Q. What is the chart ruler?
A. The chart ruler is the ruling planet of the Ascendant (rising sign). For instance, if you have Cancer rising then the Moon is the ruler, if you have Capricorn rising then Saturn will be the chart ruler.
This planet acts as an extended link to the Ascendant, meaning it adds extra information and more depth to the way a person enacts their identity.
In Natal Chart interpretation we also look at the sign, house placement, even aspects to the chart ruler to get a fuller picture.
For instance, a person has a Gemini Ascendant. This would make Mercury the chart ruler. Mercury in the chart is in Pisces in the 9th house. This would add to the Gemini identity a need to seek higher ideals or meaning to life through the imagination, vision, spirituality, inspiration or beliefs.
Q. What are the 4 major Asteroids?
A. There are 4 major asteroids that take prime importance in Astrology; these are Ceres, Pallas Athene, Vesta and Juno.
The Asteroid belt lies between Mars and Jupiter comprising of a multitude of irregular shaped bodies. A handful of these bodies encompass over half this mass alone. Ceres, the largest has been promoted to dwarf planet status.
Ceres, Pallas Athene and Juno take approximately 4.5 years to circle the chart. Vesta takes roughly 3.5 years. They were discovered in the early 1800’s and slowly entered Astrological understanding with distinct ‘feminine’ qualities.
Often called sub personalities of Venus, these 4 asteroids have strong and individual power within themselves. Each represents a unique theme encompassing four facets yin energy, not only in women but equally in men.
Their concern is not about femininity as such, but a dedication to a principle. There is a certain amount of respect each offers to the powerful yin in all of us.
Q. What are Midpoints?
Midpoints are yet another way of creating a relationship between planets. They differ from planetary relationships by aspect in the respect that they don’t necessarily provide harmony or conflict. Their mission is to find ‘middle ground’. In other words, it’s the space where two planets can ‘come together’ or blend to achieve a common outcome.
Every two planets have a zodiacal degree equidistant from one another. This is their midpoint. It is located by finding the middle point at their shortest distance apart.
This degree will be a sensitive point with bringing these two planets together. What makes this degree more intense is if there is a planet located within 2 degrees of this midpoint.
This now means that the midpoint planet becomes ‘the focal point’ and its function is achieved by the co-operation of the other two planets.