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Fred Asks:

“I was reading your idea about Venus in the wedding chart and my question is the two points you mention (Hyleg and Alcochoden) how are they figured and given an example of their use. Where or how would I find them in my chart? How important are they in a person’s life?”

Laura Asks:

“I just completed reading a article relating to the Hyleg and Alchocoden. I have an intermediate understanding of astrology. Anyway, this article went on to predict timing of death in a chart. When I looked at my own, I discovered that in the year 2011 at around age 48, I have some of the aspects the article was mentioning…It REALLY freaked me out. I never even bothered to calculate the Alchocoden and don’t intend to. The 8th house stuff was enough for me. Please tell me if there is some other interpretation for such a thing. I really think that the person that wrote this should have considered the impact of an article like this before posting it. I don’t know why anyone would want to predict such an event. I am even sorrier that I read it. Having a strong 8th house, ruled by Mercury, my curiosity and investigative nature worked against me when I read it.”

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C.C. Asks:

“My query concerns a ‘via combust’ moon and its significance in the natal chart. The only information I’ve come across, concerns Horary interpretations in which this condition would render a chart invalid or not fit to judge. However, I don’t think that refers to a Natal chart. I know a couple of people with this ‘condition’ in their charts and have perceived similar emotional qualities between the two.”

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BKL Asks:

“What would one interpret with regard to being born under a void-of-course moon? Would it take more than this to indicate that one does not have a specific course in life? Or is it interpreted differently in the natal chart than it is in the Horary? I’ve read that individuals including JFK, Jr., and Winston Churchill have a Void-of-course Moon. Rob Hand recently wrote an article with regard to a natal VOC moon in ‘The Mountain Astrologer’ that was less than encouraging. I’d like to get your thoughts and/or philosophy with regards to this.”

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Patty Asks:

“In your Ask Kevin article about accidental dignity you state that planets on the Midheaven and other angles are accidentally dignified and are in a position to be easily noticed. At the same time, you say that planets in the 3rd and 6th house have a hard time getting noticed. Do the planets have to be in the angular houses to be accidentally dignified if they are conjunct the angles? And what is your view of the ancient whole sign house thing?”

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Al Asks:

“Several articles I read on astrology tell us to find the focal point in our charts, the most powerful planet, so that the transit effects can be better interpreted. My question is about specifying this point of concentration when there seems to be more than one powerful planet in the chart, which is probably the case for most people. I am confused about my own birth chart, which has two stelliums: which one of these powerful concentrations should I focus on?”

Charles Asks:

“Wondering about planet/aspect power when interpreting a chart. I would like to know how to figure out which planet, sign, aspect, etc., is the most influential. I have some general ideas, but I don’t want to go on a wild goose chase. Any help would be appreciated.”

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Teri Asks:

“While a lot has been written on Sun-Venus conjunctions, not much is available on the effects of a combust Venus on the natal chart. There is also a varying cut-off point for this aspect, depending on the authors.”

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Lisa Asks:

“The thing I’ve always been interested in is that my chart has the two “greater benefics” Venus and Jupiter, both in fall (Virgo, Capricorn) However, Venus is “accidentally dignified” in the 2nd House, and Jupiter seems to be in a great place in the 5th. what does two greater benefics both in fall mean, if they’re in Houses that help them out?”

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Robert Asks:

“What constitutes an “affliction” to a planet? Published interpretations of planets in signs often provide both a positive and negative interpretation. The text might read, “If well aspected, ...” and, “If afflicted, ...” Sometimes “adversely aspected” is used. I’m fairly certain the author has already considered the essential dignity of the planet in the sign. Given the modern spin on interpretation, no aspect is considered an “affliction,” or so it seems. Would the author likely be referring to squares, oppositions, and/or quincunx aspects from higher order, or slower moving planets? This seems like a silly question, but can you provide an example of an affliction to a planet by aspect, placement, etc? Can a planet be considered afflicted if it is “combust,” that is, conjunct within a small orb to the Sun, or by placement, such as, in the third or sixth house? Could a planet be considered “afflicted” by a square, opposition, or quincunx aspect, within a small orb, from a higher order planet?”

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