Let's see what a Declinations Chart looks like. There is a sample of one at the end of this chapter (Figure 7A). As you can see, there is a complete set of planets on the chart, and each planet has a number next to it that designates the actual declination, in degrees, of the planet (the vertical coordinates).
Here's how we determine the positions of the planets for the Declinations Chart: We just explained that the declination of the Sun is what determines how long there is daylight each day. The variance in the declination of the Sun from the longest day to the shortest day is about 47 degrees. The declination of the Sun is highest on the first day of summer and lowest on the first day of winter. The declination of the Sun is in the middle of these two points at the first day of spring and also at the first day of the fall season. This middle point is called the EQUINOX PLANE and is used as the zero point when measuring declinations. That is why we have the terms spring equinox and fall equinox. The declination of the Sun is measured using units of degrees north or south of this equinox plane (essentially the CELESTIAL EQUATOR). The position of the Sun rises from this zero point to about 23.5 degrees above it when going from the first day of spring to the first day of summer. During this time, the declination of the Sun is rising from zero to 23.5 degrees NORTH DECLINATIONS. After the first day of summer, the declination of the Sun decreases as the vertical movement of the Sun brings it back down to the equinox plane on the first day of autumn, and the declination of the Sun is again zero. After that day, the Sun's vertical motion brings the Sun lower and lower in declination until it reaches about 23.5 degrees SOUTH DECLINATIONS on the first day of winter. Afterwards, the Sun's declinations goes back to zero, and it repeats the entire cycle. The most important feature of the Sun's movement is that it moves up and down. The declinations of all the planets also move up and down. The Magi Society designed a Declinations Chart to mimic the up and down motion of the planets in the sky. To map and illustrate such movements and positions, the Magi Society decided to use a sine curve because this type of curve moves up and down (please refer to Figure 7A at the end of this chapter). Like the Zodiac Sign Chart, planetary symbols are used to illustrate the position of each planet. In a Declinations Chart, the actual degrees of north or south declination for each planet are noted alongside the symbols of the planets. More than 99 percent of the time, the planets are within about 25 degrees either north or south declination. There you have it-your second astrological chart (Figure 7A). We call it your DECLINATIONS CHART to distinguish it from your Zodiac Sign Chart. If you do not understand this concept, don't worry. Even some astrologers do not really understand how the declination of a planet is calculated. That is because they do not have to calculate these positions. They simply use an ephemeris, which lists the declinations of all the planets on a periodic basis. All you really need to do is understand that there is a second set of planetary locations that forms a second birth chart, and know how to read a Declinations Chart so that you can overlay one on top of the other to look for aspects, Planetary Linkages, and Super Linkages in the declinations-which is quite simple. Declinations Charts are easier to use than Zodiac Sign Charts! Basically, you don't need to know the "why" of the second birth chart. You only need to know what the second birth charts look like and how to use them in matters of love and money. As we go on, we will give you so many examples that you will surely understand how to use everyone's Declinations Charts by the end of this book.
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