Updated: May 11, 2021
Astrology is a language; its raw materials the experience of rapt minds that observed the sky for quantum clues about us for over two thousand years. They realized that something out there pulsed with something in here, not exactly, mutably; a movable feast of humors and impulses. Too many systems exist for observing and understanding the stars, and for a long time (in the west and elsewhere) this was not a distinct practice from astronomy—they fed each other: Galileo was an astrologer by profession.
3 systems have struck personal chords with me, and they are the ones I use. The first would be traditional western astrology—the 12 Sign zodiac with all the main players (including the outer planets: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), and, as for many modern astrologers at least, the Placidus system for the Houses.—In dealing with Arabic parts and annual profections, I do use Whole House.—The second is vedic astrology, from whose myths I've gained invaluable insights into objects shared by both practices of astrology, and these are many. I maintain a strong interest in Hellenistic astrology, via texts that have surfaced in the past two decades—especially from 2nd c. Antiochian astrologer Vettius Valens, whose works offer remarkably accurate restructuring and prognostic tools through the technique known as Zodiacal Releasing.
for a long time [astrology] was not a distinct practice from astronomy—they fed into each other: Galileo was an astrologer by profession.
Though the latter has gained in popularity, both the Munich Rhythm and Zodiacal Releasing remain a wild card for many students of astrology, and yet they're two of the most precise and spiritual systems there are. The Munich Rhythm was developed by German astrologer and author Wolfgang Döbereiner (1928 — 2014) in the 1950s. It divides the birth chart into 7-year cycles for each of the Houses (Placidus), within which Signs, Planets, and aspects are activated in a variety of ways—both in the clockwise and anti-clockwise motions. Through the process of exploring the themes and archetypes "triggered" in each phase—down to the year and possibly the month—you can better understand your life path and past; fix a muddy birth time; and set your current life goals. This is a deep and nuanced way of getting in touch with your obstacles and potentials in this lifetime.
—[the Munich Rhythm] divides the birth chart into 7-year cycles for each of the Houses, within which Signs, Planets, and aspects are activated
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