Reception by Malefic Planets in Astrology

January 31, 2015 by  

Reception by Planets Astrology

Jesus Summons Matthew to Leave the Tax Office by Jan van Hermessen, 1536.

Reception by malefic planets in astrology is an often misunderstood concept, a lost treasure of bygone ages.  Until new translations arrived in recent years, planetary reception was locked away in old, arcane texts. Reception is worth mastering, as it can transform your horary judgments, casting light like the proverbial Philosopher’s Stone.

One use of reception is helping planets avoid the evil of malefic planets. Astrology today uses the concept of mutual reception, such as when two planets are in each other’s domicile. The reception we are discussing is one-way, just half of mutual reception. Understand: every planet is always in dignity of one or more planets, but it is only being received if it also aspects those planets. Put another way, by being in another’s sign, exaltation, or two minor dignities, a planet is being received by those who rule those dignities, provided the receiving and received planets are in aspect.

Here is where reception gets useful: when a planet is being received by malefic planets, astrology says that the malefic’s evil is abated. This works in horary as well as natal astrology. If you were born with Sun in Capricorn conjunct Saturn (you party animal), have no fear. The Sun is being received by Saturn into Saturn’s domicile, so you will be spared the worst of Saturn’s depredations. This would also hold true if we saw this combination in a horary; let’s say that you are the Sun, about to conjoin the job of your dreams in the form of Saturn. Saturn signifying the job might mean that the job is Saturnian and oppressive, but because the Sun is visiting Saturn in Saturn’s own home, it will not harm you and may even help. Because Saturn is in Capricorn, his own domicile, he is inclined to be on his best behavior.

Charlie Hebdo Shooting: No Reception by Malefic Planets

What happens when a malefic does not receive the planet it aspects? Things can go seriously bad. At the time of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, the Moon in Leo applied to remake the opposition of Mars in Aquarius and Jupiter in Leo. Jupiter and the Moon were not being received by Mars, who was free to do his worst.

Incidentally, this is why the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Cancer, where both planets are badly placed, is especially destructive. Neither planet receives the other and the result is evil multiplied.

Reception by malefic planets astrology

Charlie Hebdo shooting horoscope. January 7, 2015, 11:30 CET, Paris, France.

Sahl writes:

“…if a good planet were in the house of a bad one (or in its exaltation), [the bad one] receives [the good one] and restrains its own malice from it…” (Judgment 2, Sahl Bin Bishr. The Fifty Judgments, trans. Benjamin Dykes., Appendix A of The Book of the Nine Judges, Cazimi Press, 2011)

Aspects of Malefic Planets in Astrology

Sahl then goes on to say that a trine and sextile to a malefic planet works the same way as reception, in that a soft aspect abates the malefic’s trouble. However, Dr. Experience, as Culpepper liked to call her, disagrees. An easy aspect (and a conjunction) to a malefic might just indicate that its evil happens with ease; without reception, a soft aspect to a malefic planet does not necessarily help and can hurt.

A planet received by malefic planets is more protected. An example is Moon in Aries square Mars. Normally, Moon square Mars can contribute to an incendiary personality and health difficulties. Because the Moon is in Aries, she is received by Mars into his domicile and therefore she is protected from his worst manifestations. The native is still feisty, but an outburst of temper will not ruin his life.

In a few days, we will see Mercury retrograde form a harmonious sextile aspect to Saturn. Mercury is in Aquarius, so it will be received by Saturn, who is the domicile ruler of Aquarius. This helps ensure that their combination is favorable. Now, there are potential issues with Saturn being in Sagittarius, the detriment of Mercury, but that is a different subject for another day, covered nicely by the Starlight Knight blog for those interested in the dark corners of reception.

Horary Astrology of Illness

January 19, 2015 by  

The ill horary astrologer

The Poor Poet, by Carl Spitzweg (1839) [NG: The horary astrology in her lair]

Illness focuses the mind on the essentials; nutritious food, a hot drink, and a comfortable bed or couch become key, while everything else recedes into the background. Having suffered from a cold these last few days, I focused on the above life-saving factors while recuperating. Illness has been a great excuse to get caught up on my reading and sleep. Nonetheless, being sick is no picnic, and in between sneezes, I had only one question on my mind; when will I get better? For much of my life, I have suffered from colds, flus, and similar maladies that lasted for weeks or months despite trying all possible remedies, so I naturally worried this cold, too, might turn into one of these familiar germ marathons (shudder). I asked a horary question to determine how long I would be ill. Read the horary question about the illness, judgment, and follow-up information here.

My approach to horary has changed a little over the past few years. Now, whenever I encounter an unusual horary question, I research the suggested interpretive techniques in traditional sources before analyzing the horoscope, often taking notes. Here is what I found: While the traditional texts have some material on the duration of illness, it is often intertwined with other issues, such as determining whether the patient/querent will survive. The texts thus require close reading and annotation to tease out the relevant information, which I will share with you.

The sixth house chapters of horary texts are a sobering reminder of the fragility of life and health in most of human history. Texts like Ben Dykes’s translation of The Book of the Nine Judges, and William Lilly’s Christian Astrology (a book especially rich in indications of the duration of disease), while I sit in my 21st century study, I feel doubly fortunate: I don’t have to worry whether this particular illness will kill me, and I can easily cast a horary on this relatively trivial issue. Neither of these comforts were available to most querents of horary astrology throughout history.

Below are some of my paraphrased and reorganized gleanings of horary texts for determining how long an illness might last; may these prove useful to you (though I hope you have few occasions to use them!). Then, I will share my own horary on illness (see Part 2 of this post) and show how I put the principles into practice.

1. William Lilly, Christian Astrology (“CA”), p. 247-8: Diseases signified by Saturn are long and regulated by the Sun [NG: for timing purposes]; diseases signified by Jupiter, Mars, and the Sun are shorter and regulated by the Moon [NG: again, timed by the Moon], Venus shows illnesses neither long nor short, Mercury diseases are “divers and inconstant,” [NG: variable and intermittent], Moon diseases are “such as do again revert,” [NG: illnesses that are episodic and recurrent].

2. CA 248: A fixed sign on the sixth house cusp shows a long illness difficult to remove; cardinal signs show a short one; while mutable signs show a medium disease that changes and may recur. [NG: The Moon’s sign should be analyzed the same way as the sixth house cusp, in my experience.]

Last degrees of a sign on the sixth house cusp shows the disease nearly at an end, or about to alter in some way.

The domicile ruler of the sixth “of evil influence” [NG: perhaps a malefic or debilitated benefic] and placed in the sixth, shows an enduring, serious illness. Conversely, a fortunate planet in the sixth shows an illness that will not kill and will soon be cured.

Saturn ruling the sixth, and placed in a fixed sign, “he extremely prolongs the Disease.” This is also true if he is slow in motion or retrograde. If he is in a cardinal sign, in his own term/bound, or swift in motion, then he will not be so evil, nor will he prolong the disease.

A cardinal sign on the sixth house cusp and/or the Moon cardinal, and “no impediment otherwise appearing,” the disease will last a short while.

Common signs on the sixth house cusp (except Pisces, which acts as a cardinal sign) “do more long continue any infirmity.”

3. CA 249: If the Moon applies by difficult aspect to the ruler of the Ascendant, the disease increases, and is not yet at its worst at the time of the question. The same is true if the ruler of the sixth house applies to square or oppose the ruler of the Ascendant, or if the ruler of the sixth house is in the eighth or twelfth houses. “The party sick must be more afflicted ere his Disease leave him.”

An unfortunate planet in the sixth moving from one sign into the next shows the disease will soon change. The number of degrees before the change of signs determines so many days, weeks, or months, depending on the sign.

Ruler of the sixth house retrograde, combust, in the eighth or twelfth houses, conjunct, square, or opposite Saturn or Mars, or ruler of the fourth or eighth house, it shows “much infirmity, a long continued and sudden alternation of the Disease from better to worse, if not Death itself”

4. CA 249-50: Saturn, Mars, or any unfortunate planet in the sixth house shows great danger, but if the planet is well placed or essentially dignified, it is not very harmful, and “the Disease is happened casually and suddenly, than upon any prepared matter in the Body beforehand.” Similarly, a benefic planet in the sixth that is not the cause of the illness, the disease will not become permanent or chronic.

The ruler of the sixth house in the Ascendant, and the ruler of the Ascendant in the sixth, the disease has been going on for a long time, and will continue to do so until one of the significators leaves its current sign [NG: This is a helpful hint as to the timing of diseases in general; a significator’s change of signs very frequently shows a change or improvement in the illness and so is relevant to my original question.]

Ruler of the sixth house square or opposite the ruler of the Ascendant in the azimene degrees, the disease is incurable.

Ruler of the sixth in the Ascendant shows the disease will continue but the pain eases.

Ruler of the sixth in a cadent house, the disease is neither serious nor will last a very long time.

Diseases not easily curable are shown by malignant planets in the sixth house, or the ruler of the sixth in the sixth, eighth, or twelfth house.

5. CA 250-1: Good signs of health and recovery for the ruler of the Ascendant and the Moon: Neither is conjunct, square, or opposite Mars or Saturn, or any badly disposed planet; both are direct, free from combustion, swift in motion, not peregrine [NG: out of their domicile, exaltation, triplicity, terms, or faces], nor in their fall or detriment; neither are in the sixth, eighth, or twelfth houses, nor in aspect with their rulers.

The ruler of the Ascendant afflicted by sign placement, retrogradation, being peregrine, combust, or in fall/detriment, querent may be cured, but will soon relapse or even die. If Saturn rules the Ascendant, in his own dignities [not peregrine], slow, diminished in light [NG: perhaps relative to the Sun], retrograde, shows an illness that lasts a long time.

6. CA 251:Ruler of the Ascendant swift in motion, entering into another sign or house (as long as it is not the sixth or twelfth house), the disease will quickly end.

The ruler of the Ascendant not afflicted, swift in motion, in a good aspect to a fortunate planet, the querent will quickly be able to overcome the disease.

All the significators of the illness in fixed signs indicates a long time before the disease is cured, and it will be with difficulty.

7. CA 251-2: A malevolent planet applying to the ruler of the Ascendant, or the Moon slow in motion and in aspect with the ruler of the Ascendant, slows the cure and prolongs the disease.

A fast cure is promised if the Moon is swift, or is conjunct a planet that is oriental, direct, and swift. If the Moon is conjunct a retrograde or occidental planet, the cure is slow.
Both the Sun and Moon in cadent houses, disposed by unfortunate planets, shows a very serious illness, but if fortunate planets participate, the person will be cured, though the illness is chronic and grave.

Ruler of the sixth house combust, retrograde, in fall/detriment, in the eighth house, conjunct, square, or opposite Mars or Saturn, and the Moon also applies to conjoin, square, or opposite the ruler of the eighth house [NG: most likely, the more of these factors are present, the more certain one can be of the judgment], the illness “will never leave the sick party till death.”

The Moon or ruler of the Ascendant conjunct, square, or opposite a retrograde benevolent planet, the person will recover slowly, with some possibility of relapse.

8. CA 267-8 “How long ere the sick recover.” Count the degrees between the ruler of the Ascendant and the aspecting benevolent planet (if applicable). Cardinal signs indicate days, especially if the significators are angular and swift in motion. Mutable signs can be days, weeks, or months, depending on the rest of the horoscope and the nature of the disease. See if the Moon is swift or slow in motion, and her sign.

Cardinal signs and angular houses show days; mutable signs and succedent houses show weeks or months, fixed signs and cadent houses indicate months or years.

When the ruler of the Ascendant moves into a new sign where it has essential dignities, the sick party recovers or feels a noticeable improvement [NG: not clear if we are meant to count the degrees until the sign change, or check the ephemeris for the actual day of the change of signs]

9. ‘Umar, 6.9. [This section and the next are from The Book of the Nine Judges, translated and edited by Benjamin Dykes, pub. 2011 by the Cazimi Press.] “On the nature of the disease.” The Ascendant and the Moon in cardinal signs indicate death or health [NG: depending on other indications] more quickly. The Ascendant fixed indicates death after a lengthy illness [NG: again, assuming the horoscope supports a conclusion of death]. The Ascendant and the Moon in mutable signs indicates health, if they are fortunate; if afflicted, they show “a hastened death.”

10. Dorotheus, 6.6 “On those growing ill.” Cardinal signs indicate an acute illness, mutable signs show an illness of medium duration, and fixed signs “afflict with a steady and long-lasting disease.”

Free Astrology Chart Reading: “Will We Be in a Relationship?”

July 19, 2008 by  

Horary Question:

John and I dated 3 years ago. He was newly divorced. We had two dates and we are just friends. There was a very big physical attraction, but only kissing and hugging on the 2nd date. He then didn’t ask me out anymore, but I ride his bus since he is a bus driver. He has a son who lives with him in his early 20s. He is a problem because of drug and alcohol addiction. What is he going to do about his son? I’m worried about John’s health because he is a heart attack survivor. Will John and I ever get together?


Dear C.,

Your question is interesting, and makes me wonder why you are asking about the potential relationship now, three years after the date. I cast a horoscope for the time that I understood your question, and the chart for your question is below:

Free Astrology Chart Reading: "Will We Be Together?"

Free Astrology Chart Reading: "Will We Be Together?"

The chart shows that John’s son very much dominates the situation; his son is symbolized by Mercury, ruler of John’s fifth house of children, and we see that the planet symbolizing John, Saturn, is very much in Mercury’s power. The son controls the situation, and it does not bode terribly well for you. Mercury has just left its own sign and entered the sign of Cancer, where it has little essential dignity. This tells me that the son’ s behavior has become a greater problem, and this is now seriously impacting John’s life. Mercury is in the detriment of Saturn, so we have the son harming the father.

I am concerned about John as well, as we have Mars separating from Saturn. This can indicate a fling in John’s life, but it could also be illness, especially if his health has not been very good recently. In this context, it could be a very recent acute health situation that is only now starting to go away. We have Mercury applying to Saturn, and then Mars, making me think that the son is really having a negative health impact on John. Stress with his child could cause John to have some kind of relapse.

Regarding your relationship with John, I don’t really see the level of mutual interest needed to overcome these opposing external factors. None of your three planets, Venus, the Sun, or the Moon, are particularly interested in Saturn, which is the planet symbolizing John. Similarly, John only has moderate interest in you, and ultimately, I don’t think he’s that attracted to you. His planet, Saturn, is in the fall of Venus, which does not make for a long-term, happy relationship.

The Moon has just separated from a sextile with Saturn, and is applying to Mars. I’m not exactly sure what Mars is, so I cannot interpret this unequivocally. However, if we have your planet and his separating, itprobably does not bode well for the future of your relationship. My sense is that John has much bigger problems than wanting to be in a relationship, and as of late, his son and his health have been only conspiring against him having a meaningful or long-term relationship.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Should I Apply for This Job?

November 1, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Should I Apply for This Job?


I am currently an assistant director at a medical training program. I have had some problems over the last year with the Director not communicating with me and making me look bad to some of the residents. I have been interested in eventually becoming the Program Director for some time. However, besides not communicating with me and making me look bad she also let things at the program fall into disrepair. The residents are not happy and some are considering leaving the program to go somewhere else. Also, her resignation comes in the middle of our recruiting time when we are looking for our next class of residents and this doesn’t bode well for us as far as getting a good class for the upcoming year (students don’t like to come to programs in flux as it make them anxious about the stability of the program).

I had considered eventually seeking a position as Director at another program, but recently our Director announced she was resigning. Not just from the position, but from the organization itself. Now the position is opening to both internal and external candidates. Finally, I am concerned that our site visit and accreditation are due this time next year and I have never even been a part of one, let alone in charge of it. I guess some of the question has to do with will I succeed if I get the position or will it all fall apart around me. With my difficulties over the last year I don’t know if I should apply or not. So, my question is . . .Should I apply for the Director position, and if so, will I get it?


Nina Gryphon:

Thank you for sending in your question,, J., and I can understand the difficulty of your situation. There are issues here regarding the quality of the job, whether you would even want to do it, and perhaps some questions of self-worth. What we’ll want to look at in this horoscope is whether you will get the job, and the quality of the job itself.

I cast a horoscope for the time that you sent in, since you asked a horary question yourself at your own location. Sometimes, when my clients do this, I will run my own chart and look at them both. In your case, I will just look at your horoscope, however. For readers who are just joining us, horary astrology is an old method that casts a horoscope for the time the astrologer understood question, and looks for the answer in the horoscope of the question. The horary chart for your question is below:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Should I Apply for This Job?

You are shown by Saturn in Leo in the seventh house. Some astrologers will not interpret charts when the seventh house is afflicted, because they believe that it shows the astrologer will be wrong. I wish I had those amazing powers that would allow me to discern charts where I would be correct or incorrect. Then I would be correct all the time. Except that the chart shows that I’m wrong in making that decision, so there is a logical fallacy here… But I digress. Saturn is quite strong because it is angular, so you definitely have a lot of power to act in the situation. Because Saturn is just outside the seventh house cusp, it shows that you are dominating your rivals for the position. As assistant director, I would expect you’re in a somewhat better position than many other candidates. However, Saturn in its detriment is not going to be a shoo-in. If you were my client, I would send you off for a series of cleansing baths right away. People who have been in traumatic or abusive situations for a long period of time usually need fairly extensive psychic scrubbing so they are ready to face the world with their full strength once again.

Let us take a look at the rivals for the job. They are ruled by your seventh house Lord, the Sun, since the seventh house is the house of our open enemies and opponents. The Sun is not great now, and it will get worse. It is about to be eclipsed by the Moon, which represents you. After that, it will enter Libra, the sign of its fall and the sign where it exalts Saturn. You definitely have an advantage over your opponents here, as they are going to be somewhat intimidated if you enter the ring.

The job itself is shown by Jupiter at 16 Scorpio in the ninth house. At 16 Scorpio, Jupiter is Peregrine, having no dignity at that point in the zodiac. This describes very well what you said about the program; that it is in flux. Peregrine planets are ones with no moral rudder, so the drift this way and that. As Bonatti said, planets that are Peregrine can go toward good or evil, but will naturally tend more toward evil. So we see that the program is not terrible, but is definitely in need of a firm hand and decisive action so it does not go off the deep end. To the extent that you can provide that, you would be a pretty good choice for Director. If we put Saturn just inside the 10th house, we see that it would also be Peregrine, which is not great, but it is an improvement from your current detrimented state. Putting the Moon just inside the 10th, showing how happy you would be at your job, it is also Peregrine. So the job is not going to give you the warm fuzzies, but it’s not going to hurt you either. Also, note that if we put any of your planets inside the 10th house, they would be very close to Antares, a Royal star suggesting endings. So you could take the job but perhaps would later leave it for something else.

To show whether you will actually be offered the job, we would want to see contact between Jupiter and Saturn, the significators of you and the job. Jupiter and Saturn will eventually come to a square, but not before Saturn is sextiled by Mercury and then Mars. This is known as prohibition, because another planet or planets get in the way of a perfecting aspect. So the judgment would have to be that you will be en route to getting a job, but something will prevent that from happening. Mercury rules the fourth and fifth houses, so there is a possibility that your home or your child could simply take precedence over this. Or maybe the boss of a competitor will put in a good word for them (turned 10th house from the seventh). Mars rules your second and ninth houses, so this could be financial, related to your knowledge, or some combination thereof.

So the odds don’t seem terribly high of you getting the job, but you could probably put the fear of God in your competitors for the position, which may make applying for it worth it, depending on your situation. But then, I’m a Mars type of person, so consider the source. And remember, I would highly recommend taking those cleansing baths, regardless of what happens.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Will I Marry, When, and Whom?

October 18, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Will I Marry, When and Whom?


My question is simple; when will I get married and what will my husband be like?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear A.,

Perhaps the leading advantage of horary astrology is that we need so little background to give an accurate judgment. Most of my readers write to me with a fair amount of background information. But, we can just as easily make a prediction given little more than the question itself. One does not need a lot of background to answer “when will I die?” Similarly, we need little background to answer when one will marry. It helps to know the person’s age to see whether the odds are strongly for or against them marrying. Since most of the people who write to me or under 35 and definitely under 40, I will assume that you, A., are no older than that.

As always, I have set a horary chart for the time and place I understood your question. The horary method works on the premise that the answer to your question is contained in the horoscope for the moment your question was understood by the astrologer. Artery astrology is excellent at answering specific questions, such as those you see here on this blog. Questions that are more general, such as finding the right career, or knowing more about your relationship needs, as well as prediction over long span of time, are better suited to natal consultations. The horary chart for your question is below:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Will I Marry, When and Whom?

You are shown by the ruler of the first house, Mercury, shows your personality and your mental approach to the whole situation. The Moon shows your emotions, while Venus shows your biological urge to find a mate, or to marry.

Marrying is the primary urge on your mind, as we see that Venus is just outside the first house. However, Venus is in its fall and in detriment of Jupiter, Lord of the seventh house of partners. This makes me think that while your biological clock is ticking, you are not thrilled with having to do with an actual flesh and blood male to marry. The fact that the Moon is also in Virgo, underscores this, and makes we wonder if you’ve recently had some kind of heartbreak that turns you off of men for a while. And the fact that Venus has recently sextiled Jupiter, Lord of the seventh house of partners, with really bad mutual reception, again makes me think you just underwent a nasty breakup.

Even more problematically, the further difficulty here is that both the Moon and Venus are very interested in Mercury, which is you. I have yet to see anyone find a spouse or significant other where the significators are primarily interested in themselves. You have to be willing to get out there, take a risk, and focus on the other person.

Now, your horoscope does not seem predisposed against marriage, but you’re definitely not in a place right now where marriage seems likely in the near future. The Moon will sextile Jupiter in about 10°, which can indicate a potential time of marriage. However, I am skeptical about this, because both the Moon and Jupiter are in cadent houses, from where they cannot easily act. Moreover, they are in very bad mutual reception, showing that you and the potential partner actively dislike each other. Does this mean you will eventually marry your ex-sweetheart? Perhaps, but I would strongly advise against it. If this aspect he does indeed bring marriage, which I doubt, we are looking at a few years before you get married. Because Jupiter is cadent and in a fixed sign, we would look toward a longer timeframe. Months seems a little short, while years seem a little long. Depending on your age, however, 10 years with a little smidgen added because the Moon is in a double sign, may do it.

More likely, however, the horoscope is saying that for the foreseeable future, you will be no condition to marry because of your past experiences. I would highly recommend that you take some time out to heal yourself and reconsider your whole approach to marriage. I’m a firm believer that you get back what you give, and if all you have right now is the propensity to lick your wounds, the men are unlikely to come running. Any relationship resulting from this would likely not be very auspicious.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: When Will I Get a Full Time Job? Is This the Right Career?

October 17, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: When Will I Get a Full Time Job?  Is This the Right Career?


In the next few days I’ll have a job interview for a position as a video editor, with no promise for the long-term, but I would like to know when I’ll get a full time job. Is this the right choice for me, career-wise? I’m sort of that creative pearson who’s still searching for his final profession.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear T.,

My sense, T., is that most people today are still searching for their final profession. Very few people come into this world knowing exactly what they are going to do, because they do not have one overwhelming talent. This puts me in mind of a four year old I know who is basically a child savant, and knows everything there is to know about entomology. This is a kid who started lecturing a presenter at the local Science Center about the fine points of difference between two species of insect, at which point he was seriously invited to come back and give talks. What do you think he is going to be when he grows up? Most of us are not like this, of course, and our talents are more diverse. In the old days you would not have the problem of choosing, as you would simply pick up the trade your parents did, or something similar. The horoscope reflects this basic reality, and will show whether creative work, for example, is appropriate for you. While you can parse between a video editing job and a director job, in the universe of all possible jobs, these are not terribly different from a macro perspective.

I cast a chart for the moment, date, and place that I understood your question. This technique is called horary astrology, and is a very ancient method for answering specific questions such as yours. Some people do not know their time or date of birth, so for them constructing a natal chart would be difficult. However, many questions are answered just fine using horary astrology. If you are more interested in looking at the bigger issues in your life, such as “what career am I meant to do,” then a natal chart is better. The horary chart for your question is here:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: When Will I Get a Full Time Job?  Is This the Right Career?

As you can see, you are shown by the ruler of the first house of self, Saturn in Leo in the eighth house. Saturn in Leo is in its detriment, so we can see you’re not doing too well for some reason. The reason will be shown by the ruler of Saturn’s sign, which is the Sun. The Sun rules the eighth house of fear, so you’re obviously freaking out a little bit (or a lot) about not having work, and are fretting about what will become of you. Your co-significator is the Moon, which is in 29 Leo, on the fixed star Regulus, and is about to move into Virgo. At this point, the Moon is void of course, meaning that it will not make any more aspects while in its current sign. This can mean that there will be no change in the situation, but because the Moon is about to move into a new sign, this tells us there is no change in the short term but there will be change in the future. Also, Regulus is a Royal star also called the Heart of the Lion. This tells me one, possibly two things. You have a pretty darn good shot at getting the position you are interviewing for in a few days, because Regulus bring success. Two, if you choose, you can have a full-time position in a relatively short time. However, this would be expedited if you stopped freaking out so much, because it makes you somewhat less appealing.

Lest we forget, the job you asked about, the full-time job, is ruled by the 10th house of career, and its ruler, Mars in the ninth house. There is no immediate aspect between Mars and your significators (Moon or Saturn), but we know that eventually you will get a job. So the answer is in here. The most likely time looks when Mercury sextiles Saturn; and this is for two reasons. Mercury has recently separated from Mars, so it will translate the light between Mars, the job, and Saturn, you. Mercury will aspect Saturn in about 9°, which will give us a timeline of about nine weeks. It may be nine months, but I think nine weeks is rather more likely. Do not forget that this is counted from the time I got your question; on September 19, so you have to count forward from that date. The other reason is that Mercury, being in Libra, exalts Saturn; so the job thinks you’re just peachy. This is great news, so don’t forget to ask for a hefty raise when you’re being interviewed.

You ask whether this job is what you’re meant to do. I would say in the universe of all possible jobs, you’re on the right track. Anything that requires working with computers, special analytical skills, and general technological wizardry would be a good match for you. I would not go too heavily into purely artistic endeavors, because we see that Venus in this horoscope is in its fall. I am sure I do not have to tell you that physical work is out of the question as well, as Mars is in its detriment. This leaves Mercury. It is not an utterly fabulous choice, because it doesn’t have a whole lot of essential dignity at 11 Libra, but it is far better than the other alternatives. So yes, I think being a video editor will be fine for you.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Will We Win the Lawsuit?

October 3, 2006 by  

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Will my husband get back the money he invested? My husband invested a lot of money in a business with two partners. Now one of the partners has taken the whole business in her hand and is running the business as if she is the whole and sole of the business – she does not consult the other partners and does not also give the accounts. She has hired family members who all draw large salaries, while the other two partners have yet to receive a penny from the business. The other two partners (including my husband) have now taken solicitor’s advice and have filed suit against her. Do you think we will win the case ?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear S.,

As a lawyer, I like getting questions about lawsuits, perhaps because I “get” what you’re asking. There is still nothing like real world experience to understand an astrological chart on a given topic.

As always, I have set a horary chart, which is a horoscope for the moment I understood your question. The idea behind horary charts is that the answer to your question is contained in the moment of the question. There is some deep philosophical reasoning behind this, but I won’t get into that here yet. In any case, it is a very old method, and works quite reliably.

Let us take a look at the horoscope:

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In this horoscope, you are shown by Venus in Virgo in the 11th house. Your opponent is shown by the opposite house, the seventh, and its ruler, Mars in Libra, in the 12th house. Before we get into who will win, I wanted to offer a few observations that may help you decide on the next steps in this lawsuit.

Your opponent thinks you’re going to win. This is because Mars, the planet showing your opponent, is in Venus’s sign — and you are Venus. This is an excellent indication that you may want to press for settlement, especially before you start shelling out serious attorney fees. Because Venus is in Virgo, it is very interested in whatever Mercury signifies. Mercury shows the other party’s money, so, as you indicated, you are very interested in getting your hands on it. How is the money? Just recently, Mercury left Virgo, where it was in its sign and exaltation. There used to be a lot of money, but now Mercury is in Libra, and it is Peregrine, with no essential dignity. There is not a lot of money left, and you may be looking at what is called in the United States “a judgment proof” defendant. The other problem is that Mercury is applying to conjoin Mars, showing the defendant’s money going to the defendant, not you.

Let us take a look at what the judge/jury thinks. After all, that is an excellent indication of who is going to win. The decision-maker is the 10th house, which year is ruled by the moon in Gemini in the eighth house. How is the moon? It is Peregrine, without any dignity. Unfortunately, you only got a so-so judge. He’s not totally corrupt, but hardly a brilliant legal mind. The moon in Gemini does not care for Venus at all, and slightly favors Mars. So far, the judgment looks indifferent between the two of you.

Finally, we need to look at the verdict. The verdict is the fourth house, which in this chart is ruled by Saturn in Leo in the 10th house. Saturn in Leo has just moved out of Venus’s term, into Mars’s face. This gives us an inkling that the verdict will not favor either side strongly, though it will slightly benefit the defendant. However, we also see that the moon (the judge) has just separated from Venus, and will now sextile Saturn (the verdict). On its face, this shows an outcome favoring the plaintiff. Very likely, then, the verdict will superficially favor the plaintiff, but in reality will not do much to help her situation. It could well be, that this is because it will be very difficult to get any real money out of the defendant at the end of the day.

Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: When Is the Best Time to Conceive?

September 30, 2006 by  

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Me and my husband have been recently thinking about having a baby. We thought we would start trying at the end of the year. The problem is that I have gone and looked at my transits for the next few years and am now completely scared as a result of what I see and can’t explain to my husband why it may not be a good idea to do this. (He thinks astrology is ridiculous.) What I am worried about is that I am only seeing the negative side to all of this and I really need someone else’s opinion about these transits in relation to deciding to have a baby. At the end of 2007, saturn moves into my fifth house and will eventually oppose my pisces sun and moon at the same time that transiting Uranus conjucts them. I see that as a pretty heavy thing by itself but when a baby is added to the picture it seems crazy. Then there is the fact that the child would be born with this configuration and forever activate this in me.
I don’t know. To be honest I feel ridiculous basing such an important decision off of astrology. I have studied astrology long enough to know that all is not negative, that things can be looked at in many more ways than one but still I am lost in my fear of really screwing up my rather wonderful life by having a baby.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear A.:

Knowing astrology can be somewhat debilitating, because you can always find reasons why the universe is conspiring against you. We seem to have this notion that for any endeavor to be successful, whether it’s having kids, or starting a new business, the stars all have to be aligned perfectly. But of course, successful projects get started all the time, and not all conditions are optimal. The main thing when deciding what is the best astrological moment to do something, is for us to practice some damage control. This takes a lot of the pressure off, and allows us to start at least on a neutral playing field, if not always a favorable one.

In a post this weekend, I discussed the best time to cut hair for fullness. In that particular chart, we were able to find some pretty darn good conditions for cutting hair. I also mentioned in that post, that electing a moment that is favorable astrologically to your purpose can be quite expensive, because it is very time consuming. In the post I’m about to write now, I will use horary astrology, normally used for answering questions, to elect a more favorable time to do something. It is not as optimal as finding a good time with election will astrology, which takes the natal chart into account, but if you’re looking for a generally positive time to do something and don’t need a lot of exactitude, it will do the job nicely.

This method does not specifically look at the transits – it incorporates them into the answer. Whatever “it” is that answers our questions through horary astrology takes the whole situation into account. Saturn transiting the fifth, by the way, is not uncommon during the first pregnancy, and does not necessarily mean awful things. Saturn is responsibility and commitment, and if pregnancy isn’t that, I don’t know what is.

The horary chart is below:

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In a chart about fertility, we will want to look at the first house, which is the client, and the fifth house, which is the baby. We will want both houses or their rulers strong, and in reasonably good reception, showing mutual compatibility and love. In this chart, we will want to make sure that Mercury and Saturn are both reasonably strong, because they rule the first and fifth houses respectively. The way things stand now, the situation does not look fabulous. Mercury, the client herself, is about to conjoin a rather malefic Mars in Libra, where it is in its detriment. So, ideally, we will want to have conception after Mercury passes Mars. Mercury hits Mars in 1.5 degrees, and we can assume that the timeline we are looking at for the client, based on the planets’ location, is that of weeks. So, from the time of the question, which is on September 14, 2006, we’ll want to wait at least 10 days (1 1/2 weeks). Anytime after that will be good for the client. Mercury is in its triplicity, so it is fairly strong in Libra. This ensures that the mother will be in good health if she conceives after September 24, 2006.

Let us turn our attention to Saturn, Lord of the fifth house, showing the baby. Saturn is in Leo, where it is in its detriment, and it is in the malefic 12th house. We will have to wait until Saturn leaves Leo, symbolically speaking. Saturn will enter Virgo in 10.5 degrees, and the location of Saturn in a cadent house gives us a timeline of months. Therefore, the client will want to wait 10 1/2 months from the time of the question to conceive. This will ensure both that the baby is healthy, and that the relationship between mom and baby is good. In Libra, Mercury is in the exaltation of Saturn. This shows that mom is just crazy about the child. Saturn in Virgo is in the sign of Mercury, showing that child loves the mother.

This gives us a pretty good timeline with which to work. I would strongly advise against conceiving before the 10 1/2 month time is up, both for the well-being of the baby and the relationship between mother and child. Good luck, and let me know how it goes.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Will I Get a Good Job? Should I Change Careers?

September 28, 2006 by  

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Currently, I have a Masters in Library Science and have spent the last 7 years working as a Librarian or providing research. The past 2 yrs I have been a stay at home mom to my 2 kids.  I have started job searching – I need to get a job soon.  One with good pay, because my marriage is falling apart and I know my husband will pretty much do his best to screw me out of my share of the assets and can not be relied up on for child support.  I have had a few interviews with various library systems, but never seem to move beyond that.  It’s discouraging and frightening.  Then it occurred to me that perhaps the Universe is trying to tell me to move on to a different or new career.  The idea of changing careers is scary, I spent much time and money getting my Master’s to be a Librarian, but if I am meant to do something else, then I am meant to do something else.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear T.,

Your situation certainly sounds challenging, because you are fighting on two fronts; both to emerge from your marriage relatively solvent, and to find a well-paying job quickly.  I have cast a chart for the moment I understood your question, an ancient astrological technique also known as horary astrology.  This technique comes from the ancient times when few people knew their birth dates, and it gives a very quick and succinct answer to any specific questions you may have. Let us take a look at what the horoscope shows.

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You are shown by Mars in Libra, the ruler of the first house of self.  Mars is quite weak in Libra, where he is in his detriment.  I believe that the weakness comes from the fact that you are in your husband’s power, to some degree at least.  Libra is ruled by Venus, which rules your seventh house of partners.  Therefore, Mars is weak because it is dominated by Venus, your partner.  From a career perspective, Mars in Libra is not the most attractive employee — you might consider revamping your image, resume, or increasing your education, training or experience in some way that would make you more appealing to a potential employer.

You’re also shown by the moon in Gemini in the eighth house of fear.  Because the moon shows your emotions, we can see that you’re quite afraid, and since the eighth house represents the house of your husband’s assets, a lot of your fear stems from worrying about being left to his tender mercies.  The moon is in Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury.  Mercury here rules the 11th house of wages.  As you mentioned, this is your main motivator for seeking work at this time.

The job you are seeking, something in line with your experience in library science, is shown by the 10th house ruler, the Sun in Virgo.  The Sun in Virgo is a good representation of library science work, because the ruler of Virgo, Mercury, is the natural ruler of books and scholarship.  We also notice that Saturn in Leo, where it is quite nonstick, sits just outside of the 10th house of career.  Saturn, in general represents limitations and obstacles.  These obstacles can have different sources, and could simply show that there are few jobs that you seek available.  The other possibility is that the available jobs are tough and restrictive.  Saturn is not a fun planet.  Mars in Libra, is in the sign of the sons of all.  This means that you really, really don’t like whatever the Sun represents.  You obviously do not seem overly enthusiastic about going back to work.  Indeed, it can be a big change.  However, Mars in Libra also exalts Saturn, so you are very enthusiastic about whatever Saturn represents.  Saturn, in this chart, represents the home.  This makes me think that given a choice you would prefer to stay at home; this is totally understandable.  So in that sense, Saturn is what could be afflicting the job.  Your wish to stay at home, and ambivalent attitude toward going back to work is sabotaging your efforts.

So will you get the job?  Mars is not making any aspect of the Sun, so we have to see if the moon will meet the Sun, that is, whether you and the job will meet.  The moon is on track to square the Sun, showing the job could be obtained, do with difficulty.  However, before it the moon aspect the Sun, the Moon will run into that nasty Saturn.  In horary astrology, this is known as a prohibition, and in real life it is what it sounds like.  Something will get between you and the job.  Because that something is Saturn, ruler of the fourth house of the home, perhaps your household duties or preference for staying at home with your kids may get in your way of finding a good job in the near future.  Saturn also rules the third house, of reading or writing and short journeys.  This is why I suggested you consider revamping your resume, seeking professional help, if needed.  I think ultimately, you will find work, but you will run into some obstacles first.  So it’s best to be prepared for the long haul.

You asked whether a different career might be the way to go.  To examine this, we would look at the strongest planet in the chart.  In this chart, we would have to go with Jupiter.  As far as careers, Jupiter symbolizes “learned” work, and in a Mars-like fashion.  This might signify something like nursing, since medicine is associated with Mars (cutting).  Too, Jupiter rules the second in the houses of this chart.  The fifth house is the house of art and pleasure, so that’s another possible avenue for you, getting involved in the creative world.  Of course, this doesn’t necessarily pay, so nursing seems like more practical choice.  Now, is this better than library science?  It might be easier to get work in nursing, but the work is harder, and this would represent at least two years you would have to spend in school.  In the short-term, I would revamp the application process, including the resume, and try to find a reasonably well-paying job.  The nursing might be a good two-to-four year goal.  The decision is yours.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Does He Love Me? Will We End Up Together?

September 27, 2006 by  

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The man in whom I am interested and I run a dating site, and we are both moderators. He currently dates several women and had a horrific divorce last year. I can see a future with this man romantically. Sometimes he seems sooo interested, and sometimes not at all but then he’ll say something that just throws me. My intuition says we’ll end up together. I don’t force any issues. I am patiently waiting, though sometimes I want to leap. I am able to control it most of the time. It is REALLY hard for me to focus these days and that has never been me. He’s all I can think of. What do you think?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear A.:

Not that I advocate Sun sign astrology on this blog, since most of the time it’s pretty simplistic and only scratches the surface. That said, in my experience Scorpios are not the easiest to read, even though they think it protects them; most of the time it just complicates their lives. I have always advocated full disclosure, for the sanity of all. But then I would not get about 80% of the free reading requests I do for the advice column on this blog.

So let us see what is going on with your situation. As always, I have cast a chart for the moment I understood your question. This method is known as horary astrology, and it is probably the oldest known form of astrology, built on the premise that the answer is contained in the horoscope for the time of the question. It works best with specific questions, rather than “what the heck is going on and what does my future hold?” types of questions.

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In this horoscope, you are represented by Venus in Virgo in the 11th house. Venus in Virgo is in its fall, so it is not very strong. This probably refers to the fact that you are feeling all out of sorts in focusing on this man. Venus is also placed in the 11th house of hopes and wishes, so we can see that your hopes and high expectations for this relationship are giving you trouble. Your emotions are shown by the moon in Taurus in the eighth house. The moon is conjunct the fixed star Algol, which shows you losing your head. In sum, it looks as though you are really head over heels for this guy, though a lot of it has to do with your projecting your own dreams onto him. We need to look at what’s going on with him, to see whether he can fulfill your dreams.

He is shown by Mars in Libra in the 12th house. Libra is Venus is sign, so we know that by being in Libra, Mars is very interested in Venus. Venus, of course, represents you in this horoscope. Mars has only recently entered Libra, showing that his feelings for you are a relatively new development. Just before entering Libra Mars was in Virgo, where he was very interested in the ruler of Virgo, Mercury. We already saw that Mercury represents your hopes and wishes, but often planets will take on multiple roles in a chart. You said he has gotten out of a relationship recently, so Mercury could represent a significant other. Whether this is his ex-wife or someone more recent, is largely irrelevant, because he is over it for the moment. The relationship may briefly resume, but I do not think it will last, primarily because his main focus is on you.

His “male biological needs” aspect is shown by the Sun. The Sun is in Virgo, so it really likes this other person. In Virgo, the Sun is in fall of Venus, so I am not sure that his physical attraction to you is as strong as his mental attraction to you. What’s interesting, however, is that shortly, the moon (your emotions) will trine Mercury. Mercury is in the moon’s way, as it were, before moon can trine Mars. In a sense, then, whatever Mercury represents prohibits the two of you from getting together in a long-term, meaningful way. As I said before, Mercury takes on two roles in this chart. One is your hopes and wishes, so it may simply be that your hopes for this relationship are higher than what he can deliver; or that Mercury represents some other person who will shortly come back into his life. The two are not mutually exclusive, obviously.

So where does that leave you? I think the two of you will continue to be able to work together in the future, but I just do not see the physical attraction on his part that would make a relationship possible. The good news is that even though he may “date” others, you will be on his mind primarily, perhaps because of your work relationship, and constant presence. Unfortunately, I know of very few men under the age of 100 who will get into relationships without some amount of physical attraction present.

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