The Value of A+B-C Sensitive Points

Ruth Brummund, Dipl Psych

Translation from German by L Blake Finley, M.A. Linguistics

NOTE: It has come to the translator's attention that the textual content of some of the original articles sent or posted by Ms Brummund from/in Germany have been altered after the translator received the text translated below. The following text is a translation of the content of the article as it appeared on the date indicated at the end of this translated text, and does not include translation of any alterations that may have been made in the German original since that date.

[Here, Ms Brummund elucidates the problems of working routinely with Sensitive Points, and why they have been abandoned in standard Uranian Astrology practice today.]

Sensitive points (as well as planetary sums) based on what I have seen of them in practical application, have generally proven to simply lead the astrologer astray from the main theme under study.  To understand the reasoning behind this, let's consider the following:

1)  There are 4620 possible sensitive points in any given chart, using the planets and points we work with, and also 253 possible planetary sums if we add those as well.  In searching for a pertinent sensitive point, we would often be seeking only 1 among 4169 other possibly relevant sensitive points

2)  During our studies, we learn that all midpoints in a given axis must be considered in order to interpret the overall picture in a well-rounded manner.  The same principle should therefore logically apply to sensitive points.  Their effect is simultaneous and derived from their dormant combined potential in the natal chart.  Therefore, like all other configurations, the potential of their impact must lie within the radix chart. (ed. Consider the level of complexity this would involve in interpretation.)

3)  Each chart accounts for a personality as described by the 22.5 listing, sorted sequentially, of what is at hand for the individual in this lifetime.

For example, we look to the planetary combination of Node.Venus.Jupiter for a fortunate love relationship, and this can express in three different sensitive point configurations:




These lie at various positions within the circle of the chart.  In an example, NO+VE-JU is at 1145' Gemini.  Converted into 22.5 notation, this sensitive point lies at 04:15 along with other factors and midpoints within orb of that degree and minute.  The same applies to planetary sums, if we continue to experiment with those.

If we however just study midpoint axes with the 90 dial, we can set the pointer to the NO/VE axis and then look for points reflecting Jupiter. 

The answers we find are determined by how we state our questions in the language of the planets.  For information on love relationships per se, we first look to the NO/VE axis, and then note whether Jupiter, or even Saturn, Neptune, Hades, or Admetos are somehow configured with it.  However, as usual, it is always those planets bound with the personal points that are the most decisive indicators.

If we want to know about happiness in love, we look to the VE/JU axis to see if there are strong indicators involving the Lunar Node, Cupido, or the Ascendant.

NO/JU primarily indicates relationships where money might be involved.  This is further investigated to see if love might also be involved in these situations.

With the axes involving these 3 factors alone, we have access to a number of answers to questions relating to fortunate love relationships.

4)  For assessment in retrospect, or metagnosis, quite a different process from prognosis or prediction, it is rather easy to work with sensitive points, since we already know the manifest qualities of the previous event we are seeking to verify.  (ed.: while in prognosis, there are a number of possible manifestations of any given planetary combination, determined by previous experience, environmental opportunities, degree of courage or persistence, state of health, degree of conscious awareness, etc., including both environmental and psychological variables.  Experienced German Uranian Astrologers are generally more aware of this, while anglophone Uranians have frequently tended to parrot the older Lefeldt-era texts, implying that results are fixed and monodimensional.)

Prognosis, or prediction is another situation altogether.  If one seeks to answer the question about fortunate love relationships at a certain time with the possible combinations of Node, Venus, and Jupiter, then it's a matter of chance if that specific concrete manifestation takes place -- as the combination of these 3 factors could just as well manifest as simple enjoyment or pleasure due to beneficial contacts, income from congenial associates, beneficial sympathy from contact, or success through artistic connections.

5)  Although Hermann Lefeldt wrote that "sums indicate the inner core while midpoints indicate the outer manifestations", we find this to contradict the overall results shown in our work today.  His assertion would seem to indicate that midpoints are not an indicator of an individual's character.  His argument might have been convincing, had he been oriented toward study of inner human character; however his writings and admitted philosophy clearly indicate that he was more focused on observation of external factors and expressions.

Within the context of a natal planets, an additional unoccupied point the the natal chart can only find expression through an outside factor.  This external factor could be a planet from the chart of another person, or a factor triggered by new configurations formed due to locality changes and thus affected by interpersonal or other environmental factors. In addition, I have found that Sensitive Points are not only bothersome to calcuate, but they are moreover unnecessary in our chart work.  The greatest hazards in using them are their excessive overlaps with each other and their mere verification of what is already indicated via proper work with midpoint structures.

All these considerations have led me to discontinue the use of Sensitive Points in my work.  Prioritization and limitation of the vast storehouse of Hamburg School techniques is essential if we are to maintain perspective.

[For examples illustrating this point, read "Sensitive Points, Sums, and Midpoints".

The Special Uranian Astrology program, designed in cooperation between Ruth Brummund and Blake Finley, dispenses with ineffective historical techniques and focuses on those techniques which have proven their value via recent testing and research.  The Special Uranian program includes the text of the Brummund Rulebook.  For more information, click here.