|The Four Corners, USA|
You may be wondering what the Four Corners - a place in the desert where these four American States meet - has to do with astrology. Quite rightly so as on the face of it, it appears to have absolutely nothing to do with astrology at all. Or does it?
In the Huber Method of Astrological Psychology, the natal chart is divided into four very similar sections, known as quadrants, using the dividing line made between the Ascendant and the Descendant, and the IC (lowest point of the chart) and the MC (highest point of the chart).
For the sake of comparision, we could liken the first quadrant below the horizon to Arizona and the second to New Mexico. The third quadrant, found above the horizon, relates to Colorado and the fourth to Utah - you get the drift.
Look closer and you'll see that each quadrant has it's own key words and attributes, all of them relevant to personal growth and encouraging awareness of where the individual - or you - might be coming from in your interactions with others. Any quadrant which has an emphasis of planets will be a good indicator of where that person (maybe yourself) might launch themselves from. There would be a good chance that someone with a lot of planets in the first quadrant would an impulsive, self-assertive type, and that someone with an emphasised third quadrant would be more consicously aware of how they interacted with others. They would be less likely to take the assertive/impulsive route in favour of considering the stance of others around them.
A few examples here might help. This chart has a strong first quadrant emphasis; act first and reflect at leisure behaviour would be likely here, coupled with the Sun and other planets in the go-ahead sign of Aries.
This chart, on the other hand, has a lot of planets up at the top of the chart spanning both third and fourth quadrants. Here is someone who would be very aware of what they do and what they say might affect others on the receiving end. Of course, both of these examples are quite simple and this is more complex technique which requires study and observation, based on real life experience. A good resource here would be The Astrological Houses by Bruno and Louise Huber - this offers the definitive description of the quadrants.
Of course, the ideal would be to have the fluidity to move psychologically between all four quadrants, regardless of whether they are tenanted with planets or not. This is quite simple really, and is ably demonstrated by the child at play with hands and feet in all four of the quadrants. All of them are included as part of the whole. There's something to aim for.