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    Current Planets
    29-Jan-2015, 10:50 UT/GMT
    Sun9Aquarius12' 4"17s57
    Moon6Gemini35'46"17n21
    Mercury11Aquarius43'10"r14s06
    Venus2Pisces16'29"12s06
    Mars13Pisces18' 3"7s20
    Jupiter18Leo43'44"r16n06
    Saturn3Sagittarius19'48"18s52
    Uranus13Aries11'49"4n37
    Neptune6Pisces14'31"9s54
    Pluto14Capricorn8' 8"20s34
    TrueNode12Libra22'55"r4s54
    Chiron15Pisces2'24"1s44
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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
29-Jan-2015, 10:50 UT/GMT
Sun9Aquarius12' 4"17s57
Moon6Gemini35'46"17n21
Mercury11Aquarius43'10"r14s06
Venus2Pisces16'29"12s06
Mars13Pisces18' 3"7s20
Jupiter18Leo43'44"r16n06
Saturn3Sagittarius19'48"18s52
Uranus13Aries11'49"4n37
Neptune6Pisces14'31"9s54
Pluto14Capricorn8' 8"20s34
TrueNode12Libra22'55"r4s54
Chiron15Pisces2'24"1s44
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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