Pattern Recognition in Astrology

by Hank Friedman

 

It takes skill, specifically pattern recognition, to ascertain themes in a birth chart. The following thematic groupings are an attempt to systematize what astrologers do intuitively and unconsciously. Note that for every theme, there are factors that should be present, and other factors that should be absent, for the theme to express itself.

 

1. Extroversion:

 

An extroverted – Fire or Air – rising sign.

 

The extroverted planets – Sun, Mars, Jupiter – are strong by being at an angle or alone in half the sky, etc.

 

The extroverted signs – Fire and Air signs – are occupied by a majority of the personal planets (i.e. through Jupiter).

 

The extroverted houses – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 – are occupied by a majority of the personal planets (i.e. through Jupiter). The most extroverted houses are the fire houses, 1, 5, and 9.

 

Absence of introverted themes (see below).

 

2. Introversion:

 

An introverted – Water or Earth – rising sign,

 

The introverted planets – Moon, Saturn – are strong.

 

The introverted signs – Water and Earth signs – are occupied by a majority of the personal planets (i.e. through Saturn).

 

The introverted houses – 4, 6, 8, 12 – are occupied by a majority of the personal planets (i.e. through Saturn).

 

An absence of extroverted themes (above).

 

3. Planetary Signature:

 

The planet under consideration is strong by sign (own sign or exalted).

 

The signs ruled by the planet are occupied by some of the personal planets (i.e. through Saturn).

 

The houses ruled by the planet are occupied by some of the personal planets.

 

The exaltation sign of the planet is occupied by some of the personal planets.

 

The planet aspects the Sun, Moon, and/or Ascendant.

 

A planet that would counterbalance the effects is not strong (e.g. Jupiter can balance Saturn, Mars can balance Venus, the Moon can balance the Sun, etc.).

 

Example effects of Signatures:

 

Saturn: solitary, slow, quiet, sober/somber, responsible, inhibited, negative, overworker, etc.

 

Mercury: lives in their head/thoughts, nervous, speedy, rationalizing, short bursts of interest, etc.

 

Sun: center of attention, dominant, showy, extravagant, loud, chauvinistic, over-disclosing, etc.

 

Moon: sensitive, nurturing, introverted, accommodating, receptive, impressionable, childlike, etc.

 

Mars: assertive, fast, active, athletic, angry, passionate, pushy, strong, impulsive, arrogant, etc.

 

Jupiter: optimistic, overweight, generous, overindulgent, exaggerating, wise, condescending, etc.

 

Venus: cooperative, self-abandoning, artistic, gentle, sensual, idealistic, social, avoids conflict, etc.

 

4. Inhibited or Depressed:

 

Earth sign rising.

 

Saturn in the first and/or aspecting Sun or Moon strongly.

 

Many planets in Earth signs, especially Virgo.

 

Neither Sun nor Moon nor focal planets in Fire signs.

 

Jupiter not on an angle.

 

5. Inflexible:

 

A Fixed sign rising.

 

Fixed signs occupied by the personal planets (i.e. through Saturn) and the Ascendant, with squares between them.

 

Sun or Mars strong, but not in mutable signs.

 

Saturn on an angle.

 

Neither Venus nor Moon on an angle.

 

6. Difficult Childhood.

 

The first planets to rise after birth are Saturn, Mars, Pluto, a Moon's Node.

 

Venus and Jupiter are weak by sign or combustion, and not on angles, and do not rise soon after birth.

 

Saturn or Mars rising.

 

Sun or Moon hard-aspected by Saturn.

 

Moon dark (within 72 degrees of the Sun, especially if waning and/or close to New).

 

The Sun or Moon in the Eighth or Twelfth House.

 

Either Node in the First or Fourth house.

 

Jupiter does not aspect the Ascendant.


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