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I was recently asked about what this “complete natal chart delineation” is? Whether it is called like that or a full horoscope, it refers to the same thing. The first thing I had to make clear is that the types of Astrology I practise are very different from the mainstream ones and what I therefore can offer is incredibly rare and ancient knowledge that few practitioners in the world have. This is not the time to discuss in what an Ancient Western Astrology horoscope is superior to Four Pillars of Destiny birth chart, and vice versa. What is key is that each of these offers information that the other realistically cannot.
After explaining that I had to let the questioner know that the methodology I adhere to was described and followed by all serious astrological authors in history. Ancient Astrology studies the whole life. Please consider for a minute the amount of effort and the quantity of information that it takes to describe the whole life of a human being in an entirely foreign language (astrological). Consider how many mysteries must be solved, how many contradictions must be examined and gauged whether they can exist together or not, the whole gauging of quality and how these fine distinctions and their meanings ought to be sorted out. This is a difficult and time-consuming endeavour because there exists some order and hierarchy behind all this quantity of information. None of this can be dispensed with if the practitioner does serious Astrology. Let me make it clear that by serious Astrology I mean, not so much techniques and authors, but providing concrete, clear and unambiguous information, in a plain language at that, not psychology, psychoanalyzing, flattery, theories of karma, etc.. The above problem ought to be solved because it is impossible to do any serious predictive work before the whole horoscope is delineated. The reason for this is the so called “natal promise”. The natal promise is that which was written/spoken in the nativity of a given human being. In other words, this is the verdict of the Fates. An incredibly important rules says that nothing serious may happen to one unless if it were promised in their natal chart. After the natal promise is delineated, the second stage comes, namely to figure out when the natal promise will be realized.
One may wonder what then the “complete” horoscope includes if it cannot predict. Such is not the case exactly. It is important to understand the astrological apparatus, that is, how Astrology encompasses and shows the whole life of the native. The natal chart includes a full delineation of each of the topics. Since it is about the whole life of the native, that is, since many events, people, experiences are described, this gigantic amount of information is, save for а non-linear picture, impossible to be ordered in its ideal sequence if it is only viewed from the natal chart. In other words, almost all predictions, with all their corresponding details, are included in the nativity, but the sequence of their unfolding is not. A decent analogy of this is the puzzle. Imagine that each of the delineated topics represents pieces of the whole puzzle. When you collect all the information from all the topics, one may be able to fill the puzzle, but that is only on the fixed/static level. In other words, a puzzle, though it can depict movement, a sequence of events, etc, is, in its essence, static. A human life, however, is comprised of a static/fixed and a movable/dynamic part. The natal chart orders the puzzle, and though it provides predictions for the dynamic part, just as the puzzle is fixed and corresponds to the nativity, so the dynamic part of the chart/human life has to be described by another method, namely predictive techniques.
Just as Robert Zoller (one of the people I learned the most from and the only one who predicted the attacks on 11th of September 2001) says: the natal chart tells us “what”, the predictive techniques tell us “when”. The predictive techniques are necessary so that the puzzle can be ordered as the time progresses, that is, when life stars becoming busy and many types of events happen, different people are encountered, etc. In other words, different topics/parts of the natal chart are activated at different times in one’s life. For example: will the native find their calling first, or will they start a relationship? Will they travel abroad first or lose money gambling? Will they be betrayed by their friends first or get sick from overeating and excess of fluids? These are simple examples with 2 options only while the whole life includes dozens/hundreds of possible variations, some of which happen during a certain year, and not during another, others happen during the following year, etc. The point is, there is no way, based on the complete delineation of the horoscope alone, to determine when the given events will happen, and in what sequence.
The predictive techniques are used to make predictions. These can be made for years in advance, with the minimum period being 1 year. The year is always counted from birthday to birthday.
I think you understand why in the past, and in today’s world as well of course, those that were seriously interested in the reading of their destiny, had astrological practitioners who were literally working for them all the time. These practitioners studied their clients’ lives so much so that they were able, to a significant degree, to recognize the multiple roles played by the planets. There is no way to understand the wholeness and variety of a human life unless it is studied in depth and over an extended period of time. In addition to this, figuring out the signs left by the Fates more and more, it is possible to derive the maximum out of one’s natal chart. This last argument is a complex subject and it is better I explain it with an article some day.
Getting deeper in a certain horoscope takes time and dedication. It is not coincidental that practitioners who work in this way, that is, who offer full written horoscopes, and not astrological 1-2 hour consultations, have a limited number of clients. This is totally understandable because it is about the quality of work, not the quantity. A magnifying glass is a good analogy. There is no way to compare the amount of work and effort from zooming to 700% vs from zooming to 110%.
The subject of the Fates and the degree to which life is predetermined and whether there are places whether this is not valid to the same extent, is an extremely important one. This is the time when the client realizes that all this talk about fate, mostly in Ancient Western and Chinese Astrology, is actually extremely misunderstood. It is precisely the ancient approach that is the one looking to get the most out of the natal promise. It is precisely the ancient approach that is the one necessitating the full delineation of the natal promise, so that the client can take advantage of the information. As the ancient Chinese say: the type of card/hand you were dealt is really important, but the way you play your card/hand/horoscope can make a big difference.
The last thing I want to touch on is the so called “elephant in the room”. Practitioners who only offer 1-2 hour consultations barely scratch the surface of the natal chart. Not only is the client not getting the maximum, but the practitioners themselves are not developing their astrological skills. Literally everyone is offering astrological consultations not only in Bulgaria, but in the West as well. How many, though, are offering complete written horoscopes? What does this say about the others?
I will finish with a specific example: suppose a client comes who it turns out will have 2-3 professions in their life. Imagine that this year is a period in which he/she will change their profession, and you don’t know what it is to begin with, and are just looking at their nativity.
Are you seeing the huge problem?
In order to determine the profession one must read the whole horoscope. Since this is obviously not done by those offering astrological consultations, there is no way for them to determine the profession. Since they cannot do that, the odds of figuring out one of the periods when the native will change their profession are slim, especially when one proceeds in the way those that offer consultations do, namely “by the piece” – year by year. This is because, just as each topic and given time period is part of the natal promise, that is, the small is always subordinated to the big, so are the yearly predictive techniques to the multi-yearly ones.
As my picture for the articles shows, ultimately, there is a train for every kind of passenger.
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