Tuesday Toolbox 11…

Handy young woman painting her hoause

How did you go with last weeks lesson?

Have you jotted down a few key points about your house cusps? What have you learnt about yourself in the process?

For the next couple of weeks we’ll be looking at chart shapes, so you’ll need your chart. You might also want to start looking at some other charts now-ish too. I don’t really buy into the whole celebrity thing- I don’t care who is wearing what or who is shagging whom, but they absolutely come in handy when it comes to learning astrology. So do Royals. Why? Because often their birth information is publicly available. The birth charts are often on-line and major life events are publicised for all to know.

And the best site for this? Astrotheme. Use it.

Ok, to chart shapes.

The shape of a chart can also tell you loads about the potential of a person…and the challenges they could face- all without looking at the planets or how they talk to each other. Clever, right?

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll look at:

  • The Bundle (or wedge)
  • The Bowl
  • The Bucket
  • The Locomotive
  • The Splash
  • The See-saw
  • The Splay

Don’t be disappointed if your chart doesn’t fit into any of these patterns…and don’t be too rigid about the rules- if something is just a degree or so out, there’s a fairly high chance it’s still influencing the system.

Right. Have you got your chart? If you’re not used to reading the degrees, you’ll also need to re-read Toolbox 1.1.

The Bundle

Sometimes called the Wedge, this pattern is seen in the charts of seriously focused individuals…or individuals with the potential to be seriously focused…or individuals seriously focused or with the potential to be seriously focused in just a few areas of life.

It’s quite easy to pick- all planets are concentrated within 120 degrees or 4 signs.

Having a bundle shaped chart isn’t a guarantee of success- I’m not convinced that there is such a thing- but it absolutely shows a person of strength, will, confidence and (there’s no other way to say this) pretty much a one-track mind. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have other interests- just that these may not be as important to them as the parts of life that they excel in, are naturally talented in.

While the potential in this chart can be strong, it can also be quite limiting as you may be (unconsciously) uncaring of those areas of life outside of the bundle. If whatever it is that you’re seriously focused on- or have the potential to be seriously focused on- no longer exists…what then?

Regardless of the amount of fixed energy in the chart, these people, bundle chart people, once seriously focused, have the ability to take a long-range view to a project, and may have a thicker skin when it comes to criticism…allowing them to remain seriously focused.

Retired Australian champion swimmer, Ian Thorpe has this chart pattern. I had a close look at his chart a few years ago when he was attempting a comeback to the pool. The link is here.

Although his planets are spread over 5 signs, there’s less than 120 degrees between his Moon (at 29 Leo) and Neptune (rounded up to 25 Sagittarius).

Ian Thorpe

Next week: The bucket and the bowl…