A friend recently mentioned Astrodynes, which prompted me to get out Ken Stone’s 1981 90-page booklet on the topic (which I think was an update of his briefer 1971 booklet on the topic). For those unfamiliar with Astrodynes (aka Cosmodynes), it is a method to assign weights to the planets, signs, ASC, MC, and the houses of the chart to compare their strength, harmony, and disharmony in charts cast in the Placidus house system. It also assigns exaltations to the modern planets and assigns Mercury’s exaltation to Aquarius rather than the traditional Virgo.
The method was popularized by the Church of Light. Allan Edwall’s site has a good explanation of cosmodynes and presents almost everything that appears in the Ken Stone booklet in a series of free articles. Proponents of the system rely heavily on the exact numeric values calculated for each sign, house, and planet. A difference of a few minutes in the birth time can alter these values dramatically. I don’t particularly use astrodynes in my astrological work, but it is interesting to see how the system gives weight to the various chart factors.
As I was reviewing Ken Stone’s booklet, a particular chart caught my eye. He entitles it “the chart of a religious fanatic” and goes on to say that this woman “had a perverted love of bad odors” and a religious conviction that she was “being hounded by the spirit of Ezekiel” (p. 48). I wondered what in a chart would show these features, so I reconstructed the chart from the data in his book. My reconstruction, done by modern computer, is slightly different from the original in the text.
Mr. Stone begins by pointing out that this woman’s ASC and MC are the more powerful than any of the planets (in terms of astrodynes), which he takes to mean that she has a “negative and receptive nature.” I’m not sure of the reasoning behind this statement. Perhaps someone who uses the system can explain why a strong ASC and MC is negative and receptive.
Mr. Stone also points out that the woman’s sisters and daughters are “sexually perverted” (I think that is a pre-1970s way of saying they were gay), and he attributes this “perversion” to the strong but afflicted Saturn (Neptune in 5th quincunx Saturn in 10th) as well as the square from Uranus to Pluto. It’s amazing how far society and astrology have come since 1971. (In the USA, homosexuality was officially classified as a mental disorder until 1973. Despite this fact, today if a gay man presents at the clinic run by Michele Bachmann’s husband, he will be told that “God ‘designed’ men’s eyes to be attracted to women’s breasts.” I wonder what part of the male anatomy God designed women’s eyes to stare at.)
Where can we find the following in the chart: 1) religious fanaticism and paranoia, 2) love of bad odors, and 3) gay sisters and daughters?
Let’s start with the ASC, since it represents her physical body, her vitality, and her sense of life purpose. The ASC is ruled by Mercury and conjoined by the Moon. These are both planets connected with perception of the environment. The Moon (her emotions) is square Neptune in Virgo in the 5th. Neptune (gases) in Virgo (attention to detail) is in detriment (opposite Pisces), and Virgo indicates bodily awareness and sensitivity to even small changes. The 5th is the house of pleasures and enjoyment. So the symbolism seems to fit. She enjoys (5th house) bad odors (debilitated Neptune in Virgo).
Mercury in Sagittarius is in detriment (opposite Gemini), and Mercury is almost exactly quincunx Pluto in Cancer in the 3rd (siblings). Pluto rules Scorpio, which is intercepted in the unfortunate 6th of illness. No doubt ASC-ruler Mercury quincunx Pluto (co-ruler of the 6th) signifies her mental illness characterized by religious ideas of persecution. Jupiter (the planet of religion) disposes Mercury (ASC-ruler) and also square Pluto and opposes Uranus.
In fact, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto form a stressful T-square. Pluto, is turn, is disposed by the Moon, which conjoins her ASC. Thus the T-square is closely tied to her ASC by Jupiter disposing Mercury and Moon disposing Pluto. Those who know this woman think of her as an eccentric (Uranus) religious (Jupiter) fanatic (Pluto).
What about the gay sisters and daughters? Sisters are shown by the 3rd house (Cancer cusp with Pluto in Cancer conjunct the cusp) and daughters by the 5th house (Virgo cusp with Neptune in Virgo conjunct the cusp). The Moon rules the 3rd of siblings and Mercury rules the 5th of children, so we are back again to the T-square. In addition, Pluto in the 3rd square Uranus, so there is something unusual about her sisters; they were probably born in the 30s and feel uncomfortable with their homosexuality as reflected in the square aspect. Mercury rules the 5th and trines Uranus, so there is something unsual about the daughters too, but they are less conflicted (trine) about it.
Let me stop here. This is a fascinating chart and I welcome comments and insights from readers about how this woman’s life story is reflected in the astrological symbolism. Any ideas about where Ezekiel falls in the chart? Could he be Pluto in the 3rd of wheeled vehicles? Pluto does lie in Cancer, which the Golden Dawn attributes to the Chariot trump. In addition, Pluto lies almost exactly on the ASC/Neptune midpoint.