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 The Natures Of The Aspects

2001-10-18 10:43:12 -- 1st Harmonic (Conjunction)
Planet A gives prominence to planet B. The area ruled by the sign and house takes on the nature of both A and B. A and B unite in action. A and B lose their individual identities and merge into one. A and B lose sight of one another, as lovers do in a tight embrace.

Of the conjunction, Robert Hand says, "It is often difficult for the person whose chart has this aspect to be clear about its effects. Usually the conjunction colors the personality so completely that it is hard for the native to get perspective on this aspect. Though the effects of a conjunction may not be apparent to the native, they are obvious to others. The conjunction has a dynamic quality. It tends to signify patterns of action rather than passive states of being: that is, its effects usually consist of events or changes in a person's life. These are not necessarily events in the physical world; they may be psychological."

Sue Tompkins says, "Planets in conjunction are always united. Their energies are merged, blended and always act together. . . . When [the conjunction is] exact, it's rather like having two bells struck simultaneously: it's difficult to differentiate the sound of either one. In the same way, planets in conjunction tend to have problems in `seeing' each other. In fact, if the conjunction is an exact one the two planets often don't appear to the individual to have separate identities. The differentiation may be seen by others but to the person concerned the two energies may appear as if they were one, almost as if a new planet had been formed. Thus planets in conjunction can have difficulties in separating and objectifying each other. . . . It is interesting to remember that at New Moon when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction one cannot actually see the Moon and this gives us a clue to this `blind spot' quality of the conjunction. People whose charts are dominated by conjunctions . . . tend to be very self-driven and self-motivated individuals. They don't tend to look outside of themselves for self-definition or validation and therefore are less prone to self-doubt. Again, it's as if they look at themselves without the aid of a mirror. Clearly, this is a difficult task as we tend to define the self through meeting and interacting with others. Imagine an artist trying to paint a self-portrait having never seen their face in a mirror or photograph. I suspect the picture would differ greatly from the usual artist/sitter portraits and probably would not describe a very good likeness. At any rate, it would be a very subjective likeness, for the mirror, sitter or photograph allows the possibility of greater objectivity."

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A History and Comparative of House Systems
by Tishelle Betterman

The earlier astrologers and astronomers provided us a wide mixture of house systems from which to choose today. Each one contains its own history and a different way to view the age-old question of how to calculate intermediate house cusps.

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Although the Babylonians did not use house systems, they did provide the basis to accurately calculate the Ascendant and Midheaven. (1) According to North in Mathematical Principles and Their History, the Babylonians “gave the rising times of the signs of the zodiac, . . .on the basis of observation, but [only] as [they] fit conveniently into an arithmetical progression with . . . the ratio 3:2, their ratio for [the] longest to shortest daylight.” (2) Like the Babylonians, the Greeks did not place importance on the use of houses either. (3) In the closing years of the century Before Christ (BC) and the first 600 years AD, Greek horoscopes rarely identified a specific point or degree. In reviewing horoscopes of Heugebauer and van Hoesen, North found only 27 of the 168 reviewed, indicated an Ascendant or Midheaven, 2 of the168 included house division, and 2 out of 51 noted a “calculated degree for [the] Midheaven.” (4)

Despite the general disinterest during the Hellenistic Period to use houses or calculate cardinal angles, the last half of second century BC saw the emergence of mathematically-minded astrologers “inserting the astronomical Midheaven degree in horoscopes.” (5) By the start of the third century, the idea was born that the 10th house cusp be calculated and notated. (6) As described below, it was not until later when the Islamic and Christian astrologers began delineating horoscopes that we saw importance given to the cardinal angles (Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendant, and Midheaven). (7)

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