The classification of complementary components of the horoscope. For example, the zodiacal sign of Aries and its ruling planet Mars together with the first house in the horoscope correlate to the letter A.
The astrological alphabet makes it easier to recognise certain (especially repeating) themes within the horoscope making it a valuable aid in interpretation.
The term was coined by the american astrologer Zipporah Dobyns (1921-2003), also called "Zip Code" (a pun) in the english speaking world.
She summarizes the astrological statements to twelve basic "letters" or numbers.
Her alphabet looks this way:
|Letter||Number||Zodiacal Sign||(Ruling) Planet||House|
Each letter can be equated with a planet, for example the letter A with Mars, B with Venus, C with Mercury and so on.
An Example: A person's horoscope has several planets in the second house (= Venus). In addition to this the Sun is in Taurus (= Venus) in the fourth house and the planet Venus is in a dominant position conjunct the Imum Coeli. This would all add up to a strong emphasis of the Venusian principle.
Another example: Sun in Aries (= Mars) in the ninth house (= Jupiter) forms a square to Saturn (= Saturn) connects the three planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. If there was also an aspect between Mars and Saturn this would be a second example of the same theme and would add further emphasis. This would also be the case if Saturn was located in the first house (= Mars).
However, the correlation to the astrological letters is only the first step in chart interpretation. Staying with the second example from above, the next step would include clearly differentiating between an Aries Sun forming an aspect with Saturn (= Mars Saturn) and a Sun in Capricorn (= Saturn). Even though the theme of Saturn (letter J) is present in both examples, the first one has the additional influence of Mars. Because Mars and Saturn embody two different principles, the aspect between the Sun in Aries and Saturn could stand for an inner tension between risk taking and trepidation – a tension not present in the Capricorn Sun by itself.
Notes and References
- USA-Stamp from 1973
- Letter A - Zodiacal Sign: Aries - Ruling Planet: Mars - Corresponding House: First - Letter B - Zodiacal Sign: Taurus - Ruling Planet: Venus - Corresponding House: Second - Letter C - Zodiacal Sign: Gemini - Ruling Planet: Mercury - Corresponding House: Third - Letter D - Zodiacal Sign: Cancer - Ruling Planet: Moon - Corresponding House: Fourth - Letter E - Zodiacal Sign: Leo - Ruling Planet: Sun - Corresponding House: Fifth - Letter F - Zodiacal Sign: Virgo - Ruling Planet: Mercury - Corresponding House: Sixth - Letter G - Zodiacal Sign: Libra - Ruling Planet: Venus - Corresponding House: Seventh - Letter H - Zodiacal Sign: Scorpio - Ruling Planet: Pluto - Corresponding House: Eighth - Letter I - Zodiacal Sign: Sagittarius - Ruling Planet: Jupiter- Corresponding House: Ninth - Letter J - Zodiacal Sign: Capricorn - Ruling Planet: Saturn - Corresponding House: Tenth - Letter K - Zodiacal Sign: Aquarius - Ruling Planet: Uranus - Corresponding House: Eleventh - Letter L - Zodiacal Sign: Pisces - Ruling Planet: Neptune - Corresponding House: Twelfth