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Immanence and Identity in Plural Personality
Richard Dagan

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Heliocentric planetary nodes and nodal interfaces, natal conjuncts and key dynamics.

6-9 September 2013

The heliocentric or inner chart has been described by those who have studied it as a chart of your inner or more spiritual life, who you are beneath all appearances. It has been called the Heart Essence Chart, and also the Dharma Chart, as it is a map of your deeper self. It has been said to be the true chart of your self, before you took on a physical personality, and beneath that personality. Various heliocentric astrologers have described the nature of the helio chart differently, but they all seem to agree that the heliocentric chart is a map of our deeper self, who we are inside, and who we will perhaps become, as we go through life's changes. The helio chart is who we are, when someone really gets to know us.

Perhaps the heliocentric horoscope reveals meaning and direction of a more fundamental nature than does the geocentric. Certainly there are differences in the two perspectives. Heliocentric lacks familiar frameworks and variables of the geocentric, including angles {Rising Sign, Midheaven, Vertex, pars fortuna, etc.) and houses, Moon signs, retrogrades, no Earth-centered (egoic?) focus; instead, encompassing the Earth (and transcending egoic issues?), it utilizes quadrants referenced to 0E Aries based on the Vernal Equinox, heliocentric planetary nodes, planetary occultations, aphelia and perihelia.1

I've illustrated an application of the heliocentric in a previous post, and I sometimes utilize the schema in my studies, but I am most accustomed to the geocentric perspective. With my current awareness of the Galactic Center and the Sagittarius complement in both my geo and helio charts, however, a new door is opening.

Among many, one of the most interesting differences between the two charts involves Jupiter, which is quadronovile Pluto and opposed to Saturn in geo, but triseptile Saturn and opposed to Pluto in helio.
I'll explore the novile phenomenon (9th harmonic) in the next Daily Muse, but let me note here that Jupiter quadronovile Pluto implies focus on self-transformation in psychospiritual development, with the Saturn opposition in the IInd House suggesting limited resources as spur, triggering additional dynamics. On the contrary, the triseptile with Saturn enables stability in the helio chart, where opposition with Pluto challenges psychospiritual insight and engages the kite formation (see illustration at upper right), ultimately focusing through Ptah in Aries.

In this most recent work I reviewed material from several authors, and essays by Michael Erlewine in particular, from whom I drew data found in the end tables of Interface: Planetary Nodes (1976; 2007: 289pp.).

Erlewine defines "Interface Points" as two interfaces or nodes, ascending (North) and descending (South), found for each pair of planets, Earth not necessarily one of them. These interfaces or nodes describe the reciprocal interaction that occurs when one planet, traveling in its orbital plane, passes through the orbital plane of another. That interaction "will emphasize (for better or for worse) the nature and function of the planets involved", and in turn, "planets at [...] 90-degree points [square] in their orbit to the nodes or interface points [...] represent these same principles as they are when most mutually disinclined each to the other" (p.20). Interface Points and Square Points are formed by pairs among all the planets.

The northern (or ascending) node of a planet is that point where the planet transits a given plane in what is called a south to north direction (from under to above the given plane). The southern or descending node is a transit from north to south (above to below the given plane). Above and below are defined by the position of the north pole of the ecliptic. [...]

A given planet transits a node, at which time it is perfectly in the plane of the second planet and continues along its orbit (away from that node) until the point is reached of greatest latitude (whether north or south) in relation to the nodal interface in question. From that moment onward, the planet proceeds to move toward the opposite nodal point and once again directly to the opposite node and into the plane of the planet to be transited. Therefore, matters of interpretation are somewhat simplified and restricted (at least at first) to an analysis of the various quadrants: transit to the nodes and to the points of greatest disinclination (above and below) to these nodes.2

In the first table above left, using data obtained from Erlewine's text, I correlated those of my helio planets which formed close conjunction with the interface points identified for 1950. In the two smaller tables at above right, I plotted the nodes for individual planets and centaurs for my date of birth, showing North and South, ascending and descending. I also compiled the data for geocentric nodes, which are quite variable for faster moving bodies, but found these of rather limited utility and have not included them here.

Note the weight of the Interface Points at the Chariklo and Aditi conjunctions. Note also the preponderance of bodies in the upper right quadrant, in the illustrated chart at the beginning of this post.

The quadrant system, referenced to 0E Aries, replaces the houses in helio but remains sensible on the basis of the signs. In The Sun at the Center (Llewellyn: 1995; 216pp.), Sedgwick interprets the quadrants on that basis:

  • Ist: (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) "bears the quality of expression of will".
  • IInd: (Cancer, Leo, Virgo) "maintains a tone of expression of space".
  • IIIrd: (Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius) "receives flavoring from the application of will".
  • IVth: (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) "carries the tonal quality of application of space".

But I find that rather opaque.
More to my liking is the model by Howard Sasportas in The Twelve Houses
(Aquarian: 1985; Thorsons: 1988; Flare: 2009; 330pp.) [PDF]
I think we can ignore the houses and focus on the signs without losing the meaning.

From pp.109-111 of the PDF:

In Quadrant I (houses 1-3) the individual begins to take shape as a distinct entity. A sense of separate identity forms through the differentiation of self (1st house), body and substance (2nd house) and mind (3rd house) out of the universal matrix of life.

in Quadrant II (houses 4-6) growth involves the further expression and refinement of the differentiated self. In the fourth house, shaped by the family background and ancestral inheritance, the individual moulds a more cogent sense of his or her own identity. With this as a gauge and base, the "I" seeks to express itself outwardly in the 5th house, and then further specify, fine-tune and perfect its particular nature, skills, and capabilities (6th house).

In Quadrant III (houses 7-9) the individual expands awareness through relationships with other people. In the 7th house there is the close encounter between one person's reality and another person's reality. The 8th house depicts the breaking down of the individual ego-identity through the process of merging with another. The subsequent broadening, reawakening, and re-visioning of the self is shown by the 9th house.

In Quadrant IV (houses 10-12) the main concern is the expanding of the boundaries of the self to include not just one other, but many others. A person's role in society is described by the 10th house, various forms of group consciousness are explored in the 11th, and an individual's spiritual — his or her relationship to that which is greater and yet inclusive of the self — is explored in the 12th.

Schemata of quadrature are always of interest to me. In my search for information on quadrants in heliocentric astrology, sifting through images, I happened upon the work of Hugh and Kaye Martin, their ADAPT Model to Integral World, described as an advancement of Ken Wilbur's AQAL and expanded IOS Model. "The ADAPT Model of Human Development" is a very thought-provoking illustration.
They introduce it as follows:

When taking an ocean journey, we need four things: a Map, a set of Voyagers, a Ship, and a Navigator/Captain. Each of these elements addresses a basic requirement for our journey:

  • Map. Where are we going?
  • Voyagers. Who is going?
  • Ship. What means will we use to get there?
  • Navigator/Captain. How will our voyage be guided and orchestrated?

Likewise, in our journey of Human Growth, we need four Domains Dimensions, Participants, Processes, and "Togetherness". As with the Journey, each of these Domains addresses a basic requirement for growth to take place:

  • Dimensions. Where does the growth take place? The various areas of human experience where development occurs.
  • Participants. Who does the growing? The aspects of Identity or Self that participate in the growth process.
  • Processes. What means are used? The methods and techniques by which growth takes place.
  • Together-ness. How is it implemented? The modes by which the whole growth process is guided and orchestrated.

When all four Domains are complete and combined, they form an Integral model we call ADAPT All Dimensions, All Participants, All Processes, Together. [...]