Chart Division Overview
Horoscopes developed with the early Greeks and Babylonians. These early astrologers made a conformation that all charts are represented in a certain way.
It is as though you are standing facing south with the east to your left and the west to your right. At this point, the north is below your feet.
The compass points, when placed on a birth chart, fall in unexpected places. Note the east is on the left, the west in on the right, the north is at the bottom, and the south is at the top.
Is this news to you? Well, that is where the word NEWS comes from North, East, West, and South. However, on a birth chart, the compass points are in different places.
The four angles are the ascendant (ASC), the descendant (DEC), the Midheaven or Medium Coeli (MC) and the Immum Coeli (IC). There are two main axes in a chart, the ASC/DEC
Ascendant / Descendant axis – (Self / Other)
The impression you make on others. How others see you. It shows the self and your personality. The façade or mask you wear. It indicates the vehicle you use to get through life. The ascendant fronts for you. Other initially see your ascendant before they get to know you and then they see your Sun.
The descendant gives ideas on how you treat other people and strangers. It shows your relationship with the general public. This point also indicates who you are looking for in a partner. The descendant shows your spouse in sharp focus.
Medium Coeli (MC) / Immum Coeli (IC) – (Public / Private)
The Midheaven is at the top of the chart, and it indicates how the world sees you. The Midheaven suggests your highest achievements possible. Life outside the home and your public persona are shown here. The MC has a lot to say about your career and how you carve a life out for yourself. It is about all the things you do in the public domain. It shows your public face as opposed to your private face.
The IC shows the foundations of your life and from where you are coming. It is your private life. It suggests your family dynamics and the inside of your home. It can indicate the situation in your twilight years.
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Triple Division – Houses
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There are four quadrants; the first, second, third, and fourth quadrants. They are numbered starting from below the ascendant and in an anti-clockwise direction.
Quadrants are formed by the ascendant/descendant axis and the MC/IC axes which cut the chart into four.
The quadrants are not usually equal in length when measured in longitude. However, the two quadrants which are opposite to each other are the same size, that is the first and third quadrants and the second and fourth quadrants.
The first quadrant has the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd houses which are found between the ascendant and the IC.
The second quadrant contains the 4th, 5th, and 6th houses which lie within the IC and the descendant.
The third quadrant is made up of the 7th, 8th, and 9th houses between the descendant and the Midheaven.
The fourth quadrant covers the 10th, 11th, and 12th houses contained betwixt the Midheaven and the ascendant.
A quadrant is emphasized when it has two more planets than any other quadrant.
Self-development (private – self) – Life
The first quadrant is known as the fire quadrant as Aries is on this cusp in the natural wheel.
When the first quadrant is emphasized you are an independent individual. There is a focus on yourself and your needs. You want to make an impression on the world
Self-expression (private – other) – Endings
The water quadrant is the second quadrant because in the natural chart Cancer a water sign, is on the cusp.
When this quadrant is emphasized your identity is based on your family background. You are considered both skilled and capable. You may be sensitive in relationships.
Self-expansion (public – other) – Relationships
The air quadrant is the third quadrant because Libra and air sign is naturally in this position.
When the third quadrant is emphasized, you forsake your individuality to merge with a partner. Your philosophies expand through your experience of purposeful partnerships. You are quite happy to play your part in society
Self-transcendence (public – self) – Substance
The earth quadrant is the fourth quadrant as Capricorn is on this cusp in the natural wheel.
When the fourth quadrant is emphasized through your personal efforts and friends, you may aid humanity. You focus on your career for individual accolades. Having solitary meditation is crucial for your well-being
The Quadrant Ruler
The quadrant ruler is the planet ruling the cusp of the angle.
If the quadrant ruler is in its own quadrant, it gains status.
The quadrant ruler needs to be noted if a quadrant is emphasized.
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Triple Division Houses
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In an astrology chart there are four hemispheres: north, south, east and west.
Bearing in mind that you only count the seven visible planets, which are the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
A hemisphere is emphasized when it contains more than five planets.
The Hemisphere Ruler
The hemisphere ruler is the planet that rules the sign on the cusp of the angle of the hemisphere.
The northern hemisphere ruler is the planet that rules the sign on the ascendant.
The southern hemisphere ruler is the planet that rules the sign on the descendant.
The eastern hemisphere ruler is the planet that rules the sign on the MC.
The western hemisphere ruler is the planet that rules the sign on the IC.
If the hemisphere ruler is found in its own hemisphere that planet gains status.
Spans from the first house to the sixth house.
The northern hemisphere shows your personal matters it is the private hemisphere).
When the northern hemisphere is strong
If the northern hemisphere is emphasized, your identity and personal resources bring success. You are probably a private person and like to keep it that way. Your family is behind you in all you do. You may sometimes be distracted by worldly commitments or demands made on you by your career or society. Strong northern hemisphere people are often introverted.
From the seventh house to the twelfth house
The southern hemisphere indicates your outside world it is your public hemisphere.
When the southern hemisphere is strong
You are an extrovert if the southern hemisphere is emphasized in your chart. Your outside life is the highlight of your life. It is likely that you relish public acclaim. You probably strive for career and status. You may be distracted and even annoyed by the demands of your family and their needs.
The eastern hemisphere encompasses the six houses from the tenth house to the third house. The eastern hemisphere is known as your self-hemisphere.
When the eastern hemisphere is strong
You are subjective, and everything is really about you. You are a self-motivated and self- oriented and much can be achieved in life. You value independence and may forsake marriage. You enjoy your own company and have many personal projects on the go. You demand personal freedom to come and go at will which does not sit well with the demands of a marriage or partnership unless your partner is flexible as well.
The western hemisphere includes all houses from the fourth to the ninth. Interaction with other people (the “other” hemisphere).
When the western hemisphere is strong
Your interaction with others is the main focus of your life. You value personal relationships and marriage. You prefer to negotiate with others to find a win-win situation where possible. You learn about yourself through your interactions. There is a danger that you can become buried in a dead-end relationship.
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Axes in a chart
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Chiron does not rule any sign.
Where we have wounds (both physical and emotional) are shown by Chiron.
Chiron rules healing and the healing process. It is also about where things scab over but are then picked at again. Chiron governs all weeping wounds. It shows where you can heal others as well.
Chiron is the gift in your chart, but you have to be healed to see it.
Chiron is a teacher and where you can learn. It shows where a teacher will appear when you are ready. It is the symbol of a guru from whom you can learn. Chiron can be your muse.
Chiron shows any weakness, it is where we perceive our own weakness and shortcomings. Chiron depicts your own Achilles’ Heel and where you are weak and can be brought down by your actions or the actions of others.
Chiron in the Signs
Chiron in Aries: You are defensive.
Chiron in Taurus: You can appreciate your inherent gift.
Chiron in Gemini: You benefit from therapy.
Chiron in Cancer: You can heal your relationship with your mother.
Chiron in Leo: You can help your children.
Chiron in Virgo: You can be nervous.
Chiron in Libra: You want to heal your partner.
Chiron in Scorpio: You have deep anxiety.
Chiron in Sagittarius: You will explore your weaknesses.
Chiron in Capricorn: You have a gift of discipline.
Chiron in Aquarius: You can help humanity.
Chiron in Pisces: You can help others.
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Pluto rules Scorpio .
Pluto is the planet of regeneration, transformation, rejuvenation, and recycling.
Pluto rules power and influence you have over others. It also rules powerful feelings like resentment, revenge, and jealousy.
The states of birth, death, re–birth, re-incarnation and being born again are all governed by Pluto. All buried things, subterranean places, illicit events and hidden things that can be uncovered are under the influence of Pluto.
Scorpio’s ruler has much to say about sex, potency, your sexual practices and the inevitable of life.
Pluto rules taxes, tax returns, assessments, repayments, and audits. Pluto governs debt, karmic debt and anything owed to others.
Getting rid of things, purging, discarding, expelling the unwanted and drains come under Pluto’s sphere of influence.
Pluto in the Signs
Pluto in Aries: You have a powerful physique.
Pluto in Taurus: You can transform your finances.
Pluto in Gemini: You keep secrets.
Pluto in Cancer: You expose ancestral roots.
Pluto in Leo: You penetrate entertainment (reality TV).
Pluto in Virgo: You investigate the health services.
Pluto in Libra: You transform your spouse.
Pluto in Scorpio: You suppress personal debt (ruler).
Pluto in Sagittarius: You travel for sexual experiences.
Pluto in Capricorn: You may bury your ambitions.
Pluto in Aquarius: You bring pressure to human rights.
Pluto in Pisces: You have a powerful faith.
Pluto transits the houses.
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The female warrior.
The meaning of Eris as a planet in astrology is covered lightly here for information only.
Eris was discovered in 2005. Eris does not rule any sign.
Eris has principles of:
Xena, the female warrior.
Eris was the sister of Mars.
Will compete if you are worth the effort.
Eris shows where you will pull for the team.