standing at the center of the Sun." Thenhe would growl in a way that I couldnever imitate and say "that's hot stuff."I, of course, took this in as much byosmosis as anything else, without muchunderstanding what it all meant. He diedin 1969 and I, his only student with himat the time, saw to his burial and evendesigned a gravestone -- a glyph of theSun. Although I had been studyingastrology for some years already, it wasnot long after his death that I foundmyself discovering heliocentricastrology. Without even rememberingwhat he had said, I was imaginingmyself standing at the center of the Sun.And that is the beginning of my study ofheliocentric astrology. I had thesupreme good fortune to meet thisteacher and to be able to receive somesmall portion of his teachings.
Since I was working with programmablecalculators in the early 70s and personalcomputers in the mid-70s, I had beenexploring all of the various techniquesthat the history of astrology hadpresented to us. From my point of viewat the time, these were all to be treatedin an equal manner. That is, everytechnique had its own merit, and allwere equivalent ways to look at oneselfthrough astrology.
And that is the way I approached helioastrology, just like I had approachedsecondary progressions or harmonics --as another technique in a long list ofinteresting techniques.I looked at my helio transits and theywere useful to me. They worked. Ilooked at the difference betweenplanetary placements in my geo andhelio and charts, and learnedsomething. For example, my geo Marsis in Aries, but my helio Mars is inAquarius. I found that interesting. Mypersonal or geo Mars was hot and full offire, but my inner or helio Mars wasgroup oriented -- other things wereaccomplished. These kinds of thingswere what I was thinking.
Helio is Different
In other words, I was extending thetechniques and the way I used thesetechniques from the astrology I knew toanother area of astrology that I did notknow -- in this case, heliocentrics. I amsure we all do this. It did not, at first,occur to me that this area might bedifferent and that, aside from differencesin technique, there were differences inlevel -- great differences.The first glimmer of what helio was allabout came when I began to studyaspects and aspect patterns from theheliocentric perspective. I began toexamine what the planets were doing,not in relation to Earth (our particularperspective), but in relation to eachother and to their great shining center,the Sun.
"We don't Live on the Sun"
Since I have spoken about helio formany years now, I have heard all of thecomments from those who have notstudied it. "We don't live on the Sun","We don't live on the Sun, so how couldhelio be important ."This sort of thing.
Identity is Circulation
At the time, I was understanding that weshare in the life of our entire solarsystem. We not only live off the light andwarmth of the Sun, but we are childrenof the solar system and its great center,the Sun. In other words, that inner lifewe all value is not just an Earth thing,