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.

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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