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Below is the book's table of contents. Blue chapter headings link to excerpts available on this website.

A Mundane Prediction Theory Sun Sun and Earth Sun in Signs
Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces
Moon Moon in Signs Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Aspects Solar Aspects and Retrogradation Lunar Phases and Aspects Planetary Aspects Synods Outer Planet Transits Mundane Considerations Precession Appendix     Dignities and Debilities     House Division     Planetary Astronomy


Any chart describes a dynamic process, not a static snapshot. Its qualities unfold through time in the movements of directions, progressions and transits (see 'Sun and Earth'). They also express through the spatial relationship between its planets (aspects). Aspects link scattered planetary energies, amplifying them into a coherent whole. Planets in aspect are energies in action. Aspects generate a current, provoke a dialog, between the planetary principles involved. They bring a chart to life. They create a gestalt, a wholeness, a unified dynamic out of what would otherwise be a jumble of disparate qualities. Two, or several, planets in aspect constitute more than the sum of their parts. One or a few strong aspects can dominate the energy budget of a chart.

Aspects are as important as positions because they indicate movement and evolution of the functions involved. The next three chapters outline the energies in play between pairs of planets in aspect. Their sign and house positions must also be factored in when evaluating these dynamics. Planetary positions portray what kinds of psycho-spiritual energies you have. Aspects indicate what they are doing.

'Solar Aspects and Retrogradation' describes the relationship of planetary functions, or subpersonalities, to the central identity (Sun). Retrogradation involves redefinition, an inward turning, of those forces. It is symbolized by a planet's apparent backwards motion through the zodiac as seen from Earth for part of the year.

'Lunar Phases and Aspects' describes the psychological grounding of planetary functions in emotional temperament. Moon's aspect to Sun, its phase, is the most important one.

'Planetary Aspects' describes interactions between various planetary functions.