Planetary Pattern

Planetary Pattern. A symmetrical arrangement of two or more planets or sensitive points around a common axis. A Planetary Picture as employed in Uranian Astrology, represents the interactivity of two planets, connected through a third planet or sensitive point at or in hard aspect to their midpoint. In figuring a midpoint between, for example, planets at 2" and 28" of the same sign, one does not subtract, and add half the difference to the longitude of the first planet; but adds and halves, thus: (2 + 28) / 2 = 15 - the midpoint. A third planet or sensitive point which forms a hard angle aspect to this midpoint within a 2 orb completes the planetary pattern, and renders interactive the three planets or points. Two planets equidistant from and on opposite sides of the 0 Cancer-Capricorn axis become Antiscions and form a planetary pattern that is interactivated without the addition of a third.planet. Where a third point falls short of an aspect to the midpoint by a certain number of degrees, a fourth planet that is the same number of degrees on the opposite side of the midpoint will complete the sym- metrical arrangement and activate the pattern. A planetary pattern may also be formed between any two planets and a cardinal degree on this formula: A planet at 10 Leo is 130 (4 X 30 + 10) distant from 0 Aries, and one at 5 Taurus is 35 (30 + 5) distant. The sum of these distances (165 ) indicates 15 Virgo as the point of activation by a fourth element. To be effective there must participate in the pattern one of the native's "personal" points: Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, and the four cardinal points - 0 of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Jones Patterns Another set of pattern classifications for flash appraisal, as advanced by Marc Edmund Jones, consists of the following: (1) Splash type, in which actual bodies excluding Fortuna and the Moon's Nodes, are scattered around the circle, with no noticeable gaps in the daily rising sequence. (2) Bundle type, afl planets contained within a 120 arc. (3) Locomotive type, all planets within a 240 arc leaving an unoccupied 120 arc. (4) Bowl type, all planets within a 180 arc, leaving one half of the Figure untenanted. (5) Bucket type, approximating the Bowl type, but with one planet in the opposite arc as a bail, thereby transforming the bowl into a bucket. (6) See Saw type, in which the planets are generally polarized around opposite ends of a diameter, leaving two vacant arcs of from 60 to 90 at opposite sides of the continuity. (7) Splay type. Strong and sharp aggregations of planets irregularly spaced.

Characteristic qualities of each group, are described as: (1) A well-balanced nature with a capacity for universal interest, whose only genius is that of versatility and the seeming ability to find order in apparent confusion. (2) Apparent self-gathering of interests and unresponsiveness to universal stimuli. (3) A dynamic and practical capacity, which while in a sense, eccentric, lacks extremes of universality or obsession. (4) An extreme degree of self-containment. (5) An effective capacity for some special activity. (6) A consciousness of opposing views in a world of conflict, with success dependent on correct alignment. (7) A purposeful individuality, which chooses its outlet of self-expression and refuses to be pigeon-holed.

Planetary Periods, or Cycles.

The mean symbolical periods of the various bodies are the length of time between two successive conjunctions of that body with the Sun at the same geocentric longitude, i.e, falling on the same day of a year. In other words the Sun in its apparent annual revolution forms conjunctions with each of the other bodies as viewed from the Earth, each successive annual conjunction with the same body taking place at an advanced point in the Zodiac. After a time these conjunctions themselves form a cycle of conjunctions, beginning on approximately the same degree of the Zodiac, or days of the year. The length of this cycle with reference to a particular planet constitutes the planetary periods. These are:

Moon: 19 years, the Cycle of Meton (q.v.).

Mercury: 79 years, with an inconstant mean advance of 1 37' each cycle.

Venus: 8 years, with an inconstant mean advance of 1 32' each cycle.

Mars: 79 years, with an inconstant mean advance of 1 34' each cycle.

Jupiter: 83 years exact.

Saturn: 59 years, with a mean advance of 1 53'

Uranus: 84 years, with a mean advance of 40'

Neptune: 164 years, 280 days; a mean annual motion of 2 10'54"

Pluto. 247.7 years, with a mean annual motion that, because of the extreme ellipticity of its orbit, varies from 1 in Pisces through Gemini, to 2.5 in Virgo through Sagittarius.

Ptolemy cites these time-measures as follows: Moon 4y, Mercury 10y, Venus 8y, Sun 19y, Mars 15y, Jupiter 12y, Saturn 30y. Those moderns who use his system add Uranus 90y, Neptune 18oy, Pluto 360y. Lilley alters this, as regards the Moon to 25y, and Mercury to 20y; others assign 27y to Mercury.

By means of these periods one is able to arrive at a rough approximation of a planet's position at a given date in a year for which an ephemeris is unavailable; as follows:

Example: To determine the longitude of Uranus on October 15th, 1672 (new style), add multiples of 84y and subtract the mean advance. To do this in one operation: assume any year in this epoch, say 1902. From this subtract 1672. This gives an interval of 230 years. Divide this by 84; the result, 2 periods and 62 years. Subtract 62 from 1902, which gives the year 1840: two Uranus periods subsequent to the desired date. To illustrate: the longitude of Uranus, as perceived in the ephemeris for 1940, on October 15th, is 17 09' Pisces. The 40' advance, times the two periods, is 1 20'. Subtract this from 17 09' and you have 15 19' Pisces as the longitude of Uranus on October 15th, 1672 (N.S.).

These and additional periods, arranged in tabular form for reference use, are as follows:

Planet…….Revolutions..Years…..Remainder………Other Periods in Years

Moon………….254…….19….Cycle of Meton…….8-372-1040*#

Mercury……….318…….79….+1 37'(a)…………7-13-33-46-204*

Venus………….13……..8….+1 32'(a)…………235-243

Mars…………..42…….79….+1 34'……………16-32147-205*

Jupiter…………7…….83….+0 1'*

Saturn………….2…….59….+1 53'……………206*

  • Unusually exact. # Not an eclipse cycle. (a) Inconstant mean advance.

The three outer planets are usually computed by other methods: either (a) the first return, in even years, with a plus or minus correction showing excess over 360 degrees; or (b) the net mean annual motion.


..Uranus…………84y…….+1 4'…..4 17'55"

..Neptune……….164y…….+0 34'….2 11"55"

..Pluto…………245y…….-0 29'….1 28'03"

*Mean annual advance, based on mean precession.

Planetary Physiology.

Consideration of the ruling planet, the Ruler of the ascending Decanate and its aspects, assists at arriving at a judgment as to sub-active and hyper-active functioning, as follows:

Sun: Generation of vital force, circulation, physical growth, expansion of areas of sensitivity.

Moon: Impregnation, generation, flow of secretions.

Mercury: Nerve functions, nerve reflexes, volition, coordination of motivity.

Venus: Exosmosis, filtration, venereal functions.

Mars: Rapid energy combustion under stress, bodily distribution of metallic elements.

Jupiter: Cell nutrition and development, flesh building, formation of hemoglobin and red corpuscles.

Saturn: Calcification, congestion, conditions affecting tendons, cartilages and articulation of bones.

Uranus: Electro-magnetic forces, growth of long bones.

Neptune: Functioning of telepathic, psychic or occult faculties; formation of white corpuscles.

Pluto. Balance between the anabolistic and katabolistic phases of metabolism.

Planetary Physiques.

Sun: Powerful, well formed body, with large bones; large face and forehead, clear complexion; hair, light but inclined to baldness; commanding eyes.

Moon: of middle stature, inclined to heaviness; round face, pale complexion; large, soft eyes; short but thick hands and feet; and usually small boned.

Mercury: Slender body and face; full forehead, long nose, thin lips; slender, expressive hands; dark hair, thin beard, poor com- plexion, penetrating eyes.

Venus: Short but graceful body; inclined to stoutness in advancing years; round face, dark hair, large and wandering eyes; soft voice and vivacious manner.

Mars: Strong, stocky body, but not overly tall, military deportment; black or red hair; often curly or wiry; sharp, quick eyes; often very ruddy complexion; when angry face is livid.

Jupiter: Large, well-formed body, inclined to become portly in advancing years; wide chest; high forehead; kindly and widely spaced eyes; dark, wavy hair; paternal attitude.

Saturn: Slender, angular body, with large bones - back bends with increasing years; stern features; small, beady eyes; dark, curly hair; indifferent complexion.

Uranus: Slender body, pleasing appearance; irregular but prepossessing features; usually large light eyes, brilliant and keen; some types ascetic in appearance, often giving the impression of being effeminate.

Neptune: Finely organized, slender body; long head, sharp features, often cruel expression; always mysterious; hypnotic eyes; hair retreats from temples.

Pluto. Medium stature, of rugged and sturdy build, yet with a delicate skin; soft fine hair on the scalp, but little hair elsewhere on the body.

Planetary Psychology

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