Sarah Stanley Grimke Astrodyne Report

 8. Astrodyne Analysis

Through Astrodyne analysis one can analyze the power and harmony of the planets, signs and houses in your chart. The objective of this analysis is to indicate which areas will bring the most benefit into the life and which areas need work. Subsequent sections will explore in more detail the various departments of life (The Houses) and associated key aspects between planets. Below you will find the Astrodyne Table for your chart followed by an analysis of the best, worst and most powerful planets, houses and signs.

The astrodyne table, immediately below, analyzes the power and harmony of each planet, house and sign in your chart. The columns show (1) object name, the absolute astrodyne (2) power and (3) harmony, the Zscores indicating (4) relative power and (5) harmony, and the corresponding qualitative assessment of the relative (6) power and (7) harmony of each element in the chart based on the Zscores. Assessing a relative qualitative score is important because absolute values can be somewhat misleading and there are no “population” statistics from which to judge absolute power and harmony. An asterisk “*” in the power or harmony Zscore columns indicates that the value is an “outlier” which skews the distribution, in which case it is removed and the Zscores recomputed to provide a more accurate picture.

The tables below are a reference summary. The planets, houses and signs, and their influence on you character and fortune, are described throughout the report.

Planets, MC and Asc

Power and Harmony for Planets, MC and Asc
(1) Object (2) Power (3) Harmony (4) Power Zscore (5) Harmony Zscore (6) Relative Power (7) Relative Harmony
Sun 59.40 -17.28 1.36 -0.65 powerful mildly discordant
Moon 38.91 -9.17 -0.50 -0.10 average mildly discordant
Mercury 58.83 -14.13 1.30 -0.44 powerful mildly discordant
Venus 56.56 1.09 1.10 0.59 powerful harmonious
Mars 36.59 -27.64 -0.71 -1.36 weak discordant
Jupiter 26.86 14.75 -1.60 1.52 weak very harmonious
Saturn 56.19 -36.95 1.07 -1.99 powerful discordant
Uranus 45.67 1.35 0.11 0.61 average harmonious
Neptune 27.74 1.12 -1.52 0.60 weak harmonious
Pluto 45.43 10.70 0.09 1.25 average very harmonious
MC 36.70 0.29 -0.70 0.54 weak harmonious
Asc 44.51 -16.02 0.01 -0.57 average mildly discordant

Houses (See later section on Departments of Life for more information.)

Power and Harmony for the Houses
(1) House (2) Power (3) Harmony (4) Power Zscore (5) Harmony Zscore (6) Relative Power (7) Relative Harmony
1st 63.97 -20.61 1.35 -1.02 powerful discordant
2nd 29.70 -8.64 -0.81 0.09 weak mildly discordant
3rd 56.56 6.11 0.88 1.45 moderately powerful very harmonious
4th 43.56 -6.79 0.07 0.26 average mildly discordant
5th 20.51 -4.23 -1.39 0.49 weak neutral
6th 52.34 -1.79 0.62 0.72 moderately powerful neutral
7th 28.10 -18.47 -0.91 -0.82 weak mildly discordant
8th 25.47 -8.90 -1.07 0.06 weak mildly discordant
9th 53.21 -7.78 0.67 0.17 moderately powerful mildly discordant
10th 381.59 -57.88 * * very powerful discordant
11th 28.28 0.55 -0.90 0.94 weak harmonious
12th 66.01 -34.70 1.48 -2.33 powerful discordant

Signs

Power and Harmony for the Signs
(1) Sign (2) Power (3) Harmony (4) Power Zscore (5) Harmony Zscore (6) Relative Power (7) Relative Harmony
Aries 272.40 -48.00 * -1.87 very powerful discordant
Taurus 28.28 0.55 -0.66 0.77 weak harmonious
Gemini 29.42 -7.07 -0.63 0.36 weak mildly discordant
Cancer 100.56 -48.24 1.31 -1.89 powerful discordant
Leo 59.40 -17.28 0.19 -0.20 average mildly discordant
Virgo 56.28 7.69 0.10 1.16 average very harmonious
Libra 14.14 0.27 -1.04 0.75 weak harmonious
Scorpio 20.51 -4.23 -0.87 0.51 weak mildly discordant
Sagittarius 13.43 7.38 -1.06 1.14 weak very harmonious
Capricorn 67.00 -27.64 0.40 -0.76 average mildly discordant
Aquarius 50.93 -17.80 -0.04 -0.23 average mildly discordant
Pisces 136.93 -8.76 2.30 0.26 very powerful mildly discordant

Your Best Planet, House and Sign

Best Planet

The most harmonious planet in your chart is Jupiter, which maps your Religious Urges, and is in your 3rd House. (Jupiter is often the most harmonious planet in a chart because its benefic nature affects all the aspects it makes in the chart.) Jupiter is weak and less active relative to the other planets in your chart. Your Jupiter is in the sign Virgo, which gives it a(n) discerning, analytical and witty nature. Being in the 3rd House, it expresses through activities related to mental activity, education and personal studies, siblings, neighbors, writing, hobbies, local travel and communications.

An alternative to your best planet is Venus, which has 56.56 astrodynes of power and 1.09 harmodynes. Venus is the 3rd most powerful planet in your chart and the 5th most harmonious. Venus maps your Social Urges and is in your 10th House relating to honors, business, credit, reputation, career, superiors and mother.

Best House (Department of Life)

The most harmonious House (Department of Life) in your chart is the 3rd House, which maps life activities relating to mental activity, education and personal studies, siblings, neighbors, writing, hobbies, local travel and communications. The 3rd House has 6.11 harmodynes, is very harmonious and contains one planet: JupiterJupiter is your Best Planet, which is described in the “Best Planet” section. See the section below on Analysis of Each Department of Life (The Houses) for an explanation of the effect of this planet on the affairs of the 3rd House.

The 3rd house has 56.56 astrodynes of power and is moderately powerful relative to the other houses in your chart and thus has enough power to benefit your life.

Best Sign

The most harmonious zodiacal sign in your chart is Virgo, which is on the cusp of your 4th House, and which contains Jupiter. The following table displays correspondences for the sign Virgo from which you may benefit by association.

Table of Correspondences (adapted from The Sacred Tarot by C. C. Zain)
Category Correspondence
Nature discerning, analytical and witty
Association labor, work, analysis, discrimination, wit and science
Letter Egyptian, Beinthin; Hebrew, Beth; Latin, B
Number II, 2
Color darker shades of violet
Tone low B
Human Function clairvoyance
Remedy such herbs as barley, oats, rye, wheat, privet, succory, skullcap, woodbine, valerian, millet and endive
Mineral the talismanic gem Jasper, and among stones the flints

Your Worst Planet, House and Sign

Worst Planet

The most discordant planet in you chart is Saturn, which maps your Safety Urges, and is in your 10th House relating to career, credit, reputation and mother. (Saturn is often the most discordant planet in a chart because its nature easily expresses negatively which can affect all the aspects it makes to other planets in the chart.) Saturn is powerful relative to the other planets in your chart. With your Saturn in Aries, your need for security and sense of order are fiery, energetic, and impulsive, especially relating to career, credit, reputation and mother.

The natural antidote for a discordant Saturn is the application of Venus (Social Urges) thoughts and emotions such as cultivating pleasant social contacts, musical entertainment and the arts in general, especially in relation to 10th House activities including career, credit, reputation and mother. Since both Saturn and Venus tend to be negative polarity, to this thought compound should be added Sun thoughts relating to pride, dignity, conscientiousness and self-esteem.

Worst House (Department of Life)

The most discordant House in your chart is the 10th House, which governs the department of life relating to honors, business, credit, reputation, career, superiors and mother. The 10th house has 381.59 astrodynes of power and is the most powerful house in the chart. The 10th House has -57.88 discordynes and contains six planets: MercurySaturn, the SunVenusUranus and Pluto. The Sun is your Dominant Planet, which is described in more detail in the Dominant Planet section above. Saturn is also your Worst Planet, which is described in the “Worst Planet” section. See the section below on Analysis of Each Department of Life (The Houses) for an explanation of the effect of these planets on the affairs of the 10th House.

Worst Sign

The most discordant zodiacal Sign in you chart is Cancer, which is on the cusp of your 1st House. The sign Cancer has 100.56 astrodynes of power and is powerful relative to the other signs in your chart. It has -48.24 discordynes and contains Mars and the Ascendant.

Your Most Powerful Planet, House and Sign

Most Powerful Planet

The most powerful planet in your chart is the Sun, which is generally referred to as your Dominant Planet. The Sun is in your 10th House relating to career, credit, reputation and mother, and is mildly discordant relative to the other planets in your chart. See the discussion of you Dominant Planet above.

Most Powerful House (Department of Life)

The most powerful house (Department of Life) in your chart is the 10th House relating to honors, business, credit, reputation, career, superiors and mother. The 10th House is also the most discordant house in your chart, and contains MercurySaturn, the SunVenusUranus and Pluto. See the section below on Analysis of Each Department of Life (The Houses) for a detailed discussion of this house.

Most Powerful Sign

The most powerful zodiacal sign in your chart is Aries. Aries is intercepted in your 10th House, is discordant relative to the other signs in your chart, and contains the SunVenusSaturnUranus and Pluto. See discussion of Aries in the Sun Sign section of “Your Key Chart Points and General Characteristics” above.

Best, Worst and Most Powerful Chart Aspects

The following sections describe the most significant aspects between the planets in the chart. (See the Glossary in the Appendix for more on Aspects and how they express.)

Most Powerful Aspect in the Chart

The most powerful zodiacal aspect in the chart is Mercury Conjunction MC. This is a neutral aspect regarding harmony or discord. Mercury is in the 10th House relating to career, credit, reputation and mother. The MC is also on the cusp of the 10th House that relates to the public recognition, for good or for ill, you receive regarding matters ruled by the planets which make aspects to it, which, in this case, is the Conjunction aspect from Mercury. This conjunction aspect shows that this area of life experiences a powerful association. The aspect shows aspect-mercury-mc-neutral – the mental interests, facility or accuracy of expression and cerebral activity influence public recognition and reputation. This conjunction aspect indicates a powerful association between these factors showing public recognition for intelligence.

The most powerful parallel aspect and the most powerful aspect overall in the chart is Mercury Parallel Saturn. This is also the worst (most discordant) parallel aspect in the chart. Mercury is in the 10th House relating to career, credit, reputation and mother. Saturn is also in the 10th. This parallel aspect shows that this area of life experiences an intense relationship. The aspect shows the mental interests, facility or accuracy of expression and cerebral activity influence, and are influenced by, work, responsibility, and economy or loss. This parallel aspect indicates an intense relationship between these factors showing sound judgment, shrewdness, system and order, but potential loss through the mental attitude of anxiety and worry. Pleasant thoughts of significance and social life need to be substituted for worry and anxiety.

Best Aspect in the Chart

The most harmonious zodiacal aspect in the chart is Moon Trine Pluto. At 12.79 astrodynes, this aspect is very powerful. The Moon is in the 6th House relating to work, coworkers and subordinates and/or illness and the infirm. Pluto is in the 10th House relating to career, credit, reputation and mother. This very harmonious trine aspect shows that these two areas of life experience cooperation to bring good luck. The aspect shows the mental attitude, domestic life and everyday affairs influence, and are influenced by, groups, subtle force, and coercion or cooperation. This very harmonious trine aspect indicates these factors work harmoniously together showing benefit through groups and cooperation, a sensitivity to inner-plane forces and spirituality.

The most harmonious parallel aspect in the chart is Venus Parallel Jupiter. At 12.86 astrodynes, this aspect is powerful. Venus is in the 10th House relating to career, credit, reputation and mother. Jupiter is in the 3rd House relating to personal interests, writing, neighbors and siblings. This parallel aspect shows that these two areas of life experience an intense relationship. The aspect shows the emotions, social relations and artistic appreciation influence, and are influenced by, abundance, optimism and joviality. This parallel aspect indicates an intense relationship between these factors showing great benefit from social life and religion, through the favors of others, and in financial matters. If prominent in the chart, there may also be a predisposition to over-indulgence and the squandering of money on pleasures. A tendency toward sensualism and living too much in the emotions may occur. You benefit by cultivating pleasure in resisting the appetites and the impulses, and in using discrimination to make wise choices. Associate these thoughts with the effort to gain higher appreciation of art and beauty.

Worst Aspect in the Chart

The most discordant aspect in the chart is Mars Square Saturn. At 7.30 astrodynes, this aspect is powerful. Mars is in the 12th House relating to secrets, disappointments and limitations. Saturn is in the 10th House relating to career, credit, reputation and mother. This discordant square aspect shows that these two areas of life experience obstacles and periods of struggle. The aspect shows assertiveness, combativeness, amativeness and expenditure of energy influence, and are influenced by, work, responsibility, and economy or loss. This discordant square aspect indicates these factors negatively affect each other showing a tendency to rush enthusiastically into work, but quickly to crack under the strain. Also, when prominent in the chart, there may be a predisposition to accidents or surgical operation. Pleasant thoughts of significance and self-esteem and of affectional matters need to be associated with thoughts of work and responsibility.

Any astrologer looking at my chart can instantly see that Moon conjunct MC in the 9th with a lot of stressful and harmonious aspects is a writing career with dramatic ups and downs. So I looked JUST at synastry to that Moon/MC 1with six individuals with whom I spent years vicariously. With the keywords of what it was like to spend time in their company:

Pluto/Uranus conjunction and Moon trine from Grimke: Obsession, Adventure, and Empathy
Pluto conjunction from Burgoyne: Compulsion
Neptune conjunction from Cayce and the Theosophical Society: Enchantment/Disenchantment
Mars conjunction from Britten: Motivation and a Fresh Start
Jupiter and Saturn conjunctions from Eddy: Money and Hard Work
Moon Opposition, Mercury trine from Olcott: Mirror Image, Best Informant

I also see a transparent bias in favor of Eddy and Cayce that would render me an unreliable narrator—their Cancer and Pisces Suns trine mine in Scorpio, a harmony that would incline me to give them the benefit of every doubt—something that did not contaminate my treatment of Blavatsky, because the person I most identify with in the entire TS drama is Olcott and my books tell the story mostly from his POV. Why? His Sun and Venus conjunct my ascendant might make me inclined to unconsciously want to be his spokesman. 

Friends in the CofL have watched for a decade as my obsession with Grimke and compulsion to figure out Burgoyne has unfolded through the Letters to the Sage project and now the Grimke Collected Works. So it was eerie to see both their Plutos conjunct my Moon/MC, with a trine from Grimke’s Moon meaning it is HER feelings and not his I convey – his remain opaque to me. Chasing after a couple of Aries wild card renegades with multiple changes of address has been a great adventure nonetheless.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library Fellowship program could not be a more ideal illustration of Eddy’s Jupiter and Saturn conjunction to my natal Moon/MC. They gave me $2100 for three weeks of research and I worked very hard there and thereafter, hands down the best research experience of my life in terms of the quality of the collection and skill of the staff, not to mention the beautiful and inspirational setting.

At the conclusion of the series of chart reports on Sarah, I will discuss her synastry with her daughter and husband, concluding with her synastry with co-author Thomas H. Burgoyne before proceeding to his natal chart report.  Burgoyne will be succeeded by Genevieve Stebbins, then Elbert Benjamine, Emma Hardinge Britten, Alexander Wilder, Thomas Moore Johnson, Bronson Alcott, and Mary Baker Eddy.  This forms a chain of influences on the Brotherhood of Light lessons: Sarah influenced Thomas, who influenced Genevieve, wbo influenced Elbert, who praised Emma as a source of Brotherhood teachings, Emma being the woman who drew Alex into the Theosophical movement while the second Thomas, Johnson, in turn got involved through Wilder; Bronson Alcott influencing both Johnson and Wilder through encounters in the 1870s, the same period when Alcott was becoming a friend and supporter of Eddy. 

Finally a word of praise for two Taurus historians that make my work in old age feel more stable and solid than what I wrote about in my younger years.  Seeing both Cayce and the TS as Neptunian influences that kept me in a New Age fog for years in the 90s, seeing Eddy and Olcott like Cayce as appealing but hardly historically reliable, I end up esteeming Emma Hardinge Britten and Alexander Wilder more than the lot of them because they saw themselves as historians.