4 Dec 2016

Astrology Tips: The Low Point and the Mid-life Crisis

If you've not read my previous post about Understanding Life's Journey, you might find it helpful in order for you to get to grips with what this post is about. The Low Point of the whole chart/life of the individual occurs at around age 44. This neatly dovetails with the timing of the so-called "mid life crisis", usually reckoned to be at round 44/45 years of age.

At this Low Point, which occurs in the 8th House of the chart, the person is likely to be re-evaulating their life, looking at what they've done so far, reviewing what they've achieved and pondering on whether they continue in the same way.....or follow urges and prompts which they might be sensing from within to pursue a new path which has greater meaning.

It is at this 8th House Low point, in the mid-forties, that people have the opportunity to connect with their innermost being and urges, sometimes towards a complete change of employment, or structure of life. Goals shift, horizons that were once appealing pall into lukewarm attractiveness at this stage of life and some people do experience it as a crisis.

Here I'd remind anyone feeling this way of the Chinese proverb: 
Crisis is danger and opportunity. 

At the Low Point we are closest to the soul's purpose, which calls and is represented by the always clear circle at the centre of the chart. 

At the Low Point of the whole chart - age 44 - the call is probably at its loudest. It may be that a large change is going to be needed to fulfil these urges that arise; it may be that only small adjustments are required and that these can more easily be incorporated into everyday life. But if we ignore this urge to change, this call from within, it won't go away. It will simply resurface at every successive Low Point, so there it will be again at age 52, the next Low Point along the line.

Back in 2008 I wrote a post about scientists catching up with the experience of the Low Point of the whole chart as taught by the Huber Method, and you can read it here.

If you're on the Low Point of the chart and of life, cut yourself some slack. Listen to what is coming from within as this will help guide you through what feel like a labyrinth of choices towards what is really and truly right for you. Then you will find the way ahead starts to get a bit clearer - but you'll probably need to draw on your inner strength and courage too, to help you along the way. And how rewarding might that be to make some changes? Only you will know if you try it.

Travel safely and wisely.  

4 Nov 2016

Astrology Tips - The House Chart



The House chart provides us with an objective view of the individual, and it's a technique and chart - as far as I'm aware - that is unique to the Huber Method of Astrological Psychology.  

House chart of birth 8.6.1983, 12.30, London
The House chart, when used alongside the natal chart, shows what the world tried to make us in our formative years backed up by influences from family, friends, teachers, schools, surroundings, neighbourhood, community, relatives, and so on. You could think of the House chart as our starting equipment - a starter pack for life - because it gives us ingredients for moving forwards from birth, incorporating our inherited traits and potential with our taught traits. 
Natal chart of birth 8.6.1983, 12.30, London
 Always use your Natal and House charts together, but approach the interpretation of the House chart using the same guidelines as you would for the Natal chart. The value of using both charts is that a comparison can be made between nature (the Natal chart) and nurture (the House chart). You are a product of heredity and environment, and a simple formula to remember here is:

H x E = I.......Heredity x Environment = Individual.

Main points to consider when comparing your Natal and House chart include, first and foremost, a look at the overall picture your chart presents. Is it similar or different? Did the environment expect to "see" you in a very different way from what is indicated in the Natal chart? Look for changes or discrepancies in colour balance, chart shaping and direction and changes in the aspect structure, particularly those involving the Family Model. Most of all, consider if your House chart presents as either enriching or diminishing alongside your Natal chart - has the Natal chart (and you) been enhanced or reduced by the environment?


Working with our own House charts can give us many insights into how our environment shaped us, what it expected from us, and how we felt (and perhaps still feel) about that. This work may not always be easy, and we may connect with both and pain and joy as we explore the messages and expectations we received during childhood. What we need to do is remember that the contents of the House chart are a "movable feast" and that we can "eat" and choose from the "menu" those elements which are the most positive and useful to us. If we can choose consciously, we will gain the most benefit, and the amount of freedom we have to move from the House to the Natal chart depends on how awake and aware we are, and on our ability to choose.


PRACTICAL EXERCISE

Outlined below are some practical ways of working with the House chart, and after reading this through you might like to try some of these out for yourself:

· Make a list of “messages” from your childhood - what were the expectations of your environment for you? Which messages do you still hear or carry? Include what you consider to be both good and bad. Do you want to hear them? Which do you want to keep/discard?

· Jot down some notes to describe your environment as a child at different ages (you could choose three different ages - e.g. young/small - middle sized - teens/growing up). Dig into your memories. What was expected of you? What was it like to be in your environment? Use your sensual memories to connect with:

· sights; visual memories; call to mind old photographs to help here, remember any significant experiences;

· sounds/phrases/words and sayings used; music heard; instruments played; books, newspapers, TV or radio programmes read, watched or listened to;

 · smells, tastes of your environment, e.g. food, comforts, luxuries, things you hated 
 

  · activities, excursions, games and sports played, temper tantrums
  
  · feelings you may have had of safety, security, being OK for who and what you were, feeling good or not, feeling loved and approved of or not.
 
 · Make notes on what was important in your environment and what was not. How was this conveyed to you and did it or does it still affect your value system? Are the expectations of your parents, other family members, siblings (if any), neighbours, other authority figures still with you?

As you do this exercise, remember that the House chart contains TAUGHT and not INHERITED traits. It does not have to be "fixed" - the die is not cast once and for ever - we have a choice, and we can choose to extract the positive elements of our own House charts and put them to use for ourselves in ways which are supportive and beneficial.

There is more on the House chart, what it is, how to set it up and how to use it, along with worked examples of natal and house charts, in these two books: 


Transformation: Astrology as a spiritual path 

by Bruno and Louise Huber 

                  


 

         and in my book The Living Birth Chart






4 Oct 2016

Understanding Life's Journey

Both ends of Life's Journey
"Of the many techniques used in the Huber Method of astrological psychology, Age Progression - using the natal chart as a life clock - is more often than not the technique which captures the imagination and interest of newcomers and seasoned astrologers alike."


This is a quote from the opening pages of my book, Using Age Progression, published in 2013. There is no doubt in my mind that this specific technique is a favourite one to dabble in and learn more about, especially for astrologers who are not so familiar with it but who would like to use it as a tool for timing events in the horoscope.

What I suggest, if you are planning to try out using Age Progression, is 

don't try it without a correct time of birth; it won't work

do make sure you are using a Huber-style chart, with Koch Houses.

The technique of Age Progression is pretty simple and straightforward; what you need to have in place is a sound understanding of the meaning of each of the houses, each of the planets, each of the signs and also of the aspect patterns used in the Huber Method.

Using the chart as a Life Clock, and starting at the AC, the hand of the Life Clock moves around the chart in an anti-clockwise direction. Each of the houses represents a different psychological life phase, and it takes 6 years to travel through each individual house, regardless of it's size. Small houses will be experienced differently from larger houses.

The sign that the hand of the Life Clock travels through is also significant - it forms a backdrop to the main events and colours the nature of the prevalent energies.

Any planets which are encountered, either eyeball-eyeball or by aspect, will be significant. Their flavour and energies will be available, present and experienced, as will the nature of aspect pattern they are a part of.

The Balance and Low Points in each house will be traversed, and will bring new experiences, often highlighting something which is significant at the time in the life of the individual.

For more on Low Points see my August post. 

For more on Life Clock and plenty of examples using the charts of well-known people who I've written about since starting this blog, click on LifeClock and Age Point, either here or in the sidebar.  

For much more detail, along with example charts, see my book Using Age Progession and the Huber's book LifeClock.

 

4 Sep 2016

Asleep, Waking or Awake - levels of the planets

The Huber Method is unique in several ways - one of them is that it acknowledges that the planets in the natal chart operate at different levels. 
 
Asleep, Waking and Awake - we can be all three at the same time!
They may be Asleep - functioning in largely unconscious and reactive ways, where survival is the name of the game and life is lived instinctively and impulsively. The psychological drive associated with any given planet will be expressed in raw, unaware behaviour.

They may be Waking - functioning in a manner where developing awareness and self-understanding is expressed. Energies and drives associated with any given planet will be more directed and controlled.

They may be Awake - functioning in a fully aware and conscious way, drawing on the use of the will with any given planet so there is more conscious choice involved and less need for the demands of the ego to be met, or even to get in the way.

For example, Mercury at the Asleep level can be observed in the babblings and mimicry of a baby or toddler as they play with sounds. Later, as a child at school, they might learn some things by rote, and an asleep Mercury can be observed in someone who talks incessantly at someone but doesn't listen to them.

Mars at the Waking level can be seen in competitiveness, assertiveness and the drive to achieve - the recent performances of athletes at the Rio Olympic Games is a good example of this planet in Waking mode.

Awake, the Sun manifests in behaviour that is selfless and honourable, as the the individual acts as a willing agent for the greater good.

No-one is perfect and getting to grips with these levels and noting them at work in ourselves is a first step. Our planets are unlikely to function all the time at one of these levels; they rise or fall from asleep to awake as if in a lift going up and down - there's nothing consistent! The trick is to be self-aware and observant of how we're responding and interacting.

And that could be a lifetime's (worthwhile) work!


 
There is more information about the levels of the planets in my book 
The Living Birth Chart 
and in the Huber's book on 
The Planets.

4 Aug 2016

Low Point Planets

The path to the Low Point winds downward, towards the centre of the chart
The Huber Method of astrological psychology is unique in that it recognises two significant house positions for planets. These are the Balance Point (indicated by a small blue triangle on the outer rim of the chart), a place of optimum expression in the outside environment, and the Low Point (indicated by a small green triangle, also in the outer rim).

Take a look at the chart shown here. The Moon in Leo is placed exactly on the Low Point of the 11th house. On a personal level, it may sometimes be  challenging for this person to express their emotions, wants and needs easily or comfortably. This person may feel they are not heard, or are ignored, when their inner needs are expressed. This is how Low Planets function until we take a hand in things by being consciously aware of them.

A Low Point Mercury can lead to difficulties in literally being heard, because the person has a quiet voice. They may have lots of useful input to share in conversations, but are overlooked because they don't come across very audibly. A Low Point Sun may mean that the individual has to develop a stronger sense of themselves and learn how to assert themselves, as they can be easily ignored. A Low Point Mars can come out as a load of hot air, bluff and bluster, but no-one takes much notice when a Low Point Mars shouts and makes a fuss.

Many charts have Low Point planets, and rather than sigh and wonder what can be done about them if you feel you're stuck with one (you'll be able to ascertain this if you have your chart set up using the Huber Method; no other method uses this technique) you can work to develop your Low Point planet(s).

The uniqueness of such planets is that they offer a direct channel to the clear circle left in the centre of the chart, which symbolises the connection we all have with a higher, spiritual plane. Connecting with this, maybe through meditation or mindfulness, we can enrich our lives and create a clear space to move towards when the going gets tough. 

We can also train ourselves to connect with this inner source by using any Low Point planets we may have in our chart. Louise Huber often said that the Low Points are connected to the soul's purpose, so rather than Low Point planets being a bind, they can be a blessing. But they need a bit of help, encouragement and a willingness to work and develop them as we develop our own conscious awareness and acceptance of what they mean for us in everyday life.

You can find our more about the Low Point and Low Point planets in the Huber's book, The Astrological Houses.