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Ilove to watch cooking competition shows like Top Chef.  e creativity of the contestants fascinates me.  ey manage to take whatever ingredients they’re given and synthesize them into a remarkable dish that makes sense. But time and again, the downfall of the
Top Chef contestants is the dessert challenge. Cooking isn’t the same as baking.
Cooking allows for improvisation and intuition. You can substitute ingredients, change proportions, and add seasonings to taste. You can substitute red peppers for green peppers when cooking and the casserole will still come out  ne. Baking, on the other hand, is an exact science.  e ingredients, their measurements and proportions, and how you combine them matter. You can get creative with baking, but you have to understand what each ingredient does and how they interact with each other.
 e same can be said for interpreting a natal chart.  e ingredients are the planet, sign, houses ruled, and house occupied. Your objective is to combine them to create a synthesized interpretation that makes sense. It could be as simple as a description of a behavior pattern or as complex as a full analysis of the various areas of a client’s life. Creating a synthesized interpretation isn’t as di cult as it appears. You just have to keep one thing in mind.
Synthesized interpretation isn’t cooking; it’s baking.
 e success of a cake depends on the success of the batter. You can’t throw together butter, sugar, eggs, and  our and end up with
cake batter, and you can’t throw together a planet, the
sign, the houses ruled, and the house occupied and
end up with a synthesized interpretation. You have to combine the ingredients in the correct order, using speci c techniques. Each step in the
process builds on the previous step.
Not only does this mean you can’t skip any steps, but it also means you have to complete each step
correctly before moving on to the next step. If you leave anything out or fail to combine the ingredients correctly, you won’t end up with a cake. And if you rush the process or skip any steps, you won’t end up with a synthesized interpretation.
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