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Fortuna, Aspects and Energy
of Fortune Tarot card by Nigel
reader wrote me about the significance of the multitude of Kites,
Mystic Rectangles and Yods in her chart but upon closer examination,
many of these aspects involve the Part of Fortune and the Nodes
of the Moon rather than planets or luminaries. Which brought up
an interesting point of discussion: what really do aspects describe,
and what points should be considered?
the birthchart, the Sun represents our essential Self, the Moon
our emotional nature, and the seven traditional planets each represent
an aspect of our personality. The outer planets each show a mode
of transformation and soul growth. Aspects, or geometric angles,
between the inner and outer planets show the way the different
parts of our personality work together and how they are used for
the evolution of our soul. The qualities (elements and whether
fixed, cardinal or mutable) of the signs that the planets fall
in show the energy that is at work in each of the planets, and
the aspects show the way those energies harmonize or create conflict.
aspects including the T-square, Grand Cross or Grand Trine describe
the way the energies of the planets involve relate to each other.
These create energy imbalances (squares and crosses) or loops
(trines) that affect our everyday lives. Yods, Kites and Mystic
Rectangles are combinations of harmonious aspects with challenging
ones that describe again the way the energies of the planets alternatively
conflict and harmonize to bring about personal growth.
are many points that astrologers work with that may or may not
be considered in these aspects: Chiron, other asteroids, the Moon's
nodes, fixed stars, etc. Certainly the more points are included
the more aspects will be found in the chart. But do these aspects
accurately describe the psychological makeup of the individual?
me, the question to ask before including points in the calculation
of aspects is this: Does the point in question operate within
the soul or psyche of the individual or does it act as a point
of information or a signpost?
example, in my work I use Chiron as a regular planet, no different
from Mercury or Saturn. To me, Chiron is clearly a part of the
energy makeup of the individual since it's role is to channel
psychic energy through the body and it describes how the individual
will react when that energy is blocked or stifled.
Ascendant and Midheaven are not a part of the internal energy
system of the individual although they do show the personality
(ascendant) and public life (midheaven). The lifestyle that we
choose through these points does affect our internal operations
and I do look at aspects to the ascendant and midheaven.
Nodes of the Moon are a bit trickier. These points tell a story
about our evolutionary history, depicting the areas of life that
come easily to us but which tend to hold us back (South Node)
and the areas of life that make up our evolutionary destiny (North
Node). These points are more like signposts and they don't actually
operate within the individual. While I look at these points in
terms of which pieces of the chart are more karmic in nature,
I would not include them in Grand Crosses or other aspects which
describe psychological systems or a certain expression of psychic
energy within the individual.
same is true of the Part of Fortune or any of the 100 or so other
Arabic Parts. The Arabic Parts are mathematical calculations incorporating
usually three points in the chart to provide additional clues
to interpretation. The Part of Fortune (or Pars Fortunae) is the
only one of these in common usage today and it is commonly interpreted
as an indicator of well-being and success. In my work I sometimes
use it as indicating a key to integrating the birthchart, although
over the years I have used it less and less since the rest of
the chart does a much better job of accomplishing the same thing
with much greater detail.
Part of Fortune is like a messenger but it is not a part of the
individual, and therefore, in my view, it should not be calculated
with aspects denoting psychological and psycho-spiritual systems.
I'd be interested to hear other opinions on this subject as I
think there are many different ways to approach this.