The 23rd Degree of Declination
According to Ken Hopkins, professional astrologer and declinations researcher, (see more about Ken on the AOA guest astrologer page) the theory is that the farther from the celestial equator the stronger or more potently magnetic a planet or degree point becomes. That furthest point, marked by the angle of the sun on the solstices is the 23rd degree of declination.
He calls that furthest point of the sun’s reach, the powerline. The image of birds on a wire immediately come to mind.
That powerline resides at 23 degrees north and south of the equator, notated by the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. It’s demarcated by the distance from the equator that the Sun reaches at it’s peak of arc on each of the four solstice points each year. Ken notes that the sun spends 23 days at 23 degrees of declination each year. He considers that more than a coincidendence and is proposing that the 23rd degree of declination is the Sun’s degree.
Ken believes that planets at 23 degrees of declination operate at peak efficiency. He has concluded from his research that the 23rd degree is often present in the synastry of power couples and groups. Johnny Cash and June Carter were connected at that degree. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison had inter-connections at 23 degrees between Jupiter and the midheaven.
Planets do go haywire when they extend past the powerline into the outer realms. Their extremes can express as anti-social or genius and become less manageable. But right on the powerline, which is as far as the Sun can go, it’s maximum capacity before those circuits and transformers begin to blow.
Not only is the 23rd degree a power degree in the nativities of individuals but it can be a really big deal for the world. The atomic bomb on Japan, the Kennedy assassination, The Fukishima earthquake and tsunami occurred when the lunar nodes hit the powerline.
Ken will be in Kansas City this spring. He will be presenting his research in a lecture and a workshop over the weekend of May 6, and 7 and will be available for private readings on May 8th.