Beginners can go crazy trying to put
all those little bits and pieces of a horoscope together. What
happens when they contradict each other? There ARE ways to make
sense of a chart, but most astrology books never seem to mention
Find a planet that
has the strongest influence and look up the interpretation for its
placement. That will tell you the central theme of the horoscope and
of the person.
The simplest case is
when one planet is isolated from the others, when it is on one side
of the horoscope wheel all by itself. The late Marc Edmund Jones was
the first to identify this. He called it a "bucket" chart because
thatís what it looked like to him. The one isolated planet looked
like the handle on a pail. Unfortunately, this tells us nothing
about how the horoscope works. I prefer the name "FUNNEL CHART"
since that one planet on one side of the chart ACTS like the spout
on a funnel, channeling most of the "energy" of the horoscope.
Itís too bad that
there are so few horoscopes like this because this type of chart is
easy to interpret. The one planet (Jones called it a "singleton")
is usually the most important planet and the key to the interpretation.
Letís take a look at some actual
stands out. Itís the planet Uranus in the sixth
of Uranus in the sixth
house is "You may be a genius at work
or just plain crazy. Either way, you can shock those around
you...Naturally, unusual jobs are best for you, or something
dealing with electricity or hi-tech. Anything where you can
innovate and shock to your heartís
Mars in the
twelfth house "...hides their anger and aggression. Watch
out for this person when their temper finally explodes".
This manís temper finally exploded in the summer of 1966
when he went to the top of the tower at the University of
Texas and started shooting everyone in sight. This is the
horoscope of Charles Whitman Jr.
Now for the
next step. It is not necessary that the planet that forms
the "spout" on the funnel be the only planet in that half of
the horoscope wheel. The effect also works if that
"singleton" is at least sixty degrees away from the other
planets. Here is an example.
standing by itself is Uranus and it is in the third
Uranus in the third
house means that "People with this tend to say and write
shocking, socially unacceptable things. They may be
insightful and brilliant, but others will feel as if they
had just gotten an electric shock." This is the horoscope of