Deborah Houlding is a psychic and an astrologer, specializing in horary horoscopes and traditional astrology. As well as a practicing astrologer, she also teaches, lectures, authors books, and moderates the Skyscript forum.A special interest is researching the works of early astrologers such as William Lilly, Bonatti and Ptolemy. Deborah has compiled an excellent resource for all astrologers, the most comprehensive list of free online astrology books at the Skyscript Study Library.
Skyscript also has interviews with other astrologers and indepth articles by Deborah and many other top astrologers. One of my favourite articles by Deborah is Heavenly Imprints where she explores the origins of the tropical zodiac most astrologers use today. “In its beginnings the zodiac was a convenient celestial measuring device, unrelated to astrological activity….The problem of creating a fixed beginning to the zodiac really arose during the Classical period, when astrologers became as much philosophers as observers, more dependent upon mathematical divisions than direct observation of the stars….
Firm astrological principles had been established during the rise of Hellenistic astrology, principles that were heavily dependent upon accepting the zodiac as the pivot around which astrology turned….The zodiac – the new, improved, mathematically designed tool of astronomical reference – so essential to the Classical world, was breaking apart from its philosophical and symbolic stem. It was tempting indeed to turn a blind eye, to let some other astrologer deal with it in some future generation when it really mattered.” Deborah wrote that in 1997, and this topic keeps coming back stronger and stronger with more astrologers questioning the validity of the zodiac.
Deborah Houlding Horoscope
The most important aspect in this chart is Sun trine Moon. This is important because it is the best of all aspects, it gives balance between the conscious and the subconscious. Another reason it is so important in this chart is because the orb is only 17′, making it the tightest aspect in the chart. This aspect also has an important effect on the Ascendant.
The two most important Arabic Parts are the Part of Fortune and the Part of Spirit. They are equally important though most chart programs only show the Part of Fortune. They are calculated by working out the distance from the Sun to the Moon and then either adding or subtracting that value from the Ascendant, depending on day or night birth.
When the Sun is trine the Moon, these Arabic Parts will both be trine the Ascendant, forming a grand trine. So the Sun trine Moon is a very special aspect. The Part of Fortune, or Pars Fortunae is the happiness of the soul, and the Part of Spirit is the future happiness of the soul, the Pars Futorium. A wonderful balance of the conscious (Sun) and subconscious (Moon) with the soul (Ascendant).
I have seen this aspect manifest in other charts as a special gift for mediumship, psychism and intuitive healing. Deborah“Houlding has a background of mediumship….Her psychic demonstrations have frequently been given at Stansted Hall, the renowned Arthur Finley Spiritualist College at Stansted, UK.” [Astro Databank]. The fixed stars in the chart describe more how this talent works, which I’ll talk about now.
The rising star is the alpha star of Argo, the Ship. Canopus “gives piety, conservatism, a wide and comprehensive knowledge, voyages and educational work, and changes evil to good”. Deborah has travelled the world, and still does, sharing her vast knowledge of traditional (conservative) astrology.
The Sun is on Zaurak, a Saturn natured star confirming the more traditional approach to astrology. The Moon is in Crater, or the Christian Holy Grail. Alkes“has always portended eminence to those born under its influence.” The Holy Grail is about searching for divine, or universal truths. I believe one of Deborahs favourite book is Williams Lilly’s “Christian Astrology”. Black Moon Lilith, the Priestess is closely conjunct the Moon.
The Midheaven gives clues about the calling, or career. Conjunct Jupiter is all about philosophy, religion, higher learning, travel. This is plays out just as expected. Chiron conjunct Midheaven is a closer aspect. In Greek mythology, Chiron was “A great healer, astrologer, and respected oracle”. [Wiki] In Christianity, Chiron had the same attributes, as Christ (Lilith was Mary Magdalene).
This philosophical, astrological and oracular Midheaven is tightly trined by spiritual Neptune, 38′. A beneficial aspect from a beneficial star for such a career. Alphecca With Neptune (02′)“writes on occult subjects”. Another star close by is also conjunct this Neptune by 28′. The brightest star in the Southern Cross, Acrux “gives religions beneficence, ceremonial, justice, magic and mystery, and is frequently prominent in the horoscopes of astrologers and occultists.”
I like how the planets and stars in this chart have played out so well. A very accurate description of this astrologer. Didn’t even need the traditional rules!