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5 articles for "Chart"

Chart [DeVore]

v. Figure.

See also:
♦ Figure ♦ Job Chart
Chart Comparison [Astro*Index]

Identical with synastry. Studying two or more charts together, or a reduction of those charts into one, to determine the nature of or prospect for a relationship. In traditional synastry, the potential of a relationship is examined as expressed through each chart individually and how it can be actualized in the chart of the other. In a relationship chart, a space-time mean of the birth data of the two people is used to calculate a new chart giving the relationship an entity or nativity of its own. Similarly, a composite chart is the chart of a relationship, formed by taking the near midpoints the individual ecliptic positions of planet pairs between the charts. It does not so much represent an entity as a symbol of the relationship chart. Harmonic reductions of multiple charts are also possible.

See also:
♦ Synastry ♦ Relationship Chart
Chart Emphasis [Prima]

All chart-emphasis factors (both in signs and in houses) are presented on one screen, including planet distribution (number of planets in each group) for:

  • male/female signs
  • elements (fire, earth, air, water)
  • modes (cardinal, fixed, mutable)
  • upper/lower hemispheres
  • right/left hemispheres
  • third sections (Self-Outer-Other)
  • quadrants (0-90,90-180,180-270,270-360)
  • directions (north: 45-135, south: 225-315, east: 315-45, west: 135-225)
  • seasons (spring: 330-60, summer: 60-150, fall: 150-240, winter: 240-330)


See also:
♦ Synastry ♦ Relationship Chart
Chart Interpretation [Astro*Index]

There are many approaches to interpreting an astrological chart. The traditional method involves a heirarchy of considerations that is generally consistent among astrologers. There are also various schools of chart interpretation to which astrologers may subscribe depending on their training and inclination. The astrologer's level of interpretation also depends on a client's needs. Almost all interpretetive methods begin with the natal or birth chart and the Sun, Moon, and ascendant. The house positions of the Sun and Moon are covered, then the other planets, their houses, and aspects between the planets. Most astrologers use rulerships to make their interpretations more client-specific. For example, a Venus-Jupiter square has general meaning, common to all charts, but specific meaning with regard to the houses those planets rule in an individual's chart. For beginners, an initial reliance on astrological key words seems to be the best approach. This entails getting a reputable list (there are many) and matching up combinations of words, such as words for Venus, Jupiter, and square. Transits are usually brought into the an interpretation at an early stage to give a client an idea of his or her current situation. Next is progressions. Some form of chart comparison often enters the interpretation next as many clients have concerns about relationships. Thereafter, astrologers generally introduce special techniques (of which there are many) depending on a client's needs. Horary astrology might be used to answer specific questions, or electional astrology to find the best time for an activity, or relocational astrology to find a client's inclinations in terms of geography. More detailed descriptions of interpretive techniques are contained throughout the Index.

See also:
♦ House ♦ Rulership ♦ Transit ♦ Progressions ♦ Horary Astrology ♦ Electional Astrology ♦ Relocation
Chart Structure [Prima]

New technique by Vladimir Bogdanov

This feature lets you analyze the anatomy of the on-screen chart through user-defined combinations of planets and aspects. Changes to the set of selected planets (which may range from one to all) and/or the chosen aspect (highlighted in the center of the wheel) will show which points or zones in the chart are sensitive to each particular combination. Areas of sensitivity throughout the zodiac are graphically described by sets of radiating lines — the longest lines indicating points of maximum intensity.

In synastry, knowledge of where the planets of one person's chart fall in the chart of another offers insights into how the two are likely to relate to each other. For example, if someone's Sun falls in an area of your chart that is sensitive to sextiles to Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Uranus, the two of you might participate in lively exchanges of new ideas; or if it falls in an area sensitive to trines to the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune, the two of you might enjoy romantic candlelight dinners together.

HINT: Begin with combinations involving only a few planets and explore the different areas of the chart sensitive to the various aspects to these points.

See also:
♦ House ♦ Rulership ♦ Transit ♦ Progressions ♦ Horary Astrology ♦ Electional Astrology ♦ Relocation


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