In modern astrology it is often stated that one must look at the chart as a whole. This is good and proper for getting a general overview of the chart, but when it comes to examining the chart for specific areas of life most systems of modern astrology become extremely unstructured and imprecise aside from looking at certain houses and/or planets. Deriving from Ptolemy there is a very highly structured method of approaching the natal chart based on asking the chart to make certain statements about itself. Not only do these procedures tell the astrology what to look at, perhaps more importantly, they also tell the astrologer what NOT to look at. This lecture will be a general introduction to this method, and how it enables the astrologer to focus, and to derive a great deal of information that can assist the final intuitive acts of synthesis and make them more reliable.