The principle of balance is quite clear to us all. We either feel like we are balanced or not. Some balances or lack thereof are deeply woven within our personality. What is so exciting is just how quickly and accurately astrology can ‘map’ where we are balanced and where less so and where we are strong and not so strong. When these are revealed to you, if your self-awareness is reasonably strong, you will quickly recognize the truth in the information. In other cases, it may be significant others who see these themes more clearly.
Our Birth Chart can quickly reveal our ‘balance score’. It is not a matter of comparison with anyone else, but it does matter in terms of our happiness which is supported by self-awareness. With awareness and dedicated focus and action, we can learn to create more balance and it helps to gain a better understanding of it. As well, understanding our balances and those of significant others in our life are a golden key to supporting more harmony in relationships. This knowledge reveals where we may need to make extra efforts to be happy and to create more harmonious relationships. It is important to understand that because everything in existence is always moving, nothing is static and this certinly applies to this focus on balance. However, the balances and imbalances revealed in our Birth Charts represent deep and often lifelong characterisitcs that we can indeed overcome, especially when we clearly aware and sincrely committed.
Below you will gain a general understanding of the factor of balances in astrology including those of the 12 Signs, the 4 Elements, the 3 Modes, the 4 Hemispheres, the 4 Quadrants, and the 12 Houses. If all you knew about your astrology was the answers to this list of factors, you would already have gained a good deal of self-awareness. Of course, there are many other levels to astrology, but this is a great start and it supports having a whole understanding of your nature and personality. In its own way, this understanding offers a foundational understanding of psychological astrology. Next time you have a Reading, ask what these are and the answer can be provided quickly then you can also come back to this article to assess it yourself.
BALANCE OF SIGNS
You probably know what your Sun Sign is and you may even know your Moon and Rising Sign, and maybe even which signs the planets are in, but are you aware of the overall balance of the signs in your chart? This basic bit of knowledge can serve to help you to know your strengths and where you may want to be stronger.
+ Initiating, pioneering energy. Independent, bold, courageous, assertive, fiery, inspirational, direct, decisive.
-- Can be egotistical, impulsive, impatient, aggressive, lacking subtlety.
+ Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires.
-- Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
+ Agile, versatile, inquisitive, flowing, conversational, airy, many ideas.
-- Can be volatile, superficial, changeable, restless and inconsistent.
+ Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic.
-- Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
+ Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots.
-- Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
+ VIRGO STRONG
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working.
-- Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
+ Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness.
-- Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
+ Intense, magnetic, penetrating perception, power to confront.
-- Can be destructive, vengeful, jealous, overly dramatic.
+ Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous.
-- Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
+ Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving.
-- Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
+ Humanitarian, innovative, group conscious, progressive, serving others.
-- Can be rebellious, stubborn, eccentric, aloof, emotionally superficial, overly extroverted.
+ Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive.
-- Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
By adding the planets in signs and the angles in your chart, the emphasis on the elements can be easily determined. Knowing this emphasis supports self-awareness and confidence.
You are a highly-motivated person with many goals and aspirations for the future. You are vital and spontaneous, often enjoying the challenge of travelling down new and adventurous roads in your life. Your enthusiasm is irrepressible. Your weakness lies in your tendency to exaggerate and your inability to cope with the more mundane activities in life.
You have difficulty getting yourself motivated to achieve your own goals. In fact at times you may lack the self-confidence to even set personal goals. You may experience a general lack of enthusiasm, feeling overwhelmed by change.
You are a practical and efficient, hands-on person. You can be relied on to take a common-sense approach to most matters. Your down-to-earth manner stands you in good stead for the daily chores of life. Your weakness lies in your sometimes stubborn refusal to make changes in your life. You tend to stifle both your own and other people's enthusiasm.
You have difficulty coping with the realities of everyday life. Practical daily chores seem beyond your capabilities, and you have difficulty concentrating on matters at hand.
You are objective and philosophical, preferring to view life from an intellectual perspective. Your rational mind will outweigh your feelings every time, as you consider the world of emotions to be irrational. You have a high sense of fairness, and a logical thought process. Your weakness lies in the fact that you view emotions in a disparaging light.
You lack objectivity - the ability to stand back and view aspects of life from a detached and rational perspective. You have difficulty making decisions and in the process of weighing up the pros and cons in a logical manner.
You speak from your heart, and are a compassionate and caring person with a strong intuitional nature. You value your personal relationships, in which you often taking on a caretaker role. You are such a sympathetic and understanding person that you are often caught in the role of mother to your loved ones. Your weakness lies in the fact that you fail to take an objective perspective when necessary. You often react without thinking things through first.
You are out of kilter with your emotions. Crying or losing your cool in front of other people would be a horrifying thought, let alone action, for you. You often lack compassion for others in your human relationships, and need to learn to honor both your own and other people's feelings.
BALANCE OF MODES
There are 3 Modes in Astrology: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Understanding the balance of the Modes can help you to know why you are very pro-active, steadfast or flexible and why others may or may not be.
You enjoy challenge and action, and become frustrated when you have no recourse for change. You expect others to also rise to a challenge.
You prefer to follow in other people's footsteps rather than initiate actions. You can be relied on to come up with the goods as long as someone else has the initial ideas. Your survival mechanisms are weak.
You do not enjoy change. You expect others to be reliable, like yourself.
You like to flit from one thing to another, finding difficult to settle down. You enjoy change, although you lack the stability needed to see things through.
You may procrastinate. You expect others to be flexible, like yourself.
You find it difficult to adapt to new situations. You tend to be inflexible when faced with the demands of change and other people.
BALANCE OF HEMISPHERES
A circle divided into halves can be understood to have a left, right or above and below half. In Astrology, these are referred to as hemispheres. The strength or lack of emphasis linked to the hemispheres in your Natal Chart determines your social orientation. This is very measurable and can help you to feel clearer and more confident regarding your priorities and therefore more confident in your proclivities and choices.
You are a self-motivated and self-oriented individual. You like to map out your own life and follow your own path, experiencing difficulties only if anyone stands in your way. You value your independence and enjoy your own company. You enjoy the company of other people, but only if they give you plenty of freedom for your own pursuits. You need to watch out for egocentric and selfish behavior.
Your interactions with other people take on a paramount role in your life. You value both your personal relationships, and the interactions of the human race. You have a gift for mediating in your relationships, as you possess insight into the nuances of relationships. You learn most about yourself in the context of your relationships. You need to make sure you are not engulfed in stifling relationships.
Public life is the pinnacle for you. You gain personal satisfaction from your achievements in the world, and learn much about yourself through your position in the public arena. Your need for a high public profile could be met through both your career and your social status. You need to make sure that your achievements are not at the expense of your loved ones.
Your identity and personal resources are the basis of all other success in your life. You need to feel secure within yourself before you step out into the world. Family roots and your home environment will provide the foundations for self- discovery and self-knowledge that will form the foundation for future success. You need to make sure that you do not become a stay-at-home.
BALANCE OF QUADRANTS
An astrology chart can be understood to have 4 Quadrants, as well as 4 Elements and Hemispheres. Planets in each Quadrant basically determine the strength or weakness of it.
1ST QUADRANT STRONG
You see yourself as an independent individual, capable of organizing your own life. You could be self-centered. The planets in this quadrant will highlight the areas of life in which you want to express yourself.
2ND QUADRANT STRONG
You are receptive to other people and sensitive to the undercurrents involved in relationships
3RD QUADRANT STRONG
You will look for relationships with an objective, rather than personal, outlook. You also want to be public, and to play your part in society.
4TH QUADRANT STRONG
You strive to make your mark on the world. This may be beneficial, but could become disruptive if you become too caught up in an ideal.
BALANCE OF HOUSES
The influence of Houses in Astrology is among the more complex and controversial because there are numerous House Systems. Placidus is the most popular in Western Astrology and for good reason because it is directly linked to the Sun’s light. So, the actual count of planets in Houses can vary from one system to another. For now, just having an idea of how many planets you have in each House can provide valuable insight into your personality.
The First House is about identity. It describes your personality - how you see yourself and how others see you. It can also describe your physical appearance. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: the self, ego, anima, projected image, expression of inner motivation, physical appearance, soul-purpose, initial approach to life, the aura.
The Second House is about your own resources. It describes what you value ranging from physical possessions and money, to personal self-esteem and talents. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: resources, both personal and financial, values and attitudes, possessions, self-esteem and acquisitions.
The Third House is about communication. It also refers to early learning, siblings, immediate environment and short journeys. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: mental processes and communication, active search for knowledge, early learning, siblings, short journeys, telepathy and mental energy.
The Fourth House is about home and family. It describes your roots, your heritage and your private life. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: home life, roots, family and relations, psychological foundations, and what can be described as a feature of your core self.
The Fifth House is about creativity. This can include artistic pursuits, hobbies, recreation, children and lovers. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: Creative self-expression, love affairs, procreation and children, leisure, hobbies, play, fun, games and sports, and entertainments in general.
The Sixth House is about day to day life. It is about work, health, the service you give and your habits. It also relates to small animals. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: health, daily routine, working environment, skills, pets and animals, service.
The Seventh House is about partnerships. This can be partnerships in business, marriage or a committed relationship. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: business partnerships, marriage, long-term associations, open enemies, the animus, the relationship between soul and personality.
The Eighth House is about the support you receive from other people. It is the house of regeneration, and covers death, sex, legal matters, and metaphysics. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: Transformation and regeneration, resources of others, sexuality, death, transmutation, battles, the Path of discipleship.
The Ninth House is about higher learning. It covers academic subjects, law, religion, publishing, foreign culture, sport, overseas travel and philosophy. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: Philosophy, religion, higher education, distant travel, cultural learning, publishing, the journey along the Path, the Ageless Wisdom, Akashic records.
The Tenth House is about your public life. It shows your standing in the community, career, social status and can reflect your attitude to parenting. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: Honor, authority, career and profession, life direction, achievement, Masters and Hierarchy.
The Eleventh House is about your friendships and relationship with groups of people. It is also about your hopes and dreams. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: Friends and social acquaintances, groups and organizations and their activities, the New Group of World Servers.
The Twelfth House is about endings. It is about your hidden strengths and weaknesses. It is also about institutions such as hospitals, jails, libraries and the armed services. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: Institutions, fears, hidden enemies, the collective unconscious, spirituality, unredeemed karma, selfless service to humanity.