life was to determine whether the chart was a First, Second, Third or FourthDifferentia chart.
Differentia – Definition
The First Differentia Chart
If the chart fulfils the following conditions, it is deemed to be a First Differentia Chartand the native dies without taking food.First Differentia - Ptolemy according to Bonatti
Look at the main Luminary of the chart (Sun by day and Moon by night.)If the degree of this luminary as well as the degree of the Ascendant are both in a partile
conjunction, square or opposition to a non-dignified Malefic
.AND the rulersof BOTH Luminaries are cadent.Then the chart is deemed a First Differentia chart.First Differentia - Ptolemy - from Tetrabiblos Book III
luminary be in an angle and one of the malefics is either conjunct thatluminary or on the midpoint of the two luminaries, while at the same time no beneficmay partake of the configuration AND the rulers of the luminaries are also located in places belonging to or controlled by malefics, then the chart is a First Differentia chart
First Differentia Charts
Ptolemy according to Antonius de Montulmo
Consider the degree of the Ascendant and its lord, as well as the place of the mainluminary and its triplicities rulers and if it is found that they have been rendered
Tools and Techniques of the Medieval Astrologers
.1981 Page 14. It is not unusual for authors to misquote older sources and this could come about for many reasons, one being the lack of source material; and the other being a way of justifying their own variations on techniques.
Same degree. Ie 10
Taurus to 10
Leo is a partial square.
Saturn or Mars not in rulerships or exaltation.
Ashmand J.M Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos Foulsham & Co 1917. Page 126
The Hindsight translation of Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos Book III differs and stresses that BOTHluminaries have to be involved with both malefics and the aspecting has to be partile. [Schmidt R.Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos Book III Page 26. ]
Hand, Robert trans. Antonius De Montulmo
On the Judgment of Nativities Part 1.
Project Hindsight.The Golden Hind Press 1995. Page 25