An interesting horary: lost and found

One of the horary guidelines for finding lost objects is that when the Sun and the Moon are both below the horizon, the missing item will likely not be found. Recently a querent asked for help in finding a missing item, and with the aid of the horary chart she was able to locate it rather quickly.

It was a Sunday night about 10:15 pm when a friend telephoned. She apologized for calling so late in the evening but said that she had an important meeting at work the next day and was planning to wear a particular necklace that goes well with her outfit. She normally keeps her jewelry in a special location in her bedroom but the necklace was nowhere to be found. She asked if I could do a chart and give her some advice about where to look. I glanced at my watch and it was 10:17 pm.

Going to the computer, I calculated the chart and was a bit disconcerted to find 0 Leo 01 on the 2nd house cusp (Regiomontanus). Because the 2nd house signifies missing possessions, I wasn’t sure if Cancer (ruled by the Moon) or Leo (ruled by the Sun) should represent the necklace. Here is the chart:


It was a Sun day during a Venus hour, which seemed appropriate for a question about a missing necklace made of gold. The Sun and the Moon are both “under the Earth,” which is supposed to be an indication of non-recovery.

The querent’s ruler is the Moon (Cancer rising). The necklace is signified by the Sun, ruler of the 2nd house. The Moon does not apply to the Sun, again an argument against recovery. However, if Cancer happened to be on the 2nd cusp, then the Moon would rule both the Ascendant and the missing item, which could show the necklace returning to the querent.

The Moon’s next aspect to a visible planet is a square to Saturn in the 6th. This also looked like an argument against recovery, but then I noticed that the Sun (the necklace) was also applying to Saturn within 21 minutes of arc.  This meant that Saturn would collect the light of the Sun and the Moon, uniting the two — an argument for recovery and rather quickly because the Sun was in the cardinal sign Libra.

For hints about where to look for the necklace I considered the following potential rulers of the missing item:

  • Sun, ruling the 2nd house, lies in Libra in the 5th house. Libra is an air sign, so it would be above waist height, maybe on a shelf. The 5th is the house of children, and I knew that that querent had a young daughter of pre-school age.
  • Moon, the general signifier of lost things. Moon in Virgo in the 3rd suggests that the necklace might be in some kind of compartment or container.
  • Dispositor of the Part of Fortune in Leo takes us back to the Sun in Libra in the 5th.
  • Venus, the natural ruler of jewelry, lies in Libra in the 4th house, suggesting that it is in the querent’s home. Libra is the sign on the 5th cusp, again suggesting that it may be with a child.

Location of a missing thing is also shown by the placement of the ruler of the 4th house of “burried treasure.” The 4th cusp in Virgo is ruled by Mercury in Libra in the 5th, again suggesting perhaps a shelf in the child’s room.  I was also struck by Mars in the 4th, lying in the midst of the necklace’s significators Moon, Venus and the Sun and thought it might indicate something red.

The querent thanked me and said that she would let me know how it worked out. The next day she informed me that after our phone call she had looked in her daughter’s room. On a shelf where she keeps her toys was a red “play” pocketbook, and inside it was her missing necklace. Apparently her young daughter had gone into her bedroom over that weekend and was playing with her mother’s jewelry. She must have put the necklace into her little red pocketbook and placed it safely on the shelf in her bedroom

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Will Roy Moore win the election? Ask the Golden Apples of Hesperides.

Despite mounting allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, Roy Moore has vowed to remain in the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate seat in December of this year.  This week an astrologer friend sent me an email with the horary question, “Will Roy Moore win the election?”

This was my response:

I cast a chart for when I read and understood your question: 13 Nov 2017 in Orange, CT at 12:38 PM EST.

18 Aquarius rises with the South Node on the Ascendant, probably reflecting your negative state of mind about the matter.

Roy Moore, a public official, would be signified by the Sagittarius 10th house, ruled by Jupiter, which only has dignity by term.  This seems fitting, given his religious convictions.

The office he seeks is the 10th from the 10th = the Leo 7th, ruled by the Sun.  The Sun has no essential dignity and is separating from Jupiter, suggesting a loss rather than a win.  The Sun in the radical 9th occupies the derived 12th of the 10th house person, so it is in a house of undoing or exile for Moore.

This chart suggests that he will not win.

I noticed after sending my response that the Part of Infortune or Misfortune (Asc + Mars – Saturn by day) lies at 6 Sagittarius 02, almost exactly on the MC, which symbolizes public officials and specifically Roy Moore in this chart. This Part of Infortune is also called Hermes’ Part of Defects, Infirmities and Accidents.

Deborah Houlding mentions this Part of Disease and Defects in her discussion of Al Biruni’s Lots at In addition to the above meanings, Al Biruni associates enmity (the quality of being an enemy, deep-seated hatred) and bitter purgatives with this Part.

Bonatti attributes onions and apricots to this Part as well; onions make some sense because they cause you to cry, but why apricots? I can venture a guess. In part it may have to do with apricots being natural laxatives; this is the part of bitter purgatives according to Al Biruni. In addition, in ancient Greece apricots were known as the golden apples of Hesperides. In trying to obtain the golden apples, Heracles tricked Atlas into holding the sky on his shoulders for eternity. I guess having the weight of the world on your shoulders without respite would also be a misfortune and give you something to lament.

I have noticed that in the Spanish astrological literature there is much discussion of El Parte del Infortunio. For example, Segundo Ruiz writes, “el Parte del Infortunio representa un punto de la carta natal donde tenemos mala suerte, dificultades, nos boicoteamos y somos débiles” (the Part of Infortune  represents a point in the natal chart where we have bad luck and difficulties, where we sabotage ourselves and are weak). Its meaning appears to be related to taking the distance from the malefic of the sect of the chart to the malefic of the contrary sect (going from bad to worse) and projecting that difference from the Ascendant. In addition, Saturn rejoices in the 12th House and Mars rejoices in the 6th — these are the two most unfortunate houses in classical astrology, which associates them with illness, infirmities, defects, misfortune, sorrow and undoing.

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Astrology and the Tell Tale Yearbook

The Republican Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore has been much in the news lately. Several women have accused him of inappropriate sexual advances when they were teenage girls and he was a single man in his 30s. The most recent accusation came from a woman who said that Moore had sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old.  She was working at the Olde Hickory House Restaurant which he liked to frequent. Moore responded by saying: “I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her.”

Unfortunately for Moore, the woman accuser has his signature and a loving message, allegedly in Moore’s distinctive handwriting, in her 1977 high school yearbook: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say ‘Merry Christmas.’ Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. … Olde Hickory House.” This message made the rounds on Twitter around midday on 13 Nov 2017.


As you can see, the Yearbook message was dated 22 Dec 1977, and I thought it would be interesting to compare the chart for the message with the chart for its recent notoriety. Since the message is not dated, I used a Noon chart on Dec 22, 1977 in Gadsden, Alabama (inner wheel below). Outside are the transits for the time of the Twitter message posted above.

Moore 2

What struck me about the transits is that transiting Moon is square transiting Saturn, which is in a close trine with transiting Uranus. A possible delineation would be an unexpected opportunity to confront reality.

Transiting Saturn happens to be almost exactly on the midpoint of Mercury/Venus (25 Sag 44) in the Yearbook chart. Ebertin defines this midpoint as “thoughts of love” and a “love union.” Mercury signifies thinking and communications. Venus is the goddess of love. Transiting Saturn on this midpoint could thus mean confronting reality or facing the consequences of thoughts of love or a love union.

Transiting Mars, in its detriment in Libra, has recently crossed over the Yearbook North Node, which is often connected with our relationships with others. This might be interpreted as needing to deal with stress associated with our relationships, which is also a theme of Mars in Libra.

The comparison of the Solar Arc (SA) directions with the “natal” Yearbook chart is also interesting:

SA moore

There is a strong emphasis on planets at 11 degrees of their signs:

  • SA Saturn conjoins the Yearbook North Node in Libra: confronting reality about our connections with others.
  • SA Sun, debilitated in Aquarius opposes Yearbook Mars at 11 Leo, which is simultaneously being stimulated by SA Jupiter: an excess of arrogance causes difficulties.
  • SA Moon is at 11 Cancer but this may not be of much significance because we don’t have an exactly timed radical chart.

Also noteworthy in the Solar Arc chart is that SA Uranus (sudden disruptive events) is almost exactly at the midpoint (25 Sag 44) of Mercury/Venus of the Yearbook chart: expect the unexpected with regard to love unions and thoughts of love.

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Horary: Where am I? A tale of the Moon’s Nodes

I had an interesting horary experience today. A colleague and I had agreed to meet in Skype at 10 AM to discuss some charts. She lives in Argentina and was surprised to find that I was not online when she tried to call. Since I am usually very punctual, she became concerned and cast a horary chart to find out what happened and if something was the matter with me. The reality was that I was fine, but the United States had switched from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time last weekend and there had been no time change in Argentina, so I was inadvertently an hour late to our session.  Here is the chart she cast to see what had happened to me.

Aquarius rises, which seems fitting for two astrologers meeting online to discuss charts. The querent’s ruler is thus Saturn in Sagittarius in the 11th house of friends. She is asking about me, her partner in this endeavor, so my significator is the Sun, ruler of the Leo 7th house. The querent’s ruler Saturn is mutually applying to Uranus, which lies at the end of the 3rd house of communications, suggesting some type of disruption.

The 12th-part of the Ascendant lies in Taurus, which is the querent’s 4th house. She is at home, calling me, and wondering why I am not answering. The ruler of Taurus is Venus in the 10th house (my turned 4th), and I am at home reading in another room and not noticing that she is calling on my computer. Her ruler (Saturn) and my ruler (Sun) are in aversion.  I am not seeing that she is calling, and we are not connecting.

The Sun lies in Scorpio in the radical 10th house, which is my 4th house. This makes sense because I am at home but in another room and away from the computer. The Sun conjoins the Part of Fortune and occupies the same sign and house as both benefics, Venus and Jupiter. Neither Saturn nor Mars, the two malefics, afflict the Sun, so I am in fairly good shape. The Sun is disposed by Mars, which is in mutual reception with benfic and angular Venus, so again there is nothing to worry about.

The Sun is essentially void of course in this chart.  It’s next applying aspect occurs after it leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius, where it will conjoin Mercury, which rules the 9th house of long-distance communication. My guess is that the void-of-course Sun represents the fact that I am in another room, reading and making some notes in preparation for the online meeting which I mistakenly think is an hour away. The eventual conjunction with Mercury must signify my finally making contact with my colleague in Argentina after the void-of-course period.

A striking feature of this chart is the almost exact square of the Sun (me) to the Moon’s Nodes which straddle the 1st and 7th houses. A modern convention is to refer to the Sun square the Nodes as the Sun being “at the bendings” of the Nodes, that is, at the points on the moon’s orbit where it switches from north to south, or vice versa. These often represent some sort of crisis period.

Note that the “bends” or “bendings” in the Moon’s orbit are those point which are furthest north or south of the Sun’s path (ecliptic) at which the direction of motion reverses itself. The “bendings” of the Moon are analogous to the solstices of the Sun at which the Sun appears to stop and change direction from north to south, and vice versa. We on Earth experience the solstices as the longest and the shortest days of the year.

One experienced astrologer (Astrojin at, 5 Nov 2011, 5:42 AM) delineates a planet square the Moon’s node in a horary chart as follows: “When a planet is conjoined to the lunar bendings (squares the nodes), it can mean crisis due to unwelcome change or [that] things will bend in the direction that is away from that which is proper.” I would add that the change may not necessarily be “unwelcome” or “improper” but may simply be something that is unexpected, not customary, or different from the habitual way things have been happening up to that point.

In Western astrology the Moon’s Nodes are often referred to as the Head and Tail of the Dragon. The North Node (Head) is supposedly expansive and of the nature of Jupiter. The South Node, in contrast, is supposedly constricting and of the nature of Saturn. The astrologer  al-Biruni in his Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (1027 CE) wrote that the Head of the Dragon is “hot, auspicious, and indicates increase (of property, etc.). The Tail is cold, brings misfortune, and indicates diminution (of wealth, etc.).” William Lilly followed this tradition in his practice of horary astrology.

Olivia Barclay called the Nodes degrees of fatality, which may have been her understanding of Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson’s description of the Nodes as fateful degrees, in the sense that fate or destiny intervenes so that the querent has no say or control over what happens. Apparently this “fatedness” spreads to the degree of the Nodes in all twelve signs of the zodiac.  Ivy went a bit overboard in her description, stating: “Any planet or angle in the same degree as the Nodes points to a catastrophe, casualty, fatality or tragedy in a horary or natal chart, the more far-reaching when a malefic is involved.”

The Vedic tradition treats the Nodes somewhat differently. The North Node, Rahu, swallows the sun and causes eclipses. The time of day governed by Rahu is inauspicious rather than favorable.  The South Node, Ketu, on the other hand, carries with it the idea of spiritual progress, wisdom and non-attachment that results from undergoing suffering and loss. Thus, Ketu is Mars-like and is associated with broken relationships which cause sorrow but bring about release and transformation.

In this horary chart the Sun (my signifier) is applying to a superior square with the South Node, Ketu, in the 1st house (the querent), suggesting some kind of crisis or break in the relationship. Something happens that is unusual or different from what has been the norm. Because the square occurs in the degrees of the Moon’s Nodes, fate or destiny may also be involved, perhaps referring to the time change from DST to EST over which neither the querent nor I had any control. Fortunately we weathered our crisis and managed to speak an hour later than originally planned.  Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson’s warning did not apply; we did not suffer a “catastrophe, casualty, fatality or tragedy” — which goes to show that you need to take what you read in astrology texts with a large grain of salt.

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Bonatti: Will I occupy the besieged castle?

In his Treatise 6: On Questions Bonatti discusses a horary chart whose outcome is not obvious on first glance (Dykes translation, p. 515).  Apparently Count Guido Novello was besieging the castle of his enemy, the Luccans, and he asked Bonatti whether he would be able to capture it. The data for the chart is 11 October 1261 (Julian) at 9:36 AM LMT in Lucca, Italy. Here is the chart with Alcabitius houses.


It is a Mars day during a Mercury hour. Mars rules war and is in detriment in Libra. Mars is also conjunct the South Node. Mercury rules the 7th of open enemies and occupies the unfortunate 12th house. Thus, the general astrological ambiance at the time of the question is rather negative, so the Count is probably worried about failure. The chart has an early Ascendant, so the situation is in its early stages and it may be premature to try to get indications a definitive outcome.

The Count (querent) is shown by the 1st house, ruled by Jupiter. The castle is shown by the 4th house, also ruled by Jupiter. It is not uncommon for the same planet to rule both the querent and quesited in a horary chart, so it will be interesting to see how Bonatti handles Jupiter as the same signifier.

Bonatti says that at first glance the chart looks pretty good. Jupiter rules both the Count and the castle, indicating a kind of “harmony” between the two. Mercury, the enemy, is weak in the cadent 12th house. The Moon, exalted in Taurus, is about to trine Jupiter, the greater benefic. It looks very good. What could go wrong?

Bonatti then tells the count that his army is a bunch of goof-offs who are so lazy and sluggish that they couldn’t wrest a toy castle from a bunch a toddlers. He says this because Jupiter in Capricorn is in his fall (Jupiter is exalted in Cancer), and Jupiter (the Count) is applying to the 4th cusp (the castle) but is not applying to the 1st cusp (in fact Jupiter is in aversion to the Ascendant), which indicates that the 4th house castle is not coming to the 1st house Count.  Furthermore, the Moon (which looks favorable) is cadent in the 6th house and in aversion to the Ascendant. Although Bonatti does not mention it, the Moon is also the ruler of the 8th house of loss and death. Bonatti also does not mention the Part of Fortune in the 7th, which could certainly benefit the Count’s enemies.

Bonatti’s judgment was correct. Even though the Count’s army outnumbered the Luccans and could have captured the castle, they were so incompetent and undisciplined that they accomplished nothing. Apparently Bonatti was traveling with the Count and his army, so he could observe firsthand what a bunch of slugs they were. Did he really need a horary chart to be able to advise the count about what he was up against?

When the same planet rules both the querent and the quesited:

Although Bonatti does not mention it in this example, elsewhere he discusses an approach to the same planet signifying both the querent and the quesited.  As I understand it (p. 366, Dykes translation), Bonatti says that if the same planet is the significator of both the querent and quesited, then the astrologer should consider the dispositors of that planet (especially by domicile and exaltation) and whether the dispositors receive the mutual significator. In other words, if the significator of both the querent and quesited applies to aspect its dispositor by domicile or exaltation, then there is reception and the matter should turn out well for the querent. But if the receiving planet is impeded by being combust, Rx, or in its fall, then matters will end badly.

In the horary for Count Novello, Jupiter rules both the querent (the Count) and the quesited (the castle). Jupiter in Capricorn is disposed by domicile-ruler Saturn and by exaltation-ruler Mars. Saturn is in bad shape because it is Rx, peregrine and in its fall in Aries. In addition, Jupiter is separating from an aspect with Saturn rather than applying. Thus, Saturn will be no help in besieging the castle.

What about exaltation ruler Mars? The good news is that Mars is approaching a square with Jupiter from a superior position, so it may be able to help. Unfortunately, Mars in Libra is in its detriment. Mars is also peregrine and closely conjunct the malefic South Node, so Mars is more likely to do more harm than good for Jupiter.

Is all hope lost? Jupiter also lies in the triplicity and terms of Venus, so maybe she can help him. Venus looks nice and strong in Libra which she rules. Unfortunately, Venus is separating from an aspect with Jupiter rather than applying to him, so her beneficence is departing Jupiter. In addition, Venus is combust and applying to the body of the Sun, which Bonatti says is the worst possible debility a planet can undergo, combustion being “harmful beyond all other impediments” (Dykes, p.353). In addition, the Sun is not a happy camper in Libra, the sign of his fall.

Thus, Jupiter will receive no help from its dispositors by domicile, exaltation, triplicity or term. Also, Jupiter occupies the Capricorn 2nd house which is the resources of the Count, so his lazy good-for-nothing army will be of little avail. Saturn, which rules the 2nd, is in bad shape in this chart.

When the quesited involves two or more options:

Yet another technique which Bonatti discusses elsewhere in his text is how to analyze a chart with two or more options. His method is the assign the various options to the triplicity rulers of the quesited (Dykes, p. 552). If we conceptualize this chart as, “Will I capture the castle, or will the Luccans remain in control of it?”, then the first triplicity ruler of Jupiter would be for the Count and the second triplicity ruler of Jupiter would be for the Luccans.

Here Jupiter in Capricorn in a day chart has Venus as its first (day) triplicity ruler and the Moon as it second (night) triplicity ruler. We have already seen that Venus, being combust  and applying to the Sun, is suffering from the worst debility possible in a horary chart, so things don’t look good for the Count. The Moon, on the other hand, is exalted in Taurus and is applying to trine benefic Jupiter; the Moon’s only significant impediment is being cadent in the 6th house. Thus, the Moon is in much better shape than Venus, indicating that the Luccans will triumph in the end.


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Sloppy Guido

Recently I’ve been reading through Ben Dykes translation of Guido Bonatti’s Treatise 6: On Questions.  As I read these ancient texts, I like to put up the charts for the case examples on my computer.  In the previous post I wrote about two examples Bonatti used (transfer and collection of light) for which the chart he describes could not have existed in his working lifetime.  The planets simply did not align as they do in his examples at any time during which Bonatti was practicing astrology in the 13th century CE.

Nonetheless, Bonatti says that the question underlying the chart for the transfer of light was posed to him by one of his clients.  Ben Dykes estimates that Bonatti was born in 1207 CE, so the client who asked about his uncle’s goods (the transfer of light example) would have consulted Bonatti when the astrologer was but 5-years-old.  If Bonatti had simply invented the chart to illustrate a point, he should have said so.  Instead, he says that it is a real chart for an actual question.  On the other hand, maybe Guido was an extremely precocious child and he was indeed doing horary consultations at age 5.  After all, Mozart was already a gifted musician at the same age.

I next turned my attention to Bonatti’s chart for “perfection by joining” (Dykes, p. 356).  According to the text, this chart has an Ascendant at 13 Taurus, Venus at 7 Gemini, Sun at 12 Gemini, and Moon at 9 Aries.  The question is about whether the querent will obtain some landed property (a 4th house matter), and Bonatti says that the Sun rules the quesited, implying that Leo is on the cusp of the 4th and Aquarius is on the Midheaven.

Bonatti wrote his book around 1277 CE, so I worked backward in time, looking for a chart that fit these conditions.  The earliest date prior to 1277 in which a similar chart occurs is June 1, 1255 at 3:04 AM LMT in Florence, Italy.  (I used Florence because Bonatti worked in this part of Italy.)  Prior to that, there is a similar chart on May 31, 1247 at 3:09 AM LMT in Florence.  I did not search for charts prior to 1240 CE.  When the Sun is in Gemini and mid-Taurus rises, it is a few hours before sunrise in Italy.  It seems a little odd to me that Bonatti was taking questions at 3 AM, but maybe he and his clients were night-owls.

The next odd thing about these charts is that if the Sun is in Gemini and 13 Taurus is rising in Italy, then Cancer is on the 4th cusp and Capricorn is on the Midheaven.  In fact, it is not until about 23 Taurus rises that the MC switches to Aquarius and the IC to Leo.  This discrepancy may simply be due to a copyist error, mistaking 23 Taurus for 13 Taurus.  Or maybe Bonatti was so bleary eyed, calculating charts by candlelight at 3 in the morning, that he mistook 23 for 13.

Here are the two charts I came up with (between the years 1240 and 1277 CE) that roughly fit Bonatti’s description of his “Perfection by Joining” example:

bonatti dual

In both charts Taurus rises, so Venus signifies the querent.  The quesited property is signified by the Sun, which ruls the 4th cusp of real estate.  Venus applies to conjoin the Sun in Gemini, suggesting that the querent will get the property.  In addition, the Moon in Aries (in an earlier degree than Venus or the Sun) applies to sextile both these planets in Gemini.  The Sun in Gemini receives the Moon in Aries (the Sun’s exaltation), so there is a strong reception as the Moon sextile Sun perfects and brings the matter to fruition.

I am still left with the lingering doubt about whether Bonatti was simply inventing hypothetical examples to illustrate the theory or whether these were actual charts prompted by real clients who asked horary questions.  I much prefer real world examples to see how or even whether the theory works in practice.


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Bonatti: Will I get my dead uncle’s goods?

Guido Bonatti (? 1207 – ? 1296 CE) published his famous compendium of astrology around the year 1277 CE.  In Treatise 6 On Questions he gives the example of a horary chart for a question posed to him by one of his clients, Will I get my uncle’s goods?  The uncle had apparently died childless, so the querent had an apparent claim to the inheritance as his nephew and next of kin.

Ben Dykes translation (p. 358) gives the following data for the question:  Ascendant at 16 Scorpio, Mars at 20 Scorpio, Venus at 12 Libra, and Mercury at 17 Pisces.  Unfortunately, there is no date between 1100 and 1400 in which the planets occupied these positions simultaneously, so either Bonatti made an error in calculating (or mis-remembered) the chart or there are typos in the Latin manuscript (which is not uncommon in manuscripts copied by hand).

The only chart in the three centuries which I investigated (1100 – 1400 CE) that closely resembles Bonatti’s description occurred on March 15, 1211 at around 9 PM in Florence, Italy.  (I chose Florence because Bonatti lived in this area of Italy; I do not know where the actual chart was cast.)  We do not know Bonatti’s year of birth, but he probably would have been a young boy or at most a precocious teenager in 1211.  It is not possible to get a chart with Mercury in this position relative to Mars and Venus during these three centuries, but on March 15, 1211 the Moon was roughly in the position attributed to Mercury in Bonatti’s text. Moon and Mercury both begin with ‘M’, so a copyist could easily have confused them and introduced an error into the text.

Here is the only chart I could produce in the three-century span that more or less fits Bonatti’s description:

Bonatti uncle

The querent (Scorpio Ascendant) is signified by Mars in Scorpio.  The querent’s uncle is the father’s brother (3rd from 4th) which is the 6th house.  The dead uncle’s goods are the 2nd of the 6th, which is the 7th house ruled by Venus in Taurus.  Venus applies to oppose Mars, which brings the querent and quesited together via an aspect of opposition.  Furthermore, Mars lies in the detriment of Venus, and Venus lies in the detriment of Mars.  Venus receives Mars only by Face, the weakest dignity of all.  Mars does not receive Venus in any of his dignities.  There is little to suggest that the querent will get the uncle’s goods.

But wait!  The Moon in Pisces has recently separated from a sextile to Venus in Taurus, and Pisces is the exaltation of Venus, that is, Venus received the Moon in her exaltation.  The Moon next applies to trine Mars, and the Moon at 22 Pisces lies in the triplicity, term and face of Mars, which is the equivalent of Mars receiving the Moon in a major dignity.  Thus, the Moon transfers the light of Venus to the planet Mars, indicating that the querent will indeed receive his uncle’s goods (which would otherwise have been denied by the opposition of Venus to Mars without reception).  Or as Bonatti puts it, Venus “committed her disposition” to the Moon, who took the Venusian disposition and committed it to Mars.

Bonatti adds that the planet which transfers the light (the Moon in this chart from 1211 CE), being in the 5th house of legates, ambassadors and envoys, indicates that someone would intervene to bring the matter about.  Because Bonatti erroneously believed that Mercury transferred the light (which was impossible because such a chart did not exist in his lifetime), he got hung up on Mercury ruling the 8th cusp (allies of the 7th house partner).  If in fact the Moon transferred the light, then the intermediary would be a 9th house person, like a lawyer or member of the clergy.


Addendum:  I was also unable to reproduce Bonatti’s example of collection of light (Dykes, p.360) at any time between the year 1000 and 1500.  Bonatti apparently published his text around 1277, and the Latin edition which Dykes translated is from about 1491.  Bonatti gives these positions for collection of light: Sun at 14 Gemini, Jupiter at 15 Sagittarius, and Saturn at 18 Aries.  There is no date in this 500-year span in which these positions coincide in the tropical zodiac.  In addition, when Saturn is in Aries and the Sun in Gemini, Jupiter has Retrograde motion and is moving away from Saturn rather than toward it.

Thus, either Bonatti was sloppy in his calculations of charts, his copyists were fairly incompetent, or he simply made up examples that never took place in the real world (the medieval equivalent of today’s “fake news”).  The last possibility is disturbing because it raises the question of whether we can trust Bonatti’s findings if, to illustrate astrological principles, he was simply inventing imaginary examples that never took place in reality.  He says that these were actual questions asked of him by his clients.  Could Bonatti have been a clever con artist?  Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Dante placed Bonatti in Hell with his head put on backwards.

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