We know that the draconic card has a mystical dimension, it is believed that it represents our soul or higher self. Working on this premise, it represents parts of our composition that feel innate or ingrained. The draconic chart seems to reinforce and assist the energies and behavioral needs suggested in the natal chart. It also highlights the challenges, even the obstacles that seek a solution that give way to the growth and development necessary in this life.
The draconian graph in question sheds light on where the energy should be focused. Illuminate the developmental themes of greatest importance and confirm the ‘great bells’ in the natal horoscope. We can deduce this very quickly — in 5 or 10 minutes. If a client’s draconic picture doesn’t speak to you, don’t incorporate it into your query. However, doing so will add valuable insight to the discussion.
There are basically 3 main areas to focus on:
1. Considering that draconic planets and points tend to feel intrinsic or natural, we can combine the energies of the natal Sun with the Draconic Sun, the prevailing need of the natal Moon with the Draconic Moon, and the projection of identity of the natal Moon. . Ascendant with the Draconic Ascendant. The native and the draconic work together.
For example, our client has a Draconic Sun in Virgo with a natal Sun in Aquarius. We can say to our client, “The horoscope suggests that energies are inherently working to refine and discriminate, and intellectualize with others in an insightful way that probably seems quite natural to you.”
Draconic Moon in Capricorn with Natal Moon in Gemini: “There is a great need to be bright, smart and resourceful and at the same time doing things will probably seem second nature to you.”
Draconic Sagittarius Ascendant with natal Taurus Ascendant: “The horoscope suggests that your identity is comfortable approaching the world in a self-affirming way and simultaneously seeking to build something of value.”
We can delve into the analysis of the behavioral needs of each inner planet: how you need to think (Mercury), socialize (Venus) and apply energy (Mars). Just mix two needs in realizing that the draconic planet feels innate to the individual.
2. Place the draconic card on the outer wheel, the natal wheel on the inner. Draconic planets in conjunction or opposite natal angles are dominant forces that will be very apparent in your client’s life.
I offer two examples of people I know very well. A female displays a draconic part of Saturn in conjunction with her natal Scorpio Ascendant. This suggests that the initial impression it projects is tightly structured and controlled; need to control their environment and those within it. There may be insistence on being the “authority”, on being right and never setting foot wrong. Why is this? Does the draconic Saturn echo the worries in the natal horoscope linked to the father? Natal Saturn rules the 3rd mentality. It is angular on the IC and receives a square of Neptune. We cannot deny the importance of Saturn when it cries out for attention in the natal and in synastry with the draconic!
More Draconic Mercury in Leo is closely in conjunction with your natal Midheaven. We feel his ego and pride in expressing his intelligence. At the natal, Mercury in Sagittarius is a pilgrim and rules the 11th house. This suggests that arrogant ways of thinking and the need to demonstrate what she knows are behaviors that outweigh concerns about kindness. We need to talk to her about her relationship with her father, how it affected her thinking and influenced how she interacts with others.
A homosexual man has natal Mercury conjunct Venus in Pisces in the eighth house. In synastry, the draconian Mercury-Venus straddles the natal Descendant! The restriction of idealism in the natal now becomes an important statement, publicly projected for all to see. Is this illuminating the importance of your sexual profile and your personal relationships? Against what does idealism protect? Why are you making such a bold statement?
Draconic Pluto and Uranus are closely in conjunction with your natal Leo Ascendant. Why the need to be highly individualistic, to be unique and different from the rest of the world, and to follow an unconventional lifestyle? Why do you need to be the center of attention (echoing your natal Moon in Aries) but at the same time you need to hide from intimacy and not let others in? Natal Uranus rules the seventh house. Natal Pluto rules the 4th directing our attention to the natal Neptune in the 4th (feeling like the black sheep of the family) ruling the 8th sexual profile! We need to ask about early home life and the influence of a parent. How did this create a defense of idealism around sexuality and personal relationships?
3. With the draconic chart on the outer wheel and the natal wheel on the inner wheel, look for draconic planets in close conjunction or opposite natal planets. They will unquestionably make strong statements, pointing out areas of life that demand attention.
Radio personality Howard Stern (born January 12, 1954 at 1:10 PM in New York, NY; Ascendant 00 Gemini 57) shows a quadruple natal conjunction in Capricorn in the 9th house (North Node-Sun-Venus- Mercury). In synastry, the draconic Mars and Saturn in Capricorn conjugate with this natal stellium. Draconic Mars is also precisely the opposite natal Uranus in the 3rd house!
We can feel the indomitable will and strategic administrative power (Mars with Saturn); bold impulsive energies, the serial communicator / announcer, who needs to make things happen his way (Mars with Uranus) … and “make strong emotional statements” (Draconian Mars = Natal Mercury / Venus)! All of this is working to make things happen through the affairs of the third and ninth house. By asking Stern creative and open-ended questions, we can determine if this poses challenges or offers assistance in his growth and development.
Talk show host Johnny Carson (born October 23, 1925 at 7:15 am CST in Corning, IA; Ascendant 5 Scorpio 46) has a Draconic Venus in Leo, precisely in conjunction with his natal Midheaven. Fittingly, Carson’s nickname was the “King of Late Night TV.”
In Carson’s birth chart, Venus is in the second house, ruling the relationship in the seventh. Her stormy romantic life involved four marriages and two high-profile divorces. Carson used to joke about his alimony payments: “My producer really gave me something I needed for Christmas. He gave me a gift certificate to the Law Offices of Jacoby and Meyers.”
With the draconic on the outer wheel, Carson’s t-square with Mars squaring in opposition between Pluto and Jupiter-Moon ‘clicks’ in precise alignment with natal Venus, creating a very serious Great Square that suggests indecision and frustrated energies in the cross. -purposes!
Let’s think about this configuration: Draconic Mars opposed natal Venus (too much passion leads to reckless choices in relationships); Draconian Pluto square natal Venus (extremism in emotional expression; wasted emotions, excessive longing, excessive suffering); Draconic Jupiter-Moon square natal Venus (self-indulgences, need for comfort / pampering; feeling extra-sensitive, insecure about own popularity).
The point is: the front and center of Draconic Venus in the natal Midheaven is drawing attention to all things archetypal Venus, like love and romance. Relationships may have presented Carson with challenges, but also life lessons that were likely necessary for his growth and development in this life.
The draconic chart offers the astrologer an incisive tool to draw out important themes that challenge and support growth. It is up to the astrologer to make the creative connections and ask strong, open-ended questions that will lead to a rich discussion and a deeper understanding of what our client is here to seek, work, and learn in this lifetime.