I’ve just removed several posts from the archive. They were analyses of event charts—set for occurrences such as an earthquake, plane crash, etc. Just lately I have learned that analyzing such charts in isolation is invalid.
Let’s look at why this is. To take an earthquake for an example: The planetary positions in the sky for the date and time of an earthquake are the same all around the globe. The only difference is house placement, which is determined by the latitude and longitude of the location. For the chart to mean “earthquake” in one location, it would have to mean “earthquake” everywhere else in the world, and clearly this isn't the case.
Events of magnitude are an obvious focus of interest for astrologers; we wish to understand how the alignment of planetary bodies in the heavens relates to what is happening on Earth. However, the analysis of an event chart by itself is essentially the astrologer reading meanings into the chart. As my teacher, John Frawley, recently put it to me, "No one could look at such a chart and deduce what happened, because it simply isn't there. If it were, we would also be able to look at someone's birth chart, which is the chart for an event, and deduce that the obstetrician was making eyes at the midwife, while the nurse had stepped outside for a cigarette."
The correct approach for analyzing events is to see them as a part of much larger cycles. The branch of astrology that examines these cycles is called Mundane. I don’t know much about mundane work, yet. As far as I understand, we begin with a starting point—such as the most recent Grand Conjunction (of Jupiter and Saturn)--and work from there. I believe one can also begin with the birth chart of a nation, casting progressed charts and solar returns just as we do for a person, and examining these against the radix. (As an aside, I’m sure that obtaining correct birth data for nations is a tricky business, if the chart for the USA is any indication.)
As fascinating as I'm sure mundane work is, I have to leave it alone for now—just not enough time. But you can count on more posts about horaries, sports events, and natal work in 2012.