The Part of Fortune As Promising as it Sounds? | What is the Part of Fortune?

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What is the Part of Fortune? It certainly has an intriguing name. Most of us have our dreams; that 'pot-of-gold' that we seek. And to the astrological community, that is exactly what the Part of Fortune indicates: the 'pot-of-gold' that is waiting at the end of our own personal rainbows. The Part of Fortune is a sensitive point in the chart derived from the positions of the Sun, Moon, and ascendant (the ascendant is the degree of the zodiac that is rising over the eastern horizon at the time and location of birth). The Part of Fortune is one of over 40 such 'parts' or points but the most widely used of the group. Astrologers refer to such 'parts' as Arabic Parts. These parts were developed during the Middle Ages in Arabia. All of the Arabic Parts express the relationships of distance and direction between other sensitive points in the chart and each is derived from three points in a horoscope. Like the part of fortune, most of the parts have equally engaging names. For example, there is also a Part of Nobility & Honor, a Part of Sex Drive, and a Part of the Most Perilous Year (I didn't say that all the parts were considered fortunate points!). The Part of Fortune is considered to be a beneficial point in the chart. If you have a copy of your natal chart, the Part of Fortune looks like a circle with a cross in it . The house in which it is positioned in the horoscope is said to represent the area in which the person's endeavors are most likely to be auspicious. These are usually endeavors that the person is naturally drawn to. The sign that the Part of Fortune is in indicates the best approach to those endeavors indicated by the house location. I have also found in researching the effects of the Part of Fortune that the sign that it falls in natally represents traits that, if developed, bring the person benefits and/or joy and happiness. The key to the Part of Fortune, is in the cultivation. One must cultivate the traits and learn about the affairs of the house that the Part of Fortune falls in to access its benefits. The fortune indicated by this part is not necessarily materialistic or even tangible, though it can be. It depends on the sign and house location of the Part of Fortune. The benefit can be on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and/or spiritual plane of experience. In all cases it is through the cultivation and expression of this point that one will experience harmony and a sense of rootedness and well-being. As I mentioned above, all of the Arabic parts are derived from three other sensitive points in the horoscope. In the case of the Part of Fortune, these three points are the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are the foundation of the human personality. The sign rising at our birth, or in other words the sign on our ascendant, describes our personality. The Ascendant is the self as it is expressed to the outer world. The sign that our sun is in at the moment of our birth describes our core self. Just as the sun is in the center of the solar system, so does our sun-sign describe the center of the human personality. Our sun-sign represents our personal sense of a unique self with a distinct identity. It is the form of our ego. The sign that the moon is in at birth describes our emotional nature. In addition, the moon represent our habitual response patterns and conditioned or instinctual reactions to the circumstances of our lives. Much

can be gleaned about a person by knowing the sign placements of the Ascendant, Sun and Moon. And it is because the Part of Fortune is derived from these three very significant points that it represents that place in the horoscope where one's fortune will be realized when there is a refusal to compromise one's personal integrity. In order to discover our own pot-of-gold then, we must cultivate a strong sense of self as represented by the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. That is because the Part of Fortune symbolizes that place in the horoscope where this trio is in harmonic relationship to one another and therefore most easily expressed to the greatest advantage. How can we cultivate a strong sense of self? First, we can come to know our solar nature. It is through our sun sign that we learn who we are and what we stand for, not in terms of what others expect from us or want us to be but rather through our own strong sense of a unique self. Second, it is via an understanding of our moon sign that we embrace our emotional nature and cultivate emotional harmony. By understanding our emotional needs and nature we can learn to maintain a balance between the needs which will nourish us at our core (our sun sign) while simultaneously sustaining healthy relationships with others. The third factor which balances the Sun and Moon signs is the Ascendant. As mentioned earlier in this article, the Ascendant describes our personality. The Ascendant is the self as it is expressed to the outer world. Therefore, the Sun and Moon are both experienced and expressed through the Ascendant. It could be said that the Part of Fortune represents our inner sense of abundance and that it does so because it encompasses the major triad that represents the self. The Part of Fortune represents that point in our chart where we are attuned to the environment in which we are most likely to experience a sense of wholeness and abundance. Because the Part of Fortune is dependent upon how an individual integrates and uses the Sun, Moon and Ascendant, the fortune received will depend upon how balanced the personal expression of these three factors is. The Part of Fortune is not only in a particular sign and house in the horoscope, it can also form angular relationships with (or aspect) other planets and points in the chart. The aspects that are made outline more clearly the path leading to the Part of Fortune. In addition, you are likely to have a strong reaction to someone who's own natal planets make contact with the Part of Fortune in your chart. Additionally, the Part of Fortune is sensitive to transits and progressions. However, I'll save these discussions for another time. For now, let's just take a look at what the Part of Fortune in particular signs and houses indicates. IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that the Part of Fortune is just one factor comprising the whole of any birth chart. While the descriptions given below are insightful, a wholistic understanding of the Part of Fortune or any other factor of the chart is incomplete and therefore general because it is given out of the context of the whole. Interpreting the Part of Fortune Read the description of the Part of Fortune in the signs and then combine this with the descriptions that follow for its house placement. The Part of Fortune in the Signs In Aries Cultivate courage, inspiration and patience. You have an abundance of energy and need outlets of activity--focus your energy and you're the indomitable pioneer! Your joy is found in taking up the challenges and leaping over the obstacles. Your gifts are a keen focus and the ability to see your direction clearly. Trust your intuition.

In Taurus Seek that which abides. One of your greatest joys will be in the building, sustaining and expressing of a personal love that abides. Delve into the meaning and use of all things and construct a firm foundation, for your joy is based on the ability to build and sustain. Your gift is patience and the ability to take things in stride. In Gemini Your joy is found in indulging your curiosity and the resulting expansion of your consciousness. Cultivate versatility, flexibility and freedom of movement. You may be gifted with a unique sense of humor. Living fully in the moment, undaunted by the burden of judgment, you know the joy of being carefree. In Cancer Cultivate gentleness and tenderness. Experience the joy of nurturing others and being nurtured. See life through the eyes of a child. Remember your innocence and the innocence of others. Do for the sake of doing without concern for the outcomes. Your greatest joy is derived from experiencing the process of giving birth--be this a birth of a child, a business, a creative exercise, an idea/vision, or anything that did not exist before you invested your energy into its becoming. In Leo Cultivate enthusiasm, generosity, and optimism. Focus on self-mastery for you will find joy in being a source of inspiration for others. You understand that everyone must find their own path and therefore you lead by example and walk your talk. You give for the sheer joy of giving, without any expectation for a return. There can be great achievements that result from the focused direction of your abundant creative energy. In Virgo Cultivate discrimination, logical analysis, and tolerance. You're happy when you feel you have organization in your environment. Dedicate your life to the here and now. Stay busy and involved in the details of the present. Your greatest joy is derived from knowing that your life is functioning efficiently. You don't allow things to pile up and become excess baggage you carry from the past into the future. In Libra Cultivate diplomacy, balance, and grace. You don't mind going along with others because you understand that we are all part of a greater whole. Your joy is found in knowing that you belong-to everything. Your gift is the ability to maintain equilibrium in a dualistic world and to feel at one with all. In Scorpio Your gifts are a keen perception, penetrating insight, and a fearlessness of the unknown. Cultivate efficiency, ambition, and organization. Your joy is found by stripping away the outer layers of experiences and getting to the core where you have an intimate connection to the depths of existence. In Sagittarius You are not afraid to take risks and try your luck because you know you're naturally lucky. It is quite possible that your greatest fortune is found in remote places, far from your home. Cultivate openness, honesty, directness, and an understanding of natural law. The world is your playground and your joy is in exploring it all! In Capricorn Cultivate responsibility, patience, perseverance and practicality. Your greatest joy will be derived from observing your progress through life and seeing it take a form and structure that will outlive

your human life span. Your gift is that you understand what it means to be the master of your own destiny. Your life's purpose and work is in high focus and nothing will deter you from manifesting what you know to be possible. In Aquarius Cultivate objectivity, originality, and humanitarianism. Your gift is your unconventionality and ability to understand that difference is neutral. For you, one thing doesn't have to be better or worse than another. You are not bound by expectation, social taboos or the predictable. Your joy is in the truth that anything is possible. Rejoice in your 'difference' and any seemingly off-thewall desires and ideas for these will lead to the realization of your dreams. In Pisces You know what it means to be in the flow of the universe. Your gift is the ability to transcend the finite. You are naturally attuned to the cosmos and there is no greater joy than sensing the eternal oneness of All. Cultivate compassion, faith, and your imagination and experience the joy of rowing gently, gently, gently down the stream of life. Part of Fortune in the Houses 1st House Your joy will come from trusting in your own unique approach to life and acting independently. Cultivate self-sufficiency and the ability to focus your energy like an arrow toward its target and don't allow anything to distract your aim. Avoid the web of the superficial. Your ultimate fortune is in the discovery of all that comprises your self. 2nd House Your joy will come from manifesting what it is you truly value. But first you will have to discover what that is. You will know it because it will be that which abides, unaffected by the changing tides of life. You can be very fortunate materially and in endeavors which are founded in your sincere values. Cultivate a strong sense of what is meaningful and of value to you and discover your hidden talents and skills. 3rd House Your joy is in communication and just being with people. You are gifted with the ability to think clearly and to make communication a work of art. You may be a gifted teacher. Cultivate nonjudgement, Higher awareness, and patience. Learn to wait for that special moment which makes real communication possible. 4th House Your greatest joy will come from nourishing beginnings. You understand the need to nourish the seeds to fruition and derive great satisfaction from doing so. Cultivate a strong inner foundation from which you can give birth to all your creative endeavors. You'll always find delight in those first steps. Your fortune can come from a parent, heritage, or ancestors or it may rest in the fulfillment that is derived from being in touch with the roots of the soul. 5th House Your joy is in your personal creations--all that is created is an outgrowth of your awareness of self. Your gift is the ability to manifest your dreams. You've heard the saying, be careful what you wish for? It applies to you. Cultivate all forms of creative self-expression. Don't talk about it, DO it. Your fortune will come from putting your energy into that which makes your heart dance. 6th House Your joy is derived from the efficient use of your time and energy. You are not one to procrastinate or to ignore or neglect seeing to the details of everyday life. You're happiest when

everything is in order: the bills are paid on time, the garbage is taken out, and the dishes are clean. Your gift is your ability to organize. Cultivate discrimination and your service-oriented nature. You may experience fortune in finding meaningful work or experiencing good physical health throughout your life. 7th House Your greatest joy comes from the committed relationships or partnerships you form with others. Your fortune is in unity. You have the gift of putting others in touch with their own sense of wellbeing and happiness. You are sensitive to the needs of others and have an innate sense of winwin diplomacy. Cultivate a union of self and gift this world with that harmony. It is those people with whom you form committed relationships that will either highlight your path to fortune for you or bring your fortune to you. 8th House Your greatest joy comes from rebirth. You experience joy each time you release that which is no longer of value, usefulness, or meaning to you. Cultivate openness to others and encourage others to share their deepest selves with you by sharing your deepest self with them. You understand what it means to be the Phoenix--and that death is just one experience within the cycle leading to rebirth. 9th House Your joy is derived from the discovery of truth. Your understanding of the world embraces that beyond mundane life. You enjoy philosophical discussions and are a perpetual student of life. Cultivate tolerance and an openness to all ways of viewing the world. You are a natural teacher who understands that one is simulaneously teacher and student. Your fortune may be derived in your travels or in embracing that which was once foreign to you. 10th House Your joy is derived from your indomitable integrity of being and your tenacious refusal to be sidestepped from your goals. You see reality for what it is and live your life as if reality were as you know it ought to be. Cultivate sensitivity, playfulness, and acceptance. Your fortune will be derived from the respect you earn for walking your talk and being the beacon for those who climb the mountain behind you. 11th House Your joy is derived from your friendships. You understand what it means to be a true friend. You know that friendship forms the basis of all meaningful relationships. That is, a relating rooted in honesty and trust and the understanding that people come together to celebrate their personal and mutual becoming. A true friend assists us in finding our wings. Cultivate openness to the unconventional and unique. Your fortune is in the realization that freedom is not an illusion: it is our birthright. 12th House Your joy is derived from a loving relationship with your inner self and sense of unity with All. You need periods of solitude and a sanctuary you can call your own. Periods of solitude or meditation sustain your ability to function in the 'everyday world' while staying aligned with the flow of the All. You are able to see clearly the separate parts without losing sight of the whole. Cultivate compassion and forgiveness. Your great fortune is in the realization that wherever you are, you are always home. Other Articles: Mercury Retrograde | Locational Astrology | Nodes of the Moon

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