There is quite a difference between intersections in space and the physical bodies that we call planets. A planet occupies a certain place and has mass, orbit, speed, energy, influence and sphere. An intersection in space has none of this. There is no body, no mass, no orbit, no energy of its own, but astrologers and astronomers impart both movement and influence to such a point. Why? How would you feel as an astrologer if you didn't have the ascendant, the mid-sky or the lunar nodes that you could work with? That caught your attention, didn't it? I cannot imagine a card without an exact ascendant because I am not an astrologer for solar cards. I cannot imagine a diagram without an exact center of the sky, nor a diagram without a lunar node. Most astrologers use these three points regularly and they are not physical objects, just intersection points in space.
The ascendant in a map is an intersection between the ecliptic (earth orbit around the sun), which represents the center line of the zodiac belt, and the eastern horizon of the earth at birth. We look at the eastern horizon at birth to determine the degree and sign of the ascendant. There is usually no object there. Most of the time it is a point of empty space. Occasionally a planet rises with the ascending degree and the planet and the empty point are considered individually. Every single body or intersection has value and everyone can overlap under influence. For example, from twins the increasing degree, then communication and information will have a strong impact on the individual. If Mars is also rising at this moment, Mars will add influence and the communication and information displayed by the twins' ascent will become faster, more active, and can sometimes be belligerent or assertive. Most astrologers use the ascending sign as if it were a planet and it is not a planet. However, it is an important personal sensitive point that we do not want to lose in the interpretation.
The same applies to mid-heaving. The center of the sky is the highest point a planet can ascend to at the moment of birth. It is this point before this planet moves towards the offspring or the setting point. Midheaven is often mistaken for zenith. Zenith is the 90 degree angle to the horizon (just above the head). The center of the sky may or may not be at this 90 degree angle at birth. Sometimes zenith and midheaven coincide. If I located Zenith or Midheaven, both would be an empty point in space. Each of these points has influence and movement, even without a planet in that place or point in space. The distinction is important because each subsequent four-minute birth brings about one degree later the zodiac in the middle of the sky. The zenith moves with a slight variation depending on the actual movement of the ascendant.
In my astrological studies and my astrological practice, ascendant and mid-heaven are primary placements. The Axis partners, the offspring and the 4th house top (I.C.) are somewhat less prominent. I use all of these points in my readings. What about the lunar nodes I mentioned earlier? The intersection points used for the north and south nodes of the moon are trajectory points of the intersection of the ecliptic. The north node moves from south to north and the south node uses a north-south direction. I use these lunar points extensively in my readings and I don't want to lose their leadership just because they are intersections rather than physical bodies.
Ascendant, mid-heaven, lunar node, zenith and many other points are also used astronomically, and the tables that astrologers use are from astronomical tables. Scientifically and allegorically, these points of empty space are useful for measure and meaning. The ascendant and the mid-heave are determined by great circle intersections such as the horizon, the ecliptic or the main vertical. There are other large circles that are not so well known.
If you are a practicing astrologer, you should be familiar with the vertex and anti-vertex in one wheel. You cannot use it, but study, learn, and decide whether the information is useful to you. Do not deny or ignore such positions just because they are unknown or do not affect actual physical bodies. Ignorance is never your friend and these points and their study will greatly improve your knowledge and understanding of astrology.
The vertex is usually (not always) on the western (left) side of a wheel. I use it as a point for relationships, karma, and environmental expectations - my choice of meanings is based on years of study, research, and application. The anti-vertex is the axis opposite the vertex. The position is less known than it appears to be the cause of the vertex. Again, every point is exactly that, not a physical body. The intersection itself is sensitive and can be read.
These are just a few of the personal sensitive points, and there are some other, definitely less well-known points, but astrologers are working diligently to find out their meaning and application. As I said, ignorance is never our friend, so we'll take a look at some other PSPs. When starting your studies or making a selection of the tools to study, I would suggest that you focus on the Ascendant, Midheaven, and Moon nodes. If you are familiar with your knowledge and the application of these personal points, turn to the Vertex and its partner. Then you can decide whether the balance of the PSPs is of interest to you.
The ram point is so easy to determine, just find 00 rams in any wheel and you have your ram point. It is always 00 Aries and is considered very useful by cosmobiologists and transneptunic practitioners. The other three PSPs are called Co-Ascendant, Polar Ascendant and Equatorial Ascendant. All three are intersections that are determined by certain combinations of great circles. Most current astrology programs inform you or insert these positions automatically, but you have to do the research for the application yourself. I will limit myself to the points mentioned, but be aware that there is more.
I have researched two projects on all PSPs, including the Aries point. The two studies were the 43 U.S. Presidents and my serial killer research project. The common PSPs, the Ascendant, Midheaven, and Moon nodes appeared to be more specific than the less common PSPs. These are ongoing projects and I am far from reaching a conclusion, but I am diligently researching all PSPs through these two major projects and will report back as soon as the conclusions are available.
There are clear differences when looking at a planet and a point. The planet has the ability to influence or be influenced by another planet's energy. Venus and Saturn will interact and interact. For example, Venus will both influence and learn from Saturn, and Saturn will influence and learn from Venus. A personal birth point can also be influenced or modified by a planet, but the point does not affect the planet in the same way as a body. There may be influences that have not yet been formally examined, but for the purposes of this article, the point is just a place in space.
What about the sphere of influence for these points? Would the same planetary sphere be justified or should a modification take place? I use traditional balls, eight degrees with the majors, but I tend to reduce these influence balls when it comes to a point. I am a person with two planets on my ascendant and I can see both of them working in my life and each sphere is six degrees. I can clearly see how the planets affect my ascendants, but I cannot see the effects of my ascendant on the two birth planets so clearly. For me that is the distinction between planets and points.
Think of the birth planet (A) that influences or is influenced by the birth planet (B). Then do the same mental exercise with the birth planet (A) and birth point (C) to find differences in expression and involvement. Be sure to check out all possible combinations, e.g. B. Planet A to Planet B and Planet B to Planet A, and determine how they affect each other. If a birth planet concerns a personal birth point, it influences this point and suggests planet A to point C as an example. It is very readable for me. Does point C (intersection in empty space) also affect planet A? It reminds me of the old saying of a tree falling in the forest that nobody has heard of ... does it make a sound?