Firstly, hi everyone.
I'm new here, so I hope I don't make any terrible faux pas
What I'm going to do is post my chart and my interpretation (in stages, it gets a bit long!) for people with more experience and different perspectives to comment on, and hopefully everyone can learn something from the process (*cough*especiallyme*cough*). I've been teaching myself astrology for a couple of years now, albeit on a very bitty and casual basis, so while I'm not a total beginner I'm also by no means an expert. If this gets going I hope to cover a lot of ground in my interpretations, using and abusing various different techinques I've come across, rather than just go through a basic synthetic planet + sign + house reading (produces some nice Barnum statements, but I increasingly feel that the real value of astrology lies elsewhere).
On to the chart... See the attachment. Allll the way down there
. And yes, I've removed the calculation data. Sorry, but I feel much more comfortable only having it available on request.
A few quick notes:
The Part of Fortune isn't displayed; it should be at 13 degrees 6'10'' Scorpio.
To save the chart being an unreadable mess, only major aspects are drawn.
Fixed Stars are only shown in very tight orbs conjunct to planets. I have a better list of Fixed stars in 1 and 2 degree orbs conjunct planets and house cusps, and I'll go into that later. I think the most significant thing missing are the Aldebaran/MC and Antares/IC conjunctions. On a similar note my Moon has a partile conjunction to the Galactic Centre - again, I'll get into all this stuff later.
I use traditional rulerships and Ptolemaic term and face rulers - not that I'd reject other interpretations out of hand, but something to be aware of.
Annnnnnd... on to the first stage of the interpretion.
The first thing I notice is that my chart is north / west slanted, making me generally a more introverted and reactive type.
Most planets are in the NW quadrant, but not so much as to overshadow the influence of the others, especially when calculated points start to be taken into account.
Saturn and Pluto are in the NE, so I tend to set my own limits and ideas of responsibility, and see the deepest aspect of spiritual development as something that has to be from me, for me. My South Node also hangs out here, suggesting that I've "been and done" the lessons of an introverted/proactive personality.
Most planets in the NW quadrant indicate a need for relationships with and input from others to develop the self, and that I find it easier to bounce ideas (and even emotional and spiritual responses) off someone else before making firm decisions.
Venus and Mars in the SW show a need for connection and action more public oriented and socially influenced. The North Node in this quadrant suggests that there is a need to move towards more social and receptive expression.
There is nothing in the SE quadrant - out of curiosity, I took a look at the position of the five commonly used asteroids, and none of them fall in the SE either! A distinct disinterest in social status and large group activity, then.
Elements and Modalities
Elementally the chart seems pretty balanced, especially once points are taken into consideration - there is a slight Fire bias and lack of Earth when only the planets are considered.
In terms of sign modality fixed energy is dominant, so self-worth, persistence and stubbornness may be key themes. However, cadent houses dominate (nicely balancing the relative lack of mutable energy in terms of signs), emphasising adaptation, thinking and learning.
I find it quite difficult to pick out an elemental or modal "theme"; wherever I find excess or deficiency there seems to be some counterbalance elsewhere in the chart. On the plus side I have a lot of resources and approaches available to me, but on the other hand I'm juggling them all constantly and become a bit of a "Jack of all trades".
Aquarius, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Aries are the main areas of activity, but there are also influences in Virgo (Ascendant), Taurus (North Node), and Capricorn (Neptune) as well. Again, I'm finding it hard to pick out any unifying themes.
Planets in Signs in Houses
I'm going to blast through the basics of this as a quick summary - any idiot can go and look this kind of information up in numerous places
Expect a more detailed look at planets and houses later, based on rather more factors (aspects, dignity, decans, rulers, almutens etc).
Be aware that I'm using the Placidus house system - I've noted to the best of my ability where alternative house systems place a planet in a different house.
Sun in Aquarius in the 6th House
Individual, revolutionary and erratic, particularly in a day-to-day or work environment. Lack of ambition and desire to serve others. Great care needed with the physical body.
Moon in Sagittarius in the 4th House
Swift and penetrating insight, emotionally adventurous (or reckless). Security sought through stable home life and desire for spiritual truths. Possible tactlessness and difficulty with compassion. Close-knit family indicated.
Mercury in Aquarius in the 6th House
Detached, original and humanitarian intellect, often applied in a professional environment. Often plays devil's advocate. Risk of nervous ailments.
Venus in Aries in the 8th House
(Note: Koch, Equal, Campanus and Porphyry house systems place Venus in the 7th House)
In relationships, motivated, passionate, impulsive and self-centred. Danger of overindulgence and tantrums. May come off to others as mysterious and sexually charged. One indicator of a peaceful death.
Mars in Aries in the 8th House
(Note: Koch, Equal, Campanus and Porphyry house systems place Mars in the 7th House)
Forceful, energetic, ego-driven and martial, especially in pursuing desires. Compulsive and impulsive shopper, especially on credit. One indicator of a swift or violent death (but see Venus above ^_^)
Jupiter in Aquarius in the 5th House
(Note: The Whole Sign house system places Jupiter in the 6th House)
Humanitarian and progressive. Inclined towards expanding the mind into unique and esoteric subjects, often as hobbies. Desire to make the world a better place for all. Luck in investments or gambling.
Saturn in Scorpio in the 3rd House
Intense, controlling and morbid, especially in communication. Interrupted early education, but constant learning and potential for great wisdom. Quietness and isolation.
Uranus in Sagittarius in the 4th House
Holding unconventional, shocking or disruptive philosophies. Disruption in home and/or family. Many house moves. Unusual or eccentric homes.
Neptune in Capricorn in the 4th House
(Note: The Whole Sign house system places Neptune in the 5th House)
Desire to make dreams a reality, and fantasies or delusions of material ambition. Unwillingness or inability to leave home. Family secrets.
Pluto in Scorpio in the 3rd House
(Note: Koch, Equal, Campanus, Meridian and Porphyry house systems place Pluto in the 2nd House)
Deeply destructive and transformative influence. Powerful communicator. Penetrating, analytical mind.
South Node in Scorpio in the 3rd House
(Overly) comfortable in secrecy and morbidity. Fear of change, over-analytical, sarcastic.
North Node in Taurus in the 9th House
Need to establish self-worth and personal values, and cultivate persistence. Destiny lies in higher education, religion and/or travel.
Next time (provided anyone cares and I don't get sidetracked by comments), a much more detailed look at the planets...