THE DRACONIC CHART
Soul Mates and Blood Links
by Pamela Rowe, LPMAFA, FMFAA
How many times as astrologers, have we counselled clients reliving similar disastrous relationships to those experienced in their formative years -- settling for familiarity, rather than initiating a reprogramming experience? Positive and negative astrological links shared with relatives are projected into adult relationships in a repetitious manner. This same theme of familiarity can apply to happy, productive relationships. Is fate after all, stronger than free will?
When the likely astrological links between two people are not found in the natal, progressed or directed charts, we look further afield. The Draconic chart provides pivotal information regarding the soul's purpose. The Draconic chart in relation to parent and child and between siblings, has been a source of fascination to me for years. Members of the Australian Academy of Astrology & Cosmobiology Research Group have also researched the Draconic chart as a key topic. We have concluded that the Draconic chart can be categorised as karmic, spiritual and unconscious, with possible connections to reincarnation. It pinpoints those we draw close to us in our lifetimes, to resolve unconscious issues , which in turn connects to our state of physical and emotional health. It speaks less of free will than the basic natal chart.
Through our Draconic chart we can discover how others are acutely, albeit subconsciously, aware of our soul's purpose and act accordingly -- opening life's doors and sometimes slamming them in our face. It traces where we came from (test it with parents and grandparent's charts) and where we are going (compare it with the charts of your children and soul mates). Links will be found by comparing Natal and Draconic charts, plus Draconic and Draconic. Draconic charts are also quite sensitve to transits, so compare the Draconic chart with transits of important events.
The Draconic chart highlights the importance of the 0-degrees Aries point. The distance between the natal Northern Moon Nodes or Dragon's Head and 0-degrees Aries is the adjustment increment used to convert the natal chart to its Draconic counterpart. The natal North Moon Node (ascending node) becomes 0-degrees Aries of the Draconic chart, or 'draconic equinox' and other planets and points are adjusted accordingly. English astrologer Pamela Crane is well known for her work on Draconic astrology. Pamela uses the True Moon Nodes in preference to the Mean Moon Nodes in her calculations. The difference in the resultant Draconic charts is small, but enough for me to continue to research both. In some cases the Draconic Mean Moon Node chart produces tighter, more relevant aspects.
The Draconic chart may have been overlooked because natal house placements and planetary aspects remain unaltered -- however, the zodiacal degrees can be strikingly different.
The Northern Moon Nodes in the charts of relatives and soul mates is as potentially variable as its distance from 0-degrees Aries. When adjustments are made for the Draconic chart you may be surprised at the new zodiacal links which did not exist in the natal charts -- new clues as to life's learning curve through these important people. In the case of those born with the Northern Moon Nodes at 0-degrees Aries, the natal chart is also the Draconic chart -- suggesting a person directly in touch with their soul's purpose. I would be most interested in the spiritual journey of any reader who has the Northern Moon Nodes at 0-degrees Aries.
Solar Fire and Winstar Plus software provide ready calculation of the Draconic chart. For those without this facility, the simplest and most accurate method is to convert all natal cusps and planets into their absolute zodiac positions (0-Aries=0°, 0 Taurus=30°, etc) and add the increment (distance between the natal true moon nodes and 0-degrees Aries) to each position. If answer over 360°, deduct 360°.
EXAMPLE DRACONIC CALCULATIONS
for a natal chart with a Northern Moon Node of 19°38' Scorpio
1. Distance between 19°38' Scorpio (229°38') and 0° Aries (which is also 360°) 360° 00' Less 229° 38' = 130°22' (Increment) 2. Natal Ascendant = 14°14' Pisces = 344°14' Plus Increment 130°22' 474°36' Less 360° 360°00' = DRACONIC ASCENDANT 114°36' (24°36' CANCER) 3. Natal Jupiter = 15°07' Aries = 15°07' Plus Increment 130°22' = DRACONIC JUPITER 145°29 (25°29' LEO) etc.
As an example, consider the Richardson family of 2 adults and 2 children, both natural births. Each of the 4 has a different adjustment increment between their natal Northern Moon Nodes and 0-degrees Aries, which dramatically changes the zodiacal degree comparisons in the natal charts. In this family 22° to 28° of Cardinal signs concertinas into high significance through the Draconic Ascendant and Midheaven positions, creating a new sensitive family point for transitting planets. In addition, 5° to 6° of the fixed signs, significant in 3 of the 4 birth charts, includes the 4th person (2nd child) through her Draconic chart. New grandparent connections to each child are readily defined, plus a new draconic link to the father, through his draconic Ascendant. The Mean Moon Node has been used in this study.
Code: (Dr. = Draconic N = Natal)
FATHER MOTHER 1ST CHILD 2ND CHILD Dr.MC 24.15 Lib Dr.AS 28.26 Lib Dr.MC 24.30 Can Dr.AS 24.36 Can Dr.Jup 29.59 Lib N.Sun 5.34 Leo N.MC 6.32 Aqu N.AS. 6.42 Aqu Dr.Moon 5.18 Aqu Dr.Moon 6.23 Sco Dr.AS. 5.22 Sco Dr.Sun 14.52 Ari (Grandfather's N.Sun 14.42 Ari) Dr.Moon 15.0 Vir N.AS 14.14 Pis (Grandmother's Dr.Moon 15.31 Pis) Drac.AS 1.50 Cap N.Moon 0.33 Can N.Sun 2.36 Cap
There are many more draconic links in this family tree. These few mainly involve the personal points of Natal and Draconic Ascendant, Midheaven, Sun and Moon.
THE DRACONIC ASCENDANT
The natal Ascendant describes how others perceive us in a physical sense, the silent message we project through our physical image. THE DRACONIC ASCENDANT is our intuitive identity, certain hereditary factors and the unique qualities we pass on through reproduction and spiritual teaching. For further information consider the decanate of the Draconic Ascendant (eg 28°26' Libra on the Draconic Ascendant is in its 3rd decan, incorporating a Gemini/Mercury influence to the Libran energies).
THE DRACONIC MIDHEAVEN
The natal Midheaven depicts our ego expression, career, worldy status, parent figures and mentors. The Draconic Midheaven speaks more of super-consciousness, the soul's divine quest, vocation as distinct from occupation.
Astrologers already familiar with house meanings, aspects and primarily the interpretation of their own natal chart, will liken the experience of interpreting their Draconic chart to that of bumping into an old friend. This is probably due to the emergence in the Draconic chart of astrological degrees synonymous with old friends, foes and soul mates.
BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY
The Draconic and Natal combinations of popular British Royal family members is a virtual goldmine of information. The charts used are Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Henry. Synastry buffs will discover many more links than I have space to mention. Once again the personal points of Sun, Moon, Ascendant and Midheaven provide pivotal information on hereditary and karmic history.
I have used the Solar Fire software and Clifford data collection for my charts and calculations -- with the exception of Prince Phillip -- the source of which is astrologer, Deborah Houlding. The True Moon Nodes have been used in this study.
1. William's Dr.MOON (21.38 Pisces) conjunct Henry's Dr. MOON (21.43 Pisces) conjunct Charles' Dr.MOON (25.28 Pisces) conjunct Diana's Dr.Uranus (25.10 Pisces) Conjunct Elizabeth's Dr.PLUTO (22.36 Pisces) opposition Diana's Dr.MOON (26.52 Virgo)
2. William's Dr.AS (14.10 Virgo) is conjunct Henry's Dr.MC (17.30 Virgo)
1. Phillip's Dr.SUN (23.40 Scorpio) is conjunct Elizabeth's natal MC (25.33 Scorpio), conjunct Charles natal SUN (22.25 Scorpio) conjunct Diana's Dr. IC (24.53 Scorpio).
2. William's Dr.MC (19.08 Cancer) is conjunct Diana's Dr. ASC (20.14 Cancer) conjunct Henry's Dr.SUN (23.19 Cancer). All are opposition Elizabeth's N.ASC (21.23 Capricorn)
3. Charles' natal ASC (5.25 Leo) is conjunct Elizabeth's Dr.MC (5.26 Leo) opposition Diana's Dr.MERCURY (5.02 Aquarius), square to Phillip's natal Venus (5.43 Taurus)
4. Charles' natal MC (13.18 Aries) is conjunct Phillip's Dr.MC (11.33 Aries).
5. Charles Dr.ASC (0.26 Cancer) is conjunct William's natal SUN (0.06 Cancer) and in slightly wider conjunction to his natal Moon (4.58 Cancer). These are square Elizabeth's Dr.AS (1.16 Libra).
6. Diana's Dr.MOON (26.52 Virgo) is conjunct Henry's natal Sun (22.57 Virgo). As mentioned above Charles Dr.MOON is opposition at 25.28 Pisces.
7. Elizabeth's Dr.Jupiter (2.24 Scorpio) is conjunct William's natal Jupiter (0.29 Scorpio) and MC (2.28 Scorpio) and conjunct Henry's Dr.Jupiter (3.56 Scorpio).
8. Elizabeth's natal MC (25.33 Scorpio) and Saturn (24.27 Scorpio) are conjunct Charles' Dr.Jupiter (24.55 Scorpio)
9. Elizabeth's Dr.SUN (10.06 Capricorn) is opposition Diana's natal Sun (9.40 Cancer).
10. Phillip's Dr.SUN (23.40 Scorpio) and Dr.Mars (28.55 Scorpio) are square to Diana's natal Uranus (23.20 Leo) and northern Moon Nodes (28.10 Leo).
11. Phillip's Dr.AS (18.57 Gemini) is opposition Diana's natal ASC (18.24 Sagittarius). His Dr. Mercury (17.51 Sagittarius) and wider, his Dr.Pluto (12.15 Sagittarius) are conjunct her natal AS.
-- and the list of contacts goes on, with surprisingly close orbs of influence.
The interpretation of these links is fairly straightforward and the reader will have their own ideas as to the messages conveyed. Positive emotional potential (Dr.Moons) between Charles and his sons, was unsettled and awakened to new expressions through Diana's erratic behaviour (Dr.Uranus) and Elizabeth's powerful obsession with duty and conventionalism (Dr.Pluto). The 'Us and Them' attitude is depicted by Elizabeth's natal AS opposition the Dr. AS,MC and Sun of Diana and her sons -- and reinforced by Elizabeth's Dr.Sun opposition Diana's natal Sun.
The lineage to the throne is indicated by Elizabeth and Charles' Dr. Ascendants aspecting William's natal Sun. The strong presence of Dr. and natal Jupiter links is another convincing factor. Irritation between Phillip and Diana can be seen from Phillip's Dr. Sun conjunct Dr. Mars square Diana's natal Uranus and natal North Moon Nodes. His Dr. AS opposition her natal AS, plus his Dr. Mercury and Pluto conjunct her natal AS, suggests more undercurrent between them than was publicised.
Each chart can be successfully drawn onto tri-wheel and tri-dials, to distinguish further how individuals relate to the rest of the group. My illustrations provide an introduction. Factors such as fixed stars, critical degrees and eclipse degrees can also be applied to draconic charts.
For Cosmobiologists the planetary structure patterns and midpoint trees of the draconic chart remain the same (with the exception of Moon Nodes involvement). However the patterns of the Draconic chart fall in different sections of the 90-degree dial, providing additional sensitive time frames, especially when compared to the directions, progressions and transits. The individual comparison between natal and draconic structure patterns also interesting.
Even by sticking to basics and comparing the zodiacal degrees between the draconic/draconic and draconic/natal charts of different individuals, the remarkable links formed for respective life journeys cannot be overlooked. Because our spiritual development requires us to meet the challenge of relationships rather than evade them, the Draconic chart provides new information as to who we are likely to attract in order to make the progress we spiritually crave.
(Published in the FAA Journal March 2001)