What is Symmetrical
This new term is put forward (by Steve Lee, 6-'99)
as a means to incorporate both Uranian astrology and Cosmbiology, as well
as other similar midpoint techniques. While there are definite differences
between Uranian and Cosmobiology, compared to traditional astrology (non-midpoint
& non-dial), these two forms are quite similar. Also, it is a reminder
to look for the symmetry of the overall planetary pictures, rather than
to take a narrow view of only one midpoint stucture.
Why aren't houses used
Actually, houses are used by many Symmetrical astrologers.
The Uranian system has its own set of houses (see Meridian Houses, etc.).
Many Cosmobiologists do not use houses at all, and it is fair to say that
most Uranians do not place a strong emphasis on the use of houses, and
the zodiac as well. The question should be asked "Which house system
is best, and why?!!!" Not only is there great controversy over house
systems, but mainly the symmetrical system emphasizes planetary energies.
Personally, I (Steve Lee) often hear a lot of nonsense when astrologers
expand at great length using only the zodiac or house placement of a single
planet. To me, this is 'bad astrology', especially when planetary
combinations are ignored ! In short, you will get better results
by concentrating on planetary energies and how they combine - this is the
essence of any chart. Houses should be ignored by beginners; accurate
insights can be gained without using houses.
Since the Transneptunian
Planets are imaginary,
why should we take notice of them
The TNP's are not imaginary but hypothetical. Witte and -----
calculated the position of the TNP's through mathematics. We should
take notice of them because 'they work'! If you don't
use the TNP's at all, you are missing out on many insights
that would otherwise go unnoticed. Be sure to see more detailed
explanations on the Midpoints web site (see below for link).
I have heard that
Uranian Astrology is "event oreintated" and is not good for natal delineation
or psychological insights. Isn't this detrimental to an overall approach?
This is true and not true... Witte did in fact use events (e.g.
of the First World War) to base many of his new techniques on. Uranian
astrology does indeed predict events accurately. However, to say that Uranian
(or Cosmobiology) is only for predicting events is erroneous. Ebertin's
work to this day (carried on by his son Baldur Ebertin) focuses on psychological
issues. Also, we should reflect on the inherent tie between each
person's inner and outer worlds: what happens to us in the external
world affects our inner world, and vice-versa. On this web site are
various natal delineations using midpoint techniques (and the books Rules
and COSI for interpretations) - you can see the inner insights provided
by this method.
Why do Hamburg School
astrologers use only hard aspects ?
Traditionally, hard aspects were only used but some Hamburgers are
now using the soft aspects (eg. 30 degree series). More research is needed
with soft aspects, but it is the hard aspects that are the important ones
- most traditional astrologers would agree with this. Remember to use tight
orbs with either hard or soft aspects - one degree is a good
orb for beginners to use. It is not a good idea for beginners
to use soft aspects (such as sextiles) when starting midpoint techniques
- just concentrate on the 45 or 22.5 degree hard series.
Dials seem out of date,
now that computer programs
can do the same thing. Why bother
with dials ?
Uranian astrology is about 'symmetry', and one cannot get a feel for
this symmetry on a computer screen. The combination of the tactile and
visual senses rotating the dial brings forth insights that are difficult
to obtain from a computer. Along this line of thought, it is
also important to 'get out of the intellect' when doing any astrology.
This means talking to clients, doing yoga, meditating, developing
our intuition, and other ways of not confining astrological work
to 'the head'.
Why are the books by
Witte ('Rules...') and Ebertin ('COSI') so negative ?
were written between the two world wars and reflect the culture and
history at that time, and probably also the style of translation into English.
It is vital, therefore, that astrologers use these books as guides only.
With practice, the user should add interpretations of their own.
There are other, more modern midpoint interpretations, such as Michael
The TNP 'Hades' has
How can we use this energy
The keys to a positive manifestation
of Hades has to do with
service, analysis, and
antiquity. The study of astrology or making garden
compost are two examples.
Can Uranian Techniques
be used without using the Transneptunians ?
Yes - the techniques of
the Hamburg School 'stand on their own'.
Can I just put in the
TNPs along side the traditional planets and points,
and use traditional methods
of interpreting the chart ?
No, not to any extent ! Let us not forget that the TNPs were
developed to be used with what is now called the Hamburg School techniques.
Of course there are many Uranian astrologers who use an 'eclectic approach'
and get good results. However the world authority remains with the
precision of the Hamburg School.
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