Hard aspects and midpoints

Updated: Jun 25, 2018

Uranian Astrology uses midpoints, hard aspects, mathematical astrology dials, and 8 more planets (TNPs) than conventional astrology. The result is extreme precision and a wealth of information that can’t be seen otherwise.

Why is it good to work with the Uranian dials? Because they rearrange the natal chart in such a way that things hardly visible before for the naked eye become eye-catching now. They will rearrange all the hard aspects in such a way that they appear right next to each other on the dial. Using the pointer (arrow), we can point at any planet or object and read if it’s in the midpoint of other objects or if it’s in hard aspect with them.

So what is a hard aspect? Conjunction (360°) and everything what you get when you divide this number by 2, basically till eternity. So 180, 90, 45, 22.5°, etc, are all hard aspects. Why to work only with hard aspects and disregard everything else? The yin-yang and cross symbols make us ponder that 3D reality is the realm of duality and hard aspects will materialize on our plane. This is not to say that we should dismiss the Western or Vedic approach with their trine/trikona (120°) and other aspects. The dial is a complimentary way to see the chart with tons of “aha” experience and the use of hard aspects will yield abundant information. Besides, should there be two trines, sextiles or other aspects in the chart from a common point, they will all show up as midpoints on the dial.

As the pic shows, the 90° dial will make all the 4th harmonics (0, 90, 180 degrees) appear as conjunctions on the dial. The 45° dial will do this even with planets that are 45°, 135°, 225° or 315° apart from each other (8th harmonics). The most precise way to look at the chart will be by working with the 22.5° dial (16th harmonics) that will make you notice easily even the 22.5° aspect and its multiples. This information doesn’t make much sense now, but it will be useful in the future when working with the dials.

What are the midpoints and planetary pictures that will also show up on the dials? Working with longitudes, we can say that

midpoint: (a+b)/2 planetary picture: (a+b)/2 = c … so a planetary picture is an occupied midpoint.

Let’s imagine a native who has Moon at 5° Gemini in his natal chart (radix) and Sun at 25° Gemini. The (closer) midpoint in this case is 15° Gemini. Since Uranian Astrology considers all hard aspects, and an axis is the most obvious one, 15° Sagittarius will be the second midpoint. In fact, 15° Virgo and Pisces are in hard aspect with this axis, so they also carry the energy of the midpoint. What happens if there is a planet at the midpoint? Then a planetary picture is formed. Even if there is no natal planet/object/point there, something may come as a transit and hit that point, activating it and manifesting its energy.

Let’s suppose that transit Mars arrives at this person’s 15° Gemini. This planetary picture looks like this: (Moon+Sun)/2=Mars or Moon+Sun=2Mars (yes, these are mathematical equations). Shortly: Moon/Sun=Mars.

Since there are only shades of differences between whether the Sun, Moon or Mars is in the actual midpoint, if we don’t want to specify the order, we can also write Sun.Moon.Mars. The dots signify (any type of) hard aspect.

Among many things, the Moon/Sun=Mars planetary picture is a marriage aspect. Especially, when there are multiple indications also from solar arc directed and progressed charts, marriage becomes more likely. Alternatively, this person may attend a workshop on how to work actively (Mars) on the subconscious (Moon) and conscious (Sun) aspects of his life. The same person’s Sun/Moon midpoint may be part of other multiple planetary pictures, so in the end we can say a lot about his thought process or what his attitude is towards the feminine (Moon) and masculine (Sun).

Szilvia Solyom, PhD Uranian Astrologer

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