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Chart Turning


Sue Ward

In our haste to obtain an answer, we are sometimes guilty of concentrating on the turned chart to the detriment of the radical figure. The horary will always give two sets of evidence, one from the radical chart and one from the turned and these should be complimentary. A simple example would be a question such as 'will my son get the job'. I have been asked many times whether the radical 10th would be significant or just the turned 10th. To which house should you apply the rules? My usual answer is 'both'.

There are two reasons why the radical chart should be investigated: it is the primary figure and is, therefore, important in its own right and, one assumes, the querent is sufficiently concerned about the matter to represent his or her son's circumstances. Even where the querent's desires are different to those of the son - 'I think the job is dangerous, I hope he doesn't get it' - the radix will have something to say.

So, the turned chart might show the son getting the job and fulfilling the son's desires. The radical figure would show the same, but with more negative undertones perhaps because the parent's desires are not being fulfilled. Our search for the outcome often relies too heavily on a promising application of significators. This can be all but meaningless without a strong radical chart as a foundation. So, before rushing to a conclusion based on one or two aspects, take the pulse of the chart, check its temperature - is it healthy? It is vital to keep a watchful eye on this very potent radical figure. So, a benefic in the radical 10th could well be an indicator of the successful conclusion to the matter, as much as if it were in the turned 10th. It is all right to use both sets of arguments.

Don't be mean about the time you spend getting to know the radix. When we calculated and drew our charts manually, the time spent doing this gave us an insight which we have lost now that the computer does it all for us. To compensate for this give a little extra time to writing down some of the points you first notice, examples are given in the figure below. By the time you have completed this list, or one like it, you will have a better understanding of the figure, and this is so whether you will ultimately turn the chart or not.

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