ASTROLOGICAL KEYWORD SYSTEM OF
ANALYZING CHARACTER AND DESTINY
THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP
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ASTROLOGICAL KEYWORD SYSTEM
The system herein set forth is an analytical method of reading the
horoscopical chart. It is developed along the lines indicated by Max
Heindel in THE MESSAGE OF THE STARS, pages 405-408. It consists
simply in combining the keywords of the planets, signs, and houses
to form key-phrases, key-sentences, and key-paragraphs; then the
final summing up of these to arrive at
a composite judgment.
By this method anyone can read the messaage of a chart in a fairly
intelligent manner. There has been an idea in the past that a high
degree of intuition was necessary before one could hope to do this.
But this idea has largely been disproved. Anyone who can combine
simple elements and reason from cause to effect can combine the
keywords in a chart to ascertain at least the essential part of its
message. Reference to dignities, exaltations, retrogradation,
interception, and other minor factors is omitted, as only the
advanced student needs to consider them.
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Steps Nos. 1 to 9 inclusive are preliminary and analytical in
character to show the student the reasoning which must be done,
consciously or subconsciously, before the summation in Step No. 10
is possible. With practice, however, the students will arrive at the
point where they will be
able to omit the first nine steps and give the net result of No. 10
without this preliminary work.
1.--Determine the nature of the aspect, harmonious or inharmonious
in the one case indicating that good judgment is used, and in the
other that the person goes to extremes in the activities indicated
by the aspect.
2.--Look up the keywords of the two planets entering into the
aspect. There are three sets. The basic keywords apply in all cases.
The positive qualities are used in addition to the basic keywords
with harmonious aspects. The negative qualities are used in addition
to the basic keywords with inharmonious aspects. The word "negative"
is here used to denote the results
of these qualities rather than the qualities themselves.
3.--Ascertain the keywords for the two signs containing the two
planets. The positive qualities of the sign are used in addition to
its basic keywords when the planet in it is in good aspect. The
negative qualities of the sign are used with the basic keywords when
the planet is adversely aspected.
4.--Combine the keywords of each planet with the keywords of the
sign in which it is placed to determine the corresponding type of
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5.--Combine the keywords of the two planets by themselves, taking
into account the aspect, harmonious or inharmonious, indicating
whether the qualities of the two planets will work together or in
opposition to each other, to determine the character as given by the
aspect in the abstract.
6.--Ascertain the keywords for the two houses containing the two
7.--Combine the keywords of each planet with the keywords of the
house in which it is placed, leaving out of consideration
temporarily the aspect in order to determine the planetary influence
in the house.
8.--Consider the action of the affairs of one house upon the
affairs of the the other as brought about by the aspect between the
two planets; that is, a harmonious aspect will enable the affairs of
one house to reinforce those of the other, and an inharmonious
aspect will cause the affairs of one house to detract from those of
9.--Consider the reaction of the affairs of the second of the two
houses upon those of the first, following the method indicated in
10.--Correlate and balance all the elements above mentioned into
one composite judgment which will express in everyday language the
net results without any reference to aspects of other astrological
11.--When reading an entire horoscope, correlate and balance
similarly the effects of all the planets, house and sign positions,
ASTROLOGICAL KEYWORD SYSTEM
NATURE OF THE SIGN
Cardinal signs--Initiative, activity
Fire Signs--Spiritual power, impulse
Water Signs--Spiritual and psychic qualities, emotion
KEYWORDS OF THE SIGNS
BASIC--Self-esteem, iniative, pioneering.
POSITIVE--Ambition, courage, enterprise.
NEGATIVE--Self-will, temper, brusqueness, overbearance.
BASIC--Determination, interest in mundane affairs.
POSITIVE--Endurance, thoroughness, conservatism, harmony.
BASIC--Intellectuality, literary affairs, work with hands, dualism.
NEGATIVE--Changeability, indecision, superficiality.
BASIC--Love of home, capacity for home building, impressionability.
POSITIVE--Sympathy, sensitiveness, artistry.
NEGATIVE--Clannishness, timidity, restlessness, indolence.
POSITIVE--Affection, nobility, generosity, loyalty, dignity,
NEGATIVE--Arrogance, autocracy, cruelty, overbearing, vanity,
POSITIVE--Discrimination, analysis, studiousness, hygienics, purity.
NEGATIVE--Criticism, cynicism, introspection, fear of disease.
BASIC--Capacity for partnership, art.
POSITIVE--Balance, justice, courtesy, hopefulness, artistic ability.
NEGATIVE--Indecision, lack of poise, emotional fluctuation.
BASIC--Secret forces of nature, sex, healing power, military
POSITIVE--Regeneration, courgae, resourcefulness, ability for secret
NEGATIVE--Discord, misuse of sex, passion, temper, willfulness,
BASIC--Aspiration, idealism, orthodox religion, philosophy, law.
POSITIVE--Generosity, love of out-door life and athletics.
NEGATIVE--Over-confidence, dogmatism, fanaticism.
BASIC--Position, honors, ambition.
POSITIVE--justice, organization, caution, economy, authority.
NEGATIVE--Pride, suspicion, resentfulness, pessimism, unofrgiveness,
BASIC--Humanitarianism, science, new systems, corporations,
POSITIVE--Progressiveness, cooperation, diplomacy.
NEGATIVE--Impracticableness, undervaluation of personal friendship,
BASIC--Sensitiveness to superphysical influences, sense of unity
life, mysticism, ripe destiny.
POSITIVE--Intuitiveness, inspiration, compassion, renunciation.
NEGATIVE--Psychic negativeness, introspection, lack of confidence,
secretiveness, procrastination, sorrow.
KEYWORDS OF THE PLANETS
BASIC--Individuality, what one really is, vitality, will, chief
those in authorty, men.
NEGATIVE--Despotism, arrogance, ostentation, lack of ambition,
BASIC--Personality, imagination, instinctual mind, emotions, change,
fecundation, the people, women.
POSITIVE--Positive psychic qualities, personal magnetism.
NEGATIVE--Negativeness, visionariness, dreaming, vacillation,
fretfulness, procrastination, indecision, incorrect
BASIC--Reason; self-expression of all kinds; speaking, writing,
knowledge through reason.
POSITIVE--Quick-wittedness, eloquence, literary ability, dexterity.
NEGATIVE--Restlessness, gossip, profanity, demagogy, dishonesty,
nervousness, worry, indecision, forgetfulness, clumsiness.
BASIC--Attaction, cohesion, coalition, personal love, social
activities, art, ornamentation, beauty.
POSITIVE--Harmony, artistic ability, cheerfulness, suavity.
NEGATIVE--Sensuality, dissoluteness, vulgarity, sloth, laziness,
sentimentality, vanity, inconstancy.
POSITIVE--Constructiveness, courage, enterprise, enthusiasm,
NEGATIVE--Combativeness, friction, temper, destructiveness, apssion,
lustfulness, impulsiveness, audacity, coarseness, egotism.
BASIC--Expansion, vision, optimism, ideation, orthodox religious
POSITIVE--Benevolence, braod-mindedness, executive ability, legal
respect for law, honor, charity, reverence, conservatism,
NEGATIVE--Overconfidence, extravagance, indolence, prodigality,
bombast, dissipation, sportiness, lawlessness,
BASIC--Contraction, persistence, caution.
POSITIVE--Faithfulness, stability, concentration, analysis system,
qaulities, tact, diplomacy, justice, thrift, economy,
conservatism, endurance, discipline.
NEGATIVE--Crystallization, obstruction, selfishness, slowness,
limitation, materialism, melancholy, pessimism, avarice,
secretiveness, suspicion, severity, cynicism.
BASIC--The Awakener; altruism, inventiveness, originality, sudden
POSITIVE--Progressiveness, universality, universal love of humanity,
impersonality, independence, love of liberty, romance,
NEGATIVE--Eccentricity, spasmodic action, bohemianism, fanaticism,
irresponsibility, licentiousness, anarchy.
BASIC--Superphysical entities of all degrees and impressions from
Divinity, occultism, knowledge from sources above reason,
POSITIVE--Spirituality, intuition, inspiration, clairvoyance,
NEGATIVE--Delusions, chaotic mental conditions, morbidity, fraud,
deception, dishonesty, mediumship.
BASIC--Renewing, enlivening, breaking open, germinating, erupting,
reorganizing, provoking, transition.
POSITIVE--Regeneration, transmutation, positive clairvoyance,
universal welfare, motivation to strive for spiritual
NEGATIVE--Force, defiance, death, destruction, fanaticism, struggle,
sensuality, regimentation, underworld, black magic,
KEYWORDS OF THE HOUSES
1st.--Beginnings, early environment, personality, physical body.
2nd.--Finance, freedom given by money.
3rd.--Lower mind and speaking, short journeys, brothers and sisters.
4th.--The home, the mother, conditions at end of life, lands, and
5th.--Pleasure, education, children, publications, specualation.
6th.--Servicem, relations with employers and employees, health and
7th.--Partnership, marriage, the public.
8th.--Legacies, cause of death, occult tragedy, regeneration.
9th.--Higher mind, religion, law, long journeys.
10th.--Profession, standing in community, the father.
11th.--Friends, hopes, and wishes.
12th.--Paying debts of destiny, limitations, institutions for care
unfortunates, secrecy, mysticism.
KEYWORDS OF ASPECTS
The keyword of an aspect is usually a VERB DENOTING ACTION which
connects the affairs ruled by oneplanet, its sign and house, with
the affairs ruled by the other planet and its sign and house.
The keywords of the sextile and trine are verbs which express
reinforcement, assistance, and cooperation.
The keywords of the square are verbs which express obstruction,
inharmony, or detraction.
The keywords of the opposition in the case of the average person
are similar to those of the square. The opposition, however, usually
brings into play the two directly opposite signs of the zodiac,
which constitute the two poles of one department of nature.
Therefore these two signs have a certain affinity between them which
tends to reduce the inharmony of the opposition and make it less
than that of the square. For instance, Leo represents the personal
love for one's one children; Aquarius represents the impersoanl,
universal, altruistic love for the children of all people, namely,
humanity. Therefore the opposition of Jupiter in Leo to the Sun in
Aquarius, for example, is not as inharmonious as the square between
Jupiter in Leo and the Sun in Scorpio, the sign of militarism and
force. In the case of advanced egos the opposition may become an
aspect of great power.
The keywords of the conjunction are the same as those for the
trine or the square depending respectively on whether the
conjunction is harmonious or inharmonious. For information as to the
harmony and inharmony of conjunctions.
Planets represent the driving forces.
Signs represent the static forces which color and modify the
influence of the planets.
Planets in signs indicate the character and inner capacities.
Planets in houses give the circumstantial details of the life.
The aspects indicate harmony or disharmony between the planetary
KEY TO THE CHART:
Astrology is a science of probabilities. Any aspect, position, or
configuration may represent any one of a number of possibilities,
and the only way to get a reasonable line on which one of these will
develop is first to ascertain the key to the chart as a whole. The
key is usually found in some
strong group of planets or in the ruling planet. For instance, if a
person has the 12th house occupied by two or three of the strong
planets, we know that he is more or less of the mystical type and
therefore, he will be interested in the mystical aspect of life.
Then, since he is mystically inclined, if in the same chart there
are planets in the 8th house, which rules legacies and also
latent occult ability and regeneration, we judge that the native
will be more interested in the two latter matters than in legaices
of money or property, and that legacies therefore will play a
comparatively unimportant part in his life even if he should receive
NO EVIL IN PLANETARY VIBRATIONS:
There is no evil in any planet. The only evil that may result from
planetary vibrations comes from out misuse of them or our inability
to control them. Any planet emots exactly the same vibrations at all
times. But the square between two planets tends to incite to excess
in the use of these
vibrations and to carry activities that come under their influence
to such an extreme that they become evil.
EXAMPLE OF THE METHOD OF READING AN ASPECT
The Sun in Capricorn in the 7th House, Sextile to Saturn in Scorpio
in the 5th House:
1.--The sextile aspect is harmonious indicating that the native
uses good judgment in all matters ruled by this aspect.
2.--The keywords of the sun may be found on page 6 and the
keywords of Saturn on page 8. Use the basic and positive keywords in
3.--The keywords of Scorpio and Capricorn will be found on pasges
5 and 6. Use the basic and positive keywords in both cases.
4.--Sun in Capricorn:
Justice (Capricorn) belnded with generosity (Sun). Ambition
(Sun) for position and honor (Capricorn).
Saturn in Scorpio:
Persistence and concentration (Saturn) in investigating the secret
forces of nature (Scorpio) such as those of chemistry or
occultism. Conservative (Saturn) in methods of healing (Scorpio).
5.--The Sun sextile Saturn:
Diplomacy and tact (Saturn) in all dealings with men (Sun).
Capability of effort (Sun) sustained (Saturn) over a long period.
6.--The keywords of the 5th and 7th houses may be found on page
7.--The Sun in the 7th house:
The main ambitions of the life (Sun) are in connection withg
partnerships (7th) and the public or some form of publicity (7th).
Gives a generaous, virile (Sun) marriage partner (7th).
Saturn in the 5th house:
Conservative (Saturn) in educational methods (5th), also in
System (Saturn) in publishing matters (5th). Few (Saturn) children
Serious (Saturn) in pleasures (5th).
8.--Action of the 5th house affairs upon those of the 7th, using
the Sevenfold combination of Keywords:
here we have seven keywords to combine into a key sentence or
paragraph. These keywords are those of the Sun, Saturn, Capricorn,
Scorpio, 5th house, 7th house, and the sextile.
Through persistence and diplomacy (Saturn) the native has the
capacity to succeed in publishing (5th) articles or books on
chemistry or occult philosophy (Scorpio) or some other branch of
science. These books would bring (sextile) him publicity (7th), gain
(sextile) him the confidence of
men in authority (Sun), and enhance (sextile) his position in the
9.--Reaction of the 7th house affairs upon thos of the 5th, using
the Sevenfold Combination of keywords:
Partnerships (7th) are likely to be formed with those in authority
(Sun), and through them the native rises in position and power (Capriocorn).
The resulting publicity (7th) would help (sextile) him to sell the
books he had published (5th), and through his thrift (Saturn) he
would conserve the
income from his books (5th). He would thus be enabled to start an
educational system (5th) devoted to some of the secret science
(Scorpio) or to healing (Scorpio) through the power of concentration
10.--Summation in non-technical language:
Character of the Native:
The individual has a strong, stable character so far as this
aspect goes. He is worthy of trust, commands the confidence of men,
and is capable of holding positions of responsibility, in which he
will use diplomacy and be faithful to his trust. he is patient,
persisten, and capable of sustained
effort in any chosen line of endeavor. H e is generous to a certain
degree but prudence rules his generosity. He has an ambition to rise
in the world. he has a liking for the secret sciences and the
ability to investigate them by analytical means. He is conservative
ij his business methods and has good judgment in the matter of
investments. He is serious in his pleasures.
He will gain the confidence of men in positions of prominence, who
will perceive his ability and help him to rise to places of
authority and trust. His rise will be slow but steady. He should be
successful in entering into partnerships which will promote his
material interests. He has the possibility of succeeding in the
field of publications, educational work, or the investment field. He
may specialize in or make any one of these his major work. He will
obtain throughout his life a considerable amount of favorable
publicity as the result of the above conditions. He should be
successful in marriage, and will probably marry a woman of the
vital, commanding type who is
also ambitious for material success. He will have few children, they
will, however, be well brought up, but subjected to considerable
As indicated on page 1, the preliminary analysis of Steps Nos. 1
to 9, inclusive, may be omitted after sufficient practice, and the
net result of Step No. 10 given at once.
An abbreviated method which, however, does not give as complete
results as the above, is merely to select a keyword for each of the
planets, signs, and houses involved and also one for the aspect.
Then combine these into a sentence that indicates a plausible,
reasonable deduction. By using different keywords several such
sentences may be made, each indicating some possible
aspect or phase of the life. This is in reality an expansion of Step
No. 8, omitting all the other steps.
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