21 Apr 1998 10:12:43 -0400
The following is a short overview condensed from over twenty years
of research, by one astrological researcher.
The Personal Sensitive Points
The Personal Sensitive Points (PSPs) are ONE of the SEVEN traditional
parts, or tools, of astrology. These seven parts are named
signs, houses, aspects (or harmonics), the Personal Sensitive Points,
stars, and long precessional cycles.
The PSPs derive from the astronomy of the quality of TIME around
The PSPs are time sensitive. The accuracy of the time used
when erecting a
chart is important in determining the accuracy of the PSP locations
chart. That is, every chart which uses an accurate time gives
information. Charts with questionable times could show less
There are eight (8) PSPs. They are each paired points.
That is, they are
NOT one location in the horoscope, but they lie across a chart axis
PAIR of points. It is important to think of them as a paired
set of points.
The pairs should NOT be separated when working with most astrological
delineations. One common exception to this is the use of the
Moon's Node in
esoteric astrology. Otherwise, for example, when delineating
the Ascendant this automatically also includes the Descendant; the
the IC are a delineation set; etc.
(ASC, AS, A) Descendant
(MC, MC, M) Lower Heaven
(EQA, EQ) Equatorial
(VTX, VT) Anti-Vertex
(CAS, CA) Co-Descendant
(PAS, PA) Polar Descendant
The Aries Point
(APT, AP) The Libra Point
The Node of the Moon can be logically included with these personal
sensitive points and its name, symbolic abbreviation and its opposing
South Node (SN)
I recommend use of the Moon's True Node, not the Moon's Mean Node.
computer programs incorrectly call the Equatorial Ascendant 'the
Point.' Astronomically, the East Point is the east point on
and NOT the Equatorial Ascendant which astrologers use. The
for the astrological point is 'the Equatorial Ascendant.'
Please ask your
computer prgrammer to correct any erroneous labels in his / her
Each of the PSPs contains information about parts of the human mind.
is VERY important to understand. The human mind is NOT one
thing. It has
parts to it. There is a forefront of the mind, there is a
back of the mind,
there is a part of the mind which receives non-sensory information,
The PSPs deal with the structure of how you receive, process, distribute,
and then give back information through your five normal senses as
your ESP senses.
The planets, signs, etc., introduce earthly attributes and traits,
PSPs represent our personal interpretation of these qualities and
E.g., Venus astrologically represents love, money, etc., but greed
jealousy are shown through the Venus associated PSP. Mercury
you communicate, or process and classify information, but the Mercury
associated PSP deals with how that information is treated by the
The Yang and Yin pairings show extremes of contrast within each PSP.
PSP Pair Name Planet Ruler
Mercury everyday attitudes
narrow mental focus
Saturn growth, maturity
a lack of discipline
Equatorial Asc. Moon
inner archetypes no role models Vertex
wish fulfillment greed, jealousy Co-Ascendant
ESP awareness self-centeredness
community ideals bending of rules Aries
seizing opportunity irresponsibility
(none) affiliation, joining unsettled
Here is how to hand calculate the PSPs:
LST = Local Sidereal Time on the Midheaven (MC)
LIT = Local Sidereal Time on the Lower Heaven (IC)
LIT = LST + or
- 12 hours
LAT = Terrestrial Geographic Latitude (LAT)
CLT = Co-Latitude = 90 degrees minus LAT
Name of point Use
Use Look up in Table of Houses
MC Position / Notation
LST 0 degrees
- - - -
Use: Zero Aries
Moon's Node (True)
Look in Ephemeris
The PSPs present information to you. If you wish to work with
information they are offering, then it is necessary that you work
of these paired points. Some of these PSPs are more astrologically
to use than others. Some you may not even have heard or read
does NOT mean that they are not useful in an astrological way.
You do not
HAVE to use each PSP, but I strongly urge you to do so. They
can add much
to the information that you gain from charts.