impossible planet


screaming at the top of my lungs; finally i found someone
never knew what love could do; before you
i am opening my eyes; for the very first time
never knew what love could do;
before you


Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams: Impossible Planet

“Do you think you could reach God, Mister Norton?” 
“Maybe when I was a kid, I did. In fact, I used to dream I’d break into whole new universes.” 


On this day in 2006, the Doctor and Rose landed on an Impossible Planet…

How to Analyze a Birth Chart

Hello Friends! I’ve decided to do a simple step-by-step guide on how to analyze Natal Charts. I recommend becoming familiar with the archetypes of the signs, what the planets represent, what each house reveals, and the impact of aspects before you attempt to read a chart. Remember it’s a learning process, so some confusion at first is normal and expected. Hopefully this guide can clear things up a little. I will use my natal chart as a prototype to demonstrate, simply because it is the chart I am most familiar with :)

Step 1: Naming the Planets and the Houses

This may seem silly and redundant- but before you begin to analyze any chart it’s important you name what sign each planet is in which house they can be found. For example, my Mars can be found in my third house, which is ruled by Virgo. Knowing about Mars, Virgo, and the 3rd house, I can infer that my style of communication tends to be direct and analytical. Again, it may seem amateur, but going through each planet and interpreting it at such a basic level will set up a foundation for further analysis.

Step 2: Observing Distribution of Planetary Influences

The first step to interpreting a birth chart is to observe how the planets are dispersed among the 12 houses. People with particularly “full” houses (2 or more) may display that portion of their life more readily and constantly. You can see I have both my sun and mercury in my Gemini-ruled 11th house, which is commonly known as the house of friends. As a result, meeting people, networking, group projects, communication etc. have been a constant theme in my life.

NOTE- Empty houses do NOT mean that that part of your life is “empty”. It is impossible to have a planet in every house. Empty houses are instead predominantly ruled and influenced by their cusp.  

Step 3: Cusps of the Houses

Next step, take a look at the cusps, or rulers, of each of the houses.  Different cusp rulers will affect how the house presents itself in a person’s life. For example, my 5th house, known as the House of Creativity, Fun, Sexuality, and Children, is ruled by Scorpio, which makes my approach to creative pursuits and fun as something that it to be done with much intensity, recklessness, and passion. Imagine how differently someone would interpret fun and creativity with their 5th house ruler in Capricorn- the possibilities are endless.

Step 4: Angular Houses

Now that you’ve gotten a feel for how your houses express themselves- let’s pay particular attention to the Angular houses. The 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses are considered extra influential in a chart, which means the planetary influences in these houses tend to show up clearer in our lives- some astrologers even consider these planets to have “extra strength”. I have an Aries Saturn in my 10th house, which has made me ruthlessly committed to my career and work goals. Even though my Sun is in Gemini, which stereotypically should make me flighty, my Saturn Aries is strongly placed it overrules my flightiness when it comes to goals and work ethic.

Step 5: Aspects

With an understanding of the different ‘houses’ of our life, and how our different planets express themselves, we can now move on to how all of it relates with each other. Aspects. Aspects reveal to us how our planets work together, whether it is in harmony or in conflict. For example, I have my Gemini Sun (11th house) sextile my Leo moon (2nd house) and from this I can imply that my personality is balanced between its drive and its emotions. If I analyze deeper I could say since the sextile is between the 2nd and 11th house, I gain a natural sense of fulfillment and security when I am providing for my friends, or vice-versa. The possibilities are endless and take a lot of intuitive, critical thinking.

NOTE- the basic aspects (trine, sextile, conjunction, opposition, square) can come together to form a LARGER aspect such as a T-square or a Grand trine. These aspects are the MOST influential and should be given the MOST attention when looking at a chart. You can see I have a Grand trine between Mercury, Mars, and Neptune.

Final Step: Interpreting As a Whole

I’ve just skimmed the surface of what chart analysis offers. The more you delve into a chart, the more information will be revealed to you. My greatest piece of advice is: Use your intuition. Trust your intuition. No one is simply a “Cancer sun sign” or a “Leo Ascendant”, every person has largely unique personalities with endless layers. The more you understand this concept, the more you can pull away from strict stereotypes and start to understand people as individuals.

Please ask any questions.

All my love,



Behind the scenes of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (Part 6)

Excerpts from the DVD commentary for The Impossible Planet (with David Tennant, Shaun Parkes [played Zachary Cross Flane], and Will Cohen [visual effects producer] )

Will Cohen: This - not that I often go into fan forums or anything, but this scene caused a bit of controversy.

DT:  Did it really? Why?

WC: …and a certain amount of delight amongst fans because - the sort-of domestic conversation that you have with Rose Tyler.

DT: Ahhh

WC: Talking about mortgages and settling down.

DT: Right

WC: It was the subject of many threads.

Shaun Parkes: They didn’t like that?

WC: Well, there was the usual split

DT: For and against?

WC: That’s what makes it brilliant

DT: Part of this is, of course, as the series goes on there’s a cranking-up of this whole idea of the Doctor and Rose being inseparable and talking about things like this is part of that, I suppose.  Just so the finale of the season, which - if you’re listening to this commentary I presume you know what’s coming for Rose - it’s just to, you know, make that feel all the more painful and poignant when they’re finally torn apart forever.  In fact, I think it’s episode nine when the devil says,“The young girl who will die in battle very soon,” was the first bald reference to what was coming at the end.

SP:   Ooooooohhhhhh

DT:  Yeah, you got it?

SP: But she didn’t die… but she did…

DT:  Well, she sort-of died, didn’t she?  She’s dead in the real world.

SP: She’s dead in the real world.  Hmmmmm.

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