THE AGE POINT SYSTEM  - Part 1                      copyright, Andrew J. Bevan, 2000


The Age Point System is a simple but highly efficient method of astrological diagnosis and prognostication that originates from concepts of ancient astrology. In the mid 80's I started to pay attention to fragments of text found in M. Manilius' "Five Books on Astrology" and William Lilly's "Christian Astrology" and started to practice upon what might prove to be one of the most startling, yet until now neglected tools of horoscope interpretation.

When using the Age Point System, past, present and future comes to surface at a glance without having to get into the detail of additional horoscope calculation. It is all there in the birth chart and you never loose eye of that radix!

Although the Age Point method is simple and straight cut, throughout this book I will take the reader to depth in the technique, also examining finer details of astrology with their reference to the Age Point and deductions that may be made.

The Philosophy of the Birth Chart

Basics first! The birth chart, in the conventional sense, is nothing but a map of the heavens, a celestial diagram, which primarily shows the apparent positions of the planets within our Solar System as seen from Earth at the time and location provided for a given moment of birth. According to astrological philosophy; the planets, signs, houses, aspects and other fragments which combine to make up the total of the chart, are the bearers of meaning which occur in ever-changing combinations as the Universe continues to unfold in never-exhausted patterns. The primary role of the astrologer lies in deciphering these meanings and determining what may be termed as the 'lot' of the individual. The astrologers secondary task of labour, particularly in a modernistic sense, is that of bringing the client to the point of being able to balance his or her 'lot'; to resolve conflicts in the chart through the increase of personality awareness and to trade any unwanted out-fall of events into a fashion of the natives liking.

Early beginnings and the prenatal

The planetary and celestial pattern found in the birth chart are a gathering of those influences, those events and circumstances leading up to birth; Parental and prenatal influences, the state of the mother and father, their situation and interplay them between. There is the influence of heritage and particulars of the family. Events that occur during the months of gestation leave their significant impression and there could be other influential environmental issues like the part or role played by a third party. The birth chart provides information regarding those forces that reign during birth through people present and the nature and order in which things occurred, whether demanding, tense or of ease. Lastly, the chart provides information on those happenings, events and influences that forms the new born child as it moves through the months and years of early childhood. (Refer to Life*Time Astrology by A.T.Mann)

During the early yearnings of fetus or newborn child, the individual is as a victim of circumstance. Whether these external influences are good or bad, the native is totally absorbent and as a sponge for input. It is this pattern of circumstantial input that is reflected in the birth chart and which forms the basis of the psychological structure.

It is essentially this pattern, the reflection of the psychological structure, which is a summary of input, that is spread out in time and space, and which results in those events, the turns in life and phenomena of circumstantial choice that may be located by the AGE POINT. This gives the native the possibility to foresee, understand and deal with these phenomena, also through their periodical reoccurrence. In this manner it is possible to use the Age Point to lift both internal and external patterns of expression to higher levels of experience.

In my understanding of the nativity and development of the personality you are who you are today as a result of those events previously encountered and your ability to respond to, digest and mediate these phenomena.

Personal Growth and the Age Point

Progressing from the stage of the fetus or infant and being totally absorptive of the external, gradually the personality comes more into the foreground and character becomes more evident. The native expands and exerts his knowledge of the self, and shifts the point of control in the import/export dialogue with the environment toward a greater control of circumstance. The Age Point gives the native this possibility to recognise the themes of his or her life, how things are tied together and how certain topics reappear in a cyclic fashion. The native gains a higher sense of awareness of what is going on in his or her life and may take a degree of responsibility through careful navigation, the application conscious actions and asserting the apparent freedom of choice. The native still has to move within a framework that has a set system of rules and optional moves. But in conclusion, what life mostly seems to be about is the native setting out to unravel, heal and make whole the Self, solve the issues of heritage and the flaws of the parental figures through the management of phenomena, circumstance and personal responses.


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