The Wrong Chart

Every astrologer has done this at some point in their career; given a really good reading to someone and then realized that the chart was wrong! It happened to me just the other day and I could of course blame Mercury for being combust and having turned retrograde (on my Uranus none the less), but maybe I should just admit that I was just careless. Now it wasn’t the birth data that I got wrong, but the consultation chart.

I have been using consultation charts for a long time now. I always set the chart for the time that the appointment is made. I have found that coupled with: solar return, profections, progressions and naturally the birth chart itself, the consultation chart is a mine-full of information.

So last week I set the consultation chart for a regular client; I knew about the issues and situation she had been dealing with in recent times.  Looking at the consultation chart I could see many connections between it and my client’s natal and solar return charts; including its IC and her solar return ASC being on the same degree and its ASC being my clients profected ASC for the year. I expect to see these types of connection between consultation charts and my client’s charts; this confirms the validity of the consultation chart to me.

In blissful ignorance I continued analyzing the chart. Scorpio was rising; its ruler Mars was in the 12th house in Libra, between Saturn and the Moon. Mars was in a separating trine with Jupiter, sextile with Mercury and moving towards a trine with Venus. Both Venus and Jupiter were in Gemini and the 8th house. In fact Mars was in a partile trine to the cusp of the 8th.

I knew that my client’s mother had died some 18 month earlier and that there were issues with her brothers relating to the inheritance, her assets and property. Mars being with Saturn Lord 3 (her brothers) and the Moon Lord 10 (her mother) and the emphasis on the 8th house, particularly as Jupiter was by profection, Lord of the year and exactly transiting  her natal IC, I concluded that the whole situation surrounding her brothers and her mother’s estate was foremost on her mind and that she was finding it difficult; having problems taking action or making a stand on the issue  as her significator, Mars was in detriment in the 12th house.

Sure enough that first thing out of my clients mouth when she arrived was about her trip back home and the dilemma she was havingfeeling caught between her brothers; whichever way she went would alienate one or the other, yet she felt that both were looking to her to resolve the situation. In  fact  she really didn’t want to deal or even think about the whole issue, but knew that she could not continue to ignore it.

The situation like all family disputes is complex and her brothers relationship is intense (Pluto is in the 3rd house). The appointment went very well as we explored many options related to her ability to figure out which approach to take. When she left I felt that it had been a very insightful and productive session, and then I looked at the consultation chart; it was not only the wrong date, but also the wrong time!

How could I do this? Yet the chart “worked” in guiding us to the core of her issue, through which she found a possible course of action for her to follow. This was to take a more “spiritual” approach which is suggested in the chart by the partile sextile between the Moon (ruler of the 9th) and the Sun in its own sign in the 10th.

 

Going back and setting the chart for the correct time, I could not see the situation nearly as clearly, though it could probably be extrapolated.  There are few connections between this “right” chart and my clients natal and/or solar return charts. Had I looked at this chart I would not  have been drawn to conclude that she was dealing with her family’s inheritance issues. However Mercury’s aspect to Jupiter and the 9th house cusp, as well as his conjunction to the Sun does point to my client’s conclusion of taking a more spiritual approach to her situation.

I am left with a sense of awe at the mystery of astrology! How can such specific information be drawn from a seemingly random chart?  There is obviously some force at work which is beyond our control and that “knows” best.

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  1. I really need to edit this more, but off the top of my head:
    The 2nd chart:

    26 Virgo rising – Mercury describes the client much better than the 1st chart, which features Scorpio
    rising, signified by Mars in Libra. (detriment) Mercury is the traditional ruler of money, and has recently
    gone Rx, indicating that money issues are – once again – in the spotlight. Details, worry, insecurity, am I good enough – all Virgo qualities.

    The Sun is in the 11th house, which is the mother’s 2nd house of money, and Mercury is placed in Leo, and is Rx – backtracking, going over the estate/inheritance once again.

    10th house cusp (Mom) is at 28 Gemini, ruled by the Rx Mercury in Leo. So mother & your client (Virgo Asc) are very much
    linked together, along with siblings (Mercury-ruled Gemini) and money (Mercury). In addition, the 3rd house of the chart is ruled by Jupiter in Gemini (detriment) which shows that there are problems with siblings, and that there are at least two siblings (the twins).

    The most telling placement, however, is in the 1st house: the Moon 14 Libra is besieged by the malefics, Mars and Saturn, at 11 and 23 Libra respectively. If that doesn’t describe the situation, I don’t know what does! Not only does the Moon symbolize Mom’s goods (the money the two brothers are so interested in), but it surely shows a woman being harried by two men. Your client feels hedged in by her two brothers, and this trio of planets is being aspected by the ruler of the 3rd house Jupiter in Gemini. Jupiter is also sextiling Mercury – the brothers are making your client upset, but at the same time (the trine & sextile aspects) they seem to expect her to take care of everything as well.

    The brother symbolized by Mars in Libra (detriment) seems the thornier of the two to me. The other brother, Saturn in Libra (is he the older?), is exalted, so he’s apparently not quite as difficult.

    • Nice analysis Katarche. I have to agree.

    • You are right that the second chart would have “worked” as well, but my point was that the “wrong” chart was so beautifully accurate in its symbolism. The other really important thing is that the first (wrong) chart had a lot of connections with my client’s natal and Solar return charts; this is what first struck me. the second chart does not reflect my client as well from this perspective. It just goes to illustrate the amazing thing that is astrology.


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