©6-11-2011 by Donna Cunningham
This is a test to measure the strength of stelliums or multiple conjunctions and therefore to find out their comparative strength. It’s similar to the tests I’ve created to measure the strength of a single planet or element in your horoscope. They’ve been a popular feature on Skywriter—you can see links to them here: Planetary Tests. (The test for Pluto tops the list, since nearly 15,000 people have taken that test so far.)
UPDATE 11/11/13: My new astrology/self help book, The Stellium Handbook: An Owner’s Manual for People with Stelliums or Triple Conjunctions is finally available. Read about it and download a free sampler of book excerpts here: Finally, The Stellium Handbook is Here!
For this test, you may wonder why I’ve assigned a certain numerical value to some chart features and a lesser one for another. These aren’t scientific measures, of course—that would be impossible. They’re just estimates based on over 40 years of observing clients, notables, and friends through the lens of their charts. That’s why I’d value your feedback on how well this test measures stelliums and multiple conjunctions. Try it out on charts in your collection.
Many of you will want to include dozens of asteroids, Black Lillith, the vertex, antivertex, chart ruler, and myriads of other chart features in your stellium. If I included all the possible influences, the test would be hopelessly complicated and there would be no such thing as a standard score. Even though they might strengthen your score, don’t report them here in the comment section.
As for why the outermost planets get higher scores than the inner planets, it’s because they are observably higher in impact on our world. They relate to issues and trends in the collective–global and universal trends rather than personal ones–and therefore the person with the outer planets strongly featured in the horoscope is more attuned to such issues and more likely to come up with solutions or the next big step in humanity’s evolution.
(A note on orbs: The orb for a conjunction is usually 8° but can be extended to 10° in a multiple conjunction if Planet A and Planet B are conjunct, while Planet B and Planet C are conjunct, but Planets A and C are slightly too wide for a conjunction.)
Note: For the most accurate picture, don’t use Whole Sign Houses to score this test, as in that system, the house cusps are automatically set at 0° of the sign on the cusp. Thus, any stellium by sign is automatically a stellium by house as well, skewing the scores. The same would apply to the Equal House system.
How to Find the Impact Score: (Download a printable version here: Stellium Test 1 page.)
Check what you’re measuring: ___ 4 planet stellium ___3 planet multiple conjunction ___4 planet multiple conjunction ____ Other: ________________
_____A. 5 points per planet in a stellium or in a multiple conjunction* placed in the same house, regardless of sign. (So, 3 planets=15, 4=20, and so on. The Nodes, Ascendant, and Midheaven are not counted here but further down in the test.)
_____B. 4 points per planet in a stellium or in a multiple conjunction placed in the same sign, regardless of house. (Where a stellium is in one house and sign, both
sets of points count.)
_____ C. 7 points if the Sun or Moon is included in the group. (If both of them are included, the total is 14.)
_____ D. 7 points per outermost planet (Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) included in the group.
_____ E. 5 points per inner planet included in the group.
_____F. 4 points for each separate conjunction involved in the stellium or multiple conjunction. (For example, a conjunction of Mars-Pluto-Uranus scores 4 for Mars-Pluto, 4 for Pluto-Uranus, and 4 for Mars-Uranus, for a total of 12.)
_____ G. 4 extra points per planet that is part of the group AND is also within 10° of the Ascendant or Midheaven (in the Gauquelin sectors) or within 5° of the North or
South Node. (No points for a planet that is in the group but not conjunct the Ascendant, Midheaven, or Node.)
_____H. HIGH PROFILE BONUS: Add 10 points if the stellium or multiple conjunction is in the 1st, 10th, or the 9th near the Midheaven, as these are the positions of most visibility to the public.
_____I. LOW PROFILE DEDUCTION: Subtract 10 points if the stellium or multiple conjunction is in the 12th, 4th, 8th or 6th house, as these are positions where the person is uncomfortable in the public eye and may be less visible.
Readers, since this is a brand new test, I have no idea what would be a moderate score vs. a blockbuster, so please tell me what kinds of scores you’re getting by posting them in the comment section. Thanks for your participation in this process–your questions are helping me to make the instructions clearer.
Readers, stelliums are really complicated and would take an hour-long consultation to explore, so please don’t ask for an interpretation in the comment section. I’m retired from doing consultations in order to write books.
Articles about Stelliums on Skywriter:
- Finally, The Stellium Handbook is Here!
- Readers Ask: Question and Answer Session on Stelliums by House
- Four Big Things You May Not Know about Stelliums
- New Test! Impact Scores for Stelliums and Multiple Conjunctions (comment section has feedback and scores)
- The Incredible Vulnerability a Stellium Creates
- Readers’ Insights into their own Stelliums
- A Few Last Insights into Stelliums from Readers
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