This posting introduces a new series concerning a lady from New Hampshire, U.S.A. who came to hate her husband some seven months after they were married. Right at the start of this story, I’ll tell you that she had her husband murdered. But, before we get to that part we need to understand Pamela Smart and what led her to cause her husbands death. We will have to start with her natal chart. In this series of some six years of chart explorations and comments on those charts I have stuck with basic chart comments without elaboration and deep analysis. This was done so that I could stay focused on the charting methods being used in the postings. In this series I am going to bring into our explorations other interpretive methods to show hoe Return and Cyclic charts can be expanded and deepened in terms of their interpretations. Some astrologers like details. These Return and Cyclic charts are useful to those who want quick reviews of likely events and situations. Yet, it is perfectly fine to apply additional tools to get the depth of understanding that some might want.
We will start with Pamela Smarts natal chart, relocated from Coral Gables in Florida to Hampton, New Hampshire where the main events of this story take place.
Pamela Smart,had moved at a young age to the seacoast area of New Hampshire. She returned to Florida to attend college and graduated from a in three years with a 3.85 grade point average, then returned to New Hampshire. She married in 1989, and took a position as Media Coordinator at a local high school. Marriage did not meet her expectations. Pamela had always been a ‘hands-on’ type of person. She concocted a plan to bypass the time-consuming and costly divorce process. She seduced a student, then coerced the love-smitten 15 year old into killing her husband. That 1990 story made the front pages of regional newspapers and captured the TV news for months.
Before we get to that part of the story we need to better understand Pamela as a person, as defined by her chart.
Sun is squared by Neptune; problems formulating dreams, dealing with imagination, visualization. This is an annoying feature for a Leo Sun which would like to be a big part in a big picture, and to have life’s benefits that go with a second house Leo Sun. Moon has a ‘square-and-a-half’ (135°) aspect to the Sun; life presents a struggle to gain skills and the benefits of ones adventures (the 6th is the 2nd of the 5th house).
Mars squares Mercury and has that pesky 135° aspect to Chiron; Pamela is ‘quick of tongue’ and easily hurt by the words of others. Mercury and Venus are separated by a semi-sextile and in different signs; Mercury full of confidence, Venus full of criticism and appreciation of details — a common pattern but a bit uncomfortable. We start to see a picture of a woman who struggles a bit to have life reflect her wishes. When we note Jupiter squaring Mars from the 2nd house, we add to our picture, suspecting one who wants opportunities but may not be adept at seizing them. With Saturn and Chiron bracketing the MC angle we might say that her life’s work is a struggle to achieve stability and avoid being hurt by circumstances.
This is typically all that is needed as a natal-chart basis for working with Moon-to-Sun Returns. There are many astrologers, however, who include asteroids, Arabian Parts and/or Uranian planets in their chart work. They find the added detail helpful to their understanding of the chart and of the person.
In this posting I am going to explore the additional use of Asteroids, Uranian hypotheticals and Arabian Parts. We all know from experience that adding eight or ten more items to a chart greatly increases the complexity of identifying aspects and relationships, and of interpreting those elecments. Throw in some Asteroids that happen to conjoin some of the planets in the natal chart, plus a few Parts that may apply and we do have a problem. There is a way to simplify the charting of any of these other elements if we choose to not work with conventional charts. Before we get to that, lets look at some of these charts to see what I mean.
To the right is Pamela’s natal chart with some 37 asteroids, a set attributed to my long-time friend Martha Lang-Wescott. Martha is a world-recognized authority of asteroids. Her books on asteroids and midpoints and website, http://www.treehousemountain.com/, are valued resources for astrologers.
I personally find it intimidating to study a chart such as this.
The chart at the right depicts Pamela’s Uranian planets which are hypothetical bodies conceived and developed by the German school in the early 1900s. Alfred Witte and Herman Lefeldt’s ‘Rules for Planetary Pictures’ is a primary resources for those using Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Appollon, Admetus, Vulcanus and Poseidon. The use of these bodies, which seem strange and doubtful-of-value to those who first encounter them, are best used with a “90 degree wheel.” This device was developed decades before computers were available. The 90 degree wheel folds the circle upon itself four times. Any two planets conjunct, or square or in opposition to each other appear as a conjunction. Any two planets which are at 45 degrees or 135 degrees from each other appear as oppositions on the 90 degree wheel. Along with this wheel was introduced the midpoint structure wherein A = B/C. Any planet that lies an equal arc distance from each of two other planets is at the “midpoint” of those two. Reading a three part planetary picture provides a very detailed interpretation.
At this point I will not bother adding a chart depicting a hundred or more Arabian Parts. I think I’ve made my point. it takes time and a lot of dilligence to use all of this material. Yet, if one goes about it correctly, this is all very doable.
So, now how does one who is used to working with simpler charting techniques go about using the complexity shown in the above charts? I will cover that in the next posting. Dave.