this point (by conjunction and opposition) twice a year, it is at the mid-point or balance point between these great planes.
The diagram (below) shows how the Pleiades may be related to five different coordinate systems:
(e) Local System
The dotted lines (and squares) represent a right-angled projection of the position of the Pleiades to the various reference planes.