by Robert Wilkinson
Been away from the computer for a few days reconnecting with an old friend from across the continent. Today will be short, but cover several things that have come to me via email. Yes, Sun sign astrology can be just as effective as a natal chart for seeing what's up, what's coming, why and when. Though there are some differences, Sun sign astrology can serve as a valid substitute if the exact birth time is unknown. I've had great success over the years helping those who don't know their birth time, since the other planets don't move very far each day, and so can be determinators of the highest level in helping us understand the timing on things.
These are called "Solar charts," and work by putting the Sun on the Eastern horizon and drawing the houses from the Solar degree. Thus it's a Sunrise chart. I've always used equal houses when looking at Solar charts, since they are about the safest way to divide space and time when one of the time variables (time of birth) is an unknown.
The aspects and their orbs work the same way, the cycles work the same way, the house rulerships work the same way, the dispositors work the same way, and the transits make the same aspects at about the same time they would when working with a natal chart, except perhaps for the Moon, which can be off a few degrees from its "true" position in the natal chart.
Long time readers of this column know that much of what I say about the individual signs is based in the principles of Sun sign astrology. Over the years I've noted that the Solar chart and its symbols act as a secondary chart of sorts, equally valid as the natal but with subtle differences. Saturn in the Solar 4th house has similar effects as Saturn in the natal 4th, and Saturn transits through the Solar houses has very similar appearances as when it transits the natal houses.
So even if you don't know a birth time, you can still examine a chart and find almost limitless things about the characteristics of that chart. Over years of reading both types of charts, I find both natal and Solar are true and accurate, though with a slightly different emphasis on what it means to the individual, since the Sun and Ascendant represent different parts of our existence.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson