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CosmiTec's Love Letter, Issue #143 -- Finding the Most Sensitive Degrees in Synastry
October 21, 2016

Irrespective of our free will, life (the Universe) presents some challenging pre-programmed experiences or events that will manifest this lifetime and which are indicated in our natal charts.

Our natal charts actually reflect our pre-birth contract or agreement in many ways.

In relationships, some (pre-programmed) events or experiences are likely to manifest (for good or ill) when certain sensitive degrees in synastry (the chart comparison between two people) are hit by transits or progressions.

The current relationship issues between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt prove again that a highly simple method (no calculations needed!) that highlights such events or experiences is almost infallible.

More about this in the featured article below.

In a recent Blog post, NASA confused the world by posting incomplete information about the zodiac signs.

They misled the majority of people who are unknowledgeable about real astrology by omitting vital and critical information.

What NASA (which stands for Never A Straight Answer -- LOL) doesn't (want you to) know: there is an important distinction to be made between the 12 astrological signs of the (tropical) zodiac and the 13 astronomical constellations of the (sidereal) zodiac!

This article explains it all nicely.

Moreover, the 12 astrological zodiac signs are as 'scientific' as the 13 astronomical Constellations because the 12 zodiac signs are based upon the declination of the Sun.

The annual path of the Sun turning in a band of up to 23-24° above and below the equator defines the 12 (tropical) zodiac signs.

The highest declinations North and South as well as the Sun's passing across the zero line (the equator) are related to the equinox and solstice points (which mark the start of our 4 seasons)!

In the (tropical) zodiac, these also correspond to the beginning of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn).

These four cardinal zodiac points also equal the four elements (Aries = fire, Cancer = water, Libra = air and Capricorn = earth).

Each of the four elements manifests in three modalities (the Trinity or Universal Law of Three): Cardinal (initiating), Fixed (consolidating) and Mutable (spreading), hence building 12 'fixed' principles that are translated into the 12 'fixed' zodiac signs.

In Western astrology, the four elements and three modalities thus describe the 12 (tropical) zodiac signs.

With a loving heart
Luc De Jaeger

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Table of Contents

Our regular features
  1. The Love Forecasts for the Month
  2. Love Quotes of the month
  3. What's new on our web site?

Our occasional features

  1. Finding the Most Sensitive Degrees in Synastry

Love Forecasts for November 2016

(slowly hover over a paragraph with the mouse and wait a second for additional astrological information)

Click here to download the November 2016 calendar in pdf format.

In general and on a mundane level, events are likely to happen around November 4, November 11, November 17 and/or November 24.

During this month of November 2016, a couple of planetary configurations will affect some birthdays in particular:
  • If you are born around February 7, March 23, May 8, June 24, August 10, September 25, November 10 or December 24, this month of November is likely to bring profound changes (that you resist), physical tension and stress.

    Make sure you take a break often to free yourself from all the tension.

  • If you are born around February 4, March 20, May 5, June 21, August 7, September 22, November 7 or December 21, there is lots of hard work.

    Also, there is the fear and threat of loss(es) and separation.

    You want to escape from some difficult situations but this will take lots of physical efforts and hardship.

    You are tenacious though.

  • If you are born around January 9, February 22, April 7-8, May 24, July 10, August 26, October 11 or November 25, this month of November brings a turn of events.

    You face stormy experiences that bring great (nervous) tension.

    You try to restlessly cope with any situation you are in.

  • If you are born around January 20, March 5, April 19, June 5, July 22, September 7, October 23 or December 6, expect agony.

    There is some suffering and pain, often involving physical injuries.

    Also beware of brushes with the law.

  • If you are born around January 5-6, February 19, April 4, May 20, July 6, August 22, October 7-8 or November 21-22, this month of November is about progress and auspicious developments.

    This can be a successful month overall.
Around November 1 there is disharmony in a group and there is a possible breakdown of a bond.

There is a sense of not (longer) belonging to a certain group or bond and you face difficulties adapting yourself to others or to someone else.

For some of you, the configurations indicate a hospital visit and/or being connected to illness or ill people.

Deception or betrayal can be used as a strategy.

Beware of lies and playing mental games.

If you are born around January 15, February 28, April 14, May 30, July 16, September 1, October 17 or December 1, the influences will likely affect you most.

Neptune and the mean Lunar South Node conjoin at 9° Pisces around November 3 suggesting experiencing broken dreams and/or deep issues around financial mistrust.

You may see others giving up, no longer having any fighting spirit left inside to carry on.

Clearly, the early November days are all about financial swindle and embezzlement, despair and thievery.

There is irritability, confusion, chaos, uncertainty and not seeing things clearly.

Nothing is defined and understood properly and it looks like some people still pretend that all is well and try to 'escape' reality.

There can be big revelations regarding investigations and research pertaining to the paranormal, metaphysical topics, the spirit world.

If you are born around February 4, March 20, May 5, June 21, August 7, September 22-23, November 7 or December 21-22, the configurations may affect you in particular.

Around November 4-5 you feel dissatisfied and there is a lack of zest.

Perhaps you don't like working, may feel ill and you better take a break or a day off.

For some of you, there can be loss of work.

Generally speaking, the mood is quite somber around these days.

This will especially apply to you if you are born around January 17-18, March 2, April 16, June 2, July 19, September 4, October 20 or December 3.

If you are born around February 4, March 20, May 5, June 21, August 7, September 22-23, November 7 or December 21-22, there is investigative work and research.

Some of you may fear a threat of loss or separation.

There is the potential of ill health and/or very hard work.

Mars enters disruptive and unpredictable Aquarius around November 9.

In this humanitarian zodiac sign, Mars is taking action to help friends or a group of people.

Mars, representing the activist, wants to reform, transform and change everything instantly.

Both Mars and Aquarius represent highly independent energies and therefore they cannot stand any restraint and will fight for (their) freedom.

You may easily feel annoyed and want to do exactly what you want, when you want it, resulting in some rebellion.

Due to the current entry of Mars in disruptive Aquarius, the current energies are accident-prone, suggesting that turmoil, shocks and sudden disruptions may occur.

Beware of physical injuries.

If you are born around January 20, March 5, April 19-20, June 5, July 22, September 7, October 23 or December 6, the configurations may affect you in particular.

There is mourning and sadness around November 9-10.

Some tragic separation is in the air.

Don't resist the current transformative energies and get over the tension because you are able to find and go your own way.

Things start to improve around November 11-12 when Venus enters corporate and ambitious Capricorn.

It's a good time for home improvements, enjoy your home as a cozy place and be creative.

In the earth sign Capricorn, Venus is especially interested in money and tangible things that stand a little out and are classy.

You may feel attracted to older people, business-like people, managers or people who "made it."

The focus is on the banking world as well and everything that brings more security in our lives.

Around the same day of November 12, Mercury enters expansive Sagittarius and spreads the word(s).

In conceptual Sagittarius, rational and cerebral Mercury feels overwhelmed, but it shares the same restlessness.

Trips and travel are on the agenda and as long as Mercury resides in this mutable fire sign, there can be lots of talks, speeches, wonderful story-telling etc.

The November 14 Full Moon period (which is actually a SuperMoon because the Moon is closest to the Earth now) can be windy, even quite stormy here and there.

Expect some extreme weather here and there.

Mercury at 8° Sagittarius squares the mean Lunar Nodes around November 17-18 suggesting a very hectic, busy and stressful period.

Moreover, Mercury at 9° Sagittarius squares (stationing) Neptune at 9° Pisces around the same period of November 18-19.

In other words, Mercury is the apex planet of a T-square built by (stationing) Neptune and the mean North Node of the Moon.

This mutable square indicates misunderstandings, lies, theft, betrayal, secret deals, falsehood, expecting too much from others and/or being let down by the occurrences.

Deceptions are almost a given, the more so because, additionally, illusive Neptune stations at 9° Sagittarius around November 20 and creates an atmosphere of mist and fog, uncertainty, confusion and disappointments.

There can be water-related or maritime issues or disasters going on as well around these days.

You better stay grounded mid November and don't be swayed by what you experience.

Stationing Neptune is turning direct and wants you to let go now and move on with your life.

This planetary station is best lived in a creative way (by listening to music or going to a concert for example).

Around November 21-22 the Sun enters flamboyant Sagittarius and becomes hopeful and optimistic.

It has big, even huge aspirations and everything develops according to plan.

Around November 22-23, you are popular and able to persuade others and/or influence others.

There are successful speeches or agreements.

This especially applies to you if natal Saturn and/or Neptune do not interfere and if you are born around January 6, February 4-5, March 5, April 4-5, May 5, June 5-6, July 6-7, August 7-8, September 7, October 8, November 7 or December 7.

Mercury and Saturn conjoin around November 23 at 16° Sagittarius.

This is a very methodical and systematic aspect that is able to lead to mental control, expertise and knowledge.

Gaining awards, qualifications for showing your intelligence or study or research results (publicly) belong to the possibilities.

Also, publishing, sharing, propagating or distributing a strategy, a strict plan, a new method or way of proceeding, is another possibility.

Around November 24-25, Jupiter at 15° Libra squares Pluto at 15° Capricorn while Venus also conjuncts Pluto indicating the focus is on buildings and real estate.

The waning Jupiter-Pluto square (both planets being positioned at a so-called 'critical degree') points to damage, financial expenses and/or losses.

It reflects the final metamorphosis, trying to profoundly overhaul and change one's beliefs or convictions -- difficult as this may be.

In this position Jupiter and Pluto may have huge financial implications or meanings for corporations, the banking world and/or governments.

The waxing Venus-Jupiter square reflects indulgence, spendthrift and overdoing, presenting a ballooning life style.

Venus, Jupiter and Pluto at the same numerical degree in a sign (15°) indicate a highly creative and artistic period, popularity, publicity, unbounded optimism and enthusiasm, happiness in love, highly fortunate developments, especially so if natal Saturn and/or Neptune do not interfere and if you are born around January 6, February 4-5, March 5, April 4-5, May 5, June 5-6, July 6-7, August 7-8, September 7, October 8, November 7 or December 7.

Beware of indulgence though -- too much of a good thing is never good.

Around November 27-28, there can be irresistible attraction, happy feelings about love and fascination.

Also, this is still a period full of artistic and creative expression.

The configurations will affect you most if you are born around January 9, February 22, April 7-8, May 24, July 10, August 26, October 11 or November 25.

So yes, these birthdays are in for a couple of very auspicious days.

The Sun at 7° Sagittarius squares the mean Lunar Nodes around the November 29-30 New Moon while Venus at 20° Capricorn squares Uranus at 20° Aries.

This is a rather frustrating and disappointing New Moon period because the New Moon is the apex body of another mutable T-square built by Neptune and the Lunar North Node.

You may feel lonely, face unrequited love, experience the illness and/or hospitalization of yourself or a loved one.

Your vitality is low and you are discouraged.

Dealing with others is not easy and you may feel misunderstood easily.

Love Quotes of the Month

The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman
-- H.L. Mencken --

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands
-- George Herbert --

Coquettes know how to please, not how to love, that is why men love them so
-- Pierre Marivaux --

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here
-- Marianne Williamson --

Men who cherish for women the highest respect are seldom popular with them
-- Source unknown --

True friends are like stars; sometimes you can't reach them, but you know they're always there
-- Source unknown --

What's New on Our Web Site?

There are a couple of updates to mention:

Finding the Most Sensitive Degrees in Synastry

When doing a chart comparison to find out if a couple is a good match, astrologers most often restrict their analysis to solely looking at the inter-aspects and the planets-in-houses overlays.

In the past, we already discussed the importance and vital role of a midpoint analysis (that overpowers the inter-aspect analysis) that should never be neglected in synastry.

This time we want to discuss another technique in synastry that is as vital and powerful as a midpoint analysis.

Every person has a weak spot or a 'weak' area you can find in the horoscope wheel.

When two people -- who have the same weak spot -- meet, things may go awfully wrong...

If they have the same 'auspicious spot or area', things may go exceptionally well.

There are different methods to find out what these weak (and auspicious) spots or areas are but one technique is just so simple that even lay(wo)men without any prior knowledge of astrology will be able to find things out.

It has everything to do with the 30° dial or list that shows the numerical degree of all planets and points in a chart wheel (from 0° till 29°).

So, irrespective of the zodiac sign a planet, body or point resides in, what counts is the numerical degree of the planet, body or point.

When in a natal chart two or more planets, bodies or points are at the same numerical degree in a sign, they build a configuration that is so powerful that it overrules any other aspect and is part of the astrological DNA of the native.

This specific degree becomes a focal point that blends the meaning of all the planets, bodies and points involved.

When you date or meet someone else who has the same numerical degree activated because (s)he too has two or more planets, bodies or points at the same numerical degree in a sign, things may become highly interesting (for good or ill).

This numerical degree will be(come) a highly sensitive point that will mark and influence the relationship and the lives of both partners involved profoundly (for good or ill).

This will become very noticeable when one or more transiting or progressed planets or bodies happen to traverse the same numerical degree(s).

Indeed, this focal point will be triggered when transiting or progressed planets or bodies are at the same numerical degree in a sign, and especially when more than one planet is at this degree and/or when a slow-moving generational planet is posited or transiting at this very degree.

If all the planets, bodies or points involved in both natal charts are friendly, 'benefic' and/or 'enjoyable' ones and the transiting or progressed planets too are 'benefic', you can expect some highly auspicious experiences or events popping up.

However, if all the planets, bodies or points involved in both natal charts are rather inimical or 'malefic' ones and the transiting or progressed planets too are 'malefic', you better fasten your seat belts because an uncomfortable, stressful and/or upsetting situation is likely to await you (AND the relationship alike).

That's exactly what happened between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in September 2016.

Let's take a look at their case to make it all clear.

Take a look first at the 30° dial or list of Angelina Jolie (see the table left on the image below).

You will notice that in her horoscope natal Mars and Neptune are all at 10° in a sign.

Both planets combined together are not that favorable because they create confusion, inactivity, infections or allergies, dissatisfaction etc.

Now take a look at the 30° dial or list of Brad Pitt (see the table right on the image above).

You will notice that natal Mars and Uranus (together with Chiron) too are all at 10° in a sign.

Both planets combined together are not that favorable because they are accident-prone, turbulent, disruptive, too independent and may indicate physical injuries, etc.

When two people meet who have at least two planets each at the same numerical degree in a sign (in this case 10°), the bond, union or relationship too will be marked by the combination of the principles indicated by all the planets that are at the same numerical degree.

All the planets and bodies involved will be triggered when one or more transiting or progressed planets hit the same numerical degree in a sign (10°).

This is what happened in September 2016 when transiting Neptune was at 10° Pisces (from August 20 till September 27) AND transiting Saturn was at 10° Sagittarius (from August 30 till September 22).

Moreover, transiting Mars too was at 10° in a sign (Sagittarius: between August 24-27) adding to the turbulent configuration.

All the (natal and transiting) planets involved (Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) are not the "nice ones" so that you cannot but expect a turbulent, disruptive period for the partners involved.

Indeed, August and September seemed to be rocky for the couple and it does not wonder that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce on September 15, 2016.

What can we learn from all this?

Hopefully, you see why this simple technique, using the 30° dial/list, is so vital.

You are able to see at a glance a weak spot between both partners (but also a fortunate spot in case benefic planets/bodies are at the same numerical degree and all the natal planets involved are benefic too!).

If you consider dating someone who has difficult planets at the same numerical degree as you and in case you are not emotionally entangled already, you may better re-consider.

Most often, it might be your free will to continue with such a relationship or not (but not always!) and in case you do continue, know that some hardship, stress, disruptions, etc. will be part of your journey with each other with some hard shared lessons to be learned or nasty shared experiences to be lived.

Taking the relationship a step further (like marrying) would not be recommended because marriages increase 'emotional intensity' and may add to the hardship.

Unlike friendships, marriages are no longer 'noncommittal' and do increase the emotional intensity making sure some lessons will be learned, the hard way...

In your search for Ms. or Mr. Right, it's always best to find someone who shares the same numerical degree with your best planets (like Venus or Jupiter), but that's often more theory than practice...

After all, planet Earth is still a learning school where lessons of all kind have to be learned and experiences to be lived for your own evolution and development.

Limiting the lessons and/or experiences hinders self-development and is, after all, not a good thing either...

To delineate all the possible planetary combinations, we recommend using Ebertin's "Combination of Stellar Influences" (COSI) and blend all the planetary principles in trios together so that you get an overall picture of the combined planetary meanings.

This masterpiece by Ebertin is still the most reliable way to find out how the combinations might work out and manifest in reality.

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