An Example of Masha’allah & al-Kindi in Action

A querent wanted to know when she’d be able to rent her shop again, as her income depended almost solely on it. Her previous tenants had just terminated the agreement due to lack of business caused by increasing competition in the area.


It was the hour of Mercury, which makes the chart radical. At  first glance, it seemed pretty hopeless. Both  Jupiter, lord of the querent, and Mercury, lord of the 7th (potential renters) are combust/under the beams and cadent from the ascendant in the 6th in Taurus. Jupiter is also peregrine, while Mercury is in its own terms, applying to Jupiter – but can this contact perfect anything, as both are very weakened by the Sun/cadency?

I turned to the testimony of the Moon and found it in the house of the matter (whole-sign 4th) but in the 3rd by division, (in its joy and triplicity/term)  separating from Mercury all of which described the background of the question very clearly. The Moon is applying to Jupiter, translating the light between the relevant significators; moreover, the Moon receives Jupiter and is in turn received by him. Therefore I thought there was a chance (albeit it seemed to be slim because of the significators’ weakness) new renter would turn up within 7 weeks but my judgment proved too optimistic  – he came in exactly seven months (as Mercury was transiting the ascendant, BTW).

Now why months? Had I been a bit more careful/objective in my judgment, I could have perceived the following testimonies more clearly: cadent houses (aversion to the ascendant!) prolong the matters and fixed signs show longer time units while both significators are in the descending part of heaven which is again slow (however, I didn’t know about this division of the circle then!) Being under the beams is equivalent to being cadent/remote and Jupiter as the receiver of the Moon’s disposition is a slow moving planet. Testimonies to the contrary are: Taurus is a sign of short ascension and it is ruled by a quick moving planet, but these two are obviously heavily outnumbered  so she had to wait a bit longer than expected/desired.

But is it possible that the mutual reception between the Moon/Jupiter is enough to annul the effects of combustion and the cadency of all the significators? After all, according to theory (Sahl bin Bishr, Abu Ma’shar), Jupiter is too incapacitated to handle the Moon’s disposition and returns the light howbeit with amelioration because he receives the Moon. The Moon is then free to proceed to its next application with Venus in Gemini in the 7th (Jupiter/Mercury dispositor), again with reception by exaltation/triplicity. Masha’allah’s essential theory of reception seems to prove its great value once more. Here’s how one of  my all-time favorite astrologers defined a fundamental astrological precept in the 8th century

Because a conjunction of the lord of the Ascendant with the lord of the quesited matter is attainment through himself, and nothing forbids its effecting, if God wills (not even combustion?)

For reception effects matters, so that it can in no way happen but that it comes to be – whether it were delayed or is going to come about shortly but the angles hasten the matter, and strengthen it, and the following domiciles or those succeeding [the angles] are useful; but the cadents [which do not aspect the ascendant] delay the matter and postpone it. But reception cannot pass over into nothing, even if a period of time came in between, by the command of God   [Masha’allah, On Reception]

In the end,I’d also like to delineate  the chart from al-Kindi’s perspective which recommends using victors for the querent and the relevant topic. This represents a sort of a final check, either confirming or contradicting the conclusions reached initially.

By using all three triplicity rulers of the five releasers, I get Jupiter as the significator of the chart,i.e the querent.

Victor of the topic, i.e  the planet with most authorities in the 4th, in the Lot of real estate, lord of the hour and the natural significator of the matter (Saturn) is Venus. As Venus disposits Jupiter and Saturn and is in the 7th ( in mutual generosity with Mercury, lord of the 7th!) we see that the source/outcome of all the querent’s interests/actions is tied to the principle of  (business) partnership. Given that benefic Venus is angular (angles establish/perfects matters!) in the house of negotiations/contracts, in her sect/above the horizon/in a  feminine quadrant  in the nocturnal chart, there is sufficient testimony pointing to a successful conclusion of the matter. Venus also receives the Moon, the querent’s co-significator by exaltation/triplicity. She’s only a few days before her 1st station,which is a considerable weakness, but the reception offered to the Moon ensures the return of the light with amelioration

Let’s investigate further. Another candidate for the victor of a topic is chosen among the fittest of the following – lord of the ascendant, the Moon, the Sun, lord of POF, lord of SAN. Lord of the ascendant and the Sun are discarded for obvious reasons, as well as the lord of the preceding SAN (Mars) which is falling/retreating from the angle of the 10th and is only a participating lord of earthy triplicity. Lord of the POF is a very dignified, received Saturn in 11th, but he’s contrary to sect/above the earth in a nocturnal chart and retrograde so I discard him as well. That leaves the Moon (the chart luminary) as the final and probably best choice (feminine sign/quadrant, in its lunar half=term+participating triplicity, in the house of its joy by division, received by both benefics)  and who does it commit its disposition to from the house of the matter? Jupiter, with mutual reception!

With this final confirmation indicating the attainment of the matter, the circle closes.

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Al-Kindi’s Victor(s) of a Topic

And know that each sign has a lord, and ascends within two hours, and many things can be asked in them. And if the lord of the Ascendant had been the significator of all things, [then] all things asked under the same sign would be all good or bad according to the signification of the lord of the Ascendant – but it is not so. Likewise, the Moon is being joined to some planet throughout the whole day, and throughout the greatest part of the day, but the significations of matters are diverse in that same day: because certain ones of them are effected, but certain ones not. Wherefore, it is necessary for us always to seek the significator. Masha’allah, On the Interpretation of Cognition

In this text, I’d like to present al-Kindi’s method of establishing victors for the querent and the matter inquired about which haven’t found their way into mainstream horary practice as we know it primarily from William Lilly’s masterpiece Christian Astrology.

The victor of a particular topic becomes the planet which has the most powers (almuten) in the house of the matter, its Lot, lord of the hour and the natural significator. For instance, in the case of a question about marriage, this would involve the sign of the cusp of the 7th house, Venus as the natural significator, the Lot of marriage, and the lord of the hour. It’s important to note  that his weighted system prefers the bound lord, giving him three points and the primary triplicity lord two points (authors like Ibn Ezra and al-Qabisi do the reverse). This method of establishing victor by dignities  tries to identify a  planet with most authority over certain topic; it’s not a question of quality/goodness and strength!

Another  method of identifying  the victor of a particular topic is to choose the best candidate from among the following – the Sun, the Moon, the ruler of the ascendant, the ruler of POF and the ruler of the preceding syzygy. Each candidate is treated individually and its essential/accidental dignities are weighted carefully in order to find the most suitable one.

Victor for the querent, on the other hand, is found by taking the planet with most dignities  in the positions of the Sun, the Moon, Ascendant, POF,  the preceding syzygy – again, it’s not the question of quality/strength of the significator in any given chart, but of authority only  (as we all know, a king/ruler can also be a corrupted, weak individual). Once the victors are established, we assess their overall condition and look to see if there’s an application between the two, preferably with reception.

Generally, al-Kindi’s approach to delineating horary questions entails the following requirements: the relevant house/its Lot should be aspected by the sect light, its domicile lord and the natural significator of the matter. This ensures that the relevant topic is given permission to “go ahead” from the highest authority (the sect light), it’s managed in a stable, consistent manner (domicile lord ) and the kind/quality of the event is in harmony with the basic principles of the matter (natural significator).

An interesting example of how (well)  these methods may work in practice is here (the chart and my comments on it are about half way down/ the end of the page)

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Masha’allah’s Right – Again!

A  querent asked whether her child would recover from pneumonia without having to be hospitalized. Since the hour ruler was Mars, the  question was radical. Interestingly, the hour/ascendant ruler posited exactly on the cusp of the son’s 6th (illness/hospital) accurately reflected her  worry, especially if we also note that Mars is in contra-antiscia with Saturn in the 12th.


The son’s significator is Jupiter in Taurus, which fits perfectly as he naturally rules pneumonia. He’s unafflicted  by the malefics  but as his nature is hot/moist and Taurus is cold/dry, it’s clear he’s not very comfortable there. The culprit should be Jupiter’s ruler, Venus since she also rules the part of illness on the descendant (ASC + MA – SA /r).

Finding her in the second sign from her domicile (throat/neck), afflicted by a close separating conjunction to the south node and in a close separating square to Mars, I told her that the pneumonia was probably the consequence of a cold/flu afflicting his throat which wasn’t properly taken care of so it developed into something worse (the querent confirmed this). The sign of Gemini, where Venus and the south node are, signifies the boy’s lungs; its ruler Mercury (which is also the ruler of the derived 6th and the dispositor of Mars) lands in the 5th in Pisces (detriment/fall), afflicting his well-being/health. The Moon’s separation (by opposition) from Venus as the lady of the lot of illness was another important indicator she was at the root of the problem.

Jupiter was joined to no planet/none was being joined to it so the weight of  testimony fell primarily on the Moon in Sagittarius. It was joined to the Sun in its kingdom by a trine aspect which was an excellent indicator of betterment because the Sun is a natural ruler of vitality

Strong reception [the greatest generosity] more often comes to be from the Sun to the Moon, because he receives her from all the signs for the reason that her light is from him. If however her conjuction with him were from a sign in which he himself had dignity, there will be two receptions: namely reception of nature and reception of sign.

Even all of the prosperous stars are generous between themselves , since their natures are similar.

And there’s another kind of reception: when some one of the planets occupies the trigon of the other, or the hexagon together with it  Abu Ma’shar, Great Introduction

Not only does the Sun have dignity of triplicity in Sagittarius, but this sign also belongs to the solar half of the zodiac where it enjoys the authority equivalent to a bound as well. The Moon is received by triplicity/term! And both lights are natural benfics.

And the half of the circle which is from the beginning of Leo up to the end of Capricorn is called the “greatest half”, and it is the Sun’s half: because the Sun has sovereignty in this whole half just like the planets do in their own bounds  Al Qabisi, Introduction to the Science of Astrology

However, I didn’t like the Sun committing disposition to the out of sect, retrograde Saturn in the 12th/via combusta by opposition without reception, making him the final receiver of the Moon’s disposition and the indicator of the outcome of the matter (“the author of the question”).  In addition, Mars opposes the 5th while Saturn besieges it as well as the ruler of the 5th by sign. I told the querent that the initial betterment is likely to make a turn for the worse eventually, necessitating hospitalization after all.

In her feedback some two weeks later, the querent told me her son was doing well, having underwent a thorough medical check. Luckily, he didn’t have to be hospitalized. A  quick initial recovery was shown by the Sun’s position in a cardinal sign of short ascension and by  its swift motion (as opposed to the motion of the superiors). The Moon itself was also very fast.

Nevertheless, I was bewildered as to where Saturn’s influence ‘disappeared’.  Was Masha’allah’s horary method wrong this time?

Exactly five months later, the querent contacted me again to inform me that her son would have to undergo surgery of the third tonsil – it was enlarged due to the heavy pneumonia. Saturn finally revealed himself, and I realized (again!) Masha’allah’s method functioned splendidly.

Remarkably, the boy underwent surgery on the day the transiting Sun was exactly on Saturn’s degree in the chart of the question. It “had” to come to this because Saturn as ‘the author of the question’ was in contra-antiscia of Mars (in the boy’s 6th), the natural ruler of cutting/surgery .

The Sun/Saturn opposition perfected in a bit less than five and a half degrees, which corresponds exactly to the time the querent informed me about the date of the surgery, some two weeks later. But why did the whole process take more than five (actually,very close to six) months?

Most probably because Saturn is the slowest moving planet, he’s cadent in the 12th and Libra is a sign of long ascension. Interestingly, on the day of the surgery, transiting Mercury (one of the natural significators of children) was exactly on the ascendant,  coming from the 5th which signifies children as well.

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The Road to Armageddon, Part I

On December 2, 1942, man first initiated a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, and controlled it. Beneath the West Stands of Stagg Field, Chicago, late in the afternoon of that day, a small group of scientists witnessed the advent of a new era in science. History was made in what had been a squash-rackets court. Precisely at 3:25 p.m., Chicago time, scientist George Weil withdrew the cadmium-plated control rod and by his action man unleashed and controlled the energy of the atom.

 The birth chart  of “nuclear age”

NuclearChainReaction I

Fixed stars first.

There are several very prominent ones on the key points of the chart – Saturn, the hour ruler/chart almuten (if we take Ptolemy’s above the earth luminary criterion) almost to the minute exactly on Aldebaran, Mars (the ruler of the 7th/12th=enemies/wars) as the strongest angular planet in its heliacal rising phase on Cor Serpentis, Jupiter in the angle of the 4th on Procyon and the degree of the ascendant on Hamal.

I think the weightiest of these is Saturn/Aldebaran combination, precisely because it’s the exactest one (only two arc minutes of difference!) There’s a very clear, literal symbolism embodied in this constellation – Saturn as the ruler of the 9th sign (science/knowledge) which holds the MC (professional action/goal, it’s almuten is Mars!) and the universal significator of natural sciences in a double bodied, Mercury ruled, male sign of Gemini nicely depicts the moment a group of scientists successfully conducts an experiment after years of scientific effort/study.  Aldebaran adds an epochal, ground breaking dimension to it, because it’s one of the four royal stars, marking a new, powerful ‘beginning’. As it’s nature is pronouncedly martial, the final purpose of this experiment is to make a revolutionary weapon, to achieve leadership/dominance.

Saturn is retrograde, as usual when opposed to the Sun. Another stunningly appropriate symbolism is embedded in this aspect. The opposition is formed on the axis of two human signs (the first half of Sagittarius belongs to human ones) and Saturn is the natural ruler of revolution/sedition, while the Sun is the symbolic representation of God/ordering principle/hierarchy in the universe. The similarity between the name “Saturn” (whose domiciles are opposite to those of the lights, sources of creation/life) and “Satan” (the opposite of God) is most certainly no coincidence; his name means “adversary” in Hebrew  and is known as “corruptor”.

Hence this constellation can be read as man’s ‘challenge’ to God because it symbolizes the capability to use/unleash/control the horrendous energy potential embedded in the basic building blocks of creation. As the superior planets in their acronycal setting phase generally designate mature individuals, this can also be viewed as a symbolic “Declaration of Independence” from God when man deems himself mighty enough to assume power over life and death on Earth. It’s also no coincidence the opposition stretches between the 2nd/8th sign, both of which are in aversion (loss of light & sight = darkness/secrecy/threat) to the ascendant and symbolize death/destruction/loss/fear as well. Even the ruler of the ascendant, Venus is in the 8th, in aversion to its domicile – this “ship” lacks  reliable helmsman who really knows what he’s doing/where he’s heading and that doesn’t bode well   

To sum it up, all of this can be read as a hidden, ground breaking scientific activity/achievement whose aim is to create a weapon of mass destruction, but also to secure/conquer wealth/resources crucial for one’s survival. Additionally, the ultimate weapon itself is seen as the resource/reliable ally which is to secure the future existence in the world of dwindling natural resources and constant threats (the fixed, earth sign of Taurus is on the ascendant, symbolizing the need for physical stability/security). This is further accentuated by Mercury’s (Saturn/2nd house’s ruler) position in the 8th  (the resources of others, ruled by Jupiter), as well as by the Sun/Saturn’s position in Jupiter’s bounds, Jupiter being the natural significator of wealth/substance but also of the wealthy/the elite. He’s also the ruler of  the 11th in Pisces (the military). It’s the military that has the experiment under close watch and sets all the rules – bounds/terms are literally descriptive of circumstances/restrictions set for planets which happen to land in them.

It’s no wonder we find Jupiter in its kingdom/bounds on an aggressive fixed star Procyon (Mercury/Mars = science/military) in the angle of the 4th (hidden matters/natural resources/end of the matter), being applied to by Mars, the natural ruler of war/army/weapons, from Scorpio in the angle of the 7th on Cor Serpentis (Unukalhai = Saturn/Mars). Mars/Jupiter applying trine in the angles represents the most pervasive/notable overall influence in the chart, especially if we bear in mind that Mars is in the house naturally signifying war/contest in the sign of its joy and is oriental in its heliacal  rising(!) all the while they’re both posited in Jupiter’s bounds, thus representing a very powerful, intense connection between the two.

Therefore, if one planet is being joined to another, if there were the quantity of one-half (or less) of the orb of each of them between them – that is, in front or behind – the signification of their conjunction with each other will manifest…and if in addition it were in one bound, they will be stronger in signification. (Abu Ma’shar, Great Introduction)

Those are actually the only two planets which behold the ascendant.  Mars also ‘pushes power’ to Jupiter, and I read this symbolism as a future constant external threat of (nuclear) attack/annihilation fueling the strengthening of one’s own military capabilities – a vicious circle.

Yet Mars/Jupiter don’t really like each other because they belong to different sects and are also natural enemies; despite the benevolent, ‘perfect love’ denoting trine, we should expect/see some rather negative manifestations like exaggeration/over-expansion, brinkmanship, etc as Jupiter is accidentally corrupted by being retrograde/out of domain and Mars is contrary to sect/domain and both are under the influence of very negative/aggressive fixed stars of (partly) martial nature. Jupiter actually returns Mars’s light which may be considered pretty dangerous as the natural ruler of wisdom/benevolence/moderation/law can’t handle Mars’s belligerent intentions and lets him do things his own way – the god of war being more than capable of achieving this, by provoking lethal hostilities in the 7th.  He gets even more accentuated if we take a closer look at the POF (analogous to the ascendant) in Aquarius – Mars is culminating in the 10th from it while the lot itself is afflicted by being in the same degree with the south node!

The symbolism of an arising, very powerful  military-industrial complex imposes itself quite naturally, as well as an enormous potential for future expansion in nuclear WMD production/power because both planets are in fertile, water signs and in the angles which denote everything stable/lasting/effective. I’d also add that this may reflect the attitude “might makes right” which led to “cold war” between the two superpowers right after the WW II on the basis of mutually exclusive ideologies.

According to Ibn Arabi, the angel of Taurus holds the keys of creation of heaven and hell – well, the chart for the birth of  nuclear age certainly confirms the potential for the latter to manifest on earth, especially if we bear in  mind what’s happening in the Middle East nowadays! In that sense, violent Hamal (Mars/Saturn) on the ascendant adds considerably to an already ominous, threatening symbolism of the chart.

The Moon, as the general significator of the mankind is in the 6th cardinal, male, human sign of Libra in its first degree – again, a clear symbolism of a new (dangerous) beginning for human kind. Again, according to Ibn Arabi, its [Libra’s] angel holds the keys of the creation of states (ephemeral) and of change.

The Moon as the ruler of the IC and its third triplicity ruler (the end of the matter) is cadent/retreating both by whole sign and mundane houses division, and is applying to Saturn by trine with reception from the bad 6th house (affliction/harm/enemies). Since the receiver of the Moon’s disposition is retrograde, he’ll return the light which is in itself always negative/harmful but there’s also hope because Saturn receives the Moon in his exaltation/triplicity/term thus the return is with amelioration/fitness – the matter is made fit after destruction.

Now as the greter malefic Saturn is the natural ruler of death and is in the 2nd which accidentally signifies death by virtue of its opposition to the 8th and as his position on a royal martial fixed star of the first magnitude designates an extraordinary amount of destruction (by fire!), I think this constellation symbolizes that nuclear exchanges of a (relatively) limited scope will eventually take place but the mankind will not be utterly destroyed; there will be several such”events” i.e repetitions because Saturn is in a double-bodied sign of Gemini . A  similar conclusion can be reached if we take the testimony of the Moon’s dispositor (Venus in the 8th) into account – she’s still combust in a fire sign(!) but has already left the Sun behind and is in her own terms (somewhat protected by being in her own chariot?)  Calamities come, but they will not be totally disastrous. As the Moon’s in her last quarter, I think this aptly marks the beginning of mankind’s ‘last phase’ of ‘life as usual’ existence/attitude, before the sudden/unexpected (application to a retrograde planet) disaster strikes and enforces radical re-thinking and re-evaluation of the road taken thus far.

But there’s one more important reason to mention Mars again. It’s the chart of the SAN (the preceding syzygy)

Nuclear SAN

Mars is the ruler of the ascendant and the ruler of the chart luminary, the term ruler of the full Moon (on Alcyone, a violent/unfortunate fixed star of Moon/Mars [!] nature) and the ruler of the preceding angle but there’s something which makes him even more notable than the rest of the planets – it’s his heliacal rising in an advancing sector of the chart on top of that. He’s exactly fifteen degrees away from the Sun and has just exited its beams. An exceedingly powerful, new-born martial influence is on the stage and it makes itself heard beyond everything else; a new era of warfare potential has arrived. Additionally, an important but unfortunate/violent fixed star is (again) underpinning/fueling its influence – Zuben Elgenubi (Saturn/Mars). As he rules the 1st and the 8th where he’s also located, its significations clearly connect the themes of life and death – particularly the death/destruction which is self-inflicted, caused by one’s own rashness/aggressiveness/assertiveness; this is further reinforced by its twelfth-part in the 1st – yet another factor indicating that the results of this experiment would eventually lead to a great conflict fought with nuclear weapons. There’s one more factor mimicking the constellations from the “experiment” chart – upon changing sign, the Moon will conjoin Saturn. Now it’s true it will encounter Venus’s opposition aspect first, but I deem it less important because

a) she’s combust (returns the light)

b) conjunction is more forceful than any aspect so Saturn is definitely the more prevailing influence

Additionally, both lights squaring the nodes to the degree (“bendings”) make the symbolism of this chart even more threatening

For the days that are drawing near, when the Moon is traversing the ascending [node] at that time, and its squares and diameters, especially when it is traversing its very degrees, one must guard against beginning anything, or sailing, or marrying, or having an encounter, or building, or planting, or assembling, or in general doing anything; for that which comes about will be judged neither stable nor easily brought to completion, but rather inconstant and incomplete and subject to punishment or painful and not enduring.
Book V, chapter 2 – Vettius Valens, The Anthology

To be continued…


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“On War”, Part II


Brazil Italy Con Cup

This football match was played in Brazil as a part of Confederations Cup competition. Brazilian and Italian team battled each other. The indicators for Brazilian victory are pretty obvious. They attacked first, so they are represented by the lord of the ascendant, Jupiter, by the Moon in the 1st house and by the planet from which the Moon has separated – Mars.

The Italians get the Lord of the 7th, Mercury and the planet to whom the Moon applies – it’s Jupiter but since it is already taken as the significator of Brazil, the Italians are signified by Mercury only.

First  of all, Jupiter is a superior planet, which gives him initial advantage. It is still in the angle of the 7th mundane house/the 7th sign of Gemini, combust/in detriment and this may have represented very bad news for Brazilians if Mercury had been able to aspect its domicile and had been in one of the angles (except the first!) or received/closely aspected by a planet in one of the angles. But Mercury has no strong helpers, he’s in fact peregrine, very slow, doesn’t behold his own domicile/his domicile lord Moon doesn’t behold it and is about to turn retrograde within 7 days  which is altogether  a great impediment for the Italian team.  The only good thing is this conjunction with a benefic Venus in her triplicity, but this cannot help much, as she’s also separating and an inferior on top of that. The conjunction in an advancing/succeeding sector of the chart points toward an average amount of accidental strength.

As already mentioned, Jupiter is combust and that’s his greatest impediment. But the Moon is in the 1st, giving great strength to Brazilian team (still waxing in light and very swift, in a male sign in a day chart), while she’s also applying to Jupiter and is received by him. Though Jupiter is too weak/disabled (due to combustion) to profit much from the Moon’s application (he returns the light), there’s additionally this natural ruler of war to consider as the planet from which the Moon in the 1st has separated –  the superior Mars.

In its heliacal rising phase and in the angle of the 7th, he’s extremely strong and efficacious. No wonder the Italian team was ‘demolished’ by receiving  four goals, while they managed to score half as much – the end result was 4:2 for Brazil. I’d say this nicely represents/confirms the difference in strength between angular significators of Brazil and the succeedent ones ‘fighting’ for Italy.


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Katarche of a Failed Fertility Treatment

It seems there’s an ever increasing number of women who cannot get pregnant in a natural manner for various reasons so they resort to fertility treatment(s) to solve the problem. However, as we all know, this is not a fail-safe method and time and time again, we hear about unsuccessful outcomes which must have pretty daunting effects upon couples trying to become parents.

I happen to know two such couples. One of the women is my colleague at work, the other one is my hairdresser.

The colleague is in a better position because she’s already a  mother of a seven year old girl and she’s also ‘only’ thirty – four. My hairdresser hasn’t had any children so far and she turned forty this year. That’s why I’m going to present her case first.The following chart was cast for the moment her husband told me she got pregnant and I eagerly looked at my watch, hoping to see some promising, positive elements upon coming home and analyzing the horoscope.

However,my enthusiasm instantly turned into a dismal premonition of failure as I saw this picture

Fertility Treatment II


I started imagining what good old professor Dorotheus   would have said if he had analyzed this chart. He would probably have noted a tropical sign of Capricorn on the ascendant first, symbolizing an ‘action’ which is very likely to be aborted/broken off, necessitating another attempt. Then he would certainly have sought the all important Moon to analyze its overall condition. Its position in the 5th feminine,semi-fertile sign of Taurus might have appeared him appropriate, as the matter handles children/fertility. The Moon is exalted and advancing/angular, but very slow and also void of course according to all but the Hellenistic definition (Rhetorius, Antiochus, Porphyry), which postulates  this can occur only if the Moon aspects no planets within the next thirty degrees regardless of sign boundaries. If we choose to uphold the medieval definition, it tells us that

…the solitude of the Moon signifies futility and annulment, and turning back from that same purpose, and the impediment of that same purpose (Judgment 6, Sahl ibn Bishr).

Worthy of note is the fact that the last aspect of the Moon was a square with Mars (contrary to sect, peregrine malefic in the 8th, almost totally out of his domain because above the earth in a day chart and in a male sign, very powerful to produce itself as he’s also oriental of the Sun and in an advancing sector of the chart) and the next aspect will be a sextile with the deadly Mars as well, no reception involved. Its twelfth-part lands in Aries, and comes under a close scrutiny of it lord Mars from the 8th.  Mars is also the lord of the preceding SAN and he scrutinizes the POF in the 8th. Too much anti-life influence for a successful pregnancy to bear fruit.

Additionally, Mars also keeps the ascendant under siege, though this is mitigated by both angular benefics aspecting Capricorn from Scorpio/Taurus. The ruler of the ascendant, Saturn, is scorched in Libra, in via combusta and is retreating, i.e falling from an angle, applied to by anaretic Mars from a superior 11th sign by sextile.No good to be found here either, only Mars.

But both benefics are on the angles, maybe that can help?  Especially Jupiter  as a natural significator of children?

Hardly, because Jupiter is afflicted by being retrograde, peregrine, out of its domain though he’s of the sect in favor. His position on Hamal (Mars/Saturn) underscores his inability to produce lasting good  and the same is conveyed by his rulership over  12th, which is the 8th from the 5th(the death of a child). This is further underlined by the exact opposition of Venus, the lady of the 5th, and Jupiter on the IC designating the end of the matter. Valens would fittingly add that Venus is destroyed by Jupiter i.e Taurus by Sagittarius and here this truth is brought to the fore on the angles for none to miss. Lot of death almost exactly on the ascendant isn’t exactly a ‘lucky’ omen either.

Taking all these indicators into account,I concluded the pregnancy would fail. I never told that to either of them, of course – and wouldn’t have done it even if the two had asked me to do so. Some things are just better left unspoken.

Fertility Treatment I

The second chart is once more the result of the moment I ‘heard’ the news, this time it was  SMS sent by a happy colleague. There’s again a tropical sign on the ascendant, in this case a fertile Cancer. The ruler of the ascendant and a general significator of the matter, the Moon is very afflicted and weak because in  the bad 12th in the barren sign of Gemini, partilly conjunct south node and scrutinized by Mars from the 2nd in a barren Leo (2nd also having strong signification toward death by virtue of its opposition to the 8th; its twelfth-part actually lands in Aquarius); it is still very slow. According to Paulus, the sextile between Leo/Gemini has the strength of a trine – Gemini ‘sees’ Leo, while Leo ‘perceives’ Gemini thus representing the more dominant influence.

The Moon’s twelfth-part is in Sagittarus, ruled by the greater benefic Jupiter but this sign is the cadent 6th of the chart, denoting illness/harm. The twelfth-part of Saturn, lord of the 8th and natural ruler of death, lands on the Moon in the 12th; contrary to sect Saturn is the most angular planet in the chart in the 4th, the house having strong significations toward death as well. Additionally, the lot of death is in Gemini,its lord Mercury landing in Scorpio in the 5th. The Lord of the 5th, Mars, applies to Saturn, lord of the 8th, without reception. Thus the Moon’s disposition ends up in the hands of Saturn, and “the grim reaper” doesn’t show mercy.

As in the first chart Jupiter opposes Venus, the two still lingering within three degrees of each other and in the bounds of the same planet Venus(the most powerful connection), on the 5th/11th axis symbolizing children/fertility. Jupiter still suffers from the same impediments as in the first case, but now he’s contrary to sect too. Though both of the benefics are in the houses of their joy,they still didn’t manage to rescue the day.

Again,I never told her my opinion on the matter, and waited what time would reveal, hoping my conclusion would be proven wrong.

Unfortunately, I heard within a month that both pregnancies had failed.



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Football match Croatia/Serbia – “On War”

I’m not into football/soccer at all.

It gets interesting for me only when it lends itself to test the accuracy and validity of ancient astrological rules for picking a winner in a war, i.e some kind of a contest.

The theory postulates that the aggressor, i.e the initiator of hostilities gets the ascendant, its ruler and the planet from which the Moon is separating, while the adversary gets the descendant, its ruler and the planet to which the Moon applies. Since the Croatian team initiated the game, it slipped in the role of „aggressor“.

At first glance, which in most cases also remains just that due to a natural human propensity for laziness and superficiality, I concluded that the Croatian team might easily get beaten in their capital Zagreb because it is signified by the combust Venus in Aries, on the cusp of the 7th dominated by Mars, the significator of the Serbian team in its own domicile in the angle of the 7th. He’s also combust, but…he is additionally applied to by the Moon, so everything seems pretty clear and simple.

Nevertheless,the Croatian team celebrated in the end with the result 2:0.

Hm, what have I missed? Can it be that the theory was wrong/inadequate this time?

 No, it can’t be.

As usual, it was my fault. And the old, well-known story repeats itself – you’re threading on a very thin ice when you fancy yourself standing at your goal, having no need to heed the teachers’ council anymore. For this ‘pinnacle’ can never be reached; there’s only an ongoing voyage toward this imaginary point of perfection, and it is in this context that VITA BREVIS ARS LONGA gets its full meaning and justification.

So let us inspect the chart once more through the lenses of the ancient teachers’ full counsel


According to Masha’allah („On Reception“)  the Sun receives a planet when in conjunction to it in Aries or Leo and in such cases, there’s no usual debility for the planet involved.We see Venus applying to the Sun, with an orb less than 3 degrees and within the bounds of a planet(Jupiter) representing a particularly powerful conjunction. As the Sun is so generous toward Venus, it accepts responsibility for what she’s handing over to him; practically, she gets a surrogate home and is fully secure and protected in all of her significations. The Sun thus takes over her significations and the reception given to her enables the Sun to become the significator of the Croatian team.

  – Maybe, but what about Mars? The Sun applies to him and offers him reception as well – and he’s already very fortified by being in his domicile.

Yes, the Sun receives Mars as well but there are more than 3 degrees distance between the two and one of the core principles in astrology says – the closer an aspect/conjunction, the stronger the bond between the planets. In other words, Venus is in a position to profit more/sooner from the Sun than Mars. Since the Sun is a natural significator of triumph/fame as well…

 – But, even if we accept the Sun’s role as a significator of the Croatian team, it is still disposed by Mars, so what good is it?

Well,this is of paramount importance. The theory also says than an exalted planet is stronger than the one in domicile in matters of war/contest. Perhaps this is pictured best by the alternative translation for the well-known astrological term exaltation (lat. exaltatio) and it is supremacy/kingdom(lat. regnum). Too bad it didn’t become mainstream – but it’s never too late.

Let’s see what the Moon is doing. Again – the theory says that the planet from which the Moon separates becomes a co-significator of the aggressor, while the planet applied to by the Moon becomes a co-significator of the rival.

The Moon is separating from the Sun(!) which is also its ruler in Leo(the Moon’s dispositor being one of the legitimate indicators for the outcome of the matter). So here we have another clear confirmation that the Sun, i.e a planet in its kingdom/supremacy is the significator of the Croatian team.The Moon is committing its disposition to Mars, thereby confirming it as the sole significator of the Serbian team.

– But, shouldn’t the Moon’s application to Mars unequivocally denote him as the winner of the match?

No, not necessarily.

Because, as already stated, the Sun as as co-significator of the Croatian team disposes the Moon and at the same time, the Moon is in the eastern half of the chart belonging to the Croatian team, strengthening it additionally because it is unimpeded and in its waxing phase while closely aspected by its dispositor – again, within the bounds of the same planet(Jupiter). And to reiterate, the Sun in Aries is more powerful than Mars in Aries.

 – But, doesn’t the theory also say that the superior planets are more powerful in the matters of war/contest?

Yes, generally they are but here we have one more important qualifier – Mars is also in a very close aspect to Jupiter! The orb is again less than 3 degrees and Mars is actually closer to Jupiter than to the Moon, which again clearly underlines the more prevalent influence of Jupiter.

So Jupiter without a doubt influences Mars more strongly which is very unfortunate for the Serbian team because its cadency is weakening and exhausting Mars, thereby facilitating/causing its defeat.

 So the important rule says the following – a cadent planet in a close aspect to a significator is a strongly debilitating influence, even if the significator is in an angle. The opposite is also true, especially if reception is involved as well.

And one more interesting thing – Mars’s twelfth-part lands in Cancer, the sign of its fall (in ancient texts always a synonym for slavery), scrutinized i.e  closely aspected by Mercury in Pisces(detriment/fall) from the cadent 6th. So if we accept R. Schmidt’s explanation of the twelfth-part of a planet as designating the outcome of its significations…things get even clearer.

 – But, isn’t this ‘story’ about the co-significators created through the Moon’s application/separation just a rather secondary detail, an embellishment and a mere redundant technicality, a result of an urge to ‘complicate’ a method in order to let it appear more difficult and hence, more ‘serious’? Aren’t the primary significators and their relationship to the lights, angularity, etc. the decisive factors and all we should concentrate upon to find the answer?

Well, I don’t think so.

The chart for the beginning of the WW 2 is a case in point.

Is someone going to try to convince me that  Wehrmacht overran and crushed all the countries from Scandinavia to Northern Africa, from the La Manche to the line Caucasus – Moscow – Leningrad represented only through this inferior Mercury in the weak/bad 12th, in aversion to its own domicile Virgo on the ascendant? Even if we qualify him additionally through the position of Venus/the Sun in the 1st (as it should be done), this kind of symbolism still doesn’t fit the real picture of the then most deadly fighting force in the world.

It is an entirely different matter if we realize(and accept) that the Moon is separating from Mars in a cardinal sign of  Capricorn(again a planet in its supremacy/kingdom!), the natural significator of war in a good, succeedent/advancing house of a chart. This is a much better description of the Blitzkrieg concept  which started the WW 2, at the same time picturing perfectly the air of invincibility which followed that modern armada all the way to February ’43. and the great defeat/turning point at Stalingrad, whereas only the debacle in the gigantic tank battle of Kursk in July/August ’43. finally destroyed all the dreams of victory over Russia and irrevocably put the initiative in the hands of the Red Army.

Still, even in retreat and defeat,Wehrmacht remained very dangerous(as could be expected from such a co-significator), fighting toughly on several fronts – the allied invasion of Italy started on 3rd September ’43. and the invasion of Normandy happened on 6th June ’44. Wehrmacht surrendered unconditionally only on 7th May ’45.,  almost a year later.

One might wonder what would have happened if they had decided to attack, let’s say, on 31. August ’39.  at 19:45 when the ruler of the ascendant  was Mars in the 10th sign/house and the significator of the allied forces was Venus in her fall, combust in the 6th?

Luckily, Hitler obviously didn’t have his own Bonatti/Sahl…or he DID  take astrological council but from one of those so-called modern astrologers whose primary concern was to put astrologically insignificant/non-existent Uranus on the MC? 😀 😀 😀

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