I remember something my teacher said on a Facebook thread about the internet and astrology. It was about the current generation learning astrology via the net. The downside being that when they look at a chart, they do not always get that some points in the chart carry more weight. In tropical astrology, the Sun, Moon, the ascendant plus its ruler are the four most important things to look at. You look at them first, understand them really well and then move on to the other points. Just looking at those features will give you a good picture of your client, a picture they can relate to.
In the past few months, I have been reading the works of Evolutionary astrologers. A special area of focus in this branch of astrology is Pluto and the nodal axis. A young Evolutionary astrologer I spoke to told me, only half joking, that he remembers his clients not by their sun signs, but by their nodes and their Pluto. So I thought of my chart and charts of people I know really well keeping these points in mind and that proved to be a very revealing exercise.
I recently bought Steven Forrest’s Yesterday’s Sky and Jeff Green’s Pluto, The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul. Steven’s book covers all the details you need to know if you are going to examine someone’s nodal axis. Nodes in signs, houses, in aspects to planets. There is also information on nodal rulers plus some enthralling case studies. If you are familiar with his work, then you know he is a great teacher. No one makes astrology as simple to understand as Mr. Forrest. It’s a rare gift, and he has it.
I’ve been thinking about Pluto placements for a while now. Forget the aspects, I just wanted to understand the house placements better. And you’ll find no book better than Jeff Green’s if you want to learn about Pluto in a chart. He also covers Pluto aspects, transits and progressions. But you get so much just by looking at the house and sign Pluto is in someone’s chart. The book also talks about Pluto’s polarity point (the house and sign opposite natal Pluto) and how you can use that information to help with Pluto issues.
I did a chart analysis for someone using the concepts in these books and it was extraordinary how accurately they delineated his current psychology and life-long obsession. I got the “nodal story,” as Steve calls it, in the chart. I’m struggling to capture my own nodal story. It can get tricky with all the aspects to the nodes and the placement and aspects of the nodal rulers.
For me, personally, just understanding what Pluto was doing my chart has been extremely helpful. Moreover, I realize how very stuck I am in my third house south node and that I need to start a trek towards my ninth house north node. Who knows what I’ll meet as I move towards it? I might even meet you. Long journeys are very ninth house after all.
How Jeff and Steven define Evolutionary Astrology: http://www.forrestastrology.com/General-Astrology/what-is-evolutionary-astrology