A New Approach to Chart Interpretation
by Rusty Hamilton
Part 4: Thread-Based Astrology for Reality Seekers
The Thread-Based Astrology approach I developed from my
quest into the ancient language of the zodiac considers the process of
delineating a chart as being similar to that of trying to translate an archaic
language. We know definitions of some of the words. But where the meanings are
uncertain or more obscure, logical likelihood and intuition both play a part.
Part 4 of this ongoing series well follow the logical threads that connect the
various elements of a chart and well also get a feel for where the connections
are more intuitive. As youre no doubt aware, the previous installments dealt
with the planets, the elements and qualities, and the signs and aspects formed
by the combinations of those elements and qualities.
until now, the series has been, more or less, a review of the basics of
astrology. There has been little new information thus far; nothing that would
make people raise their eyebrows in disbelief, anyway. Were about to change
brief review, the earlier lessons in the series yielded keywords for the
planets, signs, and aspects, and gave structures for combining those keywords
to form astrology sentences. So whats next? How do you put together all
those things, for so many planets and aspects, to form a cohesive
interpretation of a natal chart?
actually have no idea what the common method of chart interpretation is. I
have a vague notion that most people just look at a chart and pull out a few
key details, then form some sort of intuitive conclusion based on the overall
feel of the chart. If you do this, as I mentioned in the first article, you
probably dont need the information in this series. The entire point of the
research I did over the past year or so was to come up with a way for intuition-less,
concrete reality seekers such as myself to interpret a chart.
there are already many astrology books out there that provide a down-to-earth
approach to cracking the code of an astrology chart. However, a look through
those books will almost invariably reveal the same instruction somewhere within
the text: Use your intuition. I feel this is very wrong. There is a place for
intuition in chart interpretation, but most books tend to require the intuitive
step far too early in the process.
the process of delineating a chart as being similar to that of deciphering some
ancient, nearly untranslatable foreign language. Since you wont have a
complete dictionary of every word in the language, youre invariably going to
run across a few things you cant quite figure out through left-brain-ish,
logical processes. However, this doesnt mean you need to throw logical
processes out the window, either. What youre probably going to do in this
situation is chip away at as much of each sentence as you can, until youre
left with a basic skeleton of the text. Skeletons, of anything, serve the
highly useful function of providing shape and form to otherwise amorphous
objects; in essence, they provide limits. By using those limits, it is much
easier to intuitively ascertain the meanings of certain words.
example, if your ancient language text read something along the lines of When
Barushka went to the ______, he bought a half-gallon of ______, you could
almost automatically figure out the words you dont know. The first blank is
obviously some sort of market or store, because the sentence says that Barushka
bought something there. Most buying and selling that we know of takes place
within markets or shops. It could be that this isnt the case; maybe Barushka
bought his half-gallon of whatever in the Himalayas or something. However, this
is rather improbable; it is more likely that the purchasing taking place here
is going on in a market or shop. This is a rather inane example, but it
illustrates the general process I use for analyzing a natal chart rather. Logic
is used to uncover as much of the basic framework of an unknown as possible,
then intuition is used to fill in the gaps.
contrast, most astrology books do the opposite, albeit to varying degrees.
Again, this is not necessarily a problem if youre adept at using your
intuition, but many people, including myself, are not. Books such as The
Only Way to Learn Astrology series provide a balanced approach between
logic and intuition. Others, however, just give you a list of planetary
placements to consult and tell you to make some sort of creative decision based
on these descriptions.
not trying to bash the works of these authors. My point is, simply, that most
of their approaches to chart interpretation do not work for me. When I
began my astrology research last year, finding out why these approaches never
seemed to produce any accurate results for me was a significant goal.
Fortunately, this was a goal I achieved.
From what I have seen, the common approach to chart
delineation seems to be to start with the Sun and move onward through the other
nine planets. The Suns sign, house placement, and aspects are considered, then
those of the Moon, and so forth. This would seem to be a very straightforward
and sensible approach to chart delineation, but it always left me cold, for two
after having dissected the chart, planet by planet, I personally found it
extremely difficult to reintegrate all the information I uncovered into a
complete whole. While it is absolutely necessary to consider each planet
individually in order to dig up as much information as possible about it, it is
also important to remember that none of the planets, or anything else in the
chart for that matter, can function on its own. Everything is intertwined in a
chart. I just do not have the kind of mind that can look at a bunch of puzzle
pieces on the floor and suddenly know exactly how every piece fits together to
form the entire puzzle.
other reason I could never get anywhere with the planet-based chart
interpretation techniques has nothing to do with my poor intuitive abilities;
it has to do with my tendency to want to know how and why. While the
planet-based approach does a very good job of describing what and where, it
does absolutely nothing to explain how and why.
the planet-based approach, for example, even someone as intuitively-challenged
as myself can determine from my chart that Im a loyal and relatively kind
person despite my bad temper and over-sensitivity. Similarly, it would be easy
to tell from Charles Mansons chart that he is a dangerous mix of emotional
coldness and rabid desires. Many people are content to stop analyzing a chart
at this point; once they know someones basic astrological character they feel
they know the person a bit better. I do not. You may have a general idea about
how people are going to express emotions, for example, but do you really know
whats going to set them off? What energizes their emotions? Do you know
whether theyre ruled by their heart or their head? And, most importantly, how
do a persons various personality facets interact in the form of the whole
it or not, the approach to chart interpretation that Ive developed does
answer these questions, at least as much as possible. It is because of this
that I urge even those who have no need of logic-based interpretation systems
(those of you who can just look at a chart and know what that person is all
about), to keep reading, if youve read this far already.
Thread-Based Astrology Uncovers Lifes Themes
I have coined the term Thread-based
Astrology for my system. There is no esoteric meaning behind the name;
thread was just a convenient way for me to describe a hierarchy of
rulerships. You can call it whatever you want.
The chart we will be using to illustrate
the techniques used in thread-based astrology is not of anyone I know, nor of
anyone generally known, such as a celebrity. I did not want to use the chart of
someone I was familiar with, so that there would be no question as to whether I
had altered my interpretation to fit a particular, known personality.
simplicitys sake, we will call the person born with the chart below Joe
Bloggs. His birth data would be April 29, 1997, at 2:30 p.m. EDT, at 75:50W,
39:36N. While some people interpret a childs chart differently from an
adults, well assume for the sake of illustration that were looking at the
overall potential themes for Joes lifespan, rather than focusing in on those
particular facets related to childhood behavior.
Joe Bloggs Natal Chart, with a small glyph for each planetary ruler next to the larger glyph for each sign in the outside circle.
Those of you who are not beginning
astrology students probably already know that each sign is ruled by a
particular planet, and that studying the placement of that ruling planet gives
you more insight into how the ruled sign works. In the example chart given
here, Joe Bloggs has Mars in Virgo in the 1st house. It shouldnt be hard to
figure out from this placement that Joes self-directed, Mars-type activities
are probably going to be characterized by a lot of energetic analyzing,
organizing, and other Virgoan qualities. However, the sign of Virgo is ruled by
Mercury, and Mercury in Joes chart is located in Taurus in the 9th house. This
would add a practical Taurean influence to Joes Mars, which might make him a
bit less likely to fly off the handle about insignificant details. It would
probably also make him even more analytical, though, since Taurus is partially
This process, in which the placement of
each planet is modified slightly by the placement of its individual ruler,
should all be old-hat to the advanced astrologers out there. Just about
everyone who has been doing astrology for any length of time has at least come
across the idea that planets located in a particular sign are influenced by the
placement of the planet that rules that sign. The problem here is that
rulerships are commonly thought of as being one-to-one in nature. Virgo, the
sign in which Joes Mars is located in our example chart, is ruled by Mercury,
so traditional astrology would hold that Mercury and only Mercury influences
Mars in this way. However, my research has shown me that this is not quite the
case! Planets are influenced not by a single ruling planet, but by the rulers
of the rulers (etc.) until we get to planets in dignities, which rule
themselves. The hierarchy of rulers we have here is what I call a thread,
as illustrated below.
Venus-Ruled Thread: The power in this thread of Joe Bloggs chart procedes from Venus to the Sun in one sub-thread and also from Venus down through Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Neptune in a long thread of linkages.
Taking the list of planet placements in
their signs and correlating each sign in the list with its ruler reveals the
interlocking chain or thread. Thus, in Joes chart, starting from the bottom
of one particular hierarchy, we have Neptune in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn in
Aries, in turn ruled by Mars in Virgo, which is itself ruled by Mercury in
Taurus. Finishing off this thread is Venus, ruler of Taurus. The upward
linkage stops here because Venus in Joes chart is placed there in Taurus,
which it rules, so there is nowhere further to go in the hierarchy. Neptune in
this chart is the apparent bottom of the hierarchy, because it rules Pisces,
and there are no planets in Pisces. Therefore, it rules nothing in the chart.
However, Neptunes position at the bottom of the thread is also very important,
as well see later. Venus, at the top of the thread, also occupies an important
position. Since no other planet rules it, we say it is self-directed; it cannot
be shifted from its purpose by another planet.
Think of these threads as being composed
of a set of gears, all connected to each other. If you move the gear at the top
of the line, the others move as well. In our example above, Venus, at the top
of the thread, is the major gear. When it creates some sort of situation, or is
acted upon through an aspect to another planet, the excess energy sort of
spills over onto the other planets below it in the thread and makes them
react as well. If youre following me so far, it should be pretty easy to
figure out that the ruling planet of a thread represents the starting point of
a major theme in an individuals chart. The more planets are under the dominion
of the ruling planet, the more this theme takes center stage in the
Going back to our example, we see that
there are the four planets we mentioned, Neptune, Saturn, Mars and Mercury,
linked together through their individual rulerships, operating under Venus in
this thread. In addition, the Sun is in Taurus, ruled by Venus, so the Sun is
the fifth planet in the Venus-ruled thread. With so much in the thread, the
theme it represents must be rather significant in the chart. Lets see if we
can unravel its meaning.
Well begin with Venus, the ruler of the
thread, located in Taurus and in the 9th house. If we turn this into an
astrology sentence, we get the following:
The passive desires (Venus) express themselves through
value assessment/the growing process (Taurus) to or through learning/life
experience (9th house).
In a nutshell, this means that Joe is
attracted to people or situations that teach him about life by teaching him what
is important and what is not. However, you could have derived this sentence
just by delineating each planet individually, with no regard for the whole. How
does this piece of information relate to the entire person?
To start with, keep in mind that the five
planets below Venus essentially get activated by whatever Venus does. It could
be said that the lower planets in a thread serve the higher ones, but dont
think that these lower planets are bereft of any autonomy just because they
serve. Each has its own little job to do and is still going to do it no
matter what the bosses say. The actions of the higher planets, however,
provide the reasoning behind the actions of the lower ones. It shouldnt
be hard to see that this can supply us with answers as to why our charts
act the way they do.
below Venus in this thread are Mercury and the Sun, both in the same sign and
house as Venus. Since the Sun in this case is both conjunct Venus and also a
separate sub-thread, well leave it aside and concentrate on Mercury
and the planets it influences through rulership.
A traditional, planet-by-planet reading of
Mercury in Taurus in the 9th would suggest a person with a practical, stubborn
mind who was interested in some sort of mental expansion. Since Aries is on the
cusp of the 9th house we might go even further and say that the expansion this
person is interested in is very personal and self-oriented. But none of this
answers the burning question I always have when I interpret a chart: Why?
Well, if we look back to the placement of
Venus, which we have said is in a position of rulership over Mercury in Joes
particular chart, we get another piece to the puzzle. Venus, by its nature,
attracts. Placed in Taurus, Venus wants to attract the situations and people
necessary for Joe to learn how to develop stable, nurturing relationships as
well as how to eliminate old, unhealthy ones. If this is essential to the
lifes work of Joes soul, we might expect that he would need to meet and
interact with a lot of people over the course of his life. Having a
broad-minded yet practical outlook, as reflected in Joes 9th-house
Mercury in Taurus, would certainly help with this, wouldnt it? In
conversations, he would be neither boring nor eccentric. In a way, its almost
like Venus in this case is the driver of an ox-cart, and Mercury is the ox;
Mercury soldiers onward to do what Venus thought up but cant do by itself.
Rulerships dont just add a sort of tone color to the planets they rule; they
add purpose to them.
These explanations should start to give
you a feel for what thread-based astrology is all about. But lets not stop
here! Well continue down the thread. Weve already uncovered that part of
Joes purpose in life is to interact closely with people who are going to teach
him healthier ways to relate, and that his wide range of practical interests
helps him meet those people. What next? Weve looked at Venus and Mercury, so
lets continue on down to Mars. Because Mars is placed in the 1st house
and in Virgo, Mars job here, independently of the rest of the chart, is to
develop Joe as a person through analysis and adaptation.
When we consider the two upper planets of
this thread in tandem with Mars, we again get an enhanced picture of Joe. If
you knew Joe as a person you might not be very fond of him, as hes apt to be a
rather critical, picky person with that 1st-house Virgo Mars. Why does he need
to be so fault-finding? Looking at the planets above Mars in the thread can
give us the answer. Creating and maintaining stable, healthy relationships is a
theme of Joes life, aided by his many sensible interests. The seriousness with
which Joe expands himself mentally may be the cause of his critical nature;
perhaps the subjects he involves himself in require a painstakingly analytical
attitude. Also, a critical attitude can actually be in keeping with the theme
of assessing the value of relationships, since it can strain out all the
weirdos out there.
What's next? Well, in this particular thread
we still have Saturn and Neptune to delineate. By now, you should be getting
the hang of thread-based astrology. The thread-ruler sets the theme, while the
other planets in the thread although retaining their own individual purposes
all contribute to that theme.
Joe Bloggs, we have learned, is concerned
partially with the life experience needed to build stable and nurturing
relationships. He does this through his practical yet far-reaching mindset,
which leads him to act in a very exacting, and possibly over-critical, way. The
next planet in the thread, Saturn in Aries in the 8th, shows another facet of
his personality. Individually, it is concerned with limitations incurred
through his personal actions; these limitations lead him into control issues
and, hopefully, some sort of rebirth (via the 8th house) through those issues.
Since his 1st-house Virgo Mars rules over
these Saturnine limitations, we can infer that some of these limitations occur
because of his analytical, critical nature. For example, he may be too critical
of others, which leads him into repeated conflicts with them. If he can
overcome these issues, he can achieve a better understanding of himself, which
in turn will lead him to healthier, more productive relationships.
The final planet in this thread is Neptune
in Capricorn in the 5th house. By itself, this planets placement means that
Joe expresses himself through losing himself in the things he builds or
creates. When we consider this in tandem with Neptunes ruler in the thread,
Saturn, we can conclude that Joe seeks this sort of productive escape because
of the limitations he perceives are surrounding his personal actions. Neptune
in this chart provides something of an outlet for his Saturn-created
Weve now delineated an entire thread!
Even if youre sneering in contempt for this method at this point, I hope you
can at least see how it can be helpful for those of us who cant just pull
details like the ones derived above out of the air.
Some Threads Are Loops
mind that sometimes there will not be a clear ruler of a given thread. Ive
seen loops of as many as three or four planets, each planet ruling the next.
Its probably possible for ones entire chart to be one big loop rather than
one or more threads. If this is your chart, youre probably a VERY interesting
person, because you must be constantly in motion. Think about it. If a
thread-ruler is like a huge gear that turns all the other gears, and if every
planet is a thread-ruler, you would have something resembling a massive wheel.
Any transiting planet that aspects a thread-ruler is going to start the rest of
the thread moving. So, if everything is a thread-ruler there will be so much
energy produced that youll either be unstoppable or youll just disintegrate
from the strain.
Much more common that a chart of unending
loops is a chart in which two or more planets rule a single thread together.
When there are only two planets involved in this, we have what is traditionally
called a mutual reception, where each of the two planets involved is placed in
a sign the other rules, such as Mars in Pisces and Neptune in Aries. This
essentially means that the two planets in mutual reception at the top of a
thread share the responsibility of directing of the rest of the thread. They
wont always share it equally, of course, but unless one planet in the mutual
reception is being transited heavily, the co-rulership is usually roughly
equal. When you have three or more planets ruling one another, instead of a
linear thread you could visualize the relationships as something like a
lopsided Sun: youll have a ring of mutually-ruling planets on the inside and a
bunch of little protrusions coming off it, representing the planets ranking
lower on the threads of those rulers.
As a final note on thread-rulers, there are also frequently
planets that rule themselves and nothing else. Treat those as being very
self-contained. Essentially, you can interpret them as you would if you were
using the traditional, planet-by-planet method. Its not that they dont do
anything - in fact, their energy is less diluted and so can actually be very
intense - but they just kind of do their own thing without a whole lot of
regard for the rest of the chart.
It may help to
draw what were describing in some way other than a chart wheel. If youre art-phobic, dont worry. Theres
virtually no work involved if you have the freeware astrology program Astrolog.
If you do, start it up, load whatever chart file you want, and go to the menu
bar. Under the Chart heading, select the Influence option. Or just hold
down Shift and press J. Youll be taken to a frightening-looking screen,
but you can ignore everything except the box in the upper left-hand corner, the
one marked Sign Dispositor Hierarchy. It looks like the picture shown here.
If youre used to looking this way at dispositors (which I suppose
is the official name for the planets that weve been describing as having
rulerships over other planets in their threads), then your work is completely
finished at this point. Copy the image down onto a piece of paper if you want,
and youre set. Personally, I dont like the way Astrolog portrays this.
In the image shown, you can see that the arrows are pointing up towards the
ruling planets. I prefer drawing diagrams like these with the arrows pointing down
because, to me, it better illustrates whos really calling the shots. The power
flows downward. For mutual receptions, I draw the planets next to each other
with a pair of opposite-facing arrows stacked on top of each other.
The lowest-ranking planet in a given
thread often has a function almost as significant as a thread-ruler in its own
way. Because the thread-rulers represent very basic or subconscious needs and
processes, the areas they portray in a chart may seem unimportant in ones
daily life. In fact, after people read this article I imagine a lot of people
are going to come up with their thread-ruler(s) and think, Thats nothing
like me! My biggest motivation in life isnt creating stable relationships,
its finding a good job! The problem is that we dont always know what we
What the lowest planets in a thread
represent are the more surface processes in your life. In our image-obsessed,
superficial Western culture, we tend to look (and think!) only of these surface
aspects. Thus, someone with Pluto in Scorpio in the 10th as a thread-ruler may
harbor dreams of world domination, but if he has Venus in Pisces in the 2nd as
the lowest planet in that thread, well probably never know his secret schemes!
This person will probably appear to us to be very generous and kind, and he may
well be, but we have no way of knowing his deepest intentions.
In Joes chart, Neptune in Capricorn is
the lowest planet in its thread. People probably see Joe as a very hard-working
individual, possibly a workaholic, whose artistic expression shows best in
whatever it is he works at. Of course, this is assuming Joe is using the energy
of his chart to its highest potential. Its entirely possible that he isnt,
and in this case, people might see him as a shiftless, lazy person who is vague
and somewhat incomprehensible in terms of his self-expression.
Planetary Aspects in
Now we get to the aspects, the final part of this lesson. Aspects
denote the nature of the relationship between two aspected planets. Taking this
a step further, we can say that aspects are also the relationships between
either: (1) different threads entirely, or
(2) different facets of the same
There are four separate classifications of aspects if we use this
new thread-based system:
- Ruler-to-Ruler aspects, of ruling planets to one
- Ruler-to-Planet aspects, of the thread-rulers to
non-ruling planets outside the rulers thread of influence;
- Ruler-to-Ruled aspects, of the thread-rulers to planets
under them in the thread; and
- Planet-to-Planet aspects, between non-ruling planets on
different threads or between two lower-level planets in the same thread.
In Joes chart there is a wide square
between Venus, the ruler of one thread, and Uranus, the ruler of the other. So
this is a ruler-to-ruler aspect. Weve said that thread-rulers
essentially represent a main theme in the life of the individual whose chart is
being analyzed. Logically, then, we can surmise that the aspects between two
thread-rulers represent the interaction between the differing themes.
Planetary Aspects Between Thread-Rulers: The square aspect, in red, between thread-rulers Venus and Uranus can affect planets down the line in each of their separate threads.
The Venus-ruled thread is connected with lavender lines and the Uranus-ruled thread is in blue-green.
example, we have Venus in Taurus in the 9th house squaring Uranus in Aquarius
in the 6th. Looking at the thread-ruler by keywords, we can say that the
Uranus-ruled thread is going to be about changes incurred through rules being
made and broken by both Joe and the people he meets; these changes are going to
force him to analyze and adapt to his environment. In other words, Joe is going
to find his life continually disrupted by the erratic behavior of himself and
others until he figures out how to organize his life into something more
So, on the one hand we have the Venus
thread, in which Joe wants to create lasting and healthy relationships, and on
the other, we have the Uranus thread, where Joe finds himself continually at
odds with other people due to mutually odd behavior. Obviously, the
relationships he tries to create are going to be constantly disrupted by his need
to adapt to social rules being made and broken, and vice-versa. The
Venus-Uranus square depicts this, and gives the individual a chance to
consciously balance the two polarities.
If Uranus gets the upper hand here, and
weirds out Venus and its corresponding thread, the amount to which Uranus is
overdone will be reflected in overactivity in Venus thread. If Uranus is too
chaotic for Joes peace-loving Venus, and Venus reacts contrariwise by digging
in its heels, some of this negativity will spill over, down the Venus thread
onto Mercury, possibly causing Joe to be a rather unhealthy combination of lazy
and stubborn. We saw in the delineation above that work is extremely important
to Joe. So, if he becomes too lazy, his Mars, ruled by Mercury, will suffer;
hell probably become needlessly critical of others if the negative Mercury in
Taurus traits are overdone. This in turn will force Saturn to create even more
limitations, which could push Neptune into inhibiting his expression, due
to obsession with work (or with avoiding work). What is important to grasp here
is that aspects between rulers can affect EVERY planet within both threads.
Lets go on to another aspect, this time
an example of a ruler-to-planet aspect. In Joes chart, Jupiter is part
of the Uranus thread and squares Venus. In isolation, this means that Joe
expands through his adaptation to the rules he and others make or break, which
conflicts with his desire to form lasting relationships. As mentioned in Part 3,
aspects can create a surplus of energy, and the case is true here as well.
Venus, as a thread-ruler, can influence the entire thread below it, so even
though Jupiter is not a thread-ruler, its influence through the aspect is still
significant. Jupiter, if used properly, can stimulate and/or heal the entire
Venus thread. However, Venus, despite being a thread-ruler, cannot stimulate or
heal the Uranus thread at the Jupiter-in-Aquarius level, because Jupiter is too
low in the thread to affect much.
Joe Bloggs Natal Chart, showing all planetary aspects.
Next, we have ruler-to-ruled
aspects. A good example to go over in this chart is Joes sextile between
Uranus and Pluto. When a thread-ruler aspects any planet it rules, then,
depending on the aspect involved, a lot of tension or harmony will be present
within the thread. The amount of tension or harmony depends on how far away the
aspected planet is from the thread-ruler. In our example, we have Uranus, at
the top of the thread, being sextiled by Pluto at the bottom. The sextile is an
easy aspect, so it would tend to produce harmony, in terms of the chart. But
if it were a square, there would be an incredible amount of tension, not
harmony, due to the distance top-to-bottom between Uranus and Pluto in the
hierarchy of the thread.
Why? Think of some sort of small spring,
or really any small object that will bend if you press on it. If you bend the
two ends of this spring between your thumb and forefinger, eventually youll
produce so much tension in the spring that it will either shoot away from you
or break. A similar thing occurs in astrology.
The easier aspects, such as trines and
sextiles, do not necessarily produce this kind of tension in ruler-to-ruled
aspects. Any aspect introduces some tension, as discussed in the last
article, but the tension in terms of trines and sextiles in this case is a more
controlled strain. Imagine bending a spring into a circle and then securing the
two ends together somehow. You will have a lot of potential strain within the
loop, but since were humans and not springs, we can use this controlled
tension to give us energy for the things we do.
brief example, the Uranus-ruled thread is, as we said before, all about
constantly making Joe adapt to new situations. Joes Sagittarius 4th-house
Pluto, at the bottom of the Uranus-ruled thread, is about Joe gaining enough
life experience to find out who he really is. These two goals are relatively
compatible, so there shouldnt be much strain between them. The changes Joe
experiences can teach him more about himself, which in turn will help him seek
out more exciting changes. In fact, a highly positive loop is created by this
Easy aspects between two threads, no
matter what position the aspected planets occupy in a thread, will be of help
to a difficult ruler-to-ruled relationship. They will provide escape valves
for the considerable tension that builds up.
Finally, we have planet-to-planet aspects,
which can occur either between threads or between planets within a single
thread. For the first type, we will consider the interaction between Joes
8th-house Aries Saturn, in the Venus thread, and his 6th-house Aquarius
Jupiter. Here we have an example of a planet-to-planet aspect between two
threads. When this occurs, the energy produced isnt especially intense, but it
does create a sort of bridge between the two threads. This serves two very
important purposes. First, as mentioned briefly above, aspects between two
threads can help dissipate some of the tensions that build up within an individual
thread. Additionally, aspects joining two separate threads can provide a
valuable opportunity for us to consciously bridge two opposing themes in our
Using this sextile as an example, the
lessons Joe learns through the conflicts created by the limitations on his
basic self can help him create new ways to expand through his environment.
Through this, he can partially unite the socially weird Uranus side with his
desire for stable, lasting relationships.
Planet-to-planet aspects that occur
between two planets in the same thread are rather insignificant aspects in my
view. Such aspects do little more than denote places in a thread where energy
either is blocked or flows more harmoniously than it otherwise would. For
example, Mercury squares Neptune in Joes chart, and both are in the same
thread. All this indicates is that the two planets have trouble communicating
with each other. For example, Joe may find it difficult to balance his
down-to-earth mentality with his need to lose himself in his work.
These are the main
concepts of my astrological theory, and I hope I have explained this
thread-based approach clearly. If you have any questions, PM me through the
Conscious Evolution Forums. I do read the forums, even when I
Next time, Ill try to clarify some of the
finer details and also show you how to use this theory for predictive