When the Registry of Sidereal Astrologers was founded on St, Patrick's Day 1975 (March 17, 1975, 7:12 AM, in Orange, CA), founders Karen Wilkerson and Joan G. Piszek penned Points of Agreement for purposes stated below. Here are the R.O.S.A. Points of Agreement as they existed in late 1975. I couldn't find a later revision included in any issue of The Constellations.) In a separate thread, I have started updating these for the 21st Century: viewtopic.php?p=20113#p16093
ROSA has selected the following POINTS OF AGREEMENT in an effort to establish some common ground. It isn't necessary that all members agree with all points, only that they be aware of what we feel are commonly-held beliefs by the majority of Siderealists. These points are not immune to modification and, in fact, have already been updated from their original form. If more appropriate views are brought to our attention, or if ROSA consultants lead us to believe that other views are more consistent with the opinions of most Siderealists, we shall modify these points and inform all members. Your comments are welcome.
- Sidereal astrology relates to the fixed classical zodiac of the ancients which was visual and concerned with the actual positions of the planets in the constellations.
- The fixed stars were and still remain the permanent frame of reference.
- Currently the vernal point is in the sixth degree of Pisces. The Tropical system places it in the first degree of the sign Aries. The divergence between the two amounts to approximately twenty-four degrees and this divergence is referred to as the ayanamsa.
- The Sidereal zodiac is a fixed reference system unaffected by precession, whereas the Tropical zodiac is a moving coordinate system which must be constantly adjusted for precessional changes. This annual rate of variation is approximately fifty seconds of arc, or one degree in about seventy-two years. Computations for the Synetic Vernal Point (SVP) are based on a mean longitude of Pisces 05°57'28".64 for the epoch 1950.0, annually corrected for precession and nutation.
- Now, as in antiquity, there are twelve constellations, each consisting of precisely thirty degrees.
- Sidereal Solar and Lunar Returns were the primary working tools of the ancients and are now considered dynamic instruments for predictive analysis and evaluation.
- Complete birthdata and precise calculations are paramount for the evaluation of an individual's chart.
- Natal planets in birth and progressed charts denote the individual's inclination and potential. Transiting planets describe events and conditions imposed on the person for a specific period of time, while the natal planets disclose his response to the same.
- The intrinsic nature o the planets remain unchanged regardless of position or aspect. So-called benefics and so-called malefics always retain qualities basic to their natures.
- The angles themselves, as well as angular positions of planets in astrological charts, are primary considerations.
- Aspects per se are neither positive nor negative but determine the strength accorded the influences, derived from other contributing factors, namely, the planets involved and the grounds in which they are positioned. Conjunctions, squares, and oppositions indicate intense and dynamic manifestations, whereas sextiles and trines denote a more subtle influence.
- No importance is given to house rulers but a relationship is recognized between planets and their corresponding constellation(s).