Nornir sat beneath Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life, weaving the threads of
destiny, even those of the gods.
is a set of
interwoven threads, like the warp and weft of a loom, a glorious tartan
not only surrounds us but makes up the very fabric of our existence and
identifies the clan to which we belong.
that's an old
and once-popular metaphor. But in astrology, it may be more of a
truth than you might expect. Outside of all the possible meanings of a
natal chart, there is the simple grid of 360 degrees of the Zodiac, the
latticed playing field on which all planetary positions are recorded,
unquestionable story by itself about who runs into whom, which threads
and recross enough to make a pattern, a weave, a family. Populating the
degrees of the circle are the traditional ten planets, the lunar nodes,
Angles (Asc-Dsc, MC-IC), and the Vertex (sometimes called an angle in
Some astrologers use even more, but these are enough to guarantee some
of the planetary threads of any two charts, between people of any age.
you look at your
own natal chart, alone, the bare positions of these traditional points,
of their traditional astrological interpretations, mean nothing.
there. But overlay your parents, your siblings, your children, your
the people in your recent phone or email correspondence, your
the current positions in the sky and you'll start to see individual
areas bunching up like crazy, in a provocative fashion. It's not
are regular clusters, and over a lifetime the clusters stay in the same
Whatever the specific degrees - usually (but not always) obvious
your own chart - they repeat themselves again and again. It's like
locked into a weave that was there when you were born and keeps coming
you, a celestial family with DNA that's totally extraterrestrial.
these days bemoan the lack of family and social connections - the fact
there are more there than you may want, you just haven't noticed it.
further, like biological family but more permanent, you're stuck with
see it all the time, but rarely note it except in passing. I remember
had an ad in the New York City yellow pages, and over ten years only
with lots of similar degrees called, no random pattern there. They
called anybody else in the listings, but they didn't. They called me.
others simply didn't call. They called the other astrologers in the
pages who had their degrees, instead. There are some degree areas (not
populated in my own chart) which I have simply never met. No reason to
paths, apparently. And other astrologers regularly report the same. Is
cosmic principle of attraction? Paul Kammerer
thought so, and it's why he believed "synchronicity" was no accident.
It's a great tool for
rectification (finding someone's true birthtime, when they don't know
it) - all
you have to do is collect charts of all their friends and family and
preponderance of the degrees that turn up are their natal angles).
degrees can be spotted by
traditional circular or linear overlays. A computer version
could include more.
forms the essence
of traditional astrological compatability, synastry, and comparison.
the immediate passion between two people, if they have lots of shared
between their charts, they will tend to stay together, at least as
even enemies. Circumstances just tend to shepherd them both into the
situations. If they have few degree contacts, even the greatest passion
have to fight circumstances just to stay in the same neighborhood.
charts are another story, as they start slowly, but gain momentum over
but they, too, usually reflect the same degrees. Of course, there are
people you have never met with lots in common with you, and you don't
them, yet. But once you actually meet, just watch how difficult it
escape them. That's perhaps why first meetings and introductions are so
important - they are gateways to floods of experience that you may
terms, this type of event is considered ordinary. It's just the way
For all the gossip, Hollywood stars marry other Hollywood stars -
because that's the world they live in and they never get to meet
even if they occasionally go out and meet ordinary people elsewhere.
same principle appears to extend to the rest of life, in ways where we
get to go choose to meet other "ordinary" people elsewhere, because
we're not even aware of the option. And if we do accidentally meet, we
notice them, and they don't notice us, like ships passing in the night.
mathematics and the probabilities of this could be debated forever, but
ultimate test is specific and often anecdotal. Don't you notice it
Have you known anyone for very long that doesn't have a lot of degree
common with you? At a glance, it should become obvious. After that, you
to focus on the individual common degrees and see which parts of that
weft you share with another influence each of you, one to the other. Is
Saturn (a teacher) or Jupiter (an inspirer), perhaps Mar or Venus
sexual), or raw energy and timing with Sun and Moon and the Angles? But
there is no commonality, it just doesn't generally happen long enough
the question - the term "star-crossed" meant just that when it was
coined. Some of us are swimming in the same river together, others
planetary threads intersect, the final fabric of your cosmic clan
tartan takes shape.
this? Probably that mutual attraction thing. Astronomically, the
planets do it,
by gravitation, and it's described by LaGrange points. A simple
of these five points defines all the common astrological aspects and
meanings. It's about repetition and locking yourself into the familiar
simply doing it over and over again, just like the tides that go in and
complicated, like the tides themselves. Some creatures live their lives
meet their mates only at high tide, others only at low tide, others
certain points in between. Most are never even aware of those who do
on a different tide. Just a simple look at how we individually overlap
degree areas shows this same principle in action. Cosmically,
gravitationally, however you want to put it, it's about the greater
are thrown into simply by your beginning, regardless of biological
may not notice it right away, but as you get older you begin to just
at first glance, although astrological awareness and comparisons really
flush out the details - oh, here comes another one, and another one,
better, some not so nice. You can't avoid them, they're family.
decision at any one moment is, "Should I invite them in?"
-- John Townley