ok..first, i don't figure degrees of separation thru a formal mathematical technique, i.e. subtracting whatever from 360. i approach it visually. starting at your slowest moving planet, you go in the opposite direction of the clock, counting the degrees along the way. now i'm not suggesting you should manually count every single degree. there are tricks. for example, if saturn is at 22 pisces, we know that 22 virgo (virgo being the polarity point to pisces) will be 180 degrees. using your jupiter as the other part to this example, we see that jupiter is not quite at 180 degrees, so at least you see right off that its going to be a figure less than 180. to get to the precise number, you could start at 22 pisces, then count the number of signs, knowing that each sign contains 30 degrees. so aries, tau, gem, cancer = 4 signs..multiply by 30 and you have 120 degrees. then just add the degrees left from 22 cancer til you're at 4 leo..12 degrees, equalling a grand total of 132 degrees. it will become more automatic the more regularly you practice..

upasika, just saw your post...by ALL MEANS gifted one of the left-brains, if you have a more concise answer, please contribute.

so dhyana..does this make sense so far?..