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    Current Planets
    2-May-2016, 22:39 UT/GMT
    Sun12Taurus56'16"15n43
    Moon18Pisces51' 9"4s16
    Mercury22Taurus50'43"r20n06
    Venus3Taurus35'44"11n35
    Mars7Sagittarius24'36"r21s43
    Jupiter13Virgo19'19"r7n50
    Saturn15Sagittarius14'56"r20s49
    Uranus21Aries44'51"7n55
    Neptune11Pisces34' 9"7s59
    Pluto17Capricorn25'57"r20s51
    TrueNode20Virgo31'15"3n45
    Chiron23Pisces57' 0"1n24
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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
2-May-2016, 22:39 UT/GMT
Sun12Taurus56'16"15n43
Moon18Pisces51' 9"4s16
Mercury22Taurus50'43"r20n06
Venus3Taurus35'44"11n35
Mars7Sagittarius24'36"r21s43
Jupiter13Virgo19'19"r7n50
Saturn15Sagittarius14'56"r20s49
Uranus21Aries44'51"7n55
Neptune11Pisces34' 9"7s59
Pluto17Capricorn25'57"r20s51
TrueNode20Virgo31'15"3n45
Chiron23Pisces57' 0"1n24
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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