What are Astrodynes?
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. He assigned a value of power and a value of harmony or discord to each part of the chart. Then he designated adjustments to the values according to the planets aspects to one another and the cusps, and finally he created 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 analyse 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.
With out the chart we can see clearly the overall power of the chart, the most prominent planet, Saturn, and the best planet, Neptune, while Sagittarius is the best sign. From these values we can also build a summary of the triplicities, societies, elements, and qualities of the chart.
Astrodynes can be used in a more dynamic manner as well. By calculating the progressed astrodynes of the chart, we can find out what the new values are at any date the chart is progressed to. By being able to calculate the power and harmony of major progressions, minor progressions, and transits a much better estimation can be made for the likely hood of a progression being an event of prominence.