(Vertex in Leo) The nature of the Vertex in astrology is of a karmic point that needs activation to bring out its power. On its own the Vertex is a sleeping giant. To awaken the vertex an event over the course of a lifetime needs to occur to open its suppressed nature. The astrological Vertex is actually part of a two point axis comprised of the Vertex and Anti-Vertex. And as a chart axis. If your Vertex is located in 12 degrees of Scorpio, then your anti-Vertex is located in 12 degrees of Taurus. Vertex (the electrical axis) is very important in synastry. I use a one degree orb - at the most, two degrees, but usually limit to one degree - and only the conjunction and opposition aspects with Vertex.
The Vertex represents experiences over which we have no control. Therefore, the vertex is tied more to fate and karmic patterns. It also represents innate qualities that are not being used. The Vertex is known as a gate which opens a new world to a person’s life. Vertex The Vertex is a point located in the western hemisphere of a chart (the right-hand side) that represents the intersection of the ecliptic and the prime vertical. In astrology, it is considered an auxiliary Descendant. The Anti-Vertex is the point that is exactly opposite the Vertex.
'Destiny' by John WilliamWaterhouse(1849-1917)
Although mostastrology software programs include theoption of the Vertex in the natal chart, few astrologers actually useit, so there isn’t much written about it. I was a student ofCharles Jayne, who along with L. Edward Johndro pioneered its use, sohere is what I learned about it from him and subsequently from my ownpractice.
The Vertex is theintersection of the prime vertical(the local perpendicular East-West plane) with the ecliptic in theWest. Look straight up, then look West, and there it is, either aboveor below the horizon (7th house cusp) usually within a house or two.
Howto calculate it
If youdon’t have a computer that does it for youand have a table of houses, you look up the IC as if it were the MC andthen go to the Asc for the co-latitude (90-birth latitude) of birth.That’s the Vertex.
Whenit got noticed
Astrologers neverused this point for interpretationuntil electrical engineer and astrologer L. Edward Johndro andastrologer Charles Jayne began to do so in the 1940s. Johndro called itthe “Electric Ascendant” as he believed thephysical basisof astrology to be electromagnetic and so divided up its majorcomponents into electrical and magnetic natures, complementary to eachother as they are in a wire conducting a current, in which the electriccharge moves along a wire and creates a magnetic field at right anglesto it. He believed the ordinary Ascendant on the horizon plane to bethe Earth's magnetic component spatially, and the prime vertical atrightangles to it to be the electric component, hence the title. Afterlooking at it in various horoscopes, he and Jayne proposed a meaningfor it which is important, unique, and rather vague all at the sametime.
Jayne taught thatit was a point of fate or destiny(older astrologers threw those words around a lot), at which thingshappened that determined the path of your life. Virgo august horoscope. They could be large andobvious or small and seemingly insignificant at the time, but you wouldlook back later and say everything changed at that point, inretrospect. How that actually seems to happen depends on whether it isa transit or progression to a natal chart, the comparison ofonenatal to another, or in a relocation. In a transit or progression, youcan expect an event that will be life-changing, of the nature of thetransiting or progressed planet involved, for good or ill. And,conveniently (or rather inconveniently), you may miss it entirely atthe time, but it will begin to become clear as time passes. Hint: keepyour eyes open to blossoming developments in the rear view mirror. Ihaven’tseen a lot of concrete effects here, but other astrologersclaim they have.
Comparisons areanother matter, and here the Vertexseems to play a major role. People with a planet on your Vertex,particularly the Sun, tend to have inordinate effect upon you,regardless of who they are. Quite often you’ll find thatcontactin marriage charts and in repeated love affairs, the result of whichcan be you find yourself recurringly involved with the same risingsign, because that sign’s Vertex tends to fall on your Sun orother important planet. The contact can be with a spouse, an importantteacher, or some other major mentor and obviously life-changing contact– or it can be with someone whom you hardly know but who doessomething that critically alters your life, like the stranger on thecurb who sticks his arm out to block your path as you are about to stepin front of an oncoming car. In synastry, it’s a factor todefinitely include, as it’s usually important. If someone hasaplanet or angle on your Vertex, be particularly aware, as it may bestickier and have a longer-lasting effect on you than you mightsurmise. As in other crossovers, that may warn you against a number ofproblematic birth years which have the outer planets posited on yourVertex. People born then could be conduits for trouble, simply becauseof their age. Conversely, theday the Sun is on your Vertex in any year produces people who can helpyou immensely, even without meaning to, and in ways neither of you mayimmediately recognize. Of course, you probably won't see it clearlyuntil it's already happened, which is what gives the 'fate','destiny', and 'karma' flavor to the point, since you don't have thecontrol andfree will you'd like to, and are by definition blindsided. Along withnodal contacts, Vertex contacts give you a particularly strong feelingof being connected to a larger cosmic familythat crosses theages, connected by planetary degrees.
Perhaps equallyimportant is its role as the third anglein locational astrology. A location is considered strong if you haveone natal planet rising and another on the MC (sometimes called anastrodyne), so if you add another on the Vertex, it makes that spoteven moreimportant. When you’re there, you get a triple whammy eachdaywhen that set of three degrees hits all three angles. It would beuseful tohave it on AstroCartography maps, but no program includes it to date.The best you can do is look for crossing lines and then cast a chartfor that spot to see if the Vertex is included as well.
In general, theVertex falls in with the lunar nodes ashaving the feeling of fated destiny, contact with other worlds andother lives where there’s more going on than meets the eyeandit’s critically important, to boot. Why it should be so isanybody’s guess, but then, why not? The prime vertical is notleft out in astrology in other ways – the now-popular Kochhousesystem is based on time measured along the prime vertical, so why notuse the Vertex? Actually, more curiously, why is not the Anti-Vertexequally used, the intersection of the prime vertical and the eclipticin the East, near the normal Ascendant? Actually, in my experience,it’s the axis itself that is important, not just one or theother, though the Vertex shows up more dramatically in partnerships,being the 7th house cusp in a complete set of houses projected upon theprime vertical.
So, go put theVertex into all of your charts, if youhaven’t already, and see if Destiny awaits you and your Fateisto have been missing it all these years…
Moreinformation on the Vertex and L. Edward Johndro:
Links and discussionthreads
Article by L. Blake Finley
The Vertex: The ThirdAngle byDonna W. Henson
Understanding TheAstrological Vertexby Sasha Fenton
Notanewsletter subscriber already? SubscribeFree Here!