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    Current Planets
    29-Jan-2015, 21:55 UT/GMT
    Sun9Aquarius40'13"17s50
    Moon12Gemini31' 5"17n55
    Mercury11Aquarius9'27"r14s11
    Venus2Pisces50'58"11s54
    Mars13Pisces39'39"7s12
    Jupiter18Leo40' 9"r16n08
    Saturn3Sagittarius21'43"18s53
    Uranus13Aries12'42"4n37
    Neptune6Pisces15'28"9s54
    Pluto14Capricorn9' 2"20s34
    TrueNode12Libra20'26"r4s53
    Chiron15Pisces3'53"1s43
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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, 21:55 UT/GMT
Sun9Aquarius40'13"17s50
Moon12Gemini31' 5"17n55
Mercury11Aquarius9'27"r14s11
Venus2Pisces50'58"11s54
Mars13Pisces39'39"7s12
Jupiter18Leo40' 9"r16n08
Saturn3Sagittarius21'43"18s53
Uranus13Aries12'42"4n37
Neptune6Pisces15'28"9s54
Pluto14Capricorn9' 2"20s34
TrueNode12Libra20'26"r4s53
Chiron15Pisces3'53"1s43
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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