A brief overview of Zodiacal Releasing

I came across this blog post about Zodiacal Releasing on the Argentinian site Cosmoazul and asked the author, Alex, for permission to translate and repost it here. Alex kindly consented so here is his 2012 article about Aphesis.  Any mis-translations are purely my own. I have added subheadings, not in the original, to make different sections of the text easier to identify.

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Zodiacal Releasing – Vettius Valens

By Alex at COSMOAZUL in Argentina

03 MAY 2012

http://astrosur.blogspot.com/2012/05/liberacion-zodiacalvittus-valens.html

Vettius Valens (8 Feb 120 – 175 CE) was a Hellenistic astrologer born during the 2nd century CE in Antioch, which is modern-day Antakya.  Valens is the author of several texts written in Greek, called the Anthology, which consists of nine books composed between 150 CE and the time of his death. The most complete and extensive treatise on astrology that has survived from that time, the Anthology has been translated in a joint effort called Project Hindsight, which deals with Hellenistic astrology – the form of astrology that developed in Egypt and the area surrounding the Mediterranean after the conquest of Alexandria and the primary source of all Western astrology as we know it.

Valens was a contemporary of Ptolemy, who was an Egyptian by birth and Roman by adoption. Ptolemy was the author of several works, the best known of which is the Tetrabiblos; he was the first to reconceptualize astrology in terms of Natural Philosophy. The curious thing about Ptolemy is that despite writing about astrology, he was not a practicing astrologer. His work is considered as the completion of Aristotelian physics at a sublunary level. Ptolemy’s work cannot be considered representative of Hellenistic astrology since, apart from being a theoretical revisionist, he rejected much of the astrological tradition which he inherited. Phases of the Fixed Stars was another well-known work of Ptolemy in which he deals with the prediction of the climate by means of astrology.

Vettius Valens, for his part, is the one of the best representatives of the astrology of his time. In his work he cites a large number of astrologers who would never have been known but for him. Valens traveled extensively in the Middle East, pursuing the sources of astrological knowledge and thanks to his work and detailed writings, served as the basis for many Arabic Arab astrologers of the Middle Ages who translated part of his works into Persian.

In this presentation I would like to highlight one of the techniques described by Valens in his fourth book about the different systems of “chronocrators” or “time lords”, known as Zodiacal Aphesis or Zodiacal Releasing.

Chronocrators: Lords of Time Periods

The term “chronocrator” refers to any celestial body or point in the zodiac that is an indicator of time or a period of time. The word is known from the periodic conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn every 20 years, which is known as the Great Chronocrator. The technique of Zodiacal Releasing is described by Vettius Valens as one of the most precise and powerful and is attributed to a Hellenistic astrologer named Abraham. The time lords or Chronocrators are the Western equivalent of the Hindu Dasa system, in which the planets serve in turn as regents of a given period of time, usually including a series of sub-regents serving under the principal one for shorter periods of time.

Some of these methods are general, investigating life as a whole, whereas others are more specific and deal with particular topics.

Releasing or Aphesis

“Releasing” is a term that applies to general methods of Time Lords, where a significant point is set free from its position in the chart and moves through it in one way or another. In methods like the primary directions, the released signifier moves through successive degrees of the natal chart in a continuous arc, whereas in the Zodiacal Releasing technique the signifier moves from one sign to the next in discrete jumps.

The nature of the significator determines the type of information that is revealed by a given time-lord system. Zodiacal Releasing typically uses the “Arabic parts” or Lots as signifiers whose signs become points of departure. Valens typically uses either of the two main Lots of Hellenistic astrology, that of Fortune and that of Spirit, but in principle there is no reason why the sign containing any other Lot could not serve as a starting point for releasing.

Transits

The position about the transits in ancient times was that for an event to happen, the transiting planet had to be a chronocrator for the period of time and the questions that were posed. In other words, a planet in transit needed to be a time lord in order to give testimony regarding the life of the native and to be able to be heard. In part, this approach can explain why certain transits do not produce events on some occasions, that is to say, why the planet is considered “mute” for not manifesting itself in any evident way.

Planetary Periods

The periods obtained under this method of zodiacal releasing can be subdivided up to 4 nested levels, representing years, months, days and hours. This allows you to determine very precisely on what day and at what time the particular time lord goes into effect and for how long.

The planetary periods used in Hellenistic astrology are a kind of recurring cycle involving a reference planet (usually the Sun) and the planet in question. On a given date, for example, the Sun will be in one degree and Mercury in another. The next time Mercury occupies the same degree and the Sun is also in its original location relative to Mercury, a Mercury cycle ends (20 years in this example).

All the planets have periods during which they give testimony regarding the life of the native and these periods are derived from the so-called “minor years” of the planets, also called cycles of recurrence. In this regard, it is necessary to take into account that the length of these years is not as we know it today but rather the Egyptian year of 360 days. Thus, the duration of the “minor years” of the planets is:

  • Sun 19 years
  • Moon 25 years
  • Mercury 20 years
  • Venus 8 years
  • Mars 15 years
  • Jupiter 12 years
  • Saturn 30 years

Thus, the Moon takes 25 Egyptian years (of 360 days each) to return to the same degree it had in relation to the Sun, Venus take 8 years in “recurring” with the Sun, etc. At the time a chronocrator reaches the end of its period, the chronocratorship is said to “pass” to the next sign in zodiacal order.

Subperiods as one-twelfth of the higher-level period

Now, the primary or dominant period of the planets was considered the most important and gave the general overview of that time in the life of an individual, but in order to fully understand the different possible variations within that general time frame, the primary period was divided into subperiods equivalent to 1/12 (one twelfth) of the length of the general period. This value likely derives from considering the two luminaries as principals in the sky, the apparent lunar motion being 12 times that of the Sun. By the same reasoning, one can understand why the Lot of Fortune (Moon) and the Lot of Spirit (Sun) are taken as the primary starting points for this technique of Zodiacal Releasing.

For Vettius Valens, the Lot of Fortune was the key for analyzing and studying matters related to the body, physical happiness, health, financial stability, etc., while the Lot of Spirit was taken into consideration for the things that one does, for example, work, employment, career, etc.

The Lord of the first period is the ruler of the domicile of the sign where the Lot or specific point is located. Thus, if the Part of Fortune lies in the sign of Leo, then the first 19 years of the person’s life will be ruled by the Sun, after which “chronocratorship” would be passed on or delivered to Virgo, administered by Mercury for the next 20 years.

The subperiods follow the same principle as above but their duration is in months, preserving the ratio of 1/12. This means that if the Sun is the regent of the first 19 years, it will also be the sub-regent of the first 19 months, after which it passes to Mercury during the next 20 months due to its regency of Virgo, then Venus the next 8 months due to Libra, etc.

Thus, the periods known as the “minor years” of the planets are the values used in the Zodiacal Releasing to determine the duration of the epochs or general periods of life, with the exception of Saturn. In classical astrology Saturn rules both Aquarius and Capricorn, and if the Lot or point in question lies in (or passes to) Aquarius, its duration will be 30 years, but it will be reduced to 27 years if it lies in Capricorn.

Egyptian years of 360 days

For the major or general periods, these values are taken as years of exactly 360 days. In the subperiods, a month of 30 days is 1/12 of the year of 360 days. To reach the third subperiod level (days), the monthly value is divided by 12. In the case of Mercury, for example, its subperiod is 20 months and the sublevel period would be 1 / 12th of that, which calculates to 50 days. The last sub-level or Lord of Time of 4th level, would take the 50 days and calculate 1/12 of it, which gives a result of 4 1/6 days, that is, 4 days and 4 hours.

An explanatory table would appear as follows:

Four Levels of Time Periods

Planet First & Second Levels

Years/Months

Third Level Fourth Level
Sun 19 47.5 days 3 days 23 hours
Moon 25 62.5 days 5 days 5 hours
Mercury 20 50 days 4 days 4 hours
Venus 8 20 days 1 day 16 hours
Mars 15 37.5 days 3 days 3 hours
Jupiter 12 30 days 2 days 12hours
Saturn (Aquarius) 30 75 days 6 days 6 hours
Saturn (Capricorn) 27 67.5 days 5 days 15 hours

 

Loosing of the Bond (“La pérdida de la atadura”)

For the second level subperiods, which utilize the planetary periods as months, a complete cycle through the 12 signs of the zodiac takes 17 years 7 months (in 360-day years). Since the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Saturn have periods longer than that, the 6 signs that they govern will have more than 12 subdivisions. When dividing these 6 signs (Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius), after twelve subperiods have been completed, instead of with the sign that served to initiate the subperiod, the releasing jumps to the opposite sign and continues from there. For example, when Cancer as a major period is subdivided, the first subperiod is Cancer and the twelfth subperiod is Gemini. The thirteenth subperiod instead of going back to Cancer is, instead, the opposite sign Capricorn. Aquarius is the fourteenth subperiod, Pisces the fifteenth and so on until the end of the 25 year cycle of Cancer under the Moon.

In Leo this occurs when the second level period changes from Cancer to Aquarius; in Virgo, when it changes from Leo to Pisces; in Capricorn, from Sagittarius to Cancer; in Aquarius, from Capricorn to Leo; and in Gemini, from Taurus to Sagittarius.

The time or moment that this jump happens is called the “Loosing of the bond”” and marks a significant point in the cycle.

With this technique one must keep in mind that the years to which each planet refers do not correspond to current dates. As was previously mentioned, this technique makes use of the 360-day Egyptian year. If one begins a period on 1/1/2012 in Cancer, instead of ending the period after 25 years as the Moon indicates, the Leo period would begin on 8/22/2036 instead of 1/1/2037. This occurs because Zodiacal Releasing uses a year of 360 days and not the solar year of 365.25 days. The months are exactly 1/12 of a year of 360 days or exactly 30 days, which corresponds to the duration of the signs as 30 degrees within a 360° wheel. If one does the calculation mentally, one can ignore the difference because it would take 70 years to accumulate an inequality of 1 year. One would maintain a one-month lag for every 5 years and 10 months.

To convert an ancient Egyptian year of 360 days to the current calendar year of 365 days is very simple. Just multiply the number of 360 days per year by 360 to get the result in days, then divide that result by 365.25 to get the number in normal years (365.22422 for a better approximation). A problem may arise when dealing with leap years and the uneven months of our calendar, but nothing that cannot be solved by a couple of calculations.

The Hellenistic Lots

In Hellenistic astrology the Lots (Arabic Parts) were a very important component of the original system. The most widely used were the Lot of Fortune and the Lot of Spirit. The most common Lots are found by taking the ecliptic arc between two planets and projecting an equal arc from the Ascendant. The Lot is the other end of this arc. For many Lots, the calculation differs for daytime or night births. Unlike the planets which each have several meanings, the Lots are very specific and specialized: Lot of death, marriage, father, disease, prosecution, trial, etc. A Lot represents the power of a planet in a specific sense. The system of Lots generated by taking one of the planets in relation to each of the remaining six classical planets represents the distribution of the multiple meanings of that planet in different places of the chart, in this way the planetary meanings can be studied separately.

The Lot of Fortune is found taking the ecliptic arc from the Sun forward in the direction of the signs to the Moon and projecting an equal arc from the degree of the Ascendant. For a nocturnal birth, the ecliptic arc of the Moon is taken forward to the Sun and projected from the Ascending degree. Of course, for these calculations it is necessary to have a natal hour as exact as possible to determine the right degree of the Ascendant. Another method is to invert the direction of projection that extends from the Ascendant in the opposite direction. Either way it gives the same result.

The Lot of Spirit is calculated by taking the ecliptic degree from the Moon forward in the order of the signs to the Sun, and then an equal arc is projected from the degree of the Ascendant. For a night chart, the arc is taken from the Sun to the Moon and projected from the Ascendant.

Thus, one can see that the algorithm for the Lot of Fortune in a diurnal chart is the same as that of the Spirit for a nocturnal nativity, and vice versa. It can also be seen that there is a direct relationship between one Lot and the other, and in fact their positions are symmetrical to each other with reference to the Ascendant-Descendant axis. This reveals to us that under a birth during the New Moon, the Lot of Spirit and Fortune are both on the degree of the Ascendant and they are on the Descendant for a birth during a full moon.

The Lot of Fortune singles out the meaning of the Moon’s fortune and represents the total allocation of good or bad things that befall us as physical organisms or biological entities, or that enter into our human lives independently of our actions. Thus, Zodiacal Releasing can be used with this Lot to investigate one’s health and injuries of the body as well as the result of the actions we take in response to what happens to us or that we suffer. The Lot of Fortune is also called the Lunar Ascendant and is used to establish an alternative system of whole sign houses different from the natal houses (unless Fortune is located in the Ascending sign, in which case they would be equal). For this, the first house is the sign where the Fortune is. Hellenistic practice studies the Lots or Arabic Parts in the system of houses of the Fortune.

On the other hand, the Lot of Spirit isolates the meaning of the Spirit of the Sun, and refers to the power of the Sun to rise or awaken us to action. Zodiacal Releasing from this Lot can be used to study one’s work or career and the outcome of actions carried out as a result of conscious choices or the exercise of one’s will in general.

The importance of the 10th sign from the Lot of Fortune

In this technique the most important consideration is the location of the sign representing the epoch or time period, and whether it is angular, succeedent or cadent from the Lot of Spirit or Fortune. This is particularly important for releasing from Spirit because it denotes the periods of success, distinguished appointments, recognition, fame or notoriety that happens when the Aphesis reaches the tenth sign from the Lot of Fortune. Another important consideration is the state of the domicile of the Time Lord in question. Valens used the word “chrematistikos” which in Schmidt’s translation means “busy” or “speaking”. Thus we find periods that are naturally busier or that say more things than others. Signs in particular may not have much to say unless a “malefic” is involved. Valens said that the malefics are more powerful than the benefices. Perhaps the lack of knowledge regarding the psychological causes behind this is the reason for such an assertion.

With this technique one can divide life into climes of each planet according to its nature.

Thank you,

Alex

 

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Some useful free resources for traditional astrologers

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Several people have asked me recently for links to free resources about traditional astrology. Many student astrologers can’t afford commercial programs, and fortunately there is much available online for those who wish to experiment with  traditional techniques.

My favorite free programs for traditional astrology are:

  1. Morinus freeware Traditional:  https://sites.google.com/site/tradmorinus/morinus (I think there may have been some copyright problems with the font used and this may no longer be available.)
  2. Traditional Morinus revised by Elías D. Molins: https://sourceforge.net/projects/morinus/ (This is freeware, generously provided by Elías to the astrological community.)
  3. Planetdance:  http://www.jcremers.com/?id=Home&lan=en  (This program from the Netherlands is a real gem.  (I think only the computer program does Zodiacal Releasing.  Sadly the android app does not have this feature.)
  4. ZET Lite (v.9): http://www.zaytsev.com/downloads.html  This freeware program does a lot of useful calculations.  It provides a list of firdaria (both Hand and Zoller methods) and allows for a wide range of houses including whole sign and Draconic.
  5. Curtis Manwaring’s program Aphesis at http://www.astrology-x-files.com/downloads.html.  You can download either the Apple or the PC verision (aphesis.zip).

For calculating charts online:

  1. https://horoscopes.astro-seek.com/ has a good traditional option.
  2. https://www.astro.com/

For Zodiacal Releasing:

  1. Curtis Manwaring’s program Aphesis at http://www.astrology-x-files.com/downloads.html.  You can download either the Apple or the PC verision (aphesis.zip).
  2. http://nataltransits.com/timelord.html to calculate zodiacal releasing online.
  3. Planetdance:  http://www.jcremers.com/?id=Home&lan=en  (This freeware program from the Netherlands is a real gem.  (I think only the computer program does Zodiacal Releasing.)

If you know of other free resources, please post them in the comments below.

 

 

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Should annual profections be measured in “years” of 360 days — a 5-degree rule for years?

To quote wikipedia: “The ancient Egyptian calendar was a solar calendar with a 365-day year. The year consisted of three seasons of 120 days each, plus an intercalary month of 5 epagomenal days treated as outside of the year proper. … Each month was divided into three 10-day periods known as decans or decades.”

The Hellenistic astrologer Vettius Valens, who learned his technique and practiced in Egypt, used only 360 days per year in the method of zodiacal releasing. The example in my previous post made me wonder whether we should also use the “360-day year” in the time-lord method of profections.

Ever since I first learned profections some three decades ago I have been puzzled why they did not show clearly the death of my mother, which I discussed in the previous post.  My mother, who had a heart value problem, died suddenly and unexpectedly in the middle of the night of 29 August 1953, that is, very early in the morning of 30 August 1953.  In writing the previous post it occurred to me that the 5-day period from 29 August to 3 September (my birthday) corresponds exactly to the length of the ancient Egyptian intercalary month of 5 epagomenal days, which were treated apart from the 360-day year proper.

In other words, if the proper year ended after 360 days, then there would be a change of sign by profection on the 361st day after the birthday at the start of the intercalary month.  Perhaps the 5 epagomenal days were a period of transition and handing over governance from one time-lord to the next.  Here is my chart:

Tony chart

In Hellenistic profections the sign of the Ascendant corresponds to the first year of life.  My mother died 5 days before I turned 8 years old.  Using a 365-day year, my profected Ascendant would have been in Taurus in the natal 8th house at the time of her demise.  If we use the 360-day Egyptian year , however, then the profection would move into Gemini precisely on 30 August 1953 (the day my mother died) and the sign Gemini, which activates malefic Mars and disruptive Uranus.  The symbolism fits the unexpected death of my mother.  Gemini here is the unfortunate 12th house of the 10th house mother.

Of course one case does not prove a hypothesis, but it does raise an interesting question.

Addendum (19 Sep 2017):

In thinking more about the ancient Egyptian calendar with its intercalary month of 5 epagomenal days treated as outside of the year proper, I wondered when these extra 5 days outside the bounds of the ideal 360-day year could be the origin or the so-called “5-degree rule” in astrology.  The underlying assumption is that the Sun should complete a perfect cycle of 360 degrees in 360 days, but in empirical reality it requires 365 days.  What to do with these extra 5 days?  They don’t fit into the perfect 360 days of the ideal year and yet they are not properly part of the following year, so they have a kind of intermediate status.

In a similar way, when a planet reaches the last 5 degrees of a house, especially if it approaches an angle, it acts as if it belongs in the house that it is approaching even though it is 5 degrees away from the official boundary of the house it is about to enter.

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Zodiacal Releasing from the Ascendant

In his text Vettius Valens tended to do zodiacal releasing (aphesis) from the Lot of Spirit or the Lot of Fortune. Theoretically there is no reason why we can’t begin the releasing from any of the twelve signs to study the development of their significations over the life of the native, according to this technique.

Many other time-lord systems, such as profections, routinely begin at the Ascendant, so I decided to experiment with aphesis from the Ascendant, which is the crucial house (place) in the Hellenistic tradition. Previously I had studied zodiacal releasing in my own chart from the various Hellenistic lots and found that it produced significant results, but I had never done the aphesis from the Ascendant.

Here is my birthchart:

Tony chart

As you can see, it has Libra rising, so I decided to do zodiacal releasing from Libra.  This is a day chart, so it is of the diurnal sect.  The members of this section are the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury (because it rises before the Sun).  The members of the night sect, which theoretically should be more problematic in my life, are the Moon, Venus and Mars.

The most memorable and difficult period of my childhood occurred in the summer of 1953 when I was turning from 7 to 8 years old.  My mother, who had a heart value problem, died suddenly and unexpectedly in the middle of the night of 29 August 1953, that is, very early in the morning of 30 August 1953.

Here is the ZR for that period:

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With Libra rising, the beginning period of my life is ruled by Venus as time-lord.  Libra/Venus has a period of 8 Hellenistic years of 360 days each, so that Venus ends her rule and passes it over to Scorpio/Mars at the end of her 8-year term on 23 July 1953.  A month later my mother dies after the lord of the time has shifted from Venus to Mars on Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Mars will rule for the next 15 years as the lord of the major period (Level 1) and will rule for 15 months on Level 2  (until October of 1954).  Because Mars is the malefic of the nocturnal sect in this day chart, the red planet has  the potential to be especially malefic.

On the evening of 29 August 1953, a few hours before my mother’s death, the rulership of Level 3 shifted from Mars/Scorpio to Jupiter/Sagittarius, and Level 4 shifted from Leo/Sun to Jupiter/Sagittarius.

Interpretively, the activation of Scorpio activates its ruler Mars (the malefic of the opposite sect).  Mars occupies my natal 9th house (which is the 12th of the 10th of my mother).  Mars also squares the Sun by whole sign, and the sun rules the 11th of the death of a parent (8th of the 4th).

The activation of Leo on Level 4 toward the end of August also activates the 11th of the death of a parent.  When Sagittarius is activated on the night of 29 August, it stimulates Mars in Gemini by opposition.  Jupiter which rules Sagittarius lies in the 1st, which is the 4th of the end of life of the 10th house mother.

Hellenistic astrology also looked at the chart from the point of the Part of Fortune as the Ascendant.  In this case, with the Part of Fortune in Virgo, Gemini (where Mars resides) becomes the 10th house of the mother, Sagittarius becomes the 4th house of home and parents, and Leo becomes the 12th house of grief and misfortune. In addition, the houses that are angular to the  Part of Fortune are quite prominent and active when they are stimulated during zodiacal releasing.

Based on this personal example, it does appear that zodiacal releasing from the Ascendant can meaningfully describe the course of one’s life. It is also quite striking how well the natal chart adjusted for the Part of Fortune acting as the Ascendant describes the events that occurred. To illustrate this last point, here is the chart with the Part of Fortune moved to the Ascendant:

whole signAs you can see, when Mars is activated, it acts in the 10th house from Pars Fortunae, which is the house of the mother. Because the lordship of time has passed from Libra to Scorpio, the 3rd house is activated, which is the 6th of illness of the mother. When Leo is activated (Level 4), it brings grief to the native (Sun rules the 12th and occupies the 1st). Finally when Sagittarius is activated, it stimulates malefic Mars in the 10th of the mother from the 4th place of home, family and endings.

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The curious case of “not-reception”

Astrologers love to talk about how one planet receives another in one of its dignities, including the wonderful situation of mutual reception in which each planet occupies a major dignity of the other, for example, Venus in Cancer (ruled by the Moon) and the Moon in Taurus (ruled by Venus).

Curiously, the 9th century astrologer Sahl ibn Bishr al-Israili, often known as Zahel or Zael, utilized what he called “not-receptions” in his work. Lilly studied Sahl and incorporated many of his horary principles into Christian Astrology (1647).

What did Sahl mean by a not-reception? In his translation of Sahl’s text (Introduct. §5.9), Ben Dykes cites the following example.  Suppose the Moon lies in Aries, which is the sign of “fall” or “descension” of Saturn, and furthermore that the Moon is applying to an aspect with Saturn but Saturn is not receiving the Moon in any of Saturn’s dignities.

According to Dykes’ translation, “in such a case, the Moon [in Aries, the fall of Saturn] would be like someone approaching Saturn from the house of his enemies, and he [Saturn] will neither receive nor esteem her.”  In other words, the Moon may be very fond of Saturn, but Saturn will view Luna through the tainted lens of the place of his fall where the Moon now resides and will neither receive nor esteem her.

Sahl’s idea seems to be that because the Moon occupies the sign of Saturn’s fall, an inimical place where the ringed planet is held is very low esteem, then the Moon can only beam scornful, degrading rays toward Saturn from such a toxic location — kind of like guilt by association. If Saturn were Superman, the the Moon in Aries would be like someone on a planet laden with Kryptonite who can only send items contaminated with the toxic substance back to the superhero. Saturn will avoid any approach made by the Moon.

Here is a hypothetical horary chart.  Suppose a querent asked about the possibility of a relationship with someone she just met.

not reception

With Cancer rising, the Moon signifies the querent.  The Moon occupies Aries, the fall of Saturn which rules the 7th house of her potential partner.  The Moon nicely applies within orb to trine Saturn in Sagittarius from her location in Aries. What could possibly go wrong?

Sahl suggests that because the Moon (the querent) approaches Saturn (the potential boyfriend) from Saturn’s sign of fall, that Saturn (the guy) will avoid receiving her. He takes one look at what she has to offer and says to himself “she’s not for me” because she’s hanging out in a place where my enemies scorn and disrespect me. Why is she associating with people who despise me?

Not only is the Moon applying to Saturn without traditional reception, but the Moon is also applying to Saturn (albeit by a nice trine) from Saturn’s place of fall — a degrading locale that Saturn would rather avoid at all costs.

I will not discuss other factors in this chart (angular Mars, Moon applies to conjoins Uranus and oppose Jupiter) that suggest a non-relationship, because the purpose of this article is to focus on Sahl’s concept of “not-reception.”

Sahl’s idea of “not-reception” is fairly new to me and I have not have much opportunity to test how well it works in practice with horary charts.  If you have experience with this factor in horaries, please leave a comment below about how it has worked out.

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The Theft of my Work

Recently someone notified by that one of my ebooks was posted illegally on a site called Scribd.com.  Even though this ebook is on sale for a modest price on amazon.com, someone who calls him- or herself “lucentum56” uploaded my copyrighted text for anyone to download for free.  Needless to say, I am not happy about being ripped off in this manner.  The book took many hours or research and preparation, and costs about the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks because I feel committed to making reading material affordable to the average reader.  Here is a screenshot of the site.
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And in more detail:
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I have emailed ScribD.com and asked them to remove my copyrighted material from their site.  If lucentum56 happens to read this post, I want you to know that I do not appreciate being robbed by you.

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The Solar Eclipse and the Terrorist Attack in Barcelona

On Thursday, 17 August 2017, terrorist drove a van on La Rambla in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring many others.  According to Spanish news reports, the attack began at 16:50 (4:50 p.m.) local time (“A las 16.50 horas, una furgoneta se lanzó contra los centenares de personas que se encontraban en La Rambla” — El País).   Here is a chart for the start of the incident:
The most angular planet in this chart is a Rx Saturn in the 1st house near the Ascendant, which is typically an ominous sign.  Mars occupies the 8th house where it conjoins the Sun and from which Mars sextiles Asc-ruler Jupiter and trines the Ascendant and Saturn in Sagittarius.  This sextile and trine occur in signs of long ascension, which Lilly would interpret as lending an unfavorable cast to these normally propitious aspects.  Mars rules the unfortunate 12th and occupies the 8th of death — another factor which renders these aspects somewhat disadvantageous.

Here is the chart for the total solar eclipse (New Moon) which occurs on 21 August 2017, cast for Barcelona:

In the solar eclipse chart, Saturn rules the Aquarius Ascendant and is angular in the 10th. This is the same Saturn that is rising at the time of the attack.   In addition, this solar eclipse opposes the Ascendant in Barcelona.

Here is the birth chart of modern Spain (cast for the inauguration of Juan Carlos in 1975) with the 21 August eclipse chart for Barcelona superimposed:

Modern Spain has an Aquarius Ascendant.  The August 21st solar eclipse occurs in the 7th house of Spain’s open enemies.  Furthermore, the eclipse squares the natal Sun (and natal Mercury) of modern Spain.  The square from the eclipse in the 7th to the ruler of the 7th (the Sun) in the 10th warns of an attack by open enemies.  The square of the eclipse to natal Mercury (rulers of the 8th) warns of the risk of death.  It is striking that the solar eclipse so closely squares the natal Sun of modern Spain.

Currently Spain is also undergoing a transit of Neptune in the 1st house in square to its natal Neptune in the 10th house.  The MC of the eclipse almost exactly conjoins natal Neptune in the 10th, warning of hidden dangers and mysterious circumstances.

Annual Profections

At the time of the Barcelona terrorist attack the chart of modern Spain indicated that it was in a Cancer annual profection year.  Cancer, ruled by the Moon, in on the cusp of the unfortunate 6th house of Spain.  The Moon, which is “Lord of the year” according to the method of annual profections will eclipse the Sun on 21 August 2017, making this profection year one of special significance as far as eclipses are concerned in the chart of modern Spain.   This is so because the Sun and Moon, which rule Leo and Cancer respectively, are the celestial bodies involved in eclipses.  (Chris Brennan has a good discussion of the effect of eclipses in his recent YouTube video on eclipses.)

Here are Spain’s current profections calculated in Solar Fire:

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Note that the profected Ascendant is activating Spain’s natal MC and Mercury (ruler of the 8th of death) at the time of the terrorist incident.  In addition, profected Pluto is activing Spain’s natal Saturn in the 7th of open enemies.

Zodiacal Releasing and the Attack

If we consider the zodiacal releasing in the chart of modern Spain from the Part of Fortune for an event that befalls the nation we see the following pattern:

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Level I:  Scorpio — 10th Whole Sign house, which activates Mars and the planets in the 10th.  Transiting Mars of the solar eclipse occupies Spain’s 7th house of open enemies and rules Spain’s 3rd house of vehicles and transport.

Level II:  Leo — 7th Whole Sign house, which activates the Sun and the planets in the 7th of open enemies.   The 21 August 2017 solar eclipse occurs in Leo in the 7th Whole Sign house of open enemies in modern Spain’s natal chart.

Level III:  Capricorn — 12th Whole Sign House, which activates Saturn — ruler of the eclipse chart in Barcelona.  Capricorn rules Spain’s house of secret enemies and activates Saturn, which is rising in Barcelona at the moment of the attack.

Level IV:  Scorpio — 10th Whole Sign House.

Here is the Whole Sign chart for modern Spain with the solar eclipse chart superimposed:

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Notice how Scorpio, Leo and Capricorn are activated by zodiacal releasing from Fortune at the time of the terrorist attack in Barcelona on 17 August 2017.  Leo rules the 7th of open enemies, and Capricorn rules the 12th of secret enemies.  Scorpio rules the 10th of government.

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