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.
The question was asked on a Moon day during a Moon hour. Saturn rules the Ascendant and Moon rules the hour, so there is no hour /Ascendant ruler agreement, suggesting that the chart may not be radical.
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; and in Hellenistic texts it is called the Lot of Accusation and is used with reference to imprisonment and downfall.
Deborah Houlding mentions this Part of Disease and Defects in her discussion of Al Biruni’s Lots at http://www.skyscript.co.uk/alparts.html#9. 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.
On 12 December 2017 Roy Moore lost the election to Doug Jones. As suggested by the chart, the Lot of Accusation played a significant role in the outcome. The NY Times reported:
“Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against the Republican, according to The Associated Press” (italics mine).