Thinking with narrow expansiveness outloud :D
Okay, these are some things that have been tickling my brain the last couple of days and I thought I'd get some feedback and wisdom from the members about these ideas:
1. Hemispheric quadrants
Unless one uses the equal house method, we know that houses are not created in equal size. Some houses have fewer than 30° and others more than 30°, depending on the lattitude and longitude where one was born. In most cases, two opposing quadrants will be large and the other two opposing quadrants will be small.
The four quadrants are North-West, South-East, North-East and South-West. Each quadrant will contain each one of the modalities (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable) and all four elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air) depending upon the way the chart lays out.
The North-West quadrant contains the houses leading from Midnight to sunrise (the Nadir to the Ascendant). The land of deepest dreams, the most reserved to the self portion of the chart. It is the area of the subjective sense of the self. What do I think? What do I see? What is me? What do I value? How do I learn? How do I assimilate things into myself? The North-West quadrant is all "me in my greatest self-ness." Each modality will focus that over-riding energy into managable pieces to work with (since the modalities never shift out of their natural zodaical placement) into the houses.
Then, literally, comes the dawn and entrance into the South-West quadrant. We shift from "me in my greatest self-ness" to "me in my greatest cosmic-ness." We become objective about who we are from the prospects of the greater world. From the Ascendent to the Midheaven, we feel ourselves rising to higher planes in our levels and dimensions of consciousness and levels of inteconnectedness with ourselves and our "Soul-ness" and "Source of All Being-ness." We rise in the light to the maximum brightness of our soul—the Midheaven.
At the Midheaven, we subtly but perceptively shift from ourselves to others. In the South-East quadrant, we view the "others" in our lives with the same objectivity we have focused on ourselves so we can learn to bring into balance with respect who we are and who they are in harmony (no surprise, then, why Libra is on the cusp of the descendant in the natural Zodiac).
And then the sunsets and night comes in on twilight's feet. In the North-East quadrant, we bring those objective lessons we have learned about others and how we relate to them into subjective understanding. We are beginning to withdraw from the world at this point, preparing ourselves to enter that area where only we, alone, can enter. What do our relationships mean to us? How do we use them to learn more about ourselves? How do we relate to relatives? All these questions percolate through our subjective self as we return to midnight, the Nadir, the North point--our greatest self-wisdom about ourselves.
So here is the question: are the opposing quadrants that have the greatest number of degrees within them the areas in this life where we have the greatest work to do or where we have the greatest illumination? And, conversely, are the opposing quadrants with the fewest number of degrees contain the parts that are "old hat" and need just polishing or are they the places that need the greatest illumination because we tend not to focus on them?
2. The planets and the quadrants
As we look at a chart, we can see exactly what daypart the planets were in based on the quadrants. For instance, in my chart, the Sun sits in my 8th house because that is where it was at on July 26, 1958 at 3:49 p.m. CST in Des Moines, Iowa. The South-West quadrant is large because of all the extra daylight there is between noon and sunset (approx. 8:15 p.m.), so I actually have large segments of all four elements represented in that quadrant as well as in its opposite quadrant, the North-East.
In the South-East quadrant I have a smidgen of fire and earth and heavy water-air emphasis. In the North-West the opposite is true (naturally), with a heavy Fire-Earth emphasis with a smidgen of Water and Air.
In my chart, the greater majority of planets are in the South-West/North-East axis. However, in the smaller South-East/North-West axis, I have my Lunar nodal axis and the opposition portion of my t-square.
The questions here are: Do the planets tend congregate in the largest quadrants as one moves further from the Equator, and how much does that affect the way we interpret a chart? Will the Universe tend to bring some type of planetary "balance" — not the right word but it will have to do for the moment — into the smaller quadrant? And how do the quadrants change the further towards the equator you move?
Looking forward to all your ideas.
My 2¢ worth, take what fits and ditch the rest.
Light is only a vibration and there are vibrations faster than light.