We know that all of the planets, including the Earth, revolve around the Sun, and the Moon revolves around the Earth. These movements of the astrological bodies cause the alignment and locations of the planets in the sky to change moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, and so on. In other words, the apparent (or visible) positions of the planets in the sky are always changing. The most fundamental premise of astrology is that the movement and the positions of the planets in the sky have a strong impact on what happens on Earth. For this reason, it is imperative to know the positions of the planets at any given time. All astrological charts that utilize the circle, including the Babylonian Alignment Charts, are designed to give you the positions of the planets. But what very few people know is that such charts only give you half of the positions; the other half is com pletely m issing, even though it is just as important.
Each of the planets move both horizontally and vertically in the sky, in other words the planets move both side to side in the sky, and they also each move up and down in the sky. But most astrologers have been taking into account only the side to side (horizontal) movement of the planets and have ignored the up and down (vertical) movement of each planet. When astrologers talk about what sign the Sun is in, they are talking about only the HORIZONTAL POSITION of the Sun. Astrologers have always believed that the horizontal positions and movement of the planets have an influence on life on Earth. They are correct on this point. But the VERTICAL movement and positions of the planets must also have an influence and should also be taken into consideration in any astrological analysis. A map always has two coordinates, the horizontal and the vertical coordinates. An astrological chart is just like a map. An astrological chart is a map of the sky. Everyday, each planet moves a little bit horizontally, and each planet also moves a little bit vertically. Therefore, all astrological charts should show us both the horizontal and vertical positions of the planets. However, the astrological charts used by the Babylonians and by traditional astrology all use only the horizontal coordinates of the planets. These charts are missing the vertical positions, and it is these positions that create your second birth chart.
If we were going to use a standard street map to try to reach a destination, we would not get where we want to go by using only the horizontal coordinates of the m ap. In the same way, an astrologer will also get lost if he or she only uses the horizontal coordinates of a planet. When astrologers say that they are a Leo or a Scorpio, what they really mean is that the horizontal coordinate of their Sun was in Leo or in Scorpio on the day they were born. When astrologers say that their Mars is in Gemini and they have a Virgo Moon, they are really referring only to the horizontal coordinate of these planets. It is these horizontal coordinates in the sky that all astrologers since the
Babylonians have marked down in the circle of an astrological chart, but the vertical coordinates are equally important.
Let us give you an example of the effect of the vertical movement and locations of the planets. It is the vertical position of the Sun that creates the variance in the length of the day and the length of the night as we go from one season to the next. During the course of a year, the Sun's vertical position moves and varies by slightly under 47 degrees. When the Sun is at its highest position, the day is the longest and we begin the summer. When the Sun is at its lowest position, winter begins and the day is shortest.
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