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