Midpoints are halfway points between any stellar bodies in the natal chart and incorporate the energies of both the parent bodies. Midpoints have been studied for many centuries in calculating Arabic parts, although the Uranian Astrologers, namely, Alfred Witte, Ludwig Rudolph, Hermann Lefeldt and Reinhold Ebertin take the credit in bringing forth the symmetry and harmonics that are involved in understanding midpoints. Midpoints are well suited for conducting astrological research. Studies in midpoints can be done in many different ways but a practical way of conducting the research would be as follows (this study was published in NCGR memberletter in April-May 2008):
- Choose an event like winning the lottery (read the study on lottery winning) or a motor accident where the timing error is minimal. (When incidents such as weddings are used, it is important to remember that the person is conscious of the incident prior to the actual date and hence the energy associated with the event may have already been triggered).
- Identifying midpoints that may be related to the event
- Collecting data from a reputable source like Astrodatabank.
- Creating a control group about 10 times that of the test group usually done through using astrological software.
- Identify the occurrence of a planetary picture in the natal charts of both the test and control group
- Statistical test to see if the difference between the test and control group is significant.
Mars-Uranus midpoints in Accidental Deaths Table 1 lists some of the midpoints that may be associated with accidental deaths: Table 1
|Mars/Uranus = Ascendant||Sudden injury (Witte, 1959, p.190) affecting one’s personality or body (I came up with this)|
|Mars/Uranus = Sun||Sudden injury affecting one’s body (Witte, 1959, p. 190)|
|Sun/Uranus=Mars||Injury to the body (Witte, 1959, p.71) and hasty physical action (Ebertin, 1972, p. 83)|
All seventy-nine test subjects who had died in an accident involving an impact from a car, plane, or explosion were used as test subjects from the Astrodatabank database. A control group approximately ten times that of the test group was created. The occurrence of the planetary pictures in the natal chart was tested for both the control and test group. As seen in table, the midpoint Mars/Uranus=Sun was found significantly above the normal occurrence of 13% in the natal chart of those who had accidental deaths
|Midpoints Studied||Test (%)||Control (%)||Percent Difference between test and control (%)|
|Sun/Uranus = Ascendant||13.3%||14.5%||-9%|
|Sun/Mars = Midheaven||14.6%||12.6%||16%|
When the data was tested using the t-test, the results for the planetary picture, Mars/Uranus= Sun was significant and hence not just a chance occurrence. Based on the findings, one can question as to why the probability of the Sun being involved in the planetary picture associated with an accident could be significantly more as compared to the Ascendant, although both are sometimes interchangeably used in astrology to convey the idea of physical body. Does it mean that the Sun more than any other point in the body is the sole signification of a person’s body, the physical energy in the natal chart, while the Ascendant is more of the personality projected by the individual which is not all physical? Apart from lending a scientific angle to astrology, the thought provoking questions that give clarity to the different natal bodies and points are the main reasons for midpoint research.
Midpoints in Mundane Events
Midpoints research can also be used in Mundane Astrology with a group of similar events. Its significance can be seen when applied to events such as school shooting, which have become painfully familiar news in the recent years. Although research (School Shootings, n.d.) on the web provided a list of school shootings both in the United States and outside (as of February 11, 2008), the time of shooting could be found only for thirty-two events. Table 4 below gives the list of school shootings that was used for the study. The goal of the research was to find out if appropriate planetary pictures that expressed the sudden violence can be found at the time of the shooting, in the location of the shooting. To make sure that the events being selected had impact on the public, only those events where two people or more were shot and killed or injured were included in the study. The event chart drawn at the time of shooting was checked for the planetary picture Mars/Uranus=Ascendant and Mars/Uranus=Midheaven. Mars/Uranus midpoints symbolize sudden violence, and Ascendant and Midheaven are some of the fast moving points in the time period of a day and can define the sudden violence (Mars/Uranus) projected through the persona of a city (Ascendant), and the identity and status of the location (Midheaven). All 45 degree aspects were considered. Other than Mars/Uranus, Aries Point/Mars was also analyzed as it can characterize violence that is exposed to the public in a large scale. Since the time of the events was usually based on eyewitness accounts, an error of 3 degree plus or minus was used. Table 3 shows that the planetary picture Mars/Uranus=Ascendant was found in 31% or nearly one-third of the events charts analyzed at the time of the shooting.
|Percentage of Charts with midpoint picture||Normal Occurrence||Comparison|
This is significant when compared to the normal expected occurrence of this planetary picture in a 24 hr period, which is 13% (when a time frame of 3 degree plus of minus is used and all the eight 45 degree aspects are considered as in many Uranian techniques). The frequency of occurrence of the planetary picture Mars/Uranus= Ascendant was 140% more than that normally expected in a 24 hour period. The role played of the ascendant makes sense as it symbolizes the image of the location where shooting has occurred. This is especially symbolic in school shootings, where the event is more than often referred to by the name of the city, like “Columbine School Shooting” or an important symbol of the city like “Virginia Tech School Shooting”. Although planetary pictures involving Aries Point/Mars were not significant, it is interesting to note that the planetary picture, Aries Point/Mars=Ascendant showed up in four of the school shootings that are one of the deadliest or got exposure because of other reasons, like Columbine (fifteen killed and fourth deadliest) and Virginia Tech (33 killed and deadliest US school shooting), Centennial Secondary School Killings (first school shooting in Canada, 3 killed and 13 injured), and Dunblane Massacre (17 killed and deadliest school shooting in United Kingdom). There has been other studies done on school shootings that appear to show the relationship between the role of Mars and school shootings like significant incidence of Mars retrograde, and Mars and Sun aspects like conjunction and opposition (Vaughan, n.d.) observed in the event charts. The findings from midpoint research can be combined with other studies to create astro-signatures for specific events like school shootings. All in all midpoint studies are relatively easy to perform with a good potential for finding valuable correlations.
|Location of Shooting, Date of Shooting||Time of shooting||Midpoint Pictures Observed|
|1||Texas State University , August 1, 1966||11:48 am (Wiki)||No correlation|
|2||Kent state, May 4, 1970||12:22 PM (Wiki)||Asc = Mars/Uranus|
|3||Jackson State, May 15, 1970||12:05 am (wiki)||MC. = Mars/Uranus|
|4||Fullerton Library, July 12, 1976||Shortly before 9:00 am. (Wiki); 8:50 am||No correlation|
|5||Parkway South Junior, January 20, 1983||11:55 am (Wiki)||Vertex=Mars/Uranus|
|6||Simon Rock School, December 14, 1992||10:30 pm. (Wiki)||Asc. and MC=Mars/Uranus|
|7||Lindhurst High School, May 1, 1999||2 pm (2)||Mc= Mars/Uranus.|
|8||Pearl High school, Oct 1, 1997||8:10 am (1)||No correlation|
|9||Jonesboro shooting, March 24, 1998||12:40 pm (3)||Asc.= Mars/Uranus|
|10||Thurston High School, May 20, 1998||Shortly before 8 am; 7:50 am (4)||Asc. and Vertex=Mars/Uranus|
|11||Columbine school, August 24, 1992||11:19 am (2)||No correlation|
|12||Heritage High school, May 20 1999||8:03 am (Wiki)||Asc. =Mars/Uranus|
|13||Applachian School of Law, January 16, 2002||1||pm (Wiki)||Vertex= Mars/Uranus|
|14||John McDonogh High School, April 14, 2003||10:30 am (6)||Asc and Vertex = Mars/Uranus|
|15||Red Lake High School, March 21, 2005||At 2:43 pm (Wiki)||Asc = Mars/Uranus|
|16||Rocori high School, September 24, 2003||11:30 am(7)||No correlation|
|17||Pine Middle School, March 21, 2005||8:55 am (Wiki)||Vertex=Mars/Uranus|
|18||Campbell County High School, November 8, 2005||2:11 pm (8)||No correlation|
|19||Amish shooting, October 2, 2006||11:07 am (Wiki)||No correlation|
|20||Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia||9:40 am (Wiki)||No correlation|
|21||Success Academy School, October 10, 2007||1:15 pm (Wiki)||Asc=Mars/Uranus|
|21||Louisiana Technical College, Feburary 8, 2008||911 call at 8:36 am (10);8:32 am||Asc=Mars/Uranus|
|23||W.R. Myers High School||After lunch; 12:15 pm||Asc=Mars/Uranus|
|24||Centennial Secondary School, May 28, 1975||11:30 am (11)||Asc=VP/Mars|
|25||Concordia University,||2:40 pm (Wiki)||mC=Mars/Uranus|
|26||École Polytechnique, December 16, 1989||Minutes after 5:10 (Wiki); 5:20 pm||No correlation|
|27||Dawson College, September 13, 2006||12:42 pm (Wiki)||No correlation|
|28||Dunblane Massacre, March 13, 1996||Shortly after 9:30 am; 9:40 am (12)||No correlation|
|29||Jokela school (Finland), November 7, 2007||11:44 am (Wiki)||No correlation|
|30||Geschwister School (Germany), Nov 20, 2006||9:30 am (Wiki)||Asc and Vertex= Mars/Uranus|
|31||Monash University (Australia), October 21, 2002||11:24 (Wiki)||Asc and Vertex= Mars/Uranus|
|32||Erfurt shooting, Germany, April 26, 2002||11 am (Wiki)||No correlation|
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