In the Uranian
system, the Aries Point, or AP, also links to zero degrees
of all the cardinal signs (as seen on a 90 degree dial). Every
chart—natal, progressed or horary—has the AP at
exactly the same zero degrees, yet each chart will be unique
as far as the house placement of this degree and the planets
and other points that relate to it. Think of the AP as a 0
degree cardinal cross involving Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
is the significance of the AP?
The AP represents
a movement (cardinal) from an inner quality to an outer manifestation.
It orients us towards the world at large—society, public
events and all relationships propelled from the individual
to the collective. Sometimes it represents a "spectacular
out rush of energies... and involvement with the world at large" Celest
AP also seems to relate to meetings with those famous, respected
or exp ret in their field.
the first degree of Aries, this point suggest how our “will
to be”, or sense of I AM, moves out from the subjective
and into manifest reality.
the first Degree of Cancer, this point suggest how our need
to love and nurture, our sense of “I Feel”, moves
from the subjective into the world.
the first degree of Libra, this placement says, “I relate”,
suggesting how our drive to interact with others in socially
significant ways moves from our inner world and out towards
the first degree of Capricorn, this placement says, “I
produce”, suggesting how our urge to bring tangible results
moves from “self”
to society as a whole.
Isabel Hickey would have said that it the AP is the initial point
where the spirit incarnates, the starting point of the SELF.
By house and aspect contact, the AP indicates how we project
out into the public, meeting life in distinct ways that the
collective recognizes, acknowledges (or judges) and remembers
does it mean if a planet or point conjuncts the AP?
McBroom calls the AP the “Power
behind dominant traits and public projection. He says, “…the
AP can be an indicator of an individual's Potential for Public
Projection. Often this measurement was uncannily related to the
person's claim to fame or for what they will be remembered. When
there was direct contact between a specific Planet or Point (i.e.
Ascendant or Midheaven) and the AP (within a two-degree orb), there
was frequently a distinguishable relationship with the energies
traditionally associated with that planet that was publicly observable
in the individual.”
his article at: http://www.noeltyl.com/techniques/010130.html
When a planet or point conjuncts the AP the nature and energy drive
of that planet has the added thrust or urge to express collectively.
It may also represent what the public at large recognize
most readily in us, or remember us for.
mean our energy, vitality and drive seeks to express through
society. People see us for our solar qualities and we propel
our creative drive into the collective. The famous individual.
that our inner world of feelings, reflections and intuition
expresses in public ways, and these qualities are noticed by
the collective. The famous psychic.
mean our intellect, thoughts and ways of communicating capture
the public eye. We are recognized as being witty, bright, mercurial,
and clever. The famous writer.
mean our sensual, accommodating ability to connect and bond
with others moves out into a greater social arena. People see
us for our capricious, artistic and ingratiating qualities.
The famous artist.
our passionate desire for erotic transformation is noticed
by the collective. People see our potent energy as tantalizing
or threatening, according to their own views. The famous courtesan.
our assertive, direct and action oriented qualities grab the
attention of society. We are seen as commanding, raw and imposing.
The famous warrior.
mean our leadership qualities, expansiveness, optimism and
call for justice capture the attention of the collective. We
are seen for our vision, immensity, and joviality. The famous
our ability to build tangible results through persistent and
sustained effort is highlighted by public acclaim. We are seen
for our ambition, caution and pragmatic detail. The famous
renown for our ability to teach, understand, strive for the
impossible and restore compassion. We are seen as a healer
for those who have lost faith or are in despair. The famous
our ability to make sudden changes, rebel against dogmatic
convictions and break out of the safety zone is noticed by
society. We are seen as surprising, inventive and inspiring.
The famous revolutionary.
longing for the divine and the desire to merge with the collective
unconscious is captured by the projection of society. We are
seen as the public want to see us. The famous movie star.
ruthless drive for power and control is noticed socially as
it wrestles with the need to plumb the depths of the unconscious
mind. We are seen for our potent qualities, the dark hero who
can be transformed. The famous eccentric.
known for personality traits and interactions in the world.
Having famous friends!
known for social achievement through career, mission or profession.
Working with famous people!
Node-AP Being known for following the path to the
future. Having a famous guide!
Node-AP Being known for redeeming the path of the
past. Being a guide to others.
Orb is used with the AP?Orbs are always
controversial. Some astrologers use a 2 degree orb, allowing
anything from 28 degrees of the mutable signs to 2 degrees
of the Cardinal. I use a little tighter, say 1.5 degrees either
way. As in all things, if it acts like it is in orb, then it
probably is! Still, the idea here is to keep it tight.
is the AP different from the MC and the Asc?
The ASCENDANT describes
the way we put ourselves out into the world: “Hey, this
is my personality! This is how I initiate things and assert
myself. This is how I look.” Isabel Hickey
said the Ascendant was the window through which we view
the world and that seems to work both ways. It is often
the way the world sees us, on a PERSONAL level. Think
of Aries as the natural ruler of the Ascendant and first
house with its emphasis on personal self-awareness. This
is Me, Here Now!
The MIDHEAVEN is
not personal, like the Ascendant. It is public. It has
to do with our social standing, career in life, mission
or profession. Now, instead of personal appearances (Asc.)
we are in the realm of PUBLIC APPEARANCES. This is our
social identity and often reflects how we interact with
“the public” or the collective. The Asc. is individual
identity, the MC is social identity. Think of Capricorn as natural
ruler of the MC with the Sea-goat’s ambitious,
pragmatic (and sometimes mystic), social awareness.
Ascendant is always that moment of ascension, and the
MC is a moment of culmination. The AP, however, can occur
anywhere in the 365 degrees! It is always 0 Aries but
where it falls is unique to us (if we know our birth
By contrast to the Asc and MC, the AP is a solar
node. It’s energy is
about INSTIGATION, beginnings, and action, not in terms
of personal needs and drives or even for career or profession,
but for Solar manifestation and distinction.
It is not
so much how you see the world or leap (or tip toe) into
activity (Ascendant) and not so much what you will encounter
and express as you pursue your social ambitions or mission
in life (MC). The AP isn’t
so much how we interact with society (MC) but how and WILL
the world see us! It can indicate the relative “fame” of
an individual (or infamy) and how society at large or
world events may effect our lives.
We are not all touched
equally by these kinds of things! The AP has to
do with who, or what, in society, we notice and, like
the two way window of the Asc., who or what will notice
us. According to the Uranian School, the AP is also our
concept of the world, people in the public life and our
approach to manifest reality!
about the house(s) where the AP is found?
AP is literally, and symbolically, the point where
the spirit (SUN) enters manifest reality (EARTH). For
everyone, that is an ARIES thing (or a cardinal thing:
action, initiation, inauguration). WHERE that initiation
of spirit into matter occurs, is what becomes important.
What house is it in? What area of life will evoke the
feeling of connection to and action with the collective?
The answer here tells us where it is we “begin”
in relationship to the world at large.
about midpoints that include the AP?
with Astrology" state that the Aries Point and the
midpoints to it were considered by Alfred Witte to be
importance in every chart, and next in importance only to the MC.(page
437). For Robert Hand the Aries Point, which was used by the Greeks
also in the beginnings of our modern horoscopic astrology,
is very subtle.
“It isn´t an energy supply like a real planet but it
is considered like the last one because it forms aspects and it
can be the focus for the combinations of midpoints”.(Horoscope
Symbols", Robert Hand)
The AP is the
connection to the world in general, our link to manifest
reality. To unravel what this means, look at the CLOSEST
planet or mid-point between 28 degrees of mutable and
2 degrees of cardinal signs in your chart. What would
that be? What does that say about your relationship
to society? How do they see you?
about Transits or progressions to the AP?
to the AP awaken the way and means of projection out
into the collective, tending to indicate events more
public than private, more famous than obscure.To unravel
the meaning of transits to the AP, start by observing
the planets, asteroids or points that are transiting.
What dose that transit want to wake up? What does it
need? What does it have to offer? Answers to these
questions will help in understanding what the AP means
in practical terms, and how that applies to the immediate
moment. All comments or experiences with the AP are
welcome on the forum!
Anyone Seen Vertumnus?
Considering the Vertex
in the Natal Chart
François Boucher,Earth: Vertumnus and Pomona, 1749, Columbus Museum of Art.
by Kim Falconer
Written for the November AFA Bulletin 2002, Volume 64 #11
the Vertex Most
astrologers who have ever lived spent their entire careers without
taking into account the vertex. This node-like point was not postulated
until the 1930's-40' when L. Edward Johndro coined the name. He,
and his followers, did attribute significant meaning to the vertex,
although Johndro apparently grappled with its relative value more
than once. Is the vertex really effective? The following article
invites students to consider this question, experimenting with
their own charts to find answers for themselves. Calculate
your Vertex now.
is the vertex? The vertex is a theoretical
point in the heavens where the ecliptic-the apparent orbit of
the Sun around the earth-crosses the prime vertical-the plane
that runs at right angles to the meridian and divides the celestial
sphere from front to back. Already, it sounds fishy. A theoretical
is only theoretical to the degree that the Ascendant and Midheaven
are as well. The Ascendant is the point were the ecliptic intersects
the horizon (instead of the prime vertical). The North and South
Nodes of the Moon, also points of theoretical intersection, are
found were the path of the Moon rises and falls across the ecliptic.
They are all illusory because there is nothing really out there
at that point in space-no fixed star, no asteroid, no planet-not
to emphasize that the ecliptic itself is the imaginary path of
the Sun around the earth.
Illusory or not, the vertex
falls on the western side of the chart, with the anti-vertex
found exactly 180 degrees away, on the eastern side. As with
the Ascendant and Midheaven, an exact birth time is necessary
to calculate the vertex. There is no point working with it unless
you have one. That is the first rule.
does the word vertex mean? The word vertex comes
from the Latin root word vertere, meaning to change,
to turn, turn frequently or spin. It also can mean a crowning
point, summit, top or crest. Words having this Latin root include
vertebrae, (joint, having something to turn on) vertigo (dizzy,
disoriented, spun out) vertical (from top to bottom) versatile
(doing many things at once, to turn from one thing to another)
and verticil (a circular arrangement around a fixed point, a
whorl). The common theme here highlights change or movement,
from one point to another, where the center remains fixed or
mythology reveal anything about the vertex? Yes.
The Roman god Vertumnus has roots in the Latin word vertere,
to change, turn or spin. Vertumnus was a lesser god of gardens,
fruit trees and seasons. Youthful and alluring, he had the
power to change himself into various forms, just as the seed
changes from root, to branch to leaf to fruit. Vertumnus used
this ability in his avid pursuit of the goddess Pomona.
the myth goes, Vertumnus fell in love with a strikingly beautiful
goddess (in some versions nymph) named Pomona. Although she
rejected all suitors, he fed his passion with the sight of
her by changing his form and passing her gardens daily as a
soldier, a harvester, a fisherman, etc. Ignoring him, Pomona
remained devoted only to the cultivation of fruit trees. Vertumnus
persisted and one day he altered his form to that of an old
woman, greeted her with a passionate kiss, and proceeded to
enter her gardens.
Vertumnus, (as the matron), talked to the
goddess, attempting to convince her of the rewards of relationship
and the dangers of rejecting love. The qualities and integrity
of the youthful god Vertumnus were discussed. Finally, "she"
told Pomona the story of a young man who cruelly took his own life
after being spurned by his hard hearted love. He told of how the
gods turned the rejecting woman into stone, but still Pomona was
Finally in exasperation,
Vertumnus dropped his disguise and stood naked before Pomona
in his true form. She thought she was seeing the sun immerge
from behind the clouds and in the glorious light of Vertumnus,
she opened her heart and reciprocated his love. Together still,
they attend the gardens and fruit tress of the countryside.
theme of this myth centers on a seemingly chance moment where an
outstanding event occurs. To Pomona, it was like an epiphany, a
sudden turn of fate, a radical awakening of perception. To Vertumnus,
it was at first a well planned strategy, then finally an act of
spontaneous desperation. Imagine his surprise when Pomona finally
Love, relationship and
union are highlighted here, not just in the desire of Vertumnus,
but also in the story he told of the young man's rejection and
the tragic consequences that followed. The imagery of the gardens,
fruit and vine add to the feeling of ripeness, an event finally
ready to happen, a fruitful experience.
significant is the vertex astrologically?Here
lies the debate. Some well-versed astrologers will say the
vertex means relatively nothing. Others will say it is a point
of great significance. If it does have meaning, what is it?
The vertex appears as a sensitive point linked
to fateful encounters with others, seemingly sudden epiphanies,
turning points in life and a destiny over which we have no control.
Activated, it can synchronize with an experience of another whose
effect registers as some degree of profound or extraordinary.
strongly placed natal vertex (conjunct the horizon, in close aspect
to a personal planet, in a critical degree or in the degree
of the nodes) can indicate more consistent results.
activates the Vertex? Three things can trigger,
coincide or activate the vertex: transits, people and places.
Transits to the vertex can bring inner and outer
events corresponding to a pivotal point, significant encounter
with another or a sudden change of perception. The transiting planet
activates the symbolism of the vertex, coinciding with a major
or minor event. Keeping orbs tight and sticking mainly to the conjunction
will bring more consistent results. A transiting conjunction
from Mars would likely be more noticeable than a transiting
trine from Uranus, although sometimes that is not the case.
The magnitude of the effect depends on the prominence of the
vertex itself, its relationship to other factors in the chart
and the occurrence of other transits, commensurate or disparate.
Along with transits, students are encouraged to consider progressions,
converse progressions and directions.
Meetings with significant
people, as seen through synastry and composite charts, may also
link strongly to the vertex. (Think of people as constant transits.)
When one person's inner planets or asteroids (Sun through to
Jupiter), angles, nodes, vertex or certain Arabic parts conjunct
the vertex, there can be a feeling of fate, destiny, rightness
or wrongness about the encounter. Something in the contact with
that person may have the ability to create profound change in
the native, over a long or short period of time. The change may
be perceived as pleasing or acrimonious, the conjunction often
reflecting the former, the opposition the later.
on the planet can awaken the vertex as seen through relocation
charts and astro-carto-graphy. When we relocate, the vertex
may become more prominent by changing house or aspect to an
angle. The relocation vertex can signify places where meaningful
encounters of a particular nature seem to happen more consistently.
What about the sign and house
position of the vertex?The house positions
of the vertex/anti-vertex can offer clues as to where we
may experience turning points, meetings with destiny or fateful
encounters in life. As noted earlier, the vertex falls usually
between the fifth and the eight house, on the western side
of the chart, with the anti-vertex 180 degrees opposition.
In the fifth/eleventh house axis, there could
be a propensity to experience fateful romantic or creative encounters
(fifth house) through contacts with friends or groups (eleventh
house). In the sixth/twelfth house axis, the turning point,
or spin out, could effect our day by day living, or our link
between psyche and soma (sixth house) through contact with
those in the helping professions, those less fortunate or
through dreams and creative fantasies (twelfth house). In
the seventh/first house axis, sudden epiphanies could radically
effect socially significant partnerships (seventh house)
through an experience of projecting ourselves out into the
world (first house). In the eighth/second house axis, destiny
may arrive in the form of an erotic encounter or intense research
(eighth house) perpetrated by a desire for pleasure, security
or peace (second house).
by sign can signify the way we may experience activation to this
axis. Aries/Libra could indicate issues between personal will
and sharing, where Taurus/Scorpio may be about security verses
risk. Gemini/Sagittarius could contrast knowledge and vision,
where Cancer/Capricorn could emphasize protection verses enterprise.
The Leo/Aquarius axis might highlight self-expression as opposed
to group participation where the Virgo/Pisces might compare structured
boundaries and limitless longing.
vertex is a point in the horoscope that can indicate a sense of
destiny working through another person or outstanding event. It
may be stimulated by transits, progressions or directions, other
people (synastry/composite) or a change of location. The house
and sign position can offer clues as to where the change or turning
point may take place and in what way. All students are encouraged
to watch the vertex in their own charts, determining for themselves
the relative value. After all, we never know when Vertumnus might
enter our garden in the guise of someone else, offering an unexpected
turn of fate!
the Vertex-Most astrology software
programs offer the option of calculating the vertex in the chart.
To find the Vertex by hand, you calculate the Ascendant at
your co-latitude. That’s
the Ascendant at 90 degrees, minus your latitude. The IC becomes
the mid-heaven and, using the table of houses, you look up the “Ascendant” (Vertex)
associated with the new MC and latitude.OR, you can go to AstroDienst and
include it in the many chart options, calculating it on line
for free.(I would double check the hand calculations against
their computer results at first, just to make sure.)