You may have noticed a "V" on the right of a chart wheel. This stands for the Vertex, also known as the Third Angle.

Placed between the fifth and ninth houses, the Vertex is said to represent an instruction to be followed. Indicative of the interaction of karma, the Vertex affects the chart through the granting of wishes. Depending on the sign, house and any aspects, the Vertex can be the thing that you wish for, but not in the way you might have thought.

Scout Planet

The scout planet is the planet that rose across the ascendant immediately before the Sun. The scout planet represents what we must do in order to fulfil the potential shown by the Sun. The scout planet determines how we meet challenges and how we overcome the obstacles placed before us. By using the scout planet, we become stronger and we make life easier to deal with. Ignore this important lesson and we find that life seems to be that bit harder.

The sign and house of the Scout planet play their part in determining what an individual must do before the potential within the Sun sign can be used properly and to its fullest extent.

Anaretic Planets

Planets placed in the last degree of a sign - i.e. the 29th degree of 30 - often have a special role to play in the life of the person concerned. This last degree is known as the Anaretic degree, and although it doesn't have a great deal of effect on the birthchart, it can bring about times throughout life when prompt, urgent and important decisions must be made. This is especially true of the outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, who pass through the Anaretic degree less often than the Sun or Moon, for example.

Each planet acts in its own way - Jupiter will bring about times when serious moral or ethical choices have to be made. Often the person concerned may be caught between religious beliefs and the mores and wishes of society. The sense of urgency that the Anaretic degree brings means that decisions have to be made in a rush - which does not always allow for considered thinking. Anaretic Neptune in the birthchart suggests that secret matters and affairs come into the open, or may need to come into the open - the decision is there to be made and time is of the essence.

If you have a planet in an Anaretic degree in your chart, you have to learn to trust your instinct and intuition to make the right choice should the opportunity present itself. Often these events seem to sneak up on you, and although you might think you know the best way, the result is not always the one you would have thought of originally.

Unaspected Planets

Every now and again, I come across a chart that has a planet that stands alone, untouched by the others in the birthchart. This is uncommon, but a planet that is not aspected by any of the others is a powerful influence indeed. To start with, the planet in question will shine clearly and without any kind of interruption - there is no check on its power.

That's the good news. The downside is that there is a great deal of emphasis on the area represented by the planet - Venus for example would represent relationships. This over-emphasis on finding a partner could drive other people away so that the desire is constantly unrequited.

However, if this can be controlled, there is great potential. An unaspected Sun would give great power and drive - the individual would be on the go non-stop and could achieve much, although they maybe a bit of a handful at times. Unaspected Saturn could give immense business ability, but possibly at the expense of any morals or ethics. As I mentioned previously, this is not common, but when it does happen, take a deep breath and hold on for the ride.


I was recently asked about Lilith, the so-called Black Moon. There is an asteroid by the same name, but Lilith the Black Moon itself exists only in our minds. It is a hypothetical point in the solar system, which arises due to the Moon's path around the ecliptic forming an axis of the perigee when the moon's orbit is closest to the earth and the apogee when its orbit is furthest from the earth. It represents a void in the birthchart, something we know is there but cannot focus upon. Like the Nodes, Lilith moves through the zodiac, taking approximately nine years to complete the circuit.

The Dark Moon, as it is sometimes called, represents our negative, darker side of our personality. It really is something that we know to be true, but cannot or will not do anything about. For example, someone with Lilith in the eleventh house may find it hard to express their life goals, always putting the group above themselves.

This representation is often something we have to let go of in order to really progress in life. Going back to the 11th house example, this individual would have to stop putting the interests of the many in order to further his or her own. It is where we question our motives and ourselves - it is also where the grass is greener, but for whose benefit?

Lilith often represents one sex's ideal view of the other. A woman with the eleventh house Lilith would perhaps see her ideal man as someone who is humane, friendly and part of a group in which she feels comfortable. A complex part of the birthchart that is still being studied and understood, Lilith is beginning to shed light on important aspects of our personality and life.

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