OK class, today we're going to talk about a very powerful tool in the astrologer's toolbox. I warn you: It's not for the faint of heart. There is a little bit of math and a whole lot of meaning behind what I want to introduce to you.
You may or may not have heard of this before, depending on your level of interest in Astrology. But I assure you, the information I am about to share is relevant for each and every one of you -- I'm talking about Midpoints.
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Before you run away from this page I urge you to stay with me -- just a little longer. I promise it'll be worth your while. You see, although Midpoints are a rather advanced tool, they are SO important.
Simply put, a midpoint in your chart is the degree you get when you calculate the distance between two planets. Let's keep this really simple. Imagine your Sun is at 15 degrees of Capricorn and your Moon is at 5 degrees of Capricorn. Well, the halfway mark between these two planets would be 10 degrees of Capricorn.
Are you with me so far? Good.
What Astrology's Midpoints mean
So in this imaginary example, 10 degrees of Capricorn becomes an extremely sensitive degree in that person's chart. This would be the Sun/Moon midpoint. It's a degree that, when activated by transit, suggests MAJOR changes in relationship. It's also a degree that, when activated by a planet or point in another person's chart, suggests that you are in a tremendously important relationship.
If your sweetheart's personal planets are conjunct, square or opposite your Sun/Moon midpoint (with an orb of two degrees or less) then you, my friend, have met a potential marriage partner. Same goes if his or her Sun/Moon midpoint touches one of your planets by hard aspect. Only hard aspects count with midpoints by the way (conjunction, square or opposition). Why? Hard aspects are drivers. They make stuff happen. Soft aspects (sextile and trines) merely lend support.
OK, so if you have stayed with me this far, I'm thrilled. You have no idea how exciting midpoints are in the birth chart. Your chart is rich with meaningful midpoints that, when triggered (by transits, progressions, solar arcs, or in synastry), are connected to major developments and relationships in your life.
Why the Sun/Moon midpoint is so important
But for now let's stick with the absolute granddaddy of midpoints. If there is only one midpoint in your entire birth chart you decide to pay attention to, it should be the Sun/Moon midpoint.
Why? Well it's kind of straightforward if you think about it. The Sun and Moon are two of the most vital components of our horoscope. The Sun is our essential life force and vitality, while the Moon represents our habit patterns and emotional needs. The Sun represents our father or male energy in our chart, while the Moon represents mother or feminine energy. Together, the Sun/Moon midpoint is all about blending the masculine with feminine for their strongest combined expression.
It follows that in terms of relationship Astrology and in predictive Astrology, the Sun/Moon midpoint is likely to be an active factor as it pertains to relationship change. Because this is a blog, and you know I enjoy teaching using my real life experiences as an example, I will illustrate.
Certain Midpoints can indicate marriage
My Sun is 17 Taurus and my Moon is 11 Sagittarius. Without giving you a math headache, trust me when I tell you that my Astrology software correctly calculates my Sun/Moon midpoint to be 29 degrees of Aquarius. This degree, as well as the degrees opposite (29 Leo) and square (29 Taurus or Scorpio), are highly sensitive degrees for relationship in my life.
The best way to test this theory is by looking into my relationship history.
I met my now ex-husband in September 1991. Transiting Jupiter was moving through my 5th House of Romance. The week I met him, transiting Jupiter was at 29 degrees Leo, triggering my Sun/Moon midpoint. Oh, and his natal Moon placement happens to be 29 degrees Leo, which means a very important personal planet in his chart also triggered my
Sun/Moon midpoint. Hello, future husband!
Fast forward to our wedding day in November 1997. My Progressed chart reveals the Sun/Moon midpoint connections dramatically. That's because my Progressed Ascendant was 28 degrees Taurus, which means my Progressed Descendant was 28 degrees Scorpio. So my Progressed Ascendant/Descendant axis -- the marriage axis -- was square my Sun/Moon midpoint. Boo ya!
But wait, there's more.
Other Midpoints can indicate divorce
Let's consider the not so happy time -- our divorce. We were legally separated a couple of days after the February 2007 Full Moon that was conjunct my Sun/Moon Midpoint at 29 degrees Aquarius. In my Solar Arc directed chart, the Ascendant/Descendant axis was square my Sun/Moon midpoint. Ouch.
The day of my divorce was March 10, 2011. Transiting Neptune was precisely conjunct my Sun/Moon midpoint at 29 Aquarius. Talk about relationship dissolution! Literal Astrology folks!
Now, let's look to the only other significant relationship I had after my separation and divorce. I met this gentleman on March 1, 2008, when the Transiting North Node was conjunct my Sun/Moon Midpoint AND my Progressed Moon was also conjunct my Sun/Moon midpoint. Hello!
Looking to the future
We broke up this past December as transiting Saturn squared my Sun/Moon Midpoint. Cringe. Currently, we are trying to be "just friends." Transiting Saturn will make two more passes over my Sun/Moon midpoint over the summer. My Progressed Moon is currently square my Sun/Moon midpoint. We'll see what happens. Astrologically, it doesn't look so good.
Luckily, it's time for transiting Jupiter to make that opposition to my natal Sun/Moon midpoint late this summer, too, at 29 Leo. New love potential? Stay tuned...
And there you have it, folks. The magical Sun/Moon midpoint. As you can see, it is a MAJOR factor in relationship dynamics.