Recently Chris Brennan posted this request in Facebook: “I’m looking for some people who have had a distinct and unambiguously positive or fortunate event occur at some point in their life.” As I thought back over positive events in my life, one came to mind whose astrology I had never studied, so I decided to look at it now.
Not long after my horary book was first published I attended the United Astrology Congress at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, D.C. from April 16 to 21, 1992. At the UAC conference I was surprised and pleased when I received a “Regulus Most Promising Newcomer Award” at the awards banquet. I don’t recall the exact date of the award during the April 16-21 period. Judging by the programs of recent UAC conference, the awards banquet was probably Monday evening, 20 April 1992.
This award was totally unexpected, and I think it qualifies as an “unambiguously positive or fortunate event” which Chris was looking for. In addition to the unexpected recognition, I met some astrologers at this conference who have remained friends to this day — another very positive aspect of this period. Here is my natal chart with a superimposed chart for the first evening of the conference:
The two benefics are notable for this fortunate event. Transiting Jupiter (the greater benefic) conjoins my natal Part of Fortune, and transiting Venus (the lesser benefic) is extremely powerful as she is angular, exactly conjunct the natal Descendant. Transiting Venus trines natal Venus, Moon and Pluto in Leo in the 10th.
The transiting Moon conjoins the benefic fixed star Spica. The transiting Sun sextiles natal Mars in Gemini in the 9th. Transiting Pluto is trine natal Saturn in the 10th. Transiting Saturn on the cusp of the 5th (banquets) was closely trine natal Uranus in the 9th (publishing, astrology, long distance travel). Transiting Mercury was opposite natal Jupiter in the 12th.
Finally, secondary progressed Jupiter (not shown) lies at 11 Libra 53 where it almost exactly conjunct the natal Ascendant and opposes transiting Venus at the start of the conference.
All-in-all the transits and the secondary progressions of my natal chart clearly depict a fortunate event.
Chris Brennan pointed out that the April 1992 conference occurred during an 11th house profection year. I met some people at the conference who have been friends ever since. In the Hellensitic Whole Sign House system, Leo is the 11th house of my chart. In an 11th house profection year, the planets in Leo and Leo’s ruler, the Sun, become activated. Thus, the Moon which rules the 10th of career and Venus, which rules the Ascendant, play a major role during the year of the award. In addition, Mercury in Leo rules the 9th of foreign travel, and the NCGR group from Mexico invited me to give a workshop in Mexico City in October of that year.
Addendum (August 2018):
In reflecting more on this chart and the fact that it was an 11th Whole Sign House profection year, I recalled that William Lilly associated awards, “praise” and being favored by the king or by those in authority with the 11th (CA 56): “It doth naturally represent friends and friendship, hope, trust, confidence, the praise or dispraise of any one; the fidelity or falseness of friends; as to kings it personates their favourites, councillors, servants, their associates or allies, their money, exchequer or treasure …”
Deborah Houlding summarizes the traditional meanings of the 11th House as follows: “Traditionally known as the ‘house of Good Fortune‘, the 11th house has rulership over friends and friendship, supporters, benefactors and those that help us directly or behind the scenes. It is the house of beneficial fate, positive hope, trust, praise, comfort, goals and ambitions. … it has rulership over promotion by recommendation of others. ” Modern significations of the 11th house include your friends and their encouragement, organizations or groups of like-minded individuals, networks of people, supporters or friends in high places (Lilly’s idea of being a favorite of the king), benefactors, hopes, wishes, ambitions, the fruits of your actions or “praxis” in the world (praise, gifts, awards), and so on.
Certainly, receiving a totally unexpected award for an astrology book which I had written qualifies as a form of praise and a beneficial fate (both 11th house meanings). It involves being favored by those in authority at UAC (a group of like-minded people) and the help of secret benefactors who must have recommended my name to be considered for the award. I was taken by surprise and totally unaware that my name had even been suggested.