A midpoint is a mathematical point halfway between two stellar bodies that tells an interpretative picture for the individual. There are two types of midpoints: direct and indirect. A direct midpoint occurs when a stellar body makes an aspect to the midpoint of two other stellar bodies with an actual physical body at the halfway point. In other words, a direct midpoint means that there is actually a stellar body in the natal chart lying in the midpoint of two other stellar bodies. An indirect midpoint occurs when a stellar body makes an aspect to the midpoint of two other stellar bodies without a physical body at this midpoint.
Midpoints were first used by the Italian astrologer Guido Bonatti (1123–1300) to refine timings in an event chart. However, midpoints were used to calculate Arabian Points, like part of fortune even as far back as 300 b.c. Reinhold Ebertin in his book The Combination of Stellar Influences included psychological principles and simplified the midpoint technique.
“Anyone who follows this system will in a short while be able to recognize the essential points of a cosmogram and be able to make an immediate diagnosis. Such rapid assessment has not been possible previously with other methods in this field”. Reinhold Ebertin, Applied Cosmobiology
The base premise of midpoint interpretation is this: “A planet located equidistant from two other planets (i.e. midpoint between two planets) has a relationship to both planets.” In practice we also include the Angles (Ascendant and Midheaven) as well as planets in midpoint interpretation.
Mercury = Sun / Uranus
Standard Midpoint Notation: Above Equation Reads “Mercury equals Sun Uranus”, which means Mercury makes a hard aspect to the midpoint of Sun and Uranus.
In short, midpoints are a way to connect individual horoscope components that appear separate. The corresponding equation describes in summary how the focal point relates – blending and coloring together – to the other two planets or factors. In the analysis of each possible combination of all midpoints in the horoscope, there is no need to distinguish between the different types of aspects. Whether it is conjunction (0), square (90), or opposition (180), in the midpoint perspective they are all equal, similarly capable of producing tension between the factors – or points – involved. “Over the years I have come to the conclusion that all angles divisible by 45° can be considered of virtually equal value“, says Ebertin, who properly considers the tension caused by disarmonies as a vital component of the horoscope, since the consequent excitement makes us sufficiently agitated to be motivated to do something. Midpoints illustrate this tension, thus having a visible potential impact on the astral chart of a sports event. There’s no question that, without a real motivation to act, competitions would lose in dynamism and interest.
A great advantage of using midpoints in our experiments was to be able to use what Ebertin calls the individual points of a horoscope, the Angles, Ascendant (AS) and Midheaven (MC), respectively the degree that is ascending on the eastern horizon at the specific time and location of an event – the start of the match in our case – and the culmination point corresponding to the highest point at which the local meridian intersects with the ecliptic. “These are known as the individual points because they move about one degree in four minutes,” writes German astrologer.
This way, it was also possible to successfully interpret astral charts of matches taking place at the same time, as these sensitive points differ in degrees depending on location. Thanks to a narrow orbit of one and a half degree (1.5), we are thus able to solve the flaw of most of the predictive methods, which ultimately prove useless in the case of concurrent events.
“We live and move on the horizontal plane”, writes Ebertin, “and in a way the individual’s Ascendant can be seen as the point of contact with other people”, in a close relationship with the surrounding environment (stadium, crowd, mass media, territorial supremacy). On the other hand, the Midheaven can be linked to “inner ambitions and will to make decisions“, in the sense of a full and independent self-fulfillment (success, goal, score).
Therefore, with a view to demonstrating any possible correspondence regarding the ability of both teams to score a greater or lesser number of goals, we use midpoints combinations having as factor at least one of the two individual points (ASC and MC).
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