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Take Skywriter’s Tests to Measure the Stength of your Chart Features!
One missing factor in most methods of interpreting an astrology chart is a way to know the strongest influences on your nature. How would you know which features are most highlighted–and thus the strongest parts of your personality–and which are relatively low key?
For that reason, I’ve developed a series of tests to help you get a sense of planets, elements, and modes of operation that stand out in your chart. They have been wildly popular and several have ranked highest in Skywriter’s top 20 posts of all time.
Since its publication in January, 2010, more than 40,000 people have taken the test for Pluto. (From their comments, it’s hard to know if they’re bragging or complaining about their scores!)
The tests in this series aren’t a perfect scientific measurement of the features in your chart—that’s impossible. They’re just meant as a simple and fun way to find out your strongest features.
Please note: I don’t have time to set up your chart and verify your scores, so please don’t ask.
Test #1: How Well Do You Use Your Planets?—A Self-Test
Astrology is an exceptional tool for spiritual growth if we use it for self-knowledge. All too often, students misuse astrological teachings to feel worse about themselves or to excuse their misbehavior. None of us always expresses a planet in our chart perfectly, and none of us misuses it 100% of the time. By becoming familiar with both the pluses and minuses of each planet in your chart, you can consciously draw on positive traits and rein in less desirable ones when you feel yourself headed in that direction.
I’ve created a test to help you increase your awareness of the constructive and the problematic uses for each planet. Professional astrologers or other alternative counselors who use astrology as a diagnostic tool can have clients complete it as part of the intake process and then repeat it periodically to measure their growth. Download a worksheet for the test here: Worksheet-Self-Test of the Planets.
Series 2: Tests for the Strength of the Planets
How would you know which planets in your chart are the strongest parts of your nature? Are you a lunar type–influenced by the Moon? Or would Neptune or Pluto be your signature type? Or, are you what I call an Outer Planet Person (OPP), with more than one of the outer planets emphasized and therefore definitely not mainstream in your interests?
Here are a series of tests I developed to measure the strength of the planets in your chart. You may want to keep track of your scores, because for the tests on the modes and elements, you are given bonus points for some of the planets.
These tests were originally developed in 2010 but have been substantially revised and standardized as of 1/2012.
- How Strong is your Sun? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Moon? Here’s the Score?
- How Strong is your Mercury? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is Your Venus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Mars? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Jupiter? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Saturn? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score!
- From Joyce Mason: Chiron Quiz: How Strong is Your Chiron?
- and The Chiron Resonance Quiz: What’s Your Chi-Res Score?
Tests for the 3 Modes of Operating:
- How Cardinal are You? Here’s the Score!
- How Fixed are You? Here’s the Score!
- How Mutable are You? Here’s the Score!
Tests for the 4 elements:
- Are You a Water Type? Here’s the Score!
- Are You a Fire Type? Here’s the Score!
- Are You an Air Type? Here’s the Score!
- A Terribly Tentative Test for the Earth Element in your Chart
- Healing With Fire, Earth, Air and Water
Got a stellium (4 planets in the same sign or house) or a triple conjunction (three planets conjunct)? Try Skywriter’s Impact Test for Stelliums and Multiple Conjunctions–Version 2.0.
Now, Synthesize the series of tests, to come up with a composite of your astrological makeup.
Take your highest scoring Planet, mode, and element to see if that resonates as a major part of you. For instance, suppose Mars was your strongest planet, earth was your strongest element, and cardinal was the strongest mode. Put them together to come up with Mars in Capricorn–and consider, even if your Mars wasn’t in that sign, would you have many of the strengths of that placement?
Or suppose your strongest planet was the Moon, the element was air, and the mode was mutable, which comes out to Moon in Gemini. Read about that Moon sign–does the description fit you, even though your own Moon was in a different sign?
I hope you enjoy these tests and of finding out new facets of your astrological makeup! This is all experimental, so your feedback in the comment sections of the tests is valuable.