Revised and copyrighted by Robert Hitt 10/6/2000
Assume you know absolutely nothing about astrology. In fact you will probably find that knowing nothing is an advantage because you will not have to relearn any misconceptions.
The first thing to know is that the circle itself represents your point on the earth. The place you are were born is at the TOP of the inner circle. Please excuse my art work. Imagine you the moment you were born you were to face south and look up to where the Sun will be at noon that day. That is the Midheaven or called by another term, the "noon mark". The far right side of the circle is the ascendant where the sun was or will be at dawn. The ascendant is also known as the rising sign. The far left of the man is the descendant where the sun was or will be at sunset. Straight down and right through the earth is the Nadir. Got IT? The circle represents the position of the earth relative to a LOCATION and a TIME. This is one reason an astrologer needs to know the exact time and place of birth. If you don't know the time and place you cannot know what the rising sign was at the time of your birth. You also will not know the setting of each of the planets within your birth chart.
Now get up and go outside and look at the Midheaven in your present location. That's right, straight up. If it is about noon the sun will be near where you are looking. Now look east where the sun rises every morning. Yep that is the ascendant. Now west. That is the descendant. There that was not so hard right? This basic understanding of what you are looking at is light years ahead of most people' understanding of astrology already.
Now look at the chart again and note the time of day on the upper left corner. It is 9:30 AM. Where would the sun be at 9:30 AM on November 7th Yep about halfway up from where it rises to where it will be at noon. The Moon (crescent symbol) on this map is still below the horizon at 9:30 AM on 11/7/1997 and will not rise where it can be seen for several hours. When the Moon does hit the ascendant the Sun will have moved up to just beyond the Midheaven. Every planet will move in a 360 degree rotation in a 24 hour period.
If you were located somewhere else on the earth from where the little man on the chart is, east and west, up and down would be the same to you but the location of the the Sun and Moon is relative to your horizons would be different even though it is exactly the same moment in time. This is the reason us astrologers are such sticklers about not only when an event or birth happens but also where.
It is vitally important to know what these round maps represent. It is a map of the position of all the planets including the rotation of the earth at that specific moment in time and location on the earth. It is a snapshot of the universe at that moment.
A HOROSCOPE IS A FROZEN MOMENT OF TIME.
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