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A horoscope is like the individual it represents; it should first be seen as a whole before we take it apart. The fact that the Sun is in Virgo and the Moon and the other planets are likewise placed at various points in the zodiac, is of no real value until they are seen in relation to the pattern of the entire chart and therefore applied to the whole context of a person's lift. Ultimately the delineating of any chart is broken down into the details of signs, houses, aspects, and other factors. This can be done much more intelligently if the interpreter has a total concept of the horoscope, or, as we choose to call it, an overview.

Astrologer Marc Edmund Jones was the first one to make use of patterns which he called focal determinators. Jones' books, The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation and Essentials of Astrological Analysis, give much insight into the subject which we outline in this lesson. Jones classified these focal determinators, which are basically geometric forms, into seven basic types which can be recognized at a glance. Astrologer Robert Carl Jansky did much in-depth research into Jones' original material, and added an eighth type which he called a Fan pattern. He and Marion March had many discussions about a ninth possible type and after his untimely death in 1980 Marion and her students worked on Jansky's idea which basically consisted of a Fan pattern, but with two singletons instead of one. After one year of toiling with this, we were satisfied that it really worked, that it looked like a Wheelbarrow and acted like one.

In our own research, we have found the nine basic types of patterns to be significant, because they seem to pull the entire chart or the entire individual into a definite direction. The keywords we give for each pattern will show you the direction. We have found that certain horoscopes do not fall into any of these nine patterns. That is exactly what makes the pattern study valuable. Not every chart has a pattern, just as every person does not have an overall motivation. Only those that truly do should be interpreted as having a set pattern.

We divide these nine patterns into three categories:

1) Uniform or interconnected SPLASH, LOCOMOTIVE,

BOWL, BUNDLE

2) Biform or divided into two areas SEESAW, BUCKET, FAN

3) Triform or divided into three areas TRIPOD, WHEELBARROW

In establishing the pattern, we use only the 10 planets. In drawing charts, some people find it wise to put the planets in one color and any additional factors (nodes, parts, etc.) in another. Jones used a totally visual approach; Jansky uses a visual and mathematical approach. For example, the Tripod pattern (which Jones called Splay) divides the chart into three distinct areas where planets are bunched together, the rest of the chart being empty. Jones felt that if it looks like three areas, that's good enough. Jansky felt that in order to be a perfect Tripod, the three areas should be linked by trines from at least one of the planets in each group. Obviously Jansky's method is even more potent, since not only do we have a visual, but also an astrological direction. However, we find that both approaches work.

The Splash Pattern [Uniform or interconnected] (See conductor' Henry Mancini's horoscope below.) All ten planets are well divided around the wheel. Ideally, there is no conjunction anywhere. It. mnkc.s no difference which planet is where; it's the pattern that counts. This shows a universal type person who can do many things well. As one door closes, the next one opens. You can create order out of confusion. At its most negative, splash charts indicate a scattering of energies or a person who is off in all directions.

Name Henry Mancini Splash Source

Date April 16, 1924 Birth certificate

Name Henry Mancini Splash Source

Date April 16, 1924 Birth certificate

The Locomotive Pattern [Uniform or interconnected] (See Timothy Leary's horoscope below.) All ten planets are placed within two-thirds of the chart leaving an empty trine (120° segment). According to Jansky this formation is not valid if within the pattern there is an open space that exceeds 65°. The Locomotive gives a certain balance, since the empty trine symbolically gives a free span of experience set against the limited span embraced by the two thirds. Yet this can give a strong sense of lack forcing you to solve problems or perform tasks. It shows that you can be self-motivated and bring much power to bear in order to achieve. You may be moved by external factors rather than by your own tendencies. Yet you have much practical capacity and can go far when you use this ability positively. This is the third most common pattern.

It is important to determine the 'engine' of this pattern, the planet that will motivate the locomotive into action. In Timothy Leary's chart Pluto is the engine. Through the years, as the planets move forward, Uranus will progress from Pisces to Aries and the Moon from Aquarius into Pisces. Yet as the whole chart moves forward in a clockwise direction, Capricorn will come to the Ascendant, then

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Hospital records AA

Name Timothy Leary Date October 22, 1920 Time 10:45 (AM) EDT Place Springfield, MA Long. 72W35 Lat. 42N06

Locomotive

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Hospital records AA

Aquarius. Therefore Pluto will pull the planets just as any engine pulls any train. You can also observe the 'caboose' planet which m this chart is Uranus. So Timothy Leary was driven and motivated hy his power (Pluto) and thrived on his unique approach to life (Uranus».

The Bowl Pattern [Uniform or interconnected] (See TV and film actress Candice Bergen's horoscope below.) All the planets lie to one side of the zodiac and occupy only one-half (or 180°) of the chart. This pattern is even more pronounced when the angles are involved (division by Equator or Meridian). Ideally the two planets forming the rim of the bowl should form an opposition to each other. With a Bowl pattern you are usually very self-contained, quite subjective, and often self-satisfied. You may need to further some cause or fulfill a mission. The unoccupied portion of the chart becomes your challenge — the unknown quality you wish to and need to understand in order to function properly. In Candice Bergen's case, most of her planets are on the western side of her chart, her challenge was to come into her own, to do things for and by herself, to utilize the nearly empty or eastern side of the chart.

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Birth certificate AA

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Birth certificate AA

Name Candice Bergen Date May 9, 1946 Time 21:52 (9:52 PM) PST Place Hollywood, CA Long. 118W19 Lat. 34N05

Bowl

The Bundle Pattern [Uniform or interconnected] (See Spanish singer Julio Iglesias' horoscope below.) Also called the Wedge, this horoscope pattern is nearly the opposite of the splash. All ten planets are concentrated within the narrow confines of a trine; therefore, the focus is very one-sided, the energies tremendously concentrated and confined. Yet with this type of pattern you may be able to make much of very little and often get unanticipated results. Used positively, you can start with small beginnings, and as you work yourself out of the bounds of the Bundle, you can build on solid ground. Negatively, you may be rather inhibited or try to force your limited views on others. Julio Iglesias serves as a very typical example of someone who worked his way up from a small beginning and found a way to sing himself into nearly every female's heart all over the world. Of course the trine between Uranus and Mercury, the two rim planets of the Bundle, helped to make his career (Mercury in the 10th house) so appealing to the public (Uranus in the 7th house).

Name Julio Iglesias Bundle Source

Name Julio Iglesias Bundle Source

The See-Saw Pattern [Biform or divided into two areas| 0;«■<• feminine activist Betty Friedan's horoscope below.) Also called thi hourglass, you find two groups of planets opposed to each other, as for example two houses with planets opposing three houses with planets. According to Jansky, this pattern requires a square of open space on one side and more than a sextile of open space on the other side. This is the most common of all of the patterns. Here you need to learn how to weigh and balance your life, because your natural pattern is that of the teeter-totter, being pulled first in one direction and then the other, just like Betty Friedan — the true housewife and mother versus the feminist and author. You may be prone to act under a consideration of the opposing view and therefore tend to live in a world of conflict. Yet, when this energy is positively used, you are capable of unique achievements, because you can learn true awareness by understanding and using the opposite polarity Used negatively, you may waste your time and energy.

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Birth certificate AA

Name Betty Friedan Date February 4, 1921 Time 4:00 (AM) CST Place Peoria, IL Long. 89W35 Lat. 40N41

See-Saw

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The Bucket Pattern [Biform or divided into two areas] (See conductor Zubin Mehta's horoscope below.) This pattern looks like a Bowl with a handle on it. This handle or singleton becomes all-important; it represents the outlet for the energies stored in the bowl. It is the singleton that can indicate the special capacity or talent through which you express yourself. The position of this singleton or handle is important too. If it stands straight up, in relationship to the bowl, you know what to do and how to go after it. If it leans to the left, you know and feel what you want, but may lose steam half way in going after it and so you have to try harder. If it leans to the right, you may overdo and put forth more effort than is really necessary. Conductor Zubin Mehta's handle stands pretty straight (Jupiter, the singleton, is 94° away from rim planet Neptune and 99° away from the other rim planet, Saturn) Operating positively the Bucket pattern can inspire or teach others; at its worst, you may become an agitator. The Bucket pattern is the second most common pattern.

Name Zubin Mehta Bucket Source

Name Zubin Mehta Bucket Source

The Fan Pattern [Biform or divided into two areas] (See inn h i:in Bruce Springsteen's horoscope below.) This pattern coined by Jnnsky is similar to the Bucket pattern. Only instead of a Bowl, we have a tight Bundle and one singleton planet as an outlet for all the energies. But there is one more difference in those two patterns. In the Bucket the singleton really seems to work as an outlet or channel for the nine planets contained in the Bowl. In the Fan pattern, it seems to rather act as input to the Bundle, as if it were in the driver's seat directing the Bundle into action. Jansky felt the handle of the Bundle is the "cause" whereas the handle of the Bowl is the "effect." The resulting interpretation is therefore nearly the opposite and the momentum generated is even greater. In Bruce Springsteen's case, Jupiter's bounty, largesse and imagination, as well as the depth of the 8th house, imbues his entire chart and gives him that special glow that so attracts the public.

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Gauquelin birth certificate AA

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Gauquelin birth certificate AA

Name Bruce Springsteen Date September 23, 1949 Time 22:50 (10:50 PM) EDT Place Freehold, NJ Long. 74W16 Lat. 40N15

The Tripod Pattern ITriform or divided into three areas] (See banker Paul Volcker's horoscope below.) Called the splay pattern by Jones, this pattern has three distinct points in the chart, and if perfect, some of the planets within the three points form a grand trine. But even better, the pattern provides a firm platform from which to work, much like the three-legged stand we call a tripod. Just like Paul Volcker, brilliant Federal Reserve chairman, whose three distinct areas (Jupiter and Uranus in one cluster, Saturn and Moon in another and Pluto, Neptune, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars as a third group) give him a better footing than any grand trine could. This pattern has great momentum and can rarely be limited to one point of application. The harmonious flow created by the three points, where one reaches out for the other will be helpful.

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