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In 1941, astrologer Marc Edmund Jones (a Libran) identified seven planetary patterns which, like hemispheric division, operate without regard to specific signs and planets. Ever since then, students of astrology have been exploring the meaning of those patterns. Here they are:

I The bundle: If all your planets are concentrated within four signs or 120° (a trine), you have a bundle chart, regardless of which signs are involved or where on the wheel that bundle of planets happens to fall. This pattern, shown in Figure 14-2, grants you a clear focus, unwavering interests, confidence, and personal strength. It also limits you: You're strong where you're strong and thoroughly unconscious (or uninterested) where you aren't. George W. Bush is an example.

Two singleton sensations

Whenever you find a birth chart with a true singleton — that is, a bucket chart with one planet sitting apart from all the others — you have found a key to the person. Consider these examples from my files:

I Lulu (not her real name), the hostess with the mostest. With three planets in charismatic Leo, she attracts people wherever she goes, throws the best dinner parties I've ever been invited to, and looks like the queen of confidence. She's also one of the most successful, compassionate women I know. But she has been married and divorced several times, has had more boyfriends than the rest of my friends combined, and is obsessed with relationships. Why? She has a bucket chart with nine planets on the eastern side balanced by the emotional, security-seeking Moon on the other. Thanks to the nine planets, she's active and autonomous, a real doer. But with the Moon smack in the middle of her seventh house of partnership, her emotional well-being revolves around relationships. That's what the location of the singleton indicates: The focus of a life.

Dr. X (not his real name), the most entertaining psychiatrist I know. His warm personality comes from his Leo Ascendant. His interest in psychiatry clearly comes from his singleton Moon which, like Dr. Freud's Moon, is in the eighth house of intimacy, secrets, psychoanalysis, regeneration (or healing), and occult knowledge. In his work as a therapist, Dr. X is a master at creating an easy intimacy with his patients that allows him to unearth their secrets. In his private life, the Moon spurs him on to explore areas most doctors won't admit even thinking about — areas such as psychic awareness, palmistry (his palm was read for the first time when he was 5 years old), astrology (that's how we became friends), and all manner of spiritual techniques. Once again, the singleton planet is the key.

I The bowl: If your planets cover more than 120° but no more than 180° (or half the zodiac), you have a bowl chart, as shown in Figure 14-3. This highly motivating pattern can create a frustrating feeling that something is missing, combined with a steely determination to fill that void. These people are activists. Examples include Abraham Lincoln, Vincent van Gogh, Amelia Earhart, Donald Trump, and Billie Jean King.

I The bucket: A bucket chart is like a bowl except that one planet (or sometimes two in close conjunction) is separated from the rest, as Figure 14-4 shows. That singleton planet, the handle of the bucket, becomes the focus of the chart. Because its needs are always paramount, Marc Edmund Jones compared that lone planet to a toothache. It demands attention — and sometimes it hurts. That's because its role is essentially to balance the rest of the chart. Its importance is so extreme that, both by sign and by house, it frequently describes a person in an uncanny way.

1 The locomotive: If the ten planets in your chart line up neatly over two-thirds of the zodiac, as shown in Figure 14-5, you've got drive, stamina, and practicality. The two most important planets are the first and the last — the locomotive, which leads the planetary parade when the chart is rotated in a clockwise direction, and the caboose, which picks up the rear.

1 The splash: Just like it sounds, the planets in this pattern are sprinkled more or less evenly around the entire wheel, with blank spots here and there only because there are ten planets and 12 signs. Figure 14-6 shows an example of the splash pattern. With this pattern, a wealth of life experience is yours for the grabbing. The drawback? You scatter your energy and your interests the way a fruit tree scatters its blossoms on a windy day.

i The splay: In this pattern, shown in Figure 14-7, the planets are distributed unevenly over the entire chart, with at least one clump of three or more planets. People with this pattern — like Al Gore and Fidel Castro — are individualistic, with a strong sense of their own interests and a refusal to bow to public opinion.

ll The seesaw: If you have two groups of opposing planets separated by a couple of empty houses on each side, as shown in Figure 14-8, you're always riding up and down on the seesaw of circumstance and experience. An excellent mediator, judge, and administrator, you can view things objectively because you're supremely aware of the two sides of your own nature. You may also feel internally split because you have two sets of needs and two sets of talents, and you may find it difficult to satisfy both. Examples include writer Dave Eggers and performers Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, and Queen Latifah.

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