FAQs Western Astrology

How are these Readings different from computer-generated reports?

Computer-generated readings are not worth having. They comprise a long list of often bewildering buzz-words that can very much confuse. They are neither grounded not authentic.
My reports on the other hand include the fruits of the many astrology course I have completed, techniques that the computer can’t encompass.

I am able to pull all the material together in a way that makes sense, gives direction, and is positive and healing. My readings are completely personal to YOU.

What is the Difference between Western and Vedic Astrology?

I draw on both western psychodynamic astrology and Vedic astrology:

Modern western psychodynamic astrology, when expertly interpreted, accurately depicts our psychological make-up, the sub-personalities within us and issues of individuation and wholeness.
Vedic astrology is far more ancient powerful and accurately identifies the journey of the soul. It identifies the journey we were born to undertake. It describes the physical and psycho-mental circumstances we will attract into our lives as fates for us to work with. Vedic astrology asserts that these fates are chosen with reference to past karmas that have accrued in previous lives. Some of these karmas are fixed (drida): there is little we can do about them: we need to experience them =for a life-time in order to make the growth we need to undertake; other of our karmas are not fixed (adrida) – these we can learn to modify or eliminate or ‘burn’.

 What are Chart Aspect Shapes?

You have chart aspect shapes in your chart. These are best seen, normally, in the Swiss Huber School-style birth chart. Chart aspect shapes are a powerful guide to our deepest psychological motivations. They identify what parts of our personality work easily together, and which parts are so different that it is hard to reconcile one with the other. In other words, they chart and define our egoic psychology. They define our Sun-personalities. Chart aspect shapes are identified in psychosynthesis astrology.
We work with them using psycho-synthesis role-play. 

What are Unaspected Sub-Personalities?

In particular, chart aspect shapes analysis is excellent for identifying which parts of us are ‘split off’: what parts act as ‘unaspected sub-personalities. The need is to know the split-off parts of ourselves, so that we will not be driven by unconscious denied parts, so that we will not swing wildly from one persona to another, bewildering ourselves and those around us.
What stands out in the Huber chart is that you will notice that one or more of your planets forms no aspect with any of the other planets in your chart. There are no aspect lines running from it to the other planets in your chart.

Having an unaspected sub-personality means that sometimes you may come over over-powerfully with that energy to other people, and yet have no real idea of how powerfully you are coming across with those characteristics; you might feel you are being too weak – or vice versa.
But it also means that that energy-principle is unconnected to the rest of you. It is an unaspected sub-personality. You will find it difficult to assess. It could be the tail that wags the dog. It could take over your life. At other times you will be unable to access and connect to its energy at all.
We need to recognise and understand our unaspected sub-personalities. This can be done through the method of role-play psychosynthesis. It is linked to the principle of ‘Individuation’ in the psychology of Asaglione.
Unaspected sub-personalities are identified in psychosynthesis astrology.
We work with them using psycho-synthesis role-play.

What is individuation?

The processes of unifying our Self is called ‘individuation’. Getting to know all the different parts of our personality.  the principle method used in achieving individuation is called ‘psychosynthesis’. With these exercises we become able to decide which parts of our persoanlity under will and with awareness.

What do we mean by ‘Nature versus Nurture’?

Are we the result of our ‘Nature’ or our ‘Nurture’? Nature is our inherited characteristics. Nurture is the result of our upbringing, especially our earliest environment. The ‘Radix’ or birth chart defines our Nature. The ‘House Chart’ defines the impact of our ‘Nurture’. We use a ‘Dynamic Counting Table’ to asesss the difference created in your life by these two factors. In the Radix Chart the Signs are of equal size; in the House Chart, the Houses are of equal size. When we look at the issue of ‘Nature versus Nurture’ in your life, Planets in signs are our inherited nature. Planets in houses are our nurture or upbringing. This is the ‘nature versus nurture’ debate. The Question is: Who are we: our nature or our nurture?

The ‘Dynamic Counting’ Table, above, shows an analysis of your ‘nature versus nurture’ issues. It is the Table which shows the effect of your nurture on your nature. It shows this effect in terms of the balances of your modalities and elements. Refer to the interview recording for the meaning of this information. Please note that Nature and Nurture are assessed in astrology in terms of modalities and elements, and how these manifest in your life, also by observing changes in aspectation between planets.

What are the MODALITIES?

Cardinal energy is extrovert, initiatory, working and doing.
Fixed energy is stabilizing, security, seeking and acquisitive.
Mutable energy is restless, reflective, seeking and changeable

What are the ELEMENTS?

Fire is vitality spontaneity, intuitive faith in one’s own abilities.
Earth is practical, efficient, realistic, sensual and security-conscious.
Air is communicative, rational, thinking, emotionally detached.
Water is feeling, sensitive, emotional, instinctive

What are the Alice Bailey Rays?

Alice Ann Bailey was a writer and theosophist (1880 to 1949). She used a deeply ancient system where Seven Rays: emanations that come to this world from the Beyond, where we incarnate to work with certain Rays more than others. My readings include a statement extrapolated from your birth chart to say which Rays in particular you are here to work with.

Chiron: The Wounded Healer – how does he manifest in your life?

Discovered 1977 with an orbital period of 50.76 years, Chiron entered the Human consciousness and thus an astrology reading embraces the principle he represents. Chiron was the Centaur of Greek myth – the wounded healer: half horse; half man. Chiron was rejected by his mother, as the child of rape. Thus orphaned, Chiron was brought up by Apollo, God of music, prophecy, healing and poetry. Chiron is thus the wounded healer: when and as we heal our existential wound we can become the Healer of others. Shadow Chiron is the wounder and victim. Chiron in the horoscope shows us where our instinctual nature is wounded. To analyze Chiron’s effect, I read Chiron’s Sign, House, aspecting planets to Chiron and  the planet that rules Chiron’s sign. 

Pluto: What does the planet Pluto represent in your life?

Discovered 1930, with an orbital period of 247.68yrs, Pluto entered the Human consciousness, concurrent indeed with the rise of depth psychology. Pluto was the ancient Greek God of the Underworld, who handed out good or evil in proportion to the motives of the deceased person who approached him. If we are ‘on course’ in our life, Pluto’s good side is buried treasure, unimagined riches, light out of darkness, order out of chaos and New Life – REBIRTH! However, if we have to experience Pluto’s dark side, this is a potentially terrible world of aggressor and victim, domination and submission, a power-seeking abuser or his victim. If Pluto is approached with sincerity, rebirth will follow out of suffering and darkness. If Pluto is approached with falsehood or defensiveness, he destroys.

Neptune: What does the planet Neptune represent in your life?

Discovered 1846, with an orbital period of 164.8 years, Neptune with its icy gaseous constituency represents vision or illusion; guidance or denial and escapism; spiritual vision or deceit, illusion, sensitivity, psychism, glamours, drugs and ethereal beauty.

Uranus: What does the planet Uranus represent in your life?

Discovered 1781, with an orbital period of 84 years Uranus entered the Human consciousness. This was at the same time as the American Declaration of Independence 1776 and the French Revolution of 1789. Uranus represents the principle of needed revolutionary change. His energy is spasmodic, sudden, and often hurtful to the emotions.

Saturn: What does the planet Saturn represent in your life?

Saturn is Lord of Karma. The position of Saturn in our chart tells us about the special karmas we were born to work with. Saturn is the master teacher of hard lessons. Grounding and Reaping, patience and hard work. He is an agricultural deity: it we respect his rules and limits and work diligently at his life lessons, we will experience golden reaping. Otherwise, Saturn manifests as the Grim Reaper: separation and misery.

Jupiter: What does the planet Jupiter represent in your life?

Jupiter is Blessing, expansion, abundance and luck. Higher learning and traditional spirituality. In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is the karaka or indicator for the husband a woman will have. Jupiter indicates the sort of spiritual teachers we will have.

Mars: What does the planet Mars represent in your life?

Mars is action, energy and courage. The man in woman’s life.

Venus: What does the planet Venus represent in your life?

Venus signifies sex, tastes, value and money issues. The woman in a man’s life.

Mercury: What does the planet Mercury represent in your life?

Mercury indicates reasoning and communication, issues to do with brothers and sisters, local enlargement, lower education, business and commerce.

The Moon: What does the Moon represent in your life?

The Moon signifies the Mother. Childhood experience, roots, memory and deepest emotions. The phase the Moon was in on the day of birth is a significant indicator of character type. The Sun and Mars indicate the type of man to be experienced in a life. The Moon and Venus indicates the type of woman in a life. The mother. The energy of the Moon is one of tides and fluctuations. Eclipses and the Phases of the Moon affect our minds as well as causing ocean tides and even tsunamis and earthquakes.

The Sun: What does the Sun represent in your life?

The Sun represents individuality and deepest character traits. The ‘ego’. The Father. In Astrology the Sun is the Self. It is often represented as the charioteer driving the chariot of Self. The Charioteer holds in his hands the reins to the horses that pull the chariot. The horses are the other planets. If the charioteer is strong, he can drive the chariot in a chosen direction. If he is weak or blind, the horses will be stranger than he and pull the chariot all over the place. The Sun is the center of the Solar System.

What does Western Astrology say about my incarnational life purpose?

Our whole chart is a statement of our past lives and the thrust of our incarnational life purpose this time. However, in astrology, the path to your life purpose is encoded in the position by sign and house and aspects made from other planets of the North and South Nodes of the Moon. These points are always directly opposite each other and the nodes change signs every 18 months approximately, so people born within your same North and South Node group are like your “soul tribe,” the group you incarnated with to learn the same lessons.
The North Node is the exact opposite zodiac sign of the South Node. It’s compulsion to travel to its goal is often obsessive and driven and has to be purified. And to travel the path, you have to lighten up your baggage and stretch far out of your comfort zone. But once you do, you will feel fulfilled.
The South Node is your past life/lives, including past life skills and karmas positive and negative. You need to draw on and where necessary heal your past life scripts: the  scripts that constellated the cirmstances of your birth.
Planets which aspect the Nodal axis have a crucial part in the statement of your incarnational life purpose.