The twelve houses can be divided into three groups.
This is known as the triple division of the houses.
There are Three Divisions
The first division
The second division
The third division
The first triple division starts below the ascendant. There are four houses in each triple division. Each triple division has one of each of the four natural houses (by sign) of the elements of fire, earth, air, and water
Using the usual planetary count of only the visible planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and thus seven planets in all) count the planets in each triple division to find the strength or weakness.
Triple Division Strength
Triple divisions are strong when they contain five or more planets, or they are weak when they have no tenants.
First triple division – Me
The first division includes the first, second, third and fourth houses.
It is the me division.
Second triple division – We
The second division includes the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth houses.
It is the we division.
Third triple division – They
The third division includes the ninth, tenth eleventh and twelfth houses.
This Guest Post is by UK astrologer James Hirlehey.
The four humours are the cornerstone of reading a chart for the health and well-being of the native, as well as determining their character and temperament from a more traditional perspective. This article will introduce the four humours and will give you some suggestions for your own study and research.
What are the four humours?
Most people have heard of the four humours in the context of Ancient Greek philosophy. They are generally taught as being related to bodily fluids in the following way:
Sanguine – blood
Choleric – yellow bile
Melancholic – black bile
Phlegmatic – phlegm
Later, an astrological student might learn that sanguine relates to the element air, choleric relates to fire, melancholic relates to earth, and phlegmatic relates to water. Then, if you study further, you might learn about temperament in the context of general personality traits of each of these humours.
Temperament and humours are far more intricate than this, however, and they form the foundation for Western Astrology.
The two polarities
The four humours are based on two polarities, hot/cold and wet/dry. The hot/cold polarity is rather straightforward. It relates to literal heat and coolness, but it also relates to activity level. Hot is active and busy, and cold is passive and calm. The wet/dry polarity is a little more complicated. It has to do with unity and separation. Wet connects and brings things together, and dry separates them and creates distinctions.
The correspondence between the humours, elements, and polarities is as follows:
Sanguine – Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) – hot and wet
Choleric – Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) – hot and dry
Melancholic – Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) – cold and dry
Phlegmatic – Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) – cold and wet
How the four humours were used historically
Before the 17th Century, the humours provided the structure by which astrology and medicine were practiced. When interpreting a Natal Chart, the astrologer would determine the temperament of the native, or that person’s natural balance between the polarities. Any medical or dietary advice would take into account the individual’s natural temperament as well as the apparent imbalance that could be determined by symptoms and by the chart that was cast to diagnose the patient.
The animals and plants that are used as food or medicine also have temperament. The way foods or plants are prepared can alter their temperament. For example, cooking heats food, baking dries it, and boiling moistens it. Different activities also alter temperament as well. For example, most exercise is heating, and rest is cooling.
Other applications of temperament
The principle of temperament also has application to the seasons, planets, and phases of the Moon. The temperament of the seasons is:
Spring (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) – hot and wet
Summer (Cancer, Leo, Virgo) – hot and dry
Autumn (Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius) – cold and dry
Winter (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) – cold and wet
The sign correspondences with the seasons are based on the Northern Hemisphere. It could be that these sign correspondences are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a topic that is wide open for astrological research.
The planetary temperament correspondences are not uniform in traditional sources. In William Lilly’s Christian Astrology, they are listed as follows:
Saturn – melancholic, cold and dry
Jupiter – sanguine, hot and wet
Mars – choleric, hot and dry
The Sun – hot and dry
Venus – phlegm with blood, temperately cold and wet
Mercury – variable according to the other planets nearby, but alone, melancholic, cold and dry
The Moon – phlegmatic, cold and wet
The temperament of the phases of the Moon are as follows:
New Moon to 1st Quarter Moon – hot and wet
1st Quarter Moon to Full Moon – hot and dry
Full Moon to 3rd Quarter Moon – cold and dry
3rd Quarter Moon to New Moon – cold and wet
Incorporating the Four Humours in Chart Interpretation
The easiest way to begin incorporating the four humours is to use the two polarities to take the temperature of the chart, as it were. There are various methods for calculating temperament, but a very simple approach is to just count the planets by element.
We can try this with the chart of the famous celebrity and talk show host, Oprah Winfrey:
Every astrologer needs to decide for themselves what planets and chart points to use, but for this example, let’s use the Traditional Planets, the Ascendant and the Midheaven.
Sun – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
Moon – Sagittarius (Fire), hot and dry
Mercury – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
Venus – Aquarius (Air), hot and wet
Mars – Scorpio (Water), cold and wet
Jupiter – Gemini (Air), hot and wet
Saturn – Scorpio (Water), cold and wet
Ascendant – Virgo (Earth), cold and dry
Midheaven – Gemini (Air), hot and wet
By a simple count, we have 6 hot/3 cold, 7 wet/2 dry. By this count, Oprah Winfrey is hot, meaning she likes to be busy and active. Hot people also tend to be more extroverted than cold people. She is also very wet. This means that she tends to see how things and people are alike, and that she likes to bring people together.
As you are experimenting with temperament, you can try adding other things into the mix and see what happens. For example, you may want to add in the season of the Sun, the phase or the Moon, and the Part of Fortune. If you do that, you get:
Season – Winter, cold and wet
Phase of Moon – 3rd Quarter, cold and wet
Part of Fortune – Scorpio, water, cold and wet
Adding these three into the mix would make her even in the hot/cold polarity 6/6 and even more wet with a score of 11/2.
If you want to study and experiment further, there are many other formulas that have been used for calculating temperament in the astrological tradition. As an aspiring astrologer, it is good practice to play with different planets and chart points, and perhaps try different formulas to see what seems to yield the most accurate results for you.
When experimenting with new techniques, the best practice is to start with your own chart, as you know the most about yourself. Then branch out to look at the charts of people you know well, like your friends and family. This way you can see for yourself if the four humours are useful to you in interpreting a chart,
In this article, we have looked at the four humours and the principles behind them. We have also looked at how they were used historically and have given suggestions for how to begin to incorporate them into your own chart analyses. Hopefully, this will give you the tools you need to start experimenting with the four humours on your own.
James Hirlehey is a part-time astrologer at numerologysign.com and spiritual guide from the UK. He has been fascinated with astrology and divination from a young age, and his love for all things spiritual has only increased over time.
This post covers the principles of superior planet (excluding Mars) synodic cycles, and how they can be interpreted in a meaningful way for use in your astrology practice today.
Find out each planetary pair’s birth poin,t and where they fall in your chart.
See where we are in each cycle by phase.
Explore how the seeds of each cycle are played out over the years.
Synodic cycles refer to the relationship between any two planets. A synodic cycle starts at the conjunction between two planets.
The chart for the conjunction shows the nature of the cycle as it unfolds.
The phases in which the planets are found describes the type of circumstances that can unfold during the phase.
Aspect Set for Synod Conjunction in the Natal Chart
Only use Ptolemaic aspects as follows:
Conjunction – orb 8°
Sextile – orb 4°
Square – orb 8°
Trine – orb 8°
Opposition – orb 8°
The word synod is from the Greek, synodos, which means “a traveling together”
Outer Planet Stellium
The last triple conjunction between the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) occurred at 8° through 11° Taurus, approximately between 576 and 575 B.C.
This was when Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, made a conjunction in Taurus. This triple conjunction occurs only every 120,000 years. This makes it the only one that relates to human evolution.
It was the most powerful stellium that has occurred in human history and heralded the beginning of writing, art and mathematics.
Uranus Neptune Pluto
This cycle represents an overlying patterning of collective human experience on a very long-term basis. The last mutual conjunction of these three planets was in 578-575 BCE in a very close succession of just a few years. Around this time the world reached a crucial junction point and some of history’s greatest teachers were alive around then.
Triple Conjunction Graphic Ephemeris
The graphic ephemeris at 90 for the triple conjunction that occurred in 576/575 BCE.
How to read this Graphic Ephemeris
The top x-axis has time and shows the years 576-574BCE.
The y-axis shows the cardinal signs from the top then fixed sign and then mutable signs. The sign Taurus is indicated and the three outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and indicated by their glyph and the wavy lines are the planets actual movement through the zodiac.
Where two lines cross is a conjunction between two planets.
The three did not actually come to an exact conjunction but with an eight-degree orb for conjunctions, they are within orb for many months.
Working with Synodic Charts
Casting the Conjunction chart
When you cast the conjunction chart you have several options for each conjunction.
If there is only one conjunction, then that is the chart to read.
If there were three, five or conjunction then the last chart of the series is the chart you read.
If there will be one conjunction, then read that chart.
If there will be a triple or multiple conjunctions (and therefore more than one chart) read the first chart until the conjunctions have passed and then read the final chart.
New Book Coming Soon
My new book “Synodic Cycles – Astrological Echoes from the Past” is in the final editing stages and will be published later this year.
It is a guide to working with synodic cycles in your charts and the chart of your clients.