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WESTERN astrology traditionally sees the zodiacal wheel of a horoscope as a flat two-dimensional circle with the Earth located invisibly at the centre. Arranged around the circumference of the circle are the various natal planets. Their zodiacal positions are identified using the standard 360 degree division of the circle's circumference.
This system is, of course, extremely useful and has been well-tested by astrologers throughout the Ages. It provides a means to profile the psychological characteristics of individuals, and it also enables us to predict significant events in a person's life. A radian-based approach to astrology builds upon these well-established foundations and adds another 'dimension' to chart delineation.
The ancient Babylonian 360 degree division of the circle is useful for measuring the basic attributes of time and space (in their simplest 'physical' manifestations). Its structure reflects (and nicely accommodates) the natural linear perception of the rational mind—the latter being our primary instrument for understanding and measuring the physical quantities and qualities of the 3D material world.
The geometric basis for the 360 degree division of the zodiacal circle is sexagesimal ('base 60')—a system that uses the sides of a hexagon to divide the circle's circumference.
In my book The Divine Measure of Time & Space I explain in some detail that (although useful in our mundane world) using a hexagon to divide a circle's circumference does not factor in the 'curvature' of time and space. The main issue is that the side of a hexagon is a straight line, but the circumference of a circle is curved. In other words, by using a hexagon we are using a straight line to calibrate a curved line. This is a perfectly reasonable procedure to use within the context of our mundane reality, but to measure the non-linear properties of the higher reality we must use a curved measuring stick.
The 'curved' equivalent of the side of a hexagon is called a radian.
When we divide the circumference of a circle using radians (instead of the straight sides of a hexagon) we formulate a very different perspective of a circle. Instead of a normal 'closed' circle we end up with an infinite, open-ended, complex spiral—a spiral that we're able to superimpose on top of the standard circle of the zodiac.
A spiral is the fourth dimensional equivalent of a circle.
The spiral that results from dividing the circumference of a circle using radians consists of seven small loops (or eddies) that wind around to form the first arc of a larger multi-spiral formation. Here's an image that portrays the first spiral arc (of the multi-spiral) with its seven smaller loops.
Each time the main arc returns (i.e. after each circular arc) the 'zero-point' shifts approx. one degree. We have used 00Aries00 as our starting point in the diagram. After one complete arc of seven loops (or 44 radians) the zero-point shifts to approx. 01Aries00.
The following diagram presents a very simplified view of the spiral-cycle as it is superimposed upon the zodiacal circle. The small blue circles symbolize natal planets as they might be positioned within a natal chart and consequently, within the various levels of the spiral-cycle complex. It shows how their positions within the spiral are projected vertically down to the flat zodiacal circle.
When the spiral-cycle is mapped to the standard flat circle of the zodiac we discover that the 360 degrees of the circle are linked to the first series of nine arcs of the multi-spiral-cycle (or more precisely to 60/7, or 8.57 arcs of the spiral-cycle).
8.571428 x (7 x 360) = 21600
This represents the complete 'cosmic breath' cycle of 21600 degrees (or 60 x 360). I call it the 'cosmic breath' cycle because it resonates with an ancient Hindu concept linking the 21600 breaths of a human-being (i.e. in a 24 hour period) with the 24 hour rotation of the Earth.
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Besides the cosmic breath cycle, there's another major cycle that we examine in radian-based astrology. It's based on the number seven. These two major cycles (i.e. the sexagesimal cosmic breath cycle and septenary, or sevenfold cycle) work together to translate and map the 4D spiral-cycle to the 3D circle of the zodiac.
Because there are seven 'eddies' within each spiral arc, one complete arc is equivalent to 7 x 360 = 2520 degrees. Seven arcs is equivalent to 7 x 2520 = 17640 degrees. Nine arcs is equal to 9 x 2520 = 22680 degrees.
The sevenfold division of the spiral-cycle is an important part of its natural geometric structure, as is clearly shown in a diagram above. The septenary division allows us to establish the 'power potential' (and perhaps the 'evolutionary condition') of the various planets in a natal chart by determining the particular arc of the spiral upon which a planet is located. The higher up in the spiral-cycle a natal planet is located, the stronger is its potential expression in the life of the subject. This esoteric attribute of the natal planets is not discernable in an astrology chart unless the zodiacal circle is converted into a multi-spiral using this radian-based (i.e. fourth dimensional) approach to astrology.