ISSUE NO. 36
VAN Archive - www.Zyntara.com
The Chart, the Sky and the
Generally delineation begins with the natal chart with its patterns of planets embedded onto the ecliptic. However, we can also add to this the visual astrology component, which is the way the planets rise and set, the way they sit in the sky and whether they form parans to stars and thus have their meanings interwoven with these ancient sky myths. Thus reading a chart becomes not the single voice of a monologue or even the debating voices of a dialogue but rather a many-voiced approach, that which has been called a polylogue.
I recently had a client that I will call "Victoria" and her chart reading and her story shows the value of this many-voiced approach. Victoria was born into a middle class family in London. Her chart is below, so let us firstly look at a few basic points.
As the opposition of the T-square, this
Moon-Neptune causes a dilemma in how Victoria can appropriately use her
material versus intuitive /artistic/spiritual resources so that neither
erodes the other. She can, however, learn from her mother and her
grandmother (Moon-Neptune) to solve this dilemma by using her intellect
(Moon-Uranus) and to ground it through hard work (Uranus in the
How Victoria's thinks and
In this case fulfillment comes through the lens of her father-figure whom she sees as empowered (angular Sun) and who has high expectations for her (Sun-Saturn). So Victoria learns to work extremely hard (Saturn conjunct the MC and her Sun square Saturn) to fulfil those expectations and and in so doing, will give her imaginative and different thinking (Mercury on the ascendant and in fall in Pisces) shape and form (Sun-Saturn).
Her motivation and drive
A Mars-Pluto aspect in a chart describes energy that is immense, powerful and dynamic. It invigorates a person, making them a vibrant, sexual human being. However unexpressed it can erupt in rage and anger and if blocked or checked in any way it can even indicate health problems, such as excessive cell growth or immune system health problems. Not only does this fixed square in Victoria’s chart contain such a mechanism for blocked energy (Mars in Taurus) but Mars is conjunct the South Node, suggesting there may be an illness or behaviour pattern that Victoria has inherited.
My client’s biography contained all of these elements. She had
been in a lesbian relationship for some years reflected by her Jupiter in
detriment in the 7th house. Within that relationship she has given birth
to a daughter using sperm from a known-donor (an expression of her
Moon-Uranus). This daughter, now at primary school in London, had been
named for her paternal grandmother, a significant person in Victoria’s
life who had died when Victoria was eleven (indicated by her Moon-Neptune
/ Sun in Pisces / Sun square Saturn).
When Victoria contacted me, she had just received the news that
she had gained her MSc in Gender and Media Representation at the London
School of Economics and now wanted to take this into a PhD (Sun-Saturn)
with the aim eventually of publishing books on alternative gender
Victoria's Visual Astrology - adding
Mars (Nergal) is also quite separated from Venus, suggesting his behaviour is milder, calmer and fitting in with the other gods rather than the intensity of being in the underworld and close to Venus (2), again reinforcing the steadiness of Mars in Taurus.
However, as we further investigate the visual placement of this difficult natal Mars, we gain even more information. Look at the sky on the day that Victoria was born - image below.
Victoria’s natal horoscopic
story is being played out in this sky picture:
voice we can add to Victoria's story is to consider the planet and stars
combinations themselves. Starlight will print out the full listings
of parans (see VAN August 2005 and July 2006) and if you do not have
a list of your own parans you can get these free of charge from www.zyntara.com
Now... sitting underneath the Mars in Victoria’s chart are the
When she is a small child:
To work in impossible, or extremely difficult, circumstances - Curtailed passage
Since this occurs in the first third of Victoria’s life, it suggests that in her young years, members of her family may have felt crushed by the establishment and disempowered as they tried to move forward in their endeavours and that Victoria also feels she cannot fully express herself in what appears to be impossible, or extremely difficult, family circumstances.
There are no parans connected with Mars in the prime years of her life. The next paran to Victoria’s Mars occurs in her latter years:
Alkes as is setting as Mars is On Nadir
To take action to achieve and protect one's ideals
The third and last of Victoria’s parans in connection with her Mars occurs on the nadir, as the foundation stones or a summary of her life:
Castor as Mars is Rising
A person who plans, a thinker, a solver of problems
Victoria’s desire to continue on with a PhD in Gender Studies was well-founded and bodes well for her future desire to publish books on alternative gender lifestyles.
Whilst in this Newsletter I have only been able to touch on the broad brush strokes of delineating Victoria’s chart incorporating all three perspectives - the Chart on the Ecliptic, the Chart in the Sky and the Chart and its Stars - I hope you can see how the expression of a difficult aspect in the natal horoscope gains and benefits from its visual expression and the parans within which it comes into contact.
A picture is worth a thousand words to a client as well as to
the astrologer. The image of Victoria's Mars fleeing from the sea monster
Cetus gives us a powerful and deep understanding of Victoria's Mars which
is then reinforced both in her natal chart as well as in her star myths.
1. Gunzburg, Darrelyn (2004). Life After Grief: An Astrological Guide to Dealing with Loss (Bournemouth: The Wessex Astrologer).
2. StarLogos: The Conference (2007) – 3CD boxed set Studyshop – FLASH presentation.
3. Starlight Astrological software.
Reading Charts, Darrelyn Gunzburg is the main delineation
tutor for Astro Logos. This course is taught on line through our
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