Wed, 8 Jul 1998
An excellent way to learn about midpoints and
the TNPs, imho, is to
use midpoint modal sorts. This technique
is explained in the book
"Working With Astrology" by Harding and Harvey.
If a few people
encourage me to do so, I will try to explain
this technique in a post
and also put it on the web site. (BTW,
I will eventually have a
place on the Uranian web site for our 101
group.) Anyhow, let's not
get bogged down with techniques right now.
Here is an example of
a midpoint modal sort from Solar Fire 4:
Cardinal Points - ArCnLiCp
( etc. etc .)
Before I purchased Solar Fire, I sent off to
ACS to get my natal
midpoint modal sort. I was really curious
if I could get similar
results to Harding and Harvey. So,
I watched transits to the
midpoints using the modal sort. It was
easy. If you are lost now
and think this is complicated, it is not.
Just get a modal sort
using your natal chart, arm yourself with
COSI and / or Rules, look
up where a planet is using an ephemeris, and
you will be amazed at
the accuracy of what is revealed to you.
Tight orbs are used,
say 15 minutes or less, so you will be able to
see manifestations in your life within hours
or even minutes of time
before the event happens. I correctly
predicted the professions of
two people (strangers) that I sat next
to on an airplane, using
transits to midpoints. It was a 4 hour
flight and I knew that the
options for manifestation were nicely narrowed.
I have investigated transits to midpoints using
all planets, from
Mercury out (but not the Moon and of course
definitely not the Asc or
MH) on a daily basis for about two years.
I did this with an
emphemeris and photocopies of the ACS print-outs.
I did not have a
computer at that time. I had a lot of
time as I was a Buddhist monk.
We were free to explore our own paths as long
as it was done in our
own time, but the abbot would not have approved
if he knew I spent a
half hour everyday on this research.
As we were in a highly refined
atmosphere (the monasteries were of the Thai
tradition) I had the unique advantage of not
having a lot of
extraneous and complicatging influences.
So when an event occurred,
such as visitors or even the slightest of
accidents, I could easily
see the manifestation using the modal sort
/ transit method. There
were no complicating factors like crowds of
I still use transits (and solar arcs) to midpoints
on a daily basis,
but no longer have the time to follow Merc
to Mars to midpoints that
include the TNPs.
Let's go back to the modal sort given above:
Do you want a quick way to learn about the
TNPs ? Well, when Uranus
or Neptune retrogrades over Asc/Admetos, Ve/Kronos,
Ju/Sa (see above
midpoints), believe me, you WILL know what
these energies are. Try
using the transiting sun for a few days on
a modal sort of your
natal chart and you will see what I mean.
Can't be bothered getting the ACS report (it
is only a few dollars -
see my web site for their address) ?
Well, find a friend with Solar
Fire. Or just
calculate your own natal Su/Mo midpoint, and MARK THIS
ON YOUR NATAL CHART AS IF IT WERE A PLANET.
Now find transits and
SA's to this midpoint. Again, when something
like Saturn or Uranus
passes over this point, especially if they
are retrograde, you will
absolutely begin to see what midpoints are
all about !!
Oh, BTW, I just answered my own question that
I posed to Jerry.
Look at this:
Notice that Aries is listed for the first midpoint
of Asc/Adm, but
that the zodiac positions are not given for
the other two midpoints.
When SF gives the zodiac position, this indicates
a direct midpoint,
right Jerry ?
Must go now. Hope that this helps or
at least raises a few other
questions. Apologies for the unanswered
personal mail that some of
you are waiting for, but I am swamped with
many tasks. And yes, this
being "swamped" is revealed in the midpoint
modal sort !
Wed, 8 Jul 1998
Dear Jerry and 101'ers,
In case "indirect midpoints" raises questions
among those on this
list, just think of a midpoint as containing
the energy of a planet.
We all know that any planet will have subsequent
energies at various
places on the chart or dial, eg. at 180 degrees,
90 degrees, etc.
Likewise with midpoints there are energy points
at various intervals.
Harding and Harvey use a 45 degree modulus
which means that at every
45 degree interval from a (direct) midpoint,
there will be a
manifestation at 45 degrees from either side
of the midpoint, then at
90 degrees, then 135 degrees and so on around
the chart. I know that
some Uranian astrologers go down as far as
11.25 degrees and even
less (just keep dividing by two). On
a 45 degree modulus I usually
use an orb of 30 minutes either way ( + and
- ), and for 22.5 degrees
I use 15 minutes (and so on / keep dividing
the orb by 2 ).
The huge number of midpoints can overwhelm
beginners, but when only
very close orbs are used, and when significant
investigated (eg. the Personal Points, or
specific indicators - eg. Mars / Pluto for violence), then midpoints become