The following pages are comments about some practical considerations regarding sect, not a total explanation of all the details of sect. They represent a few of my observances, and will eventually have several subject headings which may be able to "stand alone" and not have to be read sequentially provided there is some basic knowledge of the doctrine of sect. For a comprehensive introductory foundation on the subject, contact Ellen at Project Hindsight (304) 258-5873 and ask about recommended materials for study. Robert Hand recorded a fine two-tape set at NCGR San Francisco in March of 1996. You can e-mail Steve Pincus (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (415) 968-4513 for tape information. He runs Sun Recording Service and the NCGR SF chapter.
When the Sun appears below the horizon in a birth chart it indicates a different self-view or a shift of emphasis to the Moon as representing the stronger motivating factor for the actions carried out in the personal Mars style of the individual. The Moon has always indicated an attitude of receptivity or emotional response pattern. If the Moon is emphasized because the person was born during the Moon's time of dominance, nighttime, then they are usually a more emotionally driven-person. This individual will take actions based on the perception of expected feeling or how they will be emotionally affected, regardless of how many people may benefit from the actions. Whether their perceptions are accurate, or positive choices made is not a factor at this time.
The person born with the Sun as the dominant factor, or a diurnal birth, is not necessarily less emotional than the person whose birth is nocturnal, but they seem to more readily separate feelings from accomplishment goals. Many of my clients who have the Sun above the horizon seem to be able to very well separate their business efforts and successes from their personal assessment of feelings or relationships, or health issues.
It is worth noting that the books and tape sets by motivational speakers are no longer focused on balance, but recently they stress developing the most important parts of one's life, and the heck with the rest. The "unbalanced" person is the one who has the greatest accomplishments. The tendency is to develop other facets of life in subsequent decades.
The placement of the Sun, Moon, and most other planets in the same hemisphere increases the ability of the individual to focus energy. The person with this natal pattern will not seem balanced, but very strongly aimed in a direction. The direction may seem aimless or toward destructive behaviors, or extremely positive; it is the intensity that counts. Balance may come from many different factors in the chart than a pattern of opposite hemisphere planets. It might help to compare the following two charts of regular, non-famous people, both with an emphasis of Sun and Moon in the lower half of the chart.
This comparison is done without the current understanding of the role of the nodes, Chiron, Ceres, or Moon phases. The emphasis is a very basic application of only a couple rules of sect; the placement of the Sun and Moon in the same hemisphere and below the horizon, and the placement of Saturn in two different hemispheres. It would make a very good study in a classroom with more discussion of several other planetary factors.
She is emotional, successful in her career, well-liked, organized, in a very supportive relationship, has several good friends, participates often in family gatherings, travels extensively as a sort of hobby, and physically healthy. We would say balanced in many aspects of her development, but in my observation, also immensely emotional. Mercury conjunct Jupiter in the first house, still in Cancer, increases her tendency to talk considerably about herself.
According to the rules of sect, Saturn in this placement is considered to be much less difficult to integrate. (Same hemisphere as the Sun, in a feminine sign, not in any aspect to Mars, and from the 5th house, a mutual reception of sorts with the Sun in Leo. She is honest about her limits (time exists in our world). It is my opinion that the trio of Sun, Moon, and Asc being in expressive signs have been balanced by the Saturn square. She is both artistic and practical. The balance has come from Saturn in a non-obvious way. The hard-work ethic and the tendency to interact socially with others, has taken most of the available time and energy. There has been no time for children, pets, house ownership. Some of the mainstays of contemporary modern America have been forgone in order to intensify time spent on self-development.
One major difference in the two charts is the placement of Saturn. Saturn is below the horizon in the same hemisphere as the Sun for the first person, actually square her Sun, so she feels challenges and responsibilities come from within herself, and the square indicates an ability of the individual to concentrate behaviors toward reaching goals of importance to her. She is typically aware of how she feels as she is working toward these goals, at every step of the way.Saturn in the same hemisphere as the Sun tends toward a focus of personal action integrating the meaning of Saturns' sign and house placement. It can be either positive or negative, but tends to be how the Sun progresses toward the challenge of personally selected goals.
Person B has a poorly aspected (Neptune square) seventh house Saturn in Aquarius, feeling all relationships are a testing of her ability to contribute to the world in her unique way. She feels all people are judging her progress and achievements, and while quite in touch with her feelings, she is not aware that this idea is a projection. There is little attempt to analyze her feelings although she has the ability and education to do so. Mercury is in the fifth house with Venus and Mars, increasing the need for dramatization and sharing of individual contribution. Although Mercury is a part of a grand trine to Jupiter (another out of sect planet), it only increases her tendency to think in ways that stymie slow development of interpersonal skills and longterm educational goals.
She is a gifted communicator, fine poet, expressive actress, has the ability to organize and follow through, but finds that her opinion of herself is so poor she just as frequently gives up shortly after projects begin. Deciding that people automatically think poorly of her (the projection), and having no grounding or stabilizing planet to balance the major grouping below the horizon where emotions reign, they have run away with her. She is essentially hostage to her feelings. Is it any wonder that Saturn is in the seventh house indicating a need for balance or perspective in relationships (the scales, remember?)
Saturn in the opposite hemisphere of the Sun shows a belief that challenges come from outside the individual. There is more of a tendency to respond rather than initiate. The person behaving with Moon energy dominating instead of Sun energy, perceives Saturn as an indicator of restrictions, of serious roadblocks, of unfamiliar rules and patterns.
It is my intention to periodically add comments on other factors leading to an understanding of the concepts presented by the doctrine of sect.