Morin on Delineating Primary Directions

Next week I’ll be giving a presentation on primary directions for the Astrological Society of Connecticut. In preparation, I’ve been reading through Morin’s Book 22 on Directions (Holden translation) and working with his various example charts. On page 17, Morin states his well-known maxim: “the bodily position of a planet in any house is stronger than its rulership in another, accoring to that common [rule], the presence of a planet is more effective than the rulership of an absent [planet].” Morin cites as an example his own chart which has Mars toward the end of the 3rd House and notes that he, like Louis Tronson who has a similar configuration, has experienced the deaths of his siblings.

On page 19 Morin presents a hypothetical example: suppose that Mars rules the 4th (of parents) and occupies the 6th (servants, small animals). Suppose also that the Moon occupies the 10th (actions of the native) and casts it square aspect into the 7th (disputes, lawsuits. At some point in this native’s adult life the 7th house square of the Moon will be carried by primary motion of the heavens to the natal position of Mars in the 6th. How should the astrologer delineate such a primary direction?

To be able to visualize Morin’s example I created a chart that met his hypothetical specifications. To the best of my knowledge this chart is purely fictitious and is created solely to illustrate Morin’s example of the Moon in the 10th, square of the Moon in the 7th, and the 4th-ruler Mars in 6th. All other planetary positions are irrelevant to Morin’s original text.

This is a hypothetical chart in which Mars rules the 4th, occupies the 6th and will at around age 30 be affected by the primary direction of the 7th house square of the 10th house Moon. The lunar square falls at 25 CANCER 11′ in the 7th House.

In this hypothetical chart Mars rules the Aries 4th cusp and occupies the 6ths of servants and small animals. The Moon in Libra in the 10th sends its square to 25 Cancer 11′ in the 7th. By the semi-arc method of Ptolemy and Placidus the square of the Moon will reach the natal position of Mars when this native is about 29 years old.

Primary directions, Placidus semi-arc, Naibod key. By the Regiomontanus method, which approximates Ptolemy’s method, this direction would perfect at age 28.8 with the Naibod key.

Morin advises his readers that “only the signification of the Moon’s square in the 7th should be combined with the signification of Mars: therefore, for the native lawsuits are predicted, or disputes with the parents or the servants, or both, or because of [small] animals, since of course the effect of the direction must be referred primarily to the native …” (pp. 19-20).

As I understand Morin’s reasoning, it goes as follows. The Moon in the 10th House is determined toward the actions of the native in the world (praxis). The Square from the Moon then signifies difficulties related to the native’s actions and because the lunar square occupies the 7th house, those difficulties are connected with disputes or lawsuits. Primary motion will carry the 7th house square of the Moon (disputes) to the natal position of Mars in the 6th, which is determined toward 6th house matters (servants, small animals) and also toward 4th house matters because Mars rules Aries on the 4th cusp (parents).

In my hypothetical example, the Moon happens to rule the 7th cusp, so maybe the native’s spouse also gets involved in the dispute with parents, servants and animals when she is 29 years old.

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3 Responses to Morin on Delineating Primary Directions

  1. (This is just a theory employing a different method.) Neptune rules the 3rd (siblings) and occupies the 2nd (finances and/or movable goods) and is in Aquarius (sudden changes or winds) and casts a square to the 29-years-of-age degree (22º Taurus 15’) according to Cristo Cristoff Naumova’ timing technique. Saturn (R1 and dispositor of the Aquarian group) occupies the opposite House (8th) in a sign related to 6th House issues. Nevertheless, R7 holds a close trine (118º) with R4 and both their dispositors (Venus and Mercury, respectively) are conjunct in the 1st House under Aquarius’ blessing, while Jupiter, although fallen, occupies the same House (two benefics in it). This would lead to believe matters would not be that bad. But then again… when it comes to 6th House-related matters… Pluto comes into play. Although… I would interpret this as metabolic problems of defects. Gemini is quite metabolic and Mars does not do him any good, let alone its Plutonian injury, and Saturn (ruler of the 1st House and a portion of the 12th) is in Virgo in the 8th House. Not good either for health matters… The Sun (heart) rules the 8th, in turn, and is opposite Saturn (in a sign related to 12th House issues, Pisces). There would or could be something blood-lymph-endocrine related, I think.

  2. John Hickey says:

    David Bustamante said:

    “(This is just a theory employing a different method.) Neptune rules the 3rd (siblings) and occupies the 2nd (finances and/or movable goods) and is in Aquarius (sudden changes or winds) and casts a square to the 29-years-of-age degree (22º Taurus 15’) according to Cristo Cristoff Naumova’ timing technique. ”

    David and fellow blog contributors, in Classical Traditional Astrology Outers rule No sins nor houses. Some Ultra-Trad types will Not even note nor look at the planets past Saturn in regards to any astrological endeavors.

    It may be of interests to you if you are interested in horary astrology to read and study this worthy course:

    Deborah Houlding Does allow the Outers an influence, yet Never does a planet Not of the Chaldean Order rule any house nor sign according to this course.

    David, there are far more websites and books that will support this, but now I think you may see the why there is such a ‘gap’ or rather an’ academic canyon’ between Modernism and pre-1700 Traditional astrologers.

    John Hickey

    • Thank you, John. I am aware of all this (as all readers would be). I am not sure, however, if I am also bound by Houlding, a particular school, or the document you so kindly attached. Had that been the case, perhaps the comment would not have been approved (I think).

      PS: I don’t factor in all of Modern astrology, just as I don’t factor in all of Traditional astrology or any other particular school or professor. It is my belief that every tradition contributed something worthy (just as every professor and parent does).

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