Casting the Horoscope
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We have now come to the point in our exploration that we can discuss the setup of the horoscope. For this, we will make use of all insights we have been able to establish so far one by one. The emphasis will be on their intrinsic, qualitative aspect, for analogical thinking is all about the organic coherence of the whole.
The links provided in this text are intended for readers who feel a need for a quick review of our discussion of the measuring systems. However, the summary on the current page should really be enough to refresh your memory.
Casting the horoscope step by step
In order to get an idea of the setup of the horoscope, let us take a quick look at the measuring systems again. As we have seen, all three measuring systems are set up in an analogical manner: they all consist of three elements whose functions are analogous to each other (7.3). The values that are measured by each of these systems form the foundation for any horoscope. The starting point is always the South point.
Our personal horoscope is based on the celestial situation at a specific place and time. Both are anchored in the South point. In order to find this point, let us imagine that we stand in an open field, facing South. Directly above and beneath us are own Zenith and Nadir.
By imagining a vertical plane in front of us that emerges from our Zenith and our body’s symmetry axis (following the direction of our nose towards the South), we can project our Zenith on the distant horizons before and behind us. These form the South and North points (figure 8.1.1).
These two points are central to the horoscope, for the time and place of observation are anchored in these points in the Horizonsystem.
fig. 8.1.1 Projection of the vertical body axis on the South and North points on the horizon
Subjected to time and place
In this first projection, the Zodiacal positions of Houses or planets have not entered the picture yet. Still, the qualities of the point where we stand on the horizontal plane, our observational point, have now been divided, polarized and transferred to the North and South points on the horizon. In other words, from our place of observation, the center (which is us) has made itself known through these two points on the horizon. It now has individualized. The gnomon (3.2) hast cast its shadow.
This form of projection enables us to ‘pick up’ all other celestial factors from space and transfer them to one of our measuring systems. Now, for the setup of the horoscope, we need to bear in mind the following:
As intermediary agent, the Equator System (which indicates the South point in the alpha-z) is an ideal candidate, since it incorporates both the Horizon plane and the Ecliptic plane.
fig. 8.1.2 The three planes in which the South point is projected from the Horizon plane to the Equator and Ecliptic planes in alpha-Z and lambda-Z.
This is because the Equator system coincides both with the Horizon system in the East-West axis and with the Ecliptic system in the axis 0° Aries () - 0° Libra ().
Thus the Equator system connects, at any time of day or night, the individual sphere with the cosmic sphere. In the setup of the horoscope, the South point is the starting point for this.
Based on their respective reference points, the Ecliptic is sometimes called the Solar Sphere, the Horizon system is also known as the Ascendant Sphere and the Equator system, because of its intermediary role, is considered to display Lunar qualities.