Once the Moon has completed one revolution, the Earth has moved farther in its orbit around theSun. All the other bodies in our solar system have moved as well. The Sun has swirled a littlefarther along in the Milky Way, the Milky Way has moved a little closer to Andromeda, and theuniverse has expanded. By the time the Moon has returned to a particular point in relation to theEarth, the Earth has moved in relation to the Sun. The other bodies in our solar system havemoved as well. Our solar system has moved, following the Sun through space. The spatialrelationships among the objects in our universe are never completely repeated.The universe is constantly changing. It never repeats itself. No one moment in time is everduplicated. The stars and planets move at neck-breaking speed, but we notice very littlemovement from our point of view on Earth. The Sun, stars, and planets are so far away that we
don’t notice much of their movement in one lifetime. The ancients described the distant stars as
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fixity of the stars that allows us to chart the relative movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets in our solar system and compare astrologically one moment of timewith another.In order to make sense of this ever-changing universe and communicate that sense, we need aframework of relative stability. The fixed stars serve as that framework. We describe themovements of the Sun, Moon, and other planets by measuring their movements against thebackground of the fixed stars. We also use the fixed stars to measure the spin of the Earth as itrotates on its axis.A natal chart, or birth chart, is simply a snapshot of the cosmos, in particular our solar system, atthe time and place of birth. It is a miniature diagram, usually in the shape of a wheel,symbolizing what the sky looked like at the moment of birth as seen from the birthplace. It is atwo-dimensional drawing of the sky surrounding the Earth at a particular point on Earth at agiven moment. It locates the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids, and stars longitudinally for aparticular place at a particular moment. It includes those bodies that were below the horizon as if we could see in all directions through the Earth.
The Three Dimensions of the Two-Dimensional Birth Chart
In whatever form the birth chart is presented (circular, square, etc.), it is a two-dimensionalreplication of what we normally consider to be a three-dimensional phenomenon
the sky oruniverse surrounding the birth or beginning of a new entity at the place and time that the newentity was born or became an individual.The new entity or individual may not have been able to see the sky above it or below it due toeither man-made structures and limitations (buildings, walls, ceilings, etc.) or natural structuresand limitations (clouds, mountains, the intensity of sunlight, the limits of the physical eyes, theplanet Earth, etc.), but the universe was there at birth in spite of any obstructions.The place of birth was surrounded by the universe to the east, west (one dimension), north, andsouth (a second dimension). It was also surrounded from above and below. An imaginary linemay be drawn from what lies directly overhead of the place of birth, through the Earth, and out