ASTROLOGICAL KEYWORD SYSTEM
Analyzing Character and Destiny
THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP
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Oceanside, California 92058-2329, US
The system herein set forth is an analytical
method of reading the horoscopical chart. It is developed along the lines
indicated by Max Heindel in The Message of
The Stars, pages 405-408. It consists simply in combining the
keywords of the planets, signs, and houses to form key-phrases, key- sentences,
and key-paragraphs; then the final summing up of these to arrive at a composite
By this method anyone can read the message of
a chart in a fairly intelligent manner. There has been an idea in the past that
a high degree of intuition was necessary before one could hope to do this. But
this idea has largely been disproved. Anyone who can combine simple elements and
reason from cause to effect can combine the keywords in a chart to ascertain at
least the essential part of its message. Reference to dignities, exaltations,
retrogradation, interception, and other minor factors is omitted, as only the
advanced student needs to consider them.
Steps Nos. 1 to 9 inclusive are preliminary
and analytical in character to show the student the reasoning which must be
done, consciously or subconsciously, before the summation in Step No. 10 is
possible. With practice, however, the students will arrive at the point where
they will be able to omit the first nine steps and give the net result of No. 10
without this preliminary work.
1.--Determine the nature of the aspect,
harmonious or inharmonious in the one case indicating that good judgment is
used, and in the other that the person goes to extremes in the activities
indicated by the aspect.
2.--Look up the keywords of the two planets
entering into the aspect. There are three sets. The basic keywords apply in all
cases. The positive qualities are used in addition to the basic keywords with
harmonious aspects. The negative qualities are used in addition to the basic
keywords with inharmonious aspects. The word "negative" is here used
to denote the results of these qualities rather than the qualities themselves.
3.--Ascertain the keywords for the two signs
containing the two planets. The positive qualities of the sign are used in
addition to its basic keywords when the planet in it is in good aspect. The
negative qualities of the sign are used with the basic keywords when the planet
is adversely aspected.
4.--Combine the keywords of each planet with
the keywords of the sign in which it is placed to determine the corresponding
type of character.
5.--Combine the keywords of the two planets
by themselves, taking into account the aspect, harmonious or inharmonious,
indicating whether the qualities of the two planets will work together or in
opposition to each other, to determine the character as given by the aspect in
6.--Ascertain the keywords for the two
houses containing the two planets.
7.--Combine the keywords of each planet with
the keywords of the house in which it is placed, leaving out of consideration
temporarily the aspect in order to determine the planetary influence in the
8.--Consider the action of the affairs of
one house upon the affairs of the other as brought about by the aspect between
the two planets; that is, a harmonious aspect will enable the affairs of one
house to reinforce those of the other, and an inharmonious aspect will cause the
affairs of one house to detract from those of the other.
9.--Consider the reaction of the affairs of
the second of the two houses upon those of the first, following the method
indicated in No. 8.
10.--Correlate and balance all the elements
above mentioned into one composite judgment which will express in everyday
language the net results without any reference to aspects of other astrological
11.--When reading an entire horoscope,
correlate and balance similarly the effects of all the planets, house and sign
positions, and aspects.
NATURE OF THE SIGN
Cardinal signs--Initiative, activity
Fire Signs--Spiritual power, impulse
Water Signs--Spiritual and psychic
KEYWORDS OF THE SIGNS
BASIC--Self-esteem, initiative, pioneering.
POSITIVE--Ambition, courage, enterprise.
NEGATIVE--Self-will, temper, brusqueness,
BASIC--Determination, interest in mundane affairs.
BASIC--Intellectuality, literary affairs, work with
BASIC--Love of home, capacity for home building,
generosity, loyalty, dignity, leadership.
NEGATIVE--Arrogance, autocracy, cruelty,
overbearing, vanity, ostentatiousness.
studiousness, hygienics, purity.
introspection, fear of disease.
BASIC--Capacity for partnership, art.
POSITIVE--Balance, justice, courtesy,
hopefulness, artistic ability.
NEGATIVE--Indecision, lack of poise,
BASIC--Secret forces of nature, sex, healing power,
military affairs, surgery, magic.
resourcefulness, ability for secret investigations.
NEGATIVE--Discord, misuse of sex,
passion, temper, willfulness, vindictiveness, jealousy.
BASIC--Aspiration, idealism, orthodox religion,
POSITIVE--Generosity, love of out-door
life and athletics.
BASIC--Position, honors, ambition.
POSITIVE--justice, organization, caution,
resentfulness, pessimism, unforgiveness, justice without mercy.
BASIC--Humanitarianism, science, new systems,
corporations, universality, universal friendship.
undervaluation of personal friendship, dictatorship.
BASIC--Sensitiveness to superphysical influences,
sense of unity with all life, mysticism, ripe destiny.
introspection, lack of confidence, secretiveness, procrastination, sorrow.
KEYWORDS OF THE PLANETS
BASIC--Individuality, what one really is, vitality,
will, chief ambitions, those in authority, men.
ostentation, lack of ambition, animalistic qualities.
BASIC--Personality, imagination, instinctual mind,
emotions, change, fecundation, the people, women.
POSITIVE--Positive psychic qualities,
dreaming, vacillation, frivolity, fretfulness, procrastination, indecision,
BASIC--Reason; self-expression of all kinds;
speaking, writing, gestures; knowledge through reason.
literary ability, dexterity.
profanity, demagogy, dishonesty, deceit, nervousness, worry, indecision,
BASIC--Attraction, cohesion, coalition, personal
love, social instincts and activities, art, ornamentation, beauty.
POSITIVE--Harmony, artistic ability,
vulgarity, sloth, laziness, sentimentality, vanity, inconstancy.
enterprise, enthusiasm, gallantry.
temper, destructiveness, passion, lustfulness, impulsiveness, audacity,
BASIC--Expansion, vision, optimism, ideation,
orthodox religious tendencies.
executive ability, legal ability, respect for law, honor, charity, reverence,
conservatism, opulence, popularity, success.
indolence, prodigality, showiness, bombast, dissipation, sportiness,
BASIC--Contraction, persistence, caution.
concentration, analysis system, building qualities, tact, diplomacy, justice,
thrift, economy, deliberation, conservatism, endurance, discipline.
selfishness, slowness, fearfulness, limitation, materialism, melancholy,
pessimism, avarice, secretiveness, suspicion, severity, cynicism.
BASIC--The Awakener; altruism, inventiveness,
originality, sudden action, unconventionality.
universal love of humanity, impersonality, independence, love of liberty,
NEGATIVE--Eccentricity, spasmodic action,
bohemianism, fanaticism, irresponsibility, licentiousness, anarchy.
BASIC--Superphysical entities of all degrees and
impressions from them. Divinity, occultism, knowledge from sources above reason,
viz., superphysical beings.
inspiration, clairvoyance, prophecy, devotion, music.
NEGATIVE--Delusions, chaotic mental
conditions, morbidity, fraud, incoherence, deception, dishonesty, mediumship.
BASIC--Renewing, enlivening, breaking open,
germinating, erupting, reorganizing, provoking, transition.
positive clairvoyance, revivification, universal welfare, motivation to strive
for spiritual power.
NEGATIVE--Force, defiance, death,
destruction, fanaticism, struggle, sensuality, regimentation, underworld, black
KEYWORDS OF THE HOUSES
environment, personality, physical body.
2nd.--Finance, freedom given by money.
3rd.--Lower mind and speaking, short
journeys, brothers and sisters.
4th.--The home, the mother, conditions at
end of life, lands, and mines.
5th.--Pleasure, education, children,
6th.--Servicem, relations with employers
and employees, health and sickness.
7th.--Partnership, marriage, the public.
8th.--Legacies, cause of death, occult
9th.--Higher mind, religion, law, long
10th.--Profession, standing in
community, the father.
11th.--Friends, hopes, and wishes.
12th.--Paying debts of destiny,
limitations, institutions for care of unfortunates, secrecy, mysticism.
KEYWORDS OF ASPECTS
The keyword of an aspect is usually a VERB
DENOTING ACTION which connects the affairs ruled by one planet, its sign and
house, with the affairs ruled by the other planet and its sign and house.
The keywords of the sextile and trine are
verbs which express reinforcement, assistance, and cooperation.
The keywords of the square are verbs which
express obstruction, inharmony, or detraction.
The keywords of the opposition in the case
of the average person are similar to those of the square. The opposition,
however, usually brings into play the two directly opposite signs of the zodiac,
which constitute the two poles of one department of nature. Therefore these two
signs have a certain affinity between them which tends to reduce the inharmony
of the opposition and make it less than that of the square. For instance, Leo
represents the personal love for one's one children; Aquarius represents the
impersonal, universal, altruistic love for the children of all people, namely,
humanity. Therefore the opposition of Jupiter in Leo to the Sun in Aquarius, for
example, is not as inharmonious as the square between Jupiter in Leo and the Sun
in Scorpio, the sign of militarism and force. In the case of advanced egos the
opposition may become an aspect of great power.
The keywords of the conjunction are the
same as those for the trine or the square depending respectively on whether the
conjunction is harmonious or inharmonious. For information as to the harmony and
inharmony of conjunctions see Simplified
Scientific Astrology, pp. 98-99.
Planets represent the driving forces.
Signs represent the static forces which
color and modify the influence of the planets.
Planets in signs indicate the character and
Planets in houses give the circumstantial
details of the life.
The aspects indicate harmony or disharmony
between the planetary influences.
KEY TO THE CHART:
Astrology is a science of probabilities.
Any aspect, position, or configuration may represent any one of a number of
possibilities, and the only way to get a reasonable line on which one of these
will develop is first to ascertain the key to the chart as a whole. The key is
usually found in some strong group of planets or in the ruling planet. For
instance, if a person has the 12th house occupied by two or three of the strong
planets, we know that he is more or less of the mystical type and therefore, he
will be interested in the mystical aspect of life. Then, since he is mystically
inclined, if in the same chart there are planets in the 8th house, which rules
legacies and also latent occult ability and regeneration, we judge that the
native will be more interested in the two latter matters than in legacies of
money or property, and that legacies therefore will play a comparatively
unimportant part in his life even if he should receive any.
NO EVIL IN PLANETARY VIBRATIONS:
There is no evil in any planet. The only
evil that may result from planetary vibrations comes from out misuse of them or
our inability to control them. Any planet emits exactly the same vibrations at
all times. But the square between two planets tends to incite to excess in the
use of these vibrations and to carry activities that come under their influence
to such an extreme that they become evil.
EXAMPLE OF THE METHOD OF READING AN ASPECT
The Sun in Capricorn in the 7th House,
Sextile to Saturn in Scorpio in the 5th House:
1.--The sextile aspect is harmonious
indicating that the native uses good judgment in all matters ruled by this
2.--The keywords of the Sun may be found on
page 6 and the keywords of Saturn on page
8. Use the basic and positive keywords in both cases.
3.--The keywords of Scorpio and Capricorn
will be found on pages 5 and 6.
Use the basic and positive keywords in both cases.
4.--Sun in Capricorn:
Justice (Capricorn) blended with generosity
(Sun). Ambition (Sun) for position and honor (Capricorn).
Saturn in Scorpio: Persistence and
concentration (Saturn) in investigating the secret forces
of nature (Scorpio) such as those of
chemistry or occultism. Conservative (Saturn) in methods of healing (Scorpio).
5.--The Sun sextile Saturn:
Diplomacy and tact (Saturn) in all dealings
with men (Sun). Capability of effort (Sun) sustained (Saturn) over a long
6.--The keywords of the 5th and 7th houses
may be found on page 10.
7.--The Sun in the 7th house:
The main ambitions of the life (Sun) are in
connection with partnerships (7th) and the public or some form of publicity
(7th). Gives a generous, virile (Sun) marriage partner (7th).
Saturn in the 5th house:
Conservative (Saturn) in educational
methods (5th), also in investments (5th). System (Saturn) in publishing matters
(5th). Few (Saturn) children (5th). Serious (Saturn) in pleasures (5th).
8.--Action of the 5th house affairs upon
those of the 7th, using the Sevenfold combination of Keywords: Here we have
seven keywords to combine into a key sentence or paragraph. These keywords are
those of the Sun, Saturn, Capricorn, Scorpio, 5th house, 7th house, and the
sextile. Through persistence and diplomacy (Saturn) the native has the capacity
to succeed in publishing (5th) articles or books on chemistry or occult
philosophy (Scorpio) or some other branch of science. These books would bring
(sextile) him publicity (7th), gain (sextile) him the confidence of men in
authority (Sun), and enhance (sextile) his position in the world (Capricorn).
9.--Reaction of the 7th house affairs upon
those of the 5th, using the Sevenfold Combination of keywords: Partnerships
(7th) are likely to be formed with those in authority (Sun), and through them
the native rises in position and power (Capricorn). The resulting publicity
(7th) would help (sextile) him to sell the books he had published (5th), and
through his thrift (Saturn) he would conserve the income from his books (5th).
He would thus be enabled to start an educational system (5th) devoted to some of
the secret science (Scorpio) or to healing (Scorpio) through the power of
10.--Summation in non-technical language:
Character of the Native:
The individual has a strong, stable
character so far as this aspect goes. He is worthy of trust, commands the
confidence of men, and is capable of holding positions of responsibility, in
which he will use diplomacy and be faithful to his trust. he is patient,
persistent, and capable of sustained effort in any chosen line of endeavor. H e
is generous to a certain degree but prudence rules his generosity. He has an
ambition to rise in the world. he has a liking for the secret sciences and the
ability to investigate them by analytical means. He is conservative in his
business methods and has good judgment in the matter of investments. He is
serious in his pleasures.
He will gain the confidence of men in
positions of prominence, who will perceive his ability and help him to rise to
places of authority and trust. His rise will be slow but steady. He should be
successful in entering into partnerships which will promote his material
interests. He has the possibility of succeeding in the field of publications,
educational work, or the investment field. He may specialize in or make any one
of these his major work. He will obtain throughout his life a considerable
amount of favorable publicity as the result of the above conditions. He should
be successful in marriage, and will probably marry a woman of the vital,
commanding type who is also ambitious for material success. He will have few
children, they will, however, be well brought up, but subjected to considerable
As indicated on page
1, the preliminary analysis of Steps No's. 1 to 9, inclusive, may be omitted
after sufficient practice, and the net result of Step No. 10 given at once.
An abbreviated method which, however, does
not give as complete results as the above, is merely to select a keyword for
each of the planets, signs, and houses involved and also one for the aspect.
Then combine these into a sentence that indicates a plausible, reasonable
deduction. By using different keywords several such sentences may be made, each
indicating some possible aspect or phase of the life. This is in reality an
expansion of Step No. 8, omitting all the other steps.
Astrological Keyword System