Decennials – Ancient Timing Technique

I have discovered, tested, and put to use the following distribution, which had been discarded casually,
even blindly, because the explanation of it had been puzzling. I append it now so that lovers of beauty may
make their nature divine, travelling through many paths to one power of forecasting. They may expect to
meet in one place after travelling many straight, as well as many rough, roads.
(Vettius Valens – Abthologies, Book VI, Riley trans., p.117)

I have found this technique used at several places and these places (according to my current position of material I’ve read) are:
– Vettius Valens – book VI of Anthology.
– Hephaistio of Thebes – Apothelesmatics, Book II, Chapter 29.
– Firmicus Maternis – Mathesis, Chapter 33.
– The now famous analysis of the chart of the Italian nobleman Alfonso D’este from an unknown Italian astrologer from 16th century.

Some say that the medieval title of this technique as “Decennials” is a misleading and wrong, but I’ve found it “handy” for use in lack of a better name. Decennial means “recurring in ten years”, which is not the precise timing because the technique uses a period of 10 years and 9 months and not 10 exact!

What is the logic behind the 10.9 division?
The sum of the lesser years of the planets is 129 years total. The sum of 10 years and 9 months is 129 months. It is like a microscopic mirror of the cycle of the lesser years of the planets.

The first planet in the cycle starts from the beginning of life till 10 years and 9 months.
Here is a simple table:
1. From 0 years, o months to 10 years, 9 months.
2. From 10 years, 9 months, to 21 years, 6 months.
3. From 21,6 to 32,3.
4. From 32,3 to 43.
5. From 43 to 53, 9.
6. From 53,9 to 64,6.
7. From 64,6 to 75,3

Some of the ancient Egyptians, having already added together the periods of the 7 stars, which extend to 10 years and 9 months, beginning from the primary light of the sect, divided (this number) among the stars successively in zodiacal order, giving to each planet its own period; and furthermore also making a proportionate subdivision of each period into shorter times, they likewise gave them to each of the planets in order, (starting) from the time-lord”
(Hephaistio of thebes – Apothelesmatics, Book II, Schmidt trans., p.83)

Places Conducive to Business

However, the problem arises in choosing from which light to start the chronocratorship. All sources seems to agree that we should start from the light of the sect, but if it is “declining and unconnected to the Horoskopos” Hephaistio advises us to use the other light, and if this is also in bad shape, then Valens advises us to use the first planet (in good shape?) after the Horoskopos in zodiacal order.

Here we must apply the doctrine of the busy and non-busy places (operative and non-operative).
The places conducive to business, or in Greek “Chrematisticos” (which means “profit) are places where the planet is said to have operative strength. “Achrematisticos” are non-profitable places, or places non-conducive to business.

According to Nechepso, Achrematistikos are only the cadent places.

But according to the system of Dorotheus, non-profitable places are only the places that don’t regard the ascendant (2, 6, 8, 12) and for some reasons the 3rd which is the only place of these which regards the ascendant. Hephaistio seems to use Dorotheus’ system because he says “if the planet is declining and unconnected to the Horoskopos”.

The question that arises is whether the Sun in 9th in the system of Nechepso would be counted as “Achrematistikos” when we know that it is in its joy; and Moon in 3rd in both systems, when we know that the third is her joy. I don’t think that the lights are achrematistikos in those places.

However, the unknown Italian astrologer, who probably follows Firmicus – who BTW didn’t gave strict rules for which planet to use and when to use – in his analysis of the chart of Alfonso D’este, starts with Sun which is in the 8th place, which is a place conducive to business according to Nechepso, but not for Dorotheus.

In my own practice I’ve found that in some cases the 8th place apheta is operative for using it in this technique, but it all depends. This planet may be attacked and made unfortunate in different ways then just being in place conducive or non-conducive to business.

For example, Valens gives us an example of a night birth where Moon in Pisces on IC was operative to be an apheta. Valens says that this is so because she is on IC, in feminine sign and in a triangle of the sect member (Mars rules the watery triplicity in a night charts), and is “appropriately situated”.

As we can see, Valens here does not investigate Moon’s place only, but the position in zoidia and triangle. But my mind full of questions again and again goes back to the unknown Italian astrologer and I’m asking myself why he used Sun as apheta.

An introduction to this astrologer you can read on these two links:
http://heavenastrolabe.net/divisors-chronocrators-almutens-and-more-in-a-renaissance-geniture/

http://www.armonics2zero.it/index.php/angolo-esperto/un-oroscopo-rinascimentale-la-genitura-di-alfonso-deste/

The second link is in Italian, but the first link is very good introduction in English from Margherita Fiorello. I advise you first to read her article, and then if you know Italian or use Google Translate, try to read the Italian article.

Back to the Italian astrologer. I think he had no other option than the Sun.
If he discarded the Sun because of the placement in the 8th, then get to the Moon, he probably saw as we see that the Moon is in 12th house, place achrematistikos in both systems. Then he probably looked at the first planet after the ascendant, and saw Mars in Sagittarius, malefic contrary to the sect in favor and a planet which is not suitable for being apheta. Jupiter and Saturn are in bad zodiacal shape, Mercury and Venus are also in 8th place, so the Sun in the zoidia of a sect member, in 8th, and first option by day, probably was the best candidate of this magnificent astrologer, knowing that some astrologers in the past has used the 8th place as chrematistikos.
And he did great job of predicting the life of Alfonso D’este with great precision.

I know that many people would like to have strict rules in choosing the apheta, but I don’t think there can be such rules. Sometimes a Light in angular house would not be fit to be apheta. It all depends on the circumstances of the chart, and experienced astrologer would use his experience and knowledgeable intuition to decide from which star to start the distribution.

Tables

Rulership of the Decennials are then subdivided into the rulership by months, i.e. days.
The distribution of the months is according to the lesser years of the planets minimized in to months instead of years. So, Saturn would rule 30 months, Jupiter 12, Mars, 15, Sun 19, Venus 8, Mercury 20, and Moon 25.

The order of the planet would not be like the one I gave here in the tables (except accidentally), but will go to the zodiacal order of the placement of planets in the particular chart. Saturn when rules by monthly decennials, will always give the first distribution of days to himself, and then would give the following days to the planet next in zodiacal order and etc.

Distribution of days is less proportional and there exist two systems, the one which Hephaistio gives and the one which Valens gives. Valens’ system seems more precise because it divides the months of the planet which rules up to the minute precisely. Hephaistio’s system adds more days to the distribution which exceeds the monthly rulership of the planet in question.

I will present here the both systems in tables, so you decide which you will use in your practice.
When Saturn rules the Decennials, the monthly rulership then goes in the following order:

  • According to Hephaistio:                                              According to Valens:
    Saturn gives to itself 210 days.                                209 days, 6 1/4 hours.
    Jupiter 84 days                                                                83 days, 17 1/3 hours
    Mars 105 days                                                                 104 days, 15 2/3 hours
    Sun 133 days                                                                    132 days, 13 5/12 hours.
    Venus 56 days                                                                 55 days, 19 1/2 hours.
    Mercury 150 days                                                          139 days, 12 2/3 hours
    Moon 175 days.                                                              174 days, 10 hours.

Note: Hephaistio’s system gives total of 913 days, which is 13 days more than Saturn’s actual rulership of 900 days (30 months multiplied by 30 days).

Naming of the Periods

Some use the names “General time lord” and “Specific time lord” to designate the overall ruler of 10.9 period (general) and the ruler of the months (specific).
Other astrologers use the names 1st, 2nd and 3rd level to make a difference in rulership assumed.

360 year or Conventional Year?

With the advancement of astronomical observations and calculation tools, it is well established at present day that the actual year is 365.2421897 days in length.

Egyptians, Mayans and Babylonians (to name a few) had in use a calendar of a year 360 days long. However, they were still aware of the fact that this was not an actual length, and the astronomers of those days reported that the actual length of the solar cycle is 365 ¼ days.

There is interesting myth on the increasing of the length of the year involving different Egyptian gods:
A long time ago, Re, who was god of the sun, ruled the earth. During this time, he heard of a prophecy that Nut, the sky goddess, would give birth to a son who would depose him. Therefore Re cast a spell to the effect that Nut could not give birth on any day of the year, which was then itself composed of precisely 360 days. To help Nut to counter this spell, the wisdom god Thoth devised a plan. Thoth went to the Moon god Khonsu and asked that he play a game known as Senet, requesting that they play for the very light of the moon itself. Feeling confident and that he would win, Khonsu agreed. However, in the course of playing he lost the game several times in succession, such that Thoth ended up winning from the moon a substantial measure of its light, equal to about five days. With this in hand, Thoth then took this extra time, and gave it to Nut. In doing so this had the effect of increasing the earth’s number of days per year, allowing Nut to give birth to a succession of children; one upon each of the extra 5 days that were added to the original 360. And as for the moon, losing its light had quite an effect upon it, for it became weaker and smaller in the sky. Being forced to hide itself periodically to recuperate; it could only show itself fully for a short period of time before having to disappear to regain its strength.

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Egyptian calendar was based on a lunar cycle of 12 months grouped in three seasons of 4 months each. They based the system on the flooding (rise and fall) of the river Nile which begins to rise somewhere in the end of June. But this was not a precise measurement because it happened in period of 80 days, so the experienced astronomers of those days noticed that the Nile’s rising coincide with the heliacal rising of the brightest star in the sky: Sirius.

The rising of Sirius was somewhere near the date of 21th of June in the constellation of Canis Major. The Egyptians called this date “The Opening of the Year”. But because rising of Sirius is a stellar event which occurs every 365 ¼ days, and the Egyptian calendar was based upon the lunar cycle, the dates did not matched because the lunar cycle ended after 354 days – 11 days before the solar year. To correct this, the Egyptians add an extra month to create a “Great Year” of 384 days in every 2 or 3 years.

In 238 BCE Ptolomy III add an extra (epagomenal) month of 5 intercalary days, or 6th “leap” day on every 4th year to match the solar cycle.

In the calendar most in use today (Gregorian calendar), those intercalary days are distributed in certain months (with 31 days instead of 30) throughout the year. Every 4th year is a leap year where February has 29 instead of 28 days to add that 6th intercalary or a leap day.

There are some scholars who believe today that once the actual year was of 360 days of length indeed. It is a well-known astronomical phenomenon today that the change in speed of the axial rotation of Earth, directly affects the orbital distance between the earth and moon.

However, for our purpose of learning “the way” of the ancient astrological masters, I propose to use their method of 360 days a year, which of course, will require converting.

 

Converting the dates

This will require having calculator in your hand or in your computer and access to this webpage:
http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html where you can calculate how many days are in between two dates in 365 days year.

Valens uses 360-day system for calculating the distribution of days and cycles, but a 365 ¼ days for calculating the native’s years.

129 months multiplied with 30 days equals 3870 days in total.
3870 divided by 365.25 (365 ¼ days) equals 10.595.
To convert these 595 in days, you need to further multiply these 595 with 365.25 to get around 218 days. So, a decennial reulership would be 10 years and 218 days in total.

But let’s try a little bit easier method by using this web tool:
http://www.timeanddate.com/date/dateadd.html

This is a date calculator where you add a number of days from a certain date, in order to find the resulting date in the 365 days system.

Let’s find the decennial distributions of this chart:

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The person is born 23 January 1984. For the sake of the example let’s assume that Sun is apheta.
We enter the date in the first column of the web tool and in the column bellow under the group of Days (be sure to check ADD instead of subtract) add 3870 days. The web tool will calculate the date 3870 days from 23 January 1984. 3870 as we said are 129 months of 30 days each multiplied. We came to the date of 28 August 1994. Sun will rule the Decennials by general period from 23 January 1984 to 28 August 1994.

Next we put the new date (28 august 1994) in the first column and calculate again 3870 days from that date, to see to which date will rule the Moon by general period and etc.

To find the months rulership you will first calculate with your calculator how many days has the particular monthly rulership. For example, Moon rules 25 months which multiplied with 30 days month gives total of 750 days. To find to which date Moon rules the specific (monthly) times you only add the number (750) in the days column in the web tool I refer above.
In our example, Moon would rule from 28 August 1994 till 16 September 1996, which is total of 750 days, or 25 months of 30 days each month.

Example

Let’s try this technique with an example.

I have been in doubt whether to use Sun as apheta or Moon in this nativity (see the chart above).
Sun is in 8th so according to Dorotheus’ system non-operative, but according to the system of Nechepso, place conducive to business.
Hephaistio would probably use Moon. But since Sun is in the trigon of its own sect buddy (Saturn), I will try to use it as apheta and we will see where would lead us.

The date in question is 30 of June, when native was 28 years and 159 days old.

Open the two web applications: date to date calculator and date calculator.
Go to date calculator add the birth date and in the column named “days” add 3870 days. This brings us to 28 August 1994. Sun will rule from birthdate, till 28 August 1984.

Then Sun transmits to Moon. To find the exact period of rulership, now enter the new date and add 3870 days. This brings us to 2 April 2005. Then Moon transmits to Mars who rules from 2 April 2005 to 6 November 2015.

Because this exceeds the date in question, we now need to calculate the specific rulership.

Mars would distribute to himself 15 months, this is 450 days. We add 450 days in the column named “days” of the date calculator. This leads us to 26 June 2006. Then Mars distributes to Saturn 30 months, or 900 days. This leads us to 12 December 2008. Saturn will rule the specific period till 12 December 2008. Then Mars distributes to Venus which rules 8 months or 240 days.
This leads us to 9 August 2009. Then rules Jupiter for 12 months or 360 days. This leads us to 4 August 2010. The next specific ruelrship goes to Mercury for 20 months or 600 days. This leads us to 26 March 2012. On 26 March 2012 the specific rulership goes to the Sun which rules 19 months or 570 days. This exceeds the date in question, so we should now count the daily rulership. Sun would distribute to himself (refer to the tables above) 84 days according to Valens’ table (I round 84 because of the 22 hours, and try to compensate later).
From 26 March, 84 days leads us to 18 June 2012. Next rules Moon for 110 days, and here we found the daily ruler.

So the rulership goes like this:
Mars received the distribution from Moon, Sun received the distribution from Mars, and Moon receives from Sun.

We can see that the times are troublesome because the general ruler is the contrary to sect in favor malefic – Mars. Mars receives from Moon which is the ruler of the nativity, and Mars transmits to Sun. Hephaistio says that Mars distributing to Sun by day brings “dangers and plaints on account of public affairs.

The event that happened was very troublesome for the native, and he was in danger for losing his life. Also, dangerous problems with coworkers arise and this brought him public infamy.

Sun is in the 8th but is goaded toward action in the 7th angle.

For the Sun transmitting to Moon in diurnal nativity, Hephaistio says that it is not good, because it brings jealousies and loses.

Conclusion:
Further investigation needs to be made in the usage of Decennials. I’m planning to investigate their timing on more life events to compare the results and I hope I will be able to post them in future posts. I have used Firdaria in the past and I have good results with it. But the technique of Decennials intrigued me so many times, and I just can’t ignore it.
I hope that this short introduction to the Decennials will spark the enthusiasm in your astrology soul, to investigate furthermore in this direction and to use this very ancient timing technique.

Sources:
Vettius Valens – Anthologies, translated by Mark T. Riley.
Vettius Valens – Anthology, book VI, translated by Robert Schmidt (The Golden Hind Press, 1997).
Hephaistio of Thebes – Apotelesmatics, Book II, translated by Robert Schmidt (The Golden Hind Press, 1998).
Joseph Crane – Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (Published by The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, 2007)

Websites:
http://www.armonics2zero.it/index.php/angolo-esperto/un-oroscopo-rinascimentale-la-genitura-di-alfonso-deste/

http://heavenastrolabe.net/divisors-chronocrators-almutens-and-more-in-a-renaissance-geniture/

http://www.alabe.com/text/periods.html

http://www.dragonstrike.com/egypt/ecal.htm

http://www.ancient-world-mysteries.com/360-days-earth-year.html

The charts are calculated in free Morinus software.

© Beyond The Heaven, Sep. 2012

Solar Return in the style of Vettius Valens

After we calculate precisely the positions of the stars on the birth date in the current year, we will find the Ascendant as follows: while the sun is still in the natal sign, we examine where the moon was then and when the moon will come to the exact same degree where it was at the nativity, and we call that point the Ascendant.
(Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Book V, Riley trans., p.97)

Here I want to investigate one more interesting and quite fascinating technique similar to what we today call Solar Return.

Valens’ technique is as follows, calculate the chart for the birth date in the current year (what would we today called Solar Return) and note the planet’s position at that day. But you still don’t have the ascendant degree, which you will find by noting when the Moon will enter its moira (degree) which holds in the nativity. So, you don’t wait for the Moon to enter the precise minute, just the same degree as in the nativity while the Sun (by transit) is still in the same sign as it holds in the geniture. When Moon enters its natal moira, you notice the degree of the ascendant at that particular time, and you use that ascendant degree as the ascendant of the so called “solar return”. You then put the positions of the planets at the birth date of the year, in accordance to that ascendant degree and you will have the “solar return” in the style of Valens.

Schmidt in his translation of Vettius Valens has quite interesting explanation which can helps us in the process of “naming” this technique.

Riley translate “recasting of the horoscope“, while Schmidt “counter-nativity”, and the actual Greek word is antigenesis. Schmidt says that this is a standard Greek word for “Return“, but this has little to do with the actual word anti which means contrary to, against; and genesis which is a word which denotes nativity or beginning, origin and etc.

We must do the counter-nativity, for it contributes much to the occasional changes of the times, for at times one that confirms the power of the effects is significant, and at other times one that hinders the proper effects.
(Vettius Valens – The Anthology, Book V, Schmidt trans., p.10).

Valens here speaks about the hindering or confirming the effects of the more general time lords and not intensifying or relaxing the properties established by the time-lords as transits do (Schmidt notices this in his footnote to the translation).

Example:

I have previously discussed the chart of Nicolae Causescu in regard of Valens’ useful technique for finding the critical year:
https://beyondtheheaven.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/the-critical-year-according-to-vettius-valens/

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On the left of the picture is the natal chart of Causescu, and on the right is calculated Solar Return in Morinus software but as we know it and use it today. The crossed line from Cancer to Capricorn is the Asc – Dsc axis of the Reutrn as explained by Valens.
I don’t have a software which can calculate this for me, so please bear with me with all these drawings 🙂
Also, I’m not sure if we should leave the Moon as it was on the birthday at the particular year (and use the  transiting Moon position as in birth for only calculating the ascendant degree of the year), or to use the natal position in the particular chart. Probably the later. However, at this point I’m only interested in the Asc-Dsc axis (for the sake of the example) and the position of Saturn and Mars in relation to these, so I will leave the Moon in the “real” solar return position (as I said, in the lack of software which will calculate this technique).

He is born February 5, but after that date Moon do not enter the natal sign while the Sun is still in aquarius. So I suppose that we should mark the degree of the Moon prior the birth date which in this case falls in 31 of January somewhere at 14:41h at place Scorniceşti. I can’t see other logic other then what I did for finding the Moon’s natal position while Sun is still transiting the natal sign, because the next time Moon enters the natal degree after the 5 February in 1989 is while Sun ingresses into Pisces.

As we can see this is some mix of lunar and solar returns.

OK. If I understood the technique right and calculated the chart exactly, let’s look what the significations are.

Let’s not forget that the technique was used from Valens for hindering or confirming the effects of the more general time lords operative in this period.

We would not like to mix a techniques of different authors when we speak about Valens here, but as a side note I would just mention that Causescu died at the age of 71, which is a period where general ruler by Ptolemaic ages is Saturn. So this would make Saturn general time lord, and in nativity we can see this Saturn afflicted by sign position (detriment), by retrogradation, and accidentially by ruling the 8th place of death, but also the 8th from Fortune by exaltation where Mars retrograde and in detriment is found. This Saturn is at IC (end of life) in conjunction with the syzygy and Lot of Affliction (AC + Mars – Saturn).
In the Solar Return in the style of Valens we can see that this Saturn is exactly, by degree, on the descendant in its own sign which would denote powerful open enemies. Here he again rules the 8th and 4th by exaltation. We can see how the theme is repeated as in natal. Angles often denotes events which are public. The axis is also in the signs which are crisis producing according to Valens (see my previous post, link above).

Furthermore, if we count 11 signs from the Sr Ascendant (in Cancer!) we will come at Mars in detriment. He was executed in the 11th month from the birthday in 1989, making Mars especially accentuated in that month. Mars is making superior sextile to the SR ASC to the degree!

We saw that Saturn is activated in general times by the Ptolemaic Ages. This is not Valens’ technique (which doesn’t mean that we should not use it).

However, Saturn is a ruler of the zodiacal releasing of the Fortune on a sub-level in Capricorn. Saturn rules from august 1989 and in the next 27 months, making him one of the general time-lords in regard to the health and overall state of the native’s body and fortunes in the period.

As a conclusion I would say that I’m in initial phase of investigating this technique. Maybe and most probably is that I miss something in the delineation through it. Further investigation on the matter should be made.
In some future post I want to address the profections in relation to this kind of Return which Valens suggest. At the moment I’m investigating the method.

Sources:
Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Book V, Riley translation.
Vettius Valens – Anthology, Book V, Schmidt translation.

Websites:
Astrology – X – Files
http://www.astrology-x-files.com/x-files/solar-return.html#4

Charts are calculated in the free Morinus software:
https://sites.google.com/site/pymorinus/

The Critical Year according to Vettius Valens

I was a little boy when I watched on TV the brutal public execution of the Romanian head of state Nicolae Ceausescu. I still feel the fear I felt back then when I think of it. This was the first time I faced real death (not in a movie) and the concept of fate as an uncertain factor in life.
Even though I was only 5 years old at the time, I knew that it is not a movie (even though my parents probably were telling me that this is so), but a real murder, a real public execution.
When I entered the world of Astrology years and years later, the first intention which I had  (encountering the traditional astrology techniques) was to find his chart.

Was the execution a fated event or just a random chain of causes and effects?
Was it possible for him and his wife to escape that brutal public murder?

I offer this advice to my readers, not with the idea that it is possible to appeal the decrees of fate and to act according to one’s wishes, but <with the suggestion> that it is possible (I would certainly claim it to be so) for the initiates of this art to weaken the evil to some extent. For God, in his desire that man should foreknow the future, brought this science into the world, a science through which anyone can know his fate in order to bear the good with great contentment and the bad with great steadfastness.
(Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Book V, Riley trans., p.96)

Here Valens uses the Stoic concept of fate, in which one is free only to react on the events which the Fate is presenting to him. In other words, developing virtues (and knowing Astrology is a virtue itself) is what one can do but not to prevent what was fated to be.

The Fates

The Fates

The nativity
http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Ceausescu,_Nicolae

Astro databank gives AA chart for Nicolae Causescu. His biography rapports that in his youth he was often imprisoned because of his communistic activities.
Here’s some biography from astro databank:

Romanian politician, an indestructible dictator for 24 years and one of history’s mass murderers. The son of a shoemaker, Ceausescu had a limited educated before he joined the Communist army fighting against fascists. Captured, he spent several years in prison before assembling the coup that won him the nation’s highest office in 1965.

The week before Christmas 1989, he ordered a massacre in Timisoara. Bucharest erupted in a furious revolution and Ceausescu and his wife were captured by enemy forces. Tried in secret, they were swiftly executed on 12/25/1989, Tirgoviste.

Of course, this is very short sketch of his life and activities and I do not like to engage in deeper analysis of his biography here. I’m interested in the fact of his critical year, the last year of his life.

The Critical Year

How to find the Critical Year?
Firstly, Valens advises us to look at the annual profections of the ascendant. If the year happens to be in the sign of the new or full moon (syzygy), or in square or opposition to the syzygy, this year will be critical or troublesome, especially if Saturn happens to be in the cadent place by transit.

If the basis of the nativity is in accord, death will follow, bodily weakness, bleeding, dangerous diseases, hidden troubles, falls, sudden dangers.

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This is his natal chart with the transits of the day on the execution (I don’t know the precise hour, so just ignore the cusps).
Annual Profections of the Ascendant are at the 12th place Taurus, which is in square relationship to the syzygy (at 6 leo). So, we can see that one of the conditions for critical year is fulfilled.

Saturn is not transiting a cadent house in the nativity, but it is in the place of death, transiting Mercury, the ruler of the nativity. Saturn was at the same sign as the Moon at the prenatal lunation in Leo, and this same Saturn is in the same sign (bad zodiacal shape) in the nativity. After the syzygy Moon is applying to this Saturn in detriment at IC and retrograde.

Likewise the critical year will occur if Saturn is at the ascending or the descending node, or at the points square with these. If someone takes to his bed ill while the sun is transiting the ascending or descending node or through the points square with them, and if a malefic beholds the sun, then the bout of disease will be dangerous and hazardous.

We can see that his nativity and day of death fulfills the second condition too: Saturn transiting the descending node. But also the Sun is here, and even though Valens speaks about disease (some sort of decumbiture chart), we can assume that the maleficity of the configuration can also apply to the overall state of the nativity at that particular time.

Thirdly, Valens advises us to follow the transits of the ascending node, because the sign and its ruler will be weakened (Schmidt says “brake down”). So, we can see that the ascending node is transiting the MC in Aquarius (Saturn becomes ruler!) in very close aspect to the natal Sun (infamy). But also aspecting the Lord of the Year (Venus).

Fourthly, Valens says that certain signs are critical and when the years are in these signs, they are dangerous. These signs are: Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn and Aquarius.
We saw that Ascendant was in Taurus by profection and that Saturn at the descending node at Capricorn. Nodes were transiting the Leo-Aquarius axis, so all critical signs!

Furthermore, the zodiacal releasing of Fortune at the time was at Level 5 in Cancer, and sublevel Capricorn, making the transmission from Light to Darkness (Moon to Saturn). Interestingly enough this is the axis of the nodes, and Saturn happens to be in Capricorn. This is the 8th natal place.

I hope that in some future post I will explore this event through some other of the Valens’ timing techniques. Let for now this only be a bust for the enthusiasm of the interested reader to read more Valens and to explore his Anthology, because I suspect that there lies great deal of goldmine of precious Astrological knowledge.

 And what, you ask, is the fullest span of life? It is living until you
possess wisdom. He who has attained wisdom has reached, not the
furthermost, but the most important, goal. Such a one may indeed exult
boldly and give thanks to the gods – aye, and to himself also – and he
may count himself Nature’s creditor for having lived. He will indeed
have the right to do so, for he has paid her back a better life than he
has received. He has set up the pattern of a good man, showing the
quality and the greatness of a good man. Had another year been added, it
would merely have been like the past.
(Seneca – Moral Letters to Lucilius, translated by Richard Mott Gummere, letter 93)

Sources:
Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Riley translation.
Free download: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/r/rileymt/Vettius%20Valens%20entire.pdf

Websites:
Astro databank
Wikisource.org

The chart was calculated in freeware Morinus:
https://sites.google.com/site/pymorinus/

Delineation through the Lots

I was amused by the lots from my first days entering into traditional astrology. I think they show many subtle things in the chart, and without them the analysis of the chart would lack great deal of considerable knowledge.
If I allow myself to object to Morin – author for whom I have great affinity – I would object him for not using the lots.
His great insights would have been even greater if he didn’t throw them as “non existed”, and non fit-able for his natural philosophy and approach to astrology.

I will give a delineation of a chart using two lots: the lot of mother and of father.

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In the chart above we can see the lot of father and of mother are both in Taurus in 11th place (look as Whole Signs).
Ruler Venus do not regard the place, neither the exalted lord – Moon. But the two malefics regard the lots through opposition. This shows hard life for the native’s parents.

This is enough to say to the client or the person to whom you delineate the chart to gain some respectability.
“Your parents had or have a hard life?!”
It sounds naive but people can acknowledge such an answer which astrology and astrologer can give.

Further on, we can see that Venus also rules the 4th and Moon – the ruler of the nativity, is IN the 4th.
We can see that a connection between the native and the parents exist.
We can see that the Moon applies toward Venus and Venus gives reception to the Moon:
“Native is favored by his parents, especially the father”.

These hints are enough to have in mind when a client comes for consultation.
You can expose them in a sort of questions:
“Are you close with your parents?” or “I can see that you are very close to your parents, especially the father”.

This often gives “yes, yes” delights from the clients, and their respectability toward Astrology grows.

But why “especially the father”? Well, medieval astrologers looked at the 4th as representative of “especially” the father. They often looked at 10th for the mother. I’m aware of the fact that many astrologers today are criticizing this approach as a medieval misreading of Ptolemy, but I’m not sure that it is only a misreading thing or maybe they saw some logic in it also.

However, if we use the Father Almuten which Schoener gives in his “On the Judgment of nativities”, we can see that Venus is Almuten of Father, so she will say some things related to the father in the nativity.
I would not say that Venus is significator of the Father, but that would “say some things about the father”.
I’m somehow reluctant to use feminine planet to represent a male person in the chart. But we can use it as a “planet speaking something about that person”.

As a significator of the father I would use the Sun, being in 7th is showing business partnership of the native with his father. The Sun is almuten of the 10th and is also speaking of the father helping the native in his career path. But also shows some disintegration and uncertainty because the Sun is in detriment.
Sun is more attacked then Venus (natural significator for the Mother) in the chart (square from Mars) and therefore the father had much difficult and turbulent life then the mother.

As we can see, delineation started with the lots and didn’t stopped there. I think that the symbolism in the chart is more broader then using just one signification for one matter.We can often see how the old masters delineate something in this sort: “The native had “such and such thing in life” because the significator of “the thing” was in… AND BECAUSE the lot was in such and such relationship with.. AND BECAUSE the malefics or benefics regarded the place of (the thing related to the topic)”. So, all the factors related to the topic, in my opinion, should be examined; in order to give thorough delineation of the native’s life as pictured in his natal chart.

The Syzygy of Fortune – Hellenistic Fortune Indicator

For no small power occurs with the prenatal conjunction whenever it chances to be upon a pivot, especially the Horoscopos and the Midheaven.
(Hephaistio of Thebes – Apotelesmatics, Book II, Schmidt trans., p. 53

Hellenistic astrologers payed great attention of the delineation of the fortune native may have in life.
There are many different techniques of how this can be delineated in the chart and the place of syzygy and its lord in the natal chart is one of these.

Hephaistio in the quote above conclude a delineation of a distinguished nativity who happens to have prenatal conjunctive lunation in the Midheaven. But the technique does not require this to be conjunctive lunation, a preventive lunation will do just the same:

If the sign of the new or full moon or the ruler of this sign happens to be in the Ascendant or at MC, the native will be fortunate.
(Vettius Valens – Anthologies Book II, Riley trans., p.38)

This alone would not give distinguished nativity, but I have a habit to always check this indication and it seems that really works. Even if the other indicators of the chart – such as social status – are low, the nativity has some amount of “luck” in life and is distinguished among the people co-present with him at that social dwelling.

Why is this a “powerful” thing as Hephaistio says?
The prenatal lunation was seen as some sort of life giving place. Therefore Valens says that if the lord of the syzygy does not see the syzygy in the natal chart, native may die violently. It is somehow a protective place for the native. It is the lace of Life, the source of life power. Having this place or its lord on the two greatest pivots in the chart is very potent thing, it gives strength to the nativity, because the life power is on a very vital place in the chart.

Valens was calculating what later was called “Pars Hyleg” in the medieval tradition, by the Moon and the syzygy.
Valens says that this place has the power of the ascendant, and Bonatti says that this part is the “root of the radix“, the base of all things in nativity.

Further investigation needs to be made in this direction, as to why is this place so potent and why it matters in the nativity.

Let’s examine some notable nativities.
Some note of caution though. I’m not saying in the examples I present, that the whole fortune and status in life (of the persons) is due to this factor alone. They for sure have more indicators then this, but the factor of the syzygy or its lord on the two pivots is for sure adding a strength to the whole nativity, on a fortune level and on a vitality level as well.

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Brad Pit has his syzygy on the first pivot, near the Sun and having Jupiter in trigon relationship (mutual reception with Sun), showing the power and fortune this nativity has.

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The most famous and for many years richest musician Paul McCartney, has syzygy at 20 Gemini on the 10th pivot in conjunction with the ruler Mercury and Sun. This is really powerful chart, having very good spear-bearers as Mercury and Saturn for the Sun (configured with the MC, Mercury in its own domicile and Saturn in its own triplicity), ruler of Lot of Fortune in 10th from Fortune, Jupiter exalted on the MC and etc.

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Metthew Perry is (for me) the funniest character from the Friends sitcom. He has syzygy in Leo – the first pivot, with Sun configured here in its own domicile.

I’m sure there can be found many examples of exceptional nativities with the syzygy or its lord on the two strongest pivots, but you may found (I haven’t yet) a nativity not so exceptional who has this configuration in his chart. As I said, having this configuration may not show the head of a state, but will show some exceptional qualities and will distinguish the nativity among its social peers.

Sources:
Vettius Valens – The Anthologies, Riley translation.
Hephaistio of Thebes – Apotelesmatics Book II, Schmidt translation.

Charts are calculated in the freeware Morinus:
https://sites.google.com/site/pymorinus/

Working Example of Valens’s Medical Astrology

I want to add a few words before I begin with the working examples.
In the working examples I evaluate practically the method Valens exposes in his book on people who already have or had known disease. You will see that sometime I search for the indications of the disease in the Lot of Fortune, sometimes in the ruler or in the Spirit and its ruler (all the probable indicators which Valens use).
I’m aware that this is post factum analysis and that I look for clues for my pre-concepted expectations to find them in any way.
But this is how one learn, this is how one practice the astrological techniques and this is my goal with these posts. Also, my goal is to motivate you to learn and be fascinate as I am of the techniques of the old masters.
I want through practice, to see in which occasions the disease is indicated by the Lot of Fortune and in which through its ruler.

Michel Petrucciani and Glass Bone Disease

Michel Petrucciani was a French pianist and composer who died young (36) from a rare inherited (bone) disease called Glass Bones Disease.
More on his nativity here:
http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Petrucciani,_Michel

The disease is inherited and the symptoms are that the native has very fragile bones. Latin name for this disease is Osteogenesis Imperfecta. 

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia about the disease:

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a congenital disease, meaning it is present at birth. It is frequently caused by defect in the gene that produces type 1 collagen, an important building block of bone. There are many different defects that can affect this gene. The severity of OI depends on the specific gene defect.

OI is an autsomal dominant disease. That means if you have one copy of the gene, you will have the disease. Most cases of OI are inherited from a parent, although some cases are the result of new genetic mutations.

A person with OI has a 50% chance of passing on the gene and the disease to their children.

More on the disease:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002540/

Here’s the chart (I will accentuate one more time that even though it is most likely that Valens used Whole Sign House system, I post most of the charts in Alcabitius divisions, from where we can easily use WS system, by just ignoring the divisions).

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Gemini is indicative of shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, joints, sinews, strength, courage, change, the birth of women, speech, mouth, blood vessels, the voice.
(Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Book II, Riley trans., p.48)

Lot of Fortune is in Gemini, but we can’t see anything related to the bones here.
So, as a post factum analysis we search for the ruler of the Fortune.
Ruler is Mercury in Capricorn in 8th whole sign house (notice how all of the 3 examples I’ve posted have ruler of the Fortune in the 8th from the Fortune).

“The ruler of the Lot of Fortune will be particularly indicative, along with the sign in which it is located”

Capricorn according to Valens rules the knees, the sinews, the internal and external sprains and strains “because its mysterious character” says Valens. Also causes weak vision because of the spiny vertebrae.

We know that Saturn in general rules the Bones, so having in mind that the ruler of the Lot of Fortune in Saturnine sign will have something to do with the bones in general.

It is interesting that Mercury also rules the 4th whole sign (disease inherited from the predecessors). But also Sun – the ruler of IC is in 8th whole sign and division (death related to the family or ancestry).
Moon separates from that Mercury in 8th and is void of course making no application till the end of the sign.

We can go on in further details examining Mars in 4th ruler of 6th (diseases) and some other factors.
But the fact is that Astrology can give only hints (at least I as an astrologer, I’m sure Astrology itself is capable of more): bone related diseases/ inherited diseases.
Sometimes these hints are enough for the client or the one who asks to generate an intention for further medical tests. Read the story of the famous astrologer Diana Rosenberg and how she entered into the world of Astrology, by astrologer saving her son’s life, diagnosing a disease.

Why in this case ruler and its sign was indicative of the disease and not the Lot of Fortune and its sign as in the previous examples?
I still don’t have the answer. Maybe he had smaller diseases related to the Gemini indicators too, of which we are not aware at the moment. But Mercury being in the 8th from Fortune, and in 8th from Ascendant, alongside Moon – the natural ruler of the body and of the Fortune, separating from Mercury and applying to no planet, is telling the story that the disease which will kill him (8th) is indicated by the Mercury’s sign.
I wouldn’t ignore Mars in 4th ruler of 6th (strongly advancing toward the IC) either. Venus applying in square relationship to Mars. Venus is in 6th and rules (alongside Mars) 6th and 12th (chronic diseases).

I hope this is enough to provoke the astrology enthusiasts to investigate medical astrology as was given in Valens’s book. And lets not forget that Astrology can give only a hints, it is not its goal to replace the medicine.

Enjoy the music of this wonderful musician:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWmz5-NoFzk

Sources:
Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Book II, Riley trans.

Websites used:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html

http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Main_Page

The chart is calculated in the freeware Morinus:
https://sites.google.com/site/pymorinus/

The Medical Astrology of Vettius Valens

“In the birth of every native from the Lot of Fortune and Spirit, make known the matter of injuries and ailments in reference to the presence of the malefics”.
(Vettius Valens – The Anthology, Book II, Part 1, Schmidt trans., p.74)

In book II of Anthology, Vettius Valens gives a very good introduction to medical astrology. Valens is fascinating, his book is full with all branches of Astrology, and as we will see in this article, he offers a very good and practical insights in to medical analysis of the native through his chart.

Valens explains that the natural correspondence of the Lot of Fortune is with breast because breast are ruled by Cancer and Cancer by Moon. Lot of Fortune is the Lot of the Moon as the Spirit is the Lot of the Sun.
So the place of the Lot of Fortune is the 1st place and indicates the breast according to Cancer universally.
The second place goes in the universal order, so this sign from the Lot of Fortune would universally represent Leo and would rule the flanks. Third sign would rule the belly according to Virgo and etc.
It is the same with Spirit and Leo. The place where Spirit falls is the universal place of Leo and would indicate heart; the second sign the stomach according to Virgo and etc.

Valens goes on explaining the method of his predecessors – Egyptian astrologers. But he says that the method he presents in the following pages is more accurate. The method he represents is that he uses the body correspondences of the actual sign where Lot of Fortune and Spirit lies, instead of the Universal order of the signs in relationship to Cancer and Leo.

“It will be necessary to examine each nativity closely to see in which sign the Lot of Fortune is located, for the nature of the sign will indicate the injury. The ruler of the Lot of Fortune will be particularly indicative, along with the sign in which it is located”.
(Vettius Valens, Anthologies, Book II, Riley trans., p. 48)

Let’s look few examples.
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We can see that the Lot of Fortune is in Aries.
Aries rules the head, the sensory faculties, eyes and eyesight, headaches, lichenous scaliness of the skin, and etc.
This native has a good eyesight, but has problem with dry eyes (Aries – hot and dry) which as a result gives him dark circles under his eyes (skin problems around the eyes). Furthermore, he has problem with headaches.

The problem with the dry eyes started in the 2002 when Mars made an ingress in Aries (natal place of Lot of Fortune) in the Revolution of the year of the nativity. The zodiacal releasing of the Fortune was in Taurus/Cancer. Mars – the ruler of the Lots is in opposition to Taurus, and Cancer is in square relationship with Aries (the place of the Lot).

“The injuries and the ailments, then, will become more active when malefics should be upon the places or the rulers, or should witness them”
(Vettius Valens – The Anthology, Book II, Part 1, Schmidt trans., p.77).

Next is the chart of the Australian astrologer Kelli Fox.
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Astro databank rapports that she has disease called Toxic epidemal necrolysis (skin disease):
http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Fox,_Kelli

Wikipedia says about this desease:
Toxic epidermal necrolysis (also known as “Lyell’s syndrome”) is a rare, life-threatening dermatological condition that is usually induced by a reaction to medications. It is characterized by the detachment of the top layer of skin (the epidemius) from the lower layers of the skin (the dermis) all over the body.

As we can see, she also has Lot of Fortune in Aries. But the thing to be a way worse (from the previous example), in the same sign she has a very nasty Saturn: contrary to sect, in elevation, in bad zodiacal shape (slavery) and retrograde.

“Injuries and diseases will be quite violent if malefics are in conjunction or in aspect with these places or their houserulers”
(Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Book II, Riley trans., p. 49).

The medical diagnosis of the disease was in March 2004.
Moon by Secondary Progressions (look at Valens’s Book IX for more information about his use of SP) came in Aries around the period when the disease become known. Furthermore, Saturn was transiting the first sign Leo.

It is worth investigating with these techniques represented by Valens in his II book.
The results of my usage of them are astonishing. I will come back later with more charts and information on this topic.

Sources:
Vettius Valens – Anthology, Book II, Part 1, Robert Schmidt’s translation.
Vettius Valens – Anthologies, Book II, Mark T. Riley’s translation.

The charts are calculated by the free Morinus software:
https://sites.google.com/site/pymorinus/

Pars Hyleg: What is the purpose of my life?

                             

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cheshire Cat.
“I don’t much care where —” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t mat­ter which way you go,” said the Cheshire Cat.
“— so long as I get some­where,” Alice added as an explanation.

(Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland)

Do you have purpose in life? Or maybe you don’t know it yet? Can Astrology give an answer to this question? One of the most fundamental questions in life: “What is the meaning and purpose of life? What is my role in it? Where is my place in this world?”

This part is the root of the others and is taken by day or night from the degree of the conjunction or prevention which preceded the nativity or the question or the revolution, to the degree of the Moon, and this is then projected from the ascendant. And  this  part is called the radix vitae (root  of  life) because  it comprehends entirely the whole being (esse) of the native or querent or even the revolution, and if it is well disposed, it signifies universally the good “being” (esse) of the native and of other matters. However, if it is evilly disposed, it signifies the contrary of the aforesaid.

(Guido Bonatti – On Arabic Parts, Zoller trans., Ch 4)

Pars Hyleg, or part of hyleg is often associated with the highest spiritual purpose one has in life.
Many suggest to use Pars Hyleg in order to find where the Life Purpose of native lies. Client may come and ask: “What is the purpose of my life?” and you can look at this part, its position by sign, house, its dispositor/s, and answer to him: “Your life path is related to that and that subject or theme (something connected with creative arts if part is in 5th for example). You can also look the planet which aspects or conjunct the part in order to see which “color” or “blend” will they add, or how easy or with hardship this purpose can be achieved (malefics in bad aspect for example).

Pars Hyleg can be found by taking the distance from the degree of the prenatal new or full moon, up to the natal Moon’s degree, and project that from Ascendant.

The formula would look like this: ASC + Natal Moon – SAN (Syzygyium Ante Nativatem).

You don’t reverse this part; it is the same for day and night births.

Jon Bon Jovi

We all know who Jon Bon Jovi is.  I don’t feel the need to present his biography, and you can easily read that on Wikipedia or any other free internet source.
Some scatch of his life can be found on astro databank where I found his chart rated with highest AA:
http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Bon_Jovi,_Jon

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His Pars Hyleg is in 12 Pisces in exact conjunction with the Sun. Sun is naturally associated with fame, success, rank, glory and etc.  Sun also rules in 10th (Leo has a part of the 10th house division), so our first conclusion about this nativity would be that his purpose in life is to be famous through his career.  Sun is virtually non afflicted by malefic stars. It is peregrine but it is good that Venus gives him reception by exaltation. Venus also helps the lot because it is exalted ruler of Pisces, while the domicile lord Jupiter is in aversion to the part; exalted ruler – Venus, would take the significance of dispositor to the lot.

We can see that the lot is in Pisces, a sign which is of a dreamy and spiritual nature, watery and gives sensitivity. It is a sign which is related to music through Venus, Venus is its exalted ruler and this Venus is co-present with the Lot and Sun in this sign, and as Ascendant ruler highly accentuates the artesian nature of Jon.  This same Venus is aspecting the Midheaven in 3 degrees and in trigon relationship. We can see here very subtle relationship between his artesian nature, skills and praxis, career and fame.

Furthermore, the Sun is ruler of 11th and 7th by exaltation. We know that all that Jon made in his career, is due to his partnership (7th) with Richie Sambora (one of my favorite guitar players).
There are some astrologers who associate the 11th with the audience (through the opposition of 5th which is related to the performance). I’m not sure how justified this is from traditional astrology logic, but it makes sense to me, because one’s audience, one’s fans are his Group.
However, 7th is the house of Other People in general, so Sun has rulership here too.

His chart has some very good spear-bearers too. Moon as a Light of Sect is angular, though in bad zodiacal state has good spear-bearer – Venus (an evening rising) in her exaltation. She is just out of combustion and she assist the MC (has configuration with the MC, something which is very important).
Sun has Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn as a spear-bearers. Saturn in its own domicile, Mercury (morning star) in its own triplicity (1st triplitiy ruler of Air Signs by night), and Jupiter good enough with not being in debility or peregrine, having triplicity rulership in Aquarius. They are all in good oriental phases.

The whole chart and points in it are inter-related. You saw from the example above how one point in chart took us in examination of another point in relation to a particular theme in life.  We saw how Pars Hyleg ,can give a testimony of the purpose one has in life; in this case a famous artesian of high eminency and rank.

Paul Foster Case

Let’s look now at different nativity.
For those who are interested or have ever been interested into esoteric subjects, this name would sound familiar. Paul Foster Case was a well-known Hermeticist and Rosicrucian from the early 20th century.

His mother was a music teacher and Paul early in life was directed in that direction and indeed he was very talented musician. His father was a head of a library, so Paul was from his early days associated with many books too. He was especially interested in mystical books and had early records of mystical experiences.

Lee Moffitt explains his turning point in the “Paul Foster Case Timeline” brochure:

“1909-10- Case was approached on the streets of Chicago by a stranger who called him by name, and revealed Case’s “most secret thoughts, hopes, and activities”. The stranger told Case he came from the Master of Wisdom who was the teacher of them both. Case was at a crossroads. He could either continue with his musical career and have a life of relative ease and comfort, or dedicate himself to fully serve humanity and play a vital part in its evolution for this coming Aquarian Age. He was told that road would be hard, with much trials and sorrow. From that moment on, although Case went on to become an orchestral conductor, every spare moment went into his dedicated service.”

It is suspected that he is one of the authors of today well known book on modern hermetic “Kybalion”.  The occult order of B.O.T.A. today still exist and it is well known through the occult circles.
He was a teacher, a lecturer, writer and experimenter in many occult and mystical exercises, especially experimentation in relation with meditation and sound.

Here you can read more on his nativity and chart:
http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Case,_Paul_Foster

Let’s look at his chart.

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We can see that Pars Hyleg is at 3 degrees Gemini, in the 7th house. Ruler Mercury is on MC in its own sign and regards the part. So, from this first examination we can conclude that the purpose of this native is something related to speaking (Mercury and Gemini), also something related with sharing information (Gemini is centrifugal sign, spreading information in the environment).
He would take this as a career (Mercury on MC).

Furthermore, Saturn is co-present with the part in same sign; he will add some color into it.
Saturn is associate with discipline and hard work. In relation to Mercury would give a deep thinker and disciplined mind (Mercury from his own side, gives perfect reception to Saturn, in application).

But we cannot always and easily and naively judge the nativity by looking at one segment only, we must examine some other factors too. Looking at the ruler of his ascendant – Jupiter In 9th alongside Venus (the two benefics in 9th!) we can judge that the primary motivation, the quest for happiness in his life, he would seek in religion, spirituality, occult sciences (his special affinity was to Tarot, and was fascinated by Astrology too).

Abu Ali says that Jupiter in 9th gives:

“Good faith, true dreams and truthful interpretation of them”.

For Venus:

“Pleasure and good fortune through travel, religion, fear of God, true dreams and truthful interpretation of them”.
(Abu Ali – The Judgments of Nativities, Holden trans., p.73)

But the ruler of the pars hyleg – Mercury, has rulership in the 9th division by the virtue of Virgo having part of that division itself.

Moon in Pisces would give mystical blend to the whole character.

Sun as Light of the Sect being angular in masculine sign, and having some good spear-bearers would give distinguished nativity. Mercury angular configured with MC in its own sign and exaltation, being a morning star, is highly powerful Mercury. This Mercury also get out of the Sun’s beams (made an appearance) in 7 days prior the birth, distinguishing itself even more. Jupiter in its own triplicity and Saturn too, in trigonal relationship with Sun, direct in motion gives good spear-bearers too.

We can conclude that this nativity will be distinguished (deep) thinker, orator, and writer in the religious, spiritual, and mystical fields.

Conclusion:

Pars Hyleg can be very valuable and useful tool for delineating native’s purpose in life. I hope that I was able to show you my approach in using it in the 2 nativities above. The holistic approach to the chart is needed. The whole chart operates as a whole and the parts are only parts of the whole. So, one must look at the big picture in every instance and to compare the parts with that big picture.

Sources:

Guido Bonatti – On Arabic Parts, translated by Robert Zoller, 2000.

Abu Ali – The Judgments of Nativities, translated by James H. Holden, 1998.

Paul Foster Case Timeline – Editor Lee Moffitt, 9/26/97

Source for the picture of the “life of purpose”: florindasdesigns-flickr

Astrology debunked or misunderstood?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlMiKrwCRQ0

I’m watching this video where the famous anti-creationist Richard Dawkins debunks, or to say it better, tries to debunk astrology.

Honestly, I really feel awful when I see how people debunk modern rubbish astrology and quote Ptolemy, or some other old author. The connection they make really does not exist. Modern astrologers and Ptolemy do not have any possible relation, except that they both say that they talk about astrology. I think Richard Dawkins needs to learn more about astrology and that there exist generally two kind of astrology: modern rubbish astrology which can be easily debunked, and traditional real astrology, which can not be so easily debunked.

But I think that these kind of people like R. Dawkins have presumption and evil intentions toward astrology and try to debunk it in any possible way, no matter if there seems to be truth or some truth in it. They start with “astrology is rubbish and I will debunk it because does not incorporate well in my belief science system” thought, and you can’t explain on that kind of man that astrology is a beautiful art and that there can be really astonishing correlations with what real astrology ‘teaches’ and the real human life and its destiny.

They (people like Dawkins) say that astrologers are close minded, and all I can see in them is close mindedness incarnated in all its glory.

“I’m not close minded. I’m ready science to debunk astrology, and if science honestly can do this, then I will leave astrology for good. But are you ready to except astrology if the former seems to be hard task to accomplish?” – I once asked a science enthusiast guy.

It seems out that they have preconceptions, presumptions and they MUST be true, they will find any possible clue not to open their minds.

Once I thought that scientists are people who has most open minds. Now I believe the contrary.

Don’t get me wrong, I really respect what science did, and I try to follow the modern trends of science, but I don’t like science fundamentalists, close minded scientists.

Quality of Mind: Chart of a friend of mine

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This is a chart of a friend of mine who has brilliant intelligence. He has photographic memory and when we watch football game (Barcelona the best!) he records every little detail of the game. Afterwards he can remember in which minute, which player passed the ball to some other player, and to which action this pass led. I mean, it is really impressive to see this “in life” and not on You Tube or some other internet or TV Channel. But this photographic memory is not what impresses me only, he has very great rational mind, logic too. When he speaks about what strategy should Pep Guardiola use, you can see how logically and practically this sound, and you would never come up with such ideas.

I was wondering what in his chart can show this capability. Ptolemy advises us to look at Mercury and Moon in order to investigate the two parts of the mind (soul), i.e. the rational part and irrational or sensitive part.
Montulmo later on advises us to calculate a so called Almuten Intelectus out of these two and ascendant.

But I have found something intriguing with his Mercury which is Almuten Dominus of the ascendant.
When I first looked at the chart I said to my self: “How can this retrograde Mercury be significator of such a great ratio?!”.

Mercury is retrograde but in 7 days after the birth this Mercury will make appearance and will turn direct.
Ptolemy says that the planet (in transit) which makes phasis, or appearance is “intensifying events” .
Planet which was retrograde in nativity, and turn direct in 7 days after the birth is a planet which distinguishes it self in nativity, this planet is fortified. Mercury is going out of the Sun’s beams, turns direct and advance toward the Midheaven. Mercury is Almuten Intelectus, so we can see here how great importance this Mercury takes in his life.

Furthermore, this Mercury is in Cancer – one of the most fruitful signs, plus a watery sign with which Moon rules, and we know that Moon is related to memory. Mercury in cardinal signs also gives quick mind, clever mind.

Pars Rationis, part calculated through Mercury and Mars, is in 18 Sagittarius, which is bound of Mercury and in the same sign with Moon which is dispositor of Mercury. Moon and Mercury do not regard each other, but the good thing is that they regard Ascendant. So, Pars Rationis is a pivotal and the ruler Jupiter is regarding it through trigon relationships, which is a good thing. Furthermore, the twelfth part of Juptier is in Sagittarius.

Moon is applying toward the fixed star Ettain (right eye of the dragon), which is of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter.
This star is helpful for mental concentration, analytical and penetrating mind.

I’m sure there are other indicators, I’ve noticed and threw out just a few.