The most important thing that we do in our experience is to relate with one another. To not be able to relate successfully makes life very difficult for many. I have done thousands and thousands of sky maps for thousands of people over my long years of being a professional astrologer. Probably the single thing that was most important to the person being read was relationships of all varieties. At the end of life, relationships or the lack of them were what was valued most, regretted most and controlled the end of life circumstance the most. At the core of relationship issues are the initial and primary relationships we form with our early family. Here is where our values are established and developed to become the basis for the relationships we build for ourselves in our future. As we mature, we form our own individual family circles plus a myriad of other relationships into which we enter. Family is where we begin our journey to understand and develop all relationships.
In previous articles I have written about the parental axis, the 3rd house astrology of any sky map, as well as the individual maternal and paternal roles. However, the family is not just our parents or lack of them. Each of us has a long, rich history within our family, good guys and bad guys. There is a genetic heritage. Yes we can see the physical characteristics that are handed down through the gene pool. But there is far more than what we inherit from our families on other levels. I am exploring this family astrological heritage step by step through a series of articles.
Any sky map is constructed with the earth (on which we all exist) in the center and the cosmic energy pattern existing around that central core. If we were on the Moon, sky maps would be constructed with the Moon in the center. On Mars, Mars would be in the center, etc. The wheel shape is called “the chart” and the divisions are called “houses.” There are 12 divisions of the houses just as there are 12 sign divisions for the zodiac. The signs show mannerisms, expressions and are descriptive in nature. The houses illustrate 12 compartments or arenas of physical experience. Each of those twelve houses therefore must contain numerous issues and also the people in your life. The whole of the wheel maps the whole of your life, every single thing. The trick is to learn to read that sky map successfully, which can be more involved than it seems. Our focus for this article will be on the people represented by the houses, particularly the members of your family.
Houses General house information will help us reach the point where we can see the validity of the people representations. Remember that the 12 houses begin with the ascendant and are listed counter-clockwise from that point around the wheel. Psychologist Carl Jung divided human expression into four categories: intuition, emotion, sensation, and thought. In brief:
· The left half of the wheel (rising planets) represents the development or the interests of self.
· The right half of the wheel (setting planets) represents involvement with others or the interests of others.
· The bottom half of the wheel represents the time from dusk to dawn, the introspective, internalized, reflective self.
· The top half of the wheel represents the time from dawn to dusk, the externalized, participatory, extroverted self.
· The four angles of the house wheel represent the point of beginning for each of the four quadrants of the chart.
· The general activity of all four chart quadrants are in this order from the Yung perspective: intuition, emotion, sensation, thought.
· The ascendant is the angle that begins the personal, subjective first three houses of intuition (1, 2, 3).
· The IC or 4th cusp is the angle that begins the subjective, other involved next three houses of emotion (4, 5, 6).
· The descendant is the angle that begins the external, other involved three houses of sensation (7, 8,9).
· The midheaven is the angle that begins the external, self-interest three houses of thought (10, 11, 12).
These few sentences describe the hemisphere and quadrature influence of houses. In addition,
· The angular house for each quadrant is dynamic active, visible, directly related to the individual.
· The succeedent house follows the angular house in each quadrant (succeeds the angle) and represents establishing, building, formalization of that quadrant’s issues.
· The cadent house follows the succeedent house and represents adaptation and promotion.
· In brief, the angular house activates, the succeedent house formalizes, the cadent house promotes the issues of a quadrant.
· The round of the three types of houses begins again at the next angle.