Dear Dame Detrimentia,
I recently applied Ptolemy’s Animodar to my chart and now I can’t get it
off again. I’ve tried everything from lotions to chisels. I don’t want
to damage it. Please, please tell me what to do.
Anxious in Anatolia
My Poor Rupert
Now, how could you have been so careless with your chart? I have warned my readers time and again against the indelibility of a wrongly applied Animodar, especially if it is rectified to a fixed sign! Did you apply the pre-natal syzygy correctly? I have seen the most disastrously entangled Animodars resulting from incorrectly applied syzygys. And tsk! Looking at your miserable chart Rupert, I can see both why you want to rectify it, and also where you went wrong! You have an erroneously applied Lord of the pre-natal Syzygy entwined around your shaft. No wonder you are all so anxious over there in Anatolia!
No amount of lotions and chisels will eradicate an erroneously applied pre-natal Syzygy Lord; what you need to do is carefully separate the yolk from the white of the Syzygy before unraveling it from the spindle shaft underneath the chart. (N.B.This should be done against the diurnal motion).
Was your natal chart preceded by a New Moon or a Full Moon? If new then you should have taken the planet which has the most essential dignity at the New Moon, but if full then you should have taken that planet which has the most essential dignity in the degree of the light above the earth. I can see that you applied the Full Moon as there are feathers in the Syzygy yolk and these have got trapped in the spindle’s whorl. Yuk!
Right, now that we have inserted the correct Syzygy Lord into the spindle shaft and de-yolked the whorl, we can continue. According to my dear friend William Lilly, who although a man of the people, rubbed shoulders with the likes of the great and mighty such as myself, you should now take the zodiacal position of the Lord of the pre-natal syzygy and then consider whether that degree is nearer to your own natal MC or Ascendant. If the Lord is near your natal MC then you should rectify your natal MC to the degree of the Lord of the Syzygy, and then very quickly discover the natal ascendant from a table of houses for your birth latitude before it disappears over the horizon. But if the Lord is nearer to the Ascendant, then you must reverse this formula and alter the natal Ascendant to fit with the Lord of the Syzygy and then discover the natal MC from that same table of houses. See? Simple when you know how, or are as clever as me!
You my dear Rupert have the Lord of the Syzygy on the midpoint of the Asc/MC and so your computer software has thrown up a chart resembling a piece of crochet with 8 separate Ascendants and MC’s all at 45 degrees from each other and 78 different Animodars. No wonder your chart is in gridlock. And what’s more I can smell omelet and burnt feathers!
I think the best thing you can do under the circumstances is to pull the spindle out from underneath the centre of the chart, let the planets all collapse onto their antiscia , and then go and ask that nice Arabian Part of Rectification to stick you some nice new planet pegs onto the chart perimeter to reset your whole chart back to the default option.
I hope this helps?
Dame Detrimentia (from a Superior Position)