Friday, September 28, 2007

The Joy Of The Graphic Ephemeris


(It may look confusing and weird now, but if you click on it it'll be bigger and confusing and weird, at least)

This is what the month of October looks like to me.

A lot of people take an interest in astrology and quickly become intimidated by the challenge of looking at a bland listing of positions in an ephemeris. Bland, that is, once you've actually figured it out. I prefer to use a graphic ephemeris, ad pictured above.

The red horizontal lines represent placements in my birth chart. The wavy lines represent the current planetary positions.

For example, my Jupiter is at 27 degrees Gemini. Note the very close opposition from Pluto at 26-27 Sagittarius throughout the month, growing slowly closer towards the 31st. Notice that the Pluto line is nearly flat because it moves so slowly, whereas the Moon line whips up and down the page.

On the 4th of October, transiting Venus sextiles my Jupiter exactly (the Venus line crosses the Jupiter line), and around the same time that day the transiting Moon in Cancer exactly semi-sextiles my Jupiter.
Once you get the hang of using a graphic ephemeris, you'd be amazed at how much easier it is to see the transits and how and when they hit, compared to the traditional columns of text.

Okay, now my question: how many of you out there understood that, and/or would like to understand it, and/or would find it useful if I posted a year or so worth of graphic ephemerides here that you can print off and use yourself?

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4 comments:

Matthew The Astrologer said...

Oops. Sorry Pat Pat Paquette... whose comment..

"Matthew, you are the Ross Perot of astrology!"

I accidentally deleted. As soon as Ross Perot gets back to me on whether it's a good thing for HIM being the Ross Perot of politics, I'll get back to you... :)

Pat Paquette said...

OK, maybe that comment was a little obscure.

For those who may have forgotten (or were in kindergarten at the time), Ross Perot is a Texas billionaire who ran for president in 1992 and 1996. He became known for his infomercials using charts and graphs to make his point. Incidentally, I just googled him and found a statistic that one of his TV spots got a whopping 10.5 million viewers!

Not in our wildest dreams...

Matthew The Astrologer said...

No, I've been following US politics for years... I'm STILL not sure what to make of Ross Perot! Although...

Nah. Not gonna start a political conversation here. That's my other blog's job. :)

Michelle said...

Matthew, love your blogs. Wish there was more! I am v interested in learning about that graphical ephemeris...it boggles the mind deliciously.

Pax,
Michele