I first began my instruction in Astrology with a class at the local community college with an Astrologer who had a show on a local radio station. Sometime later, I met an AFA-certified consulting astrologer and rectificationist of some fifty years experience. Jeanette, the “talk radio astrologer” taught liberal interpretation where planets like Mars had a good side and aspect orbs were wide. Winnifred taught me not to be sloppy with my orbs, and likewise simple in my interpretation of the planets. Later from Claire-France I learned archetypes, expanding Winnifred’s one- and two-word characterization “war god” into a character that I could actually relate to. You gotta know who you’re talking about. What WOULD the smelly, hasn’t-had-a-bath-in-months foul-mouthed war god, who invented charred bodies and dead-baby jokes, do? Raphael totally freaked me out by coming up with something none of the others had seen, and thus made me curious about fixed stars.
But nobody really introduced me to this.
I think it was the pantyhose.
You remember the science show that talked about the theories of time-space and gravity, the one that shows the scientist placing wooden orbs representing the planets on a woven nylon fabric stretched on a frame? Remember how the orbs kind of sunk into the stretched-out pantyhose-like material and created a depression called gravity? OK I’m sure the scientist didn’t use actual pantyhose; nor did he call it as such.
The association was mine.
Maybe I have to make an appointment with Doctor Freud.
But bear with me a moment.
When the scientist placed a second orb on the stretchy, nylon fabric representing space-time, it also sunk down and created a depression around itself. But it did something else.
What did it do?
As the scientist on the TV show placed the second object on the stretchy fabric, the stress between the two objects caused a slight “channel” to form between them. The TV scientist didn’t remark on this at all, but the astrologer in my head jumped up and down like Horshak with the answer to a question.
“Ooh, ooh, ohh Mister Kot-TER,” it screamed, slightly excited.
Yeah, I know … I need to get out more. But in that moment, I saw how astrological aspects between two stellar objects work.
OK there was more to it than that. You see, I’m also a ham radio operator. There’s this thing called resonance, where different frequencies have “wavelengths” and a certain frequency will require an antenna of a certain length; a different frequency will require a different length. If the length isn’t correct, energy will not transfer. The actual length of the antenna can be half of the wavelength, or even a quarter: but it must be relative to the frequency. And modern quantum theory speculates that there exists a duplicity between particles — constituting mass — and waves. So the possibility exists that a mass like a planet can also have a wavelength…
When the wavelengths are correct between two circuits, suddenly the circuit is “tuned,” and energy transfers.
And that’s just like aspects.
They only transfer energy when the “tuning” is correct, when the planets are separated by multiple of thirty degrees. But what if they are not in aspect?
And the little guy in my head still was waving his hand frantically.
“What if something gets in the middle between the two objects?”
Wouldn’t it have an effect on both of the objects on either side of it, equally? In electronics terms, wouldn’t it excite the other two objects because it walks into the channel between them with its own energy? They weren’t necessarily transferring energy before, perhaps because they weren’t in aspect. Or maybe they were.
But they are now, when the midpoint is activated.
Take for example gorgeous actress Emily Deschanel. I have loved her series Bones ever since her character had a line where she makes the comment about sports. “What’s the big deal with sports?” her character said. “Anthropologically speaking, they’re like playing soldiers without the risk of being killed.” Okay, I’m a geek, never was into sports, but I was in the military, so the character just dissed sports figures and exalted the military. So she just jumped to cult status in my book.
But what do I really know about her, and not the character she portrays?
In Emily’s natal chart, her Venus showing what she loves and how she attracts is in detriment in the twentieth degree of dark Scorpio. The goddess of love would like bright, pleasing environments, but she’s in this dark, dank place. Scorpio is about desires … and Venus about appetites and hunger. She doesn’t want to desire … she wants to have! Think Angelina Jolie as the mother demon in Beowulf.
Saturn, Emily’s planet of restriction, is also in detriment in the fifteenth degree of vibrant Leo in a weak square aspect to her Venus. Saturn on Leo is kind of like Scrooge and he’s not happy, either. He wants to be in his own environment too, but instead, he’s forced on a stage (Leo). [Does or did Emily not like acting? Not think she can act?] “Bah!” He says at the thought of it.
And the square aspect says these parts of her personality don’t want to talk. They stand with their backs to each other, arms crossed.
Enter Mercury, planet of communication and the mind, in the third degree of harmony-conscious Libra. According to the standard astrological aspects, Mercury should not have an effect on either of them, but because it lies smack in the middle between, it excites both of them and transfers its energy. It’s like Doctor Phil comes up to Angelina and Scrooge and says to them, “Talk [Mercury] nice [Libra]!”
It imparts its energy, perhaps allowing her to synthesize these two dissimilar energies in her psyche.
Now the real thing about midpoints is that they would act the same way during transits, when planets moving about in the sky here and now interact with the latent energy signature which we call the natal chart. Imagine that Mercury was not at the midpoint of Emily’s Venus and Saturn in her natal chart, but that as Mercury TRANSITED that point, it would activate not the planets individually, but together as I have discussed. In this way, midpoints really explain how I can have those days where aspects are obviously happening, but I can determine no obvious aspects occurring to any individual planets.
Obviously, aspects ARE occurring, not to planets, but to midpoints of planets, creating a multitude of interactions.
A note and links:
Ebertin’s The Combination of Stellar Influences contains delineations for various midpoint combinations.
A midpoint calculator:
For Extra Reading:
A discussion on mass, spacetime, and gravity:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Biker Magi was born in the American northeast and grew up in middle class suburbia in a town ranked number one in Money magazine’s list of the best places to live in America in 2005, but that all changed when his father retired and the family moved to Florida. Distanced from what he considered decent society, he was a classic candidate for rebellion and eventually found acceptance amongst both motorcyclists and fellow military veterans. When repairing computers for the local IBM dealer, he inquired to one customer about some astrology software he found on one. “Oh, that’s my wife’s, she’s an astrologer.” Eventually becoming a student of this AFA-accredited astrologer of 50 years experience, he found a pickup line that he could safely retreat into. “What’s your sign? Hey, baby, I’m an astrologer, no really!” And since riding motorcycles necessitated a ‘road name,’ someone thought ‘Magi’ was appropriate due to his predilection for astrology. And it stuck!