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360 & 90 Charts With Dials
Now it is time to put theory into practice by using the revolutionary technique of astrological dial-work. It is difficult to predict how each student will react to this. Sometimes a person with an artistic mind readily adapts to this method. Other times it takes a mathematical mind. It does not seem to be relative to one's astrological experience or academic intelligence. It may help if you have a 'child's mind' or if you are a person who likes playing with wooden puzzles.
One thing is for sure: after you complete this assignment you will feel like an expert astrologer! You will have great satisfaction with what you have accomplished. Get ready to be propelled to new astrological heights!
You will remember this assignment for a long time, probably for the rest of your life. Quite a few students find this to be the most exciting astrological activity they have ever done, and they get very excited and energized. Occasionally a few people just don't 'get it', but when they persevere, they wind up 'kicking themselves' when they find out how easy it all is.
Now If you already have commercially made dials and software that will produce dial-charts, your task will be easier. For those 'starting from scratch', take special notice that downloading, printing, cutting the dials, etc. - may take a long time. It is not difficult to do, just time-consuming... and many of you are going to find this nice to do. Actually, it is fun to do !
Refer to the article about Uranian Astrology, from Assignment 1, found
You may also want to refer to the natal chart interpretation found at:
If you have software that will produce 360 and 90 degree charts, for dial work, print both 360 and 90 natal charts for Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. All natal data is given below. Be sure to check that the planetary positions in your charts are the same as in the lists given below. We are only using the 13 traditional planets and points (no TNPs, asteroids, etc.).
If you do not have
software to produce dial-charts,
Or you can enter the positions of planets and points by hand
- refer to the lists below.
If you do not have
360 and 90 dials, you will need to download all or at least two
of the following images of dials. Some are better than others. This
may take a long time to get right. Be patient. You may have
to use a photocopier to get the correct size. If your printer does
not produce a decent result, and if you cannot use another printer (a friend
or printing shop), then you will have to make your own dials (this will
not take as long as you may think, and will be very rewarding).
Be sure your dials have markings at these degrees: 0, 180, 90, 45.
Alexander Graham Bell
3 Mar 1847 NS, 07:00, +0:12:52
Edinburgh Scotland 55°N57' 003°W13'
Bell dedicated his early life to education, and became a professor of
vocal physiology at Boston University in 1873, teaching deaf-mutes.
He produced the first telephonic transmission on 5 June 1875, and patented
the telephone the following year.
Put the 360 degree natal chart of Alexander G. Bell on a piece of cardboard or a piece of styrofoam plastic. You will need to poke a pin hole into this work board. Tape this 360 natal chart to the work board, so it will not move. It is essential that you have a sturdy work board; if you just use a magazine or no work board at all, your measurements will be less accurate and more difficult. Cork board or other soft material can work well.
the cut-out 360 degree dial onto the natal chart, and push a drawing pin,
thumb tack, or similar pin through both the dial and the chart. The
dial should be able to rotate freely. To avoid undue wear, stick
some tape over the centres of both the dial and the chart. If the
dial does not fit exactly onto the chart (if the dial is larger or considerably
smaller) then you will have to draw the natal positions onto your working
paper, or use a photocopier to re-size your dial Warning:
some photocopiers produce slight distortions, so rotate your dial and check
that the degree spacings are equal. The aim here is to get
off the computer - this is very
important so please do not cheat, OK ? You will learn far more, and get
more accurate results by using a real dial on a paper chart. All
expert Symmetrical Astrologers agree that beginners must get off the screen
and use the 'real thing'. Even experts cannot use a computer for all of
their Symmetrical work! If you do not use a real dial on a paper
chart for this assignment, you will be making a big mistake.
1. The first
part of this exercise will focus on the 360 chart and dial only.
Place the pointer arrow at Mercury. Why is Mercury a good place to
start with this natal chart?
2. What do you see
at 180 and 90 degrees? Answer in the form of A = B.
the above planetary picture (at least two sentences).
4. Before we
get too far into dial work, here are several basic questions.
a. What is a 'transit' of a planet?
b. What is the difference between solar arc direction and a progression?
c. What are the luminaries ?
d. Name the five personal points
5. Move the pointer
slightly to the right (from Mercury) so that Ve and Asc are both at 7 degrees
on the dial. Write one planetary picture in the form of
A = B / C , that includes Mercury. Include an interpretation
relevant to Bell's life. Note: if you have a 'midpoint book'
such as C.of S. I., you may copy the interpretations, but it is better
to put it in your own words. If you do not have a reference
book, you will have to combine the planetary energies as shown in Part
A of this exercise. Some people find it helpful
to place their fingers on either side of the pointer, moving them along
bit by bit, equally - this enables them to see the symmetry.
6. Keeping the
pointer at or near Mercury, give three other 3-part planetary
7. Place the
pointer half-way between Me and Ve. What is the chart position of
this point? For example, the Node is at 199deg, approximately.
8. We can widen
the 2.5 degree orb to 3 or 4 degrees when personal points are involved,
and also when dealing with direct midpoints (refer to Arlene Kramer's article).
Using this knowledge, give a planetary picture with the Moon in the form
of A = B / C. Include a relevant interpretation.
9. Place the
pointer on the Ascendant.
10. Do the same
procedure as in question 9 above, for each of the following:
Place the pointer at 275deg, which is the approximate midpoint of
M / Ma. Look at all 90 and 45 marks around the dial and notice there
are no planets or points aspecting the M / Ma midpoint.
We call this an unoccupied midpoint, but just because nothing is 'sitting'
in the middle of the MC and Mars does not mean there are no planetary pictures.
There are several ! Again, refer to Arlene Kramer's article
if you need further explanation. Keeping orbs not much more than
2 degrees, find a series of of planetary pictures that all center around
the M / Ma midpoint.
we will use the 90 degree dial and chart.
13. Place the
pointer on the Sun.
Switch back to the 360 dial and chart and find the same planetary pictures
as in question 13 above. If you like puzzles, or if you like to look
for patterns, you will enjoy this exercise. Be sure to use the 45
degree marks on the 360 dial.
15. Place the
pointer at Mercury. Notice the 'cluster' of the Moon, Mercury and
the Midheaven. From the 360 chart, we know that the midpoint of Mo
& Me is the MC, but here on the 90 chart it looks as though
there is a conjunction between Me and Mo and MC.....
but they are not true conjunctions. To show this combination,
we can write M = Mo = Me, or
better yet [ M, Mo, Me ]: the commas signify that
they appear as conjunctions on a chart that is not a 360.
Go back to the 360
chart (you do not need the dial). The Sun and Ascendant are actually
conjunct, by an orb of about 4 degrees. Both are personal points
and also conjunct, so using such a big orb is OK. Remember, in Symmetrical
Astrology we usually keep orbs quite small, usually less than 2 degrees,
and very often less than 1 degree.
16. Using the
90 chart and 90 dial, and keeping the pointer at Mercury, give a planetary
picture in the form of: A, B, C = C / D =
E / F Optional: give an interpretation.
17. Place the
pointer on the Node and give the associated planetary pictures.
What other planetary pictures can you see?
22. Explain the
significance of the transiting Sun when the telephone was invented.
Do you need dials and software?
If you go to http://www.Astrowin.org you can download an excellent, FREE- for-ever astrology program which does include a 90 degree dial amongst many other very useful features, except that it does not have the Transneptunians used in Uranian astrology. There are other free programs for you to download: see the Links page on the main index of Steve Lee's site: MAIN INDEX
To get a 90 degree sort of all the planets TNP's
asteroids in your chart, go to http://www.speakeasy.org/~jondunn/ast/asteroids.html
You can also go to Treehousemountain.com for books
The best free Symmetrical Astrology software program can be downloaded from Michael Feist's site: http://members.aol.com/alogicpc - go to the English section of his site; send him an email if you have trouble. "AstroLogicPC" is used by many Uranian experts world-wide. It is an expensive program to buy, but you can have it for free. The catch? Well, first of all it is in DOS, not Windows, and second of all there is a 30 second delay for every chart or other feature that you want done. Also, you cannot see the chart on the screen. But if you can tolerate DOS (we all did ten years ago!) or get a computer whiz to help you download and use the program (if you are not good with computers)..... then believe me, it produces the best ever charts for dial work and has many features such as a graphic ephemeris section.
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