Pushing Power: Astrology 101

February 9, 2015 by  

pushing power astrology - Psyche entering Cupid's Garden

Psyche Entering Cupid’s Garden – John William Waterhouse, 1905

Pushing power is a term found in many traditional texts. It is also called the gift of power, gift of virtue, and pushing strength. The principle is simple: a planet in one of its own dignities (planet A)  applies to aspect another planet B. It’s not very complicated, right? Planet A is pushing its own power, which comes from being in its dignity, to planet B. The gift of planet A’s power enables planet B to act.

So what does “pushing power” mean in a horoscope? In The Beginning of Wisdom, the 12th century rabbi/astrologer Abraham Ibn Ezra says “If the Lord of the Ascendant gave power to the Lord of the house of the matter sought, what is sought will be gotten according to his wishes…” (Introductions to Traditional Astrology, edited/trans. by Ben Dykes, Chapter III.16 “Pushing Power.”) Ibn Ezra is talking about pushing power in a horary context. We want planet A (the ruler of the Ascendant) to be essentially dignified, or at least not lacking in dignity, so that it is in a position to help itself as it aspects the ruler of the quesited house.

Example of Pushing Power in a Horary

In this horary, the Moon in its domicile is pushing its power to Venus, promising the desired outcome. How would you answer if the question was “will this debt get repaid?”

Moon pushing power to Venus

Horary: Moon pushing power to Venus

What if planet A, not planet B, is the ruler of the matter sought after (also known as the quesited in horary)? For instance, the ruler of the second house of money, in one or more of its essential dignities, applies to the ruler of the Ascendant. Ibn Ezra goes on to say about this possibility that obtaining the sought after thing “will be without labor.” This makes sense, since the quesited matter goes to the querent instead of the querent having to make an effort to get it.

Finally, consider this scenario: When planet B is retrograde, it can push power to planet A, assuming planet B is in its own dignities. In that scenario, we have both A and B pushing power to each other, each helping the sought after matter come to the querent.


2 Responses to “Pushing Power: Astrology 101”

  1. Gabriella on February 9th, 2015 9:50 pm

    Hello Nina,
    Always enjoying your articles.
    What happens, when the ruler of the Asc. is Pluto? which is known to be destructive?
    Or- Mars- using only the septeners?
    So if I want to check- if my H2 gets a push from Mars- in Sag- and ruler of H2 (Jup) in Leo (in retro).
    Does it?

  2. admin on February 10th, 2015 12:04 pm

    Hi Gabriella,

    I don’t see Pluto as ruling anything, so would use Mars instead. Does your Mars have any dignity in Sagittarius? If so, and it’s applying to Leo, then Mars would indeed push power to Jupiter.

    Kind regards,

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