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New Meetup: Stephanie Clement - Planetary Arc Directions and Quality Forecasting

From: Chris B.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 7:36 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Horoscopic Astrology Group in Denver!

When: November 8,[masked]:00 PM

Where: The Mercury Cafe

Speaker: Stephanie Clement

Lecture Title: Planetary Arc Directions and Quality Forecasting

Lecture Description:

The hallmark of astrology, some say, is its ability to delineate character and psychology. Other say astrology provides the best predictive tool available in the world today. No other divination tool can match good quality astrology.
The search for good forecasting techniques is as old as astrology. Early questions included success of kings, success of crops, and timing of religious festivals. Day for a year progression date back at least as far as Ptolemy. In fact, Ptolemy knew about converse progression. He asserted that ?no converse direction can kill.? Placidus disagreed with that assessment, so we know that he used converse also.
Jump forward to contemporary times. Many professional astrologers had to learn converse progressions as part of the certification process. I have found more frequent mention of this technique recently on the Internet. However, today?s talk is about directions and not progressions.

Specifically, I will focus on Venus arc directions to reveal a tool of stunning accuracy.
I have a few cardinal rules for astrological prediction:
1. An accurate birth time is essential.
2. Accurate calculations are a must.
3. In use very narrow orbs, generally less than one degree.
4. Quite looking when you have enough to answer your question.
5. Gain a firm understanding of your technique ? i.e. not all arc directions are equal.
Arc directions are based on the daily motion of the object in question. We know that solar arc is about one degree per day ? the same as the secondary progressed Sun. Daily motion is used for all arc directions of the Moon and planets. Because daily motions vary, so do planetary arcs.
If Pluto moves just a few minutes a day and has retrograde motion as well, we know that Pluto arc directions will move extremely slowly and will also retrograde. No drama here.
Consider Venus and Mercury, though. Here we see wild variations in speed. A birth date close to a Mercury or Venus station can result in very quick direction one way and really slow one in the other. A recent consultation for a 54-year-old client produced a Mercury directed chart with an apparent forward arc of 82 degrees and a converse arc of only 9 ? degrees! At age 52, her converse arc mirrored forward arcs that occurred when she was only eight years old1 There is nothing symmetrical about some planetary arcs.
How did the arcs come to be so different? To study this, use your computer program to show you. The Intrepid program allows you to visualize this easily. No other program I know of does planetary arcs, but you can look at an ephemeris to track both forward and converse directions to learn what the arc is. In my example, Mercury was direct for about nine years before birth. Before that, it was retrograde for about 19 years, and before that it was direct.

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