What is a Midpoint?
To paraphrase Robert Hand, midpoints are points in the Zodiac located halfway between any other two points.
Midpoints between all possible combinations of planets, the North Node, the Midheaven, the Ascendant and 0 Aries Point are commonly used when interpreting the horoscope. Midpoints are like planets but with a more concentrated focus and should not be ignored when interpreting a horoscope.
It is generally believed that a midpoint combines the qualities of the two points whose arc of separation it divides. Thus the point halfway between Mars and Jupiter would combine the qualities of Mars and Jupiter and so on.
For example if you have your Sun at 16° Leo and your Moon at 16°Aquarius the midpoint between your Sun and Moon would sit at 16° Taurus. If your midpoint at 16° Taurus is occupied by another factor then that would give us a combination of three symbols. So say you have Jupiter at 17° Taurus that would give you a Sun/Moon midpoint conjunct Jupiter.
How to use Midpoints in Cosmobiology
The basic midpoint pattern employed by Cosmobiologists is a two-planet configuration that makes a third point sensitive, and the sensitive point is the midpoint itself. So in the above example the third “sensitive point” would be 16° Taurus. The cosmobiologists use only aspects to midpoints based on multiples of 45 and so trines between a midpoint and another factor would not be considered.
The early writings of the Cosmobiologists implied that trines, sextiles and other three-series aspects are not effective when analysing midpoints. The midpoints tied to a planet by conjunction or hard aspect (square, opposition) will tell a great deal about the condition of a planet in a chart.
The rule of thumb for Cosmobioligists has been to use no more than a 1.5° orb, however, I have found that you can stretch that to 2° if it seems to fit the analysis and overall theme of the chart. As Stephen Arroyo said:
“if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it probably is a duck!”
The Importance of the Sun/Moon Midpoint
The most important midpoint in our charts is unarguably the midpoint between the Sun and Moon for it represents the marriage between our masculine and feminine sides. The Sun/Moon midpoint represents the point in our charts that helps to reconcile our lost wholeness so that we can merge with the Divine.= Source.
The relationship between the Sun and Moon refers to our literal, personal journey towards wholeness. It represents the interplay between spirit and soul, the conscious and the unconscious, vitality and feeling.
The relationship between the Sun and Moon in our charts represents how we should seek to find inner balance as well as pointing to where there is inner discord. Sun/Moon can therefore manifest as inner/outer conflicts as described by the signs they occupy in our charts. The key to reconciling these two planets lies in the resolution point between them, that is, at their midpoint.
Cosmobiologist Ebertin wrote that Sun/Moon = marriage.
We project a lot of our unconscious garbage onto spouses, lovers and partners as a way of sorting through our own inner tensions and psychic conflicts. The ego doesn’t like ambivalence and often struggles to understand that both “A” and “B” are part of “me.” It would much rather say that “I” am “A” and “you” are “B” and so the “projected garbage” of that which the ego disowns is usually hooked onto any planets we have conjunct, square or opposite the Sun/Moon midpoint. This means that our relationships will often take on the theme of the sign of the Sun/Moon midpoint as well as any planets closely aspecting it.
Simon: A Case Study
Simon (chart pictured above) was born with the Sun at 10° Taurus and the Moon at 20° Leo, which makes his Sun/Moon midpoint fall at 0° Cancer. His biggest relationship “theme” has been co-pendency with mother-lovers and trying to break free from this pattern as it undermines his growth and self-development.
As I mentioned earlier, our relationship “problems” always have in-built solutions to help us overcome them. This is because problems and solutions form part of the same mythic unity: like the snake venom that cures the snakebite. With the midpoint at 0° Cancer closely square Mars at 1° Libra, Simon tends to alternate between smothering his lovers and then lashing out at them with hostile outbursts that break-up the cherished oneness and fusion. It is important to note that midpoints don’t exist in a vacuum and must be tied in to the rest of the chart. Issues surrounding co-dependency are also mirrored by the Moon in the 7th house, Venus square Neptune and a stellium in the 8th house.
Simon is unconsciously searching for mother figures rather than lovers and longs for someone who will provide him with unconditional love and support. As humans we have a basic, inborn drive to individuate and separate from our mothers (this drive is represented by the Sun as well as astrological Mars), however, this can be at odds with an equally potent desire to merge with a divine caretaker.
When Simon came to see me he was not at all conscious that he was harbouring this inner tension between independence/fusion. He was also unaware that he had been looking for a woman to replace his mother although when I mentioned this to him he agreed that he tends to date mother figures and finds that after a few weeks the relationship spirals into vicious arguments and petty quarrels. Note that this theme is also picked up by the Mars and Moon in the 7th house of relationships.
The solution to this recurring relationship theme is for Simon to foster an atmosphere of love and companionship in his own being. Cancer is the sign of birth and symbolises the process by which we break away from over-dependence with the personal mother/Primordial Mother. Cancer needs to learn to become both the womb and the seed, mother and father, without seeking one or both of these things in the outer world.
The feeling of safety and containment that Cancer so desires need to be found within before they can be sought in the outside world.
Once a feeling of containment is found within, Simon can bring this energy into his relationships while also making room to exercise his independence by pursuing activities and interests outside the relationship (Mars). This way he won’t build up an unconscious resentment towards his lovers for carrying the projection of mother-devourer. With Mars in airy Libra there is a basic drive to engage with others, to socialise and share ideas but in a way that respects the boundaries of the individual.
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