Beginning Lessons in Uranian Astrology:

 Lesson 1: Planetary Pictures 

Ruth Brummund, Dipl Psych

© Translation from German by L Blake Finley, M.A. Linguistics

We have the chart data to enter into our computer program and now need to ascertain the correct time zone and whether hours are to be added or subtracted.

To prepare for our work, we will need 3 types of data:

1) A data list showing the longitudes of the planets, transneptunians, and relational points,

2) a horoscopic chart in the 90° format, and 

3) a listing of the midpoints in the chart notated in the 22.5° system (16th harmonic).

all of which are available in the Aureas Special Uranian program, which includes a versatile on-screen 90° dial chart, with functions that make midpoint analysis easier than when using a printed chart and dial manually.

An illustration of the 90° dial can be seen here. 

The dial shows two rows of numbers. Starting at 0° we see the degrees marked in 5° increments, on both sides, around the outer circle of the dial, until we reach 45°. Then we take note of the second circle inside, which starts with 45° and continues up to 90°. Thus we see 5° on the outer circle corresponding with 85° on the inner, 20° to 70° 30° to 60° and then 45° to 45°. Because of this arrangement, we can easily detect symmetrical relationships within the chart.

The pointer (at 0° and 90° of the dial) can be set toward any given point on the chart. We will then note where each of the other factors in the chart is located in relation to 0°.

At this point, I would like to relate a story. One day, Alfred Witte was sitting at the shore and threw a stone into the water. He observed how small circular waves emanated outward from where the stone first contacted the water. Then, when he threw two stones into the water at the same time, he noted that at the central meeting point of the two circular patterns, a straight line was formed.

We can also observe similar patterns in the movements of a boat. If it is stopped in a still harbor with the motor turned off, it creates practically no waves. However, if someone starts the motor and the propellor begins to turn, continual circular motion is triggered in the surrounding water. Traveling outward, away from the shore, the boat arrives in proximity to other boats, and at the point where the waves created by each boat meet, we also see a straight line formed in the water.

We can translate this undular motion into what would occur out in the cosmos. Every planet, due to its rotation, sends vibrational waves out into the atmosphere, and straight lines result when they meet up with the vibrations of other planets. This motivated Alfred Witte to take note of the significance of midpoints. When the energies of any two planets intermix, they counteract yet ultimately complement each other in a noteworthy manner.

In cases where a third planet lies at the midpoint of the first two we just considered, a "planetary picture" is formed. On page 54 of the German anthology "Man: A Receiving Station of Cosmic Influences", Alfred Witte wrote: "A planetary picture is formed by three planets when one of them is located at the midpoint of the other two. These three planets can actually exist in six possible sequences in relationship to each other; and within these six possible sequences, each of the three planets will lie at the midpoint of the other two in 2 of the 6 sequences"; and he continues: "the two outlying planets would together exert an influence on the planet occupying their symmetrical axis."

Now, in a personal chart we will observe how planetary pictures are detected. Thus we will look at the natus of Bill Gates, born 1955.Oct.28 at 22h00 PST in Seattle (122W20 x 47N36).

First, we set the 0° pointer of the dial on 0° Aries of the chart and look to the right and to the left for symmetrical relationships. We refer to this approach as investigation of the axis. We will find factors to either side at approximately the same degrees, left and right. Since with the 90° dial we have a fourfold magnification of the 360° dial, it is easier to recognize more precisely where the midpoints, as well as the individual factors, are located. The 90° dial is also easier on our eyes. In our later years in particular, we would all want to preserve our vision and protect the sensitivity of our eyes.  At the distance of 3° we find Cupido to the left and Vulkanus to the right, notated as CU/VU. At 5° we find the MC to the left and Apollon to the right, actually closer to 6° notated as MC/AP.

 If we now go back to the concept of the planetary picture, incorporating the factor in the middle, we note that AR=CU/VU=MC/AP, and we thus have 2 single planetary pictures. In order to find further pictures, we could also quickly glance at a printout listing the midpoints.

  The Sun, as the source of life and vitality,is the most important point in a chart. We now rotate the dial so that 0° points to the Sun and we look for symmetries.

 We find at 22° and 23° Jupiter and Kronos on one side, and Poseidon on the other. This can be notated as JU/PO, KR/PO. This alone is the indicator of a highly unique personality in a special position. In working with the 16th harmonic, JU.KR.PO show up as being equal in value to the Sun, and this combination is therefore a unifying theme in all midpoints lying on this axis.

Next, at 25° we find Mars and Zeus, or MA/ZE. Thus, as a unified or combined planetary picture, we have

 SU=JU/PO=KR/PO=MA/ZE=MO/ME, or in 22.5-degree notation, SU=JU=KR=PO=MA/ZE=MO/ME.

We will consider the interpretations later. At this point, we want to first clarify the technique.

Similarly, when adjusting the dial to any given factor, we can find a series of midpoints which altogether form a combined, or complex, planetary picture.

-- Hamburg, 24 Jun 2001

The only software program which effectively calculates the examples printed in these lessons is the 'Special Uranian' astrology program by Aureas Software of Paris, developed in cooperation with Ruth Brummund and Blake Finley  (Click here for further information.)