Let’s recap what we’ve covered so far.
Q: What three planetary placements should you memorize when it comes to your natal makeup?
A: Sun sign, Moon sign and Rising sign (Ascendant). Later on, you will remember the houses that your Sun and Moon occupy as well.
Q: What are the Moon’s Nodes and their significance in the natal chart?
A: In astronomy, they are the sensitive points where the orbit of the Moon around the Earth crosses that of the Earth around the Sun. The Nodal axis orbits backward, and takes about 18 ½ years to go through the entire 12 signs. In astrology, they are called Dragon Head (North) and Dragon Tail (South) and show what karmic credit/debt you were born with. The signs the Nodes are in tell you the tasks that need to be done, and the houses tell in which environments these tasks should be done.
Q: What does the planet Venus stand for in the natal horoscope and what signs are ruled by Venus?
A: Venus stands for one’s affections, how one expresses emotions in love, seduction, creativity as well as what one looks for in a mate, also one’s attitude toward money and social values, artistic talents, sensuality
Q: What is another name for the Fourth House and its significance in the natal?
A: Nadir, or the Latin term Imum Coeli. Traditionally represents home, father, end of life, family, land, heritage, racial pride. Philosophical interpretation: The soul, base of operations, mother and father, concretization of self
Q: What aspects are considered detrimental, or difficult?
A: Square, inconjunct or quincunx, and opposition.
Q: What are midpoints?
A: A midpoint is the center between any two points, which in Astrology relates to the center between two planets and/or personal points, including the Midheaven, Ascendant, certain Arabic Parts like Part of Fortune or Part of Spirit and the Nodes. This center point is the meeting of planetary energies that becomes active through the process of growth, relating to the passage of time. This is from the Cornerstone Astrology website: Many people are aware of the history and techniques that relate to the calculation and use of the Arabic Parts, in particular the Part of Fortune, but fewer people fully utilize the system of midpoints that Western Astrology has used and developed over many hundreds of years. Midpoints serve to locate areas of power in a chart, and also add additional depth and clarification to a chart, so if you're looking to understand your own chart a little more, they're well worth looking into.
Midpoints might sound like a fairly modern astrological technique; however they actually date back to the time of Ptolemy. A midpoint is basically the halfway point between two planets or personal points and as such is usually much easier to calculate than the Arabic parts. Like the Arabic parts each primary midpoint identifies a specific power point and has its own individual formula.
Midpoints add depth and detail to the appraisal of a natal chart hence it is best to take a look at midpoint pictures after an initial analysis of the chart has identified the most important themes present. The midpoint pictures will either reinforce and amplify those chart themes or else will introduce new or contradictory elements - important counterpoints which modify the original impression. Midpoints are also activated by transits just as a natal planet is.
The next lecture at LINCGR (Long Island Chapter of the National Council Geocosmic Research) will be October 11, 2013: Eileen McCabe, “The Bonds of Love.” 302 Sycamore Avenue, Merrick, NY. Telephone: 516-546-1973. For membership information, visit them on the web: http://lincgr.com/