Even through the names are much alike, the application of intuition in tarot versus the application of intuition in astrology is completely different. For the lost souls that think everything we say is right, and for the others that literally just believe everything they read right off the bat, we are going to turn it into one sentence.
TLDR; There is no intuition used in natal astrology what so ever.
That sums it all up, if you are interested in who, how, where, when or why this is so, read on. As usual let us include our general disclaimer, this is our opinion. We are not professional astrologers, as in we don’t make our living erecting and reading charts for people. We are not amateur astrologers, we don’t erect or read other peoples charts for free either. So if we say something that doesn’t agree with your world view, take it with a grain of salt or better yet ignore it. If something seems to make sense research these concepts more, or leave a comment and we will all ponder these things together.
Of all the occult fields of study that there are, astrology stands alone. While the world of magic and the various occult practices rest on a foundation of systems, concepts, ideologies, and beliefs whose applications are freely interchangeable with flimflam, astrology stands alone in that it rests upon the use of math, the pinnacle of reason. A room full of philosophers could argue till the light of morning over the mechanisms behind magic, tarot, divination, clairvoyance, astral projection, you name it. No matter if everyone agrees on the meaning of the cards, they could still argue till they were blue in the face over how that card came to fall on the table and what it means in relation to the next card.
Astrology is science, I just made rolly eyes. It sounds so cool, calling astrology science. And that makes astrologers astrological scientists, right? Astrology, the occult science. The science of the occult, astrology. It sounds cool coming and going.
When we are dealing with accurate birth charts and their progressions we are looking at a blueprint of the moment something took place. There is no maybe or possibly involved, the planets and zodiacs are where they are. It doesn’t make any difference what kind of astrology is used. Charts are erected to very specific rule sets. Every relationship in the chart has a specific rule set to stick to. Different types of astrology have different sets of rules, but the rules are still there.
So how does intuition figure in astrology?
There are actually two fundamental ways intuition is found in a chart reading that are acceptable astrological practices. The first is the time honored practice of rectifying or correcting a chart. If someone doesn’t know their exact time of a birth, an astrological scientist, or astrologer, can take a rough estimate of the birth date and intuit from looking forward and backward in time to gauge the exact moment of birth. It could be reasonably argued that rectifying a chart is more of a learned instinct than intuition.
There are also other uses for astrology that would require intuition to discern what the chart means. Horary astrology or weather prediction for instance. Both of these require the astrologer to use intuition at one end of the process or the other. In horary astrology the time the question is formed has to be selected. Since thoughts can bounce around in the mind for a long time before they become something one is aware of, this can be a tricky time to pin down for chart erection. Astrologers get around this issue of when the question was formed by erecting a chart at the moment the question was asked of them. With weather prediction the chart must be read for a certain geographical location, which requires intuition and instinct for that geographical area and it’s likely weather patterns.
A third way intuition will sneak into a chart reading is by guessing. When a person is still not fully prepared to do chart readings, their eye flows around the chart and things jump out and grab their attention. This is how all beginners read a chart, and it always results in things being missed. The more little bits of info one can give the intuition to work with the better, so these astrologers will add every comet, node, eclipse, and the kitchen sink to the chart to get a “better” more accurate reading.
Having said that, there is still always that person that is special. The one that can look at a chart and just know intuitively. It is likely though people this gifted will also find the same answers in a bowl of soup.
Is there a way around this?
Anyone that has had their birth chart erected by someone, a program, or website has had that wild eyed look. The one where the eyes are going round and round wondering all the while what does all of this really mean? Luckily there is a way to get around spending years learning to erect and calculate charts, and yet know exactly how a chart should be read. We don’t have to be gifted in the arts of intuition to know which planet is most powerful and which house is the weakest. We will use math under the disguise of astrodynes or cosmodynes.
Astrodynes are a unit of measure applied to the planets, zodiac, aspects, and houses. Astrodynes are a relatively modern innovation to be introduced to astrology. They were devised in the early to mid-1940s by Elbert Benjamin and W.M.A. Drake. Through the 1960’s and 1970’s many astrologers kept refining the technique, Doris Chase and Ken Stone being the more notable architects. The American Federation of Astrologers would use the term cosmodynes and Doris Chase would release their official view of how to calculate them.
What cosmodynes do is assign a value of power and a value of harmony or discord to each part of the chart. Formulas were then created to measure the planetary aspects with these values, and a rule set for progressions so that astrodynes could be calculated into progressions as well.
What can we do with Astrodynes?
Astrodynes give us the ability to analyze a chart in an empirical manner. With the power, harmony, and discord for each house accurately represented, it is a simple matter to see in which departments of life a person will have ease and opportunity or which departments will bring grief and toil. There is no intuition or experience needed to find a person’s elements, most prominent planet, most afflicted planet, best house, best planet, etc. All of these things are pretty much laid out in a quantitative fashion.
Astrodynes allow you to look at the interactions between the planets and see exactly where the harmony or discord is originating. This allows you to balance specifically for the desired outcome.
There are astrology programs that calculate astrodynes. Most will refer to astrodynes as Cosmodynes since the developers would like to receive their approval from the American Federation of Astrologers. There is a great website called AstroWin that offers free online calculations and free programs for windows and android that do just this.
So take yourself over to AstroWin and run your chart. Stop guessing and KNOW.
We will do a few more installments of astrodynes in the future that go over how we use these astrological values in our Work. We will use AstroWin for some calculations for use in our tarot and share them with you.