## Number crunching

The birthchart has been around for thousands of years but it was only in 1946 that Elbert Benjamine and Bill Drake translated this ancient discovery into a series of mathematical equations. Elbert had already explained the astrology code and made its intricate language easy to understand. And then he and Bill went a step further and translated the complexity of the code into simple-to-understand numbers.

The computer program takes in your birth data and calculates your birthchart. Then, following a set of mathematical procedures it calculates your chart’s astrodynes. The computer simply provides a time-efficient way of doing the calculations. What once took 8 to 10 hours is now done in seconds. You don’t have to do the calculations. And it isn’t necessary for you to know and understand the principles involved. But you do need to know how to crunch the numbers and make sense of the numerical values that are given the planets, aspects, signs and houses in your birthchart.

Your astrology code gets measured and the first thing you need to know is that you don’t have to be a mathematical whiz-kid to understand what the numbers mean. All you need is a working knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and some understanding of number-values and how they are used to enhance the meaning of the astro-data. And there’s a good chance that numbers don’t get you excited.

Tomorrow’s temperature has practical value. And knowing that your waistline has increased an inch or two isn’t emotionally exciting. But using numbers to get a better understanding of your character does have an air of excitement. So while Hermetic astrology provides the astrodynes, you’re not studying mathematics. You’re studying yourself and the numbers are allowing you to get a much clearer picture of your thought and feeling world. The numbers broaden your astrological self-learning experience.

The astrodynes measure the power of astral-force using an interval scale where each astrodyne unit possesses the same amount of power and the minimum amount of power is zero. They measure the relative strength or power of each birthchart marker as so many astrodyne units and with more astrodynes the marker has a stronger influence. This is the basic rule to remember when number crunching. The power of each planet, aspect, sign or house is measured in astrodynes and more astrodynes indicates a stronger influence. And it is better to convert the astrodyne power of any marker to a percentage of the total and identify its influence as a percentage of the chart’s total available energy.

You know that 10% is more than 5% so you can identify each marker in your birthchart and its character equivalent as having a percentage of the total and the markers with a higher percentage are having a stronger influence than those with a lower percentage. By converting the individual astrodyne values to a percentage of the total a profile of the unconscious thought-cell activity begins to emerge where comparison judgements provide valuable information.

And the same rule applies to the harmodyne and discordyne measurements. Every harmonious marker in your chart has a harmodyne value and more harmodynes equates to a more fortunate influence. And every discordant marker has a discordyne value and more discordynes equates to a more unfortunate influence. The numbers allow you to identify the harmony and work to maximize its benefits and to identify the discord and work to minimize its mishap potential.

The numbers reveal that the power of each planet, aspect, sign and house is set at a relative level and this permits an assessment of their character equivalents. And their harmony and discord values permit performance grading. The power, harmony or discord of each planet, sign and house is recorded on the planet power, sign power and house power summaries that accompany the computer calculated birthchart. And the power, harmony or discord of each aspect is recorded on your chart’s aspect grid.

But the chart and its numbers are only half the story. The character they describe and measure operates in an environmental setting and your astrology code and environmental circumstances represent two dynamic variables that influence your life. What happens represents the outcome of these two environments working together. And very often what your thought-cells can accomplish has more to do with your personal circumstances than their power, harmony or discord.

You have the challenge of making sense of the data provided by the numbers. You need to develop quantitative and qualitative skills – the capacity to judge the strength and functionality of the markers in your astrology code and their character equivalents. When it comes to analysing your character you will have to do your own thinking and the numbers are there to help you think clearer.