Outline for Chart Analysis, Part 2
by Maritha Pottenger

Analysis of Various Life Areas

To find repeated themes for specific areas of life (e.g., career, relationships, etc.), scan only those factors which pertain to that life area. Using the principles above (items 3-8 above), look for repeated themes within each life area. Factors for each life area are listed below. Include everything which is boldfaced below. Factors not boldfaced should repeat a theme which appears more than once to be considered significant.

  1.  For Personal Identity and Action ( Letter 1 in astrological alphabet):  Weigh planets in the 1st, conjunctions to Mars, Ascendant and Ascendant ruler (and East Point and Antivertex if you use them) the most. Then bring in the rising sign, house placements of Mars, Ascendant ruler, and houses ruled by any planets in the 1st. Go to sign placements of Mars and any 1st-house ruler. Include signs in the 1st house and any planets in Aries plus the house(s) where Aries is found.

  2. For Relationships (Letters 7 & 8):  Start with conjunctions to Venus, Pluto, Descendant, Descendant ruler, 8th cusp ruler (and Juno, Vertex, Pallas, West Point if you use them) and the nature of any planets in the 7th and 8th houses. Include the Descendant sign. Add house placements of Venus, Pluto, Descendant ruler, 8th-cusp ruler (Juno, Pallas) and house(s) ruled by planets in the 7th and 8th. Go to signs found in the 7th and 8th (and occupied by West Point and Vertex). Include sign placements of Venus, Pluto (Pallas, Juno). Continue with any planets occupying Libra and Scorpio and the houses in which they are found.

  3. For Work (Letter 2, 6, 10):  Start with conjunctions to Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Midheaven, Midheaven ruler, 6th-cusp ruler, 2nd-cusp ruler (Ceres, Vesta) and the nature of any planets in the 2nd, 6th, and 10th. Include the Midheaven sign. Add house placements of Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Midheaven ruler, rulers of 2nd and 6th (Vesta, Ceres), and any house(s) ruled by planets in the 2nd, 6th, and 10th. Include signs in the 2nd, 6th, and 10th. Note sign placements of Venus, Saturn, Mercury, rulers of 2nd, 6th and 10th (Vesta, Ceres). Continue with the nature of any planets occupying Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, plus the houses where they are found.

  4. Follow a similar procedure for Beliefs and Values (Letters 9 and 12), Children (primarily Letter 5 but can include 4 and 11), Parents (Letters 4 & 10), Money (Letters 2 & 8), and Mind/ Communication (Letters 3, 6, 9, and 11).

  5. Scan aspects to factors for a particular life area (other than conjunctions and parallels which are included above) from other parts of the chart. These aspects indicate how easily the individual integrates this life area with other parts of the nature. Conflict aspects (squares, quincunxes, oppositions, octile or semi-squares, trioctiles or sesqui-squares) indicate possible tension with other life areas (e.g., identity at odds with relationships; parents at odds with beliefs, etc.). Harmony aspects (trines, sextiles) indicate potential ease, agreement, and support between various life areas. Look particularly to see if there is a strong theme of harmony or conflict to another life area, or to a particular letter of the alphabet, element, quality, theme, etc.  Conflict and harmony point to inner issues first, but can also symbolize ease or stress with people/events in the outer world. For example, Mars/Saturn or Ascendant/Midheaven or other 1/10 clashes point to an inner push/pull between speed versus caution; freedom versus responsibility; identity [self-expression, impulses, personal desires] versus career [duties, obligations], etc. However, 1/10 conflict aspects can also point to clashes between self and authority figures (beginning with Dad and going on through bosses, police, etc.).

  6. Also scan aspects among factors pertaining to a given life area. Conflict aspects indicate inner tension, ambivalence, and conflict. The individual may feel torn in regard to that life area, experiencing push/pull feelings. (For example, the ruler of the 2nd in conflict aspect to a planet in the 2nd suggests challenges regarding money, comfort, pleasure, indulgence, ownership.) The individual will probably have to work harder than average to handle that part of life. Harmony aspects indicate inner agreement, ease, and support. The person may feel comfortable in regard to that life area. They may find dealing with that area is easier for them than for the average person. (Excess is still a potential. People can overdo "what comes naturally" with harmony aspects.)

  7. Keep in mind that the horoscope show potentials and possibilities. People always have choices. We must face certain issues, but we can choose different ways to manifest our basic drives and needs. If our current form of expressing is uncomfortable, we can select a different channel for the drive which is creating discomfort. If we are overdoing a given area, we can identify ways to "spread out" our energies in that area and have a variety of outlets. If some of our inner needs are in conflict with each other, we can work to create times and places to take turn between them, or to be more moderate (balanced) in our expression. The power lies in people--not planets.

If you would like to learn more about chart analysis,
please see Maritha Pottenger's book, Astrology: The Next Step.

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