I had thought about adding a glossary to the site but there are some good glossaries out there, one of which I’ll link you to at the bottom of this page. This is more of a reference page of special points and I’m inviting qualified speakers to take a guest spot on the page by contributing a short definitive summary on one of astrology’s special points. By special points, I mean techniques that may be infrequently mentioned, but are extremely useful to apply. What is it and how can I apply it? Please query me by email if you’d like to contribute. Celeste Teal
Saturn Chasing the Moon
Saturn Chasing the Moon refers to a condition in a chart in which transiting Saturn becomes locked in conjunction with the progressing Moon, signifying some trying and difficult times. Transiting Saturn moves along about 12 degrees per year, while the Moon progresses between 12 and 15 degrees per year. If the Moon is slow in motion and conjunct Saturn in the natal chart, then the two bodies become locked in this perpetual conjunction that can last a long time.
However, it is possible for this aspect to form even if these two are not conjunct in the natal chart, depending on the speed of the progressing Moon and Saturn’s location. The easiest way to see if this condition is present in a chart is to use your tri-wheel, with the natal chart in the very center of the wheel, the progressed chart in the middle wheel, and transits in the outside wheel. It can sometimes be tricky to recognize that this aspect exists because when transiting Saturn makes its retrograde station and backs up, it appears to be leaving the conjunction aspect. The two bodies may be separated by a few degrees. But, when transiting Saturn moves forward again, it catches up very quickly with the progressed Moon and overtakes it. Thus the term, Saturn chasing the Moon. It has also been called Saturn Hunting the Moon.
There are variations of this aspect as well, when transiting Saturn gets locked in a square or opposition with the progressing Moon. While the conjunction can be a most depressing influence, the square and opposition are likewise difficult, and depending on how long the aspect lasts, can mean a long spell of hard times; losses, grief, and various troubles.
I speak about this phenomenon at length in the new edition of Predicting Events with Astrology, and it is also discussed in Identifying Planetary Triggers. In fact, on page 307 of the latter book there are comments about the effects of such a condition from Dr. J. Heber Smith, who was the first teacher to famed astrologer Evangeline Adams. His classic reference on transits is reprinted in its original form in Part Three of Identifying Planetary Triggers. His discussion of the Saturn/Moon aspects appears on pages, 284 – 285.
Now, it is also possible for transiting Saturn to become locked into a sextile or trine with the progressing Moon and of course this is frequently quite a favorable influence, often coinciding with a progressive trend for both vocational and domestic affairs. This is also discussed in some detail the new edition of Predicting Events with Astrology.
In either case, the degree of difficulty or good that can be expected will need to be judged based on the general tone of the natal chart and with regard to other existing aspects that are in orb of influence in the progressions at the same time as this one. But, this is an important aspect either way and if it exists and is unaccounted for, your interpretations won’t be nearly as accurate as they could be. Happy studies! Celeste Teal
Also known as the Anaretic Degree, defective vision is noted with this degree. It’s the weakest point in the sign it represents; tired and often showing more of the next sign than the sign it’s in. The planet and house placement is always getting ready to make a change and the 29th degree adds a decision-making complication to the house. Able to see both sides of an issue, there is oscillation between one view and the other and a struggle to make any decision at all. Decisions are put off or there is a continuous re-evaluation due to new information. At the end of his rope, the individual may make a quick decision, simply to do something, but this takes on the characteristic of Too Much or Too Little. Metaphorically, he may dive into the pool before checking to see if it has water.
A placement of a planet in the 29th degree in a house automatically makes the ability to manifest the characteristics of that house structure more fuzzy, and the interaction with the people of that house more vague and less decisive. Sun in the 29th degree often causes a major career change in mid life. This position can slow down career success because of poor decision-making skills. Women with their Sun in a 29th degree have a tendency to marry men who are ineffectual in some way: trouble keeping a job, born followers, too passive, emotional problems. Again this is related to the concept of poor decision-making (both on the part of the woman and on the part of the husband).
A 29th degree in a progressed chart often stimulates the characteristics, either positive or negative of the relationship, and a last fling jump for the characteristics of the sign, in the house that it is in. Saturn in 29th Capricorn is the degree of the workaholic. The individual can’t seem to get enough hard work. But s/he runs into obstacles in getting it, and often vacillates between working to death, and no work.
Thanks to Eric Uberseder (Zarathu) for his contribution and permission to post this edited excerpt from his article, “Let’s Give it the 29th Degree.”
Note: The 29th degree takes a measure of its reputation from the fixed star group called the Pleiades in the final degree of Taurus.
The Destroyer. A planet which destroys form. See: 29th Degree
Aries Point Degrees
The true Aries Point degree is 0 Aries, however, the 0 degree of the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are all referred to as Aries Point degrees. This beginning degree of the Cardinal signs has similar connotations to the angles of a chart and is an indicator of eventful times when occupied by a planet or found on a house cusp. These points are indicative of a spectacular out rush of energies. There is frequently an involvement with the world at large. Outsiders or those who’re considered an expert in some area becomes involved in one’s personal matters. Ramifications of events often have a domino effect into each personal area of the life as represented by these four Cardinal points: personal, family, relationships and status. Those with a planet in this degree in the natal chart often have some influence in worldly affairs or at some point they come into public view. As such, the degree is also associated with fame. There is no “orb” involved. The planet must be within that opening degree of one of the four Cardinal signs, not one degree higher or lower. There is substantial information on the Aries Point degrees in the new edition of my book, Predicting Events with Astrology in the final chapter called Special Points. It is also referenced in Identifying Planetary Triggers and Eclipses, Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation. All the best, Celeste Teal
The Critical Degrees are 0, 13, 26 of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), 9 and 21 of Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), 4 and 17 of Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). When a Critical Degree falls on a house cusp, it shows stress and climax. The matters of the houses ruled and occupied by a planet in one of the critical degrees is grave, serious, and climactic. See also Aries Point
A Moon Wobble happens when the Sun forms a square to the nodal axis. The energy is very similar to that associated with eclipses, when the New or Full Moon aligns closely with the lunar nodes. As with eclipses, a Moon Wobble arouses emotions and there is a tendency to react overly quickly to situations based on feelings instead of thinking things through with calm logic. It is advantageous to avoid making sudden or drastic changes near a Moon Wobble.
It was astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980) who coined the term Moon Wobble. After a painstaking examination of a large number of major disasters, involving fires, bad weather and loss of life, he found that many of the most serious and traumatic catastrophes occur in association with eclipses, especially when other dire planetary aspects coincided. He also found however that such evils are not exclusively linked to eclipses and may also occur when the Sun forms a T- square to the nodal axis. He called this a Moon Wobble, for it is in fact when the Moon is wobbling in its path by declination. So, when the Sun is conjoined with either node or is in this T –square to the nodal axis, this raises the likelihood of major environmental damage, loss of life or property, or other dire effects. As stated, these types of problems are more likely if other troubling planetary configurations occur at the same time. The most notable times for disastrous occurrences range from a few days before to a few days following the exact aspect.
The 2010 Moon Wobble effects are strongest on: January 11, April 6; July 3 (between two eclipses), September 30 and December 24. For 2011, the Moon Wobble effects are strongest on March 18, June 14, September 11, and December 12. For 2012 the Moon Wobble effects are strongest on February 28, May 25, August 22 and November 17. For 2013, the Moon Wobble effects are strongest on February 9, May 7, August 4, and October 30. For 2014, the dates that Moon Wobble effects are strongest are January 23, April 18, July 16 and October 12.
Note that the destructive earthquake that stuck Haiti occurred on January 12, 2010, one day after the Sun-North Node conjunction and a few days prior to the Capricorn Solar Eclipse. See more by linking to Decoding Earthquakes. The mine explosion in West Virginia occurred near a Moon Wobble in early April 2010 as did the earthquake in Baja. If you have noted an event occurring near a Moon Wobble, email me.
Nodal Degrees & Fateful Events – True or Mean Node?
In the Degree of the Nodes refers to any planet or significant point that falls in the same degree of the lunar nodes in any sign. It must be the very same degree, not one higher or lower to come within one degree but actually in that same degree, regardless of the number of minutes. This shows a fated appointment or fateful event, possibly some sort of catastrophe. This indicator has been used mainly in Horary Astrology and if such a condition exists, it means the situation is out of the hands of the Querent.
The Nodes show where eclipses are occurring and eclipses are powerful New or Full Moons (lunations) associated with major events, sometimes catastrophic in proportion, especially total eclipses where the Sun and Moon are nearest the node, thus the origin of this interpretation technique. A planet in the degree of the nodes takes on the excitability of the North Node as well as some of the malefic influence of the South Node. The South Node is associated with a sacrifice or an obligation.
Highly respected astrologer Ivy Jacobson says that, “Any planet or angle in the same degree as the Nodes points to a catastrophe, casualty, fatality or tragedy in a horary or natal chart, the more far-reaching when a malefic is involved.” In The Way of Astrology, she further notes that during the year that a progressed angle lines up with a natal or progressed node, there will be some tragedy in the life. I have likewise found this to be quite a reliable prediction tool, however in my experience the term “tragic” is something of an overstatement unless there is substantial back up from other indicators that also points to a tragedy. More commonly, the unpleasant experiences in the life during these years are along the lines of accidents, health problems or surgeries, losing a job, bad credit, divorce and various “catastrophes” and regrettable situations that often occur as a result of previous poor judgment. One does get through the period but it is more difficult and longer lasting if the progressed angle comes first to the progressed node, soon followed by the angular alignment with the natal node.
The application of this technique is based on the position of the Mean Nodes, which was the method of calculating the lunar node positions up until the computer age. At that time a little bit different method of calculating the position of the lunar nodes became popular, referred to as the True Node. There is barely a difference in the two measurements, usually just a degree or so, but most everything written about the nodes and their karmic implications is based on the older method of calculation that gives their Mean position. This is discussed in my book, Lunar Nodes.
I have found this technique can also be applied in Mundane Astrology, except it is the True Node that appears most predictive and informative. For example, in the New Moon chart prior to killer Hurricane Katrina, Venus was in the degree of the True Nodes, sitting in the 6th house and in the sign Virgo. The North Node was 15 Aries 37 and Venus was 15 Virgo 42. Even by aspect Venus suggested sudden “dis-ease”, falling in the house of public health and well-being, opposed by Uranus. There was a second indicator that critical developments were brewing that would affect not just public health and safety but also impacting the civil services sector and emergency relief care workers such as the Red Cross. Jupiter was in a critical degree in the 6th house, ruling all such matters.
Similarly, the eclipse charts of late 2002 featured Neptune in the degree of the True Nodes prior to such major events as the beginning of the war in Iraq and the Shuttle Columbia tragedy. In the first case, Neptune accurately suggested some confusion or deceptive qualities, and the US entered that war based upon false intelligence. In the latter case, Neptune appropriately reflecting the disintegration of the shuttle and the wispy cloud like formations in the sky as a result. The Solar Eclipse chart prior to the historical blackouts in the eastern US of 2003 featured Saturn in the degree of the Nodes.
For event charts, it is the Mean Node that should be used, the same as for nativities and horary charts. For example, in his book, Horary Astrology, Plain & Simple, Anthony Louis illustrates the event chart for the San Francisco earthquake of ‘89 in which the Ascendant fell in the degree of the Mean Nodes. Similarly, the event chart for the earthquake and tsunami in late 2004 showed the Moon to be in the degree of the Moon’s Mean Nodes.
Examples of just a few people with planets or significant points in the degree of the Mean Nodes includes Martha Stewart (Part of Fortune), George W. Bush (Uranus), Bonny Lee Bakely (Venus), Jackie Bouvier (Ascendant/Descendant).
There are always numerous indicators for any one event and this rule of the degree of the nodes should be judged alongside the rest of the factors in any kind of chart. My book Eclipses, Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation contains a catalog of all the coming eclipse charts through the year 2012, with commentary on each, so it’s a handy reference for studying potential world events, or to learn more about the impact of eclipses and the meaning of the lunar nodes in your natal chart. Wishing you all the best in your studies, Celeste Teal
Part of Fortune
A natal planet in closest aspect to the Part of Fortune indicates an element of the character that can be utilized to bring forth material benefits as well as joy and happiness. As an example, if it is in close aspect to Mercury, this might be good for “fortune telling” or telling fortunes, or through the written or spoken word. If there are multiple planets in aspect to this part, they each represent talents or benefits to bring to the table but the closest aspect is most lucrative. The type of aspect signifies the amount of challenge encountered to bring about this ideal situation but even stressful aspects won’t prevent it.
The Part of Fortune is particularly strong if it is in the First or Tenth house, or if it forms a conjunction, sextile or trine to either Venus or Jupiter, the fortune planets. It is also quite strong and powerful for benefits and gains if it is conjunct the North Node. This aspect is discussed fully in my book Lunar Nodes. In fact any aspect of the Part of Fortune to the nodal axis is meaningful. Even having your Part of Fortune conjoined with the South Node has benefits as long as you are aware of the pitfalls.
You can also take advantage of temporary aspects to the Part of Fortune in your progressed chart or in your Solar Return or your Lunar Return chart. Mary, an astrology student, shares her experience with regard to her progressed Part of Fortune:
Dear Celeste, I was looking at my progressed chart and noticed that my progressed Part of Fortune in the 2nd house was exactly trine my progressed Midheaven. So I thought I would test Astrology, so all last week, I started to play the lottery, numbers that I always play, and I hit the number 3 times in 4 days and I had a ticket that I bought a month ago and hit that too, so in the last week I won $ 600. Now I notice that the Part of Fortune is moving away from my progressed Midheaven so my little lucky period is over, but it was allot of fun watching the aspect form, and winning like I did. In my Diurnal chart that you talk about in your book Identifying Planetary Triggers, the daily Part of Fortune also made nice aspects, and Venus conjunct the 5th house cusp for several days must have added to my good luck. The dates I hit the lottery were; Sept.14 $40.00, Sept.15 $80.00, Sept.19 $400.00, Sept.26 $200.00. Even my September Lunar Return had the Part of Fortune trine my natal Venus, so all my charts showed my little winning streak.
So, by being an observant and informed student, Mary was able to take advantage of her Part of Fortune. In fact, you can use your Lunar Return to predict a day of joy, happiness and fortune each month even if it is not necessarily a day to win money like Mary did. This is based on the Lunar Return Part of Fortune. I have typed up everything you need to know to get started making these kinds of predictions in a short article that is available for $5.95, titled Using Your Lunar Return to Predict a Day of Joy & Fortune Each Month.
To learn more about your progressed chart, your return charts or how to calculate your Daily chart (the Diurnal), refer to my book Identifying Planetary Triggers. If you aren’t utilizing your Daily chart yet, you’re missing out on important advance information surrounding your daily affairs. Best, Celeste
The Pleiades are a group of seven fixed stars, all falling within a degree of one another at the very last degree of the sign Taurus. The leading star, also known as Alcyone is the first of seven sisters, one of whom is lost and invisible. Besides Alcyone, the stars are named Maia, Electra, Merope, Taygete, Celaeno, and Sterope. The group are often referred to as the weeping sisters for when this degree falls in conjunction with the rising degree, the Midheaven, or another significant point, tragedies ranging from blindness to disgrace and ruin or even violent death have been associated. Accidents to the face are particularly noted and the group of stars have a Moon – Mars connotation; never a completely comfortable association.
Visually, the Pleiades was recognized to sit on the shoulder of the Bull in the constellation of Taurus. It was once believed that the Pleiades was the central Sun of the universe and it took the names of the Central One or the Foundation Stone in other regions. Near the beginning of the new millennium, the Pleiades actually began to move into the sign of Gemini, so at this point the sisters are straddling the cusp from the end of Taurus to the start of Gemini. We’ll be three quarters into the century before Alcyone reaches 1 degree of Gemini.
In the new edition of my book, Predicting Events with Astrology, there’s a section in the final chapter devoted to the Pleiades, including the types of events associated with this degree when it becomes prominent in the Solar Return or the progressed horoscope. Best wishes, Celeste Teal
The Sabian Symbols are visual images for each degree of the zodiac. Marc Edmund Jones initiated and led the project to discover the uniqueness of each degree. With the help of Elsie Wheeler, a gifted psychic who channeled the images in the early part of the last century, Jones recorded the images and dubbed them Sabian Symbols in honor of an ancient Mesopotamian occult brotherhood, convinced that they tapped a universal level of consciousness.
Not just a subdivision of the zodiac sign, the Sabian Symbols offer unique significance to each degree. It is one of the most mysterious elements in astrology and a key to deeper levels of interpretation. The images are modern depictions, familiar to and within the scope of experience of the typical student, enabling the student to extract the vital significance of a degree, although this may be a matter of intuitive ability in large part.
Marc Jones explains that symbolical astrology is an art and must be applied as such. Seldom to be taken literally, the symbols connected to the degrees should function as a catalyst to the astrologer’s higher understanding, enabling added content and implications to all areas of life.
Connected with both an individual element and an element of time, the Sabian Symbols of temporal charts such as Mundane ingresses or Horary charts are particularly insightful. For an example, the New Moon following the September attacks on the US fell in a degree that depicted a flag at half-mast in front of a public building. You can apply them to each planet and important point in your natal chart.
To apply the Sabian Symbols, any fraction of a degree must be rounded up to the next whole degree. So, if you have a planet at 21 degrees, 30 minutes of Taurus, the planet is in the 22nd degree of Taurus and that is the Sabian Symbol to apply. A planet at 15 degrees of Aquarius and 0 minutes is read as the 15th degree of that sign but 15 degrees and 1 minute or 15 degrees and 59 minutes is read as the 16th degree. The expression of a cycle of activity is given free-range as soon as it begins. Celeste Teal
A Stellium is made up of five or more planets in a house or sign. When a large group of planets are all together in one area, they all receive major transits within a short amount of time. If the transit is a good one, then all goes well, but if it is difficult, then this can bring a long spell of difficulties. In a natal chart, with half the planets involved, major transits can bring extreme reversals and have a life changing impact on a person. Therefore, a Stellium in an angular house portends great changes of fortune, with the good and the bad coming in patches. There are periods of success and recognition, which may be followed by a severe fall. A fall is followed by an amazing come back, and so on. There can be many of these ups and downs throughout life.
The Vertex, which is the west end of the true east-west axis through the birthplace, is connected with encounters and experiences over which one has little or no control. The Vertex is somewhat comparable to the Descendant. The degree opposite the Vertex is called the Antivertex.
Edward Johndro, who pioneered research to these points, set out to prove the Antivertex to be the most important end of this axis, noting the quality of destiny to these points. Similar to the Ascendant, Johndro called the Antivertex the Electric Ascendant and observed that while the Ascendant shows free choice and volitional life, the Electric Ascendant showed no choice and involuntary actions.
Later, Charles Jane convinced Johndro that it was really the Vertex that produced the best evidence and showed the greater emphasis as a point of fate. Not only encounters with others, but experiential encounters are noted with the Vertex; it shows appointments with destiny.
The new edition of my book, Predicting Events with Astrology, includes numerous examples of the types of experiences encountered when the Vertex is emphasized in the charts. Chapter One of my book, Identifying Planetary Triggers, also offers a compelling illustration of fate and destiny as promised by a spotlighted Vertex. Eclipses, Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation also speaks about the Vertex and there is much more in my book on the Lunar Nodes. Happy studies! Celeste Teal
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