Blackouts across the USA

Today (Friday, 21 April 2017) there was a series of blackouts in cities across the USA. According to RT.com, “power outages hit Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, leaving commuters stranded and traffic backed up Friday.” The first of these power outages occurred in New York City at 7:20 AM, disrupting the morning subway commute for countless New Yorkers.  Here is the chart for that moment:

It was a Venus day during a Mercury Rx hour.

Venus rules the Taurus Ascendant, and Venus in Pisces is exactly square Saturn in Pisces near the cusp of the 8th house of death. In fact, the Venus/Saturn square perfected at about 7:09 AM in NYC, just 11 minutes before the blackout.

Furthermore, Mars (ruler of the 12th house of undoing) made it ingress into Gemini at 6:32 AM in NYC.  As Mars enters Gemini very close to the Ascendant of this blackout chart, the red planet squares the Moon’s Nodes.  Mars is a general signifier of energy, and Mercury (ruler of Gemini) has to do with the transmission of nervous impulses, which is electrical in nature. Mercury is currently in retrograde motion.

The contra-antiscion of the Moon’s South Node conjoins Mercury.  This aspect has the same significance as the South Node (of the constricting, darkening and limiting nature of Saturn) opposing Mercury Rx (the flow of electrical impulses in the wrong direction).

It is fascinating to see how astrological symbolism plays out in real-world events.

 

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Pushing counsel in astrological aspects

Ben Dykes in his translation of Bonatti’s 146 Considerations mentions in the Fourth Consideration “pushing strength or power” and “pushing management or counsel.” These ideas derive from the Arabic texts which Bonatti was referencing.  Apparently the use of the word “pushing” comes from the Arabic word دَفْع which is variously translated in English/Arabic dictionaries as the verb to push, thrust, propel, fork out, shove over, render up, shell out, goad, pay, disburse, etc. The dictionary defines “counsel” as “instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.” If I am your counselor, I advise or instruct you about how to behave.

Pushing Management or Counsel (Pushing disposition)

Apparently, the Arabic astrologers of the 8th and 9th centuries viewed applying astrological aspects as interactions in which the faster moving planet goaded the slower planet by shoving over its counsel about how the slower planet ought to manage its affairs. Bonatti referred to this phenomenon as the “pushing of disposition.” To dispose of means to transfer to the control of another. “Disposition” means “the tendency of something to act in a certain manner under given circumstances” or “the way in which something is arranged.”

Thus, if planet A is moving faster than planet B, and A is applying to aspect B, then when the aspect perfects, planet A thrusts its way of arranging things onto B with the expectation that B will carry out A’s instructions about how to behave and will take care of the things that A wants B to do (unless B is somehow debilitated and unable to perform).

For example, suppose that Brian lives with his passionate girlfriend Alice. Brian has had a hard day at work and is coming down with the flu. When he arrives home, Alice leaps on him, strips his clothes off and pushes him down on the bed. Alice is moving a lot faster than Brian and can barely wait for their conjunction to reach perfection. She thrusts her disposition onto Brian with the expectation that he will arrange to make things happen as she desires. Unfortunately, Brian is rather debilitated and unable to perform.

In medieval astrology, the pushing of management/counsel/disposition is part of the theoretical underpinning every aspect that reaches perfection. Reception is not required.

When one of the planets happens to lie in the essential dignity of another, the type of pushing gets more complicated. There can be pushing of strength/power/dignity and also pushing of nature or virtue.

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¿Mars pushing Mercury?   Every aspect involves the pushing of management, counsel or disposition.   (“Do as I tell you.”) 

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Pushing strength, power, or dignity: In this photo, the guy on the bottom is planet A in his own exaltation. The guy on top is planet B in none of his own dignities (he’s just standing there), but because of A’s aspect to B, the guy on top is able to share in A’s exaltation.

Pushing of strength/power/dignity

When the faster planet A is very strong because it occupies one of its own dignities (especially domicile or exaltation) and A applies to an aspect with planet B, then in the process this supercharged planet A pushes some of its own strength/power/dignity over to B as the aspect perfects. Planet B then participates in the power and competence of the dignified planet A.  Think of Superman perfecting a conjunction with Lois Lane. Lois is likely to feel a bit supercharged by Superman’s hyper-arousal, and she may end up feeling quite exalted in the process. even though she is essentially a lot less powerful than the Man of Steel.

In the picture on the left, the guy on the bottom is in his exaltation and feeling quite powerful. The guy on top is just standing there in none of his own dignities but is participating in the exaltation of the man beneath.

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Pushing Nature

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Pushing of nature or virtue: “You look famili-ar.* Have we met? Where have I seen you before? I hope I don’t sound pushy, but I’d love to share some of my nature with you.”  One of these people obviously hails from a place of dignity of the other and thus acts like a gracious host who welcomes the other person as a guest. (If each came from a place of dignity of the other, they would be in mutual reception and each would be quite welcoming to the other.)

* familiar:  from Latin familiaris meaning “belonging to a family, of a household; therefore, domestic, private or friendly.” (If I visit your domicile, it’s as if I become a part of your family and we share a bit of the same nature during my stay there.)

When the faster planet A occupies one of the dignities of planet B (especially B’s domicile or exaltation), then when A perfects an aspect with B, planet A will look so familiar to planet B (because of having hailed from a place of B’s dignity) that B will be quite welcoming and will absorb some of A’s nature onto itself.  In other words, planet A impresses its nature onto receiving planet B.  For example suppose you are visiting a foreign country where you know no one and can’t speak the language. Suddenly you hear someone speaking English and you learn that they are from your home town. This person impresses you like a long lost friend, even though they are really a complete stranger and you’ve never met before.

Ryhan Butler notes at his site Medieval Astrology Guide that “pushing power has the most direct effect on whether something will manifest or not, while pushing nature is more effective over the quality, type, or condition of the outcome.”

Ryhan also notes that some medieval texts view the host planet B, which receives A, as pushing its nature onto the guest planet A. In other words, there are differing views in the literature about the direction of flow in which pushing nature occurs.

To paraphrase Ben Dykes, if A applies to B from one of B’s dignities, then A pushes some of its own nature onto B because A is approaching B from such a welcome spot. In contrast, some of the older texts suggest that the presence of A in a dignity of B seems to imbue A with “B-ness” (that is, treat A as part of B’s family) so that when the aspect between them perfects, it is as if the receiving planet B shares some of its nature with A. This latter view appears to be the basis of John Frawley’s idea in his Horary Textbook that if planet A is a guest in one of B’s dignities, then A ends up “liking or loving” B. (The alternative would be self-loathing.) It is as if a person who vacationed a lot at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida would end up liking or loving Donald Trump.

An interesting discussion of “pushing” can be found at Skyscript.co.uk.

These ideas about “pushing” of disposition, power and nature are especially helpful in horary astrology because the Moon, which is the fastest planet, signifies the horary question itself and  is generally a co-ruler of the querent. Thus, the Moon is always pushing its counsel/disposition onto other planets as it aspects them, and at times the Moon will push its power/dignity and may push its nature/virtue as well. In horary we can follow the chain of pushing and receiving to see how matters will eventually turn out, much as in a game of billiards.

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Here the white ball (the Moon) pushes its disposition onto the purple ball, which in turn takes the Moon’s disposition and passes it on to the orange and white ball, which will then head into the middle upper pocket and bring matters to a conclusion, just like in horary astrology. The cue stick striking the white ball represents the moment that the querent asks the astrologer the horary question, which becomes the basis for the chart. The analogy with billiards also shows why the Moon’s next aspect is so important in horary.

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Experimenting with 12th-parts in horary

Recently I’ve been experimenting with dodecatemoria or 12th-parts in horary charts. The idea behind 12th-parts is that you can project a single sign onto the entire zodiac. The 12th-parts of the original chart become a kind of hidden zodiac within the horoscope. Traditional horary texts suggest that the 12th-part of the Ascendant (the querent) will identify the querent’s concerns and intentions in asking a question. It occurred to me that if the 12th-part of the horary Ascendant signifies the querent, then perhaps aspects to the dodecatemorion of the Ascendant will also be significant in horary. To test this hypotheses, I looked for some established horaries on the internet where I came across a chart posted by Ryhan Butler on his excellent site Medieval Astrology Guide.

On 17 June 2014 at 19:56 pm in Little Rock, AR, a nurse asked Ryhan about the status of her financial situation over the next few months. She had repairs to make on her home and was hoping to have enough money to go on a cruise with her extended family later in the year. She was also applying to the VA hospital for a new job, which would make her finances more stable. Below is Ryhan’s horary chart for the nurse’s question with Regiomontanus houses and Ptolemaic terms as used by Lilly. I strongly recommend going to Ryhan’s site to read his analysis of the chart. Here I will focus on the 12th-part of the Ascendant, which he does not deal with in his interpretation.

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The Ascendant is at 21 Sag 24, making Jupiter in the mothering, nursing sign Cancer the signifier of the querent. Her co-signifier is the Moon.

The 12th-part of the Ascendant (21 Sag 24) lies at 16 Leo 48 in the 8th house of fear, anxiety, death and debt. Interestingly her signifier Jupiter also lies in the 8th house. The querent is worried about financial loss or indebtedness.

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Saturn rules the 2nd house of the querent’s finances. In addition, Saturn in Scorpio is disposed by Mars, which also has rulership of the Capricorn on the 2nd house by exaltation and term (Ptolemy’s system). Mars is angular, peregrine, and in his detriment in Libra in the 10th of career, which is not a good indicator of financial gain from her work. Interestingly, this powerful (angular) debilitated Mars rules both the 11th (hopes, income from career) and 12th (self-undoing) houses — symbolism which plays out in the unfolding of the outcome of the querent’s horary inquiry.

The ruler of Leo, where the 12th-part of the Asc resides, is the Sun in Virgo. The Sun’s only dignity is by face (decanate), suggesting that the querent is worried that she won’t have enough money to do what she would like in the coming months. This interpretation is reinforced by the fact that the Sun lies in opposition to the Ascendant; in other words, the querent may be somehow working against herself. The Sun in the 7th also suggests that issues involving a partnership or a contractual relationship may also be part of the picture.

The Sun’s most immediate aspect is a mutually applying conjunction to Mercury, which rules the 9th house of long-distance travel (the cruise) and the 7th house of contractual partnerships. Unfortunately, Mercury is combust the Sun and getting ever closer to the sun’s heat. Combustion is a damaging condition in horary, so it seems unlikely that she will go on the cruise or be able to successfully negotiate her contract.

The querent asked about her financial situation, which is signified by the Capricorn 2nd house, ruled by Saturn. Unfortunately, Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio in the 11th house (2nd of the 10th, income from career), and Saturn is peregrine (without essential dignity). Saturn remains retrograde until 20 July 2014, so we would not expect much improvement in her finances until some time after that pivotal date, when Saturn will again be traveling direct.

To make matters worse, Saturn Rx at 17 Scorpio 29 is applying to square the 12th-part of the Ascendant (a “hidden” signifier of the the querent) at 16 Leo 48.  This square will perfect in 0 deg 41 min of arc (0.6833 degrees).  Since the mean duration of month is 30.4 days, if we allow one degree to represent a month (Saturn lies in a fixed sign in a succedent house), then 30.4 days x 0.6833 degrees = 20.77 days, which is about 20 days and 18 hours. Thus, Saturn perfects a stressful square to the 12th-part of the Asc in the 8th of financial loss or indebtedness about 20 days and 18 hours after the question, which was asked on 17 June 2014 at about 8 pm. Looking at a calendar, we see that Saturn symbolically perfects the square to the 12th-part of the Asc around mid-day (~ 2 pm) on 8 July 2014.

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So what happened to the nurse regarding her finances and income from career (Saturn ruling 2nd and occupying 11th SQUARE 12th-part of Asc) on 8 July 2014? Ryhan Butler tells us that “on July 8th, the querent was let go from her part time job” and in the process there occurred a series of events which led to the rejection of her application for a new job at the VA hospital (a 7th house contractual matter). Please read Ryhan’s analysis for all the gory details. Ryhan had anticipated matters coming to a head on 7 July 2014 because the Moon arrived at the position of horary Saturn on that date at around 7 pm.

Below is the sequence of events and astrological correlations:

  • Horary question about finances asked on 17 June 2014 at 7:56 PM.
  • Transiting Saturn squares 12th-part of Asc (16 Leo 48) on 6 July 2014.
  • Transiting Moon reaches the position of horary Saturn on 7 July 2014.
  • Symbolically directed Saturn squares 12th-part of Asc at mid-day on 8 July 2014.
  • Dismissed from her job on 8 July 2014, almost 21 days after the horary question.
  • Saturn stations and turns direct on 20 July 2014 at 16 Scorpio 38.
  • Uranus stations and turns Rx on 21 July 2014 at 16 Aries 30, almost exactly quincunx Saturn’s station.

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A horary by Edwin Casael

Edwin Casael was a British astrologer who did a lot of work in horary. Alan Leo was impressed with Casael’s work and published the following question in his 1909 book on horary: “Will I benefit from my uncle’s will?  If not, who will benefit?”

The chart is cast for 29 March 1892 at 8:45 AM in Yorkshire, UK.  Because the city was not specified, I set the chart for York, a central location within Yorkshire.  Below is the chart with Placidus houses, the system in vogue at the time. I have generally followed Casael’s reasoning and have added some ideas of my own.

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It is a Mars day during a Venus hour.

With Gemini on the Ascendant, Mercury ruler the querent, and the Moon is his co-ruler. Mercury is peregrine (without essential dignity) and occupies the fall of Saturn and the detriment of Venus.

The uncle is shown by the 6th house (3rd of the 4th). With Scorpio on the cusp, Mars rules the uncle.  Sagittarius on the cusp of the 7th (2nd of 5th) indicates that Jupiter signifies the uncle’s wealth.

Saturn rules the 8th house of wills in general. The Sun, ruler of Leo, governs the 4th house of inheritance.

To quote horary astrologer Olivia Barclay:

“THE FOURTH HOUSE is concerned with our beginning, our base, our ancestry, inheritance and father; with real estate, towns, castles and buildings; with the soil, fields, gardens and orchards; with the quality and nature of the ground one buys, whether it is woody, stony or barren. It is also the end of anything, and rules treasures hidden in the ground. A significator here may denote drowning, as with a chart I recently drew to know where a satellite would fall.”

“The 8th house rules the deceased’s estate, wills, legacies, dowry, and describes the sort of death. It rules undertakers.”

The querent’s significators (Mercury and the Moon) do not apply to the Sun or Jupiter (rulers of the 4th of inheritance and the 7th of the uncle’s wealth, respectively) and are in aversion to (have no connection by aspect with) Mars (the uncle) or Saturn (ruler of the 8th of wills).

A striking feature of this chart is the extremely close applying square from the Sun (exalted in Aries in the 11th) to Mars (exalted in Capricorn in the 8th).  The Sun rules the 4th of the querent’s inheritance and occupies the 11th of his hopes and wishes.  He is wishing for a nice inheritance from his uncle.  Mars rules the uncle and occupies the 8th of death and wills.  The querent hopes to received an inheritance from his deceased uncle’s will.  Mars receives the Sun in Aries by domicile and by face, but the Sun does not occupy any of the dignities of Mars, so the reception is not mutual.  The Sun “pushes” its significations to Mars for management, and the next aspect of Mars is a mutually applying trine to Saturn in the 5th house of the querent’s children. The aspect between the Sun and Mars, however, is a stressful square, which symbolizes severing and separating, and suggests that the querent’s inheritance will not come from his uncle’s will. Mars, however, is dignified (exalted) and receives the Sun and thus tries to be helpful to the Sun (ruler of the 4th of inheritance) by passing some of the uncle’s estate on to the querent’s children (Mars to trine Saturn in the 5th).

Casael notes that Venus mutually applies to a trine of Saturn in the 5th. Because Libra is intercepted in the 5th of children, Casael believes that the querent’s children will benefit from the will.  Saturn rules the 8th house of wills and legacies.

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Masha’allah: Acquire a kingdom?

Masha’allah spent the year 791 writing up a number of horary charts of his clients. On 23 May 791 a client asked whether he would be granted a kingdom which he was seeking. Here is a chart set for Baghdad in the sidereal zodiac (Sri Yukteswar method) which approximates the one that appears in the original text.

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It is a Moon day during a Moon hour. The querent must have been anxious because he asked the question first thing Monday morning when the sun had just risen.

Gemini rises, making Mercury Rx in Gemini the significator of the querent. His co-ruler is the Full Moon in Sagittarius, which is about to oppose Mercury. In fact, Moon and Mercury are mutually applying to an opposition, which will be the Moon’s next aspect. Thus, the Moon commits her disposition to Mercury.

What will Mercury do with the Moon’s disposition? Mercury Rx in Gemini receives the Sun, which rests just above the ascending degree, and the Sun and Mercury are mutually applying to a conjunction. Thus, Mercury commits his disposition (and that of the Moon) to the Sun, which now carries the ball for the querent, having received the disposition of the querent’s two rulers.

The quesited is the 10th house kingdom. With Aquarius on the 10th cusp, Saturn rules the quesited, and the Sun is nicely applying to sextile Saturn in Aries in the 11th house of the querent’s hopes and wishes.

Will the Sun be able to perfect the sextile to Saturn, indicating that the querent will get the desired position, or will some other planet interfere with the perfection?  The only planet capable of interfering is Mars, which lies at a degree intermediate between that of the Sun and Saturn in this chart.

Mars occupies a “bad” house (the 2nd) and is the dreaded malefic of the nocturnal sect in a day chart. Unfortunately, Mars applies to square Saturn, and the Mars/Saturn square will perfect before the Sun has a chance to sextile Saturn, thus destroying the querent’s hopes of getting his desired kingdom.

Masha’allah tells us that the querent learned that he would not be granted the kingdom on 28 May 791, the very day that Mars perfected its square to Saturn. Here is the chart for the morning of the day the querent got the bad news:

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Another example of 12th parts in horary

The ancient Babylonians and the Hellenistic astrologers used twelfth-parts (dodecatemoria) of the signs of the zodiac.  The idea is that each sign can be projected onto the entire zodiac circle, with each 2.5 degrees (twelfth-part) of a sign being projected onto an entire sign of the horoscope wheel.

In the system of Manilius, the first 2.5 degrees of a sign is projected onto the sign itself, the 2nd 2.5 degrees onto the following sign, etc.  Thus, for example, the first 2.5 degrees of Virgo would project onto all of Virgo, the second 2.5 degrees of Virgo onto the next sign Libra, the third 2.5 degrees of Virgo onto the next sign Scorpio, and so on around the wheel.

Masha’allah in writing about “hidden things” noted that the twelfth-part of the Ascendant of a horary chart would reveal the querent’s concerns and intentions in consulting the astrologer.  He gave an example of the Ascendant in the 12th degree of Aries, which lies in the fifth 2.5 segment of Aries.  Hence the 5th Whole Sign house from Aries, which is Leo, reveals the querent’s concern or intention.  In his example there were no planets in Leo, so he looked to the ruler of Leo, the Sun, which happened to fall in Libra in the 7th Whole Sign house from Aries.  Masha’allah concluded that the querent wanted to know about a child (5th house) who was seeking the querent’s wife (7th house).  Had a planet been located in Leo, Masha’allah would have incorporated the meaning of that planet into his interpretation.

I recently came across a horary done by Olivia Barclay in which she argued in favor of her belief that, in horary charts, the 3rd house rather than the 2nd rules automobiles. Most traditional astrologers view cars as movable possessions, which are assigned to the 2nd house. Local trips you take in your car are matters symbolized by the 3rd house, but the car itself belongs functionally to the 2nd house..

Barclay cites the example of a horary question in which the querent asks if he will be able to purchase a rather expensive car:  “I have fallen in love with a 1937 Bentley. Will I be able to buy it?” The question was asked on 15 February 1987 at 4:42 PM GMT at 51N13, 1E25. Here is the chart:

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It is a Sun day during a Saturn hour.

The querent is signified by the Sun (Leo Ascendant) and co-ruler Moon. The Sun resides in his detriment in Aquarius and opposes the Ascendant. The Moon in Virgo in the 2nd house of the querent’s money is peregrine (without essential dignity). The debilitated state of the querent’s rulers, especially the Moon in his house of money, suggests that he may not be able to afford the Bentley.

The Ascendant at 22 Leo 43 has its twelfth-part in Taurus, the sign on the MC. Since this is a question about making a purchase, the 10th house represents the price of the Bentley. The querent is concerned about the high price. There are no planets in the 10th, so Masha’allah tells us to consider the ruler of the 12th-part (Taurus), which is Venus in Capricorn in the 5th. Thus, the querent is concerned about the high price of something he loves (5th house). Capricorn describes Venus in the 5th, which signifies the thing that he loves and wants to buy, namely an old and venerable (Capricorn, ruled by Saturn) 1937 Bentley. The 5th house is associated with honey-colored things, so maybe the Bentley is honey-colored.

Barclay argued that because Venus was in the 5th house rather than Mercury, then the 3rd house (ruled by Venus in this chart) must signify cars.

Will the querent be able to buy the car? To answer this question we must look at the ruler of the car, which is Mercury because Virgo is on the cusp of the 2nd house of movable possessions. Interestingly, Mercury in Pisces conjoins the Part of Fortune (it is the car he treasures), but both are in the unfortunate 8th house which is a place of loss. Mercury (the car) is thus in aversion (inconjunct, disconnected) to the Leo Ascendant and the ruler of the Ascendant (the Sun). This failure of Mercury (the car) to connect with the Ascendant (the querent) is another argument that he will not be able to buy the car.

Is there any aspect forming between Mercury (the car) and the querent’s rulers (the Moon and the Sun)? No. The Sun is in aversion to Mercury, and the Moon is well past an opposition to Mercury. The querent and the Bentley do not come together in this chart.

Is there any agreement between the buyer (querent, Moon and Sun) and the seller (Saturn, Aquarius on 7th cusp)? No.  The Sun is separating from a sextile to Saturn, and the Moon (buyer) applies to Saturn (seller) by a square without reception. The Moon square Saturn without reception indicates that the two parties will not reach an agreement.

In short, Olivia Barcley’s argument about the 3rd house signifying cars in horary charts is without merit. The traditional teaching of the 2nd house ruling movable possessions still stands, and the method of 12th parts in horary from Masha’allah accounts for the honey color of the desired Bentley.

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Masha’allah: Will a sick person recover?

The 8th century Jewish Muslim astrologer Masha’allah had a way of analyzing horary charts that is quite instructive. In the previous post I reviewed one of his charts about a 10th house matter. Here I would like to consider how Masha’allah analyzed a question from a sick person about whether he would live or die from his infirmity. The analysis below is drawn mainly from Masha’allah with some additional observations of my own.

From the description of the original chart, I was able to reconstruct a close approximation with modern software, using the following data: “Will I die or recover?” asked on 11 April 791 AD, near Basra in modern Iraq, 3:37 PM LMT, sidereal zodiac with method of Sri Yukteswar.

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An infirm client who was in considerable pain asked Masha’allah the question on the afternoon of a Moon day during a Jupiter hour.

The dodecatemoria of the Ascendant (given by Masha’allah as being in the 15th degree of Virgo) lies in the region from 18 to 30 degrees of Aquarius in the 6th house of this chart. The querent’s intention (revealed by the dodecatemorion of the ascending degree) is to ask about his illness and chances for recovery. Venus in the 6th house, the Alcabitius house containing the 12th-part of the Ascendant, will play an important role in answering the question. The planet Saturn, which rules Aquarius, the sign of the 12th part of the Ascendant, lies in Aries on the cusp of the 8th house of death. The querent is worried about dying from his illness.

The querent is represented by Mercury (Virgo rising) and the Moon (always a co-ruler of the querent). Masha’allah would prefer to use Mercury, the primary ruler, to signify the querent BUT in this chart Mercury in the 8th is “in aversion” to (inconjunct) the Ascendant and is void of course. Thus, Mercury has no aspectual relationship with the sign Virgo or with any planet aspecting Virgo, and thus Mercury is incapable of managing Virgo’s significations. Mercury is currently completely at the mercy of the illness, being combust the Sun. Fortunately, Mercury is in the process of leaving combustion, which gives some prospect of an eventual improvement in the illness.

The Moon, however, lies in Taurus in the 9th house, which has a trine relationship with Virgo. Therefore, the Moon is more capable of signifying the querent. The Moon, like Mercury, is void of course. Since the Moon is involved in no aspectual activity, there is nothing to indicate a significant change in the querent’s medical condition for some time to come.  With the Moon void of course, not much change is happening and the illness is continuing its course. The querent’s illness will change, for better or worse, only after the Moon leaves Taurus and enters the next sign, Gemini, where it’s first aspect will be a square from the Moon to Venus at 6 Pisces 35.

Mars rules the 8th house of death and is quite powerful in the Midheaven, indicating the querent’s ongoing pain and fear of death. Neptune in Virgo on the Ascendant also reflects the chronic nature of the ailment.

Hellenistic astrologers also considered houses from the Part of Fortune. In this chart Fortuna lies in Libra, so that the Moon in Taurus occupies the 8th house of death from Pars Fortunae, again indicating that the querent is worried about dying from his illness.

When the Moon squares Venus, it will “commit its disposition” to Venus, which is the slower planet. Normally, Masha’allah would like there to be a reception of the Moon by Venus to lead to a successful outcome. Here the square of Moon to Venus will occur when the Moon reaches 7 Gemini 43 and Venus is at 7 Pisces 43.  At this moment the Moon will be in the term or bound of Jupiter with which Venus is in mutual reception. Thus, it seems that Masha’allah is viewing the Moon being in the term or bound of Jupiter (which is in mutual reception with Venus) as being equivalent to the Moon being received by Venus.

Venus will then carry the 1st house significations of the Moon (querent and his life force) in this chart. This is good news because Venus in Pisces is in mutual reception with Jupiter in Taurus. Jupiter is not applying to Saturn (the only planet heavier than Jupiter), so Jupiter has no one to whom to commit his disposition, and thus Jupiter becomes the final arbiter of the querent’s body and vitality, the significations which the Moon passed to Venus, and Venus passed on to Jupiter. The dispositing buck stops with Jupiter. In addition, Venus is only 14 degrees away from perfecting a sextile to Jupiter, which will occur on 26 April 791 (see chart below).

Masha’allah concludes that the querent’s illness will take a significant turn for the better after Venus bodily conjoins Jupiter in Taurus in about two and a half months. With the two benefics in mutual reception determining the outcome of the question, the querent will survive and eventually get better from his illness.

It appears that Masha’allah is thinking in terms of something like a relay race. The Moon (querent) handed its disposition over the Venus, which in turn handed the disposition over the Jupiter.  The buck will stop with Jupiter, but the end of the race will not take place until Venus bodily touches (conjoins with) Jupiter to bring the matter to its conclusion.

From just glancing at the original horary chart, you might think that Venus will square Mars (ruler of the 8th of death) before she perfects the sextile to Jupiter. Mars, however, is advancing in the zodiac along with Venus, so that the square from Venus to Mars occurs only after the  sextile of Venus to Jupiter takes place. Had Venus squared Mars (death) before sextiling Jupiter (recovery), the querent may well have died from his illness.

On April 22, transiting Mercury reached 18 of Taurus and conjoined Venus at 18 Pisces. Venus received Mercury in her domicile Taurus, and Mercury (the querent) committed his disposition to Venus as well. Thus, Venus has taken over the dispositions of both rulers of the querent and passed them on to Jupiter for final arbitration. Meanwhile, transiting Venus in Pisces is applying to a square to Mars in Gemini.

Below is the chart for April 26, cast for the same time as the question. You can see that Venus will sextile Jupiter well before she goes on to square Mars. With Mars ruling the 8th and being a natural signifier of bodily injury, the ongoing application of Venus to the square of Mars indicates that the infirmity will get worse before it gets better (at the time that Venus finally meets up with Jupiter in the heavens by bodily conjunction).

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All original material in these posts is copyright Anthony Louis, 2017.

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