Astrology

Mercurial Implications for Coaching

MYTHOLOGICAL MERCURY

  • presides over exchanges, barters, and communication. As the patron god of crossroads, he presides over connections of every kind,
  • is the god of thieves (the other side of the business deal),
  • although a god in his own right, he is the winged messenger of all the gods,
  • presides over every aspect of the alchemical process, turning lead into gold,
  • is the psychopomp, bringing that which lies hidden in the unconscious into consciousness.

PSYCHOLOGICAL MERCURY

Not surprising then, that Mercury governs the therapeutic process, dependant is it is on dialogue, transference, consciousness, and integration. Thus, when a counsellor is counselling or a coach is coaching, the primary astrological component he/she can expect to be in play re: his/her own natal chart will be his/her Mercury.

ASTROLOGICAL MERCURY

Mercury’s placement by element and sign:

  • suggests how your mind works – how you think, learn, perceive and digest experience. For example, are you intuitive (i.e. fire) or do you see life more through a detached, rational (i.e. air) lens?
  • describes how you communicate – i.e. exchange ideas and communicate. For example, do you blurt things out (i.e. Mercury in Aries) or are you naturally more guarded or secretive with your choice of words (i.e. Mercury in Scorpio),
  • indicates your primary concerns – what you are most likely to notice or pick up on. For example, Mercury in Libra may quickly notice possibilities for relationship while Mercury in Capricorn will tend to notice that which serve’s one’s career aims and ambitions.

MERCURIAL COACHING

th-1.jpegPlease note that house placement and aspects made by your Mercury to other planets in your chart will have a huge impact on how it operates.

Also, other factors in your chart will also have a role to play in your coaching activity.

Having said that, let’s take a look at what (based on element/sign) your Mercury suggests about your coaching style:

 

FIRE

In general, Mercury in Fire signs does not like ‘facts’ which are usually not the ‘truth’ anyway. Mercury in Fire is intuitive and holistic, albeit not necessarily practical or logical. Mercury in Fire focuses on possibilities – where can things go from here. Mercury in Fire loves symbolism.

ARIES – quick off the mark – initiates and competes, leads, and arouses. The first one to try out new things. Generally, not interested in anyone’s feelings.

 

LEO – self-confident and self- assured – warm, bright, encouraging – makes things happen, tends toward exaggeration and has difficulties focusing on other than his/her own views and ideas. Not necessarily in touch with own feelings.

 

SAGITTARIUS – sparkles with optimism and adores spreading his/her ideas. Assumes the world is filled with meaning. Sometimes talks too much and often is emotionally evasive and defensive. Quickly grasps the bigger picture.

 

 

 

 

AIR

In general, Mercury in Air focuses on ideas. They conceptualise to make important social statements. Mercury in Air tends to be rational, logical, and organised. Mercury in Air tends to make plans not entirely dependent (or in sync with) physical realities.

GEMINI – Mercurial –simultaneous thoughts and impressions all at once – curious and experimental, open to new experiences and ideas. Lively (chatty) communicator with short attention span.

 

LIBRA – preoccupation with relationship and balance. Incisive and rational. Objective and (impractically) fair. Difficulty with resolution – there’s always so much more that could (should) be considered. Loves debate. Shies away from difficult emotions.

 

AQUARIUS – tends to live in own head. Preoccupation with right and wrong, should and should not. Visionary, utopian, rational, inspirational, just, and idealistic. Tendency towards reform although easily wedded to own ideas and perceptions. Often, ‘truth’ (whatever than means) comes before social acceptability. Self-reflective and usually unemotional.

 

 

 

 

EARTH

In general, Mercury in Earth tends to relate best to sensual and material realties. Mercury in Earth tends to be practical in its ability to connect any particular situation to the here and now. Mercury in Earth can struggle with gaining insight from things not made obviously manifest.

TAURUS – slow off the mark and reluctant to commit or comment. Very concrete. Inclined to notice and focus on importance of values such as safety, comfort, and security. Stubborn re: change.

 

VIRGO – needs time to digest and (re) consider – very discriminating (potentially myopic) and practical. Quick to pick up on and point out both good and bad points especially about health and work issues.

 

CAPRICORN – practical and organised, down to earth. Plodding but ambitious and persevering – rather like the tortoise in his race against the hare. Known more for hard work than optimism. Tendency to be cautious and wary. Dry wit and dark humour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATER

In general, Mercury in Water is emotionally intelligent with a way of ‘knowing’ things that may or may not have been manifestly said. Mercury in Water tends to remain tied into the rhythms and cycles of life as well as to other people’s emotions. There’s also a tendency for Mercury in Water to focus on ‘shared history’ – they do best with others with whom they feel emotionally connected.

CANCER – subjective and depending on mood, can easily pick up on – or completely miss – that which is going on around them. Persuasive. Instinctively knows what to say – focus on survival needs – jobs, security, food.

 

SCORPIO – strategic and probing – looks for motivation – believes there are always strings attached. Cautious and circumspect. Instinctively distrustful. In touch with the unconscious, this is Mercury in his Psychopomp hat.

 

PISCES – perceptive, emotional, contradictory. Can have problems with boundaries. Creative, intuitive (if not telepathic), as well as secretive. Scattered thinking a real possibility yet observations are often of highest accuracy and clarity. Focused on the seriously bigger picture.

 

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Happy Birthday Aquarius

What might those with Sun in Aquarius expect this year?

  • Goals and values serve each other. With Venus and the Sun conjunct (in Aquarius), you can look forward to a harmonious period. Enjoy music, the arts, anything and everything that not only makes you feel good, but also that is in keeping with your personal values. Not certain what those values might be? Great time for some ‘soul-searching’! You might even have a go at some standardised tests – for example, https://www.valuescentre.com/mapping-values/values.  Key words for Aquarius: dispassionate, impersonal, nonconformist, observant, idealist – sound familiar?animal-orange-aquarius
  • Motivations of self and others. With Pluto conjunct Mercury (in Capricorn), you can look forward to some serious conversations. If ever you’ve needed to get to the bottom of things, now is the time; the motivations of self and others become perfectly clear. The only problem is that you might not like what you find. Power struggles and manipulative behaviour are rife with Pluto/Mercury in combination. Perfect time for counselling or other similar personal work. Even consider coaching if you’ve got a specific goal in mind. The point is that the more self-aware you are, the better your chances of achieving it (Capricorn).
  • Unlimited Potential. With Jupiter conjunct Mars (in Scorpio), you’ve got the power – creative power, that is. Mars in the planet associated with taking action and Jupiter is associated with vision. As long as you’re being (1) true to yourself (Mars) and (2) ethical (Jupiter), the potential is great for you to be hugely successful. The problem comes if you’re tempted to sacrifice one for the other. The task of Mars/Jupiter is to resolve ethical, moral, and philosophical dilemmas.  Prioritise! Believe it or not, there are limitations on your time, energy, and resource.

Based on moment when the Sun enters Aquarius in 2018, the above comments pertain to all Aquarians. But if you’d like to find out more about what is in store for you specifically, a solar return chart would be perfect.

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PUTIN and TRUMP – Astro basics lovers of ‘truth’ ought not to ignore

Some have suggested that Putin and Trump are two peas in a pod – and on the surface, it might look as if this is true.

putinBut astrologically, you couldn’t ask for two different men, at least in regards to ‘truth’:

  • Both men share close contacts between Mercury and Neptune – hence the construction and delivery of alternative realities is something they most definitely share.
  • But although Trump’s square aspect between the two suggests confused rational/logical thought processes resulting in self-deception, Putin’s conjunction suggests something more  sophisticated.
  • With Mercury/Neptune in close conjunction, Putin has the innate ability to purposely design  creative alternative truths to serve his own purposes.
  • Furthermore, with Mars in Sagittarius also closely sextile to his Mercury/Neptune, Putin is more (philosophically) committed to his purposes (whatever they might be) than Trump – whose Mars in Leo on the Ascendent suggests he is driven by more by the need of a personal ego-trip than deeply held convictions.
  • Note also that because his Neptune/Mercury is in Libra, Putin can deliver  his truths in a clear, calm, and let’s face it, disarmingly charming manner. Mercury in Libra is highly rational and very logical. Putin’s is the voice of a well-seasoned and well-practiced lawyer or diplomat.unknown
  • By contrast, Trump’s Mercury in Cancer suggests that delivery of his truths are straight from the ‘heart’ (or the gut) and are more than likely than not, to be highly emotional. Trump’s is the voice of a sentimental, often highly defensive individual who intuitively knows what to say to get the reaction from others that he wants.
  • Not only that, but Putin’s Mercury is sextile Pluto – suggesting that unlike Trump, Putin is very good at getting to the bottom of everything – truth does not hide from him – likewise, Putin also very good at hiding truth – something that Trump (with Mercury in Cancer) is not.

Bottom line – Trump may not even realise his ‘truth’ isn’t always what others see -but Putin not only realises his truths are ‘creative’ but is highly capable of using this to his advantage.

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Donald Trump – astro basics you can’t afford to ignore

There’s no sense in asking why Donald Trump embraces alternative truths – and there’s no sense in demanding him to do otherwise.

As you can see from his natal chart, he has Neptune square Mercury and in the words of some of my excellent astrological colleagues  – ‘this aspect indicates a difficulty with an overactive imagination interfering with rational and logical processes of thought – which can result in self-deception and the construction of a private version of truth and reality’.In the words of another excellent astrological colleague, this aspect also ‘suggests problems with concentration and stretching the truth (consciously and/or not)’.

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unknown-1Likewise, there’s no sense asking why Trump is  dominated by his (male) ego – look at his Mars in Leo – right there on the Ascendent (his door to the world) – how, with that,  could you expect him to behave otherwise? According to my excellent astrological colleagues, with Mars in Leo, the ego is tied up with action such that anything Mars in Leo undertakes becomes a source of great personal pride; when all goes well with such undertakings, the world is bright. When all does not go well….  let’s just say it’s difficult for Mars in Leo not to be on a mission of great personal significance. Likewise, it is difficult for Mars in Leo not be be/appear ‘oversexed’. Apparently, although most Mars in Leo folks are often self-righteous and quarrelsome, the more sophisticated of the lot can be kindly leaders.

imagesIs Donald Trump sophisticated?

According to the OED, sophistication requires an ‘awareness of and ability to interpret’ complex issues. Based on this definition, I’d have to say Donald Trump is not (and cannot be) sophisticated. This is because (among other things) with Leo on his ASC, his chart ruler is his Sun in Gemini.

Let’s face it – however clever, sociable, and communicative is Gemini, he also has a relatively short attention span. For Gemini, the world is either black or white – after all we could expect nothing else when dealing with the sign of the twins – Keywords for Gemini : talkative, mental, adaptable, flexible, changeable, responsive, sociable, superficial.

Interestingly, Trump’s Gemini Sun is conjunct Uranus which suggests he answers to no one except himself. OK –  Sun/Uranus often makes a great reformer – and we need definitely those. The problem is that this configuration also suggests someone who stubbornly sticks to his own ideas and resents anyone who tries to push him into doing what he does not want to do.

Not my idea of sophistication – at least as defined by the OED – which requires an ability to deal with complex issues.

But to be fair, Donald Trump also has his Moon in Sagittarius and this suggests that he is a ‘great lover of truth’ – at least in the sense of philosophical wisdom. This is a very upbeat and positive, forward looking energy. The problem is however, with Moon Sagittarius, when the going gets rough, these folk get going – i.e. run away. Uncomfortable when caught up in routine for too long, they simply need to escape. Although they’ll be back when they feel refreshed and when their spirits are renewed, I suggest this is not what we need in a president.

Donald Trump also has his Sun in opposition to his Moon which suggests an internal struggle between his wants and needs – this leads to indecisiveness and frequent change of both mind and heart. An excellent astrological colleague suggests that to resolve this tension, we look for a planet to sextiles or trines this Moon/Sun configuration and not surprisingly, we find this with Mr Trump’s Mars in Leo – self-righteous and quarrelsome – and a huge (male) ego.images

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Mr B – the new friend of Ms D – how does he stack up?!

UnknownSummary – Mr B is a dynamic, sexy, highly romantic, manipulative man who is not keen on facing, much less sharing, his feelings. Refusing to play by ordinary rules, he  always gets what he wants regardless of the consequences. Although disarmingly charming, by nature, Mr is a cautious, controlled man. He is unafraid of taking personal responsibility. If he says that he’ll do something, you can be certain that he will will do it; equally if you fail to live up to his expectations, you’ll not hear the end of it.

Natal Chart Configurations for Mr B (birth time unknown, chart set for noon)

Mr B

Grand Fire Trine (Venus, Neptune, Moon) – here is a guy who will set your heart on fire – not only is he seductively sexy, but also a true romantic. For him, just the feeling of being in love is enough; his world is one of poetic beauty and harmonious spirituality. Empathetic, kind, highly imaginative, Mr B is can be a real pleasure to be around. But when reality creeps in, (as it always does), he’s easily disillusioned. Always remember that however much you do for him, it will never, ever  be enough; he’s an extremely emotionally needy person, who is prone to emotional manipulation.

Moon /Pluto opposition – echoes this theme – and it’s all the worse because Mr B finds it extremely difficult to be honest about his own feelings. Fear of loss and betrayal can be all consuming with this configuration – when his emotional needs are not met, those close to him can expect sulky, manipulative behaviour.

Mercury/Pluto conjunction – Mr B is capable of great depth and focus. He is also a born skeptic. Fascinated with that which is taboo and/or secret, he loves a good mystery  and the darker, more twisted the plot, the better. The problem comes when he remains a mystery not only unto himself, but also to you. Do not try to hide anything from Mr B for if you do, he will find out and quite likely will never trust you again. Equally, understand that Mr B will hide things from you and if you indulge in expressing the slightest whiff of mistrust, it will likely be tossed back in your face with malice.

Mars/ Uranus conjunction in Scorpio – Mr B goes for what he wants and gets it. He’s  head-strong, doesn’t like to take orders, and NOT keen on listening to reason; indeed he probably likes nothing better than to provoke the establishment by purposely breaking their rules. He is intensely ambitious, dynamic, self-willed, and fiercely independent.

Saturn/Sun conjunction in Libra – although charming, Mr B is in actuality quite a somber man. He is cautious and controlled and ambitious – unafraid of responsibility. If he says that he will do something, he will do it as long as it satisfies his sense of duty. Just remember that the high expectations he sets for himself he also sets for others.

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Solar Return (2016-17) Happy Birthday Ms D

Here’s a solar return (2016-17) for a friend of mine – Happy birthday Ms D:

  • Sun conjunct Venus in 11th house
  • Moon in 4th house making no aspects
  • Mercury in 11th house in a grand trine with Pluto and Jupiter
  • Saturn in 5th house in T cross with Neptune and Jupiter

 

ms D

Summary – the focus this year will be on friends how they fit into the fondest hopes and dreams of Ms. D. However, this may not be as easy as it sounds because such friendships will likely come with some ‘sticky’ strings. This in turn is likely to present Ms. D with some ethical issues – such as are we ‘lovers’ or ‘just friends’ – additionally further complications may arise due to changes in domestic routine, whether due to moving house, or home renovations, some disruption in this arena will become a significant emotional focus.

Sun / Venus

The 11th house is associated with hopes and dreams, group interactions, and friendships.

With bright and shining Solar Return (SR) Venus here, Ms. D is more likely to enjoy a fair share of pleasant friendships with people who will happily support her in achieving her goals. But because the 11th house is also associated with moral dilemmas & social expectations, these friendships may come with some (sticky) strings attached.

The SR Sun is all about intellectual focus = so with the SR Sun (the most significant planet in the solar return chart) also here in the 11th house, the indication is that Ms. M will spend a good bit of time and energy dealing with these ethical issues surrounding these (sticky) strings.

Because (1) the 11th is in opposition to the 5th house (love affairs and creative self-expression) and (2) Venus is conjunct the Sun in the 11th, dilemmas may well arise with issues such as – are we ‘just friends’ or ‘lovers’?

Moon

The SR Moon is about emotional focus and in the 4th house, the focus is on house and home. Perhaps Ms. D will be moving house during the year or otherwise changing her residence or domestic situation – there is undoubtedly going to be some domestic-related change or disruption. Because the Moon makes no aspects to other planets, this suggests that Ms. M may be undertaking these alone or that these changes may make her feel as if she’s alone. The good news is that such changes do not appear to be the result of outside interferences hence such decisions are likely based on decisions taken based on their merits to suit the preferences of Ms. M.

Mercury

SR Mercury is about mental condition – i.e. what Ms. D will be primarily thinking about. Again because SR Mercury is in the 11th house, her mental focus will likely be both on hopes and dreams and how they relate to those friends who come with (sticky) strings. That SR Mercury is caught up in a grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, suggests those hopes and dreams may well  have significant psychological impact – in the sense that unconscious motivations come to the front and are more clear. There is also a possibility of verbal power plays – knowledge is power – who knows what it is that you need to know?!

Saturn

SR Saturn is caught up with Jupiter/Neptune in hard aspect. According to Liz Greene, both these rulers of Pisces (Jupiter & Neptune) have a taste for the boundless – together they are the visionary; they are also hallmarks of the the foolhardy dreamer. Potentially misplaced optimism, pie-in the sky hopes and dreams, miscalculations, and poor decisions are all possibilities – secrecy and perhaps downright deception may also play a part here. ‘Buyer beware’ comes to mind – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

SR Saturn symbolizes the reality of any given situation and emphasizes how we really are ultimately responsible for our lives. SR Saturn is in the 5th house of love affairs and creative self-expression and suggests circumstances making it difficult to express yourself naturally as you have in the past. Relationships, especially love affairs, can be difficult especially due to limitations imposed by circumstances beyond your control. For example, she may not really fit in with his friends or he may not really relate to her friends.

Because of the influence of Jupiter/Neptune, such a situation might tempt either to pretend to be something other than who she or he really. But with Saturn around, this is probably not going to turn out to be such a good idea.

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Composite Mercury Conjunct Composite Neptune

The composite chart is created by taking the midpoint between pairs of each of two person’s natal planets (in this case Mercury and Neptune) and using them to create a third, new chart. The composite chart is not the same as synastry, which examines how one person impacts the other. Instead the composite chart represents the relationship as a whole giving insight into the dynamics upon which it, as a relationship, functions.

Unknown-1Composite Mercury symbolises the manner and method in which communication occurs in the relationship. It also suggests something about the nature of the decisions that you, as a couple, take. Whilst it is desirable, especially in an emotional relationship, to achieve some level of unspoken understanding, it is also necessary to actually speak to each other in concrete, straightforward terms. Unfortunately, many individuals party to a longer term relationship think the other person should implicitly feel and/or understand what is on his/her mind.

When this happens, it results in each  dealing with the other as if she/he were little more than a product of his/her own imagination. This is especially the case when composite Mercury is conjunct composite Neptune. Although Mercury is meant to represent the workings of rational minds (precision, orderliness, and logic), when Neptune is involved, confusion is usually the order of the day. This is because composite Neptune tends to make individuals involved feel like soul-mates; caught up in an eerie sense of fated-ness, a deep (cosmic) union featuring redeemer, redemption, and spiritual awakening all wrapped into one.images-1

However fabulously wonderful this might at first feel, often enough it ends in chaos and pain. Self-delusion of one of the greatest risks of a Mercury-Neptune combination. Initially it manifests in idealisation – how clever and funny and intellectually gifted is my other half – he/she is the perfect friend, companion, and guide. Naturally such idealisation is nothing more than illusion which cannot continue indefinitely; disillusion is all harder to take when reality finally sets in.

Whilst Mercury conjunct composite Neptune can preserve the magic in everyday communication, it can equally manifest in unviable dreams. Never forget that with composite aspects, nothing is one-sided; both parties contribute (equally or unequally) to the action.

Advice: From time to time, rationally test the real viability of the long-term goals set for this relationship. Pay as much attention (if not more) to what each of you actually does as to what you say. Don’t be afraid to demand straightforwardness and honesty. Someday the truth will out and no one wants to be caught off-guard.

 

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Today and Tomorrow are Phlegmatic / Melancholic Days

With the Sun in Cancer (cold/wet) and the Moon in Virgo (cold/dry), its Phlegmatic/Melancholic couple of days.

As you will recall, humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen – it’s all to do with the four block or ‘roots’ of the material world that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments:

ELEMENT QUALITY HUMOUR TEMPERAMENT
Fire Hot/dry Yellow Bile Choleric
Earth Cold/dry Black Bile Melancholic
Water Cold/wet Phlegm Phlegmatic
Air Hot/wet Blood Sanguine

You may also recall that we experienced Phlegmatic/Melancholic energy earlier this month (1 July) when the Moon was in Capricorn; that energy was unpleasantly sobering, rather like a cold shower. That was because Saturn rules Capricorn and he isn’t known for being jolly. Indeed Saturn is usually cautiously ambitious to a fault.

Mercury
But this time the energy will be different because Mercury rules Virgo and he brings a much lighter energy to bear. In classical mythology, Mercury is the trickster god and hence like the Fool card in the tarot, has no fixed agenda. Indeed his is a spontaneous approach to life and although he rushes in where angels may fear to tread, he is usually successful. This is because whilst like Saturn he has developed significant wisdom, unlike Saturn, he isn’t overly cautious. Mercury isn’t remotely as self-focused as is Saturn and hence doesn’t envision life as an ego-trip.

Hence the energy today is still reserved and serious but not inflexible. The best way to handle this is to lighten up a bit – that makes it easier to see where you’re headed.

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Love’s Alchemy & the Alchemical Marriage

MercuryIn alchemy, the female mercurial principle symbolises the mutable aspect of natural processes, their fluidity and changeability.

Hence ‘he/she’ (Mercury is oft pictured as hermaphrodite) is known to alchemists as the White Queen.

According to Johannis de Monte Raphim (Deutsches Theatrum Chemicum, Nuremberg, 1728):

“The process laboratory-workers wanted to rule him (Mercurius) and force him into (the) process. But he constantly escapes, and if one thinks about him, he turns into thoughts, and if one passes judgment upon him, he is judgment itself.”

Mercury is prized by alchemists because, as the result of ‘his/her’ own divided nature, ‘he/she’ unites opposites. Keeping in mind that the alchemical process is all about separation, purification, and reunification, we begin to grasp the benefits of Mercury. Keeping in mind that Mercury is poisonous however, we can also begin to understand how (as Johannis de Monte Raphim warns us) it might all go terribly wrong.

Mercury = psychopomp = guide between the unconscious and the conscious.

The aim of the alchemical game is to bring up all the dross and impurities (as shown by your natal chart) to the surface (consciousness) so that you can deal with them. How else will you be able to assemble them, purified, back together again?

For example, the heroine of Love’s Alchemy, Judith Shakespeare, has a Mars/Saturn conjunction in the 12th house in Scorpio.

Mars/Saturn contacts are dangerously flammable:

Mars = passionalchemical symbols

Saturn = fear & inadequacy

Whilst her Mars/ Saturn contact operates unconsciously, Judith’s long-term personal relationships will be disastrous. Initially she is highly passionate (Mars). But as her Saturn kicks in (as it must with any form of commitment), she becomes increasingly cold toward her lover and potentially even violent.

Enter Mercury to facilitate the active dialogue and transference which is at the base of all therapeutic work.

With Mercury, Judith’s Saturn can help Mars become more considered and less impatient whilst her Mars can help her Saturn achieve his carefully conceived plans. It’s fairly obvious then that if Judith is to be successful in her alchemical transformation, she must find someone in whom she can confidently confide.

She and I are both hopeful that someone will be Master Francis, the character who is meant to play the King to her Queen.

Because Mercury, or the White Queen, is so fluid, she needs an active force to define and shapes her – this force is the male principle of sulphur known to alchemists as the Red King.White Queen

The union of Red King and White Queen is often called the alchemical marriage. In illustrations, it is depicted as courtship and sex. Sometimes they are garbed, as if just starting to be brought together, offering each other flowers. Sometimes they are naked, preparing for consummation of their marriage that will eventually lead to an allegorical offspring, that all important elixir, the Philosopher’s Stone.

Does Judith want to find the Philosopher’s Stone?

You bet!!

Will she be successful?

That remains to be seen.

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Making Money through your Part of Fortune – Part I – Case study for Ms X

Egyptian Zodiac Taurus

Continuing my serious study of classical (Medieval) astrology, I now delve into one of the most famous Arabic Parts, the Part of Fortune.

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that we can’t negotiate directly with the gods (i.e. the planets). Hence we must approach the gods through their Arabic parts (as shown in our natal charts). It’s rather like praying to a statue with the belief this somehow channels you to the spiritual reality of that which such statue represents.

In the mind-set of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the Sun represents Spirit while the Moon represents matter or physical form.

Algebraically put your Sun and Moon together (bring spirit to matter) along with your ascendant (or ASC = degree on the horizon where the sun rose the day you were born) and this becomes a very personalised pointer to how and where you make money.

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With his culture’s eye for trading and capitalism, the Roman Firmicus Maternus gives us a reliable method for looking at your chart in this way:

Therefore observe who is the ruler of the sign and of the degree of the Part of Fortune, that is, in whose terms the Part is; also in what house each ruler is, whether on first or second angles, in favourable or dejected houses, in their exaltation or fall; whether each ruler is in aspect to the Part of Fortune and if they, on the angles, are in aspect to each other.

When you have carefully investigated all this, then observe who is the ruler of the degree of the Moon (in a nocturnal chart) or of the Sun (in a diurnal chart) and see if this ruler is in aspect to the Part of Fortune. If one planet is found to be the ruler of all these degrees and is favourable located in signs in which he rejoices, or in his exaltation, or in his own house, this indicates a lucky chart. ….

But if there is not one ruler of the sign of the Part of Fortune and of its terms and of the terms of the Sun or the Moon, the one which has the greatest power should be the most important in the forecast.

If none of these stars (planets) is favourable located, the native will be oppressed by ill fortune to the end of his life.

The following is the analysis for Ms X who although she has married into significant wealth, wishes to know her potential to generate wealth in her own name.

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Reminder of the formula set out by that capitalist Roman, Firmicus Maternus:

Therefore observe who is the ruler of the sign and of the degree of the Part of Fortune, that is, in whose terms the Part is; also in what house each ruler is, whether on first or second angles, in favourable or dejected houses, in their exaltation or fall; whether each ruler is in aspect to the Part of Fortune and if they, on the angles, are in aspect to each other.

When you have carefully investigated all this, then observe who is the ruler of the degree of the Moon (in a nocturnal chart) or of the Sun (in a diurnal chart) and see if this ruler is in aspect to the Part of Fortune. If one planet is found to be the ruler of all these degrees and is favourable located in signs in which he rejoices, or in his exaltation, or in his own house, this indicates a lucky chart. ….

But if there is not one ruler of the sign of the Part of Fortune and of its terms and of the terms of the Sun or the Moon, the one which has the greatest power should be the most important in the forecast.

If none of these stars (planets) is favourable located, the native will be oppressed by ill fortune to the end of his life.

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In practice, this works as follows for Ms X (a diurnal chart):

  • Her Part of Fortune is 7 Sagittarius 07 = ASC – Sun by day + Moon. It is in the 7th house (highlighting wealth coming through partnership, in this case by marriage).
  • Jupiter rules Sag (Sagittarius)– so Jupiter rules the sign of her Part of Fortune.
  • The term ruler of 7 Sag 07 is also Jupiter.
  • In the chart of Ms X, Jupiter is at 22 Taurus 50 – spot on conjunct with the ASC (angular in a very big and very good way).
  • Jupiter in Taurus is neither in rulership nor exaltation– but it is very happy & exceedingly powerful in this chart. Not only is in conjunct the ASC (life force) but also in trine to the midheaven or MC.
  • Does Ms X have capacity to generate riches?
  • Absolutely !! (She has already done very well through marriage).
  • According to Bonatti’s Liber Hermetis, Jupiter in Taurus (in sect) ‘brings great riches and happiness linked with glory. The person will be the ruler of villas, estates, buildings.’ (NB – Ms X does have homes in several countries). Not only that but she ‘will receive benefits from women and may have a high social profile because of women.’
  • Is there potential for it to all go wrong?
  • Sadly, yes.
  • The Jupiter of Ms X is in the terms of Saturn. Take heed here – for Bonatti warns that because of this, ‘whatever is gained can be lost.’
  • To determine how much a problem this might pose, we look to the Sun and Moon and their rulers by term. Both the Sun and Moon are cadent (12th and 6th house respectively) which suggests potential to ‘fall from grace’ (at least in regards to wealth). The term rulers of the Sun and Moon (Mars and Mercury respectively) suggest pretty much the same thing (Mars being a malefic and in opposition with Saturn, the other malefic, and Mercury – while not particularly damaged, is out of sect and cadent). Further, we look to the triplicity rulers of her 2nd house (Gemini = Air) – and are pleased to find that in the 3rd and final period of her life, Jupiter (in excellent condition) gives her the ability to generate and hold enough wealth to comfortably get by.
  • Because this is a diurnal chart (she was born after sunrise), we must also look to the Sun and its rulers to determine ability to achieve and hold wealth.
  • The Sun of Ms X is at 27 Pisces 31. Jupiter the ruler by sign of Pisces and we know from our above analysis where that stands.
  • The term ruler of 27 Pisces 31 is Mars which in the chart of Ms X, is at 19 Virgo 15 in the 5th house (succedent). This is not a particularly bad place for Mars nor is it particularly good either. However having said that, Mars does pick up quite a bit of power being is ‘at the bends’ (i.e. in square aspect to the lunar nodes). Unfortunately Mars does not aspect the angles (MC or ASC) nor does it aspect the Part of Fortune.
  • Hence Mars and Jupiter are the indicators of the ability of Ms X to generate (and keep) wealth.
  • Mars is not in the best of conditions – even though it is very powerful (suggesting it powerfully influences in not particularly helpful ways). According to Bonatti, Mars in Virgo (in sect) indicates ‘dealers in arms and evil men of evil manner who pursue evil purposes’. Oh dear. Best not to take that too literally. Also according to Bonatti, with Mars in the terms of Venus ‘this person will see the death of their partner yet twill have many lovers and beautiful daughters.’ Best not to take this too literally either. Bonatti was writing in the 17th century and things were quite different then.
  • Regarding the best career choice for Ms X – we first look to Mercury (because the Moon is applying to Mercury).
  • The Mercury of Ms X is at 15 Aries 24 in the 12th house (cadent). Cadency suggests little or no power in the ‘establishment’ sense – leaving the focus more on a profession where service is key. Cadency also suggests that Ms X is not so much interested in acquiring personal power or gain through her profession. That’s good because the cadency of her Mercury suggests she is not particularly effective at doing so.
  • However Mercury is in its own terms – which suggests that it is amongst friends. According to Bonatti, Mercury in its own terms suggests ‘the person will have rank and share in secret knowledge’. Traditionally Mercury is associated with merchants (buying & selling). In more modern astrology, Mercury is associated with communication of all sorts including writing (the idea of ‘secrets’ is also highlighted by modern astrology through association with the 12th house). Mercury is not connected with the angles (ASC or MC) and only very widely trines the Part of Fortune. This suggests Ms X may not make much money in professions associated with Mercury.
  • Because Mars is ‘at the bends’, it is also a strong significator of profession. Traditionally Mars is linked to the warrior classes. Today it might equate to anything connected arguments/disputes and/or sharp (knife/blade) things – such as being a butcher or surgeon or a judge who resolves disputes in a court of law. The Mars of Ms X is likewise not connected with the angles and again only widely squares the Part of Fortune suggesting she is unlikely to make significant money from these professions.
  • However – good news when we look to her status in regards to profession – Venus (1st triplicity ruler of the 10th house) – and because Venus is exalted in Pisces (and not cadent) and its own triplicity ruler is Jupiter (strong and connected with the angles) Ms X could achieve some fame (if not fortune) in her chosen profession.
  • This is further confirmed by her immensely powerful solar doryphory – or train of attendants – including Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and the Moon. In the chart of Ms X, the Sun has lots of help and support. This is good.
  • In summary Ms X has tremendous potential to accumulate significant wealth (most likely through partnership/marriage) however she equally has the potential to lose it again. This is a real danger. However there is the suggestion that in later life she has the ability to accumulate and hold enough wealth in order to get comfortably by. In regards to profession, careers relating to merchandising, communication, dispute resolution are highlighted and although Ms X is likely to acquire some status and recognition in regards to her career, it is unlikely she will acquire significant wealth from it.ph88
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