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Chiron, Pholus and Co.

See too: Other Celestial Bodies

On 1 November 1977, the American astronomer Charles Kowal discovered a

small planet with an extraordinary orbit. A couple of weeks later, this planet was
named Chiron. There are hundreds of asteroids in our Solar system - many of
them bigger than this new object, with an estimated diameter of, at most, 160
km. However, Chiron's orbit, positioned between Saturn and Uranus, is unique.
Chiron takes about 50 years for a complete revolution and at times leans
strongly towards both Saturn and Uranus. His path is unstable, as he has
probably only been travelling along it for a couple of thousand years, and will
probably only be there for a couple of thousand more. In 1991, Chiron was
classified as a captured comet. Astronomers don't completely agree on whether
Chiron is an asteroid or a comet, so he can be found in the catalogues for both.
His position can be reliably calculated for the period between 1500 B.C. and
4000 A.D. only, beyond this period, any calculation must be considered

The position of Chiron's orbit, placed between Saturn and Uranus, is rather
special. In spite of all attempts at classification, Chiron has, as it were, taken on
the role of a planet. His path is severely eccentric, like that of
Pluto, so that he occasionally crosses the orbits of both Saturn
and Uranus. Most astrologers regard him as a sort of "mediator"
between these two, and as a link between the "Guardian of the
Spheres" (Saturn) and the outer planets. Accordingly, Chiron is
said to have both a Saturnian and a Uranian influence. Before
Chiron was defined as a captured comet, he was regarded as an errant asteroid,
far from the "herd", or belt, of the other asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, a
loner and rebel, going his own way. The key-shaped glyph shown above has
become widely accepted, and is part of the basis for interpretation - Chiron is
regarded as a key to the outer planets, as well as to those spheres of life shown
by his role in classical mythology.

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According to myth, Chronos ( Saturn ) once

became inflamed with passion for the nymphe
Philyra. His wife, Rhea, caught him in the act,
whereupon he turned himself into a stallion and
fled. The centaur Chiron was the fruit of this union,
a creature half man and half horse. Philyra was
filled with aversion, when she saw this child, so
she asked Zeus to turn him into a linden tree.
Later on, Chiron lived in a grotto on Mount Pelion,
teaching young heros the martial arts, the art of
the chase, as well as music. His most famous
students were Achilles and Asclepios. The end of
his story is full of symbolic meaning:
Unintentionally, he was wounded by a poisoned arrow belonging to his friend,
Hercules. Being immortal, Chiron lived on with the terrible, incurable wound.
When Prometheus was to be punished, Chiron offered to die in his stead. This
sacrifice of his own immortality delivered him from torment.

Chiron is a creature both animal and human, combining the dark, natural,
instinctive parts with the rational. Astrologically, he represents wisdom, patience
and mastery over the inner darkness. Due to his own incurable wound, he has
intimate knowledge of suffering, in all its forms. This enables him to tap a deep
well of wisdom from within, to ease the pain of others. Because Chiron is not
really on the same level as the "classical" planets, aspects to him are not shown
in our chart drawings.

Chiron in the Astrodienst Product Range

Chiron is included in the data print-outs for the following chart types, but not in
the drawings: Typ 2.AT und 2.GR. In addition to this, a new drawing type was
created, identical with type2.AT, but with Chiron added into the drawing.

Neither the data print-out nor the drawing show the aspects to Chiron. The
position of Chiron is not included in Lunar and Solar returns, progressions,
transits, etc. However, Chiron is included in the data print-outs for natal charts
with an additional chart ring, types 24.xx, 25.xx und 23.xx for all methods.

Pholus and Others

After 1992, Chiron was no longer the only small object in our outer Solar
system. A number of asteroids were discovered between Saturn and Neptune.
The first of these was named after the second-most prominent centaur, Pholus.
Accordingly, this group of small asteroids is known as "The Centaurs". Apart
from the Centaurs, another small planet was discovered in the area around and
beyond Pluto, and beyond this, a new, great belt of small asteroids, probably
consisting of more objects than the main belt, between Mars and Jupiter.
Probably, Pluto himself should be considered a member of this group, in spite of
being much bigger than the rest.

The outer extremes of Pholus' path cross the orbits of both Saturn and Neptune.
Just as Chiron is considered an astrological key to Saturn and Uranus, so
Pholus is a key to Neptune. His average distance from the Sun is a little greater
than that of Uranus, a complete revolution takes 92 years. In myth, Pholus
guards the centaurs' vines, the wine from these being the actual cause for the
battle between Hercules and the Centaurs. Like Chiron, Pholus becomes
embroiled in the battle by chance, and dies due to a tragic coincidence - while
curiously inspecting one of Hercules' poisoned arrows, he is mortally wounded.

According to first astrological observations, Pholus gives unusual ability in a

particular area, or unexpected results, due to a gift for experiment. Pholus'
transits over the main axes of a chart, often mark radical and unexpected
change, hinted at by his sudden and unexpected death in the myth.


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Erminie Lantero, The Continuing Discovery of Chiron, Samuel Weiser Inc.

(1983), 189 pages, ISBN 0-87728-549-7. A detailed and well-founded aid to
interpretation based on a symbolic and archetypal approach.

Melanie Reinhart, Chiron and the Healing Journey, Penguin USA (paper),
ISBN 0140195734, recommended.

Robert v. Heeren und Dieter Koch, Pholus. Wandler zwischen Saturn und
Neptun, Chiron Verlag, Mssingen 1995. An extremely thorough work which,
amongst other things, discusses Pholus in detail. Highly recommended. ( Not
available in English. )

Lilith - the Dark Moon

See too: Other Points in the Horoscope

In the beginning was the Great Goddess, and the Goddess was the Earth,
and the Earth was the Goddess. The origins of the cult of the Great
Goddess lie hidden in the dim twilight of prehistoric time. The Goddess ruled
for hundreds of thousands of years. In the course of time, the Mother-
Goddess was overthrown and driven under, and the triumph of the most
patriarchal of archetypes - Jahwe, God the Father, Allah - was complete in
the Judaic, Christian and Moslem worlds. It was only in the tamed form of
Mary, Mother of God, that some aspects of the Mother Goddess were
permitted to survive. Various Black Madonnas in ancient sanctuaries still
bear witness to her.

The figure of Lilith represents one aspect of the Great Goddess. In ancient
Babylon, she was worshipped as Lilitu, Ischtar or Lamaschtu. Jewish mythology
already puts her into darker realms - an evil Demon of the night, a fitting mate for
Satan, lying in wait for men, and killing children.

The Astronomical Lilith

The Moon travels along an elliptical
path around the Earth. An ellipse has
two focal points, and the other focal
point, not occupied by the Earth has
been called the Dark Moon, the Black
Moon or Lilith. This is a slightly
simplified definition, since, actually,
the Moon and the Earth both move
around their common centre of
gravity, and the path of the Moon is
not a neat ellipse, but a rather wobbly
affair. One must distinguish between
the mean orbit of the Moon, which is a
slowly elongating ellipse, and the
actual orbit, which vaccilates around
the mean path, due to interference of
various kinds. Just as there a "mean"
and a "true" Lunar Node, so there is a
"mean" and a "true" ellipse and a
"mean" and a "true" Lilith. I write "true"
in inverted commas, because the
Moon's Node is only "true" about twice per month, when the Moon is actually on it,
for the rest of the time, it is as "untrue" as the mean Node. In fact, when working
with a point so close to the Earth, one should also take the great parallax into
consideration, i.e. consider, from which point on the Earth one is actually looking at
a point in the heavens. Astrology observes the planets geocentrically, as if from

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the Earth's centre, and not topocentrically, from the actual place of the observer.

The Dark Moon has also been defined as the aphelion of the Moon's orbit, or that
point in the orbit farthest from the Earth. Both these points, the aphelion and the
second focal point, lie on the long axis of the orbital ellipse, the line of apsides.
Seen from the Earth, they lie in the same direction, and therefore occupy the same
place in the Zodiac. The second focal point lies at a distance only about 36000 km
from the Earth, the aphelion at about 400000 km. Apart from this, both definitions
can be regarded as being equivalent. Because the orbit of the Moon continually
shifts forward in space, the Dark Moon moves along the Zodiak at about 40 per
year. A complete revolution takes 8 years and 10 months.

Lilith in the Chart

The glyph used for Lilith is a black Moon (see above), as opposed to that used for
the real Moon. Lilith is included in the chart drawing Type 2.AC, some other
drawing types, such as 2.AT show Lilith in the table of planetary positions.

Interpreting Lilith
"During my years of astrological practice, I have come to use the Dark Moon in all
my chart analyses, as a complement to interpretating the Moon. It would never
occur to me to neglect this influence. The Dark Moon describes our relationship to
the absolute, to sacrifice as such, and shows how we let go. In transit, the Dark
Moon indicates some form of castration or frustration, frequently in the areas of
desire, a powerlessness of the psyche, or a general inhibition. On the other hand,
it shows where we question ourselves, our lives, our jobs, and our beliefs. I feel
this is important, since it gives us the opportunity to "let go" of something. The
Dark Moon shows where we can let the Whole flow into our selves, without putting
an "I" in the way, without putting up a wall in the form of ego. At the same time, it
doesn't indicate passivity - on the contrary - it symbolizes the firm will to be open
and trusting, to let the Greater World flow through one, relying entirely on the great
laws of the universe, on that which we name God. To prepare us for this opening,
the Dark Moon creates a necessary void."
(Jolle de Gravelaine in "Lilith und das Loslassen", Astrologie Heute Nr. 23)


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Harmonic horoscopes are based on principles of resonance, like overtones,

which are present in every horoscope. The whole zodiac (360) is taken as the
basic tone, representing the number one (1). By using a higher vibration, we can
cause the circle to oscillate more quickly, so to speak, and investigate which
planets work together in this particular pattern. For example, the fourth harmonic
would involve all those planets which share square aspects (90 - division of the

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circle by four). In the harmonic chart, these planets form conjunctions. The
number corresponding to each vibration influences the interpretation.

At the risk over oversimplifying, one can say that the study of harmonics greatly
extends and differentiates the theory of aspects.

Numerical Symbolism and Aspects

The aspects imply favorable, unfavorable or ambivalent relationships
between the planets. Although the interpretation depends greatly on
the nature of the planets involved, this view largely derives from the traditional
symbolism of the numbers 1,2,3 and 4: When the circle is divided by the number
one, the result is again 360 or 0 - the distance which defines a conjunction.
Division by 2 gives us 180 (Opposition); division by 3 gives us the
trine(120), When we divide by 4 we have a square (90).

The number one symbolizes the original oneness of all

being, and consequently two planets in conjunction
become a unified whole. The number two is the division of this one-
ness into polarities, for example male and female, upper and lower,
yin and yang, etc., leading to a certain tension of opposites. The
number three symbolizes a creative striving thesis and antithesis leading to a
synthesis. Usually, planets in trine are in the same element. Accordingly, they
support and complement each other. The number four is matter
made manifest, law fulfilled, that which has become. The
corresponding square is generally considered difficult, each side
obstructing the other, unable to give way.

Minor Aspects and Harmonics

Considering the above, we might well wonder about the division of the circle by
other numbers, for example 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. This is as far as the minor
aspects go, giving us the quintile, sextile, septile, octile, novile and decile
aspects. However, these aspects and their multiples can only be arrived at by
calculation. Also, the interpretation of the minor aspects is by no means as clear
as that of the major aspects.

Using the technique of harmonics, one can concentrate on a certain division of

the circle, instead of searching for minor aspects. The division of the circle is a
matter of choice, e.g. by 5, by 57 or by 228, and one should be aware of the
symbolic meaning of the number one chooses. Using the chosen number, for
example 36, one can calculate a sort of auxiliary horoscope, which can be used
for further analysis.

Applied Harmonics
Using the 36th harmonic chart, one can immediately see which planets form 36-
angles, since all of these planets will stand in conjunction. One could for
example take the number 36 as indicative of an ability of fine problem solving:
36=(2x2)x(3x3), as a tension between opposites and the striving for solution
multiplied many times. In that case, the 36th harmonic would tell us about
someones approach to problem-solving and of the difficulties to be reckoned
with. Within the 36th harmonic one can use major aspects, one can compare the
harmonic and the natal charts, one can relate transits to the harmonic positions
to events, etc. Finally, the 36th harmonic can be related to the 36th year of life -
since it is the 36th time one has completed the journey around the sun, the
person will be sensitive to this frequency.

When working with harmonics, one of the difficulties one meets with lies in
determining the particular significance of each harmonic, in other words, in
finding out what the symbolic value of the numerical factor is. In practice, one
usually reduces the numbers in question to multiples of those numbers whose
interpretation is assured as in the above-mentioned example. Another means

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of arriving at the meaning of the higher values is to resort to cross-sums and

other mathematical and numerological practices. In theory, one could calculate
an endless number of harmonic horoscopes for each natal chart. One is left with
the choice of resorting to a vague numerological mysticism or working toward a
systematic evaluation of the subject through comparative study.

John M. Addey, Harmonics in Astrology, Fowler & Co. The most comprehensive
work on this subject, with detailed instructions regarding the calculation,
interpretation and application of harmonics.

Michael Harding u. Charles Harvey, Working with Astrology, Arkana 1990, An

introduction to harmonics which is easy to read, with lots of practical examples.
A great practical guide.

Persona Charts

Multiple Personalities
This article is an abridged and adapted extract from the book "Personare - Die
zwlf Personen im Innern der Seele" ("Persona charts - Twelve personalities
within the psyche") by Peter Orban and Ingrid Zinnel (Rowohlt Taschenbuch,
1992, out of print, but still available here), which only exists in German. Edited and
translated by Karin Hoffmann.

Danny is a kicking and screaming 7-year-old, always on the lookout for trouble,
and not very popular with anyone.
Rosalind, 31 years of age, gentle, melancholic, and charming can melt the hearts of
most people.
Jennifer has had more lovers in the 22 years of her life than she can count. She is
mentally retarded and has only one thing on her mind: the quick fuck with a
stranger. Post coital her mind goes blank.
J ohn, although only 34, is one of the most successful lawyers in town. His jurisdical
logic is irresistible, opponents fear his powerful addresses to the jury.
The Ripper, an ageless, almost blind man, is barbarous, brutal and evil like a
nightmare. Full of hatred, he goes around at night with razor blades and glowing fag

All of them, the terrible child, the warm-hearted woman, the nymphomaniac, the
successful lawyer, the evil old rascal, and many more characters of different
descriptions, are contained within one body. This body belongs to a woman lawyer,
who is called Marianna Lipton, 168 cm tall, and 46 years of age. And apart from the
fact that she had suffered from unbearable psychological anguish at times, these
were - until a few years ago - the only things she could know about herself for

Marianna and the one and a half dozen therapists who had treated her from the
age of 19 could not find any explanation of the forces which seemed to tear her
apart - until the psychiatrist Frank Putnam diagnosed an illness which belongs to
the most mysterious neuro-psychotic syndromes of all: Multiple Personality
Disorder (MPD).This is what experts call a kind of personality disorder which is hard
to diagnose and even harder to cure.

The Ego of an MPD-Patient is split up into numerous, completely different

personalities who are in constant interchange and determine the psyche and the
actions of the patient. It is like a psycho-drama become real, varied and multi-
layered, in which the "multiple" embodies all roles. (DER SPIEGEL, Year 43, 1989,
Vol. 37, p. 220)

What modern psychiatrists describe as MPD, is - and this is our claim - not a

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special case in the development of the human psyche, but simply an outwardly
noticeable view of what goes on inside every single one of us. Each of us has these
multiple personalities inside ourselves, but they are not as excessively and
obsessively in war with each other as with an MPD patient. They influence most
people and their every day lives in an unobtrusive and unnoticeable manner.

You may find the idea that every individual contains several different personalities
quite surprising, especially if you have just got used to the thought that the aim of
man is to achieve unity. We do believe in unity, too. But still: Man as he exists today
is not only schizophrenic, but polyphrenic, and he can hardly succeed in wanting
unity, if he is not prepared to look at his fragmented self first. Therefore, our theory
does not deal with the one visible person, but with the invisible person or with the
soul or psyche of man which is multiple and manifold. We want to follow the tracks
of the manifold.

What is a Persona Chart?

What is a Persona Chart?

The birth horoscope is a "script of life"
which gives me an exact overview of my
"drama". If we translate the horoscope
drawing into a view of a stage, the circle
of the horoscope becomes the circle of
the stage, and the planets turn into
people or actors.

Every single person in the drama has his or her very own history, has individual
energies, individual needs, has weaknesses and strengths, and individual physical
and psychological responses. Each person has an individual way of going through
life, as well as an individual path to consciousness.

The birth horoscope represents these twelve characters in their particular

arrangement as parts of the whole. We want to show a new way of looking at the
chart. We do not look at the whole, but consider its parts. We will not forget, of
course, that whole is more than the sum of its parts. And we keep in mind that we
will do what we are doing now only for a limited period of time. But we will do it

We learn a method by which we can take out a single one of these inner
personalities, and look at it closely and independently from the others for a while.
The birth chart provides us with little information about this personality: we only
know the zodiacal sign, its house placing, and its relations with other planetary
personalities. This is not a vast amount of information. For this reason we will take a
step which might sound outrageous at first: we cast an individual horoscope for this
inner personality.

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The individual characters on the stage of

my life have birth dates themselves, i.e.
they have to "come to light". This phrase
contains the secret of their birth. They are
born the moment the sun, which has
brought me (my outer self) to light (for
example on 22.8.62, at 13h22), reaches
this inner personality for the first time and
thus "brings it to light". If Mars in this
horoscope is 26 degrees 42 minutes
Aquarius, the sun reaches the "warrior" on
3.2.63 at 1h32. Now, I have the dates I
need for Mars' horoscope: the birth date of
the "warrior".

In technical terms: A Persona Chart is the

chart for the first transit of the Sun over the position of another natal planet. All
Persona Charts 'happen' within the first year after a person's birth, when the Sun
makes its first circle around it, and 'wakes up' one subpersona after the other.

We call this horoscope a "persona chart".

For one, this horoscope describes one of my
inner "personalities", and secondly, it is
derived from "per-sonare" and therefore
associated with the motif of "that which rings
through". Each of the inner personalities
rings through the whole consisting of all the
other personalities. A special sound rings
through the whole chart. An individual sound!

This inner personality has - an ascendant - a

ruler of the first house - a sun, which is
always the protagonist (because the sun
take the place which was taken by Mars before) - again 12 characters on the stage
(!) - a midheaven.

We can treat this horoscope like a normal horoscope, but we have to keep in mind
that it is not our chart, but the chart of this one person within us. We have to take
care not to take this horoscope for the whole.

Persona charts are horoscopes of independent personalities - we cannot stress

this often enough. Personalities inside me. The birth chart is the horoscope of the
most important inner personality, of my sun. (Therefore the sun does not need a
persona chart, because the horoscope of the solar return to the place it had at birth
- one year after birth - is called a solar chart). All the other inner personalities are
relegated to second place in "traditional" astrology.

Persona charts are horoscopes which promote the other personalities beside the
sun to the rank of protagonists. They take these personalities more seriously than
the birth chart does. We think it is really unfair that on the stage of life only the one
(sun) protagonist is endowed with a biography, and that only his life is given
description. The other personalities are simply seen as minor characters. For this
reason we want to provide a method which allows the reader to provide the other
characters with biographies (i.e. life descriptions) of their own. It will occur to you
that these personalities have unjustly been neglected for so long, and - to go even
further - that they themselves have an ego and their own members of the cast!

Twelve (Archetypal)

Twelve (Archetypal) Personalities

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Twelve (Archetypal) Personalities

Our system of persona charts consists of twelve inner personalities. But they can
relate to each other, and these relations turn into independent personalities
themselves. If each archetype, each individual personality relates to one other
archetype, we get 66 different individual personalities. (And with relations of three,
there are more than 1000.)

Here are our basic twelve:

Personality 1: "The warrior"

If I want to know more about the strength of my warrior, or my capability to assert
myself in the world aggressively, about my way of fighting, whether I am a coward
or a hero, what I find worth fighting for and by what means - I look at my Mars
persona chart.

Personality 2: "The beauty"

If I want to know more about my security or insecurities, my values and self-worth,
my sensuality, my sexual desire and my general capability to enjoy - I look at my
Venus persona chart.

Personality 3: "The intellectual"

If I want to know more about my flexibility, about my (verbal and mimic) interaction
with the outer world, about my way of functioning, my communicative competence,
my intelligence - I look at my Mercury persona chart.

Personality 4: "The mother" ("The little child")

If I want to know more about my femininity, my feelings, my inner child and my
feeling of security and comfort, i.e. the feminine part of my psyche - I look at my
Moon persona chart. We consider this persona chart (beside the birth chart) the
most important instrument for exploring a person's inner world.

Personality 5: "The hero" ("The father")

If I want to know more about my vitality, my Ego, the life force inside me - I need to
look at my Sun persona chart. But, in fact, I have got it already, as it is my birth

Personality 6: "Reason" ("The reprimanding person")

If I want to know more about my way of dealing with the necessities and constraints
of life, about the circumstances I have to adapt to, and about the things I have to
accept - I look at my Mercury persona chart (which is identical with the persona
chart of person 3).

Personality 7: "The other"

If I want to know more about my relationship with other people, with partners, and
with the world - I must look at my Venus persona chart (the same as for person 2).

Personality 8: "The fanatic"

If I want to know more about the way I can deal with the demonic, with the god of
the underworld, with the forces which want to prevent me from living or - I must look
at my Pluto persona chart.

Personality 9: "The philosopher"

If I want to know more about the meaningfulness of my life, about the therapist
inside me, about the role "religio" plays in my life - I take a look at my Jupiter
persona chart.

Personality 10: "The old man or woman" ("The guardian of the law")
If I want to know more about "law", about my higher calling, my vocation or about
the truths fate wants to teach me (which I do not want to learn) - I look at my Saturn
persona chart.

Personality 11: "The liberator"

If I want to know more about the area of my life in which I must free myself from
ties, about my way of realising liberty and independence - I look at my Uranus
persona chart.

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Personality 12: "The master"

If I want to know more about the transition from lie to truth, about the world of
"maya", of illusion, and about how to transcend illusion to get to the world behind
the world - I look at my Neptune persona chart.

Appearance of Inner

The Appearance of Inner Personalities

Our inner personas appear on different
levels of consciousness. Therefore, they
have different ways of appearing in our
lives. We can visualise this fact with the
help of a three dimensional horoscope
or live stage. The level in the center
shows those personas whom we are
aware of, the top and bottom level show
unconscious parts of our personality.
The unconscious level do not need to be
limited to two, and, of course there can
be different degrees of

From a psychological point of view, it

makes sense to distinguiush four levels of consciousness on which the inner
personalities can appear in our lives:

1. Personalities with whom we identify ourselves

There is a consensus between them and our conscious self. They are endowed
with energies and take part in my conscious encounter with the world. This means
they are honoured, polished and sent into world as representatives of my will and
self-image. They are what we call "ambassadors" in diplomatic language. A country
sends a representative to another country in order to be represented there with
dignity. The ambassador's task is to make an impression.

2. Personalities with whom we do not identify, but whose appearance and

manner we know nevertheless
They do not receive identifying energies from me, they are no ambassadors,
because I treat them as "persona non grata". They are unwelcome participants in
my (life) drama. I know that they exist, and I even know that they are right in what
they say. I also know that they have a right to take part in my play, but whenever
they appear on stage, I try to get rid of them as quickly as possible. They have
fallen out of favour as representatives of my country, and I refuse to give them
enough energy to enable them to realise their intentions (they often appear as
"admonitory or reprimanding voice").

3. Personalities whom I do not know, and whose real mission is "secret", i.e.
it is unconscious
They never confront me openly with their true views and attitudes, but work quietly
and inconspicuously towards their own aims and interests, and these are not the
interests of the conscious person. In our example of diplomatic language, this
means: They are the special agents of our own secret service, who work within our
own embassy, but for a different ministry, and about whom the ambassador has not
been informed. These personalities serve different masters, and this is what
confuses me deeply. Since I am not allowed to know about their secret mission -
and do not want to know as I dislike the secret service for reasons of honour and
moral cleanness - there is a conflict of interests.

4. Personalities whom I do not know, whose mission is as secret as that of

the third kind of personalities, who do not confront me directly, but who are
actively working towards my destruction and ruin

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Figuratively speaking, this means that they are members of a foreign secret service
within my embassy. They appear to come from a hostile secret service, and to
collect material against me within my own walls. This material is designed to lead to
my physical ruin. They want to occupy my country.

Personalities of the fourth kind can be considered the core of the MPD-syndrome
as described by psychiatrists. Insofar it seems clear that "multiples" are always in
great danger of self-destruction through suicide. Even more, the phenomenon of
suicide on the whole appears to be initiated by a personality of the fourth kind. The
reason why they are rarely successful is that personalities of the third kind try to
prevent self-destruction. There is, just like in any good spy thriller, a fight within the
own embassy between agents of the home country against the agents of a foreign
country. And the ambassador is usually unaware of it all.

The transfer of inner personalities to the outside, for example to a psychotherapist

makes the issue of the so-called psychological "transference" (and "counter
transference") plausible. A personality is indeed "carried over" ("trans-ferred"). But
this "release" mechanism does not only work with a therapist. If a personality (of the
third or fourth kind) is not allowed to come to light, it is possible that it manifests
itself in the outside world, in the projection onto people surrounding me. The
awareness that what confronts me in the outside world is part of my own inner self
helps to promote these inner personalities into consciousness and grant them their
proper place in my life.

Tipps for Interpretation

Tipps for Interpretation

The following recommendations are simply suggestions which need to be tested,
and which are meant to help you to explore unknown territory: your own inner

1) The most important unconscious personality is the ruler of the first house of
the birth chart. If you have, for example, a libra ascendant, the main thing is to
explore your Venus persona chart. There's always a good surprise in the persona
chart of the ruler of the ascendant.

2) The persona chart of the Moon informs you about the energies of the feminine
side of your psyche. Just like the birth horoscope can be called the yang
horoscope, we describe the Moon persona chart as the yin horoscope, its female
counterpart. To access and understand her, you have to look at feelings buried
deep inside.

3) The ascendant of a persona chart shows the deepest sphere of the

unconscious which has to be found and understood by this personality. The
ascendant of an unconscious inner personality also shows the forces which want to
come to light, and which want to make their way to the surface with a great boost.

4) A persona chart's sun is always considered the ego of this inner personality.
But not THE ego! Saturn, for example, possesses an ego, a will to realise itself
which speaks the words "I want ...". Part of this persona chart ego is known from
the birth chart, because the sun of the persona chart always occupies the place
which is held by the planet itself in the birth chart. However, the house placing of
this persona ego is completely unknown. Just for the sake of finding out the house
placing of the persona ego within its own chart, creating a persona chart makes
sense. Not only does it tell us how this personality articulates itself, but also where it
does so, i.e. in which sphere of life.

5) The midheaven of a persona chart shows which fate the individual

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personalities encounter here on earth. It is the quintessence of the path which leads
from the "unconscious" (ascendant) to the "light of consciousness" (midheaven).
Whether this path is followed to the very end by the individual cannot be known.
Whether the inner personalities come to consciousness, appears to depend on the
intensity of the effort put into the venture, and on individual achievement.

It seems to us that a human who has integrated all inner personalities into full
consciousness would have finished his way here on earth. We might deduce a law
from this: Each inner personality I have found, renders my world poorer by one
person. If the world outside does not owe me any more (inner) personalities, it may
well be that it has fulfilled its function and may I leave.

Twelve Hypotheses

Twelve Hypotheses
From their astrological experience as well as their therapeutical work with clients,
the authors have distilled the following twelve hypotheses.

Hypothesis 1: Our inner self contains twelve personalities, each with different
needs and interests, and each with different kinds of energies which help them to
realise and satisfy these needs. These energies are also different in every human.

Hypothesis 2: These twelve personalities have to confront us at times from the

outside. In order to perceive them as part of our inner self, we have to meet them in
the outside world - only then do we concentrate on them sufficiently.

Hypothesis 3: Most of these inner personalities remain unidentified by us, they

remain strangers.

Hypothesis 4: That which is not identified by my conscious self can do as it

pleases inside me. I do perceive the visible symptoms of the workings of these
unidentified personalities, but not the "real" personalities with all their needs.

Hypothesis 5: A personality working against me means that I do not want to let it

take part in my conscious life, I do not want it to be part of my world. I try to label it
as "unconscious" because it offends my pleasure principle and hurts my ego.

Hypothesis 6: My inner personalities prepare their entry into my life for a long time
before they actually appear in the outside world. They confront me from the outside
(cf. thesis 2) because I must get to know them in a way which allows me to perceive
them, and then accept them as part of myself. My psyche is now prepared to
integrate this personality, even if it is connected with a momentary phase of
desperation and hopelessness which makes me suffer.

Hypothesis 7: As long as I do not know all my inner personalities, I do not know

any of them. Therefore it is no good thinking: "Well, at least I have identified four
personalities. They are on the plus side of my account." Behind every conscious
personality there is at least one (if not more) unconscious personality who remains
unknown to the conscious personality, and who manipulates its thinking or action.

Hypothesis 8: Some of my inner personalities cannot be identified by the

conscious self, because they do not wish to come to the light of consciousness.
Especially (inner) personalities who have met a dramatic (mostly sexual) trauma in
their childhood desperately try not to become identified. These personalities haunt
the spheres of the unconscious as eminently destructive forces. They become dark
shadows which interfere in our conscious doings and terrorise our lives

Hypothesis 9: Every higher being, every guru or spiritual leader (projected to the
outside) is nothing but a personality of the third (sometimes of the fourth) kind who

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"speaks" to me because it is part of my self. The only "beyond" or "transcendental"

about these beings is that they are beyond my consciousness (i.e. within my
unconscious). Their messages do not come from Alpha Centauri, but from my inner
self, and they want to show me a problem within this inner self. Therefore, these
messages - however wise they might sound - have to be considered in the
psychodynamic context of my own self. Only then do they make sense.

Hypothesis 10: All unconscious inner personalities of the third (or fourth) kind
contain a deeply manifested mechanism: They want to come to the light of
consciousness. This is what they work for, even if our conscious self does not
understand the means they use. They do not feel comfortable in the diaspora of the
psyche, in their exile to which they are condemned. Therefore they work for their
discovery. But paradoxically, the real enemy whom they have to confront is
consciousness itself. I do not want to allow these personalities to become
conscious, and I will do anything to keep them hidden in the dark cellars of the

Hypothesis 11: Inner personalities have to be met on their own level inside the
psyche. It is important to communicate with them in their "home sphere". Since
personalities of the third and fourth kind live in the depths of my psyche, it is
necessary to descend to the depths, which means we need to create a different
state of consciousness. Tried and tested as well as safe means to this end are
trance, breathing techniques, music and light.

Hypothesis 12: Each person confronting me from the outside at any given time is a
clear message that the parallel inner personality inside me is now prepared to come
out into the open. This personality is always of the second, third or fourth kind.
Personalities of the first kind do not need to be met outside, since I am already
aware of them as part of myself. But since personalities of deeper spheres tend to
interfere in the business of personalities in the surface area, it appears to me as if I
have met a lovely sympathetic person who I can easily identify with, and with whom
I could even fall in love. These people show themselves at their (i.e. my) best. But
after a while they have to show their other side, and show me the Janus face of my
own deeper spheres. This is the meaning of my life drama: those expelled and
banished personalities have to return to me one by one.

Persona Charts at

Persona Charts at Astrodienst

We at Astrodienst have taken up Orban/Zinnel's idea, and can offer you persona
charts in various varieties. You can buy persona chart drawings in our shop (only in
German), or look at your nine persona charts in the "Extended chart selection" of
"Free Horoscopes".

Of course, this concept can be developed further, and some of the more curious
astrologers will certainly cast persona charts for Chiron, (both!) moon's nodes,
ascendants or midheavens.
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