Mercury Pluto: Insight or Inquisition?

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Continuing with my current theme of analysing Pluto contacts to personal planets, today I wish to look in detail at the Mercury – Pluto combination, which in keeping with all applications of Pluto evinces a range of difficult effects, most especially because until the behaviour is recognised and reconciled it creates a compulsion, which will be especially uncomfortable for the subject. Inevitably this difficulty and discomfort will affect important relationships too and ultimately – as with any Plutonic contact – the aspect must be transformed to prevent it becoming ultimately destructive. Aspects to Pluto from any of the personal planets are profoundly problematical, but as ever, the first and most effective step on the path to cure must be to recognise the behaviours and take responsibility for them. Owning up to our Plutonic compulsions, shining light upon them – uncomfortable though it may be – is often powerfully effective in transforming them: indeed, in many cases an “instant cure” is entirely possible.

Mercury Pluto, in keeping with other applications of Lord Hades deals with hidden, sinister and subtle aspects of communication and of course the mental processes that underpin them. Indeed, the entire arena of interpersonal communications is fraught for Mercury – Pluto, usually because of an early childhood that is characterised by difficulty, cruelty or power-games in communication matters. We shall explore these causal themes in the ensuing discussion, but first I would like to examine some of the specific effects.

Mercury Pluto is the aspectual manifestation of Mercury in Scorpio, which is renowned for being either verbose or rather monosyllabic. This implies nothing about the underlying mindset or facility for language or mental processing, but only the willingness or unwillingness to reveal the self. This is reflected perfectly by the aspects between Mercury and Pluto, most especially with the conjunction and to a lesser extent the easy aspects there is a loquacious response to the contact: these people talk, often exhaustively although without necessarily revealing much of substance about themselves. Conversely, those with hard aspects are not likely to give too much away, or at the very least – while they may talk freely – they are never comfortable talking about themselves in a way that is particularly incisive or revealing. In either case it boils down to a profound fear of communication and a sense that somehow words can cause pain and lasting damage. With the easy aspects there is not the same urgent sense of danger, but nevertheless there is a need to control the conversation which is engendered by the same mindset as the individual with the hard aspects. Often the Pluto conjunct Mercury person will talk exhaustively and exhaustingly, and the ‘listener’ will often walk away feeling tired and somewhat overwhelmed by the experience. In any case, the process of communicating, with easy aspects or hard, is uncomfortable for both parties involved in the dialogue.

It should be remembered that any aspect between Mercury and Pluto will evince one or other of these effects. For my own part I am extremely familiar with Mercury – Pluto as I have Mercury in Scorpio, peregrine and semi-square, contraparallel and in mutual reception with Pluto, I can speak from experience as to its effects.

With the hard aspects especially, the sense of difficulty with communication creates an observer rather than a participator. Here is somebody who is aware of every subtle nuance of communication and is typically deeply distrustful of words. Usually it will be found that Mercury – Pluto grew up in an environment where truth was taboo, and one or both parents will have been the murky wellspring from which this skewed sense of things was first experienced. It is also possible that an older brother or sister was the cause of the problem or some difficult secret in connection with that sibling or one that haunted and tainted the family environment in some way might be found to be in evidence. On a fairly simplistic level, the Mercury Pluto child will have learned early on that words were not to be trusted at face value. The resentful and controlling mother who would tell her child: “of course I love you darling, more than anything in the world” while evincing no genuine or believable warmth is one good example of this effect. There is then a dichotomy here, between words and more subtle forms of non-verbal communication that have poisoned the child’s perceptions. Body language, ever a reliable indicator of true feelings, is therefore valued much more highly than any simple verbal statement, but this again is fraught with difficulty. The Mercury – Pluto person is formed in such away that they are innately suspicious of any communication: this is very often sensed by others, who feel that they are “on the spot” somehow, and their body language will betray their discomfort which will in turn set off the ultra-sensitive radar of Mercury – Pluto. This can create a cycle of suspicion, distrust and interrogation that is especially exhausting within close relationships later in life.

Therefore, the Mercury – Pluto type is often handicapped in life by being too perceptive and it is through this mechanism of not being able to take things at face value and exhausting oneself and others by continually investigating the most subtle of interactions that the damage is done.

The child learned to do things this way because of the unreliability of close family communications. Language may have been used to damaging effect by a parent or sibling, secrets were kept and wielded almost politically within the early home environment and this actually characterises very neatly the quality of this combination for the afflicted. Words cannot ever mean what they say, there is usually a hidden agenda, an ulterior motive, a secret being kept: indeed this is exactly the case in the childhood home, but the problem is that the child grows up and takes this same understanding out into the world and applies it indiscriminately to every relationship in the whole of life from then on.

But there is a more profound realisation here too. It is not actually so much what is said that concerns Mercury – Pluto, but indeed what is  not said. This creates an anxiety about communication that is really very disturbing: this is why the native talks so much (in the conjunction or easy aspect), not because they have anything much to say, but because they are terrified of the silence and what it might mean. The child will no doubt have been controlled with lack of communication as much as the use of ugly, brutal or cruel language. A parent or sibling may have ostracised or ignored the child as a means of creating an emotional anxiety, or made vague, open-ended threats which would have created a sense of foreboding and impending anguish all with the express purpose of eliciting control.

There is too a legacy of damaging secrets in the early home which would have reinforced this sense of anguish, very often there are half-brothers or sisters who are kept secret or in some other way separate from the rest of the family. There may also have been other secrets relating to siblings which, when revealed created anxiety in the native: I have seen cases where a more favoured sibling is secretly given money or some other treat or benefit by a parent unbeknown to the Mercury Pluto child and when this is learned the assurances by the parent that they love their children equally become hollow and suspect.

At its best, and transformed, Mercury Pluto makes an excellent researcher and psychologist. Able to delve into the deeper and more innate realities of interaction they can often see cause where others cannot; they see the subtle motivations that are in fact pre-cognitive, and in a very real sense they do not need the words to arrive at an understanding. In fact, the Mercury – Pluto person can often be frustrated at the depth of their understanding because words are ultimately a rather blunt instrument when trying to convey the profundity of their insight and this creates another signature of the contact of course: Mercury Pluto despises the superficial and capricious. Intense and insightful, but with a need to avoid obsessing, Mercury Pluto is a natural researcher and student of human nature and motivation, they make excellent counsellors and – once the aspect is transformed – powerful and persuasive communicators who are able to see into the heart of any matter.

Moon – Pluto: the Gathering Storm

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Recently I wrote an extensive article on the key tenets of Sun-Pluto contacts. Today I would like to discuss in similar depth, the themes of Moon’s application to the Lord Hades, its effects being less outwardly manifest, but absolutely as far-reaching and powerful. The same quality of course will permeate the astrology of anyone born with Moon in Scorpio or with Moon in the 8th house. Also, it should not be forgotten that Moon in parallel or contraparallel to Pluto will evince a similar influence upon the life of the native.

The key understanding here is that Plutonic energies are brought to bear on lunar qualities in the life; which can have a number of dramatic effects, dependent as ever upon the evolvement of the subject and to some extent too the house and sign of the contacts. Our understanding of aspects especially leads us to an understanding of first principles: the conjunction is the most innate and in some sense therefore the most seemingly intrinsic blend and here most especially the sign and house become of paramount consideration. The Pluto in Scorpio generation will no doubt create a slew of individuals with this effect in serious overdrive, in Libra relationship themes will predominate, and Virgo might display extreme pragmatism as an obvious outlet for this combination. The particular nature of the aspect however is not especially key in my view, since in reality, all aspects are squares with the most marked difference between them being for the most part subjective. Moon square Pluto individuals might struggle more in themselves with the discomfort of the aspect, and their expression of it will therefore be more apparently stressed, but the impetus is just the same as it is for the trine or the conjunction.

Moon Pluto creates anything but milk and water types, their best qualities are self-sufficiency and an ability to stand alone, these natives are tough, resilient to the nth degree and too they are tough on themselves, as we shall see during the course of this discussion.

Let us begin with the simple observation that Pluto is murderous and implacable. This has to do of course with the birth-death-rebirth archetype of the Scorpio principle, one that is engendered in Persephone (Proserpina) the maiden-wife of her uncle who raped and stole her away to Tartarus thus incurring the wrath of Ceres. Every 6 months Proserpina is reborn and reunited with her mother and the crops grow again until harvest and winter whereupon she descends once more into the underworld to be with her husband. Similarly then, there is a cyclic quality to anything that Pluto touches and holds in his power; a thing must be killed before it can be reborn. The rebirth allows an evolvement too, so, perhaps in an ongoing facsimile of the karmic cycle, the killing is enacted in order that something improved might take its place, very much like the phoenix rising from the ashes of what went before. The phoenix too is blind, hinting at the compulsive quality of the cycle, we are very often blind to these same compulsive effects, and it takes a rare honesty and courage to face up to the Plutonic heart which beats life into our darker motives. Here though, the Moon, an already fluctuating and oft-times obscured energy in the psyche is combined with this dark impetus: the emotions must be killed too, especially at times of great distress and this occurs simply because – supercharged as they are by Hadean force – they would otherwise be overwhelming. The double edged sword of Pluto combinations is again revealed, the very power that generates such intensity becomes itself a source of threat and menace, it is as though the force is too great to be integrated, so it is partially absorbed and then one must shy away at the last so as not to be burned in the ensuing conflagration.

This creates a facility for emotional amputation that is the dark-side of a habitually intense, passionate and rich emotional life. For the most part, the native with Moon-Pluto contacts can experience even the minutiae of life in a strangely profound manner, but when there is serious anguish or confrontation, most especially within close or family relationships, the manner which once seemed remarkable for its passion and connectedness becomes suddenly cold, distant and aloof. This is simply the drowning point of Plutonic feeling where the native cannot allow the emotions to run any higher, so a facility has developed to forgo them completely. In almost every case this relates back to the mother, in keeping with the lunar quality and usually there is a sense that the mother in some way used a subtle form of emotional manipulation to try and control the child, perhaps by withholding affection to ensure compliance. The problem however is that the child, learning in a more fundamental manner than any adult can hope to emulate becomes even better at sealing off the emotional side of their nature than the parent; in any case, the relationship with the mother is always likely to be difficult. This might manifest in a number of ways. It could be the case that the mother is seen as being unusually powerful or intense or even cruel, or in some other way she embodies a Plutonic principle; often she may have survived some difficulty in her own life and herein lies a further observation about Moon-Pluto, issues of survival become manifest. Most often this can be seen to operate at a number of levels, and it may be experienced through outside agents (most especially with the opposition) or it could even be self-inflicted.

Consider the themes of Moon and create from them a sense of struggle for survival, and a propensity to Spartanism (a key tenet of Pluto) the mother therefore might not be especially nurturing. The same can be said for those with Moon in Pluto’s domicile, Scorpio and also his house, the 8th. Very often children with these placements are made to ‘make do’ or suffer some form of privation that sets them apart from others. One friend of mine with a strong Moon-Pluto configuration was always forced to make do with the cheapest school shoes and soccer boots, such that they hurt his feet because they were so cheap and poorly made. His mother saw the cost of good shoes as a waste of money since he would only grow out of them anyway. This seemingly trivial economy belies the normal priorities for a mother at least in the eyes of the child: the mother is supposed to consider the welfare, happiness and comfort of the child as being of paramount importance and yet here is a subtle message that the child is undervalued, not worth the expense and not very well nurtured.

This lesson is often taken to heart too.

The Moon-Pluto child might become painfully awkward when attending to their own nurturing as a result. As adults they may develop compulsions about food and dietary issues and this is why Moon-Pluto more than any other contact seems to associate with eating disorders, although in general terms there will invariably be several other supporting factors in the astrology too. As an example, consider the fascinating and tragic case of Karen Carpenter who died aged only 32 from complications relating to anorexia:

Karen Carpenter, musician. 2 Mar 1950 11:45 (+5:00) New Haven CT, USA

Karen Carpenter, musician. 2 Mar 1950 11:45 (+5:00) New Haven CT, USA

Moon Pluto is not even the standout feature here, Uranus peregrine and rising but ruled by the Moon which is conjunct Pluto of course is the key factor. Ebertin ascribes to Uranus the manifestation of rhythm and Carpenter was considered to be a virtuoso drummer and indeed played the drums on every studio track she recorded. Uranus in Cancer of course can create a number of effects, most commonly wanderlust and ofttimes a sudden break from the home environment, but here, consider the conjunction to Ascendant which really creates enormous nervous tension and with the lunar rulership (and on the Aries point too!) a genuine issue with nurturing that might well have a physical manifestation.

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First of all consider the presence of Saturn in Virgo. Here there is a test of diet and assimilation as much as anything else. One friend of mine with Saturn in Virgo is a lifelong vegetarian and has at various times been vegan and fruitarian and indeed is quite fixated on diet such that – whilst he explains his interest as a concern for good, clean living – it resembles something closer to a grim and onerous duty to the onlooker. This is common enough with Saturn in Virgo and indeed, Karen Carpenter was notorious for her dieting. Indeed, malnutrition was cited as a major factor in her death which technically occurred when she was putting on weight during her recovery from anorexia: the extra bulk put strain on her heart which failed as a result (and Pluto is on the degree for the right auricle of the heart in her astrology.)

Sun opposes Saturn too and here there is often a genetic or congenital difficulty. I have Sun opposition Saturn and was born with a cardiac shunt (more commonly known as a hole in the heart) and because of Sun’s rulership of Leo it can very often create a heart difficulty of some form. Here though, with Saturn in Virgo there is an imbalance triggered through diet and with Saturn in the 4th, thus ruled by the Moon, which rules the chart, there is enormous emphasis placed on food and nurturance in general.

Not shown in the nativity is a tee-square from Su – Sa to both Ceres and Hygeia conjunct in Sagittarius and the 6th. Here are further food issues, with Ceres in Virgo’s house and Hygeia too, quite possibly at home there, but profoundly stressed. There is no real doubt however that she was in recovery from her eating disorder and had she survived at the very last she may have gone on to live out the rest of her life comfortably. That is the nature of the early difficulty implied by Saturn and the general tenor of the tee-square itself, which must trine out eventually.

Pluto too rules the 6th, so the small matters of maintaining one’s good health in a prudent and balanced Hygeian manner is a life and death issue for her, and with Pluto conjunct Moon? Nurturance and food are bound to figure.

Memories too can be a rich source of feeling for those with Moon – Pluto contacts and they may have access to powerful emotional recollections from early childhood, a time which might hold a store of rich and often difficult experiences. The Moon of course corresponds most closely with the earliest childhood as well as the final days of life, so the theme of the beginnings of life will undoubtedly be played out at the end of life too for those with this configuration. All of these disparate elements though are connected with the cascade effect of the astrology wherein – like a fountain where the water moves with gravity from one tier to the next – the strength and intensity of the emotional life plays out in all the various interrelated factors and contacts in the inner and outer life. Pluto supercharges the lunar qualities and lends an imperative to transformation, usually through intense, difficult and uncomfortable experience. The emotions therefore are over-powered, which is unquestionably pleasant when the emotions are themselves pleasant, but as soon as anger, jealousy or some other difficult feeling is experienced it becomes overly intense resulting in hard lessons. The Moon-Pluto individual must therefore learn to moderate these outbursts of negative feeling, otherwise like the Scorpion that corresponds to Pluto at his most unevolved, he will even sting himself to death when attacking his enemy. The only possible and lasting solution is true transformation. This creates a necessity to develop self-awareness, so that the snake might be realised from the scorpion, the eagle from the snake, and ultimately, the indestructible phoenix from the eagle. It is only with evolvement therefore that the richness and profundity of emotional experience and feeling promised by this configuration can be realised and its damaging excesses left behind. As ever with Pluto, absolute honesty and a willingness to confront the darkness within are of paramount importance.

Help with your own Moon – Pluto problems can be found here.

Advanced Rectification using Solar Arcs

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(I should like to apologise before I begin today’s article for not posting on Friday, I have been feeling under the weather the last few days.)

One of the abiding joys of my astrological life is the infinitely subtle art of rectification. Some of us are lucky in that we are somehow aware of the exact moment of naissance, but even the most observant of parents might be amiss by some minutes and in fact, often by even more than that if they are not so observant of the exact timings.

So when actually are we born? This ought to be the first question and when you consider the actual prosecution of a birthing there are a few likely candidates. Is it the moment the head pops out? When the whole body is free of the mother? When the cord is cut? These are all possibilities, however, in my view, it is the moment of the first independent breath, which is almost certainly the child’s first cry. It is this very announcement of oneself as a distinct and independent entity that is most crucial.

The reality of childbirth, especially for those of us who are less concerned with astrological issues rarely lends proceedings a great deal of exactitude; indeed, it can often be many minutes after the birth when somebody thinks to look up at the clock, and assuming in all the commotion that the birth happened some 15 minutes ago and rounding it to the nearest quarter hour a time is decided upon that seems more or less accurate and that is noted down. Often, this is a best case scenario: some parents can only recall that it was sometime before lunch and therein lies an entire mountain of uncertainty.

And too there is no question but that the timing of a birth is absolutely crucial, and even an apparently astonishingly accurate time can be considerably off the mark. I have rarely found a case where the purported birth time is especially accurate, and usually this amounts to at least a few degrees of arc in the actual astrology. This might not even be a problem except where one finds an Ascendant in the final or first degrees of a sign, in which case rectification is absolutely necessary since so many factors might otherwise be affected by the outcome. Consider the dilemma of being uncertain as to whether Gemini or Cancer were on the 7th cusp! The likely story would be dangerously different were that to be read incorrectly.

It is for this reason that I would usually ask for a few major event timings from any prospective client before I embarked upon any serious exploration of their astrology, most especially if the time supplied suggested more than one sign on the 1st or the 10th; and of course, for the purpose of accurate prediction an accurate time is beyond essential.

I have worked a great deal with Solar Arcs, and they are powerful and insightful beyond measure. Unquestionably, if the birth time is accurate all manner of events are able to be brought to light with very precise timing indeed. I intend today to delineate a broad methodology of rectification by Solar Arc; there are fine-tuning methods which are a little too advanced for this discussion, however, the expectation of pinpointing a birth time within 3 minutes is absolutely reasonable using this approach.

What it should also demonstrate is that you should not take your own time for granted even if it appears to be very accurate. I will use my own astrology to demonstrate the principles involved and I am sure that if you were to follow these same principles then you would quickly be assured of its veracity in your own case, however, this is a rather advanced method and you will struggle to manage it without the benefit of a computer software package which can calculate the very accurate timings required.

First then, a little about Solar Arcs. These are based upon a development of Ptolemy’s primary directions (wherein the beautiful and arcane day for a year system was first espoused) which he devised in the 2nd Century AD. These formed the basis for Antonius Maginus’ secondary progressions (in around 1600) and this theory was further developed by the great Johannes Kepler in the same period. Refinement after refinement was made, including Naibod’s contribution: the mean motion of the diurnal Solar movement (59°08″) which opened the way for the possibility of a Solar Arc theory. Of course, Solar Arcs only became possible once the accuracy of both mathematical theory and an understanding of orbital mechanics could catch up: the Sun does not move at the same speed every day of the year, so it requires a progression based upon the precise and individual daily movement of the Sun dependent upon which time of year you are born rather than a progression based upon Naibod’s mean daily motion. The system becomes unusable otherwise, unless you happen to be born on the one or two days of the year where the Sun’s daily motion happens to be exactly equal to the Naibod mean.

Fortunately, we do not ever have to worry about this potential discrepancy because our software allows us to be absolutely precise, but put simply, Solar Arc theory rests upon the premise that the year for a day system is absolutely defintive providing it is based upon the solar movement for that particular day, not some generalised constant. Once we have this understanding, we are in business.

Now, before we begin a word about broad strokes. With the rising sign, appearance is invariably pertinent and I have been caught out by this significantly in the past. Receiving an at-first-glance distinctly accurate time should not stop you having a look at that person to ensure that their appearance is a good fit with their rising sign. This is not always helpful with the presence of stressful aspects, tightly configured rising planets and so forth, but it is a good bet that there will be considerable strength lent to this or that candidate sign should two possibilities arise on the basis of appearances alone. Libra and Scorpio rising give entirely different looks of course and invariably Libra has a propensity for pastels while Scorpio likes burgundy and purple in their dress so you will normally be able to tell at a glance which of the two signs is the best bet. Then you can begin on the work of rectification.

This is how it transpired (broadly) in my own case.

I was told by my mother that I was born around 6 am. That’s the best information I had been given and no amount of haranguing her would evince a more accurate response, so I was prepared for a time anywhere between 5.30 and 6.30 with a probability that a time nearer to 6 would be more believable. Immediately I was faced with a dilemma since any time before 6:07 am on the day of my birth gives a Virgo Ascendant, Libra follows that time, so potentially I have both. Of course, my Sun is in Libra, so that might explain my Libran looks while the ruler of my Ascendant were it to be in Libra would be Venus in the first degree of Virgo and conjunct Jupiter in Leo (explaining my propensity for growing long hair), so I was not easily swayed to one sign or the other.

So I employed Solar Arc theory.

First I took a number of significant events in my life and determined to look for these based upon the Arc system. This is not especially easy because we are invariably event-driven in our grasp of this life, rather than feeling-driven which says rather more about the experiential nature of the Solar Arc. Thus we might consider that the day our father died to be profoundly significant (and it is), but perhaps we had known it was coming for a long time and we were shocked by it and actually maybe we did not mourn him all at once and thus the process of losing our father happened over a 2 or 3 year period, so it is never easy to assume that an event, simply because we think it ought to be important, is going to show up in the Arc. I settled in my own case on 3 specific happenings, and these were:

  1. The day I was sent to boarding school in September 1979.
  2. The birth of my daughter in May 1996.
  3. The occasion where my business partner stole £100,000 of my money and left me facing bankruptcy and ruin in late 2005.

These were all profoundly powerful occurences in my life and there was no question about the vagaries of timing in each case. Events 1 and 3 were profoundly traumatic: when I was sent to school it was whilst my parents were getting a divorce – which was a difficult transition for me . The birth of my daughter by contrast was one of the happiest and most positive occasions of my entire life thus far, she was a beautiful, sunny, healthy child who enriched my world no end. The last event caused an incredible crisis in my life of course: I had spent 10 years working on creating software for Nortel only to have the whole lot stolen by my business partner (who was the “sales and marketing guy” of the operation) and who then used the money that was rightfully mine to fund a legal defence of his actions which I simply did not have the money to fight, and in fact I spent my savings on attempting to see some justice done to no avail when spurious technicality after spurious technicality was brought to bear to use all my resources. It was a very depressing time and a hard lesson in trust for me too, and it was at that point that I decided to go back to my previous vocation of astrology.

So, to the Solar Arc theory once more. There is really only one key understanding that is required and this is that major upheavals and events in life are determined by Solar Arc directions to the angles. That really is it and you should work primarily with 4th harmonic aspects too, since they appear to be far and away the most effective in predictive matters.

Here then is the biwheel depicting the natal and SA correspondences for Sept/Oct 1979 with my birthtime set at 6am:

arcs01In the diagram the outer circle are the Solar Arc directions and the inner circle the radix (natal) positions).Now the arcing planet will always have a profound impact upon the resultant experience and since my Mars is in the 3rd (school) and with the aforementioned birth time is only a degree and a half from the IC, I was quite confident that the 6am time I had been given was close. Now crucially, one degree of arc is equal to 4 minutes of time (the Ascendant moves fully through the zodiac in a day, 1440 minutes in a day: 1440/360=4) so a degree and a half suggests that my timing was around about 6 or 7 minutes off exact. So next, I look at the birth of my daughter:

arcs02Here then is the arc corresponding to the birth of my daughter, and rather suspiciously you can see yet again that it has overshot the mark (in this case the Ascendant) by a similar margin. Now Venus applying to the Ascendant very often signifes a birth, so I knew that here again, the same measure was being mooted by the arc differential. Here the discrepancy was almost exactly the same – in the case of Mars and school 1°17″ and here with the birth of my daughter 1°13″, a mere 4 minutes of difference for two of the biggest events of my life some 17 years apart!

arcs03The last example was marginally more problematical since it was rather an insidious process. The point at which I learned that my business partner had been setting me up was quite considerably after the point at which he had started actually planning it, and this seemed to me very in keeping with the nature of Neptune: deception, duplicity and disappointment and certainly all these themes featured very heavily in the process and the result of course forced me to reevaluate my life in rather less materialistic terms, another key tenet of Neptunian understanding, so the arc was wider in this case, but undoubtedly the deceit had begun long before. I was not at all put off by this, in fact it fit the guise of Neptune perfectly!

Just a little more than 2 degrees at the point which I became aware of the problem, and it all fits. I needed to rectify my chart by a few minutes forwards in time dependent – of course – upon the unique Solar movement of the day that I was born. I rectified my chart accordingly to place all these events on their respective angles and came up with a time of 6:10am. Now this is only 10 minutes off the time my mother gave me so it seems accurate enough, but of course my Ascendant sign changed from 28°Vi47″ to 00°Li32.

And what’s more I was then able to move back and forth through the months of my life and see a “hit” occur on one of the angles. Pluto conjunct Ascendant? My grandmother died and I was utterly devastated. Uranus conjunct Ascendant in 1971? My father adopted me (a complete change of life direction and meaning). Jupiter conjunct Ascendant? I was offered a prominent research position at Cambridge University. Everything fits: perfectly.

Now, what’s more intriguing is that I can scan forwards in time and see when the next major hit will occur. December 2012 Moon = MC by SA. Might be interesting!

Now there are methods of refinement since invariably the Secondary Progressed Moon or a major outer planet transit will trigger a Solar Arc event and this should enable you – particularly by using the SP lunar motion of a degree a month to pinpoint with fair accuracy the timings of the SA events thus refining things further, but usually this is not necessary.