ahead of the Sun
by John Townley
are a lot of
important “first takes” in
analyzing a chart that don’t require getting lost in a
web of aspects,
positions, and rulerships. These include preponderance of element,
pattern types (Jones patterns), and planetary order. They tell you a
without wading too far into the chart.
planetary order tells the tale of
because it gives you what principles get tweaked by diurnal
every day, and by transit and progression from monthly through
cycles. It’s your ducks, in a row.
most heralded of these is the
planet that rises
directly before the Sun on
the day you were born, the planet
the Sun in Zodiacal position. Depending on your chart, that could be an
conjunction to your Sun only a few degrees earlier or an entire sign or
three away, as long as there is nothing else intervening.
is that planet important?
Because it is literally your
opening act, right before
your personality (Sun) is put up front
transit or progression. It’s the experience other people go
before they run into you, and it’s also the situation you
traverse each time
before getting your inner self reinforced. Indeed, it is often the
first major transit you get after birth, leaving a strong feeling of
that planet on you at an impressionable age. Therefore it colors both
expectation and serves as a stage cue for eager fans anticipating
arrival. Some show biz stars always put on a comic ahead of them to
audience. Others like a band with a complimentary (but, of course, not
enthralling) sound, while still others prefer something totally
themselves benefit by the contrast. Whatever it is, it sets the mood
arrival, and you're stuck with it.
So what do you lead
with? Who’s your
opening act? Here’s a
look, in general order of likelihood.
Mercury and Venus. The
most common planets
ahead of the Sun are the two that hang around it so closely, Mercury
Most people lead with their heads (that’s the comic) or their
another similar band). If you’ve got Mercury there, you
don’t even need a
warm-up, as a
introduction will do. You
expected to be organized, clear, and have your wits about you, which is
you will require of yourself to begin with. Venus is only slightly less
it indicates you lead with your charm,
emphasizing your looks,
and generally attractiveness that need not be put into words but are
from your presentation. A lovely fanfare, and then voila!
there you are.
* Moon. Moon
rising ahead of
the Sun more often than not
means an old Moon, almost certainly a waning one. Your feelings precede
you tend to know what is going to happen even before you decide to take
stage and participate. There’s a certain world-weary wisdom
from being on the inner journey home, carried along by a lifetime (or
three) of been-there, done-that. It indicates that feelings come first
inform the personality, whatever the signs involved.
casts a particularly Arian,
energetic expectation that brings you into every situation with things
underway before you arrived. The joint is jumping, and then there you
you’ll need to whip up the crowd into an ever-higher level of
action to meet
expectations. You must be a doer of
deeds, with all the benefits
having to be on the move from the get-go.
have a lot to live
and have to be the latest and greatest, newest and hippest,
burgeoning possibilities sort of person. It’s rather like
Jupiter on your Ascendant or Sun, except it doesn’t go away.
positive, optimistic, future-oriented people, with lots of uplift, a
is a serious
endeavor for this type, and
responsibility for who you are is everything. It’s often the
indicator in a perhaps otherwise-frivolous chart that you own yourself
and will not
or the appearance of it, but it also means you
have to build
your presence, not just spring it on people. It’s the triumph
not the teenage success that fizzles out in the twenties.
enter onto a
somewhat unsettled stage and your
task is to make it look like a revolution, not an unfortunate accident.
Intolerant of other visions, you must follow your own and illuminate it
it’s clear to all, not just to yourself. Sometimes strident
always refreshing, you’re about revelation
of the moment, which
endures like a diamond when you cut it well, then provide yourself as
gives a mixed
the ability to paint any picture and have it believed, but only if you
it yourself. Do you believe in magic? Absolutely, but the
in the music
and the music’s in you, so where does that leave you? That
butterfly flits past with you right after. Belief is proof,
living example. You must make that music.
* Pluto. The
rarest of all, this
is a bit like having the
Grim Reaper introduce you. But it has a profound effect. It means by
you know there is life after death, as you just arrived directly after
it indicates people with great faith
in themselves and their ability to transcend
all. In a
lower order it can mean the end justifies the
means, a real
trampler, but at any more reasonable level it indicates the phoenix and
sureness of its rebirth, even in the direst of circumstances.
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