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    Current Planets
    24-May-2016, 12:08 UT/GMT
    Sun3Gemini44'43"20n54
    Moon3Capricorn24'45"18s32
    Mercury14Taurus28'53"12n54
    Venus0Gemini7'21"19n39
    Mars1Sagittarius4'39"r21s36
    Jupiter13Virgo35'36"7n40
    Saturn13Sagittarius50' 5"r20s40
    Uranus22Aries50'25"8n20
    Neptune11Pisces55'36"7s51
    Pluto17Capricorn10'38"r20s55
    TrueNode18Virgo27' 8"r4n34
    Chiron24Pisces44'45"1n45
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Other Celestial Bodys

A Brief Introduction to Astrology

Besides the ten "classical" planets whose importance is recognized by all astrologers, there are several other heavenly bodies which are not all regarded as equally important by all astrologers. Chiron has been widely acknowledged. Some astrologers observe the greater asteroids, Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta and include them in their interpretations. In addition to this, certain schools of astrology work with a series of so-called hypothetical planets, which cannot be related to any of the known celestial bodies. 

Retrograde Motion

If we look at our solar system "from above", all of the planets revolve around the sun in the same direction (anti-clockwise). However, since astrology views the planets as they are seen from the earth, some of the planets seem to be moving backwards at times. This would seem to be the case, when an outer, slow-moving planet such as Saturn is overtaken by the earth. When the planets are in retrograde motion, in other words, apparently moving backwards,  the astrological position is marked with an R. 

Whether this is of significance or not still gives rise to discussion. However, it can help us decide whether a particular aspect is still operative or not. (see also: Aspects).  The motion of the planets can also help us make decisions on other astrological matters. 

Other Parts and Points

Astrologers use a colorful collection of "points". These derive from points within the horoscope and are of symbolic significance, such as the "part of fortune" or the "Age Point". At present there is very little agreement amongst astrologers on the importance of these points, or on how meaningful they actually are. 

Lilith and the Moon's nodes are exceptions: these points are based on astronomical data and consequently find more acceptance in astrological circles. The moon’s nodes, which are always exactly opposed, are those points where the paths of the moon and the earth cross. Most astrologers see these points as being of karmic significance: The ascending or northern node is said to represent the spiritual development called for in this life, while the descending or southern node represents experience gathered during previous lives. Another point of view regards the northern node as a point of meeting, signifying important personal ties or connections, while the south node indicates separation. The well-known German astrologer Thomas Ring taught that the northern node shows where subconscious contents can become accessible, whereas the southern node shows where conscious awareness can sink back into the depths of the unconscious. 

 

Current Planets
24-May-2016, 12:08 UT/GMT
Sun3Gemini44'43"20n54
Moon3Capricorn24'45"18s32
Mercury14Taurus28'53"12n54
Venus0Gemini7'21"19n39
Mars1Sagittarius4'39"r21s36
Jupiter13Virgo35'36"7n40
Saturn13Sagittarius50' 5"r20s40
Uranus22Aries50'25"8n20
Neptune11Pisces55'36"7s51
Pluto17Capricorn10'38"r20s55
TrueNode18Virgo27' 8"r4n34
Chiron24Pisces44'45"1n45
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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