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The study of fortune and destiny in the chart has been recovered from
the works of Vettius Valens. In this study we consult the second century astrologer to return to an astrology not known since his time.
This will force three major traumas upon us as astrologers:
Hard Hit #1
First, we are working within a deterministic system wherein we are seeking to be privy to the inscrutable workings of Fate. At first blush we
modern thinkers may protest such a domination of symbol over lifestyle, and may wish to reject this idea as insufficiently allowing us to
properly assign "Free Will" to our ego nature. Ironically, this system is useful for also pointing out how the Ego can prevent a more
fortunate fate from occurring. In other words, the system of these five additional, calculated "lots" creates an astrological universe of its
own. It reveals a hidden aspect of the chart, our own role in it, and what indicators we must follow in order to fulfill our destiny. Finding
this spot can be the "Aha!" moment for clients as well. But we must first subject our modern astrological stance to three traumas in order to
fully comprehend this perspective.
The modern astrologers' problem with determinism revolves around adding man and his ability to choose into the cosmic equation, which
includes unforeseen events and their impact. All of the twists and turns in the story of life are either predetermined or up for grabs. I say
fate and free-will can peacefully coexist, but we must also equal in the Law of Karma. Karma, the sanskrit word for action, not only
includes the grand and all encompassing but also the mundane and every day. By understanding primarily that the planets are the
instruments of fate, the astrologer can witness and make known each native's karmic "lot" or portion.
The Lot of Fortune is the first key to revealing the native's hidden universe of apportionment, or, more simply stated, the native's lot in life.
Hard Hit #2
The second trauma is to our charts (etched forever in our brains as "My chart!") is the trauma of disfigurement when (for example) our 10th
house stellium becomes a 9th house stellium due to the positional adjustments that happen when using a whole sign chart.
Where once our identities were perfectly secure in the comfort of our personal mandala, we are now forced to adjust to a new whole sign
format that initially makes no sense to those of us who know what we know about astrology. We will use no house cusps, no degrees and
will usually only speak of aspects in relation to the planets that rule the 6 places. There are many discrepancies that show up as a result of
forcing ourselves to view this most familiar of all the charts (ours) through the lens of the second century astrologer. The benefit of allowing
the Deterministic View and the Whole Sign House System to permeate our learning will be to provide us with our Bearings: the True North
of any chart. We may find hidden talents or indicators which, by following them, eventually or actually produce the events of Destiny. We
may find our previous feeling of purpose not related to our Fortune. In the chart, a hidden point may in fact be well-configured, but
because it is hidden from view, it is not discussed: it has become Unconscious. Thus we have a duty as astrologers to live our own
Destinies, and show clients how it is done.
Hard Hit #3
Lastly, because we are losing reference to the exact degrees and working exclusively with whole signs, we must move out of the round
wheel, to become comfortable with the square East Indian chart.
The Five Pillars of Destiny: 1. Your Place of BASIS
This approach as represented by Vettius Valens leads us, initially, to various charts in search of money, fame, position and power.
However, the attainment of these things is just the beginning. The "one-hit-wonder" in the music industry usually has to wait at least 20
years for the retro movement to provide him with royalty checks again; 20 years he may not live to see. Of vital importance is the ability to
"stay at the top" and sustain fortune via good mental and physical health and a solid financial foundation. For example, compare the how
or why someone like Judy Garland, who attained the very pinnacle of fame, became financially destitute and drug-addled, dying a
squalid, premature death, while someone else, like Mae West, also attained the pinnacle of fame yet sailed unharmed by self-destruction
into her autumn and winter years as one of the richest women in America, resting on her laurels and ending her life contentedly at age 89.
The Lot of Basis represents the native's ability to produce and/or sustain the apportionment of fortune allotted to the native. It is also the
main motivational foundation of the Lot of Spirit, and thus is the basis on which the native chooses his/her path of action. Spirit and Basis
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must always be used in conjunction. By observing the intersection of these two pillars we can get a very clear picture of why Judy Garland's
actions in relation to her career were led by self destruction and Mae West's by self preservation.
How long can fortune hold?
Many a millionaire made by the lottery have also lost their fortunes and returned to or worsened their previous situation. Bonatti described
The Place of Basis as "the fiduciae ascendantae," meaning roughly "the faith in or confidence of the ascendant."By naming it so, it begs the
important question: How much faith can one have in fortune? Any gambler will tell you, "None." How solid is the (emotional, physical or
financial) vehicle? Does anything threaten the well-being of the Vehicle from within or without? On what BASIS shall the native choose a
path of action to success? The Place of Basis may be illusive, establishing whether or not the native can hold up under the full weight of
his fate.
In the chart of Elizabeth II, the lot of Basis is in Gemini in the 6th place of servants and servitude. The ruler, Mercury is in the 4th house of
ancestral bearing. Her ancestral heritage being the Basis of her position in life makes Elizabeth II a servant to the Crown and to her
ancestral obligation. (see p. 10)
Mae West had a long, circuitous journey to "American Icon" status. She experienced equivocal success as a Vaudevillian of the "low and
raunchy" type and in Broadway during the 1910s. In the '20s West's fortune started changing for the better shortly after she began writing
and starring in her own material, which led to scandal, notoriety and fame on the Broadway stage. (chart on p. 8)
The Lot of Basis occupies the sign of Virgo in the 5th place of "Good Fortune" with Mercury present. Mercury rules the tongue and
Mercury is with Saturn a cold, dry planet in Virgo a cold dry sign, indicative of her dry, understated delivery and deliberate languor in her
movement, in contrast to the other players.
Paulus Alexandrinas says of the Place of Basis, "It is like Breath. It is a contributing cause to one's ALL, it has governance over the Entirety."
Note that Paulus Alexandrinus uses the word "governance." Using this logic it becomes clear that Basis contributes to and governs all that
motivates decision,speech and action.
The Five Places of Destiny: 2. Place of EXALTATION
The exaltation indicates the level at which the native operates in society. This place and the position of its ruler are the primary indicators
of fame and exalted status in the chart. When auspiciously placed it indicates an important life, an historic figure or a household name.
The effectiveness of the place of Exaltation relies on the position of its ruler. The place of Exaltation can describe the area of life that will
exalt the native, but the ruler of the Exaltation must be well placed to reap the full benefits of notability and high status. If the ruler is not
well positioned, the full potency indicated by the place of Exaltation is prevented.
Since it is used specifically to delineate status, the Exaltation will not be used as extensively as the other 4 pillars within this system. When
the ruler of the exaltation is placed in such a way to indicate prominence, then the qualities and signs of that planet apply and can be
incorporated into the delineation of the chart, When the ruler does not indicate prominence, the place of exaltation and any planets on it
will indicate the area of life that exalts the native as per the status determined by the ruler.
The Place of Exaltation is also an indicator of the native's inherent talents.
The Five Places of Destiny: 3. Place of ACQUISITION
This place, the 11th whole sign from the lot of Fortune, represents financial and material acquisition. It indicates what we gain through our
actions and the measure of it. Planets in this place can indicate the nature of the substance acquired. Thus, an exalted Venus in the place
of acquisition could indicate fine jewels, a world class art collection and the most expensive haute-couture, Saturn in Capricorn could
represent vast land-holdings, Mercury in Virgo, rare and expensive documents and books. Planets in the Acquisition can also indicate how
we acquire our booty: Mars through robbery or sports, Saturn through government, farming or the corporate culture, Jupiter through law
or by nature of one's spiritual gifts, such as indian gurus who are supported by their disciples.
In Vedic Astrology, the 11th house has been the indicator of gain for the last three millennia, showing an important linkage of house
meaning between the Vedic Tradition and the early Hellenistic tradition. The 11th house is called Upachaya (Sanskrit -meaning "growing").
Upachaya houses grow and improve with time.
The natal 11th has historically been considered one of the most fortunate houses of the chart. Some in the Hellenistic era even considered
it better than the tenth house, as planets inhabiting this pinnacle represented by the midheaven can only progress in one direction via
diurnal motion: Down.
The Vedic tradition makes a distinction between the 2nd house, representing our "moveable assets" and belongings, or that which we own
(excepting land or homes, which are immoveable assets). The 11th house represents "how we gain what we have and how much of it will
be gained."
The place of Acquisition is specifically related to this concept of gain whereas the radical 11th is called "Good Spirit", confirming the
highly positive nature of this house. Valens makes a very specific distinction between the "accumulating pile of goods" represented by the
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Acquisition and "the spirit of beneficial patronage" that is represented by the "Good Spirit". Of course, the role played by a benevolent
patron or "guardian angel" can be a contributing factor to personal and material gain.
Just think of Cinderella and her Fairy GodMother.
The Five Places of Destiny: 4. LOT of FORTUNE
The Lot of Fortune is the gateway to this system of delineation. Fortune operates as an ascendant, becoming the "new east" and providing
an invisible second chart, placed upon the first, having all the houses related to it, as if it were a new chart. All of the angular, succedent
and cadent houses from the Lot of Fortune have the same potency and meaning as their radical counterparts.
From Valens: "In another manner, when you have come to know the place allotted for Fortune, also consider the squares to it and the
remaining figures to be, as it were, upon the genethlialogical pivot points. That is, the Lot itself will possess the power of the Horoskopos
(Ascendant), that of life; the tenth zoidion(zodiac sign) from this, the power of the Midheaven, that of reputation; the 7th, the power of the
Descendant; the 4th, of the subterraneous zoidion, and the remaining places will possess the power of the 12 regions. For some have
mystically established the universal Horoskopos and its squares to be the cosmic pivot points, but the Lot and its squares to be the
genethlialogical pivot points."
Genethlialogy is defined by Nicholas Devore in his Encyclopedia of Astrology as "that department of Astrology which deals with the birth of
individuals whereby one forms a judgment of the characteristics of a person from a map of the heavens cast for his given birth moment."
Valens clearly believed that delineation derived from the Lot of Fortune (as the ascendant) more relevant than the radical ascendant to
judge the characteristics of a person. Fortune, like the Horoskopos (ascendant), represents our physical body, health and inclination. It
also points to the kind of work we do.
The Five Places of Destiny: 5. LOT of SPIRIT
Spirit is the animating and directive force behind existence. If the Lot of Fortune, by virtue of its correspondence with the ascendant, can be
used to represent the body, then the Lot of Spirit would represent the directive and animating force inhabiting that body. Since Fortune
also connotes unforeseen accidents (events) that affect our well-being, whether for ill or good, then Spirit can be seen as the actor of the
cosmic drama who must adjust to the circumstances thrown at him by the fates.
The Lot of Spirit and its ruler represents the vitality and passion (or lack thereof) with which the native acts upon the world.
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Lot of Fortune
Lot of Spirit
Place of
Place of
Place of
Place of previous
new or full moon
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This line of thinking originates from Robert Schmidt’s article, Facets of Fate, which along with
the work by Vettius Valens, informs my work.
I came to astrology in 1992, having held a long interest in oracles. I have been reading tarot
since 1989, and have studied with an author of tarot books (Eileen Connoly).
In 1996 out of a conversation with a fellow astrologer also fascinated by classical astrology, I
came to discover the work of second century astrologer Vettius Valens, entitled “The Anthology.”
I’ve always been attracted to Vedic astrology, where you are introduced to whole sign systems.
This second century signs-based view has sharpened my own: It was with the whole-sign system
that some unusual hidden patterns emerged, and I discovered that these concepts really worked,
having applied them to many charts. This forgotten style of astrology produced a far more
visceral connection between the symbol and the narrative of every client: It is written.
The second century world view of the ancient Greek practitioner was based upon the concept of
fate. In this study, we hone the tools used at that time to find the indicators of fate and
fortune. The ancient astrologer was interested in gleaning out a fate, a path upon which a
person’s life narrative would unfold. He was paid by kings to discover what had the three Moirae
had allotted to their little prince, therefore making this practice balance on a concept of
We also deal with the Five Pillars, locations or places that have great importance in discussing
fate and fortune. Armed with the Lots and Pillars of the ancients we also enter a challenging
shift in the view of houses, one which places even our precious own charts into a jeopardy until
we locate the fate lines of our own narrative and there discover: It is written.
Modern astrological practice has been based complex techniques but with Valens we find instead a
simpler, perhaps more “rude” (for their dramatic departure from complexity) tools or techniques
that do reveal such narratives as if they were written.
There an actual and palpable connect when seeking a young woman’s question, ”When will I marry?”
we can make a postulate or draw a relationship, even arrive at certain timing of such a matter
in her life; and it can be given quickly. So much so, that we can “take it to the bank” and a
wedding date can be set far into the future where the bride finally appears in the chart. We can
give hope to our clients.
Early astrologers were powerful and made history. They had the status of
“seconds” to powerful people. What was their secret? The later astrologers,
Lilly, Al Kindi, Nostradamus? *Dropped the infallible aphorisms of earlier
times, forgetting how to find fate and fortune in a person’s chart. Thank the
gods But Vettius Valens wrote it down.. The first and second century
astrologers had the secret of the fates, how to find fortune, and how to
understand lesser fortune and even the evil mess we make of life sometimes.
Vettius Valens, like others of his era, confidently predicted fame, fortune and
riches. Now, a modern astrologer may attempt and succeed using his technique.
Indeed, “It is written.”
THE FATES: The Three Moirae
Hellenistic astrology is ruled by a concept of fate, Moira is the term for the
goddess that was originally one goddess of fate and which later became the
three Moirae, the three fates. We can define fate as a cosmic principle of
“binding apportionment.”
Moira and fate are the cosmic principles of binding apportionment.
Within the word apportionment there’s “portion,” and binding is the concept of
bound, or committed by, as you are bound to it: it is something you have to
carry with you, a portion you must carry, like a contractual agreement that
carry in a particular amount. There seemed to be two types of charts: charts that have a destiny
and charts that pursue a fortune. The president’s chart has a destiny, his chart is not that of
a “fortune pursuer.”
You and I pursue fortunes. We all have a destiny as well, but destiny is not what defines our
lives. Certainly in the public realm, or over large amounts of people. I don’t know about the
rest of you, but certainly not me. That’s not what defines our lives, whereas this is one of
those charts that does that. And it’s maybe to our detriment or not, but it’s been given. Who
are we to judge who gets to be rich or not? Obviously something else is deciding who gets what.
The three Moirae are in charge of who gets the allotments. Because it’s not always people who
deserve to be allotted, that are getting it. And that’s something that, if we’ve lived long
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enough, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to see
When we take apart the roles of the three fates, the three Moirae, they are the personification
of the “inescapable destiny of man.”
This reconfirms this binding aspect to our portion. To digress briefly, obviously, when dealing
with this kind of astrology and these kinds of techniques, we must discuss the concept of fate:
Is there fate or is free will determining the turns in life? Are we humans living in a
deterministic system, or are we with the “free will” system?
How are we balancing this? You have plenty of experience with free will systems. Most astrology
as it is practiced right now is all about free will systems; we also know how accurate, or not-
so-accurate it can be. For this work, we must examine the deterministic system. I’m not going to
equivocate about either point of view. I’m not going to say “We all have the free will,” or,
“This is absolutely destined.” What we’re going to work with is a way to perceive a person’s
destiny and to look at what it “fated” for that person: Let’s see if we can work within this
deterministic framework.
THE Moirae
The first deity’s name is Clotho. That’s the etymological root of the words, “clothing” and
“cloth.” She’s the Spinner. This is the story of the three ladies and what they do, and how
inherent in their mythology is the image of the Spinning Wheel. That is their magic object and
each of them has a specific relationship to the thread of life, as it is called by the Greeks.
The thread of life is being spun by Clotho the Spinner who spins the thread of life.
Lachises is “The Aportioner:” she measures the thread of life.
Atroples is called the inevitable and she cuts the thread.
Within the Greek pantheon, the Fates are spoken of mostly in the concept of man’s length of life
and how the Fates determine it. To expand that concept into this idea of each region of our
life; we can look at marriage as an example. As the Fates, apportion and work within our married
life the Fates work, a marriage thread is spun out by Clothos, and apportioned out by Lachaise,
and then terminated, or cut by Atroples.
Everyone has their marriage karma. We can take money region of life, and also find everyone has
different money karma, all spun out, apportioned, and finally, cut off. Often it’s cut off with
death, but in the case of Donald Trump we find many instances of “fates” cut off as his destiny
unfolded from “failure” to fantastic wealth. He started out with very little, made lots and lots
of money, and then lost almost everything, only to then start over from scratch. We can examine
these “cut offs” and wonder, “Maybe this is part of the apportionment, maybe this is part of
what’s being cut off?” These are all things that we’re going to examine, to try to decipher by
using the techniques that I am about to present.
So, we’ve got the concept of the Moira, and the story of fate, of fate being defined as, “What
is our portion?” Fate is our portion, or to use the Greek root word, our “lot.”
What is our lot? We use the word colloquially: “Oh, it’s just my lot.” “It’s my lot in life.”
This is the concept of fate as given by the three Moirae, the lot to which we are bound.
Let’s bring it now into fate and fortune. Fortune and fate are really intertwined, almost within
the same definition. A person’s fortune is dictated by fate. Robert Schmidt confirms it also,
saying that the planets are the instruments of Moira. There are the vastly powerful Olympian
gods, but even they (the gods) are scared of the three fates.
Even the Gods. As a matter of fact, Neptune, who is considered ubiquitous, is singular in that
he is the only one who considers himself exempt, he says he is not subject to the three fates.
But the Olympian Gods were subject to the fates.
This concept of fate was really quite pervasive, within the world-view of this Hellenistic time
period. Vettius Valens was writing in the second century, so you can imagine that era to have
been dominated by a highly deterministic world view. For the purposes of this study, we we are
also adopting this view, in contrast to the astrology we have known for the last 200 years. For
this study, we shall apply ourselves to learning about how fate works itself out and how the
chart can show this very turning.
Our modern astrological focus had been on the Mark Edmund Jones ‘character is destiny’ way of
looking at things. And probably that’s one of the wisest things Mark Edmund Jones ever said. And
we can show how character is destiny through this particular technique. Mark Edmund Jones was
trying to get away from the deterministic and took a more psychological direction, taking in the
interior of the person. He talked more about who the person has become, perhaps (like many
before him) out of the constraint of arrest for “fortune telling.” And Mark Edmund Jones
purported to change that around.
We have all the psychological knowledge, we have Freud and Jung. We haven’t really been looking
at how the chart can show us the fate, or the portion that we must bear in each part of our
life, which brings up the question: “Who is fortunate?”
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As a waiter, I have been around lots of wealthy people. In another similar experience I worked
in a gym. This particular gym was upscale, like a $1200 monthly membership--high class. All the
members received an evaluation and were set up with a special trainer. It was their
questionnaire that was memorable. One of the questions was: “How would you rate your support
system? Would you say you have a strong support system?”
I thought for myself, “Absolutely yes, I’ve got a fantastic support system.” I couldn’t even
believe that it was a question. And then I asked the resident expert, “Does anyone ever say,
She responded by explaining that a majority of the people declared for themselves a sorry
support system.
So then followed the question again: “Who is fortunate?”
Was it me, the poor guy working for eleven dollars an hour at the front desk, handing out
towels, being available at these people’s disposal, then going home to a fabulous support
system? Or, was it the really wealthy people who may use their fortune at their whim and
disposal but for whom, they themselves feel no fortune in the way that I do?
I’m clearly the more fortunate. They seem more fortunate than I am
in the money way, but I am more fortunate than they in the “good
will towards (or from) men” department of life. That was an
instructive moment.
It can be instructive for us therefore to partition life into
“regions of fortune:” good health is yet another type of fortune.
I lived in Thailand for several years where one of my best friends
was a woman whose husband had died of cancer. They were wealthy,
lived well in Los Angeles, but he had contracted cancer, suffered
a long and difficult battle, moved to Thailand so that their money
could stretch further. Six years later she was a widow with nothing. She had no money. She had a
very fortunate, loving, wonderful marriage and then all of a sudden, she was left with nothing.
So, here we have these twists of fate, the turns of the Wheel of Fortune. You know from all such
stories how the wheel of fortune can turn on us: It turns and bring us harvest, it turns again
and abandons us to deserted barrenness. This is the crucial concept, with this technique we can
pick apart some of these FATES, the story lines which are governed by the Moirae. With the
examination of the fates from the deterministic point of view, we can readily say, “Oh yes, here
we can see that the person is going to be very famous but have no money.” As astrologers we can
point to the destiny to say “This person is going to have lots and lots of money but never get
So, what is good fortune? Who is a person that is fortunate, and can astrology predict it? The
answer: Yes, it can.
I’ve been scratching out this thing a little bit at a time and have never really become involved
with any of the Hellenistic groups conferring to the teacher Robert Schmidt the leader and
trail-blazer in this area of thought. My work has resulted from isolation, and I’ve come into
this material from study alone, motivated by my fascination for the discovery of how these
things work.
As I was reading a Vedic astrology book, I realized for the first time that there were three
Vedic astrology chart types. I knew about the North and South Indian chart types, they’re very
different from each other, but I didn’t know there was such a thing as the East Indian chart.
All this time, in the past eight or ten years I’ve been using an East Indian chart without
knowing it.
The East Indian chart looks like a tic-tac-toe board, with lines cut through the corners to
create the twelve houses. With Vedic astrology, there are certain charts where the Ascendant
doesn’t move, and there are certain charts where the Ascendant does move. There’s been
discussions about whether Vedic astrology originated from the Greek, and in talking to a good
friend who lives in India, I learned that there were Greeks who lived in India during the
Alexandrian time period which of course would be right around the time that we’re talking about,
the second century, and there was a way that these astrological traditions might blend.
I’m not going to say that western astrology is the father of its Hindu counterpart, but I will
say that they were historically blended. The East Indian chart is one of those charts where the
signs don’t change. And in the originating chart, a world chart, the Ascendant position is in
the sign of the Summer Solstice: Cancer. Cancer was also considered by the Greeks to be the
world’s Ascendant (Mother Earth?). This is a small bit of understanding about the connection
between the Greeks and the Indians. Using an East Indian Chart we will be using whole sign
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There’s all the anxiety that goes around with working with cusps and which cusps we use and why
I don’t use that one, etc etc. You will never see a Western astrologer dissemble more quickly
than if you asked them to refer to whole signs in their practice. For reasons of habit, they
just can’t handle it. But we are taking the whole sign concept as our first underpinning. It
will mean that our preferred and most wonderful angular planet may now be newly positioned in
places of lesser strengths, cadent. Example: Let’s say you’ve got this fabulous Venus in Pisces
in the Eleventh House. However, we may have an Aries rising chart. By respecting the whole sign
concept, this would mean your Venus in Pisces is actually in the Twelfth place.
I’ve seen a lot of Internet discussion posts and questions where people have said, you know, I’m
working with this whole sign thing and I really can’t see how it applies to me. And it’s because
they’re missing this ingredient.
We must accept a certain “tough love” on two points:
1) this is a deterministic system: (deal with it).
2) We’re using whole sign charts: (again, deal with it).
These calculated degrees are not “Arabic parts,” The Greeks called all the degrees “lots,” not
parts. They were notches in the circle, but were named “parts” during the Middle Ages when the
Arabs and the Persians had the helm of astrology. These astrologers mathematicized astrology,
systematized it, and changed these around. So technically a part, is derived as a part of this
The Greeks didn’t call them parts, deriving as they were from imaginary or calculated “notches”
(on the circle) from taking the distance between two planets or two points, two existing places
on the wheel, but called them lots. As we are adopting the values and methods of the second
century for the purposes of this discussion, we too shall call them lots.
What is Fate? Fate is the lot to which you are bound. We commonly hear, “It’s my lot in life.”
“You know how it is, it’s just my lot in life to be a mother.” or,
“My lot in life is to wash dishes.” Many variations arise with a sigh for one’s Lot in Life.
But, this is an actual derivative from Astrology.
What is a lot? The noun form of lot holds that a lot is space that can contain something. “Put
it over in this empty lot.” The lot is empty? Not for long. It will hold something soon. Let’s
look at these positions as lots, not as parts.* These are not mere mathematical summations, but
sensitive places that may have an empty lot that reveals that container which will carry or hold
Astrologers have long known about the Part of Fortune. However, some
may or may not be aware that the Part of Fortune, historically, was
always calculated in reverse for night time births. This is commonly
known to those who practice Horary.
That’s our first Lot: the Fortune. The second is the Lot of Spirit.
The third lot is not technically a lot.* This one might really be a
part, because it is created by counting and is called “Acquisition.”
The fourth has a similar background, called “Exaltation”. The fifth
is called the Lot of Basis and I actually call it “The Basis.”
There is a sixth one we can use, but infrequently. Actually if we
ever explore the subject of death and on finding death in a chart, we would use it more: that
sixth Lot is the location of the previous new or full moon (previous to the chart or birth).
Those are our instruments, and these Lots are going to tell us how the story of life works out,
they are going to excavate this concept of Fate and Fortune. They’re going to throw the light on
it, and define for us the nature of Fortune.
To calculate the Part of Fortune we must proceed from the planet that we’re dealing with to the
other planet that we’re dealing with and figure out their differences in degrees.
In Napoleon’s chart there’s a thirteen-degree Leo sun and the Moon at twenty nine degree
Capricorn. To find the Lot of Fortune in this chart, we would go from The Sun to the moon by
day, that means we would begin a formula from the 13
degree of Leo and count to the twenty
ninth degree in Capricorn, a number that would take us a hundred and fifty degrees plus six.
Then we would add that amount of a hundred and fifty-six degrees to the Ascendant. We’ll do the
correct chart. From eight degrees of Scorpio, we would go 150 degrees from that which is 8
degrees of Aries and then six which would bring us to Aries’ fourteenth degree.
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So that is the Part of Fortune in this man’s chart. Napoleon’s is a good chart for the examples
we want to use. By night time you would go from the moon to The Sun.
Napoleon’s chart is a day chart, but in this particular*** case we’re going to pretend it’s not.
By nighttime it would be from the moon to The Sun. The Part of Spirit is taken in the opposite
fashion compared to the Part of Fortune. From the moon to The Sun, and by night time, from The
Sun to the moon. So, the exact opposite from the Part
of Fortune. Part of Fortune is from The Sun to the
moon by day and from the moon to The Sun by night.
Part of Spirit is moon to The Sun by day and sun to
the moon by night. So if we want to find the Part of
Spirit in Napoleon’s chart here, if he were a
nighttime chart. Here, Maywest, a nighttime chart.
We’ve got The Sun at 26 degrees of Leo and the moon
at 2 degrees of Cancer. We’re looking for the Spirit,
it’s a night time chart, so we’re going to go from
The Sun to the moon. Which takes us backwards 30 plus
another 23, we do the same thing from 20 degree
Taurus, which takes us back 30, which is Aries, and
another three, which sums up to be 20 degrees of
Aries. *no that’s not right. There’s got to be
something missing, because if you are on a list, or
you’ve dealt with the Part of Fortune yourself, you
think, “Okay so there’s this Part of Fortune thing, but it’s never really shown up in my life. I
can’t really detect why, or how it really works.”
That’s because there’s a piece missing. And the piece that’s missing is what Valens teaches in
his manuscript*(we must give credit to author/publisher).
“In another manner, if you have come to know the place allotted for fortune, also consider the
squares to it, and the remaining figures to be, as it were, upon the geneth lyological* pinnacle
points (?), and we’re going to come back to that word: geneth lyological. (This word is a
detour, not a point. Can we get there without this word?)
“That is that the lot itself will possess the power of the Ascendant, that is what symbolizes
the life itself. The tenth zoidia from this (they call them zoidias, not signs) the power of the
midheaven, that of reputation, the seventh, the power of the descendant, the fourth of the
subterranean zoidia, and the remaining places will possess the power of the twelve regions.”
“For some have mystically established the universal Ascendant and its squares to be the cosmic
pivot points. But the lot, and its squares to be the geneth lyological* pivot points.”
Now that’s a very important statement, because what he says is that the natal chart as you’re
looking at it is not specific to you. What he is saying is that the universal Ascendant*, which
for me would be Sagittarius, shows to what extent the hermetic adage, “As above, so below,” is
true. It shows it to a certain extent. But if you want to get geneth lyological, which basically
means specific to the birth, specific to the genesis, to the beginning, specific to that person,
than you want to look at the chart from the Part of Fortune as an Ascendant.
The noteworthy implications here constitutes the reason that so little is
known on how to use the Part of Fortune. Our second century predecessors
provide that The Part of Fortune is an alternate Ascendant. More
accurately. they would think of it as the primary Ascendant.
Vedic astrology and this Hellenistic system are obviously related to each
other because Vedic astrology has been using derivative houses since time
immemorial, and we now follow this lead. The next step on how we want to
really understand and to find out what’s going on with the person’s fate,
we must become comfortable with the concept of derivative houses. As a
medieval or renaissance-style astrologer, if one wanted to know about their
brother or their sister, and you were looking at their natal chart, you
would look at the third house, and that would become the Ascendant of the
brother. So that’s one aspect of derivative houses. But here we use
derivative houses with your own chart.
Not only do you look at your Ascendant, but also interpret your Part of
Fortune as an Ascendant and read the chart from that direction. Hindu
astrologers have long been practicing this technique. When you look at a
Vedic chart, you look at the Ascendant. You may also inquire of three different takes on the
same the chart: 1) looking from the Ascendant as the first house, 2) looking from The Sun as the
first house, and 3) looking from the moon as the first house. As a Vedic Astrologer, you must
always look at the chart in those three ways. Really the two ways, from the Ascendant and the
moon. Using the moon’s sign and house as the first house, and the Ascendant as the first house.
All three reveal different new hints and provide accurate predictions.
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For instance, I have Sagittarius rising with the moon in the fifth. For the lunar chart, we use
(in my case) the fifth house as the first house. We would read the chart with Sagittarius rising
with the moon in the fifth, and then we would read the chart with the moon in the first (Moon in
this case is in Aries) and by turning the chart, we read a new Ascendant from the location of
the Moon. That’s basically a derivative-style house readings with our own charts, witnessing our
own lives. So at the moment we are not using derivative houses to find out about someone else,
as usual, or taking in only some part of my life.
**We usually go, okay, well, I want to know about my husband. And then we go to the seventh
house. And we deal with what my marriage life is going to look like, with the
house, or
tell me about my husband and we can look at the Ascendant for that. We’re not doing that. We’re
doing it for just you right now. What I’m basically saying is that there is a whole other layer
of reading that this provides us and that tells us specifically what the nature of that person
is going to be. So that’s the Part of Fortune. **
The next is the Lot of Spirit. With the fortune I got it down, but the Lot of Spirit was more
elusive, and of course it should be, right?
What I realized is that if the Part of Fortune stands for yet another Ascendant, and represents
the body or vessel, then the lot of the daimon, The Spirit, represents something symbolizing a
new entity, something we have not considered in modern astrology: We have something in the chart
that represents a personifying and enlivening force.
We take the body and vehicle and know that it has its own possible inclinations. Bit then we
also have The Spirit which enlivens this body and creates a personification, one which we could
probably call “behavior” or “intention.” The “intention” which defines the Part of Spirit
formulates a guiding image of ourselves. The Part of Spirit provides the human reaction to the
gods, describes it by sign and house. The Part of Spirit defines our style of being moved
towards our decisions and choices, our actions. Valens said, “Whence the Lot of Fortune and the
Spirit, will have much power over the imposing and turning back of actions. For one shows
matters concerning the body and handicrafts, The Spirit and its ruler (govern) matters
concerning the soul, intellect and actions through discourse and through giving and receiving.”
It it through the contact of our Fellow Man that we understand the Animal that we are. What
style of contact will that be? How will a person choose or decide? These factors may play
against the fates as the “human cudgel against the gods,” but the fates must never be forgotten
or underestimated: The human narrative derives its action, style and social magnitude from the
Each Lot provides a kind of script, a lens through which an important feature of Fate will be
perceived. The Lots are a “place,” much like the word implies, and each launches a discussion of
a peculiarity about Fate. How do we gain wealth? Fame? Happiness? Love and devotion? These are
the questions of Fate, and each horoscope details its inexorable inner workings, providing a
summary of Fate if we could only but read what is written.
One of the things that’s known about the Lots of Spirit and Fortune is that the Lot of Fortune
is the “Lot of the Moon,” and considered the Part of the Moon, while the Lot of the Spirit is
considered the “Part of The Sun,” or the Lot of The Sun. To the Sun is attributed “the cause of
action and motion;” he, according to Valens, “Arouses the souls of men for undertaking.”
The distinction of difference between Fortune and Spirit is that Fortune, being that it is like
an Ascendant, is going to show us precisely where we *put our life and if that’s (The Sun, as
ruler of this part?*) well-placed, we can readily say, “Yes, this fortune may be pretty good.”
Take Spirit, which represents “That vivifying force that arouses man towards action.” Here we
must note that inherent thing within us – the Spirit– which cannot be seen. The soul is also
called, “Anima.” Note that the word “animate” is contained in “anima.” We make the distinction
here that the Spirit is that which animates the body and creates a sense of personification and
identification. So, we can identify the person by their Part of Spirit by noting the nature of
this person, how they will “be.”
It is the closest attribute to something psychological that we can find in this system. Spirit
is kind of a summation, the lot itself and that planet, and whatever it’s constellated with,
tells you what that person is going to be like. So, you might have a Part of Fortune that’s in
Libra, and maybe Venus is the same sign. So we could say, “Okay, this person is artistic or
musical.” And then the Part of Spirit might be in Gemini (ruled by Mercury) and we find Mercury
is there (in Libra) with Venus too. So we know that the person’s internal nature is working with
what the inclination of the chart might say about artistic inclination (Venus) and the animating
principle, Mercury to go in the same direction (they share the same sign).
Adolph Hitler and Charlie Chaplin both born close to each others’ dates make a fascinating
comparison: One has Part of Fortune in Aries with The Sun conjoined it. Part of Fortune has an
exalted sun on it: This suggests a really famous person. The ruler of the fortune is with the
Spirit in Taurus. So we know that the life’s internal nature is going to have something which is
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artistic, or Venus-like. We’ve got The Sun on the exalted Part of Fortune, that’s fame, acclaim,
recognition and knowledge. And then Mars itself is also with Venus in Taurus who is, in turn,
the ruler of the Spirit. So we can say that this person is an artisan. Their artistic
contribution is what brings them fame. That’s Charlie Chaplin’s Ascendant. That’s Charlie
Chaplin’s Spirit/Fortune thing.
With Hitler, who was born just a few days later, Hitler’s Sun is located at the *end of Taurus
and beginning of Taurus, Chaplin’s at the end of Aries. With Hitler his Part of Fortune is in *
considered himself an artist, he was a vagrant in his later years. He may have had delusions of
grandeur regarding his skills as an artist. But really it looks like this person Hitler has more
to do than just be an artist, because Cancer contains the Lot of Fortune, so we must look to the
ruler of Cancer. Here, the moon is with Jupiter, by which cause brings the lunar qualities to
the forefront or enlarges them. The ruler of the Lot of Spirit is in Aquarius, and its ruler
Saturn is in Leo is opposing the Moon. So we get two very different destinies, even though their
charts don’t look so different from each other. The nature of astrology changes when we get into
this Fortune and Spirit stuff. Saturn’s motivations and behaviors as Spirit is not at all like
Venus or Taurus. The ruler of the Spirit in Charlie Chaplin’s chart is Venus in Taurus. And the
ruler of the Spirit in Hitler’s chart is Saturn in Leo. Different ethics. Different expressions
right? Night and day. Most of the similarities stop when you look at their natal charts, if
examined correctly, but when we really get down to this * geneth lyological position then we see
that we are really dealing with different people.
Let’s move on the Acquisition which is always found 11 houses away from the Fortune. Here is
another way in which Vedic astrology and this second century Hellenistic astrology are similar:
the Eleventh House in Vedic astrology is called the House of Gain. The 11
is also known as
“improvement over time.” It’s always been called the House of Gain. CHANGING BATTERY***what does
the change of battery mean?
(Belongs at intro:)
I was introducing you to the points that are going to be of interest to us as we enter this
technique. We previously had spoken about speaking about them as Lots as opposed to Parts and
there are five basic places that we’re looking at. The Lot of Fortune , the Lot of Spirit, the
Acquisition (which is technically not a lot), the Exaltation (also not
technically a lot), and the Lot of Basis – which is technically a Lot.
These are our tools. *We ended with my summation of the Part of Fortune
and the Part of Spirit in the (***we need to have this tape
transcribed) last mp3 that we just made.
Now we’re going to move on to the Acquisition. The Acquisition can be
found by counting 11 houses from the Part of Fortune. So if your Part
of Fortune is in Virgo your Acquisition will be in Cancer, counting
forward in the zodiac by 11 houses. (Or you can count backwards in the
zodiac by two houses.) With the Acquisition we see yet another
similarity between this Hellenistic style and Vedic astrology which is
to view the Eleventh House as a House of Gain. There is definite
evidence that we can see that same thing going into the medieval or
renaissance era of western astrology with the Eleventh House and Gain.
Indeed the Eleventh House represents the receiving of our wishes – our
goals as they come to fruition. It was also called the House of Hopes
and Wishes. I think another person calls it the house of Dreams Come
True. We have this concept of gaining something from it that we wanted,
and so sure enough here we have kind of specifically that the Eleventh
House is a House of Gain. This is coming from Vettius Valens in the
We have also found the 11
place from Fortune to be an acquisitive place, a bestower of
belongings and goods and especially when the benefics are upon it or testifying. So it is a
house of belongings or goods, of gain – of material gain as well. Here is one way we can discern
the difference between a person’s fate – whether they have an exalted fate – and a person’s
financial status, or material status. The Acquisition and the lord of the Acquisition are going
to give us that assessment and fill out the picture a little more. And so when we look at some
charts that are coming up and we see charts that show exalted fortune, but show bad money or
difficult financial situations, we will see that the Acquisition might not be in such a good
position even while the other tools (our pillars)* are in good position. That’s something to
which we will return. The Acquisition deals with belongings and goods and the kind of things
that the person acquires and may show the status in life to which the person attains.
Called the Exaltation, the fourth tool is perhaps more useful for figuring the future status of
the person and whether it is going to be particularly high, or not. Here we are considering the
exaltations of the Sun or the Moon. For the Sun, Aries exalts, and for the Moon, Taurus exalts.
The day chart uses the Sun for the calculation, and night charts conversely use the Moon, as it
is one of those daytime/nighttime change the formula type of things. Two steps to calculate: to
find the Exaltation by day count forward the number of signs separating the Sun from the sign of
its Exaltation. Example: Count from the Sun in Virgo to the sign of Aries. We want to count the
number of signs differ from Aries. It is six signs away from Aries. Thus we count backward the
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six signs: Virgo, Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Taurus, Aries. That would take us six signs backwards.
That’s step one. Step two: repeat for the Ascendant. Let’s say our Ascendant is Leo. Once again
the first step is by day. The first step is to figure out how many signs lay between The Sun and
the sign of Aries, Exaltation of The Sun. It could be going forwards. If it’s in Capricorn it’s
going forwards. If it’s in Virgo you’re going backwards. Once it passes Libra you start going
forwards until you get to Libra you go backwards. Let’s use The Sun in Capricorn. If The Sun is
in Capricorn you would count four away from Capricorn to get to Aries. Aquarius, Pisces, aries.
And that would give us four signs. You would do the same thing to your Leo rising. Leo, Virgo,
Libra, Scorpio. It would go to the fourth house. The exact same thing that you do to The Sun is
what you would do to the Ascendant. By night it’s also two signs, it’s how many signs is the
moon to Taurus. I’m a night chart, and my moon is in Aries, so I would have to go forward one
sign to get to Taurus. my Ascendant is Sagittarius, take it one sign forward to Capricorn. My
Exaltation is in Capricorn. That would be the way to do that.
Once again, by night we count all the signs from the moon to Taurus. By day we count the signs
to the Sun in Aries. And whatever number we would count from moon to the sign of Taurus, is the
same number and the same directions as we would count from the Ascendant. The Exaltation is
probably the one most telling of all of the tools, or “pillars” that we’ll use.
The Exaltation, basically, is what it sounds like. It distinguishes how “exalted” is the status
of the person. There are a set of rules that describe fame and fortune, based on all these
tools. Example: If you have the ruler of the Exaltation ten houses away from the Part of Fortune
that usually denotes fame. If you have the rule Exaltation in his own sign, that often denotes
some kind of important life. So if the ruler of the Exaltation were Saturn and it were Aquarius,
in the case of Mozart, and the Exaltation is Aquarius and Saturn is is his own territory.
If you find Exaltation at ten houses from the Part of Fortune, it can denote fame. If you find
it in it’s own house, or Exaltation, it usually denotes an important life, a life that makes an
important contribution.
The fifth tool is the Lot of Basis. That one is found by taking the shortest arc between the
Part of Fortune and the Part of Spirit. That means that if your Part of Spirit is in Virgo and
your Part of Fortune is in Aries. You wouldn’t start counting from Fortune to Spirit, which is
210 degrees, you would count from Spirit to Fortune which totals around . You would go from
Aries to Virgo, not the opposite, by taking the smallest arc.
The Lot of Basis is the most elusive of the five. The lot of Basis establishes whether or not
the person, or the native, can produce or sustain the apportionment of fortune that has been
allotted. These words apportionment, allotted, these are words we’ve worked with. We should have
a good understanding of apportionment, that fate is a concept of apportionment. It’s a cosmic
principle of binding apportionment. You can see that there are very clear examples of people who
have exalted Fortunes but weak Basis’.
Judy Garland is a great example of that, our current president, George W. Bush is another great
example of that. Both of these people have classic indicators in the charts for high, exalted
status and fame, and both of them have indicators of a difficult Basis. The Basis is emotional,
physical, financial and material. It’s like a cornerstone of the entire person, to distinguish
how stable they are, the level of care they bring to what it is they do and names the decisions
they likely make. It’s a very interesting Lot.
Lot of Fortune , which is your other Ascendant, that’s the first one. We always reverse it at
night. The Lot of Spirit which animates the vehicle which arouses men to undertakings. The
Acquisition the goods and belongings that are acquired. The Exaltation, which tracks out the
level of the person’s status. The Basis, tells you whether the person can actually sustain the
level of status that they have been given. Those are our five pillars, our five tools. These are
the tools of this trade. Those are our excavating tools, because really it is kind of what we’re
doing, because we’re digging into this, creating a whole separate chart and a whole separate
chart association based on what astrologers were doing in the second century. One person may
have Venus in the Ascendant and we may say something about that. But let’s say the person has
Venus in the Ascendant with Saturn and Venus is the ruler of their Basis. All of a sudden that’s
going to bring up different things, that’s going to give us different inferences. We come to
this conclusion by taking the different names for the houses, or the different house
associations. Once again, for the resistances in modern astrological thinking, I am going to
bring up anxieties and change around the certain meanings that moderns have attached to the
We all may have beautiful charts, charts to which we may have become accustomed: take care to
avoid nursing a conceit! The usual point of view becomes altered once you turn them into this
whole sign standpoint; it may not be so beautiful as before. It actually may be more powerful
and strong. It makes life interesting at least!
The word “place,” is the more correct term for the location of the planets in the chart. The
same word used by the ancients was topos, which is the origin of the word “topic.” It represents
“place” as opposed to “house.” Our forebears would restrict the use of the term house to a
planet which was actually in its own sign. In “domicile,” or house. But otherwise, the houses
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are considered places, as they are topoi.
The good houses, the auspicious houses, the productive houses are: First house, the Eleventh
House, the 10
house, the
house, the
house – obviously all of the angles – and the 9
house. So 1, 11, 10, 7, 4, and 9. Those are your best houses. The 9th is “iffy” because even
though it gives high status it doesn’t always have the power to give it on it’s own. Status has
to be bestowed. Those are the houses you want to see the planets occupying.
The neutral-to-fair-middling ones are the 2
. The 5
is also a decent house up with 1, , 10, 7,
4 and 9. House 2 is okay, so is 3.
Your bad houses are 6, 8 and 12. These are our malefic houses. When the rulers are malefic they
create malefic affects. Is this starting to sound like a Vedic astrology class? Because that’s
exactly what they say in Vedic astrology. In Vedic astrology what they would say is that the
ruler, specifically of the 8
house creates a smear in whatever house they’re in. The rulers of
those houses smear whatever houses they’re in with the energy and identity of the house they
rule. It’s the same thing obviously when the ruler of the 10
is in the First, but that’s what
you want to have smeared all over. That’s like have your favorite model and a bottle of whipped
cream in front of you – smear away, right? But when it’s the ruler of the 6
and it is in your
First, watch again, what substance (6
house) are you smearing? It will be medicinal herbs, or
Vic’s Vapo-Rub! You’ll smear on the rubbing alcohol, not the skin of a lover. You smearing
medicated creams because you have sustained some injury, or have caught flu. It’s the smear of
, 8
or Twelfth that we have to caution against. If we get boon-swaggled and take for
granted because Venus is with Jupiter without also seeing that Jupiter is the ruler of the
Twelfth, we will miss the Bad Spirit, missing the message altogether.
(Insert chart)*
These house meanings are being explored as they come to us from the second century (see the
chart). The first house remains the same: the body – corpus *venius venganium (??) – the body
inclination. Second house we will call livelihood. Third house we will call Goddess, and it will
be the house that we will look to the mother for, as well as siblings, but also primarily the
place of The Mother.
The fourth house would be the usual things without the father, so that would be homes, cities,
lands, buildings, things underneath the ground, mysteries, secrets, detentions, death, the end
of life, and most importantly, how we are remembered after death.
The fifth house is good fortune but will drop the pleasure and romance-oriented aspects that
began to be associated with the fifth house much later in the medieval era. Good Fortune is as
good as walking down the street and finding a ten-dollar bill – that’s a fifth house good
The sixth house will be called bad fortune. Here’s another thing I want to be unequivocal about:
there are good houses, and there are houses that suck, and this distinction will hold even among
the positive-thinking, for when life throws lemons they are indeed yellow. Astrologers
equivocate with these houses at their own professional peril.
If Venus is in the first house, that might seem “beautiful,” that is until you realize Venus is
the ruler of the 6
or the ruler of the Twelfth, or the ruler of the 8
, and now the
overstatement about the value of Venus’ angularity will show in the relative “tired luck” story
that will follow from what the client will have to say about their own life. We must accept
there are good houses and then there are bad ones.
The sixth house is called “bad fortune.” It’s not called work, although it does involve work in
the Hellenistic system, because it trines the midheaven. Such work however is more like
servitude. The sixth house is also associated with illness, as this tradition also carries that
bad health is specific to the sixth, along with tribulations, trials, difficulties and bad
The seventh house is the house of marriage, but in this second century point of view, we must
also place sexual relations in that house, including even sexual dalliances. We will not
associate war as belonging to the
house, but instead will discuss death with the Seventh.
The eight house is of course the house of death, but for our purposes, we will call it “The Idle
Place.” This is a picture of “no can do,” a “rubber stamp” helplessness, perhaps lacking
decision-making capacity.***
With the ninth house we find God, and will look to that house also as the house of The Father.
The ninth house also is a place of broadcast, higher education, teachings.
The tenth house is Praxis, (Latin) meaning action, and holds or represents the nature of the
action the person makes in the world, that conversation on which a person “stands” or makes his
fortune, and which brings reputation to him as described by the cusp ruler.
The Eleventh House will be called Good Spirit and the Twelfth House will be called Bad Spirit.
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(*Houses Chart)
Let’s break it down by type of house – we have angular houses, we have fixed houses, we have
cadent houses, and we know that angular houses are strongest, or most public, in view of others.
And certainly little has changed that concept since the Hellenistic time period. When planets
are in angles, they are they are at their strongest. They are able to produce completely. When
they are in fixed signs, they are middling strong and they are able to make you comfortable. If
the planet is exalted it may confer longevity or prosperity as well.
Cadent planets, the Greek word that they used is apoclama, or falling amiss. That’s a term we’re
going to use: to fall amiss.
So when a planet is in a cadent house, aside from the ninth and the third, which are considered
cadent – but even the third is not necessarily strong, but it’s just not malefic – but aside
from the ninth, when a planet is in a cadent position, it falls amiss. There’s not a lot of room
for sentimentality. This brings up our favorite conceits again, regarding the issues surrounding
the disturbance of favorite notions: We are moving into a whole sign picture.
That 10
house Venus in Taurus may really be a 9
house Venus in Taurus. So what are the
implications of that? How do we bring them together? Do we reject it out of hand, “No, that
doesn’t really fit me, that doesn’t suit me at all,” without looking at the new view? We must
brave the Ego’s own traps to try out these second century tools.
Most rulers have two houses. If rulers have two houses and one of them is a negative house –
this shows my Vedic roots–both narratives will be presented.
So if you have somebody that rules the 8
and the 3d, they’re going to show you stuff about the
brothers and they’re going to show you stuff about the nature of your death, or stuff about the
nature of what you’ll inherit. But also, whatever sign is the sign in that the planet likes more
– because every planet has a sign that they prefer – if it’s one of those signs that they prefer
they will show the significations of that house more. As per the Western system, Venus prefers
Taurus. That particular sign is going to be stronger. Saturn prefers Aquarius, so that would be
the house that you would look to see where he might really make his mark. And of course Saturn
signs are next to each other. Jupiter prefers Sagittarius. Mercury prefers Virgo. Mars prefers
Scorpio. The moon and The Sun only have one sign. They will give you the significations of both
houses. And whichever house has the sign that they show preference for will show up stronger.
That’s my speculation. We’ll see if that shows itself. We can research to see if that’s true. We
could research some of these charts looking at that issue.
The meanings of the houses is probably the most jarring and difficult thing to work with in this
system, because of the different house meanings from the second century. It’s going to be
different than using modern astrology. It’s even different for those of us more well-versed in
the classical and the medieval traditions. Essentially I’ve been a medievalist for most of my
career as an astrologer and these are even different for me.
every house had its particular title. The First house was called the helm, or the breath of
life, it’s the house of life. The 2
house is called livelihood. The
house is called
Goddess. The
house is called the Subterranean angle, or the subterranean place. The 5
house is called good fortune. The 6
house is called the bad fortune. The
house is called
the descendant, or the descending place. The 8
house is called the idle place and the house of
death. The 9
house is called God. The 10
house is called Praxis or action. The Eleventh House
is called the good Spirit. The Twelfth House is called the bad Spirit. We’re going to adopt
those meanings, titles, and their implications.
The houses using “Fortune” and “Spirit” in their title (5
and 6
, 11
and Twelfth) oppose each
other on the house axis. There is a force for good and a force for not-so-good. Interestingly
enough, the Greeks would use, instead of good and bad, they would use the terms of either good
or common. I guess good was something rarified, and something that was common would be said to
be common to all elements; The alchemists would have said, “Could easily be corrupted.” Even
though we’re using the word “bad” as related to Spirit and Fortune, we need to incorporate the
idea of that which is common and which is easily mixed.
Mercury is also called common, and it’s got a negative inclination. It literally “declines,” or
goes south.
In the difference between Fortune and Spirit the Sixth house is Bad Fortune. Fortune is seen in
this instance as accidental, a happenstance. It was something that happened to me.
For instance in the bad fortune of the Sixth house could be, without my knowing it, cancer cells
metastasizing inside some organ and I take ill. All of a sudden I find out I have cancer and I
have a certain amount of time to live and I have to go through all these different treatments in
order to deal with this illness, etc. That’s a happening. That’s something that has happened to
you. Or you go out for a loaf of bread and into a car accident; suddenly you get a whiplash.
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the fifth house we hear the stories, how we go out walking down the street and find ten dollars.
That’s something that’s really good.
Or we hit the lottery. Or we go gambling. So here’s this issue with gaming in the 5
house. We
go gambling and we hit it big. That’s 5
house good fortune. We go gambling and we lose
everything. That might actually be the bad Spirit at work and we’ll talk a little bit about
that. Let’s go to the opposite side of the axis here and look at the Spirit.
Fortune represents, and is itself another Ascendant, symbolizing the body. Life is always going
to be ruled by the Ascendant. Fortune as Ascendant defines, but also gives you the vessel. It
describes the outward appearance of the physical vessel just like the Ascendant.
We’ve talked about how Spirit animates how Spirit personifies that vessel and arouses it to
action. Which is why the Lot of Spirit has to do with actions and The Works of Man.
The Eleventh House represents the good Spirit and is now known as the House of Groups. It was
the House of Friends for a really long time. It is known now as the house of groups because
Aquarius tends to represent groups, although I don not also equate Aries to the First house,
making the error of mixing the sign significance with the house significance.
Ultimately there’s a much more mystical kind of approach to this. The word that they used was
daimon. The good daimon resided in the Eleventh House, and the bad daimon resided in the
Twelfth. Along with this concept of friends, also is this possibility of the realization of
ones’ hopes and wishes, a concept lost within the last hundred or maybe two hundred years.
The Eleventh House was called the House of Hope in Medieval time. The Eleventh House had this
whole sense of the wish fulfilled. Which is why in the Hellenistic time period or in this system
the Eleventh House is seen almost as better than the 10
because it’s rising towards the thing
desired. It’s got momentum, it is still approaching that desired thing.
The Spirit or personification aspect comes with the patronage that’s represented by the Eleventh
House. The patronage and the friendship that’s offered by people who can patronize, who can be
your patrons. As a result, the Eleventh House can give you patronage towards your goal.
Someone who is very famous right now. Brad Pitt, if we want to talk about a chart that is not
particularly blatant. We wouldn’t really be able to check that out. In the radical charts,
there’s a sign that this might be kind of big. The fact that The Sun is in the Ascendant – that
usually is something. The ruler of the Ascendant is in the 5th, in this chart it’s in the
Fourth. The information for Brad Pitt is: December 18, 1963, 6:31 am in Shauny, Oklahoma. The
Ascendant is Sagittarius and The Sun is there. Let’s see what our points are. The Lot of Fortune
is in Scorpio. The Lot of Spirit is in Capricorn, which is the 2nd house, Scorpio is the 12th.
The Basis is in the Third house: Aquarius. The Acquisition is in Virgo, eleven houses away from
the Lot of Fortune and ten houses away from the Ascendant. The Exaltation is Aries, the 5th
house. There are a few things in this chart: this chart doesn’t have any of the culminations. I
look at fortune and I don’t see anything culminating. The very first thing we see is the Lot of
Fortune in the Twelfth House. So, technically, we would not be taking note, would we. I told you
the houses in which you would take note, and this is not one of them. Basically, no matter what
house you see the Lot of Fortune in, take note. Where is the ruler of the Lot of Fortune ? In
Capricorn, and it’s Mars. Already, we have a rule come up, which is, if some of the rulers of
these places are in their own signs, or exalted, that says something. Secondly, Capricorn is
where the Lot of Spirit is, which then puts the ruler of the Lot of Fortune on the Spirit. Two
rules are brought up. We see that the Basis is Aquarius, and Saturn is in Aquarius. For all of
you who may not know, Saturn is the ruler of Aquarius. That means that the ruler of the Basis is
on the Basis. That also means that there is an exalted planet on the Spirit. And that also means
that the ruler of the fortune is on the Spirit. Jupiter is on the Exaltation. That’s not one of
the rules, that if a benefic is on the Exaltation than that will be good, but, naturally, it
will be. If I were to make any statement about this person, looking at this chart, I’d say it’s
all business, all about the bottom line and money with this person. This is probably one of the
toughest business people in Hollywood. This is probably one of the shrewdest, toughest,
ruthless, roughest business people in Hollywood.
There’s actually a large stellium on Capricorn, and we also have Saturn, the ruler of the Basis
on the Basis. I would think this person is a very shrewd business person, a very wealthy
businessman. If I didn’t know who this was, and I saw the Venus/Mercury, I would say that’s
singing and dancing and acting too, but it’s all business. It’s not just for the pure joy, it’s
for the money.
The G.W bush chart is a very interesting chart in that the Eleventh House respect – we’ll look a
little bit at that later – the Eleventh House is not just friends, it’s friends in high places.
It is allies who can offer patronage. From a Medieval perspective, it’s the second from the
tenth, which is the king’s “second.” (Someone to hold your side, your weapon, in a duel, to
perform in your stead, should you fall.) It would be ministers and people in high positions. It
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would represent people in higher positions, they patronize, offer patronage and take on
The Eleventh House could offer a Cinderella meets-her-godmother narrative. The fairy god mother
was an Eleventh House experience. Cinderella was the “cinder” (ash, hearth-tender) girl,
probably herself tied (enslaved?) or belonging to the
up that moment. And then she meets
her god mother and she gets her wish, at least she seemed pretty happy at the end. So that’s the
Eleventh House. It can come in that form, and certainly many people have stories about this
helpful, holy or loving person who came to them out of nowhere. There’s the good daimon. There’s
the good Spirit. Also some people get more patronage. She’s been a protégé of so and so’s, she’s
got the fast track and I had do it the hard way. That’s the Eleventh House talking.
The house of friends who are outside chosen family goes, in my opinion, to the third house. And
actually, within this system it goes into the
house of those who are like brothers and
sisters. The
house has a subtext of hospitality, those who you would offer hospitality to as
though they were in their own home. People that would open their home to you as though it were
yours. That type of friend I actually put into the Third house. All friends came to be

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associated with the 11th at a much later period, but we can see here, and in my speculation of,
the Hellenistic system that both the Third and the
are the house of friends. The house of
friends is our chosen family, the Third, the house of friends in high places, the 11
. That’s
how this Spirit aspect personifies itself in the good Spirit.
In the bad Spirit – if you’ve ever been in a feud with another family and you live in certain
parts of the country where feuds continue, “The Johnson’s hate the Anderson’s” ‘and they have
hated each other for 150 years’ – that’s a personification of bad Spirit. Where you experience
your nemesis, that’s bad Spirit. Or you’re in the work place and you’re trying to get ahead and
someone stabs you in the back and keeps you down from going where you need to go . . . bad
Spirit. Or you’re walking down the street and you get mugged. It describes the fact of enemies
arising out of bad fortune, thus belonging to the Sixth house in this system.
Uprisings of slaves were represented by the Twelfth. In-your-face was the negative daimon, not
hidden from you. I think it was a little later with the medieval time that it turned into hidden
enemies, hospitals, Rapunzel’s Tower and prisons. Nevertheless, the Twelfth House has never been
“good” and is not beneficial in general.
The bad Spirit of gambling arises when someone is losing with its strong narrative of ‘self
undoing’ that with this technique I have been successful in being able to help people connect to
what some of their bad Spirit. issues arise from “self-undoing.” That’s about as psychological
as I go, and as maybe even classical astrology goes. If we look at it as the house of self
undoing, then we would see that maybe what makes the person gamble and lose more often might be
the aspect of the self undoing. It might be a Twelfth House thing that is behavioral. It could
be making the gambling a problem. That’s basically why I opened up that a little bit more than I
should have.
The first technique is called ‘The Light in Charge.” or the Leading Light Technique, used to
find whether your chart is diurnal (day birth) or nocturnal (night birth), with the second goal
of noting the sign it is in. For diurnal we will use the Sun, for the nocturnal birth time, we
use the moon. The third goal also requires we note the element of that sign.
We’re going to use a different word for element or in conjunction with that, which element
triplicity are we dealing with? I’m going to go into this in just a minute. The fourth goal is
to extract each triplicity ruler and assign to it approximately twenty-eight years of the life
to determine which areas of life it represents. That’s basically what this technique entails.
We also need the triplicities. There are four triplicities, two diurnal, two nocturnal. The
diurnal triplicities are fire and air while the nocturnal triplicities are the water and earth
elements. The tradition is based in long ancient observations, which assign to Sun, Jupiter and
Saturn the qualities of Day, and the nocturnal planets, the Moon, Venus and Mars are assigned
the qualities of Night.
(Enter the chart)*
Jupiter, Saturn and The Sun are the
first triplicity is the fire triplicity.
By day we begin with The Sun. By night we
begin with Jupiter and Saturn
participates. That’s important, because
now we know which 28 years of life is
going first, second and last. If it’s a
daytime chart we’re going to start with
the Sun, thus the Sun is going to rule
the first 28 years. If it’s a nighttime
chart we’re going to start with Jupiter
and Jupiter will rule the first 28 years.
Logically, the third triplicity ruler
always rules the last third of life.
Our second diurnal triplicity is air.
That is Saturn by day, Mercury by night
and Jupiter, who participates. Did you notice I didn’t actually mention Mercury in our
nocturnal/diurnal list of planets? That is because Mercury is a neuter; he is known as common.
He is common to good and bad. He is common to all elements. He is mutable and convertible in
nature, and neutral. So he takes on the characteristics of whoever he is with. So if he is with
a diurnal planet, he becomes diurnal. If he is with a nocturnal planet, he becomes nocturnal. If
he is with a feminine planet, he becomes feminine. If he is with a masculine planet, he becomes
masculine. Mercury is our neuter. As a result he can be moved in and out of any kind of shape.
When he’s with the diurnal planets, he thus becomes another diurnal planet. That’s why Mercury
is involved, and that’s why we didn’t bring him up earlier.
The nocturnal triplicities are watery, which begin with Venus by day and Mars by night, and the
moon as the participator. No surprises there. The earth triplicity begins with Venus by day, the
Triplicity rulers
This Earth and
Water triplicty
rules these
Mercury rules
Gemini & Virgo
This Air and
Fire triplicty
rules these
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Moon by night, and Mars participating. We are determining whether the chart is diurnal or
nocturnal and to do so we must see whether the Sun is placed above or below the horizon,
represented by the line between First and the Seventh house, the ascendant and descendant fall
on a horizon line.. If a planet is placed above the
house, it’s also above the First house,
making it a daytime placement, but only if the Sun is above that horizon also. If the Sun is
below the horizon line, nighttime rules prevail.
For daytime want to examine the Sun. We’re going to look at what sign he’s in, his element and
then take our triplicity rulers accordingly.
Let’s say it’s daytime and our sun is in the sign Cancer. That gives us the watery triplicity
meaning that means we would give the first (third of life) 28 years to Venus, the second 28
years to the Mars, and the last third to the Moon. If it were nighttime and the moon were in
Cancer, we would give the first 28 years to Mars. We would give the 2
years to Venus and the
28 years to the moon. That’s how this technique works.
Determine whether the planets are in an angle, because, as with most systems, there is where the
planets are most strong. It if a planet is in a fixed sign, it’s a good period in life, but not
as good usually**. Or, if they’re in a cadent house – is it angular, is it fixed, or does it
fall amiss?
If the triplicity ruler is angular, the chart might suggest a good time of year, a good season,
or a good 28 years. If it’s in the fixed signs, that third of life should be good, not rise to
the absolute top, but pretty good. If it falls amiss, the period maybe not so good. All of this
has innumerable subtleties that can negate the previously set rules. For instance, if it’s
Mercury in Pisces in the
the period’s good fortune is not as strong as the moon in Taurus
in the 11th. A planet that it’s in its fall, or in detriment, or in an angle, are not going to
work as well as a planet that is either exalted or in its own sign and in a fixed house.
Especially not in the Seventh or the Fourth.
Interestingly enough these angles, the 1st and the 10th are basically good good good good. If
you see them in the 1st or the 10th, you think, hey, that’s going to be fantastic. But the
Seventh and the Fourth
have the ability to the
bring things down. The
Fourth tends to
represent things that
come later – things
that are seeded but
which come to fruition
much later – or periods
that go up and then
come down.
Similarly with the
Seventh – things that
are coming down ‘*de
pneuma ? numa’ falling
action. It’s
interesting which
angles we’re talking
about. Once again, the
Eleventh House is one
of the best houses in
the entire circle of
houses. So, if we see
an exalted planet
there, and that’s one
of the three triplicity
rulers, whoopee, that’s
going to be a good
(Enter chart of Hiter)*
So, let’s try this with
the chart of Adolph
Hitler. Hitler’s
information is: April
20, , 6:20 pm in
Brownall, Austria.
Libra rises. Is it
daytime or nighttime?
Libra rises and The Sun
is in Taurus, so it is
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daytime. Taurus is in the 8th house – remember I’m using whole signs and that menas he’s in the
Seventh in the Cuspal chart, but he’s in the th house in mine. So, he’s above the horizon. He’s
in Taurus which is of the Earth triplicity, so we’re going to start by day with Venus. Venus
here is in Taurus which is very good for her. She’s also in the 8th house. If I were just
looking at this, I didn’t know who this was and I was looking at it I would say, ‘Hm, that’s
good but not so good. That’s good but idle. There’s a sense of idleness to this person.’ I call
the Eighth House, The Idle Place. Venus is with two really choleric planets – hot, dry planets –
The Sun and Mars giving her a kind of “difficult to deal with” report. An idle time where this
person is difficult to deal with. Then I have to think about what I know about this chart.
Unfortunately I started with Hitler, because usually I don’t take into account actual aspects.
But the Hitler chart is very interesting because this Venus is what is called “besieged,” which
means she’s sandwiched between two malefics. Venus’ travel will taker her (in her orbit) from
one malefic to the next, in a tag team maneuver. The planets are doing it by square in this
particular chart, by square and conjunction. Looking at that, that gives us more of an
understanding of the character of this person. Mark Edmund Jones says, ‘Character is destiny.’
With these two hot, dry planets in the same sign with it and Saturn squaring, we can imagine
this is not an easy person to get along with. This person doesn’t really care to show himself in
the best aspects of his nature. Also, note that Libra rises. Venus rules the First House and
she’s in Taurus. As a result this means that there might be an artistic ability with the person,
or they may perceive themselves in an artistic way. And certainly, within this time period, up
to the 28th year - this is way before any historic Beer-Hall Putsches or anything like that – as
Hitler was perceiving himself an artist. Certainly as a young person he loved music and wanted
to be an artist, teaching himself piano. In Vienna he tried to enter one of the Art Institutes –
intending to be an architect, but his enrollment was denied. This is the time period of his
Bohemian vagrancy where he went from flop house to flop house and practically lived on the
streets and where he sold paintings for a living. We can see that this Venus was definitely
denied, difficult and demanding, Venus is in this Eighth house which is idle, which is death,
which is rarely a house of good things unless you’re profiting from death, because the 8th is
called Those Who Profit From Death.’ This is definitely a war profiteer’s chart.
The second triplicity ruler covers the next 28 years of life. This would be the important time –
he lived to age 56. This era includes the mantle of chancellor and then later, “Der Furer.” Moon
is our second traplicity ruler and this leads to one of the rules: Whenever the ruler of the
Part of Fortune is with Jupiter, it gives a big fortune – it expands that person’s fortune. Moon
is with Jupiter and she is also the ruler of the Part of Fortune. Whenever the ruler of the Lot
of Fortune is on one of our traplicity rulers, that’s going to bring that person’s fate to the
The lot of the Ascendant or the lot of the Part of Fortune is also an Ascendant. So that planet
that owns the Lot of Fortune has the same power as the ruler of the Ascendant.
What that life narrative suggests is that is the time of its fulfilment– usually. So, either
ruler of the Lot of Fortune , or ruler of the Ascendant. Here we’ve come to the ruler of the Lot
of Fortune , in the Fourth house, things that go up and go down. Because the Moon and Jupiter
are together in Capricorn, Fortune may go up, but it’s not going to mean that this person will
show themselves in the best light, or show the best of themselves.”
Jupiter is further corrupted by Capricorn (in a sign of detriment or weakness), where the Moon
also is corrupted by being in Capricorn.
Jupiter’s beneficence is corrupted first by being fallen, and the Moon, her fecundity is
corrupted by being in Capricorn. The moon represents emotions and Jupiter represents compassion
and beneficence, so it looks like this person’s life might go quite high, but it appears they
might be also weakened by the emotions and less than compassionate in this life. The Moon and
Jupiter together should be essence of that. If the Moon represents the tit of milk, with Jupiter
that tit is really full, overflowing, gigantic. Also we can confirm that by looking at Saturn’s
location in Leo. He’s in the 11th which is a fantastic position to be in, and that means he’s
got help along the way. But Saturn is in Leo, a choleric sign, so even with the planets in
Capricorn in his detriment, we’ve got a lot of choleric temperament in this chart that can make
it very unpleasant. If this person attains to the heights, they will have good opportunity to
display great unpleasantness. Since also it’s in the Fourth, it’s probably something that goes
The moon, which is in the Lot of Fortune , is know to be interchangeable, I would say it’s
something maybe that goes up and then goes down – a tropical or moveable sign of Capricorn.
Sudden changes for the good and then changes back down within that 28 year period.
Hitler had just started the Third triplicity, and there’s the most violent planet in the house
of death. I would pretty much say that person is going to die early within that last third of
life as he’s all of a sudden with the ruler which is in the house of death.
That’s a first example of how to work with this technique. The first thing that I did, I looked
to see whether it was daytime or nighttime – it’s a daytime chart, so I looked to see what sign
it was in, and what element that sign was, and then I used the triplicity rulers of that sign to
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represent each 28 year period. So that’s the first example.
We’ll use a nocturnal chart now: Mae West, (August 17, 1892, 10:30 pm, Brooklyn, NY) who has
Taurus rising and The Sun is in Leo.
The Sun is below the horizon, it’s in the Fourth house as per my whole sign chart, and that
means that it’s below the horizon line, indicating a nocturnal birth. The nocturnal chart is
naturally ruled by the Moon, so we’re going to look to the moon: the moon is in Cancer, and
we’re in a watery triplicity as a result.
The first triplicity ruler of water is Mars. The second triplicity ruler of water would be
Venus, and the third, is the Moon. First is Mars: He’s in happily in the 10th house. That
appears to be great, going by my usual, most spare and superficial cookbook-style of what to
look for, I would say, Mars in the 10th house is pretty good.
However, I would like to confirm that by identifying the house is he in: Mars rules** the
Seventh and 12th. Mars is rules the 12th -- not so good.
Also, Mars is a malefic and he’s peregrine in this chart – we still use all these
peregrinations. Mars is peregrine – he’s doesn’t have an active arm either way – but at the same
time Mars thrives on the battlefield. Mar is action, he thrives on opposition. So what I would
say about this is that it looks like rising action – it looks like this person put a lot of
action into making a rise, into trying to rise through the ranks, specifically in their work
life and that more than likely it was met with opposition. It might have been met with enemies,
with people that would take offence at them.
Since we’re talking about the bad Spirit, it could also be the thing that shows their self
undoing. But let’s stick with the 12th as kind of a manifestation of bad Spirit, or of getting
bad will from fellow man. What we know about this time period is that Mae West was a vanville
performer for a long time, she became famous in her 30s, when she was about 38 or 39. Up until
that time she worked in Vaudeville.
Mae West had this thing for the raciest type of material – always. From the very beginning she
would sing racy songs back in the teens. She was one of the first shimmy dancers in the early
twenties. As a result she created a moral uproar in artistic critics around becoming known on
the circuit as one of the low characters – common.
And she was common as hell, known for being one of the low morals characters in this particular
milieu. As a result, many plotted against her. She got a lot of very bad, uncomplimentary
reviews. She wasn’t the best singer in the world, but she used, obviously, her assets so to
speak. She had a big audience, but the critics were against her and she experienced a lot of
problems. Mae West spent a lot of time in and out of jail because the plays she wrote were
deemed obscene and shut down while she was thrown into jail.
Even though there’s not necessarily a prison / Twelfth House correlation in the Hellenistic
system, we can still see the tenth house has the ruler of the 12th contained in it – we could
conjecture something about imprisonment which enters her reputation. And there is.
Mars was the archetype the ancient would assign as most responsible for creating the greatest
controversy to Mars. From a Medieval standpoint, we would say that before the advent of the
modern planet, Uranus, Mars held the title of “disruptor.” In the 10th Mars will symbolize an
ongoing contention in the person’s career. And certainly in that first years it created bad will
from others for Ms. West.
Maybe this person didn’t get quite so far because the ruler of the 12th tarnishes whatever it’s
in–and it is in the 10
of Praxis.
The rulers of the 6th, 8th and 12th are said to tarnish the houses that they are in – they
create a smear. There was a lot of push for her rise during that 28 years, but I don’t think she
quite made it completely.
The second 28 years of West’s life would be ruled by Venus: the 2nd triplicity ruler of the
watery triplicity. Venus is the ruler of the sign, which is very nice, and so we find my little
rule: If it comes to the ruler of the Ascendant, pay attention. But it’s in the Third. That
doesn’t make sense if the first 28 years of life the planet is in an angle and then all of a
sudden the 2nd triplicity ruler is where she became famous: it has fallen amiss.
Venus is on the Part of Fortune. The Part of Fortune is in Cancer. Wherever the Part of Fortune
is, take that sign for the first angle, as an ascendant. From this point of view, Venus is
angular. She’s in the other 1st house. Because we have two Ascendants. We have the ascendant
Ascendant for our birth time, and then we also have the ascendant given us by the Lot of Fortune
. Venus is with Fortune, putting her in the 1st house with the with the ruler of the Ascendant.
Both Venus and Moon have major dignity in the sign of Taurus.***(not Cancer?)
This third of life gives us a very important time for Ms. West’s overall life cycle, maybe more
emphasized than even the next one when the ruler of the fortune comes to rule the last
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triplicity: around, The Moon. The second triplicity phase, timed between the ages of and 56, is
when people are making their most important accomplishments. Despite the fact that (what is
going?)**it’s going to the ruler of the Lot of Fortune between fifty six and the end of their
life, more than likely that second period is going to be the best, really something else. Sure
enough, that’s when she became an icon as a film goddess and as a goddess of American culture.
The Third House is called Goddess. And the Lot of Fortune is there with the moon, who is in her
joy in the Third. Both Goddesses (the Moon’s Lot and also the Moon) are in the house of Goddess
along with the Lot of Fortune .
“Why doncha come up and see me sometime, big boy?” Mae West is one of America’s great goddesses.
Even the little kids that I get to know giggle when I mimic her line because even they have seen
it on Bugs Bunny. She is an Icon: Deified, and there we have Goddess. That’s our second
triplicity ruler. The moon is our Third triplicity ruler, representing her from age 56 to the
rest of a good long life. She lived to be 89, I think. If anything, it was during that rest of
the period where her deification became complete and fully integrated into the American
consciousness. I was born in the late 60s and I knew all about Mae West by the time I was 8 or 9
I could recognize Mae West on any cartoon. I had seen “My Little Chickadee.”
Mae West was a major part of American Culture at the time I was growing up. And that was
approximately 40 years after she had made her gigantic splash. This is a very interesting chart.
She also died as one of the America’s richest women. We can see that as well, because of course
fortune means fortune and it comes to the moon as a part of ***fourth.
It seems that when she was in California during her second triplicity time period, she bought up
large tracts of land, and later on sold them for greater fortunes.
Now we can see that we had a nocturnal chart to work with. What we did is we looked at The Sun,
he was in Leo, below the horizon in the Fourth, which meant that we had to use the moon and use
her triplicity, which was water. And so we used those three planets that represented the water
Our beloved president, George W. Bush is not a notable personage, but a charge that receives
notable position without being a notable personage. (July 1946, 7:26 AM EST, North Haven,
Leo rises, and Sun is
in Cancer above the
horizon, diurnal, and
in the water
triplicity. We’ve seen
sample narratives from
the nocturnal
triplicity with three
people which is
interesting. The first
triplicity ruler in
this chart is going to
be Venus because it’s
daytime, unlike the
Mae West chart where
we started with Mars
because we started
with nighttime. Venus
is in the Ascendant,
one of the triplicity
rulers in the 1st or
10th house --that’s a
clear signal of a very
good life narrative.
I like the look of
this more than I liked
the look of Mae West’s
Mars in the 10th. I
look the look of this
more because Venus is
the third in the
10th** and because
Venus is a benefic.
However, Hitler’s
Venus was a benefic
too, but she wasn’t
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acting very beneficial because of who she was associating with and where she was. But GW’s Venus
is a benefit. This benefit dominates the first third of life – up to age 28 – suggesting he
probably came from a notable family. That is the lovely benefic in the Ascendant. It could have
been in the 12th, it could have been in the 6th, it could have been in the Third or Fourth, but
it’s in the Ascendant. So, okay, it’s a benefic in the Ascendant, that is pretty good stuff.
There’s going to be something good going on for this person in the first 28 years.
Venus as a benefic also produces benefit through pleasure, adventures, mirth. That means Venus
doesn’t produce benefit only through art study, tenacity or work ethic – she produces benefit
through pleasure. The bedroom and the realm of pleasure is Venus’ milieu: Libations,
intoxications, enjoyments, amusements, entertainments. And it’s in Leo – Venus’ emblem is her
mirror and the sign is in Leo famous for his narcissism. I would say that the first 28 years of
life would be one of very little want and of attention to frivolity and folly and pleasure. And
as she’s with Mercury, we would hear about the music, which leads me to the Libra planets and
makes me wonder why the Bush family prevented George Bush from becoming a musician instead of
grooming a president. But Venus is with Mercury and Mercury is eternal youth, so this fate is
about fun, enjoyment, pleasure, revelry and folly. These first 28 years would be about and
enjoyment, the “pink hands” of leisure, certainly not calloused from hard work. Venus doesn’t
value hard work unless it’s in the bedroom. Moreover, this Venus is not into sobriety and
reflectiveness: She’s in (party party) Leo.
Vanity is a part of this chart’s narrative, a vanity indulged during the first 28 years enabling
the person’s proclivity towards folly –not because I think he’s an asshole–but because this is
what is written.
The second triplicity ruler, which governs between the ages from 28 to 56 (during which time he
became governor and then president) is Mars.
The Mars of GW Bush is in the second house, traditionally speaking. The Lot of Fortune is
calculated to be in Aries, giving Mars as ruler of the Lot of Fortune. Counting from the Fortune
the eleven houses, we find Mars in the Eleventh House from the Lot of Fortune . We’re going to
be doing a lot of that later. We’re going to be looking at the houses of The Lots of Fortune.
We’re just looking at whether this chart is going to make it big or not. Specifically, our issue
is: Do we delineate fortune?
Indeed, this person is given a quite fortunate chart. We can see that the fortune of this person
will be quite something. The Basis in the first house; the fact that the ruler of the Ascendant
and the ruler of the Basis are together is significant and is listed among the ten rules for
fame and fortune.
The ruler of the Lot of Fortune is in the Acquisition, which is a quite good spot and the ruler
of the Exaltation and the ruler of the Lot of Spirit both culminate from the Lot of Fortune:
This chart should go to the highest level.
The Eleventh House is one of our special places called the Acquisition. So this Mars is not
limited to a mere Second House Story. He became president when he*** was in a fixed house (the
second triplicty ruler was) and the first one was in an angle. The second time period should
have been worse**(losing the athletic club, dragging businesses into debt?).
However, the second triplicity ruler (Mars) is on the Acquisition and is also the ruler of the
Lot of Fortune. At a certain point we can say, ‘This is when that person’s fate comes to the
fore, to knowledge to themselves.’ One of the titles of the 2nd house is not just livelihood –
which is the most banal, basic – but it’s also anaphora which means rising up from the
That’s really what George Bush did for most of that 28 period, is he rose from the underworld. I
would say maybe we want to go from birth to 27 from this chart, and then from 27 to 54, because
he became president when he was 54 and that changed his life forever. Looking at this, if I
didn’t know who this was, I would see that the ruler of the Lot of Fortune, Mars, and that mars
is on the Acquisition making this the important part of life: Not even so much because it’s
between 28 and 56 where important people do their work but because it would to bring us to the
moment of what their life was supposed to be about, and reveal whether or not they are going to
excel upon the occasion.
It’s in a fixed sign, so it would probably be a pretty steady rise up to that moment – a slow,
steady, building process. Mars is active and would do the right actions, maybe, on some level,
but we know that’s not the case. (**from who’s point of view?)
GW would do the right actions to make this life, to get himself towards his destiny. Definitely
this chart has a destiny, and I’m going to break for one second to say a little something weird.
**** (extracted to the beginning:There seemed to be two types of charts that I look at. They
are: charts that have a destiny and charts that pursue a fortune. This chart has a destiny, this
chart is not a pursuer-of-= fortune. You and I pursue fortunes. We all have a destiny as well,
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but destiny is not what defines our lives. Certainly in the public realm, or over large amounts
of people. I don’t know about the rest of you, but certainly not me. That’s not what defines our
lives, whereas this is one of those charts that does that. And it’s maybe to our detriment or
not, but it’s been given. Who are we to judge who gets to be rich or not? Obviously something
else is deciding who gets what. The three Moirae are in charge of who gets the allotments.
Because it’s not always people who deserve to be allotted, that are getting it. And that’s
something that, if we’ve lived long enough, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to see. ****
The third triplicity ruler is the moon. And the moon is in her joy with third, and she’s with
Jupiter. That shouldn’t be so bad. One of the things that I think about when I think of falling
amiss, especially when I think about the third and ninth which are considered good cadent houses
– good apoclamas. Apoclama basically means falling down or falling out.
There are good appoclama houses. The cadent houses or “falling amiss,” the houses where action
cannot occur and we lack the freedom to act or initiate any new action. That’s the essence of
the angular chart. The angular positions offer the freedom to initiate new action. This is the
difference with the cadent houses.
A further distinction is offered between the third and the ninth houses (as opposed to the sixth
and twelfth) pleasantly, because maybe with a ninth house cadent experience, I take myself out
of the world and go to elsewhere–possibly an ashram--and I experience all the five stages of
bliss on some mountain in Nepal, but I’m not in this world. I’m not in a position where I can
actualize my identity. I’m taking that retreat from the world so that I can have my experience
with God, a matter of ninth house.
Then, of course also we have a condition of the third house where I’m staying with family, I’m
out of commission, I’m staying at my brother’s. I’m in the bosom of my family: “Don’t bother
I wouldn’t necessarily say, from first glance that this is going to be a bad time period. I
would say that maybe this will be a lovely restful time period with family. However, the moon is
the ruler of the 12th and Jupiter is the ruler of the 8th and they tarnish whatever house they
are in. Both of them are working overtime to tarnish. They are in Libra and the Lot of Fortune
is in Scorpio, and that is the Twelfth House from the Lot of Fortune, and now Scorpio is the
Ascendant. That means that this kind of Twelfth House 8th house feel is continued. So I would
say that this is not going to be such a good time.
Despite the fact that it’s in Libra, which likes harmony, but we saw another Libra rising chart
when we looked at Hitler’s. Charming and wonderful, and to the select few, this guy also has his
rustic charm.
Nevertheless, the last triplicity period is not going to be a good period for G.W. Bush. It
might be best to keep (**keep what??) it at 56, and this is why: because if we go from birth to
age 28 with the Venus triplicity, that’s a good period. Taking the period from age 28 to age 56
with the Mars triplicity ruler, that’s a good period, including the first two years of the
presidency. He was born in 1946, so the 56
year takes us up to 2002. That was after the events
of 09/11 made him into the “war president.”
2002 would begin the lunar triplicity period, and from that time events have been slowly tanking
– he did get re-elected – but his popularity has “gone south,” moving people’s opinions to the
approval ratings around 30% and lower; slowly tanking since 2004.
Jupiter expands, makes events even bigger, so this Jupiter could work to make whatever the
events and problem much larger. The moon represents states of mind, specifically the personal
state of mind – and can denote whether they experience a “peace of mind,” whether there is
harmony between the mind and the body, according to many other medieval writers. When a person’s
state of mind is not good, there often is a form of lunacy. They go crazy, loony (Lunar).
The ruler of the Ascendant – The Sun -- is in Cancer, and Cancer ebbs and flows: it is always in
a different emotional state. So, stability in the emotions may not be so good right now, and the
mental state may not be at his best or most alert.
The problems with the mental state may show itself more during this late part of his life, from
age 56 until the end of his life. This period is not going to rate as the best of his life.
Certainly the triplicity period ruler arises from a “falling amiss” cadent house which is not
going to be as highly positioned as in the two previous periods. He cannot attain again to such
high position, for in spite of the fact that both Moon and Jupiter normally have quite a
beneficial influence, they rule malefic houses.
That is the three types of charts to look for with this particular technique. (Repeat a short
summary here)
This technique has rules, but there innumerable layers of subtleties that are also applied. It
has tremendous merit if you know how to discover them; they work consistently.
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This is the kind of astrology that has become lost in the last 100 hundred years. It’s an
aphoristic kind of astrology. Aphorisms were sayings that are known to be true. If you go back
to the 17
century, to Lily and Gadbury and even earlier writers – to the beginning of the 1st
century, we come to a practice loaded with aphorisms: ‘when such and such is such and such, they
will be like a whore monger.’
The delineation process uses these five points: the Lot of Fortune, the Lot of Spirit, the lot
of Basis, the Acquisition – 11 houses from the Part of Fortune – and the Lot of Exaltation.
To find the Exaltation take two steps: ascertain whether the chart is day or night: If it’s a
daytime chart, take The Sun and count from its position to the sign of (the Sun’s Exaltation)
Aries counting the number of houses (including the sign it is in). If the Sun is in Capricorn
and you’re looking for Aries, you’re going to count four houses forward.
Then move the Ascendant the same number of houses. If we use the Capricorn example, we move the
Ascendant four houses forward.
So let’s say the Ascendant is Leo: we are counting four houses forward in the Zodiac, to
Scorpio, to find the Exaltation. The exaltation is the entire sign of Scorpio, so we cannot call
it a “Lot” which usually refers to a single degree, but because we do not take aspects from any
Lot, the degrees do not matter, only the sign and its ruler.
Similarly at nighttime with the moon, but we are counting to Taurus. So, if she is in Cancer and
you’re counting to Taurus, you are counting backwards three whole signs, (or forward eleven).
With the Ascendant, if you count backwards three whole signs, it gives Gemini as the Exaltation.
Those are our five positions that we’re specifically working with.
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These ten rules can be applied to a series of charts. Each reference to the Lot from here will
be called by its planetary ruler. For example, if the Lot of Fortune is in Libra, it will become
Venus’ Lot. She will “own” the lot of Fortune, for the purposes of our discussion. The wanderers
are “who” signify the Lots. The condition of each the wanderers confers itself onto the story of
each of The Lots. The seven wandering planets are the only power that may give or receive
aspects. The location of a Lot in any house cannot receive or give any aspects. However, the
ruler of such a Lot may; and thus the condition of the Lot depends entirely from its ruler.* If
a Lot is in Sagittarius, we look to Jupiter and his condition to discuss the weakness or potency
of that Lot.
The following rules denote fame, wealth or a combination of both. The more common case is the
chart that in no way follows any of these rules: We are the common people born under an ordinary
star, and for the most part, thank the gods.
RULE ONE: Seek the Lot of Fortune and note whether it is either angular (in the 1st, 10th,
Seventh, Fourth) or in the house of the Good Spirit (11th or 5th). If Fortune is found in any of
those houses, take a note.
Find the Lot of Fortune and determine whether it is angular, or if it culminates from the
Ascendant. Culminate means to count ten houses away. Or, if it culminates from the Lot of
Fortune . That’s our first, ‘ooh, something’s going on here.’ As an addendum to that, if you see
the Lot of Fortune in these houses, you will start to get interested. In any house, the Lot of
Fortune can show great fortune, but in these particular houses, it tends to be a marker or kind
of like a sign post. 1st house, 10th house, Seventh house, Fourth house, Eleventh House, Fifth
House. In general those are the ‘good’ houses, the productive houses of the chart.
RULE TWO: If the ruler of the Lot of Fortune culminates – that means if it is ten houses away
from the Lot of Fortune or the Ascendant.
When the ruler of the Lot of Fortune culminates from the Lot of Fortune , or the Ascendant.
Three: If the ruler of the Lot of Spirit culminates from the Lot of Fortune or the Ascendant –
more so from the Lot of Fortune than the Ascendant, but definitely from both. So, let’s say it’s
Leo rising and our Lot of Fortune is in Capricorn, and the ruler of the Lot of Fortune is in
Libra, that would be beautiful. If our fortune is Capricorn and our Spirit is Taurus and Venus
is in Libra, that would be even better than if the ruler of the Lot of Fortune is in there.
RULE THREE: If the ruler of the Lot of Spirit culminates from the Lot of Fortune, or the
Ascendant, but most specifically from the Lot of Fortune.
RULE FOUR: If the ruler of the Exaltation is culminating from the Lot of Spirit or the
If the ruler of the Exaltation culminates from the Lot of Fortune , that is the absolute best.
That’s when you say, ‘This person is going to rise to the top. Definitely.’ Almost every time
you see that in a person’s chart, take note.
RULE FIVE: If the ruler of the Spirit is on the Fortune, and the ruler of the Fortune is on the
If the ruler of the Lot of Fortune is on the Lot of Spirit, or the ruler of the Lot of Spirit is
on the Lot of Fortune , or they switch. Using this particular example of Capricorn and Taurus,
that would say if Saturn were on Taurus and Venus were in Capricorn, that would be fantastic.
RULE SIX: If the ruler of the Lot of Basis is with the Lot of Fortune that creates – not
gigantically notable but notable nonetheless.
Rule number six: we’re introducing the Basis now. If the ruler of the Basis is on the Lot of
Fortune , or the Spirit, if it’s on either of these lots – that’s good.
RULE SEVEN: If the ruler of the fortune is on the Spirit, the ruler of Spirit is on the Basis
and the ruler of Basis is on the fortune. I have a few charts where we can see at least two of
those three happen.
Rule number seven: If you have the Basis, the fortune, the Spirit – if all of these rulers were
on each other… let’s put our Basis in Gemini. If Mercury is in Taurus and Venus is in Capricorn
and Saturn is in Gemini, than that would be fantastic. That’s using our Capricorn fortune, our
Taurus Spirit and now our Gemini Basis – that is fantastic.
RULE EIGHT: If all four of fortune, Spirit, Exaltation, Basis are exalted or in their own
domicile – or even just two of the four.
If all four, the fortune, Spirit, Exaltation and the Basis are either exalted or in their on
domiciles, they don’t even have to be on themselves, because most planets rule more than one
house – but if they’re in their own houses or exalted, that’s going to be fabulous. That’s very
rare, if all of them are. Even if sometimes you just get two of the four, it can be very good.
As far as the last rule where you’re looking for the Basis, and Spirit on fortune and on the
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Basis, often you will see two of the three. You won’t often see all three. And that’s still
RULE NINE: If there is an exalted planet on the Lot of Fortune , Spirit, Basis, Exaltation, it
creates notable genitures. Exalted planets on any of the lots but especially the Lot of Fortune
and the lot of Exaltation.
If there is an exalted planet on any of these five points, the fortune, Spirit, Exaltation,
Acquisition and the Basis, it will lead towards a good fortune.
RULE TEN: If a benefic is with the ruler of the Lot of Fortune. If Jupiter is exalted it’s even
If a benefic is with the ruler of the Lot of Fortune – specifically with the Lot of Fortune – if
a ruler is with any of them it’s going to be good – it suggests a big, expansive Fortune.
Five rules.* Notice I didn’t mention anything about the Acquisition. I didn’t mention anything
about figuring out whether the chart will be a notable chart or a famous one, or whether there
will be a large rise to fortune and fame. Acquisition doesn’t necessarily denote fortune and
fame as much as it denotes the quality of that which we acquire. It’s goods and belongings and
money and things acquired. Sometimes that can represent acquiring fame, but not always.
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Mentioned in previous
pages was this whole
aspect of this third
house, Venus and
Moon, by the whole
sign, is rendered
angular as a result
of being on the Part
of Fortune. That
would be one of the
first things I would
look at. Our first
rule is to see if
it’s in any of those
important houses, and
it is not. This is
why I say, take note,
but do not come to
any conclusions,
because when we
complete the list of
rules and examine all
five points, we find
that West’s chart manages to be a highly exalted fortune, particularly if the ruler of the
fortune is on the fortune, if a planet is in it’s own domicile.
To list where all these points are find in Mae West’s chart that the Lot of Fortune is in
Cancer; we don’t care about the degrees.
The Acquisition, which is 11 houses away from that, is Taurus.
The Spirit and the Exaltation are in Pisces, which is the Eleventh House, and the Basis is
Virgo. Looking at this chart we have the Moon in Cancer, we have Mercury and Virgo. Jupiter is
in Aries, so he’s not in a very good position. But two of the four spots are in very good
condition as far as dignity is concerned. Mercury is with Saturn, but the Moon is with Venus –
she’s in a very benefic state with a very benefic planet with the ruler of the 1st as well. And
the fact that the Lot of Spirit and the Exaltation are both in the house of good Spirit, there
is that sense of patronage of things, of the rising action that the 11th Spirit can bring to
help and the patronage that can create this sense of momentum and rising action. There’s a
little bit of that. If we look closely, we see that Jupiter is in Aries when the Lot of Fortune
is in Cancer, and that means that not only the ruler of the Spirit, but the ruler of the
Exaltation is ten houses away from the Lot of Fortune . This is going to be notable for this
person. The benefic, Venus and both of them Goddess and in the house of Goddess. There’s Goddess
energy going on in this chart. Maybe this is a prostitute, or an actress. Some kind of goddess.
It might even be a drag queen if this were a man’s chart. This might be a very important drag
queen. But as it is, it’s a female. Lot of Fortune is in Cancer, ten houses away from the sign
of cancer is the sign of Aries. Even though we’ve got this falling amiss Jupiter in the 12th,
all of a sudden the Twelfth House is the 10th from the Lot of Fortune and Jupiter rules the Lot
of Spirit and the Exaltation – two of the best points of the entire scheme. In this chart we
have the ruler of the Exaltation culminating with the Lot of Fortune . We have the ruler of the
Spirit culminating from the Lot of Fortune . We have the ruler of the Lot of Fortune in it’s own
domicile. We have the ruler of the Basis in it’s own domicile. Altogether this says to me that
this chart can go very far. If we look at the tenth house to represent the Mother – and we’ll
see that Saturn is with Mercury – it doesn’t quite describe her mother, because it seems that
Mae West got her figure from her mother. She got her books (?) and full hourglass figure. Third
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house represents Mother in this system, and look at that: Moon and Venus and Cancer, Cancer
ruling the ? and Mae West really was and her Mother was too, from the descriptions that I was
reading. It was the first thing that made me raise an eyebrow when I thought of using the third
house to represent the mother. I’m not asking anybody to that in their systems now. It was just
for this one in particular. To go over it one more time: the Lot of Fortune is in Cancer, and we
don’t care about the degrees.
The Acquisition, which is 11 houses away from that is Taurus. The Spirit and the Exaltation are
in Pisces, which is the Eleventh House, and the Basis is Virgo. Looking at this chart we have
the Moon in Cancer, we have Mercury and Virgo. Jupiter is in Aries, so he’s not in a very good
position. But two of the four spots are in very good condition as far as dignity is concerned.
Mercury is with Saturn, but the Moon is with Venus – she’s in a very benefic state with a very
benefic planet with the ruler of the 1st as well. Her life started taking a turn toward the
upward, toward more controversial, for the better, for the higher after she started writing her
own material. That’s Mae West, and this is how quick it is to see, maybe there is something to
this Vettius Valens.
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Let’s look at another chart. Let’s go to Hitler. We already talked about his information. The
important points are as follows: the ruler of the Part of Fortune is in Cancer, just like Mae
West, that’s interesting. The Part of Spirit is in Aquarius, the Acquisition is in Taurus once
again, just like in the Mae West chart. If you’re not looking at this the East Indian way, than
what I’m saying probably looks like nothing. I would say, if you’ve already got the charts
available, make a tic tac toe board with diagonal lines coming out of each corner, and mark out
the twelve signs, put the planets in there, and mark where I am, what I’m saying and try to do
it along with me, because the pattern will show itself to you too. Cancer is the Lot of Fortune
which is the 10th house of this chart – it’s Libra rising. Aquarius is the Spirit. It is the 5th
house of this chart. The Exaltation is Virgo, which is the 12th. The Acquisition is Taurus,
which is the 8th, and the Basis is Pisces, which is the 6th. So, we look at this chart and we
say, the Part of Fortune is in the 10th house, that’s notable. Then we look to see if the ruler
of the Part of Fortune is in any good sign. Indeed the ruler of the Part of Fortune is in an
angle from the Part of Fortune and from the Ascendant. The Fourth house from the Ascendant, and
as I’ve said about both of those houses, they create the up down motion. The Seventh definitely
has to do with dying of things, and the falling action, the lowering of The Sun. The fourth
house has a tendency to be what’s under the ground and also what comes up that goes down, like a
building. So, we’ve got a solidly angular ruler of the Lot of Fortune , with Jupiter, what was
rule number ten? When the ruler of the Lot of Fortune is with Jupiter, it creates a larger
fortune. I’ve already made a comment about how the nature of this fortune might show itself,
because of the corrupted nature of these two planets in the sign of Capricorn. We’re not doing
any delineation right now, because all we’re doing is trying to figure out is, do we think that
this person has an exalted life plan. Do we think that this chart has been given a destiny, is a
notable birth. So I’m looking at that and I see, that’s of note. The moon, Jupiter together
makes that of note in my opinion. I see that Venus, the ruler of the Acquisition is in the
Acquisition. That means they should bring quite a bit in. The fact that Mars is there means it
could be in rough ways. The fact that The Sun is there is they might go through it as quickly as
they get it in. Also, Mercury in the Seventh. That’s interesting, because Mercury is the ruler
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of the Exaltation, which makes him angular from the Ascendant, and which makes him culminating
from the Lot of Fortune . Now, we know that one of Hitler’s main exalted traits, was his
speaking ability. We also know that his main obsessive, mania, obsessive compulsive behavior,
was talking. When Mussolini would go and visit him, he would never say a word.
Hitler could tirade and talk non-stop for hours, all evidence of that Mercury – the force of the
tongue. His tongue had major force (force majeure?)**, in the manner of his ability to galvanize
people in his public speaking, and obviously also in private as well, but he couldn’t keep his
mouth shut either. There’s that prodigious Mercury, that ruler of the Exaltation ten houses away
from the Lot of Fortune.
This does not occur in every chart. This chart provides a blatant example. There are definitely
more subtle charts than this, and we’ll look at a few of them. But that is an important thing.
We’ve got already, rule number 10 taken care of with the moon in Jupiter, rule number five (?)
is taken care of with having the ruler of the Exaltation ten houses away from the Lot of Fortune
Importantly, the ruler of the Exaltation is the ruler of the 12th, and not only is this ruler
located of the 12th from the Ascendant, but he’s also the 12th from the Lot of Fortune. **
That’s The Bad Spirit, and Mercury is the only planet aspecting it. This person’s manifestation
of bad Spirit is also what has exalted the person, and in Hitler’s case we have no problem
stating this is the case.
In returning to President G.W. Bush we should look at these important points. Leo rises, and the
Part of Fortune is in Scorpio, in the Fourth house. The Part of Spirit is in Taurus, which is
the 10th house. The Exaltation is in Taurus, which is the 10th house. The Basis is in Aquarius,
which is the Seventh, and the Acquisition is in Virgo, which is the nd.
When examining the Part of Fortune, we find it in the Fourth house; it’s angular.
Next, move to locate the ruler of the Lot of Fortune. The ruler of the Lot of Fortune is houses
away in the Acquisition, satisfying the important rules about fame and fortune.
It doesn’t always say that the person will have a notable life, but it almost always says that
it will take them quite far in life.
(I won’t say that it will be like Michael Jackson famous, but it will be up there. In this case,
there are other things to mitigate. Okay, that’s what’s going on with him. ** this paragraph
mentions a notable of whom this is his only mention... we can eliminate and still get to the
Next, take note of anything that might be culminating from the Lot of Fortune. Indeed we
discover the Lot of Fortune in Scorpio. Ten houses away from Scorpio is Leo which is the
Ascendant. In this particular chart, Mercury and Venus are ten houses away from the Fortune.
Venus is the ruler of the Spirit and of the Exaltation and so there is rule Number Three, if the
ruler of the Spirit culminates. We also fulfill rule Number Five, which if the ruler of the
Exaltation culminates with the ruler of the Spirit.
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (the next two paragraphs need to be separated, and placed in the
conclusions of the two different biographies)**
Let’s look at the chart of FDR. This is an interesting chart that maybe doesn’t have quite the
signature we’re looking for, but it has some very interesting things that I think we could look
at. Let’s go back and look at Brad for a second. Let’s do the other technique with him as well.
We haven’t done the leading light technique.
The Sun is below the horizon, so it’s nighttime and so we refer to the moon, (huh?)***here in
the sign of Capricorn which is an earth sign, of the earth triplicity, which, we’ll start with
the moon by night, then go to Venus, then go to mars. Which leads me to think that Brad Pitt is
going to have a Harrison Ford or Kerry Grant type of career because Mars is the ruler of those
last three. He’s probably going to have a distinguished Paul Newman, Kerry Grant, Harry Fonda
type career to the end of his life. Unless he finds some other gigantic enterprise. So, Moon
rules the first 28 years of life and it’s on the Spirit in the second house. Venus rules the
second 28 years of life and she’s on the Spirit in the nd house. Mars rules the Third period of
life and he’s on the Spirit in the 2nd house. If we recall, what Spirit represents, works,
actions. It is what animates, and thus arouses the soul of men to undertakings. So, we’ve got
Mars, which represents action already. Mercury is there too – he represents skill. Venus is
there. She represents love, desire, and that which we value, and the moon is there, which
represents our reflex actions and what we reach for. Pretty much everything in this chart is in
that 2nd house of what we call livelihood. It’s also the Third house. Here’s one of these places
where Third house maybe doesn’t mean Goddess. However,
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Brad Pitt is an icon, or deity or sub-deity of the Hollywood sect. We could certainly think of
Hollywood as a godless sect, so to speak, and also something that the Third house represents:
sects that are not connected with The Sun God, unconnected to the orthodoxy.
The 9th house represents the Orthodoxy. Or the specific, formal trappings of religion.
Whereas the Third house represents secret societies, Wiccan Circles, goddess worship, ceremonial
magic – even though those are highly ritualistic, those things are Third house as well.
(I may be stretching the metaphor a little, but I’m an astrologer, that’s what I’m supposed to
We would already know that is kind of a special life. All three of them (who? Please summarize
for the reader) are on the Spirit, this is someone that we’re all going to think we know, and
certainly we all do. Then we move away from that, we see that the Lot of Fortune is in the 12th,
we take note.
We see that the ruler of the Lot of Fortune is on the Spirit. We see that the ruler of the Lot
of Fortune is exalted. We see that the ruler of the Basis is on the Basis. We see that Jupiter
is on the Exaltation. We see that the ruler of the Exaltation is on the Spirit, which is Mars.
Mars is not just the ruler of the fortune here. He is the ruler of the Exaltation and he is also
on the Spirit. This is an important chart, without it looking like we expect it to. We didn’t
find anything 10 houses away from the Lot of Fortune or the Ascendant. But we have plenty of
rules that were taken care of in this chart.
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(born: Monday the 30th
of January, 1882, at
8:42 pm, Hyde Park
Duchess County, NY.
Upstate, not
This one has many
layers of subtlety,
starting with a Virgo
rising. We have a
nighttime chart and the
Sun is in Aquarius.
For the nighttime
triplicity ruler, we
take the moon, and
here, the moon is in
We’re dealing with the
watery element, and we
have been looking at a
lot of water and earth
That means we start with Mars, because it’s nighttime. And then we go to Venus, and then lastly
we take the Moon.
Over-arching in the Roosevelt life narrative is his illness. The image of the courage he
demonstrated he held such high authority, and was such a potent leader, all despite the
impotency that his affliction opposed upon him.
First of all, we can, because Virgo rises and Mercury the ruler of Virgo is in the 6th house.
We can already feel the statements about his life in this initial assessment. We all know of
course he was paralyzed in his legs, and Aquarius represents the legs from below the knee to the
So that’s already a sign, but we did not need to use the hidden first century techniques yet.
The first triplicity ruler is Mars, and he is in the 10th house, just like the chart of Mae
West. Mars is the ruler of the Part of Fortune. The Part of Fortune is Aries, and Mars is its
Mars is the ruler of the Part of Fortune and in in the 10th house, it probably was a pretty good
time of life. Mars also rules the Third and the 8th. This would be a mixed review kind of
combination (Third and Eighth house rulership) an “upsy-downsy” part of his life.
Whenever I see Mars in the 10th, I think there is ambition, and there is the impetus to get to
the top, an important association, important information and probably a strong education.
Mercury is in Aquarius, also an air sign, a learning sign, and deeply Saturnian sign. It denotes
a person of high intellect, whose intellect was cultivated during that time period along with
ambition in the first 28 years of life.
When we move to the second twenty eight year-period of life we move to the 6th house (give the
triplicity ruler here)**. He would be twenty-eight in 1910, and age 56 in 1938. That is the
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period of time during which he lost the use of his legs, first of all, so there it is, the 6th
house with the ruler of the Ascendant in the 6th.
Interestingly enough Saturn is in Taurus, Taurus is in Aquarius. (Huh?)**
There’s this connection between the two (who?) of them, this mutual reception between the th
and the 6th. He experienced illness, and also experienced a type of Kingship. The illness and
the Kingship are connected. (This is the first mention of kingship and the 9
house; lets’ add
this item to the “rules”)
This is such a fascinating chart when you know some of the story of FDR, because yes, we do
know he contracted polio and became paralyzed in his legs – infantile paralysis. And this was
right when he was trying to get into this political system – he was already an insider. Later
he became governor of New York and then later he became president. This entire twenty eight
year covers these events.
There are two reasons why these events follow: first, Aquarius is not just the 6th house, but
also it is the location of the Lot of Spirit, also the location of the Acquisition.
That means the second triplicity ruler is on the Spirit which represents “actions and works”
that shall be known and moreover, it is on the Acquisition. This illness is part of what is
acquired during this time period, this bad fortune, or whatever it is, but it still gives the
possibility of creating a notable chart, although that was not the object of our search.
It seems that this is where this person really comes to know themselves, to find their true
self, because of course that second 28 years is about the Spirit, with Mercury and The Sun.
Mercury is bringing knowledge, The Sun is bringer of illumination. Venus is the ruler of the
Ninth of kingship and of god, of revelation. Not “revelation” as a spiritual fact, but as self-
The ruler of the 12th is also there (where? Keep the reader in mind by completely explicating
the chart so they don’t have to go back and look each time)**. That would be the second twenty
eight years of life. The last 28 years, approximately 56 until he died – and he died in 1945 at
age 63 – would be ruled by the Moon which makes perfect sense because the Moon is in the
Eleventh House, in her own sign, and the sign of Cancer is also the Exaltation in this chart.
That would say probably between that period of 1938 and 1945 would be one of the most exalted
periods of his life and that would probably be where much of his legacy would be made.
That’s our first technique, The Leading Light, let’s go to the next technique and look for the
Part of Fortune. It’s in the 8th. We’re still going to take note anyways. We look for the ruler
of the Part of Fortune – it’s in the 10th. That means it’s culminating from the Ascendant, and
that’s one of our rules. Let’s figure out where all the points are: the first point is Libra
rising, the Lot of Fortune is in Aries and the 8th. The Lot of Spirit is in Aquarius in the
6th. The lot of Basis is in Sagittarius in the Fourth. The Exaltation is in Cancer which is the
11th, with the moon there. The Acquisition is Aquarius also. We’re looking for the ruler of the
Part of Fortune. Aries is the Lot of Fortune . We’re looking for the ruler, Mars. He’s in the
10th from the Ascendant. That’s very nice. Already we’re saying, okay, it looks like this guy
is going somewhere. We’re looking secondly now, anything culminating from the Lot of Fortune ?
No. We do have the ruler of the Exaltation on the Exaltation. I think that is strong enough to
make this chart really big. I’m going to tell you something interesting about FDR in light of
this Exaltation. FDR, during his time period, was one of maybe two or three civilians in
America with a complete exhaustive knowledge of naval history. It was an absolute passion of
his. He knew as much about Naval history and maneuver, etc that most Naval generals were
awestruck. I don’t think this chart tells you as specifically that this person is going to be
really famous. There’s a difference between fame and royalty, and you see it in these charts.
Maybe I’ll pull out Elizabeth II and we can look at that and see how it’s different from some
of these fame and fortune type charts. This is not specifically a fame and fortune chart as
much as it is a noble statesmen kingship chart. What I’ve found is that almost all of the
statesmen or world leaders, that Saturn and Jupiter is usually above the horizon, and often The
Sun as well. Even George w bush has Saturn above the horizon. Having looked at that, knowing
that, I would say, hm, Saturn over the horizon, the ruler of the Part of Fortune is
culminating, the ruler of the Exaltation is in the Exaltation. The Moon and the sign of Cancer
have a lot of connection with the common man. I would say that this is a strong leader or king
who the common man really likes. One more interesting mystery about the Exaltation. I’m not
going to stand totally behind it because I don’t want to sound like a froo froo seventies
astrologer. I believe very strongly in reincarnation, and there are various people in modern
astrology who have figured out different ways to find past life stuff. I feel like the
Exaltation in the chart is a place where we can find past life proclivities, or some kind of
connection to past life karma. We can see it in Mozart’s chart, we can see it in this chart.
This Naval part is one part of it. Certain people are attracted to certain things and not all
of us have to believe in reincarnation, but I do. And I sometimes think that when we’re really
attracted to a certain experience, maybe we’re remembering or trying to remember. There was no
reason for somebody born in landlock upstate new york to be one of the foremost authorities on
Naval history. But also, how did Franklin Roosevelt contract polio? Franklin Roosevelt was out
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swimming, he was a very athletic man, in a swimming hole – I’m hoping I’m correct in saying it was
a salt water kind of thing and he got water in his mouth. What they think is while he was drinking
he got some water in his mouth and it had the virus in it. One of the things about Franklin
Roosevelt is that he notably was a very robust man on the outside, but his immune system was very
weak. People always commented on how he always caught every bug that came around, and whenever he
was under major stress he would get almost deathly ill. This thing basically incubates in the
intestine, but gets killed if you have a strong immune system and his immune system wasn’t strong
enough to kill it. That brings us back to that connection of the 6th house. Franklin Roosevelt’s
illness was really a turning point for him, and it changed him from being just another blue blood
insider, to becoming an extremely noble and compassionate leader. I think this is a really
fascinating chart. It gives us some understanding of the high fortune without it really coming out
at us, or yelling at us.
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Has Taurus rising.
We’re going to do our
third technique. We’re
going to look for the
three triplicity
rulers. The Sun is in
Capricorn, it’s
daytime, and it’s
earth. These nocturnal
triplicities just stand
with us. Starting with
Venus by day and Mars
by night. Venus is in
the 11th, she’s exalted
the first 28 years of
this person’s life.
Mercury and Venus both
have a lot of
connectivity with
intellect. I would say
this is a dreamy, high
brow and have very
interesting tastes, very refined. A refined sensibility cultivated. Venus is with the Moon,
Venus is the ruler of the Ascendant. Pisces is connected with that is devotional. Pisces is
intensely sensual. I would say these tendencies were able to grow. The planet is exalted and in
Eleventh House with the good Spirit, so there’s obviously patronage coming from all kinds of
people, including women.
This chart is partial to women and has a weakness for women. A weakness for Venus-oriented
things, like lying down in a nice bed and getting good and sweaty. The Moon is with it as well.
Venus is on the Spirit too, so that says a little something to us. This development of
Spirituality, development of this rarified sense of love. This kind of Venus and Pisces is that
higher love. A love that transcends the personal and that eradicates boundaries.
Venus sorts of events are a signature of these 28 years, and also with the patronage they would
have from people above them as well. There would be a very strong coming up, and possibly a very
strong Spiritual coming up, at least a strong sense of a feeling of love. A feeling of this
transcendent love, of wanting to express and know and understand this transcended love.
The second triplicity ruler is Mars. Mars brings us to that second period of life. This is the
period in which Martin Luther King made most of his accomplishments and tragically, also died.
He was killed in 1968 at the age of 39. Mars gives us a taste of how much more dangerous the
situation is. Mars is the ruler of the 12th, so there’s the bad Spirit getting in our way. Mars
has a tendency to thrive on opposition. And when he’s ruling the 12th – this is a Taurus rising
chart, like Mae West.
It is the opposition that is going to show itself in the face of other people, the Civil Rights
marches would see to that. And as also opposing Saturn. We can say that during this period there
are conflicts. Also, this is a rising up from under in this second 28-year period. This chart
would determine that the native would bring up things from underneath (the unconscious?)
experiencing a lot of frustration, obstacles and “boots on the ground” hard work because the
Mars opposes the Saturn: demonstrable anger and frustration, and quite possibly, danger. Mars/
Saturn opposition is never of itself “good,” it’s ***columbine. He did not get to the third
period of life.
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The Five Pillars: Taurus is rising, the Lot of Fortune is in Cancer – Third house – Lot of
Spirit is in Pisces, the Eleventh House, where that Venus was, which is why I was talking about
this Spiritual awakening, because Spirit also represents our concept of god. It’s the part of
The Sun, which of course is God. The lot of Basis is in Virgo, which is the th house, just like
Mae West. The Acquisition is in Taurus, just like Mae West. Totally different chart, but many of
the points reveal a similarity. The Acquisition is Taurus with Jupiter there. The Exaltation is
Leo. First thing we’re looking for is, where is the Lot of Fortune? He’s in the third. We’re
still taking notes.
What’s so interesting about this chart is his last name was King and there’s all these kingship
indicators. When we look for the moon, she’s in the 9th house from the Part of Fortune which is
the house of kings and she’s with the exalted ruler of the Ascendant and she’s on the Spirit.
We’ve got some nice things happening: we’ve got an exalted planet on the fortune, an exalted
planet on the Spirit. We’ve got the ruler of Fortune on the Spirit. And it’s happening in a
fantastic house radically from the Ascendant, the 11
There’s definitely something fortunate going on with this chart. The ruler of the Exaltation is
The Sun, he’s in the 9th. He’s a man of God. The ruler of the Basis culminates from the
Ascendant. That can’t do anything but help a good fortune.
Venus and Moon are on the Spirit on the Eleventh House: This chart can go quite far. The Sun is
in his joy in the 9th. Also, this is Venus in Pisces on the Spirit. Pisces (Jupiter) is the
Spirit and that ruler of the Spirit is in the Ascendant. In the MLK chart, the ruler of the
Spirit is in one of the very best houses: The eleventh.
When all these things integrate we are in the presence of a very notable person, a high
Spiritual leader. Saturn is above the horizon. (Make a comment on this)**
This is someone whose Spirituality is based on Love for Humanity, the universal Love that the
Venus in Pisces and Jupiter in Taurus in mutual reception might provide. Jupiter is a grand
benefic, so this combination displays spiritual (highest) love and harmony.
A further note is the exalted planet on the Lot of Spirit. The ruler of the Lot of Fortune on
the Lot of Spirit. The ruler of the Basis is culminating from the Ascendant promising (Very nice
indeed** articulate what this means in terms of events or summary of his life). The ruler of the
Spirit is on the Ascendant and the Acquisition. The ruler of the Acquisition is on the Spirit.
Spirit and Acquisition are brought together, demonstrating that Spiritual riches came to this
Jupiter is in the Acquisition. Venus is in the eleventh from the Part of Fortune, in Pisces.
We know that MLK expressed the Spirit of goodness. The two most beneficial planets are very
strong and working in concert.
What we have seen is that this particular technique is pertinent. It seems – if you look at any
chart as closely as this technique provides – we arrive at an insight deriving from the second
century experience of astrology: It Is Written.
This manner of examining the chart provides greater rigor in the telling of the narrative, the
life story, of what is happening to the person. We can more easily say, “It is written in the
Astrological practice ceases to focus on the transpersonal planets. It ceases to be about what
planets are doing to each other, starts to be purely about how do the die actually fall? Into
what kind of formation are the tea leaves falling?
From this there comes a very sound, kind of predicted period out of these zodiac signs.
The next step is to synthesize these things in order to delineate – in a personal way – people’s
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Fortune - The Lot of Fortune operates as an alternate ascendant, describing the person's body
and inclination. Also included is the determination for a person's work and position in life.
The Lot of Fortune is the gateway into this system.
Spirit - Lot of Spirit represents the native's mind and spirit and also participates in the
determination for what one does. The concept of spirit includes the double fold concept of
animation and personification.
Spirit shows the relationship between motivations and behavior. It rules both that which
arouses us to action as well as the action we take. Spirit is the
vivifying force.
Acquisition -Anyone who is conversant in vedic astrology will see the connection between
the vedic 11th house of Gains and the Acquistion. This "place" (for it is not a Lot)can be
found by counting 11 house from the Lot of Fortune by whole sign. It represents
what one gains as a result of pursuing their path of fortune. It can describe what we acquire
and how much of it.
Exaltation -This is and the Lot of Basis are the two most esoteric points of the 5 locations.
The place of Exaltation and its ruler are the most potent indicators of fame, extreme good
fortune and celebrity in the chart.
Basis -The Lot of Basis and its ruler shows whether the native has a secure enough
foundation to sustain the apportionment of fortune he has been allotted.
This foundation is related to finances, health and mental stability
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Learn how to use these 5 pillars to identify the nature of a person's fate and,thus,the
quality of their fortune. Fate is defined as the cosmic principle of binding apportionment.
The Five Pillars reveal that which is allotted to each person in every area of life as well as the
conditions under which the native must bear: Is the native working under conditions of wealth
or poverty? Has the native been allotted great fortune in one area of life while another area is
completely dormant? Is the native physically/emotionally/psychologically stable enough to
sustain good fortune? Do the motivations and needs of the inner person resonate with the
external life/work conditions?
triplicity Cardinal Fixed Mutable
Earthy Capricorn
Airy: Libra
Watery: Cancer
Firey: Aries
Triplicity Rulers
Diurnal Nocturnal day night participating
☼ O
+ ¹ x
☼ 1 ¹
1 ♂
0 0 ×
¹ v 1
¹ ♀
× C ª
♀ ♂ O
o ª ²
♀ O ♂
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Lot of Fortune
Lot of Spirit
Place of
Place of
Place of
Place of previous new
or full moon
1 2 M
3 &
Consider the "situation" of the Lights:
If the Sun is above the horizon, it is a
diurnal chart, if below it is a nocturnal
Horoskopos = Ascendant
Marking the Hour = on the Ascendant
or Fortune
Culmination = 10 places or signs from a
lot or place
Locate the lots of Fortune and Spirit.
Fortune is found by determining the arc of
difference between the Sun and Moon,
and adding or subtracting that number of
degrees from the ascendant, using their
degrees of arc in the order of the signs.
For day, add the degrees. For night,
Find the "Basis" by determining the
number of degrees in the shortest arc
between the lots of Fortune and of Spirit,
regardless of the direction of the signs.
Add that number to the ascendant.
4 ) 5 , 6k
Find the "Acquisition" of the fortune by
counting 11 signs from its location. (or,
count backward from the fortune by two
To find exaltation: Discern whether the
chart diurnal or nocturnal.
Take the shortest arc in both cases:
If diurnal, count the numbers of houses
separating the Sun from his sign of
exaltation, Aries, in the same direction.
If nocturnal, count the numbers of houses
separating the Moon from her sign of
exaltation, Taurus.
Find the previous new or full moon
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In the chart of Elizabeth II, the lot of Basis is in Gemini in the 6th place of servants and
servitude. The ruler, Mercury is in the 4th house of ancestral bearing. Her ancestral heritage
being the Basis of her position in life makes Elizabeth II a servant to the Crown and to her
ancestral obligation. (page 2)
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