It is usual to begin the interpretation of a horoscope with an brief overview. This allows the astrologer to find general characteristics which will provide a 'key' into the chart in question. Common methods are :-
|Hemisphere & Quadrant Analysis||The houses fall into 'hemispheres' - groups of 6 centred on the angles - and 'quadrants' - groups of 3 bounded by the angles. The Planets are unlikely to fall evenly distributed among the houses and, therefore, a particular hemisphere or quadrant will be emphasised by plantary placement.|
The hemispheres are interpreted as follows:-
The South (houses 7 - 12) - extroverted, the external world is most important.
The North (h. 1 - 6) - introverted, the internal world is most important.
The East (h. 10 - 3) - self-oriented.
The West (h. 4 - 9) - relationship-oriented.
The quadrants combine the qualities of the appropriate hemispheres.
|Predominant Element and Mode||The Planets, M.C. and Asc. are assessed according to their elements and modes.|
The predominant element and mode will hint at a particular sign. If, for example, the Air element and Cardinal mode are emphasised then the chart will have a 'Libran' quality.
|Planetary Pictures||In his book 'The Guide To Horoscope Interpretation' Marc Edmund Jones describes several basic shapes based on simply looking at the configuration of the planets in the horoscope. Each 'picture' suggests a general character type.|
A sequence for the intrepretation of a natal horoscope is shown below.
Note that the Ascendant, Moon and Sun are given priority before moving on to recurrant life experiences and daily life in general.
Also, when interpreting a planet in a sign and house, consider the planet to be the "what" is acting, the sign "how" it acts and the house "where" it acts.
||Planets in 1st. house||Aspects||Outermost Self|
||Sign & House||Aspects||Attitude Toward Life|
||Sign & House||Aspects||Persona|
||Sign & House||Aspects||Essence|
|5.||Major Aspect Patterns
||Recurrent Life Experiences|
|6.||"Round the Houses"
||For each house note:-
1. Sign on the house cusp.
2. Planet(s) in the house.
3. Ruler of the house
(according to its sign, house and aspects).
4. Aspects to the planet(s) in the house.
|Areas of Life|
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