Facts about aspects
A heliohoroscope chart is built by overlapping two maps of the Solar system (for two different dates), which align so that Saturn is always fixed in one place, for both charts. Planets in these charts can form among themselves certain relational combinations, which are called alignments.
There are two basic types of alignments in the heliohoroscope:
- when a planet returns to the place in its orbit that it occupied on the earlier date. This aspect is called union when it occurs in a composite heliohoroscope chart for two people, and reunion when it occurs in one person’s chart for a specific date.
- when three or more planets form a straight line. A line must include planets from both charts (date A and date B). This type of aspects is also called syzygy. Solar line is a line that includes the Sun. There can be a solar line that is formed by two versions of the same planet, when that planet in one chart is opposite itself in the other.
The exact alignments seem to be the strongest, but certain allowances can be made. For the reunion/union of Earth or Venus an orb of ± one week looks plausible. For Mercury it is ± 1 day.
While all orbits in the heliohoroscope are to scale, Jupiter’s orbit is not. It would not be possible to draw it also to scale without dwarfing the inner planets’ orbits. Thus, a line including Jupiter can be only a solar one.
How often does a reunion occur?
- Mercury: every 88-89 days
- Venus: every 229-230 days
- Earth: every 377-378 days
- Mars: about every 2 years
- Jupiter: about every 20 years
A solar line (opposition) of a planet occurs with the same frequency.
The meaning of the planets
The dividing of the planets into pairs can be based not only on theoretical grounds of astrological influence, but on purely physical grounds also. The illustration above shows all the planets of the Solar system in their relative sizes and actual colours. In the front row there are Mars and Mercury, two smaller inner planets of the system, both having no atmosphere and moving along a more elliptical orbits than the rest. In the second row there are Earth and Venus, two bigger inner planets, both having an atmosphere, both moving along more rounded orbits. In the third row there are Uranus and Neptune, the two ice giants, about the same size, both not visible to the naked eye. And in the fourth row there are Jupiter and Saturn, the two gas giants, the biggest planets of the system. Uranus and Neptune are not used in the heliohoroscope.
Saturn is the reference point for the whole system; its position is unchangeable, fixed at the 12 o’clock position in charts. Therefore, Saturn is the primary force in the heliohoroscope, determinant of all the aspects. In traditional astrology Saturn is defined as follows:
… Saturn is associated with focus, precision, nobility, ethics, civility, lofty goals, purpose, career, great achievements, dedication, authority figures, ordered hierarchy, stability, virtues, productiveness, valuable hard lessons learned, destiny, conforming social structures, balance, and karma (reaping what you have sowed or divine cosmic justice) but also with limitations, restrictions, boundaries, anxiety, tests, practicality, reality, and time. It concerns a person’s sense of duty, discipline, responsibility, including their physical and emotional endurance during hardships. Saturn is also considered to represent the part of a person concerned with long-term planning or foresight.
That is a pretty large inventory, no doubt the result of many centuries of astrologers’ reinterpretations. But attribution of destiny to Saturn’s influence is very old and seems genuine. If Saturn means destiny, then its natural counterpart, Jupiter, must mean free will. Traditional astrology says this:
… Jupiter is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, prosperity, and good fortune. Jupiter governs long distance and foreign travel, big business and wealth, higher education, religion, and the law. It is also associated with the urge for freedom and exploration, humanitarian and protecting roles, and with gambling and merrymaking.
This looks even more messed up than Saturn’s, but I suppose we can infer most of these attributions from Jupiter’s spirit as ruler of free will. It is free will in a human being that rebels against notions of destiny, or any kind of determinism. Hence, the urge for freedom and exploration, aspiring to positions of authority, and indulgence in gambling or merrymaking.
Being the counterpart to Saturn, Jupiter acts against the whole system, bringing the element of spontaneity and creativity (or chaos and disorder) into life events and relationships.
The question of free will and determinism is a question of metaphysics, so we may call the Saturn—Jupiter interaction the metaphysical dimension of the heliohoroscope.
As Earth was considered the centre of the Universe in traditional astrology (and at one point in history, also in astronomy,) it had no astrological meaning for itself. Earth can not form any aspect with other objects in the conventional horoscope. So here we are faced with a certain problem, because in the heliohoroscope, Earth plays a major role. Together with Venus’, its aspects occur most often with a correlation to life events and relationships. Earth and Venus form a pair in this system, so we can try to deduce Earth’s meaning by establishing that of Venus. What does traditional astrology say about its role?
… Venus is associated with the principles of harmony, resilience, beauty, refinement, solidarity, affections, equality, and the urge to sympathize and unite with others. It is involved with the desire for pleasure, comfort and ease. It governs romantic relations, marriage and business partnerships, sex (the origin of the words ‘venery’ and ‘venereal’), the arts, fashion and social life. The 1st-century poet Marcus Manilius described Venus as generous and fecund and the lesser benefic.
Clearly, we can see that Venus has a primary meaning as other in one’s life, from which you can infer all the other variations. Knowing that ancient astrologers were exclusively men, you can easily understand how the basic notion of “partner” came to be transformed into this image of a young beautiful woman.
What meaning may Earth then have? I think that it is I in life of others, and together Earth and Venus form the social dimension of the heliohoroscope. Any social interaction necessarily involves two sides, so these two planets must basically correlate to same events and relationships. And this is exactly what I see in my research. Earth and Venus reunions are most often present in composite charts for spouses and business partners and for transit charts for wedding days and career promotions.
Besides that, we may suppose, that although ancient astrology did not use Earth in its interpretations, some of its meaning could have been ascribed to the Sun, since the places of Earth and the Sun in the geocentric model are basically just swapped. The meaning of the Sun in traditional astrology looks like this:
… the Sun is usually thought to represent the conscious ego, the self and its expression, personal power, pride and authority, leadership qualities and the principles of creativity, spontaneity, health and vitality, the sum of which is named the “life force”.
I think we can see the point here as well, but the Sun is present in the heliohoroscope in its own role and its meaning must be distinct. My intuition says that power is the key word for the Sun.
And now, to Mars and Mercury. Let’s see what traditional astrology says about them:
… Mars is associated with confidence and self-assertion, aggression, sexuality, energy, strength, ambition and impulsiveness. Mars governs sports, competitions and physical activities in general. The 1st-century poet Manilius, described the planet as ardent and as the lesser malefic. In medicine, Mars presides over the genitals, the muscular system, the gonads and adrenal glands. It was traditionally held to be hot and excessively dry and ruled the choleric humor. It was associated with fever, accidents, trauma, pain and surgery.
All that is deducible is if we ascribe to Mars the notion of “body” in general. Body, matter and action. Mars forms a pair with Mercury, so what can be paired with “body”? Apparently, it is “mind”. Mind, spirit and thought. What do traditional astrologers say about Mercury?
… Mercury represents the principles of communication, mentality, thinking patterns, rationality and reasoning, and adaptability and variability. Mercury governs schooling and education, the immediate environment of neighbors, siblings and cousins, transport over short distances, messages and forms of communication such as post, email and telephone, newspapers, journalism and writing, information gathering skills and physical dexterity. The 1st-century poet Marcus Manilius described Mercury as an inconstant, vivacious and curious planet.
The point is definitely there. The problem of mind and body is a philosophical question of how the human mind and body can causally interact, so we may call this pair the causal dimension of the heliohoroscope.
The principal point in the heliohoroscope is that there is no ascribing of moral qualities to the planets or their alignments. Traditional astrology is so obviously wrong with its interpretation of “good” and “bad” planets, that it is one of the strongest arguments against its credibility. For instance, Saturn is a “great malefic” in traditional astrology, and at the same time signifies hierarchy, stability, boundaries, etc. Is stability always a bad thing? Or is it that every bad thing is more stable than a good one? A boundary can be a bad thing, of course. But only if you are on the wrong side of it.
What about coincidence?
Aspects between the planets happening simultaneously with some events can be a coincidence. How can we discern between coincidence and correlation? The obvious way is through calculating the probability of such coincidence and the actual frequency of alignment/event simultaneity. It can be done for the alignment that seems the most powerful and frequent, the planetary reunion, if we define the orbs for this alignment. If we take, for example, the Earth reunion and the orb of 13 days (a week before and after the exact alignment), then the chance of getting this alignment randomly is 1 in 29 (377/13). So if there is no correlation between Earth reunions and events, then we must get on average 1 hit out of 29 charts. I have analyzed the heliohoroscope charts of every British monarch since Charles I; 14 charts in total. I looked at three types of events: accession to the throne, coronation, and marriage. 42 events in total. If the Earth reunion had no correlation to events, I should have had about 1.5 hits. I got 5. And 7 Mercury reunions. But of course, it is just a tiny bit of data, and much more needs to be processed.
I’m going to present my material in this blog, as well as stories around some topics. I want to show that there IS a definite correlation between alignments in the heliohoroscope and life events and relationships. I use open data, facts that you can easily find on Wikipedia or through a simple Google search.
I have created this site and offer the heliohoroscope chart calculator to you, because I need much more research to be done. There is still a lot to be found.