BASIC HANDWRITING ANALYSIS
Some astrologers find the study of graphology, or handwriting analysis, to be a helpful tool in their work of analyzing birth charts. The analysis of a person's handwriting (if done correctly) can confirm what is seen in his or her chart, as well as show how the writer is dealing with the problems and conflicts inherent in the birth chart.
Emotional states such as depression or elation can be determined from the handwriting sample. In addition, one can see whether the person has the persistence to carry through on a given task, or whether he makes fresh starts and gives up before a project is completed.
When we look at a page of writing, we intuitively get a picture of what the person is like, even though we may not be able to verbalize it. A large, rounded writing that fills the page evokes an expansive, outgoing, generous individual. While a small, tightly compressed writing may call to mind an inhibited person who doesn't move outward toward others but keeps to himself. And it is indeed true that the space one uses in writing reveals something about the space one chooses to live in.
There are three zones in writing - the upper, middle, and lower zones. The middle zone letters are those which don't have stems extending above or below the line, such as "a, e, o." The middle zone represents the everyday life, much in the way that the Moon in a person's birth chart does, and if the middle zone writing is large in comparison with the upper and lower zones, the person is very much immersed in eveyday tasks and lives on a day-to-day basis. Many women, especially those who opt for the role of housewife, have predominating middle zones.
The upper zone letters are those which extend to the space above, such as "d, l, k." If the upper zone letters are high in proportion to the middle and lower zones, the person is said to be very active on a mental and spiritual level, an astrological correlation being Mercury and Neptune.
The lower zone letters go below the line, as with "g, y, p, q," the realm of the material, physical, and sexual, akin to the Taurean Venus and the unconscious aspects of the Moon.
If a person's upper zones are much higher in proportion to the middle and lower zones, he may be compensating for a lack in his material or sexual life by using this energy creatively on the mental level. If the lower zone is much larger than the upper or middle, there is a high concentration of physical energy, which can be expressed sexually or in the acquisition of material pleasures.
Exactly how much energy is available to the person at a given time is evident in the pressure of the writing: the harder the pressure, the greater the energy and vitality. The lighter the pressure, the more sensitivity and subtlety.
Another feature to look for is slant. Does the writing go forward, backward, or is it straight up and down? The extrovert moves forward toward people, and into the future, while the introvert holds himself back from people and is attached to the past out of fear of moving forward. Those who write straight up and down tend to control their emotions and maintain a neutral position.
One thing that is difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain by studying an astrological chart is the individual's intelligence. In handwriting analysis, there are five main indicators that can signify intelligence. These are speed, rhythm, symmetry, simplication and legibility.
Speedy writing shows a person who thinks quickly. Rhythm is the spacing between words and sentences. Are the spaces consistent? Symmetry is balance - is there a good balance between the "zones" described above? Is the writing flowery, with lots of unnecessary lines and flourishes, or is it reduced to its essentials?
The more simplified, the higher the intelligence is likely to be. And lastly, can the writing be easily read? If the writer wishes to communicate, he will write legibly, although sometimes the writing is so fast, because the hand cannot keep up with the mind, that it becomes difficult to read.
Now let's look at the direction of the writing line itself. Does the line go downward? if so, the person may be depressed. Does it swing upward? He is probably optimistic. Does the line start out evenly, go downward, and end up on the upswing? The person may start something, get discouraged, then renew his or her resolve and complete things in a flurry. Does the line start out evenly and end up going down? If so, the writer tends to start a task with enthusiasm, but gets bogged down and often fails to complete it.
The signature is similar to the rising sign of a birth chart. It is the persona, the face that the writer presents to the world. While the body of the writing presents the true personality of the writer, the signature tells us what he/she wishes the world to see.
We have all seen the scrawly, illegible signatures that follow perfectly legible writing, and we deduct that the writer wishes to show the world that he is much too busy and important to sign his name clearly.
An underlined signature indicates the confidence of the writer, as do large, flourished capitals. If the signature matches the rest of the writing, the writer can be trusted to present his true face to the world, free of any disguise.
Is the initial of his first name larger than the initial of the last? Then he is an independent adult, autonomous and free from a dependent attachment to his family. If on the other hand the initial of the family name is larger, he sees himself first and foremost as a part of a larger whole, his mate or his family.
Try comparing your own astrological birth chart to your handwriting. A lot of fixity will give angularity to your writing, while mutability will produce a relaxed, flowing hand. Fire? Look for pressure and intensity in the writing. A strong Neptune? Your sensitive nature will be revealed in light pressure and high upper strokes. Earth? Watch those large lower loops. Water? Your moodiness will appear in changeable writing, variable pressure and inconsistent base lines.
These are some of the features you can be looking for in your early attempts to understand graphology. Just as in astrology, you must relate the planets, sign and, aspects, in graphology all elements must be taken into consideration and related before a conclusion can be drawn. Perhaps your appetite will be whetted to learn more. As you can see, graphology can be a very useful adjunct to astrology.