Have you ever wondered about the meaning of an equinox or solstice and how they tie into Astrology? Not surprisingly, there's a major significance to these periods of time and they each have something in common. An equinox or solstice tells us about our relationship here on Earth to the Sun at any given season.
There are two equinox points each year spring and autumn and two solstice points summer and winter. They each correspond to one of the four Cardinal signs of the zodiac -- also known as the Cardinal axis. This axis is extremely important in Astrology because it is where we find the powerful angles in a birth chart.
These angles are points of energy manifestation. They are highly sensitive points in your chart that trigger every major life event.
Sensitive Points - Declination
Each of these points on the Cardinal axis will correlate to one of the four cardinal directions north, south, east, west. By definition, a solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice a year -- once at the beginning of winter and again at the start of summer.
During a solstice, the Sun will reach its highest or lowest point relative to the celestial equator. During the Summer Solstice, the Sun will appear to stop and then begin declining in the slightest way each day in a southward direction. The date of the Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year because at that point the Sun stops right over the Tropic of Cancer which is the northernmost point.
The Natal Chart
After a few days it will backtrack south towards the equator. The Solstice occurs on June 21 and astrologically, it coincides with the start of the Cardinal sign Cancer. The Winter Solstice, on the other hand, occurs when the Sun appears to stand still at the southernmost point of the equator the Tropic of Capricorn and then slowly begins to trek north again.
The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 and marks the shortest day of the year. The longitudinal positions of the planets are plotted onto this circle, because the planets except Pluto and many stars, lie very close to the Sun's path in celestial latitude.
How this map of the sky is seen from the Earth is determined by where the horizon is at the time for which the chart is cast. The horizon forms the boundary between what can be seen, or the visible sky, and sky which exists on the opposite side of the earth, which exists at the same time and space, but cannot be seen.
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The line of the horizon cuts across the circle of the chart horizontally, and forms the most important angle of the chart: the Ascendant , or the exact place where the Sun's path crosses the horizon in the East. It is at this point that all planets and many stars appears to rise up out of what cannot be seen and become apparent to the observer. This is because the Earth's daily rotation reveals sky objects from East to West, and makes them appear to be moving from the eastern horizon across the sky to the western horizon, where they disappear again to the observer, dipping down again to the unseen sky.
The western horizon, where the Sun's path meets the horizon in the West, is called the Descendant. The other very important angle of the chart is the Midheaven also called the M. At the Earth's equator , it is the point on the ecliptic which is directly overhead from the observer; as the observer moves north or south from the Equator, the midheaven appears to withdraw, so that from points north of the equator, the noon point of the Sun appears to lie in the southern sky, and south of the equator, it appears in the northern sky.
Natal Chart Calculation
The point opposite the Midheaven, which is in the unseen sky, and would be the midnight point in a chart cast for dawn, is the anticulmination of the Sun, or the Imum Coeli , which is Latin for the "bottom of the sky. The angles are crucial to the understanding of the meaning of the sky map to the individual or event for which it was cast.
There are no more individual points in chart.