Full Moon of September 26, 2007 – Astrology & the Full Moon

September 18, 2007 by  

Entrance to Harbor in Moonlight - Full Moon of September 26, 2007 – Astrology & the Full Moon

The Full Moon will occur at 3° Aries this month, and the full Moon opposition falls in the second and eighth houses in Washington, DC. The second and eighth house emphasis indicates a strong focus on money this month, on the national and political level. Of course, money has been in the news very often for the last several years, both in terms of the expenditures on the war in Iraq, and more recently, the subprime mortgage meltdown.

Full Moon of September 26, 2007 – Astrology & the Full Moon - Horoscope

However, I do not expect major changes in either of these areas this month. Certain issues will present nagging problems to the government, and to the president specifically, as indicated by Mercury’s trine to Mars, ruler of the 10th house of the King. Mercury rules the eighth house of the enemy’s money, as well as deaths of US individuals, and Mercury is also in the detriment of Mars, harming whatever Mars represents.

How is the nation doing throughout all of this? The people of this country are ruled by the first house, and its ruler, Saturn. Saturn is about to conjoin the South node on the cusp of the eighth house. So the same issues that are posing a problem to the president are causing trouble to the people, with the additional emphasis on a fearful attitude. William Lilly says that the eighth house rules fear, and that certainly seems to be the mood for the upcoming month.

I noticed that the seventh house cusp of the nation’s open enemies is conjunct the Royal fixed star Pollux. This star is of a Mars nature, and Robson says that it indicates “dignified malevolence,” so we can expect new challenges from the country’s enemies, who may well become ever bolder.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Mars in Aries

May 9, 2007 by  

Four Horsemen

After what seems like an eternity, on May 16, 2007, Mars enters one of the two zodiac signs it rules, Aries. The ancients considered Aries to be a sign of bestial behavior and violence, due to its fiery Cardinal nature. As a Cardinal sign, Aries epitomizes the essence of the fiery element, and manifests it very intensely. Since Mars is a malefic, this gives us something of a scorched earth feel to the sign of Aries. For this reason, even though Mars rules Aries, the planet is considered slightly happier in its other domicile Scorpio, where the watery element defuses and transforms Mars’s hot, warlike energy.

As it passes through Aries, Mars will form a trine to Jupiter and Saturn, each of which is in one of the other fire signs. While the trine from Mars to Jupiter is largely positive, the Mars-Saturn connection is a little bit scary, especially since Mars is in the fall of Saturn when it is in Aries. This means that if you’re planning any major steps or ventures, do them before Mars trines Saturn on June 11, and shoot for the Jupiter contact on June 4 instead. Jupiter is in its own sign nowadays, and even though it is retrograde, it has the added nice effect of humanizing Mars’s animalistic intensity.

What does it mean to have Mars in Aries natally? For starters, congratulations. It is always excellent to have a planet in its own sign in your horoscope, even if it is one of the malefics. It means that you can use the energies of the planet, the house it rules, and any other associated planets constructively. For instance, if you have Mars ruling the fifth house of games, all other things being equal, you might be a pretty athletic, sporty type (unless you have a phlegmatic temperament!). It’s going to be important that Venus and Saturn are on the strong side in your chart, because Mars is in their detriment and fall, respectively. This means that Mars will have the power to harm Venus and Saturn types of things in your life. Hence, we would want the other two planets to be strong, in an ideal world.

The famous French novelist Emile Zola had Mars in Aries conjunct Mercury on the cusp of the fifth house of creativity. As a Naturalist writer, his goal was to mimic everyday reality in his writing, but also display the animalistic, sordid aspects of human nature. How fitting for the “animalistic” Aries!

Aries Ingress 2007: The Astrological Predictions of 2007

March 22, 2007 by  


The Solar New Year officially began on March 20 this year at 12:09 am Universal Time, as the Sun entered the first degree of the first zodiac sign, Aries. The Arabian astrologers said that determining what would happen in a given location in a solar year (March 20 2007 through March 20 2008) would be indicated in the Aries Ingress chart set for that location. Of course, the positions of the planets for the Aries Ingress are the same the world over, so the key indicators are house rulership and position, which vary by location. Below is the Aries Ingress set for Washington, D.C.:


First, we must find the planet that is the Lord of the Year, which is the planet situated in the strongest house, with the angular houses being the best. In our case, that is the Moon in Aries in the angular 7th house. Moon in the sign of Mars in the 7th house of open enemies gives the year a distinctly warlike flavor. The good news is that the Moon is about to exit Aries and enter its exaltation in Taurus (a Venus-ruled sign). I wonder if this gives us a light at the end of the tunnel in the Iraq war.

To determine the effects of the Ingress on the government, we would look at the Lord of the King, or ruler of the 10th house. In this case, that is the Moon as well. It is opposite the antiscion (“shadow”) of a very weak Mercury in Pisces, which is in detriment and in fall. So we can say that the Moon is afflicted in a hidden way (the nature of the antiscion) by whatever Mercury represents. Mercury rules the 9th and 12th houses of foreign countries/people and hidden enemies, respectively. Interestingly, the 9th is the King’s 12th, so Mercury indicates the President’s secret enemies as well. This may mean a renewed push to end the war, with the doings of the country’s and the President’s secret enemies accelerating the end of the war.

Mercury is on the fixed star Fomalhaut, which is a star indicating renunciation, which may be one more indicator that a cycle is coming to a close, though all is not well. The somewhat malefic fixed star Vindemiatrix is on the Ascendant. This star is associated with overreaching that leads to a bad end. It is also known as the Widowmaker.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Sun enters Aries on March 21, 2007

March 5, 2007 by  

King Philip II

When the Sun enters Aries, the solar new year begins. In most ancient cultures, at least the ones from which we have records, the year began during the spring equinox, not in January. I am sure our ancestors would have thought that beginning the year on January 1 is ridiculous, since everybody can see that nature does not spring back to life until late March.

The Sun is in its exaltation in Aries, which makes sense, since the sun is bright in April, and seems very strong after the cold and dark winter. It is not truly at the apex of its power, as it is in the summer, when the Sun enters its own sign of Leo. But such is the nature of exaltation, making things look a little bit better than they really are.

If the Sun rules an important house in your horoscope, say the house of career, its passage to Aries will be a good time to do career related things. Looking for jobs, asking for raises, and angling for promotions may all be good things to do during this time. When a planet passes through the sign of its exaltation, there’s one degree in that sign in which it is ultra exalted and extremely powerful. When the Sun passes through Aries, it is super exalted between 18.0 and 19.0° of Aries. This will occur on Sunday, April 8, 2007. The Sun would be especially powerful on that day, because Sunday is the day of the week ruled by the Sun (hence the name!).

Planets in Your Horoscope: Venus in Aries

February 14, 2007 by  

Joan of Arc


Venus will enter Aries on February 21, 2007

The old astrologers used to say that Venus in the signs of Mars (Aries or Scorpio) is a sign of filthy lust. This is because the combination of the sensual nature of Venus with the energetic nature of Mars results in a highly sexual mix. It probably will not come as a surprise that Venus in Aries is in the sign of its detriment, because it is in the sign opposite from its rulership in Libra. The difficulty inherent in Venus in Aries is like putting a ballerina in a suit of armor. The ballerina will attempt to express her harmonious and beautiful nature, but she can only do so through the aggressive role afforded to her by her placement in Aries.

A similar effect arises when we have Venus conjunct Mars (and, to a lesser extent, other close aspects), and of course if this aspect is happening in either of the Mars signs, the importance of sex in the native’s life will be that much greater.

Contrast this placement with Venus in Pisces, where Venus is exalted. The expansive, harmonious, and beneficent influence of Pisces is a much more favorable terrain for Venus. This is because Venus can exercise her virtues much more freely and in sympathy with the sign. When Venus is in Aries, her inherent virtue of love will be filtered by the dissimilar and decidedly unloving lens of the Martial sign Aries.

If Venus rules an important house in your chart, Venus’s transit through Aries is not a good time to undertake projects associated with that house. Rather, it would be more appropriate to wait for Venus’s entry into Taurus, where it is in its own sign. This will happen on March 17.

— Readers who are interested in finding the perfect moment to do something, in harmony with their own horoscope, may learn more about electional astrology on Nina Gryphon’s electional astrology webpage.

Moon Phases in Astrology: The Part of Fortune, Part I

August 5, 2005 by  

Moon phases astrology: the Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune aka Fortuna has been used by astrologers for hundreds of years in natal, horary and electional astrology; many modern astrologers typically encounter it but do not use it. It can be quite a handy tool to have in natal analysis, and can substantially enrich one’s practice.

Though we will discuss this notion in greater length, the Part is generally taken to signify one’s material possessions, i.e.: one’s wealth. It is often taken to signfiy the state of one’s soul as well. Its reverse, the Part of Spirit, shows shows spiritual, inward possessions, or one’s propensity to religion and things of the Spirit. The condition of the Part of Fortune and its dispositor will determine the quality and state of one’s material and spiritual wealth.

In this article, we will discuss in detail what the Part of Fortune means and how to use it. In this Part I of the article, we will discuss the mechanics of how to implement the Part of Fortune in charts. In Part II, we will talk about the practical and philosophical meaning of the Part of Fortune.

Calculation of the Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune is a point calculated in the chart, as distinguished from any astronomical body. To find the Part of Fortune, take the longitude of the Ascendant, add the longitude of the Moon, and subtract the longitude of the Sun (PoF = Asc + Moon – Sun).

Thus, 2 Aries is 2 degrees of longitude, 2 degrees of Taurus is 32 degrees of longitude, 17 Gemini is 77 degrees of longitude, and so on around the zodiac. The resulting point from your calculations is the place of the Part of Fortune. Its state and that of its dispositor (the planet which rules the sign the Part of Fortune falls in) will describe the state of the person’s possessions.

If you were born at night, that is, the Sun is under the horizon in your natal chart, some authorities state that you should reverse the above formula: PoF = Asc + Sun – Moon.

The Actors: The Sun, the Moon, and the Ascendant

So why use these three points in calculating the Part of Fortune? Obviously, they are the most important parts of a chart. This is especially the case in natal charts, where the Sun and Moon are the elements that power a chart, while the Ascendant is the place where the heavens meet the earth – the point of incarnation, in other words.

The Reversals of Fortune

One of the many debates continuing to rage among astrologers is whether to reverse the Part of Fortune by night (and therefore all the parts that use it also). Ptolemy, in his Tetrabiblos, states in two separate places that one should not reverse the Part of Fortune by night. However, many subsequent authorities, including Bonatti and Al-Biruni, state quite clearly that one should reverse the places of the Sun and Moon by night.

So why would someone do this? Bonatti’s chief justification for reversing Fortuna is that Parts should be calculated from the naturally stronger planet (he would have looked at our formulas from right to left). Thus, because the Sun is considered stronger by day, when it is in houses 7-12, Fortuna should be calculated from it during the day. Conversely, the Moon is stronger by night, and therefore the calculation should begin from the Moon by night.

However, there are a few problems with Bonatti’s reasoning. First, just because we are looking at a nighttime chart does not mean the Moon is stronger than the Sun. We could imagine a chart where the Sun is on the IC, thereby gaining some accidental strength, and the Moon is below the horizon in the sixth house. Unlike the Sun during the day, the Moon does not have to be above the horizon by night. Automatically considering it the stronger planet at night is simply wrong.

Second, the Moon is considered the “luminary of the time” in nighttime charts. All this means is that it has more of a responsibility for the native’s wellbeing on its planetary shoulders; it does not mean it can effectively take care of those responsibilities. Therefore, we should not artificially put it in the driver’s seat by reversing the Part of Fortune by night.

Third, reversing the Part of Fortune gives you another part, the Part of Spirit. The two parts are obviously related, since they are mirror images of one another. Bonatti writes that the Part of Fortune shows the soul’s strength, fortune, substance, etc., while the Part of Spirit (aka the Part of Things to Come) shows faith, prophecy, and religion. The two Parts are obviously distinct in some fashion, and transposing them by night causes us to get two entirely different beasties depending on when we were born.

Stay tuned for Part II. – the meaning and interpretation of the Part of Fortune.

(Sources used for analysis in this article: Robert Zoller’s translation of Guido Bonatti’s treatise on the Arabic Parts; Al-Biruni’s Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology.)