The Astrological Alphabet

Zip Dobyns, an astrologer and author of multiple books on the subject, is the mind behind the creation of a system known as the Astrological Alphabet. Students of astrology wanted a method that would help them understand recurring themes in the chart, so this process was developed. As an example, the sign of Leo, the Sun, and the fifth house are all associated with the number 5. According to the author, the sign, the house, and the planet are not the “same,” and this is merely a method that is used to understand the twelve fundamental drives that are contained within the personality.

The conventional school of astrology, on the other hand, has a great deal of disagreement with this straightforward guide. One of the critics of the Zip Alphabet has asserted that it has done significant damage to the field of astrology. In his opinion, houses are not the same thing as signs, and signs are not the same thing as planets. It is true that Zip’s work states that they are not the same thing. In addition, the critic continued on to speak highly of Charles Carter. Dobyn’s observations on the sign and the house are nearly identical to those made by Carter. Regarding this matter, Carter has the following to say in one of his texts:

I shall deal chiefly with Leo rising and Sun in Leo, but I mention that some of the most Leo people I know have heavy stresses on the 5th house and next to nothing in the sign. It used to be said that sign was character and the house the field in which it is expressed, but frankly this is wrong. It is, in my view, a major mistake. The lady who interviewed me on television recently struck me as one of the most Leo persons imaginable. But her chart showed nothing but Neptune in that sign: however, she had Sun, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in the 5th, with Mars close to the cusp. You may imagine that Mercury conjunction Jupiter, with Capricorn rising, and with this satellitium in the 5th, made her one of the most self-confident persons imaginable. She insisted on announcing me as “President Emeritus of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society” although she didn’t know what “Emeritus” means and also asked me what “theosophical” signified. She said the title sounded so fine! If that isn’t Leo, I don’t know what is!

A student asked Liz Greene, the author of many astrology books, a question about her use of sign equaling house in the highly acclaimed book Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil during one of her seminars. In this particular instance, it was emphasised to a great extent that the house placement of Saturn has the greatest impact; however, the energies associated with both the sign and the house are similar in nature.

According to astrologer Karen Hamaker-Zondag, we shouldn’t dismiss the houses as only representative of external events because they appear to have a strong relationship to the individual’s psychological makeup. In other words, we shouldn’t think of the houses as only being a reflection of the world outside of the person. Therefore, signs and houses are not the same thing, but houses do have a significant impact on the overall personality of the person.

It is one of the pecularities of our Western culture and of accidental way of thinking that we locate everything outside ourselves, and treat events as independent on or ‘occasionally dependent on’ what is going on in psyche…This thinking has found expression in astrology in the dogma that the houses represent circumstances and events and that the only use of the houses is to help us discover what external factors will confront us…Here is where the astrological houses gain new significance. It is no longer the interpretation of circumstances that is important but the understanding of the relationship between these circumstances and the underlying psychological factors…In the astrological concept of house lie both the ‘idea’ as a psychological factor, and the external imposition of form and circumstances, and it should be noted that it is psychic material which gives shape to the physical material, and therefore has priority. The houses are traditionally taken to represent the circumstances and situations which will enter into the life of the individual. Modern psychological opinion has advanced the viewpoint that there is a significant relationship between events outside the individual and his psychological makeup. Now, the houses as indicators of circumstances are also the representatives of areas in the human psyche. Psychological Astrology: A Synthesis of Jungian Psychology and Astrology